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Title Houston Voice, No. 824, August 9, 1996
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  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
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Date August 9, 1996
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript CHARTER MEMBER I Houston Congressional Districts Redrawn Prima1:v Results thrown out B) Dthorah Bell August 6- \ three-Judge federal panel, after ruling that the llou,1on arc'<l's 18th and 29th congressional dis1ricts are unconstitutional because of "racial gerr)mandcnng has redra\\n them and the neighboring distric". The rcstructing of the districts im al idales the 19'16 primari results and means man) lc\as Voters will be faced \\ith decisions on an entire!) different slate of candidates. The admitted!} bizarre look mg design of the d1stncts had been nn aucmpt to correct inequit) in the election chances of minont) c.mdidates and give representation to those commumlles. 1 he new more <ensible looking dtstricl maps pro' idc a different configuration \\hich ma) prove to, as man) feel, unfair!) favor Republican candidates. District 25 loses <ts Der:iocrat1c maJorit), "h1le retaming a Anglo maJOllt) - u no" will be shghtlv more thar. h 1 Rcpu~' C.lr. and no\\ includes \\est l mvcrs11\ and Be 1'C Democrat Ken Bentsen 1s the current congressional reprcscntall\ e The \1onirose area \\11l remam in the 18th District current!) represented b) former Cit) counc1lmcmber, Sheila Jackson Lee. The ne\\ boundaries of the district \\Ill mean n drop m the !llack populatior. to about 45°0 from a slim majority The distnct \\Ill be approx,matel) 30°0 \nglo and 23°0 H1span1C i1 rcmams solidi) Democratic and gams the 1-----------------'------------------j Heights, \\hilc losmg pan of :'\onh Houston. Jackson lee expressed her d1sappom·,,en1 O\er the 'Cd1strictmg plan She feels a 'ac~ of consideration "as gi,... to the \..)tcrs m the march primal') She SB) s she \\ · gc to the l'nited States Supreme C ou:'I to tr) to sla) this order This is expected to take place in a Gunderson and Morris: matter of da)S. Partners in Life pnmaril) because he has been an outspoken advocate of the intolerance from the religious right. Gunderson, 45, has li\cd \\llh Rob \!orris, his panner and companion, for 13 )Cars. He i;raduatcd \\llh a B,A, in 1973 from the L'niversity of Wisconsin l~lected to the Wisconsin legislature in 1974, Gunderson credentials translated mto a successful 'cctton to Congress m 1980 Together (Ju nder~on .nnd Morn -s ha\C' CO·\H hk•n a tome '"ith Bruce Bawer titled house and home (Dutton, $24.95), available locally at Crossroads Market and LOBO Bookstore. Stt:ve Gunderson and partner Rub Aforris have been tugcther I J )'Ct.Jr.Ii l•lli~~~~l~l_JiJ: ..... ~ The couple IS current!) embarking on a nationwide tour to promote the book, New Book Tells About Their Journey B} Curt Mo r r ison Unul recently Rep, Steve Gunderson (R-WI) wa> the only openly gay Republican congressmember 111 the } louse of Representatives, That has since changed Ariiona Congressman Jim Kolbe declared his sexual orientation at a press conference last "eek. Gunderson's star has risen as of late, Recently the Houston Voice caught up with Steve and Rob to discuss their autobiograph) and future endeavors. In 1994, Gunderson announced that he would not run for Congress again much to the cha~rin of his constituents who embarked on a w·;ite-in campaign, As a result Gunderson began reconsidering his deciS1on not to run for several reasons. As circumstance would have it, one lawmaker retired and another passed awa), With the Republicans in control of Congress, Gunderson v.ould have been next in hnc lo chair the Agriculture (Contmued on pai:e 10) Rep. Kolbe Comes Out B) Curt Morrison Kolbe of panncr Rob Morris. Gunderson effectively educated his fellow members on Capitol Hill about the misconceptions of Gays and Lesbians and It is "idcl) expected that Kolbe \\ill continue that mission. Republican Congr_cssman J im Arizona revealed his sexual •----..,_ __ orientation last week amidst much fanfare. Kolbe. who represents the states_ Fifth Congressional D15trtct, announced that he 15 gay. His decision to come out was made after careful introspection Kolbc's revelation was applauded b) Ga) _and R~p Jim Aolbt• <if l.csb1an organ11at1on!:t Ar1zona1oms the natiom\ idc. The ranks of out gar announcement comes on the ctmgressmemh<•rs Kolbe's record on gay and lesbian issues is strong, although he did vote for the "Defense of Marriage Act" lie has been a conStstcnt supporter of AIDS funding and has been on record against any forms of discrimination for many years. As a member of Congress he has co-sponsored the Ryan White CARI. Amendments Act, the lmployment Non-Discrimination Act, .ind the Workplace Fa11ness Act. Kolbe also maintains non-heels o~ Rep. Steve k re-election Gunderson s dl'Cl!IOn not to sec . d to htS congre»tona1. d ' ""·c t m, . W. isucso rni shint huade discrimination IX>hcy in his oflicc. to the ~mear campaign the rcltg<O g_ mtcndcd 10 impose upon him and hlS life (Contm11ed on page /OJ Community leaders rcpon that "hde exact figures arc not kno\\n, the number of Ga) s and Lesbians m the district ma) be an increase. ·1 recognize \\hat the coun has ordered and I am di,appomted that man) of the long The 29th District current!) ser.ed b) standing constituents of the 18th Democrat Gene Green "as also redra\\n. Congressional Dist11ct\\lll no longer t-e m the \1cant to be n Hispanic distnct. Green, "ho is dismct These people ha' e been Anglo, no" has a d1stric1 that \\ill go from a disenlranchised by t~'s order, stated the 60'l-o Hispanic population to 45°0. It remains ~ongresS\\oman, "The) deser\e better. a Democratic >tronghold b) gaining pans of nonh and southeast Houston and losmg She further charges, "The order falls 10 extensions to Spring Branch and Ba) to\\n. (Conimuedonpag~ 191 • .\faror Buh Lanier, E~rse Lamer, Cony,re.\.rnoman Shetla Jackson Lee 1111h . officers at ll'esthe1mer HPD storefro111. Mayor Visits "Night Out" ~1a)or Bob Lanier and Fl)SC Lamer \JS1ted the 802 Westhcimer llPD Storefront as pan of the fes1iv1ties of the "National 1'1ght Out Program." The Mayor spoke fond I) of the years he spent as a Montrose area resident Ci\'ic club association members, area residents and business people gathered m the Storefront's parking lot to hear bands, share refreshments, and discuss ways to ways \\C as neighbors can stop the threat of crime including vandalism. The recent pinpoint patrol has been \Cf) effective and Houston m general •• seeing a decrease in crime, Concerns of the area include the problems caused by patrons of area bars, drug dcalmg> and prostitution. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson lee also addressed the crowd. She has wasted no time thousands of dollars donated b' ~eartO\\ n members this past ) car for rcno,:,,t1ons. The donations \\ere made in order to make the storefront a better fac1hl) to pro1ec1 the neighborhood. Museum District Business Alliance "as ha"king it's T-sh1n with the deStgn of the ne\\. •Entrance \\ 3) • Monument lhe) are purposing to build. Voice to Cover National Political Conventions ~ation.il Lead<rs, the Houston and Texas delegattons, speeches, pictures, debate, votmg, <elcbnbcs, issues -- all !his and more IS commg this month to The Houston in campaigning in her ncwl) drawn 18th. Voice. District The Montro<e nrea was not affected Cllrt Morrts0n will be in San Diego for both by the rcdra"ing of the districts, the L-0g Cabin National CoO\ention and the Rcpubhcan Comcntion. Jim Owens and DcontS Hatch will be our on the scene reponcrs nt the Democratic at1onal Convention omccrs present mcluded member$ of the bike patrol and mounted police Olliccrs Wills and Culr) normall) ride their mounts, Johnnv and Henri in the do\\nto\\n nrca, but made ·th<> special \ISU to the Montrose for the night's acttvities. They will provide )OU with coverage of the issues that affect our communit) as they The storefront has been the bencficiaf) of occur at both conventions 2 HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 Saturday, August I 0, 1996 Ramada Hotel/Astrodome 8a-9a Ba-Sp Reg1strat1on and 1...ont1nental Breakfast Visit the Vancouver Poster Display and Informational Bootns 9a- I I :30a Attend Informative Sessions on: lp-4p • Pharmaceuticals • An open drscus­S/ 0/1 with representatives on research, pnang and access ISSUeS • Working wrth HIV - Legal Rights & Disclosure Lows • Women & HIV - ReproductNe Rights & Gynecological Issues • Patient Care - Max1m1Z1ng Your Health Core Benefits • Living wrth HIV - Protectmg Your Partners & Fom1ft Support Listen to medical professionals and patient advocates share medical research news from the Vancouver Conference 4p-5:30p Participate 1n a Wrap-Up. Town Meeting and Question & Answer session with cornrnunrty leaders and medical professionals presented by Montrose Clinic Therapeutic Concepts, P.A. I Park Plaza Hospital Tenet HeolthSystem C. ror reservation' or r• ro n· rrr J·1on 1-800-527-1551 , Option 2 Letters to the Editor Voice Ad Effective FRO!\f RYAN ond JASO'I HERBST Talk ahout your 1mmed1ate return on rnve>1mcn1' We advenised a 1/4 page ad in last week 5 paper announcing our grand opening of C'ompulcr !:.change \Ve ask each customer how they heard about U!'i . After the ad in The Hou~ton V0tce. we had numerous new cu~tomers say 1ha1 " how 1hey found u>. Thanks 10 Lee and Matt for their adverti~ing expert 1se and crcarivicy in designing our ad Ir worked! Again, thanks to the Hou~lon Voice for helping us make our dream a rcaluy. Ednors noce: It fuls so good to bt apprt· ciattd. Glad tht ad worktd for you. Tht Computer Excha11gt is /ocattd at I 2 I 2A Wtsthtimtr Log Cabin Thanks The Houston Voice FROM DALE CARPENTER Dear Deborah. I was glad to see the Hou~ton Voice devote so much space and prominent po~1t1on 10 a speech by a gay Republican ("Fed­era I is1 Soc1c1y Hears Speech by Log Caban State Pre~1dcnt 0 ') . I hope the Voice , under your leadership, .. 111 con11nue 11s 1rad11ion of airing 1he v1c~s of alt part~ of our community Keep up lhc good work And The Texas Human Rights Fund On behalf of 1he Log Cabrn Republicans of Texa~. I want w thank the Texas Human Rights Foundation tor agreeing to pay the co~u and fees of Log Cabrn·s lawsuit agarnsc 1he Republican Pany of Texas . THRF's dec1s1on 10 do so demonscraccs once again the group's firm c:ommumcnt to equality fot Gays and l.c:sh1ans in this Stale The Texas GOP's dec1s1on to deny Log Cabin an informacion booch ac 1hc s1a1c convention and an advertisement an the convention program was an uncon· scionable act of d1scrim10at1on But terrible as the parry s action was. Log Cabin itself was not-and 1s not-in a pos111on to pay the enormous costs of seeking relief 1n court THRF, which offers legal assistance 10 chose affecccd by an11-gay and AIDS rclaccd discrimi­nation, has made 1t possible for us to proceed. In addition to the financial comm1t­mcn1 made by THRF. Log Cabrn received invaluable as:;1stance from It~ staff members, former executive director Michael Garbarino and Michael Rec•c They asslSlcd us 1n finding 1he cxccllcnl counsel of Patrick Wiseman in setting up our press c:onference..;,, and in coor· dinacing publlcuy 1hroughou1 lhc initial phase of the 1i11gacion Because of 1hc1r cffon;, Log C'ah1n os now a recog­nized player in Texas Republican pol1- t1cs The l1tigat1on continue) even in the face of 1he Texas Supreme Courc\ 1en1a- 11vcly unfavorable ruling , TllRF's continuing suppon 1s most needed and apprcc1a1ed . Dalt Carptnttr IS tht Prtsidtnt of Log Cabin Rtpubl1cans of Texas, a ga\'llts· hian organization . Lady Victoria Lust Board Expresses Gratitude JERRY \IORl'I, BOARD SECRETARY, LVL PWA HOLIDAY FUND The Lady V1ccoria I.use PWA lloliday Fund Board would like to express our heartfel1 gra111ude for all ot 1he sup­port for this year's .. PWA Chri~trnas in July Carnival & Show" at 1he Brazo> River Bouom elm pa,1 July 14 . Through the generosity of all the souls 111volved, we were able co ra1>e $I , 136 28 tor our PWAs this season . Our even! organizers Don Giii and Lloyd Thomas, Regrna Dane and myself would like 10 acknowledge 1hc followrng peo pie and people for helping make this event such a wonderful success . The Moncrose Clinic, Tex8' Gay Rodeo Associa11on. Jackie Evelyn Thorne The Houston Area Bears; Ihe Royal Sov ereign and Imperial Coun of !he Single Scar: Don Woods, Mr. Gull C'oas1 Drum­mer 1996, The Coll 45'> (and Cuer volyn's Face•); David Sawyer, Don Dowden and Mike Pardon; Bill Havard and 1he Slaff of 1he BRB. a special !hanks 10 deejay, Jett); and 1he en1er1a1ncrs for the evening-Rambo de Klown, Virgil Burke, Sceven Baker, Day-Leigh Edwards Xavier Luna. Sean Carter, Tequila Rose. Byron Nonon, Shelby SI. John, and Charles Wall. Thanks for a grea1 show, kids! To anyone else who helped, in whatever way, with your kind donation) of supporc time and &ratuity, simple words arc rn~uffic1ent Sutfic:e 1l to say that you are the reason we c:an continue, you are 1he reason we're here. Thank you all so very muc:h 1 Association Doe.rn 't Rep­resent All Having been a re~uJent of Avondale for 4 years. I have sac qu1e1ly by while 1he so called " Avondale Assoc 1a11on pur­ports to represent all of the residents of Avondale anll continually seems to be against everything and for ahso lutely no1hrng! Their constant oppo~i t1on to the Westhe1mcr sucet l·est1- val 1s bewildering in a city that ha~ very few unique 1ourist attractions and des­perately needs unique neighborhood festivals with outs1anding flair to give a llule "pizzazz" 10 1h1s sprawling metropolis . But when 1hc Avondale Assoc1a11on's isolationist snobbery results in the open harassment of fellow c1t1zens in need al a highly respecccd social service agency 1n our communuy (Afll Scone Soup). I can no longer keep qu1c1 To 1hc promoccrs of 1he Weschc1mcr Strecl Festival, 1hc scaff and pacrons of 1hc AFH Stone Soup Pancy and S1ree1- Wise, and 1hc owners of 1he proposed M· Bar, I say. no1 all of us rn Avondale arc sterile snobs who selfishly care more about emp1y, boring streets and vacant, eyesore busmesse) than we do about cclcbra11ng 1hc cxc111ng unique d1vers11y of our communuy and help· mg to meet the basic human needs ot our fellow suffering Citizen~ . Most ot us cclebrace the wonderful richnes~ ol the d1vers1ty of our community and not only care about our fellow c.:ttizens in need, but are actively involved rn helping to meet those needs To 1he Avondale Assoc1a11on I >ay 1f you want scerile , boring neighbor­hoods, then there are thousands of streets in the Suhurbs that woulc.I love to have you Bue quu crymg 10 de"rny lhc rich and excuing unique J1vcrs1ty and 1he true caring spirll of the real c1111cns ot a GREAT neighborl1<wd called Avon dale! 1 IN My VoicE What's In A Name? The week from hell I reported on la<t week wa< not over. Maggie'' brother died, a friend who worb 111 our buildmg Jost a friend who had been J11t by a car wlule rid­mg his bicycle Ja,t week . Sunday, My wife's car got stolen Hopefully we are through the worst of 1t That sounds so funny to say " my wife." Last week I had reforred to her Dad as my father-111 -law (He " home and recover­ing 111cely from triple bypa« heart sur­gery by the way) Tho'e "ho know me or have read any my work, know I have a thmg about words and language. All this same sex marriage \luff ha~ me in a quandary I have seen several arucle~ in gay pub· l1catrnns where the merits of what to call our 11111mate panncrs has been dis­CU') scd Moq of us have sl11cd away from callrng them our hushand or wife because those -.,ccm not appropriate for our same 'ex rela11onsh1ps Basing our committed relationships on the only model we know '' not one most of us relish , even while m1m11.:king the wed· ding ceremony to a degree. And most of uo;; aren '1 into role.,, so sayrng wife and hu hand certa111Jy doesn ' t "ork. For Lesh1ans, hu~hand 1s too male and ""1fe has cunnotauon~ of a ... ub:-.ervient role fhe \·anou\ argumenu have included rhe a" lwardne.s ... of not hav .. mg a word that has the equal \Catus a\ those llllcs have. Panner \Ounds too hus111css.·l1ke mate or life-mare too nautical and too hctcrosc:itual (m.11e as 111 hreed111g), companion 'iOUIHh like a paid 3\S.l\tant, \POUSe , ... uncomfortable, maybe becau'e 1t JU St '' 100 weird 1.1 word; s.1gn1facant other dne'in't quite do It either Whal are we to call one another'! Lover was perfectly acceptable to me but many other folks tl11nk that 11 pertains only to our sex Jives, rather than my defi· n111on of "The one I Jove " It also seems to be considered as being one with whom you may have a temporary rela11on ship with or as relat1onsh1p that may be one ol many. Sweetheart, which I use often when speaking to the one I Jove. does not carry the same weight a' wife . Our dilemma at lacling 'uch a word goes far beyond us At a recent family gath­ering the man I now call my father- in­law v.as introduc111g the various fam­ily membef\ to a friend . M} "1fe'< brother was. introduced a" h1~ son. his wife was introduced a ... \UCh Donna '""as introduced as his daughter and "hen he came to me 11 was just my name no rela­t10ns. h 1p s.talUs. was connected . How 1s anyone to lnow the :-.1gn1f1cance our commitment a' being equal to or same as that married people have" I had thought ahout starling a con1e\C or taking a poll ihrough all Lc,h1an /Gay publication' hy wl11ch a vote could he taken as to what word(') we could u-. But I finally rcalized , we will havc to use their word, , That is thc only "ay that 1t will be under<tood When I introduce my wife, no one will 1111,take what I mean . l"h:u chis I' the per- 1,,on "nh whom I share life, a hed, a com· mumern, and love It ,.., going to take get­ting ui..e to and I ln(lY· some s11ua11on!t will arise where someone will he cal.en ahacl or contu ... ed It will JU't give me an opportunlly co educate and not onl) ra1)e an eychrov. but hopefully some COll\CIOU\llC\~ a\ \.\C'lf So until and unles\ 'omcthing beuer 1s co111ed I will take a hnc lrom the lyric> of the Two Nu.:e G1rl.i;' Qut'er Song, "We·re gom• have \Uch a happy htc iJnd hmh of u1.; will be the w1Jc ." Miss Camp is busy getting ready Rehearsals have begun and plans are underway in preparation for the 28th i\nnual Mi" Camp America Pageant to be held at the Music Hall Sept. 14 at 8:00 pm TlllS annual event which is known for it'• oversized wigs and size 16 pumps, promise< to he one with incredible entertainment The shO"' this year is a tril>ute to the Olympics and is ent1 tied , "The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of De'Feet." The J 996 designated chariues are: J'he Assistance I und. AIDS Founda­tion llouston-Stone Soup The Bering Care Center, Body Positive-Posi­tive friend Program The NAMES Pro­ject Houston 1 Last year ~1iss Camp America Founda· 1100 gave 1ts designated charities a record S60,000 and has awarded S 142,000 since l>ecoming 50 I (c){3) charity 111 J 992. J'hc plans this year are to exceed last year ' amount with the help of all our supporters and friends from the community. The Foundation has aJ,o announced a Gold Silver, and Bronze Sponsor­ship Program for patrons of this year's pageanl. Depending on wl11ch level ol sponsorship chosen. patrons will be entitled to various perks. <uch as; choice box scats : program recogni­tion; admission to the Green Room, pre­s how and during 1ntermis<ion; admission to the cast party: and also an invitation to the Queen's Brunch Gold. Silver and Bronze Sponsor ships are availallle no" with a limned numher ol \Cat'. I·or more inlormat1on on ad\'ertisrng in thi• yea"• program. uckct sale>. or to make }'our reservatwn and "'Go hH the gold" Call the Miss Camp America l-oundat1nn star hoc at 940.STAR HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 3 SUNDAY, AUOUST II The Imperial Court presents ~~~,!, !!!E.!!!~2~ Showtime at fJ_pm followed by SUNDAY FRENZ\' MALE STRIP CONTEST with Black Vell'ett at II pm BAD BOYS DANCE SEVEN NIOllTS A WEEK THE OENTR\' SOCIAL CLUB El'ery Day Until 7pm $1.50 WELL DRINKS $1.75 DOMESTIC LONONECKS $3.50 ABSOLUT MARTINIS Now_ more than ever. surviving witl1 AIDS requires sound choices and aggressive tinonciol plon~ing You'll be happy to know that when H comes to Choices, thousands of people hove lrusled us lo help !hem moke the rght ones By Olfenr>g o:'e ol the best creative llnonctol oltenotives ovolloble we hep you help yourse Wiler you Choose us to sell o I te nsL once pol r:v yru I be amazed al how cJ tterent we Jy are Our compory Ines to wor1< wi1ll eveiyone evoc I you re heolllly And, you II be relieved to know ltiOt ur ke some ot our compel1t or. we don I coll 'o bOtller ~ oner the sole With our program. you11 also gel somettung no other v10ticol company con give you of ree me!'"OerSh1p m A Bener Benefit for Life-· o co~prehens1ve f'led1cal acJVTSOI'( networll lhal oners assistance n obla1r1ng voluoble 1nltr'IOl1CY.l ancJ cJ1scounts on medical services We wool Yvu Jo nok~ the ngh' Survival. 1-800-572-4346 1"'1ud. ollruum rathu than profit ha'f btrn tM catalut for at lrarl OM compan,, PtJRt' &. A mJC'1altJ. Inc .. Liz Hannon-Son Otega Business Jaumal. Ap!tl 199-4 11rr /iraal mon.1/u or \<Ort of a ~rson'.J lifrarr '''wl"' 1h tlu: d1gn1n of not gomg brol.t "' Phil Donahue-The Donahue Show. Docembe~ 1992 tht>\ ft' Just cu 111.r/) 1n '"' a '"""NJ/h ~non a l«Otid ltOR Ofl lift> W-Jlltam HoNmar>-SmaD BuStneU News • ...,,,., t!ls.4 4 HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 · In Loving Memory .. · ; .. . . ~. . - ' ; : - PEDRO A. RAMIREZ Bom July 19. 1949 Died. July 21. 1996 Rich Loy of Houston. Pete 1s preceded in death by his father and first love. Wayne Jones Pete left us for a better place after a brief and courageous battle with AIDS Memorial services were held July 23, 1996 at Forest Park Cemetery During his stay in this world he touched many hearts with his free spirit and unconditional love Pete graduated from St. Thomas University with his bachelor's degree and continued on to receive his master's in social work from University of Houston "If you can 1mag1ne 1t, you can achieve 1t. If you can dream 1t. you can become 1t." Any other information can be obtained by paging Rich at 713-760-2769. Take care my Prince and Angel till we meet again. Love He is survived by his mother. Ophelia, two brothers and one sister He is also survived by caregiver and soulmate. Rich Northwoods Support T'1e Northwood S_pp rt Group tor those whose hves have heen touched hy HIV A([)S meets Tbr<day evenrng' 111 the Woodlands Th" is an 111formal group or PWA's, family. friends and caregivers who care •bout eac~ other The group hstcm 10 each others concerns .1nd offers feedback when requesied S1knt par- 11c1pa11 n ,., also welcomed Cnnt1denlla uy is always respected fe!epho >e 367-4083 for more I IOI mal n LiB Meeting The m nthly meeting o• L1B Lesb1 ans 111 Bus111ess Friday A ugus1 16. at 11'e lr.nnovJ Bu1ld111g at Gr<enway Plaza will feature Nwbe' NgoL . writer and performance poel. heg1nn1ng at 7 00 p m Niohc. an Atrican .. American writer and performa11ce poet 1s a mothc:r, cdu cator and humanitarian. who I\ ht:\t known tor ht:r provocauve puc:try and prose w:i-ic.h addresst:s social and poht 1cal issues affecting women ' " live .... spec1f1cally and human11y a' a whole lier work JS Sincere. hard-hil­l 1g and le •ltermg The co,1 " $3 tor members and SS for cue\I' PWA Funds Coalition Gets Tl:e People "Ith AIDS Coal111on of Houston v.as no11f1ed that Harri' Coun1y !lousing and Commun1t) Development Agency (HCHADA) ha> alloca1ed more than $49,000 rn Com­munity Development Block Grant tun~~ tor Us New Begmn111g.., Hou,e· hold Resia•t Program. The<e fonds are designed to aSS1st low meanie HIV/AIDS 111d1v1duals and fam11ie' 111 Harri' County .. The Warehouse Program ' " the old c>I and most uullzed program of the PWA Coahuon and was founded 111 1988 and has Ileen funded smce 1990. II serves COMMUNITY more than 1200 people annually with tree turnuure, linens, kuchen items and other hou~ehold goods The People with AIDS Coat111on Hou,ton. Inc 1s a 501 (c)(3) organiza­tion toundcd and run by people infected altected by HIV/AIDS Three quarters of the coahtion's \'Olunteers art Peo· pie hv111g With HIV/AIDS , Q-Patrol To Roll Q·Patrol announced this wee~ that II wilt l>egm Citizen s Watch Patrols of Mon­trose and the surrounding areas u•qng h1cy cle and rollerhlade patrols . C'R a trial has s Also on a trial ha'i1s, at the reque~t of c1v1c cluhs. Q·Pauol will act to de1er puhhc pros11tu11on and drug dea rng by wJrmng 1hose inYolved of a police crack-dow~ and a'k111g them to leave the area A meeting will he held with all inter­ested parties Tue,day, August 13 at 7:30 p.m Jt The uweu Inn. 501 Lovell. 111 the Montrose Q·Pairol is a 50l(c)(3) non profit cor­poration and has Ileen operating for near!) live )·ea" as part ot 1he Hou<1on Police Department ' s C1t1zen.., On Patrol program. Patroh have been in mobile units and four-per\on foot patrols. The new hike and skaie pa1rols w1I1 operate m group., ol two or more and cover more area than currently pos\1· hie . Hours ot opera11on will remam the same and remarn unpubli,hed to enhance etfcct1vcncss In support of enhanced community coverage, we are askrng for the \Up· port ot the civic cluh' and organ1za­t1ons 111 1he watch area The Patrol 1s funded entirely by priYate donations, and needs the following items for expanded operations. volunteers. 1>1cycles & hetmeu reflective 'afety ves1s tlashl1ghu: storage 'pace lealher hol<rers for police radios; and grant· or ass1sta c.c. with tundra1s111g Grey Party Selects The 01,ard of directo. ol The Grey Party Inc • have selected the charu1e' to benefH from thi... year·.., party as well a\ the DJ who will provide the mu\lc. Selected charit1e' th" year include · Steven's House, The A ... sistance Fund and Stone Soup. Stephan Wallace of Monireal has been 'elected as the DJ tor 1he party for more 111tormat1on (or an 1nvua 11on) ple3'e wrue 1U rhe Grey Party Inc • PO . Box 130773, lloU•IOn, TX 77219- 077. Teachers Meeting The llousion Chap1er of The Gay, l.es­b1an and Stra1ghr Teachers Ne1worl (Gl.ISTNI wilt meet Augu" 14 al 7 :30 p .m. at lhe First Unitarian Un1ver­safo1 Church, 5200 Fannm (a1 South­more) The evening will begin with a bu'itncss meetrng and al 8 o'clock a presen1a- 11on "What the Texas Educa11onal Code ha' to say to Texa' hducators ." For more information please: tele· phone 942 7002, pre" 4 . Making ... chool' safe tor c:veryonc­' traighl and gay-is the goat ot GUSTN All interesled persons are invited to auend Pride Committee The Pride Committee ot Jlousron 1s loolung tor new hoard rncrnhcrs for t 997 It you are mtcre!r.led 111 serving, please \end your re ... ume or goals 'tate .. men1 w the Hous1on addreS\, PO Box 66071 , Houston . TX 77266· 6071 The deadline is the Augu't 20th meet mg. Thi~ 1s an open mcetmg for all 111ter· ested people 111 promo11ng 1he Gay and Lesbian Community of llouscon in Pride Week celebra11on' The hoard is 'eparate from the Houswn Gay/Les· bian Pride Weck (,xecu11ve Commit· 1ee The meetmg wilt be at 2700 Albany, 3rd floor al 6 00 p m .• Augu•t 20. for more informa11on 1elephone 529· 6979. ~VOICE l:.,_ ._; ~ t: L-'-. So.-' 4'1m::= 6__,,, ISSUE 82• August9 1996 Published Fridays EstlbCished 1974 as the Hous&on Mootrose Star re-es&ablished 1980 as the Hou$l0n Monb"ose V0tee changed name to The N""' Voice 111 1991 incorpcwattng the New Orleans Crescent City Star, re~bll.shed December 1. 1993 as the Houston Vorce 811 Westhe1mer, Suite 105 Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 529-8490 (800) 729-8490 Fax (713) 529-9531 E-mail. HouV01ce@AOLcom Contents oopyngM 1996 Office Hours 9am-5 30pm weekdays PUBLISHER Crad Duren EDITOR Deborah Moncrief Belt EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT J C M>Clietak/editorial a"'5lanl Jon Anthony/ent8f1ainment editor Jack Leonard/sports editor Carolyn Robertsisodely ed•lor STAFF WRITERS B R McDonald. Carolyn Roberts. Javier Tamez (Theatre Review) CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Andrew Edmonson. Larry Lingle, Curt Momson. Jazz Paz, Glen Webber CARTOONIST EM Storm PHOTOGRAPHERS DaYid Goetz. Kim Thompson. Steven Davtd PRODUCTION Matthew Pennmgton/manager/art duedor Maggie Brahcklp<oduction layout OFFICE MANAGEMENT Jack Leonardlol!lce manage< Magoie Brahcklaut.t.ant m.~ Jeanna W1ley/oflltl' a• 1s1ant ADVERTISING SALES DEPARTMENT Lee Davis. BenJam1n Diaz J C MIChelak, Carolyn Roberts CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS Maggie Brallci< NATIONAL AO.\l.fR..T.I.S.1.N. .G. R.E.P.R_51 2ESE NTATrvt! 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Assoc:uf9 """"1Nf" Astoclliled Pren Man who called gay men sissies is acquitted of harassment BRIDGETON, NJ , Wednesday, July 31 (AP)-A truck driver who called two gay men sissies has been acquitted on a harassment charge. Bobbie Crawford. 55, of Millville was charged last year after making the remark about 1wo fellow members of a car club he belonged to. .. Here comes sissy number one and sissy number two. Crawford said as the two arrived at the Garden State '50s Club car show last June at Lilliston Ford in Vineland. Robert Colle and David Airey pressed charges of harassment based on sexual orientation, which is covered under a slate bias-crimes law. The offense car­ries up to 18 months in prison and $7,500 fine. "I fell intimidated by the comment and the fact that everyone was staring at us when he s11d 11." Colle testified Tuesday. "I did feel physically 11111m­idated.'' Crawford said he was talk111g to his friends a1 the ume and wasn't trying to in11midate the men HI• lawyer said Colle, a police officer. had special 1ra111111g 111 .. if.defense and need not have felt threa1ened Jurors believed Crawford. After less than 40 minutes of deliberations, 1hey returned the innocent verdict. Ass1stan1 Cumberland County Pros­ecutor Tom DeS1mone said 11 took courage for the men to come forward and to temfy ... I don't think this should deter olhers who arc in a similar situ· ation from comrng forward," he said. G y Tocfay by Glen Webber On The Rag I'm on the rag uu.Jay. I \I.ant to know where our City Councllmcmhcr Jew Don Boney wa' la'l week during the Stone Soup cri,1s. I didn't 'ee hide nor hair ol h11n al all. lie •l10uld have been lead111g the pack beh111d Ray Hill. lk 'hould have been adamant ahnut the police not h<Jrass1ng ordinary c11izens He should have had the loude>i \Olce of all There wa~n't even a whimper from hi!i office And, "h1le I am on the rag where are all our rny council people Did they hide 111 the same broom closet Boney did'! Do any 1 f them have any cnnsc1ence about an} thing, It 1s a utter shame that these so called leaders aren't lcad111g What ever h.1ppcned co courage'! What evc:r happened to fighting for the under· dog lead111g the pack, making a name for yourself by helping others" Whal ahout Mayor Bob'.' I gue" that the clly council forgot why they arc 111 otfo.:c I gucs' they hope that 1f nothing happens that requires cour· age, they will get elected for another term. And you know what'! Mo't of the cit· 1zcns ot Houston don't care either What happened at Stone Soup wa' mean- 111g lc'' to mo't people I guess I expect too much from people f'herc wa ... a 111ne when honor had mean­ong. When hemg proud of what you do had meaning. And people \\Ould lell you hov. prouJ they "'ere of you. I hope those polu:e rnvolved don't expect congrat· ulations lrom an) one I hope one day they w11! 1h111k ahout "hat they did and regret 11. Bui I douht 11 People without honor don't think atrnut the thing' they do wrong Of course, I thmk Boney should r.-ign But he v.on't ll1s lack ot actmn 1s typ1 cal of a candidate who got elected hccause he wa> popular not bccau>c he J\ a man of action. I ne\ c:r laked Boney and I like hrm even les' now. Speakmg of elecuons, I rememher my first polit1cal campaign. I wa< eight· een, JU<l out of high school and I hadn't grown my mu,tache ) ct A friend of mine talked me 11110 wrrkmg f,,r a campa1g~ The 1972 :-.lixon for Pre,1dent cam­paign. I had never \\orked for a polnical campaign and 11 'ounded exc11111g It wa,. I got to meet many of the TV and nK>\.k! star~ of the day \\.hO were traveling for Nixon I al'o got to meet h1g shot pohll· c1ans My special memories 111clude Raymond Jelle' the amhassador to Mex.1co and Ramona Banuelo,, Treas­urer of the United States We had a 1>1g party when Nixon won I rememher Nixon's fall from grace Many people felt stahbed 111 the back, and los,t faith in pol111cs. That cyn1~ c1 ... 111 1s Mill "1th u~ today. Those pol111- c1a"' who thmk they will have an C3\)' ride need to rcmemhcr we are \\atchmg Glen Wehu .1/wre.< 1·ra his week/) column h/!1 flrugg/es a.\ a Person ln·1ng wuh AIDS as 1n•ll ti\ 111.\ optnwns ttlllt lhe reader.\ of The llou.Ho11 Voice . Gay and Lesbian Convention to hear Clinton Advisor Steplzanopoulos To Acknowledge HRC Endorse­ment George Slephanopoulos, a top adviser to President Clinton. will address Out· \ote 96, the first le'-h1an and gay nauonal po\1t1cal i.;onven11on, ~ponsored hy the lluman Right> Campaign (l!RC) OutVotc '96 will take place Aug '.6- 18 111 Ct11cago. Stephanopouln'.'i 1s slated to speak at the main plenar) session on Sat~ urdav, Aug.17 trom 3:30 p.m IO 6:00 p.m. (CD:f), Stcphanopoulos will acknowl· edge the endorsement of Clinton by HRC, the large'! gay and le,hian pol111cal organi1atHlll 1n the nation V.'e arc eittrcmely pleased that the admm 1~trat1on will have reprc:-.entauon at our convention:· stated Elizabeth Birch llRC Lxecu11ve Director. "Rec­ogn111ng that the Pres1cJent') relation ..,h 1p wuh our communit) has been strained m some quarters. we see George Stephan~ opoulos • appearance as 'i.trong ev1 dence that the president wants to con .. unue the dialogue wJth ga) and le,b1an \.Otcrs Ou1Vote '96 will draw hundred' of 'UP pone" ol equal rights tor all people and ttach them the t:ampaign skills they need 10 make a difference Ill tht' year"' cr1tical elect1tlll\ The three da)' event will fca ture specd1cs h) prominent Repuhlrcan and lh•mocr.t11c leader' includrng Rep Steve Gunderson, R-\\'I and Hous mg and lJrh.in De\Cl(lpment Secreta1y llenry G ( osneros Other featured speake•s "111 111clude f·tlen Malcolm f under or lhC' fund ra~sing rrganiza· tion EMii) s 1 ist, the Re fro) Perry, of th~ Me1ropol1tan Comrnun1t) Churches. and Col Margarethe Cam­merme)' er. the highest ranking member of the m1lllar) to face discharge on the hasis of honH"e<ual11y Also slated lo speak are actors Juduh Light, of Who"s thr Bo.u' ; Muchell Andcrn>n lrom Part) of Firt • Amanda Bea1se ot .Worried .•. wllh Chi/tlr('ll : and Dan Butler of Fras1tr Abo addressing the convention will he the llRC" olt1cial >poke,peopte tor Campaign '96 Candace Gingrich; Cha· \llty Bono, \Hiier tor !'he Athorme maga~ 11ne· and Scan Sa\\CI of M rv· ... Tilt' Real Worl<I Ill OutVotc '96 opens l·rida\' the l6th wuh a welcoming rcceptmn tc~atur­mg Sen. Carol Mo<eley·Braun, D-11 That will he Jollowed by the first pre,enta lion of the HRC Equality A"ard>-<!m<:ced by actor Harvey r:ierste111-an recog· ntt1on of s1gn1f1can1 contribution~ to the cause ot lesbian and ga) equality. Topping oft the opening night will be a concert by the avant~garcJe singing trio • BETTY, Saturday and Sunda) will he packed with work~hops to 1each act1v1sh lhe cam· pa1gn skills necessar) to get mvolved in efforts 10 elec.:t and re·elei.:1 tair~mmcJed members of Congres; th" fall. They will cover such sub;ects a'.'. ra1s111g money, c1eat111g a w111ning message tor a polui~ cal campaign, how Ill reg1ste1 voters and get them 10 the polls and ho" to make the lllll\I cttci.:11ve use ut the Internet. 1 he lluman R1gh1s Campaign ha' m<m· hers thwu~hout the counlr) It elteCll\. ely lohh1cs Congress. [HO" 1Jes cam­paign support and cJui.;ates the puhllc to ensure that lcsh1an and ga) 1\111encans can he open, honeM and s,atc at home. at worl Hnd 111 the community HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9. 1996 5 THRU AUG. 14 ONLY on tickets to the 28th Miss Camp America® Pageant The Thrill of Victory. the~ony of De' feet September 14 at the Music Hall Call Jfiss Camp NOif and avoid 7ickeWaster Sert-ice Charges later iml 940-STAR Your Out & Proud Clothing Store Mon-Sat 10 to 9 Sunday 12 to 6 1996 DESIG\ ATED CllUUl'IES: Body f'o.o;Jtl\~ The SA.\IES l'roJO:! StoneSoup B A s I c B R 0 T H E R s 1232 Westheimer 522-1626 6 HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 BILL CLAIRE FAMILY MORTUARY ••• 1307 FAIRVIEW • Private Cremation $515 C-J>l<'• Cll'C' ud Cooccn '"' tM FuaiJT 13 blOdca W.at ol MontrOM) ··- (713) 529-1414 1111 ,,., ........ • ~le Fl.llllfal • Pre-Arranged Services In-Heme Services • Prlt'Need hsu'ance • Alignment • Brakes • • Al hsu'anca Polc1es Honored 522-9030~1~~ ~4 TEXAS All, NC. Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists 880-4629 ~~ 9r ALL WORK FULLY GUARANTEED ~ Proucly Serving OUR Comm.nty Over 12 Yearsl W' $19~¢~~@@WJ~~t1° ~ /' · uda"' \I\\ 'll' llf' €..,et, , ' frJg~ ht ~(lt{tml110Jl{t v ~Ii Open 24 Hours Breakfast Special $2. 9S Grits or Potatoes Bacon or Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Huevos Rancheros $1. 99 from 4am to 10am IH Rich1111n• • S22-236S 1213 Hermann Dr. Suite 4 30 (713) 520-0653 Internal medical practice offering discreet confidential care to the community, including HIV/AIDS dtagnosucs & therapuucs HEAlTHC~RE FROM THE HEART Anooymrul Ttstmg & Crurililmg Ml.« Cm!J & l'mrml tmks AarJtro = ~-::h Qm!t[Dllm M<dJart Pride Committee Fundraising v Lesbian Gay Pride Week is now participating in the Kroger Share Card Program. Here is how it works. Everytime you go to your local Kroger Store in the Houston Division, you hand the cashier your special Pride Committe~ Share Card, the cashier scans your card, making sure that it is the very first item they scan, that is very important and guess what? 1% of your total sale is given to the Pride Committee of Houston!! To qet your share card, call the Pride Line at 529-6979, leave your name, address and telephone number. PLAIN SPEAKING Now It's More of a Race The national campaign for president has really begun . Bob Dole had unveiled his secret weapon; Pork, the other white meat Taking a page from the man he once opposed, Ronald Reagan, Dole had embraced supply-side economics w11h all the zest of a convert. w11h all the des· pera11on of a double-d1g11 trailer in the polls. Like Reagan, Dole proposes an across the board tax cut-although his puts the Gippers to shame. And, like the 1rue Republican he 1s, Dole throws in a sop for the rich-cut in half the cap11al gains tax. an e"'2pe clau.-.e unknown 10 99.~ per cent of taxpayers. He IS including a variety of other breaks for the middle class and par­ticularly women. proving that his han­dlers can read polls. The spin from Dole's doctor.. ot spin will be 1ha1 Reagan would have succeeded bul for a Democra11c Congreso. Obviously hop· mg that the public is as h1srnry ignorant as polb suggest. they prefer th" he 10 the horrible truth. When Reagan propo'°d his tax cut as successful election ploy, his rivals. including George Bu'h and Bob Dole decried It as voodoo economics. Once nomina1ed the Repuhllcans lined up as avuJ convcrh to an economic mtra· clc. Even Alan Greenspan, now master of the Federal Reserve , called Reagan's plan brilliant and predicted 11 would cut taxes by $500 b1ll1on over five years, hoo~l defen~e spending. and still have the gov· ernmenl in the hlacl by 1983 Reagan's e1gh1 )·ears produced the largest peace· time deficit~ in American h1S1ory Thank~ to Reagan · ~ economic ••m1ra clcn a quancr of the lcdcral hutlgct now goes JUSI to pay 1ng 11ueres1 on th 1s huge debt. Coinc1den1ally. only under Bill Clinton has th1~ deficit gone down s1g· n1fican1ly since Reagan You m1ghl a'k how did Alan Grecn~pan go so far wrong in his numhers, afttr all. he's calling the \hots these days on lhc mtere!.t rate which prclly much deternunes the d1rect1on of the stock market . Green­span assumed mtla11on would .ray l11gh for years which would have produced tntlatcd dolla" tor the budget-in other words future cheap money to pay off older lirmcr dollars But Greenspan un<lcrcst1 1 ma1cd the succ.css of his prc<leccssur Paul \'okkcr, ~ho had set a course tor hrrngng inflat10n un<ler control as the basis for a sound economy. So lhal by 1985, instead of lhe Sl21 b1llwn surplus Rea­gan's supply·siders had prom . .cd. we had a $198 b1ll1nn tleflc11. NtlW Dole' s handlers are prcd1c11ng that their JHUJCCtions for a 1ax. cul with an end to the deficit 1s '"crcdihle . That 1s to say an) thing is possible tn love, war and polit1cs Bui as the Wall Street Journal hardly a mot ut the llheral media. pointed out, " Plausible is closer to what these folks have in mmd, some might say 'barely plausible To <uccced, the plan will rel) on the con•erse of Murphy 's law· he· ryth1ng that can go rigt11 . must .. Already a Republican Congress two years ago promised big spending cuts, but have. m most cases. come up shorl. And wnh by Larry Lingle tough re-election campaigns confront­ing some of the Red Guard-the Republ1· can freshman class-even these zealots are resorting to that age-old while meat of pol11ics-pork Again from the Wall S1ree1 Journal, the closing days of Con· gress before their summer rece!-.s and cam ~ paign lime. GOP backbenchers threw in enough pork on other bills 10 bloat the cof fers of hometown folks, or at lea" home town politicians-from harbors to highways. from sandy beaches to swine waste. Dole has always been known as a defic11 cutter. noc a tax cutter, unless the 1wo went hand 1n hand. All the more astonish mg then, that his unveiled campaign thrust is pure supply-side economics . It car­ries no spending cuts, JU<l the old supply siders' promise of economic gruwch fo~ tered by tax cuts causing American\ to spend more. It doesn't take an MBA to lig ure out thac a $450 b1ll1on tax. cut over five years can only he countered hy consumer spending rising by a few lrillrnn dol lars. Yet when you consider that the deep· est cuts will go 10 the upper levels of tu payers, these folks already have found way~ to cut their tax hurden and any increase an their spending is U\Ually ... hel · 1ered from the force~ of 1;ua11on an any case . Pur m simpler terms, as qu111ed. agam in the Wall Streer Journal, a Detroll auto dealer and a Republican, noled that 0 ' 1he work mg '11ff-1f he p1tl' up a SI ,500 or $2.000 ta:c break. he'll go out and huy !'nmethmg. The people who are going IO gel this tax break-the wealthy-they're already buy­ing what they wanl •• Of course, what Oulc an.I h1"5 h:tn1tlcra .... counting on 1~ 1ha1 the American vo1er, cond111oned hy years of telcv1~ton fa~t sale, will register only "tax. cut" and "cuumg back the IRS" (who 1'n·1 tor d" arming the IRS, \CCond onl) to the KGB as the most hated 1n111ah). And. 111 all l1~elt hood, Ja1.:k. Kemp and Steve hlrhes-- at la't t111drng a home tn Dole' s camp- -having prevailed wuh their economic plan now hope to triumph w11h Dole's anomtmenl as lhe new Rea£an. The next )ltp IS the vice pres1den11al pie~ -pro~ably a sup ­ply ·s1der as well, and lhen on tu San Diego where the gho~t of Reaganpa!r.1 w1ll l1ve once again, JU~t a..'i 1f the Old G1ppcr wcren'1 ph) sic ally altve some\\ here 111 C'ail forn1a No" 1ha1 Dole had riveted the puhiic-s" auentrnn on the magic of t~u cuts even mu:s1 of the press ignored the tact that on Monday the Republican plallnrm com· m1ttec voted to retain 111 1hc ahort1011 plank a call tor a cons111ut10nal amend ment on the suhJeCt-JU'l weeks after DlllC prombed he would not had.: Lltlwn from his pledge to remove that plank from the plat form_ Jn poliucs. 1t"s all in the tuning-­and 10 the slogans. racts hcllarnned, £1VC them cale as long a'i you don' t tell them they II be billed lor -ame lor a couple uf gcnera11ons . Well. a1 ka~t now n 's more ot a race And whether n's p1e IO the s.ky or rorl m the har· rel, you can bet we'll all have 10 pay 1n the end The' !om ton Voin• \•elcomcs wcll-\Hitten, insightful and to-the-point commentaries for our opinion/editorial pages. We also welcome "counterpoint" articles that represent a different view on the issues approached in articles we have already run. We reserve the right to edit for length, format and clarity. The views expressed in guest commentaries and letters to the editor published in the Houston Voice are those of the writers. We seek to provide a broad-based forum which renects the varying points of view of our rich and diverse community. Selection for publication is at our discretion. Send articles to: lhe I fouston Voice, Attn. Edilor, 811 Westheimcr, Houston, TX 77006, or fax to 713-529-9531. Misguided Justice In 1994 five young men decided 10 peruse 1he n1gh1club area of Montrose, abduct a young gay man, force him to wnhdraw monty from an automatic teller machine, 'hnoc him in the head and dispose of him. The young men purportedly decided 10 engai;e an th1~ type of egregious behav­ior because they had heen led to believe 1hat inebriated homostxuals were eas~ prey and carried vast amounts of ca<h And they wanted new clothes for school. fhe vicum: 29 year old .\iu.:hael Burzinsk.1, his friends and family, and 1he Gay and Lesbian commun11y The alleged murderers . Demarco McCul ­lum, lerrance Payroll, DeCedrick Gan1ous, Sidney Gibson and Chris Lewis. The murder of Burzinski raised 1he ire of our community that began with the sim1· Jar murder of Paul Broussard. The com­munuy continued the full fledged cam­paign to end the rise of violent acts against hornose:xuals known as 0'hate crimes" The incident received enor­mous press coverage hence propagat· mg 10 1he masses 1he level of hos11h1y and 1n1olerance 1ha1 Gays and Lesbians encounter due to ignorance. While the media reporced the occurrence properly. their propensity co inform 1he public 1ha1 one of the defendants, Demarco McCullum . was a star quar· terhack at Aldinc ll1gh .School and vo1ed .. Mr. AIJinc·• by l11s cla~\mates before graduation was duh1ously insolent at best The s1g111f1cance of this 1nforma· turn e'i.:ape~ me en11rely other than IL t.'(.c:mpl1 l1cd 1hc I.tel 1ha1 even "sta1 slut.lento;, commit acts out of stupidity and lack any moral compass. If the intent ot JHOCUI 1ng the defendants ach1e\le rnents was designed to muster a level of compassion and sympathy for the Jctcntlant, 1t was sadly m1sgu1ded . It anything the 1ntormation made the <ldendan1s actrnns appear more antago n1st1cally aggr1evous . Ob\·1ou~ly, Mccullum wasn't too ~mart nor ~a~ he de sen int ol the honors he stowed upon him Mc Cullum 21, was sentenced 10 death foll' hi s role 111 the murder of Burzinsk1 la"t December and dcsenedly .... o Hope tully his predicament will deter others from committing similar desp1cahlc ac1s ol malfca,ance. That remains to he ,een. however. ti appears to be unlikely considering rhe dtlatory proce\s wJth respect to capital punishment Meanwhile Bur11nsk1's family and friend .... have had to endure the pam and tor­ment of losing someone they cared about. Not an easy task by any means . Last week.. Michael Burzinsk1's parents tiled a wron@ful death lawsuit agarnst his alleged killers and 1wo Montrose area club<. lleaven and the Ripcord, for negligence. mental anguish and los~ of compan ionship due 10 1be slaying of their son. Certain ly the Burz1nsk1s are JUSt1· t1ecJ 1n seeking retriburion. from the cJcfcncJants. however, their actions agamst the two clubs are unjustified and 1ll ·conce1ved The no11on that e11her cluh is responsible for the ac11ons of lhe alleged killers is erroneous. The su11 alleges 1ha1 the clubs con11nued serving Burz1nskl spirits despite being 1'obv1ously intoxicated 10 the ex1en1 1ha1 he presented a clear danger 10 himself and 01he"" While 1ha1 ma) be. 1t 1s 1rrelevant to the situation that occurred . It 's a blame the \'icum sce­nario . The young men looking to rob and murder homosexuals tn rhe Moncrose area could have selected an) one of the patrons lea\'111g an) One of the estab llshrncnlS 111 the neighborhood Burz rnsli wa~ rn the ~ rong place al 1he wrong time It 1s ridiculous to hlame the clubs. Are we to presume that the defendants knew ho"' many <lrtnks Burz111sk1 con· sumed and 1ha1 they were able 10 deter· mrne the level of 1nebriat1on of each and every 1nd1v1dual in the neighborhood prior to selecting the1r prey'! It 1s understandable that the parents of Michael Burzinsk1 are upset over his death . Whal they may mll realize is 1ha1 our community 1s also a victim of the 1nc1dcnt. Seeking recourse from the hars 1s not going to pro\lide them or our community with any jusuce. nor will 1t bring b.acl their son . The perpetrators 'hould be held accountable for their actions, not the es1abtishments Michael frequented on his own vol111on Granted, that will not Orang had. their son ellher. hut 1t ,..., the murderers who are ulomately reo;.pons1ble They alone should he held accountable . To what extent 1s It a har 's re!<.pons1hillly to monitor people "s con~umption of alcohol} Ho" a1e 1he) 1c,pon>ible for ac1111ns ticyond their con110J'' The concept ol 1nd1vuJual respons1 hlluy seems to he remiss from society today ii h3' become commonplace 10 lind someone or something to blame for ou1 actions other than ourselves . A~ a re,ult , we lave tn a ~(lc1ety where people commit c rimes w 11hou1 an) remorse. precisely hecause v.e hive pr(l\ 1ded them wirh an CJ.:Cuse to JUS.tll) their actions. II the prcvallrn~ c.:onscnsus 1s that no one ts respons1hle for the r actions. \\hat posc;.1blc 111cent1ve does anp>ne have 10 aller their behavioral pattern ... . Moreover, 11 there are no con· \equent1al rcpcrcu~~1on\ for 1mpro· priety. then there is no deterrent fo1 1nd1v1duals not to engage 1n such hehav101. The rec1d1v1sm rate in this country has reached enormous propor· t1011s and is not likely to declme 1f the pun~ 1.\hmen1 does not lit 1he crime . Convcnt1onal wisdom dictates that the killers are \Olel>· re11.pons1ble for the dea1h of Michael Rur11nsk1, not Hea\lcn or the Ripcord. In my opm1on, there arc lrnuts. There 1s a reason you have to be an adult to patronize a drinking e .... rablish ment Regardles!i. of the c1rcums1ances 1hal compelled lhe f"c )Oung men lo engage 111 murder; they should be pun­ished 111 1he fulle~I extent of lhe law and have no one to blame but themselves. The entire incident 1!i tragic and repulsive Michael'> parents have e•cry right 10 be enraged, bul 1hey should direct Iha! anger and lrus1ra1 1on appropriately where 11 belongs, a1 1he ones who are truly gu1ll). Amen.c an Heart .~ A'isociation .. Flf1hl"'11H.1ffO..... ..cs.- Reduce your risk factors ENRolliNG Now foR DAy & EveNiNG CLASSES • Financial Assistance Available • Placement Assistance • Natural Motion Cutting\Styling •Seasonal Color Analysis ,Makeovers •Color • Perms • Nails VOGUE COLLEGE OF CO~OLOGY 864-4717 2104 Y91e ::• ! 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One year ago today I was diagnosed w11h cancer Malignant melanoma. one of the fastest •preadong and deadly konds ol skon cancer h ma111fest.., itself a .... a pin-point frecklt: 111 my right eyebrow. W1thin mon1hs It was as big as a pencil er•1'er. tun ~ nel111g ll\clf right towards my hra1n. Those weeks between the fina docror's evaluation and the second exc1s1on and tonal pathology results were a frenzy of w1ll-mak.ing. d1s1ribut1on of my mo ... 1 sen .. 11mental possessions ro kids and famtly members and explosive shrieks of terror and despair. My chest ached consuntly from us auempts to contain my lurching heanbeus and heavy s oghs. II hurt 10 hold such news and II hurl to share 11 I told people on a need-to· know basis When I !Old my friend Brandy, her eyes rolled back and she slumped as she absorbed the equallon: cancer = death We both thought I would doe soon. My partner Jan accompanied me to the second •procedure ," Draped and lay­ing ,umy on the lllhle. I fell the 1ugg1ng of the scalpel and her hand tighten on mme and I knew she was scrutinizing something I could never witness: a not very friendly surgeon. one we did not know mrnutcs before. was opening her lover's face and scooping out her flesh wilh s1erile uten· sils . Where did 1h1s cancer come from·! The American Academy of Dermatology reported th1' s.ummer that 42~ of Amen cans have no knowledge of melanoma even though 11 1s the most common cancer 111 women aged 25 to 29. and the second most common (after hrea\t cancer) m women 30 10 34 Between the 1960s and the J 99Ch lhe death rate lrom thos cancer increased 36'­in women and 107~ 111 men_ Accordmg to the: World lleahh Organ1zat1on mela· noma is increasing faster than any other cancer. worldwide. People laving along coastal areas arc especially susceptible 10 ii, heong exposed lO the sun a~ muc;h as we are. One of the most significant disposing fac1ors in gemng skin cancer 1s three blis1ering ;unburns before puberty. Other rosks involve having a large number of moles. more than 75-100; having a strong family history of melanoma on hlood rela11ves; the presence of dysplastic (abnormally growing) moles or a family history of them. Fair sk inned. blue-eyed individ­uals are more at risk. but skin cancer occurs on people of all colors. People who delohera1ely Ian themselves are highly at nsk, as well. .. No tan 1s a good tan ." says Dr. W. Mitchell Sam Jr, President of the American Academy of Derroaiology He urges people to avoid the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and always wear sunscreen. What I dod not know a year ago was that skon cancer has a very high cure rate if detected early. Nonely per cent of people treated swiftly for melanomas survive 1l. Once the lesion reaches the size of a dime how· ever. there 1s a 50-SO chance that 11 has spread And once u has spread, there 1s no effective treatment, according IO Dr Darrell S Rogal, clonocal Associate Professor of Dermatology al New York Univers11y Medical Center. Examme your skin and if you have one. your partner's every few months for any sign of change 111 :-;1ze. color or cleva11on Note whether they are scaly, itchy or star1 to bleed Moles 1hal change are the ones that need medical attention. I was fortunate 1hat my cancer was caught early and completely removed. Knnw111g that I am al risk, I gel regular check-ups and protect myself. And I fu'5, scold , nag and rail at my friends who s111l believe that a Ian os healthy. Jazz hm sptnt the p1ut year trymg to repos­sess all her stnt1mtntal possessions from ha kids and family m•mhus . Friends Fest '96 Scheduled for October Conunu1ng the October Texas uad111on of women's music an the woods. Friends Fest '96 woll be held Friday through Sunday, Oct 4 -6, 1996 al Recreauon Planlatoon Camp· grounds in Dripping Sprmgs Friend~ Fes1 '96's main event 1s us Saturday n1gh1 concert featunn& Lone Scar's favorite musical daua:hters. and 1s hosted by award -winning Texas comedian and columnist Nancy Ford Scheduled 10 perform under the stars arc 10" Mana, Gina Fant, Diana Jones, Lara Linette. Suzz Raff. Nancy Scou \Ir 1lh Millie Marlow and Mary Reynolds, Therapy Suter~. Tonauc in Groove with Sidney. and nous· ton's own Outrageous. Between acts, camp· ers will be treated to a gigantic raltle, win n1ng prizes including vacauon.s, dinners, services and e,1h uems dona1ed by fest· friendly merchants 1hroughout Texu. The weekend also offers a Friday Night Movie under 1he Stan. a volleyball tournament, and 1he f1ut annual Friends Fest Olympics, Saturday afternoon. noted Aus11n thera pLSt Charlie Love. MS. LPC, LMFT, condu~t\ an Imago workshop based on Harville Hen· dnx ·s best-~ller Gelling the Love You Want. Located tn the Texas 11111 Country along 1hc crystal clear headwater" of Onion Creel, the forty acre Recrcallon Plan1a11on can accommodate approximately 1,000 guests. and conveniently offers a ba1h house wnh hot showers and flush toilets, swimming and hiking. and seduded campsites w11h p1cn1c areas Adm1ss1on 10 Friends Fest '96 1s $35 per person through Au&u<i IS, $40 through Sept JS, and SSO al the &•le Gate hours arc 9 :un-9 pm, with a SS·per-veh1cle charge thereafter. Mall your rc11strat1on to Stacy Spencer, Recreation Plantation clo Friends Fest '96, 96SO Pursley Road, Dropping Spron&s. Texas 78620 Craftsfolk and vendors wish ing to d1"iplay their art and products during the festival should contact Ms. Spencer at Sl21894-0567 Recreauon Plan1111on 1s easily found by taking Highway 290 wesl of Austin to Drip· pang Spnn&\ Al traffic hght . conunue four more street\ to County Road 190, and turn left Stay on CR 190 for two milb to Coun1y Road 220. Proceed on CR 220 for "ix miles, and then turn r1gh1 on CR l98 Proceed 1'2 mile 10 mail · box #96SO follow FRIENDS "gns and ponl ribbon to camperound r TELL US HOW WE'RE DOING! The HOUSTON VOICE 1s your Voice in Houston, and we value your input and suggestions Write us at 811 Westhe1mer, Suite 105, Houston TX 77006 (Fax: 529-9531) to tell us what you like and don't like or to share your own creative ideas. (Please indicate if your letter is for input only, as we also receive numerous letters for publicaVon). Ninth Annual Creating Change Washrnglon, DC -June 27, 1996- Barney !'rank. 1he outspoken Demo· cra11c Congressman from Massachu· ~ells, will kick off the ninth annual Creat~ ing Change Conference, regaling at1· endees w11h h" views of 1he 1996 Presi­dcn1 ial election Prank's keynote address opens the conference on Thurs­day evening. Nov. 7. 1996. The pre-errnnen1 na1ronal ga1hering of Gay t l.e sb ran/B rse x ual/Transgender act1vis1s returns this year to 11s birth­place ol Washrng1on, DC. Pre-confer­ence mq11u1es and trainings will be held Nov. 6 and 7, with the core conference runnrng Nov. 7 1hrouEh 10. All evenis dur­ing this ninth annual national gathering sponsored by 1he Na1ronal Gay and Les­bian T3'k Force (NGLTF) wrll be held a1 !he Radisson Plaza Hotel at Mark Center m Alexandria V1rgin1a. This year's conference features the f;1na Annual Vuo Russo Memorial Lee rnre on Ari &. Politics, rn be delivered Friday, Nov. 8 hy au1hor and poe1 June Jor­dan Jordan 1s a prolific writer and social cr1t1c whose grcate~t strength is her ab1l· uy 10 live wha1 \he believes. The late Vito Ru\SO, a 1989 Crea1rng Change keynoie speaker wrntc 1hc cr111cally acclaimed s1udy of cinema The Cellulo1d Close!. Vc1eran organ11cr Carmen Vasquez. currenlly 1he director of public policy at the New York Cuy Gay and Lesbian Cnm· munlly Services Center, will deliver a l..c) 1101e address on Saturday, No\'. 9. \'asque1, a sclf·de<crrhed Bu1ch Puer10 R1can·Soc1alis1, as co·d1rec1or ol Pro· mote the Vole, a na11onal vo1er reg1stra· IHH1 and mohtl11at1on l'HOJt:CI of the counlry s 65 c.:ommun11y centers I-Ive all·day pre-conference institute\ are scheduled prior 10 the core workshops and round1ahles of rhe conterence On Wednesday, Nov. 6, l\l.O tn\tllutes "'tll run s1multaneously the annual "Peo· pie ol Color Organrzrng lnst11u1e" w11h organ11er'!./fac.:1l1tators Don Kao Cathy Cohen, G raciela Sanchc1, Mic.:hacl Ma11nc1, and Katherine Acey; and ·· Race l!i> The hsuc An lnstuutc fnr White Act1v1!'its , with lead Or£anizer Su1anne Pharr ol 1he Arkan<as Women's Project assisted h)' a team 1nclud1ng Amher lloll1haugh, Mac Plumh, Laura J·landcr:-. Mah Segresl ant.I Jamie Grant. Scholarships A vai/ab/e ·\ limit ·d numher of scholarship' are ava1lahle (airfare & h<>usrng need>) "h1ch mu'1 he applied for 111 wrumg as \oon as pos~1blt: l·or more 1-;itorm.:uion or to 1ece1\·e a CreJt111g Change 1996 hro churc and reg1strat1on brochure call 2021332-6483 ex!. 3329. II " also ava1la­hle on 1he world "1de weh ai hup // www ngltt org1cc96 On Thurl\C.Ja) Nov 7, the three '!.lmulta~ neous 111~11tu1cs !'1Chedulcd are .. hnd ng Common Ground . Building Alliances Across Race. Class & Gender I.mes:· oq;an11ed and facllll<llCd by Pam Mc Michael and Pal lluss.1 1 co-J1rechH'!. ol So1.1 herncn n Nev. Ground . •youth Organu1ng ln!it1tu1e:· nnr1t111 red by youth organizers from lhe New York C11y Le<hran and Gay Commun11y Serv­ices Center: and "Community Cenrers: Laying the Foundarions to Create Change," convened by leaders from the counrry's Gay and Le!iihtan communlly centers Two ipccral all·day 1u1orials are offered: Fundra1!'i111g Tra1nmg with Kim Klern on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Board/ Leadership Developmen1 with Karl Ma1h1asen on Friday, Nov. 8. Panici­pants at these special trainings are expected to attend 1hem for the enure day. Reg1strac1on for these rrarnrngs is not included 111 the conference registra· t1on fee: a separate fee ""ill be charged and lunch rs rncluded A S1ra1egy Meetrng for S1a1ew1de Organrza11ons wrll be held on Thurs­day, Nov. 7. This day·long galherrng 1s by, for. and ahout !he people and groups that toll 111 1he .stale legislatures, build· mg networl..!'I across their Mate, county by count) and town by town. Thi<i meet mg is organ11ed and fac1!11a1ed hy Helen Gon- 1ales of NGl.ll'. Paula Enelhrrck of !he Empire S1a1e Prrde Agenda. and Urvash1 Vaid, attorney and community organ­izer A panel ol 1nside-1he-hellway pros will lead ott the morning on l•nday, Nov. 8 with a pithy discussion ol lhe Next Pres ~ 1dent1al Ad1111111s1ratmn The curren1 d1scuss1ons of same-gender marriage, the :!'tatus ol ENDA and lederal hate cnmes la"" and 1he ou1come of Colorado's Amendment 2 provide much gris1 for 1h1s 111111 Th1o;, panel discuso;,ion 1s organized and facilitated b)' v.r11er and activist Torie Oshorn . Conference-goers can choose from doz ens ant.I do1ens ol worl..shop~. panel\ caucu\es, mcetmgs and 'mall group ses· \Ions ahout act1v1sts' work 111 their com· rnun111es. Subject matcer 1nt:ludes: lreedom to marry. media, sex and gender 1dcn111y. organi1.a11onal develop­ment, a1111 vtolcnc.:e. workplat:e organ 1z1ng. speakers bureaus leadership skills, sodomy laws and current hot 1op- 1cs and trends Ill the mo\'ement. Digital Quee" rc1um> for tlie fourtlt year v.uh a full schedule of computer, on-line, and web training\ for everyone. from 1he weak· fingered rookies to the veteran C) ber­JOd. s To re,crve a room at the Rad, 'on Marl.. Cenler l1111el. call 7031854-1010; men 1ron 1he NGI.TI· Crea1rng Change con terence to get the special conference room ra1e ol S89 ' n1gh1 Crcalrng Change rs a regl\lered irade­marl ol 1he Na11onal Gay and l.e,h1an Ta-l Force NGl.TJ! is a progressive organ1 1atu1n that has supported ,rassroots or~ani11ng and pioneered 111 national .1dv11cat:y s1111.:c 1973 . S111ce 1h 111cept1on NGI rl· has hccn at 1he torclront of v1rtu all)' ever) nl<tJor 111111atn·c for lesbian and ga) nglns In al its cllom. NGl.TF helps to strcn(!then lhe Ga}. 1 esb1an Bisexual and Trnnsgendcr move-:nenc al 1he state le\'el wh le connec11ng 1hese act v1t1cs to a na11onal v1c;.100 for change HOW TO REACH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS S THE PRESIDE NT Call th~ ( ;1p1to. ,..1\lli.:hho.irJ ·c\ en tf ~ ou .lrc nut sure v.ho rcprc.cnl ) t.t1, .1u ~ a'l.. the operJtor ,md \OU \\ill Ile Cllllnccti:J. ,\o;,j.. for their fa\ numl"k.-rs ;rnd e-mail aJdrCS.~ as \\Clf Cull l S l.1p11ol 202/224-3121 (Senaiors & Rcpresenlall\c') \\'ntc I he: I l<mornhlc _ ll.S Scnale Washington. DC 20510 I he J>res1dcnl of 1hc Un11cd Stales l'rcs1dcn1 Bill Clrnlon I he While llou•c lbOO Pcnnc;.\ h11111a A\e \~1.,h1nglo;, DC 20500 I he llonornhle lJ.S I louse of Reprcsen1at1\CS Washrngl<>n, DC 20515 While llnu!>C Puhlic lommenl I.roe 202'4~6-7619 I-~rn.111 prt.--s1dcnt a '"hitchouSC:-@O\ HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 9 3939-S Montrose 713-522-5 7 56 .. ,N c~p.P.\ s\"\~, ... Sun., August 11 th. 9 pm. HR. TEXAS DIUJHHER CON'l'ES'I'! 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Orders to l!O Mencan Restaurant (7 UJ 522·0906 Co. f ee & Cliar Bar lr B-u-y -1- E-NT-R-EE- A-N-d- R-E-CE-iV-E- T-~E- -2N-d- -EN-T-RE-E -o-f : I ~ EQUAl OR lESSER VAlUE 1/2 pRicE e......._ ~ I (up TO THE vAluE of $6.95) t : Nor vAlid wirli ANY OTHER offrn OR spEciAls. I l DiNE iN ONly. M-F 10-10 ~ ""-------~----------_...,. -----__ , ...... Business Hours: 7:30 a.m. - to P.m. Mon. & Sat. sundav 7:30 a.m. - 3 P.m. VJ Z Doz. Longstem Roses S19.99 Glads S4.00 bunch ~~°"'S4U Aa (!tAt, 'PoU 20% oft florGI GrrGngements for Gii occGsions FTD Worldwide Service and Local Delivery Fresh Cut Flowers Terra Cotta Pottery Bedding Plants Topiary Animals Tropical Plants HanQ1119 Baskets 112 Wutheimer (near Montrose Boulevard) ~ (713) 52~61>50 R .I? .:::r;, ~ e'/p e? Gunderson continued .... (Contmuedfrom page/) Committee Polls shO\\ed that Gunderson had a clear shot of , .. inning as a \Hitc-m candidate lntercsungl)t Gunderson':s Ii fest) le 1s not a paramount issue \\Ith h1:-i d1stm:ts \'Otcrs. In fact, most of his constltucnts ''ere full) 3\\are of his sexual orientation and indicated the~ \\ould ha\e cast their \Oh!' for him a" a \H1te-m candidate in the primal) and ~cncral clcct1on. lronicall). Gunderson held a pre.~ conti:rcncc last "eek to announce that he \\as asking the "Write-In Ste•e Gunderson Campaign• to cease their efforts on hi< behalf Gunderson attributed his dcc1s1on to 1he reluctance \\ ithin the GOP hicrarch) towards the \Hite-an cffon. In a meeting \\1th llouse Speaker Ncv~t Gingrich. ''horn Gunderson considers a friend. he , .. as informed that there ''ere people \\-hO ''anted to dcstro> him Gingrich sent Gunderson a letter urging him not to run because there \\ere people out there \\.ho \\anted "to destroy" him "It \\.as a \.Cr) personal note \Hillen out of great concern." said Gunderson in USA Toda) According to in article 1n USA loda). Gunderson's opponent Jim Harsdorf, a state legislator. has the support of the religious right. The article contends that social conscnat1\.es led b} act1\.ist Paul We}nch \\ere plannmg a maJor campaign consisting of .. character as.\aSSmation" against him Gunderson claims he had been informed that the groups \\ere going to infer he had AIDS. \\h1~h he says ts untrue Gunderson bcl1C\.CS that his dcc1s1on not to engage 1n the camp.ugn "as o *strategic dec1s1on~ based on sound reason. "' It \\OUld ha\.e been a ncgall\C and j10lan11ng campaign.* he asserts. lie also feels ht, dcc1s1on \\ill be *bendictal in the greater conte\t • A ked 1f he plans to run for ollit.:c an the future. he replies that he \\ 111 ''never S<I) never* 'rokcn hf...c a true politician. Gunderson asserts that I louse S~akcr Nc\\l Gingrich 1s more moderate than he appears. Morris concurred. ··1cimgrich's] historical intellectual background i;ccm5 to he in conflict \\.Ith his pohtu:ul surroundings. He i) .1ust as comfortable at home \\Ith a ga) couple as long a5 there is interesting comersat1on.• I he couple also bcl1C\CS that the •\.erd1cl 1s sttll out• concerning our proiress on battling the religious right. 1 he) a>scrt that the climate IS getting \\orse " lncrca.,ingl) the) are the part) acti\.·ists ... the) proclaimed "\\.'e ha\·c to ha\.C a\'.'ceptance on both side;, ot the aisle if \\e're going to achieve equ;ilH) ,"' Gunderson insisted. lie lauded the efforts on behalf of Log Cabin Republicans na1101rn 1de and indicated he followed \\1th interest the legal action bch•een Log Cabin Republicans of Texas and the state GOP. "The Christian Coalition's propaganda misrepresented m) record consistent!)," intoned Gunderson. lie remarked that it \\as important to tight for our cqualit) \\. ithin the Republican part) "ith the understanding that it as a tedious process. I "ould ha\c lo\ed to be chairman of the Agriculture Committee. I \\OUld ha\c lo\.eJ to be in a part} \\.here )Our personal life doe~n't matter. and you are judged b) professional conduct. But I understand that progrcs!'> comes in small steps,* stated Gunderson at a prc:ss conference last \\eek. In the last fe\\ )Cars Gunderson has been an outspoken advocate about ga) cau::;es In house and home. the pair takes you on a JOurne) that is a compelling and thought provoking expose into their political and personal lives The} are dra\\.ing huge crO\\.dS on the tour and the book has gone to a second printing. Gunderson bclie•es that the) \\ill be embarking on a second tour later this )Car Morris says that has )Ct to be confirmed Sounds like a normal couple respectfull) disagreeing During our con\.ersat1on. ii \\as apparent that Gunderson and Morris had mutual affection and respect for one another At limes at "as diOkull to figure out \\ho \\a'i talking I heir banter \\.as genuine anJ the\. both seemed to be at ea.\e \\.ith their currc~t status and one another Rob Morns is president of Moms­Oa), an arch1tcctuml firm He 1s a $ucces.stul residential an:hnecl an Arlington, VA, a suburb of \\.'ashington Morns contends that the concept for the hook came .1hou1 from \ c:.us of "'keeping a dtaf)'.. H..vh \HOie mo-.t ul Steve's speeches back 1n '92 and '91 in add111on to recording his thoughb on a dail) b<hlS. I le then submitted his \Hiting" lo SC\eral puhfo.hcrs .md Dutton acquired the rights Stc\.e and Rob's courilchooJ <las.torts an} und all rn1sconccpt1on:; about homuse\ual unions. fhcir pro\.ocati\.C stor) pro\ides the reader \\Ith the true ddin1t1on of "fam1I~ \alues* and negates the religious rights perpetrated stereot: pes. Kolbe continued ... (Contmuedfrom page 1) office. .. The most effecll\e "a) to educate Republican members of Congress 1s to ha\ e an cfh:ctl\ e. intelligent and rc,pected colleague to be open I) ga).* proclaimed Log Cabin Communu:a1ions Dm:c.:tor Da' 1d Greer *I .og Caban Republicans applauds Congressman Jim Kolbe for h1> courageous annoum:cmcnt \i.'e arc sure that b) his ><I') presence on the 11111. Jim Kolbc \\ill conunuc to d1. pcl m) ths anJ stereot) pc..--s: informed Greer In ICR's First Scss10n ra11ng scorccJrd. Congressman Kolbe ranked s"th among all llousc Republicans in the IO~th Congress. '"th a 92 rating. putting him in the Leader categol) the group said "lie \\Ill be most cffecll• em educating h1> colleagues I hs leadership on the ,\ppropriauons ( ommlltcc and on kC\ issues hkc I rec trade and economic dc\.clopm~nt Jrc good examples of \\h) Jim Kolbe has hecn such an asset to his constllutcnh and to 1he ~\mcncan people concluded (in:cr r be open and honest OOOUI being ga' IS often one of the most difficult dcc1S1ons in the life of any gay person. espcctall) 1 public figure like Congressman Kolbe." said Daniel Zingale l'ol1llcal Director ol lluman Rights Campaign "\\ e apploud h1S acuon and look fon,.ard to continuing to \\.Ork \\.Ith him·· Arizona's Republican Go\.·crner Fife S) mington and l' S Senator John McCain (a contender for Vice President on 1he Republican ticket) offered support for their fol low Arizonan. ..I don't think it's cnuscd much of a ripple around here I think Jim Kolbe has the respect and appreciJt1on of most Aruonans. I belle\.e if he ran for rc~clect1on , he \\.ouldn't h3\ e much d1flicu1ti ," said McCain •Jim Kolbe is a personal friend I ha>e the utmost r(spec.:t for him. I ne\er e\en bothered to read the SlO~ . I think it IS of no consequence \\hatsoc\.er I \HSh hun the best.* said S)mington "I •1ould not ha'e outed him In general. Kolbe has >0ted against bagotr) and d1scnmmatmn. so his O\ erall record 1s intcllectuall) honest on this issue • remarked US Rep Barne) franksil>·M,\) \I h1lc Kolbe's d«: s1on" is gcncr.ill) lauded. 1t raised the specter c: mtolerancc 111 lhe Kc,:puhlic,m part) IO\\ irds (1,1: s 11.nd Lcsh1ans M.m} pundits hope th.11 (1undcrson .111d Kolhc's op1..·nncss allcmt their S.C:\11,11 oricntat1011 \\ 111 con\o 1m:c other ga) Rrpuhhcans to come for\\.ard to\; untcr the religious right rhetor c • 1 he fact that Jim anJ I .trc both out continue io brea~ do'"' stereotypes and the Republican part} 1s gomg lo ha ... c to deal" 1th that." opined < iundcrson Guest Editorial Fact or Fantasy? Let Experience Decide! By Martina E. Cartwright, Esq. Introduction Oftentimes. \\hen sitting quiet!) , musing on the variou~ srn:ial mo,cmcnts emerging. I recall a passage from a book that I read man) )Cars ago. "In this life, '"c ''ant nothing but facts. sic nothing but facts." Occasionally. that passage brings a smile • a wry and ironic smirk, real!} . For. 1t (the excerpt) cncourngcs me to look at a fen hard facts. frequently lost in scntimcntallt} First and foremost~ there arc no mass groups of ind1' iduals linked by altruistic sentiment seeking resolution of all manlind's problems I here arc s1mpl) coalluons joined in common concerns dri,cn b) self-interest The simple cquat10n of "What's in 1t for me.,. rules We c.rnnot lool r~t that most basic of human needs 10 sec somclhmg '"'hu.:h does not C\.iSt. Second, a utilllanan rcrspcctl\.C on an) issue IS certain 10 doom an cndca,or - hO\\ C\Cr ''cll­intcnt1oncd and \\ell-planned that cndea"·or ma) be• rhc ideal of a "common good" ofien falls 10 adequately address the concerns of dissimilarly situated individuals. Indeed, one is almost co1htn11ncd to ask what criteria is emplO) cd in defining the "common good?" Well. one need onh look to those issues and individuals which predominate in any ~tting to !ind the answer Such is the ''-a) of the "-Orld I hird, all - or rather some - indl\ 1duals do not share the same c\pcricnccs. or the same interests. or c\Cn the ~me goals in life. It is 1ix1lhard) to ASSUMI that one can e'trapolatc from the C\pcnencCS Of a group or md1\.iduab to llctter comprehend that of anothcr1 Or that a group of persons >hould be I· XPr:cn:o to understand the anguish of another simpl) because the)" ha\C !;uftCrcd undue hardship. a.\ \\ell. I c\pt:c.:t 1h.11 my "n11dn1ghl mu,mg," ma)" ha\.e some \\.ondcnng \i.hat m) O\crall goal 1s 111 \Hlting this particular editorial I ''ill admit to ha\ ing heen prodded into ii by numerous c\pcncnccs I've had m the la I re\\ d<t) S. l'\C <.kc1dcd 10 highlight a IC\\ of these "c,pcncnccs" m an attempt to better acquaint the reader \\uh ITI) concerns. lhc following 1s not an c\haust1vc list, II 1s sirnpl) C\amplcs of 1-s,5.uc:s ''hich ha\C resulted in heightening m)''U\\Jrcness •(Ca, cat One's pos1t1on on m) I 1st of I xpcnenccs h not rcprc~entati\e of the unpact on the author ) Le Grande Experiences l\periencc Number One \\'hile perusmg this month's "OutSman" I happened upon Dale Carpenter·, article ("Remember the Alamodome, p 32") recountmg his verbal allcn.:ation ''1th a ) oung Republican at the r C\8S Rcpuhlacan Con\.ent1on. When called an epithet h) a member ot the Georgia State College Repuhlicans (Mr Carpenter was referred 10 as• "faggot"), Mr Carpenter bhthcl) replied: "And I'll bet )Ou call blac~ people "niggers" don't you"" My queslton to Mr Carpenter· What docs one epithet have to do \\.Ith another'> Indeed, I am surprised that he \\ould think 10 a,k that of another Republican No offense 10 Mr Carpenter or the pan) of Abraham 1.im:oln, but Republicans are not \\Cll kno\\ n for their scnsiUVll) to minorities - or e'en mmont) concerns for that matter. So then. \\C an: hack tO the original question or the presumed relationship beh\Cen calling one ind1v1dual "ni~er" and another "fa~got" F\pencncc Number h\o: "llouston Ga) I cadc.:n• scheduled a meeting \\Ith Congrc ~'"<'man Sheila Jack-;;on Lee to discuss_ her " Pn:~cnt" 'oh: regarding the Defcn~c of f\.lam.agc \c.:t No mC"mhcr of the _.-\fncan­!\ mern.:.m J,c"h"'n and Cia) Alliance ol I louston (A,\I (i,I\} ''"•'s t:ontactcd rcg.ard111g possible issues to he.:- d1st:us,cd, or ('ommunit) 's concerns am.mg from the \.Ole, or C\Cn the \.Cf} cx1stcnt:c ul u 111ect111g I he President of AALGA. Stc\Cn I \\ alkcr, ''·•"' c\tcn<.kd an ill\ itatton h) ( ongrcSS\\om.rn Lee some t\\Che hours before the mcclmg. and the author recei\ed her notice IS minutes pnor to the " bles~cd e\.Cnt." M) question to the so-called leaders or the llouston Ga) and I ,csb1an Community· "Wh)" \\Bsn't an African-Amencan presence encouraged to attend??" Indeed, \\h) \\asn't the one \.isiblc African-American Gay and I .csb1an group 111\. itecJ to \Oice their concerns to the esteemed congrcsS\\Oman? Arc \\C not considered an mtegrnl part of the Ga) and Lesbian community'> Or rather, is it expected that our concerns mirror those of the lluman Rights Campaign and/or other mainstream ga) and lesbian groups., Perhaps. it ma) B!>tonish some to knO\\. that the opinions of most African­Amcric: an Ga) s and Lesbians often differ "ilh those of the so-called lcadcr:s of Ga) and I ,esb1an America Surprise~ hpcrience Numhcr rhree I frcquentl) hear non-minonty Ga) sand Lesbians hcmoan10g the lack of support from minorit) religious groups Indeed. there is a heightened sense of desperation which emanates from majoritarian ga) and lesbian groups \\hen Cn\.·isioning funher encroachment of Religious Right ideals within the midst of Black churches. l"he remark most often uucred is~ "Why'! Don't the) understand \\hat we're gomg through?" Uh. actually, no rhe) do not• I he hardship that one ma) suffer based on skin color is not comparahle to tho'\c c'pcriences faced b~ indi\.1duals llccause of their ~\ual orientation I rue. there 1s discrimination and disparate treatment endured b) both, but that 1s no basis for contra,tmg and comparing e\pcrienccs It is as prcptlsh:mus as comparmg apples and oranges. Morco\cr. I am rather pe:rpk\cd b)" non-minorll) Cia) and l.csb1an Icade~ approachmg M1nont~ Religious leaders lo c.:hallcngc them on homophobia \\1th in their O\\O commun111cs. '"hc-n \\c, as Ga~s and l.csh1an.,... ha\c} ct to oJdress r.1c1sm and sexism among"'t our O\\ n Io quote one 'cnerable and distinguJShed philosopher and rel1g1ous leader "Wh} heholdest thou the mote that is in th} brother\ C) c. hut c.:onstdcn:st nol the beam that is 111 thy 0\\ n q c')' l·.:\pcrience Numllcr hrnr It is quite fascinating that some m our communtt) ha\C taken an mtcrcst in crcatmg '" Disc:rimmation rrec Zones• to combat rac1 ... rn anJ SC\1sm amongst our O\\n Or \\ould that be I lomophob1c·free 1ones rn prcdormnatel) hctcrosc,ual segments of soc1ct~ I he author 1s not cnlirel) certain of the lhru,1of1h1s p.trtu.:ular campaign Oh \\di! Noncthclcs~. as regards our °''" communit). one mu~t a.1.,k hm' far \\C'\c ac.:1uall) fottc::n - and 1f \\e\c c\cn begun - opposmg the C\'1ls of racism and se.\Jsm I don't thin~ so' I sllll oticn hear of the hara"mcnt suffered b) minonl) Ga)s and Lesbians "hen anempllng to patronuc cenarn establishments m the Montro5oc area People, please! We are in no position to u111c11c other communities for their fai1111gs. nunont) ur othcni.1se, \\hen '"e can't alleviate these particular d1flicull1cs1 And \\C cenainl) can't ancmpt 10 hold othe" to standards '""hich \\e ourschcs arc UO\\illing or unable to attain Conclusion - I think! Any conclusion ''-htch sums an author's pos1t1on should contain at lca.1't a modicum of poSltl\ll) nut. I ha\cn't 3n) to gl\C! In fact. l'\e reached a place no\\ that J',c often dreaded reach10g - \coting \1tllh no re<.:ommcndations or suggcsllom, to offer l'\.c mO\ ed to\\ard~ finding rcal·hfc, pra1.:t1t:al solutions by actt\el) 111\ohmg m\sclt mm' Commumh l3ut I am often frustraicd h) h)~flS) ~ mcrti~ ignorance. "ego-tnppmg" and general llliU Sill I from so-called all1c' II \\C arc to hcgm the procc's of buildmg coalillons \\ ithm our C<lfnmunll\ and \\Ith other C'ommun1t1cs, mmmg tO~\ards resOl\.111g common. a'S \\ell .1s md1\ 1dual dllcmrna'>, foll...s. \\.e 111,:,:J to hcgin b lookmg at the fads. :\.f.\ Cartll'rt}{ht 1.\ I 1ec.•-< 'lra1r of the .ffncan· lnu.·ncan l.t•\h111n and< i10 ll/1mrn• . Tell EVERYONE yoo s<Jw it HOUSTON VOICE HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9. 1996 11 12 HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 "The love erpressed be/ll'een lwo women is parlicular and power­ful, because ll'e have had 10 love in order to live; love has been our sur­v i\·a l " Audre Lorde B) ~A-;CY FORD So there I was, ll1pptng through the Sun­day want ads. Guess \\hat? U-Haul JS hir· ing counter help. :-.iow, there's a way 10 meet lesbians I thought, out of hab11 Think about It, 1f the old JOke holds true, I'd get'em coming and going. Name, address, phone number, plast1c, all on one handy dandy prmt-out Thank you and comt agatn Stt you in 2 112 ·to J ytars Repeat busrncss 1s so •mportant in this highly compe1111ve world of ours, don't you agree' In tact, L'-Haul 'hould market smart and consider giving us frequent flyer m1ios. Punch a card, and the tenth lrlp 1 •s ... n them Thank you and come again . Then like suddenly waking from an extended dream, I remembered. I'm not supposed to be thtnk1ng along those stereotypical Imes anymore A fresh era has hcgun m Nanc.y:_nd. A bright new day has dawned Be" re th soc".lds any more like a com· mercul r r laundry detergent, let me fill you m After years of building a sohd career around being a sin~le. b1t1er, frustrated l.e•boan, I lmd thal rnday I'm singing a ne..., song I've opened my soul and embraced the light No, I haven't started channeling the dead I have fallen 1n love I am not talking about the I htar music v.'htn thert 's no ont lhtrt kind of love Nor am I talkmg about the Ooh haby, I want you every second of the day kmd or love Although I do. I'm talking about the Oh, hut, the miss­ing pitct nf tht puz;lt I 've bun uarch­mg for so long kmd or love And 1t only took forty t"O years to find 11. I should have checked under the game table. Recently in Alabama a man was so upset about losing a compet1t1on testing knowledge of the Bible that he murdered the winner This has absolutely no1hing ro do wnh 1h1s art.cle, hut t thought u was one of those things you'd want to kno..., Hoo-\.\-heee. Love. I ve read so much about it, ~een a fe"' movies atwut ll, hut It has been along lame since l have actually experienced 11 f.ir myself, easily, 30 lesbian years. Let me JUSI cell you so far love is c ol At first, I thought this per pet•al runny reeling '" my stomach was JUSI a httle touch of the nu '-la) be even Olymp•c hver 81.:• II hasn'1 g_aen any better. and I'm tlrtng of consum ng not~mg but clear broth, Gatorade, and Jell-0 . I might a> well admll 11, 11's love. It s like having an exlension of yourself tha1's heyond yourself. yet is still con­nected No, wait; that's D1anet1cs A little background. No. we did not meet at a U-Haul counter. No, we did not meet at a CODA meeting, although that's a great place to find a ride to the airport We met two years ago at a show (Imagine that!), started dating about a year ago, then started dating seriously about three months ago (l.esbian-10-Engl1sh Tran,/a/lon-Dallng Suiou,/y. .. Exclu1i-..·e. romantic social lnterac· 11on bttwttn two ptoplt htgh/1ghttd by frtqutnt usagt and txchangt of Tht l Word, ltading to planning tilt futurt togtthu Su Commitmtnt. Tht Early Stagt> and Tht l Word· Ju>I Say It." ) In merely three month'~ time. a part of me has become the kind of per;on I've always detested Warning: The Following Passages Contain Graphic Depiction of Mush. We t at 1hat sragc where sometimes otht!r people in the room disappear while "e get lost in each other's eyes We ktss at stJp lights. We feed each other Frenc~ fries some11rncs. from 01her peoples places I know: sickening, isn't 11'? I got II bad Other warning symptoms: , , When we watch a movie together, instead of focusing on the plot, we make a mental note of the furnishings for our future home Remember Sigourney Weaver's condo with the louvered wall or windows in Copy Cat? We plan to live there -The artist in me has conceded to watch· mg the Olympics w11h the JOck in her, and has agreed to do my Keri Strugg dismount on ly on very special occasions -We've even considered getting muchrng tattoos. which cannot be argued is vastly more permanent than wrning one's own vows Maalox , anyone? Yes indccdy, love , not to mention respect, changes a person, It sure has changed me. Get some as soon as poss1 ble, by whatever means necessary. Loving yourself is a great place 10 start It'll change your hie and you'll wonder wha1 took you so long. Nice to be here al The Voice. Have a 1-rcnch lry .\'ancy Ford ts a lloufton·based comt d1an and wnter She pt'rformJ each Thur>day ntght at Plaza 9200. 9200 Buf falo SpttdK·ay at 8.30 pm Ca/1713'666· 3463 for 1nformatton , Join aft us Le'Phants SaturdalJ while we all watch some of Houston's best compete for the title of Miss 8a1JOU CitlJ US of A! 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Rock Hudson is an excellent example of the complex nature of the closet and pub- 1 tc awareness of a promrnenl figure's homosexuality. Hudson was rumored to be gay from the earliest years of his career, yet some people dented he was gay even after he died of AIDS on 1985. As Hud­son was bolh an at:t1ve lover of men and the mo\11e star who 1hrou~hout the 1950s and 1960s seemed 10 personify manliness, his case 1s almost a textbook study of American anue11es over masculin · ity, se:.:uality, and fame Horn Ro) Scherer Fnzgerald in 1925 , lludson made his t1rst major splash as an actor in the 1954 film Magnificent Obsr.rsion, on which he played an unruly playboy who become< a surgeon As a 29· year old bachelor, though, Hudson raised eyebrow' throughout 1950s America , and articles with headlines such as .. Too Bus}' tor Love" appeared an the popular pre>< The scandal happy C011f1dential (maga11ne) wanted to do an expose on Hudson's homosexualtty and even olfered hos lover SI0.000 10 dos· cuss the ~UhJC'Ct , but no srory appeared Some say that Universal Studios offered Conf1dtnflal some du1 on another one of us S1ars in order 10 keep Hudson s sexu ality ou1 of lhe publicatoon ro 4uash lhc rumors, Hudson 4u1ckly married Phyllis Gates (who Hudson later cLwncd was bisexual, although she denied 1h.H). fhc lhree year marriage 1cmporarlly twosted Hudson's heter· oscrnal image Hut on the following dccadl's. as Hudson e)tahlishcd h11n· self tts a lc:a<l1ng man rn feature films and o n TV's "McMiiian and Wife,• rumors ahout Hudson con11nued to spread, allhough 1t was never discussed expl1c Illy on print In 1971 , someone sent take 1nv11a11ons 10 the wedding of Hudson and Jun Nahors (TV's Gomer Pyle) 10 sev era l ~oss 1p co lumn1s1s Although lhe pair had hetn good friend-;, 1hey were nol Jovcn and ccrta111ly never marr1ed­bu1 the hoax still seems to have hurt Nahors' career. In Hudson's ca$e, none of the rumors seemed to slow his fame as a masculine idol ·Or his pursuit of hand· some men In the 1970s, Hudson became friends with Arn11s1ead Maupin, whose seria l novel fult.< af the City about gay and straogh1 San franciscans appeared in the San Fran· c1sco Chronicle. Maupin (among oth crs) urged Hudson 10 come out and break down ste reotypes ahout Gays and Les boans. Hudson con sistently demurred, cons1der111g his sexuality 10 be pri­vate and oh1ec1ong to the public specta­cle of the gay lobera11onosts wnh their parades (which he once described as marching wuh a Jar of Vaseline). None· theless, Hudson threw partoes for doz­en~ of handsome men and jomed Mau pm m Correc tions We rcgoet an error that was made July 26 issue 111 the \tory atwul 1he VenlUre·N lhe se nt ence regarding fund-raising for 1hc Pel Pa1rol may have implied that this was a one tnne evenL We need 10 make II clear the $2,000 figure mentooned was spclll over a 3 monch period 10 fund -raisers tor the Pct Patrol. The 11>111 proceeds for 1hese even1s 1s nol e~ cahli shed . We apol 4 og11e 1f this error caused any problems. Apologies also to fhe Montrose Coun· selmg Center, due 10 an ed11Ur's error 111 an :uude m the July S L'\sue, 11 wa~ refcrreJ exploring the sexual playground of 1970s San l'ranc1>co Maupin later satorozed Hudson by including him as a character in Tales of the City, a lben 1den11fied only as- In o ne extended plot lone Ma upon 's gay character Michael Tolliver v1sits-'s Los Angeles home, where he sleeps w11h­. The movie s1ar quesuons Michael's par- 11c1pa11on on the Gay Men's Chorus, contemplating why people make such a bog deal out of being gay. Michael tells hos host that gay organizations make it eas­ier for gay people to be proud of their her­itage- a heritage Michael informs­he's a part of. Hudson was diagnosed .. uh AIDS on mid- 1984 , although hos disease remained a secre1 tor more than a )Car When he appeared mcreasin£ly gaunt rn his role o n TVs "Dynasty" and other public appear­ances, his public.:1sts ins1stcc.J that he was simply doetong . lie looked particu­larly 111 on hos last public appearance. which iro111cally was a commercial promotmg his old friend Doris Day·s ne'" show on the Christian Broadca••aing Network . In Jul) 1985 ne"s of Hudson s disea>e hat the newspapers. garnering far more public a11en11on about the disease lhan any previous AIDS-related stor) Sev­eral newspapers and TV stations rn1 · 11ally treated lhe story as proof 1hat AIDS affected more than JUSI Gays and drug users Amazongly some gay run AIDS org.an1zi11urns cooper.a1ed wnh 1h1'°' farce A representauvc of one 'ucl:l organ11a1wn C\:Cn told &he- press 1hat llud,on s illness proves that "AIDS " not a gay "hllc male d1sca:-ie Soon, howc'd!r the Chrunu:lt: and :.C\• erai olhe1 news papet s r.111 lengthy 5IO· ries ahnut fludson s dccade.\~long 'truulc with vaqly doflerent public and JH1va1c lives I"he media coverage ol Hudson's dine..,.., wa ... ollcn r1d1cu· !nus-several news outlets raised the ques11on of 'A-hc1hcr Lrnda E\.311' m1i;ht now he mfcc1cd sm'e ~he had l1ssed Hud· son (htr co Mar on Dyna!.IY) on l\". Ta,1e~ les' Jokes a hounded (Why 1s everyone 1n Hollywood tcrrofoed o l AIDS• Because they 've all had a piece ol the Rod.), hut the widespread at1en11on brought public awareness of the ongoing AIDS crisis to a new level Calls 10 AIDS hotlmes soared, and private · sector fund·rais­ong for AIDS re>earch skyrocketed, boosted by a $250.000 controbuuon from Hudson him.elf to 1ump-start the American Foundation for AIDS Rcsca1 ch. Dai.:1d Bianco. M.A , teaches gay and Its· bwn history at tht ln stitur. of Gay and Lesbian Educa11on 1n West llol/v­wood If there·_, an1·thin11 about the his­tory of gays and/or lt'sbians \'OU ·,·e alwayJ wondered about. contact him care of thi.< newspaper or through his £. mail address· AriBiancofjaol.com. "Past Out" appears twice a month to as The Montrose Act1v11y Center (now defunct) Ironically, part of the 'tory mentioned the confusion many people have due to 1hc s imilar names. mistak .. mg the Counseling Ce111er wuh the Mon­trose Cl1111c Name confusaon agarn-The festival that takes place on the lower Westheomer area 1s "The Wt\lhe1mer S1reet l·es11 .. val .. the t'es,t1val known as the 'We\thc· 1mcr Arcs l·est1val, no longer tales place m the Mon1rosc area (or even on \\"esthe~ 1mtr) .u. It moved 10 a do""'°" n location HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 13 The Gay Comedy Jam "9~7cua" MONDAY" TUESDAY 'Y AU~UST 19"lO'Y1:00 P C:AY STAHO·UP COAUCS PlllFOllMUfc: C:AY STAHD·UP COMU>Y NATIONALLY lllCOC:HIZIP C:AY HU.OLINlllS AS SHH ON HIO AHO FIATUllED IN THI APVOU.TI ~ Scott Kennedy s~ Kevin Maye 'Ultd. s ~.it.du·••" HOUSTON GLASS CLUB'S f-Ot-l.rh.... C.D. .T<.a­, prin_t .. ­.._ Sl2AdwN:e STSOotOf Show 22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF GLASS SHOW&SALE AUGUST 17th & 18th, 1996 Sat. 10:00 - 5:00 Sun. 10:00 - 4:00 FORT BEND COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS US 59 to Hwy 36 South, 1/2 mile - Rosenberg, Texas 77471 Featuring Depression Era Glass, Tiffin, Heisey, Cambridge, Fostoria, American Dinnerwa,., Potter(, Camival and American Pattem Glau Admission: $4.00 (Good Both Oays) INFORMATION AIR CONDITIONED - Free Park111g - Lenette Heideman, Chaonnan (713) 342-4876 Mark Church Co-Chaonnan (713) 729-4267 BACCHUS D presents direct from La Cage" ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! II Saturday Aug I 7 I I :OOpm haJi'l;lll~s 27 1 S W .:..1.t.1p;l"'lcr h l-. I Ic>LJ~C<>ri. p l"C...::x ... 1.:0-.. 7 1 .3.52.3 . .3.396 II 14 HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHURCH "A e~td 'ButU Ow. Lo<1e" 5C: 1 ~t a. Columbia • Houston, TX •Sun. • 11:00 A.M. PRAISE & WpRSHIP Sun. • 7:0G P.M. EVENJNb S~VICE Tues. • 7:00 P.M. AIDS Affecred Group Thurs. • 7:30 P.M. MIDWEEK SERVICE 2nd Garag_e Sale Aug. 17 • Signed for the Hearmg Impaired ~-e~e~ f713) tfo-923S 01• Lu11 YOU, 11 C1111 1~1t1 t~1 LOVING EXPERIENCE. Smin5 I~• G1y, Lu~iu, Bi-uml r.1111mity 1f Cllh11iu & Frien41. Bm111 1 put 1f Di5nity U.S.A. SERVICES Saturdays 7:30 pm Traditional Mass lnclualve lturgy celebratad. Cd end pre11 4 for our Social Eventa ll Schedutaa. T odo1 blenvenldoll (Full details in ~5 - ~ Gay ind Lesbian Yellow Pages) In the Heights 1307 Yale Ste. H Phone 880-2872 CATCH THE BERING SPIRIT­A PIACE FOR EVERYONE! ,~[,&,. BERING MEMORIAL I~ UNITED METHODIST CHURCH w V ~ A Reconconciling Congregation Sunday Worship 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30 am Ministries: United Methodist Women United Methodjst Men Bering Support Network (HIV Ministries) Bering Spiritual Support Group: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm Bering Counseling Center, AIDS Chaplaincy 1440 Harold at Mulberry <713) 526-1017 (Paid Ad'fcrt1~mcnt) ASK THE PASTOR Q: Does God forgive me if I am HIV positive? A: Does God forgive you if you have heart dis­ease. cancer, diabetes. lupus or any catastrophic/terminal disease? What the ques­tion may really reflect is. "Does God forgive my actions that ma) have provided the oppor­tunity to get infected?" There is not a person R"' Janet Porker alive who could say, ''I am without sin and therefore cast the first stone!" We arc living m an age of "GRACE." This means that with all of our 11nperfcctions. our sin and disgrace, God provided a wa: to cleanse us each step o the wa) Who is able to say, "I made no mistakes in my llving. my eating, m) drinking. my relationships. etc." God knew that we could not in our ov.n power live the hfe that has been asked of us. Because of the sin factor built in to each one of us. we need a Savior to help us mO\e on past all of our failures. our inadequacies and our weaknesses. It is our society that places a moral judgment on the kinds of illness. disease, or malady one possesses. It is our society that judges a per­son's character and integrit) by the "cross they bear." Sometimes we pay dearly for the mistakes we make. Your body may carry the virus but that has nothing to do with how God has dealt with your spirit and your soul God's forgiveness is for everyone. and for every behavior that may have initiated a disease process. Thank God that we have forgiveness through Jesus Christ for all of our actions that have not brought Him glory You can rest assured that your health status need not keep you from fellov.sh1p with God or with God's people In God's eyes we are all the same. Receive God's grace and forgiveness today and walk in newness of life. It is very possible that in doing so you may experi­ence God's healing power. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PASTOR A QUESTIO~. WRITE: REV. JANET PARKER, MA­RANATHA FELLOWSHIP MCC, P.O. BOX 667032, HOUSTO~. TX. 77266-7932 Calendar of Events Fnday-819 • .. Your Sacred Sclf'"-study group using the beSl seller by Wayne Dyer COME learn more about your ncred self, sacred sisters & brolh · ers, &. the sacred, 10 ... mg Creator God who made 11 so. Al Kingdom Communuy Church 862-7533 • Catholic Mass at JO·OO am at Kolbe Pro1ec1 522-8182 • Mov1cT1me Friday Nue at the Kolbe Project "Aparl from Hugh" at 7 00 p .m 522-8182 Saturday-81I0 • Ser\'l<;CS at 7 30 pm at D11n11y Church 880· 2872 Sunday-8111 • Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church Services ••A Study in the Gospel of Mark'" and .. The 'I' Fac1or ... 1How 10 be a pos1· 11ve influence on others as a wnneu for Chnsl) 11 10:00 a m Praise and Worship, Ministry of the Word, Drama and Personal M1n1Slry. 11 00 a m at Maran11ha Fellowship 528-6756 • MCCR worship services 9·00 am & II 00 am 861·9149 •Worship Service II 00 am al Fanh and Hope Fellowship 773·4429 • Grace Lutheran Church Sunday sc.hool for all ages at 9.30 a.m Worship Service 11 10.30 am 528-3269 • First Unuar11n Un1versalls1 Church Sun· day Services at 9 30 a m and 11 30 a m 526· 5200 • Senices at 5 30 pm Dignity Church 880-2872 • Community Gospel Church worship service at II 00 1 m & 7 00 pm 880-9235 • Hous1on Mission Church worship service ll 10 JO a m 529-8225 • Kingdom Commun11y Church worship serv ice at II 00 a m Sunday School at 10 00 a m 862 7533 •The Celestine Prophecy, An Expe nenlial Guide " at 10 00 am • Ecumenical C'athollc Church Mus at 10 15 a m 526-809\ • Covenan1 Bap11s1 Church Worship \erv1ce I 30 pm and c-Jucat1on hour 11 3.00 pm 668-8830 • Bering Memorial lJn11ed Me1hodist Church Worship service 10 50 a m Seekers clU\ 9 15 am 526· 1017 . KINGDOM COMMUNITY CHURCH Catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God Sunday School - 10 A M Sunday Worship Service - II A.M Wcdncsda.y5: A Course m Mtraclcs • 7-.JO PM 4404 Blnuom at Sno~r 7!3-K62·753J 5UN7)AY 11~ R~J~P~ An evangelical ministry with celebration services of Praise, Prayer and Study of God's word. Bible Class: 10-am 3400 Montrose, Suite 600 (Handicap accesstble) (Montrose at Hawthorne) For info. on weekly home grouP". call 528-6756 M onday-8112 • Ca1hohc Mass at 7 30 pm Kolbe Pr0Jec1 522· 8182 • MCCR Handbell Choir Rehearsal 11 7 00 pm 861·9149 Tuesday-8113 • MCCR: Empowerment for Living support group &. pot luck dmner at 6 00 pm, Gloryland Singers at 8 :00 pm. The Gospel Ensemble at 6 00 pm 861-9149 •PROTECT meeu at Bering Church 520·7870. •Small home groups meet to sing, share their fauh and pray for one another ill 7 -30 p m These groups are open 10 all people Marana1ha Fellowship at 528·6756 for locauon each week Wednesday-8114 ' MCCR Bible Study 7 .30 pm 861·9149 • Worship Service 7 30 pm at F1nh and Hope Fellowship 773-4429 • MCCR Jubda11on Mixed Ensemble meel) at 6.30 pm Midweek uplift service at 7 00 pm, Bible Study, Lcc1urc Series & Choir Rehearsal 7 JO pm 861·9149 • 'A Course m Miracles··-siud)' Group using 1hc book , published by the Foundation for Inner Peace. wh1c.h 1s aimed at removing the blocks to our awarencu o r one's presence Kingdom Community Church 7 30 pm 862· 7533 I • Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass at 7 ·00 I pm 526-8095 • Small home groups mc:cl to sing, share their faith and pra) for one anolher at 7. 30 p m The~c group) are open to all people Maranatha Fellowship at 528-6756 for locat1on each week Thursday-8115 · Bible S1udy 7 Pm At Faith And Hope Fellowship 77J 4429 • C()mmumty Gospel Church worship service 7 JO pm 880·9J2\ • Healing Service and Anointm~ a1 Kolhe Pro· JCCI , 7 JO pm 522-8182 : • AIDS Affec1ed Group meeh at Community I Gospel Church 7 00 pm 8R0-92J5 ' If )·"u M:ant an "·rnl lutrd 1n thtf 1r( twn. pl'a.s' call 519-8490 VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Omega House, an eight bed residential hospice for individuals in the terminal stages of AIDS. Volunteers are currently needed on weekdays to help with supportive functions such as cooking, housekeeping and administrative assistance. If you are interested, please call Claudia Commo at 523-1146. Advertise your hurch here! Call 529 8490 Being sure of your HIV status- for your own peace of mind- offers you the opportunity to make better personal choices, lead a healthier life and protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus that causes AIDS. HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 15 The three major ways HIV can be spread are: O Through unprotected sex- Any unprotected sexual intercourse­especially vaginal or anal intercourse-puts you at risk for HIV. Oral sex can also be a mode of transmission although it is less risky than vaginal or anal intercourse. Your risk for HIV increases each time you have unprotected intimate sexual contact. Using a condom or dental dam during sex can greatly reduce the risk of HIV spreading. 8 Through blood- HIV travels in blood, and the risk of becoming infected is greatest when you are exposed to blood that carries HIV. If you have a problem with drugs, avoid sharing another person's needle or syringe. Q Mother to Infant- HIV positive women can spread the virus to their infants before or during birth. Or, the newborn baby may become infected from breast milk. Because recent studies show that the risk can be reduced when the mother receives anti-HIV treatment, the US Public Health Service suggests that all pregnant women know their HIV status. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to learn your HIV status ... and take steps to avoid the spread of HIV. 50raSure HIV-1 Antibody Testing System No Needles. No Blood. Just Accurate Results. SB SmtthK/me S.echam Coost.mer HeWrhca-9 16 HOUSTON VOICE I AUGUST 9, 1996 by Jon 4 nthonv Judd 'ebon has Joined the cast of Brooke Shield) nc\\ fall ~BC sitco~ SMddenh Susan :-<ctson " :1 ponra) Shields boss and potential love interest. 1bc retooled sitcom \\Ill be usmg a San Francisco 111agazmc as thl! backdrop "ith Shield-. as a rcponer Eli1abeth \shit.) will not be JOmmg the cast as ongmall) reported Rich1rd Gere. a tfevout Buddhist. met privately n th the Oalai Lama m l..A last \\eek A reception m his honor drc\\ a \\ho's who of Hollywood ro)ahy In auendance: Har ... ison Ford and hts \\tfc Md1ssa. \leg R)ln and hubb) Denni' Qu1id RE M's \lichael Stipe, Jim '•bon (;1r11 ShandlinJ:. Rebecca De \1orna), S\dnt\ Pollack and Shirln \1.td.aine i·vr ~ported last \\ttk that Bar,.;. '-" inwn·s Sitt/Mn \\tll open the Venice Film Fesu"al In the film ~tHn Baton portra)s a reformatory guard \\ho sexuall) abuses ll.-en bo)S Dosed on the boot b) Lorenzo ('arulrrra, 1.he film rs reported to ha\e numerous ripe scenes \\h1ch ha"c been .:lescnbcd as dtsturbmg. The film whrch opens this fall has a stcH:u cast mdeed. Besides Bacon, Juon Patric. Robc'n De :\iro. Dustin Hoffman and Brad Pitt co-star 'A 1lh Lcvmson at the helm. Sleepers should be one of this )ears hf<X;kbustcrs. \.1c."ilm .. h1h: Bacon's resurgence 1s becoming more prc\lalcnl lie directs his \\ife k..) ra StdJ:~ ick anJ llclen \tirrtn (Pnme Sus~ct) 1n the upcoming Losmg Chase Chase airs on Showt1me \ug 18 Roderic \n~combe 1s not a houschoid name }Cl, ho\1r"C\er, that , .. 111 soon chan~c His latest novel. Shanl, 1s lxmg released by II) pcnon boo~ next month and has alrcad) been oplloned for the b1g­scrccn Anscombc, an O'.\ ford-educa1cd pS)ch1atr s~ nO\el so mtngucd h:" in (o\tnrr that he pun..:hased the movie nghrs \\hank 1s about a man who t!\ convicted of murdering his \IDS­stnckcn "·"c purported!} at '1c- request (ostnc:- Don't forget hopes to produce the film under his Tig Production compan) In partner:>h1p \\1th Warner Dru~. (htr and \ltc Bild\\ in arc under heav;. cons1Jcra11on to co-star \\ith Co:-.tner m the film adaptauon. 81rb1n S1rtiS1nd headlines a Dcmocrat1c \lauonal Commtttce fundra1ser for her frienJ Bill Clinton Strci:-.and plans to raise large amounts of monC) for the President's re­election effort$ fht E1glu and the .\t\ illc Brothtn arc alw slated to perform at the benefit lo be held Sept. 21 in I .A The Chnlons \\Ill attend the gala t\cnt ''hich \\ill partake at Greenacres. the estate of supermarket mogul Ron Burkft Dnid Gdftn hosts the fe-.11v1tres. GtOf'lt Btn,on returns to the music front after a lengthy hiatus His just relea.<>cd That's Right 1s 8\atlablc on GRP Records Benson rcteams \\Ith producer l"omm~ l.iPuma whom he collaborated \\ith on the cl<tsSIC Bru:m and In Flight albums during the 'IOs lknson IS one of the mdustnes most respected pop \i'h:Uitsts and considered b) man) a cnuc to be: a Jazz gu1tanst par e'ccllcnce I om Crui,t 1s on a m1ss1on to defend \.irilit). The bo\-ollicc supcrsl<lr has filed a S60 million defamation lav.sull ag.amst the German magal'lne Ounlc I he maganne apparcntl) reported lhal Cruise had "zero sperm count." Cn11se's suit claim.., lhc alle~ations caused him "J)\:rsonal embarra'.'iSmcnl and hum11iat1on." Court documents md1cale that Cruise's sperm count 1s normal ind1.."Cd but (ru1>e "feeb strongl) that people who arc sterile should not be re" led or subjected to ridicule.• Feel strongl} about 1h1s. don't )OU I om. C'crtaml). he doesn't need the money Bunte publicists 53) the magazine stands behind their stor} Oa\ id Bo"" \\Ill ponra) \nd' \\ 1rhol in the m0\.1e 8asq111a1 the film based on the ltfe of artist .Jun-\Jichtl B1"qu111 Ille film also stars Gu~ Oldman fourtnr~ I .o, t , Dtnni, !lopper and Jtfrr<) \\right (Angels '"­. frn~nco) as 8asqu1at ~tin Prnn and his "1fe Robrn \\ ri2h1 Ptnn "111 CCH:tar m the feature film Shes Dr Lowe/\. current!) m production Ua1l} \ ancl) reports that ~igournt~ \\ti' er will recCJ\C a hcth SI I m1lhon to star m thi: Stancil Ban cf Fricfay, fourth installment of the blockbuster Ali~n film series slated for release ne\t summer ~htlT) l.1nsing became the lirst female "ccut1vc to get a Siar on the lloll)"ood Walk of fame l11>t \\eel. Lansang is prc)idcnt of Paramount. The ceremon) \.\.as interrupted b}' a bomb scare that pro,cd hannless ... ·~fadonna l'w '9(/ \\Ill take place in Southfield. M ich1gan near her hometO\\n of Pontiac. Mich The event takes place Aug. 16-18 and includes a bus tour of the pop icons old haunts along \\1th a memorab1ha sho\\ For 1nfonnatton. call 616- 375-2776 or e-mail Blameuaol.com For those of 'ou "ho arc losing sleep O\er the sc' of ~1adonna's chtid. m) sources mJ1cate lhal at \\Ill most Jctinitcl) be a httle material girl Llrr) h'.ing has found a niche other than kmg of talk sho\\ hosts. )r.;.mg has found a parM1me Joh !>tarring as himself m feature tilms. First he'll appear m Contao stamng Tc\as· currcntl) hot nati\.c ~on \flllht" \lc:Con1ught) and Jodit Fo~trr b11>ed on the Corl Sagan's book; then he lilms \lad CitJ starring John Tn, olla and Ou'§lin Hoffman, and finall) he docs a !tlint m Air Force Ont \\.ith lbrri'§on Ford .. ARC snared the broad..:ast right!'! to \f1sswn /111poss1ble for S20 nnlhon and Sil( nabbed the right.< to Twuter and f.rastr for S21 m11l1on and Sl2 m1lhon. respee:t1\cly lndcpendenu Da}., fhcre \\:I be no bidding m\oheJ for this summer) smash hll The studio \\flo produced the film has their 0\\11 broadcast nct\\ork ID~. produced b) 20th Centul) ro,, \\Ill ha\.C 1ts broadcast premiere on the Fo' net"orl Dtn1i \1oort has a role m the next \\ ood) \lltn film Allen "111 not st.ir m the as ) cl unt1tJed lilm Moore took on the proJec;:t for muc;:h less than her normal fee tSl2 million) for lhe prestige ol \\OO...mg \\lth ;\lien. 1.ornt \1org1n has ust Deen signed to pen her memmrs \1orgnn \\Ill \\-tte ilbout her life \\Ith her late husband h.tilh CQt.llolftClotJ. l.lll.ll(I IGR\ Rick ""' --"° & this August ~~ " 9, 10pm-2am ~ 2400 BRAZOS Satu.nfay nights on Houston • (713) 528 9192 Su.nc!ayJ Au.gust Houston llJ 8pm Limits \\hit It> \\TIO died of alcohol poisoning in 1989 at the height of his career rexa.~· O\\TI Oi1n1 Jones \to·1ll be performing h\.e at 0\atiOn'I on August 14 at 8.30 pm to promote her nC\\ CD. lmagme ,\fe. Jones. \\ho resides in Austin, 1s an innovative artist "'hose ability to incorporate folk and pop will enthrall you. She has a distinctive st) le and is a consummate entertainer Ticket.< arc onl) S7.00. This 1s a shO\\ you \.\On't \\ant to mis~ - ~he's great' \11king tht Rounds: C'1rl) Simon IS mteno'le\\ed on ens· re\.ampe:J ThlS .\frJrmng Aug. 12 at Sam_ Jtff f'O\\\Orlh) guests on a notous repeat of CBS' \furplu Brmrn Aug I 2 at 8pm Glori1 f.s1tf1n \isits \\Ith Ja) 1.tno un NBC'-. 1;m1gh1 Show Aug. 12 at 10:3Spm. \le'Shell 'l,dtgtOctllo and Ph>ll" Diller guest on an eclectic outing of Thr Rosie O'D<.>1111t// Sho• Aug. 14 at 9am on ADC affiliate Channel 1 l Bttlt \1idltr spends an hour \\ith Oprah on Aug. 16 at 4pm on CDS afliliate Channel II I op of tht Charis: A Time lo A.ill reign:-. supreme at the Box-Office for the second week m a nm Surprise' Surprise! NBC's CO\.'Cragc of the Ol)mp1cs dominated the \\cekl}' Nielsen raungs Los Otl Rio's .\facarena (8a)·s1dt BoyJ .\fu) 1s the hottest son11 in lhc countr) for the second \\eek '\.\S' It Was llrlllen is the top sdlmg album Georgt ~I rail has the #I countr) M.mg. Carr.~d ~k.t\ and \hrco ,\nlonio Soli,' Qut Pena .\fe Da.., top~ the 1.atm chan..'i accordmg to Billboard Caus~ oj Dea1h (Putnam) b) P1trici1 Corn\\otll and L'nbm11ed fret.JS (Re~nCf)) b) Gory Aldrich top the f\;c\\ York rimes best· sellers list for fiction and non-fiction lilies respccti\el) Quolt of lht \\ ttk: '7hey opened llp my stomat·h and took 0111 thru pounds of ma_}'Onnaue mashed p<1laloes. und gravJ • - Ph) Iii\ Dilltr rcsponJmg to C-h11lt\ (;rodin\ question. 1'H hat u a 111mmy tuck on his (~I\( prot.ram srtiR t5. --~..ea~ - 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ ... ,,. Every Monc!ay 4 -8 PM the 1st TGRA Patio FREE & HIV Conf ic!entia[ Testing & 2nd Te~as Renegades Counseling 6y 3rd Co[t 45's 4th Rain6ow City presents "Ange[s Among Us" 6enef iting Co[t 45's Stone Soup LVL PWA Fund Tfie Montrose C[inic RangCers -~ Dance Lessons Every Tuescfay 9:30 witli Scott $1.00 Domestic Longnecks All Day All Niglit Every Sunday Steaks vvitfi Jofin 6 -10 l4o.z. T -Bone Baked Tater Salad only $6.00 & Dance Lessons Every Tliursclay 9pm witli Scott Drink Specials ti[ llpm Ham6ur9ers on tlie patio 6 -9 witli Jolin Come on Down ancl Party with. Vera) Bi9 Mike) Ro6ert) Tommy Sue) John) Byron) Eel & Dance to tli.e Souncls with. Je HOUSTQN VOICE I AUGUST 9. 1996 17 AND ANOTHER THIN G . . . Bi Sarah DePalma The Apartheid Of Sex Several weeks ago I wa~ mvucd to appear on a 1elevis1on ne\I. s program As we were pre­paring 10 go the air. 1he m1erviewer turned to me and said. "By 1hc way, in the opening question I will ask you to define 1he differ­ences between a transgendered person, a transsexual, and a transvestite. You'll have about twenty seconds. Will that be enough time·>•· Thankfully I have been interviewed enough umcs to understand about sound bites and J actually got the answer completed with time to 'ipare. Given the number of times lhi.s son of • 0educat1on" occurs. it becomes much eas­ier to understand how people can tell me, "I lnow what tramgendered people are. I just don't understand them:· Borrowing. from a wonderful book called. TM Apartheid of Sn . b) Martine Rothblau. I 'll walk you 1hrough 1he mmd1elds of sex, gender. and sexual orien1a1ion Ms Ro1hblau s1ar1s oul by saying ... Al binh a cunory examination is made of a baby's gcnilals. If lhe doctor secs a small penis, lhe parents are rold it's a boy." A tiny vagina and 'i1's a girl." From lhis declara · tion, mosl people arc sent on on two differ· en1 lracks m life. This tracks are called gen­der development• Gender is the set of d1f fcrcn1 behaviors that society expects of pen,ons labeled either male or font.ale. Is the s1gn1fu.:ance of being born with either a penis or a \·agina so great that a person·s future de<itiny should be determined accordingly'," This dist ncuon get!i muddled so often I \l>ant to he certain It ...., clearly undehtood Se' 1$ h1olog) Gender 1s the set of heha\· 1ors ms11llcd mm you as ··appropriate'' to your par1 cular biology According to Ms Rothblatl. ··Sc\ .should rcAllv he 1he .sum of heha .. iors we call gen­der .• tn 1dJeC11ve ncu a noun People shouh.I e:ir.plore genders When the) settle on a set ul gender behaviors the name fur that set describes their sex The important point I\ thou gender e"plorat1on ~hould ''11ne lllU , through free d101cc .and that SC'\ ts JUSt the label for one :, L'.hosen ~ender" Quile simply, a transgcndered person 1s someone who feel'\ compelled 10 c:<plore their gender (a set ot bcha\'lors) before they uccep1 their sex (biology) as fact Nouce I did not say that transgcnders wan ed to e'plore gender first or simply feh like domg ll Transgcnders feel com pelled to do It They are born wuh the inna1e sense 1hat sc:< 1s not destiny and feel abso lutely driven 10 find a place within them selves and wnhm sot1e1y ""here .. sex is JUSt the label for one's chosen gender." Mar­tine Rothblatt make:, this point very clear v.hen !.he sa~ s, ·Today'"'' go about 1he mat· 1cr of 'ex backwards. A male or female label 1s tira 1mpo;(eJ upon us w11hout a choice. We are then 1rained to adopt a set of 'appropri­ate gender behaviors. whether we like 1hem or not •• What gender would you be if you d1dn'1 know what gender you were supposed to be" What set of behaviors would you feel to be •ppropriate if you had not already been brainwashed into accep1ing the behaviors you were told would be enforced as appro­pria1c ·' These are the quesuons rrans genders pose to soc1e1y The fact 1hat 1hcse questions have no euy answers and chal­lenge the very foundation upon which gen~ der '' built often "f'f'CS to make chem targets of ridicule and derision. In her book, Gender Out/a1> , Kate Boren· stem talks about the people who use trans gender\ as scape gous or poliucal sacri· tic.al lambs and labels 1hem "gender defenders" She describes them as .... " someone who ac11vely, or by knowing inac­tion, defends the sta1us quo of the existing gender system, and thus perpetuates 1he violence of male privilege and all its social extensions. The &ender defender, or gen der 1crror1st, is someone for whom gen der forms a cornerstone of their view of 1he world . Shake gender up for one of these folks, and you're in for trouble•• The fact 1s that when a ch1kf is born the par· '"" have a certain sci of c:<pcc1ations for 1hc child One of the most crucial e:c.pecta· 1100s 1s "a 11rl will k1ok and act like a girl"' and .. a bov will look and act hke a bov •• I work. pArl 'wnc tn 1he ch1ldrcn•s depar1.:nen1 o( a loc.•I stort- and I can cell you as a fact that the number one question asked by parents buying clothing for their kids is, ''Is this appropriate for a boy or a girl"·· The article of clothing an ques11on may actually be clo1hmg for an mfan1 where gender is essen~ tially neutral. but paren1s arc obsessed with 1 geuing gende1 JU!<il righ1. Unwiuingly or not, 1hey have made enforcing the gender codes cen1ral to their job as successful par­en1s Ye1 how many "bu1ch dykes" do you know who utterly refuse or arc completely unable to fit mto the girl as a girl ~1ereo1ype? What ahou1 the "nelly queen," who are clearly unable to ti1 1he boy as a boy role? Contrary to popular belief, this behavior has nothing whatsoever 10 do with 1heir sexual orien­ta11on These masculine appearing women and femmme appearing men could be het­crose:< ual, bisexual, or even asexual for all any of us would kno\I.. To 1he extent tha1 their behavior and/or appearance is a .v io4 lation of 1he expected beha\·ioral norms for a person of their b1ology/5ex, they are trans­gcndercd They are trans, as in uanscend 4 mg or crossing 1he gender barriers erected by others and on imposed on them by outside forces they ei1her cannm or will not obey This is precisely why 1hc Investigation Into Discrimination Against Transgen­dered People for 1he San Francisco Human Rights Commission used the 1crm Trans­gender a~ • " .. an umbrella term that includes male and female cross ·dressers, 1ransvest1tcs lcmalc and male imperson­ators, pre operatt\'C and post-operative transsc:\:uals, and 1ranssexuals who choose not to have genual reconstruction. :rnd all persons y. ho "'hose perce1\·cd gen4 der or ana10m1c sex may cunl11ct Y. Ith their gender e\press10n such H masculrnc appearing women and fem ,me appearing men.' Gender e\press1on 1s 1he way we present ourselves as men or women 10 t'le outside world Some people express tht~ by v.canng husme""' suns and making a po1n1 ot aiways be gender 1.:orrect Some people e'pres~ thcmsclvec; by dressing or 11\ ing as mem hers ot the oppos11e gender Mo~t people fall $nmcwherc hetv.c.·en 1hc 1wo clllremes Gender expression is not a set point on a scale which 1s never bending or unyielding h is a continuum of beha\'1ors and appear­ances deemed appropr1a1e by the rnd1vid· ual mvolved whether soc1e1y likes 11 or no1 When a child 1s born parents ··marn· stream'" rel1g1on, the school "ys1em, and even advertisers ex.peel that men will he sex ually auractcd to women and .,.,omen w1H be sexually attracted to men The further ass­umption is that '"slot A" \1>111 go mio ""1ab B" and children will be created Wh) is th s expectation placed on us'! Because of the biology (sex) 'AC are born "" th And \\by are gay, lesbian , and btse'<ual people pcrse cured b) ~·mamstream society.-, Because by lo\· mg a person of the same SC\ the) are \·io· laung the first rule in the sender (behi\­ioral expectation) code book. They arc crans. as in transcending or crossing the gender barriers crec1ed by others and on imposed on lhem b) outside forces they either cannot or will not obC) rm no( implyintt thac Ga)"s, Lesbians. and Bisexuals, are transg~ndercd I'm slat­ing 11 as a fact Bro(her~ and ~isters. we are joined at the na\·el b)' transgcnder dis crimination of which sexual orienta­tion is a subse1 Gays and Lesbians who choose to act stra1gh1 and people who look forward 10 sur­gically changing their sex ma)' occupy dif­ferent parts of 1he gender (bcha .. ioral) con· ttnuum. bu1 n ts the same con11nuum. Why is this so difflcuh 10 under,fJ)nd·l Our gender expression, 1ha1 L\ ho"' v.e C"<press our sen~c of selves may be dittc:rcnc. but we are perse· cuted for exactl) the same reason We cross the gender barriers (soc1ctall) created behavioral expcc111wns) erC'cled by oth­ers and on 1mpo!ied on us by outside forces rha1 .,.,e e11her cannol or w II nol obey Man) mainstream Gays and l esb1ans·· resen1 transgenders es pee 1a ly trans­se"< uals. hecau~e .,.,e make 1he issue of se~ ual or1en1a11on very murky The) view 11 as politically e'pc:d ent to Sl"nply make transgenders go away rather than admll that we are so clm.ely related as to actuary be hro1hers ancJ sufC"rs Rc-crn1 poli11cal 1022 WESTHEIMER events have clearly exposed this concept as dangerous folly "h1ch IS bemg promoled 10 the gay/lesbian bisexual tammunny at "' peril If a person ..s born a male mar.1es a female. then changes sex from male to fema e "'h1le keeping the marriage intact, what 1s the !<.CX· ual orientauon of either par1ner1 The per· son who 1s changing (or tran:,1t1onrng} has not yet had and ma) nc\er hne \CX reass 1gnmen1 surgery. Yet there arc clearly \IS 1ble and perrru!"lenr c~anies undc1'\\8) that will change the lives of both partners 'or­C\ ·er. Wh:o· does the sexual or1en1a·1on of either partner maucr'l It maucrs because the legal S) stem in thts country says u docs The so called De'cnse of Marr age Act (DOMAl L< ba<ed on the prem1Se that a legal marriage cxasts only bet\\ecn one man and one woman What about the couple described above'"' Their mamagc ts stall leg ~ but IS the marriage still belwecn a man and a woman1 Lcl" s sa) 1he person m t:-ansn on choose~ to have sex reassignment surgery !'low the marriage contains 1v.o legal and anatom1· cal females Is 1he marriage sull legal or d 1d che DOMA jus1 m\·a1ida1e n' Will 1hc d15so lution of a happy, workrng marriage enhance the goal of ••family .. ·alues'" If 1his la\I. 1s pas!led and President Chnton signs ii inlo law, tt "'111 be tran~geridcred people in v. ho w di challenge ch is la
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