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Title Houston Voice, No. 827, August 30, 1996
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  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript VOiCt aKs ---- -- - ----------Gay---------- Chamber of Commerce nEA R World o' Drag By Deborah Bell Labor Day weekend is noted as a time of that one last summer splash, cookouts, picnics, and parties, and what may be the most renowned event of the Holiday weekend, Wigstock. A group of drag queens took over the crumbling concrete band shell in New York's Tompkins Square Park in late August of 1984 for two days of performance before a ragtag assemblage, the annual event has grown into one of New York's most intensely anticipated, highly attended and, well-covered annual events. Along with Wigstock, the premier of the movie Stonewall and two new books has brought the matter of "Drag" into current consciousness as never before. Stonewall of course, is described as a love story that is set against the backdrop of that famous event of 1969 when the modern day gay and lesbian civil rights movement was born. The drag queen performers and customers of the bars on Christopher Street were part of what happened that night. The Drag Queens of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide by Julian Fleisher (Continued on page 7) MllllllHllUIIIHllllllIllIllIBB HOUSTON VOICE ONLINE! The USAGayNet website can be viewed at http://www.usagaynet.com. To reach The Houston Voice, | access the site and click on | the News and Views button. E There is no charge for this service. | . i ...................... .... B Gay and Lesbian Caucus Impacts Democratic Convention By Dennis Hatch One hundred fifty openly Lesbian and Gay delegates descended into the Windy City in the past few days, greeted by a sea of Red,White, Blue, and Pink. They came to celebrate party that is generally united-in spite of differences over issues like DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and welfare reform—and is almost gleeful with the prospect of the re-election of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. The Gay and Lesbian delegation is, by far, the largest ever for any major party convention (a 34% increase over 1992 for the Democrats), and their influence is evident everywhere in the United Center (the convention headquarters) and throughout the city of Chicago. The Texas delegation is the second largest (second only to California), and 9 of the 19 Texas delegates are from Houston. Awaiting the delegates are a swirl of receptions, parties, and caucuses, all designed to give the Clinton/Gore ticket a rousing send-off to the fall election. Tuesday's Gay and Lesbian Caucus was highlighted by the appearance of Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore. Introduced by Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Mrs. Gore began her remarks by recognizing over a dozen people with whom she personally has worked. She went on to inform the Caucus that President Clinton has made over 100 Gay/Lesbian appointments in the Executive Branch. Mrs. Gore emphasized that the President had made history, in his abolishing any restrictions on security clearances for Gays (Continued on page 18) Where the Soul Intact Will Shed its Scabs (8424 AD - 1987-88, acrylic on panel, 96 x 192" by Lari Pittman at the Contemporary Arts Museum . Anti-Gay Cross Burning From LGRL Release On Monday, August 27 at 3am, the Schemmel family awoke to the burning of a 6-foot cross on their front lawn. Accompanying the burning cross was a hand-written note which read "faggot" and "DOA". The family is unaware of the reason they were targeted for this type of hate-related violence. The Ft. Worth police are investigating the cross­burning as an anti-gay hate crime. "The symbol of cross-burning should cause alarm for all people who stand against hate-related violence in our state. Although we would like to slam the door shut on the days of the KK.K. and the Aryan Nation, unfortunately their horrible legacy continues to haunt and terrorize us," stated Dianne Hardy-Garcia, Executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL). "This anti-gay cross burning is a clear indication that we must continue our work to end hate crimes. Texas needs strong, clear and enforceable hate crime laws which will serve as real deterrents. We must continue to take a united stand against this violence." According to the Texas Department of Public Safety in Texas, "over 60% of reported hate crimes are committed on the basis of race. For the last two years nearly 16% of hate crimes have been anti-gay in nature," explained Hardy-Garcia. "Many hate crimes continue to go unreported and therefore unrecorded due to a reluctance on the part of victims to report hate crimes and a lack of training for law enforcement officials. Ft. Worth is an exception however. The Ft. Worth Police Department continues to have a stellar reputation for handling and reporting hate crimes," she concluded. Voice to Sponsor Pittman at CAM Publications are often asked to sponsor certain events in the community or to provide free advertising for non-profits groups of various sorts. In order to support the various causes that request our assistance The Houston Voice has started a policy of limiting this type of support to three organizations per every three months. Since we are supported only through advertising sales, we can not offer the amount of support we would like to, so this is our way of covering as many requests as we can. Our current projects include The Names Project: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Teachers Network (GLSTN) "Back to School" Program, and the showing of the work of artist Lari Pittman starting September 21 at the Contemporary Arts Museum. Lari Pittman is a Los Angeles-based painter whose work pulses with exuberant energy, rich color and dynamic lines. Blurring the distinction between abstraction and figuration and between decoration and fine art. Pittman's monumental tableaux often address political, sexual and identity issues in America. This mid-career survey brings together for the first time twenty-five paintings, including a 26 ft. long painting Like You. his largest and most ambitious work to date. With their baroquely decorated surfaces, cartoon-like pictures and vocabulary of images rooted in popular culture yet personalized in meaning, his paintings have evolved as a spiritual odyssey and a running commentary on his own life and on American society at large. The exhibition is accompanied by a 88-page catalogue containing color reproductions. The Voice has been running articles and supporting the efforts of the Names Project as it prepares for the national Display in Washington in October. At the close of that event, the Voice will start with October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month to run articles and PSAs concerning that issue. The Houston Voice feels it provides a vital service to the community in its sponsorships. 2 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 30, 1996 EXPIRES WOW EXPIRES 9WW 1212-A Westheimer House of Coleman Fine Printing Graphics Too ate for the closet. _ _ _ _ _ _ , Bring us 529-6789 VOUr PC Si SHAMPOO, HAIRCUT AND BLOWDRY $7,95 peRM/BODYWAn $27,95 PERM ONLY HAIRCUT- $6.00 STYtf- $6.00 LOMG HAIR A DESIGNER PERM EXTRA Confessions Of A Drag Queen Wannabe I am terribly jealous of Vanna White. She gets to wear fabulous clothes and gets paid tons of money. And so little is required of her but to smile, clap, and turn letters on “Wheel of Fortune.” Wow, what a great gig! Well, since that job is already taken, perhaps I had to have other aspirations. I have you know, it is true, wished that I could be a drag queen. Some people who know me probably will find this shocking, because they have heard me rant and rave about the inherently sexist and misogynist thing drag is. That it is often true, where a man dressed as a woman exaggerates in dress and manner­isms qualities are less than flattering to the female gender. But my thoughts on this subject have changed over the years for a number of reasons. Mostly through see­ing professionals who give their inter­pretations style, grace, and dignity and who are truly talented either as singers or dancers in their own right, thus being able to bring that element to the performance. Two people that bring this to mind are Ru- Paul and Houston’s own Dyan Michaels. Michaels dances as well as Paula Abdul and does a Reba McEntire that could make the star think she has an identical twin sister. Performers who do drag often do celeb­rity impersonations, usually in an effort to honor a woman who is a star that they respect. Most often portrayed include legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland and currently poplar stars Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli and Cher. Many drag queens have preferred to create their own per­sona or character. As Julian Fleisher explains in The Drag Queens of New York ,” To the extent that these women are already avatars of beauty, heaping bowls full of glamour and fame, for a drag queen to impersonate them would be, very simply, redundant.” Others who do drag, usually are not doing it as professional perform­ers. It is done as what might be described as a hobby. These folks fall into a very special category, because they are donning the gowns and make-up and even five inch high heels to raise funds for charitable organ­izations. Lady Victoria Lust, one of the most glamorous of the Houston drag queens, and one of the most generous, devotes hours to arranging shows and events that raise funds for people living with AIDS. Also known as Marvin Davis, in character as Lady Victoria, is a totally different look and personality than his “normal” everyday self. Drag also appears in the form of pageants, 2 LOCATlOtiS MONTROSE 3939 R, M0NTR0SE7W.ALABAMA 521-0550 MEDICAL CENTER 2276 W.HOLCOMBEAGREENBRIAR 661-0663 0PEN7DAYS SALON HOURS: M-F9AM-7PM SAT9AM-6PM SUN10AM-6PM COMPUTER EXCHANGE Let Ryan & Jason take you to Computer Hea/en! , ^rade • TradHt^RePairs . N use(| it’s what’s on the surface that counts. With that, do you want your image quickly splashed on paper? Or do you want House of Coleman to ink a better job' THE IMAGE INKER 1 • H t i rf " C? k I ■ n K t » conducted like a Miss America style con­test. Thus, the “dragsters” really can be a “queen,” as in beauty queen. Ratfier ironically, the annual Miss Camp Amc^^t-ica Show (the name says it all) is a spoof of tl^^ real Miss America Pageant. This annual charity fundraiser takes place the same night as the actual Miss America contest and is one of the best done shows you will ever see and one of the most enjoyable (see ad on page 5). Another reason I have a dif­ferent view of drag is due to finding out about its history and connection to the Gay and Lesbian community. Judy Grahn’s Another Mother Tongue, Gay Words, Gay Worlds explains it this way: Drag as a Gay term means cross-dressing, whether by a man or by a woman, and in tribal/pagan realms cross-dressing often meant entering a magical state involv­ing taking on the persona or spirit of a god­being for ceremonial purposes. In these^^ festivals women might dress in animi^JP skins disguised as stags, calves, or goat, in other words “leather” (honoring the animal food source). Likewise, men might dress in the robes and rainments of “god­desses.” These festival participants would be pulled through the village in pro­cessions in small carts called “drags.” Grahn describes a picture she once saw of a sculpture of Dike, a rain-maiden of Greece being pulled in a cart. While I may always be put off by men who call each other names such as “bitch” or “Mary” or refer to themselves as “girls,” and certainly when they act in negative, cat-fighting stereotypes, my view of drag has changed over the years. I have to once again confess to my envy. Why? Because drag queens get to dress in fabulous clothes, smile and perform and get money for it. They don’t even have to turn letters. And because if I could do any­thing at all as a living, to have a dream come true, it would be to be able to go on stage and sing. There is one small problem. I can’t. Sing that is. So for a while I thought maybe I could do a Victor/Victoria type thing where I would be a woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman. Since drag queens mostly lipsync and I am a rea­sonably good dancer, I thought maybe I could pull it off. I noticed that many of the queens are generous proportions, and since I am of the voluptuous body type, I just might be able to pull it off. Unfortu­nately, most drag shows take place in bars and since I’m deathly allergic to tobacco smoke, and you can forget the high heels, so my career was nixed before it could even begin. Oh, well, maybe it is just an attempt to get^^ touch with my inner femme. In My Own Voice until they get Sausage Croissant & Sausage & Cheese Koiaches, Plain Glazed Donuts $2.6! 6.25/dz /dz Muffins 49c raisin bran, cream cheese, banana nut & blueberry Fountain Drinks 40C 50C 60C s m I Hours: Monday-Saturday 5am-6pm Sunday 6am-3pm Starting Sept. 4 to 29 (Please excuse the street constructionJ 1103 W. Gray Cat MontroseJ Houston. TX 77019 524-4005 mi TO REACH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS 8 THE PRESIDENT Call the Capitol switchboard -even if you are not sure who represents you, just ask the operator and you will be connected. Ask for their fax numbers and e-mail addresses as well: Call: U.S. Capitol 202/224-3121 (Senators & Representatives) Write: The Honorable_________________ The Honorable--------------------_____ W us Senate ■ U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20515 The President of the United States President Bill Clinton The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington. DC 20500 White House Public Comment Line. 202/456 7639 E-mai I: president@whitehouse.gov HOUSTON VOICE/AUGUST 30, 1996 3 A view from the top Bruce Lehman (left) greets Jim Owens, alternate delegate at the Gay & Lesbian Brunch sponsored by the Democratic National DENNIS HATCH Bruce Lehman, the highest ranking openly gay official in the Clinton Admin­istration, is the Assistant Secretary qf Commerce and Commissioner of IPatents and Trade­marks. In exclusive comments to The Houston Voice, Lehman explained what it means to him and the lesbian/gay com­munity for an openly gay official to hold such a high ranking office. “It’s a place at the table,” explained Lehman. “Bill Clin­ton pledged that his would be a reflection of America, and that includes lesbian and gay Ameri­cans, as well.” A further reflection of the President’s commitment to equal­ity for gay and lesbian America is the fact that ”he has, by executive order, banned discrimination against Gays and Lesbians in all hiring and employ­ment practices,” explained Lehman. As .an assistant secretary, Lehman is responsible for ensuring that all 5,500 employees in his agency have undergone extensive diversity training, and that they reflect America, too. The diversity training that Lehman developed for the Patent and Trademark Commission has been adopted by most Cabinet level agencies. Lehman also explained that his Agency, hardly one of the more glamorous agen­cies in public policy, has responsibil­ity over the patenting of new researches and discoveries in the fight against AIDS and HIV. Lehman has been instru­mental in expediting the patent on AIDS and HIV-related issues due to the life and death nature of their need. The Com­mission of Patents and Trademarks has gone on-line on the Internet for such HIV-related patents, the first area of patents and trademarks to go on-line. “Having a gay man in my position has undoubtedly made the agency more sensitive to the need to get such new discoveries rushed to the market,” Lehman added. Lehman ended the interview by exhort­ing the gay and lesbian community to vigorously support President Clin­ton’s re-election. “Bill Clinton is fun­damentally committed to equality for Gays and Lesbians and a government that includes a place of leadership for our community. While there are issues of disagreement in the President’s han­dling of some issues, he has done more for our community than any President has in the history of our Republic, and that will continue to be so in the next four years.” Dennis Hatch is on special assignment at the Democratic National Conven­tion. Next week he will have a post con­vention report . Committee administration Senate to debate DOMA Sept.5 The Employment Non-Discrimina­tion Act, (ENDA), as an amendment to the Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA), will be debated in the U.S. Senate Sept. 5, marking the first time gay-rights have been openly debated on the floor of the Senate. According to an agreement reached before Congress recessed for the month of August, DOMA will come to the Senate floor at 10am with debate scheduled for two hours. During that time, Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass, Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and James Jef­fords, R-Vt., will introduce ENDA as an amendment. The amendment would out­law job discrimination based on sex­ual orientation. This strategy has benefited the commu­nity by forcing a debate on employment discrimination against gay people,” said Daniel Zingale, HRC political director;. “Nonetheless, the Human Rights Campaign continues to vigor­ously oppose the DOMA.” Supporters of DOMA will also have an opportunity to offer amendments to the bill. “We expect any amendments from out opponents to be as noxious as the overall bill,” Zingale said, all amend­ments must be submitted to the Senate leadership by close of business Sept. 3. The anti-marriage bill passed the House July 12 by a vote of 342-67. No amend­ments were attached to the bill in. the House. The Human Rights Campaign is encour­aging readers to urge their U.S. sena­tors to support ENDA (S.932) as an amendment to DOMA (S.1740) and to oppose DOMA itself. Senators can be called through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121; written by sending a letter to The Honorable (Name), U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510; or sent an electronic message through HRC’s Action Center on the WWW at http:// www.hrccusa.org. Gay Beat Icon Herbert Huncke Dies Herbert Huncke, credited as the source of the term “Beat Genera­tion,” inspiration to generations of writers and artists, openly and flam­boyantly out long before it was ‘fash­ionable,’ ex-hustler, ex-drug addict, died August 15 in New York City. An inspiration to William S. Bur­roughs (Huncke provided his first fix), an acknowledged influence on Jack Kerouac, a guide to the likes of Alan Ginsberg and John Clellon Holmes, and an influence on sex­researcher Alfred Kinsey. Huncke has credit for a long list of never very finan­cially successful books and his acknowledged lack of talent for regu­lar work. (Rumor has it that Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead ‘helped’ with his rent.) Huncke, (name rhymes with junkie), was the inspiration (sometimes with the actual use of his name) for charac­ters in literary works that have become classics. His notorious drug use, fre­quent stealing and occasional prosti­tution were captured in his 1992 state­ment, “I always followed the road of least resistance. I just continued to do what I wanted. I didn’t weigh or balance things. I started out this way, and I never really changed.” ^zoo MOKmose^^ 77ooe i '.S Margaret u & Associate^ acp SOW. JEFFREY .—«!■ (Between Downtown & MedicAl Center) I I Mon-Sat 8am-6pm Sunday 8am-5pm I I Express Detailing Available State Inspection Vans and Suburbans Extra Expires 8/31/96 Car WAsh ! Express LlBe 5001 Main; 52J-9198 J 4511 Main; 529-5156 FULL SERVICE (M .99 i/*7 CAR WASH^H w/couponl! Jptl, li nn Complete 14 Point Oil Change Service Off Plus Free Car Wash No appointment necessary. Present coupon at time of service. 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TX 77006 Subscription rate in US (by carrier or US mail)- $i 75 Der week ($45.50 per 6 months or $91.00 per year) Display advertising deadline: 12:00 noon CST Monday to reserve space, 5:00 pm CST Monday to furnish ad copy for Friday publication. Classified advertising deadline: 12 noon CST Mondav for Friday publication. Responsibility. We do not assume financial responsibility for claims by the advertisers but readers are asked to * advise the newspaper of any suspicion of fraudulent or deceptive advertising and suspicions will be investioated Member. Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. National Gay Newspaper Guild. Gay & Lesbian Press Association. Associate member: Associated Press The Houston Voice' On-Line! The USAGayNet web site can be viewed at http://www.usagaynet.com. To reach The Houston Voice, access the site and click on the News and Views. There is no charge for this service. THOMAS (TAD) DONALD NELSON 4/27/57 to 8/20/95 They can't return, They can only look Behind from when they came And go round and round and round In the circle game. RUBEN (BEN) AGUILAR Born: March 8, 1951 Died: August 28, 1991 Ben, all of your friends love and miss you very much. There isn't a day that passes, that one of us speaks of you. We know you hear us and speak to us in your own special way. At times we wish you were here, but we know you are truly free and would not take you away from that FREEDOM. I am free in Christ. Because I am free in Christ, I am truly free. I am free from the past, I am free from resentments. I am free from fear. Through the Christ spirit within me, I am free from negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I am free to face this day with an uplifted heart, an open mind, and a bold spirit. I am free to grow and unfold as the Christ reveals the way and the timing to me. I am free in Christ. I am not bound by what others think I should be or do. I am not bound by circumstances, time or space. I. am free in Christ to live, and I accept the freedom to live fully and completely. I am free! I rise to higher realms of thinking. I am uplifted to new levels of prayer. I move forward to even greater success and fulfillment. I am alive and free in Christ. We all love you Ben, J.R., Mary and Friends TRIXIE LARUE, GONE It was 1970 when I happened into a show bar in Indianapolis, Indiana. Just a kid in college out looking for a weekend adventure. Alone in the city without a friend. That was the night I met Trixie LaRue. A bigger than life showgirl. Thus began my friendship with the lady. After leaving college I went on with my life, parting company with her for many years. Trixie on the other hand went on to perform in many states including Alaska. I moved to Houston 23 years ago and found myself alone again. When, like a beacon in the night, who should appear to help me get my bearings again, but Trixie LaRue. Most people know little of Trixie's background, including myself. I only know that she seemed to live through other peoples experiences. I know that everything she said was not true to life, but it was true to her life. We all tdke bits and pieces of those who touch our lives and try to apply those best qualities to our own. Like an old sea captain spinning tales of different lands, she could draw us to her side for hours. She never turned away a soul in need. She was always willing to add more water to the soup, so another could eat. She didn't hesitate, when she could, to take someone from the streets into her home and with whatever means she had to feed and shelter them from life's storms. And many times was taken advantage of because of this. But this was Trixie. As a member of the Royal, Sovereign and Imperial Court of the Single Star, she hosted shows to raise money for many worthwhile causes in this community. She held the title of Spiritual Advisor to the Court. She had been a past candidate for Empress. When her health permitted, she never turned down an opportunity to help anywhere it was needed. She even helped to start a Church here in Houston. However, of the many wonderful things that she did with her life, one of the best things she ever did for me, was to introduce me to my lifemate, Guy Cowden. I only wish that during her hour of need, she could have received the love and care that she had so often given and richly deserved. On August 25th, alone, the lady was finally rewarded and made her transition into what we pray is a much better life. Her suffering is over. She touched many lives and left her mark on many of us. The lights of the Court will burn a little dimmer in her absence. Her legacy is not one of wealth and material gain, but of love and friendship. You'll always be royalty in my eyes. We will miss you. Til' we meet again, Skip Willet MATTHEW R. VIDAL Born: October 26, 1965 ■p Died: August 21, 1996 P Every yesterday with my gift of inner sight, I look upon things of yesterday. Faeries, nymphs, and unicorns are never very far away. Mermaids sit and comb their golden tresses in crystal blue lagoons. Dragons capture sweet damsels in distress, and witches still fly on brooms. Fawns chase nymphs from glen to glen, reveling in their way.With my inner sight, I still look back, from every yesterday (Matthew R. Vital, Published in "Dusting off Dreams," Vol 7, 1994). Just before dawn that Wednesday in Houston, suddenly a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic took the sweetist, creative, talented most generous friend God gave us. Hundreds of you are wearing his handmade "Miss Woodstock Original" necklaces and other trinkets. He never took money, these were gifts, all he wanted was a smile. Survived by a huge loving family and tons of friends, his ever­present laughter and humor is comforting us as his ashes are returned to his birthplace and favorite spot in Falmouth, Massachusetts. We will always miss you. Thanks for everything. RUNNING DEER SASQUITCH Born: May 4, 1931 Died: August 25, 1996 Retired, U.S. Army Captain, is survived by his mother Little Dove and his father Crazy Horse Sasquitch, his life-mate Charles Running Deer and his daughter Little Fawn Sasquitch. His only philosophy was "We pass through life in many episodes, and each one is an opportunity to learn." In Loving Memory of Little Bear Sasquitch, (Joshua Lynn), born May 4, 1952, who served in the 5th Special Forces of the U.S. Marine Corps, in Viet Nam from September 1970 until September 1976. He is survived by his life-mate Leon Jay Lightfoot; twin sister Jerrie Lynne (Little Fawn) Sasquitch; grandfather, Crazy Horse Sasquitch; grandmother, Little Dove Sasquitch. A memorial service was held for Running Deer and Little Bear at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Monday, August 26 at 5 pm. Panel recommends benefits for partners of Gay workers 4 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 30, .1996 [VOICE ISSUE 827 August 30, 1996 Established 1974 as the Houston Montrose Star, reestablished 1980 as the Houston Montrose Voice, changed name to the New Voice in 1991 incorporating the New Orleans Crescent City Star, reestablished December 1,1993 as the Houston Voice 811 Westheimer, Suite 105 Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 529-8490 (800) 729-8490 FAX: (713) 529-9531 E-mail: HouVoice@AOL.com Contents copyright 1996 Office Hours: 9am - 5:30pm weekdays PUBLISHER Crad Duren EDITOR Deborah Moncrief Bell EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT J.C. Michelak/editorial assistant Jon Anthony/entertainment editor Jack Leonard/sports editor Carolyn Roberts/society editor STAFF WRITERS: B.R. McDonald, Carolyn Roberts, Javier Tamez (theatre review) CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Andrew Edmonson, Larry Lingle, Curt Morrison, Jazz Paz, Glen Webber CARTOONIST: Earl Storm PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steven David, David Goetz PRODUCTION Matthew Pennington/manager/art director Maggie Bralick/production layout OFFICE MANAGEMENT Jack Leonard/office manager Maggie Bralick/assistant manager Jeanna Wiley/office assistant ADVERTISING SALES DEPARTMENT Lee Davis, Benjamin Diaz, J.C. Michelak, Carolyn Roberts CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS Maggie Bralick NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Rivendell Marketing, P.O. Box 518, Westfiled, NJ (906) 232-2021 Notice to advertisers: Advertising rate schedule thirteen was effective March 1995 ■ Partial or complete reproduction of any advertisement, news article or feature, copy or photograph from the Houston Voice is specifically prohibited by federal statute ■ Opinions expressed by columnists or cartoonists are not necessarily those of the Houston Voice or its staff and we assume no liability for the content expressed or implied of said articles or likeness of persons living or dead, real or fictional in the cartoons. • Publication of the name or photograph of any person or organization in articles or advertising in the Houston Voice is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of said person or organization. . The appearance of advertisements or opinions expressed therein do not constitute an endorsement or guarantee by The Houston Voice or its staff DENVER (AP)—The panel that sets wages, benefits and work rules for Den­ver city employees says insurance cov­erage should be extended to employees’ homosexual partners. The Career Service Authority Wednesday voted 5-0 to include gay partners and their children in the recommended bene­fits package for 1997. Heterosexual couples who live together, however, would not be included. The city council is expected to vote on the benefits pack­age in coming weeks. Gay-rights advo­cates see the panel’s recommendation as a groundbreaking victory for equal treatment of homosexuals in Colo­rado. “It’s part of a growing trend to equalize the workplace for Gays and Lesbians,* said Mary Celeste, a lesbian attorney. But opponents attacked the decision as an example of the “special rights” they have warned that homosexuals would seek. Winning the benefits for gay cou­ples was a goal set by advocates after the U.S. Supreme Court in May struck down Colorado’s Amendment 2, approved by voters but never carried out because of legal challenges. The measure would have prohibited any laws banning dis­crimination against Gays. Will Per­kins is chairperson of Colorado for Family Values, which sponsored Amendment 2. “We should be doing eve­rything we can to encourage stable, tra­ditional marital relations. I think it’s a travesty,” Perkins said of the Denver panel’s action. HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 30, 1996 5 Houston Voice Help WAMteb Advertising Professional with proven record of success wanted to carve out new territory in Greater Houston Market for weekly Gay publication. Commission basis. Must be aggressive and have a positive attitude. Call Deborah Bell at 529-8490. xlueb fy faff “Pay “. . . Calls not accepted or returned after 10pm or ever on Tuesday evenings.” . Outgoing messages on our phone ■ answering machine vary day-by-day. Reminders to grown children who call asking when they can come visit (any­time, but don’t call so late you wake us up!), changes in schedules for friends we try to coordinate events with, “alerts” left to each other by which­ever one will be delayed getting home from work to remind the first home­comer what to start for supper. Or sug­gesting where we’d like to order in from. Our messages are acutely appli­cable. Only the last phrase never changes. One of our kids believes his father rou­tinely rings up to “spy” on our broad­casts and “uses the information , against us.” There is a rumor that strangers call and listen, living vicariously through our exchanges. While we do broadcast some uncommon details, most of it is intended-audi­ence- specific. (’’You have reached ... If you are calling about the saxo­phone, please leave a message. If this is Sharon, got your message, don’t let her get you down. Kick her out! If this is Mom, it’s not that Sharon.” Recently, it’s been the loving voice of motherly authority: “If this is Jose, marry her! She can become a citizen!” We know that message has not reached the son it was directed to yet, but his brother made us delete the part that said, “You’ve never dated such a captivating, smart, thoroughly lucid woman!” (There is a rumor that the stranger who calls to listen is this son’s ex.) It’s not that we don’t answer our phone. We do. When we’re home. But with exhil­arating careers, (I’m “in business”; Jan sells rocks,) glittering social obligations (like picking up a tin of cookies at Kroger’s on the way to a pot­luck civic association meeting to discuss the deleterious effects that the tortilla factory on the corner— that was there before any of the civic-minded homeowners were—is having on our “property values”—like we live in R.O!) and with kids who might bet­ter accept free advice about love life from a recorder than a real mother, the machine satisfies an urgency. We need it. We love it. We want you to call it. But not after 10pm. Or ever on Tues­day evening. Tuesday’s our Date Night. The one eve­ning we honor sacrosanct. Just the two of us. Alone. Quiet and amorous. Recently we’ve felt so romantic that we’re planning a wedding. For Jose. We hope he says “Yes.” Call Jazz at 713-868-5153, extension *2, and leave lots of unsolicited com­pliments, invitations and praise on her answering machine. If her wife, Jan, answers, hang up ! National Women’s Vote Day DEBORAH BELL The Women’s Vote Houston Area NOW celebrated “Women’s Equality Day" August 26 at Toopee's Coffees. Bruce Marquis, Democratic candi­date for Harris County Sheriff visited with the group Project is a nonpar­tisan voter outreach coalition of a rec­ord 110 Women’s organizations. In an effort to target Women’s Voters through sophisti­cated voter outreach, grassroots activi­ties, and public edu­cation, the group will take part in voter reg­istration, educa­tion and get out the vote activities through Election Day on Nov. 5. The goal is to make the women’s vote the deciding vote from local to national elections in 1996 and in every year thereafter. On Saturday, Sept. 7 organizations will have individual events to raise funds and awareness. They are focusing on women because after 76 years of hav­ing the vote (August 26 was the anniver­sary of the right for women to vote being recognized by Congress), voting is not yet a habit for women. “As a non-partisan effort, the groups efforts will ultimately benefit which­ever candidate or party most effec­tively addresses women’s concern’s,” says the group’s Houston Director, Sueann Lorig. She further explained that women are so disaffected by and unhappy with the current Congress, the group plans to let women know they have more control in their lives by voting and if they are unhappy they can effect change by voting. Lorig emphasized that, “Women candidates must address women’s issues just as men candidates must. Women do not vote a ticket just because there is a woman on it.” To get involved in the Houston coali­tion of the Women’s Vote Project ‘96 call the YWCA at 868-9922. 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Shepherd at San Felipe 521-3880 nstq GLAADlines Windy City Suburb Blows Off Anti gay Hate Crime As Chicago authorities spit-polish the city for the Democratic National Convention, officials in a northerfl suburb have swept a gritty hate crime under the rug. Two Fox Lake teenagers were recently charged with criminal damage to property, criminal tres­pass and violation of curfew for a series of acts of harassment and intim­idation culminating in the August 18 smearing of human excrement on the door of a gay male couple’s home. The couple, Mark Manczko and his part­ner, feel they are being forced to move and many are questioning why police did not immediately pursue hate­crime charges against the 14-year-old suspects. After pressure from gay rights activists, the state attorney’s office asked that police investigate4 further to determine whether enough evidence existed to prosecute under the hate-crime statute. For more infor­mation contact Rick Garcia, Execu­tive Director of the Illinois Federa­tion for Human Rights at (312) 477- 7173. UMOff UMIH MM3 CUB fj $ f1 ■ 4 6} jWcrkina Man Blues Benefiting AVES Sunday, SeptentBer 1st, 8pm Jamie Roberts, candidate for Miss TGRA '97 presents Monday, September 2, 3-6pm BRB's Labor Day Buffet (j fj ^6,' HO Saturday, September 21, 3-6 pm Houston Gay BBS Get Together «« I (j Sunday, September 22 Shelby St. John presents "Hands Across the State" Hope everyone has a safe ftaypy Labor Day Weehenrf 0 0 t) Come On Down & Party with Vera May "If You Dare" Tuesday-Friday, 7-Noon then Stay with the rest of the gang Marriage Miscarriage In Mississippi Lesbian and gay rights activists are outraged by Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice’s executive order, issued on August 22, which bans same-sex marriages in the state. Gov. For­dice claimed the purpose of the order was to strengthen the state’s existing sodomy law while preventing county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to lesbians and gay men and recog­nizing such unions from other states. Mississippi is the first state in the nation to try to bar same-sex marriage by executive order. According to David Ingebretsen, the Executive Director of the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the state’s constitu­tion makes it clear that it is the legisla­ture, not the governor, who defines the duties and authorities of county clerks, and accused the governor of pandering to the religious right. Such a measure died in committee during the last session of the state’s legisla­ture. For more information contact Alan Klein, GLAAD’s Communica^ tion Director, at (212) 807—1700, ext.^ 11 or e-mail at klein@glaad.org. Cincinnati Trial Settled Follow up: Cincinnati gay bookstore The Pink Pyramid was recently put on trial on obscenity charges for renting world-renowned filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini’s critically acclaimed Salo: 120 Days of Sodom. Citing heavy legal costs and time, defendants in the case pleaded to a lesser charge of attempted pandering of obscenity and a $500 fine. By doing so, The Pink Pyramid can continue to rent and sell the film and will have all^ criminal charges dropped against itsW employees. Leanne Katz, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) called the move, “an imperfect victory, but a victory nonetheless.” For ’ more information contact Leanne Katz (NCAC) at (212) 807-6222 or e-mail at ncac@netcom.com. VISIT THE GLAAD WEB SITE AT http:// www.glaad.org! HOUSTON VOICE/ AUGUST 30, 1996 7 Drag continued... (Continued from page I) takes a look and offers interesting insights to the world of drag. Fun and readable, the book examines the lives of some of the most well known drag queens in their natural habitat. Much of it is tongue in cheek, but most of it is truly a guide for the lay person to be introduced to what "drag" is all about. The book essentially has three parts. The first part is the history and examination, including definitions which helps one to understand these exotic creatures. A group interview runs along the bottom of the pages in this first half and is somewhat distracting. I found myself reading both parts at the same time, so had to force myself to just read the first section and then the interview. The other part of the book profiles individual queens in two to three pages each. Lady Bunny as the sole proprietress of the enormously successful Wigstock, is described as the most powerful drag queen in New York. Also featured in the book, from the clowns to the most glamorous are Flloyd, Hapi Phace, Chicklet, Hedda Lettuce, Miss Understood, Lypsinka, The Misstress Formika, Linda Simpson, and Joey Arias. The latter, it is noted, is known for her sultry evocations of Billie Holiday. The book offers explanations and many intriguing ideas, some which were very surprising to this reader, but it has no apologies. One thing I did not expect from this book was feminist theory discussions, yet it was there along with all the camp. As writer Fleisher states, "The silliest of pranksters turn out to be a keen observer and refined thinker." The reader is warned to be prepared for either eventuality. The success of several drag performers has also opened drag to the more mainstream world. Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch, are among the "Gay" identified drag performers, who usually do their drag in acting roles. RuPaul has of course, given new dimensions to the meaning of drag queen. The movies, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and To Wong Foo, also introduced drag to the general population as never before. The days of men dressing up in women's clothing, such as Milton Berle, Flip Wilson, Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams—clearly show these performers as being far beneath the status of "queen". Another book, called Drag Dolls is now available. This is a book of "eight cut-out drag queens and their fabulous, over the top ensembles." The photographs and illustrations by David Croland gives all of us a chance to bring some glamour into our lives. Each queen comes with her own collection of garments, makeup, shoes, and more. Lady Bunny, Joey Arias, Hedda Lettuce and Raven-0 are among the queens featured. A former paper doll player and sometime fashion designer myself, 1 think this book provides a delightful opportunity to play. The dolls could have been done on stiffer paper stock (instructions advise you to affix the dolls to lightweight cardboard) and the cartoonish style works OK for the garments, but I would have liked more realistic looking "dolls." This book is from Giftworks Chronicle Books through Roundtable Press. Please Support AIDS Housing Houston (713) 520-9248 Church Calendar of Events Friday-8/30 * “Your Sacred Self”—study group using the best seller by Wayne Dyer. COME learn more about your sacred self, sacred sisters & broth­ers, & the sacred, loving Creator God who made it so. At Kingdom Community Church 862- 7533 * Catholic Mass at 10:00 am at and Musicals Friday Nite at 7 pm at Kolbe Project 522-8182 Saturday-8/31 * Services at 7:30 pm at Dignity Church 880— 2872 Sunday-9/1 * Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church Services “A Study in the Gospel of Mark” and “The T’ Factor,” (How to be a posi­tive influence on others as a witness for Christ) at 10:00 am Praise and Worship, Ministry of the Word, Drama and Personal Ministry. 11:00 am at Maranatha Fellowship 528-6756 * MCCR worship services 9:00 am & 11:00 am 861-9149 * Worship Service 11:00 am at Faith and Hope Fellowship 773-4429 * Grace Lutheran Church Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 am Worship Service at 10:30 am 528-3269 * First Unitarian Universalist Church Sun­day Services at 9:30 am and 11:30 am 526-5200 * Services at 5:30 pm Dignity Church 880-2872 * Community Gospel Church worship serv­ice at 11:00 am & 7:00 pm 1ST SERVICE IN NEW LOCATION, 4305 LILLIAN 880-9235 * Houston Mission Church worship service at 10:30 am 529-8225 * Kingdom Community Church worship serv­ice at 11:00 am Sunday School at 10:00 am 862- 7533 “The Celestine Prophecy, An Experi­ential Guide” at 10:00 am * Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass at 10:15 am 526-8095 * Covenant Baptist Church Worship service 1:30 pm and education hour at 3:00 pm 668-8830 * Bering Memorial United Methodist Church Worship service. 10:50 am Seekers class 9:15 am 526-1017 Monday-9/2 * Catholic Mass at 7:30 pm Kolbe Project 522- 8182 * MCCR Handbell Choir Rehearsal at 7:00 pm 861-9149 Tuesday-9/3 * MCCR: Empowerment for Living support group & pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm. Gloryland Singers at 8:00 pm, The Gospel Ensemble at 6:00 pm 861-9149 * PROTECT meets at Bering Church. 520-7870. * AIDS Affected Group meets at Community Gospel Church. 7:00 pm 880-9235 * Small home groups meet to sing, share their faith and pray for one another at 7:30 pm These groups are open to all people. Maranatha Fellow­ship at 528-6756 for location each week. Wednesday 9/4 * MCCR Bible Study 7:30 pm 861-9149 * Worship Service 7:30 pm at Faith and Hope Fellowship 773-4429 * MCCR: Jubilation Mixed Ensemble meets at 6:30 pm Midweek uplift service at 7:00 pm, Bible Study, Lecture Series & Choir Rehearsal 7:30 pm 861-9149 * “A Course in Miracles”—Study Group using the book, published by the Foundation for Inner Peace, which is aimed at removing the blocks to our awareness of one’s presence. Kingdom Community Church 7:30 pm 862- 7533. * Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass at 7:00 pm 526-8095 * Small home groups meet to sing, share their faith and pray for one another at 7:30 pm These groups are open to all people. Maranatha Fellow­ship at 528—6756 for location each week. Thursday-9/5 * Bible Study 7 Pm At Faith And Hope Fellow­ship 773-4429 * Community Gospel Church worship serv­ice 7:30 pm 880-9325 * Healing Service and Anointing at Kolbe Pro­ject, 7:30pm. 522-8182 * Bible Study at MCCR. 7:30 pm. 861-9149. * Pot Luck dinner at the Kolbe Project. 7:00 pm. 522-8182. If you want an event listed in this section, please call 529-8490 . 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The City of Houston’s Multi-Purpose Service Center on West Gray has a very nice gym. It is time to do something, I figured. Of course, no heavy lifting, but I do stretch­ing exercises. That will get me ready to do weights. Working out will take away a lot of my stress. I tend to stress myself out over everything, and that is something I need to learn to control. One thing that has caught my attention lately is the news about Protease Inhibi­tors. If you are not familiar with them, they are drugs that are designed to stop the growth of the HIV virus in the body. In stud­ies being done across America, men have shown remarkable growth in their T-cell count. They report feeling better and having more energy. Stopping the growth of the virus is a great idea. While it is not a cure, it gives new hope to people like myself. With my T-cells under 100, any­thing to raise them would be great. Of course, for every person who does wel on the drug, you can find one who does poorly. Not,all inhibitors are alike. There are three different types. Two can be pur­chased through prescriptions, and one must be purchased through the manufac­turer in Pennsylvania. And keep in mind, the cost of these wonder drugs is very expensive. You might spend $400 a month on the pills. Is it worth it? For me it is, if I can use my insurance. Otherwise, I can’t afford $400 a month, so my only choice would be noi to use these drugs. I hope that doesn’t hap­pen. The research material on Protease Inhibitors is very technical. I apolo­gize for not being able to give you more information on them. Most doctors feel these pills are the best hope for persons with AIDS. The two main concerns about them, are the resistance to the virus and failure of long-term success. Many of those in the test studies find their T-cells reverting back to the level they were at the start of the studies. But I’m sure these are temporary prob­lems. As time goes on, there will be ways of dealing with these problems. I am willing to take any risk necessary if they will help me. Like all of you, I want to get better. Glen Webber is a person living with AIDS and working to improve his life everyday . Bayou City Boys Club Raises $22,000 Member hosts of the Bayou City Boys Club collect their thoughts outside the Garden in the Heights party location prior to the Hurricane '96 party Party Hardy, Give Generously The Houston Community has weathered another turbulent event, as Hurricane Dolly threatened Texas and the Gulf o Mexico, the Bayou City Boys Club (BCB ) Hurricane ‘96 came ashore in Houston Saturday August 24 at the Garden in the Heights. A benefit fundraiser for the American Red Cross HIV/AIDS Education Project, Omega House and The Assistance un , this torrential extravaganza produced cataclysmic donations in excess of $22,000. More than 950 braved the elements to help the temperature rise! In the eye of the storm, direct from Los Angeles, was DJ Mike Mitchell. Also assisting the BCBC in the disaster relief Was Bud Light After Shock and WET. On behalf of the beneficiaries of Hurri­cane 96 BCBC would like to thank all those who made this part possible, including Houstonians and all of their out-of-town rien s or making this event so success-io ™»riWOUr t0 make sure you are on the BCBC mailmg list> p|ease cal] 520-5253. Focus sroup - WAMteb participants to critique and give direction to The Houston Voice. For details call 529-8490. Leave name and phone number. HOUSTON VOICE/AUGUST 30, 1996 9 S0QT ■!ni i nai is c by Gays C ties, and z\ in several of the smaller, some newly formed parties. Our sexual orienta­tion should not automatically tran­scend us into other issues that place us into a specific political affiliation unless we concur with the organizations entire dictum. The Democratic party has tradition­ally supported gay rights and the Repub­lican party for the most part has ignored the subject (with the exception of the right wing fanatics, whose views most registered Republicans do not agree with). This should not be construed as a means for only aligning ourselves with the Democrat party. Rather, it should reinforce the following: 1) We need to make sure that the Democratic party does not take our support for granted, as has been the case recently; and 2) We need to make sure that we continue to make inroads into the Republican party to negate the propaganda that the relig­ious right is hurling towards. Regard­less of your political affiliation, the Republican party may be the majority party in future elections and it is sheer folly not to attempt to gain proper repre­sentation in one of the two major politi­cal forces of our country. Laying all of our eggs in one basket is ar ill-fated paradigm that will reign pejo rative repercussions. The Democrat: have had control of the Congress for the last 40 years prior to 1994. During tha time what significant piece of legisla tion have they passed for our community They lead us to believe that they can tell u: what we want to hear and lo-and-behold they think we will be good little soldiers Unfortunately, they are correct. Wha possible incentive do the Democrat: have to fight for our rights when we have made it perfectly clear that we will uncon ditionally support them. If the Demo crats put as much effort into our issues a: they do those of the African-Americai community to retain our votes, we wouk have already had our equal rights. The African American community wouic not tolerate their neglect and the party knows it. If we truly want to gain politi­cally, we are going to have to clearly dem­onstrate that our votes cannot, nor will they be, taken for granted. If our community wants to continue with the status quo, then we are on the righl course. Keep in mind, however, there is a reason we have not made as many inroads as we would like to have obtained since Stonewall. There is also a reason we de not have the influence at the polls we would like to think we have. The reason is simple. We are not united for a commor cause. You cannot exclude individuals with a common ground whose views are different on other issues from partici­pating in the process. Either we are fighting for gay and lesbian civil rights or we are fighting ideology. We need to work together to advance the former and leave the latter to other organizations If we want to be a powerful minority with an impact on national policy, then we need to create alliances with all the players We already have representation in the Democratic party and it is importan that we maintain that affiliation. It i: equally as important that we attempt to d( the same with the Republican party regardless of how difficult the task ma; be. Nothing worth having is easily obtained. In order to do so, we must dis mantle the postulate conjecture o equating homosexuality with liber­alism. This is not to say that all Gay and Lesbians should be conservative, rather, we should merely be more open and inclusive of disparity. After all, isn’t that what we seek from our adversaries? Curt Morrison is the pseudonym for an active member of the Log Cabin Republi­cans. Next week: Deborah Bell’s "In My Own Voice” offers a counterpoint to issues raised in this column . United We Stand? It is commonplace to receive resistance from individuals whose beliefs con­tradict yours entirely. Suffice it to say ’ that being a gay Republican does not bode well with all Republicans, especially the religious right faction, nor does it bode well with many in our community. Unfortunately, gay Republicans receive just as much resistance and ridi­cule from their own community as they do from their adversaries. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not a contradiction in terms to be Gay and conservative. The notion that all homo­sexuals are liberal is an axiom whose origins derive from society’s desire to categorize all individuals into a class. It is a nebulous concept, which fosters an inaccurate perception of a group as individuals who are unable to think for themselves. The net effect of such categorization is that it can have serious consequences, if not redressed. Similarly, the generalization of assuming that all Republicans are right wing radicals and all Democrats are left wing fanatics is equally ludicrous. These elements are fringe groups who happen to be the most organized, out­spoken and well-financed, hence their prominence within their respective party apparatus and the public sector. Most people do not fit into either cate­gory. They are called moderates or cen­trists. Unfortunately, they do not get as involved in the grassroots of politics because they are not as passionate about their politics as their extremist coun­terparts. The truth of the matter is that the majority of minorities in America do not belong to the organizations which purport to represent them. Does this mean that they do not care about their heritage or issues that have a direct bearing on their day to day lives? Of course not. It simply means I that they do not agree with all of the politi­cal positions that these organizations espouse. It is not anti-gay to have conservative views and all conservatives do not hate homosexuals. Granted most Lesbians and Gays identify themselves as Demo­crats, but the fact of the matter is that there are also many in our community who want major government reform. They want less taxation. They want less govern­ment regulation. They support capi­tal punishment. They believe in indi­vidual responsibility. They want wel­fare and medicare reform. These issues have nothing to do with one’s sexual pro­clivities and therefore should not be coalesced with the likes. Like it or not, the pendulum of public opinion has been tilting towards con­servatism for several years now and does not appear to be reverting back to lib­eralism. If that were the case. Presi­dent Clinton would not be campaigning on conservative themes in order to win elections. The public is fed up with crime high taxes, government inter­ference, rampant rises in drug usage (78% during the last four years accord­ing to a government report released this week) and a legal system that favors crim­inals rights over those of the victims. We, as a community, are part of that American public and it is incumbent upon us to make sure that we address all issues. It is imperative for our community to have a voice that resonates across the political spectrum. Democrat and Republican. Our minority status is based upon the premise that we all share the same sexual orientation. We should insist that both parties address our civil liberties and quest for equality. That is currently being accomplished t and Lesbians in both major part regular second off! " Does vjour bwisness neeb a boost? BASIC BROTHERS 1232 WESTHEIMER HOUSTON • (713) 522-1626 MON-SAT 10 - 9 SUN 12 - 6 YOUR OUT AND PROUD CLOTHING STORE TEXAS AIR, WC. Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists 880-4629 SS Cxce[ of the ^drmadlllto present^.. 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Sunday School.... 9:30 am Sunday Worship ... 10:50 am 1440 Harold at Mulberry (713) 526"1017 ASK THE PASTOR Q: 7 am bisexual and struggling with how to live my life. How can 1 deal with the feelings inside?" A: God has created such a diversity of people and sexual orientations in this world. One of the most critical ele­ments of our growth and development as people is learn­ing who we are and how to celebrate this. Most children upon reaching puberty begin to discover their sexual ori­entation by learning what gender they are attracted to sexually and socially. If you are around people who talk Rev Janet Parker freely ab°Ut SCXUaI orientation and have no difficulties with diversity, you will probably have an easier time un­derstanding yourself If, however, you find yourself surrounded by homophobic people, you will have a much more difficult time in learning about yourself Oppression tends to force people to act out, or hide and keep secrets. It is important for you to know that being bisexual is the way you were made by God. There is no shame in being bisexual. What might be confusing to you is to know what to do when you are attracted to both sexes. A good way to look at it is to realize that the world offers great choices to you. Being bisexual means that you are capable of having a fulfilling relationship with either male or female. Just as a heterosexual person will find the opposite sex attractive to them, it does not mean that they will have a relationship with everyone of the opposite sex. The same applies for the ho­mosexual. Being homosexual does not imply that all people of your same gender are fair game and that you can have as many relationships or encounters as you want. Defining one's sexual orientation simply defines the choices for relationships that will bring you fulfillment. As a bisexual, consider yourself blessed. As you go through life, you will have the option of falling in love with a person. For you, it will not matter whether they are male or female. The movie, "Yentl" revealed that people fall in love with people, not a gender. It is difficult if you fall in love with a man a woman at the same time. This is where responsibility comes in. No matter what a person's sexual orientation, each person must guard their heart. Knowing that you have the option to fall in love with anyone leaves you in a place of great re­sponsibility. A good recommendation would be for you to sit down and determine your value system. Determine what is most important to you. Establish priorities and decide to live by them. Be a person of integrity. Decide to love one person at a time. This will help to eliminate confusion. Learn to be focused. Confusion comes when we try to have more, enjoy more and be more than what we were created for. Take things one step at a time. Be patient with yourself Ask God to show you how to live your life so that you can find the most fulfillment and satisfaction. 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Become a part of Dignity U.S.A. SERVICES Saturdays 7:30 pm Traditional Mass Inclusive liturgy celebrated. Call and press 4 for our Social Events & Schedules. Todos bienvenidosl (Full details in VS - Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages) In the Heights 1307 Yale Ste. H Phone 880-2872 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 30, 1996 11 PLAIN SPEAKING by Larry Lingle Repeatedly these days I come across an admonition to businesses in these com­petitive consumer times that “Cus­tomer Service” is the key to survival. If that is true then I have met the enemy and it is called “Customer Service.” Being one of those pre-TV, pre-baby boo­mers, I was raised with a newspaper in my hand every morning. These days that actually means three papers—one with breakfast, one with coffee and the last for contemplation. And, yes, each paper has its place. And recently all three have committed that unpardonable sin of failing to arrive. Now in some cases you might suspect that someone made off with the offending newsprint. However, my yard is totally fenced—the first perimeter of self defense, followed by an alarm system supplemented with four dogs. And if you think perhaps this is overkill consider that next door to me is a “coffee shop” which is only open at night, all night, and is patronized by individuals whose seemingly mellow demeanor belies the intake of caffeine. Naturally, with each failure of a news­paper to appear, I called “customer service” which, after satisfying a couple of recorded requests to punch something, a disinterested voice asked for my last name, to which they then responded with my address and phone number, both already well known to me. Only after this point did “customer serv­ice” ask the problem. Well, short of com­plaining about the previous day’s edi­torials or the abundance of ads, I informed this disemboweled voice that I had not received my paper that morning. I would think at this point these “cus­tomer service” folks could be pro­grammed to say “sorry.” Instead comes the mechanical assurance that a paper would be delivered between 10am and 2pm. Fine, but even I am usually at work by that time (okay, LOBO employees, so I’m fudging a bit). Now, “customer serv­ice” does usually offer to extend my credit instead of a late paper. How about both and call it “customer service.” But it’s not just newspapers. Competi­tion among long-distance providers has wrought intrusiveness. If you hold a credit card you are bound to have received a call starting off by thanking you for using (fill in the blank with your favorite card) and noting “how happy we are to offer you (fill in the blank with your least favorite long-distance carrier). And how about these new telephone voice directories? My favorite is the com­pany that, after offering me about ump­teen choices from which I pick one, then switches me back to the beginning mes­sage. Talk about a run-around. As long as a company’s “customer serv­ice” has you isolated on the phone your response is limited. There is always the ploy of asking for a supervisor—they all have supervisors. However, this is rarely satisfying. I recently found such a supervisor who was only slightly more informative than his underling, so I asked for his supervisor. Being my busi­ness’s credit card clearing house, he actually worked for a bank (the clearing house is in Memphis, the bank in Chi­cago— you figure). He informed me that above him there was only the bank presi­dent. I asked for him. I’m still waiting to hear back. I would hazard a guess that the only time that “customer service” truly works, at least with large companies, is when con­sumers can gang up on the big boys, like class-action suits over breast implants or tobacco related ailments. An interesting example of consumer power occurred recently when Serono- Laboratories sought approval from the Federal Drug Administration for Sero-stim, a form of human-growth hormone, which curbs the wasting effect of AIDS. Serono, by the way, is but a subsidiary of Ares-Serono of Switzerland—amazing how many drug companies are European owned. Originally Serono planned to seek the standard approval route which is more time consuming than the newer acceler­ated program urged for most AIDS-related drugs. So ACT UP Golden Gate— yes, Virginia, there are still activists out there—presented Serono with its “Golden Urn” award at the recent Van­couver AIDS conference. The award is a funeral urn filled with kitty litter. In any event, Serono agreed to the accelerated procedure. Next ACT UP Golden Gate discovered that Serono’s plan for treatment carried a yearly price tag of $72,000. That for one drug among many did not make for happy campers. So ACT UP Golden Gate, led by Jeff Getty—remember of the baboon mar­row fame—forced Serono President, Hisham Samra, to sit down and talk turkey. Samra realized he needed ACT UP sup­port before FDA approval (thanks to years of ACT UP activism and a Democratic appointee helming FDA) and ACT UP wanted a cap on the price. Serono got its approval and ACT UP got the price whacked in half. Now that’s “customer service.” Granted, I have yet to figure out how to apply this lesson to my troubles with newspaper delivery. Perhaps I can unite other paper patrons to form an ACT UP group to passionately protest pas­sive paper throwers. Or maybe “cus­tomer service” is as passe’ as a human voice on the telephone. But behind every computer-generated message some­where lurks a programmer. The question then becomes have you ever known a pro­grammer with human qualities. Not. 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Montrose Mining Company 1 2312 S26-O79O New Orleans Style Coffee House 12 HOUSTON VOICE/AUGUST 30, 1996 by Jon Anthony Arsenio Hall returns to network television next season in a romantic comedy produced by DreamWorks that set off an intense bidding war between ABC and Fox. ABC won. The as yet untitled sitcom will star Hall as a newly wed sportscaster. Vivica Fox (Independence Day) will portray his wife and the sitcom will primarily focus on their home life. ABC has committed to a 13 episode order for the series and has agreed to cover the entire cost at a whopping $900,000 per episode. Fox had offered an unprecedented 35 episode commitment. The show is slated as a midseason replacement.... Barbara Walters taped her exclusive interview with Margot Kidder last week for the season premiere of 20/20 slated to air Sept. 6. Kidder will discuss in detail the circumstances surrounding her disappearance last April which culminated with her being found disoriented in a yard in Glendale, CA. Things are looking up for Kidder, after taping a guest appearance on NBC's Boston Common, playing an eccentric drama teacher, she's been asked to be in four more episodes.... Not to be outdone, Walter’s ABC News colleague, Diane Sawyer announced last week that she has also snared an exclusive interview for her series, PrimeTime Live, season debut. Sawyer will chat with the Duchess of York.... Don't fret. If you're one of the many fans of novelist/columnist Carl Hiaasen and you've just purchased the paperback version of his latest bestseller, Stormy Weather, you may have bought a copy that is missing the epilogue. Apparently the initial printing of the book omitted the epilogue due to a typesetting error. If you happened to purchase an incomplete copy, you can contact Warner Books at 800-759-0190 and they will gladly send you _____________ a complimentary copy free of charge. Incidentally, Hiaasen will ’ <* <21“ visit with Lauren Hutton on her latenight ' ••• ‘ ;. talk show. Lauren Hutton > ' and. .. Tuesday e v c n i n g ■ W e d n e > d a y ’ morning at lam on UPN ■I*'• affiliate Channel 20.... Prior to superstardom. Sandra Bullock, made a film titled Lost Paradise co-starring Graig Sheffer. Paradise marked Bullock's debut as a lead in a film role. The producer, Roger Corman, held back the release of the film to see how the careers of the two then-unknown actors would pan out. Needless to say with Bullock's recent successes, Corman has decided to release the film and plans to do so this year in specialized theaters as a cinema art film. Paradise, shot on location in Peru, is about the destruction of the Amazon rain forest.... Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical production will debut in the U.S. rather than Britain, as is custom with the legendary composer. Whistle Down the Wind, based on the 1961 British film starring Hayley Mills will open at the national Theater in Washington, DC, for a nine-week engagement Dec. 6. The musical makes its Broadway debut next April. Webber collaborated on the project with producer/director Harold Prince and lyricist Jim Steinman, who has penned hits for Bonnie Tyler. Meat Loaf and Celine Dion. .. All My Children heartthrob Keith Hamilton Cobb has announced he'll be leaving the top rated ABC soap. Cobb describes his character, Noah, as being a ’’wallpaper, milquetoast guy with no depth," and indicated that he could no longer portray him convincingly and maintain acting credibility.... The latest television classic to receive the big-screen treatment is Lost in Space. New Line Cinema is developing the project based on the 1965 to 1968 CBS series about a family that was adrift in Alpha Centauri co-starring Guy Williams and June Lockhart. The film is in pre-production and is expected to have the latest in high-tech effects. No word yet on casting.... R.E.M. has re-signed with Warner Bros. Records for five more albums that will purportedly add $80 million to the groups coffers. The sixth and final album under their old contract with the label, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, is slated for release later this year.... Steven Bocho has relented and succumbed to critical pressure concerning his upcoming CBS fall sitcom Public Morals and is toning down the language content. As we reported in TNT several months ago. the sitcom contained language that was deemed offensive and sexist. The most randy phrase - pussyposse - which caused the most controversy was cut from the pilot episode among others because it was offensive to most women who objected to the slang reference to the female anatomy.... Pop music superstar Sting will be featured on Storytellers, VH-l's acclaimed series featuring intimate live performances. Sting’s appearance on the show will air Sept. 1 at 9pm, during the networks 'Best of VH-1' Labor Day weekend. Future Storytellers will spotlight Melissa Etheridge and the Black Crowes ... The sixth and final installment of Stephen King's The Green Mile series titled Coffey on the Mile (Signet, $3.99), has just been released and is available where books are sold, preferably at Crossroads Market or Lobo Bookstores.... Tom Hanks hosts and Tom Petty performs on the season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night | Live Sept. 28. Hanks | will plug his new film, | That Thing You Do and Petty will sing» selections from the | She's The One film 4 Soundtrack, his latest | release. One was just | released in theater's nationwide and was produced by Robert Redford.... Marshall Crenshaw (Miracle of Science), Trisha Yearwood (Everybody Knows) and the cast of Broadway's smash musical Rent (Original Cast Album featuring guest vocalist Stevie Wonder) released new CD's last week, currently available at most music outlets... Christopher Darden taped an episode of CBS' Touched by an Angel, marking his acting debut. Darden portrays a preacher in the episode which is tentatively set to air in October. .. Making the Rounds: La Toya Jackson visits Rolanda Monday Sept. 2 at 9am on CBS affiliate Channel 11. A&E's Biography series profiles some of TV's funniest comedians this week: Tim Alien. Jack Benny. Roseanne. Danny Thomas and Mary Tyler Moore. Biography airs Monday through Friday at 7pm and encores at 11pm..... John F. Kennedy Jr. talks with Oprah Tuesday Sept. 3 at 4pm on Channel 11. Bestselling author Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty) talks about his-latest book on CBS' This Morning Sept. 4 at Sam. Wynona guest on Regis & Kathie Lee Sept. 4 at Sam on Fox affiliate Channel 26. Whoopi Goldberg guests on David Letterman Sept. 4 at 10:35pm on Channel 11 and chats with Rosie O'Donnell the next morning, Sept. 5 at 9am on Channel 13. Patti LuPone appears on O'Donnell's show Sept. 6. Author/Humorist extraordinaire Art Buchwald makes a rare television appearance on CNN's Larry King Live Sept. 6 at 8pm.... Milestones: Publicist Chen Sam died Sunday. Sam, a longtime spokeswoman and personal confidante of Elizabeth Taylor, died in her home after a long bout with cancer. Through the years, she had many Hollywood clients including Joan Collins, Raquel Welch, Vendela and Donald Trump. O.V. "Mooney" Lynn died last week due to a long battle with diabetes. Mooney was legendary country western singer Loretta Lynn's husband. The Oscar-winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek as Loretta and Tommy Lee Jones as Mooney, depicted the couple's life. He was 69.... Top of the Charts: The Island of Dr. Moreau, starring Marlon Brando and Vai Kilmer floated to the top of the box-office taking in $9.1 million over the weekend. Tin Cup was second and A Very Brady Sequel debuted at No. 3. NBC's Seinfeld again topped the weekly A.C. Nielsens ratings. 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His idea: to transform Martin Duberman’s social history Stonewall into the first film about the historic riot which kicked off the mod­ern day Gay Rights Move­ment. In the stories of Stone­wall, Finch saw the potential for both riveting drama and moving history; in Vachon, the skill of an experienced producer who has an incredi­ble ability to bring projects from paper to the big screen. With the backing of Arena, the BBC’s premiere music and arts series, Vachon and Finch time to begin the difficult process of casting. Given that two key roles and numerous support ones called for men in full drag, not yet a fash­ionable theme in the commercial film world, the job was certainly a challenge. Given the excellent script and clearly compelling sub­ject matter, “Stonewall” drew interest from the film community all over New York City. Guillermo Diaz (’’Party Girl’) captured the leading role of La Miranda. Playing opposite him is Julliard graduate Frederick Wel­ler, in his first leading film role. Supporting cast members were drawn from some of the most talented actors in New York, including Duane Boutte of Broadway’s “Carousel.” As pre-production progressed, some seem­ingly insurmountable obstacles presented themselves. Most notably, the owner of the actual Stonewall Inn would not allow the crew to use the bar as a location for shooting. This film for a couple of hours each day. He saw the film through to a final cut, but on Feb. 14, 1995, he succumbed to AIDS. Before he died, he assigned his long-time colleague, executive producer Anthony Wall, and Vachon to see the film through completion. With the dedica­tion of John Richards, the film editor, Nigel’s work carried on without him, his vision con­tinuing to guide the project. Vachon commented later on the project, “Shooting the film was a delight. Nigel was seeing the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. He brought a palpable ebullience to the set every day that was contagious. Nigel was open about his HIV positive status, but he was not directing ‘Stonewall’ as if it was going to be his final work. Both Nigel and I thought ‘Stone­wall’ would be the first of many features we would do together. Stonewall By K. DAVID COCHRAN No film in recent queer cinema has been so widely anticipated as the Strand Releasing/ BBC Films production of ’’Stonewall.” Not the amusing, yet lacking “Jeffery.” Not the cute, yet troubled “To Wong Foo..” Not even the mega-money making “Birdcage.” These films will undoubtedly take their places in queer history, but “Stonewall” takes queer history and makes it live with a truth lacking in these other films. “Stonewall” is a semi-fictional account of a pivotal moment in the history of the modern day Gay Rights Movement: the drag queen-led riots outside the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1969. It was these riots that gave birth to gay rights today, and this moment in history is commemorated every June around the world as Gay and Lesbian Pride Day. “Stonewall” follows the lives of a half­dozen gay New Yorkers in the weeks leading up to the riots. It examines the police harass­ment, the mafia control of gay bars, and the gen­eral oppression faced by gay men and women before the Gay Rights Movement began in ear­nest. As the film begins, young Matty Dean arrives at the Port Authority, ready to begin an incredi­ble adventure in the big city that not even he can anticipate. He soon finds his way to the Stone­wall Inn—not exactly a “gay” bar, but a bar where drag queens and other homosexuals can gather without excessive fear of the police. Still, that night the police stage a raid on the bar, and Matty soon learns his first lesson in tyranny, as the cops shake down the clientele, arresting some (including Matty, who stuck up for the queens) and sending others to the wash­room to clean the make-up off their faces. While in jail, Matty befriends the young Puerto Rican drag queen La Miranda. The two are bailed out by the grande dame of them all, Bostonia, who is secretly involved with the bar’s Mafia manager, Skinny Vinnie. Matty Dean and La Miranda hit it off and become lovers, of sorts. Later, Matty attends a meet­ing of the Mattachine Society, a group of older, slightly more conservative homo­sexuals who want to change society, but in a gradual, non-threatening way. It is here that Matty meets Ethan, a slightly confused activ­ist who is not nearly as radical as the younger, angrier Matty. Over the next few days, we meet the other char­acters, including La Miranda s friends Mizz Moxie’and Helen Wheels. La Miranda has been called up for service in Vietnam, and Matty accompanies her to a military induction center where, needless to say, she is rejected when her papers are stamped “Sexual Devi­ant.” Matty becomes more and more politically involved. He visits a half-dozen bars one night with his friends and a Village Voice reporter, trying NOT to get served alcohol (serving gays at the time was against the law,) and he attends a gay rights demonstration at Phila­delphia’s Independence Hall. Finally, all of this leads up to that fateful warm June night in 1969-the night of the day they bur­ied Judy Garland—when the police carried out just one too many raids on the Stonewall Inn. After seeing the repression and violence that surrounded the gay life in the late 60’s, we can feel the rage in these young men’s blood as they move to resist the cops. As Bostonia says to one of the arresting officers: “Don’t push me, Mary. I’m not in the mood.” And the rest—the fighting, the bottle throwing, the smashed windows, fires and arrests is (gay) history. “Stonewall” had it’s beginnings in 1993, as Nigel Finch, the award-winnmg British director of “The Lost Language of the Cranes,” brought an interesting propos.- tion to American independent film power­house Christine Vachon (producer of commissioned the award winning British playwright Rikki Beadle Blair to write the script; a fictionalization of some of the themes of Ouberman’s text. A nat­ural choice to conceptualize the difficult and highly specific period sets was Therese DePerez, the skilled designer who created the sets for Tom Kalin’s stylized “Swoon” and Steve McLean’s haunting “Postcards from America.” To shoot the script, Nigel brought from London experienced cinematogra­pher Chris Seger, who worked with Finch on “The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (now on video,) which won the prestigious Prix Italiain 1993. Once the principal crew was secured, it was required the art department to pull off an incredible feat—to recreate not only the bar, but Sheridan Square of the late 60’s in a remote corner, of the Meat Packing District of Lower Manhattan. In addition, leafless trees and icy wind threatened to betray the crew’s effort to duplicate the steamy late June season when the riots actually happened. As the shooting drew to a close. Finch was becoming unable to work without showing signs of exhaustion and illness dues to AIDS-related complications. In post-produc­tion, which took, place in London, the editing equipment was moved to Nigel’s home, where he was only able to focus on the progress of his ‘Stonewall’ is about so many things—sexual identity, gender politics, the political dialectic of change. But most of all it is a won­derful, stylish and enthralling story. ‘Stonewall’ is the legacy of a tremendously talented, vital man. I am grateful it is such and enduring one.” “Stonewall” had it’s American premiere June 30, 1996 at the 20th Annual San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. It opens Sept. 6th at the Landmark River Oaks Theatre. Next Week: an interview with Guillermo Diaz, Stonewall’s La Miranda //^WEDNESDAY FRIDAY RASCALS F DOMESTIC LONGNECKS ALL NIGHT! SCHNAPPS ALL NIGHT! WELL DRINKS Rewind with ROSS Flesh & Fantasy Bare as You Dare! PRIZES for Sexiest and Sleaziest Outfits OPEN WEDNESDAY - 1318 WESTHEIMER - DOMESTIC BEER EVERYDAY 4 PM ■ 8 PM SUNDAY OPEN 2 PM $2.00 MIMOSAS ALL DAY! $1.50 SCREWS ALL NIGHT! 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Houston’s Only Lazer-Lit Dance Floor OF YOUR LABOR • WlCE MAIL \/ Letters to the Editor Voice Not Deserving FROM MARK LEWIS Your self-serving “article” about the Montrose Walgreens (August 23) was off-base. It was absolutely ridiculous for you to print that your Constitutional rights of free speech are violated because Wal­greens makes OutSmart available in their store and not the Houston Voice . Huh? Since when does free speech equate with forcing a private business to carry your publication? The Houston Voice may not be willing to recognize that publications like Out- Smart and The Texas Triangle are a notch above. I certainly would not distribute it in my business. Why? Because you devote two pages every week to Carolyn Robert’s column which actively reinforces every negative gay stereotype in the book. Because a majority of your advertising is for strip shows, porn flicks, phone sex, prostitutes, bath houses, adult book stores and penis enlargements. These ads do not represent the interests of the majority of Gay and Lesbian people in Houston. At least TWT does not claim to be anything but a bar rag, and they limit their distribu­tion to appropriate locations. The Hous­ton Voice , on the other hand, presents itself as. a professional newspaper. It is not. Then you have the nerve to ask the commu­nity to pressure Walgreens to carry a pub­lication which degrades us. Our efforts would be better spent on actively support­ing quality publications that treat our community with respect. OutSmart and the Triangle deserve the community’s backing. The Houston Voice has a long way to go. EDITOR’S NOTE: Mark, sorry you feel that way. Our advertisers last week include: a ; car wash; a computer co., AC Repair; a clothing store; a printer; traffic dis­missal class; a loan management co., a therapist; 8 churches; a doctor; 11 bars; 3 pharmaceutical companies; a viat­ical co.; a restaurant; 3 liquor ads, 2 bookstores; a college of cosmetology; 2 tire stores/car repair; a mortuary; apart­ments; a car dealership; a financial con­sultant; 6 phonelines; a bed and break­fast; one porno theater and one bath house; and 3 charity organizations. These may not represent the interests of the major­ity but I bet they do represent many in our diverse community. Other "ads” are actually - Public Service announcements that are run free of charge .-db A Different View FROM JOHN B. FEUER Attention: Mr. Abdowaise, Store Man­ager Dear Sir: I am writing you regarding the judgment call you made relative to the publica­tions available in your location perti­nent to the clientele which is the corner­stone of your store’s financial success. Your insensitive, intolerant idea to cen­sor the distribution of the magazine “OutSmart” can only be deemed as indi­cating that you have contempt for a major segment of your customer base. I understand you are backpedaling regarding “OutSmart” but continue your insensitivity toward our other Com­munity publication: The Houston Voice, OutSmart, This Week In Texas, The Observer, et al. offer a wide variety of serv­ices to our Community. Lest your insensi­tive thought process take over, let me list some of these: political information, cutting edge medical information, financial information and programs for our chronically ill who may be at their wit’s end for a place to turn for help. Mr. Abdowaise, I have been in a position similar to yours running a four million dollar a year facility belonging to a chain. If you were quoted correctly that you can­not allow space for-our community’s vital informational publications because you would then be obligated to allow space for “anything,” you have failed misera­bly as a public relations representative for Walgreens. One would have a leg to stand on disallowing space for “Sixteen” mag­azine in the convenience store of a geri­atric retirement facility, but you, sir, are walking on the edge of an abyss. When I called for your corporate office, your Mr. Hector Cantu was extremely rude. If I not had my copy of The Houston Voice, I would not have known you were the store manager as Mr. Cantu gave me some other name. He would not oblige me with your corporate office’s complete address, nor the name of your President or CEO. He would not advise me whether being insolent, rude and giving out false information to former customers was corporate policy or his individual initiative. I had to pass several pharmacies to get to your store. Previously this was irrele­vant to me as you were “part of the Commu­nity.” We are your market share. Because of your bigoted outlook and actions I am not your only “former customer.” If you realize who provides the positive fig­ures on the bottom line of your profit and loss statement, you will find room for other Community publications, over and above your tap dance with regard to “Out- Smart.” Publications at Walgreens FROM SUE NULL Dear Walgreens: It is my understanding that the Walgreens on Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas, has forgotten that it is located in, and serves, the heart of the gay community. For the past several months, I have tried to find in Walgreens the free pub­lications of Outsmart, The Texas Trian­gle, and The Houston Voice, all to no avail. Now I learn that Outsmart will be admitted, but the Voice, no. What about the Trian­gle? What’s going on here? Is Walgreens trying to bite the hand that feeds it? Does Walgreens not realize that much of its pharmacy income and other income as well comes from this gay community which it disdains to serve? I am the mother of gay children and try to stay up to date with important events in their lives by reading these “freebie” publi­cations. Must I take my business to other stores that are more progressive and more aware of where their business comes from? EDITOR’S NOTE: Dear John and Sue, Thank you for your- support —db. Is This Right? FROM TIM Re: Houston Voice issue of August 23, 1996 “Gay Today by Glen Webber”. After read­ing Glen’s column this week, I have several questions concerning the accuracy of the information. Two items in particular: 1. only $600/mo. benefit, max., 2. only $2,000 in the bank. To my knowledge these are not absolute amounts for everyone. Circumstances and employment history play a major part in the benefits received. Now what is written in Glen’s column may be correct under certain circumstances such as attempting to get into a nursing facility with SSA benefits, but not nec­essarily an individual living on his own in his own apartment or home. Would you please check with a social worker or the Social Security Administration for correct information and reprint your findings. I would hate to have people already down about their situation to become more depressed because of mis­leading information. His information may be correct for a particular situa­tion, but tell all the details for that case so it does not imply that regardless of your situ­ation this will be everyone’s benefits. If this is the information Glen is going on, perhaps he should revisit the Social Secu­rity Administration to be sure he is indeed receiving the best possible benefits. EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We will soon have a regular feature regarding mat­ters such as this and will bring these ques­tions up to our expert .-db HOUSTON VOICE/AUGUST 30, 1996 15 mind- offers you the opportunity to make better personal choices, lead a healthier life and protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus that causes AIDS. OraSure Talk to your healthcare provider about how to learn your HIV status...and take steps to avoid the spread of HIV. The three major ways HIV can be spread are: Q Mother to Infant- HIV positive women can spread the virus to their infants before or during birth. Or, the newborn baby may become infected from breast milk. Because recent studies show that the risk can be reduced when the mother receives anti-HIV treatment, the US Public Health Service suggests that all pregnant women know their HIV status. 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One of the original founders of GMAD, Cary Alan Johnson is accomplished author and activist. “I’m very excited that Cary has accepted this position and think that he’ll bring strong leadership, a clear vision, and a plan for achieving ambitious goals to GMAD,” is how Keith Boykin, the head of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Lead­ership Forum described Mr. Johnson’s appointment by the organization’s Board. Johnson has served success­fully in numerous national and international leadership positions, especially in the area of human rights, over the last ten years. In 1994 and 1995, he was the Country Rep­resentative with the international aid organization African in Kigali, Rwanda, where he developed and admin­istered an array of crucial emergency relief programs during that nation’s period of civil strife. He has also worked with the United Nations High Commis­sion for Refugees, in Bukavu, Zaire. Johnson served as a Regional Director for Amnesty International (Al) in Wash­ington, DC and as a Country Resource Coordinator at Al’s New York head­quarters. In 1992-1993, he served as Amnesty International’s spokes­person on gay and lesbian affairs and HIV/AIDS issues, and co-authored the first Al report on human rights viola­tions based on sexual orientation. He was also the first male to be invited to speak at the Take Back the Night Rally against sexual violence in Washington,DC. Johnson, 35, has been active at the grass­roots organizing level for many years. He is a founding member of the New York based Black Gay literary arts organi­zation, Other Countries. He also helped establish the Committee of Black Gay Men. In 1982, he was instrumental in organizing a major demonstration against police brutality in the wake of the raid on the gay and transgendered “Blues” bar near 42nd Street in the Times Square district of Manhattan. “It is good to be back where I began,” Johnson asserts. “I am very proud to have been selected to lead GMAD into its next decade of service to our community. There is an incredible vitality in this organization and its membership.” Cary Alan Johnson is a member of the Association of Black Professionals in International Affairs, the African Studies Association, and the advi­sory board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of International Affairs, Cer­tificate in African Studies, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He has also studied at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and attended work­shops sponsored by the Peace Corps, Amnesty International and the Unitet^ Nations’ Human Rights Campaign. ' Judy Wieder named Editor of The Advocate Los Angeles, CA—Judy Wieder, Executive Editor of The Advocate was promoted to Edi-tor- in-Chief of the nation’s oldest and most well known gay and lesbian newsmagazine. Wieder is the first woman in the magazine’s 30-year his­tory to hold this position. The announcement was made by Advocate Publisher Sam Watters, who is also President of Liberation Publica­tions Inc., The Advocate’s parent company. “I am thrilled to be the Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s most influential gay and lesbian news­magazine. For nearly 30 years. The Advocate has provided timely news and political fea­tures on the critical issues that affect the gay and lesbian community,” says Wieder. “I am looking forward to keeping the magazine’s mission thought-provoking and vital.” Since Wieder joined the magazine as Arts and Entertainment Editor in 1993, the magazine has won three Folio: Awards for Editorial Excel­lence in the news category—competing against Time and Newsweek . She became a Senior Editor shortly after and in January of 1996 was promoted to Executive Editor. As Senior Arts and Entertainment Editor, she increased the magazine’s entertainment coverage pro­filing such important pubjic figures as Melissa Etheridge. Bruce Springsteen, Catherine Deneuve and Gore Vidal, among others. Wieder, a graduate of the University of Cali­fornia. Berkeley, has a rich literary back­ground both as a writer and editor. Prior to The Advocate , she was editor of Genre , a gay life­style magazine. An accomplished songwr­iter, she has had 39 songs published and recorded from 1977 to 1992, capturing one Grammy award, two Grammy nominations, three GolJ Albums, and one Platinum Album. 1 "With Judy’s experience and vision, she will continue the magazine’s commitment to our readers and continue to expand our news and fea­tures coverage. We’re very excited to have her at the helm, sa.d publisher Sam Watters Founded in 1967, The Advocate is the award-win-nmg gay and lesbian magazine of record, reportmg b.-weekly on news. politics. busi. ness, medical tssues, the arts and entertain­ment. HOUSTON VOICE/AUGUST 30, 1996 17 MANY TIMES BEFORE. GAY MEN ENGAGING IN WHAT THEY 12 MONTHS THOUGHT WAS SAFE SEX, PROLONG PROTECTION. ONLY TO CATCH HEPATITIS A THE MOST COMMON SIDE THROUGH ORAL/ANAL EFFECTS AFTER RECEIVING CONTACT OR HANDLING HAVRIX ARE HEADACHE ORA A CONDOM.THE VIRUS RARELY KILLS, BUT IF YOU ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR GET HEPATITIS A, VOMITING, CALL J . 3 9 ABDOMINAL PAINJAUNDICE FOR MORE INFORMATION. AND DIARRHEA CAN AND MAKE SURE YOUR STORY DEBILITATE YOU FOR WEEKS. HAS A HAPPY ENDING. FORTUNATELY,THERE’S HAVRIX, THE WORLD’S FIRST VACCINE AGAINST HEPATITIS A. PATIENT INFORMATION A SINGLE DOSE WILL PROTECT ADJACENT TO THIS AD. HAS 153 LITTLE SORENESS IN YOUR ARM* Havrix is a registered trademark of SmithKline Beecham. Distributed by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals Phihdelohia, PA 19>01 Manufactured by . 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Additionally, it may not prevent infection in those who do not achieve protective antibody titers (al­though the lowest titer needed to confer protec­tion has not been determined). PRECAUTIONS: As with any parenteral vaccine (1) keep epinephrine available for use in case of anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reaction: (2) delay administration, if possible, in people with any febrile illness or active infection, except when the physician believes withholding vaccine entails the greater risk; (3) take all known precautions to pre­vent adverse reactions, including reviewing pa­tients' history for hypersensitivity to this or similar vaccines. Administer with caution to people with thrombo­cytopenia or a bleeding disorder, or people taking anticoagulants. Do not inject into a blood vessel. Use a separate, sterile needle or prefilled syringe for every patient. When giving concomitantly with other vaccines or IG. use separate needles and different injection sites. 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The most commonly reported adverse events were injection-site pain (9.5%) and tenderness (8.1%), reported following first doses of Havrix. Other adverse events were infrequent and comparable to the control vaccine Engerix-B* (Hepatitis 8 Vaccine. Recombinant) Postinertreting Reports: Rare voluntary reports of adverse events in people receiving Havrix since market introduction include the following: local­ized edema; anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reactions, somnolence; syncope; jaundice, hepatitis; ery­thema multiforme, hyperhydrosis. angioedema; dyspnea; lymphadenopathy; convulsions, enceph­alopathy. dizziness, neuropathy, myelitis, pares­thesia. Guillain-Barre syndrome, multiple sclero­sis; congenital abnormality The U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser­vices has established the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) to accept reports of suspected adverse events after the administration of any vaccine, including, but not limited to. the reporting of events required by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The toll-free number for VAERS forms and information is 1 -800- 822-7967 HOW SUPPLIED: 360 a.U./0.5 mL NDC 58160- 836-01 Package of 1 single-dose vial. 720 ELU./0.5 mL NDC 58160-837 01 Package of 1 single-dose vial; NDC 58160-837-02 Package of 1 prefilled syringe. 1440 a.U/mL NDC 58160-835-01 Package of 1 single-dose vial; NDC 58160-835-02 Package of 1 prefilled syringe. 8RS-HAL5A ©SmithKline Beecham. 1995 Havrix is a registered trademark of SmrthKline Beecham. Democrats continued... Gay and Lesbian delegates from Texas joined by California State Assembly Member, Sheila James Kuehl (attorney andformer TV star - as Zelda of the Dobie Gillis Show). Pictured (l-r) are Jim Owens, Kuehl, Eleanor Henley, Pal Gandy, and Margo Fraiser). (Continued from page 1) and Lesbians, and that for the first time a President has extended civil rights protection to Gay and Lesbian federal employees. Tipper said, "President Clinton and Vice President Gore would like to thank you for your support in 1992. We could not have been here seeking a second term without the support of the Gay and Lesbian community." Mrs. Gore closed her remarks by emphasizing the President’s support for ENDA (the Employment Nondiscrimination Act), which, it was announced on Monday, the Administration was pushing to be attached to DOMA. Also at Tuesday's caucus, Houston's own Joe Garcia was elected Co-Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus. Joe attributed his election to his outspoken comments at the Monday caucus session where he had reminded the caucus of Clinton's proactive stance on AIDS issues and the importance of each person's vote. Garcia noted that "Hitler won his first election by one vote." The Democratic National Committee has specifically targeted the Lesbian/Gay vote, according to Brian Bond, Director of Lesbian/Gay Outreach for the DNC. The fact that the convention has such a large Gay/Lesbian contingent (from almost every state in the Union) is evidence of the growing strength of the community in the Democratic Party. It is a far cry from 1972, the first time an openly Gay person addressed a National Convention. Eyen though the 1972 Miami Beach Democratic Convention is when the McGovernites took control of the party, reaction to an openly Gay man making such an address was far from positive. Twenty four years later, the Lesbian/Gay community is so much a part of the Democratic Party that it would be hard to imagine a National It was at the brunch hosted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Monday morning that the issues of DOMA and “Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (the President's compromise on Gays in the military) took centerstage. Those in attendance were treated to a pantheon of Lesbian/Gay luminaries and officials of the Democratic Party, including Don Fowler, Chairman of the Party. Barney Frank (something of a rising star, particularly as a voice of the loyal opposition during the Republican take-over of Congress) gave a history lesson to the delegates. He reminded them .that thirty years ago, both political parties were terrible on Gay/Lesbian issues. In 1965, both parties (including some of the leading liberals of the day), voted overwhelmingly to stiffen bans on the immigration of Gays and Lesbians from other countries. Frank reminded his audience to contrast where the Democrats were then with where the Party is now­echoing Mrs. Gore's remarks of the Party's strong history of support for Gay and Lesbian rights, and the fact that the President not only appoints Gays and Lesbians to significant positions (like Roberta Achtenberg and Bruce Lehman), but also actively is supporting ENDA (the legislation designed to end discrimination against Gays and Lesbians in the workplace). Frank further went on to state that while the community may not have 100% support from the Clinton Administration, it would have 0% support from a Dole Administration. Emcee of the HRC brunch Bob Hattoy, White House aide and speaker at the 1992 Democratic Convention, introduced many other members of the audience who either now hold elective office or are running for office, including Austin Representative Glen Maxey and Travis County Sheriff candidate Margo Frasier. Hattoy was asked if he was upset that he was not addressing the Convention again this year (his speech last time as a person with AIDS was quite memorable), especially since Republican Mary Fisher repeated her appearance at the Republican Convention in Houston again in San Diego this year. Hattoy remarked that he wasn't concerned since two other persons with AIDS (Debbie Runyon and Phil Wilson) will be addressing the convention, and, he said, "Mary Fisher is the only person with AIDS that the Republicans know!" Monday's Gay and Lesbian Caucus was attended by most of the 150 Lesbian and Gay delegates and standing committee members. Long-time Lesbian activist Jean O’Leary was elected Caucus Chair, although a minor controversy broke out regarding a perceived lack of diversity regarding geographic area. Several delegates from the Midwest noted that national leadership has virtually always been from California, New York, or Washington. A committee was formed that would nominate four co-chairs that would reflect diversity in geographic area, gender, and ethnicity. A member of the Human Rights Campaign noted that while the Democrats were adding four co-chairs to reflect their diversity, the Republicans in San Diego barely had four delegates in the whole convention. The result of this discussion was the election of Houston's Joe Garcia to Co- Chair, Clinton Administration officials Roberta Achtenberg (Senior Advisor to Henry Cisneros, Secretary of HUD), Bruce Lehman (Assistant Secretary of Commerce), Karen Roscoe (Senior Advisor to the President), and Alexis Hertnan (Senior Assistant to the President) all addressed the caucus. Achtenberg, who recently ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of San Francisco, acknowledged the anger that is present in the community over such issues as DOMA, but reminded delegates that their job is to tell the whole story of the progress the Clinton Administration has made and get Lesbian/Gay voters to the polls in November. It was also announced by Caucus Chair O'Leary that the Administration has thrown its support to attaching ENDA to DOMA when it comes to a vote in the Senate on September 5. The first night of the convention was about as choreographed as the Republican gathering was in San Diego. Delegates will be listening to a multitude of speeches and rallies between press time and the end of the convention on Thursday. Big money is also on display here in Chicago as many major corporations are throwing big bucks around to get the Democrats' attention. One such bash, sponsored by Houston's own Vinson and Elkins and Enron on Monday night honoring the Texas delegation, had an interesting locale. The party was held at the Chicago Children's Museum, a lively, inventive space designed to engage both children's interests and their imaginations. A thought-provoking exhibit on discrimination included several references to discrimination against Gays and Lesbians. Another exhibit on grandparents was notable for its inclusion in its portrait gallery of various types of grandparents of a Lesbian grandmother. Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus President Pat Gandy was heard to remark, "What a wonderful reminder that the work we do to bring about equal rights for our community does make a difference! You know it when you see it on display in a Children's Museum." At press time, First Lady Hillary Clinton will be the highlight of Tuesday's convention activities. While there may be no big news coming out of this convention (after all, we know who's going to get the nomination), there will be plenty to. keep the Texas delegations busy in the meantime. Dennis Hatch and Jim Owens are providing coverage of the Democratic National Convention exclusively for The Houston Voice. Look for a wrap-up next week. Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore and mental health advocate, addresses the Gay and Lesbian Caucus. Convention without its active participation. TqII EVERYONE you sow it in thg ▼HOUSTON VOIOEV HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 30, 1996 19 Sassy, Sensuous, Salome’ Oscar Wilde’s poetic marriage of spiri­tuality and sensuality in the oft told story of the be-heading of John the Baptist will be presented at the Main Street Thea­ter (Times Blvd.) by The Free Range Arts Foundation, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Aug. 30 through Sept. 14. Salome,’ princess daughter of Herod, lusting for John the Baptist, grants her father’s request by performing the Dance of the Seven Veils. The Dance is a story in movement of the passage from innocent girl to empowered woman. Presented with costumes and sets based on those of Biblical times contemporized with post-modern fetish aesthetics, the play reminds us that the feminine and myste­rious is just as powerful as the mascu­line and brutal. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, additional charges may be added. For more No, it’s not B&D or S&M; it’s Oscar Wilde's Salome’ . currently at the Main Street Theater information, call The Free Range Arts Foundation at 867-9350. Salome’ is intended for mature audiences only. A Balanchine Celebration at the Ballet The Houston Ballet pays tribute to George Balanchine, one of the most leg­endary figures in 20th Century dance, with performances of three of his most cel­ebrated one-act bal­lets from Sept. 5-15 at the Wortham Thea­ter Center in down­town Houston. The Balanchine cel­ebration features Houston Ballet kick-offs the 1996-97 season with “A Balanchine Celebration.” Barbar
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