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Title Houston Voice, June 25, 2004
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 25, 2004
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript SF PRIDE: John Nechman will ride in SF Parade Page 5 in the pride guide A special pullout section is your Houston Voice guide to Pride as Big as Texas. INSIDE PRIDE MORE MARRIAGE: Same-sex nuptials continue in New Platz. Page 7 NO FAGGOTS: Michael St Patrick balked at playmg a stereotype. Page 14 When Gertrude and Alice did Dallas In her cookbook. Ahce B Toldas wntes about the llme she and Gertrude Stein visited the Hockaday School m Dallas. The world's most famous lesbian couple visited the Hockaday School in Dallas By BINNIE FISHER On a cold evening in March of 1935, a crowd had gathered to greet the plane that brought Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas from Chicago to Dallas. By all accounts, Stein was dchghted to sec what she considered to be so many well·w1shcrs. It is not known whether anyone informed her that the CTO\\ d, mostly \\omen, had actually con· vened on r umors that <Aarke Gable was to have arrived on the same flight. Just shy of 70 years later, the fact that the world's most famous lesbian couple once came to Ilallns goes virtually unobserved. In 'The Alice R. Toklas Cookbook.' written nfler Gertrude died m 1946. Alice notes that the couple pondered from their apartment at 27 rue rte Flcurus in Paris whether or not to accept offers that had come from America for Stein to speak there Gertrude had wondered whether she would find the food to her liking. The mv1tations had come following the 1933 publication of ''The Autobiography of Ahce B. 'J'oklas," which Gertrude penned. Some literature enthusiasts were intrigued by the idea of somt>­one \\T1ting someone else's autobiography and Please see VISIT on Page 17 eclipse John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Gamer scored a landmark victory for gay rights last year when the nation's highest court agreed w.'~ their challenge to a Texas law bannmg 'deviant sexual intercourse (Photo by David J. Pbdh!O'AP) One year after Lawrence vs. Texas Supreme Court's sodomy ruling fueled same-sex marriage fight By RYAN LEE The day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled m 1986 that It was constitutional for states to prohibit sodom) between con· sent mg adults, Evan Wolfson began \\eanng a pm m the hapc of a pink triangle 'Wolfson, a gay lawyer "ho 1 now the executt\ e dLreCtor of Freedom to Marry a coal1t10n \\orking to attam marnage equality for same-sex couple' VO\\ed to wear the pin eacH day until gay Americans were no longer considered cruninals b} the federal courts. Please see SODOMY RUUNG on Page 8 local life Polrce Sgt. Tommy Bennett's last Pride Parade rolls through Montrose this Saturday. Jimmy James brings his one-man, many women show to Houston next weekend. PAGE 10 PAGE 18 2 JUNE 25. 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE WINNER! Audience Award for lest Document•ry •t 2003 OUlfEST, The Los Angeles Gay end lesbian Fiim Festival An ... .-.we..n1nt end hl .. rious look et tour tesblen comks at the top of their geme: hte Clinton, K ... n WllllMM, ...,,._Gomez and SuzenM Westeftlloefer. [llll•llEI ZEii ] '"(This) wlnnlng, zesty Spanish farce spreads the magic... - nme Oat ~w Yort An ~uberut tu f.rce tMt tall s a tren:led k Into the U~s of 14 peopte -who lntffSed one Yef'V hot sum r day at tm.o - the very cent r of Modrtd. • HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 25, 2004 3 4 JUNE 25, 2004 KALETR~ (lopinavir/ritonavir) capsules (lopinavir/ritonavir) oral solution ALERT: Find out about medicines that hould NOT be taken uith KAL'ETRA. Please al o read the ection "MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH KALETRA." Patient Information KALETR~ (kuh-LEE-tra) Generic Name: lopina\'ir/ritonavir (lop-IN-uh-veer/rit-ON-uh-veer) Read tin leaflet carefully before you stan tak ~g KAI lffRA Also read It each umc )OU get your KALfTRA prescnpllon refilled, m case omethmg has changed nus mformallon does not take the place of t~lkmg wuh your doctor when you stan tins medic me and at check ups. Ask your doctor 1f you ha'e any qucsuons about KALI:IRA Before tlk.1ng your medicine. make sure you have received the correct medic ;ie Compare the name above with the name on your bottle and the appear.mcc of your medicine with the descnptmn prm1ded below Contact )Our pharmacist immediately 1f you bchcvc a d1spcn mg error has occurred What is KALETRA and how does it work? KAL FTRA rs a combmallon of iwo med1c1ncs 'They arc lopmavu and ntonavrr KALETRA 1s a type of mcd1ctnc called an HIV (human 1mmunodeficieocy virus) prorcasc I PRO.tee asc) 1nh1buor KALETRA 1s m'3ys used m combmallon ,.,th other anu-HIV mcd1cmcs to treat people with human ::ununodcfic1ency 'lIW tHI\ 1 mfcctmn. KALETRA for adults and for children age 6 months and older HIV mfrc11on d troys CD4 (T) cells, wluch arc important to the ::imune y tern After a large nurnberofT cclls arc de tro)cd. acquired unmunc dcf1ctency syndrome IAIDSJ de>clops. KALl:TRA blocks HIV protease. a chemical which" needed for HIV to mulllply KALETRA reduces the amount of HIV m your blood and me~= the number ofT cells. Reducing the amount of HIV m the blood rcduc s the chance of death or mfccuon that happen when your immune system rs weak !opportuntsllc mfocllons) Does KALETRA cure HIV or AIDS? KAU:TR ~ don not cure HJ\ infection or \Ill~. The loni:·trrm rfTects of KAl.ETRA ore not Jmown at thi• time. People taking KALETRA m:t} still get opportunistic Infection• or other condi· tion that happen "ith "" Infection. '>omr or th= conditions lltt pntumonla. herpes •irus infections, and Hycobacurium a•·rum complex { M \ Cl infn.'tions. Does KALETRA reduce the risk of passing HIV to others? KAl CTRA doc-; not reduce the n<k of p:lSSing HIV to others through sex contact or blood conwmnauon C'ontmue 10 practJcc safe sex .ind do not ~:;c or •bare dirty needles How should I take KALETRA? • You bould stay ~nder a doctor s care when takmg KALETRA Do not .:han e your ueatmcnt or stop treatment wnhout fil'lil talking w, '.:! }Our doctor • You must take KALFl'RA C'Cl) day exact!~ d your doctor pre· scnbcd n The osc or KAL LTRA may bed 'fcrent for you than for Olhcr p:ments Folloi> the d1n:<:t1ons from your doctor. exactly as w nu en on the label • Dosing m ddults !mclud ~~ clnldren 12 years of age and older) The usual dose for adults 1s 3 capsules (40CVI 00 mg) or~ 0 ml of the oral solullon I"' cc a cby morrung and mghtl m combination wnh other dllll HIV medlet~ • De 1ng 1n children Crom 6 months to 12 years of age Ch drcn from 6 months t 12 years of age can also take KALIITRA The ch d'• d0<.'tor ,. decide the nght dose based on the child's weight • Take KALETRA "nb food to help u work belier. • Do not change your dose or top taktng KAl.ETRA without first talklng with your doctor • When your KALETRA supply starts to run low. get more from your doctor or phamucy ThlS 1s very 1mponant because the amount of ' "" m your blood ma} :icrcasc tf the medt<,ne rs stopped for even a shon time The vtrus m:iy de' clop r.'.'1 1ancc to KALETRA and bee me harder to treat • Be sure t set up a schedule dnd foll w u carefully • 0 y take med cine th;u has been prcscnbed specifically for y Do not 1vc KALETR.\ other or take medicine prcscnbed 'or omconc else What should I do if I miss a dose of KALETRA? It 1 important th t you do not m s any dose If ou 1 a dose of KALITRA lake 11 a soon as~ le and then I.Ike your llCAl hed • ulcd d al its regular time If 111 •Imo t lime for your next dose do n t ;;.kc the m·!>Sed dt>se \Ii · and take the next dose at the regular lime Do not double the next dose What happens if I take too much KALETRA? II )OU scspc..t that you tool: more than the prescnbed dose of this mcd1cme. c ntacl )OU local poison 'vnlml center or emergency room munediatel} As with dll pres..nptton mcd•<mcs. KALl·1'RA shoulC: be kept out of the reac ..>f) ung children. KAl.ETRA hqu1d contain.• large umounl • f alcohol If a 10<ldler or young child a<.ctdentally dnnks more than (he re.ommendcd dose of KALFfRA. 11 could make hmi.11er •ick from too much alcohol Contact your local poison control center or emcrgenq room 1mmed1atel} 1 this ll!lppc~s Who should not take KALETRA? Together with your doctor. you need t:> decide "hcther KALETRA 1s nght for )OU • Do not take KAI ETRA 1f you arc takmg certain medicines. These could cause senous side effects that could .ause death Before you take KALETRA. you must tell your doctor about dll the medicines you arc lakmg or arc planning to take These include other prescnp­uon and non· prcscnptJon medicines and herbal supplements. !'or more mformat1on about mcd1cmcs you should not take "'th KALETRA, please read the secuon mled " \l!:DICJ:-;Es YOU SllOULI) l'ITT TAKE WITH KAUITR \" • Do not rake KAI ETRA 1f you have an ullcrgy to KALF.TRA or any of its ingredient•. mcludmg ntonavir or lopmavtr. Can I take KALETRA with other medications?• KAU 1'RA may mtcract w 1th other mcd1ctnes. including those you take without a prescnpuon. You mu t ICll )Our doctor about all the medicines you are 1.:kmg or planning to take before you take KAU>..T RA IE DI Cl'\ ES \'OL SHOl'ID :\OT f\KF \\ITH K \l.ETRA: • Do not take the following med1ctnes with KALETRA because they can cause scnous problem.• or death 1f taken wnh KALETRA D1hydroagotammc. ergonm inc, crgotamine and mcthyler gonovtllC such as Cafcrgot , M1granala>, DH E.. 45a>, Ergotratc Malcatc Mcthergmc and others Halc10~ (tnazolam) lhsmanala> (astcm:zolc) Oral'® (punoz1de) Propuls1d~ (c1sapnde) Seldanct> (terfcnadinc) - Versrd (nudazolaml Do .iot take KAl.l:TRA "uh nfampm. also known :is R1mactanct>, Rrfadma>, Rifatcrt>, or R1famatct> R1fampm may lo11ocr the amount of KALETRA m your blood and make n Jes< cffecllve • l)c, not take KALETRA with St John'• won (hypcncum pcrfora· tum), an bctbal product sold as a dietary supplement, or products con:.umng St John's won Talk 1'1lh )our doctor 1f you arc takmgor planning to take St John s won Taking St John's won may decrease KALhlRA levels and lead to increased viral load and possible rcm­tancc to KAl.EfRA or cross re 1stancc to other antt-HIV mcdictncs • Do not take KALETRA with the cholcs1crol-loi>cnng med1c1nc< Mc>'3CO.- (lmastatm) or Zocort> l••mv;t taunl because of possible scnous reactions There rs illso dll increased n \;. of drug m1erac11ons berween KALETRA and l.1ptto~ (a1orvasta11n1. talk to )Our doctor before you like any of these chole terol-rcducmg mediclllCS with KALETRA Medicines that require dosage adjustments: It rs possible that ) .our doctor may need to mcreasc or dccrcasc ll)c dose ~f f'thcr 'Dedic mes "bcn you are also lakmg KALETRA Remember 1 tell ) our doct r al' mcdicmcs you W'e taking or plan to take Before ) OU take \ 1agra !sildcnano 1'ith K \I.I rR \ , talk to ) OUr doctor about problrm• these t,.o medicin<'S ran raus~ "hen taken together. You ma) gt! inn<'ll'>l'll slM efTects of \ IA<:R \ ,such as Im• hlood pressure, ' Mon changes, and pt'nis r n:·ction lasting mon:• than 4 hours. If an ere<"tlon lasts longer than 4 hours. get medical help ri2ht " " " ) to arnid pt'rmanmt damage to )OU< penis. Your doctor can e>plain these ')mptoms to )OU. • I > ou arc talang oral contracepuvcs ("the pill' ) lo pm en1 prcgnaDC). you hould use an ddd1tional or d1ffcrcot type of contracepLof' smcc KALETRA may ted';.cc the cftcctJ'cncss of oral conuaccpu-. • Efavumz <Su 11\01~1. ncvirapmc (VrramuncS). Agencrasc (ampre nav1r) and Vu..ccpt (ncl(:lavtr) may lower the amount of KALETRA m )our blood. Your doctor may increase your dose of KAL l'TRA 1f ) ou arc also taking cfavrrcnz. ncv1rapmc, amprcnavir or nclfinavir • If you arc taking Mycobutn.S (nfabuun). )Our doctor "''II lower the dose of Mycobulln • A change in therap) •hould hr consldard if )OU att taking K \I.ETR \ "ilh: Phenobarbual Phcnytom (Dilanlln and other Carbamaz.eprne (Tcgrctol dnd others These mc6cmes may lower 'the amount of KAI rrR.\ m your blood ;,rl make u less effecuvc • Other Sp« ial ( onsldl'rntion'i: KALFTRA oral soluuon <Ont n alcohol 1: ' with )Our doctor 1f )OU arc ukmg or plannm to Lll.e mctromdazole or d1 ulfiram Se> ere nausea and' nutmg <.lll occur ---w-ww- houstonvoice.corn HOUSTON VOICE • If )OU urr taking both dldanoslne (\ldrx«>) and K \I ~ rR \: 01 :lO me (\ 1dex 1 hould be taken me hour before or two he Ul"i <1fter KAHTRA What are the possible side effects of KALETRA? • nus hst cf side eftccts IS not cumplclc If you have 4ucs11ons about side cffcc• , ask yourdactor. nurse. or pb3r!Ilac st )ou should report •ny new or conl'nurng S}lllptoms 10 your ~actor nght uway Your dactor may be able to help you manage these side effects • The most ccmmonl) reponed side effc.:ts of moderate SC\ enty that are thought to be dru related dre abdormnal pam, abnormal stools (bowel mO\emcnl J. diarrhea. feeling wcalJured. headache. and nau· sea 011ldren takmg KALI TRA may somcllmes get d skin r~sh • Blood tests m patients taking KAlh"'TRA may show possible h\cr pn>l>­kms People 1' 1th ln'CI' d1sca.o;e uch as lfcpauus B and lfcpa1111s C "ho take KALETRA may ll!l' c w orsc:nmg h"ct dlSCasc Lt"cr problems including death ha>c occurred m pallcnts 1akmg K\LblRA In studies, n rs unclear tf KAI E1 RA caused these hver problem.• bcc~use some pallcnls had other illnesses or were taking other med1cmcs • Some paucnts takmg KAl.1'1RA can de>elop senous problems with their pancreas (pancreat1trs). which may cause death You ha'e u lughcr chance of having pan<reaUus •f you have had 11 before lell your doctor 1f you have nausea, \Omitrng. or nhdominal pmn These may be: 1gns of pancreaUlls. • Some pallcnt• have large 111crcases in triglycerides and d1oleMcrol. The long-tenn ch.incc of gcllln& comphca11ons 'llch 3, heart au.1,h or stroke due to increases in tnglyccnJc, and cholesterol caused hy protease mh1bnors rs not known DI this tune • Uiabete-s and high blood ugar (hypcrglyce1ma) occur in pallenrs lak­ing protease mh1h11ors such as KALl:TRA. Some pa11cnts had d1a· betcs before starling protease mh11>1iors, others did not." Some pallcnts need changes m their diabetes med1cmc Others needed new diabetes med1c1nc • Change in bod) fat ll!lve been seen m some paucnts taking anll­retrovrral therapy These changes ma} mc':ide increased amoun1 of fat m the upper back and neck ('"buffalo bump"). breast, and around the trunk 1.oss of fat from the legs. anns and face may also happen The cause and long tcnn health effects of these cond1t1ons are not l.:nm•11 al this umc • Some patients with hemoph1.:a have •n<rca ed bleeding wnh pro­tease 1nh1b11ors • !'here have been other side effects m patients taking KAI l'fRA. However, these side cffecl• may have been due lo other mc<l1cincs that patients \\ere laklng or to the illness itself Some of these Mdc effects can be scnous. What should I tell my doctor before taking KALETRA? • //)OU are prrgnani or p/amzrng to become pregna111· The effects of KAI l:TRA on pregnant "omen or theirunbom babies ure not l.:no"n • If 1ou arl' brra11fudm~ l>o m11 breast feed~ you arc takmg KAI I· IRA You should not breast-feed if you ha'e HIV If you arc a w:.>man who ha.• or"•" h3\e a baby, talk with your doctor about the best '"•Y to feed )our baby You •hould be .,..are that 1< y mr bahy does not already ha\c lllV. there rs a chance that HIV c..n be 1r~ns­m1ttcd through brea.•I feeding • If rou lune Iner problm~• If you M\e Iner pr.oblems or • infect ed wnh Hcpaut1s R or HcpallllS C. you should tell your doctor before tiling KAl.E"I RA • • /{1-ou ha" J1abt•er Some people tal:lng protease mhibuors de>clop new or more senous d1ab<us or high blood sugar Tell your doctor 1f you h3'e diabetes or an mcrease in thirst or frequent unnauon • If >OU lune hemop/11/•a Patients takmg KAI I· rRA may ha>e increased bleeding How do I store KALETRA? • Keep KALETRA and all other med1crnc:; out of the reach of children • Rd ngcratcd KALE l KJ\ capsules and oral soh111on rcm.1111 stahle until the cxp1rallon date pnntcd on the label If stored al room tern· perature up to 77 I· 125 < 1. KAl.CTRA .apsulcs and oral solution should be used w 11lun 2 months • Avoid exposure to ex.es t\ heat Do not keep mcd1cmc that rs out of date or that you no longer need Be •ure that 1f }OU throw any mcd1cmc 11''3). II ts out cf the reach ofchrldrcn General advice about prescription medicines: Talk to) our doctor or other hca[th care pmHdcr 1f you ha'e any ques· uon.~ about tlus med1cmc or your condition Mod1cmc• are sometimes prescnbed for purpose_• other than those llSlcd ma Pallcnt lnfonnatlon Leaflet If )Ot>ha\c any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor Your doctor or phannacrst can gl\c you mformallon about this med1· ctnc that "'as wnttcn for health care professionals Do not use 1h1s me.J 1cmc for a cond111on for "'h1ch 11 was not prescnbed Do not share this medicine wnh other people • The brands I ted arc tradem:uks of their re pectJ''C a..ners and arc not trademarks of Abbo: Laboratories The makers of th ;c brands are not affiliated w th and do not endo c \bbott l.abora1011cs or its pl'O<lucts R f 03 ~141 RIO Rcv1 f.ebruary 2oo.i 04C-036-C944 I MASTER ABBOTT a LABORATORll:!S NORTH CH CAGO ll 60064 USA 04C-036-C884-3 Pl!INITO IN U SA HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 25. 2004 S I houston news Houston's John Nechman will ride in SF Pride Parade Nechman is honored in SF parade as a Grand Marshal By JOSEF MOLNAR Gay Houston attorney John Nechman will ride on a Pride Parade float this week· end, but that float won't be traveling down Westheimer. Nechman, chair of Immigration Equality, an organization that has been named a Grand Marshal in the San Francisco Pride Parade, will ride on that group's float Nechman, of Nechman. Simoneaux and Frye, specializes in 1mmigration issues as they afft!ct ga>: lesbian and transgender incl1vidual and couples. He said he is excited that his organization is being hon· ored m a parade that has hosted gay, les· bian, bisexual and transgender leaders from uround the world. "When you think of the San Francisco Pride Parade, you think of Harvey Milk and the great leaders from our communi· ty," he said. ''.And one of the first floats out will he ours'. What an incredible honor" San Francisco's parade will also be cele· bratmg the city's recent same-sex mar· riage succe es. Marriages sanctioned by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom have horrified conservatives and galvanized the gay and lesbian community. Nechman said the community is riding a wave of successes that began with last year's landmark Lawrence v. Texas case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti·sodomy laws across the United States. "There is such a euphoria there," Nechman said. "People are so uplifted that they accomplished this and they've shown Amenca that gay people could get married and the sky would not fall. Last year Houston was in the spotlight, and this year it's San Francisco, so I think this will be their biggest parade ever." About 20 Houston members of the organization will join Nechman and more than 200 supporters and members from around the nation as the Immigration Equality float winds its way through San Francisco's Marltet distrtct. Belinda Ryan, the organization's San Francisco chapter coordinatm~ said the group relied on sym· bolism for 1ts float. "The float will he a gray boat with a flu· orescent pink State of Liberty m it bound with chains." she said. "The chains are meant to show that liberty is bound for GLBT bi-national couples." In addition to supporters, many long· term couples affoctcd by U.S. immigration policies will march carrying signs which read "United By Love, Divided By Law" Ryan said the slogan points to federal Plmse fain Us For Praise and Worship at our Sunday Moming Scn•ice And fapcrie11cr the Lo11e of God! ~~ ~~~ Church Service begins at 10am and nursery 1s available for small children. Shepherd Groups meet during the week for prayer and bible study. contact church office for 111format1on. Visit Our New Improved & L.a~er Nursery/ Children's ere11 Maranatha ~¥-: ,,, Fellowship Metropolitan Community Church "Building Community Through Compau/on• Look for our Float in the Gay Pride Parade! ... We welcome you to work with us in creating our float for the parade. Just call for time and location. 3333 Fannin, Suite 106, at lOAM Church office 713-528-6756 • E-mall maranatha@ev1.net www.maranathamcc.com Houston attorney John Neclvnan 1s president of an organization that has been selected as a grand mar· shal m the San Francisco Pride Parade. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) laws which allow straight people to enter marriages with citizens of other countnb for reasons other than love but leave out gay and lesbian couples. ''A straight American can go online and get a mail order bride and get her a green can!," she said. "and yet we can't even sponsor our partners of 25 years." This year repre ents the organization's first year as Immigration Equalit); after changing us name from the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force. Nechman said the fight for immigration equality goes hand in hand with the fight for U.S. citizens to be legally married. He added that the immigration equality b•sue, e pecial· ly in highly diverse cities such as Houston Resu and San Francisco. is one of the biggest chal· 1, ngcs fr1.cing gay and lesbian people. "This is one of the most incredible times to he able to speak on issues relating to the gay and lesbian commumt};" he said. ''.And we are happy to have this opportuni· ty to pomt to the immigration issues of bi· national couples." Immigration Equality has pushed Congress to consider the Permanent Partners Immigration Act, a bill that would allow ga)' and lesbian people with partners from other countries to spom.or them as residents The bill currently has llO sponsors in the House of Repre,cntatives and 13 in the Senate. By putting the spotlight on Immigration Equalit}; Ryan said, the group has gained an additional forum for its issues. Some of the marchers will engage in outreach and carry green canls containing information about the group and resources for bi· national couples. Unfortunately, she said, many bi-nation· al couples with one undocumented or ille­gal partner are unable to represent them· selves in the equality struggle becall~e it may expose them to scrutiny. "This is a brtlliant thing for us to have, because so many of u · couples live under the radar screen. and don't want our pre,. ence to be known," Ryan said. "For us to he acknowledged has gh·en us a sense of hope that our community will rally around us. Raising awareness like this during the Pride Parade can only do us good." Pride Join Us As We elebrate Pride As Big As Texas! Noche Espiritual (Spanish) Service Saturday, June 26th, 7 p.m. Sunday Pride Services Sunday, June 27th, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W 11th St - Houston TX - 713-86 1-91 49 www.resurrectionmcc.or 6 JUNE 25. 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Your ideas about liberation ... are part of your identity. You live for technology. Why not drive on it? The advanced technology of Bridgestone. Created with a vision. Tested with a vengeance. Bridgestone. Where technology drives the tire. PASSION for EXCELLENCE • national news Judge's ruling sparks more gay marriages in N.Y. NEW PAL'f"/., N.Y. (AP) Ninell>en more gay couples ,....-----=:::-------, walked the aisle Saturday in anothC'r round of samf!­sex weddmgs a regular evC"nt hC're that has bC"come part celrbration, part political statement. This Hudson Valley village became a focal point of the national gay marriage debate when l\layor ,Jason \\est wet! more than two dozen same-sex couples Feb. 27. But even after the spotlight moved on, a series of ministers ha\e married more than 160 gay couple . A pink Victorian bed and breakfast has become a sort of same-sex marriage mill on alternatmg Saturdays, and organuers have no plans to quit. "We're bas1cal· ly Just not going to stop until everyone's equal protec­tion under the law is recognized." said Charles Clement, an organizer and c0-0wner of the Lefevre Hou e bed and breakfast. State officials have said same-sex ceremonies violated state law. Gay marriage advocates were encouragt>d last week when the cnm· inal charges agamst West were dismissed by a town judge on constitutional grounds. District Attorney Donald Williams is appealing that ruling. Village of New Paltz Trustee .kilia Walsh mames Md1elle Wood (left) 33, cll1d Sherrelle Wolfe. 23, while Wood's son Jacob Z watches. (Photo by Keith Ferris/AP) Specialists discharged from U.S. military for being gay SAN'l'A BAIUlARA. Calif. Newly available data shows that a number of mbsion-critical specialists have been discharged from the U.S. military in the last scV!'ral years, accord· Ing to the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the !\hlitar): a research unit of the Unim'Sity of Ci1hfornia, Santa Barbara. The military rli.sc·hargcd gay men anrl Jes· bians servmg 111 161 different occupational specialties bctwCC'n 19'.JI! anrl 2003, the data showed. rtC'rnnling to the center. Under the government's "Uon"t Ask, Don't Tell" policy, gays can only sc'l'Ve in the military if they keep their sexual orientation a secret 'lbosc d1SCharged mcluded 49 nuclear. biological and chemical "arfare specialists; 90 nuclear pov;er engineers, fl2 missile guidance and control operators, 150 rocket. rmssilc and other artillery specialists; and 340 infantry· men, the center statL'<I in a Pil'SS n>lcasc. Among those dis,:hargcd also were nearly 50 lrllb'lll ts d!smlsscd smcc 2001, the center stat· ed. 'The new data suggest that 'Don't Ask. Don't Tell' has undermined every area of the military," renter director Aarnn Belkin said In the news rl'lP:iSC. "Wt• have lost valuable talent from almost every base anrl every occu· pational pcciahty." Gay Ky. men who were parenting quadruplets split LEXINCT0:-1. 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Texas, a decision that signaled "a sea change in the prevailing attitude concerning our nghts," Nevins said. The 6-3 ruling allowed Wolfson to final· ly remove his pink triangle pin, and the ma1ortty opinion used strong words to describe the mistake the court made 17 years earlier "Bowers was not correct when it was decided, and it is not correct today," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the 6-3 majority in Lawrence. "It ought not remain bmdmg precedent ''Its continuance as precedent demeans the lives of homosexual persons," Kennedy wrote. Pride and prejudice Adding to the emotional power of the Lawrence ruling was the fact that it wa~ announced just days before many cities across the country celebrated Gay Pride weekend. '"The timing of it was really special," said Donna Narducci, executive director of the Atlanta Pride Co=ittee. Wolfson said Lawrence was a momentous win, but gay men and lesbians must not assume the fight for equal rights is over. "Other landmark rulings remind us that court decJSlons are not self~nacting," Wolfson said. After the Lawrence decision was announced, Wolfson said he replaced his pink triangle with a symbol of gay citi· zens' next big legal fight: a Freedom to Marry pin. Sodomy law challenged \\1ten John Lawrence was arrested in hJS Houston apartment in 1998 after being caught engaged in consensual sex with Tyron Garner, he couldn't believe what was happening, Lawrence told Southern Voice in an interview this week. Lawrence said he didn't know sodomy was still a aime m Te.xas, and thought enforcement of such laws ended in the 1960s. Harris County sheriff's deputies entered Lawrence's home on Sept. 17.1998. respondmg to a false report that a man in the apartment had a gun and was disrup­tive Upon entermg the house and finding Garner and Lawrence having sex, the deputies arrested both men for violating the state sodomy law, \lihlch prohibited Tyrone Gamer (left) and Jom l.awrence arrive at the courthouse with one of their attorneys, Mitchell Katine (nght), to face charges of homosexual conduct under Texas' sodomy law on Nov 20. 1998. More than four years later. the US Supreme Court overturned their conviction and ruled as unconstitutional state sodomy la~ (AP Photo/David J. Plullip) "deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex." Oral and anal sex were both classlfied as "deviant sexual intercourse" by the Texas statute. After being arrested, convicted of sodomy and forced to pay $200 fines, Garner and Lawrence secured legal help from gay attorneys who were eager to chal· lenge the state's sodomy law and were waiting on the right case to do so. l\fitchell Katine, a gay Houston attorney who represented Lawrence and Garner along with Lambda Legal. said this week that the case represented a "perfect storm" with which to challenge the sodomy law, since that was the only crime the defendants were accused of committing. "It wa~ one charge, which made the case very clear and less likely to be sidetracked by some other factor," Katine said. ''That, and the underlying facts of the case were so compelling to anyone who looked at them is what made this the right case." But even "the right case" to challenge the state's sodomy law faced a difficult bat· tie in the Texas courts, and Katine said he was not confident they would win, a feel· ing he shared with Lawrence and Garner. Garner and Lawrence were found guilty of committing sodomy by a Harris County judge on Dec. 22, 1996, a ruling that was over­turned by a three-judge panel of the Texas Court of Appeals on June 5. 200J. But almost a year later, on March 15, 2001, the full court of appeals reversed the three-judge panel's decision - upholding Garner and Lawrence's convictions and the state's sodomy law After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals the state's highest court on criminal matters - refused to hear an appeal on behalf of the two men in April 2002, Katine and lawyers with Lamhda Legal filed an appeal with the U.S Supreme Court. Road to 'greater freedom' '"The first true high point was when we got word from the Supreme Court that they were ordenng the state of Texas to fl.le a reply to our petition," Katine remembers. "That's when I thought they mlght hear our case, that's when I got excited." In December 2002 the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. and attorneys from the state of Texas and Lambda Legal gave oral arguments on March 26, 200.'3. The Texas law was unconstitutional and should be overturned for two primary reasons, Paul Smith, a gay attorney affili· ated with Lambda Legal, told the high court. The statute violated gay men and lesbians' due process and right to privacy, and it violated the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment because it singled out sodomy committed by same-sex cou· pies and not heterosexual couples. Charles Rosenthal, the Harris County district attorney, argued that his state has an interest in upholding "moral standards for its people," and that "marriage and family" and promoting the birth of chil· dren were all issues that justified the state's interest in keeping homosexual sodomy illegal. "During the oral arguments the justices clearly indicated that they thought the law was ridiculous," Katine said. Three months after oral arguments, the JU.slices announced they sided with Lawrence and Garner in a decision whose wording Katine described as •·remarkable." uwhen homosexual conduct is made criminal by the law of the state, that dee· laration in and of itself is an invitation to subject homosexual persons to dis· crimination both in the puhlic and in the private spheres." the majority opinion said. '"The offense, to be sure, is but a ... misdemeanor, a minor offense in the Texas legal system. ''Still, it remains a criminal offense with all that imports for the dignity of the persons charged," the court said. The majority in I.awrence focused much of its opinion on the right of every American to have qautonomy of self that includes free. dom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct." "The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives," wrote Kennedy, who wasjolned by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens and David Souter, with Sandra Day O'Connor concurring. "The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making private> sexual conduct a crime." Limited impact? The Lawrence decision thrilled gay attorneys and activists, energizing Pride festivals around the country last year. But the ruling also energized opponents of gay rights. Instead of expanding freedom, the maJority in I.awrence created a right to engage in sodomy essentially out of thin air, said Rena Lindevaldsen, semor litiga· tion counsel for the conservative Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based conservative counterpoint to Lambda Legal. But Lindcvaldsen downplayed the rul· ing's impact on other gay nghts cases. "I think it was more of a moral loss for the country than a legal loss," Lindevaldsen said. Fueling the marriage fight Both supporters and opponents of the Lawrence ruling cite the case as a factor that helped fuel the year.long, ongoing national discussion on gay rights, particu· larly the right to marry. Backlash over the sodomy ruling helped build support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, a proposal to change the Constitution to ban any legal recognition for gay couples that could see a vote in the U.S. Senate next month. Introduced on May 23, 2003. in the U.S. House of Representatives. the FMA had only 25 co-sponsors during its first month, but gained 50 more in the month following the Supreme Court's sodomy ruling. When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced in November that the state's ban on same·sex marriages was unconstitutional, Lawrence was the first legal case referenced by the justices. "Even if Lawrence doesn't directly stand for marriage, it talks about people's autonomy in making choices." Nevins and Wolfson said the Massachusetts court relied far more on the state constitution than on the recent sodomy case, meaning a pro-gay marriage ruling likely would have occurred even if Lawrence was not a reality. But Wolfson said the argument for gay marriage 1s made stronger by the I.awrence ruling. "The language and logic of Lawrence clearly gives us wind in our sails in ending marriage inequality," Wolfson said. Katine agreed. "I believe Lawrence will be the foundation for the ultimate Suprrmc Court marriage case," he said. As people wait to see how bmad an impact I-1wrence has m the legal arena, the ACI .U's Cooper said the decision "created a whole new v:orld" for gays and lcsbums, who are now "dreaming much bigger." HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com Ray Stuck without Great Car Insurance! 713.661. 7700 f ur .. tuto, llome, Rentt'rs I if~·. I/Mith. 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For more information, visit our website at http://iquit.medschool.ucsf.edu Loe a Sgt Tommy Bennett will oversee his last Houston Pride Parade on Saturday He's retinng from the Houston Police Oepartmenl (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Thank you, Sgt. Bennett The last Pride Parade passes by on Saturday for Sgt. Tommy Bennett, who will retire soon. By BINNIE RSHER As the last Houston Pride Parade float rounds the corner from Westheimer onto Whitney Saturda;· night, the organizers will say "Goodbye" an old friend and a parade fixture for the last 15 years. Sgt. Tommy Bennett, the Houston Police Department representative who has helped coordinate security for the 0 MOREINFO lbJston Pride Parade lower Westheimer beiween Woodhead and Whitney 8:45 p.m. Saturday event since 1988, will turn in his badge and gun before next year's parade. He's retiring from the force. "We're definitely going to miss him," said Nick Brines, president of Pride Committee Houston. "He has been phe­nomenal." Bennett has been involved with Pride and other parades in the city since jom­ing the Special Operations detail in 19118. "Probably since the early 1990s, I've been the one coordinating it," Bennett said. "It's one of the biggest parades in Houston." He said he appreciates the fact that the Pride Committee seems to know what tt's doing when it comes to planning a parade. "It always seems to be well organ· 1zed," he said. Bennett joined the Houston Police Force in 1966 and left for a few years to work with a friend who had started a business. But, police work was his pas· sion. He decided his place was some­where on Houston's blue line. "It's been a good place to work" he said. "I've enjoyed it." During his time on the force, he has watched Houston change. "It's grown by leaps and bounds," he said. Bennett said since joining Special Operations, he's enjoyed the variety of coordinating various events in the city. He may not have realized at first that it would mean becoming involved with the city's Gay Pride festivities, but he said he ha~ grown to enjoy it. "It's been a lot of fun," he said. "I per· sonally enjoy gomg out there." Brines said Bennett's involvement HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 25, 2004 PAGE 10 ft Sgt. Tommy Bennett Age: 60 Born Housto. Texas Graruated: Milby High School m Housto~ Status: Mam:'<! Kids: lr.e son Tidbit E JIYS his •uraJ property on weekends with Pr1dt be ms long before parad m ht • He ,tl\rnys docs thmgs hkc takl mem brr~ of th Pridt Committee drivmg arou11d the neighborhood," Brlnrs ~aid 01" thosr tot.rs, hC' said, Bennett talks logistic<; with committee members. On parade da}~ Bnnr said n nnett al\foys shows up at bnmch for committee members and volunteers "Hr gives us a little pep talk," Brmes said Bennett goes over last-minute con· cerns with the group and lets them know that he can usually be found near the assembly area during the parade if he's needed. "He's done a great job reeling In the protestors and putting them in a little protest area," nrines said. "He helps us out with illegal vendors also." nennett said he tries to keep protes· tors in one area, and he warns parade participants not to engage them. "We usually have some demonstrators, but nothing has really gotten out of hand," Bennett said. He warns parade participants, "Have your parade and don't get in a shouting match with them." His observation is that the demonstra· tors usually stick around for a few floats, then lose interest and drift away. Bennett said he appreciates the fact that the Houston Pride Committee runs a clean parade. While he said he wants par­ticipants to have fun, there are some dan­gers that he constantly works to point out. Throwing give-away items, like beads, from floats is more dangerous than it appears to be. He said his worst night· mare is that a child will run out to grab an item and get injured by a vehicle. With more than 150,000 people converging on Montrose on parade night, he said, "Our biggest challenge is traffic control." Bennett said he's found parade partic· ipants to be cooperative and Pride Committee members to be serious about helping him make the event safe for everyone involved. "The folks are super nice to me, and I treat them with respect," he said. Brines concurred. "He's comfortable and cool with us," he said. When he leaves the force, Bennett said, he looks forward to spending time on rnral property he owns. "I"ve got a few cows out there," he said. "If I get the chance, I might do a lit tie hunting." HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com Mid~Centuryj_Qvilio.~n ~ 2215 Woshinglon Avenue • Houslon. IX 77007 A collection of dealers for vintage modern FAST LONDON lremodelingand L home repair Kokhe.,s and f).oths Our .'."'.>pet ,1lhj ;-,hectrock & ( r<1ck R"l'"'r f.11nt ng • Koofong • !)a k& NEED IT BUT DON'T SEE IT? ASK!! Community Committed! 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By MUBARAK DAHIR 0 PARAPHRASE AN ADAGE, you can't have your mug of beer and drink it, too. But that's exactly what members of the Coors fami· ly, namesakes of the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colo., are trying to get away with among gay customers of their company. Pete Coors, a former chair of the Coors Brewing Co., is now a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Colorado. Pete Coors has also become an out· spoken supporter of a federal constitu· tional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Political analysts watching the U.S. senate race in Colorado say Pete Coors took the strong stand that he did - not just against same-sex marriage, but fully in favor of an amendment to enshrine the ban in the Constitution to appeal to conservat:ves who make up a substantial base of his candidaC}: Pete Coors' anti-gay stance on the Federal Marriage Amendment re-ignited calls from many gay leaders for us to stop buying Coors beer at gay bars. Furthermore, a large number of Coors family members - who profit directly from the Coors Brewing Co. are board members of a private institution, the Castle Rock Foundation, which gives away millions of dollars to conservative, anti-gay organizations. This fact, and its consequences, is even more important for us to consider than Pete Coors' anti-gay position on the Federal Marriage Amendment. The castle Rock Foundation was founded in 199.3 with a $36.5 million endowment from the Adolph Coors Foundation. Since then, it has given away m1ll1ons of dollars of grants to often con­servative, anti-gay groups. According to the group's Web site, four out of five of the board members of the Castle Rock Foundation are members of the Coors famil}: Pete Coors is the vice president. \\'here did Pete Coors and the other Coors family members on the board of the Ca.>tle Rock Foundation get their money and power? Through the Coors Brewing Co. AND YET, THE COORS BREWING CO. and the Coors family have gone on a pub­lic relations blitz to distance themselves from each other. In a nutshell. they each claim to be independent of one another. and thus not responsible for the others' actions or stands on gay rights. In fact, in early June, the Coors Brewing Co. issued a letter stating that Pete Coors' position on the Federal Marriage Amendment does not reflect the corporate values of the Coors Brewing Co. The letter stated that the company does not endorse dlscrirnina· tion against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. In addition, the Coors Brewing Co. started running full-page ads m gay newspapers and magazines around the country. In the ads. humorously head· lined "Straight talk from Coors," the com· pany goes to some length to describe the positive changes within the company in the past couple of decades with respect to how it treats gay employees. Most notably, the change is reflected in the company's nondiscrimination poll· cy, as well as the fact that the company offers health benefits to partners of gay employees. The Coors Brewing Co. has a long and tortured history on gay issues, dat· HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 25. 2004 PAGE 12 ing back to the early 1970s, when 1t used to require prospective employees to sub­mit to a lie detector test. One of the questions on the test was whether or not the hopeful employee was a homosexual. Outrage over that practice prompted former San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk to kick-off a boycott of the Coors Brewing Co. in 1974. In 1995, much of the steam of the boycott evaporated when the beer maker instituted its much-friendlier policies toward gay employees. The company even hired Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney's famously lesbian daughter, to handle gay outreach. IRONICALLY, AS FORMER CHAIR m· the Coors Brewing Co., Pete Coors has taken much of the credit for advancing the company's positions on gay employ­ees. He even claims to have gone out per· sonally to gay bars to promote his beer and his company's more enlightened outlook. Pete Coors' opponent in the senate race is making much of that history, in an attempt to tarnish Pete Coors with the state's much-coveted right-wing voters. So Pete Coors is trying to live down his past, thus embracing the Federal Marriage Amendment with such gusto. So on the one hand we have the Coors Brewing Co. chatting up gays and extolling the virtues of its corporate poli· cies toward us. He}; that Pete Coors guy, he can do whatever he wants as a private citizen, the company seems to be saying; you have to evaluate us independently, on our own policies. On the other hand, you have Pete Coors, courting conservative voters, say· ing he doesn't want homos to get mar· ried. And all that stuff about the Coors Brewing Co. being gay-friendly? Well, he's his own candidate, he seems to be saying to the right-wingers. You can't judge me based on a company policy. I'm an independent entity. The doubletalk by both Pete Coors and the Coors Brewing Co. on this issue would make even old-time Soviet polit· buro members proud. Before you buy another Coors beer. you may want to a~k yourself: Which side of his mouth would Pete Coors drink this out of? 6'f.. Wlir.11< Off ~ editor of the E~ Gay News. a paper affiliated With tlus publication, and can be reached at ~· HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvo1ce.com STEPHEN FALLON Despite new oral tests and rapid results, HIV testing is still a horrible experience full of fear and shame. As well it should be. Why it's 01< to .hate HIV tests OLD-TIME HIV TESTERS LIKE ME TELL war stories about the bad old days. Back then getting a test meant scheduling an appointment weeks in advance, driving to some musty facility far awa}: getting grilled by overworked counselors. anrl ringing the clinic's phones for weeks try ing to pick up lab results that were almost always late. lost, or unavailable. The c days, with the Centers for D1 ca c Control & Prevention pushing to I ft MORE INFO HIV National Testing Day June 27 To fmd a testmg site: wwwluvtest.org get all at-risk people tested, it's a whole different scene. But the experience of going through HIV testing is still pretty horrible, just as it should be. The government has managed to shake free a bit of mom:!}; so now most testing sites have enough staff members to han· die walk-ins. The tests have improved, too. Alarming false-positive results, once com· mon, only occur m 0.0000005 percent of tests, and the Western Blot rules out even those few mistakes. The newer tests have also shortened the "window period," that lag time when a recently infected person might get a false HIV-negative test result. Generali}: a test conducted three to four weeks after taking a risk gives you good idea of your status, while a test conducted at least three oint ANGELA MOFFin I am happi~ single with no plans to marry, and I see issues more important to black gays. Why should I care about same-sex marriage? Picl<ing sides on AS A SAMECENIJEH·WVING WOMAN OF Alhcan dC$Ct'nt, who is proud of ID}' African heritage and unapologetic about my sexual orientation, I fincl Umt sometimes these two categories of 1clenhty clash. If ever there were an issue that so pow erfully probed the intersection of the mul· ttple 11lent1til'S of race class, gender and sexual ortcntat10n, it has hl'l'll the recent controversy over same·5CX marriage. When the issue of same-sex marnagc dominated the media, m~ reaction has been that this IS not my IS UC This IS a fight prlmarily Jed by ga}: upper-class '' hite men The massrs of black people arc forced to negotiate ba 1c survival needs before we can addre s the issue of gay marriage. Hov. dare they attempt to equate gay rights v. ith c1v1l rights I was happily s11i:;! with no Intentions of marrymg m the foreseeable future. !I lore importanth; as a conscious African c.lear that combating black racism is a cate­goril'allv cliff Prent anunal than combating homophobia, 1 was deeply offended at the attempti•d equation of the two stniggles. I WAS BOHN BLACK I CHOOSE TO BE lesbian 'Vly beautiful black skin IS an immutable charactenshc, O\er which 1 had no control J\ly Sl'XUal or1mtatlon 1s a sexual prefcrenct, v. hich 1 may elect to months after your last risk behavior approaches 100-percent accuracy. EVEN BETIER, THESE DAYS YOU CAN customize your HIV testing experience. Scared of needles? A special oral swab is just as reliable as a blood draw test, and available at most clinics. Can't wait weeks for results? Last year's new rapid test yields very accurate results from a finger prick in just 20-40 mmutes. Some clinics even offer this test in an oral form. While convenience and technology have lowered some barriers to testing, there's still no escaping the gut-churning anxiety that an HIV test triggers. Don't let any cheerful slogans convince you that testing isn't scary During the time it takes you to drive to your rapid test appointment, or to wait for your standard HIV test results, you will almost certainly feel each of these emotions: Scared. Even though medications have helped positive people live longer, HIV is still a serious condition. People living with HIV suffer a vanety of ills caused by the virus and the meds that fight it. Atlments include fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, high cholesterol, depression, vom­iting, loss of sex drive, liver problem>. nerve problems, muscle loss, fat loss or fat build up in strange places, and more. Worse yet, nearly 17,000 people still die each year of AIDS related conditions in the United States. Ashamed: We spent the 19ROs and 1990s educating ignorant politicians and mmistcrs that HIV is not "God'sjudg-conceal when 1t suits me. Racism attempts to posit that I am an inf(} rior human being. Homophobia seeks to posit that I am an immoral human being. I was elected in March co-president of a New York-based political club of gay peo­ple of color that had recently signed on to co-sponsor a news conference where black LGBT leaders would affirm their support for same-sex marnage, despite polls that found the overwhelming majority of black Americans were opposed On the mght of my election, I fully intended to assert some reason not to attend that ne\\ s conference. Our guest speaker for the evening wa' Phil Reed, the only openly gay male on the New York City Council and an African American He had been expected to talk about his run for Manhattan borough president, but as one of the lead sponsors of the 1mm1 ncnt ne\\ s conference, he opted to speak primarily on same-sex marriagr He asked us on what side of history do \\e, as LGBT people of color, want to be on the 1ssue"of same-sex marriage. That question gave me pause SIX DAYS LATEH. ON A SLNDAY afternoon, I ''as standing on the steps of City Hall at the ne\\S conference. Among the pcakers, the on who had the great est 1mpac.1 upon mr did not hme a mar. quee name Regrettably, I don't remrm· b<'r h r name She \\as a butch-looking lesbian accom JUNE 25. 2004 13 ment." It's just a stupid virus that will invade anyone if the opportunity is there. While there's no moral shame in becoming HIV infected, most everyone feels hugely embarrassed when they think they might have caught HI\'. Angry: Your mind will faithfully replay sames of every risky fling or impulsive night of 1IDprotected sex you've had since your last test. If you fear that one of these encounters might have infected you, you'll quickly con· elude that the sex wasn't worth the possible outcome. You might become angry with the other guy for coercing you into risky sex. or mad at yourself for allowing it. SO WHY WOULD ANYONE PUT HIMSELF through that experience of HIV testing? The enemy is invisible and persistent. HI\' sneaks in when we let our guard down. It's easy to discount your own per,onal risk of infection, or the seriousness of HIV disease that could await you. That is. it's eas) until the cold rertainty of a lab result hangs over your head, and you find yourself whirling through the abyss of horrible emotions I JUst described. HIV testing is supJJO'ed to be horrifying. In the old movie 'i\ League of Their Ov.n," Tom Hanks played an lrasc1ble baseball coaclt \\bcn a player whined that the game was too hard. Hanks ~napped back, "It'" supposed to be hard. It's the hard that makes it good" ~ Stephen Fallon. Ph.D. runs a Florida-based ~ consulting firm and can be reached at sfallon@skills4.org panied by her femme-looking lover, who 10\'ingly stroked her back as she addre,sed the crowd. She introduced her· self and her "wife," which drew a cheer. I was nearly moved to tears. Later I heard a radio commentary by noted ci\·iJ rights attorney Connie Rice on the suhject of same-sex marriage. She argued that black Americans, rather than demand a monopoly on the term "civil rights," should take pride that oppressed peoples all O\Cr the world look upon our civil right tn1gglcs as a model to be emulated. What an empowering way to approach the subJrct I nov. embrace the growmg trend to u terms such as "black c.i\'il right " or "black Cl\ 11 rights truggle, o a~ to acknowledge the umquenes of the struggle for equal nghtc; by black American , but to concede the pomt that Afncan Amencans do not hme a monop­ol} on "civil nghts." I have undergone a tran formation on the lSSlte of ame· ex marnage While I am till not inclined to equate the ,trugg!e for gay rights \\1th the trugglf for black c1vtl nghts, I no longer take the position that samEKCx marriage 1s not my l'"'ue I -- -- ~ Angela J. Moffitt IS an attorney MllCj IO ~ New York and co-presulcnt of the Out Peop e of Color Pol tical Action Club and a board member of Black Pride NYC, Inc. She can be reached at amof!itt@earthlmk.net 14 JUNE 25. 2004 www houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE on the record "What's the difference if you're going to hell for one thing, and I'm going for another? I'll see you there." Michael St. Patrick, who plays a gay police officer on HBO's "Six Feet Under;" explaining why he has no qualms playing a gay man despite his own deep religious beliefs (Genre Magazine. July/August issue) "I was not going to play a faggot. I talked to [series creator] Alan Ball to make sure it wasn't going to be stereotypical bullshit. The way I feel about gay men being por­trayed 'that way' is the same way I feel about seemg black men portrayed as gang· sters, thugs and rapists." Jfichael St. Patrick. on his reservations about playing gay cop Keith Charles on "Six Feet Under" (Genre Magazine, July/August issue) "This debate is not about preserving the sanctity of marriage - it is about preserv­ing a Republican White House and Senate." Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vemwnth, at a Senate ,Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesda}: June 22, on whether to amend the US. Constitution to ban gay marriagf' and possi bly civil unions (IVew York Times, June 23) "The government is not underline not - changing the Marriage Act. That will remain as an option only for heterosexual couples." .Yew Zealand Prime .lfinister Helen Clark, defending legislation that would grant gay couples the same legal rights as married het· erosexual couples (Associated Press. June 20) "I really think it's the gay thing. All of these supposedly heterosexual fashion edi· tors at GQ and Esquire say Orlando Bloom or David Beckham is the best·dressed man. But what they're really saying is that they fancy them because all they're wearing is jeans and a T-shirt. I don't think they hate me because I'm gay. I think they hate me because I'm not beautiful " LlJud-dressing British comedian Graham Norton. whose talk show is now on Comedy Central, on being named GQ's "norst Dressed Man Hfor two years in a row (Associated Press, June 22) "It's so important that children have parents or family that love them. There are a lot of adopted children who have loving parents, and it comes in different ways with different people in different states." Sen. Trent Lott (R-Jfiss.). the former Senate majority leader; on whether gay men should be allou·ed to adopt and raise children (New York Times Magazine. ,June 20) "Parents who are thinking about taking their children to see 'Shrek 2,' may wish to consider the following: The movie features a male-to·female transgender (in transition) as an evil bartender. The character has five o'clock shadow, wears a dress and has female breasts. It is clear that he is a she-male." An alert posted by the Traditional Values Coalition warning of transgenderism m "Shrek 2 "; TVC also references Pinocchio's admission m the movie that he wears women's underpants. and a wolf "dressed in Grandma's clothing" (u·u·w.traditionalualues.org) ~1n entertainment. as in real life. there are all kinds of people who make up our neighborhoods and communi· ties. It is great that children and their parents can enjoy a wide variety of characters, including those who don't fit into rigid sex-role stereotypes." Riki Wilchins, executive director of GenderPAC. which aduocates in favor of tran..wender rights and against gender stereotypes. reacting to the TVC alert on "Shrek 2" (Press release. Juni' 22) HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com JUNE 25. 2004 15 16 JUNE 25, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Proud supporter of Houston Pride. O 2004 Starbucks Coffe• Company. All nghb reserved HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 25, 2004 17 !cover story Visit to Dallas is chronicled in Toklas' cookbook VISIT, continued from Page 1 writing it in the way that Gertrude did. Among those many invitations to speak was one from Dallas, from Miss Ela Hockaday, the founder and headmistress of the Hockaday School, to this day among the most prestigiou and elite girl's schools in the Southwest. Miss Hockaday invited the couple to stay at her cottage on the edge of the school campus. Very little written history ·remains today regarding the visit. Most of what does appear in print is in the cookbook. "It was a fresh new world," Alice wrote. "Gertrude Stein became attached to the young students, to Miss Hockaday and the life in Miss Hockaday's home and on the campus." Gertrude was taken whh Miss Hockaday's culinary abilities. Alice noted. "Miss Hockaday explained that all good Texas food was Virginian." Alice was in heaven when she walked into Miss Hockaday's kitchen "~fiss Hockaday's kitchen was the most beautiful one I have ever seen, all old coppers on the stove and on the walls, with a huge copper hood over the stove Everything else was modern white enamel " At one meal. Miss Hockaday served cornbread sticks. something that neither of the visitors had ever tasted before. '"The only recipe I carried away with me was for cornstkks, not knowing in my ignorance that a special iron was required in which to bake them," Alice wrote. In the cookbook, Alice makes an inter­esting note about specific restaurants, allowing for some reading between the lines. "In Columbus. Ohio, there was a small restaurant.. the cooks were women and the owner was a woman and it was managed by women. The cooking was beyond compare, neither fluffy nor emas­culated as women\ cook mg can be, but suc­culent and savour;: I.ater, at fort Worth, there was a similar restaurant to which ~hss Ella Hockadav introduced us." After spending a few days m Dallas, Gertrude accepted an impromptu invita­tion to speak in Austin. An editor's note In the Daily Texan, the campus newspaper at the University of Texas noted on March 22, "Gertrude Stein arrived m Austin unexpectedly last night. Because of the widespread controversy over the works of Miss Stein and the author herself, The Daily Texan sent two reporters to mterview her. The exclusive tntcrview was granted, and the personal observation of the reporters follow." The frmale reporter jotted down what she called "short gatherings,'" that went omething like this, "Miss Stein regret· ted that she did not know about the rodeo and fat stork show in Fort Worth She agrees that the girls in Dallas are good looking.'" The male reporter noted, "We imposed upon her at a late hour Ia~t night. She was cheerful and eager to answer our quP.s­tions. to throw a little light on the peN>on they call Stein. She did just that; perhaps a little more." He described her this way, "Dressed in a mannish blouse, a tweed skirt, a peculiar but attractive vest affair, and comfortable looking shoes. Miss Stein appeared much more of the woman than do the pictures that currently circulate. She strokes her close cropped hair with a continuous back to front movement.'' Stein complained to him that too many people were living in the twentieth centu­ry but thinking in the nineteenth centl.l.I): The reporter quoted her: "Why, the fact was evident up at Hockaday (where she stayed in Dallas). The girls of from four­teen to seventeen understood perfect!;; but their teachers did not." As for Alice, the reporter noted, "Miss Alice B. Toklas, Miss Stein's traveling companion whose title is not "secretan•" according to the author, was pres1 nt This lady who walked in on Miss Stein twenty-five years ago and has been w.•h her ever since, has absorbed much of the charm possessed by the most famous of the pair." The male reporter was a student at the time, but his name would later become a household word in America: Walter Cronkite. From Austin, the pair headed west and eventual!;; they sailed for France. Amon!( the many gift!; in their stateroom was a cast iron pan for baking cornbread sticks from Miss Ela Hockada;: "It was my pride and delight in Paris, where it was certainly unique," Alice wrote in the cookbook. "What did the Germans, when they took it in 1944, expect to do with it? And what are they doing "\\;th it now?" enre horrible list Scratch Kerry and Carson Kressley says Dish. Page 23 GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 25, 2004 A man of many faces Jimmy James brings his one-man, several women show to Houston. By JOHNNY HOOKS IMMY JAMES LAUGHED hysterically when asked what his favonte curse word is. "No one's ever asked me that!" James was on the phone in New York, his adopted hometown as he prepared to return to Houston for two weekends at 1415 Cahfornia. For those not in the know, or too young to have seen him live, a little history is in order. A child of the 1970's, Jame~ loved to escape into the ...,orld of variety television. Sonny & Cher, Flip Wil ·on and Carol Burnette were JUSt somv of the shows that mfluenced and inspired him Even as a toddler he was alway singmg. dancing and dressing up in his mother s clothes. His remarkable ability for vocal mmucry became apparent at a young age. His first imitation was the distinctive voice of Cher, a longtime idol of his. With dedicated practice on his own, James discovered that he could also accurately imitatv the unmlStakable voices of Eartha Kitt, Hilllv Holiday, Patsy Cline. Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and many others. Usmg his o'lvn face as a canvas, he realized that like his voice, his looks could also be transformed. Noticing similantlcs m his facial structure with that of the late screen legend Marilyn Monroe he set out to re-create her trademark look and breathy \ocal presence. The results of his efforts were spectacular. The "resurrected" Marilyn was an mstant hit at the drag-shows and dance clubs where he performed. Through a steady stream of appearances on shows such.as Donahue. Sall~~ Geraldo, Joan Rivers, Entertainment Tonight CNN-and Showtimc, he gamed national and mternat1onal exposure His Please see JAMES on Page 22 PRIDE, PRIDE AND MORE PRIDE: New nightlife column details all the weekend's events. Page 21 I DIRTY LAUNDRY: 'Omnisexual' singer Sophie B. 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Sydney had the good sense to stage its parade at night, when cool breezes encourage buff men and womyn to doff their shirts HoVo on the hits "Love Revolution" and "You Make Me Feel G-0·0 D ... 10 p.m.-4 a.m .. Club GO. 2001 Commerce at Chartres. Cost is $25 in advance. www.pndehouston.org. go-go and skirb and when drag kings and qUt·•ns don't melt under the noon-day sun So, what to do this weekend? rm, OFrlClAL PRIDE EVENTS RUN amuck downtown (hmmm though not one new Gay bar has opened downtown in years) therefore HotGG recommends lots of H20·0 as you go this weekend. FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Fuel DIRECT FROM MIAMI, GRAMMY· winning DJ Hex Hector spins his cla~sic remixes at the official pre-Parade party brought to you by M2M Entertainment. Justin Stephens spins do\\.11Stairs in the Groove Lounge. Visual stimulation through· out the evening will be provided by Dynas!:): 9 p.m. · 3 a.m. at Boaka Bar/Mercury Room, 100! Prairie at Main. Cost is $15 in advance. wwwpridchouston.org. ITO at Rich's NOW IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO MAXI· mize your on the go time, and blow your mind (he, he) at the same time, look no fur. ther dahlinks. Rich's, 2401 San Jacinto, promises the ultimate Pride Weekend with Dance sensation IIO plus the one and only "Miss Grace Jones ... Jones ... and the Rhythm." 110 burst upon the dance ~enc in 2001 with their hits "Rapture" and ''.-\t the End". This is the first stop in Houston for 110 and is quite a coup for Rich's. Doors open at 9 p.m. www:richs·houston.com. SATURDAY, JUNE 26 Chances CHANCES BAR OFFERS A PRIME SPOT to scope out Houston's Pride Pamde. Crt't out the bug spray and the beads when Chances pr~cnts an outdoor Pride party !him 2 9 p.m. on the patJO facing W theimcr. Five acts includ•' Sarah Golden at 3 p.m. and up-tHOming Dallas natives SUNDAY, JULY 27 Spoiled Boyz THE PARTY CONTINUES INTO THE DAY· light hours with the return of DJ Dawna Mon tel of LA and a Pride-raising perform· ance by dance music icon Dynast)'. DJ Chris Sill spins in the Groove Lounge. 3:30- 10 a.m., Opus, 4112 Main at Prairie. Cost is $25 advance. www.pridehouston.org. Grace Jones at Rich's GRACE JONES RETURNS TO HOUSTON for her first performance in years. Jones has often made appearances here, though many were infamously hours late from original start times. This weekend at Rich's, Jones has a more accommodating c.111 time of 4 a.m. Sunday Tickets are $25 and available at Rich's 2401 San Jacinto or at www.rich·houston.org. All weekend long ON PACnlC STREET THE PARTY never stops and Pride Weekend is no exception. JR's, The Montrose Mining Company and South Beach will host the always overflow crowds on Friday and Saturday nights, before, during and after the parade. On Sunday night, SoBe pulls out the big pumps though when the Future Babylon Tour makes a stop. The Tour reinterprets what Babylon (the famous nightclub from the Queer As Folk television series) will look like in the year 20SO; with elaborate visuals, decor and backrooms ·simulating the full Babylon experience. Also featured are DJ Tracy Young and RKM, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Cost is $15 madvance, $20 at the door. Tickets avail· able at: JR's Bar & Grill, 808 Pacific; South Beach, 810 Pacific; M2M Fashion. 3400 Montrose. DON'T FORGET THE NEIGHBORHOOD clubs like Guava Iramp, Briar Patch, !-;J's, lhicks fl and the 611 (to name a few) for even more Prld" celebrations. See you at the parade! JUNE 25, 2004 21 I Fort Lauderdale Real Estate ANDY WEISER Put Coldwell Banker's Top Producer to work for You 954-560-9667 COLDWC!U. 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James began to pursue a career as a recordmg artist m N w York City by usmg his own soulful \Oice. James took time out to chat with the Houston V01ce prior to his sure-to sell-out shows m Houston Houston Voice: HelloJ1mmy, ..,;elcome back to Houst.on' Jimmy Jame~: Thank ;ou Ho Vo: Just for the kids at home, let's do a little background. You were born In Texas correct? JJ: Born m Laredo and raised m San Antonio ... Ho Vo: From Texas to Times Square nght? JJ: Yeah, (laughs). Ho Vo: You ve been perform mg vocal unpersonauons for hou long now? JJ: Since I was kid !'t'ally, I can't real ly put a date on it, but I have been aprofcs· s.onal performer smce 1983. Ho Vo: Your photo scrapbook IS amaz· ing! Boy George, George Burn~. Eartha Kitt, Elton John .. the llst is endless. Y.'hat's it hke performing for someone you impersonate, sa; Eartha Kitt? JJ: She has a great sense of humor, she loved it! It's such an honor, you know some of the people I do are dead. I performed for her, and have been an opening act for her, which was a total thrill! She has a great sense of camp, really a great lad}: Ho Vo: Who's your favorite performer to impersonate? JJ: Everybody asks me that and it's so hard to choose a favorite, because every person I impersonate I am a big fan of? I could say Cher, Eartha. Judy, Barbra .. Ho Vo: You just named the four horse- Jmey James as Manlyn posed with George Bums Jinvny James as Judy. Marilyn & Bette Davis with supermodel Linda Evangelista on a billboard m Times Square women of my Apocalyp,e! JJ: Ahhh, well I always get nervous whrn I do Barbra. The expectation is so high. If I have an off ni;':ht due to my vocal cords. weather. fatigue or whatever. it's tough. Please God give me a voice to do this tonight! Ho Vo: Tell me about this show. JJ: Well its called "Divas R 4-Ever." This is the sell-out show I produced for Provincetown last year. I loved the show so much, I didn't want to return top. Town and write a new show. I wanted to share this one, which is a culmination of all my years. Although I retired from dresssing up as Marilyn Monroe. Ho Vo: Wait ... you no longer do Marilyn Monroe, your signature performance? JJ: I no longer dress up as her. I don't dress up at all during the show Ho Vo: You wear your Jimmy James androgynous look? JJ; I paint my face but I don't dress in drag because I want the voices to be the star of the show! I needed to separate that entity, the drag. from the vocals because the vocals are my ~trength. Ho Vo: I've never been comfortable callmg you a drag queen because you actually have the pipes to back it up! JJ: I have nothing against bc.ing in drag! This show is simply about the voic· es. Getting in drag just ... gets in the way. O\cr the yrars, and remember I'm talk· mg 20 plus, drag blocked my wa}: and I wanted to volve Lots of Jl(rformers want to e\olve. I mean how many }ears can you do Marilyn? Marilyn only did Marilyn for a decade or o I did her for O\ er 13 years' Ho Vo: Well you have also added cur­rent singers to your show, Macy Gray and Norah Jones. Do you consciously consider who you pay tribute to or is it more organic' JJ: Well, I just love them. I start to play a CD at home, then again and again. Then I realize, you knou: I could add this to the act. I am the ultimate fan of all the performers I unpersonate. I'm selfish. I had Boy George in my Divas show for years, even when he was out of fashion, because I love him. Ho Vo: Being a survivor in the music scene for such a long time. what do you think of Gay TV: "QE4SG," "Will and Grace," "Boy Meets Boy." etc? JJ: I think it's great! I think we'll probably go through a faze where TV explores us (gays and lesbians) and then (the TV public) realizes we're the same crazy, mixed up, wonderful people, that straights are. HoVo:Any TV plans for you? JJ: ~ly biggest plans involve breaking into Las Vegas. I am looking to have a real Junmy .James show in Vegas. I will say this about the cultural acceptance of shows like "Queer Eye," three years ago, I was considered "too edgy" for Vegas. HoVo:You were? JJ: Yes .. that no one would want to sec someone who could really sing, with· out the drag attitude That was thought to be a hard sell. Now though, a Las Vegas producer is traveling to Houston to see my show and hopefully, it's gonna happen! Ho Vo: \';'hat about your thoughts on Gay Marriage? JJ: It's not just about having a spou e, C) MORE INFO Jimmy James 8:30p.m. July 2. 3, 9 & IO 1415 Bar & Gnll 1415 Gahfom1a St. 713-522-7066 the topic is bigger than what people are making it. It's about political rights as well, citizenship. Straight people refer to their mar­riages as sacred. Well. what about Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Taylor or Roseanne Barr? Don't tell me it will never last. Straights hold the key to it will never last! HoVo: A couple of fun questions, before we go. from the Proust Questionnaire: What's your motto• J J : ~ly motto? Well l guess after livmg m NYC I learned. after mcetmg so many different people, you can't define people and put them in a box. You can't say- Gays as a whole arc this way: Jews as a whole are this way: Hispanics on the whole are this way. Biggest lesson I've learned. HoVo: What's your most treasured posscss10n? JJ: It would have to be my photo· graphs. That's the most special fl> me Ho Vo: And finall): Ms. James, what 1s your favorttr curse word• JJ: That s so funny! This 1s what I say ALL the time· ~'***mg hell! However way you spell that! rHO_U_S_TON_V_O_IC_E~_w_w_w_.h_ou_st_o_nv_o1_c_e.c_mo_~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~---=-JU~N~E;..;;;25.2004 23 dish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Quibbling with Genre's 'most horrible' roster while singer Sophie B. Hawkins quibbles at pride event. Reworl<ing 'the list' THE 15 MOST HORRIBLE; LIST .. IN the June 1sst: of the ga~ glossy GENRE 1s supposed to Ix l ~ 1s ues and people that re causmg the most harm to gay mrn But som( of the en•ries Just don't ma1tc sensE TOM CRUISE IS on thC' list for Slllng people who say he's gay. Ho\\ 2003. Prrsumpllve De -nocrallc pres1dcnt1al nominee JOHN KERRY is on the list for not impportmg gay marrtagc Evrn if Kerry was Satan, his view of marriage would still br morr mclus1vc than GEORGE W BUSH, who also made the list Supreme Court Justice ANTONIN SCALIA 1s also on the hst for writmg the dissenting op in Ion in Lawrence v. Tcxns, the case that last year struck do\\11 the nat ion's remaining sodomy laws. The '"Queer Eye' wardrobe depart· mcnt" 1s on the list for the way CARSON KRESSLEY dresses. In fact, Carson is a big boy and dresses himself, no matter how badly. Also on the list is "mothers of closeted celebrities." Huh? IF THE LIST WERE UP TO US. WE'D make wme changes. Let's keep Bush, POPE JOHN PAUL II, lesbian MARY CHENEY, American Family Association's DONALD WILDMON, Positive Alterna· lives to Homosexuality head ARTHUR GOLDBERG and the drug crystal mcth. But cut the rest for some better options: Santorum: Both the homophobic sena· tor from Penn and gay columnist DAN SAVAGE's definition. If you don't know about the latter, check out www.spread· ingsantorum.com. 'The Down Low': 50 Cent OPRAH WINFREY finally pays attention to gay issues, and it's for closet cases. DAVID GEST· Look what that man did to LIZA1 50 CENT: Why are they still playing this homophobic rapper at gay clubs? Gay Clones: Why do so many boys get the same tattoos, listen to the same music and wear the same clothes? And let's not forget two more "most horrible" slights to the gay world: unsup· portive parents of gay offspring and bare· backing. Sophie's choice Another of Dish's spies reports some backstage drama thanks to 'omnisexual" singer SOPHIE B. HAWKINS While Dish would spare Carson Kressley from the 'most horrible' list in lieu of the likes of Santorum - both kinds. performing at a recent Gay Pride celebra· lion in Washington, D.C .. Hawkins mis· handled some miscommunication. Hawkins' manager told her she would play for an hour. Pride organizers only wanted her to play 20 minutes. the aver· age length of any performance at the event. When Hawkins was told about the discrepanq: she wasn't pleased. Apparently, the singer had some choice words for organizers and even took her anger to the stage. "They're cutting my act short, and I'm the headliner. This is fucked up!" she reportedly said. After performing her hit song "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," Hawkins Sophie B. Hawkins dropped her micro-phone on the stage and flashed her mid· die finger at the crowd and organizers backstage. A Hawkins spokesperson didn't respond to requests for comment about the incident. 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Hill contends that it was the former runner-up Miss Amerka who galvanized and empowered a gay and lesbian commu­mty that did not exist before she traveled to Houston on June 16, 1977 to smg ton bunch of lawyers. Bryant had evoked the ire of gay men and lesbians nationwide when she fought against a proposal in 1\Iiami, Florida to add sexual orientation to the city\ list of protected minorities in hir­mg and housing, Bryant orgamzed a group called, "Save Our Children" to fight the proposal. At the time, she was quoted as saying, "What these people (gays) really want. hid dr'll bC'hmd ob cure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that there 1s an acccptahle alternate way of life." Fighting the gay rights movement bcramc her mission. "l w1ll Iead such a cn1sade to stop it as this country has not seen bC'forc." She was right about that. In Houston m June of 1977, word got out that Bryant would be the featurrd cntcrtamment at a convention of the Texas State Bar Association. A handful of activists (Houston only had n handful then> decided there should be a response Nationwide, protests were bC'ing staged v.hcrever Bryant went !\lore than that, smcc he v.as the spokesperson for Florida orange JUlet'. boycotts of orange jmcc from Flonda v. ere bcmg c;tarted evrrywhc n• A day without orange JU ice 1s llk a da} without c;unshmc," Bryant would a} v.llh a smllc m commen al to promot th produ t \ t1H ts tn Hr uston w re domg "!''It the} could to fan the fl m of tr oran •r 1u1cc bovcott and '' h n B nt wa to appear in Hou ton m n H.iy lhll aid It "a ec1 led th r wot Id b an orgamz :I prot t '\ ls \Hr brn• •ma and tr ' o:'d be 111 pnad. tlie polir mL com erncd A pohc rep w n• I to knO\\ how many prot !er~ xix-rt d 'imc no•hmg on th1 ~ca had 1' n r mzed heforc, Hlll aid h thought h hould estlmate con natlrnly. The number he came up v.1th w 'iOO r~m c rvatlve may hav been an Former Miss America Anita Bryant m 1977 prompted the biggest gay and lesbian protest ever 111 Houston. Gay activists across the country wore buttons that pro­cl. 11med. 'No more orange 1111ce from the un-shme state. understatrment. Whrn 1t was all said and donC', Hill said, "The figure that wac; published at the time ''as 12 000, so I'll go with that" ThL plan \\ t march from a bar at ~cGowan and Brazos past the H)att Regem y, "here Bryant w s perform mg, to C II\ Hall for a ralh As th cro\\d v.ellcd, 1t became ob\ lou hit the numb r ~oo w ~ md d CC'nservat1ve Pohre ordrred march r to tick to the •1de\\alkc; on either 1de thr street ' thL •ay !1011 ts had brought flowl a 1<1 they w n pa mg out field flov.cr; ll >Ilg t1' Wa}'" lhll said At •h II}'. •t on column went do\\ n Smllh a 1d another down LoUishma, so th t proh. tor weuld file on both 1de~ of the hole '1\t the H}att, some began marchmg .iround the bu.ldir"'," Hill said 'i\mta 'What these people (gays) really want. hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that there is an acceptable alternate way of life.' - Anita Bryant Although no one tn Houston threw a pie at Anita Bryant hke the one she deaned off her face I" Des Mame~ Iowa gay men and lesbians staged a protest agamst her. AS BIG AS TEXAS v. as perform mg tn th \tmm Th \ couldn t hrar t r Sil' bcc.iu c we wen chantm • c udly." At on pumt II ill aid a grm p of AC'Ll law) rs walked out f th conv n 11 1 m irpurt of the prote~tors When the ro.1p had nade the r view kno\\ n I the Hyatt the marchers contm ued tov.ard clov.ntmrn for the rall) One of the spc akt was Ha\ Hill "l had never seen that many queers m one place before," he ~aid. Hill rememb~rs that he told the pro testors "Look around because none of }OU have seen th15 many of u 111 one place before Look around r J see how beautiful Wl' are H£ felt 1t appropn t gr. thanks \\ h re thanks were due~ mg ' I want to thank Amta Brvant for bnngir u togt>ther." On the wa} bac.k from Cit) Hall, Hill s 1d. the mood was exuberant "The tnp down h d been angry," he recalled 'J\ll that anger had diss1pa•cd. 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This year's marshals, nommated durmg the fall and selected m open l'!ect1ons dur mg tv;o \\ePk1>nd5 at the begmr11ng of thr }ear mclud attorne) Jerry Simoneaux. lontrosr Cl me spokesix rson Sonna Alton PFLAG actlVISIS Sue and Jim Null ar.J the Lesbian and G.iy Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) "La t year \\hen v;e honored the past marshals, I got a rhance to talk to some of them," said Jack Valmsk1, toordlnator for the Pnde Committee Houston. "Its inter­esting how many of them considered It such an mcred1ble honor. evrn years later." Jerry Simoneaux this year's male Grand Marshal, is not waiting until his moment passrs to appreciate the honor. "I never even considered the possibility of winning," he said. "'What a humbling experience it is that people took time from their days to thmk that much of me" Simoneaux's lncreasing presence as an openly gay lawyer and advocate for mar nage equality for same-sex and transgen­der couples has not gone unnoticed. "I do what I love nnd people know I'm an ad\ocate for these causes," he said As the pre51dent of the Stone\\all Law Association of Greater Houston, Simoneaux has pressed for the further integration of gay and transgender people m the law pro­fe s1on. He and his law partner, John Nechman, recently broke ground by makmg their firm the first in the nation to name a transgender partner, Phyllis Randolph Frye. No\\~ the law firm is poised to handle not only alternate family issues and immigra­tion matters imolving gay and lesbian clients but also transgender cases. S<moneaux and his life partner, AS BIG AS TEXAS The 2004 Grand Marshals include (from left) Jerry Simoneaux: Sonna Alton. Randall Ellis representing the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas and Sue and Jim Null (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Chnstopher Bown. have worked tirelessly to stage Events such as the annual Alternative Family Law Seminar and this year's marnage equality demonstration. Recent!}; Simoneaux was selected by the Texas Bar Association to head Its sc.-ctlon on Sexual Orientation and Gend!'r Identtficat1on Issue~. which includes il'gal issue related to the communltv. This year's female Grand Marshal, Sonna Alton, said that for an individual to be smgled-out by their peers is a tremen· dous
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