Cassandra Peterson — best known to the world as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark — released her new memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira today and, in the process, came out by revealing her 19-year relationship with another woman, Teresa “T” Wierson.

Their relationship began, as all the best do, at the Hollywood Gold’s Gym when Peterson spotted who she thought at the time was the hottest bad boy in Tinseltown. “Often, when I was doing my preworkout warm-up on the treadmill, I couldn’t help noticing one particular trainer — tan, tattooed, and muscular — stalking across the gym floor, knit cap pulled so low over his long brown hair that it nearly covered his eyes,” she writes in the book. “Dark and brooding, he gave off such intense energy that when he crossed the enormous gym floor, the waters parted and people stopped in their tracks to stare.” 

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Fear Street Part One 1994Fear Street: 1995 is the first installment to a three-part trilogy. It includes some popular names such as Maya Hawk of the popular Netflix show Stranger Things, Kiana Madeira of Netflix’s Trinkets, as well as Benjamin Flores Jr. from the Nickelodeon show The Haunted Hathaways. Right off the bat, the Film began with an eerie vibe as teen Heather Watkins (portrayed by Maya Hawk) closes up shop at the mall she works at. After this scene it is a little while before we see anymore action as one of our main characters, Deena Johnson (Kiana Madeira) struggles with giving a box back to her ex-girlfriend, Sam since the two of them are broken up.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t come for the sapphic main characters, but I did in fact stay for the creepy factor the movie gave off incredibly well. In my opinion, it was a great mix of scary and romance, there is even a steamy scene hidden in the movie—but don’t worry, no spoilers here! The movie did have a bit of gore in it so beware of those that aren’t comfortable with that sort of thing. There is one thing the writers did really well on was making us believe everything was okay in the end and then switching it on us at the last minute. It made me sad for them because I thought the beloved, and fearless main characters had made it out safely but that was definitely not the case. I am excited to see the next part of the trilogy that comes out July 9, 2021. So, to wrap the review up, if you love horror movies that include lesbians, century old witches and curses, with a hint of gore and romance here and there then I think this film would be the perfect one to watch—not to mention the actors themselves giving us a wonderful performance.
Give it a watch! You won’t regret it.

fresno drag bingoThe Fresno Spectrum Center has Drag Bingo tickets for $10, advance sale. $15 at the door. Proceeds to benefit The Fresno Spectrum Center and Our Saviour's Lutheran church. VIP Tables available, Brunch available for additional purchase. For details call: Fresno Spectrum Center 559-319-8471

 

February 1st 2020 - 11am - 3pm

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

2101 N Fruit Ave, Fresno 93705

A year without Pride is absolutely unthinkable! Even COVID-19 can not stop the outpouring of love and celebration that Pride season brings out in us. Your favorite pride celebration may have been cancelled, but there are plenty of virtual events still planned for this Pride season.

Chances are, if there is an event you have always wanted to join, there is a virtual event that is in the planning stages by that organization. Look at the websites, social media pages or give that organization a call to find out what is in the works for a virtual event. If you are not able to attend an event but you want to support an organization, please consider donating funds.

Whatever you can contribute helps to support the long-term sustainability of organizations, making sure that they are able to continue their mission through this pandemic and afterwards.
GlobalPride2020 is an organization that was launched on April 1 st of this year in order to help ensure that everyone, everywhere gets to celebrate diversity and equality and take part in Pride events. The organization representing the U.S. is InterPride, a major force in increasing the visibility of the LGBTI+ community and awareness about pride. InterPride has maintained a living document of pride events since at least 2012, aptly named PrideRadar, available through their website

frp quarantineFresno Rainbow Pride will be having their Quarantine Edition pride event on Saturday, June 6th, from 12pm to 3pm, streamed live on Twitch.

New York City is commemorating its 50 th year of Pride marches, so you better believe they are going to have an over-the-top celebration that, thankfully, will be accessible to us in the central valley via technology.

Don’t give up hope on being able to attend a Pride event in person this year. Once the stay at home orders get released, there will be plenty to celebrate! Physical spaces may look different from years past, but the community connection and love that we share surpasses any mask, plastic barrier or social distance.

There are Pride events that were scheduled for this spring and early summer that have rescheduled to later this year and there are events that are regularly scheduled during the fall that are still considering going on as scheduled, albeit with precautions in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The first Pride of the Americas, celebrating Pride from all of the different cultures and communities in Alaska all the way down to Argentina, was scheduled to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this April, but has been rescheduled to Fall 2020. Plans for this incredible inaugural international festival include a 5k run, beach parties, a runway fashion show, conferences, symposiums, an award banquet, and of course a parade and fireworks!

Provincetown, MA, holds their Family Week and Carnival in each August. The Las Vegas Pride Parade, which ends on Fremont Street, takes place each October. Closer to home, here in California, there are many, many Pride events that are held later in the year. Laguna Beach has a Pride parade in August. San Jose and Silicon Valley have Pride events in August.
Chula Vista, Los Angeles and Pasadena all have their own Pride events in September. Halloween is not that far away and there are fun Pride events then: West Hollywood and Los Angeles have Halloween Carnival on October 31 st . Out@Magic Mountain and Gay Days @Disneyland are also planned for the fall months. These are just some of the many great opportunities to connect with others and share your pride that are still tentatively planned to take place over the remainder of this year.

Remember: You are not alone! You are part of a community! Stay hopeful!
Connect! Be safe! And stay strong!

Ellen shocked Fresno State University student Travis Morris, who recently went viral with a video of him enthusiastically playing the cymbals in his marching band. Travis talked about how he began playing the instrument, and Ellen gave him a much-needed gift.