Together 47 years, Jack (father) and Tommy (Mother) married Feb. 5, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

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1 celebrazzi Sweetheart Couples Together 47 years, Jack (father) and Tommy (Mother) married Feb. 5, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. Rip Naquin and Marty Greeson (aka Marsha Delain) married on their 40th Anniversary, Aug. 17, 2014 in New York City, NY. Together 38 years, Opal Masters and Darwin Reed will wed on their 39th anniversary July 4th this year in New Mexico. Rusty Downing and Don Dubay together 22 years, and Marty Curtin and Koo Gaffney (center) together 28 years were wed in a double ceremony on June 14, 2008 in Provincetown, MA. Together 23 years, Deja Deja-Vue' and Jim May met in Seattle, WA. Together 20 years, Gary Delaune & Tip Varnadore are engaged and will marry September 20, 2014 in New York City, NY. Together 9 years, Coca Mesa and Jeff Palmquist will marry on their 10th Anniversary in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Together 7 years, Jon Penton-Robicheaux and Derek Penton-Robicheaux married Sept. 23, 2012 in Paradise Valley, Iowa. Together 5 years, Catherine Gathier and Misti Ates married in a religious ceremony May 9, 2009 in Metairie, LA. Together 1 year, Ciera LaBiche and Nicole Bayard are engaged and will marry June 10, The Official Mag: AmbushMag.COM Feb , 2014 Official ficial Gay Mardi di Gras Guide GayMardiGras.COM Together 1 year, Shannon Smith and Jason LaBiche are engaged.

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3 obituary Ed "Blanche" Norton Ed "Blanche" Norton, 60, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Enterprise, Alabama. In 1995 he reigned as Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XXIII with his chosen theme "The Cocktail Tour" here in New Orleans. Many of us who visited him at the bars he worked-lucille's, MRB, and Golden Lantern, were whipped into shape with his sharp tongue, wit, and one line zingers. It was often times funny to see if you were not the victim. You might love him one day, hate him the next, and then love him again. For you younger ones who did not get to experience Blanche, he would be considered the "Bianca Del Rio" of his day. He left New Orleans many years ago to care for his mother in Enterprise. Just two days after his death his final column, review, would appear in Ambush Mag. Blanche was a columnist on and off for many years with this publication. Amazingly this final column gives you an in-depth look into what his early gay life was about. It follows as a tribute to Blanche. Mississippi Sissy The holidays are a good time to read and sometimes re-read a good book. I re-read Kevin Sessums autobiographical novel Mississippi Sissy, 2007 (St. Martin s Press) over Christmas. Kevin is from Forest, Mississippi. He went to college in Jackson and then was off to New York City to pursue a journalism career. He was Executive Editor at Interview Magazine and then a contributing editor at Vanity Fair for 14 years. He is now Editor-In-Chief of 429 Magazine, a glossy, $12.97 magazine that focuses on the LGBT community. 429 is a bi-monthly coffee table magazine with an oversized format and amazing photography. Sessums was born in Mississippi Sissy covers his life before leaving for NYC. His father was a good 18 The Official Mag: AmbushMag.COM Feb , 2014 Official ficial Gay Mardi di Gras Guide GayMardiGras.COM old macho boy who sometimes referred to Kevin as girl...his mother encouraged his cross dressing. His dad was killed in a car crash when he was 7...his mom died the following year of cancer, making Kevin an orphan by age 10. Mississippi Sissy is about being a sissy in Mississippi during the 1960s. I can identify, being an Alabama sissy from the same era. My dad wanted me to hunt and fish but Santa left a doll under the Christmas tree for years. Mississippi Sissy is about a childhood of being different, small town race relations, grief and loss, and self discovery. Kevin makes his way to Jackson, works with a local theatre group, befriends local newspaper editor and theatre booster Frank Hains who introduces him to famed writer Eudora Welty. His life is full of twist and turns, like most peoples, and you want more, especially in his relationship with Welty. But he is a writer schooled in journalism. Mississippi Sissy ends with the gaybashing murder of Hains...with Kevin finding the body. Mississippi Sissy may not be a fun read but it is very interesting...about a very different time in the South. It is now out in paperback and available on Kindle. Friends will hold a celebration of life for Blanche later in New Orleans. (Photo by Larry Graham,

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5 Forum for Equality Masquerade Fundraiser Forum for Equality Masquerade Fundraiser House of Blues 20th Anniversary Party Contemporary Arts Center s Sweet Arts Patron Party in English Turn Tim, Mark, Ryan & Charles welcome you to Bourbon Pub & Parade Card Party Leonard celebrates his Michael s On The Park Danny Stark & Tru Demille present Danny Calhoun as Best Housewife winner during Tupperware Michael s On The Park Renowned DJ Tony Moran plays Oz joined by Persana Shoulders Wood Enterprises Gary & Cafe Lafitte in Exile Bartender Mitch welcomes new bartender Daphiny to Le Roundup Sabrina behind the Voodoo Andrea & Scott ready for Bobby Blue salon snap paparazzi Southern Barbituates Sheeya Mann, Monalot Fontaine, Gia GiaVanni & Coca Michael s On The Park Mother Moses celebrates his 82nd birthday with bartender Will & Double Play Hunter Holloway joins Divas R Golden Lantern Ben & Gary welcome you to Lords of Leather Beer the Phoenix La Vie du Parti The Life of the Party ~ New Orleans ~ Photos by Frankie Fierce, Tony Leggio, Paul Melancon, Rip Naquin Celebrating after the Mwindo the Phoenix Bartender Kevin ready for Mardi Cutter s The King of Palm Springs John Vignone joins Bourbon Street's Marsha & Oz Lord King Pat & Poncho snag Lords of Leather Beer Bust 20 The Official Mag: AmbushMag.COM Feb , 2014 Official ficial Gay Mardi di Gras Guide GayMardiGras.COM