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Title Houston Voice, No. 1225, April 23, 2004
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  • Fisher, Binnie
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  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript THIRTY YEARS OF NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. www.houstonvoice.com Gay political kingmaker set to leave Houston Martin's success as a consultant evident in city and state politics By CHRISTOPHER CURTIS Houston's gay and lesbian com· munity loses a powerful friend and ally on May 3, when Grant Martin, who has managed the campaigns of Controller Annise Parker, Council member Ada Edwards, Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman and Sue Lovell. is moving to San Francisco. Back tn 1996 it seemed the other way around: Martin had moved to Houston from San Francisco after ending a five·year rclatmnship. Sue Lovell, the former President of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Polllical Caucus (PACJ, remembers first hearing of Martin through her friend, Hnherta Achtcnherg, the for· mer Clinton secretary of Fair !lousing and Equal Opportunity. "She callrd me ancl told me I have a clear friend who is moving back to Hou ton ancl I want you to take good care of hnn." The two met and talked about politics for hours. Later it would be ~lartin who would take care of Lovell whrn she ran for an at-large councll seat in 2003. "Grant is one of those really unique kind of campaib'll managers who takes a candidate who doesn't have the resources of other candi· elates but uses his skills, his know!· edge ancl his grass-roots organization to make that candidate competitive." Political consultant Grant Martin. the man behmd the campaigns of Controller Anmse Parker, Council member Ada Edwards. Texas Rep. Gamet Coleman and Sue Lovell is moving to San Francisco (File photo by Dalton DeHart) Lovell did not win that election, and Annise Parker had unsuccess­fully run for city council twice before she met Martin. Parker determined her third try would be her last shot at a council position. "I had scheduled a meeting with people committed to being a part of my finance council. And I don't know how Grant found out about it, but he came and he stopped to chat. He worked in the earn· paign not any successful one~. mind you. He was shopping around for someone to work for. I don't know. over a few minutes of conver· Please see MARTIN on Page 5 • t Last' On her way to Houston, pop diva Cyndi L.auper has a lot to say. Page 15 APRIL 23, 2004 a.tis Kiefer and partner Walter Fr.ml ~ with reix>rter; after a circuit coort Judge heard arguments last week in a lawsuit filed ~ !J<1Y couples and the ACLU chargi!JJ that b.lming same-sex rrarriages IS a violation of the Oregon state Constitution. (Photo ~ Rick Bov.mer/APl Gay marriage party ends for now Ore. judge shuts down weddings, but orders licenses recognized By JOE CREA Both sides in the same-,;ex marriage deb.lte claimed \1ctorr this week after an Oregon Circuit Court judge ordered Multnomah County to stop issuing same-sex mar­riage licenses. while striking dov.n a law that prevents gay couples from marrying and ordering the state to recognize the 3,CXXJ gay marriages that have already taken place. Please see MARRIAGE on Parie 8 JUST SAY 'NO': Gay activists are hoping to prevent a Hot Spot Task Force raid on a bar in Montrose. Page 3 PRAG AND BAPTISTS: The Waco eclipse ' ' . ' ' ' ' . .. . PFLAG chapter has named its new Dine. Page 18 community center after a Baptist Sports, Page 19 Calendar, Page 21 , • rrJi.nJster and hi~ .~!fy; ~ ~', , , , , , , , , ~fr Ma~ P~ 27,,,,, 2 APRIL 23, 2004 ~~ And this year we've added more attractions to the list, including: Pet Pavilion, Kids Pavilion, Home & Garden, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Food and Beverage Service, Big Time Entertainment For information about becoming a vendor or sponsor, and associated benefits, contact the Chamber at www.ghglcc.org or call: 713.523. 7576 I .HI\' , l TH£ RIG H 1 tllLATIO NSHIP IS [VllY 7 HING• ECHELON www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com local news Activists hope to prevent a police nightclub raid on Montrose After-hours Montrose clubs operate legally, gay activist contends By CHRISTOPHER CURTIS Gay activist Rny Hill and Houston City Controller Annise Parker are hoping to pre­vent an after-hours bar raid like the one that took plm.'C last week In the East End from happening in Montrose. "It was hornhlc," Hill said. "It looked like a relic out of the '50s or '60s to me." For that reason, Htll s id, he is working with city staff to schedule a meeting with Mayor Bill White and Police Chief H.:irold Hurtt. "A time will be found when \\e wUI be able to sit down nnd talk about this," he said. "We're doing everything possible to prevent 1m assault on :\1ontrosr." Parker, a six-term council member who last year was elected city controller, said she concurs. "I completely disagree with this and I think the mayor b wrong on this," Parker said. '/i.nd I think people need to talk to him. Right now they're focusing on Hispanic clubs, but 1f we give them any leeway, they'll be at our bars. Gay Pride week is not that far away." Hispanic activists are also calling for an end to the raids. Early Saturday morning, the newly cre­ated Hot Spot Task Force converged on La Gaviota Nite Club, 8011 Harrisburg, and arrested about 30 people. "The police rushed in, I know they said they didn't make any hard entries, but why would they? The doors were already open," Hill said. "They poured in, and said, 'Up Gay activist Ray Hill will meet with Mayor Bill White and Police Chef Harold Hurtt to discourage a pohce raid on M ntrose The popular gay nightclub South Beach is among a handful of after-hours clubs in Montrose that activist Ray Hill said operate~ meticulously within the law. (Photo by Dalton OeHartl against the wall and everybody take out their identification' and basically terror· ized people for an hour and a half." Hill added, '/i.ccording to the news reports, the club was not serving alcohol after hours. Police only arrested customers, most of them for public intoxication." 30 arrested for dnmkeness An arrest for public intoxication, Hill explained, legally means the suspect appears to be intoxicated to the extent that the individual constitutes a danger to him· self, herself or others. "It's inherently a sub­jective judgment for the cops," Hill said. "It means the officers need no burden of proof." Police said only one of the bar patrons was found to be in possession of drugs. Many of the people jailed in the raid were released Sunday morning. For Hill, what he witnessed last weekend conjures up a frightening picture of what might happen if a raid were staged on the clubs that operate in :\lontrose. He isn't sure club patrons are psychologically prepared to deal with what happens when a multi· agency task force descends on an establish· ment at 2:30 a.m. For that reason, Hill said, he plans to monitor the movements of the task fori:e on Friday and Saturday evenings. 'l'ht>re has hecn no confirmation that a raul on Montrose is imminent. Rut if police do move on l\lontrose, Hill said, he will be avail .. hlc to help duh staff and patrons through the ordeal. The task forc.e, mad~ up of police offi cers. firefight rs. health tn~pectors, neigh· borhood protec. 1011 investigators and reprc srntallve of th 'f, XJ ~Alcoholic· Bc\era0 Comm1 s1on, \\as created by Meyor \\hllr and Chief Hurtt after rook1E Houston fire f1ghtc ~ Ke\ m Kulow died In a fire at an after-hours club April 4th. Police said James Alonso Guevara set the North Houston fire because he was invol\'ed in a child custody dispute with his estranged wife, who worked at the club. He has been charged with capital murder. :'\layor White said that incident came after an avalanche of complaints city officials were receiving regarding after-hours clubs. He statmchly contends that very little that is good takes place on Houston streets after 2 a.m. White said he wants to keep clubs from operating past 2 a.m. He wants to change a city ordinance amendment passed in 1999 that made it easier for clubs to remain open after they stopped selling alcohol. Council members originally passed the bill in part to keep drunken customers off the road. Rut now city leaders consider after-hours clubs not a solution but a new problem, especially since two incidents occurred after Kulow's death. Police said on Sunday professional foot· ball player Marcus Spriggs and his cousin got into a fight with another customer at the Shame Nightclub after4 a.m. Police said as Spriggs drove away, some· one fired at his car, grazing the player and hittmg his cousin in the shoulder His cousin had to be treated at a hospital. On Tuesday at 6 a.m., a fire broke out at an after-hours cluh in the 4300 block of Wilmington. !'\o one was hurt. But Ray Hill said these problems will not happen at after-hours cluhs in the Montrose area. "I am confident that the management of the gay ;:flcr-hours establtsl'ments arc on par or '>Uperior to the manageir. nt el \\h ro And I don't thmk ga} pt'Ople need to be herded .iround hkr: animals. We \\elcom inspection . It's the up-0gam t the \\all raid that \\ hope to m 01d " APRIL 23, 2004 3 inside ISSUE 1226 LOCAL NEWS 3 NATIONAL NEWS 6 FORUM 10 ECUPSE 15 APPOINTMENTS 21 CLASSinEDS 22 DISH 26 BillBOARD FOR ROSS: friends and family of Ross Allyn hope 15 bl !boards wil help find his killer Page4 DOMA NIXED: An openly gay councmnan m Chapel Hill, N C. led efforts to ask the state to repeal OOMA. Pil!je 7 1RRATIONAUTY MADE HIM 00 IT: Canada's first openly gay member of Parliament said •utter urational1ty" made him steal a piece of Jewelry Page 9 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Ho ston Voice, 500 ~ovett Blvd Su te 200 Houston. TX n006 Hru<ton Voice IS publ shed wee~ Fnday by Wmdow Media LLC S bscnpbons &e $92/. r for 52 1 (only SI n per ISS!le) 4 APRIL 23. 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE I national news Waco chapter opens first PFLAG center in U.S. Chapter names center after Baptist minister and wife active in the family support group By BINNIE FISHER WACO, Texas An ordained Baptist min1,ter and retired religion professor at Baylor Unhersity and ht wife were on hand recently v. hen Parents. Families and Friends of Lesblalls and Gays drd1cated the new PFLAG Community Center m Waco. Eddie and Velma Dv.yer v.ere there because PFLAG named the center after them. Yes, It's true, out of 501 PFLAG chap· ters nat1o:iw1de. the first one in the coun· try to open a community center has named the facility after a Baptist m1ms· ter and his \\ ife. "Thry are Just totally non·Judgmrntal and open mmded," noted Daniel Hollingsworth, vice president of the Waco PFLAG chapter. As people began arriving for the dedica· t1on on April 17, Hollingsworth said, he realized that the Baylor faculty was well represented. "People came in honor and support of Edd.:? and Velma," he said. "I was over­whelmed that they came." The Dwyers, whose son. Paul, is gav and a graduate of Baylor. said they are honored that the PFLAG chapter. of which they are mem· hers, chose to put their namrs on the building. "It make5 me extremely proud." Velma Dv.'Y~r said Paul DW)er said he had come out in the late 1960s, but took the advice of a faculty advisor at Baylor and said nothing to hts parents. There were moments when he mourned the fact that he wasn't truthful with his parents, people he knew to be loving and not Judgmental. "I never heard anythinJ from them that was negative about any minority group," he said. Still, he krpt quirt and mo\ ed to Washington, D.C., where he now v.orks for the C'~mgressional Rrsearrh Service. I v.anted to be totally out with everyone," he said. everyone but his parents, that is. t.:nknown to Paul Dwyer, along the way hts father had come to suspect that he and Velma were the parents of a gay son. An academician and a Biblical scholar. Eddie Dwyer, now 92, knE'w just where to turn for answers to the questions that were begin· ning to nag him: books written about homosexuality and to the Bible Eddie said the first question in his mind was, "Is there some reason for peo- Ordamed Baptist minister Edd"ie Dwyer and his wife Velma ~ they are honored to have Waco's new PFLAG Commumty Center named after them. pie to be gay other than choosing it? I came to the conclusion that it's part of a person's inherent nature. It's not some­thing they choose." Though many of his fellow Baptist the· ologlans claim the Rible to be the infallible word of God Dwyer acceptccl tliat it was a work open to interpretation. It had to be taken m the context and light of the times in which it was written. A thorough search of the document con vmced him that there is no condemnation of gays and lesbians in the Bible. Dwyer, who eventually penned a paper using the research he had clone, wrote: "I am convmcecl that gays ancl lesbians are born with their respective natures. 1 long for thC' t1mr when homosexuals will be treated as equals, respected for who they are, and allowed the freedom they dtserve." Velma Dwyer, 87, said Paul eventually came out to her and her husband. "It wus ~:aster weekend of 1992," she saHI. "1-:clclie hacl done a lot of research by then, ancl we were prt>pared to accept it It was a beautiful exprriPnce that Easter morning." Paul said that Easter morning talk with hts parents confirmed what he knew in his heart. "I just knew they would be there for me They arc so loving and so nurturing." Eddie said he hopes the Eddie & Velma Dwyer Community Center, housed in a former bar, will bridge a gap between PFLAG and Baylor. The school has been In the news recently for condemning a pro gay marriage editorial In the campus newspaper for canceling the scholarship of a gay stUdl'nt. "Having been in the religion depart· ment, and with this coming out. I hope it will open the way to help parents uncl stu· dents," he saicl. Billboards used to solicit clues in Allyn murder Friends and family of murdered gay lobbyist hope new signs solve case By BINNIE FISHER Nixon Wheat, longtime friend of Ross Allyn, gazed up at a billboard bearing the slain gay lobbyist's photo and surmised, "He'd say it was great, but he'd wonder why it wasn't full length." Other friends agreed that Allyn would be gratified to know that efforts to solve his murder included billboards with his photo. Clear Channel Outdoor donated the bill­board, installed Monday morning at the intersection of Dallas Street and ~tontrose Boulevard. The company is installing a total of fifteen billboards in Houston in an effort to help solve the murder. Allyn was found early on the morning of ~ovember 20, 2003 inside his burning home at 919 Worthshlre. Firefighters called the Houston Police Department to the scene after confirming that Allyn had been shot. Th Harris County Medical Examiner ruled the death a hom1c1de and confirmed that Allyn d ::d of a bullet v.ound m thr back of his neck at thr base of his skull. Miry Lym Miller, Ross Allyn's sister, addresses the med"ia beneath one of 15 billboards donated by Clear Channel-Outdoor to solicit clues m the mur· der of the gay lobbyist (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Allyn's sister, Mary Lynn Miller of Philadelphia, flew to Houston for the Monday billboard installation and for a weekend of events staged to recognize :-.:ational Crime Victims Rights Week. Surrounded by friends of Allyn at the base of the billboard, Miller called on any one with information regarding the mur­der to come forward. "We're al, suffering," she said. "This is a ~orrlble nightmare that r. ver r,"ts bet· Q MORE INFO HPD Homicide Division 713-308·3600 Crime Stoppers 713-222-TIPS ter. Please. help Ross find some justice." Kim Ogg, executive director of Crime Stoppers, said billboards have proven to be an effective tool in solving crimes. "We hope these billboards will remind everybody that Mr. Allyn's case is still unsolved," she said. "Somebody knows what happened. We hope they will look at this billboard, look at this family and give us a call." She added, "I can think of numerous cases where bill boards have been the catalyst that resulted in new information coming in." Ogg stressed that even though months have passed. the person with the right inf or· mation can solve the case quickly. She pointed to the recent case of Coral Eugene Watts, a violent offender and confessed seri· al murderer who was due to be released within two years from prison In 'Iexas. As news of the case spread across the country, and Jaw enforcement officials In Texas voiced their concern, a tip was called in by someone v. Ith knowledge of a murder committed by Watts tn 1979 in F rndale, M1rh1gan The witness to the M1ch1gan murder came forward after learning that authori­ties in Texas would be unable to keep Watts behind bars once he completed his prison term. The woman, who had worked with the victim, called the office of the Michigan attorney general to report what she witnessed. "Even 20 years later, a witness sees a story in the national media and responds to it," Ogg said. "Because of that witness. Watts will be extradited to Michigan." More recently, she said, a citizen responding to information regarding the murder of artist and teacher Helen Orman was a major player in solving that case. The woman, who spotted a vehicle resembling the one that sped away from the murder scene and a driver resembling an artist sketch of the suspect, jotted down a license number. It was that num­ber that led to the arrest of Beau John Maloney. "Sometimes you can just stimulate ~omebody into action." Ogg said. Lee Vela, public affairs director for Clear Channel, said the company often donates billboards to enham.-e the efforts of Crime Stoppers in specific cHses. "We'll probably reac-h nearly 100,000 a day when all the Sib"llS go up," he satd. In addillon to the Montrose location billboards are being installed in the neartown and downtown ar1 as. HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com APRIL 23. 2004 S I houston news Martin will be difficult to replace, his clients say MARTIN. continued from Page 1 satlon, we just clicked. I thought about it h" didn't have 11 job so he worked cheap." Parker credits Martin for being very aggressive with funcl raising. 'It was real· ly the most expensi\ e council race to the pomt. I was able to sJl('nd toc-tQ-toe wuh the white-gu~ businessman." Parker madc history winning the position. "It was a gn~at day for thf' city and her and everybody," Martin recalled. :'>lartin would subsequently run Parker's re-election campaigns as well as her sue ccssful hid tu become the City Controller. Love between campaigns But in between the campaigns, :\lartin met someone at a Passover Seder Paul Fromberg, an Episcopal priest. "I thought he was cut( and attractive and fun but I thought, how could I date a priest I mean I don't even go to church!~ It took two and half years of thinking about the issue and missed opportunities before Martin took action. "He was flirting with me. so I called him up and asked him out. And we've been together ever since. Apart form the U-Haul. we've had a 100-1wrcent lesbian relationship and proud of it!" The only problem with the relation- Grant Martin arrived at a recent Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce luncheon with two of hlS clients, Sue Lovell (left) and Annise Par1cer. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) ship was the leadership of the Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Texas. "The Episcopal Church nationally is progres­sive," Martin said. referring to the Rev. Gene Robinson being con cerated as the denomination's first openly gay bishop. "But the diocese of Texas Is not really a friendly place for openly gay priests." The couple decided to relocate to San Francisco. thinking Fromberg could get a job there and live an open and honest llfe as a gay man. "As soon ash got his job. which \\as a month ago, we ct the date for moving," :\lartm said. "The fact that Grant is leavmg Houston because his partner cannot h\e the llfe he needs to lead underscores the fact that Hou ton needs peopl like Grant," said Parker "And I ''Ill miss him tremendous!>:" Lovell echoed those sentiments. "Thi. 1s not only a big loss for the gay and lesbian community\\ ith Grant lea\ mg, but it's also a big los for the cJty of Houston." Martin admit~ to having mixed feel­ings. 'Tm excited to bmld a brand new life with my lo\ er. but I'm gomg to miss my friends and clients in thf' community terribly." "I think that life is easy m Hou~·ton," :\larin reflected. "Its got a lo\\ co t of h" ing. You can hm e a nice life tyle for rela­tively little mom.»; but I thmk that breeds complacency: And JUst because the) have economic comforts. people don't realize their freedom bat stake." ~lartin said he hasn't ruled out run­ning for a political position himself. But right now he's looking forward to helping other candidates like he's helped in Houston. "In many ways, if your ambition is to make a difference, you can almost make a difference bchmd the scenes." Save up to 70% on the places you want to stay! New York San Francisco Atlanta Chicago ~m ~m ~m ~m S69.95 S69.95 s49_95 s49_95 Choose from thousands of hotels in hundreds of cities worldwide. hotels.co BEST PRICES. BEST PLACES. GUARANTEED. 800-91-HOTELS hotels.<0 ~ welcomes VISA Based on pnce matching guarantee. See www hotels.com for details. 6 APRIL2_3~,2_0_04~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~w_ww._ho_u_st_on_vo_ic_e_.co_m~_H_O_US_T_ON_V_O_IC_E I national news Gay organizations join abortion rights march Organizers expect more than 750,000 to rally on Sunday By ADRIAN BRUNE WASHINGTO:-.i Beyond the manu· script-length march permit, the lengthy vol­unteer lists and the little piles of buttons on her desk. feminist organizer Alice Cohan keeps a very telling photograph. It's not a plC· tureof her partner, or a close family member, but that of another Alice Alice Paul, the chief strategist of the suffrage movement and author of the Equal Right~ Amendment Paul has been a heroine of Cohan's since her early days at the Feminist .Majont}: and she said she looks at the black-end-white photo whenever she needs a reason to contin· ue her work advocating for reprcxluctive rights. It was taken long before Cohan, 5.1, actually met and got to know the legendary feminist. but Cohan sate! Paul was no less feisty on matters of emancipation for women. "I remember visiting her in the nursing home, wanting to talk about her days fight· ing for women's right to vote," Cohan said. '"She would always interrupt me to talk about strategy for amending the Equal Rights Amendment and more ways to fur­ther women's causes." Lesbian Alice Cohan reached out to gay organi­zations to help out with this weekend's March for Women's Life event. She said the right to pn· vacy arguments help activists in both the gay c1Vtl rights and reproductive rights battles. (Photo by Adrian Brune) As she heads into the final clays before Sunday's March for Women's Ltves, Cohan, the executive director of the event, has been looking at Paul's picture a bit more frequently, especially as those days stretch Into long nights. But with more than 1,300 co-sponsors, including se\eral large gay organizations, and bus· loads of women coming from nil over the country, Cohan hopes her grassroots, shoestring-budget demonstnitlon impacts women's rights as significantly as her mentor's labors once dicl. \\ltile she won't anticipate the outcome, Cohan said she expects attendance at the @MORE INFO March for Women's Lives 1725 I St, NW. Suite 300 Washington. DC 20006 202-349-3838 www.marchforwomen.org Pro-life Alliance of Gays & Lesbians PO. Box 33292 Waslungton. DC 20033 202-223-6697 www plagal org march to surpass that of the movement's 199'.l rally, which organizers estimated at 750,000. "Our goal is to assemble a crowd that is too big to ignore," she said. Previously led by the National Organization for Women, this year's march directors reached out to several other civil rights contingencies, especially minority and gay advocacy groups. While the lesbian feminist movement has consistently made the connection between gay rights and reproductive freedom, it is now imperative for gay men to realize its importance, said Cohan. a lesbian and longtime activist within the gay communit}: "The issues arc so related when we think about control over our own bodies," Cohan said. "Sexual activity without reproduction gives gays and lesbians a fun· damental tenet on which they base their legitimacy." Seven gay civil rights i:roups are listed a~ co-sponsors of this weekend's march. They are the Human Rights Campaign: the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund: Equal Partners in Faith: Los Angeles Gay & l~bian Center; New York Lesbian, Ga}: Bisexual & Transgender Community C<'nter: and the National Latinato Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual & Transgender Organization. March organizers say several decisions by President Bush have threatened reproduc­tive rights, especially his November signing of a law banning partial birth abortions. But gay activJSts and reproductive rights advo­cates fear the Bush administration's influ· cnce over the Supreme Court, which many observers say is one vote away from over· turning Roe vs. Wade. and with it enxling the foundation beneath Lawrmce vs. Texas. However, not all gay organiwtions sec eye-to-eye with reproductive rights activists. Carrying signs that reacl, "! in 10 ahorted children are gay," members of PLAGAL, the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays & Lesbians will hold a counter-demon !ration at the corner of 17th Street ancl Pennsylvania Avenue to voice their views. "How can we support legislation that attacks helpless individuals, sonw who no doubt may be part of the future of the GLBT community?" said Cecilia Brown. Pl..AGA!,'s president. NHL player arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot Intended target may have been player's boyfriend By CYD ZEIGlER JR. The FBI arrested Michael Danton, a for­ward for the :"1ational Hockey League's St. Louis Blues. on April 16 in California on suspicion of a murder plot. The criminal complaint mentions that Danton feared the intended target of the hit would "leave him," fueling speculation that the man may have been the hockey star's boyfriend. Danton was attempting to board n plane m San Jose after his team was elIDlinated from the playoffs by the San Jose ~'harks when he was arrested. On April 15, the FBI reviewed a threc­y, ay recorded conversation made the day before among Danton. 23, Danton's friend Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, and Justin "Levi" Jones, also 19, the FBI s cooperntmg wit· m: ~ Danton allegedly instructed Jones to enter his home and kill th~ acquaintance, \\hose name has not bee.::l revealed Danton aid law enforcem nt could be lrd to behe\e that tY.o burgla~ came to Danton's res1dencr and therein argued regarding some aspect of the burgla!'} ... the crmunal complaint read . "Danton told the cooperating witness it would appear that, during the struggle, one of the burglars was killed, while one fled the scene with $3,000 in cash and other valuable Items." That $3,000 was to serve as a down pay· ment for the $10,000 Jones was allegedly promised for his services. When ,Jones, a part-time police dispatcher, realized that Danton was serious, he and Columbia. Ill., Police Chief Joe Edwards took the record· eel conversation to the FBI. On the night of April 15, Katie Wolfmeycr drove Jones to Danton's apart· ment 'Wlten a security guard called the acquaintance in Danton's apartment before letting them through, Jones fled the scene. Jones called Danton about an hour later and told him that the job was "botched." "We'll fix this, and we'll do it soon," Danton told Jones, according to thr com· plaint. Afraid of losing lover? When thr FBI interviewed the ncqualn· tance, y,ho may have been living wtth Danton at the time, he told agents that h and Danton had a severe argument that Tuesd y concerning Danton's "sexual proml cu1ty and drinking." "Danton begged the acquaintance not to go to the general manager of the St Louts Blues hockey organization and ruin his Professioml hockey pl.Iyer Mich.lei Oil1ton was arrest· ed for alleged~· plotting to kill a man who was living with him The com­plaint alleges Danton was afraid the 'acquaintance was going to leave him.' (Photo by AP) career," the complaint reads. "The acquaintance threatened to leave Danton" On April 16, the acquaintance agreed to record a phone conversation with Oanton, according to the complaint When the acquaintance asked Danton why he was going to have him killed. Danton broke down and sobbed. "Danton explained that hr felt backed into a corner and ulso felt that the acquaintance was going to leave him,'' according to the complaint. "Danton did not want to alloy, the acquaintance to leave him, therefore dec.1cled to have him murd red." Whtie the complaint did not detail the nature. of the relationship between Danton and the acquaintance, .,., tthln 48 hours after the story broke, sports reporters were concluding that they were romantically involved. Danton's agent, David Frost, told the New York Daily News that Danton is not gay. "Once the whole thing shakes clown. everyone will understand exactly the cir­cumstances of what happened," Frost told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch But in the last week. glimpses of Frost's own pa t - and his personal relationship with Danton have spillecl out from vari· ous sources. Frost had been active in the youth hock· ey world of Canada for many years before taking on the role of agent for Danton and another player now In the NHL. Frost had a reputation for developing close relation· ships with some of the boys he coached, including Danton. Roh Ciccarelli, owner of 11 hockey team for whom Danton once played, told the Sun, "What worried me is he hart a cult· hkc attraction for the player" In 2001. Danton chong<'cl lus name from l\lictucl .Jefferson nllegeclly clue to the rift Frost caused ln Danton's family. "That man has ruined my son's life Danton's father, Steve .Jefferson, tolcl the Brampton (Ontario) Guanhan. At press time., Danton was still awanmg extradition to Illinois. where Jone wa first contacted. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com n tional n ws N.C. town council members want state to repeal DOMA CHAPEL HILL. N.C In a unanimous vote, the Chapel Ifill Town Council last week decided to a k state legislators to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, WRAI,-'l'V reported. The council plans to reCOb'lllzc same-sex marriages even though North Carolina does not do so under Its Defense of :\Iarriage Act, the ~1ation reported. The town leaders want the option of recognizing legal gay marriages from other states, according to WHAL. At the front of efforts to recognize same-sex unions in Chapel Hill is :\lark Kleinschmidt. a gay council member who under stands that state lawmakers may not even consid· er the town's request, WRAI, reported. "I suspect it won't come up E.Vcn in a committee," Klemschmidt told the station. "That's fine. What we have now is the town of Chapel Hill saying. 'It's our pubhc policy, here in our community, that we desire to treat all married people the same."' Marie Kleinschmidt a gay member of the Chapel Hill, NC, council. is leading efforts to recog111ze same-sex unions. despite the state's current Defense of Marriage Act lim- 1t111g matrimony to opposite-sex couples. Neb. police drop request for same-sex benefits OMAHA. Neb. (AP) lbe Omaha Police l.Jnion has announced that II is dropping its request for limited same-sex benefits. The union s:ud in n news release last WCC'k that 1t was withdrawing the request for the benefits because "it is apparent that the controversy has overshadowed the importance of the over· all contract and its savings to the city." The propost~I contract for Omaha police would ullow offiet't'S to S(,'Ck sick leave to care for their same-sex domestic partners and their partner's relatives. They could also use paid leave to attend the funerals of their partners and their relatives. Tess Fogart}\ a spokespcr· son for .\layor :\like Fahe:i; said the mayor's office could not comment on the contract. because it IS stffi under negotiauon. Details of city contracts are not made public until after n b'Otlation are complete> Information about the Iumted benefits was leaked inappropriate­ly and parked a public debate on a single Issue In the contract, the union said. Straight couples say they were ejected from gay hotel in Key West K~:Y W~;s·1: Fla. (AP) Three heten>SPXtml couples saicl they were turned away from a hotel in this gay-friendly tounst destination bcaiuse of their sexual orientation, which would violate city Jaw. The SIX were vacation­ing with n g-.iy couple and had reservations at Big Ruby's in dmmtown Key West Y<hen the thn'c straight couples Y.ere turned away. '1'he manager literally said, 'We don't want you here,"' said Jtm Pirlh, \\ho had vaca· t1oned nt Btg Hubv's last year with his part· ner. Jason Williams. The group. most of \\horn an• from San Diego, was already set· tied tn their rooms when the manager told the straight couples they would have to lea~e. citlng a 1x11icy of not allowing heterosexuals on the propcny, Pirih said. "He said he had to appeal to the majority, and the majority of guests wouldn't want straight pcopL there.' Pirlhsaid. Kl'yWest hasacityordlnanccthat prohibits d1SC.nmination by o;exual orienta­tion in housing and lodging. The couples were kicked out the same day six same-sex couples sued in Key West in an attempt to overturn state Jaws banning gay marriage. Pa. Supreme Court hears case over same-sex partners law PlllI..ADELPHIA (AP) In the face of po"­s1ble implications on the nationwide debate over gay marriage, the state Supreme Court heard arguments last week over whether a city ortlinance granting benefits to same-sex partners of municipal employees usurps Pennsylvania Jaw Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy cautioned both parties that the issue was not a religious matter, but rather a ques· tion of whether state law pre-empted the 1998 ordinance. which was struck down by the Commonwealth Court in Auin1st 2002. Wilham Devlin director of the Urban F'amily Council, a group that promot~ mar· riage, abstinence education and fatherhood initiatives challenged the Jaw, saying the City Cow1cil d1dn t have the authority to extend benefits to same-sex partners. Colo. judge faces impeachment after ruling in lesbian custody case m:NVER CAP) State lawmakers this week were to consider whether to put a Ocnvcr district judgl' on trial for his ruling ma cus· tody clispute betwe!'n a former lesbian COii· plP On Thursda;y; Rep. Greg Brophy (R· Wray) planned to make the case for impeaching Denver District Judgr John Coughlin for allegedly violating the reli· g10us liberty of one of the women involved in the case who left the relationship after becoming a Chnstian. Coughlin ruled last April that Dr. Cheryl Clark must 'hare cus· tocly of her adopted daughter with hrr for mer partner. Elsey McLeod. He gave Clark responsibility for the girl'~ religious upbringing but told her not to expose her to anything homophobic. Clark says that v10- lawd her First Amendment rights to reli glous freedom :\!embers of the House Judiciary Committee wUJ decide after the h1·arrng whctlwrthere Is enough evidence to proceed. If thP measure is backed in the House, th1 Senate would sc rvc as the jury during the trial. Whether the cast will g~t that far isn't clear. Senate President John Andrews and Gov. Bill Owens, both staunch conservatives, oppose the move. 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He gave the Oregon Legislature 90 days befol't) they reconvene for a special sesslon m June, to changE. the law t 1 extend marital brr. f ts to Oregon gay couples "'ho J!ready have a marriage license. The case, Mary L1 rt al vs Stat" of Oregon brought by the American Civ,l Liberties Ul"'ion and nine gay couples. "' ~ hrard in th Mu tnomah County Courthoust: ~t w Supporters or ga rrarr1uo asserted that the const1tut1on bans cl1scrimination of any kmd while oppor.0 nts claimed that voters ha\e the right to define marriage a ti:: umon of or. man and one woman Pam Cates, a spokesperson with the ACLV said Tuesday's victory was unprece­dented m that 1t was the first time any Judge m ti:: l'.S. had onlerrd a state to rec­ogmze marriage licenses issued to samc­sex couples. Cates said he was uncertain which side would file an appeal m the case since the deci­sion, for no~ has made "evel')une a bit happJI" The county raised the constitutional question over the legalities of the mar· rtages on March 3. Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a for mer Oregon Supreme Court Justice, and state Attorney General Hardy Myers agree with gay rights supporters that a ban on gay marriage wlll likely be ruled unconstitutional, according to an Associated Press report Before the trial, they had requested that the county cease Issuing same-sex marriage liccn~es. The county refused. The plaintiffs brought the lawsuit against Kulongoski, Myers and the Defense of Marr.lllge Coalition, a group formed the day Multnomah County began issumg marriage licenses to gay couples. Cates said Judge Bearden rejected the opposition's main argument, made by Kelly Clark, a former Republican state leg· islator and the attorney for the Defense of Marriage Coalition, who contended in court that the framers of the Oregon C-0nsutuuon never intended rnarr.lllge to apply to gay couples. Calls to the Defense of Marr1agc Coaliuon 'I\ ere not returned. Calif. closer to legalizing gay maniage In California, gay Assembly member Mark Leno's (D-San Francisco) same- ic marriag bill was approved by the state's Democrat-controllrd Judiciary Committee by an 33 vote AB 1967 would prohibit the state of California from denymg marriagE. licenses to same-sex couples. Testifymg at Tuesday's hearing was Randy Thomasson, executive director of CampalJJI for California Families, who call~ th mea 1lff' "illtgal, unconstitu· t10nal and immoral." Mass. Gov. Mitt ROllll1e'f is seeki119 emergency legislation m a last-ditch effort to derail same-sex marriage ceremooies slated to begin next month. "This blll turns marr1agc upside down and utterly rejects the vote of the people to protect marriage for a man and a woman," Thomasson said at Tuesday's hearing. Opponents maintain that AB 1967 con· tradicts the 14-word ballot initiative known as Proposition 22 that states, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The measure passed in March 2000, with 61 per· cent of voters statewide supporting it, and carries the weight of state law as a part of the California's Family Code. Supporters of Leno's measure assert that his bill does not conflict with the state initla· tive since the 2000 measure deals with recog­nizing out-Of-state gay marriages, not same­sex unions performed within the state. Ca!Iforrua Assembly member Mark Leno ·s b!ll that would legalize 5c1me-sex aamage advanced out of a committee t 1s week. Vince Sollitto, a spokesperson for Hcpublican Gov. Arnold Schwarzen· egger, said the office does not comment on legislation before it reaches the gover· nor's desk. Schwarzenegger's reluctance to discuss the bill, which Leno claims faces an uphill battle in the Assembl}; has left its support· ers confidant that he would sign it while leaving social conservatives to ponder whether the Republican governor is "with them" on this issue. Tony Perkins, executive director of the Famlly Research Council, said in a news release on Wednesday, Schwarzenegger "must" oppose Leno's marriage bill. "Throughout his campaign and his short time in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been ambiguous about his willingness, or lack thereof, to protect marriage from those who want to redefine 1t out of existence," Perkins wrote. In a March appearance on "The Tonight Show v.lth Jay Leno," Schwarzen°gger said gay marriages, if approved by the courts or voters, would be ~fine with me." Mass. governor tries to stop weddings In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Milt Romney, in a last ditch effort to prevent the issuance of marriagr licenses to same-sex couples. said last week that he will seek emergencv leg1Slat1on to prevent licenses from being issued to gay couples on May 17, a date srt by the Supreme Judicial Court in their historic gay marriage ruling last November. If approved, the legtslation would allov. the governor to appoint a special c01msel to argue, on his OC>half, to the state's high court to delay the ruling until the stat ·s constltu hon is amended to ban same-sex marriage. ft MOREINFO American Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad SL, 18th floor New Yor1<, NY 10004 www.aclu org The only legal figure who acconling to Massachusetts state law can represc nt Romney In court is state Attorne} General Thomas ReUlv (0), who last month rejected the governor's request to seek a stav from the SJC until November 2006, when the proposed amendment would be prt's ntcd to Massachusetts voters. Reilly, who also opposes gay marriage but ls considered a ltkely challenger to Romnry when he runs for a second gubernatorial term. has s id the court has ruled twice on this issue and is unlikely to consider it agam. Romney defended h1:; actions as deslb'Tied to "protect the constitutional process• and to prev~nt the "legal confu sion" that 1s likely after 2 I 2 years of gay marriage But he also conceded that he would begin holding informational meet· ings with city clerks to determine how to handle gay marriages should the legisla· ture deny his request. The Massachusetts Ju tices of the Peace Association, which represents the local offi· cials who have the authority to perform wedding ceremonies. said a meeting was scheduled for next Monday between their members and Romney officials on how to handle gay marriages in May. Massachusetts justices of the peace arc appointed by the governor and con· firmed by the Governor's Council for seven-year terms. While the legislature narrowly approved a constitutional amendment last March legali1Jng civil unions but banning gay mar­riage, many lawmakers are suffering from "marriage fatigue," according to Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus. She said having debated the emotional issue ad nauseum, many lawmakers have no desire to take up the issue aga tn. Whlle there may be support in the House for the emergency legislation, the AP reported that 22 of 40 senators oppose the effort. including Senate President Robert Travaglini, who supported the amendment And House Spraker Thomas M. Finneran, an anlent opponent of gay mar· riage, said last week that he does not Intend to stop same-sex couples from mar­rying in May. Josh Friedes. dirertor of the Freedom to Marry Coalition, said many legislators and opponents of same-sex marnage "were in denial" following the S.JC's decision in Goodridge vs. Department of Health He added that there is a growmg "understand mg amongst opponents that there is no way to stop gay marriages from takmg pla without a constitutional er!, " The Associated Press contributed to this report HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com international news Canada's first openly gay lawmaker takes leave after theft BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) The political future for Canada's first openly gay member of Parliament was unclear last week as Svend Robinson admitted pocketing an expensive piece of jewelry in a moment of "utter irrationality," Robinson fought for composure as he told a news conference he would take an immediate medical leave from his duties as an Ml~ Robinson said for now hes stepping clown as the nommated New Drmocrat Party candidate m Burnaby-Douglas. "I will be meetmg in the nl"ar futurC' with my riding execumc to discuss the; loni:;l"r term implic.ations of this decision hould an election be called while the c is. ues remain outstanding," he said. The MP Svend Robinson. the first openly gay member of the Canadian Parliament. took medical leave last week after f'e admitted stealing an expensive piece of Jewelry who has battinl for same-sex marriag£\ cha~ter protection of gay rt •hts and Palestinian autonomy said he's \Htg ng a ;ic rsonal war against severe stress and emotio1a: pain. "l have sought nd received prof ssior. 1 medkal help to understand and deal "Ith thrsc Issues, 'he said. Newly elected Spanish prime minister pledges to legalize gay marriage MADRID Incoming Spanish Prime Mini ter Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said last week the nation will legaltze gay mar riage and give gay couples equal rights, Reuters reported. Spain is one of Europe's most Catholw countries, and the move likely w111 spark drbate, since the Vatican staunch­ly opposes same-sex unions. according to Reuters. Spanish cht1ator Francisco Franco banned homosexuality, and the nation's Catholic bishops already vocally oppose adoption of children by gay couples. Reuters reported. But Zapatero confirmed his inten­tions during debate in parliament that leads up to the vote to confirm him as prime min· ister, according to Reuters. "The moment has finally arrived to end once and for all the intolerable discrimination which many Spaniards suffer because of their sexual preferences," he said, Reuters reported. "Homosexuals and transsexuals deserve the same public consideration as heterosexuals. As a result we will modify the Civil Code to recognize their equal right to marriage with the resulting effects over inheritance. labor rights and social security protection." Singapore officials deny registration to gay group SINGAPORE - People Like Us. a gay sup· port group, last week was refused registra­tion by the Singaporean government. according to a column by its executive director published in the Straight Times. The Registrar of Societies in Singapore rejected the application of People Like Us, whose leaders say it has more than 1,000 members. and the group was ordered to dismantle, the Times reported. The regis­trar called People Like Us "likely to be used for unlawful purposes or for purposes prej· udicial to public peace, welfare or good order." according to news reports. Despite sofkning its stance on some issues related to gays, Singapore maintalns a law that bans gay sex as an "act of gross indccen· cv," news outl!•ts reported. Vivian Balaknshnan, go\ernment mmistt!r of •ate for natlor. I de\ lopmrnt, told reporters that the nation IS not ready to cept gay rights organizations. British lawmaker resigns post after debate over gay rights LOi';DON A conservative Brtt!Sh politi· cian resigned hlS post on the Welsh assem bly's equal opportunltle..~ committee after a heated debate over gay rights, the BBC l\ews reported. Davie! Davies walked out of a com­mittee meeting after he was criticized by other representatives for questioning Stonewall Cymru, a gay rights group, according to the BBC. Davies expressed opposition to gay adoption and school mate­rial on homosexuality. the BBC reported. "The issue was that I put questions to Stonewall Cymru and it was the reaction of other members I objected to. especially the minister [Social Justice Minister Edwina Hart) who accused me of having offensive and unacceptable views," Davies told the BBC. "I find that offensive and unacceptable becallc;e I really have to have the freedom to speak out." He decried what he called a "total waste of time" in the committee hear· ing regarding the gay rights group, the BBC reported. "The cult of political correctness means that if you do speak out and ask embarrassing questions, then you are going to find yourself being accused of racism, sexism, homophobia or some other form of 'ism' by everyone else," Davies told the BBC. Australian court approves sex change for teen gir1 MELBOURNE, Australia - A judge in Australia last week approved the decision of a teenage girl to begin a sex change, the Herald Sun reported. The girl, 13, now will take hormones as the first step in the process of becommg a bo~: according to the newspaper. Family Court Chief Justice Alastair Nicholson ruled in favor of the girl. who is a ward of the state and estranged from her mother, the Sun reported. Referred to in court pa[l\'rs only as "Alex." the girl will take testosterone when she is about 16 to c:ontinuc the sex·change process. according to the newspaper Alex must be 18 before she is eligible for sexchange surgen; the Sun reported. 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By MUBARAK DAHIR HE FEDERAL government should stop the special trade protectionism it has for pharmaceutical companies, and allow the legal import of cheaper, generic drugs. This issue has been a point of con tention for years, for Americans with all kinds of illnesses, rangmg from cancer patients to people with HIV and AIDS. r\ow finally thanks ton particular­ly outrageous move by Abbott l..aboratorie5 to raise the price of its AIDS drug. Norvir, to 500 percent of its previous cost, this issue is getting some serious consideration. Typically; whenever consumers and advocacy groups raise a stink and demand they be allowed to legally import drugs from Canada or Europe for a frac­tion of the price. there is a lot of govern· ment hand-wringing and more than just a little sweating from the drug companies. The federal government's claim that Americans' health would be at risk because It could not guarantee the safety of foreign· tmported drugs seems spurious. Are we really supposed to believe that citizens of Canada and Western Europe arc putting their health at risk for the cheaper drugs? We import all kinds of products from overseas, and they must undergo scrutiny for safetr before they can be sold here. It seems unfathomable that the federal gov­ernment couldn't devise regulations for the safe import of foreib'll drugs. The drug companies try to tell us that they don't make huge profits from the drugs, despite the often enormous cost difference between those same drugs here and In for­eign colDltries. They also say that a lot of the money that is made off of exlstmg drugs gets put back into research and develop­ment, to work on discovering better drugs. Wlule both the arguments from the drug compames and the federal govern· ment have a grain of truth, none is strong enough to present unsolvable barriers to allowing more affonlable imported drugs into the United States. THE :'\IAIN REASON WE DON'T HAVE cheape1~ generic drugs in this country is simple: greed. The recent debacle over the AIDS dntg Norvir illustrates why the l,'OVernment needs to stop pampering pharmaceutical compa­nies. and start standing up for patients. Abbott Laboratories began marketing Norvir in 1996. At the time, it was only the second in a class of revolutionary drugs known as protease inhibitors, which radi cally changed the course of medical treat· ment for people with HIV and AIDS. In addition to the benefits of Norvir iLo;elf, doctors soon discovered this drug had the distinctive ability to enhance the benefil'i of other protease inhibitors. So Norvir also became widely uc;ed as a supplemental drug. Norvir soon became an integral part of the so-called "cocktail" of drugs that so many people with HIV and AIDS take. This made Norvir a huge success. Since its introduction, the total S<1les of Norvir have passed the $1 billion mark. Usually, as a drug becomes more wide­ly used and more profitable, Its price goes down, not up. But in January, Abbott I..aboratories decided to raL~ the average price of the drug, u'lC'<i by tens of thousaml~ of Americans with HIV and AIDS, from about SI f,00 per year, up to about $7.800 per yem: That means the same dose of the drug today costs five times more than it did a year ago. Compare the price here to the average cost of the same exact clrug in Europe. 'rhe typical yearly cost of ~orvir in Europe is somewhere around $700 to $750. That means Americans arc now paying 10 times more for Norvir than are Europeans. THERE'S ANOTHER IMPORTANT factor in the Norvir debacle. too. The ini- HOUSTON VOICE APRIL 23, 2004 PAGE 10 tial research and testing of the drug was made possible by a federal grant to Abbott Laboratories from the National Institutes of Health. That federal gr.int money came directly from taxpayers. "The grant was critical in allowmg us to make th rapid progress that we made," Or. John Erickson recently told the New York Times. Erickson was the former chief of Abbott l..aboratories' drug re~earch program Taxpayer money subsldu.ed Norv1r. which v.ent on to be a huge profit-maker for Abbott Laboratories, a company that now is turning around aml charging the public exorbitantlv high rates. The fact that Norvir was developed with the help of a federal grant is important for another reason, too: Part of the fine print in any such grant is that the government has the right to insist on "reasonable ' prices for the discoveries made v.ith its mone:,: A five-time, overnight increase in the cost of a billion-dollar, already-profitable drug is hardly reasonable Activists are pressuring the govern· ment to use its leverage in the Norvir case. and there is some evidence that at least a few politicians are finally listening. The Department of Health & Human S<'rvices held a hearing Wednesday; April 14, on Norvir in particular, and on the question of cheaper imported drugs in gen· eral. The :\'ational Institutes of Health is also set to schedule hearing.son the issues. At least six members of the Hou e have signi:d a letter to petitioning Tommy Thompson. Bush's health secre­tary, asking him to assert the right to "reasonable" prices. One bill has already been introduced In the Senate to gradually allow imported drugs from Canada, Europe and Australia. And John Kerry; the presump· tive Democratic presidential candidate, has voiced his support of legalizing imported drugs. Activists are also encouraging a boy· cott of Abbott drugs. While Abbott has a monopoly on Norvir (and no one is sug· gesting that patients in need of the drug stop taking it to make a political state­ment), consumers can express their dis­pleasure with Abbott's pricing by pur­chasing other brands on drugs where Abbott has competitors. But in the long run. the solution to the problem of unaffordable drugs is to allow the import of foreign medicines. Thi:n"s nothing like competition to keep down price gauging. llJi Mubarak Dahir ~ 1s editor of the Express Gay NPWS in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, a paper affiliated with this publicatlOll. He can be reached at mdahir@express· gaynews.com HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com • point BRUCE CARROLL President Bush and the religious right didn't start the culture war over marriage. It's the radical gay groups' agenda. A fine mess we're in now THE BACKLASH OVER GAY MARRIAGE during the past few weeks doesn't come as a surprise to me. I predicted it months ago to a group of friends who are rabidly in support of pushing the issue. I told them that while there was a gay. marrying frenzy breaking out in San Francisco, Oregon, uncl New Paltz, N.Y .. most Americans were not at a place to accept this change. Smee two-thirds of Americans oppose gay marriage, and the same percentage support l<'gal protections for gays in the workplace, then why, I asked, are the radi· cal gay groups forcing marriage down the throats of America at this time? But it wasn't the "religious right" or President Bush who started this round of the culture war. It was us. The battle was clearly started by gay activists who adopted the tactic of cha!· lenging marriage laws across the country. The battle was joined, of course. by the conservatives now pushing for a federal constitutional amendment. But we need to step up and admit that the responsibility of the gay marriage debate, good or bad, is squarely on the shoulden; and the consciences of the so­called leaden; of the Human Rights Campaign, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Log Cabin Republicans and their ilk. Now the dominoes are falling against us, in Georgia. Kentucky and Mississippi. A state constitullonal amendment banning gay marriage in those states will be put before voters. Georgia. Kentucky and Mississippi not surprising, right? Hut in Ma'<sachusetts, far from a bastion of the religious right, the state legislature adopt· eel a constitutional amendment, though it still must survive additional legislative votes next year before it goes on the ballot there. SO THERf~ WE HAVF. IT. THIS DECISI0:-1 by our supposed leaders to push gay mar­riage onto center stage in America at this time and in this election year has resulted in a colossal setback that is solely the fault of those same groups. Why? Because instead of appreciat· ing the feelings of most Americans and undertaking a long-term commitment to educate our nation about who we are, our leaders took the easy way and went to the courts to dictate one version of morality and forced tolerance from the bench. That strategy is faulty and will never work. What we saw in Massachusetts, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi will be replicated in nearly every other state of the union. So the net impact of our activists launching this culture war will become discrimination enshrined into ----~- --. state constitutions. That certainly doesn't seem a step forward for gay rights. Gay leaders will scratch their head:, and wonder what went wrong, but the fact that they don't "get it" is proof enough that we need to find a new way and new leadership. Instead we get Rosie 0·0onnell who says she's getting married in front of TV cameras merely because President Bush says he's opposed to it. Well, that's one sure way for opponents to question the sincerity of the true commitment to gay marriage, isn't it? THE PATH TO GAY MARRIAGE IS NOT to force Americans to accept a moralitv they are not prepared to embrace. Instead of radical gay groups spending their pre­cious few dollars. time and resources engaging in court fights and street battles, it's time to turn our attention to the hearts and minds of mainstream America. What is needed is a fundamental and, most importantly, mature awareness cam· paign across the country about what it is to be a gay or lesbian American today. We all need to be willing to come out of our closets - proverbial or not - and let our APRIL 23, 2004 11 .,..,. J,,t,...~..- · ·.: ., ... -... ~;-: .. ·M . . -r'~·. -~ friends, family and work colleagues know who we arc. Let them know that we pay our taxe:; just like them. Let them know we experi­ence the ups and dov.ns of daily life JUst like them. Let them know that we want the same financial, job and relationship security that they enjoy. Let them know that we want to be as tolerant of their long-standing religious beliefs as we want them to be tolerant of ours. Until the leaders of these radical gay groups come to grips that they have wast· ed precious years on counterproductive strategies, we will continue to face these predictable setbacks to gay marriage and other i"sues with increasing frequenc~: Until all of us start reaching out to mainstream Americans, instead of shout· mg in their faces, we will continue to be responsible for our own failures. ~ Bruce Carrol lives in Alexandria. Va. and ~ is a former member of Log Cabin Republicans; he can be reached at BruceC2K@aolcom 12 APRIL 23. 2004 Villa Resort from $69 In the Hearl of Warm Sands 800.833.5675• 760.327.1408 www.inndulge.com CLOTHING IS FOREVER OPTIONAL 800.621.6973 www.chestnutz.com the gayest place west of the mississippi ! www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Direct flights daily to Palm Springs ana Ontario CA. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I on the record 'It is an imrr.::nsc honor to be listed along side heroes like Nelson Mandela. And I am thrilled to ~ce thts rcrOb'Ilitlon that marriage equality for sarr. sex couples i.> a crucial 1.ml rights struggle whose time has comr " Eran Wolfson, executii'e director of Freedom to Marl): on being named one of th "Time 100, "a /1st ma spetml ed111on of Time 11mgazm feat1mnv t/le 100 must influential people a/i, r todc.y, "TJ/f~on is 111cluded in the "Heroes and Jer;ns 'sea1on of the list Some beht:vr that gay marriage L~ our most pre smg 1 s te because tr B1b1 tr! ~ th m o Of coun;e, the Bible s.l'fS ome unusual things, for exam11lc. that 1t ~ permi s1 c to stone to de th adult resses but not adulterers. Is that so t tc k 1 laturrs can amtam .i quorum?" Hmf) Rwkert, a columnlSI writing in tJw IRXmgton Hrrokl Leader (/Rxington. K)!, April 19) "This has nothing to do wt th a gay lover or hrs relatwnshi11 with any female- Once v.e get all the facts, \\C'll be ahle to rcahze what rl'allv ha11penecl. Hr's a good kid. He reall:r IS." St. /,ouis Hluesforward iHike Danton s agl.'nt, Dave Frost, after the FBI arrestl.'d Danton for allegedly arr011gmg the murder of his roommate, 1cho local laze enjorcement author/lies say IS his lover I Sports lllustrated, April 19) 'It brought shamC' and hum1hat ion, shock and rcvu ston ' Attomey Michael Thorman. explaining why hzsclient. Michael Magidson, 23,Jomed tWQ others m bmtally beatmg and then hanging to death Gu-en Amu10 whe11 Magtdson discov­ered after sex with Amujo that Araujo was born male (Associated Press. April 15) "I thanked him for all that he had done end asked him not to 5Upport this. So in that sense. 1 guess I failed " Patrick Guerriero. executive director of the Log Cabin Republ1cans, on how he approached President Bush at a White House Christmas party and 1Jsked him not to back the federal marriage amrndml'Tit fNew }'ork 1'imes Magazme April 1 I) "I'm still voting for Bush .... but I have serious issues with the current team the prcsid(;nt has put around him to cultivate the religious-right support" John Karczmski, tu:£ chair of Log Cabin's rhaf>' wr m Omnge Qiunt): Calif. a:ho said many gay Re pub/irons wlli vote for Bush but "u Uh their eyes closed" <Assoczatl.'d Prrss. April 17) "There's hardly a fa'111ly that doe n't know that one of them someone's daughter, sistrr, brother, father, mother. uncle. whatever ls gay. .. I thmk that's why \\e can't put this m the tube anymore" Episcopal 81Shop V. Gene Robinson the church 'sftn;t openly gay bishop., explaining m a speech at Oaniel Hebster College i11 Nashua, .V.11., why gays are like toothpaste that wcm't go badi into the tube (Associated Press. April 13) "It could get very, very ugly in the next six months. l hope it's not, but the amollllt of hate we saw \\llS hard to takr." Jennifer CroSS(:n, a member of the KentucJ.y Fairness Alliance, a/ll'r the KentucJ.y state lpegL~lature put a constitutional amcndmmt banning marriage onto the November ballot (Associated Press, April 14) "He's an embarrassment to rehgion everywhere. l think Freel Phel11s thinks ahout homosexual ex more than any other 11erson on the planet " Southern l'overty Law Center spoke.~person MarJ.· Potok, on the group's efforts to track virulently anti-gay Rev. Fred Phelps, u•ho is traveling the country demanding that communities with Ten Commandments monuments also erect memorials condemning .\fat/hew Shepard. the gay Wyoming student beaten to death in 1998 (Associated Press, April 8) "Forget making gay weddings illegal, Mr. President. If you want to make marriage more stable. make divorce illegal. If people knew they couldn't get out of it, ther'd be more careful getting into it." Satirist Andy Rooney in his u60 Minutes" commentary (CBS News, March 21) T11r l1N1vEns1Tv (1/11~ Scum;u v .. r ua LIC llIAL TH AT HtH 'JTOl'i A,.-.p.,tAJ,,.,,,,,,.f-ia. lh.J/I, NWt U11Nr M IUIU#• ~ten's Internet Sexuality tud) Research Parucrpant Needed! APRIL 23, 2004 13 The Um\ersity of Texas School of Pubhc Health 1 seeking gay men to take part mo discussion on "straight" men (men v.ho h:1'e sex with men and don't identify themselves as gay or b1) who ha\ e sex with gay men. 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She's on the road again in support of her new album "At Last"', a collection of classic American songs like "Walk on Ry", "Stay'', "At Last" and "Unchained Melody". The Houston Voice caught up with her the day aftf'r the live telecast of VIII 's Diva's Live as shr takes a break before heading to Trxas for a string of concerts h re Houston Voice: Congrats on the surces of >OUr ne\\ album, 'i\t Last", and on Divas Lhe. www.houstonvoice.com Wack Jack " Liberace's ex claims Michael Jackson made the first move Page 26 APRIL 23, 2004 Cyndi urnper: The show was a lot of fun and, it was grrat to see Patti (LaBelle) and Shella E (who plays on 'i\t l..ast") The staging was tough for me with "Lady !\larmalade" because I always walk into everybody. Not on purpose. but invariably pcopll' arc going one wa~· and rm going in the other direction, so it's like an "AbFab"' episode. I was really fortunate enough to have the director of the show know me from years ago, which helped. You can't always create a good musical moment on a live telecast, but I think we did a good job. Pop diva Cyndi l.auper leaves the New Yori< skyline behind for a Sunday appearance at Verizon Wireless Theater m Houston. HOVO: The audience agreed. They were giving you and Patti LaBelle a standing ovation for "Time After Time"' before you even finished the song. Did you ever expect that kind of reaction? I.AUPER: I wasn't aware of it at the time because 1 was really in the moment, playing my instrument, singing and listening to everything come together. Also, to be honest. I'm nearsighted and can't always see what's going on. Everything looks like an Edward Hopper painting from far away. HOVO: You've been working non·stop the past few years performing at gay pride events, touring with Cher, making 'i\t Last" and now you're on the road again. How do you juggle work and family? I.AUPER: Sometimes I'm just in the doghouse with my little family, so I'm really trying now to spend quali· ty time with them. Every morning we have our family time at breakfast. My son has a hockey game tonight, and I'll be there watching and freezing. It's a difficult balance. especially on tour, but I love to sing and I love creating music and I think it would kill me not to. rm looking to Broadway now because (I live in New York and) I could be In a sho\\ and still have time to be with my son and to write music when he's in school. HOVO: You've got the live DVD of this tour coming out in ~fay? LAUPER: The live DVD took a lot of effort. but I'm really pleased with it. Considering that our industry is on its knees, the fact that I got to do a live DVD is great. Plus. I've been threatening tu do one forever so we called it "Cyndi I..auper Live-At Last", even though it covers material throughout my career. HOVO: One of the many reasons you are so endeared in the gay community b your constant decla· ration that people accept who they are and relish their uniqueness. Well, that and taking your husband on dou­ble dates with gay couples! LAUPER: Well. Patti (LaBelle) is the Godmother of my son, but she shares that with a few of my gay and lesbian friends. My son has a lot of gay people in his life, and I'm so happy that he "s able to e."\i>erience these people and not see them as different HOVO: \\bat's your feeling on gay marriage? LAU PER: I don't get why people are up in anru. over it. Who the heck is it hurting? Do we really need this to distract us from what's going on in the world? I know a lot of gay parents who are better parent::. and more car­ing about their families than some heterosexual families. HOVO: Unlike mo. t artists, you actually record new vocals for many of your dance remb:e,. Why? LAUPER: Because sometimes when the music changes I feel the vocal needs to reflect the new sound and environment. It's the same with my live perform. Please see LAUPER on Page 20 FRESHER THAN FRESH: Could the seafood at Mantra have been caught today? Page 18 I OUT ON THE COURSE: Pro golfer Rosie Jones is out and sporting the logo of Olivia, a gay travel company. Page 19 16 APRIL 23. 2004 ALLEY THEATRE While at CABO, register to win a pair of tickets to the Moy 19 opening of ~~ Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" and on invitation to the exclusive cost party. This topsy-turvy Sondheim musical features The Alley Resident Company and runs through June 6. www.alleytheatre.org or 713.228.8421 for details. Aspire to be;Don81d1Trump Tired of MfmOilor peanuts. • • coversadoll wln~dril q.ens,• ·d liilk executlva . .._.. 12 lllillS""itonCiae••l'ICroli1? OrllllZI ... 11111 lltlllfs ca.t.·..r. l.li is·i mca*'.i ies •1 li1 IY ~ You'd sell vour own mother? 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In the dimly lit entrywa}; it was hard to discern its origin, but it felt a lot like grass. A quick check revealed that lndC<'d it was grass St. Augustine sorl, to be exact When asked how they'd come up with the idea of using grass to carpet the entry, a manager told me that they want to be memorable from the first step inside. That won't be a problem for this luxuri· ous restaurant and il~ inventive pan· Asian cuisine. And not just because of the flooring choice. Mantra's decor is eye-popping opium­den meets Bangkok chic. A lounge domi nates the front section and is filled with spacious lounging couches upholstered in deep red velvet, and multitudes of throw pillows and ottomans in rich silks. Bejeweled Buddhas keep watch over the area from nooks in the wall and a dual propeller-blade inspired fan twists lazily overhead. A sushi bar and alcohol bar fill oppo­site walls m the middle of the restaurant, and the back offers sleek tables, two rich· ly upholstered booths in secluded alcoves and two private dining rooms, one with an impressive wine rack. The opulent, sensual decor even con· tinues outside, where plush, jewel-tone upholstered chairs serve as patio furni· tu re. THE Df:COR IS IMPRESSIVE, BUT IT'S the food that really stands out at Mantra. The fish Is flown in fresh daily from Hawaii. My dining compan ion and I started with two orders of sashimi. which arrived in generous four-ounce servings. The yellow tail ($8) was firm and fresh. but the unagl ($5) smoked eel - really stood out. Served warm, with both white and black sesame seeds, its smooth, but­tery flavor was a wonder. For appetizers, we chose the jasmine tra crusted shrimp ($9.99). The pan-scared shrimp had a pleasant hlnt of jasmine tra and the accompanying passion fruit coulls provided a sweet contrast If I'm being truly picky, the shnmp wrre JU ta tad ovcrdonE', but o•erall this dish impressed. The smoked tofu with grilled mango and avocado appeuzer ($5.99) arrhed lay­ered, looking like a tropical lasagna. It was a challenge to eat with chopsticks. but the thinly sliced smoked tofu was a "onder of rich smoky flmiDr and the gnlled mango complemented it nicely. The a•ocado turned out to be more like guaramolr, which someY.hat overpoY.· ered, but O'ierall this dish w •. s a ll•ely, inventive mixture. For main courses we chose the ahi and the Arctic char ($18.95 each). The seared ahi was just-caught fresh. Served with a crispy potato pancake and spicy Hunan shrimp in a garlicky sauce, this dish impressed. The slightly sweet Arctic char again was extraordinarily fresh. Paired with noodles in a light honey-miso sauce and tatsoi (Japanese spinach), this dish was our favorite, with each ingredient playing perfectly off the others. :\tantra offers only two desserts, a cheesecake and a chocolate mousse cake At the recommendation of our waiter, we chose the chocolate mousse cake, which turned out to be a decadent vertical layer· ing of chocolate cake and milk chocolate mousse, covered in a hard dark chocolate coating. Given its central downtown location, :\tantra is a good choice for a workday lunch. The lunch menu is small. but it's possible to order from the sushi bar as well. I chose the fresh Tasmanian crab cakes ($13.95), which our waiter said was one of their most popular dishes. Unlike some crab cakes, these were almost all fresh crab. with just a few bits of red pepper, green onion and corn for flavor. A roasted tomato sauce accented the crab nicely, while roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes rounded out the dish. My friend opted for the Maui fish tacos ($8.95). Two corn tortilla tacos filled with fresh white fish, tomatoes. purple cabbage and sweet caramelized onions were topixd with an otherworldly smoky sauce. Accompanied by herbed rice and roasted vegetables these tacos can a lmost transport you to the islands. Mantra is still a something of a secret, despite having been open for two months. They've kept a low profile while working out kinks and honing the menu and they're poised for an official grand open­ing in the near future. Once the word gets out, th is place "ill be packed. Mantra 711 Mam SL 713-225-3500 www mantrahouston com Food •••• Service: re< le! le' '/• Comfort & Aesthetics: 191 le' le' 1e1 Value •••'/1 Scene· '911e'!el!e' • = Stay home and eat cereal le' 191 = Well. rf you really must • 191 19' 191 = Fme for all but the fimcky ,.. ,.. le!• =Worth more than a 20-mmute drive • 19' 19' 19' 19' =As good as you'll find m this crty HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com GREG SMILEY After years of being out to her family, friends and colleagues, professional golfer Rosie Jones comes out to the world. Professional golfer Rosie Jones came out in March after entering a sponsorship agreement with OliVlcl, a company that provides travel services for gays. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/AP) Rosie comes out swinging LAST MONTH, DURING THE KHAFT Nabisco Championship, March 22-28. Rosie .Jones teed off sporting the logo or a new sponsor, Olivia, a travel company catering to lesbians. With her announrement in a news piece she wrote, and the New York Times pub­lished on March 21 about the sponsorship, the 4-1-year-0ld Jones, a 13-time winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour, publicly came out of the clc~t. Jones has been out to her family and friends for 25 years, even before she began playing on the pro tour in 1982. Most. if not all, of her colleagues on the tour knew of her sexual orientation. But it was not something she discussed publicl)'. "I've been on tour for 25 years, and in fact. there's a wide group of lesbians on tour. but they don't wear it," she says, "In fact, on tour you don't always know it. "You see people at parties and question things, but it's not a close-knit group of p('ople," she adds. "People just don't go around and go, 'Is she? Is she? Is she?"' CYNICS MIGHT SAY JONES' admission is hardly courageous, given that she is in the latter years of her career. is financially stable and, in fact, has timed this admission to an endorse· men! deal that will pay her significant amounts of cash. But it was a brave move, and she brushes such comments aside. "Hey, opportunity fell in my lap. I was­n't ready five or 10 years ago to make it public. I don't think my tour was read}:" Jones snys. "When Martina came out, she lo t almost every one of her sponsors. Thi1t wa the way corporate America was thinking. It was scan'. It is SC<Iry. "Ten )Cars ago, they didn't harn ' & Grace,' Rosie O'Donnell. gays on main· stream TV." she adds. "flbdayj it's liccom· mg acceptable" ,Jones says she doesn't really know what attitude mainstream sponsors hold toward openly gay athletes toda)'. But she has not been a victim of backlash as a result of coming out. "I still have my contract with 1'itleist," she says. •·1 have a new contract with I~co shoes. with a clothing company. Everybody was fine with it .. I wasn't sur­prised. but I was relieved. Things nrejust different toda):•· Jones told the Voice she views hrrself as an athlete more so than a political activist. Whether she acknowledges it or not, however, what she did could be con· sidered political, basL>d on the current cli· mate for gays in the professional sports arena and in general. "My coming out was not to taken political stance," she says. 'Tm looked at as someone who is stepping forward in those directions. I definitely have my viewpoints or opinions." Regardless of the timing, Jones has done a great service for professional sports and for gay men and lesbians. And she's done it on her own terms, when she was prepared to face the consequences. That is how it should be. "Coming out is a personal thing for everyone - at whatever level you do it," she says. "I had come out personally years ago, but to open yourself publicly to the world? Most people, they don't walk into a i:rocery store and get recognized. There's a whole [other! level for professional ath· lctt>s. They have to be pretty comfortable with themselves. '!'hen she adds, ':And so what. I'm like a thousund other athletes looking for endorsements. I was probably pa ed over a couple of times. So why not (enter a sponsorship agreement with Olivia)." It's a brave move that a lot of other golfers and professional sports figUrC have not yet been able to make. Rav APRIL 23, 2004 19 RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED lnvestigational Vaccine to Prevent HIV in Patients with Hepatitis C Please call us to find out about investigational treatment at no cost to you. Eligible participants will be compensated for travel. 't'cs Center for Clinical Studies 713 528.8818 Med1ca. Center 281.333.2288 Clear Lake Great Car Insurance! 713.661. 7700 For Anto, 1~. 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Hov; did vou come about tly1r. through the stadmm n a r,ari>a<;~ can" LAUPER: Well I .,.;anted to go out O\er the aud1encE m chury p1ckc.r 'mt Pat Birch, the director, said I hould use a garbage can on a pul!Ev system because It wou rl be cheaper and more lnterestmg. I thought, OK. a pulky sys­tem. I understand that That will v;ork. I d1dn"t reall} thmk of the significance of a garbage pail it's Just we didn't have anything else I JUst .,.;anted to go over the crowd and I didn't care if I'm swinli· ing on a vme At one point the pail started to shake and they thought they were gonna lose me so they pulled me in. It was then that I learned it was real· ly ten guys manually using the pulley ft MORE INFO Cyndi l..auper Spm Sunday Venzon Wireless Theater 520 ! ~xa~ Ave wwwvenzonwarelesstheater .corn wwwcyndilaupercorn tecause c d :ln't have the 'mdgct for tr maci'mr HOVO: Th Texas rr n can be big '1'1i v must ha\ left qJ,tc a'l •mpress'lln LAUPER: Texas 1s ~pecial for me President John<on was the gu) that signed the r .vii R.;;hts B:JI He did more for health can and educat10n than a lot of Presidents and Lady Bird Joh1'30n plant ed all those beautJ'ul flov. ers that arc all Ohr th hlghwa s here. Everv time I dme through Texas and see them it reminds me that God loves all the flow­ers- -even the wild ones that grow on the side of the road. 1 feel verv excited to be commg back because when I'm here that idea 1s all around me. HOVO: You're a beautiful person' LAUPER: Oh. yeah, now let me get off the phone so I can round up my flying monkeys! I'll see ya at the show. Use thetn to stand for something. Cyndi Lauper, who will perform music from her new CD. 'At Last' when she takes the stage in Houston on Sunday. says she loves Houston and Texas wildflowers. March for Women's Lives April 25, 2004 10:00 a.m. Washington, DC National Mall www.plannedparenthood.org HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com I community calendar SATURDAY APRIL 24 All-Spanish W<>Mp SeMceJNoche Espirltual 7 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Comrnuruty Church. 2026 W llth. 71J.861·9!49. After Hairs KPFT 90.l FM 1-4 a.m. Oigrity mass 7:30 JlJ11. for gay Cathohcs. 713-880-2872. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Cfmic. II p.m. ·2 a.m. at V1viallil s. 713-83().3000 Gay & lesbian Brealcfast CUI 9:30 a.m 281-437-0636 ..ambda Centc- Alcohoics Ancnymous ll:30 a.m. Eye Opener Group. 8 pm Saturday Night lM!. 9:30 p.m. Wilting Ones GlOUll 1201 W Cl.ly 713-521-1243 or 7J3.528JITT2. WWW .llllbdahous!c.' Dl1J. Mootrose Soccer CUI 10 a.m. practice Woodrow Wilson School Fairview and Yupon. New players~ but bcgm· rm notrur1!fl!ly being admitted. m-862-9491 http://geOCI ties.t001/montrosesoccer E-mail: montrosesoccer:a:yahoo.com Q.Patrol Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate cnmes. 930 p.m Coirle'lC at ccrnmunity center 713-528 SAFE E-matt. qp;1trolmc dol.com St Sttphen's Episcop.11 auch Rosary 8 a.m 1805 W Alabama 713-528-6665 Houston GlBT Comnu1ity Center CATS (Commurnty Aware~s for Trdnsgcnder Support) board meeting. 2 pm 3400 ~1ootras; Surt 207 7J3.S24·381& wwwhoustonglbt commumtycenter":-g SUNDAY APRIL 25 F111111 Rumen Houston Runners meet at Memorial Parle at 8 AM for a three-m le rt http://hOmeswbelLnet/laralhorVhoufrhlrrt E-lllJll laratlma;wbefl net. 713 522-0899 BemJ Memorial tnted Methodist Clud1 5erv1Ces at 8:30 & 10:50 a.m Sunday school 9:45 am. 713-526-IOP Center for Spiritual Living Services al II am.. for children al 10 50 a.m 6610 Harwirt 7J3. 339-IBOa The center also has C01111111tmenl ceremon • metaphysical bookstore and classes. Conl)uity Gospel Service at 11 a.m. & 7 pm. Sunday School for chddren 10 a.m. 713-880-9235 or wwwtommumtygospel.org. Colmwily of Kindred Spirits m Beaumont Worship at 6 p m 1575 Spindletop Ave.. Beaumont Te~. 409·813-2055 E·matl cksrev:lon netzero.net ~ Clud1 Ecumerncal. Liberal Baptist Service 9:30 am. & educalton hour II a.m. 713-668-8830 Emerson ~ Clud1 Adult edication. 10 a.m Service. 11 a.m. Lunch al noon. www.emersonhou.org. Frst Congregational Clud1 (Memonal). Service at JO am. Chnstian E!Location. IL30 am. 713-468-11543 or fcc-housl0f1.Dl1l. Fi'St UritWn t.menaist Clud1 Services at 9JO & 11-30 a.m. Brunch at 10.30 a.m. 713-526-5200 cllll'Ch a f1rstuu.org Free HtV Tesli!J.1. Montrose Cliic. 9 p.m.-midnight at Club lnerqy 713-830-3000. Gay 8owli1g [agues 7 p.m. Palace Lanes. 419J Bellaire Blvd. 7J3.861-1187 Gay Catholics of Sl Ame's-&ustoo 5 pm. womp service Oinner and social alexcam'a'wtnel n3-623-0930. Grace AsseniJly Clud1 Caylgay-affinrung congregatlOfl 11 a m serv1Ce 567 Ced.Ir Grove. Ltvtngston. Texas. 7n51 936-646-7214 E-mail leol ~ttexnet. Grace Lutheran Clm:h Sunddy school for all ages 9 am. Service J0:30 a.111. 713-528-3269. HAT.C.H. Houston Area Teen Coaht10n of Homosexuals meets 6-'I p.m For meeting mfomialion call 713-529·3590. WWW hatchycuth.org. Houston T emis CUI 9 a.m flOOI\ Memorial Parle at the TennlS Center. houslontennisclb a.aol.com L1mlxla Centei: Akoholics Ancnymous 9·30 a.m Came to Believe Group. 120J w Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-52B-9m WWW tambdahouslon.orQ. Maranatha Fellowship Metropollbl! Cludl. 10 a.m. service 3333 Fanmn. Suite 106. 7J3.521H>756. Norihwoods lWlarian l.WYersalist audt Semces at 9 45 & 11:15 a.m Sunday school 9 45 a.m. 28J-298-2780. ReslJTectioo MCC ServiceS. 9 and 11 a 'It Children and Youth SundJy School. 10 a.m Childrens service. Ila 'It ll3-86l-9!49 Sl Patrict's Reformed Catholic Mission. Sunday Mass al noon. Holy Umons available. Group meets at the Hair Express. 3310 Delaware. Beaumont Texas 77703 409-781-8152 E mad bwatsonl aglRR.com Sl Stephen's Episcopal Clud1 Holy Eucharist Rite I 145 am Holy Eucharst. Rite II. 8:55 a.m EducatlOO hour. 10 am Choral Eucharist 11 a.m 713-528-6665. Sunday Brunch For HIV·posi\M! mert 11 a.m. Riva~ 1117 Missoon St Paul. 713-880-0690. e-tra11: l'azr&I a JOlcoo1. The Women's Group MeelilYJ and dlSMSIOll 10 45 a.m. nJ.529ss11 Thoreau Uribrian lWversafist Congregation. Adult disar. sion. 9 a.m. Service.11:15 a.m. 281-277-8882. wwwtuuc.org. Unitarian Fellowship of Galveston Coirrty 502 Church Sl Service, II a.m. 713-686-5876. MONDAY APRIL 26 Free HIV Testmg Montrose Cinic. J.7 pm. at the dime. 215 Westhe1mer and 3311 Riclunond. Suite 100: 4-8 pm. at Bricks. 617 Fairview: and 9 p.m. I a.m at O 710 Pacific. 713-830 3070. Free HIV Teslilg 4-8 JlJ11. al All Star NeM. 3415 Katy Freeway Health clime with free testing IC'.' HIV and syph JS. 713-869·7878. Gay Bowling~- Womens league 645 p.m. Dynamie Lanes. 6121 Tame! Dnve. 71J.861·1187 Gay Fathers/Father; Fnt. Support group. 8-9" JO pm. 8enng Mernonal Umted Methocfist Churth. Tom. 7!3-nb-8736 www.geoaties~ Grace Assen1l*f audt Gaylgay-affimung ~ 1 p.m. aerobics clas.. 567 Cedar G~ LMngston. Texas. m51 93lH>46-7214 [ mad leol a.easttcx.net Grief & Divon:e 5upport Groups 7 p.m. BeniWJ 7n-526-1017 exl 208 Kolbe Project Eudianst 7-30 p. 'It llJ-861180C Lambda Center. Alcohofics Anonymous 8 p 11 8eQ11100'°s Group. 120' W Clay 713-5211243 or 71.Vi28·9772 WWW tambdahouSIO!l.Dl1J Montrose Clinic Olfers weekly peer suppct groups for gay and bisexual men with HIV Spamsh speaking group meets. 6:30 om 215 Westhe1me" ffi.830.3050 Grupo de A+n/O p;1ra Latinos gay y btsexuales VIH positivos. l.unes 6 lO Pzra mas mfornaaon llama al ffi.830.3025 ~ VOICeS Radio Show. 8-JO p.m. KPFT 90 I Houston GlBT Comnu1ity Center Lesbians Coming Out 7 p.m Amencan Veterans for Equal Rights. 7p.m. 3400 Montrose Suite 20l TJ3.524·38la www houstonglbtccrnmurntyce-rter.org. TUESDAY APRIL 27 Berilg Sl4JPC)rt Networt. Llllch Blllc'1 ~ 11 a.m 713-526-1017 Free HtV Testing. Mootrose Ciric.1-7 pm. at the dime. 215 Westhcimer and 3311 Rtchmond. Suite 100; 4-8 p.m al The 611. 611 Hyde Parle; and 8 pm.· midnight at Club Houston. 2205 Fannin 713-830-3070 GI.BT P8rtecosta1s Bible study. prayer. 7 JlJ11. in the Heights For 111fo 936-931-3761; e-mail wwwWgbl947(alCS.COm. Houstoo R~ Rl9Jy Practice from 6:30 • 8:30 p.m. For more 1nformallon. log on to wwwroughnedcsrugby.org Houston Women's Rl9Jy lean No expenence necessary. Practice. 6.30-8:30 Westland YMCA Kay. 713-208-1529. Introcb:tion to Budcl1ism All welcome al 1i34 W Temple 111 the Heights. 7 p.m Carlton. 713-862-8129. Ran>ow ~ Free C&W dance lessons. Brazos River Bottom No partner needed. Beginner 2 Step. Waltz. Shuffle & Swmg 8 30 pm. 713-528-9192 Houston GI.BT Colmuity Center Lisa Wannemacher Retabonshtp Semuiar, 7 pm. Lesbian Com.mg Oul Group, 1p.m,3400 Montrose. Suite 20Z 7J3.524-381& wwwhoustongtbtcommurnt~enter.org. WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 MS ~Art wrth Sali 8ablitt. ID.JO a.m -IDO pm. ~ Ml~lt-SerW:es Center.1475 ',\\>st C'n; 7J3.523-9530. Center for Splritua) Living Meditation (drop-m).ll:30 a.m. • 1 pm SOM Discussion & Exploration. 7 p.m 6610 Harwin. 713-3391808 f'hydy Challenged Healilg Alt With Salli Babbitt, ! p.m - l30 p.m. Metropolitan Mult~Se!vices Center, 1475 West Gray 713-523-9530. IMSkate This roller Rink skate club hosts Gay Skate Night al Zenith Roller Rink. 8075 Cool: Road every Wl'dnesday from 8 p.m. to IO p 'Tl S5 errtry plus Ible rental 281-933-SBJa Oobic367 a aolcom. Crystal Meth Ancnymous (CMAJ 8:15 JlJ11. meeting. Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond Ave.. Room IS. BemJ Memorial ~ Melhocl:st Cluth Support Networ1c Pot Luck Dinnet'. 6:30 p.m. Vanous support groups. 7 p.m 713-526·1017 Bible Study Noon & 6:30 p.m. Sl Stephens Episcopal. 71l52f>.6665. Free HIV Testing Montrose Clinic 4-8 p.m at Mary's. 1100 Westhe1me~ 9 p m-mtdnight at R1peord, 71) Fa1mcw: 10 Pm iaJn at EJ'~ 2517 Ralph; 10 p.m 1 a.m at Midlowne Sp;1, 3JOO Fannin. 713-83().3000. Free HIV Testmg. Thomas Street Clinic 9 a.m.-1 JlJ11. 2015 Thoma; Sl OraSure method CaU for appointment Sharon. 713-873-4157 Comnuriity Gospel Service BO P.'lt 113-880-9235 WWWtornmurnlygospel.orq. Gay Bowling leagues 6 'lO p.m. Palace LJmes, 4191 Bellaue Blvd 713-BbJ 1187 Grace AsseniJly Clud1 GayAJay-affinrung congregation. 7 p.m. aerobics class. 567 Ced.Ir Grove Livingston. Texas. 77351. 936-646-7214. E-mail: leoJ a~stlex.nel Houston Pride Band Open rehearsal. 7·30-9:30 p.m 1307 Yale. 713-862-1488. Houstoo T emis CUI 7-9 p.m. Memorial Par1c at the Teruus Center. houslontennisclb a;aol.com Splritua) Uplift SeMce. 7 p.m Resurrection MCC. 71J.86J-9149 Houston GI.BT Colmuity Center Kid: the &ti 5l110kmg cessabon sermnai: 7 pm., Houstoo Gay and leslJian Political Caucus. 7 p.m 3400 Montrose Suite 201 r J-524-381& www'loustonglbtcommunilycenter.org THURSDAY APRIL 29 HIV+ Healing Art Group, J-4 p.m Kermit Eisenlllt Studio. J953 Montrose Blvd. 713-523-9530 Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Comn1lli!y Ser'liCes Iv a. 2 p.m. at Josepll-Hmcs Climc.1710 West 25th St AJ-:.o 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m at Gallery Medical Clinic. 5900 North Freeway and CltJb Toyz from 9 pm.-midmghl 713-526-0555 ex' 231 227 or 226. Free HIV Teslmg. Montrose Cliic fl p.m midniqht al aazos Rrver Bottom (BRB) 2400 Brazos. aid at Cousms. P.'7 Fairview dnd 4-8 p.m. at All-Star~ "!415 Katy rreeway 713-83().3000. Free HIV Testilg 4-8 p.m. at All Star News. 3415 Katy Freeway Health dime with 'ree teslm~ for HIV and syphilis. 7J3.869.7878 Fl'llllll!lmer1 Houston. Runners meet .rt Menl::lal Par1c 6:30 p.m for a t ree-rmle rurt http-J /homeswbe!LneVlarathon.ihollfr~tm or e-1!! larathon n ~U.nel 713 522 0899 Gay Bowling ~ Lua Duos. 9 p.nt Dynamic Lanei. 6121 Tame! Onve 71J.86J-1187 ~ Gay Leslxan or Bisexual AHiance al the lJnivmity Houston-Central Campus. Weekly meeting. 6 p.m. e-<nail nguyen0023.ghotmail.rom Hep c ReaMry Support group. 6:30 pm. 8enng 713-526-1017. Ext 211. Houston R~ Rugby Practice from 6:30 S-.30 p.rrt For more infonnat100. log on to wwwroughnecbugbyorg. Houstoo Women's Rugby T ean No expenence necessary Practice. 6 30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay. nJ.208-1529 Lake Livingston GI.BT~ Grol4> 7 p.m. dmner and dis· CUS$IOll. Grace A5sembly Church. 'i67 Cedar Grove Livingston. Texa;. m51 936-646-7214 E-mail: leo! iieasllex.net lartda Slcating CUI 8 p.m. Tradewinds Skating Rmk. wwwneosoflcom/-lrsc. 713-523-9620. Montrose Cinic Offers weekly peer support groups for gay and bisexual men with HIV. English spealcing group meets. 6:30 p.m. 215 Westheimer 713-830-3050. Raimow ~ Free C&W daoce lessons. No partner r!QUlred. Brazos RrM 8ottont 8:30 pm. 7J3.528-9192 ReaMry From Food Miction (RfA). Meeting for 12~tep program open to aU. Noon-I p.m. Sl Stephen's [piscopal Church.1805 w Alabama Sl RFA: 71J.67J.284a www.geoaties.com/rfam35/ E-mait rfawurldservice(.aaoltont Sparish CllW Coow.rsation Grol4> Cafe Agora. 1 pm. 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Nobody has any way to prove lt or d1sprme it." Kmgand Buchanan net m 1834 and hared a hou e together sta tmg m 183: accordmg t ~v.e11 ~·th .t'\_B 'Ommsexual' Singer Sophie B. Hawkins recently won a lawsuit against a man selfing her CDs on eBay critics referred to King. a major slave owner, as "Buchanan's w1fl'." Andrew Jackson, the nation's Sl'Venth president, described King as ".Miss Nancy," a slang term for effeminate men at the time. Ktng was nominated as Franklin Pierce's vice president and maugumtcd in :\tarch 18!'>3, but died of tuberculosis less than a month later: Buchanan became president in 1857 and is the only person to hold that office who never married. Off the wall MICHAEL JACKSON just can't seem to avoid the limelight thl'se days. The New York Daily News reports that the tabloid National Enquirer's latest allegation against the pop star comes from SCOIT THORSON, an ex· boyfriend of the late pianist LIBERACE. 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