Issue 331

Sweating and Seeking Bliss

Bliss. Some people seek it through meditation, others through chemicals or sex. Christopher Bergland finds bliss through sweat. And he sweats a lot. Bergland has won three Ironman competitions. Each includes a 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike run, and 78.6-mile run. That’s equivalent to swimming the Hudson River from Ground Zero all the way north to Grant’s Tomb; hopping on a bike, and pedaling down to the old Confederate capital of Richmond; and then running all the way out to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, two hours by car.

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GLBT Resolutions

It’s New Year’s resolution time again. I’m just a hair late for this, but maybe that’ll make a good resolution: not to be late making resolutions.I don’t know many people who make New Year’s resolutions. Seems like something from an episode of The Lucy Show. But people should. It’s good to be humble. Most people have a lot to be humble about. It’s good to think about what one can improve in one’s life, to embrace change, and to see opportunities for growth. Well, more likely, it’s an opportunity to feel optimistic that I’ll change things I’ve said I was going to many times before.

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“Magic, Sometimes”: Temenos Gardens’s Judy Remington Talks Greens and Gardens

Home & Yard Boulevard Section

While February makes most people think of Valentines and Presidents, the year’s second month summons a host of different images to the fertile mind of Judy Remington, owner of Minneapolis-based Temenos Gardens, a company dedicated to the design of all things green: “I do designing and consulting of gardens,” she says.

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2008 Home & Yard Trends

Home & Yard Boulevard Section

Sophisticated Elegance

Black and white paint hues enhance opulent living spaces filled with accessories, lighting, mirrors, and rich fabrics. If you’re looking for that unexpected color punch, add related hues such as dramatic red, or you could maintain the room’s classic undertones by adding a subtle pink or taupe.







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Going Green

Home & Yard Boulevard Section

“Our company philosophy is that an informed client is a client that can make a reasoned decision about his or her particular situation.”

The company is Hi-Tech Energy Solutions, and President Dan Thees is speaking for the triumvirate that also includes Kyle Tave, Vice President, and Kevin Leehan, CFO.

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“Corinthian Tile”: The Tile Shop’s Megan Hoy Connects Accent Tiling to Personal Empowerment

Home & Yard Boulevard Section

Say “accent” to people within a certain age range, and most will think of Ricardo Montalbán pronouncing “Corinthian Leather”…but not so with Megan Hoy, Marketing Coordinator at The Tile Shop. She associates that word with one of her company’s specialties: accent tiling.

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Multicultural Forum Reaches 20th Year

2008 marks the 20th year that the University of St. Thomas and its partners have sponsored the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity. What started as a small teleconference with the Black Managers Association and only 75 people has grown to more than 2,500 people and 40-plus speakers discussing every type of diversity in the workplace. This year’s theme is “Harnessing the Winds of Change: The Next 20 Years.”

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BigGayNews.com

Gay Men at Higher Risk for New MRSA Strain
Sexually active gay men are at higher risk for a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a US study found. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, said the bacteria appear to be transmitted most easily through intimate sexual contact, but can spread through casual skin-to-skin contact or via contaminated surfaces. The newly discovered strain of bacteria is closely related to MRSA bacteria found in hospitals and the community, but resists many more frontline antibiotics. Both strains technically are known as MRSA USA300, but the new one spreads easily through skin-to-skin contact, invading skin and tissue beneath the skin, the researchers said. “These multidrug resistant infections often affect gay men at body sites in which skin-to-skin contact occurs during sexual activities,” lead author Binh Diep said in a statement. “But because the bacteria can be spread by more casual contact, we are also very concerned about a potential spread of this strain into the general population.” However, a good scrubbing with soap and water may be the most effective way to prevent transmission of this bacteria—especially after sex, he added. The findings were published online ahead of print in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

US Military Mum on Gay Policy
The US military apparently is not enforcing its policy of discharging gay soldiers who speak of their sexual orientation, USA Today reported. The report cited the case of Army Sgt. Darren Manzella, who appeared on the CBS program 60 Minutes recently. In the interview, he said his fellow soldiers knew he was gay, and showed a home video of him kissing his boyfriend. He told USA Today he informed his commander he was gay in 2006, and the Army investigated and saw the kissing home video. “They found ‘no evidence of homosexuality,’” Manzella said. Eugene Fidell of the National Institute of Military Justice, a group of military legal experts, stated to USA Today that with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, discharging troops was questionable: “Military managers may be turning a blind eye, because it’s a nuisance, and we need these people.”

Pentagon: Gay Ban Still Being Enforced
The US military, following the release of statistics showing a major drop in homosexuality-related discharges, said the ban still is being enforced. The drop in discharges resulting from the military’s ban on open homosexuality—from 1,273 in 2001 to 612 in 2006—has been cited by gay rights activists as evidence that commanders are ignoring the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, because they need all the able-bodied soldiers they can get for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Washington Times reported. The Pentagon said in a statement to the Times that the ban still is being enforced. “Our policy implements the law Congress passed after prolonged research and debate,” according to Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez. “The Department will continue to follow Congressional mandate on homosexual conduct. We can’t speculate as to why the number of discharges has declined.”

Same-Sex Couples as Satisfied as Others
Two US studies dispute the stereotype that couples in same-sex relationships are not as committed as their heterosexual counterparts. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign compared 30 committed gay male and 30 committed lesbian couples with 50 engaged heterosexual couples and 40 older married heterosexual couples, as well as with dating heterosexual couples. Lead author Glenn I. Roisman said the same-sex relationships were similar to those of opposite-sex couples—all had positive views of their relationships, but those in the more same-sex committed relationships resolved conflict better than the heterosexual dating couples. In the second study, researchers found that same-sex couples were similar to heterosexual couples on most relationship variables, and legalized status of a relationship did not seem to be the overriding factor affecting same-sex relationships. The findings are reported in the journal Developmental Psychology.

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We Can Elect the Next President

Well, if there was ever a time for us to get our collective heads out of our collective asses, and start paying attention to politics, this is it. What’s happening on the national campaign trail for President is unprecedented. For the first time in as long as I can remember, we actually have a choice—and not just between two evils. The 2008 presidential contest is not a fait accompli.

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Simon Nkoli

Black gay anti-Apartheid activist Simon Tseko Nkoli played a key role in the fight for GLBT liberation and human rights for people with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Born in 1957 in Soweto, Nkoli became an anti-Apartheid activist at a young age. After multiple arrests for civil disobedience, including participation in the 1976 Soweto student uprising, he joined the Congress of South African Students, the African National Congress (ANC), and the United Democratic Front (UDF).

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