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Pride’s future: Growing pains, opportunities

News

By   3 months ago

By RICK SUTON Managing Editor Indy Pride, one of America’s largest Pride celebrations, could see major changes in its structure, as part of a lengthy internal review of procedures. Its board of directors has surveyed attendees to determine strengths and challenges to the festival, and as popular as it is – the festival has growing […]

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Lawsuit seeks to undo Indiana RFRA ‘fix’

News

By   3 months ago

By RICK SUTTON Managing Editor NOBLESVILLE (Aug. 16) – Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law is up for a constitutional challenge in court here – from an unlikely source. The lawsuit seeks to have four local Human Rights Ordinances – in Indianapolis, Carmel, Columbus and Bloomington – declared unconstitutional.  Plaintiffs are the Indiana Family Institute (see […]

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Adamson will not face charges

News

By   3 months ago

INDIANAPOLIS – The Word has learned that the special prosecutor assigned to investigate a rape allegation against City-County Councilman Zach Adamson has decided that no charges are warranted after a 19-year-old man accused him of rape. “From the beginning, we have maintained that the allegations against me were false,” Adamson said in a statement. “We […]

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Indiana Lambda Legal gala set for Sept. 16

News

By   3 months ago

INDIANAPOLIS – Lambda Legal will host its Indiana Benefit Friday, Sept. 16, at the main branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Event co-chairs are Barbara Baird, Steve Thornton, and Ken and Krisztina Inskeep. Corporate sponsors are Barnes & Thornburg, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Dow Agrosciences, Keller & Keller, BMO Harris […]

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HRC: Trump campaign leaders homophobic

News

By   3 months ago

WASHINGTON (Aug. 17) – Donald J. Trump has shuffled his top campaign leadership, and the Human Rights Campaign took notice. HRC issued this statement: “The Trump campaign announced its new leadership team will include Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, two political operatives with histories of anti-LGBTQ activism. “Bannon…spoke out against transgender people during a May […]

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NBA to N.C.: We don’t tolerate discrimination

News

By   3 months ago

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association has decided to move next year’s All-Star game from Charlotte, N.C., in response to the North Carolina version of Religious Freedom legislation. The NBA told North Carolina’s political leadership in June that the legislation was not acceptable to its owners, players and fans. North Carolina’s response?  Crickets. The […]

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Mass transit aid on ballot in Indy

News

By   3 months ago

By RICK SUTTON Managing Editor If you live in Indianapolis and you depend on mass transit, your life could get easier soon. Or not. On Nov. 8, you won’t be voting only for president, senator and governor.  Marion County residents will have the chance to vote on an advisory referendum to add a .25 tax […]

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Time to move Indiana forward

Politics

By   3 months ago

By DANA BLACK I have not lived anywhere else in the world, but there must be some truth to the notion that America is the greatest country on earth to live in. In America, your birth does not determine your ability to serve your community via the political system. No matter where you are from, […]

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A tale of two Nashvilles

Tag - Travel

By   3 months ago

Budget Travel by BILL MALCOLM Close to home, we have Nashville, Ind., arguably the cutest town in the Hoosier state. Just an hour or so from Indy, the shops, art galleries and restaurants make for a fun day. Nearby Brown County State Park is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or enjoying the Inn for a […]

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Some like it hot: Phoenix a bargain

Tag - Travel

By   4 months ago

Travel on a Budget By Bill Malcolm Do you like paying just $89 for a luxury hotel? Then Phoenix is perfect for a summer trip. Try the Sheraton Grande at 340 N. 3rd in downtown Phoenix, complete with rooftop pool and bar. The Arizona Center outdoor shopping mall (complete with restaurants) is across the street. […]

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Get Rocky Mountain high

Tag - Travel

By   5 months ago

Budget Travel by Bill Malcolm It’s easy to do a long weekend in Denver from Indy. Fares are reasonable and no less than three airlines offer non-stop flights (United, Frontier and Southwest). I took Southwest. My flight home was delayed 5½ hours since the equipment was diverted to Amarillo due to afternoon thunderstorms. I took […]

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Snout ‘n’ about on Bahamas’ ‘Pig Beach’

Tag - Travel

By   5 months ago

By DJ Doran In the Bahamas there is a district called Exuma made up of around 360 islands large and small, but among them one unique island in particular. Officially, the island is called Big Major Cay, but locals also have a name for it because of its unusual inhabitants – pigs. Thats right! These […]

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Escape to Wisconsin and bring your bike

Tag - Travel

By   6 months ago

Travel on a budget By Bill Malcolm Have you been to Wisconsin? Don’t miss Madison, the state’s beautiful capital city, located on an isthmus between two lakes. There’s a lot to do, including biking along Lakes Mendota and Monona, renting a canoe on Lake Wingra, and more. Don’t miss the UW Arboretum, as well as […]

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Seattle’s new light rail makes visiting a breeze

Tag - Travel

By   7 months ago

By Bill Malcolm You can’t beat Seattle for your next vacation. It’s a great city surrounded by mountains (Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympics) plus the beautiful Puget Sound.  The city has a great Pride march and celebration every June. Summers are pleasant but rarely hot. Plus it is close to Vancouver, B.C. (where […]

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Giant ship to host its first all-gay cruise

Tag - Travel

By   7 months ago

Info and photo provided by Atlantis Events To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Atlantis Events, the world’s largest gay and lesbian vacation company, its first charter of Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary 4,200-guest Anthem of the Seas megaship will sail from New York City on May 21. “Our guests have been asking us for this incredible ship […]

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Fly nonstop to San Francisco

Tag - Travel

By   8 months ago

Travel on a Budget, by Bill Malcolm I took the United Airlines once-a-day nonstop to San Francisco recently. The departure time (6 a.m.) is a tad early, but I paid only $200 which included my connecting flight to Reno. Indeed, from San Francisco you can easily connect to other West Coast cities, as well as […]

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An opportunity to help our community

Rick Sutton

By   3 months ago

By RICK SUTTON Managing Editor Next month, the Indy area gets to gather once again for the social event of the fall season: the Damien Center’s Grand Masquerade.  But are you aware of its significance? The Oct. 22 gala is certainly entertaining.  But all the fun has a serious purpose: support of Damien, one of […]

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What is good journalism, and why does it matter?

DJ Doran

By   3 months ago

By DJ DORAN Publisher/Editor-in-Chief I have now been the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Word, the largest LGBTQ newspaper in the Midwest, for over a year. Since taking over the paper, I have become increasingly uneasy about the direction I see journalism taking recently. The public depends on us as journalists to be their surrogate, holding governments, […]

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How voting doesn’t happen

Your Vote Counts

By   3 months ago

VOTING IN INDIANA Register to vote at any BMV office or most public libraries, or register online at www.IndianaVoters.com Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11 Absentee ballot: Applications available at every county election board or online at IndianaVoters. First day to vote early (Absentee): Oct. 12 * * * * * * * By RICK SUTTON […]

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Momentum of HROs in Indiana

Freedom Indiana

By   3 months ago

By CHRIS PAULSEN There’s much discussion regarding national LGBT activism.  Recently, even President Obama mandated that schools give transgender students access to activities and facilities consistent with their gender identity. But the true advances are being made locally – county by county, city by city, town by town. More than 21 Human Rights Ordinances have […]

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Time to move Indiana forward

Politics

By   3 months ago

By DANA BLACK I have not lived anywhere else in the world, but there must be some truth to the notion that America is the greatest country on earth to live in. In America, your birth does not determine your ability to serve your community via the political system. No matter where you are from, […]

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There is so much work still to do

Annette Gross

By   3 months ago

By ANNETTE GROSS A little over a year ago, I signed on to a campaign in Indiana called “PENCE MUST GO.” This was a campaign designed to counter the terrible bills and policies of Gov. Mike Pence. It was started by a local citizen, Kevin Warren, a gay man who had had enough of Pence […]

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What many accept is unacceptable

Tag - Kyle Casteel

By   3 months ago

By KYLE CASTEEL As a professional queer activist it’s part of my job to educate myself and others on difficult social issues. I want to use this month’s column to tackle one that is near to my heart and has been weighing on my mind heavily lately – the issue of rape culture. Rape culture […]

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Looking for a drier climate

Walter Beck - Cher Guevara

By   3 months ago

By WALTER BECK I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and he asked me if there were any joints for queer folks to hang out at that weren’t bars or clubs. I told him that since Out Word Bound closed back in ’09, there really isn’t any queer space I’m aware […]

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Stranger than Fiction: When Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and George Lucas hung out with me

The Eagle

By   4 weeks ago

By Karl J. Niemiec Author of “Alien Made” – proceeds from book sales benefit Indiana Youth Group (see below for novel excerpt, Chapter 7) My guess is that there not a lot of writers in Indiana who could say they hung out with the likes of these showbiz icons all by themselves for four hours, […]

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Stranger than Fiction: When the walls are hot, they are growing pot

The Eagle

By   4 weeks ago

By Karl J. Niemiec Author of “Alien Made” – proceeds from book sales benefit Indiana Youth Group (see below for novel excerpt, Chapter 6) From my 30-odd years of living in L.A., the one thing that always held true was that in every apartment building I lived in there was always at least one person […]

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Theban tragedy on 10th Street

UpDowntown

By   3 months ago

By John Lyle Belden One of the oldest stories of a strong woman standing up for what she believes is right, “Antigone,” completes Khaos Company Theatre’s presentation of The Theban Plays this Friday and Saturday at KCT’s little stage on 3125 E. 10th St., east of downtown Indianapolis. The third of Sophocles’ series that began […]

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“Ann” Fantastic

Diane Kondrat at Texas Gov. Ann Richards in "Ann" presented by Cardinal Stage Company Sept. 1-9 in downtown Bloomington, Ind.

By   3 months ago

By John Lyle Belden Once in a while we encounter a larger-than-life personality – someone we’d love to get to know better, learn her life story and maybe what makes her so awesome. If one wants to represent this person on stage in a one-woman show, this daunting task requires an equally impressive actor. Fortunately, […]

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Gala helps fund Damien Center mission

UpDowntown

By   3 months ago

By RICK SUTTON Managing Editor They call it the “Wheel of Care.” It’s a brightly-colored, slick promotional piece, which lists the Damien Center’s multiple levels of care offered to clients.  It’s also a solid snapshot of a valued community asset. The “Community Focus” handout talks about core Damien values – respect, integrity, quality and diversity. […]

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Indy Jazz Fest honors Hoosier legend

UpDowntown

By   3 months ago

By JOHN LYLE BELDEN Associate Editor The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s annual Indy Jazz Fest is 10 days of concerts, master classes and panel discussions in various locations around Indianapolis from Sept. 15 to 24. The biggest single showcase will be Wes Montgomery Tribute Day, Saturday, Sept. 17, featuring more than 100 performers on four stages […]

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Step into ‘Vonnegut’s World’ with Indianapolis Opera

UpDowntown

By   3 months ago

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Opera presents “Vonnegut’s World,” a week-long celebration of Vonnegut-themed special events leading up to the world premiere event of “Happy Birthday, Wanda June,” to be held Sept. 7-14 at various Indianapolis venues. Presented by Indy Opera in partnership with Indianapolis Art Center, Butler University, Indy FilmFest, Bluebeard Restaurant, and Indy Reads, the […]

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Savor September in Downtown Indy

UpDowntown

By   3 months ago

By Downtown Indy, Inc. Downtown Indianapolis is one of the most beautiful and clean downtowns in the nation – and not by accident. We are celebrating our Downtown with the second annual INspired Beauty, a fundraiser to benefit the Downtown Indy, Inc. Beautification Fund, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, on Monument Circle. Enjoy […]

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Relax – it’s only the meaning of life!

Health and Wellness

By   3 months ago

By RON BLAKE It comes up often when people are analyzing their overall health and well-being: What is the meaning of life? I answered that question back when I was eight years old – and that answer still applies today. You don’t need to impress some PhD’s at those Ivy-League schools with your response to […]

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Eye of the beholder

Pecs and the City

By   3 months ago

By MATT PONDER Beautiful. What does that word make you think of? Or, more to the point, what kind of person do you think of? It seems that the world belongs to the beautiful ones who merely have to smile while the common folk bow at their feet. But just how powerful is beauty? In […]

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A tale of two Nashvilles

Tag - Travel

By   3 months ago

Budget Travel by BILL MALCOLM Close to home, we have Nashville, Ind., arguably the cutest town in the Hoosier state. Just an hour or so from Indy, the shops, art galleries and restaurants make for a fun day. Nearby Brown County State Park is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or enjoying the Inn for a […]

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Light in the dark

Pecs and the City

By   4 months ago

By Matt Ponder I’ve been writing this column since 2008 and I’ve never missed an issue. Then, on the cusp of my deadline for last month, 49 people were murdered inside of Pulse in Orlando – and I had written a column called, “The Death Of The Gay Bar.” Needless to say, the title was […]

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Choices: Bricks in the paths of our lives

Chas Navarra

By   4 months ago

A good reason for looking back is to assess how far one has come. A thoughtful look to the past may also inform us where we might next travel. I learned long ago the choices we make create the pathways of our lives. This is my story about choices made and the amazing journey for […]

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Simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’ health

Health and Wellness

By   4 months ago

By Ron Blake The house stopped spinning and there was a thud. Everything was quiet and then she opened the door, with her little dog, too. There it all was beautifully laid out in front of her – and in color. Say goodbye to that insipid black and white, Dorothy! Life is full of amazing […]

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Some like it hot: Phoenix a bargain

Tag - Travel

By   4 months ago

Travel on a Budget By Bill Malcolm Do you like paying just $89 for a luxury hotel? Then Phoenix is perfect for a summer trip. Try the Sheraton Grande at 340 N. 3rd in downtown Phoenix, complete with rooftop pool and bar. The Arizona Center outdoor shopping mall (complete with restaurants) is across the street. […]

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Where are your healthy priorities?

Health and Wellness

By   5 months ago

By Ron Blake Your father is in the hospital in serious condition after his car accident on the freeway. The car flipped three times and he has three broken ribs, numerous cuts and bruises, and a broken leg. Your family and friends gather by his bedside and give him their love and support. You find […]

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