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 Cover Photo: Billie Burke (As Glinda The Good Witch),
Top Left To Bottom Right: Wentworth Miller, Anna Paquin,
Andreja Pejic, Bob Harper, Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto,
Chely Wright, Robin Roberts, Tila Tequila, Matt Bomer,
Frenchie Davis, Jason Collins, Tom Daley, Kiln Zolciak,
Frank Ocean, Jane Lynch, Ricky Martin, Kristy McNichol,
Jonathan Knight, Victor Garber, Meredith Baxter, Chad
Allen, Ray Boltz, Wanda Sykes, Michael Sam & Clive Davis.

Ranada lets readers in on how to plan their own

fabulous Halloween parties, along with a recipe for a

truely spooktacular beverage.

L( BT History M onth

ln observance ofLGBT History Month, LinQ presents

three profiles of historical figures fi'om The National

LGBT History Project.

, Ready, Set, PRIDE! .
. 2015 Lexington Pride Festival Chair Chad Hundley
introduces himself and the new Lexington Pride _
I 7 Planning Committee. . , .

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Editor-in-Chief The Lexington Gay and Lesbian Services Organization seeks
Christopher Bauer to educate, enhance and empower the community about
Copy Editor GLBTQQIA issues.
Ann Malcolm
Photographer GLSO Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Brian Hawkins Paul Brown, President
Calendar Coordinator Ginger Moore-Minder, Vice President
Chad Hundley Paul Holland, Secretary
Circulation Jacob Boyd, Treasurer
GLSO Board, Chad Hundley, Rebecca Adams Roberto Abreu, At Large
Advertising Coordinator Christopher Bauer, LinQ Editor-in—Chief & At Large
Daryl Lyons Donovan Jefferson, At Large
‘ Theo Meacham, At Large
LinQ is published monthly by and for the Lexington Gay and
Lesbian Services Organization members and community. The GLSO Staff
Lexington Gay and Lesbian Services Organization envisions Chad Hundley, Office Manager
a community that accepts and celebrates each individual.
. . . GLSO Pride Center
All L1nQ submissmns and advertisements can be made to _ _ ,
' . . 389 Waller Avenue, Sulte 100, Lex1ngton, KY 40504
the edltor (ed1tor@glso.org) or to the GLSO Pride Center
_ _ 859-253-3233, www.glso.org
(859-253—3233). All subm1s31ons may be edited for length.
Office hours are:
Like us on F acebook at LinQbyGLSO Tuesday—Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Follow us on Twitter at LinQbyGLSO Saturday 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

 That’s What I’m l I
By Helena Handbasket

dentity. Lately there is so much talk social media? Well, the folks I know have a Facebook page with her filll name on
Iabout identity. I don’t remember literally thousands of Facebook fiiends. it.
a time when I heard that word used so How much more social can you get? And what about poor old Brenda who
often. Identity is defined online as: who Hell, I know people whose pets have was born Bob? Bob never felt like a
you are, the way you think about yourself, Facebook pages. Would someone please Bob his entire life. Finally, one day, Bob
the way you are viewed by the world, and show me their legal ID? And do those had the courage to go against popular
the characteristics that define you. pets update their own sites? I think not. opinion and announce to the world
Some people only worry about their What if John Wayne was alive today? that he was now Brenda. She has been
identity being stolen, while there are Would he be forced to change his fortunate in the fact that she has a doctor
others who are figuring out their gender Facebook profile to Marion Robert who understands and has helped get her
identity. Morrison? Really? What is Lady Gaga’s in touch with the necessary people to get
Now our identity is being questioned real name? Isn’t it Stefani Joanne her the hormones she needs to begin the
on Facebook, with many performers who Angelina Gennanotta? I bet Facebook process of finally helping her to become
have profiles on Facebook being forced won’t force her to get rid of her Lady the woman she has always felt like she
to shut down their pages and make a Gaga page anytime soon. And poor was. However, due to choice, fear, or lack
profile from their legal names. Well... Marilyn Monroe—being forced at the offunds,BrendastillhasBob’splumbing.
anyone that knows me knows that when height of her fame to change her profile She is also still carrying her identification
I am out on the town, I am certainly page to Norma Jeane Mortenson. Bless saying she is Bob. Is Brenda going to be
Helena Handbasket and no one else. Even her heart. If the poor thing wasn’t already forced to change her page back to Bob?
though I don’t have a driver’s license or gone, this shock just might kill her. How painful do you think that might be
birth certificate saying that is who I am, Since it is social media, could it be for Brenda?
trust me, honey—I am the old Double possible that some people want to use In conclusion, we should all speak out
H herself. And while I understand that an alias so that it will be more difficult and challenge this misgniided choice that
sometimes you will encounter a person for people who are trying to steal other’s Facebook is making to force people to
who will abuse the system by making a identities? Come on... just try to get lose part or all of their identity. Here we
profile to do bad things, for the most part a credit card under the name Helena go again people... it is time to STAND
I cannot for the life of me believe that Handbasket. And just what address are UP!
a bunch of entertainers are doing any you gonna have that bill sent to? You Until next month, love ya’ll.
bad things with their profiles that would have to be 13 years old to sign up for Send comments or suggestions to
justify being forced to delete their very Facebook. If I had a little 13-year-old HelenahandbasketKY@gmail.com
existence fiom Facebook. Isn’t it called daughter, I would not even let her make 0

Imp erral C 0 u rt 0 f
C en uc y ews
By Christina Puse
L reetings, fiiends and family! The Lyons, and Her Imperial Majesty, Empress be crowned For those who would like to
Glmperial Court of Kentucky has 31, Trinity, teamed up and had an event at attend that trip, please contact the Reigning
' beenbusy over the month of September, and Crossings Lexington earlier in September Monarchs, Empress 33, Christina Puse, and
L would like to thank each of you who have for an event entitled, “Fire and Ice.” It was Emperor 33, Tim Iogsdon.
’ beenapartofthe events thattookplace during another success on behalf of the Imperial Approaching the Halloween season, the
. this month. Earlier in the month, the ICK Court of Kentucky. Ifyou missed this event, ICK has a couple of events planned to help
l teamedup withAVOL for Dining Outfor Life you missed an amazing night of fimdraising! celebrate this spooky holiday. Coming up on
1 down at Columbia Steak House in beautiful The ICKthanksthose who wereinattendance Friday, October 24, head down to Crossings
. downtown Iexington. Not only was Dining and assisted in making that event possible! Lexington for an event entitled, “The ICK
' Out for Life a success, it also gave the ICK Without the support of the community, the presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show!”
: a chance to build new fiiendships among ICK would not be able to continue its efl‘orts The ever popular and cherished film will be
3 the community. It was a fabulous evening in raising money for Lexington’s local playing on the big screen as the entertainers
: and, on behalfofAVOL and the ICK, a very charities. of the ICK perform the musical scenes on
5 big THANK YOU goes out to those who ! A r ‘ l T stage. Along with the performances, there
; assisted in making that event possible! Your yin] “r 7 ; , will be prizes and giveaways that night You
' attendance and donations helped AVOL ‘2 7f . / : 5 ._ wfll not want to miss out on this one!
l during this time offiindraising. .. i i _ 5v Wednesday, October 29, the ICK has
5 The Imperial Court of Kentucky traveled . t :“5 a pageant scheduled entitled, “Divas of
i to Washington, DC, earlier in September to g ? » Darkness.” This event will be themed for the
5 join them for their third Coronation. As their t ., \ Halloween season. For more information,
Monarchs stepped down, new Monarchs “ l ‘ please keep an eye out for Facebook updates
t were crowned to continue leading their Make sure to mark your calendars as we and advertisements. The Reigning Monarchs
: organization into the firture of fundraising for all head into the Fall season. The ICK has will be out and about to discuss this event in
’ their community. Not only wasthisaveryfun more events coming up and you Will not greater detail.
: and exciting weekend, but it also helped keep want to miss out on these amazing events. For more information on the
’ the bonds of national fiiendships strong and smug the first weekend in OCtOber (10/2- Imperial Court of Kentucky and all of
willbring those individuals backto Kentucky 10/5), the Impefial Con“ 0f 1(6an Will its firndraising events, please visit www.
during the ICK’s CoronationinJune of 2015. be traveling to its sister court in Cincinnati, imperialcourtkentuckyorg and join the
’ Thank you to those who traveled with the OH’ for their annual Coronation, in WhiCh Facebook group under the Imperial Court of
ICK to make that trip possible! their current Monarchs Will be stepping Kentucky.
His Imperial Majesty, Emperor 31, Daryl down and their newly elected Monarchs will 0


Senior Pride Initiative

By Vicki Stanley
enior Pride Initiative, a standing Theology, author, activist and Keynote T“°SE"‘“'“id°,'"‘”“““95““

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By Tuesday G. Meadows
Transgender Dysphoria Blues - Part 1 “And you know it’s obvious/But we can’t choose how we’re made”
i Tanks to Laura Jane Grace and was finally removed in 1980. Similarly, the seem to be able to access mental health
Against Me, a “post-modem ptmk APA removed “Gender Identity Disorders” services but may have more trouble with
rock band,” for the title of my article. L1G is a from the newest edition of the DSM in 2013, medical and surgical care. The few surgeries
talented singer/songwriter who also happens replacing it with term “Gender Dysphoria,” that I have heard that are performed here
to be transgender and is afierce advocate for which was accompanied by the statement, are breast augmentation with implants and
transgender people. “[GD] focuses on dysphoria as the clinical mastectomies.
Gender Dysphoria? Many people outside problem, not identity per se.” (APA, 2013). Despite the accusation of mental illness and
7 of our community have never heard of Even theAPAhas evolvedtoassertthatbeing the stigma, most of us are well-fimctioning
3 gender dysphoria (GD). According to the transgenderitselfis notamental illness. This human beings: professionals, students,
. American Psychiatric Association, GD evolution (or turnaround) by the APA may management, sales people, etc. Many of us
3 refers to the distress that may accompany the explain why we are seeing so many trans carry out our lives after we transition much
3 incongruence between one’s experienced or issues come to the forefront in 2014. the same as we did before. The main reason
. expressed gender and one’s assigned gender. However, in addition to the distress we that many of us seek treatment is that when
3 Although not all individuals Will experience may have about our physical bodies, many Gender Dysphoria goes unacknowledged it
3 dysphoria as a result of such incongruence, other factors lead to stress and distress. can leadto substance abuse, depression, self-
3 many may be distressed if their physical body Discrimination faced by the community can harm, reckless behavior, or even suicide (41%
(unless altered through physical interventions lead to internalization of stigma For instance, oftransgender people report suicide attempts).
3 like hormones or surgery) does not match way too many of us are unemployed (double VVrth GD it can be said that much the same
3 their inner self. the national average, per the Human Rights happens as with an untreated wound, in that
. We are even sometimes confionted with Campaign) or underemployed because of medical and/or psychiatric treatrnentcanhelp
3 accusations of mental illness. However, fear and bigotry. Access to medical care can aperson avoid other problems.
3 the understanding of what constitutes a be challenging. A 2011 Injustice at Every Ibelieve that everyday life for our people
3 mental illness has changed over time as the Turn survey showed 19% of transgender hereinIexingtonwillkeep gettingbetteronce
3 culture has changed The APA removed people said that they were denied medical weunderstand andacknowledgethe struggles
3 the diagnosis of ‘T—Iomosexuality” fi'om care because of their gender identity, and over of our transgender neighbors. Follow me on
its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 50% said that they had to teach their own Twitter at, TuesdayM@tIishgigi or write to
(DSM) in 1973, but then replaced it with healthcare provider about how to treat them. trneadows828@gmail.com. Now Tuesday is
“Ego-Dystonic Homosexuality,” until that Here in Lexington, many in our community gone with the wind! 0

 FOURTH ANNUAL ' ""“0’1 fl
' 2014 Louisville LGBT Film Festival Announces Program lead actress Michelle Hendley, and lead actor Michael Welch
This year’s 4th annual Louisville LGBT Film Festival will (from the Twilight series and Joan of Arcadia) are scheduled

’ ’ ‘ take place on October 17-19, 2014, at Village 8 Theaters to appear for a Q&A after the film. Our Saturday night film is
in Louisville. During the festival weekend, we will present Limited Partnership, adocumentary about the first legal same-
9 sessions of films, narratives and documentaries, shorts and sex marriage in 1975, and that couple’s legal fight to have that
features. Our films will focus on telling the many stories of the marriage recognized by the federal government. Other features
LGBT community. Our festival is the only LGBT film festival include Lilting; Appropriate Behavior; 20 Lies, 4 Parents, and
in the state of Kentucky. Festival passes are $45 in advance a Little Egg; and Tru Love. There will be two shorts sessions,
and $50 at the door. Session tickets are $8 in advance and $10 including an Oscar-nominated short, Facing Fear. Our closing
at the door. film is The Way He Looks, a Brazilian feature about a blind

This year’s Opening Film is Boy Meets Girl, from writer/ teenager trying to find love.
director Eric Schaeffer (writer/director of If Lucy Fell). This For more information, please go to:
will be the first time the festival opens with a transgender film, www.10uisvillelgbtfilmfest.com
and the film is set in Kentucky. Mr. Schaeffer, transgender c

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Out ° A Th eatrlcal C elebratlon
By Donna Ison
n my lifetime, no fewer than anatomy. I was certain that someone Lexington United and The Plantory

Itwenty friends and family members must have created a similar show based joined them as community sponsors.
have chosen to come out to or through around the experience of coming out. The project was a “go.”
me. This fiequency earned me the After researching, I could not find aplay So, I am thrilled to announce that,
nickname of “the closet door,” which I that fit that bill, so I decided to develop in honor of National Coming Out
wore with pride. In each instance, I felt one. Ireached outto Lexington’s LGBTQ Day, we will present the original play,
humbled by their courage and fascinated community and affiliated organizations. Out: A Theatrical Celebration. Using
by the simultaneous uniqueness The response was wonderful. Thirteen poetry, monologues, and personal
and sameness of each story. These essays, our cast, which represents the
“coming out” conversations broadened _ 33 3 3 spectrum of LGBTQ, will each share
my understanding, increased my ‘3 3 3 ‘ . their varied stories. The accounts range
compassion, and shaped who I am and 33 ‘33 3 from humorous to heartbreaking and
how I View the world. I surmised they ‘ll l ‘ astonishing to affirming, but in the end
would do the same for others. ‘ each is a triumph.

As a theatre professional, I feel some individuals steppedup and ofi‘eredto take Out will debut at The Carnegie
of the most powerful shows are those tothe stage withtheirpersonalnarratives. Center for Literacy and Learning on
that are simple and raw, like The Vagina The Carnegie Center for Literacy and October 11 at 7 pm. The performance
Monologues, in which a wide range Learning generously donated their space is free to the public. Please join us for
of women speak openly about their for the performance. Lexington Fairness this enlightening, entertaining, and
complicated relationship with their came on board as a community partner. empowering evening of theatre. 3

Around The Lrbrary.
Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourselfi Your Community, and Your World by Sue Hyde
u, m rights. for someone trying to get some insight into
:‘iF‘l [Eli-.Ttllllé The book irrterweaves discussions of the basics of community organizing. It is
Wit-Ii”? history (suchasthe history of sodomy laws) particularly relevant for teens and young
tch J“) $14.34)}! 3;) with the lessons the LGBT movement has adults, since the book does tend to focus
[Ed 23.55)! Egé— $.11, leamedfromthesestrugglesanddiscussions on school and campus-based organizing;
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1 rs } Aim” ,- .1\ ofhowto move forward. It includes sectrons however, it has a large amount of
re- Wont on important topics such as leadership, information relevant to activists of any age
iat mg the structure of the LGBT community, group. The book was published in 2007,
res _M_.::::_-._- and the structure of and interrelations of so some of the information is outdated.
ind ”FEE’E-ET larger communities. It also gives practical In particular, the book was written before
ns By Kristy Nowak advice relating to specific commtmity the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and
’ Cbme Out and Win: Organizing organizing tasks, such as contacting a local prior to much of the recent progress toward
.ng Yourself Ibur Community, and representative and responding to biased maniage equality, so it does advocate for
nd Your World, by Sue Hyde, is a guide to treatment of LGBT persons irrthe media. some outdated goals. However, it is still
community organizing for the promotion The book concludes with a section about a strong introduction to LGBT advocacy
of LGBT rights. The book argues that there the groupsthatopposeLGBTrights,theway and a recorrrmended read for anyone,
are three steps to coming out: publicly they utilize religious and moral arguments particularly young adults, looking to begin
identifying yourself as part of the LGBT to promote a social agenda, and how to work in community organizing. This book
community, recognizing that you are part respond by finding ways to continually can be found in our young adult section,
of a community, and working within that assert LGBT rights and humanity. under “current issues: activism”(YA ISSU-
commurrity to achieve full recognition and Overall, this book is an excellent resource ACTI). Come check it out! o
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all... It’s here. With Fall comes yet, nursery rhymes... it’s always filnto drinks, because you don’t want to run
Fone of my favorite holidays: see a big guy in diapers. Have a themed out of either.
Halloween. Now, I used to go out and drink as well: Vampires, blood—red Food and Drinks:
party all night long at the bars. Gay punch. Radioactive waste, bright green If you mess up everywhere else but
bars are the best for Halloween—we punch, and so on... have good food, people will still enjoy
know how to party AND how to dress Decorate, Decorate, Decorate! themselves. Have bloody popcorn: put
up! In the face of all that fabulousness, Choose the mood. It should be dark red food coloring mixed with butter on
my own Halloween parties looked like and dreary, of course. Decorate by the popcorn. If you have punch, have it
amateur night. I eventually graduated draping black cloths over the fiirniture in a hollowed out pumpkin. Stick with
to having my own raucous parties—but and lighting electric candles. It’s not hors d’oeuvres; it provides more variety
never on the night that the downtown a good idea to use real candles, just in and more of a conversation piece as
was celebrating, because I wanted to case it gets a little too festive. If you well. Signature cocktails are a must!
hit as many bars as possible. It took a need black cloth, just buy some old bed Hypnotini
few attempts, but I finally realized how sheets from a thrift store and dye them - Fill a punch bowl with ice.
to make my own party fabulous! Here black—it saves some serious money. - Pour in l fifth of Hpnotiq. This
areafew tips and recipes forafantastic We all know Party City and stores will give your Halloween Cocktail a
night of hoots, hollers, and haunts. like that offer plenty of decorations... ghoulish blue color.
Choose atheme! use them in a pinch, but doing it all - Add half of a fifth of vodka.
You should have atheme for decorating yourself brings a better feel to the whole — Add half of a 2 liter bottle of Sprite.
your home and as a suggestion for how scene. Ambience is everything and this - Pour into a glass and serve.
your guests should dress. We have had includes great music. - Garnish with a blue glow stick and
a haunted house theme and a zombie Invites: lemon slices.
theme.Afew otherfun ideas might be a If it’s a small party, do it by phone. The last step is the most important.
nuclearwaste theme, fully equipped with It’s easier and people will show up that In order to really give your Halloween
biohazard stickers and yellow caution way. If it’s a larger party send an RSVP cocktail that really bright blue color,
tape. Or how about dead Oscar-winners? invitation. Speaking from experience, you want to buy some Mini Blue Glow
Break out your best Judy Garland or you’ll get about 70% of the people you Sticks—-one for each glass. This is key,
James Dean. Superheroes and Villains, invited to actually come. You should and I guarantee your guests will love it.
Angels and Demons, Vampires, or better plan for this accordingly with food and o

| LG BT history month
In observance of LGBT History Month, LinQ is pleased to feature the following articles.
(Mary) Edmonia ‘Wildfire’ Lewis:
' A black lesbian Who sculpted freedom and independence
By Kevin Trimell Jones
ary Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis Lewis is believed to have been a part of a “The story goes e ‘ ‘ W

3 Ml843—1911) stands out for her few notable, possibly romantic and sexual that her eye was g" . ‘
courage and willirrgrressto livealife defined incidents with other females. An early caught by Richard 2}; I)
by her own sense of agency and indepen- “peculiar episode” is described in “Afiican G r e e n o u gh ’ s 5"; ’
dence. Despite her mixed racial/ethnic American Art and Artist” as taking place statue of Benjamin F ‘

’ heritage,sheisconsideredoneofafewAfiican— at Oberlin College on the monring of Jan Franklin. Astatue of ' " ll

' American artists to develop a fan base that 27, 1862. According to the story, Oberlin the size of life was ‘53:“

; crossed racial, ethnic and national boundaries College was in recess. Two female fiiends of something that she 3‘ ; diff: . .

3 ——- and the first to develop a reputation as an Lewis were preparing for an extended sleigh had never seen or

3 acclaimed sculptor, which would later give ride with two of their male friends. Before heard of. Thatagreatman 0f the past oouldbe

‘ her access to circles that generally excluded the departure, Lewis invited her female made to live for her seemed very wonderful.

L people of color and women. While many classmates to her room for a “drink of hot Could she perhaps learn to perform such an

' have speculated about her sexuality — given spiced wine, which medical testimony later act of creation?”

3 her close associations with women and her indicated contained an aphrodisiac called With letters of recommendation from
androgynous style of dress — Lewis was a cantharides.”Afierthe classmates became ill, Oberlin College addressed to Wllliam Lloyd
transformational figure who used her art to sufienng fiom stomach and other physical Garrison and other abolitionists, she set outto
capture the historical legacies of women, ailments, Lewis was accused of “poisoning” leam the art of sculpting.

Afiican Americans and other figures central herclassrnates.HerrelationshipswithOberlin While living in Boston, Lewis created

. to black culture and the American Civil War. College administrators preserved her fiom notable pieces that today tell the struggles of

, Historians believe that Lewis was bomnear immediate arrest. During the night, however, Afiican Americans and women in varying
Albany, NY. Her mother was a Chippewa Lewis was kidnapped, dragged to a field quests for freedom and independence. For
Indian; her father was a fieeman of Afiican and brutally beaten. There was no official example, Lewis designed a medallion of
descent After her parents’ death, Lewis lived investigation into the beating, and this nearly John Brown, an early abolitionist who
withtwooflrermother’s sistersinNiagaraFalls shattered the sense of racial harmony in the advocated armed insurrections against other
andinotherparts ofNew York There, Lewis integrated town. Lewis was spared from whites to abolish slavery. In 1859, Brown

. took full advantage of her surroundings, criminal charges due to insuflicient evidence: and his intenacial coalition of 21 men raided
spending her time swimming, fishing, and “...Mostpeoplebe1ievedthat,ifl§dmoniahad the arsenal at Harpers Feny, WV Lewis
learning andparticipatinginNativeAmerican in fact served the drug to the young women, was commissioned by Dr. Haniot K Hunt,
customs and traditions. Lewis would later her intent was more likelytopromote sexual Boston’s first woman physician, to create
attend Oberlin College in Ohio with the help stimulation than to poison” a statue of Hygeia, the Greek goddess of
of her brother, a gold miner. By this time, Afterthis incident, Lewis stayed at Oberlin health. This statue currently marks Hunt’s
Oberlin College had developed a reputation College, finishing her coursework in 1864. final resting place in Mt Auburn Cemetery
for promoting diversity and inclusion: It was When she left Ohio, Lewis found herselfin in Cambridge, MA. Lewis also created a
the nation’s first coeducational and interracial Boston. Margaret F arrand Thorp, in 771er bust of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who led the
college, and had enrolled Afiican Americans England Quarterly (1959), describes Lewis’ all—black Civil War unit known as the 54th
since in 1835. early beginnings in Boston thusly: