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Has the Weinstein restorm torched Hollywoods gay House of Cards?


Sexual harassment victims have been over 30 years ago. But if I did
nally speaking out behave then as he describes, I owe him
the sincerest apology for what would
By KAREN OCAMB have been deeply inappropriate drunken
kocamb@losangelesblade.com behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings
he describes having carried with him all
Finally, the victims of sexual harassment these years, Spacey wrote on Twitter.
and assault are speaking outand nally This story has encouraged me to
people are listening. The latest restorm address other things about my life. I know
exploded Oct. 29, as out actor Anthony that there are stories out there about me,
Rapp told the world that Oscar-winning and that some have been fueled by the
actor Kevin Spacey had tried to seduce fact that I have been so protective of my
him when Rapp was 14 years old. The own privacy, Spacey said, adding I now
Star Trek: Discovery actor, now 46, told choose to live as a gay man.
Buzzfeed that he had been inspired to come Spacey was not welcomed with open
forward by the stories of all the women arms. Nope to Kevin Spaceys statement.
leveling accusations of sexual abuse and Nope. Theres no amount of drunk or
harassment at one-time powerhouse closeted that explains away assaulting a 14
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. year old child, Dan Savage wrote on Twitter.
And not to simply air a grievance, Rapp Others were furious that Spaceys
told Buzzfeed News, but to try to shine coming out seemed designed to distract
another light on the decades of behavior from the allegation.
that have been allowed to continue Netix cancelled Spaceys hit show
because many people, including myself, House of Cards after the upcoming
being silent. Im feeling really awake to sixth season, which is currently lming in
ANTHONY RAPP has accused Kevin Spacey of trying to seduce him when he was 14.
the moment that were living in, and Im Maryland. The decision was reportedly
hopeful that this can make a dierence. made prior to the Spacey scandal. PHOTO BY VAGUEONTHEHOW; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA

Rapp said Spacey, then 26, invited the Hollywood has kept this mans gay
young Broadway actor to a party at his open secret and ignored whispers straight-gay charade. he was a straight mans man. Sorbo said
New York apartment in 1986. Finding about sexual harassment for years. But Whats troubling is that a number he refused Versaces advances and the
himself alone in Spaceys bedroom after all people are coming forward now. Victoria of Hollywood powerbrokers treat two remained friends. Sorbo continued
the other guests had gone, Rapp recalled Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal homosexuality as a sin or immoral or to model for Versace but he didnt get a
that Spaceysort of stood in the doorway, Court Theatre, was asked if she was aware an abnormality that somehow is to be major campaign hed hoped for. Casting
kind of swaying. My impression when he of Spaceys conduct when he served as hidden; they categorize it as a career killer couches have always been around. I dont
came in the room was that he was drunk. artistic director of the Old Vic in London. that could result in a loss of box oce play that game, nor do I care to, he told
Without a word, Rapp recalled, Spacey I think that many people in the theatre billing or revenue, he says. But they have The Hollywood Reporter.
picked me up like a groom picks up the and in the creative industries have been skin in the game (usually nancial) so they Actor Terry Crews told Twitter on Oct. 10
bride over the threshold. But I dont, like, aware of many stories of many people over collude. They lie, betray, falsify; they are about how a high level Hollywood executive
squirm away initially, because Im like, a lot of years, and Kevin Spacey would be one the immoral ones. at an entertainment industry event in 2016
Whats going on? And then he lays down of the people that people have had concerns When Spacey was trolling the halls at groped my privates. He thought about
on top of me. about, yes, she told Radio 4 in England. Burke Williams, camouaging himself by confronting the man, who grinned like a
He was trying to seduce me, Rapp Nadine West tweeted: KS groped my putting the hood of his bathrobe up over jerk, but then the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor
said. I dont know if I would have used young male friend when they were both his head, he was not exactly embracing his thought of the possible headline: 240 lbs.
that language. But I was aware that he was working at the Old Vic. Was apparently always gayness, Kearns said. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho.
trying to get with me sexually. known as one to avoid. Sadly unsurprised. Gay sexual harassment and the quiet He assumed he would go to jail so instead he
Spaceys response was immediate. He Out actor/playwright Michael Kearns collusion to ignore it goes beyond Spacey. and his wife just left the party.
apologized and came out. Im beyond told the Los Angeles Blade that Hollywood Hercules star Kevin Sorbo alleged that The next day, the Hollywood honcho
horried to hear his story. I honestly do is a scalding cauldron of collusion, with fashion designer Gianni Versace sexually
not remember the encounter, it would scores of players who participate in the harassed him in 1984, specically because CONTINUES ON PAGE 05
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and provide him with security protection youre a star, they let you do it. You can do
before hell name names. anything, Trump says.
During an Oct. 30 interview with Megyn Whatever you want, says Bush. Grab
Kelly on NBC, Feldman gave up one name them by the pussy, Trump says. You can
talent manager Marty Weiss. However, do anything.
Feldman already talked about Weiss in While examining the alleged sexual
his 2013 memoir Coreyography and manipulation by Marc Collins-Rector and his
Weiss was featured in the documentary cohorts at DEN, An Open Secret also seems
An Open Secret about alleged pedophilia to implicate several high-prole investors.
and ephebophilia (adult sexual attraction But while experts in the lm say the
to youth ages of 14 to 19) in Hollywood. investors and partygoers should have known
Feldman also hinted at another person what was allegedly going on at the DEN
as well, saying it was a man who ran a estate, proximity and guilt by association
childs club in Hollywood and now works doesnt mean actual guilt. The LAPD made no
for the L.A. Dodgers, the Washington Post contemporaneous arrests and later lawsuits
reports, without immediate follow up. against investors were dropped.
An Open Secret (now free on Vimeo) The term pedophilia is sometimes used
is a harrowing 2015 documentary by Amy to tar everybody with the same brush,
Berg that focuses on how male managers, Dr. Jack Drescher, Clinical Professor of
agents, and publicists inict abuse on Psychiatry at Columbia University, tells the
young, male clients. Central to the lm Blade. Historically, people who are against
are the power players and the star- homosexuality have often associated
crazed boys and young men at the Digital homosexuality with pedophilia.
Entertainment Network (DEN) in the tech- Drescher notes that pedophilia is a
boom days of the late 1990s. Founded psychiatric disorder so sexual attraction
by Marc Collins-Rector and his younger to post-pubescent youth is more of a
partner Chad Shackley, with live-in friend legal issue. We as a culture dont believe
teen actor Brock Pierce, DEN signied that people under a certain age have the
KEVIN SPACEYs House of Cards was cancelled this week in the aftermath of allegations against the the Internet movie future, giving Collins- legal right to give consent. So a person
gay actor.
Rector lots of money to spend. whos an adult above the age of 18 who
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There will always be a steady stream of has sexual relationships with a person
kids who want to be famous, Occidental who, depending on the state, is below that
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 04 contains few names of prominent bi/ College Professor Caroline Heldman age is guilty of statutory rape, he says.
gay menother than APA agent Tyler says in the lm, and parents who push Its not that the younger person wasnt
Grasham. Grasham was red on Oct. 20 their children in this industry. If we dont consenting. The state is saying they dont
called to apologize, but never really after allegations from lmmaker Blaise speak out about it, then we are part of have a legal right to give consent.
explained why he did what he did, Crews Godbe Lipman that decades ago Grasham the problem because we are contributing Primarily, however, sexual harassment
said. I decided not to take it further fed him alcohol and sexually assaulted to a culture that normalizes this. And is about the economics of consent.
because I didnt want to be ostracized him. Four other young other men came by normalizing something, it becomes Consent is a function of power, actress,
par for the course when the predator has forward alleging sexual misconduct, as well, invisible as a problem. producer Brit Marling writes in The Atlantic
power and inuence. prompting important clients to leave the And, says one impacted parent: Its You have to have a modicum of power to
The next night, Dawsons Creek star agency. Late Sunday, The Wrap reported Hollywood. People do what they want in give it. In many cases women do not have
James Van Der Beek, now 40, spoke that actor Tyler Cornell, 20, led an LAPD Hollywood. And if youre a big enough that power because their livelihood is in
up. Ive had my ass grabbed by older, police report Oct. 27, accusing Grasham of star, or big enough director or you making jeopardy and because they are the gender
powerful men, Ive had them corner me sodomizing him earlier this year. enough money for these people, you can that is oppressed by a daily, invisible
in inappropriate sexual conversations Former 80s child star Corey Feldman has do whatever you want. war waged against all that is feminine
when I was much younger, Van Der Beek also reemerged with promises of exposing Echoes of Apprentice reality TV star women and humans who behave or dress
tweeted. I understand the unwarranted a Hollywood pedophile ring that he says and future President Donald Trump to or think or feel or look feminine.
shame, powerlessness & inability to blow abused him and raped his best friend, Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in a A reckoning may be on the horizon.
the whistle. Theres a power dynamic that actor Corey Haim, when Haim was 11. video released on Oct. 8, 2016. You know Sexual harassment has become an issue
feels impossible to overcome. (Haim died at age 38 in 2010, apparently Im automatically attracted to beautiful I in the California Senate race in 2018.
The current list of alleged sexual of an accidental drug overdose.) However, just start kissing them. Its like a magnet. Expect to hear the words complicit and
abusersto which Spacey will be added Feldman wants $10 million to fund a lm Just kiss. I dont even wait. And when collusion a lot more this coming year.
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Mark Gonzalez: Trumps worst white supremacist nightmare


The young gay Latino
now heads the LA County
Democratic Party

By KAREN OCAMB
kocamb@losangelesblade.com

Does this administration think that


slavery is wrong? American Urban Radio
Networks reporter April Ryan asked Oct.
31 as White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders scurried from the
White House brieng room, leaving the
question hanging with no response. Its a
fundamental Core Values question about
the embrace of diversity and opportunity
in America, something LGBT Californians
know a lot about.
Even with New York real estate
developer and Apprentice Reality TV
star Donald Trump playing President of
the United States, it is dicult to imagine
that in 2017 some Americans are actually
re-litigating the Civil War. But that appears
to be happening, as Trump us his
white nationalist basesaying there MARK GONZALEZ, new chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
were very ne people, on both sides of PHOTOS COURTESY OF LACDP
the violent KKK and Neo-Nazis protest in
Charlottesville, Virginia last August that
left one woman dead and many injured. an honorable man, Kelly told Ingraham. rst shots were red in the Civil War. The real story, the great tragedy of the
A self-declared very intelligent person, He was a man that gave up his country The Founders, including Thomas coming of the Civil War, was that there
Trumps jaw-dropping ignorance of eighth to ght for his state, which 150 years ago Jeerson, thought the enslavement of was no middle left anymore in American
grade history may be fodder for late night was more important than country. It was the African was in violation of the laws of politics, David Blight, a historian at Yale
comedians but its no joke to Confederacy- always loyalty to state rst back in those nature and would eventually pass away. University, told the New York Times in
praising white supremacists. The Civil days. Now its dierent today. But the lack But the new Confederate government, he response to Kellys comments.
War, if you think about it, why? People of an ability to compromise led to the Civil said, is founded upon exactly the opposite While 2017 may not be as grave as the
dont ask the question but why was there War, and men and women of good faith on idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- Civil War era or as divided as the country
the Civil War? Why could that one not have both sides made their stand where their stone rests, upon the great truth that the became during the war in Vietnam, the
been worked out? Trump asked during a conscience had them make their stand. negro is not equal to the white man; that moral fabric of constitutional America
conservative radio interview last May. Historians pushed back, noting there slavery subordination to the superior race is splitting and many are looking to
Trumps Chief of Sta, retired Marine were several attempts at compromise but is his natural and normal condition. This, progressive California for help and
Corps Gen. John Kelly, heretofore nally the Civil War was fought over slavery our new government, is the rst, in the eventually, healing. And its coming. In
considered the adult in the room, and the Souths economic and moral beliefs history of the world, based upon this great additional to progressive congressional
doubled down during an Oct. 30 interview in white supremacy with the secession of physical, philosophical, and moral truth. leaders, today the California Democratic
with Fox News host Laura Ingraham when 11 Southern states. Alexander H. Stephens, Thats what Lee fought for, and the Party and the Los Angeles County
asked about the removal of a Robert E. vice-president of the Confederacy, states right to defy or break from the Democratic Party (LACDP) are both run by
Lee monument from a Virginia church. articulated that idea in his Cornerstone union to support the economic commerce
I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was speech of March 21, 1986, just before the slavery provided. CONTINUES ON PAGE 10
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 09

openly gay men, Eric Bauman and Mark


Gonzalez, respectively.
Bauman, who successfully ran the
LACDP for 17 years, literally passed the
torch to a new generation, the young man
he mentored, Mark Gonzalez. And on
Oct. 12, after years of working with the
grassroots and in the oces of elected
ocials, the 33 year old out gay Latino
chairs the largest local Democratic Party
in the country, with 2.2 million registered
Democrats in a county of 9.8 million
people in the minority-majority state. And
speaking of states rights, California recently
became a sanctuary state to try to protect
undocumented immigrants and DREAMers
who call the Golden State home.
The true progressive movement is
here in California, and it is here in the
Los Angeles County Democratic Party,
Gonzalez said after his election. The ERIC BAUMAN,Chair of the California Democratic Party and MARK GONZALEZ, Chair of the LA County Democratic Party
Democratic Partys principles are the PHOTO COURTESY OF LACDP
foundation of how America was built: The
Party of inclusion, of the hard-working
middle class. As the youngest person and the establishment wings of the California about because youre supposed toin my why its important to elect good people to
rst Latino ever elected Chair of this great Democratic Party. case marry a woman and have kids like my make sure those services are still provided
Party, I can tell you rsthand that those I think they wanted to vote for brothers did. Its that old fashioned thinking. for people like me today, especially with
Democratic Party principles are as alive somebody who could unify both sides, And while he thinks that old fashioned the cost of living being so outrageous in
and true as they ever were. We are going Gonzalez says. I get along with both sides thinking is evolving, hes also very aware some places.
to send the message throughout this and I think were nally starting to move of the intense homophobia that still exists. Gonzalez says being chair of LACDP is a
country that we are what we preach. forward. But I think there are people on I grew up on that weird kind of cusp. I huge undertaking but his election as the
I got involved in this party 16 years ago the Bernie side who know I actually do graduated from high school in 2003its rst Latino and the youngest to run the
as a teenager when I joined the Northeast agree with what theyve been saying and not that long ago, but at the end of the local party is a huge message about the
Democratic Club of Los Angeles in my home there are some of the establishment side day, its not socially accepted. Its getting direction in which LA Democrats want to go.
area of North East LA. Meeting folks like Eric, who know my work and my work ethic and better, but you still see and hear stories Im looking forward to it. And weve got a
my current boss, (Assemblymember) Miguel that they can work with me. I come in the of killing and attacks. Were lucky to live in lot of work to do, Gonzalez says, especially
Santiago, John Perez they were personal middle and my goal is to unify both sides California. I was born in Texas and visiting strategizing how to bring in new voters and
mentors of mine who inspired me to get which I think weve been doing because my brother there in Februaryits a very engage with current voters whove become
more involved, he tells the Los Angeles the newer activists, who are hungry to do dierent atmosphere out there. In Los apathetic. Im look forward to hearing
Blade. The 2004 presidential race between this, are just like me when I was doing this Angeles, were such a mixing bowl, were from people who are still red up and
George W. Bush and John Kerry inspired him 16 years ago. all so dierent and I embrace the diversity. ready to go. We want to build on that and
to take the plunge into politics. Gonzalezs experience growing up in But you have to realize, not everywhere is give people a voice at the table.
Gonzalez thinks it is his experience of North East LA also helps his broader grasp like LA. Its a culture shock. Gonzalez laughs when its point out that
literally working from the bottom up and of issues and helps him relate to LGBT Gonzalez also has experience needing he has automatically incorporated former
accruing over a decade of experience people, especially LGBT Latinos, who might government programs and is ready to President Obamas catch phrase without
in service of LACDP that helped him win not feel welcome in the Democratic Party. ght for them. I went to Head Start and even think about it. Its true, he says. I
election as party chair, especially after When youre Latino and you grow up in sometimes we needed food stamps so wake up in the morning and thats the goal.
the contentious race for state party chair a strong Catholic single parent household, we had to rely heavily on those kind of YeahIm still red up and ready to go!
between Kimberly Ellis, representing the being gay is not something that is always government services when I was young, A tale of two Americas: one tweets about
Berniecrats and Bauman, representing accepted, he says. Its not something you talk he says. So I know how it feels. And thats division, the other speaks about unity.
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JANET MOCK at MOP workshop

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISSY DODSON/LA LGBT CENTER

Janet Mock celebrates 25 years of The California-based Courage Campaign set up a digital billboard in the Bay area calling
for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. We are a grassroots organization. If we
Models of Pride are not calling for impeachment, given what has happened, who is? Courage Campaign
president and executive director Eddie Kurtz tells CBS SFBayArea.

Notable quotes
No one could have imagined in 1984 when Dr. Virginia Uribe started the small
gay dropout program Project 10 in her Fairfax High School science class room
that on Oct. 29, 2017, 1,942 people1,538 youth and 404 adultwould swarm
USC for her legacy, the 25th annual free, day-long Models of Pride skills-building
conference, organized by the LA LGBT Center.
The theme, Together We Rise, seemed especially poignant with trans author, A ROUNDUP OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LGBTQ ISSUES
activist and icon Janet Mock, whose new book Surpassing Certainty just hit

Dont ask that guy he


bookstores, participated in the workshop, Them Presents: How to Get Glossy,
featuring Janet Mock. The Trans Chorus of L.A. also performed.

wants to hang them all!


Now more than ever is the time for us to unite and rise in celebration of our
diversityin deance of the forces that seek to divide and weaken us said Center
Associate Director of Education and Youth Development Kevin McCloskey. For President Trump referring to VP Mike Pences attitudes toward gays in
more, visitmodelsofpride.org. New Yorker article, which the White House disputes.
KAREN OCAMB

You are our truest leaders.


Scandal star and Inspiration Award honoree Kerry Washington to LGBT
students at GLSEN Respect Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Oct. 20.

They represent their white,


cis gay pajama parties, they
represent everything that
liberation is not standing for.
- Lourdes Ashley Hunter, executive director of the Trans Woman of Color
Collective, part of zombie protest outside HRC National Dinner, Oct. 28.
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RICHARD GRENELL is facing opposition in his conrmation process from Democrats.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GRENELL

Trumps gay nominee Alleged killers asked Iowa gender uid teen for sex
facing Dem opposition in Senate A federal prosecutor assigned by U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions to investigate the
March 2016 murder of an Iowa teenager as a possible anti-transgender hate crime revealed
The rst openly LGBT nominee of President Trumps administration is in a motion led in court last week that one of the two men charged in the case solicited
encountering opposition from Democrats, who are objecting to his history of the victim for sex and appeared to have targeted the teen because of his gender identity.
sexist comments. Kedarie Johnson, 16, whose mother says he identied as a gender uid male who
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly voted Thursday to approve sometimes presented as a woman, was found shot to death in an alley in Burlington,
gay foreign policy expert Ric Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany on 11-10 Iowa, hours after he was last seen by a friend while dressed as a woman, according to a
party-line basis. document led in court by federal prosecutor Christopher Perras, who specializes in civil
A Democratic aide said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) spoke for Democrats on rights and hate crimes cases.
Grenells nomination and expressed concern about his public commentary, including Perras led the document in the form of a pre-trial motion shortly before the start of
degrading comments about the appearance of women. Those remarks, Murphy the trial in a county court in Keokuk, Iowa, of Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, one of two men
reportedly said, could be a problem if Grenell becomes the U.S. representative to a charged with rst-degree murder in connection with Johnsons death.
country led by arguably the most powerful woman in the world. The state will oer evidence to show that defendant Sander-Galvez saw Kedarie leave
During Grenells conrmation hearing, Murphy raised concerns about the Hy-Vee [convenience store in Burlington]; irted with Kedarie, believing that Kedarie
Grenells remarks on Twitter about the appearances of women. Grenell deleted was biologically female; invited Kedarie back to 2610 Madison to have sex with him and
those tweets and apologized for them in 2012 during his brief stint of two weeks his co-defendant; discovered during the sexual act that Kedarie was biologically male;
on Mitt Romneys presidential campaign, which he noted during the hearing. became enraged; and then, over the next hour, suocated Kedarie by stung a rag down
Anybody who knows me knows that I am a very caring person and very sensitive his throat and wrapping a plastic bag around his head, threw him in their car, drove to
and I also appreciate good humor, Grenell said in response. Unfortunately, another part of town, dumped him in an alley, and shot him several times until he bled to
there are times where what was intended to be humorous turned out to be not so death, Perras motion states.
humorous, and, again, that was never my intention and I regret that. Perras reiterated that scenario in his opening arguments at Sanders-Galvezs trial on Oct. 26.
But Grenell has a history of making oensive comments about women long The Des Moines Register reported that Perras, pointing to Sanders-Galvez, who was
before the advent of social media. A 1995 Washington Post prole on Grenell dressed in a suit and tie, said Sanders-Galvez and his cousin, co-defendant Jaron Purham,
quotes his fellow staer in the 1992 Bush-Quayle re-election campaign as saying 26, shot and killed Kedarie and then afterward took steps to conceal their crime.
he once told a female colleague, Didnt your mother ever tell you only whores Sanders-Galvezs attorneys have said their client has been misidentied as the person
and very small children wear red shoes? responsible for approaching Johnson at the convenience store, saying he was not the
The narrow vote in committee could spell trouble for Grenell when his person involved in the murder.
nomination comes to the Senate oor. If all Democrats vote against his nomination Iowa state prosecutors have said Johnsons murder could not be classied as a hate
and at least three Republicans vote no, his conrmation will be sunk. crime under Iowa law because the states hate crimes law, which covers sexual orientation,
The opposition to a gay nominee from Democrats marks a considerable does not cover gender identity and expression. A bill introduced last year into the Iowa
contrast to years past when Republicans would be the voice against presidential legislature to add gender identity to the state hate crimes law died in the Republican
gay appointments, citing objections to their sexual orientation. But Grenells controlled state House.
sexual orientation isnt the issue for Democrats. The New York Times reported on Oct. 26 that local ocials disclosed that a federal grand
CHRIS JOHNSON jury was being convened to investigate Johnsons murder as a possible hate crime, even as
defendant Sanders-Galvez was on trial on a murder charge not listed as a hate crime.
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Kamala Harris emerges as LGBT favorite for 2020


But some criticize her for serving out their sentences. Advocates
arguing against inmates have made the case that transgender
inmates are entitled to receive the
gender reassignment taxpayer-funded procedure because
denying them medical treatment amounts
By CHRIS JOHNSON to cruel and unusual punishment a
clear violation of the Eighth Amendment
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was likely of the U.S. Constitution.
chosen as a featured speaker at last weeks One case involved Shiloh Quine,
Human Rights Campaign National Dinner whos serving a term of life for rst-
because shes quickly becoming a favorite degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.
in the LGBT community among potential The other case involved Michelle-Lael
2020 Democratic presidential contenders. Norsworthy, who was serving time in
To recognize her popularity among LGBT prison in Mule Creek State Prison in Ione,
people, just nd the animated picture of Calif., for second-degree murder. Both
Harris making the rounds on Facebook at KAMALA HARRIS (D-Calif.) sought to block gender reassignment surgery for trans inmates on behalf were prescribed gender reassignment
of California.
the Senate dais brushing her hair back, surgery, but the California Department
BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
clasping her hands and blinking her eyes of Corrections & Rehabilitation refused to
wearily as shes cut o during a Senate provide the procedure.
Intelligence Committee hearing. Also advanced to the signature-gathering stage. Court in favor of transgender student The process of the Norsworthy case
check out the widely shared video of her Harris also co-sponsored a bill in Gavin Grimms case. was quite public as it proceeded through
exchange with U.S. Attorney General Je the California Legislature with former Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality litigation. Although U.S. District Judge
Sessions about his Russian connections, Assembly member Susan Bonilla to California, said Harris record on LGBT Jon Tigar ordered California to grant
which left the Trump ocial muttering he eliminate the gay panic defense in rights in her capacities as attorney general Norsworthy gender reassignment surgery,
felt nervous under questioning from the cases of murder or violent crime against and a U.S. senator are nothing short of Harris in her capacity as attorney general
U.S. Senates only black female senator. LGBT people. Gov. Jerry Brown signed impeccable. appealed the decision to the U.S. Ninth
But a look at her LGBT record reveals the legislation in 2014, making California, Weve known her since she was the Circuit Court of Appeals and fought to
one wrinkle on transgender rights that along with Illinois, one of two states in the DA in San Francisco, and then of course, reverse the decision.
may surprise her followers and that has country to ban the plea. when she as attorney general was more One 29-page brief in the case, signed
disappointed some trans people. Upon beginning her term as a U.S. engaged than any attorney general has by Harris, urges a stay on the court order
To be sure, Harris has a staunchly senator this year, Harris continued to been with us in the LGBTQ community, for Norsworthy because the hormone
pro-LGBT record. As California attorney advocate for LGBT rights. A co-sponsor Zbur said. [She] really engaged with us treatment the inmate receives is sucient
general, she declined to defend Californias of the Equality Act, Harris also demanded and has a really strong commitment and at least for the time being.
ban on same-sex marriage Proposition answers from the Trump administration understanding of our issues. The core of Ms. Norsworthys complaint
8 in court. When the U.S. Supreme Court on the decision to omit questions in On transgender issues in particular, is that Defendants have not provided
restored marriage equality to California, the U.S. Census allowing responders to Zbur noted Harris as attorney general the particular treatment she wants sex-
she ociated at the wedding of Kris identify their sexual orientation or gender appointed last year a transgender reassignment surgery and unspecied
Perry and Sandy Stier, the rst same-sex identity. The Trump administration never woman of color, Mariana Marroquin, to additional treatment, Harris writes. But
wedding after the ruling, and instructed provided a direct response. the California Racial & Identity Proling the Constitution does not guarantee to
clerks to marry same-sex couples seeking Harris has signed friend-of-the-court Advisory Board. a prisoner the treatment of his choice.
a license with no exceptions. briefs arguing transgender people should Harris will likely tout her record on LGBT The Eighth Amendment requires that an
Also as attorney general, Harris in 2015 be allowed to use the public restroom rights during her remarks at the 21st annual inmate be aorded reasonable measures
refused to certify a Kill the Gays ballot consistent with their gender identity. As Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. to meet a substantial risk of serious harm
initiative proposed in California that would California attorney general, she led briefs But one part of her record she might to her, not that she be given the specic
have (unconstitutionally) instituted the in favor of Obama administration guidance avoid is her role as California attorney care she demands. The essential test is
death penalty for homosexual acts. Despite supporting transgender students and general in 2015 in arguing on behalf of the one of medical necessity and not one
a legal challenge, a federal judge agreed against North Carolinas notoriously anti- state to withhold gender reassignment simply of desirability.
to relieve her of duty to prepare a title LGBT House Bill 2. As a U.S. senator, she surgery from two transgender inmates
and summary for the measure before it signed a brief before the U.S. Supreme who were prescribed the procedure while CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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Court halts Trump trans military ban, in part


The decision in the individuals that would have such eects.
rst of four lawsuits The Court also notes that fteen States
have led an amici brief indicating that
upholds protections they and their residents will be harmed by
the Presidential Memorandum if it is not
By KAREN OCAMB enjoined.Moreover, the injunction that
kocamb@losangelesblade.com will be issued will in no way prevent the
government from conducting studies or
U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar- gathering advice or recommendations on
Kotelly put a hold on President Trumps transgender service. The balance of equities
tweet-ordered ban on transgender and public interest accordingly weigh in
military service, ruling in favor of the favor of granting Plaintis motion.
National Center for Lesbian Rights and This is a complete victory for our
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, who plaintis and all transgender service
led Doe v. Trump on Aug. 9 seeking an members, who are now once again able
immediate injunction on behalf of ve to serve on equal terms and without the
transgender service members. threat of being discharged, said Shannon
In her decision, Kollar-Kotelly said Minter, NCLRs Legal Director. We are
she believes that the plaintis will win grateful to the court for recognizing the
in proving that Trumps Directive is gravity of these issues and putting a
unconstitutional. She says trans service stop to this dangerous policy, which has
members should be considered a targeted wreaked havoc in the lives of transgender
class under an intermediate level of service members and their families.
heightened scrutiny, as well as protected This court saw straight through the
under gender. The Court therefore ruled smokescreen the government tried to
that active duty trans service members create to hide the bias and prejudice
can continue to serve but the halt to the behind Trumps change in military policy.
accessions policy pertaining to recruitment This clear, powerful ruling conrms that
and promotion that Sec. of Defense Mattis there is no legitimate reason to exclude
put in place will also remain in eect until transgender people from military service,
the constitutionality of the directive is Judge COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY of the U.S. District Court, D.C. said Jennifer Levi, Director of GLADs
determined. Transgender Rights Project. Fighting
The eect of the Courts Order is to discrimination isnt easy, and to all the
revert to the status quo with regard to constitutional rights of Americas service proered by the President for excluding transgender members of the armed
accession and retention that existed members have been violated. She transgender individuals from the military forces or those looking to join, I want to
before the issuance of the Presidential also needled the Justice Department, in this case were not merely unsupported, say thank you for your courage, not only
Memorandumthat is, the retention and which is expected to appeal. Under but were actually contradicted by the in ghting for our country, but in ghting
accession policies established in the June an intermediate level of heightened studies, conclusions and judgment of the for the constitutional values of equality
30, 2016 Directive-type Memorandum as scrutiny, the government must provide military itself. and justice.
modied by Secretary of Defense James an exceedingly persuasive justication A bare invocation of national defense The court did deny, however, an
Mattis on June 30, 2017. In all other for the banand she didnt buy their simply cannot defeat every motion for injunction against the ban on trans sex
respects, the Presidential Memorandum is arguments. preliminary injunction that touches on reassignment surgery. More news on that
not enjoined, the judge wrote in her 76- [G]iven the deference owed to the military, the Court continues. On the front is expected after a joint NCLR/GLAD
page decision. military personnel decisions, the Court record before the Court, there is absolutely news conference.
The judge also tackled the long- has not based its conclusion solely on no support for the claim that the ongoing A Pentagon source says this was
established argument that courts the speculative and overbroad nature service of transgender people would have the expected outcome regarding the
traditionally give deference to the of the Presidents reasons, the decision any negative eective on the military at Retention and Accessions policy. The
military. Yes, she writes, but the Court reads. As far as the Court is aware at all. In fact, there is considerable evidence source also noted that this is just the rst
is not powerless to assess whether the this preliminary stage, all of the reasons that it is the discharge and banning of such shoe to drop and is not the end of it.
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Clinton, Harris urge HRC supporters to rise against Trump


Express outrage over point someone at the rear of the room
trans military ban shouted, We love you! prompting Clinton
to respond, Its mutual.
Arriving on stage, Clinton said the dinner
By CHRIS JOHNSON feels a bit like a family reunion, telling
attendees at the Human Rights Campaign
It wasnt the Human Rights Campaign event, There is no one Id rather share my
National Dinner that attendees anticipated initials with than you.
a year ago. Clinton said shed have much preferred
Hopes were high that Hillary Clinton to come to the dinner tonight from a
would be elected president and lead the slightly closer residence.
way on advancing LGBT rights in the United Joking about the continued xation on
States and around the world. Instead, her in conservative media, Clinton said,
Donald Trump is president and LGBT It does strike me that in the last few days
rights supporters are seeking to oppose at least Fox News seems to think thats
his administrations eorts to compromise where I live in the White House because
rights for the LGBT community. they spend a disproportionate amount of
But the atmosphere Saturday night at their time impeaching me.
the 21st annual Human Rights Campaign HILLARY CLINTON speaks at the HRC National Dinner on Oct. 28. If theyd be willing to make a trade, Id
National Dinner was far from depressed. In BLADE PHOTO BY TOM HAUSMAN be willing, Clinton concluded.
fact, the dinners theme of rise, projected If Clinton represented a look to the past
on screen during the dinner and blasted in at the dinner and what could have been,
neon colors in the lobby, captured a sense are unt to serve is insulting and wrong. Rights Campaign and many others. another speaker, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.),
of purpose and urgency given the new Making a reference to the Masterpiece But the fact remains the United States represented what could be the future.
challenges facing LGBT people. Cakeshop case before the U.S. Supreme should not be shirking our responsibility to Introducing her was Proposition 8
Fiery in her remarks before the Court, Clinton said its just wrong in defend the human rights of LGBT people plaintis Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, whom
estimated 3,600 people at the Washington 2017 LGBT people can lose their homes, around the globe, Clinton said. Harris married in 2013 after the U.S.
Convention Center in attendance was be evicted from their homes or if this Clinton also lodged complaints with the Supreme Court restored marriage equality
Clinton, who lambasted Trump for his administration get its way, be denied a Trump administration and the Republican- to California.
anti-LGBT policies and urged push back. wedding cake simply because of who you controlled Congress for non-LGBT issues, Harris said the Trump administration
Whether or not we are willing to accept are or who you love. criticizing their tax reform package for marks an inection point in the history of
this bigotry and hatred speaks volume about Clinton also decried a U.S. delegation seeking to nance tax cuts with cuts to our country.
who we are as a country, Clinton said. vote at the United Nations against a entitlement programs. I believe this is a moment when our
Expressing concern that LGBT rights are resolution condemning the death penalty, Embedded in this horrible, country is witnessing an assault on
nowhere near as secure as we hoped, which included a provision against its use irresponsible, cruel and mean-spirited our deepest values and ideals, where
Clinton ran through a litany of Trump as a punishment for homosexual acts. giveaway to the richest of Americans people dont trust over government, its
administration actions harming LGBT When I saw that, I thought maybe I had called tax reform is a $500 billion cut in institutions or leaders, Harris said.
people, including Trumps announcement read it wrong, that maybe Id somehow got Medicare and a $1 trillion cut in Medicaid,
via Twitter that transgender people would a double-negative mixed up, but, no, thats Clinton said. Protesters block entrance
no longer be able to serve in the U.S. exactly what our country voted against: When the audience booed in response,
armed forces. A resolution to condemn the use of the Clinton replied, That is exactly the Outside the convention center, around
I was outraged when I read on Twitter death penalty for consensual same-sex appropriate response. And dont boo, tell 100 demonstrators aliated with No
of all places that the president wanted to relationships, Clinton said. the Congress and tell them you will not Justice No Pride circled the convention
ban transgender people serving in the the The Trump administration insisted the stand for that. center in protest over the Human Rights
military, Clinton said. You know and he vote was about the U.S. position on the Introduced at the dinner as a she-ro Campaign taking contributions from Wells
knows transgender people have fought death penalty in general, not its application by lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King, Fargo bank, which the protesters criticized
and died for this country. They are serving to same-sex relations. Clinton said the Clinton was well-received by audience for helping nance private prisons.
in uniform with distinction right now. The State Department was forced to clarify members, who stood for a standing
suggestion that transgender Americans that vote after outcry from the Human ovation as she took the stage. At one CONTINUES AT LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
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help nonprots, foundations, government Because our craft is communications greater diversity in all of our small business and powerful communications has never
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of strategic communications and design relationswe were often the rst to create for all underserved audiences. And I advocate I am proud that the agency I started 40
toward achieving a greater positive eect in brand identities, produce events and help for business doing the right thing. When years ago has helped make the road a little
Los Angeles County; and WHEREAS, she has found organizations that focused on businesses care about their workforce, their smoother for those who have come after
served as an instrumental and pioneering issues we cared about. Behind the scenes, communities and the impact they have on me. And at Hershey Cause, our hearts
connector of causes and communities within we enabled these causes to evolve, raise the world, it is truly transformative. are already directed toward the next 40
the County, resulting in local action that funds, and grow, creating the look of the There are several traits that many yearsa future informed by the urgency
reects and impacts the most pressing global LGBTQ movement by amplifying its voices women/LGBTQ/underserved individuals of today.
issues of the day. and visibility. are often quick to understandtraits There is still so much more to do.
The proclamation from the LA County Over the years, weve provided counsel that, when adopted by business, vastly My heart quickens at the thought of
Board of Supervisors, presented and created identities, campaigns, and improve many of the societal issues we what causes and impacts these next
by longtime fellow equality warrior raised funds for ANGLE, the LA LGBT are struggling with today. uncertain years may bring. But I remain
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, goes on with a Center, NGLTF, Victory Fund, Power Up, Values driven: We understand we need resoundingly optimistic that the future is
bunch of WHEREASs about what weve among others. And weve helped scores of to measure more than dollarsthat ours to shape.
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Enough is enough!
Asian LGBT group
demands end to
anti-Muslim travel ban

By GLENN MAGPANTAY

President Trump, one week after his


inauguration, on Jan. 27, 2017, announced
a travel ban targeting people in seven
majority Muslim countries, attempting
to make good on an egregious campaign
promise to prevent all Muslims from
entering the United States. Ten months
later we have since seen three versions
of the ban, each blocked by the courts.
Recently in a thinly veiled eort to
disguise its discriminatory nature, Trump
inexplicably removed Iraq and Sudan from
the list, replacing them with North Korea
and Venezuela, two non-majority Muslim
countries and adding Chad.
Again the court banned the ban. On
Oct. 17, one day before it was to go into
eect, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson
blocked implementation of the latest
version of the anti-Muslim travel ban. The
Washington Post reported in a 40-page
decision granting the state of Hawaiis
request for a temporary restraining order,
Watson wrote that the latest ban suers
from precisely the same maladies as its
predecessor . . . [The executive order]
plainly discriminates based on nationality
in a way that is opposed to federal law and
PRESIDENT TRUMPs travel ban is anti-Muslim.
the founding principles of this nation. BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Only Venezuela and North Korea were
exempted from the injunction.
At this moment LGBT and other travelers propaganda or violating obscenity or so- clearly face life-threatening circumstances in the legal challenges in court, organized
from six of the named nations are not called morality laws. and at the very least unbearable living a national series of awareness-building
banned from entering the Untied States. In Chad a new criminal code seeks conditions. actions in seven cities and continue to tell
Every nation listed in the travel bans to punish homosexual behavior as a It is time for the Trump administration the stories of LGBT Muslims in America.
presents a real and present danger to misdemeanor. In Venezuela and North to let go of the illegal Muslim travel ban We will ght the Muslim travel ban as long
LGBT people. The penal codes in ve Korea while the penal codes do not contain and cease any further appeals. Federal as necessary. Join us!
of the seven countries Iran, Yemen, laws directly discriminating against LGBT resources and taxpayer monies should
Syria, Libya and Somalia proscribe as people, anecdotal information tells us that not be expended in the useless pursuit of a
punishment for homosexual or same-sex LGBT lives are less then tolerable in these discriminatory travel ban which threatens GLENN MAGPANTAY is executive director
relationships 3-5 years imprisonment. repressive societies. Venezuela for example lives and destroys families. The court has of the National Queer Asian Pacic Islander
Alliance.
Iran and Yemen call for the death penalty. reported over 110 murders of transgender struck down the ban three times. Enough
In each of these ve countries a person people in less than a decade; the fourth is enough! The National Queer Asian Pacic Islander
perceived to be homosexual, may be highest ranked country according to Trans The National Queer Asian Pacic Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a nationwide federation of
LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast
accused (and found guilty of) committing Murder Monitoring project. Alliance has led a national campaign in the Asian, and Pacic Islander (API) organizations.
unnatural acts, conducting or promoting Not one of these nations carries legal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender We seek to build the organizational capacity of
same sex relationships, homosexual acts, protections for LGBT people. LGBT persons (LGBT) community protesting the ban. local LGBT API groups, develop leadership, and
expand collaborations to better challenges anti-
sodomy, buggery, lewd acts, promoting seeking refuge from these countries We have submitted an LGBT amicus brief LGBT bias and racism.
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Queen Latifahs Star turn


THE MISTRESS OF HIP-HOP ON HER FOX SHOW AND GIRLS TRIP SUCCESS

By SUSAN HORNIK

QUEEN LATIFAH rules once again with Foxs Star on Fox.

PHOTO COURTESY STAR ON FOX INSTAGRAM

Queen Latifah is having a banner year, gay co-creator Lee Daniels (known for the world is sorely in need of that. I give 100 During the Fox TCA session, Daniels
starring in Universal Pictures comedy, lms like Precious and Monsters Ball). percent every time, Latifah told the Los acknowledged their collaborative
Girls Trip (just out on blu ray/dvd) and Girls Trip made $100 million at the box Angeles Blade at the Television Critics Press relationship.
Foxs Star, an emotionally powerful music oce, which thrilled the Oscar nominated Tour. You do your best. As long as I have
business drama, executive produced by actress. It feels good to make people laugh, given my best, thats all I can do. CONTINUES ON PAGE 37
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queery MICHELLE POLLINO

By TROY MASTERS
tmasters@losangelesblade.com

The millions of viewers who watch Michelle Pollino on Fox News


and Sirius XM Fox News Headline News, where she is a popular
entertainment reporter, might not know that Michelle is bisexual.
Still, its not a secret shes been keeping. Philadelphians have
always known her to be an outspoken force, LGBTQ and, of course,
all things Philly.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FOX NEWS
But now shes gone national and very West Coast, known her for
her joyful interviews with some of entertainments most vibrant and
famous personalities. She can light up any room and just about any
town that has glitz and a touch of glam: Michelle is at home on a How long have you been out and who was the If your life were a book, what would the title be?
Hollywood set, for sure, but you are just as likely to nd her chatting hardest person to tell? The Spiritual Evolution of US.
it up with country music superstars on the streets of Nashville or It just came naturally in my early 30s. I
megawatt Broadway stars in Manhattan. experimented in college then started having If science discovered a way to change sexual
Credit for her success must go to her versatility. exclusive relationships with women in my 30s and orientation, what would you do?
Pollino has always been entrepreneurially driven and knows rst- have dated both men and women since. Nothing.
hand the value of networking. As a budding lmmaker in Philadelphia
she helped create a collective of writers and actors that inspired her Whos your LGBT hero? What do you believe in beyond the physical
move to Los Angeles. You might say she has always been aimed this Maria Bello, Im a whatever too. world?
way. Since 2002, Pollino has produced and directed several critically Everything.
acclaimed lms, and worked with talent like Judd Nelson, Megan Whats Los Angeles best nightspot, past or
Mullally and Natasha Lyonne. present? Whats your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
And her latest project, a self-funded project that shes seeking public Im not a nightspot girl. Im a restaurant girl. I Listen to people you disagree with.
support for, D.I.Y. An American Love Comedy, stars Gates McFadden love nding new yummy places to explore in this
(Star Trek: Next Generation) and James Eckhouse (Beverly Hills 90210), amazingly diverse city. What would you walk across hot coals for?
is certainly a breakthrough into Hollywood project. The lm will present a I already did, twice for the hell of it
look at marriage from a queer perspective. The couple getting married is Describe your dream wedding.
a sexually uid pair who seek a unique way to make it ocial. Im not into marriage, Ive never wanted to be nor What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Importantly, the lm, like Michelle, is more B or Q than L or G. dreamed of being married. The categorizing of ones sexuality as the most
Yeah, Im openly bisexual as I have dated and am open to dating important thing.
both men and women, she declares. What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate
Everyday I have the privilege to talk about the entertainment about? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
industry on Sirius XM Fox News Headlines and Fox News. In my free Spirituality. Carol.
time, I write and podcast or vodcast about the same, only I mix it
with politics. Chances are you will nd me digging deeper into the What historical outcome would you change? Whats the most overrated social custom?
stories of the day, adding my own brand of humor and sensibilities I wish 9/11 and the Holocaust never happened. The air kiss.
to an already crazy world.
But, on Nov. 4, Michelle will be at home right here in West Whats been the most memorable pop culture What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Hollywood where she will emcee The Live Love Thrive Conference at moment of your lifetime? Connecting through storytelling.
City Council Chambers (www.360karma.com). This years conference The Internet.
has expanded to two days with the addition of SHE Tank on Nov. 3, What do you wish youd known at 18?
a live event where women entrepreneurs pitch their business plans On what do you insist? Self-forgiveness.
to female-run venture capital fund bosses. Both are being presented To be heard.
by 360 Karma and the City of West Hollywood. Why Los Angeles?
Michelle says diversity is what she hopes people get about her. We What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? The weather. Certainly not the drivers
all have unique points of views, wants and needs, she says. About Kevin Spacey accusations.
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Crossroads serves the dishes West Hollywood is craving


UNIQUE TWISTS ON TRADITIONAL FOODS, CALIFORNIA FARE

By SUSAN HORNIK

If you are a meat eater, prepare to


be shocked by Crossroads Kitchen, a
spectacular vegan restaurant that makes
all your favorite dishes taste greatsans
meat. Along with celebrity chef/founder Tal
Ronnen, gay executive chef, Scot Jones serves
up innovative cuisine to his culinary guests.
I love the diversity of our clientele.
Coming from Ohio, we didnt have that;
there are some very close-minded people
in the Republican state of Ohio. Out here
its more open and welcoming. Being a gay
chef in West Hollywood means I have got
the corner, people really respect me and
what we do here at Crossroads.
To mirror the diversity of the people
who come in, Crossroads has a wide-
ranging menu to satisfy any palate.
People love Crossroads because we have
great food. We change with the seasons,
four times a year. Were consistent; weve
got avor, texture and color. And it just so
happens that we are plant based.
Jones noted that not everyone who
walks in the door are vegan or vegetarian.
MATTHEW SWANN (left), a server at Crossroads Restaurant and executive chef SCOTT JONES (right).
I would say, 65 per cent of our clientele
are not plant based lifestyle customers, PHOTO BY SUSAN HORNIK

but they love coming here because the


food is so damm good. The culinary family here! Jones quipped. Its very humbling serve it. also like to be involved with the AIDS Walk.
here puts a lot of love into our dishes. We to Tap and I that they enjoy our food so It was rocker Chrissie Hynde of The It usually goes right by us but this year,
enjoy pushing the envelope so that we much. We respect their privacy and they Pretenders who rst introduced Jones to they did another route this year. I asked
stay on top of things. know they can trust us. You dont see Ronnen, who, according to Jones, turned my husband the other day, when is the
While many other restaurants have paparazzi hanging out here, because we a light switch on in my head that every date, as I like to give out food samples and
multiple locations, Jones is happy with built a $40,000 garage in the back. chef should have turned on about the water while its happening, and hes like,
just the one location at the crossroads of Jones spent many years developing virtues of vegetable-based cuisine. Prior honey, it already happened!
Sweetzer and Melrose (8284 Melrose) in his blend of Italian and Mediterranean to meeting Ronnen, Jones had started to Gay waiter Matthew Swann has been
West Hollywood. recipes, and is a rm believer that healthy explore healthier culinary options as a way working at Crossroads for six months. I
To be consistent is very hard, if you dining is not necessarily synonymous to help keep him in shape, and discovered have seen more imagination in Chef Tal
have ve restaurants. Tal and I dont want with minimalist surroundings and quiet that the enticing avors of many of his Ronnens food than Ive seen over 20 years
that; we want this one that we concentrate contemplation. favorite Italian dishes could be recreated of ne dining service, Swann swooned.
on, that people come to as the mecca of Crossroads is just as much of a without using meat. My favorite dish is his take on the crab
great food. If Tal is not here, Im here. neighborhood spot as it is a serious In his down time, Jones is very involved cake, fashioned from hearts of palm.
Thats what makes a great restaurant. restaurant, he said. The food were with LGBTQ charities. I do a lot with the Chef Tal always adds the perfect
Many celebrities have come in to creating is meant to be enjoyed both for LGBTQ Center in Hollywood. I back it and Hollywood ending: Its so good it could
Crossroads. You name it, theyve been its ingredients as much as the way we do as much as I can for them, with events. I make Hannibal Lecter a vegan!
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Fall release season brings LGBT lives to the big screen


A ROUNDUP OF OFFERINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES

By JOHN PAUL KING

Even in a diverse and progressive her. Deploying modern horrors signature


metropolis like Los Angeles, any queer tropes while also twisting them anew, the
cinema enthusiast can tell you that nding latest work from Joachim Trier features a
big screen lm content targeted at the star performance from Eili Harboe, and is an
LGBTQ audience is often a challenge. entertaining, mind-bending allegory about
Thankfully, the next few weeks bring several agency, power, gender and sexuality. It
opportunities to see some new and exciting screens Saturday, November 11 at 9:15PM
examples of LGBTQ-themed moviemaking. and Monday, November 13 at 1:00PM.
The American Film Institute presents In addition to these Festival oerings,
its annual festival of international lms there are a couple of other upcoming
appropriately called AFI Fest at various opportunities to catch LGBTQ lms.
lm theaters throughout Hollywood, Morning After, a highly anticipated
November 9 November 16. While this coming-of-age short Queer drama delving
years event oers dozens of movies that into the world of sexual uidity, has its Los
would be of interest to any lm fan, there Angeles debut on November 4 as part of
are a few screenings that should be on the the Studio City International Film Festival
must-do list for LGBTQ viewers. at Laemmle Theatres North Hollywood
The biggest title in the bunch is easily 7, at 1 PM. Additional screenings will
the long-awaited screen version of take place on November 3 (Chinese
Andr Acimans 2007 novel, Call Me Theatre, Hollywood, as part of the FICG
by Your Name. Adapted by director in LA Showcase of highlights from the
Luca Guadagnino, who co-authored Guadalajara International Film Festival)
the screenplay with Walter Fasano and and November 5th (at L.A. Film School,
ARMIE HAMMER with TIMOTHEE CHALAMET in Call Me By Your Name.
James Ivory (one of the creative giants free, donations accepted). For more
behind Maurice), it debuted at the 2017 PHOTO COURTESY ALLSTAR/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
information contact the venues.
Sundance Festival to massive critical Finally, Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride
and audience approval and is already kerfue between conservative actor James dream of being a torch singer. When her opens at select theatres on November 3,
anticipated to be a major contender in this Woods and lm co-star Armie Hammer factory-owner boyfriend and protector and drops on November 7 in VOD form.
years Hollywood Awards Season. may have stoked this movies buzz, it is unexpectedly dies, she nds her grief This unique and entertaining documentary
A sensual and transcendent tale of rst doubtless the highly-praised direction by stunted by cruelties hurled by both by Robyn Symon recounts the astonishing
love, set in northern Italy in the summer of Guadagnino and the performances from ocialdom and family alike but she nds true story of Butch, the macho owner of
1983, its the story of Elio Perlman (Timothe its two handsome leads, that will make it in herself an undeterred resolve to see a South Florida auto-wrecking company.
Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old one of the years must-see lms. It opens through the mourning of her lost love, and In a desperate search of a way to hide
American-Italian boy who spends his days in limited release on November 24, but you to write her own story in a world that will from the law, he transforms himself into
in his familys 17th-century villa transcribing can get the jump on that by attending the forever regard her as an outsider. Written a woman named Gloria but what starts
and playing classical music. One day, Oliver AFI Fest screening, which will take place and directed by Sebastin Lelio, it will out as a trick to beat the system ends up
(Armie Hammer), a charming American at the TLC Chinese Theater at 7:30PM on screen on Monday, November 13 at 9:30PM changing Butchs life forever. Now in her
scholar working on his doctorate, arrives Friday, November 10. This will be one of and Tuesday, November 14 at 3:45PM. 80s, Glorias stranger-than-ction life has
as the annual summer intern tasked with the Festivals Centerpiece Screenings, so Finally, the festival will present Thelma, been lled with risky surgeries, sex work,
helping Elios father. Amid the sun-drenched its likely to be a hot ticket. a gripping psychological thriller from family dysfunction, activism and a gender-
splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver Also scheduled at AFI Fest is A Fantastic Norway, about a young woman with two bending love story. Full of humor, warmth
discover the heady beauty of awakening Woman (Una Mejar Fantastica), a Chilean overprotective, devoutly Christian parents. and sass, UNCLE GLORIA is a rollicking ride
desire over the course of a summer that will lm featuring the debut of trans actress She decides to leave home and move to that must be seen to be believed. More
alter their lives forever. Daniela Vega. She stars as Marina, who Oslo, where she falls in love with another information on viewing opportunities will
Though the notorious social media works as a waitress while pursuing her girl awakening mysterious powers within be available on the Blade website.
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Todd Haynes latest will leave you Wonderstruck


THE WORLD AS SEEN THROUGH AN UNMISTAKABLE QUEER SENSIBILITY

By JOHN PAUL KING

Todd Haynes has a lot of his own history Fegley and Simmonds both give mature,
to live up to. eshed-out portrayals that engage our
After establishing himself as an audacious empathy for the duration of the lm; and
talent with Superstar (which used Barbie the winning Jaden Michael is a joy as Jaime,
dolls to tell the story of Karen Carpenter), the lonely and sensitive boy who befriends
he became a pioneer of the new queer Ben, providing an emotional ground in the
cinema with Poison, and broke through here-and-now for a story which otherwise
to the mainstream by reinventing the deals in unrequited connections between
glossy Hollywood melodrama in Far from past and future.
Heaven. He has pushed the boundaries It is the man behind the camera, however,
of traditional narrative form, subverted who is the real star of Wonderstruck.
cinematic tropes to challenge denitions of Though this heart-tugging fable about the
gay culture imposed by heteronormative enduring power of love might, in other hands,
society, and given voice to otherness seem sappy and manipulative, Haynes as
through a medium in which it has much chameleon as auteur embraces its
historically been repressed. sentimental qualities and deploys them with
With a pedigree like that, it may come as uninching sincerity within the framework
a surprise that, for his latest work, he has of his own distinctive style. Informed by
chosen to make what is essentially a feel- his fascination with semiotics, he explores
good family lm. its themes through layers of meaning
Such a pairing of director to material intricately woven throughout its recurring
might seem unlikely, at rst; but once the motifs. His use of the lms preoccupation
lm starts rolling, it doesnt take long to Director TODD HAYNES (left) and cast members brought the magic to #Wonderstrucks LA premiere. with architecture and museums is by itself
Now playing in NY and LA.
realize that Haynes and Wonderstruck worthy of extensive commentary but the
are a match made in movie heaven. PHOTO COURTESY OF TWITTER
riches of this cabinet of wonders are best
Through two interwoven stories, taking left to experience rst-hand.
place 50 years apart, its the saga of two both those qualities into building blocks nds expression in Bens timeline through As a side note, Haynes is an out lm
young runaways. In 1977, Ben (Oakes for pure cinema. Known for appropriating astute selections by David Bowie, Fripp director who has reached a place of
Fegley) who has recently lost his mother vintage techniques in his work, Haynes and Eno, and Sweet; for Roses silent prominence in the industry, and as such
to a trac accident embarks on a quest takes full advantage of the opportunity world, the near-constant orchestral carries the hopes and expectations of an
to nd his father, whom he has never to explore two widely dierent periods accompaniment (by Haynes regular entire community on his shoulders. Although
known; in 1927, Rose (Millicent Simmonds) in a single lm. Each story is framed in Carter Burwell) eloquently provides the Wonderstruck is a non-queer story, it is
ees her tyrannical father and goes to the visual language of its era, utilizing emotional cues made necessary by the told with unmistakably queer sensibilities. As
New York to seek out her favorite lm star, the gritty milieu and unmistakable lack of spoken dialogue. always, Haynes gives us a lm about societal
Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore). As their color palette of seventies cinema for Equally on target are the lms outliers trying to nd their place in a world
tales proceed, it becomes clear that the Bens segments and the richly evocative performances. The ever-luminous Moore, that has no room for them something
parallels between these two children are black-and-white grandeur of the silent a longtime muse for the director, proves that goes right to the heart of the LGBTQ
more than just a similarity of detail, and screen for Roses. Both aectations, as yet again that she is one of her generations experience, yet speaks to the yearnings of a
that they are somehow linked across time executed by cinematographer Edward most gifted actresses with her virtually broader audience as well.
by the answers they pursue. Lachman, are exquisitely realized, making wordless performance. Michelle Williams, This universal appeal means that
The conceit is inherently both literary Wonderstruck, perhaps above all else, a as Bens doomed mother, strikes a perfect most viewers will likely fall in love with
and gimmicky, but the director along bewitching treat for the eyes. balance of warmth and melancholy. Wonderstruck. Not only is it Haynes
with author Brian Selznick, who adapted Likewise, Haynes musical choices are Superb as these seasoned veterans are, most accessible work to date, it is one of
the thoughtful screenplay from his own canny reections of each period. His the lm rightly belongs to the trio of younger those rare lms that truly deserves to be
2011 novel of the same name has turned oft-noted love for seventies outre rock actors around whom its plot revolves. called magical.
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Love is never easy, in Rotterdam


A QUEER LOVE STORY COMES TO SKYLIGHT THEATRE

By JOHN PAUL KING

Theres no shortage of theatre pieces


about gay men but if youre looking for
works that deal with the experiences of gay
women or trans people, youre going to be
hard-pressed to nd more than a few.
Fortunately, a play that explores both of
these subjects is soon to appear onstage
at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz.
Rotterdam is an import from the U.K.,
where it was rst produced in 2015. It
received a nomination for Best New Play
at Londons O West End Awards and won
an Olivier Award (Britains equivalent of a
Tony) for Outstanding Achievement in an
Aliate Theatre.
Written by Jon Brittain (who has
authored several critically-acclaimed
plays, as well as writing shows for Radio 4
and the Cartoon Network), its billed as A
(L to R) RYAN BROPHY, ASHLEY ROMANS, MIRANDA WYNNE and AUDRY CAIN in Rotterdam at the Skylight Theatre.
queer love story about all of us
The plot concerns a lesbian couple, PHOTO BY ED KRIEGER; COURTESY SKYLIGHT THEATRE

Alice and Fiona, who share a at in


Rotterdam. On New Years Eve, Alice bisexual/transgender/queer/questioning/ relationship, theres a series of changes Black), even as the regressive attitudes
has nally found the courage to email intersex/two-spirited/allied/asexual/ you go through; and either you change of the Trump era threaten to push back
her parents and tell them shes gay. But cisgender/non-gender-binary theatre in together, to move forward, or both of you against our hard-won social progress,
before Alice can hit send, Fiona reveals the country. change and you move apart. It can be very Shepperd says Rotterdam takes a non-
that she has always thought of herself as He says he was drawn to the play by dicult sometimes and its something confrontational approach. Its not a
a man and that now she wants to live the fact that its a beautiful love story that anyone can relate to. political play. Its not about the trans or
as one. This bombshell announcement about two women and we dont see that Hes not alone in his enthusiasm for the lesbian or queer community. Were not
sends their 7-year-old relationship into onstage a lot. plays inclusiveness. Whats been very approaching as a trans play or a lesbian
a tailspin, setting the stage for a comedy He also like that its about having the cool is that Ive had people coming out of play. Were asking, What is the story, and
with powerful questions about love and courage to be yourself. To live your the woodwork to help. I have ve trans what is the message that its telling us? But
identity at its core. truth out loud can be dangerous, adds people working on the project, I have two I think that now, more than ever, these
Playwright Brittain says about the work, Shepperd. But to take that step into your lesbians working with me to make sure the types of stories need to be told, so that
Everything Ive ever written has had some authentic self can make you much more scenes between the women are accurate people will see them and hopefully open
kind of comedic angle to it. To entertain powerful than anything the world can and honest; its been one of those things their minds about what other communities,
someone is an excellent way to open them throw at you. Rotterdam explores that, where everyone who has read the script outside of their own, are like.
up to new thoughts. This story is an optimistic as well as asking the question, Can we live has fallen in love with it and wants to be
one. Given whats happening in the world our true authentic selves and still be loved a part of it which is what our community
today, I think we need a bit of optimism. by the people around us? should be every day.
Rotterdam by Jon Brittain opens at 8:30pm
The production is directed by Michael A. That question, as expressed in Alice and As to how the show addresses our Saturday, November 11th and plays at 8:30pm
Shepperd, the Ovation-winning co-Artistic Fionas dilemma, feeds into the shows current cultural climate, at a time when on Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00pm on Sundays;
and 8:00pm on Mondays through December11,
Director of L.A.s Celebration Theatre universal appeal. we are seeing a rise in transgender stories 2017. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N.
which he describes, accurately and with At its heart, he says, Rotterdam is within our popular culture (Transparent, Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $41.
Reservations: 213-761-7061 or or 866-811-4111.
great pride as the oldest lesbian/gay/ really about change. In any long-term Boy Meets Girl, Orange is the New Online at http://SkylightTix.com
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An opera of biblical proportions


PLCIDO DOMINGO CONQUERS ANOTHER LANDMARK ROLE IN NABUCCO

By CHRISTOPHER CAPPIELLO

Nabucco runs through Nov. 19 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Details at www.laopera.org.

PHOTO COURTESY OF LA OPERA

In the month of November, LA Opera younger, sweeter Fenena, both of whom own mad scene, something I never expected! which the exiled Hebrews long for their
takes audiences on an action-packed love the handsome young Hebrew Ismaele. At 76, Domingo is once again taking homeland. When Verdi wrote the opera
journey with Thaddeus Strassbergers Nabucco is one of Verdis great baritone on Nabucco with Ukrainian soprano in 1842 Italy was in the beginning of the
inventive staging of Giuseppe Verdis roles, and since Maestro Domingo decided Liudmyla Monastyrska singing the risorgimento, the resurgence of interest
biblical drama Nabucco, starring opera several years ago that, rather than retire as powerhouse part of Abigaille opposite in Italian unication. Northern Italy, where
legend and LA Operas general director one of the worlds greatest tenors, he would him. One of the reasons Verdis early piece the opera premiered, was under Austrian
Plcido Domingo. continue to sing by exploring baritone parts, is infrequently staged is because the role rule, and Va, pensiero became a beloved
Verdi was 28 years old when his third he has sung the role in some of the worlds of Abigaille is so dicult, requiring such anthem of patriotic pride for Italians in the
opera debuted at Milans La Scala in 1842, greatest opera houses. I rst sang the wildly varied styles and skills from a singer. mid-19th century and beyond.
and the piece catapulted him to stardom. title role of this exciting work in 2013, he Monastyrska has made the challenging Director Strassbergers production
Set in ancient times during the Babylonian says, and have relished the opportunity to part her own, and has performed the piece attempts to capture the feeling of the
captivity of the Hebrews, the opera is revisit this Biblical king several times since with Domingo at the Royal Opera House, 1842 premiere by placing opera boxes on
based on events described in the Book of then. As a younger man he sang the tenor Covent Garden and at the Met Opera last the sides of the stage with 19th-century
Jeremiah. Because it is an Italian opera, role of Ismaele to acclaim, but now relishes year in an acclaimed staging that had critics characters watching the opera while
however, Verdi also added an invented the chance to take on the complicated and raving about the pair. I am delighted to Austrian soldiers stand guard. While
love triangle to spice up the proceedings. psychologically challenging title role, which introduce Liudmyla Monastyrska to Los we many never know exactly what it felt
The title is an Italian shortening of the includes a mad scene that takes place Angeles in her signature role, he says. like to experience that national pride
name of the ancient king of Babylon, after Nabucco has declared himself god of Another hallmark of Nabucco is Verdis while under foreign domination, we can
Nebuchadnezzar, who has conquered and the Hebrews and gets struck by lightning. exceptional use of the chorus. While there take great pride in the world-renowned
exiled the Hebrews from their homeland Mad scenes in operas are usually sung by are gorgeous chorus selections throughout, Plcido Domingo continuing to expand
at the top of the show. Nabucco has two sopranos, the playful legend says, but this the piece includes one of operas most his repertoire and challenge himself at his
daughters, the older, ery Abigaille, and the role nally gives me the chance to have my famous choruses, Va, pensiero, in cultural home of LA Opera.
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Rapp bludgeons Kevin Spacey and House of Cards folds


AND KATHY GRIFFIN TORCHES ANDY COHEN AND BRAVO

By BILLY MASTERS

The whole time I was working there, I the gay version of Kellyanne Conway!
didnt know Andy Cohen wanted to be me. She reveals that Trump and Levin speak
- Kathy Grin on her long and, apparently, several times a week. She also claimed
unhappy tenure at Bravo. Watch what that all of TMZs stories about women are
happens, indeed! ones that make them look bad or where
Just as we went to press, a story broke they physically look bad. As opposed to all
that weve already re-written - twice. those positive stories about men!
Anthony Rapp, original cast member of As to Andy Cohen, she says he was a
Rent and currently starring on Star miserable boss for all those years. She also
Trek: Discovery, accused Kevin Spacey of states how loathsome Bravo is to women -
making sexual advances on him when he both the women behind the scenes and the
was 14! In 1986, Rapp was on Broadway in women on the shows. Easy to say now that
Precious Sons and Spacey was in Long she doesnt have a show on the network,
Days Journey Into Night. After a party at which is the double-edged sword everyone
Spaceys home, the two were alone. Kevin is tiptoeing around. She says, I didnt know
allegedly laid Anthony on the bed and that when they ended The D-List and I
then, as Rapp says, He lays down on top desperately wanted to do a talk show,
of me. He was trying to seduce me. I dont Andy Cohen would be the rst television
know if I would have used that language. executive in the history of television to give
But I was aware that he was trying to get himself a talk show that seems to get picked
with me sexually. Anthony got himself up every season. Grin claims that the two
out of there fast, while Spacey stood in the times she was on Watch What Happens
doorway reportedly saying, Are you sure Live, Andy Cohen privately asked me in an
KATHY GRIFFIN is back and has a lot to say, but shes still holding that head.
you wanna go? oce...if I wanted to do blow. She predicted
SCREENSHOT VIA TMZ
He didnt tell anyone about this until Andy would say he was just kidding. And, she
he was in Six Degrees of Separation was right - Cohen Tweeted, I am completely
on Broadway between 1990-92. I can BillyMasters.com. He apologized to have been if he knew what ummoxed stunned by this story. It is 100% false and
corroborate the timeline because when Anthony without admitting any guilt. He meant. Obviously Andy knows Kathy - in totally made up.
I met Anthony in 1991, he told me about also nally said that he is indeed gay. fact, shes the one who introduced us! I Kathy also says that because of the
this incident. He even tried to go public in While it doesnt excuse his past behavior, suspect Cohen was simply playing dumb. Trump investigation, shes been on the no-
a 2001 Q&A with The Advocate, although its a start. Just goes to show, the power of Unlike most showbiz friendships, Andy y list, the Interpol list, and that shes been
Spaceys name was redacted from the one voice. Bravo, Anthony. and Anderson are actually best friends. detained alone at every single airport Ive
story. So why speak up now? Not simply to By morning, Netix had killed Spaceys So, who did you expect him to side with? gone to. Kathy wraps it up by saying, So
air a grievance, but to try to shine another bread and butter. House of Cards folded. Kathy wasted no time in clapping back when I go to Singapore, if I dont return,
light on the decades of behavior that have You all know Kathy Grin was dumped (as the kids say). She tweeted: Even I just want you guys to know thats why.
been allowed to continue because many from CNNs New Years Eve with Anderson when its on tape, there are doubters? He Since we ran long, I barely have
people, including myself, being silent. Im Cooper and replaced by Andy Cohen. Well, is NOT kidding w paps. Was my boss for time to remind you to check out www.
feeling really awake to the moment that TMZ ran into Cohen at LAX, congratulated 10 years. Treated me like a dog. Deeply BillyMasters.com - the best bargain on the
were living in, and Im hopeful that this him on the gig, and asked if hes talked misogynistic. But Kathy wasnt nished. web. If you have a question - preferably
can make a dierence. But can one voice to Kathy about it. Andy innocently said, After her Tweet, Harvey Levin of TMZ one that leads to nudity - send it o to
make a dierence? Who? The reporter (and I used that called - likely to see if she wanted to BillyMasters.com and I promise to get
Within moments of Rapp going public, term loosely) then claried, Kathy Grin. make a comment on the clip. Instead, she back to you before Kathy announces her
Spacey made his own statement - too Kathy Grin. Andy simply said, I dont posted a 17-minute video that is surely (mandatory) residency at the Singapore
lengthy for the connes of this column know her. The cameraman was most the denition of viral. Kathy also exposes Hilton! So, until next time, remember, one
- but you can read it in its entirety on certainly ummoxed - well, he would Levins close ties with Trump, calling him mans lth is another mans bible.
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two weeks prior to your event. Space is
limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic
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re-submitted each time.

NOV. 08
Reception with WeHo City Council
supporting Assessor Je Prang, MON Nov
8 @ 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Sunset Marquis (1200
Alta Loma Road). Join leaders of the West
Hollywood government for an exceptional
evening honoring Jerey Prang, LA Countys
Assessor and former Mayor of WeHo. The British Council and British Film Institute presents #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017, MON Nov. 13, 5:30-7:30 PM at UCLA Dodd Hall.
Support his candidacy for re-election, IMAGE PROVIDED BY BRITISH CONSULATE LOS ANGELES

mingle, mix and get show the ag.


for Novembers Built In Brews, a monthly and you may win some awesome prize ideas and tips. Oh, and dont forget the
NOV. 09 startup happy hour hosted monthly by the packages. Theres drag queen auction, so delicious drinks and treats from Granville..
Transgender Job and Resources Fair, gay tech company every month. Get an inside start saving up your pennies for a new wig.
THU Nov. 9 @ 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at look at some of the citys hottest tech oces, NOV. 15
West Hollywood Park Auditorium (647 meet with inspirational entrepreneurs, and NOV. 13 Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Los
N. San Vicente Blvd.). Presented by the mingle with the employees behind the magic, British Council and British Film Angeles & The L Project November
Los Angeles LGBT Centers Transgender they promise. Institute presents #FiveFilms4Freedom Mixer, WED Nov. 15 @ 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), 2017, MON Nov. 13 @ 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Bar 10 (8933 Santa Monica Boulevard).
this job and resources fair caters to the NOV. 11 at UCLA Dodd Hall (315 Portola Avenue). Women are some of the most gifted folks
LAs transgender community, providing Em:Powered, IN:clued, SAT Nov. 11 #FiveFilms4Freedom is the worlds rst and in technology, yet there are far fewer
access to a multitude of companies @ 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Village At Ed largest digital LGBT lm festival. Following than there should be, accounting for 1 in
and businesses participating this year, Gould Plaza, Los Angeles LGBT Center its success at BFI Flare, the British Council 15 in STEM elds, according to Lesbians
including the Los Angeles Blade. The (1125 N McCadden Pl). Em:Powered will and British Film Institute brings important Who Tech. So, this monthly gathering
event will include a variety of job training explore ideas around sexual orientation online lms to the big screen. These UK of women in the queer tech community,
resources, a mock interview clinic, and a and gender identity for LGBTQ+ productions mark the 50th anniversary chatting over drinks, is an important
photo booth for professional headshots. identied youth. Activities could include a of decriminalization of homosexuality in mingle. Whether you work at a tech
According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender community scavenger hunt, poetry slam, Britain a landmark moment for human company, have a technical job or just love
Survey, nearly one-third of trans people discussion about all sorts of relationships, rights. Featured are Crush (directed by technology or just obsessed with every
are living in poverty, compounded by and appreciation of members of the Rosie Westho), Where We Are Now new app...come out!
the statistic that they experience a 15% groups unique strengths. INclued aims (directed by Lucie Rachel), Heavy Weight
unemployment rate which is three times to empowere LGBTQ+ young people with (directed by Jonny Ru), Still Burning NOV. 16
higher than the unemployment rate in the a clear understanding of sexual health (directed by Nick Rowley), and Jamie 34 Annual West Hollywood Creative
U.S. population (5%). The unemployment and developing condence. INclued (directed by Christopher Manning). Guest Business Awards, THU Nov. 16 @ 6:00
rate among trans people of color is peer educators teach about sexual safety, speakers include lmmakers Johnny Ru PM to 10:00 PM at The Jeremy Hotel (8490
worsefour times higher than the nations and how to talk to a doctor about sexual and Rosie Westho, and BAFTA LA CEO West Sunset Boulevard). West Hollywood
unemployment rate. Jan Perry, General health needs. Contact 323-860-7388 or Chantal Rickards. Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) is set to
Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and lifeworks@lalgbtcenter.org. host its most prestigious and longest-
Workforce Development Department will NOV. 14 running event, the West Hollywood
deliver this years keynote. NOV. 12 Pride Real Estate Professionals Creative Business Awards with a reception
Built in Brews at Grindr, TUE Nov. 9 @ Legendary Bingo Beneting The Mixer, TUE Nov. 14 @ 6:00 to 8:00 PM at and silent auction sponsored by Beverly
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Grindr Corportate Valley Film Festival, TUE Nov. 14 @ 6:00 to Granville West Hollywood (8701 Beverly Center. Honoring creative approaches
oces (725 North San Vicente). Finally you 8:00 PM at Hamburger Marys WEHO (8288 Boulevard). LGBTQ and LGBTQ friendly and entrepreneurial solutions, the event
have a chance to meet that provocative torso Santa Monica Boulevard). Join us for a Architects, Attorneys, Lenders, Title Reps, is a truly community based awards
from 40 feet away. Get him a beer and see night of Legendary Bingo (aka Drag Queen Designers, Contractors, Realtors, Insurance ceremony with winners selected by
what happens! Grindr invites you in for a Bingo) to benet The Valley Film Festival. Brokers and other real estate aliated membership online ballots. Hundreds of
night of networking, demos, and cold drinks Be one of the at least 50 conrmed guests professionals get together to exchange local businesses will be in attendance.
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Halloween was spooky all over


IT WAS CERTAINLY A TRICK AND A TREAT, FROM WEHO TO DTLA AND DODGER STADIUM

Halloween mixed it up this year and was gayer than ever. From Sober-Ween to Halloweenie,
Wehos famous Carnival to the Grandslam-o-ween at Dodger Stadium, LA went nuts!
The Los Angeles Blade went trick or treating for photos of the big event and here are a few.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HALLOWEENIE 12 PHOTO COURTESY OF HALLOWEENIE 12

PHOTO BY ROLLENCE PATUGAN FOR JENNIFER EMERY FOR VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD PHOTO BY ROLLENCE PATUGAN FOR JENNIFER EMERY FOR VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCARY SEXY SOBER HALLOWEEN WAREHOUSE PARTY PHOTO BY CHAD GOLDMAN
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Queen Latifah returns to TV in Star


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27

This is what bonds Latifah and I together,


that we both have a mutual understanding
of what its like in the streets and a mutual
understanding of what its like with fame
and the marriage of both and a compassion
for both. Because its lonely. Fame dont
mean that you are happy. Far from. And
money doesnt mean that youre happy. Far
from. And its really powerful to have her
right here next to me because she knows
the walk. Shes walked it with me.
In Star, now in its second season,
Latifah plays Carlotta, the mother of
a sassy transgender daughter, Cotton
(Amiyah Scott), whose sexuality she has
trouble accepting.
That was also one of the big draws of
Carlotta, she told Parade.com. Carlotta is
completely dierent than Queen Latifah,
but they cross over in certain ways. The
topic of being trans is very topical. More
importantly, the thing that Lee and I talked
about when we developed the concept of
this show, and what we were interested
in about this, was the fact that everybody PHOTO BY JEFF SEER; COURTESY OF BIGSTOCK

doesnt know the right thing to say. Its a


new experience for a lot of people and if
we communicate about it, people could You have to try to build a bridge. We almost just realize all of a sudden that that subject. But shes not shy and has often
grow to understand each other. wanted to show the conversation. wasnt who I am and to alert my parents been seen sharing aection with her
Latifah continued: Youll nd that We hear about those conversations, of that, it was something dicult to deal partner, Eboni Nichols.
theme along a lot of lines in this show, but especially when [Bruce] Jenner became with. We did struggle. Latifah, a hip hop pioneer, was recently
this particular thing is very important to Caitlyn Jenner. It became a huge topic of Im blessed enough to have parents who recognized by VH1s Save the Music
us, especially since our whole relationship conversation, but some of it was sort of who at least loved me enough to think Foundation for her contribution to music
in beginning this movement came after trivialized or stereotyped or overblown. about what I wanted and to keep that in and her work providing low income students
we were at the afterparty for Precious. The characters struggle for her mothers mind. No, my father wasnt pleased at the opportunity to pursue an education.
We hung and we got on the topic of acceptance is something Scott was used to. rst, but the silver lining is now he calls To strip faculties of music and artwork
(trans documentary) Paris is Burning Being transgender was something me Princess. So I think that shows like this is like stripping your personal soul, Latifah
and how much we both loved that movie, dierent for my parents to accept, and growth and seeing dierent things said during her acceptance speech. Some
and how some of the people were high acknowledged Scott, when the show rst can open up your mind. And I think that individuals discover out what they need to
school classmates of mine or friends that premiered. I was an only child. Well, Im sometimes, though you may feel a certain be in life by way of music and artwork
I knew from hanging out in the clubs in my mother Chinas only child. My father way, like, about a certain subject at rst, Typically music and artwork can park one
my teenage years. In Lees younger years, has daughters. But I think that by me things can change. thing in you that awakens your thoughts
he crossed a lot of the same places. We being the third, I was then his only son. We As for her sexual orientation, Latifah is and allows you to know you can attain
wanted to build that understanding. have certain expectations in my life, and perhaps more guarded than some fans additional and assume additional.
At the same time, you cant always fault my life was supposed to go a certain way, prefer, especially given the debate around Just so yall know, the Queen already has
people for what they dont understand. and thats the course that I was on. So to Kevin Spaceys 30 year caginess on the a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
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Meet a rising star of WeHos home furnishing design community


GAURAV NANDAS BEND GOODS RE-IMAGINES MID-CENTURY MODERN

By REBEKAH SAGER

Furniture designer Gaurav Nanda has


made a successful business out of turning
a classic on its ear.
Inspired by the mid-century modern
design aesthetic he saw on vacations with
his family to Palm Springs, and Italian-
born American artist, sound art sculptor,
and modern furniture designer, Harry
Bertoia (and the chair he made famous),
Nanda took a leap of faith seven years
ago, quitting his job with General Motors
and launching a furniture line called Bend
Goods, based in Los Angeles.
Nanda, 45 and single, works out of one
of two houses he owns in West Hollywood.
He initially launched his furniture collection
with ve pieces two dining chairs, two
GAURAV NANDAs designs are unmistakably West Hollywood style.
lounge chairs and one drum table, but the
collection has grown to dozens of oerings PHOTO COURTESY BEND GOODS LOS ANGELES

from chairs to stools, to sofas and beds,


to sculpture and plant stands. Nanda left his job at GM and moved to 3-D, Nanda explains. I feel at times that Im part of this
At the time nobody was doing what we L.A. in 2008. In 2010, he poured his savings Working at GM was an amazing learning community, and at times I feel like Im not.
were doing, Nanda told the Los Angeles and investment money from family into experience, but Im not really not a car guy, Maybe thats everyone. Theres a sense
Blade. Bend Goods. so it wasnt the right environment, Nanda of community in the furniture world, and
Although originally inspired by the The line started in retail brick and adds. It was very corporate. Id always we meet at trade shows and we share
Bertoia Chair, Nandas chairs have more mortar stores such as A+R Store and been interested in furniture, he says. stories, and sometimes I feel like Im being
angles and less wire than the original. Weego Home, but, since the retail market He says hes also been inspired by excluded from some things, but maybe
Sculptural, with elegant geometry, the has changed and people are shopping architect John Lauthner, BuckminsterFuller, thats just me, Nanda says.
new take on the old design has more online more and more, Nanda branched who created the geodesic dome, lmmaker Nandas goals for Bend Goods are lofty.
approachable lines and a softer feel. out to trade shows in Paris and NYC, and Wes Anderson, and his fairytale aesthetic, He says hes hoping to design pieces that
I set out to nd a way to reinvent the pushing product online via social media, and even his mothers handmade macram become classics rather than remain trends.
wire chair concept that was dierent and with Instagram as the biggest eort. plant-holders. Disposable furniture may have its place
edgier, with a lot more intricate detailing Were constantly creating new products, In a way the patterns used in my work in some situations, but I am not a fan due to
that make our designs immensely more and working on being creative and unique can be traced to my Indian heritage, as an its negative impact on the environment and
comfortable, Nanda says. with our imagery and video content. We homage of sorts to my thriving culture. wasteful nature. We like to make products
He adds that he placed the wires of the need to stay creative and oer intriguing Nandas parents were born in Bombay that you can pass on to your children - from
seat closer together to build more comfort content, Nanda says. and New Delhi. He says being an Indian generation to generation, he says.
and beat out his competition. The rst He says his inspiration comes from family, they were confused when he Bend is looking to build a showroom or studio
thing we hear people say when they sit in everywhere and it continues to change. came out to them in his late 30s. Theyve space where the sta of eight can experiment
our chairs is Its so comfy! It might start with a shape of an given up on him marrying a nice girl, and with dierent materials and processes.
A talent for industrial design and interesting coee cup or old Amish barn.I even moved from Michigan to Los Angeles We hope to oer one-of-a kind pieces
entrepreneurship obviously runs in the sketch out some rough concept drawings 2 years ago. but also increase our product line for the
family. Nandas sister, Gauri Nanda, is the of what the furniture might look like. I play Despite his parents understanding, he says commercial market by creating pieces in
creator of Clocky -- the alarm clock that around with scale and shape, and once I the furniture design world isnt overowing various price levels so that more people
jumps and rolls until you get out of bed. have some solid ideas we build them in with gay people or people of color. can have access to Bend, Nanda says.
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