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Sci-Fi to Sondheim, Geeks, Nerds and More at QUEER NOT COOL March 9th

 It’s HERE Again! 

NOT COOL was a #1 Time Out New York “Critic’s Pick” 

Previous performer
credits have included “The Tonight Show”, “Today”, “Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon”, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”, “Comedy Central
Presents”, Logo’s “The Click List” and the critically acclaimed web
shows “The Outs” and “It Gets Betterish”. 

QUEER NOT COOL was recently
featured at 2012’s New York Comic Con.

nerds and their fanboys and girls unite in this monthly late night
series as comedians, musicians, dancers, and performance artists
exploring all things geeky, nerdy, and obsessive, from sci-fi to
Sondheim. Forget the closet, get out of your mother’s basement! 

Hosted by ROB RIBAR, this show features couples who excel in their own creative fields, separately or together including acclaimed playwright CRYSTAL SKILLMAN, who’s latest play “Geek” will be presented by the renowned theater company VAMPIRE COWBOYS at Incubator Arts Project this March and her husband FRED VAN LENTE,
a comic book scribe who has written for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The
Hulk” and his own graphic novel “Cowboys & Aliens”. Rob will chat
with Fred about creating a queer comic book, working on treasured brands
and seeing his graphic novel up on the big screen while Vampire Cowboys
will present a sneak preview of “Geek!”. 

Also featuring the hilarious stand-up of MAX BERNSTEIN (Host of “Apocalypse Wow”) and the one, the only rock’n’ roll ventriloquist CARLA RHODES featuring her not-so-better half CECIL SINCLAIRE

Plus “Dynamic Duo Trivia” and much, much more!

QUEER NOT COOL will take place SATURDAY MARCH 9th at 10:30pm at THE SECRET THEATRE (44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens). For transportation, take the G, 7, E, or M trains to Court Square or the NR trains to Queensboro Plaza. 

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. 

Cheap drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase. 

New York Clamps Down on Nude Sun Bathing

 NO MORE NUDITY on Fire Island beaches??

Well yes, and no.

Newsday reports:

A decades-long tradition of nude
sunbathing on Fire Island beaches is coming to an end this summer: Fire
Island National Seashore authorities have announced plans to enforce
long-standing laws banning the practice…

…Koschmann also said some social media sites carry invitations to meet for public sex on the beach.

The fact that public nudity is illegal in
New York was another compelling reason to change the policy, since FINS
maintains joint jurisdiction with the state, she said. The ban also
will be enforced at four other Fire Island beaches where nude sunbathing
is known to take place — including the tract of land in front of
Sailors Haven, from Point O’ Woods to Cherry Grove.

UPDATE – According to NEXT Magazine,

Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove not affected by National Parks public nudity ban.

“Community beaches—including those in front of the Pines and Cherry Grove—will not be affected by this.”  READ MORE  AT  NEXT


Queen of Queens Gay Comedy March 14

The Queens of Queens
Thursday, March 14 at 8:00PM
Laughing Devil Comedy Club

the snides (and bitchy asides) of March! This month, the queens come in
like lions at this acclaimed monthly LGBT comedy show, starring
headliner Veronica Mosey from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and
Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.”

Also throwing shade will be
Chris Doucette (listed among the Advocate’s “Best of LGBT Comedy”),
Joanne Filan (Here-TV’s “Hot Gay Comics”) and special guest Eddie
Sarfaty (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” Logo’s “Wisecrack”).

entire evening will be hosted by Adam Sank — from NBC’s “Last Comic
Standing” and Sirius-XM OutQ — whom Edge New York calls “one of the
city’s most celebrated gay comedy kings.”

$15 + 2-Item Minimum. For tickets and information, visit

Laughing Devil Comedy Club 4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)

Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson


Brooklyn Dad Starts Alternative Scouts Troop

 YEA for  Brooklyn dad Todd Schweikert!

The Boy Scouts is an antiquated sinking ship losing funding left and right! So Todd wanted to look for an alternative. 
  DNA Info reports:

Schweikert, a 33-year-old Windsor Terrace
resident whose son goes to P.S. 154, researched several alternative
scouting options, including groups like Camp Fire. He settled on the
Baden-Powell Service Association to be the parent organization of his
troop. Like other traditional scouting groups, BPSA teaches “woodcraft,”
or how to survive outdoors. BPSA troops also use what’s called the
“patrol method” to divide scouts into teams that each have a leader
nominated by other scouts.

BPSA troops are open to both boys and
girls, and unlike the Boy Scouts of America, there is less talk of God
and religion
in official scouting laws, Schweikert said. The troop
welcomes kids as young as 5 years old, who are known as Otters. At age
8, scouts graduate to Timberwolves.

His 7-year-old son is a charter member of the 5th Brooklyn Scouts,
which accepts boys, girls and all sexual orientations while believing
that prejudice is best snuffed out like an untended campfire.

“The tipping point was the BSA’s approach to gay scouts and the gay
and lesbian parents,” Schweikert wrote in an email to The Huffington
Post. “Any form of discrimination, no matter how small, is never ok and
not something I can endorse and wish to teach to my children.

Schweikert told HuffPost that he has received a “great response from gay and lesbian parents, as well as straight.”

Schweikert’s troop, to be called the
Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, will meet weekly at the Brooklyn Society for
Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West. The location is well-positioned
for excursions to Prospect Park for “nature observation,” but scouts
will also embark on overnight camping trips and weekend hikes. The troop
will learn classic scouting skills like knot-tying and community
service projects, and they’ll earn badges after they accomplish specific


Big Gay Hudson Valley – Pride in Upstate New York May 25-27

Big Gay Hudson Valley
(BGHV), the region’s premier source for gay & lesbian information
& resources in the Hudson Valley, has unveiled the plans for its
fourth annual Pride Preview Weekend.  Last year, more than 700 people
gathered to kick-off gay pride season with BGHV. For 2012, more than
1,000 guests will celebrate with three days of events that will run from
Friday, May 25th to Sunday, May 27th of Memorial Day Weekend.

The weekend’s events are all detailed on, and include: 
  • Friday, May 25th – Pride Preview Kick-Off  Party at the Out Bar  [Event info on Facebook]
  • Saturday, May 26th – Pride Preview Cruise on the Hudson onboard Empire Cruise Line’s Mystere  [Event info on Facebook]
  • Sunday, May 27th – Pride Preview Party at the Locust Grove Estate  [Event info on Facebook]
The weekend’s capstone event – the Pride Preview Party – has drawn
crowds in excess of 650+ in years past.  It is a BYO picnic and
attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner to share with their
friends. Locust Grove’s gorgeous estate grounds and gardens also warmly
welcome dogs (on a leash, please) and children. While a bar will not be
set up on site, those of the legal drinking age are invited to pack
their favorite adult beverage of choice to be enjoyed on the lawn during
the event.  
Entertainment for the evening includes live performances by the Hudson
Valley’s very-own DJ Ali, Drag Bingo Cabaret with Trixie Starr &
Ophelia Nightly of the Hudson Pride Foundation, and our headliner –
straight from NYC – acclaimed gay performer and music producer DJ
Metro-North Railroad and Poughkeepsie’s Holiday Inn Express are
offering special weekend get-away packages from New York City. For more
information about Pride Preview Weekend, booking accommodations, or to
purchase tickets for select events in advance, visit


NJ Bridal Salon Refuses to sell to Lesbians


Here Comes the Bride in New Jersey, is making news for refusing to sell a gown to a lesbian who plans to marry in neighboring New York, which legalized same-sex marriage earlier this summer.

Alex Genter has complained that the manager at Here Comes the Bride in Somers Point, N.J., lectured her about her gay lifestyle after Genter crossed out the word “groom” and replaced it with “partner” and her fiancee’s name on paperwork she filled out for her planned purchase. “She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” said Genter, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’ “

Genter visited Here Comes the Bride this month along with her parents and other family members for a day of dress-shopping, according to the article. She is planning to marry next summer in New York, which in June became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.

The decision has prompted thousands of couples in neighboring states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, such as New Jersey, to plan their nuptials in New York. But as Bernadette Coveney-Smith, who specializes in planning gay weddings, explained last month to the Los Angeles Times, it can be a struggle for couples to find dress shops, florists and other vendors who are comfortable working with same-sex couples.

Since the New Jersey incident made news, Here Comes the Bride has been hammered by hundreds of scathing reviews on Yelp, and a Facebook page called Boycott Here Comes the Bride has attracted 433 followers. The woman who refused to work with Genter, and who has been identified as “Donna,” told a Philadelphia Daily News columnist that she had indeed rejected Genter’s business but accused the angry bride of “stirring up drama” by going public about the incident.

Donna said she was trying to arrange a meeting with Genter’s parents in an apparent attempt to smooth things over, the Daily News said, but she didn’t say anything about meeting with Genter herself. – I wouldn’t even take a free gown from this salon at this point. 

The Yelp reviews, meanwhile, have become so rabid that Yelp reportedly is considering removing those that don’t abide by its policy of commenting on a business, not employees’ beliefs.


Michael Kors & Lance Le Pere Marry in South Hamptons

Mazel tov!

Michael Kors and his longtime partner Lance Le Pere have finally made it official, reports Women’s Wear Daily. The couple were married in a private ceremony on Tuesday in Southampton with the town’s mayor Mark Epley officiating.

It has been a long time coming for Kors and Le Pere, who have known each other since 1990 when Le Pere joined the designer’s company.

They fell in love with Paris, Le Pere told New York in an interview from last August: “We share a certain level of taste… an American point of view, and I think we like to play with Americana. Over the years and the day-to-day process of dreaming together, things just naturally fell into place.”

Kors and Le Pere had given hints that a marriage ceremony was impending, as the two were spotted on August 3 at New York’s City Hall applying for a marriage license. Kors said in a statement, “Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together. We have no plans for a major party, but we will be getting married privately.”

Congratulations guys!!


Get Away to Vermont for Northern Decadence Sept. 9-10

Celebrating Vermont’s  Diversity & Culinary Tourism

Come out for the First Annual Northern Decadence Vermont! Maple syrup, gourmet ice cream, award-winning cheeses, microbrews, wines, sauces and other specialty foods. Beautiful natural scenery, world-class restaurants, family attractions, shopping, entertainment, arts and culture.


You’ll find it all in Vermont.
Celebrate Vermont’s diversity, tourism and culinary culture. Rock the boat on the Midnight Culinary Cruise on Lake Champlain. Sample and buy delicious creations at the Food Festival. Show your stuff at the Dance Party. It’s all decadent!

Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, Northern Decadence includes three exciting events, including a:
Culinary Cruise on Lake Champlain on the Spirit of Ethan Allen on September 9th, from 9:00 pm until 12:00 midnight.  Dancing, entertainment and delicious foods will be available.  The Vermont Gay Social Alternatives (
) is partnering with the VGTA to present the cruise. Tickets are $45.
Food Festival and Art Show at the Hilton Burlington on September 10th, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.  The public will be able to sample some of the best specialty foods made in Vermont and New England, plus learn cooking techniques at presentations by noted chefs.  A silent auction with items and certificates from restaurants, resorts, inns and other businesses will be held during the day. Tickets are $10 and includes 10 sample tickets.  Children 12 and under are free.
Dance Party at the Higher Ground in South Burlington on September 10th, 9:00 pm until 2:00 am.  Dance the night away to the latest tracks by the hottest artists today, plus enjoy live entertainment, and an underwear fashion show courtesy of Macy’s.  Tickets are $20.

The Vermont Gay Tourism Association, with support from the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, created Northern Decadence to promote Vermont’s tourism, weddings and culinary culture to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel market.

Northern Decadence.


Live Out Loud 3rd Annual Pride in the HAMPTONS June 25th

Live Out Loud will host its third annual Pride in the Hamptons Fundraiser on Saturday, June 25th.


Dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization that connects LGBT youth with role models and leaders in the LGBT community.

The event will take place at the waterfront home of Bruce T. Sloane (21 North Bay Lane) in East Hampton from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and will include a cocktail reception, dancing, and a silent auction.

Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres from Brent Newsom Caterer.

The event is expected to draw a dynamic group of more than 300 leaders in business, arts, politics, community, and culture who are committed to Live Out Loud’s mission of empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth by providing scholarships, after-school programming, rolemodels and leadership opportunities.

Tickets start at $125, $150 at the door. To purchase, please contact Leo Preziosi, Jr., at 212.651.4236

or visit



About Live Out Loud

Dedicated to empowering, mentoring, and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization that produces panel discussions, lectures, and workshops that connect LGBT youth with role models and leaders in the LGBT community. Founded in 2001, Live Out Loud presents programs at metropolitan area high schools and universities featuring panelists from every walk of life, including actress Cherry Jones, author Eric Marcus, director John Cameron Mitchell, and New York Times columnist Stuart Elliott.


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         Bucks County Chocolate Show   
             SATURDAY    April 30       10am – 4pm       
Eagle Fire Company   46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA

Chocolatiers and Gourmet foods
High quality products with fresh flavors and local ingredients. 
Artisanal products to sample and buy. Demos to learn the latest trends. 

MORE INFO  – see you there!


Bruce Vilanch at Queens Theatre May 7th

Bruce Vilanch is a comedy writer, songwriter and actor, who is “One of the most sought-after jokesmiths in the entertainment industry”.
The six-time Emmy Award-winner is known to those ‘in the know’ in Hollywood and New York as “the fat guy who writes everyone’s jokes.”
He is best known as a writer for TV awards shows; he’s co-written 21 Oscar broadcasts, as well as a featured writer for the Tonys, Grammys and Emmys and his 4-year stint on Hollywood Squares, as both a performer and writer.

This years Oscars with James Franco – was a little…strange….

 New York magazine caught up with Bruce Vilanch recently and asked him what happened.

“I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over,” Vilanch quipped. “He doesn’t know. He took a nap and he woke up in class.”

Was Vilanch saying Franco’s sleepy performance was due to an actual lack of sleep?

“He has so many balls in the air, he didn’t get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday. And so we e-mailed a lot. But we had a lot of meetings. He had a bunch of people who were writing for him, and if it had been him alone, it would have been different. But it was him and Anne Hathaway, and they both had to be serviced. So there was a lot of communication beforehand. But he didn’t get there.”

Vilanch continued: “I don’t think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of … I don’t know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it’s outside of those guys’ comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened … ‘ Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories.”

Was Franco maybe stoned, as was rumored? “No, he wasn’t high,” Vilanch said. “I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.”

BRUCE is  performing on May 7th at Queens Theatre in the Park.

Tickets are $37, Senior $35, Student $22 and are now available online at Queens Theatre or by calling 718-760-0064. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Box Office,  1 hour prior to performances, if available.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Bruce Vilanch Tribute site
We Got Bruce

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Bucks County Chocolate Show April 30th

‘Bringing The World of Chocolate to You’ with the
                 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show on April 30th in New Hope, PA.

A high-end venue where you can sample and buy fresh, organic, single origin, Artisanal chocolate and gourmet goods. Choosing amongst Trendsetters in the Industry find ways to make your menu pairing, your party, your event, your every day ‘amazing’ with affordable options that reflect exceptional taste, elegance and style.

You can look forward to Valrhona, Laurie’s Chocolates, Barbara’s Buttercrunch, Half Pint Kitchen sorbet and ice cream, Didi’s Chocolates, Chevaliers D’Argouges and Anti Dote all at the 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show!

This venue is conveniently located to restaurants, shops and history along the scenic shores of the Delaware River. It’s easy to find right off of route 202 from the New Hope Toll bridge. Complimentary shuttle at the New Hope-Solebury High School lets you attend the show and then come back to walk into town to enjoy a beautiful day in New Hope on one side of the river and a 5 minute walk across the bridge into Lambertville, N.J. on the other.

Bargain tickets online until April 20th


My Parents Were Awesome by Eliot Glazer April 5th

Your mom and dad weren’t always parents

They used to be people—and they were awesome. Eliot Glazer visits The powerHouse Arena (Brooklyn) with his new book based on his popular blog
to convince you that your parents were once Awesome, too.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5th, 2011.

He’ll be joined by Rachel Shukert, Rachel Sklar, and Dave Itzkoff with stand-up from Giulia Rozzi.

About “My Parents Were Awesome”:

They bathed you. They fed you. They raised you to become the person you are today. Your parents are an integral part of your story. But guess what? They have a story too—one that started long before you entered the picture. Before embarrassing fanny packs and Lite FM, there was a time when Mom and Dad were young and carefree—just like you. They were also fun and flirty, full of hope and desire and effortlessly cool.

Based on the wildly popular website, My Parents Were Awesome shares heartwarming and hilarious essays by sons and daughters—including Jamie Deen, Christian Lander, Dave Itzkoff, Katherine Center, Laurie Notaro, and Holly Peterson—who tell tales of their folks before babies, mortgages, and receding hairlines: the mom and dad who traveled by VW bus to see Led Zeppelin for $1, the grandmother whose halter top and shorts belied her perfect demeanor, the father whose wanderlust passed down to his equally nomadic daughter. Accompanied by treasured vintage photographs, these stories will make you laugh, melt your heart, and spark your own reflections of Mom and Dad.

 Tuesday, April 5 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm   @   The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street    in D.U.M.B.O.   Brooklyn, NY
There will be a Q&A, as well as readings from Dave Itzkoff, Rachel Shukert, and Rachel Sklar, and stand-up comedy courtesy of contributor Giulia Rozzi.

 There will also be wine!  
Free wine!  Like Ancient Greece!

·  Originally created as a website with over 10,000 submissions, 1,600 postings, and 1.2 million unique visitors is an Internet phenomenon; The site became an instant hit, with features on NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox News, ABC News and more. And now Glazer combines the spontaneity and nuance of old photographs with stories by sons and daughters in a heartwarming collection of essays.

·  MY PARENTS WERE AWESOME is now a book published by Random House and includes 40 essays with pictures of moms and dads from authors including the son of Paula Deen, New York Times columnist Dave Itzkoff, Onion News Network writer Aaron Khefeits, Christian Lander (the author of Stuff White People Like) and many more;

Eliot Glazer is a gay writer, producer, and comedian. He  blogs for MTV’s Buzzworthy and is an editor at the humor website He performs regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

My Parents Were Awesome: Before Fanny Packs and Minivans, They Were People Too

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Queens and Gays in Queens for St. Patricks Celebration

When Sunnyside and Woodside’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off Sunday, the 2,000 spectators expected at the event will see not only bagpipers and Irish dancers, but Chinese kite-flyers, Mexican dancers and a plethora of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups.

About 80 groups, some with 100 members, will march down Skillman and Woodside avenues for the St. Pat’s for All Parade, an all-inclusive parade that Co-Chairman Brendan Fay began after gay and lesbian Irish groups were banned from marching in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1999. This will be the parade’s 12th year.

“What’s very moving is the community activism and hope and commitment that made this inclusive parade possible… and now it’s another traditional parade in this city,” said parade co-chair Brendan Fay. – “It’s the most progressive parade in New York; we welcome everybody,” added parade co-chair Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy.

“I’m very proud that in Queens, in Sunnyside, this Sunday a most unique parade will take place,” Fay said.

The parade assembles at 1 p.m. and kicks off at 2 p.m. Beginning at 47th Street and Skillman Avenue, the parade will travel east until 56th Street. From there, the parade will move north on 56th Street one block before turning east on Woodside Avenue and ending at 58th Street.

This year’s grand marshals include Patricia Lewsley, the Northern Ireland commissioner for children and young people, and Brig. Gen. Jim Cullen, who acted as an adviser to President Barack Obama on matters of human rights.

“This is a coming home for Jim,” Fay said. “Jim grew up in Sunnyside.”

more info at  YOUR NABE


Gay New Jersey Couple Awarded $3 Million in Burger King Gay Bashing

Justice prevails in New Jersey!

A gay New Jersey couple who were chased and beaten by Burger King employees following a 2007 altercation have been awarded $3.15 million by
a Hudson County jury.

In a civil trial that began Feb. 7, victims Peter Casbar, 43, and Noel Robichaux, 46, testified that a dispute with the person taking their order escalated to involve other workers and then became violent, even after the couple had left the Union City restaurant.  ( I want to know how does that happen? How do you place an order for food – and it turns that ugly??)

“The manager and a group of angry restaurant employees chased the couple and then mercilessly kicked, beat, and spat upon the two men while screaming hate-filled anti-gay invectives,” the couple’s attorney, James F. Fine said in a statement.

Casbar and Robichaux said they were victims of a hate crime and brought the lawsuit under New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws. The jury agreed and ordered Food Service Properties Corp. and Union City Restaurant Corp., which owned the Burger King where the incident occurred, to pay damages.

“Violence against anybody, including gay people, cannot be condoned,” said Fine after the verdict. “The jury spoke to this issue.”

The jury award includes $1.7 in punitive damages. Food Service Properties Corp. and Union City Restaurant Corp. which own a total of Seven Burger Kings, including the one in Union City where the attack started were ordered to pay a total of $3.15 million.

Angel Caraballo and Christopher Soto, were employed at the Union City Burger King in 2007. They have both plead guilty to aggravated assault in the attack on the gay New Jersey couple.


Gay Retreats to be Held in Pennsylvania

3 upcoming Gay/Bi-sexual retreats
 in the Pennsylvania area.

Set down your burdens, satisfy your thirst, come home to the garden of paradise, and lose yourself in lovemaking with God. This is the true erotic message Jesus, or Yeshua, gave his friends two thousand years ago, and it is the true journey of Lent in the Christian mystical tradition. In this four-day experiential workshop, you can begin Lent by experiencing the Christian mysteries as never before, harnessing their sensuous power to radically transform your life.

This is a workshop for spiritual and erotic adventurers: gay and bi men who are willing to question their beliefs, feel their wounds, and explore their own erotic edges – a workshop for men who are willing to risk joy.

The Erotic Body of Christ – 2011
Kirkridge Retreat Center – Delaware Water Gap, PA
March 17, 2011 to March 20, 2011
This Workshop is for Gay and Bi Men, Singles and Couples Welcome

As gay men, in some ways we have an instinctive ability to bridge the masculine and the feminine. Still, we often struggle with our power. Collectively, we have fought for acceptance and equality in the social arena. It is yet another step to stand in our personal power without fear or excuses, compromises or justifications.

By means of exploring the masculine and the feminine principles in our bodies, movement, breath, voice and contact, we will engage our power as a visceral, pulsating, emotional experience. Once comfortable with it — or even better, once deriving pleasure from it — we will express our power in various forms of play. 

Don’t we all want to feel powerful? Enjoy pleasure?  Be playful?  Join Kevin Kortan, Kai Ehrhardt and a community of fellow explorers, where you will have the chance to explore how the dynamics of Power, Pleasure, and Play shape and influence your body-mind-spirit, career, and relationships. Under the experienced and attentive guidance of Kai & Kevin, a safe, supportive environment will be created to for you to explore, and uncover, your strengths, challenge your unproductive habits, and help you open to new ways of being.

Power, Pleasure and Play
Kirkridge Retreat Center – Delaware Water Gap, PA
April 28, 2011 to May 01, 2011
This Workshop is for Gay and Bi Men, Singles and Couples Welcome

Are you looking for greater intimacy in your life?
Is something preventing you from fully enjoying the touch of another man?
Do you want to better express yourself through touch?
Are you wanting deeper and more meaningful relationships?
Then this is the workshop for you!

With Eros – the God of Love – as our inspiration for this weekend, you’ll find yourself in the company of like-minded men who are sincere seekers.  Together we’ll earnestly explore the questions, ‘What is intimacy?’ and “Can I be intimate with another if I am not also intimate with myself?’  With the support of community you’ll come to know how the accepting presence of other men can give you the courage and desire to go even deeper into knowing yourself and others. 

Intimacy and Eros For Men – 2011
Kirkridge Retreat Center – Delaware Water Gap, PA
June 09, 2011 to June 12, 2011
This Workshop is for Gay and Bi Men, Singles and Couples Welcome

Gay Vacations, Travel Tours, Weekend Getaways and Men’s Retreats. 
Spirit Journeys   offer play, adventure and relaxation, as well as the potential for personal growth and the exploration of spirituality and sexuality.

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Free Gay Comedy in Brooklyn with Chris Doucette

Tickle Me Brooklyn
 is a stand-up comedy show hosted by Chris Doucette  (NPR/FOX) featuring the best comics in New York City – many of whom have been on Comedy Central, HBO, and more! Everyone is welcome!

The show is FREE.

Our cast for
SEPTEMBER 16  at  8pm:

(Comedy Central)

Calvin CATO!         
(Comix Comedy Club)

Jess WOOD!          
(Def Comedy Jam)

Nick TURNER! (College Humor)    and   Nick COBB!(Last Comic Standing)

Each month will feature gay and gay-friendly comics!

The show is on the THIRD THURDAY of each month at 8pm.

Our 2010 dates are:

Sep 16
Oct 21
Nov 18
Dec 16

And it’s all FREE!  Such a deal!

The  venue is:
Linger Cafe & Lounge
533 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 347-689-4813

Linger offers $5 drafts, $4 bottles, and $6 Sake, Champagne, and Sangria. Sandwiches and snacks are also available. It’s swanky/casual – a perfect place for a super fun comedy show.

Take the A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn or the 2/3/4/5/B/D/M/R/Q/N to Atlantic.
Linger is a 1/2 block away from Atlantic stop!.


Chris Doucette

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GUMBO One Year Anniversary with Scott Herman


FRIDAY, AUGUST 13       10PM-4AM
Galapagos Art Space    16 Main Street, at Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
F to York Street / A to High Street
$5….   $10 after 12AM

FEATURING:  Scott Herman    (The Real World: Brooklyn)   GUMBO Bartender-for-a-Cause

Benefiting Brooklyn Community Pride Center 
DJ Scotty Rox         2 bars + 2 floors + Stage Dancing
Resident Stylist Lynsey      Free Haircuts til Midnight
 Photographer Michael Popp     ‘Popp Pics’ on Stage

The House of Ninja & Mykel      Special Midnight Floguing Performance
 2-for-1 drinks [10:30-11PM] + [12-12:30AM]

GUMBO  Guest Birthday Party
if you’ve got a birthday in August – and WIN a party on August 13 at GUMBO!



Gay Atlantic City Adds Gay Bingo at Trumps Taj Mahal July 9th

New gay bingo nights at
Trump Taj Mahal
signal expanding LGBT market in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City’s transformation to an adults-only casino city that’s “Always Turned On”  started appealing to the LGBT community last fall. 

Following a gay-themed “Out in Atlantic City ” weekend of partying at the Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. casinos last September, Trump Entertainment Resorts  Inc. has begun courting gay and lesbian customers earlier this year with its own events advertised as Fun and “Gay”mes.

Trump spokeswoman Mary Moyer said 300 to 500 customers are expected this Friday night at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort for gay bingo, followed by dancing in a ballroom-turned-nightclub suggestively named “Club O 69.”

More gay bingo nights are tentatively scheduled in July and August as the Taj Mahal continues to appeal to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender customer base.

“We recognized a need to provide entertainment experiences to the GLBT community,” said Paula Mauk, vice president of marketing for Trump Entertainment. “We have amenities at the Trump Atlantic City properties that can attract and grow that demographic.”


Harrah’s Entertainment, owner of the Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat casinos, threw the doors wide open to gay customers with its “Out in Atlantic City” weekend last year. The event featured appearances by gay and lesbian entertainers, parties and gay bingo. The event will be staged again this September, although Harrah’s has not yet announced details.

Jennifer Weissman, regional vice president of marketing for Harrah’s Entertainment, said the Harrah’s properties appeal to gay customers year-round through a series of special events and entertainment. She believes gay events at Trump Taj Mahal, normally Harrah’s rival, will only enhance the city’s tourism business.

“I think it’s a great thing,” Weissman said. “The more all the casinos do to attract more customers to the market, the better.”

If you go:

Event: Gay bingo at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday July 9th, Tiara Ballroom

Cost: $10 donation. Proceeds benefit the South Jersey AIDS Alliance

Prizes for best dressed individual, best decorated table and best dressed table.

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Win a Trip To Amsterdam and Watch for the S Subway Train Car and FREE Holland Giveaways


Anyone who has been to Holland knows it is the perfect place to just be amazed, just be relaxed and just be yourself! That’s why the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC) is launching its newest marketing campaign on February 4th in North America, “Just be. In Holland.” to appeal to every type of traveler. Whether your style is classic or contemporary, Holland has something for everyone, from iconic Dutch canals and windmills to innovative design shops and cutting-edge fashion.
To mark the launch of this new year-long campaign, NBTC will test potential travelers’ knowledge of Holland through a series of contests on  A new contest will be posted every Thursday in February.  Each correct online entry will be entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win an incredible prize that highlights a different aspect of Holland’s unique style.

Prizes include –
·         A monthly delivery of fresh tulips for a year
·         An exclusive Gassan 121 diamond made in Amsterdam
·         A quintessentially BATAVUS Dutch bicycle
·         An iconic $1000 Carbon chair designed by Marcel Wanders and Bertjan Pot

In addition to the weekly prizes, one grand prize winner will be awarded the ultimate experience: a chance to just be in Holland! In order to qualify for the grand prize—two round-trip, business class tickets on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Amsterdam and a four-night stay at the Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand—potential travelers simply need to upload a photo showing how they would “Just be. In Holland.” between February 4 and March 4, 2010. The most creative entry will be selected.
In addition to the weekly contests running on throughout February, those who live in New York City will have a chance to be transported to Holland via themed subway cars on the S subway shuttle line, which runs between Grand Central and Times Square. Each car—wrapped inside and out—will represent Holland’s cultural, classic and contemporary aspects and include translations of fun Dutch phrases and words.  In addition, street teams will be deployed at the Grand Central and Times Square stations each week to distribute Holland-themed giveaways

Conrad van Tiggelen, Director, NBTC North America, looks forward to engaging with potential travelers for the launch of the new campaign. “The new ‘Just be. In Holland.’ campaign epitomizes what repeat visitors to Holland already know—that Holland is a place where you can truly be yourself and discover a world of authentic and modern experiences, whether you are interested in art, culture, design, fashion or architecture.”

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