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  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript in this weeks eclipse Gay actor Todd Waite says he's comfortable with Hastings in Christie's 'Black Coffee.' PAGE 16 TOUGH ON TINA: Montrose Clinic declares war. Page 3 JONES AFFAIR: Stories differ HILL OUTINGS: Congressional staffers in Grace Jones' no show. Page 4 scrambling in light of activism. Page 7 Gay filmmaker's 'diary' beats out Moore's '911' Former Houston resident's film of life in a dysfunctional family earns him international accolades By JOHNNY HOOKS It was in 1986 at Visions. a Houston teen club, where this reporter firsi saw Johathan Caouette. lie couldn't have been older than 11 or 12, but he was beautiful with a wicked smile and mischie­vous eyes. He stood out. Caouette was the boy who sometimes brought his movie camera to the club. In 1996, a flcdgllng theater group called Free Range o;taged a leather-clad, S&:O.I version of Oscar \\11dc's "Salome," and Caouette was cast as John the Baptist. I was the Young Syrian. Caouette was haunting as the raving, troubled John, a part he wore like a comfortable sweater. It wasn"t too long after the play ended that Caouette headed for New York to seek fame and fortune. When it was announced last week that his soon-to-be-released documentary, "Tarnat10n," had beat out Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9ll" for Best Documentary honors at the Los Angele~ Film Festival, his old friends m Houston were not surprised. Caouette was in Houston when he heard the news last week. He had come to town for a special Jonathan Caouette's documentary about his troubled hie. 1amation. screening at the Aurora Picture Show of recently beat out Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 for Best Documentary honors at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Please see TARNATION on Page 20 (Photo illustration by Joey Carolmo) local life dish Senate vote looms on marriage amendment Lawmakers take sides before July vote By JOE CREA WASHINGTON \\1th an expected Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment less thrul two weeks awa~~ \1rgmia Republican George Allen has announced he plans to support the measure, ending several months of mdecbion over the matter In Apr1l, Alim said he YOould only support the FMA, which would ban same-sex marriage, as a "last resort " But he told the Associated Press last week that federal law was unlikely to pro­tect the traditional definition of marriage based on re earch and legal developments. "Unfortunate!}; the last re ort of amending the Constitution will be neces,ary to effectuate that goal," Allen said. He expressed his concern that judges "will be making these deci­sions and obviating, negating the will of the people in the ,iate,." Please see FMA on Page 6 When clouds parted for the Pride Parade, Nick Brines knew Mother Nature was a lesbian. Rumor says Colin Farrell isn't wearing anything underneath in 'Alexander.' PAGES PAGE 21 2 JULY 2. 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE vs Saturday July 31 at 3:00 pm Mid ... (entur Pavilion ..!....!-- ---! 2215 Washington Avenue • ouston, TX 77007 A collection of dealers tor vintage modem Russell & Smith Honda 2900 South Loop West 77054 Buy Sell Consign ~ Get Great Deals on all our vehicles: • 52000 •Accords •Civics • Pilots • & Much More! HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com JULY 2. 2004 3 I national news Houston declares war on crystal meth Montrose Clinic's Eric Roland insists gay men are facing a formidable foe in meth, or 'Tina' By JOSEF MOLNAR At times sounding more like a battle· field general than a counselor. Eric Roland called on concerned individuals to rise up and fight an enemy that he and others con· sider a clear and present danger to gay men in Houston. Roland's comments came during an event last week at the 1415 Grill hosted by the Montrose Clinic entitled: "Tweaked: A Community Forum on Crystal Meth and its Link to HIV/STDs. Roland, director of education for the Montrose Clinic, led the discussion. "This is nothing to be proud of," Roland said. "Our gay men are getting sick, they're getting addicted, they're getting high out of their minds for days at a time, losing weight, tooth loss, all the things that go along with crystal meth." If that wasn't enough, Roland added, ''And on top of that, they're getting [sexually transmitted diseases] and HIV. It's not something to be proud of, and it's something we can change." The event, attended by about 30 individ· uals, is the second forum of its kind offered in Houston. It was staged to coincide with Pride Weck. Roland and other speakers used the event to tell those in attendance about the physical and mental threat posed by crys­tal meth. Roland said the drug's increasing popu· larity in the club circuit and among sex groups has overwhelmed local groups. and organizations are now rising up to fight its presence in Houston. Crystal meth, also known as "Tina," "speed" or "T," has its roots as a psychoac· tive drug during World War II and later as a cheaper alternative to cocaine in the 1970s. when it became the drug of choice for bikers roaming along Route 66, Crystal meth has since evolved into a highly versatile and just as addictive drug used by people from circuit party-goers to middle-aged professionals. The powerful combination of dangerous chemicals used to make crystal meth create a long-lasting high that removes inhibitions and gives users heightened sensory impressions. C) MORE INFO Crystal Meth Support Group Montrose Clinic 215 Westheimer 713-830-3000 wwwmontrosechrnc org Roland said the threat is greater than any drug that came before it, mainly because of its highly addictive nature and its relatively inexpensive price. He said Tina is forcing gay organizations to band together to combat its dangerous influence. "Cocaine is a walk in the park compared to cystal meth," he said. "It is so much worse and only going to get worse." Tina's 'Suicide Tuesdays' Marc Cohen, president of the United Foundation for AIDS in Miami. Fla., talked about the drug's "suicide Tuesdays." That's when weekend users find their bod· ies are drained after a weekend of party mg with Tina. "Coming down requires the body to pro· duce its own dopamine," Cohen said. "It might take hours or an entire day to do that, but until then you can be severely depressed." Given the see-sawing effect of using crystal meth, many users eventually fmd themselves craving the drug more and more to avoid downswings. In the meantime, the inhibitions that prevent unsafe behavior eventually erode away completcl)' leading to a rise in unsafe sex and a sub equent rise in infections of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Holancl said crystal meth has created an extreme public health crisis. "I think before, we'd see crystal meth a a drug problem. not an HIV or STD prob· !em," Roland said. "Now, we start seeing that connection and we see that the increase in HIV and STDs could be because we're seeing increases in the use of crystal meth." The Montrose Clinic, Montrose Counseling Center and other organizations have begun to reach out to users in the community. The groups help users get in touch with information and available resources through Internet chat room serv· ices such as Project CORE. or Cyber Outreach Education. Tougher law enforcement The courts recently recognized the dan· gers posed by the drug and have fiercely reactE'<I. While drug possession is treated severely by Harris County courts, the 1996 federal Methamphetamine Control Act made crystal meth possession a federal crime and imposed stiffer penalities for those caught m possession. The charges and penalties are even more stringent for persons caught trafficking in crystal meth. Anyone suspected of possessing even pipe residue can be arrested, with small· time violators sentenced to from 180 days to two years in a state prison and a $10,000 fine The highest-level violators can recel\'e up to 99 years in jail. Attnorney John Nechman sometime defends thotie caught with CT}"stal rneth. He said many Harris County judge. reject any attempts at bargaining for lighter sentences "You go before the judge, and he rips it up and says, 'I don't want it This b too eas};"' Nechman said. '1'o some of them, possession is the same as selling it to ele­mentary kids: they have a zero-tolerance policy about it." Brent Pendleton, a former user and Montrose Clinic education outreach staff member who told his story to the atten· <lees, said his involvement with crystal meth could have easily led to prison. ~1 was luck~;" he said. "You hear a lot about jail and all of that, and thank God it wasn't me." He has been clean for three years now, and is happy he made the decision to kick the drug. "I feel wonderful that meth is not a part of my daily llfe," he said. "But I don't like seeing what it does to other people. I feel like it's destro}ing our oommunit}; and I don't want to see our brothers and sisters using drugs like that" Cohen developed an ad campaign being run in .?'\hami called ".?'\feth Death," which shows the physical and mental deterioration suffered by long-term u.-;ers of the drug. "We decided to use thb ad campaign because we had to take the candy coating off of the CT} stal rneth " Coehn said For the first ume, 'l\e're taking the \ell off. Thi , no longer going to be our communit}"s dirty little secret." 4 JULY 2, 2004 www.houstonvo1ce.com HOUSTON VOICE I houston news Tongues wag, stories differ in Grace Jones affair Rich's says promoter failed to pay Grace Jones, but promoter claims club was closed By JOHNNY HOOKS The Pride event that was talked about most on Monday was the one that never happened: Grace Jones' much-publicized appearance at Rich's. The fans who gathered at the club heard an announcement that Jones was in the building and was preparing to take the stage. The next announcement informed patrons that due to circumstances beyond the control of the club, Jones would not be appc-aring The rumor mill and wagging tongues suggested that a near mini-riot ensued v. ith patrons pulling po,ters of Jones down and shredding them, as well as tear­ing fixtures from the walls. Rich's owner, Nassim Joseph, who pur­chased the club in October 2003, said there was no riot. "There was no mini-riot, nothing was destroyed, and people were very under­standing,'' he said. Joseph said the problem had nothmg to do with Grace Jones but rather with the Miami promoter, Margarito Guajardo. Joseph, who said he plans to turn the club over to a new group that will market it to a straight audience, wanted Rich s, as it has been known for 20 years, to go out on a high note. \Vhen contacted about an appearance by Jones, Joseph said, he booked the show. Joseph said Jones was in the bulldmg around 4:30 a.m. and per her contract with Guajardo and Joseph, was to be paid the second half of her $25,000 fee, in cash upon arrival at the club. "The promoter tried to finagle with Jone , asking her to accept less mone}: or a check, to which Jones replied she would not," Joseph said. He said the promoter indicated he had lost the key to his lock box and was unable to pay Jones what her con· tract stipulated. "She was very nice about it to me, but refused to go on and returned to her hotel,'' Joseph said. Attached by bodyguards? Jo eph made the announcement that Jones would not appear. then headed to her hotel to try and work something out. When he arrived at the hotel, Joseph said he was attacked by the promoter's •sui/ding Community Through Compassion" Church Service begins at 10am and nursery 1s available for small children. Shepherd Groups meet during the week for prayer and bible study, contact church office for information. Visit Our New Improved & Larger Nursery/ Children's Area 3333 Fannin, Suite 106, at 10AM Church office 713-528-6756 • E-mail maranatha@ev1.net www.maranathamcc.com The appearance by Grace Jones at Rich's last week· end didn't happen. but stories differ as to why. bodyguards. leaving his face bloodied. When Jones realized what was happen· ing, Joseph said, "She offered to go ahead and do an intimate show for the remain· ing attendees. to which I replied it was not necessary. There were only staff left then anyway." Contacted by phone in Miami, promoter Guajardo claimed that Grace Jones did not appear at Rich's because when she arrived, she found the club locked. A faxed, hand-printer! statement frnm Guajardo read5: '"The Atiist was on their way to the club. \\'hen we all arrived, the club was closed. The Artist had the decision to perform anytime before noon, as on contract" The document hears signatures that read: Grace Jones. Chris Robert Jones (per­sonal assistant) and Margarito Gua,Jardo. In the aftermath, Joseph has threatened to sue the promoter. and Guajardo has threatened a countersuit. No more gay Rich's Joseph, who said he was at Rich's opening in 198.'3, said the weekend and the rumors that followed have left him rlevastated. "I just am sick to my stomach that this is how Rich's is going out," he said. Certainly after the events of Pride weekend, Joseph said, he has no choice but to change the club. "It may be the same old Rich's for one more weekend, then it will change,'' he said. "I will retain ownership, but I can· not continue to hemorrhage money. I think it's sad." He added, "We we're already only open on Friday and Saturday nights and to be honest. this is a business and the gay com· munity has not been supportive of the club since I took it over." Resurrectk~n MCC's Vacatk~n BYfJle Sch'~'~' # ~~'\~ ~~eAc1m;"\<::> July iqtn-23rd Children of all ages are invited to join us for Vacation Bible School Free and Open to the Community! For information, call 713-861-9149 Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W. 11th. St. - Houston, TX - 713-861-9149 -"""'"'·1- www.resurrectionmcc.org c_Jgf-"-':"-~ \ HOUSTON VOICE www.houslonvoice.com national news Gay Congressman Barney Frank eyes Kerry's Senate seat NEW YORK Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he would run for the U.S. Senate scat now held by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in a 2005 special election if Kerry wins the presidency this year and if Republicans retain control of the House. Frank. is in line to bt.>eome chair of the highly influential House Committee on Financial Services if Oemocrab win control of the House in the 2004 congressional ell'Ctions. Frank discussed his plans for a possible Senate race at a June 26 appearance before the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's annual conference in Brooklyn. He said becoming chair of Rep. Berret Frank is 1n hne lo ch.1ir the House Committee on Financial Services if Oernocrals retake control of the House. the House financial services committee would give him an unprecedented opportunity to help shape U.S. policy on a wide range of domestic and international issues, including housing, banking and urban develop. ment. If Dcmocrab win control of the House, Frank said, he would forgo a run for the Senate. But most political observers believe the Republicans are likely to retain control of the House. Over the objections of Massachttsetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, the Democratic-controlled Massachusetts Legislature is completing work on a bill to strip Romney of his authority to appoint someone to fill a vacant Senate seat for a two-year period before the next scheduled statewide election. The bill would clear the way for Frank and other Democrats to run for Kerry's seat in a 2005 spc.'Cial election. Frank and his domestic partner. Sergio Pombo, marched together on Fifth Avenue in New York's June 'l:7 Gay Pride Parade. Mayors fail to reach consensus on gay marriage ammendment HOSTON (AP) A deeply divided gathering of the nation's mayors could not reach con­sensus Monday on a proposed resolution opposing a federal constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted 46 to 44 to table the resolution, and an attempt to revive it was also defeated, 47 to 45. Stamford, Conn., Mayor Dannel Mallo}; a Democrat running for governor. and an opponent of a constitutional amend· ment. said he believes the mayors wanted to avoid the issue in a year many of them are seeking recll'Ction. The close votes, Malloy said. also indicate "there is no broad-based support in the nation to amend the Constitution of the United States to discrim­inate." The resolution was co-sponsored by thn:e Democratic mayors - Thomas Menino of Boston, Richard Daley of Chicago and Gavin Newsom of San Francisco. Anti-gay marriage campaign under way in Mo. churches, homes JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) In churches and homes in cities big and small, the cam· paign for and against an Aug. 3 ballot measure that would add a gay marriage ban to the ~1is.souri Constitution is playing out person· to-per<;im in~tead of over the air. The proposal, Amendment 2, will offer the nation's ftrSt statewide vote on samc-!'ex marriage since the highest court in Massachusetts ordered that state to allow it, sparking a national debate on the issue. While there may be TV and radio ads in the future, the campaign in Missouri is focused forcmO!;t on getting people to go to the polls and persuading them to bring along friends. The Coalition to Protect Marriage in Misso1u-i, a group supporting the ballot meas· ure. has distiibutl'(f hundreds of fliers to be pla~ in church bulletins around the state. '111c Constitution Dl.'fense League, a group opposing the amendment, has been holdmg house p.'lrties and campaigning door-to<loor twice weekly in St. Louis. Kansas Cit}: Spnngfkld, Columbia and St. Joo:>ph. Supporters of marriage amendment confident of place on Ore. ballot PORTLAND. Ore. (AP) Sponsors of an initiative that would ban same-sex mar­riage like their chances of getting the pro­posed constitutional amendment on Oregon's fall ballot. The backers said last week that they might submit as many as 130,000 valid signatures to the state Elections Division. It takes 100,840 signa· tures to get on the ballot. The extra signa· tures would provide a cushion against duplicate names and signatures from unregistered voters. The signatures are due July 2. "Signatures are pouring in every day," said Tim Nashif, political director of the Defense of Marriage Coalition. Nashif, however, wouldn't guarantee that his group would gain a spot on the ballot. The state has been scrutinizing each petition sheet for signing and dating errors. Recent enforcement of signing and dating require­ments has cost sponsors of other initiatives perhaps thousands of signatures. "We have a team checking for what we know are the secretary of state's rules," Nashif said. Iowa education board backs off sexual orientation protections CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners backed off of a proposal to add sexual orientation to anti-discrimination language in its con­duct codes for licensed educators. Board members, who met here June 25. said alternative phrasing will still provide some protection to gay students. Some board members thought lawmakers would delay adoption of the rules or object to the changes altogether if the phrase "sexual orientation" remained in proposed code revisions. The language appeared in a new code of educators' nghts and responsibili· ties, and a rnvised code of professional concluct and ethics that the board has worked on for 2 l /2 years, documents show: From staff and wire reports JULY 2. 2004 5 Resort Bay Reef Realty Vacation 800.527.7333-12200 FM 3005-Galveston TX- bayreef.corn COCh Oii co!> lrdCclC-lekn'ty Ownocl ,.">d Opcnllc<I programmer? VISUAL BASIC ACCESS COLO FUSION 6 JULY 2, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE lnews cover story Black clergy face off in competing news conferences FMA, continued from Page 1 Al"n has long opposed marnage rights for gay couples. But he did not initially JOm GOP colleagues sponsoring the FMA and earlier this year said that the Defense of Marnage Act passed m 1996, was sum c1ent m protectmg marnage Some say that Allrn, who was undec 1d ed on th amendment for r.: nths was like­ly fet: mg presstm:' from consena11v~ col leagues .:nd lobby "roups for castmg a fa\or-.... ble v IE. m June to add" exual on· entauon" as a protrctrd cat gon to thf' federal hate crime la\\ '\\ mrt \\1th him and urg'?d him rent tc I t that pol.t1cai heat pu•h h!ID mto a pos1 tlon v.here he fl' he had to support some vrrs1on of th!S .l:llendment, but I think that lS the reascn why he supported 1t " said [) vid Larrpo, presic nt of the Vu-g1ma Log Cabm Repubhcans. a gay partISan group. GOP lrnc! rs m <'ong ssh VL indicated thc.y will .;chedule a vote on the FMA some t!IDc durmg thr Vi eek of Jul} 12 Sen John Warner (R), the other senator from V1.rgima, remains undecided about theFMA In Maryland, Drmocratlc Sen. Barbara A M1kulks1 who has a generally pro-gay votmg record, has r.nt issued a position on the Federal Marriage Amendment, and her office did not respond to repeated Blad mqumrs on the subject. A spokesperson for the state's other Senate Democrat, Paul S. Sarbanes, said For Adam and Steve the senator w111 oppose the !<"MA. Equality Maryland, a gay right.~ group, is asking its members to contact Mikulski and Sarbanes to urge them to oppose the FMA. Combating 'judicial supremacy' Last week, the House Subcomm,ttec on the Con tltution heard from two c;ocial con· St;l"Vattves who have long opposed gay rights. Phyllis Schaf!], president of the Eagle Forum. testified in support of the FMA along with former Rep. Bill Dannc m yer (R·Calif ). The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's Lrgest L:JY rights group, noted that Schafly once said gays should not v.ork in the food-handling bus.ness and that Dannemt yer once compared the gay rights mohment to Nazi Germ.:rty. "Featuring testimony by two long-time opponents of 1.>qualuv proves thr :i.rgu­ment that this IS about discriminat10n," said Chrryl Jacqurs, pres1drnt of the Human Rights Campa1.,;-u. Dueling news conferences Last v.eek, the National Coalition of Afhcan-Amencan Mm1Sters held a nrws conference on Capitol Hill to voice us sup­port for the FMA. Meanwhik, another news conference, sponsored by HRC and the National Black Justice Coalition, was also held on Capitol Hill and featured black cler· gy supportive of gay and lesbian equality. Jasmine Canmck, media director of the For Anna and Eve Because in the beginning, they only had one choice. OFFICIAL JEWELER OF MISS CAMP AMERICA! 11-IE GALAXIE JEWELERS we Create the Unusual 1511 Sunset Blvd. (near Kirby) 713.521.2511 2001 MCAF DianwnJ Star Award TheGalaxieJewelers.com My op1mon rs that I don't care one W<rJ or the other.' said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, respond 1119 to a question about his pos.lon on gay ma~1ge National Black Justice Coalit10n said that sociai conservatives and evangelical Christians are pressuring African American churches to support the FMA. "Some ministers llil' really thinking that if v.e get this right, black gay people are g01ng to rush to thnr churches and demand marriage," she said. "Well that is not true." One-third of Americans unaware of FMA: poll In a nationwide survry conducted by the Barna Group, an independent cultural anal~sis group in Cahforma, onl'·third of all adult~ are not even aware of the FMA. The The survey of 1,618 adults shows that 37 percent were unaware of the FMA. Eighty-three percent of evangelicals, 58 percent of conservatives, f>6 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of Protestants and 47 percent of non-evangpJical born-again Christians favor the amendment. However, li.5 pel'Cfnt of self-described lib­erals, 51 percent of athcISts and agnostics and 4.1 pcrrent of college graduatrs oppose It George Barna, who conducted the sur vey, said that based on his findings. many born agam Christians do not want to cod1· fy their definition of marriage into law. Romney criticized over FMA In Massachusctts, Mitt Romney is being criticized by some constituents who say thl' first-term Republican governor is focusmg too heavily on nat10nal politics and not enough on Massachusetts issues. Romney was In Washington last v.crk to testify in support of the FMA Last wrek, as the California State Assembly voted 42·27 on a resolution opposmg thl' FMA, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said he doesn't care if gay coupks wish to wed. "My opmion is that I don't care one way or the other," Schwarzenegger said m response to a question b} a gay constituent at a restaurant last week California Senate President .John Burton <D·San Francisco) told the Associated Press the governor's posJtions Wt'rC sound. CALENDAR KOLBE Projl'ct (>flt 'Jing Pmn• & Rccor Kiliati< 111 to the ,\licnatcd Monday. July 5 Office will be Closed No Mass Saturday, July 10 Breakfast 9:30am Monday, July U Eucharist 7:30pm 1030 I lcights Hhd. Hou-;trn t, I:\: 77CXA'-3 ph. 713.861.1800 mm:kd! ... pivpt.ag Friday, Jiiiy 9 Movie Night 7pm Along Came Polly HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com JULY 2. 2004 7 national news Outing rumor sparl<s panic on Capitol Hill Closeted staffers scrambling in wake of activist campaign By ADRIAN BRUNE WASHINGTON Their center of oper­ahcms occupies not one, but two top-floor apartments located directly across from each other in a nondescript Adams Morgan high-rise, where the two friends and activists have both lived for years. Their information comes to them via a network of insiders. mostly planted at var· ious gay and lesbian bars across Washington. And their modus operandi for fighting a constitutional amendment ban· ning same-sex marriage consists of well· placed phone calls to closeted congression· al aides who work for members supportive of the amendment, declaring their intent to publicly reveal the aides' sexual orienta· tion. From that h1gh-nse, with a view of the nation's epicenter of public policy, the ongoing outing campaign loosely headed by gay activists Michael Rogers and John Aravosis evoked panic and precaution behind the Capitol's closed doors last week, signifying the resurrected. yet still contro· vers1al. tactic's scope and impact. The reactions on the Hill came in vari· ous formats: e-mails from staffers of prominent gay advocacy groups to anony· mous lists of II ill employees warning them of impending outings; admonitions against the practice 111 public forums and on television; and mcetmgs between Senate chil'fs of staff and aides that reaf· firmed office nonchscnminahon or zero· tolC'rance policies. The responses Rogers said he recc1wd ranged from "donations to death threats," but both he and Aravosis said the; are undeterred m their pursuit to expose what they call the duplicity of policymakers pushing for the Federal Marriage Amrndment "In the words of Harvey Milk, 'Let the bullet that pierce my brain blow open e\ ry clo rt door,"' Rogers said. "We are engaging tn an activist campaign that edu· catc pco11lc; 11 makes them aware of the hYJl()Cnsy of America's right wing. "Thi is not about kids who are folding the mail or answermg the phones because their parents suggested they come work for Q MORE INFO Senate GLASS Caucus www.sen,1teglass.org Human Rights Campaign 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington, QC 20030-3278 202-628·4160 wwwhtt.org the government. ThL~ is about highly visi· ble people press secretaries, legislative dU"l.'Clors, chiefs of o&taff people who influence leaders and put a face to their policies." News about the activists' outing efforts, which they said has grown from sLx to 13 office~ 111 less than 10 days, began to spread through downtown Washington by word of mouth early in the week of June 21, sources from several gay advocacy groups said, landing in Capitol office buildings shortly thereafter. An e-mail memorandum sent by Human Rights Campaign lobbyist Matthew McTighe to a group of gay gov· ernment professionals warned that the Washington Blade, a publication afflliated with the Houston Voice, planned on pub· lish ing a story listing the names of closet· ed congressional staffers. "We're hearing that the Blade may run a story tomorrow hsting the names of gay staff members from the \\'"hite House or who work for members who support the FMA," McTighe wrote. "We're doing everything we can to stop it from happen· ing, but frankly there's only so much an organization like HRC can do to stop the Blade or any other activists from doing this." A spokesperson for HRC said McTighe obtained his information from Hill aides who reportedly received phone calls from an activist impersonating a Washington Hinde reporter, asking questions about the personal lives of aides and alleging that he or she was outmg people in an artichi Hogers ms1sted that he had never imper· sonated a reporter in his outing campaign "l am a strong believer in an indcpcnd ent media and would ntJver misrepre ent myself as a member of [!he Blade] or an> other publicat10n," Rogers wrote m an e­mail "As you know, our campaign focuses on mforming people of the truth, not cov­crmg up who we are and lying." Outing mania The political newspaper the Hill also contrlhuted to the discussions among the inner circle of gay congressional aide by pubh hing an article on June 24 headlined, "lf you're ga:y, ,ou're out!" Local TV news programs also pouncro on the outing rumors, with CBS afftliate WllSA and Fox station W'ITG airing to­ries on the subject last week Newsweek's Washini,'lon bureau con· tacted the Wp.shington Blade about the rumor but did not publish an article on the suhiect. "We n. '.C eived a significant number of phone calls reporting that the Blade was puhlishing th1 article," said HRC spokesperson Steven Fisher. "Our staffer IMc'figheJ sent off an e-mail to some of thr people on his contact list that this may be happening, and that we were looking into it and trying to block it." HHC President Cheryl Jacques also con- HRC President Cheryl Jacques told gay Senate staffer that she had heard a rumor that the Slade was preparing to out gay congressional staffers. firmed at a luncheon sponsored by two gay congressional associations that she, too, had heard a rnmor about a pending article in the Blade outing gay Hill staffers. In fact, HHC never contacted the news­paper to verify the existence of an outing story. "I can confirn1 tllat at no time has the Blad£' staff discussed, ass1g11ed or worked on an article that would 'out' gay congre · sional staffers," said Chris Cram execu· t1ve editor of the Blade and the Houston V01cc, who also outlmrd th~ crrcumstances under which both pa)ICrs might consider such a story. "Public officials and public figures arc routmely asked on thr rec.ord by the Blade to identify their sexual orientation, and th 1r re ponse is published, even if the respon e is to refuse to answer thr que . tion " he said. "The Blade would mve ti· gate the veracity of such a response only under unique ctrcumstanccs in '~hich the tory ubJect's sexual onentation would pre mt issues of hypocrisy that are highly new \\Orth~." Responding to the rumor, some aides fearful of losing their jobs contacted other Hill staffers, such as Lynden Armstrong, a founder of the Gay, l..rsb1.an & Allies Senate Staff Caucus, tu a.~k for resources to pre­pare for their outing. Many chiefs of staff among the handful of senators and representatives who have signed sexual orientation nondiscrimina· lion pohcies held office-wide meetings to notify employees of that policy. Dole reassures staff Several senators whose offices do not have nond1SCriminaUon policies also met with staffers to e>..'Press their general toler· ance of gay emplo)ee . HRC said. Among those \\as Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R·N.C.), according to a ource who spoke on the condition of anonym1t): Dole oppos cs the Federal Marriage Amendment, her office did not respond to mterview requests. But tile offices of members of Congre,s with strong records opposing gay rights subtly re-enforced tlleir objections to hm·· ing oJ.l('nly gay employees, leaving tllem "very nervous about [the outing]," accord· ing to Armstrong. "I emphasized to friends and colleagues who called me that l didn't think they should panic and pre-empt the outing by outmg themselves," Armstrong said. '1\11 of this was still a ways from landing in the lap of a member who has no connections in the gay community or thinks that he or she doesn't have any connections in the gay comm unit):" The Washington Blade hit new,stands June 25 without an article outing congre,. s10nal staffer.; But in Adams Morgan, the actual outing campaign continues. Rogers said the activists. now up to a loose contingent of 15, ha\'e decided to take a different course m their outmg endeavor Rogers said he first ascertams whether members of Congress who back the FMA also have an active anti-gay agenda. If so, Rogers will not reveal a gay aide's sexual orientation to the office If not Rogers said he will go through with the outing a tac· tic opposed b) tile HRC and most other gay advocacy groups. "I think that outing an individual i' only appropriate ''hen that mdividual 1s m a position to make la\\ or poliC) and makes ant1·gay pohC) It's totally inappropnatr m any other s1tuat10n." said Matt Foreman, the executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Ta k Force "But the Federal Marnage Amendment is not g01ng anywhere So to resort to this kmd of bcha\ ior for a piece cf legislation that' not go mg any'' here 1s trouble5ome, Foreman said. Rogers said he continues to contact &'V era! offices each wCl'k According to Rogers, a senior legislahH~ aide m the office of US. Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.). an FMA propo­nent, 1 the latest person to come out prompted by Rogers' O\ert persuasion Across the hall, John Aravo is contm ues to call for the name of more gay and lesbian staffers through hi Web site For now, the acth 1st said th~Y aren't plan ning on abandonmg what they have called the mo t effective way of further ing gay rights. "We have accepted for far too long fello\\ gays who work for horribly anti gay politi· cians and thu help those politician bash our community," Aravosis said. "It's time we stopped toleratmg this situation as normal. These people need, at the very least, to be confronted over their hypocrisy, and when we see them m public we ought to tell them we don't approve." oc e Pnde Committee President Nick Brines calls Pnde 2004 a ~ but hes not sure what role he'll play m the orgamzahon for next year's event 'Mother Nature must be a lesbian' Weather forecasts foretold the worst, but the clouds dissipated just in time By BINNIE nsHER As 1f on command, the clouds that had threatened the worst for mo"t of Pride Saturday parted just tn time for Pride as Big as Texas. Nick Brines, president of Pride Committee Houston, had visions of rain pelting parade participants, and anklc­decp water on Westheimer. "The last thing I saw on the news was a hundred percent chance of rain and flooding," he said. \Vhen the clouds went away and the sky turned blue about an hour before parade ume Saturday night Brines remarked 'Mother Nature must be a lesbian." Brmrs, who has been mvolved with the Pride Committee for a decade, said -- ------- the parade that made its way down Westheuner was one of the best ever. "My first impression was that It was thrilling and completely awesome," he said. "The quality of the entries in this year's parade was terrific " It was a satisfying culmination to a year of work, a year that begins immedi· ately after Pride ends. "We're already starting to plan 2005," he said. "We have our next meetmg next Saturday" The fiscal year for the Pnde Committee ends Aug. 30, and Brines said, he doesn t know what his place will be next year He has been president for two years. "I don t know what my leadership role will be," he said "I'll have to work It out w11h my husband." Brines is partnered with hairdresser Greg Decker, who recently opened Azur Salon in Houston. The two had a commitment ceremony at the Magnolia Ballroom, but Brines said, they aren't likely to fly off to Ma~sachusetts to make it legal. "We just did It for ourselves," he said. In attendance were Brines' parents, retired dairy farmers from \'r1Sconsln who now hvl' m Corpus Christi. Their attendance at his wedding to another man spoke volumes. Coming out in college Brines came out when he moved to Houston to attend college at the age of 17. "I didn't come out to my parents until I was 21," he said. Their initial reaction was "horrible," he said. "But it took me 17 years to come to grips with It. I cant expect them to accept It overnight." But accept 11 they did. Now that his parents li~e close, Brines satd, h1 moth· HOUSTON VOICE JULY 2. 2004 PAGE 8 ft Nick Brines A~33 Residence: Montrose Birthplace: Shullsburg. WI Education: Almost a master's Occupation: Director m charge of corporate sponsorniips, American Heart Assoc1at10n Personal: Married to Greg Decker Pets: None Tidbit Lov~ Pndc and travdmg er has her own personal h irdrcsscr in the family. Growing up on the farm in Wbcons.n Brinrs said, he had absolutely no rxpo· sure to aay llfc. "I grew up in the same house. l"IY father grew up in and hlS mother grew up m. It was very Norman Rockwell," he ..aid. "That's why Houston blew me awa}: A whole new world opened up to me here." It didn't take flrme~ too long to find the Pride Committee He said it was a for­tuitous find for many reasons. "It's great for networkmg," he said. "The reason I have the job I have today 1s because of the Pride Committee. They looked at all the fundra1sing I had done for the Pride Committee. I put it right, smack on my resume There's no rea on to hide it." To anyone looking for a place to con nee\ in Houston's gay and lesbian eom· munity, Brmes recommends the Pride Committee. "All they have to do is just show up and do 1t,' he said. "There 1s a lot of work to be done " In addition to that. Brines said, there is the satisfaction of doing somPthing for the community. The committee works hard to keep the parade relevant, he said. Although the group wants to highlight the commumty, Bines said. corporate entries have their place. "It's n way to show the community what corporations are friendly and which ones arc ~upportive of their gay and Jes· b1an employees," he said. Contrary to what was aired nn conser­vative talk radio prior to the pa1111le, Brines said, the parade does not place a cost burden on the city, "We've been hearmg that the parade costs the city a ton of money," he said. "We pay for the trash to be picked up afterward. We leave Montrose cleanl'r than we found it." In addition to hiring additional security, Brmcs said, parade fees cover the salartcs of Houston Police Departtnent officers. '111e Pride flags that are hung on light poles lining Wcstheimer during the month of June, Brines said. ''W1! 11ay for those, lhl' installation, the upkeep and the msurance." And, as for the conservative radio jock who krpt complain mg that he hates to sec men in leather thongs, Bnnes smd, "I didn't sec any of that this year" HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com appts. SUNDAY JULY 4 The mam Fourth of July celebralton in Houston is at Eleanor Tinsley Parle on the banks of Buffalo Bayou and features the only joint appearance this year of the Judds. Naomi and Wynonna. The Judds will celebrate the holiday as well as 20 years of performing together. Events also include perform­ances by other artists, a Symbols of Freedom exh1b1t highlighting military artifacts and vehicles, and a Kid's Zone. The day will be topped off by Wtsh Upon a Lone Star" -A Blast of Fireworics from Walt Disney Worid The pyrotechnic display will span Buffalo Bayou. www ci.houston.tx.us. 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By CHRIS CRAIN CHILL WIND IS BLOWING these days on Capitol Hill, where closeted gay congres­sional staffers are facing the growing threat of heing outed by a small but deter­mined group of activists. Speculation that the Washington Blade, the Voice's sister paper in D.C., was plan­ning to publish a list clo~eted gay staffers only added to the tumult, as some scared aides acted as if they were scrambling for their very jobs. It's a cunous Washington irony that the fear of being outed has mobilized the Hill's gay aides ma way that threats to their civil rights seem never managed to before. But lest we feel too much sympathy for the plight of these congressional staffers, or too much indignation for the activists who arc targeting them, we should keep m mmd just who we're talking about. Or, better yet, who we're not talking about. Not at risk are gay congressional staffers open about their sexual orientation. Not at risk are gay congressional staffers working for members of Congress who oppose or haven't yet taken a position on the Federal Marriage Amendment, an unprecedented measure that would forev· er usurp from the states the definition of marriage and deprive gay couples of their access to the courts to challenge hetero­sexual- only marriage laws. tation; they are well-adjusted gay men and lesbians who attend gay social functions !lJlll patronize public gay establishments. So who are we talking about? Seml­closeted Hill staffers who happlly play m gay D.C. but who work in positions of authority with real influence over mem· bers of Congress who support an amend­ment to the United States Constitution that would prohibit states from legalizing marriage, civil unions or even domestic partner registries for gay couples. IF EVER THERE WERE A mmNITION of a gay Uncle Tom, it would fit these peo­ple. These are not dishwashers or short· order cooks at Cracker Barrel. facing poverty if their redneck bosses learn they're big homos. These are smart, talented, well-educat­ed professionals who could find success in any number of highly paid positions on or off the Hill but who instead have cho­sen to devote their professional live~ to advancing the careers of politicians who would strip them and their friends of basic civil rights protections and even redress of their grievances in the courts. The level of rationalization and denial it must take for these people to show up for work each day must be mind-boggling. Add to that their newfound paranoia that an activist - or even the gay press - might reveal their sexual orientation, and thereby their hypocrisy, and you have some pretty unhappy people about whom all of us should feel absolutely no sympa· thy whatsoover. DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE RUMORS arc correct, and the Washington Blade or HOUSTON VOICE JULY 2, 2004 PAGE 10 if facts about their sexual orientation raise highly newsworthy questions of hypocrisy in the stands taken by the anti·gay members of Congress for whom they work The Blade and the Voice are. after all, gay papers and as such, our reporters regularly ask almost every per.o;on they interview about their se>..1.lai orientation because it is invari­ably relevant to the story and to our readers. It is 2004, not 1954, and sexual orienta­tion in and of itself is no longer a "pri­vate fact" beyond the pale of inquiry. If the subject of an interview is a pri­vate citizen and not a public figure, then their expectation of privacy IS understand ably higher, and we would respect their desire not to have their sexual orientation discussed in print. We would not, for exam­ple, publish photographs from gay·themcd events without first asking the individuals for permission. But if the interview subject is a public official or a public figure in govern­ment, entertainment, sports, wherever - then that person's privacy expectations are a lot lower. Those who choose to live their lives in the limelight ought to expect, at this point, to be asked "the question" and have ready an answer about whether they are gay or straight. Asking the question does not by itself amount to outing. Neither docs printing the response, whether it is the truth or a lie or a refusal to discuss the matter. Outing someone involves going "behind the answer" and investigating a response (or non-response) and publishing the facts that suggest which side of the bread that someone in fact spreads their butter: gay, straight, bisexual or otherwise. Looking into someone's sexual orienta· lion doesn't necessarily mean monitoring their bedroom or invading their privacy. It could mean simply reporting that they have a same-sex love interest with whom they flit about town, or that they regularly show up at gay parties or bars. We reported in 2000 that John Paulk, the prominent "ex-gay" who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine with his wife, an "ex-lesbian," was seen cavort­ing with gay guys in Mr. P's. The "activists" at the Human Rights Campaign apparently consider it their sworn duty to protect closeted Hill staffers who work for anti-gay members of Congress, but it is the antithesis of jour­nalism to hide such hypocrisy when the facts can be clearly ascertained. It ls not the job of the gay press - and ought not be the job of HRC- to protect the identity of semi-cl<>:>eted congressional aides who have important questions to answer about why they have not acted to protect their fellow gay citizens. Not at risk are gay congressional staffers at the lower echelons of authority, who work as legislative aides answering constituent mail or answering the telephones. The acttvists have said they are focusing only on aides with real influence on public policy. Not at risk are gay congressional staffers who are deep in the closet. As a practical matter, the only way an aide's name can make it onto one of these activ1Sts' lists i.> if the staffer is out within the gay community. These are not people struggling to figure out their sexual orten-the Houston Voice would out this narrow group of semi-closeted, influential and yet hypocritical Hill staffers? Yes and no. I No, neither the Blade nor the Voice has worked on a story re\'ealing the names of closeted aides Yes. we would Investigate and report about whether Influential Hill aides are gay llJ\ Clvis Crain IS ~W executive editor of Houston Voice and can be reached at caair@houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com • JOHN ARAVOSIS Gay staffers for anti-gay members of Congress are aiding and abetting the enemy and deserve neither our pity nor our protection. Gay Hill staffers should be outed ONE YEAR AGO, I WOULD HAVE opposed "outing" gay congressional staffers who work for anti-gay members of Congress. Aller all. I was once one of those staffers, working fo1· a Republican, no Jess. Today, whUe outing still gives me pause. I believe re<.'Cnt event:. have made it necessary. \\llen President Bush and anti-gay membc>rs of Congress teamed up with the radical right to push for passage of the anti·gay ~·cderal Marriage Amendment, all the rules changed. The FMA is the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb. Its passage will ban same­sex marriage from now till eternity, rip· ping apart thousands of already-married gay couples. Worse yet, the amendment is so broadly written that it could overturn every pro-gay federal, state and local law, and private industry policy in the count!): Facing such an unprecedented threat, it 1s time we considered an unprecedented response. We once laughed off the gay staffers who worked for Jesse Helms or Pat Buchanan. We loathed their self-loathing, but figured that for the most part they were hurting themselves more than us. In post·F~lA America. we no longer have that luxur}: President Bush and anti· gay members of Congress have declared war on gay people. GAY STAFFERS WHO WORK FOR SUCH politicians are hardly innocent bystanders simply exercising their r ight to free speech. They are hi.red guns defending policies intended to destroy our relationships. Such staffers are, at best, enemy combatants; and at worst. war criminals. Those who would choose to aid and abet our enemies deserve neither our pity nor our protection Some say that congressional staff mem bers are hardly responsible for the anti·gay positions of their bosses. That is simply absurd. We're not talking about young kids who simply walk the dog or stuff the mail. There are gay men and lesbians serving anti.gay members in the most seruor levels of Congress, from chiefs of staff to press SCC· retartes to lawyers and other senior advisers. To suggest that their role m policy-making b negligible is na'ive or disingenuou.'. It's high time we stopped treating grown men and women as children who simply need a hug. These people don't need a hug; they need a swift kick in the ass. They are, for the most part, well-edu· cated, highly paid adults who are perfect· ly aware of the harm they arc causing. Yet still they choose to perform their roles. To suggest that all, or even a mllJOrl· t): are closet cases living on the fringes of gay life, nnd thus descn'lng of our pit); is a fiction. They may work against our civil rights by da); but they surely elljoy its benefits by night. BUT WHAT IF THE ~IARRIAGE amendment is doomed, as some say, so no harm, no foul? That's nice, but ifs hardly a defense to admit you tried to kill me, but failed. LYNDEN ARMSTRONG & MAT YOUNG It's easier to terrorize than organize, but activists only hurt our cause J when they out Hill staffers. Don't out gay Hill staffers SO~lE'l'I MES. WHEN WE ARE UNDER assault, Jt's ea ier to attack our own rather than fight those who are actually causing us harm. In politics and in war, this is often referred to as a circular firing squad As reported in Southern Voice, that is exactly what some gay activists seem to be doing through their efforts to out gay and lesbian staffers on Capitol Hill. As co-chairs of the Ga): Lesbian & Allies Senate Staff Cuucus, we forcefully condemn any campaii,'11 that would "out" lesbian or gay congressional staff The GLASS Caucus has been working to ere· ate a more positive, safe and affirming environment for gay and lesbian staffers; v.e believe that outing staff is cow1terpro· ductive and will only encourage some staffers to go even deeper into the closet. It may S('('m exciting to threaten staffers by outmg them if they don't come out them· selves and to shock members of Congress about the unknown sexual orientations of their staffers. But if the:;e activists were trnly committed to ensuring equal rights, they would be organizing gay people to edu­cate the public and members of CongJ"Css about public' polily issues affect mg our lives. BUT WHY ORGANIZE WHEN YOU CAN terrorize? Anyone who would threaten to out gay and le bran staffers potentially costing them their careers and their economic security is not only cruel, they are doing nothing to further the fight for equality. This will do nothing to stop the Federal Marriage Amendment from com· ing up for a vote m mitl-July. In fact, the FM A will most likely fall far short of the necessary 6i votes for passage. So, we're left wondC'ring: \\llat exactly are these activists hoping to accomplish? They certainly aren't changing any­one's value systems. They certainly aren't using logic and reason and the values of inclusion and fairness to sway membc>rs of Congress. Rather, the only likely out· come of this campaign would be to poten­tially cost some people their jobs and to give our opponents ammunition by show· ing the country how we treat our own. Staffers may aclvbc their bosses. but at the end of the day. it is the member of Congress who is acwtmt.able for his or her vote. Many gay staffers don't even ad\ise their ~ses on gay right.,, but on a host of other issues or sen.-c m administrative or technical positions. Outing a staff a«sistant, a legislative correspondent, or even someone as senior as a legislative director or a chief of staff will not change a member's beliefs. There arc LGBT people on Capitol Hill making changes in both small and large ways eve1yda): Some do it by being out and actively contributing to policy discus­sions. Others do so by coming out to elect coworkers and slowly and subtly changmg the atmosphere in their offices. Outmg is not a panacea to convmcing anti-gay politicians that we are full citi· JULY 2. 2004 11 And in anv case, it s not at all rlear that the amendment 1 dead. On!) a fool cro\\ s \'lctory before the votes have been count­ed. It would hardly be unprecrdented for our "allies" in Congress to ca\e \\hen faced with a hard-to-oppose anti-gay \ otc And even If the amendment doc>sn t pass this year, the ga) marnagc debate 1s hardl) over. It's only a matter of tlm(' before th(' i.; ue is agam npe for future congressional consideration. 'W'hat will outing really achieve? An ouhng campa1g11 takes troops away from the enem): teaches members of Congres and their staff that there is a price to be paid for legislating "family value•." and ultimately helps create an environment in whirh legislative gay.bashing and working for the enemy is less and !es~ acceptable In the encl, LGBT staffers working for anti-gay membc>rs of Congress ask of us what they are unwilling to give in return. They condemn the use of their -.exual ori· entation as a v.eapon while brand1shmg our own against us. They demand their pm-ate lives be pro­tected and kept off limits while helping their bosses turn our prn-ate lives into crimmal acts. And they ask us to ignore our own self-mtel't'st and defend them v. ith our -.iJence, whlle they refuse to con· sider anyone's well being but their own. IJ!r. John Aravosis is a longtime Washington ~ lobby1St and act1V1st He can be reached at john@gayadvocacy.com zens deserving of equal righh. Rath('r it 1S an mcredibly reckle , misdirected, and lazy form of activism. COMING OUT AND SPEAKING OUT for our. elves is a personal Journe); and it is one that some eem to have forgotten. The coming out process is a difficult one for almost all of us. Often the last step is m our workplace to our colleagues and bosses. That last step is usually taken only after we are reasonably confident that we will be judged on our skills and contribu· tions and not our sexual orientat10n. LGBT people even Capitol Hill staffers must be allowed to go through the process of coming out and merging our personal and professional lives at a pace that is comfortable An individual·s sexual orientation should not be> an l..'sue for emploYJ11ent and by outing staff to their employers, these activists reinforce the notion that there is something wrong with bemg gay or lesbian. \\'bile ;;ome may disagree \\ith the mind· set of closeted LGBT staffers who work for member" of Congress who do not support LGBT equality, we believe those are the per­sonal declSlons to be made by each ·taffer. We call on these activists to stop attack· ing LGBT staff and direct theu- energy toward more constructwe cause:-.. rl/fa Lynden Armstrong a Repubhr.an, and Mat ~ YOlllQ a llemocrat. are the founding ro­chairs of the CLASS Caucus and can be reached V1c1 WWW .glasscaucus.org. 12 JULY 2, 2004 K1tche s ..,d 5.:itJ..~ Our ~pe • lt!J C.,hedro~l & ( r 1cl R.epair r .. ,..,t g • R.~of:ig • Pecks NEED IT BUT DON'T SEE IT? ASK!! Community Committed! Quality Directed with Design, Style, Innovation and Service. FR.E.E. L5TIMATt_ 7 I ).248.J 1 74 ~e our ad "Nier tiome (mpro.eme">t n the Votee (J:.ss1f1eds Great Car Insurance! 713.661. 7700 For Auto, llome, Ilenten Lifr, l/eaJth. B1u111e$J lmuro11tt and much moll 6575W.laopSouth.,~te.185 !Hllalr11, 1X n401 WU1U<.'><:hnierl1r.- .com www houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE action! alert Too 'Hot' for Texas Austin radio station vows to block gay romance novel By BRYAN ANDERTON FOR FAR TOO LO~G. GAY MEN HAVg been deprtved of their own versions of the Jund romance novel;; read by millions of straight women In the United States. But that changed in late 2003, when a gay couple from Boston started a line of books called "Romentics" targeting a gay male audience. Written by real-life couple Scott Pomfret and Scott Whittier, the line cur· rently includes four self· published novels. uHot Sauce," "Razor Burn," "Nick of Time" and "Spare Parts." Next year, one of the books, "Hot Sauce," is scheduled to be released nation· w 1de by Warner Book Group, the book publtshing arm of Time-Warner. Inc. But one Texas rad10 station ts asking its listeners to lobby Warner to drop plans to publish the book, saying It L~ too "scan dalous" to be released. Under the heading "The War Rages On," a post on the Web site for KIXL, a Christian radio station based m Austin. Texas, states, "If you think traditional romance novels are scandalous, just wait until 'fime· Warner Books starts distributing a new line of homosexual romance novels." The post goe. on to encourage IL~teners to "let Warner Books know how you feel about its decision to distribute books in this Romenuc series" by contacting Warner·s chall" and chief executive officer Laurence J. Kirshbaum by phone or fax. Pomfret and Whittier said Warner had received numerous complaints about the books from KIXL's listener~. but that Warner has assured them that it is still fully behind the project. "[This campaign] was a bit of a shock· er," Pomfret said. "To use the terminolo­gy of war on a series of love stories tells me all you need to know about these guys. It couldn't have been more mean-spirited or un·Christian. as far as I'm concerned." 0 ACTION! INFO 'Romentics' www romentics.com Warner Boole Group 1271 Ave. of the Americas New York, NY 10020 212-522-nOO KlXl. 970AM 11615 Angus Road. Suite 120B Austin, TX 7B759 512·372-9700 wwwkixl.com tot s~.t1ce A Chnstian radio station in Texas has asked listen­ers to lobby Warner Book Group to stop plans to publish 'Hot Sauce.' a gay romance novel. Directly below the posttng about the books on the station's Web site is another one about "Marriage Protection SundaJ; 'an C'VCnt being planned by the anti-gay Amencan Family Association on July 11, the day before the US. Senate is repm1edly to vote on the Fi,'Cleral Marriage Amendment. Representatives of KIXL and Warner Books could not be reached for comment by press time. 'Romentics' for men The two author.;, who alfectionatl'ly rcfer to themselves a~ kScott & Scott" on the hooks' covers, said they developed the idea after realizing the number of romance nov­els \\'h1ttier's mother and granclmother read every month. and realiling there was an absence of any ~uch material for gay men. So the couple brainstormed some ideas, and churnrd out four novels from late 2002 until mid-2003. In November200.1, they self· published the books and began selling them on their Web site. They sent the nov­els to several agents, one of whom sold Warner I:l<xiks on the idea, Pomfret said. Warner Books decided to publish and di tribute "Hot Sauce," which is sched· uled to hit shelves in June 2005. According to Pomfret. the company is also considering re-publishing the cou­ple's three other novels. Whitter said the publisher reassured the two men that the company remains committed to the project even aftl!r receiv· ing phone calls from KIXI. listeners. But even so, Whittier and Pomfret began ask· Ing fans to contact the company, too. "I think they were very pleased when we asked our readers and supporters to get in touch with them, because they are so much more diverse from the people who go to KIXL's Web site," Whittier said "It really said that straight women with kids, entrepreneurs, and a wide range of others really support this idea. nnd it's about time." ABOlJT ACTION ALERT: Action Alert 1s a Forum section feature that informs readers of issues for response and lobbying Send suggestions and comments to forum a houstonvoice.com. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I on the record "There will be a purge on God's orders, and evil will be eliminated like shadows. Gays will be eliminated, the three Israels will unite. If not, then they will be burned." Rev. Sun Myung Moon.founder of the Unification Church, which owns the Washington Times. at a ceremony in a Senate office building in the presence of several members of Congress who said they were duped into attending; Moon's speech was given in Korean and later translated (Washington Post. June 23) "How do gay people make Jove? How? You may know. Even animals don't do this . ... We must end the false viewpoint of human rights that is promoting homosexuality." Rev. Sun Myung Moon, at the Washington, D.C., ceremony, speaking in Korean but later translated into English (Washington Post. June 23) "Sodomite Eye for the Man Righteous Before the Lord" Title suggested by satirist Rob Kutner for a TV show identzcal to Bravo 's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" except inspired by the success of the "Left Behind" religious novels and "Passion of the Christ"; Kutner imagined that each episode would end "with the Fab Five being stoned to death" (New York Times, June 24) ''.Acting is no longer about lying. It's now about revealing the truth. People are at ease with me now." Gay actor Sir Ian McKellan at the Cannes Film Festival on why he would never have become an international film star if he had not come out (Times of London. June 14) "The breakctown of the family over the past 35 years is one of the root causes of some of our society's most intractable social problems: criminal activity, illegitimacy and the cyclical nature of poverty." Jack Ryan, GOP nominee for the US. Smate in IllinoL~. on why he supports a Federal Marriage Amendment and opposes civil unions and domestic partner registries; Ryan with· drew from the race this week after it was dL~· COL'ert'Ci that his ex-wife alleged in divorce pro­cemings that he forced her to go to sex clubs with him and pressured her to have sex in front of ot/ler people (u•u·u\jackryan2(J().J.com) "Does your candidate support gay marriage?" Signs held up by volunteers for independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader at a Washington state Gay Pride event gathering signatures to put Nader's name on the state's November ballot (Washington Post, June 28) "It wasn't a horrible weekend. The gays anct Christians ctidn't help us, but our local regular customers and the Midtown party crowct kept coming in." Sue Morgan. marketing director for the Cheetah strip club in Atlanta. on the ejff!Ct of having the annual Gay Pride festival and the Christian .Wega Fest the same weekend ("Peaclzbuzz, •·Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 30) "Here are my standards: I refuse to pose nude. I refuse to cto nude scenes, and I refuse to ever actually be nude." Lesbian talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, asked in the tongue-in-cheekfeature "The Last Word" whether she "lived up to a standard" (Details Magazine. June/July issue) "Who all's a bottom here today?" Janet Jackson. on stage dur­ing a surprise approrana at the Dance 18 event at the Chelsea Pius as part of New Yorks Gay Pride festival (June 27) **·~ ~ · -~ ~·ic* 1f. Psychic Reader ~ * i i\dvisor * SUFFERING? 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Page 17 L-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE www.houstonvoice.com JULY 2, 2004 ~~~~~~~~ AHev Theatre serves u ll I,::; Gay actor Todd Waite says the stretch from Christie's Hastings to Shakespeare's Orsino is what brought him to the Alley Theatre By BINNIE nSHER m ver almost two decades in the the· ater, Todd Waite has ·played his share of intriguing characters created by likes of Shakespeare, Albee, Tolstoy and Shaw: Yet. as he rehearsed for his most recent role in the Alley Theatre's pro­duction of Agatha Christie's "Black Coffee," Waite said, "I've done about a hundred plays. This may be only the sec· ond Agatha Christie. I have not played Capt. Hastings before." Waite, who came to the Alley four seasons ago from the Shaw Theatre Festival in Canada, is cast as the assis· tant to the famous Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot, played by Alley veteran James Black. "Black Coffee" is one of Christie's. earlier works. The play opened Dec. 8, 1930 at London's Embassy Theatre. "The funny thing about th ls work is that of all the Agatha Christie plays that were turned into movies, she did not at the time turn this one into a novel," Waite said. "She had to wait 50 year for someone else to do it." When Christie's heirs finally did have the play turned into a novel, Waite said it was done shoddily. "It still contains some of the stage directions." he said. Waite is no stranger to the British mystery. He played Holmes in the Alley's production of "Sherlock Holme~" last season. The two shows are similar in that the character combinations work together in the same way. "Hastings and Poirot are like Sherlock and Watson," he said. "It's their synergy that makes it work." Where Holmes is often detached and existing in his own crime-solving mind. BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR: It ought to be a garage, but thank goodness District 7 Grill is a restaurant. Page 18 I Poirot is fussy and festidious about every detail. It is Wal">On and Hastings who humanize the scenes and reel the star detectives back to earth from time to time. Waite, who has taught classes in British scene study that included mas· tery of British dialects, said he finds that he fits easily into the character of Hastings. "It's just so easy to speak and act the part," he said. Although Christie's most famous play is "The Mousetrap," Waite noted that "Black Coffee" was her first. Please see GAY ACTOR on Page 22 DRAG PUPPETS ARE IN: Local nightlife options include Jimmy James and a drag puppet show. Page 19 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com ARJAN TIMMERMANS World peace will always be job-one, but Yoko Ono is taking on a new cause, marriage equality for same-sex couples. Ono gives equality a chance LEGENDARY POP CULTURE ICON Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. At age 71, she is enjoying a career renaissance with remixes of her classic " Hell In Paradise" hitting the top ten of the Billboard Club Play Chart. Later this summer, the human rights advocate plans to release the controver­sial song, ''Every J\.lan/ Every Woman," which is 11 darmg statement that tackles the gay maniage issue head-on. The first thing Yoko Ono asked me when we spoke for an exclusive interview was to pray with her for world peate Ever since her relat10nship with John Lennon In the late sixties, she has become a spokesperson for the peace movement. Her request seemed bizarre at first, hut Ono's relentless devotion to her ideals deserves nothing but praise. Ono 1s now determined to take a stand ln the national rlehate about equal rights for gays and lc~bians in her ongoing pur· suit of peace and justice. "A Jot of people are testy 1111<! angry about the situation in the world nnd they're trying to find a scll(X.'­goat," arguecl a feisty Ono. "The result is that (X.'<lple focus on things that really are not an issue, like civil rights for gays." Ono has built a reputation as a musical pioneer and visionary artist since the six· tics. She spearheaded an avant-garde group in New York City that put her in touch with painters. \\Titers, musicians and eventually John Lennon. After Lennon's murder m 1980, she has contin· ue!I tu carry their torch of love and understanding through music and art. Over the 1<1st few years Ono has used dance music as a way to spread her mes· sage. "I was always mterested in dance music. I have been dancing since I was four," Ono laughed. "We have to dance through life. Let's come together and keep dancing:· The pulsatmg remakes of Ono's "Hell in Paradis<•" from dance floor heroes ~lurk and The Orange Factory, as well ns duo Chus & Ceballos and Los Angeles pro­duction teiim Minge Binge, have trans­formed Ono from a sixties hippie symbol to a new millennium club heroine. Her successful collaboration with the Pet Shop Roys on a remixed cover of l.t'11non's "Walking On Thin Ice" in 2003 broke the ice for other rcmlxers/ produc­ers to collaborate with her. ft MORE INFO Yoko Ono Every Man/Every Woman (EP) Mmdtratn/TWISTED Records, 2004 Currently only available m vmyl and on iTunes Yoko Ono 1s speaking out on the issue of marnage equality for gay men and lesbians. (Photo by Ole Christians) FOH Yf:AHS ONO DID NOT WA~T TO touch any of her old recordings because they represented something special that she and Lennon did together. But now she feels that others should have the opportu­nity to work on them. "V.'hen I put out my first records in l..ondon in the 1960s. I used to title the tracks 'Unfinished Song 1,' ·unfinishecl Song 2' and so on," she said. "So in a \\a}~ the DJs are now finaliz· ing what I started ... Ono is scheduled to release an EP Y.ith remixes of "Every Man Has A l\lan/ Evcry Woman Has A Women." The controversial track is a reincarnation of her original song "Everybody Has A Woman Who Loves Her," which first came out on the Lennon/ Ono 1980 "Double Fantasy" album." The single will feature remixes from Basement Jaxx, Ralphi Rosario and Dave Aude. Ono re-cut the vocals of the song and inserted the new lyrics "every woman has a woman who loves her" and ··every man has a man who loves him.'· The remix EP is a diverse set of remakes that combines carefree dance floor escapism with Ono's bold message about same-sex rights. The artist has always felt a special closeness to the gay community durmg the course of her career. "Their struggle is a human rights issue to me," she said. "I have suffered myself from racism and sexism all my life. I know what it feels like to be an outsider. I understand what position gays have been put in." Ono said she also feels a very personal connection to gays. "Many of my friends were and are gay." she said. "Many people I tune into turn out to be gay. so on a spiritual level. I'm m love with all my gay friends." JULY 2. 2004 17 18 JULY 2, 2004 , ON SALE NOW! JULY 6-18 HOBBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com or call 713-629-3700 Groups or 20 or more: 713-693-2692 ffiI.ibLi'v.:)~_ 11.XPHllNCI THI um n.i....-c-..... ~~ Ask about MasterCard Preferred Seat ing All tickets subject to con¥enlenc• char&ee. ., J Datn aubfect to chana:e without notice. S ~ www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE dining J.A. CHAPMAN Surely it was a garage in a past life,but the District 7 Grill in downtown Houston turns out to be a great lunch spot with charm. A gem in old downtown On the southeast side of downtown, hidden among a mixture of dilap1clated houses, empty warehouses and newly built lofts. is a gem of a lunch spot, the District 7 Gri!L The place radiates barbecue joint ambience while looking like it could have been a garage in a former life. complete with roll-up doors. A large smoking barbi:cue gnll sits on the porch. Rough wood paneled walls !me the mam room and a Formica floor and wooden tables add a certain rustic charm. It even smells like a barbecue joint. But barbecue isn't on the menu. Instead, it's a simple, straightforward place to get a salad. sandwich or a bowl of pasta. Orders are taken at a brick counter from the basic menu or from the daily specials, which are on display up front. The menu has a section called "Bowls", which contains pasta dishes and salads. On a recent visit, the crusted chicken parmesan and linguine marinara ($8) arrived in a huge white pasta bowl. A scrvmg of perfectly al dente lin­guine large enough for two was topped with a pleasant homemade marinara sauce and ribbons of fresh basil :'.lore sauce would have been welcome consider­ing the amount of pasta. but the crunchy­coated, oregano-infused parmesan chick· en made up for it in flavor. The special of the day was a catfish sandwich ($8). The deep-fried, thick cat· ftsh fillet was tender and moist. Served on a honey-wheat bun slathered with a chunky homemade tartar sauce and topped with cilantro and cabbage, this sandwich really worked. Satisfying with­out being heavy, it's a good choice on a warmda}: The thick cut fries on the side were hearty and clearly homemade. District 7 Grill is known for its half­pound District Burger ($7). Big enough to share and served with the same chunky fries, it definitely satisfies. A smaller ver· s1on (one-third pound) is available, as is a lower fat buffalo burger. For something a little lighter, try the spinach salad ($7). Baby spinach is topped with feta, pecans, raisins and a honey-tmged, garlicky balsamic vinai­grette. A wedge of crust}; parmesan focaccia comes with it. For an extra dol­lar, )OU can add either crusted pork or gnlled chicken. I chose the chicken, \\h1ch was hot off the grill, and full of smoky, rosemary goodness. If you aren't low-carbing, you can also order the spinach salad with penne pasta. It's all served together in one large bowl. I wanted to try this, but a communications mix·UP resulted in my pasta being served in a separate bowl. It was a fortuitous mistake, however; as the pcnne was tossed with olive oil, a hint of marinara sauce and caramelized onions. Delicious. District 7 Grill is very laid back. Drinks are self-serve. and silverware is on the table. Waiters, clad in T-shirts, serve the meals and check on cus-tomers from time to tune. Don't forget about dessert. District 7 offers cakes made by the same folks who create those delicious Empire Cafe treats. A slice of the decadent carrot cake ($4) made with pineapple and walnut.~ and coated in rich cream cheese frosting is more than enough for two people. Brownies and other goodies are also available. District 7 is family owned and opera!· ed, and the staff couldn't be friendlier. \\<1llle the place docs have a certain rustic atmosphere, the ambience includes added little touches like flowers in the corners and rnmch art prints on the walls. Black and white photos of early Houston add historical interest. An old live-oak tree shades the restau· rant. A large deck outside has plenty of tables, as well as the two inside rooms. The deck is surprisingly cool and breezy, even on warm summer days, and it boasts a great view of the downtown skyline. District 7 Grill is a pleasant spot for lunch in the middle of old Chinatown. The service is quick, the food is good, and the staff 1s friendly. It's hard to go wrong at District 7 Grill. "'CJ District 7 Grill 1508 Hutchins ~ Houston, TX 77003 713-225-4950 wwwd1stnct7pub.com Food. !ei!e!!ei Service: le!!el'el Comfort & Aesthetics: le! let let let Value:•••• Scene: te:!el!el ., = Stay home and eat cereal .., !el= Well, if you really must ,. ,. • = Fme for all but the fimcky • • .., 191 =Worth more than a 20inmute dnve ,. • •..,•=As good as you'll find in this city HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com life JOHNNY HOOKS The island has sea, sand and and drag puppets this weekend, but Houston has Jimmy James. Of drag and drag puppets Welcome to Ho Vo on the GoGo that's HotGG for those of you keeping score at home your new guide to everything hip, happening, cool and queer in Houston gay and lesbian nightlife. Song & dance HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! CHILD, there's nothing like a good old fashioned three-day weekend to get the girls and boys jumping. Therefore, this weeks HotGG is all about song and dance. IF YOU'RE LIKE MANY QUEERS. Galveston will be your destination of choice for the holiday weekend. You sim· ply cannot miss the infamous puppet show at Robert's Lafitte's on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 p.m. It's difficult to describe this hilarious, patriotic·themed drag/puppet show. Robert Gant from 'Queer as Folk' parties with the Dion twins. Kara (left) and Tara at South Beach dunng Pnde weekend. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) called ''Divas R 4-Ever"! While not a drag • show per se, James simply inhabits the vocal styles of the women he imperson· ates. Close your eyes and you're at a Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand or Norah Jones concert. James is a seasoned per­former, with a wit as sharp as Babs nails. He performs Friday and Saturday at Ofl1cially titled "The Many Faws of Robert the Mouth," it involves stars. stripes, drag queen heads on puppet bodies and a penis nose that actually drinks from a cocktail - usually mine! HoVo on me 8:30pm at 1415 California, formerly Sonoma, 713-522-7066. go-go HAPPY BIRTHDAY EJ'S Can you believe EJ's is celebrating her 30th birth· This show is celebrating 15-plus years as an annual event on July 4th and Labor Day weekends. Robert includes his sup­porting cast of friends and this year, I.afitte's welcomes a new addition: a fab· uious working pool, dahlings! That's right, on the new and improved patio I.afitte's will be serving hotdogs and hamburgers around the pool. As always, there's never a cover at this 37-year-old institution on the isle. 2501 Avenue Q at 25th Street. 409-76.5-9092. Dancers in Speedos ALSO ON THE ISLAND THIS WEEKEND, check out the Manhunt.net and Ketoco 4 :\fen party at Undercurrent. This club has fabulous upper and lower level decks, awesome lighting and a big dance floor to shake it on. Did I mention the dancers in Spe<>dos, the terrific views of the Gulf. and some yummy daily drink specmls! Happy Hours run from noon to 8 p.m. every day, thats hours plural. Color me in attendance! Undercurrent is located at 310'..! Seawall, 409.750.8571 or undercur· rentgalveston.com. Divas R 4-Ever FOR THOSE OF YOU STAYING IN TOWN, fear not there is lots to Go-Go to. The ever amazing, super-fab Jimmy James is back! Jimmy James, famous as the voice and face of Marilyn Monroe for so many years is back with a new show day this weekend? That's nght; she's left her 20s behind and is heading into decade No. 3. That's a lot of shots, and short shorts honey at the club's always rowdy Amateur Strip Contest held every Monday night. You can be sure there will be fun, food and festivities all day long and of course, Jody will be singing for the ma~s­es. The birthday celebration is Sunda}; stop on by and wish owner Ed and his friendly and fun staff a happy 30th. Tell 'em HotGG sent you! 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Fort Lauderdale Real Estate ANDY WEISER Put Coldwell Banker's Top Producer to work for You 954-560-9667 COLDWeu BAN~C!RO 20 JULY 2. 2004 r cover story www houstonvoice com HOUSTON VOICE 'Tarnation' gets special showing in Houston TARNATION. continued from Page 1 "'I'amation," the documentary of his trou­bled life that he shot produced and edited for a total cost of $218. Honors at Los Angeles were preceded by an 8-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and the label "ma~· terpiece," given the film at Sundance. Along the way, Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchel, the star, writer and director of the cult classic "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," signed on as executive producers. Critic Roger Ebert made "Tarnatton" the centerpiece of his "Overlooked Film Festival." Part documentary, part Punk-Rock-art­house- stream of consciousness, Tarnation fol­lows Caouette through 2 decades of life expe­ncnces that would have killed most people. The film is dominated by a bizzaro world filled with his mother's struggle with mental illness, his adopted parents (Adolf and Rosemar); actually his grand· parents) surreal day·to-day life and his own brush with msanity caused by smok­mg two PCP·laced joints "Tarnation" is a raw. ravishing, funny, sad and painfully honest walk in some­one else's shoes. Every moment is right there: his tearful reaction to his mother's lithium overdose, his search for his unknown father, his mother's years of shock treatments and her rape by a stranger that he witnessed, his meeting and falling in love with partner, David (pronounced Dah-veed). The audience at Aurora, many of them fnends, watched stunned, reahzing they knew someone, but they didn't really know h!ID at all. Insanity overwhelmed the audience. Some were unsure whether 1t was OK to laugh at such tragic images. They needed only to look at Caouette, who howled at times as he watched the insamty that was his life. "Tarnation" is a diary splayed open for all to see, a scrapbook of memories The Houston Voice had the rare oppor­tunity to sit down with Caouette and his friends after Viewing the film, set for a fall release across the United States. Wllen he sat down to talk about hL~ film, he explained that even though he had 20 years of raw, real movie footage, his first thoughts were of producing a fictional account of his life. Caouette: Originally I had wntten this 97-pagc screenplay which was me, my boyfriend, David, and my mother Renee, under these completely imaginary cir­cumstances living m our New York apart­ment. The structure of the film was basi­cally "Rosemary's Baby." It was going to be an elongated "Twilight Zone" episode. I was in a place where I was in a real safe· ty net zone about it. I wanna use all this footage I have but I'm really scared to give myself away. I don't know if I want do this, to go on th!S cathartic, exorc1Sm journey. So I wrote the screenplay and I wanted to incorporate all the things you see in 'Tarnation" now as flashback and flash-forward sequences. HoVo: You were lookmg to do that as fichonahzed people? Caouette: Completely, I was going to show the 11-year-old-me, but he was a char­acter based on me, and a character based on Renee, and I wa~ gomg to cut it in a way where I used the actual footage of us, but our names \\-ere never referenced. Then I got really fatigued \\1th the idea and then realized one day that the scn.oenplay and the footage were two totally different entities. God forbid if it had turned out that way. Ho Vo: Would you trade those life experi­ences. and therefore this experience for just a nice, normal life \\ith your mom growing up? Caouette: No. I'm really glad I went through everything I went through because this wouldn't have happened. If anything, at the end of the day, this is a great film that's going to hopefully change some live,. Even if this movie can allow people to ha\-e more empathy for the men­tally ill, and not simply round them off to the nearest scumbag or drug addict. Ho Vo: Something most people seem to take away from your film is that it's a love story. Caouette: It is a love story Ho Vo: How do you edit your own life? How did you go through 15 or 20 years of your own life and decide, well this scene doesn't work? Caouette: That's where the filmmaker overrides everything else. Ho Vo: The filmmaker in you? Caouette: The filmmaker in ME. That's where the really disassociatlve aspect comes into play. I don't know how I did it, I was able to step back and ob1ectify every­thing. I have always disassociated myself from my nuclear family, whether I was half listening or tuning them out or. most importantly, by videotaping. HoVo: By being behind the camera rather than in the moment? Caouette: Yes! By being sort of scared, or realizing this is so freaky and crazy, I HAVE to videotape this! This is gonna come in handy one da}: Ho Vo: Is that why you started taping? If you have 1t to look back on it you can figure it out? Caouette: Well, it's a dtary, why do you keep a diary? It's to look bark and reflect and hope to make some sort of sense of it. That was my sole objective when I started. Ho Vo: In the same vein, how do you edit the actual soundtrack to your life? You use Low, Nick Drake, Marianne Faithful and all these amazmg pieces of music. How do you put the final stamp on it and let it go? Caouette: I literally started wlth a song and worked my way out, cutting to the emotional resonation of the song. HoVo: Do you hear songs in your head often? Caouette: All the t!IIle ... J'd think OK. what needs to go over the cello. because when I feel like my heart 1s being pulled out and stomped on, what do I need to put up there to make that work and match that up? That's the whole idea of "Tarnation." Jonathan Caouette (left) and his partner. David Sanin were in Houston recently for a special screening of the documentary, Tamation.' (Photo by Dalton OeHart) Ho Vo: Whats up with that title? It's not said in the film. Caouette: Well it's implied .. .I almost wanted to have my mother say it. You know it's a form of damnation .. hellfire and tarnation. It was never said organical· ly so I never mampulated it to happen. It's also the name of one of my favorite bands, a band that never got the attention I thought it deserved. so I thought it'd be great name for the film. HoVo: Some people have called you a gay hero. As much as that is a compliment, the film transcends sexuality. Caouette: Well, let me tell you, there was some hoo-hah at the Roger Ebert Festival. One of the first questions I got, some guy stood up and said, "What do you think about this being a gay film, and you being gay and introducing yourself to the entertainment industry as gay ... and don't you think that being gay is a disease?" And Roger Ebert stood up and shredded the guy, It 1s so besides the point. Ho Vo: In ''Tarnation" when your father, whom you have sought out, asks you on the phone, "Are you Gay? You sound Gay .... you don't have AIDS do you, cause I don't want anything to do with you if you do ... " That was rough, very gripping and sad. Caouette: And that was in the first 5 minutes of our conversation. Ho Vo: Yet, you were big enough to ask him to visit you at your home with your partner Davtd and Renee Caouette: I just really wanted the opportunity to be around my parent~ together in the same room after 19 years. HoVo: And watching the film, dearly the love of lip-syncing & performing really runs in your family, Your mom loved to hp· sync .. even some of your earliest shots. Caouette: I know. It must be in the genes. HoVo: The hp-syncmg part of the film ts so amazmg, to actually see Visions again. Do you remember the other clubs? Caouette: BJ's, Nitecage, Visions, Pearls, Pillows HoVo: The lip-syncing wasn't gender specific. Caouette: And it was not about drag Ho Vo: It was something else entirely Caouette: We were like the third sex or something. Wow! It was like this window, this vacuum that existed for a brief period of time, did what it needed to do to every· one, everybody got what they needed ... HoVo: And then it disappeared! Caouette: I don't know what it's like living in Houston now, but that time was probably one of the only times, when there was a window when you could be anybody you wanted to be. You could be gay and 12 years old and be in drag and getting into these nightclubs as a Goth girl. or whatever. It was such a free time .. brief but free. I mean 1986 & 87? Ho Vo: A movie like "Tarnation" is pow­erful. raw and really touching. Even if someone didn't know you before, it is dev­astating in a way. Is that why you put the text in the film in the third person? Caouette: That's why I had to separate myself. The text in the original version was actually a character. along with Renee and I. You know I made the film in scquen· hal order. from beginning to end. just like you see it. Totally organic. And in a way, the film has its own breakdown. HoVo: What do you see when you're watching the film for the 50th time? Caouette: This is my mother and me having a good time. It's precwus and sacred and I know the film can occasional ly be dark and insane, but my mother and I really are having a good time. (It is at this moment that an important call comes in for Caouette,). Caouette: I have just won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film r'estlval over "Fahrenheit 911 1" <The room erupts in applause.) HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I dish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Hung out to dry Colin larger than life, Rupert gives up Bond-age, and Elton scores a new musical WHAT GAY MAN our TIIERE DOESN'T have a cn1sh on Insh actor COLIN FARHEU.? Well. if you don't, you might nfter you read thIS We hear that a scene from his new movie, 'A Home at the End of thr World " 1n which Farrell plays the crux of 11 ~Dve triangle with a gay man and a straight woman, had to be cut because he is so Y.ell endowed that it was distracting. The Sun in London reported that at a test scrccnmg for the movie, audience members were shocked when th~y saw Farrell and "little Colin" m a nude scene "The women were over-t'xcited and the men looked uncomfortable," a ~ource told the paper "It was such a sight tt made it difficult to concentrate on the plot, so the dec1s1on was made to get nd of It " Let's hope they mean the shot, and not Farrell's gtft A flack for Warner Brus., the studio producme the movie, told New York Daily Nc>ws gossip hounds Hush & Molloy that the full-frontal scene was "distracting to th" content and quality of the film'' but that it wasn't cut because of the size of Farrell's manhood. The movie opens July 23, but IHsh can't wait for the D\!D, on which she hears the scene wm appear Apparently, those on the set of "Alc>xander," where Farrell plays Alexander the Great and culie JARED LETO plays his lover, have gotten to sec the real thing. An "insider" on the movie told Rush & Molloy that Farrell couldn't fit himself into the skimpy shorts made to wear underneath his tunic. Instead, he wore nothing at all, and had an opportunity lo flash crewmembers between takes. We cnn only hope that Farrell's gay brother. Eamon, has the same type of genes m his jeans. Not Holmes alone Looks like gay British actors RUPERT EVERETT and STEPHEN FRY are geanng up for a catfight Both have been picked to star as famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes in Rupert Everett movies scheduled to air on British television, acoonling to the Mirror newspaper in London. Everett w111 star in the BHC version, which will air first m December Y. ith Ian Hart as his sidekick Dr Watson Fry (who I l's ruroorcd that Co6n Farrell isn't weam~ anythlllg under his tumc ~ his upcommg lllOVle 'Alexander. and hils a lot 111 oommon with the horse he's riding (Photo courtesy of BigmoviepWWamer Bros. Pictures) played OSCAR WILDE in "Wilde") will star with his longtime collaborator Hugh l..aune in an ITV movie, which will become a series if it's popular Though Everett has been picked to play Holmes, he has given up trying to be the next JAMES BOND. "I would have loved to have beC'n asked to be the next James Bond but I knew that would happen ovc>r MG1'11's dead body." Everett told the Calgary Sun about the studio that makes the spy films. He believes that the studio doesn't want an openly gay actor in the role At least ~:verett gets to play a straight sp}'. In the upcoming movie "A Different Loyalty" he plays real-life British spy Kim Philby opposite SHARON STONE, who portrays his wife. Too bad for Everett, but hunky BRENDAN FRASER gel5 to play a "Gay Secret Agent," in Revolution Studio's movie of the same name "He 1s the best secret agent in the world, and being gay helps him in the job, because he is charming and well· mannered," said Jennifer Todd, the movie's producer, who also worked on the "AUSTIN POWERS' S•·ries. "We are shooting for a V•·ry broad. silly comedy." she said. Songs for 'Billy' At a recent performance, SIR ELTON JOHN performed four of the 17 songs that he has written for a musical vers10n of the film "Billy Elliot," the Associated Press reports. The film highlights the story of a blue-collar English boy who takes ballet classes instead of boxing lesson , much to the chagrin of his famil}: The show premieres 111 Newcastle, England, in November before opening tn London In ~larch. I Iii. 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By then, she already had a following of loyal mystery fans, and she left them trau-ft MORE INFO 'Blade Coffee' July 2·18 Alley Theatre 615 Texas Ave. ID-228-8421 www.alleytheatre.org matized. The police were certain her phi­landering husband, Col. Archibald Christie had murdered her. Eleven days later; probably actmg on a tip, police found the mysterious Mrs. Christie in a hotel m Yorkshire. The official line at the time was that she had suffered an attack of amnesia. but in a book v.Titten about the disappear· ance, Australian Jared Cade, claimed Christie staged the disappearance to embarrass her husband Cade said sources close to the family told him that when Christie was found. she was checked into the hotel under the name of her husband's mistress. That plot might have made for a best· seller, but Christie stayed mum on the subject of those eleven days in 1926. In "Black Coffee," Poirot and Hastings are called to a Surrey manor house by Sir Claude Amory, a world-renowned physi· cist who fears someone ts trying to steal his formula for a weapon that is critical to the defe1L~e of the realm. The two men end up investigating their client's untimely death. As Waite delves into Hastings, he has just finished the Alley production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" "I had a lot of fun doing 'Forum.' It is so goofy and vaudevillian," he said. DANNY T, JR & JIM A Present '.f?MCJ{ '.J?C)~~ 'l?efl11~ ~'± Voi II Galveston wat • Open 12 on 2am RRENT ?? E=xpect the Unexpected om with DJ TELEPORT HA PY HOURS: 12 NOON - 8PM PARTY Tit 2AM SPE Al EVENTS HOSTING DRNK SPECIALS He likened the experience to dining on gourmet food and suddenly diving into a hamburger and potato chips. Waite said the variety at the Alley is found very few places. The offerings range from new plays by unknown writers to the works of Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Shakespeare and others. It took that to lure him away from the Shaw Festival, the second largest compa­ny of its kind in Canada. "l came down here from Canada because the Alley was acknowledged as a premier theater," he said. The fact that he will soon get his U.S. citizenship sounds as though he plans to stay a while. Although he's single, Waite said he 1s involved with someone, and that relation ship has potential. He likes to take it slow because when he does commit, he wants it to last. "I've said 'l Jove you' in that romantic way three times in my life. and those are my three best friends," he said. "The first guy 1 had sex with was in Amsterdam. I was 14 and he was 16. I still talk to him every year." The Alley Theater is stagmg 'Black Coffee' as part of its Exxon Mobil Summer Chills Series. The next install· ment in the series, "Dial M for Murder," runs July 23-August 8. 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