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Indiana marshmallow mavens certified by LGBT Chamber

Business

By   13 hours 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   13 hours 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   13 hours 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   14 hours 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   2 days 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   3 days 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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‘I’m prepared to lead:’ Meet Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg

John Gregg

By   1 month ago

By Rick Sutton Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg is the Democratic nominee for governor.  It’s his second try – in 2012, his campaign ran afoul of the LGBT community for divisive statements regarding Indiana’s then-pending constitutional amendment on marriage. After that campaign, which narrowly lost, Gregg considered his options and decided to seek the […]

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‘A Modest Proposal’ – 2016

Trevor Potts

By   1 month ago

By Trevor Potts For your consideration: An effort to harness the power of Jonathan Swift’s 1600s treatise for a new age and new challenges. Let’s build a wall. A great big beautiful wall. That’s right, America. Let the chips fall where they may with the pansy Liberals and the drive-by elite media. We know it’s […]

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Seattle’s new light rail makes visiting a breeze

Tag - Travel

By   2 days 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 days 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   1 month 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   2 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   2 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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Visit Carmel – the one in California

Fabulous Gay World

By   3 months ago

By Donald Pile and Ray Williams Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 330 miles north of Los Angeles and 120 miles south of San Francisco. The one-square-mile village has no street lights or parking meters. In addition, the businesses, cottages and houses have no street numbers. Originally the early artists, who were the […]

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Rallying again, this time for women’s rights

Annette Gross

By   13 hours 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   13 hours 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   14 hours 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   14 hours 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   15 hours 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   15 hours 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   15 hours 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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If you enjoy the Indy Pride festival, thank a volunteer

Jason Hinson-Nolen

By   2 days ago

By Jason Hinson-Nolen President, Indy Pride Inc. Every event that Indy Pride and our affiliate organizations host throughout the year is made possible by the volunteer efforts of our community. Not a single person is paid for the time, energy, and passion they devote to seeing our organization and community thrive. From Board Members to […]

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Civic Theatre continues the ‘Tradition’

UpDowntown

By   2 days 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   2 days 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   2 days 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   2 days 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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Fiction: This town is full of drifters and grifters

Karl J. Niemiec

By   2 days ago

Proceeds from book sales benefit Indiana Youth Group (see below for novel excerpt: “Chapter 2”) By Karl J. Niemiec Back when I was 19, attending the University of Detroit, while freezing my butt off driving a VW with very little discernible heat, I dreamed of transferring to the sun-filled warmth of Southern California to attend […]

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Phoenix Theatre brings ‘Leyenda’ legends to life

UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden The Spanish word leyenda can be translated to mean legend; in the new play “Leyenda,” on the main stage of the Phoenix Theatre through May 1, the meaning is closer to folk or fairy tale. This world premiere work was written by Phoenix playwright-in-residence Tom Horan with producing director Bryan Fonseca, […]

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Hoosier play ‘Diviners’ brings out actors’ best

UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden Jim Leonard Jr.’s “The Diviners,” a snapshot of Depression-era Indiana with supernatural overtones, is presented through Sunday by Casey Ross Productions at Carmel Theatre Company (former CCP stage), 15 1st Ave. in downtown Carmel. The story centers on Buddy Layman (played by Pat Mullen), a youth rendered simple-minded years ago by […]

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In TOTS play, life not so shining for these “stars”

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden Let’s clear up one thing right away: There is no sex, simulated or otherwise, in the play “Porno Stars at Home,” on the second stage at Theatre on the Square through April 23. Nor is there nudity (which seems odd, considering TOTS’s brave history). Believe it or not, there is more […]

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Today is gonna be funny – and healthy

Health and Wellness

By   2 days 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 days 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   2 days 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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Seattle’s new light rail makes visiting a breeze

Tag - Travel

By   2 days 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 days 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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Hep C: There’s a cure, if you can afford it

Paula French

By   1 month ago

By Paula French This is one of those “good news-bad news” stories. We seldom get to witness an actual cure to a disease, but that is exactly what’s happening with Hepatitis C. First, a very short Hepatitis C 101: “Hep C” is an ongoing challenge in our communities. It is transmitted through blood. It can […]

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HIV PWP: Prevention With Positives

Chas Navarra

By   1 month ago

By Chas Navarra Prevention efforts to halt the spread of HIV traditionally focused on HIV-negative individuals. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a strategy centered solely on HIV-negative persons is not enough to stop HIV transmissions. The Atlanta-based CDC says it is crucial to include HIV-positive persons in efforts to reduce […]

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Fly nonstop to San Francisco

Tag - Travel

By   1 month 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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