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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101


From pool parties to art galleries, there is something for everyone this weekend. Weather wise, things look a little shaky with some thunderstorms possible at the beginning and end of the weekend. Overall you can expect temperatures in low 80s during the day and upper 60s at night. So let it rain… let’s have a kiki!

FRIDAY June 7, 2013:

Bill Lowe Gallery presents the work of Michael Lotenero, Fernando Gaspar, and Bassmi Ibrahim, their exhibiting artists for June. Tonight’s event with all three artists in attendance starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.

LeBUZZ in Marietta presents “Uncensored with Destiny Brooks,” an interactive variety television experience filmed live! Arrive by 10 p.m. to win cash and prizes. The show starts at 11 p.m.

Angelica_DPaige 2The Fab Five revue hosted by Angelica D’Paige starts at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s.

Our Song presents their spring concert “The Singing Heart” tonight at 8 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Our Song is Atlanta’s only mixed gay and lesbian chorus. Tonight’s music will explore the emotion of coming out, finding love, and learning to love yourself. Tickets can be purchased here.

Mary’s eighth annual BOYS OF SUMMER: Swimsuit Contest and Beach Party is tonight starting at 9 p.m. Need an infusion of hot guys in really revealing swimwear? Then you don’t want to miss this. Still got that Memorial Day body? Grab your sexiest swimsuit and you could win $100 in the swimsuit contest.

SATURDAY June 8, 2013:

h2ho3_bannerH2HO3, the three year anniversary pool party for Bedlam Presents, is this Saturday at The W Downtown’s Wet Bar. Tickets for this can’t miss event can be purchased here.

Atlanta Cotillion presents the Cirque de Nuit Avant-Garde Ball tonight starting at 7 p.m. The suggested attire for tonight includes: creative/fashion-forward/avant-garde cocktail, fierce/fantasty drag, edgy jacket/suit/tuxedo with a twist, urban/uptown chic, dress uniform. General admission is $50 and VIP is $125. Tickets can be purchased here.

Joining Hearts’ Studs & Suds Carwash is today from noon until 4 p.m. in the 10th & Piedmont/Gilbert’s/Blake’s on the Park parking lot. Blake’s on the Park and Calisto Harvalias are supplying complementary Calisto chicken sandwiches to everyone who gets their car washed. An exterior wash is $15. Additional donations will also be accepted. All money collected goes to Joining Hearts.

Shavonna_BrooksThe Extravaganza starts at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s. You know it’s Saturday night and a great show is starting when Shavonna B. Brooks takes the floor at Burkhart’s. Join the ladies of the Extravaganza tonight as they welcome special guests: Niesha Dupree, Monica Van Pelt, GENRE, and Nicole Paige Brooks.

Sinful Saturdays at The New LeBuzz with diva cabaret starts at 11 p.m. with Destiny Brooks, Heather Daniels, Bianca Nicole, and Iysis Dupree. The party is 18+ and there will even be stripper pole shots after the show.

HENRY’s midtown tavern is having their opening party tonight starting at 8 p.m. A $10 donation to the Aids Research Consortium of Atlanta is suggested. Complimentary house wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be available in addition to a full cash bar.

SUNDAY June 9, 2013:

Joining Hearts CarwashGLAAD Atlanta’s Cuervo Margarita and Beer Fest Fundraiser is today from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Zocalo’s. A $10 suggested donation at the door will get you three drink tickets. Also, there will be a special appearance by Ms. Mariah Balenciaga from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3.

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is hosting a car wash to benefit Aids Walk Atlanta today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at ONE. midtown kitchen. A $10 donation is suggested.

The Armorettes take over Burkhart’s starting at 8 p.m. for their fun and hilarious Sunday show. Join the award-winning ladies as they entertain with comedy and song for a great end to the weekend.

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Peter Marc Jacobson is “Happily Divorced”


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

Handsome and out producer of “The Nanny” and “Happily Divorced” Peter Marc Jacobson — famous for his marriage with comedienne Fran Drescher — opens up with his fans in the south. Peter and Fran were recently honored at the Atlanta GLAAD Gala for their humanitarian work and contributions to the LGBT community.

Dino: Tell us what is happening on the new season of Happily Divorced.

Peter: It is an exciting season that starts off with the Peter’s character finding work as a personal assistant due to a slump in the real-estate market. His new boss is Joan Collins, who plays herself. Other celebrity guests starring in the new season include Cyndi Lauper, Florence Henderson and Robert Wagner.

Dino: Will you be making a guest appearance again this season?

Peter: I don’t know yet. Let’s see what develops.

Dino: I have to ask. Barbra Streisand was a key focus on the Nanny. Did you ever get to meet her?

Peter: This is a great story; we were two kids from Queens who had just started out with producing The Nanny and had about $16,000 in debt. However, we bought our tickets to see Barbra in concert. After we were seated security came to us and said they were moving us to the second row. I, being a neurotic Jew, didn’t want to move. They insisted, and we did, and I spent the entire concert waiting for the real owners of the seats to come kick us out. Later, as we were escorted backstage to meet Barbra, we discovered that she had arranged those seats for us. Life changed forever after that moment.

Dino: So how did you come up with the character of the Nanny?

Peter: As Fran always says, if you want to meet the Nanny, MEET PETER! I’m afraid that character has a lot of me in her.

Dino: Happily Divorced, which is loosely based on your real life marriage and divorce with Fran, has developed a huge following quickly. Why do you think that is?

Peter: I am always surprised with this business and the successes. I feel blessed and thankful. However, I am most proud that there is global message being sent out there through our show that “Love is Love.” I think we are relating to what is really going on in our culture today.

Dino: One more question…and the most important one coming from your many fans…are you still single?

Peter: Yes, still single and ready to mingle!

Tune in Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30 Central on TV Land
For our interview with Fran Drescher check out http://www.fenuxe.com/2012/03/08/fran-drescher/

Peter and Fran thank GLAAD Atlanta for their award https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151240733252182

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Native Southerner is GLAAD’s New President


Dino Thompson-Sarmiento, Fenuxe Contributor

In mid-April, the board of directors of GLAAD—the nation’s LGBT media advocacy and watchdog group—named Herndon Graddick as its new leader. A GLAAD veteran, Herndon has served as the organization’s deputy director of media programs. He has worked fervently to create an LGBT-inclusive media landscape and share stories that nurture acceptance of LGBT people and build support for equality. Shortly after being named president, Herndon graciously accepted an interview with Fenuxe.

Dino: Herndon, we congratulate you on your new role with GLAAD and thank you for taking a few moments to engage with our Fenuxe readers. I hear you’re a Southerner. Where are you from?
Herndon: Thank you, Dino and Fenuxe. I am happy to chat with you and your many readers in the South. I am originally from Mobile Bay and grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. I then attended UCLA and currently live in New York City.

Dino: Before you began your path within GLAAD, what was your work history?
Herndon: Previously, I was a producer within CNN [Graddick contributed to the creation of daily primetime news and current events programming such as “Paula Zahn Now,” “Anderson Cooper 360” and “Live From the Headlines”]. I also worked for CURRENT TV, the youth-oriented news and entertainment network created by former Vice President Al Gore. And I served as a supervising producer at E! Networks.

Dino: In what direction would you like to take GLAAD under your watch?
Herndon: I would like to see GLAAD continue to do its good work and support the LGBT community through effective campaigns promoting equality. Equality would be inclusive of employment, family, healthcare, etc. GLAAD is about culture change and fighting defamation and ensuring fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community—getting what we deserve.

Dino: Being a Southerner, you understand the challenges LGBT folks face within their families and community. What can GLAAD to do help?
Herndon: Providing effective national media opportunities—other than just the local angles to these areas—is important. I welcome feedback from these communities as to how we can help.

Dino: The “Stand Up For Ellen” campaign was extraordinary and reflects the power of the LGBT community. This example illustrates what we as a minority group can accomplish by uniting. Do you see this as a trend in having our voices heard?
Herndon: Yes. We at GLAAD have the resources and the platform to educate the country and our voices will be heard!

Dino: As the Latino community continues to grow nationally, LGBT issues within this group are becoming more and more visible. One example is the alarmingly high number of HIV/AIDS cases. What can GLAAD do to bring light to this concerning issue?
Herndon: Excellent question. GLAAD is about culture change. We think it is important to tell the story of all groups and be all inclusive. Currently we have programs in place to target the Spanish-speaking population, and we will continue to develop campaigns to bring attention to these issues.

Dino: Herndon, thank you. We look forward to you visiting us in the South. Anything else you’d like to share with Fenuxe readers?
Herndon: I would like to thank everyone for their support, and I would like to let everyone know that I welcome the community’s feedback on how we can embrace change and head in a new direction together.

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Catch a Glimpse of New GLAAD Prez



Dino Thompson-Sarmiento, Fenuxe Contributor

In mid-April, the board of directors of GLAAD—the nation’s LGBT media advocacy and watchdog group—named Herndon Graddick as its new leader. A GLAAD veteran, Herndon has served as the organization’s deputy director of media programs. Here is a sneak peek of Herndon’s interview with Dino Thompson-Sarmiento for Fenuxe. See the entire interview in the May 3 print edition.

Dino: Before you began your path within GLAAD, what was your work history?
Herndon: Previously, I was a producer within CNN [Graddick contributed to the creation of daily primetime news and current events programming such as “Paula Zahn Now,” “Anderson Cooper 360” and “Live From the Headlines”]. I also worked for CURRENT TV, the youth-oriented news and entertainment network created by former Vice President Al Gore. And I served as a supervising producer at E! Networks.

Dino: In what direction would you like to take GLAAD under your watch?
Herndon: I would like to see GLAAD continue to do its good work and support the LGBT community through effective campaigns promoting equality. Equality would be inclusive of employment, family, healthcare, etc. GLAAD is about culture change and fighting defamation and ensuring fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community—getting what we deserve.

Dino: The “Stand Up For Ellen” campaign was extraordinary and reflects the power of the LGBT community. This example illustrates what we as a minority group can accomplish by uniting. Do you see this as a trend in having our voices heard?
Herndon: Yes. We at GLAAD have the resources and the platform to educate the country and our voices will be heard!

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Does Facebook Not ‘Like’ Gay Kissing?


Ryan Lee, Associate Writer: News & Current Events

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation kicks off its awards season this weekend, and for the next three months will be doling out accolades to a ritzy list of recipients in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Among those being honored by GLAAD is the social networking site Facebook, which will receive a special recognition award for its efforts to end anti-gay cyber bullying and “its inclusive options for LGBT users.”

However, if there happen to be any man-on-man kisses at any of the GLAAD Award ceremonies, they might not get much “special recognition” on Facebook, which continues to struggle with being “inclusive” to pictures of two men kissing.

The fan page for a Spanish arts project was deactivated by Facebook this week because it featured a photograph of two men kissing, which the site reportedly determined violated its standards for non-sexual pictures.
‘For Facebook, a kiss between two men must be a delicate question,” the project’s organizer, Pablo Peinado, told the Spanish publication El Pais.

Facebook reps blamed the removal of the photo on technical issues and promised an investigation, according to the Daily Mail in the U.K.

But this isn’t a new controversy for Facebook.

Last year, the world’s cyber playground came under fire for removing a photo of two fully clothed men sharing a kiss because it deemed it violated its content on nudity and sexually suggestive content.

Earlier this week, Fenuxe wondered whether America was ready to accept to men kissing. A better question may have been, is Facebook?

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Remembering Vito



Before his death in 1990, Vito Russo served as a gay activist, author and historian. Following Stonewall, he called out the media for its inaccurate representation of the LGBT community, and he critiqued Hollywood’s portrayal of gays on screen in his book “The Celluloid Closet.” Vito worked with the newly formed ACT UP during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and later became a founding member of GLAAD.

jeffrey schwarz

Jeffrey Schwarz

His fight against injustice serves as the inspiration for the documentary “Vito” directed by Jeffrey Schwarz. The film makes its Southeastern premiere on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Midtown Art Cinema as a fundraiser for Out On Film’s 25th anniversary year.

Jeffrey spoke with Fenuxe about his interest in the vocal gay advocate.

Fenuxe: Why do you think it was important to share Vito Russo’s story?
Jeffrey: Vito Russo, in my opinion, was one of the founding fathers of the gay liberation movement in that he saw the connection between the political and the cultural. Not a lot of people were talking about how gay people were represented in media and on film. Vito was one of the first to really bring the subject up in the early days of gay liberation.

Fenuxe: What piqued your interest to work on the documentary?
Jeffrey: I’ve been with this subject for a long time. When I was coming out one of the first things I did was read his book “The Celluloid Closet” and that really opened my eyes to a whole history of films I didn’t even know existed. It tied my love of film with my new identity. I ended up being able to work on the documentary version of “The Celluloid Closet” back in the early ’90s. I had an incredible experience working on that film and through that process got to know Vito even though he had just passed away. The filmmakers had all of Vito’s original research materials for the “Celluloid Closet,” and they had extensive interviews with him. I got to understand his place in the history of the gay movement. I had known about his position as a film historian and scholar but I didn’t know until working on the “Celluloid Closet” how important he was to the movement.

Fenuxe: What do you hope viewers will take away from this film?
Jeffrey: Vito was somebody who lived very bravely, very passionately, very honestly, and I think any audience regardless of orientation can relate to Vito’s struggle to be who he was and fight injustice. My main goal is to make sure Vito is not forgotten and to make sure he was put back in his proper place as one of the founding fathers of the movement. I’m also hoping people get to see this film to understand the previous generation’s struggle to create the world we live in today, which is a world where we can be openly gay.

Fenuxe: You’re also working on a documentary about Divine. How’s that film going?
Jeffrey: It’s called “I Am Divine,” and we finished shooting. We’re getting ready to go into editing. We have interviews with John Waters and many of the people Divine worked with in his films—his very close friends, his mother before she passed away. It’s in the works but we need help from the community to get it up on screen. You can make donations at http://divinemovie.com.

“Vito”
When: Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Midtown Art Cinema
Tickets: $10 (www.outonfilm.org)
Details: www.vitorussomovie.com

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The Power of Two



Dino Thompson-Sarmiento, Fenuxe Contributor

Seth and Nathan

Seth and Nathan

Atlanta’s LGBT A-list without a doubt includes power couple Seth Woodard Persily and Nathan Woodard-Persily. Together they have accomplished many feats both professionally and community-wise but none greater than becoming parents to their twin daughters.

So how do they manage careers, business, home, charities and twin toddlers and still manage to keep love alive? Nathan giggles at my question but without missing a beat he answers, “Help and lots of it.” 

Both Nathan and Seth have been blessed with supportive families who have played key roles in helping bring up the twins. In addition, they have the support of many “uncles” like David Wilson and Ricky Hobbs and a fabulous nanny.  

“The key word in the beginning was ‘shifts,’” explains Seth. “Without a firm schedule it would have been nearly impossible to care for two babies and still manage sleep.”

Nathan is an active member of GLAAD in Atlanta, along with me, and I can vouch that he rarely misses a meeting, event or retreat. I bump into both the boys at various social gatherings, and I have often wondered how they do it. I have trouble planning a dinner out without thinking ahead for my four-legged children.

Both answered it was important to continue to lead their lives as usual. They plan around the girls’ schedules and bed times. They take turns attending functions, but they both agreed that balance at home and socially was key to their success.  They rely on their friends and families so they can continue to live full lives and still give the girls a loving stable home.

The journey of becoming parents was challenging, and the efforts of both parties making this happen remains admirable.  It was not an easy task to find the right egg donor and surrogate and then navigate the complex laws. They did seek assistance from an agency and invested well over six figures and several years to achieve their miracles.

I asked them why they chose this route rather than adopting. Both wanted a newborn, which can be difficult; most overseas agencies frown upon gay adoptions, and legally they felt safer having their own blood-related children. It became crystal clear to me that we have a long way to go in facilitating an easy gay adoption in our country. Seth pointed out that many states in the U.S. have laws in place making it illegal for a gay person to adopt a child.

Seth and Nathan

Seth and Nathan

Hence, their commitments to various charities to continue the movement of equal rights are at the forefront. Seth is a Harvard law graduate and founder of Penn Multimedia Online Marketing Solutions, and Nathan is an accountant by trade and co-owner of Look Young Spa in Midtown. Look Young Spa recently opened its trendy doors and is a one-stop shop providing hair care, botox, medical weight loss, laser hair removal, laser therapy, photo facials and B-12 shot therapy. Look Young  hit the ground running and supports the LGBT community by sponsoring thousands of dollars to GLAAD, AID Atlanta, GA Equality, AIDS Walk, The FENUXE 50, and many others.

These two men have found love within each other and continue their journey generously giving to their children and community. The power of two in this case is infinite.

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GLAAD Announces Media Award Nominees



Awards season continues with the recent announcement of the nominees for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

GLAAD announced 116 nominees in 25 English-language categories, and 35 Spanish-language nominees in 10 categories. In the English-language categories, cable networks earned 23 nominations, while broadcast networks garnered 19 nominations.

Nominees for Outstanding Film (wide release) are “Beginners,” starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor; “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer; and “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer.

Outstanding Reality Show nominations went to “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys” (Sundance), “The Glee Project” (Oxygen), “The Real L Word” (Showtime) and “The Voice” (NBC).

Outstanding Comedy nominees are “The Big C” (Showtime), “Exes and Ohs” (Logo), “Glee” (Fox), “Happy Endings” (ABC) and “Modern Family” (ABC).

Drama Series nominations went to “Degrassi” (TeenNick), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz) and “Shameless” (Showtime).

HBO’s “Cinema Verite” snagged the only nomination in the TV movie or miniseries race.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 24.

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You’ll be GLAAD to spend this 50 bucks!


What has been called already “The best $50 you’ll spend this year”, GLAAD’s 25 year celebration taking place THIS SATURDAY at Mason Murer Fine Art is definitely building huge anticipation! The red carpet is sure to be filled with Atlanta’s Who’s Who from entertainers and personalities to business moguls and philanthropists. Not only will the evening support GLAAD, it will also celebrate and honor some of Atlanta’s finest!

We know, it’s hard to believe…GLAAD has been protecting the gay image for 25 years. To celebrate their longevity they have been holding celebrations across the country honoring local heroes. Atlanta’s time has arrived!

Join the GLAAD Atlanta Leadership Council for this one night only red carpet event honoring: Sally Ringo, Don Lemon, Allen Jones, Ben Hadsock, Bubba Dee, Charlie Brown, Chris Coleman, Darian Aaron, David Stark, Don George, Duncan Teague, Jeff Cleghorn, Jeff Graham, Jodi Duncan, Justin Ziegler, Linda Ellis, Lynn Barfield,Marcus Jackson, Mariela Romero, Matt Hennie, Mitchel Anderson & Richie Arpino, Pat Hussain, Paul Horning, Paul Plate, Phillip Rafshoon, Rodney White, Steven Scarborough, Tyler Calkins & William Duffee-Braun.

Tickets include libations complements of ROKK Vodka and succulent food presented by A Divine Event. Djay McCracken will drop beats in the main room while DJ Diablo Rojo will spin in the exclusive and extravagantly appointed VIP Lounge!

Special appearances will be made by CNN’s Don Lemon, Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham, Former Q-100 Star Melissa Carter, CBS Anchor Itay Hod, Hollywood Star Lady Chablis, Legendary Charlie Brown, Aerialist Andrea Fors, The Atlanta Ballet & Wabi Sabi Dancers, Hot Artist Brannon Purvis, RuPauls Drag Race starlette Phoenix, Atlantas own Savannah Leigh & Angelica D’Paige, Greek God Calisto & the ROKK Soldiers, Richie Arpinos Calendar Men, and many, many more surprise celebrity guests!

Support a fantastic organization and come celebrate GLAAD’s 25 Years. Buy your tickets now, there are a limited amount remaining!

Follow this link for more details:

http://www.glaad.org/events/atlanta25

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GLAAD Celebrates!!!


We know, it’s hard to believe…GLAAD has been protecting the gay image for 25 years. To celebrate their longevity they have been holding celebrations across the country honoring local heroes. Atlanta’s time has arrived!

Join the GLAAD Atlanta Leadership Council for this one night only red carpet event honoring: Sally Ringo, Don Lemon, Allen Jones, Ben Hadsock, Bubba Dee, Charlie Brown, Chris Coleman, Darian Aaron, David Stark, Don George, Duncan Teague, Jeff Cleghorn, Jeff Graham, Jodi Duncan, Justin Ziegler, Linda Ellis, Lynn Barfield,Marcus Jackson, Mariela Romero, Matt Hennie, Mitchel Anderson & Richie Arpino, Pat Hussain, Paul Horning, Paul Plate, Phillip Rafshoon, Rodney White, Steven Scarborough, Tyler Calkins & William Duffee-Braun.

Expected celebrity appearances include Don Lemon, Kat Graham and Itay Hod.

Tickets start at $50 and include cocktails compliments of Rokk Vodka as well as free tasty morsels. You can jump up to $150 VIP tickets for even more fun! Click here to get yours.

Everything is going down at Mason Murer Fine Art located at 199 Armour Dr on Sunday October 1, 2011. So, mark your calendars now! Fenuxe will see you there.

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