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Houston Voice, No. 1002, January 7, 2000
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Houston Voice, No. 1002, January 7, 2000 - File 002. 2000-07-01. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5155/show/5127.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1002, January 7, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date July 1, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript voice Sidney Abbott, who is HIV-positive, won her 1998 Supreme Court case over her dentist's refusal to treat her, but AIDS advocates say that ruling is in jeopardy if the court turns down an appeal filed by Alabama inmates with HIV. Page 2 Highly lauded gay Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar talks little of his sexuality, but much about his new film 'All About Mother,' which is already garnering critical acclaim. Page 15 ISSUE 1002 ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. JANUARY 7, 2000 Conservatives ask 'Who cries for Jesse?' The rape and murder of a 13-year-old boy, allegedly by two gay Arkansas men, has anti-gay groups crying 'double standard' by LAURA BROWN Matthew Shepard, 21, was taken from a bar by two men, brutally beaten and left tied to a fence to die because he was gay, police say. Jesse Dirkhi.sing, 13, was tied up and brutally raped until he suffocated on his own underwear, police say by a gay couple engaging in a bondage-type sex act. What's the difference between these two stories of tragic deaths? Nothing or everything, depending on whom you ask. For numerous gay rights opponents—from the Family Research Council to Americans for Truth About Homosexuality to white supremacist David Duke— Dirkhising's death has become the new cause celebre. That Shepard's death drew far more national media attention than Dirkhising's, they claim, is proof positive that mainstream media is so beholden to gays, and so riddled with gay reporters, that it is afraid or unwilling to report on crimes committed by gays. "The national media, following the lead of homosexual activists, made Matthew Shepard a household name for most Americans," said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, an organization that believes gay people can change their sexual orientation. "But what about young Jesse?," LaBarbera asked. "Is his death at the hands of two sadistic homosexuals less newsworthy than Shepard's at the hands of two cruel heterosexuals?" Yet according to several national gay organizations, the outcry over Dirkhising's death has more to do with attempts to brand homosexuals as pedophiles, and link the issues in both the mainstream media and public opinion, than real concern over the child's murder. "If the religious right wants to turn this into a referendum on whether gay people are sadistic murderers, the media should be commended on this particular case," said Wayne Besen, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based gay lobby. "They didn't overreact, they saw through the attempt to demonize gay people, and this is actually one of those instances where they got it right," he said. Gay groups blamed I a Barbera could not be reached for further comment by press time But in other press releases posted on his organization's web-site, he went even further, blaming HRC and another of the nation's largest gay rights groups for allegedly contributing to Dirkhising's death. "There is a more plausible link between 'gay' advocacy institutions and Jesse's murder than between Shepard's murder and religious foes of homosexuality," the group claims, noting that "many reporters and pundits repeated the absurd claim by homosexual activists that the public discourse of pro- Joshua Brown, 22, reportedly told police he and Jesse Dirkhising were 'just playing a game,' but when police arrived at Brown's apartment, they found the 13-year-old naked and not breathing. family groups ... such as a series of ex-gay newspaper ads contributed to Shepard's murder by creating an environment that encourages anti-homosexual violence." "All across America, gay newspapers and bars and organizations not only tolerate sadistic sex but promote it," LaBarbera said. "In fact, on the very day of Dirkhising's death, two leading homosexual groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, were manning booths at a sadistic sex fair in San Francisco that celebrated bondage, human floggings and the same 'S&M' techniques that led to the death of young Jesse." Investigators say Dirkhising died of "positional asphyxia" after being bound, gagged, and repeatedly sodomized with objects including foods. (See story, Page 13) >- Continued on Page 12 Rallying against Exxon Mobil Organizers of a rally against the Texas-based oil company want customers to destroy their credit cards in protest of a recent decision to end domestic partner benefits and policies specifically protecting its gay employees by GIP PLASTER Organizers hope hundreds of Houston gay men and lesbians will rally in a city park later this month to protest the employment policies of newly formed Exxon Mobil Corp. The company, formed by the merger of Exxon and Mobil in November, retained Exxon's employment policies and benefits and in the process, dumped the policies of Mobil, which specifically protected gay men and lesbians from employment discrimination and provided domestic partner benefits. An organizer of the rally hopes the event, planned for Jan. 28, will send a strong message to the company, despite the fact that Exxon Mobil's headquarters are more than 250 miles away. "We do not appreciate that the company took something away that was already in existence," said Dan DiDonato, one of the gay activists organizing the rally. DiDonato wants consumers to publicly destroy their Exxon and Mobil credit cards and provide rally organizers with receipts showing that they purchase products from Exxon Mobil competitors because of the company's change in policies. The former Exxon Corp. has long maintained that it does not discriminate based on sexual orientation. But the company has refused efforts to include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policv. The company instead includes only the categories required by federal law. But Mobil, before the merger, included sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy and offered domestic partner benefits. The two companies merged as a result of Exxon acquiring Mobil, and the new company is governed by Exxon's rules. Former Mobil employees who already receive >- Continued on Page 11
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