Volume 23/Issue 8/2005
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Over 15,000 Spectators Line the Streets; 6th Gay Easter Parade Raises
$7,019.91 for Food For Friends
Over 15,000 spectators lined the streets of
the French Quarter for the 6th annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade on
Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005. Led by Easter Grand Marshals VI James Swire and
Lisa Beaumann, the number of spectators more than tripled last year's parade.
The parade which boasted over 225 participants showcased the culture, color and
creativity of the GLBT community.
All proceeds minus parade expenses benefited
Food For Friends for the third year raising $7,019.91. Although the goal was
$5,000 this year, incredible support for the parade's fund-raisers surpassed all
expectations. Previous parades raised a total of $8,663.27 for charities since
the parade became a fund-raising tool during it's third year.
The 2005 Financial Report prepared on April
12, 2005 follows:
Parade Income: Sponsorships - 4,600.00, GM
Reception (Corner Pocket) - 51.00, Spring Fever (4 Seasons) - 1,315.00, Star
Studded Benefit (Cowpokes) - 1,512.00, GEP Benefit (Golden Lantern) - 226.00,
Purple Party (Double Play) - 1,452.00, Alice in Leatherland (Phoenix) - 537.00,
Parade Entry Fees - 175.00
TOTAL INCOME $9,868.00
Parade Expenses: Parade Permit - 50.25, Police
Escort - 815.00, Insurance - 630.00, Carriages/EGM VIs - 470.00; Parade Line-up
Fee - 100.00, Band - 700.00, Banner - 82.84
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,848.09
2005 PROFITS benefiting Food For Friends -
Special thanks to the entire community and to
all official parade sponsors for their outstanding generosity including:
• Presenting • Ambush Mag, Queen
• Platinum $1,000 • Electra City & Tittie
Toulouse, Cowpokes, Double Play, 4 Seasons, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain,
• Gold $500 • Phoenix, Pride Specialty,
Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli;
• Silver $250 • Zach Camardelle & Starr
Daniels, Jay Cooper & Gizelle Bouvier, Corner Pocket, Golden Lantern, Graham
Studio One, Oz New Orleans, Queen’s Head Pub/Good Friends Bar, Starlight, Paul
• Bronze $100 • Craig Austin, Paul Davis &
Tami Tarmac, Andy & Phyllis Denmark, King Cake Queen Royalty Club, Krewe of
Mwindo, Chris & Buffy Naquin-Delain, Doc Reed.
The parade sponsors donate cash and/or in kind
contributions. Cash sponsors included Electra City & Tittie Toulouse/Queen
Fashions, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain/Ambush Mag, Quartermaster: The
Nellie Deli, Zach Camardelle & Starr Daniels, Jay Cooper & Gizelle Bouvier, Oz
New Orleans, Paul VanGeffen, Craig Austin, Paul Davis & Tami Tarmac, Andy &
Phyllis Denmark, King Cake Queen Royalty Club, Krewe of Mwindo, Chris & Buffy
Naquin-Delain and Doc Reed.
In kind contributors of advertising, services
or other donations included Ambush Mag, Queen Fashions, Whiz Magazine,
Pride Specialty and Graham Studio One.
Venue sponsors (at the Silver level) who
donated the use of their facility, some donating buffets and prizes included
Cowpokes, Double Play, 4 Seasons, Phoenix, Corner Pocket, Golden Lantern,
Queen’s Head Pub/Good Friends Bar and Starlight. The venues which hosted
fund-raisers which brought in more than $500 or $1,000 were graduated to either
the Gold or Platinum sponsorship level.
The 8th annual Official Gay Easter Parade
rolls on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 4:30 pm. The Board of Directors of the
Gay Easter Parade include Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, and Electra City & Tittie
Toulouse and they oversee all activities, events, selection of grand marshals
and parade route each year. Visit
www.GayEasterParade.COM for additional
Miss Gay America Joins Ambush Staff
Ambush is excited to
announce that reigning Miss Gay America, New Orleans' own Raquel Chevallier, (www.RaquelChevallier.com),
has joined this publication as a monthly contributor. The new column, titled
Raquel's Reality, will cover the beauty queen's travels around the country
as the prestigious Miss Gay America. Catch her column on Main-30 in this
Chevallier is also the Miss Gay Louisiana America promoter
and you can learn more about the state system on-line at
36th Annual Jazz Fest
April 22-May 1
New Orleans - The 36th
annual Jazz and Heritage Festival is April 22- May1. The Festival’s Louisiana
Heritage Fair at the Fair Grounds Race Course will offer a total of 12
performance stages running simultaneously on April 22-24 and April 28-May 1 from
11am to 7pm.
For the first time, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
will feature the Jazz & Heritage Stage, solely dedicated to some of New Orleans
most vibrant music and most venerable cultural traditions—the sights and sounds
of brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
The Jazz & Heritage Stage will be part of a larger area where
all Festival secondline parades, which have always been an important facet of
the event, will begin and end. In addition to music performances and parades,
this dynamic venue will also feature demonstration tents with Mardi Gras Indian
costume sewing and secondline parade footage from Backstreet Cultural Museum
documentarian Sylvester Francis.
Another new feature at this year’s Jazz Fest is The Big Chief
VIP Experience, a premium ticket package that includes the following: Festival
admission with re-entry privileges; access to special viewing areas at major
Festival stages and in some tents; the limited-edition Official Festival Poster;
access to an air conditioned hospitality lounge; special access to restrooms and
beverage concessions; parking, if desired; and more. Big Chief tickets are
extremely limited in number and will be sold by weekend only, so interested
patrons should act quickly. First weekend Big Chief VIP tickets are $550 and
$700 with parking. Second weekend tickets are $650 and $850 with parking. To
purchase Big Chief VIP tickets and to find out more about the packages patrons
www.nojazzfest.com or call 800.594.TIXX. Service charges are not
included in the prices quoted here.
On the eve of Jazz Fest, Grammy-winning superstar Natalie
Cole will appear in "An Unforgettable Evening" as part of the New Orleans Jazz &
Heritage Festival & Foundation, Inc.’s annual Gala fundraiser, Thurs., April 21
at the Fairmont Hotel. Also performing will be Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque
Swingers with guests Donald Harrison and Big Sam; John Boutté; and Kind of Blue.
Tickets to the event, which sell out each year, are currently available by
calling 504.410.4148 and more information is available at the Foundation’s web
The Festival will also feature a series of Educational
Programs, formerly the Workshop Series, at various venues in the New Orleans
area. Special programs for local school children will be held at the Heritage
Fair on Thurs., April 28. The Festival’s Evening Concerts Series has been
suspended for 2005.
Tickets for the Heritage Fair are available and can be
purchased at the Festival’s web site,
www.nojazzfest.com, at all Ticketmaster
www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800.488.5252 and
504.522.5555 in New Orleans. Tickets are also available in New Orleans at the
Louisiana Superdome Box Office (Gate A, Ground Level). Daily tickets for the
Heritage Fair are $25. These advance tickets are subject to service charges at
the various outlets. Tickets at the gate will be $35. Daily tickets for children
under age 12 are $5 in advance and at the gate.
Saints and Sinners Literary Fest Kick-Off Reading Set
Sinners, an alternative literary festival for the LGBT community, their friends and anyone interested in reading
and writing. The weekend will include workshops, panel discussions, reading
series, book signings, and special events. Topics will range from building an
author website, to queer southern identity to the language of erotica.
The festival will be held Fri., May 13 to
Sun., May 15 in the Heart of the French Quarter, using Club 735 as headquarters,
where there will be readings, panels, and a bookfair. Other venues used will be
the Bourbon Pub and Napoleon’s Itch.
The Festival will kickoff on Tues., April 12
at Garden District Bookstore from 6 – 8pm with a reading preview. Featured
authors will include: Greg Herren, J. M. Redmann, Scott Bailey, Marda Burton and
Presenters at the Saints and Sinners Literary
Festival will include such nationally known authors as: Jim Grimsley, Sarah
Schulman, Tim Miller, John Morgon Wilson, Patricia Nell Warren, Radclyffe, Al
McDermid , M. Christian, Emanuel Xavier, Ellen Hart and Patrick Califa. Many of
New Orleans favorites will also be on hand: Poppy Z. Brite, Kevin Allman, Kay
Murphy, Greg Herren, J. M. Redmann, Marty Ward and Patricia Brady.
The festival has a two-fold purpose. One is to
raise funds for the NO/AIDS Task Force, a community based AIDS Service
Organization that serves the New Orleans area. The other goal of the event is to
serve as a community awareness forum, something to show another positive side of
the LGBTQ community. While there must be many facets to HIV prevention, one way
is to give the community other positive, healthy social outlets.
Other events for the weekend include a Friday
night kickoff party hosted by Ambush Mag, author dinners, a performance
by nationally renowned artist Tim Miller, and a closing reception and awards
ceremony hosted by the Bourbon Pub.
For further information, full schedule, and
registration go to
www.sasfest.com or call the event line at 504.821.2601 x 250.
NOMA Reception Heralds Paris Exhibit April 14
New Orleans – Technology and a
French-themed reception at the New Orleans Museum of Art will complete a strong
New Orleans connection to the work of J.B. "Burt" Harter and eight others
featured in a new and distinctive exhibit of Gay artists opening in Paris,
The J.B. Harter Charitable Foundation, established through
the estate of the late artist, will host the local event from 6pm – 8pm on April
14. The New Orleans event is timed to include a Web cast of the grand opening in
Paris of Classicism Subverted: Gay Art in the 21st Century, an exhibition
of the work nine internationally-known gay artists at Studios Plat du Jour. The
introduction to the exhibition’s catalogue is written by British artist Edward
Lucie-Smith, who is also a featured artist in the show.
Selected examples of Harter’s original artwork will also be
exhibited at the New Orleans reception.
Before an unidentified assailant murdered him in his home on
March 13, 2002, Harter lived and worked in New Orleans where he served on the
curatorial staff of the Louisiana State Museum and the Historic New Orleans
Collection for 20 years. Others represented in the Paris exhibition also have
New Orleans connections.
"Many people in New Orleans are unfamiliar with Burt’s work.
Although his work was shown in other cities and a book of his art was published
prior to his death, Burt’s art was exhibited only once in New Orleans, explained
Jack Sullivan, adviser for the J.B. Harter Charitable Foundation.
"The Paris exhibition is a great opportunity to expand
awareness of his interpretations of the male nude and sexuality. Because of his
ties to the city, the foundation felt it was important to find a way for New
Orleans to participate in the grand opening."
The reception is free and open to the public. A detailed
video of individual pieces in the Paris exhibit will be shown continuously in
the museum’s Great Hall, and a Web cast "virtual tour" of the grand opening will
be televised at the party. Hospitality includes French-style wines and food.
"We believe this simulcast is a first for an art exhibit
opening," Sullivan said.
Organized and curated by New Orleans artist Roberto Rincon,
whose work is also part of the exhibition, the show features artists from four
countries and their diverse interpretations of the male body and its classical
>From the United States: J.B. Harter, Jonathan Webb, Roberto
Rincon, Delmas Howe and Wallace Merritt. From France: Roland Beaufre and Oliver
C. From the United Kingdom: Edward Lucie-Smith. From Greece: Dimitris Yeros.
NO/AIDS Patron Party & Humanitas Award Presentation A Success
NO/AIDS Task Force’s annual Patron Party
was held on March 31. The House of Blues graciously hosted the event, which is
designed to thank the patrons and sponsors of NO/AIDS.
NO/AIDS also presents the Humanitas Award at this event. The
award, the highest honor NO/AIDS bestows, is presented to an individual who has
had a significant impact on the Task Force and assisted in the betterment of
countless lives. The honoree is presented with a crystal bowl, which signifies
the full spectrum of the human condition. Past honorees include: Richard Devlin,
Michael Callay, Peter Brasswell, Glen Kahrman, Roy Templeman, Jim Melancon,
Richard Thompson, Paula Kreissler, Helen Siegel, Paris Winn, Philip Dynia,
Milton Sieler, Randy Trahan, Patti Garcia, Kim Boyle and Charlotte Cunliffe.
The 2004 Humanitas honorees are Dee and Bert Bertel. Having
lost both their sons to AIDS in 1992 and 1993 respectively, the Bertels have
been ardent supporters of the Task Force since 1992. They have been some of
NO/AIDS hardest working volunteers and a source of support for so many who have
been affected and infected with the virus. They have been vocal about their
story, helping to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic and letting people know
that HIV/AIDS affects not only the individual, but the family and extended
The Patron Party was graciously hosted by the House of Blues,
who also provided the food. Florals were provided by Wayne Christenberry of
Evergreen Florist. Cocktails were provided by RAIN Vodka, Sutter Home Wines and
The NO/AIDS Task Force has been at the forefront of the
battle against HIV disease since 1983. The agency offers a comprehensive array
of compassionate and critical services such as prevention education, HIV
antibody testing and counseling, community outreach, the Louisiana Statewide HIV
Hotline, primary medical care, early intervention services, peer support, mental
health therapy, support groups, case management, housing coordination,
medication assistance, home delivered meals and a food bank program. The NO/AIDS
Task Force serves thousands of individuals through prevention education,
community outreach and direct services for individuals living with HIV disease
each year. Since it’s inception, Art Against AIDS has raised over a million
dollars to support the efforts of the NO/AIDS Task Force.
Local Male Models Vie For $1,000 National Prize Contest at OZ
Aspiring local male models will strut
their stuff in a Male Model Search Contest for the chance to win a $1,000 Grand
Prize plus a featured roll in a national advertising campaign! Oz will host the
April-May event featuring local men modeling items from
Oz has been gearing up for weeks to host this fabulous event that promises hot
bodies, unique and revealing underwear and a great time for all!
Dozens of bars across the nation will hold similar contests
and determine their winners who receive prizes; including
gifts. First place winners, including one lucky local guy, move on to the
national winner’s circle. All local winners get their shot at fame and fortune
in an on-line vote at
MensUnderwearStore.com. Then the grand prize winner will
be flown to an on-location, professional photo shoot and receive a $1,000 Grand
Images from the shoot will be used on
and in a national advertising campaign that could put your local candidate in
the national spotlight!
Aspiring local contestants wishing to interview should
contact Tommy Elias at Oz, 504.593.9491.
Amon Ra Fund-raisers Set for April 17 & May 15
New Orleans - The Krewe of Amon Ra announces its two upcoming
fund-raisers. The first will take place on Sun. April 17 at the Moulin Rouge
starting at 2pm-6pm which is the krewe's annual Sister Sunday Social hosted by
Lauren Brown. The event will feature a spaghetti dinner, show, and a 50-50
raffle. Moulin Rouge is located at 940 Elysian Fields.
The second fundraiser, a crawfish boil, will be held on Sun.,
May 15th at the Lions Inn located at 2517 Chartres from 3pm-7pm. The tickets
will be $20.
Tickets for these functions can be purchased from any krewe
member or online at
Pride 2005 Hosts Great & Powerful Oz Auction April 17
New Orleans - Pride New Orleans is proud
to announce it's next big fund-raiser, The Great & Powerful Oz Auction on
Sun., April 17, 8-10pm at Oz, 800 Bourbon St.
Hosted by Bianca Del Rio and Blanche Debris this evening will
be highlighted by entertainment, live and silent auctions, door prizes and a "Whizard"
Costume Contest (prize will be awarded for the best dressed patron). So come
friends of "DORTHY" and show your true colors by supporting Pride New Orleans.
Mark your calendar for the next business meeting of the
organization on Thurs., April 21, 7pm. at The Friendly Bar, 2301 Chartres
Gay Catholic Community Reflects on Legacy of John Paul II; Leaders Look
Forward to More Open, Inclusive Church
With the passing of Pope John Paul II, the
World must begin to account for the legacy of an important and influential
figure of the 20th Century. John Paul II brought a new day of hope for many, by
his advocacy for the poor and for developing nations, for peace, and for human
rights. His pontificate, however, frequently left lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender Catholics bereft of hope, and still waiting for the bright day of
their full inclusion in the Church. The following are quotes from three leading
American Catholic voices for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality on
the legacy of John Paul II, and their hopes for the future of the Roman Catholic
"The death of the Pope provides a golden opportunity for the
Catholic Church to rejoice in his geopolitical accomplishments and take up where
he left off in the achievement of justice among Catholics. Women expect the same
freedom of choice Pope John Paul II urged for Cubans. Lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender people deserve the same respect and freedom he championed for
those who lived under Communism. Let that be his legacy."
--Mary E. Hunt, PhD, Co-director, WATER Women’s Alliance for
Theology, Ethics and Ritual
"Pope John Paul II was a leader of deep piety and strong
convictions. His moral leadership was heeded not only by Catholics, but by
politicians, philosophers, and religious leaders throughout the world.
He was a man whose ideas were deeply formed by coming of age
in his native Poland, occupied first by the Nazis, and then by the Communists.
These experiences of oppression inspired his deep concern for social justice. He
will be remembered for his strong voice on human rights and dignity.
Unfortunately, his record on gay/lesbian issues is not as
admirable. His 26-year pontificate was marked by an end to dialogue on many
theological issues, including homosexuality. He closed the windows of renewal
that were opened by Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council...
We pray for the repose of his soul, and we pray that the Holy
Spirit will provide our Church with a leader who shares Pope John Paul II’s
strong voice and moral courage, but who will provide us with a Church that is
more open to dialogue, reconciliation, and gay/lesbian equality. Lesbian/gay
Catholics and their families need a leader who offers a healing hand after John
Paul’s pontificate which often caused them so much pain."
--Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry
"While we join millions around the world in earnest prayer
for the Pope’s eternal salvation and the future of our Church, we remember that
this papacy has used harsh and derogatory language such as ‘objectively
disordered and intrinsically evil’ to describe gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender (GLBT) people.
"This Pope led the Church in teaching damaging
misrepresentations about the health and holiness of our loving relationships -
calling them part of an ‘ideology of evil’ - and about the raising of our
children while covering up the real abuse of children and related abuse of power
by some of John Paul II’s brother bishops and priests. He also misused his
authority to stop fellow cardinals and bishops from speaking for the obvious
moral good of using condoms in the prevention of the spread of HIV.
"We are saddened that John Paul II has left this life without
having used his personal faith, intellect and authority to learn how God is
speaking through GLBT people to spread the Gospel.
"The Church’s teachings on sexuality and personal
responsibility are arrested in a juvenile stage. They show neither respect for
the moral development of individuals nor for God’s work in each of us in the
development of our consciences and spiritual lives...In this regard, we believe
(Vatican leaders) must fully inform their consciences as moral law requires by
seeking to understand the spiritual lives of GLBT Catholics, by considering the
ongoing works of theologians and social science researchers knowledgeable about
GLBT issues and relationships, and by exploring the genuine Gospel call of Jesus
Christ to love and inclusion."
--Sam Sinnett, President, Dignity USA
Dr. Mary E. Hunt, Sam Sinnett, and Francis DeBernardo are
members of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Religious Leadership
For more information on these organizations, including their
complete statements on the passing of the Pope, please see:
First convened in 1998, the National Religious Leadership
Roundtable of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is an interfaith
collaboration of more than forty denominations and faith-related organizations.
The Roundtable seeks to reframe the public religious dialogue on issues
involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community by
amplifying the voices of LGBT-affirming people of faith, countering religious
voices of bigotry and intolerance, and working to advance full equality for all.
Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (the Task
Force) was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement’s leading voice
for freedom, justice, and equality. " We work to build the grassroots political
strength of our community by training state and local activists and leaders,
working to strengthen the infrastructure of state and local allies, and
organizing broad-based campaigns to build public support for complete equality
for LGBT people. Our Policy Institute, the community’s premiere think tank,
provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete
equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a
world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and
identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in
Washington, DC, we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Cambridge,
and Miami. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington,
DC. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent
allowed by law."
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