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  1. 1. Our Youth pride chorus perfOrms sOmebOdy tO LOve - a hOLiday cOncert december 18 & 19, 2007 | Page 5 DECEMbEr 2007 • VOLUME 23, Issue 11 MAILED TO 58,000 HOUSEHOLDS EACH MONTH World aids day concert saturday, december 1 | Page 5 raising a faith-based family thursday, december 13 | Page 10 kWanzaa celebration friday, december 28 | Page 16 “the Portable Queer” tuesday, december 7 | Page 11
  2. 2. center buiLdinG & prOGram hOurs December 2007 • VOLUME 23, ISSUE 11 The Lesbian, Gay, EXECUTIVE DIrECTOr EDITOr bisexual & Transgender Library book Sale: richard d. burns, esq. david henderson Community Center monday – friday: 6pm–9pm saturday: 1pm–7pm 208 West 13th Street PrESIDENT DESIGNEr (Between 7th & 8th Aves.) National History Archive: bruce anderson mayonn, inc. Walk-in hours: Phone: 212.620.7310 thursday: 6pm– 8pm or by appointment bOArD CO-CHAIrS ADVErTISING Fax: 212.924.2657 (call 212.620.7310, ext. 205) rachel Lavine, esq. COOrDINATOr Gregg h. passin clay cane Cyber Center: Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 14th street monday–friday: 11am–9pm TrEASUrEr and 7th avenue saturday & sunday: 12 noon–6pm david ratcliffe CONTrIbUTOrS a, c, e, or L to 14th street and Terminal use: $3 per hour ector simpson 8th avenue (or any part of an hour) PrESIDENTS EMErITI Orie urami f or v to 14th street and 6th avenue irving cooperberg (in memoriam) dan Whitman path to 14th street and 6th avenue Youth Enrichment Services Program: david nimmons Jeff Klein tuesday–friday: 3:30pm–8pm steven J. powsner, esq. (in memoriam) Jim-bob Williams CENTEr bUILDING AND drop-in counseling hours: 3:30—5:30pm PrOGrAM HOUrS saturday: 12 noon–6pm Judith e. turkel, esq. building: 7 days a Week: 9am–11pm drop-in counseling hours: 12noon—2pm richard Winger Office: monday–friday: 9am-8:30pm Center CArE: bOArD OF DIrECTOrS monday-friday: 10am-6pm maria canales The Pat Parker/Vito russo Library: by appointment ivan dominguez, esq. monday–thursday: 6pm–9pm center care screening sherri eisenpress, esq. saturday: 1pm–4pm monday-friday: 12-4pm michael field call (212) 620-7310 X248 paul Gruber center happenings is Kenneth harkins, esq. published 11 times annually. Holiday Hours: r. Keith harman ©2007 Lesbian & Gay The offices and programs will be closed, but the building will open at 5 PM for regularly charles m. hurr, esq. community services center, inc. scheduled meetings on Tuesday, December 25, 2007, and Tuesday, January 1, 2008. Keith Jacobson tom Kirdahy, esq. heymi J. Kuriel h. Gwen marcus, esq. dinah nissen, esq. ana L. Oliveira Discover Ulster County, the fastest-growing christian t. palmieri, esq. LGBT community in New York State. mario J. palumbo, Jr. Woodstock, New Paltz, and more... Great for weekend homes. mary e. sculley cosy simon Diane B. Silverberg CRS, ABR Associate Broker 845-687-0232 x109 a note from the center’s Volunteer manager Hello, my name is Tim Wearne, and I am the new Volunteer Manager centerhappenings | december 2007 at the Center. I am excited to join the Center team and look forward to working with the Center’s volunteer community. Please do not hesitate to stop by and say hello. You may also reach me at 212-620-7310 or 2
  3. 3. WHAT’S INSIDE: JOin the center team! advOcacy further your career and serve your community human rights day 22 all at once. visit cuLture employment today! World aids day 5 Out & faithful 10 the portable Queer 11 yoga and recovery: parallel paths dance: 208 Gay sex in the 70s 14 center bingo 14 share-a-thon! 15 conversation with assembly member daniel O’donnell 16 member and volunteer holiday reception with Jessica Kirson 18 request for submissions: community art project 18 Lesbian cinema arts’ Winter films 19 heaLth center care Groups & Workshops 17 center care training institute 17 12-step meetings 23 speciaL events and GivinG richard burns’ holiday message 4 heLp us prepare fOr youth pride chorus holiday concerts 5 Our 25th anniversary! year-end financial advice 9 In preparation for the Center’s 25th for the record: Women’s event 12 Anniversary Celebration, our National Archive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History will mount an exhibit, including the important december caLendar participation of the many groups that have highlights include World aids day, Women’s used the Center over the years. If you can donate or loan any materials, please contact coffeehouse, bear cafe’s “teddy bear breakout,” the Center’s Archivist Rich Wandel at dance: 208 twinkle holiday party, and more! or leave a message at (212) 620-7310. Materials can also volunteer manager’s message 2 be left at the Center marked for the Archive exhibit. center meetings directory 22 You CAN and you SHOULD..., centerhappenings | december 2007 Own a Piece of New York! I Can Help. Call me today! Kathy Hansen "Real Estate NEVER Sleeps!" Prudential Douglas Elliman 137 Waverly Place New York, NY. 10014 212-206-2813 3
  4. 4. YouR GIFT CAN MAkE A WoRLD oF DIFFERENCE THIS HoLIDAY SEASoN All year long, for 24 years, the Center has provided a warm, friendly, and welcoming place for all of New York’s LGBT community. Thousands of people pass through our doors each week. They come from all five boroughs of the city, as well as all parts of the country and the globe. Some come to find support and inspiration, some come to be a part of a community, some home for our entire community. come to celebrate our experiences and creativity, and some come to be with friends or to make new ones. Whatever the case, the Center’s doors are open 365 days a year and we are ready to welcome and serve all who want to transform their lives, their communities, and$50- can buy: our entire community. Here’s what your gift- whether $500 or our world. home for As the year 2007 comes to a close, Support a teen through a summer of $1,000 workshops and a week of camp many of us will pause to reflect on our lives andprogram own fortunes. one Support a 12-week our developed by The Center to help people win the $600 thingagainst which we can be thankful is battle for crystal meth here’s what your gift—whether $500 or $50- can buy: Here’s what your gift- whether $500 or $50—can buy: that theyoung person in the Youth for all of us. Enroll one Center is here At this Services year year when we think Enrichment time Peer Education of $150 Support a teenteen through a summer support a through a summer of $1,000 Program for a whole workshops and a week a week of camp of workshops and of camp $1,000 about gifts and holiday celebrations, Support a 12-week program developed support a 12-week program developed pleaseofconsidercancer with a gift that $75 byby the centerhelphelp peoplethe the Provide a lesbian facing a special session counseling and support The Center to to people win win $600 $600 battle against crystal meth meth battle against crystal is not for one person only, but for Enroll one young person in thein the youth enroll one young person Youth our community.lending Keep New York’s largest Please make a tax Enrichment Services Peer peer education enrichment services Education $150 $150 library of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and $35 Program for a for a whole year programs whole year deductible giftopen for a day $200, or Transgender materials of $20, centerhappenings | december 2007 $2,000of theanyof thousands ofthat youcome to the Provide a lesbiancounceling and support On behalf or tens amount people who give provide a lesbian facing cancer with Center, a session of facing cancer with a $75 $75 thank you for your kindness, your compassion, and for your very muchcounseling and support session of to ensure the Center continues to be needed support. Keep new york’s largest lending the home for our entire community. Keep Newof Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and library York’s largest lending $35 library of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and a day transgender materials open for $35 Transgender materials open for a day On behalf of the tens of thousands of people who come On to the center, tens ofyou for your kindness, your compassion, behalf of the thank thousands of people who come to the Center, Richard D. Burns, Executive Director thank you your very much needed support and forfor your kindness, your compassion, and for your very much needed support. 4
  5. 5. WOrLd aids day cOncert saturday, december 1, 2007, 11am the center and downtown music Productions Presents: somebody to loVe – a holiday concert sudden sunsets tuesday, december 18, 2007, 8Pm complementary brunch 11am Wednesday, december 19, 2007, 8Pm concert noon lucille lortel theatre, 121 christopher street march at 1Pm youth Pride chorus featuring our very own lady J performed by chamber orchestra and directed by Wes Webb opera musicians, sudden sunsets is a The Center’s Youth Pride Chorus (YPC) will challenge, question, and expose the playful side of love this month with two program of works by composers who performances of somebody to love, a holiday concert, featuring died of aids, including chris deblasio, songs by Prince, Mika, outkast, special guest Lady J, and more! The concerts for the general public will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Lee Gannon, deolus husband, robert December 18, and Wednesday, December 19, at The Lucille Lortel savage, nicholas schaffner, and others. Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson. In addition, YPC will offer a free pre-performance workshop the program continually expands its for youth between the ages 13 to 21 at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, repertory of music by composers who December 18, as an introduction to the regular concert. The Chorus is a joint effort of the Center and the new york were cut down far too early and should city gay men’s chorus, and membership is open to gay, lesbian, be remembered by the world. bisexual, and transgender youth. General admission ticket prices are $12. For ticket information, the concert will be performed at the visit or call (212) 344-1777 X10. Free tickets for center on World aids day and followed youth (13-21) are available by calling the YES program office at (212) 620-7310. by a march to union square. founded in 1990 downtown music centerhappenings | december 2007 productions’ benson aids series is Center Happenings • December 2007 named in honor of eric benson, an east village musician, tenor, and stage director. he died in 1988. downtown music productions director mimi stern Wolf said, “his loss inspired me to collect and perform music by composers who should not be forgotten.” 5 PHoToS: ToM SENGEL
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  8. 8. Ye Ar -e Nd F i N A Nc iA L p L A N Ni N G how strategic charitable giving decisions can make a difference As you review your year-end tax and/or charitable In addition, charging a donation on a credit card is deductible planning, we hope you will consider making good in the year the charge is made. Therefore, individuals may use of your income tax charitable deduction by generate a tax deduction this year but do not have to make card supporting The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender payments until next year. Therefore, you can donate by charge Community Center in your year-end giving. card, take the deduction, and then payoff the charge next year. If you itemize deductions on your 2007 1040 Tax Return, Gifts of Stock: It is typically smarter to make a charitable you can almost always contribution with an appreciated stock than take advantage of your with cash. Gifts of appreciated stock address charitable gifts to lower two tax liabilities. When a donor makes a gift your income taxes. The with appreciated stock, they avoid the capital amount of the income tax gains liability as well as generate an income tax savings will depend on deduction based upon fair market value of the your personal financial stock on the date of transfer. For example, a circumstances and your stock originally purchased for $1,000 that now tax bracket. has a value of $10,000 may be donated. The For example, if you result is avoiding the $9,000 capital gain (at 15%, are in the 33% bracket, a a $1,400 tax savings) and receiving an income $1,000 contribution can tax deduction of $10,000 (if in the 33% bracket, save you $330 in taxes that’s a $3,300 income tax for that year. Any donor who has experienced savings). a spike in income due to taking a capital gain, other reasons to consider receiving a bonus, selling a business or any a gift of stock are the other event that increases taxable income opportunity to rebalance may wish to consider generating charitable your portfolio or reduce deductions to offset this year’s tax liability. a concentrated position in You should also consider accelerating future order to minimize risk in your charitable gifts into the current year if you portfolio. Even if you like a have generated larger than normal taxable stock and wish to retain it income oR if you anticipate being in a lower in your portfolio, you may tax bracket in future years. give the appreciated stock away and then repurchase top Photo: (from left to right): gary groff, board President assets to fund charitable giving bruce anderson, board member Paul gruber. Photo: tom senegal. the stock with the cash Gifts of Cash: A donation of cash is deductible bottom Photo: (from left to right): barbara olatta, susanne you would have given to in the year the gift is made. Cash gifts may singer, Virginia moraweck. Photo: Jicky the charity anyway. This take several forms and one should understand enables you to retain your the “timing” of the gift as well. For example, a gift made by check investment in the stock but “reset” your cost is at current value. is deemed paid when the donor unconditionally delivers or mails By engaging that strategy, you remain invested in the position the check to the charity. but have effectively scrubbed your capital gains tax liability. Gifts of Tangible Personal Property: Donors may satisfy charitable gifts with art, cars, boats, jewelry or other tangible items. The main issue here is valuation. What is the item worth centerhappenings | december 2007 and how was that value determined? There are strict rules • Develop healthier connections skills for greater intimacy and reporting requirements a donor should be aware of when • Become more comfortable with your emotions making gifts of tangible personal property. • Work on Self-Esteem, Depression Anxiety Strategic timing of your charitable giving in conjunction with your other financial goals can result in significant financial Openings in Gay men's psychotherapy group of high-functioning adults benefits to you as well as enable you to foster your charitable working on expanding awareness of self in relationship to others. goals and interests. Please feel free to contact me at (212) 620- 7310 or at to discuss the many ways of Gary M. Prottas, LMSW, MPS, LP giving to the Center. Licensed Psychoanalyst / Gestalt Psychotherapy — Jeffrey Klein Contact: 212-645-1152 Free consultation Web site: for the Center Development Team with this ad 9
  9. 9. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 8-10PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 3-5:00PM Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library Book Discussion Group The Women’s CoffeeHouse presents Chavisa Woods The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library book discussion Chavisa Woods will discuss her new book, Love group is a friendly group, always open to new Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, her first full members. This month’s featured book is My length book of fiction. Love Does Not Make Me Lives: A Memoir by Edmund White. Rather than Gentle or Kind is a collection of short stories a straightforward autobiography, White presents focusing on the formative moments in the lives his life as a series of essays or mediations with of two women as children as well as adults, sections such as “My Shrinks,” “My Father,” “My primarily in rural America. “Chavisa’s stories are Mother,” “My Hustlers,” “My Women,” “My Europe,” definitely written from an American outsider “My Blonds,” “My Master,” and “My Friends.” This perspective. She’s a writer who watches, waits, memoir includes much candid writing about sex. and thinks for herself, bringing us close to the For a Princeton professor, White gets around! infernal life of the ignorant and the articulate seer who lurks among them,” according to SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, Noon Jennifer Blowdryer, author of White Trash World AIDS Day Concert Debutant. There will be books for purchase. See story on page 5. Coffee and dessert are available at no charge. $6, women only. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 5-7PM Moonfire Empowerment and Spirituality Network SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 3-6PM Come join Irene “Tiger” Clark for another “Improv “Teddy Bear Breakout” - Bear Cafe Workshop.” This class is based on Viola Spolins’ Calling all collectors! Bring your teddy bears and techniques. It will give you a chance to experience have them compete at today’s social. Prizes for drama class “games,” which will provide a great cutest, sexiest, funniest, most romantic, looks sense of freedom as you release the child (or most like owner, couple’s award, oldest (i.e. whomever else!) within you. Tiger has been acting most-used from childhood). Co-Sponsored with all her life. She has studied with Claude Samton Metrobears. $5 for Bear Cafe and Metrobear and last performed with Mare Nostrum Elements members (with card); $10 for non-members. Plus at La Mama, Etc. Leave your inhibitions at home bring a large bottle of a non-alcoholic beverage but bring your imagination! $6, all welcome. For or an appetizer/fruit/cheese/munchies/dessert information, call Amethyst (212) 222-2467. to share potluck style. We offer free Coffee and Tea. (866) 749-8180. or www. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 8-10PM Qwik Dates: Ages 40+ night At this Speed-Dating event, meet lots of guys TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 8-10PM ages 40+ one-on-one for a series of three- Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library Book Discussion Group minute dates, then you get a free mingling period Two short novels by a superlative Southern to meet anyone else in the room. Tell us which American writer, Carson McCullers: The Member men you want a second date with, and minutes of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Café. later you will find out your matches. This is a In The Member of the Wedding, an unhappy CALENDAR great opportunity to meet lots of guys for time- 12 -year-old Frankie discovers her role in the efficient face-to-face contact and see what kind wedding of her older brother as she dreams of chemistry is there. It’s a lot of fun and could of joining the happy couple in their new life lead to meeting someone special! $20, pay at together. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is a study the door. (212) 714-3944. of longing in a love triangle between the burly Miss Amelia, the hunchbacked Cousin Lymon, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9-1AM and Miss Amelia’s husband Marvin Macy. The Unity Committee - A Holiday Dance A Narcotics Anonymous Standing Committee FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 7-10PM of Manhattan Area Service Committee proudly Deeper Dating for Men presents: A Holiday Dance. For your enjoyment Time out New York calls Deeper Dating “The DJ Junkman will be spinning the latest in RB, Hip New-Craze Dating Event.” our city is filled with Hop and House Classics. This is a “Don’t Miss”. quality single men trying to live their lives based DECEMBER unity continues to serve the gay and lesbian on deeper values such as personal growth, groups of Narcotics Anonymous throughout spirituality, building family and community and/ the entire region. Please help us keep the doors or recovery. The evening will be led by John open for the gay and lesbian addicts as well as Salvato. Following a brief meditation, you’ll anyone with a desire to stop using. No addict engage in a series of fun and enriching exercises seeking recovery need every die! $7 that will enable you to meet other men and share in more personal ways. Built into the evening will SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9PM, $10 be the opportunity to exchange phone numbers DANCE: 208 Presents Gay Sex in the 70s! with potential matches. $20 online registration centerhappenings | december 2007 Legendary DJ Johnny Dynell at or $25 at the door. Sponsored by the film Gay Sex in the 70s, a Includes refreshments. 10% of profits donated to steamy romp by Joseph Lovett! Pride For Youth. See the story on page XXXXXX. CENTER ouT FAITHFuL PRESENTS Raising a Faith-Based Family thursdAY, deceMBer 13, 7pM, $10 This program will be presented from multiple perspectives: families of choice, biological families, and also communities of faith that we create and learn to love as family. The program is accompanied by a slide presentation by photographer Amon Whipple, who 10 depicts his own family in the context of faith.
  10. 10. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 8-10PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 8-10PM Exploring Relationships Discussion Group Gay Lesbian Reading Group No one likes to say goodbye to friends or lovers. Discussion of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans Fear, anger, sadness and pain are in the mix experience through reading contemporary along with guilt, shame and self-blame. How can and classic novels, plays, poetry, and non- I end a bad relationship in a healthy way and fiction. Newcomers welcome to share or just get into new experience? Tonight, share your listen. Tonight: Fun Home by Allison Bechdel. experiences, teach, and learn with other men Phone Julio 212-945-0709. Email Jim: jclark@ and women in a safe space. The doors close, web site: soon after 8PM, so please don’t be late. $10. (718) gaybooks. 473.0702. Center Bingo SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 5-7PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Moonfire Empowerment and Spirituality Network See the listing for times on page XXXXX. Moonfire invites all women to become a part of second tuesdays Presents Lesbian Herstory through art. Come prepared FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 7-10PM erin Mchugh, to either model and be the subject or create an Women’s Deeper Dating Author of The Portable Queer art expression with paper, color, canvas, video, our city is filled with quality single women trying tuesdAY, deceMBer 11 or photography. For those who want to model to live their lives based on deeper values such as 6pM reception, 7pM reading, $10 (either nude, semi-nude, clothed or costumed), personal growth, spirituality, building family and come as you want to be represented. This is your community and/or recovery. The evening will be “now here’s the required reading i was chance to become immortalized! We will provide led by kathryn Janus. After a brief meditation looking for when i was in school! i can paper for those who wish to draw or paint. You you’ll engage in a series of fun and enriching guarantee that you’ll never put this book in must bring art materials to draw or paint with, exercises that will enable you to meet other the closet.”-Judy gold, comedian and author video equipment and/or cameras. $3 for those women and share in more personal ways. Built into of 25 Questions for a Jewish mother, who wish to model, $6 for others. Women only. the evening will be the opportunity to exchange For information, call Amethyst (212) 222-2467. phone numbers with potential matches. $20 thoughts from the gays of yesteryear to online registration at, today’s “friends of queers.” the Portable SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 8-11PM $25 at the door. Includes refreshments. 10% of Queer provides observations on love and Annual Chanukah Party for the GLBT Jewish Community profits go to Sylvia’s Place. sex, politics, fashion, and more. learn about Join GLYDSA (Yeshiva Group), JQYouth, JCC in the first great gay activist, karl heinrich Manhattan, Rodeph Sholom, CBST and other FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 7:30-10:30PM ulrichs. read about the brave women co-sponsoring groups as we light the lights and Contra Dance Party and men of the matachine society. and spin like dreidels with hundreds of friends. Music, Contra Dance, traditional American folk dance to of course, the stonewall riot. and relive holiday food and fun. $10/$7 students with ID. live music, is easy to learn, friendly, aerobic and the stories of the writers and artists who Info: or (212) 780-4656. fun. No partner or experience required. Join us pushed a movement forward. it’s not all as we put a queer twist in these American roots. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 8-10PM Caller: Donna Hunt, Band: Fingerplay. $12. More wisecracks and witticisms—included are Date Bait: HIV+ event info: Brooks (347) 275-7983, Carol (718) 972-3191. some of the most scandalous remarks Meet relationship-oriented Poz guys at this fun, ever made! moving, definitively quotable, structured singles mixer. After meeting most intriguing, shocking, and ultimately hopeful. of the guys in the room, you hand us a list of SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 5-7PM erin mchugh is a longtime gay activist and the ones you want to date, and our computer Moonfire Empowerment and Spirituality Network fundraiser, former publishing executive, and will tell you your mutual matches. When Date “Creative Writing,” facilitated by Lorraine Gibney, author of several books. Bait began its singles mixers 11 years ago, the poet, artist, writer, and teacher. Have you ever HIV+ event was its first specialized theme event. had the desire to give vent to your creative At this event, you’ll be in a room full of other bent and develop your potential to write that positive guys to help you in your quest to find a monumental novel of all time, or just a few center OrientatiOn presents great guy. $20, pay at the door. (212) 971-1084 short stories? If so, let Lorraine show you how yoga and recoVery: or to get started and utilize the proper techniques to begin to turn out well-written, organized, and Parallel Paths to reneW Second Tuesdays Presents Erin McHugh, interesting text. Time will be allotted to briefly the mind, body sPirit Author of The Portable Queer write and read aloud some of your work. $6, all monday, december 17, 7Pm, free TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 welcome. For information, call Amethyst at (212) 6PM Reception, 7PM Reading, $10 222-2467. Center orientation has provided a hearty See the story on page XXXXXX. welcome to hundreds of LGBT people who SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 8-10PM are coming out of the closet, new to New TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 8-10:30PM Compatibility Game: Ages 20s/30s night York City, or seeking to connect with their Salsa Social Club Holiday Latin Dance Party It’s speed-dating with a twist: answer four community. Nine times a year, this monthly Celebrate the holidays by joining the Salsa Social questions about your interests, values, and event hosts a health related seminar that Club for an evening of mixing, mingling and Latin lifestyle, and get assigned to four different partner dancing. Beginners welcome. $5 www. groups of men in their 20s and 30s who gave informs our community about the array centerhappenings | december 2007 answers similar to yours. Also meet guys one- of health care options and practices that on-one in a free mingling period. Finally, give us are available in New York. From traditional Center Out Faithful Presents a list of the men you want to date, and minutes to alternative, these healthcare providers Raising a Faith-Based Family later you will find out your mutual matches. and services enhance the physical and THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7PM, $10 Compatibility Game is a fun, revolutionary way emotional well being of our community. See the story on page XXXXXX. to meet men you are compatible with, thereby Both yoga and 12-Step programs, at their increasing your odds that a relationship could best, nurture the spirit and help people to THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 6-9PM take hold. $20, pay at the door. (212) 502- restore and renew their lives. This one-hour 10 Tips To Find True Love 6664. yoga class, intended for people in recovery Don’t be alone another holiday. Angelo Pezzote but open to all, will draw on the practice is a gay therapist, author and journalist. He has appeared on Montel, and his “Ask Angelo” column and philosophy of both traditions and note regularly appears on some of the themes and tools that are (917) 673-5003. $30 at door. Continued on page 16 common to both. Participants should bring a yoga mat and expect a moderate level of physical exertion. 11
  11. 11. TENTH ANNuAL WoMEN’S EVENT RAISES A RECoRD $300,000! PRESENTING SPoNSoR DIAMoND SPoNSoR PLATINUM SPoNSoR More than 500 women celebrated the PALLADIUM SPoNSoR Center’s work on November 3, 2007, at the Tenth Annual Women’s Event at Chelsea Piers. With the assistance of Presenting Sponsor IBM, the fundraiser brought in just over $300,000 CoRPoRATE FRIENDS to support many Center programs, including the Lesbian Cancer Initiative, Youth Enrichment Services, and Center kids. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of this year’s honorees. Sally Susman, Executive Vice President for Global Communications for The Estee Lauder Companies, was presented the Corporate Leader Award by actress Bonnie Somerville, who abOve: presenter plays a character inspired by Ms. marion seldes; Susman on the television series GoLD SPoNSoRS honoree cherry Jones, Outspoken Cashmere Mafia. Broadway Citi community Leader legend Marion Seldes presented FenwiCk keats Goodstein award; honoree sally the outspoken Community Leader Lehman Brothers susman, corporate Award to another of the Great merriLL LynCh Leader award; and Pride Limo presenter bonnie White Way’s finest actresses, showtime networks inC. somerville gather Cherry Jones. before the event. Thank you from the staff photo: Jicky NATIoNAL MEDIA SPoNSoR and Board of Directors to Rachel Lavine, Event Chair and abOve: Kimmi ramine Board Co-chair, for another thrilling of youth enrichment and successful Women’s Event! centerhappenings | december 2007 services riveted the ExCLUSIVE WoMEN’S audience with her story. MEDIA SPoNSoR she’s introduced here by the program’s director, Jenny debower. photo: rob Zukowski Left: sally susman and yvette c. burton of MEDIA SPoNSoRS presenting sponsor ibm. photo: Jicky riGht: rachel Lavine, right, chair of Women’s event, and partner roberta Kaplan. 12 photo: Jicky
  12. 12. MassageAce deep tissue, swedish, sports and medical massage Rob Pinter, LMT 917-309-8224 ny state licensed, since 1993 2 locations: east village and union square outcalls and gift certificates available Carolyn Farhie, LCSW PHoTo: RoB FRYDLEWICz Psychotherapist LBGT Issues - Relationships Creativity - Parenting center share-a-thon! Health Concerns the center out Professionals invite you Depression – Anxiety – Trauma to find your Place in the sun a benefit for the center Presented by out Professionals, the nation’s leading gay and lesbian network. 646-413-1841 Looking for a summer share? Come to the Center Share-a-thon! Union Square Location Center Share-a-Thon 2008 is a series of four evenings benefiting The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Center. Spanish Speaking/Weekend Office Hours Join us from 6-9PM on thursday, January 17, thursday, april 17, or on saturday afternoon, february 23. Register now at for any Center Share-a-Thon. offering Summer Shares? Register now to guarantee your space at any or all of 2008’s four events. Bring photos, floor plans, fliers (laptop outlets limited). Just $40 gets you table space and admission for one share offeror. Each additional offeror, $15 per event. Seeking a Summer Share? Whatever your budget, you’ll find tempting offerings in every category – quarter-share, half-share, full share. Skip the sign-in line, speed your admission, and make the most of each and every Center Share-a-Thon: Register online now. Share seeker, $15 per event. centerhappenings | december 2007 13
  13. 13. gay seX in the 70’s dance: 208 Presents gay sex in the 70s! saturday, december 1, 9Pm, $10 legendary dJ Johnny dynell sponsored by the film gay sex in the 70s, a steamy romp by Joseph lovett! Go back to 70s when sex was fun and dancing was sleazy sexy! It was a time when you wandered from Badlands to the Ramrod, up the abandoned West Side Highway to the Anvil, Mineshaft, or Spike. or . . . perhaps a pit stop at the trucks or the piers. It was also an amazing time in NYC for dancing with legendary, sexy dance clubs: The Cockring, Crisco Disco, The Anvil, 12 West, Alex In Wonderland, Flamingo, and Studio 54. And what a soundtrack! Celebrate with Dance: 208 as we recreate the music and vibe of that era . . . the sleazy dancing till dawn in your levis, plaid shirt, and the hankie code. Sponsored by Joseph Lovett, it’s a valentine to that sleazy era (with giveaways!), Gay Sex in the 70s, with legendary DJ Johnny Dynell (Jackie 60, SBNY, Boy Bar, Mr Black). We’re gonna take you down down down into the disco inferno, where Sylvester will take you to heaven, or the Skatt Brothers will have you walking the night. NEW YoRk BLADE PRESENTS go Center Bin14 FRIDAY, DEC 7PM Jackpot Prize $500!!! Hosted by the amazing Trai la Trash!! Center Bingo is back! More Cash! More Prizes! Don’t miss it! uPCoMING BINGoS Friday, December 14, 2007 Friday, January 25, 2008 Friday, February 22, 2008 March, March 21, 2008 Friday, April 25, 2008 Friday, May 16, 2008 Friday, June 27, 2008 $10 advance online registration $15 at the door
  14. 14. embrace human rights day on december 10 the Lesbian, Gay, bisexual transgender community center please visit our human rights table in the lobby on human rights day, is a member organization of the which is celebrated worldwide on us human rights network, a monday, december 10, to learn more. national network of social justice remember, human rights cannot organizations and individual be given to us or taken away from activists cutting across all us; they are ours, inherent by virtue progressive movements to build of our birth as human beings. it is up a powerful domestic social justice to each of us to demand that all of movement that is multi-issue our human rights, individually and oriented, intersectional in nature, communally, be protected, respected and grounded in a people-centered and promoted. - RJ Thompson, National Campaign Advocacy Manger The Public Policy vision of human rights. Government Relations Team The Helix Practitioner Referal Line Helix is a not-for-profit organization offering affordable counseling, holistic healing, and pschotherapy for individuals and couples since 1980. 212-594-4659 centerhappenings | december 2007 15
  15. 15. DECEMBER CALENDAR (cont’d) awarded the New York Foundation of the Arts FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 8-10PM Award in Fiction and Drawing, was nominated Men of All Colors New York celebrates for a Will Eisner Award in the Graphic Novel, Kwanzaa (Ujima) at the Center! and wrote a book named one of the Top Ten All are invited. Every year MACT/NY celebrates Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly. the seven nights of kwanzaa. Those interested Books will be available for purchase. Join us in joining us on other days should check our for this presentation of a gifted writer. Coffee website at and dessert are available at no charge. $6, women only. MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 8-12:30AM Big Apple Roundup Sober New Year’s Eve SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 3-6PM Celebration MATES CoffeeHouse - Bear Cafe Come ring out the old and ring in the new with Whether you’re looking for new buddies, a your sober friends. Dancing and entertainment secOnd tuesdays presents date or a (future) spouse, we have a variety of from 8PM. $20 at the door. Also, a meeting state Assembly Member daniel o’donnell marathon all evening beginning at 7PM, all in conversation with Miriam Yeung, friendly, attractive men of all ages, races, sizes, types and interests here! Plus easy listening welcome. the center’s director of public policy music, plenty of seating for quiet conversation, and Government relations tuesday, december 11 and fun puzzles and games. Non-alcoholic January’s 6:00pm reception, 7pm program $10 beverages and snacks. We’re the inexpensive first WeeK at a GLance: way to meet new friends and socialize. So TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 “Our next steps after the recent passage check us out! $5 for Bear Cafe members new year’s day holiday, building opens at 5pm of the NY Marriage Equality Act” (with card); $10 for non-members. Plus a times squares new year’s day dance, 5-10pm, In 2002, Daniel o’Donnell was elected to large bottle of a non-alcoholic beverage or an (212) 749-4291, serve as the first openly gay man in the New appetizer/fruit/cheese/munchies/dessert to WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 share potluck style. We offer free coffee and french social club, 6-8pm, (212) 772-3511 York State Assembly. tea. [Toll-Free] 866-749- Lesbian Gay teachers association, 6-8pm In May 2007, he was the prime sponsor 8180 or room to Write, 6-8pm, (212) 222-9884 of legislation that passed in the Assembly bisexual Women’s support Group, 6:30-8pm, to allow New York State to issue marriage WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 7-10:30PM licenses to same-sex couples. The Marriage marriage equality, 6:30-8pm, Polyamorous NYC Annual Holiday Bash! Equality Act had a record 56 sponsors and Please join us for our annual PoLYAMoRouS collected a ground-breaking 85 votes on the board stiff, 8-10:30pm, NYC Holiday Bash......we will have a live DJ, course in miracles, 8-10pm, (212) 463-8064 floor. This law represents a significant step cash bar and a potluck for food. This is one of imperial court of ny, 8-10:30pm, towards establishing equal civil rights for our best events of the year and all the money (212) 475-0838 gay and lesbian couples, granting over 1,300 goes to help PoLYAMoRouS NYC. Tickets THURSDAY, JANUARY 3 state rights and responsibilities, which same- can be purchased in advance on line at www. african ancestral Lesbians united for societal sex couples now lack in New York. for $10 or at the door for $15. change, 6-8pm, In introducing o’Donnells bill, Governor Please join us for a fantastic party and bring birequest, 6-8pm, Eliot Spitzer’s announced, “Strong, stable you polyamorous, poly-curious and/or poly- hiv support Group: positive/negative men friendly friends. (acria), 6:30-8pm, families are the cornerstones of our society. christian science Group, 8-9pm, The responsibilities inherent in the institution of marriage benefit those individuals and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1-6PM city cruisers, 8-9pm,, society as a whole.” MCC-NY/Homeless Youth Services Daniel o’Donnell will talk about about the Flea Market natural history Group, 8-10pm, Get your last-minute Christmas shopping done process leading to passage of this bill in the Queer Justice League, 8-10pm, while helping homeless LGBT youth! Come Assembly and the next steps toward passage browse our selection of live plants, baked of this important bill in the Senate, as well as goods, crafts, used books, and much, much FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 his continuing struggle for equal rights for more! All proceeds go to support MCCNY/ Less aids Lesotho, 6-8pm, LGBT citizens. Homeless Youth Services, which operates Sylvia’s Place, Sylvia’s East, and the new 24-hr. sistah, 6-8pm, Marsha P. Johnson Crisis Center for homeless support Group for single Lesbians, 6-7:30pm, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 9PM, $10 Dance: (718) 762-3473 LGBT youth. To donate items to be sold or for 208 Presents Twinkle hiv support Group: positive/negative men more information, call (718) 300-0133 or visit (acria), 6:30-8pm, Holiday Party! our web site times squares square dancing, 7:30-10pm, Music by Robbie Leslie Celebrate the holidays the Dance: 208 way with exploring relationships discussion Group, our Twinkle Holiday Party with DJ Robbie Leslie SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 4:30PM-7:30 PM 8-10pm, centerhappenings | december 2007 (Souvenirs, Pier Dance, Sea Tea, Splash, The Moonfire Empowerment and Spirituality Gay/bi dads Group of ny monthly meeting, Saint). Robbie makes his annual visit to Dance: Network 8-10:30pm, 208 from Florida bringing holiday cheer and Join the participants of Moonfire for a “Winter Latino Gay men of new york first friday forum, great sounds. It’s always a night to remember Solstice Ritual Celebration,” led by Amethyst 8-10:30pm, when Robbie spins! Don’t forget your flags, Nemzoff, astrologer, writer, and metaphysical men of all colors together/ny, 8-10pm, tambourines and sleigh-bells! Saint-At-Large counselor PLuS a grab-bag gift exchange. sponsors with info about their upcoming New (Bring an inexpensive wrapped gift to exchange SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 Year’s party and footage from last year’s with with others.) Potluck Dinner. Bring food or Life drawing, 10am-1pm, (201) 945-5134 Jennifer Hudson! non-alcoholic beverage to share. The Ritual irish Queers, 1-2pm, begins promptly at 5PM. $6, all welcome. For Zappalorti society, 1-4pm, (917) 286-0616 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 3-5PM information, call Amethyst (212) 222-2467. philosophy forum, 3-5pm moonfire empowerment spirituality network, The Women’s CoffeeHouse presents 5-7pm, Katherine Arnoldi Lesbian Cinema Arts Presents Fingersmith identity house: Walk-in center, 6-8pm, The Women’s CoffeeHouse invites you to hear FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 katherine Arnoldi read from her latest book. Happy Hour 6PM, Screening 7PM, $10 date bait, 8-10pm, (212) 971-1084, 16 katherine is an artist and novelist who has been See story on page XXXXXXX.
  16. 16. CENTER CARE GRouPS WoRkSHoPS To register or for more information, call Center CARE at 212.620.7310. Most Center CARE groups run for 10 group sessions. All Center CARE groups and services are confidential. immiGrant suppOrt masculine, trans-men, trans-male, boi, Trans Events Committee Immigrant Support Group gender-queer, AG/Aggressive, transsexual, An ongoing, monthly drop-in working group offered in English or Spanish androgynous, exploring, and so forth to explore working to organize, plan and produce Center A bi-weekly drop-in group for lesbian, gay, and discuss their feelings and concerns about events of relevance to the trans-communities bisexual transgender immigrants, regardless gender, trans-identities and their histories. and is open to transgender, gender non- of their immigrant status. Participants explore Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm—through December 11. conforming people and allies. Wednesdays, the challenges of relocating and adjusting Drop-in. No registration required. $5 suggested 6-7:30pm, Dec 12. Drop-in. No registration to the environment while building a support donation, but no one turned away. required. Free. network and developing skills to cope with those challenges. Trans Partners | Trans Amorous Sign up for the GIP newsletter at www.gaycenter. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm | Spanish group: Dec 11 | A monthly drop-in group to provide support org/program_folders/gip English group: Dec 4 18 | Drop-in. and community for people of all genders to No registration required. Free. discuss and explore their attraction to and hiv/aids relationships with trans-identified or gender For the winter sessions of Positive Care 1 and 2, Grupo de Apoyo para Inmigrantes (en Español) non-conforming individuals. Group is open to please call the counselor on duty at any time Grupo de apoyo en Español para inmigrantes people currently or formerly in partnerships between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through gay, lesbiana, bisexual transgenero, with trans-people and those exploring their Friday to schedule an intake appointment. independiente del estatus migratorio. Los attractions.Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm. December New groups will begin in late January. participantes exploraran los desafíos que 12. Drop-in. No registration required. $5 se enfrentan al reubicarse y adaptarse a suggested donation, but no one turned away. Positive CARE I (HIV+) un nuevo espacio, mientras desarrollan A weekly group to provide emotional support estrategias para enfrentar dichos desafíos y Trans Families in order to ease anxiety, fear, and isolation and se establece una nueva red de apoyo. Es un A bi-monthly drop-in group for family to help members begin to adjust to HIV in their grupo quincenal. members of someone who is transgender, lives. Positive CARE I group is open to newly Martes, 6-7:30 pm—empieza en Dec. 11. Gratis y transsexual, gender-different or gender diagnosed HIV+ gay and bisexual men and no requiere registro previo. questioning. Come together with other men of trans-experience. Free. moms, dads, uncles, siblings, grandparents Gender identity prOJect and adult children of transgender individuals. Positive CARE II (HIV+) All Gender Identity Project groups are drop-in. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. December 12. A bi-weekly group to provide emotional Drop-In groups allow you to come to as many Drop-in. No registration required. $5 support for men living with HIV in order to or as few sessions as you want. However, suggested donation, but no one turned away. maintain and promote health, balance, and please come on time and leave on time. happiness and to discuss issues specific to the Yoga by for the Trans Community ongoing integration of HIV into life. The Positive Gender Drop-In: Feminine Spectrum A weekly drop-in yoga workshop for CARE II group is open to gay and bisexual men A weekly drop-in group for those assigned transgender and gender non-conforming and men of trans-experience. Free. male at birth who now identify as trans- people. Weekly attendance not required. femme, trans-women, trans-female, cross- Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. through December 11. dresser, drag queen, transsexual, femme Drop-in. No registration required. $5 suggested center care queen, exploring, and so forth to explore and donation, but no one turned away. traininG institute discuss their feelings and concerns about gender, trans-identities and their histories. Transgender Health Initiative of New York (THINY) Trans-Care: Medical Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm—through December 11. A monthly drop-in advocacy group working Monday, December 3, 2007, 10 am - 1 pm Drop-in. No registration required. $5 suggested to create a community-based trans-access Cancer Care Basics for Lesbians, donation, but no one turned away. to healthcare movement. THINY is for Bisexual Woman and Transgender People transgender, gender non-conforming people Monday, December 10, 2007, 10am -1pm Gender Drop-In: Masculine Spectrum and allies. It is hosted by the TLDEF, the GIP, A weekly drop-in group for those assigned and NYAGRA. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm, Dec 4, For full seminar descriptions, visit female at birth who now identify as trans- Drop-in. No registration required. Free. or call (212) 620-7310. centerhappenings | december 2007 Sally Otos Attorney at Law • Wills • Estate planning and probate • Labor Arbitration Advocacy • Domestic partner agreements • Contract review and negotiation (e.g., employment, publishing) • Second parent adoptions 250 W. 99th Street Phone 212.666.5789 Fax 212.666.5674 New York, NY 10025 17
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  18. 18. kelli carpenter of sponsor r family Vacations and comic Jessica kirson. Photo: Jicky member and Volunteer holiday recePtion! • Financial Planning • Estate Planning Wednesday, december 12, 2007, 6-8Pm • Wealth Management • Retirement Planning • Investments • Business Strategies NYC Comic Jessica kirson will headline the Center’s annual • Tax Planning • Planned Giving Strategies holiday reception for our members and volunteers from 6-8PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 208 West 13th Street. Catapulted to fame by “Last Comic Standing,” kirson – also of Rosie’s Cruise, Comedy Central, HBo, and VH1 - will host a bevy of entertainers, including Julie Goldman, comedy and guitar powerhouse from LoGo’s “Big Gay Sketch Show;” disabled comic Greg Walloch; and surprise celebrity guests. The evening will also include music, prizes, and all-around hilarity to ring in the holiday season. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please contact Tim S. Wearne, Volunteer Manager, at (212) 620-7310 X204 or CELEBRATE TOUCH reQuest for submissions Men’s Nude Massage Group community art Project Sun. Wed. 7pm - 10:30pm January, 22, 2008, through february 22, 2008 oPening recePtion tuesday, January 22, 2007 6-8Pm In January the Center will celebrate it 25th Anniversary. The year will be filled with many programs and events that reflect the 212.252.2876 diversity of our community. We kick off the year with an exhibition entitled Community Art Project. The Center invites artists of all backgrounds and disciplines to submit work that celebrates the richness, complexity, and diversity of our community. all work must be submitted by friday, January 11, 2008. Please visit for submission details. Bill Gibbons, MEd, CASAC Psychotherapy and Counseling centerhappenings | december 2007 Relationships, Addictions, ACOA, Self-Esteem, LGBT, Affirming of Diversity. 24 years in Private Practice Sliding Scale, Free Consult Union Square, NYC 919-724-0916 East Orange, NJ 973-673-5431 20