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Volume 21/Issue 19/2003

Rip & Marsha



by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
Visit their site: ripandmarsha.com

Loretta Mims, Michael Hickerson & Crystal Little Will Lead New Orleans Pride Celebration; PGMs Reception Sept. 28

One of the worst kept secrets of New Orleans Pride Fest 2003 is the identity of the Pride Grand Marshals (PGMs). Pride Parade Committee Co-Chairs Lance V. Ford and Carl J. Ford have finally informed exclusive GLBT media sponsor Ambush Mag. Loretta Mims, Michael "Fish" Hickerson and Crystal Little were unanimously selected by the New Orleans Alliance of Pride's Grand Marshals' subcommittee. The three were chosen for their many years of service and dedication to the New Orleans GLBT community.

The reception honoring the 2003 Pride Grand Marshals is set for Sun., Sept. 28, 6pm, at Kims 940, 940 Elysian Fields, New Orleans. There is no cover charge and celebrants will be treated to a complimentary buffet and music featuring the talents of DJ Dyra.

Mims, Hickerson and Little will be the honored guest of New Orleans Pride Festival 2003 Oct. 4 and 5 in Armstrong Park, adjacent to the French Quarter. At 5:45pm on Sun., Oct. 5, the PGMs will board their carriages to lead the Pride Parade out of Armstrong Park to close out Pride weekend. The parade departs at 6pm SHARP up St. Ann to Bourbon, left at Bourbon to St. Philip, right at St. Philip to Decatur, right at Decatur to St. Louis, right at St. Louis to N. Rampart, right at N. Rampart to Dumaine to disband.

Loretta Mims

Loretta Mims has been active in the GLBT community all of her adult life. She is an active volunteer at Belle Reve fund-raisers and delivers meals for Food For Friends two days a week. Along with her work for Kent House, a home for children with AIDS, she operates Kintell's Women's Space, a home for homeless women and victims of domestic abuse. From 1987 until 1990, Mims' produced and hosted Just For The Record, the first local GLBT television show. For the last 13 years, she has been the host of a TV show on Channel 78. The show promotes GLBT issues and events. She is also the founder and sponsor of Ball Games at City Park. This is a fund-raiser and food collection venture for Kent House and Women's Space.

Michael Hickerson

Michael Hickerson, better known as Fish is a native New Orleanian and has contributed significantly to the betterment of the GLBT community. Hickerson is best known for his work on behalf of the William J. Fanning Foundation, popularly known as Buzzy's Boys & Girls. He is on its board of directors and annually produces Turn-A-Bout, which is consistently one of Buzzy's biggest fund-raisers. Hickerson's other services to the GLBT community are so numerous, they could fill a page by themselves, so the following are just a few: Chair of Gay Pride Festival 1983, cofounder of the Krewe of Polyphemus and its first queen, active member of the Krewe of Amon-Ra since the mid 80s and its ball captain in 1988. In 1985 he was Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XIII. Hickerson has also served on the board of directors of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of New Orleans, and was a founding member of Belle Reve. He was appointed by Mayor Sidney Bartholomew to the New Orleans AIDS Planning Council. Hickerson is currently the director of the HIV/AIDS program at Great Expectations Foundation, Inc.

Crystal Little

Crystal Little was born in New Orleans in 1943. She has spent the better part of her life here. While in the Navy she traveled to all parts of the Far East with the 7th Fleet, saying that she loved it. Little became involved in GLBT affairs in 1994 when she joined the Gulf Gender Alliance where she served as vice president for one year and president for four years. In 1995, Little joined the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of New Orleans where she served as cochair for two years. In 1996, she joined the New Orleans Alliance of Pride where she also served as cochair for two years.

Participants in this year's parade will be judged, and 1st and 2nd place award plaques will be presented in the following categories: Float, Walking Group, Car, Carriage or Truck. Winners will be announced following the parade at Cafe Lafitte's Balcony, 901 Bourbon, between 7:30 and 8pm.

It is not too late to sign up to participate in the parade if you are in a marching group, truck or car. There is no entry fee. Call Lance or Carl Ford at 504.523.4700 to be scheduled.

New Orleans Pride Festival Oct. 4-5 at Armstrong Park

New Orleans Pride Festival 2003:
Proud to Be
is set for Sat., Oct. 4 and Sun., Oct. 5 at Armstrong Park adjacent to the French Quarter. The annual celebration is produced by the New Orleans Alliance of Pride. The annual Dyke March kicks off the weekend on Fri., Oct. 3 with that group's annual march through the French Quarter.

New Orleans Alliance of Pride has set up an ambitious entertainment schedule. The tentative schedule includes:

Sat., Oct. 4...

11am, DJ Christopher Finland, Main Stage

12noon, Opening Ceremonies & Commitment Ceremony, Main Stage

1pm, Voices of Thunder, Main Stage & Bartender Contest, 2nd Stage

2pm, Unisex Illusions, Main Stage & The Newlywed Game, 2nd Stage

2:30pm, Eclipse, Main Stage

3pm, The Dating Game, 2nd Stage

3:30pm, Lady Magic Necha, Main Stage

3:30-5:30pm, Calamity Janes, Golden Age Revue, Le Roundup's Cowgirls, Rusty's Zoo Revue & Slutpuppy Revue, 2nd Stage

4:15pm, Lynn Lewis & Friends, Main Stage

5pm, Sunkids Feat featuring Chance, Main Stage

Sun., Oct. 5...

11am, DJ Tim Pflueger, Main Stage

12noon, Becker Comedy Show, Main Stage

12:30pm, Unisex Illusions, Main Stage

1pm, Bartender Contest, 2nd Stage & Voices of Thunder, Main Stage

2pm, Cowboy Singer Lance, Main Stage & The Newlywed Game, 2nd Stage

2:30pm, Big Pearl, Main Stage

3pm, The Dating Game, 2nd Stage

3:15pm, Oz Cast, Main Stage

3:30-5:30pm, Calamity Janes, Golden Age Revue, Le Roundup's Cowgirls, Rusty's Zoo Revue & Slutpuppy Revue, 2nd Stage

3:45pm, Blanche DeBris, Main Stage

4pm, Widelife featuring Simone Denny, Main Stage

4:30pm, Austin Babtist Women, Main Stage

5pm, Closing Finale, Main Stage

This year's festival is sponsored by Alternative Lending Service, Ambush Mag, ID Lubricants, Kims 940 Night Club, Wood Enterprises, Cowpokes and Shayne McClain.

For more info call 504.258.2224 or visit NewOrleansGayPride.ORG.

Outlaws Celebrate Jailbreak III Sept. 25-28

The Crescent City Outlaws will celebrate the club's third annual run weekend with Jailbreak III; The Dark Side of Dizney Sept. 25-28 in New Orleans.

Thurs. Sept. 25 kicks off with the 6:30pm Earlybird Seafood Boil at Cowpokes followed by the 10pm Swen's Famous Bar Crawl.

It's back to Cowpokes on Fri, Sept. 26 for Gumbo Greeting and Registration at 8pm.

Sat., Sept. 27 is the big day with games, food and special surprises for Run participants at Cowpokes, plus the Formal Cocktail Party by the Panthers, L/L. The Formal Private Banquet at Jack Dempsey’s is set for 5:30pm followed by the Private Haunted History Tour with more Cocktail Parties to follow.

Sun., Sept. 28 closes out the weekend with Breakfast & Cocktails at the Phoenix followed by Brunch and Wind Down at Cowpokes.

Cavaliers Anniversary Wknd Sept. 26-28

The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club is celebrating its first anniversary with a weekend of exciting events Sept. 26-28.

The Cavaliers have had a truly incredible first year, and they're throwing a weekend of parties to thank all of their friends who have been so wonderful to them. Please consider this your personal invitation to join the club for all the fun!

On Fri., Sept. 26 join the Cavaliers for their first anniversary beer bust bash on the patio of the Phoenix from 9pm to midnight. There'll be plenty of ice cold beer and soda, a delicious complimentary buffet, and a huge raffle with tons of great prizes! They’ll also have official Cavaliers T-shirts, and the Phoenix bootblack will be on hand to put a shine on those biker boots!

Sat., Sept. 27 brings the Cavaliers eye-opener cocktail party in honor of their good friends in the Crescent City Outlaws as part of their weekend run. If you’re participating in the Outlaws’ run, be sure to join the Cavaliers at 9am at The Barn at Cowpokes.

"Anyone can throw a fancy party, but we wouldn’t be a motorcycle club if we didn’t go for a ride." Join the Cavaliers for their anniversary ride Sun., Sept. 28, on one of the club's favorite little twisty roads in this area. They’ll take I-10 to Sorrento, then follow scenic Hwy 22 as it meanders along the Amite River through French Settlement and other picturesque waterfront towns. The club will stop for lunch at the indescribably delicious Taste of Bavaria German Restaurant and Bakery in Ponchatoula, before heading back to the city. All motorcyclists are invited to join this wonderful ride. Rendezvous at the Phoenix at 10am.

Then join the club on Sunday evening for the Cavaliers’ first annual bike christening party at Cafe Lafitte’s. The fun begins at 5pm, with the ceremonial champagne christening of members’ and friends’ bikes following at 6 or so. The party will include another huge raffle with tons of great prizes. This is a don’t miss event!

Visit www.cavaliersmc.com for full details about the club's exciting anniversary weekend celebration!

14th NO/AIDS Walk Projected Over $150,000

NO/AIDS Task Force Exe. Dir. Noel Twilbeck joins Mayor Ray Nagin at NO/AIDS Walk 2003

The 14th Annual NO/AIDS Walk is projected to raise over $150,000. Some $35,000 was raised through corporate support and sponsorships while $105,000 came in on Walk Day, Sept. 14. Funds raised benefit the vital services of NO/AIDS Task Force. This year's walk boasted some 105 teams compared with 34 teams last year. The Walk began at Audubon Park with a route through uptown New Orleans returning to Audubon Park.

Team winners included: Chancellor's Cup, LSU, raising $1,597; Principle's Cup, St. Martins Episcopal, raising $4,260; Mega Team, Harrah’s Casino, raising $3,616; Top Team (10 or less walkers), Krewe of Apollo Baton Rouge, raising $2,910.

It's still not to late to support this year's fund-raising efforts. Send contributions to NO/AIDS Task Force, 2601 Tulane Ave., Suite 500, New Orleans, LA 70119. Call 504.821.2601 for more info or visit www.noaidstaskforce.org.

Toby Lefort Topples Rip Naquin-Delain as #1 NO/AIDS Walker

The impressive efforts of Toby Lefort has toppled Rip Naquin-Delain as Top Individual Walker for the past 10 years of the NO/AIDS Walk in New Orleans. Lefort beat out Naquin-Delain for the top spot in the 2003 Walk by $171. Lefort raised $8,720 to Naquin-Delain's $8,549. Brian Sands came in third raising $2,221.

It is interesting to note that the top 3 individuals raised $19,490 versus the top 4 teams at $12,383.

Lefort hosted two cookout fund-raisers at 4 Seasons in Metairie and a shrimp boil at Chet's in New Orleans. Additionally, he solicited sponsorships from friends, family and business associates. The new Top Individual Walker is a Table Game Supervisor at Harrah's Casino and a part-time bartender at 4 Seasons. He is also involved with the Big Easy Annual 10 Pin Invitational Tournament (BEAT IT) held during Southern Decadence weekend.

Forum Endorsements for Oct. 4 Election

The Forum For Equality has made endorsements for the upcoming election on Sat., Oct. 4. Endorsed candidates include:

Representative District 91, Rep. Rosalind Peychaud; Representative District 93, Karen Carter; Representative District 95, Rep. Alex Heaton; Representative District 96, Rep. Ed Murray;

Representative District 97, Rep. Arthur Morrell; Representative District 98, Randy Evans; Representative District 99, Charmaine Marchand; Representative District 100, Rep. Patrick Swilling;

Representative District 101, Rep. Cedric Richmond; Representative District 102, Rep. Jeff Arnold;

Senate 2nd, District Sen. Jon Johnson; Senate 3rd District, Sen. Lambert Boissiere, Jr.; Senate 4th District, Sen. Paulette Irons; Senate 5th District, Sen. Diana Bajoie;

Clerk of Criminal District Court, Scott Shea & Johnny Jackson; and Judge Criminal District Court Section B; Franz Zibilich.

The Forum For Equality, established in 1989, is a political action committee and a civil rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government.

"Southern Decadence Just Got Hotter"

Southern Decadence added a new event to their weekend lineup this year. On Sun., Aug. 31, SoDecadent, Inc. hosted the D-Dance party at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans. The event featured internationally renowned producer, songwriter and DJ Tony Moran. D-Dance will be an annual event, and is a fund-raiser for the NO/AIDS Task Force.

A check was presented to NO/AIDS Executive Director, Noel Twilbeck, at their recent board meeting. The Task Force and SoDecadent are excited about the prospects of the annual event in helping raise needed funds for the continued work of the NO/AIDS Task Force.

SoDecadent, Inc. and the NO/AIDS Task Force would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved with making the first annual D-Dance a major success. Plans are already under way for next year’s event, and if you are interested in becoming involved with D-Dance, please feel free to contact SoDecadent, Inc. at info@d-dance.com or visit www.d-dance.com.

Free Friday Night Movies at the Center

Every Friday night at 7pm, 2114 Decatur St., the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of New Orleans offers free LGBT films, popcorn and sodas. Upcoming films include:

Fri., Sept. 26, When Love Comes (1998, New Zealand, Garth Maxwell): Katie, a fading pop star who returns home from 10 years in Los Angeles, wants to break it off with her longtime (married) boyfriend. Katie’s oldest friend Stephen will do anything to settle down with his young lover Mark, who lives in a haze of drugs and alcohol. And Fig and Sally are two cute young dykes who play in a band, enjoying very playful lives. One emotionally charged weekend, everyone meets at a beach house to reevaluate their lives and possibly reinvent themselves. (Approximately 90 minutes).

Fri., Oct. 3 - 24, Queer as Folk (1998, Great Britain, Charles McDougall and Sarah Harding): This eight-part British TV series focuses on the tumultuous lives of three gay men in Manchester: 29-year-old Stuart (Aidan Gillen), a party boy with good looks, ready cash and a ravenous sexual appetite; his best friend Vince (Craig Kelly), a handsome but insecure young man; and 15-year-old Nathan (Charlie Hunnam), a blonde beauty just itching to join in the gay fun. (Approximately 280 minutes).

For more information, contact the Center at 504.945.1103.

LGBT Discussion Group Wednesdays

The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans beginning a new discussion group Wednesdays from 7pm til 9pm. The group will discuss a variety of topics that affect the GLBT community such as same sex marriage, the new monogamy, coming out, spirituality, politics and much more. Bring your own ideas to discuss or just come and be a part of the group.

The group will be facilitated by Kenny Barge as part of his internship at the Tulane School of Social Work.

The Center is located at 2114 Decatur St.

Judges Sought for New Orleans LGBT Film Festival

The Lesbian & Gay Community Center of New Orleans is seeking jury members to assist in screening and judging submissions to the Second Reel Identities LGBT Film Festival.

Film screenings will take place over the next two months. The festival is scheduled for February 2004.

Anyone interested in serving on a jury or volunteering for the film festival should call Jack Carrel at 504.250.7808.

PFLAG/New Orleans Hosts Pride Week Kickoff Sept. 29

Please come out and mingle with PFLAG/New Orleans and their friends as they celebrate Pride Fest 2003 with a kickoff bash on Mon., Sept. 29, 7-11pm, $5 donation. It's being hosted at Kims 940, 940 Elysian Fields, New Orleans.

The party will feature a traditional New Orleans red beans meal with great door prizes and happy hour prices all night. DJ Dyra spins and Michael Banko is producing a mini-variety show.

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