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Take 5 with Beth Keller



Beth, a graduate of Clemson and the University of Utah, has served as the development director for CHRIS Kids since 2008. Her responsibilities at the nonprofit, which provides housing and support to LGBT and other youth, include cultivation, donor affairs, grant-writing, corporate relations, community partnerships, strategic planning and major gifts. She said her most important volunteer role is being a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past six years. Her partner, Amanda Zbinden, works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta saving lives every day. Beth and Amanda love hanging out with their three Rhodesian Ridgebacks–Diesel, Akeelah and Abby.

What is your favorite thing about Atlanta?
I love the people and sense of community. Atlanta has some of the most interesting and diverse people/neighborhoods. The city welcomes and accepts multiple lifestyles and has a broad range of restaurants, festivals and cultural events.

What would be your ideal night out on the town?
Ideally the limo drops us off at some of our favorite spots throughout the evening like The Shed for dinner; Holy Taco and Midway for drinks; Midtown Arts Cinema for a movie; Amsterdam Atlanta and Bellisima to see who else is out on the town; The Majestic because it’s late and time for pancakes; and last stop [would be] Cockpit because it is awesome (and on the way home). And you thought I would say, “Ideally the limo drops us off at Alluvia.”

What is your guilty pleasure?
Since I do not have a fancy phone, I am only able to email and call from my phone. So, I get “app envy” when I see other people checking ESPN, Scoutmob, weather, etc. Whenever possible, I like to play Angry Birds. I like to get three stars on every level. It is insanely addicting; I can’t stop.

Who is your personal hero?
My personal hero is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’m deeply inspired by his vision for total inclusivity and believe he set a standard in which all of us value each other, as humans. His passion for community, volunteer service and taking care of others is certainly admirable.

If you could make any three wishes, what would they be?
I wish that hate and greed are no longer motivators, innocent children do not lose innocence as a result of immoral adults and that all people experience true happiness.

 

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Take 5 With Fenuxe: Shannon Jenkins



Fenuxe is proud to announce a new member of our family. This week’s Take 5 introduces Shannon Jenkins, who will start later this month as an associate writer. Shannon likes to keep busy running his portrait and wedding business, Offhand Photography, and improvising at various comedy theaters around Atlanta. As part of his art and comedy, this Mississippi native loves to learn about people and share their stories, which is why he’s so excited to join the staff at Fenuxe. He’s eager to embed himself in Atlanta’s gay community and showcase what makes them special.

What would be your perfect date night?
Dates make me nervous, so I’d need to kick things off with margaritas. I love to dance, so I’d want to go country two-stepping at the Heretic. After we’re tired and buzzed, we can end the night at IHOP with conversation and pancakes.

Who is your celebrity crush?
I know it’s cliche, but I’m infatuated with Jake Gyllenhaal. Other crushes have come and gone, but he’s still the one celebrity that mesmerizes me. There are more pictures of him on my screen saver than anyone else, and if I stare at them for too long I go dumb. He really melts my butter.

What is your favorite thing about Atlanta?
For the most part I’m a true Gemini, so I crave change and constant entertainment. This city always has something to offer. I love dining out or seeing a show or exploring a unique neighborhood. It’s hard to be bored here.

What would your drag name be?
Birdie King. As an improviser I’ve developed one character in particular that would serve as my drag personality. She’s a sweet housewife type that’s perfectly pleasant yet says everything that crosses her mind, and those thoughts are often very dark. I think “Birdie” represents the lighter side, and “King” comes from my obsession for Stephen King’s horror stories.

What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
I’d buy a permanent home for Relapse Theatre. I spend a lot of time with my theater family, and I’d be lost without them. Not having to worry about paying a mortgage would give us the opportunity to focus all our energy on making people laugh.

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Take 5 With Fenuxe: Kerry Howard


Kerry is a native of South Carolina, where he earned a BA in art with a concentration in Interior Design in 1999 from Anderson University. He started his career traveling the country working for Furniture Brands International.

Kerry moved to Atlanta in 2004 where he began KMH Interiors, specializing in residential design. He was selected to be one of thirteen designers on Bravo TV’s “Top Design” in 2008. Since his debut on the show; Kerry’s work has been published in magazines such as “Atlanta Home Magazine”, “Elle Décor” and multiple national publications.

Today Kerry gives back to his design community through ASID where he donates his time and expertise in helping interior design students prepare for their future careers in Interior Design.

What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta?
It has always been the skyline. When I was a kid my family used to drive through Atlanta on our way to Florida for vacation, and I would dream of living in Atlanta. I still get that same feeling every morning when I drive to work.

What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
I would buy a new car for my mother. She has been one of my biggest fans throughout my life and this would be just one small thing I could do to repay her. Then I would do the right thing and buy myself a Range Rover, like any normal gay would do.

What would be your ideal date?
My ideal date would be with an educated, professional, and fun guy would has a great personality. I would love to take him to Serpas restaurant because it has a great atmosphere and creative menu to compliment my perfect date night. After dinner I would make reservations at a local improv theatre. I think it’s important to laugh, have fun and just get to know each other. Sometimes I really like being a little crazy and just going with the flow of wherever the date takes us. So if anyone is interested CALL ME!!

Who is your celebrity crush?
It has always been Ricky Martin! He is not only a beautiful man, but I think he is an amazing father. I admire him for coming out as a celebrity and standing up for what he believes in!

What would your drag name be?
My drag name would be Berrylicious Delight! Because I’m very delicious and a delight to be around!

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Take 5 with Fenuxe: Broc Martin and Jay Dempsey


AIDS walk is this Sunday October 16 in Piedmont Park (you can still register to walk by clicking here). In honor of that event this week’s “Take Five” will feature the two leading fundraisers on the Fenuxe Bachelor team: Broc Martin and Jay Dempsey. If you would like to donate to one (or both of them) click here. The bachelor with the most donations wins a trip to South Beach Miami, hosted by Lords Hotel & Sponsored by Delta Airlines.

Broc Martin

Broc is originally from Kentucky (and yes, he had shoes!) and moved to Atlanta in 2006. He works in creative marketing and volunteers in the community, being recently appointed Director of Development for Joining Hearts (Get involved! Joininghearts.org). In his spare time, Broc enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, trying new things, and being with friends.

What is your favorite thing about Atlanta?
You know, Atlanta is a great city. We get all seasons, we have great events, there’s always something to do, and I’ve made some really awesome friends here.

What is your ideal night in Atlanta?
I actually love a great board game night! Get some pals together, have some laughs, and make some memories I’ll – hopefully! – remember the next day.

What would be your perfect date night?
I prefer unconventional dates and ideally someplace we can just be ourselves and laugh our tails off. I’m a total goofball and love to have fun!

What is your guilty pleasure?
My newest obsession is Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. Oh, and Hoarders. Together. Don’t judge.

If you could be stuck in an elevator with one person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Well, if I had to be stuck in an elevator I would most certainly prefer the other person to be alive versus the alternative. How about Richard Dean Anderson? I’m sure after all of those MacGyver shows he’s bound to find a ridiculous way to get us out of there!

Who is your Celebrity Crush?
Ryan Gosling. Oh. My. Gaw!

Jay Dempsey

Jay Dempsey is a Georgia native who, after stints in a few other cities, settled in Atlanta in 2006 to join AID Atlanta as the Gay Men’s Outreach Program Coordinator. Though he’s moved on from AID Atlanta, he stays involved in the community by volunteering with Project Open Hand, Atlanta Cotillion and other organizations. Possibly addicted to social media, he really appreciates the small audience that laughs at the weird stuff he posts on Facebook and Twitter. And, he’s really enjoyed being part of Fenuxe Magazine’s first ever AIDS Walk Fundraising Challenge!

What is your favorite thing about Atlanta?
Living in Atlanta is great because I get to be close to a lot of people I love dearly. My family isn’t too far away from the city and most of my best friends live here.

What would be your perfect date night?
It should involve a stop at “Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles.”

If you could be stuck in an elevator with one person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I would want to be stuck with whoever could get me the eff out of that elevator. So, Chaz Bono.

What is your drag name?
Her name is Madge Bottomwood and every September she makes an appearance at (and almost gets kicked out of) the Atlanta Cotillion Ball. I know Tracy Elliot is proud.

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Take 5 with Fenuxe: Jim Farmer


Jim is the festival director of Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival. Besides working in film publicity the last eight years, he is a freelance writer whose works appears regularly in The GA Voice and Project Q Atlanta. He lives in Avondale Estates with his partner Craig.

What is your favorite thing about Atlanta?

The vibrancy, strength and depth of the LGBT community

What would be your perfect date night?

Dinner at home and then watching TV on the sofa with my partner Craig. When you’re our age, that’s truly fun.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chicken burritos at midnight – or for breakfast – or, hell, pretty much any time

If you could be stuck in an elevator with one person (living or dead) who would it be and why?

I can think of a lot of people, but among modern day folks I would choose Martina Navratilova, for a gazillion reasons. She is (was) a pioneer in her field and unapologetic about who she is.

What is your drag name?

Focaccia Dupree

The Out on Film Festival starts tomorrow night. Click here for the Fenuxe Interview with Casper Andreas and Matthew Ludwinski of “Going Down in LA-LA Land”. Then click here for the complete out on film schedule. See you all there.

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Take 5 with Todd Harkleroad


Todd has worked as an ISA Certified Arborist for six years, and has been involved with AEN (Atlanta Executive Network) for two years. Additionally, Todd is the City of Milton’s District 6 appointee to Milton Grows Green, which is an environmental committee. He and his partner, Rob, have lived in North Fulton County for over three years. They have two sons.

What is your ideal night in Atlanta?
Having friends and neighbors over and enjoying our patio.

What would be your perfect date night?
Dinner at Joey D’s Oak Room and dancing at either the Jungle or Heretic.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Queer as Folk reruns.

If you could be stuck in an elevator with one person (living or dead) who would it be?
Dorothy Parker, just so I could hear her wit and wisdom straight from her mouth. Hopefully, one of us would have a bottle of something with us!

What is your drag name?
Tess Tosterone, at least according to the on-line name generator I used this morning!

Check out AEN/AGLCC/Out & Equal’s “Fall Fling” this Thursday at the Melia. Read more about the event here.

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Take 5 with Fenuxe: Raymond R. Duke


We caught up with Raymond as he prepares for the fun-filled and important weekend for the entire community and specifically for African-Americans. When he isn’t planning out the next Black Gay Pride, he’s doing a ton of other stuff. Don’t know Raymond? Check out his bio for more info.

“Raymond is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He relocated to metro-Atlanta 13 yrs ago. He is an activist, not only for the rights of LGBTQIA individuals but equal rights for everyone. Raymond is also an advocate for, but not limited to, the health and positive quality of life for African American men who have sex with men. Raymond has worked for over 25 years in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/STD and the stigma, shame and blame associated with it. An inspirational advisor, teacher, preacher and public speaker, he leads the LGBTQIA community organization called In the Life Atlanta, affectionately known as ITLA. In spite of obstacles in and outside of the organization and community, Raymond works diligently to foster an atmosphere for unity, shared beliefs, like-mindedness and healthy dialogue and yes even a healthy way to disagree. In our ever-changing lives, communities, societies, cities, states and nation Raymond continues to declare. There is a place for us! We just have to stop being our own barriers to our success. [email protected]

What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

The first thing I would buy would be a very large plot of land.

What music artist makes you want to dance?

There are several music artists that get my feet moving, but Prince comes to mind.

What would be your ideal date night?

My ideal date night would consist of a home cooked meal, an awesome dessert, wine, conversation and cuddling in front of a roaring fire.

If you could invite 5 people (living or dead) to dinner who would it be?

Lurleen Whitaker-elementary school teacher
Merthis Sturdevant- Maternal Grandmother
Mary Mother of Jesus
Adam of Adam and Eve
Jose Oquendo Mojica

What is your drag name?

Puzzling question, but I’ll play along, my drag name would be, The Duchess Ramona Evangelisia Acceptionne’ Love.

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Take Five with Fenuxe: Allison McDonald


Allison was born and raised in Atlanta and currently works as an attorney. She is also the current president of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. She has been busy preparing for this year’s AGLCC Community Awards dinner which will take place on Friday, August 26, 2011 at the W Atlanta Midtown. We recently caught up with her for this week’s take five.

What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta?

Atlanta is a city where most people who live here are not originally from here. This goes to show that Atlanta is a place where people from other cities and all walks of life can live in a city together.

What would be your ideal night out in Atlanta?

I would do dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants around town. There are so many good ones I can never pick a favorite. I also love the summer concerts at the Botanical Garden, it is a can’t miss venue.

What music artist makes you want to dance?

Rihanna

Who is your celebrity crush?

Right now it is Olivia Wilde and Joe Manganiello.

If you could invite 5 people (living or dead) to dinner who would it be?

This is a tough one to narrow done to just 5: Tina Turner, Eleanor Roosevelt, Johnnie Cochran, Rachel Maddow, and Joe Torre.

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Take 5 with Fenuxe: Ryan McGee



Ryan is a Georgia native who went to school at UGA and absolutely loves living in Atlanta. Ryans spends his days as a media planner at Razorfish at night he always surrounds himself with dynamic people who like to have a good time.
What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta?

I love the crazy amount of things available to do, there’s truly something for everyone.

What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

I would take all of my best friends on a world tour. (Fenuxe: awwww)

Who is your celebrity crush?

Hmmm…boy: Zac Efron; girl: Jennifer Anniston

If you could invite 5 people (living or dead) to dinner who would it be?

My best girl friends, Cassie & Lauren, my sister Rebecca, Brian McBrearty & my Gramma…that would provide some interesting conversation lol.

What would your drag name be?

Tiffany Sparkles (my mom was going to name me Tiffany if I were a girl).

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Take 5 with Fenuxe: Robert Hebert


Robert recently moved to Atlanta from NYC for his job as the Creative Director for an LGBT multi-platform publisher. He enjoys painting, photography, volleyball and swimming.

What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta?

The people! Atlantans are warm, upbeat and ready to party. Politeness is so refreshing, coming from New York City.

What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

Are we talking scratch-offs or Powerball?
Powerball – A Cash-for-Gold franchise. Duh.
Scratch Offs – A Fiat 500 by GUCCI. I just love it when brands collide. But, seriously. I want a FIAT. LANDMARK FIAT OF ATLANTA – Call me. Let’s work out a marketing deal.

What would be your ideal night out in Atlanta?

Hmm, dinner at BACCHANALIA then a visit to SWINGING RICHARD’s. Just kidding. Strippers are gross. Just kidding. Strippers are awesome. But seriously, I haven’t been here long enough to have an ideal in my head. Every night out has been fabulous!

What would be your ideal date?

If the sky’s the limit, let’s say dinner at Le QUARTIER FRANÇAIS then a ride on the Eurostar for a night of dancing in London and a fashionable stay at THE SANDERSON. Who’s paying? Call me!

What would your drag name be?

Well, it’s a slippery slope. Once she has a name it’s like, the beast is out of her cage. And I don’t think Atlanta needs another outrageous gender illusionist. But I will say that my favorite drag queen is Sharon Stone.

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