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Transcript voice Nip and tuck More and more Americans are seeking the fountain of youth through cosmetic surgery. Page 15 ISSUE 1206 WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. DECEMBER 5, 2003 As people across the globe marked World AIDS Day (left), Atlanta Falcons player Patrick Kemey (right) made disparaging comments about the occasion. (Photos by AP; photo illustration by John Nail) NFL player apologizes for AIDS remarks Kerney says he 'did not mean to make light of any life threatening illnesses' By CHRISTOPHER SEELY ATLANTA—An Atlanta Falcons play­er angered some listeners of a popular morning radio show Monday when he made disparaging comments about AIDS on World AIDS Day. Defensive end Patrick Kerney, a Falcon since 1999, issued an apology on Wednesday, two days after questioning why there isn't also a "World Cancer Day" and saying sarcastically, "People who get cancer — it's usually their fault" though "AIDS — it's just bad luck" during his weekly on-air visit to WKLS 96 Rock's morning shock jocks, the Regular Guys. Kerney's comments stemmed from an ongoing discussion that the Regular Guys, Larry Wachs and Eric Von Haessler, were having about the Showtime movie "The Reagans" and whether it was fair for the film to attribute the rise of AIDS in the U.S. to former President Ronald Reagan. "The Reagans," a controversial docu­mentary removed from CBS, appeared last weekend on Showtime, CBS' sister cable network. 96 Rock made part of the Regular Guys broadcast on World AIDS Day avail­able to Southern Voice. "By the way, did you know that white conservative heterosexual males brought AIDS to the country?" Wachs jokingly asked Kerney, who responded that he "did not know that," which prompted fur­ther comments from the Falcons defen­sive end. "OK, I come up the elevator and I'm already in a pissy mood cause we lost, and I see that it is World AIDS Day today," Kerney said. Von Haessler then cautioned Kerney to be careful not to make comments that would create controversy. Please see REGULAR GUYS on Page 8 STAYING SAFE: Gay and lesbian students told how to stay safe at school during Houston summit. Page 5. Arlington school target of anti-gay protestors Right-wing religious group singles out campus club that promotes tolerance By BINNIE FISHER One of three high schools in Arlington, midway between Fort Worth and Dallas, has drawn the unwanted attention of a right-wing religious group that is protest­ing a campus organization dedicated to promoting tolerance. The organization, called Spectrum, has gay, lesbian and straight members, and that apparently is the objection of the protestors, identified only by their Web site, ProtestGayDay.com. Arlington Independent School District spokeswoman Charlene Robertson said the group showed up Monday, Dec. 1 at James Martin High School with signs and placards. Protestors arrived outside the school and were met by about 60 students who countered their chanting with their own slogans of tolerance. “At one point, the students shouted, ‘We even love you,’” Robertson said. So far, she said, the protestors have appeared the first three days in December. She said the school had been warned that the group would demonstrate throughout the entire month of December. “We have never had any direct conver­sation with these people,” she said. “They don’t seem to want to engage in dialogue. They have never identified themselves as being with any church or group.” Robertson said the club in question has about eight paying members, but she sus­pects that ProtestGayDay.com will accom­plish the exact opposite of its goals. “The membership will probably surge after this,” she said. The protestors carry placards that iden­tify the teachers sponsoring Spectrum, as well as the school principal. On the Web site, the group urges parents and others to ProtestGayDay.com, an organization based in Mansfield, TX, is demonstrating outside James Martin High School in Arlington, TX. over a campus organization that promotes tolerance. flood the school with calls and to harass the teachers and principal. Robertson said at any given time, there have been no more than eight protestors. “They don’t look like they really go together,” she said. She described two of the women as being “very apostolic-looking” with long hair and long-sleeved, long dresses. One of the men, she said, has a long beard. The others, she said, did not appear out of the ordinary. Robertson said police were called to make certain there was no combative con­tact between protestors and students. She said her main objection is to the lit­erature the group has left at the school. “The material they left behind is really pornographic,” she said. “It’s really salacious,” She said she turned the materials over to the Arlington Police Department. On its Web site, the group calls Spectrum a “homosexual club.” “The Lord moved mightily Monday,” the group says on its Web site. “We talked to 100’s of students that had great conviction and changes of countenance and opinions. I do not know if any were led to the Lord.” Titles of articles listed include: “The slavery argument: Marching to Hell Under the Banner of Equal Rights;” “They Want the Right to Sodomize 14 Year Olds;” and “Is Homosexuality in the Brain?” The group pats itself on the back for protesting at the Dallas Black Tie Dinner in November, Gay Day at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington and at Starbucks Coffee outlets for sponsoring the Gay Pride Parade in Dallas. UNRAVELING A MYSTERY: Police led down many paths as they search for Ross Allyn's killer. Page 3. 2 DECEMBER 5, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE "I wish there was a new med." "I wish there was a new med." "I wish there was a new med." "I wish there was a new med." "I wish there was a new med." ReyATAZ (atazanavir sulfate) Ask your doctor if REYATAZ is right for you. www.REYATAZ.com 1-800-426-7644 REYATAZ is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. '02003 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ 08543 If you would like more information, talk to your doctor or call 1-800-426-7644. October 2003 F1-H0004 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ I No suspects in death of lobbyist Ross Allyn Ross Allyn's brother, Mark Allyn, and sister, Mary Lynn Miller at the home of Nixon Wheat following their brother's funeral. (Photos by Dalton DeHart) Under pressure from city officials, police follow multiple avenues in investigating lobbyist's murder BY BINNIE FISHER and JOSEF MOLNAR Almost two weeks after gay Houston lobbyist Ross Allyn was found dead of a gunshot wound inside his burning home, police were following several avenues in their investigation. Most of Allyn’s friends have said they believe his life as a lobbyist would most likely turn up suspects. He made friends among his clients, especially when he won them multi-million-dollar contracts. But, a lobbyist can’t help but ruffle feathers from opposition quarters. Then, there was his life as a gay man. Is it possible he took the wrong person home with him on the evening of Nov. 19? His friends have wondered. He was last heard from at 11 p.m. that evening. Five hours later, in the early morning hours of Nov. 20, his house was aflame, and Allyn was lying on the floor just inside the front door, dead of a gunshot wound to the neck. There was also his abuse of cocaine. Friends who knew him well admit that in recent years, Allyn had been lured into the drug’s web. "Ross did engage In some risky behav­ior, as do many men in the community," said lesbian City Councilwoman Annise Parker. "We don’t know at this time if that caught up with him." A funeral for Allyn drew a large crowd Nov. 25 at St. Anne Catholic Church, where he was an active member. Along with an array of city, state and national politicians Allyn’s family and friends huddled outside the church after the ser­vice as if close, physical contact would somehow ease the burden. "I can’t believe this, I cannot believe this," said close friend Lisa Liles as she wept in the arms of an acquaintance." Those who attended the service emerged comforted by the words of the Rev. John F. Robbins, Allyn’s friend and pastor. "He was so good for others," Robbins said. "I hear the stories of his care for his mother when she was dying, so many sto­ries of his caring for others. I will always regret that he could not be as good for him­self." Robbins elicited laughter when he admitted that Allyn’s service was one of the largest he had seen at St. Anne’s. "Usually you have to have oil wells to have funerals this big." Robbins said Allyn’s absence from St. Anne’s will be noticed. "I can count on one hand the times in my four years here that he wasn’t here." Allyn, who in 1997 was caught up in an FBI bribery sting that sent City Councilman Ben Reyes and Houston Port Commissioner Betti Maldonado to prison, never got over the feeling he was being watched. Although a judge dropped the case against him, he remarked often that he felt he was still under scrutiny. Close friend, Nixon Wheat, who invited family and friends to his house following the funeral, said he doesn’t believe any of that contributed to Allyn’s death. "He mentioned it intermittently," Wheat said. "It wasn’t like he was paranoid or anything. That was just something he said." Police have indicated they are under intense pressure to solve the case. The turnout of political figures at the funeral included several members of the City Council and serves as an indication of intense interest from on high. Allyn’s death has settled uneasily on the Houston gay community. "It’s terrifying for those of us that are a part of the community to feel that this can happen," said friend and political consul­tant Scott Brogan. Lisa Liles, an attorney said Allyn’s friends are doing their best to help police in their investigation. "We’ve been provid­ing them with the information we have, anything," she said. She added that she hopes police will quickly find Allyn’s killer. "All I want now is for justice to be served, for them to find out who took his life." Police continue to ask that anyone with information call the Homicide Division. John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department, said any information is welcome, no matter how insignificant it seems. "We can never get too many calls," he said. MORE INFO Houston Police Homicide Division 713-308-3600 Houston City Council members (from left) Annise Parker, Carol Alvarado and Bert Keller following a funeral for Ross Allyn. DECEMBER 5, 2003 3 inside ISSUE 1206 LOCAL NEWS 3 NATIONAL NEWS 4 FORUM 10 OUT ON THE BAYOU 15 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 20 CLASSIFIEDS 22 HOROSCOPES 25 FAREWELL BUBBA TOM: The Houston Voice says "goodbye" to Thomas 'Bubba Tom' Lafferty, the leather-clad, sometimes acidic but often loveable former distributor for the newspaper who died Nov. 23. Page 5 WORLD AIDS DAY: Three World AIDS Day events in Houston are covered in photographs. Page? DONNING GAY APPAREL The holiday phrase takes on a new meaning altogether when Harvey Fierstein dons the duds of Mrs. Claus in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Page 19 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Houston Voice, 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77006. Houston Voice is published weekly, on Friday, by Window Media LLC. Subscriptions are $92/year for 52 issues (only $1.77 per issue). 4 DECEMBER 5, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE national news A New Year’s Eve Gala Casino • Dancing • Cabaret Lounge • Discounted Rooms presented by The Chamber the greater houston glbt chamber of commerce at the Warwick Hotel December 31st, 2003, 7pm-2am Attire: Black Tie, Cocktail or Texas Chic Tickets: $69+ Hurry! Every year sells out! Packages start at $69.00 up to $169.00 per person, packages can include options such full VIP dinner, cocktails, dinner buffet, and breakfast after midnight. See web site for details and to pay before tickets sell out. For tickets: www.GHGLCC.org or call 713-523-7576 Harvard won't join suit against military's policy on gays BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University will not challenge a federal rule requiring schools to allow military recruiters on campuses that oppose the military’s policy toward gays. Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers wrote in a letter last week to members of a Harvard Law School group that the school would not sign onto lit­igation challenging the Pentagon policy, known as the Solomon Amendment. The 1996 law allows the Pentagon to pull federal funding from law schools that limit recruiters’ access to students. Harvard had forbidden recruiters on campus because of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly gay service members from the military. Harvard, like other schools, said the military’s ban on gays was discriminatory. Last year, the Pentagon informed Harvard and other schools that the gov­ernment would begin enforcing the amendment, and that their federal funding was in jeopardy. Summers called the Solomon Amendment “unsound and cor­rosive public policy” that sanctions universities with draconian punishment. But Summers wrote, “The university must exercise considerable restraint when it comes to the prospect of con­fronting the government through the quintessential-ly adversarial act of filing a lawsuit.” Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers decided the university will not challenge a federal rule that requires schools to allow military recruiters on campuses, despite campus opposition to the military's ’Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. (Photo courtesy of Harvard University) La. school punishes boy for talking about gay mom LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy was scolded and forced to write “I will never use the word ‘gay’ in school again” after he told a classmate about his lesbian mother, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged Monday. Second-grader Marcus McLaurin was waiting for recess Nov. 11 at Ernest Gaullet Elementary School when a class­mate asked about Marcus’ mother and father, the ACLU said in a complaint. Marcus responded he had two mothers because his mother is gay When the other child asked for explanation, Marcus told him: “Gay is when a girl likes another girl,” according to the complaint. A teacher who heard the remark scolded Marcus, telling him “gay” was a “bad word” and sending him to the principal’s office. The following week, Marcus had to come to school early and repeatedly write: “I will never use the word ‘gay’ in school again.” A phone mes­sage for Lafayette Parish schools superin­tendent James Easton was not returned. ’ Colo, city to offer benefits to employees' ’live-in relations' COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Parents, adult children and heterosexual and homosexual partners of Colorado Springs city workers could get taxpayer-funded health benefits as soon as next year. City Council members voted unofficially last week to extend benefits to one person per household other than a spouse or child. Coverage is contingent on the employee pay­ing 100 percent of costs. Council members were expected to officially approve the move this week. The vote could make Colorado Springs one of the first cities in the country to offer coverage to such a variety of live-in relations, although some corporations already do. It also brings back in a new form a policy that became a key issue in April s municipal elections — same-sex benefits — although council members tried to downplay that aspect of the proposal. Tucson to register same-sex couples at celebratory event TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Same-sex couples had the chance to register their union during an event Tuesday celebrating the city’s new domestic partnership ordi­nance. Tucson’s Domestic Partnership Ordinance, which went into effect Monday, creates a registry for unmarried couples who share a relationship of mutual support and commitment. Registering entitles partners to have visi­tation rights in Tucson when one partner is in a health care facility, as long as the patient consents. It also extends use and access of city facilities to a person’s reg­istered partner. Couples must affirm they are not blood relatives and are not mar­ried or in a domestic partnership or civil union with another person. They must share a primary residence with each other and intend to remain in a relation­ship for the indefinite future. The cost to register is $50. Former Tenn, correctional officer accused of being gay files suit GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former correctional officer who alleges he was falsely accused of being gay and forced to leave his job filed a $9 million lawsuit against the state of Tennessee and his for­mer colleagues. Alfred Roberts of Mountain City filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greeneville last week. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Howard Carlton, warden of the Northeast Correctional Complex; officers David Black, Eric Cunningham, Carl Hatley and Roger Bailey; and the state of Tennessee. Roberts started work at the prison in 1999. He claims he was harassed and assaulted by the four officers based upon a false belief that he’s gay. In January 2002, Roberts said the four officers began to harass him and said he was a homosexual. From staff and wire reports HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com | local news DECEMBER 5, 2003 5 Learning how to be gay and safe at school Houston's first Safe Schools Summit teaches students to train teachers By JOSEF MOLNAR Leaders of national and local organizations recently conducted Houston’s first Safe Schools Summit to provide support for students, parents and educators and to empower gay and lesbian students in their quest for accep­tance at school. Students attending the sum­mit at Resurrection Metropolitan Church were instructed in how to train their teachers to impart tol­erance on other students and how to better insure more inclusive and safer school grounds. The event also provided a blueprint for starting Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and a roadmap for understanding nondiscrimi­nation policies. The Houston event was one of four regional summits and was an extension of earlier work­shops conducted by the Network of Houston Area Tolerance Education (No-HATE) and the Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals (HATCH) in September. About thirty people attended the event. The summit also included informational workshops about projects being run by gay and les­bian groups in the U.S., and it educated participants about the sometimes subtle effects of being part of any minority, racial, eth­nic or religious group. Lynly Egyes, with GLSEN, said the organization chose Houston because the size of the city and the population of the Houston Independent School District made it a strategic choice. “HISD is one of the largest school districts in the country, and we wanted to create better relationships with the students in Houston,” she said. While Egyes said GLSEN does­n’t have an abundance of regis­tered clubs in Houston, groups like NO-HATE and HATCH pro­vide gay and lesbian students with good resources. She encour­ages such groups to register at the GLSEN Web site for support and networking benefits. “I think No-HATE and HATCH are doing amazing things, and the city is lucky to have something like them,” she said. One of the summit workshops, which was attended by students and adults, centered on social biases, as well as the ramifica­tions of recent legal challenges to prejudices against gay people. One young Hispanic man said his minority status as a gay person should not be a hindrance to his ability to enjoy the freedoms other Americans do. “When I came out, I thought about what privileges I was enti­tled to as a gay man,” he said. “And if I have to use the gay card to defend my right to get married, I’ll do that.” A point emphasized by sum­mit leaders was the need for gay and lesbian students to organize in an effort to educate others about their needs and to keep big­ots at bay. Teacher Michael DeVoll said No-HATE evolved as a way to provide a resource for minority students, but especially gay and lesbian students and to help them organize GSAs. “I was seeing school kids struggle with being gay, and I was seeing first-hand the work that needed to be done,” he said. “In public schools, the biggest issue is still harassment. Maybe not direct physical harassment, but definitely the language used in the schools, and how hurtful it is, especially for kids who are trying to figure out their sexuality.” DeVoll said the ultimate goal of No-HATE is to provide resources for minorities and include educa­tional topics in school curricu-lums to dispel prejudices and hate. He added that No-HATE is work­ing to educate school administra­tors about gay students. “One of the projects is to make a video that talks about what it’s like to be gay in school, and we hope this video will be shown at faculty training during the sum­mer,” he said. Jim Null, a parent and member of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said students need to organize to protect themselves. “If they’re organized, this gives them power that in all like­lihood has a chance of neutraliz­ing the power (the prejudice that others) have over them,” he said Although schools have a long way to go, though, Egyes encour­aged gay students to look for areas where they can educate and work with school administrators to help them understand how gay students may be negatively affect­ed by policies or a lack of action. Egyes said many institutional­ized biases exist against gay stu­dents, but even efforts by school administrators to restrict access to Web sites deemed questionable based on keywords unintention­ally exclude gay students from valuable resources. These same restrictions, however, don’t apply to some forms of hate. “We have kids who can’t get to the GLSEN Web site, but they can get to GodHatesFags.com,” Egyes said. O MORE INFO The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network www.glsen.org The Network of Houston Area Tolerance Education (No-HATE) www.nohate.org no-hate@yahoogroups.com 832-651-6774 Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals www.hatchyouth.org Deb Murphy 713-529-3590 vary So long, Bubba Tom Thomas 'Bubba Tom' Lafferty put his dedication and pride to work behind the scenes at the Houston Voice By PENNY WEAVER He had just enough piss and vinegar in him that you figured he’d live forever. Thomas “Bubba Tom” Lafferty, who was in an explicable way just as acidic as he was lov­able, died on Nov. 23. When I began my two-year stint as editor of the Houston Voice in August 2001, Bubba Tom and the late Carolyn “Cuervolyn” Roberts were the mainstays of the newspaper. As in f) MORE INFO Wake for Bubba Tom 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 Ripcord 715 Fairview 713-521-2792 www.bubbatom.com most of the media business, people came and went around the office as often as drag queens change clothes. But those two had been there for seven and 10 years, respectively, an eterni­ty in newspapering. I’ll never forget how Bubba Tom educated me, without even knowing it. Where I come from, in the fields and farms of the Midwest, a “boy” is someone’s son. As in, “Here comes Fred Smith and his boy” At the Houston Voice, Bubba Tom and his boy, Bill, handled delivery of the newspapers each week. For the longest time, I tried to see some kind of family resem­blance between the two. There was none. I eventually figured out the “daddy/ boy” relationship, or at least the basic concept. No wonder Bubba Tom didn’t seem like the “fatherly” type. His big beard made me think of the Amish, but there wasn’t a damn thing else about Bubba Tom that was Amish-like. Profanity just seems appropriate in the context of Bubba Tom. He was a chain-smoking, cussing, short-tempered, bossy, stubborn old mule of a man. I liked him from the start. If there was one thing that was clear about Bubba Tom, it was that he loved the Houston Voice. At his own expense, he had magnetic signs made to go on the delivery van. He proudly wore Houston Voice T-shirts until they practically disintegrated. He was dedicat­ed to the community newspaper, to getting the news out to gay men and lesbians in Houston and keeping the Voice’s role alive in the fight for gay civil rights. Pride parades were always a success for the Voice with Bubba Tom. He rode in each parade just bursting at the seams with pride. He believed in the Houston gay community, and he was intent on maintaining his portion of its foundation. There is no doubt in my mind that Bubba Tom helped carry the Houston Voice through some tough times when it otherwise would have floundered. He was one of those people who provided stability when it was most need­ed, through his imperfections and all. He was proud to have made the Voice part of his life. I’ll remember Bubba Tom as a gruff old man. That was part of his charm. He was just as humorous as he was acidic; just as loyal and proud as he was demanding. Those seemingly opposite traits only enhance one another when so starkly obvious and present in one human being. Thomas ’Bubba Tom' Lafferty I knew Bubba Tom had ongoing health problems, but still I was shocked to learn he died. It just seemed like Bubba Tom was the type who’d complain through the years and then outlive all of us, just for spite. A wake is planned for Bubba Tom at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 on the patio at the Ripcord, 715 Fairview. ©Penny Weaver is a former editor of the Houston Voice. She may be reached by e-mail at pnweaver@consolidated.net. 6 DECEMBER 5, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Service Loaners have never been titled,, are low mileage, and have the remaining balance of a 4 year/50,0(K) mile factory warranty. 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In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, Spencer said gay sex should again be criminalized, referred to a decades-old international conspiracy to “seduce and recruit” young boys, and linked homosexuality with pedophilia, Canada.com reported. Harper said Spencer voluntarily withdrew from the caucus, but moderates already concerned about allying with conservatives decried Spencer’s comments. “Statements like these have the potential to stigmatize the new party, so it’s important that we denounce those statements strongly,” said Nova Scotia MP Scott Prison, who is openly gay. Gay rights activists last week called on Canadian Alliance party leader Stephen Harper to take action against a party member who told a local news­paper that gay sex should be criminal­ized. (Photo by Adrian Wyld/AP) Brazilian court awards British citizen permanent visa based on gay union SAG PAULO, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian court issued an unprecedented ruling giv­ing a British man the right to a permanent visa based on his union with a Brazilian man, the couple said last week. David Ian Harrad said he and his longtime Brazilian companion, Toni Reis, sought an injunc­tion preventing his deportation to England. “I’ve been making do with tourist visas since 1996, but my most recent one expired Sunday. This time, we decided to see what the courts could do for us,” Harrad said. They sought the injunc­tion on the grounds that their union qual­ified in Brazil as a common-law marriage. Lawyers for Harrad and Reis said Brazilian courts have recognized common­law marriages in cases of gay unions before but never for the purpose of obtain­ing a permanent visa. In granting the peti­tion, federal judge Ana Morozowski wrote: “Although they are of the same sex, the authors of the petition live in a state of matrimony, a fact which extends, to Mr. Harrad, the right of permanent resi­dence.” Proposed Australian laws a mixed bag for gays ADELAIDE, South Australia — Lawmakers will consider giving gay cou­ples new entitlements, but proposals to outlaw discrimination against same-sex partners will deny those couples rights to­adoption or to use reproductive technolo­gy, the Adelaide Advertiser reported. State Parliament in February plans to consider a bill that gives gays property rights simi­lar to those given to de facto partners, the Advertiser reported, in addition to grant­ing them access to inheritance and other couples’ rights. But the proposed law excludes the Adoption Act and Reproductive Technology Act, according to the newspaper. Most Australian states and territories already legally recognize same-sex couples, but Attorney General Michael Atkinson said gay marriage is beyond the scope of state law and will not be dealt with in the proposal, the Advertiser reported. Gay activists wel­comed the bill but called for more. Matthew Loader, a spokesperson for the gay group Let’s Get Equal Campaign, told the Advertiser, “We will continue to urge the government to allow same-sex couples equal rights to adopt and access reproduc­tive technologies.” British lawmaker assailed for posting risque ad on gay site LONDON — Labor MP Chris Bryant is under fire for placing a risque ad on the gay personals Web site Gaydar, the Sun reported. Constituents in Bryant’s Rhondda Valley district in South Wales chastised the lawmaker for the advertise­ment, in which he posted an explicit photo of himself, the Sun reported. Dennis Richards, 62, a former miner, told the Sun, “This is going to cost him a few votes. He’s made himself look like a right idiot.” Bryant, 41, a former vicar, used the name “alfalOl” on the site, according to the Sun. The photo is one he took of himself which shows him wearing only briefs. He also allegedly sent obscene e-mails to a man he offered to meet for sex, the newspaper reported. Bryant is gay and a respected confidant of the prime minister. Gay pageant proceeds despite bomb scare CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Organizers of the Miss Gay South Africa pageant received numerous bomb threats resulting in a police search of a local hotel, which turned up nothing, according to a report in the South Africa Daily News. The show went on as scheduled. A Christian group protested the pageant, but that did not deter crowds of gays and heterosexuals who packed the venue. Unconfirmed reports suggested that two people had been arrested for the bomb threats. Monique Perez was crowned Miss Gay South Africa, beating 22 other contestants. Ace Wessels was named Mr. Gay South Africa ahead of five other contestants, according to the paper. From staff and wire reports HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com | local news DECEMBER 5, 2003 7 Chairs of the World AIDS Day Luncheon (from left) Nancy Beck, Ed Smith and Effie Booker compare notes during the event at the Houstonian Hotel. (All Photos by Dalton DeHart). World AIDS Day Among those attending the World AIDS Day Luncheon were (from right) Houston Chronicle Publisher Jack Sweeney, Gulf Coast United Way President Jackie Martin, Houston Theater District Director Barry Mandel and Elie Sweeney. Eric Pulaski (left) and his wife, Karen, are congratulated by Ed Smith for the work they have done on behalf of people with AIDS. Awaiting the start of the World AIDS Day production by Diverse Works are (from left) Keith Russell, Alan Morlan, and Ben Whittle. Houston man executed in slaying of partner's parents Supreme Court failed to hear last-minute petition of gay man convicted of murdering his partner's parents By BINNIE FISHER Former Houston resident Richard Charles Duncan, convicted in 1995 of capi­tal murder in the death of his partner’s parents, was executed on the evening of Dec. 3 in Huntsville. A last-minute petition to the U.S. Supreme Court filed by his attorney, K.S. Dunn of the Woodlands, failed to postpone the execution. Dunn had argued that Alexander’s testimony was not credible. The attorney said he is convinced of Duncan’s innocence. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Roe Wilson was appointed in February of 2000 to respond to a state peti­tion filed by Duncan after his appeals were exhausted in district court. She said Duncan was a suspect early in the police investigation of the October 1987 murders, but he was not arrested until a witness came forward' in September 1993 and alleged that Duncan killed John Abner High, 71, and his wife, Ruth Brown High, 73. The witness, Robert John Alexander, who lived with Duncan and his partner, Gary High, told police that Duncan killed the couple for the inheritance Gary High would receive, estimated at half of $550,000. Wilson said after suffocating Ruth High with a pillow and bludgeoning John High with a blunt object, Duncan hooked a butane cooker to a gas outletin the house and left it running. “He thought it would cause an explo­sion and cover up the crime;” she said. Police found the couple inside their home at 4415 McDermed Drive with gas spewing from the butane appliance. The three men were living in Federal Way, Wash. When Alexander came forward in 1993. “Alexander came forward because he was beginning to fear for his own safety,” Wilson said. Police arranged for Alexander to tele­phone Duncan, and the conversation was recorded, she said. After his arrest, Wilson said Duncan furnished police with a state­ment in which he admitted culpability. “In his confession, he maintained that it was a mercy killing,” she said. “But, there was no evidence of that.” Although Duncan suggested that the High’s were in poor health and bitter about life, Wilson said, the couple’s doctor testi­fied to the opposite at the trial. Duncan’s original court-appointed attorney, Connie Williams, worked unsuc­cessfully to have the confession thrown out. Wilson said anytime there is a confes­sion, it is standard procedure for the defense to try and negate it. She said she still considers the case to be unusual. “It was A-typical for a killing that has any type of homosexual aspect.” Duncan asked that six persons witness his execution, but Gary High was not one of them. The High’s other son, Kenneth High and daughter-in-law, Pat High, were among those who witnessed the execution for the victims, prison officials said. 8 DECEMBER 5, 2003 national news www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE 0 MORE INFO WKLS96Rock 1819 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404-325-0960 www.96Rock.com Atlanta Falcons One Georgia Dome Drive Atlanta, GA 30312 404-223-8444 www.atlantafalcons.com 'Regular Guys' sorry when someone complains REGULAR GUYS, continued from Page 1 "Look out pal," Von Haessler said. "Don't hurt yourself. You've got a career." Shortly after the warning, Kerney con­tinued, asking why there isn't a "World Cancer Day." "People who get cancer — it's usually their fault," Kerney said sarcastically. "And AIDS — it's just bad luck." Wachs then prodded Kerney to monitor his speech. "I agree with you, but, you know, Jeremy Shockey — OK, enough said," Wachs said. Jeremy Shockey, a tight end for the NFL's New York Giants, apologized in September 2002 for comments he made on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show say­ing that he hoped there were no gays in the NFL. "I probably wouldn’t, you know, stand for it," Shockey said. "They're going to be in the shower with us and stuff, so I don't think that's gonna work." Shockey subsequently apologized for the comments, saying, "Whatever I did to offend people, I apologize." Kerney followed suit, in a statement released Wednesday by the Falcons after being asked about his comments by Southern Voice. "During a recent radio program, I made some comments which may have offended some of the listeners," Kerney said in the statement. "It was never my intent to do so. I did not mean to make light of any life WKLS 96 Rock Regular Guys Eric Van Haessler and Larry Wachs have a long history of complaints from gay media watchdogs. 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The radio station, 96 Rock, did not apol­ogize and likely will not because station officials believe the statements made Dec. 1 were not anti-gay, according to Tim Dukes, program director for 96 Rock. "We are not mean-spirited people here," Dukes said. "I don't believe that you can have an agenda against gay people if you count gay people amongst your friends." DJs Wachs and Von Haessler have gay friends, Dukes said. But the duo also has a long history of run-ins with gay listeners, including an apology issued last year after they discussed on air the playground game "Smear the Queer." Local gay activists accused the talk jocks of possibly inciting attacks against gay youth, prompting the station to issue a recorded statement opposing violence. Response to that apology provides another reason the station won't respond now, Dukes said. "When we did that previously our sin­cerity was doubted and it just backfired on us," Dukes said. "I certainly don't want to do something and then the people I'm try­ing to please doubt its sincerity." The Regular Guys and their producer, Tim Frasier, did not respond to interview requests by press time. Kerney's remarks insinuated that peo- Please see 96 ROCK on Page 9 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBERS, 2003 9 local news Runoff election moves into the home stretch Current City Councilman Bert Keller (left) is challenged by civil rights attorney Ronald Green in the runoff for the At-large, Position 4 seat on the council. Mayor, controller and five City Council seats are on Dec. 6 ballot By BINNIE FISHER Once again, political observers are urg­ing gay men and lesbians to get out and vote in the city runoff election Dec. 6. Those who vote in the election will have a say in who will lead Houston as mayor, who will be the city controller and who will fill five seats on the City Council. The mayor’s race pits conservative republican Orlando Sanchez against demo­crat Bill White, who served in the adminis­tration of President Bill Clinton. Sanchez has received the endorsement of Vice President Dick Cheney. White, who is the candidate listed on the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus PAC endorse­ment card, also has the endorsements of current Houston Mayor Lee Brown as well as the four living former mayors of the city, Bob Lanier, Fred Hofheinz, Louis Welch and Kathy Whitmire. Garnering almost as much interest among gay men and lesbians as the mayor’s race is the contest for city con­troller, which pits city council members Annise Parker and Bruce Tatro against one another. Parker, a lesbian who has served six years on the council, is the HGLPC-endorsed candidate. The City Council race that has drawn the most interest in the community is the one for the At-large, Position 4 seat. Republican Bert Keller, who currently occupies the District G council seat, faces civil rights attorney and Democrat Ronald Green in the contest. Originally, the HGLPC endorsed les­bian Sue Lovell in the six-candidate field vying for Position 4. When Lovell did not garner enough votes to make the runoff, the caucus declined to endorse either Keller or Green. Both candidates say they are sensitive to issues within the gay and lesbian community. Keller, an engineer by profession who recently attended the Houston Black Tie Dinner, said he has voted favorably on issues of relevance to the gay community because he votes his conscience. “P’ve treated the community honestly and fairly,” he said, pointing out that he was the only Republican on the City Council to vote in favor of Houston’s nondiscrimination ordinance. “That proved I could take a beating and vote my conscience.” Green said he favors domestic partner benefits and the nondiscrimination ordi­nance. “I just don’t believe in discrimina­tion,” he said, pointing out that his work as a civil rights attorney would speak to that. Green said he has worked to turn out votes among Democrats, African Americans and gays and lesbians. In other City Council races, Peter Brown opposes Shelly Sekula-Gibbs for the At-large, Position 3 seat. Brown is the HGLPC-endorsed candidate. The District F City Council contest pits Masrur Khan against Terry McConn. The HGLPC has issued no endorsements in that race. City Council District G, which does not have a caucus-endorsed candidate, has Jeff Daily facing Pam Holm in the runoff. The HGLPC has endorsed Adrian Garcia over Diana Davila Martinez in the contest for the District H seat on the council. In the Houston Independent School Board contest for the District HI seat, the caucus has endorsed Michael Gomez over Manuel Rodriguez. 96 Rock says AIDS comments not homophobic 96 ROCK, continued from Page 8 pie who contract HIV deserve what they get, according to Gloria Rutherford, a PFLAG member who heard the broadcast and complained to 96 Rock and the Atlanta Falcons. "My son is gay and it really annoys me that they keep doing this stuff because some big old redneck is out there, and my son is out there," Rutherford said. "He could get hurt or picked on because some­body has a misconception based on some­thing these guys say" But 96 Rock's Dukes said the comments were not anti-gay or against people with AIDS. "There was nothing that suggested that people who got AIDS deserved it," Dukes said. "I think he was implying some people get it, some people don't. There was noth­ing about the gay community or gay indi­viduals." Kerney declined interview requests through Susan Bass, vice president of communications and community relations for the Falcons. "It was clear he didn't mean to offend anybody," Bass said. "Knowing him the way I do, I know he didn't mean any malice by it. We’re glad that he apologized if he offended anybody." But Kerney's statements can be charac­terized as homophobic despite the absence Statements made by Atlanta Falcons player Patrick Kerney on 96 Rock's 'Regular Guys Morning Show' on Monday, also World AIDS Day, drew an apology from Kerney two days later. (Photo by AP) of the word "gay," Buzinski said. "He never said the word 'gay' but I think in this country, AIDS still equals gay," Buzinski said. "There is still a feeling that somehow they are the same thing." The Atlanta Falcons do not sponsor any AIDS or HIV-related fund-raisers, Bass said. 'Regular Guys' on the record ’96 - ’03 1996 As on-air talk jocks for Los Angeles' KLSX-FM, the Regular Guys, Larry Wachs and Eric Von Haessler, drew repeated criticism from the Los Angeles chap­ter of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. • In March, the duo said on air that lesbians are "driven by... hatred towards men." • Following a heated on-air exchange on Aug. 8, Wachs and Haessler yelled, "Kiss my ass, you faggot!" at a caller. • Four days later, the Regular Guys said those who dress in a particular fashion look like "junkies [and] fags." • When a GLAAD representative appeared on air with the Regular Guys on Sept. 16, Haessler defend­ed using the terms "fag" and "faggot" and said he would continue to "use words as I feel necessary." 1998 The Regular Guys, now drive-time hosts at 96 Rock in Atlanta, continued their gay-related "humor," and GLAAD and other gay activists continued their complaints. • In a Nov. 20 show, the duo commented that chil­dren's television character Mr. Green Jeans "was a flamer," and one host used the word "faggy" and told listeners he does not allow his children to watch videos featuring men playing nursery-type characters. • Barely two weeks later, the Regular Guys discussed how children should be kept away from male hair­dressers because "the only pole they should be around is a barber pole." • On Dec. 4, the Regular Guys broadcast a "No Homos on the Falcons" cheer. • In an interview with Southern Voice, the duo insisted they aren't "anti-gay,” while defending their continued use of "fag" and "faggot" and comparing GLAAD to the KKK. 2000 • In one February broadcast, the Regular Guys sent sidekick Southside Steve out to an unidentified gay bar, where he pinched the butts of lesbians and gay men, then recorded and aired their reactions. The station said the show had pulled the stunt at straight bars, too. 2002 • Gay activists again set their sites on the Regular Guys after the duo discussed playing "smear the queer" on the playground. After complaints, the sta­tion aired a recorded statement saying the comments were not intended to incite violence against gays. 2003 • Atlanta Falcons player Patrick Kerney appeared on the Regular Guys on World AIDS Day and made statements discounting the event. Two days later, on Dec. 3, Kerney issued an apology, but the station said it would not, arguing the broadcast contained no reference to gays. 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Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. Issue 1206 editorial Hate is hate, whatever the costume Demonstrators protesting gay-friendly student group are reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan protestors 20 years earlier. By BINNIE FISHER Q vents that took place the first week in December in Arlington took me back in time to a warm summer evening in the early 1980s, when civil rights activist Julian Bond was sched­uled to speak on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. I was working for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at the time in the news­paper’s Arlington News Bureau. An intern, a young and talented African- American woman from somewhere in the Northeast, wanted to cover Bond’s speech. The intern had already proven her capability, so the editor assigned her to cover Bond’s appearance. She went to the campus that evening eager to hear the words of a man whom she admired. She never got to hear Bond speak that evening. Instead, she ended up covering a Ku Klux Klan protest outside the hall where the address was taking place. The Klan was there in their signa­ture white robes to protest a speech by a man advocating rights for everyone. I’ll never forget that young intern’s demeanor the next day. She left the evening before filled with hope and promise. As she related her experiences to her colleagues the next morning, I thought I detected tears almost welling up in her eyes when she quoted what one of the Klan members had said to her. I’ll never forget those words, even though I heard them second-hand: "What are you doing with that note pad and pen, monkey. You know you can’t read or write." Fast forward to the first week in December 2003. An e-mail from a group headquartered in Mansfield, a stone’s throw from Arlington, calls on all "Christians" to join in protests at Arlington’s James Martin High School. The group calls itself ProtestGayDay.com, and its protests are detailed on its Web site. The protests are in opposition to a campus group called "Spectrum." What has Spectrum done to provoke protests by this group of so-called "Christians?" According to a spokesperson for the Arlington Independent School District, the group promotes "tolerance for all people." So, I had to ask myself, why did this event transport me back 20 years to that Ku Klux Klan protest on the university campus in Arlington. The answer is simple. Hate is hate, whether it is clothed in — a white robe and pointed hood or clad in the panoply of love and Christianity. Either way, it’s error in disguise. It’s that same old serpent that the Book of Genesis says beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden. That same old serpent uses people today just as effectively. Would anyone who’s not being han­dled by error protest an individual or organization that advocates rights for all people? The answer has to be, "No." In Arlington, ProtestGayDay.com has called on those of like thinking to harangue the principal of the school and the two teachers who sponsor Spectrum. They’ve demonstrated outside the school, carrying signs that say, "Jesus hates sinners." Even their signs call on parents to harass the teachers sponsor­ing the club. Those teachers and students (some of whom are teenage gays and lesbians) deserve our admiration, our encourage­ment and our support. Gay men and lesbians can help by becoming involved in our local politics and by voting in every election. We can help by supporting national organiza­tions like the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and local groups like the Network of Houston Area Tolerance Education (No-HATE) and Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals (HATCH). We can give of our time. We can make donations. Most importantly, we can make sure we don’t give in to the emotion that would seek to rear its ugly head when red-faced, misguided protestors are hurling insults and slurs at students and teachers who promote tolerance. Just as students have the right to organize at school, those protestors have the right to make their views known, even when the agenda is mis­guided and when it promotes intoler­ance. It is our job to make certain we stay on a path of enlightenment. We must stand up to error, but at the same time, we can’t let it handle us the way it is handling those protestors in Arlington. We dare not hate in return. Binnie Fisher is editor of the Houston Voice and can be reached at bfisher@houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 5, 2003 11 It's one thing for anti-gay forces in Mass, to support ’Anything But Marriage,' but why are gays and our allies signing up? Anything but civil unions EVER SINCE THE MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court issued its momen­tous ruling in November, anti-gay oppo­nents from around the country are rallying with money and manpower to try to stop us from attaining such a milestone. But what has been both alarming and known as the “Anything But Marriage,” or ABM, option. THOSE WHO SPOUT ABM CALL FOR something akin to “civil unions” in Vermont, or a “domes­tic partner” law, that would give varying degrees of the benefits of saddening to me is that many within our own ranks — some gay and lesbian people, as well as many of those who call themselves our “allies” — are doing the same thing. Granted, they are doing it for different reasons, but the result is that they are still working to subvert gay couples from getting equal access to marriage in Massachusetts. They shouldn’t be. Gay couples, and those who truly support us, should contin­ue to fight for and demand nothing less than equal access to civil marriage under the law. First in Massachusetts, and then around the country. There is a strange alliance of sorts brewing between some of our enemies and some of our friends — even some of us. I’m referring to any and all individu­als and groups who believe that some alternative to civil marriage is an acceptable substitute in Massachusetts. In political circles, this has become marriage to same-sex couples. Of course, different factions have dif­ferent reasons for supporting ABM. Our out-right enemies simply want to block us from getting any closer to mar­riage (and thus equality) than we have to. For them, civil unions or DP legislation is a bitter pill to swallow, but still less egre­gious than granting homosexuals access to the sacred institution that is the M-word. These people are no surprise. Newsflash: Our enemies don’t want us to get married. While such anti-gay groups and individuals can be powerful and must be countered with well-coordinated and well-funded edu­cation and lobbying efforts, in many ways they are not our worst enemies. To me, those who claim to support gay and lesbian rights, but won’t stand up for mar­riage — and this includes a surprising num­ber of gay people — are the most perplexing. This crowd argues that America isn’t “ready” for same-sex couples to get married. If we fast-forward to marriage, there will be a huge backlash against gay and lesbian civil rights elsewhere, they fret. The best strategy, they would have us believe, is to take it slowly and not “rock the boat,” as it were. Play nice. Play safe. I won’t dismiss all of these concerns out of hand. I do believe that when we start getting marriage licenses (and we will, sooner or later, be it in Massachusetts or elsewhere), we should be prepared for that infamous “backlash” that so many people are so worried about. Just how bad it will be is a matter of debate. THIS IS NO TIME TO BE TIMID. HISTORY shows that playing it safe and hoping not to stir the masses doesn’t work. Those who have power and rights rarely, if ever, simply grant access to those rights to people who don’t have them. At least, not without a struggle. I’m not denying that marriage will be a big fight — not only in the courts and leg­islatures of America, but in the hearts and souls of American citizens. But it’s not impossible. Polls already show that many Americans can be won over. A Boston Globe poll showed that 50 percent of respondents agreed with the Massachusetts court ruling, and thus marriage. Nationwide, the numbers aren’t quite as good, but neither are they unbearably bleak. An ABC news poll conducted in September found that 37 percent of Americans support­ed same-sex marriage. The same poll found only slightly higher support for ABM. 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The battle created a media circus across the country from August through Moore’s trial by an ethics panel in November, and seems certain to continue as groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center push for him to be disbarred now that he has been removed from his elected position. But most media coverage recounting Moore’s record leaves out a court opin­ion in which he condemned gay people in the name of God, sparking criticism from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others. "While the media framed the story to highlight the tension behind the sepa­ration of church and state, GLAAD felt like reporters should be informed about Moore’s homophobic comments as a means of better understand his character and credibility," said Chalee Snorton, southeastern spokesperson for the media watchdog group. In a Feb. 15,2002 court opinion agree­ing with the decision to deny a lesbian custody of her child, Moore wrote that "the State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit con­duct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. "It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle," Moore said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND CNN are among the media outlets omitting the anti-gay remarks from ongoing cov­erage of Moore, according to GLAAD. A Southern Voice survey of media coverage for Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 — the day of and day after an Alabama judi­cial panel voted to oust Moore from the state’s high court — also found no men­tion of his anti-gay remarks in articles in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, Time Magazine or the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A survey of two Alabama newspa­pers, the Birmingham News and the Montgomery Advisor, revealed only one sentence about Moore’s anti-gay court opinion in the entire span of coverage on the removal. Critics say the recent media firestorm over Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, failed to include mentions of his past anti-gay statements. (Photo by Robert Sutton/AP) "Moore’s religious beliefs often shone through, with biblical references along­side his legal citations," the Birmingham News reported on Nov. 9. "In 2002, he wrote a special concurrence when the court denied custody to a lesbian mother." In the 30-page opinion in support of the Alabama Supreme Court decision to deny a lesbian custody for her child, Moore called homosexuality "detestable and abominable" and an "inherent evil" that goes against bibli­cal scripture and Alabama law. "Homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this nation and our laws are predicated," Moore wrote. THE ANTI-GAY OPINION PROMPTED complaints against Moore to the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed by Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery), a Colorado woman and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. "Moore has based his judgment on his personal and religious opinions, which is prohibited," Holmes said at the time. The Judicial Inquiry Commission — which decides if a complaint warrants enough merit to bring charges to the state Judicial Court — dismissed all three complaints. But on Aug. 22, 2003, the commission brought six charges against Moore for failing to adhere to the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics, as a result of his refusal to follow orders to remove the Ten Commandments monument. "The justice system in Alabama is established invoking the favor and guidance of almighty God," Moore told Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in October. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary booted Moore from office on Nov. 13 over the ethics violations. © ACTION! INFO Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation 248 West 35th Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10001 212-629-3322 www.glaad.org HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 5, 2003 13 “Many of the homosexual men that I know — you know, they like to move around. They like to have — you know, they’re — that’s part of it. That’s part of the fun of being a gay man. I’m really wondering how — what that commit­ment is going to be about. Does that mean they’re not going to cheat, they’re only going to be with one?” Singer Bette Midler, who got her start in New York bathhouses and claims many gay fans, expressing confusion about gay marriage (“Larry King Live, ” CNN, Dec. 1) “I will never use the word ‘gay’ in school again.” The words a 7-year-old boy in Lafayette, La., was forced by school officials to write repeatedly as punishment for explaining to a classmate why he has two mothers, accord­ing to a lawsuit filed Dec. 1 by the ACLU (Associated Press, Dec. 2) “Marriage started out as a religious institution, and most people still think of it that way. We focused on the notion of equal rights under the law for every American. And civil unions grants that.” Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, now the Democratic presidential frontrunner, explaining why he supported civil unions and not marriage after the Vermont Supreme Court ordered the state to grant equal rights to same-sex couples (San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 2) “I think that gay marriage is some­thing that should be between a man and a woman.” Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, sort of explaining his views to a radio interviewer, and thereby winning an award for doublespeak from Britain’s Plain English campaign (Associated Press, Dec. 2) “Being attached to America these days is like being in a pen with a wounded bull. Between the pot smoking and the gay marriage, quite frankly it’s a wonder there is not a giant deck of cards out there with all our faces on it.” Rick Mercer, a leading Canadian politi­cal satirist (New York Times, Dec. 2) “‘We will seduce your sons in the locker rooms, in the gymnasiums, in the hall­ways, in the playgrounds, and on and on, in this land.’ It was quite a long quote stating what was going to happen to the young boys of North America.” Canadian Parliament member Larry Spence, family issues critic for the Canadian Alliance party, on efforts by gay activists in the 1970s to recruit gays into becoming teach­ers and ministers (Vancouver Sun, Nov. 27) “In 1968 then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau mouthed his infamous words ‘the government has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.’... He legitimized homo­sexuality between consenting adults. At that point in Canadian history, I believe our government started its assault on traditional family and marriage.” Canadian Parliament member Reed Elley, in a debate on domestic partner benefits (Vancouver Sun, Nov. 28) “The NFL has a reputation and it’s not even a verbal thing — it’s just known. You are gladiators; you are male; you kick butt.” Former NFL player Roy Simmons, who played for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, on why he hid his male lover during his years in the league; Simmons is now HIV-positive (New York Times, Dec. 1) “I played with four gay guys. Roy is the only one I didn’t know about.” Butch Woolfolk, a former running back who played with Roy Simmons on the Giants in 1982 and who also played with the Houston Oilers and the Detroit Lions (New York Times, Dec. 1) Specidis: 1 hour massage for $45 • Facial for $40 Mention this ad and receive 15% off service and 10% off retail products on your I” time visit. •ExcKKi&s oitsei prwwtK.w Reward yourself. 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HOUSTON VOICE DECEMBER 5,2003 PAGE 15 Please see BEAUTY on Page 19 Apparently, I am not alone. More than half of Americans are unhappy with their smile and according to a Gayhealth.com survey, one-third of respondents have already had their teeth bleached or are thinking about doing so. Oprah calls bleaching the first step to any “age-defying?, makeover so I eagerly jumped on the bandwagon and spent 14 nights in a row drooling myself to sleep with a mouthful of Clorox-tasting bleaching trays. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, there are better, faster ways to a gleaming grin. The entire procedure costs around $500 and can be completed in less than two hours. Bleaching has become so easy that best-selling Crest White Strips have replaced Biore pore strips as the primping tool of choice among club-goers. Last year, we spent $300 million on over-the-counter bleaching products like whitening tooth­pastes Plus White, Rembrandt and Mentadent. N HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS ABOUT AS happy as Michael Jackson at Hooters. Maybe it was the feathered haircut or the acne or a propensity to spy on the wrestlers while they practiced. Certainly my member­ship in the math, science and computer clubs didn’t help. It’s hard being a geek, and even harder being gay. As much as I tried, I never quite fit in with the muscle-bound jocks and cheerleaders. After graduation in 1983,1 tossed out my boat shoes, Izod shirts and yearbooks and vowed never to look back. Time passed and — much like my hairline — those recollec­tions of Strongsville High receded into my memory until the 20th high school reunion invitation beckoned me back to Ohio. I threw it aside with a scornful laugh. “No way would I put myself through THAT again!” Then, after some consternation and debate, I decided to go. I had one stipulation: Before I showed my face, I was deter­mined to make myself look better than I had back then. Who cares if I have a great job, an offbeat sense of humor and a sensitive heart? I wanted to look good! BLAME IT ON TELEVISION’S PARADE OF transformation shows — FX’s plastic surgery drama “Nip/Tuck,” real life dramatic plastic surgery show “Extreme Makeover,” TLC’s fashionable “What Not to Wear” and, of course, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” — but lately I am back in high school once again worrying about how I look instead of who I am. Actually, my self­improvement crusade began a few years ago with teeth bleach­ing. Thanks to antibi­otics I’d taken as a kid, my yellowed teeth looked like matching rows of corn on the cob. To hide them, I laughed behind my hand and struck somber poses whenever a camera^ppeared. Beauty is only skin deep, but cosmetic surgery and elective beauty-enhancing treatments are more popular than ever MY TEETH sparkled like gleaming Chiclets, but they drew attention to a new issue — crookedness. My wisdom teeth had crowded my bicuspids into Austin Powers-like snaggle-toothed fangs. I had to straighten them out. Thanks to publicity from the likes of Tom Cruise, Faye Dunaway and Nicholas Cage, adult braces are now in the spotlight. More than a million Americans aged 18 and older have tinned their grin; an increase of 15 percent over the past decade. Of the options available for adult braces, “Train Tracks” offer the most direct route back to adolescence. They are the cheapest ($3,000) but their dual wires stay on the longest (two years or more). They are also the most noticeable and frankly, kissing someone with them on is like smooching through a cheese grater. Better to try the sleek single wire “Tom Cruise” braces. They are less conspicuous and have a smooth, ceramic bracket that reduces mouth irritation. 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Criminal Lawyers Assoc. • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. • Licensed by Supreme Court of Texas • Not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization 1 theclogstore.com 1 -800-948-CLOG film JOHNNY HOOKS ’Party Monster1 falls short in telling the real story of Michael Aljg's world Memories of a ’Party Monster' “IT’S SO YOU HERE,” I KEPT HEARING from a handful of friends who had moved to New York City in the late 1980s. They filled my head so full of their real-life adventures that when the offer came in 1988 to crash on a sofa in Brooklyn, I jumped at the chance. I found myself as close to Heaven as I imagined it was possible to get. I tore into the city that never sleeps and its glitzy nightclub seen with gusto. The dream was only enhanced when I landed a job as a dancer on MTV’s Club MTV, hosted by downtown Julie Brown. My new MTV status allowed me to go out every night to the hottest clubs. It was in the winter of that year that I found myself at a party hosted by Michael Alig. He was wearing his trademark look: blue dots painted randomly on his face and exposed chest, a corset top, underwear and those enormous multi-platformed tennis shoes. He looked like a crazed drag queen superhero! Yet, I was strangely attracted to him. He was charming, vibrant, sexy. He made you feel as though you were the only one in the room, hypnotic really. Though we never were more than “club friends,” he usually remembered me by name until I left the city in the fall of 1990. FLASH FORWARD TO THE EARLY nineties. I moved to San Francisco to write a club column for FAD magazine, succeed­ing James St. James (who had moved to NYC). Shortly thereafter my San Francisco clubkid friend, Richie Rich, headed to NYC as vVell, appearing on many Geraldo Rivera TV shows alongside Michael Alig, Freeze, Angel, the It Twins, La Homa, Susanne Bartsch and door god­dess Kenny Kenny, among others. They didn’t DO anything to be famous, they just were. I guess you could say the bubble was certain to burst, and when it did, Alig stood accused of murdering Angel. He’s still doing time. In 1999, I devoured the book “Disco Bloodbath” by James St. James in one sit­ting. It was as though a time machine had slung me to back to the “good ole days,” only the glamouous veil had been ripped off to reveal the ugly truth of those “fabu­lous lives”. I was looking forward to the film ver­sion of Bloodbath, “Party Monster”. Unfortunately the film is a mess. Because I was there, I can say that the movie stars a mis-cast Seth Green as James St. James. Macaulay Culkin is terrific as Michael Alig, mixing the right amount of smirk, sass and style. His portrayal however fails to show just how devilishly mesmerizing Alig was, but then, I was there, close Johnny Hooks with the real James St James some­where in a world that no longer exists. enough to peer into those chameleon eyes of his. The biggest failure of the film is its inability to create the true anything goes, we’re all freaks in this together mood of Alig’s, Disco 2000. Disco 2000 was a weekly club within a club at Gatiens Limelight. EVERYONE wanted inside, including movie stars, super models, drag queens, celebutantes, fashionistas and rock stars. The film somehow offers no sense why ANYONE would want to be a part of this show, with the pee drinker, the Chicken Man and Alig’s cracked out creation, Christine (wickedly played by Marilyn Manson). I did expect the soundtrack to bring back a few memories, but unfortunately the songs were all from the wrong part of the 80’s and 90’s. Trust me, I NEVER heard “Total Eclipse of the Heart” or “2 of Hearts” at Disco 2000. The costumes and makeup are cleverly done with Culkin’s various Alig outfits the most faithfully recreated. As for James St. James, part of his allure was his angular, smooth porcelain skin and his height. Green, at 5-foot-4, just doesn’t have the presence to pull off the outrageous looks that made St. James a star. I was perhaps most irritated with the direction of filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, uneven and stilted at best. But most often I was simply bored, the ULTIMATE sin in a film that is set in a world where just about everything but boredom (and murder) was accepted. But then, I was there. O MORE INFO Party Monster Opens Dec. 5 Landmark Greenway 3 5 East Greenway Plaza 713-626-0402 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER'S, 2003 17 O MORE INFO 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy1 Bravo Tuesdays at 9 p.m. BRIAN MOYLAN 'Queer Eye’ took over the airwaves, and now new batch of spin-offs and promos only adds to the show's hold on the world. The smell of success FOR VIEWERS WHO DIDN’T KNOW, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” has taken over the world. Using weapons of mass decorating, grooming and styling, they plan to blanket every corner of the globe until every straight man is a well­scrubbed “metrosexual.” The show, in which five gay men coach a straight guy in fashion, groom­ing, decorating, cooking and culture, debuted in July and is a rating success for the Bravo network. It also made celebrities out of “experts” Carson Kressley Ted Allen, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez and Kyan Douglas. Many know that the stars haggled about their salaries with the show’s pro­duction company, Scout Productions, and received a raise. Those watching also know that the guys signed a $1 mil­lion dollar book deal. What fans may not know is that there are several spin-off series -in the works to capitalize on the success of “Queer Eye.” IN NOVEMBER, BRAVO AND COMEDY Central announced plans for a series that would, reverse the straight and gay roles on the show. Comedy Central’s three episodes of “Straight Plan for the Gay Man” is set to air in February. The show is in the can with comedi­ans Curtis Gwynn, Billy Merritt, Kyle Grooms and Rob Riggle teaching a gay man how to pass as straight in order to accomplish a life goal. The three gay guys are Jonathan, a retail queen who wants to understand the blue collar worker; Roger, a yoga teacher who wants to play pick-up base­ball; and Stephen, a dancer who wants to learn how to pick up chicks. Not only does each episode teach the queens how to butch it up, but the “Flab Four” also have to prove their creden­tials by getting jobs at a meat packing plant, playing street bah and going speed dating. Bravo’s plans aren’t as fully fleshed out. They plan to air a one-hour “Straight Eye for the Queer Guy” spe­cial that demonstrates the use of power tools, decorating a garage and two-minute hair. The episode is not yet cast, and the participation of the “Fab Five” in the episode remains undetermined. A rep for Bravo confirms that the show is scheduled for sometime next year, but more information isn’t due until after the New Year. The network did confirm that a 40-episode second season of “Queer Eye” is in the works with the original cast. Fab Five 'Culture Vulture' Jai Rodriguez got a whiff of money when he and fellow cast members signed a book deal and upped their ante for future sea­sons of the hit show 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.' (Photo courtesy Bravo) ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE “Queer Eye” arsenal is “Gal Pals,” a show where three gay men make over a straight women’s hair, clothing and fit­ness regime. Scout produces the show, which is helmed by the syndication arm of NBC, which owns Bravo. The plan for the show is for half-hour segments that air five days a week in syndication around the country. A pilot for “Gal Pals” is set for deliv­ery to NBC by the end of the year. Early reports suggest a fall 2004 rollout for the series, but NBC says that the debut won’t be scheduled until after execu­tives see the pilot. Also in February, look for the “Queer Eye” soundtrack from Scout Productions and Capital Records. The album features the show’s theme song, “All Things” by Widelife, along with songs from gay musicians Elton John and Fischerspooner as well as pop divas and gay favorites Kylie Minogue and Liz Phair. Gay Men’s Chorus o/Houston Monday, December 8, 2003 s pm Friday, December 12, 2003 8 pm Sunday, December 14, 2003 3 pm Wortham Center - Cullen Theater 501 Texas St., Houston, Texas Tickets: $15 - $34 By phone: Box Office Tickets: 800.494.8497 On-line: www.boxofficetickets.com More Info: www.gmch.org Cultural Arts Council of Houtfon/Harrte County 800 494 TIXS all shows 3 pm matinee only HORUS Tickets for this concert are $15. General amission seating. Sunday - December 7, 2003 - 4:00 pm Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church rtnustnrv's (jjrgtst chorus. - O-raU) rtftltaJohnson., Music, liirfrtor 3131 W. Alabama ,Ste. 302 Houston, TX 77098-2031 713.529-8900 7x3.529.7325 ' f»X houmast@winstarmail.com For tickets and other information about Houston Masterworks Chorus, please visit our website at www.choral.org/hmc , , or call 713.529.8000. has the power to chflKges Uves for those who sing «wd for those who Ustew. HEAVENLY PEACE Saturday - December 6, 2003 - 7:30 pm Christ United Methodist Church 18 DECEMBER 5, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE what are you waiting for? it's free! I M M I I voice HOUSTONVOICEmw.—at PLACE YOUR FREE AD NOW! CALL 877 863 1885 OR PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE AT WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM music JASON VICTOR SERINUS Don't get caught in the trap of listening to the same old boring Christmas music this season. Holiday music reinvented SOME OF THE BEST SEASONAL RECORD-ings in 2003 include not only works rooted in the predominant Judeo-Christian holi­day but inspire us to connect with the love at the center of all great spiritual teachings. From classical celebrations to modern Country music, here are the best bets this year for lasting gifts of music or a season­al treat for yourself. “Tydings Tew” Lionheart is a six-man gay a cappella vocal ensemble Lionheart has a number of lauded discs under its belt and is con­sidered one of the world’s finest groups specializing in a medieval and modern repertoire. This beautiful assemblage of medieval English carols and motets — often derived from ancient pagan melodies later retrofitted to Christian ends — is graced by unanimity of vision that produces truly heart-centered singing. Heralded gay a cappella group Lionheart presents a new collection of carols just in time for the holi­days on ’Tydings Trew.' Alex de Grass! joins David Cullen for a guitar duet of “I Wonder as I Wander,” and guitarist Steve Erquiaga strums a laid-back “Joy to the World.” “A Cappella II” Saint Thomas Choir of Boys & Men is keeper of the Anglican musical tradition in the United States, this exceptional choir con­sists of 12 professional adult singers and a rotating group of 16 to 20 boys from New York’s Saint Thomas Choir School. The selection of 19th and 20th Century hymns proves consistently engaging. “Classic Country Christmas” Tammy Wynette’s “White Christmas,” sung with a whisky-tinged voice that can tear your heart out, paves the way for Elvis’ “Blue Christmas,” Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” and 17 other offerings. Some of the newcomers sing like sleep­walkers, but contributions by several leg­ends make this collection hard to beat. “A Hanuka Celebration” This well-recorded assemblage of tra­ditional and original settings by Jewish composers is one of 50 CDs expected from the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. Release of this incomparable collec­tion is timed to celebrate 2004’s 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in America. The music of Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud and Leonard Bernstein figures prominently. A Windham Hill Christmas II As a classic Windham Hill recording, this disc offers very mellow renditions of Christmas favorites with a nouveau sense of space and stillness. Guitarist and Windham Hill founder “Sir John Tavener: Ikon of Eros” This disc offers gorgeous, mystical music with the power to entrance. Sir John Taverner, a follower of the Greek Orthodox faith, writes simple compositions that embody the spiritual essence of prayer. Around fine contributions from bari­tone Tim Krol, soprano Patricia Rozario and violinist Jorja Fleezanis, the Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale intones the Greek words for Transfiguration, Eros, Ecstasy and the unending song of the Angels. “Joy to the World” This winning compilation of 20 familiar Christmas carols features four different church choirs and ensembles, chief among them the Worcester Cathedral Choir and the Choir of Tewkesbury Abbey As is often the case with this bargain label, the sound is not demonstration class. But for holiday festivities or dining background, this collection is near ideal. “Christmas with the Tallis Scholars” This two-disc collection features the Tallis Scholars, an angelic sounding a cappella mixed-voice ensemble specializ­ing in medieval and Renaissance music. The assemblage features Christmas music the group previously featured on a number of discs. The first CD offers an all-English program and includes medieval carols and polyphony. The second disc is devot­ed to plainchant and music based on chant, culminating in a major mass by Tallis. HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 5, 2003 19 n MORE INFO The top 5 surgical procedures for women 1. Liposuction 2. Breast augmentation 3. Eyelid surgery 4. Nose reshaping 5. Breast reduction The top 5 surgical procedures for men 1. Liposuction 2. Hair implants 3. Nose jobs 4. Ear reshaping 5. Varicose Vein removal Top 5 Non-surgical procedures (both sexes) 1. Botox injections 2. Dermabrasion 3. Collagen injection 4. Laser hair removal 5. Chemical peel Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery I Cosmetic surgery isn't just for Cher anymore BEAUTY, continued from Page 15 nickel-titanium wire, which responds to body heat and gradually applies more and more force to the teeth as your mouth heats up. Since I prefer to keep my wires in my electronic appliances, I investigated “Invisaligns.” They are removable clear plastic braces that look like a series of dis­posable bleaching trays. Despite the $7,000 cost, the almost-unde-tectable device was the right choice for me. Thirty weeks later, the braces came out and I had a set of straight white choppers and a taste of plastic-coated perfection. But I wanted more. SELF-IMPROVEMENT IS INTOXICAT­ING. Rather than satisfying me, it seemed to draw attention to everything else that was wrong. My straight, white teeth caused my crow’s feet to kick up their heels and my laugh lines to mock me. Like a frantic Ponce de Leon I began pursuing the fountain of youth. I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but let’s be realistic — our soci­ety is fixated on age and appearance. Brian Smith, a 38-year-old CPA from San Francisco, has regularly worked out for more than a decade and’has a body most of us would kill (or at least wrestle him) for. Yet, Brian keeps his shirt on at the bars, partly because he’s modest, but mainly because he worries he is not in good enough shape for the scrutinizing crowd. “We are inundated with images about how we are supposed to look so we end up aspiring to try to look like ads in maga­zines. Hopefully, as we get older and more secure, we won’t have to strive for that perfection,” he says. The focus on exterior perfection seems especially true in the gay world. In his book “The Adonis Complex,” Harrison Pope surmises that “even if gay men are secure about their bodies ... they still might be prone to [body issues] because they are being evaluated by other gay men who may be potential sexual part­ners. In the gay world, sometimes your body is the only currency you’ve got.” One of the most valuable currencies in any gay situation is a smooth upper body. Brian considered laser hair removal to annihilate some stray back hairs but reconsidered, thinking that permanently altering his body would be like giving in to peer pressure. “A lot of people have issues that go deeper than hair on their back. Rather than focus on the hair, maybe we should go to therapy and focus on why it bothers us so much,” he says. Faces receive the most popular cosmetic treatment by far: botox injections. Botulinum toxin, botox for short, grows in improperly canned foods and is deadly if eaten. But To get white teeth, a quick trip to the dentist and $500 can bleach the stains away. when injected in small doses, it can paralyze muscles, especially the ones that give you frown lines and eye brow creases. Last year, almost 2 million people spent about $450 per procedure to immobilize those wrinkling muscles. It sounded tempting to erase the wrin­kles, but at the cost of injecting poison into my face? IN THE LAST DECADE, THE NUMBER of people getting facelifts has shot up 84 percent. Last year, we spent $7 billion to “repurpose and refresh” our faces and bodies with popular procedures like spi­der vein removal, breast augmentation, and liposuction. Up-and-coming procedures include umbilicoplasty (belly button enhance­ment), breast nipple enlargements and, thanks to J-Lo, butt implants. Rather than spend my money trying to impress the old faces from the ’80s, maybe I’ll skip the reunion and spend my time getting acquainted with my own old face. dish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Harvey Fierstein dresses as Mrs. Clause, Reichen from 'Race' takes it all off, gay director Aug Lee pulls out his chaps. Donning gay apparel Gay actor Harvey Fierstein got more than he bar­gained for when dressing as Mrs. Clause in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/AP) a brief role in the season premier of “Frasier” on NBC and a three-day stint as a waiter on the CBS soap “The Young & The Restless” in October. Now the notable stud even has a beefcake calendar. Gay company 10% Consumer Products announced in a press release that Reichen is set to have his own 2005 calendar. He already posed topless for gay magazines The Advocate and Instinct, but now fans can see Reichen half-naked every month of the year. The pictures show him in his under­wear in the kitchen, in leather on a motorcycle, and draped in an American flag. But a rep for 10% told us that the photos are under lock and key until sometime next year. Let’s hope his 15 minutes aren’t up by then. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE DAYS OF THE year at Dish is when the gay rodeo comes to town. Hollywood seems to agree. Director ANG LEE, who helmed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Hulk,” and the gay movie “The Wedding Banquet,” got the green light for a movie about gay cowboys, the Hollywood Reporter reports. The movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” is about a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet in the early ‘60s and fall in love. There is no word yet on the casting of the two men, but can we humbly suggest BRAD PITT and ASHTON KUTCHER? WHO KNEW THAT SANTA CLAUSE was gay? The only ones clued in seem to be Rudolph and gay actor HARVEY FIERSTEIN, who used his appearance as a cross-dressing Mrs. Clause in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to make a political statement. The Santa that traditionally closes out the parade still rode alongside a female Mrs. Clause, but Fierstein dressed his character Edna Turnblad from the musical “Hairspray” as Mrs. Clause. The trouble started when he used the gig as an excuse to write an op-ed about gay marriage in the Nov. 26 New York Times. “Just the sight of [Santa’s] face is enough to bring a smile to the Scroogiest of politicians,” Fierstein wrote. “Would his gifts of love and goodwill be answered with exclusion and derision? The answer, history tells us, is ‘of course.’” Fierstein later told the Associated Press that he wasn’t doing it as a politi­cal statement. “Everyone is so shocked that a man is going to be Mrs. Santa Clause,” he told AP. “No one is shocked that in America ... we’re looking into passing laws to dis­criminated against our own citizens.” Parade sponsor Macy’s tried to dis­tance itself from the hoopla. “The parade has never and will never be a platform for political and social issues and opinions,” the depart­ment store said in a statement. Popular support seems to side with Fierstein. “Mr. Fierstein has entertained us all — gay and straight, whatever those words mean — for many years and is cer­tainly deserving of our respect,” Alice D. Scheller of Paterson, N.J. wrote in a let­ter published in the Nov. 29 Times. Of course, if Alice D. Scheller doesn’t even know what “gay” and “straight” mean, how valuable is she as an ally? ISN’T IT SO QUAINT AND CLICHE when a reality television contestant wants to be a star? The latest victim is REICHEN LEHMKUHL, who with then-husband CHIP ARNDT won first place on the most recent “The Amazing Race” sea­son. The pair split, but Lehmkuhl had Reichen Lehmkuhl Send comments, suggestions to Dish@sovo.com. 20 DECEMBER 5, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Fcommunity calendar I w Indoor/Outdoor/Patio Seating www.nypizzeria.com ■MB GAY FRIENDLY Authentic New York Pizza FREE Delivery! From Anthony s Kitchen to your Home! We deliver r. more than pizza! Midtown i Galleria Area (713) 533-1140 (832) 251-0220 306 GRAY AT BAGBY I 5727 WERTHEIMER * celebrate in style A portion of the proceeds will benefit AssistHers and the Montrose Clinic/LHI Tickets available online www.acteva.com/go/NYEve 8:30 pm. 1:30 am buffet dinner / <jj / dancing I cash bsr dress: semi-formal to formal or caH toll-free 866-462<2838 limited Pre-sale tickets $75 until 12.15 after 1115, tickets $85 discounted room races at the renaissance hotel december 31st 2003 Rennaissance Hotel 6 Greenway ?to East (Sdfoe and Richmond) HWFFL presents * new years eve stardust an event far women and their friends SATURDAY DEC. 6 All-Spanish Worship Service/Noche Espirtual 7 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2026 W. 11th. 713-861-9149. After Hours. KPFT 90.1 FM. 1-4 a.m. Dignity mass. 7:30 p.m. for gay Catholics. 713-880-2872. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. at Viviana's. 713-830-3000. Gay & Lesbian Breakfast Club. 9:30 a.m. 281-437-0636. Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 11:30 a.m. Eye Opener Group, 8 p.m. Saturday Night Live, 9:30 p.m. Willing Ones Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772. www.lambdahouston.org. Montrose Soccer Club. 10 a.m. practice. Woodrow Wilson School, Fairview and Yupon. New players welcome, but begin­ners not currently being admitted. 713-862-9491. http://geoci-ties. com/montrosesoccer. E-mail: montrosesoccer@yahoo.com. Q-Patrol. Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate crimes. 9:30 p.m. Convene at community center. 713-528- SAFE. E-mail: qpatrolinc@aol.com St Stephen's Episcopal Church. Rosary 8 a.m. 1805 W. Alabama. 713-528-6665. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, noon-5 p.m. • CATS ' (Community Awareness for Transgender Support) board meet­ing, 2 p.m. 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. SUNDAY DEC. 7 Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Services at 8:30 & 10:50 a.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. 713-526-1017. Center for Spiritual Living. Services at 11 a.m„ for children at 10:50 a.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. The center also has commitment ceremonies, metaphysical bookstore and classes. Community Gospel. Service at 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday School for children 10 a.m. 713-880-9235 or www.community-gospel. org. Community of Kindred Spirits in Beaumont. Worship at 6 p.m. 1575 Spindietop Ave., Beaumont, Texas. 409-813-2055. E-mail: cksrev3@netzero.net Covenant Church, Ecumenical, Liberal Baptist Service 9:30 a.m. & education hour 11 a.m. 713-668-8830. Emerson Unitarian Church. Adult education, 10 a.m. Service, 11 a.m. Lunch at noon, www.emersonhou.org. First Congregational Church (Memorial). Service at 10 a.m. Christian Education, 11:30 a.m.. 713-468-9543 or fcc-hous-ton. org. First Unitarian Universalist Church. Services at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Brunch at 10:30 a.m. 713-526-5200. church@firstuu.org. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 9 p.m.-midnight at Club Inergy. 713-830-3000. Gay Bowling Leagues. 7 p.m. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. 713-861-1187. Gay Catholics of St Anne's-Houston. 5 p.m. worship service. Dinner and social. alexcam@wtnet 713-623-0930. Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 11 a.m. service. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351936- 646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net Grace Lutheran Church. Sunday school for all ages 9 am. Service 1030 am. 713-528-3269. HATCH Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals meets 6-9 p.m. For meeting information, call 713-529-3590. www.hatchyouth.org. Houston Tennis Club. 9 am.-noon. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center, houstontennisclb@aol.com Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 9:30 am. Came to Believe Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772. www.lambdahouston.org. Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church. 10 am. service. 3333 Fannin, Suite 106.713-528-6756. Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church. Services at 9:45 & 11:15 am. Sunday school 9:45 am. 281-298-2780. Resurrection MCC. Services, 9 and 11 am. Children and Youth Sunday School, 10 am. Children's service, 11 am. 713-861- 9149. St Patrick's Reformed Catholic Mission. Sunday Mass at noon. Holy Unions available. Group meets at the Hair Express, 3310 Delaware, Beaumont Texas 77703.409-781-8152. E-mail: bwatsonl@gtRR.com. St Stephen's Episcopal Church. Holy Eucharist, Rite 1,7:45 am.; Holy Eucharist Rite II, 8:55 am.; Education hour, 10 am.; Choral Eucharist 11 am. 713-528-6665. Sunday Brunch For HIV-positive men. 11 am. Riva’s, 1117 Missouri St Paul, 713-880-0690. e-mail: PoznBuff@aol.com. The Women's Group. Meeting and discussion. 10:45 am. 713- 529-8571 Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Adult discussion, 9 am. Service, 1115 am. 281-277-8882. www.tuuc.org. Unitarian Fellowship of Galveston County. 502 Church St Service, 11 am. 713-686-5876. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, 2-6 p.m. • New Covenant Christian Church, 10 am.-noon • Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF) 2-3 p.m. • S.I.S.T.E.R.S. 3:30-6:30 p.m. • GLOB­AL meeting, 6 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. MONDAY DEC. 8 Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 1-7 p.m. at the clinic, 215 Westheimer and 3311 Richmond, Suite 100; 4-8 p.m. at Bricks, 617 Fairview; and 9 p.m. -1 am. at 0,710 Pacific. 713-830- 3070. Free HIV Testing. 4-8 p.m. at All Star News, 3415 Katy Freeway. Health clinic with free testing for HIV and syphilis. 713-869-7878. Gay Bowling Leagues. Women's league. 6:45 p.m. Dynamic Lanes, 6121 Tarnef Drive. 713-861-1187. Gay Fathers/Fathers First Support group. 8-9:30 p.m. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Tom, 713-726-8736. www.geocities.com/gaydadshouston/ Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7 p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351. 936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net Grief & Divorce Support Groups. 7 p.m. Bering. 713-526-1017, ext 208. Kolbe Project Eucharist 7:30 p.m. 713-861-1800. Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 8 p.m. Beginners' Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772. www.lambdahouston.org. Montrose Clinic. Offers weekly peer support groups for gay and bisexual men with HIV. Spanish speaking group meets, 6:30 p.m. 215 Westheimer. 713-830-3050. Grupo de Apoyo para Latinos gay y bisexuales VIH positives. Lunes 6:30. Para mas informacion llama al 713-830-3025. Queer Voices Radio Show. 8-10 p.m. KPFT 90.1. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. • HRC PAC, 7-9 p.m. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. TUESDAY DEC. 9 Bering Support Network. Lunch Bunch Gang, 11 a.m. 713-526- 1017. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 1-7 p.m. at the clinic, 215 Westheimer and 3311 Richmond, Suite 100; 4-8 p.m. at The 611,611 Hyde Park; and 8 p.m. - midnight at Club Houston, 2205 Fannin. 713-830-3070. GLBT Pentecostals. Bible study, prayer, 7 p.m. in the Heights. For info: 936-931-3761; e-mail: www.Wgbl947@cs.com. Houston Roughneck Rugby. Practice from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org. Houston Women’s Rugby Team. No experience necessary. Practice, 630-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529. Introduction to Buddhism. All welcome at 634 W. Temple in the Heights. 7 p.m. Carlton, 713-862-8129. Rainbow Ranglers. Free C&W dance lessons. Brazos River Bottom. No partner needed. Beginner 2 Step, Waltz. Shuffle & Swing. 830 p.m. 713-528-9192. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • Lesbian Coming Out Group, 7 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713- 524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. WEDNESDAY DEC. 10 Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in),11:30 a.m.-l p.m.; SOM Discussion & Exploration, 7 p.m. 6610* Harwin. 713- 339-1808. OutSkate. This roller Rink skate club hosts Gay Skate Night at Zenith Roller Rink, 8075 Cook Road every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $5 entry plus skate rental. 281-933-5818, Dobie367@aol.com. Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA). 8:15 p.m. meeting. Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond Ave., Room 15. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Support Network Pot Luck Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Various support groups, 7 p.m. 713- 526-1017. Bible Study. Noon & 6:30 p.m. St Stephen's Episcopal. 713- 526-6665. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 4-8 p.m. at Mary's, 1100 Westheimer; 9 p.m.-midnight at Ripcord, 715 Fairview; 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. at EJ’s, 2517 Ralph; 10 p.m.-l a.m. at Midtowne Spa, 3100 Fannin. 713-830-3000. Free HIV Testing. Thomas Street Clinic. 9 a.m.-l p.m. 2015 Thomas St OraSure method. Call for appointment. Sharon, 713-873-4157. Gay Bowling Leagues. 6:30 p.m. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. 713-861-1187. Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7 p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 7735L 936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net Houston Pride Band. Open rehearsal, 7:30-9:30 p.m. B07 Yale. 713-862-1488. Houston Tennis Club. 7-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center, houstontennisclb@aol.com Spiritual Uplift service. 7 p.m. Resurrection MCC. 713-861- 9149. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, 2-9 p.m. • Free HIV testing, counseling, 7-9 p.m. • Houston Pride Band rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. THURSDAY DEC. 11 Community Gospel. Service. 7:30 p.m. 713-880-9235. www.communitygospel.org. Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25™ St. Also 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at Gallery Medical Clinic, 5900 North Freeway, and Club Toyz from 9 p.m.-midnight. 713-526-0555, ext. 231,227 or 226. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 8 p.m.- midnight at Brazos River Bottom (BRB), 2400 Brazos, atd at Cousins, 817 Fairview, and 4 -8 p.m. at All-Star News, 3415 Katy Freeway. 713-830-3000. Free HIV Testing. 4-8 p.m. at All Star News, 3415 Katy Freeway. Health clinic with free testing for HIV and syphilis. 713-869-7878. FrontRunners. Running club. 630 p.m. 713-522-8021. Web site: http://home.swbell.net/larathon/houfr.htm. E-mail: larathon@swbell.net. Gay Bowling Leagues. Luci Duos. 9 p.m. Dynamic Lanes, 6121 Tarnef Drive. 713-861-1187. GLOBAL. Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Alliance at the University of Houston-Central Campus. Weekly meeting, 6 p.m. e-mail: nguyen0023@hotmail.com. Hep C Recovery. Support group. 6:30 p.m. Bering. 713-526- 1017, Ext. 211. Houston Roughneck Rugby. Practice from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org. Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary. Practice, 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529. Lake Livingston GLBT Support Group. 7 p.m. dinner and dis­cussion. Grace Assembly Church, 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351.936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net. Lambda Skating Club. 8 p.m. Tradewinds Skating Rink. www.neosoft.com/-lrsc. 713-523-9620. Montrose Clinic. Offers weekly peer support groups for gay and bisexual men with HIV. English speaking group meets, 6:30 p.m. 215 Westheimer 713-830-3050. Rainbow Ranglers. Free C&W dance lessons. No partner required. Brazos River Bottom. 8:30 p.m. 713-528-9192. Recovery From Food Addiction (RFA). Meeting for 12-step program open to all. Noon-1 p.m. St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama St. RFA: 713-673-2848. www.geoci-ties. com/rfa77235/. E-mail: rfaworldservice@aol.com. Spanish Charla Conversation Group. Cafe Agora, 7 p.m. E-mail charlahouston@msn.com. 713-416-7203. Women's Clinic. Montrose Clinic. 713-830-3000. Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop in 2-9 p.m. • "Mending and Stitching," 2 p.m. • Montrose Writers Project 7-9 p.m. • PFLAG Houston Board Meeting 7-9 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. FRIDAY DEC. 12 Free HIV Testing. Thomas Street Clinic. 9 a.m.-l p.m. 2015 Thomas St. OraSure method. Call for appointment. Sharon, 713-873-4157. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 1-5 p.m. at the clinic, 215 Westheimer and 3311 Richmond, Suite 100; 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rich's, 2401 San Jacinto; 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. at The Meatrack, 2915 San Jacinto; 10 p.m. -1 a.m. at Midtowne Spa, 3100 Fannin; 10 a.m. -1 a.m. at EJ’s, 2517 Ralph. 713-830-3070. Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7 p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351. 936-646-7214. E-mail: leol@easttex.net HAT.C.H. Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals meets 7-10 p.m. For meeting information, call 713-529-3590. www.hatchyouth.org. Houston Tennis Club. 7-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center. Houstontennisclub.org Kolbe Project Morning prayer, 10 a.m. 713-861-1800. Q-Patrol. Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate crimes. 9:30 p.m. Convene at community center. 713-528- SAFE. E-mail: qpatrolinc@aol.com Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • Women's Game Night 7:30-930 p.m. • In Our Own Write (Poetry Night) 8-10 p.m.; 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524- 3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org. VOLUNTEER/SELF-HELP ECHOS. This non-profit ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is dedicated to helping people access health and social service systems. Free medical services include HIV, STD and hepatitis testing. Call for dates and times of services. 9610 S. Gessner. 713-270-0369. E-mail: echos-houston@ swbell.net Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston. 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H Gemini (May 21 to June 21): Jupiter, planet of good luck, is tran­siting your house of home and family, so reach out to your kinfolk, darling. Relatives finally start to wake up and see your point of view. It may be time to take a Scorpio home to meet the folks. (5^ Cancer (June 22 to July 22): Mercury and Venus will transit your house of love during the days ahead, which means that you need to make every effort to align your head with your heart. One can't dominate the other. An Aries will help
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