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					                                                                                                           boy up!
                                                                                                                                                                    of Les Miserable fame and who has rocked

                                                                                                                           et ready to give your funny bone         Austin audiences in the past with his hysterical
                                                                                                                           a workout as Queertown invades           stand up routines, is a featured performer in
   capitol comments ...from EX-4                        the past twenty some odd years, TGRA has                           Austin. They’re here, they’re queer      Queertown. Come see why the Dallas Ob-
                                                        given back over $2,000,000 to Texas charitable     and this notorious sketch comedy troupe is               server called Queertown “brilliant, conscious
ish up your boots, dust off your hat and come                                                              taking America by storm. Esther’s Follies, the           comedy.” Get ready to laugh because as
                                                        organizations. Austinite Randy Edlin has spent
join in the fun.

                                                        the past year raising money in the Austin com-     legendary 6th Street laugh stop, will be hosting         Queertown so aptly observes, “there’s no law
              he Texas Gay Rodeo is happening                                                              this delightfully twisted group of “mary” thespi-        against same sex comedy.”
                                                        munity as a candidate for Mr. TGRA 2007 and he
              August 4-6 at the Guadalupe County                                                           ans on August 16th. Doors open at 8pm with
                                                        will be competing over rodeo weekend to hope-

              Fairgrounds in Seguin Texas. Some                                                            Showtime at 9pm. Tickets are $15 and can be                     f you know of anything going on in the
                                                        fully bring the title home to Austin. Ambush
of the state’s best cowboys and cowgirls will                                                              had by calling 214.320.0553.                                    Austin area or if you would like some
                                                        wishes the best of luck to Randy and to all the
be competing for fame, fortune and… ok…                                                                          In the interest of full disclosure, my old, old,          thing mentioned in Capitol Comments,
                                                        members of the Texas Gay Rodeo Association
really just fun… but still it is a great way to spend                                                      old (he will just love that) friend Paul J. Williams,    email Bob at
                                                        as they work to elevate the image of GLBT
a hot Texas afternoon.
                                                        people and to give back to our great state. More
      The Texas Gay Rodeo Association pro-
                                                        information about TGRA and the Alamo City
duces two rodeos a year with profits going                                                                           South Padre Island, Texas
                                                        Rodeo can be found at Cow-

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                                                                                          red stick
       Having fun at George’s                                                             paparazzi
                                           Enjoying a night out                                                     Darren & Michael
                                                                             Smiling away the night

                                                                                                                                                         Brad Benedict
                                                                                                                                          Cocktailin' in Red Stick ~ Baton Rouge, Louisiana
   Extreme Dyke-Over for Chansley                                                                              Craig & Chris at Splash
                                        Brittany & Jordan at Splash

                                                                              Picture perfect stud

         Happy trio at Splash           Togetherness at George’s
                                                                            Another one for Richard           Beautiful Corey at Splash

                                        Four times for good times

      Richard corners a hot one                                               Trio out on the town
                                                                                                                   Spanish Town divas

Chansley & Dugie/Extreme Dyke-Over at
             George's                      Latching onto Lance            Handsome couple at George’s          Party time in Red Stick

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                                                                                                                and enormous bulge. I have to stop right now             manly and highly erotic fashion.           It kinda’
                                                                                                                and take a break. This keyboard is burning my            reminds me of how cool it is to be young and
                           hot tails of red stick                                                               fingers, and a rest is in order.
                                                                                                                      I haven’t really had a chance to talk to
                                                                                                                                                                         beautiful and sexy as all get out. Bobby stands
                                                                                                                                                                         tall with all the rest. He’s a great little friend.
                                                                                                                sweet, beautiful, handsome, gorgeous Little
                                                                                                                Corey lately, but he has a standing invitation to        Not Really Cool

                           by Brad Benedict                                                                     come over for a chat in my garden. I need to
                                                                                                                                                                                     ohn Wayne will be switching jobs
                           E-mail:                                                      really catch up with him, so maybe I’ll just call him
                                                                                                                                                                                     soon, but this seems to be a good
                                                                                                                and whisk him away to El Rio Grande. He likes
                                                                                                                                                                                     move for him. At least, I trust it is. It’s
                                                                                                                margaritas too, and Raul’s brand will relax
                                                                                                                                                                         more like a loan-out until new contracts come in.
                                                                                                                anyone in a hurry. I’m not sure what his official
Staying Cool                                             and theaters. It may not be an ideal situation but
                                                                                                                duties are at Splash, but it’s good just to be able
                                                                                                                                                                         That’s what happens when you work for the

                                                         with time, they too will join the road trips to far                                                             government. Jobs take a back seat to govern-
               veryone in Red Stick has been try                                                                to look on this cool little guy’s fabulous smile and
                                                         off places. If you like cool, just check things out.                                                            mental trips to discuss things that could have
               ing different ways to stay cool, and                                                             laughing eyes. Watch those eyes. Have you
                                                         You will find the right place to fit your needs and                                                             been discussed in normal and regular office
               it isn’t that easy to do unless you fly                                                          ever seen anything so nice? He absolutely
                                                         desires. Just go and enjoy. Otherwise, pick up                                                                  space. I never understood how so much money
to some far away location. Take Trace, for                                                                      mesmerizes you with a deep inner beauty. He
                                                         a copy of “Islands Magazine” and drool a little.                                                                could be wasted on business travel. It might be
instance. He decided to invite a New York friend                                                                is a cool, cool charmer, and I enjoy his company
                                                                                                                                                                         a good write-off for a small business person,
to join him in Chicago for the Gay Games, and                                                                   immensely.
away he went again. At din-din last night, he told       Always Cool                                                  I haven’t seen the cute and adorable Mikey
                                                                                                                                                                         but state employees in high places are stealing

                                                                                                                                                                         from the taxpayers in my estimation. They need
me what a disappointment this had been – the                            plash is one of the coolest places in   since he left Splash and old Red Stick for the wild
                                                                                                                                                                         to keep their butts at home and do a little work
games, that is. As far as the company, it was                           town. With the upscale design that      and wicked ways of Shreveport. I jest a little
                                                                                                                                                                         for a change. Then contracts might be a little
really cool.                                                            took place last week in the upstairs    here. I was born north of Shreveport and
                                                                                                                                                                         more timely in appearance and affect fewer
       However, there was a heat wave up                 bar, you know immediately you are in a cool            moved to a town south of the city in my early
                                                                                                                                                                         people. Good luck to JW in his new position.
Chicago way too, so it was always a choice of            location. I talked to Cory when I delivered            years, and it isn’t a bad place to live. I think there
                                                                                                                                                                               I mentioned TTT above in his situation. He’s
staying cool or sweating a little. These cool            Ambush last week, and he showed me what                are “cooler” places to be, but if you have a great
                                                                                                                                                                         a workaholic but not necessarily by choice.
dudes chose the indoor variety most of the time.         they were doing. It really is a fabulous new look,     job, then the place takes on less importance
                                                                                                                                                                         These people at his workplace need to wake up
Trace expressed all praise for the Magic Johnson         and it’s a perfect place for just having a drink,      since cars and planes can get you to other
                                                                                                                                                                         and smell the roses before the flower fades and
Restaurant, the finest he had experienced since          chatting with friends, or watching friends play        places quickly and easily. I didn’t realize Mikey
                                                                                                                                                                         drops to the ground or seeks solace else-
enjoying Gloria Estefan’s restaurant in Miami.           pool. Downstairs, you can dance the night              was so talented, but I think he is one of the nicer
He said it was pricey but worth every penny.             away, and you will find it crowded on any night        and more promising young men around when it
                                                                                                                                                                               The same can be said for my brilliant BC
       As I write this, I’m sure Trace is well on his    they are open. Make a choice, or enjoy both.           comes to mastering a given situation. I just know
                                                                                                                                                                         Boy. This guy is just someone who could have
way into another adventure, probably over San                   Hound Dogs attracts a lot of people during      him as a loveable, huggable, simply adorable
                                                                                                                                                                         been a great doctor, but things don’t always
Diego way. I hear those sailors really like Black’s      their happy hour, and sometimes this extends           youngster, and I hope to meet him again – here
                                                                                                                                                                         work out the way it should have. Now he’s in
Beach where everyone lets it all hang out in             into the evening hours. With two bars and a            in Red Stick or up Shreveport way.
                                                                                                                                                                         a situation where he will have to change work
style especially on these really hot times. If you       winning bartender like Robert, it’s just a cool and          If you want to meet someone who is
                                                                                                                                                                         places in order to make the management recog-
haven’t noticed it yet, California is really under       comfortable place to be. The atmosphere here           instantly cool with life in general, just ask for
                                                                                                                                                                         nize the potential of what and who they have
a heavy heat dome extending all the way up and           is different from most other bars, but this is what    Bobby when you go to Roadhouse over in the
                                                                                                                                                                         working for them. Sometimes, I really believe
down the Pacific coast. It was even in the three         makes it unique. It’s one of the more historic old     Mall of Louisiana area. I have known Bobby for
                                                                                                                                                                         that jealousy plays a big part in job switches, but
digits up in Portland, where there is another            buildings left in the downtown area, and the           a long time, and he is always one of the
                                                                                                                                                                         not always. I guess I have to admit that I’ve been
great nudie beach. I went to San Diego last year,        décor inside is really nice. Kyle and James have       friendliest guys to be around. His personality is
                                                                                                                                                                         there, done that, and moved on. My theory is
but there was a Pacific front moving in and it           done a nice job in making this one of the best         just absolutely outstanding, and his smile will
                                                                                                                                                                         that if you have to move on to eliminate the
wasn’t really the right time to visit Black’s Beach      places to relax and have an excellent drink. It        win you over immediately. I like to watch him
                                                                                                                                                                         negative, then do so and never look back.
and view these young men who protect our                 is always great to see Jeannie, Jacques, and           walk to and from my table. I like the swing and
                                                                                                                                                                         Positive is the only way to fly.
country. There are always other times, hope-             the gang there.                                        the sway, either the frontal or rear, which is
                                                                                                                                                                               Life is short. Be happy. Play cool.
fully real soon.                                                George’s is also an exceptional place to        really quite nice and displays itself in such a
       For some of our local lads, Haulover Beach,       while away a few hours. There is something
north of Miami, is the in place to be most of the        different always happening here. Their theme
year. Mark and John report that this is a great
sight-seeing area, and I may have to take them
                                                         nights rival just about any other bar in the
                                                         country. Recently, they had a dyke makeover,
up on their invitation to haul my rear over that         and seeing Chansley was just really a nice
way. Even Apollo studs Frank and Donald are              treat. When she got all dolled up, she was a
trying to get me over to Orlando. They visit             totally different person – absolutely beautiful.       Why We Can No Longer                                     lence in the region, has led Jerusalem authori-
Haulover frequently, especially when they have           Then you have those two cute bar dancers                                                                        ties to deny WorldPride organizers the permit
an influx of college guys on spring, summer, fall,       who can liven up any night you might see them.
                                                                                                                Look the Other Way                                       needed to march. The connection between
                                                                                                                     by Kerry Lobel & Julie Dorf                         anti-LGBTQ and anti-Palestinian attacks has

and winter breaks. In fact, these guys don’t             Those skimpy little blue super thin tighties just
have to wait for breaks. They consider any time          made my mouth water in anticipation of when                     t might seem rather myopic, even self-          been made for us, and these attacks are esca-
as the right time to watch all the guys go by.           they danced by me. Having a shake in the face                   centered, to focus on an LGBTQ rights           lating on both fronts.
       Other Red Stickers like the Island House in       can make anyone almost fall in the floor. My                    demonstration in Israel during times like             With the escalating violence in Israel, Gaza,
Key West. Of course, I don’t know of anyone              goodness! My goodness! Where in the world              these. For now, Jerusalem WorldPride is still on         the West Bank, and Lebanon, it is time for
who would turn down a chance to go to this nice          does Richard come up with such beauties?               after much debate. Its organizers are even               LGBTQ leaders to help WorldPride organizers
little island. They just finished their Earnest                                                                 more determined to sound a message of peace              make real their pledge to use this critical moment
                                                                                                                and tolerance in the midst of growing chaos in           and world stage to show solidarity with Pales-
Hemingway Look-a-like Contest, and a Texan               Being Cool                                             the region, but they can’t do it alone.                  tinians and Israeli peace and justice activists by

won this time around. Several years ago, I
                                                                       artender Michael is always a cool             As foreigners, it’s hard to imagine that            calling for an end to the occupation, at the same
talked one of my newspaper freelance markets
                                                                       and sweet little dude. This Montana      business goes on as usual in Jerusalem. We               time as calling for the end to religious intoler-
into letting me cover this contest and tell it from
                                                                       stud makes my mouth water just           see unending images of complete destruction in           ance. Together, we can work for a just resolu-
a contestant’s point of view. I even started
                                                         looking at that beautiful face, and when he            Southern Lebanon, and attacks on Northern                tion to this decades-long conflict.
growing my beard in late fall with plans to cover
                                                         smiles, I kinda’ wilt, if you know what I mean.        Israel. Since the Israeli siege in Gaza earlier this           The WorldPride Jerusalem 2006 website
this summer event in Key West.
                                                         Some guys swoon. Some guys go stiff. I wilt            summer, many activists, understandably, have             reads:
       It was one of those experiences that I
                                                         because I get weak in the knees when I see             found it difficult to call for a focus on LGBTQ                The reality that surrounds us is one of
really enjoyed, and when I stepped up on that
                                                         such beauty. If I don’t watch out, I’ll have to do     issues in the heart of an occupied country at            violent conflict and decades-long occupation.
stage and got this rousing applause from the
                                                         like TTT and get me a pair of knee pads.               war knowing that Palestinians in Gaza do with-           While painful enough, it is becoming even more
group in the back of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, I was just
                                                               And speaking of TTT, the boy is all work         out water and electricity under the 100 degree           painful as a result of the separation wall being
a little taken aback by the response. I later
                                                         and no play. I hope they are paying him well           summer heat and that the Israeli army bombs not          built up over the last 2 years, which physically
learned that there were two of us from Baton
                                                         because they will definitely miss him if he            only Hamas and Hezbollah leaders, but roads,             divides Jerusalem and leaves many
Rouge in the contest, so I had built in support,
                                                         decides to go elsewhere. Hopefully, that former        power lines, and innocent families, displacing           Jerusalemites behind the wall, denying access
and they didn’t know I had entered. Needless
                                                         Baton Rouge mayor that he works for will know          more than 600,000 people.                                to most of Jerusalem for Palestinians, including
to say, neither of us won, but I have to admit that
                                                         a good thing when he sees it. And speaking of               However, with international attention now           members from our LGBTQ community.
this local doctor would make a great winner. His
                                                         seeing TTT, I caught a glimpse of him traveling        on this part of the globe, WorldPride can and                  Our commitment &is to challenge the hos-
clothes and actions on stage were definitely like
                                                         down 9th Street as I waited for the light to           must be seen as part of a wider social justice           tile environment around us and stand behind our
you would imagine Hemingway would approve.
                                                         change down by the historic Potts mansion.             agenda. Together, we must seize this opportu-            principles. The separation wall hurts everyone
The previous year’s winner called me to one
                                                         You know, sweetie, we need desperately to do           nity to show the interconnectedness of all               in our community. Within the official program of
side after the contest and told me he didn’t want
                                                         din-din. Let’s do El Rio Grande and a few              movements for liberation.                                the Jerusalem WorldPride events this August,
to hurt my feelings, but I was just too young to
                                                         margaritas real soon. Okay?                                 In the two weeks prior to the Hezbollah             we want to express our solidarity with our
win. He told me to give it 10 more years, and I
                                                               When I delivered the papers to George’s          capture of two Israeli soldiers, WorldPride              community’s members who will not be able to be
could definitely take the contest. That was a
                                                         last week, I stayed a while and had drinks with        Jerusalem organizers and LGBTQ leaders from              part of World Pride.”
great compliment, but growing that beard and
                                                         Michael and Chansley. It’s nice to be able to talk     around the world mounted a sustained and                       As the WorldPride Jerusalem 2006 orga-
suffering through all the hot weather just isn’t
                                                         before the crowds arrive. They caught me up            necessary response to anti-LGBTQ attacks                 nizers wrote, “Holding WorldPride in Jerusalem
worth it. Shave me. Strip me. And toss me on
                                                         on everything that was going on, and I found out       and death threats by right wing religious lead-          the city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian
a beach. Facial hair is just too hot – unless you
                                                         that Michael is about to take a quick trip up to       ers, particularly from the ultra-Orthodox Jew-           conflict is a significant opportunity for our
live in a cold climate.
                                                         Montana and return to Red Stick by way of Las          ish community. These are the same leaders                diverse community to raise a different voice, a
       Those Baton Rouge guys and gals that
                                                         Vegas. I told him I needed some “cowboy                who support the settler movement, and who                voice for progressive moral values, inclusion,
don’t have vacation time right now are staying
                                                         pictures” so hopefully he will send me some to         oppose the creation of a Palestinian state.              and pluralism.”
cool in the local bars, at private pool parties,
                                                         share with all of you cowboy enthusiasts. I can             Calls by extremists for the world’s largest
doing sushi at Tsunami, and cruising the malls
                                                         just picture him now in those tight jeans, chaps,      anti-gay demonstration, combined with vio-                         [continued on Expose-16]

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