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Volume 23/Issue 9/2005

Rip & Marsha



by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
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Post Parade Sponsorships Bring Food For Friends Total Upward to $8,019.91

Following the 6th annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade, the Board of Directors contacted major clubs along the St. Ann and Bourbon Street route requesting a sponsorship donation to help Food For Friends, beneficiary of the parade. The parade is excited to announce that Napoleon's Itch donated $500 at the Gold Sponsorship level and Wood Enterprises donated $250 at the Silver Sponsorship level. Prior to the parade, Oz donated $250 at the Silver Sponsorship level. When the good folks at Petunias found out that the donation was almost at $8,000, they made a $250 Silver Sponsorship donation to get the Gay Easter Parade over the top. The three new donations now allow the Gay Easter Parade to donate $8,019.91 to Food For Friends.

All proceeds minus parade expenses benefited Food For Friends for the third year, now raising $8,019.91. 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 updated 2005 Financial Report prepared on April 26, 2005 follows:

Parade Income: Sponsorships - 5,600.00, 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 $10,868.00

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


2005 PROFITS benefiting Food For Friends - $8,019.91.

Thanks to all who made this possible including the sponsors below whose donations include cash and in kind contributions:

• Presenting • Ambush Mag, Queen Fashions;

• Platinum $1,000 • Electra City & Tittie Toulouse, Cowpokes, Double Play, 4 Seasons, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Whiz Magazine;

• Gold $500 • Napoleon's Itch, 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, Petunias Restaurant, Queen’s Head Pub/Good Friends Bar, Starlight, Paul VanGeffen, Wood Enterprises;

• 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 8th annual Official Gay Easter Parade rolls on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 4:30 pm. Visit www.GayEasterParade.COM for additional information.

Jazz Legends Photography Exhibition Extends Hours for Jazz Fest

New Orleans - The Robert Bruno Gallery will host special extended hours of The Work of Steven Forster: Jazz Legends and Musical Giants featuring Ella Fitzgerald with special Jazz Fest evening hours on April 29 and 30 from 12noon-9pm, and an opening reception with the artist Sat., May 7 from 6-9 pm at the Robert Bruno Gallery located at 900 South Peters Street (at the corner of St. Joseph Street) in the Arts Warehouse District of New Orleans.

Forster’s latest one-man show features his photographic portraits on watercolor paper of beloved performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Buddy Guy Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Ethel Merman, and many more.

Ella Fitzgerald by Steven Forster

Jazz Legends will remain on display at Robert Bruno Gallery through June 1. The new exhibition was inspired by Forster’s life long infatuation with the voice of Ella Fitzgerald. "She inspired me artistically and musically and has always been a part of my life," Forster says.

Forster photographed Fitzgerald on stage in 1979 at the 10th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a few years later delivered a framed work to his idol during an engagement at the Fairmont Hotel’s Blue Room. Forster recalls being greeted at her hotel suite door by a sleepy Fitzgerald, clad in a robe. Forster believed the negatives of his Fitzgerald shoot had been destroyed in a fire 25 years ago. In October 2004 he was stunned to discover some in an envelope, although his favorite, the photograph he presented to Fitzgerald, was not among them. His joy at discovering his tribute to his favorite jazz legend inspired him to match his images of other musical greats he’d photographed over the years to produce his latest exhibition.

Forster’s photography is included in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Contemporary Arts Center, Mario Villa Gallery and John Stinson Gallery. He is an eight-time winner of the Alpha Award for photography presented by the Fashion Group International of New Orleans. His award-winning newspaper page, the Big Easy Page appears in Sunday editions of the Times-Picayune, Louisiana’s largest newspaper.

Jazz Legends can be seen through June 1, from 12noon-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and during special Jazz Fest evening hours, April 29 and 30 from 12noon-9pm with the opening reception with the artist May 7th from 6-9pm.

For additionaly information, contact Forster at www.stevenforster.com.

FAB Hosts Joel L. Fletcher Book Signing April 29

New Orleans - On Fri., April 29, Joel L. Fletcher offers local readers a special signing opportunity for his new book Ken & Thelma : The Story of A Confederacy of Dunces from 6 til 8pm at FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Boods, 600 Frenchmen Street.

The author returns to 600 Frenchmen Street, the site of the former Faubourg Marigny Bookstore, where he joined Thelma Ducoing Toole and room full of her Faubourg Marigny neighbors for a signing of A Confederacy of Dunces shortly after it was finally published.

The author, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, was educated at Tulane and Stanford. He currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where is a partner in Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art, specializing in nineteenth and early twentieth century American and European fine art.

Ken & Thelma provides an insider’s view of the tragic life story of the gifted but mysterious writer and his dominant mother. Joel Fletcher crafts a personal tale of his friendship with Ken Toole in the 1960’s when Ken completed and tried to have his masterpiece published. He includes accounts of the submission and long review of his manuscript by Robert Gottlieb who ultimately rejected it. Then he turns to the story of the mother’s classic perseverance that resulted in the publication of her son’s work that earned him the Pulitzer Prize after his untimely suicide. Joel includes unique stories about his acquaintance, Bobby Byrne, the apparent inspiration for Ignatius Reilly, and other equally enlightening views and quotes from Ken and Thelma Toole’s associates.

Join FAB after Jazz Fest in the early evening for this reading/signing and tribute to Ken and Thelma. Take a trip to Frenchmen Street in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny and enjoy a special outing of shopping, eating, drinking, music, art, books and great times with friends along funky Frenchmen Street. Come see New Orleans largest selection of GLBT books and art at FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Books - celebrating its 28th year as one of New Orleans most unique neighborhood bookstores. Open daily from 12noon-7pm, call 504.947.3700 for more information.

COLAGE New Orleans' First Fund-raiser April 30

COLAGE New Orleans is having it’s first fund-raiser Sat., April 30. The fund-raiser will begin at noon at Shelter #10 in Audubon Park. (Shelter 10 is located on the Magazine Street side of the park.)

There will be no admission fee, however COLAGE will accep donations. There will be food and a water balloon toss.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to COLAGE New Orleans and support an organization that supports the children in the greater New Orleans area with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents please send donations to: COLAGE New Orleans, PO Box 15262, New Orleans, LA 70175. For more information, please call Dale at 504.301.4767 or e-mail colageneworleans@aol.com.

COLAGE engages, connects, and empowers people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and families.

PFLAG New Orleans' 6th Annual Gay Prom May 6

New Orleans - The New Orleans Area Chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) announces that it will sponsor it's 6th annual Gay Prom on Fri., May 6 from 8 to 11pm. This year’s prom will be held at the Duque Arts Center, located at 3718 Magazine Street. PFLAG is coordinating the prom in conjunction with SPARQ, a new outreach program of the NO/AIDS Task Force.

PFLAG and SPARQ are working together in the spirit of building community and celebrating the unique talents of the LGBTQ family. Julie Thompson, President of the New Orleans PFLAG chapter, stressed the importance of creating a safe, fun prom for LGBTQ young people: "We want to provide a place for them to go that is safe and comfortable, and where they can have a great time!"

"The PFLAG prom is a great event, and we are really happy to be associated with it," says Mark Buchsieb, one of SPARQ’s coordinators. "Since most high school proms are by straight teens, for straight teens, many GLBTQ high school students aren’t able to truly enjoy the normal high school prom experience by attending with a real date, as opposed to a date ‘acceptable’ to their high school."

The prom is open to LGBTQ young adults and friends between the ages of 17-30 and admission is FREE. "After 5 attire" is suggested, but not required. Masks are also welcome, in keeping with this year’s theme: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A photographer will also be available for portraits.

Refreshments will be available, however, no alcohol or drugs are allowed. Anyone wishing to make a donation to underwrite the cost of the Prom is encouraged to contact PFLAG at 504.895.3936.

For more information about SPARQ, or for further questions, email sparq@yahoo.com or call 504.945.4000, Ext. 105.

Lords of Leather Kicks Off Fund-raising Season May 7 with BITCH

The Lords of Leather begins it's fundraising season with BITCH: American Bandstand 2005 on Sat. May 7, 8pm with doors opening at 7pm. The annual affair will be held in The Marigny Theatre behind Cowpokes at 2240 St. Claude in New Orleans.

Admission is $20 at the door or $15 in advance and you can obtain tickets from any Lords krewe member or at Cowpokes. For additional info, call 504.940.0377.

And don't forget the Lords of Leather Bar Night with a $5 beer and soda bust, 9pm-12midnight, every 2nd Friday of the month on the patio at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields, including May 13, June 10, July 08, Aug. 12, Sept. 09, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Other 2005 fund-raising events include: Mr. Louisiana Leather 2006 - Sat., Sept. 3, Miss Louisiana Leatherette 2005 - Sat., Oct. 15, New Year's Eve Fetish Ball - Sat., Dec. 31. All events are scheduled at The Marigny Theatre behind Cowpokes, 2240 St. Claude. For addtional information visit: www.LORDSofLEATHER.com.

Pride Names New Chair; Sets May 7 Fund-raiser

New Orleans Alliance of Pride wishes to announce a change in it's board due to the resignation of several members due to personal circumstances. Regretfully, both of the original co-chairs are unable to continue with their duties and have duly resigned. Shayne McClain was nominated and accepted the nomination for the post and was duly elected at the last board meeting. He may be contacted via e-mail at whizone@gmail.com for any information concerning sponsorship or other matters regarding Pride New Orleans 2005.

On Sat., May 7, Pride will host Vegas Night at the Sanctuary on Causeway in Metairie. Come on out and play games of chance to win script with which to bid on great prizes. The action will take place from 8-10pm.

For information on holding fund-raisers please contact Donnie Jay at donniejay@hotmail.com.

PFLAG Scholarship Reception May 8

New Orleans - The 15th annual PFLAG Scholarship Champagne Reception in honor of past New Orleans President Sandra Pailet, is set for Mother's Day, May 8, 5pm at The Carrollton, 4710 S. Carrollton Ave. Benefiting the Scholarship and Education Fund and announcing the 2005-2006 scholarship recipients, the event will feature the talents of the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus.

Individual tickets are $25 (in advance) or $30 at the door. For more information, call 504.895.3936.

13th Annual HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner & Silent Auction May 14

New Orleans – The Human Rights Campaign proudly announces that the 13th Annual Louisiana Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Sat., May 14 at the InterContinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave, in New Orleans.

The new president of The Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, will deliver the keynote address. Louisiana is one of 13 states with a constitutional amendment defining marriage. "Despite recent setbacks, we have made incredible progress. There is now a legal record in which the State of Louisiana has declared that last year’s passage of Louisiana’s Constitutional Amendment #1 will not strip away the existing rights currently enjoyed by LGBT and other unmarried couples that were threatened by its’ passage.

Thanks primarily to three individuals, and 2005 Equality Award recipients; Randy Evans, Regina O. Matthews, and John D. Rawls, the legal team who devoted a great deal of time and energy working to protect our existing rights of hospital visitation, powers of attorney, contracts, wills, and employment benefits for partners," said Dinner Co-Chair Derrin Bergeron. "Not all gay people want to get married, but for those who want to make that commitment to one another – tell me how is it going to affect a heterosexual marriage? All we’re asking for is ‘EQUALITY,’ and the important thing is that we are talking about it."

Please join celebrities, dignitaries, and special guests at the 13th annual Louisiana Dinner being held from 6-11pm. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, gala dinner, presentation of Equality Awards, keynote address by HRC President, Joe Solmonese, celebrity guest Scott Lowell, "Ted" on Showtime’s Queer As Folk, and entertainment by New Orleans own Mary Griffin. An evening promising dancing and FUN!

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. Tickets for the Louisiana HRC Gala Dinner & Silent Auction are $150 per person and attire is Black-Tie Optional (Festive Attire). Tickets can be purchased through Box Office Tickets at 1.800.494.TIXS(8497) or on-line at: www.boxofficetickets.com/hrc. For more information on the event, to volunteer, donate to the silent auction, or become a sponsor, please contact one of the dinner co-chairs:

Lili Alpaugh 504.899.1092, alpdei@aol.com;

Michelle Galindo, 504.310.2712, michelle.galindo@hotelmonaco.com;

Derrin Bergeron, 504.400.7775, derrin@att.net; or Deb Graves 504.236.3373, debgraves@hotmail.com.

Amon Ra Crawfish Boil May 15 at Lions Inn

New Orleans - The Krewe of Amon Ra will host a crawfish boil on Sun., May 15th at the Lions Inn located at 2517 Chartres from 3pm-7pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any krewe member or online at www.kreweofamonra.org.

Sullivan-St.Clair Marketing/PR Gets Hideous

Mobile, AL - Hideous Liqueur has named Sullivan-St.Clair Marketing/Public Relations as its agency of record. The agency was hired without a review.

"We just really clicked," said Michael Klein, founder of New Orleans-based Hideous. "Sullivan-St.Clair is doing strong work with attitude that is a perfect fit with the Hideous brand."

Agency president Rich Sullivan Jr. said, "The shot liqueur market is wide open for a product like this. Unlike other brands out there, Hideous actually tastes good, either straight or with a mixer. The target audience is smart, hip and media savvy. They’ll get Hideous."

Klein, whose business card lists him as "Mr. Hideous," agrees. "There will be 81 million young adults coming of age in the next decade," Klein said. "These drinkers aren’t interested in what anybody is trying to sell them. This is a new concept in the market, and it will be promoted in new ways."

Sullivan-St.Clair’s work for Hideous will include point-of-sale material, guerilla marketing and interactive, as well as some traditional media.

"Each bar we’re in will be receiving a ‘Hideous Bar Kit’ that will include t-shirts, coasters, interactive table tents, slap bracelets and posters. The posters-now that’s where we go old-school with the buzz. Lots of brands are doing the viral Web stuff. Why not use cell phones to entice our consumers to interact with the brand?" Sullivan said. "We were inspired by rejection lines found in some metro markets and thought we’d expound on that to have our target connect with the brand."

The poster series feature long-copy and direct the reader to call a rejection line, a motivational line, a sick-day excuse line or a "late night dialing" prevention line. All of the materials for the brand take a self-deprecating tone to say, "we didn’t think about the repercussions of creating a great-tasting shot liqueur."

"Alcohol advertising, on the whole, is tired. It all looks, sounds and feels the same. These materials don’t feature a bikini-clad babe or a good-looking guy with some inane tagline like ‘Ignite the Sexy You.’ We’d like to give our target more credit for having an intelligence," said Sullivan.

Klein agrees, "We don’t need to act like the other liqueurs on the market. Sullivan-St.Clair nailed the personality and tone of this brand, and I can’t wait to see the response."

Hideous Liqueur launched last November in Louisiana markets. Sullivan-St.Clair will help roll out the product in select markets nationwide.

"We’re looking to build a Hideous nation," Sullivan said.

Sullivan-St.Clair Marketing/Public Relations provides full-service marketing, advertising and public relations for clients throughout the United States.

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