California Men's Gatherings presents . . .
March 1, 2018                                             Volume 11, Issue 3

Binky's List
CMG Community News, Events of
Interest, & Marketplace Classifieds

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Round Hole Square Peg--Closing Reception (Los Angeles)
Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 6-9 PM
Long Hall Gallery, West Hollywood Plummer Park
Join us for the Closing Night Reception of Round Hole Square Peg LGBTQ Photo Show, one of the largest queer photography exhibitions ever staged. Refreshments and free admission! A portion of closing night sales will benefit AIDS/LifeCycle. Last chance to see hundreds of photos from nine countries. Sponsored by WeHo Arts program and West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine. Wear your greens and have your picture taken with our own sexy Leprechaun man-prop, Jon Vaz Gar. Photo by Jeff Palmer        2/24/18

The Erotic Intensive Workshop (LA)
With Michael Riley in Pasadena. "Would you like to learn techniques and practices to help you lead a more sensual, erotic life? Are you looking for more intimacy in your life, and more intimate connections with other men? Do you want a safe, supportive group of men to practice these issues, in a beautiful, private location, just minutes from Pasadena, California? March 23-25. $400 (includes all programs, two nights dorm-style lodging and six meals). Financial aid available…just ask! Details & register at:     2/23/18

CMG Marketplace - Part 1

Easter Chocolate Bowling Party (Los Angeles)
Join us for Easter Chocolate Bowling Party and dinner afterward in Tarzana. You don't need to know how to bowl. We'll show you how. Bowling shoe rental is included. Bring a chocolate Easter egg (or other wrapped chocolate) to share, and we'll put them in a basket and let people pick one out. Bring a friend who has never been to bowling with any Meetup group and you'll get $5 back at bowling! March 24, 4:30PM. RSVP and get more details at  Sponsored by Southern California Gay & Lesbian Club (and Friends!)     2/24/18

Housing/Job Wanted (LA)
I have a close friend who is in need of immediate housing. He is sober six months and is leaving a rehab facility in search of both housing and a job. He’s open to being a caregiver, maybe taking care of someone that needs an IHSS person/live-in, or other situation. He’d prefer to stay in the LA/ VALLEY or OC area.  You can contact me and I will get you in touch with him. Thank you, Gregory (213) 986-7789
.     2/23/18

Looking for a Roommate (Los Angeles)
Want responsible tenant to share house in Van Nuys. Private bed/bath, furnished (queen bed, side drawers & dresser), ceiling fan, hardwood. Laundry, yard/pool/garden, off-street parking, central AC. I work from home so would like someone with a 9-to-5 job. Prefer gay/gay-friendly male. I have dogs and cat. No smokers, heavy drinkers. Not a party house, but 420 on occasion OK. $1150/mo, $600 deposit, includes water/gas/electricity/Wi-Fi. Need references & credit check. Available now. Leave name/number, type of work you do, and your lifestyle. I will contact you to meet. Randy: (323) 236-5150 or     2/24/18

Did You Know . . . ?


Jamie Wareham/Gay Star News

Two US army captains who met during “Don't ask, don't tell' have become the first active-duty gay couple to get married at a famous military academy. The wedding significantly took place in the glorious surroundings of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Capt. Daniel Hall, 30, and Capt. Vinny Franchino, 26 exchanged vows at the estate's picturesque chapel, the New York Times reports.

The pair are Apache helicopter pilots. They met in 2009 when Hall was a senior and Franchino was a freshman. It was at a time the former President Bill Clinton’s policy “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was still in effect. It stopped gay or bisexual members of the military from serving openly.

“We couldn't tell the truth for fear of what would happen to us,” Franchino told The New York Times. “So we put it in our minds that we were never going to say we were gay.
We were never going to get made fun of, and we were certainly never going to get kicked out of the Army.”

But even after Congress repealed “Don't ask, don't tell” in September 2011 – it wasn't an easy ride for the pair. Though they had their first date in 2012, they were split up by a deployment. Hall was sent to South Korea with his Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. There he began dating other people.

However, the duo eventually got back together. And they have finally tied the knot. Franchino said that although he's been through a lot with his new husband, nothing was worse than when he had to hide his identity. “We've experienced everything from people feeling awkward around us to being called faggots while holding hands and walking down the street . . . But despite what we've been through, nothing was worse than having served during the ‘Don't ask, don't tell' years.”

New York Times story and wedding photos:

CMG Marketplace - Part 2

Cruise with us to Bora Bora in luxury
CMGers Tom Taffel and his partner of 46 years, Bill Repp, have organized 73, six-star, ultra-luxury, group cruises at exclusive group rates on the world’s highest rated (small) ships.  Come cruise with us, for the 17th time on the 320 passenger, m/s “Paul Gauguin” from Tahiti to Bora Bora, Moorea, and beyond. You'll receive a 10% group discount, $300pp shipboard credit, and more on our retirement cruise.  Cruise, airfare from LAX, gratuities, premium spirits/gourmet wines, and water sports are included. Rates/itinerary:, or contact Tom & Bill at (415) 566-7673,

BA-MEN (So Cal)
BA-MEN (Beach Areas Men Enjoying Naturism), a men's naturist/nudist club in Orange County, Long Beach, and nearby, invites all 18+ men! Join us in Palm Springs May 25-June 1!  We're have a timeshare that sleeps 6, and have a car for 4-5 total leaving Garden Grove on 5/25. Donations only if staying/going with us! March events include a massage workshop, "spa@home day", movies, games, & more! See our calendar:: http://BA-MEN.Org/calendar/. Short-notice events added often, check the calendar & forums: http://BA-MEN.Org/yahoo/, and http://BA-MEN.Org/facebook/. Visit BA-MEN: http://BA-MEN.Org. Questions? And see our newsletter: http://BA-MEN.Org/newsletters/current/.    2/24/18

Holistic Psychological Healing and Wellness (Los Angeles)
Psychotherapy with Neil Schierholz PsyD for individuals, couples, adult families, and groups. Schedule a free initial phone consultation at Lower-fee options available with my interns.     2/14/18

Sensual Massage by Tall, Bearish, Nurturing Man (Los Angeles)
Come and relax in a Zen-like atmosphere. Take an hour out of your day to enjoy being pampered. Strong intuitive hands. You create the type of massage you would like. You will also enjoy the soft music and candles. In a Van Nuys house with a private room. Shower and easy parking available. Large oversized massage table, and clean sheets. Times available: after 6pm on weekdays. On weekends, call to see what I have available. Cost is $85 for over an hour.  Book your appointment with Randy (323) 236-5150.     2/24/18

Freshen Your Photo (statewide)
Can we get the words off my t-shirt?  And make the ground prettier?” Done! Through, longtime CMG member Milo Shapiro saves old pictures, improves current ones, and even removes people/things from photos.  Email him photos for a free estimate. What photo in your desk drawer or desktop folder needs fixing? Wish decades old photos looked fresh or had color? Sun bleaching, water damage, scratches or tears on old shots? Email Milo your photo for a free estimate.     2/2/18

Confused by Technology? (Los Angeles)
IT Acquisition & Services (Pasadena, LA-area): Free consultation, $20 for 20 minutes. Let me help you navigate the IT issues you are facing today, so that you can enjoy your technology tomorrow. Wanting a new gadget or a new pc/mac for Xmas?? Receiving errors or warnings??  I have seen most everything and can make recommendations to fit your budget. Maybe a Chromebook ( is best? I will always be helpful for any decision-making. (  Leave me (Harold Felton) a message at (626) 398-6864 anytime, day or night.     2/23/18

Power, Surrender, & Intimacy (LA)
A Body Electric Workshop with Dave Allen in Pasadena. This workshop creates a safe space for establishing connection, exploring intense body sensation, and expressing intentional physicality. Along with erotic touch, emphasis is on creating conscious intentions, learning how to ask for what you want, and practicing exquisite attention. Methods used include spanking, bondage, flogging and other methods of high body stimulation. Expect heightened awareness of your body's capacity for sensation, a greater sense of personal empowerment, and appreciation for the human energy of surrender. March 9-11. Financial aid available . . . just ask!     2/23/18

Men's Nude Yoga Classes (Los Angeles)
#1  Men’s Nude YogaBasics. Saturday March 17th and Saturday April 14th (9:30-10:30 AM).  Very basic yoga poses held to stretch and help detoxify the body.  $20   #2:  Men’s Naked Yin/Yoga: Sunday March 25th (9:30-11:00 AM).  Yin Yoga, poses are held for about three minutes at a time to better stretch the connective tissue around the joints   $30    #3:  Naked Massage and Stretch Saturday, April 28th (9:30-11:00 AM).  You will be assigned a wing-man to work with at the class.  $30    More information Location: Woodland Hills (San Fernando Valley).      2/19/18

Massage and Yoga (San Francisco)
CMGer and CMT Brian Swager offers serious, therapeutic, healing bodywork with a warm, sensual approach incorporating Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, lomi lomi, craniosacral, and Body Electric style tantric techniques. Warm, quiet, clean studio, quality table, Sacred Earth lotion, shower. Also available for private yoga sessions, naked or clothed. Additional info:  (415) 551-7866     2/21/18

Links of Interest

LGBT Social & Recreational Organizations
CMG (California Men's Gatherings)
OUT4FUN (Gay Calendar of Events)
SAGA-LA (Los Angeles Gay Ski & Snowboard Club)
SAGA-SD (San Diego Gay Ski & Snowboard Club)
Great Outdoors
APGF (Asian/Pacific Gays & Friends)
POZabilities (San Diego Social Network)
GLTA (Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association)
IGBO (International Gay Bowling Organization)
IAGSDC (International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs)
Fun and Games Club
Arriba (Ski & Snowboard Club for Gays & Lesbians)
LA Blades Hockey Club
Gay Outdoors
LANG (Los Angeles Nude Guys)
CMEN (California Men Enjoying Naturism)
BA-MEN (Beach Areas Men Enjoying Naturism - for O.C., Long Beach, & South Bay)
Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council (Facebook Page)
Satrang (South Asian Queers of Southern California)
Black & White Men Together (Southern California)
Radical Faeries LA
LARF (Los Angeles Radical Faeries)
Menstuff Events Calendar
A Men's Project
So CA Bondage Club
East Bay Network
Men's Massage Network (Los Angeles)
Southern California Gay & Lesbian Club (and Friends!)
Southern California Cycling Group
The Billys

Community Organizations
Los Angeles LGBT Center
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
San Diego LGBT Community Center
Sacramento LGBT Center
Palm Springs LGBT Center
Antelope Valley OUTtreach Center
LA LGBT Center Senior Services
AIDS Project LA
Shanti Orange County
Lifeworks Mentoring
Project Angel Food
Project Chicken Soup (Los Angeles County)
Hollywood Free Clinic
SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous)
L.A. Youth Supportive Services (Teen and Young Adult Hotline)
Southern Oregon Pride
Lotus Rising Project
Pacific Center (Berkeley)
Red Circle Project
One (National Gay and Lesbian Archives)
Pop Luck Club
Trevor Project
L.A. County 211
Mankind Project Los Angeles
Mankind Project San Diego
The Discovery Community (Bay Area)
Gay For Good
Starland Community
HSD (Homeless Shelters)
UCSF Alliance Health Project (San Francisco)
The Lavender Effect
North County LGBTQ Resource Center (Oceanside)
HIV Long-term Survivors

Political Organizations
Equality California
Human Rights Campaign
Stonewall Democrats (Los Angeles)
Log Cabin Republicans

Miscellaneous Organizations & Listings
Gay Business Directory (LGBT Yellow Pages)
Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (L.A.)


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