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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
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  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript in this week's eclipse Jazz vocalist Kellye Gray comes to Houston to sing songs in pink and blue. PAGE14 MURDER ARREST: Ex-LCR prez is alleged cop killer. Page 3 DURST AND SPANKY: Good news for one, bad for the other. Page 3 PARKING FLAP: Permit parking sought on Lovett in Montrose. Page 4 Cheney breaks with Bush over FMA Vice president mentions 'gay daughter' at campaign stop By LOU CHIBBARO, JR. Vier President Oick Cheney startled those in attendance at a Davenport, Iowa, campaign stop on Tue day b~ talking about his lesbian daughter and ac.knowledg· mg that he disagrees with Presldrnt Bush on whethrr the Constttutton should be amended to ban gay marriage. "My general view 1s that free­dom means fre<..'Clom for evervone," Cheney sairl, noting that Bush sup· ports the Fl·<lcral t.larriage Amendmont. which would ban states from )t;gallzing such mar­riages. "People ought to be free . to enter any kmd of relat1onsh1p th v \\ant to." He s 1d the quest10n comes dm\ n to "what kind of officml sanction or approval 1s going to be granted by govl•rnment, 1f you w11l, to particular relattonshlps. HIStorically, that's been a relation· ship that has heen handled by the states." Vice President Dick Cheney spoke out on gay rnamage with hlS wife tynne at hJS side this week m Iowa He said the JSSUe 1s best decided by the sidles, an .ipparent break from the Wh·•~ House's off1c1al position (Photo by Charlie 'le1bergalVAPI Cheney's remarks came in Davenport, Iowa. response to a question from a The audience member asked, "l member of the audirnce at an Ang. 24 town hall meeting m Please see CHENEY on Page 7 Connie Gonzales Oeft) said when she married Linda C'.ail Carter, ak.a. Ja."'leS H. Murphy, she deaded she could ltve with his affinity for weanng womens clothes. 'Other woman' in trans divorce case Gonzales disputes claims by Carter in much publicized, trans divorce case. By BINNIE FISHER She knew the man she v;as about to marry fJUO)'Td dressing as a Y.ow..::n, but Connie Gonzales said, in the-scheme of th·ngs, that seemed like a mall matter. "\\'hen we met m June of 1995, I km.w he did some cros dressing,'· she said. "It didn't bother me" James H Murphy, she said. "v;as so good to me and m1 kids Please sec GONZALES on Page 21 local life All for the love of football, Karen Mones bought Houston Energy PAGES Reality TV updates on both sides of the pond and other news missed PAGE 20 2 AUGUST 27, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Too embarrassed to take your birthday suit out of the closet? JUalU tire ~ ta Smoot!i Cheri A. Post, M.D., P.A. ,with 25 years of medical experience in Houston, offers the following services: Laser Hair Removal • Botox~. 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Wilk headed Houston Log Cabin club but was impeached By PHIL LaPADULA A former president of Houston's Log Cabm Republicans was arrested Aug. 19 in Fort Laudcrd<1le, Fl<1. <1fter allegedly killing a Broward County Sheriff's deputy. Police in Fort L.auderdale said Kenneth I~ Wilk, 40. used a higy-powered rifle to shoot anrl kill Dct. Tudrl Fatta as he and S1,1. Angelo Cedeno attempted to serve a search warrant fur child pornography. Cedeno was wounded in the mc1dent Those who knew Wilk, who was impeacher! as Log Cabin president in Houston, said they were not necessarily surpnsrd to hear the news. Former Log Cabin member 'l'yree Counts said he received an e·mail Wednesday morning asking, "Which ex· president of Log Cabm Republicans shot a cop?" Counts said he didn't have to think long before answering, "Ken Wilk." lie said meetings under Wilk's leader· ship were tense and sometimes volatile. "Inappropriately volatile is how I would describe it." Those who knew Wilk in Florida said he was angry at 1x11ice for conducting under- Kemeth P. Wilk. former head of Houston Log Cabin Republicans. 1s diarged in Florida with murdering a Broward County Sheriffs deputy who came to h1S house to serve a search warrant for child pornography. (Photo courtesy of Broward County Sheriffs Office) cover operations m online chat rooms. which he believed were entrapping gay men. According to several press reports, Wilk had a stash of weapons in his home. An AP report said 11 federal probations officer had warned pol ice about the weapons before they went to his residence. Police have been criti­cized fur not using a SWAT team for the raid. Boyfriend nabbed for child porn Wilk's anger at police apparently stemmed fmm his partner's most recent arrest in July for transmission of child pornograph): Pohrc said the pa11ner, Kelly Ray Jones, with whom Wilk moved to Flonda from Houston, has a history of arrests for child pornography and attempted sex with mmors. In Febntary 2001, Jones was arrested for transm1ss10n of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor, as well as drug possession. Those charges resulted from an online sting. In the st mg, an undercover officer posed as a man who had promised to let Jone:, have sex with his 12·year-old son. Wilk was charged in November 2001, with "retaliation against a witness" in the Jones case. According to the arrest affi­davit, Wilk approached Special Agent Debra Kuo! and told her. 'If you want to beat someone up. come see me. I'd (inaudi· ble) to beat you (inaudible).'' And in December 2001, Wilk was charged with threatening an undercO\er officer in an onlme chat room, according to court documents. \\rllk, using the screen name WOLFPACK­Eit-; ES, wrote, "I hope you can live with you self, I will hunt you down the rest of my life." The undercover agent asked, "\\llo ls this?" Wilk answerL'<I, "The last person you wHI see on earth." In his AOL profile. Wilk described him· self as an "Exposer of Florida Police Undercover Cops," the arrest affida\'lt said Under hobbies. Wilk listed, "working out, boxing. horseback riding, acting, guns, shoot competitions and hunting cops." In Houston, Wilk 'spoke off the wall' Another former Log Cabin preqdent, Patrick Bell, recalled that Wilk was involved m boxing when he was m Houston. He said \ltilk ran for president of Log Cabin in late 1993 and served until early the next year when he was impeached. "He misrepresented the chapter and spoke off the wall without the backing of the mission or the membership," Bell said. "The people who encouraged him to run lost control of him." Sheriff's dC'puties m Florida obtamed a warrant to search \\1lk's home after police monitored a phone conversatlon between hun and his arrested bo)friend, Jones. DUiing the comcrsation, Jones told Wilk that "rrreplaceab!e" child porn was hidden in the back yard of the house, police said. A Florida acquaintance said Wilk "resented cop posing a' children or under­age teens on the Internet He bad a vendet­ta out for those cops because they had put a sting out on his Jover and put him in jail." The man. who asked that his name not be used, said \mk indicated he was inter· ested in men his own age or older. He said he never got the impression that Wilk was interested in minors. Hugh Graf, public information officer for the Broward Sheriff's Office, said officers had been instructed not to talk about the Wilk case Binnie Fisher coatributed to this report. A break for Durst and more trouble for 'Spanky' Judge forced to reduce bond for trans millionaire, and 'Spanky' behind bars again By JOSEF MOLNAR Rone! proved to be an issue this week in two highly publicized local cases, one involving a cross-dressing millionaire and the other, u man mcknamed ''Spanky," who is accused of preying on underage boys. In the case of millionaire real estate hC'lr Robert Durst, in jail in Galveston for ball Jumping and evidence tampering, the presiding judge has been ordered by the Texas 14th Court of Appeals to lower bond from sa billion tu $450,000. In Houston, James Michael Broomas, a.k a. Spanky. was jailed this week, accused of violating his bond on charges of inde­cency with a child. Broomas was initially arrested in early August after letters were cll'Cltlated to local and state authorities alleging Broomas paid teenage boys for srx that included spankmg At the time of !us arrest, police said they found more than 300 pornographic videotapes when they raided !us Montrose apartment. llroomas was arrested again on Tuesda) all1 r police s.i1d they received a tlp that he was seen on Aug. 23, m the company of a rhild wllhm 200 yards of the corner of Westheinwr and :"\lontrose. Reing in the area where he allegt.'<ily operatt.'<i and being with a minor violate the conditions of his bond. Lt Hohl'rt Manzo. a public affairs supervisor with the Houston Police Department. said investigators who arrested Broomas received a tip placing hnn at the Burger King in the 1000 block of Wcstheimer "They went to the area and did a follow· up on that information, and they deter­mined this may have been happening," Manzo said. "So they went back to .. the 177th Distnct Court nnd asked [the judge] to revoke the bond." Chip Lewis, the attorney for Broomas, 50, said he protested the request by pro~e­cutor Lance Long to have his client's $10,000 bond revoked after he was spotted allegedly engaging in restricted activities. "I advised him it was improper. and he did it anywa}:" he said. "They revoked the judge's bond without a hearing.'' Lewis said atlcr he was notified that bond was being revoked, hr told Broomas to turn lumself m. "I sent mvest1gators of my QV.11 out there to find out what happened," he said, "and not only \\ere there no young boys James Michael Broomas (left), known as 'Spanky' was back mia 1l for allegedly vmlatmg tenns of his bond An appeals court has ordered that bond for Robert Dlrst be reduced from $3 bdhoo to $450.000. being picked up, but the young man he talked to was actually 20 years old." Lewis :>aid he appealed to the judge "I put in my notice that I was going to protest the illegality of the decision to revoke my client's bond." he said. "I went to court and talked to the Judge, who reinstated the bond and ordered Broomas released from jail.'' $3 billion bond lowered for Durst In Galveston, State Distrtct Judge Susan Cri onginally set a $.3 billion bail on the charges levied against Durst after he was acquitted m November of murdering his 71- year-old neighbor and cutting up his bod): Attorney Dick DeGueren said his client should not hm·e a problem posting the lower bond. Durst, the cross-dre sing ~on of late New York Real Estate tycoon Seymour Durst, was jailed on bail-jumpmg chargb when he failed to appear for two hearings on the murder charge. Judge CrJSs said she would abide by the appellate court ruling. "They're a higher court, and I m bound to abide by thetr decision," .she said on Tuesday. "They did \\hat U:ov think 1s right, and I did what I think is right.'' The conditions of Durst's rrlease v; ill be stnngent. His whereabouts wlll be moni tored, and he Will ha\e to appear m court each Friday at 9 a.m. unttl his tnal m October and urrender his pa,sport. I By BINNIE n5HER The idea no doubt sounds good to condo dwellers on inner city streets. Allow only cars that purchase permits to park on the street. \\'bile the idea may appeal to those who live in the inner city, those who do bustness there say the plan would be detrunental to commerce and other activities that take place in mixed neighborhoods Stephen Barth who lives in the Portland Place Condominiums in the 400 block of Lovett Boulevard, learned recent· ly that those who inhabit the structures across the street v;ere not likely to sign his petition to have parkmg restricted. Barth said parkmg isn't as much the i ue as the patrons of establishments on Westheuner just to the north, who he said often park on Lovett and are sometimes loud and obnoxious "It would only be permitted from 6 p.m. m the even mg until the morning, and only on our side of the street," he said. But, Barth's argument doesn't set well \dth those who operate one of the entities For Adam and Steve across the street, KPIT Radio, 90.1. Ray Hill, host of '"The Prison Show" on KPIT. said "What about the radio station' What about the people who go for French lessons [at the Alliance Francaise on the corner of Lovett and Whitney]? All of these places have frontage on Lovett." Beyond that, Hill said, he fears that per· mltted parking eventually could affect commerce in Montrose. "Permitted on-street parking is sort of a malignant thing," he said. ··once it starts growing, you can't stop it" Although Barth and his neighbors are talking about restricting parkmg on only one side of one block, Hill said he fears the idea could at some point impact businesses in the Hyde Park, Pacific Street area where a number of gay bars, restaurants and other businesses are located. "All of those businesses are in danger of the on-street, permitted parking infec· tion," he said. '"We could strangle busi· ness in Houston if this Infection spreads." At KPFT general manager Duane Bradley said that with only seven off· street parking space:> and one handi· capped space, the station fmds it difficult to park its staff and corps of 200 or so vol· unteers, let alone visitors. "I've told the staff to park on the street, so we would he really impacted by some­thing like that," he said. Barth ts in the beginning stages of the For Anna and Eve Because in the beginning, they on!J had one choice. OFFICIAL JEWELER OF MISS CAMP AMERICA! THE GALAxlE JEWELERS we Create the Unusual 2511 Sun~et Blvd. (near Kirby) 713.521.2511 2001 MCAF Diam<md 'tar Award The(;alaxie}elVelers.cotn permitted parking process. Those who seek permitted parking must first obtain signatures from those who live and work on the street. Public meeting still to come The petition must be filed with the City of Houston along with an application. If the application is accepted, city traffic offi· cials conduct a survey in the area. Area inhabitants are then advised when a public meeting is set on the matter. After hearing concerns of tho~e at the meeting, city planning officials make a recommen· dation to the City Council, where a dcci ston is made. Barth said he and hlS fellow condo dwellers arc not trying to make life diffi· cult for othrrs who occupy the 400 block of Lovett Boulevard. 'We value the quality and character of the neighborhood," he said. "We're trying to make it as palatable as possible." What Barth said he and others do not value IS the trash they said is often left behind by those who park on Lovett on weekend evening . Still, Ray Hill said he objects to the Idea of permitted street parkmg because in the end, it can only cause trouble for business· es that have called Montrose home longer than most of the condo residents. "It's a block-to·block, hand·to·hand battle," Hill said "I'm ready to champion this cause." www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Ray Hill and others who do busmess on Lovett Boulevard are concerned about a proposal to turn the street mto a permitted parkmg zone. cau for more details and benefits! Lasik 6 Cosmetic Dental Included In Plan Fort Lauderdale Real Estate ANDY WEISER Put Coldwell Banker's Top Producer to wor1< for You 954-560-9667 COLDWeu BANl(eRO HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com national news Military high court upholds sodomy ban in some cases WASHINGTON -The nation's highest military court ruled unanimously this week that under certain circumstances the Pentagon's ban on sodomy is constitutional, according to the New York Times. It is the first ruling that relates to the military's Jaws on sodomy since the Supreme Court struck down state anti-sodomy laws last year. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces avoided the larger question of whether protections offered by the Supreme Court's sweeping drcision in Lawrence vs. Texas apply universally. '!'hat leaves open the possibihty that civil rights lawyers might find another case to test the Pentagon han on consensual sodomy. The case decided this \\CCk involved a former Air Force sergeant's sexual n!ationship with a suhordi­nate, and the five judges ga•e considerable weight to mil· 1tary reb'Ulations barring any such relationship in the same command. "The court ducked the issues in this case," said C. Dixon Osburn, execut1Ve director of the Serv1rememhers Legal Defense Network. which had filed papers 111 support of striking down the proh1bi· !Ion~ At least nine other cases involving acts of sodomy in the military are under appeal, he said. 'The court ducked the issues m this case, said C. Dixon Osburn execu­tive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Men drop lawsuits accusing TV personality of stalking NEW YORK Lawsuits allegmg that TV anchor Steve Bartelstem harassed and stalked two mm in l\vo separate incidents have been dropped. the New York Post report· ed. Bru1clstein, formerly a CNN sports anchor and currently appearing on the ABC affiliate in New York City. wa~ accused by for· mer co-worker Hodcnck l\lcCollum, a writer, of stalking him after r.tcCoUum rebuffed Bartelstem's alleged advances, the Post reported. Actor Dan Levine alleged 111 anoth· er suit that Bartclstl m, his former roommalt•, abused hlill. ''knowmgly transnutted vanous commWltcablc diseases" to him and o;talked hun after the two '>plit. acx:ording to th Post. \\ ilham KaL<;er, attom ; for both McCollum and Lev me, said both were "&:1tlsfied" v. 1th the rewlut1on of the case ; he refused to elab­orate, the Post reported. Ron Fischfttl attar· n ; for Bartclstcin, smd a 1..onfidenllalit) agreement precluded hun from discussmg the 1£Vllll' case, according to the Post. Bartclstcm agreed to drop his defamauon co\mtn-smt in the McCollum case. according to Fischetti. m return for McCoUum droppmg his smt, the Post reported. Cherokee Nation council defines marriage to stop lesbian union TULSA, Okla. (AP) About a month nftcr a lesbian couple successfully filed for a tribal marriage application, the Chcrok('(' National Tribal Council voted to clearls defme mar nage ns between n man and a woman Pnncipal Chirf Chad Smith has indicated he will SJgll the measure, \\hich wa~ approved by the council last week. The change to trib­al marrmge law would not affect Kathy Reynoltls and Dmm McKinley. who v.erc mruTied last month in a Cherokee ccn.•mony Cherokt!C Nat wn laws are not retroactive. A Cherokee Nation District Court scheduled a hearing to discuss a legal prote t of McKmlcy's and Ht>;nolds' marriage 11pplica­t1on The outcome of that hearing will d••tcr­mine whether their muon IS legal. AftC'r McKinley llll!I He;11olds applied for the appli· cation ~lay 13, Darrell Dowty, chief justiro of the Judicial Appeals Tribunal, ordered a moratorium on mamages that was set to expire early next week. Legal battle continues over Ohio gay rights ballot issue CINCINNATI (AP) An effort to repeal a 1993 charter amendment that made thb the only US. city to ban enactment or enforce­ment of laws based on sexual oncntation continues to be the subject of a legal di pute as the election nears. A judge last week rcJected a request for a temporary restrain· ing order to keep the repeal off the Nov 2 bal· lot, but set an Aug. 30 hearing to consider issues Ill the case. Opponents of the repeal said they do not view Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Mark Sch\\eikcrt's rejection of the restrammg order as a set­back in their effort to keep the city from pa&,· 1ng gay rights laws. Phil Burress. president of ~;qua! Rights, No Special Rights, said his ~roup L' concerned that the wording on pctl· llons to get the issue on thr> ballot 1~ mISlead· inJ. The ballot language now states. "Shall tho charter of the cit)• of Cmcmnatl be amended to repeal Article Xll, which pro­h1b1ts the city from protecting lX-"<l!lle from discrmunat1on based on sei.."ltal onenta· lion?" Burn'ss id mcludmg the word "dlS· crimination" is incorrect Out-of-state gay couples plan to appeal Mass. marriage ruling BOSTON (AP) Out-of-state gay couples barred from getting married in Massachusetts said they would appeal a judgr> s rulmg that denied their request to halt enforcement of the 19131.iw being used to block thrt.r unions. The law, which some say wns written to be used against mterra· cial couples, denies out-ohtatc couples the nght to marry if it would be illegal in their home state. Smre same-sex weddings became legal in Massachusetts 111 l\la;; state officials ha\C used the law to stop nonresi· dent couples from coming here to get mar­ried. SuJX•rior Court Judge Carol Ball ruled last WL'<.'k that the Jaw was not disc.riminato· r>; despite u ronccrn that it violates the ~p1r· it of the statP's landmark same-sex mar· riage dedsion. !\lichele Granda, a lawyer with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, said the couples would immediately appeal the rulmg to the State Appeals court. From staff and wire reports AUGUST 27, 2004 5 .6._ _A_U G_U_S_T_27..;.._20_0_4_ _____________________________________. .w:...;.w..;.~w.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I national news GOP rejects call for 'unity' plank Party endorses anti-gay­marriage amendment. By CYD ZEIGLER JR. NEW YORK Af, the Republicans gear up for their national convention next week, the party's platform committee unanimous­ly adopted language this week officially endorsing the Federal Marnage Amendment to the US. Constitution, which would ban states from marrying gay couples. The committee also rejected a plea from moderate GOP groups to adopt a "unity plank" that would urge respect for those Republicans who do not agree with the party's opposition to abortion rights and gay rights. The 2004 Republican National Convention began with a quiet nunble Wednesda); Aug. 25, at the Javits Center In New York City with mee~ of the RNC's platform conunitteC'. Gay issues from marriage to job discrlmi­natton to HIV were addressed for the better part of Wedne~ay with little dbsention, as unanimity ruled the da,: "Compared to previous conventions. this was a lot less heated and emotional than previous occasion.-,'' said former presiden· tial candidate Gary Bauer, now chair of the Campaign for Work.mg Families. The hot-button i'5Ue of same-sex marriage was addressed by the Protecting Our Families Platform Subconunittee, chaired by Mis.<;]s.. s11>pi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is also a former chair of the Republican National Committee. A paragraph entitled, "Protecting Marriage," was Included In the platform. "One of the people who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act was Senator John Kerry," Barbour noted during the public discussion of the plank. DOMA. pa; sed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996, limited feder· al benefits associated with marriage to het­erosexual couples and provided that states are not obligated to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The original platform draft language pro­posed Aug. 24 said marriage deftned as between a man and a woman has deep his· toncal context, that that definition should be protected, and attempts to change it should be stifled by a constitutional amendment. Criticizing 'activist judges' "Attempts to redefme marriage in a sin· gle state or city could have serious conse­quences throughout the country. and any­thmg less than a constitutional amend· ment, passed by the Congress and ratified by the states, L~ vulnerable to being over· turned by activist judge,," part of the pro­posed draft read. Cecilia Levatino, a delegate from Las Cruce,, N.M., pro[Xbed the paragraph be amended to admonish "activist judges," and to withdraw the U.S. Supreme Court's jurbdiction over marriage so that other states would be protected from "the mis- On Wednesday. Aug 25, at the Jacob Javits Center.Tony Per1<i1s of the conservative Family Research Council unveiled a new book about gay marriage and the gay 'agenda.' chief in Massachusetts." Barbour quickly reque,1ed an amendment to ihe amendment that would change the "mis­chief in Massachusetts" language to "Massachll!>Ctts' attempt to redefine marriage." Levatino later said she used the term. "Because I'm mischievous and wanted to add a little punch. Nothing more sinister than that." The amended paragraph on marriage, and almost every section of the subcommit· tee's platform, was adopted unanimously. Gay rights groups were quick to criticize the anti-gay language adopted by the GOP "Vice President Cheney must explain how he can stand behind a platform that discrim· inates against families like his," said Cheryl Jacques, the Human Rights Campaign's exec: utive director, in a statement. 'Unity plank' rejected After the vote, Jim Bopp. a delegate and lawyer from Terra Haute, Ind., called the group's attention to a news release Lc;sued last week by a coalition of moderate GOP groups. including the Log Cabin Republicans. The release, sent the morning of Aug. 25 before any subcommittees had convened, expre,sed disappointment that the first draft of the platform did not include the coalition's proposed "Party Unity Plank." Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero, along with leaders cX other moder· ate GOP groups, sent a letter on Aug. 19 to plat­form committee ex><:halrs Sen Bill Frist of Tennessee, Gov. 'William Owens of Color-Jdo, and Congresswoman ~elissa Hart of Pennsylvania, urging them to develop an inclusive platform. "We recognize and respect that Republicans of good faith may not agree with all the planks in the party's platform," the proposed plank reads. "This is particularly the case with regard to those planks dealing with abortion, family planning, and gay and lesbian issues." Guerriero also asked that the platform not take a position on the Federal ~tarriage Amendment and that language stating, "We affirm that homosexuality is incom· pattble with military service," be removed. At the subcommittee meeting, Bopp said the coalition's Aug. 25 statement, released before a vote was ever taken by a committee, showed a lack of commitment to unity. "It frankly indicates bad faith from some­one who is attempting to divide the party rather than bring it together." Bopp said. "Everybody knows .. that [the draft) becomes the foundation ," Guerriero said. "Regardless of where you stand on these issues, if you're a gay or lesbian American or an ally, thtS platform is offensive. That press release wa~ probably muted when you look at the types of amendments that were passed unanimously." The Strengthening Our Communities subc.ommittee had a bit of trouble adding anti-gay language to the GOP platform this week. When a delegate attemptl'<i to add a clause to the "Ensuring Equal Opportunities" paragraph that would exclude "sexual preference" from protec­tion against discrimination, at least one subcommittee member voiced concern that "sexual preference" could include straight people. There was some talk of specifying that homosexuals should not be protected, but the issue wa~ tabled indefinite!;: The draft of the platform, at more than 90 pages, is more detailed and issue-specif· ic than the 19-page platform adopted by the party in 1992. "It doesn't mean anything other than people have strong feelings about a lot of dilTerent issues," Bauer said. The main event begins Monday, Aug. 30, when the convention moves to Madison Square Garden. The Republicans have promised to showcase a more moderate, diverse face of the party when the conven· tion gets underwa;: Guerriero said that very few people read the platform, but millions watch the con­vention speeches. "We have great friends who are going to be featured in prime time at the convention," Guerriero said. He said they include New York Gov. George Pataki, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York City M:lyor Rudolph Giuliani. news cover story Cheney mentions gay daughter for 1st time CHENEY, continued from Page 1 would like to know, sir. from your heart I don't want to knpw what your advisers say, or even what your top adviser thinks but I need to know what do you think about homosexual marriages?" With his wife Lynne Cheney sitting next to him. Cheney said, "Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue that our family is very fam!har with." Added Cheney, "We have two daughters. and we have enormous pride in both of them. They're both fine young women. They do a superb job. frankl}; of support· ing us. And we are blessed with both our daughters." Cheney then reiterated the position he took dunng the 2000 presidential cam· palgn, that the question of legal recogni· tion of same-sex marriage should be left to the states. Although he did not say so drrectl}; he made it clear that he personal ly does not support a federal constitution· al ban on same-sex marriage "l made clear four years ago when I ran and this question came up in the debate I had with Joe Lieberman that my view was that that's appropriately a matter for the states to decide," Cheney said. Lieberman, a U.S. senator from Connecticut, was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000. Cheney added, "(T]he president makes basic policy for the administration. And he's made it clear that he docs, in fact. sup­port a constitutional amendment on this issue," Cheney said. ''But at this point my own preference is as I stated." Draft GOP platform backs FMA Cheney's appearance at the Iowa town forum came one day before the commit· tee charged with writing the GOP plat· form in advance of the Republican National Convention voted unanimously to adopt a plank calling for passage of the FMA. The national gay group Log Cabin Republicans hailed Cheney's comments m Iowa, saying the party should hel'd his advice and reject the proposed platform language backing a constitutional amendment. "Today the vice president restated what he so eloquently said in 2000, and what the vice president said then rings just as true today," said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Gucrnero. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay political group, issued a stah·ment saying the Bush administra· lion "can't have it b9th ways" on the mar· rl~1ge issue. "PresulPnt Bu h must be ff~eling the heat," said llHC presulent Cheryl .Jacques. "\11llions of HPpublican families, like the Cheneys, have gay friends and family mrmbcrs and are offended by President Bush's effort to put d1scr1minat1on m the Constitut10n" When Bush first announced his support for a constitutional ban on same-sex mar· riage earlier this year, Cheney 'aid he would support Bm,h's position. Some Democrats will likely view Chenoy's com· ments this week, on the eve of the GOP convention. as a ploy to gam support from moderate, swmg voters. Ron Schhttler, interim executive direc tor of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays. said Chene:r's com ments did not appear to be polit1cally motivated. "I'm really pleased with him for not dodging the question," Schlittler said. "He answered from a place of authentic pride and passion for his daughter and his famtly." Added Schlittler, •·1t forces Republicans to acknowledge that they also have family members and friends who are lesbian or gay. . "It was an amazing, revealing moment. He hnd what ii takes to stand up for his family. I was very moved by it." Guerriero has said that Bush's support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage would hurt the president among moderate voters in key states, where the election is close, and would drive away most of the 1 million gays who voted for Bush in 2000. Social conservatives shocked Leaders among social conservatives important to the GOP took umbrage at Cheney's Iowa remarks, saying the vice president's position could hurt Bush among the "millions" of fundamentalist Christians and other social conservatives that strongly oppose same-sex marriage. "l find it hard to believe that the vice president would stray from the adminis· trat10n's position on defense policy or tax policy," said Tony Perkins, president of the socially conservative Family Research CounciL "For many pro-family voters, protect· ing traditional marriage ranks ahead of the economy and job creation as a cam· paign issue." Perkins, notmg that Cheney has acknowledged that ''activist Judges" were poised to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage in some states, said he was sur· prised that the vice president is reluctant to endorse a constitutional ban on such marriages. "We urg1• Vice President Cheney to sup­port Presulrnt Bush and a constitutional amendment on marriage," he said. Anne Womack, a Bush campaign spokespl'rsun, told reporters after the town meeting that she did nut know whether ChPney actually opposes a cunsti· tutional amendment on marriage, accord· mg to the Washington Post. Womack said Cheney's comments do not represent an administration change of policy or opuuon on the issue and that Cheney "respects the president' right to make the dec1S1on," the Post reported. AUGUST 27. 2004 7 TT he 1te!J r Ch,urcli of "(ja{veston, Texas THE REFORM CHURCH OF GALVESTON 3712 Broadway• Galveston, Texas 77550 (across from Star Furniture) 409-765-8500 WHO WEARE WEARE: A Christian Church t A Protestant Liturgical Church t A church that welcomes people of all sexual orientation t A church that teaches love and respect for all people t A church dedicated to serving the poor and needy in Galveston t A church that welcomes all believers in Christ to the Communion Table t A church that believes love is the most important commandment WHO WE ARE NOT WEARE NOT: t A church that tries to change ones sexual orientation t A church that tolerates prejudices, bigotry and gossip t A church that teaches the literal translation of the Bible t A church that welcomes only Gay and Lesbian members OUR ?tilSSION To bring all of God's Children together in one place to worship God regardless of sexual orientation so that we can celebrate the things we ba\"e in common instead of dwelling upon our differences. We belie\"e that until God's Children can worship together in mutual love and respect for one another we can never be the people God called us to be. IT IS TRUE t We do not approve or condone any type of addiction + \\.'e teach that all people at all times should conduct themselves in a manner that would be pleasing to God i' We believe that unions between two people are sacred and should not be entered into without much pra}'Cf and thought t We do not y,111nt to be on the fringe of <ociety. We want to be full member' of society and do not accept that seperotl' but equal is okay in church or any­where ehe. IT IS :SOT TRUE t That we condemn the bars - we \iew the bars as a place of entertainment and a pince where friends meet. For it is not the bar itself that i« harmful, it is what YOU do in the bar that can bring harm just as what you do in the church or anywhere else can bring harm. T That we do not approve of the Gay Pride Parade. \\'e believe there 1~ much in our community to be proud of and that should be the main focus of the parade. If 901t sliare ottr views t1ien we invite 9ou to come and join us on Srtnda9 monrino BIBLE STUDY 10:00 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE 11 :00 A.M. oca e HOUSTON VOICE AUGUST 27, 2004 PAGE 8 All for the love of the game When playing football wasn't enough anymore, Karen Mones and partner decided to purchase the team. ByKAY DAYUS Karen Mones, wasn't satrslied getting roughed up playing football wtth Houston's professional v;omen''S team, the Houston Energy. She decided to take more of a b<.'at Ing when she and teammate and partner in love and business, Stacy Agee, recently bought th. team from Robin Howinton They take over es the team enters Its fifth season and so far, no onr s really made any money, Mones said. Players and owners alike play for the love of the game not for the love of money. A p£>rsonal trainer and fitne s expert, Mones. Is beginning her third year with the team not only as Its startmg recl'lvcr, but nov. also as co-owner And from the sound of her voice, sh 's rxc1ted and enthusiast about the team's f\1ture ~wr'd sit around and think about what kind of blli:.ness could start,' Mones said And then along came the chance to bu} the footbaL tw.m and they went for 1t Sorr rl.'l'i~ I\\ nd r what ha11 I got myself ~t > But evrr If QOn t nake It, I ve tried for ... dream I wanted ' Alway tt c rrp('tltor Mones h s i:' ; d sports ~ nee c was a kid, fro:"'! ~wee le gt; s to clLb orcer m collcgc, and a host uf oth r lntramu::al sports. Wt. n she graduated from Bellaire High School m 1992, one of her av. ards was Best Female Athlete of the Year Aft r high school. 'She \Vtnt to Southv.est Texas Stat l'mvers1t}, v.hero she got hn bachelor's degret" in exercise and ports sc1rnce with a minor In health and v.ellness She then went to Southern llimou Unr.ers1cy, v. h re sh got her mas­ter's drgree m sports mlllagement wtth a ft MORE INFO Houston Energy First tlome Game of the Season Houston Energy vs. Dallas Diamonds 7p.m &• rday Rice U rver'ilty <;tad1um www.houstonenergyfootball.com 7U7809946 wwwkarenmo es.com Not only IS 30-year-okl Karen Mones a player and co-ow.:er of the Houston Energy. she runs her own women-only fitness bootcar.-p. concentration In sports psychology. Sttll not satisfied v. ith her crrdcnuals, she ot h r personaltrainingcert11icat1on from B lor Sports Mcdlc1r. Institute S e th n v. n• to Y.ork as JI(. onal tram H Ii 24-H ur Fltnc hdpmg peop' ach. vc th Ir fitr. ~s .:.nd v.e ht goal l\ n n w works fuJ time as .. fur. pECI • t for BMC Softv....re' corporate f t'I s fac. 1111. Bu. that's not the only hat she \\Cars This SQ.year old, brimmtn over w th r. rgy, IS oy, ner ana tram er of he O\V n boot ramp- yrs, that's boot camp, and it's st}led after m.htaI"} boot camps. Th dtf ference IS. enlLsters only have to ~lgn up for four weeks mstead of >ears. But 1t"S a tough four \\rcks Boot camp t for \\omen only and the. tough onl} l:p before the crack of dawn, they mec• from 'i a m until 6 a.m., Monda} through Fnda} The training 1s a:..mcd at s<1per1or fitne<>S We do exerctses. runnmg, Jumping jacks. lunges and obstacles," Mones s 1d Sht: said some \\Omen are already fit and enh t to get fitter, while some to merely want to r,et fi• and lose weight A hundred percent Energy NO\\adays, when she's not doing person· al trammg, 'She said she's "one hundred percent Houston Energy." And running Houston Energy 1s a lot of Mrk. ')\!though the season runs from August through October we start m mid Januacy try mg to grt sponsonJups for the r. xt eason There's alsb tra\el and ncommoda· tions tc:. be arranged for .. wa~ game Th y tra\elcd to Dalll5 for their fi t game this scasor Unfortunate!), they lo t that game b:1< the narrow rr: in of 28-26. NeVl r mind s.1rect Mone , ''\\e'rr going tc. get them y, hen they get to play hL '"I! ' Last weekend thry travel cl to Ind1anapo 1s whrre they soundly beat thr Indiana Speed by 64 6 In the. Women's Profrs tonal Football LeaguC' for five years, the Houston Energy won the championship for the first three years, but didn't make th playoffs la t year Mones 'Said the goal this year is to regam th crown. \-tone JS alwa>s on the go and ne\er seems to slO\\ down Sh talks so fa t it's hard to keep up with her. She doe n't have much time for fllll and recreation and rarel:1- enough time for her p1t bull, Sho'ka. "Sh s so sweet. Owners arc the reason pit bulls get a bad rep," she said Sho'ka (wh1rh means second child) 1s so sweet, she recently ran av.ay from a cat Mones despises and defies labels. She does not see herself as a lesbian, b1-scxual or het­erosexual Her rrlauonship \\ ith Agee is her first \nth a woman. and she said she IS not out to make any grand announcement about her :sexual onentauon. She is simply h rsdf She also lmstles wh n peop1 suggest or as ume that al the pla,ers on th team arr lesb11r:<>. 'They arc all kinds of womel' le;1 of different women with diffc nt expenenc.es Som a ma ncd nd sorr: have ch1ldrrn " The} all c ific e a lot tc:. play, aid ~!ones 'They pla} for th( lov of the game. Thry dedKate the1~ time nd ctTo~ - to pla>. That was n"ver ava.lah' to them be fore versus '>Pend mg time \\Ith their famihes. 'And they bas1calh· do It for fm• "The players pay to play. They hm e to fmd ponsors to fund their tra~l and uni· forms. They can keep 25 percent of their sponsorship money. but that's all " The team pla}s at Rice Stadium "We average 700 to BOO people a game, and they look lost in such a big st :Hum," Mones said "You look out at all tho e scats, and they arc all empty. lclC'ally. they would like to find a smaller stadi um that would seem more crowded !vlonrs and Agee have httlC' time for any­thing hut football right now. No tune to tmv· cl and little time to have fWl. They have to wan Wltil the md of the season for that. Then th y may take a trip- though not to a qmet beach to relax but to hustling Las Vegas. \Vb n you're as aCC\tstomcd to actwi ty as \!ones and Agee, It's hard slow clmrn HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com appts. SATURDAY AUG. 28 Tiie third ,11111ual Walk of Hope gets underway at 7 ,1 m. at Sam Houston Park. Admission to lOK walk-run 1s $25 for adults and indludes an event T-shirt, food and health services provided at the event. All proceeds benefit Bread of Life. a provider of free HIV and other health related services. For information, contact Meredith Montgomery 111 the office of State Sen Rodney Ellis or email Rodney.ellis a.senate.state.ix.us. Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company presents its annual "Dr.1cu!a• fund-raiser from 7-9 p.m at the 1415 Bar and Grill, 1415 Galifom1a Cost is $20 per person, and all proceeds benefit the fledgling. avant garde theater company. 832-418-0973 MONDAY AUG. 30 An additional performance has been added for the production of "Bent." staged by TI1eatre New West and Holocaust Museum Houston to coin· cide with the museunl's special exhibit. "Nazi Persec1ition of Homosexuals 1933-1945." TI1e added performance 1s at 7:30 p.m Tiie show closes with a 7:30 p.n. performance Tuesday, Aug. 31. TI1e museum exhibit continues through Sept 19. Both theater perfomiances are at the museum. 5401 Garolinc. 713-522-2204 The painting of two gay men m Nazi Germany 1s one of hundreds of items m the exhibit at the Holoc<iust Museum Houston. FRIDAY SEPT. 3 It' yoir last di.ux:e to schedule an audition with the Alky llic.1tre for equity and non-equity male and fenJJJc local actors. All audition'> are by appoint· mcnt only arxl 111115t be sdlCduled in adv.111ce at audi· tions(w..1llcythe.1tre.org E-mails i.hould Include UlC actor's name, phone mrnbcr, and indication of equity Ill' non-equity status. ll10SC audrtlOfling should pre­patl! .i ore-trnnute to IJvw.nioote monologue and br1ng .i lieadshot and re;un:: Auditions are Scpl 4 and 5 by aroort. nt only at Uie theater, 615 Tex.is. TJ.3-228-9.341 vrt. 407 NICOLE BERRY SPECIALIZES IN ALL PROBLE~1 AUGUST 27. 2004 9 H 0 U ENERGY SaturdaY. 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Texas 77006 (7l3) 529-8490 Fax: (7l3) 529-9531 WWW .houstonvoice.com Contents copynght 2004 Office hou~ 9 am to 530 p.m. weekdays To lllirtil a letter l.ettm sin*! be fewer- than 400 WIJfds. We ll!5me the r9it Ill eat ta mn1en1 and 1ergt1t We wm with­hold nanl5 ~ raμ!St. ht )W lllJSl irrlde )l'.llW name and snn IUliler for verifa!ial. Please serd mail to Hooston Voice. 500 ~ Bl'ld. Suite 200. Hwstoo. Texas 77Wr. fa:ic (713) 529-9531 ~e-mail to edtlr:a.hlustcrMJice.ca Opinions expressed therein lb Id reflect those of the Houstoo Voce editorial 'The crystal did us in' At first, the crystal, and all the pig sex that came with it, was euphoric. But when Tim woke to his lover and a room of strangers, he knew things were out of control. By MUBARAK DAHIR IM AD~llTS THAT. AT FIRsr, the crystal wa:; euphoric. "I'd be l}ing if I said I did· n't enjoy it," he concedes. In the beginning, the drug seemed transformational. Tim. who asked that his and his lover's names be changed, had always been a little "uptight" about sex. "I always held back," he explains. "Crystal made it seem OK to be a sex pig." Unlike many men who use the drug, Tim never had problems with an erec· tion while doing crystal. "That made me extremely popular at the sex parties," he says. It also seemed to give hun an "tn" with the A-list crowd. As a gay man living in one of the gayest places in America, that was something he had always craved. "All these beautiful men who never showed me anything but attitude were now hanging around," Tim recalls. "I felt like I'd 'made it '" The first time Tim did crystal, he did· n't even know what it was. His lover, Pat. put the powder on a plate, cut it into Imes with a credit card, and rolled up a dollar bill. Before Tim knew it, he was snorting. "I was domg it with my partner. We were domg lt together," says Tim now. "He seemed to know what he was doing. I trusted him, and so I thought it was OK." WITHIN A FEW MONTHS, TIM A/1.1) Pat went from usmg crystal sporadicall); to using 1t on a regular basis. As soon as Pat got off work on Friday. he'd score some Tina. He'd get on the com· puter and start looking for other men to mvite over for sex parties. But when they were domg crystal, Tim and Pat could ne\er get enough sex. After the first trick left, they'd be back onlmc, encouraging more men to come over, entic· tng them with crystal and unbridled sex. It wasn't long before Tim and Pat's entire weekends were dedicated to party· mg and screwing. "There was a little voice in the back of my head that was screaming, 'Danger'' But it was so scary. I felt like we were m so deep, I didn't know how to turn back," Tim says now "So I'd take a bump to silence the voices." Still, Tim did worry. Tim was suspi· cious that Pat was doing crystal during the week. Pat, once a built, stocky man at &foot·2 and 260 pounds, had lost 75 pounds. "He told everyone he was dolng the Atkin's diet," Tim says. AFTER A YEAR OF THIS. TIM TRIED TO talk to Pat But Pat turned belligerent. Whenever Tim expressed doubts about what crystal might be doing to their lives, Pat would threaten to leave. Tim wanted desperately to salvage the decade of love he had shared with Pat. At lea~t if they were doing crystal together, he continued to think, they could watch out for eaC'h other But then one Sunday morning, Tim got out of bed to fmd half a dozen strangers lying around naked in the living room. Pat was seated on the sofa, with a guy on either side of him. Everyone was "tweaked out of their minds," says Tim. "They were all sitting around watching a porno movie, trying to masturbate," Tim recalls. "But none of them really could, because they were all flaccid. They weren't even touching each other, and they all had these blank stares on their faces," Tim recounts. "I realized how pathetic we had become." TIM STILi. THOUGHT m; COULD SAVE hlS lover and his relationship. But Pat wouldn t talk about il Any time Tim tried to raise the subject, Pat would get moody and angry. Tim began noticing, too, just how HOUSTON VOICE AUGUST 27, 2004 PAGE 10 much money was disappearing. Pat would often make $300 withdrawals, sometimes twice a da;: When Tim confronted him, Pat would simply brush it off as a "bus1· ness expense" for work. But it wasn't long before Pat, who had earned a solid six.figure salary, lost his Job. Pat did land a second job, but soon started missing appointments and meet· ings with clients. Tim was now convinced that crystal was wrecking their lives. He pleaded with Pat to go with him to get profes· sional help. He tried begging, crying, screaming, threatening, cajoling, prom· ising. Rut Pat wouldn't, or couldn't, stop us mg. THEN PAT GOT SICK. FOR TEN DAYS, Pat was in bed. sweating and soiling the sheets. His body became covered in spots from second stage syphilis. Both Tim and Pat got scared. They went and got tested. They both had syphilis. And Pat's HIV test came back positive. It was hard news. bad news, but Tim thought that maybe it would somehow be a turning point for them. He hoped it would shock Pat into real· izing how out of control the crystal had become, how it was destroying their Jives. Tim still loved Pat. He could deal with the HIV "I thought maybe, in a weird way. this would save him and our relationship " But Pat looked at it differently: ''I've already got HI\: so now I can do anything I want," Pat told Tim. FOR SEVERAL MORE MONTHS, TIM still tried to hang on, to win hack from the crystal the man he had once loved. Then one weekend, Pat disappeared for three clays, without a word. IK1ter, Tim would find out he had gone on a crystal and sex binge. "I didn't know if he was dead or alive," Tim says. But Tim knew what he had to do. After two years of struggling with the clevasta· tion of crystal, Tim left both Pat and the drug that had consumed him. Tim has since found out from other friends that Pat is now "slamming": injecting crystal into his arms. Tim is still saddened by what happened. "We had survived so many other things in our relationship: job losses and parents dying and affairs with other men. But this one was too big. The crys· tal did us in ," I'm Mubarak Dahir IS tz. ..- . ~ editor of the Express Gay News and can be reached at nxlft@express· !JilYlll!WS,.CO HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I ett Criticism of HRC is 'transgendrothropic' To the Edllors: Chris Crain states that Employment Non-Discrimination Act was "trans· jacked" (editorial, Aug. 13). What a pile of egregiously hypocritical tripe! What do you call efforts to achieve rights for gay men and lesbians "gayjackings"'? For a change the Human Rights Campaign ts supporting only equal rights for nil, at least on this one bill. '!'his was nn important first step towards equality. RPmembcr thl' huge "equal sign" logo on their building? Grain's suggestion that transgenders will be coveml by "sexual oncntation" language is naively short-sighted and ignores the current reality. Even in Minnesota, where non-discrimination cov­ers sexual oncntation and in its intended definition covers gender identity, the state supreme court inexplicably ruled a trans plaintiff hadn't proved discrimination. In Grain's estimation, incremental change is good and rights granted to gays­and- lesbians-only is laudable. He doesn't want to delay or jeopardize gay rights whJle waiting for a bunch of trannies! Crain has again proven himsclf to be the selfish, uncaring, "transgendrothrop­ic" chtist snob he has historically been. If we find someday that the (oh-so-clos­eted) president instructed for Crain to be paid off to help divide and conquer us, it wouldn't surprise me at all. VANESSA EDWARDS FOSTER Houston Ed"rtors' note The letter writer is chair and co-founder of the National Transgender ArJvocccy Coalition. HRC won't risk ENDA loopholes To the Editors: This i in response to my friend and col· league Prof. Steve Clark's arguments ("HRC has trans issue backward," letter. Aug. 20) against the Human Rights Campaign board resolution only to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act if It covers gender expression and identity. Although the Supreme Court did inter­pret Title VII to prohibit sex stereotyping ­being "too masculine or feminine" in its 1989 Price Waterhou..;e decision. openly gay gendcr-nonc.'OJlforming plaintiffs have had limited success in relying on that ca-;e. More important!}: there is no guarantee whatsoever that a litigation strategy jerry­built on a combination of the narrow (se.>.11al orientation only) version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Price Waterhouse precedent would prevail agains"t employer.; who discriminate against gcnder­nom'Onforming gays and lesbians. Quite to the contrary, that approach would leave us susceptible to conservative judges - DAVID CATANIA George W. Bush betrayed the promise he showed four years ago. So this lifetime Republican is supporting his opponent. 'Austin 12' is now minus I IN APRii, 2000. I TRAVE:LED 'I'O TEXAS to meet with then-candidate George W Hu:;h. The 11 gay men and one lesbian who made this journey became known as the 'i\ustin 12." For me, this meeting held the promise of a new beginning. It was my profound hope that we could at long last take a meaningful step toward making the Republican Party more inclusive of and respectful toward gay men and lesbians. The group made four requests. We asked for an openly gay or lesbian speaker at the Republican National Convention. We asked for a cont1nuat10n of President Clinton's exccuttve ordrrs barring dtscrimlnation of gays within the fedt::'UI workforce We a~ked th.": B h commit •o makmg nly ~ and I b an pomtm nt.; t..> h admm1str.it10n Finall k for a con tinucd dialOb'lle on issues affecting ga}; les· bian. bisexual and transgenden.'<I people. Candidate Bush agreed to all four requests. At the conclusion of the meeting, while there was certainly much work to do, we felt a sense of cautious optimism. Jn his 2000 convention address, Bush spoke of America's promise. He spoke of being a uniter and not a divider. He spoke of compassionate conservatism I believed him. and I supported him. THIS FEBHUARY. I WATCHED GEORGE\\: Bush make a mockery of his election prom­i rs as he endorsed the divisive and dis­criminatory Fedrral Marriage Amendment. Aftrr Initially fulfillln<t many of the comm tment~ mad durmg the Austin meeting, Prc<;tdent Bush cho e pohtl O'H. p Opie like many of the judges appointed to the fed­eral bench by President Bush - who would go the extra mile to protect anti-gay employ­ers by finding the gaps in such an approach. Our movement's lead litigators at the ACLU. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, have been telling us this for years, and all support a broader E~'DA. My board colleagues and l enthusiasti· cally adopted our resolution because a comprehensive ENDA not only would pro­tect our transgender brothers and sisters, but also would best protect all of us. TONY VARONA White Plains, N.Y. ~ rote. The letter writer as an associate professor at Pace Law School and is a member of HRC's board arxl the groups funner legal director and general counsel Only separatist gays accept non-trans ENDA To the Editors: l was appalled to read Chris Grain's editorial dec11ing the HRC deciding only to support ~:~A if transgender protec· tions are included. Grain's trnnsphobia is clearly b1asmg his judgment. As a femme lesbian who believes in human and civil rights for everyone, even bigots. I apparently have a lot more in common with transgcnder people that I do with some gay men. It appeared as if he made a calculated decision that appealing to people's anti-gay prejudices would translate into support for his own ~lection . Armed \\ith the Federal Marriage Amendment. President Bush gratuitously divided America. Sad!}; it appears that for this admin1s· tration, the use of fear in an effort to manipulate the population is reflexive. We have seen the fear of terrorism used as an excuse to curtail our civil liberties. We have seen the fear of unproven safety concerns u.~ed as an excuse to prohibit the importation of less expensive, life-saving drugs from Canada. '!'he list is endless. IT IS Fl'ITING '!'HA'!' '!'HIS YEAR'S Republican National Convention will open in New York's great entertainment arena, Madison Square Garden. We will certainly sec one bewitching show after another as the Hush/Cheney ticket attempts to convince America that they are the voice of reason and the protec­tors of the nation. Expect to see centrist. gay-friendly fig. ures like Hudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarwnegger trot across the conven· tion s tage. We will see a moderate. middle of the road Rcpubhcan Party, Too bad it is only an act. Since the candidacy of Barry Gold\\ater in 1964, the Republican Party has be n movmg reler tless y to the nght On the national kvel moderate R pu'>lica'ls are nlmost rntirel} ored and margmah ed \\ilhm th Part} AUGUST 27. 2004 11 Don·t you dare claim me for your sepa­ratist gay and lesbian camp; I'm not on your side. If some are not equal, none arc. ROWAN FROST Tucson. Ariz. ENDA for rich gay white males would be enacted To the Editors: Give me a break, Chrb Crain. Your dann that E.'\l)A has been "trans1acked" is what ts "munoral." The Human Rights Campaign. a group that has claimed to advocate for trangenders, b finally making good What do you want the HRC to do, play favontes? I guess you \\ant them to contmue with the logic, "Well, our gay constituents are more accepted than our transgender con· stituents, so we \\ill just put trans people on the back burner until they are more popular." OK then, let~ take those pesk}; unpopu­lar. and undescr.·ing transgenders out of EDNA \Vhilc we're at it, people in Congress really ~ to Ii.kc nch people more, ~let's kick those working class gay people that HRC represent~ to the curb. Sorry ENDA will Just represent rich gay people. This queer trans-man 1s tired of being painted as someone \\ho is keeping gay people from getting their nghts. MILESQ. OTT San Francisco I have had my fill of George \\'. Bush ·s definition of compassion and of his efforts to divide us. As a gay person, I have been insulted and assaulted by this administration. As an elected official of a major cit}; I have witnessed this administration's absolute indifference toward our cities and their populations, particularly the poor. Next month will mark the seventh year since the federal government adjust­ed the minimum wage, which represents the second longest period in history with· out an adjustment. At the same time, the Bush adminis­tration has slashed the federal govern· ment's financial commitment to the Workforce Investment Act, which is intended to help the unemployed and underemployed access educational opportunities needed to obtain meaningful employment This time around I will not be attend­ing the Republican Com-ention. And l will not be fooled again by George\\'. Bush"s promL~es. This }ear I will be supporting John Kerry. As a lifelong Repubhcan I did not reach this decision lightly. 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HRC crafted McGrcevey's hallmark line "I am a gay Amencan" in the early 1990s, and had advised the governor to use it in his speech earlier that day. Steven Fisher. communications dircc· tor for HRC, said Jacques didn't disclose the ties between the nation's largest gay rights group and McGreevey because "Nightllne" producers didn't ask. But a "Nightline" spokesperson said Jacques should have been more candid. "We honestly didn't know [that McGreevey consulted with HRC] and were quite surprised when we found out," said Emily Lc-nzner a spokesperson for "Nightline." "We would have certaml}; at the \Try least. offered full disclosure (to viewers) if Y<e had known they were providing gwdancc to ~ tcGreevcy and his staff," Lenzner said Fisher also praised McGreevey' "com· ing out" speech in a number of media lntrrvtews that never indicated HRC con· suited on the wording beforehand. THE OMISSI0:-1 REFLEC'fS POORLY ON both "Nightltne" and HRC, but mostly on the news organization, according to Kelly McBride, an ethics faculty member at the 0 ACTION! INFO Hlman Rights~ 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Washmgton. DC 20036 202-628-4160 www.hrc.org 'Nightline' ABC News 7 W 66th St New York. NY 10023 212-456-7777 www abcnews.go.com/seet1ons/N1ghtl111e Cheryl Jacques, director of the Human Rights Campaign, appeared on 'N1ghtline' Aug 12 to praise New Jersey Gov. James McCreevey's resignation announcement Jacques did not disclose that the organization advised McCreevey on his speech. Poynter Institute, a journalism teaching institute based in Tampa, Fla. "I think 'Nightline' had an obligation to ferret out that Information (about HRC advising McGreevey) that's part of being a good journalist," .McBride said. .Journalists should not only tell view· tJrs what sources say, but why they say it and whether any hidden motives influ· ence their statements, McBride said. Lenzner said Jacques had appeared on "N1ghtline" in the past, and the show's producers expected her and HRC to be up front about the consultation the group provided earlier in the day. Sources have no obligation to voluntar· Uy disclose any connections they may have to a news story, but someone who deals with the media regularly "certainly understands the nature of conflicts of interl'sts, and it might occur to that per­son that this information would be rele­vant to the story," l\fcRride said Jacques' decision to prai e McGIT"Cvey's word mg without disclosing HRC's role in providmg that wording was "deceptive" and "d1smgenuous," Mcllricle said. "! think they suffer the image of hcmg political spinmeisters," McBride said. "Once [viewers! find out you sa}; 'Wait a second, this is suspicious. These are not two individual groups going about their business, they re working together"' JACQl'~:s AND OTHER HRC OFFICIALS didn't d1 close their ues to McGreevey because lhc consultation they provided rquipping him with language to talk about gay i ues and coming out wa the same service the}' have given to law· maker for years, Fisher srud. "No one thought to talk about it because its part of the work we do," Fisher said, HHC coined the "I am a gay American" line in the early 1990s after testing it Ul focus groups as a way to convey unity as opposed to "otherness," Fisher said. ABOUT ACTION ALERT; Action Alert is a Forum section feature that informs readers of issues for response and lobbymg. Send suggestions and comments to forum(aJhoustonw1ce com. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I on the record "Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue that our family is very familiar with. We have two daughters and we have enor· mous pride in both of them, they're both fine young women and they do a superb job, frankl;; of supporting us. and we were blessed with hoth our daughters." Vice President Dick Cheney, publicly acknowledging his daughter .\fary is a lesbian for thejlrst time, when responding to a ques· lion al a town hall meetmg in Davenport, Iowa, about how hefeels in his "heart" about gay marriage (Aug 24) "With respect to the question of homo ex ual relatwnship , my general view is that freedom means freedom for everybod;: Poop!e ought to be free to enter into any kmd of relationship they want to." Vici'/ 'resident Cheney: arguing that marriage slwuld be left up to the states ID decuie, dJ.Stanc­ing hims.'/{ from President Bush:~ support for afedeml ronstitlllional amendment (Aug. 24) "'Freedom' is not embracing perversion. That is enslavement. . . You can still love your family members and explain the difference in a non-judgmental manner." Republican Superviser Eugene Delgaudio. of Sterling, Va., "condemning" Cheney for his comments about his daughter .uary (PublicAdvocate.org, Aug. 24) ''The vice president supports the president's right to set policy and make those deci· s10ns. The vice president has been very clear and consistent on this issue." Bush spokesperson Anne Womack. who declined to say if Cheney supports the Federal Marriage Amendment (Washington Times, Aug. 25) "We are heartened that by taking a stand for his daughter, at Jong last Vice President Cheney is standing up for real family values." Matt Fbreman. directDr of the National Gay & L£sbian Task Fbn:e (Press release. Aug. 24) "President Bush must be feeling the heat. Millions of Republican families, like the Cheneys, have gay friends and family mem· bers and are offended by President Bush's efforts to put discrimination in the Constitution." Cheryl Jacques, director of the Human Rights Campaign (Press release. Aug. 24) "If there's one area of privacy, it's still sex· ual activity. Although I will tell you, at the age of 80. I consider any question concerning my sexual exploits to be complimentary." Former Neu· York Mayor Ed Koch, refusing to say whether he is gay; Koch is endorsing President Bush's re.election and called the res· ignation of New Jersey Gov. James .'rfcGreevey "a Greek tragedy" (WNBC-TV's "News Forum, "Aug. 22) "No one calls me the H-word." Neu• Orleans attorney John Rawls, who is gay, reacting to being called "homosexual" by opposing counsel during arguments on whether to strike a measure banning gay mar­riage from the Louisiana ballot (New York Times. Aug. 16) "He's a high.class gu}; a big success, and I find it hard to believe he is a homosexual:' Nimm Sukar, a retired plumber m Rishon Letzion, Israel. hometou·n of Golen Cipel. on allegations that Cipel had an affair with New Jersey Gov. Jim .'rfcGreevey (Philadelphia Inquirer. Aug. 16) "She wanted me. We didn't have sex but I'm pretty sure we could have done II Britney invited me to the opening of her restaurant. But her publicists said tht•y had to ki•cp us apart" l'orn star .Jenna Jameson, clazmmg to shock jock Ho1card Stem that Britney Spears made advances toward her (Arizona Dally Star, Aug. 20) AUGUST 27. 2004 13 GatFI NO look s the Key. We cor> hep you get ere ~ t> a prograM ust •or ou Ca Today Pav No Dues until September oner ends August 31 1'oUSTON GYM 1501 Durhofl" Street 713-880-9191 www.houstongym.cem •Tour Cl b •or dcta s 1974-2004 30 YEARS OF NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE On October l!i', 2004 wi11 celebrate 30 years of dedication to Houston's Gay & Lesbian population! Celebrate m style wrth by advertising your business or service m one special ISSlle-friday, October l!J'. 2004. To show our .1ppreciat1on to you. our re3ders and advm1sers. we w.mt to offer you a spe!IJ/ deaL By signing a 13x contract or larger. we wrll g1VC! you one week FREE.' And thats NOT all' Jf your contract falls on the date of this issue. wiU upgrade your ad Sile at NO extra cost to you' For more informatioll. conbct Jason Wilson or your local Sales Representative at 713-529-3490. www.houstonvoice.com l!I HRC flip-flop? Loud Rosie headlines for HRC, the same group that nixed Cho in July Page 20 AUGUST 27, 2004 Jazz vocalist Kellye Gray brings her songs in blue and pink back to Houston By JOHNNY HOOKS m OSTMODER JAZZ singer Ki llyr Gruy doc n't 1ust perform a song She· inhabit~ 1t Gray rxplodc d pro­fl 1orwlly m HoU:ston m the mid '80s l\lovw star 1azz wt riffs, post·modnn Jan all arc· found on Kellye Gr~ s pakttc and \\hat a p1ctun.· she palnL'! Gray returns to a lo tlm Houston h; unt Cezanne. Aug 2 and :.:8 fer four shows \cc<•rdin to her b10 G111J ,, native 'l\>xan, began her C.'ll"(·er up Jml down Aust m's rowdy Sixth Street during thC' l•l80s At 1 Kelly Gr.1y how then 1t \lia'! not unusual to hear sC'ts that covered u ran c that E'Xtcndcd trom ( harllc Parktr and Miles D.ivh to Madonn 1 .md PnnC"C' G~ moved to Hou ton m 1987 perform mg 01' htlv ut tht Blu. Moc n ( ar al ro~s from Ht II P,1rk on Montrose. It was 1:ommon to find people on hlanket tn the park I~ tenmg tu \.1ruy·~ silky son•• echoouMdc She dCVl loped n stron. follow mg that attracted the nc dglm·~ How ton label .Justtcc· RC'COtds She rccordc·d the dassK Standards In Gray" m l!l8!J, und the disc ~oared to the top of the Gavm Report u.' well u.s other Jazz charts Standard!' reached mythll' proportion~ but 11 Icg.d fight ove·1 righb to the recording kd to Grays ve11 pubhl exit from ,Just1ci Th •C day rop1t of ' Stnndards m Gra)" sell for $60 .mrl more on Eba) Asked when Will· St mdarw be re·rrl1:a,ecl, GraY said That L'! such a b1 que ion m my hfc. You know I tn to go on to .\mazon Out there com· nd Ebay and bu:y np a\allable i;opws so that when I nm mto som• of m\ super fans I e;.1n say 'You don't haw to ll~ttn t tlw.t 1h1rd gcnrr.1t10n m,,, lk unymon' HC're' · Stand;ird~ 1 1l > ,1,,11Jabk on rmus1c i;om JustICe own.~ (tht masteN o (r cordm •s) .ire av~il.1bk l don't make ... n}'thln oil t~1t. hut my f.m~ lc•VC It I also have· a '~hole bootlc"' ~cct10n on mv Web site kc!!} gr<1Y-com "Gt"ay .11d On n prumotton.11 tour tor "Standanls. · Gra..\ fell m k•\C w 1th San Francisco and movtd there m Hl92 Tomato Kiss," utUllmg most o! th origmnl Tuxus crew from the fu-st chsc. \\...s recorded shortly thcrcaft1:1 ThC' m 1g1l ol the or1 •ma! group provltl to be a ~om! choIC • Please e KELLEY on Page 18 Jau vocalist Kellye Gray returns to Houston for two shows Uus weekend. (Photo courtesy of kellygray.com. Illustration ll'J Jen Mabe.) CLASSICS REVIVED: "The Bad Seed' and 'Dead Ringer' are on DVD with comment from gay playwright. 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Packaged in their original poster art, these classy· looking disks offer hysterical commentary tracks from gay playwright and gender illusionist Charles Busch, of "Die, Mammie, Die!" fame, along with new features and trailers outlining interesting details about how it all crune together. Think Chernobyl is the biggest melt· down in history? Then experience Nancy Kelly's magnificently overnTOught per· formance in Mervyn LeRoy's tense 1956 thriller .. The Bad Seed" and think again. Realizing her nauseatingly "perfect" 8· year-old daughter Rhoda (Patricia "Patty" McCormack) is actually a serial murder· ess, panic·stricken Christine Penmark (Kelly) shreds her last nerve. When class penmanship award winner Claude Daigle is discovered bludgeoned and floating dead in a nearby lake, suspi· cions soon point to jealous Rhoda and her lethal tap shoes. "Why should I feel sorry? It was Claude Daigle got drowned, not me," Rhoda snarls to the snoopy apartment building superintendent (Henry Jones) who learns the hard way not to leave anything flammable within the toxic tot's reach. A tight and chilling precursor to "The Exorcist" and "The Omen." the film's cli· max arrives (logically) as poor Christine makes the unthinkable choice between a mother's love and the revulsion she feels for her satanic spay,,n. "If it were played naturally, it would be so much less fun." Busch and star McCormack concur on the breezy com· mentary track where they discuss the film's unusually theatrical nature and its enduring appeal with gay men. Reprising their roles from the hit stage play, Kelly, McCormack (who ln recent years guest-starred on several "Sopranos" episodes) and Eileen Heckart (who plays Daigle's mother> each received Academy Award nominations for their work in this film. FAR FROM HER GREATEST MOVIE, though rertainly not her worst. Bette Davis fans will find Paul Henre1d's macabre 1964 @MORE INFO The Bad Seed' 'Dead Ringer' Warner Home Video $1998 'It's the only gold medal Miss rem gives - and it was really nune" saeams ~mans/up award Mner-up and cold-blooded killer Rhoda Pemiaric (Patty~ 111 the new IND edition of 'The Bad Seed' chiller "Dead Ringer" an exceptional value. In it, Davis portrays twin sisters (one rich and amoral, the other, poor and bitter) with a longstanding feud between them - over a man, of course. Just imagine: two Bettes for the price of one! It isn't long before Edie Phillips (the poor one) whacks sister Margaret DeLorca (the rich one) with a well-placed bullet, fakes a suicide note and assumes her dead sister's identity. Edie's plan works like a charm. Too well, m fact. Perhaps a little background research would've been a good idea before stepping into her sister's haute couture heels? A few nifty surprises lurk from beyond the grave, twists I wouldn't dream of revealing here. This gruesome slice of "Grand Dame Guignol" (a fad among aging actresses in the mid-'60s) also stars Karl Malden as Edie's love interest Sergeant Hobbson. Peter Lawford as shady gigolo Tony Collins and Jean Hagen as Margaret's society girlfriend Dede Marshall. Davis devotees really haven't lived until scemg Edie give Margaret's corpse a new hairdo to match her own, sort of the dark side of "The Patty Duke Show," according to Busch. Both Rusch and "Bette Davis Speaks" author Boze Hadleigh provide the hilari­ous commentary track. and it's a doozy. Every asix.'Ct of Davis is discussed, from the amazing fact she didn't develop lung cancer before the mo\·ie ends (she smok••s non-stop) to the elaborate contraption of glue. wires, straps and lift tupe "Margaret" must wear under her wig for her skin to appear "better preserved" than that of her skid-row sister, Edie. Enough said. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com ev1• s1• on BRIAN MOYLAN The hot athletes and chiseled bodies got me to tune in to the Olympic Garnes, but the thrill of victory kept me watching. Boys (& girls) of summer MICHAEL PHELPS' BATHING SUIT is dangerous. The Speedo on this multiple-medal winning swllllmcr from Baltimore is so low-cut that it looked like, at any moment, he would be the victim of a wardrobe malfunction, making the 2004 Olympic Games m Athens all the more memorable. I have ln.>en held captive by the sum­mer Olympics for the past two weeks, tak· ing time out only for that other great lnternatlonal TV competition, CBS's ''.Amazing Race" (on Tuesdays at 10 p.m ). And I've bcrn captivated not just by Phelps. American gymnasts Paul and !\!organ Hamm h0 lpcd as well, evcn though their purses fall out of their mouths every time they speak. And speaking of gymnastics, Bel Ami, the Eastern ~:uropean gay porn special· lsts, need to shell out some serious cash to get Romanian Marian Uragulescu and Bulgarian Jordan Jovtchev to do the "ll<x>r exercise" in their next movie. Then there's Greece's first Judo champ. Bias lliadis. Wrestling an opponent to his bark m the finals, his robe seemed deter­mined to stay open, baring a chiseled physique that is usually only found in, well, gay porn movies. And when the winners celebrate, there's real man-on-man action. Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis looked like they needed to get a room after winmng a gold medal in the men's three-meter synchronized springboard diving competition THIS IS WHAT'S BEEN OCCUPYING my mind since the opening ceremonies of thc Olympic Games on Aug. 13. Surc, the hot guys ur~ great, but there is something more that has me staying up late and waking up early so I don't miss a minut( of events like the absurd race walking or the fully coverrd fencing compctit10n 'l'hanks to the proliferation of cable television and the consolidation of net· work ownership, the NHC family of chan· nels is doing its part to feed my addiction. Not only can 1 watch the coverage nil day and night on NBC, but I can also check in on gay fnvorite Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, as well as 'lelemundo, 1f I bn1sh up on my Spanish. And I'm apparently not the only one. Arrording to Nielsen Media RPsearch, as of Aug. 22, 64 percent of the U.S. popula· ft MORE INFO Athens 2004 Olympic Games Clos111g ceremony, Aug 29. 6 p.m. Creek .1thletes Nikolaos Siranidis (left) and Thomas Bimis look like they're about to really celebrate after winning the men's synchronized three-meter sprmg· board competition at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. (Photo by Itsuo Inouye/AP) !Ion had watched some portion of the games in its first week 9 percent more than watched the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, during !ht: same period. Maybe this has something to do with beach volleyball. You can't seem to throw a discus at NBC's collective Olympic cov eragc w1thout hitting this event. Let me point out the inequality here, howeve1~ where the women compete in skimpy bikinis <finally, something for the lesbians to watch) and the men play in baggy tank tops and shorts. Lrsbians were probably also watching tennis player Martina Na\Tatilova. Though she has won countless trophirs, the 47-year-old lcgend had never been to the Olympics. Sure, she and tennis part­ner Lisa Raymond lost in the quarterti· nals, but it was while watching this match that I realized why I was tuning in. Navratilova has proven herself to the sport of tennis and to the world a long time ago. She proudly came out of the closet a long time ago and came out of retirement to play doubles tennis. Nothing, internally or cxternall): kept her from traveling to Athens. ''The end of a dream?" she asked an Associated Press reporter after mis ing her chance for a medal at the Olympics. "No. I am living my dream." That's why I keep watching. It's for people like Navratilova, athletes who ilXlk as beautiful after a match wheth<'r thcy win or lose as they do playmg 1t. 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We ordered three dishes to get us start· ed. The excellent seaweed salad ($5} arrived first. A cool, crunchy mixture of kaisou seaweed tossed with sesame seeds, citrus dressing and a hint of red pepper, this is an excellent dish on a warm day. The agedashi tofu ($3.50) sounded inter­esting, but wasn't quite what we expected . Two large cubes of fried tofu are served in a sweet, gingery broth. The tofu is topped with bonito flake, or fmely flaked dried fish. It wasn't to my taste, but it's a Japanese favorite. From the yakitori menu, we ordered the tsukune ($4), or fresh ground chicken meatballs. Tender. smoky and topped with a sweet yak1tori sauce, they were excel· lent. although they didn't arrive until the end of our meal. If you're a sake fan. Dai,ji's offers a well thought out selection. A nice variety of beer and wine is also available. BE CHOOSY ABOlIT WHAT YOU ORDER; we found some dishes to be overpriced At $9 for two shrimp and a couple of vegeta· hies, the tempura seemed expensive. Ditto the scallops ($5), which included only one skewer with three scallop halves. Our group was dividecl on the value of the devine yakitori beef tcnderlotn ($9). On the other hand, there nre some good value items on the menu. The pork katsu l$3 50), a bart"red and fned pork cutlet, 1s a dea; The goyza pan fried pork dumphngs S4 -.0) rvrd \nth an :Id ct1vely tart c1tre chll 5aU lre o reaso I} pnccd Althougr the no ushJ bar a hlnu plate ($9) IS available, mcluding three slices each of high quality salmon, tuna, and squtd. Also worth a try the yakitori-grilled bacon wrapped enoki mushrooms ($5). More adventurous dishes nre available for the bold diner. The chicken liver ($3) Is suc­culent and smok:,: Or try the quail eggs ($3), boiled just enough to solidify the yolk slight­ly; then $kewered and grilled for a moment over charcoal. They're a silky; smoky treat. And then there are those keel bones ($.1), or the breast bone of a chicken. We just had to try them. They come four to a skewer and are grilled over charcoal. The verdict? Well, they're bones. Desserts are limited, but try the tempu· ra banana with ice cream ($.1.50). At lunch time the restaurnnt is a differ­ent place. Gone is the thumping techno/elcc· tronica that seems out of place. Instead, Jazz provides a more relaxing mood. The menu 1s simpler as well, with noodle bowls, rice bowls and bento boxes. The oyakodon ($7) rice bowl is a simple hmch. White and dark meat chicken is cooked with egg and onion on a griddle, then plaa.'<l pan. cnke-style atop a bowl of rice. The accompa· nying miso soup is rich without being hcav)'. Daiji's Izakaya brings an interesting dining concept to Houston. Offering tradi· tional Japanese small dishes in a pub set· tmg, it's the perfect spot to meet frirnds after work, catch a quick lunch or linger over dinner. With such a brcmd menu. you can always try something new like those unforgettable keel bones. Daiji's lzakaya 0 1201 Caroline 713-651-3030 wwwd.i11is com Food: • .. •• Service· ..,,.,. Value: 'el'el .. Scene· ••,. • = Stay home and eat cereal le! ,., = Well 1f you really must • • F 111e for all but the finicky iet 191 19! Wort more tha! a 20mm .. dnve • ••• Asqoodas) ul t SC ty JOHNNY HOOKS A new Miss Texas U.S. of A. reigns, but TABC trouble in Conroe leaves a group of 'girls' without a stage A cup of hot l<ofi THIS WEEK HOVO ON THE GO-GO recommends comfortable shoes when venturing out as there is a lot go-going on in Space City. First, lets talk Queens Big hugs and kisses to the new Miss Gay Texas U.S. of A., Miss KOFI! A familiar face to everyone, the Kofi was brewing hot last Sunday as she accepted her crown. The next U.S. of A. pageant will be held at Club Inergy in September, and a handbook with entry requirements is available on-line at the official Web site www.usofa.org/ Texas. One of the reasons we love Kofi here at HotGG is she's not only a beautiful Diva with a 1000-watt smile, she also has a heart a~ big as her shoes! Kofi is hosting a "turn-a-bout" fund-raiser for long-long­time Charles Armstrong employee, Randall Jobe on Monday, Aug. 30 on the Sante Fe side of JR's. Jobe is a fixture in the local theater scene and an icon of sorts at JR's. Quick with a quip and with a strong drink, not to mention a truly unique and sassy fashion sense, Jobe is in a local hospital Houston favonte, Kofi. is the new Miss Gay Texas US of A (Photo courtesy of Club Inergy) action figure. Oooh, the skin feels so real!"' HotGG will take your word for it, Jill. To see for yourself, go to www.jefT-stryker.com THE BATTLE FOR THE OFFICIAL PAPI Chulo continues this week. It seems DJ Alex T clearly has the upper hand. He faxed the HotGG office a copy of a document from the Harris rt'<:ovcring from an undiagnosed case of diabetes. Let Randall know how much you care and drop by with a check or cash. Roll those pennies girls' HoVo on the County Clerk's Office. Signed, dated and notarized, "Papi Chulo Houston" is now the property of Torres from Aug. 16, 2004 until 2014! Get well soon, you face­slapping sister! go-go So remember to check out the now official Papi Chulo every Thursday night at 1415 California DJ Alex T can also be found every Sunday at Bartini in the men's lounge, with fellow DJ Rocky B m the ladies lounge for "The Powder Room."' 713-526-BARI. TABC trouble in Conroe HotGG also reported last week that the ravishing .'\1s. Jill Jordan is accepting contestants for the upcoming Ms. Galaxy Pageant. We also mentioned "The Jill Jordan Variety" show knocking 'em dead at Ranch Hill Saloon . Sadly, the variety show has been pulled for the next month due to "TABC [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission] problems." Jordan told HotGG 'Tm deva~tated, honey. We were already to i::o, and then I got the call. I know attendance was off a little last wock due to a Woodlands concert, the U.S. of A. pageant and the funeral of a long-time Ranch Hill bartender. "But people have been so supportive of us. I hate that it's gone ... for now only, I hope." Jordan also mentioned she would be happy to take the variety show on the road for the next month. Interested? Contact her directly at 713-524-89:!7 Jordan also poured a cup of tea for HotGG. "I just got off the phone with Jt'ff Strykc1~ and he's minutes away from signing to do the " Jeff Stryker Rcality Show" on t.1TV's new 24-hour gay channel, Logo. He nlso sent me his ne\1 limited edition 12-mch LOCAL "JAZZ VISUALIST"' AND SCAT master (not that kind!) 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Tell them you saw their ad in the HOUSTON VOICE Classifieds I v1Mo1tiAcMe11 IP LACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD NOW CALL an 863 isss OR PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE AT WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM 20 AUGUST 27, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE dish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash That's old news It's August and there's nothing much going on, so time to catch up on news you missed YOU KNOW DISH IS HARD UP FOR some dirt when she has to run a lead item about ROSIE O'DONNELL two weeks in a row. \\'hat do you want, people? It's August Everyone, including celebrities, is too busy trying to go on vacation and hang out by the pool This week Dish is going to relax and get rid of all the old news that has been clogging up her mbox for months. That is, after she tells you about O'Donnell, who is headlining a HCl\1AN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN voter registration rally on Aug. 27 in 1''t. Lauderdale, Fla. Is thlS the same HRC that "uninvttcd" comedian MARGARET CHO from a party it held at the Democrattc National Convention in July? HRC told Cho that her past comments against PRESIDENT BUSH were too "incendiary" and that her act would distract from the event's "message." And 1s this the same O'Donnell who made incendiary remarks about President Bush and the war in Iraq at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards in April? Dish is wondering whether it'~ HRC that changed it~ "message" or O'Donnell. Yesterday's headlines Now, back to the orgy of old news. For those who don't watch British tcl· evision - and that's all of you on this side of the Atlantic NADIA AL:\1A· DA won the fifth season of the U. K. 's "Big Brother," a reality show that is sim· ilar to the "Big Brother" that airs on CBS. Across the pond. viewers phone in votes for which housemate they think should win, much like Amenca's "American Idol." In early August, Almada received 74 percent of the vote to wm the final prize, about $117,000. \\'hat many of Almada's fellow con· Nadia Almada testants didn't know 1s that ~he is a trans· sexual. She did share the fact later m the series, and it didn't faze either the con· testants or the voters at home. How's that for acceptance? In other reality TV nev.s, remember the Fbx show "Pla}ing It Straight?" Well, D1 h barely doe either Anvway, 1t v.a a dating ho\1 v. here } ung 1 oman, Jackie had to find pot n u mate from a field of 1 me !1, some Rosie O'Donnell is headlining a voter registration rally in Ft Lauderdale. Fla. for the Human Rights Campaign. (Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP) were gay and some were straight. If she picked a straight gu}; they split $1 mil· hon. If she picked a gay guy, he got all the money and she got to cry in her pillow. The show got canned after three episodes bac.k in March because of low rat· ings. In July, fox was nice enough to fill us in on \\ho was gay and who was straight and what happened on the shov.: There were nine gay men and live straight ones. tough odds for Jackie. llo\\cver, in the final episode she chose a straight guy, Banks. Even more sur· prising, a year after the show was filmed, the two are still Jack Lange together. All the info on the conclusion is up on www.Fox.com. If you \\ant even more zip in your pro­gramming, check out www.NakedNewsDailyMale.com. The all· male gay news version of Naked News, a Toronto-based Internet service that offers daily coverage from anchors with no cov· eragc at all. The service was launched back in April. It's hard for Dish to keep cool when thoughts of naked newscaster JACK LANGE are getting her all hot again. With all the old trash out of the way, Dish wtll return next week with some fresh material I HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com AUGUST 27. 2004 21 local cover story Gonzales: cross dressing 'didn't bother me' GONZALES. contmued from Page l that I figured I could live with that ' Dy the time the rouple married on Oct. 31, 1998 in Las Vegas, James H. Murphy had offirially changed his name to Linda Gail Carte1; and that is the name recorded on the marriar.e license. Gonzales said Murphy told her at the time that he wantrd a woman's name even though he didn't plan to live as a woman It isn't often that divorce proceedings receive cltyw1c!~ media coverage, but the divorce of Constance Gonzales and Linda Gall Carter proved to be a story that gar· nercd Houston's full court press Carter sought to have the marriage chs· solved on the basis that two women could not legally marry in Nevada, where the marriage took place, or in the statEJ of Texas, where the two hved D1ssolut1on of the marriage v.ould have rrturned the property the two held to Carter. Carter claimed to haw undergone hor­mone therapy in preparation for a sex change operation that was put on hold bccau "of heart trouble. In the end, 310th District Judge Lisa Millard ruled in July that I.inda Gail Carter was biologically and legally a man, and she granted the couple a divorce. The judge awarded 65 percent of the property to Gonzales and 35 percent to Carter. Gonzales refers to Carter as "Jim" someone whom she said, aside from hav­ing an nffimty for women's clothes, was a man in their marriage and a generous and loving stepfathC'r and grandfathC'r In 1995, Gonzales went to work for James H Murphy at his weddmg chapel business in Galveston. He was In Houston on business part of the week, and he needed someone tCJ run the chapel and to look in on his parc!lts from time to time, she s.11d "Jim was so laid back, so even tempered" she said "It was like fn-sh air to go down there I decided I liked this environmmt " In July 1996. Gonzaks said, she IC'aned on a second-story railing while watering plants at Murphy's house in Galveston, and thC' railing gave wa): Her injuries were severe enough to put her In the hospital for four months. WhC'n she was allowed to go home, doctors said she would need to be m traction for months and to have 24·hour nursing care !\lurphy arranged for th" equipment and nursing care and took her to his house. 'I was totally dependent on him," she said. "He cooked my meals. HC' was there for me. I cannot deny that It's very hard not CALENDAR A Franciscan Splrltual Outreach Thuuday, September 2 Potluck 7pm PWA Coalirion, speaker Ollc1ing Pcac e & Reconciliation to the \limatcd HHO I lt:ight~ Bhd. l:lrnL-;11111, L 77f~ ph. 7l:U!GI 1800 l{lft);dht»OJlrlnrJ: lridoy, Aug 27 Movie Night 7pm As Good A1 It Gets Monday, Aug 30 Eucharist 7:30pm Monday, September 6 labor Day office closed Friday, Septumber 10 Movie Night 7pm Mystic River have a love for someone like that " \\!'hen she was up and around after sev­eral months, Gonzales said, "We wrre a couple. That was it." The couple bought property together, mcludlng a funeral home in Houston. Gonzales said Murphy encouraged her children, Trey Gonazles and Carly Bernhardt, to become licensed funeral directors. When Murphy becanu. ill with heart troublr, Gonzales said, operation of the business fell more and more to her chil· dn-n. Hr moved to Nacogdoches to conva· lesce and go mto the gammg busmess with a female fhend. On Aug. 19, 2003, GonzalC's was served with divorce papers that read. "A suit to declare void thC' purported marriage of Linda Gail Carter and Constance D. Gonzales Carter." Carter dressed as a woman in court On the first day in court, Gonzales said, "He [Carter] was dressed as a 'l>Oman." Gonzales ~aid Carter's appearance sur­prised her since he rarely 'l>Ore v.omen's clothes when the two were together and never wore thC'm around her children. After a few months, she said, Carter began coming to court dressed as a man. In court documents, Carter accused Gonzales and her children of conspiring to take away th:: busmess by changing the name of the funeral home and siphoning monry into a bank account set up under the new name But, Gonzales said, the name of the busmess \\aS changed to protect its a sets. Among files of we!: organized docu­ments re!J.ted to the divorce, she pulls out copie of checks totaling more than $260,000 from her ov. n account that wrote to the busmesses sh~ and Carter owned or were buying. "My whole retirement money 1s here," Gonzales said. The business holdmgs are no\\ m recoversh1p, and Gonzales said, the asset will be sold to di\ 1de the prope-1): Carter 1 to pay all attornC'y s fee court co ts and recc1versh1p fees. Gonzale and h~r children will oontmue to operate the funeral home until propert) IS sold, Although the divorce was often con­tentious, with police summoned to th~ funeral home, phone lines at the busmess diverted and accusations hurled, Gonzales doc n't to peak ill of Carter "He was the man I thought I was gomg to live \\ ith through my d~ ing days," she said - 22 AUGUST 27, 2004 www.houstonvo1ce.com HOUSTON VOICE eclipse cover story Kellye Gray considers herself a 'jazz visualist' KELLEY, continued from Page 14 and "Tomato Kiss" was fmbraccd by fans n wand old. Songs in blue and pink A mo•e to Los Angt 'es m 1999 allowrd her to re-ronnect with old friend and fel­low Texan, Jazz pianist Shelly Brrg Th duo created se•eral arrangements that v.ould eventually end up on "Blue and Pink," a live concert." In 2001, Gray's fathen illness brought her home to Texas In February 2002, Blu and Pink, a li>e concert" was recorded at Ovations in the Village, in Houston This twCKIISC recording was released as two separate recordmgs m 2002 and 2003 "The Blue Songs" and "The Pink Songs." "That's the 'Blue & Pink' recordings that arc now available," Gray said. "We've been touring those over the last year Both albums contain cuts from the same ses- C) MORE INFO Kellye Gray Aug.27 &28 9 p.m. & 11 pm Cezanne 4100 Mootrose Tickets $15 713-660-8617 s10n. The 'Blue' songs are the ballads, the bo$sa nova's and the blue,, and the 'Pink' songs are the bee-bops, the funks and the swmg tlllles. You can pick and choose depcnd1ng on your mood, or If you're hav­mg a part); or make your own mtx." All the songs are standards, she said, with more scatting on the "Pink" disc. "The mistakes and the magic moments are kept to bnng the listener closer to actually bemg in the room, while the con· certs were recorded," she said. Though most would call her a jazz singer or jazz vocalist, Gray said, "I actu­ally consider myself a jazz v1sualist." "It's sort of trans·media," she eJ-.-plamed. "Through the use of my voice, I create pic­tures and images while using my voice, but wordless!}: It's like landscapes .. painting landscapes with my VOICC. n Sexuality, music separate Gray has been through a lot over the last few years, including the death of her father and the end of a 15-year romantic rclationsh 1p. Asked about her relationship, Gray qui­etly said, "I try not to promote my sexuali ty, and my music at the same time. I want my music to speak to for itself." She added, ''Sometunes people expect a certain kind of ownership when they find out an artist is a 'family member,' you know? Our respect for others in the room free and open to the community Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W. 11th St. - Houston, TX 77008 - 713-861-9149 www.resurrectionmcc.or Vocalist Kellye Gray considers herself a 'jazz visualist. pamting landscapes with her music. She declined to dis· cuss her sexual orientation, but talked about gay issues in the first person. (Photo courtesy of kellygray.com.) doesn't change. I'm not going to respond to you any differently because you're gay, too. The space is shared " Gray goes on to say how she feels about same-5CX marriage.. "I don't thmk it's going to happen for us yet. We have laid very strong groundwork through the help of [San Francisco Mayor) GaVIn Newsome and Massachtbetts. Taking chances, being bold, bringmg it all the way forward into the public medium and making it an issue in this campaign? We've never had that before." To those who would make marriage the top issue, she said, "However, what's going on with us as a country, the issues like get· ting out of the war, the economy, healthcare. Those thmgs must be addressed first. I do think we're going to see some states approve gay marnage, but we need to be patient." Gray confessed that since her breakup, "I feel hkc J am focusmg on my career much more as l'm writing so much, and I am working on a new album, plus I'm teaching." Rem1ndecl that all of the pain and change she has been through must have provided certain emotions from which to draw. she replied, ''It's extremely cathartic to be able to explore emotions and deal with them in my music and performances. Otherwise you just end up carrying them around." God's Wisdom in Making Friends and Choosing a Spouse "Building Community Through Compassion" Church Service begins at 10am and nursery 1s available for small children. 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