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Cover Story Out on the road with Tom GossPhotography: Keans Llamera PhotographyAt The Pelican Grand Beach Resort 48 09 78 Tricks by a Gay MagicianFighting your addiction A Gay Amazing Race Boo talks Pride Center Hot Miami Events What about collars? Same Sex Foster Parents 23 36 56 76 88 90 78 TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume 1, Issue 12 | November 2017 OUT CLIQUE .ORG WHERE TO GO. WHAT TO DO. WHO TO MEET Steven O. Evans, PhD Publisher and Editor in Chief Steven.Evans@OutClique.orgDarren Loli Chief Information Officer Darren.Loli@OutClique.orgAlan Beck Vice President for Sales & Marketing Alan.Beck@OutClique.orgJoey Amato Public Relations & Marketing Joey.Amato@OutClique.orgDylan Denmark Brand Ambassador Dylan.Denmark@OutClique.orgAna VarelaMarketing Specialist Ana@OutClique.orgSach AD GroupDirector of Graphic Design Sach.Elore@OutClique.orgSteve Smith Account Manager Steve.Smith@OutClique.orgNational AdvertisingRivendell MediaContributing WritersJoey Amato, Bobby Jackson, Joey Leslie, Dr. Beau Nelson, Denny Patterson, Patrick Rogers, Gregg Shapiro, #PlayNapoleonA publication of OutClique, LLC 11900 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 840 Miami, FL 33181 998-6429 40


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DOES SEXUALITY MATTER IN VIDEO GAMES? By NantenJexL ike the television, books, and movies before it, the medium of gaming has been growing in both popularity and what we can accomplish with our expanding knowledge and new technologies. With these, come a wider demographic to which games have to start appealing. Back in the 80s, most games starred white men and the initial push was for more female protagonists. As this became more frequent, the next step went to include more people of color in leading roles which has become more common today. With gender and race out of the way, many gaming equalists have turned their attention to sexuality. But, does this particular question in gaming actually matter? Regardless of sexual identity, there can be a problem. At a glance, a characters gender and skin color may be easily identifiable. This is more difficult to do within sexuality, without focusing on the stereotypes. Over the years many mainstream games havent dared step out of the classic straight male to female relationships. Donkey Kong has a girlfriend, Pac-Man has a wife, and Mario fawns over a princess. While these relationships often dont impact the game in any way, some titles are built around this dynamic, such as the Duke Nukem series, which is based around its manly, straight, white hero. But in more modern years, we have seen a shift in focus towards sexuality and how game developers might approach this change in consumer awareness. So lets look at a more recent, major example of sexuality in video games, Blizzards massive hit, Overwatch, and its main heroine, Tracer. Tracer claimed copious controversy early on regarding Blizzard trolling people with her sexual nature and she quickly became one of the most popular characters in the series. Then in December of 2016, the first supplementary material was released, a comic called Reflections which showed that Tracer is, in fact, a lesbian. The reveal had interesting reactions. Many praised Blizzard for having the game's lead not be straight, while others grabbed their pitchforks and blindly shouted that Blizzard changed the lore to appeal to a minority. The game itself never explicitly stated Tracers sexuality and the game didnt change in any way following the comic. Gamers still selected her as a character, and she still remains one of the most popular choices. This is where the question arises, does her sexuality matter Another example more focused on gender than sexuality is Shovel Knight, a Kickstarter 06 |


success by Yacht Club Games. The main hero is a man in a suit of armour who never takes it off. We only know he is male because the game and developers say so. Earlier this year they added a Body Swap mode which allows the player to change the gender of every character in the game. This mode gives players the freedom of play by allowing each character to change gender independently. Shovel Knight can become a woman while keeping his love interest as a woman, or he can be kept as a man and she made a woman. It is all aesthetic and does not change the gameplay in any way. The effect of a person's gender and skin color on gameplay could be debated. Samus being a female didnt affect the Metroid series. Many gamers didnt even know the fully-armored protagonist was a female when it first began. But the difference here is the visualization. s often more apparent whether the characters are female or a person of color, but unless they burst into a room screaming they are gay, or kissing a member of the same gender, the fact is unapparent. If Nintendo turned around tomorrow and said Waluigi from Super Mario was gay and always has been, could it be refuted? Unlike the other plumbers, Waluigi has never been shown to have any kind of attraction with men or women in the games as his sexual preference is not important. Sometimes sexuality, or at least sexual history, does matter. Fire Emblem Awakening is a good example, wherein Chrom is more likely to be attracted to women, because he has to have children. Lucina is a big part of the series and her being blood-related rather than adopted is key to her character and role in the narrative. Often, sexuality is only important in narrative games like these, where characters personalities and relationships are one of the key aspects of the game. However, a character's sexuality can help a person to bond to a particular character. Sometimes a game can even put its focus on the sexuality and make the game about that, in which case it is obviously very important. None of this was to say that we should not have gay, lesbian or transsexual characters in video games. Rather, the very fact that in many cases it does not matter what their sexuality is, means that developers and fans are free to assign any kind of sexuality to a character with little to no repercussion. Back to that titular question, Does sexuality matter in video games? Yes, it does because characters are not just grey blobs and we want to connect with them. But, at the same time, it does not, as it rarely changes anything technical about the game and sometimes it is unnecessary to define that sexuality. What I will say to the people out there who complain about sexuality in video games is to ask yourself, How much does it really affect your enjoyment of the game Tracer Copyright: Overwatch: Reflections, Blizzard For more on this article or other LGBTQ gaming content, go to | 07 Queen Knight Copyright: Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games


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NOTHING BUT PASSION LINDA EDERBy Denny Patterson Linda Eder is one of the greatest voices of our time. Full of passion, she receives immense joy when performing live in front of an audience. With a diverse repertoire that spans over Broadway, pop, country, and jazz, she will be showcasing her talents at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on December 1. Eder began her career immediately after high school. After winning 12 weeks in a row on Star Search in 1987, she launched an album, then made her Broadway debut as the original Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. Eder has performed for sold-out crowds at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Palace Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall. Her engagement at Coral Springs is one night only and tickets can be bought online at | 09


What can audiences expect from your upcoming show at Coral Spring? It will be half Christmas and half my regular material. I always do some of the songs that I am known for from my many different CDs, and then I have the songs that are more recent. What do you hope audiences take away from your performances? I hope that they go on an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes in our busy lives, there is no time to react or get in touch with our emotions or even with people because with social media, we are all isolating ourselves more than ever. So its a positive thing to be with a large group of humanity, all sharing the same experience. We are not meant to be loners. Last year, you were the headliner for the South Florida Gay Ms Chorus. What did you take away from that experience? Two things, really. I have always loved singing in choir. For me, s always very special and I just love being part of a group singing the same thing. Its a magical experience and brings back great memories for me. Second, when singing with a mens choir, something else is entirely added onto it. All these men with beautiful voices, thats a unique sound. I have a very large gay following and some of my best performances are when I have a gay contingency and that makes the night even more fun for me. So, you know, s kind of a win-win all around for me. You have performed with numerous choirs like the Gay Ms Chorus over the years, right? Yes. Sometimes theyre professional, but in general, the contract with the venue says they will provide a choir, so I never really know what Im going to end up with. Sometimes theyre great, sometimes not so great. Sometimes s an adult choir, and other times its been a school choir, which is great. What is your favorite part about performing with choirs? Obviously the music. I have had phenomenal choral arrangement done for me over the years, especially my rendition of Silent Night. What is the one question or piece of advice that choir members constantly ask you? I dont think they ever have asked me for advice [laughs]. Really? Then let me ask this. What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a professional singing career? Obviously, that is a question I have been asked a lot over the years, and its tough to answer. Times are always changing. For someone to get into the business the way I did may not be feasible. Also, to get into music, you must start with something. Whether that be your voice or writing, you must have something people are going to want to hear. Be honest with yourself. Be open to feedback. You will surely get wonderful feedback from family, 10 |


but you need real, unbiased feedback. Get a sense of something that will appeal to a broader audience. To make a living with music, you are going to need an audience for support. You must be realistic. Lastly, make sure this is 100 percent your passion. It's not easy. Its a very small market and only a few make it. If you enjoy something else more, then I would recommend you pursue it. As we get older, our opinions on life and what we want may change that what they were 10 years ago. How do you keep every performance you do fresh and exciting? Traveling gets stale, but the time on stage with the audience is always new, so it just happens like magic. Are you currently working on any projects? Yes, I am working on two projects. A new album and another project that I am not announcing yet. I would like to make it a surprise, but we are hoping to have the album out before Christmas. Not sure if thats going to happen, but thats the goal [laughs]. Is the new album Christmas related? No. Its a Broadway standard album. I did a thing where I would have fans give me song suggestions on what they would like to see me cover. What are some of your favorite Broadway shows? I love Les Misrables, Beautiful, Waitress, Wicked, and of course the classics like Annie Get Your Gun. I actually havent seen a ton of Broadway shows in my life which is funny because people think of me as this Broadway person, but I only did one show on Broadway. Compared to Broadway enthusiasts, Ive seen relatively few shows. Who are some of your musical inspirations? I have three main ones who have helped shape me into a singer. Opera singer Eileen Farrell, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand. However, nowadays, I listen to country music. I have been a country music fan all my life, and I love Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and if I was to just pop an album in for sheer listening pleasure, it would be Gavin DeGraw. What is your favorite part about the holidays? The decorations and Christmas lights. Most of my family is in Minnesota and sometimes Im with them, sometimes Im not, but the decorations, lights, and snow are what puts me in the Christmas spirit. They are always consistent. How have you grown as an artist since your Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde? Well, you know, when you get older, you dont care about what people think as much anymore. When you reach that certain level of comfort. I have fulfilled a lot of things I never thought I would in a million years. I am very satisfied with what I have accomplished in my life and I am now enjoying what it has provided me a wonderful place to live, security, and an amazing fanbase. If I go too long without performing, I feel like something is missing. But when Im done, I can go home to my little horse farm. I am very fortunate and I owe it to my very loyal fanbase. | 11


A SHY GUYS SOCIAL EXPERIMENT By Joey Leslie WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I SAID HI TO 7 HOT STRANGERS IN 7 DAYSIm a reluctant extrovert. Its not a term you hear very often because I made it up. Its what happens when a shy person works really hard to be outgoing and eventually sort of forgets s shy. What most people see is straight-up extroversion, but all my fellow shy guys (and from what I can tell, thats most of us) will understand what I mean when I say that social anxiety is strong with this one. Especially when it comes to brazenly approaching and initiating conversation with a guy who checks all (or any) of my boxes. P utting yourself out there is scary. To find love (or whatever) youve got to be willing to fall into it, and that means making yourself vulnerable. And its a lot easier to just NOT do that. But playing it safe doesnt make for an interesting life, or an interesting column, so my life coach put me up to a little challenge. In the next week, say hi to one hot guy each day. (For the record, I want to acknowledge that hot is totally subjective, and everyone is hot to someone, so haters just chill out in advance.) Seems simple enough on paper, but my body tensed up at the prospect. The mix of terror and excitement let me know that it was a worthy challenge. So I said yes, and immediately left my house in search of someone intimidating to talk to. Heres what happened when I said Hi to seven hot guys in seven days. DAY ONE I decided to see what the beach had to offer in the way of dudes Id usually run away from like a shy 3-year-old. And right away, I saw a hot guy on the approach. Inside, Im a cartoon going aoooga aoooga, so its like my outsides try to mask this fact by being as unsexy and unapproachable as possible. I had now identified my default mode: s yummy. Look away! This was the basis of my frustration in this area of my life. Im having all these realizations as he and I are getting closer and closer to each other. On first glance, I wasnt sure if he was even gay. Is the guy hes walking with his boyfriend? I managed to look from the pavement and saw that he was looking at me. And I immediately freaked and walked right past him like I was about to resuscitate someone on the sand. WTF was that? It was the first hour of the challenge, and Id had my first fail. Which, I guess was also a win. And I had plenty of time to examine that awkwardness while I walked up the beach looking for my next opportunity. Im pretty sure he was straight. DAY TWO Originally, Id decided that interactions needed to be of a non-transactional nature. For it to count, the guy couldnt be my Uber driver, 12 |


waiter, or front desk worker at the gym, for example. Those are already within my safe zone. Under the veil of business relationship I can strike up a conversation almost dutifully. s in the absence of such an excuse (or obligation of politeness) that I am a shrinking violet. I say hello countless times a day out of courtesy or respect but those are hollow. So, this needed to be a hello that is unexpected and therefore more meaningful. Today, I decided this was a dumb rule and nobody has time for that. Why? Because right away I realized I was the only one playing this game. I had to go out of my way to find someone who met the criteria, and then once I did, I had to go out of my way to get in his way. Break his line of site. Make eye contact. Everyone is in the zone of whatever theyre doing, so it can take an almost awkward amount of effort to catch someones eye. I was this close to throwing a banana at Publix to get this dudes attention in the name of reaching my quota when I realized 7-in-7 was an aggressive goal not worth being escorted out of my local grocery. Stalker much? DAY 3 I was on a date today and it wasnt going very well, when I realized I hadnt met my quota for the day. There was a sexy waiter a few tables over that intrigued me and made me nervous. As sleazy as it felt to chat him up while on a date, I had to do it in the name of science, right? I went to the bathroom as an excuse and said hey as we crossed paths. He didneven look up. I stood at the urinal feeling like a reluctant player a bad one and wondering if Im cut out for this extroverted lifestyle. Im determined to complete this challenge, but maybe Im not the right person to lead this charge. DAY 4 Today was a dud. I went to the gym, the bank, and walked down Lincoln Road and didnt manage to say my hey today. Its not for a lack of trying! This brings me a bit of relief for two reasons. 1) I guess Im not missing as many opportunities as I previously thought. 2) Im not sitting here single from a lack of effort, thats for damn sure! But Im also feeling a bit of frustration that maybe Im still doing something wrong. Being too picky, perhaps, because porn has all my expectations way too high. Maybe Im just too short. Or maybe we are all at the mercy of fate after all. But also, chill TFO because nobody rules the world in four days, bish. DAY 5 I was out walking my dog when a guy crossed the street to say hello to me. This was new! Literally, he said, Hello and that was it. And then I took the lead out of sheer appreciation for his effort, and also feeling more confident and prepared to do so. Because, thanks to this experiment, I knew what a daunting task the approach can be. It was still super awkward because we were both new at this, but by God we did it. And that felt nice, until we ran out of things to say and I retreated. Baby steps! DAY 6 A similar thing happened at the gym today and I decided that my willingness to put myself out there had shifted my vibe and was in effect drawing people to me, rather than me needing to chase them down. And as with all | 15


worthwhile endeavors, this is getting easier with practice. DAY 7 I threw caution to the wind and said hey to several guys I bumped into here and there. Its a lot easier now, even after only a few days practice, but Im also realizing s no quick fix. Its the beginning of a process of personal growth and development of social skills that, for technology reasons, a lot of us are lacking. I wish for the sake of this article I could tell you that I met the love of my life on Day 7, but we dont do fake news here. Just like all worthy endeavors, this one isnt easy. But its rewarding to know that, in a sea of shy fish who are all trying to eat without biting a hook that gets them killed (work with me here), some of us are willing to put ourselves out there so that we might overcome the fear of getting caught. With practice, I found myself more aware of these fleeting opportunities to make connections, and I became more apt to pounce on them when they unexpectedly arose. And Ive kept working at it in the weeks since. Read about what happened to me on Day 9 on our site for the rest of the story, and follow along for more of my social experiments at 16 | Read more of Joeys advice, life stories, and gay accounts at Joey Leslie is a writer and brand strategist living and loving in Miami. Need killer content or a brand wingman? Visit for more info.


MAGIC MICHAEL AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CARBONARO EFFECTS MICHAEL CARBONAROBy Gregg Shapiro W ith his mesmerizing and hilarious hidden camera and practical joke series The Carbonaro Effect, now in its third season on truTV, out actor and illusionist Michael Carbonaro keeps viewers (and his unwitting subjects) guessing. A whiz of a wizard, if ever there was, Carbonaro first crossed our gaydar as sex-obsessed Andy in the 2006 rom-com Another Gay Movie. But his greatest success and exposure has occurred through his longtime love of the magical arts on The Carbonaro Effect. Carbonaro is currently on a cross-country live performance tour bringing his effect to our part of the world. I spoke with him at the beginning of his tour in September 2017. Gregg Shapiro: How did you first become interested in prestidigitation [magic tricks performed as entertainment]? Michael Carbonaro: When I first moved to Los Angeles, eight years ago, and got to perform at The Magic Castle for the first time, I was working in the Parlour of Prestidigitation. So that was one I had to learn myself [laughs]. I do love that you gave it another name other than magic or illusion. Because it is a big umbrella for me, what illusion or magic or prestidigitation is. I began with, and still have, a love of special effects. I talk about this in my live show. A huge love of Halloween, costumes, and makeup. I had no doubt that when I grew up, I wanted to be a makeup artist. I would buy makeup supplies at a local magic shop in


Hicksville near where I grew up on Long Island. There were guys behind the counter who were showing real (magic) tricks. I went there for the makeup and it was full of masks and puppets and gags and pranks and bloody things and zombies. It was theatrical too; there was stage makeup. It opened up this world where illusion is all of that. I became interested in magic from going to buy makeup supplies. Through magic, buying those tricks and trying them out on my friends, I noticed that I had a love for performing. If special effects brought me to magic, then magic brought me to performing. All three of those things are still just as strong as the other. I think they all tie together in the work Im doing. I didnt know whether I wanted to be an actor or special effects artist or magician. Well, how about if I do all three of those in the show? GS Who are, or were, your illusionist heroes?MC Excellent! Look at how this all comes together! My favorite illusion book of all times is Bizarro (later titled Grand Illusions) by Tom Savini. I love that it was called Bizarro! His book reads like a magic book. Its the effect I need to make. I need it to look like this troll thats running across the floor, so I have this trick platform and I slide it and this guys in a costume. First I show this, then I show that. Its a magic book dealing with monsters, so that was it for me. Magic books and (David) Copperfield. Because he, more than anyone, embodied this host of all these things that were magical. He would talk to the audience and be funny and go off into some weird fantasy illusion and come back and do a silly little gag. I love that atmosphere that he created. GS How would you say that your sleight of hand skills worked in your favor as a gay man?MC Whoa! I dont know if Ive ever considered that question. There is something sexy about secrets, isnt there? I wasnt out in elementary school or junior high. But I started to find the right kinds of friends in high school. The music department in my high school was really tight knit and we did plays together and were in the chorus. GS That was often the GSA before there were GSAs. MC Exactly. Right [laughs]? As we used to call the wonderful theater where Im from on Long Island it was the Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center, now the Noel S. Ruiz Theater named for the man who ran it we used to call it the Creative Ministries Coming Out Center [laughs]. I think John Waters talks about this, too, from his generation. It was better when you had to sneak around and come up with little plots or plans or however he put it. There was something about having a secret that was cool. I guess I was better at setting up secret situations and knew how to hide my tracks the way a magician would. Before I came out! 24 |


GS In addition to being the title of your show, you use the catchphrase, The Carbonaro Effect. How did that catchphrase come into being?MC Ill be honest with you, this was a pitch from the network. And Ill give it to them. All projects are always a changing and developing thing. You find what it is as youre making it. I was certain that I wanted to call the show Michael Carbonaro: Trickster. I love the trickster character, I think he embodies what I do on the show. Like Bugs Bunny, poking you in the right direction, playing along with you, making you wonder. That made sense to me. When they first pitched it to me, I was like, Oh, no, I dont know! I always had this weird thing with my last name. I always thought people wouldnt remember it. Its confusing. When I was 17, I used to perform as Michael Christopher.GS Is Christopher your middle name?MC Nope! Made it up. If David Kotkin can be David Copperfield, Ill be Michael Christopher! In retrospect, it did sound a little like a hair salon. Now, that title became what it was we were trying to capture. That moment when an intelligent adult mind can be brought to a state where they wonder for a second if theres a secret trap in the universe that they didnt know existed and they believe that for a moment. Isnt that beautiful? Thats the Carbonaro Effect. GS The Carbonaro Effect, the show, has as much to do with hidden cameras as it does with magic. Did you ever get to meet Allen Funt, the man behind the popular Candid Camera, one of the original shows of this kind?MC I never did, but I watched his show a lot as a kid. I watched all the reruns of that show. Youre right, theres a magic to that. A hidden camera falls under that hidden illusion we talked about. Its like Im hiding a camera secretly behind a mirror that doesnt look like it could be there. Thats a magic trick.GS You appear to make good use of your everyman appeal and improvisational skills on The Carbonaro Effect. Of the two, is there one that you rely on more than the other in the scenes on the show? MC Thats a great question. It really is a weave back and forth between those two. I think theres meter somewhere. I would say that it depends on the moment. If someone is in that state where they need to be looking for clues as to what just happened, sometimes my best bet is just to look down and be in a state of amazement myself. That would be acting, processing the thought of something I just saw. That way I can afford them the private moment to do that themselves and react how they would. This is kind of a new thing were doing as the show develops over the seasons. If I think the person is going to get me first, Ill be like, ait a minute! Is this like a freakin prank show? How did we get out here? I will throw it out there first. Because if Im clearly the only one who could have caused what just happened, then they start to doubt. So, theres the acting again. The answer is s always a needle going back and forth between those two worlds. GS How does your husband, (actor) Peter (Stickles), feel about magic and pranks?MC He loves them! He loves the life. Our house has a gremlin puppet in it and an alien facehugger and Jaws posters. Peter was in love with horror as much as I was as a kid. We meet on that level. Peter travels with me to do the tour. There are acts he performs with me as a magician. GS In addition to your TV gigs, you have also appeared in films, including Another Gay Movie, for which you received an acting award from L.A. Outfest. Do you have plans to do more acting? | 25


MC Absolutely! Yes, a million percent. This show is serving so many aspects of things that I like to do. Thats a huge part of it, that acting energy. I look forward to having time in my schedule, but right now Im pretty booked up. I look forward to having a one-man Broadway show and comedic sitcom work and films. I want to direct a horror film myself.GS You are currently doing a series of live dates. What can people expect when attending one of your shows?MC The best part about the live show, in the way that you were talking about Candid Camera, that energy of playfulness, that same world of non-mean-spirited fun . I talk about this in the live show. I regularly get a similar letter from fans thanking me and saying that my show is the only one on television that they watch with their entire family. Thats the same energy that comes through in these big, beautiful theaters across the country where I perform. The live show is a playful, all-ages show, with the same wry wit from the TV show. Im loving it as much as the audiences. Im having a blast. Also, just come and check out that its not all camera tricks. Every diehard fan wonders if its camera tricks. I say, Get yourself a ticket, come on down, and watch the magic! GS Finally, I live in Fort Lauderdale and we are speaking a few days after Hurricane Irma hit. Weve been without power for almost a week. Do you think you might be able to work some magic on Florida Power & Light to get our electricity restored? MC As a matter of fact, our tour is going to be giving some of the proceeds to Hurricane Irma. I have a wonderful charity, Hocus Focus, that Ive been working with for the entire tour. It works with children with A.D.D. and adults with learning disabilities. They use magic to help people overcome some of their hardships in focusing. The kids and the adults who do this program are inspired to learn the tricks by keeping their focus. They want to be able to learn it. Its so beautifully successful for all parties involved. Weve been donating strongly to them. On this tour, donations will be to them, as well as for hurricane relief. 26 |


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CHANGING FOR THE BETTER By Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.This song is a powerful prayer about relationships, our need for one another, and our spiritual connection. I invite you to pay attention to the lyrics in a spiritual context. The song starts with the words Look at me, look at me. I have always believed that selfreflection is the most powerful spiritual tool we have, no matter what faith we are. We realize that we are not meant to travel through this earthly journey alone, that our spirituality and community around us are most important. I need you, I need a hand! Many of us feel overwhelmed by the aftermath of hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, fires, mass shootings, politics, hate, judgment, fear, and loss. The LGBTQ community is affected by the current political situation because of disappointment and fear of going backwards and losing the gains we have achieved towards equality. But, we must not allow our feelings to overshadow our fight for justice and equality. One thing we cant control in life is change. Life brings change and transition, something that is a guarantee on our journeys. At each church I have pastored, during the planning for the Advent, Christmas, and Easter liturgical seasons, I request the Music Director use a song from the movie Dreamgirls. The initial response is always inquisitive. The song I Am Changing from the movie Dreamgirls, I refer to as the Jennifer song because it was made famous by both Jennifer Holliday and later reprised by Jennifer Hudson. It is about change and transformation. We must draw on the strength of the people who have fought for justice in the past. We must rely on unity in our community and work together for the common good. We must realize that we are in control. We must rely on one another and as strong communities of faith and hope. That is where positive change will emerge. It is very important to be a part of the community and to work together for change. Whether it be work through a church, synagogue, pride center, HIV/AIDS agency, food bank, or other organization, action creates change. My favorite quote from Dr. Pierre Bland who recently passed is, Prayer without action is just words. The more I say that, I experience its truth. It takes prayer and action. I am changing indeed. I welcome change. I will not be afraid. Fear will not prevail, love will win. Thank you to both Jennifers for reminding us that we need to change and that change can be good. Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv. Community Activist and Senior Pastor at United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale | 31


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A ddiction is all over the news today. The opioid crisis is now hitting very close to home. Addiction is no longer an issue for some people, it is pervasive, affecting people from rural to urban areas and across all socioeconomic classes. The question is why is this such a big issue? To put it simply, life is difficult to navigate for many of us. Drugs, alcohol, and other behaviors give people an escape from their problems. This escape is temporary but it quickly changes the way our brain works and after one use, it can rewire us to become dependent on the substance or behavior. If you look at yourself in the mirror and hate the image you see, you may turn to addictive behaviors to take you to a different place where it seems your troubles disappear. This alternate reality doesnt last long though, and soon you are running from everything in your life and the world starts crashing down around you. Studies show that the LGBTQ community is at a higher risk for drug and alcohol abuse. This has been a long-standing issue for our community. The rates are so high that there has been a great deal of research into the chemical dependency and addictive behaviors of lesbian and gay men for years. Now, transgender individuals are also a concerning statistic as use continues to destroy lives. People who experience trauma, such as significant negative events like abuse, neglect, or rejection, are more likely to use or abuse substances or behaviors. Addictions come in many different forms. People can be addicted to alcohol, drugs, or behaviors. Drugs like crystal methamphetamines, cocaine, GHB, Ketamine, and the like are so common in the gay community that there is almost a normalcy to people talking about or taking these substances. Behaviors such as sexual promiscuity, porn addiction, eating disorders, or compulsive exercising are often seen in every segment of our community. Many people are able to be casual users or do not develop full-blown addictive behaviors, but unfortunately there is a large group of people who cannot control their use or actions and as they rewire their brain systems it becomes harder and harder to control. The unfortunate end to many peoples drug use is a loss of relationships, jobs, health, and finally their lives. Make no mistake, this is serious. Like so many things in life, recovery, the life without these addictive behaviors, requires asking for help. Professional help is needed for many people because they cannot stop and need the support and expertise of professionals and others in recovery to help them begin, and most importantly maintain, sobriety. This is a difficult thing for those caught in addictions, because of the shame and embarrassment of not being able to control themselves. Luckily, there are resources that people can reach out to for help.ADDICTION AND OUR COMMUNITY By Dr. Beau A. Nelson, DBH, LCSW 36 |


Everyone has heard of AA, Alcoholics Anonymous. It is the most widely recognized self-help brand in the world. There are now a variety of s that address everything from eating, to drugs, to relationships, and spirituality. For many this is a place to start, to ask questions, talk to people dealing with the same issues, and to decide what to do when you are ready for a change. The decision to ask for help is a significant one. When you finally realize your life is unmanageable, you can open the door to something new. The road is not easy, but promises so much more. Many people need specialized help with stopping drugs or learning new behaviors. This may be in the form of outpatient therapy with a counselor, attending a therapy group, or checking in to a treatment center. Many people are not aware of the dangers of quitting long-term use cold turkey. Most people with severe alcohol or substance issues need to be seen by a medical professional for a supervised detox to make sure that they do not have life threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or heart trouble that have to be treated with medication and medical interventions. Most people feel comfortable enough with the primary care provider that this is often the first step for people when they are ready to do something. Each of these professional choices offer help and support. There are many things to sort out and figure out when you decide that your life is no longer working. While there is no definitive answer to when someone needs to quit, it is often when your life is not working, those who love you are concerned, and when your life is so intertwined with drugs and alcohol or other behaviors that you just lose yourself in the addiction. Be wise, dont wait until you have nothing left. If you are suicidal, take a moment to reach out to a friend, family member, suicide crisis line, or a professional. Its not impossible to change, there is hope, we take one step at a time, and it can work out. Just take that first step today, the rest will become clearer once your mind and your body start to heal. There are so many inspiring stories out there of lives transformed let yours be the next story that inspires others. Dr. Nelson is Clinical Director of The Florida House Experience, a comprehensive treatment facility in Deerfield Beach treating addictions and mental health issues. Dr. Nelson also maintains a private practice in Fort Lauderdale; information about Dr. Nelson can be found at 38 | Read more by Dr. Nelson at




I sland City Stage opens it sixth season with Taylor Mac's "audacious and uproarious" (NY Times) comedy Hir. Chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 best plays of 2015, Hir (pronounced "here") stars Carbonell Award-winning actress Mia Matthews, and features Island City Stage veterans Daniel Capote and Larry Buzzeo. Making his South Florida debut is transgender actor, Jacob Michael DeStefano. Anxious is the perfect word to describe how I've been feeling, DeStefano said about his debut. I think I've had subtle anxiety about this production since the day I got the email that I had been cast as Max. Not because I'm not excited. Quite the opposite, I'm beyond thrilled to take this show and this character on. I've just never traveled outside of the NYC/ NJ area for work before. And beyond that, this is also my first real straight play. So this whole experience is highlighting a lot of firsts for me. I'm absolutely thrilled, but I think it's only natural to be nervous doing something as big and new as this. DeStafano tells us that he first read for the role of Max back in 2015, when auditions were held at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan. He was fresh out of high school, with no experience playing anything besides comedic roles in musicals, so he wasn't sure how to approach this character at all. Years later, after several different readings and callbacks for the show, he still finds it a challenge to do Max proper justice. Ze [the gender neutral pronoun] is a really complex character, equally bratty and absurd and sentimental, and I've been working really hard to try and find a good balance between everything. I don't want my performance to feel one-dimensional or bratty, because Ze is so much more than that. Set somewhere in the suburbs, Hir tells the story of a young soldier who returns home from war only to discover a household in disarray and revolt. The insurgent: his mom! Housework has become off-limits and she has put her stroke-addled husband in clown make up and a dress. With her newly out transgender other child as her ally, shes on a crusade to exact revenge on an abusive marriage. The thing that excited me about Hir as a concept, long before I was cast in Island City Stage's production, was the potential of someday playing a character I could relate to, DeStefano says. Acting opportunities for trans people are extremely scarce when trans narratives are told (whether onscreen or onstage), they're rarely told by trans actors. I spent a large part of my life worrying I would never have the opportunity to pursue my career, because no one wanted to hire people like me. And then I was told about Hir, a play featuring a well-written trans character to be played by a trans actor, and I was ecstatic. There's specifically a line in the character breakdown for Max where Taylor Mac writes, "It's important to me that the actor playing Max be someone who was a biological female and now identifies as transgender or gender-queer." I read that for the first time and nearly screamed, "That's me!" So having this incredible opportunity, to finally play this role I've been dreaming of for almost three years now excitement doesn't even begin to cover how I feel The production begins with previews on November 9 and 10, 2017 with an official opening on November 11 and running through December 10. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00PM and Sundays at 5:00PM at Island City Stage, 2304 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors,FL. For tickets and information go to or call 954-519-2533. | 41


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energy in this world? By harnessing love and compassion through deeds and works. Music is a healer and a builder of bridges. GS Can you please say something about the writing process when it comes to creating music for movies, including the theme song from the TV show The Nanny and Pourquoi from the movie Blind? AHC Occasionally, I am fortunate when someone thinks of me for a project. I met Fran Drescher after a show of original songs I performed and she came up afterwards telling me she wanted me to write for some upcoming projects. In order for me to write The Nanny theme song, I interviewed Fran on the phone which gave me the perfect line to describe her. I asked, "In a nutshell, who is Fran?" She said, "She's the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan." I loved working with Sasha Lazard on the theme for the Alec Baldwin film Blind. Sasha guided me each step of the way as we tried different approaches for some key moments in the movie. Originally, my song was going to be translated in French. But when I wrote a love song with the one French word, "pourquoi," it felt correct for the scene when the two leading characters finally get together and share how they feel.GS As someone who has numerous awards and citations to her name, including a Theatre World Award, 15 MAC Awards, two Backstage Bistro Awards, a Nightlife Award, a Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award, and Broadway World New York Cabaret Awards, among others, what does it mean to be recognized in this way? AHC It is lovely to be acknowledged by my peers and leaders of the music scene. We work hard for the sake of doing what we love and believe in. When people award you for these efforts, it is an honor and greatly reassuring. GS Do you have a place of honor for your awards?AHC My platinum records are downstairs by my piano. My TonyI s indisputable that the gays love their divas. And, when said diva is a member of the community, as in the case of Ann Hampton Callaway, so much the better. While adept at writing and singing her own songs, and known for interpreting tunes from a wide range of sources, Callaways songs have also been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Janis Siegel, Donna McKechnie, Lillias White, Laura Benanti, Karrin Allyson, and Harvey Fierstein. A first-rate humanitarian and artist, Callaway took time out of her busy performance schedule to answer a few questions for OutClique magazine in October 2017. Gregg Shapiro: What can you tell me about your process of writing songs for specific events such as The Women's March Song (We Stand, We Rise, We March Together), written for the 2017 Womens March, and Carry On, written for Hurricane Katrina? Ann Hampton Callaway: In times of strife, I sometimes find the only solace in coping with major challenges is writing a song. The emotion inside of me needs the power of music for release and the specificity of words for impact. I aspire to collective healing and reflection as well as collective action. I think of myself as a vessel and if I can be a messenger of hope, then I feel I've done something useful.GS Regarding The Womens March Song and your participation in the What the World Needs Now Is Love Broadway For Orlando project, can you please say something about your personal history of activism and how you see your role as an artist when it comes to activism?AHC When injustice, inequality, and hatred is moving to obliterate love, life, and human rights, I turn to music to stand up and be a call to action or a voice of reason. I grew up in the sixties with role models like Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan who did not sit idle when there were wrongs to be righted. I cannot sit idle when hard-earned rights for women are being threatened and when the safety and rights of my LBGT family are in danger. How do we transform the violent | 45


nomination and awards you mentioned are upstairs in my office. When I look at them, I feel like I am on the right track. And a silver tray of my first MAC awards has been used for many years as a prop in my show with my sister Liz, "Sibling Revelry. They've been on countless airplanes to countless cities. GS This interview is taking place while you are on tour in Europe. What have been some of the highlights so far?AHC I just finished singing on an RSVP riverboat cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Bucharest. Getting to entertain an American and international audience was a joy and hearing some of the native music from the Balkan countries was fascinating. I never knew that Brubeck's "Take Five" was inspired by Bulgarian folk songs and their 5/4 meter. Hearing firsthand what it was like living through wartime and under the communist regime gave me much to reflect on.GS In what ways do European audiences differ from American audiences?AHC It depends where I am performing. Sometimes I feel European audiences are more sophisticated in their listening skills. London audiences used to be more reticent, but have become more boisterous over the years. I love how Spanish jazz audiences are passionate about American music and know how to show the love even if they don't understand all the words. GS Your concert tour continues in the states throughout the fall and winter of 2017 and 2018. What can people expect from these shows?AHC No matter what show I am doing, how big or small the venue is, and whether I am doing a solo show, or performing with my sister Liz or another wonderful artist, audiences can always count on me giving my all. I am baring my soul more than ever after going through many personal challenges. I will not hold back anymore. No Callaway show is without surprises of spontaneous fun, laughter, and a few tears if I am doing my job right. GS Will you find the time to record a new album in the midst of your very busy schedule?AHC I am recording my new CD Jazz Goes to the Movies November 14-15 ten days after finishing my Birdland run. It's coming at an enormously busy time but hopefully on the heels of doing 10 shows, we'll be deep into the songs and ready to do a great CD.GS Finally, I interviewed your sister Liz Callaway a few months ago when she was going to perform with the gay mens chorus here in Fort Lauderdale. As you know, you have both long been embraced by the LGBTQ community. As an entertainer, as well as a member of the community, what does that mean to you?AHC My LGBT family means the world to me. We have a shared history of doing all we can to overcome the obstacles to equality, happiness and personal authenticity. The LGBT culture is a diverse and lively one and as a singer, it's hard to beat the electricity of an audience well-represented by this kindred sector of humanity. When I was starring in Swing! on Broadway, my co-star Everett and I would listen for laughs at the start of the show and if we had lots of them we knew our brothers and sisters were out there and it was going to be an exciting show. 46 |


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TOM GOSS A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE, LOVE AND MUSIC Photos by Keans Llamera Photography At The Pelican Grand Beach ResortBy Joey Amato


Why did you want to be a musician? Thats a tough question. Ive always loved music, but I hadnt thought much about being a musician. I didnt take up music or playing an instrument seriously until I picked up a guitar at age 18. Even then, I mostly just played out of the love for playing. I entered Catholic seminary after college, and when that didnt go as planned, I wasnt sure what to do. I had always wanted to make a record so I set out to do that. I always assumed Id make the record, then move on to whatever it was I was supposed to do in the world. Through that process, I realized that music was exactly what I was supposed to be doing in the world. What part of being a singer/songwriter do you like the most? Without a doubt telling stories, and as a result hearing other peoples stories. I am passionate about connecting with people. Being a songwriter provides me with a platform to connect with people more deeply than I ever could imagine otherwise. I am grateful for that. Who or what inspires you? Life inspires me. People inspire me. Nature inspires me. Ive grown to realize that my job is to see beauty all around me. Once done, my job is to try to capture that beauty in music or images so that in turn, I can relay that beauty to others. The more time I spend being an artist, the more my heart is open to the world. When your heart is open to the world, it is easy to be inspired. Is being openly gay a challenge for you in the music industry? Honestly, I dont know. Ive never been anything but openly gay in the music industry. I have nothing to compare it to and I wouldnt have it any other way. I believe authenticity is the most important way to make deep and real connections with those around you. Thats my goal. My husband has always been my number one fan. Hs been with me since the beginning. If Im writing songs that are shaped | 49


by my experience, it would be disingenuous to deny that. What song means the most to me and why? There is a song on my newest record, What Doesnt Break, called All My Life. In many ways I think thats the most honest and revealing song Ive ever released up to this point. I wrote that in a state of vulnerability and that shines through. I write a lot of happy love songs, big pop songs, optimistic anthems. All My Life is that. But s deeper still. Im proud of the emotion I was able to strike with that piece. Do you have any pre or post performance rituals? Naw, not really. I spend most of my time before and after the show just chatting with folks. I love performing. It doesnt make me anxious or nervous. Its where I feel the most at home. I know I was born to be a songwriter and storyteller. I feel like a fully actualized version of myself when I perform. I am so grateful that s my job. Are there any unique places you have performed? For sure! I would say the most unique places I have performed have all been clothing optional. A couple years ago I performed at Gay Naturist International, a worldwide retreat of gay naturists (obviously). It was so much fun! What part of being a touring musician dont you enjoy? Everything but the performing! I spend a lot of time booking, promoting, and driving. As an independent musician, I am more or less a one stop shop. That can be hard. The sheer energy it takes to book, promote, plan travel, drive, set up, tear down, and socialize each night is a lot for one person to take on. But its all worth it. I wouldnt have it any other way. 50 |

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If you could write or perform with any artist who would it be and why? Oh man, just one? Thats too hard to answer. Id love to write with Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews, or David Gray. Im in awe of their writing and the longevity of their careers. I would sit in the studio with M83, AWOLNATION or Ryan Tedder because I would learn so much about arrangements and audio engineering. They do things on their records that I cant even imagine thinking up. I would perform with Childish Gambino, Garth Brooks, or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis because they bring so much energy and have such different perspectives than myself. Any of these would be a dream come true. What can people expect to see at a Tom Goss show? This sounds like a cliche, but folks at my shows laugh, cry, and think, and are moved in ways in which they dont initially expect. As mentioned above, my goal in performing is authenticity. I want people to see the real me, all of it, the good and the bad. I am an open heart, an open book. People are touched by that and see themselves reflected. My only hope is people then bring that back out into the world and 52 |


share it with one another. What advice would you give to any musicians struggling with coming out? If a person isnt being truly authentic they cant expect to create their best art. Its really simple as that. Great art isnt created by withholding. Great art is created by putting your everything into it. If the artist is gay, that means they have a responsibility to their art to be authentic to their story and relay that through their art. For more on Tom Goss, go to Photos at Pelican Grand Beach Resort, If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would believe in myself. Where would you like to see yourself in five years? I would like to be having a great adventure with my husband. I would like to laugh more. I would like to be creating honest and impactful music, videos and live shows. I would like to be confident, happy and loved. | 53


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HEARTS RACING By Joey Leslie OUR CHAT WITH PAUL MITSKOPOULOS, HALF OF THE GAY COUPLE, WINNERS OF 2017 AMAZING RACE CANADA s been said that you dont really know a person until you travel with them. And while the first vacation a couple takes together can be a challenge on its own, ramp that up about a thousand times and youll be closer to what it was like for Paul Mitskopoulos and Sam Lambert during this past season of Amazing Race Canada. The couple, both 25 years old, dominated the competition and became the second same-sex couple to win the Canadian version of the reality TV Show in September 2017. It made the couple stronger, despite the physical and emotional toll the competition had taken on them. Paul sat down with OutClique magazine to talk about their win, the importance of authenticity, and the amazing outcomes the race afforded them. 56 |


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OutClique: The Amazing Race online casting site says, e are looking for outgoing, adventurous, competitive and humorous teams of two. How does that describe you as a couple? Paul: I would definitely say that sounds like us. That was our focus when applying, trying to highlight those different areas. I definitely feel like we have a good combo of those four characteristics. Thats probably one of the main reasons we were selected. How did you highlight that during the application process? The first step is to send in a video. The show really wants you to highlight your personality in a three-minute segment. For us, we wanted to make it simple, just us showing our relationship and how we interact with each other. We did a super simple video using my webcam, just sitting on the couch at home talking about who we are, how we know each other, what weve been through, and why we love competition and travel. We tried to highlight the humorous sides of ourselves, making little jokes at each other, but we kept it natural because we didnt want to come across as scripted. What made you guys decide to apply for The Amazing Race? It had always been a dream of ours to be on the show. We both love to travel, but we hadnt had a chance prior to this to do much traveling together because of our schedules and being so busy the last few years. We both love to stay fit and compete so we thought, What better way to compete at such an intense level and travel? How confident were you that youd get accepted? I mean, I wouldnt say we were too confident. They had thousands upon thousands of teams in Canada apply for it. I think we had something unique in that we felt we might get a call back, but I mean I had applied three or four years ago with by best friend and we never heard anything, so I know how competitive it is to get cast for the show. We were hopeful, but never too confident. Did you think being a gay couple would affect your chances one way or the other? I didnt think it would affect us one way or another. It was definitely a part of our story, but the casting team told us, You werent casted because youre a gay couple. You were casted because we love your personalities and what you stand for. We love that youre competitive and that you are truly patriotic Canadians who are really proud of your home country. Thats a big part of what theyre looking for. I dont think it hurt us, because they like to show the diverse cultures and backgrounds represented in Canada. So I think if anything it helped us. How did you find out you were accepted and how did you react? I was actually at work at the time and Sam was at home. For me, I was going crazy inside and so excited, but I was at work so I couldnt scream and go crazy. Whereas Sam was home and was going crazy from his side. We had just tons of emotions, totally overwhelmed and excited and nervous about what the Race was going to bring. What were some things that surprised you during the filming? The biggest one was how physically exhausting, and even more mentally exhausting, the Race is. I mean, youre on constant edge because youre in fierce competition mode at all times. Theres very little downtime and youre always thinking about whats next, what you need to do to make sure youre prepared, eyeing up your competition, and understanding whos good at what. It takes a mental toll on you, especially being in the race with someone youre dating, while arguing and getting in fights, but at the same time knowing that you need to work together | 59


because youre in a relationship and you want it to work out, but also because youre in a competition and you want to succeed as well. I dont think we were prepared for the mental side of it and the exhaustion it put on our brains and our relationship. But we came out of it stronger, which were so happy about. We were able to talk things through, even though we were screaming and fighting a good amount, probably the most of all the teams in the season. But we knew we were doing it just out of love and our competitive nature. After each leg [of the race], wed spend time in our hotel room talking about what went well and what didnt, and talking everything through so we were good with each other and also prepared for the next leg of the race. At what point did you think, We are definitely going to win this? Or did you not? We didnt feel like we had it until we literally were running to the finish line at the end of the race. If you look at how we did in the season, it looks like we dominated because we won six legs, but it really never felt like that because all the teams were so strong and always either ahead of us or on our tails. The three teams in the finale were super strong and we had to do everything we could not to make any mistakes in order to win. But we never felt confident that we had this in the bag, even though wed won so many because we knew we had some very good competition. How is life different for you after the show? Life is pretty much back to normal. Im back at work. Sam started medical school, which is a new change for him. But the biggest thing is having people come up to us on the street and saying, i. Kind of everywhere we go people recognize us from the show and they have really nice words to say and are super supportive. We talk about the show a lot. People have a lot of questions, which is super fun. Weve been invited to a lot of events and get to meet lots of new people, which has been great. But were still the same couple. Not a ton has changed. Just new friends and a lot of fun experiences, which we are both so grateful. What advice would you give other LGBT couples who might be thinking of applying? Id say to be yourself. Dont try to mold a partnership for yourselves. You want to highlight your relationship and do it with someone you already have a strong relationship with, whether s someone youre dating or a family member or friend. They want it to be a pair thats already been through a lot of ups and downs, theyve known each other for a really long time, or they have some unique characteristics about their relationship. For us, wed been together for about two years but were the team that had known each other the least amount of time. Theyre really looking for people whove been in a relationship for a while, not necessarily dating. Be yourself and find that person you really have that connection with and be authentic. You dont want to try to force anything because the producers will be able to tell if youre trying to put on a show. What did you guys win and what are you doing with it? We won $250,000, two Chevy Equinox, and two trips around the world. Well be taking trips in the next few years, because Sam is in school and I dont have a lot of time off from work. For our first trip though were taking our families to Mexico for New Years and some fun holiday time to give back to them and thank them. As for the money, for Sam its great because he can pay towards medical school and come out with very little debt. For me, I dont have big plans. Im just going to save and maybe give back to family and friends. Im just enjoying it and giving back where I can. 60 |


KISS THE RING LATRICE ROYALE IS SOFLO ROYALTY AND THIS QUEEN IS RUNNING IT. By Joey Leslie S s not a native of Hollywood, FL, but after 25 years here, s safe to say shes staked her claim as one of South Floridas most well-known and beloved drag celebrities. Shes recently wrapped up filming of her first serious role in Marabou, a short film to be released in 2018. Shell drop a new single next year, too (you heard it here first). And she has a steady stream of emerging talent flowing from the management agency she started after appearing on RuPauls Drag Race Season 4 in 2012. What else? Oh yea, shes finishing 2017 with a bang as part of two national tours, A Drag Queen Christmas and Werq the World tour. On the local front, shes bringing Mister Act to SoFlo from San Fran in February 2018, and then theres the Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida Pageant coming up in March, which matters because A) shes a former Miss Pride South Florida, and B) she bought the pageant five years ago and is hell bent on keeping the tradition alive. So yea, shes a busy bish. From rifts in the LGBT community to rumors about the next Florida gal to appear on Drag Race, we sat down with Latrice Royale and got all the T, and as usual, she gave us life, too. You live in Hollywood, Florida full-time? Yes, when Im home. We call it a glorified storage unit and thats what it is really because we are constantly on the road. Always trying to get to somebody! Youre from California, right? What brought you to Florida? Yaas! Im originally from Compton and went to high school in Reno Valley. I left California to pursue my color guard dreams, moved to Wisconsin for a year, and then on to Florida in 1992. But see, in dancing and doing competitive world class color guard, you age out at 21, so I was planning to be here [in Florida] for two years and then . well 25 years later, here I am. Since Drag Race, youve started a ton of projects. What all is in the works right now, starting with your nuptials? Right! Im engaged and the wedding is September, 2018. Planning is going really slow. I need a swift kick in the ass to get on it. But we are going to Atlanta soon to look for venues, so were getting it all going. And Im going on the Werq the World tour, you know Shangela spelled it so its not right [insert signature Latrice laughter here]. We start the North American tour next week 62 |


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(October 12, 2017). OMG, thats like, next week. And then work our way to Spain around Halloween. When that tour ends, I start a Drag Queens Christmas The Naughty Tour, with Murray and Peter Present. Thats 30 dates from November 15 December 29. And Im booking out through October 2018 already. I know where Im going to be for NYE next year, too, so its a lot! Its great. So how much has your life changed since you were on Ru Pauls Drag Race? The show has really done wonders for girls careers. Before the show I was a South Florida regular. I worked at the Palace, which is no longer, but I got my start at The Copa, which is also not around, but you know I was a punk making ends meet and doing three or four gigs a day to make your coin. You have to do what you have to do. Since being on the show and getting the exposure Ive gotten, people have really connected with my story because Ive been through so much. Going to jail, and losing my mom while I was in there. Going through it, coming back, and making something of myself, s all resonated with people. Ive always been genuine. That keeps me working, because Im likeable, loveable and inspiring. s a lot of pressure. Its not easy to stay true to yourself. Sometimes you wanna slap a bitch. But it kept me working and Ive travelled the world and its bigger than I ever expected. The show is worldwide now. Were breaking into nooks and crannies and into new territories. WIth all the craziness going on, drag is bringing people together in all walks of life. Drag is allowing people to live their truth. Lets talk about that. How have you seen things change under our current president? We are in shambles right now. The divide is so real. I saw an interview with LL Cool J on Ellen and he said, Think about this country and how we were so connected on 9/11, connected as a nation, no divide. People werent worried about seuxality and this and that because there was a bigger situation. And weve lost all of that. Now, I create my own wall. Like Im trying to keep him [Trump] out. Were in a whole other world in drag, doing something that not a lot of mainstream people know about. Weve got our own thing going and s great and it keeps me out of the day-to-day hearing about our [presidential] administration. I just cant. I cant. I cant. I cant. s changed a lot, but what hasnt changed is our resilience as an LGBT community. Were still not going to tolerate the bullshit. Were only going to get stronger. Have you seen it affect the community here? We, as a community, have been affected. Were already divided in my opinion. We get too caught up in our labels and letters and how we identify, rather than who we are as a community. But, this is what makes us special, our diversity. Were not celebrating that, were fighting it. And that part hurts me a little bit. Were supposed to be on the same side and we cant get it together. I think a lot of that has to do with us trying to find our place in this administration and figuring out how were going to fit in and be seen and not lose what weve worked for. People are up in arms, and I get it! But thats why I go to drag. It gives you a minute to take away from the stress of the world and be who you want to be and live your fantasy for a hot minute, for the night, and come back to all the rest tomorrow. Bringing it on in to SoFlo, tell us what else youre working on in the community. Latrice Royale Inc .and Peaches Christ Productions are bringing Mister Act to Fort Lauderdale on February 2 at Parker Playhouse. s the South Florida Premiere starring me, | 65


Willam, Peaches Christ, and Hecklina. Were casting the roles with local talent here to bring it home and make it relevant with South Floridas own Rose of Boca, Tayanna Love, Joanna James, Elishaly DWitshes, Kalah Mendoza, and your current reigning Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida, Judas Elliot and Delores T. Van Cartier. Ive been trying to do my part to bring something to the community and Im very excited about this because people are about to go ape shit crazy. Whats the latest with your talent management company? My talent management company has grown tremendously in the past three years. We have amazing talent and new artists coming out including Epiphany Mattel, a trans rapper, with a new single Fix Yo Face thats now available on iTunes and YouTube. And, big, big, exclusive, breaking news here, I just recorded a new single called Excuse the Beauty featuring Epiphany, to be released in 2018. s going to be very for the children to go vogueing and acting sissy and twirling and all of that. Im excited about it. Its time for something new for the kids. Its been a while. You want it, you gonna get it. You brought the Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida Pageant back in 2013. Why? Im a former Miss Pride South Florida. The pageant always stood for something as tradition. It had died out and no one wanted to deal with it anymore, so I wanted to bring it back to the community because we actually did things and worked in the community to help make it better. Bringing back the pageant was my way of helping to facilitate that. Now were going into the fifth year since I bought it, thats a lot of years already, and I try to stress to the community to come out, because they dont always as strongly as Id like them to. Were working to get the community more involved because its important that they show up, support, and show they care. I am trying to do something positive and its hard to get it off the ground when people arent on the same page. s rumored that Vanessa Vanjie Mateo from Tampa will be on Season 10. Might you have the inside scoop? Ha! I heard the rumor and Ive seen it several times, and theyre pretty accurate, so thats all Im going to say. Which Florida queens would you like to see on the show? TP Lords would slay! Ive been wanting to see her on there. Who else? Brooklyn Heights I want to see on there! Dee Ranged would be good on there, too. For tickets and more information visit and follow her on all the social medias. 66 | Erika Wagner Artistry


3 EXERCISE MACHINES YOU NEED TO STOP USING TREADMILL LEG PRESS By Bobby Jackson BA, CSCS Even though the treadmill is one of the most iconic pieces of gym equipment in the world, it has some serious shortcomings. First and foremost, the impact caused by running on a treadmill can cause significant discomfort and possible damage to the ankles, knees, and hips. It also limits the active muscle groups to only the legs. Our recommendation, switch to the elliptical! It removes the impact and incorporates your upper body along with your lower body. This helps push your heartrate up higher and faster, making it a much more efficient alternative as well.I t seems that over the years the fitness industry has attempted to make an exercise machine for each body part in every conceivable range of motion. Some machines do a great job of localizing our work and effort into common ranges and muscle groups. However, some machines drastically limit our natural range of motion and others can even leave us susceptible to injury. I firmly believe that a well-rounded fitness program will include a combination of machines, free weights, and functional training equipment. With that said, we shouldnt be relying too heavily on machines if a safer and more functional variation exists. Here are the 3 exercise machines that you need to stop using and why. The leg press is an exercise that involves extending your legs and hips in order to push a small platform away from you while seated. s usually seen as an alternative to back squats, as it doesnt engage your torso by loading weight over your shoulders and back. However, because it is done while seated, it does a poor job of effectively activating your glutes. In fact, your hips only experience a fraction of the range of motion required to fully engage the surrounding muscles. Instead, build a strong foundation in your lower body with the lunge exercise. Not only is the lunge a more natural movement pattern, it helps build strength more evenly in both legs. 1 2 68 |


SEATED OBLIQUE TWIST Your obliques are the series of muscles on both sides of your torso between your abs and your back. There are multiple layers to these muscles that run diagonally from top to bottom. In order to fully activate any muscle group, we need to use a movement pattern that is in line with the muscle fibers of that muscle. Due to the seated oblique twist only working in a strictly horizontal plane of rotation, it is a horribly ineffective exercise for the obliques. On top of that, if your spine isnt aligned just right during the movement youre putting a great deal of pressure on your vertebra and spinal disks, most of which have a very limited range of motion to begin with. I use the bicycle kick exercise and try to cross my elbow over to my opposite knee as I rotate through the motion. This gives my obliques the diagonal activation along the line of the fibers that they need. Make sure you consider these 3 alternatives when constructing your exercise program. By making these 3 simple substitutions you will not only avoid possible strains and injuries but will also be making your workout routines more efficient by getting more muscle groups worked harder in a shorter amount of time. The key to seeing serious, compounding results in the gym is being consistent with our workouts as well as working out smart. That means we need to be thinking about efficiency and injury prevention with every workout. Bobby is a graduate of Minnesota State University with a degree in Biology; emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences. Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Bobby is the owner and director of The Custom Fitness Institute, a private training studio in Pompano Beach. 3 | 71


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By Joey Amato I n this issue of OutClique Magazine, we sat down with Robert Boo, Chief Executive Officer of the Pride Center at Equality Park. Having known Robert for many years, it is wonderful to see him rise to the helm of one of South Floridas largest LGBTQ organizations. You've been at the helm of the Pride Center for a while now. What has been your crowning achievement thus far? I have been the CEO of The Pride Center since March 2012. The Board of Directors, staff, and I have worked on many big projects over the past 5 years. I believe that one of the major accomplishments that we have achieved has been the completion of our Master Plan for our 5 acre campus. We started the process by hiring an architectural firm and invited over 65 community members and leaders to participate in a Charrette (brainstorming process) to help determine what The Center should be in the next 5, 10, and 20 years. This new Master Plan is our roadmap into the future. In the vastly competitive non-profit landscape of South FL, how does the Pride Center stand out? Well we are the only LGBT community center in Broward and Dade Counties. We provide HIV testing, outreach, and education in nontraditional and non-clinical settings. We have the largest LGBT senior programming in the country. We also try not to duplicate any services that are currently being provided by other agencies. We look for gaps in services and then try to identify sustainable funding for those programs. Since you became CEO, are there any corporations who have looked at the Pride Center and decided to become a long term supporter? We have been very fortunate to have the continued support of several local and national organizations. Just to name a few: JetBlue sponsor of our new playground which was the first one in the country on a LGBT campus. Seminole Hard Rock & Hotel presenting sponsor for the past 3 years of our Diversity Honors fundraiser in collaboration with theA CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BOO 74 |


Harvey Milk Foundation. AHF sponsor for the past 5 years of many services, programs and events each year. Wells Fargo sponsor of our Women With Pride program. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsor of several fundraising events each year. Hunters Nightclub presenting sponsor of Wicked Manors for the past 4 years. Cox Media Group provided on-air promotions to Pride Center services and programs as well as promoter of Wicked Manors. L Seven Solutions 6 years of providing IT solutions, monitoring and internet protection of our campus. What can people expect from the Pride Center in 2018? The Pride Center will continue to provide a safe and welcoming space to our community. Along with the Board of Directors, staff and over 250 volunteers we continue to look at any gaps in service and marginalized communities that are not being taken care of. We constantly look for sustainable revenue streams to ensure that services are provided long term or until the service is no longer needed. Our plans for the future are very exciting. 2018 is the year for the ground work to be started. What are you most excited about? I am so excited about the future plans for Equality Park. We have some exciting new projects in the pipeline that we will be announcing in the near future. We have been working very hard behind the scenes for the past couple of years getting everything lined up. It really will be exciting stuff and to be a part of this growth is very rewarding. Talk about any new developments as it pertains to the Residences at Equality Park. The Residences at Equality Park will represent South Floridas first affordable housing project with customized supportive services for LGBTQ seniors. We already provide a safety-net of services on this campus for local Seniors. The Residences, coupled with The Centers growing seniors programming, the largest LGBTQ seniors program nationwide, will give residents a permanent and safe places to live and with the support services. The Residences joins a growing national trend in which senior affordable housing projects are being built in conjunction with LGBTQ community centers in major cities across the country, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and most recently a project was announced on Long Island. Although you have been quite vocal about who the Residences will be geared toward, some of the community remains confused or uninformed. What would you tell people wishing to learn more about the project? Broward County has the most cost burdened rental market in the nation. Local households are the most severely burdened in the nation. Today, for current residents, Broward County needs 70,000 affordable rental units. Thats why Broward County is dedicating $5 million per year for the next three years from the General Fund. I have started meeting with Broward County Commissioners in hopes to be able to apply for a portion of that funding. The Pride Center, with over 24 years of experience serving the LGBTQ community in South Florida, will provide residents with innovative on-site supportive services, including healthcare navigation and coordination, senior support groups, workshops, exercise, and recreational activities. We remain passionate and excited about meeting this real community need. | 77


HOT HAPPENINGS IN MIAMI By Joey Leslie MIAMI LIVE ARTS MONTH November 1-30, 2017 This November experience Miami's live music, arts and entertainment scene during Miami Live Arts Month. From concerts, theater, and dance performances to comedy shows and poetry readings, live entertainment in all corners of Miami and the Beaches springs to life this season. During November enjoy special offers from arts organizations, live entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels, and featured events. ULTIMATE BEACH FRISBEE November 11-12, 2017 Haulover Park Test out your ultimate Frisbee skills on the beach! More than 1,000 participants will head to Haulover Park on Miami Beach for the annual Miami Vice Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Cost is $400 for the first 10 players, then $40 for each additional player. Not a player? Dont hate the game! Come to spectate and/or for the Friday and Saturday night parties in the heart of South Beach. WHITE PARTY WEEK November 23-27, 2017 One of Miamis hottest party weeks happens in the winter when tens of thousands flock to the annual White Party Week. Its 5 days of non-stop fun and fundraisers benefiting Care Resource, South Floridas oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community health care provider, offering comprehensive health and support services to address the full healthcare needs of pediatric, adolescent and adult populations in Miami-Dade, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. Parties are throughout the city including White Journey at Score, White Dreams at Club Space, White Stars at Score, White Splash Pool Party at The Raleigh, Muscle Beach Party at 12th Street Beach, Noche Blanca at Cameo, and White Horizons at Heart Nightclub. DRAG MONDAYS FEATURING THE EYE DOLLS Kill Your Idol Mondays. Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 11PM. 78 | Lincoln Road


Cheap drinks, live music, no cover, and on Mondays drag! Kill Your Idol opened in 2012 to provide an alternative to the local fair offered in the hustle and bustle of the tourism mecca known as South Beach and features local emerging artists, live music, and killer happy hour specials. On Mondays, dance to the beats of Deejay Smeejay & Scotty-J and see drag performances by resident divas The Eye Dolls with half-off everything happy hour from 8-10PM. SUNDAY FUNDAY BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH AND MUCH T DANCE MOLTO South Beach It may be new(ish), but Molto South Beach has already shown up in a big way with its robust menu to make your mouth water from pizza, to mussels, to tapas (short rib mac-andcheese FTW) and of course a Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sunday featuring also-bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys, sangria & brunch punch. In the mood to be entertained? Well theyve got you covered there, too. We suggest letting your Sunday brunch drift into the afternoon for the Much T Dance (4pm close) and enjoy an afternoon of drag starring queens you might recognize from the recently shuttered Palace Bar. MIAMI BOOK FAIR November 12-19, 2017 Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus The annual weeklong celebration of all things literature is back with seven full days of programming, including readings and a massive outdoor street fair. Notable guests this year include former Vice President Joe Biden, Dan Rather, Patti Smith, and many more. Miami Book Fair will feature more than 500 celebrated authors from the U.S. and around the world, reading from new works and participating in discussions on a myriad of topics. Recognized as one of the most inclusive events in South Florida, and the best book festival in the country, the Fair convenes with more than 150,000 people over the course of eight days. LINCOLN ROAD MALL Browse through hundreds of stores, restaurants, and cafes in the open-air Lincoln Road Mall the premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in South Beach. This mile long, pedestrian-only promenade offers a lively street scene, stellar shopping, and terrific dining options. Lincoln Road is lined with mostly mainstream clothing stores such as ZARA, Gap, Anthropologie, Forever 21, NIKE, Athleta, and whether youre craving a gelato, a coffee, or a cocktail, there are plenty of options to treat yourself along your route. FROST SCIENCE Keep cool and spend the day at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. You could practically get lost in this place for days, and youd still never get bored. We recommend you start with the masterpiece of living science, the three-level Aquarium that carries you from the surface to the depths of South Florida's crucial aquatic ecosystems and beyond. You can explore the expanses of our universe in the Planetarium and also explore a variety of exhibitions to expand your mind. Frost Museum | 79


SUEZIES TRANSITION By Joey Amato T he scene is Tampa General Hospital. Cheryl Hawkes had just spent the entire day either pacing and nail biting, or huddled against the wall and doing her best to avoid crying. What she had for years dismissed as impossible now rapidly, by the hour, was becoming her reality. Now it was time to put a positive and supportive face on, because SueZie was returning from her life changing surgery. Arriving home, Cheryl helped SueZie into bed. She made SueZie her favorite warm cup of tea, gave SueZie her meds and then slipped into bed alongside her. So this is it! she thought as she watched SueZie, the peaceful breaths becoming shallower. Early morning SueZie began to awaken, Cheryl, with her hand on SueZies brow, watched SueZie in her waking moments. Each morning of SueZies life, she had awakened to a realization that her genitalia wasnt what she believed it should be. This time it was different! Cheryl watched as SueZies hand went between blood stained thighs, she smiled and gently said, life is so simple now After 50 traumatized years, SueZies outside now finally matched the female she always knew herself to be on the inside. SueZie and Cheryl Hawkes have been together since 1997. For the love of Cheryl, SueZie gave up a career, house and possessions in England to be with her in America. They have a 16 year old son together, Jaison. As SueZie transitioned into the woman she is today, the couples marital bond never diminished; it grew stronger. An everyday family couple, certainly no celebrities, yet their passion, romance and life story has captured media attention internationally. The pair has been extensively interviewed and each time they share a little more. Recently the couple made history with what is 80 |


believed to be the first same-sex amendment on a pre-marriage equality, with their year 2000 marriage certificate. Today we speak with SueZie and Cheryl who have exposed their souls once again. CHERYLAt the beginning of the transition, I accompanied SueZie to see her therapist. We were to acquire a letter of recommendation stating the best corrective treatment which, for SueZie, was to undergo Gender Reassignment Surgery. Someone asked me, You are going to therapy, right? I replied, Why? I am not the one who is changing. I was so wrong on that last part! SueZie said natively you may be straight, but you are about to become a lesbian by attrition. SueZies natural approach to sex was from a feminine perspective so I didnt have too much concern about our passionate life. SueZies ex-wife, June, provided SueZies therapist a historical statement of their 10 year marriage. It concluded by stating, She had fallen in love with the Alpha male that had so convincingly been portrayed. Just like June, I was to go through a mourning of losing the strong and portrayed male. I dont feel in any way did it betray the woman she was, it was my way of progressing. When I was interviewed by Fox 13, I said, SueZies happiness radiates and the sadness has gone, poof, like smoke in the wind. In a poof just the same, the old photos came off our walls. It really hit me hard and I went into the bathroom to quietly cry. I knew that SueZie needed to move on from the past images, but this was my history, too. I cherished our pictures! SueZie hugged me tight, both of us with tears saying nothing. I knew she had a deep sense of guilt for taking away all those things that she didnt consider hers. Not just the photos! Soon beautiful new photos began appearing on the wall with amazing smiles I had never seen before! SUEZIE It was the end of 2009 and Cheryl was assisting me with my makeup. Discreet colors. Tone it down. People at work might notice. I never expected THIS in my marriageshe would say as she offered her advice. | 83


Testosterone had done enough damage and estrogen isnt a miracle cure. I was convinced that I would end up too ugly for anyone to even remotely accept me within their comfort level. I could do killer eye makeup, but that wasnt enough. Not enough people were ready for me to present as SueZie. I slowed things down and made gradual changes until 2014. It was then that Cheryl had seen enough sadness and consented to my surgical transition. I began the final stage of my transition. Clearly presenting as female I received a mixture of feedback. If I got a negative, I surmised that I wasnt presenting in a manner more in line with their comfort level. It made me stronger each time. If I walked alone in the mall everyone looked at me. Some laughed too. Cheryl was my safe zone when she walked with me, making looks and reaction were less and softer. I appeared to be more accepted with the testimonial of a spouse alongside me. In fact, it was the same with any other female friend that I walked with. Cheryl sometimes would walk a short distance behind me and observe others reactions. She would give me feedback on how well I was fitting in. I have learned that I have limits to change and others perception of my gender is not important. I only have to fit in with SueZie. Do what I have to do. Everyone else has just got to work it out for themselves. My self-guidance has been to be bold. If I am bold, I am positive. Being positive brings confidence, confidence is attractive and with attraction comes acceptance.CHERYLLife begins just outside your comfort zone and I truly believe a transition is positive. I had to transition too and was challenged so very far beyond any comfort, but I am so glad that I stayed. Even in childhood innocence, I never imagined that I could ever be this happy and be this much in love!SUEZIE Transition brought me good health and a tremendous loving relationship. We are now smarter, stronger and more confident. Cheryl and I elevate each other and have a great deal to be thankful for. I miss her every moment that we are not together, her love is amazing. Everyone needs a Cheryl 84 |


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OCTOBER COVER SHOOT: BEHIND THE SCENES September 18, 2017 At The Panama Club Condo, Fort Lauderdale BeachEXCLUSIVE #NAKEDMAGICIANS BEHIND THE SCENES October 14, 2017 Coral Springs Center For The ArtsWHERES #PLAYNAPOLEON GOING NEXT? OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KELLY RAZZBERRY October 6-15 2017 NSU Art Museum Fort LauderdaleOUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TOMMY DORFMAN October 6-15 2017 NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale -Sarah Smith Exclusive Interview, Exclusive Live Performance (Oct 15) -Cirque Dreams (Nov 3, Nov 14) -Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Nov 3) -Jennifer McClain: Full Cast Party Interview and exclusive Behind the Scenes footage (Nov 3) -New Orleans: Capturing the Soul of The Big Easy; 5 episode competition exploring the life and culture of NoLa -Artopia: Excitement of Art in our Community (Nov 2) Pink Flamingo Awards (Nov 2) -Bow Tie Bash (Nov 4) -DJ Citizen Jane photo shoot (Nov 10) -OutClique Sunday Tea: Interviews, Drag performances, (Nov 12) -Art Of Swim, (Nov 18) -December Cover Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes (Dec 12) -Taste Of The Island (Nov 13) -Three Month #PlayNapoleons Body Transformation workouts with Bobby Jackson at the Custom Fitness Institute -Nutrition & Meal Programs advice with Nutritionist Monica Kurpinski from Motiv8 Fit Meals #PlayNapolean travels South Florida as the OutClique brand ambassador. Check out his his videos with topics that include health and fitness, the arts, nerd culture, fetishes, and gay nightlife. We also go behind the scenes with some of our communitys most popular events and stars. Be sure to watch #PlayNapoleons travels to Key West, Miami, New Orleans, and many more exciting cities. As the current Mr. Florida Leather Boy, #PlayNapoleon is working to build bridges among the LGBTQ+ community. Follow on all our social media @OutClique. Check Out for all our videos | 87


A SUBS COLLAR: NOT JUST AN ACCESSORY By PlayNapoleon For me, the most important reason to wear one is to identify my future self. I want to be disciplined, well-trained, and embrace my manhood. The collar I wear in public, reminds me of this desire. Showcasing (and regularly cleaning) my collar is a matter of showing my SIR respect, as well as display to others my connection and the value I see in him. Out in the community, my collar is a sign to other people. It shows those in the SM community that I am already owned, and am working in a tight relationship with a man (or, men in my case) who cares enough to make me theirs. In a sense, it tells others who may be interested, that I am already taken. While the one wearing the collar is generally the submissive, in some couples both may I have worn my collar for two years, proudly. I started with a small black tie-up, my training collar. I wore it as I traveled the globe, a symbol to myself and to the mentors who would train me. I knew what I wanted it to mean, what I projected it to mean. wear a collar. There are even some subs who wear one just to ward off onlookers. If approaching someone wearing a collar, remember to ask before touching. Most subs are happy to explain its value. For some with high profile jobs, collars are not always worn. Alternatively, I wear a collar around my wrist. It cannot unlatch; it is always on. The idea is that it cannot come off by my own doing. Its there permanently. Despite the collars material (chain, rope, or leather), s style (padlock, infinity loop, or tied), or the various personal reasons for wearing one, think of and treat it as a wedding ring. They symbolize a unifying message of the respectful, intense, emotional, and physical commitment between individuals. Please remember to ask before touching anothers collar.88 |


MATTHEW AND RICHARDOS STORY OF ADOPTION By Joey Amato 90 | M atthew and Richardo met each other on August 31, 2011, in Brooklyn, New York. Since then, they have been inseparable. The men dated for two years, got engaged on August 31, 2013, and got married on August 30, 2015. The couple was living out their dream life. But they wanted more. They wanted a family. When did you realize you wanted to adopt a child? Matthew: Children were one of the things that I have always dreamed of since I can remember especially after helping raise my niece and nephew. Children also came up when we first started dating and then again one evening over dinner. I remember him asking me, What are your short and long term goals, and do you want kids Richardo: I knew that I wanted children, at least two, so it became part of the criteria when I started looking for a life partner. I needed to know that they wanted kids as well. Five years ago, when Matthew and I started dating, we made a goal to adopt one or two kids at our five year mark and within those five years, we got married and were ready to share our home. Walk me through the process. Where do we begin? Matthew: Although we are still in the fostering stages the process really wasn't that bad at all. You find an agency near you and in our case, Cayuga Center, attend the classes which are often free of charge, and complete each class and training. One of the classes is CPR certification. Participants complete a level two background check, fingerprinting, and once everything is approved, they are cleared and certified. Another class deals with children and trauma. After the courses, a home study is conducted to make sure its suitable for a


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child to live there, meaning it's safe and child friendly. This ensures the child has a place to sleep, running water, lights, and food, just to name a few of the most important factors. Richardo: I believe couples thinking about adopting should foster first before adopting. You would be helping a child in need of a temporary or forever home. It would really help you decide if you are ready for parenthood. What was the most challenging part? Matthew: The backlash and the noise, "Two guys can't raise a child. The childs history might be missing and you might have to spend time piecing together and navigating between the family visits, therapy, school, and medical visits. It may take a few weeks to get it all in line. Richardo: I would agree with Matthew that we face some opposition as to whether or not we could raise a child. Look at us, two black men. We became the unicorn because we are doing something that we dont see. Dealing with the courts and the legal system can be a struggle, but we are lucky to have a really great team of people who are engaged and supportive. Where do people start? Matthew: Regardless if you want to foster or adopt, start by doing some research and find an agency that best fits your needs and location. We got lucky because we had some insight on the Cayuga Center from both research and a family member who was with Cayuga Centers. I also had some experience and knowledge fostering and adopting from my family who had fostered children and later adopted. Richardo: Also, start by understanding the challenges of raising a child. Mentally prepare for it and decide s something you really want, and whether you and your partner are ready for it. It is a commitment and it's rewarding, just being able to help a child to have normalcy in their lives during a chaotic period. But remember that kids dont come with instruction manuals. Do you think it's more difficult for a same-sex family to adopt in South Florida? Matthew & Richardo : We wouldn't say that it's more difficult, so do your research and connect with the agency of your choice. Once you feel comfortable, we say go for it. When you have a great partner like the Cayuga Centers supporting you, you will do great. The Cayuga Centers staff has been really amazing, advocating with us for the services the child needs Its priceless. We think that same gender families, because of the previous state laws and lack of [accurate] information, may think that they cannot foster or adopt, but they can and should embrace it. There are so many kids without homes and there are many LGBT individuals and families that can provide a safe and loving home for a child in need. There are even LGBT kids who are harder to place and would love to have a home like ours with people who understand them and can provide support, guidance, and love. | 93