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Volume 15/Issue 14


A new project to be unveiled at the 1997 NO/AIDS WALK on September 14 will be a remembrance panel display titled "Immortelles," French for everlasting.

Interested individuals may send mementos of their loved ones to be displayed on the panel. Any form of remembrance will be accepted, for example: photos, poetry, small knickknacks, or personal effects. However, since they will be a permanent part of this display, they cannot be returned. Please limit entries to no larger than 5 inches by 7 inches. Two dimensional objects are also acceptable.

The display will consist of 5 panels, approximately 4 feet by 9 feet. The center panel will be topped by a gilded ribbon, which is the universal symbol of caring. The display will also be adorned with a set of wings to symbolize the continuation of life and freedom from suffering and stereotypes. Immortelles were memorial wreaths popular in New Orleans prior to the mid-nineteenth century, sealed in zinc and copper for weatherproofing. They carried inscriptions and were painted in bright shades of blue and green. Immortelles were often imported from France and executed by local artists.

The NO/AIDS WALK supports services to HIV/AIDS affected and infected individuals throughout the state of Louisiana. Since 1990, the WALK has raised nearly $1.5 million and distributed nearly $300,000 back to community based organizations statewide. The deadline for entries is August 1. For more information, call Laura Svec at 586.WALK (9255).

"The Living Room" Benefit At Rubyfruit Jungle

All proceeds from the 8 pm, July 13 performance at Rubyfruit Jungle will benefit "The Living Room," a day center for HIV+ clientele which is sponsored by Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church, 1128 St.Roch Ave. "The Living Room" is also funded through community donations as well as by the Ryan White Fund. The $5 cover will include free food and a performance you won't want to miss!

PFLAG To Receive Award

Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) has been named the recipient of the 1997 Human Rights Award presented by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC). The announcement was made this week by the Rev. Troy D. Perry, founder and moderator of UFMCC.

The international award will be presented July 20 in Sydney, Australia during opening ceremonies of UFMCC's General Conference XVII. UFMCC's Human Rights Award is presented biennially to organizations and individuals who have furthered the cause of social and political justice.

Previous recipients of UFMCC's Human Rights Award include Amnesty International and the International Lesbian and Gay Association. Nancy McDonald, president of the board of directors of PFLAG, will accept the award in Sydney. A mother and grandmother, McDonald is a long-time community activist and educator who envisions "a time in which all children are treated equally, and all people can respect each other's differences."

"This will be the first of UFMCC's biennial General Conferences to be held outside of North America, and "reflects our growing commitment as a truly international community of faith," said the Rev. Troy D. Perry, founder and moderator of the denomination. UFMCC is composed of more than 300 local congregations in 19 countries. With a combined budget in excess of $10 million, the UFMCC churches comprise the largest predominantly gay oganization in the world.

The international theme of UFMCC's General Conference XVIII is taken from the words of Christ, "You are the light of the world." Extensive information on this year's conference is available through UFMCC's website at

Cinema Home Video Launches
Discount Gay Movie Web Site

Video collectors seeking rare and unusual gay-themed entertainment will now have a new outlet to purchase from, and at discount prices. Hollywood, California-based Cinema Home Video, Inc. is a gay-owned mail-order business specializing in low-priced videos-from 1960's nostalgia to the works of the current crop of award-winning independent gay filmmakers and everything in-between. Prices start at just $10 for popular feature-length movies.

Cinema Home Video has been offering fast, discreet service since 1986 with 24-hour ordering via phone, fax or e-mail and has recently expanded their operations on the Internet to include a home on the World Wide Web. Ordering is fast and easy (most orders are shipped within 48 hours) and CHV accepts all major credit cards, personal checks and money orders.

The vast CHV library includes such popular gay titles as Parting Glances and the sexy Midnight Dancers, powerful documentaries from ABC News' Nightline, avant-garde works from filmmakers as diverse as Gregg Araki (Totally F***ed Up) and Bruce La Bruce (No Skin Off My Ass), foreign films from the likes of Pasolini (Salo: 120 Days Of Sodom) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Querelle), and erotic oddities from the past such as The Meatrack, Song Of The Loon and Rock Hudson's Home Movies.

To be added to the Cinema Home video mailing list: 7095 Hollywood Blvd. #710, Hollywood, CA 90028-8903 USA; phone: 818.754.1549; fax: 818.980.9173; or e-mail: For more information, visit CHV on the Web at

'98 Mr. & Ms. Louisiana Leather Contest

The Lords of Leather, Inc. are proud to announce their annual presentation of the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest to be held in the State Palace Theater (1108 Canal Street) on Saturday, August 30, 1997 during Southern Decadence Weekend (Labor Day Weekend). The production will also include a new segment-the Ms. Louisiana Leather Contest. The doors of the contest will open at 7 pm. and the contests will start at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 at the door and $15 in advance from any member of The Lords of Leather or from the following locations: Phoenix Bar, Second Skin Leather, Gargoyles Leather, and New Orleans Gay-Mart. There will be free shuttle bus service between the Phoenix Bar (corner of Elysian Fields Ave. and N. Rampart St.) and the contest site starting at 6:30 pm and running continuously until midnight.

A Meet The Judges and Contestants Beer Bust will be held at the Phoenix Bar on Friday, August 29, 1997 starting at 9 pm. Currently the judges and celebrities include the current International Mr. Leather for 1997, Kevin Cwayna from Minnesota; the first runner up, Mark Malan from Long Beach, California; as well as Larry Everett, International Mr. Leather 1995; the current International Ms. Leather; Scott Noxin, the owner of the Pittsburgh Eagle Bar; the current Mr. Louisiana Leather 1997, Melvin Knight; former Mr. Louisiana Leather, John Taylor; and Mr. Leather British Columbia. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Frank Norwicke.

Anyone interested in being a contestant or for any other information can call 1-888-859-6314; or email either or; or check our web page at

The winner of the Mr. Louisiana Leather 1998 Contest will receive a sash, medal, and cash as well as round trip air fare and hotel accommodations to the 1998 International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago next Memorial Day weekend and the winner of the Ms. Louisiana Leather 1998 Contest will also receive a sash, medal, cash, and round trip air fare and hotel accommodations to the 1998 International Ms. Leather Contest. First and second runner up contestants in both contests will also receive medals and cash. In total, nearly three thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded. Also, Bruce at Omega Travel (1.800.969.6634) is available to help anyone with air and hotel reservations concerning this year's Mr. and Ms. Louisiana Leather Contest. Over seven hundred persons attended last year and we hope for even more. Hope to see you there!

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