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  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
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Date July 7, 2006
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  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript Houston athletes are off to Gay Games in Chicago Team Houston members are among 12,000 registered for this year's games By JEFF BISHOP Thr planr t1ckrts are purchased. The hotl'l rooms arc booked, and last minute conditioning is underway. On ,June 8. a private pizza party to pick up tram jerseys, and to hang out one last time before heading north to Illinois will be held. Next weekend, Team Houston ls going to Chicago for the Gay Games. Held every four years, the first Gay Grunes took place in San Francisco in 1982. bringing together 1,350 partici· pants in 11 sports. The games have increased m size since then: 2006 brings together 12.000 registered athletes from over 70 colUltries competmg m 32 sports. ('!car Lake resident, Rex Manke, 15, will be going to his fourth Gay Games since 1986, to compete in outdoor sand doubles volleyball. Marzke and his partner are llymg up on Saturday. "l'vo been playing volleyball since '82. I didn't come out until '85, '86," Manke said. "I don't drink, and so I don't go to gay bars. J saw th1~ fl} er for a gay mlleyball league, Joined it and competed m the Gay Games in San Francisco m '86 J now mamly play indoor sixes. M\' volleyball partner is an old friend. and it's our first sand volleyball m 15 years." Keith Wright is president of Team Houston, the local organization that orgamzed gay teams to compete in this year's Gay Games in Chicago. (Photo by Dalton DcHartl For Deborah de Bram, 45, the atmosphere of the Gay Games is enough tu bring her back. Her only trip so far was to Amsterdam in 1998, where she won three medals in telU11S. a silver in the Doubles 35-plus m1Xed, and bronze's in Doubles 35·plus Women and Single :JS.plus Women. "I wa~ with my partner. and we stayed at the host hotel." de Bram said. "In Amsterdam. everywhere we went [gay IJCOPleJ w~re there. An)1imc th. 1 you went anywhere the restaurants, the mu cums. the bars you saw tl1l athletes or the spectators. It was reall;: really awesome. I wanted to go to Chicago to try to capture that again" De Bram pract1ccs with the Houston Tennis Club, one of the many gay sports organizations in Houston. "The Houston Tennis Club has been around for 26 years," de Rram said. "Quite a few of the guys who have been around since the inception arc still pla)'ing." The group meets Wednesday and Friday nights from 7'30 to 9 a m., and holds a clime on Satw'dav from 9 a.m. to noon, hN id Robert Lopez. ~. \\ill be pla) mg where\er his team needs him most Please see CAY GAMES on Page 4 Amy Sedaris gives fans of her quirky TV clique Some big-screen 'Candy.' Page ll Par1 of the new batch of gay soap characfers with thicket plot Imes. Luke Snyder (Van Hansis right) on 'As the World Tums spms on a dramatic axis as he struggles with a crush on his straight friend Kevin (Karl Girolama). (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua courtesy PGP/televis1on illustration by Justin Winslow) All my gay children Soap operas continue inclusive, if incidental use of gay characters By ZACK HUDSON "PASSIONS" CHARACTER SIMONE RUSSEIL HAS· N'T had it easy. Nov. a young woman in her 20s, Simonl' (Cathy Jeneen Doe) has spent the majority of her forma· tne years seething at her parrnts and sister Whitnry while trvmg to teal Chad Wlutney's boyfnend, aw~ from her sermingl) perfect older s1bhng But in true oap opera fa h1on once her famJI} learned that Chad v. as possibly unon nd Please see SOAP OPERAS on Page 15 Paul Scott says free activism training will help Houston gay families. Local Life, Page 6 Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants to reinstate legislation banning gay foster parents. News, page 5 Actor Johnny Depp says he has no problem playing a gay character. Dish, Page 16 2 JULY 7. 2006 JOSE MCDONALD REAi.TY, INC. 5444 Westhe1mer, Ste 1560 • Houston, TX 77056 Single Family Homes Townhouses Condos ..'.- c West University :r The Woodlands :r Northwest :.'< Southwest :r Heights ,,'< Montrose }c Westbury ~Midtown :r Galleria -r.'c Kingwood WE SELL BANK & GOVERNMENT FORECLOSURES Chris Rogers, Realtor 281. 755.4500 chrisrogershoustonOgmail.com www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Why guess? Let us show you! r Bring your computer in for a FRBIE Computer Check-Up while you wait! DfiTfi ~!.2~ •Viruses & Spyware Removed • Hardware Upgrades •Wireless Installation •Advice on Parental Controls • Custom Built Computer Sales • Picl<-up and Delivery Available !FREE~ .. House Call to your home or business! "'A Better Fix for Your Computer" SINCE 1988 www.datadoctors.com 3145 W. Holcombe Blvd. 2055 Westheimer In the Randalls Center at Buffalo Speedway Randalls Center at Shepherd (713) 838-9100 (713) 522-4444 HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com I • Pictured 1s Houston Mumapal Court Judge Barbara Hartle. John Lawrence; Kevin L Cathcart Dennis Coleman who IS regional director for Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund the gay leqal advocacy group, and local gay attorney Jeny Simoneaux_ Texas sodomy case decision remembered in Houston A commemoration rcremon} marking the third anniversary of the Lawrence \S. Texn sodomy casr decision w;i, held Junl' 26 at the Bermg & James Gallen: follm\ed by a reception at the Houston GLBT Commt.111!} Center. In 1998, HalTlS County Sh( Lff's deput1es, rcs1xmding to a false report of an armed intruder, entered John Lm\1-cnce's Houston apartment and found him and 'I)ron Garner having sex. Both were arrested and jailed overnight. They pleaded no eonte t to the Class C misdemeanor and paid a $200 fine The case wa appealed to the Texas Co1trt of Cr1mmal Appeals, which ref\1scd to con· sider the matter. U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed in the fall of 2002 to hear the ca e, and or.ii arguments Y.ere gm~n before the court m March. An historic 2003 US. Supreme Court decision to strike down Texas' so-called "homo sexual conduct" law sent cheers throughout the state and country among gay citizens. The law had banned intimate relations, including oral and anal sex, bctv.('('n con· senting adults of the same sex. It did not apply to heterosexual couples. Get ready for an 'Amazing' Houston Chamber event The Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce will spon or ·~mazing Hace Houston" on Friday July 7 from 6.00 1i.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is alwa}'s a fmorite for mem· hers and guests, said chamber officials. Ba ed on the hit CBS Network tele\ is ton show "The Amazing Race." teams are formed and compete along a progrc sive dinner route as they solve clue , titSks and arriVl' to each destination fur pomts toward herornmg the final wmning team of the night. Till' chamber has established host d1•s· tinations for each stop along the route, inrluding a wini> and cheese station. salad stop, entrcc stop and the final destination for dessert. Chamber officials believe the event Is a good opportunity for gay business own· ers to promote their com1>any and net· work with others For more tnformation call 713-523-7576 or visit www.thecham berhouston.org MCC releases fall, summer continuing education training schedule The J\lontrose Counseling Crntl'r, which SPr-vcs a large number of gay, les· bian, bisexual a)1d transgPnder lloustonians, has released the fall und summer training schedule for its Continuing Education DepartmenL The first training session starts Aug. 18, and will includr. decisions on Sexually Transmitted lnfect1ons such as Hepatitis and 'l'uberculos1s. Another session on this top will take place Nov. 17. Other sessions include Cultural Diversity and Sen ith 1ty on Sept 15 and HIV AIDS on Ort. 20. The training sessions an• open to the public. It last betY.cen three and four hours, and reqmrc a 10 per hour fee if paid ·n advance An additional $10 \\ill be chargt'<I the day of the sessions if not pre· paid. All of the sec;s1ons \\ill be held at the center, which is located at 701 Richmond A\'e. For more information, call the center ut 713·529-0007 or visit www.monstrosec ounselingcenter:org. PFLAG/HATCH scholarships to be awared July 9 Winners of the l'FLAG/HATC II Youth Scholarship Foundation scholarships will hr announced ,July 9 at the monthly meeting of the local Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays group. PFl.AG offirmls said the scholarships honor the outstanding acheirnment of graduating ga}: lesbian, bisexual and trans· gender high school students. Last year. I03.1Xl0 worth of scholarships were handed out to students about to start college The meeting will he held at St. Paul's United J\lethodist Church, which is local· ed at 5SOI S. J\1ain St., at 2 p.m. For more information on I' Fl.AG or on how to apply for rwxt year's schofarships, call 71~67 3524 or C·mail helplin a pflaghouston.org. From staff and wire reports JULY 7. 2006 3 I I Fort Bend County gay murder case remains open Police officials now have full name of suspect, but have made no new arrest By ERIC ERVIN Sheriff's officials in Fort Bend Count) now know the name of a second su pect wanted in the murder of a gay man. but have not yet tracked hrm do\\n. Offirials ha\e recent:y identtfied thr second suspect as 19 ~ear old Alonzo .Guerra. Originall}. the} only had what \\as believed to be a pos. rble first name of MAlon o" to go on Guerra L<; wanted m connection with the murder of Arnulfo Quintero Aguilar. 43, of Sugar Land. Police are also looklng for Luis Carlos Rodnguez. 27 "There has not been any more arrests." said Terriann Carlson, a Sheriff' Office spokesperson. Fort Bend County Shenff's officials are still not saying if Aguliar was murdered in his home last month because he was gay. Ofticiab said it ap1>eared Aguilar suf· fercd a tragic death of blunt forced trauma to the head. l'ohcc already have one suspect in cus· tody On Junr 17, they rrcsted Alberto Ramos, 17, for allegrdly takmg part m the murder. Officmls s<ud Aguilar met Ramo and the tY.o other men at a Hou ton area gay bar and invited them to his Sugar Land home. Officials said Ramos gave a \oluntary statement admitting he and two additional suspects went to a bar in the Houston area and targeted Aguilar with mtent1on of robbing him of his money and proper!} Agular's body \\HS found May 28 b} friends who went to his home in 10200 block of Kent Towne Lane In the To\\newest subdivision of Sugar Land. After not hearmg from him after leaving several phone calls, they contacted police. Police officials said Agular had been tied up and beaten with an object such as a baseball bat Sheriff's officials said Aguilar had @MORE INFO Fort Bend County Sheriffs Department 1410 Ransom Road Richmond. Texas 77469 281-341-4700 wwwco.fort-bend.tx.us Forth Bend County Crimesloppers PO_ Box 1607 Rosenberg.Texas 77471 281-342--8477 wwwfortbend·tx-crimestoppers.org Arnulfo Quintero Aguilar 43. was found murdered May 28 m his nearby Sugar Land home Police have made one arrest m the gay men's death. and are still looking for two more suspects. been eiq>ected at a gathering the pre\ 1ou evening, but never arrl\ed Friend called him se\eral time • got no repl}, and thrn \\ent to his residence The victim's home had been ransacked and a number of items \\ere mi mg. including his red 1997 Jeep Cherokee. Police stopped the Jeep last weekend dur­mg a spot cherk \Vhile being quesuoncd, police say Ramos admitted to being invoh ed in the man's death. He's been charged with murder and is being held Without bond. Death penalty possible Pro~ccutor' ha\·e said the} might seek the death penalty because robbery v.a imol\ed, and might file hate crime charges. They are rncouragmg local gay re i· dents to help \Hth findmg the remaining two su pccts. Th"Y behe\·e other patron of the bar might ha•<' seen them "Certainly if they kno\\ somethmg the} should call us. Carlson. Carlson said the victim' famtl} ha been postmg signs at Hou ton area ga} clubs and neighborhood . No fan111) mem· bcrs could be reached by press time An up to $5.000 re\\ard i bcmg offered by Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers to anyone WJth information leading to the t\\o suspects' arre t All caller can rcmam anonymous. Anyone \\1th inf or mauon on their whereabout~ l.s a ked to contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281341-4700. 4 JULY 7. 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I new~ Houston athletes join thousands for Gay Games GAY GAMES, cont nued from Page I hkely goalkeeper for the combined Houston Dallas soccer team.,. For pre para uon, Lopez 1s mamly try1.11J to get accus­tomed to the heat. "For me, personally, the hard part is that we're playing in the afternoon," he said A full soccer match should be 45 minute halves, at two or three o'clock. Chicago weather th ts tune is very close to Houston weather. Some of the teams coming from the coldrr partS aren't going to be used to it" These three athletes will be Joining more than 100 other Team Houston members in Chicago. Although they sometunes play \\1th competitors from other state.<; or even c.oun· tries (d Bram s 96 mixed doubles partner is from FranC£>}, they a!'l' Tram Houston for the openmg crrc:mome . As fill nddrd lx>nus, the)' get to use the Team Houston pm. "Most countries and most of the people m thn Umted States will destgll a pm based on the logo for either vour country or your state for your uniform,' de Bram !;aid. "When you meet someone, or even whrn you play against an o'Pponent, I \\Ould @MORE INFO Gay Games VII July 15-22 Chicago. Ill. www.gaygames.com T earn Houston sports.groops.yahoo.com/group/GayCames Team Houston/ trade pins. By the end of the Games, I prob· ably had 25 or 30 pms, and they're all col· otful and say the date and the countries." Team Houston exists as a non·profit organization with two missions: to promote the ga}. lesbian. bisexual and transgender sport experimres, and to organize Team Houston for the Gay Games. Each city tl'am \anes. but typical])~ the role ts hl'lping to facilitate regJStration, team uniforms, and team events both at home and .:may, Its cor· porate structure has been in placr smce the 1992 Gay Games m Vancouver, although Houston athletes have been competing in the Gay Games since its inception. Recruitment dnves like this one were held all over town to get gay athletes to compete in the Gay Games. "Some of my competitors from '86 are going to be there," Marzke said. "It's nice that every four years y'all get together I'm excited to see everyone again." The next Gay Games is set for 2010 in Cologne, Germany, Black churches preach acceptance for gays 102 congregations join inaugural 'Faithful Call' event for LGBT equality By JOSHUA LYNSEH More than 100 churches, most with pre­dominantly black congregations. stood up last month for ga} s and gay rights as part of a nat10n11:1de event to bring gay wor· shippers into the fold. Faithful Call to Justice. held in church· es and synagogues across the nation June 24 and 25, was supported by a \\ ide variety of denommauons, mcludmg Baptist, Gatholic and the Umted Church of Christ. The event \\RS organized by the National Black Justice Coalit10n. Organizers said the event's theme that gays have "God-given rights to life, love, liberty, and equal justice under the law" reached more than 100,000 people. Rev. Michael Eric Dyson, chair of the coalition's religious advisory board, said sermons given at the 102 participating churches reflected God's love for all. "Too often, our pulpits and places of worship can transform into soapboxes for bigotry," he said. "I try to speak out against venomous characterizations of LGBT folk, especlalJy those of color. and help them speak truth to power." Dyson said churches, espcctally those l~t· cd in black conununities, must continue to wcl· come and aff1rn1 gay members and visitors. "We all need affirmation, and as black people of all backgrounds, if we can't find Rev. Rice Rollins pastor of the Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church m Tampa, Fla, encourages his mainly gay congregation to nMte heterosexuals to Join them during worship Set'Vlces. that through religion and faith, where cJ.sc> should we turn"" he said. "It's time to heal, and love, and truly seek justice for nll " Supporting gay rights Churches that participated in Faithful Call signed a statement supporting gays and gay rights. ·~s faith leaders, we acknowledge the spir· itual worth of our gay, lesbian, bisexual transgendcr and same-gender loving broth· ers and sisters," the statement says. ··we wel· come their fellowship in worship, and we affll1ll their God-given rights to life, love, lib­erty, and equal Justice under thC' law." Churches from New York to Los Angeles were asked to demonstrate their support by delivering a sermon, or offenng other mes· sages, that affirmed gay rights. Faithful Gall organlzcrs said many of the sermons were extemporaneous, and were unable to provide any transcripts. But Rev. Rice Rollins, pastor of Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church in Tampa, Fla., said he challenged his pre­dominantly gay congregation to be true to themselves and their neighbors. "The mainstream church community is so quick to talk about the homosexual lifestyle," he said. "It is so important that we let people know that this is not a prefer· enre, nor a lifestyle. It ts who \\e are" Rollins also asked his congregation to seek and welcome straight worshippers, just ----- @MORE INFO National Blaclc Justice Coalition 1725 I Sl NW, Suite 300 Washington. DC 20006 202·349-3755 www nbjcoalition.org as predominantly straight congregations should seek and welcome gay worshippers, "It's the Lord's house." he said "No one should feel uncomfortable tn th lnrd's house." Mandy Carter, a coalition boanl mem· ber who attendoo a Faithful Call worship crvicc m Charlotte N.C'., said she hacl "an absolutdy amazing tlmc." "On my drive bark home to Durham," she said, "I remember feeling that my heart and spirit \\ere full." Some churches opposed event But while many black churches joined 1n Faithful Call, others declined to partict· pate. Rue said the NBJC invited hundli!<ls of churches to participate. l\lany pa tors didn't respond. Others expressed outright opposition. She said one coalition ally advocated a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gay parishioners and was against them openly identifying themselves. Among the churches that participated, Rue said Faithful Call was well recciVl.'<I. She said there were no indications that attendance or offerings were do11.n ut partici· pathig churches during 1-'aithful Call wcekenrl. "It really excited a lot of people," Hue said. "It got a lot of interest. There really was a buzz out there about it." HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com I new b Castro's niece wants Cubans to change attitudes on gays HAVANA The niece of le:1der Fidel Castro wants her countrymen to be more tolerant of homosexuality and bisex­uality. In March. 4..'l-year-0ld Mariela Castro. director of the government-funded National Q>nter for Sex Education, pro­moted a television soap opera that scandalil,ed many Cubans by depicting bisexuality in a sympathetic light, Heuters rt>purted June 29. The controversial show told the story of a constmction wolil.er who leaves hb wife and children for the man next door. Now Mariela Castro is campaigning for a law that would give transsexuals sex-<:hange operations and hor­monal therapy in addition to new identification documents with their changed gender. The proposed law, up for a lX.'CCmber vote, would offer the surgery for free. Castro told Heuters she wants to bring the revolution her uncle fought 47 years ago to the issue of sexuality. "I want to bring the revo­lution's humanity to those aspects of life that it hasn't reached because of old prejudices," she told Heuters. Fidel rastro's 111!Ce MiliEla saKI M ~her t.trl3 rt»tdfuuy Kle.lS to the Cl'&l of sex. n:reasP;J tOOcn:e ta- g.l)'S cm lralsgefm ~ Men with older brothers are more likely to be gay WASlllNGTON (AP) Men who have sever­al older brothers have an increased chance of being gay whether they were raised together or not a finding researchers say adds weight to the idea that sexual orienta­tion is b.1sed in bioloin: The increase was Sl'C'n Jn men with older brothers from the same mother. but not those who had stepbrothers or adopted brothers who were older. "It's like­ly tu be a prenatal effect; said Anihony E Bogaert of Brock University 111 St. Catharines, Canada, who did the rese:m.:h. 'This and other studies suggest that there is probably a biological basis" for homosexuali­ty. said Bogaert. He studiro four groups of Canadian men, a total of ~ people, analyz. ing the number of brothers and sisters each had. whether or not they lived with those sib­lings and whether the siblings were related by blcxxl or adopted. His findings were reported June 'l:l in the Prorecdings of the National Academy of Sciences. S. Marc Breedlove, a profes.'iOr at !\1ichigan State C'niversity. said the finding "absolutely" confirm~ a biological basis. The effect of birth order on male homo­sexuality has been reported previously, but Bogaert's wora is the first designed to nlle out social or environmental cffocts. Gay Microsoft original employee takes his own life SEA'l'IU: Leaders of a half-dozen gay rights groups mourned this week Ute death of Hie Weiland, one of five original employees of Microsoft. who had made large donations to su1>purt gay rights and the fight against HIV Weiland, 53, died last Saturda;; June 24, in his Seattle home of self. inflict!'<! gunshot wow1ds, the King County Medical Examiner's Office reported Frida)! Friends say hE' suffered from depression, the Seattle Times reported. "Ric is someone who quiet!:,; and with great humilit;: supportL>d the wora of many organir,ations dedicated to advancing lesbian, gm: bisexual and transgenderequalil)(" said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & l..i'Sbian Task Force, in a statement. "The breadth and scope of this commitmt>nt was immense and unwavering." Weiland attended high school with Paul Allen, who oo-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. and the duo hired Weilzmd in 1976 as one of the software giant's original five employees. Weiland retired from Microsoft in 1008 and became a benefactor. Pentagon admits error in saying homosexuality is mental disorder WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon is revis­ing a document that calls homos<'X\lality a mental disorder, officials said June 28. I .awmakers, medical professionals and others had pres.'il'CI for the change in a document out· lining procedures for dealing with disabled service members. "Homo:;cxuality should not have been characte.lized ns a mental disorder in an apJX>ndix of a procedural lnstnictlon," Lt. Col. Jeremy Martin. a DefenS<' Department spokesman, said. The document outlines dis­charge policies for service members with physical disabilities, and in a section on defects lists homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders. Also, this week. a new group was formed to lobby for repeal of the "Don't Ask. Don't Tell" policy on gays in the mili~ The !\lilitary Equality Alliance announced its formation on July 5 and will focus on gras.~roots lobbying in select congressional districts. ~we realized that we could contribute in a wry significant way by focusing on gaining the support of the public in key Congressional distrkts and states," said ,Jim l\lalone~: the !,'l'OUp's director: Mass. gay activists plan to fight marriage amendment BOSTON Gay-rights activists in l\lassarhusetts are w-ging state residents to contarr legisL1tors in advance of a ,July 12 con­stitutional convention on whether gays should be banned from marrying. "We need to make sure legislators hear from supporters of equality that discrimination should not be added to the constitution," said Gay & Lesbian Adovcates & Defenders Executive Director Lee Swislow in an e-mail July 3. Hepublican Gov. Mitt Romne); and Boston's Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley encouraged the Legislature to schedule a vote on the proposed same-sex mar­riage ban. To be on the~ ballot, the amend· ment must win the support of at least 50 legis­lators during the convention, which is a joint session of the House and Senate. It then must win at least 50 votl'S during a similar conven· tion during the :nTl·~ legislative session. From staff and wire reports JULY 7 2006 5 I na I Move to reinstate overturned foster parent ban in Ark. Court ruled barring gays is unconstitutional By Kll.LY CARSON Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee is lob­bying legislators to reinstate a ban on gay foster parents, but activists are still hail· ing the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling on June 29 that overturned the nation's only such statewide ban. The celebration isn't just about the decision itself. but that Arkansas' justices discussed at length mainstream research that contradicts the notion that children arc negatively impacted by growing up m gay households. "The fact that a court in Arkansas can do that and come up with a reasonable con­clusion is encouraging," said Carisa Cunningham, director of public affairs for the New England-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Cunningham said because state courts weighing the legality of gay and lesbian marriage often look at issues of children in same-sex families, the Arkansas deci­sion brings to the debate judicial review of the evidence. In its unanimous ruling upholding a lower state court finding that Alil.ansas' ban on gays serving as foster parents was unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court said there is no connection between a fos­ter child's well being and the sexual orien­tation of the child's foster parents. In the original 2004decisionofa1999 law­suit challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas' ban, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Fox rejected claims by the state that gays are unsuitable as parents. The findings of fact by Fox, upheld by the high court, included: • Being raised by gay parents doesn't increase the risk of psychological, behav­iora, or academic problems. • Children of gay parents are as well adjusted as those of straight parents. • There is no factual basis for saying heterosexual parents might be better able to guide children through adole. cence. • There are no reasons that health, safe­ty or welfare of a foster child might be neg­atively impacted by living in a foster home where there is a gay adult present. • The blanket exclusion can hurt chil­dren by excluding a pool of effective foster parents. Move to reinstate ban Soon after the Arkansas high court's decision, Huckabee, the conservative Republican governor, said he hopes the state legislature will reimpose the ban. "I'm very disappointed that the court seems more intere ·ted in what's good for gay couples than what's good for children Republican Gov. Mike Hudcabee says he would like the Arlcansas state legislature to reimpose a ban on gays as foster parents after the state's supreme court last week ruled the prt!VIOUS ban unconstitu­tional (Photo by Steve MitchelVAP) needing foster care," Huckabee said through his spokesperson Alice Stewart. The Texas legislature also has tried to bar gay foster parents, but the measure has thus far failed to garner majority support. Republican Rep. Robert Talton intro­duced an amendment in the Texas House in 2Cl0.5 that passed by a 13&6 vote with mo abstentions, but failed to pa_o;s m a Senate conference committee. "It is our respon. 'ib ility to make sure that we protect our most vulnerable chil­dren, and I don't think we are doing that if we allow a foster parent that is homoS<'~\lal or bt-;exual," Talton said when his amend­ment was approved by the T<'xas House. "There's no doubt in the world that it will come up again," said Dan Qumn, com­munications director for the Texas Freedom .Network, an organization that is working to advance the main tream agen­da of religious freedom and individual lib­erties to counter the religious nght. Bans weighed elsewhere But while media attention has focused on the Arkansas decision, other states are considering similar measure., said Ken Upton, senior staff attorne) for the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. '"Kansas has had this issue pop up, but in the last tenn the legislature e>.i>resslY declined to let it get beyond a proposal," Upton said Upton said fundamentalist Christians are looking at new ways to limit the legal rights of gays and lesbians. "If you want to hurt gays, you have to attack their relationships," he said. "The only way to oppress and make second-class citi­zens is to attack relationships "l\ith each other and relationships "l\ith parents and children." Kely Cnln can be reached at ~ --~-------- HOUSTON VOICE JULY 7. 2006 PAGE 6 Free training for gay families Statewide and national gay groups to conduct educational training on effective advocacy By ERIC ERVIN THE STATE GAY RIGHTS ADVOCACY group Equality Texas has partnered with the national Family Pride Coalition and their OUTSpoken Families program to kick off the "Our Stories" educational training sessions, scheduled to make a stop in Houston July 9. Equality Texas is inviting lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their allies across the state to participate in a speaker's bureau training session. The Houston Equal Rights Alliance, a local gay rights group, has Joined in the effort, and IS supporting outreach efforts throughout the city as part of Its ongoing advocacy campaigll for gay Houston tans. Officials believe the training sessions will give gay parents the tools necessary to become effective and knowledgeable speakers and advocates for family equali­t): They believe this will help the cause of gay families, since participants in the trainmg sessions will be better able to lobby government officials for change. "These media trainings are essential in working with LGBT families to tell their family stories among their friends, at the grocery store, and to our elected officials," says Paul E. Scott, Equality Tuxas execu­tive director. "For too long, LGBT families have been left out of the definition of 'fam­ily,' and it is imperative that we share our lives to dispel the myths and stereotypes perpetuated by extremists." In an ongoing effort to coordinate edu­cation and advocacy efforts, the statewide gay rights organization, along v.ith the Family Pride Coalition, recently launched a media campaign spotlighting gay fami· lies. Representatives with the two gay rights organizations say ultiniately it will be these families' stories that will change people's opinions about gay families. They point out that for the past four sessions of the Texas Leg1slature, law­makers have attempted to restrict same­S<' X couples from becoming foster par· en ts. "We know how effective LGBT parents are in reaching our elected officials, and we need to flood the Texas capitol with people willing to stand up for their fami lies." Scott says. Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk, who along with her same-sex partner, is the mother of four small children. "We are the in-betweens," Thibaudeau. Graczyk says. "A menagerie of cultures, geographies, colors and lives brought together by circumchance. We exist in a space that definitions fail to imagine. We are an inter-ethnic. transradal, adoptive. female-headed, gay household of trans· planted Yankees living in Houston." Despite the obvious differences between gay families and straight ones, Thibaudeau-Graczyk points out that both are the same, and have the same values. "There are so many ways in which we differ from the 'norm', but even more in which we are the same," she says. " In church one week, the children's story was about finding God in the in between's. "God was not to be found on the moun· tain peaks, the blazing desert sands or the ocean's expanse. God did not reside in the extremes of nature or humanity. Rather, God was found in the relation­ships between people who chose to share their love and resources with each other." THE BIGGEST CONCERN FOR THIS GAY mother Is the effects discrimination could have on her children. "My life would be much easier if I could just live it without having to worry about my children being harassed, or my marriage over·examined and called per· verted,"she says. "My life would be sim­pler if I knew that I didn't have to scrimp and save in order to pay for a second-par· ent adoption so that my wife wouldn't lose custody of our four children if some tragedy befell me." The views by conservative groups UALllY T E x A s Paul Scott. executive director of the statewide gay nghts organization Equality Texas, said the group's new; educational training program in partnership with the national Family Pride Coalition will benefit gay families by leaving parents as effective and knowledgeable speakers and advocates for equality towards the gay population and gay par­ents doesn't bother Thibaudeau.Graczyk "The religious right and the co1lSCrvative politicians can spew all the rhetoric they want to about how my family is demoralizing the troops in Iraq with our anti-American family values," 'I'hibaudeauGracryk says. "They can label and villaini7.e us." Despite the opposition and discrimi­nation, Thibaudeau-Graczyk's spirits and family unit will not be broken. "They can try, but I am not ready to stop telling our story," she says. "I run not ready to accept injustice. I am not ready to stop believing in the basic goodness of humanity. " I keep on thinking that if I can just educate one more person, maybe that will tip the scales. I have my famlly to tl:link about and because of them, I won't stop llVlng my life. "It's a good life. It's a blessed life. It's a hfe that de ·erves to be heard." According to the organi?.atlon's web­site, Equality Texas' mission is to eliml· nate discrimination based on sexual ori­entation and gender identity/expression -------~- @MORE INFO Equality Texas PO. Box 2340 Austm, Texas 78768 512-474-5475 wwwequalityteaxs org Equality Texas Houston Training July 9, lpm to 5pn~ lunch at l2:30pm Bering Umteo Methodist Church 1440 Harold Street Houston. Texas 77006 by lobbying the Texas I.egislature and other government agencies. The organi· iation was formerly oall rd the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. The Equality Texas Founrtat1on con­ducts research and educate:; TPxans about issues of equality, and helps coor­dinate efforts of gay and gay.friundly organizations in Texas. The Equahty 'l'exas Political Action Committee works to help gay and gay-friend ly politicians elected to the I .egislature. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com H*o*llfylw*o*o*d Bistro & Cafe EVERYBODY COMES TO HOUYWOODlll JOIN us FOR BREAKFAST DAILY FROM 9AM Early or Late Nightl Open 9am Daily Open until 12am or later Sun - Thur and 3am or later Fri - Sat BREAKFAST SPECIAL• 99 < Choice of: Hot Belgian Woffie & Syr. p JULY 7. 2006 7 out in houston I. Mr. and Mrs. GALLO I.arm Bag and Jov.ni Ray were recently aowned rcr,ralty, being named Miss and Mr. GAUD (Gay and Lesbian Latino Oryanization). 2. Making history Tootsie Zeis. Judy Reeves. Jade Esteban Estr.kla and Jim Carper attend a fundraJSer for the Gulf Coast Gay & Lesbian Archive Museum 3. Happy birthday It was part tundraise[ part celebration last month as Deb Mll'phy (left) celebrated her birthday during 'Queer Bingo' which raises money each month for the Houston GLBT Community Cent& 4. Theater kickoff Members of the Masquerade Theatre Company stnke a pose during a kickoff party for the upcoming production season. 5. Gospel celebration Tim RolCkler, Marti Rickard, Doma Riclcard Jonathan Wellington, Christian Wellingtoo and Roe Morgan at the recent XALf celebration. which was held at Metropohtan Commuruty Gospel Church. 6. Fond farewell Local gay activists Larry Simpson (left) and Km Jones recently received a heart-wamung send off before leavmg to start a new hfe together in Mexico. 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By CHRIS CRAIN T'S NOT OFTEN THAT life offers an opporturut~· for redemption - the chance to right an old wrong, to address and perhaps even oorrect a serious error from the past Congresgnan Jim Kolbe has one of those rare opportunities. With one pub­lic act, he could make a symbolic statement that would finally cleanse an ugly mark that will otherMSe stain his record in office. Tu some. Jim Kolbe's "sin" would be years in public life as a gay Republican, and leaving the party could redeem him. That's the painful path taken by many gay Republicans induding me disillusioned by the strangle-hold social conservatives have on the GOP Kolbe owes no apologies for his party membership. Tu the contrary, he has done an admirable job of sticking to his princi· pies over the decade since he acknowledged, after 12 years representing a moderate di.s­trict near Tucson, Ariz., that he is ga}: He has stood by his support for gay rights even though it bucked his party leaders. and he withstood shameful treatment from the GOP's right-wing, which llteraJJy turned its back on him when he spoke - on interna­tional trade issues, not gay rtghts at the aXX> Republican National Convention. A.better case could be made that Kolbe ought to atone for a relatively poor gay rights record in hts early years in the U.S. House. He was first elected in 1984, and even tn the mid 1990s was votmg against the interests of his own people gay pcop!" about half the time, according to the Human Rights Campaign. But that was before Kolbe came out pubhcly in 1996. Since then, he has scored at or near a perfect score for each and every term, playing an important private role on a range of gay issues. JIM KOL.BE'S "SIN" IS, RATHER, A SINGLE horrible vote, cast back in 1996 for the so­called Defense of Marriage Act, and now he has a unique «;ipportunity tu strike a blow against one the harshest, most mean-spirit­ed side eff~ of that nefarlous law. DOMA a ticking political time bomb foisted by a ~rvative Republican Congress on Bill Clinton, the Democratic president who cowardly signed it into law. Kolbe paid a quick psychological price. He believed wrong!}; as it turns out that the Advocate was planning to publish an arti· cle outing him for supporting DOMA. so Kolbe acknowledged publ.cly that he is gay. Still, in all the rears since, Kolbe has nc\ er renounced the DOMA vote and, remarkably enough. hasn't yet spoken out in favor of gay marriage, even though he has lobbied against a federal marriage amendment Perhaps he rationalizes his support for DOMA the way some others have, as "states rights" legislation that really JUSt prevents one state that marries gay cou· pies from "forcing" every other state to legally recognize those marriage licenses. But Kolbe knows better than that. DOMA goes much further. blocking the federal gov· errunent as well from giving any legal recog· nition to married gay couples. Among the thousand-Odd federal rights nnd benefits afforded to married heterosexual cou­ples, but blocked from gay couples by IXJMA, is the ability of a gay American to sponsor a samtLsex spouse who is not American for per­manent residence in the U.S. Without federal recognition of their re.la· tionships, many gay Americans are faced with a cruel choice when temporary visas inevitably expire: end the relationship or live in exile. It's one thing for the U.S. gov· ernment to dep1ive gay taxpayers of their rightful benefits as married Americans, but ifs quite another to force them to choose between their partner and their country. KOLBE KNOWS A LOT ABOL'T THE intolerably harsh treatment of gay bi-nation­al couples. Jn fact. the Issue lies at the mter­section point of his public and pnvate lives. Among House Repuhhcans, Kolbe has gained stature as a leading moderate on gen· era! immigration reform Issues. Jn the cur­rent debate, he has backed a 0011\bination of stricter border oontrol popular among many back home in Arizona, while offering to those tmdocwnented immigrants already in the US. a path toward citizenship. Becall~e his views on immigration are largely aligned v.ith President Bush, Kolbe is viewed as a key White House ally in the House, where his party leaders arc much more strident. On the personal side, as Kolbe acknowl· edged in an interview with the Blade this week. he is in a relationship with a foreign· er. a man from Panama living In the U.S. on a temporary visa. Kolbe was even escorted by his handsome partner, who he has declined to identify, to the Log Cabin Republican's national convention. At the black-tie gala that concluded that gathenng on April 29, Kolbe was honored for his years of service, and he gave by all accounts a rousing speech that called on gay Hepubhcans to speak out against injus­tice against gays whenever they see it. As they listened to Kolbe's speech. a number of high profile gay Republicans in attendance no doubt thought about the struggle bi·national couples face. For no good reason beyond coincidence, three top officers in the previous Log Cabin leader· ship slate are, like Kolbe, in relationships with forei&'Tlers from Latin America. Again, I include myself in their number. So it is ~all over again, and Congressman Kolhe's personal and private lives are coming together in one piece cf legislation. 1his time around. Kolbe has rosixinsored tlX' Uniting American Families Act, which would allow~ Americans to spooror their foreign JXUincrs for permanent residence here. It's fair to ask why he has not leveraged his influence on immigration reform, and his unique access to White House policy makers, to raise UAFA and the plight of gay bi-national couples. The answer he gave. in an interview this week with the Rlade, was that immigration reform was already too dicey, and too divisive, to throw homosexuality into the mix. ~There aren't enough J>euple who know about this problem," he said. "It's a matter of making more peoJ>lc aware of it." So let's connect the dots. There is no smgle person ma better position than Jim Kolbe to "make man; people aware of It," and the most important people at that. He is retiring at the end of this term, so he can speak more freely than most. By all accounts his JlOSt-Congres.'i plans don't include lobbying his former colleagues, so offending ultra-right Republlcans carries no professtonal risk. Ry voting for the Defense of Marrtage Act. ,Jim Kolbe hehlcd get us and him· self and some of his closest gay Republican friends into this mess. Maybe a stirring speech from the House floor, or even his well-known negotiating prowess, can't win passage this term for UAFA. But when it comes to "making more people aware of" this injustice, who's better than ')'OU, Congressman? 1 - Clvis Crain @ is executive editor of Houston Voice and ~ be reached at a:rai1 ~ HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com K. PEARSON BROWN With my long rap sheet, they'd be saying, 'Put the diamond ring down and step away from the U-Haul.' Call the lesbian love police MAYBE IT WOULD SAVE US ALL SOME frustration and heartache if there was such thing as lesbian love police. I imag­ine members of the force looking like Angelina Jolie in "Tomb Raider," strap­ping and taut. commanding our attention and our obedience They'd carry handcuffs dangling from their belts to use in particularly dicey cases. Officers would step in when a wron&>ful courtship begin and order, "Stop! Rack away from each other before somebody gets hurt." An intervention from the lesbian police would have halted me years ago from my pursuit of ",Jane," a lesbian l),J \\ ith a c:iche of come-011 lines. a closet full of steel-toed cowboy boots and a balx.•n•ady Yamaha. After a spin around the city with me riding bitch and a few fuzzy navels the drink we found ourselves arm wrestling m a dark bar. When she wooed me with, "Go on with your bad Sl' lf, girl friend," I reallzed not only were our styles worlds apart, but I needed an intcrprett•r. Neverthele~s. next thing I knew, I was in a two-year tumultuous affair that should have never happened, Same thing with "Barbara." She was a burly TV camerawoman who could hoist a 55-pound camera over her shoulder with no sweat. Like the Harley Davidson she rode in on, she was loud and imposing, but she could make me laugh like no one else. My first impression and my first rebuff was, "You're too butch for me." But a few jokes and Jell-0 shots later, her wisecrack· ing ways were irresistible. Before I knew it, it was two years late1; and we were sep­arating because, after nil, she was too butch for me. Did I mention I left her for "Jane"? l'H~:c1mtNG THE DYKES ON bikes wns "Marty." a decade my senior, who even without a motorcycle had a penchant for leather and roughing it up. After eight months, I finally threw in my whip. decid­ing I preferred a kindler. gentler Jove. Had a love cop stood bcl\n.>en me and these and other doomed dalliances, per­haps I might have sooner met my match. If only someone had read me my rights a Jong time ago: "You have the right to a relationship that docs not require therapy after three months. "You have the right to a partner who does not flirt shamelessly with other T count{Y rei:ently celebrated its 230th birthday. Do you think gay Americans are bet­ter off than those in other countries? Yes. We c1re able to live ou~ lives free to be who we are, whteh is not true in many other countries. We are blessed to be in Amenca. Many of our brethren lrve in con­ditions far worse than we do. yet we still have a long way to go to enjoy the same rights and pnvi· leges as other Americans do. ---- TORRGY MASON. 24 Houston Club promotions JOHAN E.VERSITJN, 38 Houston Financial advisor \\omen m front of lOU. You have the right to a lover who does not announce to every­one that you need to work out more when you are in a bikini at a pool party." But there is no lesbian police force, and the West Hollywood sheriff's depart­ment doesn't count. SO WHAT DO I DO. NOW that I am in love? The kind of love that makes me want to jump on a sofa. She's beautiful. smart. sexy and sweet, and I want to be with her forever. I have to \\under what a les­bian love cop would be advis­ing me no\\~ "Slow do\\11. Put the diamond ring down. Step away from the U-Haul." The reality is that le. bian love' is a lawless place. The best we can do is to write our own rules and govern our­selves accordmgl}: So as I plan to move in next month with my :;oul mate after a three-month romance, I realize the author· ities would probably say we should wait. But by now. I'm a repeat offender: a felon with a long JULY 7. 2006 9 rap sheet. I've done hard time and learned my lessons. I deserve to be put away for life. with the woman 1 love. Iii\ K. Pearson Brown is a Los-Angeles based ~ writer and public relations director She can be reached at LezTalkWeHo@aol.com Yes. Tlis OOll1try has nm rescmes fa' GI.BT~ Wf!re Wey tmiusc ~ ill! a yotJY:J OOll1try with rimf ~ wOO ~ pnl(JessM! ~ inf~ ill! rd~ inf plll­m'< l fa' cu ileas rm1y as nu:h as ~ 11 rim'f <iher comtnes. We crud be better off. lxJt ~ ill! skJwty wirm,i men inf men t9rts. LIZ WALDEN. '1 Houston College professor We are better off because 1 think most Amencans believe m equafi. ty for all We do have a lot of room for unprovement. We need to elect politicians that believe in equality for all. also. NORMAN SALVATO. 56 Houston Event/party rental Yes. In this country we have a lot more freedom and can generally be who we really are. In some other countries. people are subJect to very harsh punishmenJ for being GLBT. STEVEN GOMEZ. 34 Houston Travel agent Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photDs by Dalton DeHart 10 JULY 7. 2006 A memorial is being established to honor gay, lesbian and bisexual service members who hove been killed or wounded in action. Please contact us to add a name or make a contribution. Your confidentiality will be strictly maintained and the soldier's honor will be upheld. 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Umdon tahlnid The Sun. on I'vrtugal .';(}('Cf!r play­er Cristiano Ronaldo (center), who angered Hriti~h fans by encouraging referf!es to eject a player fmm Bnglnnd during the tern rocmtries' i\vrld Cup quar­tl'Jjinal match. won by Portugal (/'Ire Sun, .July 4) "ThC' Sun's homophobic sneers against Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo are out of order. We urge the ~'ootball Association to prove its proclaimed commitment to tackling homophobia by reporting The Sun to the Press Complaints Council." Peter Tatchell of the British gay human rights group OutRage, responding to the Sun's coc•erage (Press Release .• July 5) "I probably would consider myself a bigger role model today since coming out than I was before, and for a whole ditforent audience ... I know a lot of people look at me and say, 'Wow, Sheryl is well known, a great athlete, a single parent, a black female and gay.'" f,esbian WNRA star Sheryl Su·oopes (Windy City Times .• July 5) "I think we'll win. I believe the courts will recognize the constitutional principle that you can't give rights to straight couple but deny them to same-sex couples." Roberta A. Kaplan, an attorney uho argued a gay marriage case m New York. predict mg victory m the rose; a ruling that was expected Thursday (u:ashingtonblade.com, July 5) "That is bull[bleepf. Tickets arc going through the moon " Ken Sunshine. a spokesperson for Barbra Strei.~and '.~ tour promoters, denying reports that the gay icon:~ latest farewell tour is suffering from poor ticket sales (New York Post, .July 5) "Corporate America has never been in touch with moral America. Corporate America is just trying to placate this community that has a lot of monC'}: The homo­sexual community 1s spending thC'lr efforts on corporate Amertca because they can't get America to do what they want through the legislative process." Andrea Laffer(): executwe director of the anti.gay 1'mditional Values Coalition, on news that the majority of fbrtune 500 companies now off domestic partner benefits (San Francisco Chronicle, June 30) "This film is spreading obscenity and debauchery, which is totally against Egyptian moral values." Mustafa Bakri. an independent member of Parliament who k>d a campaign against the film 'The Yacoubian Building,· saying u defames f<:gypt. in part. by portraying homo­sexuality; legislators will review the movie after 112 Mi's demanded that gay scenes Ix' censored (Guard tan, July 5) "The civil unions and marriage han is wrong because it would mark the first time we have ever amended our constitution to limit freedom." A statement issued by four former Wisconsin goioerrwrs Democrats l'atricA· f,ucey, Martin Schreiber and Tony Earl and Republican Lee Sherman Dreyfus opposing a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (Capital Times, .June 28) "Whether you are gay or straight, everyone needs someone to love. While we may not agree on every issue, we are united in the values of love, understand· ing and tolerance." California (',on Arnold Schwarzenegger in an addrrss to the gay partisan group fog Cahin Republicam Inst week; he IJi!toed same-sex marriage legL~lation passed hy the state:~ legislature in 2005 (!,.A. Time.\ ,June 30) "What does Arnold Schwarwnegger believe in beyond trying to save his own Job? One day he is veto­ing civil rights bills, and the next day this." Dan Newman, spokesperson for Schwarlencgger's Democratic opponen.t, State Treasurer Phil Angelides, who backs gay mam.age (L.A. Times, .June 30) s1• ng1• eb Diva Diana Ross' lost jazz album, 'Blue,' is made available to her adoring public. Page 14 GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE www.houstonvoice.com JULY 7, 2006 Sweeter than candy Comic Amy Sedaris brings cult TV hit 'Strangers With Candy' to the big screen By ANDY ZEFFER GAY, GAY. GAY, GAY, gay, gay!" Amy Sedaris cries gleefully over the phone. Sedaris is U.'ied to the gay factors of life. For starters, there is her best·selling w1iter-humorist brother, David Sedaris, with whom she JS close. And being an actor virtually guaran· tees coming into contact with Jots of gay people Then there are the gay charnctPrs on her cult-show-turned-motion-picture, "Strangers With Gand};" which comes to theaters in wide release on .July 11. Given the cast of characters, the irrev­erent nature and off the-wall Mrt Sediris plays ex-con Jerri BW< in the capOOously comical 'Strar,im Wrth c.nly.' basro on tllC' Conmy r.entral TV sro.v (PIXJ!o eotrtc5y of Thinkfilm) "Strangers.'' it is no surpri ea large por· tion of its following are gay fan . "I think misfits tend to love it," Sedarls says. 'i\nd Comedy Central ne\'er got behind the series. so it is because of those people that it is what it is toda): I'd rather do a show like that than a network show that is up in your face telling you to watch it because it is full of pretty people.'' PRF.'ITY IS ONE THING SF.DARIS' character in the film is not. For those unfamiliar with the TV show, Jerri Blank is a 46 year-old ex·junkie and con who returns to high school in a bid to start her life over After being released from jail to find her father in a coma. Blank goes on a quest to win the high school science fair. ThlllW in an inept prmc1pal, an art teacher and science teacher in a gay lo~e affair, unrequited love from the school jock and a loathsome stepfamil~; and all kinds of hilarity ensues. The origins of Jerri Blank can be traced to Sedaris' brother David, she says. "There was a woman David knew in Chicago, and it became me trying to iml· late David trying to imitate this woman." Sedaris explains. "So I had to get the voice dmm and the body de\'eloped over the years, and I had a fatty suit made. People comment that I don't really look like her. or they get disappomted I don't have her background." It is fair to say that "Strangers With Candy" b equally offensive to everybod): Joining her in the twisted humor are Comedy Central political jokesters Stephen Colbert and Paul Oinello. Colbert plays science teacher Charles "Chuck" Noblet. and Dinello plays art teacher Geoffrey Jellineck. The two carry on an illicit Jorn affair. Dinello al:;o directed the film. Sedaris met her collaborators years ago when they all became members of Chicago's @MORE INFO 'Strangers With Candy' Friday, July 14 in wide release Angelika Film Center 510 Texas Avenue 713-225-1470 NIGHTLIFE: HotGG gets the party started this weekend, with a run down of hot events. Page 12 Actress Amy Sedaris has captured a large gay fan base with her show 'Strangers With candy.' A mOVJe version of the Comedy Central hit show opens July 14. famed Second City comedy troupe. "We've worked together for over 20 year:;, and none of us are ever going to change," Sedaris says. "We know too much about each other. We never plan when we are going to work together. I'll just call Paul, and he'll call Stephen, and it kind of happens." Other big names appearing in "Strangers" are Sarah Jessica Parlcer, Matthew Broderick. Ian Holm and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. "I called a lot of them up. and they said they'd do it." Sedaris says. "Sir Ian Holm·s son told him to do it." AS FOR THE SOMETIMES-FUN AND sometimes-dark humor of "Strangers," Sedarls says people generally accept it. "I would have more heroine marks and tattoos. but I don't want to be in make-up that long," she says. "That's why I wear turtlenecks. And I don't think a lot of pee> pie want to see track marks." In supporting roles in films like like "Maid In Manhattan" and "Bewitched," Sedaris does not have any of her haggard Jerri Blank trappings. She says that in her film career. she has an uncanny ability to be found in scenes that are cut in editing or have nothing to do with the re.~t of the film. "I like ~mall roles like that." she says. "If the part is longer than five lines. I don't want to be in it. I am not very good at doing other peoples' thtngs. It is hard for me to understand how you can be talk· ing if you already know what you are going to be ~ing. Some people can look at a ~cnpt and say those lines like they've ne\-erheard them before. I am just not iramed that way I think of mvself as more of a clown than an actress." Clowmng around even come mto play with the forthcoming cookbook Sedans hi working on for release in October. Well reputed for her delicmus cupcakes and chee~e balls, the book includes all her "jackpot recipes," she says. And m Sedarts family fashion, the book has a twist "It will also include a crafts section," Sedaris say~. "Because I like making crafts. I wrote it for illiterate people, so it is very VIsual Paul Dinello b making fun of me trying to take something senou l}; so it is also very humorous." As for her "Strangers" character Jerri Blank, Sedaris says she will always hold the character dear to her heart. "Jerri Blank is like a rash," Sedaris says. ''You never know when she is gomg to reappear." BOOKS: Houston area lesbian poet publishes her first book, with a collection of poems exploring her soul. Page 13 12 JULY 7. 2006 I houston n·ghtlife JOHNNY HOOKS The party after the storm If a rainy July 4th has your spirits down, let these events brighten up your nightlife WELCOME BACK TO HOVOON1HE GOGO! After the post-Pride crash and the soggy Fourth of July this week, we'll get to see some fantastic new pictures from a new photographer on the scene, laugh out loud with a lesbian comic and say good· bye to a former Houston Voice "Best Of" award winner. RYA."11' FUGATE HAS BEEN A FIXTURE here in Houston for many years. He is an artist, one of the best massage therapists in town and his longtime partner, David Lewis, IS a well·k'llown photographer whose work among the likes of the Voice photographer Dalton DeHart, Yvonne Feece and John Conroy make this a nationally known city for photography. Just witness the bi-annual exhibit "Foto-fest" every other year. So for Fugate to step out of the shadows of his peers and mount his own exhibition, quite frankly, takes a lot of guts. Not to worry, Fugate's work is splendid. To see for your­self, save the date of Thursday, J uly 27 at Meteor from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. You'll ellJOY happ) hour prices and yummy bites. To see hls new works on can­'< as. which were inspired from his trip last summer to Vienna, Austria where he stud· 1ed under the renO\med artist and pamter professor Phlllip Rubinov Jacobson, drop by thlS event and sneak a peek. This weekend Fugate will exhibit his paintings at a new gallery located at the Lovett Inn 501 Lovett Blvd. The event, called "Grand Opening Week end" will feature an artists reception on Friday, July 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and an open house on Saturday, J uly 8, from noon unW 5 p.m. Beneficianes of the event include the Houston SPCA and Montrose An exlu'brt displaying the photOIJraphy of RyC¥1 Rugate will take place July 27 at Meteor nightdub. Lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer will keE>p them rolling in the aisles during her July 13 show at the Houston I mprov. Counseling Center. Fugate will share wall space with many other well known local artists, so bring your credit card and dig deep to help our four legged friends and the counsehng center. For more informa· tion, call the Lovett Inn at 713-522·5224 or online at wwv.:houston-art-gallery.com. ARE YOU READY TO LAUGH IT UP with one of "our" own? Then make sure you head over to the Houst on Improv located at 7620 Katy Frerway in the Marq*E Center on Thursday, J uly 13 at 8:30 p.m. Nationally known, out-lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer. According to her bio, in 1991 Wcstenhoefer appeared on a groundbrcak· mg episode of the Sally Jesse Raphael show called, .. Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype ... Lesbians Who Don't Look Like Lesbians". Says, Suzanne, "In the 12 years since that showed aired, I still get mail from people who tell me how that show changed their lives. It changed mme too." She recently opened for the Indigo Girls and can currently be seen as a rcgu· lar celebrity panelist on the Game Show Networks' remake of the classic game show, "I've Got a Secret." This one night only show is a benefit for the cancer relat· ed Pink Bracelet project and tickets are just 25. The Improv's full dinner menu will be available. For more information, call the Houston Improv at 713-33.1-8800 or visit www.improv.com. SIPPORA GALLERY, VOTED DEST gallery by the readers of the Houston Voice in 2004, is closing Aug. 1. "It ts time that I turn my attention to my mm artis· tic path," says owner Amy Meyers. "But before the doors are shut and locked, I am hosting one final exhibition." And HotGG certainly wishes her wrll, but will miss her daring and unconventional receptions. Your last chance to see what all the fuss is about L~ during the exhibit "Kaleidoscope" The final party is J<'riday, July 7 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Kaleidoscope show will feature artists Allan Rodewald, Ron Gordon. and Jim l.A..>en The reception features those infamous nude body painted models by Maia. Sippora is located at Z34 West Gray St and can be reached at www.sippora.com or by phone at 713-520-1005. KRISTINE W. IS A DANCg DIVA AND full-fledged legend in the world of elcc· tronic music. She makes a triumphant return to Houston on Saturday, J uly 15 for a "Christmas in July" concert at Ric hs! This time she brings her full setup of backup dancers with her and tickets are going fast with their reasonable $20 price tag. You can get yours while sup· plies last at M2M Fashions, 3400 Montrose Blvd., the Hollywood SuperCenter, 807 Fairview St., Lab 5 fashions, 309 Gray St., Flounce Boutique at 1621 Westheimer Road. and Flounce Menz at 1625 Wcstheimer Rod. Tickets can also be pur­chased online at www.richs-houston.com. www.houstonvoice.com HOUTON VOICE I appts. Rev Stfver1 Bailes wiH be on hard to discuss 'A Blinding Flash of the Obvious' on Wednesday. SATURDAY JULY 8 A1 •P""'"9 reception will be held tod.1y for nrt1~t l£N DAVIS' SHOW "SLICES OF LIFE" at the Hooks-Epstein Galleries, 2631 Colquitt St The reception nios from b p.m. to 8 pm. and the show continues through August 12. For more mformation, call 713 522-0178 or v1s1t www.hooksepste1ngalleries.com. nE STARBUCKS MIXED MEDIA MUSIC SERIES rebl'Tls to the Musei.n of Fmc Arts Houston with hw per· form.mces by popular Montreill-lllicd wundcrldnd OiROMEO and Houston'sowo SPAIN COLORED ORANGE. Austirfs WAXPl.OITATION DJS Md PRINCE J<lASSEN will then hit the dcclcs with resident DJ CEEPLUS and the HOUSE Of BAD KNIVES. and cm=:; Craig "BBC" long Jnd E.P. Saralt from 8 pm. to midnight The event 1s open to those who arc 18 and OV('r only, with general adm1ss1on $10, students with ID $5 ,111d free for museum mcm~rs. For more mforrn.it1on, call 713-639-7300 or v1s1t wwwmfoh.orq TUESDAY JULY 11 l\'ople for the Amcnca1 Way. Amcr1ca1 CM! Ubertics ~ af Texas. AltlClrs Circle Parents Md Friends of LesbiaRi and C.~ Eq.JJ!ity Texas and the Hooston Equ.'11 RK;rts Aliance Invite~ to an r'l'CqltlOll and~ of the film •A BllNOING Fl.ASH Of TIE OBVIOUS' at the Fi!Y umanan ~list Oud\ 5200Famn111 Chaming Hall '111 Wcdncsdly, Jdy 12 Thc docurmrt.iry IS about the 2004 Cincinnati C.1r111J1911 "CITIZENS TO RESTORE FAIRNESS.· a Q1'0l4l that helped~ the cit'/5 ll·vror-old arm-gay IJ~, that diso1mtf1Jll'd against !JJY, les­bi.. in and bisexual citizens. You rrust RSVP by tod.1'f to atterd. f.·1m1I Jo'{ Authur at IOY(a pfJW1lf!l or call 512-476- 73~ A $20 dorotion IS SIXjgl'Sted Piinellsts include the filrmlakcr, Rev. Steven Balr~ Hol.1Ston aty Controller Annlse Parker; Jerry SimonCJux, g.1'{ nqhts activist and attorney; Tammi Wall.lcc, president of Houslon lqt!Jl Rights Afti.:ince: and moclY.Jtor Dcccc Eck5tclt\ director of the T~t reg1011 for F\'ofJlcfor the AmcrJcilrc Wirf THURSDAY JULY 13 The SUMMER ISRAELI FILM SERIES continue; this month with "BONJOUR MONSIEUR SCHLOMI' t011J9ht ,1t 730 p rn at the Jewish Commu111ty ~tcr 5601 s Bracswood Blvd The film f~ on the tough life of a gc:uus lb year old Schlomi. who IS fon:ed to act as a caretaker for his ~functional f.lflllly For more infonn.1 lion c.ill 713-729-3200 or Jog onto WWWJCchoustonoro. WEDNESDAY JULY 12 nic film .A BUNDING Fl.ASH Of TIE OBVIOUS' '1.'«'!>­tion and screening Is tonight. The tl'.'Cq>llOll is from 5:30 - b pm and the wwlng and panel d1SCtl'iSIOl1 IS from b - 7YJ pm Panelists iticludc the filmnakcr, Rev Stcwn B.imcs. Houston City Controller the Honorable Arnsc Pariccr. Equal rights nctivlst and AttomC'y. Jerry Sirnor'('aux, P'1!sidcnt af HcltAton Equal Rghts Alliance, T.anm Wallace. and rnodcra­tor Dt«e Ecl<stclr\ Dirl'ctor of ~ for the American W;rf, Texas./Southwest region Fnt UnlUrian ~t Oudl, 5200 Farnn, Clumirg H.lll HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I books AMANDA MAHMOUDI Houston 'Soul' sister Local lesbian publishes book of poetry that examines her inner self A COMMON STEREOTYPE OF POETS IS that they wander through life wtth their heads m the clouds. Imagino the surprise to find poet Dec Main at home in a small tmrn ju~1 outside of nearby Dickinson, Tex., with her wife, children and dog. lier first book "Soul of a Poet" hit stores a couple of weeks ago, and Main still cannot believe it "I live in my brain," she explained. ''And I know how messed up it is. To think that anyone would be interested in what I write is incredible." After reading a full binder of her poet· ry; Main'· wife thought otherwise. She encouraged her to share her work with others. Main has since created the web· site www.mypoct1cdrcams.com on which she statt•s, "If you can dream it, I can write about it." She writes personalized )>OCms based on suggestion, promising to expre s thoughts and emotions from the client's perspective. The poems in her book do not neressarily reflect her own experiences. It is important for her to challenge her· self and her readers. She claims that her work has brought people to tears or left them in complete shock. "When you read this poetry. try to fig. ure out if it's my experience or someone else's," she said. She cites popular authors like Patricia Cornwcll nnd Stephen King among her favorites. She also likes writers who make her laugh like the late Erma Bombeck, Judy Blumt• and Dr: Seuss. Main first began writing poetry in high school That is when reading the Y.orks of 1-:dgar Allen Poe and Shel Silverstein made its impact on her as n writer: "They both had the ability to make poctr; understandable," she said. "Before @MORE INFO 'Soot of a Poet' PublishAmerira $9.95 www.publishamerira.com Book Signing and Reacilo Events Paperbaclc Swap N'Shop July 15 Dickinson. Texas Midsummer Books July 22 Galveston. Texas Hollywood Book & ~ Aug 19 Houston. Texas Lesbian poet Dee Main of nearby Dickinson recently had her first book of poetry published. Main said she began writing when she was in high school. that, I had no desire whatsoever to read. It took me a few years to realize that I had talent and others do too." In those years, Main lived in at lea t eight states and tried more professions than she would like to admit. "I've done a lot," she said ruefull): "Let's Just leave it at that." :\1AIN IS ELUSIVE ABOUT HER professional past. Now she works full· time arranging construction and a~set evaluation for Viewpoint Energ): Her goal is to build a career in writing. "This book is really just the tip of the iceberg," she promises. She is already submitting her second hook to publishers. this one a collection of lesbian erotica with a comedic twist Even though the process of publishing "Soul of a Poet" was relatively easy. Main has been left on her own to promote the hook. ShP schedules all of her oppear· anees and nmdings. She will he at the l'aperbark Swap N'Shop in Dickinson on ,July 15, Midsummer Books in Galveshm on July 22 and at Hollywood Book & Cafe in Houston on August 19. She contains her excitement y. ith per· spcctive and determination. ":\ly poetry stands on its oY.n," said Main. "I say that I'm g8j: Not a Jot of authors are capable of doing that. "Gays and lesbians are still frowned upon, especially here in 1'exas. This b the biggest problem. It could either help my career or it would be uicide. If pco· pie don't want to buy my book because I'm gay. they're losing out." . Her creative struggle began a long tune ago, but now it is there for ever) . one to see. Stereotypes will come and go. In the end the poet, with her head in the clouds and feet on the ground, shall persevere. JULY 7. 2006 13 14 JULY 7. 2006 I music ANDY ZEFFER Lady sings the 'Blue' Never-released album of jazz standards serves as reminder why Diana Ross became a star THE TIME WAS THE EARLY '70S. AND Duma Ross' star as a soloist was well on the nse. Much of her success had to do with her motion picture debut in the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic.' Lady Smgs the Blues." When it was first announced that Ross would portray the jazz legend, rritics were doubtful. Ross looked nothing like Holida}; and her recognizably sweet. high voice was drastically different from Hohday's tor­tured, soulful vocal mstrument. Yet mstead of trying to impersonate Hohday, Ross knocked down Holiday's phrasmg and adapted her own sparrow singing style to the jazz standards fea tured m HLady Sings the Blues." The film was a huge hit and Ross \lias rewarded with a nommation for the Best Actress Academy Award. The compett tion that year was stiff. and Ross lost out to another nsing star, gay icon Liza Minnell11n "Cabaret" Still, with a high profile and a number one soundtrack LP, Ross was nding high The "Lady Sings the Blues" soundtrack was produced, arranged and conducted by Gil Askey. Inspired by the success of the soundtrack, Askey v. ent on to record twelve more jazz standards with Ross. Renditions include well-known favorites such as Cole Porter's "Let's Do It," the Gershwms' "I Loves Ya Porgy," and "What a Diff'rence a Da} Makes," "Had You Been Around" and "Can't Get Started With You." Surprisingly, the album was shelved and never saw the light of day. LEGEND HAS IT THAT MOTOWN honcho and Ross svcngali Berry Gordy feared the singer became too jazzy after bnmersing herself in the mm, and that she would lose touch v.ith her general audience A music-world Midas with an uncanny sens bility of what the public craved, - Gordy's gut instincts proved correct In 1973, Ross hit #l v.ith the blockbuster pop hit. "Touch Me In the Morning." The unrelrased jazz tracks were soon forgotten and gathered dust 10 the Motown vaults. Until now. Simply titled '"Blue," the stellar set of standards hits store shelves more than three decades after it was recorded. Start Now! Look FABULOUS this Summer! 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It Is ahnost difficult for hstenrrs to think thlS is the same Ross with the massive hair and sequined gowns flying behind her. the image that the public knows so well. www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE ()MORE INFO "Blue' Diana Ross Motown Records www.motown.com nu: SUCCESS OF ROSS' SL"lGING CAREER blazed through the '70s witl1 hits like "Love Hangover" and "Upside Down," and mto the '80s with "Endless Love" and "Missing You." Unfortunately, by the end of the '80s, Ross became a commercial commodity that she and her handlers didn't know exactly what to do with. Widely spread reports of her outrageous bitchy behavior did not help, nor did well-documented books like '"Call Her MISS Ross" and Supremes partner Mary Wilson's tell-all "Dreamgirl My Life as a Supreme " Ross' last big episode of vtsibillty was not due to a hit record, but to a 2002 DUI Tabloid fodder aside, Ross is a deserv­ing music legend, a trailblazer for the llkes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and so many others With "Blue," her face and voice arc back in front of millions where they belong_ 'I'he album captures Ross at her best, during a time that cemented her as a breakout star blazing with promise and amblt1011. Music lovers of all kinds should appre­ciate this red1Scovered gem, and dichanl Ross fans should revel in it. BETHEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (UCC) An Open and Affirming Congregation Shelter for the SPIRITUALLY HOMELESS 1107 Shepherd Drive@Center Street Houston, TX 77007 • 713-861-6670 www.bethelhouston org The Rev Wall r L McF11dd6tl, Pastor Saturday Nochc de Oracion 7 00 PM Sunday Christian Education 9·00 AM Sunday Worship and Communion 10 30 AM The Rev Ralph C La her Asslst11nr P11sto1 HEMORRHOIDS? Why Suffer Needlessly? Non-Surgical "Lunch-Hour" Procedure Virtually Painless • Affordable PARK PLAZA GASTROENTEROLGY & ASSOCI­ATES Experienced Board Certified M.D. Plaza Medical Center • Museum District 1200 Binz Street• Suite 1198 713.522.1788 www.FredWorthMD.com HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com JULY 1 2006 15 I More gay characters found on daytime soaps than ever SOAP OPERAS, continued from Page I Whitney's half brother. Simone's skull· duggery barely registered a blip on the family melodrama radar. So what's a sexy but ib'llored vixen like Simone to do? The answer is simple: Leave town and carry on an affair with a slightly older ·woman, then come home to come out as a lesbtan to her mostly sup· port1ve family and friends, of course. Welcome to Harmony Population: Suffering. ' "Passions" also throws together a 300 year old witch. a mermaid and American daytime television's very first African. American lesbian in :>imone. And you thought the Gay Pride floats were awesome. Viewers who tune into so.1p operas for a little ··1ove in the afternoon" might get a dif fcrmt kind of love one that dared not speak its name much on soaps for years now that the well appointed bedrooms and boardrooms of four shows regularly feature active, young and hot gay characters. Since Bianca ~lontgomery, daughter of Susan f,ucci's Erika Kane on uAll My Children" came out to her mother in :nxi. soap scribes began fiddling with the sexual identiti~ of tortured teen characters. With four current openly gay charactPr-s, daytime soaps stir up more gay drama than any other p1~1 in the genrc's54-year history on telrvisron. THE SOAPS TOOK THEIR FIHS'I' SHOT AT ollcringagaycharacterback in 19roon 'l\11 My Children." Dr. Lynn Qlrson, played by Donna 1\JSCO\\: came out as a lesbian to a patient with a crush and that's about as sexual as the good d1x.ior, or any other gay soap character. would get for quite some time. A gay man whose never-seen partner with AIDS came L1ter, followed by a couple of gay tems who bat· tied community homophobia in the 1~~ Before and after the first wave of gay characters on daytime, "Dynasty," "Dallas," and "Melrose Place" fans would get to sec the steamy albeit sexless suffering of gay men who would question their sexuality, confront familial pres· sun!S, homophobia. and the growing AIDS crisis during primetimc soaps. "l think prime time did that first inte-gral ing gay characters and now daytim~ is playing catch-up," says Film and 'l'V Studies professor Stephen Tropiano, author of ''The Prime Time Closet A History of Gays and I .csbians on TV" (Applause Books). Tropiano says that historically, one of the largest hurdles for gay characters on any show is interference from nervous tel· cv1sion network executives. The characters "would not only be denied fulfilling and lasting relationships with other men. but their identities as gay men would be filterrd through their posi tioning as heterosexuals within their respective plot lines," he says. . Before Bianca's gay character was wnt· ten into ':All My Children," the purpose of gay characters was to make a . point or explain homosexuality for the audience a When Simone (Cathy JeneM Doe) C<l11e out as qay on the NBC Daytime hna 'Passions.' she became the fim African-American leslD! in ~opera history. (Plru IJ'j Pclll Drinkwater COlrlesy NBC Universal) task handled within the course of a fc" episodes. The distraught parenl~ or angry bullies who caused the early gay characters so much turmoil would suddenly sec lhe light. Then the story and the character· would simply vanish. Since the idea of making a central char­acter on a soap gay wouldn't fly "ith net­work brass, the secondary characters were simply too difficult to write. Daytime dra mas are always set in close-knit communi tics where the characters know each other and are usually connected in some way 'The gay person who has no family on a soap opera is a sitting duck. They're there to suffer, teach us a Icsoon. and then go away," says Daniel R. Coleridge, TVGuide.com !ioap columnist and author of '"l'he Q Guide to Soap Operas (Aly~n}, which hits bookstore; in September. THE DAYS OF GAY CHARACTERS WHO exist simply to be thrown away appear to have slip!J('CI by lrkc so much sand through the hour glass. "Welcome to the real world," says Jean Passanante, head writer of "As the World Turns." "Things have evolved enough now ft MORE INFO 'All My Children' Weekdays at l p.m. ABC 'As the Wol1d TllllS" Weekdays at 2 p.m. CBS 'General Hospital' Weekdays at 4 p.m. ABC 'Passions' Weekdays at 2 p.m. NBC Gay & lesbian Alliance Against Defamation www.glaad.org Luke on 'As the Wol1d Tums' blog http//blog.myspace.com/atwtluke that we're able to make Luke Sn}·drr, the son of a central couple, ga}: as opposed to a day player character that nobody really knows," she explains. Passanante has arguably created more gay characters for daytime tclrvision than an) other write1: She was head writer on ''.All My Children" when Bianca came out and worked on "One Life to Live" in the 1990. when the character Billy Douglas, another troubled gay teen. came out to his priest and inadvertently sparked a massive wave of homophobia in fictional Llanview, where "One Life to Live" is set. Even the priest became the target of an anti-gay wltchhunl Billy's most s1g11ificant connection to anyone in Llanview was to Joey Buchanan, the teenage son of the show's main character. When the story cul minated, so did Billy"s pre,,encc in Lian~ iew. ''.At that point, I don't think there \\OUld ha\"C been any question of making the son of the central couple ga};" Passanantc says. ult gives you an idea of how much better things are now." Damon Hominc. media entertainment director for the Gay & Leshian Alliance Against Defamation, says that the newest batch of gay characters make soaps worth tuning in. "It is significant that the soaps are mclud­ing thc:;c characters, and I hope these shows continue to c.x-plore their li\'CS and all the inter­esting stories that can be told," Romine says. '"\\ ben a daytin1e character comes out. it's still news because ifs so rare, and ifs historic that three soaps on three different networks each feature a gay character. and that these charao­ters are part of the soap's core families." Since soaps are all about telling stories, the gay kids get into their share of hijinks. On '/\s the World Turns," 17 year old Luke Snydc1; scion of super couple Lily and Holden, is grappling with a crush on his straight best friend, being blackmailed for being ga); coming out to his parents, and avoiding the sticky tentacles of a stream of "ex-gay" counselors ready to whisk him off to aversion therapy camps and IJ('rhaps most troubling Just being a teenager "The 'world turns' around Luke's sexu ality;" laughs C'-01rridge. "Its 'when am I gomg to getmerthis crush on this bo) who isn't interested in me?' He i n't a PSA ad; he's a real person " That said, Van Har. 1s thr actor \\ho plays Luke, appeared alongs1dr soap leg­end Martha Byrne, who pla}s his mother, in a Gay & Le"bian Alliance Against Defamation Pubhc Sen ice Announcement that aired immediately after an 'J\s the World Turns" episode in Ma}. THE PSA ITSELF CACSED SOME MlNOH turbulrnce with the Traditional Values Coalition a conservative national political lobb}; which asked its members to boycott the episode and fire off letters to thr show·s producers. Hansis. unlike Luke, is both straight and undauntrd by thr minor controvers). "How can accepting ~omebod) for who they arc be a negath·e thing?" Hansis asks Houston Voice. Luke, the late,,1 . oap character to come out, Joins Bianca, Simone, and Lucas Jon s on "General Hospital" Thebo~ s are garner ing attention, but their female counterpartS nre. so far, garnering the most affection. On ·~n l\ly Chlldren," Biancn, \\ho drops in from time to time for big stories, currently resides in Parb with be t friend and longtime crush Maggie. The tv.o left with a loving but strictly platonic relation ship, but Bianca sincr re\ealed that they are very much m love and raising Bianca's daughter, Miranda don't a k together. In 2002, Btanca got luck); -.ort of, by scoring a hot goodbye kiss'~ ith Lena, the corporate spy who was raiding Erika's compan). Simone is currently without a girlfriend, but she hared several steam) onscrecn kl~ · es with Rae, her first girlfriend. She is enjoy ing a much better life since com mg out. uBasically, her role was to be bitchy to her older sister, who was nothing but kind to her," says Coleridge of Simone. "She just became a much more likeable character because she was no longer ob cssed with stealing her sister's boyfnend." Coming out ha. n't been eas) for any of the characters. but the male characters seem to face the most danger \\hen they do. A gay ba~her \\ho tricked Lucas attackrd him. It's a device soap writers llSC' to hedge bets about how fans will react to the char actcrs, C-01rridge says. b typical on a . oap, Luca had to be gay shed," he says. "Once you place soml\One into the victim role. we at home have¢0 feel 'orry for them." Still, the gay storyllnes do make an impact, according to Romine 'These storic~ have the ability to reach the many different generations of vie\\ers who watch daytime and share \\ ith them stcr rie-. of our lh•cs," he says. "What~ iewers are seeing L' that more and more of theU" own nelghbors and friends are dealing w1th these i! sues, and the soaps are merely reflecung the reality of the world we live m." 16 JULY 7. 2006 Club: (713) 278-2582 Mansoor: (281) 785-9088 _....f\,ERGY Presents ... OJ COOL RAUL In the Main Room featuring the hottest Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and C:umbla. 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In an interview in Rolling Stone, he more than suggested that his fey portrayal comes from n willingness to enjoy the boys of the sea. "I liked the idea of [Jack) being ambiguous," Depp told the magazine. "Women were thought to be bad luck on ships. And these pirates would go out for years at a time. So, you know. there is a possibility that one thing might lead to another. You're lonely. You have an extra ration Or1ando Bloom of rum. 'Cabin boy'"' Dlsh can easily picture tbe Captain climbing ORLANDO BLOOM'S mast and hoisting the sail. Depp will be doing the pirate prance again in the upcoming "Piratus of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Boy George's dirty job Talking all this trash reminds Dish of BOY GEORGE'S new gig. He'll be working with the New York City sanitation depai1ment between now and August hauling trash, accordlng to PR inside.com, a situ where press releases are posted for med ta organtzations. Boy George, born George ()'Dowd, was sentenced by a city judge on Tuesday, June "n, to five days of community service with the trash picker·uppers. If the pop star doesn't complete his five days of service by August 28. he could face ja ii time. "You have to do the community service," Judge Anthony Ferrara told George in court. "It's up to you whether you maku it an exercise in humiliation or humility." Humility for a man who helped create "Taboo," an entire Broadway musical about his life and music? This whole drama stems from a nasty and embarrassing Boy George The gorgeous Jo/my Depp has no fear of playing gay. especially as the fey Jack Sparrow m 'Pirates of the Caribbean ' (Photo by M.ltt Sayles/AP) Incident involving cocaine in Boy George's apartment Ct.'Orge called in a burglary report to the police in October of 2005, but when the police arrived to check out his apartment, they found a stash of cocaine. Added to the entire mess is a lawsuit against George and his agent. A Miami, Fla., HIV I AIDS organization, Care Resource, is suing the pair for backing out of a contract. Gt'Orge was scheduled to be a guest DJ for the 21st annual White Party but backed out of the deal after his October arrest. Care Resource is suing for almost $15,000. Drag queens gone berserk "The drag queens are com mg! Lock your doors! Draw the blinds! Warn your neighbors!" So it goes apparently in New Orleans where a roving band of marauding drag queens is stealing shoes, handbags one! other girly accoutrement from local shops. The New Orleans City Business weekly newspaper reported the event with alarmingly norid languag1•. "In the ensuing weeks, the gang of transvestites continued their reign of terror," staff Y.Titer Richard Webster writes. Robyn Lewis, owner of Dark Charm fashion store for women, said there are thieving queens, but it's not nearly that dramatic. "We're not hiding under our counters terrorized by a bunch of men in drag," Lewis told the Blade. "Journalists!" 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IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BITCH about, you must be dead or your life is so dull and boring you're too numb to realize you need to bitch about it! No one is ever that happy for long. Bitch Boy responds: ... that is the question! I'M SICK OF GAY REPUBLICANS who Justify backing a party against g:iy rights by saying they aren't single-issue voters. But then they vote on a single issue like "the war on te1Tor." You're only fooling yourself' CAN YOU BITCHES WHO CALL US pretentious for talking nhout upcoming vacatwns nnd home 1mprovt•ments tell us what topics you approve of? TO THE BITCH ABOUT D.JS GETIING all the attention" All the bnlliant lighting in the world won't make up for a lousy DJ. People go to the clubs for thr(.>e primary things: sex. drinking and music. No one is there for the lighting. Bitch Bov responds: Yes but consider the reverse: 1iad (as in bright) lighting sends the queens scattering like cockroaches. IN RF.SPONSE TO BITCH BOY ASKING if anyone has met a man who uses a con· dom during oral sex: Actually yes. my neighbor says he always uses a condom for that I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN over safety but what is sexually stimulat· ing about the taste of latex? Yuck. I HEALLY DON'T UNDEHSTAND HOW escorts can deal with having sox with peo. plo they are not attracted to? Ye5, you're gettmg paid good mone}; but how can you stomach bcmg intimate with some of the people who pay for those servtcos? HI BITCH BOY! I ALWAYS ADORE your blatant sarcasm. but why is there no Biotch Gyrl or a kSession" not so male. drenched'' Insert rude response here: Bitch Boy responds: Because I'm very tn touch with my feminine side Nothing stopping you gals from creating a womyn· born-womyn·only "saf!' space·· to do your bikhing! ESCOHTS SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO get paid their full fee if the John doesn't like what you look hke after you first meet and you go no further than that. Some people have no business hcmg escorts. Forget about tightening the leash. If your so-called girlfriend is throwing other women in your face, it's time to cut the leash. '!'he nerve of her! A BOY IS SO:\tEONE UNDER 18, SO why do so many people who nre obviously men advertise themselves as such? Just because you shave off your body hair. do drugs and act like you're still in high school with no direction in life? WHY LABEL YOUR COLOR AS caramel? You're either Hispanic, black, whiteur Asian. Bitch Boy responds: You trytng to get laid or taking the Census? WHY DO PEOPLE WITH SNOT IN their nose go out to the bars nnd then snort it up repeatedly withm earshot of eVl'ryone else? Do you really think anyone will find you appealing hke that? I DO SUPPORT MY COUNTRY IN A time of war. In fact. I love my country enough that I tried to warn people that the war would be a huge mistake. which it has turned out to be. I HAVE A LOT OF MONEY BECAUSE I don't go straight to the bars after work to piss it all away IF YOU PLAN TO ADVERTISE YOUR business in a gay publication. don't put your ugly mug in for everyone to see. I MUST BE A LESBIAN TRAPPED IN A gay man's body. I'm a whiz at plumbing, but I'm hopeless at arranging flowers. JULY 7. 2006 19 Nightly gay prayer: "Oh Lord, watch over me while I lay me down, my hot abs to keep:' Bitch Boy responds: How's your mullet hangin? IF THERE'S JUST ENOUGH ROOM I~ the bar for a walkwa); it's intended for foot traffic, not two fat-asses gettmg 1t on and making the rest of us sick to our stomachs. For the love of all that 1s holy, get out of the bar and onto a treadmill! I}' I :\lli'T A HANDSO:\IE AND TOGETIIER guy who told me upfront that he had Hepatitis C, I would find a way to have a satisfying safe-sex life with him. So all you guys who've told me how attractive I am but run the other way because I hm·e HI\~ I hope your desire to screw without a condom is a good trade-off for your loneliness. TO THE STRAIGHT WO:\tAN AT WORK who just can't seem to understand why I, a gay man. do not want to marry a woman: Why would I marry someone like you and end up divorced four years latrr like your gay ex-husband? 1'2\f FED UP WITH PRETENTIOGS queens whose online profiles pn ss 1 interest in "documentaries." Name the last documentary you saw and give me a synopsis. bitch! SO YOU LIVE IN A FABULOUS efficiency apartment that costs 1 gnnd a month and you can't afford to see a movie on our date. Why not move out of the gay ghetto? What's the point of being in the center of it all if you can't afford to do anythmg? I'M SO SICK OF BOHING. monotonous gay-themed movies. Aren't we supj)OSCd to be witty and artistic? Why can't y;e make a decent movie about ourselve;.? JUST BECAUSE YOU GOT PLOWED in front of a camera for $1.000 doesn't make you a "porn star." It makes you someone who got plowed in front of a camera for $1.000. SOOP BEING SO JUDGMENTAL ABOUT thosf who struggle to "move on." !\lost gay guys quickly jump from one "love" to the next, often while they're stlll involved. Forgive some of us for having feelings. TO THE PERSON WHO GRIPED about civil unions being recognized in only one state - not true. Not only in Vermont, but also in New Jer e}: I blame the gay media, which refuses to acknowl· edge it because it was signed into law by a Hepublican governor Bitch Boy responds: Err, you mean Connecticut. not New Jersey, \\ hich had a big ole queen as a governor, but he v.ras clo et case and only signed into !3.w domestic partnership . IP SHE'S YOUR "BEST FHIEND" who just happens to be your ex, why did you spend Saturda} night with your arms around her waist? At least be honest with your·elf. even 1f you can't be with me. STOP WORKING TO GET 1Y attention. I'm not blmd. so if I found you attractive you'd already ha\e m} atten· tion Staring at me, standing in front of me, dancing next to me, and shaking what I'm leaning on are anno} ing and only make you rven less attract1\e E\'ER ~OTICE HOW JOA'.\' COLLI~S is startmg to look more and more like a drag queen every year? WHY ARE ALL·FDIALE COLLEGES liberal, lesbian paradises \\hile the all male colleges are the most con. en.ative. militaristic and gay-hostile schools around? Maybe it's because, after all these years. giris still ju;.1 wanna have fun. IF YOU "J\EG4NEG" GUYS ARE SO paranoid about catchmg somethmg, then why the hell are you advertising on a sex site in the first place? WHAT'S SO DAMN \\'RONG WITH the Peter Pan Syndrome? The alternative b boring and overrated AS A LATINO. I Fl:'\D IT EXTREMELY dista~1oful and a major turn-off when omeone says, "I love Latm men." I don't tell white guys. "110\ e Caucasian;.." Am 1 supposed to be flattered that you are enamored by my Latino-nc s? Bitch Boy respond .. : I behe\e the correct term is "Latinocit):" I AGREE WITH THE GUY WHO SAYS bemg masculine is natural to him. The main reason so many gay guys act effemi· nate is because they think of themselves as female. JLST BECAt;SE YOU WEAR A HAT Lm C. · ·sn mean you're not bald. it just means that you 're insecure Eillrs' Ide These in real bi!thes, smt ii 11,i real mDfi. abool ~ ife's ~ ~ ill1 !1-e ag cres. too. Got a !itch? Calll~ oreillait~ 20 JULY 7 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Friendly Service Supporting your Community Come Out and Be Yourself at Sterling McCall Acura 713.596.2300 10455 Southwest Freeway.Houston, TX 77074 Jr a.corn www.SterlingMcCallAcura.com
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