Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA – A Waking Dream of Mexico

By Angeline Acain

It was Saturday night and I was on a date with my wife Susan to see Cirque du Soleil’s latest Big Top production LUZIA – A Waking Dream of Mexico. This year find their white and gold tents located adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, New York. Years ago we took our young daughter and in-laws to see Cirque du Soleil for the first time so Susan and I knew we were in for a real treat.

Photo: Laurence Labat Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi © 2016 Cirque du Soleil

From start to finish LUZIA is a first rate performance. Even before the acrobats made their entrances the audience was serenaded with a Mexican acoustic guitarist, dancers, and colorful hummingbird-costumed performers gracefully waving their wings. The performance opened with an airline hostess voice over saying we’ve arrived in Mexico and our comedic host “traveler” arriving from high above as if being lowered from a plane. LUZIA entertains and astounds the audience with a full band, visually artistically beautiful costumes and set design, and fantastic animal puppetry depicting a dream like world with a Mexican theme.

The athletic skills and acrobatic feats of the performers will put you on the edge of your seats making you smile and making you gasp. I could hear a woman seated behind me repeatedly saying, “Oh my God!” A first for Cirque de Soleil is incorporating a magnificent rain curtain and a crystal blue pool of water not just during the artistic scenes but also with some of the acrobatics. This unique rain curtain evoked “oohs” and “ahs” from the audience as the water didn’t just fall in droplets, but also as pictures of animals and flowers–an amazing engineering feat (to learn more about the integration of water in LUZIA, watch http://cirk.m/LUZIAWaterVideo).

Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

LUZIA has an intermission and the first half alone was astounding so Susan and I were excited there was a second part! LUZIA, runs through June 9th with tickets starting at $54. LUZIA is perfect for families as well as couples. Since we went on a Saturday night many in the audience were couples out on a perfect date. Children will love the animal puppetry and childlike humor—in fact I felt like a child again watching this performance. For those with young children Citi Field has ample parking ($25) and for those who don’t want to drive the subway stop is nearby. You don’t want to miss the artistry and energy of LUZIA– A Waking Dream of Mexico.

To watch a preview video of LUZIA, visit www.cirk.me/LUZIA_Preview. Tickets for New York City performances of LUZIA are now available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Twenty-One, 2019-2020

Below is the 21st year of cover portraits 2019-2020.
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Nov-Dec 2018 #121 – 20th Anniversary Issue

January-February 2019-#122

March-April 2019-#123

May-June 2019-#124

July-August 2019-#125

GPM-New York 2019-2020 #17

 

Amazon and Gay Parent Magazine

Shop for family building products and LGBTQ friendly children’s books through Gay Parent Magazine’s new Amazon page. Find many children’s books tailored for LGBTQ headed families. Also shop for books and products for parents and parents-to-be. Your purchase helps support Gay Parent Magazine. Shop at https://www.amazon.com/shop/gay.parent.magazine.

A Tribute to Kristi Parker of Liberty Press

By Angeline Acain

Sadly, the LGBTQ community has lost a valuable asset. Kristi Parker, Publisher, Editor and owner of Liberty Press passed away of a stroke on March 10, 2018, she was 49. Liberty Press covered the local LGBTQ news and events of Kansas. A free magazine distributed in Kansas, Parker had been publishing for nearly twenty-five years, launching the first issue of Liberty Press in 1994. With her passing, Liberty Press has ceased to publish.

As a fellow member of the LGBTQ media, I met Kristi in June 2011 when we were part of a press trip in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was able to invite my partner Susan and daughter Jiana on the press trip since the magazine I publish, Gay Parent Magazine, focuses on LGBTQ parenting. My family and I got to know Kristi when we invited her to go kayaking on the Allegheny River during our press trip. We learned she was raising a son named Jack with her ex.

Learning that she was a parent, I thought it would be a great idea to feature her and Jack in Gay Parent Magazine. Our September-October 2014 issue #96 features an article on Kristi and Jack (written by Beverly Prince-Sayward). The article focuses on how Kristi started Liberty Press because of a need to create a LGBTQ community in her hometown of Kansas. This need blossomed after she took a road trip and experienced New York City’s vibrant LGBTQ pride. In a quote from the article Kristi says, “The event was amazing for me. There were so many gay people! I was energized. I attended the Dyke March the night before the big march and ran into Leslie Feinberg and Minnie Bruce Pratt. I spent the whole next day at Central Park watching people and the stage full of inspirational speakers and famous people and bands. We were there for like 14 hours!” Kristi published the first issue of Liberty Press August 1994.

The article also focuses on Kristi meeting her ex Vinnie, their eventual separation, and co-parenting of their son Jack who is on the Autism spectrum. A quote from the article in Gay Parent Magazine describes Kristi’s feelings about parenting: Overall, Kristi has felt that Jack’s special needs have not been too difficult for her to handle. He is her love and her joy and even his quirkiness brings little surprising enjoyments throughout the day. “Just recently Jack was at dinner at a restaurant with Vinnie and he kept almost spilling his drink. Vinnie asked if he needed a sippy cup. He was really put off and said, ‘I think you’re insulting my manhood!’”

Especially in these trying political times, the passing of Kristi Parker and the discontinuance of Liberty Press is a great loss not just for Kansas but also for the entire LGBTQ community. Visit the Facebook page for Liberty Press at https://www.facebook.com/LibertyPressKS.

Kristi in front of the Stonewall Inn when she was on her road trip to New York City.

Early photo of Kristi and Jack.

 

Kristi Parker, Publisher, Editor and owner of Liberty Press.

Photo of LGBTQ media press trip in Pittsburgh in 2011. Kristi is kneeling on the right. The author Angeline Acain is standing to the right of Kristi.

 

Kristi and Jack.

Gay Parent Magazine Cover Family Featured on Pops Web Series

Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman and their son Jonathan were the cover story of our September-October 2016 issue #108 (see image on left). On November 23, 2017 the family was featured on Pops, a weekly web series exploring fatherhood as experienced by Black men. In the video, the family talks about their open adoption while Jonathan speaks on the phone to his birth mother. They discuss some of the issues they encounter being a same sex couple raising a son. Watch the video below. Order a digital download of the September-October 2016 issue through this link http://www.gayparentmag.com/digital-downloads/september-october-2016-issue-108-digital-download.

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Twenty, 2018-2019

Below is the 20th year of cover portraits 2018-2019.
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November-December 2017 #115

January-February 2018 #116

March-April 2018 #117

May-June 2018 #118

July-August 2018 #119

Sept-Oct 2018 #120

 

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Nineteen, 2017-2018

Below is the 19th year of cover portraits 2017-2018.
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Nov-Dec 2016 Issue #109 – 18th Anniversary Issue

January-February 2017 Issue #110

March-April 2017 Issue #111

May-June 2017 Issue #112

July-August 2017 Issue #113

September-October 2017 #114

Stonewall Makes History Again: Becomes First National Park Site Dedicated to LGBT History

New York, N.Y. – After more than two years of building strong public support in the community, across the nation and in Congress, National Parks Conservation Association celebrates President Obama’s historic designation of Stonewall National Monument, the first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history. To coincide with national LGBT Pride Month, and just a few days before the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, President Obama today officially designated the area surrounding Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park in New York City’s Greenwich Village as our 412th national park site.

Stonewall is recognized as the birthplace of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. In response to police raids against the LGBT community in the summer of 1969, a weeklong uprising took place in and around the streets surrounding the Stonewall Inn bar and Christopher Park. These are considered some of the most important events in LGBT history. These demonstrations helped set the stage for the progress that has since been made on LGBT equality and the larger push for human rights and civil rights in the United States.

Learn more at www.npca.org/stonewall and join the conversation online with #NatlParkForStonewall.

View the YouTube announcement from the White House below:

 

Single Lesbian Mom Shares Adorable Photos of Adopted Son

Gay Parent Magazine received adorable photos from single mom, Lu Lu, along with the following statement from her,

“This is my son Noel. I finally closed on his adoption May 26, 2016. I am a single lesbian and I always wanted children. Noel has been a blessing and has brought so much happiness to my life. I want to share this story with other single women who think it isn’t possible to adopt a child alone…It is possible and there are so many children who are waiting to be loved in their forever home. Adopt and save a child’s life. This one saved mine. I love you Noel.”

Attached are adorable photos of Lu Lu’s son Noel holding signs related to his foster care and adoption and a sweet photo of mother and son together. Click on the photos to view larger.

Noel Rosato holding foster care sign

Noel holding Today I Am Adopted sign

Noel Rosato and mom Lu Lu

GPM included in Japanese book: Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

The first book in Japan on the subject of LGBT parenting was recently published (see cover on left). Compiled and written by Asahi Shimbun reporter Mariko Sugiyama, the book is titled Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom. The book features 20 families that were formed through foster care and adoption or artificial insemination. Also featured is information on changes in public opinion since the rise of the “gayby boom”, the current state of same sex parenting in Japan, and the future of unconventional families.

Included in the featured families are Lance and Stuart Chen-Hayes and their son Kalani. The Chen-Hayes were first featured as the cover family on Gay Parent Magazine’s March-April 2004 issue #33 and later in an update feature for our July-August 2008 issue #59 cover story. Gay Parent Magazine editor and publisher Angeline Acain was also featured along with her daughter. See inserts below.

Gay Parent Magazine in Japan Same sex couples book.

Gay Parent Magazine featured in Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama.

Gay Parent Magazine editor and publisher Angeline Acain and her daughter in Same sex couples book.

Gay Parent Magazine editor and publisher Angeline Acain and her daughter.

The Chen-Hayes family in the book Same sex couples and their children.

The Chen-Hayes family.

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