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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
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Date June 3, 2005
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  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript eet Under' & out The hit series that is dark and funny at the sme time begins its last season. Page 12 SENATE BILL 6: Gay foster parents OK. Page 3 'DESI': Film fest offers up a lesbian flick. Page 3 MARRIAGE WOES: Trouble for New Paltz mayor. Page 5 Calif. marriage bill falls short in Istvote Second vote was expected on Friday By EARTHA MELZER Gay marriage supporters failed in their first attempt to gar­ner enough votes in the California Assembly for a measure that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The first vote on the bill, AB 19, the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act, was 35 in favor, and 37 against in the 80- member body. The bill needs 41 votes to pass. Supporters of the bill planned to lobby the seven Democrats who abstained from the first vote and try again. The second vote was to be held after the Voice's deadline. Eddie Gutierrez. the director of communications for Equality California, said he was not overly concerned that the bill did not pass on the first attempt. "We hope it will prevail, but the vote will come down to the wire." Gutierrez told the Blade Wednesday night after the first vote. "We hope that as [legisla· tors) spend tonight with their families and children, they con· sider that our families· future is in their hands." If the bill becomes law, Gay Assemblyman Mari< Leno (D-San Francisco) sponsored AB 19, which would legalize same-sex marriages in California. (Photo by AP) California would become the first state in the country to voluntarily rewrite marriage laws to include gay couples as equals. AB 19 would change the Ian· guage concerning marriage in California's Family Code from "only marriage between man and a women is valid or recognizPd in this state .. to "marriage is a per- Please see MARRIAGE on Page 7 dish After their wedding. Houstonians Brian Lang (left) and Joseph Werle posed with Vancouver, B.C. Wedding Commissioner Ann Moore, who has presided at some 300 same-sex weddings. Gay Houston couple decides to tie the knot in Canada Two men find that getting married is a civilized and joyous affair in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia By BINNIE FISHER As Houstonians Brian Lang and Joseph Werle planned a trip to visit friends in Seattle, Wash reccntl); they realized that a quick excursion to Canada could grant them something the Texas Legislature wants to deny them in the state Constituuon: marnage. "We decided as long as we were going up there anywa}: why not go ahead and get hitched," Lang quipped. adding that although it sounds flippant, getting married in Canada requires advance research and planning. Please see WEDDINGS on Page 4 local life Whether he's Bette or a mouse in a martini glass, Rick Hurt's a Pride presence. PAGES Rebecca Loos' documentary, 'Power Lesbians' should make her a gay household word PAGE 17 2 JUNE 3. 2005 Along with flying beads. waving politicians. and sassy drag Queens. QT.C. II\' a 0 ·~ ~TIME WARNER ~ CABLE here www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE 6ay, le1b111. Bi. ud lraasuader Pride Saturday, June 25, 2005 Pride Festival· 2:00 PM - Until Parade At Yoakum & Westheimer $10 At the Gate Discount nckets at PrideHouston.org ••ATU•l•e Sophie 8. Hawkins Pansy Division Jade Esteban Estrada An "Energy Dance Tent." Community Marketplace. Children's Activities. Beer Garden & Two Stages of live Entertainment Pride Parade. 8:45 PM lower Westheimer largest GlBT Event in the Southwest With Over 200.000 Spectators! For All Official Pride Events & Parties. Go To: PROOUCED BY PRIDE HOUSTON ~ ..... -~ w . ~ ..-ba\jlt @•9!."!"lljlf"!j-!"111§•@- conc1p www Random$ly com HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I local news briefs Empower gets down to business with new features for 2005 Empower, the business expo hosted annually by the Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce gets underway Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, 19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This year, Empower features two new events, an Equality Conference and the Taste of Montrose, a chance to sample the area's cuisine. The Expo showcases gay, lesbian and gay-friendly businesses as well as non-profit organizations and takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost to attend the expo is $5. The Taste of Montrose luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Equality 101 Conference and Futures Conference take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and feature local and national speakers on a range of topics including corporate development, aging issues, political organizing, fundraising, the art of building voting power and afllrming religions com­munities. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information is available by phone at 713-523-7576 or by e-mail at info(a ghglcc.org. Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) will speak at the annual Pride Social hosted by the Houston Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson among speakers at Thursday event Tuxas Rep. Senfronia Thompson (I}Houston) is among the speakers who will address the annual Pride Social h~ted by the Houston Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Thursday (June 9). Al<;0 on the program are Houston City Controller Annise Pruirer and Sue Lovell, a candidate for Houston City Council. Thompson, a Tuxas legislator for more than 30 years, recently delivered an impassioned and memorable speech in support of gay marriage as the House was considering a bill that would not only prohibit same-sex marriage but would also ban civil unions. House Joint Resolution 6 passed both legislative houses and will be on the state ballot Nov. 8. The Pride Social lakes CORRECTION A story on Page 1 of the May 27 Houston Voice said the proposed constitutional amendment in Texas "paves the way for someone who was legally married in another state to come to Texas, file for divorce and keep all the property that was aqcuired • The story should have said. 'because same-sex marriages and civil umons from other states will be unconst1tut1onal in Texas. a divorcing same­sex spouse may be able to come to Texas where the relationship 1s not recognized and unfairly avoid all marital obligations such as community debt or spousal support. and may even be able to keep some community property to the delri· ment of the other spouse • The matter will go to the voters Nov. S . place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Rouge, 812 Westheimer and is free and open to the public. Community Center events include GLBT Night at Montrose Diner The Houston GLBT Community Center inau· gurates a twice-monthly GLBT Night at Montrose Diner, 1111 Westheimer. The first event is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 7), and the event is planned on the first and third Tuesday of each month thereafter. Features include door prues and discounts. On Frida>: June 10, the center hosts a special Pride edi· tion of the monthly performance night, Featured at the Center. The event takes place at 7 p.m. the second Friday of each month and is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. The center is located at 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 'lffl. www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org. Desi Del vane IS the producer of a film that wiD be pre­sented by the Houstoo G.1y and Lesbian Film Festival. Houston Gay and lesbian Film Festival presents lesbian film by Desi Del Valle "Desi's Looking for a New Girl." a lesbian comedy by Desi Del Valle, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. today (June 3) at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 33.3 S. Jensen. The film. with dialogue in Spanish, English nnd Spanglish. premiered at the 2000 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and has won numerous regional film awards. The plot chronicles the highs and lows of Desi's search for the perfect woman after she gets dumped by her live­in lover. Cost is $5. For more information. call 713·222· 1213. From staff and wire reports JUNE 3. 2005 3 local news CPS overhaul passes Senate without Talton amendment Passage of SB 6 leaves gays and lesbians free to continue as foster parents By BINNIE FISHER The Texas Legislature last week gave final approval to a bill to overhaul the state's Children's Protective Services Division after last·minute negotiations stripped out an amendment that would have prevented gays and lesbians from serving as foster parents. The amendment, tacked onto the leg­islation in the House by Texas Rep. Robert Talton (R·Pasadena). v;ould also • have required the state agency to inves· tigate all current foster parents and dis· miss any of those who were found to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Gay rights activists hailed the last· minute passage of the bill before the leg­islative session ended as a victory. "The hours of talking and waiting and lobbying paid off," said Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. "The Talton amendment was cut with­out with any compromise." He said a number of compromises were placed on the table including one that would have allowed current gay and lesbian foster parents lo remaln but When Senate Sill 6 was debated m the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Robert T aJton IR· Pasadena) tacked on an amendment that would have prevented gays and lesbians from serving as foster parents. eliminate future gay and lesbian appli· cants from becoming foster parents. Among those opposed to the Talton amendment was Sen. Jane Nelson (R­Lewisville). the original" author of Senate Bill 6. Nelson argued that the amendment would not only cost the state millions of dollars, but it would displace hundreds, perhaps thousands of chil· dren at a time when foster homes art.! at a premium. She also said the amendment would have left the legislation OJ;>C'n to being overturned by the courts. The Senate gave final approval to the Texas Sen. Jane Nelson (R-LewtSV111e) authored Senate Sill 6 to overhaul the state's foster care system and she made 1t dear that she opposed the Talton Amendment that would have prevented gays and lesbians from being foster parents. bill last Frida~: Ellis said he worries that the measure will come up again m the next legisla· tive session. "The point I make is that I'm already worried about 2007 on this issue," he said. "We'll have to fight it even harder next time, because it v.ill be back, and it will have momentum." Before then, Ellis said, he hopes to have a statewi<le effort In place to lobby not only legislators but also the public. He said he hope;; gays and lesbians come forward and offer their help. "They need to help put a face on this issue," he said. "We need resources, whether it's funding or whether its spokespcr~ons." In addition working to derail another bill that would ban gay and lesbian fo · ter parents, Ellis said, supporters of gay rights need to be actively campaigning against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay mar­riage and limit civil unions. "We need marriage rights, whether It's civil unions that eventually become marriage, we need to get them." he said. The 79th Legislative Session that ended in May gave gay activists a clear view of their friends as well as those who could be cultivated, Ellis noted. He pointed out that there were legis· lators who took a clear stand in favor of same-sex marriage. '"Some legL~lators have to \1ew the landscape before making an active movement," he said. l\elson could not be reached for com· ment regarding pas5age of the bill, but her staff indicated that she is happy with the outcome. @MORE INFO Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas www.lgrl.org 4 JUNE 3. 2005 free yourself LET US MAKE BUSINESS EASIER FOR YOU Core FS LTD Co FINANCIAL SERVICES FO SMALL BUSINESS • f. 1' Accounting Scrv!c~ • r " ncial Reporting rmmem:al Compliance Consultauon • Processing of Payroll. Accounts Payable & Receivable • Assists m F1lmg for Corporations, mclud1ng Inc., PA. LP & LLC 832.978.4841 • merlln@corefslc.com you deserve the time to enjoy your business ~ ccge..Nft 0-0 ·1101g Ct.pR/1 0-0 11~ Olfteial 2005 PF~ 6e.. t Cslsb111tlng Rsv. C.10/gn lloblag'g IE glJll~ In lllnl~ttg/ ~tfday, June 24th 7 prn -12 arn gheHlton Brookhol low Hotel T1c1cen: tSO - fnt!/11• llo~ D'oetmU, DU1:1J1t & 15000 In Culno Ch/pt tadoom11bl11 fat Ptlzu/ Buy Yout Tickarn T odey! (71g) ~81-9149 Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2:25 W 11tti St - Houston TX 77008- 713-861-9149 www resurrect1onmcc org www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I local news In the living room of her Vancouver. B.C. home, Marriage Commissioner Ann Moore marries Houston residents Joseph Werle (left) and Brian Lang. Weddings of same-sex couples are booming in B.C. WEDDINGS. continued from Pagel Once they arrived in Vancouver, B.C., Lang said, they found that most residents of the city are not only in favor of same-sex marriage, but they seem to celebrate it. A B.C. Appeals Court ruled in 2003 that same-sex marriage is legal in the province and since then, thousands of couples have taken advantage of the ruling. By consulting gayvancouver.com, Lang said, he learned that he and Werle would need to find a marriage commissioner to perform their ceremony. He looked at the list on the Web site and chose Ann Moore. He fired off an e-mail to her and was delighted to hear back that she would be happy to perform their marriage. Moore sent Lang a copy of the wording she normally uses, \vords she wrote herself. "She told us we could change anything except 111-tiat was written in red because it is raiuired in British Colwnbia," he said "We thought it was lovely We didn't change a thing." In e-mail exchanges with Moore, she invited the two men to come co her home for the service and told them they could purchase their marriage license at an insurance company near where she lives. Moore told the Voice that when couples come from outside Vancouver, she usually conducts the service at her house. "I've done close to 300 same-sex wed­dings, and 75 to 80 percent of them are from the states or outside Canada," she said. "I do a lot of weddings in my home because a lot of people (from outside Canada) don't have a venue." On May 18, their wedding day, Lang said, events did not seem to be shaping up as he had planned. It was raining, and he and Werle were running late. The insurance company where they were to purchase a license was closed. MORE INFO Marriage Resources in British Columbia w.gayvancouver.net They called Moore in a panic, and she sent them to a business in China Town. Because there was no time to change into the clothes they had planned to wear, Lang and Werle showed up at Moore's home with license but casually dressed. "She has a lovely home," Lang said. Moore put the two men at ease and posed with them for photographs after the ceremony. Vancouver celebrates marriage When they left Moore's house as a mar· ricd couple, Lang and Werle found that in Vancouver, all marriages are celebrated. Stopping at a store to make a purchase, they proudly told the clerlc they had just got­ten married. "She crune around from behind the counter and hugged us both," Lang said. As they checked into the Pacific Palisades Hotel, Lang said, he and Werle told the desk clerk they were newlyweds. "They gave us a lovely suite at a dis­counted price," Lang said. "We ate in the hotel restaurant that night at dinner. We told the waitress, and she gave us a 20-per­cent discount. She went and got the gener· al manager. He chatted us up for a while and sent over a bottle of champagne." It was a far cry from life in Texas, where legislators recently approved a pro­posed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same·sex marriage and civil unions. Voters will decide Nov_ 8. "The real difference was just being up there and being able to celebrate some­thing like this," he said. In addition, Lang said, marriage is no frivolous matter in British Columbia. "If we wanted to get a divorce, we'd have to establish residency first." Moore said those who come to Vancouver to get married are often amazed at how openly they are greeted. "The couples I marry say they get won· derful help," she said. "Right here in Vancouver it's very cosmopolitan." Moore said she is one of about 25 mar· riage commissioners, and by law, all must agree to perform same-sex weddings. they're expected to resign. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonwice.com I national news briefs N.Y. high court says New Paltz mayor must face trial ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) The village mayor who challenged New York law by attempting to marry gay couples last year will face trial, the state's highest court ruled last week. New Paltz Mayor Jason West faces 24 misdemeanor counts of violating the state's domestic relations law by marrying couples without licenses in late February 2004. He faces fines and up to a year in jail if convicted. West's actions came amid a flurry of efTorts in various states to wed gay couples after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, allowed gay couples there to marry in February 2004. Those efTorts have l~ely been put on hold by the courts. West, a Green Party member. has main· tained he was upholding the gay couples' constitutional rights to equal protection and thus his oath of office - by allowing them to wed in the Hudson Valley college town in late February 2004. But state offi· cials, including Gov. George Pataki and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, have said same·sex ceremonies violate state law. The state Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, last week refused West's request for it to hear the case without having lower courts weigh in first. Mass. high court rejects bid to halt same-sex marriages BOSTON (AP) The state's highest court last week rejected a Roman Catholic activist's bid to halt gay mar· riages in Massachusetts until after voters have weighed in on a constitutional ban. The Supreme Judicial Court authorized the nation's first same-sex weddings with its landmark November 2003 ruling. Joseph Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League, had argued that the ruling went too far by allowing gay marriages to proceed before voters had a chance to consider the constitutional amendment. Doyle's lawsuit sought a stay on gay marriages until after the vote, which could happen in November 2006, at the earliest, but the high court rejected his request. The court held same·sex couples shouldn't be denied the right to marry on the possibility voters would approve the amendment. Microsoft severs ties with anti-gay lobbyist SEA'ITLE (AP) Microsoft Corp. says it has severed ties with Ralph Reed, a Republican lobbyist who once headed the Christian Coalition and is now running for lieutenant governor in Georgia. "Ralph Reed is no longer on retainer with ~1icrosoft," company spokesperson Ginny Terzano told the As.<;0eiated Press last week The move came a month after liberal activists urged Microsoft to quit using Reed as a political consultant, upset that the soft· ware company had pulled its support for a Washington state gay rights bill it had backed in the past. The company has since s;ud it will support such legislation in the future. "Microsoft has a wide range of con­sultants on retainer, both Democrats and Republicans. and they are brought on based on need and for various reasons. but it's not our policy to discuss specifics about their retainers," Terzano said. Microsoft claimert Reed lobbied only on international trade and competition, not social issues. The New York Court of Appeals ruled last week that New Paltz Mayor Jason West should be put on trial for attempting to marry gay couples last year (Photo by Tim Roske/AP) Protesters call for Spokane mayor embroiled in sex scandal to resign SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Demonstrators who picketed outside City Hall say they plan weekly appearances until Mayor James E. West resigns. About 30 people demonstrated last week in the first organ­ized public protest against West since the Spokesman-Review newspaper raised alle. gations of past sexual misconduct and con· temporary misuse of office against the mayor on May 5. The demonstration capped a WC<'k in which West said he will be vindi­cated by two separate investigations into his conduct, and several major Spokane business and economic development groups called for him to step down. West also defended himself on NBC's .. Today" show on Monda;: denying allegations of past sex· ual molestation of boys. Anti-gay fliers trigger anger at Southern Oregon University ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) Fliers urging the killing of gays have been littering the cam­pus of Southern Oregon University the past two weeks, triggering anger and shock from administrators. students and politicians. One flier bore the mes.c;age: "And the Bible says that homosexual ofTenders should be put to dC>ath .... So help eradicate homophobia now. Kill the Queer." Roger Wert. who is gay and president of the student Senate, said he rea.'lltly was the victim of a hate crime in which several young men accosted him and two female friends at a convenience store in Ashland, making lewd sexual advances. Al'-0 last week, stuclenb at the university voted to ban military recruiters as well as recruiting material from the university's student union. Students reasoned they should exclude recniit<'rs because the military violates the university's anti-discrimination policies by barring gays and preventing women from certain jobs, such as combat roles. Investigators do not know if that action is the motivation behind the anti-gay fliers. From staff and wire reports JUNE 3, 2005 5 Fun NetwOi'klng Free Giveaways Cocktails Door Prizes Sports & Outdoors Entertainment Great Food Shopping and morel Deloitte. 6 JUNE 3. 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE OVER Houston Voice Pride 2005 Issue: June 24 Deadline: June 17 To advertise call Jason Wilson at 713.529.8490 reSS 'v"o.J'1"4c''e1 ,1 GENRE HllltlllflU I washingt;on ~Blade HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 3, 2005 7 I national news HRC, Task Force pool money to fight Calif. amendment MARRIAGE. continued from Page l sonal relation arising out of a civil con­tract between two persons." The gender-neutral language was used in the California Family Code between 1850 and 1977. The bill, which has 30 sponsors, also states that no priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination, and no offi· cial of any non-profit religious institution will be required to carry out any wedding in violation of his or her right to the free exercise of religion. Political observers said that if the bill passes the House it is likely to pass the Senate, before heading to the desk of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger has not said whether he would sign the bill. A spokesperson for the governor said that he will have about two weeks to decide, should it be approved by the Senate and sent to his desk in August as expected. "This bill would make a mockery of marriage," said Mathew Staver, president and general counsel for the Liberty Counsel, the legal wing of Rev. Jerry Falwell's ministry. 'Drain marriage of its essence' Staver said that AB 19 would "drain marriage of its essence, objective, and common sense purpose." The purpose of marriage is for procreation and raising children so they are in an environment with gender duality, Staver said, it is an essential role of government to be able to strengthen families. Staver claimed that the people of California voiced opposition to same-sex marriage by adopting Proposition 22, which prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage, in 2000. Gay rights activists, legal scholars and social conservatives disagree over whether Proposition 22 was intended to keep other states from forcing California to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere or whether it was intended to ban all same­sex marriages. California has a unique ballot initiative system in which citizens can enact laws through a statewide voter initiative; legis· lation enacted in this way cannot be changed by the Assembly. Staver said that if AB 19 passes, the Liberty Counsel would sue to overturn it on the grounds that it violates Proposition 22. The constitutionality of Prop 22 itself is also in question. On April 14, Judge Richard Kramer of the San Francisco Superior Court ruled that Prop 22 violated the equal protection clause of the California Constitution and unfairly dis· criminated against same-sex couples. Last week, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed an appeal of the trial court decision in the San Francisco-based 1st District Court of Appeals. Lockyer has said that he supports gay rights and is simply fulfilling his responsibility to uphold state law. If same-sex marriage becomes legal in California through the passage of AB 19, the lawsuits over the constitutionality of state laws against same-sex marriage would prob­ably be set aside, said Barbara Cox, profes· sor at California Western School of Law. According to Staver, the legislature's actions are the least important in the hier­archy of California lawmaking because a ballot measure can override a bill passed by the legislature and the constitution trumps even laws adopted by ballot initiative. Assembly defeated attempt Bills to amend the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriage as well as the recognition of domestic part· nerships were defeated in the Senate and Assembly judiciary committees earlier this month. Those bills, if passed into law, would have repealed legal protections for !es· bians and gays and their families includ· ing benefits they already have under California's domestic partnership laws. Following this defeat, social conserva· tive groups announced a campaign to amend the constitution by ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage and recognition of domestic partnerships. "It's high time that we the people override the judges and politicians who've been relentlessly attacking marriage," said Randy Thomasson, an initiative organizer. "This vitally important ballot initiative empowers average Californians to stop the insanity of judges and politicians flushing our precious vote on marriage down the drain." Initiative proponents have begun fund· raising, expect to begin circulating peti­tions in July and to have the measure on the ballot in a June 2006 election. According to Equality California, a statewide gay civil rights group, a coalition of more than 200 religious, labor and civil liberties groups called Equality for All has formed to oppose the proposed constitu· tional amendment. In news conferences in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, the group said, that the ballot measure, if passed, would hurt millions of same-sex couples and their families and others by denying them essential legal protections. "The effort to target one category of people - in this case gays and lesbians - for reduced rights has profound implica· tions for all of us," Rabbi Doug Kahn, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council said. "What Researchers pursue post-HIV vaccine By RYAN LEE ATLANTA - AIDS researchers are optimistic that they may have found a vac­cine that would treat people already living with HIV. Participating in a panel discussion at an Emory University conference on mv vac· cine research and drug development late last month, Jean-Marie Andrieu, a virolo­gist at the Institute of Research for Vaccines & Immunotherapies for Cancer & AIDS in Paris, discussed the early successes of a therapeutic vaccine his team developed. The French team has tested its vaccine on mice and monkeys and has begun adminis­tering tests to humans. The effects of the vac­cine in non-humans is predictive of results when the vaccine is delivered to people, a breakthrough that could shorten the length of time it takes for a vaccine to reach humans. researchers said. "It is much faster to attain results in animals than in humans because with humans, you have to go through human trials and other things that take time," said Genoveffa Franchini, a principal AIDS vaccine researcher at the National Cancer Institute who participated in the May20panel. "So with the similarities between non­human primates and humans, different vaccine approaches can now be tried quite effectively," Franchini said. Therapeutic vaccines as opposed to preventive vaccines that protect mv-nega­tive people from contracting the virus - have been researched for almost two decades. They offer a potential alternative to the "lifetime of chemo" currently available to HIV-positive individuals, said Terje Anderson, executive director of the National Association of People Living With AIDS. "I don't know if I'd say there's a lot of buzz around it in the mv community, but people are hoping this can offer something new," Anderson said. "Obviously for people living with HN, a preventive vaccine does· n't do anything in terms of our O\\n health, so both kinds of vaccines need to continue being pursued." But the therapeutic vaccines now being tested in humans have not shared similar success in all subjects, Franchini said. The effects last only a limited time with some participants before they must return to traditional drug treatment, the researcher said. • "It's important to know that [therapeu­tic vaccines] cannot be substituted for anti-retroviral therapy - the results are seen for months. but need to be sustained more," Franchini said. Human testing of the therapeutic vac­cine created by the French research team involved people with HIV being injected with a mixture of mv taken from their own blood and their own dendritic cells. When foreign pathogens enter a per­son's body, dendritic cells mark those pathogens so that the immune system can easily recognize them and develop a response to fight the illness. But HIV avoids being marked by dendritic cells and renders the immune system unable to is the next group that is deemed so threat· ening that their basic rights should be rolled back?" National groups offer funds The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign announced that they would donate up to $100,000 each as a fund-raising challenge to raise $1 million by Labor Day to defeat the proposed amendment. If AB 19 passes and becomes law, it is possible that same-sex marriages could begin and then be suspended again if a constitutional amendment banning same­sex marriage passes later, Cox said. Cox said that it is also possible that the move to amend the constitution would lose steam after same-sex marriages happen and people realize that they aren't having a damaging effect on society. Cox said that she believes given the option same-sex couples will chose mcr­riage over domestic partnership, but, she said, it is not clear what AB 19 would do to the existing domestic partner registry. California's domestic partnership sys· tern extends a broad range of rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples regis· tered as domestic partners. Earlier this year a bill known as AB 20.5 took effect, expanding the rights granted to domestic partners so that they receive nearly all of the benefits extended to mar· ried couples by the state. Jeff Winkler has been with his partner for nearly six years and was married for the brief period during which same-sex marriages were performed in California. Winkler said that he and his partner have created wills and medical power of attorney documents in an attempt to com· pensate for the lesser legal status of their domestic partnership. T erje AJdersoo executive director of the National Association of People Wrth AIDS. said a therapeutic HIV vact111e would offer an alternative to the 'lifeline of chem> amntty available to people living with HIV mount a resistance. 80 percent drop in viral load The French researchers discovered that when their mixture of "killed" HIV and dendritic cells were injected, the patients' viral load - or amount of HI\' present in their blood system dropped by an average of 80 percent HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 3, 2005 PAGES A Houston Pride Parade fixture for 23 years Rainbo de Klown will be at Houston Pride in spirit as he attends a wedding in Illinois By DAWN RORIE Pride just won't be the same this year without Rainbo de K.lown. Every year for the past 23 years, Ricky Hurt, better known as Rainbo de Klown, has been a parade fixture, sometimes controversial, sometimes silly, always original and imaginative, Rainbo de Klown is often the talk of the tov.11 long after the parade has passed b}: So, v. hy will Rainbo de K.lown be MIA at Pride 2005? "What IS Rainbo going to do for Pride this year?" Hurt repeats the question, looking extremely disheartened. "Rainbo's going to a wedding; you know one of those heterosexual weddings!" Although Hurt is excited to be heading back home to Illinois to participate in his brother's wedding, his jaw dropped when the wedding date was announced .. "l said, 'June 25th? That's Pride Day! You can't get married on Pride Day'" Pride celebrations in and around the state of Illinois should take notice: If Rainbo can't participate in his beloved Houston Pride Parade, he plans to slip away from the wedding festivities for long enough to get his Pride fix some­where. Chicago and St. Louis are possi· bilities, says Hurt. "I've got to check the schedules and see if I can go." In 1981, Hurt saw his first Pride Parade. Having come from a small town in central Illinois, he had never seen anything like it. The follov; ing year, Hurt decided to partic· ipate. He had been working a side job as a clown for the past few years, and after receiving a rainbow-colored clo\\11 wig for his birthda}; he had even developed a clown name: Rainbo de Klown. Rainbo de Klov.11 made his first appearance at Houston Pride in 1982. After that, Rick} Hurt was hooked. Every year since, he has pushed the limits of the imagination to come up with new and exciting entries. One year, Hurt dressed in a clown tuxe­do costume and tutu. As a finishing touch, @MORE INFO Houston Pride Par.¥le 8:45 p.m. June 25 Westheimer between Woodhead and Whitney www.pndehouston.org In 2004. Rambo de Klown celebrated Bette M1dler. (Photo by Dalton DeHartl he stuffed inflated balloons underneath his shirt as breasts. Parade officials did not find his balloon-breasts amusing. As Hurt suddenly blossomied into woman­hood, the head of the parade insisted that Hurt pop the balloons because comic drag was not considered polite parade fare at the time. "I popped them, but I wasn't happy about it," says Hurt. Hoping to change Parade rules about comedy drag, he began working on the Pride Committee, eventually becoming the Pride Parade Chair. In 1988, the Garden Party, an anything-goes drag ensemble ("Think guys in beards and dresses," says Hurt). took part in the parade "Before then, you could only march if you were a 'pretty' drag queen," explains Hurt. Going as Bette During his time on the Pride Committee, Hurt continued to create his infamous parade entries. His most famous entry was a spoof of Bette Midler's Delores Delago act. Hurt dressed in a mer· maid costume and was pushed down Westheimer in a shopping cart by a man in a banana suit. The next day, his picture was in the paper and on the local TV news. Hurt recalls that his most controver­sial entry started out as a perfectly innocuous idea: a clown lounging in a martini glass. "The clown's name was Mickey in de Martini Glass," Hurt says. It was a trick In 2003. Rainbo de Klown celebrated the U.S Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) costume. with Hurt's feet coming out at the bottom of the •·martini glass" so that he could walk down the parade route. The entourage that would accompany the mar· tmi-clown consisted of a giant styrofoam tequila bottle, a giant saltshaker, and someone dressed as a giant cup of coffee ("The designated driver," explains Hurt.) The only thing missing was the slice of lime. The night before the parade, Hurt found a shy, quiet guy at E.J.'s who said he'd like to be in the parade. "I don't know what happened the next day." remembers Hurt. "I put the costume on him, and he came alive!" Hurt demonstrates how a slice-of-lime costume would fit on anyone silly enough to agree to wear such a thing. He shows @RICKY HURT (Rainbo de Klown) ~Ho·m e.5 H4 ouston Hobbies: making costumes: and researching GLBT history Pets no pets (but used to have a male dog named "Miss Thang") Partner Status: ·rve had many and am still looking for one." how the top of the !Jme slice would swoop forward and down, over the wearer's head, while the bottom of the lime slice swoops up and forward. right at the wear­er's, well, midsection. "You can just imag· inc," he laughs. As Hurt walked along in his martini· clown getup. completely unaware of what was happening with the condi· ments in his entourage, the naughty slice of 1 ime leapt and frolicked, gyrat ing and thrusting his way up the entire parade route. Over the next few days, Hurt says he was flooded with calls and letters of complaint. When he is not designing costumes and creating interesting characters, Hurt is an activist for various causes. Over the years, he has participated in protests of all kinds. From AIDS awareness to gener­al gay rights issues, "I've done sit-ins, stand-ins, walks, marches, and rallies," says Hurt. One issue of particular interest to Hurt is "bandit signs". Those are the ille· gally placed signs that find their way onto utility poles, stop sign posts, and pretty much anywhere else they can be posted. Some scream "Lose weight now!" while others offer jobs or advertise for auto insurance. Hurt feels that beautifying Houston and getting rid of bandit signs is a two· part effort. He is working to push legis· lators to strengthen the penalties against those who violate sign ordi· nances. Meanwhile, he feels that it is up to all Houstonians to send the viola· tors a message. It only takes a minute to pull down a few signs and trash them. he says. "Why have all these beautiful trees and plants and things that our state is paying for. only to have it trashed up with signs?" he asks. From activism, to bungee jumping at the Westheimer Street Festival while dressed as Bette Midler and self-discov­ery through several days in the woods at Fairy Camp, Ricky Hurt truly has some amazing stories to tell. "Life is an adven· ture," he says. "Let your hair grow­even if you don't have any- and just enjoy what's out there!" HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 3. 2005 9 out in houston (Photos by Oalton OeHart) SKIN" • ena.issan.ce LASER CENTER See befo e and after ictures at www skinrenaissance.net Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Stonewall Democrats celebrated the start of Pride month with a bash at Meteor that drew (from left) Michael de Medici. Houston City Controller Annise Parker, City Council candidate Sue Lovell and Marie Wood. 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Tu hear our activists tell it, these conservative Republicans ought to be the focus of the gay rights movement John Kerry, Hillary Rodham Clinton. John McCain. Howard Dean. In fact, "liberal" Democrats and moder· ate Republicans like these ought to be the main focus of the movement right now. No amount of Chicken Little rhetoric and frenetic fund-raising will convince the stal­warts of the right to moderate their views, and the next opportunity to unseat them is almost two years awa)l Even then. how much will we really gain v.ith their successors? Our s<>ealled allies, who we cheelfully toast at black-tie dinners and lavish with our donations, could be reached and influ· enced right now with enough pressure applied at the right places. Instead, for years now. our activists have given a free pass to anyone who will parrot the right words of support for gay rights. and offered them political cover when they com· promise away our future for their present THE RECENT BROUHAHA OVER THE president's judicial nominations is a classic example of how we facilitate the abuse of our rights at our own expense. It wasn't a mammoth showdown like the votes last year to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. It wasn't a test of politi· cal will like last year's presidential cam­paign, when Democrat John Kerry withered when pressed on the issue of gay marriage. But the fight over whether Democrats could use the filibuster to block some of President Bush's judicial appointments was the fll'St big test of 2ro> for the gay rights movement and its allies. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone failed. Senate Democrats once again sacrificed gay rights for the greater good of their own political expedience, and our lobbying organizations nodded meekly in under­standing. not managing a peep of criticism. These same Democrats. and their like­minded predecessors, have talked the talk but never walked the walked for years, fail· ing even to pass employment non-discrimi­nation when their party controlled both houses of Congress and the presidenc}: THE Nl1I'S AND BOLTS OF THE F1LIBUSTER battle were arcane enough to excite only the m~t ardent political junkie: Senate Democrats had used the filibuster to block 10 of the 4.5 judges nominated by President Bush to serve on the nation's federal appeals courts, just one step below the U.S. Supreme Court. Frustrated that the minority party was thwarting the president and his fellow Republicans in the Senate majority, GOP lead· ers planned to invoke a "nuclear option," cut­ting off the filibuster with 51 votes, rather than the 60 required by Senate rules Of the IO judges blocked by the Democrats, the one judge with the clearest anti.gay record is William Pryor. the former Alabama attorney general. While in that posi. tion, he w-ged the Supreme Court not to strike down sodomy laws in Lawrence vs. Texas. Pryor argued that constitutional protection for consensual sex between gay people would inevitably lead to similar protections for incest, necrophilia. pedophilia and prostitution. President Bush managed an end-run around the Democrats' filibuster of Pryor and last year used a "recess appointment" to put Pryor temporarily on the 11th Circuit Appeals Court in Atlanta. The judge from Alabama quickly returned the favor, casting the critical deciding vote upholding Florida's ban on adoption by gays. But Pryor's "recess appointment" will expire soon if he does not receive official blessing from the U.S Senate, so when the president re·nominated him this year, gay rights groups quickly condemned the move. Then the Gang of 14, a group of seven sen· ators from each part); cobbled together a grand compromise: The Dem0<:rats agreed to abandon the filibuster on three of the pre.si· dent's worst nominees, including Pryor. In exchange. the Republicans agreed only to delay, for now, a vote on the "nuclear option." Most progressive civil rights groups crit· icized the "compromise" because it virtual· ly guaranteed the confirmation of three arch-conservative judges in exchange for lit· tie. A vote will still come on the nuclear option, only now it's more likely to involve HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 3. 2005 PAGE 10 a nomination to the Supreme Court, when the stakes are infinitely higher. "We are very disappointed with the decision to move these extremist nomi· nees one step closer to confirmation," said Nan Aron, head of the Alliance for Justice, in a reaction typical of liberal interest groups. "ls there anybody on our side who is happy?" she asked rhetorically. NAN ARON, MEET JOE SOLMONESE, THE newly installed director of the Human Rights Campaign, lead pacifist organization in the patsy movement for gay civil rights. He's plenty happy with the "compromL<>e." In language more befitting a judicial pro­nouncement than an activist organization. HRC and Solmonese issued a statement "laud· ing" a compromise that "protects our nation." It certainly didn't protect gay Americans from William Pryor, and how is delaying an inevitable vote on the "nuclear option" any sort of victory? Will the odds be any better for a filibuster when there is even more at stake? These s<>ealled allies have never protect· eel us at crunch time. They voted for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act. One of them, Bill Clinton, even signed that nefarious twosome into law. They oppose marriage equality, and many won't even go on record about civil unions. They have thus far voted against the president's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but only on frighten· ingly tenuous. legalistic grounds. Our national gay rights groups do not even keep track of how many members of Congress actually back marriage equal ii}: Only two non-gay members. at least judging by the debate on the president's marriage amendment. In the meantime, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, which used to be count· ed on as our most aggressive gay rights lobby, issued a navel-gazing statement mum· bling something about a "deep foreboding" over the compromise. Perhaps they were still counting the money raised last month at their dinner starring Howard Dean, who was awarded the Task Force Lifetime Achievement Award despite his repeated dismissals of marriage equality with a wave of his hand. It is not the job of a civil rights movement to offer political cover at crunch time. Conservative groups understand this and never scream more loudly than at their own allies when they waiver. Some liberal groups, like Aron's have learned that critical lesson. Unless and until our own activists can summon the courage to demand our equali­ty, we surely can't expect politicians to lead the way. I/iii Clvis Crain IS ~ executive editor of the Houston Voice and can be reached at ~ HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 3, 2005 11 Original movies, series ocumentaries and comedy. The world's largest library of gay films. Always on. Whenever you want · heretv.com GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE Blame it on kabbalah Gossip columnists say squabbles between Madonna and hubby are cut from her new documentary Page 17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~- JUNE 3, 2005 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 'six feet' over & out HBO'S BELOVED SERIES l<ICKS OFF ITS FI FTH AND FINAL SEASON By BRIAN MOYLAN T'S SOMETIMES DARK AND sometimes light. It's often funny and just as often sad. More often than not, it's both wacky and deadly serious at the same time. Perhaps this explains the appeal of HBO's '"Six Feet Under.'' '"Sb: Feet Under" Is especially popu· lar with gay audiences who tuned in to the show·s debut in 2001 not only for the great storytelling, but also for the relationship between gay funeral director David Fischer (Michael C. Hall) and former police officer and now bodyguard Keith Charles (:\tathew St. Patrick). They offer one of the most starkly honest portrayals of gay men on TY. Co-executive Producer Alan Poul and Creator Alan Ball, both gay, knew from the beginning that "Six Feet Under" would have a limited run. At the beginning of the show's fourth season, Ball decided that after the fifth season it was time to end it. .. Alan had some ideas about how he wanted to end, but the details the shocking details - were all worked out over the course of this year," Poul says. As last season ended, David, still harried from his torture after a car jacking, admitted his various infi delities and Keith admitted that he had an affair with the female singer he was working for as a bodyguard. Though they characteristically fought about it, they also characteristically forgave each other. Nate (Peter Krause) discovered his former brother-in· law murdered his ex -wife, Lisa (Lily Ta}·lor), with whom Nate has a child. He returned home to seek ,;olace from the perennially troubled Brenda (Rachel Griffiths). who became a psychologist. RUTH (FRANCES CONROY), NATE AND DAVID'S mother, discovered her new husband. George (James Cromwell), is suffering from a mental illness that caus· es him to be insufferable at times. Ruth's other child, Claire (Lauren Ambrose), shacked up, again. with Brenda's crazy brother Billy (Jeremy Sisto). Funeral home co-owner Rico (Freddy Rodriguez) finalized his divorce from Vanessa (Justina Machado). Surprisingly, in tbe first episode, the only people Q MORE INFO 'Six Feet Under' HBO Mondays at 8 p.rn. Gay couple David (Michael C. Hall left) and Keith (Mathew St Patrickl are actually getting along during the fifth and final season of HBO"s ·six Feet Under.' (Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO) associated with Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home who are in a good place are Keith and David, who are thinking about starting a famil;: Nate and Brenda are planning a wedding and trying to have a baby together. But with them, it's never smooth sailing. Meanwhile, Ruth feels tricked because George, who is incapacitated by the electroshock treatments he needs to keep him sane, didn't tell her about his illness before their hasty marriage. She's also not speaking to Claire, who has decided to quit school to concentrate on her art full·time. Rico is also adrift now that he's with· out Vanessa and dating again. Though the season lightens up quickly, it starts off on a dark note that includes a showdown between Brenda and Lisa's ghost. It is one of the program's rawest scenes to date. The final season also features two new characters: George's daughter, Maggie (Tina Holmes), who moves into the funeral home to help care for her father, and Roger (Matt Malloy), the gay film producer who David attacked last season and who now employs Keith as his bodyguard. Poul says that, as has often happened on the show. a bit character took on a life of his own. "Roger is a clas· sic case of a character who starts off as rather two· dimensional," he explains. "Matt Malloy brings so many colors and shading to the character, it made us want to keep him alive and let Roger begin to become a layered person with more sides." One of those sides includes promiscuous Roger being married to a woman (played by the unforgettable Julie Brown). As for David and Keith, they're still 12 episodes away from living happily ever after. This is something St. Patrick says would be refreshing for the bickering duo. "I would have been happy with maybe not as much fussing and fighting," he says. "We could have used some times where we really got along and could have been more appreciative of each other and non· confrontational." What St. Patrick says any couple can learn from David and Keith is perseverance. "They have gone through some tough situations. The first time you see Keith is at David's father's funeral," he says. "If you get someone who loves and supports you and will take care of you and will fight for you, I think you have a winner. You should really appreciate that and value that and realize that you have a great situation." DON'T CALL HER DOLLY: Actress Annalee Jefferies says overcoming Dolly is a challenge in 'Steel Magnolias.' Page 15 I HEADING INTO PRIDE: The 'Tarnation' DVD gets released just in time for Pride celebrations. Page 16 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce£om INDICATION: Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) is a prem1ption medicine used in combination with other medicines to treat people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Reyataz has been studied in 48·week trials in both patients who have taken or have never taken anti-HIV medicines. Reyataz does not cure HIV or help prevent passing HIV to others. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Do not take Reyataz if you are taking the following medicines: ergot medicines. Versed'. 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"I FEEL VERY BUTCH," LAUGHS actress Annalee Jefferies. The Alley Theatre star is just back from working 10- hour days at her HO-acre farm in Brenham, a "piece of heaven" that's a devil to keep up. "I got really; really dirty;" she explains. "So dirty you could write on my skin." In just a few hours, Jefferies will be fluffing up to get back into the beauty parlor that is the meeting place of six funny; strong women in Robert Harling's crowd-pleaser, "Steel Magnolias." As Trudy; the Dolly Parton role • oops! Don't let Jefferies hear that! It's hard enough, she explains, to make Truvy's one-liners sound fresh without "having to overcome the Dolly Parton mess." (Anyone who's gay knows that Parton played Truvy in the film version of the play. Anyone who's really gay knows that "Steel Magnolias" began as an off­Broadway play without Parton.) "I get disconcerted when someone says to me, ~you playing Dolly Parton?"' Through clenched teeth, she responds, "No, I am playing a character called Truvy ... " And what a character she is! "Truvy is one of those larger-than-life, wonderful Southern women," says Jefferies. "She is so splashy; so big, to play her you have to jump in with both feet! "She has a thick shell, with a wonder­ful spirit inside, and she keeps the force positive," adds Jefferies. "Truvy says, 'No one cries alone in my presence."' Of the play, which has been held over through June 12 to accommodate high demand for tickets, Jefferies says, "It is interesting doing something so popular, and such a part of pop culture. You have an audience that is a little bit ahead of you. They've seen the movie a thousand times. They know the lines. They know what's coming. It's a little like visiting a dear aunt." GAY MEN IN PARTICULAR. "CAN'T get enough of it!" she says. "They love it. Last night there was a man on the front row, and I could sense him and his friends right at my station. It was like they were right on my left shoulder all @MORE INFO 'Steel Magnolias' Through June 12 Alley Theatre 615 Texas Ave. 713-228-8421 wwwAlleyTheatre.org Melissa Hart (right) as Clairee Belcher and Amalee Jefferies as Truvy Jones are in the Alley Theatre production of 'Steel Magnolias,' running through June 12 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage. (Photo by John Everett) night. So when we came out for our cur­tain call, I pointed at them." Later, the group met Jefferies at a bar, and they giggled over cocktails. "I haven't talked with my lesbian friends," says Jefferies says, "but the play is all women · not that I have anything against men - but there are no men in the play, and I like that better than the movie because I think you can imagine the men better than they showed them." At the helm of the show's sorority was director Judith Ivey; the two-time Tony Award·winning actress who hails from Texas. "She was marvelous!" says Jefferies. "Everybody adored her. Don't get me wrong, she was not a pussycat, not a pushover. But she never said a negative word. She built up the respect in the room that we have for each other." Now that the play has opened and Ivey has left town, Jefferies says, "We all miss her desperately Directors always leave us." Likewise, Jefferies often travels to other cities to perform in plays, includ­ing 16 with former Houstonian Michael Wilson as director. Someday fans might hear that Jefferies is not acting but directing a show. "I taught for a good deal of time," she says, referring to her ActorSource classes for working actors in Houston, "and so many of my fellow actors have asked me why I'm not directing. So yes, it is some­thing I have been interested in doing. "Once I get behind a project, instead of having a project picked for me, that is when I think it will happen." JUNE 3. 2005 IS 16 JUNE 3. 2005 Cheri A. 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Mark Wood gave a statement on the importance of the g~ lesbian. bisexual and transgender presence in this year's election. and Sue Lovell spoke of her upcoming campaign and her platform on gay marriage. The event was also attend· ed by representatives of the Black Democrats of Houston an African American grass roots political organi1.a· tion. Michael de Medici, director of Stonewall's special events, has helped bring the Stonewall Dem's back from a period of relative quiet His next big event will be at Rich's. Co-sponsored by owner Nassim Joseph, the party is entitled "A Night in Oz" and is listed on the Pride Houston website as the official ending party of the weekend. I hear that Rich's and Medici are planning one big Texas surprise for this party! SPEAKING OF SURPRISES, THE space that once was "O" is said to be close to reopening, not as a country and west· ern bar as had been rumored, but as a bar and grill. Stay tuned for more. SADLY, TEXAS LOST AN INSTITUTION this week when the famed Oasis Restaurant on the shores of Lake Travis was gutted by a fire started by lightning on Wednesday How many sun­sets has HotGG looked at from one of those enormous decks? The owner says fear not, he will rebuild. OPENINGS, OPENINGS, OPENINGS! Get out your cloaks and check out the ring, Lord of the Rings that is. Saturda}: at 12:01 a .m .. the Houston Museum of Natural Science pres­ents, "The Lord of the Rings, Motion Picture Trilogy, the Exhibition!" As well as enjoying an exciting range of props, jewelry, char· acters and weapons used in The Lord of the Rings, you'll also see a range of exquisitely made costumes and much more. The museum is located at One Hermann Circle near Hermann Park. HOVI on the 0 For info and tickets call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. LOOKING FOR A LITTLE BLISS IN your life? Then stop by 19th Street in the Heights. Dan Long and Tom Young have opened a new store called, appropriately enough, Bliss. Bliss feature; styli~h quali· ty gifts, a unique blend of home accents. gifts, cards and much more, in a casual and peaceful shopping environment. Bibs is located at 235 W. 19th and is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. AND THE BABA YEGA CAFE IS open. Next door to the original, the cafe serves up twice the patio, plus an expanded brunch menu and wi·fi! 713· 522-1885 for all the dish. CROSSOVER GIFI'S IS HAVING AN art opening of artists from Houston and New York on Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the store at 415 Westheimer . Call 713-523-5201 for more info and while there, stop into the hunky new store MaleUWear, right next door. Register for a $100 gift cer­tificate until Sunday. PEOPLE GET READY, THE "QUEER As Folk: Ancient Babylon Dance Tour" is headed back to Houston. The event returns to South Beach the Nightclub on Saturday, June 18 Sure to be another sell out, check out the website at www. southbeachthenightclub.com for tickets and more information. Also, don't forget gorgeous DJ Mark Goebel spins every Thursday night at SoBe! FINALLY THE DVD OF "TARNATIONI" is now available. "Tarnation!" - written and directed by local boy J onathan Caouette - won raves last year from Cannes to L.A. See the DVD and you'll know why. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com dish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Reinventing history Madonna plays editor, 'Top Model' plays musical chairs and a filmmaker plays sleuth Ask most gay men of a certain age what's the world's greatest documentary and most will say "Truth or Dare," MADONNA's 1991 behind-the-scenes movie about her and her (mostly gay) dancers on a world tour. Ask most gay men of a certain age what's up with the planned follow-up to that film. a new documentary that was shot by director Jonas Akerlund backstage at last year's Re-Invention tour and they probably won't know what to tell you. New York Daily News gossips Rush & Molloy say the new documentary (tenta­tively titled "Re-Invented Process") was snubbed by the Cannes Film Festival because it isn't very good. "More than half of the film is about how the kabbalah has enriched her life," a spy told the gossips about the form of Jewish mysticism that Madge has been going on and on about over the last few years. "People do not want to se<' this from Madonna. They want to be shocked. All of the juicy stuff like Madonna and [husband] GUY RITCHIE arguing - - was cut out by Madge herself because she wanted to show how much the kabbalah has changed her." Madonna's rep. Liz Rosenberg, says of the film. "There isn't that much kabbalah in it. The movie has terrific performance footage." She also threw in some good words about the Material Girl's upcoming new album for good measure. "She's already back in the recording studio. Her tracks are said to be incredible," she said. The Sun reports that the album will be called "Defying Gravity," an appropriate name, since the London Free Press reports that Madonna's reps have been intrrviewing surgeons about performing a facelift on the 40something singer. God bless the British press. In and out Ask any gay man who likes reality tel­evision and he will tell you that UPN's TYRA BANKS-host­ed ·~erica's Next Top Model" is the cattiest, gayest hour of drama anywhere in primetime. Last week, the network announced some big plans for its highly rated J. Alexander show. First, judges JANICE DICKIN­SON, one of the world's first supermod­els. and NOLI!: MARIN, the fashion director for the gay magazine Instinct, are out. Insiders say squabbles between Madoma and hubby Guy Ritchie have been edited out of her new documentary. (Photo by Max Nash/AP) Taking their place will be famous '60s stick figure TWIGGY and flamboyant J. ALEXANDER. the gay former model and runway coach who is a frequent guest on the show. "With Twiggy and the addition of [Alexander] as judges, we're guaranteed to have some lively judging sessions." executive producer Ken Mok said in a press release. On the prowl Ask any gay man who knows anything about popular culture and he will have no idea who REBECCA LOOS is. But some lesbians, among others. are about to learn all about her. The bisexual bombshell made headlines last year when she went public with details about her alleged affair with married British soccrr star (and gay icon) DAVID BECKHAM. Now, according to the Australian Press Association, Loos has started making a documentary called "Power Lesbians," in which she goes undercover to "reveal the secrets of the Hollywood elite." Sounds absolutely Rebecca Loos dishy! 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