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Twerk Your Turkey Video


By D. David Kinney

Who said twerk’n is dead? Move over Miley Cyrus! There’s a new twerk’n fiend in town for Thanksgiving. Logo TV wants you to know: “This Thanksgiving you have only one thing to remember and that is to… twerk your turkey!” The promotional video was designed to kick off their “Friendsiving” week of programming. 

From November 27th until December 1st Logo TV will air Thanksgiving themed episodes of classics like “Roseanne,” “Golden Girls,” and “Will & Grace.” They’ll also be showing movies like “Clue” too.  And the twerk’n turkey? His name is Sparkle Turkey and he’ll be dressed up and covered in glitter for his Logo TV debut. 

Think this is the only turkey twerk’n video on YouTube? Nope! Here’s a video from “The Pet Collective” that urges people to reconsider eating turkey:

Is it wrong that this anti-meat video is making me really hungry for turkey?

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U.S. Senate To Vote On ENDA Before Thanksgiving


By D. David Kinney

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Monday that the U.S. Senate will consider ENDA before Thanksgiving, USA Today is reporting. ENDA (or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) prevents an employer from discriminating against an employee because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“ENDA has been introduced in nearly every Congress since 1994, and it came only one vote shy of passage in 1996. It has not been given a full Senate vote since,” USA Today explained. With Reid’s announcement today that is about to change.

The Huffington Post is reporting that ENDA “could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as next week.” Reid has been a cosponsor of the legislation since 1997.

How can you help? National organizations like HRC could always use a hand getting out the message:

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Drink of the Week: Gobble-Tini



Celebrate the festive flavors of fall! SMIRNOFF® Cranberry flavored vodka, raspberry liqueur and a splash of cranberry juice…so good you may have to come back for seconds!

Ingredients:
- 1.25 fl oz SMIRNOFF® Cranberry Flavored Vodka 
- 0.25 fl oz Raspberry Liqueur 
- 0.5 fl oz Cranberry Juice

Directions:
Fill shaker with ice. Add SMIRNOFF® Cranberry Vodka, raspberry liqueur, and cranberry juice. Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with 3 cranberries on a stick.

Servings: 1

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DINO’S DISH : Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Family Oh My!



words by Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

It’s that time of year again when you are paying premium bucks to fly coach in a crowded plane, get to sit next to kooky great aunt Vera for a 4 hour dinner and then get questioned the remainder of the evening about your single status by your married kin and told not drink anymore by dear mother. Welcome to the LGBT Thanksgiving we have all endured at one time or another.

I know many of us are fortunate to have accepting families and friends but there are still some in our LGBT community who do not share this luck. What is on their/your agenda turkey-night? Who will they/you spend Thanksgiving with? Maybe they/you don’t want to cook… Maybe they/you just want to enjoy some great drinks and the company of friends… What to do?

Dean Chronopoulos, owner of ROXX Tavern & Diner, has come to the rescue this year. I chatted with Dean about his LGBT friendly restaurant and why he is opening his doors this Thanksgiving.

Dino: Dean how did your restaurant become one of Atlanta’s LGBT favorites?

Dean: Since day one it was embraced by the LGBT community because we encouraged folks to be themselves. It is a safe and welcoming place and has been for the last eleven years.

Dino: What is on the menu?

Dean: It is comfort food; American cuisine with international flair, high quality ingredients and always great.

Dino: Why are you opening this Thanksgiving?

Dean: Our clients requested it and I listened. It is a place many call “home” throughout the year and it just made sense that we open our doors on a night when you are suppose to be “home”.

Dino: What will ROXX Tavern & Diner be serving that day?

Dean: It is a limited menu but it is well rounded including a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. You can add a salad and dessert for a full 3 course meal – only $19.95. We will also have pork chops, fish & chips, salmon, shrimp, steak and more. The full service bar will also be opened serving your favorite cocktails, beer and wine.

ROXX Tavern & Diner
1824 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-892-4541

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Living the life: St. Martin


As the blustery winter bite in the air continues to strengthen, it becomes harder to keep sun-drenched daydreams at bay. Indulge your yearning for warmer temps by hopping on a short Delta flight to the Caribbean in picturesque Saint Martin.

 

Make your stay at (where else?) Villa Rainbow. The gay-owned private villa is located at Pic Paradis, Saint Martin’s highest point. You’ll have all the seclusion you and a partner need while being just minutes from the beaches.

 

And ohhh the beaches. Saint Martin is divided into 37 breathtaking beaches with over 112 miles of coastline. There are beaches with mounting cliffs breaking the gentle waves, expansive bays that provide easy access to unparalleled Caribbean coral reefs, nude beaches, and lazy hideaways. If you prefer an unpopulated and private swim in the turquoise Saint Martin water, look for Tintamarre and Green Cay. A lively and trendy beach experience can be found at Fenuxe’s favorite Orient Bay.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, there are gay-friendly businesses scattered about Saint Martin ready to provide for your adventurous side. There are over 50 dive sites ranging from those acceptable for beginners to sites for seasoned divers. Above the water you can also rent jet skis, sail a catamaran, snorkel, or even kite surf. For a slightly slower pace, horseback riding on the beach is always a fun and romantic option.

 

After a long day at the beach, retreat back to Marigot, the cosmopolitan capital of Saint Martin. The mixing of European culture and Creole tradition gives Marigot a captivating and exciting personality. Unique boutique stores, trendy restaurants, and local vendors greet you on the streets of the capital city and provide a distinctively Caribbean shopping experience. Stick around for the nightlife and check out Eros, a hot little gay club with a friendly vibe. And don’t worry about the language barrier, because almost everyone speaks English.

 

From November to January, visitors can enjoy the color of a Caribbean holiday season as residents decorate their houses, gardens, shops, and even their boats with dazzling decorations, colorful garlands, and a Santa here and there.

 

So if you’re looking for a respite from the cold and a good gay time for all, Saint Martin is not to be missed during the winter season.

 

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Give a Little Bit


The spirit of volunteerism is ingrained in the gay community due to all the causes we have to fight for. Thanksgiving gives each of us the ultimate opportunity to put that spirit to use. Organizations with close affiliations to our community need our help, but so do those without any specific tie to us. Here’s a couple of both who need you this season.

 

Open Hand

The critically and chronically ill, the disabled, and the senior citizens of Atlanta have Open Hand to thank for giving them the nutrition they need. Open Hand offers nutrition care programs and home-delivered meals, and that’s where you come in. Thanksgiving is their busy time and they need people to pack and deliver meals. They’re doing double deliveries on Wednesday November 24th and they need as many drivers as they can get, so take a shift and warm a heart!

 

www.projectopenhand.org

 

Hosea Feed the Hungry

One of the city’s most well-known homeless organizations gives you three opportunities to help over 15,000 of Atlanta’s needy. 5,000 volunteers are being recruited for Thanksgiving setup on November 20th, food prep on November 24th, and especially the big day at Turner Field on November 25th. They not only need servers but also volunteers to help in the children’s corner, the medical corner, and the clothing corner.

 

http://www.hoseafeedthehungry.com

 

Jerusalem House

When it comes to housing those affected by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, Jerusalem House is the authority. They provide about two-thirds of the city’s permanent housing for homeless and low-income individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Corporate sponsorships are down this year because of the economic climate, meaning many of Jerusalem House’s kids—who make up almost half of the residents—may not have a holiday this year. But you can help. Turkeys, sides, canned goods—you can help make Thanksgiving happen for the families.

 

Contact Volunteer Manager Sharon Carey at 40-377-3443 x232 to donate or discuss sponsorships.

 

www.jerusalemhouse.org

 

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency

The Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency is the result of a merger back in May between the Samaritan House of Atlanta and the Atlanta Enterprise Center. They came together to form one strong organization with a mission: combat homelessness through job creation and a steady income. The Center’s Cafe 458 offers two ways to help this holiday season and throughout the year. Weekdays from 9AM-2PM they need volunteers to staff the restaurant that serves the homeless. And then return for your own brunch on Sunday, when Cafe 458 turns into a for-profit restaurant, with all proceeds going to the Center.

 

http://www.atlcss.org

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Holiday. Celebrate.


When you want to make a splash on Thanksgiving Eve while helping a worthy cause, you bring in the big guns. That’s why Brad Williams has booked superstar DJ and Producer Tracy Young for a blowout night at Jungle benefiting The Toy Party.

 

The unstoppable Young is celebrating 20 years in the booth, an era filled with multiple highs: DJ-ing Madonna’s wedding, spinning at private parties for A-List celebrities from Diddy to Cher, and becoming a top shelf draw at nightclubs around the world with her globe-rocking remixes.


With celebrity comes gossip and controversy, and this year proved Young wasn’t immune to the drama. A gig producing
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak’s single “Tardy for the Party” turned personal when the two allegedly started dating, causing the tabloids to pounce.

 

Nonetheless, this party is for a cause as Young is donating $1,000 of her fee and Jungle is donating $1,000 of the door fee to The Toy Party, the biggest holiday party and fundraiser of the year. Young will also be donating toys courtesy of her family’s toy store Doodlehopper in Virginia. “I am so excited about my return to Atlanta and playing at Jungle,” she tells Fenuxe. “I’m also very grateful to be able to give back to the community and the children less fortunate than I was growing up!”

 

The Toy Party is the signature event of For the Kid in All of Us. They’ve distributed more than 27,000 toys and raised more than $450,000 for Georgia’s needy since its founding in 2003. The Toy Party is back at AmericasMart 3 this year and the event will be supporting a record 20 agencies that provide for Georgia’s underprivileged.

 

For the Kid’s President, Jorge Esteban, says The Toy Party is becoming a destination party and that the kickoff event at Jungle will only help that cause. They’ll even be accepting toy donations at the door. And Jungle owner Brad Williams is excited to put the event on, both because it’s a Toy Party benefit and because it’s the first time in four years that Tracy Young has played a gay club in Atlanta.

 

Whichever the appeal—the spirit of giving or the spirit of dancing—Jungle’s got it covered on Thanksgiving Eve.

 

Thanksgiving Eve featuring DJ Tracy Young

Benefiting The Toy Party

DJ Mike Pope opens

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM

$10 cover before 11PM, $20 after 11PM.

Advance VIP tickets available online at www.jungleclubatlanta.com
Jungle Club Atlanta
2115 Faulkner Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: (404) 844-8800

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Top 7 Thanksgiving Tidbits


What legendary gay-friendly restaurant has a huge Thanksgiving spread? What traditional dishes were missing from the first Thanksgiving? What’s the secret weapon every gay should have during a Thanksgiving with the fam? Whether you’re coming out, digging in, or tipping one back, we’ve got the info you need to know for Thanksgiving 2010.

 

$20

Price of the four course Thanksgiving dinner at “The Gay and Gray”–The Colonnade

 

“Pass the gravy, and I am so into man candy. Woot woot!”

Least popular way to come out at Thanksgiving

 

Turkey and mashed potatoes

Items not present at the first Thanksgiving

 

Wine, brandy, gin, and beer

Items present at the first Thanksgiving.

 

100

Percent capacity of Gravity Fitness on Friday, November 26th

 

A flask

What every gay is most thankful for at Thanksgiving with the family

 

“Thanksgiving Gay Parade”

The procession of primped gays crisscrossing 10th and Piedmont on Thanksgiving night

 

 

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Crumpet: Man In Tights


Atlanta has its fair share of holiday traditions. The Pink Pig at Lenox. The nightly snowfall at Atlantic Station. Now with its 12th year of caustic holiday comedy, you can add The Santaland Diaries to that list.

 

The Santaland Diaries is adapted from the book Holidays on Ice, by the bestselling (and openly gay) humor writer David Sedaris. It tells the story of an unemployed writer in need of extra cash who takes a job as a Macy’s Department Store elf. “Crumpet” the elf gives the audience a look behind the beards and pointy shoes of department store Santas and elves.

 

Crumpet is played as always by the engaging Harold M. Leaver, a longtime player of the Atlanta theater scene. Leaver told Fenuxe that the role continues to inspire him year after year due to the fact that they update the content to reflect current events.

 

He also enjoys the audience reaction. “It’s usually after they’ve had a couple days of shopping for or with relatives and they’re inundated with the commercialism of the holidays,” he says. “They’re thinking a lot of really evil thoughts and they need someone to express those for them. And I get to do that!”

 

And while the play is “bitter as all get-out” as Leaver told us, he loves the sweet message expressed by the play’s end. “It kind of goes back to what the real meaning of what Christmas is supposed to be,” he says.

 

 

The Santaland Diaries

Nov. 26 – Jan. 2

Horizon Theatre

1083 Austin Ave. NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

404-584-7450

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Rainbow Blues


The 38-day period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day known as the holidays can cause a rollercoaster of emotions for those in the LGBT community. For some, the moments fly by and precious time is spent with cheerful company making memories that will last a lifetime. But for others, as the days grow shorter, the holidays seem to last an eternity.

The holiday blues. It’s a time that can bring about all kinds of stressors no matter one’s sexual orientation. There’s all the social commitments, the stress of travel, the financial pressures. The days are shorter and the cold temperatures drive people indoors, often causing depressive symptoms. People often utilize this time of year to evaluate where they are in their lives, and it can negatively affect the mood if the reality doesn’t match up to the expectations.

But what about holiday stressors unique to the LGBT community?

The Extra Layer

There’s no definitive research proving whether or not LGBTs experience holiday anxiety and depression in greater numbers than straight people. But Will Mahan, Director of Equality Counseling Center, wouldn’t be surprised if it were true.

“I think there’s holiday stress which everybody experiences, gay or straight,” says Mahan. “Then there’s an extra layer of stress that I think comes from being gay and lesbian at this particular time of year.”

The emphasis on family is kicked into high gear during the holidays. Rifts about someone’s sexuality could lead to increased stress and uncomfortable situations. Or if one hasn’t come out yet, they have to deal with the anxiety of hiding it and playing the pronoun game, as well as questions from inquisitive family members about their personal life.

These family dynamics can cause stress within a relationship too. “If you have a partner and the parents aren’t accepting of that, do you go home or do you have separate holidays?,” says Mahan. “If you have an office party and you’re not out at work, do you come out at work or tell your partner they can’t come?”

There’s also a heightened emphasis on religion during the holidays, which can bother many gay people who are scarred by their religious upbringing. So there are major factors at play which adversely affect our community in particular at this time of year. You don’t have to be down because you’re out though.

Exposing the Ideal

You can relieve holiday stress in some of the same ways you relieve stress any other time of year—eating well, getting a good night’s sleep, exercising. But taking ownership over your holidays can be the most vital step.

“Holidays a lot of times are defined by family traditions from growing up and if you still enjoy those and are still welcome to be a part of that, then that can be great,” says Mahan. “But I think it’s good to try to define the holiday for what you want it to be.”

If the family dynamics are not healthy, you can avoid it altogether by taking off for a vacation in South Beach. Or you can stay and celebrate with the family of friends you’ve created outside of the family you grew up with. You can establish new traditions with your partner for meals and present exchanges.

And don’t get caught up in the “ideal” holiday images seen in the media throughout the season. No, it’s not standard behavior for a husband to surprise his wife with a Lexus wrapped in a bow in the driveway for Christmas.

“Everybody can benefit from the fact that [the holidays are] a good time to reconnect with people and socialize and spend time with people that you care about,” Mahan says. “So if you keep that guiding principle in mind, that’s a lot more important than the stuff that we get told is important by people wanting us to buy stuff.”

A New Mindset

Overall, making it through the holidays with good memories is about mindset, whether you’re gay or straight.

Mahan says oftentimes people with anxiety and depression aren’t necessarily experiencing more stressors than others—it’s how they perceive those stressors that can create the anxiety or depression.

“Be patient, keep your sense of humor, count your blessings, don’t worry about everything being perfect, don’t fret over the catastrophe that could happen, wait till it happens and then deal with it then,” he says. “A lot of times people get really worried about what it’s going to be like to go home or what it’s going to be like to not have anyone special to share the holiday with, and sometimes it’s really not as bad as you think it’s going to be.”

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