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Volume 1 Issue 14


December 17-30, 2010 gay-sd.com


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Promenading with pride San Diego’s LGBT square dancers still going strong— and not as square as you might think ...


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Tie your mother down Queen’s supreme showman Freddie Mercury offers a shy guy tips on how to “Get Down, Make Love.”


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Burger mania Frank Sabatini Jr. bites into smashed patties to assess their juice quotient.


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All the world’s a sleigh Local theatre companies offer classic and contempo- rary holiday fare to brighten and lighten the season.


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His Stuttering Majesty Film Critic Scott Marks dis- sects “The King’s Speech,” eviscerates “I Love You Phillip Morris.”


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San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis leads debate


By Lisa Keen | Keen News Service The U.S. House of Representa-


tives voted 250 to 175 on Dec. 15 to approve a measure that would repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy on openly gay and lesbian service members. It was the second time this year the House ap- proved such a measure. In May, the vote was 232 to 180. The measure will now go to the


Senate where it is expected to reach the floor sometime on or shortly after Dec. 20, during the lame duck session. The vote may have confused someone just tuning in to the debate


see DADT, pg 27


Congressmember Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a member of the power- ful House Armed Services Committee, led the debate on Dec. 15 as the House voted to end the military’s ‘“don’t ask, don’t tell”’ policy on openly gay and lesbian service members.


San Diegans mourn loss of publisher who helped build, sustain LGBT community


Longtime publisher Michael Portantino dead of an apparent suicide By Pat Sherman | GSD editor


and Benny Cartwright | SDGLN staff writer News of the tragic death of philanthropist and


publisher Michael G. Portantino spread rapidly throughout the community Dec. 9, as people re- acted to the news with equal measures of grief and disbelief. Portantino, publisher of San Diego’s longest-


running LGBT newspaper, the Gay & Lesbian Times, died the evening of Dec. 8 of an apparent suicide. Reports from the County Medical Examiner’s


office and San Diego Police confirm that the 52-year-old Normal Heights resident fell to his death from the seventh story of the Park Manor Suites Hotel, where an event was taking place. The San Diego Gay Times, which launched in


January 1988, was purchased by Portantino and a business partner, Jim Krupiarz, in 1989. The Gay Times was about to go under at the time due to competition from several other local LGBT pub- lications. However, it would go on to surpass and outlast them all. Under Portantino’s tenure, the paper changed


its name to the Gay & Lesbian Times to become more inclusive of the community it served. Por- tantino owned the paper for more 20 years, until its closure in October 2010. Throughout the course of his ownership of the


paper, Portantino was involved in numerous com- munity and political causes. He was an avid cham- pion of The San Diego LGBT Community Center,


see Portantino, pg 6


North Park dance club Bacchus House closes after nearly 10 years


Ben Cartwright SDGLN Staff Writer


San Diego’s North Park neighbor-


hood has one less gay bar with the clo- sure of Bacchus House, a once popular dance club and bar, which shut its doors for good Dec. 5. The bar, which opened with much


excitement in 2001, brought the first gay dance club to North Park, the trendy neighborhood just east of Hill- crest.


North Park has been home to a hand-


ful of other gay bars through the years, including the Eagle, Pecs and Redwing


see Bacchus, pg 7 GAY DIEGO SAN SERVING OUR LGBT COMMUNITY House votes for repeal of Gershwin


goes gay Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre to present three magical evenings of contemporary dance


By Margie M. Palmer | GSD Reporter Beginning Friday, Jan. 14,


the Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre will transform the Garfield Theatre into a styl- ish and classy Caberet with a nod to the 1920s Gershwin era. Previously presented at the


San Diego Museum of Art and most recently, Anthology night- club, Isaacs is thrilled to host this year’s cabaret at the new venue. “We’re thrilled at the op-


portunity to perform at a larger theater to provide a fully pro- duced professional show and


see Dance, pg 25


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