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IYG gives its first Shining Light awards

News

By   3 weeks ago

Word staff report Indiana Youth Group hosted its first Shining Light Gala on June 18 at the NCAA Grand Ball Room in Indianapolis. The event was a benefit to “Shine a Light” of hope and awareness on LGBTQ youth suicide, and to help fund programs such as Thrive: Dare to be Powerful. The gala also […]

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LGBTQ hangout changes hands

Business

By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran English Ivy’s, a popular LGBTQ restaurant and bar located at 944 Alabama St. in Indianapolis, has recently been sold. English Ivy’s has been a local favorite of the LGBTQ community for years, and the new owner, Danny Scotten, and his business partner have some big plans for the venerable neighborhood hangout, including […]

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Indy drag show venue Talbott Street closes after nearly 15 years

Business

By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran Talbott Street, a popular Indianapolis nightclub and bar for the LGBTQ community, closed permanently on June 25. The owner, Michael Strapulos, decided it was time to shut the doors after nearly 15 years in business. “We decided to close because that is what the owner wanted to do,” the club’s social media […]

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She’s with ‘Her’

Annette Gross

By   3 weeks ago

By Annette Gross “You have bronchitis.” This is what my doctor told me a few weeks ago. I responded, jokingly, by telling him to “blame the Clintons.” Why? I had just spent the past few weeks working at the Hillary campaign office in Indianapolis – to bring the message to Hoosiers that Hillary is the […]

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Watch for political fallout from Orlando

Your Vote Counts

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton It’d be journalistic malpractice to ignore the tragic Orlando massacre in this month’s edition of The Word. But there’s really not a political angle that resonates, so this will be personal. For two decades, I’ve watched that sometimes-clumsy weekend dance: gay and inquiring men (and some women) go to gay clubs to […]

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Indiana’s November ballot matchups set

News

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton On successive weekends, Indiana Republicans and Democrats filled their statewide election tickets during state conventions held in Indianapolis. Republicans went first, on June 11, nominating a ticket to compliment incumbent Gov. Mike Pence’s re-election effort. Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb was selected for the ballot, as were Yorktown school chief Jennifer McCormick for […]

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Indy Counselor Adamson responds to rape allegations

News

By   3 weeks ago

Word staff report The Vice President of the Indianapolis City-County Council, and its first openly gay member, Zach Adamson, is speaking out after an allegation of rape surfaced.  He represents District 17, which includes a large portion of Indy’s eastside, including a small part of downtown. Documents and police reports obtained by The Word indicate […]

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Indy ‘Crit’ returns to downtown July 9

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

Thousands of bicycle enthusiasts will descend upon Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, July 9, in celebration of the 7th annual Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival, presented by IU Health. This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Activities […]

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Get Rocky Mountain high

Tag - Travel

By   3 weeks ago

Budget Travel by Bill Malcolm It’s easy to do a long weekend in Denver from Indy. Fares are reasonable and no less than three airlines offer non-stop flights (United, Frontier and Southwest). I took Southwest. My flight home was delayed 5½ hours since the equipment was diverted to Amarillo due to afternoon thunderstorms. I took […]

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Snout ‘n’ about on Bahamas’ ‘Pig Beach’

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By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran In the Bahamas there is a district called Exuma made up of around 360 islands large and small, but among them one unique island in particular. Officially, the island is called Big Major Cay, but locals also have a name for it because of its unusual inhabitants – pigs. Thats right! These […]

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Escape to Wisconsin and bring your bike

Tag - Travel

By   2 months 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   3 months 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   3 months 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   4 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   5 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   5 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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Hate is what’s ‘unbearable’

DJ Doran

By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran, Publisher/Editor in Chief, The Word In what should have been our celebratory issue after the PRIDE Festival, we were forced to instead cover a horrible tragedy that cost 49 innocents their lives and 50-plus others an unknown future, because of the hateful act of one man. Now is the time to recognize […]

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Blood on the Bar

Walter Beck - Cher Guevara

By   3 weeks ago

This column was included in The Word’s feature package on the June 12 Pulse night club shooting in Orlando Thoughts on the Orlando terrorist attack By Walter Beck It was a strange scene; there I was in the Egyptian Room of the Murat Theater surrounded by weeping brothers and sisters, the same brothers and sisters […]

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Two crowds, one message

Jason Hinson-Nolen

By   3 weeks ago

This column was included in The Word’s feature package on the June 12 Pulse night club shooting in Orlando Pride is a community built on love By Jason Hinson-Nolen On the morning of June 12, at roughly 2:30 a.m., the team of volunteers finishing the first round of tear-down for the annual Circle City IN […]

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A conversation with Sandra

Sandra Bernhard

By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran I recently had the pleasure to chat with the indomitable Sandra Bernhard while she was in town to accept one of this year’s “Shining Light” awards during the Shining Light Gala hosted by Indiana Youth Group. Bernhard has never been one to mince words, and during our conversation she did not disappoint.  […]

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She’s with ‘Her’

Annette Gross

By   3 weeks ago

By Annette Gross “You have bronchitis.” This is what my doctor told me a few weeks ago. I responded, jokingly, by telling him to “blame the Clintons.” Why? I had just spent the past few weeks working at the Hillary campaign office in Indianapolis – to bring the message to Hoosiers that Hillary is the […]

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Watch for political fallout from Orlando

Your Vote Counts

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton It’d be journalistic malpractice to ignore the tragic Orlando massacre in this month’s edition of The Word. But there’s really not a political angle that resonates, so this will be personal. For two decades, I’ve watched that sometimes-clumsy weekend dance: gay and inquiring men (and some women) go to gay clubs to […]

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The legal struggle for transgender rights

The Goose is Loose

By   3 weeks ago

“The Goose is Loose” guest column by Josh Langdon: A change in culture and support from national leaders has pushed the issue of transgender equality to the front pages, but states are struggling with how to approach the issue. For example, in some states, transgender persons are not permitted to change their gender marker on […]

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Killing Buddha

Panther's Perspective

By   3 weeks ago

By Ron ‘Panther Daddy’ Clemons When I was just beginning my professional career as a social worker, I moved from job to job in an attempt to get varied experience. This brought me to a number of supervisors, who helped shape how I learn how to be effective in my quest to change the world. […]

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Considering both sides of Footlite’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde’

UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden Footlite Musicals presents, as its Young Adult production, the musical “Jekyll & Hyde,” based on the similarly-named Robert Louis Stevenson novel and credited to Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn, with Steve Cuden, Kim Scharnberg and Jason Howland. As the number of cooks in this stew hints, the musical has a problematic […]

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Theatre: Ecce ‘Equus’

UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden The Peter Shaffer play “Equus” is famous for not only its dark subject matter (intertwining themes of bestiality and religion, horse mutilations, etc.) but also for its nudity. But in the Casey Ross production playing through July 24 at the Grove Haus, though there is a scene with characters fully naked, […]

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Puppet an unholy terror in ‘Hand to God’

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden In “Hand to God,” the outrageous comedy on stage at Indy’s Phoenix Theatre through July 17, it takes a possibly-possessed hand puppet to show the inner demons in all of us. Just be warned: Though this play is set at a church, and involves youths working on a puppet show, it […]

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Obergefell event benefits local groups

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton The lead litigant in a landmark civil rights case will be in Indianapolis soon to promote a new book and help raise funds for two local organizations. Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati was the named litigant in the landmark marriage equality case, Obergefell v Hedges, which resulted in a 5-4 June 2015 U.S. […]

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Pride hosts ‘Drag & the LGBT Community’ talk

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

Wigs, hip pads, feather boas, nails, lashes — these are just a small part of drag. There are many reasons people do drag, self-expression, performance art, etc. Join Indy Pride for “Drag & the LGBT Community,” 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Starbucks Corporate Office, 1402 N. Capital, Suite 200,  Indianapolis, for a discussion with […]

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Indy ‘Crit’ returns to downtown July 9

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

Thousands of bicycle enthusiasts will descend upon Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, July 9, in celebration of the 7th annual Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival, presented by IU Health. This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Activities […]

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Indy Pride Night at Eiteljorg Museum

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

Join Indy Pride at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis, on Wednesday, July 13, for a special Pride Night edition of the museum’s Summer Under the Sails Music Series. Enjoy food, drink, activities and free live music in the Eiteljorg Museum gardens along the Downtown […]

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Indiana Microbrewers Festival July 30

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

The Brewers of Indiana Guild presents the 21st Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Military Park, 601 W. New York St. in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s event will feature more than 100 breweries, most from Indiana, bringing hundreds of beers for attendees to try in 3 oz. sample pours. Admission is […]

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Where are your healthy priorities?

Health and Wellness

By   3 weeks ago

By Ron Blake Your father is in the hospital in serious condition after his car accident on the freeway. The car flipped three times and he has three broken ribs, numerous cuts and bruises, and a broken leg. Your family and friends gather by his bedside and give him their love and support. You find […]

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Working to modernize HIV laws

Chas Navarra

By   3 weeks ago

By Chas Navarra Ten local delegates traveled to the University of Alabama-Huntsville to join with advocates from 34 states and four countries to strategize ways to modernize outdated and discriminatory HIV laws. The “HIV Is Not A Crime” Training Academy (HINAC2016, May 17-20) followed the 2014 training in Grinnell, Iowa, where advocates had just reformed […]

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The graying HIV-positive population

Paula French

By   3 weeks ago

By Paula French A few years ago, we began to see the naming of specific generations of people. There was the Greatest Generation, the Gen-Xers, the Millennials and, of course, the Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers are described as people born between 1946 and 1964. Basically, men came home from World War II and began to […]

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Get Rocky Mountain high

Tag - Travel

By   3 weeks ago

Budget Travel by Bill Malcolm It’s easy to do a long weekend in Denver from Indy. Fares are reasonable and no less than three airlines offer non-stop flights (United, Frontier and Southwest). I took Southwest. My flight home was delayed 5½ hours since the equipment was diverted to Amarillo due to afternoon thunderstorms. I took […]

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Snout ‘n’ about on Bahamas’ ‘Pig Beach’

Tag - Travel

By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran In the Bahamas there is a district called Exuma made up of around 360 islands large and small, but among them one unique island in particular. Officially, the island is called Big Major Cay, but locals also have a name for it because of its unusual inhabitants – pigs. Thats right! These […]

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35 years of Pride

Indy Pride events 1983-84

By   2 months ago

A search for early photos of Indianapolis Pride celebrations yielded few images, and none of the first event in 1981, perhaps because, as noted at IndyPride.org, “the first Pride event was a dinner at the now-gone Essex House Hotel, where many of the attendees wore masks upon entering the hotel so as not to be […]

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All dogs go to Heaven – or the dog park

Health and Wellness

By   2 months 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 months 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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