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No. 634 ã October 10, 2019 ã outwordmagazine.comBoas and Bow Ties Gala Pictures Inside! page 24GenderNeutral Barbie Has Arrived page 6Bringing a Little Warmth…
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No. 634 • October 10, 2019 • outwordmagazine.comBoas and Bow Ties Gala Pictures Inside! page 24GenderNeutral Barbie Has Arrived page 6Bringing a Little Warmth page 8Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade page 15“Evil Dead The Musical” page 19J. Lo & The Joker On The Big Screen page 22Curb appeal.Love. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru. Maybe it’s bumping over the inside curb at the local track. Maybe it’s drifting across a desert road. With 310 horsepower, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and 6-piston Brembo® front brakes, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI® is ready for anything you are.WRX STI. Well-equipped at $36,595.* We do not recommend racing your vehicle. Racing may void the vehicle warranty. See your warranty and maintenance booklet for details. If you do race the vehicle, do it safely and lawfully on approved racing tracks. Drive responsibly at all times and obey all traffic laws. Subaru and WRX STI are registered trademarks. Brembo is a registered trademark of Freni Brembo S.p.A. *MSRP excludes destination and delivery charges, tax, title, and registration fees. Retailer sets actual price. Certain equipment may be required in specific states, which can modify your MSRP. See your retailer for details. 2019 Subaru WRX STI Limited shown has an MSRP of $41,395.In the Elk Grove Automall | 855-978-7802p rou oG Aut her s a LElkGroveSubaru.comWWW.ELKGROVESUBARU.COMOutword Staff PUBLISHER Fred PalmerACLU Film “Trans in America: Texas Strong” Wins EmmyAt the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the ACLU’s film “Trans in America: Texas Strong” won the award for Outstanding Short Documentary. The film was distributed in partnership with CondeNast.A RT DIRECTOR/ PRODUCTION Ron Tackitt GRA PHIC DESIGN Ron Tackitt EDITOR editor@outwordmagazine.com A RTS EDITOR Chris Narloch SA LES Fred Palmer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Allan Matthew Burlingame Diana Kienle Chris Narloch PHOTOGRA PHY Charles Peer Ron Tackitt ON THE COVER Richard and Kenny enjoying the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce’s “Boas and Bow Ties” fundraising gala. Photo by Nate Feldman. DISTRIBUTION Kaye Crawford Michael CrawfordACLU staff Molly Kaplan and Chase Strangio are credited as Executive Producers, and former staff Nora Wilkinson coordinating producer. Also named in the award are producers Lindsey Dryden of Little by Little Films and Shaleece Haas, and director Daresha Kyl who gave the acceptance speech. The film was distributed in partnership with CondeNast/them and has over 3 millionviews. The film has also won a Webby for Best Video Documentary: Longform and the People’s Voice winner in the same category, and was featured at SXSW. In addition to Chase Strangio and Molly Kaplan, members of our Trans Justice team are engaging with people of faith and people in red states in conversations about discriminationfacing transgender people. This work goes hand-in-hand with the ACLU’s work in the courts, which we often discuss as educating courts on the lives of transgender people. This has been a part of the ACLU’s strategy leading up to when our client Aimee Stephens will become the first plaintiff in a case involving the civil rights of transgender people before the Supreme Court.A DVERTISING SA LES Northern California (916) 329-9280 Fred PalmerNational Advertising RepresentativeRivendell Media (212) 242-6863Outword Magazine Inc. Office372 Florin Road, #133 Sacramento, CA 95831 PHONE: (916) 329-9280 FAX: (916) 498-8445 www.outwordmagazine.com sales@outwordmagazine.com ISSN # 1084-7618 United States Library of CongressNat. Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Nat. Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association4Outword MagazineOctober 10, 2019 - October 24, 2019 • No. 634outwordmagazine.comWashington Blade To Celebrate 50Th AnniversaryWashington, D.C….The Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBTQ newspaper, today announced the presentation of awards to two honorees at its 50th Anniversary Gala. The evening will celebrate the pioneering publication, which was founded in the aftermath of the Stonewall rebellion in 1969. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel at the Wharf in Washington, D.C. Among those honored will be philanthropist Ariadne Getty and pioneering journalist Lou Chibbaro, who has covered the LGBT community for over 3 decades at the Washington Blade. Tickets are on sale now at blade50th.com. “We are thrilled to honor these individuals for their diverse contributions to the LGBT community as we celebrate our 50thbirthday,” said Kevin Naff, editor. “From journalism to philanthropy, they exemplify everything we strive for at the Blade – to give back in some way to the larger LGBTQ community,” concluded Naff. “I am humbled to be receiving The Washington Blade Lifetime Achievement Award as we recognize and celebrate 50 years of Blade’s pioneering, dedicated, accurate and insightful LGBTQ coverage. It is the go-to for readers who seek to be informed on all LGBTQ matters,” said Ariadne Getty, President and Executive Director of the Ariadne Getty Foundation. Lou Chibbaro: “It is truly an honor to be named a local Hero. As a news reporter who has covered local news for many years, my being in the news in a small way like this is new to me. But the work I’ve been able todo in covering the news for the Washington Blade for many years has been possible because of the diverse and vibrant LGBT community that’s been the subject of our local and national stories. Thus I share this honor with all of you who are part of that community.” Since 1969, the Washington Blade has covered the LGBTQ community of the metro D.C. area, nationally and internationally. Initially a local publication that covered and was a resource to the growing LGBTQ community in Washington, DC, one of several epicenters of the early gay rights movement, it has expanded over the past 5 decades to include coverage of political news and is currently the only LGBTQ source inthe White House press pool and is the only LGBTQ outlet in the White House Correspondents’ Association. The evening will include an entertaining and informative history of LGBTQ rights in D.C. and America as told through the Blade’s one-of-a-kind 50-year archive with remarks from Blade publisher Lynne Brown and editor Kevin Naff. “We look forward to celebrating the Blade’s pioneering work and raising a glass to 50 years of progress,” said Blade publisher Lynne Brown. “So many Washingtonians played a part in the Blade’s growth, it’s time we paid tribute to all of them.” “At a time when media, especially LGBTQ media, is challenged by the dizzying array of multiple platforms and ways to access information, The Blade is not only surviving, but thriving, as a respected and reliable source of the news the LGBTQ community is looking for,” said Kevin Naff, editor. “The Blade is a go-to publication and site for news, investigative journalism, current and accurate stories for LGBTQ the community, by the LGBTQ community and we are thrilled to celebrate 50 years of service in this historic year,” concluded Naff.Gender-Neutral Barbie Has ArrivedMattel, the toy manufacturer of Hot Wheels cars and Barbie dolls, has launched its first line of gender-inclusive dolls designed to encourage more creative play for boys, girls and anyone identifying as both, neither or in-between. The dolls will retail for about $30 and are geared toward children ages 6 and older. They consist of a doll with no gender-identifying features and two hairstyle options – long or short – as well as a variety of outfits and accessories. The Creatable World doll line, which launched this September, is designed to “keep labels out and invite everyone in by giving children the freedom to customize their characters,” Mattel said in a statement. The new dolls can be purchased at major retailers online, including Amazon, Target and Walmart6Outword MagazineOctober 10, 2019 - October 24, 2019 • No. 634outwordmagazine.comSMUD Partners With The Aerospace Museum Of California To Sponsor The Hubble Space Telescope ExhibitSMUD announced a partnership with the Aerospace Museum of California and a $50,000 sponsorship to host NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Exhibit for local students to experience a once-in-a-lifetime STEM education experience. The announcement came as dozens of area leaders, residents and children got a sneak peek of the exhibit as it opened its doors to the public for Fall 2019.find out how to celebrate a life like no other. A person’s passion is what drives them. So it makes sense that their memorial should reflect that.Visit www.DignitySacramento.com to download a free idea guide full of unique memorial ideas.Lincoln Funeral HomeCamellia Memorial Lawn SACRAMENTO ∙ 916-363-9431  COA647AUBURN ∙ 530-885-3773  FDPLACERVILLE ∙ 530-622-3813  FD1129outwordmagazine.comSACRAMENTO ∙ 916-452-6157  FD366October 10, 2019 - October 24, 2019 • No. 6341154 / COA 521Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home SACRAMENTO ∙ 916-451-7284  FDLambert Funeral Home ROSEVILLE ∙ 916-783-0474  FDFD 1037Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary FAIR OAKS ∙ 916-969-1251  FDHarry A. Nauman & Sonhistorically underserved communities. A large portion of the grant provides transportation funding for Title 1 schools, as well as FREE participation in the program; teacher membership; and continuing education resources. “We’re excited to host this amazing exhibit in California for the very first time,” stated Executive Director for the Aerospace Museum Tom Jones. “The Hubble Space Telescope exhibit is a perfect complement to our other artifacts that can help tell the story of aerospace from the beginning to well into the future.” Funding for this project comes from SMUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative that seeks to leverage resources for community partners in order to provide increased access to employment, healthcare, STEM education and more. This is one of many projects that will enhance the Sacramento community. For more information about SMUD, visit SMUD.org. For more information, visit aerospaceca.org.570SACRAMENTO ∙ 916-483-3297372Chapel of the Pines“This is an incredible opportunity to expose students to science, technology, engineering and math in a new and innovative way,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “Our goal is to help the museum inspire and expose students from all over the region to the expansive possibilities in STEM education and STEM-related careers, so they truly can reach for the stars.” The exhibit features a scaled replica of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and includes hands-on, interactive activities that allow students to explore the technology used in space to gaze at distant stars, planets and galaxies. They will also be able to learn about the new James Webb Space Telescope and how it will contribute to our knowledge into the future. The exhibit will be on display through December 2019 and is expected to draw thousands of visitors. In partnership with the museum, SMUD’s goal is to reach 15,000 students with this STEM education experience, particularly those inLINCOLN ∙ 916-645-2347  FDLombard Funeral HomeChapel of the Hills734355Reichert’s Funeral & Cremation Services CITRUS HEIGHTS ∙ 916-729-2229  FD1489Outword Magazine 7Bringing a Little Warmth to Our Young LGBTQ+ SiblingsAs the days get cooler and October is upon us, it’s that time of year again when we all come together for a round of thought provoking and genuine LGBTQ+ films. The Sacramento BENT LGBTQ Film Festival is gearing up for its 28th Season this Oct 11 - 13. While we gather at the Crest Theater and IMAX theatre during the run of the film Festival, let’s remember those in need by donating to the 3rd annual coat drive for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. Bent is proud to announce that this year’s beneficiary will be the Short-Term Transitional Emergency Program (STEP) the new LGBTQ+ housing program that The Sacramento LGBT Center just opened up this July – that helps serve LGBTQ+ young adults experiencing homelessness in the greater Sacramento area. Volunteers from STEP will be on hand to collect coats, gloves, and hats to keep our younger unhoused siblings warm this winter. Coats are a necessity that should be accessible to all of our Sacramento community, and a new or gently used coat would help in this endeavor. This program provides a 24-hour shelter with an average 90-day stay that includes meals, clothing, and case management/housing navigation for transitional aged youth from the ages of 18-24 who have been recipients of a crime/ violence.Youth will receive assistance from a case manager, housing navigator, and advocates to obtain identification documents, access to medical and mental health services, and assistance with navigating next steps in their transition to more permanent housing. As the holidays are fast approaching, it’s times like these that we think of family and friends during the holiday season giving to those who are in need is the greatest calling one can do! Here is a list of ongoing needs for the shelter: Paper towels, Pinesol, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, toilet paper, hand soap, Clorox wipes, mouth wash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, windex, hangers and school supplies If you would like to donate more in monetary contributions or for more information you can contact the Sacramento LGBT Community Center at 2012 K St, Sacramento, CA 95811 or (916) 442-0185Volunteers Needed To Help Kids ReadLocal residents age 50 and up are needed this fall to help kids in kindergarten through third grade improve their reading through AARP Experience Corps, managed locally by United Way California Capital Region. To learn more and sign up to volunteer, visit YourLocalUnitedWay.org/Experience-Corps-Literacy-Program “Kids who are not reading at grade level by fourth grade are more likely to fall behind in all subjects, including math and science, making them less likely to graduate from high school,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This corps of volunteers is essential to ensuring our community’s kids are successful.” Volunteers serve at local schools approximately two days per week for two to three hours a day throughout the school year, tutoring and tracking progress for groups of two to three students for the year. Volunteers meet monthly to share best practices and receive literacy and classroom management experience. They receive training to become mentors and role models and to hone their skills to help students reach their reading goals. Last year, United Way’s AARP Experience Corps helped 415 students with reading – 62 percent of those who were reading below grade level improved their reading and literary performance. In 2018, program participant Robla School District reported more students meeting and exceeding 8Outword MagazineOctober 10, 2019 - October 24, 2019 • No. 634standards in English Language Arts compared to 2017 – the rate of annual increase was three times higher than state and county averages. “The results are encouraging and worth the work,” said Experience Corps volunteer Mary Ann Rider. “I never felt like I was cut out to be a teacher, but I felt prepared by the curriculum I had learned in our training. Plus getting to know the kids is fun. If you’re looking for volunteer work, what’s more important than helping a child learn to read?” United Way California Capital Region is one of only seven nonprofits across the country helping to grow Experience Corps, the evidence-based AARP Foundation literacy program that improves the reading skills of children, enriches the lives of volunteer tutors and strengthens schools in local communities. For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change VOLUNTEERS continues on page 26 outwordmagazine.comIs PrEP Forgetting the LGBT Community?Iby Mark Segalf you’re a member of the LGBT community, you’re affected by HIV/ AIDS in many ways. And if you needed information related to AIDS/HIV when the crisis emerged, there was only one reliable place that you could turn: your local LGBT newspaper, like this one. At that time, the mainstream media, even “The New York Times” and Philadelphia Inquirer, were derelict in their duties as media sources and journalists. If you needed to know where to receive treatment, what drugs were available to help, and new organizations that were formed to help support the fight, the only place you could find information on a regular, reliable basis was your local LGBT newspaper. It was also in your local LGBT newspaper that you first read about the new drug called PrEP. The company that developed PrEP knew that among their markets was the LGBT community, so they made sure we received press releases about promising results from the drug during development. The first marketing campaign benefited the gay community, our community, a community very much affected by HIV/AIDS. But you might have noticed it’s no longer this way. These drug companies have a TV strategy now. Have you seen their commercials on FX or other TV channels? It might not seem important to you that a drug company has decided to leave the LGBT media market and head to the greener pastures of mainstream media, but it is, because LGBT media will be writing about the long-term effects of PrEP, as we did with the first miracle drug, AZT. And it is LGBT media that will write about any new drugs that come along, and new drugs will come because advancements are always being made. Why am I writing this? As someone who has seen this community grow for 50 years now, I’ve also watched as corporate America has woken up to how strong a buying market we are. I’m acutely aware of corporate responsibility to give back to communities that support their products, and I applaud the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce for educating us about economic equality. If our community is partially responsible for the success of a product, shouldn’t the company support our community? Or, even more logically, shouldn’t the company continue to seek people who need the product by advertising in a place that they trust?A recent study from the Williams Institute points out, thanks to PrEP, there is a sexual revolution going on in our community. Doesn’t that mean they have a responsibility to educate our community? This is a discussion that many LGBT publishers have had in a changing media landscape. Looking back over 50 years of activism, including 44 as a publisher of LGBT media, I’m happy to see banks, communications companies, casinos and real estate companies in our papers. Do you know why we have so many companies in our papers? It’s because of your strong voice and loyalty to companies that support our community. Think Absolut Vodka. While we can easily find what the Swedish vodka company has done for the LGBT community and media for 25 years, especially in support of the HIV/AIDS community, can we say the same for companies who make PrEP or an economic powerhouse like Apple? I think you know the answer. Maybe in my next 50 years of activism, I’ll see an Apple ad in an LGBT newspaper. And maybe PrEP companies will come to the realization that you can’t just blare ads on mainstream media and hope that people will pay attention. Our community takes LGBT media seriously because we take our community seriously. Our number one concern is educating the people we serve, something that PrEP companies seem to have, unfortunately, forgotten. Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. You can follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarkSegalPGN or Twitter at https://twitter.com/PhilaGayNews.Friends of Sutter’s Fort Present 10th Annual “The Haunted Fort”Back by popular demand, Friends of Sutter’s Fort, in partnership with California State Parks, is proud to present the 10th annual family-friendly experience “The Ha
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