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Democrats dominate Senate 'DOMA' hearing
Senators, gay law
professor rebuke anti-gay
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
WASHINGTON — Five Democratic
senators joined forces with a gay
Republican law professor at a Senate
hearing last week to dispute the need for
a constitutional amendment prohibiting
“[A]n amendment banning same-sex
marriage is a solution in search of a problem,”
said former Houstonian University
of Minnesota Law School Professor Dale
Carpenter, a member of the gay GOP
group Log Cabin Republicans.
Carpenter said “federal and state laws
already prevent the court-ordered imposition
of nationwide same-sex marriage for
the foreseeable future.” He said states
should be allowed to adopt same-sex marriage
if they choose to do so.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chair of
the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the
Constitution, said he called the Sept. 4
hearing to discuss whether the anti-gay
Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 could
withstand a ruling by state or federal
courts legalizing same-sex marriage.
The hearing took place four days before
gay rights leaders and their supporters
from civil rights groups met Sept. 8 in
Washington to discuss strategy for
advancing the cause for civil marriage for
same-sex couples and opposing a constitutional
amendment. The meeting was
closed to the press and the public.
Gay civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson,
who founded the New York-based group
Freedom to Marry, declined to comment on
what was said or who attended the meet-
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U.S. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) was one of five Democrats who attended the hearing on the Defense of
Marriage Act. Only one Republican attended. (Photo by AP)
Annual gay business expo set for Houston
Coy Tow, executive director of the Greater
Houston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual &
Transgender Chamber of Commerce, said
Empower 2003 is less like a business expo
and more like a family-friendly festival.
More than 150
set for annual Empower
By JOSEF MOLNAR
Houston’s upcoming annual gay business
and entertainment exposition, Empower
2003, will give gay consumers the opportunity
to shop around, network with various
companies, and even enjoy live entertainment
The Empower theme, “Go Straight to the
Gay Market,” is aimed at giving a variety of
gay and gay-friendly businesses and organizations
a chance to reach out, and a constant
lineup of music and performance entertainment
will create a festive atmosphere.
Empower, set for Sept. 20-21, is hosted
each year by the Greater Houston Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Chamber
“It’s actually less like a business expo than
any one I’ve been to,” said Coy Tow, the
Chamber’s executive director. “It’s more like a
festival, although there are things you can do
to be educated on.”
More than 150 business and social organizations
and individuals will showcase
their products and expertise in areas such
as the business development, health care,
home and garden, pet care, spirituality and
sports. Attendees can also enjoy product
and service giveaways like massages, enter
vacation and product drawings, and receive
a visitor’s package complete with coupons
for local businesses. Hungry visitors will be
satisfied by a variety of vendors at food
courts, and several cash bars will be open
during the event.
Savvy candidates in the upcoming mayoral
and city elections, such as Annise Parker, a
City Council member and candidate for City
Controller, will be present to campaign for
votes and speak at a workshop. Political
groups such as the Harris County Democratic
Party, the Human Rights Campaign, and the
Log Cabin Republicans, will also be present to
speak with voters.
Marla Dukler, a 17-year-old student from
Klein High School who recently won a battle
to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance in her
school, will talk about her experience and
offer advice to young people and adults about
starting one in their schools.
Although past Empower events provided
networking opportunities between businesses,
organizations and gay men and lesbians, Tow
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weekend for participants
GAY EXPO, continued from Page 1
said the focus widened to give gay consumers
the chance to purchase products
and services, as well.
“We really tried to focus on being more
interactive and consumer-driven instead
of just networking,” he said. “We hope
people will find things they want to take
home with them.”
That may happen in other ways, as
well: two of Houston’s largest antique
shows — the Houston Antique Dealer’s
Association Fall Show and the Theta
Charity Antiques Show — will be held the
same weekend at the convention center.
Although the chamber typically sees
a profit of a few thousand dollars, Tow
said Empower is meant to help businesses,
companies and organizations to network
with gay consumers. He expects the
event to generate about $35,000 for the
“We are a fraction of their business,
but we are still an important part of their
business,” Tow said. “For them to want to
invest in this event in particular said
And that something is a desire to reach
what is increasingly being seen as a lucrative
market. As with other minority
groups, companies are slowly realizing
they can profit from the gay market.
“It’s easy to purchase an ad somewhere
and get a consumer who is in the
process of buying something,” Tow said.
“But Empower is about looking someone
in the eyes and developing a relationship.
We want to show that companies who
invest in Empower are trying to reach out
to the community.”
Empower 2003, like past events, will offer a variety
I ,)f vendor booths and companies reaching out to
gay consumers. (Photo by Matthew A. Hennie)
Organizers hope to attract a diverse crowd to Empower 2003, an event they are billing as 'family-friendly.'
(Photo by Dalton DeHart)
Chase Bank, for example, appears at
Empower based on the return it sees from
its investment. According to Jeff Wallace,
a Chase vice president and treasurer of
the Chamber, the company’s research
shows that many people who visit the
booth later become its clients.
“The bank looks at this as making good
business sense,” Wallace said. “This is a
very good investment in the community.”
By being sensitive to the differences
between gay consumers and other markets,
Tow said a business will begin to
“We know when someone is just
exploiting us versus actually wanting to be
a part of the community,” he said. “People
make choices about who they want to
receive communications from, and they
want’to know that an organization supports
them and is sensitive to their needs.”
Having an interest in supporting gay
consumers helps, but Empower also helps
gay people professionally, as well. Some
attendees come for the event’s professional
development workshops, and job seekers
can pick up a list of companies that are
specifically looking to hire gay employees.
Tow said Houston is not the only
venue for these types of events, but it is
the only one of its size to be hosted by a
“Their shows tend to be predominantly
filled by businesses in the gay community,
but we have more corporate support,” he
said. “They are always impressed that we
get such mainstream support.”
Part of that reason, Tow said, is that
Empower focuses on creating a business-
Singer Christian Andr&son is one of several artists
scheduled to appear at Empower 2003 next weekend.
and family-friendly event. Although alcohol
is served at the event through the concessions,
the Chamber does not seek sponsorship
from companies which may place
a stigma on the event.
“There’s a lot of other vendors we
could get at this show, but we want the
diversity within the community to be
well-represented,” Tow said. “I think you
could bring anyone to this event: gay,
straight, your boss, your children.
Anyone can come to this show.”
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MARRIAGE BID: Gay couple Harold Donald
Standhart and Tod Alan Keftner are suing to
marry in Arizona, but they are having trouble
gaining support from big-guns activists. Page 5
CRYING FOUL Lambda Legal Defense &
Education Fund took the case of gay man
Lorenzo Taylor, who is suing the U.S. State
Department with claims of discrimination over
his HIV positive status. Page 7
HOMO ALONE: Child star Macaulay Culkin grows
up in 'Party Monster/ one of the most talked
about independent films of the year. It’s just one
gay offering in the fall arts lineup. Coverage
begins on Page 15.
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Mass. Senate leaders ready to back civil unions
Robert E. Travaglini, president of
the Massachusetts Senate, said
he plans to back a move to
establish civil unions for gays ■
and lesbians in the state.
BOSTON — Leaders of the Massachusetts Senate will push
to establish civil unions for gay couples, the Boston Globe
reported. Senate President Robert E. Travaglini and others
made the move-as the state’s highest court considers
whether to legalize gay marriage. Senate leaders want to be
prepared because they believe the court may direct the
Legislature to address the question of the legal status of
same-sex relationships, the Globe reported. “Being an advocate
of civil rights and an advocate of fairness, and having
supported domestic partnerships 20 years ago, it’s just a natural
progression for me,” Travaglini told the Globe. “I
understand the concept of fairness and will be supportive of
it.” Travaglini said he wants to bring civil union legislation
to the floor of the Senate for a vote, but will wait until the
Supreme Judicial Court case is decided. While many expect
the court to issue its decision this fall, there is no formal
deadline by which the court must act, the Globe reported.
Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran, a
socially conservative Democrat and opponent of legal recognition
for same-sex couples, likely will battle Travaglini’s
efforts. Gov. Mitt Romney also opposes civil unions.
Gay conscientious objector found
guilty of unauthorized absence
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Marine
reservist who was absent when his unit
was activated in support of the war in Iraq
was found innocent by a military jury of
desertion, but guilty of a lesser charge of
unauthorized absence. Lance Cpl. Stephen
Funk, a native of Seattle, was sentenced to
six months in prison and will receive a
bad-conduct discharge, which results in
his losing all military benefits, after he
gets out of prison. Funk, 21, said he
became a conscientious objector after several
months of being trained to kill. There
were 27 other Marines who declared themselves
conscientious objectors to the Iraq
war. Like Funk, all were transferred to
New Orleans for processing but none of
the others were prosecuted because they
still reported for duty on time, the Marines
said. Funk, who while absent from the
Marines attended anti-war rallies and
later announced he was gay, has said in the
past that the Marines were trying to make
an example of him.
Anti-gay protesters decry
gay fans at Rangers game
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas
Rangers officially have not declared Sept.
14 as “Gay Day at the Ballpark,” but others
have, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. The Rangers battle the Oakland
A’s, while gay attendees and protesters
are expected to clash as well. Gil Flores of
the Resource Center of Dallas organized
a group ticket purchase for gay baseball
fans as a fund-raiser. But protesters,
powered by a Web site, www.protestgay-day.
com, are gathering, momentum for a
movement to discourage gay fans from
displaying “the gay agenda of normalization,”
Rick Warden, a protest organizer,
Told the Star-Telegram. “This is a family
event,” Warden said. The Web site is specific.
“The Texas Rangers should be
ashamed,” it states. “This event legitimizes
the perverted g-ay and lesbian
lifestyle in the eyes of the unsuspecting
Mich, board OKs resolution
opposing same-sex marriage
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Oakland
County Board of Commissioners approved a
resolution to support a state constitutional
amendment to ban same-sex marriages. The
resolution, which is not binding, urges the
state Legislature to put a constitutional
amendment on the statewide ballot. State
Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-Dewitt) said he plans
to introduce the bill this year. Commissioner
Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills) and a‘cosponsor
of the resolution, said that a “no”
vote on the resolution would mean that a
commissioner was against traditional family
values. “This is needed because of what
has happened in Canada,” he said. “The people
that are caught in this lifestyle need help
because it’s a very destructive lifestyle.” But
Commissioner David Coulter, (D-Ferndale),
said the resolution is unnecessary “There is
no one in Lansing or Washington who is trying
to overturn [marriage] laws,” he said.
Vt. lawmaker welcomes
Calif, domestic partner bill
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State Rep.
William Lippert is proud to have helped create
Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law recognizing
the relationships of same-sex couples.
And now he is happy to have
California following Vermont’s lead, even if
the bill it just adopted stops a little short of
where he’d like it to be. The California
Assembly gave final approval early this
month to a law that would grant gay and
lesbian couples nearly all of the rights, benefits
and responsibilities of marriage. Gov.
Gray Davis has said he would sign it into
law. California’s action is “of tremendous
significance for the gay and lesbian population
in the country simply by the unique
place that California holds in our national
politics and in the politics of the national
gay and lesbian community,” said Lippert,
one of the authors of Vermont’s 2000 law.
Lippert, a Democrat from the Burlington
area, said he believes Vermont helped set
the stage for California’s action.
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Foley withdraws from Fla. Senate race
Congressman tagged as gay
cites family concerns
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mark Foley
(R-Fla.), who has declined to confirm or
deny news reports that he is gay, withdrew
from the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate
last week, saying he wants to devote more
time to care for his father, who was recently
diagnosed with cancer.
Foley was considered the leading contender
for the Republican nomination for
the Florida Senate seat now held by
Democrat Bob Graham, who is running for
president. He has a mostly pro-gay voting
record in the House of Representatives,
although he emphasized his conservative
positions on other issues while campaigning
this year for the Senate.
When news reports speculating about
Foley’s sexual orientation surfaced in May
political observers wondered whether his
prospects for winning a Republican primary
dominated by conservative voters would be
diminished. Foley responded by calling a news
conference for only straight media outlets and
refusing to discuss his sexual orientation.
• But some political activists in the state
said the so-called “gay issue” did not
appear to have hurt Foley as of the time he
withdrew from the race.
“He continued to break all records in the
fund-raising department,” said Hastings
Wyman, editor and publisher of the
Southern Political Report, an authoritative
newsletter on politics in Southern states.
Wyman, who is gay, said Foley continued
to draw endorsements and retain his
base of Republican moderates and some
conservatives after a small weekly newspaper
in West Palm Beach published an article
in May saying Foley is gay. The paper
also reported that Foley lived with a longtime
male companion. A weekly gay newspaper
in Fort Lauderdale, the Express, also
published stories saying Foley was gay.
The speculation prompted Foley to invite
a group of select reporters to participate in
a telephone conference call in which Foley
denounced rumors about his sexual orientation
and declined to say whether he is gay.
“The fact that I am not married has
allowed many people to speculate,” said
Foley, who voted in 1996 in favor of the
Defense of Marriage Act, which banned
federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
“I don’t care what they conclude. People can
draw whatever conclusions they want.”
Although Foley accused Democratic Party
activists of spreading the rumors about his
sexual orientation, Foley’s Republican adversaries
were also known to have circulated
U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican, said he ended
his bid for the U.S. Senate so that he and his sister
could take care of their father, who was recently
diagnosed with cancer.
copies of the New Times article, according to
news accounts in his district.
Kirk Fordham, chief of staff for Foley’s
congressional office in Washington, said
Foley continued to garner support from all
parts of the state following the press reports
speculating about his sexual orientation.
Fordham said contributions increased and
endorsements continued from Republican
Party movers and shakers.
“Voters by and large were not focused
on his private life,” Fordham said. “People
either discarded the rumors or decided the
issue was not a problem for them.”
Fordham said Foley did not consider it
hypocritical to demand that information
about his sexual orientation remain off
limits on grounds of personal privacy
while revealing his father’s personal medical
condition as the reason for his withdrawal
from the Senate race.
“You can’t withdraw from a high profile
political campaign without stating a reason,”
Fordham said. “It wasn’t a feasible
option not to say why. But we kept details
of his father’s illness private.”
The Palm Beach Post reported that
Foley continued to lead his primary opponents
for the Republican nomination. The
newspaper reported that the state’s political
establishment was stunned to learn
that Foley was withdrawing from the race.
Foley said he would run for re-election to
his seat in the House of Representatives, displacing
at least two of his Republican supporters
who planned to run for his House
seat. He also said he would consider another
Senate race in 2006,' when Democratic
Senator Bill Nelson is up for re-election.
The Palm Beach Post reported that
Foley’s mother and father, both in their
80s, along with his sister, have played
active roles in all of his political campaigns.
His sister served as political director
for his Senate campaign.
“His parents, Foley said, insisted,
‘Please don’t give up the dream for us,’ the
newspaper reported. “But Foley said he
and his sister just could not go on now,
knowing they were needed at home.”
Lambda Legal, ACLU stay out of Arizona marriage case
Officials fear individual
cases may do more
harm than good
By LAUREL FAUST
PHOENIX — The Lambda Legal Defense
& Education Fund and the American Civil
Liberties Union will not play a direct role in
the case of two men who are suing the state
^f Arizona and the Maricopa County clerk
P r the right to marry.
Harold Donald Standhart, 34, and Tod
Alan Keltner, 36, went before the clerk of
the Superior Court on July 1 seeking a
marriage license. The clerk refused to file
the paperwork. Arizona state law stipulates
that marriage between people of the
same sex is illegal.
Standhart and Keltner retained the services
of attorney Michael S. Ryan, who
filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Court of
Appeals six days later. The three-member
court heard the case in August, but it has
not yet issued a decision.
“It’s the right thing. It should be done.
Gay people should have the same rights as
anyone else,” Ryan said.
Ryan said he relied heavily on the June
26 decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, in
which the Supreme Court struck down as
Harold Donald Standhart and Tod Alan Keltner are
suing the state of Arizona for the right to marry and
have criticized some gay rights groups as 'pretentious'
and 'negative.' (Photo courtesy Phoenix New Times)
unconstitutional the Texas sodomy law.
Ryan also relied on cases where the
courts struck down as unconstitutional
laws prohibiting interracial marriages, and
marriages of prisoners and poor people.
“If the freedom to marry is a fundamental
right, then the freedom to choose
whom to marry should be also,” Ryan said.
Lambda Legal senior counsel Jon
Davidson said that he flew to Phoenix and
met with Ryan and his clients. Davidson
said he provided extensive casework to
assist in the case. He said he supports
Standhart and Keltner and hopes they win,
but that sometimes litigation is not the
best avenue to pursue.
“Litigation is only one of the tools
that’s out there to win the freedom to
marry. It’s a tool that shouldn’t be used in
isolation,” Davidson said.
He said that Lambda Legal has worked for
a decade on the gay marriage issue and that
it’s important to organize and educate people
before pursuing legislation or litigation.
“We learned in litigation in Hawaii and
Alaska, that we can win in the courts and
still lose, because the public doesn’t understand
yet that we’re entitled to the rights,”
In both Hawaii and Alaska, the highest
courts in the state ruled that gay couples
were entitled to full marriage rights, but
the decision were thwarted by public referendums.
A 1998 state constitutional
amendment in Hawaii permits the legislature
to restrict marriage to opposite-sex
couples. An anti-gay marriage amendment
was ratified in Alaska the same year.
James Essex, litigation director for lesbian
and gay rights for the ACLU, said that
the Court of Appeals does not have jurisdiction
over the Arizona case. He said that the
case should have been filed in the trial court.
“We fully support the rights of these two
individuals and everyone in Arizona and
the country to get married. We have rights
in the federal Constitution and the state
constitution to get married,” Essex said.
He said that Ryan would have been able
to present more evidence at the trial court
level. Ryan had 20 minutes to make his
case before the Appeals Court, the Arizona
“The danger in all these cases is — can
we hold onto the decision?” Essex said.
Ryan said pursuing marriage rights is a
matter of different strategies. He said
there was no factual dispute in the case,
only the matter of asking the court to compel
the clerk to grant a marriage license.
Lawyers should consider
consequences of rulings
Davidson said that careful consideration
must be given to what will happen if a
case is won or lost. If it is won — will there
be a backlash of public opinion? If it is lost
— how broad will the impact be?
Ryan said that when a case is brought
before the Appeals Court that it is more
likely to set a precedent than if it goes to
the trial court.
Ryan said he is aware of the arguments
and concerns raised by Lambda Legal and
the ACLU, but that he disagrees.
“The bottom line is that I have two
clients who want to get married. Timing?
When is the right time?” he said.
“I think there’s a certain level of impatience
among some members of the community.
It’s hard to live with this insult
every day,” Davidson said. “But change
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Canadian gay marriage foes hold nationwide protests
MONTREAL, Canada — Opponents of same-sex
marriage gathered in silent prayer across the country
this week to protest a proposed law legalizing gay
unions, the Toronto Star reported. Most of the rallies
took place in front of the constituency offices of government
lawmakers. Opponents want to convince
politicians that they risk defeat in the next election if
they support the legislation, the Star reported. More
than 1,000 people attended a rally in Halifax, while
more than 300 prayed outside Canadian Alliance MP
Jason Kenney’s office in Calgary. In Edmonton,
about 400 protesters at the offices of Health Minister
Anne McLellan encountered about 40 people speak-
Metropolitan Community Church
founder Rev. Troy Perry (right) and his
partner Phillip De Blieck show off their
marriage certificate after being married
in Toronto earlier this summer. (Photo
by Frank Gunn/AP)
ing out in favor of same-sex marriage. About 300 people
gathered in front of Labour Minister Claudette
Bradshaw’s office in Moncton, N.B., and hundreds
more gathered in Ontario and Manitoba ridings. In
Montreal, however, journalists outnumbered
protesters, the Star reported.
Brazil takes first step toward
breaking patents on AIDS drugs
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil took the
first formal step last week toward breaking
patents with three pharmaceutical companies
selling AIDS drugs to South America’s
largest country after talks failed to produce
price reductions acceptable to the government.
Negotiations are continuing with
Abbott Laboratories, Merck & Co. and
Roche, but Health Minister Humberto
Costa announced a decree by President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that could lead to
Brazilian production of generic versions,
or imports of the cheap, copied drugs from
other countries. Under the decree, Brazil
could use a legal process to declare a
national health emergency or public health
need that would allow the country to break
the drug companies’ patents, Costa’s office
said in a statement. International agreements
have allowed countries to break
patents in times of national health emergencies,
but that has been little help for
countries with no pharmaceutical industry
to make the medicines. Brazil, however, has
a robust generic drug industry that can
make its own drugs.
Canadians split by generations
over issue of same-sex marriage
OTTAWA — A new public opinion poll found
the debate over same-sex marriage continues
to divide Canadians, especially along generational
lines, CBC News reported. Conducted
by the firm NFOCF Group, the poll found
Canadians younger than 35 are far more supportive
of legalizing gay marriage than people
of retirement age. But the results also
suggest that Canadians on both sides of the
issue do not want the issue to be left only to
churches, CBC News reported. Those polled
also report that they believe the courts in
Canada have too much power. The poll surveyed
1,015 Canadian adults who were contacted
by telephone between Aug. 25 and Aug.
30. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage
points. Pollster Richard Jenkins said that few
public policy issues have so clearly divided
Canadians along generational lines as same-sex
marriage. The poll found more than 60
percent of the respondents younger than 35
support same-sex marriages. An equal percentage
of seniors oppose it.
2006 Gay Games to
be broadcast live
MONTREAL, Canada — For the first time,
the Gay Games will be broadcast live by a
national television network, according to
media reports. The Montreal organizing committee
for the 2006 games signed an agreement
with Canada’s national broadcaster to
show the opening and closing ceremonies live
and to produce daily one-hour specials on the
athletic events during the eight-day games.
The broadcasts also will be made available on
satellite around the world. “We are pleased to
be partnering with the 2006 Gay Games,” said
Daniel Gourd, executive vice president of
CBC French Television. “Public television is
a key vehicle for promoting openness to and
raising awareness of the wider world.” The
Montreal games, called Rendez-Vous
Montreal 2006, also have received unprecedented
funding from the city the Quebec, and
the Canadian governments, according to
press reports. Gay Games VII will be held
from July 29 to Aug. 5,2006, and will include 30
sporting events. Participants are expected
from more than 100 countries.
Mosques accused of ruining
gay pupils' fund-raising pageant
SAXONWOLD, South Africa — A school’s
gay beauty pageant outraged local Muslim
leaders, who dubbed the show morally
“dubious,” the Sunday Times reported.
Organizers of the Retreat pageant claim
local mosques sabotaged the event because
of homophobia and intolerance. Organizer
Angelica Horne told the Times that pupils
from the school asked her to arrange a
pageant as a fund-raiser following the success
of a similar event at a neighboring
school. Greg Philander, a co-organizer of
the pageant and part of a local gay charity
group, said pupils had told him they wanted
to take part, but had been instructed by
their teachers not to do so. Principal Allan
Liebenberg said homophobia was at the
root of the dispute. Noor Willoughby, secretary
of the Almunowara mosque in Retreat,
confirmed that some teachers had asked the
mosque to intervene. “We don’t approve of
gay parades, as the morals within some of
those communities are dubious.”
From staff and wire reports
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Gay man with HIV sues State Dept.
Denial of Foreign Service
job allegedly based on
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
WASHINGTON - A gay man with HIV
has filed a lawsuit challenging the State
Department’s policy of refusing to hire
people with HIV for Foreign Service jobs,
charging that the policy violates a federal
law prohibiting disability discrimination.
Lorenzo Taylor, 47, an Arlington, Va.,
resident and a longtime federal employee,
charges that he was denied a Foreign
Service job despite the fact that he has
lived with HIV for 18 years and has never
had long-term illnesses or opportunistic
infections typical of AIDS.
The suit, filed Sept. 3 in the United
States District Court for the District of
Columbia, notes that Taylor passed rigorous
written and oral exams required by the
U.S. Foreign Service program. The suit
notes that he is fluent in three languages,
holds a Foreign Service degree from
Georgetown University, and has traveled
extensively overseas for other jobs without
adverse affects on his health.
The gay legal lobby group Lambda
Legal Defense & Education Fund of New
York filed the suit on Taylor’s behalf.
“By concluding that Mr. Taylor’s health
is too poor to permit overseas work, the
department has capitulated to an outdated
and inaccurate generalization about people
with HIV,” the suit states.
The State Department has said it bars
people with HIV from Foreign Service jobs
because Foreign Service officers must be
capable of being deployed worldwide. The
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell once gave a
speech asking American businesses not to discriminate
against employees who are HIV positive. His
department has a policy that does not allow hiring
any new employees to serve oversees who are HIV
positive. (Photo by AP)
ban is needed, State Department officials
have said, because people with HIV may
require medical treatment that is not available
in some less developed countries.
However, the department allows
Foreign Service officers who are diagnosed
with HIV while already on the job to
remain in the Foreign Service if they show
no signs of immune suppression. Under
the policy, existing officers diagnosed with
HIV remain eligible for limited overseas
Mindy Sofen, a State Department
spokesperson, said the department never
comments on pending litigation. Sofen
said the Department’s Office of Medical
Services considers individual applications
for a medical approval for overseas posts
on a case-by-case basis.
The suit charges that the policy denying
jobs to new applicants with HIV violates
the federal Rehabilitation Act. The
act prohibits the federal government from
discriminating against job applicants with
disabilities who are otherwise qualified to
perform their duties with or without “reasonable
accommodation.” HIV is considered
a disability under the act.
Jonathan Givner, the Lambda attorney
working on Taylor’s case, said applicants
for Foreign Service jobs with HIV should
be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
“There’s no question that Taylor is
extremely qualified to do this work and
that he would do it well,” Givner said. “But
because he has HIV, none of that matters
to the federal government.”
Givner added, “This policy prevents
Lorenzo Taylor and other people like him
from serving their country — all while
there’s a severe shortage of Foreign
Service applicants with these skills and
HIV policy outdated: suit
The lawsuit states that the State
Department policy, which was issued in
the early1980s, fails to take into consideration
the advances in scientific knowledge
about AIDS and the greatly improved medical
treatment for the disease.
“Today, thanks in part to significant
medical breakthroughs, people living with
HIV like Mr. Taylor often live long and
healthy lives with few, if any, symptoms of
HIV,” the suit says. “Nonetheless, the
Department clings to the antiquated
assumption that all people living with HIV,
regardless of their actual physical condition,
are especially fragile and require
near-constant monitoring and medical
The suit notes that Taylor has traveled
“without medical incident” to Brazil,
China, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia,
Senegal, South Africa, Turkey and
Zimbabwe. It says the State Department
recruited him for a Foreign Service job in
July 2001, prompting him to take and pass
the required written and oral exams. He
received a conditional offer for a Foreign
Service job in November 2001, the suit says.
Lorenzo Taylor, who is gay, filed suit claiming the State Department refused to hire him because he is HIV
positive. (Photo by Michael Wise)
The following month, after reporting
for a required physical exam, Taylor disclosed
he has HIV. It was at that time, the
suit says, that a State Department doctor
told him he would not be eligible for a
Foreign Service job because of his HIV status.
Taylor responded by applying for a
medical waiver of the policy, asking the
department to “conduct an individualized
assessment of his application instead of
relying on the department’s blanket policy
against hiring HIV-positive candidates,”
the suit says.
A committee assigned to consider
waivers denied his request in July 2002.
“Being HIV positive has impacted my
life in countless ways since I was diagnosed,
but it has never kept me from being
able to do a job,” Taylor said in a statement.
“I’ve always wanted to be a Foreign
Service Officer. I’m still hopeful that I can
be judged based on the skills and experiences
I bring, along with my overall longterm
health status, rather than just on
whether I have HIV,” Taylor said.
The suit points to a June 2002 speech by
Secretary of State Colin Powell urging the
nation’s business leaders not to engage in
“Corporate leaders can see to it that
their managers implement fair employment
practices to ensure there is no discrimination
related to a person’s HIV status
— no stigmatization,” Powell said in
his speech. “This is one of those lessons
we have to get to all employers and nations
around the world, that they must not stigmatize
people who are ill.”
“The Secretary of State recognizes that
HIV discrimination in the workplace is a
problem around the country and the
world, and today’s lawsuit shows that it’s a
problem in his own workplace,” Givner
said. “With one stroke of his pen, he can
end HIV discrimination in the Foreign
Service, bring the government into compliance
with the law and follow through
on his own promise of fairness,” Givner
The suit calls on the court to grant
Taylor a Class I medical clearance or waiver,
which would allow him to work as a
Foreign Service officer with unlimited
duties in any overseas assignment, or a
Class II waiver or clearance, which would
authorize limited access to certain assignments
abroad. The suit also calls on the
court to permanently enjoin the State
Department from enforcing its policy of
refusing to hire Taylor and other HIV-positive
people for Foreign Service jobs.
In addition, It asks the court to order
the State Department to pay Taylor the
value of his lost wages and benefits as well
as compensatory and punitive damages as
specified by the Rehabilitation Act.
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Case dropped against minister who protested gay festival
NEW ORLELANS — City prosecutors will nbf pursue a battery case against Rev. Grant
Storms, who*led protests against the gay-popular Southern‘-Decadence festival and
received a court summons after he allegedly got irito a
shoving match with a security guard from a French
Quarter gay bar, the Times-Picayune reported. The
security guard, Mark Counts, had also received a summons,
and city officials elected to drop that case'also,
Tanzie Jones, a spokesperson for Mayor Ray Nagin,
told the Times-Picayune. Police cited both men after
-hearing conflicting accounts of what took place.
Storms alleged that the summons was part of a larger
effort to “discredit the movement [against Decadence]
and defame my character,” the newspaper reported.
Among other examples, Storms cited news accounts
that said he planned to try to block the Decadence
parade. He never had any such plans, he said. Storms,
who leads a group called Christian Conservatives for
Reform, created a firestorm by denouncing the annual
gay festival, characterizing it as a lewd and public cel-
■ ebration of a repugnant lifestyle.
New Orleans prosecutors have dropped
charges against Rev. Grant Storms in
the wake of the minister's outspoken
protests of Southern Decadence, an
annual Crescent City festival popular
Mich, gay man alleged
serial killer of young men
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 63-year-old
truck driver is accused of luring a young
man into his truck with the promise of work
and then drugging and sexually assaulting
him. James Moore of LeRoy is charged with
kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault,
gross indecency between males and being a
sexually delinquent person, police said.
Moore faces up to life in prison if convicted.
A 19-year-old man told police that Moore
picked him up and later sedated him before
sexually assaulting him. Authorities say
they suspect Moore also was involved in the
death of Justin Bogdanik, who died in July
of apparent complications from pneumonia
two weeks after he was found lying face
down in a ditch with glue in his eyes and on
his groin. Moore allegedly has drugged and
raped an undetermined number of young
men, according to media accounts. Police in
Grand Rapids said Moore confessed to the
attack on Bogdanik and has told them he
assaulted other teens he picked up on the
streets of the city, but he has not given any
indication of the number.
Inmate accused of killing
Boston priest returned to prison
BOSTON (AP) — The convicted murderer
accused of killing former priest John
Geoghan was returned to prison after being
hospitalized for swallowing something in his
cell, a spokesperson for the state Department
of Correction said. Joseph Druce swallowed
’ an object in his cell and was taken to an outside
hospital for treatment for non-life threatening
injuries. Druce allegedly beat and
strangled Geoghan, 68, in the defrocked
priest’s cell on Aug. 23. Geoghan, who has
never said he is gay, was serving a nine- to 10-
year sentence for groping a 10-year-old boy
and was accused of molesting nearly 150
boys over three decades. Druce, 37, was serving
a life sentence for the 1988 murder of a
gay man. Authorities have said he hates
gays, Jews, blacks and other minorities. He
unsuccessfully used an insanity defense during
his 1989 trial in the killing of George
Rollo, 51, who allegedly made a sexual
advance toward Druce after picking him up
Man says Akron police move
too slowly on male rape
AKRON, Ohio—A gay Cuyahoga Falls man
is concerned that his rape is being treated
differently by Akron police because he is
male, the Gay People’s Chronicle reported.
The 34-year-old University of Akron student
says he was attacked, kidnapped and
raped early in the morning on Aug. 8 in his
alleged assailant’s apartment after leaving
a bar near the university with the suspect
and another man. But police have not yet
filed charges or arrested his assailant,
although the suspect’s name and address
are known, the Chronicle reported. The victim
said the accused perpetrator tried to
force him to have sex, then physically beat
him when he refused. Photos taken at St.
Thomas Hospital show the victim’s face
severely bruised. Akron Chief Assistant
Prosecutor Thomas DiCaudo, who also provides
legal counsel to the police department,
said no charges have been filed
because the case is under investigation.
Attorney: Clemency justified
for gay man on N.C. death row
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The attorney for a
death row inmate scheduled to be executed
next month said she will argue several
reasons why he should be granted clemency,
including mention of his sexual orientation
during the trial. Edward Hartman,
38, was convicted Oct. 20,1994, for the 1993
murder of Herman Smith Jr. Although a
date for a clemency hearing before GovJ
Mike Easley has not been set, attorney
Heather Wells of Wilmington said she
expected it to be held Oct. 1. Hartman’s
lawyers presented no evidence before his
conviction. During sentencing, the
defense presented evidence Hartman had
psychiatric problems including depression,
anxiety and a history of alcohol
abuse. At the trial, defense attorneys
argued Hartman was the victim of sexual
abuse, Wells said. She said former District
Attorney David Beard diminished the
impact of the sexual abuse, pointing out
that because Hartman is gay, the sexual
abuse was not meaningful.
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Experts say GOP no-shows hurt amendment momentum
crimination against gay couples.
“What in the world are we doing here
twnsidering this constitutional amendment?”
Cornyn said the hearing was needed to
GOP witness fear DOMA is at risk
The two conservative attorneys cited
the 1996 case of Roemer vs. Evans, in
which the high court overturned an anti-gay
ballot measure in Colorado on grounds
i intend, or be overturned by activist
courts,” Cornyn said. “I believe it is our
duty to carefully consider what steps are
needed to safeguard the traditional understanding
of marriage, and to defend the
Defense of Marriage Act.”
The freshman Texas senator said the
nt U.S. Supreme Court decision over-ning
state sodomy laws based on
ds of privacy rights might be cited
V courts to strike down state marriage
ws that ban same-sex marriage. Cornyn
'said he intended to limit the hearing to
assessing the status of DOMA rather than
consider a constitutional amendment ban-
' ning same-sex marriage.
However, nearly all of the Democratic
senators, including Sen. Russell Feingold
(D-Wis.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee,
said any hearing on the potential
failure of DOMA could not avoid consideration
of a constitutional amendment.
Gay rights attorneys say the broadly
worded amendment, which would forbid
states from legalizing same-sex marriage,
also would likely be interpreted by courts to
repeal existing domestic partner laws and
prohibit new ones. Some legal experts say the
proposed amendment would also overturn
Vermont’s landmark gay civil unions law.
The witnesses invited by Cornyn spoke in
favor of the amendment, saying DOMA was
certain to be overturned by “activist” courts.
Attorneys Gregory S. Coleman, the former
solicitor general for the state of
Texas, and Michael P. Farris, a fundamentalist
Christian who ran unsuccessfully for
the post of lieutenant governor of
Virginia, said recent court rulings pertaining
to gay rights indicate DOMA would be
Democrats question purpose of hearing
Sen. Edward Kennedy of
Massachusetts, one of the Democratic
members of the panel, criticized the decision
to hold the hearing, saying the Senate
was consumed with work on other, “more
important” issues such as the war in Iraq,
problems with the nation’s electric power
grid and air pollution regulations.
Kennedy called the proposed amendment
unnecessary and a form of blatant dis-
FJMA, continued from Page 1
ing, saying the conclave was a “rout
gathering of those committed to advancing
the cause of protecting gay families. ___________________ _ ____________
Sources famUiar with the hearing h€ip the Senate assess whether further
which was held at the offices of the HumamJ action is necessary to “protect” the institu-
Rights Campaign, said among the topic#Iffion of marriage through the Defense of
discussed was an assessment of how mud^ Marriage Act, known as DOMA.
support a constitutional amendment ha#>* DOMA defines marriage under federal
among members of Congress and stqjB’y law as a union between a man and a woman
civil rights activists can take to oppose th< and allows states to refuse to recognize
amendment. y same-sex marriages approved by other
HRC held a news conference on Sept W* states. Congress passed the act by a lopsid-prior
to the start of Cornyn’s hearing, W ed margin and President Clinton signed it.
That law’s lead sponsor, former
Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga.), has publicly
lobbied against passage of a constitutional
amendment, arguing that the issue
ought to be left up to individual states,
which have always adopted marriage and
present several lesbian and gay male cowpies,
who described the problems they face
by not being able to secure legal recognition
of their relationships.
Gay activists had expressed concern that
Cornyn, an opponent of gay marriage, ___________
would stack the hearing with witnesses who^ divorce laws in the past
oppose gay rights and support the Federal, j “The question before us now is whether
Marriage Amendment, a proposed constitiithe popular and bipartisan legislation will
tional amendment that would forbid states remain the law of the land as the people
from adopting same-sex marriage. ;
But Cornyn was the only one of fjw
subcommittee’s five-member Republic
contingent to show up for the heart
Each of the panel’s four Democrats
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), the rankifii
Democrat on the full Senate Judici
Committee, attended and spoke
against the constitutional amendment.
Although each of Cornyn’s four inv
witnesses — a minister, two lawyers
conservative columnist — said such a
stitutional amendment was needed,
Democratic senators and their two invi
witnesses each called for equal rights
In addition to Carpenter, the other «
ness invited by Democrats was Keith
Bradkowski, a California resident whose
domestic partner died in the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks, who gave an account of how
not having a legally sanctioned relationship
added to his suffering. Bradkowski’s
partner, flight attendant Jeff Collman, was
among those killed when one of two jetliners
crashed into the World Trade Center.
“After his death, I was faced not only with
my grief over losing Jeff — who was indeed
juy better half — but with the painful task of
F oving the authenticity of our relationship
over and over again,” Bradkowski told the
panel. “With no marriage license to prove
our relationship existed, even something as
fundamental as obtaining his death certificate
became a monumental task.”
A former Houston resident, Minnesota Law School
Professor Dale Carpenter was called by Democrat
Russ Feingold to testify it was unnecessary to
amend the constitution to block states from being
forced to recognize gay marriages from other states.
that the law violated the 14th
Amendment’s equal protection clause and
exhibited “animus” toward homosexuals.
The attorneys also pointed to this year’s
Supreme Court decision of Lawrence vs.
Texas, which overturned state laws that
made same-sex sodomy a crime. The
Lawrence decision held that such laws violate
constitutionally protected privacy
rights and must be motivated by some legitimate
governmental interest other than
moral disapproval of homosexuality
That holding by the majority in
Lawrence provoked conservative Justice
Antonin Scalia to write in dissent that
laws limiting marriage to heterosexual
couples were justified only by moral disapproval
of gay relationships and were now
“As things currently stand, given the outcomes
and rationales in Romer and
Lawrence, it is likely, though not inevitable,
that DOMA itself and prohibitions on same-sex
marriage more generally will be held to
be unconstitutional in the relatively near
future,” Coleman said in his testimony
“It is my professional opinion that, in
the absence of some intervening event, the
Supreme Court’s evolving standards of liberty
and privacy will result in constitutional
protection for same-sex marriages
within the next five to 15 years,” he said
Farris said he believes DOMA is constitutional
-and can be justified under the
Constitution’s full faith and credit clause,
a provision that gay rights attorneys cited
in the past as grounds for overturning
DOMA. But similar to Coleman, Farris
cited current trends in legal scholarship
and writings, along with the Romer and
Lawrence cases, as evidence that DOMA
will be overturned.
Farris pointed to Yale University law
professor William Eskridge, a gay rights
supporter, who wrote in a 2000 law review
article that DOMA would become “constitutionally
vulnerable” over a period of
time, as more states adopt Vermont-style
civil union laws.
Maggie Gallagher, an author and
columnist who specializes in marriage and
family issues, told the subcommittee that
legalization of gay marriage would severe-ly
damage the institution of marriage as a
Rev Ray Hammond, a Boston physician
and pastor of the Bethel African Methodist
Episcopal Church, said legalizing gay marriage
would “erase the legal road map to marriage
and the family from American law”
The two said they oppose other forms of
discrimination against gays but could not
back the concept of same-sex marriage,
which they said would unravel the nation’s
fundamental cultural and social institution
of the family unit.
Carpenter called the proposed constitutional
amendment a form of “overkill,” saying
it would destroy the nation’s longstanding
principle of leaving it up to states to decide
family-related law. He noted that such an
amendment would prevent elected state legislatures
from adopting gay marriage laws at a
time when the public supports such laws.
“Whatever one thinks of same-sex
marriage as a matter of policy, certainly
no person who cares about our
Constitution should support this unnecessary,
radical, anti-democratic, and overly
broad departure from the nation’s traditions
and history,” Carpenter said.
Full faith and credit could protect DOMA
Carpenter disputed the assertions of
Coleman and Farris that the Romer and
Lawrence decisions would prompt the
Supreme Court to overturn DOMA.
Carpenter, who described himself as a conservative
who supports states’ rights,
argued that the Constitution’s full faith
and.credit clause would most likely not be
found to be in conflict with DOMA.
At the time Congress passed DOMA,
many gay rights attorneys took the opposite
view, saying the full faith and credit
clause would force all states to recognize
gay marriages approved in any single state.
The clause in question, which is part of
Article 4, Section 1 of the U.S.
Constitution, states, “Full faith and credit
shall be given in each state to the public
acts, records,and judicial proceedings of
every other state.” The clause adds, “And
the Congress may by general laws prescribe
the manner in which such acts,
records, and proceedings shall be proved^
and the effect thereof.”
Carpenter said the language giving
Congress a role in establishing ground
rules for the clause as well as a long established
legal precedent for giving states an
exemption to the clause on matters pertaining
to “public policy” indicates that
DOMA is not in jeopardy any time soon.
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2003
just be a friend, but instead insists on lecturing
you. He’s obviously just trying to
put you back in place below him. So you’ll
mouth the words of understanding. If
being right is so important to him, let him
have his feeling of superiority. You’ll cradle
the phone, and feel sad that the friendship
has ended. But in a strange way,
you’ll also feel liberated. be tamed
From one-time thrill to life-threatening addiction,
crystal meth slowly lures users into a habit that kills
friendships, destroys the person you once were.
By STEPHEN FALLON
ETME DESCRIBE HOW
things will go when you
start using crystal
known as “Tina,” “crank,”
and “ice”). Somebody will
give it to you free at a
nightclub or a party. They’ll say that it’s
not exactly healthy, but that it’s a fun and
low-risk indulgence for an occasional
weekend, just like any other club drug:
ecstasy, or Special K, or GHB.
You’ll try it, and you’ll feel invigorated,
more alive than you’ve felt in ages,
and, well, horny. You probably won’t hook
up with anyone, because you’re aware
that you’re not really thinking normally
with this stuff churning through your
brain. You’ll decide that you handled your
first experience quite responsibly.
A friend of yours, someone like me,
will seem a little distant on the phone the
next day or the next week. No, you hadn’t
realized that you’d ignored your friend, or
kept him waiting for you for four hours at
the club. You’ll feel a little insulted that
your friend is making such a big deal of
one night’s schedule, but you’ll remember
that he is your friend, and probably
You won’t use Tina again for a long
time, or at least it will seem like a long
time. Then something will happen. Maybe
you’ll have a tough week at work, and just
want an energetic escape from your worries.
Maybe you’ll see some guy you like
dancing with the same group that had
offered you Tina the last time. This time
you’ll excuse yourself from your friend,
just so there are no misunderstandings
the next day.
This night will be even better than the
first one. You’ll enjoy Tina’s boost with
none of the first-timer’s anxieties dampening
the mood. You’ll stay out all night,
spilling out from the club to an after
hours party. You’ll feel happy and free.
Guys will be drawn to you (and why
shouldn’t they be? Everyone wants to be
around happy people.) You’ll hug, kiss,
dance and flirt.
The next night, one of your new
friends will call you while you’re pacing
anxiously, still trying to get to sleep.
You’re worried that Monday morning is
approaching. What if you finally get tired
just when you need to be at work?
Fortunately, he’ll explain that a little hit of
Tina can help. Of course, you won’t take
enough to get “high,” just enough to carry
you through the day. Then you can catch
back up to your sleep schedule that night.
AT THE OFFICE THE NEXT DAY, THE
staff meeting will seem monotonous.
Everyone is plodding along in baby steps,
when the solutions to the business’ challenges
are all laying themselves out in
your mind. Why can’t other people see
how simple this all is? When you get
home that evening, you’ll call me, or a
friend like me, bubbling over with enthusiasm
about these new ideas. Why had
you been such a follower all those years at
the office? Your ideas could propel the
company to new heights.
You’ll be disgusted to hear a negative
tone in your friend’s response. He’ll say
that you’re oversimplifying matters, and
that you’re not being realistic. You’ll hold
the phone in your hand, mouth agape, in
shock. Your friend is jealous of you! Of
course! He sees you moving ahead, with
new friends and new career prospects,
and he’s feeling left behind. You’ll pity
him in a way.
Now you’ll buy Tina every weekend,
and maybe a few times each week just to
keep the creative juices flowing. One time
you’ll take too much (hey, you can admit
when you make a mistake). Sleep will
evade you for three nights in a row. You’ll
feel like you’re going crazy, bored beyond
belief, as the stale nights roll by. One
afternoon, crashing with fatigue but still
too antsy to sleep, you’ll call that old
friend, out of boredom. He’ll sound as
weary as you feel. He’ll explain that he
doesn’t want anything to happen to you,
and that people on Tina often end up making
You’ll be disappointed that he can’t
LATE THAT NIGHT, ONE OF THE PARTY
guys will invite you over. It will seem
refreshing to be around another person
with positive energy You’ll stay up with
him all night, sharing philosophies and
passions. You’ll feel a special bond with
him, and you won’t be surprised when he
impulsively kisses you on the balcony at
sunrise. The kisses, and the sex that follows
in the hot tub, are just a testament to
the spiritual connection you feel with him.
There won’t be any condoms around, but
one night certainly isn’t going to matter
when the world is giving you gifts of
understanding and connection.
You’ll make love over and over again,
all morning long. Your body has become a
refined machine. You don’t need food or
sleep. Hope and happiness provide all the
sustenance you’d ever needed.
You’ll be late for work that day. No
problem: you’ll stay late to make up the
time. That night, you’ll visit your friend
again, apologizing for your late arrival.
He’ll say that he understands, and
explain that he quit his own job recently.
Offices and retail stores are places for
small people with small ideas. He’s going
to open a non-profit agency, and really
put his time on earth to good use, helping
people. You’ll feel a lump of joy in
your throat, because you feel exactly the
same way. You won’t mind so much the
next week when your own boss says that
he has to let you go. You don’t need an
office to make a difference out there.
And what does it matter that they repossessed
your car? This is the electronic
age; you’ll just take your business ideas
online. You have ideas, and energy that
the world needs.
Weeks later, you’ll bump into your
friend leaving the nightclub just as you’re
heading in. He’ll say that you seem to have
lost weight, and you’ll accept what you
assume is a compliment, looking down at
your rock-hard, defined abdominals. You’ll
be glad that you shared a moment with that
old friend; apparently he’s come to accept
the new you. He’ll linger, staring into your
eyes with a sad sort of love for you. As a
gesture, you’ll invite him to have a drink
with you, but he’ll decline. And you’ll turn
away, absorbed into the welcoming blackness
of the club.
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| Living outside the gay ghetto, we make a
difference by living our lives, telling the
plumber to stop calling me 'Mrs. Martinac.’
Don't call me
AFTER MANY YEARS OF LIVING IN
Manhattan, my partner and I recently
moved to a much smaller and less expensive
city so that she could accept a new
The reaction of one of my best friends,
who has been passionately involved in the
New York gay activist scene for almost 20
years, was fear that I would be “lost” to
the gay movement, no longer playing a
role in LGBT politics even though I had,
in his view, “so much to offer.”
But what I’ve learned in just a few
weeks is something that’s often not understood
by big-city queers: that much of the
day-to-day living of out lesbian and gay
couples in smaller cities and suburbs is a
vital form of activism.
When you reside in a large urban area
with a heavy concentration of gays, it’s
easy to forget that those of us in other
places have a totally different living experience.
Indeed, the 2000 census — in
which, for the first time, same-sex couples
could identify themselves — showed that
we live in virtually every county in the
My partner and I based our decision to
leave New York in large part on economics:
We wanted a house, but were
forced by the outrageously priced New
York real estate market to live in a tiny
NOW, INHABITING A THREE-BEDROOM
house in an urban neighborhood, we find
ourselves having to think about things we
never considered as Manhattan apartment
dwellers. A question likely to face me today
isn’t, “Should I go to the forum on antigay
violence at the lesbian and gay community
center?” but “Should I take the seminar at
Home Depot on how to install a ceiling
fan?” And that, my activist friend would say,
is why I am already “lost” to the movement.
But at the same time, I now find myself
intricately involved in a totally different kind
of gay activism, one that I knew about from
interviewing same-sex couples several years
ago for a book about lesbian and gay relationships
and families across the country
So many couples, particularly those
with children, told me that because they
lived in cities and neighborhoods with relatively
small concentrations of gay people,
they were constantly coming out: to
everyone from their neighbors to their
school officials to the appliance-repair
guy. While some said they had encountered
outright homophobia, more often
they faced heterosexism.
Hearing this in interviews, though, is different
from actually living it. Recently, a
home-security saleswoman with whom I had
made an appointment on the phone asked
for my husband’s name. I replied that I didn’t
have a husband, but my partner’s name
was Katie Hogan and we owned the house
together. She hesitated, but then wrote it
down and moved on to the next question.
And our plumber stopped calling me
“Mrs. Martinac” when it was clear that
Katie and I shared the decision-making on
the work to be done on our pipes.
THAT’S NOT EXACTLY “WE’RE HERE,
we’re queer, get used to it!” — or is it? In a
way, whenever gay people make the choice
to be out within their mostly straight
neighborhoods and cities, they are saying
“get used to it.” And in doing so, they take
on an important kind of activism that
backs up the more visible work of the
larger gay-rights movement.
For example, same-sex marriage rights,
the hottest issue on our national movement’s
plate right now, will never be
achieved through court cases alone.
Within weeks of the landmark Lawrence
vs. Texas decision, when many gay
activists were proclaiming that marriage
rights were just around the corner, a
national poll indicated that support
among Americans for same-sex relationships
had dropped precipitously.
Politicians from both major parties
rushed to oppose gay marriage.
This example suggests that much of
the nitty-gritty work on behalf of marriage
rights will be accomplished in
smaller cities, towns and suburbs by lesbian
and gay couples who in the course of
their daily lives just keep coming out to
their fellow Americans.
They do this by going to straight religious
services or PTA meetings together; buying a
home that’s not in a gay ghetto and putting
both partners’ names on the title; correcting
the handyman who thinks they’re “sisters.”
And although such efforts go largely
unnoticed by gay activists in Washington,
New York, Atlanta and San Francisco,
they make an invaluable contribution to
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By RYAN LEE
IN THE 704 PAGES OF THE SEPT-ember-
October issue of Bride’s magazine,
there are nine paragraphs unlike
any others that appear in the publication
devoted to holy matrimony
In the article “Outward Bound:
Same-sex weddings step into the
limelight,” freelance journalist
David Toussaint writes about the
wedded bliss shared by Daniel and
Steven, and Leslie and Marita — two
gay couples who “are just like other
couples in love.”
The one-page article represents
the first of its kind to appear in a top-selling
bridal magazine. It includes a
paragraph warning folks invited to
same-sex ceremonies “Not to panic:
same-sex affairs can be nearly as traditional
as heterosexual ones.”
Marking a first for a wedding-themed
magazine, Bride's Magazine features a story on
same-sex marriages in its September-October issue.
features first-ever article . »
Covering same-sex marriages continues
the evolution of bridal magazines,
which used to treat topics like premarital
sex or interracial marriages as
taboo, Toussaint said.
“The time was right for someone to
cover this,” Toussaint said. “It was a
question of being responsible journalists
— this is now happening and getting
a lot of attention.”
• The article, which primarily focuses
on the legal issues gay couples face when
trying to solidify their partnerships, is
an important feature for Bride’s to run
because it can educate straight readers
and motivate gays, said Chalee Snorton,
southeastern media manager for the Gay
& Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“The point is it increases understanding
all around, in a cultural, not
political way,” Snorton said.
Wedding industry professionals often
are perplexed by gay marriage, said Ann
Nola, director of the Association of Certified
Professional Wedding Consultants.
“It’s because we’re so ignorant as to
what protocol is, what’s legal and
what’s illegal,” Nola said. “[Wedding
planners] need to know more about it,
so of course this article is going to be of
interest to them.”
Officials at Conde Nast, which publishes
Bride’s, along with Vogue and
Glamour magazines, declined to discuss
the article with Southern Voice, saying
it speaks for itself.
But the magazine’s editor in chief,
Millie Martini Bratten, told the New York
Times in July that the Bride’s article was
in response to growing chatter about gay
marriage within the wedding industry.
“We were hearing from various
retailers that same-sex couples had
become an important part of their gift
registries,” Bratten told the newspaper.
“And we were answering more readers’
questions: ‘If two women were getting
married, what’s the appropriate attire?”’
IN YET ANOTHER SIGN THAT
corporate America is beginning to recognize
the buying power of gay consumers,
Del Monte is targeting gay pet
owners with a series of advertisements
and promotions for its Pounce and Pup-peroni
Ads for the dog treats appear in gay
publications and Web sites with the slogan
“Your Pride, His Joy” Del Monte also set
up booths at gay events in Los Angeles,
New York and San Francisco, according to
Mike Wilke, founder of the Commercial
Closet, a gay advertising watch group.
Besides dog treats, the Del Monte corporation
also manufactures baby food,
tuna fish and fruit.
Officials at the company did not
return calls seeking comment, but they
reportedly told Wilke that the relationship
between gays and their pets warranted
more attention from the company.
“Gay people have a very emotional
connection with their pets, stronger than
the general population,” Jeff Watters,
Del Monte’s vice president of pet snacks
marketing, said, according to Wilke.
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“Are you in the habit of paying attention to
that fool? Fm not. That’s on the record. ”
Conservative activist Lou Sheldon, founder
of the Traditional Values Coalition, on gay
Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who had
said the odds of passage for a federal anti-gay
marriage amendment are “slender” (San
Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 13)
“[Harvey] fought for integration and acceptance
of the gay community and other minorities
into mainstream society. If you want to honor
the man, fine. But make it equal for everyone.
Segregation is not what he stood for. He was for
equal rights for everyone. ”
Andy Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, a San
Francisco city supervisor assassinated in 1978,
on the New York City public school named after
the country’s first openly gay elected official, which is intended for gay and transgender
students (New York Post, Aug. 11)
“It’s about people who get concussions and develop these specific sex fetishes, so you
have characters wearing diapers, humping trees, stuff like that. It’s like one of the old
John Waters films. It’s insane. ”
Actor Paul Giametti on the next film from gay director John Waters (Salon.com,
“I didn’t agree with the decision, but I
didn’t intend to reject you. We weren’t ready
to go there. God loves every one of us. We’re
all broken. We’re all sinners. Ours is a
church big enough to love all of God’s children.
West Tennessee Episcopal Bishop Don
Johnson, in a tear-filled apology to gay
parishioners made from the pulpit, for his
vote to oppose confirmation of the denomination’s
first openly gay bishop
(Associated Press, Aug. 11)
“In a secular democracy, this is a legal
question, not a religious question. The
debate over gay marriage should not be on
religious grounds. ”
Gay playwright Tony Kushner, who
won a Pulitzer Prize for “Angels in
America” (New York Times, Aug. 10)
“I’ve been writing for a long time about how tolerant Americans are, and how the culture
has changed, yet gay marriage is the line. Marriage is the one institution that touches
on everything that Americans really care deeply about. ”
Alan Wolfe, a Boston College professor of political science and an authority on cultural
and religious issues in American politics, on resistance to gay marriage (New
York Times, Aug. 10)
“When people can view gay people as somehow underprivileged, woeful and in need of
social work, it’s just easier to feel a kind of regal sympathy for them. But when you’re
actually dealing with the two guys or the women next door planning a wedding just like
your daughter, and expecting gifts, that’s another matter entirely. ”
Gay playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick (“Jeffrey,” “In & Out,” “The First
Wives Club”) on resistance to same-sex marriage
(New York Times, Aug. 10)
“Look, if you don’t call it marriage, you’ll
get more support. ”
CNN political commentator William
Schneider (New York Times, Aug. 10)
“The flamboyance of gay images in popular
culture looks more and more like a beard
for the consolidation of lavender bourgeoisifi-cation.
What, after all, do gays want these
days? To flounce? Come on — that battle was
won long ago. What they want is to settle
down, get married, move to the suburbs, adopt
a couple of kids, and get into some serious fellowshipping
at the local Episcopal church. ”
Former Talk and Vanity Fair editor Tina
Brown (Salon.com, Aug. 14)
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By STEVE WARREN
Gallucci, this comedy has a young gay
man trying to move in with his boyfriend
while remaining closeted to his Italian
HERE ARE THE TITLES CURRENTLY
scheduled for fall release. The dates, subject
to change, are the U.S. premieres,
which usually means New York and
maybe Los Angeles, tentatively following
in other cities on a staggered schedule.
Some are already scheduled to go
wider, but the first weekend’s gross determines
the future of many others.
SEVERAL SUMMER RELEASES OF
queer interest are still making their way
around the country, one city at a time.
If you haven’t had a chance to see
these yet, you still may:
“Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s
Diary” Guy Maddin turns a Canadian
ballet into something resembling the
“Gasoline” Two lesbians are on the
run after one accidentally kills the other’s
homophobic mother in this Italian drama.
“Km. 0” A dozen or so people of various
persuasions are searching for love on
a hot August day in the center of Madrid
in this Spanish ensemble dramedy.
“Madame Sata” The true story of a
Brazilian folk hero, a drag star who spent
most of his life in prison, sometimes for
“OnJLine” Five New Yorkers —
including a gay man and a bisexual
woman — and a gay youth in Ohio look
for love on all the wrong Web sites.
“Suddenly” In Argentina, two young
women who call themselves “lovers but
not lesbians” kidnap a third, and their
road trip creates a kind of family.
After TV's summer affair
with gays, queers are back
on the big screen for autumn
three years, there will be no screen biography
of a queer Latin artist (“Before
Night Falls,” “Pinero,” “Frida”) opening
to qualify for Academy Awards.
“Yossi & Jagger” Eytan Fox’s drama
tells the true story of two Israeli army
officers who fall in love and face homophobia,
even without a “Don’t Ask, Don’t
“Prey for Rock & Roll” It goes
without saying that Gina Gershon kicks
ass. Here she does it as the lead singer
of an all-girl (but, sadly, not all-lesbian)
band including Lori Petty, Drea de
Matteo and Shelly Cole. The group faces
problems, including Gina wanting to
quit if they don’t make it by the time
she’s 40, and the band’s already rehearsing
‘Boys Life 4: Four Play” This package
of gay shorts includes
Alan Brown’s excellent “0
“Confusion of Genders” A
bisexual lawyer gets a partner
in his firm pregnant and gets
involved with, among others, a
male client on trial for murder
in this French film.
UMMER MOVIES GAVE GAY film buffs
little other than J.Lo’s lesbian-in-
transition in “Gigli” and the
boys from “Camp,” but we had
an amazing season
Now things are
returning to normal
with small-screen queers
reduced to eunuchs, buddies and
tokens — at least until the networks
can develop clones of
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
Fortunately, there are plenty of queer
films in the pipeline for the rest of the
year — not a lot from the major studios,
but promising independent titles, many
of which debuted on the festival circuit.
First the bad news. Unlike the last
The biggest news in gay film this fall is 'Party Monster,' starring MaCauley Culkin (right) as real-life gay club kid
turned convicted murderer Michael Alig. (Photo courtesy Strand Releasing)
“Party Monster” Macaulay
Culkin returns to the screen as
Michael Alig, the party promoter
who was “king of the club
kids” until he murdered his
drug-dealer roommate (Wilson
Cruz) in 1996. Seth Green plays
James St. James, Alig’s friend
who wrote the book about the
true story. It’s the first non-documentary
for filmmakers Fenton
Bailey and Randy Barbato.
“Luster” Everett Lewis’
dramedy about a weekend in the
life of several, mostly gay Los
Angelenos and a visiting
Midwesterner, some of whom
get punk’d by love.
“Mambo Italiano” Based on
a play by gay Canadian Steve
“The Event” Parker Posey investigates
a series of mysterious deaths in the
gay community and finds the men had
AIDS and their friends gathered to celebrate
their leaving on their own terms.
Olympia Dukakis is memorable as the
mother of one of the deceased in this
drama by Thom Fitzgerald (“The
Hanging Garden,” “Beefcake”).
“Girls Will Be Girls” Drag Divas
Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp and Jeffery
Roberson play their alter (oversized)
egos, Evie Harris, Coco Peru and Varla
Jean Merman, in a campfest about three
Hollywood actresses who will do anything
to get — or stay — on top.
“Porn Theatre” Jacques Nolot’s
French film concerns a triangular pursuit
among people who frequent or work
in the eponymous venue: the (female)
cashier is after a middle-aged (male) customer
who has his eyes on the young
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FOR YEARS, THE PREDOMINANT
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and movies has been to take a successful
formula and just repeat and
tweak it in small ways until everyone
in America is sick of it.
This practice explains the current glut
of reality programming and “Friends”
rip-offs that clutter the airwaves.
With each new fall season, there’s a
slight hope that this will be the year of
fresh, intelligent programming. This
year, as with most, that hope is quickly
dashed, especially with the networks’
new gay-inclusive shows.
The most prominent is ABC’s “It’s
All Relative,” a sitcom about a Harvard-educated
girl who plans to marry an
Irish working-class boy The drama
(and hopefully the comedy) ensues
when the couple’s families clash.
The groom was raised by an Archie
Bunker-wannabe, and the bride has
two fathers: Philip (Christopher
Sieber) and Simon (John Benjamin
At least America will finally
get to see a long-term gay relationship
on primetime television.
Will and Jack on “Will &
Grace” still don’t even have
SPEAKING OF “FRIENDS”
rip-offs, the new CBS sitcom “Two and
a Half Men” is taking a page right out
of the “Friends” playbook.
Here, Alan (Jon Cryer) leaves his
wife, takes his young son and moves in
with his brother (Charlie Sheen). He
moves because his wife is a lesbian, just
like Ross’ first wife on “Friends.”
In “A Minute with Stan Hooper,” the
title character (Norm Macdonald) takes
his wife and moves from the big city to
Wisconsin searching for a more authentic
“American” life. There, they hang out
in a picturesque diner run by gay “married”
couple, Lou and Pete Peterson
(Garret Dillahunt and Daniel Roebuck).
On cable, offerings are always a bit
different. HBO’s new show
Christopher Sieber (left) and John Benjamin Hickey
play gay dads and foils for a working class family
on ABC's new fall sitcom ’It's All Relative.' (photo
courtesy of ABC)
GAY CHARACTERS ON
“Will & Grace,” “E.R.,” and
“NYPD Blue” return this season,
but gay viewers have to
wait for winter for some other
On HBO, “Six Feet Under”
tentatively returns in March,
and “Sex and the City” returns with its
final eight episodes in January. Also this
winter, HBO trots out its all-star, two-part
version of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer
Prize-winning play “Angels in America.”
Showtime’s “Queer As Folk” is set to
return sometime this winter, and the
channel has yet to set a date for its
return. The channel sets a January premiere
for “The L Word,” which is
“QAF” for lesbians, starring blaxploita-tion
diva Pam Grier and “Flashdancer”
“Carnivale” starts this Sunday.
The show, which is a bit like “Twin
Peaks” but certainly not a rip off, pits
good versus evil in a Depression era
traveling carnival and freak show. Full
of characters with weird powers and
enigmatic storylines, the show should
keep viewers amazed and guessing for
its 13 episode run.
One of the freaks in the show is
Gecko (gay actor John Fleck), who has
an ambiguous sexual orientation and
the skin of a lizard.
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Musicians popular with gay fans release
broad slate of new albums this season,
hit road with live performance schedules.
Fall is for favorites
AUTUMN PROMISES TO BE AN EXCIT-ing
season for new music, with a schedule
filled with album releases from seasoned
artists, chart-topping youngsters
and longtime gay favorites.
After her much-exposed smooch with
Madonna at the 2003 MTV Music Awards,
Britney Spears is to release a new album
in November. Produced by hip hop mogul
P. Diddy, the album includes an edgier,
more self-confident sound and even one
track that has the former Mouseketeer
After Pink went rock with the help of
lesbian singer/songwriter Linda Perry on
her 2001 album “Misundaztood,” she established
herself as a viable new voice in poprock.
She once again presents her catchy
tunes and no nonsense attitude on the new
album “Try This,” which hits stores Nov. 17.
Canadian singer Nelly Furtado never
fit a mold, and her upcoming album
“Folklore” is no different. She teams
again with duo Track and Field (Brian
West and Gerald Eaton) but departs from
her trip-hop roots on “Whoa, Nelly!” to
create a more acoustic folk vibe. The
album is slated for a Nov. 25 release, preceded
by the single “Powerless.”
“SACRED LOVE” IS STING’S SEVENTH
studio album in almost 18 years. The new
record shows off the singer
playing adult rock and singing
about love, relationships and
religion. A surprise here is a
duet with Mary J. Blige on the
track “Whenever I Say Your
Eight years after his
Grammy-winning smash hit “Kiss From A
Rose,” Seal is back with a new album entitled
simply “Seal” this month. The British
artist reunites with long-time production
partner Trevor Horn to create an instant
Also notable is new work by Grammywinning
country crooner Shelby Lynne. Her
eighth album “Identity Crisis” is scheduled
for a Sept. 16 release. The album is said to be
Lynne’s most personal work to date, featuring
the singer writing as well as performing
the vocals and guitars on the record.
Gay favorite Meshell Ndgeocello
comes out Oct. 14 with “Comfort
Woman.” The bisexual artist hits the
road to promote the new album at the end
The album counts 10 tracks, including
the ambiguous “Come Smoke My
Herb,” “Andromeda & The Milky Way”
A new batch of heartfelt songs from gay singer
Rufus Wainwright is set for release this month,
kicking off a season chock full of new music.
(Photo courtesy DreamWorks Records)
GAY SINGER RUFUS WAINWRIGHT’S
unique combination of dreamy pop,
cabaret- and opera is featured on his
upcoming third album, “Want One,” which
makes its mark on Sept. 23. Highly respected
producer Marius deVries headed
Wainwright’s “Want One,” which chronicles
the performer’s struggle with depression
invoked by the horror of the Sept. 11
Sugar Hill Records releases “Just
Because I’m A Woman” Oct. 14,
marking the 35th anniversary of
Dolly Parton’s first solo album of
the same name. The new collection
pays homage to her rich catalog
of songs, featuring performances
by Norah Jones, Alison
Krauss & Union Station, Shania
Twain and Allison Moorer. The title track is
performed by Parton herself.
Circuit king Kevin Aviance is scheduled
to release his highly anticipated second
album “Entity” on Sept. 23. The fashionable
singer already boasts five top 10
Billboard hits, including 2002’s post millennial
gay anthem, “Alive.”
Other noteworthy dance productions
are from Paul van Dyk (‘Reflections” -
Oct. 7), bond (“Remixed” - Sept. 16) and
DJ/Producer Tony Moran (“Global
Groove” - late September).
Also set for releases this fall are new
albums by Atlanta-based gay composer/
pianist George K^roulis (“Second
Nature” - Sept. 22), Elvis Costello
(“North” - Sept. 23), Dido (“Life For Rent”
- Sept. 30),-Bette Midler (“Sings The
Rosemary Clooney Songbook” - Sept. 30)
and Barbra Streisand (“The Movie
Album” - Oct. 14).
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Roundup of new gay books for fall
includes tried-and-true favorites,
new queer voices, comic strips.
companies as well as independent
and mainstream houses
offer gay readers a promising
mix of new fiction and non-fiction
In October, Alyson Books
brings out “Dykes and Sundry
Other Carbon Based Life Forms
to Watch Out For,” by Alison
Bechdel. It’s the 20th anniversary
of Bechdel’s indelible
cartoons about lesbian lives,
“and when you read her work
in a collection, it’s absolutely
phenomenal, a fantastic narrative
story,” says Dan
Cullinane, publicist for the
nation’s largest and best-known
Speaking of cartoons,
“Chelsea Boys,” by Glen
Hanson and Allan Neuwirth
(September, Alyson), chronicles
the lives of three gay
guys who live and love in the
famed neighborhood in
Alyson also publishes in
October “They Say She Tastes
Like Honey,” a debut novel
by Michelle Sawyer. A sort
of “Sex and the City” meets
“Divine Secrets of the Ya-
Ya Sisterhood,” the book
focuses on a single young
Manhattan lesbian infatuated
with a gorgeous young
woman on rollerblades.
Joel Perry’s “That’s Why
They’re in Cages, People”
(November) is a humor collection from
the co-author of “Going Down,” the male
oral sex manual.
CLEIS PRESS, THE LESBIAN-OWNED
San Francisco house with a well-earned
reputation for publishing politically and
erotically adventurous material, is currently
showcasing “Time on Two Crosses,”
the collected writings of Bayard Rustin.
Edited by Devon W. Carbado and
Donald Weise, the book, which includes
several heretofore unpublished essays,
offers an intimate look at the soul of the
openly gay African American who made
history as the key organizer of Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on
Cleis also brings out two books of
interest to gay readers: “The Ultimate
Guide to Adult Videos” and “The
Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability.”
Cleis also publishes the latest
annual editions of its essential
“Best Lesbian Erotica” and
“Best Gay Erotica” collections.
offering titles aimed at gay
readers this fall include
Kensington Books. The house is
excited about “The Actor’s
Guide to Murder”
by Rick Copp, says
releases “He’s the
One,” a romantic,
comic novel from
Beck, and “P-Town
Summer,” a first novel
by Lisa Stocker.
Also of interest
from Kensington this
fall: “The Night We
Met” by Rob Byrnes
and “The Way
Things Out to Be,”
the latest from
Graywolf Press continues
to feature “Open
House: Writers Define
Home,” a collection of
essays about the places
we inhabit, edited by
gay poet Mark Doty.
Graywolf also presents
“Famous Builder,” a
memoir of the quintes-sentially
boyhood of Doty’s partner, novelist Paul
The Canadian-based Arsenal Pulp Press
publishes “Quickies 3: Short Short Fiction
on Gay Male Desire;” “Hot and Bothered 4:
Short Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire;”
and the intriguingly titled “Outbursts: A
Queer Erotic Thesaurus.”
Offerings of gay interest this fall from
mainstream publishers include “Ordinary
Girl,” a memoir by disco icon Donna
Summer (Villard) and “Intertwined Lives
— Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and
Their Circle,” by Lois Banner (Knopf).
Also look for “Normal: Transsexual
CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and
Hermaphrodites With Attitude,” by
Amy Bloom (Vintage) and “Far From
Heaven, Safe, and Superstar,” three
screenplays by gay filmmaker Todd
Haynes (Grove Press and Atlantic
Alyson Books continues to top the
heap of gay publishers with fall
releases including comic compilations
'Dykes and Sundry Other
Carbon Based Life Forms to Watch
Out For' and 'Chelsea Boys,' as well
as a Michelle Sawyer's debut novel,
’They Say She Tastes Like Honey.'
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There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash
Creative computer experts leave
distinctive mark on Web site against
Gay Day in the Lone Star State.
Hackers protect Gay Day
GAY COMPUTER GEEKS MIGHT NOT
be the hottest in the dating pool, but at
least they know how to step up and
defend Gay Day at a Texas ballpark.
GAY HACKERS damaged the site,
according to a written statement issued
by Rick Warden, the founder and operator
of ProtestGayDaycom, the Web site
circulating a petition to stop Gay Day
The event is scheduled to take place Sept.
14 at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas,
where the TEXAS RANGERS play.
“When Brothers and Sisters in
Christ where [sic] signing the petition,
by the hundreds, gay porno Web sites
were loading up on the screen instead
of their signatures,” Warden writes,
apparently without the benefit of a
good grammatical guide.
The site was later fixed. Warden
seems convinced that it was someone of
the homosexual persuasion who tried to
sabotage his effort, though there’s really
no way to know.
Along with his press release, Warden
sent copies of e-mails he received from
people who support and oppose fixing
what the hackers did.
“You’re getting your ignorance and
childishness spewed right back into
your face, no pun intended,” read one
Regardless of this messy matter,
Warden claims to love gays.
“Although the sodomites put their
filth in our unsuspecting faces, we still
care enough about them to pray that
they would get saved and delivered from
the bondage of sodomy,” he writes.
AFTER BARELY MAKING RENEWAL
for a second season, the critically
acclaimed but tepidly rated NBC crime
drama “Boomtown” finally found the
ingredient its creators believe it needs
for success: lesbian jewel thieves.
Always sure to be a ratings boost,
the show’s Sept. 26 season premiere features
some steamy girl-on-girl action
between REBECCA DeMORNAY and
KELLY HU from the “X-Men” sequel.
TV Guide reports that the two play a
pair of crooks on the run from the law
who share a steamy shower scene,
maybe a kiss and possibly a three-way
with new “Boomtown” co-star VANESSA
WILLIAMS. The kiss might not
make it on the air, TV Guide notes.
TO SOME PEOPLE, WINTER MEANS
hockey. Now the gentlemen at the New
York City GAY HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
are offering something to make
hockey fun for everyone. The group
published it’s annual fund-raising cal-
Actresses Kelly Hu (left) and Rebecca DeMomay
are coming out... of a subway train in this publicity
photo. The two are scheduled to get Sapphic on
the small screen this month. (Photo courtesy NBC)
endar, which features plenty of almost-naked
jocks who actually play in the
league. The $15 calendar and other fun
things are on sale at the group’s Web
The Web site also features plenty of
hot pictures of guys in the league who
aren’t in the calendar. Alas, the players
are not for sale.
WE’VE BEEN SINGING ABOUT
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer for
years, but now another Rudolph has a
song of his own.
The Associated Press reports that
gospel singer Gene Collett wrote a song
recently was arrested
with bombings in
Collett says the
song, “The Ballads
of Eric Robert Rudolph,” is a gift from
God that came to him while he was
praying for new songs for his album.
He sent copies of it to 1,270 gospel and
country radio stations across the
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MONDAY SEPT. 15
The Montrose Counseling Center hosts its
first meeting of a new afternoon support
group for gay men with a focus on fiving
wel with HIV from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at
Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St 713-
TUESDAY SEPT. 16
Breast cancer is a leading illness among lesbians,
and education is limited among
Hispanics. The 3rd annual Hispanic Breast
Cancer Forum is conducted entirely in
Spanish for women to learn about the illness
and available support systems from 5
pjn. to 8 pirn, at Crown Plaza Medical
Center, 5701S. Main. 713-266-2877.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 17
The Houston LGBT Community Center hosts
its Back on Track Relationship Success
Training dedicated to stomping out the
myth that gays cannot have longterm relationships,
from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the
Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207.
THURSDAY SEPT. 18
A gay quilting group called Mending &
Stitching meets at 2 p.m. to quilt and chat
at the Houston GLBT Community Center,
3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818.
SATURDAY SEPT. 20
In addition to booths and presentations
from gay-friendly businesses in the Houston
area, EMPOWER 2003 features the 25th
anniversary concert from the Houston Pride
Band, www.houstonprideband.org, 713-
Houston Area Bears presents 'A Totally
Twisted Testosterone Talent Extravaganza’
to benefit the PWA Holiday Charities at
9:30pm at Mary's... Naturally, 1022
Westheimer Road. 713-527-9669
Big Men's Club of Houston celebrates its
first anniversary with a party from 6:30
p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Houston GLBT
Community Center, 3400 Montrose, Suite
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Autumn movies pave way for Oscar contenders
FALL FILMS, continued from Page 15
“Fairy Tales: Straight Men and the
Men Who Love Them” There’s not much
information about this collection of short
films, but the title, seems to say it all.
“Nine Dead Gay Guys” A pair of Irish
lads try to make ’it in London, even if they .
have to go the “Midnight Cowboy” route and
prostitute themselves with men, in what’s
been described — boastfully — as the most
politically incorrect comedy ever made.
“Die, Mommie, Die” Forget “Psycho
Beach Party,” and give Charles Busch
another chance. He wrote this satire and
of course plays the female lead, a has-been
diva who may have killed her husband.
Jason Priestley appears as a gigolo
who seduces most of the family, and the
cast includes Natasha Lyonne and “Six
Feet Under’s” Frances Conroy.
falls inlove witha man who turns out to be
bisexual, in a drama about obsession.
“The Singiiag Forest’* Male lovers are
killed in the Holocaust but are reincarnated
and fall in love;iri their jiew bodies hi
Jorge Ameer’S drama thaf.could be
described asa g§j“‘Ghbst”
“Gypsy 83” Sara Rue’s (TV’s “Less
than Perfect”) favorite people in-the world
are her gay best friend:(Kett Turton) and
Stevie Nicks, in the second part of Todd
Stephens’ (writer of “Edge of Seventeen”)
“Sandusky Trilogy” When they hear
about the “Night of 1000 Stevies” in New
York... road trip!
Karen Black has a serious supporting
“Junked” Thomas Jane stars as a
bisexual hustler in a drama of survival
among the lowlifes.
“Love Forbidden” A Frenchman (writerdirector-
star Rodolphe Marconi) goes to Italy
to study and learns about himself when he
THERE ARE ABOUT A HUNDRED
other films opening before the end of the
year, including most of the Oscar con-
Jack Black teaches his class, including a pre-pubescent flamer, about Rock & Roll in 'The School of Rock,' set
for release Oct. 3. (Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures)
tenders. We won’t know about the queer
content of most until we see them, but
“Scary Movie 3” (Oct. 24) probably has as
much queer humor as the first two, and
Robert Altman’s “The Company” (Dec. 25)
is about a ballet company, so someone’s
got to be gay
One of the students in “The School of
Rock” (Oct. 3) is a prepubescent flamer. In
“Under the Tuscan Sun” (Sept. 26), Diane
Lane’s best friend (Sandra Oh) is a lesbian.
As for “Stuck on You” (Dec. 12), one
Among gay directors, there’s no queer
content in Joel Schumacher’s “Veronica
Guerin” (Oct. 17), but Gus Van Sant’s
“Elephant” (Oct. 24) pins a Columbinelike
school shooting on gay lovers.
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SATURDAY SEPT. 13
AlbSpanish Worship Service/Noche Espirtual 7 p.m. Resurrection
Metropolitan Community Church, 2026 W. 11th. 713-861-9149.
After Hours. KPFT 90.1 FM-1-4 a.m.
Dignity mass. 7:30 p.m. for gay Catholics. 713-880-2872.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. at Viviana's.
Gay & Lesbian Breakfast Club. 9:30 a.m. 281-437-0636.
Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 11:30 a.m. Eye Opener
Group, 8 p.m. Saturday Night Live, 9:30 p.m. Willing Ones
Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772.
Montrose Soccer Club. 10 a.m. practice. Woodrow Wilson
School, Fairview and Yupon. New players welcome, but beginners
not currently being admitted. 713-862-9491. http://geoci-ties.
com/montrosesoccer. E-mail: email@example.com.
Q-Patrol. Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate
crimes. 9:30 p.m. Convene at community center. 713-528-
SAFE E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Stephen's Episcopal Church. Rosary 8 a.m. 1805 W.
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, noon-5 p.m. • CATS
(Community Awareness for Transgender Support) board meeting,
2 p.m. • TATS (Texas Association for Transsexual Support)
meeting, 6 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818.
SUNDAY SEPT. 14
LOAF. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meets every second Sunday of
the month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Houston GLBT
Community Center, 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818.
SJ.S.T.LR.S. Sharing Inner Strength Through Encouragement
and Realistic Support is an African-American lesbian support
group that meets every second Sunday "of the month from
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Houston GLBT Community
Center, 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818.
No-HATE. Planning meeting of educational program at the
Houston GLBT Community Center facilitated by local educator
Michael DeVoll. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center, 3400 Montrose,
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Services at 8:30 &
10:50 a.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. 713-526-1017.
Center for Spiritual Living. Services at 11 a.m., for children at
10:50 a.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808. The center also has
commitment ceremonies, metaphysical bookstore and classes.
Community Gospel. Service at 11 am. & 7 p.m. Sunday School for
children 10 am. 713-880-9235 or www.communitygospel.org.
Community of Kindred Spirits in Beaumont Worship at 6 p.m.
1575 Spindietop Ave., Beaumont, Texas. 409-813-2055. E-mail:
Covenant Church, Ecumenical, Liberal Baptist Service 9:30
am. & education hour 11 am. 713-668-8830.
Emerson Unitarian Church. Adult education, 10 am. Service, 11
am. Lunch at noon, www.emersonhou.org.
First Congregational Church (Memorial). Service at 10 am.
Christian Education, 1130 am. 713-468-9543 or fcc-houston.org.
First Unitarian Universalist Church. Services at 9:30 & 11:30
am. Brunch at 1030 a.m. 713-526-5200. email@example.com.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 9 p.m.-midnight at Club
Gay Bowling Leagues. 7 p.m. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd.
Gay Catholics of St Anne's-Houston. 5 p.m. worship service.
Dinner and social. alexcam@wtnet 713-623-0930.
GLOBAL Gay Lesbian Or Bisexual Alliance. University of
Houston GLBT student group meeting. 2 p.m. at the
Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 3400
Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818. www.uh.edu/-global. E-mail:
Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 11
a.m. service. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351.936-
646-7214. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Lutheran Church. Sunday school for all ages 9 a.m.
Service 10:30 a.m. 713-528-3269.
HATCH Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals meets 6-9 p.m.
For meeting information, call 713-529-3590. wwwliatchyouth.org.
Houston Tennis Club. 9 a.m.-noon. Memorial Park at the Tennis
Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous. 9:30 a.m. Came to
Believe Group. 1201W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772.
Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church. 10 a.m. service.
3333 Fannin, Suite 106.713-528-6756.
Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church. Services at 9:45 &
11:15 a.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. 281-298-2780.
Resurrection MCC. Services, 9 and 11 am. Children and Youth
Sunday School, 10 a.m. Children's service, 11 am. 713-861-9149.
St Patrick's Reformed Catholic Mission. Sunday Mass at noon.
Holy Unions available. Group meets at the Hair Express, 3310
Delaware, Beaumont, Texas TTlQii. 409-781-8152. E-mail: bwat-sonl@
St Stephen's Episcopal Church. Holy Eucharist, Rite 1,7:45
am.; Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 8:55 am.; Education hour, 10 am.;
Choral Eucharist 11 a.m. 713-528-6665.
Sunday Brunch. For HIV-positive men. 11 am. Riva's, 1117
Missouri St Paul, 713-880-0690. e-mail: PoznBuff@aol.com.
The Women's froup. Meeting and discussion. 10:45 am. 7I3-529-857L
Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Adult discussion,
9 am. Service, 11:15 am. 281-277-8882. www.tuuc.org.
Unitarian Fellowship of Galveston County. 502 Church St.
Service, 10:30 am. 409-765-8330.
Unitarian Fellowship of Houston. Adult forum, 10 am. Service,
11 am. 713-686-5876.
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, 2-6 p.m. • GLBT
Community Church with Rev. Melissa Wood: Bible study, 10-
10:4£ am., worship 11 am. www.geocities.com/glbtcc • tGLOB-AL
meeting, 6 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207 713-524-3818.
MONDAY SEPT. 15
Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in),11:30 a.m.-l
p.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808.
Free HIV Testing. 4-8 p.m. at All Star News, 3415 Katy Freeway.
Health clinic with free testing for HIV and syphilis. 713-869-7878.
Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 9 a.m.-
noon at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25™ St 713-526-
0555, ext 231,227 or 226.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 4-8 p.m. at Bricks, 617
Frost Eye Clinic Free eye exams for people with HIV. 713-830-3000.
Gay Bowling Leagues. Women's league. 6:45 p.m. Dynamic
Lanes, 6121 Tarnef Drive. 713-861-1187.
Gay Fathers/Fathers First Support group. 8-9:30 p.m. Bering
Memorial United Methodist Church. Tom, 713-726-8736.
Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7
p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 7735L
936-646-7214. E-mail: email@example.com
Grief & Divorce Support Groups. 7 p.m. Bering. 713-526-1017,
Kolbe Project Eucharist 7:30 p.m. 713-861-1800.
Lambda Center. Alcoholics Anonymous 8 pm. Beginners' Group. 1201
W. Clay. 713-521-1243 or 713-528-9772 wwwJambdahouston.org.
Montrose Clinic. Offers weekly peer support groups for gay and
bisexual men with HIV. Spanish speaking group meets, 630 p.m.
215 Westheimer. 713-830-3050. Grupo de Apoyo para Latinos
gay y bisexuales VIH positivos Lunes 630. Para mas informacion
llama al 713-830-3025.
Queer Voices Radio Show. 8-10 p.m. KPFT 90.1
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • 3400
Montrose, Suite 207 713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org.
TUESDAY SEPT. 16
Bering Support Network. Lunch Bunch Gang, 11 am. 713-526-1017
Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in),11:30 a.m.-l
pm. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808.
Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 10 a.m.-
2 pm. at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25th St 713-526-
0555, ext 231,227 or 226.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 8 p.m.-midnight at Club
Houston. Also 4-8 pm. at 611 Club, 611 Hyde Park. 713-830-3000.
GLBT Pentecostals. Bible study, prayer, 7 p.m. in the Heights.
For info: 936-931-3761; e-mail: www.Wgbl947@cs.com.
Houston Roughneck Rugby. Practice from 6:30 - 830 p.m. For
more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org.
Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary.
Practice, 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529.
Introduction to Buddhism. All welcome at 634 W. Temple in
the Heights. 7 p.m. Carlton, 713-862-8129.
Rainbow Ranglers. Free C&W dance lessons. Brazos River
Bottom. No partner needed. Beginner 2 Step, Waltz, Shuffle &
Swing. 830 p.m. 713-528-9192.
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • Lesbian
Coming Out Group, 7 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-
WEDNESDAY SEPT 17
Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in),1130 am.-l pm.;
SOM Discussion & Exploration, 7 p.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808.
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA). 8:15 p.m. meeting. Montrose
Counseling Center, 701 Richmond Ave., Room 15.
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Support Network Pot
Luck Dinner, 630 pm Various support groups, 7 pm. 713-526-1017
Bible Study. Noon & 630 pm St Stephen's Episcopal. 713-526-6665.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 4-8 p.m. at Mary's, 1100
Westheimer; 9 p.m.-midnight at Ripcord, 715 Fairview; 10 p.m.-
1 am. at EJ's, 2517 Ralph; 10 p.m.-l am. at Midtowne Spa,
3100 Fannin. 713-830-3000.
Free HIV Testing. Thomas Street Clinic. 9 am.-l pm. 2015 Thomas
St OraSure method. Call for appointment Sharon, 713-873-4157
Gay Bowling Leagues. 6:30 p.m. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire
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Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7
p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351.
936-646-7214. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston Pride Band. Open rehearsal, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 1307 Yale.
Houston Tennis Club. 7-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis
Spiritual Uplift service. 7 p.m. Resurrection MCC. 713-861-9149.
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in, 2-9 pm • Free HIV testing,
counseling, 7-9 pm • Houston Pride Band rehearsal, 730 pm • 3400
Montrose, Suite 207 713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org
THURSDAY SEPT. 18
Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in),11:30 a.m.-l
p.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808.
Community Gospel. Service. 730 p.m. 713-880-9235.
Free HIV Testing Houston Area Community Services. 10 am-2
pm at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25™ St Also 11 am-330
p.m. at Gallery Medical Clinic, 5900 North Freeway, and Club
Toyz from 9 p.m.-midnight 713-526-0555, ext 231,227 or 226.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 8 p.m.- midnight at Brazos
River Bottom (BRB), 2400 Brazos, and Cousins, 817 Fairview.
Free HIV Testing. 4-8 p.m. at All Star News, 3415 Katy
Freeway. Health clinic with free testing for HIV and syphilis.
FrontRunners. Running club. 6:30 p.m. 713-522-8021. Web
site: http://home.swbell.net/larathon/houfr.htm. E-mail:
Gay Bowling Leagues. Luci Duos. 9 p.m. Dynamic Lanes, 6121
Tarnef Drive. 713-861-1187.
GLOBAL Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Alliance at the University of
Houston-Central Campus. Weekly meeting, 6 p.m. e-mail:
Hep C Recovery. Support group. 6:30 p.m. Bering. 713-526-
1017, Ext. 211.
Houston Roughneck Rugby. Practice from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For
more information, log on to www.roughnecksrugby.org.
Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary.
Practice, 6:30-830. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529.
Lake Livingston GLBT Support Group. 7 p.m. dinner and discussion.
Grace Assembly Church, 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston,
Texas, 77351.936-646-7214. E-mail: email@example.com.
Lambda Skating Club. 8 p.m. Tradewinds Skating Rink.
Montrose Clinic. Offers weekly peer support groups for gay
and bisexual men with HIV. English speaking group meets,
6:30 p.m. 215 Westheimer 713-830-3050.
Rainbow Ranglers. Free C&W dance lessons. No partner
required. Brazos River Bottom. 8:30 p.m. 713-528-9192.
Recovery From Food Addiction (RFA). Meeting for 12-step
program open to all. Noon-1 p.m. St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church, 1805 W. Alabama St. RFA: 713-673-2848. www.gepci-ties.
com/rfa77235/. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish Charla Conversation Group. Cafe Agora, 7 p.m. E-mail
Women's Clinic. Montrose Clinic. 713-830-3000.
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop in 2-9 p.m. • "Mending
and Stitching," 2 p.m. • 3400 Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-
FRIDAY SEPT. 19
Center for Spiritual Living. Meditation (drop-in),11:30 a.m.-l
p.m. 6610 Harwin. 713-339-1808.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at The
Meatrack, 2915 San Jacinto; 10 p.m.-l a.m. at EJ's and at
Midtowne Spa. 713-830-3000.
Free HIV Testing. Thomas Street Clinic. 9 a.m.-l p.m. 2015
Thomas St. OraSure method. Call for appointment. Sharon
Frost Eye Clinic. Free eye exams for people with HIV. 713-830-3000.
Grace Assembly Church. Gay/gay-affirming congregation. 7
p.m. aerobics class. 567 Cedar Grove, Livingston, Texas, 77351.
936-646-7214. E-mail: email@example.com
HAT.C.H. Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals meets
7-10 p.m. For meeting information, call 713-529-3590.
Houston Tennis Club. 7-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis
Kolbe Project Morning prayer, 10 a.m. 713-861-1800.
Q-Patrol. Volunteers walk the streets to help prevent hate
crimes. 9:30 p.m. Convene at community center. 713-528-
SAFE. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston GLBT Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m • 3400
Montrose, Suite 207.713-524-3818.
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at 713-529-9531, or e-mail editor@
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