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Title Houston Voice, No. 825, August 16, 1996
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript WVWVVW AUGUST 16, 1996 ■ ISSUE 825 VVWVVVW How Big is That GOP Tent? Log Cabin Republicans Meet in San Diego By Curt Morrison .The "Big Tent" philosophy of the Republican party that claims to be both inclusive and diverse is being questioned. The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), citing polls, indicates that only 14% of self-identified gay and lesbian voters cast their ballot for George Bush in 1992. No surprise there, considering the tumultuous GOP convention that occurred in Houston that same year. What is surprising however is the exit polling data from 1994. According to a Mitofski Organization report released by the NGLTF, 32% of our community voted Republican in 1994. Whether or not the 1996 Republican ticket of Bob Dole and Jack Kemp can maintain that Scott Kennedy and Kevin Maye bring the Gay Comedy Jam to Houston's LaffStop show will be a live taping for a new CD, their first. They've been Domestic Partners in real life since 1993, but they perform separately. They have closed many of their shows by sharing the stage and conducting an "audience participation" gay version of the dating game. Starting The Gay Comedy Jam Freedom Tour 1995 was somewhat as a defense mechanism so that the two could have more time together. "Being able to do what you love and do it with the person you love is the best thing in the whole world,” says Kennedy. "You always have somebody next to you to do something with and talk to." Maye agrees that it was really a smart choice for them both personally and professionally. "It was a really smart move that enhanced our careers and made us Gay Comedy at Laff Stop Local guys prove being Gay is a laughing matter By Deborah Bell enjoy it a lot more", he asserts. "We definitely consider our relationship a marriage," Kennedy explains, agreeing with me that there are no good words for us to use as same-sex partners. "We say Domestic Partners, but that sounds like one of them is a pet." He adds, "1 know, it's not a good word. We haven't come up with anything we like." Scott Kennedy defies many stereotypes and jokes about being someone that the Lesbians level of the gay and lesbian vote remains to be seen and is certainly incumbent upon what happens in the months to come during this election cycle. Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), a nationwide gay and lesbian group, convened in San Diego last weekend prior to the GOP convention to work with the Republican establishment in an attempt to dissuade the intolerance that has become synonymous with the Republican Party. Not an easy feat for any organization who goes against the grain of the OOP's grass root ideologues, however, the gay group is currently in a better position to confront the bigotry than it has been in previous conventions. With 10,000 members nationwide. Log Cabin is three times the size it was in 1992 providing the organization with much more influence. The group’s influence was prevalent during their National Convention held in San Diego prior to the Republican National Convention. Texas Log Cabin members from Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio were present at the LCR convention providing our state with an impressive presence. The Houston chapter had the largest delegation led by LCR Houston President Gary Van Ooteghem. Upon arrival, the organization was invited to a welcoming reception with the Mayor of San Diego, Susan Golding, a "moderate" Republican. And, for the first time three openly gay delegates, all of whom are members of the organization, will be participating in this year's Republican National Convention. The three delegates who comprise this historic first are: New York delegate Mike Flynn who works for Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Abner Mason, a Massachusetts delegate who works for Senate Candidate and state Governor William Weld; and Mark Patrosso, a delegate from California who works for an electronics firm. During the LCR convention, the group participated in several committee meetings, luncheons with dignitaries and lobbying media and delegates about the organization's goals to incorporate the GOP into that Big Tent party they purport to maintain. The weekend began with a compelling keynote address by famed author Chandler Burr who (Continued on page 8) 'Brian Keever, Board Member and Darren Armstrong, treasuer of the Pride Committee The first impression of Scott Kennedy and Kevin Maye is that they are really nice guys. And that they have a caring, committed relationship that many in our community might envy. The fact that these two found each other and love in the wacky world of stand-up comedy, developed a relationship while both were traveling all over the country for gigs, and that they have developed a very successful "Gay Comedy Tour" is rather amazing. They were named by the Hollywood Reporter as "The Most Successful Gay Comics." That honor apparently was well earned as the two can't even play all the dates they have been asked to play, and have sell-out audiences all around the country and Canada. They have appeared on the Comedy Channel, Evening at the Improv, and HBO. They've opened for many top name performers. They will be featured in an October episode of "In the Life" which airs on PBS stations around the country (call Ch.8 and ask them when it will be on here). Tuesday you can catch the guys on the radiowaves at Buzz 107fm. They will appearing at The LaffStop at 1952 W. Gray on Monday August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th, starting at 8pm each night. Opening performer is Frank Lockwood. Tickets are pre-paid only and if you haven't gotten a ticket yet, hurry, their shows are sell outs, with good reason. Group discount rates are available prior to Monday. The guys are especially excited about playing in their hometown and that the Laff Stop are attracted to because of his "jock" personae. "Yeah we can go play pool after the show, they win, everyone has a nice time and Kevin can do their hair." He explains that of Houston present checks to Dallas Crawford of the AIDS Housing Houston/Milam House, Christi Burchette, Co-facilitator of the Texas Lesbian Conference, and Jim Carper, treasurer of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Houston. prior to touring together, the two spent a lot of time apart as their out of town gigs took them in various directions. Kennedy says that they both always wanted to be performers. Getting started is the hardest part. "There is no school for it," Kennedy explains. Growing up in the Southwest, including New Walgreens that AIDS Built target of Protest Mexico and Lubbock,Texas, playing football and attending a military school, few people suspected his sexual orientation. Kennedy was such a "regular guy" it didn't occur to his crowd of friends that he was a "faggot", a (Continued on page 11) Removal of Publications at Issue A Walgreens Drugstore in the Montrose Area has become a target of protest after removing a locally published magazine directed to a gay and lesbian readership. The magazine OutSmart and other such publications are no longer being distributed from the Walgreens store located at 3317 Montrose Boulevard.This Walgreens has been called "the drugstore that AIDS built" due to the large volume of business the store does because of the HIV and AIDS This Walgreens may soon be a protest spot. treatment drugs it sells. It has been said to be the second largest revenue producer in the Walgreens chain in the country. The Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (HGLPC) at its meeting on August 7 discussed this matter and directed its President Pat Gandy to notify the press. Gandy had contacted the corporate office via phone and letter after ascertaining that it was true that the magazine had been pulled from the store. In addition to sending letters, Gandy has talked to the manager of the Montrose Walgreens Store in person. He assured her that the decision is a corporate one and that he has no control over the issue now. Specifically, HLGPC would like for those who are upset by this action from Walgreens to do the following: 1. To protest this decision, write to: Mr. Daniel Jorndt, President, (Continued on page 19) 2 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 Get ReAdy For America f- AT Wei's INTERVIEW MAGAZINE entertainment WEEKLY I ROLLING STONE VANITY FAIR Thanks for hanging in Houston and get­ting back into the community spotlight. You have lifted the Voice to a nice high. I did not like it much as some other papers until you took over. Now I look forward to each issue. I only wish it reached out here in the burbs. Any chance??? The Houston Press does now and with the probable annexation of the area I think you should consider dropping it off out here. There are women who love women out here and even a few men who love men, what are the SoutIiern )eca<Jenci 2404 TaFt 525-5557 Loving Your New Voice to Us FROM KASEY KING Dear Deborah, It is incredible that you are back avail­able to us out here in the suburbs with your wit and humor and seriousness and availability to your “family.” I am so glad to be hearing you through your words that I had to jot a note. I have missed you on Lesbian and Gay Voices and have let you know that numerous times. Oh how won­derful that you and this newspaper struck a cord together. Your voice is once again out there to your fans and I’m glad. I heard your interview on the show last Thursday. Love Nancy Ford’s new column. She really gave B. a hoot to talk about for months to come at the Janis Ian concert. B. could have died a thousand deaths to be outted there. I thought it was great. We have come so far since our first encoun- FROM RICK EHRLICH For those readers unfamiliar with the name, this is the Montrose area civic group whose borders include the strip of lower Westheimer. The vast majority of Montrose residents and businesses will agree that this area has been plaguecl for 15 years by blight, street crime^ vagrants/loiterers, trash, and while Houston recovered from the oil crash years, this strip did not really recover much, as much as all of us want it. Recently the Avondale Association and other local associations voted to request the HPD’s cooperation in a brief effort to reduce the number of vagrants, dere­licts, hookers/hustlers and street drug dealers from our beloved Montrose area neighborhood. As there is no city penalty for loiter­ing, HPD can only do this effectively by a “zero tolerance” campaign; for example, the derelict loiters with no risk, but when he steps into the street, he is stopped for jaywalking-HPD runs hi| name in the computer, and as many of the' street types are ex-cons or current fugi­tives, there may be outstanding bench warrants against them. By this means, HPD is able to get them out of the Montrose area. It definitely has had a helpful effect. I understand there were several unfortunate unintended situations where a legitimate resident or busi­ness patron was stopped and/or ques­tioned by HPD for jaywalking, or other technical minor infraction. Hopefully the affected individuals will not mind too much, recognizing it as a minor side affect of the greater, worthwhile effort. As some of these unfortunate incidents occurred near the cluster of gay bars (j.R.’s, etc.), some constrrued it as an anti-gay effort. We should strongly emphasize to ail that the program was supposed to help all the legitimate res­idents and patrons of our area. We embarked on this as a unified neighbor­hood effort. If some of those unfortunate instances were among gay individuals, we must stand united in our sincerity that this was very much unintended. We must resolve together that if we can achieve reductions in the number of hooker/ hustlers on our streets, it benefits the legitimate gay community just as much as others in the area; if it results in less vagrants hanging around (as a crime risk, because most of them are ex-cons, and as a visual blight element because they make our neighborhood look trashy), it helps all residents and patrons. It is disap­pointing to hear anyone, including the usually thoughtful activist Ray Hill, say that the effort was anti-gay, because L believe with all my heart that this is not so.’ Following the conclusion of the effort, if it again is a problem, I hope the Associations will have the unified resolve to vote to request th’e zero toler­ance campaign by HPD again. The best of civic associations have differing opinions within their memberships, and the Avondale is improving in mem­bership and thoughtful dialogue. I hope to see more business and residential neighbors at the future meetings where this type of effort is debated and voted. Personally, I’ll vote for this program, and encourage all to join in because it helps our whole Montrose area. EDITOR’S NOTE; Mike Springer was the author of the letter that appeared las^ week regarding Avondale. He had asked that his address not be used and inadvert­ently his name was left off as well .—db. Fascinating! an accomplished AND ENGROSSING SPECTACLE! Jeffrey Wright gives a vivid performance. Dennis Hopper provides ace color.” "Owen Qleibermon “Explosive! it will make sparks fly! Hats off to Jeffrey Wright.” Angrid Sischy AVAILABLE (Upon Approval) M ALL WORK FULLY GUARANTEED ..Proudly Serving OUR Community Over 12 Yearsl SAAuPGUSTFli6thY HowstoM Voice Help WAMteb Advertising Professional with proven record of success wanted to carve out new territory in Greater Houston Market for weekly Gay publication. Commission basis. Must be aggressive and have a positive attitude. Call Deborah Bell at 529-8490. Basquiat’ defies expectations!” Bob Colocelio, .■o...»g.K .. ™«jK„.ffTOWWJOS8MIOl«^.wJUl«SOIIWa MWIKWE OENNSHOffiR (JWOtDMM JEmtYWNGHT WOUW ^^..^iMmtPjHAaWWtWlCOSnn -e-JOjOhNNDMOUMIi a^SIIWWSS.-OiiRNOItWlFWWIAIKTOT W..M KIWHJAUaIeAMNWSaWiNMM fslsFfTfBSMNT JOSWAUBI Hours ____ 9:OO"6:OOpM M-F 10:00-6:00pivi Sat ty. Closed SuhidAy 1 An exceptional film! Jeffrey Wright is magnetic. Christopher Walken is mesmeric.” -Peter Travers An incredibly COOL CAST! 'Cathleen McGuigan ..SpEciftliziNCi N i "is & ExTENSi°N jrjtrflij'wtar- DAV'D Ho?*?. • 0AM OUMATJ . (IAIR; FoRlan\ MHMAii. Wiwutr • 8:.NiC<c?zi Toto • COvRrwjy Uv- • 'c^1 TEXAS AIR, INC. Air Conditioning & TejGsk Heating Specialists . Air j 880-4629 10°" ”G Here’s good things to you, let’s not lose contact. EDITOR’S NOTE: Kasey, Great to hear from you—I'm so glad you like the Voice and the work we are doing. Your continu­ing support means a lot to me. Arrange­ments can be made to have a distribution point in your area if a friendly business can be found or if there is a group that meets in the area that might want to be a “pick­up ” place .—db We Get Kudos FROM SAMUEL THOMPSON KUDOS to you and your publication for printing the guest editorial by Martina Cartwright in the August 9, 1996 issue!! Through my own personal experiences as well as discussion with peers and my own research, I too have found that the issues of racism and sexism have not truly been dealt with by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered commu­nity. Although solutions have been found in the forming of separate organiza­tions for those who have been “sli­ghted,” it is obvious that as our commu­nity moves into the next millennium these issues must be addressed, not solely for purposes of creating “a more uni­fied front,” but also for the greater pur­pose of consciousness-raising and changing. It is my hope that your publication will continue the discussion of these issues in the future. EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks, Samuel, we shall .—db Re: The Avondale Civic Association Fest 522-701* TACL A00610C HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 3 In My Own Voice Gender Gap Wide Open I have been wooed, courted as it were, but rather than feel the glow of amorous intentions, I feel as if someone is play­ing me as a fool. Maybe because my suitor was an unwelcome one. I tried to like her, really listened and hoped for a glimmer of understanding. It just isn’t there. The chemistry has to be right you know. I know what they want. They want me for my vote. It is highly unlikely that they will get it even though they talked a good talk. I saw through their ploy. It takes a little more substance to earn my respect and support, and most importantly, my vote. The gender gap is the difference between the way women vote and the way men vote. The Republicans have a prob­lem with it. Mostly it is a problem with their candidate, Bob Dole not being viewed as someone who is really suppor­tive of women, although his wife Eliza­beth is a powerful and successful woman in her own right. The 1994 elec­tions and the huge turnover of seats to Republicans was characterized as being brought about due to the “Angry, White Male Voter.” This time, it’s our turn to make the difference with the Women’s vote. The Republican Party at its show in San Diego paraded before the assembly and television audiences last Tuesday night its best and brightest. Attractive, articulate, successful women. These women such as Texas Senator Kay Bai­ley Hutchinson and New York Con­gresswoman and Keynote speaker, Susan Molinari bashed Clinton while trying to make a case for why women should vote Republican. They ques­tioned Clinton’s personal integrity and the Democratic fiscal policies. One of the things the Republicans are doing is taking credit for matters that they either had no part in or are laying claim to in hopes that we will believe that they really are working in our best inter­est. Hutchinson claims that the Repub­licans in killing of Clinton’s health plan was a great victory for women. Because, she said it didn’t cover mammo­grams for women before age 50 and she had friends under that age that had breast can­cer. She failed to mention that nothing in any of the Republican plans would have provided the mammogram services either. Furthermore, while it is of grave concern, women have many more health concerns than breast cancer, and with no health plan in place, our overall health and ability to care for our families is in jeopardy. Hutchinson made a jab at Hil­lary Clinton by saying “We don’t want to have a village raise a child, we want a family to raise a child.” Clinton’s book on raising children published last year is titled “It takes a Village to Raise a Child” . Clever line, but it misses the point of the African saying that inspired the saying to begin with. The village (the community) should be family for every child. Children need and deserve the love, nurturing and guidance of eve­ryone in the community to be the child’s extended family. The job is too big for just parents. We have to count on child­ren receiving that same care from teach­ers, coaches, their scout leaders, and neighbors to have the kind of society that is part of the American Dream. The American Dream—that was another term they used quite a bit, claiming that putting a Republican in the White House would restore the American Dream. One of the most moving speeches was made by a rape survivor and victim’s rights advocate. She bravely shared her story of horror at being awaken while in her own bed and finding a stranger who tore her clothes and touched her body. I was touched by her story and impressed by her courage. I agree with her that we need tougher laws and better enforcement. I think the victim’s rights far out weigh those of the criminal. But I don’t agree with her that voting for Republicans is the answer. I just don’t trust them. The party who used to tout that women belong in the home raising children and had such leaders as Phyllis Schafely of the Eagle Forum and Beverly LeHaye of the Concerned Women for America has changed its tune a bit. It is always inter­esting to me that the women who share this view with their male counterparts are never women who maintain that role and whose careers (or marriages) put them in the wealthy category. Now they are advocating for “the working women.” They promise a that a more equitable wage, along with tax cuts will put more money in our pockets and give more time to be with our families. This from the party who was largely responsi­ble for the defeat of the ERA. hummm. Women are more likely to vote for Demo­crats. They make up their minds later than men do, because they, want more informa­tion about the candidates before mak­ing their decisions. They care about vot­ing “smart.” Hopefully, they are too smart to fall for the Republican’s cha­rade. In San Diego, they managed with cameras tricks to make it look like they really are the “Big Tent” party with showing every person of color present at the convention (3% Black, 3% Lat­ino, and a number of Asians). The camera showed many women’s faces and did not reveal that only 33% of the delegates are women (down from 45% in 1992). Just how much coverage have you seen of sup­port by the GOP for the rights of Gays and Lesbians? I haven’t seen, except through the Gay media, any reports on the presence of the Log Cabins who are struggling to make a place for them­selves within the party. Maybe that is one reason I’m a Democrat, we already have a place. So far the polls in Texas are claiming that Clinton and Dole are in a dead heat, but when it comes to Women, Clinton leads 41 % to Dole’s 34%. 13 % of women favor Perot and 12% remain undecided. Among men Dole leads with 43% over Clinton’s 36% with 12% being undecided and only 8% in favor of Perot. Kemp’s selection as GOP vice president increased men’s support of Dole but had no effect on the women. The Republican women have demon­ized feminism yet touted how far we (women) have come. Who do they think opened the doors to begin with? It is very hard for me, as well as the voters under the age of 40 who have a hard time believing that Dole is the person to lead us into the 21st century. It also impossi­ble for me to believe that a party that is anti-choice and anti-gay as stated in its platform, can be working in my best interest. If women do not have the choice to terminate a crisis pregnancy, they have no choice at all. Women are people of conscience and they and they alone are the ones who must maintain the control of their own bodies and reproductive lives. The Republicans want to change welfare, but while l agree that reform is needed, their plan penalizes the most vulnerable in society (teenage women with children). They want to do away with affirmative action based on classism and judgmental elitism. They keep talking about restoring the Amer­ican Dream. What they need to look at is the American Reality. jj'COMEDY ZONE Yoor ‘‘TicUef‘‘ To Enter-tolrment @ Save $5 © I (Houston Voice) | 6 Heur Stit« Aprind Drivieg Safety C««rs* | Far Tiakat DiiRiml & laiartaea Diteaaafi PRESENTED by ACTIVE COMEDIANS, RAMADA INN HOBBY AIRPORT 8611 Airport Blvd @ Monroe CLEOS COMEDY THEATRE I 3722 Washington @ Heights Blvd. | Far a $aal time aall 946 1AFF (5133) Walk-lai Valaanal C©ASTAI. 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DC 20500 White House Public Comment Line: 202/456-7639 E-mai 1: president@whitehouse.gov 4 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 Iwlamigy "Memar^ STEPHEN TAYLOR BRALICK Bom: April 15, 1953 Died: August 2, 1996 Stephen passed away peacefully on Friday, August 2nd at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston. Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin he graduated from the Waukesha Public School System and then attended beauty school in Milwaukee. He spent the next 20-plus years as an accomplished hairdresser and color expert. After moving to Houston he worked for Frost Bros, until its closing, then moved to Alexander in River Oaks. Stephen periodically did hair and make-up for the Houston Grand Opera and also spent several years volunteering his skills at Bering Care Center and other AIDS care facilities. He was an outstanding man who never met a stranger. Stephen is preceded in death by his father John E. Bralick, and his soulmate Richard Hupp. He is survived by his mother Peggy Bralick of Waukesha, Wl; his brother John Bralick, sister-in-law Roxanne, and nephews Zachary and Charles of Warrensburg, MO, his sister Susan Brown, brother-in-law Tim, and nephews Seth and Shane of Johnson Creek, Wl; his sister Maggie Bralick, and partner Cindy McCullough of Houston; and his 13 year old Basset, Buster. The family wishes to thank nurses, Karen and Billie, and all others of Park Plaza, Sth fl., who gave Stephen such wonderful care and their great concern. A Celebration of Life and balloon release will be held on Sunday, August 18th at 3 p.m. at Mary's Outback, 1022 Westheimer. GEORGE E. WATSON George Watson, Jr., 37, affectionately known by his friends as "Bit" passed from this life on August 2, 1996. George was a valued employee at Methodist Hospital Health Care Systems where he worked as a purchasing specialist. He is survived by his spouse Randol Lindsay, D.Min., a sister and brother, Catherine Barbato and Nicholas Jack Watson, of Mobile, maternal grandmother Mrs. E. Bill CARTOONIST: Earl Storm PUBLISHER Crad Duren CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Andrew Edmonson, Larry Lingle, Curt Morrison, Jazz Paz, Glen Webber EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT J.C. Michelak/editorial assistant Jon Anthony/entertainment editor Jack Leonard/sports editor Carolyn Roberts/society editor STAFF WRITERS: B.R. McDonald, Carolyn Roberts, Javier Tamez (Theatre Review) PHOTOGRAPHERS: David Goetz, Kim Thompson, Steven David EDITOR Deborah Moncrief Bell -- ----- expressed by columnists or cartoonists are not nec-ssarily those of the Houston Voice or its staff and we assume o liability for the content expressed or implied of said articles or likeness of persons living or dead, real or fictional in the cartoons —Publication of the name or photograph of any person or or­ganization in articles or advertising in the Houston Voice is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of said person or organization. —The appearance of advertisements or opinions expressed therein do not constitute an endorsement or guarantee by The Houston Voice or its staff. August 16, 1996 Published Fridays Established 1974 as the Houston Montrose Star, re-established 1980 as the Houston Montrose Voice, changed name to The New Voice in 1991 incorporating the New Orleans Crescent City Star, re-established December 1, 1993 as the Houston Voice 811 Westheimer, Suite 105 Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 529-8490 (800) 729-8490 Fax: (713) 529-9531 E-mail: HouVoice@AOL.com Contents copyright 1996 Office Hours: 9am-5:30pm weekdays BILLY ROSS RAMSEY Born: July 9, 1947 Died: August 11, 1996 Ross Ramsey, age 49, formerly of Houston, died Sunday, August 11, 1996, at Christopher House in Austin. He was born in Lampasas. After serving as Student Body President and Debate Team member at Southwest Texas State University, Bill represented Texas in the LBJ Administration. Upon his return, he taught school in San Antonio and continued his leadership in Young Democrats. Houston became his home in 1972 where for many years he was prominent in business and politics. He and his late partner J. Cary Chellette founded J. Ross Real Estate, Tropicana Swim Club, and Cock-a-too; scenes of Houston's first and best teas dances, earning them repeated Diana awards. Following his work in Washington, D.C., Billy served with the administrations of innumerable Democratic elected officials, including Mayor Kathy Whitmire, Commissioner El Franco Lee, Representative Debra Danburg and as Executive Director of the Office of Governor Ann Richards. Bill was Executive Director of the Harris County Democratic Party during "his" Governor's successful campaign. Billy delighted in his travel to San Francisco, New York, Fire Island and points beyond...and had the spirit to let Debra talk him into everything from SCUBA diving to whitewater rafting, though he was a lousy swimmer. Charities that benefited from Billy's work and remarkable organizational skills are countless. He began the first Montrose Activity Center, Tea for 2000, and served on numerous community boards and fundraising steering committees. Bill will receive the Political Lifetime Achievement Award from the Human Rights Campaign on September 28 in Austin, and has requested that memorial contributions be made to Christopher House, 2820 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702 in appreciation of the wonderful care given to him and other loved ones. His friends also thank Dr. PRODUCTION Matthew Pennington/manager/art director Maggie Bralick/production layout OFFICE MANAGEMENT Jack Leonard/office manager Maggie Bralick/assistant manager Jeanna Wiley/office assistant McGIoughlan, and a niece and nephew. Services were held in Mobile at St. Ignatius Catholic Church with interment at Cedar Crest Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held in Houston for George's many friends on Saturday, August 17, 1996 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd. @ Greenbriar at 4:00 pm with reception immediately following at "Widowwood", 1216 W. Drew, hosted by Rick Carter, Dennis Leasman, Michael Mixon and Randol Lindsay. Memorial contributions in memory of "Bit" may be Assistance Fund. ROBERT T. (BOBBY) VEITH Born: June 30, 1952 Died: August 6, 1996 Bobby passed to a better, safer place at sunrise Tuesday morning, August 6th, from The Passage in Corpus Christi after a long and courageous battle with AIDS. During his life he touched many lives with his infectious smile and lighthearted sense of humor. Houston and Dallas knew him as one of Texas' first Fan Dancers. Bobby proudly wore the Texas Riders colors and participated everywhere. He was educated at King High School and Delmar College in Corpus Christi before moving to Houston. Bobby had many talents, but was most proud of his career as a real estate agent. He is survived by his grandmother Hazel Freeman of Pasadena, TX; his mother Joan and stepfather Felix Veith, his brother William Veith and nephew William Veith, Jr. all of Corpus Christi; his father George Stone of Lake Conroe, TX; his soulmate Steve Bargo of Atlanta, GA; and his many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his lifemate Louis Edward Farr. A private service for immediate family was held in Corpus Christi and his ashes scattered on Little Shell Beach on South Padre Island where he had found life's greatest regeneration and peace. A celebration of Bobby's life will be held at the Venture N on Sunday, August 25th at 3:00 p.m. to be followed by a balloon release. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Bering Community Service Foundation. We love and will miss you, Bobby. You made our lives more exciting and will always be in our hearts. Love, Greg, Pec, Doug and Charles ADVERTISING SALES DEPARTMENT Lee Davis, Benjamin Diaz, J:C. Michelak, Carolyn Roberts CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS Maggie Bralick NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPR522ESENTATIVE Rivendell Marketing, P.O. Box 518, Westfield, NJ (908) 232-2021 Notice to advertisers: Advertising rate schedule thirteen was effective March 1995 izxU ^^h-inr-inn -Partial or complete reproduction of any advertisement, news donn Owens for years Of llfe-ennancing rticle or feature, copy or photograph from the Houston Voice is care and Nancv Pittman and Dr. LenZi of p?'r'ca"yprohibi,edbyfederalstatule aic, aiiu ncJI iuy ruuiicaii ai -Opinions expressed by columnists or ------------------- M.D. Anderson. made to the HEALTH Cryptosporidium Study A nationwide phase II double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial is being conducted in 13 cities (including Houston) for the debili­tating and sometimes life-threatening oppor­tunistic pathogen Cryptosporidium parvum (C.parvum). The initial study in San Francisco General Hos­pital had approximately 50 percent of patients gaining therapeutic benefit with no serious adverse reactions. The drug being used is a milk­based antibody product derived from colos­trum. the antibody-rich milk collected from a cow immediately following the birth of a calf from a cow immunized with C.Parvum. To be screened for participation in the study, AIDS patients, male or female, must be at least 18 years of age and have had watery diarrhea for at least 10 days in the previous three weeks. Patients or physicians may call 1-800-372-AIDS or visit the trial website at http.Z/www.aids-research. com for more information about the study or participating in the study. Breast Cancer Web Site The Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organiza­tion announced the opening of a Home Page on the World Wide Web. The page includes a list of fre­quently asked questions about breast cancer, instructions on breast self-exam (BSE) includ­ing diagrams, guidelines for mammography, and a bibliography. The site features lan­guage that is friendly and caring. Y-ME, based in Chicago, is the nation’s largest consumer-driven resource for breast cancer information, support and referral. The web address is http.//www.y-me.org. Anyone with suggestions to offer of topics to be included can e-mail Michelle Melin at YMEONE@AOL.COM. Lesbian HIV Report The Centers for Disease.Control and Preven­tion (CDC) has published the first federal gov­ernment report on Lesbian HIV issues, reflect­ing the current knowledge of the impact of this disease on women who have sex with women and provides direction to the CDC on developing appropriate research and prevention initi­atives. This report includes 25 recommendations under four major headings: research; surveil­lance; communications & publications; and further meetings. It also explores the four major areas of transmission for lesbians and bisex­ual women: needle sharing, unprotected sex with men, unprotected sex with women and insemination. The meeting report can be ordered by calling the CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse at 1-800- 458-5231. Low-Fat and Skin Cancer Research at Baylor College of Medicine has revealed that patients on a diet of 20 percent fat (considered very lean) had fewer precan-cerous growths and non-melanoma skin cancers than patients on a diet with the normal 38 percent fat. The participants had already had one to three non-melanoma skin cancers, so the study involved a group with a history. After two years, the patients on the low-fat diet had an average of three precancerous growths while the normal diet patients averaged 10,” said Dr. John Wolf, Chairperson of Dermatology at Baylor. Avoiding excessive sun exposure is still the best way to prevent the initial damage that causes skin cancer. Wolf added. He also stated there is evidence that a low-fat diet may be bene­ficial in reducing the risk for colon, prostate and breast cancer and proof that it influences | cardiovascular health. POSTMASTER: Send-address corrections to 811 Westheimer. Suite 105, Houston, TX 77006 , Subscription rate in US (by carrier or US Mail): $1,75 per week ($45.50 per 6 months or $91.00 per year) Display advertising deadline: 12:00 p.m. CT Monday to reserve space. 5:00 p.m. CT Monday to furnish ad copy, for Friday publication Classified advertising deadline: noon CT Monday for Friday publication Responsibility: We do not assume financial responsibility for claims by advertisers but readers are asked to advise the news­paper of any suspicion of fraudulent or deceptive advertising and suspicions will be investigated Member: National Gay Newspaper Guild; Gay & Lesbian Press Association; Associate member: Associated Press The Houston Voice On-Line! The (JSAGayNet web site can be viewed at http://www.usagaynet.com. To reach The Houston Voice, access the site and click on the News and Views. There is no charge for this service. ^CLmiL^^/alueh z faff With A Name Like That, What Did They Expect? One woman introduced herself and ksaid, “I have been married to the same man for twenty-five years and we have three kids.” Approving nods all ‘round. The next one said, “I am new to Hous­ton, my husband was transferred here from New Orleans. I can find my way to work and to WalMart and that’s all.” and voice mail. It is an appointment requiring ethical judgment and sen­sitivity to possible fraud. I was pretty proud of myself for being awarded such a position, and here he was projecting my queer self into the unemployment lines. (And I don’t think you’re even eligible for unem­ployment if you are fired for a reason of offense. ’’You offended those people by saying that!”) I certainly offended him by saying it. He has known since I have that I am a Lesbian. He knows Jan Several generous offers to provide geographic assistance. “I live with a woman in a committed relationship. We have three kids, all grown.” Gasps, embarrassment and clutching of breast. Not from my new co-workers, but from my brother (straight, but stretching to accommodate his sis­ter’s outness) whom I related my first­and he likes her enough to take us both out for pizza. He attends our parties and meets our friends and he loves my kids. But this! This was too much: Walking into a room of new orientees and “blurting out” to them—and to my new boss—that I am Gay. “That’s like tell­ing them that you’re deaf, or not a Chris­tian, or, not white, for Christsake!” And he was vehement because he knew I day-on-the-new-job experiences to. He agreed with my partner Jan, that I had become pale and eccentric, slou­ching alone in front of a computer all day tapping out my fortune on a key­board. They thought I needed to be around people, earning vacation time and wearing some of the new clothes I spent all my writing earnings on. He despairingly predicted that I had just outted myself out of a good job where I had only hours before been assigned an office with my name on the door (and a picture of Jan on my desk) and more money than I have ever made in my life. Downtown. Free parking. A pass key and password, security clearance, did tell them all of that, but only as it came up in conversation. And no one seemed to suffer the indignation he' did when they heard it. He sighed. He said he hoped I still had a job the next day. Not that he would dis­criminate against an employee who was Gay, or very hard of hearing or not Christian or not White, but in his expe­rience other corporate supervisors tended to be less tolerant of those peculiarities than himself. We’ll see. Jazz is an out-and-praud sister of her openly white, straight, corporately successful brother . » i * w i Hyde Park Gallery Individually done by hand to archival stan­dards, photographic prints of investment quality by artist pho­tographers Paul De- Rigne and Chris Mag-isano will be on display at the Hyde Park Gal­lery, 711 Hyde Park, beginning with a recep­tion planned for Fri- Paul DeRigne’s " day, August 16 from 7 Park Gallery until 9:00 p.m. Toni Jones Gallery Painting, drawings and sculptures by JoAnne Copeland, Sheila Bemis Gre­ene, Geno Haber, Robert White and oth­ers will be on exhibit at the Toni Jones Gal­lery, 1911-C W. Alabama (at Hazard) through Saturday August 24. The gal­lery is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Barbara Davis Gallery The show “Convergence” will be open at the Barbara Davis Gallery, 711 Loui- 'siana, (Ground Floor of the Pennzoil Building) through Sept. 25. The gallery is open from 8:00 a.m. until noon, Tues­day to Friday, and the show features work by many artists using most medi­ums. “The Heart Has its Reasons” at the Hyde sion but a $3 donation is suggested. The work of Sugimoto, an exploration of photography, Buddhism, and time, capturing harmony with nature, an individuals immediate surround­ings, the beauty of plainness, rustic­ity, and simplicity and continual rep­etition of established gestures, will be on exhibit until Sept. 1. Project Row Houses In the 3rd Ward, Project Row Houses dis­plays the work of young artists who have been connected with the project. The display is open W,Th,F, noon to 6 and Sat. noon to 5 and is located at 2501 Hol­man between St. Charles and Live Oaks Streets. Telephone 526-7662. Watercolor Art Society Contemporary Arts Museum The work of Dan Friedman, a radical modernist designer, will be showcased at the Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose Blvd, until Sept. 22. The museum is open T,W,F,Sa 10-5; Th, 10-9 and Su, noon to 5. No charge for admis- The Watercolor Art Society—Hous­ton, at 1601 W. Alabama, is open Tu-Sa, 10-3. The current show. Reflections, will be hung until Sept. 6. Members are reminded of the member­ship show coming in October. Tele­phone 942-9966 for details. HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 5 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation PROCEEDS BENEFIT: The Assistance Fund . Bering Care Center Body Positive The NAMES Project Stone Soup For tickets, caU227-ARTS pirFC‘/»^sC°n>’ Music Hall 6 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 AT THE TOWER THEATER SHOPPING COMPLEX Westheimer at Yoakum Montrose’s best source for books, magazines, cards, gifts, desserts and coffee! Crossroads Market Monstrose’s largest collection of gay, lesbian and popular videos! Most videos only $1.50 for 5 days! HOLLYWOOD Take a Detour off i the Mainstream!™ AMONO oavu) -M!XN£R WHEN FACING A LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS, MONEY CAN RESTORE YOUR PEACE OF MIND. 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For more information about this important financial option, call Estate Trust, Inc., at 1-800-456-5100 or E-mail: estatestl@aol.com Member: Viatical Association of America & National Viatical Association PLAIN SPEAKING by Larry Lingle Real Work Is Behind The Scenes National political conventions invar­iably recall, for me, a nostalgic recall of hot summer days beside a radio blaring the thunderous declamations of political correctness and the far more interesting roll call of states as dele­gates voted on substantive issues and, finally, on their choice of standard bearer in the coming November crusade for the soul of America. I recall the thundering party-line ser­mon of Alban V. Barkley in 1948 which single-handedly gained him the vice presidential nod. Now such decisions are singularly decided by an already chosen top of the ticket before the first sitting of delegates. Suspense and drama once highlighted our national political gatherings. In 1924, it took 102 ballots for the Democrats to select their ultimate loser, John W. Davis—he with the support of the Ku Klux Klan. And in 1956, the destined loser—but always a winner in my heart—Adlai E. Stevenson left it to the convention to determine his running mate. The ulti­mate winner was his chief rival with the unenviable monocle, Estes Kef-auver ( I had to resort to David McCul­lough’s “Truman” to revisit the spell­ing on that one). While in hindsight Franklin D. Roose­velt seemed indestructible, winning four presidential elections from a wheelchair, he only gained that first cru­cial nod after several ballots when Wil­liam Randolph Hearst, of newspaper and Marion Davies fame, switched his support. And while Dwight David Eisen­hower, having conquered Europe, seemed a likely nominee, it was actually a close call in 1952 over a senior sena­tor, much in the mold of a Bob Dole, Robert A. Taft of Ohio. Taft, like Dole was pursu­ing his third attempt at the nomination. All that high drama and suspense van­ished from our political scene with the advent and popularity of the state pri­maries. And as states now vie for the ear­liest slots the decision is settled before many of the later primaries. Whereas the motivation for the primaries was a dis­taste of the smoke-filled corridors of the conventions where a small number of party leaders made the decisions, now only a few hundred thousand voters preclude any change in the script. Speaking of scripts, not even a Holly­wood blockbuster is as well orches­trated as a political convention. While it was a minor scandal when reporters found the Republican script, minute by minute, for their 1972 convention, now it is a given. Even the unruly Democrats have accepted this restraint, a party which Will Rogers endearingly referred to when he remarked “that I don’t belong to any organized party. I’m a Democrat.” So the story in San Diego this week, as will be the case in Chicago later, is already written. The smoke and mirrors of con­troversy which was to have been the plat­form was relegated to obscurity during the first afternoon session on Monday. After all, even Dole had remarked to a San Diego newspaper that he had not read th^ platform. Most political platfor^H tend to be ignored during the campaign: this is perhaps a first when the “pre­sumptive” nominee turns his back on the supposed party principles before the first gavel has fallen. While it appears everything about the convention is geared for television, nothing could be further from the truth. For behind those well-rehearsed speeches and choreographed demon­strations the real work of the delegates is going on in sundry parties and gather­ings, bankrolled like never before by corporations vying for political attention. But wait, we have election reform; cor­porations cannot donate to politic^ campaigns. And, besides, there are dcW lar limits on all contributions. Nye, nye, friends. The scare of Watergate is forgotten—after all, politicians of all people know that voters have short memories—they rely on this. The two words now are “soft money.” Friendly regulators and compliant judges have ruled that all limits apply only to politi­cians themselves. Anyone can give all they want to parties and satellite com­mittees which promote “ideas,” not candidates. So, folks, you can promote the Republican Party and the Demo­cratic Party nationally without pro­moting Dole or Bill Clinton. Yeah, like I can advocate same-sex marriage with­out backing gay rights. The television network which cap­tured by brief attention Monday night caught a glimpse of some of the high-power parties and corporate jets (Colin Pow­ell arriving on a drug company plane) but GOP security did its best to block such shots. After this passing shot, even the networks seemed to lose interest in this real story behind the convention. Only the business-minded Wall Street Journal seemed interested in the party thrown by the Securities Industry Association for House Banking Com­mittee Chairperson James Leach of Iowa, or the Union Pacific feast for House Transportation Committee Chair­person Bud Shuster of Pennsylvania. The roll call goes on. For $100,000 you can actually sit down with Dole and Jack Kemp right after their “nominations” on Wednesday. Oh, yeah, you also get a photo op with the happy pair. _ If you want to attend the gala for the cand" dates after their acceptance speeches, don’t line up at the ticket office, as if there was one, but call the offices of the Associ­ation of Wholesale Distributors in Washington. While he is keeping a low profile during this convention, you can have lunch with Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich courtesy of General Motors. 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CALL MYOGENIX TOLL-FREE 1.888.448.4246 SOMATOGAIN 8 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 GOP continued. fflLOVE COMMERCIAL MEMBER uaaar ukuk aua cua Crystal Rae Lee Love, RSICSS presents The Grand Ole Onry Wednesday ji Your Boots Off 12I2-A Westheimer HuuSTONI 713-861-9149 1919 Decatur Houston, TX 77007 (Washington © White.. .between Studemont & Houston Ave.) (Continued from page 1) discussed his findings as detailed in his best­selling book, A Separate Creation, about the gay gene (maintaining the theory that “we are homosexual due to genetic make-up"). Burr, who was eloquently introduced by Texas' Log Cabin President Dale Carpenter, enthralled the crowded luncheon with his presentation of his research concluding that homosexuality is not learned behavior, rather it is genetically pre-disposed. Burr attributed the controversy surrounding his findings to an innate fear from the gay community as to what affect his research will have in terms of consequentiality (If they know what causes it, they might do something to stop it). The Saturday evening banquet featuring Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-WI) and his life partner Rob Morris was filmed live by C-Span. Gunderson and Morris delivered the keynote address together with clever repartee and insightful anecdotes. Promoting their book, house and home, the couple demonstrated their compassion and commitment to each other in spite of their different political affiliations. Gunderson, who is not running for re-election, is a highly respected member of the House Republican Conference who has been an outspoken advocate on the virtues of tolerance. Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), who just recently came out, also visited with LCR members during an impromptu reception in the lobby of the convention site hotel. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) addressed the LCR conventioneers at the Sunday luncheon to explain Monday Tuesday Specials Specials at 5pm What you do matters. All you need is to do it Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday THE CLOSET not for you or your PC. Come in for an 529-6789 upgrade! All Day All Night $1.00 Domestic Drink Specials $1.75 Domestic Drink Drink Buffet Drink Drink Come On Down and Dance Sunday Worship.. .9 & 11 AM Signed for Hearing Impaired Handicap Accessible Nursery Available Tuesday Night.. .6:30 PM "Empowerment for Living" HIV Support Group Wednesday Worship.. .7 PM "Spiritual Uplift" Bible Study. "Abundant Life"- 7:30 PM Lecture Series COMPUTER EXCHANGE Let Ryan & Jason tafe you to Computer Heaven! .UP<!ra<ie,Tra^4e,’ai«‘NeWt.i his op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times in defense of DOMA. Campbell, who has a good voting record on gay and lesbian civil rights, argued that not supporting DOMA would be inconsistent with his belief that the federal government should not impose their agenda on individual states. He reiterated his support for th^^ rights of gays and lesbians to get marrie<^^ however, he believes that decision should be belong to the states. He followed his prepared remarks with a question and answer session that was informative and provided the group with thought provoking fodder. The LCR convention closed Monday morning with a prayer breakfast featuring the incomparable Rev. Mel White whose protests against the religious right are effective and legendary and have earned him the distinction of being one of their biggest nemesis'. One of the main goals of this convention was to determine whether or not to endorse Bob Dole for president. After lengthy debate on the matter, the organizations Endorsement Committee recommended that a decision be postponed until after the Republican National Convention concludes. The group approved the recommendation, thereby delaying their positioiw on the matter to a later date. The decision to dela^B came after raucous debate among members of the organization as to whether or not the Dole/Kemp ticket was deserving of our endorsement. "As a United States Senator, Bob Dole has had a non­discrimination policy in his office insuring fair treatment for his gay staff, supported legislation for people with AIDS, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Ryan White Care Act," informed the LCR press release. "Much to our frustration. Bob Dole as a presidential candidate has repeatedly compromised, retreated or reversed himself under pressure from the extreme right," added the statement. "Therefore, Log Cabin Republicans will consider an endorsement of the Dole/Kemp ticket following the Republican National Convention. We urge Bob Dole and Jack Kemp to make clear exactly where gay and lesbian Americans fit into their vision for America in the next four years,” said Log Cabin. Following the press release and announcement of the groups decision, the Dole camp responded. "The Dole campaign would welcome the endorsement of Log Cabin Republicans as a sign that they too share the same beliefs as Bob Dole. Bob Dole has always held the belief that the GOP is an inclusive party," said Dole campaign spokesperson Christina Martin. "...We see this as a beginning step in opening a dialogue with the Dole Campaign and the Republican Party. We are encouraged by this historic development." responded David Greer, LCR Communications. Whether or not the aforementioned will eam the ticket an endorsement remains to be seen. What was evident throughout the LCR national convention is that there are many gay Republicans who are determined to challenge the religious rights dominance within the party apparatus. Republican candidates are starting to seek the support of the gay conservative lobby and their influence is gaining during the process, albeit gradually. Hundreds of gay Republicans descended upon this beautiful city to participate in the political process and coincidentally broughj^ thousands of dollars of revenue to San Diego^F They lobbied delegates, offered commentary to the media at will, and worked diligently to dispel any negative stereotypes that may be associated with gays and lesbians. In fact.’they have done so with aplomb and effectiveness. At press time, the Christian Action Network's President Martin Mawyer challenged Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Rich Tafel to a debate, which he accepted. The debate took place last Tuesday at 2pm at the U.S. Grant Hotel and was televised for broadcast at a later date. Curt Morrison, a member of Log Cabin Houston, is in San Diego covering the Log Cabin and Republican Party National Conventions. Next week he will report on the Republican National Convention. ston (713) ’J d Sunday, August 18, 8pm Longnecks All Day-All Night till 9pm Longnecks All Day-All Night till 9pm till 11pm Drink Specials till 9pm till 9pm Specials till 5pm Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 9 Love, Loss, and Starting Over Thirteen years is a long time to have a lover. I never expected to have one, much less for that long. Kelse was a great man and I am glad to have met him. The fact that he liked me as well, was good for me. I have always felt that lovers should like each other before they love each other. I’ve met couples that I felt didn’t truly like each other and feel lucky that Kelse and I had the relationship that we did. This may be weird, I don’t know if it is or not, but I think about Kelse a lot. Even three years after his death, he is still on my mind. I dream about him frequently. What does that mean? Is it healthy? Well, I don’t care. I like having him in my dreams. Once, I was in bed, it was about 3:00 a.m. and I wasn’t totally asleep. Suddenly, there was Kelse, sitting on the edge of my bed, and he started talking to me. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but I know he told me he loved me and to carry on. It is a horrible experience to watch someone die, especially when it is the person you love the most in the world. It takes a very strong person to get through their lover’s death and to confront their own feelings. I wasn’t there when Kelse died, and I had terrible guilt about it. The guilt lasted more than a year. I’m glad I missed it, in a way, because I’m not sure how strong I would have been. It may have made it harder for me. It was hard enough to see him deterio­rate, very hard. My complete lack of being able to help him made it even harder. I sometimes think of how I really could have helped him. But I also realize I did what I could and I should have no regrets. Hav­ing regrets affects a lot of what a person goes through when their partner dies. I have been there, and I know that it is a heavy burden. That is why therapy or support groups are so important. Talking about it with others really helps. I do know one thing, he would have been there for me, and I would die with the hap­piness of knowing I was loved. I would like to hear about your experience. Please write the editor and share your thoughts with us. What really helped our relationship is that his family really liked me and my fam­ily really liked him. Kelse was from Georgetown and it was always nice to go visit that quaint little town. I always won­dered what it would be like growing up in a charming place like that. I recently sold our home and selling it has brought up a lot of memories for me. But Kelse would have understood and sup­ported my decision. I have second thoughts sometimes about having sold the house but realize living in Montrose is the best thing for me now. I would like another long term relation­ship. I’ve been lonely over the past three years. I really would like to give love another try. But like most of you, I don’t know how to meet Mr. Right. If it is sup­posed to happen, I imagine it will. I hope I’m not to old or to sick for it to happen. My good friend, Dr. O’Donnel, gave me some good advice about starting over. He said you must first go through the grieving process and play out all your emotions. A lot of people feel they are cheating on their dead lover by going out with other men. He says you can honor your lover but still get on with your life. And this is my advice. Don’t deny yourself from meeting nice men. You never know when your next lover is standing near you, looking at you and thinking how nice it would be to meet you. If he smiles at you, go say hi. You don’t have to tell him your life story unless he asks. Maybe it won’t be the perfect romance, but maybe you will at least find a good friend. I want to thank Pet Patrol for taking care of my dog. Miss Lady, while I was in the hos­pital. Those caring volunteers made my worries lighter knowing she was well cared for while I was fighting my ump­teenth infection. If you love animals, the Pet Patrol is the perfect group to volun­teer for. Glen Webber is a person living with AIDS and looking for love and friends in the Montrose area of Houston . The Outsider will not appear this week. Curt Morrison is on assignment covering the Republican National Convention. 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Oral sex can also be a mode of transmission although it is less risky than vaginal or anal intercourse. Your risk for HIV increases each time you have unprotected intimate sexual contact. Using a condom or dental dam during sex can greatly reduce the risk of HIV spreading. 0 Through blood- HIV travels in blood, and the risk of becoming infected is greatest when you are exposed to blood that carries HIV. If you have a problem with drugs, avoid sharing another person’s needle or syringe. 0 Mother to Infant- HIV positive women can spread the virus to their infants before or during birth. Or, the newborn baby may become infected from breast milk. Because recent studies show that the risk can be reduced when the mother receives anti-HIV treatment, the US Public Health Service suggests that’ all pregnant women know their HIV status. Now there is a new HIV test that provides highly accurate results without blood or needles The new, painless system—ORASL RE — tests for the presence of HIV antibodies in an oral sample. ORASURE® is available now at your doctor’s office and healthcare clinics. AIDS cannot be transmitted through kissing. There have been no recorded cases of HIV linked with kissing or other casual contact. Remember, there is proof that casual contact with an HIV-infected person is not enough to transmit the virus. In fact, it has become clear that HIV is relatively hard to contract, and can be avoided. HIV-l Antibody Testing System No Needles. No Blood. Just Accurate Results. SB SmithKhne Beecham Consumer Healthcare =OraSure Being sure of your HIV status- for your own peace of HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 11 Comics continued. 9 0 1 Cheap and Easy Sundays House of Coleman Fine Printing & Graphics best friends are straight. We know they were born that way and that's OK with us. We just don't know if we want them teaching our kids..." Kennedy and Maye are among the pioneers of openly gay male performers, being among a handful that they know of. Maye states, "I like to think we're doing something that is on the cutting edge of a new era." They have often opened for Bob Smith, who they admire. Smith has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as out performer. There are many more out lesbian performers, such as Kate Clinton, Lea DeLaria, Suzanne Westenhoffer and Georgia Ragsdale, and locally Vicky Shaw and Nancy Ford. The guys agree that the women have had more venues in which to perform, but things have changed so rapidly in the last few years. The thought of during the kind of show they do now five years ago would have been impossible. Gay visibility and acceptance has radically changed things. Kennedy has been in discussions with television producers regarding programming with gay characters, which may be at least 3 years away. But who knows, that could change with the right script and he will be ready when the time comes. The guys let me know that attendees to their shows will have the first chance to buy tickets for an upcoming Suzanne Westenhoffer show scheduled for October. So come on to the Laff Stop and be ready to hold your sides, because you are bound to be sore from laughing. C.P.R. 2 Year Certification Contact Q-Patrol (713) 528-SAFE "HfU" PRfMIfR fl Debut Showcase of Hew Artist August 24-September 21 ARTISTS’ RfCfPTIOM Saturday. August 24 6pm-8pm until they get to know you, it’s what’s on the surface that counts. With that, do you want your image quickly splashed on paper? Or do you want House of Coleman to ink a better job? T H $1.50 Well Drinks and Beer All Day All Night Ann Vancas * Tod Waters with Porcelain figurines by franke The drinks are cheap and the bartenders are easy. (Continued from page 1) crowd of friends that he was a "faggot", a label they sometimes threw at others. When playing in areas where he grew up, Kennedy says some of the people who knew him in school may be in for a surprise when they come to their show. "P.S., in case I forgot to tell you in junior high. I'm gay." He says he has done independent performances not titled "Gay Comedy" and when he comes out to the audience, they don’t believe him. He says, "They'll come up after the show and tell me how funny they thought my gay character is." He tells them "Funnier than you know." Several things strike you about Kevin. Although he has been described as the "Felix" of their odd-couple relationship and the quieter one of the two, he was very open and outgoing in our conversation. His blond, mid-western good looks and delightful, smile warm you to him instantly. Although he is much thinner now than he appears many of the publicity photos, he feels good and is optimistic about the future because of the new therapies. He actually thinks coming out has helped his health. His HIV positive status has been incorporated in his act which he says was one of the scariest things he has ever done and he really struggled within himself before deciding to do so. He thinks it has been one of the best things he has ever done as it has been very liberating. He makes an analogy to the statement that "the truth will set you free". He adds he has received so much support from audiences, straight and gay, who either let him know they appreciate his candidness or share their own HIV status with him and thank him for giving them courage to come out or to make the decision to get tested. He knows that he is providing education as well as humor. He now can even make cracks about his health, such as the fact that he has only two T-cells, "I named. Thelma and Louise." he quips. He also shared that when he was a kid he and his sisters who make fun of their grandmother. "She carried around like a whole suitcase full of pills, which was funny to us then. Now I can relate to what it was like for her. I take about 18 pills and have to do daily IVs. The thing about Grandma doesn't seem so funny now." He jokes that, "Of course. I now have less room in my luggage for my make-up." He says his illness has not been much of a problem even with their hectic schedule on the road. "Just when 1 first got sick, we were in Washington and I was in the hospital for ten days. That's when I found out that I was HIV positive." Opening for the pair for both performances is Frank Lockwood. Lockwood had been in the audience one night and after the show asked Kennedy for advice about becoming a comic. Kennedy told him that the only way to do it was to "Just do it!" He took the advice and later showed up in a Houston's Funniest Person Contest at the Laff Stop where Kennedy was one of the judges although he didn't remember their prior meeting. Lockwood ran over his time so was disqualified from winning, but was so good that Kennedy asked him to open the Houston Show. Lockwood is a medical doctor and also openly gay. Scott and Kevin joked about being so successful that they now had their own doctor with them. They don't exclude straight audiences or hetero­bash billing themselves as being "Hetero­friendly". Kennedy quips that "Some of our t^earf E I M A q E INKER 1641 Westheimer • 523-6925 Monday-Saturday IOam-6:3Opm Sunday 1pm-6pm 12 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 Immunity to HIV: ‘Great White Hope’ for Whites? By Patricia Nell Warren As headlines blare the big news about a mutant gene for HIV immunity, I am not too surprised. My years in agriculture and livestock breeding taught me that dis­ease often spurs a living organism to mutate immunity. Some Dutch elms are immune to elm disease. Some food plants are bred to resist disease. Some animals inherit an immunity—to feline leuke­mia virus, for example. Why should humans be different? What’s worrisome about this news is that a racial label might be slapped on the mutant CCR5 gene. According to the Los Angeles Times, one researcher, Dr. Nathan R. Landau, states that around 1 out of 100 Western European whites are genetically resistant to HIV infection. By contrast, the Times said, both of the research teams announcing the news are stating that not one among several hun­dred Africans and Asians had the gene. But hold your horses. What is a “white”? Americans are taught to label them­selves racially. Every day, we are pre­sented with forms where we must check the right box for Caucasian, Native Ameri­can, African American, Asian, Mexi­can- American, Pacific Islander, or Other. Many of us are “other”—meaning racially mixed. Yet this significant fact often gets blurred. Why? Because, in so many cultures, the mixed—blood is an outcast. Since the days of slavery and tribal wars, many U.S. families have agonized at “passing for white.” Some families stopped at nothing, including altering birth certificates, sp they could sweep that Asian or native Ameri­can grannie, or that bunch of “high yel­low” cousins, under the rug. So it is one thing to identify as “white,” “black,” etc. for survival reasons. It is also natural to identify as black or native American when the moment comes to reclaim pride in one’s brown skin. But when it comes to scientific scrutiny of the actual millions of genes that are part of one’s DNA, labels don’t cut it. Take me, for example. I could pass for “white”—fair skin, blue-grey eyes, brown hair. But my native American blood is visible to anybody who looks hard. One many-times- greatgrandmother of mine, Keziah, no last name recorded, who mar­ried a German Quaker in the early 1800s, was evidently an escaped slave. Yet noth­ing in my outward appearance hints at Keziah’s presence in my family tree. Many Americans have a similar back­ground. Some who identify as “black” actually have strong native American blood, going back to intermarriage in early days. Some self-identified Lat­inos are visibly part African Ameri­can. As for enrolled members of U.S. tribes, few are actually “pure.” The rest are mixed-bloods, no matter how intensely they may feel otherwise. People usually “identify” on what they see in the mirror—skin color, hair texture, build, etc. Geneticists refer to this as phenotype—inherited charac­teristics that are visible, or have a dis­cernible result, as in inherited disease like hemophilia. But there is also geno­type— the sum total of our DNA, which includes any recessive characteris­tics that we carry, but do not visibly express. If an ovum or sperm happens to carry a copy of that hidden gene, it will be quietly passed to the next generation. A single copy of a mutant or recessive gene can be wafted forward for 15 or 20 generations, before its carrier finally mates with another human who happens to have the same characteristic. Then, and only then, will it spring to view—as in hair color, or inherited disability, or immunity. The CCR5 figures are supposedly based on over 1400 Western European “whites.” Europeans are mixed too! Since Roman times, southern Europe was swept by trade, immigration and con­quest from North Africa. More recent invasions of genes came from central Asian peoples—Turks, Magyars, Mon­gols. All these ethnic hues produced a genetic rainbow that gave Hitler night­mares. Since 1960, the genetic swamping of Europe has continued unabated as immigrant workers of every ethnicity have flocked there. Indeed, this tiny, overcrowded continent is now boiling with its own brand of anti—immigrant^ feeling. Europe lily-white? Hardly. So...what is behind the “white” pheno­types in these new studies? Who are their grandparents? Greatgrand­parents? Great-greatgrandparents? It’s easy to see attitude coming, from white supremacists who will seize this research as their “great white hope”— what they view as more “proof” of Aryan superiority. Others, I’m sure, will hope that researchers are already taking a closer look at their subjects’ family trees. Maybe, when the final tally is in, they’ll find that immunity to HIV is influ­enced by another factor besides race. So sorry, but this mixed-blood doesn’t buy] the “white” thing. Patricia Nell 'Warren is author of "The Front Runner” and other bestselling books, as well as a widely published com­mentator. Her publisher is Wildcat Press . Copyright (c) 1996 by Patricia Nell Warren. All Rights Reserved. Guidelines for community organizations or individual writers interested in having articles printed in The Houston Voice. Please stop by or send a selfaddressed stamped business size envelope to: Guidelines 811 Westheimer #105 Houston, TX 77006. Tny our liAliAN Creme CaLe ***** Biq Variety of VsqqiES ***** ★**CaII //v & To Co Orders WeIcome 24 Hours*** 1100 WEsiltEiMER * 522-5552 -94.9} ■ Cc»fcC'*VS 3 / ■ Genetic Resistance to HIV BY DEBORAH BELL Two sets of researchers have found what appears to be a HIV resistant gene. Described as being present in the genetic makeup of one in every hundred “Whites.” Researchers identified a so-called co­factor called CCR5, that is crucial to-the infection of human cells by HIV earlier this summer it was reported in the Los Angeles Times. The finding offers the possibility of developing an effective way to block the spread of the virus and explains why some individuals who have had repeated expo­sure do not develop the disease. More than 1400 people were studied by two teams working in New York and Pennsyl­vania independently of one another. They have found that cells from the individ­uals who receive a copy of the defective CCR5 gene from each of their parents are completely resistant to HIV infection. The studies showed that those who received a defective copy of the gene from only one parent, appear to be more resistant to infection, but are not completely immune. This was reported’as representing about 20% of the White population in Cell and Nature magazines. Because this was found in fair skinned men. who were described as of European descent, the reports use the term “White.” This terminology has‘been questioned by some. The defective gene has no apparent adverse effects leading researchers to believe that they may be able to develop a drug that will block the CCR5 receptor which could slow the infection rate of the virus. PWA Coalition Listed in 1996 POZ Givers Guide The People with AIDS Coalition is the only Houston AIDS service organiza­tion to be listed for the second year in a row in the POZ Givers Guide. POZ is a monthly nationally distributed magazine dedi­cated to health, hope and providing HIV education. The Givers Guide looks into the financial health of 70 AIDS service organizations acjoss the country. The guide provides information on how a group raises money and how it spends it before it’s given. The guide includes factual information as well as subjective evaluation and com­ments. It assigned grades for its inaugural 1995 survey. POZ polled seven executive directors and charitable-funding experts in order to establish its grading criteria. POZ used the same criteria to assign grades this year. The guide assigns grades for diversity in funding sources, use of money, cash reserve and represen­tation on its Board of Directors. The coalition, which received higher grades in this survey when compared with the 1995 survey was noted for offering support groups and psychosocial sup­port, direct living support, such as case management services and publishing significant 'original treatment infor­mation. Executive Board President, Ray West commented, “I am quite proud of the 1996 POZ survey results. We continually strive to improve our current programs while adapting to the changing needs of our friends in the HIV/AIDS community. These clearly reflect our dedication and commitment to providing people liv­ing with HIV/AIDS empowered lives in comparison with other HIV/AIDS serv­ice organizations nationwide." The People with AIDS Coalition Houstonl Inc. was founded in 1986 as an organiza­tion of, by, and for people infected by HIV/ AIDS. Three quarters of the Coalition’s volunteers are people living with HIV/ AIDS. PWACH is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices are located at 3400 Montrose Blvd. #106, Houston, TX 77006 or call 713/522- HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 13 Insurance company didn’t tell man about positive test By ALAN SAYRE FOR THE HOUSTON VOICE NEW ORLEANS, Saturday, Aug. 3 (AP)—For Jody Deramus, the shock was finding out that her hus­band had AIDS. Her anger came from learning his life insurance com­pany had known he was infected— and steadfastly refused to tell him. For 18 crucial months before an independent diagnosis revealed why he was getting sick so often, the couple tried unsuc­cessfully to conceive a child, exposing Mrs. Deramus to repeated unprotected sex. Her husband died in 1991. So far, she says, she has tested negative for the virus—“a miracle,” as she puts it. On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether Jackson National Life Insurance Co. had the responsi­bility to tell Frank Deramus he had tested positive for the AIDS virus. Mrs. Deramus, 53, who seeks unspecified damages, already has lost before a Mississippi fed­eral judge, who ruled the company had no duty to disclose results of a medical test used solely to deter­mine insurance eligibility. In court papers, Jackson National has not said why it withheld the results—only that it was within its rights to do so under Mississippi law. U.S. District Judge Henry T Wingate of Jackson, Miss., agreed last September and dis­missed the lawsuit without a trial. One possible reason for Jack-son National’s decision—that it hoped Deramus would let his pol­icy lapse and the company could then deny reinstatement—is sug­gested by Mrs. Deramus’ appeal, which says a company memo instructed Jackson National employees to do just that. “According to the judge, insur­ance companies can do this to any­one they want to, any time they want to. There’s nothing we can do about it and there’s something wrong with that,” Mrs. Deramus said from Vienna, Va., where she now lives. D. Collier Graham Jr., an attor­ney representing Jackson National, refused to discuss the case. Mrs. Deramus has started a foun­dation aimed at lobbying Con­gress to force disclosure of med­ical records to a policyholder or a person denied coverage. Currently, 29 states have disclo­sure laws. Mississippi does not. In 1988, Deramus, a Jackson attorney, took a blood test as part of a routine examination required before Jackson National would consider increasing his coverage from $500,000 to $800,000. The results showed he had been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS. Although he was denied additional coverage, in April 1988, for an unspecified medi­cal reason, the company spurned numerous requests from him and his doctor for the test results, Mrs. Deramus alleges. Shortly after learning the extra coverage had been denied. Der­amus came down with a series of mal­adies— flu he could not shake, fatigue, headaches, loss of mem­ory. With a family history of cancer, the couple sought medical help, an 18-month hunt that eventually involved 26 doctors and, finally, a move to Virginia to be closer to Johns Hopkins University Hos­pital. Deramus had been asked whether he had engaged in AIDS-risky behavior, and always answered in the negative, but doctors at Johns Hopkins added a new question: Had Deramus been to Africa or been exposed to anyone from Africa? A horrible bell tolled: In the mid- 1980s, Deramus had been soaked in blood while helping an accident victim who had worked for about five years in Africa. Deramus’ resulting AIDS test, in Oct. 1989, was positive. “We would see stories about AIDS in the newspapers and pass them by,” Mrs. Deramus said. “They didn’t affect us. We didn’t engage in homosexual behavior, extramarital sex or use drugs. AIDS didn’t affect us. How wrong we were.” When the other doctors found out about the diagnosis, their response was universal: “We didn’t fit the profile,” Mrs. Der­amus said. Deramus died in June 1991 at age 51, nine days after Jackson National finally released its test results to his doctor. In his ruling, Wingate said it would have made no difference even if Jackson Life had informed Deramus of his condition, since AIDS remains incurably fatal. But the appeal contends Deramus might have gotten life-extending treatment had he known of the test results. In addition, finding out that her husband had the AIDS virus while they were engaging in unpro­tected sex created stress-related problems for Mrs. Deramus that required psychiatric treat­ment, the appeal said. While rejecting Deramus, Mrs. Deramus was granted life insur­ance coverage by Jackson National in a simultaneous application, even though the company was aware of her hus­band’s condition, her appeal said. “What’s galling to me is that I can’t change insurance compa­nies now. If I applied with another company I’d have to tell them that I’d been exposed to someone with AIDS or they could accuse me of fraud,” Mrs. Deramus said. Rumor: Kemp is Gay Articles in both the San francisco Inde­pendent and LGNY (Lesbian and Gay New York) reported this week that Jack Kemp is rumored to be gay. The rumor originally stemmed from a 1967 New York Time arti­cle exposing a “homosexual ring” in then California Governor Ronald Reagan’s administration. It resur­faced during a 1986 NBC “Today Show” interview in which he was asked if he had ever had a homosexual experience. LGNY reporter Andy Humm explained that •“when someone being hailed as suppos­edly tolerant and committed to civil rights is in reality someone who shuts the door in the faces of gay people on every single issue, it becomes relevant if he is homosexual. It’s something he is going to have to address.” Kemp was quoted in the New York Times on August 11 as saying, “I believe in civil liberties for homosexuals. I guess I’d draw the line at letting them teach in the schools.” Internal Revenue Service 1-800-829-1040. It’s in your interest. Tbey’H help you with your overdue returns, explain your payment options, and help get your refund if you’re due money back. But don’t wait.. .the IRS is looking hard at people who arent filing their taxes or answering IRS notices, DOMESTIC BEER DOWNSTAIRS WEDNESDAY the MIMOSAS ALL DAY EIMER 42-CLUB HAPPY HOUR 4 PM • 8 PM DOMESTIC LONGNECKS REWIND THURSDAY SCREW DRIVERS FRIDAY *1.00 SCHNAPPS SUNDAY OPEN 2 PM COFFEE BAR 1318 HOUSTON • r WELL DRINKS 14 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD Avengers Hold Yard Sale The Lesbian Avengers Houston Chapter will hold a Yard Sale Fund-raiser on Satur­day, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 2610 White Oak (in the Heights). Saleable items are still being accepted as donations. Call their voice mail at 397-5062 if you have something to offer. Soiree VI Starts Early Soiree Aubergine, beginning their sixth year of existence, is having a raffle. Three sets of two tickets each will be raffled for Elton John’s Smash Hits Celebrity Tennis Match to be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Summit. Raffle ticket sales begin Friday, Aug. 16, with the winners being announced Sunday, Sept. 8, at Gentry. To purchase tickets, ask any Soiree member or your favorite bar­tender at Gentry. You need not be present to win. Ticket prices are $2 each or three for $5. Soiree Aubergine, through various activities, strives to completely fund the Bering Care Center Meals Program each year. Thanks to the community’s gener­osity, donations have allowed Soiree to attain their goal from year to year. Tennis anyone? Crossroads Meeting Crossroads, a spiritual, educational and social organization for Gays, Lesbi­ans, Bisexuals and Transgender people who have been or are on a church staff in any capacity, is planning its next meeting for Saturday, August 17 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The meeting location is undisclosed to protect the confidentiality of those attending. “The Rhetoric of Intolerance: An Open Letter Video to Pat Robertson” produced by Dr. Mel White, former Southern Baptist minister, author, and ghost writer for the likes of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Oli­ver North and Billy Graham, will be fea­tured. Dr. White has attracted national atten­tion since publicly coming out and an ensu­ing incident of a trespassing arrest and then going on a fast until his message was delivered to Pat Robertson. For more information please contact Rev. Johnny Peden at 681-9082. HPMA Brunch The Houston Professional Men’s Asso­ciation has planned their August brunch at Crostini, 2411 S. Shepherd, for Sunday, August 18, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The $18 brunch includes two mimosas or orange juices, tax and tip. The restaurant features an Italian menu. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Steve immediately, at 520-9083. Male Survivors The Montrose Counseling Center is offer­ing a therapy group for gay male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The group is designed to provide a safe environment for men who share this type of experience to work together to resolve the impacts of the trauma on everyday life. Services are provided on a sliding scale basis and insurance is accepted. Certain restrictions apply. Call Shane Hennesey at 529-0037 for more information. BCBC Hurricane {96 Brought to you by the Bayou City Boy’s Club (BCBC) and forecast to hit land Saturday, August 24, Hurricane ‘96 will rage through the night fed by energy of 1000 dancing men gathered in the Garden in the Heights, 3926 Feagan, from 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. This annual tropical event will produce torrential benefits for Omega House, The Assistance Fund and HIV/AIDS Education and Services of the Houston Red Cross. At the eye of the storm will be DJ Mike Mitchell, blowing in from Los Angeles, who will pro­vide some of the hottest music of the season for those weathering the night. The Hurricane ‘96 survival kit (consist­ing of tickets, which include an open bar and a map) may be purchased in advance for $30 locally at Basic Brothers and LOBO or $40 at the door (if available). LOBO Austin also has tickets for sale. BCBC’s recent hot-house fund-raiser, JUNGLE LUST IV, raised $30,000 for local Sofa Love Seat Chair $1999. Ottoman Free. it delivered in two weeks. All of our leather furniture is hand made and built in our own factory. Shop Leather Leather this weekend and find more choices, values, styles, and colors than you ever imagined. Yes for only $1999 you can actually purchase an entire leather furniture living room set. And receive a free ottoman to match. Choose from two of our hottest styles, and pick from 30 colors and have HER HER Dallas • Houston 7519 Weslheimer, Houston, Texas 77063 713-977-9393 Open- Monday-Friday 10-8 Saturday 10-6 Sunday 12-6 agencies. Body Positive/Houston, AIDS Foundation Houston and Houston Clini­cal Research Network each received $10,000. BCBC is a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research, service and care. For more information about Hurricane ‘96 call 521-3696 or 222-6621 ext. 326. Responsible Investing Socially responsible investing and how to build an investment portfolio which com­pliments your views on topics such as: the environment; equal opportunity employ­ment; defense spending; animal testing; employee relations; and charitable con­tributions, will be presented at The Lov­ett Inn, 501 Lovett Blvd., Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Merrill Lynch and presen­ted by Scott Garrison, participants are encouraged to give a $10 donation to AFH/ Stone Soup. Please telephone Scott at 840- 4816 for more information or reserva­tions. Want To Parade? Notice is hereby given that Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, the 1996 Bank United Thanksgiving Parade will roll through the streets of downtown Houston spreading good will, good times and holiday greet­ings to all Houstonians. Come join the fun. The search is on for march­ing groups (musical, twirling, dancing) musicians, skaters, low riders, gym­nasts, clowns, cowboys and cowgirls, Christmas Carolers, cheerleaders, cos­tumed groups and other assorted talents. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will wind its way through a route that covers 25 city blocks beginning at Smith and Walker and ending at Louisiana and Walker. The theme for 1996 will be “Once Upon a Time” and will be based on children’s storybook tales. For more information on how to join in on the fun, and an application, contact Beth Craig at 782-8811. Smoke Free Dining Tobacco Free Greater Houston will pro­vide readers a list of smoke-free restau­rants in the Houston area. The coalition includes organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Ameri­can Lung Association, along with concer­ned individuals. The group works to pro­mote health through the reduction of youth access to tobacco and the promotion of a smoke-free environment. For a smoke-free restaurant guide, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Tobacco Free Greater Houston, P.O. Box 890769, Houston, TX 77289-0769. Grief Seminars Two free grief seminars: one for the bereaved entitled “The Heart of Grief: Les­sons in Hope and Healing” and one for pro­fessional and volunteer caregivers seeking to enhance their caregiving skills entitled “Lessons in Carin-g for the Dying" will be held at the Ramada Hotel Astrodome/Medical Center Wednes­day, August 21. World-renowned author, lecturer and practicing clinical thana-tologist Dr. Alan E. Wolfelt will be the fac­ilitator of these free informational and inspirational programs. “Lessons in Caring for the Dying” will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will focus on the impor­tance of the role of the professional and volunteer caregiver in the lives of the ter­minally ill. Three hours of continuing education units are available for LPC, TAADAC and social work. The evening ses­sion entitled “Lessons in Hope and Heal­ing” will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is designed to help the bereaved cope with their feeling of loss. This seminar is underwritten as a com­munity service by Crespo Funeral Homes Cosponsors include AARP/Widowed Per­sons Service, Memorial Healthcare Sys­tems and The Grief Center of Texas. Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of each session. To preregister for the seminar or to request more informa­tion, contact Madeline Crespo at 485- HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 15 Restaurant Review Be Yourself at Mackmurdo ’s By WILMA SUM-MORS I recently took some friends to Mack-murdo’s, “Hous­ton’s Casual Ameri­can Restaurant & Bar,” at 6006 Westh-eimer @ Nantucket. Mackmurdo’s serves lunch & dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday—Thurs­day, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Portions (L-R) Hostesses Oshrat & Peggy get ready for a grand evening at Mackmurdo’s of all meals looked like enough to feed David Duke’s Summer Camp for Easily Influenced Idiots with prices ranging from $2.95 to $12'95. The interior is based on a theater concept, where the restaurant acts as a stage and the people are the actors. Individuals are invited to be and enjoy themselves. We certainly were!! While Mack­murdo’s is not gay owned, there were cer­tainly quite a few of Dorothy’s friends in attendance that night! Not that I drink or anything, but I man­aged to taste a Frozen Mackmurdo’s which was pureed mandarin oranges blended with vodka (no, it wasn’t McCor­mick), fresh tangerine juice and served frozen with a splash of Grand Marnier. Mackmurdo’s also offers a wide variety of beers and other cocktails, but after the Frozen Mackmurdo’s, who cared? The waiter purported that some of the menu favorites are crab cakes, grilled chicken salad, ravioli with gorgon-zola, pumpkin seed crusted rainbow trout. ...wait a minute, I seem to be get­ting hungry, so bring on the fork! Okay! Much better now! To continue, the grilled loin of pork and roast stuffed chicken are also favorites. Yes, Cuer-volyn, there were quite a few tasty-look-ing vegetarian dishes available. I started out with a cup of tomato basil soup—absolutely deeeelish! The soup was a Castillian cream with romanoA garlic croutons. Bread is served once you start with your appetizers. Pulleez girls—yOU must serve the bread warm!! Even though the menu was tempting me with items like grilled sirloin strips (you all know how much I despise beef), spa­ghetti with calamari & shrimp and scal-lopini of chicken, I went with the spa­ghetti marinara (even Grandma can’t mess this up). To my surprise, the spa­ghetti was incredible! I don’t know what Mackmurdo’s does with their basil & gar­lic, but I would love to tiptoe through their garden at my earliest conven­ience— without the pumps! Don’t burst the girdle yet—you simply must save room for dessert. I guess the waiter noticed my fit & trim physique and decided I had to have a piece of their rice pudding with cinnamon & sweet cream. Someone call Betty Ford! I’m hooked!! In case you are interested, they also serve white chocolate torte with pistachio sauce, fruit & nut tart with honey vanilla sauce and poached pear with vanilla ice cream & raspberry sauce, to name a few. The ambience was exquisite, if you like loud barns!! A little acoustical tile would seem to be the cure. Once the Sun Goddess decides Houston has sweat enough, the fenced outdoor seating will be a nice place to sit, knit, and have fits looking at the beautiful people driv­ing down Westheimer. General Man­ager Steve Oxen, formerly of Auntie Pasto’s, Rusty Pelican, Pappadeaux and Two Pesos has his crew ready and wait­ing for you. Cail me a cab—it’s time to con­tinue my Waist Watchers Diet at my next stop!! Be forking with you real soon!! Rating—3-3/4 triangles RATING SCALE Pad n>4 Lags, I’ve died and gone to heaven! Pack mg Lags, I think I m dging! Pack mg overnight case, I m onlg tempororg! Forget the bag, coll 1-800-PIZZA! Houston Restaurants beware, Wilma may soon be in your establishment with fork .& spoon in hand. Theft Reduction Campaign The Houston Police Department unveiled a new THEFT REDUCTION CAMPAIGN aimed' at reducing theft and burglary of motor vehi­cle crimes in the downtown Central Business District. The campaign’s theme, “Down­town Houston, Lowest Iii Crime, Help Keep It That Way,” is an awareness message that encourages community participation with a simple crime prevention message: DO NOT LEAVE POSSESSIONS IN YOUR VEHICLE. The Theft reduction campaign is a year long effort to reduce theft by a minimum of 5%. Theft continues to be the most reported crime in Houston, but it is among the most prevent­able. The theft reduction signs should be installed in all parking lots and garages in the downtown Central Business District by Sept. 30, 1996. The on-going theft reduction campaign will have monthly crime preven­tion goals through July, 1997. The campaign theme: ’’Downtown Houston, Lowest In Crime, Help Keep It That Way,” is based on per capita total reported crime, for any major U.C.R. reporting area in Houston. For the period 1991 to 1995, Uptown Business District, followed by the downtown Central Business District had the lowest total reported crime. Major U.C.R. reporting areas include the twenty (20) Master Police Dis­tricts and the six (6) Special Reporting Dis­tricts including, Central Business Dis­trict, Neartown Business Area, Uptown Business Area, 3rd Ward Area, Sth Ward Area, and the Greenspoint Business Area. Per cap­ita population is based on residents or employees who spend 8 to 10 hours per day in the areas and does not include transient or short term visitors. This definition of per capita more closely aligns business areas and neighborhoods and only includes those who spend significant portions of their day in an area. The downtown Central Business district has a daytime (8 to 10 hour) population of approximately 141,000. For 1995. reported crimes per thousand were 13.46 as compared to the next lowest major reporting area of 20.26 for the Uptown Business Area. SAVE'”." 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Check Out Our Home Pages: http://www.insync.net/~almnahal/ pacific.htm/ OR http://isis.iah.com/pacific_st/ Courtesy of Internet Access Houston 526-3425 by Jon Anthony Connie Stevens returns to television this Fall after a lengthy hiatus. Stevens has been signed to portray Pamela Anderson Lee’s mother on the syndicated smash Baywatch.... Jon Bon Jovi's movie career appears to be shaping up. The rocker extraordinaire has just wrapped a movie titled The Leading Man and is set to begin filming the Joe Eszterhas scripted Original Sin this fall. .. The Smashing Pumpkins resume their tour this fall beginning Aug. 27 with new bandmates in pivotal positions. Matt Walker on the drums and Dennis Flemion will helm the keyboards. .. Nepotism prevails. Fox News.has hired Robert F. Kennedy's youngest son, Doug, 28, as a reporter... Liza Minnelli has issued a statement negating reports of her impending couplehood. Minnelli contends that she is "happily single at the moment.”.... Only a legendary patron of the arts could draw such A-list talent to a retrospective. In attendance: Julia Roberts. Mick Jagger. Gianni Versace. Woody Alien. Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Paul Newman. David Bowie. Michael Keaton, Liza Minnelli. Sting, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dem and Faye Dunaway to name a few. The legend: Picasso. The Museum of Modern Art is holding a Picasso retrospective that runs through Sept. 17 in New York ... What's an anchor to do? Bryant Gumbel is being wooed by CNN, CBS and ABC among others. Gumbel, whose NBC contract expires in January, is weighing options. NBC has yet to hold talks with their Today Show host of the past 15 years. Gumbel said last year that this would be his final stint on the morning staple. CBS has offered Gumbel his own prime-time show, a chance to anchor golf coverage (his favorite sport) and the coveted heir apparent position as evening news anchor when Dan Rather retires. ABC countered with the promise of giving Gumbel the Nightline mantle when Ted Koppel exits and also offered him a prime-time show. CNN told Gumbel he can write his own ticket. My prediction: Gumbel will remain at NBC where he has worked for the past 24 years.... The Fugees. Alanis Morrisette, Dr. Dre and Nas are slated to perform at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards airing live from Radio City Music Hall Sept. 4. .. Al Pacino makes his Broadway directorial debut in the Eugene O'Neill play Hughie which opens Aug. 22 and runs through Sept 14. Pacino also stars in the play. .. Colin Powell is the individual most Americans would like to have dinner with according to a poll conducted by Good Housekeeping ... The Eagles' Hell Freezes Over tour conclude last week in Edinburgh, Scotland. Performance magazine said the concert played 165 shows in the past 26 months to 3.5 million fans grossing $165 million. .. Claudette Colbert bequeathed most of her $3.5 million estate to her longtime friend and companion Helen O'Hagan. Colbert did last month at the age of 92.... Herb Ritts celebrated his 44th birthday in grand style last week at the now-defunct Perino's restaurant, a Marilyn Monroe favorite. Pals like Madonna. Roseanne, RuPaul. Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Stiller, Sandy Gallin. Michael Stipe and Diana Ross joined the evenings festivities.... Rumors of her demise to the contrary, Joan Lunden has re-upped her stint on Good Morning America for three more years.... Paula Zahn will take over the helm of the Saturday CBS Evening News on Aug. 24. Bob Schieffer who held that distinction for the last 20 years will continue in his other posts as chief Washington correspondent and host of Face The Nation.... Tom Clancy's new book, Executive Orders (Putnam, $27.95), featuring the inimitable Jack Ryan has just been published. Orders is mired in politics as Ryan becomes president through circumstance. .. Celebrities are not traditionally Republican, so it would stand to reason that there are not very many high profile entertainment figures in San Diego. The few who did lend their support: Chuck Norris. Sonny Bono. Alec and Billy Baldwin, Chynna Phillips and Norman Mailer. Republican stalwarts Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck and Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be present due to prior commitments.... Bob Hope will be the recipient of a lifetime achievement award recognizing his contributions to family entertainment on the Family Film Awards, which airs on CBS Aug 22. Beau Bridges. Anna Chlumski and Joey Lawrence host the event ... Fabio, the former romance novel coverboy and / Can't Believe It's Not Butter pitchman, has inked a deal with General Mills to endorse Frosted Cheerios in an advertisement campaign that begins airing Labor Day weekend. Fabio is also amidst negotiations to become a spokesman for a large retail chain. It's amazing what good pectorals can do for career enhancement.... The Friends cast showed up to work last Monday to begin rehearsing for their third season on NBC. At press time, there was no word on whether Warner Bros, ponied up the demanded salary of $100,000 for each cast member per episode. Sources indicate the crew is working in good faith during the negotiation period ... Catherine Crier returns to the Cable arena. Crier who was wooed by ABC from CNN three years ago will join the new Fox Cable upstart all news channel as host of a nightly talk show.... Randy Travis (Full Circle), Suzy Bogguss (Give Me Some Wheels), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (She's the One) and Glenn Miller (The Lost Recordings) have all released new CDs this week in the hopes that you run to the record store and purchase them.... DreamWorks has reportedly nixed the release of a remix of the 70's smash Funkytown recorded as a duet by Henry Rollins and RuPaul. It seems as though the label feels that Rollin's association with RuPaul could damage his macho man image. .. Legendary Country crooner George Jones just released his latest album, 1 Lived to Tell It All, which is the title of his best-selling autobiography released last year.... Milestones: Mary Thompson died as a result of cardiac arrest last week. Thompson resided in Orlando, Fl, never smoked and kept a .22 in her bra. Thompson was the US oldest recorded citizen. At 120 years old, Thompson certainly reached a milestone and did so with aplomb.... Making the Rounds: Valerie Harper guests on CBS' Touched by an Angel Sat., Aug 18 at 8pm. Sting chat's with Larry King Aug. 21 at 8pm on CNN and visits Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Aug. 22 at 10:35pm on NBC affiliate Channel 2. Melissa Etheridge visits with David Letterman on his CBS Late Show Aug 22 at 10:35pm on CBS affiliate Channel 11. Shania Twain is scheduled to appear on the Today Show on Aug 23 at 7am on NBC. Renowned mime expert Marcel Marceau will have a one on one with Lauren Hutton on her late night show Aug. 23 at 1:05 am on UPN affiliate Channel 20. Dean Martin, Liberace. Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Lewis will be profiled this week on A&E's Biography series. Biography airs nightly at 7pm with an encore at 11pm.... Top of the Charts: Robin Williams' film Jack raked in the most receipts over the weekend to be the #1 box-office hit of the week. Seinfeld resumes its position as the highest rated show on television after the brouhaha over the Olympics. Patricia Cromwell's Cause of Death continues to dominate the number one position on the bestselling list for fiction. Meanwhile, Gary Aldrich's tome Unlimited Access rules the non-fiction list according to the New York Times. Beats, Rhymes and Life by A Tribe Called Quest is the hottest selling album in the country and 13 year old sensation Leann Rimes dominates the Country sales chart with her sultry hit Blue, according to Billboard Magazine. .. Quote of the Week: "Did you know every single athlete that you have seen on your television screen has been tested for drugs?... Or as NBC calls it: Must Pee TV." — Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. ion South border Budweiser & Bud Liqlit All Daq All Might 2517 Ralph Street at Westh eimer (7*13) 527-9071 * Happg Hour 7am“9pm weekdays * $1.50 Well 4“7 Saturday * $1.50 Vodka 7am_6pm * Mug Ouh 7am_10pm * $3.75 Pitchers & $1.75 Mugs Special Guests Kara Dion “ Miss EJ' Leak Halsdon Chevelfe Brook T the Night Surprise MC Thursday, August 22, 11:00pm uiith many special yuests ALSO Granny's Tacos! ^lo/icMALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00pm with Tara £|o/]7 SATURDAY SHOW “ at 11pm with Tara glo/inMALE STRIP CONTEST 2> at 11:00pm with Paivi lLj q/qP Amateur/Talent Night l___ 0/o6V a| Ppm W|||1 Pajvj §8/21 Granny s Burgers Pkants wou Id like to wel bar Pascal s to our communitu! come flow pissu HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 17 Hill Announces for City Council Seat Community activist Ray Hill has announced that he will seek election to a city council seat this November in what is expected to be a crowded race with as many as 20 contenders vying for the position. The At-large District #4 seat is currently held by John Peavy Jr. who has announced his resignation. Hill has been an occasional candidate in previous races. Zoning is among the issues Hill says he is concerned with stat­ing, “There are 15 voting members around the city council table including the Mayor and none of them seem to remem­ber that the voters rejected zoning in a 1993 referendum.” Hill continued by claiming, “Zoning failed in Montrose precincts because the city announced well in advance that the gay business district on Pacific Street would remain for a lim­ited time and could not expand as our com-munity grew.” “Basically government should stay out of people’s lives, “ asserts Hill. He makes claims against two of the members of City Council by saying, “Helen Huey wants to decide what choices adults have to spend their entertainment dollars and Martha Wong wants to decide what books, maga­zines and videos we can read or view. The rest of City Council feels obligated to give them the power to do so. This is a silly waste of tax and police resources that are needed elsewhere.” During the Texas legislative session. Hill works as a paid lobbyist for businesses that sell “adult material,” such as books and videos. Hill charges that the City Council Cham­ber is an echo chamber. He claims there is MS375 Montrose one Bedroom APartments > limited access gates covered parking Call Scott for Move-In Specials 266-1444 dduentite yuct On Sunday, September 29, 1996 one of 1,500 ticket holders will win a fully restored 1986 Nissan Maxima! Presence not required to win. Send check or money order to: CARGO (Charity Automotive Raffle Company) 9415 Westheimer, Suite 326C Houston, Texas 77063 (713) 504-2083 Proceeds will benefit AIDS Relief Organizations in Houston TICKETS $25 each • 5 for $100 Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. 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Poor planning and poor priorities are the result of the go along to get along attitude in Council Chamber. Ray Hill is well known in the community as being outspoken and a bit of an agitator. He hosts “The Prison Program” on KPFT radio on Sunday afternoons, a volun­teer pqsition which he will have to leave during the time he is running for office. The fact that he has a prison record is often brought up against him. Hill was arrested and imprisoned for commercial bui-glary. He responds by saying that he did the crimes and paid his time. He ictiied from that business in 1970. Hill promises to develop positions on other issues as the campaign continues. Celebration of Life for Stephen Bralick Sunday Aug. 18th at 3:00 PM 18 HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 ETCHED IN MEMORY. PRESERVED IN GRANITE. THE AIDS MEMORIAL BOOK. It's made of solid granite and bordered "panels" in which you can inscribe the name and date of your departed family member or friend. Proceeds are donated to AIDS charities through an advisory board composed of local leaders in AIDS-related services. To make an appointment to see the terrace, call a Forest Park Lawndale representative at 921-6623. The Foundation for Interfaith Research & Ministry and Forest Park Lawndale THEATER LaB HOUSTON presents the controversial play the Cincinnati vice squad wanted to close down POOR SUPER MAH by Brad Fraser EXTENDED DUE TO SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES! FINAL PERFORMANCES FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS thru AUGUST 17th at 8 PM SUNDAYS, AUGUST 4th, 11st & 18th at 6 PM THURSDAY PERFORMANCES ADDED! AUG. Sth & 15th at 8 PM ALL TICKETS $18 ▼ 1706 ALAMO OFF 2100 HOUSTON AVE. This play contains sexual situations/nudity underwritten by HOUSTON VOICE TICKET INFORMATION 868-7516 • Alignment • Brakes HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 19 a 'W&'ltct. . . by Nancy Ford appears bi-weekly in the Houston Voice. ^/Valgreens continued^. (Continued front page I) Walgreens Inc. 200 Wilmot Rd. #2264 Deerfield, IL 600015-4681 Or call 1-847-940-2500. 2. Send a copy of your letter to: Mr. Anwar, Store Manager 3317 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 or call at 520-8000 or go by in person and tell him of your displeasure. HGLPC maintains that these people need to be told that removing The magazine from ^distribution at their store is a clear slap in the Iface of the Gay & Lesbian community because no other business (such as Krogers or Whole Foods) have removed the magazine because it was found objectionable. Walgreens removed total distribution on the complaint of one person. That this is unacceptable to the Gay and Lesbian community was expressed in a letter that was sent to the Walgreens Corporate office by Gandy. The letter made several other points as well. The theme of the banned magazine that particular month was "safe sex" and . the article cited as being offensive by only one customer, was on "oral sex". This magazine has no pictures except in a few ads and sometimes pictures of the authors of the articles. There are not even ads for places which are characterized by some as "SOBs" or sexually oriented businesses. In a conversation with Mr. Ed King at the Walgreens Corporate office, the policy of Walgreens regarding objectionable material was explained. Gandy expressed resentment with the fact that The magazine was lumped with magazines advocating violence and other anti-social behaviors and/or of a sexually exploitative genre. Because it was regarded so, as a result of this one article, it was subject to executive review and the decision being to remove the magazine and other future issues from the shelf devoted to "freebie" literature. The implications of this decision are: • That this magazine is in the same category as magazines of violence, anti-social behavior and so-called "male sophisticate" magazines. R That because of one article in one magazine issue, which without pictures, spoke of oral sex, the issue theme being "safe sex", the magazine was removed for all time from the free distribution shelves at the Walgreens Montrose store on the complaint of one person ! • That a magazine issue devoted to safe sex and more specifically oral sex is inappropriate material for this community. One would think that Walgreens would want to support the idea of health education appropriate to the community served by that particular store. The first implication is bad enough and the evidence of the magazine itself belies it being |n this category. i'he second point indicates that blatant discrimination against the Gay & Lesbian community is at work! If, for example, all the other stores in the area had removed the magazine perhaps it could be said that this is a just decision. In this case however, many other businesses such as Krogers and Whole Foods which have as diverse a clientele in this neighborhood as does Walgreens still stock the magazine! The third point belies a problem with free speech rights when they are connected to health education that one person may find objectionable. Gandy says she also finds it objectionable to read all those silly headlines from pulp magazines that Walgreens sells to heterosexuals but doesn't demand their removal because she supports free speech no matter how distasteful she personally finds it. Walgreens' decision seems ill advised. No proper criteria apparently exist which would lend it the aura of an objective decision. Since no such criteria seem to exist, it can only be surmised that this decision lacked objectivity and falls into the category of homopredjudiced behavior, which is clearly discriminatory. The HGLPC has embarked upon a program to establish the entire Montrose area as a Discrimination Free Zone. They intend to ask all businesses in the area to sign on to the project. Refusing to present the magazine along with other "freebies" when most other businesses do include it, is an act which the Caucus deems discriminatory. Gandy on behalf of the Caucus requested dialog with Walgreens on this issue, which could result in more objective criteria being applied, so that other magazines must meet the same criteria as the magazine! It is hoped that this can be done quickly and without any resort to direct action. The organization generally does not do direct action, preferring to negotiate and discuss to reach accord, but HGLPC has been known to take such action. It was hoped that this issue could be worked out in a manner that is satisfactory to all concerned. Other groups in the community such as Queer Nation, Act-up and the Lesbian Avengers are known for their direct action tactics. These groups as well as supportive individuals may decide to take actions against Walgreens such as protests and boycotts. In a statement to the media Gandy said, "Perhaps, they feel as if there are no other drug stores for Gay men and Lesbians to go to in the Montrose area. This is corporate arrogance of the worst sort. The corporate office has not even given us the courtesy of a reply to a letter I wrote them on June 30, 1996 and I know that they got the letter because I have a copy of the return receipt from the post office!" Gandy continued by stating, "Walgreens profits on AIDS related medicines alone at this store must be huge and they think it is OK to remove a magazine from their store whose issue that month was devoted to "safe sex”. Kroger did not think the issue objectionable, neither did Whole Foods. What do you think could be going through the head of the local manager and the corporate heads? 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Sunday School.....9:30 am Sunday Worship ... 10:50 am 1440 Harold at Mulberry ASK THE PASTOR Q: "DO YOU BELIEVE THAT BEING GAY IS A CHOICE? IS BEING GAY SIMPLY THE LIFE­STYLE THAT SOMEONE CHOOSES OR ARE WE MADE THAT WAY?" A: The best person to ask is a gay person. Most peo­ple who are gay will tell you that it is not a choice. Many people have recollections about their sexual orien­tation as early as age two or three. Other people delayed in„dealing with their sexual orientation in hopes of fitting Rev. Janet Parker jn with socjety Marriage has been experienced by many gay/lesbian people with little success. For a person who has chosen not to act upon their gayness, they generally end up living a celibate life. Many do not marry. If it was a choice, it seems that a person would be able, with intervention, to make ad­justments to live in the heterosexual world and be happy. Unless a person is bisex­ual, they would probably not be content in the heterosexual world. Why would a person choose to be gay when: 1. it is frowned upon by society, 2. there is signifi­cant discrimination, 3. relationships are not recognized by the legal system and the church at large, 4. families disown members because they are gay, and 5. churches tell gay people that God condemns them for "being gay." My own personal experi­ence tells me that being gay/lesbian is not a choice. What becomes a choice for us is to learn how to be all that God has designed for us to be as gay/lesbian people. We do this by connecting with God, our Creator. We can then learn to celebrate who we are instead of defending who we are. We need to face fear and hatred by others and not be ashamed. I do believe that God made a diversity of sexual orien­tations. Why are we to judge another person if they do not conform to our own standards? If an individual can settle the issue, that it is not a choice, then I be­lieve that they can then go on in life and be very fulfilled. One needs to surround themself with a community of affirming and supportive people. When a person finds a good, healthy role model in the gay/lesbian community, they have found a good thing. Many people come to our church to see if a person really can be gay and Christian. People are searching to find someone who defies the stereotype of what the world thinks a gay/lesbian person to be, simply because they do not fit the mold. I pray that you wi
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