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Jun 3 dcoral commented on BREAKING: Woman Not Wanted at Gay Orgy! Must Credit HuffPo!.
Great commentary, Mr. Savage, and I agree with your perspective wholeheartedly! Thanks.

Now, the following comment has nothing to do with the point of your editorial, but just for the record I would like to point out, that IML technically is NOT "a gay leather/fetish contest and convention." At least, not by IML's contestant criteria. It IS a men's leather contest, to be sure, and both the contest and weekend is most definitely vastly populated by gay men. But it is not a gay contest. Straight men, bi men, trans men, gay men -- all may compete and the contest has always been open to such (that being said, trans men might be a newer admission... I'm not sure about that).

If you want to cite a strictly gay contest, I'll point you to American Brotherhood Weekend (ABW) and the titles of American Leatherman and American Leatherwoman. www.americanbrotherhood.com In order to compete for those titles, you must identify and operate as gay/homosexual/lesbian. And be biologically male (American Leatherman) or female (American Leatherwoman). Contestants for the American Leatherboy title, which rounds out the American Leather Family, can be any gender, but must identify as a boy. That event happens in October.
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Jul 11, 2011 dcoral commented on Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.
I'm a successful actor/director/producer in Minneapolis. Re point 1 -- Shakespeare often is among the best-selling (if not THE best selling) show in a theatre's season! Toss that, and toss half your audience base. Point 2 following on its heels also can be death to a theatre company -- ALL premiers?? C'mon! Unfortunately, new works don't pull audience in as well as recognizable titles (even in a "new works" area like Mpls/St. Paul. Companies need to have a mix, unless new works is your niche. And then, you'd better have some good backing or a damn cheap space in which to produce. Point 7: the biggest barrier is insurance costs!! When you serve alcohol, even for one night, the insurance premium is HUGE! And ignore the laws? Bad advice. I think not. Point 9: "Nobody deserves a living wage for having talent and a mountain of grad-school debt." Doctors? Lawyers? Engineers? Astro-physicists? College and university professors? They don't deserve a living wage? Really? Then who does? Or does Kiley really think that only artists aren't worth their due. SCREW YOU! Point 10: Graduate school is about networking, plain and simple. I can't tell you how many places I work where half to company knows each other from grad school. And these are folks who have been in the business for years (some for decades). Sure, you can gain the networking by working professionally, but that's AFTER you get your foot in the door and primarily on a local scale. For work nationally, many people get their first work at a company through relationships gained through schooling. It gives you a HUGE leg up! Points 4, 5 and 6 are very well taken and worth heeding. I especially love the childcare idea, if a theatre has the space to do it. And point 6 is a very astute observation and one that can really make a difference, not only for the artistic community, but for the city as a whole.
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