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TGIF bowling tournament set for July

Sports

By   2 hours ago

Out N About Sports By Bill Malcolm The Greater Indianapolis Fourth of July Classic (TGIF), an international LGBT bowling tournament, will be held July 1-3 in Indianapolis at Royal Pin Western Bowl. Find information at www.facebook.com/TGIFClassic/ or contact marketing@tgif-classic.org. Open water swim comes to Eagle Creek The USMS Nationals 2 Mile Swim at Eagle Creek […]

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Former IU coach Knight to speak

Sports

By   3 hours ago

Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight will offer an engaging motivational talk about his unparalleled basketball coaching career and leadership philosophy on Thursday, June 16, at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St. in downtown Indianapolis. The event will also feature a Q&A session and a special meet-and-greet opportunity for […]

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Indiana marshmallow mavens certified by LGBT Chamber

Business

By   4 weeks ago

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce recently certified 240sweet Artisan Foodworks of Columbus, Ind., as an LGBT Business Enterprise through its Supplier Diversity Initiative. The NGLCC is the nation’s exclusive certifying body for LGBT owned and operated businesses. “America’s top corporations are eager to do business with the LGBT community,” said Justin G. […]

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Expert help takes stress out of selling, buying a home

Real Estate

By   4 weeks ago

By Jodie Chandler With so much information readily available online and on television these days, clients sometimes ask me, “Why should we hire a real estate agent?” They wonder, and rightfully so, if they couldn’t buy or sell a home without a real estate agent. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in […]

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Suds and politics

Your Vote Counts

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton If you ever wonder what America is thinking, I’ve found a great barometer of political pinion: laundromats. Our dryer broke recently, so there have been multiple weekly trips to the neighborhood laundry until it can get fixed. And while waiting, usually on Sunday, usually while reading the Sunday New York Times, there […]

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All cities should adopt anti-conversion law

Natalie Porter

By   4 weeks ago

A conversation with Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach (part 3 of 3) By Natalie Porter Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach, the first openly gay elected official in Ohio in 2011, has been responsible for pro-LGBT bills that have been passed in Cincinnati in the past five years. Seelbach successfully led the effort to pass a conversion therapy […]

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With start of summer comes variety of activities

Sports

By   4 weeks ago

By Bill Malcolm After that mild winter and cold spring, summer is finally just around the corner. There’s too much to do in the summer, so here’s a round-up for May and June. Let’s camp it up Camping out in Saugutuck, Mich., is nice, and great for blueberry picking and bringing home peaches. Several state […]

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I survived a Trump rally!

Politics

By   4 weeks ago

Story and photos by DJ Doran I have been watching Donald Trump’s campaign with a sort of morbid curiosity for the last few months. It feels almost surreal to me that the reality TV star could actually end up winning the White House, but he is certainly closer than any other Republican running for the […]

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Escape to Wisconsin and bring your bike

Tag - Travel

By   3 hours ago

Travel on a budget By Bill Malcolm Have you been to Wisconsin? Don’t miss Madison, the state’s beautiful capital city, located on an isthmus between two lakes. There’s a lot to do, including biking along Lakes Mendota and Monona, renting a canoe on Lake Wingra, and more. Don’t miss the UW Arboretum, as well as […]

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Seattle’s new light rail makes visiting a breeze

Tag - Travel

By   4 weeks ago

By Bill Malcolm You can’t beat Seattle for your next vacation. It’s a great city surrounded by mountains (Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympics) plus the beautiful Puget Sound.  The city has a great Pride march and celebration every June. Summers are pleasant but rarely hot. Plus it is close to Vancouver, B.C. (where […]

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Giant ship to host its first all-gay cruise

Tag - Travel

By   4 weeks ago

Info and photo provided by Atlantis Events To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Atlantis Events, the world’s largest gay and lesbian vacation company, its first charter of Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary 4,200-guest Anthem of the Seas megaship will sail from New York City on May 21. “Our guests have been asking us for this incredible ship […]

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Fly nonstop to San Francisco

Tag - Travel

By   2 months ago

Travel on a Budget, by Bill Malcolm I took the United Airlines once-a-day nonstop to San Francisco recently. The departure time (6 a.m.) is a tad early, but I paid only $200 which included my connecting flight to Reno. Indeed, from San Francisco you can easily connect to other West Coast cities, as well as […]

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Mile-high hospitality among the best

Fabulous Gay World

By   3 months ago

By Donald Pile and Ray Williams Of all the cities we have visited, Denver has changed the most in recent years, and we mean for the better! It is such a vibrant city, with a huge presence of gays all over. The downtown is bustling 24 hours a day with bars, restaurants and shopping. The […]

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Dine on train on way to Windy City

Tag - Travel

By   3 months ago

By Bill Malcolm Going to or from Chicago? Enjoy the new Hoosier State train service, which features cooked-to-order dinner in the Dome Car from Chicago (and cooked-to-order breakfast on the way to Chicago). With a chef on board, I enjoyed the salad with chicken while others had fresh-made fettucine. They note they use no microwaves […]

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Should pets come along? Think it through

Fabulous Gay World

By   3 months ago

Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World, by Donald Pile and Ray Williams When making travel decisions, choose what is safest and most comfortable to your pet. For instance, unless you’ll be able to spend a lot of time with your dog, he’ll probably be happier at home than tagging along on your trip. As a […]

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Four ideas for spring break getaways

Tag - Travel

By   3 months ago

By Bill Malcolm It’s time to plan your spring and summer travel. Here are some ideas: Denver You can’t beat the mile-high city. I like the Warwick Hotel in trendy uptown. It offers free bikes and is just steps away from the bars and restaurants. Southwest, United, and Frontier airlines all fly from Indy to […]

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Taking pride in our friendships

Pecs and the City

By   2 hours ago

By Matt Ponder In the world of theater there is a saying: “Dying is easy – comedy is hard.” Simply put, it means that it is much easier to play a death scene than it is to make people laugh. Comedy is a broad spectrum and what seems funny to one person, may not even […]

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Rallying again, this time for women’s rights

Annette Gross

By   4 weeks ago

By Annette Gross On Saturday, April 9, I, along with friends Cheryl Laux and Satchuel Paigelynn Cole, stood on the Statehouse steps in front of thousands of Hoosiers. Behind us stood 97 people holding black-rimmed signs, each with the name of one of the 97 state legislators who voted for HB1337. In front of us […]

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Suds and politics

Your Vote Counts

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton If you ever wonder what America is thinking, I’ve found a great barometer of political pinion: laundromats. Our dryer broke recently, so there have been multiple weekly trips to the neighborhood laundry until it can get fixed. And while waiting, usually on Sunday, usually while reading the Sunday New York Times, there […]

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Cincy LGBT bars: Why are so few left?

The Goose is Loose

By   4 weeks ago

By Michael Chanak “With Howard Sharon’s passing, we have lost another big supporter of our LGBT community; Howard was an ardent supporter of the ISQCCBE (The Court) and many other LGBT causes.  And in his support for our community, Howard also offered a gay-owned and operated establishment that we have also lost: Shooters.” Those are […]

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The Ministry of Leather

Panther's Perspective

By   4 weeks ago

By Panther Daddy Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to chat up a few men who are not involved directly in the Leather/Kink community. Granted, the reasons for our interactions weren’t necessarily to talk. However, more and more, I’m finding that my quest for carnal satisfaction involves more than just the need for physical gratification.  I […]

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For ‘Mary,’ high school becomes unbearable

One Mother's Journey

By   4 weeks ago

By Krisztina Inskeep PART 3 (of a continuing series; Part 1, Part 2) This is part three in a series that explores a parent’s perspective on discovering our child was transgender. He does not want his name used in public, so I refer to him as “Mary” before and “Will” after his transition. Since he […]

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A question of forgiveness

Walter Beck - Cher Guevara

By   4 weeks ago

By Walter Beck My buddy Todd Berry posted an article recently on Facebook that got me thinking. It was asking the question, “Should LGBT people forgive the Evangelical Community?” And he hasn’t been the only one talking about it. Another friend of mine, Pastor Wells from the Redeeming Vine Baptist Church, had this to say […]

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Homeless LGBT kids could fill a pro stadium

Steve Thompson

By   4 weeks ago

By Steve Thompson The plight of LGBT homeless youth is tragic. They suffer a much higher risk of violence, abuse and sexual assault as compared to non-LGBT homeless individuals.  Even if they try to seek shelter, LGBT homeless youth can experience rejection because of their sexual orientation or sexual identity – just as many have […]

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A peek into little-known parts of LGBT history

Bookworm

By   50 mins ago

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You had no idea. How could you know?  No one ever told you, nobody sat you down to explain what was what. You were blissfully unaware, kept in the dark for far too long; but read “Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation” by Jim Downs, and you may see […]

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The real-life Hollywood ending

Karl J. Niemiec

By   1 hour ago

By Karl J. Niemiec Author of “Alien Made” – proceeds from book sales benefit Indiana Youth Group (see below for novel excerpt, Chapter 3) Not everyone knows this about me, but I’ve been married twice. Unfortunately, my first marriage ended in abduction, kidnapping and sexual abuse. Not to me, to her. Yes, I know, I […]

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A merry time with Bard’s ‘Wives’

UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden I’ve found that a play is much more entertaining if the actors involved seem to be enjoying themselves, especially with a comedy. And I get the impression that the players in Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” are having a blast. Centering on the […]

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Footlite’s ‘Gypsy’ a triumph

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden It’s regarded as the story of the ultimate “stage mom,” a helicopter parent from before those birds were invented. “Gypsy,” based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee and her relationship with her Mama Rose, is at Footlite Musicals through May 22. We meet Rose and young daughters Baby June and […]

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Civic Theatre continues the ‘Tradition’

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden The popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof” has a few nights left, Wednesday through Saturday at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in The Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Carmel. Directed by Michael J. Lasley with musical direction by Brent Marty, the story of a poor Jewish man confronting changes […]

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Inspiration from a different ‘book’ at Phoenix Theatre

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden The Phoenix Theatre – 749 N. Park Ave. in downtown Indy, near Mass. Ave. – opens the musical “The Book of Merman” on May 12. That’s not a typo. The title is actually “Merman,” not to be confused with a certain Tony-winning hit that recently toured through the city. But there […]

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DK director continues to inspire

Tom Alvarez

By   4 weeks ago

David Hochoy and Dance Kaleidoscope are recognized as Indiana treasures By Tom Alvarez For those in Indianapolis who follow the performing arts, and dance in particular, David Hochoy’s name has become synonymous with Dance Kaleidoscope. Soon celebrating 25 years as its artistic director, Hochoy and his beloved company are the recipients of a 2016 Governor’s […]

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Smitten in Seattle: Good look at gay nuptials

Bookworm

By   4 weeks ago

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your summer is filling up quickly. It starts with graduations and confirmations. You’ve already got a pile of “Save the Date” cards for a bunch of weddings, and the summer wraps up with family reunions and more weddings. It might even end with yours – and in the new book, “The Best […]

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All dogs go to Heaven – or the dog park

Health and Wellness

By   2 hours ago

(Editor’s note: List of Indy dog parks at end of article) Health & Wellness by Ron Blake Your dog will help you live a longer and healthier life than if you didn’t have him. Pet ownership can improve your overall wellness just like an apple a day. People with dogs just tend to be doggone […]

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Taking pride in our friendships

Pecs and the City

By   2 hours ago

By Matt Ponder In the world of theater there is a saying: “Dying is easy – comedy is hard.” Simply put, it means that it is much easier to play a death scene than it is to make people laugh. Comedy is a broad spectrum and what seems funny to one person, may not even […]

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Looking back at my first Pride

By   2 hours ago

By Paula French Even after all these years, attending Pride always takes me back to my first Pride Festival. My brother, Steve, died in April of that year. It was 1994, and I had no idea where to find people who could possibly understand what had happened to my brother and to our family.  My […]

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Damn great reasons to get tested

Chas Navarra

By   2 hours ago

By Chas Navarra I see it on their faces and hear it in their voices at least a couple of times each day I test for HIV and STI infection. The anxiety some clients have about testing and learning their status is very real. Providers often walk a fine line in effectively communicating the importance […]

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Escape to Wisconsin and bring your bike

Tag - Travel

By   3 hours ago

Travel on a budget By Bill Malcolm Have you been to Wisconsin? Don’t miss Madison, the state’s beautiful capital city, located on an isthmus between two lakes. There’s a lot to do, including biking along Lakes Mendota and Monona, renting a canoe on Lake Wingra, and more. Don’t miss the UW Arboretum, as well as […]

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Today is gonna be funny – and healthy

Health and Wellness

By   4 weeks ago

By Ron Blake It is always today. And today is Tell a Joke and Laugh Day. My best advice is to go ahead and make it a super funny day for yourself – such an amazing way to get and stay healthy. Laughter is incredible for well-being. Remember: It’s not yesterday or tomorrow. It’s today. […]

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Are you settling down, or just settling?

Pecs and the City

By   4 weeks ago

By Matt Ponder Nothing is more exciting than cleaning out your basement, right? So many boxes full of things that make you say: “why the hell did I even buy this?” Clothes that are too small, Jackie Collins novels that once held your interest, and tattered stuffed animals worn smooth from childish affection. It was […]

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Gay-on-gay shaming: New front in the war on HIV?

Chas Navarra

By   4 weeks ago

By Chas Navarra Could shame and stigma about HIV/AIDS be culprits in new HIV infection diagnoses? Are some members of a social group who advocate tolerance and understanding about being LGBT themselves intolerant and uneducated about a viral infection incorrectly identified as a “gay disease” and a medicine which is proved to stop it? AIDS […]

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