Final Food Drive Show Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus Annual Christmas Wear a Red December 18 Inaugural Concert Open House Ribbon on Ten99 Club Trinity Episcopal Church The Patio December 1 10 pm December 11 7:30 pm December 9 7pm World AIDS Day the reno gay page December 2010 email@example.com Reno, Nevada Peavine Mountain Media The gay and lesbian community news source of northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra 2010 In Review During 2010 there were seven cultural events, four social events and three po- litical events which have shaped the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, in- quiring, questioning, queer, ally and discovering (GLB- TIQQA? Just to be politically correct) community in north- ern Nevada. These events have created a better sense of community as events are not just bar centered as Gay Men’s Chorus debuts December 11 .............................. page 2 the GLBTIQQA? community grows and spreads its wings in northern Nevada. Here is a recap of those events: Bartender’s Bash at Cultural Events: The Reno Gayla Film Fes- The Patio..... page 7 tival (October): The second annual event featured four GLBT themed films. The at- tendance doubled from the first year. The Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus (September) was formed. They will present their first concert at Trinity Episcopal Church on Satur- day, December 11. Reno Pride Celebration (August) went from just one celebration in the park to three separate celebrations: a parade, the festival in the James Allen Clark park and Pride parties done 21st Annual AIDS Benefit held................................................ page 4 by Reno Rainbow Fest. visits Reno... page 6 Art at the 5 Star (on go- ing): Remodeled, redone and bursting at the seams with artwork is the 5 Star Saloon in downtown Reno. It started in July with Art in the Park for Artown. It was so successful that owner Shan- non Dobbs teamed with art entrepreneur Meredith Tanzer and bingo The 5 Star walls became an art gallery. Each show lasts a month. God-Des and She (April) visited Reno for the Salon 7 White Party. The hip-hop rock and soul duo brought the house down. Laughing with Jackie The Utility Players (April/ Beat ............ page 6 June/July) presented three Really BIG Gay Comedy World AIDS Day Shows at the 5 Star Saloon. The local not gay, gay Improv Sisters warm homeless.......................page 4 December 1 .. page 7 comedy troupe is a local fa- vorite and will be starting its fourth season soon. BUMP! The Travel Show (February) came to Reno to feature the Biggest Little City in the World as a gay travel destination. Host Shannon McDonough called Reno “eclectic and a little bit dif- ferent, a little wilder, a little woolier and a little other worldly, and that is how they like it.” Social Events: Reno’s Biggest Little Sis- ters (June) became a fully professed house of the Sis- ters of Perpetual Indulgence. Seven brothers who became Sisters created a new face of charity in Reno. NLA-NNV (April and July): The National Leather Association held two public continued on page 4 IGRA Annual Convention held in gay rodeo’s birthplace........................................... page 6 2 The Reno Gay Page December 2010 Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus Inaugural Concert Make the Yule Gay will see Sugar Plum Fairies, solos and a trio in Song Sugar Plum Fairies will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, but probably not dancing. The Nevada Gay Men’s Cho- rus Holiday Concert will feature a little spirited number with Sugar Plum Fairies on Saturday, De- cember 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Reno, when the chorus presents its Inaugural concert, Make the Yuletide Gay! “I love to sing,” Jim Christie, who is a baritone in the chorus, said. “By doing this, I am a part of the community sharing the gift of song. It is a lot more work than I thought, but it is well worth it.” The chorus has 16 members who, in a brief short 15 weeks, have put together an amazing united sound. Rehearsals are used to work on tweaking the notes and sounds that come from the voices. The Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus in rehearsal as they prepare for the first public concert on December 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Reno “O isn’t a diphthong.” Moore amazing, very dedicated group told the chorus. “It’s a vowel and now and we will only enhance one of three that are planned for you all know what shape it is!” the sound we have now as we the Inaugural season of the Cho- The chorus jokes with the add more voices.” rus, will feature 16 songs, a quar- artistic director and he will quip The Chorus also has a subsid- tette, a trio, plus a solo thrown in back. It’s a relaxed, fun environ- iary group to support it for those here and there. ment and puts the members at who do not sing, The Friends of “I am just amazed at the dedi- ease. The atmosphere gets the the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus. cation there is here in Reno,” singing juices in the members go- The group helps at concerts, Moore said. “The chorus has ing and the sound is something does fund raising, helps with sets had 100% attendance at each re- one would find in a well seasoned and staging. If you are interested hearsal. In my 25 years of direct- chorus that has been around for in becoming a friend, you can ing choruses that is unheard of.” years, not weeks. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets to the concert are $10 “I have waited for something The chorus was formed on and are available from any mem- like this for a long time in Reno,” ber of the Chorus or by contact- ing the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus at email@example.com. Parking for the concert will be available at the county lot on the corner Shaun Gray of Court and South Sierra Streets. Parking at the church is limited. September 13 by its artistic direc- tor Matthew Moore, who came Practice makes perfect to Reno in July, after serving as the Artistic Director of the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus. If the community wasn’t here “I want you all to know that you are all amazing, dedicated and hard working,” Moore told There would be no program his chorus at a rehearsal recently. “The community totally funds Benefit, the Thanksgiving and “We are ready for the concert, the Residence Program,” Scott Christmas Guest Bartenders, the we are just tweaking things -- and Brenneke, who has served as Easter Basket Auction and Shuttle you sound amazing. The audi- chairman of the program’s board Weekend provide the program ence will thoroughly enjoy you!” for the past 21 years, said. “The with the funds that allow it to Jeff Lopchuck and Phillip Alternman Kurt Jacobowitz-Cain The Holiday Concert, which is program would not exist without operate. The program also has the support of the community.” people from the community who The first client in the Resi- donate to it as individuals. dence Program was in January “I have to thank the people 1987. It was called the Nevada at The Patio, Ten99, Divas on the AIDS Foundation and they had Run, Reno’s Biggest Little Sisters a house to live in for those with and of course the community for AIDS. Since then, the house is all that they do,” Brenneke said. gone and those on the program “I can not believe how generous receive up to a maximum of $300 and giving the Reno community a month for rent or utilities. is. Thank you so much for that, so “Clients are reviewed ev- our program can continue.” ery six months,” Brenneke said. At present, the Residence “They have to meet certain Program’s annual budget is about guidelines that we have estab- $25,000. There are no paid posi- lished and part of qualifying is tions in the program, it is all vol- based on need.” unteer. From its meager beginnings “We are financially sound un- with one client when the pro- til January,” Brenneke said. “This gram began to its height when is the biggest fund raising time 25 clients were being served and for the program with four of the nearly $5,000 a month was being major community fund raisers in Joe Guffey Mark Taxer and Howard Craig spent, the community has pro- the next two months.” Phillip Alterman vided most of the funding for the Last year, the guest bartend- Mark Taxer, a chorus member, program. ers on Thanksgiving and Christ- said. “I have always enjoyed sing- “There have been grants and mas raised a total of just over ing and Reno needed a chorus. other aid the program has re- $1,800, the AIDS Benefit raised It’s a lot of hard work but I enjoy ceived in the past,” Brenneke $14,000 and the 25th annual it.” follow us: said. “But today it is the commu- Shuttle Weekend raised $1,500. “I used to sing in LA,“ Paul Thereno Gaypage nity that keeps the program go- Approximately $11,000 of Cain, who is in the chorus with ing. We are the longest running the Residence Program’s 2010 his husband of 21 years, Kurt long-term residence assistance budget has been raised to date. Jacobowitz-Cain, said. “It was follow us: program in Nevada for people Additional funding has come when I was first coming out and @renogaypage with AIDS.” from various other organiza- I made great friends there who Federal programs like HOPWA tions who have raised funds for helped me through the process. I learned a lot and hope to pass The Reno Gay Page and Section 8 have reduced the number of clients the Residence the Residence Program: the Eas- ter Basket Auction (April) raised that on to those who join the The Reno Gay page is published monthly by Peavine Mountain Media. To Program has to serve, as for- $3,900, hosted by The Patio; the chorus here in Reno.” contact: write P O Box 1191 Reno NV 89504 (775) 453-4058 or e-mail: mer clients could qualify and be AIDS Benefit, hosted by Divas on If you are interested in sing- firstname.lastname@example.org. Events for the community calendar can be sent moved from the Residence Pro- the Run, raised $7,100 and the ing and becoming a member of to email@example.com and letters to the editor can be sent to gram to one of the government Guest Bartenders at The Patio the Chorus, you can contact Mat- firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a smartphone you can programs. At one time, there was raised $1,100. Shuttle was this thew Moore for an audition. For capture the newspaper on your phone by using the QR code. a three year waiting list for Sec- past weekend. As of press time, information on the Chorus or to At present advertising is not accepted as this is done as a community ser- tion 8 housing. a final total to be distributed had set up an audition, e-mail: ne- vice. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission c 2010 A majority of the funding for not been announced. Bust had email@example.com PMM. This publication is available via electronic distribution by e-mailing the the Residence Program comes been estimated near $1,000. “I want to see the chorus address above. from fund raising efforts the com- Christmas Guest Bartenders at grow,” Moore said. “I have an munity puts on. The Annual AIDS the Ten99 is yet to come. December 2010 The Reno Gay Page 3 Sisters warm the homeless for winter by handing out coats and clothes “Thank you so much,” one barrels were placed around the as they filled up and stored the man said who just got two pairs community, asking for dona- items until November 7, when of socks. tions of winter clothing to keep they sorted 1700 plus items into “Thank you I found a coat to the homeless warm this winter. children’s, women’s and men’s keep me warm,” another man Barrels for the Winter Coat Drive piles so they could be distrib- said. were placed in all the gay commu- uted. “Thank you I found a bun- ny suit for my son to keep him nity bars, Washoe County Health “We collected over 1700 warm,” a woman pushing a Department, Northern Nevada items of winter clothing thanks stroller with two kids in it, said. HOPES, Nevada Backyard, Black to the generosity of the commu- “Thank you for the boots. I Hole Body Piercing and Bar USA. nity to be able to give to those won’t have a wet foot with water The Sisters emptied the barrels less fortunate in our communi- getting in the shoes I have now ty,” Abbess PaPa Bubble said. “It shows the community does care when it comes to keeping those in need warm in the winter.” Besides the two rooms set up in the center, the Sisters filled a cart with various items for men and women to take out to those excluded from the building for The Sisters take to the street to hand out winter clothing to the homeless ing red AIDS ribbons for $1.00. As of November 20, the Sisters had sold about 1,000 ribbons. The funds are being donated to the Residence Program at the An- nual Reno AIDS Benefit hosted by Diva’s on the Run. The clothes being ready for distribution at the Resource Center on this project to help those in one reason or another and those need,” Abbess Papa Bubble said. who live in tent city. “We couldn’t have done what we With help from St. Mary’s did without the support of the Regional Medical Center and community and our house. Reno their laundry service, Associated Biggest Little Sisters thanks ev- Laundry Management, cleaning eryone.” of 300 items was provided to the This year’s annual Winter Sisters for donated items in need Clothing gathered, had to be sorted and counted by the Sisters Coat Drive started September of being freshened up. 1 and went through the end of “We appreciate Associated Sisters learned that socks, coats ing drive in 2011. October. RBLS more than tripled Laundry Management stepping and pants were a priority item But the Sisters haven’t just what they collected in 2009. Ten forward to help in this endeav- for the men. Jackets, gloves and been working on their Winter our,” Sister I Drink Alotta (IDA) scarves topped the women’s re- Coat Drive. They held their 2nd said. “It is with people like Eric quest list. Gong Karaoke at The Patio and Romero, of Associated Laundry The Sisters have been discuss- raised over $700 for the Sisters Management and St. Mary’s ing having a sock hop and under- and the Residence Program. One of the homeless who came to lending a hand that makes this all wear party where admission is a Currently, the Sisters have the Sisters Winter Clothes give away package of socks or underwear, been out trying to paint Reno work.” During the distribution, the which will go to the Winter cloth- red for World AIDS Day by sell- NNOT Dirty Load fund raiser set Community meeting attendance drops, but continues The Dirty Load Party, a benefit Turnout for the second all school officials to attend the next will be up and running by Thanks- for the Northern Nevada Out- community meeting at the meeting of the group to discuss giving, when the Reno News and reach Team (NNOT), will be held Knowledge Center at the Univer- bullying and what is being done. Review plans to publish a fea- December 4 at the 5 Star Saloon sity of Nevada saw only an atten- Katherine Loudon (WCSD Safe ture story on the local gay com- beginning at midnight. Admis- The Line waiting to select clothing dance of 25 people on Sunday, and Drug Free Schools coordina- munity. The paper interviewed sion to the event is a $5 donation November 21. tor), Scott Kelley (WCSD Board members of the community after at the door. Raffle tickets will be The group talked about the member) and David Bobzien complaints were made following $1 each and several specials if organizations they were with: (Nevada Assemblyman, on state an article, which appeared in the you buy more. Spectrum, Build Our Center, Na- education committee) were August 5 issue of the weekly pa- The event will feature a raffle, tional Leather Association-North- names of people who might be per, saying there was no gay com- go-go dancers (on the newly re- ern Nevada, Primetimers, Queer contacted about coming to the munity in Reno. designed stage with poles for Student Union, Stonewall Dem- next meeting. The next meeting will be held dancing), drink specials and more ocrats, and several interested There was also discussion in the Knowledge Center audi- to raise funds for the street out- members of the community. of legislative activities with the torium on Sunday, January 23 at reach program of NNOT. Also discussed was bullying in broad based coalition, between 1 pm. The Knowledge Center is NNOT is a collaboration of the schools, especially towards the north and the south parts of just south of the Student Union 13 different groups who provide gay and lesbian students. One the state, has planned this year building off North Virginia at 15th information to the community member of the audience pointed in the 2011 Legislature which Street. The Wells Fargo Audito- about STDs, HIV/AIDS education out that Washoe County School begins on February 7. Equality rium is on the lower level Room and safe sex kits. District has a pretty extensive Days are planned for sometime in 124. Parking is available in the The event will also feature website on bullying and a zero- March 2011. They were first held large lot in front of Lawlor Events HIV/AIDS Education information tolerance policy. But just who during the 2009 session. Center or the parking structure tables. is responsible for the enforce- Sam Olson, president of Build to the south of it. Meters are not ment of this policy? Those pres- Our Center, announced that the in service on Sundays. Sister Mary Jane says “Need socks” ent talked about asking various virtual online community center with a hole in them,” a man said. Magic’s annual “Thank you so much!” Comments like that continued Christmas Open House at The Patio throughout the 2nd annual Win- ter Clothing Disbursement at the The Patio, Reno’s Gathering to kick off the holiday season, Skee Ball for kids Christmas toys Place, will host its annual Christ- allowing friends, family and pa- Do you have a quarter, a the community and those in Homeless (Resource) Center on mas Open House on Thursday, trons to come together, celebrat- Record Street put on by Reno’s handful of quarters, a roll of need at Christmas time.” December 9 from 7 to 10 pm. ing the season.” quarters or more than that? Magic says she got the idea Biggest Little Sisters of Perpetual The event is in its 13th year Indulgence (RBLS) on Saturday, This year, the decor will be If you do, then you can par- several years ago and it has just and has been part of the Reno ticipate in the 4th annual grown to be a fun little event November 13. sort of non-traditional but will gay community holiday tradition Magic Skee Ball Birthday Bash over the past three years. “This is amazing and great,” since the “gay” community bar remain within the theme of the Kris Rinearson, Volunteer Coordi- season. starting at noon on Saturday, “We have been able to get opened its doors in 1998. They December 4 at the Circus Cir- a lot of toys and things for the nator at the Tom Vetica Resource will also serve as a food donation “Come and see, then cel- Center, said. “We can’t tell you cus arcade. All toys or prizes kids,” Magic said. “It helps center for canned food items be- ebrate with us December 9,” KD won will be donated to the those in need and we have fun how much we and our clients ap- ing donated to the All Community said. preciate what you have done.” All Community Food Drive for doing it!” Food Drive, presently underway. The Patio now opens at 9 am families with children. If you aren’t into playing All seven fully professed “It is always a good time and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. members of the Reno house, two “It’s a hella lotta fun!” skeet ball, you can bring an un- fun,” Katie Douthwit, who co- Check The Patio’s website for Magic said. “We meet at the wrapped toy, stuffed animal, saints and the pope participated owns The Patio with her partner in the sorting and distribution of details on upcoming events and arcade and then see what we game, etc. and drop it off at of 28 years Nina Brown, said. can do with the quarters we The Patio, the 5 Star Saloon or the winter clothing to the home- Sunday brunches at www.thepa- “People come together and cel- have. It is for fun and helping Ten99. less. ebrate the holiday season with tiobar.com. “The whole house worked family and friends. It just our way 4 The Reno Gay Page December 2010 The Great Spirit kept the snow away to raise $7,100 for Residence Program There is no misinterpretation shuttle people from the Sands in the language of the heart, Love to the MGM Grand for a movie is in any language fluently spoken premiere featuring Richard Drey- here... was the sentiment per- fuss. The rest is history and here formed by Empress V, X, XV Jack- we are 21 years later,” Jack-E E, which closed the 21st Annual said. “And I will be here as long as AIDS Benefit held at the Reno there is a need.” Ramada on Saturday, November The annual event brings out 20. The house was packed with many in the community who at- supporters of the beloved local tend nothing else. The AIDS Ben- AIDS program. efit has become the social event “I am so happy and pleased of the fall for the community. to announce tonight we raised Organizers of the event always $7,157 for the Residence Pro- manage to empty the pockets of gram,” Mistress of Ceremonies any cash brought to the event. Jack-E said. “If it wasn’t for you “This is an event where you and your support this would not need to come and donate to have been possible. Thank you!” the cause,” Terry Melonsen, of Over 300 people ignored the Sparks, said. “I came with friends warning of possibly a heavy snow who said I would enjoy it and storm with blizzard conditions have a good time. I have and I Residence Program Chairman and came out to support one am so glad they brought me with Scott Brenneke of the most beloved assistance them.” programs in the gay community. The Cantrell’s from Modesto The Residence Program is totally braved Interstate 80 with chains funded by community donations. on the car for some 57 miles to Empress I Keith Ann collects a tip from an audience member. Tips are how the money The benefit is hosted by Divas come to the benefit. Dennis Sut- is raised for the cause, a single dollar at a time. on the Run, a local ensemble who ton and Dean Bates rode a Grey- raises funds for charities in need. hound Bus from Sacramento They put together the show, to make the benefit due to the raffle, collected raffle prizes and weather. Coming by air were: Chi- sold raffle tickets to raise money na Silk and Deana Cartier, of San for the cause. Charity Case, a Francisco; Dawna Creation, of member of the Diva’s troupe, Portland and Jenu-Wine Beauty, is responsible for collecting the of Seattle. Remy Martin, a long- raffle prizes. time friend of Jack-E and heir ap- “I haven’t had anyone refuse parent of the International Court to donate something when I have System was also present. asked,” Charity said. “It is amaz- “It is great to be here in this ing how much people care about community again,” Emperor the Residence Program.” XXXIII Daniel Surreal Foxx, former Reno’s Biggest Little Sisters resident of Reno who now lives in of Perpetual Indulgence, a local Seattle, said. “I would move back organization which raises money here in a heartbeat. Just look at for various charities, presented this turn out and support for this Jack-E with a check for $1,000. event.” The Sisters held a Paint Reno Red Surreal Foxx and Jack-E co- Campaign and sold red ribbons mc’d the evening. for World AIDS Day. The money Nearly 1,500 of the 2,000 raf- Rose Empress XLVIII raised from the ribbon sales fle tickets the Divas printed were Dawna Creation 2010 went to the Residence Program. available when the evening start- Ribbons were still being sold ed. By the end of the evening through December 1. less than 300 remained. There Emperor XXXIII Daniel Surreal Foxx, who lives in Seattle now came to Reno to assist “It all started when my hus- was also a silent auction held for from page 1. . . Empress V X, XV Jack-E with hosting duties at the 21st Annual AIDS benefit band of 32 years, Larry Mastropi- three prints, a crystal vase and a events featuring various fetishes. erro, needed money for a bus to 5 foot tall Father Christmas figu- and allowing the public at a River- rine. walk Bar Crawl and Wine Walk to 36th SDC Christmas Food Drive experience different fetishes. The group also sat outside a Walmart underway, barrels about town in South Reno handing out infor- mation on domestic violence. The Silver Dollar Court’s boxes (baskets) are given a full QSU (October): The Queer All Community Food Drive is Christmas dinner, with turkey, Student Union at the University in high gear and will come to dressing, potatoes and pie. of Nevada, celebrated 25 years of a conclusion on Saturday, De- The boxes also contain canned providing a safe place for GLBT, cember 18 at the Ten99 Club fruits and vegetables, soup, pa- etc. students, began in 1985. The with the Final Food Drive per products and toiletries. QSU is one of the most respected Show. Food distribution day is groups on the Nevada campus. The final show concludes Sunday, December 19 at the Build Our Center (BOC) (May) the collecting of canned foods Ten99 Club beginning at 10 formalized its board of directors and other items to be distrib- am. Before the distribution and looked at starting a capital uted to the some 70 families one group will go out shop- fund raising campaign to create, and individuals who are in ping for items needed to make fund and operate a GLBTIQQA need this holiday season. sure each family has one of community center in northern This will mark the 36th everything. A second group Nevada. Its first public event was year the Silver Dollar Court will head out to a local big box hosting the Reno Pride Parade in has had a function for those store to get presents and gift downtown Reno, with 29 units Reigning Emperor Christopher gets the last dollar as he does a table dance in need during the holiday cards, then returns to wrap and more than 150 people. season. When the organiza- the gifts and put the gift cards tion started in 1976, Christ- in a Christmas card. Each fam- Political Events: mas presents were gathered ily is given a gift card so they Spirit Day (October): The for needy children. Shortly af- may get something they want community was asked to show its ter its beginnings, the annual for Christmas. The dollar store solidarity and support by wear- event became a food drive. is the first stop for an army of ing purple, so that no one would “We look at the attention 10-15 people getting salt, pep- ever be alone. The event was other groups and commu- per, sugar, canned vegetables, triggered by the six gay teenagers nity organizations get from soups and paper products. Af- who committed suicide nation- the media and wonder why ter the items are dropped off wide in September. we never get mentioned or and sorted it’s back to a regular Community Meeting (Sep- rarely do,” one long time or- store to purchase bacon, bread tember/November): An all com- ganizer of the annual event and items that were not avail- munity meeting was held to dis- said. “It is simply because we able at the first stop. cuss the issues facing the gay and are a gay organization. We After the items are dropped lesbian community and how to are no different from any oth- off and sorted it’s back to a reg- make things better. The Septem- er group who is helping those ular store to purchase bacon, ber meeting focused on the com- in need.” bread and items that were not munity center and its need. Five Annually, the event gives available at the first stop. of the seven BOC board members about 150 pounds of food to Donations for canned food were present at the first meeting. each of those on the list. The may still be made through De- Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Protest food is all donated or bought cember 17 in the food barrels March (September): More than from funds raised from the at local gay bars, Bar USA, Ne- 50 people turned out to protest Kick-off Show and the Final vada Backyard, and Northern Congress’ failure to overturn Food Drive Shows. Money is Nevada HOPES. Food may also the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy raised, basically, one dollar at be brought to the Final Food in the military. The marchers a time. Drive Show on December 18. walked from Reno City Hall to the Those receiving food Thompson Federal Building. Charity Case stands in front of the raffle prizes she has collected for this year’s AIDS Benefit. December 2010 The Reno Gay Page 5 IGRA 2010 Convention comes home to where gay rodeo had its birthplace The IGRA Convention floor can be a busy place, as delegates confer and plan, collaborate and compromise on rule changes, admendments and other business IGRA needs to conduct as an organization As is, an unwritten tradition in Gay Rodeo Finals (formerly called the Reno gay community, the red the IGRA Finals Rodeo) every 10 carpet of hospitality, welcoming years in gay rodeo’s birthplace. and friendship, was rolled out Two local rodeos, called The for the five day International Gay Comstock Stampede, were held Rodeo Association’s (IGRA) an- in 2004 and 2005 with less than nual convention in Reno Novem- 200 in attendance each year. ber 10-14. “We know we have a hard “Everything went extremely road ahead of us and we want well,” High Sierra Rodeo Asso- to rebuild bridges with the com- ciation (HSRA) President Rich munity,” Schaal said. “The com- Schaal said. “It has been a lot of munity will be seeing us out and hard work but everyone is happy supporting the community as we and having a good time.” ask for the community to support The local gay rodeo associa- us.” tion had been working for about There has been discussion 16 months on the Convention. about possibly hosting a one day They put together, garnered rodeo school and one day gym- sponsors and support for the khana in 2011. The HSRA is also Convention and organized all the hoping to revive its annual camp- activities, including entertain- out with the Capital Crossroads ment. Rodeo Association in the near Some of the members of the High Sierra Rodeo Association who planned, organized and put on the IGRA 2010 Convention. . “We have advertised and future. There could also be ro- publicized the event to the com- deo play days to reintroduce the munity,” Mark Dermuth, HSRA community to the fun that is gay vada) and a single candidate for During the entertainment, Convention Chairman, said. “It rodeo. The Royalty Ms. IGRA (from Arizona). A candi- two candidates brought the has been a great event!” Convention, as many on the IGRA Vice President Andrew date must get at least 75% of the house down with their perfor- The only glitch came when IGRA circuit call the event, is bro- Goodman (Miss IGRA 2004 Man- total points possible to be eligible mances. Miss Ginger Kaye Bel- a very angry cowboy, from Flor- ken into several parts. The first dy Barbarell) is responsible for to win one of the Royalty titles. mont, representing Missouri, did ida, came to the convention of- day is a welcome party hosted the IGRA Royalty team whose This year’s Royalty competition an amazing Devil Went Down to fice to complain about a local by the hosting association. There purpose is to be liaisons to the was close, as all the contestants Georgia complete with a fiddle drag queen who spit on him on are standing committee meet- general community and a prima- earned at least 75% of the total prop. The candidate from Arizo- the bar tour bus. The cowboy ings where items are prepared to ry source for charity fund raising points one needed to win one of na for Mr. IGRA came out in Drag was extremely upset and it took be presented on the convention for the association. the titles, Goodman announced and became a debonair cowboy Schaal a moment or two to calm floor during general sessions on During Convention, contes- at the Silver Jubilee Show just for continued on page 6 him down. Saturday and Sunday. There is tants who have won their local the sashing ceremony. “It is too bad things like this the Royalty competition and the association royalty crowns can “The number of candidates happen to mar something that evenings are filled with enter- compete for the IGRA crown. we have each year is based on is going, overall, so well,” Schaal tainment. The competition is based on five many things,” Goodman said. said. areas: horsemanship (which is “The economy, the ability to get The HSRA organizers said that a video presentation of a con- to where the competition is, be- when they bid to host the Con- testant on a horse following a ing able to get the time off, etc. vention, Reno beat out New Or- prescribed routine); personal in- and even if they want to com- leans due to the room rate and terviews with a panel of judges; pete.” convenience of the hotel being western wear; public presenta- All local associations don’t in the center of the activities. tion (on stage question) and en- have royalty. Goodman said it is The 26th annual convention tertainment (talent). not required. drew 172 delegates from 27 in- On biography sheets, which Goodman pointed out that dividual gay rodeo associations were read during the western the Florida Gay Rodeo Associa- across the United States, Canada wear and public presentation tion had its first ever competitor and two new associations seated portion of the contest, each can- in the Mr. IGRA category. at this convention. didate was asked: If you could During the entertainment Part of the convention is the have the attention of the world portion of the contest, Em- selection of the IGRA Royalty, for thirty seconds and you had press I of Nevada Keith Ann was a tradition carried on from the already wished for world peace, amongst the panel of judges. Reno National Gay Rodeo (1976- Miss IGRA 2010 1st Runner-up DeShannon Jewel Christie bought everyone a puppy and Her Emperor Phil Ragsdale and 1984), when a Miss Dusty Spurs spread seeds around the world her created gay rodeo in 1976. (the Drag Queen) was named, what would you do? This pre- She received a standing ovation along with a Mr. and Ms. Nation- vented a contestant from giving from the audience. IGRA Vice-President al Reno Gay Rodeo. the world peace or uniting the Mandy Barbarell The HSRA is hoping to be community answer and them able to host a rodeo in 2012, be creative with what they but the estimated cost for the would do with 30 seconds of the event is near $20,000, which still world’s time. has to be raised. Schall says he Contestants also were asked has made contacts with the Bay an on stage question that was Area Chapter of the Golden State written by the panel of judges. Gay Rodeo Association, Capital One contestant was asked: Why Crossroads Gay Rodeo Associa- are you involved in gay rodeo tion (Sacramento) and the Ne- when there is no financial gain vada Gay Rodeo Association (Las in it? The answer was simple: Vegas) to help with planning and “Rodeo is giving back to the possibly helping get a rodeo back community and many of our lo- in Reno. cal organizations have lost touch Gay rodeo was last held in with that.” Reno in 2006 at the Livestock There were four candidates Events Center for the 30th anni- for Mr IGRA (representing Arizo- versary of gay rodeo’s beginnings na, Florida, Colorado and Texas), in Reno. Schaal said he would three for Miss IGRA (represent- like to see Reno host the World Miss Missouri Gay Rodeo Assoc ing Colorado, Missouri and Ne- The Last Miss Dusty Spurs, Ebony, who lives in Arizona now and Empress I of Nevada, Ginger Kaye Belmont Keith Ann, who co founded the Reno National Gay Rodeo in 1976 with Phil Ragsdale 6 The Reno Gay Page December 2010 Convention from page 1. . . Rodeo Association, Kimberly premiere gay rodeo organization Helander said that gay rodeo na, California, Texas plus a group Foxx and Ms. IGRA, representing in the world. There have been is the weakest in the west. Mon- from Oklahoma created the as- crooner on stage, complete with Arizona, Sharon Stark was an- some inquiries from other coun- tana, Utah, and Wyoming don’t sociation after the collapse of the a sawhorse horse. nounced along with first and sec- tries where rodeo and the west- have any gay rodeo chapters. On National Reno Gay Rodeo. The “The IGRA Royalty team trav- ond runner-ups in all positions, ern lifestyle exists, but nothing the east coast western rodeo is Reno National Gay Rodeo’s de- els a lot during their year, serving but for Ms. IGRA 2011, there was more at present. Helander said a novelty, as it is very much part mise would not have affected the as ambassadors for gay rodeo a single candidate. “You never know what the future of the American West. Iit is very creation of the association, which and our association,” Goodman will bring and IGRA is positioning popular in DC, Florida, Chicago provides standardized rules and said. “They help with fund rais- IGRA President itself. and Philadelphia. There is also a regulations for the sport of rodeo ing, community outreach and Brian Helander “All of our associations are Pacific Northwest Gay Rodeo As- and propagates the western cul- helping to promote and continue “It is important that us older strong and just like everything sociation (Washington, Oregon ture and lifestyle. the western lifestyle.” folks teach the younger ones else rodeo, as is our association, and Idaho) who have never held The IGRA and Reno met again At Convention 2010, IGRA about our culture and heritage is ever changing, developing, im- a rodeo. when the short lived Silver State Royalty celebrated its 25th an- and continue the western life- proving and growing,” Helander “Just like any sport, gay rodeo Rodeo Association tried to host niversary with the Silver Jubilee style we know as cowboys or said. “Two new associations: is suffering due to the economy,” the third Finals Rodeo in 1988. Show in Sammy’s Showroom. cowgirls,” Brian Helander, retir- Iowa, which was created follow- Helander said. “What IGRA does They were plagued by financial Featured were many past IGRA ing president of IGRA, said. “Our ing Heartland Gay Rodeo As- is provide help, structure and or- problems and lacking a space Royalty, the last Miss Dusty Spurs organization is very strong and sociation’s (formerly Nebraska ganization for our chapters to be to hold the rodeo. Even after a 1984 Ebony, who now resides in committed to our community. and Iowa) disbanding and Kan- able to weather the storm. We space was secured, in Churchill Arizona, and Empress I of Nevada By being around, those who live sas, who has been inactive and are the clearing house for rodeo County, a loud protest by the Keith Ann, who co-founded gay in rural areas, have role models rejoined IGRA this year, were rules, which all our member as- citizenry caused the special use rodeo. to turn to, so they know they are seated at convention. Rodeo As- sociations are committed to fol- permit needed to be denied. To conclude the Silver Jubilee not alone and can be who they sociations are becoming more lowing.” Only the dances and parties were celebration of IGRA Royalty, the are.” regional in nature. There are According to Helander, one of held. The Lahontan Valley News, 2011 Royal Team was named. Recently, the Finals Rodeo the statewide associations and the accomplishments he is proud the Churchill County newspaper, Taking the titles were: Mr. IGRA, was renamed the World Gay Fi- then there are other associations of is the branding of the finals wrote an editorial in support of representing Arizona Gay Rodeo nals Rodeo. Helander said, IGRA which serve a specific region or rodeo as the World Gay Finals the gay rodeo. Association, Michael Butts: Miss needed to brand itself as it is the geographic area.” because it is the best of the best. Reno did not think about IGRA, representing Nevada Gay Only the top 20 finishers in each holding a rodeo again until 2002, event are invited to participate in when a group of people came Finals. together to start the High Sierra “Being the president of IGRA Rodeo Association and bring Gay has been a great experience,” He- Rodeo back home to Reno. lander said. “I have been able to travel and meet people all over Gay Rodeo Legacy Project the country. It is something won- The IGRA, through its Royalty, derful that I have done.” is in the process of raising $5,000 “The HSRA needs to also toward the Gay Rodeo Legacy be congratulated for its efforts Project, which will create a gay in putting on the 2010 Conven- rodeo collection to be displayed tion,” Helander said. “They have at the Autry National Center. worked hard to make this year’s The Center features a history of convention special. They deserve western culture and lifestyle. The our thanks and appreciation, as I project will highlight gay rodeo know what work it takes to make from its inception forward from a convention successful on the the IGRA archives. logistics end.” During the weekend, tips from past IGRA Royalty, who en- Reno and IGRA tertained, at the Royalty western Reno is responsible for the wear and presentation and Silver creation of IGRA. In 1985, rodeo Jubilee Royalty Shows were do- associations in Colorado, Arizo- nated to the project. James Allen Clark sings in Reno ville). In Nashville, through the encouragement of a friend, Clark put out his first album with 4 songs on it titled, First Attempt. He also began to build a fan base after moving. While making his way in the Reno’s Brandy Cashe is picked out of the audience for interaction with Jackie Beat in Sammy’s Showroom at Harrah’s music industry, Clark has done many benefits and shows for Getting you to laugh is what Jackie Beat does best charities. “I enjoy being able to enter- Take traditional old gay come- a year in the Big Apple, for Pride available to purchase and down- tain people and put a smile on dy and throw in a twist, a presen- and Christmas, which still pack load on-line at www.jackiebea- their face,” Clark said. “The joy tation through the amazing world the venue. Ms. Beat presently trules.com/store. Ms Beat also for an entertainer is when you of a drag queen and you have a resides in Los Angeles, where has a facebook page: Jackie Beat. see you have warmed the audi- hilarious side splitting hour and she says she has enough work to Ms. Beat appeared as the ences heart.” a half of laughter and song only pay the bills and allow her to do opening act for Roseanne Barr’s Clark is now represented by Jackie Beat can provide. what she loves--entertain people national tour. Beat says it was a Top Priority Management. He Jackie Beat came to Reno, for with her wit, humor and song, great opportunity to tour with has been playing the rodeo cir- the first time, to be amongst the all being just a little bit “dirty”. Ms. Barr and put her in a spot- He casts a big shadow as he works to be cuit, both gay and straight, small entertainment featured at the She travels for performances as light exposing a different audi- a country star clubs, hotels, etc almost any International Gay Rodeo Asso- needed. Following Reno, she had ence to her style and brand of Beloved at gay rodeos across ciation’s Annual Convention held another gig before heading off to humor. the country, Nashville based November 10-14. New York for her holiday show. When asked if she was bullied country singer James Allen Clark Ms. Beat took to the stage in Yes, she can carry a tune, is in school she said yes, but she came to Reno to entertain the the legendary Sammy’s Show- very good at it and in what spare made people laugh and it was delegates at the IGRA Annual room at Harrah’s Reno. She was time she has is the lead singer hard to hit someone when you Convention on November 13. excited about making her Reno of the electroclash band, Dirty were laughing. From an early “I have been singing for the debut in the room where Sammy Sanchez. Beat has released 12 age, comedy and making people past 20 years or so,” James Allen Davis appeared, who was a good albums featuring her parodies laugh was in her blood. Clark said. “It is just in the last friend of the late Bill Harrah, of songs geared toward the gay Ms. Beat says she began do- four years, my career has gone founder of the Harrah gaming community and her comedy ing drag one Halloween. to the next step. I live in Nash- empire. She took a picture of Mr. stick, which can easily get you “Isn’t that the gay man’s right ville now and with the help of my Davis that hangs in the back of rolling in the aisle with her brand of passage?” Ms. Best quipped. management company put out the showroom. of comedy and song. They are Since she wanted to be an enter- my new single, Cheaper to Keep “Can you imagine, making tainer what a better way to do it Her.” my Reno debut in such a historic – create a unique character peo- Clark says his new single is a room,” Ms. Beat said. “It is an ple would remember and enjoy. great two stepping song. Two honor to be here.” Beat, who is Kent Fuher, is step is a popular country dance Her show is full of traditional an actor, singer, song and screen step. It was released October 15. off color gay comedy and song play writer. Recently, she wrote Clark was raised in south- parodies in gay culture. She plays for a short lived WB television ern Ohio and was introduced to off the audience and ventures show, Hype. She is the voice of music at an early age. His fam- out to talk to them and see what Bertha on Nickelodeon’s Kung-Fu ily used to sing gospel, bluegrass stir she can create. In fact, one Spy Troll. She has made appear- and country around the dinner James Allen Clark guest who was heckling the co- ances in the movies Flawless, table. In Reno’s Bill Harrah Room medienne one too many times Wigstock: The Movie and Adam After graduating high school was talked to by Harrah’s secu- and Steve, where she wrote and he moved to Columbus and place where country music is rity about disrupting the perfor- performed the song, Dance Off. joined a gospel group. Following welcome. mance. She has also made appearances that, Clark relocated to Phoenix Clark has a facebook page Ms. Beat began her career in in the television series Sex in the where he found it hard to do (James Allen Clark) and his single New York City making the rounds City much in the music industry. He is available on iTunes, of the cabaret circuit and packing Well........ she thinks moved back closer to his roots For more information you can the house. She does two shows and landed in Music City (Nash- visit his website: jamesallenclark. com. December 2010 The Reno Gay Page 7 Reno Rainbow Fest now part of Artown 2011 Reno Rainbow Fest an- along with her business partner the proceeds will be donated nounced on November 22 that Shelly Palmer, created Reno Rain- to a local charity. Last year they had reached an agree- bow Fest last year, said. “I think it Reno’s Biggest Little Sisters ment with Artown to host will be great that the rainbow will and the Northern Nevada Rainbow in the Park, as part fly over the park during Artown.” Outreach Team were the ben- of the planned Artown 2011 Plans are still being finalized eficiaries. Northern Nevada events on Saturday, July 9. The about what will happen for the event will take place in Wing- events, but Ms. Crawford says it HOPES has been selected as field Park along the banks of will be a day of entertainment, the charity for 2011’s Rain- the Truckee River. fun, socializing and community.” bow in the Park event. “I’m really excited about Ms. Crawford said a portion of this!,” Kaye Crawford who, The Patio makes changes to hours As part of the expanded weekend hours at The Patio, Re- Reno Biggest Little Sisters were out to Paint Reno Red for World AIDS Day no’s Gathering Place, on Sunday, 2010, December 1 and from the looks of things on the wall at The Patio, the November 21 Sunday Brunch was Sisters have been doing a good job. On November 20, the Sisters announced held to promote the new 9 am they had sold 1,000 ribbons at a dollar a piece and still had 11 days more to opening. sell them. “This is great! Something dif- ferent and new,” a bar patron, who asked not to be identified, Reno/Carson celebrate AIDS Day said. “I always have a great time The Patio was packed as patrons, supporters and friends gathered to raise money here and decided to check the December 1 is World AIDS Day. A day which the commu- by Mojo Green, Drinking with Clowns, Jellybread, Buster Blue brunch out. It was great!” A crowd of about 20 people Thanksgiving Bartender Bash nity wears red ribbons to honor and Western Buck, there will be came to taste the biscuits and The Residence Program has those with AIDS and to remem- carnival games and acrobats. gravy, frittata, potatoes and long been a charity that The Patio ber those who have been lost In Carson City, The Red Rib- bread pudding. There were mi- has supported by holding various to the worldwide pandemic that bon Affair – Behind the Mask, mosas available for a special fund raisers. Among them is the has claimed more than 25 million Faces of AIDS, co-sponsored by price to go with the brunch. annual Thanksgiving Bartenders people around the world since The Carson City Health Depart- “This is something different,” Bash which raised $1.134.55 on 1981. ment and Northern Nevada one of our patrons prepared all November 25 as friends, patrons In Reno, World AIDS Day will HOPES, will be held from 6 pm the food and brought it in and and family came together fro the be celebrated at the Knitting Fac- to 8 pm at the Silver Oak Country we made a brunch out of it,” Tom cause. tory in downtown Reno Wednes- Club. Tickets for the event are Glogowski, manager of The Patio, “This is so much fun,” Scott day, December 1 starting at 7:30 $25 and feature hors d’oevures, said. “It is just trying something Brenneke, chairman of the Resi- pm. Admission is $8 and will fea- desserts, wine and non-alcoholic different! This was a success.” dence program, said after his ture a variety of entertainment. beverages. The Patio has been trying new shift behind the bar. “You work Northern Nevada H.O.P.E.S. The evening will feature things and decided to change hard in that 30 minute shift.” is sponsoring the event which is monologues from members of hours on weekends. The bar is The Patio has hosted the aptly named Greater than Reno: the Carson City HIV Support now open: Monday to Thursday event, as an additional fund rais- The Biggest Little Carnival in the Group, and speeches by Former 11 am to 2 am or so; Friday, Sat- er for the program, for the past World. Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons urday and Sunday it opens at 9 10 years. Each Thanksgiving for Besides music provided and Dr Trudy Larson. am and closes about 2 am. five hours the bar raises money Karaoke is featured Tuesday by all tips to the bartenders going to Thursday nights at 9 pm and to the Residence Program. The Bartender Bash has a Counting the the tips raised by each team Monday Night Football with AIDS Ribbons started in 1991 snacks starts at 5:30 pm through team (usually) of two different people that tend bar and work is Katie Douthwit, Nina in the background total raised for the assistance the end of December, Karaoke December 1 is World AIDS awareness, becoming a politically follows the football game. for tips which are donated to the program near and dear to the gay Day and tradition has it that correct fashion accessory on the community’s heart. those who know someone with “It is great,” Katie Douthwit, Acquired Immune Deficiency lapels of celebrities. Today, the red ribbon is one of Community ho-hum over RN&R story who co owns the bar and counts Syndrome (AIDS) or who died the most well known symbols in “Who is this Lauren Scott said. “They obviously didn’t want the tips, said. “My job is to cheer from AIDS wear a red ribbon in person on the cover?” one per- to talk to leaders like Larry of the the team behind the bar on and the fight against AIDS. The ribbon rouse the customers to see what solidarity and remembrance. But did you know the AIDS is made from any length (piece) son said, “I have no idea who she Silver Dollar Court, The Sisters, we can get donated in the tip jar.” Ribbon is only 19 years old, hav- of red ribbon, bring both ends to- is.” Leslie Long of Spectrum, Sean “I can pour an awesome ing first appeared in 1991. In- gether as if to fold in half (don’t “The story is a story that of the NLA-NNV and am sure drink,” Robert Harding, who is spired by the yellow ribbons fold it), bring the back piece out there is a community, not what there are more leaders not even the coordinator at Northern Ne- honoring American soldiers serv- and across the front piece form- we do, how many we help ....” thought of. But it’s a start.” vada H.O.P.E.S., said. “It is fun. ing in the Gulf War, the color red ing the ribbon. The top should a member of the Silver Dollar Most people asked about was chosen for its “connection to be dimensional and represents Court said. the article in the Reno News and blood and the idea of passion -- a heart in the opening when the “It is a story that says there Review asked to remain anony- not only anger, but love, like a val- ribbon crosses and twists. is a community, but not much mous. entine.” The red ribbon was first more,” another said. “From what Out and About was spurred The red ribbon was featured worn publicly by Jeremy Irons at the 1991 Tony Awards. The rib- on a special stamp issued by the I read what we need is a commu- by a article in the News and Re- bon soon became renowned as United States Post Office in 1993. nity center. But what it doesn’t view in August for Pride that said an international symbol of AIDS In the gay community, the stamp point out is what groups we cur- there was no community. A letter became known as the Christmas rently have. None of those lead- prompted the News and Review stamp. It was issued in honor ers were interviewed and they to want to write a story about NLA-NNV hosts of World AIDS Day. Around the are the movers and shakers of the community.” Reno gay community. “The article did say there is a world many countries have is- Night of Fetish sued AIDS stamps. “The article was okay but they left alot out of it,” another community,” Paco, who edits the Reno Gay Page said. “So at least Okay you put what in this Robert Hard- ing asked Tom, The Patio’s manager The National Leather Associ- people know we exist. What it Look who I get to help by volun- ation-Northern Nevada Chapter will host a Night of Fetish and Grand Duke/Duchess candidates did say was what groups do what teering.” and how each in their own way The Patio was packed with pa- Fantasy at the Ten99 Club De- Nevada’s oldest gay social will be held following the regu- trons all tipping just a little more cember 4, beginning at 8 pm. helps the gay community.” and philanthropic organization lar monthly meeting Thursday, Paco points out the News than usual because it goes to the Admission is $5 at the door. is seeking candidates for Grand December 9 of the Silver Dollar Residence Program. Mistress Rebecca will be Duke and Grand Duchess XXVIII. Court. and Review did list some of the groups in town in a sidebar. So at Besides the Bartenders Bash, hosting the event that will fea- Applications should be available The Grand Duke and Grand The Patio annually hosts the Eas- ture a “kinky” auction, entertain- on posters at any of the local gay Duchess were positions created least some of the information is ter Basket Auction, which is a ment and several BDSM demon- bars as well as the SDC website by the sixth Empress of the Sil- there. fund raiser for the Residence Pro- strations, like spanking and the (silverdollarcourt.org). ver Dollar Court, Terry Taylor, to “If they did a full story on the gram held in the Spring. No date violet wand. Proceeds from the To qualify as a candidate you assist the Emperor and Empress gay community, its activities and has been set for the auction yet “kinky” auction will be split: 40% must be: 21 years of age; have and be an additional fund rais- all the good it has done,” Paco in 2011. going to the Build Our Center lived in Nevada, excluding the ing source for the court and the said. “The entire paper would be Others who volunteered their organization, 40% to NNOT and counties of Nye, Lincoln or Clark, charities they serve. time on Thanksgiving included: 20% to NLA-NNV. one big story about the gay com- the Lake Tahoe Basin or the east- The Grand Duke and Grand munity and its activities.” Sandra; Wes and Rick from the This will be the second event ern Sierra territories; been ac- Duchess are required to attend Cadillac Lounge; Adam, who the local pansexual leather or- tive in the community and held a three out of town Ducal Balls According to estimates there are some 40,000 to 50,000 GLB- played Zanna and is at Bruka ganization has held at the Ten99 fund raiser during the past year. and hold a function every other Theatre; Sister I Drink Allota and Club. Their first public event in The filing fee for the position is month in town. TIQQA? peoples in the Western Pope Beneficial the First, from fall of 2009 was very successful. $50 and can be paid by the indi- Elections will be held Tues- Nevada. Likely a larger number the Sisters of Perpetual Indul- Besides the members of the vidual or a sponsor. Applications day, January 11 and the winner due to the nature of the main in- gence; and Patio patrons: Chris, NLA-NNV, Reno’s Biggest Little must be received by the Presi- announced at Reno’s Ducal Ball dustry in the area, the arts, and Kelly, Joy, Tracy, Russel, Jorge, Sisters and the Comstock Griz- dent of the Board by 6:30 pm De- January 15 at the Sands Regency entertainment. Duane and Warren, Marisa and zlies will be at the event. cember 9. Candidate interviews Hotel. Janice.