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Los Angeles Events Calendar April 7-15

Coachella, brunch, a scavenger hunt, a film festival and more

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Coachella runs April 14-17. (Photo by Drew Ressler; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Friday, April 7

DAN SAVAGE’S HUMP! FILM FEST L.A., Fri Apr 7 @ 6-11 PM at The Downtown Independent – (251 S Main St). HUMP! is home-grown short film porn for wannabe porn stars. You’ll enjoy a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes-all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. Check out humpfilmfest.com.

THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST – Fri Apr 07 @ 8:00PM – 08:00PM at Renberg Theatre – ( 1125 N McCadden Pl). HUMANS OF EARTH! BREAKING NEWS — we have five years left to cry. It’s true… Earth is really dying, but we can make it all worthwhile! The superstars of Trans Chorus of Los Angeles – TCLA, in their debut stage performance, present the smash hit musical “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars”. Stepping directly out of the music of David Bowie, the chorus tells the iconic story of his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. This production is presented in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin / Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center.

Saturday, April 8

OUT IN TECH L.A. SOCIAL -Sat Apr 8 @ 4-7 PM at Revolver (8851 Santa Monica Blvd). One year ago Out in Tech launched in LA. Come join us as we celebrate a year of wonderful Out in Tech LA events, professional contacts, and new friends. RSVPs are required, but free. oitlaanniversaryparty.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, April 9

EQUALITY CA BENEFIT BRUNCH 11 AM-2 PM at a Los Angeles private residence. Join the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for a benefit brunch on at a beautiful mid-century modern view estate in the hills of Bel Air, and support the work of Equality California Institute. Address will be provided upon RSVP at this link. Tickets are $100.

LGBTINSEL TOWN WALKING TOUR, 11 AM-1:30 PM at The Hollywood Museum – (1660 Highland Ave). You’ll start your LGBTinsel Town Tour with a Champagne welcome at The Hollywood Museum featuring the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world – all housed in the historic Max Factor building. From there we’ll hit the streets to dig up the dirt on decades of closeted stars, underground pansy bars, and gay rights battle scars. From the initial footfalls of the LA’s first Pride parade to the secret tunnels that lie under the Walk of Fame that the locals don’t even know about – Out & About Tours and The Lavender Effect.

8TH ANNUAL WEHO SCAVENGER HUNT, 2-6 PM at Gym Sportsbar – (8737 Santa Monica Blvd). WeHo Dodgeball, W*A*R, and Rainbow Rex are thrilled to bring you a fantastic day of fun and adventure. In the 8th Annual WeHo Scavenger Hunt, you and three of your friends will race around West Hollywood and the surrounding area trying to complete our diabolically challenging list of photo and item objectives!  $10 per person or $40 per team. Visit wehoadultrecreation.com.

A SIMPLE TEA DANCE, 2 PM-9 PM at A Simple Bar (3256 Cahuenga Blvd W.).Come dance the afternoon away at Superstar’s monthly LGBTQ Tea Dance at A Simple Bar. Well drinks at Happy Hour prices all night long.

Wednesday, April 12

GAY MALE AND FRIENDS SPRING MIX N’CONNECT, 7-9 PM at Pitfire Artisan Pizza (801 N Fairfax Ave #101). Whether you are new to Los Angeles, in the mindset of meeting new friends, wanting to network, or maybe wanting to meet someone professional for possible romance, we’re hosting a fun event with Pitfire Pizza in West Hollywood. We’ll have our own private area out on the patio. $20 at the door.

GO RAINBOW SKATE NIGHT AT MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY, 8-11 PM at Moonlight Rollerway (5110 San Fernando Rd). Great Outdoors LA invites you to roll, bounce the night away. Admission: $10.25 Skate rental: $5.

Thursday, April 13

SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS, 1-2:30 PM at Triangle Square Apartments (1602 Ivar Ave). Former boxer and trainer George will teach basic self-defense methods, including how to protect yourself from blows and how not to be a victim. Free.

Friday, April 14

CARE BEAR CAMPOUT #SpringBreak 2017, 8 AM-12 PM at Crystal Lake Cafe (9877 N Crystal Lake Rd). Care Bear Campers will take adventure once again this spring April 14 & 15 checking out Sunday the 16. This year we celebrate our seven-year anniversary. All campsites are $12 per vehicle, eight people per campsite. Contact Crystal Lake Cafe, 626-910-1029.

COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 (through April 17), 11 AM-midnight at Coachella @ Empire Polo – (81-800 Ave 51). We all know Coachella, the crazed, global festive near Indio. Go for the weekend or for the day. It’s worth the trip to see some of the greatest musical acts of our time. Visit coachella.com for details.

Saturday, April 15

ONE EYED Monster (Homo Massive), 10 PM-3 AM at The Globe Theatre. A Huge Throbbing Dance Ball with a huge throbbing you know what featured everywhere. Call 818-622-7278 for details.

— Powered by gayinla.com, John McHugh- Dennis

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Tom Brady’s new out gay teammate: Carl Nassib returns to Tampa

Carl Nassib returns to Florida as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly sign the NFL free agent to a one-year deal

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Carl Nassib speaks publicly for first time since coming out as gay in August 2021 (Screenshot/YouTube KUVV Fox 5 Las Vegas)

TAMPA – Carl Nassib, who made headlines in June 2021 when he became the NFL’s first out gay active player, reportedly has signed a one-year contract with his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The 29-year-old defensive end was released by the Las Vegas Raiders in March, and became a free agent. NFL sources said that was due to his contracted salary amount—$7.75 million—and not any reflection on his sexual orientation.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news with a tweet

When Nassib came out last summer, he announced he was donating $100K to The Trevor Project, and for Pride Month this year he made a new pledge to help LGBTQ youth. He promised to match donations to The Trevor Project, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

Will Bucs quarterback Tom Brady welcome Nassib? As Outsports reported, he’s never made any comments about playing with someone gay. Brady’s former Patriots teammate Ryan O’Callaghan recalled that before he came out in 2017, following his retirement, there was one time that he missed the team bus and Brady gave him a ride in his car to that day’s practice.

O’Callaghan told Outsports he believes Brady would have “absolutely” accepted him if he had come out at that time.

“Being married to a super model I’m sure he’s met a few gay people in his life,” said O’Callaghan. Brady wed Brazilian fashion model Gisele Bündchen in 2009.

Legendary Boston sports columnist Steve Buckley of The Athletic came out as gay in 2011 while at the Boston Herald. He told Outsports Brady has always been friendly and cooperative, even after Buckley came out.

This is the second time around at Raymond James Stadium for Nassib. He played for the Bucs for two seasons prior to joining the Raiders in 2020. His NFL career began in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. 

As Jason Owens reported for Yahoo! Sports, Nassib was far more productive in Tampa as a part-time starter, recording 6.5 sacks in 2018 and six sacks in 2019. The NFL’s website shows he played just 242 defensive snaps and earned 1.5 sacks last season. 

In 86 games including 37 starts, Nassib’s recorded 22 career sacks, 164 tackles, 53 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles.

In addition to Brady, Nassib’s new teammates are Akiem Hicks and William Gholston at defensive end and outside linebackers Shaquil Barrett and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. Given that the Bucs finished seventh in the NFL in sacks last season with 47, Nassib will be expected to improve Tampa Bay’s chances when their season begins Sept. 11 in Dallas.

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LGBTQ journalist Chuck Colbert died: reported on Catholic sexual abuse

“Chuck was extraordinarily principled and helpful, especially when addressing issues related to the LGBTQ community and the Catholic Church”

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National LGBTQ Task Force Communications Director Cathy Renna (L) with journalist Chuck Colbert (Photo courtesy of Cathy Renna)

By Karen Ocamb | WEST HOLLYWOOD – Chuck Colbert had a touch of old Cary Grant in him — dashing and debonair in his tuxedo at swank LGBTQ events. But he was also deeply humble and bursting with joy from his lifelong devotion to the core beliefs of the Catholic Church.

His journalistic discipline controlling his personal anguish over the proclamations about homosexuality enabled him as an out gay man to report professionally on the sex abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church in the early 2000s.

As a regular freelance contributor to the National Catholic Reporter and other media outlets, Chuck debunked tirades against gays and often underscored how girls and young women had been raped and abused by priests and church officials, too. 

I thought about this a lot when I heard that Chuck had died on June 30. He was 67. 

I was shocked by his sudden passing and how long it took to find out he had died. I met him decades ago through the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Why did it take a month and a half for news of his passing to spread? 

Chuck’s friend Karen Allshouse posted news on his Facebook page:  “I’ve learned that while visiting in Johnstown [Pennsylvania] he developed a serious medical issue (involving his esophagus reportedly) and he needed to be transferred to a higher level of medical care and was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital. Respiratory complications developed and he died. For those who are concerned about his mom – a former high school teacher of his (English) accompanied his mom to the cemetery for the committal service.”

I considered Chuck a loving friend and a journalistic colleague but I realized I actually knew little about him. Our friendship ranged from email exchanges to quick chats at events to deep conversations about religion, including the influence of Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ.

If anyone sought to imitate Christ, it was Chuck Colbert. He was kind without thinking about it. He walked the walk and scolded those who didn’t but claimed to have created the path. 

On March 17, 2002, two months after the Boston Globe exposed the sexual child abuse by priests rotting the foundation of the Boston archdiocese (depicted in the movie “Spotlight”), Chuck wrote an op-ed in the Boston Herald entitled Leaders of Catholic Church Must Listen to All the Faithful.”  

“Clearly, the Catholic Church in Boston is in crisis. Some blame ‘militant homosexuals’ among the clergy, branding them ‘a true plague on the priesthood.’ Is the crisis, in fact, rooted there?Let me offer another perspective—one based on more than 25 years of faith life as a convert. First, I have failed, somehow, to encounter any Catholic church culture characterized by ‘priestly homosexuals run amok with no fear of condemnation.’ The reality is significantly more boring,” Chuck wrote. 

He went on to describe his scholarly and theological journey from the University of Notre Dame to Georgetown University, Harvard University and Weston Jesuit School of Theology, receiving degrees at each stop. 

“Still, it was not until I arrived in Cambridge 15 years ago that my spiritual desolation over the conflict between my sexual identity and my religious conviction found its positive counterpart: consolation,” Chuck wrote in the Boston Herald. “The catalyst for that life-saving, personal transformation began when a bright and theologically astute Jesuit priest became my spiritual director.

“He listened,” Chuck continued. “Over time, I broke the silence of my anguished pilgrim journey and its struggle with homosexuality. He understood that I carried with me the heavy baggage of church teaching, those deeply wounding, soul-shaming words from the Catechism, ‘objective disorder’ and ‘intrinsic evil,’ that pathologize (and objectify) same-gender love and its sexual expression. Through the respectful, nonjudgmental listening and guidance of spiritual direction and through richer encounters of God’s grace in the sacraments, therapy, and prayer, I came to experience God’s unconditional love. I now feel, to the core of my being, that God loves me (I suspect you) along with all my quirky postmodern, American, but very human, strengths and vulnerabilities.”

Chuck became an expert reporter covering the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. During a May 7, 2002 appearance on CNN, Chuck responded to a question about the culpability of Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston. 

“I think the question raises a very interesting question, or point,” Chuck said. “And it is not just the personality of the cardinal. Other bishops who were auxiliary bishops at the time [of  Fr. John Geoghan’s arrest for child molestation and release] and are now bishops in other places, as the [Father Paul] Shanley documents have been revealed, these show higher levels of involvement of knowledge. And so it is systemic — but it is also the leadership, the broad leadership that Cardinal Law mustered to either handle or mishandle this scandal, and I think that we will see more of that come out in court.”

Chuck’s expertise was invaluable to the LGBTQ community, as National LGBTQ Task Force Communications Director Cathy Renna told the Windy City Times.

“Chuck was a friend and colleague—one who was extraordinarily principled and helpful, especially when addressing issues related to the LGBTQ community and the Catholic Church. He was instrumental in helping us frame and address the abuse scandal when church leaders scapegoated gay priests, as a person of faith and an intellectual,” Renna said. “[W]orking with him was a vital part of my work taking on the Catholic Church hierarchy while at GLAAD, along with other queer and allied groups. But he was also a pleasure to be friends with, who found joy in life and our community, and was one of the people I most looked forward to seeing at the NLGJA convention and other events. He will be greatly missed.”

Chuck caused some ripples in my life after an interview we did for the online LGBTQ press trade newsletter Press Pass Q in 2016 about my being laid off as news editor by my longtime publisher Frontiers Newsmagazine.

Chuck had interviewed Bobby Blair, chief executive officer of Multimedia Platforms Worldwide, and the new publisher of Frontiers. “Unfortunately, Karen fell where we realized we were moving toward a digital and Millennial audience, and we wanted to give the generation of Millennials a real shot at creating our content,” Blair told Chuck. “Did you get that on tape?” I asked him. 

Chuck Colbert summed up his philosophy via a quote from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace:

“Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering.”  

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Karen Ocamb an award winning veteran journalist and the former editor of the Los Angeles Blade, has chronicled the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Southern California for over 30 plus years.

She is currently the Director of Media Relations for Public Justice.

She lives in West Hollywood with her two beloved furry ‘kids’ and writes occasional commentary on issues of concern for the greater LGBTQ+ community.

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Twitter adds monkeypox info panel on searches

GLAAD has reached out to Meta, TikTok, and YouTube to add similar information and resources to searches related to monkeypox

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SAN FRANCISCO – GLAAD announced in a media statement Monday that the social media platform Twitter added a “Know the Facts” HHS info panel for searches on monkeypox. The panel appears when users search on Monkeypox or MPV and links to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) information about monkeypox (MPV).

“Twitter’s action will not only help stem the tide of MPV misinformation, but is also a clear example of leadership underscoring that institutions across all of civil society can play roles towards addressing this public health emergency,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Though anyone can contract MPV, it is disproportionately impacting the LGBTQ community, especially men who have sex with men, and it is urgent and critical to get the facts around vaccines, treatment, and prevention widely and equitably distributed.”

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According to GLAAD, it had reached out in publicly shared calls for Meta, TikTok, and YouTube to add similar information and resources to searches related to monkeypox.

“Social media platforms have an opportunity to step up now and be part of the solution, instead of allowing misinformation about MPV and stigmatizing posts about LGBTQ people to run rampant. The window is closing for Meta, TikTok, and YouTube to make good on their commitments to protect LGBTQ users, and everyone, by implementing tools they have used to help curb other public health emergencies,”  Ellis added.

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