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EST. September 1995

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Gray Alliance is a group for LGBT+ seniors, and we get together twice a month for social functions.

 

We have a potluck the final Sunday of each month at the First Congregational Church Fireside Room from 2-4 pm.  It's located at the south end of the church campus at 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd in Fresno.  Please note that although we are using a church facility, Gray Alliance has no religious affiliation.

 

The second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm we meet at different restaurants.  Here's a list of the next three restaurants we're going to:

September 11, Golden Restaurant, 1135 N. Fulton, Fresno

October 9, Luna's Pizzeria, 349 Pollasky, Clovis

November 13, El Mariachi, 3046 W. Bullard, Fresno

 

If you have any questions, please contact John Richardson at 559-260-1565.  Hope to see you soon!

YOUTH ALLIANCE NEWS SEPTEMBER 2019
David McGee
 

The month of September traditionally heralds the start of the school year for youth.  

In the past 10 years, the members of the LGBTQ Youth Alliance have increasingly utilized home study programs to complete their education in order to avoid the rejection and bullying that LGBTQ youth have historically endured.  

Still, the excitement and dread of starting the new school year is present with our youth.  

At a recent youth group meeting, we talked about the feelings associated with starting the new school year, and as expected, our youth presented polarized views about starting the new year. Some students were excited to start back to school, and some reported feelings of dread. Some of our members are attending college this year, and they talked about the apprehension of finding their classes, interacting with other students, and what they perceived as an overload of reading and writing assignments they’ve already encountered! Such is the life of students!

At another meeting in the past month, our fearless leader, Rachel, AKA Banana, brought social question cards that she purchased at a thrift store on one of her recent excursions to the coast.

She picked out several cards that seemed to apply to our youth, asked the questions, and let the group members share.They had a great time answering the questions, and in doing so, they learned about themselves and the other members of the group! We save the last Friday of each month for our world-famous potluck!  

Attendance at our August potluck was even higher than expected.  We had our usual pizza, chips and dips, and take-out food!  Jonah brought his homemade brownies, and people actually fought over them!  We had plenty of food, and plenty of fun!  Everyone was so hungry, we ate first and then did our introductions afterwards!  The evening was over before we knew it! Potlucks are a great way to bring our youth to the group meeting!

The Fresno LGBTQ Youth Alliance meets on Friday nights, at 7 PM, in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church (The Big Red Church), located at 2131 N. Van Ness, in Fresno.  We welcome any and all LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 14-25, to join us on Friday nights!  Check out our Facebook page for reminders about the group!  We usually post a reminder about the group meetings on Friday mornings!  Just go to our Facebook page, “Fresno GLBTQ (yes, in that order) Youth Alliance,” to check it out! 

 

Local

 

NEWS FROM THE LIVING ROOM
Toni Harris

The past few days have been wonderful, bright and sunny but with cool temperatures that let us know Fall is on the way. 


While Fall means that trees and flowers are losing their leaves and going into hibernation of a sort for The Living Room, A Project of Westcare it signals an awakening of sorts.  

In the heat of Summer many of our clients, who have HIV/AIDS, tend to stay out of the sun and indoors but with cooler temperatures clients begin to return for the continuation of services.  Lunch and social and peer support groups increase again in numbers, all services are utilized more.  It is refreshing to see this happen every year. 

 

It is also the time of year when we ramp up our fundraising activities. 

While we are very fortunate to have grants from various governmental agencies and from our local charitable organizations such as The Imperial Dove Court, there is never enough money to funding to cover the costs of services that we have been offering for 22 years.  It was with that in mind that we started the Fresno AIDS Walk 8 years ago. 

 

This year it will be held on October 19th at WoodWard Park.  Please join us in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS.  While we have come miles from the days of losing loved ones on a weekly basis we still have miles to go.  There is a statistical increase of new cases at almost 50% in the past few years.  Our children have no idea what having the virus go untreated can mean. 

The funding raised during this event helps us purchase HIV rapid test kits that allow us to test people and intervene to either help them get on PrEP medications to prevent infection or to help a newly diagnosed navigate the often confusing systems that are needed to help them become and stay healthy.   

 

Do you know that one of the benefits of the Fresno AIDS Walk is the ability to help your non-profit also make some money?  We offer a 50/50 plan where any registered non-profit can become a fundraising team and we will share the total with 50% of funds raised going back to the non-profit.  Sounds interesting doesn’t it? 
 

We need your help in making the Walk successful.  The community has always been generous and that generosity helps make the Walk a success.  People go out of their way to help, like Abraham Lopez who is again collecting cases of water for us, he does an amazing job at this and we thank him.  The donations of raffle prizes from local businesses like Starbucks in the Tower and the folks like Ed and Robert from Salon Posh that help us.  We thank you.   
 

If you are interested in tabling for the event it is free for non-profits and we provide the table and 2 chairs, bring your own canopy.  If you are a business there is a fee.  Please visit FresnoAIDSWalk.org to sign up.  
 

We also present Art for AIDS each year, this year it will be at Common Space on October 3rd.  Please join us and view the many different pieces of art and crafts that will be on display that evening.   
 

Our next meeting will be on September 25th at The Living Room, located at 901 E Belmont and will be at 4:00 to 5:00PM.  Come join us. 
 

If you want further information about Art for AIDS, The Fresno AIDS Walk, want to donate raffle prizes or want to be tested for HIV please call us at (559) 486-1469. 

Be safe, be well 

KICKOFF FUNDRAISER TO RECALL FUSD TRUSTEE TERRY SLATIC
Howard K. Watkins

 

You are invited to help the growing Recall Slatic team. My wife and I will be having a fundraiser on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Right now the campaign needs to raise funds to cover a variety of costs. Thanks to some local donors, we have a challenge match of $5,000. Sponsorship levels are also available: Gold $500, Silver $300, Bronze $150. You do not have to be a voter in FUSD Trustee Area #7 (i.e. Bullard High district) to donate to the campaign, or to help get signatures on the recall petition. 

 

WHAT:    An Evening of Food, Music & Wonderful People

WHEN:   Sunday, September 22nd   4-6 pm

WHERE: Home of Howard & Christine Watkins

               1785 W. Dovewood Lane, Fresno 93711

COST:     $50 per person suggested; otherwise, what you can

 

You can donate by credit card directly at http://recallslatic.com/donate-now/ or by check made payable to "Recall Slatic" and mailed to Recall Slatic, 7081 N. Marks Ave. #104, PMB 143, Fresno, CA 93711. You can also donate at the fundraiser.

 

The Recall's Mission is to ensure the emotional health & physical safety of our Students, Teachers, and Staff of FUSD public schools. This means recalling Terry Slatic as FUSD Area 7 Trustee. His dangerous and highly inappropriate campus conduct led the FUSD Board of Trustees to adopt on a 6-0-1 vote a Resolution Censuring Trustee Slatic. A copy of the Resolution is attached.

 

For more information about the Recall Slatic campaign, go to www.RecallSlatic.com. You may also contact Stacy Williams 559-492-6798 or Howard Watkins at 559-355-7040. 

AHH, THE END OF SUMMER

Bryan Clark
 

It’s finally September and although we probably still have two or three days of over one hundred-degree temperatures left here at home, I know this is the end of summer. For starters, I no longer have to search for a vacant treadmill at the gym now that all the kids are back in school! Just in the past week, night-time temperatures have dropped enough to now allow me to turn off the AC and sleep with my windows open. There is nothing better than that nice breeze coming through the window at night.  

 

One of the things I love most about living in California are the mild temperatures during the change in seasons. In my current work in progress (WIP) this next novel takes place in Southern California. The lower region of California is home to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Hollywood, and miles and miles of great sandy beaches.  

 

What could be more romantic than a walk on the beach with your man at your side? Well, maybe sipping on a morning cup of coffee with that same guy as you reflect together on your perfect date last night.  
 

In Case You’re Wondering: 

My latest release Escaping Camp Roosevelt is still doing very well. With the royalties from each sale of the book being donated to a great humanitarian cause, we will be able to truly make a difference in the lives of the LGBTQ homeless youth out there. 
 

As much as the subject matter was difficult to write about, I’m glad I listened to that innervoice and kept writing. Here is one of the latest reviews on the book.  

5.0 out of 5 stars 

Breathtakingly Moving Story 

This loving story shows there is a light in life even when you can only see the darkness at the moment. Dancer is hurt from abuse and locks away his emotions due to fear of life. Tucker gives Dancer all of the love he has to offer. Pick this book up today, you will take an amazing journey with these men. 

 

For everyone who takes the time to write and leave a review, I want you to know that it means the world to the author to hear from you. Writing is an amazing journey and I can’t thank everyone enough for your support. I wouldn't want to do it without you! 

CATCHING UP

Dan Waterhouse

 

I realize it’s been quite a while since my last column appeared. Life’s gotten in the way. Last fall semester, I was suddenly accepted into the English graduate program at Fresno State. After one semester, I changed programs to History. I’ve just begun my second semester.

Our program coordinator “suggested” that I use this summer to select a potential thesis subject and begin doing research, to get ahead in our introduction to research writing course that I’m taking right now. Typically, I dove right in. After a false start with local Latino activism—other people were plowing that field—I revisited a small paper I wrote for a public history course.

I then spent the summer digging through archival material at the Fresno City College library and online collecting old Fresno Bee articles, as well as identifying secondary sources. Then, as I dug, I began writing with one basic research question: “what is the early history of FCC men’s soccer?”

 

That initial question led to others. Such as: “what’s the story of youth and high school soccer in  Fresno? What’s the story of college and California community college soccer in general? Where did the Fresno area college coaches come from? And, why did player demographics at FCC change from 99.9% White to 99.9% Latino?” I’m sure there’ll be more.

The writing? So far, I’ve gotten 85 pages of a rough, rough, rough draft done. It’s a work in progress and will grow as I continue to seek more information.

Last spring, I ran for student senate at State. It was a rather impromptu decision. I finished just out of the running, 12th in a race for 11 positions. People have talked to me about running again. Even though my political views can be, to some, far out people appreciate my common sense. I haven’t decided yet, but another run might be in the cards.

I’m still doing photography for campus recreation-intramurals and anyone else wanting help.

So, what’s been happening in the LGBTQ community of late? This year’s Rainbow Pride parade was the largest since it started three decades ago. I enjoyed being back photographing it for the second year again.

Common Space just announced it is shutting down in November. Yet another community group bites the dust. I’ve seen Central California Alliance, Rainbow Coalition, and Gay Central Valley—among others—collapse and go away.

Speaking of Gay Central Valley, the latest attempt to have a community center is underway, over on Blackstone Avenue near Manchester Center. A group of people centered around Trans-E-Motion got the new center off the ground. I wish them well and urge people to support their efforts.

On the alcoholism and addiction front, there’s more bad news. Comprehensive Addiction Program is closing down after almost 50 years in operation. It opened in 1972 as the Comprehensive Alcohol Program and was the oldest rehabilitation program in Fresno still operating. That bad news came on the heels of news that Spirit of Women across from Roeding Park on Belmont closed down earlier in the summer. I suddenly realized only one rehab program from when I got sober 30 years ago is still around. All the others have disappeared.

One last note: I love the stupidity of Fresno State football boosters. They think there’s a huge market for used turf in Fresno and the university is stupid for not wasting money it doesn’t have to cut up old football turf to sell it. Sorry folks, certain Fresnans may wear red but the larger community could care less about Bulldogs football.

National

 

QUEER AUTHOR JAMES BALDWIN'S HOUSE BECOMES NATIONAL LANDMARK
David Reddish
Reposted from Queerty.com

 

The National Register of Historic Places has added the New York apartment of author James Baldwin to its list of historical landmarks.
 

Baldwin, the author of Notes on a Native Son and If Beale Street Could Talk lived in the residence at 137 West 71st Street for more than 20 years, and penned some of his most acclaimed works within its walls. During his lifetime, Baldwin spoke candidly about being a gay African-American man and made membership in both communities the cornerstone of his activism and writing.

continue reading at Queerty.com

AN LGBTQ CREDIT UNION IN NY & MICHIGAN?
Devin Randall
Reposted from instinctmagazine.com

 

Would you keep your money in a gay credit union if you had the chance? Well, pretty soon more people will.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a New York-based LGBTQ credit union called Superbia Credit Union is expanding into Michigan. This past Monday, the state of Michigan approved a charter for Superbia within its borders.

continue reading at InstinctMagazine.com

PETE BUTTIGIEG'S HUSBAND SHREDS MIKE PENCE ON TWITTER
David McGee

 

When White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere took to twitter last week to deny Mike Pence’s notorious anti-LGBTQ stance, Chasten Buttigieg wasn’t impressed. Deere went on Twitter to tell the Internet that Pence isn’t homophobic because he was having lunch with Ireland’s gay prime minister and his partner. Buttigieg replied, “I’ve sat at tables with people who would gladly deny me the right to marry, who openly support conversion therapy, and who adamantly believe being gay is a choice. It doesn’t mean they’re any less homophobic because we shared a meal.”
Source: lgbtqnation.com




 

CHRISSY TEIGEN IS TRENDING ON TWITTER THANKS TO TRUMP
David McGee

 

#TeamChrissy is trending on Twitter after Donald Trump launched a sexist broadside against model and television star Chrissy Teigen. Teigen’s husband, singer John Legend, appeared on NBC Nightly News recently to discuss criminal justice reform. President Trump

took to Twitter to denigrate Legend, and made negative remarks about Teigen as well, calling her Legend’s “filthy mouthed wife.” In her true style, Teigen shot back, and the Internet has rallied to her defense.
Source: lgbtqnation.com




 

TRANSGENDER LYFT DRIVER ATTACKED IN PORTLAND
David McGee

 

A Lyft driver in Portland, Oregon, says a passenger assaulted her because she’s transgender, and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Marla Standing-Owl told a Portland new station that she picked up a passenger on September 6. The passenger was drunk and was having a problem with his Lyft app. He told Standing-Owl that she was “nothing but a man,” and when she told him she didn’t need bigotry in her car, he attacked her. She eventually managed to pepper spray him, and he ran. Police were unable to  find him. As a result of the incident, Standing-Owl has decided to quit driving for Lyft. She told reporters that she believes crimes against transgender people are underreported because transgender people “don’t count as people.”
Source: advocate.com



 

ELLEN PAGE WOULD BE THRILLED TO PLAY QUEER ROLES FOR THE REST OF HER CAREER
David McGee

 

Actor Ellen Page took part in a panel discussion at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and reported she would be “thrilled” to only play queer parts for the rest of her life. Page said that she’s often asked about being afraid of being typecast, and her response is to say that people would never ask a heterosexual about being typecast as being straight. Page is an avid LGBTQ activist who said she’s come out in order to be her true self as well as to put an end to LGBTQ discrimination.
Source: advocate.com

International

 

NORTHERN IRELAND'S FIRST SAME-SEX WEDDINGS SET FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Mey Rude
Reposted from Out.com

 

Northern Ireland is set to finally begin ringing in same-sex marriages next year, and they picked the perfect day to kick things off: Valentine’s Day. 

While the rest of the United Kingdom legalized the freedom to marry in 2014, Northern Ireland lagged behind. The U.K. province didn’t change its position on issue until earlier this year, when the House of Commons passed a new amendment bringing same-sex unions to its population off 1.8 million people. This comes two years after the Northern Ireland Assembly collapsed, giving the House of Commons more power over Northern Ireland’s affairs.

continue reading at Out.com

Enlighten Me

 

BALANCE IN ALL THINGS IS THE KEY TO LIFE
Mark Lanfeld

 

As a child, perhaps you tried to balance yourself by walking on one of the rails on the railroad tracks. With your arms out at your sides, the goal was to see how long you could go before needing to touch your foot down to re-balance yourself before continuing. Such is life. Sometimes your journey is smooth and steady. At other times, you wildly flail about trying not to fall on your rear.


In effect, the whole universe is trying to stay in balance. It is not just us. Everything in nature looks to re-balance the forces which are too strong in one area and not strong enough in another. Our bodies also strive for this type of homeostasis. It happens without being aware of it. Therefore, when we maintain a state of balance in our lives, we are in harmony with the natural order of the universe. This harmony keeps our spirits youthful. We had better enjoy our present age because we are younger right now than we ever will be. Our spirits can be like that of a baby—eager to learn with a strong grasp of things.
 

We can all benefit from having a firm grasp on our lives. The world gives us so many mixed messages sending us in every direction that it is easy to lose our grip and become off balance. Then we are out of touch with our true selves—our true nature. One of the first telltale warning signs that we are getting out of balance is when we feel ourselves becoming restless. When this happens, we impulsively feel the desire to leap first and look later. However, it is at moments like this that we need to slow down, take a deep breath, and reestablish an emotional equilibrium in our minds and hearts. Diaphragmatic breathing is one way that we can get back in touch with who we are.
 

Here is another way to stay centered. This one involves the use of a visualization technique. Imagine that your spirit is a strong, healthy tree. Visualize your feet and toes turning into roots. Sink your roots deep into the rich soil of the earth. Picture your roots traveling all the way down to the center of the earth. Wrap your roots around the core of Mother Earth and anchor yourself securely; this will help you feel grounded and steady. With this new sense of stability, bring your mind’s awareness now to your upper body. Imagine your arms are tree limbs—strong and mighty. Reach out your branches to the sky. On the ends of your branches, visualize the old leaves falling off as fresh, green leaves sprout to replace them. Let the sunshine fill those new leaves with the energy of life. You feel balanced and centered.
 

Years ago, a woman sought my counsel because she was unhappy with her life. She was laid off from her job, in a loveless marriage, and eating a steady diet of junk food. Her life was out of balance. She spent her days slouched on the sofa staring at the TV. At times, she watched TV all night long neglecting her family.

Over time, she was able to realize that her life was in need of drastic change. With the support of her family, she acknowledged that there was a problem. As part of her therapy, she agreed to a reasonable behavior plan to bring her life back into balance. It was not until she made an effort to improve her life that she found the internal motivation she needed to bring harmony back into her mind and soul.
 

Your body craves homeostasis. It is your biological nature to seek balance. You don’t have to work at it. It’s as easy as letting go of your stubbornness and allowing nature to take its course. Going with the harmonious flow of nature is not fighting; it’s surrendering. And yet, all around there are people who are fighting to find harmony and balance. They are on a misguided path. You cannot force your way into a state of harmony any more than you can order someone to have fun.

To illustrate this, let’s return to the earlier image about the balancing act performed on the railroad tracks. When you start to lose your balance on the rail, you typically start waving your arms wildly as you desperately try to rectify yourself. Ironically, the more you flail about, the more you overextend yourself and fall. Put another way, trying too hard can throw you off balance.
 

So how do folks know when their spirits are in balance? Well, people who are balanced are typically reasonable in thought and action, not emotionally bound to their ideas, have patience with themselves and others, grounded by their spirituality, flexible to change, view everything in life as an opportunity to learn, and care about the well-being of others.
 

Something to meditate on today. On a piece of paper, write down all the major areas of your life. Include the following: home, financial, social, emotional, health, career, attitude, environment, spiritual, recreational, personality and psychological. Are all of these areas in balance with each other? If each of these items on your list were spokes on a wheel, would some of those spokes be shorter than others causing a distorted wheel? Is there a need for some adjustment? Let your energy be like that of the universe. Stay in balance by surrendering yourself to the wisdom of Mother Nature. That is the key to life.

New Wellness

 

THE WATERY GRAVE
Ron Blake

 

It’s Halloween. Here’s some healthy escapist entertainment and a story for you goblins out there.


I was taking a shower. I was all alone that evening and washing away the day’s worries. A relaxing way to prepare for bed. And just like that; darkness and a pounding heart. A power outage.
 

I stood there in that old claw foot tub and blindly searched for the lever handle. My arms flailed as I hit the curtain on the first attempt. It took several swipes before I found the handle and turned it to stop the water flow. But the water kept coming. I frantically fumbled with it numerous times. It did not stop.

I needed to get out and search for the flashlight. I was limited in my abilities with this black hole that 
enveloped me. I tore open the curtain and reached in vain for the towel on the rack. It was gone.


I stepped out and felt along the wall until I touched the door. I was cold, wet and shaking while I grappled with the door knob. It was locked…from the outside.
 

I stopped focusing on the door handle when I heard it. I spun my head in the direction of that ghastly hissing sound. The water was pouring out of the shower head at an alarming pace. The noise grew

louder. And still yet louder.
 

And then like a bloodcurdling banshee that head violently burst and a torrent of cold water poured forth throughout the bathroom. That torture chamber began flooding. I needed to get out of that confusion and chaos.
 

I screamed in the hopes that the neighbors could hear me. It was useless. They would not get to me in time. I had to break out of this eeriness somehow. I hit the door with my body repeatedly until it crashed open. I fell out into the hallway with a tidal wave washing over me with its marauding madness.
 

It was just as dark and sinister in this space as the bathroom. The water did not however relent in its wicked ways. I could hear the deluge come from every part of the home and hit me with a demonic rage.
 

I was furiously swept throughout the house with cackling cascades crashing down on me from each section of the ceiling. I struggled to breathe but was plunged underwater into the eddies that were forming from the barrages that came from all corners of this place of horror.
 

I fought to stay above the surface. The maelstrom was too powerful for me. I was sinking into the depths of this watery abyss. All the life was being sucked out of me from an unearthly monster.


I began to feel objects bumping me as I thought all hope was lost. It was like the un-dead were swirling around me as I entered what I expected was the last portion of this vortex of death. The sensation of being hit increased. Everything circled around me faster and faster. I gasped what I assumed would be my last breaths of air.

  

Then it all stopped. There was a bright light shining down on me. He was leaning over me. It was my partner. He had been shaking me to wake up. I was having a terrifying nightmare.


I got up and used the bathroom. I stood at the sink washing my hands and that’s when I felt it. Water was leaking down on me…one drip at a time. I looked at the phantom in the mirror. Was I awake?

Happy Halloween to all of you creepy cadavers and fiendish friends!


This morbid mayhem is brought to you by that guy of poltergeists aplenty. That gruesome guy of skulls and bones is Ron Blake and he can be found in the shadows of the mausoleum at rblake5551@hotmail.com

 

Uncle Barbie

 

Your Intellectual Whore
"An effervescently gay
advice columnist."

 

Disclaimer: Although the author of this syndicated column holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, the tongue-in-cheek advice given is for entertainment only and is not a substitute for therapy. Barbie responds to all emails...whether you deserve it or not. Send your questions to Uncle Barbie at:
askunclebarbie@aol.com

2 STRAIGHT 2 BE SEXY


Dear U.B.,
Ok, like I know this guy who is really homophobic and stuff. And he thinks every guy who looks at him is trying to hit on him. But, the thing is, he is really gross and everything. Ok, so here’s my question: why do ugly, sweaty, smelly, hairy, straight men always seem to think that good-looking, gay guys want them? What’s up with that?
Signed, Gas Station Girl


Hello Pump Girl,
What’s up is that he is most likely experiencing wish fulfillment--that’s what. He seems like the kind of person who is only attractive when he is walking away. I have a hard time believing that he really thinks that every gay guy wants him. He just wishes that he was so handsome that even guys would take an interest in him. He sounds very lonely. Come to think of it, he reminds me of some of the homophobic guys I knew back in high school gym class. (Hmmm, I always wondered why some of the guys would cover up when I walked into the locker room.) They were worried about me looking at them; but actually, they were the ones watching me to see if I would look at them. On a closely related topic, I’ve heard people say that when a straight man goes into a gay bar, he has two worries: one is that someone will make a pass at him, and the other is that no one will make a pass at him. (Dose he really think he's all that?)


I don’t mean to stereotype all heterosexual men. In truth, I know several straight men who are very accepting, loving, and beautiful people. It is only the men (and women) who harbor hatred in their hearts who I find repulsively unattractive. While we are on the topic, what is with all those dirty shirts that homophobes wear? They have so many stains on their clothes that it’s like a visual menu of everything that they have eaten that day (probably because they use their shirts as a napkin). It looks like a scratch & sniff picture collage. Do they really think that a gay person is going to be interested in them? Don’t they know that gay men have better taste than that? Seriously, take a close look at homophobic people sometime. When you first encounter them, you are typically greeted by being engulfed in their strong body odor.

 

This sensory treat is surpassed only by their death breath that’s garnished with a thick layer of tarter on their teeth. To top things off, their crowning achievement is the heavy dusting of dandruff encircling their dirty hair like the halo of a fallen angel. Then, they have the nerve to say they’re afraid that someone of the same sex might find them attractive? They should be so lucky! (It would probably be the best lay they ever had!) This just confirms my suspicions that prejudice makes a person ugly. Come on now, isn’t it true that people who are extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, and sexist pigs are also butt-ugly? I mean, we’re talking coyote ugly!


(In case you don’t know what coyote ugly means, it is referring to the situation when you wake up in the drunken aftermath of a one-night-stand with a stranger. Seeing them for the first time in the light of day, you realize that the person sleeping on your arm is disgustingly hideous. So like an animal caught in a leg trap, you seriously consider gnawing your own arm off at the elbow to escape rather than take the risk of waking him/her up by pulling your arm out. Now, that’s coyote ugly!) All in all, I guess what I am trying to say is that beauty is only skin deep, and if you truly want to be attractive, replace your prejudice with thoughts of acceptance and love for all people.
Isn’t that Sweet,
Barbie

 

Horoscopes

 

ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19)
It's a tug-o-war and you are losing. You are going to have to give in some to keep the peace around you.

 

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20)
You are still doing pretty good here. Excellent time to check you health and eating habits. You need to get out.


GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
You are a workaholic now and getting things done. Young people help you be creative. Don't overdue it or your energy will be drained. 


CANCER (June 21 - July 22) 
Get ready to be antagonized. You can get through it if you don't think about it and just do the work. You are going through a change. 


LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 22) 
You can be irritable here. Try to be cordial. It will get you farther. Unexpected things are happening. It's called life. 


VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22) 
Boy haven't you been a ball of fire and accomplishing a lot? You are being noticed but don't let it go to your head. 

 

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22) 
You have a lot going on about yourself. You have lots of energy. Use it wisely or it can come back to bite you. 

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) 
Even though you feel stable life is going to be unsettling for a while. Good time to mind your own business for your own sanity. 


SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) 
Talk about getting things done. You feel you can juggle anything now. May see an increase in income. Luck is on your side. 

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19) 
You are doing the work but you still feel like you are being pushed too much. Bite your tongue and try to be diplomatic here. Pat yourself on the back. 

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) 
You feel like you are moving forward and very smoothly. Others may find you threatening. Listen to new ideas and you will get along a lot better. 

 

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) 
You continue to spend too much and I am not sure what to tell you other than this will change soon. Use your intuition to smooth some ruffled feathers around you. 

Not To Be Missed

 

 

Gay Days in Disneyland

 

Anaheim

Gay Days Anaheim is coming up on October 4-6, 2019. Gay Days Anaheim is a mix-in, meaning the park is open to the general public but LGBTQA individuals dress in red to show their LGBTQA pride. The first Gay Days Anaheim attracted about 2,500 people. Today the event attracts over 30,000 guests to the Disneyland Resort, and features a weekend-long event with parties, gatherings, group photos, scavenger hunts, private meals, and more! For more information about this event, go to gayla4u.com.

 

 

Elton John

 

LA

 

Elton John has added an extra date to his worldwide tour. On October 17, at 8:00 PM, Elton John and Taron Egerton, who played John in the movie, Rocketman, will perform together at the Greek Theatre, in Los Angeles, with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra. The Greek Theatre is located at 2700 North Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027. Tickets for this event start at $232 and are expected to sell out quickly. For tickets, go to greek.theatre-losangeles.org or your favorite ticket seller.

 

 

Tenacious D

 

LA

On October 29, 2019, at 7:00 PM, Tenacious D will perform at the Wiltern Theater, in Los Angeles. Tenacious D is an American comedy rock duo featuring actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The duo formed in 1994 when the actors were part of The Actors Gang, a local

theater company in Los Angeles. They have performed all over the world and have appeared in several movies, including their own movie, Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. They have a group of cult followers worldwide. The Wiltern is located at 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. Tickets for this concert start at $93. For tickets, go to wiltern.theater-la.org or your favorite ticket seller.

 

 

Jonas Brothers

 

LA, SF, Sacramento

 

The Jonas Brothers will perform their Happiness Begins Tours in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento, during the month of October, 2019. This is a reunion tour for the Jonas Brothers. Tickets for their performances start at $50, depending in the venue. For tickets, go to your favorite ticket seller, such as vividseats.com.

 

 

Madonna

 

SF

Madonna will perform her Madame X Tour, in San Francisco, on October 31, November 2, and November 4, 2019, at 8:30 PM at the Golden Gate Theater. She also will perform on several dates in mid-November, in Los Angeles. Tickets for the San Francisco events start at $271 at vividseats.com, and at $325 at the sanfrancisco.tickets-centers.com, so shop wisely.

 

 

The Big Fresno Fair

 

Fresno

The Big Fresno Fair is happening October 2-14, at the Fresno Fair Grounds! Entertainers include Chris Janson, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Keith Sweat, Zara Larson, Christian Nodal, Paul Anka, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Newsboys, Tower of Power & WAR, Ice Cube, Willie Nelson, and others. Go to the website at fresnofair.com to check on dates and ticket prices.

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