From The Prez

Hey everyone...Welcome to the year of the Horse...!   One of the key characteristics of the Horse is Style!!  I like that, but anyone who knows me, knows I am not a slave to fashion.  I can get the job done though.  Say what you want about us Queers (LGBT and all the other letters !) If you want any thing done with Style just call on the queers...we got it!!
The last couple of years have been tough, and have been slow going but with our own special Style and tenacity we have accomplished much.   Our goals have been simple:  become more openly Civic minded and more aggressively reach out to the Queer Community.  As i've said before, many of you have "...been there and done that...", it's to those who have not "...been there and done that..." that we want to touch.  Those who are struggling to know who they are and to show them that it's OK to be themselves.  To reach out to the community and show them we are not just a bunch of freaks, but are just as "normal" as they are. I have lived in this town most of my life.  I know what it's like to stay 
in hiding, afraid to be myself.  Always having to "act" straight.  It's time to end that foolishness.!!
LGBT Grant County has come a long way and with your help we can go farther.  You are more than welcome to visit a board meeting, or brunch or any other function.  Come find out for yourselves what we have up our sleeves.  We keep nothing hidden.  All we do is open to anyone who asks.  Find out for yourselves what we're up to.  Don't take anyone else's word for it.  Come join us as we enter the Year of the Horse with Style!!!
~~~ Ted Tufares~~~


Italian Dinner Goes Springtime in Thailand

Our Italian Dinner was a big success. The food was wonderful thanks to Dennis Much and the atmosphere was festive, shiny and lovely. The moon made an appearance outside the window and was extraordinary. Asa Martin provided the music and Sunrise Espresso supplied to wonderful coffee. About 55 people attended and a great time was had by all. With the support of WNMU and Sodexo we have a wonderful space to hold events of this kind. It works out beautifully and we can fit everyone who wants to come and enjoy some great food and super company.

Mark your calendars because we will be having another dining extravaganza on March 15th. We had several requests from attendees to do another dinner and we aim to please. This dinner is going to be Springtime in Thailand! That’s right, delicious Thai food right here in Silver City!!!!! Ticket prices will be the same - $25 for one and $45 for two. If you want to attend and can’t afford the ticket prices, let us know. We can help.

Single or Couple?

LGBT Grant County Annual Meeting

Calling all members! Mark your calendars and plan to attend our Annual Meeting on April 6th. We’re doing it outside this year at Gomez Peak Group Picnic Area. This is your chance to let us know how we’re doing. More details to follow.

Not a member? Join up now. Your membership money goes to our general operating funds and will help support Rainbow Village and our scholarship and grants programs.

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Report From Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village is going strong. We are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5-9 p.m. There is a HIV Support Group on Mondays and brunch every Sunday at noon. We even had a beautiful surprise marriage proposal at brunch recently proving you miss out if you don’t come.

Trivia night is the SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month at 6 p.m. starting in February (it is the second Thursday this month). We switched it to accommodate people who REALLY wanted to do trivia but had rock hound meetings on the same night. It is a whole lot of fun and lots of laughs are to be had. Join in on the fun!

Want to offer something? Let us know! We’re game.

Thursday, January 9th at The Village 6:00pm.   TRIVIA NIGHT!!!  Hosted by Cookie Smith and developed by Jim Kolb and Cookie Smith.

February Frolic

Looking for a great date night with your sweetie? Want to go out and have some fun with friends? Care to gather together to chase away the winter time blues? Join us for the Frolic in February. We will be having a party at The Elk’s Lodge (behind Vickie’s) on February 15th starting at 7 p.m. There will be food, music and entertainment. Mitch Hellman will be our master of ceremonies and he is extremely funny. Come and join in on the fun. Have some laughs. Eat some snacks. Dance. Play. Be fabulous. Tickets are only $10. Totally worth it. If you have issues paying for a ticket, let us know. No one gets left out. We aren’t looking to raise money, just break even on the cost of hall rental, equipment rental and food.

Locals Gather for Candle Light Vigil in Honor of International AIDS Day

“HIV/AIDS is not just a ‘gay’ issue. It is not over. While it is true that there are drugs which can turn AIDS into a chronic disease rather than a death sentence it remains an issue. One of the largest groups being newly infected are young Hispanic people,” said LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Grant County vice-president Elizabeth Rockey. “Sexual health is important to everyone.”

Twenty local residents gathered at WNMU’s Alumni Garden last night to light candles and share stories of people who have passed from this disease to honor International AIDS Day. Hugh Epping, LGBT Grant County’s HIV Coordinator organized the event. He has been fighting the HIV/AIDS battle since the late 1970s in various capacities and ran a clinic in Illinois. “It is very important that we don’t forget the people who have passed,” he said.

For the first time ever, three panels of the Names Project Quilt (a national quilt containing hundreds of thousands of panels commemorating people who have died from AIDS) will be shown in southern New Mexico. The panels will be on display at WNMU’s Fine Arts Center on Monday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 from 12 to 8 and Wednesday, December 4 from 12 to 8 p.m. For more information please call LGBT Grant County at 575-519-5562 or go to

AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54 ton tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – was on view December 1st to the 3rd at the WNMU Fine Arts Center from 12 noon to 7 p.m.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

“To the best of our knowledge this is the first time any portion of The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been displayed anywhere in southern New Mexico,” said LGBT Grant County’s HIV Coordinator Hugh Epping, “It is a momentous endeavor and we are proud to be bringing this memorial to Grant County.” The purpose of The AIDS Memorial Quilt is to reveal the humanity behind the statistics. It helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community. “We want to bring the entire community together around the issue of AIDS and HIV,” said Epping, “HIV disease continues to be a concern. Being aware is the first step towards being protected.”

LGBT Grant County is also serving as a collection agency for quilt panels. Anyone in the community who would like to contribute a panel commemorating a loved one lost to AIDS can go to for information on how to construct a panel or call LGBT Grant County at 575-519-5562 for more information.

Rainbow Pages In Production

LGBT Grant County is putting together a business and services directory for Grant County listing all gay friendly businesses. There is no cost for a simple listing but ad space is available for EXTREMELY reasonable rates. The Rainbow Pages will be distributed in hard copy around our community and will also be on our website. Lots of advertising bang for a great price (or free!). Nearly 80% of LGBT people check to see if a business is gay friendly before shopping. It’s a great way to attract LGBT tourists and local folks to your business. Check out for all the details.



Board Meeting Sunday, January 6th, 2013, 9:30 AM Rainbow Village, 301 W College Ave, Suite 5, Silver City


Thursday, January 9th at The Village 6:00pm.   TRIVIA NIGHT!!!  Hosted by Cookie Smith and Jim Kolb.


Sunday Brunch every Sunday at noon Rainbow Village, 301 W College Ave, Suite 5, Silver City


HIV Support Group every Monday Rainbow Village, 301 W College Ave, Suite 5, Silver City 575-956-7359 for more info


Match Your Passion


Been wanting to get a little more involved but not sure what we're up to? Here's
 the guide. If you are interested in joining in on anything we are doing please
call Rainbow Village at 575-519-5562. Every month we:

* Create and send out a newsletter to 200 people.
* Have a brunch every Sunday at noon at the center.
* Hold a HIV/AIDS Support group.
* Spend at the very least 15 hours at the center so folks can drop by.
* Keep our friends current on what is happening in the community.
* Meet weekly to keep up with planning.
* Staff booths with LGBT information at local events.
* Complete bookkeeping obligations.
* Hold a LGBT Grant County Board Meeting.
* Staff the LGBT Grant County Help Line 24/7.
* Keep in touch and updated with other LGBT organizations.
* Provide scholarships and grants to those in need.

Current Projects:

* Provide services and activities for LGBT youth.
* Develop HIV anonymous testing service.
* Create a Rainbow Pages of local gay friendly businesses.
* Plan for social events like a Halloween Party, Thanksgiving, Traditional Italian
Christmas Dinner, Community Easter Egg Hunt Frolic in February and so much more!
We have something for every interest and every talent.


LGBT Grant County Board of Directors

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ted Tufares, President -

Elizabeth Rockey, Vice President/Secretary -

Torri LaRue, Treasurer -

Mark Karagas, Secretary -

Guadalupe Cano

Sue Christianson

Hugh Epping

Diane Marshall ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~