Queer Indianapolis – SDGLN

Author: , November 18th, 2018

Queer Indianapolis - SDGLN

Joey Amato is the publisher of Pride Journeys, a website dedicated to LGBT travel. Joey has spent over a decade in LGBT media and public relations and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Indianapolis has always felt like a second home to me. I used to publish a gay magazine there called UNITE a few years ago, so I was frequently visiting the city. This time, I wanted to experience things that I may not have had the chance to see on previous visits.

One event of major interest was the Lambda Legal Indiana Benefit gala which took place at the Indy Public Library, a stunning building located in the heart of the city. The Indiana Benefit was conceived in 1999 by a group of visionary individuals seeking to advance the civil rights of LGBT people and those living with HIV, in Indiana. That vision and dedication to Lambda Legal’s mission and work in Indiana have yielded some of the most important and strategic legal victories our community has experienced in the past decade, including the freedom to marry.

In 2017, it was an Indiana case that won a federal court victory affirming that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. This year, the benefit honored philanthropists Neil Bagadiong and Kevin Warren, the Indy power couple who was instrumental in the Pence Must Go campaign that was enacted during Mike Pence’s final term as Governor of the state.

By Joey Amato – Full Story at SDGLN

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Amazing Indianapolis, Part Three

Author: , March 14th, 2016

Indianapolis

Most cities have several things going for them and we have been to more than 50 of the largest cities in the country. Some have beautiful mountains or beaches or lakes and rivers and historical sights. Some have fabulous shopping, Broadway shows, museums and galleries and Gay meccas within the city. For over 15 years since we have been writing our national travel columns we were more impressed with Indianapolis than anyplace.

Sure, we LOVE San Francisco and Palm Springs and Ft. Lauderdale and NYC and Chicago and smaller towns such as Ogunquit, Maine and Boothbay Harbor and Flagstaff, Arizona and the dozens and dozens of cities and towns where we have visited. We thought Indianapolis was just very special!

indy gregsNaturally it all starts off with ‘people’ and Indianapolis has plenty of VERY interesting people to meet. Our very favorite Gay bar in the city was GREGS, 231 East 16th St., http://www.gregsindiana.com/. It is a huge bar however it is divided into about 4 bar areas which makes it perfect as you can walk from one section to another and each has a different theme.

This is what a GAY bar should be all about. Too bad more Gay bars cannot figure this out. Guess that is why the have been in business since 1980 and they are packed all the time. Their bartenders and staff are extremely friendly. This is THE bar to go to in Indianapolis!

Patrons are extremely friendly at this bar and people will just come up and start talking with you. Owner Phil has done a wonderful job with this bar. No trip to Indianapolis would be complete without going to this bar and meeting people and they have all ages of people there. Actually it is the friendliest bar that we have been to in years!

A couple of others bars where we had some fun were Talbott Street Bar at 2145 North Talbott Street and TIni Bar, 717 Massachusetts and for those who are into Leather and Bears, there is the 501 Eagle at 501 North College. Several other bars were not so hot and seemed to have bad ownership and or management

PRIDE INDY is one of the finest organizations in the country www.indypride.org and has been going for many years. Their Indy Pride Bag Ladies are now in their 34th year and they do an amazing fund raising for many local organizations. We were very fortunate to be able to attend one of their fund raising shows at the Talbott St. Bar when we were there and they are fabulously wonderful!The Gay community in Indianapolis is alive and well and doing tremendous work for the entire LGBT community. We have visited cites from coast to coast and have never found any city where the LGBT community works so well with each other. The young, middle age and mature Gay community works GREAT together.

freddy threeWe were extremely fortunate to be able to meet one of the finest auto drag racers in the country, Freddy Niblack who has raced all over the world. He is the first OUT national auto drag racer and hopefully we will be seeing him in the INDY 500 soon. He has a wonderful personality and we know that he has a big future ahead of him. He races coast to coast so if there is a drag race near you, be sure and go to support him. His car number is 22!

We really are missing Indianapolis and the wonderful time that we had there. Indianapolis is just a MUST for any gay person to visit. Go!

Indy race car driver gayWe want to thank Kevin and Neil at the “Pence Must Go” Estate who just happen to be the “LGBT Power couple” of Indianapolis, Mark Lee, editor of THE WORD which is the LGBT publication for the entire Midwest, Candi Cain, Alex VanGorp, Ben Solomon and John Herbst.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-Winning, Celebrity Travel Columnists. Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Amazing Indianapolis Part Two

Author: , February 20th, 2016

As we mentioned in our Part One of our adventures in Indianapolis, we were totally surprised and amazed how absolutely wonderful Indianapolis was and is! The people, the Mayor, the restaurants, the downtown that is full of life!, the live theatre, nightclubs and bars and it is just a very special city in so many ways.

Indianapolis, Indiana

The historical aspects of the city go way back to the early 1800’s. It is the largest city in Indiana, second largest city in the American Midwest and the 14th largest in the country The downtown’s main attraction is Monument Circle with shops and restaurants located on the streets around it and the famous Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the center which was built in the late 1890’s.

We saw a live production of SKYLIGHT at the Theatre On The Square, www.tots.org starring Sarah McGee, Tyler Ostrander and Bill Simmons. We saw it on Broadway in New York City and this production was performed as perfect as on Broadway.

Don and RayThe Cabaret, http://www.thecabaret.org/ at the Columbus Club, http://columbia-club.org/ is the premiere private city club in the city and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown on Monument Circle and was established in 1889. Broadway star, Joshua Henry had a one night sold out performance that we were thrilled to be a part of. His range of songs went from A to Z and the entire audience really appreciated him.

The Indiana Historical Society is one of the country’s oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as “Indiana’s Storyteller”. John A. Herbst is the President and C.E. O. and has done such a fantastic job. There is something here for everyone. They also have a Cole Porter Room with memorabilia plus a live performer who sings the music of Cole Porter.

Donald and RayThey have many ‘hands on’ exhibits. This is one place that you do not want to miss! In addition they have a great Cafe located on the lower level that has the 2nd best Monte Cristo sandwiche that we have ever had coast to coast. They also have a wonderful Indiana LGBT Collective Initiative. Check out their website at: http://www.indianahistory.org/ This is a place where one could spend hours and hours and still not see everything. Thanks to John A. Herbst, this has become the ‘Crown Jewel’ in Indianapolis.

For those who into sports, the city has the Indianapolis Colts national football team, the Indianapolis Pacers basketball team, They also have baseball, hockey, soccer and rugby. And of course the granddaddy of them all, NASCAR, http://www.nascar.com This year BE SURE to see one of our own be the FIRST OUT RACER!!!!!

The city has numerous art galleries and museums including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, www.imamuseum.org/ and the Indianapolis of Contemporary Art, http://www.indymoca.org were two of our favorites,

They have a wonderful zoo, www.indianapoliszoo.com You could spend a couple of weeks in beautiful, exciting and interesting Indianapolis and never see it all. Before going to Indianapolis visit http://www.visitindy.com/ and read their Gay publication online, http://thegayword.com/ which is the Midwest’s largest LGBT publication.

THANKS for Kevin and Neil for being such fabulous hosts and now friends and THANKS to their wonderful new Mayor who is one of the nicest Mayor’s we have ever met. He is taking his city to a higher level than ever before! He truly is a Mayor that is beloved by all of the citizens of Indianapolis. This is the first time that we have written a 3 part travel column on any city in our 15 years of writing national travel columns however Indianapolis is indeed AMAZING! Remember: Indianapolis is SPECIAL, but their Governor must GO!

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Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Amazing Indianapolis

Author: , February 6th, 2016

We had not been to Indianapolis, Indiana in over 35 years and when we went a couple of weeks ago we were totally shocked, amazed and pleasantly surprised how Amazing the city is. The Governor of Indiana, and we will not even mention his name, but The Governor is one of the most homophobic Governors in the country. There are “PENCE MUST GO!” signs and billboards all over the city. However the State Capitol and major city, Indianapolis is one of the most GAY FRIENDLY in the country!

As you enter the city there are signs that read, INDY WELCOMES ALL” and signs on many business read, THIS BUSINESS SERVES EVERYONE.

indy welcomes sign

ind welcomes all

indy mayorThe newly elected Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett who by the way, won with over 63% of the vote last December is extremely intelligent and pro LGBT. He is loved by the entire city! He had us to the Mayor’s Office so that he could officially welcome the “Gay Travelers” to his city.

We always tell our readers to have fun when traveling and talk to everyone and that is what we did on this trip. EVERYONE in Indianapolis is so fun, funny, interesting and fabulous. In Part One of our travel column on Indianapolis we are going to talk about them.

indy penceFirst and foremost were the Dynamic Duo of Kevin Warren and his husband Neil. Kevin is the founder of the “PENCE MUST GO!” project. Kevin and Neil are the heart and soul of the Gay community in Indianapolis. In addition they are two of the nicest gentlemen we have ever met. Here are some of the signs that you will see around the city.

IMG_6414Among many of the other wonderful people that we met were Mark Lee, editor of THE WORD, the LGBT publication in the city and Chas Navarra who has a smile that makes everyone who meets him smile. Why can’t more people smile more? John at Chef Joseph’s Restaurant knows how to be an owner. He enjoys what he does and it shows. The restaurant is packed every night only because he does it right! The two entertainers of the evening when we were there, Sean and Scott were having a ball and the audience really appreciated them. John Herbst at the Indiana Historical Society is a real GEM! He is very professional and the work that he is doing is tremendous. John is a man of many talents and lives life to the fullest.

indy candi donald alexTwo young gentlemen that we met are up and coming guys who are making a big difference in Indianapolis. Candy Cain and Alex VanGorp are really great guys who are helping the Gay community in so many ways. Why can’t more young guys do the same?

Another fabulous gentleman that we met was Ben Solomon who has THE Antique Shop and Interior Design shop in the area. He has exquisite tastes and an old English charm. Tom Main at the Tinker Street Restaurant is another person who knows how to make his customers return again and again and again. While dining there we met a delightful and very intelligent young couple who we really enjoyed chatting with. Who says that str8 people can’t be fun and wonderful? We hope to see Kellina and Ary the next time we are in Indianapolis.

indy d and r and k and nWe want to give a BIG thanks to Kevin and Neil for such a fabulous time while we were in Indianapolis. In Part Two of our travel column we will be telling you about what the city has to offer travelers. Before traveling to Indianapolis be sure to go www.thegayword.com to read the local LGBT publication which is the large publication in the entire Midwest!

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Eleven Things to Do in Indianapolis

Author: , February 27th, 2014

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Indianapolis is that place where the big race happens every year. But in recent years, much like its neighbors, Indy has ramped up its efforts to bring the surrounding nature into the city, creating a lusher, more inviting urban stretch. From dedicated walking and biking trails, to cool new exhibits, there’s more to look forward to than sporting events in this Midwestern city. Here are our picks…

1. Get artsy along the Cultural Trail. The Cultural Trail’s eight miles of biking and walking paths make exploring downtown Indy easier than ever. Connecting the city’s six cultural districts, the network of trails offers public art and new landscaping along the way. (We think the “storm water plants,” which help absorb rainwater and prevent sewer flooding, are especially cool.) Don’t miss the Prairie Module solar panel sculpture or the tech-y Swarm Street installation, which sprinkles you with motion-triggered LED lights as you pass.

2. Book it on a bike. Just a year after the Cultural Trail’s opening, a bikeshare program will give visitors another way to see the city. It works like many others: for a 24-hour, three-day, or annual membership, you can check bikes in and out at 25 kiosks. All stations are within two miles of downtown. Prices haven’t yet been determined.

Authored By Christine Wei – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Indianapolis – First Ever Gay Rodeo Exhibit Opens in February

Author: , January 3rd, 2014

Photo by Blake Little

Photo by Blake Little

On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo will open at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The opening marks the first time this exhibition, which tells the story of an often ignored part of American Western culture, has been displayed anywhere.

Blake Little will feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by award-winning, Los Angeles-based photographer, Blake Little. The Seattle native became captivated by the gay rodeo scene in 1988 and began documenting the lives of its contenders, victors and their devoted fans.

“The whole scene watching it – imagining that these guys were really doing this, and that they were gay!” Little said when asked what first sparked his interest in gay rodeos.

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Indianapolis

Author: , May 13th, 2013

Indiana TourismEach year, the sporting world turns its eyes to the Indianapolis 500 – widely seen as the world’s most popular race in terms of absolute global interest. But there’s a lot more to Indy than a single race, and if you’re headed there soon for business or pleasure, it’s our goal to help you experience as much as possible of the city. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into Indy, here are two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: St. Elmo is a downtown tradition in Indianapolis (they’ve been serving meals since 1902!), and while it’s technically a steak house, there’s plenty of other options for those who’d prefer to dodge the house specialty. Seafood, chicken, and salad are equally outstanding.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Indianapolis Celebrates Gay Pride

Author: , June 13th, 2011

The seventh annual Circle City IN Pride parade has kicked off a day full of festivities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants and their supporters.

Both local residents and some from other states gathered this morning on the Downtown parade route along Massachusetts Avenue and Michigan Street. Last year’s festival drew an estimated 55,000 people.

“I came back this year because I met a bunch of wonderful people,” said Rad Fountain of Columbia, Mo. “You can be yourself out here, and you don’t have to worry about persecution because you are surrounded by like-minded people.”

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