THIRTY YEARS OF NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE.
Houston athletes are off
to Gay Games in Chicago
Team Houston members
are among 12,000
registered for this
By JEFF BISHOP
The plane tickets are purchased.
The hotel rooms are booked, and last-
minute conditioning is underway On
June 8, a private pizza party to pick
up team jerseys, and to hang out one
last time before heading north to
Illinois will be held.
Next weekend, Team Houston is
going to Chicago for the Gay Games,
Held every four years, the first Gay
Games took place in San Francisco in
1982, bringing together 1,350 participants in 11 sports. The games have
increased in size since then: 2006 brings
together 12,000 registered athletes from
over 70 countries competing in 32 sports.
Clear Lake resident, Rex Marzke, 45,
will be going to his fourth Gay Games
since 1986, to compete in outdoor sand
doubles volleyball. Marzke and his
partner are flying up on Saturday
"I've been playing volleyball since
'82. I didn't come out until '85, '86,"
Marzke said. "I don't drink, and so I
ilnn't go to gay bars. I saw this flyer for
illeyball league, joined it. and
competed in the Gay Games in San
Francisco in '86. I now mainly play
indoor sixes. My volleyball partner is
an old friend, and it's our first sand
volleyball in 15 years."
Keith Wright is president of Team Houston, the local organization that organized gay teams to
compete in this year's Gay Games in Chicago. (Photo by Dalton DeHart)
For Deborah de Bram, 45. the
atmosphere of the Gay Games is
enough to bring her back. Her only
trip so far was to Amsterdam in 1998,
where she won three medals in tennis:
a silver in the Doubles 35-plus mixed,
and bronze's in Doubles 35-plus
Women and Single 35-plus Women.
"1 was with my partner, and we
stayed at the host hotel," de Bram said.
"In Amsterdam, everywhere we went
[gay people] were there. Anytime that
you went anywhere the restaurants.
the museums, the bars you saw the
athletes or the spectators. It was really,
really awesome. I wanted to
Chicago to try to capture that again."
De Bram practices 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 Bram
said. "Quite a few of the guys who
have been around since the inception
are still playing." The group meets
Wednesday and Friday nights from
7:30 to 9 a.m., and holds a clinic on
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, he said.
Robert Lopez. 38, will be playing
wherever his team needs him. must
Please see GAY GAMES on Page 4
Amy Sedaris gives fans
of her quirky TV clique
Some big-screen 'Candy'
Part of the new batch of gay soap characters with thicker plot-
lines, Luke Snyder (Van Hansis right) on 'As the World Turns'
spins on a dramatic axis as he struggles with a crush on his
straight friend Kevin (Karl Girolama) (Photo by Lorenzo
Bevilaqua courtesy PGP/television illustration by Justin Winslow)
Soap operas continue inclusive,
if incidental use of gay characters
By ZACK HUDSON
"PASSIONS" CHARACTER SIMONE RUSSELL HASN'T had it easy.
Now a young woman in her 20s, Simone (Cathy
Jeneen Doe) has spent the majority of her formative years seething at her parents and sister
Whitney while trying to steal Chad. Whitney's
boyfriend, away from her seemingly perfect older
But in true soap opera fashion, once her family
learned that Chad was possibly Simone and
Please see SOAP OPERAS on Page 15
Paul Scott says free Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Actor Johnny Depp says
activism training will help wants to reinstate legislation he has no problem
Houston gay families. banning gay foster parents. playing a gay character.
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