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V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Staying Social

Albuquerque's oldest LGBT club is still going strong

Step behind the intimidating door and check out the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Albuquerque’s own “gay ‘Cheers.’”

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CC BY Guillaume Paumier

Feature

Pride Guide 2014

It’s time to come out, speak up, and party all night long with this handy guide to Albuquerque Pride’s hottest events.

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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: April 10, 2014

What do you know about this week’s New Mexico news? From a lesbian couple’s lawsuit against a local photo studio to happenings at LANL, test your savvy with our weekly pop quiz.

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V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
icanteachyouhowtodoit via flickr.com.

Food News

Local Business Buffet Edition

Steep your senses or chow some trans-fat-free El Pinto chips with our roundup of happenings in the Albuquerque food scene.

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V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
Barbara Korbal and Bennett Hammer look over the archives in their current home.
M. Brianna Stallings

Arts Feature

Out of the Archives and Into the Streets

Archival activism illuminates LGBT voices

Someone had to save the priceless ephemera of a gay generation. Archivists Barbara Korbal and Bennett Hammer stepped up to the challenge.

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news

The Daily Word in legislators, chemists, engineers, men of God and The Hulk

Another detail about one of the victims in the South Valley Griego shooting.

Will NM lawmakers follow the trend of blaming gun violence on mental illness, or will they really do something to curb America's gun culture?

Here's a great photo taken at yesterday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Alamogordo.

A chemist at a Massachusetts state lab was caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

Engineers are cold and dead inside.

New film about the Hemingway clan.

This lady volunteered to conceive a Neanderthal through artificial insemination of an artificially created embryo. Really?

ALL 131 reasons David Banner got mad on T.V.'s The Hulk.

Obama referred to Stonewall in his inauguration speech.

Life on Mars, now more than ever.

News

Mixed messages from the Council

In this issue’s episode of Council Watch, councilors give landmark status to Bataan Memorial Park but vote down the LGBT-friendly Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day. Conservative councilors—Trudy Jones, Brad Winter, Dan Lewis and Michael Cook—shot it down. Don Harris left the meeting before the vote.

V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012

Council Watch

Hot in Here

The Council gives a thumb’s up a landmark designation at Bataan Memorial Park but won’t support Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day.

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news

The Daily Word in iPhone 5, Amanda Palmer and Endeavour

Chick-fil-A bows out of homophobe politics.

Students protest racist anti-abortion propaganda at UNM.

At 11:30 a.m., Endeavour will fly over White Sands.

The Mars rover got some snaps of an eclipse.

Register to vote.

OK, so why isn't New Mexico big in solar?

Oh, that Jon Stewart: Chaos on Bullshit Mountain

Beyoncé is a good role model for the Obama daughters, says the president.

Maybe we should elect Canada as POTUS.

How will LGBT youth fare in a new Tunisia?

iPhone 5 lines are forming around the country.

It's OK if you don't want kids. In 2008, you could just drop them off in Nebraska.

A woman screaming "I'm Jack Sparrow" hijacks a passenger ferry and crashes it into other boats.

Amanda Palmer got more than $1 million through Kickstarter to make an album. People are wondering what the hell she's spending it on.

Work backward out of a creative rut.

What's next in body mods?

news

Hate-free chicken sandwiches

ProgressNow New Mexico

If you’re paying attention to Mike Huckabee, you know that today was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Huckabee is pissed off that other people are pissed off about the poultry merchant’s homophobic positions. The chain has long been a supporter of anti-gay marriage efforts, and its CEO said recently that he is firm believer in biblically sanctioned unions. “He took it to a new level,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico.

CEO Dan Cathy’s comments spurred backlash, with some cities suggesting Chick-fil-A could peddle its hate hens somewhere else.

Anyway, Huckabee wanted folks to flock to Chick-fil-As around the country today and fill the restaurant’s pockets with more money for doing anti-LGBTQ work.

ProgressNow New Mexico was ready. Cow couple Adam and Steve led a protest in front of Albuquerque’s latest addition to the Chick-fil-A franchise on San Mateo and Montgomery. They brought 100 free chicken sandwiches provided by the gay-friendly Roma Bakery & Deli. The protest fare was devoured in 20 minutes by supporters who showed up to stand alongside Albuquerque’s active LGBTQ community, says Davis.

Davis counted more than 100 people on the sidewalk at one point. A giant chicken showed up to march in solidarity with the cows. A new LGBTQ-friendly business— U-Swirl—brought some froyo over for the kids dancing with the protesters.

“We just wanted there to be an option for people in Albuquerque who don’t agree with that stance to express themselves,” Davis says.

Archive

Alibi Flashback: Gay Pride!

Loud and proud through the years

V.4 No.24 • June 21-27, 1995: The   NuCity   name gets dropped 7 issues later.
Photographer: Jennifer Lipow; Art Director: David Dabney
V.4 No.24 • June 21-27, 1995: The NuCity name gets dropped 7 issues later.
Equal rights are equal rights. And for the life of us, we can’t understand why people of all sexual and gender orientations aren’t allowed the same benefits, aren’t given access to the same opportunities, and don’t receive the same thundering applause for ccomplishing great things. It doesn’t compute. Journalists that we are, that lack of logic is an irritating grit to us. But we’re making pearls out of it.

Don Schrader at PrideFest 2006
Polaroid by Laura Marrich
Don Schrader at PrideFest 2006
There’s a yawning lack of coverage on gay and gender issues by New Mexico information outlets—and our frustration compels us to bridge that gap ourselves.

As the most widely read alternative weekly in New Mexico, we’re loud and proud about the local LGBTQ community. We do it by unearthing and reporting stories that don't get told anywhere else. We see the Alibi as a megaphone held aloft to mouths that have been excluded in traditional media. It's our mission to make those voices heard.

We don’t just talk the talk about supporting New Mexico LGBTs, we walk it—or rather, we build parade floats and glide down the street on them.

In honor of this week’s Pride events, here’s some colorful coverage from years past:

V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006
Jeff Drew
V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006
V.14 No.23 • June 9-15, 2005
Artist: Sam Webber; Art Director: Tom Nayder
V.18 No.24 • June 11-17, 2009: Gilbert Baker hoists one of the first gay pride flags in San Francisco, 1978.
Photograph courtesy of Gilbert Baker; Art Director: Tom Nayder
V.18 No.24 • June 11-17, 2009: Gilbert Baker hoists one of the first gay pride flags in San Francisco, 1978.
V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006: The Academy of Drag
V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006: The Academy of Drag

See also historical pics from Pride Parades gone by: Pride 2011, Pride 2010, Pride 2009, Alibi’s 2008 Freddie Mercury float, Pride 2007, Pride 2006, Pride 2005

V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
“I really hope that we can get more people who are outspoken in their own right,” UNM student Lilly Lawrence-Metzler says. “Not everyone needs to march with a sign to be an activist.”
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Young Hearts, Be Proud

The next generation of LGBTQ activists comes of age

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, and east Nob Hill feels drowsy and quiet—with one exception. The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, on Silver just south of Central, buzzes with energy. A speech therapist counsels male-to-female transgender youth on how to practice raising the tones of their voices. Two visitors stop by to browse free clothes available in the center’s brimming walk-in closet. A parent volunteer shows a guest around the rooms, pointing out the computer lab and the small lending library.

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