Volume 21/Issue 12/2003
by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
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Gulf South Readership Votes Their GAA Favorites
The Gulf South readership, Texas through Florida, of Ambush Mag voted for their favorites in 19 award categories for the 16th Annual Gay Appreciation Awards.
The Official Gay Appreciation Awards Public Voting Ballot appeared on-line at archive.ambushmag.com/GAA and in the last issue of Ambush. Official voting ballots were accepted from June 3-10. Only one on-line ballot per e-mail address and one print ballot per person were valid.
This year's voters hailed from Mobile, AL; Pensacola, FL, Metairie and New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Austin, Dallas and Houston, TX.
The awards thanks those in the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender community who are many times not recognized for the outstanding services and efforts they perform. These individuals and businesses have made the GLBT community into the viable, successful and powerful community it is today across the Gulf South.
French Quarter personality Marcy Marcell founded the Gay Appreciation Awards [GAA] in 1987. Marcell turned over the reigns of the GAA in 1997 to Ambush.
The award category winners, those receiving the most public votes, will be announced at the 16th Gay Appreciation Awards Gala at Body & Soul, 2300 Chartres at Marigny St.'s, New Orleans, Sun., July 13, $10 cover. Beginning at 8pm sharp, doors will open at 7pm. All proceeds from the event will benefit the William Fanning Foundation, better known as Buzzy's Boys & Girls. VIP Tables of 4 at $100 each are available. Please contact Rip Naquin-Delain to reserve your table, 504.522.8049, or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Top 5 Finalist in each category include:
Circuit Party/Event of the Year: Abracadabra/Pensacola, Halloween/New Orleans, Meltdown/Austin, Memorial Day Weekend/Pensacola, Night of the Black Mask/New Orleans
Hair Salon of the Year: Arthur's House of Glamour, As You Like It, Eclipse, Hair Asylum, Headquarters /all New Orleans
Newcomer of the Year: Coca/New Orleans, Lauren Brown/New Orleans, Tianna Trinity/Austin, Princesse Stephaney/New Orleans, Kabrina Watson/New Orleans
Neighborhood Bar of the Year: Chet's, Corner Pocket, Cowpokes, Le Roundup, Phoenix /all New Orleans
Buzzy Fanning AIDS Award: Austin Babtist Women/Austin, Donnie Jay & Slutpuppies/New Orleans, NO/AIDS Task Force, Wally Sherwood/New Orleans, James Swire/New Orleans
Bitch of the Year: Carl Meyer, George Simons, Princesse Stephaney, Bianca Del Rio, Billy Warr /all New Orleans/Metairie
Show Bar of the Year: Big Daddy's/New Orleans, Cowpokes/New Orleans, Forum/Austin, Golden Lantern/New Orleans, Oz/New Orleans
Performing Arts Award: Capital City Men's Chorus/Austin, Chicago-Oz/New Orleans, Drama/New Orleans, Naughty Austin Productions/Austin, Slutpuppy Revue/New Orleans
Restaurant/Deli of the Year: Bywater Bar.B.Que/Lorenzo's, Clover Grill, La Peniche, Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli, Quarter Scene /all New Orleans
Dance Bar of the Year: Cowpokes/New Orleans, Forum/Austin, Oilcan Harry's/Austin, Oz/New Orleans, Parade/New Orleans
Bartender of the Year: Allen Jones/Oz, Marty Rawlins/Phoenix, Rex Romans/Cowpokes, Marcus Savoie/Le Roundup, Chris St. Pierre/Oz /all New Orleans
DJ of the Year: Tony Beverage/Phoenix, Chris Haydel/Cowpokes, Mary Pappas/Oz, Tim Pflueger/Oz, Filthy Rich/Austin
Leather Bar of the Year: B-Bobs/Mobile, Chain Drive/Austin, Cowpokes/New Orleans, Phoenix/New Orleans, Rawhide/New Orleans
GLBT Business of the Year: Graham Studio One/New Orleans, Midtowne Spa/Austin, Place Pigalle/New Orleans, Post Mark New Orleans, Queen Fashions/New Orleans-Metairie
Leather Person of the Year: Joe Beach/Austin, the late Chuck Lance/New Orleans, Princesse Stephanie/New Orleans, Rusty Tennant/New Orleans, Wally Sherwood/New Orleans
Transgender of the Year: Delicious/New Orleans, Stephanie Lee/New Orleans, Satine/Austin, Regina Tickle/New Orleans, Tonisha "TT" Thompson/New Orleans
Lesbian of the Year: Kim Ficaro, Red Hanson, Mina Hernandez, Dolly Narhi, Mary Pappas /all New Orleans
Gay Man of the Year: Michael Elias, Glen Fonte, Carl Ford, Jamie Temple, Noel Twilbeck /all New Orleans
Entertainer of the Year: Austin Babtist Women/Austin, Coca/New Orleans, Donnie Jay/New Orleans, Bianca Del Rio/New Orleans, Taylor Trinity/Austin
In addition to the various public voting awards, the Board will present the Liftime Achievement Award, the Cheridon Comedy Award in memory of the late Sonny C. Cleveland, and the Fly Fashion Awards in memory of Ms. Fly including the Fashion Glamour and the Fashion Victim. The Marsha Delain Award of Excellence (the Drag Ambassador Award) will be presented by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain.
The GAA Board will announce the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in the next edition of Ambush. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jimmie Callaway, the late Dan Fountain [Betty Buttons], the late Andy Boudreaux, the late Buzzy Fanning, the late Dirty Dottie, Miss Fury, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, the late Dan Romero, the late Miss Do, Louise McFarland, Dixie Fasnacht, Alice Brady and John Dodt, Gene Adams, Charlene Schneider and Steve Mettner.
Due to the generosity of corporate sponsor, Ambush Mag, all monies generated through door admissions and VIP table sales will benefit the evening’s charity, Buzzy's Boys & Girls Additionally, all stage performance tips will go to the charity. The five show bar of the year finalists are invited to perform a production presentation. The last Entertainer of the Year winner Austin Babtist Women are also slated to perform, as well as GAA Founder Marcy Marcell.
King Cake Queen IX Lisa Beaumann and King Cake Queen X Teryl-Lynn Foxx are scheduled to emcee the affair.
The GAA Board of Directors includes Lisa Beaumann, Lance Ford, Teryl-Lynn Foxx, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain and Toni J.P. Pizanie.
Ambush is proud to sponsor the Gay Appreciation Awards each year. For more info, visit archive.ambushmag.com/GAA.
Center Receives $5,000 Grant for Youth Services
The Lesbian & Gay Community Center of New Orleans received a $5,000 grant for a youth and health program from the Physician Assistant Foundation.
The award, from the Foundation, was through the Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
The new program is designed to:
* raise awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth about health issues of special concern to them;
* promote Center youth programs, LGBTQ friendly providers, and other youth services to LGBTQ youth in the Greater New Orleans area; and
* provide opportunities for LGBTQ youth to connect to the community.
The program will utilize the concepts of peer education and the diffusion of information to raise awareness among New Orleans area LGBTQ youth about special health concerns, LGBT friendly health care providers, and available services and programs.
The program is based on the Popular Opinion Leader (POL) model developed by Jeffrey Kelley to effect behavior change among gay men. In this model, a group of individuals, who are seen as leaders or "trendsetters," are trained to integrate information into their day-to-day conversations with friends about the targeted health behavior and to endorse the changes needed to effect behavior change. The model will be modified to target health promotion in general and expanded to include not only face-to-face interactions but also internet chat rooms which are a popular venue for LGBTQ youth.
Currently, the Center offers programs for youth including the Youth Group, a peer-led group, that meets every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, a coming out support group, and Out and About (alternative to the bar activities for various ages).
For more information about the Center, the youth program or the grant, call the Center at 504.945.1103.
Sundance Channel Continues Gay Pride Features in June
As part of its annual Out Loud celebration of Gay Pride month in June, Sundance Channel will present Out Loud: Gay Love Under Fire a special collection of films about gay, lesbian and transgender people facing a hostile, and sometimes life-threatening, cultural climate. The series will air within the overall Out Loud FilmFest, featuring gay and lesbian cinema every day in June.
"Out Loud: Gay Love under Fire" presents four more narrative and documentary features, which will air as Saturday night double features through June 28. "Out Loud: Gay Love Under Fire" presents five critically acclaimed films for the first time on American television.
The remaining lineup for "Out Loud: Gay Love Under Fire" is as follows:
Sat., June 21:
The Brandon Teena Story – Directed by Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir. A riveting documentary portrait of Brandon Teena, the real-life subject of Boys Don’t Cry. Made a year before Kimberly Pierce’s dramatic film, this award-winning documentary presents an affecting account of Teena’s brief life and the tragic circumstances that led to his 1993 murder in rural Nebraska. Airs at 8:30pm.
Fire (U.S. Television Premiere) – Directed by Deepa Mehta. At once juicy and judicious, this romantic drama tells the story of two married, middle-class Indian women who defy cultural mores when they fall love. Shortly after entering into an arranged marriage, young Sita (Nandita Das) realizes that her husband has no interest in her and would rather be with his longtime girlfriend. Now living with her husband’s family, Sita strikes up a friendship with her sister-in-law Radha (Shabana Azmi), who has been wedged into the role of dutiful wife in a sexless marriage. As they grow closer, Sita and Radha discover a passion that is downright liberating. Premieres at 10:00pm.
Sat., June 28:
Herr Schmidt and Herr Friedrich (U.S. Television Premiere) – Directed by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken. They seem like a perfectly ordinary middle-aged gay couple living in a German suburb. Kurt "Kuddel" Schmidt is the more extroverted of the two, an affable man who freely discusses their routines, pleasures and concerns. Wilfried Friedrich is the organizer, meticulously maintaining the couple’s prize collection of LPs,45s, and other items. But as Kurt and Wilfried look back on their long marriage, it becomes clear that they are quite remarkable indeed. When they met in 1976, the Berlin Wall stood between them – Kurt lived in the West and Wilfried in the East – and their courtship unfolded under the watchful eye of the East German secret police. Airs 8:45pm.
Princesa (U.S. Television Premiere) – Directed by Henrique Goldman. Based on a true story, Princesa follows the emotional journey of a beautiful young Brazilian transsexual who dreams of living as a "normal" woman. To earn money for a sex-change operation, Fernanda (Ingrid de Souza) moves to Milan and begins working as a prostitute, dubbing herself "Princesa." When the handsome lawyer Gianni (Cesare Bocci) falls in love with her, it looks as though Princesa is on her way to a fairy-tale ending. Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Foreign Narrative Feature at the 2001 L.A. Outfest. Premieres 10pm.
All Times Listed are Eastern/Pacific.
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc., and Universal Studios. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Sundance Channel’s website address is www.sundancechannel.com.
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