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Title Houston Voice, No. 1003, January 14, 2000
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  • Hennie, Matthew A.
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Date January 14, 2000
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker apologized this week for his comments about minorities and gays, just days after Major League Baseball ordered him to undergo psychological Gore Vidal talks about being a queer pioneer who not only defined what it is to be gay but then managed to escape the pigeon-hole of that definition­gloriously. evaluation. ~i~ra~iil Page 10 r:;, Page 15 ISSUE 1,003 ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. JANUARY 14, 2000 Texas City killings go unsolved A year after two gay men were slain, police have exhausted their leads, as family and friends prepare for a vigil to remember the victims bv \1/\lTHH\ A. HE.'\'.':lF Betty Parker \\ 111 onCl' .1gam ~t.i.nd on thl' fmnt lawn of hL·r fe J.S Cit\ homl' Mond.1); light .1 mndll' .md search for thl' clo­sure that has eluded hl•r for .1 war The day-Jan. 17-marks ·the one-year .mmwr.,.i.ry oi the brutal doubll' hom1t1de that claimed the hie of hl'r son, Laaron "IAirry" Morns, and his friend Kevin Tryals. The two gay mrn Wl'rl' shot and burned to death m the city's fiiot double sl,1ymg in morL' than 25 years. :::: And in the year since the two men were disco\'ered in a burn­: i mg Ford Must.mg on a dead-;:nd ro.id, lhl• cnme has continued ~ to stump police inn-stigators, who ha\'e exhausted the few > leads they had, and madL' no arrl'sb. ~ "YOu get .1gitak'Cl and frustratl'Cl bL'Causc you haw nobody to ? take to trial for two murdl'r;," ParkL·r s.1id this \\'L'l'k "The on!\' -.:__...:ao-ic:..:;;11L-__ -..:__ ___ ..:__:_ ___ -'--' ~ th mg we can do b kl'l.'P praymg." · Three dozen people took part in a vigil last year for two gay Texas Gty men slain in a double homicide, including Betty Parker (background), the mother of one of the victims. Kevin Tryals (left) and Laaron Morris were shot and found dead along with Morris' burned Ford Mustang on Jan. 17, 1999. The killings of the two gay men remain unsolved. Friends and family will 1oin l'arkL'r on Mond,1y to plant two trl'l"' in mcmorv of the -Iain men, and hold a fmal \1gil to com­memoralL' the .mmn>NIY of the killings. \\ lulL' thL' t'\ ent may help Parker and others to core with the un,.o;olwd cnme, Parker s.ud she\\ 111 not soon forgl'I \\hat hap­pened to hL•r 'on. "for me, 1t 1s not a closure on the ca~e ,1t .111. That tree plant­mg will keep his memnr~ ah\,, \1,1\ bl• l L.m sit down and look .11 the trt'l' and it flounshmg and go out and remember the good tmw~." \lorn~ and Trv.ils !.f,1\ ed out into the L'arl1· mornmg hours of Jan. 17, 1999 stoppmg mat a local bar,\ b1hng m'arbvCaheston and ~1ll'ndmg time behmd the v.hecl of ~1orns' ford \lust.mg, purrhas1xl a d,1y earher The) left a club m the 6 00 block of F\ 1 1765 about 2 ~ J m Thm bod1e< \\ere found about lour hours later .is pol ce respond­t'Cl to a report of hca\) moke 'lear B.i;ou Campbell Road. Somebme .ifter 210 am, the h\O fnends \\l'J'L' srot 5e\Cf<u tJt'CS and k! led, and put m or near Morns' car, which was S(t .ibl.uc on .1 dcad-rnd road off Loop 197South,1ust fe\\ m e­trom Parkers home m Ttxas Cit). \1orns \\JS so badl) burned tlwt fam1\'members1dentfied ,.. h..m tlirough JC\\ l'lry and his auto. \lt1•r the sl.n mgs, ll'X.lS (_ii) pohrl' SJ'L'Pt hours m two t .. 1Jn-.;to11 gay b.1rs that \1ornsand fryals' Nied, loggmg uitcr­' IL'I''' \\'1th pl'<'f'll' who knt'\' thl• two nll'n. fhl')' g.1then.'\l mound' of forl'nsK L'\ 1dl'n1c from thl• LTlllll' srcne. But m tlw days .1tter the killirgs, .i.nd m tlw months smCl' tl1<' rnme, authontJL~rnuldn't unearth ~ll~fX'l.is ordL·\·L'lop strong lmds. Bec.msc the t\\Ci men ''ere found \\lth thm JL'\,·elf)\ robbery m,1~ not Ix• a moh\l', pohceI-1.1\L' s.·ud. And polices.1y none of the l'\1dl'rlcl' in the ca_~· supporl., ah ill rL·l.ill-d mohvation. ,... Continued on Page H Baton Rouge High School student Martin Pfeiffer's trans­formation from closet case to activist now includes a push to start a gay student group at his high school. Baton Rouge youth leads fight for Gay­Straight Allia11ce Martin Pfeiffer left school officials scratching their heads when he asked to start a student-led Gay-Straight Alliance b} \1ELl\:DA SI-IL l TO\: B \Wi\ ROlC.E- lake no m1Stake about 11 1artn ' \1.lrt) Pfe1fkr 1s one self a sured ~\ who' league head ol most \ oungsters hL~ age-- \\ luch happtTIS to be 17 In manv respect , he's not unlike other high school seIUO~ h1::; rkachtd-blonJ h.llr IS dose!\ cropped, he "~ars an earrmg m each earlobe, h1~ baggy Cargo slacks are topped b) an O\'er-s1led 5\\ eater ::, ung 0\ er his shoulders 1s tlic O\ er-packed backpack that has become an exten 10n of C\ cry student\ \\ ardrobe Despite the s1milant1cs, Pfeiffer 1s notabl) different The tall, lanky high school «enior b remarkably art1cu­lak, pohhcall) a~tute, and hell-bent on changmg the \\Orld. And he'~ ga). :- Continued on Page 12 2 JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE ( (L eath er L eath er I.S w h ere I.t 's at. Experience the luxury that sets you apart from the crowd, (especially if you like what you see at Roche Bobois, Cantoni and other chi chi stores) what a moving experience! Cutting edge designs at prices you can afford. ) ) Sue Goldstein The Underground Shopper, Dallas, Texas HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 Cl?- Ll 1i· HIV tl~~l some SUSTIVA" is the first HIV drug approved to be taken once-a-day as part of your combination therapy. ju•.t tak<> three 200 mg c 1psule! tor ~ther oni:e daily. w1tr r w1 • hou' f1 >Cl, h1. h fat meals .hould be avoided. Your doctor may suggest taking SUS flVA ~· '· c· T ~ ·o reduce any side effect, you may expenence just did! Once Da ily SUSTllfA efavirenz Pregnancy should be avoided 1n women receMng SUSllVA because b1rt'l defects have been seen •n pnmates dosed With SUSTIVA Barrier contraceptJOn should always be JSecl 111 combination v. ·h o·her me\h '· or ·•traception. Talk to your doctor when you start taking SUSTIVA. USTIVA may Charge the effect SUSTIVA, an NNRTI•, must be used in combination with other · ner medicines (1nd1 · · If . Atwa)'S tell your doctor f HIV drugs. SUSTIVA is tough on HIV. It reduces the amourt of virus 1n your blood · j tis<> the number of C04 cells. SUSTIVA can even be used 1n young children. 3 years of age or olde~ This is based on results from controlled clinical tnals at 24 weeks. Presently. there are no results from controlled clinical tl1als ·'-"Wl· · the · .n:-term effects of SUSTIVA Now listed among preferred anti-HIV drugs in government guidelines.' you are taking. starting or changing any prescnption or non-prescnption med1c1ne when taking SUSTIVA Your doctor may charge your med1anes or change their dose. Y0t. should discuss your pnor medica conchtions (such as mental Illness. substance abuse. hepatJtJS. etc.) with your doctor before taking SUSTIVA We know that copmg with HIV •s diff1Cult enough. Yourtreatr'lent doesn't have to be.Ask your doctor about SUSTIVA For more important 111fonnation SUSTIVA has manageable side effects. Most side effects are mild to 'TlOderate dnd can be managed.The mo<;t significant side effects associated with SUSTIVA therapy have been nervous system symptoms ( d1zz1ness. trouble sleeping. drowsiness, trouble concentrating and/or abnormal dreams) and rash. These usually subside within the first two to four weeks of treatment. In a small number of patients, rash may be serious. Taking SUSTIVA at bedtime may help make nervous system symptoms less noticeable. •NNRTI • non-nudeoside ~ transcnptase 1nh1bitor. Fe< men lnlonn>toon on SUSTIVA. al I~"'""" our-... at lrapllwwwsusuva.com Fe< men inlomuoon on the updo•ed OHHS Guldtlints. • PDF 6lt d the ~ ~ Mllable " lrapllwww hmos.ori see the next page for Patient Information about SUSTIVA FOR HIV Finally, a once daily medication to treat HIV. SUSTIVA. It's about time. www.sustiva.com IG.aftsi>r~U!ed-Ac<r<snH'A>loaedMOrdAdol&"""PnionOnal~i>rT-fiHVnr.c­~ ,.,,_.,.,......., s.r.cts~O<term.r m. 9..JS"NA'" rd the 5<rb.nt Lego n trademar>$ dOliUlt ~-~ 3 Copyright c 1999 °"""" l'Nnnoc:Ntals Conl*')< ~o ~ DuPont Pharmaceuucals 4 ..... How does SUSTIVA woril? Can children take SUSTIVA? y, Who should not take SUSTIVA? Once Daily SUSTl\r*A efavirenz SUSTIVA™ {efavirenz) capsules Patient Information about SUSTIVA* (sus-TEE-vah) • HIV '1 :::r lmmunodeflC ency Vrus) 1·fect1cn Generic name efav1•enz (eh-FAH Vlh rehnz) .are of yaur doctor Con• •o pract ce 'iJ'• sex 600 mg ~ 200 mg cap::_ es. lake: •oge ) ooce a day by !!I Oo ~ ta•• SUST'VA ~ -r-. are a erg • to Si.JSTIVA or any o' its ng·ed ents ·sUSTIVA"' - the Sl>NB(,RST LOGO are lrademarks ol DuPOnt Phannaoeu1icals Company Copyright c '999 Dul'll<lt Pharmaceu!ieals Company -The brands listed 1t111 the ragtStef8d trademarl<S of 0- respacllw owners and are 'IOI lr-.narl<s ol Dul'bnl Pharmaceutca • ~ JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE What other medical problems or conditions should I discuss with my doctor? 1"a ' 10 your octar r gh' ;way y • Aie p•eg Jr o want o bee p~na • • Ale t·east·feeding • Have problems with your live o have '1d ' ;;all! s • )tart or change any r:'ed c1:--e • Haves de effects wh1 e taK ng SUST VA (elawenz) • Have l h story of '!lelltal ness s;..bSlance or a cohol at:;. 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'end to go my after you ve taken •he med c ne 10· a few weeks Rarely patents ~.M rrore ser :ius s de el'ects 'hat may affect mood or ability to th nk clearly T'1ese side effects oa:u• more otten n patients w th a h story f rr.:::-tal l ness 01 wbstance abuse Tell yaur doctor promptly any c these de effects cc t nue or they bother y • There 1s the poss bil1ly t'Jt these symptoms rmy be more severe SUS'IVA is used with ak:ohol or mood z" ng (strec!J drugs You should avo d dr Vlng &' opera! g "l3Ch nery I you are haVlng these side effects One of t~e most convnon s de effects 1s r •' T'lese raSlles usua ly go away without any ':flange n treatrwrt ln a sma l number of patients, r.::• may be • ' ous If you develop a rash, call your doctor promptly Other corr.:-'On side effects mclude tiredness ~pset sto'.'lach von11t1ng. and diar•'Jea However, tr1s not a complete st of side effects repo ea with SUSTIVA wr.::ft ' k 0 wit~ ~!her anti HIV drugs Do not re y th s leaflet alone for ·lc"nalion dbo".! side effects Your doctor can d1sc:.:;s a more complete list • A effects with you P ease contact yCY.. :loctor :imed ely belore stoPll ng ".iLSTIVA bee.Me of s de effects T I yoLi c other hea tntar prov aer r you 101 ce any s de effects wh1 e takmg SUS1"1VA How should I keep SUSTIVA? SUSTIVA 1s ava able as SC mg 100 mg and 200 mg :;apsules Keep SUSTIVA at ro:::n :::'ll)elature 77 F 1 1n 'he bolt e g ven to you by your pharmac st ., 'e'.'Wature can range from 59" 86 F ~ SUS'IVA out of 'he reach ol ~ ren How can I learn more about SUSTIVA? I ' to you doelor or o!he "ea "care prOVlde! r you • auest OllS about e ' SLS'lVA or tilV F add t fo~ on you can VlS t t'e SUS'lVA webs le at http //WINI ~ust1va com This medicine was prescribed for your particular condition. Do not use it for any other condition or gi~e it to anybody else. Keep SUSTIVA out of the reach of children. If you suspect that more than the prescribed dose of this medicine has been taken, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. ~ DuPont Pharmaceuticals W<mmgton DE 19880 Issued Seplembef, 1998 HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 INSIDE NEWS Around the Notion ..••.•.......•••... .7 CDC: Number of block, Hispanic gay men with AIDS increases . . • • • • . • • • . . • • • . . . .7 Plea ogreemenl reached in soldier's killing 7 Supreme Court allows AIDS coverage limits . .7 Goy atty. announces long-shol campaign ••. .7 Utah education board quiedy bans bias • . • .7 Pitcher says he spoke like a 'jerk' ...•.••. 10 Gore bocks away from 'litmus test' .. . •.•. 10 Dallas woman charged in roommate slaying 14 VOICES & ECHOES Editorial: Speech !roubles Rocker and Gore .. 8 Minicucci: Conquering the queer virus .. .... 9 OUT ON THE BAYOU Vivid Vidal . . • • • .. ...... . .. ...... .17 The shag's the thing ..... . ••••. . .....• 17 Out in Prinl: Mysterious reading .•...• •. .18 Bestsellers . ....... . . . ..... .. ...... 18 Eating Out: Generous but jumbled plotters •. 23 Post Out: A 'brave and foolish' do~ing .... 25 Occasions ........... ............. 22 Community Calendar . . .............. 26 My Stars! .......•.. •.... . ..•••.... 29 DIRECTORY .. . . ................... 28 CLASSIFIEDS .. • • .. .. . . • • • . ..... 30 CARMART ...• ..31 Issue 1003 All material 1n Hou tor> VnlCo IS pr.itoctod by lederal copyright law and may not be repro· duce<J Without 1he wr,tten 0011sen1 of Houston Voice Tllo sUJ<ua1 or1e111a11on of advett1sers. photographers. w1110rs 0nd cartoonists pub· hshed herein is relthor 1rferrcd or lmphod The arpearanco of riamcs 'lr ptctorial rcpre sertauon does not nocossar ly indicate the • xual or1entat1on of th<•l person or persons Houston Voice accepts unsolicited ed1tona1 matenal but canno1 tako respr.nSJblhty for Its return T110 editor reserves tho rKJh1 to accept. reiect or edit ony submission All 11gh1s revert 10 outhOrs upon pubt1cauon. Guldollnes for frootance .contr1butors are available ~pon ieques1 Houston Voice 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200 Houston, TX 77006 713- 529-8490 NEWS 5 Anti-gay marriage bill may hit legislature Gay activists say a recent court decision in Vermont may feed a conservative push to ban same-sex marriage in Texas, allowing an anti-gay bill to slip through the legislature ' like a greased pig' by TAMMYE NASH Dallas Voice During the last two sessions of the Texas Legislature, opponents beat back measures designed to prevent the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. But such a measure may face an eastrr time in the next session, beginning m January 2001, legislators and gay rights advocates said. Last month's drcision by the Vermont Supreme Court, requiring lawmakers there to prov ide gay couples with the same "benefits and protections" current· ly extended to married couples, may give added impetus to anti-gay m.miage leg­b lation in Trxas, they said. "The Vermont ruling definitely height· ens thr [same-sex marriage] issul' m Texas," said Dianne I lardy-Garcia, exec· utive din•ctor of l esbia'n Gay Rights Lobby of Tex.1s. "We've had to fend off [anti-gay marri,1gl') bills in the last two sessions of !ht• legislature And I expl'cl wl·'ll have an l'Ven bigger fight this nl'\I time around." Stall' Rl•p. 1 larryl'tte Ehrh,ird t (D· Dallas) agm•d. "There's no qu('stron that there will be ,rn anti-gay marri,1ge bill introduced m thl• next session," Ehrhardt satd " If they an• ablt• to ma kl' this mto a rl•al emotion· ,11 issul', it's going to be very h,ud to ddeat such .1 bill." Both pn•v1ous bilb were dl'featl'd through tl'chnical m,meun•rs, not by votes, notl•d st.1te Rep. Clen \1axr) (D·Aushn), thl' lt•gisl.1ture's only openly-gar member. "We've nt'\ er had the votes to k1I: a marnagt• bill," \1.ixey ~aid. "We've .1lw;iys done it through parliamentary procedure Whether or not we could do it again depends on who controls the legis· lature, the Democrats or the Republic.ms." Maxey said ti was inevitable that the leg1slature would take up another anh­gay marriage bill in 2001 "We'd have this bill again whether the Vermont ruling had come down the way it did or not,'' Maxey said. "I don't thmk we can continue to block it. I know that if the Republicans control the legtslJture m the nex t session, Texas will have a 'Defense Of Marriage' law." St.lie Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) introduced bills in 1997 and 1999 to pre· wnt the state from legally recognizing same sex marriages, including unions conducted legally elsewhere Both bills died m the State Affairs Committee. Opponents .ilso were able to ,,1ym1e efforts to have Chisum's bills passed .is Jmendments to other legislation on the House floor. Chisum drd not return calls srekmg comment llardy-G.irci.1 agrt•ed with \faxl')' that the November elt•ct1ons will play J 1..ey role m dl'ciding whl'lher the nt•\t ll·g1sla­ture will pass ,in anh-gay marriage bill "This l'il'l'tion couldn't be more impor­t. int," I f,mjy-Garaa said. "Our commum· ty has to ha\·e an energized votl' m :\'owmbl•r, and all of our emph.1sis this year rs going to be on the t•lertron. That's our best ch.inre to defeat .m}' anh·ga\ ll'g· isl.1tion. But if the Rt·publican.~ take over tht• Tl-X.ls I !oust', the marriage bill is gomg to fly through there like a greased pig." ,\ruling by the Hawa11 Supreme Court m 1993, dt•clanng that the s!Jte s failure to gr.mt marriage licenses to same-sex State Reps. Harryette Ehrhardt and Glen Maxey said that it will be difficult for gay­friendly lawmakers to beat back efforts in the Texas Legislature next year to pass a ban on same-sex marriage. couples was a form of sex d1scrimmahon prohibited by the state constitution, sparked a flurry of legislation around the U.S. barring same-sex marriage. In 19%, Congress passed and President Clinton s1gnrd the Dl'fmse of Mamagr Act, a measure w1thholdmg federal recognition of s.ime·sex mar· nages and permitting stalt•s to do the same By thl' end of 1998, 29 stall's had passed similar legislation, according to the National Gay and Lt•sbian Tasl.. Forcl' In No\·rmber 1998, llawa11 voters appro\ ed a constitutional amendment pl'rm1tting the state's l;m makl·r,, to dedarl' th.1t mamag<' was ltm1trd to a man and a woman--omethmg lawmak· ers had aln•adv donl' in 199-1. Tht• Hawaii Supreme Cou;t ruled late last yt•ar that the constitultonal aml'ndmt•nt l\as the final word on the gay marriagr contra· vers} m the state, endmg a IJ\Hutt by three gay and lesbian couple eckmg the nght to marry Last year, 16 add1t1onJI states constd· rrcd anti-gay mamage leg1slat10n, including Texas. But only one passed such J nu•asure-l..ou1s1ana, \\ h1ch bffamr the 30th state" 1th J la" barring same-sex marn.ige In the wake of the \ermont court dlO· -ion I.isl month, efforts to ban gay mar­nagcs h.n r been .innounced in II\ o ~tales. Hate crimes summit in Houston expected to draw hundreds by ~IATTlll \\'A. HI :\:\ff Find ng pratlic;il ways to addn•ss h.1te cnnws will bnng together local, st,1tr ,rnd fedl'ral offtctals dunng a day-long summit next wt•t•l.. ex1lC'rtt•d to ,1ttract up to 7001>.ir· t1c1p.mts. f'l1e focus of thee\ cnt-targetrd at cler· gy, educators, law t•nforcement and mm· munrty groups-1\ ill mcludr hate cnmcs motl\ .1ted by sexual om•nt,1t1on. :\anC} Rodnguez, thl• motht•r of a gJ} man slam m 1 louston m•arl1· 10 yr.irs ago, and Bill Lann i l'l', act mg .1ss1st,1nt U.S. Attorney Ct·ner.11, who has spolwn out on gay-rl'1,1tt•d hate crimes, Ml' srht•duled to t.1ke p.ut m rhursdav's summit. "[Org~ni1t•rsl haw tril·d to rt>ally cowr the wholl· gambit,'' said Tran·y Cobb, a spokeswom.:in for M.:iyor Lee Brown. "It b a very diverse group." I louston polict• Chief ( 0. BrJdford Mii also take part ~mce t•arly 19%, Bro\\ n and Bradford h.n e greatly expanded the police departmt•nt's rtforts on halt• cnmes, mclud· ing apprnnting .1 hate criml's coordinator .ind e\p.indrng training for officers. Thl• 1dl'.1 for the summit grl'\\ out of the regular meetings of the 1 louston Arra Hate Cnmes Working Group, a col1.1borah\ e effort thJt mdudt•s local, state and federal gowmmrnt offit1.1ls, la\\' enforcement and prosecutor~. Some 1,000 pl'oplc \\Wl' tn\'ill'd to attrnd the l'n·nt, though organizers mowd th1, wet•!.. to opt·n the se"ion to the publ c, Cobb said The event ts brokl•n mto two panel dis· cuss1ons, along with two break out sessmn!­to focus on dl'velopmg practical .:ipproach­es to comb.:iting h.:ite cnmes m mdro Houston, Cobb said. Org.imzers a'~o tapped orrnh le~b1an City Counal\\oman Anmse Parker for sug· g~hons on \\hat orgamzahons m the ga1 commumty should be ii'!\ 1ted to attend "They wanted to tocu, on people \\ho arc acttvely involved 111 -onw sort of hate cnmt'S \\Ort>," l'arl..er aid. 'It 1s more about ha\ mg prople that can affect \\hat ts happening hrre 111 Houston " Hate Crimes Summit Jan. 20, 8 a.m to 5.30 p.m George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avemda de las Amencas To pre-register 713-437-6966 www c1 houston.tx.us/crtygovt/ mayor/hatecrimes htm 6 i"o rAa}ann Klllllk4t n. thr C.mu Up SOLD! Antique Country Pine at Competitive Prices Phone: 713-266-4304 Fax: 713-781-8445 E-mail: hbw4gla@acninc.net www.europinedirect.qpg.com 3029 Crossview, Houston, TX 77063 One Block East of Fondren and Westheimer w THEIMER ROAD 3: ..... c:i N cc ClARKCREST w z * > UJ (/) UJ cc (/) -' 0 0 C( z a: >z 0 0 LL RICHMON AVENUE JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE HOUSTON VOICE• JANUARY 14, 2000 NEWS Around the Nation CDC: Number of black, Hispanic gay men with AIDS passes whites ,\TIJ\NTA (AP}-l'or the first time since AIDS ,mested the nation's attention rn the early 1980:., more bl,ick and l fi.,pamc gay rnl·n Ml• living with till' disease than are white gay men. The ( entrrs for Disease Control and Pre\'enhon rcportl'CI 1 hursday that mmonhes represent 52 p<'I· lent of the gay .uid bisexual men who had ,\IDS 111 1998, up from 31 percent in 1%'9. Black mm made up one-third of the cases, \\ hile I hspamcs r•·prcscnted 18 p<'l'Cent of them. Researchers s.i1d the report suggests that the stlgmcl of homosexuality plays a role in ::.prcading the dtSease bcalusc blacks and I hspamcs arc less likely than whites to identify thelll!ieh es as gay or seek AIDS prl'vc.nt10n and treatment scn•1ccs. "People have totally ignored the con.,istcnt fact that gay men of color have always been the largest single nsk catrgory for men . . and this issue is never talked about," s;ud Dr l lelene Gayk•, d1ro:tor of the COC's nahonal ct·nter for prevention of HI\~ sexually transmiltl'CI dL«eascs .md tuberculosis. Gayll' said trends identified several year.; ago led rcscarclwrs to project that the number of nonwhitl' gay men with AIDS would surpa s whites, but the increase happcnL><l fa<>ter than l'Xf'l'(.·fl'd. Plea agreement reached in gay soldier's death on Kentucky base !'ORI CA\1PBI I.I , Ky.-Army Spc. Justin R. Fisher, 26, \\\is smknctd to 12 I /2 wars in prison on Jan. S in tlw bc•ating dmth l;f a b.ir­racks mate who had been rumort>d to be gay. foher admitll'd he hl'CI to military In\'l'Stig.1· tors .md obstrucll'd the 1m·cst1gat10n '' hrn he wiped blood from a baseball b.1t that Pvt. Cal\ m Glover used to kill Pfc. Barry \\'inchtll, who had been sleepmg. l!ndl'r a plea agree­ment, the Army dropped other t.hargt•s. F1 her'scourt marbal tri.il had been scheduled to ~tart last S.1turday. \\ mchell. 21, was killl'CI .. wlule he slept m his cot .it Fort Cclmpbcll. < (,fowr, 19, ol c;ulphur, ( lkla., was com1cted of ~ premcdit.:it,•d murder and scntrnccd to life m ~ prison .md prosecutors &.1id ht• was drin'n by 7. hatred of homoscxu;ils. In the\\ akc of the pk\1 ~ agrl'erm•nt, l'Jt .ind Waif\· Kuttele!>, Windwll's mother .rnd slL'pf.ithcr told the IVaslrmgton l'osl they are cons1dcnng swng the Army for l .. :hnt; to prot('(t th~i son. On Mond,1\ Armv offiuals said the\ I\ 111 imcshgate alleged ;mil· gay acllons Jt I ort (.impbcll. "-}, dunng the period lead mg up to Winchell's murder Spc. Justin R. Fisher may be eligible for parole after four years under a plea agreement he reached over his participation in the killing of Pfc. Barry Winchell. Supreme Court allows insurers to set AIDS coverage limits WASlll:\C.10:\ (AP}-The Supreme Court, rqectmg allegations of illegal bias, let an msur­,1ncc company provide less health care co\'eragc for All)S..relatcd illnes.<;('S than for other cond - hons under the s.1mc pohC}- Two Ch1cago-ar,.,1 men bought health care p01ides from :-.tutual of Omaha with a SI million maximum bmefit for non-AIDS-rt•lated condition~, but .:i much small­er Lrrut for All)S..rd.1tL'li illnesses. Thl• men charged m therr suit that such limit-; ,·1olated the fcd­l'ral Aml•nmns With Disab1litil'S Act.,\ fl•dl·ral judgt• 111 Ch1r.igo ruled for the two men m 1998, but till' 7th L.S. Cm Ult Court of Appc.1ls rc\'l'rsed th.it ruling. ~lulu.ii of Om.iha did not rduSC' to Sl'll insur.mce to people rnfl'Ctt•d with I llV, tlw .1ppe.1ls court said, but instead m;ide a cO\'l'I­agt' tkos1on similar to,, furniture storl' dl'Ciding not to sell whl'l'kh.1irs. l~l\\}'l'rS for the two men told tlw 1ushccs th.it the limit on AIDS cm er.ige "prl'~ents a classic ca!'*' of db.ib1hty·ba$l'd d1scnm1nat1on." !he court tuml'CI dm\11 thl' .ippcal J,m 10 without cornnwnt. Gay Dallas attorney announces long-shot run for U.S. Senate DAI I.AS-Bobby \\ightman-Cen•antcs \\ill jom four other little-known cand1d.1tcs m the March 14 O..'mocrahc pnm,1ry for the opportumty to f.icc Republican Sen Kay Badey Hutchison 11' the member gmer.il elcct10n "The chanrt>S of me\\ mnmg !the primary I .ire \Cr\' good," \\ightm.ui-Cm.mtc told the Dalin Vmcc "At lea t I have two target groups !of 1otersl. gays and II ,panics." W1ghtman-Ccrvank said the n'ason he deodcd to enter the r,Ke \\.lS so I hspamc would lead the Democr;ihc state llcket m the ge'1eral elcct10n \\1glitman.Cen ilf'tcs ran unsum sfully thl' 19% Repubh,an pnmal) scckmg a stall' Distnct Judge position 111 [);ill.is ( ount) l lutcluson 1s expected to be o proh1bit1w faHmte for reelection, whoc\cr \\In.~ tl1c Dcmocr,1t1c pnrnarv. Utah education board quietly bans anti-gay bias SAi.i I.AKI: ( 11 Y-\\ith so little fanfare• th.it L'\'l'n g.1y nghts .1drncates didn't know about 1t, Ut.1h h.1~ JOllle<.I (lnly eight other :.tale:. Ill b,mning .mh·g.iy di-.cnmination by school pl·rsonncl, the IV11s/1111glo11 Blade n'ported Jan. 7. Utah'~ Bo.ird of l'ducotion .ippro\·l'CI the cha~ge in it~ eth­ical nxk I.1st M.iv. but ,ichvbts did not find out unhl Nowmbrr when 1t came to hght dunng J court he.inng on°a lawsuit !>l'ekmg t~i gu.uantl'l' tht• right of public school students to form gay­straight alh.mn.,,. 'fhl• Ut.1h code change addl'li ~l'xual orient.ition to the list of categories on which ll'.icht>rs, admirustrator.;, ,:ind other school personnel arc bam'Cl from discriminabng agamst students or co-workers -From staff and Wirt reports lverything you Right Herel Right No 2000 XTERRH 1ne NeW Need life Insurance but don't want the hassle of a medical exam or blood test? Call The Equideen Group at 713-952-7913 Re=l{)(IS. exduslans and ltmilatons may apply ltx1 iv. be asl>.Sd 'IJBdica qll6st'°"s an I • LONE STAR NISSA~B I LE Sales Hours: 9-9 M-F • 9-9 Sat. 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"compel hve 7.eal" Th.it pubhc statement, m \\ h1ch Rocker Jdm1tted h.1vmg "evtdenced strong compl'li­tiH' fl'lhngs," had more the nng of a pubhc n•latlons m.1dune m full retrt'at than a Macon good Oil' boy. l~i~t week, Braves President St,m Kasten announced that Rocker had personally cla~ rated on th.it public apology lxhmd dosed Joor;, ma D1.'C. '19 ml'l'tmg ''hen: the ZS. year-old surely knew his JOb was on the line. "What we have here is a player who h.1s expressed remorse. Under those c1rcum· stances, I am not going to abandon a player or an employee or a friend," Kasten said. The Bra\'l'S organu.ation, whidi ro.~ thus far shown all the signs of circling the wagons around its talented young prospect, a ks too much of its fans and the city to expect that v.e trust a stiff pubhc apology of doubtful authcn tlcity and a pnvate apology given with the pitcher's I velihood on the line. Then, this week, Rocker finally spoke up, m his own words, If' an mtcr.iC\\ broadcast by FSP . He ct d, mdccd, cxpl"C"i5 rcmor.;c, but 11 sounded rr1on:.1long the lines of, 'Tmsony tlJ05l• cw \ork tans trcatL'CI me so hombly, malJilg me to s.iy tlungs th.:it made me look like a ierk." ot only was Rocker not part1cularly con­tnte, he failed to take full responsibility for lus rc111arks, bla111·'lg the 5.1. reporter for nusrcpre­scnting lus Vlews. though he didn't diallcnge the accuracy of the tape-recorded interview. Rocker also f · ed to addre;s all the groups smeared by his screed, csproaUy those "queers" and people with AIDS. Peter Cammon, the f.Sl'1 intcrvicv.er, couldn't cwn bnng himself to repeat Rocker's slur, summa­rinng the insult as "the tlung about AIDS." Befort' v. e can put tlus controversy behind us, Wl' need to hear Rocker rL'cant --0r defend-his rt'al views on homoscxu.1hty and AIDS, smce thl• 5.1. intl'rview .ipp.irently "wasn't him." Unleashing Rocker's big mouth would also please lus many conservative fans, who have been quick to defend hIS "f'it"51 Amendment nght" to speak lus mind A quick dvia; history lesson would n'lllmd thL'5C patriohc defenders that the Fir;t Amendment right of fn,'C sp(.'•. '.C li, hkc all con­-; htutlonal nghts, protects us from pu~ hmmt by the gO\ cmmcnt, not private employers like the Atlanta Bra\ es or t-. la1or League BJscball. The "frl'l' spt.'(.'Ch" battle cry 1s ,1s hypoaih­cal as 11 IS .ihisturical, commg trorn thl same wnscrvatl\ cs who ,1rt' thl• f1r~t to .ittack g.iy nghls pmtcct1ons in the \\Orkplate by ch.imp•· orung an employer's basic right to hue and hre employees for whatever rt'ason they choose There's an exception, apparently, when the employCl' is trashing the cthniaty and nahon­al heritage of his tL'ammatcs, damagmg the reputation of his emplo) er, and tamng the reputation of a chen..shed Amenrnn sport. If Rocker is to redeem himsdf \\1th the Br.tVl!i, thm fan.s, and the aty of Atlant.1, and b.~ hill supporter.; gmerall): we need to hmr more. Let's hear Rocker, unplugged, \\'.lX eloquent about hIS true feelings on homosexuality and Uw I llV I AIDS ep1dcnuc. Ihm m.iybc we can .ill judge whether his .ipology 1s gl'l111111e. Military leaders have already failed the 'litmus test' Al c.orc lOUld be cx..used for feeling J ht· tic de1a vu I.1st week when he was bl,1sted from all s des for fall ng v1c:tlm to a clever dl•batl' qul•stlon about whether he'd adopt a "htmus tc-;t" demanding that his h1gh­levd military appointees agree with his oppos1hon to "Don t Ask, Don't Tell" It was almost exactly sc\cn years ago that the C.. inton-Gorc adminIStratmn saw its posl-lnauguratmn honeymoon e\•aporate when the president announced his plan to follow through on a campaign promise to end the ban on gays in the military. Last week, many of the same military leaders who back-smpcd from the Pentagon in 1993 were talkmg to the New York flml'S from the comfortable perch of retirement, blasting Corl' for allegedly introducing .1 nc\\ qualification for office m his proposed Jdmm1strahon. In fact, CorL''s "litmus test" could h.iVl' been interpreted much as he "cl,mhcd" 1t later, as dcm,indmg a w1llingnl•ss to enforce the comm.mdl'r in--ch1cf's position on the issue, putting aside person,11 nusgivings. Th.it's an 1mporlant issue 111 11 military that h.is .ibjl'Ctly f,11kd to c.my out the spmt or fetter of "Don't Ask, Don't fell," which was supposed to h.1ve f.ic1l1tatcd sen•1n• b~ gays but which has resulted in dramatic.illy increased discharges. It's especially telling that these saml' m1l- 1t,iry leaders (and other mires) h.ive not taken issue with thl· GOP front runnl'r, Texas Gov. Gl'orgc Bush, who said in a debate days l.1tcr that he would impose a litmus test, too, only his app01ntel'5 would have to support the ex1shng, D/\IJT policy. I he real "litmus test" for m1l1tary .1ppo111tments .md any others, for th.it m.1ttcr, ought to exam1m• tht' JHl'juchccs of tlw .1pplic,mts, 111cludmg .111y hoshlily tow.1rd gay men .ind lt•sb1.llls. I he DAD I policy w.1s l'll.ldl•d J"> a ~·K· nf1cc to that pre1ud1ce, which 1s wh,1t actually would undermine "unit cohe­sion" 1f gavs served openly And 111s th.it pre1ud1ce, from the command to the troops, th.it ha-; made the polity unwork .:iblc in prathcc HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 VOICES AND ECHOES 9 VIEWPOINT Conquering the queer virus that infects us by MARIA E. MINICUCCI We'w certainly awarl' that g.1y men and lesbians an• beginning not only a new ymr, but al'l' on the verge of a new era. kdia hype aside, our rrnchons range from nonchalann' to hopefulness to anxiousness. \1ost of us, on some level, art' hopmg, 1f not expecting, that our world will be a heller plaCl' for us. And better mt•ans a place free of prejudire, free of \'lolenn•, frC<' to lo\'e and to li\'e. The l'l'C'ent court dt'C1s1on in Vt·rmont over g.1y marri.1gt•s gives us a gl.mce at what could be in stort• for our community. And owr the ve.irs, it's bt'en thl' tirt'­less work of ma~y to help creall• such a pl.ice for all of us "sl•xual outlaws." Our efforts an• somellml·s \'al ant m the faCl' of seemingly msurmountabk odds and m 1d1011s obstaclt•s thrown m our path. We haw bc·m stridt•nt in identifying these obstaclt'S and diligmt in workmg through, around, and with them. Our work needs to be ch('('n'd, cl'lcbrat­t'< f and earned mto this new t•ra. But !ht• work is hampcl'l'd by our mability, or unwillingness, to identify and ,1ttack .1 ~:ri­ous sollln' of rnntamimhon. It is helping to undt·rmim• and s.1botagl' our obJt'CtiH'S. It '~ the qmw virus. Inexpensive Small Business Networks The \'irus 1s running rampant among some of us. Unfortun.ilel); it's not endemic to 1 loustorr-it reaches queer rommumhcs throughout North America. And It has the potential to be lethal to us as mdi\ iduals and to our ovil rights work. In a Simple definition, the queer ';i!US 1s trashmg oursclvl'!>, what ~ms to be th( umqut' .ib1hty by gay men .ind lesbians to eat our own. Sometimes it's the c.isual, off the cuff remark or attitude m cnllazmg .i p<'rson or some group or org.inlZ<ltion \\1th­out regard to the amsequence of what wt"rt•saymg. It's easy to S('t'--C',1\·t'Sdwp on the crowd .it loc.11 gay coffee she>p or rrad through the d.iilr po,tings to the I louq1in Arhvist Network The virus is running rampant among some of us. Unfortunately, it's not endemic to Houston-it reaches queer communities throughout North America. And it has the potential to be lethal to us as individuals and to our civil rights work. need to be reminded how all of this sen cs as a maior impediment to our\\ ork on avil rights for our commurul). We need to take rl'sponsibility for it. R.1ther than rrcyclc these old, harmful mmdsds, resentments .ind self-righteous ,1ttitudt>s, Wl' need to n.•build our pohhcal pl.itforms, psyches .ind relationship:; that h.1\ c bl'en infected \\1th this queer \1rus. faking e>n this rebuilding i~ es..,enhal if we are to cl.um that we're committed to success. It'~ not an easy thmg to do; it's much easier to damn and cnticize than rework and rebut Id But \\ e should ron- 1der the co I of not domg 1t That cost is much higher Let us step mto a new t•ra with a rom­m1tment to new and pos1t1ve war of think.­mg, new approache; to old problems, a pos­itl\ e reg.ird for our differences Rebuild not recycle Mana l Mzmcum zs prcsidc11l of t/ze Hou~to11 l.esbum & Gay Com11111111ty Centcr. The queer vims has left behind scon"> of the walking wounded, folks likt• me who have worked in the community ,md watched as the virus cats aWa} at orgamz.a­tions with a good mLsston. They md up dismantled, st.ignant, or fraught with di..,_ rontmted members. Soml' of us disregard the nature of the Let us know what you think virus .ind kel justifil·d in spread mg it, a sort Send the editor your letters (400 words maximum) f c or op-ed submissions (800 words maximum). 0 barebacking without n.>gard. " '10 yo· Names may be withheld upon request, but submissions bclil'\'e lhJS group had the nerve lo do tht °6rJ'/ "'A must include a name and phone number for verification. this and that?" I can hmr the grumblings. ~/ U Houston Voice, 500 Lovett, Suite 200, A quKk n•achon to why this happ<'r , lr:----~~~..Jr/ Houston, TX 77006 might point to internalized oppn'SS11in ,md I fax: 713-529-9531 • e-mail: editor@houstonvoice.com home>phobia. But whatl'\U the c-.1u~l'S, Wt' Quality Systems Competitive Prices Old Fashioned Service Sharp, Speedy Repairs £/¥? ~e-.~~ Maranatha ~~ 'J Fellowship Metropolltan Community Church For more info .•• 713-528-6756 or maranatha@ev1.net WE'RE MAKING A MOVE ••• we w.il be sharing the home of Central Congregational Church at 1311 Holman (right •cross from the HCC-Downtown campus) on January 30, 2000 Our worship time will be at 6:30pm; w1t11 1·1ble Study at 5:30pm. Offices are located at 117 Tuam. We will continue worshipping at 3400 Montrose, Suite 600 through January 23rd, with worship celebration at 10:30am and Bible Study at 9·30am And ... Beginning this Sunday, January 16th, Part 1 of an 8-part sermon series on the truth about "omoscxuahty and the Bible; "Is Homosexuality a Sin or Not?" Everything you wanted to know ... and MORE! We're starting this year off in a new direction! Come visit us In our new location (Jan. 30) at 1311 Holman across from HCC-Downtown Campus 10 NEWS JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Braves pitcher says he spoke like a jerk' by LAliRA BROW~ Just days after he was ordered to undergo psychological cvaluahon, Atlanta Braves rehef pitcher admitted Wednesdav that his comments about minorities and gar in a m.:ig.:lllne ar!tcle made him sound hke "a complete jerk." In his first mterv1ew since the uproar, the 25-year-old rel f p1kher spoke to ESP at his home m Macon, and c1gain c1polog1zed, repec1hng thc1t he 1s not a r.icist. 'v1.iior League Baseball last week ordered Rocker to undergo fS) cholog1cal e\alu.illon to l>elp determine wh.it 'l\JS 1r. his head when he rc1iled .igamst raa.il and ethnic mmonlles, women, 1mm1grants and "a queer\\ ith AIDS" m an mterv1e'I\ last month But there 1s no simple psychological diagnosi to explain bigotry, psychologists pointed out, while a coaht1on of activists m Atlanta warned nothing less than "Rocker's head on a platter" will dissuade them from launching pick­ets and protest, agam't the Braves. "It seems to me thh 1s stalling by the commissioner of ba ball," Dr James Jone<;, a professor of psychology at the Univers t} of Delaware, told the /-1011ston Voice "I don't see an} bas , for psvcholog1cal !'valuation-he didn't engage l'l an) bizarre bch.ivwr "~k s.11d things that arc intemperate and inappropriate, but people S.lY thmg hke that all the ttme," s.itd Jones, an expert in both rac1 m and sports ps} chology "~le 1s a bigot­ed gU\ but vou can't explain that by suggesting he 1s not competent mentalh "h1ch is kmd of the 1mphcahon of ha\ - mg to undergo psychological C\ aluatwn." A.v n F Poussamt, a clinical professor oi psychiatry at Han.ird ~led al School, offered a s1m1lar asSl'S ment, call­ing the plan c1 "dodge" because "psychological testing 1> not set up to evaluate racism" Racism and prqud1ce are not listed 111 the American Ps)Ch1atnc A soc1ahon's manual of mental disorders, Pouss.1 Pt noted tP tlie 'cw Ycrk Tm11>, and "off1c1ally. men­tal health profcs tonals behne racism ts so common m America thJt 1t represents a social problem rather than per­SOP p.ithology" Ach\1sts oppos ng Rockers statements agreed John RocKer 1 not craz\ His hatefu1 rem rks are not J result of wt: t in his head, but r.ithcr result of a hatc­ftlkd heart "s.i:J \1 hJcl Langford, president of thE Lmted 'south- :..dult Confenmce, which organized a prote t Jan 7 m front of the Bra\ cs st.idtu!T' at Turner rteld. Althounh verJI ot At Jnt.i ., most prominent gay organ- 1zat1ons \\~re a'llong thC'se parhctp.itmg in the local prote t, some also exprC".sed frustr.ition that Rocker's comments .igam t g.ivs .md people with J\llJS .ippe.ired to be getting less and less .1ttenhon as the story continued. After promt5tng actton would take place m J.inuary, Basebal Comm1ss1oner Bud Schg issued a statement last week call ng Rocker's comments "rcprl'henstblc and com­pleteh inexcusable" I am profoundly concerned about the n.iture of those comments as \\ell as by certain other ,1spC<ts ol hts beha\­wr,' Sc g satd explaining that he\\ ill take "whale\ er addt­! tonal Jetton" deemed necesSJrv after the ps}cholog1cal tests arc completed Br.ives President St.in Ka ten and (.eneral Manager lohn huerholz hl Id a pre<;s conterence the same da\, re1terat.ng their d s.1grccment "1tr Rocker's comments, but sa\ ng the~ \\OU J \\att for a dcc1swr. from Ma1or Lca,;ue B.i co.ill bdore t.ikmg fi..rthrr Jctmn Ka ten and ~huerholz said Rocker apologized for the rem.irks ma meeting'' th tt>em on Dec 2Cl, ,1nd K.i~ten sug gested Rocker may be able to stay with the ll'am. At ,1 prate t J.in -. ~me accused tl>e Bra\ l"> of "passing the buck (\n Rockers punt llmcnt But Br.ncs spokes!T' m J m fxhultz told the /-1 uil • Voice It \\J5n't the team that decided M,1 or League B.istbJll would handle the problem 'It \va<. our mtcnhon to handle this unttl !1.1.iJor League Baseball tepped m and said '\\e feel this affects the entire port,' ' Schultz said "Whatever they do would not preclude a different action by the Braves," he added. In the ESPN interview Wednesday, Rocker pointed out that teammates Andruw Jone:., Bruce Chen and Odahs Perez-all minon!tes from outside the U S.-hved with his family m Macon while they were playing for the Braves minor league affiliate in :-..1acon. "If I was a racist, would I want a black guy li\•mg in my house and would I invite him to come to my house' I did that three ttme~ O\'er," Rocker s.ud Other than a brief written statement, the interview markro the first hme Rocker spoke publicly about the controversy. Rocker ~aid he "1ust lost (his) cool" and said things he didn't mean about New York fans because he wanted "to inflict some emotional pain m retahatton to the pain that had been mfl cted on me " ~( , tJ.::.~: .,, 'l t:ll,fi;" '( iVJtr.:~ m; 1 ~~~1 Rocker said he was frus­trated by New York Yankl'es' fan~ who threw batteries at him dunng the World Series He said Mets' fans spit in ht, face, poured beer on him and beat a likeness of him during the NL Ch.1mp­wnsh1p Scncs. "You hit one home run in the big leagues, it doesn't make you a home-run hit­ter," Rocker said "To make one comment ltke this does­n't make you a raust." Under orders from Major League Baseball, John Rocker underwent psychologicol evaluation last week. HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 NEWS 11 Gore backs off pro-gay 'litmus test' for Joint Chiefs The competition for g;iy votes m the DemocrJtlc pn~si­denti; il pnmnry grew C\'l'n more complicated last wel'k, as Vice Prl's1dent Al Core first plcdgl'd he would make support for g;iY" in the military .1 "litmus test" for appomtments to the military's Joint Chiefs of StJff, then .1pparrntly b;ick· trackl·d from the stand. As Democr.ihc prl-sidenhal candidate: .. continued thm com­pelltion for gay \'Otes this week, candidates in thl' Republican p:irty linl'Cf up against allowing gays to Sff\'l' openly in the mil­itary- further illustrating the mde g;ip between the two parties on m.my gay nghts is..,ues. In a Jan. 5 televised debate in ~ew 1 lampshire, where they face ,1 critical Feb. I primary, both candidates were Jsked whether they would mJke support for Jllowing openly g<1y service members a "litmus test" for appointing the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff · Gore answered first, explaining he hoped to make progrt'ss cii1 service by opt'nl}' gay soldiers similar to President Harrv Trum;in's racial integration oi the military. "I think that would require thosl' who w;inted to sen·e on the Joint Chiefs to be in agreement with that policy," Gore said. "I would insist before appointing anybody to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that that indi\ idual support m~ pohcy, and yes, I would make that a requirement." Gore said there is a difference between using a "litmus lest" for military offiaals and u~mg them for appointing Supreme Court Justices. In the case of military appoint· ments, one is "not interfering with an independent judicial decision," he said. 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Gort> bcl<l.L'<i away ' One of the nice things obout from his litmus k>st phlge later mititory people is they're m the \\wk-in ''hat his cam- straight'. -GOP presidential paign !'taff called a "clanficabon" contender Alon Keyes, who of ht~ pa;ition. chastised his opponents for "I did not mean to imply not colling for a return to a that there should C\W be any complete ban on gays in the kind of inquiry into the per· mifitory. sonal political opinions of offi-cers in tht' IJ$. m1lita~~" he told rt'porters at a ha.~hl) con· venl'CI nl'ws conference after a campa1P1 rally at a 0..'S \1omes-area high ~hool "\ \ 'h..11 I meJnt to conwv wa' I '' ould not tolerate, nor would any conunandcr in chid, n0r would any p~1dmt tolerate onlm not b.:mg follmn'Cf," Gow s.1id, mst'bng he nc\ er u... .'.< l the tl'rm "litmu.' te:-t," although 11 was included in the wordmg of the qut-.. bon to \\ tuch he answered "res " 5':,·era] former memtx>rs of the Joint Oiiefs ot Staff, many oppl~ 11t'l1ts of gar in thl' milit.al); told the Nao York Tll7lt."5 Gore's U\lbal pk'\:lgl' was wrong "~1ilil<ll)' ofticers ccrtcJinly l'\l'Cute thl' orders ot tht• prl':'idmt, but a litmu~ ll-st befon.'h.ind would place an officer man untt'n· abll' ptNtion saying, 'Do you believe what I behew''" said Gen. Carl E. \1und~~ a retired commandant of the \1anne Corps. E\'m 5'.'1'1. John Kl'l'T): a \'il'trum \ eteran rampaigrung for Gore in l':ew Hamp'hl.I\', "1id he d1sigmxl v.1th Gore'~ pledge, although he groerally ::.uppor1$ allowm~ g.:iys in the nulitaiy ~ John \ kGun, a candidate for the Republican pre-idenbal nommabon, ;;aid at a GOP debate m ~mth Carolina that Gore's pledge wa" "a dl'gracelul tatcment," \\lule a Penta~on spok~man offered a remindlT that campaign promt-...~ don't always translate into action. ''Candidates for pohllcal office are certainlv fn'l' to do that and must do that in onlcr to explam their viev.s to the Amencan people," said Rl'ar Adm. Cr Jr~ Quigley, a spokesman for Dclcn.;e St.'cn.'tary \ \ illiam Cohen. "But I would not "pec1J· latl' as to v. hat that ma\ or mav not mean a \ear from nm' " Changing the policy \~·11! be tmpo~sible \\ 1thout Congr~1onal support, President Clinton a!'recd la"t week. \\'hile Democrats Al Gorl' and Bill Bradlev debated how to appomt military leaders ''ho share their Opp<b1t10n to "Don't k,k, Don't Tell" la~t Wet'k, Rl'publi~, candidates ~poke out m fa, or of the m1htan s ban on open!\ ga\ sen .~emembers m their own tde\ 1scd debates. Responding to Gore's statement ma debate that he \\ould ha\ e cl htmu~ test' for muitan appomtees to ,upport open· Iv gay sen ice member~. Texas Gov Geo~e Bush, current!) the pany's front-runner, went :-0 far a~ to Sl) he v. ould adopt a "litmus ll>st" rl'quinn~ that appomtl't.':' cJgree to keep gar from sen mg openh·. At th!.! same time, the Rl'Publican ;\.atio1ul Comm1ttcc &aid 11 pb.ns a new TV ad accusmg Gofl' of advO\.-ating a pohcy that would prohibit Gull \\ar heme::. 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"I sensed I was dif­ferent, and .it that age 'different' is bad. The worst thing you could assign to your,;elf was that you're gay. "I was called 'fag' daily, teased, and pickl•d on. Why? &'CauSt• I was quiet and kept to myself, and I didn't liJ..e girls." l'fl'iffer s.i1d his depress1C>n deepened. As he moved into high school, rumors that he was gay persistl.J "and I was making a real effort to hide it." When his mother "had the big sex talk with me, I told hrr I'd nevl'r h.we ~x with a woman, so she l..nl'W ~oml'thmg was up." S.msmg hcr son's growing despair, his mothl·r got lum into ther.ipy. By ninth grade, Pfci fft>r said, heh.id h.id enough . "There were .1 lot of things going on m the nl'WS, .ind I was hcgmnmg tn mourn the f.ict that I never had ,i childhood bccausc of the way other ~tudents trl•akd ml'. "One d.1y. my mom ,md I were in W.il·Milrt-1 could show you the ex.id spot-,md she asl..l.J me what w,is wrong, why I was so quid. So I iust blurted it out .... She said It wasn't a complete surpnsc I thmk she talked to my ilunt, who's rf.',illy ccx>I. ... I know 1t w.isn't f.',1sy for her, but my mother m.idl' 11 very clear she loved me no matter what." It w.is his mother who found a gay youth group at thl• Baton Rouge J.imbd.:i Center, and who conhnUl'S to pro­vide const.mt support "My father, well, th.it's a different story," Pfeiffl'r s.1ys qui­etly. I hs father believes hom~·xuality 1s wrong "so we don't talk .1bout 1t murh." F.1m1ly counseling has ms...J some of the stress, he ,idds, "but it's ::.till very hard." Rebel with a cause Pfl>1ffer beg.lll networking through l.1mhd,1, the C:.iy, J.e<;bJan ,rnd Str,iight Educ,illon Network, ,md thl' lntcmet, .md his tr.l!lsform.1tion from hm1d rlci,,e1-<,1sc to out-.ind­proud g.iy ,ictlvist continues. "Be111g g.1y is not .ibout sexual beh.wior, you kno\\," he s.iys. "Why character11.e soml'one th.it w.1y? Peopll• \\,ml to rt•dun• 1t to sex, but that's unf.lir. ... Fn•ryone as umes vou 're lll'll'rn l'Xu.11, but how do you know th.it? I low do }•ou know you're gay? You just know by the way you react to people But Wl' receJ\'e signals and hav( internalized ml•s.<;,1ges society has sent us. Don't buck the systl'm, don' t HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 NEWS Lambda director Tim Vining (left ) supports Marty Pfeiffer's efforts to start a Gay-Straight Alliance in Baton Rouge. be 'd1tlt'rl•nt.' wh,1teH!r that means "I hl• h,1tred d1rectl•d to1,·ard gap. 1s bcc.HISl' we're secn as a threat to scxwty's sta­tus quo. '\\t' don't c.1rc 1t you're gay as long ii" )OU don't tl.1unt 11' So 1n• learn to h1dt• 1t, to dt'n1 1t, to mkrnalue the pam, and th.it's u1ncd1bh· unlw,1lthv" l'ft•iffer s,11d his l.Jucahon .rnd cont.Kt with . 1dult ptW'>-p.irhcul,1rlv IA1mbd.1 dim.tor f 1m \'ming-,rnd intl'r,Ktion \\'Ith otht•r g.1y youth bol ... ttn•d his dt.,irl' to hdp otht•r '>tu­drnts-. md himsdt. !A1st }'l'M, altl•r ,1ttending a n.1t1on,1I GI.SI:\ wnkrt•nct•, Pk1tler decided to start a G.w-Str,11ght ,\lli,1nct•club at ,\kKmlc1· I ligh A CS,\, ht• stn:!SSl''-, 1s a studl.'nt-run org.1rn1,1- hon th,ll has .1 faculty ~ponsor, a m1..,s1on st,1temrnt. and pro1·1de ... ,1 safe '>pace for ktd~ who art• g.w or gay-... upporhw "Our g<>,11 • .., to reduce har.i...sment of these !..id,, to m.1kc ... chool s,1for for all ... tu­denh," l'ft>1fll'r expl.1ins. "We'll do some t>ducatlon .:tnd .:tw.:treness about GU!T l'>'>Ul'S, .:tnd probably do some commurnty outreach, some \'Olunteering. "[A GSA club] is basically a place for kids to talk ,md fl•el safe. Gay and g.:ty-sup­port11 ·e kids c.itch all kmds of hell. In fact, the su1nde rate .1mong ga~· teens is much h1ghl•r th.m straight kids. The haras'>ment, cruelty, isolation and depression are 1·ery hard to tal..e, so support is 1·ery important" Brend.1 Barron, Southern as ... i ... tant fteld director for G1$E:-.;, s,11d unlike detractors sa1·, studl·nts in GSAs do not discuss st'\ or te.lch ~ex educ.1t10n. GLSE'\'s Student Pride CSA otfors support to more than 700 GS:\ ch,1ptl'rs in schoob .icros' the nalton, ",ind therl' h,l\'l' bl'l'll onh· two instanCl's-in Orangl' County m C1litorn1a .rnd m Ct.1h­wherl' d1.1pll'r" h,1\'l•n't been allowed." Taking it to the board Pfl'Jffrr felt the .1tmospherl' at \lcKtnll·~ I hgh 'l'l·med conduc11·e to the form,11ton of a G.11-Str,11ght Alh.ince group. The school 1s compnscd of tr.1d11ton,1I .:tnd gifted ~tudl'nb, '\·l'n' mi\ed raci.111\', \\'tth .1 !Jrge numbl·r ot non-Contorm1<.ts hl..e ml'sdf," he s.11s To his surpme, l'nncip.11 Almeni.1 \\',men rt•tu<.ed 111s reque<.t l'te1ftu ne\I appw.:ichl'd [ast Baton Rougt' public -chool otttnal,, One direc­tor of high sthool programs told him school 11as no place for a gay organtz.i­tton I ligher powers, howC'1 er, pro1 ed to be more diplomatic I le n•ct•tn•d .1 letter from ~,·hool' Supenntl·ndl·nt Gary \lathl'\\'S .1ssunng thl• tl'l'n that actwn would be taken to l'st.ibltsh ·bl'Cau'>e none e\bted-otti­ci. 11 policy for the form.lt1on of l'\tr.1-cur­mul. ir clubs, including thl' Gay-Str.11ght 1\llt.rnce S1mil.ir reassur.1ncl'S c.1ml' from Don \krccr, associate supenntend­l'llt ot curriculum and tn'>truct1on, l'fl'1ifer s.11·s. l'ohc\', howel'er, doe not guar.intee creation of PSA .... Call to \la thews and :\1ercer were not rl'lurned by press llml' 'It's my underst.indtng that onCl' thl• policy t'> sl!t, 1t', up to the prtnctpals to decide 1f .rnd hO\\ to implement 11." Pfeiffer sa1·s. "I think-I hope-\b. \Varren will allow the GSA " An school s\'stem subcommittee 1s C'xpccted to disc~ss pohcy parameters and language during a Jan. 20 mcehng. The mJtter should to go before the full boJrd a wl'ek later. Pfetfft:r plans to attend both meetings and e\pects anti-gay forCl'S to be there as well 'Tm enough of a pragmatist to know I h.ll'e to 'conform' a httle," he says, reter­ring to the board meetings "I probably won t \\'e.ir the earrings and other thmgs [bec;iuseJ 1t\ important that mv message ts heard and that my appearance doesn't cau'e interference" \'mmg, "ho teaches at ~t. Joseph's Academv, 1s leading il l ..1 mbda card·s1gn­tng camp.11gn to 'how support for Ptl•titer .md CS:\ clubs Ill e\'en· 'chool th.it w.ints one. I le ,11,0 ha' urged supporters to con­t. 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"It was O\'erkill, a brutal murder. I just don't under.;t<lnd how they can sleep at night I just keep praying that they can get one of them," Parker s.ud The two men were friendly and tra\eled heavtlv, fanuly members said Moms, a hair­:: dres..<;CT, had returned to fexas City a vear ear­~ lier after liVIng in Las Vegas. T ryals, unem­~ ployed for nearly a year, alway!> kept a posit1\e > outlook and uplifted people with his compli­: i: ments, said Gwendolyn Tryals, his sister. ~ "Everv brne you saw him, he had a smile on <-----------------' i;l his face/' Gwmdolyn Tryals said. ''He always Betty Parker, the mother of a gay man slain in Texas Gty, is organizing a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of the unsolved case. .-- Continued from Page I 'There IS nothmg new as far a' breaking 1t," Capt Ron Schoolcraft said. "The fire did dam­age, destroyed a lot of stuff We 1ust haven't got a break yet." A month after the slayings, friends and rela­tives of the l\vo men held an emot:iooal VJi;tl to renew mtere;t in them: Family memlx'rS held c:andles and wore white T-shirts emblazooed "In LoV!ng Memory" and a large photo of Morris. A local p.1Slor led them m prayer. "We are praying for each other, and for those who did tlus," the Rev Tyron ColliflS said. "For the Lord said, 'Vcn~ronce is mine.' tried to make you feel good. He didn't have that kind of an enemy that would do that to him." But her brother Wa!> too busting, something she had warned him about m the pa,t. ''It 1s SJd that we hate people lx'Cause of their race, theu gender," Gwendolyn Tryals 5'lld "I told him to be careful, 'You are black and gay-you ha\'e two ~trikes agamst you.' I told hun he needs to watch himself" Family members remain hopeful that the case will be solved. "It's a small town, somebody knows something," Parker said. "The lead, they did have when it first happened, it went nowhere. The only hope I ha\'C is God to make [the suspects] show their face, at least one of them You feel like your hands are tied " w, ~ Afi Sfmt4 ~ ProWder dedicated to servmg thE HIV communUy Now Accepting Medicare, PPOs & Standard Insurances. Exercise Programs Personal Trainers Nutritional Intervention Massage Therapy Stress/Pain Managment Neuropathy Therapy Peer Support Workshops & Seminars Steroid Education Increase Self Esteem Dallas woman charged in slaying of roommate Police say 'abusive relationship' ended in slaying b~ TAMMYE. (';ASH Dallas Vot DALLAS-A north D.111.is woman has been .irrested and lharged with killing her long-time ro()mm.1te, police said Lisa Rae \1eeks, 35, w.is arrested on Dec. 28 after the body of her room­mate, Danielle D' Alexandris, ~5, was discovered on Christmas Day m a pond at the apartment complex where the two women 11\'ed. "From wh.it we know so tar, 11 appears that there was an argument, and the suspect killed her roommate," s.iid Dall.is police Sgt. Ross S.ilvermo "In an attempt to dispose of the body, the suspect then put the body in a trash bag .ind left it in .i pond there on the (.ipartment complex! property." Meeks' court-appointed attorney, Tim Menchu of Dallas, had no comment S.1lvcnno s.ud the l\\o roomm.1tl, h.1d lived for "<>ix or ~evrn Yl'aro; in something of .in abusive relahon>h1p " But he 11d he \\as unJb!e to ~onfmn rumor that the t\\o women were ks­b, m lover'> or provide det.itls about the .illcgcd abusive nature of the rela­honsh1p betw(·en the two womrn Two residents of the ap.irtment complex where the women lived found D Alex.indns body on DC'c. 25, inveshgators said. The res1dl'nts h,1d nohced a garb.ig<' bag in the pond a day earlier. Because of the cold wrath­er, they w<11ted for warmer weather before ,1ttempting to retrieve the bag, police said. As they pulled II from the\\ ater, th(• tra~h bag opened and the residents saw the dead woman s hand, accord­ing to a police report The two resi­dents then summoned authonttes Meeks was arrested after mvrsllga· tors found trash b.igs in her .ip.irtmcnt matching the one used to dispose of D' Alexandns' bod\ lnveshgators also said Meeks had several bruises indi­cating that she may h,l\'e bel•n in a phys1Lal alterc:tt10n PHONES PAGERS Premier PAGING & WIRELESS t 2220 MURPHY ROAD, SUITE E 281-575-8500 WWW.CALLPREMIER.COM Free phone small print - Original Phone price _$99.95 & $69.95. Your cost after in-store instant rebate is $49 45 + tax. Your cost after $50 mall-in rebate 1s Free+ tax (4.12). Credit his­tory and a 1-year agreement required. Hurry, offer ends soon! Free pager small print- New activations only. $9.95 for act1Vahon. 1-year agreement required. 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Bell 713-528-5277 SEE THE CLASSIFIED SEm'ION HOUSTON VOICE •JANUARY 14, 2000 A GUIDE FOR YOUR LEISURE TIME The challenging, boldly erotic British TV series 'Queer as Folk' will come to American television thanks to a two-hour pilot that begins production this spring and will air on Showtime by DAVID COi D\1/\N Fiftl•en·yl'.ir-old Nathan grins with cocl..y charm th.it lw's "dl'.ld proud" lw got laid on his first foray mto thl' g.1y world. Stu.1rt, 29, pirl..s up till' \'1rgin, tops him, tlwn drops him like .in l'mpty drug b.1gg} as Ill' r.Kl'S aftl'f his lll'\t nmqul•st. /\ lril'nd', moth· l'r rings up \'rnn' to tl'll him her son h.1s dll'd or .111 o\'l'rdosl'. I le t.11..t•s the 1:.111 on his Cl•ll -wlwr1• dsr7-at thl' disco, 111 the m1d"t of yet ,111otlwr 111ght of wild p.11l\'111g. Tlw furor that l'rupt1•d when Bnt.1111's Ch.inrwl 4 cxportl'd rts ",\rn11sh'.1d \laupin's Tail's of tlw Crt\" to the United St.1tcs virtual!\ ensurl'!i th.it thl' bro.id· rastrr', "Qu1·t·r ,15 I olk" will nl'n r, l'\'l'r lw w1d1•ly trl•·c.ht on this s1dl• of tlw 1\tlant1c. Th.it's b1· .. 1usl' till' 1•1ght-p.irt so.1p 01wr.i .1bout tlw hn•, .ind l.1ys of twn g.iy men .111d .1 gav boy m \l,1nclwst1•r, Lngl.ind, 1s l'\tr,1ordrn.irily bold .ind 1•xphnt-so much so th.it it \\'.ls blastl•d lw w.itth· dog' on thl' nght .111d tht! ll•ft wlwn 1t .iin•J in Brit.mi l.ist )'l'<lr. lronic.111\', tlw eight rp1sodl'' cont.1m Jl1't thrl'l' l'\phcit sex !>Cenes-but the'l' arl' incredibly r.1w in their intensity. And thl' characll'rs' st'X talk­. is whl.'n Nathan l'c~tatrc.illy dl'scnbes his first .111.11 st'\ l'\pt•rience-sl'ts .1 new stand.ird for frankness. Bnt.1m's Bro.idcashng St,1nd.irds Commission rn~lwd to mveshg.1tl' the show when rt rl'Ceivt•d 10 wmpl.1rnts aftl'r the first t•p1sode aired. Re\'lews 11we la1gely hostile: the Daily Telegr.1ph's James Watson calkd it "uncomprom1"mgly rude" The Bill issued an apology after its breakfa,t shm1 ran a 2(becond ''Queer" clip of two men ki-s­mg "It cont.1ms th1· most explicit gav 'rx scene that h;l\ e been ~l't'n on TV," said BBC Online. 'Twrv hbel hurled at the gay community O\ l'I thl' \'<'.Hs sc·l'ms nnd1catcd bv 'Queer as folk,"' wroit' John \1acLeod m the I k~ald of Gla,gow. Fn•n thl' gay rights group Stonl'wall cril•d foul, ob1l•ding in p.irtlcular to the portray.ii of sex m.ichinl' Stu.irt. (l.11l•r, th1• group e:N·ntially .1polo­gizl" l for its initial fl'.lChon.) ;,.- Continued on page 21 Not only is Gore Vidal a prolific writer, he's being written about. Biographer Frank Kaplan's 'Gore VidaV at 850 pages, was published in November. Gay author Gore Vidal, whose newest novel deals with time travel and the alteration of history, speaks frankly of the end being near and the government needing to stay out of bedrooms by\ 1:-\CE~I KO\AR E sa\1st, no~ ehst plav\\ nght, congre:;-1onal cand date and e:1.conatmg oc1.1l-h1 toncal cnllc, Gore \ 1dal 1<. a queer pio­ne<' r \1 ho not only def med \\hat it 1, to be gav but then man· aged to e ape the p1gron-hole of that defmllmn-glonous \ Latest of his man) \1orks1s "The <;m1th-0111an lnshtution" m \1 h1ch a 13·\ car-old prodtg\' '-' called from (\ 1d.il's alma mater) ~t. Albans school to the ~m1thsoman museum,\\ ho e hall" -tretch both through hmc and -pace and \\here a secrd proiect to create the atom bomb ts takmg place. Humorous, touching and ms1ghtful, the no\ el " one of Vidals most acce s1blc work!. and (borro\,mg from \1dal 's autob1ogr.1ph1·J a pahmp est of manr la) er' This interview ,.. Continued on page 22 18 OUT ON THE BAYOU Brooding over death, follies and the emperor's clothes by ELLA 1YLER If you're in the mocxi for 50me light read­ing, there's .i tno of gay-th1.:med mystenes thJt can help feed that yen for less than strenuous bedtime readmg. Local wntcr Tim Hemlin throws every­thing in the pot for hlS fifth book, DEAD 1A:'l:'S BROTH, and the result IS hearty and satisfying eil :vt.ir~h ll 1s the chef for a catering firm .ind .i student in University of Houston's creah\e wnt..ng program. As the book begins, he and a fnend are leaving a gay bar and interrupt .i group of skin­heads beating .i man Both men wade into the melee, and as the police <1rm c and the skin-heads leave, ell recogruzes a nearby anll-gay protester .is a prominent hate-mongering minister. One of the skin-heads threaten' Neil, and since he has picked up ~ell's wallet, II m.ty not be an idle threat But all that happen b a ~enes of ugly letters \\1th the wc1pe for "dead m.tn's broth" arriving .ti the catering office. They threaten "queers" hkc ;'\eil's boss and "queer-10\ers' hke :-.!e1l Then, the other prominent caterer in town b murdered and his office trashed ~ell thinks it's the skin­heads, but his boss 1s arrested Then the main witne~s. a disgruntled emplo)ce of the catering firm, is killed and \;eil becomes the prime suspect. As Neil .md the colorful private detecllve C.J \tlcDaruels 1m estigate (and eat therr way across town) they discover that the dead men, the publisher of a local magazlne, and the mini ter have several things m common, including a few closets It's entertaining to see Houston through a \vnter's eye. and Hemlin tos.<;e:; out a few cooking tip. and some of the mo:,t interestmg metaphors around Orland Outland's motto must be "too much of a gocxi thing 1s wonderful." DEATH WORE THE E:\.1PEROR'S NEW CLOTIIES. the third in the series featuring Doan McCandler, who prefers to wear dres&.'S, and Binky Van de Kamp, a poor heiress, sends our duo and their respective lovers to New York. The guys ha\ e taken jobs with gay billionaire Andrew \Yeatherall, \\ho has made 11 fortune for himself and many others specufotmg on computer stocks. Weatherall hire~ Van de Kamp lo over­see his chantable fund, and McCandler finds a JOb as muse to a dress designer. Wea therall has always been out of the clos­et, and is unabashedly liberal. His arch­enemy 1s a right-wind media magnate, Herbert Kildare, who begins his war on Wcath('rall by outing Weatherall's lover, a professional baseball player. KildJre O\\TIS the team that acquire~• the D verseWorks presents I I Jlt!\t.i i voice TIM HEMLIN. A CU LI NARY MYSTERY DEAD MAN•s BROTH player and soon after, when it looks like his intention is to rum the player's career, he is murdered in Binky's office. When Weatherall 1s arrested and the bank accounts are shut down, Binky and Tim, Doan's lover, go undercover to work for Kildare's enterpnscs to see what they can find out. It's Doan, though, who discovers the odd low triangle that IS behind the murders. The book is total· ly improbable, but lots of fun. Richard Stevenson's STRACHEY'S FOLLY begins as private investigator Donald Strachey and his lover are V1S1hng an old friend in Washington, D.C. to see the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The friend spots a panel for a former lover, Washington insid­er Jim Suter, but he had seen the man alive and well in Mexico only two weeks before. The other shock 1s that also viewing the panel is a heavily disguised, former con­gresswoman. I Ier politics were notoriously conservative, and she resigned after a cam­pnign finance scandal Strachey's friend hires him to inwstigate and then is nearly killed. Strachey finds out that plenty of people wanted Suter dead, includmg a drag queen who impersonated Hillary Clinton and Liddy Dole. Strachey finally locates Suter, alive, but a virtual pns­oner of his wenlthv ~1exican lover. Ill• ob\i· ously know~ something, but what7 Stevenson's work 1s an entertaining look at the d;irk side of politics. 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(Refer to the important information on the next page.) 19 20 VIRACEPT nelfinavir mesylate c ' • Information for Patients About VIRACEP'r (Vl·ra-cept) Generic Name: nelfinavir (nel-FIN-na-veer) mesylate For the Treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection Please read tills lnformation carefully before taking VIRACEPT. Also. please read this leaflet each time r,ou renew the prescnpt1on.1ust 1n case anything has changed This is a summary and not a replacement or a careful discuSSJon with your doctor. You and your doctor should discuss VIRACEPTwhen you start tak ng this medication and at regu ar checkups You should rema n under a doctor's care when taking VlRACEPT and should not change or stop treatment without I rst ta k ng with your doctor WHAT IS VIRACEPT AND HOW DOES IT WORK? VIRACEPT s used in the treatment of people w1th human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 1nfec11on. Infection with H V leads to the destruction of C04 T cells, wh!Ch are important to the immune system After a large number ol C04 cells have been destrO'Jed, the nfected person develops acqu red unmune def ciency svndrome (AIDS) VIRACEP1 works by block ng HIV protease (a prote •-cuttng enzyme). whicll IS required for HIV to mult ply V RACEPT has been shown to s gn hcantty reduce the amount of HIV in the blood. Yoo shou1d be aware. however, that the effect of VIRACEPT on HIV 1n the blood has not been correlated with Jong· term health benef ts Patents who took Vl'lJ\CEPT also had Sl9" f1cant increases In the11 CD4 cell count VIRACEPT is usually taken together with other ant11etroY1ral drugs such as Retrovir4 (z1dowdine, AZT) Ep r4 am vud ne 3TC). or Zent" lstavud ne d4n Tak:no VlRACEPT n comb naUon with other a • retrOV1ral drugs reduces the amount o H V 111 the body (viral oadJ and raises C04 counts VIRACEPT may be taken by adu Is adolescents, and children 2 years of age or older Stud es " infants younger than 2 years or age are ~ow tak ng place DOES VIRACEPT CURE HIV OR AIDS? VIRACEPT is not a cure for 11 V inleCI on or AIDS 'he long term effects of VIRACEPT are not known at tlus l!me People ta ng V RACEPT may sll deve op OllPOrtunistIC in'ecbons or other cond t ons assoc:ated wi:." HIV n1ect1or. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, nerpes virus mlect1ors, Mycobactenum avium complex (MAC) 1nlecl!ons, and Kaposi s sarcoma. It 1s not known whether VIRACEPT w II help you live longer or reduce the oumber of inlecuons or other illnesses that may occu· T'lere IS no proof that VIRACEP~ can reduce the rsk of transm tt ng HIV to others through sexual contact or b ood contammat on WHO SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT TAKE VIRACEPT? Together With your doctor. you need to decide whether VIRACEPT IS appropriate lor you m 'llak1ng your deCJSJon. the followmg shoold be considered Allergies If you have had a seroous allergic reaction to VIRACEPT. you must not take VIRACEPT. You shOtlld also inform your doctor nurse or pharmaCISt ol ar.y known allergies to substances such as other med1tmes. foods. preservatives. or dyes II you are pregnant The effects of VIRACEPT on pregnant women or the11 unborn babies are not ~ffACE~~you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. you should tell your doctor before taking n you are breast-feeding. You should d scuss With your doctor the best way to l~d your baby You should be aware that d your baby does not already nave HIV there IS a chance that n can be transmitted throug" breasHeed1no Women should nol breast-teed 1f they have HIV Children: VI RACE PT IS available lorthe treatment ol children 2 through t 3 years of age with HIV There IS a powder lorm of VIRACEPT that can be mixed with milk. baby formula, or loods like pudding tnstruct10ns on how to take VI RACE PT powder can be found In a laier secbon that discusses how VlRACEPT Oral Powder shOu d be prepared 11 you have liver disease· VlRACEPT has not been stud ed 111 people will' liver d sease If you have r111er disease you should tell your doctor before tak ng VlRACEPT. Olhtr medical problems· Certain medical problems may affect the use or VIRACEPT Some people tak1no protease inh brtors have developed new or more ser10us diabetes or high blood sugar. Some people with hemoph1 ia ~.ave had increased bleeding It is not lulown whether Jhe protease mh brtors caused tnese prob ems Be sure to tell your dOClor II yoo have hemophifia types A and B. diabetes me 1tus. or an ncrease in th rst and/or lreQuent uronal!On CAN VIRACEPT BE TAKEN WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS? VIRACEPT may inttract with other drugs. including those you take without a prescnpt1on You must discuss wit~ your doctor any drugs that you are tak no or are pl;mrung to ta<e belore you take VIRACEPT. Drugs you should pot take with VIRACEPT: • Seioane• lter1enad ne. for anerg1es) • H1smanai- (astem1zole, for allerg1esl • Propufsid• (cisapnde, lor heartburn • Cordarone• (amoodaro~e. for megular heartbeat) • Ou1nidine (for irregular heartbeat). also know" as Ou111aglute~ Card10Qu1n~ Ou1rudex~and others • Ergot derrvatrves (Ca'ergot" and others. for migraine headache) • Halclon" (tnazolam) • Versed° (m1dazolam) Takino the above drugs with VIRACEPT may cause serious and/or hfe·threatemng adverse events • Rilampin (!or tubertutos1s), aiso known as Runactane" Rifad1n•, R1fater4, or R1famate" This drug reduces blood levelS of VIRACEPT Dose reduclion requ111d If you tak1 VIRACEPTw1th Mycoootin• (nfabutin, !or MACj; you win need to take a lower dose ol Mycobutin. A change of therapy should b1 considered II you are taking VIRACEPT with: • P~enobarb1tal • P!lenytom (D1lant1n" and others) • Carbamazep1ne (Tegretoi- and others) These agents may reduce the amount of VIRACEPT in your blood and make It less effective • Oral contracepUVes ("the pill") H you are tak no the p II to prevent pregnancy you should use a d1Herent type of contracepl!on since VIRACEPT may reduce the effecl!veness of oral contraceptives HOW SHOULD VIRACEPT BE TAKEN WITH OTHER ANTI·HIV DRUGS? Tak1no VI RACE PT together with other ant~HIV drugs increases their ab11ty to fight the virus It also reduces the opportunity for resistant wuses to grow Based on your history of taking other ant1·HIV med cine. your doctor wi I direCI you on how to take VIRACEPT and other anh·HIV medic nes These druos should be taken n a certain order or at SPWllC times This wi depend on how many times a day each med1CJne should be taken It will also depend on whether It should be taken W1th or without food Nucleos1de analogues. No drug mteracuon problems were seen when VlRACEPT was g111en wlth • Retrovu (Z1dovud1ne. AZT) • EpMr (lamMJdme. 3TC) • Zerit lstavud ne. d4 T) • Vide:<"1didanosine cfdl) II yov are taking both Vidu (ddl) and VIRACEPT; Videx should be taken without lood. on an empty storr.ach. Therefore, you should take VlRACEPT with food one hour alter or more than two hoors before you ta<e Videx Nonnucleos1de reverse tr1nscnptue inhibilors (NNRTls): When VIRACEPT IS taken together with • V ramune• (nevirapmeJ The amount of VlRACEPT U1 your blood may be reduced Stud es are now ta• no place to learn about the safety ol comb ning VIRACEPT with Viramune • Other NNRTls VIRACEPT has not been studied w th other NNRTls JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Other protnse Inhibitors: When VIRACEPT 1s taken together with: • Croxivan• (ind1navir) The amount of both drugs 1n your blood may be increased Currently, there are no safety and efficacy data available from the use ol this combination. • Norvlr'" (rotonavirJ The amount of VIAACEPT 1n your blood may be Increased Currently, there are no safety and efficacy data available from the use of thls combination • lnvirase• 1saqu1navir) The amount or saquinav11 In your blood may be increased. If used m combination with saquinavir hard gelatin capsules at 600 mg three limes daily, no dose adjustments are needed. Currently, there are no safety and efficacy data available lrom the use of this combination. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF VIRACEPT7 Like alt medicines, VIRACEPT can cause side effects Most ol the side effects experienced with VIRACEPT have been mild to moderate. Diarrhea is the most common side effect 1n people laking VIRACEPT. and most adult patients had at least mild diarrhea at some point during treatment. In clinical stud es about 20% of patients rece1111ng VIRACEPT 750 mg (three tablets) three times daily had four or more loose stoolS a day In most cases. diarrhea can be controlled using ant1d1arrhea1 medicines. such as !mod um• A·D (IOperam de) and others. which are available without a prescription. Other side effects that occurred in 2% or more of patients rece1111ng VI RACE PT Include abdominal pain. asthenia. nausea. llatulence, and rash. There were others de effects noted In cl nica' studies that occurred n less than 2% or patients receiving VIRACEPT However, these side effects may have been due to other drugs that patients were tak ng or to the 1 lness itseH Except for diarrhea. there were not many d lferences Ins de effeCls in patients who took VlRACEPT alono with other drugs corr pared w th those who took only the other drugs For a complete hst of s de elfeCls, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist HOW SHOULD I TAKE VIRACEPT? V RACEPT IS available only with your doctor's preswpt on The ght blue VlRACEPT Tablets should be taken three times a day VIRACEPT shou d a ways be taken with a meal or a I ght snack You do not have to bke VIRACEPT exact:v every 8 hours Instead. you can take rt at normal times when you are eating. T1ke VIRACEPT exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not increase or decrease any dose or the number of doses per day. Also. take this medicine for the exact pe11od or tJme that your doctor has instructed Do not stop taking VIRACEPT without first consulting with your doctor, even if you are reeling better. On?y ta'e medlC ne tMt has been prescnbed spectta ly for you Do not give V'RACEPT to others or take medicine prescr bed !or someone else The dos1no of VIRACEPT may be different for you than for other patients Follow the directions lrom your doctor, exactly as w11tten on the label. The amount or VIRACEPT In the blood should remain somewhat co11S1stent over time Missing doses w I cause the concentration or VIRACEPT to decrease: therefore. you should not miss 1ny doses fiowever. 11 you m ss a dose, you should take the dose as soon as possible and then take your next scheduled dose and Mure doses as 0110 nally scheduled Dosing in adults (Including children 14[nrs ol 1g1 and older) The recommended adult dose or VIRAC PT 1s 750 mg (three tablets) taken three times a day. Each dose should be taken with a meal or hght snack Dosing 1n children 2 through 13 years of age The VIRACEPT dose 1n children depends on their weight The recommended dose Is 20 to 30 mg/kg {or 9 to t4 mg/pound) per dose. taken three times daily with a meal or light snack This can be administered either in tablet form or. in children unable to ta<e tablets. as VI RACE PT Oral Powder Dose instructions w II be provided by the child's doctor. The dose will be g111en three times daily using the measuring scoop prOV1ded, a measurtng teaspoon. or one or more tablets depending on the weight and age of the chi d Tne amount of oral powder or tablets to be given to a child 1s descnbed in the chart below Pediatric Dose to Be Administered Three Times Dall) BodyWtight II.umber 11,umber II.umber o(Lntl of lt>tl o( K~ Lb Scoops' Tu.spoons' T•bltu 7 to < 8 5 '5 5 to <18.5 t 8 5 to <10 5 '85 10 <23 I• 10 5 to <12 23 to <26.5 I' t2 to <'4 26.S to <3t 1•. t4 to <lb 31 to <35 tb 10 <18 35 to <39 5 9 2 • 18 to <21 J9 5 to <50 5 10 2'h ~B ~o.s 15 3'. In measuring oral powder. the scoop or teaspoon should be level • 1 level scoop contains 50 mg of VIRACEPT. Use only the scoop provided with your VI RACE PT bottle. ' 1 level teaspoon contains 200 mg ot VIRACEPT N'ole A measuring teaspoon used for dispensing medication should be used for measu11ng VIRACEPT Oral Powder Ask your pharmacist to make sure you have a medication dispensing teaspoon How should VIRACEPT Oral Powder b1 p11p111d7 The oral powder may be mixed with a small amount of water, milk. formula. soy formula. soy milk. d etary supplements or daory loods such as pudd1no or ice cream Once mixed. the entire amount must be taken to obtain the full dose Do not mix the powder with any ac1d1c food or 1uice. such as orange or grapefruit 1u1ce, apple 1ulce. or apple sauce. because this may create a bitter taste Once the powder is mixed, 11 may be stored at room temperature or relngerated for up to 6 hours Do not heat the mixed dose once 1t !las been prepared. Do not add water to bottles of oral powder. VIRACEPT powder IS supplied with a scoop for measunng. For help m determining the exact dose of powder for your child. please ask your doClor. nurse, or pharmacist VIRACEPT Oral Powder contains aspartame. a 1ow·ca1one sweetener, and lherefore should not be taken by children with phenyl~etonuria (PKUJ HOW SHOULD VIRACEPT BE STORED? Keep VIRACEPT and all other medicines out of the reach or children Keep bottle closed and store at room temperature (between 59'F and 86"Fl away from sources or moisture such as a s1rk or other damp place Heat and moisture may reduce the ettect111eness ol VI RACE PT. 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Card1oquut/Ttie Purdue Frederick Co; Ou1mdelC/A H Robins Co, Inc, CafergoVNovart1s Phamiaceuticals Corp 1'01V1r Is a trademark of Abbott laborator1es Issued 11113197 CALL 1181 VIRACEPT VIRACEPT is a reoostertd tr~•·• ot >.oouron PNnNCtulic. s. Inc Co9Yr'9'11 c 1999 Aoouron PllnNClullU!s. Inc All 1'9•ts llstr>td HOUSTON VOICE• JANUARY 14, 2000 THE SHAG'S THE THING ;... Continued from page 17 And indel•d, the series shows aspects of thl' gay life that many gay peopll' would gladly join in covering up. Premiering as it did 1ust in time for the Parliamentary debate over lowering the age of consent for gay Sl'X, "Queer" seemed tailor-made for making troubll'. "Why doesn't Jnyone stop me?" taunts the lusty Stuart, thl' right-wing's worst nightmare of ii sexual compulsive as he rushes off to "shag" his teenage lover. "It's not my fault-they should stop me." Try though he might, the self-centered Stuart seems incapable of generating more than a casual interest in Alfred, his son, born to a lesbian friend in the first episode. In the series' most chilling incident, one character collapses after snorting a line of heroin. The trick who gave him the drug simply slips out, leaving the victim to die alone on his kitchen floor. Later at the wake, Stuart memorizes the mother's heartbroken lament and cell-phones it into OUT ON THE BAYOU 21 the office to use in a mortuary's ad cam­paign. With keys he swipes at the funeral, Stuart raids the dead man's house for his porn collection. Stuart laughs at death-but not at age. His impending 30th birthday (still months away) fills him with incalcula­ble dread. "Frankly, I was expecting criticism from the g<1y community,'' said Russell T. Davies, the series openly gay co-creator and writer. "I know a lot of these gay politicians and gay spokespeople work hard, but they've fallen into the trap of living in a world of political correctness. That's not my prob­lem; it's theirs. 1ot any of it has given me a slecpbs night." "I think I'm a little naive," said , 1cola Shindler, the executive producer. "Mc and Russell have a different threshold for shock. I don't think we were quite prepared for the level of impact it had. We were aware we would be attacked, because we weren't putting across positive images; we were putting across real people." "Everything you see in other programs with gay sub-plots are issue-led," Davies said. "You give them three episodes before the gay character walks in and says, 'Oh, I'm HIV-positive,' or 'I was just beat up on the street.' [TV writers] have to stop intro­ducing characters where his or her only characteristic is they're gay. That's not a character That's rubbish." According to one film industry insider, working on "Queer" was no picnic. Mark Levine now lives in Atlanta, but while he was a vice president-development with a production company working at Sony A fresh approach for restoring the skin you are born with. Available NOW for men and women. SPECTACULAR RESULTS! • improve skin tone, clarity, elasticity • effectively treats fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation ASK ABOUT OUR TRANSDERMAL HAIR REMOVAL PROCESS Studios, he met Charlie Hunnam, the 18- year-old actor who played Nathan. "Charlie said the entire process was a really miserable shoot. They were filming on a couple of drafty soundstages in England. The crew was an old-school, traditional, beer-drinking, straight blue­collar crowd. The actors would have to do all these wild sexual antics in front of the crew, and they were being harassed and snickered at. "It was a really terrible environment, and by the end of the eight episodes, nobody wanted to come back," Le\'lne said Hunnam told him. As word of the shocking show spread, ib audience grew-eventually to more than 3 m1lhon. When the eight-week ::;eries ended, audiences wanted more of Nathan, Stuart and Vince. They'll get their chance when two one-hour sequel episodes air this year on Channel 4 Writer Davies said to maintain its integrity, the show must end, not drag on for years. "We could have trotted it out; a lot of people would have been happy. I wouldn't, though. "Thing is-1f I do say so myself-there was such energy and originality in that first series, and that vitality has to be main­tained. It has to stay fresh, it has to stay one step ahead of what everyone in bog-stan­dard- telly would do. And this is the perfect solution. It was never a soap, it was a story. And every good story has an end." But will it end? Channel 4 has reportedly asked for plots for 20 half-hour episodes of a spin-<>ff show to air later in the year. "We found a huge enthusiasm for the show, and it was quite clear we hadn't run out of stories," said Commissioning Editor Jonathan Young. "It's been a very success­ful show for Channel 4." Furthermore, American audiences will get a U.S. version of "Queer" thanks to Show time. Gar director Joel Schumacher ("Flawless," "Batman and Robin") 1s set to direct a two-hour pilot to introduce the U.S. series. The show would seem to fit m with Showhme's bold slogan ("No L1m1ts") and with its established reputation for testing boundaries (its "Sex and the City" prompted a rash of complaints when it aired in England). But at least one big change lrom the original already seems certain· In Showtimc·~ version, look for Nathan to be 18, not 15. And that change was rec­ommended not by pro-censorship con­servatives but rather by the image-con­soous folks at Gar and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). "When it comes do\.\<n to that, that's an illegal act. It's statutory rape," Scott Seomin, GLAAD media director, told the Los Angeles limes. "Gay men since forever have been linked by the religious right and other groups [to) pedophilia." The furor that greeted "Queer as Folk" in England only seems likely to escalate when the show debuts in its Americanized form. Shooting for the U.S version-set in New Jersey-should begin this spring. Stay tuned ... TRANSDERMAL HAIR RESTORATION All natural transdermal skin and transdermal lace technology MILLENNIUM SPECIAL 1 System ... $650 2 Systems ... $1200 reg. $990 each Offer valid ONLY January 1 - February 1, 2000 WE SERVICE AND REPAIR ALL TYPES OF HAIR SYSTEMS, WHILE YOU WAIT. FULL SERVICE, $30 1 11 1· //~ 3843 N. Braeswood 713-669-0466 _22 __________________ --O'_U'-T-'--O-'__N.___ __T_- 'H--'-E"~B"'A""""'Y""''-O"-U-=-----------J-A_N_U_A_RY_14...:...,_ 20_00 • HOUSTON VOICE -:;... Continued from page 17 Wils conducted via fax from his hotel m ewYork. Houston Voice: 'fl.'here did Ifie msp1Tal1on lo write "Tlie Sm1thso111a11 Jnst1t11t1011" come from' Gore Vidal: I enjoy mvcntmg alternahve universes It:..e Myra, Breckmridge and Duluth and now Smithsonian. There arc intricate structures and you must never cheat the reader. I started out with a prem­ise: how could World War II have ocen avoided? Well, eliminate World War One and there would be no vengeful Germ.my falling for a p~ychopath like Hitler So how to stop the First World War? Eliminate Woodrow Wibon as pre~ident. So my 13· year old prodigy hero, installed as of 1939 in the Smith:.onian to work on the atomic bomb, d0t.'S just that. But thmgs go wrong. ... That's the plot. HV· Is the novel a nu:taplwncal approac11 to amt modern 1s-:11es' GV This 1s not 1939. :-\o colhs1on of great powers 1s m the offing despite what the mil­itary and their friendly polihc1ans h.:ive to say at appropriations ltme. But it 1s clear that our military industrial political com­plex 1s longing for a major war with Chin,1. Reservations Recommended (i13) 97 -DECO (3326) 2990 Briarpark Drive at Westheimer This will probably kill us all but not before the few ha\·e made J grl'a.I deal of monl'y, our god. HV If you, like your character T from your book, could set a vu•w screen to look forward m time what might you expect to sec as the most important roent of the neTI century or two' GV. In a pe>s1m1shc mood, the end­either gradual or colorfully nuclear In an ophmistic mood, our departure from a pl.met that wc are usmg up like ·l frayed piece of Kleenex to yet more pristine Kleenex in the heavens. HV: At the end of c/U1pter four, t/ie lh>ing dis­play dummy, Tom, indicates t/iat more than one of the former Presidents made use of an al/ male e:cort service "pretty regularly." Wlio n11glll those Presidents Jurx been' GV· You arc prurient. It was ~id of life­long drplomat bachelor Buchanan and of Franklin Pierce in whose arms, m Plymouth, '.\:cw Hampshire, Nathaniel Hawthorne died. HV: You fll7lJI.• d&ribed sexual orientation labels as adjective-; describmg acts ralhJ.'T than no1111s descnbms people, do you st 11/ feel tl1l~ iu111' GV. It Sl'Cms so obvious that I no longer repeat myself other than to ,1dd that only in a so weirdly super,titious .ind 'l'Clarian a wuntry as the U$. could a personal identi­ty be forged out of 'cxual desire, the most fluctuating of .ill transient emotion. HV. Both pres1de11t1a/ candidate.; Bill Bradley and Al Gore hnz•c shozcn .;uf'port for dome.'l IC Enjoy exquisite culinary creatwns at the Adam's Mark Hotel includin~ made-10-0rder omelets, homemade pastnt!s, sawry seafood, mouth­uatermR pasta, seasonal salads, delwable entrees, plus an 1mbd1ewble array of our finest desst1ts. Then sit back. relax and sip chainpame uhrk listenin~ to some oj Ho11Ston'~ finest 1a~~ musicians. Ewry ~und:iv, 10:30am • 2:Npm Adults: ·n.so; Seniors: $20.50; Children 5-11: 12.50 l'ndcr 5 Free partnerships but have oppo~ed outrrgf1t !(ay marriage Whal art' your jcelinss 011 tl1eir ~lances and this issue in general' GV \1onogamy 1~ hardly normah\'e tn the male, particularly in youth. The mar­n. ige issue, howl'ver, 1s a great boon for homophobes because 11 lets them sidestep II the thmgs that should be set nght from sodomy laws m vanous state., to d1sCT1m1- nation m the work place Abo marriage makes people thmk of God, \\ho 1s so very important to our poor, bamboozled folks. The founders (.rnd I) wanted God thrown out the window at Philadelphia, but the crazies breed like chiggers and he keeps slithering back in. I le now dominates ~o much of radio and TV. l:ntil a stake has been driven through the heart of monotheism, the U.S. will never come withm J continuum of civilizJtion. That suits them chiggers real fine. HV: Do you have a stance 011 the IOf'iC of gay ndopllo11s' GV· For most Amenc.:ins, rather than expose the young to love and, in due course perhaps, desire, it 1s far better to J()(k them up in prisons, ~ubjl'Ct them to torture, sexual abuse and execution. Th.:it is the American way. We a.re f.iml>d in the ovilized world as the m~t barbarous of nations in the treatment of our cihzens. But I reckon God wanb us like that, doing tus work. -t.9 million Americans .:ire m prisons, under dctenhon, under surveillance, on parole. Now the pnvatizJhon of pri.'-Ons is proving a bonan­za for some of our crooked otizens. George W. Bush exults in the fact that as governor of Tt•xas, ht has barbequed I 00 peo­ple Good Americ<m CL·orgc, God loves him. HV You once wrote (ill 1966) tlUll "in a cr<1i­lizrd society, /arr sfwuld not f1111clio11 al .11/ 111 Ifie ,,,£'11 of sex, crcrpt l!J protect people from bemg mterfi.'!Td with agamsl the1r w1//," 1111d ""'d tlu1t 'seT lrves are of no co11sequencc 111 ciriilized roun­trics " Wllfll i11.f111cncrs co11t111ue to make sex and ~nial orimtnl1011s :>uclr n contnn~·rsy 111 Amcrim and does this mean we arc 1101 ch•iliu~i? G\': ,\~ you may by now suspl'ct, I don't thmk we arc civilizl'd. The media is obsl'ssed with sex, particulMly m the pri­v.: ite livl's of politici.:ins, due to thl' fact that ,1s we do not have a rl'prl'sentativl' govern­ment (offices arc bought and paid for by corporate America), we .ire not allowed to discuss real politics. This leaves us wrth nothing but pri\·ate lives. What is politics? Who collects what money to pay for whom to buy what. That's it. In one h.indy phrase. But corpor.:ite ,\mcrica ob~ervcs omerta !code of silence] on this delicate issue so we nevl'r know what goes on in tht• Senate Finance Committel'. And never will now. The cor­porate owned medi.i is happy to go along, smearing politicians who .ire, admittedly, of no great use to .rnyone in any case. The Smithsonian Institution by Gore Vidal Harcourt Brace & Company, S 13 Experience the Art of Dining "If my husband would ever meet a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would fall over in a I dead faint" -Mrs. Pablo Picasso Mon-Thu Friday Saturday Hours Lunch 11 OOam until 2 OOpm Dinner 5 OOpm until 10 OOpm Lunch 11 OOam until 2 OOpm Dinner 5 OOpm until 11 OOpm Dinner 5 30pm until 11 OOpm Sunday Brunch Buffet 10 30am until 2 30pm 905 TAFT HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019-2613 713.523.5FOX Proudly serving all hungry Houstonians! HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 OUT ON THE BAYOU 23 Ea ting _O__u ---'R-E:.S;T'-'--'A~RU.c.A.;.N'-'-'-T--'-R~EV-=-'EW~S Generous but jumbled platters by KATI IRITN l FF TEALA'S provides an mtere,ting study in juxtaposition. Take, for example, the mingled roots of Tcala's n11sinc. \\ hilc on n tnp to tlw Yucatan, Teal Anom.1ipra,ert, who also owns Thai Pepper, discovered that desp1ll lhl' d1fforl'nt hl'misphcrl'S, Thailand and \1cx1ro h,1\'e much m common when 1t comes to food . Abundant !il'.1food, fresh hot pcppt'rs, :tl':>ty limp ,ind nlantro, ;ind a hint of a wood burning grill fl,wor, ,ire ,111 culinary tr.11ts sh.m•d of both countries. Om• t'\,1m pie le.1la':. otters IS a special southe.1st J\s1an n•rs1on of the traditional molt• sauce-an exclusi\•e house peanut molt• sauce But despite claims of a fused cui­sine, outside of its particular mole sauu•, Teala's offors nothing distinctive from the usu.ii pLitos l\lex1canos. \ly dinmg rnmpamon and I started with the Chicken l-.1jit.1 and Jack Cheese Qm•s,1dilla ($8.50) Tlw cheese and chicken grilled m t.11ita sauce provided a 'fllC)' punrh to tlw dish and blendt•d well with !ht• lw.1ps ot t•xtra guacamole from !ht• Cu.K.1molt• Salad ($.1.75). rht• qut•sadillas 1\We not arranged in !ht• U u,1[ f,m·likt• manner for t'.1S)' ,l((('"· lnstt>.1d !ht•\' were stackt•d on one ,mother, seemmg more like a JU!llblt•d bundle of chicken ,md tortilla. cl'erthclcss, tht• gt•n­crous porhons left us feeling hkc we had fin1~hed the entrce, not 1u~t the .ippellzer. \1y companion also ordered the Black Bean Soup ($3 95), wh1Ch she found to be rather ordin.1ry .md too salty. For the marn course, I ordered the h.ilf pound plattt•r of chKkt•n fajitas (~I0.95), which 1s Sl'n cd with tht• U''u,11 I.ire of l>n1ons, gu,1camole, net', fn1olt•s Teala's Mexican Restaurant and Bar 4319 Montrose Blvd 713·524-6922 Opt for bread, water al home OK 11 you really must f,'le for most Worth t~e drive. so love a Iott le As good as t gets c-harros and pico de gallo. 01·er.1!1, the dish w.1!i prl'd1Ct.1bll'. Tlw same w.1~ true oi the Vegct.man Fnchil.id,1s ($8.95), serl'ed with spinach, soy be.m strips, J.Kk cheese and l'nchilada saun• My dmmg wmpanion described the dish a~ "pt•destri,1n," complaining that the soy bean stnps tasted morl' like dehy· dr.1tl'd space food. fhough the entrees don't inspire any hmt of d1stmct1veness, the raspberry crrcsec:ikc dessert ($19S) ended the meal on .i positive note The chcc ccake had a lighter, grittier texture than most, and 1t didn't il',l\'c c,1kcs oi cream cheese plas­tered to my p.1late. The thick graham cr.Kker crust had cl homemadl freshness th,1t m.1de it l'Xcrphon,11. Tht• d1 tingu1shing fea ture of Tcala's 1~ not its cuisine, but its decor. When you first t•ntl'r the re,1,1urant, there's an over­wlwlm111g srns.1t1on of ha\'ing o;tcpped into .i weslt·rn saloon. With n l.irgt wood­rn ch.1ndl'li1·r, a st.mcasc lt'.1dmg to a bal­cony Ol'l'r !ht• bar and a hitchrng post scp· Mnting tht• b.ir from the dmmg area, 1ou could stage .in old-fashioned Western c;huotout rn the plan• Again, in the decor, Tenla's juxtaposes 1>ne stylr with another For example, p.1inl· mgs ranging from a gramy portrait of a \1.m,1cl11 band to 1'ic,1sso-csquc modern J'n nts adorn the v. alls l.Jrgr paneled wrn­clo\\' s, which m.1ke up one side of the rl'staur.1111, face tht' parking lot and pm· v1th .1 ski lodgl ,1tmospht•rt quilt• d1s­par. 1h from n s.1loon. i\ l.irgi.' d1lap1datcd sign surrounded by flashing bulbs .md pamted with the word "f.irnuntr" h.mgs over the bar, adding to Te.1la's d11·crsc and k1tc;d1y decor. 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D. office hours by appointment phone (713) 467·4488 fax (713) 467·9499 www. drmallon. com 8830 Long Point • Suite 801 Houston, TX 77055 HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000 OUT ON THE BAYOU Past Out 1983 GAY AND LESBIAN HISTORY by DAVID BIA'.\CO A 'brave and foolish' darling by DAVID BIA:\CO \\'ho \\'.ls Ccorgc Cukor7 I lollyw1xxl director Crorgc Cukor worked in a vane!)' of film genres 01·cr llL~ long c.m'l'r, but the romed1· of se.\ual manners became his particular f11rt,; A gay m.ui 11 hose hom<JSC\ll· uhty was an opl'll seuet 111 I lollywooJ, ( ukor's comfort ''1th both m.ik• ,md fcm.:ilt• 5exuahty .md identity shmcs through many of his now cl.1~~1r corned K5. Cukor w.is born m New York City m L 99 lo m1dcllc-dass, I lung.man Jew1.~h p.m·nt . If his family h,1J gotten its way, he would haw attended Columbia University and become a lawyer hkt' h!S father and uncle. But Cukor, who had been entranced b) \Jc\\ York the­ater s111ce childhood, had Broadway Ill mmd. At first, he w,mtl'<l to be a playwright, but he soon tound he hall'<l one un.wo1dablc a!>-pt..'Ct of wnllng-work111g alone. Naturally greg.mous ,md willy, Cukor d1sco1wt•d he was bctll'r suttl'd to !itag,~man.1g111g and dir•'Cting. I IP got his start in summer stock in Uw l',1rly 192(b .ind within a few years had founded his own seasonal company in Roc:hestcr, NY. In rpg1onal theater, Cukor g.uncd ,1 rcput,11lon .:is a diredor whom actors could trust lx'<\1use he both lisll'ned to them and modestly rduSt~ to t,1ke credit whm thrir pcrform.rnccs excdlcd "I le had grt'.lt pride," one collc.1gue n.'Callcd, "but no 1 ani­ty." Cukor mowd on to Bro.1dw.:iy, 1\here his producllons \\WC only moderate succ<'SSCS. Still, he was 111 demand bemuse of lus t.1IC'nt for working with actwsscs, whose rol<-s he sccm<'<i to undt•rst.rnd .111d emp.ithlll' with better than straight m.11t• din'Ctors did. rlw .1ppell.1t1on "worn.m's dm•rtor" (a slight, giVl'n tlw ~l'x1sm in the l'ntert.iin­ment 111dustry) followt•d Cukor wht•n lw went to l lollywood 111 1929, .111d 01·l'r th<' years he mad<' his m.uk with a numbl'r of so-c.:illcd "wonwn s hims." Besides Ins .:iffm1ty with actresses. Though not p.irticu· l,1rly pohllcal or ft•m1mst Cukor w.1s sens1 live to womrn's issues. C'ukor fell mto et1medy by .:icddcnt, but 1t proved his -;trong swt He once quipped Uiat the :;tudio moguls "uSt.'Ci to 1udge your t.1lcnt by your pl'rc;onality. If you walkt•d into U1c front offite with a long t.:ice, they g.we you straight dr,una, 1! you rn1<k<'Ci jokl's, thc•y gave you wnwdy. I crackt'<l Jl>kl'..," I Ii~ first kw lilrns wen' unrl'm.ukablt•. But m 1932, lw garnl'red kudos ior "i\ Bill ol Divorct'llll'nt," , t,1rnng 24-yl•ar·old Kath.1mw l lepburn in her llrst scrt'l'n role. fh.it movil' launched .1 lifl'11mg friendship with I kpburn, who went on to st.ir 111 nine of lus films. Another ~oll.1lx1rat1on with Hepburn w,.b " yh'1a Scarll'lt," a gender-bending comedy co-st.:imng ( JI)' Crant "Syh 1a ::i..:arlctt" was Cukor'c; most personally re\ cahng film, "bra\ c .:is well .:is foolish," as he l.:itcr phrased Academy Award-winning director George Cukor was originally selected to direct 'Gone With the Wind,' until he and Clark Gable had a falling out on set. 1!. nw ),•ad rhar,1cter is an emlwzzll'r's d.i ughter, who noss-drl'sst•s to esr.ipe .i run- 1n with .iuthonlil'S. rhe plot dirt'C!ly chal· lt•ngl'd tr,1d11lon.1l m.ile·fl'm.ile roles and boldly winked ,1t homosexu.11ity Cukor \\'clS J),l\ 1d 0. Selznick's ongmal thoicc to dirrd "Gon( \\Ith the \Vmd ... 13ut ,1fter onl) n tew wrek.' on the 1ob, thcrt• were conflicts with Cl.irk Cable, who hated Cukor's fl'}' manner, especially the wav he calll'd cnst ml'mbers "darlmg" One day during f1lmmg, Gable ~tormed off the set, shoutmg, "I won't be directed by ii fam·! I ha1·,, to work \\1th a 'rc;il mJn'!'' ~hortl) tlwr<•.1ftl'r (ukor wa..' repl.:iced b\· Victor l'll'mmg, .i p.:il of Cable's. Although the general public \\as un.1w.1rl' of Cukor\ se\ual orientation, his homos<'\u,1lity \\"1> well-known in !ht• ind us try hir w.irs, he hosted !iOirct'S .11 his lfollywood villa, \\ h1ch h.:id been dl'Corat­l'd bv g.:iv .:ictor William I lames. At these l.msh affairs, the queer chic could see and be i;ecn l ukor ., Sunday afternoon pa riles competed 1,·11h the ,111-malc fetes of Cole l'orter, .:ind the two \\ere sometimes called "the riv.ii qul'cns of I lollywood" Cukor'scan.'Crspanned five decades, but he won only one /\,adcm} i\wMd, for dircctmg ''~1y J',11r l.1dy" (1%1). When he made hts last fi lm, "Rich .111d f ,1mous" (1981), he wa 81, Uic oJd,><.t dirrctor shll workmg m 1 loUywood I le d i•·d two )'•'.lrS l.i t•·r. \1,my of l11s films han• b<'COm<' qm'l'r cult 1,1\'ontes: "( am1ll,•" (1917), with ib C\qu1s1tc­ly p.1111ful d<'.llh SC<'ne; "The \\'omen" (1939), with .1 campy 'lntchmC5S" reminiscent of dr.1g rultur,•; .rnd the musical r.-make of" J\ St.1r L'> Born" (hls.t), ,1 comeback n•hiclc for g.1) icon Judy Carland Viw1J Rianco '' tlicartt/zJrofGay f..SS£'rtlml> a col/('(11011 of '"' /11~lory rolrmm He can I: rmcl1ccl a' D.wc81mrn 1 o/ C'Jm 25 26 OUT ON THE BAYOU JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE ommunity calendar saturday, jan. 15 Afttr Hours KPFT 90 1 FM, 12 a"' to 3 am 713 526 5738 Q·Patrol walks lhe st eets at 8 45 pm. 7'1 528·5AFE Vosual Arts Alliance •O am. 181 583 8408 Dignity mau at 7 JO p m for gay (athohcs 713 880 2872 St 5t phe s Eposcopa Churc" Rosary at 8 a m 1805 W Al.lbama 111 528 6665 Houston ... sb1an and Gay drop n hours fr m no n t? 4 m 803 H wtho ne Montr'?se Wr te •'5 Pro1ect l to 4 IOP"' l P'"' 11 5<418'8 A trrnat ve t-te.i th Expo aod Psy h c fa 10 l am t 6 pm 1120 H ster 711 912 7124 sunday, jan. 16 tot ton Au: :t T e C .J ton ~ Hol"!"'losex ~Is neets 11J 942 700l Ra nb w R ;fers Ab cy e rlub f women 713 869 •686 Chu1ch of tl>e XI Apos• es A-qi ca" R te Old Cathohc Churcl> Holy Commun o 10 10 a m at 219 Westhe1mer 713 665-7903 St Stephen·s Episcopal Church Holy Rite Euchar st I at 1 45 am Hoty Rt Euchar st II at 8 5:> a ni Education hour at 10 a m. C.horial Eucharast at 11 am 1805 W Alabama 713 528 6665 Mar.tnatha Fel owsh1p Metropout.Jn Church •Preachmg the Gospel• Bible s•udy at 9 JO p m 1 ll 528 6756 Re'Surrrct on MCC Services at 9 a m and • 1 a m 713 861 9149 Grace luthrran Church Sunday 15choc.I for aj ages at 9 30 • m Service at 10 30 am 71l 528 269 F rst Unna 1dn Un1venahst (hurct\ Serv ces at 9 30 a .m and11J am Community Gospel Serv ce at 11 d M 1 p m Sund<ity School for ch dren 4305 Loi n 7' 3 880 9235 or www commun tyg spr org Houst n M SSI Church Serv-Cf' at 10 10 a m 713 '>29 8125 Coven nt 8 :tpt st Church Se-v re at 1 'JO pm edi..t..­ton "ou at l pm 711 668 8830 Ber ng Mc"T\ di Un ttd Mett-od st Ct\urch Serv1ce'5 at 8 JO am ' 50 am Sunday srh.oo dt 9 40 am 71 J <2 1017 R liurrect on MCC liiandbc Choir rehear at 1 JO pm 711 86' 9'49 The Womens C.r up I 45 am 111 5i9 8511 Un tar Jn Fe W'5 p ~ Gafveston Coun•y 402 Church St on Galveston Se:'V eat IC 30 •"' 409 765 8330 Faith and tiope Fellowship Seni1ce at 11 am. 713~520· 1847 First Congregatioral Church (Memor1JI). Service at 11 am 713-468·9543 or fcc-houston.org. Church of Kindred Spmts (Beaumont) Service at 7 p.m 409 835·4765 \Jmtarl :"Fellowship of Houston. Adult forum at 10 a m SerV1Ce at 11 a.m. and noo". Open C1rcle Family Suppon •t • 2 30 p m 1504 Wirt 713 686·5876 'erfa1th Worsh p Ce ebrauon.. 7 p rn. 2'i15 Waugt- Or 71l 528 3601 Thoreau t.m1tar Jn U 1versalist Congregation Adult dis· uu n at 9 45 a m service at 11 a ..,, 394'i Gree briar St •to d 181 l11-8ll81 www neosoft com/-tl>orea Pf.AG Woodlands satellite meeting at 2 pm 713 867 9020 monday, jan. 17 Gay Fatherslf.tthen F rst suppon group, 8 pm 713 861 618' Calendar/Computer workshop for Pride Week. 7 p m 713 529 1213 Ber g Support Network Gr ef and Divorce Groups at 7 p"' 71l 526 10•7 Frolit Eye Clinic free eye e.xams for propte w1t"l HIV 113 830 3000 AoDS Careq1v•rs' Support Group 6 pm 71l 731-4300 I V testo-g Fret from AVES from Ip m. to 6.15 pm 113 626 2837 FrontRunn•rs 6 10 pm 713 521 802' Kolbe Proiect Eucharist at 7 30 pm 713-861 1800. lntegnty Houston For gay and lesbian Epm''.opaltaru. 7 30 pm, Autry House 6265 Main More light Presbyter ars. Meett.,9. 1110 1o.ovrtt 9 .30 pm 181 .i44 8861 X309 81.lck lesbian and Gay Coalitions weekly meeting at 7 pm 80l Hawthorne Houston lesbian and Gay Commur:1ty drop n hours from 6 to 9 p m • 803 Hawthorne 713 524 3818. tuesday, jan. 18 FREE H V testing at Club Houston at 8 30 pm to mid night the M ntrose Omr' 713 830 3000 Helping Cross Dressers Anorymous 1 p m • 239 Westheomer 71 I 495 8009 C..iy Me"\ ttlV+ Psychotherapy. ·The Survivor's C11 .. 1e• ceremony ard r.elebrat1on M0ntr se Counseling Ce:iter at 4 30 p rn 713 5n-0037 Youth R•p 6 30pm 711822 8511 Afterc.ue Group Treatment Mont""ose Counselmg Center at 6 pm 713 529-0037 AIDS Alliance 'the Bay Area 7 pm 711 488-4492 PROTEC'" A" HIV negative support group at 1 pm. 113 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ••••••••• "Fun· - Tiie Advocate • • The lnterners : Funnest •Dating ••S ervice •• •• • "CHI Siter - YahH "Best eallae matchmaker'" - HX Magazine •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • .,.. . www.edwina.com •• •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 526 1017 Women Survivors of Childhood Abuse. Montrose Counseling Cent•r at 6 30 p m. 7 I 3·529·0037 Bering Support Network lunch Bunch Gang at 11 d m. 713 526·1017 Gay Men's Process Group. 7 p.m .• 3316 Mt Vernon 713·526-8390. Men"s Network D1scun1on group 1or social, educational development of gay and b1se.xual men, 1 p.m. Monttose Counsc11ng Center 713 529 0037 More on Relationships. Oncuss1on group 1 p m 415 W Gray 71l 861 9149 Lambda Skating Club skates at 8 p m at the Tradew1nds. 713-523-9620 Gay & 81 Mctle Support Group suppo t group forming Sponsored by AVES 713 626 2837 Houston Lesbian and Gay Community Center drop m hours 6 to 9 pm lesbian Coming Out Group meets at 7 30 p m HlGCC monthly board meetor>g at 1 p m 80) Hawthorne 113 518 3818 wednesday, jan. 19 Free HIV Test ng at ThLmas Street Chmc at 9 am ro 1 pm 2015 Thomas Street 713 793 4026 Free HIV testr"'g by the Montrose c in1c at Mary's <4 8 p m ) and M1dtowne Spa (8 p m. to muimght), and Ripcord (9 pm. to midnoght).713 830·3000. B1Net Houston 1 30 pm. Social meeting at Cate Toope•s. 1830 W Alabama 713·467 4380 Women's Network 1 p m Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond 713 519 0037 HIV survivor suppon group. 7 p.m 713 782 4050 Mind/Body Connection. Alternative Approaches 1 pm 1475 W Gray 713 524·2374 Proiect Caesar 7 pm AFH. 3203 Weslayan 713 623-6796 Out Skate Rollerskating Club, 8 to 10 pm at 8075 Cook Road 281 933·5818. Houston lesbian and Gay Community Ce-nter drop in hours 6 to 9 p m Houston Gay & lesbian Polrtu a1 caucus morthly board meeting at 6 pm 803 Hawthorne 713 524·3818. thursday, jan. 20 Free HIV testing at Toyz (9 pm to modnoght) by the Montrose 01n1c 71l 830-3000 Art Labs T
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