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Title Houston Voice, No. 857, March 28, 1997
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  • Michelak, J. C.
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Date March 28, 1997
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript One Community! One Voice!© IVIARC:::H 2BTH 1 997 • ISSUE 857 2,000 Ascend Capitol Steps To Support Hate Crimes Bill entrepreneur number one re~)t,:;.iE~BM Montrose page 17. Bunnies on the Bayou throw their annual party. See story page 19 Gays and lesbians from all over rexas ascended on t c st s of lhe sLate Capttol to per suade the state legislature to p e penduig Hate Cnme legi latmn Helmed by t~e Le b1an Gay Rights Lobby ot Texas (LGRL), the March drew md1 v1duals and groups to Austtn t< the importance of the anti-cnme 101· ua• nd lo~by See MARCH page 14 David Rousseve/REALITY - Dance With A Voice Gay Native Son Returns to Houston Rich Arensch1eldt Interesting things come from this sludge. filled, mosqu1to-ndden bayou - tremen­dous music, bnlltant opera and mtngumg, sometimes unusual art. These offenngs are definable, easily categorized and usually fair· ly obvious to most of us. Nauve Houstonian choreographer/ wnter/ director/ dancer/ actor David Rousscvc fits nowhere wtthm these catcgones, and cvt"rywherc at the same time. Society for the pcrfonning Arts, as part of its "New Now' sencs presents an evening of •multt-med1a dance theater' Saturday. Apnl S. 1997 at 8:00 p.m 1n Wortham Center's Cullen Theatrr David Rousscvc and his company revel m brealtmg bamers and surpnsmg audiences. Seven years after graduating trom Pnnceton, magna mm lauik no less, Roussevc formed bis company, REALITY. This company IS ethnically and art1sncally diverse, explonng and dance and movement that ranges from classical ballet 10 hip bop. "Pan of my com­pany's agenda 15 to aeate a dialogue with as many commumues and audierces as poss•· blc, both on stage and off by usmg Afnean Amcncan culture to speak on universal ISSUes t>f the bean," explams Rou~ REALITY presents 1ts an directly from the center of our emouonal exJStence While conscious of the black expenenee, tblS com­pany should not ~ construed as one wnh a Davrd Rousseve sp<e1fic message, hke the two other predom­ma1ely black dance comparues m Amenca, but rather, one that expresses the entire range of human top1c.s. Part of the C\'ClUllgs' program will mdude a work that a topic that we, as a group, are acutely aware The performance piece W1uspm of Angtls chronicles the expenrnces of a young man dymg of AIDS Rousscvc uses this to explore not JUS1 a single topic, but as an e..,ot1onal spnngboard for other, more complex issues "As 1llummated through thlS mam charaaer and his memo­nes from birth to the last moments of bts hfe, the piece deals \\1lh lhc pam of unre­quttcd love (as It relates to son and father), the overwhelming search for compassion (as It relates to a person dy111jl alone), and the See DANCE page 19 Milam House Responds by Vlktona Gotting Executive Director AIDS H=ng llmmon, Inc Milam House E~tually m the hfe of most non profit agnoes, some unfornccn circumstance presents a challenge to the adm1nistra11on and stra10s even the strongest ties 11 has to its supponers Such was the case recently at Milam House. Although thlS challenge was met head on, and the asSOCtated problems resolved tn shon order, u was evident from the outset that such news would receive pub· lie anennon G ~ the unavoidable exposure, we were sausfied that the Houston Voice covered the event from an unbiased perspective. It 15 absolutely contrary to the goals and purpos­es of Mtlam House for a person ma posinon of respons1bil11y to make 1nappropnate advances toward any resident. Moreover, 1t IS the admm1strat1Ve policy that tf such a sit· ua11on should occur, Mtlam House will not require the resident to explam his reaction to such behaVJor. The reponed and venfied behavior will simply be regarded as unac­ceptable, and the pe1'5on 1ruuatmg such con­tacts will be required to sever all ties wtth the agency. Such was the immediate outcome m thtS mstance. We would hke to express our gratitude to the Houston Voice for its suppon of Milam House over the years, and for the contmumg contnbut1ons you have made to AIDS ser­vice pr0vtders large and small Finally, Mtlam House would like to express us thanks to our collaborato1'5 and numerous friends whose land expressions and words of encouragement leave thts agency with the 1mpress1on that our community IS truly one that believes we are all m this together. Despite the dtsappomtments mvolved, we are msp1red to a renewed sense of pnde and continued commitment to scrvmg those who are homeless and hvmg with HIV/AIDS. Voice Reader Expresses Dismav by Rick McMahan Alvtn, TX I am wntmg to express my dtSdam over the cover story m last week's tsSUC of the Houston Voice One of the more recent things that was evident about the Voice was that ti was, seenungly at lease, crying 10 anam higher goals of professionalism and responsible 1oumahsm The article regard­mg the reccnl troubles at Milam House IS nothtng more than old fashioned "yellow Journalism" - somethtng used purely to sell the 'lcwspaper, wluch IS ml<restmg coOSJder­ang the fact that the newspaper IS a "freebie" It was anything but responsible Journalism. As a mailer of fact, I am wondenng why The V01ce chose to pnnt ti tn the first place The whole scenano IS based on allegallons brought by one tndmdual agamst another. I don't know who to feel the saddest toward - the accuser or the pason accused The accuser obviously has some real need to have anenuon showered upon him at all umes • a carefully edited tf not scnpted response to all quest10ns. And the one accttSCd was obVJously m a state of disbelief that thtS was even happerung as every vocal pause and repeal or words was included As I read II I was rermnded of the poor man m Atlanta that was accused of seumg the bomb near OlymP1C Park - an mnocent person tned and convicted m the press. If even the casual observer cannot read between the liMS tn thtS article, then there ts somethtng very wrong. Never mmd that the story was tembly biased, u simply did not belong 1n The Voice and !, for one, am very d1sappo1nted m the ed1tonal staff and man­agement of the newspaper for allow1ng ti to go 10 press. You might as well have your newspaper displayed along wtth The Globe and The Nauonal Enquirer because this type of 1ournal1Sm ranks that low. (1be Houston Voice did not edit any of the convenauon between the pnne1ples m an effort to ensure that the article remam unbiased and matntam a mod1cnm of accu­racy · Ed) H In Defense of Mr. Jonte by Robert Fisher Regarding your recent cover srory on the alleged controversy at M lam House, l have known George Jonte for over two years and have never known htm to behave 10 this manner. George IS a kmd and considerate man who ts far loo mtelltgcnt to allow him­self 10 get mvolved m somerhmg like this. It 1s obVJous to me thal rhe young man's story IS so full of mcons1s1ene1es and his respons­es to this so called "harassment .. so bizarre, chat ti seems 1rrespons1ble for the Voice 10 have published ti. Thts land of JOurnaltsm seems more 10 character with a weekly tabloid than with an otherwise respectable paper George was a volunteer who cared deeply for Mtlam House and he deserves bener than this. local Media Remiss in Covering Hate Crimes March by Roy McCarthy Please allow me a moment 10 express my anger wilh the local mainstream media as well as with the Houston Chronicle. This past weekend there were ralltes, marches and yesterday (3-24-97) a "lobbying day" m Austm to pressure our leg1slato1'5 to pass a hate cnmes bill. Thousands were 1n attendance as well as ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN TV news teams; yet neither our local TV news stations nor "The Chronicle" had any coverage whatsoever of this tmponanl event It is my firm conVJct1on that there is no more honorable, 1us1, nghteous or patn­ouc cause that to actively work 10 stop the hate and not only get an "antt·hatc" cnme bill passed but to put an end to d1scnmma- 110n agamst Gays and Lesbians m the work place. I contacted KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KR!V and K.NWS and they all 1old me !hey didn't know about the rally nor about the sched­uled lobbymg. l had contacted all these news rooms by 8 am Monday mommg. l expected some son of a "catch up" news story about rhe "lobbymg day" at the 5pm and 6pm news broadcasts - nothuig at all - not even the IOpm news They knew because l told them and yet the toral news black OUI l am angry · very angry • aboul this black­out of such and honorable cause. I've can· celed my subscnpuon 10 the Houston Chronicle l want to call upon our leade1'5 to call the local media into account and not allow the media to say that we didn't have a large enough tum out. Thts wuc 1s not about numbers, its abour nght and wrong Gay Bashmg IS JUSt as wrong as racial or rehgious bashmg. An Acknowledgement of Don Gill's Eflons byJames P Vokou~ Vice President, Public Affem Colt 45 s, I~ On behalf of the officers. members and cbents of the Colt 45 s, Inc , I would hkc 10 publicly and gracefully acknowledge Mr. Don Gill for his outstandmg efforts 1n pro­ductng N 1ght tn Black Leather." This was a wonderfully cntenamtng evening of hot leather, humor camp and fun held at the Vcnture-N on March lst Under Mr. Gill's dtrcctton and supervision, a number of dif­ferent pcrforme1'5, emcees and sponsors helped to make thlS event entertatntng and memorable ThlS year "Night 1n Black Leather" raised nearly $6,000 00 for the Colt 45's. Past recipients of Night m Black Leather have been Soiree Aubergine and the Lady V1ctona Lust PWA Holiday Fund (soon to be known as the PWA Holiday Chariues.) Over the past three yea1'5, Mr. Gil'. and his production team have conslSlently devoted themselves to raismg money 10 help people with AIDS and HIV. The Coll 45's offer a See LETTERS page 4 HOUSTON VOIC E P A G E 2 In This Issue leners to the Editor pages 2 & 4 Regional News pages 4, 5 & 9 National News pages 11, 12 & 15 Ans & Entenainment pages 15, 17, 18 & 19 Columnists Plain Speaking - page 8 Righteous Indignation . page 9 Life with AIDS - page 16 Health page 21 Spons page 23 Horoscope page 24 Church Calendar page 25 Service Directorv pages 26 & 27 Scene and Heard page 29 communitv Calendar page 28 Classifieds pages 30 & 31 Out in Houston page 33 Personals page 35 IVIARCH I HOUSTON VOl~E One Community! One Voice!. ISSUE ass IVIARCH 21 ST. 1 997 Estab..shed 1974 as the Montrose Star, •eestabhslled 1980 as the Hou<ton Montrose 5tar Changed name to The Houston VOJCe '" 1991 ,torpo<atm;: the New Orle;r Crestert City Star, Reestablislled as the Hou<lon Vou:e by Thomas Nelson 'n 1993 811 Westheuner, Suite 105 Houston, Te.as 77006 (713) 529 8490 (800) 729 8490 fa<. (713) 529%31 Ema~: HouVOICeOaolcom Contents copynght 1997 Off~• 'iours: 9 00am·5:30om weel<days Plblish<r Crad Duren EOl!or LC. Mlchel1k Ed~onal Deoartmenl Chris llunQIJlst Entertainment Editor lee DIVIS Sports Edrtor carelJn llllerts Society Edrtor Admnstrat1on l11111eW Pennington . Executive Asst. llbl TIUPS Adm1mstrative Asst. Wnters lllch areaschlellll. D1V1• ll1nc1, I.II DIVls. l.lrry Ungle, can 11rr1n n, leslle ll1111$1r. D1Vld llclllnlstll. C1re1Yn Reberts. Chrtstepher llundaulst. Stepllln Schmidt. htrtcl1 •en w1rren CartOOllsl fJrtSllnn PhotographtrS Stnea DIVll. Dlvld CHU Pro<ll:bon V1ct11 Perea •111 CrelDllVI Unllmlld' Form1tfr."~t~ VllVen Design creup Advertisong Sales Department lit DIVls. lehn Te!IDI independent Advertrsmg Sales Repres~nwtrves lenJamla lnd,.DllZ. Stephen schmta. Cla<sdoeds and Personals lthATIUPS NatJonal Advel'tlSllll: Representat,.. l1Ventlell l1rtettn1. P.I. 111511. 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Should non·nucleoside RTls be used in conjunction with a protease inhibitor ? With many prescriptions to keep track of, how can I remember to refill them every time? Is being on a "drug cocktail" better for me ? Will my insurance cover my new medication? Is it safe to store my medications together ? How can I best schedule my medications to take them as prescribed ? Is there any way to relieve the nausea my medication gives me ? Who can help me submit my insurance paperwork so I can get my medication costs reimbursed ? When I feel better, can I stop taking my medication ? Which over· the-counter medications are safe to toke with my prescriptions ? I've heard that herbal therapies can interact with certain medi· cations - are the ones I'm taking safe ? How do the new protease inhibitors work compared to other ontiretrovirals ? Can there be any question len in your mind about the importance of choosing a specialized pharmacy for your HIV care? 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" House of Coleman Fine Printing & Graphics 901 WEST ALABAMA • HOUSTOH, TX 77006-4693 713 523,2521 • FAX 713.524.2643 Bracswoo~ AtriMm Elegant • Mid-Rise Living ll>-FITNESS FA CI LI IT ll>-C OVERED P ARKING ll>-fREE CABLE ll>-C ONCIERGE SERVICE ll>-CO iTROLLED ACCESS B UILDING AND GATES ll>-8 ,000 SQ. fT A ITRIUMIBIG SCREEN TV ll>-A CCESS TO H WY. 59 AND B ELTWAY 8 771-356-5 _ 8800 S. Braeswood Fax 771-9269 HUU S TC>N v o • CE P A G E L E TTERS/ trom page 2 huge 45 gun salute to Don G11l, and to all those who helped to make "Night m Black Lealher" such a huge succe.s. Rest assured that the Colts will use these moneys wisely on behalf of all those who suffer w11h HIV and AIDS Therefore, on behalf of the chents of the Colt 45 's, we thank him pro­fusely and warmly A Big Thanks to the Krewe Of Olympus by James Gnfflth, C.P. Executive Director Srtve1i"sHo= Steven's House, an 10tcrmcd1atc care fac1l· 1ty for perronsl hv1vng with HIV I AIDS, wants to publicly espress our aaprcc1auon and gratitude to the Krewe Of Olympus for choosing us as one of thetr benefioanes. M by Lee Davis Fund Raisers Galore! Closet Ball King & Queen Cora & Baby Sinclair went the unusual route of raising money las1 weekend It seems !hat every time $10 was raised, Cora, perched on a sad· die on slage, had to down a sho1 of Cuervo• Shouldn't you leave thal to professionals hke Cuervolyn, Cora7 After raising $500 and falling off the saddle (or 1s that wagon) a few umes, King Cora was escorted to her chan· ot .. we call It Un11ed Cab ... but whatever. Great Jobi Over $1300 was ralSCd last Saturday at EJs for Ernie & Ralph Patrons were 1reatcd to vast quantities of food & beverage as 1hcy lls1ened to Chns Carter wail the lunes' If Val Rodda of Gentry has one more 21st birthday, I think I must be ehgible for Social Secunty' Last Sunddy, Val celebrated the I 0th Anmvenary of his 21st birthday as a fund raiser for AVES Over $ IOOO was raised while customers listened to their favonte latm music N1k1u Nokkers one--woman show featur­ing Bunny O'Hare, Hill Sansom and EJ1th head last Sunday al BnarPatch netted over $1800 for 1he S1one Soup Kitchen Martini City, as many call 11, the BnarPatch has always been known for their fabulous shows• Celebrate bV candlelight 1997 marks Bering Community Service Founda110n's tenlh year of service to the community. Founded in 1987, thetr Support Network, Care Center, and Dental Chmc only se.....,d a handful of people Your com· mnment to Benng has Sttn a few grow to serving over 4 .000 md1v1Juals. To commemorate their anniversary. they are planning a candle hght procession on Thursday, Apnl JO beginning at 7pm. The entire community 1s invited. including their clien1s, volunleers, gran1ors, and supporters Part1c1pan1s will galher along Harold S1reet between Dunlavy and Mull>erry and will n Hill and carpenter Debated Same-Sex Marriage Longtime gay CIVIi nghts actmst Ray Hill and Log Cabin Republican Stale President Dale Carpenter debated the ments, or lack thereof. concerning same-sex mamage last weekend at an event sponsored by the Bar ASSOC1at1on of Human Rights of Greater Houston (BAHR) Ray Hill and Dale Carpenter. Hill argued that same-sex mamage was no1 conducive to the besl interests of lhe community Hill con1ended that passage of Last Sunday at the Appreciation Party, we received a check for $7 ,200 that will go to finish a few projects left undone dunng ren­ovation of our new fac1hty, and for lhe care of lhe residents Steven's House offers its serV1ces free of charge, thus allowing the res· idents to return to independent hving with· out debt For thos<o who attended the Olympus Ball XXV!I, I know I speak for Omega House as well as S1even's House, !hank you for your generosity. The floor collect1on was 1he biggest ever. For hose of you who did not altend the Ball this year, you missed an incredible evening; a formal, elegant, g1gan· tic Mardi Gras Parade indoors An extra added a11rae110n has been 1he opportunity to get to know Krewe members. They are a group of dedicated, talented, lov­ing people, and can they throw a party' Steven's House salutes 1he KREWE and th,e,i r d,e,d ica,u, on ,t,o th,e, c om,,m un,i,t y ,, proceed to the Benng Memonal Un11ed Melhodist Church parking lot where festival tents will be set up for people to gather New Chances Deitv Last Friday, Mr, Miss & Ms. Chances EmentuS proudly passed 1hetr titles on 10 the new reign. Af\er a holly contested race, lhe results came through' Mr. Chances IS "The lighter side• of Miss Chances. GlOvanni Lamond. Miss Chanct"s 1s Renee Monroe and Ms. C:ham.:es 1s l·rank1c Ferran10. Congratulauons to all of lhe par­ticipants and besl of luck 10 lhc new title· holders. See you at 1he parade! Bavou Reuana On Saturday, Apnl 5. 1he 271h Annual Buffalo Bayou Regan• fea1unng 14.5 Canoe & Kayak Race goes afloal al 11 am •Land· lover.>" are invited to bnng the family to the event with hve music, food, paddle boating, sculling & canoeing demons1rat1ons The Any1hmg Thal Floats Parade 1s Houston's only on-water parade and features plenly of surpnses and lots of laughs Anyone can enlcr !heir bayou.worthy float, and a small reg1slrat1on fee applies Cash prices are granted for crcat1v1ty and the con­test 1s open to anything from decorated canoes and floating bathiubs to on-water kinetic sculpture. For info call 654 8900 11 a same-sex union bill would open up a Pandora's box of ills for our community lie ated the common law provision in Texas !hat would be applicable lo gay couples 1f their unions were recognized by the state. Carpenter intoned lhat thrrr wcrt: ovrr a thousand benefits available 10 heterostxual mamed couples !hat gays and lesbians are not pnvy too. While he md1ca1cd that he1. erosexual marriagrs are not perfect, he believes that gays and lesbians should have the opportuni1y to engage in <ame-scx mar. nages 1f !hey so desire Following 1he debale, Carpenler and Hill answered ques11ons from the group concern­ing the matter For more information abou1 BAHR, call the Law Offices of Moore and Hunt State Paper investigates Gav Murders According 10 1he Gay and Le$b1an Alliance Against Defamauon, lhe Awtm Chromdt recently fea1ured two important articles about a recent spate of killings of gay men m Texas. Wntten by Amy Smnh, See REGIONAL page 5 9 7 ji REGIONALltrom page 4 the first an1cle begms wllh the murder of Ernest Saldafa, a mentally disabled gay man whose killers targeted his home and repeat­edly shouted anti-gay epithets dunng the attack "The homophobic narure of the murder was never addressed during the trials, but his family decided 10 speak out m defense of their gay son and brother," Smith says Working with the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby (LGRL) of Texas, the Saldafa's have sought out the inclusion of sexual orienta­tion m hate crime legislation. "Smee the bill failed to wm the needed votes two years ago, seven other gay men have been murdered across Texas," Smith noted "All told, 22 gay men have been mur­dered across the state smcc 1988 What makes the murders of gay men difficult to generate sympathy and outrage m the het­erosexual world 1s an age·old blame·the·viC· llm mentality. Many of the men were killed by strangers they met at a bar, an adult video store or while cruising parks of other areas where gay men converge/' Smith wrote. The ~econd art1clc, by the same author, profiled Bruce Becker, a 36-year old govern­ment employee. Becker picked up his a~sat1ant in a cruising area. "Livmg in fear of one's sexual orientation bcmg discovered can be a scary thmg in a society that docs lit­tle 10 accept homosexuals. While pick-up encounters exist m both straight and gay worlds, the covertness of sex with strangers can figure more prominently mto a gay man's mab1hty to fully accept hts sexual on· entauon." explained Smtth Black caucus lauds Chief Bradford Houston Pohce Chief C. 0. Bradford received the .. Outstanding Texan" award from the Texas Lcg1slat1ve Black Caucus Educahon and Research Committee last weekend m Ausun The group nominates ouutandmg c itizens annually m categories ranging from the ans to pubhc safety 10 community service. "I hope that young people m Houston will understand that this award means that rcwa.rds come with petformancc," srud Chief Bradford. "If you work towards your goals, you will be recognized for your accomplish­ments dunng your career" Chicf Bradford was nommated m the pubhc safety category by Senator Rodney Elhs "It's an award that I will always chcr· 1Sh and appreciate It will be d1Splaycd prommently on my desk," enthused Bradford. Author Dan Baker Slated to Address Gav Chamber Noted author/speaker Dan Baker will be the keynote speaker at next month's meeting of The Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. His most recent bestseller, published by Harper Colhns, IS Cracking the Corpor~te Clom Baker has a stellar record as a gay activists chat began while he attended graduate school at the Universlly of Hawan m the early 70's. Through the years he orgamzed Honolulu's first Gay Pnde Parade, was elected treasurer of ACT /UP New York and serves as Deputy Director of Gay Games IV. Baker will address the current slatc of domestic partners benefits and non-d1scnm~ mat1on policies bemg debated m corporate circles Currently Ed11or-In-Ch1ef of Q11tJt1m1, a nrwsletter promoting the mar· kctab1hty of targctmg gay and le>b1an con· sumrrs The group will hold their monthly meet· mg at The Wyndham Warwick, 5701 Mam Street. There will be a social hour from 6 p.m. 10 7 pm. prior to Dinner. Seatmg 1s hm11cJ anJ an RSVP IS required For more mformauon, call (713) 523-7576. log Cabin Successfully lobbies For Hate Crimes Bill The Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, the GOP group that suppons equality for gays and lesbians, lobbied hard on Monday for lcg1sla1ion enhancing penalties for hate cnmes According to the group, •hey have confirmed the suppon of at least three GOP state senators, enough to P""' the legislallon if Democrallc senators vote for It as well. The lcgislallon 1s pending m the state house and senate and must have Republican suppon to become law. The GOP has a majority of scats m the state senate. "The hate crimes bill cannot pass without Republican suppon and we're the only gay c1v1l rights group in Texas pos111oned to lobby the maJonty pany on this issue," said Log Cabm state president Dale Carpenter. "The Republicans who have come on board to support this important anu<rimc mea. sure have shown tremendous outrage and pnnciple m the face of pressure from the religious right," added Carpenter The group VISlted the offices of every Republican state senator and representative in the state's ma1or urban areas carhcr this week. Accordmg to Carpenter, the group received pledges of suppon for the hate cnmes bill from San Antonio senator Jeff Wentworth and Houston senator's Mike Galloway and Jerry Paterson. The group indicated m a statement that they will con· tmue their lobbymg efTons and they hopeful of attammg suppon from at least one Dallas and Austin senator to back the measure as well. Carpenter also stated that the group was impressed with the warm reception they received from the Governor's office. Gentrv Hosts Easter Parade of Starz Gentry's will be hoSllng this years Easter Parade of Starz benefiting A YES. The event presented by The Pnde Gala 1997 will bnng to the stage some of Houston's foremost nightclub entenainers for the purpose of chanty Slated to appear at the event Black Velvet!, Tom Conners, Dyan Michels, Anna Harris, Stacy Grummcr, Jim Halbert, Emperor X, Lindsey Love, Lon Love, Xavier Luna, Monique Johnson, Naomi Warwick, Nevada, Nina Renee, Bryon Nonon, Pam Lee Love, Armand Posas, Gerry Quinones, Gloria Silva, Tina Alexander, Shawna St John, Shawna Robens, Shelby St John and The Texas Cowgirls The event takes place Sunday, March 30, 1997 at 9 p.m .. 11 p.m Gentry's is located at 2303 Richmond Avenue. For more mfor­mat1on, call (713) 520-186L Forest Park Lawndale Offers Easter Sunrise Service Forest Park Lawndale will contmue therr trad111on of an Easter Sunnse Service. ThlS years ceremony begins at 7 a.m. The service will be conducted on the lawn by the Lake of the Woods Chapel and will include tradi­tional Easter music mtcrwovcn with scnp­turc readmgs by pastors of Life Tabernacle In the event of 1nclcment weather, the J'Cr· vice will be held m the main chapel of the funeral home. At the conclusion of the service, an arrangement of Easter hhes will be placed at the AIDS Memonal Book Terrace. The ter­race was built afier <everal bunal plots for indigent AIDS victims were donated to the cemetery Names of AIDS victims can be msc:nbed m the granite books and proceeds arc donated to AIDS-related chant1es. Seating 1s hmued and worshipers arc encouraged 10 bnng lawn chairs For more informat1on, call Forest Park Lawndale at (713) 921-6668 Bering Church Hosts 49th Annual Spring Festival Benng Memorial United Methodist Church will be holding the 49th annual Spring FL-stlval on Saturday, April 12 The traditional church ''pancake breakfast" has grown over the years to include hve enter· tainment, door prizes, a silent auction garage sale and a health fair ' Participants at this years festival will have a chance 10 wm a tnp to Sydney, Australia. a Canbbean cruise for rwo and two round­tnp tickets from Houston to anywhere in the continental United States. Benng Church provides us mm1Stnes and See REGIONAL page 9 l+•E;l'._l•lii~·lll1!lff~•*·ii··~·~1*•t~'-•E*~-•:S•J"'!~. ..5..• .~ l·l!IJ~....,.P rilf Affordable Mid-Rise Living .. Galleria Area .. Fitness Facility .. Locked Building .. Covered Parking .. Access Gates .. Free Cable .. Glass Elevators .. 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'713·529·7266 We're got to he out hY Easter Sunday! All uardeoods (Pet supplies & Food) will be sold: 65% Discount + 5% Discount lor cash 10 am· 6 pm Monday lhm saturday • 1·4 pm Sunday --=···--·•§ ....... P A G E by Larry L111gle The Significance ol Responsible Mentoring Wtthout Judging the veracity of the charges, last week's Houston Voice story on an official with one of the resident homes canng for those w11h AIDS IS symptomatic of soctety in general and gay society in par­ticular_ What the particular official IS alleged to have done - aggrcsS1vely sought sex from a chent of the agency to which he was respon­sible - 1s simply sexual harassment. Neither umque 1n a gay context nor uncommon m the general work place, sexual harassment can be far more subtle but no less ins1d1ous. Just as sir.1ght males for so long assumed that female colleagues ~re open targets for thtir attentions and amusement. there has often been a s1m1lar assumption that tn an openly gay work environment male employ­ees were m open season As an owner of gay business I have always maintained a pohcy 1hat managemenl should not mix sex wtth business. This 1s not to say that I believe employees cannol be treated with respect as well as affection My age and my attitude toward ''commumty" and .. famtly" on occasion places me m a posttmn as a mentor One of those ub1quttous pubhc service commercials on tclrv1s1on urges viewers to volunteer as mentor to children as a means to save the next gcncrauon from the mLS~ takes of the prcVlous ones. In effect, thlS IS what certain gay orgamzauons attempt to achieve. HATCH, locally, has been worlung 1oward th!S goal for years. Th!S recent incident of alleged mtSCon duct underlies the ongoing problem with any such program involving either the young or the defenseless. In the case of gay teen-agers, a closet pedaph1le secs an oppor tumty and exploits the innocent. Those with authority ovrr others 1mmcd1ately c-n1oy an unfair and unequal opportunity for hann. Whtie such problems arc nol unique 10 lhe gay c.penencc, they arc he1ghlened by our community's overemphasis on "~x· and the perccpuon of sexual activity. My bus1· ness, a gay bookstore, camcs gay Video tapes containing a vanety of act1vtt1cs. All this means is that I feel an obhgauon to offer my customers matenal m which they are inter· cstcd It should not, and docs not, reflect my interests other than as a business. While I am not acquainted with many bar owners. one, whom t have known for a num· ber of years, has three of the more success­ful establishments 1n Houston. And l have always observed that he is the consummate businessman and runs hlS bars with the same professional altitude as any other suc­cessful person - straight or gay Frankly, as in any competitive field, lhe gay buSI· nessperson who neglects the essenuals wtll l•kely not last very long. Unfortunately, another charactenst1c of our commumty is that success brce~ envy. If a gay person appears to be successful, those with less good fortune often attempt to bridge the gap wrth rumors. I was recently infonned lhal my !ale partner, Bill White, and l actually s~ained our business by being "the biggest dealers in crystal in Houston". Putting aside the simple trulh that anyone who knows me, o r knew Bill, would pul such a he to rest. The rcahty that, hke other business owners, I constantly sweat mecung payroll, paying suppliers and gauging the market. In more that twenty·threc years of the business, we nearly went under more than once and survived Chapter 11 bank­ruptcy JUSt a few short years ago When we attack or spread rumors about a gay business, or a gay person, or a gay orga­nization we unravel the fabnc of our com­munity. This is not to say that we should not expose error where u exists. Hopefully. last week's Voice anide will alcn anyone who would abuse their authonty !hat pubhc ccn· sure awaits. At the same ume, we must not destroy or discourage those who would work to advance our communtty. We should, with certainty, encourage those organizations such as HATCH who particularly mentor to young gays and lesbians. In fact, I would urge some broader based program w1thm our community s1m1lar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters in which older members of our community, prop('rly screenedJ arc placed on a one-on-one basts as mentors. Without planning as such, I recently found myself acting in such a way with someone I had known pn:v1ously and I found myself in a position to be of some help I can recall fairly recently when a prominent lesbian couple took mto their home a young man who had a troubled past and he is now not only a contnbutmg mem­ber of our community but has taken a lead· ershtp role in more than one organ1zat1cn Given the different genders m thJt case 1t was accepted for whal 11 was In my current situation m which I have taken mto my home someone to whom I am attempting tu be of some help, I recognize thr all 10 preva­lent tendency to assume my motives are Sa· ual. That 1s a nsk I can assumt" and a canard which deserves no response. Our community has the resouri:es both in wealth and talent to mentor 10 all those trou­bled by coming ou1 or AIDS or JUSt general misfortune. It is certainly w11hin our ab1hty to institute such a mentonng program, and the rewards arc boundless I can speak per· sonally of the immense sausfacuon I feel with each step forward by the young man who happened to enter my hfc at a crucial ume. He is, in a very real sense, like the son Bill and I mtght have wanted. T T T T T T T T T A.IDS llom1in~ Houston. lne./!UiJmn House wbhes to expre::;s its deep gratitudf' to Forest Park-Lawndalt> Funeral Home and CPnwtary for their generous donation of services in a time of great need. Met Rx 20 Pk. T.L. Ripped Fuel 120 cp. T.L. Creatine Fuel 60 cp. Designer Protein 21 bs. S.P. Theredrene 60 cp. Phosphagen 325 gm. Phosphagen H.P. 42 sar. PHosphaegn 2 20 sar. 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The statemenl reads, "I pledge 1ha1 I will no1 seek to serve more than six years m any one city office and will support 1enn hm11at1on as approved by Hous1on vo1ers " Now the Chronicle is reporung that not only has lhe mayor changed his mmd but that some of the leg1s­la11on may have been drafted by his suppon­ers at his home. What has changed in the last four years? The Fnends of "Bob"are claiming lhat the mayor needs more time to finish the rcv1tal- 1za11on of downtown, lhe neighborhoods and last but not least, the downtown base­ball stadium. State represen1a11ve Ron Wilson told the media that he believed the mayor would have been "more reluctant to sign the pledge in 1993" 1f he would have known what the slate of 1he c11y would be in today. Wilson filed 1he bill 10 help the mayor win another lerm 10 complete whal he started: the rebuilding of sacred downtown. Bnngmg 1he problems of 1he city to the stale to solve is so unnecessary. If the Fnends of "Bob" want to overturn to term hmlls law 1han 1hey can collect the 20,000 signatures to put the issue on a special refer­endum elecuon this summer. Mayor Bob 1s of course against this idea. Last week the mayor made Matements blasting the possibil­ity of a SJ>(Cial etecuon A small voter turnout would have a negauvc result on the issue, he ~heves. The poht c1an~ over in Austin an. not too 1hnlled wilh the JOb of playing daddy to the spoiled children in Houston, Governor George W Bush opposes the bills of Coleman and Wilson. Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock has suggested that Houslon set­tle !heir own problems Stale Senator Florence Shapiro stated that the people at the cap11al were 100 busy to unker wuh 1he issue. Sena1or Jon Lindsey is sharing his problems with the Wilson bill with all that ask. If 1he Fnends of "Bob" believe thal only Bob Lanier will be able to oversee lhe rebuilding of sacred downtown 1hrough to the end, why don't they start a movement to elect him kmg? I am confiden1 1hat King Bob and Queen Elyse would rule until the final bnck was in place in sacred downtown. So who is running for mayor? Fonner pohce chief Lee P. Brown IS back m town Sylvester "the h1tle boy from Acres Homes" Turner has recently come upon a war chest of money to finance a credible campaign. Rob Mosbacher, Jr., has recen1ly moved into River Oaks to hopefully mecl the suc-month residency rcqu1rcmcnt to run Helen Huey 1S makmg some mquuics_ Gracie Saenz is test· mg the wa1ers. Ray Hill has some business community suppon. The longer this issue drags on 1he worse 1he mayor 1s gomg to look. The very idea of ano1her tenn of Mayor Bob is not what the vocal c111zens of Hous1on want. The radio airwaves arc blasting him every morning aboul every1hing from 1he speed humps to the "sweetheart" real estate deals some fnends of the mayor may have received. The $600,000 band umfonns for Calvin Murphy's group was the end of the hne for a good many Houston voters_ The annexation of Kingwood was my personal waterloo w1thh1m I am personally loolong forward to a new mayor and a new city council I have grown weary of the current grand10~ rebuilding "pie m the sky" idea~ of the current admm· istratton. When was the last lime you went to see a baseball game anyway? REGIONAL REGIONAUtrompage4 <ervices to PWA's from programs including 1he Benng Care Cenler and the Bering Dental clinic. For more: information, call Bering at (713) 526-10I7 Undiscovered Talent Contest Comes to Houston KKRW-FM The Arrow. Castle Rock Entenamment and Landmark Theaters will sponsor an undiscovered talent contest on Fnday. April 4th pnor to the 9:30 p.m. showing of Chns1opher Guest's Waiting For Guffinan al Landmark's Greenway Theater Contestants wtll perform their uundtSCOV· cred" talent (aka 'The Gong Show)' in front of a LIYE audience in under two minutes Judging will be done by audience response at the show The contesl is hmned to the first I 5 people who reg1s1er via phone at (7 13) 850-0217. All contestants who register will be given Free Passes for the film. The 1alent will compel< for vanous pnzes ranging from CD's to T-sh1ns to the film's Director's Chair Montgomerv and Stritch Re-Unite at Pavilion Hous1on1an Sharon Mon1gomery and leg­endary muS1c1an Billy Slntch will re-unll< on s1age al The Cynthia Woods Mnchell Pav1hon Apnl 12 and April 13. This event will mark only 1he second ume ever that the Pav1hon will transform us main stage into a cabaret setting reminiscent of such popular New York mghtspo1s as the Algonquin Hotel, Cafe Carlyle and 1he Rainbow Room. En111led Cabarel Evening, lhe concen will fealure 1he celebrated muS1c1ans, two thirds ol Hou<ton's former Mon1gomery, Plant and S1n1ch tno Montgomery was the pnn­cipal vocalist and S1ntch was lhe male Billy Stntch p1anist/vocahst of lhe popular 80's group. Their nightclub, concen and fesuvaI appear­ances took them throughout lhe US and Europe, culmmatmg with their appearance with Mel Torme at 1he JVC Jazz Fes1ival a1 Carnegie Hall. In rela1ed news, Mon1gomery, a nauve Texan is currenlly worlong on a half-hour 1elevis1on show featunng Houston entenain­menl and producing a new album. Most recently, Stnlch wrole arrangements for Liza Mmnelh and served as musical supervisor Sharon Montgomery for "Liza Live from Radio Cuy Music Hall" and assooate produced Mmnelh 's "Gently" album For more infonna1ion, call 363-3300 T T T T T T T T T HOU S TON v o 1 cE P A G E a VILVEN DESIGN GROUP The Epicenter of Graphic Art & Copywriting National Award Winning Design Group !Vt A R C H 1 4 T H 1 9 0 7 March 28, 1997 From Stephen Haddock 1997 Commissioner, Montrose Softball League On behalf of the Montrose Softball League, I'd like to welcome you to the Lone Star Classic Softball Tournament. The Lone Star Classic Committee has worked many hours to insure your enjoyment this Easter weekend and it is our hope that you leave Houston with a smile. Our league begins its eighteenth year with the Lone Star Classic. We have accomplished many goals during this time and sometimes we forget how we got here. Obviously we survived because of dedicated members who stepped forward each year to move the league ahead. But one group of supporters, our Team Sponsors, are the Most Valuable Players in our league. Without their annual financial support we would not have lasted the past sev­enteen years. We thank them and acknowledge their support. The 1997 Team Sponsors are- This year we dedicate our season to Steven's House, an intermediate care facility for p·er­sons living with AIDS. Funds generated during the tournament and through out our sea­son, will assist us when we make our annual community service contribution. Once again, welcome to the Lone Star Classic Tournament. Sample the many venues of our community, our city, and the great State of Texas. cli~~~~ Comm1ss1oner, Montrose Softball League PO Box 541954 • Houston • 77254-1954 H 0 U S T ' 0 N V 0 I C E P A GE 10 T 2BTH 1997 • l . ' Liberace Competition This May, the Liberace Museum will cele­brate Liberace's 78th birthday with a senes of special events including the first-ever ofli· c1al Liberace Impersonator Compet111on and the presentation of. a giant piano-shaped birthday cake to museum guests Contestants vying for the tttle of The World's Greatest Liberace Impersonator 1997 are invited to use the piano their pre­sentations and/or sing one of Mr Showmanship's well-known songs. Those who would aspire to the title, but lack the requisite musical tram1ng, may offer their best rend111on of one of Liberace's trade­mark hes, such as the classic "Remember that bank I cned all the way to? I bought 1t!" For entry fonns, please contact Renee Harshmann at 702.798.5595 Ext. 20, or wnte to Liberace Contest, c/o The Liberace Museum, 1775 E. Trop1cana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119-6529 Applications must be received (mailed or faxed) no later than May 9th. Good luck brother George! Ellen House Panies! The Human Rights Campaign has created "Ellen' house party kits to make 11 easy and fun for people to share the h1Stonc coming out episode on Apnl 30. "The 'Ellen' com­ing out episode provides a rare opportumty to raise the v1s1b1hty and awareness of lcs· b1an and gay people and the important work of the Human Rights Campaign," HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch said, asking members to throw the parties .. Special'' advcrtiscmtnts were to run throughout the coming out episode, but according to Ms. Birch "29 markets across the country were to run our ads" m a con· vcrsation with The Houston Voice. but local affiliate Channel I J's Dave Ward announced on the nows recently that they will not run the ads. To host an "Ellen" house party and receive a kit, call llRC at 202.628 4160 or v1s11 HC's onltne action center at http://wwwhrc.org/events/ellen. Watching the Right Wing People For 'Inc Amcncan Way recently d1Stnbuted the St"cond IS$Ue of Right \\iing Watch Onhnc, an electronic newsletter that will be published periodically to better infonn the public about how, and what, Religious Right groups communicate to their members. Smee lhc fll'$t issue was dis­tnbuted earlier this month, more than 1,100 subscrib<·rs have stgned up to receive the nc:wsletter onl1ne Online will be d1s1nbuted every few weeks. and will detail the m...ages of such groups as the Chnstlan Coahtton, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, the Amencan Family Association and others. To subscnbe, v1s11 http:/ /wwwpfaworg/rww or send email to MAISERr.1 PFAWORG with no subJect and the following text in the body: SUB RWW AIDS Action Lauds Clinton AIDS Acuon, the nation's foremost AIDS advocacy organization, recently applauded President Clinton's creation of a much-need· ed, b1part1San Advisory Comm1ss1on on Consumer Protection and Quality 1n the Health Carr Industry AIDS Act1on Executive Director Dan.el Zingale said he is hopeful that the advisory comm1ss1on1 which counts among its mem· bcrs longtime AIDS advocate Nan D. Hunter, will address the effects of a rapidly changing health care system on consumers, including people lmng with HIV I AIDS. In coalitwn with consumer and provider organizations nattonw1de, AIDS Action is calltng on the advisory comm1ss1on to rec. ommcnd uniform nauonal standards to pro­tect all consumers, whether they be covered undrr Medicare, med1cauJ, or employer ben­efit plans. Falwell savs "Stoor Dr. Jerry Falwell speaking to I, I 00 dele­gates of the Now Yorkers for Constotuttonal Freedom recently urged members to implore advertisers to immediately halt advertising on the Walt Disney-owned ABC television senes "Ellen," due to the sencs' scheduled broadcast on Apnl 30 where Ellen announces her lesbianism "Walt Disney must be turning over in hu grave," said Falwell, "Enough is enough. We, as parents and grandparents, must insure that senes advertisers understand that the maJOnty of Amencans do not want thc1r children and grandchildren being told that 'gay ts OK' from television executives and producers with an antl·famlly agenda_" Briefs The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) announced the release of the tenth-anniversary cd111on of 1ts well­rcspected and widely d1s1nbuted "AIDS/HIV Treatment Directory" (Volume vm, No. 3). This directory was the first HOUSTON Voice comprehensive source of informal1on on treatment opuons for people hvmg with HIV I AIDS and the1r phys1oans Look to your AIDS service organization for a copy ... The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (G LAA DJ 1s pleased 10 announce that intcrnauonal Spanish talk show host and Journalist Cnsttna Saralegui will receive the Vanguard Award, one of the orgamzat1on's highest honors, at the 8th Annual GLAAD Media Awards m New York on May 31st. The 18th Annual Gay & Lesbian Parents Coaht1on International (GLPCI) conference will be held on July 24- 27 at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia. There will be workshops and guest speakers, activities for children, family act1V1t1es • all tlus for only $350. For info wnte 10 GLPCI, PO Box 50360 in Washington DC 20091 or call 202.583.8029 Houston Voice Advertising WORKS! Act UP Marks 10th Anniversarv With Noisv Protest, Arrests by Mllchael Blood NEW YORK (AP) The act1V1st group ACT UP, which once attracted thousands of people to its Now York Coty rallies to publloze the phght of AIDS vtct1ms, held a much smaller protest on us 10th anmvcr· sary. About 250 people marched on Monday, accusing drug manufacturers of cha.rgmg too much for AIDS-fighting treatments While some banged drums or blow whistles, others chanted, "We doc _ tbty make monty.• The noisy protest was htld in the heart of the city's financial district. Police said the~ See PROTEST page 12 . NATIONAL NE\/\/S ABC Turns Down Homosexual Rights Group's Ad by DavKI Bauder NEW YORK (AP)· A gay nghts group that wanted to place an anti..d1scnmination televi­sion ad dunng the .. Ellen" episode where the lead character reveals her homosexuahty has been turned down by ABC. Despite the network rc.JCC!Ion, the Human Rights campaign said a maionty of local ABC affiliates It asked then agreed to run the com­mcraal The commcraal depicts co-worltcrs express· mg surpruc that a former colleague has been fired from a Job because she IS a lesbian. It 1s dcsign<d to build support for passage of a f<d· era! law banrungjob d1scnnuna11on due to sex· uaJ onentauon. ABCs rcj<caon is 1romc gr""n Its hopes that the Apnl 30 "Ellen" episode. which will fea· turc Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern and k.d. Jang. IS a big ratings grabber, said David Smith, spokes= for lhe campaign. .. They hav< dct<rmmed 1ha1 an acrual depiction of a fact of hf< for gay p<ople m lh1s country falls under lhe iudginent of contro""r­sial advertts1ng," he said " We strongly dis­agree with that Judginent on their part. We behcve they have made an error." ABCs dccISion is somewhat mitigated by its courage m p<rmutmg the "Ellen" story hne and strong pro-gay corporate pohc1es, he said The network has a blanket pohcy against issue-oncnted ads and thIS commercial fell mto that category, said Janice Gretemeyer, ABC spokcswol'?Wl. Topics of this narure arc better discussed m news programs; she said. Smith's group went the more expensive route of trying to co11V1nce local affihates to run the ad_ Traditionally on a pnmc-tlme show, time 1s set aside for ads bought 1hrough the network and through lhe local affiliates The Human Rights Campaign found that 59 of lhe 74 stations 1t asked agreed to run the ad. Sc= affiliates rumed It down and the rest did­n't give an answer. Smith said. Ads were purchased 1n 29 marltets, mclud- Advertisements do not include all the infonnatlon about a pmcnptlon med· lcabon. Only yoor physician Is qualified to decide tt a presaiptlon medication Is for you, -~-. .T llAUG- C_UN.IC,Al. 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ABC has been pushing anti· drug messages through public service announccmen~ news specials and story Imes m some entenamment programs "Public service spots arc completely differ­ent from ads," she said, 18'l9&Wl2/97J 1 2 PROTEST/rrom page 11 were 72 arrests, mostly for blocking traffic. ACT UP, whose first protest took place on Wall Street 1n 1987, has a history of headhne-grabb10g exploits. In 1989, 4,500 members of ACT UP and other groups ringed St Patrick's Cathedral. Inside, as Cardinal John O'Connor celebrated Mass, some protesters chained them­selves to pews, shouted and lay 10 the aisles. Two years later, protesters broke into the studios of 'The CBS Even10g News," one person leaped 10 front of Dan Rather at the start of the newscast But fewer people have been partic1· paling, a fact people inside and out· side the group blame on everyth10g from the deaths of group leaders to ACT UP's own success. "There's been 10 years of AIDS activism and a lot of what ACT UP has been fighting for has been accom· plished," said Stephen LeBlanc of the group's San Francisco chapter Chicago OK's Benefits CHICAGO (AP) ·The City Council voted Wednesday to give health 1nsuranco bcnefils to the same·sex domestic partners of city work­ers. while protesters sang hymns and said the poliuaans were condoning homoscxua11ty ··We've allowed Sodomnes to rule too much of our government today, and we say ars enough, and from this day ll>rward you're gomg to see the hand of God." the Rev I hram Crawford of Israel Methodist Community Church said outside the crowded council chambe". " Bigotry and intolerance are always vile, but they are esp<cially vde when they masquerade as religion and virtue: said gay act1v1st Rich Garcia. The ordinance, whICh haJ the backing of Democraoc Mayor RIChard M llalcy, passed 32 I 8 after the counc11 tabled a substitute ord1 nance that would have extended rhe same bm· efits to unmarried hetrmsc.xual partners Supporte" on the councl called the ord1· nancc a matter of fairness. But Alderman Bnan Dougherty said It was bad pubhc policy. 'Thts is spccial interest poht1cs for a scg· ment of SOCJety to make thrm feel good and let government lcginm1ze their rclat1onsh1p, but It doesn't advance the pubhc good," Doughcny said. Los Angeles, New York, San FranCISCo, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver have.• s1m1lar ordinances, as does the western Chicago sub· urb of Oak Park, according to Lorahe Van Sluys of Hewitt Associates, a Lincolnshire company that consults on and administcn; employee benefit and compensation programs About 75 govrmment agencies and about 425 other employers have extended insurance ben­efits to domestic partne" of employees, she said. Chicago has about 40,000 employees and city officials exp<ct 300 to 400 people to sign up for lhe benefits, cost1ng about SS00,000 a year, said city Budget Director Diane A1gott1 The substitute ordinance would have cost about $3 m1lbon, her office estimated. Comparues havr found part1cipat1on rates of I p<rccnt or less when offenng such benefits only to gay employees, Ms Van Sluys said The figure IS low largely because many ehgible pco· pie already have coverage through thm own employe", she said. The llhnoIS Senate on Tuesday passed a measure requmng communu1cs that extend employee benefits to same.sex domestic part· ncrs to give the same benefits to heterosexual couples who meet the same cntena Sponsonng Sen Waher Dudcyz, R-Ch1cago, says that's only fair, but crmcs say the btll was intended to make Chicago's ordinance so cost· ly that lhe city would not adopt 11 The bill IS awanmg action m the House, which IS controlled by Democratic Spraker Michael Madigan of Chicago, a Daley ally. 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S T ·O R Y that he beli.eved the March was and impor­tant event, however. he indicated that the March will have a greater impact on individ­uals who participated m a march for the first ume compared to those who have been involved m other marches "Typically marches like that do less to contnbute to the reason that we're havmg 1t," said Lewis. "We had the March to get the Hate Cnmes bill passed. The impact on that is less than it is on the individual that part1c- 1patcd_ I've never panicipatcd m any event and suddenly I show up to the March on Washington or a Stonewall or a March on Ausun and there are several thousand pe<>­ple there, I get pumped up and when I get home, I become active. The ram1ficat1ons of a march are usually heavier on that end than actual persuasion of a legislature loolong out the window and seeing a couple of thou­sand people. That's true on a nauonal level as wen.· So, we inquired as to what would could have been done differently to increase the energy level? "I'm never one to criticize pub. llcly m wrinng or m speech about other orga­nizations. We all do the best we can and I don't believe m tt," said Lewis "If I had been domg 11, I would have said I thmk we should have this March for this reason," explained Lewis ''I would have called the political organizations of the four maior c111es and asked them to meet wuh me. I'd go to their aty and meet them one on one, get a collccuvc optmon and 1f they thmk 11 should happen as well, I would have formed a steering commntec made up of a representativ<: of each of those at1es And, I would have started eight months 1n advance - at least I would have advertised six months ahead of umc. I would have put the charge on the different organizations m the vanous a11ts to go back and rally the troops. That's how I would have done II. I don't know how they did II, I don't know their process Perhaps they did the best they could." Lewis contends that 1t 1s d1tficult to coor­dinate a March or maJOr rallying event with­out heavy participation. He believes 11 1s too much of a daunting task for one organiza­tion. "Agam, ( don't know how they did 1t," stressed Lewis. "When I do stuff like that, I operate m the least amount of a vacuum as I can. You can"t put on an event of that scale 1n a vacuum because people don't typically partiapate in something that's happening 1f there not mvolved m the process.• "The only time the politicians come and ask us for our opinion is when their asking for our vote. " According to Lewis, HG LPC Treasurer Kevm Davidson and PAC Co-Chair Clarence Bagby stayed in Austin and assist­ed him with the groups lobbying efforts LCWls was unable to provide our readers with an update of the groups lobbying efforts . "I've not had a chance to talk to them." "Personally I feel strongly for myself that my focus is so focused on the Caucus nght now that my thmkmg 1s that I want to be able m two years to let the poht1c1ans come and lobby us," enthused Lewis. "The only hme the poht1c1ans come and ask us for our opm1on 1s when their asking for our vote." We asked Lewis how the organization plans to lure the legislatures to lobby them. "When you've got a large membership and a strong voting block and a poht1aan 1s about to make a dcclsmn that tS going to affcf..'1 his constituents, they call who they thmk are gomg to give them the most support and I have no doubt on the local level there are people they call and say what do you thmk about this before they ever open there mouth.• Dunng the mtmm. wouldn't II be prudent to lobby' •rm not against lobbying but I wonder how many people that were lobbied did not know about the Hate Crimes bill. I thmk when a pobuctan says 'I represent my constituents and the maionty of people that I heard from were against ENDA, therefore 1 4 I voted against ENDA,' they know its not nght. Whether they thmk ENDA 1s good or bad, they know that people should be pro­tected against employment d1scnm1nauon,• said Lewis Lewis concurred that you could possibly persuade them to change their mmd provid­ed you give them proper perspective "That's true and that is the strongest purpose of lob­bymg They know nght from wrong and they want to do nght. but they JUSt don't know what points to argue." "I thmk m general 11 1s a good idea to have Marches to highlight the interest and sup­port m the community," stated LCR-T state President Dale Carpenter. Carpenter said that the March was disap­pomtmg on several fronts. First he cued that attendance was lower than It was two years ago by about a third Secondly, he pointed out that there were no R<opubhcan 1dent1fied speakers addressmg the audience at the end of the March "I think 1t is short cited for our movement m Texas to ignore the Republican Side of the isle because we must have Republican votes to pass any legislat1on m this state," said Carpenter. "The GOP controls the state sen­ate as wclJ as the Governors mansion. I think it is something a non-partisan organi­zation could and should have done. I don't know why, but the absence of a Republican idenhfied speaker was noteworthy and dis­appointing and 11 was very short sided of us to ignore the maiority political party m this state." Carpenter contends that the it is extreme· ly important for gays and lesbians to make inroads m the Republican party 1f we arc gomg to have any successes m Texas. •1t·s fortunate that we have Log Cabm to work on the GOP on these issues. Otherwise the other gay groups m the state would be virtu­ally ignored by the party• He behevts, as does Lewis, that there should have been more involvement from all organizations. ..We were not contacted to help plan the March. We wcr(' not contact­ed about possible speakers. We could have found speakers to speak. Everyone simply went to Austin willy nilly. We had success, but I thmk 11 could have been better. This 1s a growing and disturbing trend m gay civil nghts organizations in this state," said Carpenter. Carpenter md1cated that II is m the best interest of our commun11y to work together m harmony on both sides of the isle. He cued an incident that occurred at the begm­nmg of the March, when a member with the National Orgamzat1on of Women (NOW) verbally attacked the group, as a pnme example of community detnment. "Deborah Bell shouted to me and a fnend that we were Republican shmc while we were wattmg to begin the March," Carpenter mformed "And, all we were there to do 1s support the Hate Cnmes bill and to work within the party that has control over whether the Hate Crimes b1ll 1s even gomg to get to the floor in the house and the senate. I have not heard such epithets directed at me m a political arena since the Republican state convention when I and others with Log Cabm were called gay slime. We have got to learn to work together w1th understanding, patience and without name calling_" Carpenter stressed that despue any oppo­s111on, the group was going to work wnh all of the Republican state senators and repre· sentatlvcs and the Gov<:mor"s offit-c m an effort to convert more Republicans to the bill And, how would Carpenter hav< made the event less d1sappomtmg? "I thmk there should be more pubhcuy farther m advance of the March so that people can plan ahead and attend. And, there should be more cooperation so that our efforts can have the maximum affect I'm afraid that opportuni­ty has been missed this year" Interestingly, both Lewis and Carpenter seemed to share similar sentiments concern· mg their overviews of the March m March Both Carpenter and Lewis stressed the 1mponance of community mvolvrment and the s1gn1ficance of Hate Cnmes legislat1on They vehemently encouraged all of our community to address the issue with their elected offiaals Toward A More Perteet Union by Elizabeth Birch On this long journey that 1s our quest for equal nghts, no goal will be more symbolic, have a more tangible effect on our hves or be more difficult to achieve than secunng the nght lo marry. As a cultural inst1tut1on, marriage is so highly revered that it is assumed each of us will expencnce it. From the moment we arc born, we arc socialized 10 dream about the day we will wed, and to look forward to thal as one of life's pinna­cles Those of us who grew up !mowing we might be gay faced a conundrum: How were we 10 reconcile our expectations of mamage wi1h the fundamental desire for a panner of the same sex? Most of us resolved tlus dilemma by forgoing any dreams of legal mamage, or by crcalmg our own marriage· hke ceremonies and institutions. That s11uat1on may be about to change, which 1s really quite miraculous to those of us who nc-ver concc1ved of the possibility in our life11mes Given that lesbian and gay Americans have been fighling for equal rights for only about 30 years, the fact that we stand at the bnnk of winning equal mar­riage nghts in Hawau in 1997 1s breaihtaking to ponder. Our community started on this palh almosl by acc1den1--1hree gay couples, slrangers to each 01her, decided lo file what looked like a pie-in-the-sky lawsuit in 1991 Yet al each level, they won, thanks 10 hard work, 1h1ck skin, legal bnlhance and coordi­nation We all owe a great deal to the courage and ded1ca11on of Dan Foley, the attorney m Hawan who con:mues to cham. pton the case, co-counsel Evan Wolfson from Lambda Legal Defense and Educauon Fund, lhe leaders of 1he Mamage Proiect Hawa11 and many others m the wonderful Aloha State whose faith 1s an msp1ration. The Human R1gh1s Campaign 1s commll­lcd 10 the fighl for equal mamage nghts And, as a graduale of the University of Hawa11, f kcl a personal commllmenl nol only lo the issue bul 10 the magnificent state from which 11 emanales. Through at least five maJOr waves of 1mm1gra11on and other siruggles, Hawau has a nch his1ory of fair­ness and nond1scnmmat1on. HRC has pur­posely not engaged in the court case because n 1s m very able hands, and because huga­llon 1s nol pa.rt or HRC's mandate But now that the is.sue 1s moving beyond the courts and onlo poht1cal ground in Hawaii, the valu< l!RC can add has come into focus We must treat the suuatton m Hawaii with the same mvcstment and commitment that we applied 10 defeaung lhe anti-gay ballot im11auvcs m Mame, Oregon and elsewhere. The slalls wc honed in those confron1ations will be directly applicable lo Hawau, which IS why wc arc poiscd to conduct cutnng-cdgc polhng m Hawa1i1 and to work one-on-one with those leaders in Hawaii who have brought us to the current crossroads HRC recently senl two stalfers-Nalional Field Director Donna Red Wmg and Senior Pohcy Advocate Nancy Buermeyer--to Hawau to meet with the activists on the front Imes The informauon 1hey brought home 1s sobcnng. The issue 1s movmg along several tracks The state Ug1slature ts work­tng furiously to pass a constttutional amend­menl, which could go 10 lhe people for a vote as early as November in 1998, a second possible avenue to alter the const1tuuonal convention will be convened m 19981 a sec­ond possible avenue to alter the consnrut1on­al prov1S1ons on which the remarkable coun case IS based. The laner approach would nol only provide an opportunity to change Hawaii's equal nghls amendment bul to alier other progress1Ve aspects of 1he slate's con­st1tut1on Assuming that the state Supreme Court agam affirms 1he right of same-sex couples to marry in Hawaii, our mission is to hold onto thal gain. To 1ha1 end, HRC IS plan­ning to conduct much deeper polling and research lo determine how 10 reach the hearts and minds of all Hawaii rcS1den1s. We know we are correct m our conv1ct1on !hat lesbian and gay Amencans deserve equal marriage nghls, bul how do we con­vince those who fear we arc threatening this sacred inslltutton? HRC conducted research two years ago to come up with methods to frame our mes­sages around gay mamage. We published a manual based on that polling, which has been used by acuvtsts across the country who arc wamng against anti-gay mamage bills in their state legislatures. And we never wavered in our efforts to defeat the hideous Defense of Mamage Act, knowing full well that It was a carefully cngmeercd clectton­year ploy. In 1he meanume, we have a long way 10 go to convince our helerosexual fellow c1t1- zens thal gay mamage is no rhreat to them, or to the underpinnings of society. Our research shows 1ha1 If we break mamage down into many of us baSlc components, moSl Amencans agree that we deserve the same nghts and respons1b1hues-wh1ch is a very positive sign. Wmmng equal marriage rights IS a crusade !hat sprang from the deep­est grass roots of our communuy. and from our shared desire to be full, responsible, val­ued c1t1zcns. Indeed, 1t ts our b1rthng.ht as Americans and we will, ulumately, claim It. Ehzabelh Barch 1s executive director of the Human R1gh1S Campaign, the largesi nauonal lesbian and gay pohllcal organiza­tion, based in Washmglon, DC. T T T T T T T T T MOVIE REVEIW , Timeless Film Classic Returns To The Big Screen by Chris Rundquist In honor of its 25th anniversary> Paramount PKtures 1s re-releasrng Th~ Godfatht< This cuning edge cnme-drama was fir.;l tdc3'ed in 1972, and launched •he film careers of Al Pacmo, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Kealon. Taha Shire and 01hers. II was also 1hc highest grossing movie m history, up to that ume, earning over $100 m1lhon in its in1t1al release, Tltt• Godfatl1t·r was based on 1he beSl selling novel of the s.1me name, written by Mano Puzo The book sold over I 0 ma I hon copies making 1t one of the most widely read nov· els tn history. Mano Puzo collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola to wntc the screen­play, earning 1hcm an Oscar for BeSl Screenplay Adap1a11on In all the film earned 10 Academy Award Nominations, and won three Best Picture and Besl Actor (Marlon Brando), as well as Best Screenplay. In 1990, 1he film was fur­ther honored by being selected by lhe Library of Congress to be included in the Nauonal Film Rcgis1ry The re-release d11Te1S from the ongmal only in the soundlrack, which has been d1g- 1tally remastered from us ongtnal monaural sound inlo Tl!X siereo Also, 1he ongmal negatives were remastered to retain the ong· inal visual feel of lhc film. 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It's true that these are extremely minor forms of depression, however, the kind of depres­sion I've been cxpencncing lately 1s much more severe and deeply rooted You know how you feel when the alarm clock first goes off in the early morrung and you reach over and hit the snooze bar for an extra fifteen minutes of sleep. It may sound s1mplisuc but I think tt IS an effective enough mc1aphor to relay what 11 feels hkc to be depressed and unable to pull yourself out of us grup. Unless you have personally cxpen­enced this kind of depression you'll never really understand It. All you want to do 1s "exist" and get through the day Doing even the most simple tasks become monumental problems My doctor at OnCol Medical Associates put me on Prozac to help battle my problems With depression. l111S IS a SOmC'What popular anu-dcpressant drug that has helped me a great deal. It rakes about two or three weeks before the drug actually staru to work in the body, but once 1t stans to work, look out! My tendency to be lazy, incffcct1vc, and uncom· murucat1vc, etc. quickly faded Coupled wuh my Ritalin therapy I found the desire to get up out of the bed m the mommg and find somcrlung to accomplish. Many people may thmg that hvmg with senous medical prob­lems hkc HIV and bemg on D1sab1hty is fun They do not know how wrong they arc Disab1bty 1s like a trap for almost evtry· body I know that is on 11. Sun:, the first though!$ mdude endless days of shoppmg. going to movies, plenty of ume 10 "'do lunch" with fncnds, etc. What those NOT on d1s­ab1h1y do not realize IS JUSt how quickly tlus rouune grlS very old. You can only shop so many days, you can only go to so many movies, and you can only lunch so often before you are m another kmd of trap And, for those who think that you can actually ''hve" on disability income from SOCJal Secunty ... think again . . a per>0n can exist on this income, but they cannot hve_ In my case, I have added financial sccunty of a partner who 1s well paid by hJS employer along with a family that 1s very supportive I cannot 1magme how difficult u must be to actually have to hvc on the $500-$800 a month that these government programs pay. There are those md1v1duals who have satd to me how Mnice"' It must be to ''hve" on d1s­ab11ity and not haw to get up in the mornings and go to work. They are so very wrong. In my case I lost my motivation, my will, and most of my pass10ns about hfc I found 1t was easier to sit m my chair and watch the daily talk shows than face the real world The real world to me was a very patnful proposu1on with all the medical procedures I had to endure on a seemingly never ending cycle. I do a lot of volunteer work and you'd th1nlc that would help • and 11 docs in a way • but there 1s something about being able to work tn your chosen profCss1on and making a success of youl'SC'lf that cannot be replaced by any government program Many people on Medical D1sab11ity would gladly give up their small monthly checks from the United States Government 1f they could be allowed to work tn some part time capacity and retain their Medicare benefits (we•d have to retain Medicare, no other 1nsur­oncc company would touch us with our med· 1cal records). If we were allowed to hold some kind of posmon of employment we could at least retain our sense of purpose and be productive in our daily hvcs Those of us wnh Advanced HIV concerns had to learn to accept having to die from our dJScase. Now, wuh new hoped and new advances in medical treatment, we are havmg to re-think and re-karn about oursel\les and actually thmk about our futures. Issues of this type will keep many therapists' ume clocks humming along for years to come. We had to learn to accept our dying· now we arc going to have to learn to accept the prospect of hvmg. The NEW BARN Home bar of Emperor Xlll, Jere/ McNeil 1 IB Giartt vance floor Now Open at Noon Daily 521-9533 Horseshoe Dancel" 19hts 523-7217 Sheila Lennon Every Wednesday ~ ~ at1.cL petb"<'WW of {1u,nces/ w~~C~So{tbaIL Teat111~ ~ L+'ll~ Lor\R/ Sti:u- C~thl1r-w~ 1100 Westheimer · Houston 1'111 A Ff C H COVER STORY local Realtor Catapults to New Heights Ray Alltson is not an over night sensation Indrcd. he has worked hard at obtammg hlS current success that 1s perceived by many m the community to have been ascertained over night. Ray Allison Realtors has been a staple m the industry for more than a decade. In the past year, however, the company has soared to new heights. So ll)uch so that the compa­ny 1s the largest Realtor m the area encom­passing zip code 77006. Recently, the Houston Voice contacted Mr. Allison to d1Scuss his meteoric rise m the compettttvc real estate market. Al11Son grew up m Beaumont, Texas. He moved to Houston and went to work for an Engmeenng firm, a JOb he desp1Sed After working part-time purchasing and selling property, he realized how much he enioyed the real estate business. He has been m the bus mess smce I 982 and got his license m the late 80's figunng if he could have success m the business as a hobby, he should be able to achieve success professionally as well. He went to work for Acker - Blum Three years ago, he formed his company and with hard work he has managed to become the Realtor with the most listings m the Montrose area. He credits his newfound success to the Vilven Design firm who re· designed his marketing package, as well as his dedication to his work. As a result, his com­pany now employs I 4 agents, and increased his phone Imes tenfold Indeed, business has increased three hundred pen:ent w1thm the past year "The real estate market IS very complicated now. There arc several aspects that all have to be taken into account at the same time.• advised Allison He counsrls hlS clients to establish how much money they want to spend per month and the location they want to live-in If the two do not mesh, he advises his clients to work on the location. Allison believes that an honest approach with clients heeds the best results The company encompasses sales, leasing, residential and commemal •About 70% of what this firm does 1S residenual, 30% IS com­mercial," said Allison. He contends leasing 1s not lucrative, yet he offers 11 to clients because he believes that potentially teasing clients could become customers. Allison stressed the importance of customer serv1ct:. Allison stated that hlS brand of service related real estate has earned him repeat cus­tomers •we have a very large Joyal follow­mg; enthused Alhson "I sell people a house, two years later they sell It and want me to help them find another one. Now. us bcgm· nmg to happen with all of my a~ents here." Allison IS 36 years old and hlS enthusiasm 1s contagious. He 1s a testament to the old adage of hard work and subsequent rewards One thmg IS certain, he 1s amb1t1ous, mtclh­gent and entrepreneurial. And, benevolent With those trails, u's highly probable that you have not heard the last of Ray Allison. T T T T T T T T BOOK REVEIW Sexpen Proffers Opinions on State ol the Union by Mary McGregor Dunne Susie Bright, the self proclaimed .. Sexpcrt", has just released another book about guess what? SEX. Her latest release 1s a Simon and Schuster effort none the less, called "The Sexual State of the Union''. Her past efforts Sexwise • Susie Bright's Sexual Reality, Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World and Nothing But the Girl The Blatant Lesbian Image - have all graced the shelves at the local gay book stores as well as more recently, the mainstream book stores. Since the demise of her very controversial lesbian pornography magazine, On Our Backs, the wnter/sexpert has had a lot of ume on her hands. In between her lectures at univcnittes, mim-scmrnars, speaking engagements. and ed1tmg short stones, she has found the lime to comptle this mishmash of essays and call u a book. The marketing department at Simon and Schuster has outdone themsrlves gathenng quotes for the dust cover from Erica Jong to Arm1Stead Maupin praising the contents of thlS book as the work of a "v1S1onary" and 11a leading thinker of our ttme". The cover also is marketing department's dream- a naked "Sexpert" wrapped m an American flag. The image will surely guarantee every monkey gland teenybopper will take a look or two at 1t and snicker Ms. Bnght gives her opinion on a vast vanety of subjects At the back of the book you will find a very detailed rwelve-page mdex cataloging each topical reference and the pertinent page num~rs. Not only will you find a noference for sex with 34 sub-ref· e~nce but also separate references for mtc-r­cour; e (6 sub-references). orgasms (19 sub­references). sadomasoch1Sm (3 sub-refer· enccs). sexual fantasies (I 0 sub-references), and pornography (27 sub-references). BaS1cally, 1f you want to know what Susie Bnght has to say about anything at all you can flip to the back of the book and locate the muluple page numbers for easy location of the topic of your choice. Ms. Bright does not limit her rather skewed opinions to the vanous topics of sex She also comments on poli11cs, religion. abortion, the Mormon Chun:h, raosm, the sixties, drugs, the Internet, the Catholic Church, AIDS, and children 1 did not find her musings totally d1Sagrrcable. I found that some of her observations were moder­ately amusing. However, I found her sense of morality to be pretty much debased and dis· gust mg. In the mtroduct1on, the author attempts to wrap up the colle~uon of random e£says that are to follow I can JUSI tmagme the Simon and Schuster eduor smmg with the chapter mies on 3' x s· cards and a story board try· mg to put all of this m some logical order Obviously, the editor has had some expen· ence with the everyday life journeys of sado­masochists and porn stars. ln thlS case, the eduor and author choose to play out the bad to worse sequence. Religion is the first v1C11m of Ms Bnght's obvious disdain . She states, " .. I do ft<'l supenor to deeply rehg1ous pcoplc ... that kmd of fauh genuinely seems backward to me, a sign of ignorance and fear" Her com­ments about God appear to be blasphemous The rat1onal1zmg of her obvious horren· dous hfc choices are all cataloged here m this book for the enure world to see. She rationalizes her abortion, her promiscuity, and her obsession wtth pornography and on and on ... She di~cusscs her daughter and how she 1s raising her in this environment. The more the child knows the better choices she will make, seem to be the guidance plan for her Jutle girl For the truly voyeunstlc, the author includes questions she has collected from college students that attend her lecture senes and campus tours. She also includes the averaged results of a sex survey. She wntcs that 29% of the men she surveyed are attractrd to both men and women and that 43% of the women are artracted to both According to Susie, the campus coeds arc much more open-minded these days. Susie Bnght's Sexual State of the Union IS 251 pages m length 1nclud1ng 2 pages of sources. a I 2-page mdex, 2 pages of Content, 9 pages of mtroduct1on and 226 pages of hght reading. The book retails for $23.00 US That price averages out to be around eleven cents per page. You 'Bette' the Voite Gets Exttusive Interviews! 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Paramount Pictures ts rc·rclcasing Tht God/at/in Th1S cutting edge cnme.Jrama was fir.a released in 1972, and launched the film careers of Al Pacmo, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Taha Shire and other.<. It was also the highest grossing movle m htStory, up 10 that time, earning over SI 00 million in tts m1t1al reltase The Godfather was based on the best selling novel of the same name, wnttcn by Mano Puzo. The book sold over 10 m1lhon copies making 11 one of the most widely read nov· els m history. Mano Puzo collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola to wnte the screen· play, earning them an Oscar for Best Screenplay Adaptation. In all the film earned 10 Academy Award Nomma11ons1 and won three· &st Picture and Best Actor (Marlon Brando), as well as Best Screenplay. In 1990, the film was fur· ther honored by bcmg selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the N a!Jonal Film Registry. The re-release differs from the ongmal only m the soundtrack, which has been dig· ually remastered from us ongmal monaural sound into TIJX stereo. Also, the onginal ncgauves were remastered to rctam the ong· mal VISUal feel of the film. However, by today's standards, the film has more of a grainy picture than we have become accu:r tomed to. Make no mistake, The Godfathrr was, and shll 1s, an excellent film that •hould not be missed. However, as mcc as 1t 1s to see the film on the big screen, the video version is iust as compelling and forceful Unless you arc a fi1m purist, don't rush out to the theater m fear that you wdl mlSS something new "YES, THERE IS UFE AFTER BREAST CANCER. AND THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT!' - Ann Jillian A lol of women 11re so afraid of breast cancer they don't w.mt to twar about 1t And that's what fn~htl'ns me. Because those women won't prac· tice breast St'lf·examination regularly. Those women. particularly those over 35, won·1 ask their doctor about a mammogram. Yet that's what's requir~'Cl for breast cancer to be detected eMly V. llen the cure rale 1s 90%. And when there'.~ a good chance 11 won't mvolve the loss of a breast. But no matter whal 1t mvolvcs. take it from someone who's been through it all. Life is iust too wondt'rful to ~1vc up on. And. as I found out, you don t have to give up on any of it. Not work, not play. not even romance Oh, there is one lhmg. though You do have to give up being afraid to take care of yourself. tI AMERICAN CANCER SOCIElY. Get a checkup Ule l' worth 11 1 e IVIAR C H 2 B T H 1 a o 7 ARTS & ENTERTAINIVIENT DANCE/rrom page 1 hope given by a familial history (whose ancestral voices guide him through the tran­sition from life to hfe renewed) Rousseves' view of the hereafter is expect­edly somewhat unusual, more reminiscent of a suburban barbecue than of harps and ethereal clouds. Much of the action and wording 1s earned by Rousseve alone and his powerful delivery bnngs childhood scenes to hfe. Anna Kisselgoff, dance cn11c for the Ntw York T1mtS calls REALITY "Shattenng dance theater, full of fearless phyS1callty with music exqu1suely integrated into the stage action this show packs an authenti­cally emo11onal whalop. " Simplicity helps to d1St1ll the message of REALITY to llS essence. Rousscve's scnpt that accompanies the movement (or does the mov<mcnt accompany the scnpt7) wlll not win any literary pnzes. but suffers no d1mmuuon from Its bl'C'v1ty. Rather than rely on design or effects for impact, Whispers of Angels depends on the direct heart to heart connecuon of creator and audience. Costumes (and the complete lack of them) and sets provide the audience with mere ref· erence points, leaving each of us to fill m our own specifics of time, place, and event In addition to Whispns creator/choreog­rapher and his seven dancer/performers will present the 1990 work Co/ortd Childrrn F1ym'' By. Even though this work 1s about Rousseve's grandmother, II 1s certainly oddly autobiographical - Rousseve laughingly recounts, ''I'm the only person I know that has become my own grandmother.,, Through her, Rousscvc conveys his own expenences growing up south of the Mason- Dixon hne. nus 1s not some pohte retelling of a kindly black sage, but a brutal true-life depiction of a difficult life dunng a difficult lime. Colored Childrrn F1ym' By examines sev­eral experiences of an elderly Creole woman, Thelma Arceneaux, and juxtaposes them with those of contemporary urban America. With musical accompaniment as clas.ically sublime as Saint-Saens' Tht Swan and as radical as 'Public Enemy,' Colored Children f7y111' By portrays both b<auty and brutality. David Rousseve and his company have received worldwide accJa1m for their acccss1- ble, yet innovauve approach to dance/the­ater. Audiences from Birmingham to Brazil have applauded hlS expenmental style, one that enables us to explore emouonal s1tua­uons, and confront aspects of our own REALITY elements we examine far too infrequently. For tickets to David Rousseve/REALITY are available by calhng 227-ARTS or 1-800- 227-ARTS Easter frQm The ~·---·--··•§ tw.M+EM P A G E Bunnies "Hopping" to Raise ThousandsforlocalCha~ues It's time once again to celebrate the inau­gural event of the spnng social season for Houston's Gay & Lesbian Community. Yes, if you're in the know and have consulted your dally planner, then get prepared for the annual Bunnies on the Bayou Party As always, the event is set for Easter Sunday, March 30 from 2:00 - 7 00 p.m. at Fish Plaza at Wortham Center, amidst the stunning skyline or downtown Houston. Tins year's theme, "She's 18, and she's no Dumb Bunny," celebrates commencement ceremonies for Penny Rabb1tte (our wicked, yet glamorous mascot). She's graduating and mvnes the community and her chantablr friends and relattves to her pany tn "hops• to raise numerous graduauon dollars for her designated chanues. Bunnies on the Bayou, Inc. is a qualified 50l(cX3J non-profit organizauon. The orga­nization encompasses a diverse group of members that spend countless hours prepar· ing and working towards the common goal of raising funds for chant1es that support the AIDS and Gay/Lesbian communities. Th< group has been fortunate to make D<W fnends. raise money and, all th< while, host a spectacular party. Th< annual Easter event onginated 18 years ago on West Clay m North Montrose as a small gathenng and quickly became a much sought-after invtta­tion. It has grown to ov<r 2,400 attendees ra1Sing over $20,000 last year alon<. This phenomenal growth 1s a result of the effort given by the members and their •HeavenJy Hosts" who hav< passed away, but who were an integral part of the growth of the event and will always be remembered 1 e 1\11 A A C H In 1997, the event promis<S to be th< greatest ever wnh expanded space at Wortham Cent<r's Fish Plaza and fabulous d<eorat1ons. Renowned Houston DJ, Jon Sims, '"'111 be playing bis East<r Sunday best and everyone IS encouraged to shak< their bunny tail. The scene, tn the heart of down­town at 500 Texas Avenue. is sure to b< the first opporturuty to showcase your fla,.1ess body. Penny encourages all of her guests to express thetr md1V1duality by sporong the most 1magmative and creative Easter bonnet m the spmt of her graduation Penny is requesting a mm1mum contribu­uon of $15 to attend this year's event Non. cash donauons will no lontZer be accepted for admutance It's important to remember that 100% of the contnbuuons go to Pmnys selected chanues. All of the expenses of the party are paid for by hosts, sponsors and vol­unte< rs A limited supply or commemoratwe T shirts will be available for purchase at the door. If you're unable to attend this years event and would W<< to contnbute to th< chant1es, you may send a check payable to Bunmrs on the Bayou, Inc at PO Box 66832, Houston, Texas 77266. Permy Rabbitt< and her fellow Bunnies are lookmg forward to hosting what will be the b<st graduauon party this ~ar ftlled with pl<nty of Big Baskets, Bulgmg Biceps, Beautiful Butts, Bountiful Bankrolls, Breathless B<auty, Bodac1ous Breasts and, of course, Bnchin' Bonnets Penny w!ll accept no excuses. 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Lynne K. Tiras, CMP Karen Schmitt Nicole Berrin Conference On XX.X contact hours or 1 1 C:Elf hours for social workcr5 have been requnsted frum The Graduate School of .Social Work. In lieu ot • registration lee we r~ that you malte • donalion to the Names Pr.>jec! Houston AIDS IN AMERICA The Ninth Annual Houston Confe rence on AIDS 111 America is devoted to highlighting community strategies that have bu n developed to provide effective, comprehensive and compassionate care for the AIDS patient. It ts our expectation that such an examtnation should en­hance, strengthen and nurture our community's will, not only to swvtve, but to actually conquer this terrible disease. NINTH ANNUAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD DINNER The t-;inth Annual Humanita rian Awa rd: ·ames Project Houston Place· Four Seasons Hotel (Ball room) Time. 7.00 pm. Date Friday, Apnl 18 Call to make resenations at (713) 965-0566 SPEAKERS KEYNOTE SPEAKER ~hRk WA"Bt:RG, M.0. ltt "'"• h veneral llosptt.11 Montreal, Ca.nilda Cur"'rnl Preslrl1•n1 International l SA AIDS Soc uiy Gary Brewton, M.D. OnC..01 Medltal Assa .ales, PA Houston. Texas Gordon Crofoot, M.D. OnC. I MNfial Auoc1ates. PA llouslon, Texas Martin Delaney Foundt!r Director Proiecl tn(o .S.m Jo' r.tnr:tsco. Lahfom•d .!\t s. Rebecca Denison WORl.O S.d1 f05e (.o11l forma Joseph Gathe, M.D. rhC'r.tpt>UllC Conr.elJl.S tunslon Tex~ Prakash Gill, M.D. Auoclato Professor Ot•1rarlmt!nl of Mi9d1c1ne-llt•R1dlologylOnr:ology. l nlvers11y of So11th11rn Cal1fornlit Los Angeles, Califom1a Hunter Hammill, M.D. Assoc1.tht Prorcasor iJ4'partmenl of 001GY'\I Chief. Mellon f lnfochous D1se.1ses U..y or College of Med1cme If uslon. Texas Donna Mildvan, M.D. Professor or ~fodidne. Beth !Jn.ti M•dtul C..enter 5.tn Dimas, Cahforma Alan Perelson, Ph.D. li»s Alamos Noltln~l Uboralory Los Alamos, Sew Mt"XICO Jorge Quesada, M.D. OnU>I Medical Assoclatrs, P A Houston, Tuas Te rry Robins, Ph.D. Director of Mofocular V rology Sp.._.c 1hy IAboralories Santd Mom0t, C1lifom1.1 Patricia Salvato, M.D. OnCol M"tflCdl J\JSO MICS, P A llouslon, Tex:a.s Paul Schmidt, Ph.D. f\lexsLu Ph;mnace11liCi4l1 New YOfl New Yorl. William T. Shearer, M.D., Ph.D. C".hlcl. Allf!'KY •nil Immunology S..rvlces Tinas ChiJdttns Uosp1L1l lfouslon. Texa5 , WELCOME FROM THE REVEREND GEORGE FOREMAN I Y.ould hkc 10 take this opponuntl) 10 e'lend to nil of the panic1· p.mls of 1hc :-\m1h Annual llou,ton Confrrence on AIDS m Amcnca a most "arm \\clcome ::nd m; cncour:igemcr.1.md suprc-rt :o all of tho,c Y.ho arc involved in the tight against this cptdemtc Our mo't 1mpo1- ta11t asset t' hope and together we wtll conquer ,\IDS. One of the most tmpon.mt acttv1tics we can engage in the fight .igamst AIDS is cduca­ttoo, .ind 1h1s confen!nce can b.: a good Stan!" God bless, The Reverend George Foreman The NAMES Pro1e<:t AIDS Memorial Quilt was founded in 1987. Today, 9 Y'"'"' later. the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. Almost 40,000 individual 3 x 6 foot ffi(!morial panels, eac;h panel commf'morating the hfu of ~Oml~ont! who has die.I from the compli<:ations related to AIDS, have been sewn togt!ther by friends, lovns and family members. The NAMES Projt~<.t foundation coordinates displays of portions of thn Quilt worldwidr.. Thr.re nm 41 NAMES Pro1ec:t Chapters worldwidn and 32 indupcndmtl Quilt initiative..-; from around th1! world. Since 1987, over 7 million poop In hnvu visited the Quilt in thousand~ of displays worldwide. Through such displays, thft NAMES Proje<:t foundation has rnisud significant amounts of monf?y, whic:h has ber.n donatud to AIDS scrvite organizations thmughout North Amcric:a. Nominated fora Nobel Pc,IC:u Priw in 1989. the Quilt has bccmm• ,1 c:ritu . .il symOol of tho hopo for .1 l>ettcr futuru without AIDS anrl the committmcnt not to £ufKel thosu who have died of the disf'<HO • In Houston, thr. NAMES Project Houston was founded in September 1988 .ind is a 501 (c)(:J) non profit organization who is responsible for the displavs of tho Quilt, a!I well us facilitating tho creation of n~w quilts to all of thost! whom want tu lunvt! .an enduring memory of u lovt:d ono th.it h•tS cl1cd of AIDS Tho NAMES Project of Houston is well deserving of tho honor of tho Ninlh Community Annu.11 H1.1mamlar· ian Aw11rd. On behalf bf the orgamzing committcn of thu Sinth Annual Houston Conference on AIDS in Amcraca, we extend our congratulations and our love Id all the members of this Orgamz.ation for having been them for lh" AIDS communlly of ftouston thoughout all lhCS(l' years. Congr.1tulat1ons for the well dcst•rvetl honor. PROGRAM . .. . , ·-.... FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 1997 7:0011 rt: Ke :1 ~t r.1hon 11HI C nlint•nlal On aH .1 8:00-8.30 Undnrslanchng; lht! Uynaruiu of HIV lnfoc::tiun Al~n Pert•lson, l'h.U 8 ;:10-9:15 Thellse:o(Anti·HIV Therapies Uonn1 M1ldvan, MD Q,t5·930 Bruk O 30-IO·OO The Prophylaxis nl Opportunlsllc lnfoctmns tn Patients wllb HIV lnfocllon. Joseph Gathe M U 10:00·10 30 HI\' lliseue In Cluldrcn Wilham Shearer, M.U lO·J0.11 :00 M.m.1geml'nl and Th:almenl of AIDS 1Wla11~1 "'-a1N1sl's Sare: nm a Pralash (;o)). M D 11:00·11 15 Drcak 11.15·1145 Twalrn1•ntoCSC"(ua?y Transmilll'Ci Oisorders. An llp:L11u Gordan r.roCoot, M 0 11'45·1.l10 p 111. Quc:sllons A Atuwrrs tz 0~2 00 Lunch 2 00 2 'JO C-.omplemenfary Thera· p1t"S 1tnd tho Mmage· ment of Pahenls with HI\' lnff..oehon Patnua ~lvalo M U 2 'JO 'l "lO HIV 01seiue ancl P11-gnanc:y lhmlcr l•:rnrnull M 0 3:00 J IS Drrak 7:00 p.m. Ninth Annual Humanitarian A\rnrd Dinner Honoring: Names Project Houston 3:15 '1 :45 HIV and l'r1~nancy· A ffoal L1 (1, ."itorv M.i. Rebecca Ut•nnison J 45 4 00 Druak 4 00 • :5 00 Keynnlo l.t•(:tu rn: Ovn· coming cl rug rt!Sislanrn in lhe lrnalmenl of HIV d1$t•aso M.irk Wainberg. M D ~.00 • 5:30 Questions A Answ~rs SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1997 7 'l().8.00a m Contrnrnral Drcakfast 8:00 8 ID New l'otenlla1 Approach1~ lo Urug D1scovcrv and lhc wrnmtm1·11t o( Knpo.si':o :-;arcoma P.tul Sdunull, Ph U ts:J0-9 15 lJndtirstandiog lhn lls" of ( ;onnlyping A~Silys tn lht1 ManilKCl111'111 of HIV Dist•aso T1~rrv Knb~ns, Ph l> 91$·030 DKEAK q 30· 10.00 M.magement and Treatmvnl or Non~ Hodgkms Lymphoma 111\'-Kelal•d large QuC5ada. M U 10 00·10.'JO Thr. Pallcnl·Phys lt 1.1n Relahonsh1p Gary IJrowton. M 11 t0.3tHO 45 Drc'1k 10 45·11 JO Pro1cct Inform l pdate 199fi 11 rn 1'"''0 Qt.Os t! JOS &: '. \\ 12 00 noon c:Josure or (.onfer1mc11 [ I'ho org.inizing comm1ttuo g1vus spcn.tl thanks to Sandy H1•ndrh ks,R N lot hvr past scrv1cos to tho confrmmr.c. Limited space for exhibit booths, can (713) 965-~?66 t. REGISTRATION INFORMATION CALL 222-13sa: ~- .. ~- -~ ·. _ ..... : ·A· HOUSTON VOIC E P "' A GE '2 2 fl by Lee Dal/ls New Hoops leaguel The Houston Force, a local basketball team, recently traveled to Chicago for the Hoops Classic. Having to play SllC games m two days, the Force only lost one game and defeated the top seed team, San Franctsco Fan Asylum, awarding them 2nd Place m the tourney. The next tournament 1s sched­uled m Boston 1n September. If you are mtercsted m JOmmg the Houston league, please contact Mike or Lyle at 880.4765. Dog oavs ol Summer The Montrose Monday Nigbt Men's League reports Final Standings for the Rolloffs arc m DIYlSJOn A We Go There, Beat the Meat Agam, 3 Dukes & A Duchess and Four Tops. Spank My Feet, Five Easy Pieces, Not So Easy Pickups and lntelhgcnl W1feforms lead D1v1S1on B. Don Burken bowled High Scratch Game of 251 and Senes of 660. Ruben Martinez bowled High Handicapped Senes Bowhng IS at Palace Lanes at 9pm on Monday. Summer League starts Apnl 28 Call Tom at 522.9612. The Inner Loop Sunday Evening League reports standings as Please Don't Eat the Daisy m I st, Sleeping with the Enema m 2nd and We Go There Too m 3rd. For the men Jody Dunivan! bowled High Scratch Game of 239 and Rodney Setlers Series of 674 Gene Gregg bowled High Handicapped Game and Senes. For the women, Pen Cam bowled High Scratch Game of 236 and Terry Shannon Sencs of 611 Marla Aizenshtat bowled High Handicapped Game and Michelle Flora Senes. For more mfo call Tom at 522.9612. Summer League starts Aprtl 20. Bowling IS at Palace Lanes at 7pm on Sunday. The Wednesday Nigbt Mixers reports Guller Bumper in I st with Gull er Trash in 2nd and Charley's Tuna< in 3rd For the men Tom O'dell bowled High Scratch Game of 235 and Senes of 625. Dan Foreman bowled High Handicapped Game and Roger Crowder Senes For the women, Terry Shannon bowled High Scratch Senes of 542 and Pat OeCarlo High Scratch Game of 214, plus Handicapped Game and Series Summer League starts on Apnl 23. Call Tom at 522.9612. Bowhng IS at Palace Lanes at 6:30pm on Wednesdays The Monday Night Women's League bowls at 6:30pm at AMF Southway on Mondays Balls R Out IS in I st with Marks­A- Lot m 2nd, TAZ Club m 3rd and Bitches m Bcau11ful Shirts m 4th For more info call Pat at 281437 6218 Summer League starts Apnl 28 Anyone interested in the Summer Leagues should phone 713.522.9612 and leave your name and address for an infor­mallonal flyer. Sottball Anvone? The Montrose Softball League (MSL) invites everyone out to the Lone Star Classic Softball Tournament that will be taking place thlS Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. All games will be played at Memorial Park Fields #2, 3, 4 and 5. Games begm both days at 9am and will last all day. Player registration wdl take place Fnday, March 28, at the Montrose Mmmg Company from 6-11 pm and a tournament k1ck-0ff party will take place Fnday night at Rich's beginning at 9pm unlll closing. A team awards and apprcctallon night will take place Saturday night at Heaven !Tom 7- 9pm Tournament entrants include teams from MSL as well as part1c1pants from Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Tampa MSL would lltke 10 extend a warm welcome 10 their out of town guests and encourage everyone m the community to come out to the games and cheer on your favorite team. Concessions wtll be available at each field. Hoop It Up At The 'T' Get fit at The Cossaboom Family YMCA at 7903 South Loop East, near Gulfgate Mall. The Adult Men's Basketball League begins on Apnl 3 Games will be played on Thursday evenings with a tournament at the end of the league. Also, they offer Adult Co-Ed Volleyball each and every Fnday ti evening !Tom 7-9pm. For info, stop by their front service desk or call them at 713 .643.4396. Free Fishing Trip The Rainbow Fishing Club plans their next outing on the 70-foot deluxe deep sea fishing boat on Sunday, June 22. The cost for the 12-hour tnp IS $60 with a $30 deposu due now. The club wtll also be gomg out m Tim, Jeff & Alex of the Fishing Club. Apnl on the New Buccaneer and m May on the Cavaher, both out of Galveston. For mfo and to get on the free ma1hng hst, call 713 523 6381 Evervbodv Skatel The Lambda Roller Skating Club host their Weekly Skate Night on Wednesday, Apnl 2 at Starhte Skating Rink, 8075 Cook Road (comer of Cook and Beechnut). Skate time IS 8-1 Opm wuh a nominal admission fee of $5 plus $1.50 1f you need skates. You may bnng your own skates or blades Everyone and all ages are welcome! For more mfo call 933.5818 or visu their webSJte at http://wwwneosoft.com/-lrsc. "HOG" Wild The Houston Outdoor Group mvues all to JOIO them for a w~kend of camping fun at Enchanted Rock State Park. Occumng April 25-27 thJS year, plan on gomg Fnday afternoon or evening for a great weekend. The Park is north of Fredericksburg about 1- 1 /2 hours west of Austin m the Hill Country. The park has huge granue out­croppm~ with great hlkmg, strtams, caves, wildflowers and spectacular sunsets Space IS hm11ed to 24 campers. Call Howard Kanelakos at 528.6174 for details More Club Into A Gay sky d1vmg club called Houston Triangle Diven hosts outings for those brave of heart throughout the year. For mfo call 530.7822 T T T The Movie Club IS a Gay social club that meets every I st & 3rd Saturday night of the month for dinner and a movie. What ~ttcr way to enioy fnends, both new and old. Call 952.4048 for mfo T T T A Bicycling Club for Womyn, Rainbow Riders meet every Sunday morning for easy, long off-road rides. All womyn are welcome regardless of ab1hl)' and experience. For mfo call Cookie Davenport at 869.1686 or email her at guusierw,aolcom 'T T T If you hke running, then go with the FrontRunners who meet at 9am at the Memorial Park Tennis Center on Sundays. If Sundays are not good for you. meet them at 6:30pm on Tuesday or Thursday nights For info call 713 522.8021 T 'T T The Houston Tennis Club is a lesbian and gay club with members of all levels of play - beginn<r to advanced. Meet at 9am on Sundays at Memonal Park Tenrus Cent<r or call 713 692.2703 for mfo .. T T T Think dancing isn't a sport7 Try to argue with these two organ1za11ons! The Southern Country Dance Group provides dance lessons at the Ranch, 8-IOpm on Tuesdays. The Ranch is located at 9200 Buffalo Speedway. T T T The Rainbow Ranglers promote Texas Style couple dancing. mclud1ng the begin· ning level Classes arc free and open 10 the pubhc from 8 30-1 Opm on Thursdays at the Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos. For more mfo call 713.880 0670 ~=·····--··•§ ....... PAGll'; by Angela Chariton ODESSA, Ulmune (AP)· An air of shame clings to the desolate, walled-in compound, a former leper colony now housing AIDS paoenrs. Out of habu, nurses still lock patients belund iron gates, and neighbors steer far clear of 1ts overgrown entrance. People m thrs country thmk AIDS 1s the plague,• said soft-spoken Nadya Stctskova, a rttevcnng drug addict who was propped up on her h05p1tal bed 'Everyone's gettrng u, but no one's talk.mg about It • U nul recently, Ukraine and other former Soviet republics had rclativcly few cases of AIDS or people with the AIDS vtru$, and they did very ltnle to help those who did. For the most part, cash-strapped Ukraine Simply dLS­mwcd AIDS u a rare ··foreigners• dtSCuc. But with the numbers ruing, particularly m the free-living port city of Odessa. the first AIDS clinic hos been cstabltshcd. part of a slowly growing network of related programs Last year alone, the number of people wuh HIV, the AIDS-causing VltUS, ;umped from ;ust over 1,000 to 5,500 in Odessa. The city now accounts for more than onc·thrrd of the country's 14,000 people with the HIV Nationwide, 230 people in Ukraine have con­tracted full-blown AIDS. Jn recent months Odessa has pionctrcd a needle exchange program, an AIDS awareness campaign for prostitutes and mobile testing climes, with funding help from the United Nauons commm1on on AIDS. Odessa's h1Stonc harbors st~I teem with people_ and drugs and d1Seascs _from around the world "This city has every kind of reputation but a clean one," satd Dr. Georgy Pavsky, an Odessa ep1dem1olog1St and head of the United N auons A IDS office in Odessa Pavsky estimates that the offictal figures arc only a fraction of the actual number of HIV cases. Ignorance, fear and social stigmas still run too dttp to encourage widespread testing, he said. The biggest mcreasc, here and across the country, has been among drug users. They made up JUSt 10 percent of HIV cues m Odessa at the start of last year and more than 40 percent by the end Stetskova and her two roommates at the chn1c, Yulya and Valya, were once adchcted to shots of .. malr.ovaya solomka," a cheap and rcadtly available opium denvauve. Police call 1t the drug of choice m the for­mer SoVJct Union. It's often sold m mdJVJdual doses already ma needle, which 1s then refilled and resold to the next customer. ' Most addicts don't realize that AIDS 1s a threat. They're more afraid of the police; said Stctskova, who wu diagnosed with HIV last HOUSTON V C>IC~ P A G E fall. While she spoke, Valya's 9-year-old son ran by, dragging a broken plastic car ued to a length of medical twme. " It's not much of a hfe for him here; said Valya Her son doesn't have the virus, but she has nowhere else to leave him while she under~ goes treatment Talking to himself, Vova played among the weeds on the grounds of the compound on the edge of town, home to 50 people with AIDS or the AIDS virus But the women praise the chmc, glad to be around people who understand their dlSCasc. .. At other hospitals. they hide the AIDS people m a forgotten comdor and everyone looks at you like you have the plague," Stctskova said. AIDS officials m the capital Kiev m1ually reslStcd the Odessa clm1c a.s a renegade pro­Ject, but arc now encoungmg other regmns to follow suit. The problem, everyone laments, 1s money. The Ukra.m1an government 1s broke. Uk.rame's beleaguered hospitals say they can't afford anesthetics or bandages, much less costly AJDS med1cat1on or prevenuon programs .. AIDS IS ;ust one of a thousand headaches for our leaders," said Volodymyr Tarasenko of the government's comm1ss1on on AIDS T T T T T T T T 2 4 F YOlJI BfffitlAY IS 1HS MEI<: You tend to be overly opbmosbc or overly negatr.e. Start se~ your partners and cohorts as they reilrf ate. not otty as you want lo see them. Both fnends and close associates are gocng to be particUarty import.Jot to you for the nexl several months. Choose your compaoons catefufly. for they wm etther ~ or hinder yoll' dreams. ARES: (Martl121·Apid20) You ate 1n a very orac· bcal frame of rmd and llflJsuali'f sharp n al y<>1 money matters. n your ca1ldo·anythin& rrood, no matter how busy, you w~ be more than able to take care of eveiytl>ng. Speak softly and aVOld disagreements With a loved one. TAIRJS: ~ 21 - May 21) Family IS h1ghhghled for now. HearHo·heart talks with cMdren w;Q prove advantageous. The financial goals you've had n mind are goog to be reahzed 1n the very near futu-e. Sl11\'e for fairness n all your decisioo· making. tDl't: (May 22 - Jllle 21) AAy pniblems n fam­iy or home lie will fina!y be resolved Keep Y'» cool n the wor1<place, co worl<ers may be overly sensitive. There ate changes. from a distance. w!lich wi! stir lhngs LIP at v.ork for the 'lex! few weeks. Ulreasonable demands may be made. CNaR: (lJt1e 22 - >.J:y 23) You1 start the week n a dream world of your own. I may be best to take time alone and lrtal yourself better. A snort tnp may be the ticket to fun and advtntae. Wor1< runs smoo!Ny for a Change, but there are ton­Sltll1S 11 the home Remember yO<I' male. LEO: (Ally 24 August 23) Listen to a •nend's advi<e regarding financ1al plarnng. Once you have your plan n order, lake bme to dscuss rt With your beneficiary. Othe" may accuse you of IMng with u1VeaftstJc expectabons donl let rt bother you, y<»: best ideas come to you tf>s way. VRGO: (Mgust 24 Septeml><!r 23) This week w D bnng pass1011 and 111bmacy with your love. B
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