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The Word February 2016

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The Word December 2015

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The Word October 2015

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The Word September 2015

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The Word August 2015

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The Word July 2015

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The Word June 2015

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Former Fever Bevilaqua to speak at IU event

Sports

By   11 hours ago

BLOOMINGTON – The Indiana University GLBT Alumni Association will host its third annual Pride Day at the IU Women’s Basketball game against Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 14. The Guest Speaker at a pregame luncheon will be former WNBA Indiana Fever guard, Tully Bevilaqua.  As a professional athlete, Bevilaqua played for 14 years in the WNBA. […]

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IndyTennis schedules Pacers night

Sports

By   2 weeks ago

By Bill Malcolm Like tennis? IndyTennis meets Sundays at West Indy Racquet Club. The cost is $15.50 for 2 hours of tennis. The time varies so check with the team for details. Find them on Facebook at fb.com/IndyTennisGLTA/. In other team news, IndyTennis heads to the Pacers game on Jan. 12 as the Pacers face […]

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Barrett honored for getting things done

Edward Fox

By   2 weeks ago

By Edward Fox Even though Johnathan Barrett is soft-spoken, he is a dynamo: “There is no time to procrastinate. Let’s get it done and cross it off. I’m not going tomorrow. If you keep saying tomorrow, we’ll never make it. If every thing is lined up and we can do it now, let’s do it!” […]

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HIV criminalization leads to increased stigma

News

By   3 weeks ago

By Chas M. Navarra INDIANAPOLIS – In the midst of a difficult breakup, your HIV-negative partner alleges you never disclosed that you are HIV-positive. If charged and convicted, you face years in prison. Could this happen to you? Sean Strub, executive director of the Sero Project – a network of persons with HIV fighting for […]

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Anti-discrimination business coalition membership booming

News

By   3 weeks ago

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Competes, a coalition of Indiana business leaders asking lawmakers to amend Indiana’s civil rights code to prohibit discrimination of any kind, has doubled its initial membership within two weeks of its official launch. Currently, more than 300 businesses and associations across the state have signed the Indiana Competes business pledge. “The statewide […]

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Cincy bans conversion therapy

News

By   3 weeks ago

By Natalie Porter CINCINNATI – Conversion therapy: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, parental rights – no, it’s child abuse. While suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10- to 24-year olds, LGBTQ youth are at particular risk. According to The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org), LGB youth commit suicide at a rate that is […]

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New year brings new challenge

Freedom Indiana

By   3 weeks ago

By Chris Paulsen I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to start a new year and put 2015 behind us. Last year wound up being a disastrous one for our state’s reputation after lawmakers approved the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which essentially created a license to discriminate against LGBT people. Within hours […]

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The more things change…

Sheila Kennedy

By   3 weeks ago

By Sheila Kennedy I first began writing a column for the Word over 20 years ago. It got to be a habit, so when Mark Lee – the Word’s fantastic new editor! – asked me to continue doing so, I agreed. Then I did something else. I went into my files and reviewed several of […]

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Visit Carmel – the one in California

Fabulous Gay World

By   2 weeks 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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Montreal – a bargain French winter getaway

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By   2 weeks ago

By Bill Malcolm Want to go somewhere where you can speak French and eat croissants, and is safe to visit? Montreal is your destination. It’s a poor man’s Paris. However, your U.S. dollar buys $1.25+ in Canada, so everything’s a bargain. Stay: Hotel Le St Andre is a bargain hunter’s delight. Right off St. Andre […]

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U.S. Bucket List for LGBT Travelers

Key West

By   3 months ago

  Different people have different “bucket lists” (things to see or do before one “kicks the bucket”). Here is our Bucket List of places to visit in the United States for the LGBT traveler. These cities and towns are filled with Gay history in all forms, and several of them have a Gay history museum. […]

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DC Area Perfect for Late-Fall Getaway

Cruising the Patomic

By   3 months ago

  With Southwest Airlines tempting travelers with rock-bottom fares to Washington, D.C., it has never been a better time to take a long weekend to the nation’s capital and nearby Alexandria, Va. Yes, the hotel costs more than the airfare. You can get a deal at The Americana (in Arlington, near the Crystal City Metro); […]

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You Won’t Be Sleepless In Seattle

The Word October 2015 Cover

By   4 months ago

  Nothing beats a fall vacation in Seattle. It’s a great city with view of a 14,000 foot volcano, the Olympic Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains. Surrounded by the Puget Sound (Elliott Bay) on one side and Lake Washington on the other, Seattle is perfect for a great vacation, even if you have only a […]

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So Much To Do And See in St. Louis

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  Want to take a great trip and have a wonderful time close to Indianapolis? Simply drive 229 miles west to Saint Louis, Mo., and you are there – plus it is interstate all the way (I-70) for easy driving. Whenever we think of St. Louis, the first thing that comes to mind is ARCHITECTURE! […]

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Las Vegas – Party 24 Hours a Day

Donald and Ray in Las Vegas

By   5 months ago

The last time we were in Las Vegas, our first stop was at the City Hall where we had an appointment with Mayor Carolyn Goodman so that she could welcome the “Gay Travelers”  to the city. She is one of the most professional, friendly and fun Mayor’s in the entire country. All of Las Vegas loves […]

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Off to the Big Apple

By   5 months ago

New York City is an easy long weekend from Indy. With many non-stops a day to the three airports serving the area, travel to the Big Apple is a breeze. I took Delta – New York’s favorite airline – into JFK and hopped on the new AirTrain to the MTA subway and then into the city. It […]

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Letter from the editor: ‘Now is the time to make justice a reality for all’

Mark A. Lee

By   2 weeks ago

By Mark A. Lee, Managing Editor As we gear up to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the dream he held for our nation, it saddens me that members of our state legislature don’t value the same dream for our country that “ALL men are created equal!” Instead, they seem intent […]

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New year brings new challenge

Freedom Indiana

By   3 weeks ago

By Chris Paulsen I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to start a new year and put 2015 behind us. Last year wound up being a disastrous one for our state’s reputation after lawmakers approved the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which essentially created a license to discriminate against LGBT people. Within hours […]

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The more things change…

Sheila Kennedy

By   3 weeks ago

By Sheila Kennedy I first began writing a column for the Word over 20 years ago. It got to be a habit, so when Mark Lee – the Word’s fantastic new editor! – asked me to continue doing so, I agreed. Then I did something else. I went into my files and reviewed several of […]

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This is when it gets interesting

Your Vote Counts

By   3 weeks ago

By Rick Sutton By the time you pick up this edition of the paper, Indiana’s legislature will be knee-deep in one of its most-challenging sessions ever. It’s an election year.  They’ve got 30 session days to get out of town. LGBT Civil Rights legislation promises to be the 800-lb. gorilla. But that ain’t all: Infrastructure […]

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The lessons that others leave us

The Goose is Loose

By   3 weeks ago

By Michael Chanak I’d like to believe there is a vague karmic reason folks cross our path in life. – Yes, even the ever-cynical Goose has romantic notions of life. – I can’t deny some have taught me a great deal. One of these is the late Dr. Ronn Rucker. Before sharing his many accomplishments, […]

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The power and peril of words

Pecs and the City

By   3 weeks ago

By Matt Ponder Words. You’re reading them now, you speak them all day long, and without them, the world would come to a screeching halt. Words themselves are inert; mere symbols cobbled together so we can communicate the things in our shared experience that are intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed, […]

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Panther’s Perspective: Respecting boundaries

Panther's Perspective

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By Panther Daddy As we begin a new year, and we are ripe to consider the change we are encouraged to be, I think an important issue to consider is the issue of boundaries. As a therapist, it was interesting to observe how so many problems and conflicts in human relationships result from the inability […]

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Time to revive ‘You Have a Purpose’

Annette Gross

By   3 weeks ago

By Annette Gross In February 2013, LGBT students in Sullivan, Ind., requested permission from their high school administration if they could attend the high school prom. The school had no problem with this. However, media reported that some teachers, parents and students objected. This group held a meeting and the local media were present. They […]

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Retiring Queen presents her final show

Jorge Dorantes

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“Robinn Dupree is Retiring: Her Last Show” When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 Where: Zonies Closet, 1446 E. Washington St., Indianapolis Admission: Free * * * * * By Jorge Dorantes Robinn Dupree is accustomed to the spotlight. For the last 40 years, Dupree – a local drag icon – has mesmerized audiences across the […]

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Indy-born filmmaker presents gay romantic comedy

Tag - UpDowntown

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INDIANAPOLIS – Independent queer comedy “All the Others Were Practice” will screen on Valentine’s Day, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at The Irving Theater 5505 E. Washington St. The sweet, big-hearted comedy of how Jôrge meets his husband presents queer characters as complete, complex people that live in the everyday world. The screening is a […]

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ATI’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ a sharp production

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By   3 days ago

By John Lyle Belden Thanks to the film starring Johnny Depp, a lot more people are familiar with Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” these days. Still, there’s nothing like seeing this musical thriller live on stage – and it plays through Valentine’s Day in the Studio Theater at The Center […]

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Free student play, ‘Pronoun,’ explores trans issues

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By   1 week ago

INDIANAPOLIS – A play at Butler University examines awareness and acceptance of transgender individuals in society. “Pronoun,” by Evan Placey, will be presented 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb 6, at Room 177 in Butler’s Lilly Hall, 4600 Sunset Ave., next to Clowes Hall. Admission is free, but seating is limited. […]

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Phoenix Theatre’s ‘Butler’ provokes thought, laughter

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By   1 week ago

By John Lyle Belden The most entertaining lesson this Black History Month only has one February weekend of performances, the comic drama “Butler” at Indy’s Phoenix Theatre through Sunday. It is also an important insight into the struggle to bring about the end of slavery, or to at least give African Americans some long-denied dignity. […]

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‘Garland’ has one more weekend on BCP stage

Tag - UpDowntown

By   2 weeks ago

By John Lyle Belden “Hi, I’m Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli’s mother.” This is how the star, occupying the body of Georgeanna Teipen at Indy’s Buck Creek Playhouse, introduces herself to Ed (Steve Jerk) in the dressing room of Copenhagen’s Falconer Centre as they await what would be her final public concert, March 25, 1969. She […]

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UpDowntown: Bag Ladies topic of film

Jorge Dorantes

By   3 weeks ago

By Jorge Dorantes The air rings in the night as dozens of heels pound against the ground. Sequins glimmer and gowns sweep through the air as, one by one, a mixed group of primped and scruffy men shuffle off a bus and into the cold October rain headed toward Downtown Olly’s. It is Halloween night […]

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‘It Gets Better’ exhibit and show at Clowes

Tag - Tom Alvarez

By   3 weeks ago

By Tom Alvarez Syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video in September of 2010 with his partner Terry Miller. Its purpose was to inspire hope for young people being bullied in school and as a response to those students taking their own lives as result. Their goal was to create a personal […]

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Silver screen support for resolutions

Health and Wellness

By   2 weeks ago

By Ron Blake Movies entertain us like no other art form. The silver screen continues to captivate us today, just like it did back in the early 20th century. These stories on film also have given us many memorable quotes, and I plan on using some of them to inspire you to move forward with […]

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Law doesn’t allow 2 moms on birth certificate, yet

Ask Angie

By   2 weeks ago

ASK ANGIE Angie, My wife and I conceived a child using a donor and artificial insemination through a fertility center. Our baby is here, but when we went to sign in paperwork for the birth certificate my wife was denied the opportunity to sign the birth certificate. We were told that only a mother and […]

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The evolution of HIV prevention

Paula French

By   2 weeks ago

By Paula French My introduction to HIV came around 7 p.m. on an April evening in 1994 when I received a phone call from my brother Mark. He said, “Steve (another brother) is in the hospital and he has AIDS.”  It was a very simple and clear declaration that changed my life. I arrived at […]

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Rewiring your mind for success

John Cannaday

By   2 weeks ago

By John Cannaday Imagine being on a blind date. After saying goodbye and exchanging the customary, “I’ll call you,” you walk to your car defeated. You KNOW it didn’t go well, and there’s NOT going to be a second date. You pick up your phone and call your best friend for support. Within a few […]

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Visit Carmel – the one in California

Fabulous Gay World

By   2 weeks 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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Montreal – a bargain French winter getaway

Tag - Travel

By   2 weeks ago

By Bill Malcolm Want to go somewhere where you can speak French and eat croissants, and is safe to visit? Montreal is your destination. It’s a poor man’s Paris. However, your U.S. dollar buys $1.25+ in Canada, so everything’s a bargain. Stay: Hotel Le St Andre is a bargain hunter’s delight. Right off St. Andre […]

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Food excellent at new wine ‘Dive’

Louies Wine Dive Menu

By   2 months ago

If you ever find yourself in the mood for a glass (or bottle) of wine, look no further than Louie’s Wine Dive. It’s a great little place on Mass Ave that has been open for less than a year. The large windows at the front of the building give you an inside view of a […]

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Olde Tyme Wedding Reflects New Freedoms

RenFaire Wedding

By   3 months ago

On Sept. 26, the eve of the supermoon eclipse, history was made at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, Ohio. A short eight weeks after the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages, William Archibald and Michael Justice were married at the festival. It was a perfect venue for these two Lords as they […]

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