11.04.16 Issue


11.04.16 / v.10 – i.25                                                                                    It’s On The Qt!
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James Duggan



I remember my first mock election while in high school, it was 1976, I was 16 years old and in eleventh grade, and I was on team Carter. My mom was from Georgia so it was a perfect fit. I wasn’t very politically astute back then.
But realizing it is my civic duty, I have voted in every election once I turned 18. I’ve voted for a presidential candidate 9 times now, and November 8th will be my 10th presidential election. And in 40 years of voting for the Presidents of the United States I’ve learned one thing . . . vote early and often. No really, it’s just to vote. And in tight races you need to vote with a friend or a group of friends.
Because wile your vote counts just once you can duplicate your efforts by increasing the vote tally for your candidate by making sure others join you.
This year the notion of get out the vote is essential in battle ground states to ensure your candidate wins.  Do you know where those states are? You should!
An educated consumer is our best customer, said clothier Sy Syms, so true is an educated voter . . . armed with knowledge of the issues and of policy we are called by civic duty to cast our vote for the next leader of the free world.
This year we are faced with two stark differences for president, Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump. One offers promise for the LGBTQ community the other offers bigoty and discrimination towards us.
You should know who they are by now. But it won’t matter if we do not get out the vote, especially in Pennsylvania where the polls are tight.  
So, on Friday night, Liberty City LGBT(Q) Democratic Club will be working in the Gayborhood to get out the vote with its now famous pre-election pub crawl. And to top it off Cyndi Lauper and Debra Messing will be joining them this year with a 9:30 start at Knock.
If you are around go join the fun. In the meantime, I hope you will be posting on social media with encouragement to your friends to vote on Tuesday.

In celebration of my 40 years of presidential elections you can be assured that I will proudly vote my conscience and seek to advance my civil rights both nationally and globally and I pledge to work to get people to the polls who are like minded in order to secure a better future for our children and their children.



Thom Cardwell

What It Looks Like From Here

Thom Cardwell






Gender. It’s a word that provokes a lot of discussion. And for some people it pushes a lot of buttons.

In fact, many people are continuing to grapple with the idea of transgender as disrupting “the natural order of things,” despite the fact that it’s not really a “movement” full of advocates, activists and, conversely, its detractors and nonbelievers; and it’s hardly to be considered a trend. But in its most democratic of ways, it is an expression of what and who some people really are. How much is that part of the American ideal? Totally!
In fact, the visibility and debate about the rights of transgender people seems to have quickly been brought to the forefront of the American consciousness.
Perhaps that’s appropriate and should not be surprising in this post-sexual revolution that never really did resolve or liberate our nation from the shame, complexity or the, yes, ongoing “war between the sexes.”
What evoked me to brooch the subject of gender in the first place?
This week it was the passing of 81-year-old Sandra Lee Bartky, distinguished scholar, author, philosopher, professor, and one of the most influential feminists.
Her thoughts and observations contained in her teachings and writings fascinate me because Bartky came from another direction, uncharted, by looking clearly and comprehensively at the philosophy of feminism.
Her argument with “the war between the sexes” was anchored in “women . . . subconsciously submitting to men by accepting an unnatural cultural standard of the ideal female body-what she called ‘the tyranny of slenderness’ was the reflection of women suffering self-loathing, shame and guilt, what she called “internalized oppression.”
There were “cultural cues” that “women were encouraged “to take up as little space as possible” through dieting and being undemonstrative and non-aggressive.
She wrote: “The body by which a woman feels herself judged and which by rigorous discipline she must try to assume is the body of early adolescence, slight and unformed, a body lacking flesh or substance, a body in whose very contours that image of immaturity has been inscribed.”
Bartky was a straight shooter in each of her books like her seminal work, “Femininity and Domination” (1990) in which she argued “that women were also programmed to adjust their gestures, cosmetics, ornamentation and every other aspect of their appearance to comply with a dominant patriarchal power structure.”
In Feminism and [Micel] Foucault: Reflections on Resistance (1988), she tackled the celebrated French philosopher’s “vision of how society imposes its discipline over individuals” and brilliantly applied them to her own theories of feminism.
“The transformation of oneself into a properly feminine body,” Bartky explained, “may be any or all of the following: a rite of passage into adulthood, the adoption and celebration of a particular aesthetic, a way of announcing one’s economic level and social status, a way to triumph over other women in the competition for men or jobs, or an opportunity for massive narcissistic indulgence.”
Bartky even was quick to point out that she was shunned by many mainstream philosophers to this day who found “no authenticity” in her field of feminist philosophy. Now, doesn’t that speaks volumes and ultimately prove most of her points?







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Exclusive on Book Launch & Reunion of American Bandstand Regulars in Philadelphia


Who couldn’t use a healthy dose of nostalgia and some added escapism to enjoy the harkening back of a more innocent and seemingly less complicated life in America?

Well, listen up, baby boomer, and everyone else who remembers or has been reintroduced or wants to discover what the now deceased but never forgotten “Oldest Teenager in America” Dick Clark and his beloved American Bandstand Regulars were all about, this is your chance!
Truly, a cultural phenomenon on the youth across the nation, “American Bandstand helped define a generation, a generation of music, of television, and of typical teenagers that spent their afternoons after-school dancing in front of the cameras, attracting fans, receiving fan mail by the truckload, gleaming their own individual fan clubs, establishing themselves as their brand of celebrity.”
Almost by accident, “American Bandstand” and Dick Clark’s rise to stardom, all happened in Philadelphia.
On the occasion of the launch of Bandstand Diaries, The Philadelphia Years 1956 to 1963 by Arlene Sullivan, Ray Smith and Sharon Sultan Cutler, a coffee table book focusing on the “just kids” who almost became an industry unto themselves, will be joining in the festivities somewhere between a reception and a reunion, with a host of American Bandstand Regulars, 1:30 to 5 pm, November 4, at the Enterprise Center, 46th & Market Streets, in the original and restored studio, once WFIL-TV and Radio, where it all took place.
Highlights of the day’s celebration will include: remarks from Lew Klein, Executive Producer of Bandstand and American Bandstand; featured music from the 1950s, Philadelphia-themed snacks will be served. This is a free event, open to the public, and all are welcome.

The book’s purpose is to ask the question: Whatever became of the “AB Regulars?”


Bandstand Diaries answers that question with updates on the 40 “AB Regulars,” interviewed and embellished with hundreds of photos, past and present, many from private collections, never before published. The book costs $30 and is a limited edition, sure to become an instant collectible. Signing will take place throughout the afternoon by the three authors, Cutler, a fan of the show, Sullivan, one of the most popular AB regulars, and Smith who had danced on the show and co-wrote another Bandstand-themed book with Dick Clark and Fred Bronson called Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
What’s the queer hook? Not surprisingly, many of the AB Regulars were gay, lesbian, and bisexual, some even “sexually fluid,” but it was during a period in our country when people stayed deep in the closet.

For more information email, BandstandDiaries@gmail.com.


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Sean Hayes, costar of Will & Grace, was presented with Outfest’s Trailblazer Legacy Award on October 26 in Los Angeles. The first actor to win an Emmy Award for playing the gay character Jack McFarland regrets that he waited until 2010 to come out publicly. “I know I should’ve come out sooner and I’m sorry for that,” said Hayes. “Especially when I think about the possibility that I might have made a difference in someone’s life. I would probably be able to sleep a lot better than I do if I had acted sooner, but such is life. We learn our lessons only when we are ready.” “[Outfest executive director Christopher Racster] said that I took the stereotypical gay sissy and made him human, lovable, flawed and real. While this may be true, I think you should’ve led with flawed because at the time, I was a young closeted actor having his first taste of a little success and unfortunately, in my mind, my lucky break was inextricably tied to me thinking that I had to stay in the closet in order to keep moving forward. Admitting that ‘Looking back at my choice to stay silent, I am ashamed and embarrassed. What was I thinking? As If any of you had any doubts. I mean, right, could a straight actor ever do this?”



With so much information and misinformation surrounding the current presidential election, Vanity Fair recently hosted a sit-down talk between New York’s Frank Rich with witty, hilarious, satirical social critic Fran Lebowitz to discuss Donald Trump, Hillary Rodham Clinton and the general state of American politics. The always entertaining, insightful, intelligent, informative, lesbian sharp-shooter of words and ideas had lots to say about the confusion, frustration and chaos that we all see, hear and feel over the strife with the two major candidates for president and the dismal and dangerous state of affairs of the two major political parties. Never at a loss for an opinion on almost anything and everything, Lebowitz genuinely enjoyed making fun at Trump while expressing her allegiance to Clinton, warts and all. “I love Hillary,” she told Rich. On the subject of Trump’s dedicated followers, she explained:Trump is a poor person’s idea of a rich person. They see him. They think, ‘If I were rich, I’d have a fabulous tie like that. Why are my ties not made of 400 acres of polyester?’ All that stuff he shows you in his house- the gold faucets- if you won the lottery, that’s what you’d buy.



Pete Burns of Dead or Alive recently passed away. The iconic entertainer of the 1980’s died penniless it was just revealed. Culture Club’s Boy George, a gay icon in his own right of the same period, has generously offered to cover the funeral expenses to send Burns out in style. “He was one of our great true eccentrics and such a big part of my life,” George said after hearing of Burns’ death of cardiac arrest last week. Reported in various media outlets, “Burns was married to his ex-wife, Lynne Corlett, for 25 years before the two split up. He later married Michael Simpson. The three remained friends and lived near each other in London. George is coordinating the service with both of Burns’ loved ones.” Reported in Britian’s The Sun, editors wrote: “Pete never really got his life together and was very disorganised which is why there was nothing left,” “When George got wind of this, he offered to pay for the whole thing straight away. He told Lynne not to worry and said he would take care of it. He thinks she and Michael have enough on their plates and wanted to take this concern away from them.” “It is a very generous gesture – and typical of George. As soon as he heard there was a problem he did not hesitate to sort it out,” said Cortlett. In his “Pete Burns, Feak Unique, My Autobiography,” the one-of-a-kind British multi-talent wrote: “[People] always want to know – am I gay, bi, trans or what?” Burns’. “I say, forget all that. There’s got to be a completely different terminology and I’m not aware if it’s been invented yet. I’m just Pete.”



Reichen Lehmkuhl seems to have done it all. He’s a military veteran, autobiographer, author, actor, TV star, model, ex-boyfriend of Lance Bass, has been branded with a jewelry line, and, more recently, a men’s fragrance. And he’s still a helluva a hunk! Curiosity that was reported this week in Queerty had to do with Reichen’s nightly prayers before bed. Reichen said: “This is gonna be the first time in the history of my life that I’m going to say goodnight … to anyone who’s watching.” Call up the Guinness folks stat, because that sounds like a record! And so begins an eight-minute video, recorded last night, of A-List: New York star Reichen Lehmkuhl showing off his nighttime routine, which includes saying his prayers, in addition to the people suffering in Japan, Reichen hopes God blesses all the contestants on American Idol, his own show, and his handlers.” What a hot sweetie!



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