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Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003 - File 017. 2003-04-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/16682/show/16669.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 18, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 017
Transcript 16 APRIL 18, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE out on the bayou Famed DJ joins ranks of country's gay parents DJ DADDY, continued from Page 15 the home? Had the cats been vaccinated? Next came a "Dear Birth Mother" letter: a one-page note to prospective moms with text and pasted-on photos. After numerous rewrites, the letter was sent out to agencies and put on a Web site. Eight days later, they got their first contact, a woman in Hawaii. They met her and it seemed a done deal, but she pulled out. Knapp suspects that she might have put the germ of an idea into her own gay brother to adopt. How did people in the agency and the mothers-to-be react to a gay couple? Knapp says everyone was completely supportive. "We got e-mails from people saying their daughter would be such a princess having two dads," Knapp says. "A woman was so impressed with us, she offered to donate an egg" — but not to carry the child to term. Still, they were devastated. Then, a week later, a woman in North Carolina e-mailed them. "We talked to her for three days," Knapp recalls. They met in Charlotte, where they took her to lunch and, wisely it turns out, gave her dog lots of attention. The woman was an animal lover who spoiled her dog. They were accepted as the parents of her child-to-be. She was due to give birth on March 1. But, as babies often do, this one took his time. On March 9, the day of the Winter Party, she went into labor. "I had to make a choice," Knapp says. "I wanted to be there for the birth of my son." RATHER THAN A DETRIMENT TO HIS FATHERhood, the insane hours a DJ keeps has actually been a godsend. Bell works a 9-to-5 job at Atlanta Medical Hospital as a cardio tech, so Knapp stays at home weekdays. On weekends, while he's flying to his gigs, Bell becomes Dad. How are people in the child-free universe of gay clubs reacting to Kriapp's new status? "If you went into the straight club world, a lot of people who bartend, DJ and work the door have kids already," he says. "In the gay world, there's an extra disconect, just because they're not used to it." DJ Victor Calderone is probably the best-known example of a dad, but party promoter Johnny Chisholm is also gay He hopes that he and Bell will even be able to step onto the dance floor once in a while. "I think parents lead by example," Knapp says. "They should still live their lives. I saw my parens socializing in the community and having lots of friends. We wouldn't give everything up." He looks forward to Ryan being old enough to take him along when Dad spins at Gay Disney. For now, Knapp is at the top of his game, and he has no intention of quitting the turntables. He does, however, harbor a fantasy of practicing adoption law to gay couples in Florida when the legislature there gets around to amending its laws banning gay-couple adoption. Mostly, he hopes to lead by setting an example. Ryan Belknap's last name, by the way, reflects Daddy David's mixture of artistry and practicality: Not wanting to saddle Ryan with the burden of a hyphenated surname, the two men agreed on a hybrid. Since then, Knapp has been researching "Belknap" and has found it is the result of the joining of two clans in Ireland. f| MORE INFO In dependant Adoption Center www.aic.org \ I r r I r j 2-J / J —^ -^ >~""i ^-J S a J J^T* «_i_»r Car Cote Center America's Premier v/«i wHOtfft sfJ-EAN CAB, tfllM* S3 _«n Oust, Wbd »„, ifyou-carSeWeTOr'h^- <^*/W__C0*>. Great Car W& Great Serviced Great Price. Preserving Our Environment By reclaming -artd recycling our wash water through our sMte-o.th.c-ari water recycling system we're abtc to use significantly leis water than you d use to wash your tar at home, Recycled water is carefully filtered and treated before use, to leave your car vparkti ng cJean. Before any wastewater is discharged we remove oil. dirt, and detergents. And. wcnijver rcleaw. wastewater into storm drains, surface waters, or onto the ground. Were your neighbors, and this is our home too! We're doing our part to keep our environment clean tor generations to eottt.. 2 &<*_> _**_ $tt& C<ft_* U_ar_*___!_ HOWTO _ EwwwN (i^.^'Vu. _<.■_ «6.%-M m _ I
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