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Title Houston Voice, No. 922, June 26, 1998
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  • Hennie, Matthew A.
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Date June 26, 1998
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  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript One Community! One Voice!© 1998 vvvvvv.houstonvo ca.com Supporters: March to boost local activism by MATTHEW A. HENNIE Organizers of the Millennium March want lo raise $2.5 million. in part lo help bolster grassroots organizations that can tackle anti-gay Initiatives and rhetoric In cities such as Houston, according to the head of the nation's largest gay and lesbian political group. "We arc In a wonderful position to battle." said Elizabeth Birch, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign. "What truly matters in this movement doesn't happen in Her toughest attle et? Well-known lesbian veteran in bruising election battle by MATTHEW A. HENNIE We arl' In a lifr and death struMle for tht· spiritual and cultural herital(e und future of our country. That's tlw pllC'h som<' 47.000 con­servatives across Wa!':ihinp;lon state rl'ceivcd In a fund· raising letter from U.S. Rep. Jack Metcalf last month. Th<' Republican Is hurriedly Uying to raise money to match the campaign coffers of retired Army Col. Marl(arcthc Cammermeyer, a military nurse ancl Vietnam veteran hoping lo uns<'at the two·lerm Incumbent in a district north of Seattle nearly evenly Washington. It happens around the dinner tables when gay people are hon­est and open and take that brave step.· Birch, In Houston Thursday for a whirlwind fund -raising trip through Texas and Oklahoma. said that while the HRC should stay "squarely focused" on lobbying Congress, it must also develop better lies lo local and slate gay rights groups. Earlier this year, the HRC. along with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolilan Community Churches and the Latina/a Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual and Transgender Organization announced the Millennium March, a massive rally to draw gays and lesbians lo Washington. D.C. In April 30, 2000. The effort drew Immediate and harsh rebukes from some gay activists who said organizers failed to consult them. The event could also drain slim resources in communities across the country. critics charged. See BIRCH/ page SA On to Washington?: Rel/fed Army Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer. who announced her campaign for the U.S. House. could become the first openly gay or lesbian candi­date to wm national office. She visits Houston on Sunday. -Photo by Mark Harrison split among the two major political parties. It's a cla8"1c talc of Incumbent ver­sus wdHinanct•d challenl(er. Republican al(alnst Democrat, sea soned politician lacing outsider. But this race has a twist: Cammermcyer Is a 56·year-old les­bian. She is one of four lesbians running for Congress this year. Along with two gay men seeking reelection to the House and a third gay man nmninj:l as a challcnl(er. they make up the largest group of openly gay candidates to seek national offke. Their candidacies could turn the 1998 midterm elections Into a break­through for gays and lesbians. accord· ing lo political analysts. Cammermeyer became a hero of the See BATTLE/ page 4A Community volunteers prepared for stint as parade leaders by STEPHEN R. UNDERWOOD On Saturday. at least one grand marshal in the pride parade Will be ·unified, diversified. electrified" and terrified. "It's sheer terror." said gay grand marshal Dill Bouton. 45. recalling the announcement of his election. 'To be namc..·cl Arnncl marshal for my commu­nity dlorl Is nol the kind or thing I look for 1 don't do community service INSIDE: for the recognition." Lesbian grand marshal Jackie Doval. 34, secs her election a different way. unified diversified electrified ~ .0 .. "91 ''I've been nominated for two years in a row and usually lost by one or two Gay Marriage N.J. coupl<' lakes votv.s Page 13A voles." she said. "'This year. I won. So. now I'm no longer the Susan Lucci of the gay and lesbian community." Like it or not. Bouton and Doval will take center stage with two other hon­orees - David Berry and Barbara Winston - elected last February in a popular vote by members of the Pride Committee. Nominations are open. and anyone who attends two meetings See PARADE/ page SA Red Hot Rupaul Famous drag queen shows his roots Page lB Birch: 'Movement doesn't happen in 0. C.' Court rules bias law covers HIV From staff and wire reports WASHll'iGTO - HiV infec ed p o pie are protected by a federal I.Mn on discrimination a~ainst the disabled even if they sufler no symptoms of AIDS. the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Also. the Court al(reed the go\'ern ment can deny cash grants to artists because their work 1~ considered inde· cent without violating free- speech rights. The 5-4 rulin!( ordered a lmwr court to reconsider "'hether a Maine dentist violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when he rdused to fill an HIV-infected woman's tooth in his office. "HIV infection satisfies the statutory and regulatory definition of a physical impairment during every stage of the disease," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court. The justices said the dentist involved in the case. in deciding how to treat an HIV-infected woman. "had the duty lo assess the risk of Infection based on the objective. sctentiflc infor­mation available lo him and others in his profession." Kennedy wrote. In deciding whether a health-care provider has violated the dtsability­proteclion law. "courts should assess the objective reasonableness of the views of health care professionals without deferring lo their indMdual judgments." the justice said. Today's ruling set aside a lower court decision that said dentist Randon Bragdon Violated the anti-dis crimination law when he refused lo fill See COURT/ page 6A Best Selling Books Look at what your neighbors are reading Page SB ! ...... P A G E 2 A .J U N E 2 e 1 a a e In This Issue local News page 3A-9A Reglonal News page 11A NaUonal News page 13A-1 5A Quote Unquote page 17A Voices & Echoes pages 18A-19A Church Calendar page 20A Communttv Directorv page 21A ClassHieds pages 22A-23A Out on the Bavou pages 18-98 Horoscope page 78 Communltv Calendar page 88 Scene & Heard page 118 A WindowMedia Publication rn ....... :!np...., Guild MEM BER Chaner Member / H (_, 6i! l A fl~ HU lJ ', ll>M Vo\Y ~ ll '.,tHAIJ •- !IA.Ml'-~J: UI ( <-'-''·1~ ti.'.LI L 0 C A L Cast ol popular musical hopes to raise $15,000 tor AIDS care by STEPHEN R. UNDERWOOD The voltcb of the Phantom will haunt Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House on Monday. Wdl, not quite. It'll be 3·1 cast and orchestra mem­bers from "Tlw Phantom of the Opera" lakinp; lo tht• Grand's stage in the hopes of raising SI !i,000 for lhe AIDS Alliance of tht• Bay Arca (MBA). For m·.1rly six years, the loming C"asl has organized benefit concerts for local t·harilit·s In the c1tit's where the musical anchors for exlt·nded nms. The conct·rts nr<" model<"d In Ian(<" part after s1milar bt·ne-fils that were inau· p;uraled In 1988 by Broadway Can•s/Eqully Fii;!hls AIDS, said Marnee l lollis. a spokt·swoman for the production. For I 0 yt·ars, BC/EFA has planned charity fund ra1st·r::-; with volunteer Broadway lalt'nl. Tlw funds are dis pt'rst'(i lo lo!'al and national AIDS ser­vice c>rj!anl1,attons. ··we think ti's wonderful to help underwrite MBA. Tile people there have been p;n·at It's a small or1Zani1.. a lion, but the-\' sc:rvl' a larj!e area,"' Hollis said. Gt·orgc Barnhart founded AABA in May 1993, and bei:an servin~ the HIV t·ommunlly from ollkcs in Clearlake. Now l,;1sed in Alvin. AABA serves 14!i AIDS clients in Br"7.oria, Galveston. Harns and Mata~orda counties. ·we really jumped at th..- chance to do this because half the proceeds go to BC/EFA, and they've been a funder of my agency ever since we've started." said Lew Wiggs. AABA's executive director. '111is givts us an opportunity to pay lhem back a lit tie bit • Wii!l(s said AABA's i:n·atesl nt'ed is transportation for tlwir dit'nt s dodor appointments. BC/~:FA has been instrumt'ntal in Jundin~ maintc:nanre for AABA's van sl'rvi('t'S, he said, and much of tht• pr0<·t·l'tb lrom •phantom Voices" will fund lhal net'd. Hollis •aid sh<· likes touring "1th .. Phantom," but ·rhantom Votce:-o· gives her and lht' ra•t a much nr<"Ckd break from e1~ht !->hO\\.'S a weC'k of lht" same mu~1c. ""It's kind of a sdfish thinJ,! on our part bet·aust· we grl to do stuff we don't normally do." sht' said. "It g1ws us an opportunity to pick sonwthing totally differl'nl (from "Phantom") and be able to shine as our O\\:n ii we want to.· ·nw t·vent":; proL?.ram will ht• a c-asu · al assortment ol vanous Bro..adwny tunes. like "Make Tiwrn llrar You" ("Ragtime"), "l'wo Lost Soub" rnamn Yankees"), and "Stars" ("Les Mist·rables"). But definitely no music from "Phantom." llollis said. 'We try to do one in almost every city we can. It's wonderful wizen we can raise money to fund the costs of local organi­zations.' -Marnee Hollis "We try to do Ont" In nlmost C\'CI)' city wt" can. Its wonderful when we can rai"' money ta. fund the cost- of local orl(an11.atlons and benefit BC/EFA." ~he said. Wiggs agrees ·we don't have the people or th~ rt"SOttrc~... to or~ant7~ lar~t" fund rJist"rs. Thls rcaJly is a Godsend." Wbat: ""Phantom Voices"" w1lh cast and orchestra lrom "Tlw Phanlom of the Opera" Wben: June 29 7 p.m. Wbcrc: The Grand 1894 Opera !louse 2020 Postoffict· St . GnlH-slon Tickets: $25. Rc.-sc . rvallons recom nwnded 409·765 1894 or I 800 821 1894. Newspaper expands production team by ELLA TYLER A nativt• J loustonlan ~nut veteran of mag;uinc and nt'wspapcr production has joined the production team of the Houston Voice. Joh n H.. Swt·t·1H..·y _jol1wd the- nt·wspa~ p<'r's staff as tht• St'nlor graphic desll(ner In early June. Sweeney, with 12 years In newspaper and mal(azine production. most recently was art Sweeney director for Tune In Publications. a local publisher Sweeney, 39. said he enjoys working for the ll("wspapt·r and with graphic dcsil(ner Connit" Marmolejo. an t'mployee since May 1997 But rnmpatibillly has ih limits. "We·rc v<·ry compallbl<·. Our birth days are on tlw same day, 10 years apart" ht' said 1oklngly Swl'e1wy a 1977 graduate of lligh School [or Performing and Visual Arts. maton·d in Clothing and T<·xtiles at Tt·xas Soullwrn Uniwrstty and has studicd art at llouston Art Institute, llouslon Community Collej:!t' and I lou>lon Museum of Fhw Arts. Sw<·cney's studws In fashion design lc·d lo his first fob in puhllshin~. "An old fnl'nd was Involved with Onh1 Music magazme and called and Said tht·y rwect<"d o lc1shion <"ditor, so I bcearne it It w..is great fun. \\'t• wt·nt le !\frw York one clay u monlh to tak<'" pie tun•s ol ('t·lc.·lJriltt-:-.: By tlw 111111• lhl' magazlnt• folded. Sw<'<'IH"Y wa~ llrml~- <·onmut trd lo the publlsh111g huslnt•ss, but still turns hts hand to fashion work oc-tcistonally. 11<" is an urd1itt·t·tltr<· bull, a fan of dassic blat'k ancl whit<" movit~ and a dt"volt·t• of 'lounge' tnuslC'. Although Swt·t·nt·y studied vocal musk ,1t I ISPVA. he now sings onh u.ir his c·hurch choir. ·All that music tlwory l urned me oil singing for a whik. but I've recently dlsco\'ercd jazz, hc says.· I lis t·xperlt·nc·t· has aln·ady proven to be an rn;st'l for th<' ~rowin~ newspa per, said ~:dltor Mall l knnl<'. "John has been able lo build on the internal improvements already taking place al the newspapt·r," llennie "'1id . "lie and Connie can now do an even better job of ddiverin~ an 1nformatl\·c and attractive newspapt'r to our re.ad ers .-very Friday." Associate Publlslwr Mike F1cmin~ said hiring more stan maintains the llt"Wspapt.·r's 3g,t!rt•ss1vencss clnd com pelit1v« t-d~t·. "John not only has lhl' qu.1lifka· lions lo a lop rate job, but is a nalur· 'John not 011/y has the qualifications to a top rate job, but is a natural addition to our vision for the Houston Voice team,' -Mike Fleming al addition 10 our vi-Ion for the Houslon \'oicc l<"am." Flcmin~ said. Sweeney, who IS sinl!le. li\'Cs in l louston's histtiric Third Ward nlonl! "1th his two black cats Gator and Lil' Boy. Atlanta basffi \\'fndow \1cdia owns Houston \Oicc nnd .southern \'c>ire. and recc-ntly announced plan:-. to acquire Impact a blweC'.kly newsp"pcr for J(ays and lesbians in :-O~w Orlcnn,, Singing with Pride The Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, in ifs 19th season, det1vered a rousing Pride concert June 20-21 at Lembert Hall The event included old favontes - "Ded1cated to the One I Love• and "Stop! In the Name of Love• - to the more modem, includ­ing ·Material Girl.• -Photo by Dalton DeHart HOUSTON VOIC E P A G E 3 A .JUNE 2 a 1 e e a BATILE/rrompage 1 i?ay community after h .. r dischan(e from the mllltary In 1992 for admittinl( she was a lesbian. She foul(ht the move in fedc:ral court and won reinstalement two years later. A te.levi~ton movie chronicled her storv. She can talk the issues - health care. education. Socia.I Securtty as w.-11 as any polit1cal instckr, but carries unshakable ha~al(e. lier Rt'pubhc;.·rn opponent knows it. "I am surprised it 1s startinl( this early· Carnmermeyer sale! th IS week from her campall(n headquarters m Everett Wash "Who I am is hast"<! on so many facets. the least of whirh have to do with my P.<-TSOnal C'hnmcteristics. It lS not a denial of who I am, but rather It (!icing .i lesbian) is only a portion of who I am and certainly not why I or anyone would nm for Conl(ress. • Being an op<>nly l(ay candidate car· rtcs more burdens. he said But the additional hurdles she has to faC'e are. m part. Camrnermeycr·s own creation. In campnll(ninl?. hrr shtick <"enters on hf'.alth care and Medic-'1re. beltenng education and prolt0C'lml( the ril(hts of workers. Put hn m a room full of gays and lesbians. though, and the slump speech hroad("ns to include themes of r1vil ril(hts. poolinl( resources and bet tr-rin..-? innucnC'e Cammermeyer m attempts to build a campaign war .-hest of $1.5 million. travrls across the country to colleC"t donations from gays and lt'sbians. Three months a/!,O. It was $28,000 from a fund miser in Atlanta Supporters In llouston held a fund raiser on Wcdnesd:w A stop 1s S<·hed · uled In Dallas licforc Cammermeyer arrives here to deliver a keynote address on Sunday to thr annual brunch of An Uncommon Lega<"y Found<1t1on, a non profit ~roup dedicat· ed to supporting lesbians. The stratecy of crisscrossinl( the • country to raise funds with ~ays and Itshians has worked ru:,. muth ac; it has backhred' Cammermeycr has collected more than $300.000. compared to Melcalfs $289.000, and has more money in the bank than her opponent. accordinA: to the latest campaign finance reports relmsL-d ln April. Metcalf has ~eized on Cammermt'Vt'r·~ funcl ·rahmA. criticiz mg her for ·raisin~ money from a star ~ studded hst of donors - includinl( Barbra Streisand. Glenn Close and Rosie ononnell - as well as gays and J(·shians and other out of state sourres. Though 1rs a race for Wash1nl(ton's 2nd D1Mnct. Camnwrrn(•ytr said the poss1hthty of ht·r election as the first op<·nly lcsl>Jan mtmlicr of Conl(ress car· m·s hroad appeal That's why she seeks contrihul.10ns from ~ays and lesbians arross the country. 'he sald. -nu·rC' has lX"cn tnormou~ support for me standing up to the ~ovrmment for justice and (al(.~mst) a dlSC"riminato· ry poli<"y. The fact that I happen to he a lesbian is simply coincidental The sup· port I receive from around the country 1s lx"<'ausc I W"cl!> an underd~ and fought for what was right," Cammermeyer said. "It Is curious that I am criliclZ(·d for what other politicians do.· !kforc her wdl·publitized lawsuit aAainst the military, Cammrrmeyer macl<· u ca.r("c·r of St"rvice: the nalive of Norway moved lo Wash1ngton. D.C. as a rhild, and bt•c.unt• a C'illien 1n 1960. As a rollt'I(~ stuch-nt. she enlisted m the Army student nurse pr~mm and rven tually served a~ a head nurse during th<• V1rtnam \Var and wus awardrd a Bronze Star for M<·r'ilorious Srrvic-e. D1SC"harJ(e<I from the Army aftrr the hirth of her lir;t son. Cammcrmeyer returned to join the reS<"rves m 1972 when a ban on women soldit•rs wtth young dcp .. mknts was lifted. She went on to l>ecom~ Chid Nurse of the Washm~ton St.Ile National Guard. but ~c-r cnn·c·r \.ime to a qukk <•nd in 1989 when she uttered four words: "'l am a lesbian.· She made the declaration durinl( a routine security rlearance lntervirw. After 26 years of service she was dis· charged in 1992. Cammermeyer foul(ht bark and won. In 1994. a federal clistrtct C'ourt jucll(t' in Seattle rukcl the mlillary·s ban on gays unconslituuonal and ordrn·d hl"r rc.·in· statement. though the rullnl( had no precedent outside of her C'ast'. She retired three years later. "'The one thing I do have ts a track record for being honest and standinf.( up for what is ri~ht fighting diSC'rlm mation against tht· largest bureaucracy of all and winnin~ that lawsuit and movin~ on. she said. Bein~ a leslnan ended ht·r military career onc·e and now it chvt·rts attt·ntion from issues on whi<'h Camm('rnu-yer wants to base her mmpa1i:n. she sald. "It means there are p<'Ople so totally occupied with that asp<>ct of the cam pail(n. they won·t let us run for Conl(ress to represent people in their district. I berome a media cln-us that has no bearing on the candidacy or the ability to serve," Cammermcyt·r said. As she tries to focus a ttention on issues important lo volt'rs, ht·r oppo nenrs campalgn Is stepping up the rhetoric Melcalfs reC"ent funtl·ralsing letter calls his clislricl a •batlkfield" in the "Oghl for our country's spiritual and cultural future • 'ille campai_gn b v(·ry ronccrned about the money she's (Cammnmt-yer) raised," Chris Strow, Mt'lc.llfs c;un pall(n manager, told Tiw. Smttle Times. "We certainly don't have th<• fund "''"" in~ ability and thr nu<hencc to rc.·ac·h out lo that !-he has. Tht' lctt1·r is sp<'C·lf · 1C"ally targeted to c·onservalive donors and addresse, the issut·s they C'are about." Bul for Cammt·rm<"ytr alonit wilh the otht'r op<·nly gay ;md lt.,,hlan I louse candidates g.iy rights has not brm a central theme of h<·r carnpall(n "'The focus aj(aln needs to he on the issues. And there is l<"s~ and less of that in the campall(n arena." she said. "I happen to be a nurse. a retired mil· llary office, I have a Ph.D .. I have kids. I have grandkids. I pay my truct'>o, I go to church - all of these things that I havt' to make explicit so that we C'.Ul l(et through the notoriety of tht• fact that I challenl(ed the mllltary·s discriminatory work policy, and I happt·11t"d to win." According to the Gay and Lt·sblan Victory Fund, a group ckdlcat<'d to electing gays. tht·n· are mon· than 150 openly gay t'lccted oflkl;lls around tlw country. There were none as n·tt·nlly ,\s 1973. lllese candidaks are not nmning Lh gays or lesbians." sale! Brian Bond. the fund·s executive director -rhey are candidates who happen to bt• ~ay or les· bian. They have a track n ·conl in pub· lie service. representini.{ pt·oplt• on a wide ran ~e of issut·s and tt':-; only nat· ural that tliey start moving up." If voters push Camn1ermt·ycr throu~h a Democratic pnmary 1n September - she·s expected to win that race easily and through a predicted hruhing November election. she has no plans to immediately tarkle the mllllary's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy as a frc~h man members of Congress. S he does plan to maker her voice and t·xpcrknrcs lward. "Remember where we startt•d and how far as a group we have <·om<• In terms of freedoms. In terms of opportu nilies. in terms of what the future wlll look like," she said. ·1 ftoll U1al I was the ril(hl person at the rlJ.tht linw to takt• on the Incumbent." Stq/J writer l..cJ.urCJ. Hrow11 wvl Titc Associated Press ronlribuled. What : ~tired Army Col. M;u~1n·thc Canunermeyer ;!)peaks ut An Urn·ommon Lt-gacy f'oundatlon l>n1m·h When: June 28 nl 11 :300.111. Where: Four &-asons I lot('l, I :mo I.nm.tr Contac t : 713 522 0864 Out r/]'J ~/w Sea "A Unique Bed and Breakfast" HOSTS: JERRY REITZ & JIM WINSLITT ·Ith qf July l fre/,end Special 2 Pt•rsons. ) Da~s. 2 '\ ights Onl) S2'i0.00 Includes: l Urt·•1kfasls. nncl I llllV Lundi 11Jr Reservations and Additional Information, Coll 1.888.522.5926 Visa and Moster Cord Accepted http://www.outbytheseo.com 2134 VISTA DRIVE P.O.Box 2046• Crystal Beach, TX 77650 BRING THE "FAMILY" Ii .-:,. ¢ "' hAGt\.S WE'RE MORE THAN JUST BAGELS. 3407 Montrose 713 521 3842 2801 Shepherd 713 526 7440 ..J LI N E 2 e 5300 Kirby 713 528 1992 1 e e e PARADE/ from page 1 can vote. "1llis year. we had about 70 people voling. representing just about every group and organization In town," said Julie Siska. executive director of Pride Commltlee of I louston. "But we have a questionnaire out that we hope wlll tell us how to get more of p u b I I c involved." Bouton became involved in community organizations when he moved to llouston in Hl80. Orw ol llw first orl(.1 nt1A1Uons was the T<·xas • -1 was supposed to be born a boy," she said. "In my dad's eyes, I was going to be a Fernando. (But my par­ents) dldn 't have a name for a girl. so I was called Jacquelyn. because I was born the day before Kennedy was shot." Doval and her lover returned to her native Puerto Rlco to attend the gay pride parade there June I. Her lover secretly told the parade oq(anizers that Doval made histo­ry being the first Puerto Rican elect eel grand marshal of BIRCH/from page 1 Birch has since worked to include more activists Jn the planning process and has pledged lo donate some pro­ceeds to slate groups. such as the Lesbtan Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. Organirers also met wlth about 40 representatives of gay and lesbian groups earlier this month. including Dianne Hardy Garcia, executive director of the state's gay rights lobby "(The March) appears to be on very solid ground and moving forward." Birch said during a half hour inter· view .. Every or~anil'...a lion came into a room. worked through a process and came out ready to movf' forward." But eight longtime actMsts walked out of the me<·ttngs June 9 · 10 and pushed for a more opt"n planning process for the marrh . The two-day session was rlosc.·d to the nlt·dia. . organi?.Blions for blacks and other minorities. she said. Organizers haven't finalized details of how to raise their p~limlnary goal of $2.5 million or how to dole out pro· ceeds after the march, Birch said. One approach is to put It in the hands of the Federation of Statewide Organi?.Btlons. which ts organizing events in all 50 states for March 1999. "The issue ls have we effecttvely built the infrastructure at the state\\oide level and we haven't It ts important not only to be strong al the national level. it is essential that we build up those statewide organ11.a lions.• sht" said. Renegades a Electrified: Grand marshals of Saturday's Pnde lea th <"r /l<'vl parade were recognized dunng ceremonies this week. sex rlub lhal From left, David Berry. Bob Bouton, Jackie Ooval and brought "nwn Barbara Winston. -Photo by Carolyn Roberts ·AmrriC'a s f 0 u r t h larl(est city. Dm:al \\tasn't prepared for what hap pened nexl. Birch dtsmisst•d th<· <'Onllnuln,:! crlt iclsm as tlw rrcatlon of a small group of di"idents. "Everyone needs raw cash. Thl' Millennium Mardi. if done propt·rly, is an amazinj.! raising oJ resoun:c.·s. \Ve want to raise morwy abovt• thr cost of operations and tak<· that pool of money and reinvest it." she said. Strong lobbym~ \\1th lawmakers in Washington. O.C •. Birch said. \\ill improve the chnnces that Congress \\ill pass the l!atc Climes Prevention Aft. whi<'h wOuld remove c-r-rt.1ln jurlsd1cttonnl restrictions that keep Ju~tiC'e Department prost·cutors from pul"!-iuin(! hate crime~ On Tut·~dciv, Prcstd<"nl Clinton called on Concn·ss lo appro\'t• the measure Lawmak<·rs did not act on the legislation alkr It was introdut<·d of a «erlain last year. naturl'" logethl'r By lh<· mid HOs. Bouton said those lyp<·s of dubs b<·gan to change to charitable organi1.atlons that raised mom·y in response to the AIDS cnsls. Those who wouldn't change didn't survive.·. "Wht·n I got Involved \\oith my first leath<·r organization 14 years ago. evtryone was hav1nj:! to refocus on how lh<·y wt·rn orlglnally formed and what they were there for." he said. As one example. Bouton credits the Colt 45s for making the change to a suc­cr.::; sful d1nrt1y. Tod.1y, Bol1ton plans parties like LUEY weekend, and he ls a member of the Royal. Sovereign. and lmper1al Court of lht· Single Star I le likes to work ht"l1lnd th<· ~<·encs most times. but Ill' C'njoys any chance to emcee an event. "I hav<' th<· most fun emceeing a contest b<·<"aus<· I basically gel to insult p<·ople I don·t know all night long." h<· said. If [)oval's father had his way, she mighl have been the gay grand mar­shal. - When they announced that, it was mcredible how the crowd just wrnt wtld." she said. ·ruc.•rlo Ric-ans have a lot of pride. Wlwn llwre's some kind of recognition In the Stales of a Puerto Rlrnn. evt'rybody ts really proud." As for Bouton. he plays off all the hoop and hoilt-r. But he has a jO\ial attitude about what the honor means. "Then· ar~ u lot of people in this community that do more than I do as far as I'm «OrKcrncd. I'm honored. I think It's great. And it scares me. My fet'ltngs at the lime were. oh no. not anoth("r obligation.· Puerto RJ<·o would havt" been much more fun as a kid, Doval said, If she would have understood that she was a lesbian Today, !';hf' realizes she wasn't alorw "I thought I was tlw only lesbian in Puerto Ric·o: she said. "Boy. was I wrong." Winston, 60. is a volunteer wlth the Parenh, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Berry represents the Texas Gay Rodeo Association Both arc honor.iry grand marshals. Pride parade lineup, page 9A Those funds should a1d -J:!ay nghts groups in local communttles and states. as well as bolster n,.dgling "We feel very optumstic that the support for this bill will grow• said Birch. who stoppt"d short of predict in~ the lt·~isl.1Uorfs pa~snc:e this \'l!"ar IMAGE C3 ! f !1 ~ I j ;{1 AtlfUllO•S SHOI lfr'All. tr.uut. 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The jusUces instructed the lower court to re<'onsider the case under today's ruling. Kennedy added, -we do not foreclose the possibility that the Court or Appeals may reach the same condusfon ll did earlier.- The ADA. signed by President Bush In I 990. protects the disabled against di5Crim1naUon in jobs. housing and public accommodations such as den· ll•ts' omce.. Some or the law's most visible results are ruds such as wheel­chair ramps in public places. The law says people are disabled if they have a physical or mental impair­ment that -substantially limits one or more major life aclivllie.. - The Human Rights Campaign called the dn:lsion -a great victory. - -We arc delighted with the result.­said llRC exn:ulive director Elizabeth Birch. who was 1n Houston when the decision was handed down Thursday. "'That's an absolutely sound inler­pretahon or the ADA. - Other activists agreed. "'Tht· Supreme Court sent the mes sage that fffV discrimination is unac­ccptabk. - said Kerry Lobel, executive director or the National Gay and Ll:sb1an task Force. "'This decision Is an extremely important first step in eradicating d1s<·riminalion against all people with 111v.- Abbott visited Bragdon·s dental office in Bangor, Maine. for an appointment in September I 994. On her patient information form, she Indicated she was HIV positive but had no AIDS symptoms. Bragdon found n cavity near Ms. Abbott's gum line and told her that, under his infectious-disease policy, he would not fill the cavity In his office. lie said he would treat her only al a hospital and she would have to pay the additional cost. Abbott sued. saying her lllV infec­tion qualified h1·r for protection under the ADA because the contagious and fatal nature or AIDS limits her ability to have sexual relations and bear chil. dren. A federal judge ruled for her, as did the Isl U.S. Circuit Court or Appeals. The appeals court said the ADA pro­tected HIV-infected people. and added that Bragdon failed lo offer surficient evidence that it would have been unsafe to fill the tooth m his orfice. The Jaw says disabled people can be treated differently If they pose a -direct threat to the health or safely or others.- Publlc health authorities say there ts no documented case of a dcnlisl contracting the AIDS virus from a patient. But Bragdon contended he should be allowed to use his own judgment on how to safely treat such patients. Bragdon·s lawyers also argued that having sex and bearing children should not be considered major life activities similar to seeing. walking and hearing. Abbott's Jawyrrs said that if lllV­infecled people did not have dear pro· lection undrr lhe Jaw. many would hide their condition. 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Rehnquist wrote for himself, Scalia and Thomas that decisions on whether asymptomatic lllVlnfected people are protected under lhe dis ability law should be made on an ind!· vidualized basis. I le added he did not believe Abbott had shown that her infection substantially limited a major life activity. O'Connor agreed with that view m a separate opinion. Also Thursday, the Supreme Court agreed lhe government can deny cash grants to artists because their work Is considered indecent, saying the policy does not violate artists' free· speech rights. The 8 1 decision said the National Endowment for the Arts can consldrr decency, as well as artlstlc meril. In decidin~ who gl'ls public money for lhe arts. The court said the law requires the NEA to judge grant applications on artistic mrril, "laking Into consldera lion general standards of dettncy and respect for the diverse beliefs and val· ues of the American public. Excerpts from decision: Excerpts from the Supreme Court dec1- s1on Thursday that said HIV-infected peer pie with no v1s1ble symptoms are protected by the Amencans With Disab1ht1es Act: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's maionty opinion: We hold respondent's HIV infection was a disability under .•• the def1nit1onal section of the statute ... The statute is not operative, and the def­inition not sahsf1ed, unless the 1mpa1nnent affects a ma)Or lrte activity ... Reproduction falls well within the phrase "ma)Or hie activ­ity." Reproduction and the sexual dynam­ics surrounding 1t are central to the lrte process rtse~ ... HIV infecbon, even in the so-<:alled asymptomatic phase, is an 1mpa1rment which substantially hmlls the major hie actlVlly of reproduction .•• Chief Justice Wilham H. Rehnqu1st's dis­sent: It 1s important to note that whether {Abbott) has a d1sab1hty covered by the ADA is an ind1v1dualized 1nqu1ry .. The court is simply wrong 1n concluding as a general matter that reproduction is a "maior hie activity" ... But even rt I were to assume that reproduction 1s a maior hie act1v1ty of (Abbott), I do not agree that an asymptomatic HIV 1nfect1on "substantially hmrts" that act1v1ty ... While individuals infected wrth HIV may choose not to engage 1n these act1vit1es, there IS no support • for the proposrt1on that such voluntary choices constitute a i1mrt" on one's own hie act1vihes ... I disagree wrth the court ... that in assessing the reasonableness of (Bragdon's) act1ons, the views of public health authonl1es ••• are of special weight and authonty ... 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Oppression should be fought al every turn by gays and lesbians who lak<· hac·k the-Ir d1urdlt."~ and syna gogues and deliver "love and truth relentlessly" to anti gay acllvlsts. the Rt-v. Dr. Mel While told about 400 pro plr cl11rtnl( a workshop al the Wortham Cent1·r last Sunday lbe rh<'loric Is pourtnl( out. There is a stream of rhetoric nowing now that is turning tll(' hraris and minds of the nation agaln~t us.· White said ... What's golnl( to happ<·n If th<' st<x-k market gocs bad? It dot·sn't takt· a Ph.D. lo fig ure out you will be a S<'apt'goal." While, a former ghoslwr1ler for some Of tht• stalwarts of the relil(IOUS ril(ht, delivcn·d a c-all lo action for gays and l<'sblans durln!( a two hour "Prid<' and Just11·1· Workshop." which capped a day of 1-vents .1t tlw Wortham spon son·d In part by lht• Metropolitan Community Churd1 of the Iksu rrec lion. To Aain stren~th as a movement, While asked closeted gays and les ­bians to step forward lo bolster the ranks of those nghtlng anti gay oppression. To help. gays and lesbians should nrst undertake a spiritual renewal. he said. "Spiritual renewal begins when we join God on the field of justice doing battle," While said. "God wants one thing from us, and It's lo do justice. We were made by God lo help the oppressed. We've gone on and made a IMng and forgot life," From then.•, gays should understand that their enemies are vlcttms of mis­information, though they are deter· mined In their beliefs. he said. Ibey are not phony. If they were phony, It would be easy. Just expose them," While said. But Instead. It Is critical lo confront harsh rhelor1<· with truth: While sug gests videotaping shows such as Pal Robertson's lbe 700 Club" lo let others vlew It and gauge the harshness of attacks on gays. Often people don't bdteve that kadcrs of the religious right deliver such hurtful speech. he said. 'You can~ picket someone you haven~ tried talking to. Show them our homospirituality. lets reclaim the high ground We could stop it tomor­row if we had the courage of a King or Gandhi.' -Mel White Gays must also learn to negotiate with their opponmts and continue pursuing tht•m relenllessl~-. but with­out vJokntt'. While said. The author and acllvist embmced lht· lt-:ithmgs of Martin Luther Klpg Jr .. and Gandhi aflt·r coming out and Arowing lru >tml<-d al not bt·mg able lo mct"t with sonw ol his <·onservalive for mer clknls. A 199·1 letl<'r from an assistant lo Con·tta S<·ott King. wif<• of the slain nvil rights kad1·rs. in 1994 marked a turning point Tut• letter warned that White had Ignored a primary rult• for performing non·vtolenl Justtcc - giving up on an adversary was an act of violence. While had done just that, "You can't picket someone you haven't tried talking to. Show them our homosplrlluallly. Lei's reclaim the high ground." he said. ·we could stop 11 tomorrow if we had lht• courage of a King or Gandhi." But courage comes with a price. and gays and lesbians must come·oul and take actton, even If tl means losing their job. While said. If not. there will be lillk success In batlllng homopho· bia. he said. "If you are In the closet. you can't stop ll. They will change when they know a lesbian personally." White said. ·Who Is the enemy? Who ts the person that ts bringing the false rhetoric onto the national community? It Isn't Pat Robt·rtson. It Isn't Trent Loll. It Isn't Dirk Armcy. It tsn·1 any of tho~e P<'oplc. The cm·my h us. 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S.C - "Lircnsed To Kill." ,1 donmll'ntary that examines nwn who huvc murckred ¢ays. aired on many PBS affiliates last Tuesday. but not In South Carolina, SC E1V instPad ran a repeat of an earlier 'Frontline• show The South Carolina Cay .,md l.A.·sblan Pride Movement is t•nc:our,1gin~ mt'mbers and supportt:rs to withhold financial support from South Curollna's public tell",·iSlon m·t work u1 a protest ovt·r the decision. -nw realtly of hate c-rinws aqainst gays .md je_,,bfaris. which is clearly <kmonstrated tn this film. is some lhinJ! th,11 cvt·ry South Carolinian needs to ~cc." saJd Patrick Evans. a GLJ>M ~pokt·sperson. ·whill' then· may IJe some graphic footage 111 the film. vl!'llms of l1.1t1· !'rinws nt"<·d only look in the mirror to wHrwss this reali1y; ·nw omission of tht· lilm from Uw South C,lrolina 1mt· up comes on tlw he.Tis of sc:n·ral otlwr gay and arts rnnlll!'ls In lh<' stal<'. An Irmo. S.C high srhool n«·<'nlly can<·t•kcl a <·on · (Trl by Uw Indigo Girls because the duo an• ksbtans, uncl Tlw Burrou~hs & Chapin ckvt'lopmrnl company banrwcl a Vtllag<' l'«ople performann• durin,i.t last month's South Carolina !'rid<· F«sliml. Both lh« htgh s<·hool und U&C wc:rc suhsc.·quently awardt·d lh« slal<''s hi~hest honors for support of tlw urts. G«org1a Public Trl«vision, which has bt'c·n niticiz«d for droppmg Ovr of six gay th.-nlt'd shows this month. did .. lir the d0<·umc1ltary as its onlv gay tlwnwd program for Pridt• month. Repeal Effon Places Ark. Pro-Gav Resolution on Nov. Ballot l'An:rTl'.:VILLE. Ark. A pt•llllon has galhn«cl enough signatures to pl.1<·1· l'ayrllt'\'tlle's I fuman Dignity n·solutlon on tlw Novt·mb<-r ballot for n publiC' vott·. at·c:orclinA to a r<"port in th<' Northwest Arkansns Ti.tw·s. TIH: resolution, passed by tht• city council 1n May, Is hltt·ndt'd lo t•xtrnd tht• rity's «qua I· acTcss hiring poltcies. addinJ! · 1amtlial st.lll1s· und · sexual oricnta lion· to Ill<' 1·.1tt·gorl<'S that an• ofl-lun Its wh«n dt'lnminlng suitabrhty for htrlni: Tht• group that circufat«d th« pctll1011 f««b lh« council overslt'ppcd !ls bounds tn passing lhe resolution and tlwn ovt·1-riclin~ the mayor's \'t'to. David Garcia, u spokesman for Clti1<·11s for Fair Gowrnment. a lorn! polltlral aC"t1011 group. said reC"enlly he a!(ret's with dforls to place llw resolu lion on tht• ballot and actually signed the pt'llllon • F:Jj) ffirfleSS ~ .. .-.---...--... A NEl~HBORHO:D GYM Annual ONLY $248! 0 ONil1!.r~ La. Grandparents Win Temporary Custodv SllREV~:l'ORT La. 111e grand · pan:nh of two c:hildn·n of a ksblan motht·r an• seektn~ to havC" the rhil drt·n tak<.·n aw(1y from her. aC'cordinA: to a rC"porl In Tiw Times of Shrcucport Jm· and Patrirla Douglas say lht·ir daughlt·r·ln law lkcky Lynn Davis is '"attemplin(.! to innuc:nn· the minor d1ildn•n as lo lht•ir snual orienla lion" and an· st•t:km,C! C'Uslcxty On June 5 . Caddo Parish District Judg<' Mi<·had \\'.1lker ~ranted the grandpan·nts lt·mporary custody. with a llt',1ring st'! for (,1ter this month. Clauchus g . \\111lm«rer. Becky Davis' clllorncy. suspcc·ts the disputt" may stem from Da\1s thn-alt'ning the gra11d1~1re11ts v.1lh loss of \isllation unkss th<'y did somdhini: about the childrm's fatlwr. Jost'ph C. D,l\1s, who \\.as s('nl ba<·k to prison for a parole \1olallon. \\11ilm«y<'r disagreed wtth \Valkt·r·s Jurw 5 ruhn~. as well, arguinf.! that a tt·m1>0rc.1ry C'l1.1nge oJ custody run only take plac·c when rhlldrcn clrt' s ul>jt·ttc.·d to lmmrdiatt· harm. -nw qut·stlon is wlwllwr a i::!ay or lt:sblan n:lalionshlp would ('~luse irn·parablt• and imnwcliak harm,· she said. -n1ars ,1 pn·lty !wavy burdt'n .... TI1ost· kids un· as normal as ran be .. • Controversial Fla. Charitv Agrees Not to use Rvan White's Name FOHT 1..AUDERDAL~: Fla.-The family of R\~lll Whitt'. the Indiana lt't'rWgn whoM· AIDS deal h led hrs motht·r to start a national c-~unpalgn to light tht• dist·as<« ha> told a Fort Laudrrdalt' rharity lo stop usrng !ht' boy's nanw. 111t' famlly's de<"lsion was in rt'spon~c­to a Pnlm ! k ud1 Post rq>ort ltlsl month that ritt•cl stale rt'C"ords and said ,1 pharma<")' afhlialt'd with tlw Florida loun dation's dink o v t• r h 111 ,. cl Mt•dlrnld for Ryan White t'Xpt•rlmt'ntul drugs used lo treat HIV poslth·r patrents. 111c Fort Lauderdak founda twn, eslablislwd to help AlDS patl('nls pay for their tn·atnwnt. has ngrccd lo stop ustni: !ht• Ryan \\'hile namt· lJv lh« t•nd of tlw month . the ntwspa1x·r rq>0rlt'd. 11w Wl11le family had n·st-rvt'd tht• right lo tt'rminate her agn·t•mrnl with tht• Fort Lauch'rdalt• <"harity In the t'vent its attlons <.'ast a nl'galivc light on the Hyan Whitt· name. 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Directed by Elia Rrce July 9-11 • Bpm Diuersworks .1 For reseruations: 713-228- 0914 OuRC: The Oweer Rrtist Collect we is generously supported by: Diverse Works W!!iif.M{M Cfl•l:J;.~+(•leel COtY c1 -.tu;t~IS/Df1'ClJlln w 1 1 A J U N E 2 B 1 s a a Houston Lesbian & Gay Pride 1998 Kick-Off Party Pride Jamboree Sponsored by: P$0 PLA NET OUT CUVEZA 1rKA2{ • IMPORTED BEER Pride Day In The Park At AstroWorld Friday, June 12th, 7pm Riva's Italian Restaurant (1117 Missouri Street) This is it! Join the Pride Committee and our special guest Mayor Lee Brown at this social mixer that is the start of it all. The Pride Committee of Houston invites you to attend the Pride 1998 Kick-Off Party. Come dance to the music of Apollo, drink from the casks of Dionysus, and feel the magic of Hecate! Saturday, June 13th, 1 Oam Memorial Park Come one, come all! Family fun for everyone! Join us for softball, football, volleyball, kickball, frisbee golf, skating, picnics, bake-offs, and more. This day in the park is brought to you by The Pride Committee of Houston and many local organizations. Sunday, June 14th, 1 Oam Is that family or family? Join us at AstroWorld to find out! Waiting in those lines has never been so much fun! Tickets are $20 in advance through the Pride Committee or $34.58 at the gate. •MeJ#Mm:!••Mi!!Jl#:m!¥1ii1M~·-·lf:!JI' lm'Jll!Mrn••UMl;'l;w~- P A G E 1 2 A T ..J U N E 2 B 1 S 9 e NATIONAL Gav Couple's Union Blessed in NJ. Making their vows: Jon Gallucc10 (left) and Michael Galluccio exchange weddmg vows on Father's Day. last Sunday. at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Fair Lawn, N.J., ma ceremony performed by Rev. Kevm Coffey -Photo by Mitch Jacobson FAIR 1.J\WN, N.J. In a state lhal d<><'S nol It' gaily recognize sanw-sex unions, Jon and Michael Galluccio camt• as close as they could lo gelling married. Standing bt•fore family and friends during a weekly worship ser· vice al The Episcopal Church of the Atonement last Sunday. lhe men made their vows to each other and exchanged rings. "When we first came out 16 years ago, first ft•ll In love, this wasn't an option." said Jon Galluccio. who changed his name earlier this year from Jon I Iolckn. ··we thought we had to giv<' lhal up bt·cause we were gay. As wt.-re lol!etlwr longer and longer. we'n· flndtng oul that we don't have to gin• up anylhlng bet·ause wc·re gay. Somethnt·s you just have lo ask for it a illtk bit louckr." Galluccio "'id. t Ioldt·n, 34 , and Galluccio. 36. were ralst•d as Roman Cathollc-s, but bt·rnnw f;ptseopallans four years ago. saying lhe dt·nomlnatlon was more accepting of their sexual orientation. Clinton Wants Tough Hate-Crime Law WASlllNGTON - Citing lhe drag· ging dt·ath ol a black Texas man. Pn·sidt•nl Clinton urged Congress to pass ,, hill that would make tt easier for ft-tkra1 prosenJtlon ol hnte crimes Before leaving for China. Clinton sent a ieller to House and Senate leaders of both parties Wednesday urging that they pass lhe Hale Crimes Prevention Act, which would remove certain jurisdictional restrictions that keep Justlee Dt·partment prosecutors from pursuing hale crimes. For examplr. federal prosecutors now ran pursue a hate crime case only tf It occurs on federal property or while the victim was performing a fed ­erally protectt·d act. such as voting. The kgtslatlon als<> would make hate crimes based on ~ender, disability or sexual orientation federal offenses. Current mies specify that federal hate climes cover only Incidents based on race. color, reltgton or national orii:in. Using lli(ures from local law enforce­ment ajlenctes. the FBI reported 8. 759 hate crimes In 1996. Of those, 5.396 were based on race, I .40 I on reli((ion. 1.016 on se><ual orientation. 940 on ethnic backl(round and six for multi­ple reasons. Judge Strikes Down 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for Calif. National Guard SAN FRANCISCO. Caltf. - A Callfornla judl(e has made what appears to be the first state mling to address a stale National Guard's Implementation of the Cltnlon admin· lstrallon's "Don't Ask, Don·t Tell" poli­cy toward gays and lesbians in the mtlltary according to a report tn TI1e San Francisco Chronicle On June 19. San Francisco Superior Court Judge David Garcia struck down as uncon­stitutional a slate regulation that bars ,:tays and lesbli.Uls who would be jnelf· Albk for the U.S. military under Its "Don't Ask. Don't Tell" policy from servln~ In the Caltforn1a Nalional Guard. The rultng. which was based on California's stak <·onstilution. was issued as part of an anti-disrrimina· lion lawsuit filed last year by a former lteutenant tn tht• California !l.'atlonal Guard. who was dlscharl(ed alter he told his suixrvtsor that he was gay. NY council Approves Gav Measure NEW YORK The City Councll on Wednesday approved legislation designed to ensure unmarried couples are treated lhe same as those who are married In Issues from housing to parking pt•rmlts. Vlt-wt•d as an lmpor· lanl victory for homosexual couples. lhe proposal would make law many polklt·s that han· been tn effect for years Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ts expected to s1iin It quit·kly. A series of city directives extended to domestic partm·" the rij!hts once n•st·n.·t·d for spoust"s and family mem b<•rs, sud1 as visitation In cily jalls and hospitals, and succession for city· supt·rvtst•d housin~. Since the seltle­menl of a lawsuit In 1993, the ctty has provided health and dental benefits to the domestic partners of ctty workers. Under the btll, labor negotiations would be requlrt•d to extend to employees' partners the same benefits provided for employt•es' spouses. Countllman Michael Abel, a Rt'publtcan who vott·d against the bill, called It anotlwr nall in lhe cofhn of the Institution ol marriage. - From sta[f and wire reports --=···=····* ·----- P A G E ~:.- __ ;•-.'- ... ----: '.. -~ .·.-.-:- .. ·E,-- M~:- p· o·- W E ·1R ... i 9 ·-8 It probably never occurred to you that over 5000 people could fitm your store ... or in your office, or your shop, or your restaurant, or your club or organization. But as an exhibitor at EMPOWER 98, that's exactly what will happen! The Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is delighted to inYite your participation as an exhibitor m our second annual business trade show, Saturday, No\'ember 7, 1998 at the George R. 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PAGC 14A T .JUNE 20 1990 Human Test of AIDS Vaccine Begins PllILADELPI llA - Volunteers IJ<o!(an rollinA up tht·ir 6keves Tuesday to n·rt"l\'C lnlN·ttons In the first laq~e· sralt· human kst of an AIDS vaccine. nw mt•n Wt're amonA the first of 5.000 U.S. voluntt't'rs takhtA part in the first broad human tc.·st of what rt'searchers hopt· will be an AIDS var<:lne nw thrt•t• year trial of VaxGen lnc.'s AIDSvax Is cks1g1wd to show whether It t·an prott·et pt·opk from lnfertlon. nw tt'sllng that began Tuesday ls the final stt•p bdore the U.S. Food and Dn1~ Administration mak<"!-. a decision on wlwllwr to approve the druA. Volunteers like tlw 150 m Philadc.·lphta are injcct<·d with t"ilhc-r a plat't'bo or AIDSvax. which sC'lentists sdy bn't dan~c:rous lxt·ausr it ts not a livt· strain of tlw AIDS virus. Trials IJ<o(\1n tatt-r thh yt•ar in more than 30 U.S. rltit•s. lndudtng New York. San FranC'lsco. Baltimore. ChicaAo. Dt'nv1·r. Los AnA<'ks and St. Louis. Volunt<'t·rs will b<· glvt·n a st'rles of shots, unci«rgo p1•riodir blood tests t.UlCI cliSl'llSS lht"ir Sl'X lives with n•st·tirdwrs. Study or~aniz<·rs an.• also set·king pt•rmlssion lrom the Thai I kalth Ministry lo lnj<Tl 2.500 high­risk pt·opl<- 111 ·n1alland. Tiw ll"sh an• opc.·n to people consid rrl'd to bt• at hil.!h risk of conlractin~ Ow virus. suC'h .. ts J,!a\· men and women whoSt· st·xual parlnt·rs are lnleclt-<1. M.lll}' voluntc.·t•rs are vcl<·r· ans ol tlw nght ugamst AIDS. Also Tuc.·sda}•. s<.·veral dntf! compa nit·~ agrr-rct to cut Uw prices of thc.·lr AIDS tlrni(s by 50 1x-rn'nl lo 75 per­cent In developing nations TI1c dis ­counts could m.tkt• AIDS drugs ac-c-es· siblc.• to thousands ol I IIV infected people In Afrlrn. Asia and South • Amcrlc·a. Bui cwn "-ilh the di-counts that Wt"re reported. pa)ing for the drugs would be a lnirdcn In many rt"~ions wht"rt• inromes nr<" low and hc.·alth insuranrc is a r~t\~ Lott's Remarks Rallvinu Call for Vote on Hormel WAS! IINCTON - Saying "dlsrrlmt nation ls \VTOng." Sen. Alfonse DAmato (R-N.Y.) C'rltirlzed his party's top leader for refusing to 1<-t the S1·nate vote on the ambassadorial nomination of i:!a\· philanthropist - James I lormel .. On a pC'rsona I le\'el, I .. mt c-mlmr rassed that our Republican Party, the party of Lmcoln, i~ :-o("("n to b1· the fon·•· bdtind this 1n111s ttce.· D'AnMto said June 25 in a Lott letter to St'nate Majority l..t·mh-r Trent Lott (R Miss.). !)'Amato says lw hrlit'ves I lornwl's nominatton lo ht• umbassador to Luxc.•ml.>0urg "'is bdnJ.! ol>struC'll'd for ont" reason and orw reason only· the fart ht• is gay.• llonnd's s11p1x>rtC'rs $<t)' tlwv have llw 60 \'Ok' net"<kd to hreak lhe holct on the nomination if Loll v.111 allow it to <·ome to the noor. Lott and &·n. Don Nirkl"" (R-Okla.). the Senate's S<'<"ond rankin~ Rc.·p11blicc.1n. have saJd Homu·l is unquahlit"fl IX"<-nusc anyone who promott"!-t •tmrnoral heha\ior· should ru.>l r<"prt•M·nt llw Unitt"d States. l»Amato"s feller was In response to comparisons Loll niadr OCtwc.·t·n homo­~ wxuality and ·klt.·ptomania('s· i11 a Junr l!l lntc:rvtew wilh nms<·rvall\'e talk show host Armstrong \Vllltams. -Prom sta(/ and wire reports Sunday Brunch a t Spindlelop fcm1 Alt>p1111 i111·1tcs yt>11 to rnltil'Cltc your 11pprai11t1011 for fi11c d111i11g at his spat11rn/11r bru11ch /111fli·t. Expcric11cc tire clcg1111cc 11111/ gm111/c11r of bnmclr at I /omtc>11's prc1111cr rcsta11ra11t high atop dow11tm1·11. J.il't' jazz !1t1ml. Hr1111d1 sen•cd JO 11.111. to 2 p.111. />rirc per pt•rso11 527, childrc11 1111dcr 12 - Ira/[ price, d1ildn•11 1111dcr 6 free.• Ht'.'1"1'\'lltio11.~ rc(Ol/l/llCllllCd. 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This program will include information on recent developments in the understanding of HIV pathogenesis; current strategies fo r the use of anti retroviral therapy; new data on viral dynamics, drug resistance, and immune reconstitution; and current concepts in the prophylaxis and treatment of oppor­tunistic infections. INF RM Please let us know if you plan to attend (you don't have to leave your name). For further program information Call toll free: (877) 201-6742 9:00 Ar.t-5:30 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday E-mail: whcme@41mad.com THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL GRANT FROM Gl.AXO WEllCOME AND IS PRODUCED BY WORLD HEALTH CME 1 5 A .J LI N E 2 B 1 9 9 B FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER Jacqueline A Doval, M.S.,D.C.,C.A.C. 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CUld Ohl<AllifMl.4.ll lllt..'(b l.t~·l(..)' ~holar-.J-ttps Jd stutlt·111s "'he• sho\\' porcnu.\I for hl'<..011li11~ the lcshlcu1 l<'ilt cr~l11p 111 th< hmm· • • • I 'My advice to him would be to get a boyfriend and leave his employees alone • - Former Lambda Legal Defense attorney Mickey Wheatley on conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams (right). the defendant on a sexual harassment suit Wheatley has brought on behalf of a for­mer male producer The suit alleges that Williams. who famously asked Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-M1ss.) whether homosexuality 1s a sin, repeatedly kissed. fondled and crawled into bed with the pla1nt1ff, who 1s not gay "Topless lesbians can spend the afternoon lounging in front of the White House, and no police can be found But let someone sneeze near an abortion clinic, and it looks like the policeman's ball " - Traditional Values Coalition Executive Director Andrea Sheldon in a June 5 press release about D.C.'s gay-pride celebration. "I landed in New York at 14 and lived there (with relatives) until I was 22 I was not a club kid, I was a real senous kid I am still pretty serious. Im really a homebody. I don't want to leave my house • - Chastity Bono (left), former entertainment media director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, to the Toronto Star, May 29 "We were estranged, and I hadn't talked to him in almost a year. I feel terrible about that.· - Chastity Bono to USA TODAY, June 11 , on the death of her father, Sonny Bono. "(My 'Tales of the City') miniseries did very well for PBS (in 1994) It brought bouquets from critics, unprecedented ratings, a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for best miniseries. But 1t enraged some con­servative watchdogs who objected to its unapologetic display of nudity and same-sex affection, not to mention Mrs. Madrigal's shrubbery. There were official condemnations of the show by the leg­islatures of Oklahoma and Georgia, the latter seriously endangenng a $20 million public-television facility "At the PBS station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a bomb threat prompted officials to pull 'Tales' one hour before a1rt1me. Within a matter of weeks, PBS had quietly retreated from its plans to participate 1n the funding of 'More Tales of the City, a six-part follow-up . ... My char­acters were abandoned in mid-crisis, with storylines dangling • - Author Armistead Maupin (right) writing in the June 6 issue of TV Guide "More Tales of the City" aired on the Showt1me cable network June 7-8 "I don't give a shit whether he goes cottaging (looking \ for sex in public toilets), but finally George Michael is out, and there's nothing he can do about hiding 1t anymore I knew it would happen eventually, but I didn't think 1t would happen in such a ceremonious way• -Singer Boy George (left) to London's Pink Paper, May 29 ·congress doesn't want any gays in the military Well, maybe gays don't want any drunken womanizers in the Congress As for gays in the Navy - like we could have a Navy without them: - Actress/comedian Judy Tenuta to the Michigan gay newspaper Between The Lones, May 28 "The plaintiff was not fired because of sexual identity; he was termi­nated because he couldn't perform a function of the job being gay .... We just love to live in a pol1t1cally correct world, it's so evolved, isn't it? But where along the way did we pass the law against common sense? This is a French Bistro. When people go there, it's not just to -~"'111111llllmlill eat, it's to dine in the ambience of culture - they wanna feel elite, sophisticated-a good gay waiter can make the patrons feel that way. They have that snobbish little entitlement thing going, you know? People like that. 'The waiter kind (of gays) are (elitist snobs). First. they're smarter They grow up reading more books, probably looking to find an answer as to why they're ..... _ .L-_.• homosexual, plus they're terrible at sports which gives them more time to study - the point is, they're smart. they wanna work in the arts, they end up waiters - way over-qualified. bitter, snobby - and people have come to expect this when ordering a fruity wine " - Character Richard Fish (right) on a recent episode of Fox TVs "Ally McBeal series "Whether it 1s a gay American murdered as he walks home from work, or a Jewish American whose synagogue 1s desecrated by swastikas, such acts are not only examples of bias and bigotry. They are cnmes. That 1s why I believe now is the time for us to take strong and dec1s1ve action: - President Clinton in a letter Wednesday, urging Congress to pass the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the wake of the recent dragging death of James Byrd Jr by three young white men on Jasper --=··----··'* ...... 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Noon CST ~y ~ WtdoNl&SIU'Nllwlc:iel~lot dmirnltly' fw~blfi ~ .. askad~ Pi$e,. ~d..,,~Oldtc:llllOW'I~ ~---c;.,•i.-.°'"'*' .. eoom-.._Goy ___ c;.y -Md L9D-M PNt.s Aaode~ ~ ,,.__ VOICES & ECHOES Gender Transgressors The time has come for equal treatment for transgender issues by CINDY l ABEL ·1 am here to take a second look al this trans p.endercd thing.'" said the some what disheveled man. "Years al(o. I ust"d lo have rh(·nts who want (•d st•x-rhanges and even though they seemed pn·lly 'normal" accordlnl( (O lhc lt:Sllnl( Wt' US('(J, ( figun·d there must Ix· someUuni: wrong.· Thal admission, which woulcJ have been dlscom·erlml( cnou~h from your average family doctor came from a licensed psyrholo!(lsl attt-nding a workshop on "The Transgendered ~:Xpcr1encc: Is It Patholog1ralT al the Gl'orl(la Psychological Assoc·1alion's recent annual confrn.·nn·. II was. uller all, tht• lirst din1rally· oriented t·xaminalion of the topic at lhc groups' annual c·onferencc, and lht· attt·ndt·t·,, wt·n· a bknd of proft·s sionab from afross lht• stat(". Dr. Barbara Rubin, who also just happ..-ns to be my partner In life. led the l(roup through definitions and ter· minology and then the fun and Od !(<'ling - !x•gan. ·oraw a p<'rfet·tly gendt'red person," she instruett'd. "Then. draw a picture of yours<-lf, and another or how you had always wisht'd you looked." The results? Women with breasts and mrn With penise,,. C"mon. Dabs. doesn't everybody know that? wc·re all l(rade school graduates herl' . Actually. the good do<tor wanted us to dig det'pt'r and find out why we drew our pictures lhe way we did. Her point: clinicians should pay allmtion to their client's cxpt'rit'nce or their gender rather than dt'termtne whal ·gender slot• they think the client should Ot Into now or end up In later. In discussing how gender ts attrib­uted on the basis or societal standards developed through movies. religion. ,;oc-lely. and CXp<'rience. she pushed a little more. '"\Vhy. wh'"n a J)f'r!-ton walks into a room: she asked, "do we uncon sciously seek to answer 'male or female"?" Goodness. those ehalrs sure were slar1ing to feel uncomfortable. "And how do we fed if we can't an~wer (·onduMvely enou14h for our standards?" By the end or lht' session. the psy cholog1sl who was once so sure that "something must b.- wrong" with cli<-nls wanting a sex than#.?,t' n·a<"ht·d the c-ondusion that "some or those ·standards of <-can·· books may warrant some re·wr1tcs.· This is the rrvo1ution your molh<"r warn("(] you al>oul- Wlwn you dare to question the belit·fs al>out lhlnjls like gender. exploring the possibility that maybe thn,.·s a little b1l more to le::irn. After all, to borrow a phrasr from the feminists. ts hlolol(y dt:sllny? Do breasts promise mterlor decorating and gourmet cooking skills? Docs a penis fon·tell a prdrn·n<"t' for driving tmcks and drinking l><·c-r? Let's fac-t· it, mos! or you rmding this column are ,!!t·ndt·r transgressors. ·Nol me. rm a man. I w«ar pants and don't swish. Just cuz rm attracted lo men doe:-;n't mean I'm not a man." Back lo that drawinl( or tht' perfectly l(endered person. By lransl(rt"ssors, l mean not ntt1ng societal roles for males and females, determined some­where alonl( lhe way. lsn"t that the SOUrCl' of homophobia and helero.sf.'xism? Men told they're not "real men· l>ccaust' lh<"lr partner isn't female, womt'n who ·aren't really women" because they're not l>ear1ng children as well as their husband's load? We're breaking the !(ender rules. Some of us In shame, some of us In freedom. but we're breaking them nonetheless. We're- not so different from those whose Internal Identity doesn't match their extenor bodies. The slrul(!llc for l(ay c-MI r11(hls and the battle for transl(ender rights may not present the same face, but at !heir heart. they are the s:ime: We're defytng biology and renouncing social ronfor· mity to be tme to our Innate ldenlily. Allempts to drny that root cause or discrimination and "keep the Issues separate" have already cost us. In the land or IA.BT alphalx·t soup, consider ENDA and DOMA There's been a lot or hootin' and hol lcrin' al>oul the cxc·luslon or prol<'elion for transj:!rnd<•rt•d p<·rsons from lhe l:!:mploymcnl Non Dl!it'rirnlnaUon Acl. the bill that would outlaw discrimlna lion in tht' workplaet· on ltw basis or sexual orientation. A lol of oUwrwise wdl inl«nhorwcl gay folks haw mack it <"i<'ar llwy don't want their on<' shot at <'qual protection jwpardl7.ed ·1x .. -.1usc not enough .-du c-alion has bet·n dont· yt·t" on gc·nder identity Issues. So f:NDA moves for· ward. and onct• passed, some wil1 be left behind. maylx· for a day, maybe for a decade. Then I ht· re's I>OMA that ul-(ly. misnamed pit·c·t' ol legislallon called the Defense Of Marnage Art. In the midst ol all lht· grl'nadr-loss inl( over DOMA. a lilllt• bll of linkage between ,!lay folks and transgt·ndrrecJ folks would havt· broul(hl to light an ovcrlookt'd detail on thc· marriage landscape: lransgt'ndt·n·d marriage. A hetcrost'xual. kgally ldt'ntified. male and female coupk gt·ts married, Later, one or the partnt·rs IJC.'t·omes. legally. another gend<"r. They are still. the courts have held. legally marrit"d. What. a marriage between two p<'O pie of the same !(ender'? Aren't some or us raising and spendinl( mllllons or dollars campall(n1ng for this fret'dom to marry? Y.-s, and some <·oupks or the same ,!lender already "enJOY" those rights and l(ays have l>ecn left behind. This linkage thing betwt·en gays and transgendered persons cuts both ways. Maybe we dldn"I want to admit, lo ourselves and to the finger pointing condemners. that when wc-'ve said repeatedly. "We're JU St like you: we should have bt't'n say1nl( ll to our Id low gender transgressors (gay. straight. trans and bi). and not the heterosexuals who play by "lhe rules" and seem to run the world. Maybe we didn't wan! lo fa<"e and embrace that lmlh. And In the words or Dr Rubin, why is that'? Cindy L. Ab('/ is a c·oountmirolion., and pol11ical ronsullcml. Siu.· can Ix• reached al C1ndyU\lx•l@cwlrom. --=··••w....-w•-•t+ ·----- P A G E 1 B A .J U N E 2 B 1 B B B VOICES & ECHOES Tagged An Outcast It's our responsibility to include, not divide gay community by MUBARAK S. DAHIR Although I am not black. I received some early lessons In racism that slick like nee· die prtcks In my memory. Unfortunately. those memo ties recenUy surfaced after a discomforting encounter I had at my local gay bar. I was 7 years old when my family moved to the wooded mountains of central Pennsylvania. I was soon lo discover not everything was as open as the state's beautiful landscape. Soon after we setlled In our new slate, my parents went searching for a house lo buy. After many months and many house tours. they found a place they liked. As part of the house lour, the real estate agent walked them around the front and back yards of the house. and even around the community. The point of the walk around the neighborhood was lo show my parents how well-kept the area was. Bui It also serwd, Inadvertently, as a way for the home owners there to gel a glimpse at their prospective new neighbors. After a few days of discussing the matter. my moth· er and father called the real estate agent lo pul in a bid on l11c house. The agent gladly accepted the bid. bul had some important news for my parents: some neighbors had seen my mom and dad walking the streets with the realtor. and knew they were consid ertng purchasing the home. Unhappy with what they saw, some neighbors had circulated a petition and then sent It Into the realtor: they were asked that the home not be sold to a "mixed race" couple. My father Is an Arab. not a black man, but his skln Is just dark enough thal neighbors (who I would later find out didn't know what an Arab was) could mis· take him for an Afrtean Amertcan. My parents d<"cid· ed to buy the house and ignore the pellllon. and later at school I would be taunted that my father was black. ('No he's not," I would respond with the tnno cence of childhood. "He's brown.") Even after the community realized my father was not black. they still understood he - and thus the whole family - was different. We had funny names and a funny religion and he had a funny accent. They substituted the slurs they once used for black and replaced them wilh the slurs they knew for for el~1ers. Many years later, when I realized I was gay. I thought I had finally found a group of people who understood what it meant to be "different." to be a social outcast. Even before I came out and under· stood I was gay and what that meant. I had lived my entire life under one label or another. Thank good ness. I thought, that my newfound community understood the scourge of those labels. Surely as a community we would understand our klnshlp with others similarly taAAed outcasts and infertors by society al large. I believed. Sadly. I have been sorely disappointed. A reminder of that came just the other day In my favorite local bar. When I moved several weeks ago from Philadelphia lo St. Louis, one of the first things I did was seek out the leather/bear bar. Aside from any sexual Interest such bars may carry for me. I had hislortcally found that many patrons understood the outsider lab..-!, even from within the gay community The leath<'r crowd Is oflen pushed aside by the larger gay com munlty, embarrassed by the stereotypes men In boots and biker hats. and women with whips. convt·y to straight America. And until the relatively recent advent of the "bear movement.· large hairy men were considered anything but beautiful in a gay commu nlty obsessed with youthful, slim pretty boys. These men. I figured. were the epitome of outsiders In a community of outsiders. I am standing at the bar, shartng a beer with a man squarely In tlle bear department. He Is asking me the litany of questions a native son of any city asks a newcomer; what do you like about our city, what Marching to Nowhere? don't you like I happen to mention that I find my new city sur· prtsingly segregated. For a city that Is 60 percent black, there seems precious Jillie interaction between the races. "Where did you move here from?" he asks after my remark. "Philadelphia." 1 reply. "Oh, well that explains 11." he says. as 1f he's dis· covered the Rosetta Stone. "Explains what?" I ask. confused. ·wen. you just don't understand blacks here; he says lo my amazement. "'Missouri was a slave state, you know. Blacks here are different than blacks lrom free states.· It would be easy lo blame this attitude on the Southern influence of Missourt. But I've witm•sst·d similar attitudes in other cilles. north and south. east coast and west coast. We all know they exlsl in the gay and lesbian community to a greater degree than any of us would like to admit. Apologists for our community often counter this fact with two observallons: First, that homophobia Is not neC'Cssartly less in minority communities. for example, so the lessons are not Jearnt"d on the other side of lh<" fence either. This may be true. but it's no t'XC'US{". St·cond. they point out lhal l(ays and lesbians come from every sector of life in America, and that we renrct the altitudes and values of our roots rel(ard less of our sexual identity. Perhaps I'm naive lo believ<" that just because we are gay and lesbian, we should be less bi~oted as a community 1n our altitudes towards olh<'r< - for elgners. different races, different relii:1ons. whatever. But I do believe as gay men and lesbians it 1s part of our responsibility, part of our ~1ft. to connect the dots and see the larger picture of the things that needless ly divide this nation - not just lhis que<'r nation Mubarak S. Dahir can be reached at MubarakDah@aol.com. The Millennium March could be ejf ective, but is it worthwhile? by Paul Varnell /\ kw months ago. the llum:m Rights Campaign, Metropolitan Community <'hurdws. Pan·nts, Families and Frtends of L<-sh1ans and Gays, .:md the Lal um org.1111 7..ation Ll~EGO annourwed n national gay mar<'h In Washington in 2000. This Milknnlum Mardi was inknded to draw par· Ucular atl<'nlmn to gay "p«oplc of l<tilh" and gay "family issuc·s." su!'h as gay and lesbian parlnn ships. gay pan·nllng and gay C"hildren. Tiws<" an· not lssul's whld1 affec·t nw p<·rsonally. but tll!·y do rt"O!'cl the liws and concerns. of most gays and lc-shlans I know. Th<'Y arc also issu!'s that are llkt'ly lo n·sonalt" with most decent Anl!'ticans who. In larg<" part, are the audience for such man·h es. And w1• should ('(·rtainly support equal rights for gay famili<"s wht·ther W<" desire marriage for our· srlv<":S or nol. Was th<" marc-h announc·c.-menl was quit·kly fol lowt"<I l>y t"nlhusiasm and approval? Oh. no. R;.1lll!'r. c-omplaints .lnd dt·nurwtahons or those propo~m~ lht· Idea. Ii was tht• wrong dalt'. It would dlvnl r<"sour<"<-:s. II wa!'t <·xdusionary in its planning. It was exdustmMry tn its t·mphast·s. An asteroid mij!ht 6ltik!". It might rain. So a larj!t" m<·t'tlll~ wa~ convt·n("'(I ot soint• 40 IW~lds of rmUonal nncl local J,!ay orj!alli7.. ations t·arlic:r this month to "'c·olkc:livc:ly cit-sign· an lndusivt· and diverse.· stnKtun· lo t·nslirt· d1vc·rstty and mdusivt·nt•ss. II It was hard lcr gl'l nn1C"h information al>oul the· Milknnium Mar!'h In the past lwo months. ancl ll was, It h now <'V<"n harckr. Al this po111l , tlw marC"h is no longc·r .1houl gay "pc~>ple or faith." or gay farnl ly issues, or,. in fort. anythin~ al all. No orw wants lo cummtt to .. 1nylhtn~ cxt·t>pl lnu..zwords'. "'divt·rsr; ·co11t:"t·ttvc· .u1d •Jndus1vc.· And so Wt' wondtT whether it i5 worthwhile havin 1 march. --=·-•••;••-•@ ...... 11 Tt c· u he ~r> d ri :tsJns Lo 11 1vc. n n . they have been adduced for <lll the prc"\ious march es In 197fl, 1987. 1993. They can dcmonstrale gay numbc:rs and commllm<"nl to pohllci<ll", and opinion le:1dt rs Tun· can create: bursls of c:xdtr mcnl and enthusiasm among some of thosr attend Ing. TI1ey ran draw people together durtng the pl<ln nlng prucrss. They can expand gay malling lists These nn· not the stated goals of the mare h l>ul these ore the tcnns the march ts being drfendcd In. Arr these reasons to attend such a march~! For many ol us. probably not. There .ire. howt·vc.·r, fatrh• M1bslanttal <lr,L!ument:.; a~ainst a national mard1. Mardws take a grc.·at dt·al of Umt· and ex1x·nst· to plan and <"lrry out. P<·opk who sp<•nd lilll<'. <·nt-rey and mmu-y organizing a march might bdlt·r dc.·votc.· thosr sauw !"ilorls to the wide array of otlwr impor tanl, suhslanliv<' gay conc·erns. It Is hardly useful to dl\'tTl pt·opk'~ att<•ntion from other proJ<'l'ls. St'l'nnd, a national march siphons ofl a great d<~ll or mml<'Y lrom tht• pcopk who attend, money that nc-vt•r docs a thin~ for the gay movement. Washington m<·rthanb will profll greatly from the man-h, l>ut will anyont· dsr lx·ndlt? In addition. many marc·hc.·rs may wdl fed that lh<'Y ha\'e ruIOlkd their ol>ligatlun to the gay mowm1·11t by going lo the march und l>e less induw<l to contnbutt· anythin$! more ·n1trd, the t·nthusiasm creakd by national man·h c.-s <·an l>c bric.·f. Promise Kecpt·rs slid downhill afirr tts 114.ttJonal mardl. TI1e Million Man Marrl1 SCt_'JllS to hav<· had lillk lingt·ring impact. Tiw warm fuzzy glow of tlw fir-I gay marC'h in 1979 S<'<'m<·d lo last M"vt·ral month ..... but each subst•qut·nt Aay mard1 st·t·ms to havt" had a shorkr impaC'l: c.:nthusiasm from Ill!' 19!1:1 march Ja,ted al>oul two W<'!'ks. Fourth, t"aC'h marrh we hold means less and less b(·«,tust· it ts 1ust on(• of a s('rks. Mardws ha\'(• bt·c·omr routtn<". Unlt·ss a march is signilicantly larg er or ha.-,, a dilfrn·nt .1ni;?le: lfor instanc-t·. laith uruJ family lssu<•s?), lh<" rm·dla ~el lxm·d. 1x1httd.111s get bored. gays get l.xm'tl Also, plans lor the nal1onal marrh will incsc.apably P A G E 1 9 A w some ume. enerey and money away from the mare-hes planned for each state capital. All talk of roordlnallon. syncrey and so forth bttwcen lht• pl.llls makes no sensr Thcrc Is only so mud1 llm<" ,u1d money .1round. and statcs arc \i..herr- most Important gay issues arc dccrdt'CI from sodomy laws. lo gay marria~c. lo non d1sc-rimln~ ion propos als. to school proi?rams for g.w youth. lo h.1te <.mm· d.lla collection And alas from what little m e ran Je.irr !>out !ht· new collecttve, cltvt·r~e orgar :zcn». U,~ sec m lx·nt on rcpcalln t all lh..- prol>Iems that plagued the I IJ!l:i mardl. 11Ml march was poorly o~anizec! It nnrcr J.!Ol t·veryonc on tht.· Mall at once the events on st_gt• wt·n· slow pan•d and dull, the-re wa~ no rcsult..lnt polllln1l gain, and tlwrc wl're so muny dem.mds (53) that the m.lrch •·nlirdy latked a focus and ended up l>einitjusl a party and music re.suval. Did we ever get a financial ac·countln~? Once a~ain. lher<" is the obsessive and lime con· sumlng concern "1th proct'ss Instead of results. DcnMnds for "open process" usually translate to m<~m. "I think I am important. \\'hy wasn't I con sullcd?" And "process" is usually a stalking horse for agenda issues. Once again. as m I 993. planning groups arc to l>e 50 (><'rcenl minortty and 50 percent wom..-n even though mlne>rtllt"s consll ute 26 percent or the t, 5. populallon. and most studies have found that gay men outnumber lesbians by al least 2 I. It Is Inter 1-sling that no one brought this up. It seems llkdv that so relentless)\· tnclusl\'e a group wtll be un;;ble to reject \irtually :iny "concern" ur clt•mand from any constituent group. lndt•ccl It Is hard to think or any reason they could offer for doing so slnre organtz<·rs have now slated their aim of maximal lndus1\"C'nt.•ss. Forget the national march Do something useful Instead. Paul \'arncU wntrs for Ch1cago·s \\ uld.11 Cuy Ttmcs and olher gay newspapers. Hr.s c mall address r.s l'VameURAOl..rom. ..J U N E 2 a 1 a s a Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection "IS THIS A CAUSE OF HOMOPHOBIA?" (This Program IS Free and Open to the Community) Presented by Dr. Jim Hollis, Director of the Jung Educational Center, Tuesday, July 7, 1998! Dr. Hollis will di scuss the proh1b111on against self-aware­ness under which men labor and the secrets they keep from themselves. He says, "As wounded as women have been m society, it can be argued that men, who are emotionally denied the companionship of other men, and are spht-off from their emotional realities, are even more grievously wounded." Does this offer an explanation for homophobia and mter­nahzed homophobia'? This program 1s for men and women who would hke to understand the answer to that question. Spiritual Uplift Service: Wednesdays 7 PM Decatur St. H.O.M.E. Group: Wednesdays 7:30 PM Worship Services: Sundays 9 AM & 11 AM Visit our web page at www.mccr-lwu.com for the most current schedule of upcoming events! 713-861-9149 1919 Decatur, Houston, Texas 77007 Washington !!!o White S t. (between St11demont and llo11sto11_Ave.) s50 Rebate When you purchase and activate your Mitsubishi phone with Aerial at Premier Paging & Wireless. 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June 28 • Church of the XII Apostl('s An~llca n Rite Old Catholic Church; Holy Communion 10:30 f\m at 239 Wcsth("imcr. 713/665 7903. • lloly R.llc Eudiarl<Jl I 8:00 am: Holy Rite Eucharist II U:OO am. Choral Euch.1rht 11 00 am al St ~ttphcn·s EplscopRI Church. 1805 W Al.•bama. 713· 528·61''65. • Maronatha f"ellc>w6hlp Metropolitan Cburch Sf:'rvlcr ·Prc:achlng thC' Gosprr at 11 am. 71 l 528.6756. • MCCR \Vorshlp scrvk'cs q 00 & 11;00 am 713-1!61 9149 • Gracr Luthnan Church SLnday school for all ag<s al 0 30 am Worship Scrvle< t IC 10 am 713-528· 3269 • First Unitarian l' vcrsallst C ~·uch SuncL-1y Sf:rvlcrs tll H 30 •lffi nnd 11 30 am 713·526 5200 • Services at 5 30 pm Dignity Church 713· 880·2872 • CommunUy Gospel Pr.1IM· awl Worship &f:'rvln: .al 11 :00 .un Sund,,y School for c-hll drc·1. Evr·nlng ~-rvtcr at 7 pm. l305 Lillian 713·FUKHl235 Catch thrrn .at 1,1,.ww.c-ommu nltygo~pc:l.org. • Houston Mission Churd1 Worship f>rrvkr •t IO:JO .1m 713·529 8225. • Covenant l:l.<1pt1st C hunh Worship Sf:'rv1CC" J .30 pm onct f:'duc.1Uon hour ut 3.00 pm. 713·fi68-8830. • Bcr1ng Memorial lJnHrd Method~t ("hurch Worship .srn1ce 10:50 ~un. Srf:'k<".ts class 9: 15 am 713 526· 1017 • MCCR Uandbdl Choir Rehc:arsal at 7·00 pm 713·861 0149 • Unltartan frllu'N!\hlp of G.tlveston County, 4u2 Church St In G.1Jvuton. ~urn.Jay Si·rvh :sat IO:JOnmwec~ly 40<J 765-83.10 • Thr Church or Good U((" on lt1f:' lnttrnrt; http: fwww.syncrrll!it.org/c·hurch .htm KOLBE PROJECT Mo nday, June 29 Mms - 7:30pm Tuesday, June 30 D1scumon Group - 7:00pm Ramm Thursday, July 2 Pot/11,k - 7:00pm Friday, July 3 Offitr Closed Hap p y July •lrh Kolbe Prayer Line 713-861-1844 PH.(713)861-1800 FX.(713) 861-7212 1030 Height.1 Blvd. • Houscon, TX 77008 • • F'alth and Ho~ F'rllowshlp 5'-1"\·ke at 11 00 am. 713-520·7847. Mondav, June 29 • Catholic Ma'.'ls at 7:00 pm at thC' Kolbe" Project. 713·861 1800 Tuesdav, June 30 • MCCR: EmpowC'rnttnt for Living 'lupporl group & pot luck d lnnrr a t 6:00 pm, Gloryland Ensemblr at 6:00 pm OrchC'strn rehersal at 7:30 pm. 713-861-9149 • PROTECT mC'CUI at l::krlng Churth. 713· 520-7870 • Maranalha F'C'llowshlp MCC has groups that meet In c<1ch othC'rs home for n llmt" or rrllowshlp. sh.trlng God's word. ~111d pravrr Call for thr- loc.111011 Jn vour uren 713-528· 6756. • Tite Church or Good Ulr on the lnt('rurt hltp://www.syncn·Ust org/rh11rch.htm • Bi1hop's Homosc-xuallly l>o<·um('nt discus slon gruop 07 pm. At thr Kolhc Project 71 J 8(il IAOO. Wednesdav. Julv 1 • Holy Eucharist RJlc II 12 l\:oon t.lt St Stc-phcn s Epl t'op.il Ch" "'Ch 1805 \\" AL.100.ma. 713-528 hf.t15. • MCCH Bible Study 7:30 p111 713 Slil Bl-i9 •Worship &-rvlc-C' 7·30 pm nt J-"nllh .rncl Hope F<llOW>hlp 713 520 78·17 • The Churd1 or Good Lift• Oii th(' lntnllt'I. http://www.ttym·ret11t.org/ch11rd1.htm • Hf:'allng Sf·r-vl<·<" nt A pm. th" Kolht· f'rojC'c·t. 713·861-7212 Thursdav. Julv 2 • Hib)(" Study 7:00 pm at f'nllh ilmt HOJ)(". Fellowship 713 520· 7847 • Choir Practkt" at Community Go!ipe·l 6:30 pm 7 t 3-RR0-9235 or www c<1mmun11y gospd.org, Choir Prnctlc:~ .1t 6:30 pm. Midweek Srrvlc:r at Community GO$pd 7·30 pm 7JS 880-9235 or WWW C"ommuultygo~JX"I or~. • The Churd1 or Good Ufr" on U1(" h11crnrt, http://wv.-w !iyncrctlst.ofR/d1urch.htm If you wunt cm f'vent h.sh"ll 111 tlits sl'ctlon. pleuse call CarollJ11 Robert-. ul 71.'J 529 IJ490 b11 J 2 .'Voon Mortdfll/"' godkJvu- )IOarP ctJHte-r/uire, ~LIJ~ EJCper~ Catch the Bering Spirit- A Place for Everyone B ERING M EMORIA L U N IT ED M ETHODI ST CH U R C H A Reco11cili11g Co11gregatio11 Where persons reg,1rdlt•s. of sexual orentation, gendl'r, ethnicity, or age fu lly p.1rticipatc in the church's life ,md ministries '" loved disciples of Christ. 2 0 A - N FW LARLY SERVI CE S1111duy Wors /1 i11 ...................... 8 :.JOa.111. S 1111du11 S c1100/ ......................... 9 :.1011 111. S1111d11}1 Wor sliip .................... J0:.50i1.111. Re\. 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Shepherd nJ/520 5221 19n W Gray n3/520·B900 1117 Missouri St. m, 529-3450 BUSINESSES & SERVICES 10 Allstate 3467 Kirby n3; 526-5553 II Cineplex-Odeon 1450 W Gray n3/524-87B1 12 Crossroads Mori<et1111 Westhe1mer nJ/942-0147 13 Eckerd Drugs 1007 Westhe1mer nJ/524-9229 14 Fitness Exchange 4040 Milam nJ/524-9932 15 Houston Voice 811 Westheimer n3/529-B490 16 Kroger Grocery 3300 Montrose n3/526-7B65 17 Lobo Books & Video 3939-S Montrose n3/S22-5156 lB Mo1n St. Theatre 4617 Montrose nJ/524-6706 19 Montrose Clinic 215 Westheimer nJ/520-2000 20 Vilven Design Group B07 Hawthorne 11 House ol Colemon 901 W Alabama 22 Wolgreens 3317 Montrose 23 STAT S<ript Pharmacy nJ/526·3212 nJ/523-2521 nJ/520-8000 3407 Montrose (AS) nJ.'522-7373 : CLOTHING SHOPS 24 Block Hawks 2923 Main nJ, S20-6224 25 Basic Brothers 1232 Westheimer nJ/522-1626 26 Leather By Boots B07 Fairview 713/526-266B 27 Leather Forever 711 foirview 713/526-6940 28 nmeless Taffeta 1657 Westhe1mer 713/529-6299 SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY! Who Said Doctors No Longer Make Ho--u- se Calls? BUSY PROFESSIONAL Mid-thirties, intelligent, trim and suc­cessful. Interests include culture, fit· ness. movies, gourmet food and travel seeks meaningful relationship. trQ123 Has your love life been diagnosed as terminal? Well, we've got the cure. Beginning this ;\fay, Houston Voice personals will have a whole new look, new features and plenty of single people waiting to meet you. So take your medicine, call 1-800-985-4666 and place your FREE personal ad today! 2 1 A ..J U N E 2 e 1 a a e CLASSIFIEDS To advertise on the ClaSSlheds call (713)529-8490 or (800)729-8490 If not 1n Houston. Our office hours are 9 00 am-5:30 pm Monday through Fnday. Classified deadline 1s Monday at noon lor the follOW1ng Frday publication. Most ma1or credit cards and personal checks accepted. Houston Voice is not resp onsible for misprints appearing after first week. Check ads promptly. Announcements BEARS on the Bayou to host a cocktail party tonight. June 26th, at 9:00 PM @ Nighthawks. The party will include a showing of the artwork submitted to a logo design contest for the three day event which will take place Apnl 23 - 25, 1999. PRIDE WEEKEND Houston Lesbian & Gay Pride 1998 unified diversified electrified Friday, June 26th, 7:00pm 711 William Street Gallery Pumped Up On Art: Footwear of the nch and famous IS coming out of the closet for thos unique social and fundra1s­mg event Local artosls provide their tome, talents. and matenals to create works of art using the celebrities' shoes or "pumps" as t"o centerpiece. Saturday, June 27th, 9:00pm Westheimer & Montrose 1998 PRIDE PARADE: Be here to light up the night with electrifying PRIDE! Houston mado history last year with North Amonca's first nighttime Pride Parado, and !"IS year's will be even big­ger and bnghtor• The Pride Committee of Houston is proud to announce a schedule of over 60 events for PRIDE '98! Pick up a copy of the Pride Guide or contact us 0 713.529.6979 or www.pridehous­ton. org for more information. GLSH Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of Houston The GLSH will be conducting training for new phone statt volunteers on the following date, July 1G-12, 1998. The GLSH os a non-profit. information and referral service providing 1nlorrnation on organizations, services. events and mat­ters of interest to and about the gay and lesbian community in the Houston area GLSH also provides information on AIDS, peer/active ristening and when necessary CflSIS intervention. The Hate Comes/Incidents Hotline is also main­tained by the GLSH. To volunteer or for more information please call 713.529.3211 or leave a message 0 713.529.9615. Houston Pride Band: The Houston Pnde Band has a new mailing address. Effechye June 12 1998 the new address 1s 1412 Richmond Ave., #389, Houston, TX 77006. ''WANTED" Artist with Disabilities To display, perform or sell their work at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center's DISABILITIES ART FESTIVAL Painters, sculptors, entertainers, ceramists, dancers, singers photogra­phers, comediaras, poets and musicians are all welcol"O to pamctpate on the fes­tival to be held on Saturday. July 25, 1998 C the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1415 West Gray (across from RJVer Oaks Plaza). Featuring displays, door pnzes, entertainment, face paontmg, cookie decoratmg, clowns, hve music. and tours of thos unique facohty. FREE: adm1ss1on, hot dogs, popcorn and dflnks to the public. The event will be promot­ed by the Coty of Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Reg1strat1011 JS FREE and artists may keep 100% of thetr sales For more Information, or to register. call Nick Cavallaro or Lois Ml7/er at 713.2841973. CALLING ALL SWBT EMPLOYEES ACTIVE OR RETIRED!!! Come OUT' and show your colors by proudly supporting the Houston Lesbian and Gay Pnde Parade. If you are inter­ested on being a part of the spectrum unit 1n lhe parade, please call 713.871.2922 for more 1nformat1on. Spectrum 1s the organization of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-gendered and gay fnendly SWBT employees. HOPWA Funds Available for Rural Counties. The PWA Coahtoon has hous­ing assistance funds for People with HIV or AIDS residing on Austin. Colorado, Walker and Wharton Counties. These funds are provided by a contract woth the Texas Department of Health. Individuals or famtlies residing on these coun11es m need of rental or uhhly assistance should contact tho Coahhon directly at 1.800.999.0325. Houston Lesbfan & Gay Prfde 1998 The official Houston Lesbian & Gay Pnde 1998 merchandise 1s now available. T­sh1rts, tank tops, sleeveless muscle Ts, caps and commemorative pins all feature the 1998 theme of "Unilted, D1vers1lted, Electnhed." All proceeds help bnng you PRIDE 1998. 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The Houston Pride Band,avolunteer, non-profit organization 1s looking for a conductor/artistic director Duties will include: providing art1st1c direction, con­ducting at weekly rehearsals, and part1c- 1pating al bi-weekly board meettngs. For more onformalton, please contact Russett Williams at 713.524.0218, or send email to HousTxBandOaol.com The Fltness Excha nge 1s now hiring fiir receptionisVtramer Must be people ori­ented and wtlling to work on some week­ends We are also looking for a detail oriented housekeeper Please come by 4040 Milam to apply General Labor: 713.942.8600 Hems For Sale BABY GRAND PIANO $6,500.00 713.308 6811 Licensed Massage WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MASSAGE MAKES/II Louis, MT#010270 713.529.8808 or 281.660.8702(cell) SWEDISH MYOTHERAPY Male Lopez-MT013532 713.406.1023 Indulge Your Mind, Body & Soul With a St1mulat1ng and Relaxing Body Massage at Pegasus Body Works 713.525.0542 Private and Professional Hotel - ln/Oul Calls Available Frank G. 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Leave Message: 281 .879.8573. wantToBuv Fast Cash, Highest Pnce Paid We buy antiques, estates, funrture, collectibles, iewetry, etc. Pick up available 281.391 .7515 or 713.994.5986 pgr. WebSites www.HoustonGayWeb.com www.bas1cbrothers.com www.communitygospet org www the clubs.co.-i www.pacdicstreet.com www.conhdent1alconnect1on.com www.movo.com Additional services on page 11 ,pin section B . Help Wanted Bars/Clubs, Personals and Models/Escorts. Call Marshall for your classified needs. CLASSIFIEDS 113-529-8490 LOOK WHO JOINED THE LIST! The Houston Voice is pleased to announce that you may now pick up your copy at these locations. HALF-PRICES BOOKS 2410 Waugh Drive & 2537 University Dnve SPY 112 Travis MELA'S TEJANO COUNTRY 302 Taum ACADIAN BAKERY 604 W Alabama CACTUS MUSIC & VIDEO 2930 S Shepard 2 3 A .J U N E HOUSTON LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY CENTER 803 Hawthorne ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS 404 Westhe1mer CLUB EXTREME 11670 S.W Freeway 2 B 1 9 9 B .. June 26 Got k? If not hop on over to Crossroads Market for •toe Harvey Milk CD r iease jlarty Housto Gr nd Op:; a pre· •mered the work 1!195 Co.,pos Stew ·d Walbce :-id librettist M1chaol Ko1 e are sc~eduled to be or hard to autograpti copie0 of tie w'lrk 11•1 Westhc1mer 6 pr to 9 p,.,. 7'3·546 0230 June 27 Its what this weekera 1s all about Houstor hgtots up l'ie sky with pnde for the 1998 Lesbian and Gay P•1de Parade. The parade is more than 100 urnt~ strong this year It bogms at the comer of Westhe1mer and Ridgewood, and travels east toward Stanford. But get there earty to plant your roots. orgar1zers expect 70,000 this year 9 p.m. 713-529·6929. Last year, Rich's was packed for Pride Night with circuit boys partying down until early Sunday. This year, expect the mega dance club to pull out all the stops for "Wired: Direct Current." a party they say won"t be forgotten. Billboard DJs J.D. Arnold and Chris Sill spin the crowd into a frenzy with their trademark selection of bass­thumpmg. deep house. 2401 San Jacinto, 9 p m. 21 and up $10. 713-759-9610. June 28 Make sure your batteries are recharged for JR ·s Sunday afternoon ntual of cheap drmks Take your best shot at tho club's classic karaoke sing along at 6 p.m., and stick around for the professional male strip contest hosted by that crazy duo of hair teasers, Kofi and Lindsey Love at 11 p.m. Congratulations to the venue, which celebrated its 16th anniversary on Thursday. 804 Pacific. Ages 21 and up. 713-521·2519. June 29 Tickets are on sale for TUTS' productions of ''Camelot" with Robert Goulet. and Andrew Uoyd Weber's freshman work •Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The latter stars David Osmond - yes, as 1n Donny and Mane "Joseph" opens June 30 and runs through July 12 ··camelot• opens July 21 and runs through August 2 Call 1 ·800·678-5440 for tickets. Prices vary. Tickets have beer so hard to get for Andrew Lloyd Weber s "The Phantom of the Opera that the musical has been extended through July 18 Eight additional performances have been added. Jones Hall, 615 Lou1s1ana Ave Tickets $16 to $66, 713·629-3700 INSIDE: UT oN rltE __ HOUSTON VOICF • JUl\E 26, 1998 A GUIDE FOR YOUR l.EISLlRE TIME HOUSTON VOICE INTERVIEW by DAVID GOLDMAN Superstar RuPaul, whose remarkable ascension to international fame began In Atlanta's gay bars, comes home this Saturday night for his first Atlanta con· cert stnc·t• 1995. HuPaul's show at The Tabernacle is set for 11 p,m, Long a legend In dance clubs from New York to Miami. RuPaul hit the bl/I,· time with his 1993 smash ·supermodel.· St nee then, he's released thrf'f.' more CDs, pub llshed an autobiography ("Lt"llln" It All Hang Out"), appeared In films ("The Brady Bunch Movie: "To Wong Foo ,., Thanks for Everything, Julie Newma r ") and h osted his own drlve· tlrne rad to show on New York's WKTU FM. 1\vo weeks ago, The New York Times and TI1e Los Angeles Times debuted new print ads for Rockport shoes featuring a suave RuPaul In male clothes. For Saks Fifth Avenue billboards In Las Vegas, New York and LA, he showboats In both male and female drag, And he appears as a guy with Stockard Channing In lhe made· for cable movie ·An Unexpected Li fe: which premiered on USA Network on June 24. The world's most famous drag queen tells Houston Voice about his roots, his lover and the new millennium. purchased in New York's \ \.'est Vllla~e. preparing for a trip to South America and planning a family reunion at his Miami Beach vacallon home. RuPaul recently took time lo talk lo Houston Voice about his cart'er, his relationship with his dashinl( Australian lover and why Atlanta whe re he return!'<i thi!-i wet•kc-nd for th e city's Pride celebration - still feds like home. HoVo: What's your secret !or being a successful superstar and having a happy romance at home? RuPaul: The flrsl moment I met (lover) Georges (LeBar), I felt safe. I was very vulnerabi<' al the lime I met him, In his presence, I fell really safe. at my most vulnerable point. He's very warm and lo\1ni(. He reminds me of what's really important. I don't know whal the hell he sees in me. (laughs) I J(el really tied up In my career. I can be really introverted and get. very into work. HoVo: You've done several high profile things recently that Involve working In men's clothes. I know you've often said that every­thing we put on Is drag, but for a long time you've been asso­ciated with a particular kind RuPaul j ust wrapped u p taping on another of hlgb-glam female drag. season of his "RuPaul Show· on VH-1, where his guests Included Olivia Newton-John, Rick Pholo by Mathu & Zaldy How Is It psychologically different for you to get ready to work as RuPaul the guy, as opposed to being RuPaul the Queen of All Media? James and the Pointer Sisters. And on July 4, Chancellor Media wtll unvt>ll his dance music program "RuPaul Radio: which wtll prt>miert' tn New York and then go into nationwide syndication, But long llnw observers know that RuPaul's stellar career began rlli,hl ~n Atlanta, wHh frequent appearances on public access cables '111e Amertt·an Music Show· and with his wild nili,htclub performann•:.. From the early '80s until he moved lo New York In 1987, Hu was an institution In Atlanta's gay scene. l le danc1·d on a 11.o·go box at Weekends, plastered fliers of himself wearing a jot·kstrap and hair extensions ("RuPaul is Everylhin1(l on lri<-phone polt's, and spent hours waving from the pord1 ol his Midtown apartmi·nt above a billowtng bt•dsht•t•l with his seasonal mcssa~t· Kryloned In red: '111ts Swnnwr, Hul'aul Is l~NI llot.• Though pn·octuplc.·d with moving Into a nc-w aparlmt•nt he's "Opposite o f Sex" I /i/urim1.,h1 n1c111yd<'cl lines Otl (/I<' IJic/ SCT!'<'ll Page 28 " Ray H i ll" n n nlOri.t'~ oj u·o1vc11 prrmocntcur'. Page 48 RuPaul: trs a lot more relaxing. All that shit I put on. I act like. 'Oh. II comes on easy and I feel great ' But it's like ha\' 1ng a uniform on, Somehow when rm In glamour drag, it'~ almost like a goddess. I feel like the pope. who other Pfi>ple want validation from. People pay you more attention and give you more encrcy When rm not In drag, rm able to focus on m)' o"m enerl()• and linger and really be in that moment. I can focus on mv 0\1m 1·nerJt\' from !ht' inside oul, rather than the enercy that's coming to me based on what rm wearing, HoVo: You're launching your new nationally syndicated radio show In July. What arc you going to play on It? RuPaul: It'' ~omg to be a lot like the T\' ,1Jow on \'H I It See RUPAUU page 3B "X Files" F r D1. 'tot•ny ann Anderson. life is out there Page 98 r • A MOVIE REVIEW Mangled lives a treat in 'Opposite of Sex' by STEPHEN A. UNDERWOOD Forever. It seems, gay films have had only two Ingredients. a pretty boy ~one V.TOn(!. and an estran~ed lover who won't !(Ive up. But In his hllartous new film "The Opposite of Sex.· Uon Roos bakes a satlrtcal cake mixed with those same Ingredients, yet scon·s big with a catty recipe that doesn't fall nat on its face. The movtc stars Christina Ricci as 16-year old Dedee Truitt. a plottinl(. connlvtrtj?, rebellious sex kitten who elopes from her mother's Louisiana country house after her incestuous stepfalh('r gets plowed six feet under Short. plump and sporllnl( two rnlossal milky white breasts, Christina could easily be that missinl( mistress on a dairy c·arton. or the next underage cenlerfold. Yet she splits with the help of her Biblc-quolinl(, while supremacist boyfriend (William Lee Scott) lanclinl( unannounced on the doorstep of her half brother Bill. Bill l:.lartln Donovan) b a wealthy late thirtysomcthllll! gay man who liws with his handsome, young lover Matt (Ivan Sergei) In an ldylltc. middle class Eden. Their l(lganhc house 1s packed with \\Jspy mementos that look more like a scene out of ·Leave It to Beaver· lhan a cesspool of homo· sexual deviance bound to be struck by a meteor Yet Dedee Is the meleor Iha! strikes this Indiana pamdisr. She su<Teeds 111 convincing Matt that he mil(ht be btscxu,1! (how would he know he's not If he's ncvt'r trted?), and she beds him in the ,1fternoons while 8111 is away tcachln!( at high school. With an in tel lect just a notch above Cro Magoon man, Malt IS clueless of Uedee's set up. In record tlml'. she iJnnounces he's made her pregnant In spite of scores of Trojans Shocked by the news of :.latt's mfi dclity. Bill Is wounded deeper wh~n lhe new couple skip town for California. alter stealing $10.000 of his money To kt·cp him al bay, Dedee steals the ash('s of Bill's lover who died of AIUS. Infuriating his survivln~ sister Lucia ("Friends" regular Lisa Kudrow) who hanl'!s onto Bill like a pseudo housewife. in part to temper her sexually· repressed life. To matt('rS worse, Jason (Johnny Gak< ki), a quemy ex· hll(h school stu dent, pays Bill a visit, demandm~ to know Matt's whereabouts. Jason threatens to tnunp up sex charl'!es al(alnst Bill to the st·hool board if Matt doesn't call. or ('OUrst•, Matt doesn't. The school board suspends Bill when the mt'dla bn·aks the story Regrt'ltably he decides to hunt Matt and lkclcc down to wipt· disgrace from his name with Lt1('ia relurtanlly in tow. Ricers sinlskr glances are reminis­n ·nt of her stint as Wednesday on "Tiu· Addams f',unlly" film series. She seems psychologically suited as the film's ft'mme fatale Sht' waxes and wanes from plttful to pililt'ss as we love her and hate all at the same lime. ~::agcrty, we applaud her doom only to he drawn back Into her "'ickt'd web when she lives after htrthlng the baby. Yl't we c.an t t.elp hut shake our heads at the sht"Cr cruelty of her shenani· gans, and marve l al the mental circus that manjllt"I th(' hws or the innocents. Trouble is. on ony do.w ol lhl• wN·k . there·s people out there just like her Houston Voice Rating: **** (of 5) MPAA Rating: R Run Time: 100 mlnutt·s Genre: Comedy Director/ Script: Steven Ullkr Cas t ; Christina Rini. Martin Donovan Usa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki, Ivan Srrgd William Scott Lee Theaters: Opens today al the Landmark Rl\'crs Oaks 3. Shepherd and West Grav, (713) 52·1 ·2175. $6.75. Seduction: Chnstma R1cc1 (Dedee) seduces and then steals Ivan Sergei (Matt) from his boyfnend m 'The Opposite of Sex,• which opens locally today -Photo by Bob Akester Twisted sisters: Ivan Sergei (foreground) lets himself get entangled m a bisexual love tnangle m a new amusing film by director Steven Dil
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