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Title Houston Voice, No. 1073, May 18, 2001
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  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript Grande Dame Australia's favorite merry widow helps Houston kick off Pride month Page 15 ISSUE 1073 www.houstonvoice.com ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. MAY 18, 2001 l~SIDE Lesbian nctivist, HLGCC board member, Houston Voice contributing writer, Maria Minicucci dies. Page 3 Love, Janis companion CD offers music and insight through the letters sent home by the '60s rock icon. Page 21 When it comes to watering indoor plants, less is more and if you're careful, your poinsettia can bloom all year. Page 16 Legislation protects, prohibits gays Hate crimes bill becomes law, Senate passes Defense of Marriage Act FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Gay Texans are getting mixed signals from the state legislature this session. While Go\'. Rick Perry has long que; - honed whether Texas needs a tougher law cracking down on hate crimes committed against minorities, homosexuals and oth· ers, he signed into law the James Byrd Jr. Hate Cnmes Act last fnday. This came hot on the heels of Thursday's vote by the House to .ipprove a b1J, designed to protect schoo.::hildren or their parents from discrimination because of race, religion, sexual preference or other factors. Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, center, speaks after Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, signed into law the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act during a ceremony on Friday, May 11 in Austin. Byrd, a black man, was killed when he was dragged behind a pickup truck by three white men in Jasper, Texas, in 1998. Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, is on left. Then on Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed the se><alled Defense of Marriage Act, which \\Ould prohitnt Texas from rec­ogmzmg marriages or uruons bet\\ een peo­ple of the same gender. ~ Continued on Page 13 Can gays go straight? Debate over reparative therapy heats up by MIKE FLEMING Two rnnfl.ctmg studies. Three saenttsts. Some 403 people. It didn't take much to mgn1te the national debate over repara­tive therapy and whether gays can go straight last wrck dunng the annual meetmg of the American Psychiatnc Association here. Two contradicting studies on the possibility of changing sex­ual oril•nt.1hon-one :.uggested 11 can be done, and one said it is h.irmful to try-were unveiled during a symposium May 9 sponsored the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists, a sub-group of the APA. Dr. Robert Spitzer of Columbia University concluded that some "highly motivnted" individuals can change from gay to straight. Gay doctors Ariel Shidlo and Michael Schroeder, in the same symposium, presented a study that said the vast majority of gay men and lesbians who attempted to change orientation were harmed by those efforts. Both studies have to yet to undergo a tough peer-review process before they are published . Critics on both sides of the debate have pointed out that the research did not use random samples and that ~ Continued on Page 13 A study released last week by Dr. Robert Spitzer said gays can go straight, but the research was quickly uiticized, as was a second study that said reparative therapy is harmful to gay men and lesbians who try to change their sexual orientation. 2 MAY 18, 2001 •HOUSTON VOICE HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 INSIDE NEVIS National news Police news •.....•....•• 4 •..........• . 5 Health news .......•••.•........... 6 Obituaries • • . . . . . . . . . ,. •..•.••.. 7 Quote/unquote ..•.•••••.........•. l 0 World news •••.•...•••.••........ 11 VOICES & ECHOES Lynch: Minonly PV/As dealt losing hand .•. 8 Letter: Q Patrol needs you 'Dykes to Watch Out For' OUT 011 THE BAYOU .. 9 .9 Dame Edna is in your lace, Houston . . 15 Bayou Calendar . . . . . . • . .......... 19 Eating Out at Todai . • • . • • •.•....••. 20 Out in Music . . . . . . • • • • • ......... 21 Community Calendar . • • • • . • • .22-23 Occasions • . . •........•...•...... 26 My Stars! • • . • •..... ..•••• •••... 27 ClASSlflEDS ..•.•••••••....•.•••••• 24·25 Issue 1073 Houston Voice 500 Lovett Blvd , Suite 200 Houston. TX 77006 713-529-8490 NEWS 3 Community activist, Voice contributor, Maria Minicucci dies Houston Lesbian and Gay Community Center to establish memorial fund in honor of past president, board member by ELLA TYLFR Maria Minicucci, PhD, past president of the Houston Lesbian and Gay Community Center, died suddenly on Tuesday morning at her mother's home in Buffalo, :\cw York, where she had gone for a visit. She was 50. She is surviwd by her spouse, Deb Murphy, by her mother and numerous friends. Minicucci w.is a regular contributor to the I lo11sto11 Voice. She operated the Center for Creativity, Knowledge and Change, and t.1ught psychology at the Houston Community College campus m Stafford Minicucci was .1 member of the board of the l louston Lesbian and Gay Community Center and was serving a second term as the program d rector She co-led a monthly workshop, "What Lesbians Do," at the cen· ter and was a co-cha-ir of the 2001 Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. "Maria's death IS a great loss to me per­sonally and to the community We will miss her more then we ever realize nght now," 'Iim Brookover, current community center president, said. "When Maria became presi· dent of the center, it was in serious trouble, but she put it on a solid footing. Maria was a genius at coming up with programs that would bring people in and get them work· ing together" Jessica Wicks, who hosted the center's Lesbi.in Film Night for several years, fondly remembers one of her first Maria Minicucci (left}, pictured with longtime spouse Deb Murphy, died Tuesday while visiting her mother in Buffalo, N.Y. Minicucci was past president and a current board member of the Houston Lesbian and Gay Community Center and a contributing writer for the Houston Voice. encounters with Minicucci found her refreshing m the classroom." "When I dtscussed my plan of having a Minicuca came to Houston m 19% after Lesbian Film ~ight at the center, Mana, who spending many ) ears in Toronto, Canada, 1 had just met, immediately responded '\\'hat where she was active in the feminist movement. a great idea,' and it became a done deal." She had been.the administrative and program When Jessica mamed Robin Wicks, in d.rector of the Women's Center in Toronto Texas's first legal lesbian mamage cercmo- She was born and raised in Buffalo, New ny, Minicuco was her matron of honor. York. She obtained a doctorate in psycholo- "I will never forget gomg With Maria to gy from Royokan UniveTS1ty m Los Angeles get my wedding dress, and how we and a Masters in Psychology and Women's laughed and giggled as she shared this pre- Studies from Goddard College in Vennont. cious moment with me," Wicks says. As a regular writer for the Houston Minicucci was a popular teacher, accord· Voice, Minicucci often wrote thought·pro­ing to Dr. Donald Green, chair of the voking columns encouraging readers to Psychology Department at Houston become more active m the gay community. Community College, Southwest. "Maria made an immeasurable contrtbu· "She did an excellent 1ob. I was impressed tion to the paper, not only through her wnt· by the quality of her work and students > Continued on Page 11 Home Depot chan~~- After storm of controversy, store popular with gays adds sexual orientation to itsemployment non-discrimination policies by !:RIC ERICKSON ATl.At\JTA-Many gay men and lesbians offered praise this week for Home Depot's surprise announcement that 1t has added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy But at least one gay activist downplayed the company's move. "l thmk Home Depot stepped in it [Now) they've stepped out of it. They'\ e wiped their shoes off," said Harry Knox, executive director of Georgia Equality, the statewide gay political group. "1 hat's all they really desen·e credit for is having cleaned up their shoes," he addl'd. The amendment to Home Depot's poliaes, announced late Fnday and put into effect immediately, was one that a shareholder group origmally proposed, but the company strongly rqected. In its 2001 proxy detailing busmess to be condu,ted .it its annual meeting May 30 m Atlanta, Homl' Depot included a stockholder proposal to amend the firm's equal employment opportunity policy That amendment would ha\·e explicitly prohibited discnminabon based on sexual onentahon. Company of!Jcials flatly reiected the proposal and recommended that )>- Continued on Page 17 Often referred to as 'Homo Depot' for its popularity among gays, Atlanta-based home improvement giant Home Depot announced last week that It wnl add sexual orientation to its employment non-discrimination poDcies. 4 • NEWS MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE RE§IJRRECTION --~~-----~--~- METROPOL TAN COMMIJN TY CliURCH Miss Camp Amer·cr performs for the benefit of Resurrection MCCI Join us Saturday, May 19 at Irul<CIHI~~ 7-IOpm Miss Camp Americas® top ten entertamers, including Miss Camp America,, will perform. All proceeds/donations received will be for the Resurrection MCC Community Capital Campaign Drive. No entry fee! Sunday, May 20 score another 3-pointer with RESURRECTION MCC'S 2001 Community Service Award Day being pre ented to Houston Comets center MONICA LAMB! Founder of rhe Monica Lamb Wellness Foundation (MLWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health awareness, preven­tion and education for women and young girls in inner city Houston. 2025 W. 11th St. @ T.C.Jester 713-861-9149 -¢> www.resurrectionmcc.org For Auto, Home & Health Your Community Insurance Agency! Bwl11n1 Jnsurancr • Morh·r1 Comprn1a1lon (;roup llr111llt • Ll/r Insurancr It much morr 657SH'.Lno11Somh.SU. l85 &llaifl'. IX7740/ • around the nation R.E.M.'s Stipe comes out after long ambiguity over sexual orientation Michael Stipe, the Athens, Ga., resident and 41-year-old lead singer for R.E.M., outed himself as a 'queer artist' in an interview this weell, ending years of ambiguity. NEW YORK-After years of lingering ambiguity about his sexual orientation, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has come out as a "queer artist" in this Wl'ek's issue of Time. The 41-year-old singer, part of the 20-yl'ar­old band that is pushing its new album "Reveal." told the magazine that he's been "in a relationship with an amazing man" for about three years. He won't identify his partner, but said the man is not a celebrity. Stipe, who sphts his time between homes in Athens, Ga., Los Angeles and New York, has avoided questions about his sexual orientation m the past. "I was being made to be a coward about 1t, rather than someone who felt like it really was a very pnvate thmg," he told the magazine Stipe now readily describes himself as a "queer artist." In the early '90s, Stipe had to contend with false rumors that he had contracted AIDS, according to the New York Post. I le denied thl' gossip and reluctantly revealed that he did not think of himself as straight, gay or bisexual And he added at the time that he had engaged in rl'la­tionships with both men and women. Stdl. various g.iy­advocacy groups routinely slammed the rock great for waffling on the issue. Private elementary school in NY drops Mother's Day over gay objections NFW YORK- A Manhattan private school informed parents that Mother's Oay .ind Father's Day would not be celebrated this year m an effort to protect the feelings of chil­dren raised by same-sex couples, according to the New York Post. "I am writing this letter to inform you ... we will not be celebrating Mother's Day and Father's DJy. We are a school with many different family makeups, and we need to recognize the emotional well-bemg of all the children in our school," Cindi Samson, director of Rodeph Sholom Day School's lower elementary division, said in a letter to parents. Tuition to Rodeph Sholom, affiliated with a Reform Jewish synagogue, ranges from $15,000 to $20,000 a year. The newspaper reported that an unidentified gay man, who had adopted a child with his male partner, had boasted that he had persuaded administrators to remove Mother's Day from the school's holiday list. KS court ruling on trans marriage could carry broad legal ramificat ions TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-A Kansas Court of Appeals ruled May 11 that a marriage between a man and another man, who later became a woman through gender reassignment surgery, may be valid under Kansas law. A 1996 Kansas statute banned same-sex marriages, but doesn't address transgendered people. District Judge Gunnar Sundby had ruled that ]'Noel Gardiner remained a man, despite the surgery, and is not entitled to half of Marshall Gardiner's $2.5 million estate. The Court of Appeals overturned Sundby's opinion that chromosomes "are all that matter," and said that such a stance would force it to confront situations in conflict with "such a rigid framework of thought." The decision sent the case back to district court. The Kansas result differs from a Texas court decision that the U.S. Supreme Court let stand last year, which said that it was up to the legislature to legalize transgendered marriages. "This case will be hugely influential all over the country. This case is going to be pointed to as a turning point in state courts," said Shannon Minter, with the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco. CA judge grants custody of boy to gay couple after visitation settled LARSON JUSTICE CENTER, Cahf.-A gay couple whose son was taken by the father of one of the men have been named the legal guardians of the boy they've raised since infancy, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. Judge Randall White signed the order after hearing that a family mediator had helped arrange an agreement between the couple and the boy's grandparents that allows 10-year-old Miguel to remain with his uncle, Paul Washington Jr .. and Washington's partner, Tim Forrester. The boy's grandparents and mother will have supervised visitation rights. Miguel, the son abandoned by Washington's brother and raised by the gay couple, became the center of a court battle in October when Paul Washington Sr., left the area with the boy and filed for custody. Former city official in CA admits to harassment of lesbian publishers HOLLISTER, Calif.-A former city council member has admitted to bemg the Jnonymous author of a series of Web site attacks on the lesbiJn couple that runs Hollister's weekly news­paper, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Joe Felice's Web site attacked Pinnacle Publisher Tracie Cone and Editor Anna Marie dos Remedios, who bought the weekly in 1999. The Web pages were anti-gay, linked Cone's name to pornography sites and accused her of molesting children. In a five-paragraph apology, Felice said the site "contained false and hurtful state­ments" that were "crude and offensive." I le also paid damages of $48,000. Cone and dos Remedios, who sued Yahoo and Pacific Bell to find For more news, visit out who owned the Web sites, said they were www.houstonvoice.com pleased to h.we the controversy behind them. -From staff and wire rrports HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 NEWS police beat VA man pleads guilty to killing one, injuring six in gay bar shooting ROANOKE, Va. (AP)-A Virginia man who told police he was angry over being teased about his last name pleaded guilty to murder for shooting up a Roanoke gay bar, killing one gay man and wounding six other patrons in the September attack. Ronald Edward Gay, 55, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder and six counts of malicious wounding. He faces a maximum of four life terms plus 60 years in priwn for the shooting at Backstreet Cafe. Gay told police he was up~et that his last name made him the victim of jokes, and was humiliated that three of his sons had legally changed their names. "l was driven insane to do what I had to do," Gay said in court May 10. If sentenced to prison, he will be eligible for geriatric parole once he turns 65. "What would have been enough would be to allow us to shoot him the way he shot us," said Kathy Caldwell, who was shot in the left hand during his rampage. Ronald Gay pleaded guilty to murder for killing one and injuring six when he shot up a gay bar in Virginia last September. D.C. police probe possible link between drag ring, slain youth worker WASHINGTON-A fraud ring that used stolen credit cards to finance a life of drag is being investigated in connection with the killing of a O.C. youth home counselor, the Washington Post reported. Police sources said that Zebedee Hawkins, 33, who was killed April 25, had been a member of the ring, which calls itself the House of Khan. He left the group and became a federal informant last year. Law enforcement wurces said the House of Khan was formed in the 1980s, in the mold of drag houses fea tured in the movie "Paris Is Burning." Postal inspectors began looking into the group two years ago and are focusing on a four-year period in which House members are suspected of netting $300,000. Hawkins, who had dis­cussed the scam on a local TV station, was shot April 25 as he arrived at work. WI man gets 25-year sentence in stabbing death of AIDS activist GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP}-The 1997 stabbing death of an AIDS activist has resulted in a life prison term for one of two men accused of taking part in the murder. Daniel R Chipman, 31, was sentenced May 8 on a charge of being party to the murder of Jeff Wahlen, 45, a gay youth outreach worker. Chipman received a sentence of 25 years before becoming eligible for parole because Chipman and Paul Foss "picked a certain type of people and Pl\.'Yt.'d oo them," the judge said. Fos.s, 27, also pleaded no contest and will be sentenced June 18. Wahlen was found stabbed more than SO times at a Gn.>en Bay Motel 6inJW1e1997. Police said Wahlen met the two men outside an adult bookstore and went with them to drink beer at the motel, where Foss stabbed Wahlen and Chipman tut him with a beer bottle. Chipman was arrested last June after Foss, who was in prison for an unrelated armed robbery, told authorities about the killing. FL jailer pleads to a misdemeanor charge in rape of trans inmate MIAMI (AP)-An immigration jail guard accused of twice raping a transgendered inmate pleaded guilty May 9 to misdemeanor counts of sexual contact with a detainee in his custody. Lemar Smith, 33, who faced felony rape charges before pleading, could face a maximum of two years in custody and $200,000 in fines. Smith was charged with raping the inmate, a detainee from the Mexican state of Veracruz who was taking female hor­mones but had not undergone gender reassignml!nt surgery. After the second incident, the victim said Immigration & Naturalization Service officials gave her the choice of going to a mental institution or a Miami-Dade County jail, so she signed an order agreeing to return to Mexico. The reports of this case and others prompted the INS to transfer all women out of the Krome detention center. "I think the message is pretty clear. These offi­cers just aren't gomg to be seriously taken to task for the terrible crimes that they've com­mitted," said Cheryl Little, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center. Man pleads guilty in slaying of pastor at CA gay church as trial opens SACRAMENTO (AP)-One of the three men accused in the October 1999 death of a Sacramento minister pleaded guilty minutes before his trial started last week. Adam Leroy Wilson, 21, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the burglary, rob­bery and murder of Edward R. Sherriff, a 68-year-old associate pastor at a Metropolitan Community Church here. The trial of Wilson's co-defendant, Tio Dinero Sessoms, 20, began May 9. A third suspect, Frederick Oneal Clark, faces trial in September. Clark is accused of stabbing Sherriff and recruiting the other two suspects to help rob the pastor's house. Known as "Reverend Ed," Sherriff com- For more news,,visit for.led AIDS ~ati,ents and was known for minis-www. houstonvo1ce.com termg to the city spoor. -From staff and wire reports 5 6 • THE KOLBE PROJECT e-mail: info@kolbeproject.org or visll our website at www.kolbeproject.org PH (711)861-1800 • 1030 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008 Firebolt Fitness Certified Personal Trainer Scott Rice Low Attitude - High Energy Available at various locations. (713) 825-9277 FireboltFitness@aol.com CALENDAR Friday • May 18 Morning Prayer I Oom Saturday • May 19 Day of Prayer • 9am-3pm Monday • May 21 Eucharist 7 30pm /J t!riJ ... 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''In the case of the Controlled Substances Act, the statute reflects a determination that marijuana has no medical benefits worthy of an exception [outside the confines of a govemment­approved research project]," Justice Oarence Thomas wrote. The federal government triggered the case in 1998, seeking an injunctipn against the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative and five other marijuana distributors. All but the Oakland group eventually clo:;ed. Voters in eight states have approved ballot initiative<: 11ow invalid, allowing the use of medical marijuana. AIDS activists decry Bush commitment of $200 million as 'paltry' WASHii\GTON-President George W Bush, flanked by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, announced last week that the U.S. would contribute $200 million to a global fund to combat AIDS, Reuters reported. "We must all show leadership and all share responsi­bility," Bush said. Annan hopes to create a war chest of up to $10 billion to fight AIDS worldwide, with the money coming both from wealthier countries and from private contributions. "To defeat this epidemic that haunts humanity, and to give hope to the millions infected with the virus, we need a response that matches the challenge," Annan said. Last month, former President Bill Clinton told a U.N. health conference in Nigeria that he thought the U.S. could easi­ly afford to contribute as much as $1.75 bil­lion. AIDS activists criticized Bush's $200 million contribution, the first into the fund, as paltry, with Oxfam suggesting the figure "leaves off a zero." President Bush outlined the U.S. contribution of $200 million to a new global fund to fight HIV and other chronic d'JSeases. Beside Bush Seaetary Generm of the United Nations Kofi Anne11. Gays abused as kids more likely to do risky sex as adults, survey says SAN FRANCISCO-Researchers have found that gay and bisexual men who were abused as children are more likely to engage in unsafe sex as adults, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco's Center for AIDS Prevention. The telephone study surveyed men who have sex with men in San Francisco, New York. Chicago and Los Angeles. Of that number, nearly 21 percent admitted that they experienced childhood sexual abuse, and of that number, one quarter were I-UV-positive. Some 14 percent of thC\5e who were not abused were infected with I-UV. Men who were sexually abused ~reported higher rates of sex under the influence of alcohol and drugs, more one-night stands, and more intimate partner violence. "These findings clearly indicate that there is a need to consider childhood sexual abuse in devel­oping and delivering I-UV prevention interventions," said study author Dr. Jay Paul. Syphilis rate up among gay men in NYC, may indicate similar HIV jump NEW YORK-Syphilis infections in Manhattan are running twice as high for the first three months of 2001 as they ran for the last three months of 2000, the New York Post report­ed. Susan Blank, assistant health commissioner, said there have been 57 cases reported dur­ing the first three months of 2001, compared to 26 during the same period last year. "The 2001 increases are mainly among men who have sex with men, especially those living in the borough of Manhattan," Blank said. Syphilis cases had been on a downward trend from 1988 to 1998, when cases dropped from 5,000 to just 82. The presence of syphilis enhances the transmissibility of HIV, and the new figures could be a harbinger of an increase in HIV transmissions, officials said IL continues trial of HIV tracking system; OR to start in October SPRINGF!Eill, ill. (AP)-The Illinois Department of Public Health announced it will extend through 2003 its trial of using identifier code:;, rather than names, to track I-UV c~ in the state. In 1999, the department decided to try for two years a code system in place of a plan that required the names of people infocted with HIV to be reported to local officials. "Initial results have indicated there IS a need for improvement, but a longer study will make clear whether or not this system will provide the quality of data neces.sary to ~'Ct community prevention and treatment programs," said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, public health director. Meanwhile, Orl'gon will become the 37th state to track I !IV infections by name, starting in O.:tobcr. Under the policy, the Oregon Heath Division would be given the name of someone who tests positive for HIV and would have 90 days to fol­low up with the patient's doctor to ensure proper mre and support. Then, the patient's name would be converted into a numerical code. Anonymous testing would continue as an option at public health chnia;. For more news, visit www.houstonvoice.com -From staff and tv1re rt-parts HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 Obituaries Richard]. Sarno Jr. On Sunday, May 13, 2001, Richard J. Sarno Jr. went home to be with the Lord. Richard was born in Virginia and had liven in Houston for 20 years. During that time, Richard worked as church secretary for 10 years with Resurrection M.C.C. Richard's love for music was reflected by his singing with the Resurrection M.C.C. choir, Gay Men's Chorus, Gloryland Singers and as choir director for Community Gospel Choir. Richard also enjoyed bowling and was on the Inner Loop Alternative Team #23, Creamy Fillings. Richard is survived by his partner of 17 1/2 years, Clint j. Young; mother, Ruth Sarno; father, Richard J. Sarno Sr.; sister, Rudi Jenkins and Rickye Heffner; three nieces and two nephews. A memorial service will be held at Re~;urrection M.C.C. Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Resurrection M.C.C. Building Fund. Michael Roy Boudreaux Michael Roy Boudreaux, age 38, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2001 after a lengthy ill­ness. Born in Port Neches, Texas. He graduated from Port Neches·Groves High School, attended Southwest Texas State University and served in the United States Navy. Michael was a favorite bar- · tender at the Montrose Mining Company for 8 years. Michael is survived by his parents, William and Jean Boudreaux of Port Neches, his sister Gina Dodson of Austin, brothers, William Jr. of Chesapeake, Va., and Tony of Port Neches. A ~riv ate ceremony was ~eld in Port Neches May 15, 2001. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations in Michael's name be made to T.A.N. Hospice, 2544 Broadway, Beaumont, Texas 77702. i.A.N. Hospice's phone number is 40CJ·832-8338. 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VOICES & ECHOES MAY 18, 2001 e HOUSTON VOICE GUEST VIEWPOINT House of cards results in minority PWA's getting dealt a losing hand by J.T. LYNCH Providing services for people living "'ith AIDS is tough. Funding is becoming more difficult to obtain, the needs of clients m ·care are more extensive and providers struggle with how to manage, train and retain employees who face an increasingly challenging client popula­tion. Current ep1demiolog1cal information show~ rapidly increasing rates of HIV infection within communities of color. This proves that current prevention mes­sages aren't being comprehended by many and are virtually nonexistent' among monolingual Hispanic clients. What 1s Houston's response to this? Recent pivotal events regarding two minority HIV service providers provide proof that Houston's HIV positive men and women of color seekmg medical care are in trouble. First m this pair of crippling events­. i few months ago Donald R. Watkins Foundation, one of l.irgest local Afncan­American HIV I AIDS service providers failed to submit their Ryan White fund­ing application on time. Their stupidity causes them to loose the chance at $1,000,000 in funding for primary med­ical care for African-Americans. As a result, their Conroe Medical Clime closes and the many of their other services arc curtailed Secondly, the city's longtime and largest Hispanic agency, Amigos Volunteers in Education and Services, vir­tually closes amidst finger pointing and accusations regarding mismanagement, funding deficib and self dealing among its board of directors and agency manage­ment. Recent press reports articulate dis­gruntled employees, "he-said-she-said" squabbling between past and present executive directors and 500 medically indigent clients who now have now where to turn for their care. Withm a matter of months, two of the largest minority medical care providers in this city are essentially off the ,nfap. Events such as these reinforce the unat­tracll\' e stereotypic myth that minority service pro\'iders cannot manage the tasks assigned to them and that funders are biased against minority agencies for the same reason This view 1s further perpetuated by the fact that some local community-based organizations refuse to apply for Ryan White funds because they perceive the review process by which agencies are cho­sen to be fundamentally racist. In the Donald R. Watkins situation, the Harris County Purchasing Department clearly denotes due dates for funding applications. The most junior non·profit employee knows that death, taxes and deadlines for proposals are carved in stone. With weeks to prepare the neces­sary documents, why was everything left until the eleventh hour? Just as embarrassing was the subse­quent "egg-on-your-face-sour-grapes" publicity and political posturing that fol· lowed as Donald R Watkins tried to lame­ly 1ustify their actions and apply pressure to bend the rules to accommodate their unprofess1onalism. AVES was victim to a much more ins1d1ous death. Nonprofit agencies typi­cally have a board of directors responsible for general oversight and strategy, an executive director who reports to the board and implements that strategy and employees that provide service5 consis­tent with the agency's vision and sated miss10n Board involvement in day-to-day oper­ation is usually minimal, except in cases where changes occur in agency leader­ship When longtime director of AVES, Angela Mora, resigned the board should ha\'e immediately assumed management responsib1lilles while conducting a search for new leadership. Within a matter of months, two of the largest minority medical care providers in this city are essentially off the map. What apparently happened is that Francisco Sanchez, president of the board assumed the executive directorship and the $75,000 annual salary. Did it occur to anyone that individuals who agree to serve on a non-profit board do so without remuneration? Even if Sanchez resigned from the board to accept the top job, how appropriate was that action, especially in light of the fact that he continued to oper­ate his political consulting business? These decisions made by the board of directors enabled Sanchez to be a part­time employee collecting a full-time salary. One can only assume that there was no one else in the country willing to take such a low-paying position. Where was board of director oversight during this tenuous period? Reportedly there was a $400,000 deficit at the time of Mora's departure. Where was the guy with the abacus? Where were the famous checks and balances we learned about in junior high civics classes? Why were the written concerns of employees [some with excellent professional reputations] ignored by Sanchez and others? Rumors and innuendo about financial issues at AVES had been circulating for months. Many well-connected board members must have known or at least suspected the gravity of the situation. What was their response? According to published reports, the majority of them abandoned ship at time when they were needed most. Community leaders seemed happy to have their name on an agency letterhead until they actually had to work to keep it there With the available talent on the board, they could have managed AVES and kept it afloat until a real executive director was found. Additionally funders should have sus­pected that there were problems. Incorrect filmgs regarding the use of federal funds are serious. If, as reported, financial infor­mation was incomplete, shouldn't fund­ing administrators have had a clue? As a result of their bureaucratic inepti· tude, monies previously given to AVES will now have to be redistributed via the time consuming and cumbersome dis­bursement system mandated by the Ryan White Planning Council and Harris County Health Department. When and if funds are reallocated to a new provider, who will that be? Will it be an agency with eight years of expenence in the Hispanic community? HIV-related medical care in the Latino community is one of the most complicat­ed in the industry. In addition to the ob\'i· ous linguistic and literacy issues, climes and physicians must deal with religious prejudices towards birth control, sexual subjugation of women, distrust of west­ern medicine in favor of traditional reme­dies, a general unwillingness to ask for services and care outside of the nuclear family and the whole conundrum sur­rounding immigration issues. Will the new agency have the necessary cultural sensitivity to deal with pregnant Hispanic women, arguably the most disempowered group of infected individuals? This situation can be salvaged; AVES can be resuscitated. A team approach is best in this instance. Major funders should provide an external audit group to assess the current financial situation. Contracts with employees, vendors and medical providers must be renegotiated in good faith. Programs should be rein· stated by someone with proven skills in ASO/CBO management and implemen· tation. Most importantly, clients should be contacted by whatever means possible. If this does not happen, in all likelihood many of those who received medical care from AVES will opt not to receive treat­ment from any provider. They will enter medical at some point in the future when they are too ill to do otherwise and when their treatment options will be much more limited. /. T. Lynch is a freelance Houston writer who may be reached through t/11s publication HOUSTON VOICE• MAY 18, 2001 VOICES & ECHOES VIEWPOINT Letter to the editor Q-Patrol is still around and still needs your help Dear Editor, Volunteerism has always been the backbone of our community, and now as we end National Volunteer Week I once again plead for help from the community. I know that there 1s not a single organiza­tion in our community that doesn't need help, but I am putting forward this urgent call to arms. Q-Patrol, Inc. has been a factor in the neighborhood for almost 10 years, but it is entirely feasible that we will not be here to see our anniversary in July. Last year, we made an urgent plea for volun­teers in the Houston Voice and the Houston Chronicle that call was barely answered. Now, Q-Patrol needs three things from the community. First, PEOPLE. We need to increase the number of members on the streets on Saturday nights; we need to restart our Friday night patrols; and we would like to be able to put a group on the street during special events in the community. One shift a month is all we ask, about three hours. We are not looking for ex-Green Berets or martial art's grand masters, only peo­ple over the age of 18 who have a desire to help others. We will train you to rec­ognize the trouble areas of the neighbor­hood and suspicious vehicles and people. We accept everyone who is willing to help out your fellow citizen. DEeP, DEEP, PEEP IN -me H~ of T£:)(A$ Second, MONEY. Our group has three expenses: rent at the Community Center, voice mail, and the radio system The first two are manageable, but the third is a tremendous bill that doesn't change with lack of radio use. Right now, we have enough funds to get us through June 2001. Any amount is appreciated and is tax deductible (we are a 501c3 organization). Look for our fundraising tables along Pacific Street in the upcoming weeks or contact us by phone or mail. In the past when we have mentioned that we were in trouble, some­how something has come through. We need that miracle from you now. Third, ACKNOWLEDGMENT. We would like to know from the community if we are still needed. Two years ago when Q-Patrol marched in the Pride Parade• as its own group, I heard bystanders yelling that they were glad to see us. Some, though, had thought we had disbanded. Let us know if you think we still need to be around, and give us some suggestions how to survi\'e. We can use a good portion of all three of these things, but we need them q"!ickly. I know some people are saying, "Gee we've heard all this before." Yes, you have, but If we don't increase member­ship and funding, Q-Patrol will not sur­vive. We don't want that to happen, but it's a reality lurking on the horizon Please, Houston, step up to the plate and help us help you. Q-Patrol Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the protection from and education of hate crimes based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Q-Patrol, Inc. operates a Citizen's on Patrol program in the Montrose area on Friday and Saturday 9 nights. No special skills or abilities are neces­sary, only a desire to help other people Q-Patrol, Inc. is affiliated with the Houston Police Department's Citizens on Patrol program If you want to join us or just get more information, please call 713-528-SAFE (7233) or e-mail us at qpatrolinc@aol.com or qp_callouts@hotmail.com. Sincerely, Chris Arasin Chairman, Q-Patrol, Inc. Let us know what you think! Send the editor your letters (400 words maximum) or op-ed submissions (800 words maximum). Include a name and phone number for verification. 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I I •• ~Cill®~@/unquote•• comp.led from staff report~ "Got the annual smooch with a guy. It's not the most fun thing in the world, but I agreed to play this role, and [Producer] Greg Berlanti does want to take it that far .... [Once a year is] as far as I'm· going to take it. I don't think teenagers need to see two guys kissing on a weekly basis." Actor Kerr Smith (right). whose recurring gay character on "Dawson's Creek" kissed another guy on the May 2 episode, to Entertainment Weekly "Sometimes [a gay sex scene is] real comfortable and sometimes it's not. It depends on the day. With Randy [Harrison, who plays frequent sex part­ner Justin], it's really easy because we work well together and we're good friends. But sometimes, when it's with a stranger, like a day player, you get guys who aren't very comfortable with the subject matter, regardless of whether we have our clothes on or not. And then it becomes tough." -Actor Gale Harold, Brian on Showtime's "Queer As Folk,# to the New York Blade News, April 27 "When I came out to my stepmother, she said, 'Ooh, do be careful if you're going to tell your aunt.' When I told my aunt, she said, 'Ooh, are you going to tell your sister? Do be careful.' When I told my sister; she said, 'Ooh, I don't know what your nephew is going to think about it.' When I told my nephew, he said, 'Ooh, I'm glad you didn't tell me years ago because I don't know what my school friends would have thought about it."' -British actor Sir Ian McKellen to the Philadelphia Daily News, April 30 "People will always gossip and they can think what they like. Surely what matt~rs is that the chil­dren are loved." -Former tennis pro Hana Mandlikova (left), winner of four Grand Slam tournament titles, to Tennis Week, about her plans to soon give birth to twins she conceived naturally with a male friend. Mandlikova, 39, a native of Czechoslovakia, lives with Liz Resseguie, an American fitness trainer and her partner of more than two years "I think I've done my bit for heterosexuality. If other actresses can play lesbians, then so can I. Women are so much more considerate than men. They're a lot more sensual and better lovers all round." -Joan Collins to Britain's Daily Record, May 2 · "It may seem that gay characters are extremely mainstream, but they're not as fully developed as their straight counterparts. Overwhelmingly, gay characters are present in sitcoms. Generally, net­works think the American public can take homosexuality when it's tempered with humor. They don't show them experiencing a large emotional range." -GLAAD's Scott Seomin to the Philadelphia Daily News, April 30 "While [Tom] Cruise thoroughly respects others' rights to follow their own sexual preference, he is not a homosexual and had no rela­tionship of any kind with Kyle Bradford and does not even know him." -From a S 100 million lawsuit f, ed May 2 by Tom Cruise agamst porn actor Chad Slater (Kyle Bradford) who, the suit alleqes, told the French publication Acustar he's havmq a sexual affair with Cruise S ater/Bradford dernes speaking to the magazme "I kind of like [Eminem's song] 'Stan.' I liked it that Elton [John] did it with him at that Grammys thing, because he was suspected to be homophobic. So I guess that put that down. Which is good because it is only showbiz. It's good to remember that, other­wise you start thinking, 'What the fuck's happening in the world, man?"' -Paul McCartney (right) to the music magazine Mojo Collections, as reported by Gay.com UK May 2 HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 LOCAL NEWS 11 around the world Egyptian police arrest dozens in busts of sex party, gay wedding CAIRO (AP}-Some 55 people-mostly teenagers-were detained last week in connection with sex parties on a boat in the Nile, Egyptian prosecutors said. Investigators arrested the teens during one of the twice-weekly parties, where they painted their faces and had gay and group sex, the officials said on condition of anonymity. The revelers have been detained since their May 11 arrest at a party on a restaurant boat anchored in the Nile off Cairo's upscale island of l.amalek. Undercover security officers and the driver of a horse-drawn tourist carriage said they witnessed a mass arrest at the boat, but the boat's public relations director denied that any arrests took place. Two days earlier, also on the Nile, police rounded up 60 men who were attending a gay wedding. charging them with "deviant sexual acts," Egyptian court sources told Reuters. They said five foreigners detained during the party had been freed, while prosecutors continued toques­tion other revelers on possible charges of "violating the teachings of religion and propagating depraved ideas and moral depravity." The charges carry a maximum jail sentence of five years. Brazilian lawmakers pressured to reject same-sex unions law BRASILIA, Brazil (AP}- The Brazilian Congress was expected to vote Wednesday on legis­lation that would make that country the first in Latin America to legally recognize same-sex unions. The bill, originally drafted in 1995 by Marta Suplicy-a member of Congress who is now mayor of Sao Pilolo-would extend benefib such ilS sociill security and health plans to same-sex pilrtners and allow them to transfer property righb. If passed by the lower house, it would then need approval of the Senate and President Fernilndo Henrique Drdoso. The bill is opposed by both the Roman Catholic clergy and an increasingly powerful lobby of evangelical Christians. "Sexuality is ordained for conjugal love between a man and a woman that is between spouses," Catholic Bishop Filippo Santoro said in a letter urging lawmakers to reject the bill. Luiz Mott, president of Gay Group Bahia, who calls Brazil "the undisputed world champion in gay mur­ders," is not optimistic about the bill's chanet.>s, though "this time there seems to be more mobi­lization on our part than previously and less mobilization by our enemies." Gay case in Puerto Rico test for progressive domestic violence law SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-A Puerto Rican judge has ordered that the commonwealth's domestic violence law be applied to a man who violated an order to stay away from his boyfriend, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The case of Leandro Antonio Ruiz, 18, who allegedly hit Juan J. de! Valle, 29, on the arm and chest, is the island's first case of same-sex domestic violence to go to courts since 1999. Ruiz's attorney tried to use the Puerto Rican sodomy law to keep testimony about the couple's relationship out of court, and pointed out that de! Valle would implicate himself in a crime if he admitted to a relationship with Ruiz. But Superior Court Judge Elisa Figueroa Baez agreed with prosecutors that the domestic­violence law is a special statute that supersC'des the criminal code, and gavc> de! Valle immunity from sodomy prosecution so he could testify about the abuse. Dutch prime minister.warns Muslim leaders against anti-gay slurs AMSl ERDAM-Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok called recent anti-gay comments made by Muslim clencs "very senous and extraordinanly hurtful," Reuters reported. Kok said members of the Dutch cabinet would meet with Muslim imam:;, or prayer leaders, to inform them that anti-gay comments were not proper m his country. Kok's commenl~ were m response to state­ments from Rotkrdam imam Khalil el-Moumni, who said homosexuality was a sickness that could destroy society. El-Moumni's comments sparked an outcry among gay groups, which urged the prime minister to lake action against the "absurd and intolerant remarks." One imam told a Dutch newspaper that homosexuality was "shameless, improper, scandalous and intolerable," while another was reported as saying medical treatment was the only solution. The public prosecutor in Rotterdam is investigating to see whC'ther the prayer leaders could be prosecuted for dis\rimination or defamation. Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok has asked members of his government to meet with Muslim prayer leaders, who recently called homosexuafity 'a sickness.' Australian state to con-sider adding gays to domestic violence law BRISBANE-Under proposed reforms to domestic violence laws in the Australian state of Queensland, same-sex couples and children would be able to rc>quest domestic \'iolcnce protection orders in the courts, the Age rcpo:ted. 9uct."nsland Fai:nilies ~inis_tcr Judy Spence ~;iid the reforms would en~ureyeople .m family a~d domestic ~lationsh1p: we:e protL'Cted from violence. "Domestic violence ts not confined to marne~ couples, . said Spence, who proposed to extend protection_ to people abused by their relatives and m infor­mal care ;ind intimate personal relat10nsh1ps. She s.ud youths also needed education on identifying the danger signs of potentially abusive rel,1tionships " It ts not only important to have mutual respect Ill a relationship but respect for ourselves," she said. It will likely be scwral months before the changes are \"otcd on. For more news, visit www.houstonvoice.com -From staff and wzre reports Do You Want to Quit Smoking? Project CASSI Smoking Cessation Research Study Use a hand-held computer and nicotine patch to quit smoking Call today 713-792-2265 TIE lNIVER3rIY OF TEXAS MDAN)ERSON CANCER CENTER Making Cancer History"" Imagine WORKSHOPS Now Available! 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"Though 111 certainly miss Maria from a professional standpoint, I'll also greatly miss the wonderful friendship she offered to me and everyone at the paper. "And while Maria was always very serious­minded about activism and her role m the communi­ty, what I'll always remember is her surprisingly dry wit and the way she foved to dance," Mohon added. There will be celebration of life on Sunday, May 27, at 4 p.m. at the Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 803 Hawthorne. "It will be informal, just an opportunity for peo­ple to share their memories of Maria," said Brookover. "We will have food, and since Maria loved to dance and loved disco music, we will have d1SC0. Dancing will be encouraged." Brookover said that Murphy has requested that people who wish to send flowers or make contri­butions in Minicucci's memory make contributions to the Community Center. Brookover said that the Community Center Board of Directors intends to establish the Maria M;rucuca Memorial Fund. "Deb and the board will decide on the most worthwhile and appropriate use for the fund in continuing the invaluable work Maria did at the , center," he said. Flowers may be delivered between 6 and 9 p.m. on weekdays, or noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, when a volunteer is on duty. Maria Minicucci Memorial Fund Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, P.O. Box 2304 Houston, Texas 77252-2304 Home Depot can do more for gay employees, activist says ' Continued from Page 1 shareholders vote against it. When the move was made public in media reports late last month, it ignited a firestorm of controversy among gay customers and employees of the nation's largest home improvement chain. "We really heard from a number of our associ­ates, particularly our long-time associates, who said, 'We know the company doesn't discriminate,'" said Suzanne Apple, vice president of community affairs and S0C1al responsibility for Home Depot. "We have a respect-for-all-people policy and we have a culture of inclusion. (They said) it's Important to us as asso­aates of the company that we be explicit "And so we said, 'Well, you know, you're nght. We should be explicit because we don't discrimi­nate,'" she added. Knox also credited company employees with he1pmg to spur the new policy. "l thmk Home Depot employees deserve a tremendous amount of credit because they have advocated very effectively for themselves and have also max1mued their relabonstups v.1th gay cus­tomers," he said But Knox was less than impressed with the move by Home Depot Georgia Equality has been involved m ongomg discussions with the home improvement giant to encourage the company to offer domestic partner benefits Last June, Georgia Equality targeted Home Depot as one of 10 companies m the state that they want to see offer the benefits to employees. Coca­Cola, Delta A1.rhnes, Bell South and the parent com­pany of Atlanta Gas Light were the first four to respond by adcL"lg DP benefits to company policy Knox said he thought Home Depot would be No. 5. That hasn't happened. The other companies include UPS, WachoV1a Bank, Shaw Industries (now acquired by Berksh1.re-Hathaway), Georgia Pacific and Gulfstream Aerospace. ''Where they are now is exactly where they were with us three weeks before this controversy started over their stockholders' questions," Knox said. "They claim to not discriminate against their LGBT employ­ees and yet they don't offer equal pay for equal work in the form of domestic partner benefits." Apple said the company sees the two issues, employment discrimination and domestic partner ben­efits, as two separate topics. ''We're looking at our own benefits and the imphcahon of [providing DP benefits)," Apple said. "It affects all categories of eligible dependents, not JUSt domestic partners." Still, Knox said he hopes people do not celebrate the latest gay-friendly news from Home Depot so long that they forget what the company has not done. He wants employees and customers to keep pressure on Home Depot to offer domestic partner benefits. M All they ha\'e done is what ought to be a basic muumum in any company," Knox said. "All they ha\'e done IS to say something that they said already, which was, 'We don't discriminate.' "There's no growth in this from the company standpoint." Home Depot 2455 Paces Ferry Rd. p.flN Atlanta. GA 30339 ne>-43H!211 www.homedepot.com MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE In her own words ... While Maria Minicucci wrote news and features stories for the Houston Voice, she 1s most remembered for her opinion columns. The following are excerpts from some of the opinion pieces Minicucci has written for the Voice about her favorite topic, activism. Take time out to say tlumks to those w1w give back I am amazed at how many of us, regardless of our differences or how quickly we may want to climb that professional ladder, find the time and inclination to volunteer. Those efforts produce amazing results. We fix things that arc broken, in the broadest sense of the meaning. We create new things. We carry out the meaning of caring for others and our environment. We accom­plish all that in the name of volunteerism; a name that generally under­estimates the depth and value of its purpose. Our society places such value on status, privilege, wealth and winning as rewards for hard work. Volunteerism, without a doubt, falls into the category of hard work, but without those rewards sanctioned by society. There are certainly rewards that come with volunteering-strength of character, satisfaction of spirit and a much more savory sense of the world. So, all of you "volunteers" out there, who at times, become skep­tical or doubtful or feel under appreciated, take the rewards you deserve. They are Priceless. Ladies need not apply i':ot all too many years ago, in living rooms, church basements and parks, women were gathering and talking and talking and talking. From those conver..ations across the country, something magnificent occurred­the Women's Movement. It moved many of us, and it seemed, could move the rest of society. Yes, our purpose was power; our goal, revolution. We carried out this work for change with fervor and with passion, as if our lives depended on it. Our rage against too many injustices and too many atrocitie:; against too many people propelled us to mobilize and create places to heal, to create, to work and to play. I remember the exhilaration felt in working alongside thousands of other women to tum the world upside down and inside out. But our enthusiasm began to wane, our confidence began to erode, replaced by fear and doubt ... A once radical and raucous momentum has turned into a mere "ladylike" lull. We have taken up "niceness" as a mass movement and in domg so have betrayed feminist politics. Our work remains formidable, our devotion remains fierce. But it is quite foolhardy to expect ladies to do women's work. Nothing is wrong wit11 being 'on the outside' I freely and with pride admit that I am a woman in love. I have, for 25 years, been completely captivated, enthralled and ecstatic with my heart's desire. There never has been nor ever will be a worthy rival to influ.ence my life choice. This Great Love in my life i~-My Lesbianism. As we celebrate Gay Pride 2000, many "queer revelers" will fill the streets hoping that anyone who is dubious, will be convinced that bl'ing gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered is okay, acceptable even. Alas, my jubilation over Gay Pride and all that it represents has, over the years, diminished. My enthusiasm for my lesbianism has remained solidly intact But, I have become increasingly disconcerted over our stri­dent efforts to asstrnilate so thoroughly with the status quo.' As sexual outlaws, we are relegated to the fringes of society; we are on the outside looking in. At first glance, a logical strategy may be to maneuver to the more prominent position of front and center. Let us take another look from the fringes: let us consider the possi­bility that there may be advantages to being on the outside. What pos­sible advantages could there be? We have much more 'space' to recrl'ale thoughts, \•alues, mind sets, ways of bemg that refll'Ct a gentler, kinder civilization. IJvmg around the edge leaves us more unencumbered by psychic debris, the stuff that IS detnmental to persons and the planet Some queers, consoously or not, have taken up their place on the fringes with relish. Those audacious queers may, in fact, pro\'C to be a boost to our soaring spints and 'soulful' sensibilities rather than an embarrassment to the 'Family.' This year, consider taking Pride a strp further; embrace the privilege of being among society's sexual outlaws. We live extraordinary hves. We love in extraordinary ways. Aren't we worth staying on the outside of ordinary? MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE NEWS 13 Hate crimes bill becomes law, Senate passes DOMA > Continued from Page 1 Hate crimes bill becomes law Designating "new classes of citizens" in a hate cnme bill could be unwise and poss1· bly d1V1s1ve, the governor has said Perry raised those concerns again Friday even as he signed mto law the James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Act, named for a black man who was dragged to death m 1998 in Fast Texas. "I 1ust don't know how it's gomg to affect us in the future," Perry said. But he said he made the decision to sign the bill "in the quietness of my own heart." The bill was the subject of emotional leg­islative debate for years. It won final approval from lawmakers May 10. The governor said he wanted to unite the state. Four Democratic legislators and the parents of James Byrd Jr. joined Perry as he signed the bill Perry said he knew some Texans would disagree with his decision. "I would ask them to try to do what I have done, tried to walk in another person's shoes," said Perry, a Republican who was noncommittal on the legislation until Fnday. Texas already had a hate-crimes law that increases penalties if a crime is proven to be "motivated by bias or prejudice," but it does not list specific categories of people who would be protected. Some prosecutors have said it is too vague to enforce. Two years ago, a bill that would strengthen the hate crimes law passed the I louse but died in the Senate when critics complained 1t created unnecessary distmc- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, prepcns to sign into law the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Art during a ceremony on Friday, May 11 in Austin. Byrd, a black man, was killed when he was dragged behind a pickup truck by three white men In Jasper in 1998. In background at left are Byrd's parents, Stella and James Byrd. Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D·Houston, is at top right. lions for homosexuals. Then-Gov. George W. Bush refused to support the measure, saying all crimes are hate crimes. When Bush ran for president, Democrats criticized him for that stance. The James B}Td Jr Hate Crimes Act strengthens penalties for crimes motivated by the victim's race, religion, color, sex, dis­ability, sexual preference, age or national origm. Sen. Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat who fought for the legislal!on, said he has visited the site of Byrd's death in Jasper. He praised the small town for the way it has responded to the crime. "To be honest with you, I've never been a big fan of small Southern towns, but this tragedy, James Byrd Jr.'s death, brought out the best in that little town in terms of people corning together after a tragedy," Ellis said. Stella Byrd called the signing of the bill the best Mother's Day gift she has received. "If it can stop someone, or stop some mother, from having the same pain I've had, 1t was well worth the work," she said, tears m her eyes. Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Houston Democrat and bill sponsor, praised Perry for having the courage to sign the leg1Sla· lion. She said several lawmakers had "battle scars" from yt>ars of fighting for the law. Dianne Hardy-Garcu, executive director of the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, also praised Perry. She said he may endure political heat from opponents of the law "Today 1s a historic day for gay and les­bian Texans," she said on Friday. "This IS the first time we've been protected by Texas law." Sc1tool 11on-discrimination bill progresses The school non-discrimination measure by Rep. Harryette Ehrhardt, D-Dallas, passed 78-62 on :\fay 10 after a heated debate over language in the bill. In order to become law, 11 must pass a final House vote and make it through the Senate. The measure also would cover ethrucity, gender, gender identity, disability and n.itional origin. Rep. Rick Green, R-Dnpping Springs, offered an amendment that would have removed the categories. "Do you believe it's okay for a teacher in a public school in this state to discriminate against a child if he perceives that child to be homosexual?" Rep. Glen Maxey asked Green. Maxey, D-Austin, is openly gay. Studies not meant as weapons in political battles, APA says > Continued from Page 1 participants were recruited through groups that had a stake in the outcome of the research. "It is just poor science," said Dr. Ron Winchell, a member of the APA and a facul· ty member at Columbia, where he once served under Spitzer. "You need to know people's motives for telling you their results in a self-selected study group," Winchell s.1id. Understanding tire met1wds Spitzer's study was based on 45-mmute telephone surveys of 200 former gay men and lesbians who said they switched to last­mg heterosexuality Some 55 percent achieved "good hetero­sexual functioning," which for this study meant physically satisfying sex at least monthly with their heterosexual partners, and never or rarely fantasizing about the s.1rne sex during intercourse or masturba­tion. Many of the subjects for Spitzer's study were referred by "ex·gay" group~. Sh1dlo and Schroeder interviewed :!02 subiects several times over a five-year span from 1995 to 2000 for a study sponsored by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, a national grassroots gay civil rights group. Some 178 of the Shidlo-Schroeder partic­ipants reported no change, and an over­whelming majority felt harmed by conver­sion attempts, reporting in-creased feelings of depression, anxiety, failure and shame. Some of those even reported feeling sui­cidal, and 16 more participants became celi­bate as a result of trying to change, accord­ing to the study. Shidlo and Schroeder acknowledged that six participants, or 3 percent, reported a suc­n> ssful and satisfying change. Spitzer under fire Word of Spitzer's presentation drew immediate fire from fellow psychiatrists, analysts, gay rights groups and the APA, which distanced itself from the methodolo­gy and findings of the study in a press release before the symposium. Winchell said he doubted the science behind the study. ''[Spitzer] was the first to teach me hard­nosed methodology, which he is blatantly ignor· ing in this study." Winchell said. Spitzer relied on a non-random survey and many participants were recommended from groups like Exodus International and the National Association of Reparative Therapy for Homosexuals, groups that try to "cure" gays of their homosexuality. Most of the remaining participants in both studies answered newspaper ads to become subjects. Scientists criticized those samples as "seli-selected," and therefore tainted, Winchell said. At the symposium last week, psychia­trists also criticized the studies, and said they lacked testable saentific method, had no control group and no physiological test­ing of sexual attraction. Critics also charged that Sp1tzer's study assumed from the begmrung that heterosexuality IS the only acceptable outcome. "In th1S group, there is likely an internal· 1zed homophobia, and in many cases, the 'ex-gay' movement 1s these people's whole social structure and value system," Winchell said. "The threat of removing that support is a huge pressure to report suc­cess." Forcing oneself to change homosexual behavior is not surprising, but to perma­nently change orientation is a different mat­ter, Winchell said. "I do not believe it's okay to discriminate against anyone for any reason, but I do not believe it's right to put special classes and special rights to particular groups that don't apply to everyone," said Green. Green withdrew his amendment. There is no state law that protects from such speafic discnmination, said Ehrhardt. The bill does not set up speafic punish· ments for vtolations. Similar leg1slallon filed by Ehrhardt last session died in committee. DOMA apprm:ed by Senate The Texas Senate passed the so-called Defense of Marriage Act Tuesday-a bill which would prohibit Texas from recogniz· ing marriages or unions between people of the same gender. The Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas denounced the measure as unnecessary and homophobic. Currcntl}j Texas law already prohibits same-gender marriage. Vermont is the only state in the union to allow same-gender civil uruons, and no other state has recognized those unions. "We will fight this bill all the way," said Hardy-Garcia. "This measure 1s, quite sim­ply, redundant. It JS nothmg more than a mahoous attempt to single out a group of Texans-a group already denied equal recogrutton of their relationships. We will continue our efforts to make sure the legis­lators hear our voices on this issue." The bill, SB 4SS, must pass the House of Repre.-cntatives before becoming law. Monday, May 28, 1s the last day of this legislative session. Window Media co1npletes acquisition Transaction creates largest gay and lesbian newspaper group WASHINGTON-Window Media LLC armounced Thursday that it has completed the acquisition of the Washington Blade and New York Blade News, making it the largest gay and lesbian newspaper group. Founded in 1969, the Washington Blade JS the nation's most respected and longest con­tinuously published gay nrnspaper. In October 1997, the paper's publisher launched the New York Blade N~UJS, the city's only weekly publication providing compre­hensive coverage of issues of interest to metropolitan New York's gay and lesbian community. Window Media publishes the Ho11sto11 Voice and Atlanta-based Soutr.ern Voice with editions covering Georgia, the Mid·South, and New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. IL' other publications include the Eclipse, a nightlife guide for Texas, Atlanta and r\ew Orleans; and SOVO magazine, a quarterly publication CO\'ering fashion, entertainment and human-interest topics. 14 THE LOVETT INN Distinctive Lodging and Catering Accommodations Call us for your next out-of-town guest! Historic Accommodations • Corporate Meeting Rooms Banquet Facilities • Jacuzzi Suites • Pool/Hot Tub Near Downtown, Museums and Medical Center We do catered events for up to 200 people! 501 Lovett Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 (713) 522-5224 • (800) 779-5224 Fax (713) 528-6708 • lovettinn.com YOU'LL LOVE IT! MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE BIENVENUE THEATRE · PRESENTS "Go see this one. I can almost guarantee you'll have a good time ... it's fun to watch." -Gary Laird. This 'Week /11 Tt!xas "Light, funny, and mildly shocking." -Riverfro11t Times "Party is a social occasion." -Everett Eva11s, Housto11 Chro11ick "The most uplifting and affirming representation of gay life on any stage, ever." -The Advocate "Raucously funny ... a Christmas card snapshot of a happy extended family." -The New York Times • "Very funny-Sorry I didn't see it sooner!" -Lu Williams, Housto11 Press Texas Triangle's "Best Local Production of the Year" -1999 Beefcake & Cheesecake Party with the cast after the show! Sunday, May 27 Now-June 24 • Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm •Sundays at 6pm --- RESERVATIONS AND TICKET INFO: 713.426.2626 Bienvenue Theatre 3722 Washington Avenue between Heights Blvd. & Yale MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY I ADULT SITUATIONS AND NUDITY . by D L GROOVER Dame EdPa Everage 1s awash m contradictions. She is unquestionably the most famous entertainer in the world Qust ask her); she ts also a humble, car· ing housewife from Melbourne, Australia She sports the latest couturier gowns from the House of Kenneth (her wayward gay son), yet has the fashion 5ense of Helen Keller A devoted, grief· stricken, well-worn wife; she 1s the epitome of the merriest of widows. Pohhcally incorrect, always saymg the unsayable, one of her favorite hobbies 1s posing for photographs with war orphans. She has narrated and recorded Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Madonna's "Like a Virgm." She is a generous splash of Liberace with a pint of aged·in·the-cask Sophie Tucker. She is, in no particular order, a humamtanan, a chanteuse, a week's worth of laundry, an ace performer, a dominatrix with hands dipped in N1ve.1, a master of improv and retorts, a comedic virtuoso, her own parade. She is also a he. Under the rhinestone-encrusted frocks, the sequined cat-eye glasses that Elton john would kill for, tho e glamorous gams only rivaled by Juhcl Prows 's, the bouffant crown of hair the fablrd color of w1ster.a, and the 5harp tongue used only bcl.IUSC "I tare, I really do," 1s an honora!i)' doctor· ate degree from Gnfhth lmvers1ty m Australia, the prestigious Ackerlt:v Pnze for b1obr.iphy lor "My Gorgwus l.Jfe,' the Order ot Australia a !st pnze rrom the San Fram.tsco lnterruhonal f,Jm Festival for "The Dame Edna Expen nee;" Tony, Orama Desk, Theatre World, and, newly announ,ed, Theatre GmlJ awards for "fhc Royal Tour," .is wdl as the Sir Peter Ustmov Endowment in 1 q71 for Lile Work as an Entertamer. > Continued on Page, 17 HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 mmUIJoflrn~ ~~.aJilJ)®ooo JE~ 16 OUT ON THE BAYOU MAY 18, 2001 •HOUSTON VOICE A BETTER PRODUCT, I F Y O U R C L OSE T H AD LOOKED TH I S N E V ER GOOD , Y OU WO UL D HA V E COME OUT ! closet • home office • garage • pantry 3007 !i. !ihepherd fJ W. 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I was wrong, At the rate it is going, the one that sits on the table in the Voice's conference room will have flowers until the Fourth of July. The bracts will be a bit faded and the foliage will be a lit­tle pale, but it is basically a happy plant. And why shouldn't it be? The room has windows that face South and West, so the room gets plenty of natural light; Carolyn waters it when it needs it; and it spends much of it's life at 70 degrees. The only plant that hasn't lived happily in that room is one that was right next to the South-facing window and got sun­burned It got big brown marks on it. So, what can you grow if you don't have the perfect environment or you aren't green-thumbed like Carolyn? Take a cue from the plants that are used in public installations, like shopping centers and office buildings. Plants that are often used in these set­tings include Chinese evergreens, also called agnomen, grape ivy, different v~ri­eties of dieffenbachia and Dracaena, philo­dendron and sansevieria, also called moth­er- in-law tongue. They are very adaptable to a variety of light conditions and are not sensitive about much. In the store where I work, the plant care service was discontinued in February, so I've been tending the plants until my manager decides what to do next. She told me that the plant-care technician visited only once a month, which seemed incredible to me. However, I've been watering at 30-day inter­vals, and most of the plants are surviving. Most of them are in 10-inch or larger pots. The smaller pots are clustered togeth­er in plastic-lined baskets, thereby red ucmg evaporation. l know that more plants are killed by over watering than by under watering, but until I tried watering on this schedule, I had no idea that plants could go this long with­out water. Of course, they live in "plant heaven" too. Not much natural light, but the fluo­rescent lights are on 15 hours a day and the temperature is fairly constant. Many of the plants live on top of the bookcases, away from customers. When I was studying horticulture, for a class project I tended plants for the live­stock show-"plant hell," Many of the same plants were used, but someone visit­ed every day to water and replace plants that cows had nibbled. However, most of the plants were the same as in any other commercial installation. Though most poinsettias only last a few months past Christmas, the well-cared for plant in the sunny Houston Voice conference room (left) is still blooming. If your office or home doesn't offer ideal sunlight or if your thumb is less-than green, consider a hardy plant like the a nephthytis (right). It is not a good idea to water your plants by rote, at least until you are very familiar with them. Look at the plant and the soil before you water. Nearly all house plants prefer not to be watered until the soil is dry, but not so dry that the soil pulls away from the pot or the plant is wilting. Water until the water runs through the pot and be sure the entire root ball is wet. After 15 minutes, remove any water stand­ing in the saucer. A turkey baster works fine. Plants with wet feet get root rot. At home, I try to let the water sit overnight to let it get to room temperature and let the chlorine evaporate, but when I'm trying to water lots of plants I don't have time. A few yellow leaves are normal, but yellow leaf tips often indicate over watering. Brown tips are often a problem with lack of humidity. One of my plants had brown tips on one side, and I finally figured out that it was too close to the bread machine, and the hot draft. Heat can kill an indoor plant. Don't leave them in the car, and, if on vacation, don't let the house get too hot. The Texas Association of Nurserymen convention is held in August at the George R. Brown, and the temperature gets pretty high at night when the AC is shut off. The convention floor is lined with bins of bagged ice, and before people leave for the day, they pack ice around their plants. I assume this reduces the temperature enough for plant health. This is also a much tidier way to water. Many of your indoor plants can spend the summer outside, and the ones that have high light needs might be the healthier for 1t. However, I've sunburned more than a few plants by putting them in places that were shaded when I put the plant here, but not later in the day. Plants that are outside will need to be watered more often. I fertilize indoor plants very lightly, with an 8-8-8 water soluble fertilizer about once a month. I use it at half strength, since my goal is to keep plants healthy, but not make them grow. Sometimes I wash them off. I read a lot of books about plants and am still surprised by how much the care instructions for the same plant vary from book to book. If your plant is healthy, don't worry about what the book says. If it's not, try a little more light, less water and a bit of fertilizer. HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 OUT ON THE BAYOU 17 Dame Edna makes proud Houston appearance June 5-10 - Continued from Page 15 "I didn't know he was terribly well­endowed," said Dame Edna with cheeky charm. "Peter had this award named after him, I think, and I was given it by some 'Canadians.' That's all I know about it. I'm very hands on, I'm in your face, and I'm in Houston! chapter of FOP, because I feel the home of the space program could also be the home of the prostate. "I've gotten so many honors. The latest one is rather exciting. Apparently, the Theater Guild, whoever they are, started a new award for the best show touring America, and I've won it and it's just been Edna's alter ego, Mr. Humphries announced. It's hot news. Mr. Humphries gets best actor for some reason, and he's not even in the show. He makes far too much money for what he does." The reserved (and never to be seen back stage at the same time as Dame Edna) Mr. Humphries is her alter ego, bete noire, creator, lead writer and har­ried manage.r, who's been on the stage since his university days in Melbourne. A character actor from the music hall school of buskers and pearly kings, he's a con­summate performer who's played in Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," Lionel Bart's "Oliver," to satiric revues like Spike Mulligan's "The Bed Sitting Room," and numerous films such as "The Howling," "Immortal Beloved," and "Spice World." Prior to giving birth to numerous idiosyn­cratic charact~'TS, though, while a member of the Melbourne Theatre Company m 1955, he mtroduced the character of Mrs. Everage, a doughty hausfrau from Moonee Ponds. The rest is history. She grew like kudzu. After her appearance in "Just a Show" in London and subsequent BBC variety show, "Barry Humphries Scandals," it's no surprise that Monty Python was born. 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" ... particularly since the death of my husband. Oh, I miss him, I miss him every day, but the relief that he's not around is incredible." Norm, of the faulty internal plumbing, was Dame Edna's constant companion for years, and the father of Kenny (former Quantas steward and president of the Yvonne de Carlo fanclub, as well as the Dame's dress designer du jour), Valmai (estranged lesbian daughter living with a retired Czech tennis pro and raising pit bulls in Flushing, NY; and Brucie, who lives quietly in Melbourne, as far away from mummy as possible. "Did you know my husband invented chip technology for the prostate?," she asks rhetorically, and then tears off on a high-speed monologue about her favorite subject. "When the prostate problem occurred, our family doctor didn't even know where the prostate was located. That's why I have formed this organiza­tion, Friends of the Prostate, to educate people. And I want to launch a Houston "However, Australian scientists devel­oped the equivalent of the iron lung, the iron prostate. This was a machine that did the prostate's work, and Norm was hooked up to it. The trouble is, the machine was the size of a suburban house, and I had to buy the property next to it. The noise kept the whole street awake, and was not practical. Only due to my efforts-and my success enabled me to pay for these things--was this machine miniaturized. So by the time Norm passed away, we had the prostate licked. "So I'd love to talk to people in Houston about my new ideas, and I welcome the people of Houston to Australia next year for my own event, the World Prostate Olympics. It's mostly water sports." When asked what accounts for her age­less glamour, the gracious mega-star quick­ly but humbly replied, *Sven." Sven, her "big Swedish masseuse" is part of her small but very select entourage. "Sven is working on my neck as I'm talking to you," she purred. "I think I am the acceptable face of glamour. I'm not a classi· cal beauty." Certainly not a classical, or even baroque beauty, is another of Dame Edna's coterie, Madge Allsop, the great one's gal Friday, >Continued on Page 18 We also feature dramatic residential & commercial fountains and accessories. 'Frazier's Business Highway 290 East in Hempstead Open every day but Wednesdays from 9 to 6 409-826-6760 iA~~ Ornamnm1l und Architectural Concrete 18 OUT ON THE BAYOU MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE 'Friends of Kenny' should enjoy humor of Australia's favorite merry widow ::;... Continued from Page 17 assistant, and luggage carrier, who appears And then she whispe!;d, "I haven't told Houston, we have a problem. Edna says, her infamous "Gladioli Chorus" ("Stick in the filmed introduction to her employer's that to anyone but YO~. Houston, w~ have NO problem." up your gladiolas and thrust, thrust, show giving a sign language translation. /1 Another ~.x~lus1ve IS ~a~ Dame Edna's . When this absolutely fabulous woman thrust"), accompanied by her wicked Dame Edna has a love/hate relationship Royal Tour IS ~n a m1Ss1on to capture is on stage at J?n~s ,;1all, throwing her bar~s at the meek and unsuspecting with her former bridesmaid, whom she Amenca, a~d she II succeed wildly 1f NY, trademark glad1oh ( Snap frozen from (telling a theater latecomer, "I came here once described as older than the original S~ Francisco, St:attl~, Los ~ngeles, my own garden") from Australia and I got here on time"), cast of Star Trek. Chicago, and Detr~1t ~~ all their or ending the calling everybody "possum," ("It's a term "You won't be seeing Madge in per- full 11 houses are any md1cation. show with of endearment my mother used to use, son," Dame Edna said with obvious relief. One of the things that but when I got to America, I found pos- •she stays in the hotel cleaning. I've sup- has ?een giving ~e h~ge sums here are more or less RATS"), and parted this woman, this New Zealand JOY _is t~e receplion I m making us all sing her gay-friendly mmx, for many, many years, and I have to gelling in your ~ome- "Friends of Kenny" theme song ("Any make her work for it, otherwise, she just land. I~ took America a friend of Kenny's is a friend of mine"), takes, takes, takes. lo~g lime to get the there truly ARE no other problems in life. "Did you know that Madge invented point of .me, and now Dame Edna brews theater magic with bungee jumpmg? Well, we were visiting they cant get enough the effortless ease of a master alchemist. We New Zealand because she always said she They're lappmg me up. become children, laughing so hard for so wanting to be buried there. So I was try- The fact that I am proba- long we ache. It's the best time in the theater ing to buy a little plot for her. We were bly one of the . most we've ever spent. actually grave shopping. With any luck, I adored . people. m the "I'm very hands on, I'm in your face, and thought, I'd be able to leave her there. Of world IS a sign of I'm in Houston'" course like a lot of people, she's mdc- America'.s . coming of Calling all Friends of Kenny, or anyone structible. age: a. v1s1on of your with or without a prostate: Count down, "We were in a part that's very unsta- ma~unty and sophi~li- possums, it's going to be blast off in Space ble-volcanically-and we were standing ca hon. And I thmk City and Dame Edna is at the controls! on a httle bndge and for some reason or Houston is ready for me •' another she fell off, but her surgical hose at last caught on a nail, and she could have "Will Houston like me, do dropped into some molten matter, but she you think? Just between you 'sprang' back up and the Maori guide and me, they tell me Houston said, Bun-Gee Bun-Gee. That's the Maori needs a bit of a push. I ~-""'~ word for pantyhose. Not only was her life hope I can manage it," saved, but simultaneously she invented she said with false the sport I hope that cleared things up." modesty. "What's the famous line: presents "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour" June 5 - 10 Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana 713-227-3974 1-800-889-8457 BED, BOYS & BEYOND A Musical Revue About Being Gay ... Todayl NO-W THRU MAY 26 Friday & Saturday only Music by Alfredo Alvarez Book & Lyrics by Jeff Dobbins Directed by Joe Watu Music Direct.ion by Michael Harren Starring: Jeff Dawson, Basil Anderson, David Barron, Ronnie Boyd, & Laurence Edwards 1415 California St. Houston, TX 77006 (Located on the ground floor of the Sonoma Restaurant building) ~..,,...,........, HOUSTON VOICE• MAY 18, 2001 Transgender Festival 2.0 Gender variant talert gets their t1;'1e to shine over the weekend. First up is • 12 Minutes MAX'" on Friday. This Is a hugely popular event. always worthwhile and thought·provoking. Everybody gets 12 minutes allotted to strut tre1r stuff. With the gals as guys, or guys as dolls, look for TG stand-up corredian Jama Ward, poet Troy Han, performance artist Kimberly Burnham, and Dallas' Janell DuBois to take you out of your comfy little space and into theirs. Saturday, author Judith Halberstam of "Female Masculinity" and "The Drag King Book" narrates a slide show on identity. And you thought she'd show travel pictures? Following the noted pro­fessor, will be Mo B. Dick, the man, the myth, the motion. He is NYC's drag king of the hill, and he's just as likely to pull It out and prove it to you. Should be quite a show. May 18, 8 p.m. ("12 Minutes MAXI") May 19, 8 p.m. (Halberstam and Mo B. Dick} D1verseWorks, 1117 East Freeway (N. Main@ Naylor) · 713-223·8346 Mr. Bundy "This is yucky," says Cassidy, the little girl in Jane Martin's drama, and you well might believe her. Mr. Bundy, her very nice next door neighbor and baby sitter, has been exposed by OUT ON THE BAYOU a busybody religious couple as a for'!ler child rrolester What to do, especially now that Robert and Catherine are attempting to shore up their shaky marriage after Robert's adulter­ous affair? Who gets to cast the first stone? Quite a few get bonked on the head m this pas­sionately dramatic look tnto pnvacy, forgive­ness, gui.t, hate, and sex, of course. May 18 - June 23 Actors Theatre of Houston, 2506 South Blvd. 713-52g..6606. Deathtrap Ira Levin has written some of the chilliest thrillers: "A Kiss Before Dying," "The Stepford Wives," "The Boys From Brazil: and his classic "Rosemary's Baby.· Here, he gives the chills a few laughs, as he sends up the genre while reve~ Ing in 1t. Burned-Out playwright Sydney likes his student's play so moch, he's willing to do just about anythifll to get his mrne on It. There are more twists and turns than a grande prix, dead people turn up alive, straight people go gay. A hugely popular stage and screen success ( remem­ber Superman, Christopher Reeve, kissing Michael Caine in the movie?). Let's see how they handle that here. May 18 ·June 23 The Company Onstage, 536 Westbury Square 713-726-1219 Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell wrote, directed and stars in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' one of the films featured at this year's gay film fest. As an adVance screening, our own Houston Gay and Lesbian F 1.m Fest va kicks off to an 1mpres­S1Ve, rousing start (and in high heels, too) with this alreacty cult item. John Cameron Mitchell's siz­zling musical 1s a tasty combo platter of sexy sleazy Almodovar, glossy Douglas Sirk soap, and bizarro Kiki and Herb, wherein a botched sex­char( e operation leaves poor Hedwig pming for closure, if not a zipper. "What I Did for Love· writ large. May 19, 7;30 p.m. May 24, 9 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 B1ssonnet 713-639-7 540 Paragraph 175 Oscar-wiming documentanans Jeffrey Freidman and Rob Epstein ("The Celluloid Closet." "The Life and Times of Harvey Milk," ·common Threads") illuminate the fatal consequences implied in paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code· ·An Jnnata..ral sex act committed between persons of the r.-ale sex or by humans w th an~ mals as punishable by 1:nprsonment, the loss of c1v-I nghts may a•so be mposed. • Narrated by gay aeon Rupert Everett, the pe•secut1on yet u t1mate survival of 10 gay r"en from the Nazi horrors as laid out, as well as 1s their mcredible determination, hope, and struggle to tell their amazing stones foi the younge1 generation. Absolutely, a must see. May 19, 7 30 p.n. May 20, 7 p.m. MFAH, 1001 B1ssonnet 713-639-7540 The Devil's Disciple For George Bernard Shaw's only work set in America. he gave his 1897 social comedy a rough-hewn masculine charm, much hke what people on the Continent t~ht of us. We're m New Hampshire dunng the American Revolution. Prodigal son Dick Dudgeon, the tQWll's rogursh reprobate, v1S1t1ng the Parson's wife, Is rn1stak· en for the m1mster by the Bnt1sh who want to make an example of the man of the cloth. Sentenced to be hanged, the young man finds morality, the minister courage, and the stuffy British get made fun of. Delightful Shaw bad~ nage, as only the Great Curmudgeon could do. May 23 ·June 17 Alley Theatre, 615 Texas 713-228-8421 "Most deli owners go home at 8 p.m. Mere mortals!'' 19 20 OUT ON THE BAYOU MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE x DINER Experience the newest S&M Bar* in Houston! •stand & Model, sweetie! • ... a lavish bar that would not be bad to simply sip a martini in." -The Rice Thresher "Great Gatsby of a bar.• -Upper Kirby Progressive Thursday Nights feature $3. 75 Foxmopolitans Come for a little Soul with Gospel Brunch on Sundays! HOURS Monday-Thursday 11am- 10pm Friday -Saturday 11am-11pm Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm Sunday Gumbo Night 3pm-9pm 2815 S. SHF:PHERD • HOUSTON, TX 77098 • 713.523.5FOX P R E S E N T S rm; ~Quihium ~oom SATURDAY NIGHT DANCING _., IATWDAY - "- lOPM UNnl 2AM ~ NOCOVH - DIUS TO IMl'USS ... 713 S2l S230 "°""' 1312 W, AlAaAMA "'""' DJ nlllY PLOUS Clubs, Organizations, etc. Call today to reserve space in our large meeting area!! • -M1111MlflMRlll:Z15iP .. I SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET I I I 1 from l lam to 2pm 1 1 Bottornless Mimosas 1 1 15% OFF BUFFET I Pizza • Pasta • En trees • Salads I ll:ith thi.s coupon I Sandwiches • Desserts I ..,,,,rovponpn-:;:~u;=n·analrohnl I ·---------------· Serving fine PIZZA and PASTA to Houstaniansfor 15 years! 2207 Richmond 713.526.1702 Eating Out RESTAURANTREVIEW Tasteful gluttony Todai offers rare combo of variety and quality in its all-you-can-eat buffet by KATHREEN LEE Gluttony, excess, intemperance-these are the words I associate with all-you-can­eat buffets. These are places where the patrons do not dine for the mere necessity of nutrition or survival or for the simple pleasure of savoring a flavor, but rather where they go to gorge themselves for the sake of getting the biggest bang for the buck or for the sake of distending the smooth muscles of their stomach just that much further to make room for the cheesecake. Most buffet restaurants in Houston, whether it be the Golden Corral or China Buffet, offer the same small and hackneyed rotation of deep-fried fare topped with the all-consuming sauce. If it's not fried chick­en with barbecue sauce then it's fried chick­en with sweet and sour sauce. Houston diners now no longer have to settle for the same greasy stock and have a new option with the opening of TODAI, a Japanese seafood buffet which presents its signature 160-foot buffet counter offering a vast array of foods. With 40 different kinds of sushi, 48 diverse varieties of salads and starters, 56 distinc­tive hot entrees, and 48 assorted desserts, Todai offers even the pickiest of eaters a panoply of choices. With 40 different kinds of sushi, 48 diverse varieties of salads and starters, 56 distinctive hot entrees, and 48 assorted desserts, Todai offers even the pickiest of eaters a panoply of choices. The expansive seafood selection includes fried blue crab, jumbo shrimp with lobster sauce, crab omelet, whole snow crabs and lobsters, raw oysters, green mussels, and a school of diverse fish including halibut, mahi mahi, Chilean sea bass, snapper, swordfish, and salmon. The preparation varies from fried, boiled, grilled, raw, steamed, or sauteed, and many dishes are served with a range of conglomerate ingredients such as the shrimp ball with vegetables (dim-sum style), seafood quiche, or one of my favorites, the dynamite, which is a spicy steamed scallop wrapped in bacon and Marq*E Entertainment 7620 Katy Freeway #300 713.682.0009 ~Opt for bread, water at home ~VoK. if you really must ~~tp Fine for most ~ .. ~~Worth the drive, so live a littlt ..~~~'1 As good as it gets served on top of an oyster half shell. Even for those non-seafood lovers, your choices abound with items such as Bulgogi (a Korean BBQ), chicken cabbage roll, sweet and sour pork, chicken wings, rib-eyes, spare ribs, potato pizza, egg plant with garlic sauce, vegetable tem­puras, and an array of salads including asparagus salad, artichoke and cucumber salad, Caesar salad, potato salad, mush­room salad, and spinach salad. Hungry yet? While all the items above might not be available at every meal. you should be able to find your niche within the sprawling buffet counter. There is no ordering a la carte and so every meal is a buffet. Lunch is $12.95 Monday through Thursday and $14.95 Friday through Sunday and on holidays. Dinner is $22.95 Monday through Thursday, and $24.95 Friday through Sunday and on holidays. The buffet rates for children are based on their projected consumption amount, 1.e. their height. Children under 5 feet are 50 percent the usual price for adults. Children under 4 feet pay $5.95 for lunch and $6.95 for dinner. Children under 3 feet pay $4 95 for lunch and dinner. Children under 2- and·a-half feet eat for free. For those vertically challenged adults, such as myself, who hover around the 5 feet range, these rates, unfortunately only apply to children. Located within the large Marq•E Entertainment complex where children and their families can enjoy a number of activi­ties, Todai's is the next stop after you've worked up a gastronomical appetite. With large colorful models of tropical fish hanging from the rafters, live crawfish, lobsters, and fish swimming in large tanks, and a yellow plush mascot evoking images of familiar Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty and Kero Kero Keroppi, Todai offers the perfect family buffet get away for all gluttons ready to meet their match. HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 OUT ON THE BAYOU 21 out in music by ERIN O'BRIANT A A piece of her heart A CD combo of Janis Joplin's letters home and best music is fascinating, but harbors a few mosquitoes Whether or not you're a fan of dramat­ic re-enactments, if you're a fan of JANIS JOPLIN, you want to hear LOVE, JANIS. The CD is a companion to the off­Broadway musical by the same title that opened last month The compilation inlt.'rsperses some of the '60s rock star's best music with tracks of an actor reading letters the star wrote to her fam­ily from 1965 until her death five years later. Listming to the CD is comparable to lymg on a sunny Mexican beach being bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes. You Jove being at the beach and you're excited to b~ there. But some parts of the experience are so irritating you almost have to pack up your floral print tote bag and head back to the hotel. Or, in my case, stop the CD and take a few deep breaths before listening to th'? rest of the overly dramatic readings, delivered by Catherine Curtin. If you summon your patience, though, and get past Curtin's tendency to squeeze oceans of innuendo out of a phrase like, "Oh, guess what," there's a lot to enjoy in Joplin's letters home to her family. We never doubted Joplin was smart and funny, did we? Actually, I had never thought about it. Of course there had to be more to her than the hippie life and hard liv­mg, but I had no idea what it might be. Her articulate, loving, witty and sometimes puppy-enthusiastic.letters home to "Mother and Dad" reveal a side to Joplin that casual fans like me might easily have missed. The first letter on the CD, written at the beginning of Joplin's career in 1965, begins, "With a great deal of trepidation, I bring the news: I'm in San Francisco." The letters chart Joplin's rise to stardom, often in a "don't worry about me" tone that many lis­teners will remember using in letters home to the1r own parents. Like most other daughters, Joplin doesn't tell the folks back home about her numerous affairs with men and women, her drug use 'Love, Janis: The Songs, the Letters, the Soul of Janis Joplin' Janis Joplin Sony/Colombia Records $14.99 The compilation CD 'love, Janis' provides irrefutable proof that Janis Joplin could use 'stoic' in a sentence, but listeners will hope she didn't sound that melodramatic in real life. or her tough persona in the letters. But she does show a sense of humor and perspective that plenty of stars lack. "Right n~w, my position is ambivalent," she wrote m 1965, the day she began rehearsal with the band Big Brother & the Holding Company. "I'm not at all sold on the idea of becoming a poor man's Cher." A couple of years later, after gushing to her family about the reviews she and her band received for the album "Cheap Thrills," she promised, "I'll try and write again when I'm not so enamored with myself." The last letter on the CD, written just a month before her death of a heroin over­dose in October 1970, reveals Joplin's usu­ally unspoken fears. Telling her parents about a boyfriend, she wrote, "He really did love me and he was so good to me, Mommy, and he wants to come back and marry me. I thought I would die without someone besides fans asking me, but he meant it. And who knows, I may get tired of the music biz someday." Janis Joplin's sister, Laura Joplin, con­ceived the idea for the stage show and com­panion CD. After she and brother Michael Joplin re-read their sister's letters home, they got interested in using them to create a biography about her. "The letters may have yellowed with age," Laura Joplin writes, "but the words written on them were sharp, expressive and honest." A USTIN THEATRE ALLIANCE PRESENTS THE NATIONAL TOUR Starla Benford Linda Ellerbee THE Sherri Parker Lee MONOLOGUES 22 OUT ON THE BAYOU MAY 18, 2001 •HOUSTON VOICE _-Mail Boxes Etc. - ~ '!»iliagr STAN FORD 713•443•3333 • AUTO • HOME • LIFE • LOW COST AUTOS LOW COST RENTERS MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS TONY MAY INSURANCE AGENCY NATIONWIDE INSURANCE 713-807-8264 We buy anything of value! Antiques, Estates, Furniture, Collectibles, Jewelry, Automobiles, and Glassware. 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S.Nice •t 11 a.m. & 7 pm S..nd•y S<hool for children 101.m. 7'3-U0.9235 or wwwcommunityq0$pel.org Houston M®on Church. Service 10-JO • m. 713-52!»22S Covenont Churth, Ecumen>a~ L•ber•I S.ptut. Serv>e• 930 a.m. & eduuliOn ~ t I • .m. 71U68-UJO. Btnng Memon•I \/noted Methodist Church. S.rv•ce< •t 1:30 1.m & 10 50 o.m. Sunday S<hool 945> m. 713-526-1017. The Women•s Group. Mttt•ng & D...:usslon 10 45 a.m. 713-~ 8571 VM>ri•n F•l1°""1•P of Galveston County. 502 Church S~ S.rvic• 10'30 •.m 409-765-8330. F1m Congregat>anol Church (Memon•Q. SeMC• •t 10 1.m. Chrl1t1an Education. 11:30 p.m. 713-468-9543 or fcc·houston.019. Unltirian F.ilow<hip of HO<Jston. Adllt f0<um 10 •.m. Service II l .m. 71UIO-Sl76 Goy cathofics of St An"''s·Hourton. 5 p.m wor\h•p sefVl<e Dinner 1nd soc .. 1. al•"•m41wtnrt 713-62l0930 American & Foreign TAFT STREET AUTO Auto Repair & Service 713-526-3723 1411 Taft louston,TX. 11019 Thoreau Unitarian Unlversal1st Congregation: Adult discuss.ion 9:4S • m. Servic• 11 1.m, 281-277-8882. www.tuuc.org. first Urutuian Un1versalist Church. Services at 9:30 & 11 :30 a.m. Brunch available 10:30 a.m. Panel Oiscuuion: Bisexuafity. 1:30 p.m. 713-S26-5200. churchOf•rstuu.org. ANrcrun Black Cross Federation/Anarchist Re1ding Group. 1 p.m. www.haU1tonabc.org. 713-S95-2103 Houston Tel'\nis Oub. 9 a.m. Memorial Park at the TeM1s Center. 713-692-2703. Houston Gay I lesbian Community Center Drop-in ho\irs 2 to 4 p.m. • Positive An Workshop Photography e .. hibition. • Dinner It the C•nl.,. 6 PM. 803 H•wthome. 713-524-3111. G•rden Party. "The Honeybee Show.• &:30 p.m Fundraise< 11 th• Br~r Patch. 713~3-6705. PflAG-Woodl•ndt Support gr®p. 71J.867·9020. monday, may 21 G•y F1thenlhthers Forst. Support group. I p.m. www G•yf•theft.Houston.org or 211·50S.1711. Host Eie Conic. Froe eye ... ms for people wllh tw. 71J.i».3000 HIV tes1'ng. STD Exams & trUllMnL F1ee. AVES I p.m. to 6 IS p m. 713-626-2837. Kolbe ProJect. Euch•rist 7.30 p.m. 713-161-1800. , Northwoods AIDS Coalotion Food P•ntry Open. 10 • .m. 10 6 p.m. 936-441-1614, Houston Tennis Oub. 9 a.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center. 71l-692-2703. Lesb••n & Gay Vok01 Radio Show I to 10 p.m. KPFT 90.1. 71]. S~122l AIDS M•st•I)'. 1 p.m. Montrose Counseling Center. 71l 52'-«131 Grief & Oov0<ce Support Groups. 7 p.m. Bering. 713-526-1017, b~201 gayOAR W•Ull<Sl Community. Suppon Group. 7 pm. 71.J..52f>- 1017, ht 211. Houston i.esbian and Gay Community Center drop-In hourJ from 6 to 9 p.m. •Unity Committee. 7:30 P.M Posiu~ Art Workshop Pllotographye•hibiuon • 803 H•wthame. 71.J..524-3111. tuesday, may 22 F0< M•ture Aud.enc°' Only Suppart group. 1 p.m. BOtlng Memorial UMC. 713-526-1017. HTGA Suppoot Group. 1 p.m. 71lS2().04J9. Free HIV T01bng by the Montrose Oin1c. I p.m. to .rudnlght. Cub Houston. 713-810-3000 Helping CrDls Dressers Anonymous. Support Group 1p.m713· S24-0439. 8"1ng Support Networlt. Lunch Bunch Gang II •.in. 713-526-1017. •••• • Ill 11al PlAC •Alignment •Brakes • Inc. · 1307 Fairview (3 blocks west of Montrose) 713-529-1414 Look for it at these locations: @St. Thomas University, Montrose Branch Library UNIVERSITY of H 0 UST 0 N University Center Rice University, Student Center Call 713.529.8490 for other ptck·up Spots! HOUSTON VOICE• MAY 18, 2001 OUT ON THE BAYOU 23 calendar G•y Men's Proceu Group. 7 pm. 3316 Mt Vernon. 713-526·8390. Men's Network. Oiscuu1on group for social, educational develop· ment cf gay and bisexual men. 7 p.m_ Montrose Counsehng Center. 71l529-0037 Northwoods AIDS c .. l1t1on Food Pantry Open. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 281-633-2555. OR Cmes. 3 p.m. 713-607-7700. Hous.ton Ltsbian and Gay Community Center drcp·ln hours 6 to 9 pm • lesbian Coming Out Group • Pos1trve An Workshop Photogr•phy exhibition.• I03 Hawthorne. 713-524-38t8. G•y Men's Hullh. Montrose Counsehng Center 713-52~)7. 81-Net Houston Men's mix•• 713-467-4180 wednesday, may 23 FrH HIV Testlng Thomu StrHI Cinlc. 9 •.m. to I p.m 2015 Thomos Strffl 713-793-4026. STD h•rns & tre•tmont HIV Tosung. Frtt AV!S Frtt. AVES 713· 626-2837 frtt HIV Testing by the Montroie Cinlc. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mary's, Venturo-N & Els. 713-130-3000. B•Net Houston. 730 p.m. Women's SoClal. 713-~7-4380 Women's Network Montrose- Counseling Center Discussion group f0< <Oda!, fducat1onal dtvelopment of gay and b1mual women. 7 p.m. MontrOSt" Counseling Center. 713-529-0037 Northwoods AIDS Coalition Food Pantry open. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 936-441-1614 Projt<t Caesar. Workshop< AFH. 3203 Weslayan. 713-623-6796 Out Skate RoDor>k•"'19 Club. 8 to 10 p.m. 8075 Cook R .. d 28'- 933-5818 RJ1nbow R.lnglen frtt C&W dance leuons. Brazot River Bottom 7 p.m. 711-880-0670 .. Bible Stucty Noon & 630 p.m. St Stephon's !ptscopal. 713-526- 6665. Spirltuol Uplift ierwc. 7 p.m. 81blo Study 7 30 p.m. RosurrKtJon MCC. 713-861·9t49. Frttlance Art Ouws by Kermit E1senhut for HIV+ 1ncfrviduals. 1 to 4 p.m. lunch prov•d<d. 713-523·9530. Houston Temis Cub. 9 • m. Memorial P•rk •t the Tennu CentOf. 71)-692·2703. lesbi•n l tomure OiscusSIOn Group. 7 pm. 71J.523-3037 Houston Pride Bind. Open rohearsa~ 1107 Y•le. 713-527-0911. www ho<istonpridebond org. Benng Mernor11I UMfd Methodist Church. Dinnor at 6 30 p.m V.oOIH Support Groups 7 p.m. 71l526-1017 HoustOn LHb'i,n and Gay Community Center drop-in hours 6 to 9 pm. • Positive An Workshop Pnotogr1phy edlibit1on • Free HIV tut,ng by the Montrose Clinic 6 to 9 p.m. • 713-524-3818 Houston Area Beari. Ntwsletter ma1lout. Pot Pie. 713·52M3SO. Center for AIDS. Women's m"er. 713-527-8210. thursday, may 24 Gay Men's Chorus of Houston. Open rehearsal 7 p.m. 4307 San fehpe. 713-521-7464 Rainbow Raingltrs free C&W dance lessons. Brazos R1-vtr Bottom 7 p.m. 71J.880-0670. Hop C Recovery. 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Mid-week "Home Group" services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays For more Info ... 713-528-6756 or email maranatha@ev1.net ~~ Maranatha ~¥ , 'l Fellowship Metropolitan ·-cCo-m-mnunit.y -Chcurc.h. . ....... EnJOY worship at your home church in the mommg and visit u~ in the everung for an alternate \\Orsh1p experience! 24 CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds Announcements Computer Pro Volunteer Advisor needed to help set up Quick Books 2001 • AIDS Housing Coalition of Houston • 713-521-1613. GAY WALKERS Saturday mornings • http//mem­bers. aol .com/morningclub/inde x.htm • 281-437-0636. EROTIC MASSAGE WORK.SHOP Celebrating the Body Erotic welcomes pioneenng men of all ages and types who want to relearn human sexuality as a sacred transcendent & healthy • June 9 & 10 • 713-426-5196 or visit www.bodyelectric.org. BAY AREA GAYS There 1s a social group in the Clear Lake area for gay men (20s to 40s) looking for friend­ship • 281-488-0537 QUICK BOOKS Volunteer Administrator needed for one or two lessons to learn Quick Books • AIDS Houston Coalition Houston • 713-521- 1613. --·- \.\'ANTED TO BUY April 15th episode of Queer as Folk. • VHS • David after 2:30 p.m.@ 936-524-0177 Auditions Theatre New West 2 males 20-25 for upcoming production "Key West." Brief nu~1ty •Call 713.522.2204 Employment GRAFFITI ARTIST NEEDED Interesting project • 713-409- 0587. CO'-nlUNITY AMBASSADOR National HIV/AIDS Pharmacy Hinng Community Ambassadors • Flexible hours • PWAs return to work • Priority Pharmacy • 800- • 788-2232 X2276. SFX THEATRICAL Call Center Mon-Fri • S7 25/hr • PT & Seasonal •Answer inbound calls • Process season ticket orders • Background & credit investiga­tion required • EOE • 713-693- 2714 COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Flexible hours • Graphics design­er with Pagemakero.0/6.5 for IBM •Layout weekly service leaflets & news bulletin • Art1st1c with other projects Fax resume to Christopher Thomas @ 713-222- 2412 or cthomas@christchurch catherdral.org. NEW CLUB ON FANNIN Looking for Floor, Door, Bartenders, and barbacks. Call Robert@ 832-725-7232. MILAM HOUSE Housing assistance needed for transitional living program • Knowledge in the areas of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse (recovery) preferred • Fax resume to 713.522.2674 BERING MEMORIAL UMC Church-based AIDS Spiritual Support Network serving a diverse community including GLBT and minorities seeks Program Director Qualifications: Creative, dynamic professional with experience in community outreach, GROUP and individual counseling program development and management • LPC or MSW­ACP preferred Interested individ­uals should forward resume and qualifications to: Bering Memorial UMC, c/o COSM, 1440 Harold, Houston. Texas 77006. • No £hone cal~ CLUB NSOMNIA Now hiring part time floor help •Please cal 713.521.1613 EJ's Now accepting applications for Bartenders, Barbacks. Clean-Up and Door Security Applications accepted Monday through Friday, 2:00-4.00 pm onoly • Recent photo helpful • Absolutely no phone calls. please • Apply in person at 2517 Ralph _ ~flDTOWN SPA HOUST0:-1 Apply in person •Start at $6.50 per hour Nightingak ADC offers Tree employment assistance to HIV+ individuals • Including job pre­paredness training, resume development, job search assis­tance • For more informations call 713.981.1543 The Club Houston 1s now accepting apphcatins for Certified Personal Trainers • Apply in person at 2205 Fannin or at www.the-clubs.com Licensed Massage LET YOURSELF GO Relax to an hour of Swedish massage • RMT #013700.• Dewayne • 713.521.0654 MANSSAGE Do your self a favor• Effective, therapeutic, relaxing or deep tis­sue • Don't settle for the less! • What are you waiting for? RMT # 4397. Tom 713.520.6018. PATRICK! 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Pets 3 adorable 1 week old kittens are interviewing for responsible indoor homes only • 713-802- 0920. Products & Services •We Let the Big Dog Out!! • • Custom leather by appointment • • 713.880.2628. • www.bigdogleather.com • Rent to Own 50" Big Screen TVs• Stanng at $29.99 a week • 1.800.774.4553. EROTIC WEAR! Huge variety of men's sexy wear at Basic Brothers • 1232 Westhe1mer • 713.522.1626 • www.eroticattire.com Professional Services NEED A LAWYER? Trivedi Law Firm • Any prob­lem • Any accident • Any injury • 713-294-4833. RAINBOW COMPUTER SERVICE Computer Not Performing? Need A Little Help with Set Up? Call Jim• 713.880.0072. PRESSURE WASHING College Guy • Driveways • Walkways • Patios • Brick & More!• Call Jason• 713.863.8888 •Pager 713.908.8020 LANDSCAPING Spnng Beds • Shrubs • Color • Reasonable • 7 I 3.861.9949 Jntu111ve Counseling! • Re1ki Master Teacher Bill O'Rourke uses Reiki,Tarot, Role Playmg and Guided Meditation (and teaching same) to help you! • 713.864.2233 • www.rainbow prod.com/bi Ibo. BODY WAXING FOR MEN Personal grooming by Dale Waxing specialist & licensed Cosmetologist Private Location in Montrose • Call for appointment 713 .529 .5952. Real Estate for RenUSale BREABURN VALLEY Stunning corner lot • gorgeous pool • Updated Kitchen & baths • Large porches • Decorator accents • S 199,900. • Gilda Sprung • Coldwell Banker 713-439-9700. ------ EASTWOOD/U of H Area I/I • $550/mo. plus gas & elec­tric • $300 deposit • 3/2 • SI 150/mo. plus gas & electric• $600 deposit • Has fresh paint • New floors • Appliances • Ceiling fans • Porch • Leave ~e @713-643-0575 PARTY HALL RENTAL Parties Meetings Ceremonies • Fundrnising • Montrose location • Big laser lit/fog dance floor • Mahogany bar • Walk-in cooler • game room • Parking, security, DJ included • Rental proceeds donated to local AIDS charity • 713-521-1613. MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE '• • Near Intercontinental Airport ·Value packed apartment homes for the luxury shopper · • Please call us today for information on our outstanding specials 281-820-9342 www.cityview-apts.com PRIDE REALITY.COM SALES/RELOCATION 1.800.597.7653 Heights • 6 IO E. 19th @ Oxford • 211& shop/studio • Large lot with alley • Sell for lot value $134K •Owner• 713-520-6455. WESTLANE COTTAGE Between Galleria & Greenway Plaza • Shady cottage 211 • study • Custom finishes • Hardwoods • Large fenced yard • Central AC • WD Connections • Great location on cul de sac • $1600 •Leave message @ 713- 839-8393. 212 duplex • 1918 Forest Hill • Central AC • Deck • Lush land­scaping • Garage • Approx. 1200 SF• 713-923-3959 • 713- 837-9009. Newly remodeled. 2 & 3 bed­room homes & apartments. Near Enron Field. Starting at $450/month + deposit. and elec­tric. 713-306-9014. MONTROSE 1/1 apartment in quiet complex • $450/mo • $250 deposit • 7 I 3- 805-1266. 713-528-1165. RIVER OAKS Dramitic 1/1 • San Felipe & Kirby • Floor to ceiling win­dows • Small Complex • S750/mo • 2415 Mimosa• 281- 580-2762. Office for rent Second-floor office av:ulable imme­diately at Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 803 Hawthorne at Stanford. Dimensions are 14' x 12'6". Nonprofit glbt organization preferred as tenant partners but all inquiries are welcomed. Contact Tim Brookover for rate and details. 713.524.3818, brookover@ev I .net For Lease • 1700 sq ft. • Great Heights lorotion Call 713.443.9494 Heights Duplex One bedroom • one bath • hard­wood floors • carport • central ac/heat • water paid • S650/mo plus deposit• 713.864.0039 Roommates Montrose • Own room • Near Waugh @Clay• $237.50/mo. • Volunteer and/or activist orient­ed a plus • John @ 713-523- 6381. 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