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The state of the states
Councilmember Boney, other
leaders honored at AALGA
By MARK HENRY
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
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
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
IN THIS WEEK’S
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
(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
“The State of the States: A Preliminary
Survey of Gay/Les-bian/
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
(Continued on Page 4)
Reform rabbis approve gay marriage
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A group of Reform rabbis endorsed the legalization of
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,
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)
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Friday, April 5
* Borders Book Store Gay/Lesbian Book
Club meets at the Espresso Bar at 9634 Wes-theimer.
* HIV Art classes at the Art League. Call
* 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
* Houston Tennis Club meets at 7:15 p.m.
* Free Buffet at the Brazos River Bottom.
* The Women’s Group meets at 10:45 a.m.
* The Court guest bartends at the Ven-ture-
* Donna’s Dream performs at Cafe Maison.
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
* The Texas Association for Transsexual
Support meets at 3:00 p.m. Call 827-
* Bayou City Boys Club Jungle Lust Party.
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
* HATCH meets. Call 942-7002.
* Inner Loop Sunday Bowling League.
* 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
* 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.
* 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-
* Outpatient Group Treatment at Montrose
Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call
* Women and HIV/AIDS Group at Montrose
Counseling Center. 6:15 p.m. Call
* 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
Tuesday, April 9
* Helping Cross Dressers Anonymous
meets at 239 Westheimer. 8:00 p.m. Call
* Basic Computer Skills Class at the Kolbe
Project. Call 522-8182.
* Southern Country gives dance lessd^
at the Ranch. 9200 Buffalo Speedway.
* 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
* Aftercare Group Treatment at Montrose
Counseling Center. 6:00 p.m. Call
* Bereaved Partners/Spouses at Montrose
Counseling Center. 6:15 p.m. Call
* 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-
* 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
* 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
* 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-
* 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. *
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HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996 3
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.
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
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
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,
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-
Fax Steven’s House
Made possible by a grant from the Hollyfield
Foundation, Steven’s House can
now be reached on a
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
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.
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
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.
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
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Preview of state legislatures shows record
number of gay bills
(Continued from Page 1)
So far, 113 bills on selected gay-related
issues have been introduced in the Jan. 1
through March 11 period of the 1996 state
sessions. These include 41 friendly bills
and 72 hostile bills. The total number of
bills introduced so far compares to 105
measures that moved in 35 states all of last
year, including 64 pro-gay and 41 anti-gay.
The survey’s tallies were compiled
through NGLTF’s grassroots contacts in
the field, Nexis/Lexis searches, and press
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
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
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
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, email@example.com.
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
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 findings mean infection by HIV
alone may not be sufficient to kill, she
“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,”
“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
Controlling the HHV-6A with medications
may change fatal HIV infections
“to chronic conditions,” she
“If you can get rid of the HHV-6A, we
believe the body could fight the HIV disease,”
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
The Wisconsin researchers now are
fighting for money to continue their
studies, Knox said. Funding through
the medical college ends July 1-
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I hate holidays, especially those
involving church and family and heterosexual
tradition. I am a lesbian in a
family of choice. I am not a Christian, nor
a very successful abider of custom. Holidays
seem to lurch leeringly in front of
my best efforts to ignore them.
Easter is one of those precious, sticky-sweet
holidays that makes me cringe.
Pastel bunnies, cellophane “grass”
that sticks to the carpet until Halloween
after next, candy in quantities to curl
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’
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
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
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
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
Texas requires all boxers scheduled to
fight in the state to carry a state license.
Ms. Williams said there are 218 licensed
In 1994, there were 42 sanctioned bouts
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.”
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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
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
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
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VOICE MAIL V Letters to the Editor
‘Sober,’ one of several softball teams in the recent Genye Allen Memorial Softball
Tournament sponsored by the MCCR Angels. The event raised $1,500 for PWA Coalition
"Patriots’ and The Global
FROM DAVID P. RAFFIELD
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
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
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!
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be completed on the “gay wing”
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here’s a news flash. The new
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possibly the largest
gay and lesbian bookstore in the
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should be open for business
before the end 6f this month at the
site of the Montrose landmark,
which currently also houses a
Hollywood Video store.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Carpenter perhaps summed it up best
when he intoned that some of the religious
right members looked as though they
“had been dropped on a distant planet.”
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This & Th^t!
by Jon Anthony
Former Arthur (198 l's box office smash) stars
Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli will kick
off a summer tour beginning July 3 in
Holmdel, N.J. to celebrate the 15th
anniversary of the riotous movie. 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. Quote of the Week: "In
Hawthorne's version, Hester Prynne did not
have access to Nautilus equipment." - Grace
(Brett Butler on Grace Under Fire) referring
to the differences between Demi Moore's
screen version of The Scarlet Letter and the
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Mass ceremony for gay couples brings latest Vatican denunciation
VATICAN CITY, Wednesday, March
27 (AP)—Citing the pope’s statement
that same-sex marriages create “moral
disorder,” the Vatican on Wednesday
denounced a ceremony in San Francisco
this week at which gay couples
were symbolically wed.
The Vatican’s latest condemnation
of same-sex marriages, contained
in a commentary in its official newspaper,
L’Osservatore Romano, also
appealed to voters not to support candidates
who back homosexual unions.
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
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
The question of making such marriages
legal has come up only peripherally
in Italy’s campaign for May 21 parliamentary
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
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
“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
“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
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
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.”
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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
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
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
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
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.
Artist Matuschka with “Vote for Yourself” (1991), from Houston
exhibit (Photo by Kim Thompson)
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by Glen Webber
... with A Little Help From My
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
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
Figure in court case
reportedly died five years
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dallas schools expand
anti-harassment policy to
DALLAS (AP)_Dallas school officials
have broadened a proposed antiharassment
policy to protect gay and
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
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.
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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
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,
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
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
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
Gays In The Military
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
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
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PRAISE & WORSHIP
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.
BERING MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
A RECONCILING CONGREGATION
1440 HAROLD ST. HOUSTON (713)526-1017
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.
"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.
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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
* "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
* 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,
* MCCR worship services with Rev. Jim
Burns. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 1919 Decatur.
* Community Gospel Church worship
service at 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 pm 501 E. 18th.
* 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
* "Shepherd Group" meets at 7:30 pm for
Praise, Prayer & Bible study. Call Maranatha
Fellowship at 528-6756.
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
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KINGDOM COMMUNITY CHURCH
4404 Blossom @ Snover - 862-7533
P.O. Box 66669, 77266 - 522-8182
MARANATHA FELLOWSHIP MCC
P.O Box 667032 77266 - 528-6756
P.O. Box 980136 77098 - 748-7079
2205 Fannin - 659-4998
BILL CLAIRE FAMILY MORTUARY
2603 Southmore - 522-9030
FOREST PARK - Betty McGehee
6900 Lawndale - 928-5141
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)
UT DERMATOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER
UTMB - Internal Medicine
BOB RYAN REALTORS
5311 Kirby Dr., Ste 203 - 523-1600
Two Greenway Plaza, Ste 150 - 623-8899
2607 Grant - 522-0042
224 Westheimer - 529-3224/521 -7888
CARTER & COOLEY CO. DELI (Heights)
375 West 19th St.-864-3354
CHARLIE'S COFFEE SHOP
1100 Westheimer - 522-3332
1201 Westheimer - 587-5397
2520 Montrose - 528-1308
POT PIE PIZZERIA
1525 Westheimer - 528-4350
A MAN'S RESALE
14020 Memorial - 531-0008
3400 Montrose - 526-8223
APHRODITE SALON & SPA
2010 Commonwealth - 523-4646
1232 Westheimer - 522-1626
CARPETS by JOY
1704 Westheimer - 523-2509
Computer Remote Back-up Services & Consulting
528-1972 and/or 549-6275
CLEAR LAKE SHORES BOAT CLUB
610 West Alabama - 942-0147
3804 S. Shepherd - 528-5457
DALE ENGLEFIELD - Farmers Insurance Agent
1206 Ashland - 869-6906
908 Westheimer - 529-ISEE (4733)
FEATHERS of MONTROSE
427 Westheimer - 527-8950
3201 Louisiana - 527-0782
GABRIEL T. PHOTOGRAPHY
GUILLORY & ASSOC. INC.
802 W. Gray - 526-9972
HEIGHTS TANNING CENTER
918 N. Durham, Suite A - 802-9373
1660 Westheimer - 528-3234
2501 Montrose - 524-7052
2615 Montrose - 526-6588
HYDE PARK GALLERY
711 Hyde Park - 526-2744
9924 North Freeway
LAFF STOP, THE
1925A West Gray - 521-2333
LEATHER BY BOOTS
2424 Montrose - 526-2668
LEATHER BY BOOTS (the Ripcord)
715 Fairview - 526-0444
711 Fairview - 526-6940
1424-C Westheimer - 522-5156
MICHAEL A. LOCKE
One West Loop South, Suite 100 - 964-6799
NOWAND AGAIN CONSIGNMENT
1819 Waugh- 529-5069
9000 Richmond - 974-5131
PLANT HOUSE, THE
812 Westheimer - 529-6050
3400 Montrose, Ste. 106 - 522-5428
RIVER OAKS ANTIQUES
2119 Westheimer - 520-8238
STEVEN DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY
STUDIO 911 HAIR SALON
TAFT STREET AUTO
1411 Taft - 526-3723
TEXAS RAINBOW CLASSIFIEDS
TEJAS AIR - AC/HEATING
TIRE PLACE, THE
WHITE BROOK ORIGINALS
WILD EARTH HERBS
2611 Grant - 524-0388
615 Texas - 228-8421
GREENWAY 3 CINEMA
5 Greenway Plaza - 626-0402
MAIN STREET THEATER
2540 Times Blvd. - 524-6706
SOCIETY FOR THE
615 Louisiana - 227-1111
STAGES THEATER (Box Office)
THEATRE LAB HOUSTON
3400 Montrose #909 - 528-2299
1025 Studewood - 861-2400
TRAVEL IN STYLE
2425 West Loop S. #500 - 621 -0247
LIFE PARTNERS INC.
LINKED BENEFITS OF HOUSTON
811 Westheimer, Ste 208G - 528-6777
LONE STAR VIATICAL
MEDICAL ESCROW SOCIETY
(713) 681 -6656 - (800) 658-3167
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HOUSTON VOICE - (713) 529-8490 (Issue 806)
20 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 5, 1996
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• Pool and Hot Tub
• Only Z’A blocks to the harbor
• Gourmet Breakfast included
• Spacious Honeymoon Suite
• Master Suite & Guest House
732 S.Pearl St.
Sunday - Thursday
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Suites Available Up to 4 people
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THE LAZY J 312 TUflM • HOUSTON • (713) $28-9343
The Lazy J and
China Doll Productions
Strip - Talent Night 9:00pm
April 5 April 12
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SATURDAY SUPER SHOW
Hostesses & MCs
& Patsi Kline
League Members Only
Stick Around & Dance
with our DJ
2 Full Hours
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 Voice Mail Boxes
$4 the 1st minute &
650 each additional
2hr. access for 1 min.
cost press option “8”
$50 Monthly Subscription
k Unlimited Access
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18* • MultiChannel
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
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.
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.
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
The Houston Metropolitan Billiards
League (HMBL) reports, following 10
weeks of play, the team Coalition still
maintaining a perfect won ma