This is the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival Issue. That is a mouthful but I wanted to give credit to an exciting new undertaking in a part of the arts community that we haven’t heard much about until now! Kudos to the driving force, Frank Barnhart and all his volunteers and sponsors. I actually will be attending the last part of the Festival, which runs September 12-21, 2002. Appearing will be nationally known performers like Jade Esteban Estrada, Karen Williams and Chris Steele and theatre groups from all over the U.S. and Canada.