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THECONTENTS

ON THE COVER

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AND FEATURE PHOTO BY

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FEATURES

16 A CRISIS OF HATE

A TREND IN RISING VIOLENCE

22 IT’S RAINING BEARS

INTERNATIONAL BEAR CONVERGENCE

24 LOVE ACTUALLY

LOVE STORY GOES VIRAL

26 PICTURE PERFECT

MATT “BEARRACUDA” CONSOLA AND CHRISTEENE

28 CHAMPION OF SISTERHOOD

THE DINAH WELCOMES MADAME GANDHI

30 LIFE IS A HIGHWAY

EASTSIDERS’ KIT WILLIAMSON AND JOHN HALBACH

34 OPENLY BOB

COMEDIAN BOB SMITH, RIP

38 SEXUAL HEALING

BAD DRAGON’S DEREK YOUNG

40 WE ARE ALL ONE

REVEREND JESSE BRUNE-HORAN

43 ADVANCING SOCIAL CHANGE

THE ONE ARCHIVES FOUNDATION

DEPARTMENTS

09 THE LETTERS READERS RESPOND

10 THE TALK ADAM RIPPON

12 THE STATE NEW ATTACK

14 THE CITY VICCKY GUTIERREZ, RIP

18 THE ROSTOW REPORT FAMILY VALUES

21 THE TRANSACTION THE OSCARS

36 THE SHARE LOCAL RECOVERY

41 THE EPIDEMIC NEW TEST

42 THE ART LOCAL ARTISTS

44 THE EVENT OUT & ABOUT

48 THE CALENDAR THINGS TO DO

50 THE FINAL FIGHT LAST WORD

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THEEDITOR

A new survey commissioned by the

LGBT media-advocacy group GLAAD

and conducted by The Harris Poll

found that fewer non-LGBT adults

reported being comfortable with their

LGBT peers than in previous years,

reports The Daily Beast.

This marks the first time in the

four-year history of the “Accelerating

Acceptance” report that GLAAD

has witnessed a decline in LGBT

acceptance.

“This year, the acceptance pendulum

abruptly stopped and swung

in the opposite direction,” GLAAD

President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis

wrote in the 2018 report, noting the

sharp contrast between this year’s results

and the last three years of watching

Americans report being “more

comfortable with LGBTQ people and

more supportive of LGBTQ issues.”

The annual GLAAD survey asks non-

LGBT Americans to describe how comfortable

they are in several scenarios

involving LGBT people, like learning that

a doctor is LGBT, witnessing a same-sex

couple holding hands, or worshipping

alongside an LGBT person at church.

This year’s version, conducted in

November 2017, found “a decline

with people’s comfort year-overyear,”

not just in a few of the scenarios,

but “in every LGBTQ situation.”

“This change can be seen as a

dangerous repercussion in the tenor

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Fax: (213) 281-9648. Letters may be shortened due to space requirements.

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THEROSTOWREPORT

BYE BYE

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I can’t stand listening to

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scream with me once or

twice before we get started

here? (She’s on TV with the

sound off as I write to you.)

And what’s with the weird

eye shadow? That’s how we

applied our makeup for prom

night when we were fifteen.

Okay then. As another year

begins, so does another set of

legislative sessions around the

country. Usually we suck it up

and gird ourselves for battle

once January rolls around,

but it looks as if right wing

lawmakers might be a little

less aggressive this year. As

the Gray Lady put it in a recent

headline: “Wary, Weary Or

Both, Southern Lawmakers

Tone Down Culture Wars.”

Of the 1,300 bills already

introduced in Virginia’s new

legislature, for example, you

won’t find a bathroom bill or a

religious freedom measure.

One reason for the trend

is political. Obviously, Virginia

just became a lot more blue

last November, and other

places in the country are moving

in the same direction.

Then there’s the “weary”

part of the picture; many of

these GOP legislatures have

trotted out divisive proposals

to no avail year after year and

everyone is getting tired of it.

Next, there’s the business

aspect. Fortune 500 corporations

have been some of the

unsung heroes in the fight for

GLBT civil rights. From signing

on to Friend of the Court briefs

in major cases, to lobbying

state and federal government,

the vast majority of America’s

top businesses have advocated

for equal treatment and

fought discrimination for years.

Look at the competition for

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to think twice about their

states’ antigay reputations.

(Sidebar: The High Court decided

not to accept review of

Mississippi’s antigay religious

“freedom” law, most likely

due to the fact that no one has

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health.

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Kit Williamson’s acclaimed LGBT

series EastSiders has returned for

a six-episode third season after

two Daytime Emmy nominations

and overwhelming crowdfunding support,

with special guest stars including

Constance Wu, Wilson Cruz, Stephen

Guarino, Traci Lords, and Willam Belli.

Following the cross-country misadventures

of Cal (Williamson) and Thom

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season is available worldwide from Wolfe

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Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes,

WolfeOnDemand.com and more.

In an interview with THE FIGHT

Williamson and his husband, Eastsiders’

co-star John Halbach talk about working

together and being in a relationship, spending

time on the road and sexual health.

Looking back over the past 5 years—since

the beginning of “EastSiders”—what moments

stand out for you in particular?

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VAN HANSIS (L),

KIT WILLIAMSON,

EASTSIDERS

Kit Williamson: Getting picked up for

DVD distribution by Wolfe Video, raising

$153,000 in our second Kickstarter

campaign and having season 2 came out

on Netflix all definitely stick out as highs.

There have been so many times when

people took a chance on us and helped the

show move to the next level. Conversely,

there have been a lot of times when people

did not honor their word and endangered

the show—on our budget level there’s

not a large margin of error, and we’ve had

some close call moments with crew members

and post-production vendors.

John Halbach: The highest points

have definitely been both times the show

has come to Netflix, most recently with

Season 3 debuting there on January 1st

of this year. It’s such a huge platform and

people are willing to try watching something

new there. Netflix doesn’t release

viewership numbers, but based upon

social media engagement we can tell that

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