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Volume 15/Issue 13


Ambush Joins PlanetOut

Ambush Mag 2000 and AMBUSHonLINE joined the "#1 Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Trans Internet Site," PlanetOut , as its exclusive Louisiana partner. Ambush readers will be privy to the latest news and events courtesy of NewsPlanet, PlanetOut's daily news service. Unlike many news services on the market today, NewsPlanet provides an insight into the entire glbt world around the globe.

You can find PlanetOut at AMBUSHonLINE's highly successful premiere banner location, The A List @www.gayamerica.com/alist/.

At PlanetOut you can, "have a drink with Dykes to Watch Out For, get shipwrecked on Fantasyman Island; celebrate Pride around the world, and discover communities for everyone under the sun. Reward yourself. Land on PlanetOut today!"

Pageant Season Moves Into High Gear

Pageants and contests are on the horizon throughout Louisiana, while here in New Orleans the hit smash musical comedy, Pageant , fills the Contemporary Arts Center Thursdays-Sundays. It has been so successful that its run has been extended to July 20th. Each night a different panel of judges chosen from the audience, chooses the winner. Miss Great Plains Russell Hodgkinson has won the most times. Miss Deep South Brooks Braselman was our favorite and he won the night we viewed the play. However, we cannot forget Miss Texas Steve Sherman who gave new meaning on how to lose graciously as 1st runner-up.

PageantErica Schwarz [2nd from right], Miss Louisiana & Miss America '96 - 1st Runner-up, celebrates PAGEANT's hold-over announcement at the CAC with Miss Bible Belt, Miss Deep South & Miss Texas

A special salute to Taylor Stevens, recently crowned Miss Gay Lafayette America at Images. Taylor has been one of our favorite Lafayette stars and she will represent her city at the Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant in September. Bravo!

Friday, June 27th, 11:30pm, brings the Miss Lakeshore America Pageant to Crystal's in Lake Charles. Judged in Evening Gown, Talent and On Stage Question, the pageant is an official preliminary to Miss Gay Louisiana America. Call 318.433.5457 for details.

On July 18th, Baton Rouge's own Traditions will host the Miss Capitol City Pageant at 9pm. Categories of competition include Creative Fashion, Talent and Evening Wear. Miss Gay Louisiana America Carrione Sinclair is special guest star. Reigning Miss Capitol City Christine King will also be on hand for the festivities. An official preliminary to Miss Gay Louisiana America, info is available from emcees Trixxie or Tyson at 504.926.9035 or 504.344.9291.

August 6th brings the Miss Gay New Orleans America Pageant to Oz. The reigning Queen Jessica Daniels will give up her crown at this official preliminary to Miss Gay Louisiana America. See an Oz manager for details.

Make preparations now for the coveted Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant Sept. 5th, 6th and 7th. Hosted at the huge Images complex in Lafayette, this pageant is an official preliminary to Miss Gay America. A preliminary win is required to qualify. This is the first time in recent years that the pageant does not fall on Southern Decadence weekend, so many more pageant goers should be in attendance.

6th High Heel Pool Tourney Kicks Off

The 6th Annual Charity High Heel Pool Tournament began June 18th. Last years event brought in over $6,700 bringing the total to over $22,000 for the past 5 years.

Ambush Mag 2000 has been the exclusive media sponsor since the beginning donating $500 cash each year as well as advertising space. Miller Lite has also signed on to sponsor the '97 event.

This year their are 2 leagues with 4 teams each playing at 2 different bars every Wednesday through August 13th at 7pm. The Triangle League includes Angles playing for Food For Friends, Another Corner playing for Belle Reve, Footloose playing for AIDS Hotline, and The Friendly Bar playing for Buzzy's Boys and Girls.

The Rainbow League includes Big Daddy's playing for University Hospital Hospice, Copper Top playing for Project Lazarus, 4 Seasons playing for Childrens Hospital Pediatrics AIDS Ward , and X-is playing for the Lesbian & Gay Community Center.

Team players are required to wear regulation high heel pumps during tourney play. This makes for a hilarious evening of fun while raising money through player fees and raffles throughout the evening.

Check bar ads for the next tourney night at your favorite club. June 25th you can visit either Footloose or X-is, while July 2nd brings tourney play to the Friendly Bar and the Copper Top.

The finals are August 24th, 5pm, at Body & Soul in the Marigny. Total funds raised are split as follows 1st place-20%, 2nd & 3rd places -15%, while 4th-8th places get 10%.

Sweet Revenge Brings Down X-is

The ever popular Sweet Revenge brought down the house at X-is in a benefit concert for the Food For Friends Food Pantry.

"We were really excited to bring in the band, as we knew they would appeal to an array of tastes, as our clientele is made up of a wide range of people," said Steve Williamson, X-is' new managing partner. "We were also glad to be able to make it a benefit for the food bank. It gives the people on our side of the river a chance to go out and have a good time, and also make a contribution to a worthy cause. Thom, the director of the food bank, was happy with the night, leaving with a trunk full of goods for the pantry."

X-is is now the Westbank Drop Off Point for Food For Friends, allowing Westbankers who would like to help the program do so more often. Your first drink is on the house when you bring 3 items from the "most wanted" list posted at the bar during happy hour through June, July and August.

MD Bar Run Takes in 10, Misses 6

The bar run celebrating Ambush's own Marsha D's 44th birthday was a smash. The festivities began on the Rampart Strip at Footloose where bartender Patrick was kept busy slinging cocktails for some 24 guests. The private shuttle arrived at 6:30 sharp and it was party time!

First stop was Cosimo's for a visit with Mickey Gil, then it was off to see Chester at the Golden Lantern, Brian at the Mint, J.J. at MRB, Southern Decadence Grand Marshal Wayne White at Lafitte's, Joel at the Roundup, Brian at the Corner Pocket and Shane at Mother Bob's.

Too much champagne cut the run in half missing TT's, Wolfendale's, Copper Top, Rubyfruit Jungle, Bourbon Pub/Parade and Oz.

It was an evening with Mother Bob, Toni Pizanie, Mac, Reba Douglas, Peter and Hoyle, Jay and Michael, George & Mickey, Randy and James, Sonny and Donny, Lisa Beaumann, Lisa Ducre, Tommy Elias and more.

Get The Whole Paper Every Time

We are proud to put out and mail the entire issue of AMBUSH Mag 2000 every time it is published. Perhaps that is why we lead the Louisiana glbt market by surpassing any competition with 10-25 more pages in advertisers per edition.

It amazed us last week when a letter from a local publisher was made available to us. The publisher of this paper touted that he had "worked hard" to make his main section "free of images that may offend anyone." This publisher further could mail his paper with "first class postage..., ...without" his center section for about "$1.01." Apparently, this publisher believes his center section is full of "images that may offend."

At Ambush, we have always been proud of our entire paper. Every Ambush advertiser is important to us and we want them to get the most for their advertising dollars. We have always and always will include our entire publication, both the main section and center Expose' section, at every distribution point and via the mail.

In good conscience we could not closet or ban segments of our community to a section of the paper that would not be available to all of our readers. After all, we are publishing a tabloid for the entire glbt community. We will not have mainstream society dictate to us what is acceptable.

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