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Pence actually going, so signs must change

News

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was chosen to be the Republican vice presidential nominee, one local group had to pivot and rebrand itself overnight. And they did. Kevin Warren, one of the founders of “Pence Must Go” movement, sought advice from multiple sources and re-oriented the grassroots campaign.  It involves […]

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State filing appeal of court ruling on birth certificates

News

By   4 weeks ago

INDIANAPOLIS (July 22) – The State of Indiana has filed notice it will appeal a federal court ruling regarding same-gender parents and their children’s birth certificates. U.S. District Judge Tonya Walton Pratt ruled June 30 that an Indiana gay couple could use both parents’ names on the birth certificate of their child.  Ashlee and Ruby […]

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Holcomb on Indiana Gov. ballot

News

By   4 weeks ago

INDIANAPOLIS (July 26) – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb became the Republican nominee for Indiana governor in a caucus of the Republican State Committee today – one week after Gov. Mike Pence accepted the party’s nomination for vice president. State law mandates that gubernatorial ballot vacancies are filled by caucuses of the respective party’s state committee. […]

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Back to School: Universities’ offices serve LGBTQ students

News

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton, Managing Editor In fifth year, Purdue LGBT center continues to benefit from experienced director WEST LAFAYETTE – It took a Texas Aggie to establish the Purdue University LGBT Center four years ago.  And on the fourth anniversary of the center last month, it “clearly surpassed goals set in the five year plan.” […]

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Plaintiff in landmark same-sex marriage case visits Indy

News

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton INDIANAPOLIS – LGBT civil rights icon Jim Obergefell visited Indianapolis in mid July to promote a new book that chronicled his Supreme Court journey. Obergefell attended a book-signing and reading event for “Love Wins” (HarperCollins, June 2016) at IndyReads downtown. Proceeds from the event, co-sponsored by The Word, benefitted IndyReads and Indiana […]

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Memories of Talbott Street: ‘An incredible place’

Business

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton INDIANAPOLIS – When Vivian Farris signed on to manage at Talbott Street night club in 2002, she had no idea what she’d agreed to do. “It’s an incredible place,” Farris said in a recent interview.  “I’m going to miss it.” The iconic night club closed six weeks ago. It was a vital […]

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Name remains, but changes coming to English Ivy’s

Business

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton INDIANAPOLIS – Popular eatery English Ivy’s changed hands this summer, and you’ll see a new menu soon, too. Operating partner Danny Scotten is part of a three-person ownership group that purchased the bar and restaurant. “I’m most excited about the new menu we’ll start,” he said in a recent interview. “We hope […]

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Talking about a revolution

Walter Beck - Cher Guevara

By   4 weeks ago

Interview with the Socialist Party USA presidential candidate By Walter Beck Alright, I’m here with Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik: Mimi, introduce yourself to the readers of The Word.   Hello, readers of The Word! I’m Mimi Soltysik from the Socialist Party USA, and, along with my running mate, Angela Nicole Walker, I’m […]

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Some like it hot: Phoenix a bargain

Tag - Travel

By   1 month ago

Travel on a Budget By Bill Malcolm Do you like paying just $89 for a luxury hotel? Then Phoenix is perfect for a summer trip. Try the Sheraton Grande at 340 N. 3rd in downtown Phoenix, complete with rooftop pool and bar. The Arizona Center outdoor shopping mall (complete with restaurants) is across the street. […]

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Get Rocky Mountain high

Tag - Travel

By   2 months 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   2 months 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

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By   3 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   4 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   4 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   5 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   6 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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The next step in our evolution

DJ Doran

By   4 weeks ago

DJ Doran Publisher/Editor-in-Chief In June, I announced that Rick Sutton, the longtime Political Editor for the paper, would be taking over the reins as Managing Editor. Over the last year I have had the privilege of getting to know Rick.  He has demonstrated time and again through his actions that he is a loyal and […]

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What The Word will do for you

Rick Sutton

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton, Managing Editor In the August edition of The Word, you see an announcement about my new role as Managing Editor and equity partner. It’s a daunting new role for me, and I take the responsibility seriously. It’s fair to know what we’ll do in future issues of this publication: We will be […]

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Thanks a lot, Mr. Trump

Your Vote Counts

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton Indiana politics lately? If you don’t like its narrative, treat it like Indiana weather – hang around a while.  It will change quickly. Mid-July 2016 will go down in history as a bipartisan Indiana political cluster(add your own suffix).  And by the time you read this, it could have more twists and […]

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Bringing a Millennial view

Tag - Kyle Casteel

By   4 weeks ago

By Kyle Casteel When Mr. Rick Sutton approached me last month about becoming a contributing writer for The Word, I was for a moment – just one moment – very skeptical. After all, I have lived in Indianapolis for over three years and have been involved in LGBT activism for just a little while longer. […]

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Finding the way to ‘Will’

One Mother's Journey

By   4 weeks ago

By Krisztina Inskeep This is part five in a series that explores a parent’s perspective on discovering our child was transgender.  Our son 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, he prefers the pronouns […]

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‘Do unto others’ applies to us, too

The Goose is Loose

By   4 weeks ago

Ma Goose is delighted to share this space with the many talented folks I’ve come across over nearly 40 years in Cincinnati. I got my start in local queendom by attending a church social at New Spirit Oasis Community MCC in the fall of 1978. Along that path, I met some interesting characters, one of […]

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Just because

Panther's Perspective

By   4 weeks ago

By Panther Daddy Recently, in the wake of the massacre in Orlando, news feeds, blogs, you tube videos and tweets have focused on the 49 young people who were senselessly murdered and the whys and wherefores of how such a thing can happen in this day and age. Although we are inundated with news about […]

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Statewide LGBT study is under way

Freedom Indiana

By   4 weeks ago

By Chris Paulsen As the August heat is upon us, the summer LGBT study is under way. Although recommendations won’t be released until fall, we’re all hopeful the results will show what many of us already know – that the majority of Hoosiers agree that LGBT protections are supported and needed in our state. For […]

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Fantastic Fringe

UpDowntown

By   3 days ago

By John Lyle Belden The IndyFringe theatre festival on and around Mass. Ave. in downtown Indianapolis is in its final weekend now. A couple of its many shows have been referenced in The Word for their LGBTQ content and connections. “Calder the Musical,” by local writer (and Word contributor) Tom Alverez with Dustin Klein has […]

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Fringers to amass on Mass Ave.

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden For more than a decade, IndyFringe has been an August celebration of stage performers from around Indianapolis, as well as the U.S. and the world. Part of a festival movement that started decades ago on the “fringe” of the Edinburgh theatre festival in Scotland, IndyFringe is unjuried and uncensored, with each […]

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Step Two inaugural event a success

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

INDIANAPOLIS – Step Two, metro Indy’s new social and dance club, debuted at Greg’s on Sunday, July 3, to rave reviews from the nearly 30 members and guests who attended. Club founders were very pleased at the higher than expected inaugural dance turnout and called the event a success. “This club provides positive support for […]

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Prime Timers, Fellowship Indy events

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

By Bill Malcolm Prime Timers of Indianapolis has a lot of events coming up including a wine tasting and dinner on Thursday, Aug. 11, at Table @ Market District, address, Carmel; and dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Marco’s Restaurant, address, Indianapolis. Prime Timers was created to recognize the need for supportive social gatherings for […]

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Local playwright gives politics an odd twist

UpDowntown

By   4 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton In a season of odd political events, a local playwright is staging a play that gives an adventurous twist to a political campaign. Andy Black is no stranger to the stage.  He’s written pays before, but this one – set in Orange County, Calif. – involves a gay candidate for district attorney. […]

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Men’s chorus flourishes under Sanders

Tom Alvarez

By   4 weeks ago

By Tom Alvarez Since 2010, Greg Sanders has served as artistic director of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. Under his leadership, it is generally acknowledged that Sanders has been primarily responsible for elevating the IMCs status as not only a premier performing arts organization representing the LGBT community, but also a major player on the mainstream […]

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The real meaning of the power of the pen in Hollywood

Karl J. Niemiec

By   4 weeks ago

By Karl J. Niemiec Author of “Alien Made” – proceeds from book sales benefit Indiana Youth Group (see below for novel excerpt, Chapter 4) I admit I loved Bubba – a white fluffy poodle left behind by an actress girlfriend who somehow found it in her heart not to take the greatest dog I’ve ever […]

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Phoenix Theatre takes a long strange trip without leaving its basement

UpDowntown

By   1 month ago

By John Lyle Belden In my years as theatre reviewer, I’ve had several moments of “what did I just watch?” but few as oddly entertaining as the new play, “Acid Dolphin Experiment” on the downstairs stage of the Phoenix Theatre. Like many bizarre stories, this one is based mainly on true people and events. The […]

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Light in the dark

Pecs and the City

By   1 month ago

By Matt Ponder I’ve been writing this column since 2008 and I’ve never missed an issue. Then, on the cusp of my deadline for last month, 49 people were murdered inside of Pulse in Orlando – and I had written a column called, “The Death Of The Gay Bar.” Needless to say, the title was […]

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Choices: Bricks in the paths of our lives

Chas Navarra

By   1 month ago

A good reason for looking back is to assess how far one has come. A thoughtful look to the past may also inform us where we might next travel. I learned long ago the choices we make create the pathways of our lives. This is my story about choices made and the amazing journey for […]

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Simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’ health

Health and Wellness

By   1 month ago

By Ron Blake The house stopped spinning and there was a thud. Everything was quiet and then she opened the door, with her little dog, too. There it all was beautifully laid out in front of her – and in color. Say goodbye to that insipid black and white, Dorothy! Life is full of amazing […]

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Some like it hot: Phoenix a bargain

Tag - Travel

By   1 month ago

Travel on a Budget By Bill Malcolm Do you like paying just $89 for a luxury hotel? Then Phoenix is perfect for a summer trip. Try the Sheraton Grande at 340 N. 3rd in downtown Phoenix, complete with rooftop pool and bar. The Arizona Center outdoor shopping mall (complete with restaurants) is across the street. […]

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Where are your healthy priorities?

Health and Wellness

By   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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