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  • Fisher, Binnie
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  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript PRIDE2005 Pull out the Pride Guide for everything there is to know about Pride Houston. ~ INSIDE OUT OF THE FRAY: LGRL's Ellis steps down. Page 3 MORE APPEALS: lesbian custody fight continues. Page COURT RULES: Partner gets dead woman's son. Page 5 Tenn. probes 'ex-gay' camp By EARTHA MELZER The stntc of Tennessee has begun an investigation in response to allegations of child abuse at Love In Action, a Memphis facility that advertises homosexual conversion therapy for adolescents, accord Ing to a department of health source. K Dahiele Edwards, a spokesperson for Chlld Services at th<' Tennessee Department of Health. coilnrmcd an investiga­tion is undrrway but dt•clined to comment on the details. She noted that she presumes the Love in Actton program would require licensing by the state. Love rn Action is not licensrd by th<' Tennessre Departmenl~ of Health, Mental Health, Human Servires, Child Serv1CE.s or Education, accordln"' to Rachel Lassiter of Gov. PhU Bredesen's communications office "Rel\1ge," Low: in Action's pro­gram for adolescents, became the focus of public concern earlier th is month after a Bartlett. Tenn .. teen, "Zach." blogged that his par­ents had rnsponded to his coming out as gay by st>nding him to a religious institution to be convert­ed to straight. "Emotional abuse is difficult to prove in the state of Tennessee," said Pamela D1ckev, director of the advocacy center for Childhelp USA in Knoxville "You have to document that the child Is under­going depression or suicidal ~Y nghls advocates demonstr .. te outside the Love In Action compound in Memphis after a teenager blogged about his parents forcing him to enroll m the 'ex1Jc1y' camp. ideation. that he can't sleep, or can't eat" Oflirlals from Love m Action appealed for "tolerance" of their program at a June 16 news confer-ence. "It is our spi11tual convtrtion that sexual lx•havior outside of het­erosexual marriage is considered wrong in the sight of God," said John Smid. the program·~ director. who describes hims<'lf as "ex-ga;;" according to a partial transcript of the news conference. Blogge1· EJ Friedman said that he had been corresponding Y.ith Zach via e-mail since March and became alarmC'd when he saw that. Zach had begun to write that his world was coming to an end and that his parents were isolating him. "When I saw Zach had written in his blog. 'aH I can think of is killing my mother and killmg myself' I felt that clearly some­thing needed to be said about the program," ~'rledman said. No word from teen Word of Zach's situation quick­ly spread around the blogosphere. By press timr, more than 1.000 messages of ~upport had been posted to Zach's blog and an online petition demanded that he be released from Love tn Action. Comedian ~fargaret Cho con­tributed a message of support. But Zach has not posted to his Please see LOVE IN ACTION on Page 6 eclipse Texas C',omptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn announced iast week that she will challenge Rick Perry m the March gubernator,aJ. pnmary. Strayhorn will run against Gov. Perry Advocates for equal rights say Strayhorn's stand on the issue remains the great unknown. By BINNIE ASHER Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn left few people g\iessing what she was going to say when she called an outdoor press conference last Saturday within Sight of the State Capitol. Strayhorn, who as comptroller has billed her<>elf as "one • tough Grandma," did what most observer' thought she would do. She announced her plans to run against Gm'. Rick Perry in the March 7 Republican primar)'. Please see STRAYHORN on Page 4 local life The symbol of Pride in Houston is an androgynous figure known as 'Pat.' PAGE 8 Some say 'yes,' and some say 'no' when it comes to sex on the first date. PAGE 15 2 JUNE 24. 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE • I I SUNDAY ! ! I I I I I FRIDAY. JUNE 24TH PAPI PRIDE PROUDlY SPOTllGH NG OUR l llNO COM • I 1 i 1 \ 111m I I I I I I • HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com local ne s briefs Another appeal is expected in lesbian adoption case The attorney for Kathleen Van Stavern, who was award­ed joint custody of her former partner's biological daughter in April, said she has been notified that there will be yet another appeal in the case. Van Stavern and Julie Ann Hobbs were partners in 1998 when Hobbs gave birth to a daughter through artificial insemination. Jn 2001, Van Stavern adopted the child. The couple split up in March of 2004, and Van Stavern sought joint custody. Hobbs fought the petition on the grounds that the adop· tion was not legal at the time because only spouses of biological parents were eligible to adopt. Those restric· lions have since been eased. Hobbs has appealed the rul· ings of several different judges. The case finally went to trial in April, and after five days of testimony, a jury awarded joint custody to Van Stavern. Shannon T. Warren, attorney for Van Stavern, said she has only been notified of an appeal and has not yet been informed of specific points of the case. Kathleen Van Stavem, who won joint custody of her former partner's daughter in April. will be back in court again for another appeal A million Web site hits for Houston Pride As of late Wednesday. the Pride Houston Web site had received 1.2 million hits for the month of June. "It just blows me away," said Pride Houston President Nick Brines. "We're averaging about 110,000 hiL~ a day." He predicts a successful Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday. I obituaries A memol'IJI service is planned Sunclay for former Houstonian Michael Springer. Service for MichaeJ Springer set for this Sunday in Houston A memorial service for Michael Springer, who at one time headed up the Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group, 1s planned at 4 p.m. Sunday at Covenant Church;4949 Caroline. Springer, 55. died May 6 in Dallas. A reception will follow the service. Helen Lois Alexander Cassidy advocated equality for all Helen Lois Alexander Cassidy. 6.5. an attor­ney nnd activist, died June 11 Cassidy received her law degree from the Free HIV tests offered for National HIV Testing Day The African-American State of Emergency Task Force, Houston Department of Health and Human Services and OraSure Technologies, Inc. will offer free HIV tests at S{'Veral locations in Houston Frida~; June 24, to observe National HIV Testing Day. For a list of testing sites, call 713-794-9169. From staff and wire reports University of Houston Law Center and became board certified in appellate law. She served as chair of both the Appellate Practice Section and the Criminal Law Section of the Houston Bar Association as well as chair of the Appellate Section of the Start Rar of Texas. She worked as staff counsel for inmates at the Texas Department of Corrections, as a heanng examiner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was named Chief Staff Attorney for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. After 15 years at the Court of Appeals, she entered private practice. Cassidy was a Democratic precinct chair. the first chair of the Texas Women's Political Caucus and a national board member for the National Organization for Women She marched for civil rights in the 1960s for women's ril!:hts in the '70s and gay rights in the '80s. A memorial service is planned at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Ballroom. 715 Franklin St. A balloon release will mart< The passing of Margie Annstrong Margery Stewart Armstrong, 54, who managL·d several successful flower shops and worked for Randall's in Houston and Galwston, died June 16. A native of Lanr~'lstrr, England, Armstrong was al ·o a poet and a dancer. A balloon release is planned in her memory at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mary's, 1022 Westheimer. In lieu of flowPrs, her survivors ask that those who knew h<'r undl'rtake an act of kindness toward a stranger. JUNE 24. 2005 3 reg·onal news Ellis resigns as head of state's gay lobby group Political figures and gay activists say Ellis made a significant contribution By BINNIE FISHER Randall Ellis has resigned as execu· tive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), just as a special legislative session begins in Austin. Ellis announced his resignation on June 17, two and a half years into what turned out to be a productive period for LGRL. In a press release, LGRL said. "The organization has seen substantial growth and maturation under Ellis' leadership." Ellis told the Voice this week that he needs a break and is planning to take time off before accepting another position. "I am going to take a few weeks break." he said. "The first thing I plan to do is plant and keep my lawn alive this sum­mer Next, I am going to finish working on my thesis for my master's in public health as I contemplate my next move." Ellis said there are a couple of possi· bilities on the horizon that may be of interest. "I aliwdy have a few projects lined up to make sure v.re continue to elect progres­sive candidates at the local. state, and fed era! levels." he said. "My time at LGRL has been an incredible experience." LGRL Board Co-Chair Jill Ireland acknowledged that ~:llis' contributions have been many. "Over the last two and a half years Randall has accomplished many things for LGRL, both legislatively and opera­tionally," Ireland said. "He and his staff have taken our organization to a new level. and we are extremely grateful for his hard work and dedication. We wish Randall the best and we look forward to watching his continued success." Ellis came to his job at LGRL after having served as an aide to Rep. Garnett Coleman (D-Houston). Coleman was among a contingent of legislators who say they will miss Ellis. "Randall has an incredible work ethic," Coleman said. "V\.'hether working on issues of public health, social justice, or LGBT equality, he has risen to all the challenges put before him. I look for­ward to continuing to work with Randall in his future endeavors." R<'p. Jessica Farrar (0-Houston) praised the work Ellis did on the pro­posed constitutional amendment ban­ning gay marriage and civil unions. "Randall demonstrated outstanding leadership on the marriage amend­ment," she said. "The strategy that he developed helped us change the hearts and minds of lawmakers." RandaD Ellis has stepped down as executive direc­tor of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. The amendment garnered the required two-thirds IJlll.)Ority it needed in the House and Senate and will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 8. ·~!though the amendment passed, we were able to educate many of my col· leagues In the Texas Legislature, and we took a giant leap forward on marriage equality for LGBT Texans." Farrar said. "His work has laid the foundation for a strong c.ampaign." Rep. ~1ke Villarreal (D-San Antonio) said although Ellis never seemed to gi\e up when lobbying for equal rights, he spread a calming influence owr the leg· islators with whom he worked. ''The past two sessions have been extremely difficult for LGBT Texans," Villarreal said. "I could always turn to Randall to develop a calm and thought· ful response to the relentle~s attacks from the far·right. He will be missed." Activists in Houston e:q>res~cd simi· lar sentiments. Sue Lovell, who is a can· didate for Houston City Council, agrees that Ellis' leaving creates a void in lead­ership at the state level. "Every GLBT person In the state of Texas owes a debt of gratitude to Randall Ellis," she said. "It's a big loss in leader­shlp. I personally want to thank him and wish him the be~1 in the future" Tammi Wallace, president of the newly formed Houston Equal Rights Alliance (HERA). worked closely Y.ith Ellis Qn Houstpn·s Equality Knocks voter idcntificatfon drive. "It's amazing what LGRL and Randall were able to do in this last Jeg1slatlve session," she said. "We \\ ish him the best of luck on his next step." 4 JUNE 24. 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I local news Strayhorn announces candidacy by taking jabs at Perry S1RA YHORN. continued from Page l The move has left many Democratic gay activists unsure whether they should cheer, voice concern or cross lines and cast a ballot for her in the Republican pri· mary. Strayhorn is still an unknmm on the subjects of same-sex marriage, civil unions and equal rights for gays. A call to her campaign headquarters in Austm was not returned by press time. Many gays see Strayhorn as a moder· ate, since she was a Democrat when she served as mayor of Austin. In 1984, she was Travis County co-chair of Democrat Walter Mondale's unsuccessful challenge to President Ronald Reagan. But, her connections to President George W. Bush are significant. Her eldest son, Dr. Mark McClellan. is the adminis­trator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Her youngest son, Srott McClellan, is press secretary to the president. Randall Ellis, who recently resigned at executive director of the .Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL). pointed out that, .. Every Texas politician who is successful is connected to Bush." Ellis said many Texans, gay and straight, have found themselves fa~cinat· ed by the antics of the state comptroller. "I've loved watching her stand up and call people on stuff," he said. "She calls it Gov. Rick Perry drew negative comments in news· papers nationwide when he sllggesled that gay vet· erans returning from Iraq should find another place to live if they don't like the laws in Texas. like it is." In announcing her candidacy, Strayhorn did not shy away from criticiz· ing the current governor. "You know that Texans cannot afford another four years of a governor who prom· ises tax relief and delivers nothing," she said. "Now ts time to replace this do-nothing drugstore cowboy with one tough grandma." 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Legislators passed a proposed amend­ment to the Texas constitution banning gay marriage and civil unions and a law to force pregnant teens under 18 to get parental approval before seeking an abor· tion but didn't deal with funding for schools before clearing out of the capitol the end of May. Strayhorn criticized Perry for not pressing for a solution to school finance during the regular session. "A leader does not call a fifth special session - costing taxpayers another $1.5 million - when he does not have a plan," she said. ''A leader does not hold our chil· drcn's education hostage and certainly would never even allow a discussion about schools not opening on time.tt Officials of some school districts have said that without a school fmance plan, their schools may not open on time. Gay rights activists nationwide have criticized Perry for his recent signing of not only the abortion legislation but also the proposed marriage amendment at an evangelical Christian school in Fort Worth. The amendment. which goes to voters Nov. 8, did not require the gover nor's signature. At the same time, Perry suggested that gay veterans of the Iraq war find another place to live if they don't like the laws in Texas. Tammi Wallace, who is among the founders of the Houston Equal Rights Alliance (HERA), said Strayhorn would likely prove to be a formidable opponent for Perry. "I think a lot of people might want to discount her, but she strikes me as some· one you never want to come out against." Wallace said. Texas Rep. Garnett Coleman (D· Houston) expressed admiration for Strayhorn as a politician. "I think Carole Keeton Strayhorn has shown herself to be an adept and aggres­sive campaigner," he said. Garnett said moderate Republicans who want good government and don't believe they have it with Perry are likely to jump on Strayhorn's bandwagon. "She has friends across the board," he said. "Perry has played to the political extreme. Rick Perry is not a friend to the gay and lesbian community." Where Strayhorn will lean on that issue, Coleman said, "The jury's still out." At a time when a special session had to be called to deal with the problem of funding Texas schools, Coleman said, "She understands that being fiscally smart is important." Besides that, he said, "She's extremely entertaining." Cheri A. Post, M.D., offers the following services: • Laser Hair Removal • Acne & Acne Scar Removal • Botox® and Restylane® • Facials and Peels • Vein Therapies • Microdermabrasion • Waxing and Tinting · Permanent Make-Up Derma Health LASER ASSOCIATES 713-270-6505 6363 Woodway Dr., Suite 850 • Houston, Texas 77057 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I national news briefs W.Va. court gives custody of boy to lesbian's partner CHARLESTON, WVa. (AP) The state's highest court last week gave custody of a 5-year-old boy to his dead mother's lesbian partner, despite the protests of the woman's blood relatives. Tina Burch had appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court for custody of the son of her partner. Christina Smarr, who die<! in a 2002 car accident. Within hours of her death. Smarr's relatives had given the child to his grandparents. A family court gave cus­tody to Burch, but a circuit court ruled that she did n't have the legal rights to hl'r former partner's child .• hm Douglas. Burch's attorne); argued that the boy's biological fathe1; who was not involved in the child's life, supported Burch having custody. "Both of the child's biological parents not only acquiesced in, but actively fostered, the relation­ship," Justice Robin Davis wrote in the majority opinion. The opinion said a "psychological parent" could be a biological, adoptive, foster or stepparent, as long as the parental relationship began with the consent of the legal parent or guardian. West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis wrote the opinion that granted Tina Burch custody of the 5- year-old son of her partner. Christina Smarr. who died in a 2002 car accidenl (Photo by Bob Bird/AP) Iowa high court won't tamper with tennination of civil union DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court last week refused to tamper with a lower court decision granting two women a dissolution of their civil union. In a unanimous ruling, the court said a con­servative group that had sued to overturn the ruling had no standing in the case. In the case, Kimberly Jean Brown had filed for divorce from Jennifer Sue Perez. Their divorce petition said the two were married in March 2002 in Bolton, Vt Judge Jeffrey Neary granted the divorce, later altering the ruling to reflect that it was a termina­tion of the couple's civil union. The legal arm of the Des Moines·based Iowa Family Policy Center and a handful of state legis­lators had challenged the decision, saying Neary had overstepped his authority. By dissolving the civil union, they said, Neary was recognizing gay marriage. The Supreme Court said the group was not harmed by Neary's decision. Federal judge in California upholds gay marriage ban SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Deciding one of the few fedeml lawsuits arguing the c.1se for gay marriage, a U.S. District Cow·t judge ruled last week that a law pa~sed by Congress in 1996 validating only unions bctwct'n a man and a woman does not vio­late the Constitution. But Judge Gary Taylor of the Central District of California also declined to rule on whether state's ban on same-sex marriage violate; the civil rights of a gay Orange County couple while a scp. amte legal challenge to California's laws works its way through the state court~. "The question of the constitutionality of C.1lifornia's statutory prohibition on same­sex marriage is novel and of sufficient importance that the California cowis ought to address it first," wrote Taylor, who pre­sid(• s 111 Central District of California. 'I'aylo1Js ruling came in a case brought by Christopher Hammer and Arthur Smelt, a Missmn VieJO couple, who filed 11 last year as an alternative to the caw advanced in the state courts by the city of San f'rancisco and a dozen same-sex couples. New gay marriage ballot initiative may change dynamics of Mass. debate BOSTON (AP) Debate over gay marriage in Massachu.~etts has taken a noisy turn after a coalition of Catholics and conserva­tive organizations, with the blessing of Gov Mitt Romney, vowed to block future same­sex unions with a new and uncompromis­ing grassroots appeal to voters. The new campaign announced last week, backed by deep-pocketed national organizations. seeks to scuttle an existing ballot initiative that lawmakers passed last year that would ban same-sex marriage while legalizing Vermont·style civil unions. Instead, the coalition will try to undo lawmakers' work last year by urging them to vote against the proposed ballot question this fall, while gathffing petitions to replace it with anoth· er. streamlined question that makes no pro­visions for civil unions. While prospects of the new effort arc unclear, supporters and opponents agree on one thing: that the new effort represents a change in tactics that is sun• to alter the politic.al landsc.ape for gay marriage in the nation's only state that allows it. Ariz. governor avoids gay marriage topic at rights banquet MI<.:SA, Ariz. (AP) Members of a gay and lesbian activist group were disap­pointed when Gov. Janet Napolitano did· n't use a fund raiser for the organization to criticize an effort to enact a state con· stitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Napolitano carefully avoided ~ny men· tion of the potential constitutional amendment when she spoke Saturday at a banquet for the Arizona Human Rights Fund and affiliated groups. Opposition to the proposl'd initiative was a constant theme of the event. The governor announced the creation of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Human Rights Advocacy: given to Phoenix lawyer Bill Hardin, a founder of tlw Arizona Human Rights Fund. Despite Napolitano's public opposition to same-sex marriage, the gov­ernor received a warm welcome. From staff and wire reports JUNE 24. 2005 5 OPINI IHll Wiii! 6 JUNE 24, 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I national news Experts question non-licensed counselors at 'ex-gay' camp LOVE IN ACTION. continued from Page l blog since the first week in June and sources contacted by the Voice would not confirm Zach's full name. His parents also could not be identified Morgan Fox, 25, who said he was a friend of Zach's, said he believed Zach was ma two-week program. Meanwhile, concerned citizens formed a group called the Queer Action Coalition. QAC began daily demonstrations in front of Love in Action offices to raise aware­ness of the dangers of "ex-gay" therapy. Homosexuality is not considered an ill· ness by the medical community and no major counseling or psychological organi· zation supports therapy that aims to change a person's sexual orientation. The American Psychological Association has said that it is unethical to subject an adolescent to reparative therapy. According to Parents, Famihes & Friends of Lesbians & Gays, "Several major professional organizations, includ· ing the American Psychological Association. the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have all made state­ments against reparative therapy because of concerns for the harm caused to patients. The American Psychiatric Association has already taken clear stands agatnst discrimination on the basis of sex· ual orientation." Peterson Toscano is a gay man who spent two years in the Love in Action pro­gram as the last stop in a 17-year struggle to suppress his sexual orientation. He said that the program, which cost S950 per month. was highly restrictive. While he was in the program he was forbid· den to go to most parts of Memphis, could not touch other men and had to submit to lengthy meetings where partlcipants crltl· cized each other over the ways that they appeared to be ga): Chen ts at Love in Action had to describe their sexual fantasies and deviant behaVIors m front of groups so that they would be shamed. Toscano said. Toscano, who gave up his efforts m 1999, has written a play about hls time at Love in Action called "Doing Time in the Homo No Mo' Half Way House." Toscano has been In contact with QAC and the Memphis media and said he plans to travel to Memphis to perform his play for free this weekend. Though his experience of Love in Action was as a consenting adult, Toscano expressed serious concern for adolescents who are forced to participate in what he characterized as an extremely damaging and ml~guided program. Although the program is live-in for adults, teenagers are driven to the facility each day by their parents who are required to stay in a nearby hotel that is approved by Love in Action. Toscano said that Smid has taken the 12-step program designed for drug addic· tion and is trying to apply it to homosexu ality. The "ex-gay" operators of the camp are themselves victims of a system that has convtnced them that the only way that they can serve Jesus is to run an "ex-gay" facility, Toscano said. "If they really understood that what they were doing was causing harm they would be horrified." Psychotherapist Joe Kort echoed those sentiments. "My own judgment about reparative therapy is that it is a covert form of sexu· al abuse and assaultive to the sexuality of those who participate," he said. Kort is an adjunct professor teaching gay and lesbian studies at Wayne State University's School of Social Work. Jeffry Ford is a licensed psychologist who served as a leader in the "ex-gay" movement for years but left and is now in private practice in Minnesota. Ford said that Love in Action resembles a cult in that officials there monitor their clients' behavior and clients are not allowed to be alone with just one man or woman. Obligation to 'mold a child' According to Julie Neils, spokesperson for Exodus International, an umbrella group for "ex-gay" projects, Love in Action's Refuge program is the only project they are affiliated with that focuses on gay teens. Love in Action has only offered services Just because the state does not recognize it. Does not mean you can't. 11-IE GALAxIE JEWELERS we Create the Unusual 2511 Sunset Blvd. (near Kirby) 713.521.2511 - ~' 2001 MCAF Diamorui Star Award r.-°' AIOIC-' Houston \'oicc RC'1dcrs Choice - Be · Jcwdc' of the City 2004 TheGalaxieJewelers.com to adolescents for two years. Administrator Tommy Corman said that the program has treated 23 adolescents and that there are currently two teenage boys in the program, both signed up for six-week programs. Corman confirmed that teens arc some­times forced to participate in the programs, but dismissed the idea that this is wrong. "Youth camps, vacation bible school. Sunday school, how many places do parents put their children against their will," Corman said. Corman has worked at Love m Action for about a year and a half. He said that though the program advertLc;es treatment for problems associated with drugs, alcohol and pornography, it is homosexuality, which the organization sees as a "deviant sexual behavior." that is the main focus. Danny Cobsy is the only staff member listed on the Love in Action Web site who is licensed by the state of Tennessee as a counselor. Cosby is an alcohol and drug treatment counselor and works directly with the clients at Love Ln Action. A source in the State Board of Certification of Health Related Boards said that the ethical requirements for drug and alcohol counselors licensed in Tennessee forbid counselors to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The National Association for Addiction Professionals also requires that members not discrimi· nate on the basis of sexual orientation. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 24, 2005 7 ' ... Palm Springs Sty 0 HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 24, 2005 PAGES When June rolls around, it's all about Pat The central figure in the logo of Pride Houston is described as definitely omnipresent and omni-sexual and so 'Pat.' By BINNIE RSHER Ask anyone who's associated with Pride Houston to talk about Pat, and they suddenly become antmated as they gush with glowing adjec­tives that paint a radiant portrait of the city's most visible symbol of Pride.. A stngle hmnan could scarcely possess all the lumi· nous qualities attnlmted to Pat, but the androgynous figure that is the centerpiece for the city's Pride logo handles the complunents 1n stnde. "It's all about Pat right now," says Pride Parade Chair Lynn Sixkiller. "Pat loves the limelight." The figure that is neither dl~tinctly male nor female reaches to the stars with one hand. symbolizing Houston's nighttime Pride Parade, and to squiggly lines with the other hand that represent the Texas heat 1n l3te June.. In the middle of Pat's chest beats a big, red heart "I see Pat as just a fun-lov­ing gal," says Yvonne Feece, who with her partner. Rebecca .Mahaffey, and a committee of volunteers created the 2005 Pride logo incorporating two figures of Pat. "E\'eryone loves Pat " Although Pat is definitely androgy­nous, most of those who know her say that the pronoun, "her," is the one to use.. Among gays and lesbians, "her" and "she" art' used to descrtbe just about ewryonc. The figure that ha~ come to symbolize Pride Houston was created in 1997 by Leana Columenares to capture that year's theme of "Glowing with Pride." It was the first year of Houston's now famous nighttime Pride Parade. Columenares said at the time that she created the fig. ure in memory of her father. Bill Whiting, who died of AIDS in 1996. "Pride is a strong emotion that each of us can ftnd within our hearts, and I wanted to emphasize this in the @MORE INFO Pride Houston Pride Festival 2·8 p.m. Yoakum and Westheimer Pride Parade 8:45pm. Westheimer between Woodhead and Whrtney 713-52%979 www.pridehouston.org logo," she said. Joel Lutringer later incorporated the figure into what has become the official corporate logo of Pride Houston. The figure stands in a circle reaching toward the night sky and the Texas heat. As for the name Pat, that's strictly unofficial. For the first few years of the figure's existence, it was referred to as, "Pride person." Pride committee members wanted to personalize @PAT Born 1997 ~.Houston Residence Montrose Sex· Omni-sexual ClcaJpation. Symbol of Pride Houston Relationship status. Free to be KKls Adoption 1s an option Pets Maybe next year approval was unanimous. "Nobody had ever thought about naming her before," says Sixkiller. "It was perfect." So, Pat it was. Montrose is home 'Where Julia Sweeney's character moved to Since 1997, an androgynous figure known as 'Pat' has become the symbol of Pride Houston. L.A., took a bungalow and lived among straight people who are probably still trying to pinpoint Pat's sexuality, Pride Executive Director Jack Valinski says, Houston their mascot, so the call went out among them for a name. Committee member and Houston Voice Sales Manager Jason Wilson uttered the name that stuck, "Pat." When he began searching for a name, he says, he thought of the androgynous character created on "Saturday Night Live" and later in a movie by actress Julia Sweeney. The jingle that accompanied Pat went like: A let of peopk say, ''What's that?" It's Pat! A let of peopk ask, "Who's he? Or she?" A ma 'am or a sir, ~pt him or her or whatever it mi/?ht be. It's time for androgyny Here comes Pat! He said it in a Pride meeting, "Pat," and the doesn't have to worry about that. Houston's Pat calls Montrose home. "Pat is just a person who looks like either a he or a she and is all about having a good time," he says. Pride Houston President Nick Brines says now that Pat Is in her eighth year m Houston, she has effoc· tively branded the city's Pride celebra tion. "Whether she's standing 10 feet tall on a float or on a one-inch-wide lapel pin, she's everywhere," he says. "Pat's omnipresent, omni-sexual, omni-every· thing." Whenever Houstonians see Pat, Brines says, "People know it's an official Pride event." Feece says when she and the committee were creat· ing the logo that would highlight the 2005 Pride slogan, "Equal rights! No more! No less!" Pat had to be there in a big way. The two Pats depicted on the logo are deftnitely cele­brating. "We put two together," she says, "it could be two guys or two girls." Sixkiller says the thing that makes Pat such a per­fect representation of Pride is, "Pat's very diverse. She's been in many colors. She just kind of covers it all." Feece says Pat epitomizes what Pride is all about. "She eats. sleeps and breathes Pride. She's all-inclusive. She's always trying to outreach to other groups and to everybody" Brines says in addition to Pat's big heart, he likes the fact that, "Pat's crazy." HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 24, 2005 9 out in houston (Photos by Dalton DeHart) The Gay Men's Chorus of Houston performed Rodgers and Hammerstein in the group's summer concert last weekend. Houston City Controller Annise Par1cer (left) talked with Christopher Bown and Eva Thibadeau at the launch of Houston Equal Rights Alliance. Winners of the Pride SK Run are (from left) Tm Martinez, Marion Borque, Carlo Deason, Karen Jones. Chat1ey Sellers and Richard Peoples U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) stopped by Empower last weekend and chatted with lesbian Blockbuster executive Eileen T eny, the keynote speaker at the Empower Equality 101 Conference. Clowning around at the Empower kickoff at Berryhill Baja Grill are (from left) Ride Dickson. Berryhill owner Philip Watt.ell Renault Ross and Patrick Cunnanan Steve Day (left) and Honorary Grand Marshals Evelyn and Dennis Schave talked during the Pride Kickoff party at JP Morgan Chase. 10 JUNE 24. 2005 ~-.:· .·..-.: :.:..:..S......... . :.· . www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Visit the NjgiEW booth at the PRIDE FESTIVAL this year! Pick your duck and win great prizes! 1,y,11i1td11 voice EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Enartive Editor CHRIS CRAIN Elitlw BINNIE FISHER Comspondmts DYANA BAGBY, !DU CHIBBARO. JR. MUBARAK DAHIR LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN MIKE FLEMING. MATTHEW HENNIE. 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Texas 77006 (7l3) 529-8490 Fax: (7l3) 529-9531 www.hoostonvoice.c Office hours: 9 am.·5:30 p.m. weekdays To SliJnlt a letter Lettm should be ftwer !Im 400 words. We re5e¥e the n# to edrt for cootent nl length. We will wilh­hdd II.Ines upon ~I. but you Ill.ISi ilcble yell name all! Jime rumcr tor Yl'lification. Please smd mail to Housloo Voice. 500 Jp,oett Bl'ld Surte 200. HoustOI\ Tex.IS 77006. fax (713) 529·9531 or e-mail to editor a houstorl'IOICl' rom Opinions expressed therm do not ttfled those al the llou5/oo Voce. edi o rial Lock up the 'ex-gays' Reparative rhetoric is dangerous and flawed and repudiated by mental health organizations, but that's not stopping the 'ex-gay' crusade. By KEVIN NAFF AY ADULTS LEARN from an early age to devel­op a thick skin. From play­ground taunts to inappro­priate jokes in the board­room, many of us have endured the hurtful anti­gay prejudice of our peers for a long time and, as a result, acquired the armor and perspective necessary to pro­tect ourselves. I can endure hours of evangelical Christian diatribes about the evils of the "gay agenda." Or quietly suffer the barbs of pandering politicians looking to win elections on our backs. Or turn the other cheek when a gaggle of ministers calls a news conference to announce their sup· port for a ban on gay marriage. Even the Washington Times' practice of putting the words gay marriage in quotation marks has ceased to send my blood pressure soaring. 'fherc remains just one assault on the dignity of gay men and lesbians that still drives me into fits of rage: the "ex-gay" movement. The quotation marks are clelibcratc - and appropriate, because there is no such thing as "ex-gay."' There is "repress-my-inate-immutable-charac­teristics- and-deny-their-existence," but no such condition as "ex-gay." The "ex-gays" usually make headlines only when their leaders are caught emerging from a gay bar at 2 a.m. But they are everywhere these days. LAST WEEK. THE TALE OF ZACH, a 16-year-old gay Tennessee high school student who was sent to a reparative therapy camp by his impossibly naive parents. made its way into the blogos· phere. Zach's story serves as a reminder that the zany, funny film "But I'm a Cheerleader" was not entirely a work of fiction Last month, the "ex-gay" crowd made headlines in Maryland, where they joined a lawsuit to block imple· mentation of an updated sex education curriculum that included discussion of homosexuality and a condom demon­stration. The "ex-gays" are actually demanding that their views be includ­ed in health classes. which are ordi· narily based on that quaint conc-ept known as science. The "ex-gays" also caused a stir in Florida this month, after commissioning billboards in Orlando that read. "Gay? Unhappy?" and included a Web site address. www.exodus.to. The site for Exodus International offers various serv· ices to those seeking escape from the "homosexual lifestyle" and testimonials from self-described "ex-gays." In his testimonial, someone identified as Alan Chambers writes, "Disillusioned and desperate, I remember going into my parent's room nightly to see if they had been raptured, taken to heaven. without me." He recounts his addiction to anony· mous gay sex and how he turned to the Bible to be saved. The Exodus site even offers a prayer ~'Quest page, complete with a drop-down box of prayer options: "for me to over­come homosexuality," "for my child," "for my spouse," "for a family member" The "ex.gays" got some ink in last Sunday's New York Time. Magazine. The cover slot); about a group of Christian activists in Maryland desperate to protect the sacred institution of marriage from gays, references the "ex-gay" movement as the antidote to gay marriage. And the "ex-gay" debate comes to the Seattle area this weekend, with two com­peting conferences. The first conference. sponsored by Focus on the Famil): is· titled "Love Won Out," and bills itself as ~promoting the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treatable." The s~ond conference. "Lo\·e Welcomes All," is intended to counter the "ex-gay" confab and is sponsored by PFLAG and other pro-gay groups. AT A TIME WHEN CONSERVATIVE Christians are resurrecting the debate over evolution. pe-i;ky details like science matter little to the "ex-gays." Every reput:1ble medical institution, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, has repudiated reparative theraple~ as dangerous. As the Time~ HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 24. 2005 PAGE 11 story points out, the American Psychiatric Association actually endorsed gay marriage in the interest of promoting mental health. In light of all the evidence that these reparative techniques are ineffective and, in fact, dangerous to the mental health of young gays. it's time for these camps to be shut down. An enterprising gay lawyer ought to step forward and, as at least one blogger following Zach's story put it, find grounds to sue these bastards out of existence. In an ironic twist, the ex-gay ministry at the center of Zach's story is now ask­ing for "tolerance." The request from Love In Action. which sponsors the camp called Refuge, came during a June 16 news conference. "This program is operated on the v.ill of the guardian or parent. We will work with the minor children as long as they are not overtly distracting to their own program or the program of others," said John Smid, the "ex-gay .. executive direc­tor of Love in Action. Mlf it is shown that the client is overtly treatment resistant, we v.ill work with I.he parent towards alternative options for their care and overall relational health." What "alternative options" does Smid have in mind? Electro-shock therapy? Solitary confinement? THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO YOUNG GAYS by the views of "ex-gays" should not be underestimated. The two greatest weapons that opponents of gay righL~ v.ield against us are charges that gay men are pedophiles and that homosexual­ity 1s a choice. Overcoming tho~e two obstacles would mean instant victory for the movement. And the "ex-gay~" arc doing their be;;t to reinforce the refuted canard that being gay is a choice; that I could just as easily choose a different pair of shoes as I could choose a different se:1.-ual orientation. Right-handed people can't choose to be lefties, those \l.ith brown skin can't choose white and gays can't choose to be straight. Yes, it really is that simple. Someda); ~cience v.ill discover the bio­logical or genetic root of homose>.-uality and finally put to rest the absurd notion that sex-ual orientation is a choice. Until then, we must counter the damaging rhet­oric of the Mex-gays" !l.Ild ensure that young gays like Zach understand that they are perfectly normal as they are. It's the "ex-gays" that belong in a reparativc camp. Ir.. KeYil Nair ~ edrtcrotu!; B1in, a Jilik;atioo affdiilted wrth I/is ooe arxl can be at~. READER FEEDBACK: Send letters, comments and suggestions to forum@houstonvoice.com. .. 12 JUNE 24. 2005 point RICH ARENSCHIELDT What to do when it's time for a new ride and you've never been good with bikes, trikes and automobiles. Before the Parade passes by I'VE ALWA'lS HAD TROUBLE WITH wheeled objects. I was a scrawny kid with ADHD before it was trendy (somettmes in math class I'd say, "Oh look .. a chicken!"). My body and brain only rarely operated in synchronicity. During my prepubes· cent dork-dom I-had a childhood hero, an amazing high school guy named Reese, the only person on the planet able to sue cessfully teach me how to ride a bike. In an effort to accustom me to locomo­tion, Dad unwisely purchased a "mint· bike" for us. My l~bian sis shares Evil Knie\-el's genetic code she loved it. But I was a victim of circumstanre. The helmet slipped o•er my eyes and I plowed into our 1 '>-yrar-old-Gennan Shepherd whose severe hip dysplasia was not substantial ly improved as a result Eventually I learned to drive, only to incinerate our Chevy Vega while travel· Ing through a very ritzy neighborhood. As the car flamed, a zsa zsa Gabor clone appeared curbside and asked, "Do you think you could have this moved? I'm having a cocktail party at five." I called my father "Dad, the car's smol· dering like Chernobyl. Can you come get me?" He asked, "Well, SON, how the hell did that happen'" Snottily I replied, "Well DAD. I purposely lit a match and threw it m the gas tank." In the background I heard Mom screaming. "Oh my God. is he hurt? Is he burned? What? You didn't ask him if he was hurt?" Oh goodie, Dad is about t6 get hammered by his insurance agent and his wife. Bark, bark, I'm in the doghouse. AUTOMOTIVE GAY LIBERATION arrived in the form of a 1980 Datsun-a crappy car that matched my first Montrose apartment perfectly. My gang of slutty, funny friends lived at the bars at a time when gays used to actually speak to each other (before the Internet). At the club we would snag guys with pinpoint accuracy "Wanna go outside?" Upon seeing my decrepit car in the parking lot I would then witness my future ex-husbands "cute guy/crappy car" mental debate. What would he do? Usually we just sat in the car and "lis· tened to music." This was a euphemtsm for "I'd like to mess around. do you think v.-e can do thts without getting arrested'" Invariably he would light a cigarette. I hated smoke but my genitals didn't pos· sess any taste buds, so what did I care? We would sometimes exchange numbers, but mostly it was just fluid. I've learned not to be embarrassed by this I have a a gay etoric voiced and the anti-gay legisla­tion that has been passed? You can't possmly lose your sense of Pride when you are chairing the Pride Parade - It IS very empowenngl But there IS always work outside of Pride to be done. Stay proud' Its my party. and 1! they want to JOm they can. Otherwise. they need to sLrj on their side of the line. They had JOSI better not cross 111 LYNN SIXKILLER. 48 Houston Aa:ollltil1t JIMMY PHIWPS. SO Houston T eacher/actor/di"ector friend who let somebody "listen to music," and the guy slept in his car for three days. The clunker's days were numbered. Driving down Pacific Street (having lost my muffier three blocks earlier) these queens yell, "Get a new car!" at me (in uni<;on). Two weeks pas.<>ed and I decided to pur­chase a baby grand piano instead. Seventy· two hours later the Datsun car suffered an aneurysm of imperial proportions. Grousing to my Mom, sh<! acidly said, "Maybe you can park your piano in the driveway and drive IT to work." This was typical one minute she was petrified that I've been automotivlely cremated and in the next breath she said, "Your lack of forethought is entirely your own fault." Desperate, I slunk into a Hyundai deal crship and bought a car from a gu} with one wandering eyeball. Willfully ignoring his peculiar ophthalmologic condition exhausted me I wanted to leave but couldn't I figured even a guy with a peri patetic pupil needed to earn a living. The "Can From Korea" turned out to be worthy despite the fact that the wtndow handle fell off every time I made a left hand turn. This was only problematic once: I was stopped by a policeman and reached under the seat to retrieve the han· dlc. I arose looking down his revolver bar· rel. Who knew that when you pee yourself, www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE the cops let you off with a warning? EVENTUALLY I GRADUATED TO MY dream car, something that bespeaks gay respectability, safety and utter boredom - a clunky and unreliable Volvo. It's a great car but Swedish designers know nothing about air-conditioning. She had to go to the gynecologist last week as the result of a lack of blowing power (a first). When my mechanic called with that "thanks for pay. mg for my wife's 4itei.i boob job" tone in his voice. he said, "you need a new (insert most expensive replacement part here) and it will cost you (insert MasterCard limit here)." I knew it was time for new ride. Since some people define gay middle 11ge as the pomt when you start reminiscing more about your 1x1st than anticipating events in your future, I've decided to buck the trend, Now that I know all the pitfalls of "coming out" automotiveij: I'm going to do it again focusing this time only on the fun parts. Look for me, I'll be driving one of those hilarious little square cars the ones that you expect to see a dozen clowns pop out of at any moment, a "Sc10n" of my former self. I ~ Rich Arenschieldt is a frequent conlribu· ~ tor to the Voice and can be reached through this publication Because l am w!1o I am' SHY ANNE,38 Houston Mootrose Clinic development associate Change rs not an option for me I believe those with an opposite opinion are wrong and truly are in need of change Put yourself out there, behM in yoorsell, and great things alwJ)"i happen Happy Pride' We're going to have a hell of a Pride Parade. JACK VAllNSKL 51 Houston Minister of propagalXla NICK BRINES, 34 Mootrose Fundraiser/President, Pride Houston Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 24. 2005 13 Get here America's. 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And old stereotypes of gay men who are just out for sex and lesbians who only mate for life simply no longer apply. In a still-evolving era of gay activism, gay mm and lesbians have more freedom than ever to define their own sexual mores, but the interpreta· hons of that freedom are as widely varied as the people who make the decisions. "The way traditional sources of values like church and religion often devalue gay relation­ships and gay sexuality makes them of little use," says John Ballew, a counselor. "Instead, we tend to explore for ourselves and go with what works." AND LESBIANS THE QUESTION IS:WHAT 2ND DATE? someone to tell if we are dating material, but like I said you can always sleep together." AT FIRST GLANCE, IT MAY APPEAR THAT A popular stereotype 1s true· approaches to sex are based on gender. But Boots1e a le5bian in Houston, admits she "rarely waits" to have sex ~Emotional attachment is nice," she says. "When you find that person.' step on the gas Otherwise, if there is a sexual attraction and they are a mce gal, I am ready to roll." Sterchi says just asmany lesbians rush the process as gay men because being gay still bn't fully accepted In society, and the:> seek a connection through rclationshQ>s. Much more than gender, age appears to be one of the biggest determining factors for people who wait to have sex. Several women say that they leaned more toward sex for its own sake when they were younger. and just as many men say they become choosier as the years go by. "I think as I get older, the wisdom kicks m," says Chris from Houston. "I would say I am more selective, have more self worth, anal am not Jumping from bed to bed like m the past." Isaac, a 30-year-old New Yorker, says traditional notions about the connections betwet>n sex. dating and morality are limiting. "Do gays ever wait to have sex? My sexual decisions have virtually noth· ing to do with my moral value system in terms of rrligion," he says. "I think straight people do (Illustration by Joey carolino) Garstein reached "a point where I felt that I amid make my own decisioru. about who I had sex with and when, as opposed to trymg to validate myself through oth ers." themselves a dissen'ice by attaching old-school notions of romantic love to sex .... If a long-lasting n:·lationship develops out of the fling, so be it. If not, we!~ there's plen· tv more men to choose from." • But Ballew warns that sexual frocdom comes with added responsibility, and a lack of boundaries may lead to unnec­es& 111 heartache. When people view sex a~ "a race to thl' fimsh line," the fun of flirting, getting to knmv'someone· ant\ cultivating passion are often ignored, he says. Greg Sterchi, a gay psychotherapist, agrees. "Many people assume that, if you can ensure that there is a srxual connection, you can manage'Other connections more easily," Sterchi says. "However, 1f these other con nections are not built or do not naturall~· develop and the sexual interest fades, it's much like building your house on the sand." First·date sex can set up misplaced expectationi; or blow the chance at a longer relationship, according to Ballew. It's risky because "it can lead to separating peo­ple into two camps: those you date, and those you have sex with," he says, adding that the dichotomy can lead to relationships that are committed but sexless or sexu­al encounters that hold less emotional satisfaction. "If you·re really interested in dating someone rather than just hooking up, there are often many important things to find out about someone beyond exploring sex with them," Ballew advises. "For most men, once they've put a guy in the categol')· of 'trick.' he's gomg to have a hell of a time moving from there to the 'boyfrtrnd' box." People cite influences on their sexual behavior from race and age to level of comfort with being ga~; kvel of intoxication during a date, the number and type of rela­tionship experienres and health status. Sterch1 cites a fear of rejection as primal. • Some people arc so invested m not being prrcetvrd as promiscuous, that they "play hard to get" In order to n:tam the other person's interest and bolster a fragilE" sense of self-acceptance Others use their insecurities to make premature sexual commitments in an attempt to keep a person's Interest he says. Rather than falling into black and white categories, no one interviewed says they follow a strictly "cau­tious" or overtly "cavalier" pattern of sexual conduct. For Foland, sex is not about values in the traditional moral sense, but she docs urespect others' boundaries" and does not "date people in relationships." Although waiting to have sex i~ "of course the ideal romantic scenario," says Hal Garstein, a 42·year-old New Yorker, "I can't think of a single relationship where this has happened." Chris, 37, in Houston, says sex and dating are not nec­essarily intertwined ... If ta guy] is attractive, but not what f'm looking for to date, then J'll have sex with him if it comes to that," Chris says. "It takes me an hour or so with But Isaac became "more open" about sex with age. "I'm no longer one to beat mysdf up if too much happens too early in the game," he ~s. 'l also don't take it as per sonally \\hen a potential partner turns out to be a lo Life expertt>nces also affect dcc!Slons about <;e..x. Bootsie in Houston y; as diagnosed\\ ith Stage Four cancer four years ngo, and no\\ she gl\-es more consideration to ho\\ potential p.mners might react to that knowledgt>, s~ s;ivs. Simllarl): men \\1th HIV face special challenges, acrordmg to mrntal health professionals I never used to give sex a second thought," says Da~id. 37, m Atlanta. "Now that I have HIV, 1 only hm·e sex after really getting to know someone and feel comfortable talking to him about 1t I admit, I sometimes completely avoid dating just so the subject doesn't come up." People also differ on how far they let intimacy progress, differentiating between various sex acts ba..;;ed on the level of each relationship. "I don't like to go 'all the wat - to the point of penetration - until a few dates in." says Isaac from New YoJX. "fm not saying it's wrong to do that on the first date, but personally it feels too intimate toofast; Sexual freedom with no rules ultimately leaves gay people with the right to choose a sex life that makes them feel comfortable, and men as well as women say it's an impo,rtant extension of their personalities. 'TO WONG FU': Houston's Jill Jordan plays in her own real-life ver~ion of the classic drag queen movie. Page 17 I BIRDS OF A FEATHER: A new book chronicles the true story of two gay penguins in New York City. Page 19 16 JUNE 24, 2005 1220 Taft Street Houston Texas 77019 713-529-6255 info@MyCateringCompany.com Full Service Catering Corporate Events Carry Outs & Delivery From Breakfast to Late Dinners ... l)e.CAU.6e olJS' r :pol\~i bi\i ~~ rn ()US-- Su.r-utu ~. 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In the movie, "To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything, Julie Newmar," three drag queens head out from New York to Hollywood in a convertible to participate in a female impersonator contest over seen by Julie Newmar. Jordan credits Vegas drag diva Roxie Starr, the former Jimmy Emerson of Beaumont, with casting out the lure. "Roxie and I have been good friends for probably 25 years," Jordan says. Starr tells Jordan that jobs abound in Las Vegas, from the casinos to the drag stage. "Roxie said if I was there for two days without a job that she'd be stunned,'' says Jordan. "She's already got six heads of hair lined up for Leon to do." Jordan said she a lready has two job possibilities, one performing in an estab· hshed drag show, the other in a new club that 1s opening about the time she and Schwar tz arrive. "They're looking for an older drag queen who does nothing but the classic drag numbers and who can run the dancers," she says, adding that the dP.SCrip· tion sounds an awful lot like Jill Jordan. Over the last three decades, Jordan says, it's been difficult to watch the decline of drag in Houston. It's how she once made her living, but in recent years, it's turned into a meager subsistence. "l'\·e been trying to piece together n 1 ife from a little bit of dancers and a little bit of drag and a little bit of home health care," Jonlan says. "It's hard to do. Nowadays, you don't get paid a fourth of what you should (for drng)." In Vegas, if she lands the job as resi· dent dn1g queen at thP new club, Jordan says, "I'd sort of he a big fish in a small @MORE INFO Jil Jordan Farewell Show 9 p.m. Wcdnesddy EJ~ 2517 Ralph Houston drag queen JiU Jordan will try her luck in las Vegas pond. The money, I know. is fabulous." If she doesn't land a permanent drag gig, Jordan says, there are always casino jobs in the city that rarely sleeps. "It's such a pretty place and with so much going on," she says. "You're never going to get borc.'CI." Roxie Starr has thrown out an incen· tive. She's offered Jordan and Schwartz her rental apartment for free for a inonth She giving them a sweet deal thereafter. "Everything tiCCffiS to be just falling into place," Jonlan said. "It seem~ like a once-in-a· lifetime opportunity. My friends tell me that if I don't take it, I'll kick myself one day.~ Houston gets one last opportunity to sec Jill .Jordan perform at 9 p.m Wednesday at K.J.'s, 2517 Ralph. "We're pulling out on July l." says .Jordan. "We'll he in Vegas in time for the Fourth of July." Trlcvis!on commPrcials for I.as Vegas promise, "What happens here stays here,'' hut .Jordan says that promise was mndc before Vegas knew she was comlng. "I may just get on the phone and tell every bod}:" she says. Morisse lttt®?!-•11 CB:Lill!u!m m 10 nu ..lDIVElWl!I OP JAGGED LimE PW. JUNE 24. 2005 17 18 JUNE 24. 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE JOHNNY HOOKS A new book follows the true story of a pair of gay penguins and their daughter at the New York Zoo. 'Tango mal<es three' WHO DOESN'T L!K~; PENGUINS? THE dapper flightless birds are revered by young and old. Flipping on Entertainment Tonight recently, you may have caught an entire segment on the Warner Independent documentary called "March of the Penguins," complete with waddling Emperor Penguins walking the red carp!'!. Wide-eyed children proclaim to the camera lenses "We love them, everybody does right?" and "I just love their suits!" and "l wanna be a penguin!" The scene changes to an average day on AM radio in Houston. Up and down the dial commentators proclaim the truth as they see it. Gays and lesbians are often vilified. attacked and eventually taunted with the question "If hom~xuality is so normal, why don't we see it in the animal kingdom?" The simple answer is we do. Look at Roy and Silo, two real penguins who live in the Central Park Zoo. The story of Roy and Silo is now available in a charming book called ''And Tango makes Three." Illustrated by Henry Cole, and written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, the tale of Roy and Silo should bring a tear to the most jaded eye .. Their story became public when The New York Times outed the penguin pair in a February 2004 article called, "Love That Oare Not Squawk Its Name." ln the article, Dinitia Smith recounted how for more than SIX years, Roy and Silo have exhibited what in penguin parlance is called "ecstatic behavior." They entwine their necks, they vocalize to each other, they have sex. WHEN OFFERED FEMALE companionship, both adamantly refused. And female penguins showed little inter­est in them as well. They are "to anthro­pomorphize a bit" gay penguins. Roy and Silo were so committed to each other that they attempted to incu­bate egg shaped rocks on several occa­sions in their flawless nest. Central park Zoo's Rob Gramzay took note of their attempts and in 2000 finally gave the pair a fertilized egg from a female "donor." That egg was cared for and eventually produced the baby, Tango, who was raised like any other penguin. @MORE INFO 'And Tango Makes Three' Simon & Schuster Bool<s for Yooog rea<kn 4 -B Simon & Schuster New Yor1c $1495 wwwSimonSaysKids.com .., Jnl 11 IM.Mri~11 -P.u.rPll1'Uf: ..........,..., Hnr., ref. 'And Tango Makes Three' chronicles the love life of gay penguins and their adopted daughter. Following along with Roy and Silo, readers can't help but cheer the two on. On a recent jaunt to the Aquarium of the America's in New Orleans, this reviewer brought along a copy of the book, ''And Tango Makes Three." After the zoologists had finished feed­ing the in· house penguins, he was asked about the tale of Roy and Silo. While he had no direct knowledge of the duo, he said "Well, there have been over 450 dif­ferent documented examples of same-sex coupling in the wild. Have you heard about those lesbian seagulls? Talk about commitment! Most people would be surprised to find com­mitted same-sex animal couples." The open discussion of homosexual behavior in animals is relatively new. Frans de Waal, whose 1997 book, "Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape" saw an onslaught of differing opinions on ani­mal sexuality. Bonobos apes closely relat­ed to humans, are wildly energetic sexu­ally. Nearly all are bisexual and nearly half engage in same-sex activity. However Paul L. Vasey, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at University of Lethbridge in Canada, warns about drawing such conclusions. "For some people, what animals do is a yardstick of what is and isn't natural. They make a leap from saying if it's natu­ral, it's morally and ethically desirable." According to the authors note at the end, "If you go to the Central Park Zoo, you can see Tango and her parents splash­ing about in the penguin house along with their friends ... There are forty-two chin­strap penguins in the Central Park Zoo, and over ten million chinstraps in the world. But there is only one Tango." Maurice Sendak of "Where the Wild Things-Are" said this of "Tango": ''A touching and delightful variation on a major theme." Harvey Fierstein said, "This wonderful story of devotion is heartwarming proof that Mother Nature knows best!" 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You'll see sixteen. 21} inch globes with beaded curtains dripping down each of the 16 arms and some Mylar firecrackers to gM it even more pizzal.z. The weight of the piere is l.CXXJ pounds and was originally designed for and hung in the State Capital of Texas for the Sesquicentennial. TO KICK OFF YOUR WEEKEND Resurrection MCC presents Casino Night celebrating Rev. Carolyn Mobley's 15 Years in Ministry! Friday, Brookhollow Shern ton, 3000 North Loop West. Tickets are $50 per person and admis· sion mcludes hors d'oeuvres, dessert & S500 in casino chips redeemable for prizes! There will also be a cash bar and silent auction. For tickets call 713-861·9149. FOR A GOOD CAUSE. BAILE Internacional will be held on Friday from 8 p.m. till ! a.m. at the Communication Workers of America Hall #62222. 1730 Jefferson. Music by Houston's Mix:Jc :\taster, The Awesome DJ and the event benefits AVES. GLBT Chamber Development Fund and GLOBO Education Scholarships. $?...5 general admiss on. ~ a the door. Contact Joe Reyl'.'S at 832-754-5500 for tickets and info. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, TWISTED Mister Promotions presents "Latin Prlde Hot & Free" \\ ith Jade Esteban E ... trada Friday at Club 1-115, 1415 California St with D.J. Scot l'"ree Doors opm at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance or $22 at the door and are now on sale at lontro<;e Diner, Buyen Club, through the www.PrideHouston.org website or on the day of the event at 1415. Ages 18 ... ONE MORE FRIDAY EVEl\'T FOR YOU to consider. "Club Papi: the Pride Edition" 1s the official prn-parade party at Rich's Hou ... ton, 2401 San Jacinto from 9 p.m. til 4 a.m. Tickets are SIO advance or 15 door See the Latinboyz.com/Papi dancers and groove to the energetic Latm sounds of DJs Mike (LA) and Alex T. (Houston). www.Richs-Houston.com or 713. 759·9606 OFCOURSESATURDAYSEESTHE Pride Fest at Yoakum and Westheimer start· ing at 2 p.m. The fu.tival features two stages of fabulous entmainment all day. The Pride Parade is at 8:45 p.m. on Westheimer between Woodhead and Whitney. AITER THE PARADE YOUR OPTIONS are wide open. Stay with the masses and head over to Pacific Street where all the bars wtll be celebratlng. The Montrose Mining Company will be turning 27, so if you can make it inside. give a birthday yell. SOBE presents DJ/Producer De:vlarko, with resident DJ Jimmy Skinner opening. www.south· beachthenightclub.com for all the details. THE OFFICIAL POST PARADE PARTY starring Kim English (making her Houston debut) is at Rich's Houston, 2401 San Jacinto from 9 p.m. unlli 4 a.m. XM Satellite DJ Mark D provides the tunes to groove you through the night. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 at the door., www.Richs-Houston.com or 713-759-9600. 21 and up only please. THEN STAY UP FOR "HONEY.MOON: The Official Pride After Party"presented by the Spoiled Boyz. Sunday. ,June 26. 3:30 until IO a.m. at Opus, 412 Main. Dance to the sounds of DJ Mark MacEwan (Atlanta) and a performance by dance music icon G'licious G! See the Spoiled Boyz website www.spoiledboyz.net. for more. FINALLY AS SUNDAY DAWNS, GET some food in you so you will make it through the night' The After-After Hours Brunch begins Sunday at 5 a.m. at Berryhill )fontrose, 3407 Montrose at Hawthorne. AFTER AN M'TERNOON NAP, MAKg sure you head back over to Rich's for "A Night in Oz" Tea Darm-, the Official Closing Party of Pride' Sunday at s:ro p.m. $10 gets you in the \\'il.ard of Ol themed event prrsented by HoUston Stonewall Democrat'> Notfocling like Dorothy? Bring your swimsuit and towel for the d('but of Rich's new pool! r'm If you have any club announcements or \Yi! events. email them to jhooks(a!houstonvoice.com or call 713-529 -8490. 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Rob Schmerler Insurance Agency 6575 West Loop South, Suite 185 Bello1re, Texas 77401 71 3 .661.7700 www schmerlerogency.com www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE dish There's a Fine line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Awards & monuments Janet's new trophy, Toronto sports Wood, and porn gets 'Dangerous' Less than a week after MICHAEL JACKSON was acquitted on child molestation charges in a California court. his sister, gay icon JANET JACKSON, was accepting a much less dubious honor in the same state. The Human Rights Campaign gave Miss Jackson·If·You're-Nasty its Humanitarian Award for her fund· raising efforts and large contributions to HNI AIDS organizations over the past several years. "My family and I have just gone through the least humorous chapter of our lives," she said after being introduced by gay actor ALA.~ CUMMING at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton Hotel. "I'm going to leave the jokes to the late-night [comics]. if that's OK." Jackson was as sincere in her attitude as she was fierce in her black·and·white attire. "Thank you so much," she said. 'Tm so grateful for this honor. I couldn·t be happier standing before each and every one of you. I feel a deep and abiding kinship with your cause. It feels absolutely wonderful to be recognized by people who aim to spread love." She also had a message for making this a better (rhythm) nation. ''.Acceptance is right. Kindness is right. Love is right," she said. "I pray, right now, that we're moving into a kinder tlme when prejudice is overcome by understanding; when narrow· mindedness. and narrow-minded bigotry is overwhelmed by open·hearted empathy; when the pain of judgemen­tailsm 1s replaced by the purity of love." Toronto's wood-y The latest erection in Toronto•s gay neighborhood is drawing ire from conservative critics. At the end of May, the city of Toronto and the Chtrn:h.Wellcsley Village Business Improvement Area unveiled a $160.00l. 1~ foot granite and bronze statue of Alexander Wood, a 19th century gay hero who had originally O\med the land where the city's gay neighborhood now stands. According to histocy; Wood, a local magistrate, was called in 1810 when a woman accused a man of rape. The victim said she scratched the Alexander Wood perpetrator's genitals. So, like any good private dick, Wood lined up all the suspects, told them to drop their pants. and inspected their parts to find the scratch. After doing so. the locals branded him a "molly," a derogative term for gay men, and drove him out of town. They later Janet Jackson didn't suffer any malfunctions when accepting an award for her AIDS fund·rais1ng efforts from the Human Rights Campaign last week. (Photo by Mark J Terrill/AP> called the area of land he owned ":\lolly Wood's Bush." The statue, by sculptor Del Newbig· ging, shows a dapper· looking Wood, but the statue·s base includes a bronze bas­relief of Wood kneeling in front of a bare-assed man "investigating·• him. According to Reuters, some critics think the image is inappropriate. Many have defended the statue and have even made the offensive part more noticeable. The perpetrator's behind in the bas·relief is now shin}; .since many in the gay·borhood have taken to rubbing thP bum's bum for good luck. First knight Dbh has a new crush, but. as usual, it's on someone unattainable. This time it's porn hottie WIU'RIED KNIGHT. one of the stars of porn impresario dMICHAEL LUCAS. Dangerous Liaisons." Released last week, the huge. budget, 160-minute film is a retelling of the 1782 novel "Les Liaisons Wilfried Knight Dangereauscs" (which bec.1me the 1988 movie "Dangerous Liaisons") set in the modern New York fashion world. If it wasn't enough to have stars like Knight, Lucas, GUS MA'ITOX. 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Hawkins is a familiar name to gay and straight music fans. In 1992, she burst onto the scene with her mega-hit, "Damn! I Wish I Was Your Lover," a song where she openly sang, "I lay by the ocean making love to her with visions clear." Interestingly, nothing was made of the line and Hawkins went on to have several top-five singles on the Billboard charts. After a falling out with Sony, her record label, Hawkins founded her own record company, Trumpet Swan, so named because "I was on a photo shoot at a lake and heard this incredible sound. It was a trumpet swan singing, and I knew I had my label name right there." Her lat· est CD "Wilderness" is out now. Recently Hawkins appeared on the hit NBC summer series "Hit Me Baby One More Time" singing "Damn" and glam· ming it up for the her ~ccond song, a re· imagmation of the song "100 Days" by Shades Apart. Hawkins describes herself as part of ft MORE INFO Bud Light Stage Pride Day Lineup 2:15 Gurlfnendz presented by Montrose Omer 310 Rachael Sage 4 05 Jade Esteban Estrada presented by Twisted Mister 4 :55 Sarah Pmsker & The Stalking H~ 5:55 Pansy Division 700 Sophie B. Hawkms. mtroduced by special guests. Roula & Ryan of Mix 96.5 T ickcts $10 on line at www pridehouston.org Sophie B. Hawkils the gay and lesbian family, but uses the word "omnisexual." Asked to define it, Hawkins said, "I was the first person to use that phrase, I invented it for lack of a better word. It just means that when I am attracted to someone it is more about them as a person, about their soul and their inner beauty, not what physical equipment they have." Hawkins, still the pioneer, loves play· ing Pride festivals across the country and is excited about Houston. "The Houston market really broke the single "Damn," so I will always have a special place in my heart for Houston." She's philosophical about Pride. "So many people sacrificed so much so that we can go out and have Pride fests and parades, and I love honoring those people. And when someone comes up to me and says 'Thank you Sophie, because of your song, or because of you I was able to be the person I am today,' I consider that the ultimate compliment." Pansy Divison Pansy Division rele;1sed the group's first two singles, "Bill & Ted's Homosexual Adventure," in 1993 and "Fem In A Black Leather Jackel/ Homo Christmas/ Smells Like Queer Spirit," in 1992. The band has always been out and proud Founding member Jon Ginoli recalled. "You sing about what you know, about the experiences that happen day to day. If you attempt to write a song that you think is going to be a hit, that's when you lose per· spective." Asked if he is disappointed that Pansy Division never achieved the kind of run­away success that other bands from the 1990's "grunge scene" had, he laughed and said, "Well, we're still waiting. No. actually the band and I couldn't be happi· er with the success we have achieved." Ginoli said success is measured in many ways. "We have done it our way and have a tremendously loyal fan base to sl•>w for it," he said. "We've talked about it and really think that our last album "Total Entertainment" will probably be our last studio album." The group will decide whether or not to do occasional live performances here and there, "Depending on who asks, but as all of our lives have changed. like the world, we think now is the time to let oth· ers carry on what we started." Ginoli said Pansy Division has always enjoyed playing in Houston, usually to packed houses in the Heights at Fitzgeralds. "We love Houston," he said. "Your city has always been there for us, and with the way your Governor Perry has been acting, not to mention that fine former Governor Bush you sent the countr;; its important we come and take a stand \\1th you at your Pride Festival." Jade Esteban EstTcKla Jade Esteban Estrada Jade Esteban Estrada is a true renais­sance performer. In his one-man sho\\: "ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1," he performs as the characters of Sappho. Michelangelo. Oscar \'{tlde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen DeGeneres among others. He is also a talented singer and comedian. "Well back in the day, a performer had to be able to act, sing dance and tell a fe\\ jokes bernecn sets." Asked what he'd pick if he had to choose only one medium for his artistic talents he purses his lips togC'ther and thinks aloud, "Hmmm. I hate this ques· tion. People that are creative have no choice. It's like breathing to us. I guess I would say I would choose singing, as I can't imagine not being able to tell my sto­ries through song. But if you had asked me a few years ago I would have said dance, so if you ask me again at another time, expect another answer maybe!" The Estrella award-winning singer was born and raised in San Antonio. The son of a U.S. Army officer and a stage actress, Estrada won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Estrada studied dance (alongside Jennifer Lopez) with Slam. the lead dancer from :\fadonna's Blonde Ambition Tour among other notable teachers. Genre Magazine calls him "the mo t JUNE 24, 2005 3 exciting Latin pop artist ever to emerge onto the music scene." He has performed in seven languages and in 33 countries, and his music can be heard on the Golden Globe and Emmy award· winning police drama "The Shield" on FX. He has also been seen on the "Graham Norton Effect" on Comedy Central. Estrada is currently working on the third and final installment of his "Icons" trilogy that will premiere at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in 2006. Estrada said, "Many people think gays and lesbians only came about in the 1960s or '70s and that is so not true. It's important to know where we came from so we can see where we are going." Rachel Sage Rach: 1 Sag. may not be a household name yet but w.th six albums under her belt, she is certainly working on it. While growing up, the former Lilith Fair Talent Search winner attended The School of American Ballet. perforntlng In such clas­sics as ''The Nutcracker" and "Coppelia." But it was the music she heard in class that held her attention more than the steps, and by the age of five she had taught herself to play piano. She remem· bered pounding out the tunes of a rene­gade accompanist who played Beatles songs with classical arrangements, "Until they kicked me out of the building." Her early admiration for classical com· posers shifted toward confessional l}Ti· cists with her discovery of Laura Nyro, Elvis Costello and Patti Smith. Sage has a wonderfhl memory of meet· ing artist and activist Keith Haring when she was about 13. "Keith crune backstage after and brought posters of his version of th(' American flag, and signed them for us,'' she said "We did· n·t really know who he was then. And it just struck me that he was starting \\ ith these Rachel Sage kids, a new generation that was trying to come mto their own. and make their own opinions and not Just what the parents had instilled in them." It was an early lesson in what Pride real· ly means. 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From dressing up and going all out for charity fundraising, to healing the emotion· al wounds of sexual minority teenagers and the spiritual wounds of those turned away from their churches, the 2005 Pride Parade Grand Marshals have devoted their lives to assisting those in need. FEMALE GRAND MARSHAL Deb Murphy of H.A.T.C.H. For thirteen years, Deb Murphy has been actively working with various gay. lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups. Her reason for getting involved is direct and no nonsense. ''You can bitch or you can change it you pick," she says. Opting to be part of the change, Murphy has volunteered with Gay and Le~bian Switchboard Houston and the Houston GLBT Community Center, where she also served on the Board of Directors. Murphy is currently the Youth Service Worker with H.A.T.C.H., a project of the Montrose Counseling Center. Through H.A.T.C.H., Murphy works to "end the iso· lation" of gay. lesbian, bisexual and trans­gender youths. as well as those who are questioning their sexuality and "help them find their authentic selves." Taking her message of acceptance where It is most needed, Murphy has start· ed a "H.A.T.C.H. in the Schools" program. Murphy is also supervising the Methamphetamine Addiction Prevention Project (MAPP). a street outreach pro· gram seeking to educate young adults about the dangers of methamphetamines. Murphy says she is honored to be cho· sen as this year's Female Grand Marshal. "I really didn't think I was going to be elected, considering some of the other people on the ballot," she says. "I was just thrilled to be nominated." MALE GRAND MARSHAL Weldon Hickey of Miss Camp and Krewe of Olympus Weldon Hickey claims that he works behind the scenes of most of the organiza· lions with which he is involved, but any· one who saw him strutting his stuff as Sally Jesse Helms Leiberman Gore (Miss Hawaii) in the 2004 Miss Camp America Show would argm• otherwise. He lwc-ame involved with Miss Camp Amen<'a after he and his partner of twen· tyf'ight yt>ars moved to Houston in 1991. The founclation, which started out as a spoof of the :\.flss America Pageant, is now a major produruon which raises Deb Murphy and Weldon Hickey are the 2005 female and male Pride Grand Marshals. Members of the Bayou City Boys Club posed for a photo after the group was named organizational Grand Marshal for the 2005 Pride Parade. money for a variety of non-profit organi· zations serving ga}; lesbian, bise.\-ual and transgender persons. Hickey is a volunteer and former presi· dent of the Krewe of Olympus, a group that presents Mardi Gras-themed theatr1· cal events to raise money for community organizations. To Hickey. the Krewe feels more like a family than an organization. ''A lot of the younger ones there call me 'Mom,' because I am the mother hen," he says. Because of his partner's love of cars, the two are involved with the Classic Chassis Car Club, a predomi· nantly gay and lesbian group of clas•lc car enthusiasts. "It was a very big honor to be nominal· ed (as Grand Marshal) to start with. To actually win the title I was floored. I was up against some very stiff competition." Hickey says. HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL Dennis and Evelyn Schave For fiffoe•1 years, Dennis and Evelyn Schavc have been provJcLng spintual support to gays, lesbians, bisexual and traw;gender persons. The Shaves' support of wxual minorities has been steadfast, even when they faced rejection from their ovm friends and family members. "We feel that our heart is really with (gays and lesbians)," says Evelyn. As licensed counselors at Community Gospel Life Counseling Center. the Schaves have spent the past two years pro· viding Christian counseling to individuals and same-sex couples who may have been turned away from other churches. "Many gays are asked to leave churches that they have been involved with for years," explains Evelyn. "We just feel the need to bring healing to them and let them know that God loves them for who they are and what they are." The Shaves are pleased at having been chosen as Honorary Grand Marshal for this year's Pride Parade. "We just really feel honored that they would choose us." Evelyn ~ays. ORGANIZATION GRAND MARSHAL The Bayou City Boys Club According to spokesperson Michael Collins, the Bayou City Boys Club, y;hich puts on a variety of events to raise money Twenty seven years of Houston Pride Past Grand Marshals of the Houston Pride Parade have included bar owners. drag queens. political activists and heterosexuals who sup­ported the gay and lesbian community. Grand Marshals from years past reigned over the 2003 Pride Parade. In 2004. Pride Houston began a new tradition of nammg not only a male and female Grand Marshal. but also honorary and organizational Grand Marshals. 2004 Jerry W. Simoneaux and Sonna Alton, male and female Grand Marshals: Jim and Sue Null, honorary Grand Marshals; and the Lesbian/Gay Rights lobby of Texas. organiza­tional Grand Marshal 2003 All past Grand Marshals 2002 Rusty Mueller & Mela Conteras 2001 Oalia Stokes & Mitchell Katine 2000 Richard Weiderholt & Tori Williams 1999 Nancy Ford & Sean Carter 1998 Bob Bouton & Jackie Doval 1997 Deborah Bell & Jimmy Carper 1996 Bill Havard & Jeanette Vaughn 1995 Suzanne Anderson & Don Gill 1994 Jay Allen & Cicely Wynne 1993 Carolyn Mobley & Brian Bradley 1992 Brian Keever & Sheri Cohen Oarbonne 1991 Linda Morales & Jack Jacksoo & Gene Harrington 1990 Walter Carter & Annise Parker 1989 Bettie Naylor & Charles Armstrong 1988 Bruce Cook & Eleanor Munger 1987 Persons living With AIDS 1986 Tony B1cocchi & Dee Lamb 1985 Freda Jerrell & Terry Clarie 1984 Rick Grossman & Pokey Anderson 1983 Manon Pantzer & Walter Striddar 1982 Andy Mills & Marion Coleman 1981 Rita Wanstrom & Ray Hdl 1980 Jim Farmer & Ruth Ravas 1979 Thelma Hansel 1978 No Parade that year. for HIV I AIDS charities, is "a small part of the effort to make the lives of mv I AIDS· afflicted people easier.~ r'rom a jungle-themed dance party to its annual Go>pel Brunch, BCBC appeals to a broad cross-section of gay Houston in order to raLe funds for providers of HIV/ AIDS public education, patient care. and research. 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TX 77007 • 713-861-6670 -.bethelhouston.org Sund•y School 9:00 AM Sund•y Worship 1 O:JO AM Wednesday Worship 6:00 PM HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 24, 2005 11 -pnde _. Pride weekend goes nonstop with a host of events JUNE 24 FRIDAY LAMBDA AT THE ICON As Houston celebrates the second anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, Lambda Legal hosts its second annual Civil Rights Breakfast. It's an opportuni­ty to remember the importance of June 26, 2003, to gays and lesbians and Lambda Legal's role in civil rights history. Lambda Legal's Legal Director, Jon Davidson, will be special guest. RSVP to Gloria Gamino at ggamino@lambdale­gal. org. Barn. Hotel Icon 220 Main attire: business/business-<:asUal www.lambdalegal.org RESURRECTION MCC'S CASINO NIGHT A night of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and parking. Cash bar and special overnight room rate. Celebrating Rev. Carolyn Mobley's 15 years of service and ministry to Houston. Benefiting Resurrection MCC General Conference Delegates and Rev. Mobley. 7 p.m-midnight Sheraton Houston Brookhollow 3000 North Loop West S50; tickets can be purchased at Resurrection MCC. 2025 W 11th attire: semi-casual 713-861·9149 www.resurrectionmcc.org BAILE INTERNATIONAL 2005 GLOBO ct>lebrates Pride with the sounds of "The Awesome D.J." He spins country, R&B, old skool, 70s and Latin rhythms such as Tejano, Salsa, Merengue, Reggeton and more. Proceeds benefit AVES and the Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. 8-1 p.m. Communication Workers of America (CWA) Building 1730 Jefferson $25/$30 attire: business 713-710-0268 www~lobohouston.org LATIN PRIDE, HOT & FREE Latin-style dance music with Latin singer/performer Jade Esteban Estrada. 9p.m.-3a.m. 1415 California $18 advance/$22 door Twisted Mister Promotions 713-320-9747 wwwtwistedmister .biz CLUB PAPI - PRIDE EDITION, THE OFFICIAL PRE-PARADE PARTY Club Papi Productions returns to Texas with a massive Houston Pride party at the newly remodeled Rich's Nightclub. A portion of the proceeds benefits Pride Houston. 9p.m.-4am. Rich's Houston 2401 San Jacinto $10 advance/$15 door attire: stylish club attire 713759-9606 www.richs-houston.com JUNE 25 SATURDAY HOUSTON PRIDE FESTIVAL 2005 A full day of entertainment includes per­formances by Grammy nominee Sophie B. Hawkins, gay punk band Pansy Oivison and Rachel Sage. Booths feature a variety of gay and gay-friendly organi­zations and businesses. A Houston Pride version of the dunking booth, "Dunk'd." will allow takers to dunk certain activists and community leaders for a fee. 2-8p.m. Westheimcr & Yoakum $10/$5 713-5296979 wwwpridehouston.org PRE-PARADE PARTY Victory Fund national board members David Arpin, Janine Brunjes and Bill Colburn, and Houston Events Director Alex Martinez host a pre-Parade party a half-block from the Parade route to bene­fit local, state and national Victory Fund candidates. 6-B:30p.m. 1323 Hawthorne 713-528-6676 www.victoryfundorg HOUSTON PRIDE PARADE 2005 America's original nighttime Pride Parade and the Southwest's largest Pride event gets underway at 8:45 p.m. at the corner of Woodhead and Westheimer. The parade continues down Westheimer to Whitney. This year's theme is "Equal Rights! No More! No Less!" B:45 p.m. Westheimer. between Woodhead & Whitney 713-529-6979 www.pridehouston.org THE OFFICIAL POST-PARADE PARTY, STARRING KIM ENGUSH High energy are key words for the offi­cially sanctioned after party in all its col­ors. XM Satellite Radio DJ Mark D will be behind the turntables and special musical guest Kim English, making her Houston debut, will be pelforming all of her Number 1 Billboard hits. A portion of the proceeds benefits Pride Houston. 9p.m.-4a.m. Rich's Houston 2401 San Jacinto $15 advance/$20 door stylish club attire 713-759-9606 www.richs-houston.com JUNE 26 SUNDAY HONEYMOON - THE OFFICIAL PRIDE AFTER PARTY Spoiled Boyz presents the return of DJ Mark MacEwan (Atlanta) spinning the beatz and a pelformance by dance music icon G'licious G. A portion of the pro­ceeds benefits Pride Houston. 3:30-lOam. Opus. 412 Main Downtown Houston $20/25 advance attire: iust married 713-521-2910 www.spoiledboyz.net JASON & DEMARCO CONCERT A spiritual follow to Pride Houst n with inspirational singers Jason & deMarco. Seating is limited to the first 100. 10-11:30 am. 3333 Fannin, Suite 106 donations for Jason & deMarco accepted 713-528-6756 www.houseofglory.org HOUSTON PRIDE 2005 PARADE AWARDS CEREMONY The award ceremony commemorates the best entries in the 2005 Houston Pride Parada 4 p.m. Guava t;imp 570 Waugh 713-529-6979 www.pridehouston.org 'NIGHT IN OZ' TEA DANCE, THE OFFICIAL CLOSING PARTY OF PRIDE Ston• •wall Democrats sponsors the clos· mg party for Pride weekend. a nightclub party with a "Wizard of Oz" theme. Special guests include Houston City Controller Annisc Parker and Sue Lovell, Democratic National Committee member and candidate for Houston City Council. Food by Baba Yega, Niko Niko's Catering, Peppinos Italian Dining and Karo's Chinese Cuisine. The1-e will also be a con­test for the best "Wizard of Oz"-inspired costume and door prizes, including gym memberships and gift certificates from sponsors. 5:30 p.m. Rich's Houston 2401 San Jacinto $10 713-621-5751 - pride 12 JUNE 24, 2005 OT .Jocks and California Muscle NOW AVAILABLE!!! YOUR AU!i!ilEBUM www.maleuwear.com www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10AM-7PM • SUNDAY 11AM-SPM CLOSED MONDAY We met at the Diner 713 520.8281 www.montrosediner.com OPEN 24 HOURS 1111 WESTHEIMER • OPEN for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a full bar 7 DAYS a week. Early Morning and Late Night HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com Pride is a year-long job for Pride Houston volunteers Planning for the Houston Pride Paradr and Festival begins in August each }ear not too long after the last float rounds the corner of Westheimer and Whitney at the end of the parade Pride Houston's board of directors and a committee of volun­teers work from August until Pride day to plan the events. On parade day, volunteers gather early for a security briefing from representa· tives of the Houston Police Department and for last-minute details regarding the events of the day. After the parade, volunteers stay up and on the job until the last paper cup is picked up along Westheimer and pitched into a dumpster: The Pride Committee is responsible for hanging of the Pride flags along Westheimer in late May and taking them down after the parade. PRIDE HOUSTON 2005 OFFICERS Nicolas J. Brines is in his third year as president of Pride Houston after spend· mg more than IO years as a volunteer in charge of corporate relations, fund rais· ing and :;ponsorships. He works full-time as senior corporate market director for the American Heart Association. Rusty Martin was named treasurer of Pride Houston this year after previously serving as assistant treasurer. Martin has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri. For the past 20 years. he has worked as a consultant for the energy industry. Dick Dicke rson, secretary of Pride Houston, has been involved with the organization for four years. He began helping with parade production in 2002. He is the archivist at the University of Houston. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rob<>rto Caballero is an attorney with the law firm of Quan. Bunlette & Perez, J~C. :vlerlin Cavallin is an accountant with his own accounting and financial serv1c es firm. Jerry W. Simoneaux, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Ncchman, Simoneaux. and Frye, PLLC, in which he practices same-sex relationship planning and pro tection law. Carol Wyatt authors Social Notes. the weekly newsletter for the Houston !es· bian community and serves as coordina· tor for the bi-monthly professional women's happy hours at Meteor. She sells software for the call center industn: Ed Barnes, assistant treasurer for Pride Houston. is a retired assistant director for railroad labor relations. Jack Valinskl, executive director, was among the founders of Pride Houston. PRIDE COMMITIEE Lynn Sixkiller. Parade Chair Rebecca Mahaffey & Yvonne Feece, Magazine Co-Chairs Sandy Warman, Volunteer Co-Chair J im Halloran, Events Co-Chair Donna Junker, Events Co-Chair Todd Amdor & Matthew Stone. Festival Co-Chairs Troy Christen sen , Web Chair Dane Powell, Merchandise Chair Jack Richardson, Marketing Chair Ruth Ann Ethridge, Outreach Chair Conrad Mones, Public Relations Chair .Jason Ayala, Office Chair JUNE 24, 2005 13 ~arr1ott. HOUSTON WESTCHASE We'll both have the steak and lobster, as well as the guestroom. We've reserved a romantic table for two, and a deluxe room for two with our exclusive new ESCAPE DINING PACKAGE. You'll enjoy a succulent steak and lob­ster dinner in our restaurant that includes a salad, entree, non-alco­holic beverage and gratuity, fol­lowed by a warm inviting room for the night and breakfast the next morning. IT'S THE MARRIOTI WAY• From $99*/night Houstor M '.'l'!Otl Wl'Stchase 2900 Bnarpark Dr Houston, TX n042 p 713 9711 7400 To make a rescn-allon, call I 800-MARRIOTI or \1511 Marriott_com/houwm l'romollonal Code FSt ..... not tnduded. \ubj«'t to avNilabi~ ~~nights only Any ~ntrte on ~ M.lbslrtuted for ttw ste.aUob51:..- 02DOS M•n.ott &nt«rwtioNI. In<.. 14 JUNE 24, 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Houston Pride Parade gets broadcast nationally mong the 2005 Houston Pride Parade entries this year are two entities that are participating in the parade for the first time, The Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV, Channel 11. Another first, Q-TV will broadcast the parade live for its program, "On Q Live." QTN cameras will be broadcasting the Parade from the sidelines from 8:30-11 p.m. as part of the network's two-day cov­erage of Pride festivals and parades around the country. QTN is currently available in the Boston, New York City and San Francisco markets. More infor· mation is available at www.qtelevision.com/mainlpridemonth/. The parade gets underway at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at Woodhead and Westheimer and rolls dovm Westheimer to Whitney. All three of this year's emcees have announced the Pride Parade previous]); but never all together. Announcing from the Grand Stand at Westheimer and Yoakum v.111 be local drag diva Kofi; Ernie Manouse, host of "InnerVIEWS~ and "The After Party" on KUHT, Channel 8; and Maria Todd of 104 KRBE's Morning Show Drag diva Kofi will be among the announcers for the 2005 Houston Pride Parade. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) 000 Pride Houston Opening Bam!r 001 Girls on Wims 003 Grand Marshal Float 004 Bayou City 8'¥ Club -Honorary Grand Marshal -Organization 005 BOO L.qrt/SWer f.agle Distributors 006 Special Celebity Guest hl! Esteban Estrada Presented by Twisted Mister 007 Houston Mayor Bill White 008 City Controller Anl1lse Par1<er 009 us Cor1,Jresswolna Sheila Jackson Lee 010 Texas Representative Garnett Coleman Oil Texas Representative Hubert Vo 012 Texas Representative Alma Allen 013 Houston City Courrilmember Ml Edwards 014 Houston City Courrilmember Gordon Quan 015 Houston City Courrilmember Ronald Green 016 Houston City Councilmember Adrian Garcia 017 Judge S!Mn Kirldaixl & Judge John Paul Bamiclc 018 Houston Fre Department/Comity Outmrl 020 Houston Porice Department 021 Rich's Houston 022 Krewe of OlyttμJs-Texas Ioc 023 Houston Gay & Lesbian Parents 024 Montrose Counsef1119 Center 025 MCC/HATC.H. 026 Americans Urvted for Separation of COOrch & State 027 Parent's Reconciling Networ1< 028 Houston Pride Bard 029 AssistHers 030 Pride EMS 031 ComnU1ity Gospel Cllll'Ch 032 here' Networi<s 033 Asians & Friends Houston 034 Judge David M. Patronella 035 The Colt 45's 036 Montrose Clinic 037 Spoiled ll<7fz {Beyond Entertainment) 038 Montrose Softb.111 League 039 PFlAG Houston 040 CMSmart Mag.lzine 041 HEB 042 Hanis County Democratic Party 043 Q Television Network 044 Integrity/Houston 045 ClruJces 046 Bering Memonal United Methodist Church 047 Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI) 048 Neartown Super Neighborhood Association {ABC Events) 049 Hams County Libertarian Party - 050 Houston Chrorncle 051 Bering Omega Community Services spon­SOl't'd by StartxJd<s 052 CoYenant COOrth 053 Plamed Parenthood of Houston & Southeast Texas 054 A Common Bond of Texas 055 Texas Gay Rodeo Association-Houston {TG.RA) 056 GlBT f>ag.1n Pride 057 Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 058 KHOU-TV Chamel ll 059 Hallcmeen ~ 060 Human Rights Campaign 061 Unrtanan Universalist Chuithes of Houston 062 Ryan White Planning Council Office Support 063 Theatre l.lrm the Stars (TUTS) 064 ACLU Houston Chapter 065 Houston Department of Health and Human Services 066 Maranatha Fellowship Hoose of Glory 067 The Greater Houston GIBT Chamber of Commerce 068 Bumies on the Bayou 069 ~rooff 070 The Strangerettes of the Turtle Creek Chorale on Charles Annstrong Investments 072 Sue l.cM:ll for City Council 073 Groove Gir1z Pro<iJctions 074 Houston GLBT Community Center 075 Dignity/Hooston 076 Clear Channel Con1mumcations (KHMX Mix 965) on Houston Area Bears (HAB) 078 Club Inergy (Do Re M1) 079 Houston Transgender Unity Committee 080 Grace Lutheran Chruch/Lutherans Concerned - Houston 081 Garden Party 082 The Empire of the R<1fcl] SMreign & Impenal Court of the Single Star 083 Houston Womens Festival 084 Chipotle Mexican Gnll 085 Guava Lamp 086 104KRBE 087 More Light Presbyterians & TAMFS 088 Miss Camp America Foondation 089 Soothem Country Houston 090 Planet Ford 091 Continental Airlines 092 Wells Fargo Bank 093 ACTS Mechanical 094 LOAF (Lesbians Over~ Fifty) 095 M. D ArKleM1 GIBT Employee Network 096 Montrose Veterinary Clinic rm Houston Comets 098 AIDS Foundation Houston fm United Cab Company 100 Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church {UCC) 101 First Congregational Chuith of Houston 102 Shell Oil • SeaShell 103 KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica Radio Houston 104 StatScript PharrM:y 105 Ja!j Aiyer for City Council 106 Soka Gakkai International 107 Peter Brown for City Council 108 BP Emflk¥-'e Group 109 Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas HO AIDS Housing Coalition Houston (AHCH) DBA Nsomma Furniture & Gifts ill Center for ainical Sbxfies 112 Resurrecbon Metropolitan Community Church ll3 All Star News & Video ll4 Gamma Mu Phi 115 Houston Energy Football ll6 Montrose Diner ll7 E.J.'s (Palmer Moninger Entertainment) llB MegalOl ll9 Super{:uts 120 Texas Queer Collegiate Alliance 121 Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 122 Houston Humane Society 123 Smooth Jazz 95.7 The Wcrve 124 l\Jehrs..Since 1851 125 U. Blenders {Yogurt Technologies) 126 JPMorgan Chase PRIDE 127 Hollywood Investments 128 H Texas I29 Pride Houston HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com Videos I All Ratings Lubes I Condoms Toys Galore Sexy Clothing Pride Gifts Leather Gear Ourc yours! J_UNE 24, 2005 _J_S Harnesses Hosiery Shoes eros1207.com 713·~16..inu open daily 10 am till midnight on weekdays & 3 am on Fri/Sat 1207 Spencer Hwy S Ho 1-45 to College go west 2 miles@Spencer Hwy & Allen Genoa • The view's bener at the top. 6aT. lesb an 81 ud lmsgender Pride Saturday, June 25, 2005 ~nde Jest1val 2 00 PM- Until Parade At Yoakum & Westheimer SlO At the Gate Discount fickets at PrideHouston.org Sophie 8 Hawkins Pansy Division Jade [steban [strada .............. An "[nergy Dance Tent." Community Marketplace. Children's Activities. Beer Garden & Two Stages of live f ntertainment Pnde Parade­e: 45 PM lower Westheimer lar
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