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Title Houston Voice, May 26, 2006
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Ford, Nancy
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Date May 26, 2006
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript 'Citizen Provocateur' Ray lfdl is often the first person GLBT men and women call when faced with arrest or discrimination. (Photo by Nancy Ford) Foul cried in park arrests Memorial sting leads to 30 arrests for lewd, illicit conduct BY SHANA NICHOLSON Th Hous•on PC'h~ Department conducted a two-day stmr opcratiJn m I t Apnl in Memonal Park around P1cmc Lane resultmg In the arn• t of SO m"n The methodology used by the police has some Houston activMs wondenng if the sting was simply veiled homophobia. Srveral men arrested lns!St the public restrooms were locked, both the front and back doors. But when they decided to go mto the bushes to reliew themselves. an officer of the' HPD arrested them. Local m ;I rights activi t &:y Hill d h know maintc ::ianCi' man at Memorial Park and qu honed him ns to .,.. }1j' thev \\ l fl' lock mg restroom doors. "He told me We re not lock.mg th The cops are bnnging the locks, lockmg the' doors and carrying the locks aY.ay when they get through.' ' Hill said. Alvin Wright, spokesman for HPD, said that the sting was a joint effort of the Vice, Special Operations & Maior Offenders d1vis1ons. "The stmg lasted a couple' of ~s around the rnd of April and w .. :.s a result of numC'1uw; c.omplam~ of lt. d a1..tl\ 1ty Y. lthll1 the paI"K." Wr;,.;ht 'iilld In tot 10 arre~t \\er made 15 v1 c nrll'sts ~ r pul 1c IE , dn ' dlld 15 tactical arrest \\hlch \\r, •ht rxplamed, c.ould be ~ythmg from Pledse see ARRESTS on Page 3 South Beach brings its own White Party to the Houston scene. Page ll The 'truth of • I exoenence Ari Gold attributes success to telling his own story By JOEY GUERRA Don't hate Arl Gold becaue he's beautiful. Hate him because he's talented, thoughtful and beautiful. We're only kidding. In fact, those same attributes are what make it pretty unpossible to dislike the Bronx ·born performer - even a little. "My music is sexy," Gold says, on the phone from Please see ARI GOLD on Page 16 Ari Gold was discovered at five years old. smgmg at his brother's bar mitzvah. Senate's approval to restructure Ryan White CARE Act receives scrutiny. Page4 Photographer/professor earns highest achievement award from San Jacinto College. Local Life, Page 8 Mayor Bill White tapped to receive 2006 Black Tie Dinner Hollyfield award. News, Page4 2 MAY 26. 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE BRIAN & JUSTIN ... 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Estella Espinosa. communications manager with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department, said that the restnx>ms are locked between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. eve11 day. According to Wright, captain Steve Jett of the Vice Division repcrted the arrest~ OCCUITed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. hours when the doors should have been unlocked and the restrooms a<.x:essible. Wright said when he told Jett that some of the men clainwd there were locks on the doors of thP. bathrtx>m . • Jett laughed, saying. "That is not true at all." Wright continued. ''If that's what they're say. ing, they don't have a leg to stand on." In ourt it will be the word of officers against the word of the men charged. But even if the restroom doors were padlocked, Texas law would not guarantee the charges against the men men would be dropped due to illegal entrapment. Simply providing an opportunity to commit a crime does not constitute entrapment. And with officers claiming that it was the men who attempted to engage the plain-clothes officers in illicit activity, the men charged may have no case. However, in other parts of the country, organizations have challenged law enforce· ment procedure in court and won. Public sex laws applied unfairly? Gay watchdog grnups insist they aren't condoning illegal public sex. hut the issue to them is whether police are applying the law equally to public sex involving hetero­sexuals and that involving only mm. To them, the question becomes: Are two men found having sex in a park arrested. when a heterosexual couple having sex a hun· dred feet away just told to move along? The answer is that records of public lewd· ness and the context in which the arrests were made are nearly inlp<lSSible to quantif): However; the concern remains that gay men are specifically being targeted. Historicnll); U1e vast majority of public lewdness arrests 1B•944•6010 1201 SPENCER HIGHWAY SOUTH HOUSTON l-4510 fWIGEXlt lHT 2MHS GlfTS • CLOTHING • BOOKS • TOYS • MUSIC • HOVHTIE Both the front and back gates to the restroom facilities off Picnic Lane in Memorial Park were unlocked and accessible on May 19. when this photograph was taken But activists say that wasn't the case when 30 men were arrested in late April (Photo by Nancy Ford) made are of men and the dozens of published new stories across Texas concerning stings in parks and other public areas where only men are swept up back that claim. The Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. a GLBT civil rights organization, sued the Los Angeles police department in 2000 seeking records of public lewdness arrests for the prior three years. After spot­lighting the imbalance of male public lewdness charges, arrests suddenly drop.,ed. And in Detroit, the Triangle Foundation with the help of their local American Civil Liberties Union obtained roughly 300 arrest records. The results in both investigations were compelling. Each found that arrestees were over· whelmingly male and officers were using the same language to describe the conduct in arrest reports. The use of boilerplate language in arrest reports implies that police did not Q-VIDEO foRMERlY rJ!)§ VIDEO O VER 6,000 TITLES DVD&VHS! THANK YOU HOUSTON fO/t 20 YlAlS ANO COUNTING I NEW MEMBERS 1ST RENTAL FREE ! RENT 3 VIDEOS GET 1 VIDEO FREE ! OPEN 7 DAYS 11 AM - MIDNIGHT 1415 CALIFORNIA I 713.522.4485 differentiate between cases. activists sa); and that is among the issues of contention raised by the Memorial Park arrests. "The amazing thing to me is that the prosecutors in this case know the officers are lying because they tell the same lie in every case using the exact same y:ords," Hill said. "Human behavior is not so well· patterned that everybody doe" the exact same thmg in the same wa}: "I'm going to have to wait until these cases get tried," Hill continued, "but I intend to go down and assert to the police chief that certainly his staff seems to be acting out some prejudice-motivated law enforcment" The success of organi.zations in fighting lopsided justice hasn't succeeded in shut· ting down such sting operations. in Texas or elsewhere. Too often, activists sa); the men arrested simply want the matter to go away and will not agree to a legal chal­lenge. In many cases. men who cruise pub-lie parks are married to women and have families, multiplying the states. Even an openly gay man may have qualms about waging such a potentially humiliating battle in court, activist£ ~: Most choose not to fight the charges. "The problem with that is," Hill explained, "because of the Draconian sex registration laws in Texas, if you plead guilty, then you have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life." Hill rereived a call from the v. ife of one of the men arrested in Memorial Para in April. "She wanted to know if I had any advice," he said. "She said he was gomg to go in there and plead guilty and pay what· ever it costs to get out of it because he's so embarrassed." That is precisely what HPD is bankmg on, according to Hill. 'They prey on vul· nerable people and therr only objective is to get the conviction." Match Your Raffle Ticket Thrown by the Bayou City Bays Club float Ou 10am-7pm Tuesday· Saturday 11 am-5pm Sunday Closed Monday Gay Owned & Operated. 415 WESTHEIMER HOUSTON, TX 77006 713.527.8499 4 MAY 26. 2006 I news 1• n brief 'Black Tre' gala announces 2006 beneficiaries and honorees The Houston Black Tic DinnC'r board of dirertors has announced thC' selection of the recipients of awards as well as the beneficiaries of this year's dinner, to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday. November 4. The 2006 beneficiaries include Bayou City Performing Arts, Center for AIDS, Houston GLBT Commumty Center. Lazarus House. Legacy Community Health Services, Lesbian Health InitiativC', PFI..AG HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation, People with AIDS and Pride Houston. "We are working hard to put together an exciting event this year that honors the individuals and organizations that do so much for our commumty." Scott Nettles, gala co-chair, &11d. "We'n: proud to con· tinue thr trad1uon of rr'~brating nd supporting s<1ch a d1vrNC' group of local orgamzat1ons that began om 13 ye'lrs a.,1> y, It!> the first Hou,ton Black T1 Dmn r" Dr. liordon Crofoot 10, has been lccted as this ;c.ar s HumamtarLn Aw.ml rec1p1rnt. v;b1ch rccogmzes xal indl\ idu ', for thor t:ontr1bu hon to th ga; and lesbian commu· mcy As a pionetT in the treatment and rr~arc-h of HIV and AIDS, Dr. Crofoot has been at the forefront of finding advanced treatments for this Houston Mayor Bill White. who has been cl'osen to receive Houstons Black Tie Dinner's 2006 J Hollyfield Political Service Award. walks m Houston's 2005 GLBT Pride Parade with his wife. Andrea W.ute (Photo by Dalton Dehart) disease, a~ \\ell as educating the public and communll;: The dinner's J. Hollyfield Political Service Award recognizes an individual for thnr work with political equality ln the GLBT community. Houston Mayor Bill While has been srlcctC'd as its 2006 recipient. Mayor White has strived to work to\\ards cr.0 brating the diversity of the Houston and promoting tolerance for all groups to promote growth and prosperity. For more mformat1on. log on to www.houstonblackt1edmner.org. HATCH chooses 'Moulin Rouge!' as 2006 prom theme HATCH, Houston's group for gay Jes bian. bisexual, transgendered and qucs· t1onmg youth, has announced Moulin Rouge' as the theme for its 2006 prom. Scheduled Friday. June 9, at the Historic Magnolia Ballroom at 715 Franklin St., beginning at 7 p.m. and running 'til midnight, the prom is free for youth, ages t3·20. HATCH organizers also encourage adults to attend, especially because not all GLBT adults were able to attend their own proms dressed as they wished or y, ith the date they wtshed to bring. The adults attending the prom become roll models for the youth as well, organi1.ers observed. The prom costs $2.5 for anyone 21 years old and older, with tickets avail· ablr at the door onl~ HATCH aims for its members to become positive contributors to society by providing a safo social environment, • offering role models and peer support, and sponsoring educational and commu­nity outreach opportunities. Adults wishing to make a donation to the prom, whether in-cash or in-kind, arc asked to contact Bill Alexander, HATCH youth servu:es assistant, at 713- 529-3590. Equality Texas decries vote on federal marriage amendment On May 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the Federal Marriage Amendment to the full Senate floor for consideration The proposed constitutional amendment restricts mar· riagc to a union between a man and a woman. and may Jeopardize civil union and domestic partnership benefits. "In a time when we face crushing debt, war in Iraq, millions of uninsured children, and other critical issues, the Senate will attempt to wnte discrimina· tion into the US. Constitution and try their best to drive extremists to the polls in November," said Paul E. Scott, Equahty Texas executive director. Scott said s,o:x> ema:ls and faw.s have been sent to Texas senators in three days ns part of Equality Texas' advoracy campaign. "We know that Senators Hutchison and Cornyn will support the amend· ment But they need to know that they have many constituents who do not sup­port writmg discrimination into thr l'.S. Constitution," Scott said. "We encourage all supporters of equal· ity to log on to www.cqualityte.xas.org to ask our senators to vote no on the Federal Marriage Amendment." · fl'Olll staff and wire reports www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I Senate committee passes CARE Act reauthorization Local leaders fear decrease in HIV treatment funding By NANCY FORD Last week, a U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Art until 2011 Thr Jeg1slation amends the current Ryan White CARE Act by increasing the number of ritirs that rece1•e C'AHE Act emergency grants from 'il t() 76, and ere tl a ne\\ three-tier structure for rit1C's tha• report h1gh, medmm, nd lov; num her of HIV and AIDS cas ~. H lL~ on and the ~urroundm c unt1 would contmue to quJlify as a Title I an:a m th highest tier "Based on the pnL'llln.'.UJ funding Jllll.JC'C· tlon-; from thC' Government Accountabillty Office, Houston will see an mai:nsr m fi.mdmg under Title I." said Katy Qtldwl'll, e.xccutivl' directorof !£gacyCommunityHealthSer.1ccs. But Caldwell said she IS concernrd that there is a decrease in funding to the state of TC'xas under Title II. "This will affect the Texas HIV medica­tion program as WPll as C'Sscntial lllV and AIDS care and support servtres In smaller c1ues and rural areas of thr state," Caldwell said. Bipartisan or contentious? Lay.makers and their staffs haw touted thC' fact that the bill was drafted In n blpar. tisan manner, but capitol insidershmc indt cated that there hmC' been heated debate and negotiations over several contentious issues, chief among them is how CARE Act resources are to be allocated across the country. With the high cost of HIV and AIDS drugs, no decline in new HIV infec­tions, and an estimated 1.1 milhon peo11lc living with HIV and AIDS m the U.S. an all time high lawmakers struggled to bal· ancc several competing demands on an increasingly small pot of funding. "This bill has created new and compli· cated distribution formulas. said Randall Ellis. director of government relations for Legac;: We have not seen an accurate or final breakdown from the GAO of how the funds are distributed. Hoy.ever, this legis­lation is clearly better than the version by Sen Tom Coburn <R-Okla.) that y,ould have likely resulted in significantly larger @MORE INFO legacy Community Health Services 215 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Texas no06 713-830-3000 www.montrosedinic.org Randall Ellis. director of government relations for Legacy Community Health Services. womes that changes to the Ryan Wl!lle CARE Act wdl interfere with services provided by smaller health care orgamzat1ons to dients with HIV. funding cuts for Houston and Texas." The bill, which passed by a vote of 19·1, was introduced by the chalr and ranking Democrat of the Senate he.11th mmmittee, Senators ,'\lichael r:nzi <H·WY) and Eclwanl Kennedv (1)-MA). working with their House ~ounterparts, Congressmen .Joe Barton (R·TX) and .John Dingell (D·M[). The application of this proxy will re ult in massive funding shifts away from Texas and other states which have for many years borne the brunt of this epidemic, accord­ing to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D·NY). "Redistributmg millions of dollars from ... states where both city and local governments have made significant con· tributlons to Arns care and treatment wlll onlv hurt people who arc living with HIV. and result m difficulty accessing care," Clinton said in a statement. As of September :.mo5. 9,911 pcopll' diag nosed with AIDS lived in llouston and Harris Count;~ according to a Houston Department of Health and Human Services report dated January 2006. It IS estimated that one in 90 Houstonians is HIV-positive, with one Houstonlan being infected with HIV every eight hours. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com MAY 26. 2006 S I national news Amendment fight gets contentious on Hill Some predict changes to wording to entice moderates By JOSHUA LYNSEN As a Senate vote nears on a federal consti· tutional amendment to ban same-sex mar­riage, some political observers are Spt.>culat· ing that the wording of the amendment might be shortened in a last-ditch etfort to draw support from moderate senators. As approved May 18 by the U.S. Senate ,Judiciary Committee, the proposed consti· tutional amendment bans gay marriage and any equivalent, which presumably includes civil unions and perhaps some domestic partnerships and other forms of legal recognition for gay couples. "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." the proposed amendment reads. "Neither this Constitution, nor the consti· tution of any state or fcdC'ral law, shall be construed to require that marital status of the legal incidents thC'reof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups." But there's new talk on Capitol Ifill of removing the second sentence before sena· tors vote on the amcndmPnt next month. The rewrite, aP1mrcntly sought by some conservatives, would have lasting and unprndi1:tablc repercussions because of its vague wording, gay rights activists said The revision also is seen by some as an effort to woo moderate senators. Human Rights Campaign spakespC'rson .Jay Smith Brown said more sC'nators \\ould Hkcly support the revised. one sen· tcnce amendment. He noted, hO\\Cver, that llRC remains "cautiously optimistic" the Marriage Protection Amendment will fall regardless of the wording. "I think a lot of senators will sec through this attempt," Smith l'lrown said. "It's still discrimination, and it's still put· ting that stain on the Constitution." Changes to the federal marriage amend ment were previously discussed and dis· bu i ldyourbusiness CONTACT ED ALVAREZ ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE l1f.Jlfatdil voice n35298490 or ealvarez ti houstonvoice.com missed, Smith Brown said, but cited "sources on the Hill" for the possibility that dropping the second sentence might be offered up again on the Senate floor next month. Patrick Guerriero. president of the Log Cabin Republicans, discounted the rewrite as a last-ditch attempt to win votes. "Ba~ically ifs a sign of desperation because they're about to lose again," he said. "That's the piece I think is pretty clear here." But Christopher Anders, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union office in Washington. D.C., said any abbreviation might not be intended to draw new support. "The motivation doesn't seem to be to pick up votes." he said. "The motivation seems to be there's an internal tight among religious right groups on how much dam· age they want to cause samc·sex couples and their children." As the Senate vote nears, Anders said he is skeptical that anyone would seek to revise the proposed amendment. The con· tentious Senate Judiciary Committee vote, 10-8, followed party lines. "There might be one or two votes in the Senate that are in play one way or the other," he said. "But, literally, the civil rights and religious coalitions have met with almost all the Senate offices at this point. The conclusion s the votes are basi· cally where they were two years ago." Debate grows tense Although no senator has yet proposed changing the wording. discussion of the amendment l!i becoming ever more tense. The &mate Judiciary Committee \Ute May 18 was marked by a heated exchange between Arlen Specter (l~·Pa.) and Huss Feingold (!).. Wis.), a presumed presidential candidate \\ho m~ntly announced his support for equal mar- 1iagc rights for gay couples. Specter and Feingold argued during the committee meeting. Feingold eventually walked out, and Specter wished him "good riddance." "I don't need to he lc.>etured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Specter shouted after Feingold said he opposed the amendment and treas· ured the Constitution. Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold says debate over the federal marriage amendment needs to be conducted in a transparent way and in front of cameras. (Photo by Mickey Welslv'APl "If you want to leave, good riddance." Specter said. "I've enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman. See ya," Feingold l"C'Sponded before leaving the meeting. Fc1ngold later issued a statemC'nt con­demning Specter's decision to hold the l\lay 18 meeting in a small committee room where public access is limited. "(S]uch a measure should be considered by the Judiciary Committee in the light of da~: open to the press and the public, with cameras present so that the whole country can ee what is done," Feingold said. "I will continue to fight this mean-spirited. div1 slve, poorly drafted, and misguided amend· ment when it comes to the Senate floor." Broad 'implications for our culture' Experts and politicians agree that attempts to rewrite or abbreviate the pro­posed amendment would have little effect on the vote. Congressman Barney Frank (D·Mass.) told the Voice this week that reducing the amendment to one sentence would "change no minds and very few votes." Frank, who is gay, said President Bush and other Republicans are using the amend· ment to divert congressional attention from more serious issues, such as preparing for the hurricane sea~on that begins June I, or addressing economic issues. "We screwed up Katrina, wages aren't going up, but how about those fags getting married?" he said. "This isn't about mak· ing public policy. They're trying to dh·crt attention by gay bashing." The amendments' backers dispute that charge, saying Senate Republicans are responding to a constituency that hC'lpcd the party keep control of Congre:-s and the White House two years ago. Barrett Duke, spokesper::.on for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told the Baptist Press that gay marriage must be stopped. "We just don't sec anything in Amertcan ltfc at this point that has greater implica· tions for our culture than thC' same-sex mar­riage is$ue," he said. "Just about every area of life will be impacted if same-sexlllarI1age becomes the law of the land ... Unintended consequences? Previously called the Federal Marriage Amendment. a Senate vote on the proposal in 2004 failed with 48 voting in fa\Or and 50 opposing. Also at that time, the House voted 227 186 m favor of the proposal. The measure needed 29 more votes m the House and 19 more votes m the Senate to reach the tv;o­thirds majorlty required to pass a constitu· tional amendment. Political ob;;ervers ha\·e forecasted this year's Senate vote at 52-48 in famr of the measure, mostly duC' to Democratic seats y,on by the GOP in the 2004 election. Such a vote still would fall 17 votes shy of the necessary two-third ma.JOrity. AndC'rs said most senators are steadfast in their support or opposition, and reY.Tit· ing the amendment would do httle to change any votes. "The bottom line for most of the sena· tors and most of the people who have looked at the amendment." he said, "is that whichever version comes to the floor, the problems are the same." buildyourbusiness CONTACT ED ALVAREZ ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE 1.tdlt>"ii·hi voice IB5298490 or ealvaru,!!houstonvoice.com 6 MAY 26. 2006 c-Shalit of THE TODAY SHOW A Springtime Surprise! Ifs the 'l\1ovie Delight of the Week·~ "*Irr*esis*tib*ly· Ent~~ining!" 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Benedict said he hoped his planned visit to Valencia, Spain, in July to attend a church gath· ering dedicated to families would give him "an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and fecundity of the family based on marriage, its very high calling and its essential social value." The pope has been leading a church campaign in defense of traditional families. He also reiterated church opposition to abortion and euthanasia. Ambassador Francisco Vazquez described the meeting as "cordial and affectionate." Ties between the Vatican and Spain have been strained since Spain's Socialists took office in 2004 with an agenda that included legalizing gay marriage and making it easier for Spaniards to obtain divorce in the traditionally Roman Catholic country. In April, a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Truj1llo. condemned a Spanish bill author­lzmg gay adoptions. Pope Benedict XVI may be visiting Spain in July. despite his opposition to gay marriage in that country -------- Harlem gay group protests sex party banning condom use NEW YORK (AP> 'I'he invitation arrived in Tokes Osubu's e-mail inbox on May 15, and the contents astounded him: Black and J,atino men were being invited to attend a gay sex party the fol­lowing weekend where condoms would be banned. Show up with a condom, the invitation said, and you'll be asked to leave. "I was shocked and disgusted," said Osubu, executive director of Gay Men of African Descent, a Harlem· based nonprofit group battling the HIV I AIDS epidemic among black gay men. Osubu sent the party's promoter a letter urging him to reconsider the poli· cy, and the group planned to protest out· side the East Harlem building where the party was scheduled to be held. The party comes just weeks before the 25th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic and at a time when black men am facing startlingly high HIV infection rates. Another N.C. soldier pleads guilty for role on gay pom site FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) A soldier pleaded guilty May 16 to having sex on a military-themed website for money and was sentenced to three months In prison. A number of Army soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., have been charged for appearing on Act1veDuty.com, an ach.Jlt· oriented gay website with amateur mill· tary-themed performances. Pfc. Wesley K. Mitten, 21, pleaded guilty to sodomy, conduct detrimental to the Army and cocaine use. lie will be discharged from the service. "I am sorry for disgracing my family name and my unit," he said. according to the Fayetteville Observer Mitten is one of seven soldiers from the 82nd Airbornc Division accused of appearmg on the site. Two others, Pvt. Kagen B. Mullen and Pfc. Richard Ashle)~ have also pleaded gullty and were sentenced to prison. Federal judge strikes down Okla. gay adoption law OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal JUdge May 19 struck down a two-year-old state law that prohibited state officials from recog· nlzing same sex adoptions from other states or countries. In a 31·page decision, t.:.S. District .Judge Robin Cauthmn ruled that the measure violated the U.S. Constitution's due process requirements because it attempted to break up families without con­sidering the fitness of the parents or the brst interests of the children. Instead, Cauthron wrote, the state statute "attempts tltat break up only because the . adults are of the same sex. Such an act cannot sur­vive." The decision was attacked by sup­porters of the law. which \\as passed by the Legislature with bipartisan support in 2004. "It's another case of an activist court trying to legislate from the bench," said state Rep. Thad Balkman (R·Norman). Gay activist's killer gets life in Jamaican prison KINGSTON, Jamaica - Twenty-five year old Dwight Hayden, who confessed to killing gay rights activist Brian Williamson, has been sentenced to life in prison, Radio Jamaica reported May 19. The newspaper vendor, who pleaded guilty to the crime two W('{'kS ago, will serve 15 years behind bars before becoming eligi· ble for parole, the radio station reported. The sentence was handed down May 19 In the Home Circuit Court by .Justice Basil Reid. Williamson, the founding member of the gay rights group .Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All·Sexuals & Gays, was found dead in his New Kingston apartment on .June 7, 2004. The m1!dical report saicl he was stabbed over 70 times. Human rights groups said that gay people are frc1111cnt targets of attacks and harassment in .Jamaica, and that Williamson may have been the victim of a hate crime. 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Ray participate in the recent art showing at 4411 Montrose 5. Mo art Davi! Osta', T eny l.eavitt-Ol.lvez. IUtoo ~ and Sally Ba1Dtt e!1JOY each ottm company at a recent art openmg at Mo Mong. 6. Super heroes and heroines Delmil Bel (hmm, Greg Grifli1. .k!Ty SillmllX. ~Bown and lxt Chwalek Im! together to f9rt the fm:es of t"Ji at~ BnJ;>. benefitn.I the lblstoo Cl.BT Coomnty Center: 7. Jungle love Bayou City Boys Club award the proceeds from Jungle 14 to representatives from Bering Omega Community Services. People With AIDS CoalrJOn Houston. AIDS Foundation Houston. Brentwood Community Health Services. legacy Community Health Services and Montrose Counseling Center. Start Now! Look FABULOUS for the Summer! Package Discounts-Save $100's SKIN" ~aissance L ER CENTER Give Yourself the Gitt of Beauty ... 5 or 10 Years Younger Is More Affordable Than You Think! 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He's highly reoogni7.able, a tail, lanky blonde, gen­tleman who worlG the room grocclully and easi}Jl He knows everyone and everyone knows him, it appears, from the smiles and hugs he elicits from the crowd. Another easy way to recognize DeHart is by hIS equipment He's the man with at least one professional-grade camera slung around his neck, which he aims and shoots with effortless accuracy. If ever there were a chronicler of Houston's gay histmJi it is DeHart His v.urlt has been m the Houston \Uice and other gay publications since he began snapping images more than ro }'mI'S ago, making him an irre­placeable part <X Houston's gay oommunicy "Very seldom a week passes that I don't do eight or 10 events, generally," he says. "I tell people that l don't take pictures of just certain kinds of people I love all of it It doosn't matter if it's an after-hours PartY or the transgender Unity Banquet or Human Rights Campaign function or Black Tie Dinner. Just whatever - I'm an equal oppartunity photographer'" WHAT MANY OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHIC subjects may not know is that DeHart has a whole other career. After graduating from Buna High School m east Texas, DeHart entered San Houston State Untversuy in Huntsville. His camera accompanied him through a hitch in the U.S. Army and as he entered ft MORE INFO Dalton~~ 71>622-2202 www.daltondehart.com his trachmg career. In tl!e fall of 1983, DeHart began teaching at San Jacinto College's central -campus m Pasadena, Texas. In 1986, he became a per­manent professor of English at San Jactnto College, and in 1989 he became chairman of tl!e Language Skills Department "The teaching and the photography go so well together," Dehart says. "They compliment each other." Later this summer Def-lart says he will retire from teaching. But as a perfect example of "gomg out with a bang," DeHart was recently chosen to receive the htghest honor Texas' educational sys tern has to bestow on one of its ovm, the Mmnie Stevens Piper Award. The award represents "sort of the zenith of all of the educational endeavors that we undertake," DeHart says. "It represents the highest honor that a person tn a college or a university can achieve. It's kind of the Oscar of the education business." Each year, San Jacinto College Central and oilier Texas college faculty nominate a faculty member as the outstanding edu­cator on that campus, voted on by faculty itself. The winner of that honor ts then eligible to be one of 15 statewide recipi­ents of the Minnie Stevens Piper profes­sorship, DeHart explains. "We always think that we try to do the very best job tl!at we can, but lt's wonder­ful to be validated," DeHart says. "I believe that the teachers in the Language Skills Department have con­trtbuted much to my success," DeHart continues. "In addition, my close friends in the English Department with whom I have taught for so many years are certain· ly respansible in part for my being select­ed for the award." Another of tl!e reasons Dehart is oonsid· ered a model educator is reflected in how he views his relationship to his students. "I really believe that much of the job that we do in the developmental course is to encourage them, sort of nurture them, tell them that, yes, they can do it," DeHart says. "Some of them sort of con­sider themselves as failures, and part of our job is to assure them that they can do 1t if they just put forth the effort." TifOUGH HE IS LEAVING TEACHING, De Hart has no intention of rrtlring frQm his photographic career. He will continue to be seen behind the lens as he has every week since he startrd focusing on Houston's gay community in the late '80s. Among tl!e first events DcHart attended was Executive Professionals of Houston, a social group made up of predominantly Dalton DeHart. longtime Houston Voice photographer and San Jacinto College Central's 2006 Teacher of the Year and recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship award. (Photo by Alfred Padron) gay and lesbian business people. "I ended up joining and after being a member for six months, I was asked to be the chair of the directory committee because I did photos. Then I started doing other events and various fundraisers and that sort of thing I did all sorts of events." The greatest difference between then and no\\~ DeHart says, is the visibllity the gay community has come to know. Seldom did a gay or lesbian-specific event carry the words "gay" or "lesbian." Specifically, DeHart marvels at the evolution of the city's Pride Parade. "That's one of the most amazmg thtngs I've seen," he says. "It's just mind· boggling now." "When I first started doing this, the meetings I attended were not publlc events." Dehart says. "Over the years, almost all of the events have become pub-lie and people know about them. Now we have so many GLBTs and so many straight people who arc also so support. ive of events because of the worthwhile causes the community is involved in." With a catalor.i.1c of more than 450,000 photos chronicling so many of those worthwhile causes, as well as the people who make them possible, DeHart shows no signs of slowing down "People ask me all the time where I get my energy "What arc you on?"' Dell art says, laughmg. "I say 'OK, look in the mirror' I am high on life and on .. the people that I photo­graph. 'I'hat's what motivates me. I get incredible joy out of taking pictures of these pcoplr bcc.1use I feel hke It makes them feel good, and 1t certainly does make me feel like my life is worthwhile. "The people and the joy I hope I bring to them is what motivates me." 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By KEVIN NAFF T'S TE:\1PTING TO criticize Mary Chene): The lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney worked on the campaign to re-elect her father and President Bush, even as Republicans worked to ban same-sex mar nage via federal and state constitutional amendments and used the issue to drive conservative voters to the polls. Gay rights activists were rightly upset that she didn't abandon the campaign or even take a public stand opposing the amendment efforts, which Bush endorsed in a State of the Union speech. Now .!\.lary has written a book and, finally, granted interviews on the subject of being the lesbian daughter of the con· scrvative vice president. She says she talked to her family about quitting the 2001 campaign over the mar­riage issue and that she declined a Bush offer to give a public statement disagree­ing with the president's position. But ulti· mately she stayed behind the scenes and stuck it out, for her father's sake. It's difficult to fault her when she puts it in those terms. How many of us stand up to conservative family members when they fail to support us 100 percent? My own parents backed Bush in 2000 and 2004, but I haven't stopped speaking to them. They know where I stand, and we agree to disagree. And whether we care to admit it or not. there are ways large and small in which most of us take advantage of the refuge of the closet. AT LARGE GATHERINGS OF EXTENDED family; I don't always bring my partner because it's easier to just avoid the stress. He's close to my immediate family and that's enough for me. I don't need every third-cousin-once-removed to know my partner to feel validated. When we check into a hotel together, sometimes one of us will hold back in the lobby to avoid those awkward confronta­tions with the front desk staff. "That room has one king bed, let me find you some­thing with two doubles." And how many of us walk around hold­ing hands with a partner in public? Or display a photo of a significant other on a desk at work? Of course, in an ideal world, full open­ness at all times would be the reality and we would respond to anti.gay sentiment in a consistently \Ociferous way. But who lives in that place? Yes, it's tem11tmg to bash Mary, but how many of us can say we arc out to absolute· ly everyone in our lives that includes employers, co-workers, extended family and neighbors? And for those who are out as .!\.1ary has been for years how many back up their political beliefs with action at all times? She certainly should have accepted Bush's invitation to issue a public state­ment condemning the marriage amend· ment and her critics are right that Mary won't be winning any .. profiles in gay courage" awards. There arc plenty of gay men and les­bians with famous conservative relatives who chose a more aggressive path Candace Gingrich. Maya Keyes and David Knight come to mind. They are worthy of higher praise. And Mary's criticisms of John Kerry and John Edwards for mentioning her sexual orientation during the 2004 debate. fall flat. Mary has harsh words for Kerry and Edwards, but praise for Bush, who is doing more to set back the gay righb movement than any president in decades. COMING OUT IS AN INTENSELY personal decision, but one that has far· reaching ripple effects that are an}1hing but personal. In fact, the surest way to equality under the law is for gays to be out. Of course, that's easy to say and not always so easy to do. For some, coming out means being thrown out of the house, gay ba. hed or losing parental financial support. For others, it means risking a lucrative job or promotion. I think it's worth the risk, but I'm financially independent and work in a large city for a gay-owned company. In my previous job, I stood up to anti· gay discrimination within the company and was rewarded by having my work assignments revoked and the office secre­tary tracking my every move in an effort to catch me taking too long a lunch break. I hired a lawyer and quit before they could fire me. And this was in Maryland, where state law supposedly prohibits such behavior. Maly Cheney said she swallowed her critlClsms of President Bush on the federal marriage amendment out of deference to her father, the vice president, and it's hard to fault her for that. (Photo by Freddie Lee. FOX News Sunday/AP) Coming out remains difficult even for the rich and famous - witne; s CZ\'X's Anderson Cooper making the media rounds promoting his memoir that is su~· piciously devoid of any mention of a sig­nificant other. Or Sean Haye. a\oiding "the que~tion" while promoting the recent finale of "Will & Grace." Or Clay Aiken':; denials even as he brazenly trolls gay hookup sites for sex partners. Mary did the right thing in corning out at a young age to her parents and refusing to go back in the closet when it would have been politically convenient for her father. Yes, she could have quit the cam­paign and taken the high road. But she would have alienated tho-e closest to her. By all accounts, she's doing exactly what all gay men and lesbians ought to do: living her life openly at work, at home and in public. Before the sanctimonious among us line up to bash Mary again, they should ask themselves if they're really living an honest life 100 percent of the time, no exceptions. I'm not. Are you? ~ KeYil Naff is man­~ aging editor of the Washington Blade and can be reached at knaff@wastmlade 10 MAY 26. 2006 I In defense of the Human Rights Campaign To the Editors. Re "Howard Dean's gav lapdogs," (edi· torial by Chris Crain. M y 19): OK. v;e get t Chris Cram hates the Human Right. Campaign and apparent ly anything Democratic. WhethPr it's his regular edit nahzmg about his hehef that the HRC 1s rntirelv beholdefl to th Drmorratic Part; or some oth r progressiw groups, or m th not se> subt: slart of any nev.s !on about the HRC or other ay nghts organizations. his b 1Sdear The latest screed assumes facts not in n 1drnre, but that docsn't !;top th bile Yes. i' would be marvelous to have a civilized debate about same-sex marriage where "our side" could lay out all the benefits and advantages to society. Every tlmf' civil rights (mcludmg marriage rights) are put forward to an open·mmded audience, we win That's \\hy the ranks companies with perfect scores on the HRC Corporate Equality Index continue to grow. It's also why, for the most part, we win in court. t.:nfortunately, that's not the environ· ment in this Congrrss the anti-gay forces won't a.;ree to that kind of discus s1on and Crain knows thts. wm the HRC tactical plan for this par· t1cular assault be effective? We will see after the vote. MIKE CRAIG Houston, Texas HRC refuses to fight for marriage equality To the Editors: Re "Howard Dean's lapdogs" (editorial by Chris Crain, May 19): "'fHE WAY 1 SEE tr, OUR CELE8Rt\1'10N OF G"Y PRIDE PR.OVll>ES -A WJ..OASLE Na\'l'IONAL 6EJlVICE. FoR ONE MON1'H EVERY YEAA, WE ~ 1'HES.E ll>IO'l'S A.WAY FR.OM MlU1'AAY FUNERALS." We couldn't agree more! In 2003 and 2004, we rode our bicycles across America to advocate for equal marriage nghts. Before the rides, we contacted the Human Rights Campaign to ask if th<'Y would let their local connections know we were coming and help get the word out. They refused our request and respond· ed that we would be hurting "the cause" by fighting for marriage equality. Now we tell everyone we meet to donate their money to their local GLBT organizations and not to HRC, which seems more interested in pro· moting themselves than equal mar· riage rights. CARRIE & EUSIA ROSS-STONE Wallace, West Va. Boycott Caribbean over violent homophobia To the Editors: Re "Deja bashed all over again" (edito­rial by Chris Crain, April 28): The reatings of Dick Jefferson and Ryan Smith are not unusual dally occurrences In the Can'bbean. I have urged everyone, gay or su-aight, from vacationing or doing business in the Canbbean and to boycott all of the islands. particularly Jamaica, Domenica, Grenada as well as all thev.indwardand leeward islands. To say or be openly gay in the Caribbean is to guarantee that you might well not wake up the next day. You do not have to be gay; if someone thinks you are, then you are subject to being murdered. The violence will stop when the world www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE pressures these islands to crack down on barbaric homophobes and the clergy who incite thrm to murder and violence. As a Dutch territory, Saint Maartens would be a very nice place for gay couples to marry 1f It were not for this ugly homo­phobic situation. WIWAM ROWLAND Dems blame victim, just like batterers To the Editors: Grecnvme. s.c. Since 1979, when our community made fhe simple demands at the first national gay march on Washington, not one of those demands has been met It has not mattered whether Democrats or Republicans have been in charge. As a Democrat and contributor to Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, I was rewarded hy his decision to sign the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," two of the most anti gay bills to ever come out of Washinb10n. We are politically battered, by both Hepubhcans and Democrats. And the nation al Democratic Party, by trying to b'llill us Into thinking we (and not they) are responsi· blc for whether they win elections Is the clas· sic syndrome of a batterer. It's called "blame the victim." Why do we take it? Howard Dean was embarrassed when he signed the civU union bill in Vermont. Who elevated him to gay icon? How dare he fire Donald llitchcock. the party's gay outreach director, because his partner Paul Yandura accused Dean of not protecting gays? We need to stop this blind and destruc· tive alliance to the Democratic Party. ROBIN TYLER Los Angeles Editors' note: The letter writer organrzed the first national gay march on Washington in 1979. When you shol> or need a professional service, do you usuaDy choose a 'gay' business? If~ I ~do. However. we need more businesses owned by c:LBT (W' rLBT .frienltJ people. The GlBT COOlllllllity has lllOl1l')' to spend, and we jJst wanted to be treated fairly without preju(ftce. Most defflitely, if available. The business ow~ tend to tre.11 i!IrJ· one who walks m equally, unlike other owners <W' staff in straight businesses who sometunes auto­matically judge the amount of money a jmOl1 wiU spend. accord­mg to their appearance. Usually, unless I need a services that 1S11l offered in the Cay & lesbian Yellow Pages. I try not to discriminate, whether g.iy !W' straight We have to SUI>' port the human race. ERIC EVARO. 33 Account facilitJtor Yes. my expenence has shown me that GLBT businesses have excel· lent quahty of service. I also think it's important for GLBT businesses to succeed and be a positive pres· ence for our non-GLBT community CARlA HAYES. 35 Customer service KEll y WTlfR. 34 Claims adjuster BRANDY REDING. 30 Student Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT, 33 Laser technician manager Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE David Knapp is equally capable in the booth and the babies' room By JOEY CUERRA DAVID KNAPP, OFTEN HAILED as the DJ king of the circuit· party scene. has spent the past two decades ruling crowds with his mix of accessible rh)ihms, edgy beats and wailing diva vocals. In recent years, however; Knapp admilli to finding comfort in a different kind of king· dom_ The Atlanta-based DJ and his partner, Scott, share their castle with adopted chi!· dren Ryan, 3. and Kira, one-and-a-half. "I like to say that I went from being Ab Fab to being Desperate Housewives," Knapp says with a laugh. "I gave up a Jot of my involvement in the scene and my just carefree lifestyle. For Knapp, however, the decision was one that he made for himself years earlier. "Ever since I was in high school, when I admitted to myself that I was gay, I was determined that I was going to have chil· dren and a partner." he says. "I opened a whole new window of possibility. "It's just worked out perfectly although those desperate housewife momenlli are true and real sometimes. It's all worth it when they give me a little smile or hug." It's been an unpredictable, always eventful. road for Knapp. who graduated @MORE INFO White Party/Global Groove 2006 Tour Featuring DJ David Knapp Sunday, May 28. 9 p.m South Beach 810 Pacific St. $15 advance 713-529-7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com from the University of Miami School of Law and passed the bar exam - in the early '90s. He had already spent time as a college­radio DJ at the University of Trunpa and worked at a record store. where he met the legendary Danny Tenaglia. The two became friends. and Tenaglia hooked Knapp up with a Monday night club gig. Diploma in hand, Knapp did what came naturally: He followed his passion for music, despite his parents' objections. "I wasn't necessarily encouraged to do anything in the arts, which is why I contin· ued with school and got my law degree," Knapp says. "Later. after law school, my parents were like, 'Have you gone on any interviews yet?' I hadn't. I was working in all the clubs on Miami Beach. "I knew that I could always go into law if I had to admit failure, but I was willing to live in poverty for awhile just for the passion of it. Usually, everything else flows if you're passionate about it." IT DID INDEED FLOW, AND KNAPP soon became an in-demand DJ through· out Florida. He eventually became one of the headliners for Miami's White Party weekend, considered by many to be the crown jewel of the gay party circuit. Knapp's schedule began to expand beyond the Sunshine State border. and he has gone on to acclaimed gigs in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Paris. Tel Aviv, Sao Paolo, Rio, Thailand. Zurich, Mexico City and Mykonos. Can you say frequent flyer miles? "I try to do a lot of second·guessing as to what the market is like before I play in it and generally what people will enjoy - and then work kind of new things," Knapp says of his decidedly diverse audiences. "I always try to do kind of a nice give and take. "I try to incorporate what I get excit­ed about in a way that's palatable to most people. Not everybody listens to (dance) music as thoroughly. I always try The stars are in the stars, and so are you. Watch out for those planets, though. Horoscope, Page 15 www.houstonvoice.com 3-day holiday All the events to make Memorial weekend even more memorable. Page 13 MAY 26, 2006 •, I I • ' {- ,. tj >-', J~ .... DJ David Knapp not only has two turntables and a rrucrophone - but a law degree, a partner and two children. as well. to pay attention to evel)1hing that's going on out there." Some of Knapp's most recent work can be heard on the Global Grove mix disc, released last month via the Centaur Music label. It was done in conjunction with the 30-cit~: six-country spanning Global Groove Tour. More information is available at www.globalgroovecd.com. Knapp's 12-track odyssey expertly blends pulsing beats with seductive vocals and full-0ut diva anthems from dance. floor faves Kim English ("It Makes a Difference"), Alma Matris, Offer Nissim featuring Maya, Dolce and Goldfrapp. The Global Groove disc also features a key track from pop duo - and real­hfe partners - Jason & de.Marco ("Trying to Get to You") and "Gimmie Some Love," the sex}~ soulful debut sin· gle from DJs Are Alive, an artist collec­tive that includes Kristine W. the Scumfrog and DJ Scribble, D: Fuse and Static Revenger. "My biggest concern became trying to put something on there for everyone. I'm not about doing an all-tribal CD or an all-anthem CD," says Knapp, who has Please see DJ KNAPP on Page 12 If you can't think of anything nice to say, please say it right here. Bitch Session, Page 19 12 MARCH 26. 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I eclipse -~- Knapp and film star shine at SoBe's White Party DJ KNAPP, continued from Page 11 also remixed several Wl:iite Party benefit CDs and others in the Global Groove and Party Groove series. Knapp has also creat ed original remLXes for Gioia, Funky Green Dogs. Lonme Gordon and R&B songbird Amem. For mlX d1sL-s, he turns in a hst of pot •ntial tracks a few months in advance and crosses his fingers" in hoprs cf get­ting prrmiss10n from ~bds to inrludr: songs. This time around, Knapp sa~ s he actually had to narrow down from more than 20 available tracks. IT'S LIKELY YOU'LL HEAR A FEW of those favorites during Knapp's local White­Party performance at South Beach nightclub. It's not exactly Miami, but has proven to be one of the year's most popular events. "I always enjoy playing there. Everybody's so hospitable," Knapp sa)'s of the club. "They've even given me clothes for the baby before I got a httle South Beach onPsie. Houston has It togeth"r in terms of gettmg people out and longc:vity. There's always a great crowd, always a great turnout. It's always been fun." On a larger scale, Knapp has been around long enough to notice inevitable Getting to know Brad Patton Adult film star skates through weekend gigs By JOEY GUERRA BRAD PATTON HAS COME A LONG way from his religious upbringing in Melbourne, Australia. Since leaving the land down under, Patton has become a champion ice skater and eventually glided into the world of adult films. Now a Buckshot Colt Studio Group exclusive, Patton recently filmed Manly Heat in Lake Powell, Ariz. He hits Houston for a series of shows, autograph sessions and bartending gigs, Friday through Sunday. In between shooting film scenes on speedboats and training for the Out Games m Montreal, Patton took time to answer a few serious and silly questions: HOUSTON VOICE: You say your father was the "original crocodile hunter." Ever had any mterest In follow- ()MORE INFO Brad Patton bartends Friday. May 26. ll p.m JR'S Bar & Gnll 808 Pacific SL 713-521-251<1 WWW jrsb.lrandgriJl.com Saturday, May 27 11 pm. Meteor, 2306 Genesee 713-521-0123 wwwmeteorhouston.com White Pcriy show with Brad Patton Sunday. May 28.12 midnight South Beach 810 Pacific St SIS 713-529-7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com ing those footsteps? BRAD PATIO:-;: I have always been big on tra"eling to exotic locations. I love a bit of adventure and roughing it ln the outback. It is the schoolboy within who wants to go out and find hidden treasure, which I definite!)' got from my dad. VOICE: Your childhood included stints in several countries; Austraha, Sweden. Finland. Which one do you remember most vividly? PATTON: It would have to be Sweden. That is where I really grew up from ages 14 through 22. I thlnk I identify myself more Swedish that anything else for that reason. At least I used to. Now. I just see myself as a citizen of the world. VOICE: Why do you think ice-skating became such a passion for you? PATTON: It IS difficult to describe the amazing feeling of freedom that you have when you fly across the ice, when the beauty of the movement just completely overwhelms you with emotion. I don't know anything else that can give me that feeling, except for love. VOICE: Tell me about your first real­ization that you were gay. PATTON: It was a long process for me, over a number of years. Coming from a rehgious family, I think that Is to be expected. It was not easy at first for me, but once I had accepted myself, it made me that much stronger and confident. VOICE: Do you remember seeing your first porn movie? If so, when and what was it? PATI'ON: Oh gosh, I would have had to been about 21, I guess. I don't remember the film, but I do remember that Rex Chandler was on the cover. I thought he was so hot! VOICE: At the time, did you ever think it was something you might do for yourself? PATTON: Oh no, I don't think I did, but I am sure I fantasized about it. But what gay boy didn't? VOICE: How do you handle shooting a scene with someone you're not attracted to? PATTON: I act VOICE: What's the biggest misconception about the porn industry and porn stars? PATI'ON: That they are all somehow changes in the national circuit-party scene - not always for the better. But he does feel things are changing. "Many of the parties had become, over time, much more of a marketing scheme and an ooeration. People buUt uo much more into those parties. They became more intense a lot of expectations," he says. 'f\nticipation, I would ')Cl}: sometimes creates a little too much mtensity DJs playmg along\\ ith that, sometimes not remembering, 'He): it's a part}: Lighten up, have fun.' That's what I think sometimes is missing. "(But) there are always parties that stand out because they achieve that le"el of just plain fun, joy, a little bit more of a convivial atmosphere. more conversation between people. The intensity wears off." The toughest audience to please, how­ever, remains at home. "(Ryan and Kira) arc not particularly turned on by my music They'd rather watch Sesame Street and hrar the songs on there," says Knapp, adding after a pausr, "Don't worry, everybody I won't be doing any Sesame Street remtxes." Judging by his illustrtous output ovt r the past two decades, It's likely even that would get folks shimnwmg under the spot! ights. Buckshot/Colt Studio film star Brad Patton spends the weekend slinging drinks and perfonmng live at JR's Bar & Grille, Meteor Lounge and South Beach. bad people. There are bad people in all walks of life. I have, however, had the great fortune to work with to work with some of the most wonderful people in the inclustIJ' VOICE: You performed with msney on Ice for several years. Who was the sexiest character? PATTON: It would have to be Tart.an. who I portrayed You know, just a loin cloth - and with my bulge, you can imag­ine how hard it was for them to keep it under a PG rating. VOICE: You're currently training for the OutGames in Montreal. What inspired you to tackle that goal? PATTON: I competed in the Gay Games in Sydney four years ago, and It was just a wonderful experience. I chose the OutGames this time, though, as it seems a bit more challenging in the fig­ure- skating event. I am training very hard at the moment. VOICE: Tell me about some of the other competitions you've participated in and the awards you've received. PATTON: I actually finished my ama­teur competitive career 11 years ago. So. 10 years older and about 20 pounds more muscle, this is a big challenge for me to come back and do this. At age 18. I was the junior champion of Sweden and spent three years on the national team before turning pro and joining my first ice show. VOICE: You're working this weekend in Houston. What's the best way to get a big tip? PATTON: Give a big smile and never forget your manners. VOICE: How do you handle the tons of guys who flirt with you at these events? Don't even try to deny lt. PATTON: .Just be polite as you can, always smile, once again, and always give people your time ancl attention. My fans are so great and write me all the time at bradpatton.net. I always try to treat them with the utmost respect, as they do me. VOICE: So many to choose from, but what do you think is your best physical feature? PATTON: This changes all the time, but right now I think it is my stomach. I am now working on, not a six.pack, nor an eight-pack, but a 10-pack! I hope to have it by the end of July. With nil the training I am doing at the moment, I think I can do it. VOICE: You have so many different things going on at the same time. How do you maintain a balance and still find time for a personal life? PATTON: I like being bus;: When I have nothing to do. I procrastinate and end up getting nothing done. I will be going to Gay Disney in June for a short weekend holiday from my hectic schedule. I can't wait for that! VOICE: Ever been to Texas? If so, how do the guys here rate with those around the world? PATI'ON: I have been to Texas before, about eight years ago. I had a great time, and I do remember the guys being so hot and friend!~ I can't wait to be back in Texas! HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com I nightlife JOHNNY HOOKS A Memoriable weekend In pursuit of parties, a porn star and a three-day weekend SOlfl11 BEACH IS ONE m'THE BIGCEST QllEEH nightclubs in tmrn and Memorial ll;iy weekend they prove it when they try to makr us all suffer from too much. t<x> much! To get you started, Charles Armstrong brings in Colt video superstar Brad Patton. direct from Amsterdam. Bilk'<! as '"l'hree Nights of Brad Patton," it begins at .JH's on Friday, May 26 with Patton guest bartend ing at 11 p.m. with an autograph party and photo shoot scheduled from mid· night until 2 a.m. Then Patton moves his beautiful body to Meteor on Satunlay, May 'Zl with the same schedule as he had at .11rs. He ends up Sunday, May 28 at SOU'111 llr:ACll, also with the same schedule. If that weren't enough to keep us all going, on Sunday, May 28. SOU'l'H m:ACH also pres· cnts "The White Party" with another spe· cial b'llCSI, !),J David Knapp making a stop on the "Global Groove Tour 2006." The White Par1y goes back many moons and was originally a kick-oil to the summer sra· son. so white attire is highly cncourag<.'<I Ari Gold brings his smooth style to Aquafest's 5th anniversary party. (Photo courtesy of Ari Gold/lloo<jie sauce Productions) (all the better to show of our tans!) .Jnnmy Skinner opens the White Party early, with Knapp taking to the decks from 10:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Advance tickets are only $15 for the White Party and are available at Jlfs, Mel<.'Or, SOU'l'H BEACH, Male U Wear and M2M Fashions as well as www.getquick· ticks.com 18 and up to party and 21 and up to drink. www.southbeachthenightclub.com will provide you with more info. Get ready to hit it hard! JJ<:FFRIES IS THE NEW KIO ON THE block over on Pacific, and they continue to upgrade and add to their lofty space. A new dance floor is now open where. on Saturday, May 27, you can try it out when Aquafcst GLBT Group Cruise Events cele­brates their 5th Anniversary with a "Glitter and Gold" themed part. It fca tures international recording artist Ari Gold performing his top 40 dance hit "Love Will Take Over." RSVP (no pun intended) for a private VIP party •·meet and greet" with Gold by calling 1·888·919- 1126. Aquafest's resident D.J Michael Kessler spins until 2 a.m., with Gold per· forming at 11 p.m. When you're there, say hello to the hottest cruiser of them all, Tom Thompson. Julie on the Love Boat had nothing on TT! wwv.:aquafestcruis· es.com. Jeffries is located at 710 Pacific St .. and is no longer a smoke-free club. More info is at www.jeffriesbar.com or www.arigold.com. THE TEXAS RENAISSANCE FEST IS looking for performers for their 2006 sea· son, which runs on the weekends begin­ning Sept. 30 through Nov. 19. Some of the finest male voices in the state drop the D<lllas vs. Houston rivalry (temporarily) to team up for 'Turtle on the Bayou ' Experience is helpful, but not necessary. The Fest is seeking all kinds of actors and actresses. magicians. singers and more. Apparently the position of Ogre has been filled! Two audition sessions arc scheduled on Saturday, l\lay 27 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Contact entertainment director, Jeff Baldwin at 1·8004f>ll-343.'i to schedule your audition time. Tm; ALLEY THEATRE'S GI.BT PARTY, Act OUT has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 8 due to increased demand and the ill health of actor James Blai:k. The Alley has partnered with the !'FLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation on this final 2006 event. Patrons can save 20 percent on tick· ets by purchasing tickets online at www.alleytheatre.org and entering the promotional code "!'FLAG." Ten percent of all ticket proceeds sold at this discount· ed price will go directly to PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation. Discounted tickets may also be purchased by phone 713·228-8421 or in person at the Alley box office, 615 Texas Ave. by mentioning the promotional code "!'Fl.AG." "\\'Ww.allcytheatrc.org or call 713·228·9341. ext. 341. SAVE THE DATE! SATl.!RDAY, JUNE 10 at 8 p.m. at .Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston teams up with the most recorded male chorus in the v.orld, the Turtle Creek Chorus of Dallas for "Turtles on the Bayou." Together, more than 225 men will sing songs of great American composers for a night of song, dance and American history. Tickets range from $15 to $34 and can ht' had by calling 713·521·7464, or logging onto www.bayoucitypcrforming.org. Act now, this will sell out! 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Surrender, Dorothy' Time Warner Cable bnngs the L Frank Baum classic, 'The Wizard of Oz' down­town for an open-air screening Saturday night 14 MAY 26. 2006 P!IOUOL Y PRESENTS NOCHB "fflESA Y CHOCOLA TC MHYWEDNESDAY Al CRYSTAL NITB CLUB Two Clubs. Two DJ's. Twice The Fun 6608 S.W. Freeway at Hillcrot Houston TX 713.278.2583 // www.CrystalHouston.com 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 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE ish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Accolades for Almodovar Spain rewards gay filmmaker, Elton John has another tirade and Vito tells off the bigots FABULOUS GAY FILMMAKER PEDRO ALMODOVAR took home one of Spain's top arts awards on May 17 The Prince of Asturias prize comes with lots of 1Jrestlge and even more exciting, $62,000 in cash "It's one of the most important pro.cs I've ever received," the director said to reporters about the Asturias prize, which is given for a body of worl\. "I feel overwhelmed." Almodovar is known for his dramatic, funny and rolorful films full of fringe characters who are frequently gay or at the verv least, quirky. His films include one of Dish's favorites. "All About My Mother" (1999). a film about a mother who c teen boy ts killro in an accid"nt She's surrounded by strange characters includmg an agmg lesbian actress. a pregnant nun and a transgender prostitute. "Bad Education," starring GAEL GARC{A BERNAL, was a huge hit among every queen Dish knows, especially because of yummy Bernal's exquisite drag performance. Almodovar headed to the CDnnes Film Festival. running from May 17·28, where he was premiering his newest film "Volver" (that's "Return" for you non· Spanish speaking types). Things are looking good for the gay Spaniard's new flick if the review from England's the Guardian Is any indication of the reception "With overwhelming richness, color and warmth, Pedro Almod6var's new movie has captured the hearts of everyone at Cannes," writes critic Peter Bradshaw. "It is easily the best film in competition so far. and one surely in line for a big prize." John's going weird While ELTON JOHN's music might have launched his career and fame, it seems that everything else in his life is what keeps him in the headlines. Between failtng sitcoms and cursing like an old sailor. John continues to make his mark on pop culture. News sources, especially those across the pond, are all a-twitter that a pllot John produced for ABC hasn't been picked up. The show was called "11 Im and Us" and starred A!\"nlONY HEAD (from "Buffy th<' Vampll"C Slayer") as a llamboydJlt !lb'lng rocker and ''Sex and Elton John the City's" KIM Gael Carda Bernal (left) poses with gay filmmaker Pedro Almod6var, who won one of Spain's top arts awards. (Photo by Gina Gayle/AP) CATil{AIL as hlS manager. Ne~s of the sitcom's cancellation came shortly on thr hcc•ls of John's diatribe against photographers during an awards ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21 John was presenting the Chopard award for young actors (named after Choparcl jcwtlers who host a party at Cannes) to KEVIN ZEGEHS, the young cutie from "'l'ransamrrica." As ,John was handing the award to the young actor, photographers hegan calling out and interrupting him. " If you saw urransanwrica' ... I'm talking, you fuck\\it, fucking photogra. phers." .John railed, accord mg to Reuters. ''You should be shot, you should be all shot." Never cross an old queen. Sweet talking mobster Actor JOE GANNASC0!.1 who plays gay Vito on HBO's '"J'he Sopranos" was profiled on May 22 by the New Yorl\ Observer. In the article, he talked about the feedback he's gotten for playing a gay mohstc1: "I got b'UYS in my ncighborhmd who now give me dirty looks." hr told the Observc1: • I had a guy come after me ma club after doing that [blowjob] SOOJc. And he was yelling stuff like 'You're a cocksucker!' and this Joe Gamascoli and that I was I ike, 'Who the fuck is that?' And they said, 'That's so-and-so's nephew. he just got out' I was likr, 'WelL he's n moron.'" Gannascoli, who originally nppruachcd the show's producers nbout making his character gay, also said that he's never had a problem with gay people and doesn't mmd hanging out with gay friends at local bars. "They're flicking fun b'llYS, wha't's the fucking big deal?" Gannascoh said. Dish !OV('S a rough talking Italian. l/!i Send comments. suggestions to '-W Oish@houstonvoice.co HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I horoscope JENNIFER SHEPARD Aries (~1arch 21 April 19): Nicole Kidman is engaged to cute country star Keith Urban. You think this is great. You've been rooting for Nicole to beat her ex, Tom Cruise, to the altar: You've also been hoping that she decides to transform into a redhead again instead of the pale and washed out blonde she's become. As the moon and Venus get friendl}; many of your wishes may come true. Taurus (April 20-~tay 20) Sir Paul McCartney is separating from his wife, Heather ~tills. They've been married for four yem; but are said to have had many bit-ter feuds. With Venus entering your sign, you're focused on the bottom line in a relationship, too. If things aren't work­ing. admit it. What made you think that hooking up with a porn star was going to provide you with long-term stability and affection? Get real. Gemini (May 21.June 21): B111ce Willis is carrying on with a girl­friend half his age. He costars with Tamara Feldman in his forthcoming movie, "Perfect Stranger," and the tv.n had major chemistry while fihnmg. Do you thmk he's trying to pull off his mm Demi Moore/ Ashton Kutcher arrangement? The new moon is inspiring you to act more liVl'l); too. Dating somebody '.'.'i years younger might help, unless you're 25 yourself. Don't cl.1te a fetus. They're notoriously needy. Cancer (.June 22.July 22): Britney Spears posted on her website that she's no longer studying Kabbalah bcrausc "My baby is my religion." But the controversial faith doesn't lack converts. Keira Knightley has been photographed wcanng a red string braC(>J(•t promoted by Kabbalahists as prot1.>c· tion fmm the evil eye. Can it shield you fmm clingy exes who won't leave }1JU alone? Jupiter has you fending off a former flame who refuses to accept the "former" part. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Christina Aguilera poses almost naked in the new GQ, and you couldn't care less. Vanity Fair has Anderson Cooper on its cover. and this barely merits a yawn. A Venus square is making you disenchanted. Those old turn· onsjust aren't doing it for you anymore. You no longer give a rat's behind whether someone has bling or drives a hot car. You'll (;ct your enthusiasm back for the important things before long. [I] Virgo (Aug. 23-Srpt. 22): Donald Trnmp is going to phase down the cycles of "111e Apprent i<X'." The show will air just once in ~.Thank God. You've had 1'11Jmp's "Ylm'rc lin."<I" replaying in your head evcrsinro you were laid off from your position as as.c;istant fryer ut Wendy's. Your whole money sector has been disastrous for months. J.brtunatrl}: ~lercury is assuming a lucky JX>Sition, bring­ing you financial improvement. The Lipstick Mystic.,,. Ubra (Sept. 23-0ct. 23): Pamela Anderson has some dietary advice to help your sex life. "For your best orgasm ever, go vegetarian," she says. So lose the Whopper and get going with the tofu, already! The Slll1 is encouraging you to drop negative habrts. Stop smoking for real. Sec if you can get down to two beers a day. And if you're really serious about your mental health, kick your 'l\rnerican Idol" addiction. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro are going to costar in the drama 'Things We Lost in the Fire." You're glad Halle is still getting some b'UOO part<;, despite her campy turns as Catwoman and the X -Men's weather cortjuror Storm. As Venus moves opposite your sign, you're feel­ing stranded in B-movie territory Kr.eping looking for venues where you can show off those Oscar-winning talenl'i. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): French actress Audrey Tuutou has said she's worried about losing her anon}mity after moviegoers watch her performance In "The DaVinci Code." You can't figure out why she's t"Oncemed. Doesn't she want p:iparazzt filming her every burp until she's 50. like they'll do with Lindsav Lohan, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Si ~pson' Who wouldn't revel in that kind of life? 'l'he moon is acccn tuating your wonderfully sarcastic self: Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Lindsay Lohan seemed visi· bly wasted when Matt Lauer interviewed her on the "Today" shov.: Meanwhile, her family keeps getting arrested. Her father was jailed on charges of drunk driving. Now her uncle has been arrested for theft. lie alJegudly stole $&16.900 from a fund creat· ed for victims of 9/ 11. Does this clan need to start cleaning up its act, or what? Venus is activating your inner Puritan. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Axl Rose says that there will be a new Guns 'N' Roses album out by the end of the year. Does anybody care about this old hair band anymore? Mercury is prompt· ing you to ditch nostalgia and focus on the future. You can't wait to get on a space shuttle and broadcast a perform· ance with your band from the moon. In the meantime. submit footage of yourself playing air guitar to YouTube.com. Pisces (Feb. 19-1\farch 20): .Jennifer Garner will star opposite Jamie Foxx in a dead serious drama calJed "The Kingdom." It's about time for ,Jennifer to get working after giving hirth to Ben Affleck's little Violet. Mars in friendly water sign Cancer is making you gung·ho about taking on new challenges. You will get up out of bed and find a job, no matter what your mom says. MAY 26. 2006 15 H*o*ll*yw*o*o*d Bistro & Cafe COME IN FOR OUR BREAKFAST Early or Late Night! Open for breakfast 9am-1 2 pm/ M-F 9am-2pm/Sat. & Sun. Open late night from 1 Opm - to close - Daily ::~::~:;:PECIAL • 99 < ?. ? 2 Choice of: \Jeri~~ t)1 Hot Belgian Waffle & Syrup or Freshly made Biscuit & Pepper Gravy <..; ;:S.-...-'7": * With purchase of a drink LJ New Location, New Attitude, Same Great Music. Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue Weekly Friday & Saturday Shows With Emcee on1• ca Adams! Now Serving Margaritas O~n Tuesday thru Thur. 5pm-2am Fridsiy & Sunday 5pm-4am Saturday 5pm-5am 16 MAY 26. 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I arts cover st ry Singer-songwriter Ari Gold joins 5th annual Aquafest ARI GOLD, continued from Page 1 Los Angeles, where he is recordmg tracks for his third album. -rberc have been moments where I've run the rlsk of people dismissing my music or dismissing my mes­sage becau.>e all they see is a sexy image, and they don't really bother to look further." Dig just a little deeper, and it's clear that Gold is passionate - and purposeful - about hlS music career. He released his sclf­Utled debut dL~c m 2001, an intimate collec­tion of tracks recorded between 1996 and 2000. It went on to earn the 2002 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Debut CD. 2004's "Space Under Sun" was released on the singer's own Goldl8 Records and fea· tured production from Desmond Child, who has worked with everyone from Cher to Ricky Martin. The disc offered a slick. soul· ful melange of sounds, capped by the exqui· site title track. The song was also included on "The Katrina CD," a Houston-based bcn· efit dlSC. (More info at www.katrtnacd.com.) Other standouts on "Space Under Sun" include "Fan Tastic," a love letter to Madonna; "He's On My Team," a cheeky ode to sexual ambiguity; and a dreamy cover of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Gold says he is "super-exCJted" about his new material ''There's a real sense of direc­tion as far as what I want to say with this record," he says. "I just fed like it's strong, and it's growth, and it's a progression." SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HIS career, Gold has been showered with attention from the gay media that quickly catapulted him to cover-boy status. He expertly plays the part, often appearing shirtless m music" ideos and during live performances. "In this day and age. Y.1th popular music, it's always a package," Gold says. "No one really questions how many pho­tos shoots Christina Aguilera or Justin Timberlake have coming out per week. It's just sort of part of the JOb, as far as put· ting yourself out there." Gold even released a SS.page coffee· table book showcasing his stunning physique late last year. Jt was shrewdly accompanied by an EP of remixes. The EP's first single, "Love Will Take Over" cracked the top 40 of Billboard's Club Play chart: and the accompanying video bumped Madonna out of the top spot for two weeks on gay cable station Logo's "Click List" weekly countdown. For his part, Gold sees the pretty pack· age as part of a bigger ultimate goal. "I didn't have a gay sex symbol when I was growing up, a sexy pop star who was out," he says. "I wasn't able to have that type of fantasy, and I think that helps us. We get to fantasize about ourselves, and \\e get to see ourselves reflected back. To me, that's not to get too therapeutic psychologically healthy. "I did make a conscious choice when I was first starting to put out a sexy unage I @MORE INFO ~Gay Cruises 5th ArrWersay with Ari Gold Saturday, May 2Z 7 p.m. Jeffries 710 Pacific St No cover 888-919-ll26 www.angold.com was seeing all these random. half-naked boys in gay magazines - many of whom are straight models or just people that we don't really know. Why don't we have some half. naked boys who are actually doing some­thing, who are actually saying something?" IT'S A LONG WAY FROM GOLD'S upbringing as a nice Orthodox Jewish boy. At age 12, Gold sang back up for Diana Ross, which he calls, "a huge highlight for a budding homo like myself." One of his favorite early gigs, however, was for an equally fabulous diva "l'm very proud of having been a voice of one of the characters on '.Jem and the Holograms.' I was actually a huge fnn of the show before I got the call to do the voice," he says. ~1 played an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl. That wa", of course, before my voice changed." Soon enough, music took shape as the dnving force in Gold's life. He wrote his first song, ".Experienced Girl." as a teenng· er about someone he was dating at the time. The pair are still close, though both eventually came out of the closet. Guess we all go through phases. Personal e:qierience continues to inform Gold's songwriting to this day. -rbere are times when I embellish things for the sake of drama, and there are times when you might change some details around or ... you sometimes have to fit things to best serve what you're trying to say," Gold says. "But it actually is all very personal." After graduating from New York University, Gold began to gig around the city, hoping to land a major· label deal. As hard a task as that is for mainstream singers, being openly gay - and writing about it makes the quest all the more challenging. "I don't know if I thought that much about how It would be responded to. Once I did start recording and playing for peo­ple, that's when I got reactions both As a child. Ari Gold sang commercial jingles and sup­plied vocals for a variety of cartoon characters, including the Cabbage Patch Kids. positive and negative," Gold says. "I try now to surround myself with peo. pie who understand what it is I'm trying to do and understand my vision, to create a supportive environment around me. Even so, Gold recently ran into an unexpected roadblock when a producer on his forthcoming disc expressed discomfort with the subject matter of a song. "I was a little shocked. I thought I was past thlS point in my career. I don't apolo· gize anymore," Gold says. "When I was 16 and closeted and dating girls, I was not writing about being gay. I was writing about experienced girls. But as soon as I left high school Yeshiva, which is a .Jewish parochial school - I came out. 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