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  • Fisher, Binnie
  • Crain, Chris
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Date May 27, 2005
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  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript IN THE MAG: Pride Mag is on the stands. Page 3 NO MERGER: Bogus release hurts AIDS agencies. Page 3 Senate deal advances Pryor nod HRC supports compromise that allows vote on anti-gay judge By EARTHA MELZER A Senate deal that averted a showdown over President Bush's blocked judicial nominees is draw· ing mixed reactions from gay groups who say it is likely to result in a lifetime appointment for a man who has been called the most anti-gay nominee in history: William H. Pryor Jr. For months senators have been arguing over the so-called "nuclear option," a proposed move to change the rules of the Senate to keep the Democratic minority from blocking Judicial nomi· nees through filibuster. With a Republican president and a GOP-controlled Senate, blocking a vote on jud1· cial nominees through filibuster was the only tactic left to Democrats opposed to the judges Bush nomi· nated to the federal bench. Democrat~ said that seven of the stalled nominees­Priscilla Owen, Pryor, Janice Rogers BrO\m, William G . .\leyers, Henry Saad, Richard Griffen and David McKeague represented unacceptable and extreme choices. '!'he seven judges were slated for appointment to fedC'ral appeals courts. just one step below the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate has approved all but 10 of Bush's 45 judicial nominees to those courts. Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, called Owen, Brown and Pryor "extreme ideologues" likely to issue damaging decisions on separation of church and state, abor­tion rights, and equal rights for gays. Owen, a Texas Supreme Court Justice, had her nomination blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2002. She has been criticized by civil rights groups for taking campaign money from Enron and Halliburton and then ruling in their favor. She has also spoken publicly against the separation of church and state. The Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Owen on Wednesday. A group of 14 Republican and Democratic senators reached an agreement that will allow votes on three previously blocked fed· eral court nominees. including William Pryor, who is opposed by gay rights groups (Photo by Dave Martin/AP) Please see CONFIRMATION on Page 7 dish Hey Ms. DJ Lesbian DJ Tracy Young dishes on party drugs, dark music and being a celebrity Page 12 SCHOOL FRICTION: Anti-gay messages painted. Page 5 Attorney Jeny Simone.aux said 1f voters approve a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions m November. he plans to file an injunction against 1t in federal court. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Texas marriage war could be destined for the federal courts Attorney Jerry Simoneaux said he'll file an injunction if voters approve a ban on gay marriage By BINNIE FISHER Should voters in Texas approve a NO\'. 5 ballot referendum that would ban same-sex marriage .is v. · J as civil unions in the state Constitution, attorney Jerry W Simoneaux said he knows Please see VOTI on Page 4 local life In business and in life, Todd Partridge and Dan Luekens are partners PAGES Well-wishers overloaded Kylie Minogue's Web site after her cancer surgery. PAGE 18 2 MAY'll.2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Houston Voice Pride 2005 Issue: June 24 Deadline: June 17 To advertise call Jason Wilson at 713.529.8490 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com local news briefs Magazine co-chairs Rebecca Mahaffey and Yvonne Feece showed off their work at the Pride Magazine unveil· mg recently at Meteor. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) The Pride Magazine is available at 200 locations in Houston Houston Pride officially unveiled the 2005 Pnde Magazme last Saturday during an event at Meteor The Magazine, which contains features on people and Pride events, also details the parade route and a map to gay clubs in Houston. Magazine co-chair Yvonne ~'ecce said the 146-page magazine is availabl<' at 200 locations in Houston, most of them in Montrose. Lambda Legal representative Sheba Gipson will speak .1t a meeting of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Lambda Legal representative addresses GLBT Political Caucus Sh!'ba Gipson, outreach associate for Lambda Legal. will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a meeting of the Houston GI.BT Political Caucus (PAC) at the Houston GLBT Community Center, :1400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207. Gipson's talk will center on the areas of youth and schools, workplace equality, family protec­tions and a new Lambda Legal initiative for Latinos. The caucus meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. and conducts a Commumty Work Day on the second Saturday of each month. Montrose Counseling Center urges passage of psychiatric association statement The Montrose Counseling Center is urging the American Psychiatric Association's hoard of trustees to adopt a statem('llt draftt>d by the organization's advisory group on the subject of recognizing mar­riage equality for same-sex couples. The statPml'nt reads: "Heterosexual rl'lation ­ships have a legal framework for thl'ir existence through civil marriage. Same­sex couples therefore experience several kmds of sanctioned discrimin?tion that can adversely affect the stability of their relationships and mental health." The counseling center's executive director, Ann J. Robison, said she urges the American Psychiatric Association to for­mally adopt the statement when it meets m July. "Montrose Counseling Center's ther­apists help clients on a daily basis deal with the mental health impact of being continually marginalized, and all of the political attention focused on banning so­callrd 'gay marriages' creates an atmos­phere where sexual minorities get the mes· sage that they are 'less-than' and unde­serving of equal rights," she said. Countown to Pride begins with a slate of events A~ June rolls around, events leading up to Pnde Houston begin to take place, starting with Girlz Pride 2005 and the Return of Atwood & Comeaux on June 3. Girlz Price :nl5 is a party for women who love women sponc;ored by Groove Girlz from 9p.m. to 2 a.m. at 1415 California. Cost is $10, and pl'OC(_'eC!s benefit Pride Houston. More information is availablr at wwwgroovegirlz.com. A concert by Jerry Attwood and Ricky Comeaux at 9 11m. June 3 at Ovations, 2536 Times Blvd. ben efits Bering Omega Community Services. Cost is $50, and more information is available at www.beringomega.org. On June 4 from 8:15 am. to 3 p.m., the Lesbian Health Initiative Rainbow Health Faiir offers free mammo­grams, blood screening tests and osteoporosis SCl'IX'lllng. Through collaboration with the Montrose Clinic, pelvic exams. p;lp smears and scrrcnings for HIV and sexually trans­mitted dis1x1ses are also offered. The fair takes plare at the clinic, 215 WPstheimer. More inf or· maticm is avniL1ble at y,rwwJhihouston.org. The Houi;ton Pride Parade 2005 gets und<'r· way at 8:4S p.m. Jww 25 on Westheimer tx•twt'cn Woodhrad and Whi!ne}: More infor· mation on all Pride events can be found at wwwpridchouston.org. From staff and wire reports MAY27.2005 3 local news Unauthorized press release causes concern for agencies Officials of two AIDS service agencies fear an unauthorized press release could cause con­fusion among donors By BINNIE FISHER A press release dated May 20. 2005, and widely circulated among Houston gay media and AIDS funding sources announced the 2006 merger of the Montrose Clinic and the Assistance Fund. There's just one little problem. there is no merger between the two agencies. "That press relea5e was unauthorized, and we don't know where it crune from," said Katy Caldwell, executive director of the Montrose Clinic. 'This didn't come from either of our agencies." As soon as officials at the clinic and the AssL~tancc Fund learned about the press release, a release with the logos of both agencies was issued dispelling the clauns. "This type of false information b damaging because it creates confusion with donors and clients," the official release reads. While the two entities have signed no formal merger agreements, Caldwell Katy Caldwell. executive director of the Montrose Cfinic. said a merger like the one detailed in the unauthorized release 1s not out of the question in a day when all agencies are seeking better ways to serve their clients_ (Photo by Dalton DeHan) said, the idea is not out of the question. "We look at all kinds of ways to bcttl'r serve our clients," she said. "Ifs not something we've ruled out. but it's not something we can formally discuss." As the official release points out. a rec('lltly signed agreement between the Montrose Clime and Walgreen's is an example of a new innovation that will benefit not only Montrose Clink patients. but also clients of the Assistance ~\md. Ken Malone. executive director of the ASS1stance Fund, said he wonders about the motivation of whoever sent out an erroneous press release about a merger between his agency and the Montrose Clinic. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) With a Walgreen's Pharmacy onsite at the chmc, clients will experience the convenience of bcmg able to purchase medications at the time of th~rr clm1c appointments, rather than having to make a stop on the way home The phantom release on plain paper with no logos and no contact information - contains a number of inaccuracies. Malone pointed out that the release indicated the two agencies have "signed a memorandum of merger under which the two AIDS service organizations will merge into one agency in 2006." Malone, who has headed the Assistance Fund for a number of years, said th" term "memorandum of merg­er" 1s foreign to him In addition to grammatical errors, he said. the release also contains other false information. The release indicates that v.hile under the merger agreement, Caldwell v.ould rcmam as execuuve director, Malone would leave the agency to become a lobbyist for AIDS cause~- " Ken 1s not leaving," Caldwell said. "He is not moving to Washington, D.C" Malone said the origin of the news relea~e Is a mystl'ry, but the boards of both agencies will be atteffipting to determine who may have \\Titten it. He _aid whoever wrote the release was somewhat knowledgeable about both the clinic and the As:>istance Fund The releru.e was sent out not only to the media but also to funding sources for the clinic and th~ fu.s1stance Fund, leav­ing Malone to wonder about motivation. Both agencies denve their funding from public and private sources, mclud· mg those provided under the Ryan White Title 1 Care Act. The clinic offers HIV testing and healthcare services for people with HIV/ AIDS. The Assistance Fund helps people with AIDS keep their health insurance by helping to pay premiums and assists '' ith medication purchases. 4 MAY 27. 2005 .. wltlt the--6wlnillhg ~iii GUn' fl"'UP c:Mstlg~,.,,,,.. CllWlrtl.r•Aa tatw.....tcooaiM!d wltlt-""" I RE ch ** o1....,....., Space is going FAST on ALL 2005'06 Cndsesl1I l! 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Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W 11th St. - Houston, TX 77008 - 713-861-9149 www.resurrectionmcc.org www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I local news Two votes would have made the difference in the Senate VOTE. continued from Page l where he will be on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 6. "On Wednesday mornmg, the law firm of Nechman, Simoneaux and Frye will be down at the federal courthouse with an injunction," he said. It's not a threat, Simoneaux said. Ifs a promise. House Joint Resolution 6, authored by Texas Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) cleared the Texas House of Representatives in April by a 101-29 vote. It needed 100 votes to pass. The Senate approved the measure on May 21 by a vote of 21-8. The measure needed 20 votes to clear the Senate. Simoneaux said while he has many concerns regarding the proposed amend­ment, he would have to start with the way it is v.Titten. The resolution states: ":\larriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman." An amendment. added dunng House debate by Chisum stipulates, "This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." "It's so poorly written," Simoneaux said. "The wording, 'similar to marriage' is undeniably vague. This could apply to all kinds of relationships." In addition to possibly affecting common law relationships, Simoneaux said, the bill paves the way for someone who was legally married in another state to come to Texas, file for divorce and keep all the property that was acquired by both partners. ''This is a legislative dog, and if you let it out of its cage, it's going to bite us in the ass," Simoneaux said. "It's going to be up to us lawyers to put that dog down." He noted that in states where voters approved similar amendments, those meas­ures are being struck down by the courts While Simoneaux is busy recruiting gay civil rights organizations to join with him if necessary on Nov. 6, others are hop· ing enough voters can be won over to vote the bill down. Activist Ray Hill said he views the upcom­ing election with a degree of optimism. Houston could be key 'The biggest election in the state this ~ovember is within the city of Houston." Hill said. "The legislature has put us in the very best position " Because Mayor Bill White and Houston City Controller are both up for re-election in November, Hill said, he predicts the largest voter turnout in the state will be in Houston. He believes that's good. In other citie» throughout the state. he said, the voter turnout is likely to be sig­nificantly less. The burden. he said, is clearly on the shoulders of gays and lesbians to turn the tide on the issue. "We're not closeted and hidden like we Sen. Eddie Lucio . .K. (D·Brownsville) was expected to vote against House Joint Resolution 6. but he said his Catholic faith led him to vote for the measure. were early in my political career," he said. "Our job, our responsibility is to talk to our friends, our neighbors, our families, our co-workers and make sure they go to the polls and vote against this. Everybody should be walking around with voter reg­istration cards in their pocket." Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) attempt· ed to stall the measure when it arrived at the Senate, but his efforts were not sue· cessful. He said he opposed the resolution because, "Texas does not need to enshrine discrimination in the constitution." He said the action in the House and Senate takes him back to 1999 a proposed Hate Crimes Act was being debated. "In 1999, poll after poll showed that Texans overwhelmingly wanted the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act to become law, yet it did not," Ellis said. "In fact, many of the people crying 'public support' today worked their fingers to the bone against the Byrd Act." Ellis voted against HJR 6 in the Senate along with Sens. Gonzalo Barrientos. Juan Hinojosa, Eliot Shapleigh, Letitia Van de Putte, Royce West, John Whitmire and Judith 7..affirini. Sens. Mario Gallegos and John Corona were absent. Two senators who were expected to also vote against the resolution, Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville and Frank Madia of San Antonio, both Democrats, instead voted in favor of the measure. Activists with the Lesbian/Cay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) said those two votes would have killed the resolution. Lucio told the Brownsville Herald his Catholic faith led him to vote with the majority. Madia has said 63 percent of his con,,tituents indicated they were in favor of the resolution, and that guided his vote. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I national news briefs Anti-gay vandalism leads to multiple school suspensions Howell High School senior Katie Prout reads a statement to fellow students during a sit·down protest May 10 outside the school. in Howell. Mich. where stu· dents were suspended for spray-painting an anti-gay message on a rock on cam· pus. (Alan Ward/AP) HOWELL, Mich. (AP) Two nmth-grade students who painted an anti-gay message on a rock in their school's courtyard have been suspended for at least 10 days and might face criminal prosecution, the school district said last week. Meanwhile. three sen­iors who in response painted the word "love" over the message and elsewhere on school grounds were suspended for the rest of the school year. Initiall): they had been suspended for 10 days. The three sen­iors won't be allowed to take part in their gradua­tion ceremony or any other senior activities. On May 8. the three seniors and a sophomore used spray paint to cover the words "God hates fags" scrawled on a rock near the high school entrance. The sophomore also was suspended for 10 days. Although the rock is frequently painted by stu· dents, the students also spray-painted the word "love" more than 25 times around the flagpole and more than 25 times on sidewalks on the north side of the building. Howell Public Schools said it had identified the two students who painted the first. anti-gay message but did not identify them. The two students face punishment for violating the school's hate literature and vandalism policies. Judge won't immediately force publication of gay students' story BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A Kern County judge declined to immediately overrule a high school principal's deci­sion to censor student newspaper articles on homosexuality, saymg the issue deserved a full review. "This is an impor­tant issue that would require an opportu· nity to have a full and complete hearing," Kern County Superior Court Judge Arthur 8 . Wallace said Wednesday after denying the plaintiffs' request for an emergency order that would have allowed the articles to be published in the Kernal's May 27 year-end issue. The high school journalists sued the Kern High School District on May 19, after Principal John Gibson decided they couldn't run a series of five articles discussing subjects such as gay student's relationship with their parents, whether homosexuality is biologically determined, and how it felt to come out. School officials said they could not be responsible for violence or harassment by allowing the articles to be published. "If one of these people is heckled or harassed, that's an unlawful act," said John Szewczyk, a school dis· trict attorney. "Statements have been made that these students are out. but we have no proof of that." North Carolina county adds gays to nondiscrimination policy CHARLOTTE, N.C. {AP) Commissioners in North Carolina's most populous county voted to add "sexual ori· entation" to its nondiscrimination policy despite vehement objections from Republicans. The new policy means Mecklenburg County cannot discriminate in hiring and personnel decisions on the basis of sexual orientation. The chang<? was approved 6-3 last week. Othe~ North Carolina counties and cities have passed similar anti-discrimination policies, and two counties Durham and Orange offer domestic partner benefits. Gay political candidates celebrate wins in 2005 WASlllNG'fON E rly election victories have made 200S a strong year so far for out gay political candidates. according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. a political action committee based in Washington, D.C. Victory Fund officials said three gay candidates took office last week, while two more advanced to general elections. The group backed Barbara Baier, who became the first openly gay official in Nebraska when she won election to the Lincoln, Neb., school board. In addition, the group supported Elena Guajardo. winner in the primary for an open seat on the San Antonio City Council, and Mary Jo Hudson, who kept her seat on the Columbus, Ohio, City Council. "Gays and lesbians deserve equal access to the American dream, and we will never get from here to there without having a voice and a vote in the halls of government," Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund's president and CEO, said in a news release. Log Cabin Republicans air TV ad during N.C. convention ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) The Log Cabin Republicans ran a television commercial during the state GOP convention urging the state party to be more inclusive. Log Cabin, which was barred by GOP Chair Ferrell Blount from setting up a table at last year's convention. paid to broadcast the ad through last weekend on Asheville's cable television system. "Our commercial has a simple mes~ge; The GOP can be an inclu· sive majority party uniting all North Carolinians or it can be an intolerant party hijacked by the radical right's divisive social agenda," said Chris Barron, the group's political director. at a news confer­ence in Asheville. Barron's group decided against asking for a table at this year's con· vention. Instead, they spent from about $5.000 to air the 30-second ad. From staff and wire reports MAY 27. 2005 S 6 MAY27.2005 Cheri A. 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He has argued against pro­visions of the Voting Rights Act and against federal anti·discrimination laws and has a .record opposing gay and lesbian civil rights Bush named Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in a rrccss appointment that expires at thr end of this year. Shortly nller the appointment Pryor cast the deciding vote to uphold a Florida law banning gays from adopting chUdren Longtime lesbian activist Felicia Founuane of Hunstville, Ala., said that the am1cus brief that Pryor wrote in the Lawrence vs. Texas case that overturned state sodomy laws exposes Pryor's attitudes toward the rights of lesbians and gays. At that time, Pryor was attorney gener­al In Alabama and in his brief to the court he argurd that awarding constitutional protrction to consensual sex between gay people would inevitably lead to similar protection for incest, necrophilia, pedophilia, prostitution and adultcn: The day nller the announcement of the Senate deal, some gays in Pryor's home st:1te of Alabama said that they were dis· heartened. Howard Bayless, board member of Equality Alabama, an all volunteer statewide gay advocacy group, said that he expected a Pryor appointment would lri1d to a rollback of progress in gay rights. Bayless said that he expects Pryor to intrr­fpre with local laws that offer employment protections for gay men and lesbians. "I'm obviott~lyvery dbappointcd th'lt Pryor is going to be able to stay on the bench." H>untiane said. "lie has virtually no career except forwh:1t the Republican Party has hand ed htm In Alabama. He IS yo1mg, has no cxpo­riencc and is going to be there for n long time." Lara Schwartz, senior counsel for the llRC, echoed Fountiane's sentiments. "We h<ive already seen the damage that his presence on the courts can do," Sehwartz said. "During the )'Car of thL~ recess appoint· ment, he already voted not to rehear a dcd sion on Florida's ban on gay adoption." The appointment of conservative judges hostlle to gay rights can have a major impact on cases heard by federal appeals courts. According to Schwartz, most cases reach their final decision at that level, with only 2 percent of the cases going on for decision by the Supreme Court. Road to a deal In the last week, speculation grew over whether Republicans could muster the majority vote necessary to rewnte the Senate• rules, as social conservah\es \\e!ghed in on the issue insisting that Bush's nominees "be granted an up or down \'Otc " In an unprecedented effort, conscrva· t1vcs focused on mobilizing churchgoers to their cause. In April the Family Research Council sponsored "Justice Sunday" fea· turl.ng Sen. Bill Frist (R·Tenn.). In a church service that was simulcast on the Web, radio, satellite and on cable, the Democrats' effort to block 10 of Bush's nom mccs was presented as a "filibuster against people of faith" and churchgoers \\ere pres· sured to contact their representatives and demand a vote on Bush's nominees. Special emphasis was given to the plight of Brown and Owen. FRC sponsored dPmonstrations of women and of pastors of color to rally support for the two nominees. Frist set a deadline and promised to call for a vote on the nuclear option. Democrats debated responding to the rules change by obstructing Senate busi· ness altogl'lher. On May Zl. seven Republican Senators Mikr OcWine (ROhio), Ol)mpia J. Snowe <R· Maine). Linroln Chafec (RRJ.), John 1\kCain (RAril_), Lind<;ey Graham (R.S.C.), John W Warner (RVa.) and Susan Collins {R-l\laine) and seven Democratic Senators Ben Nelson (DNPb.). Robe-rt C. Byrd (D-WVa.), Joe LiPhennan (D-Conn.), Mark Pryor (IMrlt), Dante! K. lnot1}'C <O.Hawaii), Ken Salazar (I). Colo.) and Marv li'mdrieu (O.La.) announced that they had reached a two.part compronusc. ALL DAY EVERYDAY Republican Sen L.ildsey r.raharn who was one of the 14 senat~ that brokered a deal to aYCMd the 'nuclear option' over judicial filibusters, said m a news confer­ence that not all of the normnees would be colfinned by the Senate. (Photo by Charlie NeibergalVAP) 'Nuclear option' avoided The bipartisan group of senators would allow thrPe of the stalled nominees to come to a vote: Rogers Bro\\n, nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court; Owen, nominal· ed to the 5th Circuit Court based in New Orleans, and Pryor, nominated tollth Circuit Court in Atlanta, where he is already serving temporarily because of a recess appointment by Bush. The second part of the comprombe announcement declared that nominees would only be filibustered under "extreme circumstances" and that the senators would oppose changes to the Senate rules. The Human Rights Campaign praised the Senate deal for "preserving the ability to block extremist nominees,' while e.:-.i>rcssing disappointment "that Judge William Pryor, who has a record of attack­ing equal rights for the ga}; lesbian, bisex­ual and transgender community. is one of the nominees who will proceNI." Other gay groups had stronger lan­guage for the compromise. Elizabeth Hampton Brown, a Parents & Friends of Lesbian & Gays staffer and civ ii rights scholar said, "The deal ensures that our courb will be> packed with extremist lifetime judicial appointee~. who value the politically pow­erful over ordinary American families." "We feel a deep sense of foreboding with this comprombe ... The nuclear option is still retained and Dr. Frist and his extremist allies ha\•e already threat· ened to w;e It," Foreman said. "This hme­honored tradition of the filibuster has now been conditioned that It can only be used in 'extraordinary circumstances and those circumstance are essentially going to be> decided b) 14 senator ." Nan Aron, pres.ident of the Alliance for Just1ct', a progre>Si\ lobby group, did not dISguISC her fe<>lings about the compromISe. "ls there anybody on our side "ho IS happy?" Aron said in a Ne\\ York Tunes inten'le\\: "We arc \cry disappointed \\Ith the decision to move these extremist nom­inees one step closer to confirmation. She told the Time that. "It mnains to be seen" if Democrats will pay a pnce for agreemg to the compronuse, which was praised by the party's Senate leadership. ''There are a number of angry people who care about the future of the judiciary," Aron told the paper. Pryor not conservative enough? In the news conference announcing the Senate deal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.) said that though some judges are gomg to receive a vote who otherwise wouldn't have, "Some of them arc going to make It on our up and down vote and some of them won't." Some conservative political comment:!· tors have speculated that Pryor may not make it through the confirmation process. They note that as Alabama attorney general, Pryor did not challenge the Roe vs. \\ade abortion decision and backed the removal of Roy ~toore, then the chief justice of the statc's supreme court. for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments memonal from the courthollS(' Pryor also voted agamst tnten:enting in the Tern Schiavo case. 'R25521/~R ~lfT5 WWW.CROSSOVERGIFTS COM • 713.523.5201 cRossoveR 'ciiF.Ts· • :415 WESTHEYMER"·Rb' -•. Housf oN _.... • •• _,... - - ·- • - • -" ... •'L_.;. - - - HOUSTON VOICE MAY 27. 2005 PAGE 8 Partners in life and in their life's work Whether its keeping house, keeping an inn or delving into real estate, Todd Partridge and Dan Lueken are partners in life Sy DAWN RORIE Quietly tucked away 1n the heart of Montrose, the building that houses Partridge Properties could easily be mis­taken for one of the eclectic, older homes in the neighborhood that surrounds it. For Todd Partridge and Dan Lucken, owners of Partridge Properties and the Lovett Inn. a well-known Montrose bed and breakfast, a friendly, familial atmos­phere is the most important aspect of both businesses_ The two men. who have been business partners for four years and life partners for nearly ten. met and fell in Jove when Partridge was selling steel and Lucken \\<lS director of information technology for an energy company. After Partridge left the steel industry and became involved in real estate, the two began discussing the possibility of starting their own real estate firm. Although Lueken had never worked in real estate, he had plenty of "unofficial" experience in the business, through help­ing Partridge out on weekends. ~In addition to listening to all of the stories about my experiences with vari­ous customers, he helped me put out signs and distribute flyers," Partridge remembers. While Partridge focused on setting up the new company, Lueken continued full­time at his IT job. Once the company was established, Lue ken left the job he had held for nineteen years and took over as head of operations at Partridge Properties. Partridge describes Lueken as being infinitely supportive. "lam so incredibly lucky to have him," Partridge gushes. The key element that sets Partridge Properties apart from other real estate firms is the company's motto: "Knowledge. Integrity. Communication." Partridge says that at his firm, focus on the client is the number one priority: @MORE INFO The Lovett Im 501 Lovett Blvd. 713-522-5224 Dan L.ueken and Todd Partridge are partners in life. in the real estate business and in the Lovett Inn Bed and Breakfasl (Photo by Dalton DeHart) "We don't want to grow out of the bou· tiquc category;" he explains. "We don't want to be the biggest- -we just want to do the best that we can do." That strategy may be a winning one. Last year, Partridge Properties was voted number one in Houston Real Estate by Outsmart magazine. In order to ensure Partridge cus­tomers a smooth and seamless buying experience. Partridge teamed up with underwriter Alex Flenner to found Epoch Mortgage Company, which will be fully operational by the beginning of June. Partridge says that being able to pro­vide a kind of all-in-one service "just makes sense for our customers. It makes it a smooth process all the way around." A warm and friendly work environ­ment is another key to success for Partridge and Lueken. "Life is too short if you're not enjoying who you're working with and working for." says Partridge. While Partridge spends the majority of his time at the real estate office, Lueken spends much of his time working at the Lovett Inn. which the two purchased and refurbished in January of 2004. The charming bed and breakfast, first established in 1989, has been repeatedly honored as a "Favorite B&B or Lodging Inside the Loop_" The house, first built in 1923 by a for­mer mayor of Houston, sits on land scapcd grounds that include a gazebo, a pool and an outdoor Jaeuzzl. The plctur-esque house and grounds have been cho­sen as the site for the filming of quite a few television projects, including an infomercial starring boxing great George Foreman. as well as a PBS documentary. The warm, familial energy is central at the Lovett Inn. A friendly, tall-wagging black pooch, Cody, greets guests upon their arrival. Cody, like his owners, splits his time between working at the real estate office and the bed and breakfast. During their stay, guests can lounge in the sunroom that overlooks the pool, or grab a book from the library and read in front of the fireplace. Every morning, guests are treated to a continental break­fast that includes fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread, pastries, tea and coffee. A diverse clientele Guests at the Lovett Inn are diverse. Gay and straight, the clientele range from suburbanites who have come into Houston to get away for the weekend to people from all over the world who are in town for a more extended stay. Some are celebrating wedding anniversaries and others are in town vis· iting family members and need a com­fortable place to stay. In addition to overnight guests, Lovett Inn also hosts various events. From wed dings to business retreats, the inn accom· modatcs all sorts of gatherings and spe­cial occasions. Fifteen weddings have taken place at the inn so far this year. During the week, Lueken says, the Lovett Inn is a popular place for off-site business meetings. The inn, which can host up to fifty for meetings, provides wireless internet access and an LCD pro­jector for presentations. Convenient to the downtown and Galleria areas, the Lovett Inn provides space that is "more relaxing than your typical business space," says Lucken. "People can meet and get away from the distractions of the phone and the office," he says. "They can conduct their meetings during the day, and set up the poker table or use the pool and the hot tub at night." When the couple isn't busy working at the real estate office or renovating and redecorating the bed and breakfast, they spend their time taking ski trips or cruis­ing around on their Harley Davidson. Both are active members of the Human Rights Campaign. In April, Partridge went to Austin to testify before the House State Affairs Committee against House Joint Resolution 6, the anti-gay marriage amendment that has since cleared both the House and Senate. When asked what is in store for the future. the couple agrees that customer satisfaction will continue to be the focal point of both businesses, no matter what the future holds. Partridge believes he and Lueken have succeeded thus far in that endeavor, both as innkeepers and as real estate executives. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com out in houston (Photos by Dalton DeHart) Diana Foundation President Frank Staggs (left) presented an award to Bering Omega Dental Clinic founder Ed Cordray (center) as master of ceremonies, Channel 2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley (right), looks on. C.C. 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By CHRIS CRAIN N THE WEEK FOLLOWING the \1olent attack In Amsterdam on my boyfriend and me by seven men angry that we were holding hands, the Dutch media have focused a tremendous amount of atten· tlon on the assault. In a ro-minute story on Holland's answer to "00 Minutes," and In radio and newspaper reports m newspapers, and on countless news and blog sites, the gay.friendly Dutch have str:ug· gled to place the attack in a broader context Was it an isolated incident or the latest in a sencs that suggestS a changing clima~ in the Netherlands that no longer fits the count?Ys leg­endary reputation as open and tolerant toward all? Particularly incendiary has been my dcscnp­tlon of our attackers as having "Moroccan-like features•• and accents. I was generally ffl'l'al'e of tension over imm1gratlon policies In Holland. but of the more than iOO messages I've received, roughly half ha'le focused almost exclusively on the assumt'd cultural and religious heritage of our attackers and the dangers many nati\'e Dutch feel from their \'Crsion of the "Culture Wars" we tur.-e fought in the t:.S. for years. The other half of the mess.ages dealt Instead with the anti-gay motivation of our attackers and urged my boyfnend and me to return to Amsterdam, and to hold hands in the street v. ithout fear. We have been touched more than we can say by this show of support, from abroad and at home. All of the messages were sympathetic and some dealt with the cultural conflict in a thoughtful, careful manner. But many Dutch residents were particularly blunt m their dis­gust for the changes they see in their country. "This kind of behavior is exactly why the Dutch would like to see the Moroccans go back home rather sooner than later," wrote one woman in a typical message. "Because they are miles apart from Dutch culture." "You seem to think that those Moroccans only hate gay people?" wrote a resident of Leiden, near Amsterdam. "Forget ltl They hate everyone who isn't Moroccan. For years our government IS telling us to be tolerant, to try to understand 'our new Dutch.' This is where it leads." Andrew Sullivan kindly helped spread ini· tial word about the attack on his eponymous blog, and like many others couched the Dutch Culture Wars in explicit religious terms. "Hatred of open and proud homosexuals Is intrinsic to !slamist fundamentalism. as it is to Christian fundamentalism," he wrote. "The struggle against both is the same one - at home and abroad." Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Program at the Human Rights Watch, also blamed the attack m part on "global fundamentalism" mainly U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson and the new Catholic pope. He went on to claim our as a ult was the natural response of a ~luslim minority routinely discriminated against by native Dutch . "There·s still an extraordinary degree of racism in Dutch society," Long said In an tntef'liew with PlanetOut. "Gays often become the victims of this when immigrants retaliate for the inequities that they have to suffer." MY OWN VIEW IS TIIAT MANY OF OUR v.ell·lntentioned supporter~ i1J'C approaching the underlying cause of hate violence in fun­damentally misguided ways. Long, In particu­lar, only fans the flames of hate by blaming our attack on Dutch society, which has enacted the most progressive gay laws in the world. for producing an anti.gay attack. There was no racist component to our attack, as he imphe . Our attackers would ha\·e reacted at least as viciously to two men of their own ethnicity who walked the street as lovers. Long·s brand of "blame the society" political correctness is a distraction from the very real cultural clashes happening in Holland and else­where. In his role at Human Rights Watch, Long has no business being an apologist for hate, and for the bias-motivated violence it produces. It's also too easy to point the finger at America·s favorite target-fundamentalist Islam. We were walking back to our hotel room HOUSTON VOICE MAY 27, 2005 PAGE 10 in the wee hours on Saturday morning through a street full of holiday revelers. Our attackers were not on the corner for morning prayers. I do not mean to discount the Influence of religion on culture. I grew up in the American South, where fundamentalist Christianity pro­vided aid and comfort for the racist oppression of blacks and contmues to rally opposition to equality for gays. But the contribution of religion here ls more Indirect. and I'm not sure much can be accom­plished with non-Muslims blaming a faith about which we are mostly ignorant for the culture we thmk 1t has produced. Life in a multicultural society means accepting that others will not share our religious beliefs and that no one group should lay claim to representing 'normal socie­t};" demanding all others succumb. rm: DUTCH CULTURE WARS SHOULD not be fought by shutting down the borders or by using the law to silence those who do not share the country's tradition of tolerance. Those are the arm-twisting tactics of the cul· tural conservatives who control the majority party here In the U.S. If we really believe our own rhetoric - about freedom of thought and tolerance of other cultures and values then the best response is more openness and more speech, not less. Too often those who advocate for openness and tolerance get dismissed as soft-headed or naive, and they can be. Some Dutch media have purposefully ignored the cultural conflict that played a role in our attack by refusing to report any details about our attackers. Tolerance should not mean burying your head in the sand. Others, like Long from Human Rights Watch, will view hate violence through a P.C. lens, apologizmg for the attackers If their minority status "trumps" that of those who were attacked. A more vigorous approach to openness would make the case for a society where each group Is entitled to its own values, but not to impose them on others whether through laws or through fists In the streets. This approach would publicly call upon good people from across the ideological spectrum. including those religious and cultural le:iders who condemn homosexuality, to also condemn a brutal street beating of those who do not share their Views. I've been asked many times in the last week whether gay tourists should steer clear of Amsterdam until the climate there Improves. I certatnly hope that isn't what happens. I am proud that my bo)friend and I stood up for ourselves by walking the streets of Amsterdam hand in hand. and by not running away when we were confronted. I would urge other gay tourists, as well as gays and our allies liv-ing in Holland, to stand up for themselve~. too. and not run away figura· lively. either. Clvis Crain is @ executive editor of the Houston Voice and can be reached at cctail(~: HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com What do yoll think is the sig­nificance of a gay and lesbian ath­letic event such as the Lone Star Classic? The Lone Star Classic is a pre­mier event to show off the won­derful city of Houston and our diverse cultural community. Teams from around the U.S con­verge on our city to compete and share experiences with our southern hospitality flair. This is our 16th year to host this event. which is obviously a success. GERALD ENNIS, 40 Spring Mecfical Accounting It's a great opportunity to meet players and friends from other cities and to promote the Montrose Softball League and the crty of Houston. It's a great way to promote our community and have fun at the same time. GARY GANO, 30i>1us Houston Senior human resources specialist It's a great opportunity for gays and lesbians to meet people from other cities in a healthy environment and have a lot of fun while competing in a friendly way. Anytime such groups can get together for these events is a chance to feel a part of some­thing special. and that is always great for promoting a positive self-image. Bill SANSOM. 47 Houston Customer service representative The significance will be an opportunity to get together in a healthy environment and meet new friends. TISH ORTEGON. 37 Houston Special project coordinator MAY 27, 2005 11 It provides an alternative way to meet people other than the dub scene. CIC! RESENDEZ. 34 Houston EiU:ation Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart letter t t e editor Rumors that still persist about Lobo Bookshop need to be dispelled To the Editor: I would have preferred to remain silent in the seclusion in which I now live. However, despite my withdrawal from the gay community, many sto­ries have come to my attention as to the status of myself in particular. Contrary to such rumors. Lobo Bookshop & Cafe was not closed as the result of any civil or criminal action against the business or myself. I was not arrested. I was not thrown into jail. I did not die. I did not leave the state with a suitcase full of ill-gotten gains. While the situation with Lobo was no doubt due to mistakes on my part over the last ten years since my partner in business as in life, Bill White, died, the immediate cause of the action I was forced to take on 10 February 2004 was the direct result of one action. At the repeated urging of the company's then attorney, Lobo filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in October of 2003. The immedi­ate effect of that was two-fold: All our creditors were notified by the U. S. Trustee's Office of this action, and a payout agreement agreed to in April 2003 with the Internal Revenue Service was voided. However, within a few weeks, we were informed that the company's attorney was not licensed to practice law at the time of the filing and since legal representation is required for business Chapter 11 cases. our bankruptcy was thrown out and we immediately lost the umbrella of pro· tection from creditors. Several of our principle creditors, thanks to a tip from one gay credi­tor. were banding together to force the company into involuntary bank· ruptcy. It was our belief and that of our newly acquired legal counsel. an old and valued friend from our activist days, that it was better for the company to pursue voluntary bankruptcy. And that is what we did. Granted, there were contributing factors. mainly the theft of company records by a former employee who also happened to be involved in some manner with the aforementioned original attorney. It also came to my attention that this same employee had falsified com­pany records, apparently at the behest of other parties. to inflate the company's debt at the time of the Chapter 11 filing. This had the effect of depreciating the value of the company by nearly 50 per cent. I would hope that those who actually have known me were aware that everything went back into the company. For those who assumed that I escaped with a barrel of loot, perhaps the foreclosure of my beloved home on Avondale back in September and the loss of my automobile in December might attest to the falsity of that rumor. As I approach the beginning of my eighth decade next year (that means I turn 70 then}, I have much to regret but most of all is the loss of so many valued customers, many of whom were more than simply cus· tomers. That was the driving force of the more than 30 years I spent fos­tering the life of Lobo. Like MacArthur's old soldiers. I too shall now fade away. SATURDAY JUNE 11 10:30 A.M. -1 P.M. I.any Lingle Houston .... a 15 AV I E l'1 T ~-... tracy talks LESBIAN OJ SUPERSTAR TRACY YOUNG DISHES ON PARTY DRUGS, DARK MUSIC AND BEING A CELEBRITY By ANDY ZEFF£R HETHER PLAYING MUSIC AT Madonna's wedding in Scotland, shak· ing things up for Sean "P.D1ddy" Combs on the deck of his yacht, or providing the sounds at an Anna Sui fashion shov.~ DJ Tracy Young plies her trade among the rich and famous. But the lesbian DJ is also a favorite among gay crowds. ThlS month. the Virginia native and Miami resident will release her album, "Dance Culture," while embark· 1ng on a 15-city tour. The Voice took some time out to speak about DJ life v.ith Young. Houston Voice: You played your sounds in the DC scene for years before coming to Miami. What prompt­ed your decision to go south? Tracy Young: I was hired by Interscope Records as the southea>t promotions manager. I needed a change from D.C. a, I wasn't growing in my career or my per­sonal life I always thought I would end up in Miami. I love it, and the city is growing faster than ever Voice: Would you call being a woman in the DJ field an advantage or a disadvantage? Young: Truthfuil): being a female DJ has worked for me in some situations and against me in others. Evecy sttuatlon is different, but overall, I guess it has helped me to stand out Voice: You have done work v.ith a lot of greal~. And the list of celebrities you have spun for is endless. What moment or event would you call your first big break? Young: I don't believe I could call one moment or event my big break. It was several little things that led to where I am nov.: But if you asked others, I'm sure they would say my big break was working with Madonna. Voice: There are a lot of competing parties and events, almost too many to keep track of. What is your opinion on over-saturation of parties? Young· The party scene is over-saturated, but I sup­pose it's because everybody has different tastes. The ft MORE INFO TRACY YOUNG "Dance Culture' CD Ferosh Records www.djtracyyoung.com Miami club impresario Ingrid Casares caught the sounds of DJ Tracy YOlllQ and arranged for her to play at a private party for the band 'Smashing Pumpkins,' propelling Young's career. (Photo by Dale Stine) good thing about the over-saturation is that we have more choices. The bad thing is that when supply increases, demand decreases and the parties ultimately suffer. Now I'm sounding like an economics professor! Voice: So many cm:uit events get a bad rap for the ram­pant drug use. This year's Winter Party seemed to exem­plify that. There were so many tweaked out attendees with their trademara lollipops. What do you think of the drug use, and do you think anything can be done about it? Young: I think people are realizing the dangers of drug use and how it has affected all aspects of the gay communi· ty. I have noticed more people drug-free. But on the other hand. I have watched crystal destroy people's lives and the club scene so quiddl! We have to continue to educate oth· ers and make people aware of what they are putting in their bodies and doing to their minds, and how drugs affect relationships and daily lives. Voice: There are often complaints that ticket prices for events are out of control. Do you agree with that? Young: They are. People are not so willing to pay $1000 for a party weekend these days. But it does cost a lot to throw these parties. The venues. sound, lights. . ecurit>: staff, etc., are all very expensive. Voice: You've said that dark and heavy post-9/ 11 beats have dominated the scene for too long. Can you elaborate? Young: I think the music got to be too heavy. I always like a good strong vocal record. People love that. but with the excessive drug use. the music changed. It became bleaker. I'm happy that it appears we're now heading back to slower tempo music and more vocal records. Voice: Has the scene changed in terms of in-fighting between DJs and promoters? Young: I think it has. I certainly don't fight with pro· moters and other DJs. I think there is plenty of room for all of us and there are certainly plenty of parties. Voice: What do you thmk of the phenomenon of the OJ reaching celebrity status, and do you think of your­self in tenns of a celebrity? Young: I don't look at myself as a celebrit}; but I'm flattered If other people do. I think it's great that DJ's have reached an amazing amount of success and are being recognized for their talents. Jn the late 80's and early 90's,the DJ was important but never got respect. I believe music is the most important aspect of a party. Voice: Tell us about your new CD. "Dance Culture.'' What is special about it, and what are some of your favorite tracks? Young: I can't wait to complete it and get it out This album is very vocal and uplifting. I wanted to make it a "feel· good" type of journell I have three exclusive remixes that I have done: "Easy Ride" by Madorma, "Walk On By" by Cyndi Lauper, and •·1 Believe" by Chaka Kahn. I also have completed an original track titled "Dance culture" by Alan T. Voice: You have a lot IX upcoming appearances. Are you looking forward to them? Young: This is going to be a big summer for me! I have "Dance Culture~ coming out, and I'm already booked in a lot of different cities. I'm playing Gay Oisney on June 4. with Chaka Kahn performing. I'm also head­lining New York's Gay Pride with Junior Vasquez. Voice: Finally. are you in a relationship right now? And if so, how does that work with your schedule? Young: I'm sorry. I gotta' keep some things in my life personal. Now I'm sounding like a celebrity! NEW REALITY: Summer's TV lineup features offerings with gay appeal, including new reality shows. 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From the opening number, C1ntone dances his way to center stage and commands the audience's attention for the entire 90 minutes. During that time. he morphs into many personalities, including more than a few fruniliar divas. Every gay man thinks he can do a good Cher or Li1.a Minnelli or Judy Garland or Barbra Streisand, but Cantone actually pulls them all off, very well. Not only that, he can do a spot-0n Katharine Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Jackson. The most touching and fllllny moments come when he talks about his quirky Italian-American frunily (including a hys­terical characterization of his boozy sis· ter). In these moments we see that C1ntone isn't just a familiar screaming queen. but a wonderlul comic and storytelle1: VHl 's two new reality shows, "Kept" and "Strip Search," feature lots of male skin. "Kept" features actress, model and former "Mrs. Mick Jagger" Jerry Hall as she picks from 12 men vying to be her kept man (with a six-figure salary) for a year "Strip Search" is, as the title sug­gests, the search for seven men to form a new troupe for "The Thunder From Down Unde1:" an Australian-based. Chippendale's-style male revue with shows in Las Vegas and around the world. Both shows are similar to Bravo's ".Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model," where the men were dull but hot and tossed aside their shirts whenever possible. On "Kept," the first challrnge that the 12 sexpots face is to strip off their clothes, put on Speedos and ()MORE INFO 'LAUGH WHORr Showtime/Saturday. May 28. at 8 p.m. 'KEPT' VHl/Sunday, May 29. at 8 p.m. 'STRIP SEARClf VHl/Sunday. May 'l!J. at 9 p.m TICKlfD PINK' TV Land/Wednesday. June 1. at 10 p.m Model and actress Jeny Hall (center) uses her quest for a man to get the contestants to show lots of skin in 'Kept' a new reality show that debuts on VHl Sunday at 9 p.m. swim across the Thrunes in winter. Ms. Hall tromps through the show as a gay ideal: rich, beautiful and fabulous, with a horde of beautiful boys doing every ridicu­lous task she can think up. The off.putting thing about both shows. however, is the participants' insistence on their heterosexuality. On "Kept," Seth. one of the more annoying contestants, says to dashing contest Ricardo, "You have a real­ly nice body. You know. not in a gay way." Yeah, yeah, keep talkin' AFTER THE MINDLESS entertainment of this dynrunic duo. catch "Tickled Pink," a new documentary on TV Land, a pe11ect fit. "Pink" looks at both the history of gay people on the boob tube and how the way we watch has changed. Less worried about the post-"Ellen·· world, "Pink" would rather talk about things like "Bewitched" with its evil diva Enclora (Agnes .Moorehead) and fey Uncle A1ihur (Paul Lynde). While many shows would only look at tl1e things gay men low about campy classics, this hour· long special gives equal time to lesbians, with a nod to the butch Jo (Nancy McKeon) on "Facts of Life" alongside finicky Or. Smith (Jonathan Harris) from "Lost in Sp; :e" and gay male favorite "Wonder Wom~m next to lesbian love "Xena: The Warrior Princess." Thrre also are plenty of gay actors and gay favorites on ''Tickled Pink" talking about their contributions to television, like Rue McClanahan from ''The Golden Girl~ ... Carson Kressley from "Queer Eye," lesbiru1 comedian Judy Gold. comedy writer Bruce Villanch, "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, "Roseanne" costar Sandra Bernhard, "Dynasty's" Diahann Carroll and. lo' and behold. Mario Cantone. 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Food provided by Baba Yega Restaurant, Niko Niko Catering and Restaurant, Karo's Fine Chinese Cuisine, Peppinos Italian Restaurant and the Brown Bag Deli Enjoy a spe· cial welcome and update by Houston City Controller Annise D. Parker and Oemocratic National Committee mcm· her Sue Lovell (also a candidate for Houston City Council). with a special presentation by Mark Wood. v Anyone wishing to participate in Stonewall's Pride Event and party should contact the devilishly handsome Michael Medici, director of events, at 713-621-5751 or via email at houston· stonewalldemocratsra yahoo.com SUNDAY NIGHT YOU CAN SHOW OFF your tan at The Third Annual South Beach White Party! SoBe Resident DJ Jimmy Skinner spins early, while direct from Los Angeles, DJ Roland Belmares, spins from 10:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Special effects by AlienLiteForms, deco design by Montrose Design and Floral and as always, white attire is encouraged. $15 advance ticket with no line, $20 day of event. 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