This summer, Santa Fe is celebrating Pride with a side of Western swagger. Not only will the City Different throw its usual epic Pride parade and party on the historic Santa Fe Plaza on June 28, but it will also welcome the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association’s Zia Regional Rodeo the same weekend. There’s no better time to visit Santa Fe, and visitors can grab a front row seat for it all with La Fonda on the Plaza’s “Ride with Pride” hotel package.
With the special limited time offer valid all of Pride Week (June 24-30), guests can toast one of Santa Fe’s legendary sunsets on La Fonda’s rooftop with complimentary welcome cocktails, luxuriate in one of the hotel’s artfully decorated guestrooms, and enjoy complimentary breakfast (blue corn piñon pancakes, anyone?) next to the soothing fountain in La Plazuela restaurant. On Pride Day (Saturday, June 29th), they will be ideally positioned to watch or march in the Parade which passes right by the hotel’s front door. Guests will receive a special discount to Zia Regional Rodeo performances on Saturday after the Parade or on Sunday. The event attracts the top 20 cowboys and cowgirls in each of 13 different rodeo events and serves as a qualifier for the World Gay Rodeo Finals in Scottsdale, AZ in October 2019.
Guests arriving in town earlier can even use discount vouchers provided in the package to learn the fine art of chute dogging, flag racing and more at the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association’s Rodeo School on Friday, June 28th. All rodeo events are animal-friendly and take place under safe guidance at the Rodeo de Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds at 3237 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe.
Package prices begin at $342 per room per night and include:
PRIDE & Equality 2019 - The Minor Details: How to Win the Next Election By Not Feeding the Mainstream Media What It Wants
When confronted by members of the national corporate media, people seem to be flattered by the fact that someone is asking them for their opinions. There’s an element of ego-stroking, even for the most upper-level politicians, when a well-known reporter or commentator considers them important enough to ask them a question.
What this means is that some people feel they must answer questions in a media world that’s looking for fifteen-second sound bites, a 24/7 corporate cable-news driven media that is looking for controversy, especially anything that will fit their current meme: “the Democrats are in disarray.” (I’m not talking about the thoughtful, dedicated, low-paid, usually local reporters that work hard to get their stories right and with some nuance.)
What surprises me is how some of the top national Democratic personalities fall for this and cooperatively stir the pot. I’m not sure why leaders do this so regularly, but am convinced that in doing so they’re isolating many who would otherwise work for, and get out to vote for, Democrats, splitting the vote further, and making it easier for the current presidential office holder to win a second term.
There must be some highly-paid and highly regarded, old-boy consultants encouraging Democrats to do this in spite of the fact that it hasn’t brought the kind of consistent success in presidential elections that a party with the best middle-class policies should have. And in 2016 it brought us the current mess.
We can’t change the minds or win over the 20-30% who are authoritative personalities and religious addicts. They need an egotistic dictator for president no matter how those media pundits continue to act wise by repeating that Democrats must appeal to them. Trying to do that turns off a base that is more likely to vote if enthused.
So, not that anyone listens to me – I am refusing to get into the destructive online candidate criticism game at this point -, here are just some principles that will control the national media and ultimately bring out the wide spectrum of people that make up potential Democratic voters.
Ominously, from what I’m reading, this is already counter to what Democratic leaders, and some of the rest of us, are doing.
Don’t answer questions about what you’re going to do unless you’re a presidential candidate talking about policy proposals you plan to implement when you’re in office.
Whether it’s impeachment or investigations, keep the opposing party and the media guessing. They don’t need to know, but answering these questions diverts the discussion to where the media loves it - the debate itself and the disagreements, rather than focusing on the crimes and offenses of a current administration.
All questions should be answered with “Everything is on the table.” Message discipline is important here.
This can be repeated without explanation. And, actually, it should be the truth because the issues are complex so we don’t know what will develop.
Never put down another member or a branch of your party publicly.
Ronald Reagan popularized an “Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. It's a rule I followed during that campaign and have ever since.”
It’s good advice today as well. As a Party leader, don’t publicly make any statements that put down the leftists or centrists in the Party.
Every elected official has a constituency. By criticizing that person, you’re dissing all who voted for them and probably losing influence over them forever.
This means don’t give advice to the Party that it’s going too far to the left. That’s not taken as constructive or valuable just because one of the Party bigwigs says it. To believe that you saying it is going to change those others is hubris.
Such putting down others is instead taken as something meant to stifle free thinking, something that tries to get everyone to fall in line behind some great leader. It only impresses those who already agree as well as those who are authoritative personalities – most of whom are stuck in the other Party.
Refer instead to the “exciting variety of opinions in the big tent of Democrats who encourage free and creative thinking.” Talk about the “wide field of talent” available for the primaries while the other Party is moribund and stuck.
Allow the primary process to go forward. To try to manipulate it with putdowns manifests fear that the majority doesn’t actually agree with you. That’s playing the Republicans own shameful game of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement.
Speak as if you believe in what you’re doing and as if you can do it.
Everyone knows that things come up that mean our plans must be adjusted. But in this day and age, people want forceful leadership not ifs, ands, and buts.
Impress us with bold ideas that express your values. Talk as if you really believe in them.
That’s what will convince us that you do believe in them.
Everyone remembers the phrase “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” but few can recite an equivalent from the other side. Was it because liberal ideas were so loaded with qualifications?
Or was “Hate Is Not a Family Value” scared out of us because some right-winger responded: “Are you accusing me of hate?” And we couldn’t take someone disliking us?
Sometimes doing things incrementally will have to be done, but don’t let us think that your incremental change is all you’ve got. If you really mean it to be incremental, let us know where you go after that.
Assume that what you hear online and in social media is meant to divide potential Democratic voters - even if the story is true.
We know that foreign influences are not only spreading falsehoods and interpreted stories to targeted folks on social media but that they’re also targeting Democrats with reputable stories to affect those demographics of social media.
Spreading these stories, even if true, might feel just and righteous, but doing so aids in their divide and conquer strategies and separates us from those we want to influence. Few candidates’ followers are going to be changed, especially if they already know whom we support.
Promote your own candidate or candidates, if you have made a decision, but remember that the goal of the other party and its foreign bots is for us to pass along negative stories about the others. Analyses have shown that negative campaigning does not gain support for your candidate but only discourages others from voting at all.
And sometimes all of us (even our leaders) need to remember: the best thing to say is nothing.
Robert N. Minor, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, is author of When Religion Is an Addiction; Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to Be Human and Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society. Contact him at www.FairnessProject.org.
The third annual 4.9K CommUNITY Rainbow Run is scheduled for June 8, 2019. The event is presented by Orlando Health and Nike and produced in partnership with the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. Proceeds raised will benefit onePULSE Foundation.
The run follows a special 4.9K course and includes a “Remembrance Journey” that will guide runners past the Orlando Health Trauma Center and onto the Pulse site – the same distance covered by victims in the early morning of June 12, 2016.
In addition to the opening of registration, the design of this year’s participation medal has been released. Designed in partnership with Walt Disney World Resort, the front of the medal features the iconic onePULSE logo as the zero in 2019 with a rainbow feature. Etched on the back of the medal is a pair of angel wings with 49 feathers in honor of the 49 Angels, and it includes the quote, “We will not let hate win.” The medal will hang from a white lanyard that includes 49 doves also in honor of the Angels.
“We took great care in the design of the medal as it was important to recognize that the event is about reflection and remembrance, yet we wanted to have the medal reveal a feeling of celebration, hope, and to look forward together as a community,” said Steve Carsella, Senior Art Director with Yellow Shoes Creative Group at Walt Disney World Resort.
“We are touched by the thought put into the design of this year’s medal,” said onePULSE Founder, Barbara Poma. “Yellow Shoes has created something that truly honors the 49 Angels and that race participants can wear with pride. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with them on this piece.”
The event, which had its inaugural run in 2017, was developed by students in the DeVos Sports Management Program at the University of Central Florida. In its first year, the event included 800 runners. Last year, 2,300 runners participated both in Orlando and through the virtual run option. The virtual run option will again be available this year.
The early bird registration fee is $40 through May 1st. Registration will then be $49 through June 7th and $60 the day of the race. For more information – and to REGISTER for the 4.9k Rainbow Run, 1K Kids Fun Run and the 4.9K Virtual Run -visit https://www.communityrainbowrun.com.
PRIDE & Equality 2019 - To Your Health: TAKE A HIKE! Spring into a Healthier Lifestyle through Hiking
In an age of trendy fitness studios, high-tech workout trackers and expensive personal trainers, it can be easy to forget that the simple act of hiking is an exercise powerhouse. However, scientific research and health professionals alike agree that hitting the trails is advantageous for all aspects of physical fitness.
In fact, studies like a 2015 report out of Stanford indicate that hiking also provides mental health benefits. The study found that time spent in nature calms the portion of the brain linked to mental illness and reduces the mind’s tendency towards negative thought patterns.
The hiking movement in America is out to teach people that they don’t need a gym membership to improve their health; they just need a hiking stick. Warren Owen, Director of Brazos Walking Sticks, is a huge believer in this cause and his company is doing their part to spread the message of the health benefits of hiking
“My company creates hand-crafted, high-quality, made in the U.S. hiking and walking sticks. We believe that any chance to breathe in fresh air while hiking can help cure what ails you,” explains Owen.
Owen continued, “Much like falling into routines in the gym, the same terrain can start to limit the impact of hiking workouts. The more parks that are explored and the terrains vary, the better the health benefits will be. It also helps that the hiker gets to explore more of America’s natural beauty!”
Hiking lowers your risk of heart disease and improves both blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Varied terrains make it possible to improve cardiovascular performance, increase endurance and tone muscle. Brazos Walking Sticks is a wonderful tool to
To learn more of Brazos Walking Sticks visit https://www.brazos-walking-sticks.com/
sA new year and new books to dive into. Here are our choices for this year's books to take a look at.
By LaRhya Daniels
The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is a moment to be celebrated - but also it is a call to further action. After the election of this president, I shared with our community my belief that it is time to work toward intersectional goals and changes - now more than ever. So many members of our communities are under attack by this federal administration, but also by local and state governments, and by our neighbors and friends.
It’s always been easy for some of us to think about our marriages - something we fought for so hard and won so recently - being under attack. But on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, I implore our LGBTQ community in New Mexico to think of how much more is on the line, for all of us, in these times. As we celebrate pride month, our monumental achievements, let’s not forget our call to intersectional work - for everyone in our communities. Queer and trans people are immigrants and sex workers. We are incarcerated and working for minimum wage. We are seeking greater access to education and access to safe and legal abortion care.
I am re-committing myself this anniversary of the Stonewall Riots to honor our siblings in the struggle from the last 50+ years, by working for liberation for us all - will you join me?
IF THE DANCER DANCES
Movement has been in the human vernacular in quite long time. It has been a way to express feelings and emotions without saying a word. For a dancer, the ability to fulfill this act is a passion that truly feeds the soul. For the students of Merce Cunningham, an influential modern dancer, his work has left a lasting impression in the world of dance and in their lives. One of the world’s leading dance-makers, Stephen Petronio, in the documentary, If The Dancer Dances, takes on the challenge of reviving Rainforest, a piece by Cunningham, through the bodies of his dancers. The film follows the company as they learn the history of this iconic piece and how dance is more than the steps, but the life you breathe into it. The movie is beautiful homage to a legendary choreographer since his passing in 2009. It shows how one person’s work can affect a generation of future dancers.
Born and raised on the tropical island of Guam in the West Pacific, Pia Mia fell in love with music and performing at an early age. She joined school and community musicals and theater and began to post covers of her musical performances on YouTube. Almost instantaneously becoming a viral sensation, Pia moved to Los Angeles and signed with Grammy Award-winning producer, Babyface. In 2013, Pia Mia performed a cover of Drake's song "Hold on We're Going Home" for Drake and Kanye West. That same year, Ryan Seacrest debuted her independent single, "Red Love." At the age of 17, she formed Wolfpack Entertainment, a recording label, signing herself as its first artist, and then signed with Interscope Records. Billboard Magazine named Pia Mia one of eight "acts who will help define 2014." She released her debut EP, The Gift, collaborated with Chance the Rapper for the soundtrack to the original motion picture Divergent, and released "On My Mind" which appeared on NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 50. Pia Mia performed at various concerts throughout the year, and in the summer, she returned to her home island to perform at the international music festival, Guam Live.
In January 2015, Pia Mia released "F**K WITH U," a buzz track for her fans which featured rapper G-Eazy. The track was a trending online smash with over 24 million streams. Pia's hit banger "Do It Again" featuring Chris Brown and Tyga went Platinum selling over 4 million copies worldwide, saw chart-topping success on the US "Billboard Hot 100 List," and was selected for Clear Channel's "On The Verge" artist for Rhythm radio and now has over 379+ million YouTube views. Pia's newest single, the incredible power ballad "Bitter Love" will also be featured on the AFTER movie soundtrack as an independent artist.
Pia has garnered international praise for her one of a kind style, consistently topping high-profile best dressed lists, including Vogue. She has modeled for numerous independent such as Nasty Gal, Pink Dolphin, and Missguided, to name a few. If that wasn't enough, she was selected as the first-ever Fashion Director for Madonna's Material Girl clothing brand. You can stay on top of Pia Mia's latest projects through her social media at @PrincessPiaMia.
As a diverse and evolving pansexual, queer individual, who grew up in conservative Texas, Layke has always identified herself as a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. Layke has been performing since she was a child, and the creative arts were a way for her to channel her sensitivity and energy into something constructive. In high school, Layke began singing backup in a punk-rock band, which evolved into writing songs. She had always been a poet in her own mind, keeping diaries since she was a child, but putting those words into music was a new concept. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to create her own art, her own world, not act out someone else's. Layke’s first EP, self-titled LAYKE Part 1, was released in December 2018. It includes the lead single "Strangers In The Dark." She worked with legendary producer Adrian Gurvitz to bring this EP to fruition. She hopes people hear this album and feel that they can be whoever they want to be, unapologetically and unabashedly. Follow Layke through her social media at @laykeofficial.
The Monmouth Museum’s Main Gallery summertime exhibition, Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love, will journey through the explosive era that gave life to the 1969 Woodstock Festival, the pivotal outdoor music and art fair held 50 years ago on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains. It will feature the renowned documentary and rock photography of the Official Woodstock Photographer, Elliott Landy. His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Van Morrison, and many others documented the music scene during the classic rock and roll period of 1967-1969. The exhibition will also feature vintage concert posters and vinyl albums, immersive video and audio experiences, 1960’s memorabilia and ephemera along with art workshops for adults, teens and kids, tours and more.
Elliott Landy is one of the first music photographers to be recognized as an “artist.” Author of six photographic books, his images have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the world. His photographs have appeared on the covers of major magazines such as Life, The Saturday Evening Post and Rolling Stone and in all media internationally for the past forty years.
Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam-war movement and the underground music culture in New York City in 1967. He photographed many of the underground rock and roll superstars, both backstage and onstage, from 1967 to 1969. His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Richie Havens, and many others documented the music scene during that classic rock and roll period which culminated with the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Summer of Love was in June – August of 1967. Usually this description refers to 1967, in and around San Francisco when the "hippie movement" was in full flower. Particularly during the summer months, thousands upon thousands of young people flocked to the Haight-Ashbury to take part in a somewhat pale imitation of the true hippie experience. Many were drawn by the gentle lyrics of a song penned by John Phillips, member of The Mamas & the Papas. Phillips' song San Francisco (written in anticipation of the Monterey Pop Festival in June) romanticizes the era and atmosphere. Scott McKenzie's cover-version of the song was on the airwaves by May -- just in time for summer vacation. “If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...If you come to San Francisco,Summertime will be a love-in there.”
1969 Woodstock Art and Music Fair was August 15 -17, 1969. Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Music & Love. An estimated audience of over 400,000 people gather for three days of music near Bethel, NY, swarming across the pastures of Max Yasgur's dairy farm. The festival is the brainchild of four men under age 26 (including one with a multimillion-dollar trust fund). Only 186,000 tickets are sold, so around 200,000 people are expected - but the amazing lineup of bands and musicians draws many more. Fences are pushed over and tickets become pointless. On opening night, sponsors declare free admission to all, and the word spreads like wildfire. Police estimate a million more people trying to reach Woodstock are stuck in traffic jams up to 50 miles away. In rain and mud, thousands listen to Janis Joplin, The Who, Canned Heat, the Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Country Joe & The Fish. On the last morning, guitarist Jimi Hendrix wakes the crowd with a riveting solo version of the national anthem. The final cost is $2.4 million. A film of the concert is released the following year.
Exhibition Partners for the Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love exhibition include: Red Bank FrameWorks; Brookdale Community College - History, Library and Theater Departments; 90.5 the Night; Jack's Music Shoppe; Russo Music; Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth; Vintage Variety Shop; Classic Metal Productions; Tracy Walter Ferry, Artist.
The Monmouth Museum, an independent, non-profit organization was founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.
The Monmouth Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Admission is $8. The Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive, Lincroft, NJ on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Parking lot #1.
There will be a Preview Party on Friday, June 7th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm where you will meet Elliott Landy as he presents his Woodstock Vision. Get a first-hand account about the creators, builders, hippies, and straights that describes the spirituality, the trials and tribulations, and the sheer joy of being there! For more information about the Museum exhibitions and programs visit their website at www.monmouthmuseum.org.
From World of Wonder, producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, comes The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast, hosted by Drag Race producer and Herstorian John Polly. Every week, Polly welcomes a bevy of RuPaul's Drag Race queens to the World of Wonder-produced podcast, including the Season 11 queen eliminated each week. Listen as your favorite Queens and friends break down each and every episode of the show through sickening conversations, behind-the-scenes insights, and never before released info - officially! Segments include This Day in Drag Race Herstory and Sissy That Talk.
The premiere episode launches February 28th at 8pm PT/11pm EST. Additional episodes go live each Thursday after RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1. The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere you find your favorite podcasts.
Learn more at https://www.dragracepodcast.com.
P&E - After Print
Here are some of the latest articles and topics in the GLBT community.