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Trans lesbian Lisa Middleton elected to all-LGBT Palm Springs Council

History and hope people to say we cant aord it.
So, she continues, a lot of the work
in a time of hate
Ive been able to do as someone who
is transgender hasnt been the person
By KAREN OCAMB knocking down the barricades as an activist leading the charge. But as someone
who proudly is transgender and is able
Three weeks before the Nov. 7 elections, to communicate across the spectrum in
former Republican President George all kinds of environments and situations
W. Bush delivered a speech lamenting from neighborhood meetings to planning
the casual cruelty that has degraded meetings to sitting down with an actuary
discourse since Donald Trump became trying to gure out a nancial cost estimate.
president. Bigotry seems emboldened, Middleton is very cognizant of the
Bush said. There are some signs that the issues around trans employment. Until
intensity of support for democracy itself individuals have economic security,
has waned. theyre not in a position to fully exercise
Anti-LGBT hate crime statistics back their other legal rights, she says, adding
him up, with data collected by law she will do everything I can to help.
enforcement underscoring the epidemic One of the things that our community
of anti-transgender violence. On Nov. 13, LISA MIDDLETON faces in employment is lot of appearance
the FBI released its hate crime statistics for PHOTO COURTESY OF MIDDLETON
discrimination, Middleton says. Women
2016 showing a ve percent increase from have been judged for years based on
2015, including a nine percent increase appearances before they are judged based
of hate crime incidents based on gender Middleton came out publicly as Middleton tells the LA Blade. I was in on their intelligence and their capacity to
identity. On Nov. 16, Los Angeles County transgender in 1995. She met Cheryl an executive position within the State of do work. And some of that discrimination
released its hate crime report showing OCallaghan in 2000 and 17 years later, California. So at the time I came out, I had falls more heavily on a transgender
31 reported anti-trans hate crimes a they are a married lesbian couple, with a responsibility and involvement that went population. Transgender women tend to
72 percent increase from the previous little bit of a twist in one of our histories. beyond the fact that I was transgender. be taller, heavier than those that are not.
year. We reviewed the number of anti- They have two adult children. But she also helped advance the trans Transgender men tend to be slighter.
transgender hate crimes reported for Middleton also identies as a career movement in California. In the mid- What can be done about that? One of
the past ten years and this was by far the professional and community activist. 1990s, out San Francisco Supervisor the things I have done is be very good at
largest number, out LA County Human For 36 years, she worked with the Mark Leno proposed a trans-inclusive what I do, Middleton says, emphasizing
Relations Commissioner Marshall Wong State Compensation Insurance Fund of healthcare policy for employees of the very good over the phone. You can
told the Los Angeles Blade. California and was Senior Vice President City and County of San Francisco. At the break down barriers. Attitudes make a
And yet, staring down the ugly face of hate, of Internal Aairs when she retired. time, insurance policies nationwide had big dierence. So I feel very proud that
eight trans candidates were elected across Middleton comes from a family of standard exclusions barring transgender as a transgender woman I have had the
the country on Nov. 7, a vote for civility. sharecroppers who left Oklahoma during healthcare. Because of her knowledge opportunity to succeed in government
Lisa Middletons election to the Palm the Dust Bowl. She attended East Los of insurance systems, she helped the service and then to succeed in community
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was elected the nations rst trans judge service, she worked with the Organized talk him through transgender 101, Middleton says her job will be tending to
in 2010. But it also marks a major shift Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, serving Middleton recalls. And then, in terms an the citys needs. And none of those issues
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Transgender Job Fair: The future is uid

53 companies meet job community, whether its the LGBT community from marketing, IT, all kinds of backgrounds,
[or] the transgender community. she added, with a lot of our positionsa lot
seekers at 9th annual event
Orlanes added that at the LAPD of its around culture, personality, t. And
table, We have all the [departments] here you get to see that.
By MICHAEL JORTNER recruitment info [and] knowledge of the Harkins, who manages TOMS agship
hiring process. He stressed that the store on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, is
I got laid o a job, did my transition police department wants to hire good proud of his employers commitment to
and now Im re-entering the workforce as people with good hearts. No matter what workplace diversity. Just the people that
myself, said Tawni Soa Acosta, one of the community theyre from. work for our company, and our fellow
professionals who pushed her resume at Everyone is adorable, said Palmira team members, span every spectrum and
the ninth annual transgender job fair within Muniz, a twenty-something human gamut of type of person, he said.
the West Hollywood Park auditorium. resources assistant at CBS Television Hulu seems to have made signicant
A middle-aged project manager City who identies as just a bisexual. investments in not just welcoming all
who transitioned in early 2016, Acosta Everyone is just excited to be here, types of employees but in ensuring theyre
continued, If I stayed as the dude that I referring to the scores of jobseekers who happy once hired.
was previouslyIm certain I would have took the risk of approaching her about Two recruiters in their early twenties,
gotten a job much quicker. potential job opportunities. Alex Ehrlich, a woman, and Ben Dennis,
Such challenges can be the reality of a trans Yet she also paid attention to how those talked about the number of clubs Hulu
professionals job search in modern day Los job hunters may feel. Unfortunately the has encouraged within its workplace.
Angeles. According to the LA LGBT Centers corporate world, the business world is not Ive been there two-and-a-half years,
Job-seekers JAMIE MASLIN of Simi Valley and
press release, the nonprot responsible THAMBURAJ DANIEL from Thousand Oaks met kind to trans folks and queer folks, she said Dennis. Im part of Hulu Pride, which
for the job fair, transgender people face an with recruiting companies at the Los Angeles continued. I did notice a lot of folks tend is just one of the many groups that we
LGBT Centers 9th Annual Transgender Job Fair.
unemployment rate three times higher than to be a little bit [like] hurt deer when they have. In addition to the LGBTQ group
the average rate in the United States. PHOTO BY MICHAEL JORTNER
come up to our table, like they feel, Yeah there is Hulu Black, focused on the black
Drian Juarez, a trans woman herself, is Im gonna give you my resume but you lives matter movement. And a womens
program manager for the Transgender LA Police Department, quite a number of might not ever call me. empowerment group that formed in the
Economic Empowerment Project with the jobseekers in attendance were middle- Juarez understands that. Im in my 40s, wake of the womens marches after Trumps
LA LGBT Center. What were doing here aged, like Acosta. she said. For me, nding a job was scary. inauguration called Hula, a feminization of
today, she said, is changing the dynamics My experience with most of the I didnt know how or what, or if I could the companys mother brand.
of the workplace. And she has a message employers was mostly pretty positive, transition. Or if theyre gonna hire me. Overall diversity at Hulu, continued
for companies that want to recruit talent: If Acosta said. An established project Such fears are the reason for the Dennis, is something that has always
you are an employer who wants to capture manager interested in the info, tech transgender job fair, according to Juarez. been a focus. And its something Ive
the best and brightest out of college, then and entertainment spaces, she brought This was about changing that, so trans denitely made a point to participate in.
you better have all of this in place. resumes, business cardsthe whole people dont have to be afraid about going Ehrlich thinks the clubs we have there
What is all of this? For Juarez its having thing to make a good impression. out and getting the job they want. Here are very important. Yet such employee
gender-neutral bathrooms, using gender- I talked to 21st Century Fox, HBO and they know that employers are going to be groups are not limited to socio-political
neutral language in the workplace and CBSand 21st Century Fox seemed to be familiar with language, are going to treat concerns. Groups geared toward biking,
policies where they can transition on the job. interested, she reported with satisfaction. them with respect. cycling, basketball and soccer enthusiasts
Juarez said young professionals now Juarez said exhibitor space was lled Melissa Thadani, a corporate recruiter, exist as well. And pop stars. Beyonce.
graduating college are generation Z-ers to capacity, reaching 53 presenting and Nick Harkins, a store manager, are Thats my favorite one, Ehrlich added.
who are predominantly uid now. And companies and organizations. with TOMS, the socially conscious fashion Do job fairs such as these, and the
uid means not subscribing to traditionally Why did these exhibitors make the eort? retail company based in Playa del Rey. companies attending them, point toward
prescribed, and perhaps restrictive to quite Ocer Joseph Orlanes with the LAPD Referencing the value of meeting with the future of the American workplace? Is it
a number of folks, gender roles. was in full uniform. Pointing to the patch job-seekers at the fair, Thadani said, Its a brave new world?
While a number of younger millennials on his right shoulder sleeve, he said, If a dierent way to connect with someone. For Juarez, The job fair is about helping
in their twenties and early thirties milled you see an ocer with two stripes and a You get to have that face to face interaction employers connect to the best talent. And
about, talking with prospective employers star, were community liaisons. as opposed to looking at skills on a piece if that is their goal, they need to, pardon
such as HBO, CBS, Warner Bros, Hulu, The LAPD was at the fair because Were of paper or a computer screen. the expression, man up. The future is
Paramount, the City of Los Angles and the here to keep and build that bridge with the Saying that she had seen a lot of people uid. Get used to it.
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America the molested

Sexual harassment Speaker Paul Ryan announced a policy to
require anti-sexual harassment and anti-
restorm sweeps
discrimination training for all members
the country and sta. No mention of LGBT inclusion.
The showdown over Alabama Christian
By KAREN OCAMB fundamentalist Judge Roy Moore, a Senate candidate and darling of the anti-
LGBT Religious Right, is drawing attention
It started with a joke at a small comedy to LGBT issues, however. At a news
club in Philadelphia on Oct. 16, 2014, a conference last week, Moore said, The
night that will live in infamy. Hannibal transgenders dont have rights, referring
Buress ri on his disgust for moralizer to Trumps trans military ban.
Bill Cosby was part of his act. I can talk But a detailed Nov. 9 Washington Post
down to you because I had a successful story on Moore is testing Republicans.
sitcom, Buress said, mimicking Americas Leigh Corfman, 14 years old in 1979,
once beloved TV dad. Yeah, but you raped The #MeToo campaign helped spread the word and became a worldwide movement against alleges that Moore, then a 32-year-
predatory sexual misconduct.
women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a old assistant district attorney, sexually
couple notches. The joke went viral and molested her. Roy Moore is a pedophile,
scores of women accusers started coming decades of veneers, prompting numerous and sometimes I was, Takei wrote on Steve Schmidt said on MSNBC.
out of the shadows. victims to come forward. Reaction was Facebook. It was always by mutual So far, ve women have accused Moore of
A match was lit. Hollywoods casting swift: Netix red him from the TV hit consent. I see now that that it has come sexual misconduct, including Beverly Young
couch was set on re, inspiring more and director Ridley Scott decided to cut across poorly in the awkward sketch, and I Nelson, who on Nov. 13 said Moore tried to
and more womenand menfrom all Spacey out of his thriller All the Money apologize for playing along with Howards force her to have oral sex when she was 16.
walks of life to come forward to tell their in the World scheduled for release insinuation. Non-consensual acts are Attorney General Je Sessions told a
#MeToo stories. And the stories havent Dec.22 and reshoot with replacement anathema to me and my personal code of House hearing that he had no reason to
stopped, pounding away at the pillars of Christopher Plummer. I think its very sad conduct, and I would never do something doubt these young women. No one asked
established male privilege, exposing the what happened to him, clueless Plummer against anyones will, period. the former Alabama senator if he knew
normalcy of economic leverage and told Vanity Fair. Kevin is such a talented Politics has also been rocked by the that Gadsden Mall banned Moore because
alleged moral corruption among good and a terrically gifted actor, and its so harassment eruptions, enabling women he repeatedly badgered teenage girls,
men like Bill Cosby, George Takei and sad. Its such a shame. to break their silence at the California according to the New Yorker. Speaker Ryan
Alabama Judge Roy Moore. A decades-old accusation by former State Capitol. State Sen. Pro Tem Kevin has asked him to step aside; Sen. Je Flake
And suddenly, the pillars toppled. Fox model Scott R. Brunton that gay Star Trek de Leon hired outside investigators to says hell vote to expel Moore if he wins the
News media kingpin Roger Ailes and Foxs icon George Takei groped him drew a swift look into the allegations against Sen. Tony Dec. 12 election. And now, even big backer
$100 million TV host Bill OReilly were denial on Twitter. Takei even blamed the Mendoza. This follows a We Said Enough Steve Bannon is re-thinking his support.
knocked down by irrepressible former viral accusation on Russian bots because letter signed by hundreds of professional The ugly moral irony is that they all
Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson. And since hes criticized Russian President Vladimir women who say Sacramento has a culture continue to support President Donald
the New York Times and the New Yorker Putins anti-LGBT policies. of sexual harassment. Trump, who has at least 14 accusers.
exposed numerous victims, massive But an audiotape emerged of Takei Women in the U.S. Capitol arent taking Last month, ThinkProgress founder Judd
payouts and secret cover-ups for serial joking with radio host Howard Stern about it anymore, either, with past and present Legum posted their names on Twitter,
sexual harasser Hollywood mogul Harvey how he would grab men to persuade lawmakersincluding Californians Mary including: 8. Kristin Anderson. Said Trump
Weinstein, the entertainment industry has them to have sex. It sounded to fans Bono, Hilda Solis, Linda Sanchez and reached under her skirt and grabbed her
been quaking in its high noon boots. like Bruntons story. Takei walked that Jackie Speierspeaking out about the vagina through her underwear in the early
Weinsteins accusers gave birth to back quickly, saying he was playing the secret creep list of colleagues with 1990s. Thats similar to the grab em by
the #MeToo movement, shattering the character of a naughty gay grandpa inappropriate behavior. A lot of it has to the pussy behavior Trump confessed to
walls of silence protecting closeted gay which he now regrets, saying the joke was do with being in a place where people who Access Hollywoods Billy Bush. And when
harassers, as well. Actor Anthony Rapps distasteful. have power try to exert it to get what they youre a star, they let you do it. You can do
allegation to Buzzfeed that House of I want to be clear: I have never forced want, one Senate staer said told CNN. anything, Trump said on tape.
Cards star Kevin Spacey sexually harassed myself upon someone during a date. After a Nov. 14 House Administration Perhaps Trump meant it as a joke. But
him when Rapp was only 14 ripped o Sometimes my dates were the initiators, Committee hearing on sexual harassment, no ones laughing now.
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Becerra petitions to join federal trans military ban lawsuit

California AG seeks to
represent California
at Nov. 20 hearing


California Attorney General Xavier

Becerra, a longtime LGBT ally, led a petition
in federal court Wednesday asking that
California be allowed to intervene as a party
plainti in the federal lawsuit challenging
President Trumps ban on transgender
individuals serving in the military.
The lawsuit,Stockman v. Trump,was led
Sept. 5 by Equality California and seven
individual plaintis in the U.S. District California Attorney General XAVIER BECERRA
Court for the Central District of California.
They are being represented by the National
Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), GLBTQ
Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), anti-gay marriage Prop 8 in court, as did 11, 2001, and there are currently 18,000 join the military, and having this support from
and Latham & Watkins LLP, the law rm Attorney General Kamala Harris. Becerra service members in the California National Californias chief law enforcement ocial
from which EQCA executive director Rick also has a long history of reaching out to Guard. The Governor of California is the shows us that our state will ght alongside us
Zbur retired as its rst openly gay partner the LGBT community since at least 1990 Commander-in-Chief of the California for justice and equality.
before joining equality California. when he ran for the State Assembly. National Guard and relies on it in times The State of California recognizes that
A hearing in Stockman v. Trump, which California has the most active duty and of state emergencies, such as the recent Trumps discriminatory ban harms not
seeks to defendthe rights of transgender reserve military than any other state more massive wildres across wine country. In only transgender service members and
individuals seeking to join, or currently than 130,000 active duty military personnel 2014, The Williams Institute estimated that our military, but also those who rely on our
serving openly in, the U.S. military, is and more than 56,000 members of the 6,700 transgender Americans were serving National Guard for emergency assistance.
scheduled for Nov. 20. National Guard and Reserves. According in the National Guard across the 50 states This point is particularly critical
We must honor the service and to an NCLR press release: and found that transgender Americans in California, which has been facing
sacrice of all members of our military Attorney General Becerras motion to were twice as likely to be serving or have unprecedented wildre devastation. We
by ghting for them when their rights are intervene is based on several arguments, served in our nations military. need to embrace every qualied person
attacked,Becerra said in a press release. including that implementing Trumps In addition to requesting intervention as a who is willing to serve, not turn people
California will not allow President transgender military ban would: co-plainti in Stockman v Trump, Becerra has away simply for being transgender,
Trumps illegal, discriminatory and un- -Impede the California National Guards joined friend-of-the-court briefs in this case said Shannon Minter, legal director at
American actions to harm our people or our ability to recruit and retain members and in lawsuits in Maryland and in the District NCLR, which is based in San Francisco.
military. Marginalizing transgender service that would protect the States natural of Columbia. In the latter case, a judge in For the Attorney General to take this
members or any transgender American who resources in times of need, the DC District Court issued a preliminary step sends a powerful message about the
wishes to serve our country faithfully and -Force California to violate anti- injunction against the ban, pending a nal gravity of the harm caused by this ban,
courageously will not occur on our watch. discrimination laws and discriminate outcome in that case,Doe v. Trump. said Jennifer Levi, GLADs Transgender
California has a long history of top against its own residents in stang the Having the support of Californias Attorney Rights Project Director. We should be
politicians standing up for LGBT rights, California National Guard, and General is invaluable in our ght against this embracing the contributions of dedicated,
including Gov. Jerry Brown appointing the -Threaten the States ability to safeguard administrations reckless and dangerous courageous Americans who are serving
rst two openly gay judges in the nation, public institutions of higher learning from actions, said Equality California Executive and want to serve. Blocking qualied
Steven Lachs in 1979 and Rand Schrader in discrimination in ROTC programs. Director Rick Zbur. This ban is having untold, transgender Americans from serving
1980. As both Attorney General and later The National Guard has been deployed negative impacts on our transgender service makes our military weaker and our nation
as governor, Brown refused to defend more than 40,000 times since September members and those who have taken steps to less safe and less fair.





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LGBTs on TV: Why more is less

Crunching GLAADs November 4th, 2016 before Donald
Trump won the presidential election.
numbers on representation
Thats very key, said Witeck. Timing
always matters.
By DAWN ENNIS Since Election Day 2016, there have
been signicant societal changes, with
GLAADs latest Where We Are on TV more and more women, people of color
report celebrates the inclusion of more and LGBT Americans resisting, marching,
LGBT characters on American television in and running for oce. More people,
2017 than ever before. especially those 18 to 34, have come out.
The emergence of these new LGBT None are reected in the Accelerated
characters and their stories, wrote GLAAD Acceptance 2017 survey.
president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, is So why would Ellis cite outdated and
reective of the real world. minimally representative data?
Or is it? The survey was published in January,
Of the 901 regular charactersexpected which is why its titled Accelerating
to appear on broadcast scripted primetime Acceptance 2017, said the spokesperson.
programming this season, a summary What Sarah Kate is referring to in her
GLAAD President SARAH KATE ELLIS calls TVs LGBTQ characters reective of the real world.
of the annual report states, 58 (6.4%) quote is the increase in anti-LGBTQ hate
were identied as gay, lesbian, bisexual, PHOTO BY COLLISION CONF; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA
crimes, anti-LGBTQ legislation, rollbacks
transgender, and/or queer. This is the from the federal government, etc, that our
highest percentage GLAAD has found in Witeck reviewed the Harris & Associates we were social scientists we might choose culture has been seeing lately.
the history of this report. There were an 2016 survey and told the Los Angeles to frame these responses dierently, He explained how they reached their
additional 28 recurring LGBTQ characters. Blade that GLAADs 20 percent gure is especially to understand notions conclusions: The data and methodology
According to the organizations director likely overstated and possibly the result ofrepresentativeness. were generated by experts at Harris Poll,
of entertainment research and analysis, of the online surveys unique design, According to the Harris one of the worlds most credible authorities
Margaret Townsend: This is 86 total outside the familiar conventions of samplingmethodology for online samples, on public polling. GLAAD did not conduct
LGBTQ regular and recurring characters more traditional polling. After consulting one hundred is the lowest number typically additional analysis of the data. Original
on primetime scripted broadcast TV, up with contacts within Harris, Witeck used for projecting an outcome.Stronger questions were a collaboration between
from the previous years 71. said. GLAAD sought a more complex estimates of representativeness may GLAAD and Harris Poll, with Harris Poll vetting
Those encouraging numbers were scale, and broader denition of sexual befound in larger sample sizes of 400 or questions for statistical accuracy, he said.
obtained utilizing research and data provided orientation and gender identity to arrive 500, said Witeck. Or repeated queries The LGTBQ gure reects what happens
by the Hollywood studios themselves, at the percentage of LGBTQA. with the same questions over time. when additional answer options are
according to a GLAAD spokesperson. The GLAAD spokesperson called Witecks That, Witeck said, is why the pollsters added to the list of sexual orientations and
But behind this rosy outlook and last statement inaccurate. GLAAD and used a scientic technique known as gender identities in a survey. LGBTQ here
Hooray for Hollywood optimism is some Harris Poll together sought an inclusive weighting a method described by not only includes strictly binary terms (like
outdated and questionable data on the scale, he said, but GLAAD did not seek a the American Association for Public gay or straight), but the broad spectrum
real world of LGBTs in 2017 America. more complex scale solo. Opinion Research, by which a researcher of sexual orientation experiences (like
In her introduction to the report, Ellis Why does this matter? Because GLAADs adjusts the poll data in an attempt to pansexual or asexual) as well as gender
cited GLAADs Accelerating Acceptance president is promoting results based on ensure that the sample more accurately expression separate from gender identity
2017 survey, conducted roughly one year a year-old survey, calculated by Harris, reects the characteristics of the (like genderqueer or agender), he said.
ago. She said it found that20 percent of derived from the answers of only about population from which it was drawn, GLAAD is currently conducting a new
Americans aged 18-34 (a key demographic 100 of more than 2,000 respondents. before solid conclusions can be made. survey to see if the 2016 presidential
for networks) identify as LGBTQ. Those answers were used to determine In this case, the raw number of 18- to election will impact results.
But that didnt sound right to Bob Witeck, that two out of every 10 Americans ages 34-year-olds sampled was merely 100, and Meanwhile, sexual harassment allegations
president of Witeck Communications, and 18 to 34 are LGBTa conclusion that the weighted number in the survey conducted leveled against TV stars and producers have
a market research consultant who has raises more than a few eyebrows. online amounted to just 66 people. signicantly impacted the entertainment
collaborated with the Harris Poll for nearly These are not conventional And a reminder: this survey was industryand who knows how many LGBT
20 years to do LGBT-specic research. demographics, said Witeck. I mean, if conducted November 2nd through characters will survive the repercussions.

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High marks for Calif. companies on HRCs Corporate Index

But enforcement
may be an issue


As the nations largest LGBT rights

lobbying organization, the Human Rights
Campaign often comes under criticism
from the LGBT community for its strategic Hundreds of top American companies are
driving progress toward equality in the
political decisions. But there is no doubt that workplace, saidHRC President CHAD GRIFFIN.
the nations corporate decision-makers take
HRCs Corporate Equality Index seriously
as they seek the best and brightest
employees and a loyal customer base.
Last week, HRC released year increase of 18 percent. This record In California, the average ranking for the Employment Opportunity Commission
its 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) sets a new high water mark for corporate 120 companies and law rms is 91 with 81 (EEOC). As a result, HRC suspended its
showing that 120 companies in leadership over the 15-year history of the earning 100 points, 15 earning 90 points rating of the corporate giant, pending
California are among a record number CEI, according to an HRC press release. In and above, and 10 earning 80 points and remedial action.
of the nations major companies and total, 947 companies and law rms were above. The report spells out its criteria and At a time when the rights of LGBTQ
law firms advancing vital policies and ocially rated in the new CEI, up from 887 breaks down the ranking accordingly for a people are under attack by the Trump-
practices to protect LGBTQ workers in last years. The report also unocially number of dierent categories. Pence administration and state legislatures
around the world. rated 137 Fortune 500 companies, which HRC considered external factors at work across the country, hundreds of top
This year, a record-breaking 609 have yet to respond to an invitation to regarding two complaints against Walmart American companies are driving progress
businesses earned the CEIs top score of participate in the CEI survey assessing brought by the Transgender Legal Defense toward equality in the workplace,
100, up from 517 last year - a single- their LGBTQ policies and practices. and Education Fund before the Equal saidHRC President Chad Grin.

LA County: Gay/Bi men at high risk for Hep A

Outbreak now largest outbreak in more than two decades. Foundation, told the Los Angeles Times. amount of contact with feces on unwashed
surging outside of This could be a huge public health Dr. Prabhu Gounder, a medical hands or hands washed without soap.
crisis, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn epidemiologist with L.A. Countys public Symptoms are: fever, fatigue, nausea,
homeless population
said at the Nov. 7 Board of Supervisors health department, noted that some of loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of
meeting, with the homeless, drug users, the infected gay men had traveled to other eyes or skin), stomach pain, vomiting, and
By KAREN OCAMB rst responders and gay and bisexual men areas with recent large gay outbreaks, dark urine, pale stool, and diarrhea. most at risk for the hepatitis A virus that including Colorado, New York, Chile and Free vaccines are available at county
causes liver disease. As of Nov. 10, there several countries in Europe. What we health clinics, including the Hollywood/
Los Angeles County health ocials have were 29 cases in L.A. County. were concerned about is that were at the Wilshire Public Health Center on
been watching with alarm as an outbreak Gay and bisexual men annually make up beginning of a similar trend in L.A, and we Melrose Avenue. Visit your doctors
of highly contagious hepatitis A has spread 10 percent of all new U.S. cases, according wanted to get ahead of that, Gounder said. oce, a pharmacy, or call 2-1-1 to nd a
from San Diego to LA, leaving 20 people to the Centers for Disease Control and The hepatitis A virus is most commonly local clinic or doctor. Also make sure to
dead and more than 600 ill, primarily Prevention. There were 13 gay or bisexual spread through contaminated food it conrm your pharmacy oers hepatitis A
among the homeless. Last month, Gov. Jerry men infected in San Diego County this year. has even infected people whove eaten vaccinations and if it is free, covered by
Brown declared a state of emergency to The sheer number of cases is whats contaminated frozen berries. But it can also insurance or what it costs.
allow the state to buy vaccines directly from alarming, Dr. Adam Cohen, director of advocacy be spread from person to person through For more information, go to the Public
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Danica Roem wins!

On Nov. 7, trans Virginia state candidate DANICA ROEM makes history by soundly defeating
Republican bathroom bill incumbent Bob Marshall, becoming rst trans state legislator.


From state legislatures to city

councils to school boards, we
continue to grow our inuence and
political power in ways unimaginable
even a decade ago,
said Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills.

It was a tactical decision to take a

step in the direction of getting what
we ultimately wanted,
former HRC President Joe Solmonese tells the Washington Blade about the Nov. 7, 2007
vote on the controversial gay-only version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
that rocked the LGBT movement.

[T]ake Joseph and Mary.

Mary was a teenager and Joseph
was an adult carpenter. They
became parents of Jesus,
Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler dismissing the allegation that extremely
anti-LGBT Senate candidate Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl when he
was a 32-year-old district attorney.

AIDS advocates demand Kenneth Coles amfAR resignation

Kenneth Coles AIDS Awareness campaigns

mixed business with advocacy.


Controversial Harvey people with HIV/AIDS, frontline clinicians, issued subpoenas to amfAR for records and made this deal as a favor to Weinstein is
Weinstein deal at issue researchers, activists and our closest allies emails related to the auction, and ART said ridiculous and patently false, he added.
to be fully accountable to the community it was aware of and cooperating with the This is not the rst clash with Cole by AIDS
and totally focused on achieving its mission. investigation as well, NBC News reports. activists. In December 2013, for instance,
By KAREN OCAMB At issue is Coles complicity with Weinstein, The amfAR board hired an outside rm Strub took issue with a documentary on a longtime amfAR supporter, who allegedly that reviewed the arrangement and found HBO nanced by Cole called The Battle
used the AIDS organization to make money it lawful, according to the New York Times. of Amfar. The lms promotional material
Money cant buy you love! The old back on an outside deal. According to the No one at amfAR would comment for emphasizes a melodramatic mistruth
Beatles lyric underpins the latest criticism New York Times, the Hungton Post and the LA Blade. about the founding of the organization,
of designer Kenneth Cole after news NBC News, in 2015, Weinstein donated But for many AIDS activists, its a Strub wrote on his website,
reports revealed that as board chair for the two items to be auctioned at amfARs bridge too far. Kenneths complicity But what really angered Strub was an
American Foundation for AIDS Research, annual Cannes Film Festival benet, which in Weinsteins unethical fundraising interview Cole did with Chelsea Handler.
Cole made a controversial arrangement he chaired. In exchange, he wanted some transactions, along with the resulting This (his rst involvement with AIDS)
with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of the money raised by those sales to go cover-up using forced non-disclosure was like 25 years ago and people werent
to split the proceeds from two amfAR to the American Repertory Theater (ART) agreements and Weinsteins selected law talking about AIDS then because stigma
auction items, without approval from without full disclosure. rm, risk doing real damage to amfARs was so devastating (and arguably stigma
the board. More than 60 prominent AIDS Weinstein had invested in a staging of vitally important work in AIDS research has killed more people than the virus
activists and supporters have called for Finding Neverland at ART before it hit and policy issues, longtime AIDS activist itself has), andthe gay community wasnt
Coles resignation. Broadway, with the understanding that and former amfAR board member Peter speaking up, they were afraid to, he said.
We, as people living with HIV, ART would pay him back with money he Staley said in a statement to NBC News. Ive got news for Ken Cole. Twenty-ve
advocates, allies, funders and policy and got a third party to donate to the theater. Cole, in his statement to NBC News, years ago, it was almost solely members of
service professionals, urge Kenneth Cole, NBC News reports: After the auction, Cole said the activists letter is based on a false the gay community who were speaking up
and remaining board members who directed that $600,000 to be wired to ART narrative and distortion of facts. about AIDS. In fact, in 1987, the executive
supported this inappropriate transaction, at the request of Weinsteins oce, over I have proudly served on the board of directors of almost all the national
to resign from amfARs Board of Trustees, the concerns of amfARs chief executive amfAR for 30 yrs and as its chair for 13 of lesbian and gay organizations protested
reads the Nov. 13 letter, spearheaded by and without board approval, according to them. We have had an impact in many of government inaction in an act of civil
HIV positive POZ magazine founder Sean emails reviewed by NBC News. the most important breakthroughs in the disobedience and got arrested in front of
Strub, who was recently elected mayor of Upon discovery of the deal, amfAR ght against HIV and AIDS having raised the White House, Strub wrote.
Milford, Pennsylvania. launched internal investigations. Cole told hundreds of millions of dollars for this There is one point of agreement,
Kenneth Coles long tenure with amfAR NBC News that he subsequently urged lifesaving work, he said. I have no intention however, amfARs mission. amfAR
includes many meaningful achievements board members to sign nondisclosure of abandoning that mission because of a researchers have been working on
and raising signicant resources for HIV agreements about Weinsteinwho had transaction that was determined to be legal promising clinical trials for both a cure and
research, says the letter, posted at POZ. oered a contribution of $1 million if all and ethical and was engaged in because it vaccine for HIVthe subject of amfARs
com. But it is time for amfAR which board members signed. served amfARs mission. HIV Cure Summit in San Francisco on Nov.
grew out of a grassroots community of Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have Any suggestion that I somehow 28, in time for World AIDS Day.
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Wins for trans candidates seen as nationwide clarion call

But experts have bathroom bills.
I am inclined to say Danica didnt win
diering views on
because she was trans and Marshall had
nature of the impact introduced these bathroom bills, Casey
said. I think Danica won because she was
By CHRIS JOHNSON able to connect with constituents on local
issues like transportation and things that
The historic wins by transgender are really important to her district, and she
candidates in last weeks elections had a really solid ground game and was
are being widely interpreted to have successful in fundraising. She beat Marshall
nationwide implications, although LGBT because she got back to the basics and was
political observers have dierent takes on able to connect with her voters.
what those conclusions are. Nonetheless, Casey said the defeat of
The most high-prole win on Nov. 7 Marshall at the hands of Roem may give
was transgender journalist Danica Roems caution to lawmakers about how much
victory in Virginia over Del. Bob Marshall, of an issue to make about trans issues in
who has a decades-long history of anti- particular during a campaign.
LGBT views and this year introduced a It may not change their voting behavior,
bill that would have banned transgender or even what bills they introduce, because
people from using public restrooms thats a very dierent type of legislative
consistent with their gender identity. Shell behavior, but in terms of how they actually
be the rst openly transgender person go about campaigning come next year, it
elected and seated to a state legislator in From left, Virginia Delegate-elect DANICA ROEM (D-Prince William); Erie School Board Member-elect might provide some caution to folks who
TYLER TITUS; Minneapolis City Council Member-elect ANDREA JENKINS; and Palm Springs City
the history of the United States. Council Member-elect LISA MIDDLETON. are on the ticket, Casey said.
Other highlights include Andrea The wins could be a precursor for
Jenkins, a poet and activist, and Phillipe transgender victories to come. Among
Cunningham, a former special education the winners could be Dana Beyer, whos
teacher, winning seats on the Minneapolis ourselves and be successful. that inhibit transgender peoples access to running for the seat in the Maryland
City Council. Both are the rst openly But combined with other wins for the restroom, do the wins particularly State Senate being vacated by Sen. Rich
transgender people of color to win diversity, such as the election of a Sikh Roems over Marshall in Virginia send a Madaleno (D-Montgomery) in his bid to
election in the United States and the rst mayor in New Jersey, Casey said the message those policies will lead to defeat become governor.
out transgender candidates elected to a transgender victories demonstrate at the ballot? Beyer, whose attempt to challenge
city council in a major U.S. city. identity politics might not be a losing ticket Sean Meloy, political director for the Madaleno for the seat proved unsuccessful,
Meanwhile, Tyler Titus won election to as critics have claimed. Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said he thinks said the lessons from the transgender
the Erie School Board in Pennsylvania, Lisa Weve heard a lot of conversation in the transgender wins should serve as a wins are many, but include knowing to run
Middleton won election to the Palm Springs the last year in particular about the idea wake-up call to lawmakers planning anti- during a Democratic wave year.
City Council andStephe Koontz won a spot that too much focus on identity politics trans policies. Weve created enough acceptance
on the Doraville City Council in Georgia. loses elections for Democrats in general, People from the White House down over the past 15 years in both America, in
Logan Casey, whos transgender and a Casey said. I think that this is a really to school boards have been pushing anti- general, and within the Democratic party,
research associate at the Harvard Opinion strong signal that this is probably not the trans legislation, and I think that theyre in particular, that being trans (or any of
Research Program, said the wins are important case. Weve seen lots of dierent types of going to take a moment to pause and think the other smaller minorities, such as Sikh)
on their own for transgender visibility. candidates not just trans candidates, that the author of anti-trans legislation is no longer a liability, but may actually be
With so few transgender people in but other ones running all across the was just beaten by a transgender woman, an asset, Beyer said.
oce, everyone is important, Casey country being successful yesterday and I think thats going to give them The Democratic wins in Virginia and New
said. And so, theres one level on which and speaking openly about the various pause, Meloy said. Jersey were widely viewed as a stinging
these wins are really important just for aspects of their identities, and winning Casey, however, cautioned a lot of rebuke to President Trump and LGBT
trans people and the LGBTQ community their elections. things were in play in the election for the rights supporters are hopeful the trans
generally, saying that we can win elections. But with many anti-trans lawmakers in 13th district seat in Virginia and the result victories carry the same message to the
We can be out, and be proud and be state legislatures introducing legislation on election night might not be about White House over his anti-LGBT actions.
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AIDS is about to turn 37it approaches treatment and whose virus is under control which was on the verge of elimination CHARLES KAISER, ALAN MILLER, TIM MILLER, MAER
middle age. Still a major killermore than are rendered non-infectious to others. in this country, is roaring back. The ROSHAN, HOLLY HUGHES, KIT WINTER, BRAD LAMM,
one million people died of AIDS last year. Treatments for HIV have never been condom culture that we worked so hard FADERMAN, ORIOL GUTTIEREZ, SETH HEMMELGARN,
But tamed in comparison to its youth: 1.8 better. One pill, once-a-day is now to establish is being destroyed. Just as ROBIN TYLER, CHRIS AZZOPARD, ALLEN ROSKOFF,
million new infections this year, down from the norm, with lower side eects and we did in the 80s, the only way that we JOHN PAUL KING, JOHN MCHUGH-DENNIS, MELODY
three million 10 years ago. Nevertheless, toxicities; however, HIV treatment still can reverse this devastating trend is on WINSTON GEISEKE, RICHARD ANDREOLI, DREW
since more people are becoming newly means taking medication every day for a a grassroots community basis, which will MACKIE, JOEY DIGUGLIELMO, CHRIS JOHNSON, LOU
infected than are dying, the epidemic is lifetime. But these lifesaving treatments take courageous leadership. CHIBBARO JR., MARIAH COOPER, ABBY DEES, REBEKAH
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What does it mean to be all-gender affirming?

prevailing wisdom among many refusing to t into a gender box created by have barely been able to dene trans-
The new director of PFLAG therapists, caregivers, teachers, coaches, people and systems with a very rigid gender arming policies and practices that
National isnt afraid to ask clergy and mentors may be dangerously agenda. While I see many negative posts work for our binary-embracing kids. But
misinformed and destructive to their about gender-expansive kids as being the good news is, we have done it. We
childs growth and well-being. nothing more than special snowakes know what a healthy trans childhood
PFLAGs approach as we welcome more or privileged, helicopter-parented kids, and adolescence looks like thanks to
and more of these parents to the family the reality is that genderqueer kids in grassroots work by thousands of trans
is to create spaces that maximally serve the study were more often kids of color, activists, parents and families of trans
them and their families. This includes living in poverty, and bi-identied than youth, and trans-arming allies. We
researching and developing lists of local, respondents who identied as male or have strong community-based research,
regional, and national resources that female. Far from being overindulged they best practices, and good legislation. And
are all-gender arming, staying current were often suering under some of the despite the many who arent informed
Dr. JAIME M. GRANT is executive director of and creating additional anity support worst oppression our society dishes out. or arming, we do have great all-gender
PFLAG National. group meetings to the chapter schedule The other thing that many of us dont arming therapists, caregivers, teachers,
for parents who are desperate for safer recall is that those noisy 70s feminists coaches, clergy and mentors. But we still
spaces among parents navigating the beside whom we were marching in those have many mountains to climb.
Ive only been in the executive director same dicult waters. early PFLAG-founding pride protests were We must climb them simultaneously. In
chair at PFLAG National for 10 weeks What exactly does it mean to be all- among the rst scholars to note that gender the 2017 US Transgender Survey published
and the revolutionary moment we are gender arming? In 2007, I was a principal categories were a ction, made up to punish by NCTEjust ten years following the original
in around gender, gender identity, and researcher for the rst National Transgender anyone who challenged gender norms, study8,000 of its 25,000 trans participants
gender expression could not be more Discrimination Survey (NTDS). Our ndings especially lesbian, gay, bi and transgender identied as non-binary or gender expansive.
evident. PFLAG chapters all over the were published in the groundbreaking people. Gender rigidity has always been I havent looked at this data closely, but I
nationindeed all over the world book Injustice at Every Turn, in 2011. At the the foundation of homo- and bi-phobias, am certain that these 8,000 respondents
are experiencing a signicant inux of time, 840 of our 6,500 respondents did not deeming sissy boys and mannish dykes as provided us with many more than the 500
parents with very young transgender and identify as male or female, and wrote in 500 the most deviant and dangerous of queers. genders that were named in 2007.
gender-expansive children. Much like the distinct identiers for their genders. Some Schools, churches, sports teams, youth This should be a source of joy for all of
parents of lesbian, gay and bi kids in the of my favorites were Gender Pirate. Gender leadership, and support programs are us because, unlike the childhoods LGBTQ
70s, many of these parents step into their Mosaic. Hybrid. NoGender. Genderfabulist. largely unprepared for our gender-expansive people in my generation survived, this
local PFLAG chapter meeting with a mix of Many had no desire for hormones or kids. We know this because it has been a generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans
bewilderment, deep worry, and relief. medical procedures. Others found gender- very steep climb making these institutions and gender-expansive kids are claiming and
Today, the parents of youth who conrming medical procedures essential to supportive of trans kids who do t into the naming themselves at much younger ages.
identify as a gender dierent from the their gender journey. binary. Creating all-gender arming spaces Together, well carve innovative pathways
one checked o on a birth certicate face Gender-expansive respondents in the means we must create policies and practices through the many institutions that encumber
a mountain of barriers to raising healthy NTDS were largely younger than people in that serve kids of all gendersthose in the and thwart our youth. Lets all get ready. Our
kids. Even in families that wholeheartedly the full sample. They demonstrated both binary, and those beyond. kids deserve nothing less than an all-out, all-
embrace their childs authentic gender, resistance and whimsy in their write-ins, I know, I know. It seems like a lot. We gender celebration.

Losing a lover to AIDS before or after.

My years with Rob are The dierences between Rob and me
how I measure time now were considerable. Rob was very well
read and graduated magna cum laude
from Harvard. I barely made it through
high school. Rob was compulsive about
neatness and order. I would leave my
clothes in a pile where I removed them. I
had been living on my own since I was 17
and had developed street smarts that Rob
never did.
In fact, he never stopped being naive.
But instead of allowing these dierences
GARY BARTON was an actor and former senior to become a wedge, we learned from each
vice president of production at Walt Disney Co. other because of them.
In 1992, along with his partner Rob Hershman
and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, he won Three years before he died, Rob told
the Leadership Award from AIDS ACTION in me he needed to pursue a spiritual path
to deal with what he knew was in store
for him. He decided, having been born a
Jew, that he would study the Torah. Up
That last month, I could look only in his until then, he had no particular religious
eyes, for that is where he was. His face connection with Judaism, but like many
was covered with raw open sores. His gray Jews, he had a strong cultural bond.
translucent skin was stretched tautly from In typical fashion, he excelled in his
bone to bone. He had become a body with studies and for this, in that last month,
which I had no history. the rabbis with whom he was studying,
When I got scared, I held him in my arms honored him in a ceremony naming him
and stared into his eyes. They were clear a maggid. Maggid in Hebrew means: a
and beautiful and familiar. That is where teacher or storyteller.
we connected now. It is an honor that is rarely bestowed
That last month I remember as to a layperson and Rob was indeed
snapshots of black and gray. Even the honored. He had won many awards
blood Rob bled, in my memory, lacks color. including two Emmys and a Peabody
Time is distorted and that month seems award for journalism but this was the
much longer than a month is. I can still feel acknowledgement of which he was most
myself pushing away certain memories. proud. At that ceremony, our family and
It has been years since Rob died and friends listened as Rob spoke of how
the black ashes stay a little longer now, generations ago a persons character
and very slowly, like a photograph coming seemed to be so important, and that today
up in a darkroom tray, I begin to see the no one talks about character. Rob had
memory develop and x. When I met Rob, character. He was the most decent person
he was beginning to lose weight. I watched I have ever known.
him chart his unexplained fevers daily. That last month, we had another
A friend commented that he thought ceremony at our home. For a long
I was courageous to get involved with time Rob had wanted some formal
someone who was beginning to get sick. acknowledgement of our love. Id had no
Courage had nothing to do with it. I knew interest in emulating a tradition that had
after spending a few weeks with Rob, that never welcomed me. But one night, that
this was the man I would allow myself last month, I looked at Robs body in the
to love and with more diculty, allow to bed and decided I wanted to marry him.
love me. I committed to make the journey He was so riddled with pain that there was
of my life with him, not knowing where it a moan coming from him that seemed
would lead. It was quite simply, the wisest disconnected, as if his body was screaming
decision I ever made.
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but not his soul. He once described

the pain as a beehive in his brain with
thousands of killer bees swarming and
stinging him from within.
I wanted to give him this gift. And so, before
our closest friends, family, our dogs and our
doctors, we stood on our deck and celebrated
our love for each other. Not a commitment
ceremony really, for the commitment had
been made many years before. Rob was frail
and had trouble standing that Sunday, and
yet his face radiated enormous power and
strength. His eyes were present and lled
with tears of joy.
He died exactly one month to the day
with the gold band on his bony nger that
matched the one on mine. He was 41.
That last month seems nonlinear. The
events are jumbled up. Extraordinary
moments of profound joy mix with
unbearably painful ones. I didnt only lose
Rob that last month. I also said goodbye
to Paul Monette, my beloved friend and
fellow warrior, who died with his icy,
yellow hand sandwiched between mine.
For many seasons past, Paul and I
talked almost daily, sharing our anger and
comparing our t-cells. For 10 years we ran
neck and neck, only in this race the winner
comes in last. There was no room for
anything or anyone that was not directly
connected to Robs care. Even mourning
Pauls death had to wait. that song is really hot and mean the room at Highgrove, which evidently had frightened Rob because he so hated
As our world became narrower, Robs same thing. I assumed that Rob was talking hundreds of Faberge eggs just sitting on the feeling of being disconnected to the
world of learning, teaching, and touching to Dani continuing one of his lessons. tables with no security. I thought it was very life at which he was clutching and
people seemed to expand. I often think of When he got o the phone I said, how is odd that Rob did not pick one up and put it marveling. His inability to study and
him sitting at the dining room table with Dani? He said ,oh, that was not Dani, it in his pocket but Rob was much too ethical meditate made the spiritual pain of being
our Guatemalan housekeeper Dani. Her was Prince Charles. I sadly thought Robs to do that. I viewed it more like taking on the drug as bad as the physical pain of
husband had forbid her to go to school to previous dementia had returned and as an ashtray from a hotel. What I thought not. It frightened me because it dulled the
improve her English. Rob oered to teach upsetting that was to me, I just let it go. was cool (and hot) was that Rob did not bright life force that shone in his eyes.
her, which he did until a week before he The next day Rob mentioned how nice it dierentiate how he spoke whether it was Rob began losing his vision that last
died, his patience vying with his pain. was for Prince Charles to call. With further to a housekeeper or to British royalty. That month before he died. He could not see
One of the things I so admired in Rob inquiry I discovered that Rob actually had was just part of who Rob was. The fact out but I could see in.
was his total lack of classism. I came been talking to the Prince. Rob had done that Rob never made a big deal about his That last month I took a photo of Rob in
home one day and overheard Rob on the a story about architecture when producing friendship with Prince Charles from before the desert. I look at it often. He is standing
telephone explaining to the person on news for CBS. He had interviewed Prince he and I met, was just one more example next to an also decrepit cactus, both
the other end how in American English it Charles at Highgrove House, his country of his genuine modesty and humbleness. looking up at the sky. Rob is beaming with
was common for certain words to have estate. They had kept up a correspondence That last month, Rob was diagnosed with unlimited joy and the desert bright, washed
an opposite denition such as cool and and a friendship and when Charles had a fungal infection that was literally eating out light seems to be originating from
hot, and yet in certain circumstances, they called Rob at CBS, he was informed of Robs through his sinuses to the bones surrounding within him rather than from the sun. Most
mean the same thing. condition and called him to wish him well. his brain. His physical pain was extraordinary of the time when I look at the picture, my
People could say that something was I remember Rob used to laugh when he and only slightly helped by morphine. tears blur my vision, but not my memory of
very cool as in that song is very cool or told the story about being left alone in a Morphine frightened both of us. It his eyes. Still, that is where he is.




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STORIES will peer into the heart of an epidemic and the foundation of a community


The AIDS Monument will occupy West Hollywood Parks pool and auditorium area and the hearts and minds of WeHoans.


In just a scant couple of years, West protect the LGBTQ community, and one the monuments mission is more than just artist Daniel Tobin, of Urban Arts Project.
Hollywood will finally have an AIDS monument. also profoundly impacted by the viral remembering the people who died, but Tobin is well-versed in insinuating art
Titled STORIES: The AIDS Monument, epidemic that brought it to its knees. also a representation of a movement that into a community with a message and a
it is meant to embody the bittersweet Foundation for The AIDS Monument received its civil rights.
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How long have you been out and who On what do you insist? What would you walk across hot coals
was the hardest person to tell? BOTH: Equal human rights for all for?
Eric: I have been out since 2015, the Eric: My family.

hardest person to tell was my husband. What was your last Facebook post or Corey: My family
Corey: I have been out for almost 5 years, Tweet?
the hardest people to tell were my friends Corey: Last Facebook post was a What LGBT stereotype annoys you
honestly. Delaware Today story about an unlikely most?
ERIC & COR EY MAISON advocate for trans rights. Eric: People not realizing that sexual
Whos your LGBT hero? Eric: My last Facebook post said this: Life orientation and gender identity are 2
Eric: Corey is by far my LGBT hero. is so precious. Be GRATEFUL every second completely dierent things.
By SUSAN HORNIK Corey: Jazz Jennings is my hero, without of every day for EVERYTHING you have. It Corey: That trans women arent real
her sharing her story publicly I dont know can all be gone in an instant. women.
You might have read the People where I would be today.
magazine article earlier this year that If your life were a book, what would Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
proled Eric Maison and his daughter, Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, the title be? Eric: Denitely Love, Simon but it wont
Corey. Formerly mother and son, the past or present? Eric: You Really Wouldnt Believe If It I be released until 2018, so The Danish
two were watching a documentary about Corey: Santa Monica Pier is my fave, not Told You Anyway Girl
a transgender girl, when they had a sure its actually a nightspot though. Corey: How I Made It Through Corey: Not a movie, but the show Glee is
moment of realization: they wanted to my fav
be transgender. The Los Angeles Blade Describe your dream wedding. If science discovered a way to change
spoke exclusively to them for this feature. Corey: I would have a beautiful, sexual orientation, what would you Whats the most overrated social
Originally from Las Vegas, Erica glamorous white wedding dress with a do? custom?
was a stay-at-home mom of ve kids, ridiculously long train, and we would have Both: Nothing Both: EVERYTHING being gendered. Also
currently living in Detroit and exploring the ceremony on the beach barefoot. organized religion.
Los Angeles for all the right reasons. What do you believe in beyond the
Both she and her son had felt What non-LGBT issue are you most physical world? What trophy or prize do you most
uncomfortable in their bodies, but they passionate about? Eric: I believe in a higher power, I call it covet?
didnt quite know how to articulate what Eric: The homelessness and poverty the Universe. I believe that we are all Both: None
they were experiencing. problem in America. energy that is connected, and the higher
Eric Maison, 39, began transitioning to Corey: Bullying power is inside all of us. What do you wish youd known at 18?
become male in 2015, after his daughter Corey: I believe we are all God. Eric: What being Trans was so I might
Corey, 14, began hormone treatment to What historical outcome would you have been able to transition earlier in life.
become female. Corey kept the name she change? Whats your advice for LGBT movement Corey: Lucky me, no?
was born with but was assigned male sex BOTH: Trump being elected president. leaders?
when he was. She has identied as female Eric: Keep advocating and educating until Why Los Angeles?
since she was 2 years old Whats been the most memorable pop we all have equal rights. I also want to Corey: Because its accepting, progressive,
Maisons medical transition began in culture moment of your lifetime? thank every LGBT leader for their eorts and you can be yourself without
2016.The two are now much happier, Eric: The death of Michael Jackson and hard work in this ght. judgment.
working on a book deal and a possible Corey: So many things... Corey: Please keep letting LGBT kids know
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WeHo grapples with short-term rental regulations



Ridiculous, Brad Keistler, a 75-year-old most of her guests use Uber so they
gay man who owns a multiunit property near have no car. And regarding safety, she
the Pacic Design Center in West Hollywood, is cautious about whom she rents to.
said. He was referring to a proposed 90-day There are verication processes in place
cap on the number of room nights allowed hinting at Airbnbs online process but
for hosted short-term rentals (STRs) now acknowledged concerns are legitimate if
before the WeHo City Council. nobody is on the property.
As you may be aware, how the home- The dierence between hosted and
sharing economy is aecting communities non-hosted may be the line in the sand.
across the nation is a huge political football Three random WeHo residents who
right now. The City of LA is considering a are not part of the home-sharing economy
revision to its policies and cities from Palm with any online service were asked for
Springs to Pasadena to San Jose have all Airbnb rooms and apartments for short-term rent is the subject of much discussion in LA County. their perspective.
drafted dierent laws. West Hollywood City Council will chime in on the debate in December. Rafael Bunuel, who owns a home on
Keistler said homesharing is good for so PHOTO COURTESY OF AIRBNB Rangely Ave. in the WeHo West area, says
many reasons. He enjoys meeting people hosted STRs are OK because he trusts his
from all over the world, saying, I live alone and neighbors. Not so with non-hosted. Who
like the company. For him, a 90-day restriction earned up to $2,500 per month renting out who also drives for Uber and Lyft, told the Los do I call if theres too much noisethe
on hosted STRs would be too restrictive, the her second bedroom, three times what she Angeles Blade. Im not some rich landlord renters or the police?
same phrasing Airbnbs Connie Llanos used received from Social Security. warehousing entire buildings full of luxury And Michael Rosenblatt, who rents one
on a separate call with me. Describing the proposed 90-day cap as apartments for rent on Airbnb, he added. half of a duplex in the same area echoed
Yet despite references to the proposed very limiting, Lewis prefers no cap at all WeHos City Council seems to be that concern about non-hosted, saying,
90-day cap, in truth, its not the only option. for hosted STRs. A limit, she said, makes it listening to hosts concerns, those outlining Who is going to rent it? For hosted, hes
WeHos limit could become 180 days or hard to survive. the monetary necessity of STRs, as well as ne with it because he knows his neighbor
even remain at the current complete ban According to Airbnb, 25% of hosts those admitting they just rent out a room on the other side of his wall would address
on any STRs under 31 days, whether hosted use STR income to avoid eviction or for personal satisfaction. any problems from renters.
or not. Hosted means the property owner foreclosure and 50% use STR income Still, opponents raise many objections. For all I know they may already be doing
(in some cases tenant) remains on the as supplementation, to pay everyday They point to noise, like loud music and it, a middle-aged co-owner of a four-unit
property. Currently the city has no plans to expenses, such as those for rent, a partying, trac congestion and losing the property just north of Pavilions in WeHo
revise the ban on non-hosted STRs. mortgage, food and transportation. Hosts peace of mind of simply knowing ones said. Preferring to remain anonymous, he
If Keistler had his way, there wouldnt in WeHo, they say, also earn $9,000 in neighbors. As for non-hosted rentals, the was referring to whether his neighbors rent
be a ban. He sees no need for it. It should supplemental income every year. biggest issue is the reduction of available out their homes or spare rooms for STRs.
be said that he is a super host on Airbnb WeHo, no stranger to the challenges long-term rental units driving up rents. For him, there is no correlation with
with a 98% approval rating. presented the gig and sharing economy, is an Keistler said hes had no complaints issues like noise or safety. Based upon his
But super, or not, hes not alone. aging city of mostly LGBT residents a majority from neighbors, so doesnt really get experience living in various areas of LA,
Loren Lewis, a former model, lives in a are 50+ and many Seniors are forced to nd the concerns about safety or strangers such concerns may be more of a problem
condo her son owns on Kings Road south of creative ways to supplement their income. renting from him. Tourists just come here with long-term renters.
Santa Monica Boulevard. Up until WeHos Juan Morales is 68 years old and HIV to sleep. They are out all the time. Its not about renting short term, he said,
2015 ban on STRs, and her homeowners positive. My income producing years were He added that Airbnb is self-regulating. its about the people. In his view, people
association also prohibiting them, she robbed from me because of the AIDS crisis. I Hosts and renters post reviews online after coming to WeHo for STRs are generally
rented out her second bedroom often. have no savings and will have to work to the a transaction and stressed how that can professionals in need of corporate housing,
While she said I love, love, love doing it end of my life, he said. But I earn almost half go both ways. In his view, this mechanism or tourists with high incomes, two demos
and that shes met wonderful people, she my rent by hosting out of towners in my little generally ensures a high-quality customer he is not worried about.
also added: I need the money. Prior to the spare bedroom through Airbnb. If the city because the community decides.
ban, Lewis, a divorcee receiving no alimony, restricts that Im forced out, Morales, a renter As for trac concerns, Lewis said CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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Queer love transitions in Rotterdam



The Dutch city of Rotterdam which going, self-deprecatory charm; and Audrey
provides both name and setting for the Cain is sly and utterly delicious as Lelani,
excellent Jon Brittain play now running at Alices free-spirited co-worker, bringing
the Skylight Theatre Company is not a layers of unexpected depth to a role which
place where people stay. Ships come in and for a less skillful actress might have
ships go out, but none remains for long. played merely as a goofy caricature.
Contrary to this observation, the two At the helm, Shepperd steers his
characters at the center of this Olivier- actors through the physical space as
winning comedy have been there for deftly as he does through the emotional.
seven years. Cleverly-choreographed scene changes,
Alice and Fiona, a pair of expatriate accompanied by brash and blaring Euro
English women, are lovers who have hip-hop, move the action from place to
put o returning to Britain so that Alice place across a boldly stylized cityscape
can avoid coming out to her parents. representing the plays eponymous locale.
Now, nally, on New Years Eve, Alice has A neon-avored mlange of modernist,
composed an email revealing to them her art deco, and brutalist inuences designed
long-kept secret; but just as shes about to by Je McLaughlin, this visually stunning
send it, Fiona decides to make a coming- set serves to make the city itself a place
out of her own. She announces that she AUDREY CAIN and MIRANDA WYNN co-star in Rotterdam, a play by Jon Brittain. of transition, through which people only
has always identied as a man, and that pass on their way to someplace else -- an
she wants to start living as one. omnipresent metaphor for change.
You might expect such a revelation That, of course, is what Rotterdam is
to come as the culmination to a lengthy not much dierent when your sexual invite us to laugh at it. really all about.
exploration of gender and identity but in identity is dened by the gender to which Much of the shows weight rests on the Though it addresses the subject through
Rotterdam, its just the beginning. you are attracted, what happens when the shoulders of Ashley Romans and Miranda the lens of trans and lesbian experience,
Fionas moment of truth provides a person you love changes theirs? Wayne as Fiona and Alice, respectively Brittains brilliant play is truly universal in
jumping o point for Brittains script, which As Brittains play makes clear, its a and both give star performances. Romans its scope. When it opens, Fiona and Alice
proceeds to navigate its characters through complex question made even more strikes an impressive balance between are deeply bonded and sure of each other;
a tangle of obstacles and repercussions. dicult to answer when it is woven into condence and vulnerability, never leaving in a single moment, everything changes.
To begin with, there are the practical a web of relationships with siblings, ex- us in doubt of her characters innate The ground upon which their relationship
considerations of transitioning physical lovers, parents, and that sexy young thing masculinity or generosity of spirit as has been built has shifted, and it is by no
presentation, decisions about surgery, from the oce. she transforms. In portraying the conict means certain that either of them will be
picking a new name (the choice is Adrian). In Skylights crisp, entertaining between unconditional support for her able to make the adaptations necessary
Overwhelming as these may be, they are production of this deceptively funny partner and concern for her own needs, for it to survive.
relatively straightforward matters; less Olivier-winner, director Michael A. Wayne may have the bigger challenge; she Anyone who has been in a long-term
so is the eect it has on Alice who, after Shepperd and his superb young cast succeeds brilliantly, creating an eminently relationship straight, gay, trans, or otherwise
spending a lifetime working up the courage display a shrewd understanding of the likeable character and illuminating her will certainly recognize that situation.
to embrace her identity as a lesbian is emotional whirlwind that underpins its dilemma with humanity. Together, they To put it metaphorically, weve all been
suddenly faced with the fact that the woman provocative sit-com premise. As they make an endearing, believable, and heart- to Rotterdam.
she loves is no longer a woman. amuse us with sparkling banter and rending couple.
Rotterdam by Jon Brittain opens at 8:30
Weve often seen stories about the comedic complications, they chart the The other half of this four-person cast p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 and plays at 8:30 p.m.
eects of gender transition in pairings treacherous territory of personal gender are every bit as stellar. As Josh, Ryan on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays;
and 8 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 11, 2017.
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Call Me By Your Name, a romance for the ages



Left to right: ARMIE HAMMER as Oliver and TIMOTHE CHALAMET as Elio


The most shocking thing about Call Me considerable (and comfortable) remove albeit secretive romance. Of course, although the sex is a crucial
By Your Name is that it isnt as shocking from the current brouhaha. Again, it cant be emphasized strongly element, its not all there is to Call Me By
as you might think. Set in northern Italy in 1983, the lm enough how un-sensational this all is. Your Name. More than a romance, the
If youve been following the news even takes place in the home (and surrounding There is none of the heavy breathing of lm is really a coming of age story a key
in passing over the last few months then bucolic environs) of Professor Perlman Brokeback Mountain nor even the guilt- aspect that benets greatly from Chalamets
you know that intergenerational gay (Michael Stuhlbarg) who specializes in the haunted caressing (and accompanying remarkable performance. He commits
relationships have sprung up as a kind study Greco-Roman culture. Every summer, social angst) of Ivorys gay classic, Maurice. completely to revealing all the complex,
of cultural third rail, but director Luca the professor hosts a learned acolyte to Indeed, when the sex nally happens (no contradictory impulses that accompany
Guadagnino, armed with a screenplay assist with his work; this year its a youthful, spoiler there anyone walking into this his rite of passage; its an unforgettable
adapted by James Ivory from Andre Acimans vigorous and very handsome scholar named lm is sure to be expecting it), although portrait of a boys journey to manhood,
bestselling novel, shows no prurient interest Oliver (Armie Hammer). This new arrival in undeniably erotic, it is handled with a accomplished with rare insight and honesty.
in exploring this topic. Call Me By Your the household catches the interest of the kind of staid observational academicism. As for Hammer an actor whose career
Name which details the summer ing professors son Elio (Timothee Chalamet) Guadagnino and his actors emphasize has survived several misres largely on the
between a 24-year-old man and the 17-year- and the feeling is mutual. Though each feigns tenderness and feeling, capturing the strength of his impossibly good looks he
old son of his employer unfolds as a sweet- indierence, as the summer progresses magic of rst-time dalliance in a way that oers a less showy, but equally eective
spirited romantic idyll, blithely unconcerned their attraction becomes impossible to makes it seem, if not wholly innocent, at
with societal disdain, and therefore at a ignore, until it blossoms into a full-blown least entirely wholesome. CONTINUES ON PAGE 35
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Out in the Country



When Gods Own Country, the excellent

new movie by the openly gay English
lmmaker Francis Lee, opens, Johnny Saxby
(the outstanding Josh OConnor) spends his
nights drinking and picking up strange men
at the local pub and spends his mornings
puking his guts out.
Its all too easy to understand why. He
spends his days working on the desolate
family farm in the harsh hills of Yorkshire.
His father Martin (Ian Hurt) has limited
mobility after a stroke, but still has the time
and energy to belittle his son and boss him
around. His grandmother Deirdre (the stony
Gemma Jones, whose face is as weathered
as the cruel countryside) isnt much warmer.
Things start to change when Gheorghe
Ionescu (Alex Secareanu) enters the scene.
Hes a migrant worker from Romania that
JOSH OCONNOR (left) and ALEC SECAREANU in Gods Own Country
the family has reluctantly hired to help
them out for a few months during lambing
season. When Johnny and Gheorghe go to
the high pastures to tend the ock, they faced by Johnny and Gheorghe have more Even though Gods Own Country is oer richly textured performances. As
begin to develop feelings for each other. to do with Johnnys fear of intimacy than Lees rst feature-length lm, his directoral Johnnys gru family, Jones and Hart avoid
Their rst sexual encounter, like with societal disapproval. In fact, his old work is masterful. The pacing is steady caricature and deliver inty but well-
Johnnys other pickups, is brief and brutal, schoolmate Robyn (a delightfully quirky and assured and the momentum never rounded characters.
little more than a wrestling match with Patsy Ferran) acknowledges his sexuality falters. Each shot is beautifully composed, Lee is equally adept at working with the
orgasms at the end. But their feelings when she oers to introduce him to a gay but never draws attention to itself. animals who play such an important role in
begin to change and deepen as they work friend from college. With an able assist from director of the lm. While the baby lamb that Gheorghu
together and develop a deep mutual Johnnys problem is that he has shut photography Joshua James Richard, saves is adorable and brings some much-
respect for each other. Gheorghe awakens down emotionally, a reasonable response Lee achieves a minor miracle. As spring needed levity to the proceedings, its
a tender passion in Johnny and the two to the harsh conditions of his life. When returns to the moors, and as Johnnys heart presence is balanced by the sickly calf that
men begin to plan a life together. Gheorghe nally breaks through Johnnys begins to thaw, color and life return to the Martin forces Johnny to shoot and the dead
The storyline and landscape may bring reserve and coaxes a smile out of him, the unforgiving landscape. There can be great lamb that Gheorghu skins.
to mind Ang Lees Brokeback Mountain, screen lights up. beauty in the countryside where Lee was Gods Own Country is a bracing and
but while the two lms may share some As both writer and director, Frances Lee born, and his love of the land infuses every beautiful lm. It is forthright and sensitive in
cinematic DNA, Gods Own Country is a very creates complex characters and situations frame. The work is still hard and lthy, but its depiction of gay sexuality and refreshing
dierent movie. In Brokeback Mountain, with impressive eciency. Given the life on the moors has its rewards. in its focus on the fear of intimacy rather
Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar can only dream taciturn nature of the characters, the Lee also draws great performances than homophobia (whether external or
of a life together. Facing poverty, internalized dialogue is sparse, but every word pays from his talented cast. He made OConnor internalized). Lee writes and directs with
homophobia and extreme social prejudice, o. Sometimes the thick accents can he and Secareanu train on the farm where condence and grace and creates a rich
they both marry women and can only be hard to understand, but the intention is the movie was lmed, and their hard work portrait of the Yorkshire moors and the
together during shing trips. always clear. The script is richly nuanced makes scenes of delivering lambs and tough people who live there. Its a must-see
In Gods Own Country, set in a very and deeply moving, leavened with rare but tending the land look entirely believable. lm and deserves to be a contender during
dierent time and place, the challenges joyous moments of love and laughter. The two have an easy chemistry and awards season.
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Justice League a strong action lm with heart



he admits, his only superpower is that

hes rich. Maybe its time for Batman to
recharge while he appears as a supporting
character, or maybe its time for a reboot.
The supporting cast is amazing
seasoned veterans who provide serious
support to the main cast and who bring
a depth of pathos, gravity, humor and
wisdom to the story. Theres Diane Lane as
the grieving Martha Kent and Amy Adams
as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Joe
Morton as Dr. Stone, Billy Crudup as Henry
Allen, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta and
J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
Without them, the movie would be much
less interesting.
The movie generally looks lovely, with
beautiful establishing shots dening each
new location. Theres plenty of light so you
can see the actors faces and follow the
action clearly. The ght scenes are well
choreographed with a clear narrative ow
and ne ashes of humor. Snyder and his
The Flash, Batman and Wonder Woman team up in Justice League.
crew (and Whedon) enjoy playing with the
timing of the action sequences; the other
characters slow down when viewed by the
Justice League is great fun. The pair meet up and decide to bring sequences; shes erce and vulnerable Flash. Some of the special eects fall at
Directed by Zack Snyder (with an together an eclectic band of powerful with plenty of charm, a warm sense of (the streaks of light that follow The Flash
uncredited assist from Joss Whedon) mists to ght Steppenwolf (voiced by humor and a deep concern for her fellow need some rethinking), but for the most
from a screenplay by Chris Torres (with Ciarn Hinds), a nasty intergalactic villain superheroes and for all of humanity. part, things work well.
a credited assist from Joss Whedon), the who wants to conquer the world. His Miller, who recently came out as Fans will want to watch the lm for a
lm pleasantly and eectively blends fast- storyline, quite frankly, is rather confusing bisexual, brings a nice blend of comedy second time on streaming or DVD to make
paced action sequences, frequent doses of and not very interesting, but that really and social anxiety to the role, growing in sure they catch all of the inside jokes,
comedy, and enough engaging drama to doesnt matter. Snyder and Torres (and condence as he explores his powers. Easter eggs and evolving origin stories, but
cover the exposition needed to launch the Whedon) wisely focus their energy on the Fisher is fascinating as an anguished young everyone should see the lm in theaters
next several movies in the DC Universe. emergence of the Justice League and the man whose human parts are being slowly rst to enjoy the spectacle. The lm should
The plot kicks o when Bruce Wayne/ emotional journeys of the characters. replaced by machinery. Despite the poorly please both fans and neophytes.
Batman (Ben Aeck), still feeling guilty As seen in last years Batman v Superman: designed costume and an underwritten Justice League is a strong action lm
about the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Dawn of Justice, the other members of role, Momoa is ne as Aquaman, ready to with a warm heart and a pleasant sense
battles a mysterious winged creature that the League are Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra take his place in the cinematic kingdom. of humor. The characters bravely face
seems to feed on fear. At the same time, Miller), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The only real weak spot is Ben Aeck Steppenwolf, but even more importantly,
after handily thwarting a terrorist attack, Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa). who seems tired. Batman is the lynchpin they face down their own fears and foibles
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) The acting, for the most part, is strong of the plot, but both the character and and help their comrades do the same. And
receives a warning of imminent danger and interesting. Gal Gadot is a cinematic his performance seem underdeveloped. that, after all, is what being a superhero is
from her fellow Amazons. treasure. She looks great in the action He has only his guilt and his gadgets; as really all about.
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Holland Taylor is the magic in Stephen Kings Mr. Mercedes



There are many who believe that are so engaging. The minute you start
like ne wine, we get better with time. reading a Stephen King book, you are
Nowhere is that more evident than with going to nish it.
Holland Taylor, who is the very denition The New Yorker has called Holland
of living with grace. Taylor the rst vaudeville Gentile we ever
The veteran lesbian actress will turn saw. Her New York stage performances
75 next month and is thriving: in a include Bess in Breakfast with Les and
successful relationship with American Bess, the original productions of Butley,
Horror Storys Sarah Paulson, guest opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurneys
starring on the popular ABC comedy, The Cocktail Hour.
Speechless, and is one of the ensemble In Los Angeles, Taylor has performed
cast members in Audience Networks in Kindertransport, and played opposite
Mr. Mercedes, the TV adaptation of Christopher Lloyd in Yasmina Rezas The
Stephen Kings novel. Unexpected Man at the Geen.
Quite a few people asking who On television, Holland has been
plays my mother in tomorrow nights nominated for the Emmy seven times,
Thanksgiving episode of Speechless, it winning Best Supporting Actress in a
is the GLORIOUS Holland Taylor and she Drama for the sexually popular Judge
is bloody funny! Minnie Driver quipped. Roberta Kittleson on The Practice.
Driver described Taylors excellent On the red carpet at Emmy Awards,
character as a super snooty scary Paulson gave a sweet shout-out to her
mummy. girlfriend on E! Hi, Holland, she said
Taylor is used to playing brash on camera. If youre watching, Holland
characters; in Mr. Mercedes, Taylor Taylor, I love you.
plays an outspoken next-door neighbor; And Holland is equally in adoration
a woman who prides herself on all things of Paulson. During an episode of Radio
aesthetically-pleasing, be it her rose garden Andys Sandyland broadcast with host
or her naked body, Ida tells it like it is. Sandra Bernhard, Taylor said: I must
It gave me a little trepidation, but Id say it has to be part of what has to be
worked with David E. Kelley before, and the most wonderful thing in my life, is
he has a tremendous intellectual grasp the whole embrace of this wonderful
in doing what he does, so I knew he had a relationship which makes everything
larger purpose, she told Cosmopolitan. else make sense.
com. And now that Ive been in it, I Im the luckiest person in the world.
actually cant imagine seeing a story with I cant talk about my life today and not
so many twisted and perverse events ... mention this wonderful love.
without there being at least one person Taylor has worked extensively in lm
whos sane, stable, and caring about that and television, appearing in Romancing
main character. the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die
Taylor is not a fan of the horror genre. For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine
Im terried of the genre and Im not Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman
overwhelmingly drawn to it any more Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 &
than I am to going on a death-defying Ill read the next ones in the series. A lot that Im fearful, really I just dont like 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde,
roller coaster. I read Mr. Mercedes, and of people have commented to me that to volunteer to be thrown o a cli with and Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy
if the show goes on, which I hope it will, its ridiculous to be so fearful and its not anxiety. But I have to say his characters Poehler.
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Major Margaret Witt hopes her ght is still paving the way


When Major Margaret Witt won her together several miles from any military
landmark case against Dont Ask, Dont base. The ACLU of Washington sued,
Tell, in 2010, she never expected that claiming that the Dont Ask, Dont Tell
seven years later it would be used to help policy and its application to Witt, violated
transgender military men and women her rights of liberty and equal protection.
ght against a U.S. president declaring I knew right then and there I wanted to
them unt to serve. ght for my right to serve. Being gay in the
A decorated ight nurse and 20-year military, its the moment you dread. It was
veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Witt, who lived shock and disbelief. At the time, we were
in Spokane, Wash., until 2014, was the force going to war, and I thought, Ive spent over
behind the lawsuit that pushed Congress half of my life training for this and youre
and the Obama White House to repeal the not going to bench me now. The military
militarys Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy. trained me well, Witt says.
Dont Ask, Dont Tell was created Today, Witt works as a physical therapy
because of the governments belief that supervisor at the Portland Veterans
allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly Administration.
threatened unit discipline and cohesion. Although the book, now in its second
But on appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of printing, is sold as a memoir, Witt says
Appeals said Witt was entitled to a trial really its a legal thriller and love story. Its
and ruled the Air Force had to prove that about the strength of love and the power
dismissing her was specically necessary to PHOTO BY MYCHAL RICHARDSON; COURTESY OF THE ACLU
to do things you never thought you had
further a signicant government interest. the strength to do, she adds.
That standard of proof would be called truth openly and have pride in their service on transgender military service, ruling in Witt has been with her wife for 14 years.
the Witt standard and paved the way for the tweet is the distraction, she says. favor of the National Center for Lesbian The two married in 2012. She says in
Congress to repeal the policy, allowing Peter Renn, senior attorney at Lambda Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates addition to ling her case against Dont
gays and lesbians to serve openly in the Legal, told the LA Blade via email, that the & Defenders (GLAD), who led Doe v. Ask, Dont Tell, marrying was the other
military for the rst time. Ninth Circuits holding in Witt shows that Trump on August 9 seeking an immediate best decision she ever made.
When I got to go to the signing of the courts will closely scrutinize government injunction on behalf of ve transgender Although Tell was released at a time
repeal, Senator Lieberman came up to action that violates constitutional rights, service members. when equal rights for service members have
me and said, It was your story that made even when it occurs in the military context. The epic story of Witts Air Force career once again been called into question, Witt
the dierence. Having a face to the story The court recognized that the exclusion as a closeted lesbian, and her subsequent says she has faith in military leaders and
tipped it over the edge for the Senate of a service member from the military dismissal at the time when she was outed, the Pentagon to do the right thing when it
vote. That meant so much to me, Witt based on her sexual orientation crossed are the subject of a memoir she co-wrote comes to transgender people serving.
told the L.A. Blade. the line, because it infringed on her with Spokane journalist Tim Connor. It was I have faith that common sense will
Fast-forward to this year -- Witt says that liberty to go about her life like everyone released in October. prevail My heart goes out to everyone in
when she read President Trumps tweets else. The same thing is happening here Witts book, TELL: Love, Deance, and the military to have a Commander in Chief
about a ban on transgender military folks, -- transgender people are not only being the Military Trial at the Tipping Point as we do, particularly for transgender folks.
she was enraged. judged based on a characteristic unrelated for Gay Rights, covers the court case You face obstacles anywhere you
I felt the ght all over again, Witt says. to their ability to serve our country, that followed the day in 2004, when she go, especially as a woman and as a gay
These folks have been serving openly but based on considerations that the was summarily discharged based on woman, but what I continue to love about
since 2016 under a policy that clears Constitution protects against government an allegation from an ex-lover by the the military is the people I served with. I
them to serve. I was appalled. Our service intrusion and meddling, Renn says. womans husband, that Witt calls a sort of loved the mission and the challenge, I was
members are focused on the mission, Last month, US District Court Judge revenge outing. there to help people in need, and with
particularly now, and for a tweet to come Colleen Kollar-Kotelly put a hold on At the time Witt was in a committed those willing to make the ultimate sacrice
out and humiliate those who are living their President Trumps tweet-ordered ban relationship with another women and living for our country, Witt says.
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The triumph of Call Me By Your Name


performance as Oliver. Introduced as

an enigma, approachable yet aloof and
seemingly as arrogant as he is polite, he
slowly allows the layers to peel back as
he lets Elio into his carefully guarded
emotional inner sanctum, subtly revealing
that this heady summer ing is perhaps
even more of a joyful release for him
than it is for his youthful lover. Together,
these two have an electrifying chemistry
obviously an essential component of what
makes this lm work.
There is also ne work from the
supporting ensemble. Special mention
goes to Esther Garrel, for a radiant and
heartbreaking turn as a young girl caught
up in a misguided dalliance with the
confused and hormone-driven Elio; but
perhaps most memorable is Stuhlbarg,
whose generous and eminently likeable
performance as Elios father culminates in
a candid and moving speech that serves as
an unexpected emotional touchstone.
Director Guadagnino knows his actors
are key, but he doesnt ignore the ample
opportunity aorded by the picturesque
Italian villa and surrounding landscape
in which his lm is set. Beautifully
photographed by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Left to right: ARMIE HAMMER as Oliver and TIMOTHE CHALAMET as Elio


natural metaphor, denes the atmosphere

for this story of summer love appropriately
enough for a lm penned (brilliantly) by He also revels in the visual language of lm of Thomas Manns Death in Venice, on explicit conict, and leisurely paced, it
Ivory, whose pastoral romances of the 80s cinema. Much in Call Me By Your Name is where a beautiful youth overwhelms a dying will likely have much more appeal for an
are evoked in every frame. communicated without words; its biggest artist with feelings hed never known. older generation of audiences who will
Guadagnino additionally feeds the revelations are conveyed through a glance, In the context of the present moment, of also be far more apt to pick up on the
mood with the circumstances of his a touch, even a lingering shot of an apricot course, where intergenerational gay desire subtle meditation of the psychology of
premise; this is, after all, a story about tree. His most overt lmic nod comes with has become the stu of scandal, neither the closet that exists as an undercurrent
academics, and the director exploits the the closing scene, in which he lets his camera Mann nor Visconti can serve as a reference within the action. That doesnt mean,
cultural and artistic inuences with which rest on Elios face a shot as devastating as point. In a post-Kevin Spacey world, it is however, that it is not relevant in our
they surround themselves from the the famous close-up of Harriet Andersson in inevitable that Call Me By Your Name will contemporary world.
contained eroticism of Greek sculpture, to Ingmar Bergmans Summer with Monica, generate controversy but from a larger As a gay love story, told without
the measured sensuality of classical piano released 64 years ago. perspective, thats beside the point. judgment and without apology, its
music, he uses the intellectualism of his Guadagnino isnt exactly the gay Bergman, Call Me By Your Name is a sophisticated something that would have seemed
characters world to fuel the slow build at least not yet. Still, what hes created here exploration of a situation long overdue for unthinkable not so very long ago and
toward Oliver and Elios union. is some distance from Luchino Viscontis such expression. Wistfully nostalgic, short that feels like progress.
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Takei is latest celeb to face accusations



It seems to me that Kevin Spacey

coming out as gay amid allegations of
pedophilia is like Jerey Dahmer admitting
that hes not a vegetarian! Billy Masters
Weeks ago, I said it was just the beginning
of the sexual assault parade. And it still
hasnt hit its zenith. It started with Harvey
Weinstein, but I never heard this gem. Did
you know he made a woman watch him
masturbate into a potted plant? That cant
be good for the plant. Its like American
Pie meets Little Shop of Horrors!
Last year, Spacey allegedly assaulted an
18-year-old male busboy at a Nantucket
restaurant. According to the lads mom,
Spacey bought him drink after drink.
Once the young man was drunk, Kevin
GEORGE TAKEI denies allegations he sexually assaulted a model in 1981.
is accused of putting his hands down his
pants and fondling his genitals. When PHOTO BY DEBBY WONG; COURTESY OF BIGSTOCK

Kevin went to the bathroom, a woman in

the restaurant reportedly asked the teen if Needless to say, Takei is shocked and DIVA Foundation. This year, it will take you can see Tom changing in the dressing
he was OK and told him to run. The alleged bewildered at the claims.He actually goes place on Dec. 9 at the Taglyan Cultural room and walking on
victim just led a police report. For his one step further. I have wracked my brain Complex in Los Angeles. For this, the This leads perfectly into our Ask Billy
part, Spacey has laid low and checked into to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I 27th annual fundraiser, the Vision Award question from Gary in Miami: You wrote
The Meadows, a rehab center in Arizona cannot say I do. OUCH! Right now it is a he will go to our very own Todrick Hall, and about Shawn Mendes a couple of weeks
that comes at a price tag of $36,000 a said / he said situation, over alleged events the headliner will be my Play Mama, Miss ago. And now Tom Daley says he wants to
month.Hell have good company - Im told nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me Jenifer Lewis, who will be signing copies have sex with him. So is he gay or not?
Harvey Weinstein is also in residence. understand that non-consensual acts are so of her new autobiography The Mother of I want to have sex with lots of people,
Picture it, 1981. Former model Scott antithetical to my values and my practices, Black Hollywood, which comes out this but that doesnt make them gay (or
Brunton was 23 years old, working as a the very idea that someone would accuse week (more on that in a future column). interested). Tom not only said that
waiter, and somehow he had exchanged me of this is quite personally painful. But Get your tickets at Mendes is his celebrity crush, he also said
phone numbers with George Takei.When theres more. Scott planned to confront Last week was an exciting one for that DLB could lm them in the act - how
Brunton broke up with a boyfriend, he Takei at a book signing in 1994 13 years Tom Dale. He walked in his rst fashion magnanimous.
called Takei, who oered to take him out after the alleged incident. At the last minute, show. That excitement was tempered When you could bump into Daley
to dinner and a show, according to an he chickened out - but he did get a book with when he was widely criticized for accepting modeling in the condiments aisle,
interview Brunton gave to the Hollywood this inscription: To Scott - The enterprising the invitation of Dolce & Gabbana, a its denitely time to end yet another
Reporter. After the show, they went to man who boldly goes - to the stars. Fondly, fashion team whose anti-gay views are column. For all this and more, check
Takeis condo for a drink. Brunton says George Takei. Now, call me crazy, but I dont notorious. The fashion show took place out, the site
that after two drinks, he felt dizzy and know many victims of sexual assault who at Harrods in London. And not just in a thats into ipping and opping. If you
must have passed out, implying some wait in a line to see their attacker at a book department store, but in the food hall.So, have a question, send it along to Billy@
Cosby-esque machinations. When Scott signing and ask for an autograph! basically, he made his modeling debut in and I promise to get
came to, he found his pants around his Lets move onto one of our favorite the Pick n Save! And there was Tom and back to you before Harvey gets a job
ankles and Takei allegedly trying to get his subjects - divas! One of my favorite events husband Dustin Lance Black, beaming in tending the garden at The Meadows. Until
underwear o. He said, I dont want to do of the year is Divas Simply Singing, the that vapid, oblivious way - more models next time, remember, one mans lth is
this, Takei backed o, and Brunton left. major fundraiser for Sheryl Lee Ralphs than role models. But if youre interested, another mans bible.
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E-mail calendar items to activism beyond ACT UP, capturing both a generation struggling to cope with the
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limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic deadly disease and the extraordinary
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NOV 17 NOV. 30
Stop Killing Us Transgender Day of Feminine Energy: Dening the
Remembrance, FRI Nov. 17 @ 6:00 PM at Woman You Are, THU Nov. 30 @ 7:00
Los Angeles City College (855 N Vermont PM to 9:00 PM @ The Village at Ed Gould
Ave). Panel and candle light vigil with name Plaza (1125 N. McCadden Place). This
reading ceremony honoring trans lives fun and empowering discussion-based
lost to the epidemic of hate and violence workshop will allow you to explore your
and what we can do to put an end to it. femininity and unleash your unique form
Panelists include Chandi Moore (I Am Cait, of self-expression. No topic is o-limits
Childrens Hospital), Aiza-Angelina Alamilla WORLD AIDS DAY: In 1982, Michael Callen (center) and Richard Berkowitz, two gay men with AIDS (respectfully, of course), so this is an
(FCC), Maria Roman (APAIT), Queen Mother living in New York, wrote How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach. Callen and Berkowitz are amazing opportunity to ask questions and
among the earliest warriors in the battle against HIV. See Nov. 28.
Karina Samala (TAB), Elias Lawliet (UCLA) . gain a fresh perspective to help you be the
NOV 18
TransGiving Dinner 17, SAT Nov. 18 half-sta in remembrance. Avenue). If you are a Senior LGBT person DEC 1
@ 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Adam Project Long Beach Transgender Day of and are a client of the Los Angeles LGBT Desert AIDS Projects 4th Annual
(514 Pacic Coast Highway, Long Beach). Remembrance, MON Nov. 20 @ 4:30 PM Center, then this is a feast of gratitude. Everyday Heroes Award, FRI Dec. 1 @
TransGiving was created to provide the at Harvey Milk Promenade Park (195 E 3rd Enjoy all the best staples Thanksgiving has 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Camelot Theatre
Trans community a safe and positive St, Long Beach). Join The LGBTQ Center to oer and enjoy your old friendsand (2399 East Baristo Road, Theatre One,
space to celebrate the Thanksgiving of Long Beach, Human Rights Campaign, make new ones! RSVP by email: seniors@ Palm Springs). Desert AIDS Project honors
holiday. Contact Chanel Chela Demuir on and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, for the or call 323-860-5830. local everyday heroes to mark World AIDS
social @motherchela. annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Day. The annual event, now in its fourth
Transgender Wellness & Wellbeing and stand in solidarity and honor the NOV 27 year, features an outdoor reception, award
Conference, SAT. Nov. 18 @ 9 a.m. to 6 resiliency of our trans community AIDS Quilt Display, MON Nov. 27 presentations, live entertainment and the
p.m. at LAC + USC Medical Center (1200 N. members. This years event will feature through FRI Dec. 1 @ 8 AM - 5 PM daily after-party. Tickets are $40 to $150 and
State Street). The City of West Hollywood a reading of names of those lost over at West Hollywood City Hall (8300 Santa are available by calling 760-992-0445.
will co-sponsor the 2017, conference and the last year as well as a candlelight vigil. Monica Blvd). The AIDS Memorial Quilt, AIDS Candlelight Vigil, FRI Dec. 1 @
series of workshops that include such Several community members will present. conceived by the late Gilbert Baker for 6:00 PM @ starting point NW corner of
topics as physical wellbeing, emotional Orange County Trans Day of the Names Project, is one of the most Crescent Heights & Santa Monica Blvd and
wellness, prosperity wellbeing and creative Remembrance, Nov. 20 @ 4:00 PM to moving tributes to the scores of gay men end Council Chambers, West Hollywood
wellness. The conference and lunch is free 6:00 PM at Sasscer Park (N. Ross and W. and others who died of AIDS. In its nal Library (625 N. San Vicente Blvd.).
to attend, but registration is required. For 4th Street). Join Orange Countys LGBT display in Washington DC it covered nearly Remember the hundreds of thousands
more information and to register, please Center at Plaza Calle Cuatro in Downtown the entire National Mall. This is a rare of people who died of AIDS. Never forget
contact Bonnie Smith at (323) 848-637. Santa Ana and remember our fallen display of some of the earliest panels of their names or the dark and dangerous
brothers and sisters who were taken from the quilt. period of time we fought our way out of.
NOV 20 us too soon. The march starts at 4 p.m. at Paul Starke Warrior Awards, FRI Dec.
City of West Hollywoods Transgender Sasscer Park at N. Ross and W. 4th streets NOV 28 1 @ 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers, West
Day of Remembrance, MON Nov. 20 @ in Downtown Santa Ana and ends at CO4 AIDS Literature from Lambda Literary Hollywood Library (625 N. San Vicente
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Center for Early with speakers and a vigil. For more info Book Club, TUE Nov. 28 @ 7 PM at West Blvd.). Awards Presentation to individuals
Education (563 N. Alfred Street). The event email Sefe Zamora, sefe.zamora-cesena@ Hollywood Library Community Room providing HIV and/or substance-abuse
will include speakers from the community, (625 N. San Vicente Blvd.). A discussion services. Special Guest Speaker Laurie
City representatives, and transgender of Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, McBride, lifelong LGBTQ activist and
performers. The names of murdered NOV 21 Essex Hemphill, and the Battleeld of former California Assistant Secretary of
transgender people will be read aloud and Thanksgiving Dinner for LGBT Seniors, AIDS. The book is a profound exploration State. View the Being Alive Musical Globe
a march will immediately follow. Flags will THU. Nov 21 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at of the intersection of race, sexuality, Display made by members to represent
be own at West Hollywood City Hall at Rockwell Table and Stage (1714 Vermont class, identity, and the politics of AIDS their HIV journey to wellness.
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An early look at WeHos AIDS monument

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 monument in West Hollywood Park. It will the monument theyll hear voices or population of 3.9 million people. Since
sit where right now the auditorium and music to help enhance the experience; or the epidemic began 31 years ago, about
pool are. Those will be raised, a platform possibly choosing quotes from notable 31,000 individuals have been diagnosed
mission to create social change in some will be built, and the piece should be in West Hollywood citizens who died of withAIDS, 13,000 of them still are living.
way, Ferrera told the Los Angeles Blade. place by the end of 2019. AIDS, Ferrera says. In 2016, 36.7 million people were
His design has been adopted, and West Hollywood and Foundation for The Ferrera says his desire is that the living with HIV worldwide, and 1.8 million
now were in the middle of a formal AIDS Monument also hired a company monument represents the entire region people became newly infected with HIV
design which includes getting community called Wondros. Wondros focuses on of Los Angeles, and includes a diversity of 160,000 are under the age of 15. About
feedback and engagement. We dont want story collecting and was brought into stories and demographics. 4,932 people will become infected with
to build a monument that doesnt resonate the process to identify the important I want the young generation not to get HIV HIV each dayroughly 205 every hour.
with the community, Ferrera added. stakeholders the movers and shakers unnecessarily, because we know how to stop I came to WeHo to come out when I
According to the Foundation for The in the HIV/AIDS world and people in the the spread as long as theyre in treatment, was 25 years old. The city embraced me
AIDS Monument website, STORIES will community who are providing HIV/AIDS they have the information, and they and gave me everything I needed to work
memorialize the devastation of AIDS on services today. understand that every right they have today on becoming a healthy gay man. I met the
the nation and will honor the courage Wondros goes through a process called was earned by those people who fought for guy who I ended up marrying, and we were
of activists, caregivers and community ecology mapping, in which they use the rights and for people with AIDS. married for 23 years. Within a month after
leaders. Visitors to the site can upload the stakeholders to learn who the other Many of the most prominent AIDS saying our vows, he found out he was HIV
memorials, including written stories, opinion leaders are, and who might want services arent necessarily located in positive. We thought he was going to die.
videos and images of lost loved ones. to express ideas about the project. Then WeHo. The Los Angeles LGBT Center, the This monument represents the
The piece is intended to tell the world they bring themes out of what they learn, largest LGBT organizations in the world people who embraced people like me
that you cant let another disease get and record them for the artist, so he can oering treatment and doing research is and gave us the opportunity to feel good
out of control because you dont like the change or adjust the design accordingly. centered in Hollywood. The Black AIDS about ourselves and to feel positive.
people whore getting it, Ferrera says. Ferrera says a couple of ideas have Institute is located in Westlake, and theres This horrible and traumatic experience
Over the next year and half the design already emerged from the ecology mapping another AIDS memorial in Los Angeles came upon us, and WeHo was a warm
process will be worked on in conjunction that hadnt been thought of prior. called The Wall Las Memorias, located in and accepting family with unconditional
with the city. In 2018, UAP will begin Were thinking of adding sound- East Los Angeles. love. The monument is a tribute to that,
to fabricate the elements to install the scaping, so that when viewers walk into Los Angeles has an estimated Ferrera says.
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