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IYG Shining Light Gala, featuring Sandra Bernhard, to raise awareness of LGBTQ youth suicide

Sandra Bernhard

By   2 weeks ago

Actor-Writer-Performer-SiriusXMRadio Host Sandra Bernhard will perform at Indiana Youth Group’s Inaugural Shining Light Gala, Saturday, June 18, at the NCAA Grand Ball Room in Indianapolis. The Shining Light Gala is a benefit to “Shine a Light” of hope and awareness on LGBTQ youth suicide. “LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide as […]

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Let’s extend Pride through November

Your Vote Counts

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton Every year at about this time, our community enjoys the excitement and fellowship of Pride. And it’s not just Indy Pride – the state’s largest, and one of America’s best. Pride celebrations across Indiana continue throughout the summer. The collective attitude and acceptance raise spirits, and raise awareness of our community’s strengths […]

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New study focuses on LGBTQ singles

News

By   4 weeks ago

Match.com announced on May 24, “LGBTQ in America,” the largest nationally representative study of American singles who identify as LGBTQ. Conducted by Research Now in association with evolutionary biologist and gender studies professor, Dr. Justin R. Garcia of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, the data reveals new social commentary into the evolving attitudes, behaviors […]

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Reverse mentoring a success

Business

By   4 weeks ago

By Mark A. Lee The Reverse Mentoring program at Eli Lilly and Company at its Indianapolis headquarters started a little over a year ago, and has been a fantastic, innovative way of crossing the cultural divide. “The Reverse Mentoring program was actually launched in our field LGBT employee resource group,” said John Patton, Diversity Consultant […]

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Now is time to sell, but are you ready?

Real Estate

By   4 weeks ago

By Jodie Chandler Inventory is low. It is a seller’s market, and buyers are flocking to new listings. Thinking of selling? Now is the time. But are you ready – more importantly, is your home ready? Getting your home ready to list can seem stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Where do you start […]

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TGIF bowling tournament set for July

Sports

By   4 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   2 months 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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Escape to Wisconsin and bring your bike

Tag - Travel

By   4 weeks 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   2 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   2 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   3 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   4 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   4 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   4 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   4 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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PrideFlight 2018: Big push coming this month

PrideFlight 2018

By   2 weeks ago

By DJ Doran These last few weeks have been a whirlwind, as I have been working with our new Director of Public Relations, Steve Smith, and our Graphic Design Guru, Matt Muchmore, to get our marketing and public relations plan developed, in place, and ready for launch during the first week of June. The looming […]

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Why Pride still matters

DJ Doran

By   3 weeks ago

By DJ Doran Publisher/Editor in Chief, The Word We call it Gay Pride: A series of events that happen in cities big and small that celebrates being gay in a predominately straight world. Pride is a powerful symbolic action that has its origins during the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City when gays finally […]

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Let’s extend Pride through November

Your Vote Counts

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton Every year at about this time, our community enjoys the excitement and fellowship of Pride. And it’s not just Indy Pride – the state’s largest, and one of America’s best. Pride celebrations across Indiana continue throughout the summer. The collective attitude and acceptance raise spirits, and raise awareness of our community’s strengths […]

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Flushed with disgust: One parent’s view of bathroom bill mania

Politics

By   3 weeks ago

By Kirsten Shaw I don’t mean to humble-brag, but I have somehow managed to use public bathrooms for over four decades without seeing anyone else’s private junk. I seriously don’t understand how micromanaging where people need to pee became the top political priority for our country. At first glance, requiring people to use the public […]

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Getting mighty real with ourselves

Panther's Perspective

By   3 weeks ago

By Panther Daddy Back in the time when there was no internet, only three available channels – and remotes were the vision of sci-fi movies – there was a TV show called, “To Tell the Truth.” The game consisted of three guests who claimed to be the same person and have the same occupation. The […]

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HIV services in peril, Caracole steps up

The Goose is Loose

By   3 weeks ago

By Michael Chanak One of the great joys of being a volunteer is that I’ve met folks who have expertise at a wealth of topics. As a community writer, I have many interests.  When I see issues that need to be given voice, it is nice to have friends who can give me a firsthand […]

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When suicide becomes an option

One Mother's Journey

By   3 weeks ago

By Krisztina Inskeep Part 4 (of a continuing series) Trigger warning: Discussion of suicide. This series explores a parent’s perspective on discovering our child is 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 never felt like a girl, […]

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My pride ain’t for sale

Walter Beck - Cher Guevara

By   3 weeks ago

By Walter Beck June is upon us and that means Pride season is here! The time where we gather the tribes and unfurl the banners to commemorate our foremothers and forefathers who rioted at the Stonewall Inn and ushered in a new era of liberation. At least I think so. It’s hard to tell these […]

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Play examines difficulty of journalist’s perspective

UpDowntown

By   2 days ago

By John Lyle Belden I admit some difficulty in reviewing “Time Stands Still,” a drama by Pulitzer-winner Donald Marguiles on stage at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., through July 2. It’s not that I didn’t like the play – on the contrary, I enjoyed it – but the issue is that my perspective […]

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It’s Shakespeare, but it’s fun – really!

UpDowntown

By   3 days ago

By John Lyle Belden Fans of William Shakespeare need only be told that Indy’s Eclectic Pond Theatre Company has staged “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with one weekend remaining at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair in downtown Indianapolis. Those less familiar with the Bard, casual fans, or those who think of him in […]

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IYG Shining Light Gala, featuring Sandra Bernhard, to raise awareness of LGBTQ youth suicide

Sandra Bernhard

By   2 weeks ago

Actor-Writer-Performer-SiriusXMRadio Host Sandra Bernhard will perform at Indiana Youth Group’s Inaugural Shining Light Gala, Saturday, June 18, at the NCAA Grand Ball Room in Indianapolis. The Shining Light Gala is a benefit to “Shine a Light” of hope and awareness on LGBTQ youth suicide. “LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide as […]

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TOTS’s quirky ‘Crumble’ holds up

UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden Theatre on the Square presents the tragic comedy – or comic tragedy – “Crumble (lay me down Justin Timberlake),” through June 18. This is one of those stories with characters so quirky, in so many ways, that they somehow feel like someone you know. Even, in this case, entities that are […]

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Circle City Celebration: Your guide to a week of Pride

Jason Hinson-Nolen

By   3 weeks ago

By Jason Hinson-Nolen It’s finally here! After six months of intense planning by the the Circle City IN Pride Festival and Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade organizers, we have made it to June! Over the course of the past few months, I have watched a team of dedicated volunteers draft ideas, revise those same ideas, […]

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Buck Creek Players present ‘Assassins’

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden For about a year now, it has been the unofficial Year of Sondheim around central Indiana stages. And now it appears to be Buck Creek Players’ turn, with its production of the musical, “Assassins.” This play brings together in a dark-humored fantasia various men and women who killed – or tried […]

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Westside Indy ‘Hamlet’ has one weekend left

UpDowntown

By   3 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden Regarded as one of the greatest dramas of all time, if not the greatest, “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” by William Shakespeare, has seen numerous stagings, including the occasional production in central Indiana. The trick is to make a portrayal of the old familiar story something new, yet still […]

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IHS traveling LGBT photo exhibit at Pride

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

The Indiana Historical Society will mark Circle City IN Pride Week with the public debut of its LGBT traveling exhibit, “A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality,” on display Pride Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis. The new traveling exhibit celebrates 30 years of […]

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35 years of Pride

Indy Pride events 1983-84

By   4 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   4 weeks 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

Paula French

By   4 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   4 weeks 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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