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January 7-20, 2010 | 5 watermark | previewA | l | editor’sdeskSteve “I saw 2009 as the "year of change," but many don’t think we’ve changed enough. subscribeWatermark is published every second Thursday. Subscription rate is $55 (1st class) and $26 (standard mail). To subscribe or order back issues, call Erik Caban at 407-481-2243, Ext. 10.staff ISSUE 16.26 YOUR LGBT LIFE. ISSUE 16.25 | DECEMBER 10-23, 2009 ISSUE 16.25 | DECEMBER 10-23, 2009 WATERMARKONLINE.COM WATERMARKONLINE.COM DAYTONA BEACH • ORLANDO • TAMPA • ST. PETERSBURG • SARASOTA “PLEDGE KID” IS VOICE FOR EQUALITY MEET SOME LOCAL UNSUNG HEROES A perfect NINE NINE NINE GAY DIRECTOR ROB MARSHALL TALKS ABOUT HIS BIG MOVIE MUSICALFOCUS ONHEROESORLANDO EYESTRANS PROTECTIONSBROWN SENTENCED INSKIPPER MURDER ISSUE 16.25 ISSUE 16.24 CONTENTS of WATERMARK are protected by federal copyright law and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the permission of the publisher. Unsolicited article submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Although WATERMARK is supported by many fine advertisers, we cannot accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Publication of the name or photograph of any person or organization in articles, advertising, or listing in WATERMARK is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of such persons or members of such organizations. WATERMARK is published every second Thursday. Subscription rate is $55 (1st class) and $26 (standard mail). The official views of WATERMARK are expressed only in editorials. Opinions offered in signed columns, letters and articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the newspaper’s owner or management. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material submitted for publication. WATERMARK is not responsible for damages due to typographical errors, except for the cost of replacing ads created by WATERMARK that have such errors.Watermark Media Inc. est. 1994 Orlando OfficeP. O. Box 533655 Orlando, FL 32853-3655 TEL 407-481-2243 FAX 407-481-2246Tampa Bay OfficeTEL 813-655-9890 FAX 813-849-2986 WatermarkOnline.comwatermark Publisher Chief Financial Officer Administrative Assistant Editor-in-Chief Online Editor Art Director Creative Assistant Orlando Sales Manager Advertising Sales Advertising Sales Advertising Sales Proofreading Nat'l Advertising Representative Tom Dyer • Ext. 305 • Rick Claggett • Ext. 108 • Erik Caban • Ext. 100 • Steve Blanchard • Ext. 303 • Jamie Hyman • Ext. 106 • Jake Stevens • Ext. 109 • Heather Graves • Ext. 107 • Mark Cady • Ext. 103 [Orlando] • Don Williams • Ext. 102 [Orlando] • Josh Evans • Ext. 302 [Tampa Bay] • Jim Nixon • Ext. 301 [Tampa Bay] • 727-692-8599 • Ed Blaisdell Rivendell Media Inc. • 212-242-6863Contributing Writers Greg Burton, Erik Caban, Scottie Campbell, John Chambrone, Jim Crescitelli, Marcy Davidson, Kirk Hartlage, Rev. Phyllis Hunt, Jeff Jones, Ken Kundis, Renee LePere, Billy Masters, Mary Meeks, Stephen Miller, Margaret Nolan, Anthony Paull, John Sullivan, Louanne Walters Photographers & Illustrators Nick Cardello, Julie Milford, Travis Moore, Tom Eckert Distribution Debbie Oliver, John Granstrand, Jonathan Sexauer


| January 7-20, 20106 Bento Caf Black Olive Corona Cigar Co. Forty VII Clothing Piper’s Downtown Urban Flats Plaza Cinema Cafe Scottrade Salon Elyse Volcano's Coffee Bar Mochi Yogurt Center Stage. Center of the City THE PLAZA155 South Orange A ve. ( BETW EEN PI N E S T . & CHU R C H ST .)Park in The Plaza ’ s attached parking garage!Facebook: The Plaza Downtown Orlando's N ewest Entertainment Destination Twitter: PlazaDWNT WNO RL Downtown S T ARTS HER E . PLAZA CINEMA CAF IS NOWUNDER N EW M ANAGEMENTCommitted to bringing you the best movie experience in D owntown O rlando. Orlando | Thanks to issues surrounding her current Monster Ball tour, which stopped in Orlando on Jan. 3, Lady Gaga has created a “Bad Romance” with many of her newfound fans. Less than two weeks before her soldout performance at Hard Rock Live, it was announced the concert would be relocated to the New Arena at the University of Central Florida. Hard Rock marketing manger Jeff Jones said the last-minute change was made because the production’s set was too large for the Hard Rock stage, adding that similar staging issues forced the tour to relocate three shows in Chicago and two shows in Detroit this month. Still, many fans speculated the swaps were done to sell more tickets, considering Lady Gaga had described the tour’s set several months ago. In an October interview with Rolling Stone, the performer called the Monster Ball stage “a frame with forced perspectiveit’s no matter where I go, my fans get the same experience.” For some, that experience was a bad one, particularly with their tickets. Fans who had by email that they would have only a few days—during a busy holiday week—to return their tickets with an option to participate in a second pre-sale for the new location. “It took me two days and about four hours to allow me to purchase tickets for the rescheduled show,” said James Jackson. “Every time I talked to someone I got a different reason why they couldn’t sell me tickets.” With the relocation some concert-goers, less-than-desirable seats. “Because her stage was boxed in, seats on the side of the stage—like ours—had a had “great seats in the balcony” at Hard Rock. “We had to watch more than a third of the concert on the screens. Every time she stepped back, we couldn’t see her.” view and that UCF staff attempted to clear the potential safety hazard only once. who also expressed frustration at obtaining adult beverages at the show. With only four liquor bars and two draft beer stations, waits to obtain alcohol often ran past 30 minutes. One fan in line wondered why UCF, with twice the capacity of Hard Rock, would have only half as many bars available. surrounded a Lady Gaga tour. A 34-date co-headlining trek with Kanye West was cancelled in early October only two weeks after it had been announced. Rapper 50 Cent called the proposed “Fame Kills” tour “the gay tour.” Lady Gaga responded, saying, “I think it’s sad—and I think that nobody in any genre of music should accommodate homophobia.” A spokesperson for Lady Gaga did not respond to e-mails seeking comment. | l | watermark | orlando newsLady Gaga tour leaves some fans gaggingkirk hartlage While many LGBTs enjoyed Lady Gaga’s performance at the UCF Arena Jan. 3, many were disappointed in the way ticket sales were handled. | Photo courtesy Streamline Records Orlando man makes debut on HGTVAn Orlando man will get a televised shot at interior design this month. John McClain is appearing as the amateur designer on HGTV’s new series, First Time Design. McClain will get some help from HGTV designer Vern Yip as he addresses client demands, budget restrictions and time result of his design. McClain’s episode is currently scheduled to air on Jan. 16, and he redid a master bedroom for a husband and wife living in Los Angeles. He and his partner, Peter Courtney, live in Orlando. McClain’s HGTV audition video can be seen at focuses on HIV/AIDS issuesAn Orlando-based mini-series is in the works, with 15 episodes planned, all centered around three men diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. La Fleur De Mai (translation: “The Flower of May”) is produced by Presage Entertainment and will shoot during spring 2010 with the full series online release planned for spring 2011, according to marketing director Richard Russell. Russell says they are seeking a number of sponsors at several levels. A teaser of La Fleur De Mai can be viewed at briefs


January 7-20, 2010 | 7 Orlando | The attorney representing a man challenging Florida’s ban on gay adoption calls the Magic City “crucial grounds” in securing a win. Robert Rosenwald, Jr. is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Florida LGBT Project and counsel to Martin Gill, a foster children he’s raised for the past four years. The ACLU is kicking off this month a three-year campaign to teach citizens how to advocate against Florida’s gay adoption in Orlando and Rosenwald says that’s no coincidence, calling the city “a kind of purplish area” where the conservative north meets the progressive south. “Orlando and the entire I-4 corridor is where those sides collide,” he said. “Any campaign you hope to win in the State of Florida has to include a victory in the I-4 corridor with Orlando at its heart, so we consider that crucial grounds in order for us to sustain a win.” He said the project wants to educate straight people about gay families and train gay people on how to talk about gay families in public. “Our goals are to create a public opinion climate that would allow the Florida decision ruling that the ban on gay people adopting is unconstitutional and also to head off a new constitutional amendment by our opponents in the event that we do win at the Florida Supreme Court,” Rosenwald said. Although the Orlando town meeting is a relatively early stop in a campaign scheduled to last three years, Rosenwald said he wouldn’t be surprised if it returns to Orlando and the trainings are designed to last beyond the one-day meeting. “The purpose of this meeting is to create a local group that will continue to work with what people are trained to do at town hall meetings,” he said. “They’ll continue to train speakers while getting people ready to so the work will continue.” Orlando’s town hall meeting runs from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. The adoption training session is Saturday, Jan. 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marriott Orlando Downtown. Pre-registration is required online at but both events are free of charge. The training session is for all ages. GLAAD is leading the session for adults 18 and up, while the Family Equality Council will run a concurrent session for youth ages 3 to 17. | l | watermark | orlando newsOrlando | This holiday season, the Joy Metropolitan Community Church served more people than in the years 2007 and 2008 combined. According to Rev. John Middleton, Joy MCC Senior Pastor, more than 8,000 people were given enough food to feed them for about four days, largely thanks to donations by Central Florida’s LGBT community. “I can’t begin to tell you how deeply moved I am by the generosity,” said Middleton. “The results of the food drive sponsored by One Orlando and The Center are just amazing.” Those groups—with the help of several other donors—have been collecting food and toys for about a month. The donations were delivered on Jan. 4. | l |Orlando key in ACLU gay adoption campaignjamie hyman Joy MCC serves 8,000staff report


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January 7-20, 2010 | 9 Tampa | Linda Saul-Sena is eyeing the Hillsborough County Commission seat now held by Jim Norman. Norman can not run again due to term limits and plans to run for the Florida Senate. The LGBT-supportive Tampa City Councilwoman will face Republican Commissioner Ken Hagan for the seat. Hagan plans to resign his District 2 seat to pursue the countywide position. “I’ve had a lot of legislative experience,” Saul-Sena said in a press conference Jan. 5. “For all these years, I’ve worked on growth management and transportation issues. I just see this as an opportunity to serve more folks and move our community forward.” Saul-Sena, a Democrat, has served on the at LGBT functions. She made an appearance at the short-lived Winter Pride Tampa Bay in 2008 and spoke at a Prop 8 rally in downtown Tampa last May. The gathering was to protest the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the voter-initiated ban on gay marriage in 2008. “I am pleased to be here with such a positive group,” Saul-Sena said at the 2009 rally. “I think that 2010 has a positive ring to it and we have time to change this state and out, California can and so can we here in Florida.” Saul-Sena has LGBT equality in the state and has expressed support for the equality initiatives of Tampa May Pam Iorio since she While Saul-Sena expressed hope, she said a lot of work needs to be done. “Like any public struggle, it takes a ridiculous amount of work to make change happen,” Saul-Sena said. “Equality is the next step and we work together as a community.” Hagan has one Republican challenger, Don Kruse. Brandon Newton, a Libertarian, is also seeking the seat eyed by Saul Sena. Mitch Kates, who handled Kevin Beckner’s successful campaign for County Commissioner in 2008, will manage SaulSena in her campaign.According to the Tampa Tribune , Saul-Sena faces a challenging race. Hagan has served on the commission since 2002 and has already raised more than $200,000 for the 2010 race. | l | watermark | tampa bay news 99 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 999 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 January Dinner Meeting SPEED NETWORKING 9 January 12 th Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport 4500 W. Cypress St. Tampa Social 6:30-7:30 pm Dinner & Program 7:30-9 pm $25 Guild Members $35 Guests [Pending space available without reservations: $40] 9 9 [Pending space available 9 [Pending space available 9 without reservations: $40] 9 without reservations: $40] without reservations: $40] 9 without reservations: $40] [Pending space available without reservations: $40] [Pending space available 9 [Pending space available without reservations: $40] [Pending space available without reservations: $40] 9 without reservations: $40] 9 9 Tampa 9 Tampa Tampa 9 Tampa 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 Sponsor: Josh Smith Prudential Insurance World leader in Vaser LipoSelection William W. Cimino, PhD.Vaser LipoSelection by Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC. Stein Medical InstituteAS SEEN ON TVVaser Hi-Def LipoSculpting The Smart LipoSuction ChoiceSafer...Simpler...More Effective CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULTATIONM ONTH L Y DISCOUNTSGIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLEYOU MUST MENTION T H IS AD TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTSTEIN INSTANT BODY AND FACIAL LIFTSRemoval of loose skinI N J E C TABLES:BOTOX, RESTYLANE, PERLANE, RADIESSE, JUVEDERM, SCULPTRA, & DYSPORT(BOTOX ALTERNATIVE) NOW AVAILABLE: Latisse The first and only FDA approved treatment for longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. STEIN MEDICAL INSTITUTE | 813 873-9700 | WWW.STEINMED.COM TRUSTED, PROVEN AND ONCE AGAIN LEADING THE WAY, EST. 1980 *CALL FOR DETAILS. THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT. Actual Patient Saul-Sena announces Commission runsteve blanchard Five-time Tampa City Councilwoman and LGBT advocate Linda Saul-Sena has announced her candidacy for Hillsborough County Commission.


| January 7-20, 201010 Sarasota | The new social networking site for gay, bisexual and questioning men in Sarasota has neared the 1,000 mark, according to founder Stephen Warne. StepOutSarasota. com launched in the middle of 2009 to provide a way for men in the Sarasota area to connect and organize. “Throughout our network, members are expressing their hopes, aspirations and well wishes for our community here on the Suncoast,” Warne said. “But they are also expressing their many frustrations and concerns. That’s why I created SOS. I’m very glad to see members offering advice and solutions to problems.” The Facebook-style web site requires members to register before they can use it initiatives. “It is my hope that our members begin working more closely together, and that SOS becomes a catalyst for positive change in our area, within the LGBTQ community, and in the community at large,” Warne said. Several statements on the SOS home page make it clear that the site is not intended as a “hook up site” for gay men. It is a tool for resources and collaboration. However, it does say photo sharing is okay as long as it is done privately. The free site has been well worth the hard work involved, according to Warne. “When I started this social network, my goal was simple,” Warne said. “I wanted to connect people and bring together the community in a meaningful way. Within two weeks my efforts [were] rewarded many times over. SOS went from an idea to an obsession within less than a month.” Since moving to Sarasota in 2007, Warne has become involved in many aspects of the community. His SOS creation, he said, is an effort to provide locals with an easily bisexual men for companionship. “Social networking starts locally, but most of our experiences with social networking web sites are national trends and international press hype,” Warne said. “SOS can act as a primary network or as an addition to a current network.” Warne said that several “apps” are opensource, which means anyone can add their own features without suffering compatibility issues. For more information on Step Out Sarasota visit or search for it on | l | watermark | sarasota news refresh, regroup, reconnect. 2114 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 941.923.7100 • hot tubs swim spas swimming pools Sales Service Repairs Step Out Sarasota nears 1,000 membersstaff report


January 7-20, 2010 | 11 Gainesville | Stand Up Florida and the Queer Activist Coalition are teaming up for a “Silent Protest” at Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville on Jan. 10. According to Dove World’s web site, the church’s philosophy includes getting people to “stand up,” because “Christians must return to the truth and stop hiding. We need to speak up against sin and call the people to repentance. Abortion is murder. Homosexuality is sin Any religion which would profess anything other than this truth is of the devil.” Stand Up Florida calls the church an “enemy of diversity and equality.” The demonstrators plan to meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn and then head over to the church from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to spread a message of hope and tolerance. For more information visit | l |Miami | South Florida LGBTs are mourning the loss of two LGBT activists. Henry Woods was a leader in the Florida LGBT Democratic Caucus, the Key West Lambda Democrats and an adjunct political science professor at Florida Keys Community College. Woods, 58, slipped into a coma on Christmas Eve after suffering a severe aneurysm. According to the Key West Keynoter, Woods was a 10year Key West resident who also ran Woods Consulting, which takes on public relations, grant writing and other responsibilities for local groups including AIDS Help. Denise King, mother of murdered gay teenager Simmie Williams, Jr., died suddenly on New Years Eve after collapsing in her Fort Lauderdale apartment two hours before midnight. King’s17-year old openly gay African-American son was murdered on Sistrunk Blvd. on Feb. 22, 2008. Following his death, King became a spokeswoman against intolerance. Police are still looking for her son’s killer. | l |Miami Beach | Openly gay Sex and the City star and LGBT rights advocate Cynthia Nixon will be on hand to help the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) kick off a three-year campaign to end Florida’s ban on adoption by gay people. The event will be held Jan. 9 at the Shore Club in Miami Beach starting at 7:30 p.m. Nixon will be joined by U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Florida Senator Nan Rich; Florida Representative Mary Brandenburg; Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director; Robert Rosenwald, ACLU-FL LGBT Advocacy Project Director; and Martin Gill, an ACLU plaintiff. The ACLU of Florida’s LGBT Advocacy Project and the national ACLU LGBT Project sued the state on behalf of Gill and two brothers who he had been fostering at the state’s request for four years—the only stable home the children had ever known. In a landmark November 2008 decision, a Miami judge ruled that the two boys, the adoptive father, who is gay. The state appealed to the Third District Court of Appeals, where the case has been argued. Gill is still waiting for a decision from the Third District Court of Appeals regarding his lawsuit. support from the Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund, the John C. Graves Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, the GLBT Community Projects Fund at Dade Community Foundation, and the Scott Opler Foundation. In addition to supporting the ACLU lawsuit, the campaign will provide training to coach people on how to talk about the adoption ban. Florida is the only state homosexuals.| l | watermark | state newsACLU’s adoption campaign gets celebrity booststaff report Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon will take part in a threeyear campaign to overturn Florida’s gay adoption ban. Florida mourns two LGBT activistsstaff report Equality groups protesting churchstaff report


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| January 7-20, 201020 watermark | viewpoint mailA president, not a superheroIt’s a new year. Time for commentators everywhere to air their complaints about our Failed-Superhero President: Obama caved in on health care, or went too far. The stimulus package was too ambitious, or not ambitious enough. He broke his promise to be bipartisan, or tried too hard to court any Republican who’d listen. His Afghan policy is too harsh, or maybe soft. He brokered a bad deal in Copenhagen. He didn’t do enough to create jobs. No, scratch that. His attempts at creating jobs made matters worse. Here’s one thing the president did: face up to issues that, if ignored any longer, would render America a second-rate power within a decade. The president’s attempts at revamping health care, climate, and essential starting points. At least he got some balls rolling. That’s more than his predecessors were able to accomplish. Earnest Gardner Via E-mailNot-So-Safe SchoolsWhy does Watermark continue to write that Florida has a Safe Schools law that state does not? Just because Equality Florida reports to the Haas Fund—or to Watermark—that Florida law mentions it true. After years of EQFL’s failed lobbying out of the law. As a result, less than a dozen of the state’s 67 school districts even address the issue in their antibullying policies. It took a lot of work for those of us in these counties to get SO and GI/E into our local policies—and that work was orchestrated by ACLU of Florida’s LGBT Advocacy Project. I have read that EQFL recalls somewhere along the line when the bill was discussed in committee, SO and GI/E categories were discussed and some legislator said they would be covered. While I don’t have that reference, I doubt that will help prevent bullying or encourage teachers to report it as otherwise required by the law. I’m not even sure it would hold up in beating the crap our of a student based on his/her SO or GI/E. Rand Hoch West Palm Beach Editor’s note: Rand Hoch is the president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. During the most recent legislative session, the Safe Schools bill achieved strong bi-partisan support in the legislature and received a rst ever hearing in the Florida Senate Education Committee. Mr. Hoch is correct, however, that the law did not pass. EQFL says it will continue to pursue the protections statewide. “After years of EQFL’s failed lobbying on state schools, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression were left out of the law.”—RAND HOCHSend all correspondence to Letters may be edited for space or clarity. Opinions expressed in reader mail do not reect those of Watermark’s staff. A new poll will be posted to the homepage this week. Be sure to visit and let us know what YOU think!30% of LGBTs are spending more on gifts than last year. What did your holiday budget look like this year?A T W ATERMARKONLINE.COM, WE ASKED YOU: 16% 53% 11% 20% I’m spending more than last year. I’m spending less than last year. About the same as last year. I don’t celebrate the holidays, so no holiday budget. We May Be Able To Stop Harassing Phone Calls, Foreclosure or Repossession, Lawsuits or GarnishmentsThe LAW OFFICE OFDeAn A. REED, P.a.ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW bankruptcy attorneyFree ConsultationEvening and Weekend Appointments AvailableFlexible Payment Plans 407-937-2230 2180 w. state road 434, suite 2150 | longwood, fl. 32779Se Habla Espaol | top web commentsDon’t be left out of the community conversation! Head over to, register and start telling us what YOU think!On Scottie Saves the World’s book review of Three Cups of Tea: “I think if we LGBTQI people engaged in more direct action/civil disobedience to liberate ourselves we would have more of an impact helping out others. Throughout history LGBTQI people have led the charge on so many fronts—Susan B. Anthony, Bayard Rustin, Harvey M ilk. We can continue to do good things for others as we always have done, but that I don’t believe will lead to our liberation as a people. The only way for us to get what we deserve as —AlanBounville “I talk about public service as an important key; I’m not insisting that it is the only element we need. However, in light of the subject matter of the book, the use terrorists view what they do. I’m reluctant— If not unwilling—to listen to any message they have because of the manner in which —CampScottie


January 7-20, 2010 | 21 Happy New Year, everyone. Yes, just as we did with 1984, 1999 and 2001, we’ve reached a milestone that was once only conceivable case of 1999, pop music). Can you believe Y2K was ten years ago! So how many of you made at least one New Year’s Resolution? Go ahead—raise your hands high. Now, how many of you have already broken your New Year’s Resolution? I don’t like to think of myself as a negative kind of guy, but my guess is most of those hands are still up, right? Ah, the New Year’s Resolution, that annual rite of pounding yet another esteem. What is it with New Year’s Resolutions that makes them so hard to keep? After all, it’s a good idea, in theory. As the year what we have or have not accomplished over the past year. Jan. 1 is a new beginning, a chance to start with a clean slate. What better time to rid ourselves of undesirable habits or behaviors? Maybe so many of us fail because we attempt to change some of the most we make a New Year’s Resolution. I’d venture a guess that the two most popular choices are quitting smoking and losing weight. And we don’t prepare ourselves for the real work involved in modifying those behaviors. If you ask someone who has kicked a drug or alcohol problem, he or she may tell you that one of the most important parts of a successful substance abuse treatment program is to learn to recognize and avoid situations that trigger old habits. Sometimes that even means cutting off old to associate. If we took quitting smoking or losing weight that seriously, maybe we’d be more successful. And of the two, food addiction is probably the harder to break. If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, you can avoid your enemy. You can dump the down the toilet and stay away from places where you may be tempted to imbibe. But if you are fat and want to lose weight, you can’t throw out all of your food and avoid grocery stores and restaurants. You still have to eat. in dieting. If you decide to quit smoking, you can quit. You wake up the next day every day you don’t smoke or don’t use drugs or alcohol adds strength to your resolve. But if you’re obese and you commit to losing weight, you wake up the next day and you’re still fat—and the day after that, and the day after that. In fact, it may take weeks before you see any tangible signs of success. It takes a keep up that resolve! And your friends even family members—may undermine you. It’s really ironic: they wouldn’t offer a highball to someone in AA; they wouldn’t wave a line of cocaine under the nose of someone trying to kick a drug habit, but if you’re trying to lose weight people will push food at you left and right. “Oh come on. You can have a taste.” “One cookie won’t hurt.” “Here, eat the rest of my French fries. I’m full and I don’t want to waste them.” Even strangers can make it desserts on fat people much more than on thin people. A Weight Watchers ad I saw on TV had a poignant message. We eat socially but diet privately. That makes a lot of sense. If you want to be successful in losing weight—or quitting smoking— don’t keep it a secret. Enlist the support of your friends and family. And call them out sabotage your efforts. One more thing to consider: How do you reward yourself when you succeed? If you’ve always used food as a reward or celebration for a job well done, you may the money you’ve saved by not smoking and treat yourself to something special or go on a trip. But when you succeed in losing weight, what is your reward? So you’ve lost those 20 pounds—how are you going to celebrate? With a whole cheesecake?We’ll probably never get away from but if we plan well, we can give ourselves Best wishes to you in all your endeavors! | l | Brian Feist lives and works in St. Petersburg. He is the former publisher of The Gazette. LIFE IS TOO MUCH FUN NOT TO BE HEALTHY. OIC IS LEADING THE WAY IN CUTTING EDGE HIV AND HEPATITIS TREATMENT. 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January 7-20, 2010 | 23 January 7-20, 2010 | 23 The wildly popular Project Runway returns to Lifetime Television on Jan. 14. This time the fashion competition boasts two Central Florida hopefuls: Ben Chmura of Tampa and Jesse LeNoir of Orlando. Either young man—one gay and the other an outspoken straight ally—could win a prize package that includes a photo shoot for Elle , the ability to sell their clothes at, and $100,000. We recently caught up with the two contenders. WATERMARK: So, Ben, tell us a little about yourself, your background. Ben Chmura: I went to high school in Dunedin and then graduated Savannah College of Art and Design in Fashion Design, the four-year program there. I lived up to New York for about two years. I did various freelance jobs, for Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, American Eagle. I had a couple of full-time jobs doing assistant designer work with Club Jeans and Sean John. After that, I wanted to go back to school for the grad program, so I called my mom, and asked, “Hey, do you mind if I move back home and live for a little bit, before I go overseas for school.” And of course she welcomed me home with open arms. I then decided I didn’t want to go back to school, and I’ve been in Tampa ever since. That’s was 2003. I live in Seminole Heights now. I’ve always been in love with the area, especially since people have been coming in and refurbishing the houses. I just can't get other half Bobbie and I have lived here for almost two years. You know the Lifetime web site lists your hometown as Connecticut, and yet you’ve lived most of your life in Florida. WATERMARK: So, what can you tell us about your background? Jesse LeNoir: I am the third of six kids. I was born in Painesville, Ohio. My dad was a nuclear engineer, so we traveled around to different power plants about every three years. Eventually we found our way to Florida. I graduated from a boarding school in Jacksonville, and then I got an acting degree from University of Central Florida. I started making clothes as a hobby, and then it sort of evolved into a business. Where did you get your fashion education? I had to put in hours in the costume shop when I was getting my degree. I learned how to use a sewing machine, did some little hand-stitches, things like that. I took a class that taught me design skills. I also did independent studies that went into tailoring and fabric. A lot of it, though, was myself, pulling them apart, using pieces for patterns, and putting them back together. I read books on technique, but much of it was trial and error. Tell us about your evolution as a designer. TAMPA BAY AND ORLANDO HAVE LOCALS TO CHEER FOR IN SEASON 7 OF PROJECT RUNWAY. Thrill designed to stephen millerContinued on page 29 | uu | Continued on page 29 | uu | Ben Chmura of Tampa is the rst male contestant on Project Runway to be legally married to a man. | Photo courtesy Lifetime Television Jesse LeNoir of Orlando is a straight ally to the local community and will appear in Season 7 of Project Runway . Photo courtesy Lifetime Television


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| January 7-20, 201026 When you look at Colton Ford’s life, it’s like reading chapters of a book. The New York resident grew a huge fan base in the 1990s and early the world. On Jan. 15 and 17, Ford will Petersburg. contingent of people out there who won’t the larger audience ago that Ford left the focus on his singing Naked Fame followed his career-changing decision and he’s He’s starred as the sheriff in three seasons of the Here! The Lair and he’s toured Under the Covers a year. Losing My Religion . It certainly goes for the other songs on the Tug of War , Ford co-wrote all of the tracks. His newest CD “I grew up listening to Chaka Kahn, that I felt and artists that really kind of know he likes the of his song, and support that. his last career Ford has relocated to New York and now focuses on his and his partner of a year and a half they can and Ford plans on bringing his there’s an ebb and for the holidays, which has been nice, but I fans. He’s also going to take an opportunity to watermark | music for information about our AIDS programs & services visit us ASAP South 727.328.3260 ASAP North 727.449.2437 Suncoast Project 727.321.7600 COM PLEX IONSCONTEMPORARY BALLETl5YEARSAs seen onSo You Think You Can Dance!Love, Sweat and TearsJAN.14Ferguson Hall Tickets: 813.229.STAR (7827) • STRAZCENTER.ORG• Outside Tampa Bay: 800.955.1045 • Group Services (12+ get a discount): 813.222.1018Events, days, dates, times, performers and prices are subject to change without notice. TBPAC is now the Straz Center. Supported by ford focusedCOLTON FORD’S MUSIC CAREER BRINGS HIM TO THE FLAMINGO steve blanchard “I don’t get tired of talking about [my adult film career] because it is part of my story and it enabled me to create this thing Colton Ford that I’ve been able to use to draw attention to the music I’ve enjoyed and created my whole life.”—COLTON FORD


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January 7-20, 2010 | 29 It was actually in high school—I started with graphic t-shirts. My brothers and I wanted to try it, so we hand-stenciled and did screen printing for ourselves and friends. A lot of our creativity stemmed from personal want, and we just got good at it. I moved from there to men’s fashions. But then I realized that much of the forward-thinking is done on the women’s side of things. I think a lot of my designs have that Orlando element; they’re bright and sunshine-y. That’s also evolved, though, in that I am really inspired by World War II, the uniforms, and the careful men’s tailoring that I started from. I really love the structure. Tell us a little about how you combine your love of uniforms and structure with your graphic t-shirt business. Well, when I think of one of my strengths, and the thing that I’ve been inspired by, bringing together that military tailoring with that Rosie the Riveter style. Its part structure and part blue-collar, for getting your hands dirty. However, if I am designing an evening dress for a woman, the purpose is different than just grabbing a t-shirt and being comfortable. You’re getting married soon? Yeah, the wedding is March 13. I am not designing the wedding dress. I don’t want to stand at the altar with Brittany [Berkowitz, a local actress] and look at the dress as something I could’ve done this with or that with. I want to concentrate on my bride. However, all the bridesmaids’ dresses will be my design. [Laughs.] And you’re a straight man in a business surrounded by women and gay men. this sort of joke that it’s easier to get into a woman’s pants if you’re the one who made them. Now, like Ben, did you audition for Project Runway a few times? Yeah, there was an audition I did a long time ago that I don’t even really count. I New York City to try out for something. And I thought I’d just tag along, kind of waltz in and audition for Project Runway. [Laughs]. I just grabbed the three or four things I ever made. One judge said there was a hem on one of my dresses that was just killing him. Tim Gunn said my designs were all too simple, just sort of thrown together. So, I went away, and when I heard they were going to be in Miami [for Season 6], I knew my work was much better. So I thought, “Let me try again.” I made it really far, but I didn’t make it all the way. I think it was my acting training that made me want to keep trying, keep plugging at it. I just kept building on my work, doing stuff I wanted to do, and growing. I went this third time and made it. A lot of the Central Florida LGBT community will be rooting for you on the show. [Laughs] Yeah, Brittany and I were in the play The Little Dog Laughed at the Parliament House. I’m in the arts community, I have lots of friends, and obviously I’m somebody very much for equal rights. I want us to get past all the crap. I always feel way more comfortable with gay people than I do with a bunch of macho straight guys. Most of the straight baseball players I know have no fashion sense to speak of. Was it helpful to get some feedback at the audition? Being in Orlando, the height of style can be seen as Brazilian tourists in bright neon spandex. It was great to get professional critique, and understand what the judges compete. Anything you’re nervous about? You know with my acting background, I think there will be those cringe moments, when I see myself on TV and think, “Oh, what am I doing?” But mostly it’s just excitement at the opportunity. | l |I grew up in South Meriden, Conn. Most of my family had moved to Florida already, so my parents decided to relocate to be closer to the rest of the family, especially my grandparents. So we moved to Dunedin in 1990, when I was 10. I still feel my upbringing. I say “aunt” [with a long A] instead of “ant.” I think it’s embedded in you, where you’re from originally. Does New England affect your design style any? [Laughs] Umm, not at all. My New one of my pieces, it must be a great design! How about Tampa and Florida shaping your style? Yes, actually, for a while there, I was doing collections that were geared toward the Tampa Bay consumer: weatherconscious and attentive to color. At the same time, I sometimes felt like I was straying away from some of the elements I am interested in. So, for the last couple of collections I’ve done, I put out some of my better work by paying attention to who I am rather than catering to a clientele. So, you’re a gay man in the fashion industry male I’ve known has always had some sort of female icon. I actually started out doing men’s wear. When I settled down in Tampa, women were always so responsive to my work. They’d always say, “When are you going to start doing women’s stuff?” You’ve made dresses based on poisonous snakes. How many have you made? I’ve started off with eight dresses, and then I added three more. It’s a total of 11 right now. And you used them for your audition for Project Runway ? I’d actually auditioned a couple times before this, and each time I’d come back stronger. We’d been following the show as it transitioned over to Lifetime Television [last season—Season 6.] I thought I’d take a hiatus from the process to see how it went with the new network. But the more that Bobbie and I got to lose?” Then, one of my friends from Lakeland said he found the Project Runway page on Facebook, and he nominated me. I thought, “Well, it doesn’t quite work that way.” [Laughs] But I also got the clear picture that a lot of people were supporting me, so I decided to go for it. During the audition, judges Tim Gunn and Zoe Glassner commented on your attention to detail on those snake dresses. It was incredible! I’ve gotten great feedback in Tampa, but I’ve never had the opportunity to show them to professionals in the industry. The judges noticed the detail and the construction. I especially loved that Tim Gunn said this venomous snake idea didn’t look contrived or costume-y, that it couldn’t ask for a better audition with them. What makes you nervous about being on the show? How I’ll be perceived by the viewers. I think you always know your worst qualities, but most of us don’t see that broadcast on pictures and videos leading up to the premiere, people had a lot to say, and not all of it is about your work. If they’re going to make a comment on the clothes, that’s open looking for an individual sense of style, and if I can do a one-of-kind piece that will help that, that’s great. But it’s not going to be How do you keep yourself sane then? Well, I’ve made a conscious effort not to read blogs or commentary. I know this sort of criticism comes with the territory. But I don’t want to jeopardize the opportunity or the experience. I just want to enjoy it. | l | watermark | television| uu | Ben Chmura from p.23 The 7th season of Lifetime’s Project Runway premieres on Thursday, Jan. 14 and features two Florida designers.| uu | Jesse LeNoir from p. 23


| January 7-20, 201030 watermark | event planner What the Butler Saw Jobsite Theater presents the queer-penned What the Butler Saw at the David Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa through Jan. 24.comedy[LAKELAND] Lily TomlinComedy legend and out performer Lily Tomlin will bring her zany characters to the Lakeland Center on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 13 and 14. The creator of “Ernestine” and six-time Emmy Winner offers social commentary on growing up in the Mid-West and coming out in the 2000s during her newest tour. For details and tickets visit or call 863-834-8111.[SARASOTA] Jennie McNultyLesbian cruise staple and funny gal Jennie McNulty will bring her comedy show to the Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church on Saturday, Jan. 9. McNulty has entertained on SWEET and Olivia Cruises, has had long runs in Provincetown and at the Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas. Most recently she appeared on Logo’s One Night Stand Up. For tickets and information, call the church at[ST. PETERSBURG] Colton FordThe former gay porn star will no doubt be as sexy as ever when he belts out his latest dance hits at The Flamingo Resort on Friday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 17. The star will be selling his latest album and will hang out for a meet-and-greet after the 11 p.m. shows. For details visit or read our interview with him in this issue.[FORT PIERCE] The Village PeopleThe year 2010 marks 33 years on the stage for The Village People, the iconic disco-era band with the hunky blue-collar costumes. The group is touring again and makes a one-night stop at the Sunrise Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 10. The 7 p.m. show is sure to include the LGBT anthems In The Navy, Macho Man and, of course, YMCA. For more information or to win tickets to the show, visit[GULFPORT] Gulfport: The MusicalIt’s not often that cities get their own soundtrack. But thanks to a creative team in Gulfport, the city neighboring St. Petersburg will get its own musical that opens Saturday, Jan. 9 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 24. Gulfport: The Musical showcases more than 100 years of local history. No word yet as to whether a is included in the soundtrack. Local gay actor Daniel Harris directs the musical at the Catherine Hickman Theater. For more information and tickets call 727-322-0316.[ORLANDO] Blue Lagoon: A MusicalThe classic tale of shipwrecked cousins in lust gets a subversively funny spin at Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre. Blue Lagoon: A Musical stars Shayna Albertson and Anthony Johnson, is directed by Kenny Howard with adaptation, music and lyrics by Jonathan Padgett. The musical takes the stage at 8 p.m. for two nights only: Jan. 9 and 16. Comedian Jeff Jones provides the opening act both nights. [TAMPA] What the Butler SawGay playwright Joe Orton didn’t know that see it performed. But two years after his death, What the Butler Saw premiered and sent shockwaves through London audiences for its scandalous lewd humor and sex-themed plot. Now, the risqu 1960s British sex farce is in the capable hands of the Jobsite Theater, which will present the comedy through Jan. 24 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. For details and tickets visit Evening with Lucille BallThe Straz Center for the Performing Arts will host An Evening With Lucille Ball through 17 in its Jaeb Theater. The onewoman show, performed by Suzanne LaRusch and directed by Lucie Arnaz, brings the iconic comedienne to life as she talks about her television career and her tempestuous marriage to Dezi Arnaz. LGBTs have idolized the funny redhead and have impersonated her for years. Now, her best. For information and tickets, visit or call 813-229-7827.[MELBOURNE] South Paci cCritic John Simon called it “the greatest musical of all,” and it’s coming to Melbourne. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical takes the stage at King Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 19-24. The award-winning show starts at 8 p.m. most days, plus several 2 p.m. matinee performances. Tickets range from $35 $58 and are available at special events[ORLANDO] Cushies for TushiesCelebrate Watermark blogger Scottie Campbell’s 43rd birthday and support the arts at the same time on Saturday, Jan. 16. In addition to lots of fun, there will be a silent auction with awesome items a fund to put new chairs and risers in the Fred Stone Theatre at Rollins College. The event is hosted by Sip, which will provide hors d’ouvres. There is a cash bar and gladly accepted. The party starts at 5 p.m.Light Up UCF 2009Time is running out to catch winter in Florida. University of Central Florida’s annual chilly tradition, Light Up UCF, comes to an end on Jan. 10. Parking, the Holiday Film Festival and the Holiday Light Show are all free, but winter fans can pay extra to ice skate or ride some snowythemed attractions including Santa’s Village, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide and Kris Kringle’s Carousel. Light Up UCF is held outside the UCF Arena and is open 5-11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and 11 schedule and more information can be found at Got an event you’d like to see listed in Watermark? At least two to four weeks in advance, send all pertinent info—date, time, place, cost, contact information for readers to get more details, and what the event is about—to, and we will feature it in the paper on a space-available basis. Lily Tomlin The timeless Lily Tomlin will bring her comedy—and her cast of characters— to the Lakeland Center Jan. 13-14. Village People The Village People will perform their signature LGBT anthems on Jan. 10 at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce.


January 7-20, 2010 | 31 What the Butler Saw Jobsite Theater presents the queer-penned What the Butler Saw at the David Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa through Jan. 24.


| January 7-20, 201032 HOPE Is Alive.For More Information Go To Our Website Project Runway viewing party Jan. 14Gays love Project Runway, that’s no secret. Just check out our cover story in this issue! But rarely do fans get to chum with the celeb designers while the show is airing on the tube. Locals will get a chance to chat up and celebrate with Season 7 designer Ben Chmura at Rawbar Sushi during the Thursday, Jan. 14 premiere of the Lifetime show. Ben and his adorable husband Bobbie are throwing the posh party on the N. Ashley Drive restaurant in Tampa at 8:30 p.m. On top of taking photo ops with the reality star and local designer, attendees can partake in drink and food specials and luminary fashionistas as Andrew Ashton of LaPosh Salon, Fashion Week Tampa Bay and head out for a night to remember and cheer on our local contestant.Gypsy closer to finding a homeThe ongoing hunt for a new home for Gypsy Productions seems to be neverending. The professional alternative theater company began at the Suncoast Resort and has drifted from place to place since the resort closed in 2007. After years of frustration and several potential new homes vanishing, Trevor Keller, artistic director, is hopeful that his company will have a permanent home sometime this year. Keller said that he has toured a theater on Central Avenue that would not only house the theater company permanently, but incorporate two bars as well. While Keller has several themes in mind for the club, he doesn’t want to unveil too much too soon. What he did say, however, was that an artistic theme would dance club could be a part of the package. Here’s to hoping that the gay theater Turnon’s time to partyNikki Turnon has become an LGBT advocate since taking over the Chelsea Night Club in Tampa last year. Now, the straight owner of the neighborhood gay club wants to celebrate her birthday with patrons and friends alike. Special entertainment is promised for the Jan. 14 shindig and Turnon promises to announce details soon. tampa bay overheardGot juicy gossip or amazing event photos? E-mail the dish or your photos (with full names of everyone pictured and event details) to 1Employees at Joffrey’s Coffee in Ybor City smile between serving customers during the holidays. 2Friends ring in 2010 at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg. 3Attorney David Schauer celebrates his 50th Birthday in St. Petersburg in December. 4Friends celebrate a night out at G. Bar in Ybor City during New Year’s celebrations. 5Dancers recruit a new member at Chelsea Night Club in Tampa. 6Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota celebrate the holidays with their annual holiday concert in December.123 shot on site Photography | Suzanne Noe, Byron Schaerr and Carrie West564 watermark | tampa bay out+about


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January 7-20, 2010 | 37 watermark | mind body+soulIs hypnotism really an effective means of changing behavior? For the person who desires change, absolutely. I say that with the caveat that I cannot force anyone to change against their will. What happens in the mind to make hypnotism work? During the hypnotic trance, a person becomes hyper-focused. This allows him or her to eliminate other stimuli and distracting thoughts. Brain waves slow down from the normal, conscious active brainwaves and the person accesses the subconscious part of their mind. It is then that the subconscious mind is able to make changes What is your method to put somebody in a hypnotic state? I do not use any form of watch, pendulum or spinning wheels. That is more theatrical than necessary in my humble opinion. With many of my clients, I use a relaxation-type of induction. This is because most people enjoy the sensations quiet. However, for more analytical people I use what is called a confusion induction, where the mind defaults to hypnosis when overwhelmed. Do the methods vary depending on symptoms? The methods vary more on the individual than on the issue. Different people respond to different approaches based on their personality. For example, if I have a person who is more visual, I am going to focus on what they see in life. If they’re more auditory, perhaps ring a bell for them. A big part of what any good hypnotherapist does is to learn all they can about their client’s desired outcome and goals. Understand available to guide them towards success. For what reasons do LGBTs come to you? I have worked with the usual assortment of medical reasons, overcoming fears, and self-esteem issues. I have worked with both gay and straight on sexually-related issues such as erectile dysfunction. I am the best at what I do. I am non-judgmental towards any issue. Judgment only interferes with getting the job done! What is the most common use of hypnotism? Stress reduction. But I do get many calls for a variety of reasons, from weight management to insomnia. But just about everything is exacerbated by stress. Is hypnotism as simple as “positive thinking?” If only it was, we would all be better. Actually, while thinking positive is important, I feel as though all too often it is used as a whip to keep us in line. We are told to improve our attitudes, think positive and not let things get to us. Meanwhile, we are “hardwired” to go to the negative, trained from an early age to expect the worst and made to feel guilty if we react to negative circumstances in a human manner. I do my best to allow a person the freedom of understanding their reactions, then reframe the situation and help develop new neural pathways that allow a more constructive response. Keep in mind, thinking is done at the conscious level, I am working with the subconscious level of mind where emotions, memories and habits are stored. You also deal with matters of the heart, so with Valentine’s Day approaching, what advice could you give to the lovelorn? I offer a class at the end of January called “Love Potion Number 9,” that helps people attract love into their lives. One of the most important parts of that class is helping people learn just how lovable they are, then loving and honoring themselves. When you tell people you are a hypnotist, do they take that at face value or do you have to defend your profession? I get a variety of reactions. Some people are instantly fascinated, others want me to defend my profession and some really tickle me because they assume I am all powerful. What have been some of your more memorable cases? I worked with a gentleman who hiccupped for four years until he came to see me. There was another case of chronic burping and a case involving chronic coughing. I told my husband that I had worked with burping and chirping, but if a call came in for the other end, I was quitting. Well, the call came, we were successful and no, I did not quit. I do consider myself the body emissions expert, however. | l |Palm Harbor | Hypnotherapist Debbie Lane knows how you feel. After learning and observing human development while running a chain of child care centers, Lane took a course in hypnosis at the and medical hypnosis. Lane is hailed by many doctors who refer their patients for a variety of issues, including such chronic illnesses as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In 2007, she was acclaimed for her work with the “Hiccup Chick,” the 15-year old girl who couldn’t stop hiccupping for nearly six weeks. We caught up with Lane between trances and learned that hypnosis isn’t just for curing stress or quitting smoking. For more information on Lane and her clinic, visit a minute with...Debbie LaneCERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPIST available to guide them towards success. For what reasons do LGBTs come to I have worked with the usual assortment of medical reasons, overcoming fears, and self-esteem issues. I have worked with both gay and straight on sexually-related issues such as erectile dysfunction. I am the best at what I do. I am non-judgmental towards any issue. Judgment only interferes with What is the most common use of Stress reduction. But I do get many calls for a variety of reasons, from weight management to insomnia. But just about everything is exacerbated Is hypnotism as simple as “positive If only it was, we would all be better. Actually, while thinking positive is important, I feel as though all too often it is used as a whip to keep us in line. We are told to improve our attitudes, think positive and not let things get to us. Meanwhile, we are “hardwired” to go to the negative, trained from an early age to Hypnotherapist Debbie Lane knows how you feel. After learning and observing human development while running a chain of child care centers, Lane took a course in hypnosis at the Lane is hailed by many doctors who refer their patients for a variety of issues, including such chronic illnesses as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In 2007, she was acclaimed for her work with the “Hiccup Chick,” the 15-year old girl who couldn’t stop hiccupping for nearly six weeks. We caught up with Lane between trances and learned that hypnosis isn’t just for curing stress or quitting smoking. For more information on Lane and her clinic, visit erik caban Photo by Steve Blanchard


| January 7-20, 201038 Going to Camp Though they've been around for several years, boot camp classes have gained camp classes typically include cardiovascular, speed, endurance, resistance and strength “I provide plenty of motivation in my classes, but in a positive light,” says Orlando A personal trainer for the past 12 years, joints at the same time, and using the body’s “It leads to a better balanced body,” says smorgasbord of exercises, such as agility drills, start doing this class, and you hate a particular Army and incorporates many of those same “They’re pretty basic movements that tire Hanging out training, partly developed by a former Navy the feet in handles attached to the straps, suspending the legs off the ground, and then straps by hand and leaning over to perform gained popularity because it improves balance Depending on the exercises performed, classes incorporating the straps can be a emphasis on core stabilization and functional Olympics in Vancouver are just around the | l || uu | Fitness Trends from p.35 Does anybody care what I think? About Orlando Market Research will be conducting consumer research with gay men in late January. Participants will be paid for their participation in a two-hour focus group discussion. Research will explore general topics regarding gay lifestyle and attitudes.About Orlando Market Research • 407-671-7143 (MENTION STUDY #555) • AboutOrlandoResearch.comYes, get paid for your opinions! NEW LOCATION:703 N. Orange Avenue Downtown Orlando407.245.7800 Eyeglasses • Sunglasses • Contact Lenses watermark | mind body+soul Tampa Bay personal trainer Chris Alberts works with a client intent on making his new year’s resolutions a reality. LOOKING TO JUMP-START YOUR 2010 FITNESS GOALS? Working with a personal trainer may be your best approach. Thanks to modern technology not wanting to leave your house is no longer an excuse. Bradenton’s Rebecca Wyatt Meyer even utilizes Skype to train clients in Louisiana and Tennessee.Chris Alberts Jacob Dickson Rebecca Wyatt Meyer


January 7-20, 2010 | 39 With today’s high stress world and numerous electronics, many of us may forget the basic laws of nature when it comes to our health. Holistic living takes into account the interaction between the body and the mind. Too many people, according to John Hopkins’ Heath and Wellness Center’s Bryant Murdoch, focus on the ailments of the body rather than those ailments’ effects on the mind and soul. “If someone hurts their back, for example, they typically rush to their doctor, look for some prescription drugs and lay around the house until they feel better,” Murdoch says. “But holistically, there is a different way to treat such an injury. Sure, the doctor visit is important, but through natural supplements, warming and massage therapy, better, healthier solutions can be found.” According to Murdoch, the growth in patients turning to holistic living to improve and maintain health is growing. He says the LGBT community has been a big supporter of the lifestyle since the 1970s in Western cities like San Francisco. “It’s only in the last decade or so that you’ve really seen the holistic lifestyle take off throughout the city without a gay massage therapist.” One ideal, when it comes to health and wellness, he says, is to look at the big picture, and how all of the different parts of you interact. A holistic approach includes your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. “Ask yourself, ‘What does your body need to be healthy?’” Murdoch says. “Some of the ways you can look after your body include: good nutrition, natural medicines, comfort, physical activity, sleep, relaxation and selfcare.” Listening to your body, according to Murdoch, is an animalistic instinct that many humans suppress. He believes that too many of us “work through the pain” rather than allowing ourselves time to heal. “If you have a pet, and that pet is sick or injures its paw, you don’t see it trying to go out for a morning run to chase a rabbit,” Murdoch says. “That pet knows it needs to listen to its body and focus on healing. Humans don’t always approach an illness or an injury in such a way.” One advantage we have over our pets is our ability to seek wellness through our minds, Murdoch says. By focusing on what we’re thinking about—as in “Is the glass half-empty or half-full,”—we can determine if we’re obsessive or worried about things we can’t change. “It also allows you to see if you get enough mental stimulation and challenges, like reading, problem solving and allowing yourself creative outlets,” he says. Expressing oneself is another area where holistic living can improve the link between mind and body, Murdoch says. Wellness Murdoch says, because at a young age many men are trained to not show emotion. “From grade school on we’re called little girls if we shed a tear,” Murdoch says. “We’re primed to hide our emotions and to avoid showing any vulnerability. That is actually very traumatic to the psyche. It’s natural for us to want to cry, to laugh or to seek comfort.” A good way to begin emotional healing, Murdoch says, is to begin a journal or another way to create an emotional outlet. “All of these things are very important in “But I think one of the most important—and is confused with religion, Murdoch says. Finding wellness within the spirit, however, is not linked to organized religion and is more about staying in and enjoying the moment. “Do you spend time alone in quiet nature? Believing in a higher power or simply being in awe of every day wonders can help to nurture your spirit. Enjoy your surroundings and you will connect with happiness.” | l | watermark | mind body+soul 11750 East Colonial Dr, UCF/Waterford, FL 32817 995 North State Road 434, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 133 East Robinson St, Downtown Orlando, FL 32801NO SIGN-UP FEES – EVER!Downtown Location: Newly renovated locker rooms with at screen TV’s. New rubber oors throughout the gym.HELPING OUR CO Headquarters, 11750 East Colonial Dr $23.95 $29.50 $19.95 $1/MIN.WATERFORD/UCF, ALTAMONTE SPRINGS & DOWNTOWN L OCATIONSLESS THAN$6WEEKLYMetro 24/7 Fitness NATIONAL PRICING“We Make Fitness Easy”SPORTS MASSAGEBY THE MINUTE(MINIMUM 15 MINS.)UNLIMTED MONTHLYTANNINGPERSONAL TRAININGTRAINBYSESSIONOR4SESSIONS FOR$99.50Month-To-Month MembershipN O M ORE SIGN U P FEES E V E R !TM T hanks to all of Central Florida for supporting us over the last six years! Voted Favorite Orlando “Central Florida” G ym of the Y ear for 2007, 2008, and AG A IN in 2009!MONTHLY PER CHILD$10METRO KIDS CARE healing through holistic healthHOLISTIC LIVING LINKS BODY AND MIND steve blanchard “One of the most difficult areas for the LGBT community to find wellness within— is within the spirit.”—BRYANT MURDOCH


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January 7-20, 2010 | 43 Dear Truth,What is it about the holidays that makes people act so weird? out on me because I didn’t come out to my parents when they came to visit me in Kissimmee over Christmas. I’m sure they know I’m a lesbian, but I’m just not ready to have that conversation with them (I come from a conservative Baptist family). After they left, Kim kept asking me if I was embarrassed to be with her or ashamed of who I am. Then she said she wasn’t sure if she could be with someone who was living a lie. Kim and I have been together a year and I really like her. But this is so out of character for her (she’s usually really loving and supportive), and I think she is overstepping her boundaries when it comes to my family. Do you agree? —Post-Holiday Letdown Dear Emily Post, I don’t think you’re actually asking me a question about the emotional effect of the holidays. You would have to be thick as a brick to think that Kim’s desires for you to live your life openly was somehow seasonal malaise. Secondly, you ask why she’s acting so weird. She’s not. She’s acting concerned about the future of your relationship, and I think she’s right to. It’s true that no one can force someone to come out before they are ready, but it is perfectly acceptable to have a baseline expectation of only being with someone who is out. There are always reasons to stay in the closet, and you have yours. But her questions about how you feel about her and about yourself are perfectly legitimate ones. You’ve only been dating a year, and as things get more serious, the gravity of your personal choices on her become heavier. She’s learning that you aren’t in transition into an out person at this point; you’re stuck, you seem to be okay being stuck and she’s simply saying she’s not okay sitting there in the mud with you. For some people, being able to be proud of their primary love, and to want that reciprocated from their partner, is table stakes. It seems Kim is one of those people. If she spoke to your parents or ‘outed’ you in some other way, I would agree that she is overstepping boundaries. But she’s done none of that. She’s put it on you, where it should be. What you do with it is up to you. Here comes the Truth, baby: your decision to come out is yours and yours alone to make. But by agreeing to date this person in the corner of that person’s heart. They are going to be affected by the decisions you make and the values you have, and they have the right to evaluate your worldview and determine if it works for them. That’s called dating; it’s We’re not talking about a simple difference of opinion here. There can be no question what the right thing to do is in this situation. It’s obvious. You know coming out is a healthier decision than not. You simply haven’t grown the set you need yet to seal the deal. You want to have a relationship with this person? Well, she certainly has let you know what you have to do. If you can’t or won’t, that will be sad, but it will have been your decision— and your loss. Dear Truth, I just got back from visiting my parents and family in Michigan and I realized we have a problem. I am a single gay man in my 30s and I have two brothers and a sister, all of whom I love dearly. I am out to my family and they are very supportive. My concern is that my family avoids all discussion of my personal life, as if I am some kind of eunuch who exists in a sexual vacuum. We talk about my siblings’ relationships all the time, but no one ever asks whether I’m seeing anyone or how my last break up went, or even if I’m happy being single (which they ask my brother all the time). When I try to bring it up, it’s awkward and I feel like I’m forcing the issue. Invariable, someone just changes the subject. 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