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Transcript HOUSTON %% T/ ■l \I II I |r7n AISpSriUl 5E, 1890966 A Weekly Community News Publication The state of the states Councilmember Boney, other leaders honored at AALGA banquet By MARK HENRY Houston Voice/Houston Houston City Councilmember Jew Don Boney was honored with the Bar­bara Jordan Spirit Award at the Afri­can- American Lesbian and Gay Alli­ance (AALGA) awards banquet, held last Saturday at the Double Tree Hotel downtown. The banquet, which also celebrated the organization’s first anniversary, attracted more commu­nity members than the organization had anticipated. “We had one hun­dred and twenty people present, more than even we expected,” said Ken Har­ris, AALGA co-founder and banquet chair. The gala event, in addition to cele­brating the group’s anniversary, was coordinated to honor several com­munity and AALGA members for their contributions to the organization and the community as a whole. The diverse crowd included such luminar­ies as State Representative Garnett Coleman, Democratic Sheriff’s can­didate Bruce Marquis, HGLPC Presi­dent Pat Gandy and Barbara Winston, president of PFLAG. (Continued on Page 6) Helene E. Rouse, left and John Freis present a gift basket to Rhine McNeil, winner of a drawing at the Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's first "networking expo." About 100 people attended the event held Monday, April 1 at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel. The organization, whose member­ship exceeds 200, was formed in Feb. 1995. AALGA strives to destroy nega­tive myths about homosexuals and serve to build bridges with other black and lesbian/gay groups. In addition, the group provides mentorships, skill enhancement and leadership to gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people of African descent. IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE Letters Pg. 7 Outsider Pg. 9 This & That Pg. 10 Plain Speaking Pg. 15 Media Watch Pg. 21 Legislatures see flurry of gay-related bills (WASHINGTON)—It’s been a wild, roller coaster year for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans­genders— at least when it comes to Matuschka (Photo by Kim Thompson) the up and down, good and bad leg­islation in state capitals. A new survey by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) shows a sweeping number of bills relating to sexual orientation already introduced, with more likely. “The State of the States: A Pre­liminary Survey of Gay/Les-bian/ Bisexual/Transgender- Related Legislation for the 1996 Session” has been compiled by NGLTF’s Public Policy Depart­ment. The state-by-state survey is a snapshot of pending legisla­tion on six key issues related to sex­ual orientation. The document is a preview for NGLTF’s “Beyond the Beltway Report,” which will be issued later this summer after the 1996 sessions closes.. The survey shows a startling number of bills introduced, in particular anti-gay measures. With weeks left for most sessions, this year’s numbers have already surpassed last year’s. And while most of the bills are still pending— and not all issues are covered—the survey does illuminate the extent of focus on gay issues nationwide. (Continued on Page 4) Reform rabbis approve gay marriage PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A group of Reform rabbis endorsed the legalization of Gutsy artist-activist featured at Montrose gallery same-sex marriages last Thursday but stopped short of recommending that rabbis perform the ceremonies. The 1,750-member Central Conference of American Rabbis is the first major group of Jewish leaders to formally oppose government bans on same-sex marriages. “As Jews, and specifically in the reform movement, we’ve always expressed con- ’ cern for those we feel aren’t treated fairly,” said Rabbi Robert Klensin of Arnold, Mar­yland, before an overwhelming voice vote. Most of the comments during the vigorous debate centered on an amendment speci­fying that the group was not deciding the controversial issue of rabbis officiating over single-sex ceremonies. ‘You cannot call upon the state to allow these marriages and then refuse to perform the marriage,” said Rabbi Eric B. Wisnia of Princeton Junc­tion, New Jersey. But Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin, the conference president, said the resolution “is a matter of civil rights. It is certainly not connected to any question of rabbinic offici-ation.” Maslin said the organization expects to vote on single-sex marriage officiation at next year’s meeting in Denver. The Central Conference of American Rabbis voted six years ago to accept gay and lesbian rabbis into its ranks. its human costs and sometimes, human causes have brought her both condem­nation and worldwide acclaim—is hav­ing her first solo showing in Texas this week as part of Houston’s FotoFest cel­ebration of photographic art. (Continued on Page 13) y KIM THOMPSON ouston Voice/Houston After seeing the devastating effects of breast cancer on her mother and later herself, artist/activist/photojour-nalis't Matuschka became outraged with the lack of treatment and barbaric methods so often used on women. She decided to use her art (and mastec­tomy) to raise consciousness and make a serious social statement. Matuschka—an artist whose strug­gles to raise the public’s conscious­ness about the ravages of this disease, Offices: 811 Westheimer Suite 105, Houston, TX 77006 Phones: Houston (713) 529-8490 Nationwide (800) 729-8490 Fax (713) 529-9531 Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Deadline: Mondav noon PROUDLY TELL ’EM YOU SAW IT IN THE HOUSTON ' VOICE!” 2 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 LONE STAR VIATICAI Terminolkj III and choosing Io sell gour L ife Insurance Policg? Allow us Io kelp gou in oklaining financial freedom-----ike kigkesl cask pagmenl in ike guickesl possible lime. 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Books, magazines, records, tapes & CD's. Call Steve at Leather Forever (713) 526-6940. TO GO ORDERS WELCOME (713)528-4350 • 1525 WESTHEIMER MEDIUM ONE TOPPING PIZZA $5.99 CHOOSE FROM NINE TOPPINGS K POT 1 PIZIBli S ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI $3.99 CHOOSE FROM SIX DELICIOUS SAUCES SERVED WITH OUR FAMOUS GARLIC BREAD Call for details If you would like an event listed in this sec­tion, please feel free to call me at 529-8490 or fax the facts to me at 529-9531. Friday, April 5 * Borders Book Store Gay/Lesbian Book Club meets at the Espresso Bar at 9634 Wes-theimer. Call 782-6066. * HIV Art classes at the Art League. Call 523-8817 * HATCH meets. Call 942-7002. * 12 step program at Montrose Counsel­ing Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Aftercare Group Treatment at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Houston Tennis Club meets at 7:15 p.m. Call 527-1348. * Free Buffet at the Brazos River Bot­tom. 4:00 p.m. * The Women’s Group meets at 10:45 a.m. Call 529-8571. * The Court guest bartends at the Ven-ture- N. * Donna’s Dream performs at Cafe Mai­son. Call 528-6750. Saturday, April 6 * Houston Chain Gang Bicycle Club rides. Call 863-1860. * After Hours on KPFT 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. 90.1 FM. Call 526-5738. * Gulf Coast Transgender support group meets. Call 780-4282. * Film at the Museum of Fine Arts: Akira at 7:30 p.m. Call 639-7300. * Collage performs at Cafe Maison. Call 528- 6750. * The Texas Association for Transsex­ual Support meets at 3:00 p.m. Call 827- 5913. * Bayou City Boys Club Jungle Lust Party. Call 520-5253. Sunday, April 7 * Houston Chain Gang Bicycle Club meets. Call 863-1860. * Front Runners meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Tennis center in Memorial Park. Call 522-8021. * HATCH meets. Call 942-7002. * Inner Loop Sunday Bowling League. Call 522-9612. * Out in Ft. Bend meets. Call 344-0638. * Brunch at the 611 12:30 p.m. $3 * Steak Night at the Brazos River Bottom. 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. * Montrose Ice Picks skate at noon. Call 629-1432. * Pool Tournament at Chances. 6:00 p.m. * Houston Tennis Club meets at 10:30 a.m. Call 537-1348. * The Women’s Group meets at 10:45 a.m. Call 529-8571. * Film at the Museum of Fine Arts: Blast of Silence at 7:00 p.m. Call 639-7300. Monday, April 8 * Gay Fathers/Fathers First support group. 8:00 p.m. Call 861-6181. * HeartSong open rehearsal at the Com-munity Room in Sharpstown Center. 7:00 p.m. Call 526-9095. * Calendar/Computer workshop for Pride Week. 7:00 p.m. Call 529-1223. * Agora meets at 7:30 p.m. Call 623-6796. * Positive Living Group at Montrose Counseling Center. 2:15 p.m. Call 539- 0037. * Outpatient Group Treatment at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529- 0037. * Women and HIV/AIDS Group at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:15 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Men Survivors of Sexual Abuse Group at Montrose Counseling Center. 6:15 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Lesbian Survivors of Cancer and their care givers at Montrose Counselinj^ Center. 6:30 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Men’s HIV Group at Montrose Counsel­ing Center. 7:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Gay and Lesbian Readers group meets at Barnes and Noble. 3003 W. Holcombe at 7:00 p.m. Free! Call 349-0050. * Pool Tournament at the Brazos River Bottom. 8:00 p.m. Call 528-9192. * Queer Nation meets at 7:30 p.m. At 2700 Albany. Tuesday, April 9 * Helping Cross Dressers Anonymous meets at 239 Westheimer. 8:00 p.m. Call 495-8009. * Basic Computer Skills Class at the Kolbe Project. Call 522-8182. * Southern Country gives dance lessd^ at the Ranch. 9200 Buffalo Speedway. 8:00 p.m. * Gay Men HIV+ Psychotherapy at Montrose Counseling Center. 4:30 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Outpatient Group Treatment at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Aftercare Group Treatment at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Bereaved Partners/Spouses at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:15 p.m. Call 529-0037. * AIDS Alliance of the Bay Area meets at 7:00 p.m. Call 488-4492. * Empowerment for living meets for pot luck. Call 861-9149. * PROTECT support group meets at 7:00 p.m. Call 520-7870. * Free HIV testing by the Montrose Clinic at Club Body Center. 8:00 p.m. Call 520- 2083. * Women Survivors of Childhood Abuse at Montrose Counseling Center. 6:30 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Survivors of loss support group meets at 8:30 p.m. Call 778-2677. * Free Dance Lessons at the Brazos River Bottom. 9:30 p.m. Call 528-9192. * Live Jazz at Borders Book Shop. Call 782-6066. * Colt 45’s monthly meeting at 8:00 p.m. At the Brazos River Bottom. * Houston Gay and Lesbian Parents sut^ port group meets at 7:00 p.m. Call 9^^b 7995. * AIDS Equity League meets at noon at Charlie’s. Call 871-0092. Wednesday, April >10 * Houston Tennis Club meets at 10-30 p.m. Call 537-1348. * Shiela Lennon performs at Chances. 9:00 p.m. Call 523-7217. * Houston Pride Band practices at Dig­nity Houston. Call 524-02J8. * GLOBAL meets at 4:00 p.m. Call 743- 7539. * Women’s Action Coalition meets at Toopees. 7:00 p.m. Call 867-9581. * HIV survivor Support Group meets^ 2929 Unity Drive. 7:00 p.m. Call 782-4oj| * Men’s Network at Montrose Counsel­ing Center. 7:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Houston Tennis Club meets at 7 • 15 n m Call 537-1348. ’ * Lambda Rollerskating Club skates at 8:00 p.m. Call 933-581 8. * Women’s Network at Montrose Coun­seling Center. 7:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Ongoing Mixed Living in Process Group for men and women. Call 622-7250 for more info. * (Continued on Page 11) HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 3 Ccnmunity Crtanlzations Bulletin Beard AEL Involvement Meeting The AIDS Equity League, Inc., (AEL) is planning a community involvement meeting for all persons interested in being involved with the AIDS Equity League or serving on its board of direc­tors for Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Assistance Fund building, 1116 Jackson Blvd, (one block north of Fair­view). AEL is a non-profit organization ded­icated to ensuring fair and equitable treatment of those with HIV. Its premise is that people with HIV/AIDS should have input into the public and private deci­sion making that affects their lives. be held Wednesday evening, April 17 from 7 until 9 o’clock at the Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond. Supplies will be provided for you to explore the artist within and a donation between $2 and $3 will be appreciated, but not required. Tavel is a substance abuse counselor intern, and licensed massage therapist with a degree in mental health and sub­stance abuse treatment. He is also coor­dinator of Houston AIDS Massage pro­ject. For more information contact the counseling center at 529-0037. Queer Space For more information contact Tom Kleven at 313-7355. Bering Spring Festival Bering Memorial United Methodist Church is the place to be Saturday, April 13 beginning with a pancake breakfast, continuing with a health fair, rummage sale, raffle, door prizes, silent auction. tours and entertainment. The action begins at 7:00 a.m. and continues until 2:00 p.m. One highlight, the raffle, will feature vacation packages to Europe, the Carib­bean or anywhere in the USA. Another highlight, the garage and estate sale will feature items set aside over the past year by the entire congregation. Addition­ally, a variety of health screening tests will be available. Bering Methodist Church is located at 1440 Harold Street (tel. 526-1017). HGLP April Doings The Houston Gay and Lesbian Parents (HGLP) April calendar begins with the support group meeting Tuesday, April 9 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. in the MCCR Library, 1919 Decatur. Saturday, April 13, Family Activity will be a dessert party organized jointly by Charlotte, Kay and Gail. Bring your favorite dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. The kids activity will be mak­ing Mother’s Day cards and gift boxes. Saturday, April 20, the JFU (Just For Us) social and support group for youth in 6th through 12th grades who have gay or les­bian parents will do “Celebration Sta­tion.” For more information call 980- 7995. Fax Steven’s House Made possible by a grant from the Holly­field Foundation, Steven’s House can now be reached on a (713) 522-1910. dedicated FAX line- Steven’s House is an intermediate care facility providing assistance with daily living activities in a home-|ike environment to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Steven’s House can also be reached by normal telephone line, 522-5757. Leather and Lace The Executive and Professional Asso­ciation of Houston (EPAH) ninth annual “Leather and Lace” fundraiser will be at Pacific Street Saturday, April 13, from 7 until 10:30 p.m. This fun filled community event will • benefit Omega House and Milam House. The EPAH Community Affairs Commit­tee has planned this event to include tattoo sales, raffle drawing, and the Mr. Leather and Miss Lace Contest. Cash, checks, and Mastercard and Visa will be accepted for tickets and partici­pation in the event. Tickets can be pur­chased in advance for $15 at the House of Coleman, Lobo, Basic brothers, Leather by Boots, or at the door. Men’s Network An experimental art session, facili­tated by Jeffery Tavel, MHA, R.M.T. will Queer Nation/Houston now has a home for its meetings. Queer Nation will be meet­ing twice monthly to discuss (and act upon, when necessary) matters of importance to the gay and lesbian com­munity, members of the group said. The next meeting is April 8. Meetings will be held every two weeks thereafter at the HGLPC offices, 2700 Albany. In one of its current projects. Queer Nation is endeavoring to collect cloth­ing for young gays and lesbians who are in need of personal items such as new socks, underclothing and t-shirts, plus sum­mer clothing. Items can be brought to 2700 Albany and left on the second floor with the Center for AIDS—“But best yet, come join us on Monday, April Sth and bring your clean clothing item and your act­iveness to the group,” said Q.N. member Nancy Rowe. Boy Talk How honest are gay men with one another in relationships and in what they say to one another? Should we discuss HIV status and other private matters with our sex partners? Do too many of us just see how much we can get away with, and if so, why? Young men pondering such questions are invited to join other young men for an honest look at trust, responsibility and communication between gay and bisexual men. Scheduled for Wednes­day, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at 239 Westhe-imer (Suzanne Anderson Properties), “Every Man for Himself?” is the topic of the next conversation in the biweekly discussion group, “Boy Talk,” spon­sored by the Houston group Boys Life. Boy Talk brings together gay and bisex­ual men, ages 18-30 in an open forum to talk about dating, relationships, AIDS and other issues. There is a new topic each time. Boys Life is a new organization “by and for young gay and bisexual men.” For more information, call 867-3964. Estate Planning The Houston Bar Association’s Hous­ton Volunteer Lawyers Program/AIDS Subcommittee will hold an AIDS/HIV estate planning clinic (”Will-A-Thon”) next Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AIDS Foundation Hous­ton Inc., 3202 Weslayan/Annex. At the Will-A-Thon, the program’s vol­unteer attorneys are available to assist persons living with AIDS/HIV with basic estate planning documents, including free preparation of a simple will, power of attorney for health care providers and directive to physicians. Space is lim­ited, and reservations are required. Persons interested in participating must call in advance to arrange a specific time to meet with an attorney between the hours listed. Times will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Partici­pants must also bring the correct spelling of names, addresses, phone numbers, and other relevant information with them Saturday to give to the attorney. Addi­tionally, those preparing a will should decide how they wish their estate to be dis­tributed and who will be the executor before the meeting with the attorney. Call Trey Yates at (713) 952-0227 to sched­ule an appointment. LOBO SO...ChEck us out!!! 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The survey’s tallies were compiled through NGLTF’s grassroots contacts in the field, Nexis/Lexis searches, and press reports. This year, the largest number of bills so far fall within the “Same Gender Mar­riage” category, with 27 states intro­ducing a total of 48 bills, including 47 hostile and one positive. The second largest number of measures fall under “School Related,” 18 measures, with 14 hostile and four positive (one of the pos­itive provisions is a rider to a hostile measure); and “Hate Crimes,” 17 meas­ures, 16 positive and one negative. Other categories include “Anti-Dis­crimination,” 16 measures, all posi­tive except one in Washington that con­tains a hostile rider; “Sodomy,” six measures, four hostile and two posi­tive; “HIV,” three measures, all nega­tive; and “Other” measures, all posi­tive except one hostile rider on a posi­tive measure. Finally, one negative “Affirmative Action” bill, which arbi­trarily includes sexual orientation in an anti-Affirmative Action university bill, was introduced in Mississippi. A major factor for the avalanche of anti-gay measures is the growing political might of the Radical Right, which is strongly shaping state legislation on social issues. For example, the anti-gay marriage bill, H.B. 1143, passed in South Dakota this year, had the aggressive sup­port of the South Dakota Family Policy Council, which is affiliated with the rabidly homophobic, national group Focus on the Family. The Council unleashed a massive campaign to pass the bill, introduced by Rep. Roger Hunt (R-Brandon), who also sponsored severe abortion restrictions two years ago now up for review by the Supreme Court. In Utah, ultra-conservative law­maker Rep. Craig Taylor, whose wife says he relies on “divine inspiration,” has unleashed a series of socially repressive measures. One calls for a ballot measure banning the formation of gay student groups and regulating the private statements and behavior of teachers and student counselors (S.B. 246). “The extreme right is coming out of the woodwork in state capitals every­where,” said Helen Gonzales, NGLTF Public Policy director. “Emboldened with a mission and flush with local and natio.nal power, they are focusing on passing a sweeping, extremist, anti­democratic social agenda.” Other hostile bills include Indiana’s “Parental Rights and Responsibili­ties” bill, H.B. 1346. Proponents claim the section limiting the power of state Child Protective Services (CPS) agents to remove children from abusive par­ents was necessary to protect parents from “family hating” CPS workers, who are believed to be “mostly lesbi­ans.” Most of the marriage bills ban recogni­tion of same-gender marriages, includ­ing those possibly recognized in other states in the future. (For example, Geor­gia Gov. Zell Miller this week signed into law a bill that both bans same-sex mar­riage in the state and bars recognition of such unions performed in other states). Some of the other bills may not be overtly hostile, but omit or otherwise ignore sexual orientation where it should be included. Although the surge of hostile bills has grabbed headlines, NGLTF says the progress being made on the state level in terms of pro-gay laws should not be over­looked. “The positive note of this report is the number of bills introduced that include sexual orientation in an affirmative way,” said NGLTF’s Gon­zales. “Given the national climate cre­ated by the extreme right wing and fos­tered by some Republican presiden­tial campaigns, it takes a lot of courage for legislators these days to promote fairness and tolerance.” Measures in Maryland (H.B. 67), New Hampshire (H.B. 1294) and other states would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment and other areas. A measure in Washing­ton (H.B. 2618) would ban discrimina­tion based on sexual orientation in health care services. A bill in Virginia (H.B. 1468) would strike down the state’s sodomy law. And measures in Califor­nia (A.B. 2283) and Minnesota (H.B. 2047) would make political candidates adhere to a code of fair campaign prac­tices, including a ban on appealing to negative prejudice based on sexual orientation. Final results of the state-by-state sur­vey, including outcomes of bills, will be released later this summer in the NGLTF Beyond the Beltway report. To receive a copy of “The State of the States: A Pre­liminary Survey of Gay/Lesbian/ Bi sexual/Transgender-Re la ted Leg­islation for the 1996 Session,” call NGLTF’s Helen Gonzales, (202)332- 6483, ext. 3236, hgonzales@ngltf.org. For the complete 1995 Beyond the Bel­tway report, call the NGLTF publica­tion line at (202)332-6483, ext. 3327. Researchers link herpes virus HHV-6 to AIDS MILWAUKEE, Monday, April 1 (AP)—A destructive herpes virus may need to be present for HIV-infected patients to progress to full-blown AIDS, a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin said Monday. The research linking human herpes virus six, HHV-6, to the progression of HIV infection to AIDS, was pub­lished Monday in the Journal of Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology. In a study of ten HIV-infected patients, HHV-6 was the only other infectious agent besides HIV found in active form in all the patients through the entire course of HIV infection of AIDS, said Konstance Kehl Knox, who con­ducted the research. The findings mean infection by HIV alone may not be sufficient to kill, she said. “We believe it is actually the herpes virus which is involved in the destruc­tive process of the lymphoid organs, which is the housing of the immune sys­tem,” Knox said. “It is unheard of to find a chronic, active viral infection in HIV-infected patients that isn’t HIV,” Knox said. “These patients are healthy, they have no other opportunistic infec­tions.” HHV-6A, a rare form of HHV-6, “con­tributes to keeping the other virus active and replicating. The viruses infect the same cells,” Knox said. If correct, the research by Knox and Donald Carrigan, associate pro­fessor of pathology at the medical college, means patients infected with the AIDS virus and HHV-6A could be treated with currently available anti-viral drugs, Knox said. That in turn could delay the onset of full blown AIDS. Controlling the HHV-6A with medi­cations may change fatal HIV infec­tions “to chronic conditions,” she said “If you can get rid of the HHV-6A, we believe the body could fight the HIV dis­ease,” Knox said. Harvard University AIDS expert Richard Marlink said the research may help, but it may be hard to deter­mine if there is a cause-and-effect rela­tionship between HHV-6A and the pro­gression of an HIV infection to AIDS. Knox and Carrigan hope to begin clinical trials to test their theory at the University of Pittsburgh using anti-viral drugs to delay the onset of AIDS. The Wisconsin researchers now are fighting for money to continue their studies, Knox said. 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When I was a child I loved the holidays. The new clothes, the relatives arriving from out of town, the hundreds of kids, the pageants and the glitter. I loved the hol­idays when my kids were small, too. Between the prestigious, always observed ones, like Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth, we used to invent our own causes to celebrate: good report card days (which were many) or Child Support Received Day (there was one). Whenever a kid or his momma needed cheering up we celebrated a Very Happy Unbirthday (because no one was ever in a bad mood on their real birthday), similar to but pre­ceding Marne’s We Need A Little Christ­mas . My partner Jan hates holidays, too. Every Easter, she used to buy a cactus for her daughter, Samantha, to remind her that even though they were stuck up in Mas­sachusetts, Sam was born in El Paso, where tumbleweeds and prickly pear are the most colorful landscape. They both enjoyed this tradition until the 15-year collection was displayed at Sam’s high school as part of a science project, where it was carelessly overwatered by a teacher and died. After the scholars and the cactus culti­vator grew up and moved away from us, there seemed not to be anything left to cel­ebrate. They all chronically found themselves out-of-town or otherwise engaged on the day we used to celebrate Spring with jelly beans or brunch with friends and mimosas. We were once again left without church, family or tradi­tions relevant to the season, other than Fed-Exing Godiva rabbits to said kids’ respective residences. This year we have a new family member, 15 months old. Easter will be our first “real” (not extemporaneous) holi­day together. Instead of a basket of eggs she prefers a little purse (with pink flow­ers) to match her wide-brimmed straw hat (with flowing pink ribbons) and tiny (pink) gloves. Her dress has been chosen carefully and further adorned with pink satin roses. Our closets are bulging with the customary decorated confec­tions, stuffed and chocolate rabbits as well as “traditional” fare peculiar to our family: squirt-water toys that do not resemble guns, bottles of bubbles with wands, finger paints and glitter. And a cactus. For many, Easter celebrates a season of new growth and hope. If that means a grow­ing family and new traditions, I’ll Spring for it. Texas boxing regulators to require HIV testing AUSTIN, Friday, March 29 (AP)—The Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation is considering a rule to again impose HIV testing before issuing boxing licenses. The commission on Friday ordered staff members to draft such rules. In 1992, the commission required such testing. The commission had backed off the requirement over constitutional con­cerns. “The event with Tommy Morrison brought the issue before the commission again. That doesn’t mean that (the policy) will pass in the end,” said deputy direc­tor Lora Williams. The commission said it would consider adopting the rule at its next meeting, which has not been scheduled but is required before June. Morrison, a Kansas City heavy­weight, was diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, earlier this year. Before then, only Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington and the territory of Puerto Rico required HIV testing. Since the disclosure of Morrison’s infection, at least five states, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana and Texas have either started requiring testing for the virus or have announced such plans. Texas requires all boxers scheduled to fight in the state to carry a state license. Ms. Williams said there are 218 licensed Texas boxers. In 1994, there were 42 sanctioned bouts in Texas. Gay sailor leaves Navy after 15 years WHIDBEY ISLAND NAVAL AIR STA­TION, Wash., Thursday, March 28 (AP)— The sailor whose public announcement that he was gay led to the “don’t ask, don t tell” policy for gay service members says it’s time to pursue another career. Keith Meinhold made history when he was reinstated after the Navy discharged him for being gay. Wednesday, the 15- year veteran announced his retirement. “The decision was difficult for me,” Meinhold said. “Emotionally in my heart I really wanted to stay in the Navy.” Meinhold, 33, said he will begin a nation­wide speaking tour next month for the Ser-vicemembers’ Legal Defense Net­work, a nonprofit organization that supports gay and lesbian military per­sonnel. Meinhold said his decision wasn’t related to being a gay sailor. “I’ve been in for three years after making my statement,” Meinhold told the Seat­tle Post-Intelligehcer on Tuesday. “I don’t see what another 4-5 years would prove, since my case was resolved.” LOOSE NEW ATTITUDE MALE STRIP SUNDAY 1 1PM WITH BLACK VELVETT WEDNESDAY I 1PM WITH COMMANDER CATIA SUNDAY THE IMPERIAL COURT PRESENTS AT PPM EASTER BONNET CONTEST FOLLOWED BY JUKEBOX JAMBOREE BENEFITING OMEGA HOUSE HAPPY HOUR 2PM TO 8PM $4 JUMBO WELL DOUBLES $3.50 ABSOLUT MARTINIS CLUB B E 0 T H [ IO <=> C-» O T- <Z> PM YOUR OUT AND PROUD 6 HOUSTON VOICE / APRILS, 1996 LOCAL/STATE Lesbian and Gay Bands of America to hold spring conference in Texas (SAN ANTONIO)—If you happen to be walking along the Riverwalk next week­end, you might encounter some seriously appropriate mood music. Lesbian and Gay Bands of America descends on San Antonio April 12-14, and so if your ear catches such popular tunes as “Strike Up the Band” and “America the Beauti­ful,” it just may be those friendly lesbian and gay musicians. LGBA is the national music organiza­tion currently comprised of 22 concert and marching bands from cities across the United States and Canada, formed in 1982. LGBA’s goals are to provide a national network of lesbian and gay bands at all stages of development, to promote music as a medium of communi­cation among people, stimulate public interest in the unique art form of commu­nity bands, and to improve the quality of artistic and organizational aspects of its member bands. Delegates from each member band meet twice a year in different cities to plan events, encourage the formation of new bands, and share a gift of music with gay and non-gay audiences. Seminars on topics such as “musicianship,” program­ming, and organizational skills are held in addition to general business and com­mittee meetings. LGBA, throughout the year, also provides a national network between the bands by the use of electronic mail and a national newsletter. At LGBA’s last conference this past fall in Indianapolis, members of the Hous­ton Pride Band and Oak Lawn Band of Dal­las wanted to continue promoting com­munity outreach in cities that do not already have a lesbian/gay band. These Texas bands extended an invitation to host the conference in San Antonio. Performances are scheduled Satur­day and Sunday on the Riverwalk. For more information regarding Lesbian and Gay Bands of America contact Tim Rhoades, Vice President of Commu­nity Outreach, at (716) 242-0237. (The Houston Pride Band may be reached by calling 524-0218). African-American Lesbian-Gay Alliance holds first awards banquet (Continued from Page 1) Keith Boykin, executive director of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leader­ship Forum delivered the evening’s key­note address to what at times seemed like thunderous applause that brought the large crowd to a stand. “The image of black gay men and lesbians is invisible. We must not allow Newt Gingrich, Eddie Murphy or even Louis Farakkhan define who we are as black lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans­gendered people. If we let them define us, they will define us as they have, immoral, ungodly, inhuman or less worthy of respect and companionship,” said Boykin. “Thank you for this special tribute and for taking upon yourselves to create commu­nity. AALGA is important to this city, to the Black community, and the gay and lesbian community because you speak from a unique perspective, and I am honored that you have chosen me to receive this award,” remarked Councilmember Boney after being named recipient of the Jordan Award. He then thanked the crowd and com­munity for supporting his campaign and providing him with the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and meet new ones. Boney stressed the need for community organization to combat negative ster­eotypes and prejudice, elaborating that this means that we have to organize. He also said that one of the reasons he is so sup­portive of AALGA is because they are organ­izing and doing it well. “The gay and les­bian community has to organize as well. I was approached by some folks in Queer Nation; I met with them, worked on their issues, but understand that for me with regards to issues of sexual preference in the lesbian and gay community, I will want to take leadership from the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and the African-American Lesbian and Gay Alli­ance. I just want to be clear about that, that’s the process that we want to do.” Boney also talked about his efforts on behalf of hate crimes with respect to police depart­ment response and pushing legislation to a higher level. He stressed the need for a three point plan of action that he has shared in the past and reiterated at this event. The first of which is developing relationships with those who share common goals. Secondly he cited the need for an education process where everyone shares their area of expertise for the proper advancement of agenda “that can manifest itself in the political realm.” Third and finally, Boney said that “we must be about the business of developing a really solid and powerful, progressive multi-racial political alli­ance.” Other honorees included Gerald Waddy, Assistant Director of the TSU HIV Preven­tion Center, winner of the Essex Hemphill Award for his lifetime of activism and research on HIV and AIDS issues; Evelyn Whalen from the Ensemble Theater; Angela Larkin-Byer, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for oustanding AALGA female and Freddy Ivan Smith, winner of the Baynard Rustin Award for outstanding AALGA male. 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RAFFIELD Houston, Texas Recently, British daily and weekly papers reported that intelligence offi­cials there and in the U.S. have received information that may link Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to Euro­pean and German neo-Nazi groups, lead­ers and activists. This involves possi­ble (secret) visits, meetings and phone calls prior to them carrying out their heinous criminal act at the federal building in Oklahoma City last year. This situation may involve other cur­rent and past (so-called) citizen mili­tia members and leaders who have no connection whatsoever to this crimi­nal act. This conspiracy theory is being pur­sued much harder by Stephen Jones and his fellow team of defense attorneys. They are working with the British courts to subpoena a neo-Nazi group leader and activist there for testimony and depositions in the trial. They believe that proving an international conspiracy of sorts involving Mc­Veigh and Nichols will save them from the death penalty when or if they are con­victed. Many people believe that this is simply an attempt by the defense to muddy up the water in this case. Even if that were true, it would not change my long-held opinion that many fundamentalist/radical right groups and Republicans have neo- Nazi affiliations, connections and political agendas. This neo-Nazi con­spiracy theory has been a major front page story in many British and German papers for several months. In the last few weeks, some of the U.S. news media has finally begun to report this story in a very low-key, soft-peddling manner. Militia members and leaders have done an excellent job of hiding and candy coating their bigotry, racism, homophobia, hate-mongering, etc. in their many news interviews and tv/radio talk show appearances since the Okla­homa City bombing. I have noticed that they do have a few token blacks and other minorities among their membership, for public relations purposes only. Such fundamentalist/radical right individuals, groups and Republi­cans are no longer in a position to be attacking or challenging the patriot­ism or allegiance of President Clin­ton, Democrats, liberals, femi­nists, we in the gay community or peo­ple in the news media. The British and German neo-Nazi development in the Oklahoma City bombing case should serve to make this even more clear. PWACH Thanks Softballers FROM LYNN PANNILL Executive Director; PWA Coalition Houston On behalf of the clients, board of direc- . tors and staff of the People With AIDS Coalition Houston Inc., I would like to express our sincere thanks to the par­ticipants and hosts of the First Annual Genye Allen Memorial Softball Tour­nament. The March 9 tournament was spon­sored by the MCCR Angels and local busi­nesses in memory of longtime member and friend Genye Allen. The event raised more than $1,500, donated to the PWA Coalition, and we are extremely hon­ored to have been chosen as benefici­ary of this event. Thank you again! Bacchus II Welcomes Back the Professional Women of Houston on Wednesday Evenings-Every Wednesday! Join Your Friends for Our Buffet at 6 O’clock & Enjoy Live Entertainment 7-10 Bacchus II and Marion E. Coleman formerly Kindred Spirits present the Houston, Tx. 713/523-0213 Sunday, April 21st. HOMO-PROMO A Fundraiser for Gay Pride Week EVERY NIGHT Our Steamy King-Sized Men in Cages Dancing for Your Pumping Pleasure and Houston's ONLY Lazer-Lit Dance Floor Easter Sunday^* April 7, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. BUNNIES ON THE bayou Use the Free Shuttle Service to Hi^ty-Hqp Between the Party and PACIFIC STREET EVERY NIGHT THE LOWEST PRICES IN TOWN! $1.00 Well. $1.25 Shots. $1.75 Beer Saturday, April 13th. EPAH Presents Leather Wear Your Most SEVERE Leather or Most SEDUCTIVE Lace Forget Your I D ? 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The new store, which Oaklawn/ Montrose Marketing presi­dent Joe Ramunni boasts will incorporate “absolutely 'Watch this space. ... nothing downscale” (unless you count un-inflated prices) will fea­ture such exciting additions as a cozy cafe with a wrap-around coffee bar, mood-enhancing zoned lighting in both the cafe and retail sections, and an aro­matherapy boutique. The cafe will include a newspaper/magazine stand. According to Ramunni, the store will also carry the “biggest selection of cards in Montrose,” and well-known entertainers will be brought in to per­form at the new cafe. “You won’t find anything of higher quality anywhere in Houston, “ Ram­unni said. “We’ve tried to do every­thing we ever wished we’d done differ­ently, or had a chance to do, in any of our other stores...we’ve spared no expense on this store.” Ramunni said he envisions the store/ cafe as-much more than just a place to buy a book...or a cup of coffee. “We’re hop­ing to create a comfortable, alterna­tive leisure space for the (gay and les­bian) community,” he explained, “...a place to spend some time.” For those driving west on Westhe­imer, the new Crossroads Market should be easy to find. Colorful neon signage, bearing the name of the business and a medallion with the images of.a book and coffee cup will be going up on the east cor­ner of the Tower very soon. The lettering of the sign will use an arcade style that matches the lines of the existing theater. Forest Park Lawndale Easter Service As the staff of Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery and Funeral Home prepare for an Easter Sunrise Service this week­end, they are reviving a tradition that once drew thousands of worshipers to the cemetery grounds at 6900 Lawn­dale. The religious ceremony, which begins at 7:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, will bring back memories for those who attended such occasions in the 1930s through 1960s. Conducted in a peaceful setting on the lawn by the Lake of the Woods Chapel, the service will include traditional Easter music, interwoven with scripture read­ings and homilies by the pastors of local Christian churches. Since seating will be limited, those planning to attend are advised to bring lawn chairs. “Our purpose in holding this special service is to provide our friends the opportunity to celebrate Easter in a place where their loved ones are bur­ied,” said Gary Pullen, general man­ager of Forest Park Lawndale. At the conclusion of the Easter Sunrise Service, an arrangement of Easter lil­ies will be placed at the recently dedi­cated AIDS Memorial Book Terrace. A brief prayer will follow. Trangender groups protest candidate’s comments It’s Time, Texas!, a statewide civil and political rights organization for tran­sgendered individuals of all colors and sexual orientations, and the Hous­ton Chapter of Transsexual Menace have coordinated a protest. The groups’ contention stems from a recent Houston Chronicle (March 13, 1996) story about the runoff between David Mincberg and Leslie Perez for chair of the Harris County Democratic Party. In the article Mr. Mincberg made references to the fact that Perez ia a “transsexual and con­victed murderess.” Members of the group felt the remarks drew an unfair par­allel between transsexualism and murder. Contacted by Sara DePalma, chairper­son of It’s Time, Texas!, Mr. Mincberg stated that although he was quoted cor­rectly, he had no intention of maligning transsexuals. He added, however, that he felt that Ms. Perez’s prison record was fair game. Mincberg said he would not “tie transsexuals and murderers together in the future” and would not make the fact that Ms. Perez had a sex change the focus of his campaign. “I don’t know how I can make it more clear than that,” he asserted when quizzed further. Members of the group say they were aghast when, after that conversation, one received a campaign mailout this week from the Mincberg quarters that quotes from the Chronicle article: “Leslie Perez, who served a prison sen­tence for killing an insurance agent...(and was) known as Leslie Doug­las Ashley before a sex change opera­tion.” This prompted It’s Time and Trans­sexual Menace to organize a protest at the candidate’s campaign headquar­ters (9600 Hillcroft) Friday (April 5) at noon. The groups stressed that this pro­test is not an endorsement of Perez. “On the contrary, Ms. Perez exemplifies what the overwhelming majority of the transgender community is not about. We are not criminals. We go to work and earn a living like everyone else,” said the organizers in a press release. HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 9 Tension at The Convention Many words come to mind conjuring an appropriate description concerning the events that took place at the Republi­can convention for Senatorial Dis­trict 13 last Saturday. Suffice it to say, lethargy is not one of them. The active participation by of the Log Cabin Republicans brought many moderate delegates to this and other district con­ventions to combat the extremist planks of the religious right. Unbeknownst to them, they were in for a whirlwind of opposition to their social agenda and the aftermath will more than likely send shockwaves to their movement. From its inception at 9:00 a.m., conten­tiousness relentlessly ensued. Al Cle­ments, the Precinct Chairperson, immediately raised the ire of several participants when he chose not to seat five precinct delegations and pro­ceeded to continue with the day’s agenda until he was reminded by Dr. PJ. Foster that the rules did not permit him to con­duct further business until the issue was resolved. Although a few of those pre­cincts were eventually seated, others were not, apparently due to tardiness with respect to submitting Precinct Convention minutes. There were many maneuvers used to pre­vent credentialed delegates from vot­ing on the planks and discussing the issues. While Dolly Madison McKenna (a former congressional candidate and longstanding member of the Repub­lican Party) and her delegation (approx. 27) sat outside the doors of the convention hall, the debate within the hall honed in on the reasoning for deny­ing entry to her delegation was for turn­ing in their minutes late. In fact, several delegates at the convention testified that they had also turned in their minutes late without any recourse. Some of the participants felt that the chairper­son’s actions were in retaliation to Mc­Kenna’s remarks during the 1992 Repub­lican Convention, inferring that they were attending a political conven­tion, not a “church.” The chairperson, who apparently admitted to bending the rules in the past, lauded amidst incessant hissing and booing that he was “attempting to be as inclusive as possible.” Admitting that the precinct delegate list was turned in on time, he insisted that the two conven­tions in question never took place. The Credentials Committee brought down the decision that the two delegations would be denied entry and offered its report. A motion to amend the report requesting that Precincts 222 and 175 be added to the list of credentialed dele­gates was procured. Had the seated dele­gations been allowed to vote, a simple majority would have allowed the 50 dele­gates to participate; however, that was not the case. The day turned out to be an exercise in perseverance and conviction of the soul and tested the will of those who worked so laboriously to change the atti­tude within the party. While the day was not a total success, the group prevailed in many ways. All in all, 53 resolutions were presented on a broad spectrum of topics, many of which were passed with little or no debate. While there was con­sensus on almost all of the fiscal issues, the social issues were more divisive. When the resolution to define family as a “man and his wife with their offspring” was raised, opposition ensued. Log Cabin Republicans of Texas president Dale Carpenter spoke against the reso­lution by saying, “I know there are a wide range of opinions on the issue of homo­sexuality in this room, but what we are talking about here is less government: less government in our wallets, less government in our lives and less gov­ernment in our bedrooms.” The opposi­tion, including a touching testimony from Liz Vilven revealing that she had been “raised by two gay men for the last 20 years and they were wonderful par­ents,” could not muster enough support to defeat the narrow definition of the word family. The motion passed. Indeed, most of the extreme social reso­lutions were passed, but not by a great margin. Despite the raucous meander-ings, the group managed to seat nearly two dozen delegates and alternates to the State convention, tone down the anti-gay language and engage in meaningful debate on the issues. One of the day’s defining moments occurred when Chairperson elect Gary Rolland broached the subject of sup­porting laws that would prevent same sex marriages. Not only was he resoundingly booed by a considerable amount of par­ticipants, he was visibly shaken. This prompted the religious right members to applaud his efforts, an act that managed to raise the decibel level of boos. Pande­monium ensued to such a degree that Cle­ments had to call the convention back to order. Much to his chagrin, Rolland capitulated and attempted to ease ten­sion through self deprecating humor by implying that his “wife warned me about that subject.” Interestingly, accord­ing to Carpenter, the anti-gay marriage plank was not brought up by Rolland at “any Senate District Convention, to my knowledge,” that proceeded his appearance at District 13. Log Cabin member Brian Vezey of Senate District 17 confirmed Rolland did not broach the subject at that convention. Vezey elab­orated that a group of moderates from precinct 303 were shut out from his con­vention site and expressed dismay that the Chair “did not permit any reasonable debate on several controversial reso­lutions,” that were brought to the floor in lieu of member protests. Carpenter stressed that there was a lot of progress made as a result of the efforts from Log Cabin members and moderate friends in the Republican party, in spite of the fact that several precincts were denied any presentation. He cited the groups ability to stop the sodomy law plank from going through and indicated that several speeches had an impact on many of the participants. “Ralph Smith gave a dignified, reasonable and mov­ing speech,” Carpenter said. In fact, one speech on the subject of condemning violence brought several members of the resolution committee to tears. 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Plans are for the pair to perform separately accompanied by a 55 piece orchestra. Moore, an accomplished pianist, will perform his staple of jazz and classical standards and add just the right amount of inebriated banter. Minnelli will then grace the stage and perform stellar hits as well as selections from her new album Gently. They will close the show with a duet performance of Arthur's Theme. Minnelli's new album includes duets with Johnny Matthis and Donna Summer, the latter of which is awesome, and is available on Angel Records.... Other acts touring together include summer tours featuring Steve Miller and Pat Benatar; Styx and Kansas; Buddy Guy and Joe Cocker; and the legendary rock trio of yesteryear REO Speedwagon. Foreigner and Peter Frampton ... Solo acts hitting the road; Alanis Morissette, Hootie and the Blowfish. Joan Osborne. Garth Brooks, the Cranberries. Vince Gill and Sting. Industry experts predict that none of the aforementioned acts will be able top last years hottest touring act. The Rolling Stones, who garnered an impressive $105 million in ticket grosses ... Leisure travel to Scotland has risen 8% since the release of this year’s Best Picture winner Braveh'eart. .. It's official: Murder, She Wrote will leave the CBS schedule after a highly successful 12 year stint on the network. Angela Lansbury will reprise her character in occasional made-for-TV movies, ala Columbo. The show will return to its original Sunday time slot for the last four installments. The finale will air May 19. CBS estimates that more than 10 billion viewers worldwide have watched the show during its long run. For the record, Jessica Fletcher has solved 280 murders out of 264 episodes, only one in which a murder was not committed.... Linda McCartney’s new vegetarian cookbook, Linda's Kitchen, has been nominated for a 1996 James Beard Foundation Award. .. An animated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Starlight Express will hit the big-screen in the not to distant future. The $30 million cartoon version of the roller skating musical will begin production soon.... CBS's Cybill got a renewal notice from the network for a full 22 episode commitment. CBS will temporarily move the sitcom back into its original time slot on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. later this month. .. Phil Collins has left the rock group Genesis to pursue other interests. Both parties insist the split, after 25 years of performing together, is amicable.... George Jones' new autobiography promises to be a scintillating read and will hit bookstores May 6.... Famed children's' author and songwriter (A Light in the Attic) Shel Silverstein releases his new tome, Falling Up, in mid-May.... Christopher Reeve, fresh from his poignant stint at the Academy Awards show, resumes his career as the voice of King Arthur in The Quest for Camelot, an upcoming animated feature film slated to begin production this summer.... The New York Times reports that software mogul Bill Gates has snapped the electronic rights to the body of work created by the late Ansel Adams. Adams's pictures have sold nearly 9 million books, posters and calendars to date. .. Patricia Anthony's sci-fi novel Brother Termite will be translated to the big­screen by famed director James Cameron (The Terminator, The Abyss), who recently purchased the rights to the tome.... Singer/songwriter Merle Haggard, renowned for his jazz-style guitar playing, has released a retrospective boxed set entitled Down Every Road that includes 100 re­mastered recordings covering his astonishing career from 1962-1994.... Steve Forbes will host NBC's struggling flagship, Saturday Night Live, on April 13 according to the Bridgewater, N.J. Courier-News.... ABC's mid-season replacement series Buddies has been put on hiatus and the network’s staple Ellen will temporarily fill the void Wednesday's at 8:30 p.m.... CBS's Don Johnson vehicle Nash Bridges garnered the network the highest ratings for that time-slot so far this season.... Mystery Science Theater 3000 will airs its last original show May 18 on Comedy Central.... GLAMA, the Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards will present their first annual ceremony in New York City Oct. 6, 1996. The organization is amidst the process of seeking nominations for this gala event. Recordings by self­identified gay, lesbian, or bisexual artist released for sale in the US between June 1, 1995 and May 31, 1996 are eligible for consideration. Categories include Female Artist, Male Artist, Duo or Group, Debut Artist, etc. The nominees will be announced in Los Angeles on August 8. For more information call GLAMA at 800-956-5262.... Mikey, the kid who hates everything, is back at it, thanks to advanced computer technology. Only this time, Mikey is pitching Snappie. The ads began airing this week as a last-ditch effort by the once hot Snappie beverage to rejuvenate sluggish sales of the namesake. .. Sidney Poitier returns to television in a rare appearance. Poitier stars in the long-awaited sequel of the 1967 hit film To Sir With Love, which he originally starred in. To Sir With Love II, airs on CBS April 7 at 8 p.m. and contains the former #1 smash song of the same title by Lulu... Nicole Kidman is set to star in the big-screen adaptation of the former television series The Avengers, which starred Diana Rigg . . Natalie Cole and Maya Angelou guest on CBS' hit show Touched by an Angel. This worthy repeat stars Cole as an HIV-positive woman who is engaged to a childhood friend. .. Donald O'Connor guest stars on an insightful and witty episode of NBC's sophisticated comedy series Frasier.... Patti Lupone stars with Kellie Martin in the NBC movie Her Last Chance, a suspense thriller airing April 8 at 8 p.m.... Leslie Nielsen appears on the April 12 episode of CBS' Due South and Tony Bennett visits ABC's Muppets Tonight set that night as well.... A&E's Biography series chronicles the lives of legendary gangsters this week. Subjects include Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lanski, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and John Gotti. Peter Graves hosts this weeks shows airing nightly at 7 and 11 p.m.... Disney's new summer release, an animated film version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, titled Quasimodo will be directed by Alfonso Arau.... Top of the Charts: The Academy Awards (no big surprise) tops the weekly Nielsens ratings, The Birdcage remains perched at the top of the box-office for the fourth week in a row, cementing its status as a bona-fide smash and Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me is still the hottest song in the country. The Beatles blew away the competition and landed at # 1 on the album charts selling nearly 400,000 copies the first week of release for their Anthology 2 set. Wynona has the top country song, To Be Loved By You; Champagne Supernova by Oasis is the # 1 modern rock track; and Amor by Cristian reigns supreme as the hottest Latin track. Primary Colors by Anonymous and Blood Sport by James B. Stewart are the hottest selling fiction and non-fiction books in the country, respectively, according to the New York Times. 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Thursday, April 11 * Montrose Ice Picks skate at the Gal­leria. 8:00 P.M. Call 629-1432. * Broadway Showtunes at J.R’s. 9:00 p.m. Call 521-2519. * Art Classes at The Art League. 1:00 RM. Call 523-8817 * Front Runners meet at Memorial Park. 6:30 p.m. Call 522-8021. * Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston open rehearsal at 7:00 p.m. Call 521-7464. * Twentysomething meets at 7:30 p.m. Call 531-9396. * KPFT Lesbian and Gay Voices airs at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Call 866-6505. * Burger and Chili night at the Brazos River Bottom. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. * Steak Night at the 611 Pub. 6:30 p.m. * Dance lessons at the Brazos River Bot­tom. 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 880-0670. * Ongoing gay men’s Living in Process Group. Call 622-7250. * Open Mike Night at Cafe Artiste. 1601 W. Main. 8:00 p.m. Call 528-3704. * HIV+ Men Psychotherapy at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 1:15 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Relapse Prevention at Montrose Counseling Center. 2:00 p.m. Call 529- 0037. * Outpatient Group Treatment at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Aftercare Group Treatment at Mon­trose Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call 529-0037. * Meditation and Chanting Group meets at 7:00 p.m. Call 942-0923. * HIV Affected at CASA. 7:00 p.m. Call 796-2272. * Men’s Therapy Group at Montrose Counseling Center. 7:00 p.m. Call 529- 0037. * Muscle Up and Survive workshop. 5:30 p.m. RSVP to 526-5883. * Congressman Ken Bentsen Commu­nity Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Call 202/225- 7508. Gr.Am.Puz. Solution c.1996 GULF FEATURES, Puzzle TX172 initialed names: William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Robert F. Kennedy, Booker T Washington, Salvation Army, Ezra Pound A QUALITY OF LIFE ALTERNATIVE WHEN SELLING YOUR LIFE INSURANCE POLICY MONEY TO EXTEND LIFE. 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The author, Gino Concetti, a moral the­ologian, recalled how in 1994, Pope John Paul II had denounced a European Parliament resolution stating that homosexual couples should be allowed to marry and adopt children. At the time, the pope warned that such a development would legitimize “moral disorder.” But “if ‘unions’ of homosexuals are a ‘moral disorder,’ neither can they ever be legitimate on the legal or civil level,” Concetti wrote. Noting that some center-left parties in Europe, including ones in Italy, have tried to make an election issue of gay demands for the right to marry. Concetti worried that “for a handful of votes,” parties or candidates might court the gay lobby. The question of making such mar­riages legal has come up only peripher­ally in Italy’s campaign for May 21 par­liamentary elections. Also eligible for “moral censure,” the commentary said, is “the action of that citizen, who, with his choice, favors the election of the candidate who has formally promised to translate into law the homosexual demand.” Such censure is warranted, Concetti said, under the principle that “no one is allowed to cooperate with ‘moral dis­order.’” He concluded that homosex­ual marriages would “undermine the foundation of the family model upon which human civilization was built.” An Italian homosexual lobby, Arc-igay Arcilesbica, denounced the com­mentary as “cruel, anti-gay racism,” and said the Vatican newspaper’s “real objective is to block debate of any kind of reform of the concept of family— reform that is already a reality in a lot of countries.” In San Francisco on Mon­day, some 200 couples took part in a domestic partnership ceremony performed by the city’s mayor, Willie Brown. The ceremony carried no legal weight, because California law doesn’t recognize same-sex mar­riages. School paper recalled over critical column LA CROSSE, Wis., Tuesday, April 2 (AP)—A school newspaper column written in tabloid style and targeting gays and a group known as “freaks” caused Logan High School administra­tors to recall the April Fool’s Day edition of the Ranger Report. School officials also sent the writer, Sam Sorenson, home early Friday and sus­pended another student. Josh Kampa, for protesting the column while handing out copies after the newspaper had been recalled. Copying the style of an angry, fictional columnist, the column referred to mem­bers of the freaks group as “bleeding heart, sub-culture, tye-died hair. Grandma’s old clothes and smelly old tee-shirt wearin...’” and yearned for the days when “flag-burning pansies” could be shot without too much public disap­proval. “I wrote it excessively and exceedingly sarcastically,” Sorenson said Mon­day in describing his editorial column in the newspaper’s “March 32nd” edi­tion. He explained his barbs at gays by saying they stemmed from his “strong personal religious convictions” that homosex­uality is wrong. “I found the article offensive,” said Kampa, who was suspended Friday for handing out fliers containing the col­umn. However, he said he also didn’t agree with school administrators that the edi­torial should be censored retroactiv­ely. When almost all copies were recalled because of Sorenson’s editorial, Kampa made copies of the column and distrib­uted them. “A lot of people were hush-hush about it immediately after the paper was taken back,” Kampa said. “I thought it should be seen by the student body so they could see what had been written.” Associate Principal Scott Mihalovic declined to comment on the suspension, saying school administrators do not discuss student incidents. He con­firmed a student had been suspended for “insubordination.” School is closed for spring vacation until Wednesday, April 10. Mihalovic said the school “has a system of checks and balances” designed to catch articles that might be offensive. “Unfortunately, this article made it through,” he added. Mihalovic called the editorial “a major mistake” and said he will issue an apol­ogy. “We hope to move forward in educating our students regarding tolerance,” he added. Mihalovic said he called in the newspa­per’s adviser and editor as soon as the edi­torial came to his attention Friday morn­ing. “It was decided to have as many of them (copies) as possible recalled, under­standing the damage was done,” Mihal­ovic said. “We will see to it the same mis­take is not made again.” SoLiiK o-j- fke Border I V3) with S’H Marilyn "yXngeli+a" Thursday, April 11, ILOOpm SPECIAL GUESTS: Jessica Van Shelton Roxanne Lee Love Paivi Lee Love Hostess Tara Dion Aacczeu Also including Kelly Lauren Chevelle Brooks & talent night winner 2517 Ralph Street at Westheimer C713J 527-9071 Happy Hour 7am-9pm weekdays $1.50 Well 4-7 Saturday $1.50 Vodka 7am-6pm Mug Club 7am-10pm $3.75 Pitchers & $1.25 Mugs MALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00 Pm w/ PAIVI MALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00 Pm w/ PAIVI Burgers in the Back with the Burger Bitch South of the Border Niaht with Marilyn "Aneelita" Marks Featuring Special Guests Showtime at 11 pm. Amateur/Talent Contest at 11pm Hosted by Catia Lee Love HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 13 Renowned artist, breast cancer activist exhibits work in Houston (Continued from Page 1) 1/2 of a 1/2 of a 1/2: the photo­graphic works of Matuschka was brought to the Firehouse Gallery as part of the Houston Women’s Caucus for Art’s Canary Pro­jects. The project is an ongoing comprehensive series of vis­ual, performance and concep­tual art that encourages exami­nation of women’s bodies which, through illness and death, trans­mit early warning about environ­mental dangers. The exhibit was combined with a gallery talk in which Matuschka spoke about her art and experi­ence with breast cancer. Matuschka defines herself as a fine arts artist who uses a variety of mediums: paint, photogra­phy, and writing. Her written works consist of articles, poems and songs. But perhaps the most striking and effective tool Matuschka has used in the creation of her art is her own form. Her powerful self­portraiture engages with the beauty of the female body, dis­turbs with the harsh reality of breast cancer and amuses with gender-bending photos. Matuschka says her breast can­cer awareness art originated as a series of public service announcements on posters and photos and quickly turned to the covers of many magazines and newspapers all over the world. The New York Times saw the photos and asked for one to use on the cover of a issue featuring an article on breast cancer. However, they asked that the photos not show any breasts. The cover ran with Matus-chka’s mastectomy and upper fight torso exposed, with the left breast covered by a tailored white dress. The photo, capt­ioned “You Can’t Look Away Any­more,” is very powerful. Although Matuschka’s art deal­ing with breast cancer issues are important and admittedly instrumental in her nationwide exposure, she wants to be known for all of her artistic work, as opposed to just this segment. “Unfortunately, I’m going down in history as a breast cancer artist because these photo­graphs have been so dissemi­nated to the public and the press that people associate me as an artist that just does breast cancer work,” Matuschka laments. She says she never thought the expo­sure would take over her life and art work, as shows began to be built around it. She’s trying to wrap up this seg­ment of her life, she says, and move on to other formats—including a book that will embrace all 25 years of her work (versus just the breast cancer period). “I think my work is best seen with writing,” she reflects. “I’m trying to actually enjoy life again and become a per­son with a life.” Also in the plans are marriage, time in the country and a lot of relaxing. 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Sunday Steak Night ( Drink Specials 5-9pm EVERYDAY ~ COMMERCIAL 14 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 * NEW Attitude * Sunday, April 7 (Easter) 1:00pm Annual Montrose Community Bar Hop & High Heel RacefL Registration 12:30pm at Venture-N J THEN Easter Bonnet Contest at Chances Immediately after High Heel Race with Bonnet Contest Award April 13-14th Welcome Westheimer Street Festival!! Starting at 2:00pm, the infamous ROOF TOP REVIEW Reunion starring Lee Chardon (back from retirement) Fsundance KJATTLE COMPANY | HOUSTON-TEXAS HAPPY HOURS Morning 7am-2pm ■ Afternoon 5pm-9pm ■ Saturday 7am-7pm 1022 WESTHEIMER - HOUSTON - (713) 527-9669 by Glen Webber ... with A Little Help From My Friends Many people have inquired lately as to how I’m doing. I thank you all for your concern. I’m happy to report that I feel great! My skin is clearing up and my appetite is very good. I’ve even been able to enjoy going to some recreational events. I went to the Four Seasons party last week and had a delightful time. I even met a very beauti­ful man and spent the night with him. It was passionate and romantic. I have taped on my mirror this affirma­tion: “I’m not dead, and I’m not dying.” I remind myself every day of that. Of course, I still have health problems. The passing out seems to continue, I still can’t drive, my memory seems to be getting worse. I can’t read small print anymore, so I got one of those big magnifying glasses to help. It’s pretty neat. When we were kids, we used to fry bugs with those things. I hope I’m not going to hell for that. One thing I’ve noticed lately is that I seem to be losing my balance while walking. I was thinking of getting a cane to help. Those canes are pretty nice; you can hit people who get in your way.'(Just kid­ding!) I am getting scared of steps, and I have asked people for help getting down them. I guess that is what progressive dementia does to you. I have a new roommate, Jerry, who is veiy nice. He is a great cook, and he is dedi­cated to fixing up the house. He also drives me around so I am not stuck and can do my errands. I believe his coming into my life was a present from God. I went back to my good friends with my Bering Foundation support group. I would like to tell you about this group. Not only are they very nice and extremely sup­portive, but they are great people to talk to. Everyone in the group has been affected by AIDS. Many have had lovers, close friends, and yes, parents who have died from AIDS or are sick right now. The problems faced by many of the survivors are the same. They feel helpless because they can’t help. They hurt because the per­son they love is in pain, and they can’t take away that pain. They feel a sense of loss because their friend may die, and for those long friendships, the anxiety brought on by AIDS is terrible. I remember when my best friend, Mike LeFleur, passed on. For years, every day he would call and we would talk. After he died, the phone quit ringing. It was so difficult to accept. In a group, you can talk about this, and any­thing else you need to talk about. There are support groups and educational groups available for everyone dealing in any way with this disease—you just have to look for the one that best fits your need. At Bering, for example, they have a parents’ group, a caregivers’ group, and groups for regular visitors who find that com­ing to the group helps them mentally. On Tuesday nights, they have a support group for those of you who are HIV-nega­tive. If you’re scared to date people who are HIV-positive, or are just scared of this disease, please go and talk about your fears and feelings with others who under­stand . Bart Loeser of the AIDS Foundation also gives wonderful talks about safer sex, and will be glad to talk to you or help you arrange a house party for your circle of friends if you call him at the foundation. You don’t have to be afraid of AIDS, just of people who don’t play safe. Whatever your problem or challenge, there is help available, and there are so many people who will be glad to help you. I’ve asked for help, and I’ve gotten it. I thank God for all the support I’ve been given. Don’t try to fight this battle alone. Oh yes, one more thing, don’t try to hide what you’re going through from the people who care about you. Tell your friends that you are sick, let them get involved in help­ing you. The longer you don’t tell people, the longer it will take for you to get help, and the longer you will feel hurt and alone. I personally feel that the Bering Sup­port Group has saved my life, and helped me develop the attitudes I have now. I’m not angry that I’m sick; I have told everyone I know—even the ladies at the bank, my par­ents, my neighbors and of course, every­one who reads my column. Several of you have asked how I can do this. Well, I feel it’s my responsibility as a writer and maybe, my own personal need, to help someone out there who is having problems dealing with AIDS. I’m not ashamed of having AIDS, and I won’t be intimidated by any­one who can’t accept it. Neither should you. Changing gears, this week I would like to recognize a truly dedicated friend of the community, Don Gill, whose efforts at fund raising have helped so many people. Not since Danny Villa, who in the early days of gay charitable efforts produced fab­ulous money raising events, have we had a guardian angel like Don. Thanks for all your help! Figure in court case reportedly died five years ago WASHINGTON, Friday, March 29 (AP)—The central figure in a Supreme Court ruling that consenting adults have no right to private homosexual conduct has been dead for five years, a newspaper has reported. The Washington Blade, a newspaper focusing on the gay community, reported that Michael Hardwick suc­cumbed to AIDS in 1991—five years after the landmark court decision. Hardwick was an Atlanta bartender when he was arrested in 1982 for commit­ting sodomy in his home. His challenge to Georgia’s anti-sodomy law reached the nation’s highest court, where he lost by a 5-4 vote. Soon thereafter he dropped out of sight. The newspaper report said Hardwick first moved to Miami, his hometown, to pursue a career in art and later moved to Gainesville, Fla., to be near his two sis­ters. The report said Hardwick died in his sister’s home June 13, 1991. He was 37. The report cited an Alachua County death certificate and quoted a family friend. HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 15 PLAIN SPEAKING by Larry Lingle Savant's Idiotic Gay Theory While I peruse the Sunday papers weekly, if not religiously, I apparently have been missing true wisdom in the persona of Marilyn Vos Savant. Billed as “listed in the Guiness Book of World Records Hall of Fame for ‘highest IQ,’” Vos Savant freely expounds on any and all subjects with the authority accorded this fabu­lous billing. Her column appears in the Sunday sup­plement “Parade,” which, in the past, had some passing relevance in the gos­sipy “Personality Parade” column— but even that has grown boring and dated. The only reason I mention Vos Savant is that this past Sunday she took on homo-sexuality, after proclaiming her years-long resistance to the issue because it had “become political.” What follows is an explanation of homo­sexuality which allows her to have her cake and' eat it, too. How does she achieve this wondrous feat of avoiding the issue? Well, she con­cludes that “true homosexuals” are born and “apparent homosexuals” develop. In other words, genes determine the true gays and external or environ­mental influences create apparent or obvious homosexuals. Note that Vos Savant does not say that homosexuality is a combination of forces. And crossing the thin line into subjec­tivity, she makes clear that the true homo­sexuals are the good guys who are just like everyone else—blending in, so to speak—while apparent homosexuals are mostly neurotic and are giving all gay people a bad reputation. And Vos Savant wishes the responsible, serious, true homosexuals “would distance themselves from the bad actors and nut cases,” those obvious types. But wait, she isn’t finished with us yet. Vos Savant discards “sexual orienta­tion” because it “implies that homosex­uality and heterosexuality are merely insignificant variations of sexual behavior. That attitude takes reproduction far too lightly.” And if you remain in doubt as to Vos Savant’s mean­ing, she concludes that the difference “is directly relevant to the function of the sex organs.” Clearly, she is still stuck in the theories of the long-discredited All You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex . Now warming to her subject, Vos Savant further pontificates that “I also don’t think that heterosexual people are afraid of homosexual people at all (with the exception of the atmosphere in some gay bars)...Targeting homophobia as a problem wastes precious time and energy that could be directed at more fundamen­tal problems—like simple intoler­ance.” Yeah, like her overstated sim­plicity and mildly shaded intolerance. On one point I find myself in full agree­ment with Vos Savant, when she states that some gays are neurotic because straight people drive them crazy—yes, straight people like her. Vos Savant extends her logic—and her credibility—by con­cluding that “some people are gay because they’re neurotic,” in other words, some of us are a little crazy so we become homosexual. I have noticed of late that even among so-called liberals and free—thinkers (Bill Maher comes to mind), the subject of homosexuality brings out the bigot in the heterosexually challenged. Every straight person feels free to express unqualified opinions on homosexu­ality, but every homosexual with an opinion on the subject is viewed as unduly biased, thus not relevant. Vos Savant deals in unraveling theo­ries of our whole cloth without the bene­fit of any real knowledge. Good gays are born and live like responsible hetero­sexuals; “bad” gays are neurotic cre­ations resulting in those obnoxious stereotypes which give all of us a bad name. I can almost see Bruce Bawer ghost­writing Savant’s column. But she leaves a crumb on the plate by con­cluding that some great men (do I get the feeling that Vos Savant also shares that 19th century belief that lesbians do not exist?) were homosexuals, which is proof that gay people are “worthy of respect”—meaning if you are a great man, and gay, you deserve respect. Gee, am I relieved. Now, here, a drum roll: “I’m confident that gay people are just as good as the rest of us?” With that Savant finishes us off with damning praise. After dividing us into the “good” and the “bad,” denying us sexual orienta­tion and saving society from the stigma of homophobia after injecting “repro­duction” as a crucial issue, Vos Savant demonstrates once again that “intelli­gence” is an artificial scale used to enhance and entrench the “official line.” Thanks, but no thanks, Marilyn Vos Savant. I would prefer to do without your “support.” Dallas schools expand anti-harassment policy to protect gays DALLAS (AP)_Dallas school offi­cials have broadened a proposed anti­harassment policy to protect gay and lesbian students. The policy, expected to win board approval Thursday night, was created in response to racist, sexist and anti-gay comments of former school trus­tee Dan Peavy that were recorded last year without his knowledge. When presented to board members last week, a similar policy covered only racial, ethnic and religious harassment. But the Intercultural Relations Committee was shown a study Wed­nesday showing that a third of all teen­agers who commit suicide are homo­sexual. Dave Gleason, a father represent­ing the Dallas chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said many gay and lesbian students report that the worst harass­ment they receive comes from teach­ers. RE “ MNV 291,20131 84M01a1’n IV 522-0000 MODEL- VENTORE-N BARTENDE Photo Rob Mill All Day-Wednesday-All Night All Longnecks $1 FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Texas Leather & Lace and Texas Riders W Annual BUNNY RUN W Registration Opm-lam The Court Guest Bartends topside 9pm til ?? SATURDAY, APRIL 6 SCRUB-A-STUD _______ 10pm_______ SUNDAY, APRIL 7 HIGH HEEL RACE starts 1pm Fundraiser for LVL PWA Holiday Fund The Houston Area Bears Guest Bartends topside 5pm til ?? 16 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 Quilt Display Unfolding Compiled by|||k ri Mark Henry ■ W S The Names Project will display the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt Oct. 11 to 13 on Amer­ica’s Front Lawn, the National Mall. As 45,000 memorial panels—30 football fields of fabric are unfolded, the names of the dead will ring out over the open expanse. More than 70,000 names will be read, more than on the nearby Vietnam War Memorial. More than double in size since the last dis­play, the project will require 10,000 vol­unteers working in eight person teams to support the three day event which is expecting more than 750,000 visitors including approximately 50,000 school children. During the next six months the Central Region, of which Houston is part, will be holding fund raising events, sewing bees, and new panel dedication ceremo­nies locally. 1500 volunteers from our region (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana) of the country are needed for the Washington display. If you are able to volunteer, please con­tact Perrie Dolph, Central Region Volun­teer Chairperson, for information, or write him at 4309 Stillbrooke, Houston, 77035. Action On Bill Deferred The House and Senate failed to reach con­sensus on a long-term spending bill that included a repeal of the HIV-provision of the recently enacted Department of Defense authorization bill. Instead they passed another stopgap measure to keep the government running until April 24 which ultimately delays the deci­sion concerning the fate of the Doman provision that singles out service members with HIV and denies them the same treatment as bestowed upon other service members with chronic medical conditions. President Clinton has said that the provision is unconstitu­tional and promised to be a driving force behind efforts to repeal it. AIDS Education Survey A new survey indicates that Americans believe that schools should teach pre-teens about AIDS and that TV stations should accept ads for condoms. The study released by the Kaiser Family Founda­tion also shows that while most Ameri­cans are much more knowledgeable about AIDS and HIV than other health related issues, more than half still believe that donating blood is risky, which is not the case. The study also shows that 18% of the public believes that there is “some truth” to reports that the AIDS virus was concocted in a germ-warfare labora­tory. 12% of those surveyed believed the disease was punishment from God for inappropriate behavior. HIV Gene Therapy A pilot study suggests that people infected with the AIDS virus might some­day benefit from a form of gene therapy which has prolonged the survival of crit­ical immune cells in three patients to date, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scien­tists are not absolutely sure that gene therapy prolongs a patients health or life expectancy, however, researchers say that such an experiment is a crucial first step. Resistant Blood Cells The April issue of Nature Medicine reports that it is possible that some indi­viduals avoid infection with the AIDS virus, despite repeated exposure to the disease. Researchers suggest that the cells that the virus usually infects seem to actively resist HIV in some cases, thanks to some unusually resistant blood cells. William A. Paxton of the Aaron Diamond Research Center and New York Univer­sity School of Medicine says that the resistant cells require 200 times the nor­mal dose of HIV to become infected in lab­oratory studies. The journal also reported that in infected people, certain immune system genes may strongly affect how long those individuals can go with­out developing AIDS. Gays In The Military Update Amy Barnes and Lt. Andrew Holmes have both obtained court orders temporarily halting efforts to discharge them on the basis of homosexual conduct. Barnes, who rebuffed alleged sexual advances from a male sailor, claims that she became the victim of a “witch hunt. A judge in Norfolk, Virginia, where Barnes is sta­tioned, blocked her discharge from going into effect. Meanwhile, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Army National Guard to reinstate Holmes say­ing that the military’s policy of “don’t ask. don’t tell” is based on prejudices against homosexuals. Other cases are pending; however, most everyone agrees that the issue will be resolved in the US Supreme Court, possibly as early as next year. Business /Media Capsule Citing study results from 2100 women in the US, the non-profit Population Council has asked the FDA to approve the French abortion pill, commonly known as RU-486. The FDA could act within a year. Vigorous opposition is expected. ... President Clinton announced that steps should be taken to speed approval of experimental cancer drugs, similar to methods used for expe­diting drugs to AIDS patients. ... The Federal Deficit was understated by $4 billion at one point last summer due to accounting errors, discovered at the Defense Finance and Accounting Serv­ice in June and subsequently fixed in July. ... The Federal Trade Commission is holding hearings to investigate what qualifications are necessary to advertise or label something “Made in the USA.” Many companies have criti­cized the rigid standards currently in place since the economy has become more global. ... Federal Reserve Chairper­son Alan Greenspan testified before the House Budget Committee that the econ­omy and its expansion has “staying power,” in his estimation. Greenspan was unanimously endorsed by the Sen­ate Banking committee for re-nomi-nation to a third four year term. Alice Rivlin and Laurence Meyer were also green-lighted by the committee. ... A new survey shows that more women than ever are smoking cigars. The study found that women feel cigar smoking enhances their femininity. The percentage of women who smoke cigars has doubled in the past year and is expected to increase even more. ... Rep. Lita Cohen of Penn­sylvania added a few amendments to a bill she opposes that declares a day of prayer. Cohen’s additions to the bill included provisions to prohibit drink­ing, sexual intercourse, shopping and watching television during that day as well. “The point I was trying to make is we should be saving lives, not souls,” said Cohen. ... Newt Gingrich says the Repub­licans will try to seek Ross Perot’s endorsement for presumptive Repub­lican nominee Bob Dole when the nas­cent Reform Party convenes. ... The Treasury Department reported this week that the government’s debt surpassed the $5 trillion ceiling for the fist time at the end of last week. ... In Wellington, New Zealand, police frantically tried to keep “rubbernecker” motorist mov­ing, after reports that a pod of killer whales had beached and practically brought traffic to a halt. The whales turned out to; be rubber “dorsal fins” attached to wooden blocks and anchored to the sea floor, the result of an April Fools’s Day prank that went awry. ... Marine Cpl. Jebe-diah Morris was arrested las’t Sunday for trying to climb a White House fence. Mor­ris, who was intoxicated, believed he was at the Quantico (Va.) Marine base. He was charged with unlawful entry, a misde­meanor. ... Penthouse is the hottest spot on the World Wide Web, logging an impressive 54 million perusals from Dec. 21 to Jan 20., according to a Nie- Isen/Internet Profiles audit of Web sites. ESPN, USA TODAY, Time and Play­boy rounded out the top five. ... Bill Gold-sworth, who played 14 years in the National Hockey League and was a five-j time NHL All-Star, died of complica­tions from AIDS in Minneapolis. He was 51... A top surgeon who was part of a team of doctors which carried out a hip replacement surgery on Britain’s Queen Mother has admitted he is a trans­sexual. ...Finally, this is not an April Fool’s joke, beginning last Monday, Cirrus and Plus, the two major ATM net­works removed a prohibition that banned the bank that owned the ATM from deducting a second fee. As a result, you can expect to be charged an additional fee when you use an automated teller machine. Ever thought of calling a Voice Personal ad to find that somebunny special or maybe even placing an ad yourself? Now’s the perfect time. Houston Voice has a new sponsor & to celebrate we are giving away $50 to the best male & best female ad in our upcoming contest.We want to see just how creative you can get. Who knows, maybe you will get an extra $50 treat in your Easter basket, so call! Please note: If you have placed an ad prior to March 5th, you’ll need to re­register your ad to be in the contest. Be as creative as you can in 45 words or less! You must be 18+ or have parental consent to use this system. Touchtone phone required. For customer service call: BureauCom Corporation™1 1-360-636-9267. 2323532353482353534823484853535323534823232323482348532348234848484853534823232323532353232353234848532323484823534823 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 17 Gtd L»*«i YOU, it C»m« than the LOVING EXPERIENCE. Sirvinj the Gay, Lisbiin, BHixsal CeMmtRity »f Cathilict i Friaala. Bactmi a yart af Pijnity U.S.A. SERVICES DURING LENT Saturdays 7:30 pm Sundays 5:30 pm Inclusive liturgy celebrated. Call and press 4 for our Social Events & Schedules. Todos bienvenidosl (Full details in V5 - 96 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages) In the Heights 1307 Yale Ste. H Phone 880-2872 • 7:30 P.M. 'Pcutox - (Zfatu (713) W-9235 Thurs. MIDWEEK SERVICE * Sign Language Interpretation for the Hearing Impaired COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHURCH “A O* Aw 501 E. 18th at Columbia • Houston, TX Services: *Sun. A.M. PRAISE & WORSHIP Sun/* 7:bo/pM EVENING SERVICE O HOLY GOD, OPEN UNTO ME, LIGHT FOR MY DARKNESS, COURAGE FOR MY FEAR, HOPE FOR MY DESPAIR O LOVING GOD, OPEN UNTO ME WISDOM FOR MY CONFUSION, FORGIVENESS FOR MY SINS, LOVE FOR MY HATE. O GOD OF PEACE, OPEN UNTO ME PEACE FOR MY TURMOIL, JOY FOR MY WEAKNESS. O GENEROUS GOD, OPEN MY HEART TO RECEIVE ALL YOUR GIFTS. AMEN BERING MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH A RECONCILING CONGREGATION 1440 HAROLD ST. HOUSTON (713)526-1017 (Paid Advertisement) Rev. Janet Parker ASK THE PASTOR Q: "What do you think of hell? Do you believe anyone is going there? If so, why don't you speak of it or the devil?" A: This is part two of the series regarding the question about hell. I want to share with you three words used for hell in the Bible. "Sheol" is a Hebrew word used sixty-five times in the Old Testament for the word, "hell,” or "Hades." The general idea of this word is "the place of the dead" until the judgment. It was divided into two depart­ments: Paradise (Abraham's bosom) for the good, and Gehenna or hell for the bad. By this word is meant, not the grave, but the place of those who have departed from this earthly life. The term is used of both the righteous and the unrighteous. In other words, it hints that there are dif­ferent conditions of the departed. Some who have died are righteous, or in good standing with God. Others are unrighteous, or not in good standing with God and are considered wicked. "Hades" is the second word used for "hell." It is a New Testament word and has great significance. It re­fers to the underworld, or region of the departed, the intermediate state between death and the resurrec­tion. It occurs eleven times in the New Testament. Jesus associated judgment and suffering with the condition of some of the inhabitants of "Hades" (Matthew 11:23; Luke 16:23). It appears from Luke 16 that there is a difference in Hades after the ascension of Christ. Before Christ's resurrection Hades was in two compartments: the abode of the saved and the abode of the unsaved spirits. Paradise was the place where the saved spirits were held in an intermediate state. It appears from this scripture that the saved were conscious and comforted. Jesus even told the thief on the cross that "this very day you will be with me in Paradise." The unsaved were separated from the saved by a "great gulf that was fixed." We have no record that the place of the unsaved was changed after the resurrection. We do see scripture say that "when Christ ascended on high. He led a multitude of captives" (Eph. 4:8-10. What occurred was that Christ first descended into the lower parts of the earth to the Paradise division of Hades. It was in Paradise that He set free the saved spirits of the underworld. He led them up to the throne room of God. Since the resurrection every saved person who dies is immediately in the presence of God. By contrast, the wicked remain in Hades until the Great White Throne judgment. At that time Hades will surrender the wicked. They will be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal torment (Rev. 20:13,14). "Gehenna" is the third word used for "hell." It means the valley of Hinnom. It was a place where the Jewish apostasy,the rites of Molech, were celebrated. It was converted by King Josiah into a place.of abomination, where dead bodies were thrown and burnt. The place served as a symbol, and the name was appropriated to designate the abode of lost spirits. The word occurs twelve times in the New Testa­ment, and in every case it is properly translated "hell," denoting the eternal state of the lost after the res­urrection. Jesus used this term to refer to the dwelling place of lost spirits and gave warning that this was the place for those who would suffer the consequences of sin. Jesus speaks of the fire that can never be quenched. Gehenna is identical in meaning with the "Lake of Fire" mentioned in the book of Revelation 19:20;20:10,14,15. These scriptures describe the eternal state of the wicked as forever sepa­rated from God and consigned to the special abode of unrepentant angels and people in the eternal state. After the physical death is the second death. This second death is not annihilation. Just as those in God's presence will live forever, so those in Gehenna will live in the lake of fire, tormented for-ever. Hades and Sheol represent the intermediate state of those who are the unrighteous or wicked or un­saved. Gehenna is the eternal resting place for them.Scripture is very clear that there will be people going to hell, or Gehenna. It is for those who did not accept Christ, or God's revelation of who God is to them. The message that Christ gave us to preach is this: God loves you. God wants you to see your sin (rebellion, independent streak, stubbornness, etc.) and the need for a Savior. God offers Jesus Christ as your Savior. God offers forgiveness for a repentant heart. There is reconciliation for all who will accept this free gift. Rather than approach the Gospel message from a negative position, Jesus wants us to teach what God has to offer, which is positive. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PASTOR A QUESTION, WRITE: REV. JANET PARKER, MARANATHA FELLOWSHIP MCC, P.O. BOX 667032, HOUSTON, TX. 77266-7932 CHVRCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS GOOD FRIDAY - 4/5 * Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection (MCCR) worship services with Rev. Jim Bums. 7:00 p.m. 1919 Decatur. Call 861-9149. * "Your Sacred Self - study group using the best seller by Wayne Dyer. COME learn more about your sacred self, sacred sisters & brothers, & the sacred, loving Creator God who made it so. Kingdom Community Church. 4404 Blossom. Call 862-7533. * Catholic Mass at 10:00 a.m. Kolbe House. 1509 Fairview. Call 522-8182 HOLY SATURDAY - 4/6 * Services at 7:30 pm. Dignity Church, 1307 Yale. Call 880-2872 EASTER SUNDAY-4/7 * MCCR Easter Sunrise Service at the "dandelion fountain" on Allen Pkwy, with Rev. Carolyn Mobley. 6:30 a.m. & Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at 1919 Decatur. Call 861-9149. * First Unitarian Universalist Church Sunday Services at 9:30am and 11:30am. 5200 Fannin at Southmore. 526-5200. * Services at 5:30 pm. Dignity Church, 1307 Yale. Call 880-2872 * Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church Services "Looking at Relationships from a Godly Perspective" & "Homosexuality & the Bible/Spirituality & Sexuality Integration" at 10:00 a.m. Praise and Worship, Ministry of the Word, Drama and Personal Ministry. 11:00 a.m. Maranatha Fellowship, 3400 Montrose, Suite 600, 528-6756. * MCCR worship services with Rev. Jim Burns. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 1919 Decatur. Call 861-9149. * Community Gospel Church worship service at 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 pm 501 E. 18th. Call 880-9235. * Houston Mission Church worship service at 10:30 a.m. 1505 Nevada. Call 529-8225. * Kingdom Community Church worship service at 11:00 a.m., Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Call 862-7533. "The Celestine Prophecy, An Experiential Guide" at 10:00 a.m. * Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass at 10:15. 1405 palm. Call 526-8095. * Covenant Baptist Church. Worship service - 1:30 pm 6610 Alder. Call 668-8830. * Bering Memorial United Methodist Church Worship service. 10:50 a.m. Seekers class 9:15 a.m. 1440 Harold. Call 526-1017. EASTER MONDAY - 4/8 * Catholic Mass at 7:30 pm Kolbe House, 1509 Fairview. Call 522-8182 * MCCR Handbell Choir Rehersal at 7:00 pm, 1919 Decatur. Call 861-9149. TUESDAY - 4/9 * MCCR: Empowerment for Living support group & pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm. Gloryland Singers at 8:00 pm. The Gospel Ensemble at 6:00 pm Call 861-9149. * PROTECT meets at Bering Church. Call 520-7870. * "Shepherd Group" meets at 7:30 pm for Praise, Prayer & Bible study. Call Maranatha Fellowship at 528-6756. WEDNESDAY-4/10 * MCCR: Jubilation Mixed Ensemble meets at 6:30 pm, Midweek uplift service at 7:00 pm, Bible Study, Lecture Series & Choir Rehearsal 7:30 pm 1919 Decatur. 861-9149. * "A Course in Miracles"- Study Group using the book, published by the Foundation for Inner Peace, which is aimed at removing the blocks to our awareness of one's presence. Kingdom Community Church 7:30 pm Call 862-7533. * Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass at 7:00 pm 1405 palm. Call 526-8095. * "Shepherd Group" meets at 7:30 pm for Praise, Prayer & Bible study. Call Maranatha Fellowship at 528-6756. THURSDAY-4/11 * Community Gospel Church worship service. 7:30 pm 501 E. 18th. Call 880-9325. * MCCR worship services, 7:00 p.m. 1919 Decatur. Call 861-9149. If you want an event listed in this section, please call (713)529-8490. b KINGDOM COMMUNITY CHURCH Catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God Sunday School - 10 A.M. Sunday Worship Service - 11 A.M. Wednesdays: A Course in Miracles - 7:30 P.M. 4404 Blossom at Snover 713-862-7533 ^An evangelical ministry with celebration services of Praise, Prayer and ■ of God’s word, e Class: 10am 3400 Montrose, Suite 600 (Handicap accessible) (Montrose at Hawthorne) Foi info, on weekly home groups, call . 528-6756 J Metropolitan Community Church PRAISING • TEACHING ENCOURAGING Advertise your church here!! Call 529-8490 Strnni'-i iifoiw HIV/AIDS Transitional Living Home Kist: • Fruit Juices: apple, grapefruit, orange, cranberry • Soft Drinks: cola, diet cola, uncola, fruit flavors • Copier Paper • Cleaning supplies: bleach, Lysol spray Lysol liquid, dishwasher detergent, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent • Paper goods: paper plates, 6 oz. drinking cups, napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue, facial tissue • Garden Hoses (2) • Water Dispenser w/ hot and cold spickets • Smoke Detectors w/ carbon dioxide sensors • Microwave oven • Hospital Overbed tables (2) • Patio table and chairs w/ umbrella • A larger house w/ 5-6 bedrooms, 3-4 baths • A smaller house or apartment for offices and room for visitors All donations are tax deductible. For questions, or would like to volunteer, call: (713) 522-5757 18 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 Dr. Charles C. 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Box 980136 77098 - 748-7079 FITNESS CENTERS CLUB HOUSTON 2205 Fannin - 659-4998 MIDTOWNE SPA 3100 Fannin-522-2379 FUNERAL DIRECTORS BILL CLAIRE FAMILY MORTUARY 2603 Southmore - 522-9030 FOREST PARK - Betty McGehee 6900 Lawndale - 928-5141 HEALTHCARE MARGARET DiJACKLIN & ASSOC. 4200 Montrose # 540 - 522-7014 DUREN, CRAD, M.D. (Internal Medicine) 1213 Herman Dr., Ste 430 - 520-0653 HOUSTON CLINICAL RESEARCH NET. 215 Westheimer - 520-2000 DR. CHARLES C. PERRONCEL (Psychologist) 526-9259 PRIDE INSTITUTE (800) 54-PRIDE UT DERMATOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER 794-5232 UTMB - Internal Medicine (409) 747-0205 REAL ESTATE BOB RYAN REALTORS 5311 Kirby Dr., Ste 203 - 523-1600 BRUCE CHAMBERS 768-3032 JIM CRARY Two Greenway Plaza, Ste 150 - 623-8899 MARK EARY 529-8484 RESTAURANTS BABA YEGA’S 2607 Grant - 522-0042 BISTRO 224 224 Westheimer - 529-3224/521 -7888 CARTER & COOLEY CO. 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Durham, Suite A - 802-9373 HOLLYWOOD FOODS 1660 Westheimer - 528-3234 2501 Montrose - 524-7052 HUBBARD FINANCIAL 2615 Montrose - 526-6588 HYDE PARK GALLERY 711 Hyde Park - 526-2744 I-45 NEWS 9924 North Freeway JADS Catalogue 641-9299 KALAIA ACRES (409) 447-3687 LAFF STOP, THE 1925A West Gray - 521-2333 LEATHER BY BOOTS 2424 Montrose - 526-2668 LEATHER BY BOOTS (the Ripcord) 715 Fairview - 526-0444 LEATHER FOREVER 711 Fairview - 526-6940 LOBO 1424-C Westheimer - 522-5156 MARGIE'S FLOWERS 4821 Fannin-523-2910 MICHAEL A. LOCKE One West Loop South, Suite 100 - 964-6799 NOWAND AGAIN CONSIGNMENT 1819 Waugh- 529-5069 OUTRAGEOUS CONTEMPORARY 9000 Richmond - 974-5131 PLANT HOUSE, THE 812 Westheimer - 529-6050 PWA COALITION 3400 Montrose, Ste. 106 - 522-5428 Q PATROL 871-8519 RIVER OAKS ANTIQUES 2119 Westheimer - 520-8238 STEVEN DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY 787-0625 STUDIO 911 HAIR SALON 521-0911 TAFT STREET AUTO 1411 Taft - 526-3723 TEXAS RAINBOW CLASSIFIEDS 528-7654 TEJAS AIR - AC/HEATING 880-4629 TIRE PLACE, THE 1307 Fairview-529-1414 WHITE BROOK ORIGINALS 952-8411 WILD EARTH HERBS 2611 Grant - 524-0388 THEATRES ALLEY THEATRE 615 Texas - 228-8421 GREENWAY 3 CINEMA 5 Greenway Plaza - 626-0402 MAIN STREET THEATER 2540 Times Blvd. - 524-6706 SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 615 Louisiana - 227-1111 STAGES THEATER (Box Office) 527-8243 THEATRE LAB HOUSTON 1706 Alamo-868-7516 TRAVEL SOJOURNS TRAVEL 3400 Montrose #909 - 528-2299 (800) 530-2299 TRAVEL HEIGHTS 1025 Studewood - 861-2400 TRAVEL IN STYLE 2425 West Loop S. #500 - 621 -0247 TRAVEL POINTS 998-1493 VIATICAL SERVICES LEGACY BENEFITS (800)875-1000 LIFE PARTNERS INC. 1-800-693-0062 LINKED BENEFITS OF HOUSTON 811 Westheimer, Ste 208G - 528-6777 LONE STAR VIATICAL (800) 691-8306 MEDICAL ESCROW SOCIETY (713) 681 -6656 - (800) 658-3167 Please report errors and corrections to the HOUSTON VOICE - (713) 529-8490 (Issue 806) 20 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 A Bed & Breakfast, Friendly and Casual... A Quiet Retreat among Trees • Pool and Hot Tub • Only Z’A blocks to the harbor • Gourmet Breakfast included • Spacious Honeymoon Suite • Master Suite & Guest House Anthony’s 732 S.Pearl St. Rockport. TX For Reservations 512-729-6100 800-460-2557 Sunday - Thursday S49.50-tax per night for 2 Weekend Special 2 nights - 2 people S125-tax Suites Available Up to 4 people (At ItMei "Deci: Crews Quarters Bar 1st Gay Bar on South Padre Island! 120 E. Atol Street P.O. Box 2309 South Padre Island, Texas 78597 (210) 761-5953 FAX (210) 761-4288 We accept Visa/MasterCard Write or call for a brochure. THE LAZY J 312 TUflM • HOUSTON • (713) $28-9343 FRIDAYS The Lazy J and China Doll Productions presents Strip - Talent Night 9:00pm April 5 April 12 Katrina Victoria LaShawn Nicole 'We. “Ddiw. ‘VideM SATURDAY SUPER SHOW 10:30 pm Hostesses & MCs Jade Mykels & Patsi Kline Special Guests: Katrina LaShawn Michaelay Cassandra Winters FRIDAY NIGHT 8-BALL League Members Only Stick Around & Dance with our DJ Bill Gonzalez 2 Full Hours Ouly $4 Get tIhe Best Ior Less Hot 1-on-l STUDS ’’Anything Goes” Group Action Uncensored Voice Mail Boxes Bulletin Board Rotates every 6 Hours FREE Trial 214-761-6075 713-778-6660 FREE Voice Mail Boxes 214-761-6089 713-778-6689 FREE Info 713-778-6666 MAN^ i. 1-900- 820- 8799 $4 the 1st minute & 650 each additional 2hr. access for 1 min. cost press option “8” $50 Monthly Subscription k Unlimited Access | (Visa/MC, Checks, MO) F 713-778-6666 18* • MultiChannel (214) 761-6066 Special Price Skate The regular Wednesday Night Skate Night of the Lambda Rollerskating Club will feature admission reduced from $5 to $2 as a special thank you to our commu­nity from the Starlite Skating Rink, 8075 Cook Road. The price of skate rental, if needed, remains at $1. Planned from 8 until 10:30 p.m. the skate night features special events and door prizes. The Lambda skaters would like to assist other organizations in their fund rais­ing efforts. In January more than $150 was raised for Team Houston, in February, the Texas Gay Rodeo Association received $250 and in March the Royal, Sov­ereign and Imperial Court of the Single Star received $214.50. For more information about Lambda and its skating events, contact gay-skate@ aol.com or telephone 933-5818. Bowling Reports The Montrose Monday Night Men’s League reports the winners of the play­offs were: 1 Watches, 4 Play; Party of Four; Tennis Anyone; and Snow White & Black Beauties. The Rolloffs were won by Strik­ing Beauties, Mayfair Bitches, Stokus Pokus and Daisy Mae, We Won’t. High scratch game of 249 was bowled by Stacy Moore and series of 624 by Chris Bennett. For more information call Gardy at 641- 5424. Bowling is at Palace Lanes at 9:00 p.m. Mondays. The new summer league begins April 15. Final standings for The Inner Loop Alternative Sunday Evening League shows Screw It held on to 1st place to become League Champions. Sticky Wickets took 2nd, Too Wong Fo U? placed third and Four Loose Screws placed 4th. For the men Randy Gooch bowled high scratch game of 204 and Brian Elley series of 566. For the women Geri Swanson bowled high scratch game of 218 and Per Cain series of 505. For more information call Tom at 522-9612. Bowl­ing is at Palace Lanes at 7:00 p.m. Sun­days. New summer league begins April 14. The Wednesday Night Mixers reports Three Men And A Babe took the league championship. Banana Splits took sec­ond, Take It Like A Man placed third and Half & Half was fourth. For the men Tom O’Dell bowled high scratch game of 217 and Tom Bente series of 596. For the women Pat Decarlo bowled high scratch game of 224 and series of 529. For more informa­tion call Tom at 522-9612. Bowling is at AMF Southway at 6:30 p.m. Wednes­days. Summer League begins April 17. The Monday Night Women’s League reports league championship was taken by Festive Foursome, second place by Maybe, Maybe Not, third by TAZ Club and fourth by Lesborados. For more infor­mation call Pat at 437-6218. Bowling is at. AMF Southway at 6:15 Mondays. Sum-^ mer League begins April 14. IBL Standings The Independent Billiard League (IBL) reports week 12 standings as: 1st place Bad Boys (Outpost); 2nd, Ladies & the Tramp (Bacchus II); 3rd place. Suicide Squad (E.J.’s); and tied for 4th Demoli­tion (Past Time) and Ripcord 3 (Ripcord). Individualiy, Richard Chew of Mining Company’s Full Throttle is in 1st place. The IBL will be hosting a food booth at the back lot of Mary’s...Naturally, during the Spring Street Fest, April 13 and 14. Please join us in celebrating the onset of Spring. For more information, please call Gilbert Vargas at 524-9261. The next monthly meeting will be held Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Min­ing Company. HMBL Reports The Houston Metropolitan Billiards League (HMBL) reports, following 10 weeks of play, the team Coalition still maintaining a perfect won ma
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