Sunday, July 19, 2009

National LGBT Cancer Network Seeks Survey Participants

The National LGBT Cancer Network wants to do something about the increasing prevalence of anal cancer in our community.

First, we need to find out what people know about anal cancer. We are asking gay and bisexual men to complete a brief (5-minute) anonymous online survey to assess their knowledge of anal cancer. We are particularly interested in hearing from men of color and hope that you will publicize this request through your blog, listserves, websites and mailing lists. The more respondents we have, the more we learn.

In the general population, anal cancer is a rare disease, but among men who have sex with men (MSM), the incidence of anal cancer is 40% higher and increasing annually. However, the majority of gay men know little about the disease, have never been tested for it, or even know that screening tests exist. Health care professionals, too, remain divided on how and whether to screen for it. In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist.
To participate in the survey, click here.

To learn more about cancer in the LGBT community and the work of the National LGBT Cancer Network, please visit our website,




Friday, August 18

Peachcake & The Crush

Two fun-loving bands for the price of one, from the cultural wasteland of Phoenix, Arizona. Peachcake is Stefan Pruett and Johnny OKeefe, a couple of pretty good looking shape-shifting vigilantes who use their mutant-based powers to protect the World from audio-terrorism. The Crush is Eric Straub and Danny Love, an R&B/Indie/Pop act who create hot live shows with catchy hooks and intelligent melodies to strike a chord in all listeners. Both want to make your booty shake with techno-pop beats and upbeat lyrics. Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Friday, August 21

Namoli Brennet

Singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet describes herself as an over-achieving multi-instrumentalist with a composition degree. Her technique draws on a wide range of influences, including Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Brooke, Patty Griffin and Joni Mitchell. She is equally at home on the guitar, the piano or the mandolin and even plays a mean harmonica. Brennet’s innate understanding of the language of music allows for a skillful ability to communicate insights that are both poetic and powerful. Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Saturday, August 22

Chris Mitchell

Magician Chris Mitchell has entertained and delighted audiences from around the world, captivating audiences from the very young to the young-at-heart. He has served as Magic Consultant for the USA Network’s “The Big Easy” and has toured North America as an assistant on the World Premiere Tour of Circus Royale. Join Chris on a journey through the magical world of controlled lunacy in two bit shows. Showtimes are 2pm and 7:30pm. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Friday, August 28

SWEC presents “Lords Of Nature”

The Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) joins the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, New Mexico State University’s Department of Wildlife and Conservation Ecology and the Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen in celebrating both Aldo Leopold, the visionary New Mexico conservationist, and the role of predators such as the Mexican Wolf (Lobo) in nature, with a screening of the film “Lords Of Nature.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of SWEC. Doors open at 6:30pm, showtime is 7pm. Admission is free. For more information call (575) 522-5552.

Every Other Tuesday at the Rio Grande Theatre

August 11 – Dr. J. Albert Carlile: Master of Mirth, Music, Magic & Medicine

August 25 – Sue & Paul Smith: Musical Duo

Please note: Every Other Tuesday performances always begin at 5:30pm and are free to the public.

On Exhibit in the El Paso Electric and Carolene de Mesilla Galleries

Monday Studio Group

The works of a dozen plus ladies, ranging in age from the late fifties to the early nineties will be on display throughout the month of August 2009, beginning with a reception for the artists to coincide with the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble, on August 7, at 5pm. Working in watercolor, colored pencils, oils and pastels, the artists of the Monday Studio Group explore many styles of expression and have found that they need all of their energy and enthusiasm as they tackle the difficulties involved in portrait and figure painting. The exhibit will run through August 31, 2009.

Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Call For Submissions

The 2009 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s final deadline is soon approaching. We encourage all filmmakers to submit their work for consideration. Films and videos submitted can be of any length and should be of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered communities.

Deadline is Friday, July 24, 2009 (Needs to be postmarked by this date)

Competition (Audience awards) for best feature, documentary and best boys and girls shorts are awarded at closing night ceremony.

Please fill out the official entry form completely and sign it. A separate entry form is required for each title. Please feel free to photocopy it or download it in PDF form from our website. Entry form and submission guidelines can be downloaded at

Also, you can submit using the link located on our website.

Mail Your Entries To:

Closet Cinema
2009 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
1209 7th St NW Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Lori Gordon "Stories" Opens at Sumner & Dene

Sumner & Dene is proud to announce our August show "Stories" by Lori Gordon, August 7-29 with the opening reception Friday, Aug 7, 5-9pm. Lori was originally a landscape painter on the Gulf Coast when Katrina destroyed her home and studio. Since then Lori has created recycled art from the rubbles of Hurricane Katrina. Then Hurricane Gustavo hit flooding the trailer she was living in while rebuilding her home. Never one to complain, Lori says the hurricanes have given her a new way to see art. On her "Stories" exhibition, Gordon says "Art communicates stories in a fashion much different from the spoken or written word. In this series, I have used art to explore and embrace the story. I am particularly drawn to the expression of the spiritual in our experience, and the manifestation of religious stories in our lives." Sumner & Dene, located in Downtown Albuquerque at 517 Central NW, is open weekdays 10-6, Saturdays 10-5. For more information go to or call 505-842-1400.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gay men claim discrimination in El Paso


EL PASO -- A group of gay men say they were discriminated against by security guards and El Paso police officers because of their sexual orientation.

It was a late Sunday night when Carlos Diaz de Leon and a group of his friends decided to stop by Chico's Tacos for a late-night dinner.

They said they were minding their own business when security guards inside asked them to leave.

"Two of my friends wereactually were kissing," Carlos said. Two of Carlos' male friends, that is.

"We went, sat down to eat our food and security guards came and said that if they kept doing that, they were going to throw us all out of the restaurant."

Carlos said he then asked them why? Their response, according to Carlos: "They said 'we didn't allow that gay stuff to go on here.' "

Read the whole story here at

Sunday, July 5, 2009

NM Gay Mens Chorus Summer Fling July 18th

Does an evening of music, dessert, wine, friendship, and the chance to purchase exciting items at a silent auction appeal to you? What if all of this supported a group that enriches the lives of so many people — the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus?

You’ll have the opportunity to do all of these things by attending the Summer Fling on Saturday, July 18.

Our Summer Fling will be the major fundraising event this year to support the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus, and we would love to have you there.

Saturday, July 18, 7:30 PM
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
601 Eubank Blvd. SE
$10 admission (free for dinner attendees)

Entertainment • Dessert • Silent Auction

The evening will be great fun with music by Deian McBryde and the Pretty Girl Orchestra. A silent auction will include a wide range of offerings at a great value. A few of the items include season tickets to the Santa Fe Opera; Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival tickets which includes lodging at the Black Mesa B&B and dinner with the artists; pottery by the incomparable Barbara Knutson; a private concert in your home by one of New Mexico’s up-and-coming opera singers. There will also be dinners, massages, spa days, piano tuning, get-away nights, and the list goes on and on.

The 2010 Season for the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus is going to be one of the best in its 27-year history. Come help us kick off that season by attending the Summer Fling and showing your support.

Please visit our website for more information at

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pride Month Wraps With Las Cruces & Santa Fe

By David Stocum

Saturday June 27th marked the end of the 2009 Pride season with record setting events in Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

Nearly 2000 people enjoyed a sunny, breezy day in Pioneer Women’s Park. This years Southern New Mexico Pride included several new events making for a weekend long celebration. The celebration began Friday with Drag Bingo at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse and concluded with a Pool Party at the Desert Hills Pool Sunday evening. Southern New Mexico Pride has grown every year for the last five years and is the largest GLBTQ event in the southern part of the state.

Santa Fe Pride moved from the Plaza to the new Railyard Plaza which allowed for more vendors and a first time beer garden. The larger area lead to the creation of family areas and an area for adults only allowing everyone to create their own experience. Officials report the crowd was one of the largest in recent memory. Attendees report the new location was a success and they were looking forward to next year.

The weekend events also served as commemorations of the Stonewall riots which occurred 40 years ago on June 28th.