xt7nvx061636 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7nvx061636/data/mets.xml Lexington, KY Pride Community Services Organization 201401 This collection contains newsletters produced by the Lexington, Kentucky based Pride Community Services Organization. Included are publications from the organization through multiple name changes, such as LinQ magazine (July 2013-2016); the GLSO (Gay and Lesbian Services Organization) News (August 1986-June 2013); the GSO (Gay Services Organization) newsletter (1979-July 1986). Accession number 2016ms055. newsletters  English Pride Community Services Organization Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Pride Community Services Organization publications LGBTQ community--Kentucky LGBTQ culture LGBTQ newspapers Gay men Lesbians Bisexual people Transgender people Sexual minorities Gender identity Drag culture LinQ magazine, January 2014 text LinQ magazine, January 2014 2014 2019 true xt7nvx061636 section xt7nvx061636 Connecting the Bluegrass LGBT community January 2014
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You see. . . Mamaw loves sweets.
Mamaw loves biscuits and gravy.
Mamaw loves bacon.
Okay, okay... so, I know see that some of you all out how I love the flavors of my ment has made me work
what you’re thinking. You’re there are making the same favorite foods. up an appetite. Now, I had
thinking that I have gained sacrifice. Thanks for that. So, I have to be strong. I some peanut butter M&M’s
weight. Let’s just put it out Yeah, I love your big ass too. have to learn to resist temp- around here someplace.
there on the table. I just So. .. it seems like you aren’t tation. I must use a smaller Where did I put those? I
keep getting bigger and big- buying that? Well... me ei- dinner plate and not go back have to find that candy. I
ger. It seems that every time ther. Hogwash. .. Bulls**t. .. for seconds (or thirds). I feel my mood change as I
I go shopping, I have to buy Poppycock (I love that must learn to share a des- search for my candy stash
a bigger size. But what you word). The truth is, like sert instead of growl if my here at my desk. I’m des-
don’t realize is that I am a many others this time of honey tries to nibble a little perate for those M&. .. ah-
giver and I do that partly for year, my New Year’s resolu~ bite of my hot fudge cake. hhh. . .. there they are. That
you... my adoring friends tion is to lose weight. I can’t I need to balance my pro- wonderful taste of chocolate
and fans. actually believe that I am teins and my healthy carbs swirling around my tongue
You see, I know beauty can calling myself out on this is- and nourish my body in— as I bite through the multi-
be intimidating. It’s hard sue but maybe if I do this, stead of just stuff my body colored outer shell. Yes...
to like pretty people some- all of you can hold me ac- with junk. Yes... I’m feeling feeling better all the time.
times... I get that. So I keep countable and I’ll stay mo— motivated. I CAN do this. Besides, there are too many ,
getting bigger and bigger tivated to follow through. I will lose weight and will damn skinny people in the
and fatter and fatter for you. You see... Mamaw loves feel more fit and have more world already.
I don’t ever want to be that sweets. Mamaw loves bis— energy before vacation this Until next month. Muah.
person that people don’t like cuits and gravy. Mamaw year. I think I’ll use my el- (Send comments or sugges-
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Greetings from the Imperial its annual Dining Out for raising success. volunteers met at the Ham-
Court of Kentucky. Life event, by hosting the burg Wal-Mart and pur-
dinnertime event at C olum- Then on Sunday, December chased gifts for 55
‘ The holidays provided no bia’s downtown. Flo and 8, at Crossings Lexington, children. After several
downtime for the Imperial the staff of Columbia’s were the Court and community hours 0f shopping and
Court of Kentucky as their pleasantly surprised when came together for the an- making sure each child
fundraising efforts contin— the Reigning Monarchs, Em- nual AVOL Kid’s Christmas would receive several gifts,
ued. The Court ended the peror 32 Patrick Thompson Show. There were many in— the carts were filled and
month of November with a and Regent Empress 32 l-D- spiring performances from delivered to AVOL, where
Christmas Kickoff Show on Vaughn, showed up in r e ga- entertainers representing the gifts were wrapped and
November 27th at Crossings lia to wow the dinner guests. the entire community. The prepared for delivery to the
Lexington. This Thanksgiv- (Look for Patrick and ].D.’s show proceeds and dona— families later in the month.
ing-eve show featured sev- picture on the wall the next tions were Still rolling in as
eral of our court entertainers time you visit Columbia’s.) Of p ress-time but the fund- Without skipping a beat, the
and got the crowd into an The evening was hosted by raising total was well over very next evening, on De-
early holiday spirit. Dowager Monarchs Emper— $4500 cember 11th’ the Court held
or 31 Daryl “Big D” Lyons A Very Fairy Christmas at
The following week, the and Empress 31 Trinity, and Two nights later, the Mon- pulse nightlife. This show is
Court assisted AVOL with proved to be another fun d- archs, board members, and an annual fundraiser for the

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Show in Cincinnati. Council selects a focus for Christmas giftsfor area youth.

fundraising efforts. Nicole

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paper Chr'Stmas trees to 10' tiona' court SyStem’ has de' Emperor Patrick Thompson at this

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the month of November. All Seniors and Elders.

money raised from the tree

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the total for the AVOL Kid’s at Crossings Lexington, the . , I . ‘ : .‘ ' 1&3}. :° ,. -. a: . a .
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up 2013 with its final fund- On January 15th, the Court The following Wednesday, with a celebration and re—
raiser on December 18th at hosts the annual Inner Diva on January 22nd at Cross- membrance show at pulse
pulse nightlife with its Mr. pageant. ings Lexington, the Court nightlife on Wednesday, Jan-
and Miss Mary Christmas sponsors the King of Drag uary 29th.
pageant. The event was past This pageant is for biologi— contest, a drag king contest For further information or
press time so look for up- cal females and provides for local entertainers. to see upcoming events of
dates on that event in next them an outlet for releasing Reign 32, visit the Court’s
month’s issue of LinQ. their inner drag queen! For Finally, as January winds social media sites on Face-

more information, or to get down, the Court takes a book (group name Imperial

Coming up, the Court will your closest gal pal entered, moment to remember the Court of Kentucky) or on-
kjckoff 2014 with another please contact Regent Em- founder of the International line at www.imperialcourt—
4 events in January. Each press 32 JD. Vaughn. Court System, Jose Sarria, kentuckyorg.

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of the Lexington Fair Hous- ive family made up of family Ollt t0 the1r parents; making a Festival, GLSO Board and
irfig Council to discuss tléeir members, LGBT individuals life and finding support; rais- Sub-Committee Members
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munity in the Lexington area. lies, all learning and helping now, carlng for grandchll- Center. With all this being
each other. dren. said we would like to invite
This should be an interesting MUCh has changed 1n that any and all individuals who
discussion. Each month we have a pres— tlme! want to get more involved in
Aft th . . entation, followed by a sup- their community to the fol—
er e main resentation, . _ . . . . _
there will be a CI; & A session, port group meeting. Thls Th? meelng 15 at St Mlchael S lowrng event.
followed by some social time. month it is Tuesday, January EPISCOPal Church GLSO Volunteer Drive and
111 d b f 14, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Orientation at The GLSO
e oors open on or e ore . .
7pm for those wishing to p.m. Lex1ngton Pride Center 389 Waller AV-
change clothes onsite and the Meet a Lexington couple that enue, Suite #100 Lexington,
meeting typically runs until has been together and been wwwpflaglexorg for more KY 40504 Sunday, January
9.30pm. part ofthe lesbian communi- information 19, 2014, 6:30 pm.
SisterSound, the Lexington many others. It promises to Tickets are $10 for adults come and there is no au—
Women’s Chorus, is be a fun evening! and $5 for children 5 and dition to have to suffer
“Choosing Hope” as the Gather up your family and under and are available from through!
theme for their 2014 concert friends, shake off the post- SisterSound members or at
season and to celebrate their Christmas blahs and the door. See you there! All you have to do is be fe-
18th year of making music join Sis ter Sou" d for . male, 18 years of age or
together. Also, while you have your older, can match p1tch and
their Winter concert on calendars out, go on and enjoy singing with other
Join the Sisters as they sing Saturday, [anuary 18, pencil in Saturday, May 17, women.
a w1de varlety of songs that 2014, 7:00 pm at St. M1-
embody hope (and fun). 2014, 7:00pm, at Ta- chael’s Episcopal Church, Rehearsals for the Spring
Some of the featured num- . 2025 Bellefonte Dr., Lexing- concert start on Sunday,
, , tes Creek Presbyterian . , ,
bers 1nclude: Boogle Shoes, ton for SisterSounds Sprlng January 26, 2014, 6:00 —
the Greatest Love of All, Im- Church, 3900 Rapid Run Concert. 8:00 pm in the choir room
possible Dream, Some Days Drive (Man 0’ War Blvd . . . at Centenary Methodist
You Gotta Dance, I Feel Like Are you interested in srng- Church, 2800 Tates Creek
Going On, Brighter Than east of Tates Creek Rd) ing with SisterSound? New Road, Lexington. Come and
the Sun, Safe and Sound and members are always wel- join in the fun!

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I am NOT invisible. I’m gay. I’m here! I matter! My
heart doesn’t have cancer. I have to love once more.
By Sandy Spaulding ‘

When I cried, she’d touched and then. When it changed she had no place to live ,the would be dead by then.
my face and say, “Dying of color, she thought it was owner took her as a lover for Pathways was a center for
cancer is no way to treat a a mean lump, and after her room and board. When the terminally ill offering
lady” the semi finals she’d have the woman died she left Iu- healing touch, massage, sup—
1995: Senior Tennis Cham- it looked at—-they’ll take it dith nothing. When she met port groups, yoga. I taught
pionships. Iudith was at out. But the minor surgery Patty, a factory worker, they classes for care givers. The
the top of her game. Ten- around muscles she counted began eleven years together. doctor sent Judith there for
nis was one place where on might affect her swing if support and to learn medita-
lesbians were on an equal she made the finals. Win- Judith saw the doctor when tion. She didn’t want mas—
footing with major players ning was in sight. She’d wait. the breast failed to heal on sage, her ugly chest scars
from the elite clubs. Tanned, J its own. A diagnosis of were embarrassing.
with short dark hair, she’d udith, 60, was born in St breast cancer meant a mas-
practiced, networked, Paul. Her parents distanced tectomy. When she woke I met Iudith in the bath-
schmoozed with the Min— themselves from their tom up she was told she was 4th room where I almost tripped
nesota team all year, earning boy daughter, and sent her stage with 6 months to live. over her. She was on the
genuine respect from the to live with relatives when Her lover didn’t want to take floor, her knees drawn up to
sport she dreamed of win- they discovered she was gay. care of a sick person, leaving her chest, and crying. I sat
ning since she was a kid bat- At night she’d smoke on the her and the pricy apartment. down on the floor with her.
ting used balls against the roof outside her second sto- Her job with university se- “It’s not the dying; it’s that
garage door. ry bedroom window Where curity let her go because no one loves me. I’ll never
She’d put off seeing the doc— she could see her parents at she was ill. Five years from be touched again. No one
tor about the dimpling on home and her old tree house Medicare, homeless and job— will miss me. I have a sis-
her left breast, dismissed in the back yard. After high less, she was eligible for SSI ter—When I get straight and
it as the kind of benign tu- school she managed a horse benefits, but it would take she’ll see me. I am NOT in-
mors her mother had now farm to pay for tennis. Since six months to kick in; she visible. I’m gay. I’m here!
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did them all—including no trip across campus. I was
sugar. We made daily Yogurt with her.
milkshakes With 50 sup ple- alive. She really was dying. say “Soon”. We have to fin- Iudith’s memorial was all
ments. Healing-- products The next day, by the river, ish your packing” then lay she asked for--a picnic in
and gurus-- were her drug she picked wildflowers, put spooned around her body. the park, lots of kites on the
Of choice—“You just have to them in my hair and mar- When I’d cry, she’d touch my wind, her songs, my kids
get your energies aligned, ried me. God ofliciating. face and say, “Dying of can- and grandbabies who loved
think love, breathe big, pic- A month later she suddenly cer is no way to treat a lady.” her all just being together. 1
ture beauty facing a candle gave away her Mazda to her I’d say dumb stuff like I’m no did see her people drive by
to a flute CD") For a year we nephew. Later that night lady, she was my treat, and slowly near where we were,
loved like crazy, laughed she woke me and said it I’m planting a tree in the but they didn’t stop. It was
a 10t’ danced to the family was time to go to the hospi- yard with her ashes—she’ll okay-Judith had a family
band. tal hospice. The ambulance be a tree I can hug! who loved her all the way
It truly never occurred to us people couldn’t maneuver home.
people in love that you don’t the gurney in the odd hall- On the ninth morning,
win this. When they stopped way so Judith got up, walked the social worker asked if Ten years had passed when
all treatment, being termi— quickly passed them, down I thought it would be to- Gracie, only a toddler when
nal meant she had won the the stairs and into the am- day. I looked at her. “It’s a Iudith had cared for her, saw
right Of hOt fudge sundaes bulance on her own in sheer sunny morning, she’s sleep- lights coming from a toy
again. Soon the bottles Of defiance of her fate and ing peacefully, It’s quiet like half buried in a flowerbed.
unlimited morphine had 111- pissed; she was entitled to a she likes it. She’s loved. She’s It was her battery powered
dith convinced this was our classier finish. packed. It’d be okay to go puppy! When she’d walked
happily ever after. Feeling Settled into the hospice today.” Then Judith smiled, passed it, suddenly the pup-
wonderful, certain love and wing, I stayed with her . and left her body. I cried, py’s eyes had flashed on and
milkshakes had truly healed When her family made their touching her face, kissing its its tail moved. Gracie be-
her 0f cancer, she went Off perfunctory hour visit, (on familiar lines. Gently slip- lieves Iudith was telling us
morphine. Within hours, the condition I was not pre- ping fresh flowers in her that she still lived and loved
collapsing in indescribable sent) I rounded up Ben and hair, and told her I’d meet us.
pain and agony, a dOCtOI‘ Jerry’s ice cream, Muppet her at the Eastern Gate. Judith left me pressed fl0w_
tOId me to put her back on Movie marathons and our ers from the place she first
the powerful pain killer. AS Beshon, Snickers in a beach She’d given her body to sci- kissed me, framed with a
we waited for relief, the ter- bag. At night I slept in the ence; the university interns poem she’d written, and
rible truth came in to stay; chair. In her last days she came for her within the took with her, all my fear of
her body was being eaten tried to leave the room. I’d hour. They were dressed in dying.

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at Columbia's Downtown who donated over $2,800 in one shift. Numerous area restaurants participated and the event was
sponsored by Woodford Reserve and other area businesses.
Pictured are:
Above left: Leonard Gordon and Family
Above right: Nick Curd and friend at Ryan’s Saloon.
Below left: L to R Co Chairs Stephanie Oghia and Danielle Hubert and AVOL Staff Brynn Gallaher
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inggalaorg, The GoodGiving Gala is a fund— raised money for 2014 Lexington Pride Festival sponsored
raiser and awareness building event for the by the GLSO. Above, IoDee Monroe and Adam Imparato.
Blue Grass Community Foundation. Blue
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Brian Slate, and from Lexington Fairness and
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A V1 ew guilty of this myself—I can get who you are in the eyes of the i
so caught up in simply pushing God who created you uniquely E i
the ‘play’ button of old recorded and for a purpose. : l
from me Heart messages—be they messages of In the church year, we are E: i
who people have told me I am entering the season of Epipha— %
— or messages of who God is—I ny, that time when we recognize i
A time for (re) conditioning can get misdirected and dis- God’s light and message to us Z
By R CV. Marsha I- M 0 Ol‘S-Ch arl es tracted because I am listening in a different way than perhaps
and following this condition- we have believed to be possible.
ing. I’ll read a scripture story In our lives, epiphany comes
At this time of year, we lament mercials—‘the way real men and say, oh yeah, I remember when, as the wise men ofold, we
and post pictures on facebook lose weight’;) Andeas almost this one ‘ and then “ when— resist being conditioned by the .
of Valentine’s candy that has re- moved to order the zipped waist and IF “ I am willing to pause faith communities who boast It
placed Christmas candy before band that ensures weight loss " to re-read With an open slate the greatest number in the pews
we have even finished clear- just for wearing it—but when in my mind and heart ‘ I am or largest church budgets—and "
ing the Christmas dinner table. the announcer said I could get blessed With new revelation— instead affir m who and whose
Consumerism drives our soci— not one — but two—for $9.99— and that, my friends, is what re- we are! Epiphany comes when
ety—and more often than not, I decided it really must be too conditioning our faith journey we, as the wise men of old, ob—
controls our lives. In our at— good to be true. Wow! The is all about. serve what’s going on around
tempts to blend in, we fall prey money that is spent condition- Each of us arrive at this new us—in our communities and in
to the cycles in spite of our re- ing our thinking. year Via different paths—com- our world—when we observe
sentment of being rushed from But wait — in truth, the same ing from a 2013 of different political powers continuing to
one season to another. It’s easy can be said for the condition— memories-some more unbal— oppress the dignity and rights
to look at retail and be resent- ing by various religious groups. anced than other 5 With disap- Of all people—When hunger
ful of their conditioning of our I can’t even begin to get started pointments or regrets. Yet we and poverty are growing the
behavior. on the ‘conditioning’ so many are reminded, especially at this gaps between those with more
Yet, it is not limited to re- of us in the LGBT community time of the year, that recondi— than enough and those without
tail—our behavior is predict— have experienced in hearing tioning our minds is as impor- basic needs—and we do some-
ably conditioned by a number for most of our lives that who tant, ifnot more so, than doing thing about it- And Epipha-
of sources. If you ‘ve watched we are is not created by God or the same for our bodies. With ny in our lives comes—really
TV the last week and somehow embraced in God’s plan for our each new day, hope lives again comes—when we respond to
managed to watch live TV vs. lives. Then, there are other eX- and renewal ofour lives is possi- what we know to be true—not It
DVR of your favorite shows, clusive theologies or faith com- ble. New Year’s Day comes over what we have been conditioned
you haven’t been able to escape munities that don’t welcome a and over again—sometimes on to believe or what makes it easy ‘
the messages of New Year’s diversity of paths to the holy or January lst, but just as often on to ht in. May your new year be
body conditioning—I thought ‘condition’ folks into thinking February 10th or April 19th or blessed with a reconditioning
I would escape the commer— that God is responsible for all August 215t or October 11th— 0t your heart and mind as you
cials that promised reduction in things bad in their lives—and it comes any time and any day live into all the possibilities that
weight and pants sizes if I tuned in the world. This type of con— when we acknowledge the pres- 2014 has in store!
to ESPN—only to find Charles ditioning has done tremendous ence of the Holy within us-and
Barkley, former Auburn bas- damage to folks —damage that, among us in the presence 0f
ketball player and long-time as a pastor, I hear about every one another. As you begin the
pro—once proudly proclaimed day—literally! new year, take time to step away
as the Mound Round of Re- Yet still, it is easy for us to from conditioned old messages . . ~ ..
bound—here he was on ESPN accept this long-term pattern of that play in your mind—and ', ‘
doing Weight Watchers com- conditioning our thinking. I’m takedeepbreathstorecondition I ~
'1’ i


7:. Chlldren of Gay Parents
E : A True Hollywood Story Q .
E ' By Peter Breitmayer _


The "father figures": Mom's second partner, Joan, .
was a minister at MCC. i

Phil, the guy who seemed Mom's first was a raging al- N

in appearance and manner, coholic she unsuccessfully 1:

the closest to being "like" my could not "save". . ..the "first

Dad in California. Phil, who coming out choice/bad com-
had season tickets to The ing out choice" type. We
Minnesota Orchestra and were from the LA suburbs _ _ . _ _ _ _

" . . _ Peter Breltmayer Is an actor llvmg m Califorma. He has
The St. Paul Chamber Or- and now were livmg in Los appeared in over 40 feature films and television shows.
chestra. . ..and a fun cabin, Angeles with loan. My Dad
with a real OUTHOUSE, on was a few suburbs away and lowed, so we all followed. preference for the company
Moose Lake. we saw him fairly regularly. Poor Joan. of women has been heav—

ily supplemented, primarily

Bruce, the frumpy but lov- I grew up in a world That left my Dad 1800 miles from when 1 was age 10—18,
able queen with the high surrounded by Gay away, with a couple visits a by forced female intimacy
cackle laugh, who took me humans, trying to year and Sunday morning and unrelenting trai