Gay filmmaker Arthur Dong's latest
work makes its Houston debut.
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Dr. Emily J. Erbelding is among
health officials monitoring a
syphilis outbreak among gay
men in Baltimore.
'Dress Up' by Raymond Terry
is one of the productions in
Theatre Southwest's new
'Festival of Originals.'
Evertz out as White
House AIDS czar
Scott EvertZs replacement as AIDS czar has fueled
speculation over AIDS policy clashes within the
Bush administration. (File photo by Clint Steib)
Speculation rampant on
reason for transfer as Bush
appoints gay doctor to fill post
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
WASHINGTON — Speculation over
whether Scott Evertz, the openly gay
director of the White House Office of
National AIDS Policy, was fired or
rewarded with another, equally prestigious
job in the government swirled in
Washington this week, with a platoon of
unnamed sources giving wildly differing
views on Evertz’s fate and the future of a
conservative who heads up the president’s
AIDS advisory panel.
Two days before the White House’s July
19 announcement that Evertz was being
replaced by openly gay physician Joseph
O’Neill and transferred to another job at
the Department of Health & Human
Services, Bush administration sources
leaked information claiming the transfer
was a disguised firing.
Some sources said the action was the
result of a “power struggle” between
administration factions favoring sexual
abstinence until marriage as the primary
emphasis for preventing the spread of
AIDS and a rival faction favoring condom
use as the preferred AIDS prevention
Others sources speculated that Evertz
lacked the skills needed to address complicated
medical and scientific issues associated
They also said Evertz alienated both
conservatives and mainline AIDS groups
by telling jokes rather then discussing
serious policy issues during his appearances
before audiences across the country.
But Evertz’s supporters in the administration
and among gay Republican groups
dismiss claims that Evertz wasn’t qualified
for the job, saying the president and
high level administration officials have
praised Evertz’s work.
Supporters say the White House transferred
Evertz to an equally important post
at the Health Department, where he will
help to coordinate the government’s international
Please see AIDS CZAR, on Page 7
Police investigate gay club
Business owner alleges
'illegal search'; TABC officials
allege liquor violations at
after-hours Club Nsomnia
By PENNY WEAVER
Several tickets were issued but
no one was arrested in an operation
conducted last weekend by
Texas Alcoholic Beverage
Commission agents at Houston’s
gay Club Nsomnia.
The establishment’s chief executive
officer (CEO) said its future
is in question after the incident.
The after-hours “Bring Your
Own Beer” or BYOB club is operated
by the AIDS Housing
Coalition Houston, a nonprofit
AIDS charity organization,
according to Matt Locklin, executive
AHCH and CEO of Club
Nsomnia. Its clientele includes a
number of gay Houstonians.
Proceeds from the club benefit
AHCH programs, organizers say,
including low-income housing for
In the wake of the Friday night
Please see GAY CLUB, on Page 8
Club Nsomnia, which
caters to a mostly
gay clientele, was
the focus of a weekend
stop by agents
with the Texas
alleges the business
is selling alcohol
without a license to
do so. Nsomnia CEO
Matt Locklin denies
that the club is
illegal. (Photo by
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Gay haven Crossroads closes
The normally crowded sidewalk in front of Crossroads Market Bookstore & Cafe in Montrose is now virtually
empty. The business, which served a largely gay clientele in Houston for a decade, closed its doors permanently
this week. (Photo by Penny Weaver)
Owner cites declining
business, says Dallas store
will remain open
By PENNY WEAVER
A virtual landmark for gay
Houstonians closed its doors permanently
this week, highlighting what some
observers see as an alarming decline in
support for gay businesses.
Crossroads Market Bookstore & Cafe, a
haven for gays that offered everything
from books and cards to coffee and snacks,
served Houston for 10 years.
“Half the task in doing business is
knowing when to get out. None of the signs
are there that say that gay business is
going to be robust,” said Crossroads owner
Joe Rumanni. “It’s not just Houston.
There’s a gay problem everywhere. Also,
the [overall] economy is just sucko.”
But Rumanni said his store in Dallas,
the original location for Crossroads in
operation for more than a dozen years, will
not close and, in fact, is profitable.
“Dallas is doing great,” he said.
Business in Houston was down as
much as 30 percent, and Rumanni said the
decision was made to close Crossroads
before money was lost.
“One [reason for the closing] is business
was definitely coming down, as was
business everywhere else,” Rumanni said.
Another factor was that it was time for
Crossroads to sign another three-year
lease at its Houston location. Rumanni
decided that was too much of a risk.
“Our lease was expired. We’re not going
to do this for another three years,” he said.
“We decided not to incur any losses.”
Crossroads originally opened on
Alabama Street in Houston, and has operated
from its Westheimer Road storefront
for the last seven years. The current location
is in the heart of heavily gay
Montrose, near other gay businesses such
as Mary’s...Naturally and Chances.
“It was a great 10 years, but it’s not
going to be a great future for gay business,
in our opinion,” Rumanni said. “We just
looked at everything and said we’ve just
got to do it. The time is up. It’s not looking
good down there.
“We’ve been extremely grateful for the
support that customers have shown us
over the past 10 years and we’re sorry to
go,” he added. “It’s someone else’s turn.”
The Montrose area includes most of
the city’s gay bars and a variety of businesses
that are both gay-owned and cater
to gay clientele.
Cliff Owen, a co-owner at
Mary’s...Naturally, said rumors that
Mary’s may close — similar to persistent
rumors for months preceding the closing
of Crossroads — are premature.
“There’s nothing imminent,” Owen
said. “We have been approached by a real
estate developer who has some other property
in lower Westheimer.”
But Owen said the current economy is a
“We’ve noticed a definite drop in business.
Every year, the hot summer months
are bad for us. It’s particularly bad this
year,” he said. “It’s the worst summer that
I can remember.”
Longtime Houston gay activist Don
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Gill, who owns Studio 911 hair salon,
attributes the decline in business to an
overall economic slump.
“My business has dropped too, especially
with all the layoffs,” said Gill, noting the
widely publicized closing of huge Houston
employer Enron. “Business is off in the
city of Houston during the summer period.
[But] the Houston economy is still strong.”
Gill said he, along with other gay business
owners, has experienced a drop in
revenue since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,
and also feels the effects of the stock market
slump. But he does not think the economic
woes are particular to gay business
or necessarily tougher on gay business
owners than anyone else.
Larry Lingle, longtime owner of Lobo,
now the only gay bookstore left in
Houston, said he, like Rumanni, sees many
struggles for gay businesses.
“I would have to agree with Joe.
Business has been down for us the last two
months,” Lingle said. “I think it’s a rough
time for gay businesses.”
Although Crossroads and Lobo, located
on Montrose Boulevard, offered many of
the same products and a similar atmosphere,
Lingle said his business has benefited
little from Crossroads’ closing.
“The only significant difference I’ve
seen since Crossroads has closed or is closing
is an increase in traffic in our coffee
shop,” he said.
Lingle also owns the Oscar Wilde
Bookshop in New York City. He bought the
business, the oldest of its kind in the
world, six years ago. That store also is
. "It was a great 10 years, but it's
not going to be a great future for
gay business, in our opinion,"
Rumanni said. "We just looked at
everything and said we've just got
to do it. The time is up. It's not
looking good down there."
“It’s cost me a lot of money,” said
Lingle, who noted that Lobo’s profits once
had supported the New York shop but can
no longer do so.
“It’s not just Houston; it’s all over,” he
says of economic woes for gay businesses.
But Lingle believes some cities—such as
Dallas — do have advantages that Hbuston
does not have for gay business owners.
“My biggest regret is that Houston does
not have the kind of gay business district
that Dallas has,” Lingle said. “It creates a
great atmosphere where anybody, gay and
lesbian, can...do whatever they want. We
don’t have that in Houston.
“It’s a shame we don’t have more of a
concentration [of gay businesses] that we
can really say is our business area...a
friendly atmosphere, a hospitable atmosphere,”
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Baltimore officials see rise in syphilis cases among gay men
Outbreak not considered an
epidemic but cause for concern
BY RHONDA SMITH
BALTIMORE — Public health officials
in Baltimore are seeing
increasing numbers of
syphilis cases among men who
have sex with men, though
they said the city’s overall
syphilis rate continues to
decline. This trend among gay
men is consistent with those
recently identified in other
U.S. cities, they said.
“This particular population
deserves an enhanced focus,”
said Dr. Emily J. Erbelding,
chief of the STD Clinical
Services for the Baltimore City
Erbelding, who also is an
assistant professor of
medicine at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, said
there were 26 cases of syphilis
reported in the first six months of 2002
among men who have sex with men, compared
with just two cases among this population
during the same period last year.
“It’s definitely an important outbreak,
but not an epidemic,” she said.
Deidre Thompson, a registered nurse
and nursing clinical manager for Chase
Brexton Health Services Inc., a nonprofit
health organization in Baltimore that primarily
addresses the health needs of gay
men and lesbians, echoed Erbelding.
“There’s been some clustering of
cases identified among men who have sex
with men,” she said. “This
is consistent with what has
been reported in Seattle,
Los Angeles County,
Chicago, New York City,
London, Birmingham, Ala.,
Syphilis appears first as
a sore, usually on the genitals,
then develops as a rash.
It can be cured with penicillin,
but left untreated it
can damage the heart, eyes,
brain and other body parts.
Public health officials in
Baltimore are recommending
that men who have sex
with men be tested for
syphilis every six months.
“Anybody who thinks
they’ve been exposed to HIV
should also ask for a syphilis test,” she
said. “And anyone who notices the signs or
symptoms of syphilis in themselves or in a
sex partner should also be tested for it.”
Erbelding said lesbians also could be at
risk for syphilis.
Dr. Emily J. Erbelding, chief of
STD Clinical Services for the
Baltimore City Health
Department, said there recently
has been an increase in the
number of syphilis cases
reported in Baltimore among
men who have sex with men.
“It’s extremely rare for a woman who
only has sexual contact with other women
to contract syphilis,” she said. “But if they
occasionally have sex with their bisexual
male friends, then they probably should
get tested for syphilis.”
In June, public health officials in
Alexandria and Arlington, Va., said they were
concerned about the increase in the number
of gay and bisexual men who have tested positive
for syphilis in the past three years. They
warned that a spike in sexually transmitted
diseases such as syphilis could mean a rise in
HIV cases is inevitable because the infections
are spread in the same manner.
Cesar Pena, an epidemiologist for the
STD Division of the Maryland Department
of Health & Mental Hygiene, in Baltimore,
said the number of syphilis cases statewide
is decreasing thanks to initiatives aimed at
reducing the rate of infection in Baltimore.
He also noted, however, that syphilis cases
are increasing in Prince George’s County,
Md., a Washington suburb, and in Harford
County, near Baltimore.
Last November, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control & Prevention reported
that while the number of reported syphilis
cases in the U.S. hit an all-time low in 2000,
outbreaks of the disease have been seen
among gay men in a handful of large cities
such as Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
News reporter Rhonda Smith can be reached at
O SYPHILIS INFO
What is syphilis? Complex STD described as
"great imitator" because symptoms are indistinguishable
from other diseases.
How is it spread? Through direct contact with
syphilis sore, mainly on external genitals, vagina, anus,
or in rectum; also can occur on lips and in mouth.
What are the symptoms? Within 10 to 90 days
(average is 21), a single sore, or chancre, appears
but may be multiple sores. Chancre is usually
firm, round, small and painless, lasts three to six
weeks and will heal on its own. If left untreated,
infection progresses to secondary stage, with
rough red or brown rash that usually does not
itch on palms or bottom of feet. Even without
treatment, rashes clear up on their own.
How is syphilis diagnosed? Examination of
material from infectious sores, or by blood test.
Link with HIV? Syphilis genital sores make it
2-5 times easier to transmit and acquire HIV.
Is there a cure for syphilis? Yes, penicillin or
Protection against syphilis? Use latex condom
before beginning sex and keep it on until the
penis is withdrawn.
Source: National Center for HIV, STD & TB
Baltimore City Health Department
Druid STD Clinic
1515 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Gay marriage foes press on despite snub in Mass, legislature
Blocked vote on
raises conservative ire
By SCOn GIORDANO
BOSTON — Religious conservatives have
vowed to fight with renewed vigor for a constitutional
amendment in Massachusetts to
ban same-sex marriages in that state, and
have threatened to begin a “seismic revolution
in Massachusetts politics.”
The announcement follows a major setback
for conservatives in the Massachusetts
state Legislature on July 17, when voting
was blocked on a citizen-initiated measure
that could have banned same-sex marriages,
civil unions and domestic-partner benefits
including health insurance, bereavement
leave and hospital visitation rights.
“The politicians believe they have success-fully
ended the debate and the vote about marriage
—but they are wrong,” reads an open letter
from Massachusetts Citizens for Marriage,
the group behind the right’s effort. “The
debate is just starting and the vote is yet to
happen. We plan on seeing to that.... This is no
longer just a debate about marriage. This is
now an uprising against a failed government.”
The letter said members of Massachusetts
Citizens for Marriage would individually survey
“each politician who voted against democracy”
and give them “a chance to vote again.”
“Our legislature broke the law and defeated
the measure without allowing a vote on its
merits.... If the politicians continue to treat
the voters with such contempt as was displayed
last week, it will have profound effects
upon our entire political structure. We will
help see to that.... The vote that will occur as
a result of our survey this week will be well
publicized by us across the entire state for a
long time to come. No legislator will be able
to avoid being recorded on this vote.”
Sara Pawlick, president of Massachusetts
Citizens for Marriage, referred all related
questions back to the statement. The group
also was scheduled to hold a July 24 press conference
to announce its plans in more detail.
At issue was a citizen-initiated petition in
the Massachusetts state Legislature, labeled
the Protection of Marriage Amendment,
which would have required 50 votes in a joint
House-Senate Constitutional Convention. If
the measure had passed, it then would have
had to pass one more legislative session by
the same margin to be placed on the 2004
election ballot for voter ratification.
The proposed amendment’s sweeping language
would have amended the state’s constitution
to define marriage as “between one
man and one woman” and would have prevented
gay couples from receiving any “benefits
or incidents exclusive to marriage.”
The measure was believed to have enough
votes for passage, but it was defeated when
Thomas Birmingham, the Democratic state
Senate President and a candidate for governor,
called for an adjournment vote during a
joint House-Senate Constitutional Convention
before the amendment could be voted on.
The 137-53 adjournment vote effectively
killed the measure, despite the support of
some 130,000 Massachusetts residents who
signed a petition calling for the voter referendum.
Massachusetts Republican Gov.
Jane Swift has publicly opposed the
amendment and is unlikely to use her executive
powers to reconvene the Legislature
around this issue. Calls to Swift’s office
were not returned at press time.
Gay activists prepare response
Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the
Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political
Caucus, was among those who lobbied the
Senate president and commended his efforts.
“We worked very closely with
Birmingham’s office because he strongly
opposed the amendment and was prepared
to help us find a legitimate way to defeat it,
and we presented a number of options to
him for ways to do that. He chose one
which clearly involved taking a leadership
role on his part,” Isaacson said.
“He is getting beaten up on this in
Massachusetts by the right wing and by conservatives
who are going after him relentlessly
for helping the gay and lesbian community
on this critical matter.... So what he did was
actually a very gutsy thing to do for the gay
and lesbian community He was a quintessential
stand-up guy for us on this, and he will pay
a price by losing the votes of conservatives.”
In an unusual display of solidarity, conservative
gay activists supported the more
liberal gay activists and the approach used
to defeat the anti-gay measure.
“I think that it was not inappropriate in
these circumstances for the leadership and
Sen. Birmingham to do what he did. It’s
interesting what it says about where the gay
community is politically these days, when
somebody in the middle of a hotly contested
gubernatorial election... would take such a
step. I think it’s to be applauded,” said Mark
Goshko, spokesman for the Log Cabin
Republicans of Massachusetts, a gay
Republican group. “This is a classic example
of the right’s lack of influence and clout
to be so brazenly shut down on this basis,
and that sends a very strong message to
them that they are running out of options.”
Conservatives do, however, have the
option of filing a potential lawsuit against
the governor, although it is not likely to
make any difference.
Isaacson believes the nature of the
amendment created unusual circumstances.
“Civil rights should never be placed on
the ballot for a popular vote. This country
was founded on the notion that the tyranny
of the majority should never be allowed to
take away the rights of the minority.
Therefore, this ballot question was, in its
core, fundamentally un-American,” she said.
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Houston Black Tie Dinner leaders kick off ticket sales for fall event
The board of Houston Black Tie Dinner, Inc. has.announced the beneficiaries of the proceeds
from this year’s dinner, and a kickoff party for table and ticket sales is today Co-chairs Chree
Boydstun and Carlos Reyes Jr. have planned the party, set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Mike Ryan
and David Outlaw, 1703 Vermont. The 2002 Houston Black Tie Dinner will be held on Oct. 12 at
the Inter-Continental Hotel. Beneficiaries this
Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals
(H.A.T.C.H.); Lesbian Health Initiative;
Montrose Counseling Center; Montrose Clinic;
People With AIDS Coalition, Houston; and
Resurrection Metropolitan Community
Church. In the last decade, the Houston Black
Tie Dinner has raised and distributed more
than $1 million to local charity organizations.
Calif, judge defends actions in
high-profile dog mauling case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The trial judge in
the dog mauling case of Marjorie Knoller in
the death of a lesbian neighbor recently
defended his decision to toss out a second-degree
murder conviction against Knoller.
Sharon Smith, whose partner Diane
Whipple was mauled to death, was among
critics who said that Judge James Warren
had “stolen justice” by overturning the
jury’s decision. “There was a statement
made that this court has destroyed a sense of
justice in the city of San Francisco,” Warren
said July 15 before sentencing Knoller to
four years in prison on the other conviction,
involuntary manslaughter. “I certainly hope
that is correct. ... A sense of justice is personal.
It is infected with bias, prejudice, public
opinion, public feeling, everything that
the court should not be involved in.” Knoller
and her husband, Robert Noel, were caring
for the dogs that killed Whipple outside her
apartment in January 2001. They denied
responsibility and refused to apologize.
Knoller also declined to apologize or offer
any verbal statement before her sentencing.
Ky. viatical company readies
defense in fraud case
LEXINGTON, Ky (AP) — A federal grand
jury returned a 47-count indictment on July
11 alleging a scheme to fraudulently obtain
life insurance policies for people living with
HIV/AIDS. Named as defendants in the
indictment are officials with Kelco, Inc. and
Genesis Viatical. The charges range from
mail fraud to money laundering. Kelco’s
lawyer, Bob Webb, told WKYT-TV in
Lexington that the company is looking forward
“to vigorously defending these charges
and explaining how and why Kelco finds
itself in this position.” Viatical companies
buy life insurance policies and sell them to
investors, who pay the premiums until the
insured person dies, then collect death benefits.
The indictment alleges that between
January 1995 and May 2000, the defendants
bought and resold falsified policies, in some
cases having people who were HIV-positive
obtain high face-value policies by substituting
their blood with uninfected blood from a
healthy person, thereby increasing cash flow
and profits. If convicted on all counts, each
defendant faces up to 14 years in prison, fines
and restitution of $1 million. The companies
face fines and restitution of up to $30 million.
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Anti-gay gangs linked
to six deaths in Australia
SYDNEY, Australia — Pofice have linked the
murders of six Sydney men to anti-gay gangs
that operated 10 years ago, according to the
Sydney Daily Telegraph. Officials are expected
to subpoena members of three anti-gay gangs
to testify in an inquiry into the murders, which
include the disappearance of a well-known
television anchor. After a two-year investigation,
pofice last week presented their findings.
Stephen Page, leader of the investigation, told
the Daily Telegraph there were “similarities in
a spree of murders,” many of which were originally
dismissed as suicides and one-time
attacks. Police reopened the cases in 2000 after
pleas from the families of two of the victims.
U.S. sailors face charges after
alleged gay bashing in Canada
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Two
US. sailors from a military base in Bremerton,
Wash., face charges after an alleged gay bashing
here, including assault with a weapon, carrying
a concealed weapon and possession of a
weapon, Vancouver police Det. Scott Driemel
said last week. Ken Drake, 23, and Joe
Hummel, 24, are accused of attacking a man
after he asked for directions, according to
GayWired.com. Before the victim could
respond, one of the sailors sprayed him in the
face with the pepper spray then kicked him
while yelling anti-gay epithets. The two men
then ran, and the victim gave chase with help
from a passerby “When he was cornered, one
of the suspects produced a knife in a somewhat
threatening gesture,” Driemel said.
Police arrived and arrested the two men. They
appear in court again on Aug. 27.
Indian police arrest two
in alleged fake AIDS cure
CALCUTTA, India — Indian officials arrested
two men in Calcutta accused of selling bottles
of cow urine mixed with cow dung that
they claimed was a cure for AIDS, cancer and
tuberculosis, Reuters reported. Sivaji Ghosh,
deputy commissioner of Calcutta police, told
Reuters that the men were arrested after a
complaint to police by drug control officials.
Police filed a First Information Report,
paving the way for an investigation, after
seizing dozens of bottles, which were going
for around $12 to $14 each. India’s majority
Hindu population regards the cow as sacred.
From staff and wire reports
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Evertz offered different position in administration
AIDS CZAR, continued from Page 1
“Anybody who says Scott Evertz was fired is wrong,” said Kevin Ivers, spokesperson for Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay group.
Charles Francis, the gay director of the Republican Unity Coalition, which bills itself as a gay-straight alliance intended to build support within the Republican Party on gay issues, said he had no specific information about the Evertz job change. Still, he praised Evertz for doing what he called an “excellent job” under unusually difficult circumstances.
“He was beat up by the left and attacked by the right,” said Francis, a friend of the president’s from Texas. “He handled it all with dignity and uncomplaining service and loyalty to President Bush.”
Gay doc to be new AIDS czar
In a statement issued last Friday, July 19, the White House announced that President Bush named gay physician Joseph O’Neill, the acting head of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at the Department of Health & Human Services, as head of the White House AIDS office.
The White House statement made no mention of Evertz or the fact that O’Neill would be replacing Evertz.
In a separate statement released that same day, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced that he had named Evertz as his special assistant “to assist in further developing and implementing the department’s overall strategy to fight HIV/AIDS around the world.” Thompson said Evertz’s duties would include U.S. work on the United Nations Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis & Malaria.
White House deputy press secretary Scott McClellen said in a July 24 interview that Evertz “has done a great job for us” as AIDS office director and he “will continue to have a very influential role in our effort to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide.”
Evertz did not return calls to his office seeking comment on his job change. In the statement released by HHS announcing his appointment as Thompson’s special assistant, Evertz said he was “thrilled to be able to help the administration
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address the global pandemic in this new capacity.”
McClellen, meanwhile, dismissed reports by unnamed sources in the press who claimed Evertz had been fired.
Abstinence debate at issue?
McClellen’s comments came one week after sources from the Bush administration and Congress began to leak conflicting stories over the reasons behind Evertz’s transfer from the White House to HHS. Some sources, speaking to reporters on condition that they not be identified, claimed Evertz had been fired at the behest of conservative political activists.
According to the sources, conservative activists, including leaders of anti-gay religious-right groups, persuaded the White House that Evertz had aligned himself with liberal AIDS groups and emphasized condom use as a key means of preventing the spread of HIV.
Some of these same sources said Evertz’s apparent ouster was a victory for Patricia Ware, a conservative activist whom Bush named last year as executive director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. The sources claimed that Evertz and Ware had clashed over the condom-abstinence only policy dispute and that Ware reportedly helped orchestrate Evertz’s firing.
In a second set of leaks, administration and Capitol Hill sources reported on July 18 — one day before the official White House announcement about Evertz’s job change — that the White House had decided to fire Ware.
Some of the sources said White House political advisers, acknowledging that Evertz and Ware had clashed over policy issues, wanted a clean break from both of them.
Other sources said the White House was angry that Ware appeared to have leaked information to the press declaring that Evertz’s ouster from the AIDS office post was a “victory” for her and her conservative allies at the White House.
But the unfolding story did not end there. A few days later, some of the same sources said Ware, who told supporters she had been fired on July 18, told the same people she was “unfired” one day later, on July 19.
According to the sources, the White House caved in from pressure by conservative groups that expressed outrage over Ware’s reported firing. Still other sources supportive of Evertz said Ware was informed she could stay in her job for about a month before being asked to leave.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay political organization, added its views to the unfolding story by telling the Washington Post and other news outlets last week that
it believed Evertz was “ousted” from his White House post.
Ivers, the Log Cabin spokesperson, called HRC’s assertion “utter nonsense.” Ivers said reports from unnamed press sources that Evertz had been fired were coming from a small group of uninformed agitators from anti-gay conservative groups and liberal AIDS activists and Democrats whose motive is to stir up criticism against the Bush administration.
James Driscoll, a gay Republican activist and a Bush appointee on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, was the only administration backer to state on the record that he believes Evertz’s departure was a dismissal.
“The deciding factor was job performance, not ideology, and definitely not the wedge issue of condoms versus abstinence,” Driscoll said in a statement released to Houston Voice.
Driscoll called Bush’s decision to appoint Evertz to the AIDS office post “an act of political courage.” He said Bush picked Evertz as a prominent gay Republican, knowing that he lacked experience in Washington and did not have an extensive background in AIDS issues.
At the time Bush named Evertz to the White House AIDS office job, Evertz was a fund-raiser for a senior citizens home in Milwaukee. Although he had worked closely with then Gov. Tommy Thompson in the 1990s on gay and AIDS policy issues, Evertz had no technical or medical background on AIDS issues.
“Evertz should have compensated for his slim experience with an open door and hard work,” Driscoll said. “Instead, he developed a reputation for not returning anyone’s phone calls, for jokes and flippancy in speeches, and even arrogance. Bush tries to run his administration like a business. Good businesses replace sub-par performers.”
Ivers disputed Driscoll’s assessment, saying Driscoll doesn’t have access to informed administration sources.
Also disputing Driscoll’s version of what happened to Evertz was Mark Delmonte, director of public affairs for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Family Delmonte, who said he is in close contact with the nation’s prominent AIDS organizations, said Evertz enjoyed widespread support among nearly all AIDS groups, including those aligned with the Democratic Party
“He has always been open to us,” Delmonte said. “I’m not aware of any effort by the organized AIDS community to seek Scott’s ouster. There was a question of whether the administration listened to him,” said Delmonte, “but there was never any feeling that he wasn’t doing a good job.”
News reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay physician becomes new AIDS czar
Joseph O’Neill, the newly appointed director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy enjoys strong eariy bipartisan support in Congress as well as from both conservative and moderate factions within the Bush administration, according to AIDS activists who know him.
O’Neill, who is gay, is a physician who worked in the past on the staff of Baltimore’s gay Chase Brexton Clinic, where he treated AIDS patients. He currently serves as acting director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Prior to his current post, O’Neill worked in other divisions within the sprawling HHS, including a position administering the department’s Ryan White CARE Act program, which provides millions of dollars in grants to states and cities for medical treatment and social services for people with HTV and AIDS.
Although O’Neill worked closely with the Clinton administration, AIDS activists who know him said he has gained the trust of high level Bush administration officials who replaced Clinton appointees at HHS.
According to information released by the White House, in addition to holding a degree in medicine from the University of California, O’Neill holds degrees in business administration, public health and medical sciences. He has been treating HTV patients since the early 1980s and is “widely recognized for his work in palliative care, community health, and internal medicine,” a White House statement said.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Senate panel boosts Ryan White, CDC
The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 18 approved a fiscal year 2003 appropriations bill that calls for increasing the budget for federal AIDS programs under the popular Ryan White CARE Act by $161 million over file current year spending level.
The action by the committee, the first in a series of steps Congress must take to approve spending for AIDS treatment and services programs, would bring the total spending for the Ryan White program to slightly more than $2 billion.
In the proposed budget President Bush submitted to Congress earlier this year, he called for increasing the Ryan White program by just $175,000. AIDS activists said the president’s proposal would result in a decrease in spending after inflation was taken into account.
The committee also approved a $3.7 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health, $25 million more than the figure proposed by the president. In addition, the panel restored $421 million in cuts proposed by Bush for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, bringing the CDC budget for fiscal year 2003 to $4,298 billion, according to figures released by the committee. However, as of press time, the committee did not release figures breaking down the NIH and CDC budgets to show how much was earmarked for AIDS-related programs. The two agencies play a major role in AIDS research and prevention programs.
In a related action, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations on July 18 approved $550 million in spending for global AIDS programs run by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The figure approved is $110 million more than the amount Bush requested in his fiscal 2003 budget. The panel also approved $200 million for a United Nation’s organized Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria.
The House appropriations committee has yet to begin deliberations on the fiscal year 2003 AIDS programs.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.Nsomnia's decline may threaten AIDS patients
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incident, TABC agents allege illegal activities
at the club, and Nsomnia operators
allege “illegal search and seizure” by law
“We had a complaint on this location
for selling alcohol without a license or permit,”
said TABC Lt. Tracy Hudgins. “About
two or three weeks ago, we had gone in
there [in response to a complaint}.”
According to Hudgins, TABC agents
first talked to Nsomnia operators about the
complaint, and advised them that they cannot
sell alcohol without a license to do so.
But the TABC alleges that the violations
continued, leading to last Friday’s action
“We paid them a follow-up visit. We sent
in some undercover officers,” Hudgins
said. “It was pretty much a routine thing.
We had been in there a few weeks ago and
asked them not to do it.”
The club had continued its alleged violations,
Hudgins said, so up to 10 TABC
agents — with backup from Houston Police
Department officers as security — entered
Nsomnia to issue tickets.
“No one was actually arrested and taken
to jail that night,” Hudgins said. “They filed
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some charges against some individuals.”
He noted there were between 70 and 100
patrons at the club when the agents
entered. A number of bottles of liquor
were seized, he added.
Hudgins said the agency will pursue
charges against the club for selling alcohol
without a license or permit.
Locklin disputes the TABC’s version of
events. He said agents did not warn club
operators, as Hudgins stated.
“That is an untrue statement,” Locklin
said. TABC agents did stop by Nsomnia a
couple of weeks ago, according to Locklin,
but “never said a word to anyone. They
never spoke to me. They never spoke to any
employee. That certainly would not serve
as an official notice.
“No one has ever said that what we’re
doing here is illegal,” he added.
The club’s organizers said that law
enforcement officials unfairly targeted
Nsomnia. Locklin alleges that peace officers
“entered the facility illegally, without
warrants, and targeted the gay customers
in a mixed club environment,” according
to an AHCH press release.
“[Officers and agents} began harassing
the patrons who looked gay and issuing $25
tickets for drinking in public, inside the
building,” according to Locklin. “Straightlooking
patrons were allowed to leave without
Locklin said state law allows adults age
21 or over to attend after-hours BYOB
clubs. Nsomnia is designed as a fund-raiser
for the AHCH, with a donation taken at
the door for the organization. Inside, drink
set-ups are offered, but no liquor is sold,
according to Locklin.
But Hudgins said that is not what investigators
found at the club. He also said the
at-the-door donation is considered a cover
charge, which translates into a cost for any
alcohol served within.
“You enter and pay a cover charge in
order to get in. Then you buy a setup from
the server, and then they provided bottles
of liquor at another table or bar, and you
go over and mix your own drink,” Hudgins
said. “A BYOB means you bring your own
bottle. Nobody was bringing their own.”
He also said the club had a stock of
liquor, a charge that Locklin denies.
“That’s untrue,” he said. “We have a lot
of regular customers. They have liquor
lockers that they store their bottles in. At
no time did [TABC agents] find any liquor
behind the bar.
“We weren’t providing the liquor to
anyone,” Locklin said. “The liquor was
stored in the customers’ cabinets.”
Hudgins said that what club operators
call a donation at the door is, in effect, a
cover charge. TABC agents found that the
“donation” was required, he added.
“They told [undercover agents] it was
going to be an X number of dollars in
order to get in. That’s not a donation;
that’s a requirement,” Hudgins said.
“Even if it is a donation, if they ask you
to make a donation in order to receive the
alcoholic beverage, there’s still case law
that says that is also a sale.
Club Nsomnia CEO Matt Locklin said the after-hours
establishment's future is in jeopardy after a Friday
night 'raid' by law enforcement officials. (Photo by
“Any time...if there’s a charge that’s
assessed in order for you to get in and be
able to get the ‘free’ alcohol, then it’s not
free,” Hudgins added, and therefore the
club would have to have a license to serve
Locklin said he does not understand
what TABC agents told him is their interpretation
of the liquor law. According to
Locklin, the agents indicated that there is
no legal public consumption of alcohol
after certain hours.
“They said no, nobody can congregate
and drink after 2:15 a.m.,” Locklin said.
“I don’t know why they’re picking on us.
It’s just pure and pure harassment.
They’re discriminating against a mostly
“They had no bust, but I can’t do business
if they’re going to keep coming in
here and ticketing my customers,” he
added. “We don’t have any wiggle room.”
Locklin said Nsomnia is still open but
without BYOB, and business had dropped
dramatically. Hudgins said officials told
club operators that they cannot serve alcohol,
but can remain open for now.
“We didn’t shut them down. We just told
them they can’t do the alcohol thing anymore,”
As long as the club does not serve alcohol,
TABC agents will not return, he added.
“If we have information that they’re
continuing to do it, we will go back,”
According to Locklin, Club Nsomnia —
the major funding source for the AHCH —
may be facing bankruptcy in the wake of
the TABC action. AHCH, established in
1994, has helped more than 400 residents
through the transitional and emergency
housing programs it sponsors, he said.
“If the fund-raisers bring in no money,
we cannot pay to help people off the
streets,” Locklin said.
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Constitution bars anti-gay job bias, Wash, court says
SPOKANE, Wash—The U.S. Constitution makes it illegal to fire a public employee
based on sexual orientation, a Washington state appeals court ruled July 18, a decision
that could have broad legal implications, according to gay civil rights activists. “The
decision can be cited in courts outside of Washington to persuade those courts that this
is the correct principle of law,” said attorney Ken Choe, who handled the case for the
ACLU, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Mary Jo Davis filed a lawsuit against
the public Pullman Memorial Hospital in 1996, claiming she was fired from her radiology
job in 1994 after her supervisor repeatedly called her anti-gay slurs. The three-judge
panel of the Division III Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled unanimously that the
Constitution’s equal protection clause protects gays. Davis’ case will now go to trial.
Hospital attorneys have argued she was fired for being “disruptive” and violating confidentiality
of patients’ records, not for being gay. Hospital attorney Michael McMahon
said Pullman Memorial has long had a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual
orientation. “It’s just a way to bring a social issue into the legal spectrum,”
McMahon said, according to the Associated Press.
Ky. legislators oppose
lesbian health workshop
Mass, court rules lesbian mom
must pay child support
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of
Kentucky women’s conference session on
lesbian health is drawing complaints from
two state senators, but has the support of
university President Lee Todd. Sen. Charlie
Borders (R-Russell) and Sen. Dick Roeding
(R-Lakeside Park) questioned whether the
hold a 90-
Roeding, who is
tern of the
to Todd on official
that the university
the vast majority
of women in
University of Kentucky
President Lee Todd has
stood by organizers of an
upcoming women's conference
that includes a session
on lesbian health, despite
criticism from some lawmakers
in the state. (Photo
by AP/Ed Reinke)
not agree with.” But Todd said the school
stands by the lesbian session, part of a Sept.
9-10 conference that also includes sessions
on health care issues for black, Hispanic
and rural women. “We are an equal opportunity
university and pride ourselves on not
discriminating against anyone,” he said.
Ind. judge fights
for visitation ban
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana judge
is trying to salvage a rule forbidding divorcing
parents from having sexual partners
spend the night after the restriction was
struck down by a higher court. The Indiana
Court of Appeals overturned the Marshall
County Superior Court rule in May after a
lesbian mother said it violated her rights.
The appeals court said routinely imposing
the rule punished parents and their sexual
partners without first showing that they
were doing any harm to the children. Judge
Robert Bowen said he hopes to revise the
rule so it will withstand the scrutiny of the
appellate court by making sure it is applied
case-by-case rather than on a routine basis.
BOSTON (AP) — A lesbian must pay child
support to her former partner even though
she was neither the biological or legally
adoptive parent of the child, a
Massachusetts judge has ruled. The ruling
represents the first time a Massachusetts
judge has ordered a same-sex partner to
pay child support, according to
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Grace A.
Connolly and Annette Michell had agreed
to a parenting plan for the two children the
couple raised together. When the couple
split, Connolly said she would pay support
for one child, whom she had officially
adopted, but said she should not have to
pay support for the other child. Middlesex
Family Court Judge Spencer M. Kagan
ruled that Connolly was a “de facto” parent
of the five-year-old boy, and if she was
to receive visitation rights she must also
be responsible for some of the financial
burdens of raising the child.
Blacks at 'disadvantage'
in AIDS fight, report says
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In areas ranging
from AIDS activism to jobs to home ownership
to politics, blacks continue to make
gains, but equality with whites remains a
far-off goal, the National Urban League
said in its annual report on the state of
black America released this week. The
report, a collection of eight essays written
by experts in fields such as labor, home
ownership and civil rights, is intended to
capture an annual snapshot of blacks in
America. The first one was published in
1976. An essay titled “African Americans
Confront a Pandemic,” by Maya
Rockeymoore, of the Urban League’s
Institute for Opportunity & Equality, noted
that blacks represent 38 percent of all AIDS
cases reported in the U.S. Gays responded
to the early threat of AIDS by using political
muscle to marshal federal, state and
local resources, but blacks were slower to
organize, Rockeymoore wrote. That lack of
a coordinated, early mobilization, combined
with “poverty, substance abuse problems
and exclusion from social insurance
programs” has placed black and Hispanic
communities “at a distinct disadvantage in
their efforts to ward off the spread of
AIDS,” according to Rockeymoore.
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You need a scorecard to keep up with the shifting lineup
of AIDS policymakers at the White House, and
Bush must clean up the mess of rumor and speculation.
By CHRIS CRAIN
Bush declared the
war on terrorism
last September, he
did so in terms so
clear and so stark
that he captured the
imagination, and support, of millions at
home and abroad. He and his advisers understood
that setting forth the goals of that
Herculean effort, as well as the means we
would engage to accomplish them, would be
key to our success.
Months later, even the politically uninformed
remember the “axis of evil” and the
line the president drew in the sand for nations
that support terrorism: Either you are with
the United States, or you are against us.
Contrast that clear-cut policy on terrorism
with the sorry mess of rumor and speculation
that has clouded our national AIDS
policy, especially this past week. Try reading
these tea leaves:
Out is the president’s first AIDS czar,
Scott Evertz, reassigned to a position overseeing
global AIDS policy, about which he
has even less experience than the somewhat
thin background he brought to the domestic
post. According to some sources, Evertz was
replaced for publicly supporting HIV prevention
programs that encourage condom
use. Others suggest he was pressured out
because he was not up to the job.
Rumored to be out but retained at least for
now is Patricia Ware, the controversial conservative
who is executive director of the
Presidential Advisory Council on HTV &
AIDS. She is an outspoken advocate of teaching
that abstinence until marriage is the most
effective means of preventing HTV infection.
Newly installed as the AIDS czar, a position
known more formally as director of the
White House Office of National AIDS Policy,
is Joseph O’Neill, a gay physician from
Baltimore with a broad base of experience
w in HIV/AIDS treatment and policy. Rumors
swirl around his appointment as well, specifically
about which side of the condoms vs.
abstinence debate he will march behind.
Conservatives say that Evertz was
dumped, Ware was saved, and national AIDS
policy is headed in the direction of a
Sunday School lesson on the evils of premarital
sex. Some gay Democrats and AIDS
activists are in uncomfortable agreement
with those conservatives, and smell a conspiracy
to flush out those unwilling to toe
the White House line on abstinence.
Gay Republicans spin a whole different picture
and say Evertz got a promotion, was
replaced by another openly gay appointment,
and that Ware’s days are numbered. Log Cabin
Republican spokesperson Kevin Ivers went so
far as to condemn tide “unholy alliance” of gay
liberals and anti-gay conservatives casting the
personnel shakeup as a policy battle.
But that’s exactly what it looks like, a
national AIDS policy in disarray, with far
more attention being paid to it by ideologues
on the outside than by policymakers on the
inside. Meanwhile, the White House focus is
elsewhere, on the war against terrorism, the
Middle East, and growing concerns about
Wall Street and the economy.
DURING THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE
AIDS epidemic, the. activists at ACT UP succeeded
at delivering a crystal clear message
about HIV policy “Silence = Death,” they
chanted. Today, unlike then, the White House
isn’t home to a president who refused to say
the word “AIDS,” so that particular slogan
doesn’t work. But the longer George W Bush
allows his administration’s AIDS policy to be
defined by outsiders, rumors and speculation,
the more his record will become aligned with
those policy leaders who floundered in the
face of a disease that has already killed so
many more than it should have.
The White House needs to answer its
critics, from both sides, about where exactly
the administration stands on the extent to
which “abstinence until marriage” is the
primary, or sole, means of teaching HIV prevention.
Prevention funding aimed at the
single largest risk group, gay men, needs to
be increased, not kept flat.
In the face of statistics that continue to
show slightly less than half of new HIV
infections in this country are transmitted
sexually between men, it is the height of
irresponsibility and incompetence to suggest
that “abstinence until marriage” has
any relevance at all. Gay men can’t get married,
and the president supports our exclusion
from that institution.
If the underlying message is that men
who have sex with men should abstain from
gay sex and settle down with a woman, that
too-subtle policy is even more destructive,
especially among African Americans and
Latinos. Epidemiologists from the Centers for
Disease Control & Prevention — and slowly
but surely black and Latino activists — have
come to understand that closeted gay men
who have sex with women (in or out of marriage)
are the primary reason that rates of
HTV infection are so much higher among
black and Latino women than they are among
women in the general population.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, IT IS IMPORTANT
that we speak loudly and clearly about AIDS
policy. Mixed signals from the White House
and spin control from ideological interests
are only part of the problem. Missing in
action are the AIDS activists from across the
country who used to be so influential in the
direction HIV policy took in this country.
Instead, the leadership (if you can call it
that) at most AIDS service organizations has
been gagged by government purse strings,
afraid or unwilling to criticize publicly, lest
they offend those who determine a significant
chunk of their budgets (a growing percentage
in the face of declining private contributions),
And in most places, the street activists
are gone, burned out, or have lost all credibility
due to their far-fetched claims or
This is the sorry state of national AIDS
policy, and it’s scary to think that our country
is looked upon to help lead the world’s
fight against the disease. Presumably other
countries and international organizations
will employ the same nose-holding as do
AIDS groups domestically, and take our federal
government money, with whatever
trendy strings the lurching Bush administration
policy ties to it this week.
HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JULY 26, 2002 11
When the Ohio Supreme Court struck down a
gay solicitation law, the activists -cheered.
But male supremacy was the real winner.
Gay rights defeat
disguised as a win
IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, THE OHIO
Supreme Court struck down Ohio’s “importuning”
statute, which made it a crime to
sexually solicit a person of the same sex
when the offender knows the solicitation is
offensive. The decision in the case of Ohio
v. Thompson has been widely hailed by gay
activists as a victory, another step in the
long road to equality for gays and lesbians.
But the decision wasn’t about, and
doesn’t provide, real equality. The court
neither notices nor protects gay people as
gay people, nor does it protect gay sex.
What the court protects is heterosexual
male sexual access, using the sexualized
inequalities of homophobia and sexism.
The court struck down the statute as a
violation of free speech rights, taking
pains to note that anybody could be convicted
under the statute because anybody
could solicit another person of the same
sex for sex. By keeping the focus on
speech, the court guaranteed anybody’s
right to engage in that speech.
That “anybody” is not likely to solicit
someone of the same gender for sex, the
court did not consider. This myopia
allowed the judges to find that the statute
did not violate equal protection guarantees,
despite its explicit targeting of gay
men and lesbians.
Instead, the court refused to recognize
the statute as a violation of equal rights
for gays because same-sex solicitation can
and does result in violence against gays. So
in a perverse way, gay bashing, rather than
being a risk and result of our inequality,
became an accepted reason for discrimination
— and even criminalization of gays.
Gay bashing provided a valid justification
for the court exactly because it protects
existing norms of sexual access. It is
utterly reasonable to the legislature and
the court that straight men would protect
their own sexual inviolability as men by
reacting violently to gay sexual overtures.
This is what the Thompson case really
means for gay men: You can talk about sex
with a stranger, but the reasonable price
of doing so may be your life. In other
words, gay men can ask but they better be
careful whom they ask.
HETEROSEXUAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS
also minimized by the court so that equal
protection for gays can be avoided in the
decision. The court found the statute was
justified because it is reasonable to believe
that gay solicitation is “more likely to induce
violence” than heterosexual solicitation.
But we know that heterosexual solicitation
often incites violence and abuse
from men when their solicitations are
rejected by women. Lesbians are even
more precisely targeted because, merely
by being lesbian, they defy norms of male
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The court also ignores the epidemic
violence, including rape, battering, and
incest, which follows successful heterosexual
solicitation. Counting all this up, it’s
safe to say that gay solicitation may result
in less violence than heterosexual solicitation,
To reach the opposite conclusion, however,
the court makes this gendered violence
against women and lesbians invisible.
Because the court’s view that male
violence actually justifies a law that discriminates
against gays, it becomes plausible
to restrict a woman’s ability to say no
to heterosexual sexual advances — since
that’s what precipitates male violence.
This view of sexuality is actually a
form of male supremacy. The court protects
sexual violence predicated upon who
has sexual access to whom.
Gay solicitation can be prohibited
because heterosexuals (straight men) may
react violently do it, and because that form
of violence is more important and worthy
of judicial recognition than the violence
that results from rebuffed heterosexual
solicitation by straight men of women.
By endorsing homophobic violence
and ignoring gendered violence,
Thompson reflects and reinforces gender
and sexual inequality.
THE THOMPSON DECISION DOES
accomplish something that gay rights litigation
has focused on for years. It protects
gay men from prosecution for their solicitations
for sexual activity in public places.
That is a victory of sorts. A victory of
what type is another question.
Put this against what the court could
have done, should have done: said simply
and clearly that equal protection means
that homophobia is not a rational basis for
passing a law, any law, but most especially
a law that targets gay men and lesbians.
This the court explicitly refused to do.
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I on the record
But what I would have to go
through with this kid to protect
him or her from the media
scrutiny as Rosie O’Donnell has
to do, Jodie Foster, I mean, these
women, you know, have to go to
the earth’s lengths to protect
these kids from that kind of
scrutiny So, I don’t really know
CONNIE CHUNG: Forgive me.
You mentioned Jodie Foster,
but forgive me, I’m not aware that she has...
NAVRATILOVA: Well, single mothers. I’m talking about single mothers.
I’m not talking about just lesbians.
An exchange between lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova and
CNN host Connie Chung about the challenge of celebrity lesbians raising
children (CNN, July 17)
“I wouldn’t want them to be gay Because of the fight I’ve had to go
through since I was a child. I wouldn’t want them to go through the
Thomas Dysarz, who along with his partner Michael Meehan, is
expecting quadruplets from a surrogate mother; the two men have been
together for four years and each owns hair salons in Lexington, Ky.
(CNN, July 12)
“He wears a bathrobe all the time ... the fact
that he even has a bathrobe.”
One of the contestants on the CBS reality television
program “Big Brother 3, ” explaining why she
thinks another participant — Marcellas, 34, a fashion
stylist — might be gay; he eventually came out
“Homosexual militants need to realize that
attacks on people as being ‘homophobic’ for
questioning homosexual claims and demands is
An editorial defending Nancy Ahern, who lost her job as an aide to
Conn. Gov. John Rowland after AIDS activists complained that she
blamed spread of the disease on “predatory males in the minority communities
and by those gays deliberately infecting others” (Waterbury
Republican-American, Waterbury, Conn., July 12)
“Everyone who believes in human rights and human life and human
dignity owes a great debt to Pope John Paul II.”
President Bush, praising the human rights record of the Roman Catholic
pontiff, who has vigorously opposed gay rights measures, especially marriage,
and whose spokesperson blamed the ongoing church sex abuse scandal on gay
priests (Washington Post, July 19)
“I’m way too underground for people to give
a shit, I guess, although the whole time I’ve
been performing I’ve been purposefully
excluded from the main shows — like Dave
Letterman, the night before I was supposed to
go on his show, someone called and said I
would freak him out.”
Lesbian comedian Reno, talking about her latest
one-woman show, which criticizes the government’s
reaction to Sept. 11 (Salon.com, July 18)
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•Do not take KALETRA with the cholesterol-lowering medicines Mevacor® (lovastatin) or Zocor® (simvastatin) because of possible serious reactions. There is also an increased risk of drug interactions between KALETRA and Lipitor® (atorvastatin); talk to your doctor before you take any of these cholesterol-reducing medicines with KALETRA.
Medicines that require dosage adjustments:
It is possible that your doctor may need to increase or decrease the dose of other medicines when you are also taking KALETRA. Remember to tell your doctor all medicines you are taking or plan to take.
Before you take Viagra® (sildenafil) with KALETRA, talk to your doctor about problems these two medicines can cause when taken together. You may get increased side effects of VIAGRA, such as low blood pressure, vision changes, and penis erection lasting more than 4 hours. If an erection lasts longer than 4 hours, get medical help right away to avoid permanent damage to your penis. Your doctor can explain these symptoms to you.
If you are taking oral contraceptives (the pill') to prevent pregnancy, you should use an additional or different type of contraception since KALETRA may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
Efavirenz (Sustiva™) or nevirapine (Viramune®) may lower the amount of KALETRA in your blood. Your doctor may increase your dose of KALETRA if you are also taking efavirenz or nevirapine.
If you are taking Mycobutin® (rifabutin), your doctor will lower the dose of Mycobutin.
•A change in therapy should be considered if you are taking
Phenytoin (Dilantin® and others) Carbamazepine (Tegretol® and others)
These medicines may lower the amount of KALETRA in your blood and make it less effective.
Other Special Considerations:
KALETRA oral solution contains alcohol. Talk with your doctor if you are taking or planning to take metronidazole or disulfiram. Severe nausea and vomiting can occur.
If you are taking both didanosine (Videx®) and KALETRA: Didanosine (Videx®) should be taken one hour before or two hours after KALETRA.
What are the possible side effects of KALETRA?
This list of side effects is not complete. If you have questions about side effects, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. You should report any new or continuing symptoms to your doctor right away. Your doctor may be able to help you manage these side effects.
The most commonly reported side effects of moderate severity that
are thought to be drug related are: abnormal stools (bowel movements), diarrhea, feeling weak/tired, headache, and nausea. Children taking KALETRA may sometimes get a skin rash.
Blood tests in patients taking KALETRA may show possible liver problems. People with liver disease such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C who take KALETRA may have worsening liver disease. Liver problems including death have occurred in patients taking KALETRA. In studies, it is unclear if KALETRA caused these liver problems because some patients had other illnesses or were taking other medicines.
Some patients taking KALETRA can develop serious problems with their pancreas (pancreatitis), which may cause death. You have a higher chance of having pancreatitis if you have had it before. Tell your doctor if you have nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. These may be signs of pancreatitis.
Some patients have large increases in triglycerides and cholesterol. The long-term chance of getting complications such as heart attacks or stroke due to increases in triglycerides and cholesterol caused by protease inhibitors is not known at this time.
Diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) occur in patients taking protease inhibitors such as KALETRA. Some patients had diabetes before starting protease inhibitors, others did not. Some patients need changes in their diabetes medicine. Others needed new diabetes medicine.
Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking antiretroviral therapy. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck ("buffalo hump"), breast, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may also happen. The cause and long term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time.
Some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding with protease inhibitors.
There have been other side effects in patients taking KALETRA. However, these side effects may have been due to other medicines that patients were taking or to the illness itself. Some of these side effects can be serious.
What should I tell my doctor before taking KALETRA?
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant: The effects of KALETRA on pregnant women or their unborn babies are not known.
If you are breast-feeding: Do not breast-feed if you are taking KALETRA. You should not breast-feed if you have HIV. If you are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your doctor about the best way to feed your baby. You should be aware that if your baby does not already have HIV, there is a chance that HIV can be transmitted through breast-feeding.
If you have liver problems: If you have liver problems or are infected with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, you should tell your doctor before taking KALETRA.
If you have diabetes: Some people taking protease inhibitors develop new or more serious diabetes or high blood sugar. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes or an increase in thirst or frequent urination.
If you have hemophilia: Patients taking KALETRA may have increased bleeding.
How do I store KALETRA?
Keep KALETRA and all other medicines out of the reach of children.
Refrigerated KALETRA capsules and oral solution remain stable until the expiration date printed on the label. If stored at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C), KALETRA capsules and oral solution should be used within 2 months.
Avoid exposure to excessive heat.
Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. Be sure that if you throw any medicine away, it is out of the reach of children.
General advice about prescription medicines:
Talk to your doctor or other health care provider if you have any questions about this medicine or your condition. Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information Leaflet. If you have any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you information about this medicine that was written for health care professionals. Do not use this medicine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not share this medicine with other people.
The brands listed are trademarks of their respective owners and are not trademarks of Abbott Laboratories. The makers of these brands are not affiliated with and do not endorse Abbott Laboratories or its products.
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JULY 26, 2002
Clockwise from bottom: Gay filmmaker
Arthur Dong's latest work, 'Family
Fundamentals,' is now playing in Houston. The
son of a Mormon bishop, Brett Mathews (also
above) was ousted from the military because
he was gay. Also featured in Dong's film, Brian
Bennett is a former aide to Congressman Bob
Dornan (R-Califomia), one of the country's
most strident gay rights opponents, and later
served on the 2001 Bush-Cheney Transition
Team. Lesbian Susan Jester and her mother,
Kathleen Bremner, are among the subjects in
Dong's new film. Susan's gay son, David Jester,
also is featured in the movie.
Gay director's latest work explores
fundamental Christian attitudes
toward gays, even when they are
close family members
By ERIC ERVIN
A DOCUMENTARY FILM*EXPLORING how selfproclaimed
Christian fundamentalists deal with
the news of having gay sons or lesbian daughters
makes its premier in Houston today.
“Family Fundamentals,” the newest release by
three-time Sundance Film Festival award-winning
director Arthur Dong, will run through Aug.
1 in the Bayou City. The showing is part of a
three-city debut in Texas, which includes screenings
in Dallas through next week and a finished
run in Austin this month.
Dong reveals that he conceived the film while
working on his 1997 documentary, “Licensed to
Kill,” in which he conducted prison interviews
with nine convicted killers of gay men.
He says he noticed that a great deal of the
killers where raised in conservative Christian
homes and had strong religious beliefs.
According to Dong, all of the killers spoke
freely about how their attitudes regarding gays
were shaped by both their church leaders and
“I though it must be interesting how these
families deal with the news of having a gay or
lesbian child,” Dong says.
THE 75-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY — FILMED
with a digital camera and with Dong solely conducting
the interviews — is about three families,
headed by conservative religious parents, and
their gay children.
In all of the families’ relationships between
parent and child, the one constant was pain,
Dong relates. “None of them have good relationships,”
“I wanted to make a film where both [parents
and children] can sit down and resolve a
conflict,” he adds.
The subjects of the film include
Kathleen Bremner, a Pentecostal church
leader who conducts monthly support group
meetings for parents whose children have
In the documentary, Bremner tells the group
that gays recruit their members and that, once
indoctrinated, it is hard for them to break away.
Susan Jester, Bremner’s estranged lesbian daughter,
provides the opposing view, along with her
grown son, David, who also is gay.
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Director Arthur Dong wants film to start dialogue
FILM, continued from Page 15
Dong’s goal was to create a film that
isn’t one-sided and gives equal time to
both the parents and their children.
“I wanted to make a film they could
watch,” Dong says. “These are not bad
people. I don’t want to judge them — they
do enough judging.”
Also in the film, Brett Mathews, a
member of the U.S. Air Force who was
ousted for being gay, tries to persuade
his Mormon family to talk about his
homosexuality, only to be rejected.
Originally, the Mathews family had
planned to participate in the film, but
dropped out, to their son’s dismay,
according to Dong. The family didn’t
believe that the film would be
objective, he explains.
Mathews’ parents have told Dong
they would participate in the film only
if their son went through a gay deprogramming
course at the church
and start living a straight life, the
THE THIRD SUBJECT IN THE FILM
is probably the most intriguing,
Brian Bennett, former chief of staff
and legislative aide to former U.S. Rep.
Robert Dornan, a conservative
Republican, talks about the father-and-
Family Fundamentals' is the newest film for Dong, whose ’Coming
Out Under Fire,' a historical account of gays and lesbians in the military,
won the 1994 Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
son relationship he had with Dornan.
Bennett hid his homosexuality during
the 12 years he helped Dornan form
anti-gay policies that eventually played a
role in his 1997 defeat.
That same year, Bennett
finally told Dornan he
Dornan refused to be
interviewed by Dong for the
documentary, but the director
includes an excerpt from
a radio interview between
Dornan and Bennett, who
are no longer associates.
Dong says he knows his
latest film won’t end the
conflict between gays and
those who promote conservative
but he hopes it will
open up more civilized
“I don’t think any one
thing can change the world,
but if the film can pave the
way to talks in a civilized
manner, then that’s what I
want to do,” he says.
Dong — who produces his
work via his own Deep Focus
Productions, based in Los
Angeles — considers himself
both a storyteller and social
advocate, and he uses his films to accomplish
Other films under Dong’s belt include
“Coming Out Under Fire,” a historical
account of gays and lesbians in the military
that won the 1994 Special Jury
Award at Sundance.
He is also the director behind the critically
acclaimed film “Sewing Machine,”
a documentary about his mother’s immigration
from China to the United States;
“Forbidden City, USA,” a musical tribute
to the plight of Asian-American nightclub
performers in the 1940s; and
“Lotus,” a drama depicting the footbinding
of Chinese women.
He also has produced 12 documentaries
for the series “Life & Times,” at the Los
Angeles PBS station, KCET-TV
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‘Festival of Originals’
Produced by Mimi Holloway, Theatre
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before produced. Each has a different director
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The right plants in the garden
can entice sweet-craving
creatures to flutter by
Invite the butterfly in
WHEN MY 5-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW LEFT
after several weeks of visiting, he left
half a box of Trix cereal. I scattered the
cereal across the patio for the birds.
They’ll eat rock-hard bread and dried out
rice, so I was certain they would “take
on” over the bright colors and high intensity
sugar. It would be an exciting change
from their custom seed mix.
Three days later, the pink, green, blue
and yellow cereal was still there, undiminished
in quantity, though sort of shriveled
up. The birds, the squirrels, the possum
that sometimes comes to visit, even the
rats — presuming we have them — had all
completely ignored it. I guess there are no
rabbits in the neighborhood.
The sugar addicts in the garden are the
butterflies and migrating hummingbirds,
both nectar drinkers. Butterflies are a
wonderful attraction in a summer garden.
Since their body temperature needs to be
above 85 degrees for them to fly, they are
most active now. They don’t just sit in the
sun, waiting to warm up. Butterfly
favorites include black-eyed Susan, butterfly
weed and bush, gay feather, coreopsis,
lantana, coneflower and pentas.
Some also like rotting fruit, dung and
nearly dry mud puddles, but those things
are not nearly as nice to host in the garden.
FAVORITE LARVAL HOST FOODS FOR
some local species include plants from the
mustard and carrot family, citrus, passion
vine, butterfly weed and hackberry trees.
However, be warned that larval host feed is
what garden writers call the plants that will
be breakfast, lunch and dinner for caterpillars.
Also, some caterpillars eat only one kind
of plant, so if you want to be a good butterfly
parent, you may find yourself on a hunt for
more citrus leaves or native passion vine.
My attitude is that if you don’t want
caterpillars to chew up your butterfly weed,
you shouldn’t plant it, but it is a native that
adds height and color to the garden, so I
understand its appeal. Many people plant it
for its beauty, then are horrified when it is
chewed up. It will come back. Caterpillars
don’t want to kill your plant; they just want
food for the next generation.
Butterfly weed and some other kinds of
milkweed are host plants for monarch
butterflies. These are migrating butterflies,
and early spring is the time the population
here is the largest. If you want to
attract and feed them, plant your butterfly
weed now. It is very difficult to acquire
butterfly weed in the spring. Demand is
high and production has just begun.
The chrysalis is a beautiful pale jade
color, with three gold dots. I would have
sold Manhattan Island for $24 worth of
really good beads, so I love these.
Warm weather is sure to bring out butterflies of all
kind, searching for nectar to drink.
HUMMINGBIRDS ALSO ARE MIGRANTS,
and should begin coming through Houston
in mid-August. They are most attracted to
tubular shaped flowers that are orange, red
or hot pink, such as hamelia, which is also
called hummingbird bush and firecracker
bush, but I have seen them exploring my
plumbago, which is blue.
They like many of the same plants the
butterflies like. If you put your hummingbird
feeders up soon, you will attract the
early ones, and then the rest. I use a mix
of one part sugar to four parts of water
(1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water), but a
l-to-6 ratio also works.
Don’t, however, in an attempt to be
more natural, use honey. It incubates a
fungus that is dangerous to hummingbirds,
but they will still consume it.
For the most part, though, wild animals,
birds and insects have some sense
about what they eat. They will consume
things that they normally eat that have
been poisoned with insecticide or other
toxic chemical, but don’t eat plants that
are naturally poisonous to them. This is
not always the case with cats and dogs.
Particularly if you have a kitten or puppy,
be aware of what you have growing in
your house and yard that could be toxic.
Lilies, for example, are very toxic to cats,
though not to dogs. Poinsettias are very dangerous.
Oleander is very toxic, but it is so bitter
that it is rarely a danger. However, a
chewing puppy could ingest enough to kill it.
The SPCA’s Web site has a long list of toxic
plants. Check it out if your pet is a chewer.
There are other garden dangers for pets.
One popular snail bait is little brown pellets
that look a lot like some dried cat food. It is
very dangerous. Since there are other effective
snail baits, don’t use it if you have a cat.
For your pet’s heath, always read your
labels and use the least toxic remedy that
you can for whatever problem you try to
address. And use care when storing any
kind of chemicals.
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Ocean-derived cuisine at Canton Seafood
a delight with flavors, variety of choices
Value abounds inside
THE CANTON OR GUANGDONG
Province in southern China has few
fertile and arable land for crops and
grazing animals, and therefore turned
to its most abundant natural resource
— the ocean — for sustenance.
Bordering the South China Sea,
Canton developed its characteristic
cuisine based on the crabs, oysters,
shrimp, fish and the other abundant
marine life available.
Canton Seafood, located on the corner
of Kirby and Richmond Avenue, brings
Canton’s regional specialty to Houston
and treats diners to an array of seafood
prepared in the unique culinary style and
sauces of the province.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are
greeted with numerous salt-water fish
tanks housing a variety of colorful and
tropical fish native to the coasts of
Canton. Further inside the restaurant,
fresh lobsters, King Crabs, and shellfish
swim idly in large tanks and unwittingly
await their fate to be handpicked for
A similar smooth and silky
ginger-based sauce was used in
the preparation of the Sauteed
Prawn and Scallop with
THE SPECIAL ONE EVENING WAS
lobster steamed and prepared in the
diner’s choice of ginger and green onion,
spicy salt, or black pepper and beer
sauces. The creamy ginger and green
onion sauce was incredibly rich and
smooth, and would have been the perfect
medium for many meat dishes.
However, when one splurges to eat
lobster, the natural flavors of the fresh
lobster should define the essence of the
dish. Unfortunately, the velvety sauce,
while delicious, overwhelmed the subtle
natural flavors of the lobster and made
the extra expenditure virtually unnecessary.
Interestingly, the “special price” for
the lobsters was $15.95 per pound.
However, if you paid in cash, the lobsters
were $18.95 for two pounds!
I am not quite sure the reason for the
incredible price break and thought it
unwise to ask about the specifics.
A similar smooth and silky ginger
based sauce was used in the preparation
of the Sauteed Prawn and Scallop
with Asparagus ($11.25). Unlike the lobster
special, the rich sauce enhanced
the naturally strong flavors of the
shrimp and gave emphasis to the textured
but typically mild scallops. The
green asparagus were incredibly
crunchy with freshness, and I would
have been satisfied with merely a dish
of the asparagus coated with the
savory sauce. Which is just as well,
since the dish offered rather scanty
ONE GREAT VALUE ITEM, ESPECIALLY
if you’re in the mood for soup, is the
Crab Meat with Asparagus Soup ($7.25).
Served in a bowl the size of half a
watermelon, bits of real crab meat (not
the fake variety), slices of white asparagus,
and boiled eggs infuse a slightly
salty and creamy medium. The soup is
similar to the common egg drop soup;
however, it is enhanced multifold by the
abundant asparagus and shreds of crab.
While some of their other dishes might
be a bit pricey, one bowl could easily
feed four or five and is a must-get for
If you come in a large group, Canton
Seafood can easily cater to your party
size. Actually, the layout of the restaurant
includes only a handful of four-tops,
and most of the tables are six- or eightseat
round tables with a lazy-Susan for
sharing. I would recommend going to
Canton in large parties just so that you
can try as many of the 100 seafood entree
selections as possible.
Don’t be thrown off by the location
and exterior surroundings of Canton
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seedy and uninhabited, but like many
great restaurants, it’s not until you get
inside that you witness its true value.
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Tlw only late night Happy How in Montrose, Industry Night every Sunday
2100 Waugh Drive Houston, TX 77006 713.942.2100
22 JULY 26,2002_____________________
a weekly guide to arts & entertainment
activities for gay Houstonians
SUNDAY, JULY 28
"Extra Mile Awards Brunch’ will be hosted this weekend
by Uncommon Legacy of Houston, a nonprofit foundation
dedicated to enhancing the vitality of the lesbian
community. Guest speaker for the event is Kate Kendall,
executive director for the National Center for Lesbian
Rights. Entertainers will include Houston native Vickie
Shaw. 1130 am. Sunday, July 28. Cost $60. Warwick
Hotel. 713-774-1744. www.uncommonlegacyhouston.org
"LIVE 2002,’the yearly fundraiser
hosted by Don Gill
Productions, this summer will