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Houston Voice, May 26, 2006 - File 010. 2006-05-26. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3769/show/3757.

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Title Houston Voice, May 26, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ford, Nancy
Publisher Window Media
Date May 26, 2006
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Executive Editor CHRIS CRAIN Edttor NANCY FORD Art Director ROB BOEGER Production Manager ERIC GOINES Graphic Designer LISA HENDERSON Graphic Designer JASON LAVINDER Correspondents ERIC ERVIN, DVANA BAGBY, KELLY CARSON, LOU CHIBBARO, JR., MUBARAK DAHIR. MIKE FLEMING, JOHNNY HOOKS, PHIL LAPADULA. RYAN LEE. JOSHUA LYNSEN, GREG MARZULLO, BRIAN MOYLAN, KEVIN NAFF, ANDYZEFFER, KATHERINE VOLIN. ELIZABETH WEILI-CREENBERG Contributors DON MAINES, DAWN RORIE ELLA TYLER, J.A. CHAPMAN AND RICH ARENSCHIELDT Photograpliers DALTON DEHART, K1MBERLY THOMPSON Online Editor STEVE KOVAt Webmaster ARAM VARTIAN Assistant Webmaster STEVE RYAN SALES & ADMINISTRATION Sales Manager ED ALVAREZ ealvarez o lioustonvoice.com Classified Sales / Office Administrator JOHNNY HOOKS jhooks(altoustonvoice.com National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media • 212-242-6863 PUBLISHER Window Media LLC PRESIDENT Peter Polimino EXEC. V.P. EDITORIAL Chris Crain ART DIRECTOR Rob Boeger C.0.0. Mike Kitchens C.F.O. Steve Myers EXEC. V.P. SALES Steven Guemni MEMBER CHARTER MEMBER Established 1974 as the Montrose Star. 500 Uwett Blvd, Surte 200 Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 529-8490 Fax:(713)529-9531 wwwJwusbxivotce.com Office hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 pm weekdays To submit a letter Letters should be fewer than 400 words. We reserve the right lo edit for content and length. We will withhold names upon request out you must include your name and phone number for verification. Please send mail to Houston Voice. 500 Lovett Btvd. Suite MO, Houston Tews 77006; tax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail to ettoflaihou5tonvoKe.com. Opinions expressed therein do not reflect those of the Houston Voice. All material in Houston Vokxh protected by federal copynqht la** arid may nol be reproduced without the written consent of Houston VoKt The seiual orientation ol advertisers, photographers, writers and cartoonists published hemn is neither inferred or implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation ol that person o« persons. Houston Voice accepts unsolicited editorial any submission All rights revert to authors upon publication Owdetmes lor freelance contributors are available upon request Forum HOUSTON VOICE MAY 26, 2006 PAGE 9 editorial Don't bash Mary Cheney It's tempting to criticize the vice president's daughter, but we'd do well to take a look in the mirror first. By KEVIN NAFF T'S TEMPTING TO criticize Mary Cheney. 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 marriage 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 Mary has written a book and, Finally, granted interviews on the subject of being the lesbian daughter of the conservative vice president. She says she talked to her family about quitting the 2004 campaign over the marriage issue and that she declined a Bush offer to give a public statement disagreeing with the president's position. But ultimately 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 vociferous way. But who lives in that place? Yes, it's tempting to bash Mary, but how many of us can say we are out to absolutely everyone in our lives — that includes employers, co-workers, extended family and neighbors? And for those who are out — as Mary 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 amendment and her critics are right that Mary won't be winning any "profiles in gay courage" awards. There are 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 debates fall flat. Mary has harsh words for Kerry and Edwards, but praise for Bush, who is doing more to set back the gay rights movement than any president in decades. COMING OUT IS AN INTENSELY personal decision, but one that has far- reaching ripple effects that are anything 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 bashed or losing parental financial support. For others, it means risking a lucrative job or promotion. 1 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. ■ Fr?* **f ■L-Ti ^1 -mtaf 1 ti4i - 1 Mary Cheney said she swallowed her criticisms 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 — witness CNN's Anderson Cooper making the media rounds promoting his memoir that is suspiciously devoid of any mention of a significant other. Or Sean Hayes avoiding "the question" while promoting the recent finale of "Will & Grace." Or Clay Aiken's denials even as he brazenly trolls gay hookup sites for sex partners. Mary did the right thing in coming 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 those 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? Kevin Naff is man- U aging editor of the Washington Blade and can be reached at louff@wasliblade.com
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