Nationally known DJ David Knapp
joins the ranks of gay parents while
still spinning on the circuit.
ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE.
Faisal Alam, founder of the gay
Islamic group Al-Fatiha, said a
democratic Iraq may not have
much effect on gay Iraqis.
Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said
the RAVE Act passed by
Congress is aimed at event
promoters who 'knowingly'
allow drug use.
Nundini Food Store's deli is an
unexpected delight with memorable Italian sandwiches.
TX Senate passes DOMA
Measure that activists call
'slap in the face' to gay Texans
next up for a House vote
By PENNY WEAVER
A Texas Defense of Marriage Act
(DOMA) is close to becoming law after
receiving Senate approval this week.
The full Texas Senate passed Senate Bill
7 on Tuesday, and the proposal now goes to
the Texas House of Representatives. The
measure would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex civil unions or marriages performed in other states.
"It's nothing more than a slap in the face
to the LGBT community of this state," said
Randall Ellis, executive director of the
Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL).
"The passage of DOIVIA by the Texas Senate
illustrates a fact that gays and lesbians know
all too well: Texas discriminates.
"Gays and lesbians are denied literally
Sen. Jeff WentwottJi (left), R-San Antonio, said his Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) bill — approved by the full
Senate on Tuesday — is designed to 'encourage and protect' traditional marriage between one man and one
woman. One senator argued that Wentworth's DOMA bill is unnecessary, pointing out that Texas Attorney General
Greg Abbott (right) recently said that current Texas law does not recognize civil unions issued in any jurisdiction.
hundreds upon hundreds of rights and privileges — everything from tax exemptions to
hospital visitation rights," Ellis added.
Originally filed as S.B. 630, the measure
was re-filed by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San
Antonio, at the request of Lt. Gov. David
Please see TX DOMA on Page 3
Intersexed novel, priest scandal gamer Pulitzers
Awards have history of nods
to gay authors, subjects
By MIKE FLEMING
Two 2003 winners of the coveted
Pulitzer Prizes that were announced April
7 touch on gay and transgender issues,
highlighting the awards' increasingly progressive record supporting excellence in
journalism, literature, music and drama
regardless of the sexual orientation or
gender identity of its topics or authors.
"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides,
which follows a family across eight generations through the eyes of an intersexed
narrator, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for
Fiction. The Boston Globe won the award
for Public Service Journalism for its coverage of last year's Catholic priest sexual
"Middlesex" tells the story of a Greek-
American family from the perspective of a
protagonist first called Callie, then called
Cal, who has genitals of both sexes, was
raised as a girl and later identifies as male.
"I take things that are a little bit freaky,
and I de-freak them," Eugenides told
National Public Radio. "This story, when you
read it, becoming a hermaphrodite is not
something that we all don't experience. It's
really closer to what everyone feels in puberty and what everybody feels growing up. It's
sort of a symbolic story for... an experience
that is very common to all of us."
Eugenides, a heterosexual biological
male, is also a National Book Critics Circle
Finalist and a Transgendered Fiction
Finalist for the Lambda Literary
Awards, which focuses recognition
each year on books with gay or transgender subject matter.
The "Lammys" are scheduled to be
awarded May 29 in Los Angeles.
The Boston Globe won its Pulitzer
for "courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an
effort that piereced secrecy, stirred
local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman
Catholic Church," according to a statement from the Pulitzer board.
Please see PUUTZER on Page 5
Author Jeffrey Eugenides
won his first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for
'Middlesex,' an eight-generation family saga told
from the perspective of an intersexed narrator who
changes his gender identity halfway through the
book. (Photo by Petr David Josek/AP)