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Transcript voice Keys to success The Briar Patch piano bar continues to draw gay patrons in its new Montrose location, picked out by longtime customers. Page 15 ISSUE 1181 WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE JUNE 13, 2003 INSIDE Lambda Legal attorney Ruth Harlow comes to Houston in conjunction with the antici­pated U.S. Supreme Court rul­ing on the Texas sodomy statute. Page 3 Pride Month is in full swing with activities gearing up for the infamous nighttime parade. Check out this week's events in the Houston Voice's Pridefile. Page 15 No venture Out on the Town this week would be complete without a viewing of Houston Grand Opera's 'The Little Prince.' Page 20 Anti-gay bills disappear as Legislature closes Trio of proposals targeting gay parents fail to make progress before Texas lawmakers end session By PENNY WEAVER Despite the approval of the anti-gay Texas Defense of Marriage Act this spring, gay activists declared victory as the 78th session of the Texas Legislature ended this month. “The end of this session is a great relief to many of our families and great for many kids who need care in this state,” said for­mer state Rep. Glen Maxey, the only openly gay person to serve in the Texas Legislature, in a press release from the Randall Ellis, executive director of LGRL, helped instruct more than 200 participants in LGRL's lobby day in March, part of the group's efforts to fight anti-gay bills in this year's session of the Texas Legislature. (Photo by James Null) Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. “But after watching the level of hate and venom of this Legislature, I assure that this war is long from over,” Maxey said. “We bet­ter start raising the money tomorrow for the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby. We only won a great battle. The war is still raging.” Three anti-family bills that LGRL helped fight died when the session ended, accord­ing to Randall Ellis, LGRL executive direc­tor. They are House Bill 194,1911 and 916. House Bill 194, filed by Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena), would have disquali­fied gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in Texas from serving as foster parents. The proposal was referred to the Juvenile Justice & Family Affairs Committee but never received a public hearing and there­fore never went to lawmakers for a vote. A similar bill filed by Talton, H.B. 1911, would have prevented unmarried Texans from serving as foster parents. In late Please see ANTI-GAY BILLS on Page 4 Ontario court overturns gay marriage ban North America's first legal gay weddings held this week, open to U.S. couples By KEVIN SPENCE TORONTO — Two Toronto men were married on Tuesday, in the first legal gay marriage ceremony in North America. The men immediately took advantage of a landmark Canadian appeals court decision that ruled that Canada’s ban on gay mar­riage is unconstitutional. Just hours after the decision, Michael Leshner, 55, and Michael Stark, 45, tied the knot in a civil ceremony at the largest courthouse in Toronto. Leshner’s 90-year-old mother sang “0 Canada,” the Canadian national anthem, at the historic union, which was attended by about 50 of friends and relatives. “Yesterday we were giddy with happiness,” Please see MARRIAGE on Page 6 Michael Stark (left) and Michael Leshner show off their wedding rings, moments after they were married in Toronto on Tuesday. They were the first gay couple to be legally married in North America. The ceremony came a few hours after an Ontario court ruled it was unconstitutional to deny gays and lesbians that right (Photo by Michael Stupyark/Toronto Star) 2 JUNE 13, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE & GRILL ME AT IPITA & ADASSA WTIME AT 4 PM 4 emcee Kofi ^amphitheatre -=AGE BLEACHERT ■3E Events SchEO^ "JCXETS 52M Fashion St CAFE H BEACH T.DH EVE^T AND SOUTH BEACH ftjoE Committee of Houston CLUDES LUNCH .12-2 PM AND Two Great Shows! Thea Austin ;iRt#1 Pop Hit l cancer 2003" Showtime at 6 PM jfcS *ws?w<s*3E«ew>, vmaan^vx-. Jig. gjgj c HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com | local news Gays anticipate sodomy issue ruling Events planned to lead up to and follow U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas case By PENNY WEAVER Gay activists are gearing up for the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the chal­lenge to the Texas sodomy statute, and that decision could come as early as Monday. The court is expected to issue its rul­ing in the case of Lawrence v. Texas this month, and has announced so far that it will hand down various case decisions on June 16 and June 23. The court also may add decision days later in the month, according to Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, which is helping lead opposition to the Texas “homosexual conduct” law. The Texas decision could be among rulings handed down any of those days. Lambda Legal, which assists gays across the country in legal battles, charges that the Texas sodomy statute violates les­bian and gay Texans’ constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection. Lambda has asked the high court to review that statute and declare it unconstitutional. The Texas law bans intimate relations, including oral and anal sex, between con­senting adults of the same sex. It does not apply to heterosexual couples. In 1998, sheriff’s deputies, responding to a false report of an armed intruder, entered John Lawrence’s Houston apart­ment and found Lawrence and Tyron Garner having sex. Both were arrested and jailed overnight. Both pleaded no con­test to the Class C misdemeanor and paid a $200 fine. The case was appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which refused to consider the matter. U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed last fall to hear the case, and oral arguments were given before the court in March. This month in Houston, a number of events are planned with the anticipated Supreme Court decision in mind. On Friday, June 13, Lambda legal direc­tor and attorney Ruth Harlow will be the guest of honor for the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identification Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas (SOGII), the nation’s first gay state bar group. SOGII members meet from 1 to 5 p.m. as part of the State Bar of Texas’s Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Harlow was the chief strate­gist in the challenge to the Texas sodomy statute and is considered a top civil rights attorney in the nation. “(The Lawrence easel is a tremen­dously important case for gay people and for everyone who believes in basic free­doms,” Harlow said in a SOGII press release. “Laws that criminalize oral and anal sex by consenting gay couples are an affront to equality, invade the most Gay activists this month anticipate a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Texas sodomy statute, a case that began with Houstonians Tyrone Garner (left) and John Lawrence in 1998. private sphere of adult life, and harm gay people in many ways.” Community Law Day set As part of Houston Pride 2003, and with the Texas sodomy case in mind, the Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston will offer the nation’s first event designed to teach gay citizens about their legal rights. According to a SLAGH press release, the free seminar called Community Law Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. The sessions will feature more than 25 SLAGH attor­neys and judges who will present 17 topics of interest to gays. “Some laws can affect GLBT people dif­ferently or exclude us all together from certain protections and rights,” said Stonewall Law President Jerry Simoneaux. “We felt we needed to let our community know what their rights really are and how we can work within our cur­rent legal system to recapture and pre­serve our rights.” The keynote address to kick off the event will be given by Houston attorney Mitchell Ratine, who is local counsel in the case of Lawrence v. Texas. Participants will then be able to choose from four classes offered each hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Classes will be taught by noted attorneys such as University of Houston Professor Richard Aiderman, Jim Walker, transgender activist Phyllis Frye, John Nechman, and Judge Steven Kirkland, among others. Each class is planned for the non-attorney; however, attorneys who participate will receive up to 4.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credits approved by the State Bar of Texas, accord­ing to SLAGH. “We are very excited about this event,” said Ratine, who also is Stonewall Law Planning Committee Chair. “We have put together a great program featuring topics dealing directly with the GLBT communi­ty such as employment, housing, forming and dissolving relationships, parenting, name change procedures and transgender issues, and estate planning. There are also topics of more general interest such as auto accidents, traffic tickets, criminal defense, consumer protection, and much more. Everyone is sure to find something of interest.” Events planned in reaction to Supreme Court decision Local events around the nation are being planned for the day the Lawrence v. Texas decision is announced, according to Lambda Legal. Gay groups plan celebrations or protest rallies for the afternoon and evening of the decision, depending on the court’s ruling. Lambda Legal is working with community activists to coordinate these events and disseminate up-to-the-minute information on the case and the decision, according to a Lambda press release. Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Texas sodomy law for two reasons: first, that it is an uncon­stitutional invasion of privacy; and sec­ond, that by singling out gay people, it vio­lates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. A victory on either or both claims will affect all 13 remaining sodomy laws in the nation and will be a powerful tool for securing equali­ty for lesbians and gay men in all 50 states, according to Lambda Legal. Events planned for the day of the Supreme Court decision on the Texas case include rallies in West Hollywood, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, S.C. In Texas, activists plan a 5:45 p.m. rally in Dallas on the day of the decision. Houston leaders plan a 5 p.m. rally on the steps of City Hall, 901 Bagby St., in reac­tion to the decision when it is made public. O MORE INFO SOGII 1314 Texas Ave, Suite 1700 Houston, TX 77002 713-650-0570 Community Law Day 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 14 Bering Memorial UMC 1440 Harold Houston, Texas 77006 Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston 713-227-1717 www.slagh.org. Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund www.lambdalegal.org JUNE 13, 2003 3 inside ISSUE 1181 LOCAL NEWS................................................ 3 NATIONAL NEWS..........................................8 FORUM........................................................ 10 OUT ON THE BAYOU..................................... 15 COMMUNITY CALENDAR............................ 21 APPOINTMENTS..........................................21 CLASSIFIEDS.......................... 22 Q PUZZLE.....................................................23 MY STARS..................................... 26 COMPLAINT: College softball player Andrea Zimbardi has accused the University of Florida's softball team coaches of anti-gay discrimination. Page 5. INDICTED: Media attention has focused on Martha Stewart's indictment, but gay stockbro­ker Peter Bacanovic also faces charges in con­nection with the security fraud case. Page 8. VIEWPOINT: As Fathers Day approaches, columnist Rich Arenschieldt marvels over the out-of-this-world transformation of one dad. Page 10. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Houston Voice, 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77006. Houston Voice is published weekly, on Friday, by Window Media LLC. Subscriptions are $92/year for 52 issues (only $1.77 per issue). DOMA was session's big defeat for gays 4 JUNE 13, 2003_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE | local news O MORE INFO Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas P.O. Box 2340 • Austin, TX 78768 512-474-5475 • www.lgrl.org ANTI-GAY BILLS, continued from Page 1 April, lawmakers said H.B. 1911 did not have the support it needed to pass and would not be moved out of committee. That proposal, which also hit a nerve with gay parents, died with the legislative session. Originally the measure stated that the state should “prevent the placement of a child in a foster home with any unmarried individuals.” But as the House State Affairs Committee heard testimony regarding the bill, Talton sub­stituted the phrase “unmarried individuals” with “homosexual or bisexual” That move confirmed what gay activists had said since the lawmaker filed the bill: that it was directed at preventing gay Texans from serving as foster parents. The third anti-gay bill concerning fami­lies was H.B. 916, filed on by state Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville). Miller called the bill the Defense of Families Act; it would have prevented two people of the same sex from filing a joint petition for adoption of a child. H.B. 916 was referred to the Juvenile Justice & Family Affairs Committee, just as Talton’s H.B. 194 was sent to that panel. The bill stalled in committee and never received a public hearing. Lobbying by families damaged anti-gay bill Gay activists rallied to stop the anti-gay H.B. 1911—the only one of the three anti-gay family bills to get a public hearing—and law­makers said testimony from gay families helped keep the bill from coming up for a vote. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Carrollton), chairman of the Republican-dominated House State Affairs Committee, said com­pelling testimony by bill opponents was a factor in trashing the bill last month, along with the $15.7 million price tag. A number of gay rights advocates and social workers on April 22 denounced Talton’s proposed legislation, calling it cruel and crazy. There aren’t enough foster Gay parents, their families and supporters from across Texas rallied at the state Capitol in March against anti-gay legislation. Lobbyists credit the outspokenness of gay families with defeating at least one bill. (Photo by James Null) homes as it is, said opponents, and there is no evidence that a parent’s sexual orienta­tion is harmful to a child, they noted. Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) said an estimated 1,560 foster homes with single parents would be closed by the bill, dis­placing 2,252 children. “So if they’re displaced, where do they end up?” Naishtat said. In state-paid institu­tions, he said, answering his own question. LGRL called H.B. 1911 “one of the most serious and potentially damaging bills” of the Texas Legislature’s 78th session. 'Slap in the face' to gays is now law The big defeat for gay Texans this year was the approval of the Texas Defense of Marriage Act, which Gov. Rick Perry signed into law on May 27. The new legislation prevents same-sex marriages or civil unions from being rec­ognized in Texas, even if they are per­formed and recognized in other states. Vermont currently is the only state that provides civil unions for same-sex couples. Already, Texas only permits marriage between a man and a woman. Gay activists call the state’s DOMA “a slap in the face” to gay Texans. But supporters said the act was needed to protect Texas from the legal decisions of judges in other states where same-sex unions could be recognized. The bill faced some unsuccessful Democratic opposition in the Texas Senate. It received widespread support in a record vote in the House. It was authored by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and spon­sored by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa. When the House approved the DOMA bill April 30, it was by a vote of 118-13, sending the proposal to the governor’s desk. A similar bill already had been approved by the Senate on a vote of 22-9. Chisum also was a co-sponsor of Talton’s anti-gay H.B. 194. Anti-gay efforts continued to the end In the last days of the legislative ses­sion, Senate Bill 1952 emerged as a vehicle for amendments of all kinds, according to Ellis. That kept activists concerned about potential anti-gay proposals that might ride into law with other legislation. S.B. 1952 dealt with a broad topic of gov­ernment reform, and lawmakers including Rep. Miller attempted to add a proposal against gay adoption to the bill. “The far-right pushed its social agenda of intolerance right up to the very end,” Ellis said. “Even with the obstacle of a $118 billion dollar budget still on the table, Sid Miller was attempting to amend his anti-gay adoption language onto any bill he could. It did not make it because it was bad policy, and lawmakers were unwilling to waste their time with his pettiness.” Although some anti-gay bills died with the end of the legislative session, more than one pro-gay bill also perished when lawmak­ers concluded their work. They included: • H.B. 574, filed by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston). This measure would have pro­hibited employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender iden­tity. The bill was referred to the Business & Industry Committee, and a public hearing was held on March 25, but the proposal remained pending in committee. State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) signed on as a joint author to Farrar’s bill. • H.B. 862, filed by Coleman and known as the Dignity for All Students Act, would have protected Texas students from discrim­ination based on characteristics including race, religion and sexual orientation. The proposal was referred to the Public Education Committee and left pending. Farrar signed on as a joint author to the Dignity for All Students Act. • H.B. 1136, referred to the State Affairs Committee, was proposed by Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio). The legislation would have banned dis­crimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation. It defined sexual orientation as “having a preference for het-erosexuahty homosexuality or bisexuality; having a history of such a preference; or being identified as having such a preference.” It also stated: “This Act may not be con­strued to mean that this state condones homosexuality, bisexuality, or any equiva­lent lifestyle.” The legislation would have prohibited employers from firing, refusing to hire, or otherwise discriminating against anyone based on sexual orientation. DOJ reverses decision, will allow Pride party Ashcroft reverses decision, but Justice Department won't sponsor gay event ByJOECREA In a last minute reversal, the Department of Justice said Tuesday night that employ­ees will be allowed to stage a gay pride event at the agency’s headquarters. The agency had earlier refused to permit any Pride cele­bration there. But in what gay employees called a con­tinued deviation from usual policy, the department will not be officially sponsor­ing the gathering. The decision means that employees will have to pay for event expenses themselves. Allison Nichol, vice president of Department of Justice Pride, said a department spokesperson had hinted that budgetary concerns were behind the deci­sion. But Nichol questioned how her group would be able to cover event expenses without help from the department. In previous years, the department paid for the expenses, including use of the Great Hall, set-up and breakdown of microphones and added security costs as the event is held after hours. “We’ve always covered expenses for the food, like trays of brownies and coffee, and we always pay for the awards themselves, but we’ve never had to handle these other expenses,” Nichol said. “While we wel­come the partial reversal, we certainly do not think that this treatment is equal to that afforded to other groups in the depart­ment. We think that is unfortunate.” A Justice Department spokesman told the Associated Press Tuesday night that it had never been the department’s intention to block the event, but only to make it clear that they would not financially support the gathering. The Justice Department did not return Blade calls seeking comment. Nichol said her group is waiting to hear back from the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office on the cost for the event and to find out if the Great Hall is available on June 20, the date DOJ Pride hopes to hold its awards ceremony In a related move, the Department of Commerce’s Office of Civil Rights has announced it will not sponsor gay pride events this year. It will permit the group to celebrate the event in the Commerce building, according to a member of the department’s gay group. The DOJ and Attorney General John Ashcroft have faced mounting criticism for the past week over the initial decision to refuse permission to the gay employee group. Some senators and ACLU officials said Ashcroft violated a promise he made during his confirmation hearings that he would not discriminate against the depart­ment’s gay employee organization. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) sent a strongly worded letter to Ashcroft urging him to reconsider his decision and threat­ened to take legislative action if the matter was not resolved. Lautenberg wrote that if the DOJ decision was not reversed, he would invite DOJ Pride to the Capitol to celebrate gay pride month. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 13, 2003 5 national news College softball player dropped from team after complaint University of Florida) GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Andrea Zimbardi, a former star player and co-captain of the University of Florida’s soft-ball team, accused the team’s coaches of anti-gay discrim­ination after they released Zimbardi, a lesbian, from the program, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s not just me,” Zimbardi told the newspaper. “There were two other players released, and they were never given a clear reason why but they were also of a certain sexual orientation.” While UF does not include sexual ori­entation in its non-discrimination policy Zimbardi, who had complained to school officials of her two coaches’ “inappropriate” comments regarding her sexual orienta­tion, said she was told the situation would be addressed. Instead, she was suspended for two days after her meeting with the officials and later released. “[Head coach Karen Johns] said I was pulling a big scam and that I shouldn’t plaining about 'inappropriate' com-feel what I was feeling,” Zimbardi said. Athletic Director ments directed at her by a coach Jeremy Foley said in a prepared statement that he was at the school. (Photo courtesy the “very comfortable” with how the situation was handled. Andrea Zimbardi, a lesbian athlete at the University of Florida, was released from the team after com- Conservative group thwarted in Gay Days fly-by attempt BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A Virginia-based Christian group attempted last week to remove a no-fly zone over Walt Disney World so they could hire planes to dis­play anti-gay banners during the park’s annual Gay Days weekend, according to the Associated Press. “Airspace is a free- First Amendment zone,” Joe Glover, president of the Family Policy Network, told AP. But U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway rejected the petition, stating it did not meet the burden of proof to lift the-restraining order put in place to pre­vent terrorist attacks. Despite the con­troversy, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer opened the event, which drew thousands of gay men and lesbians to the central Florida city last weekend, with a wel­coming speech, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m the first mayor to attend this event, and I promise this won’t be my last,” Dyer said, according to the newspaper. Army journal publishes study on military's gay ban WASHINGTON — A study that shows gays don’t undermine the military’s ban on openly gay service members was recently published in Parameter, the official journal of the U.S. Army. The publication is distributed to more than 12,000 senior Army officers and officials. Study author Aaron Belkin, assistant professor of political science and direc­tor of the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said that the military has a his­tory of suppressing its own studies showing that gay men and lesbians do not undermine the military. Belkin said the publishers of Parameters took a “bold step” to publish a study “based on evidence, methodology and one that addresses the issue squarely.” “Those who are reading this are tomorrow’s colonels and then generals,” Belkin said. “One effect that could result from the research is that if they read a piece that has a very calm, measured tone, that they might be likely to intellectual­ly argue within the military to their gen­erals that the policy [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] is wrong.” City Council in Ky. challenges mayor on domestic partner benefits LEXINGTON, Ky. — Despite heated debate among city council members, Mayor Teresa Isaac is confident that her policy extending health benefits to gov­ernment workers’ domestic partners will remain unaltered, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Stating bud­getary, procedural and moral objections, 11 of the 15 members of the council voted to take steps to place a moratori­um on- the benefits until October. Though the outcome of the moratorium is uncertain, Isaac said the council is fighting a losing battle because the authority to extend such benefits rests exclusively in her office. “That’s why it was important to do it administrative­ly,” she told the Herald-Leader, adding that only if the council were to get a legal ruling in favor of the moratorium would they have any hope of enacting it. N.Y. doctor sues lesbian partner over alleged money mishandling NEW YORK (AP) — A foot doctor who received millions of dollars after being hit on the head by ice falling from the Empire State Building sued her domes­tic partner for allegedly misusing her money while she was disabled. Dr. Caryn Brandland said in court papers the severe head injury she suffered on Feb. 9, 1998, left her unable to take care of herself or her financial affairs. By March 2003, court papers say, Brandland had recovered “to the point where she was able to comprehend that Eagle had massively misappropriated her funds and had obtained title to her [$1.6 mil­lion condominium] apartment as a joint tenant.” At this time, court papers say, Brandland told Eagle she wanted her out of the apartment. Brandland’s lawyer, Adam Richards, refused to com­ment on the case except to say Eagle is still living in the apartment From staff and wire reports The Most Important LGBT Court Decision ot Our Generation ■I ♦ Health Benefits ♦ Public Accommodations ♦ Social Security & Pension Survivors Benefits ... and more /' J I 9 ; | ♦ Immigration affecting our_egua[ access toj ♦ Jobs & Housing ♦ Families & Relationships Will be made over the next several days* The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Lambda Legal's case which will directly affect the rights and lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people for years to come as it decides whether or not to uphold Texas’s “Homosexual Conduct Law,” outlawing sex between couples of the same gender. Courts and legislators around the nation have used laws like this as the excuse to deny us a whole host of rights, making whether or not the court upholds the Texas law critical to our civil liberties. ALL who support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered people’s freedom are asked to join either... a PROTEST or a CELEBRATION K nm on th® stePs Of U pin City Hall (901 Bagby Street) on the evening of the Supreme Court’s decision* Join John Lawrence & Tyron Garner for this important occasion. We will either PROTEST the court’s decision if they insult our humanity by upholding Texas’s bigoted law, or we will CELEBRATE the defeat of this hateful legislation. Either way, we call on all fair-minded Houston-area individuals and organizations to make a public commitment to attend this action. Please go to www.CABN.org/DefendOurRiqhts to pledge your support. Speakers will include GLBT leaders, lawyers, and public officials. Info: contact Mitchell Katine at 713.981.9595 or at mkatine@wba-law.com * We do not know the date, although it almost definitely will be announced in the morning on a Monday in June. Listen to the news each morning, and please attend this event the evening of the Court’s announcement. 6 JUNE 13, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE national news U.S. gays can get mamed in Ontario MARRIAGE, continued from Page 1 Leshner told the Voice. Justice John Hamilton performed the ceremony “All we had to do was produce the license,” Leshner said. “He said it was an honor to marry us. They treated us like royalty.” In addition to allowing ceremonies like Leshner and Stark’s, the court retroactive­ly validated the unions of two couples who had already been married by the Metropolitan Community Church in 2001. Canadian officials have confirmed that gay couples from the U.S. may also be mar­ried in Ontario, leading American gay activists working on legalizing gay mar­riage in this country to ask whether American couples married in Ontario will have their unions recognized back home. They are also talking about the impact of the Canadian ruling on court cases and pending bills in individual states. Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, is ecstatic about the decision. “It puts tremendous winds in our sails in our freedom to marry movement,” said Wolfson, whose organization is seeking to win marriage equality nationwide. Joanna Radbord, a gay marriage sup­porter in Toronto, just married her part­ner, Maretta Miranda. She was also one of the attorneys who argued the case before the appeals court. Radbord expects Martin Cauchon, Canada’s minister of justice, to make an announcement soon about a potential appeal, but she is hopeful the decision will be left standing. “It looks like the government is not going to appeal the decision,” Radbord said. “When we were arguing the case, one of the o GAY MARRIAGE WORLDWIDE Countries with gay marriage: Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003) Countries with marriage-like "registered partnership": Denmark (1989), Norway (1993), Greenland (1994), Sweden (1995), Iceland (1996) Countries with D.P. laws: France (1999), Germany (2001), Portugal (2001) Countries with some D.P. recognition: Austrialia, Brazil, Israel U.S. states with civil union laws: Vermont U.S. states with D.P. laws: California, Hawaii, New York, District of Columbia U.S. states with pending gay marriage challenges: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Indiana, New Jersey Newlyweds Michael Leshner (left) and Michael Stark sign their marriage certificate after a wedding cere­mony, presided over by Justice John Hamilton (right). (Photo by Michael Stupyark/Toronto Star) federal government lawyers said it would be the last time they were going to argue it.” The issue of gay marriages has already been litigated in several Canadian provinces, with mixed results. Prime Minister Jean Chretien is stepping down soon. According to Radbord, Paul Martin, one of the leading contenders for Chretien’s position, has stated, “If [the gay litigants] were successful before the Ontario Court of Appeal, that should be the end of the legislation.” Radbord added that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance John Manley, another front-runner to become prime minister, said that marriage for same-sex couples is acceptable to most Canadians. Conservatives, however, have expressed their unhappiness with the decision. They have expressed interest in seeking to over­turn Tuesday’s decision. “Should Parliament or the courts be deciding this?” asked Peter Jervis, a con­stitutional lawyer who is representing a multi-faith coalition that opposes the deci­sion. “That’s why it’s an interesting issue.” Jervis’ clients include the nation’s Roman Catholic Bishops (the largest reli­gious organization in the country), the Islamic Society of North America, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (includ­ing 40 denominations), the Ontario Council of Sikhs and the Catholic Human Rights League. “I’m not surprised at the finding that this was discriminatory,” Jervis said. “They’ve taken a radical approach. They said ‘We’re going to decide this ourselves. We’re not going to give the Parliament the chance to decide this.’” Jervis said he questions whether Parliament should be in the business of defining gay marriage. “A further complication is that the gov­ernment is defining a social institution,” Jervis said. “It’s happened in Vermont. Is that the right approach?” 'Comity'for U.S. couples? Stateside, Wolfson said the decision can only help gay men and lesbians here because the Ontario court ruled that dis­crimination is very clear in this context — and the remedy is very simple. Although gay marriage lacks legal recognition in the United States, the deci­sion will be a catalyst for change, said Wolfson. Vermont is the only state that rec­ognizes civil unions, yet it is still outside the realm of the full rights and responsi­bilities of legal marriage. “The exclusion from marriage infringes on human dignity, harms real families, and benefits no one,” Wolfson said. Legal challenges are ongoing in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Indiana. “In Massachusetts, where we expect a ruling from the state’s highest court, a decision could come in a matter of weeks,” he said. Already, in Michigan, same-sex couples are planning on crossing the Friendship Bridge into Ontario to marry, according to the Associated Press. “There are no residency or citizenship requirements for Americans to marry in Canada,” said Radbord. But Wolfson cau­tioned that, upon return to the United States, the definition of “comity” will determine its value. “Canadian and other foreign marriages are recognized in the U.S. via the legal con­cept of ‘comity,’” which, according to Wolfson, “is the respect given by jurisdic­tions to other jurisdictions. The bottom line of ‘comity’ is that in almost all cases, a marriage that is legal where celebrated is respected elsewhere. So people have the security of knowing their family is intact as they travel.” In Michigan, some officials are already grappling with the predicament. A same-sex marriage license may never be recog­nized in Michigan because state law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. “I think there is concern — whether it be in a neighboring province or in another state where homosexual marriage is legal­ized — that it may lead to court challenges of Michigan’s Defense of Marriage Act,” Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan told the Associated Press. “The Vermont decision was good in its context,” Radbord said. “It is pro­gressive, but in Canada we wanted to achieve something more than second-class status. Your courts are in a whole different era on gay and lesbian rights issues,” she said. Internationally, she added, Canada’s highest court is well respected. Leshner himself is an expatriated American who became a Canadian citi­zen in 1972. “To be gay in America, you might as well be living in Kabul,” he said. He added that in the United States, there is only public policy debate and tol­erance but legal protection is absent. In Canada, on the other hand, gay sex was legalized nationwide in 1967. Common-law homosexual couples received the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts in 1999. “This is the best tourist place short of the Netherlands and Belgium,” Leshner said. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage on April 1, 2001. Belgium did so more recently. Within the last decade, several coun­tries have moved to create a new marital status for gay men and lesbians, according to Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. Denmark, Norway, Greenland, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands established a registered partnership by honoring each other’s partnerships. Several other European countries are con­sidering similar legislation, as is the European Parliament. “When the country’s largest trading partner, closest neighbor and NATO ally has ended marriage discrimination, it means that the Canadian couples will need to be treated with respect here,” Wolfson said. “They will see that the sky doesn’t fall when a country treats its gay citizens with respect and equality, including the freedom to marry,” he added of the United States, “if Canada can do it, we can, too.” HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 13, 2003 7 8 JUNE 13, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Community Church "Building Community Through Compassion Visit Our New Improved & Larger Nursery/Children’s area June 15 • “The Downfall & Redemption of a Macho Man Rev. Janet Parker Church Service begins at 10am and nursery is available for small children. Mid-week "Home Group" services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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Bacanovic pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury and obstruction of justice under allegations that he altered work sheets on Stewart’s portfolio to reflect an agreement he and Stewart said they had to sell ImClone stock at $60 per share. “The government is alleging that Bacanovic used two different pens to write in that [$60] number,” said Robert G. Heim, a lawyer for the Securities & Exchange Commission. “If the government can prove that Bacanovic altered documents, that would be enough to prove an obstruction case.” If convicted, Bacanovic and Stewart could face several years in prison. Attorneys for Bacanovic and Stewart said they were confident the pair would be exonerated of all charges. Peter Bacanovic, the gay stock broker at the center of Martha Stewart's secu­rity fraud indictment, faces charges of perjury and obstructing justice in the investigation of Stewart's controversial ImClone stock sale. (Photo by AP) Convicted killer of trans teen seeks DNA test LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An attorney for a man sentenced to death for the 1993 killing of transgendered teen Brandon Teena, asked for DNA testing June 5 to prove his client’s innocence. Death-row inmate John Lotter claims that another man convicted in the crime, Marvin Nissen, actually mur­dered Teena and two witnesses. Nissen tes­tified that he stabbed Teena, but he said it was Lotter who shot him and the witness­es. Nissen is serving a life sentence. Letter’s attorney Jerry Soucie, asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to order tests on gloves that Nissen wore the night of the killings. Another judge rejected an earlier request for the tests. Assistant Attorney General Marie Colleen Clarke said that Lotter took Nissen’s gloves after the killing and wrapped the gun and knife in them, making it no surprise if blood from all three victims is found on the gloves. “What would it prove?” she asked. Prosecutors contend Teena was killed because he accused the men of rape after they learned he was biologically female. Priest in Boston scandal won't face charges in Calif, case RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — One of the cen­tral figures in the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal will not face criminal charges here after prosecutors rejected the case against him involving a 17-year-old male. Retired Rev. Paul Shanley, 72, was arrested last year in San Diego and was taken to Massachusetts, where he was a longtime priest. He pleaded innocent to 10 counts of child rape in that state and remains free on $300,000 bail. Prosecutors said June 3 that problems with evidence against Shanley including no proof that the gay priest knew the boy’s age, led to the decision not to pros­ecute him. Last month, San Bernardino County prosecutors also declined to charge Shanley for allegedly seducing the same boy which led Riverside prosecutors to investigate alleged incidents at a Palm Springs Shanley co-owned. If Shanley is convicted in Massachusetts, he could get a life sentence. Egyptian appeals court reduces four sentences in sex case CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — An appeals court on June 4 reduced the sentences of four Egyptian men from three years to one following conviction on charges stem­ming from their arrest aboard a gay Nile River boat in May 2001. Of 52 men arrested that night, 29 were acquitted and 16 appealed. Another two men were sentenced to five and three years, respec­tively. Court officials said 12 of the men, who were also initially sentenced to three years imprisonment, lost their appeals because they did not attend the hearing. Another five did not appear at the hearing and will be retried if arrest­ed. Egyptian and international human rights groups have condemned the case as persecution of gays. Former Texas high school trainer jailed for indecency with students BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A former high school athletic trainer was arrested June 3, accused of indecency with two male students during weekend trips in 2001, authorities said. Shannon “Doc” Wheat, 39, was jailed after he admitted to school officials and parents that the accusations against him were true, according to court documents obtained by the Bryan- College Station Eagle. Wheat resigned in March after working at the school since 1988, school officials said. “The school district has taken every precaution to ensure that students affected by the events have been given the opportunity for counseling and the proper informa­tion to contact law enforcement,” school district spokesperson Shelly Hullihen said in a prepared statement. Wheat’s bond was set at $500,000, and he faces two charges of indecency with a child and one charge of aggravated sexual assault. 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Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. Issue 1181 HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 13, 2003 PAGE 10 editorial The church and modern world The Episcopal Church, once an establishment bastion, made a 180-degree turn to lead on gay issues. The Roman'Catholic Church should take heed or else. By STEVE WEINSTEIN ■HM FUNNY THING HAPPENED to the Episcopal Church. A w Once the bastion of the w Establishment in the United States, somewhere along the HHB line, it did a 180-degree turn. In the process, it has become one of the most progressive Protestant denominations in the country on social issues, including same-sex unions and gay clergy. From the time of this country’s found­ing, when the Episcopal Church was formed as a breakaway from the Church of England, until the 1960s, Episcopalians were considered the bedrock of conser­vatism. They put the “P” in “White Anglo- Saxon Protestant.” This was the high church of Sunday snobs and Boston big­ots — Auntie Marne’s proverbial Aryan from Darien. The American Episcopals always main­tained ties with the Anglican mother church, which has as its secular head the living embodiment of white European aristocracy, the Queen of England herself. A story is told of the vicar of Grace Church, on Broadway at Ninth Street — at one time, the church of New York’s High Society — solemnly declaring, “I cannot be responsible for the immortal soul of anyone who moves above 14th Street!” Then, beginning in the 1960s, the Episcopal Church began slowly to rein­vent itself. Spurred to a social conscience by reformers like the late, very much beloved Bishop Paul Moore of New York, the Episcopal Church reached out to minorities and broadened its membership from rock-ribbed Republican suburban­ites to inner-city dwellers. The church updated its liturgy, “The Book of Common Prayer,” and even re­translated the King James Bible, eliminat­ing sexist words and rendering a more gender-neutral God. Now the New Hampshire church has taken the unprecedented step of electing an out-gay man, Gene Henderson, as bish­op. The action has upset some bishops, such as Dorsey Henderson, of a diocese in South Carolina. Interestingly, just to the north, two bishops in North Carolina support Robinson. ISSUES AROUND HOMOSEXUALITY have been roiling the Anglican Church, with which Episcopalians maintain ties. A diocese in British Columbia has agreed to bless same-sex unions. Because of that, the Nigerian Anglicans are threatening to disassociate themselves with that Canadian province’s hierarchy. Some British Canadians have called on a Yukon bishop to administer to them, prompting threats from the new arch­bishop of Canterbury, the head of the world’s Anglicans. The archbishop himself has come under fire from conservatives because of his past support for same-sex unions and gay clergy. He once ordained an out-gay man when he was serving as a bishop in Wales. Does this portend a schism in a church that was once so staid it provided the paradigm starched country parson paro­died in Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope’s novels? Probably not. It may be difficult to see right now how all of this will sort itself out in the long run. But these controver­sies may just be the very healthy growing pains of a denomination struggling to redefine itself in the midst of revolution­ary changes in human sexuality, not a church at war with itself. Compare the Anglicans and Episcopal Church with the Roman Catholic Church. Once an outpost of social progres­sivism, with heroes like Dorothy Day (on the fast track for sainthood) and Mother Elizabeth Seton, the Catholic hierarchy has become an ossified relic of itself. Faced with social change, the church has circled the wagons and become insular. As a result, when faced with a rohing series of sex scandals, Catholic leaders have done their best to suppress reform, excommunicate dissidents and fight off legal challenges. Now several dioceses are facing financial ruin from victims’ law­suits and boycotts by donors, while it becomes to butt of late-night comics. What has been Rome’s response? To fend off any change and deny allegations that it aided and abetted rogue priests. Church doctrine has been in shambles in years, a product of ridiculous, outdated Medieval dogma concerning contracep­tion — ignored by the vast majority of the developed world’s Catholics. As for gay clergy, forget about it. The Vatican adamantly refuses to acknowledge any gay priests among Peter’s descendants. The joke here, of course, is that the recent scandals have unveiled what has been an open secret for years: the huge percentage of gay Catholic priests. THE EPISCOPALIAN CHURCH HAS apparently learned from the mistakes of the Church of Rome. Rather than shutting out the modern world and retreating into outdated dogma, Episcopalians have actively engaged contemporary issues. Yes, this means controversy, debate and even threats of schism. Nothing happens when a top-down hierarchy attempts to dictate church poli­cy to the flock. The Catholic princes of the church truly believe that modern, educated people are lambs who need to be taken in hand by the shepherd. Episcopal bishops, on the other hand, truly believe in an active dialogue. Sometimes that dialogue becomes angry; but honest discussion is the only way to clear the air. If the church decides to accept Gene Robinson as a bishop, it will set the tone for much of the discussion of gay rights in this country. George Bush is Episcopalian, as are many of his advisors, close friends, supporters and cabinet. No surprise there: However liberal the church has become, it remains the bedrock of belief for the WASP aristocra­cy that effectively rules this country. So let the great debate continue. The church will come out of this a stronger, more lasting institution, ready to preach the true meaning of the Gospel, which is “change is good.” Let the Roman Catholic Church take heed: History has proven that institutions need to be like reeds. Jesus himself said, “Just picture a wheat field and how the wheat bends as the wind blows across the field. The tares will not bend, they just stand out above the wheat.” If the Catholic Church will not bend, it will break. The Anglicans are bending — or at least, they’re trying. Steve Weinstein . CU/ is editor of the ‘ New York Blade, | a sister publication to 1 ' | this newspaper, and can I t be reached at swein- V 4 stein@nyblade.com. [ HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 13, 2003 11 Vi point RICH ARENSCHIELDT Why it's best that father knows LOTS OF FRIGHTENING THINGS HAPPEN (luring these hot summer months, especial­ly in June. Graduates step into an uncer­tain future, family vacations begin, often resulting in life-changing events (“Mommy, what’s Johnny doing with that Forest Ranger?”), people get married, and let us not forget the annual remembrance of filial love, Fathers Day. For a short period this was a particu­larly difficult occasion. Years ago my par­ents went through the most heinous divorce in known history. It was so vitu­perative that they understudied Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas during the 1989 filming of “The War of The Roses.” My mother’s anger was especially pro­found; years later she overtly fantasized at being the assisting nurse at my father’s subsequent vasectomy. Like many “what do I do with my gay son?” fathers, Dad was from Mars and I was from Venus. Actually, those planets are prob­ably too close together to describe some of the differences between us. For many years we weren’t even in the same solar system. My dad is a real man’s man and I’m ...well...a sissy. He loves to wake up early on October mornings and shoot small flying animals. He took me hunting once and all I could think was, “This seems like a lot of work for something you could purchase at the grocery store.” Pop is an avid sportsman and loves to ski. I, however, am about as agile as a camel with two sprained ankles. My father’s one attempt to get me on the slopes resulted in a pile up of monumental proportions on a ski lift. All I remember were the sounds of bones snapping and people shrieking “STOP THE SKI LIFT!” echoing down the moun­tain. Twenty years later, I was able to approach such a contraption again - in July LIKE MANY BABY BOOMERS, MY PAR-ents had a classic division of labor. Dad worked long hours and cut the grass. Mom did everything else. My greatest fear was that I would be in a horrible accident while Mom was at the hairdresser and Dad would have to take me to the hospital. I can just hear him attempting to answer the pre­admit medical questionnaire. “Has your son ever had: vaccinations? Medication aller­gies? Previous surgeries? A brain tumor?” Dad would have treated it like an exam with multiple-choice answers. This was not entirely his fault. Dads in the 1960s and ’70s had no idea about this kind of parental minutiae. If it didn’t involve fertilizing the lawn or their wives, they weren’t interested. Heck, my mom’s been dead five years and I can’t remember if I have my appendix or not - who am I going to ask? Given these circumstances typical of the era, the years pass and Daddio and I tac­itly agree to accept and appreciate our dif­ferences. The love that he has for me is never in question; we just ramble through life in different ways. Apparently you can teach an old dad new tricks. As the result of losing his first wife and getting divorced and reamed royally from his second (I didn’t go to the wedding), something bizarre happened: Aliens landed on earth and sucked the brains out of my father’s skull. I remember a specific conversation where he said, “Now, Rich, you know you can come to me if you need anything.” Since all my credit cards were paid off, I had no idea what he was talking about. (It had been years since I had stolen spare change off his bureau while he was taking a shower). He looked at me with nervous­ness I hadn’t seen since our “birds and bees” talk circa 1972. That fateful conversa­tion occurred in a canoe that I, in a weird foreshadowing, accidentally overturned. “You, know,” he continued, “if you have anything you need to talk about, any prob­lem, I’m here to help.” Oh, crap - my father has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t remember that we already had the “That male porn you found? It wasn’t Mom’s” conversation years ago. As my surviving parent, Dad realized that he was now required to enter unex­plored territory: the emotional landscape in which his children lived. Overnight, the “pull my finger” dad had disappeared and was replaced with this strange guy who started asking us how we “felt” about things, went to counseling, and read self-help books. My sisters and I held quick consults and checked his closets for saffron colored robes. Our dad is famous for his fads: acupuncture, vitamins, shrimp farming, juicing, you name it. To this day he takes great pride in buying $19 worth of turnips to make you a one-cup health drink that tastes like liquefied three-day-old dia­pers. We had no idea if Dad’s increased “awareness” was temporary insanity or a new and permanent condition. One year ago, we received the answer. Last June, Dad hosted the commitment ceremony of my sister and her partner, which took place on a huge boat in Kemah (I thought it amusing that they got married among all those fish). Dad bankrupts his frequent flyer miles and brings our entire clan to Houston for the nuptuals. During the ceremony he offers his family and 100 guests the most beautiful, sentimental state­ment I’ve ever heard about how proud he is to be our father. This small speech reduces even the most rugged “Comets” fans in attendance to tears. Even the deck hands on this “What? A LESBIAN wedding?” boat are weeping at his sincerity. He finishes, sits down and then blubbers uncontrollably for the rest of the ceremony. At this point I realize, “Oh no, those space invaders really did steal my other Dad!” As a result of this inadvertent galactic transfer, some Martian housewife whose spouse used to make souffles and read poet­ry now has a husband who farts while nap­ping on the sofa. Rich Arenschieldt is a freelance writer for Houston Voice. He may be reached at rich@centerforaids.org. PykcS ToWafCh. Outfof by Aliswi Bedidel At&r VEXSMIONS LI KE TH IS. -THAT OWNERSHIP HAS BECOME TOO CONCENTRATED. 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Only in New York.” Gossip columnist Cindy Adams (New York Post, June 4) “The same groups that object to Santorum comparing sodomy laws to prohibitions against bigamy and polygamy uniformly profess support for ‘the freedom to marry’ But how can homosexual couples lobby for marriage rights as a matter of equity — and then demand that households of three-somes or more-somes be excluded from those very same benefits?” An editorial in the gay magazine The Guide, slamming gay activists for their criticism of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who compared gay sex to incest, adultery and polygamy. The magazine argued the government had no legitimate interest in regulating any of the above. (The Guide, June edition) “I would never do that to your family A lot of you have gotten to know me. You’ve come to my home, you’ve met Rob.... He’s my spouse, and he is treated differently than all of your spouses. My spouse doesn’t get benefits. He gets zip.... You are shameless.” Jon Cooper, a gay Democrat on the Suffolk County, N. Y, legislature, criticizing Republican opponents who successfully killed a proposal for a domestic partner registry (Newsday, June 10) “Did we suddenly move Suffolk County from New York to the state of Vermont?” GOP Rep. Michael Caracciolo, in the Suffolk County legislature, an opponent of the domestic partner registry, responding to Rep. Jon Cooper (Newsday, June 10) “I’m sorry I’m not gay or Jewish, so I don’t have a special interest group of journalists that support me. I’m sorry for a lot of things, but I’m not sorry for making this movie.” Director Vincent Gallo, lashing back at film critic Roger Ebert, who Gallo said falsely reported that the director apologized for making “Brown Bunny, ” which scandalized this year’s Cannes Film Festival for an oral sex scene between Gallo and Chloe Sevigny (New York Post, June 2) “The latest news from Broadway is that Elton John is writing a brand new musical about vampires. When investors of the vampire musical were asked to comment they said, ‘We’re just glad it’s about blood sucking.’” Talk show host Conan O’Brien (NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ’’May 15) “As president, Mr. Bush has appointed several openly gay people, including Janies C. Hormel, the ambassador to Romania, to high-level jobs.” A New York Times report on the growing acceptance in the GOP of gay Republicans. Hormel was actually appointed ambassador to Litxembourg by President Clinton over Republican objections. 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OKI .L SHIi HOUSTON VOICE i rt on toe tsayou Briar Patch plays on This week's activities as part of Houston Pride Month include: Gay piano bar continues decades of tradition even with a new location ByKAYY.DAYUS The briar patch, that venerable gay piano bar that graced the suburbs of West University-Bellaire for more than 30 years, recently packed up and moved to the heart of the Montrose area, signaling a new era for what many maintain is oldest gay bar in Texas. David Ellzey, the whiz kid who bought the Briar Patch three years ago when he was only 28, is still only 31. Ellzey, wiry and not very tall, still looks like a kid and, with his wholehearted enthusiasm for life, often acts like one — in a good way, that is. He’s charged with energy, talks fast and moves fast. And he has a sleek-looking black Corvette to prove it. He had always wanted to own a bar and when he heard the Briar Patch was for sale; he didn’t hesitate. He worked out a deal and bought it, even though he doesn’t drink and he doesn’t smoke. Ellzey says there’s a reason the Briar Patch opened its doors 33 years ago in a nondescript shopping center at the cor­ner of West Holcombe and Greenbriar. “There was a back door to the Briar Patch when it was on Holcombe Boulevard and there was parking in the rear. Professional men, many married, would come straight to the bar after work still in their coat and tie. They could park in the back so no one could see their cars,” he says with a gleeful smile. The place used to get crowded. “It was the biggest happy hour in town,” Ellzey says. To carry the subterfuge further, patrons were allowed to pay for their drinks with checks and, instead of making them payable to the Briar Patch, they made them out to 2294 W. Holcombe — the bar’s address. That way no one knew they were writing checks payable to a bar — and a gay one at that. “To this day, even though we’re in the Montrose, people still make out their checks to 2294 Holcombe,” says Ellzey. New home in an old home The relocated Briar Patch is no longer hidden in a corner of a shopping center — not much is hidden in Montrose. For one thing, the bar is prominently located at the David Ellzey, owner of the Briar Patch, says both new and prior patrons of the gay piano bar seem happy with the establishment's relocation to the heart of Montrose. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) corner of Fairview and Converse within walking distance from many other gay bars. Its new home is in an old house, built in the early 1900s, that a few years ago was converted to a bar. Out front is a small patio that once had a high fence surrounding it so passersby couldn’t see people sitting outside. Ellzey wanted none of that. He cut the fence down to around four feet so that customers seated there can see what’s going on in the street. And, what’s more, they can also be seen. But those seeking a more secluded spot shouldn’t despair. At the back of the bar is a small patio complete with a high fence, bar, lush green plants and subdued lighting. It’s a private area; only those “in the know” may realize there’s a patio in the back. The bar still has its signature grand piano with seating around it, and every night there’s a pianist tickling the ivories and crooning tunes. Customers still join in the singing and often take over for the singer. Some favorites are “Proud Mary,” “American Pie,” “All That Jazz” and, of course, show tunes. As a matter of fact, patrons never know what they will find when they walk into the Briar Patch. Regulars may be spotted dressed as nuns, wearing Mickey Mouse ears, honking foghorns, shining flashlights or maybe wearing bath towels around their heads. Seems like anything goes, except of course anything too risque. And on Sundays, it’s all gospel music. There’s not as much room as the old place, but the horse­shoe- shaped bar helps give the small room an airy appearance. Ellzey and his friends built the bar themselves. He stayed up for four days to get ready for the grand opening last January. ELLZEY MOVED THE BAR WHEN HE WAS TOLD THE lease was about to expire and they had to make room for a pharmacy that was moving into the building. He searched for a new spot and the current location was not his first choice. He initially decided on a building adjoining Rich’s on San Jacinto. “I spent $25,000 building it out,” says Ellzey. 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He desperately wanted to please his loyal customers. “We’re a family — we’re a team — we love each other.” So, he asked them where they wanted to move. They wanted the Montrose area. He found out that the old bar behind El Paradise Mexican restaurant on Fairview was for sale. Trouble was, says Ellzey, “I had to buy the bar, the house next door and the garage apartment next to the house.” But he did it and is very happy with the result. Now, his old customers still come Longtime patrons of the Briar Patch helped owner Ellzey pick out a new location for the piano bar. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) but because he’s close to other gay bars, he’s attracting a younger crowd as well — a younger generation to carry on the tradition. “Business has tripled,” Ellzey says. History of success Judging by his track record in the world of business, this native Houstonian will do well, for he seems to have the Midas touch. He went into real estate when he was only 20 and made a whopping $52,000 commission on the first home he sold. Of course it was a huge home that cost more than $1 mil­lion, but to him it was an easy sell. “We had an open house for this home, but instead of following people through the house, I let them wander around on their own and talk it over.” They bought • the house and he’s been selling houses since. He’s also dabbled in buying, remod­eling and selling homes. Ellzey recently took a six-month break from the real estate business to remodel the new Briar Patch location. He worked hard on it and says he couldn’t have got it open on time without his friends. Now he’s back into realty as welTas the bar — he has 16-hour workdays. He lives next door to the bar With his white standard poodle, Sherlock. Well, Sherlock is white most of the time, except for special occasions. On Valentine’s Day, his coat is sprayed red; for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s green; and on Mardi Gras, it’s purple and yellow. Oh — and he has his toenails painted to match. Recently, Ellzey added a kitten to the household. He heard meowing for three days but couldn’t quite figure out where it was coming from. Finally, he decided the kitten was trapped in the wall. So he tore out the wall. “Took me eight hours to get the cat out,” he says, without even men­tioning the monetary cost. He found the kitten’s siblings in his truck and he found homes for them all, except for the kitten in the wall — he kept that one. What’s next for Ellzey? One certainly gets the strong impression that the Briar Patch is not his only venture. He hints that he has something up his sleeve, but he won’t tell yet. It’s something very big, you can be sure, he says. “It’ll be big — I’m not Wal-mart.” cnange? PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD NOW! 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So expect a run on Chevy dealer­ships, especially from gay baby boomers anxious to re-create ‘American Graffiti” memories. 2003 Honda Element Price: $16,600-$21,000 • MPG: 23 Fun: So square it's cool. Funky: Off-beat, two-tone colors; 1960s suicide doors This “RoboCop” of an SUV was targeted toward college-bound Generation Y. But the Element proved more popular with “older buyers” — anyone between 22 and 52. Like bees to honey, they’re drawn to the fully loaded EX, not the base DX. Both offer a 4- cylinder engine, power windows/locks, easy-to-clean floors, removable/folding rear seats, back­seat heater ducts and waterproof front seats. The EX also offers A/C, cruise control, antilock brakes and a 270-watt sound system with MPS capability There’s no center pillar with the “barn-door” side doors, which can be opened a full 55 inches for easy loading of mountain bikes, surfboards or charity-auction conquests. 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The show’s 12 teams are comprised of two people who have a previous relationship. When teams are identified on-screen, they have tags like: Dating 12 years/Virgins, Best Friends/Clowns etc. Richen and Chip have Married as their tag! CBS is sending won­derful message with its acceptance and, dare I say, promotion of a male/male couple as “normal.” Log on to CBS.com/Amazing Race link and vote FOR Richen and Chip! Check out the chat; my favorite post was: “I don’t have any problem with their sexuality, my question is are there any pudgy gay guys?” CBS: Thursday’s, 7 p.m. Houston Channel 11 ON TO OUR TOWN, AND WHAT TO DO with my lil’ homo self. I decided that for this column I would choose the road less traveled, or perhaps for­gotten is a better word. The following words were written in 1942 in Northport, Long Island, by French avia­tor Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” In 1943, this phrase became the heart of the children’s book “The Little Prince;” the words beloved and timeless are not exaggerations here. Translated into more than 230 languages, The Little Prince is the culmination of many recur­ring themes within the author’s works: what is happiness, how do you recognize a true friend, how does one trust, life includes loss, and most importantly: love is eternal, illusive yet perfect. Houston Grand Opera has always been a leader when it comes to commission of new opera; Meredith Monk’s transcendent “Atlas,” the classic “Little Women,” the groundbreak­ing “Nixon in China” and the pathos and joy of “Harvey Milk” come to mind. “The Little Prince,” the 27th HGO world premiere, is yet another dazzling feather in their very full cap. Rarely does one see grown men and the children at their side weeping during an opera, although for different reasons. Ah... but that is the heart of the whole story, is it not? “The Little Prince” uses allegorical characters and situations that seem childlike in nature, but are actually reflections on how adults lose the abflity to dream and beheve in things unseen. AUTHOR SAINT-EXUBERY KEENLY addresses materialism, greed, alcoholism, love, death, friendship and more in his bril­liant fable about a pilot who crashes into the The Prince (Nathaniel Irvin, right) tells the Pilot (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, left) about his endangered Rose in 'The Little Prince.' (Photo by George Hixson) desert and soon meets the mysterious Little Prince. The production on this “Pop-Opera” is flawless. I use the phrase pop-opera with absolute respect, though I realize many fans of traditional opera do not. There is no other way to convey the broad strokes of color the entire production is bathed in. The costumes and set by the late Maria Bjornson, were the last project she worked on prior to her untimely death in December 2002. As I sat drinking in each new element of Bjornson’s vision of the worlds that encompass the story, I thought this is Steven Spielberg’s entire repertoire (nearly) come to life. The iconic image of the first sunset, a chorus of paper airplanes (the author was one of the first men to fly at night in attempts to establish international mail service, so images of mail figure in fre­quently), an actual airplane, the beautiful rose, and, of course, the dreaded baobab trees, all make for gorgeous theater. The film references are largely due to Academy Award winner Rachael Portman’s score. The lush and rich scores Portman is known for parallel what she has created for HGO. Often when “new” operas are commis­sioned, composers tend to equate new with stark, ala Phiflip Glass. Portman’s music soars, as one would expect when your lead character is flying to and fro within the universe. “THE LITTLE PRINCE” IS THE PERFECT introduction for children to the world of theater. Act 1 and 2 run an hour each with a 20-minute intermission in between. The lobby is full of Little Prince merchandise (I scooped up a Christmas ornament, the book “A guide for Grownups” and had my eye on a large Little Prince doll before my partner Brian restrained me) that is sure to delight kids who are in the know. Take a short flight on the wings of a poet and his childlike alter ego — “The Little Prince” awaits you until June 22 at The Wortham Center. Call 713.228.OPERA or 1.800.62.0PERA for tickets. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com | community calendar SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Classic Chassis Car Club. Pool party at the home of Leo and Dave Walling. 713-797-8615. www.classicchassiscarclub.org. Houston Buyers Club. Free BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) the first two Saturdays of the month. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Houston Buyers Club, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 604.713-520-5288. http.7/www.houstonbuyersclub.com/bia_testing.html Houston Outdoor Group. Weekend Guadalupe River Rafting trip, following by camping. For more information, call Ed B, 713-522 HOGIine: 713-KAMROUT. EVERY SATURDAY All-Spanish Worship Service/Noche Espiritual. 6 p.m. Resurrection Metro­politan Community Church, 2026 W. 11th. 713-303-3409 or 713-861-9149. After Hours. KPFT 90.1 FM. 1-4 a.m. Dignity mass. 7:30 p.m. for gay Catholics. 713-880-2872. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic 11 pm-2 am. at Viviana's. 713-830-3000. Gay & Lesbian Breakfast Club. 9:30 am. 281-437-0636. Houston Wrestling Club. Practice. 1:30 p.m. 713-453-7406. Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 11:30 a.m. Eye Opener Group, 8 p.m. Saturday Night Live, 9:30 p.m. Willing Ones Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772. www.lambdahouston.org. Montrose Soccer Club. 10 a.m. practice. Woodrow Wilson School, Fairview and Yupon. New players welcome, but beginners not cur­rently being admitted. 713-862-9491 http://geocities.com/montros-esoccer. E-mail: montrosesoccer@yahoo.com. Q-Patrol. Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate crimes. 930 p.m. Convene at community center. 713-528-SAFE E-mail: qpatrolinc@aol.coni St Stephen's Episcopal Church. Rosary 8 am. 1805 W. Alabama. 713-528-6665. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, noon-5 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207 713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. MONDAY, JUNE 16 EVERY MONDAY Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in), 11:30 a.m.-l p.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 9 am.-noon at Joseph- Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25™ St 713-526-0555, ext 231 227 or 226. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 4-8 p.m. at Bricks, 617 Fairview. 713-830-3000. Frost Eye Clinic. Free eye exams for people with HIV. 713-830-3000. Gay Bowling Leagues. Women's league. 6:45 p.m. Dynamic Lanes, 6121 Tarnef Drive. 713-861-1187. Gay Fathers/Fathers First Support group. 8-9:30 p.m. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Tom, 713-726-8736. www.geocities.com/gaydadshouston/ Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7 p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351. 936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net Grief & Divorce Support Groups. 7 p.m. Bering. 713-526-1017, ext 208. Houston Roughnecks Rugby Club. Practice from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org. Kolbe Project Eucharist 7:30 p.m. 713-861-1800. Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 8 p.m. Beginners' Group. 1201 W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772. www.lambdahouston.org. Montrose Clinic. Offers weekly peer support groups for gay and bisexual men with HIV. Spanish speaking group meets, 630 p.m. 215 Westheimer. 713-830-3050. Grupo de Apoyo para Latinos gay y bisexuales VIH posi­tives. Lunes 630. Para mas informacion llama al 713-830-3025. Queer Voices Radio Show. 8-10 p.m. KPFT 90.1. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. SUNDAY, JUNE 15 EVERY SUNDAY Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Services at 830 & 10:50 a.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. 713-526-1017. Center for Spiritual Living. Services at 11 a.m„ for children at 10:50 a.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. The center also has commitment ceremonies, metaphysical bookstore and classes. Community Gospel. Service at 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School for children 10 a.m. 713-880-9235 or www.communitygospel.org. Community of Kindred Spirits in Beaumont Worship at 6 pm 1575 Spindietop Ave., Beaumont, Texas. 409-813-2055. E-mail: cksrev3@netzero.net Covenant Church, Ecumenical, Liberal Baptist Service 9:30 am. & education hour 11 am. 713-668-8830. Emerson Unitarian Church. Adult education, 10 am. Service, 11 am. Lunch at noon, www.emersonhou.org. First Congregational Church (Memorial). Service at 10 am. Christian Education, 11:30 am.. 713-468-9543 or fcc-houston.org. First Unitarian Universalist Church. Services at 9:30 & 11:30 am. Brunch at 10:30 a.m. 713-526-5200. church@firstuu.org. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 9 pm.-midnight at Club Inergy. 713-830-3000. Gay Bowling Leagues. 7 pm Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. 713-861-1187 Gay Catholics of St Anne's-Houston. 5 p.m. worship service. Dinner and social. alexcam@wtnet 713-623-0930. GLOBAL Gay Lesbian Or Bisexual Alliance. University of Houston GLBT student group meeting. 2 pm. at the Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.uh.edu/-global. E-mail: global@bayou.uh.edu. Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 11 am. service. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351.936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net. Grace Lutheran Church. Sunday school for all ages 9 am. Service 10:30 am. 713-528-3269. HAT.C.H. Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals meets 6-9 p.m. For meeting infonnation, call 713-529-3590. www.hatchyouth.org. Houston Roughnecks Rugby Club. Practice from 4-6 pm. For more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org. Houston Tennis Club. 9 am.-noon. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center, houstontennisclb@aol.com Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous 930 am Came to Believe Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772. www.lambdahouston.org. Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church. 10 am. service. 3333 Fannin, Suite 106.713-528-6756. Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church. Services at 9:45 & 11:15 am. Sunday school 9:45 am. 281-298-2780. Resurrection MCC. Services, 9 and 11 am. Children and Youth Sunday School, 10 am. Children's service, 11 am. 713-861-9149. St Patrick's Reformed Catholic Mission. Sunday Mass at noon. Holy Unions available. Group meets at the Hair Express, 3310 Delaware, Beaumont Texas 77703.409-781-8152. E-mail: bwatsonl@gtRR.com. St Stephen's Episcopal Church. Holy Eucharist, Rite 1,7:45 am.; Holy Eucharist Rite II, 8:55 am.; Education hour, 10 am.; Choral Eucharist, 11 am. 713-528-6665. Sunday Brunch. For HIV-positive men. 11 am. Riva's, 1117 Missouri St Paul, 713-880-0690. e-mail: PoznBuff@aol.com. The Women's Group. Meeting and discussion. 10:45 am. 713-529-8571. Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Adult discussion, 9 am. Service, 11:15 am. 281-277-8882. www.tuuc.org. Unitarian Fellowship of Galveston County. 502 Church St. Service, 1030 am. 409-765-8330. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston. Adult forum, 10 am. Service, 11 am. 713-686-5876. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, 2-6 pm. • GLBT Community Church with Rev. Melissa Wood: Bible study, 10-10:45 am, worship 11 am. www.geocities.com/glbtcc • BABBLE support group, 4 pm • GLOBAL meeting, 6 pm. • STAG (Some Transgenders Art Guys) meeting, 7 pm. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207 713-524-3818. www.hoirstonglbtceiiter.org. TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Center for AIDS. Men’s mixer, 7 p.m. 1407 Hawthorne. 713-527-8210. Houston Area Bears. Dineout at Skewers. 6:30 pm. 713-867-9123. EVERY TUESDAY Bering Support Network. Lunch Bunch Gang, 11 am. 713-526-1017. Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in), 11:30 a.m.-l p.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25th St. 713-526-0555, ext 231, 227 or 226. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 8 pm.-midnight at Club Houston. Also 4-8 p.m. at 611 Club, 611 Hyde Park. 713-830-3000. GLBT Pentecostals. Bible study, prayer, 7 p.m. in the Heights. For info: 936-931-3761; e-mail: www.Wgbl947@cs.com. Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary. Practice, 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529. Introduction to Buddhism. All welcome at 634 W. Temple in the Heights. 7 p.m. Carlton, 713-862-8129. Rainbow Ranglers. Free C&W dance lessons. Brazos River Bottom. No partner needed. Beginner 2 Step, Waltz, Shuffle & Swing. 8:30 pm. 713-528-9192. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • Lesbian Coming Out Group, 7 pm. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 EVERY WEDNESDAY Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in), 11:30 a.m.-l p.m.; SOM Discussion & Exploration, 7 pm. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA). 8:15 pm. meeting. Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond Ave., Room 15. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Support Network Pot Luck Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Various support groups, 7 p.m. 713-526-1017. Bible Study. Noon & 6:30 pm. St Stephen's Episcopal. 713-526-6665. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 4-8 pm. at Mary's, 1100 Westheimer 9 pm.-midnight at Ripcord, 715 Fairview; 10 pm.-l am. at Ed's, 2517 Ralph; 10 p.m.-l am. at Midtowne Spa 3100 Fannin. 713-830-3000. Free HIV Testing. Thomas Street Clinic. 9 a.m.-l p.m. 2015 Thomas St. OraSure method. Call for appointment Sharon, 713-873-4157 Gay Bowling Leagues. 6:30 pm. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. 713-861-1187. Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7 pm. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351. 936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net Houston Pride Band. Open rehearsal 730-930 pm. 1307 Yale. 713862-1488. Houston Roughnecks Rugby Club. Practice from 630-8:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org. Houston Tennis Club. 7:00-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center, houstontennisclb@aol.com Spiritual Uplift service. 7 pm. Resurrection MCC. 713-861-9149. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, 2-9 p.m. • Free HIV test­ing, counseling, 6-9 pm. • S&M Night (Snacks and Movies), 7 pm. • Houston Pride Band rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207. 713-524-3818.www.houstonglbtcenter.org. THURSDAY, JUNE 19 EVERY THURSDAY BiNet Houston. Group for bisexuals; everyone welcome. 7:30 pm. Hobbit Cafe, 2240 Portsmouth, www.flash.net/-bihouse. 713-467-4380. Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in), 11:30 am.-l pm. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. Community Gospel. Service. 7:30 p.m. 713-880-9235. www.communitygospel.org. Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 10 am.-2 pm. at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25™ St. Also 11 am.-3:30 pm. at Gallery Medical Clinic, 5900 North Freeway, and Club Toyz from 9 pm.-midnight 713-526-0555, ext 231,227 or 226. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 8 pm.- midnight at Brazos River Bottom (BRB), 2400 Brazos, and Cousins, 817 Fairview. 713-830-3000. Free HIV Testing. 7-9 p.m. at All Star News, 3415 Katy Freeway. Health clinic with free testing for HIV and syphilis. 713-869-7878. FrontRunners. Running club. 6:30 pm. 713-522-8021. Web site: http://home.swbell.net/larathon/houfr.htm. E-mail: larathon@swbell.net. Gay Bowling Leagues. Luci Duos. 9 p.m. Dynamic Lanes, 6121 Tarnef Drive. 713-861-1187 GLOBAL Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Alliance at the University of Houston-Central Campus. Weekly meeting, 6 p.m. e-mail: nguyen0023@hotmail.com. Hep C Recovery. Support group. 630 pm. Bering. 713-526-1017, Ext 211 Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary. Practice, 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529. Lake Livingston GLBT Support Group. 7 pm. dinner and discussion. Grace Assembly Church, 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351. 936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net Lambda Skating Club. 8 p.m. Tradewinds Skating Rink. www.neosoft.com/-lrsc. 713-523-9620. Montrose.Clinic. Offers weekly peer support groups for gay and bisexual men with HIV. English speaking group meets, 6:30 p.m. 215 Westheimer 713-830-3050. Rainbow Ranglers. Free C&W dance lessons. No partner required. Brazos River Bottom. 8:30 pm. 713-528-9192. Recovery From Food Addiction (RFA). Meeting for 12-step program open to all. Noon-1 p.m. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama St RFA: 713-673-2848. www.geocities.com/rfa77235/. E-mail: rfaworldservice@aol.com. Spanish Charia Conversation Group. Cafe Agora, 7 pm. E-mail char-lahouston@ msn.com. 713-416-7203. Women's Clinic. Montrose Clinic. 713-830-3000. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop in 2-9 pm. • Center board of directors meeting, 7 pm. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. FRIDAY, JUNE 20 EVERY FRIDAY Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in), 11:30 am.-l pm. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 10 p.m.-2 am. at The Meatrack, 2915 San Jacinto; 10 p.m.-l am. at EJ’s and at Midtowne Spa 713-830-3000. Free HIV Testing. Thomas Street Clinic. 9 a.m.-l p.m. 2015 Thomas St OraSure method. Call for appointment. Sharon, 713-873-4157 Frost Eye Clinic. Free eye exams for people with HIV. 713-830-3000. Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7 pm. aer­obics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351.936-646- 7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net. HAT.C-H. Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals meets 7-10 pm. For meeting information, call 713-529-3590. www.hatchyouth.org. Houston Tennis Club. 7:00-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center. Houstontennisclub.org Kolbe Project Morning prayer, 10 am. 713-861-1800. Mishpachat Alizim. GLBT Jewish congregation. Sabbath services at 8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Baby Barnabys, 602 Fairview. Monthly study groups with Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood. Mishpachat Alizim, P.O. Box 980136, Houston, TX 77098.866-841-9139, ext 1834. Q-Patrol. Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate crimes. 930 pm. Convene at community center. 713-528-SAFE E-mail: qpatrolinc@aol.com Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 pm. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207 713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. VOLUNTEER/SELF-HELP ECHOS. This non-profit ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is dedicated to helping people access health and social service systems. Free medical services include HIV, STD and hepati­tis testing. Call for dates and times of services. 9610 S. Gessner. 713-270-0369. E-mail: echos-houston@swbell.net. Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston. Volunteers offer a friendly ear to callers in need of information, nonjudgmental support and anony­mous counseling to the GLBT community. 713-529-3211. www.gayswitchboardhouston.org. HoP-ON. Anyone can join this non-profit moderated e-mail announcement list that helps facilitate advocacy work and organiz­ing efforts for gay Houstonians. Quantity of postings is strictly limit­ed. Postings include press releases and action alerts from national, state and local gay and allied organizations. For info or to join, accesswww.groups.yahoo.com/group/HoP-ON/. Houston GLBT Community Center. Volunteers perform a variety of critical tasks which include staffing the information desk during drop-in hours; helping with center programming and events; working on community outreach efforts, fund-raising and publicity. Card play­ers, writers and artists in particular are needed. 713-524-3818. Peer Listening Line. Youth only. Staffed by GLBT youth for gay, les­bian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. 5-10 pm. Monday- Friday. 800-399-PEER. Pride Committee of Houston. Volunteers sought for Pride 2003 activities this month, www.pridehouston.org. E-mail: volunteers@pridehouston.org. 713-529-6979. To list an event, call 713-529-8490, fax -at 713-529-9531, or e-mail editor® houstonvoice.com. Deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. JUNE 13, 2003 21 appts a weekly guide to arts & entertainment activities for gay Houstonians SPECIAL SATURDAY, JUNE 14 "Jocks in Dresses" is Montrose Softball League's annual premier fund-raising event Proceeds bene­fit MSL's chosen charitable organizations. Tickets: $5 pre-sale, $8 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Rich's, 2401 San Jacinto, www.montrosesoftballleague.com. SUNDAY, JUNE 15 "Thanks for the Memories" is the Houston Ballet's tribute to artistic director Ben Stevenson. In honor of the man who built the organiza­tion into an international force, this is a one-night only per­formance featuring excerpts from some of his most popular works. Tickets: $1150 and up. 7 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, Brown Theater, 501 3!V Ben Stevenson Texas Ave. 713-5-BALLET. www.houstonballet.org. CLUB SCENE FRIDAY, JUNE 13 "An Evening in the 80s: The Power of Poppers" is a fund-raiser hosted by Imperial Court of Houston's Space City Empire and Apollo 1 Sean Carter. Proceeds benefit AIDS Foundation Houston Camp Hope and AssistHers. 830 p.m. EJ's, 2517 Ralph. BALLET THROUGH SUNDAY "Alice in Wonderland" is presented this week­end by the Houston Ballet. 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