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CDC head sends team to San
Francisco to investigate gay
HIV outreach program.
Florida Democratic chair uses
'Hitler' analogy to sway
voters against gay Republican
'Eros: A Circus' takes the stage
this week, with an Aug. 15
performance to benefit the
Houston Lesbian & Gay
Gay bars fight to survive
Longtime owners of popular
gay clubs say the changing
Houston social scene makes
By PENNY WEAVER
Gay-popular Club Nsomnia is still open,
but missing its usual crowd, and concerns
about the stability of other gay clubs in
Houston highlight the changing nature of
the local bar business.
“It’s a struggle to own a gay bar today [if
it’s] exclusively gay,” said Bobby Rood,
owner of Venture-N, located at 2923 Main St.
“In this city in the ’70s, the gay bar
business was very big,” Rood said. “If
you were a gay person, you had to go to a
gay bar to meet other people of the same
“The business has changed,” he added.
“In this city 20 years ago or 30 years ago,
rumors and its
N is not going out
Rood. For now, the
entrance in the
back of the building
is the main
entrance, with an
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there were twice as many gay bars. Today
they’re all struggling.”
Rood’s establishment is an example,
although he said he has plans for future
expansion. As to rumors — perhaps fueled
by a boarded up storefront — that Venture-
N is closed for good, Rood has a simple
“I took a vacation for a week,” he said.
Venture-N is now open but utilizing its
Please see GAY BARS, on Page 6
Ivers leaves No. 2 post at
Log Cabin Republicans
Kevin Ivers, longtime Log Cabin Republicans public
affairs director, will be replaced by Mark Mead when
Ivers leaves Aug. 15 to form a consulting firm.
National Committee staffer
named as replacement
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay Republican activist Kevin Ivers is
resigning from his job as director of public
affairs for the national gay group Log
Cabin Republicans to. form his own
Washington, D.C. public relations consulting
firm, Log Cabin officials announced.
The group said his resignation becomes
effective Aug. 15.
In a statement released July 31, the gay
GOP group said Ivers — who has held the
No. 2 post at LCR since 1996 — will be
replaced by Mark Mead, a former staff
member for the Republican National
Committee who helped found the Log
Cabin Republicans of Georgia in 1994.
Ivers has been a member of the LCR
Washington staff since 1992,when he
served as the group’s volunteer national
press secretary during the 1992 presidential
election. In 1993, Ivers joined Rich
Tafel, the group’s current executive director,
as one of the fledgling organization’s
first full-time employees. As LCR expanded
his staff and budget, Ivers went on to
manage the group’s political and legislative
efforts before being named in 1996 as
director of public affairs, according to the
group’s July 31 statement.
Under Ivers’ tenure as Log Cabin’s chief
Please see LOG CABIN, on Page 7
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New CDC director questions gay HIV outreach programs
New director sends team to
investigate San Francisco agency
By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN
In one of her first public actions related
to domestic AIDS programs, the new head
of the Centers for Disease Control &
Prevention announced she will dispatch an
agency “team” to investigate accusations
against a San Francisco AIDS agency
known for frank prevention programs targeted
at gay and bisexual men.
U.S. Secretary of Health & Human
Services Tommy Thompson announced the
appointment of Dr. Julie Gerberding as the
CDC’s new director at a July 3 press conference
in Atlanta, where the agency is located.
During her acceptance speech,
Gerberding stressed the abstinence
approach to HIV prevention touted by
Thompson and President Bush and roundly
criticized by gay HIV activists.
‘Abstinence and monogamy are the first line
of defense against HIV/AIDS,” she said then.
Now a month into her tenure as CDC head,
Gerberding sent a letter last week to Darlene
Weide, director of San Francisco’s STOP AIDS
Project, saying she is “sending a CDC team” to
the group “to assess whether [HIV prevention
programs] are not only scientifically sound,
but also are consistent with guidelines”
requiring workshops be approved by local
new director of the
Centers for Disease
launched a new
inquiry into a San
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review panels and not promote sexual activity
“CDC continues to receive complaints
in reference to STOP AIDS organization’s
HIV educational sessions and associated
materials,” Gerberding wrote.
Gerberding was not available for interviews
on the letter and her approach to gay
HIV prevention, according to CDC staff.
A spokesperson for STOP AIDS Project,
meanwhile, said the agency “looks forward”
to explaining its programs to Gerberding,
but would rather focus on its main mission.
“Speaking for the staff, everyone would
like their full time to go to working with gay
and bisexual men to prevent HTV infection,”
said Shana Krochmal, communications
director for STOP AIDS. “On a certain level,
it is frustrating to have spent so much of the
last year having to respond to very politically
motivated challenges of the work we do.”
Krochmal declined to specify the exact
political motivations behind the questioning
of the agency, saying only that “generally
speaking, under this administration, I
think we will continue to see progressive
HIV prevention attacked.”
In response to questions from Southern
Voice about the issue, the CDC issued a
terse statement saying the Aug. 12 visit to
STOP AIDS Project was prompted by a letter
received by the agency on July 30 from
three Congress members who serve on the
House Committee on Government Reform.
The Congress members claimed the group
“had violated federal laws or misused federal
funds,” the statement said.
Neither Gerberding’s letter nor the CDC
statement listed specific STOP AIDS programs
causing the concern. But a report
released last fall by the federal Department
of Health & Human Services targeted two
workshops — “Booty Call” and “Great
Sex” — that use sexually explicit language
to reach out to gay men.
The programs “could be construed as
‘encouraging, directly ... sexual activity’
and as ‘obscene,’ and thus not in compliance
with CDC guidelines,” HHS Inspector
General Janet Rehnquist wrote at the time.
Rehnquist’s report prompted HHS to
announce a larger review of all AIDS programs
funded through the CDC, and it
remained unclear at press time whether
Gerberding’s new assessment of STOP
AIDS programs was related to the review.
Gerberding has requested a report from
the team “within 10 working days of completing
the assessment,” the CDC said.
Officials at STOP AIDS Project, meanwhile,
defended the group’s outreach methods
and its use of the approximately $225,000
in CDC funding it receives each year.
“All the work we do here at the project
is fully compliant with both local and federal
guidelines, and all of our workshops
and promotional materials have been
approved by a local review panel in accordance
with CDC guidelines,” Krochmal
said. “Our community says the work we do
is both necessary and appropriate.”
Krochmal said the CDC has praised
STOP AIDS in the past.
“I won’t pretend this isn’t a serious
visit, but on the other hand, we are used to
the CDC visiting,” Krochmal said.
STOP AIDS continues to conduct the
controversial “Great Sex” workshop,
although “Booty Call” was discontinued
because of a lack of community interest.
“I think it is important for us to recognize
the reality of people’s lives,”
Krochmal said. “The STOP AIDS Project
targets gay and bi men in San Francisco
who have decided to be sexually active,...
and we have to meet them where they are.”
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Fla. Democratic chair uses 'Hitler' analogy
Remark draws attention to
gay Republican candidate in
Orange County, Fla.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay Democrats scrambled to respond last
week when a newspaper reported that the
chairperson of the Orange County, Fla.,
Democratic Party compared gay Democrats
who plan to vote for a gay Republican legislative
candidate to a “Jew voting for Hitler.”
The controversy surfaced July 30, when
the Orlando Sentinel disclosed Democratic
Party Chair Doug Head’s Hitler analogy in a
story about gay Republican candidate Patrick
Howell, who is running for a seat in the
Florida House of Representatives in a newly
aligned Orlando district. Howell, an attorney,
would be the first openly gay member of the
Florida legislature if he wins his race.
Head, a strong supporter of gay civil
rights, said he regretted what he called an
“overstatement of the case.” He said he was
prompted to make his remark when an
African-American gay man, who identified
himself as a Democrat, asked Head to sign
one of Howell’s nominating petitions at
Orlando’s Gay Pride celebration in June.
Gay Democratic activists, who immediately
distanced themselves from Head’s
remark, also found themselves on the
If elected, Republican
Patrick Howell would
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defensive less than a week later when news
surfaced that Democrats in Congress designated
conservative Rep. David Phelps (D-
111.) to deliver the Democrats’ response on
July 13 to President Bush’s weekly radio
address. Phelps is one of the lead sponsors
of a proposed constitutional amendment
that would ban same-sex marriage.
John Marble, a spokesperson for the
National Stonewall Democrats, a gay
Democratic group based in Washington, D.C.,
said his group regretted both Head’s “Nazi”
remark and the decision by Democrats in
Congress to select Phelps to deliver the
. Democrats’ national radio address.
“We feel Doug Head’s comment was
unfortunate,” Marble said.
NSD also regrets Phelps’ selection for the
Democrats’ radio address, he said. But neither
Head’s remark nor Phelps’ radio address could
overshadow the fact that Democrats in
Congress — and the straight Democratic candidate
expected to emerge as Patrick Howell’s
opponent—have a better overall record on gay
issues than most Republicans, Marble added.
Howell is running unopposed for the
Republican nomination for the Orange
County state House seat. He is running in
what had been a solid Republican district
that was rearranged into a mostly
Democratic enclave during redistricting.
The Orange County Republican Party
strongly supports Howell.
“It would be safe to say that I overstated the
case when I spoke to one African-American
gay man, who asked me to sign a petition for
Patrick Howell,” Head told Houston Voice.
An official with the Gay & Lesbian Victory
Fund, a bipartisan group that supports openly
gay candidates for public office, and which has
endorsed Howell, called Head’s analogy
“alarming and reprehensible.”
“There is no comparison between a man
who’s participating in the democratic process
and a totalitarian responsible for the
slaughter of millions of innocent people,
including Jews and gays,” said Bob Kearney,
the Victory Fund’s political director.
Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay
group, also condemned Head’s comment
and called on the National Stonewall
Democrats to issue an official statement
condemning the remark. Marble said NSD
has no plans to issue such a statement.
Head said he was prompted to make his
remark, in part, because Democratic candidate
Sheri Mclnvale, who is expected to win
the Democratic nomination to become
Howell’s opponent in the November general
election, appears to have a stronger
record on gay issues than Howell.
Head noted that Mclnvale has spoken
out against a Florida law that bans gays
from adopting children, while Howell has
yet to take a position on the issue.
Kearney, of the Victory Fund, said that
Howell has indicated to the Victory Fund
that he would work for the repeal of the
Florida law banning gay adoption.
Head said Howell and his supporters
were not informing people at Orlando’s
Gay Pride parade that Howell was a
Republican when they approached people
to sign Howell’s nominating petitions.
Gay Democratic critics also note that
Howell’s Web site makes no mention of his
sexual orientation or of his gay male partner
of three years. Howell told the Sentinel
his partner is not out at his place of work
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'Victim' opposes prosecution in HIV sex case
S.D. man says he never
intended charges to be filed
against sex partners who
didn't reveal HIV status
By RHONDA SMITH
ABERDEEN, S.D. — A 39-year-old South
Dakota resident who was sexually intimate
with two men charged with intentionally
exposing people to HIV said he does not
consider himself a victim and wants prosecutors
to leave him out of the matter.
“I do not consider this a crime. I do not
consider myself a victim,” the Aberdeen
resident said. “And I honestly think any of
the other ‘victims’ need to realize that when
you have unprotected sex, you’re taking a
risk and you need to be responsible for
yourself. Don’t try and blame someone else
because they didn’t tell you something.”
The man, who is not openly gay, spoke
with Houston Voice on the condition of
anonymity. He said he fears losing his job
and tarnishing his reputation if his
involvement in the case is publicized.
A grand jury in May indicted Aberdeen
resident William Kenneth Jenigen on six
counts of intentional exposure to HIV, a
Jay Lee Woods
to go on trial
Sept. 16 on
felony in South Dakota. The grand jury
indicted his life partner, Jay Lee Woods, on
three counts of intentional exposure to HIV
Each faces 45 to 90 years in prison on
the charges, and their joint trial is scheduled
to begin Sept. 16.
In a similar but unrelated case in South
Dakota, an HIV-positive college student in
Huron, S.C., pleaded guilty July 11 to
intentionally exposing a woman to the
virus that causes AIDS.
Nikko Briteramos, a 19-year-old basketball
player from Chicago, could be sentenced
to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, the
Associated Press reported. Sentencing is set
for Aug. 20. Briteramos is the first person
prosecuted in South Dakota under a two-year-
bld law that prohibits knowingly exposing
someone to the AIDS virus.
Mark McNeary, the state’s attorney in
Brown County, S.D., where Aberdeen is
located, said his office’s investigation
revealed that Jenigen and Woods had sexual
contact with numerous individuals but
did not tell their sexual partners they were
HIV-positive before the encounters. Both
defendants have pleaded not guilty
South Dakota’s law makes it a felony to
intentionally expose someone to HIV infection
by engaging in sexual intercourse or
other intimate physical contact.
The 39-year-old man who contacted
Houston Voice said that he had sexual relations
without a condom with Jenigen as
well as Woods, and that there are charges in
his name pending against both men.
“Morally, they should have been more up
front,” the man said. “But I do not believe a
crime has been committed, and I am frustrated
with the whole legal system.”
The man said someone he socialized
with reported him and details about the
sexual encounters and the men’s HIV status
to law enforcement officials.
“They knocked on my door and asked if
they could ask me a few questions,” the
man said. “I agreed, not realizing the
result would be charges filed in my name
against Bill and Jay.”
McNeary, the Brown County state’s
attorney, said the man was treated the
same as all the other people who acknowledged
having sexual encounters with
either or both defendants.
“He came in voluntarily and gave the
information that he had had consensual
sexual encounters, and that he was not
told specifically that the individuals were
HIV-positive,” said McNeary. “From the
state of South Dakota’s standpoint, it’s
left to the county state’s attorney’s office
[whether to file charges].”
The man said that he “very much”
remains friends with Jenigen and Woods
but that the relationship is strained
because court officials have instructed
him and others involved in the case not to
have contact with the defendants.
In May, public defender Scott Kuck, who
is representing Jenigen, said he planned to
argue that his client’s alleged sexual partners
knew of his HIV status, even though
he did not tell them about it.
Jennifer Ring, executive director of the
ACLU of the Dakotas, said issues like the
one facing Jenigen and Woods should be
handled as public health matters and not
legal cases. Making it a crime to intentionally
expose someone to HIV might make a
person reluctant to work with public
health officials to help identify other partners
with whom he or she was sexually
active, she said.
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Rocker apologizes for new anti-gay remarks
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Rangers pitcher John Rocker
issued a written apology Monday for anti-gay remarks
he made toward patrons of a popular eatery. Rocker said
he was with his girlfriend on Sunday at Breadwinners
Cafe & Bakery when some customers began badgering
and pestering him. Richard Garcia, who waited on
Rocker and his girlfriend, said the ballplayer was not
provoked. Garcia said Rocker called a male couple sitting
at a nearby table “fruitcakes” as he got up and left.
Rocker said the unidentified patrons followed him out of
the restaurant, located in a predominantly gay neighborhood,
and made an obscene gesture. “At that point, I
admit I was angry and said some things I probably
should not have said, but I wanted to make it clear their
attentions were unwelcome,” Rocker said in the statement.
Rocker remains reviled by some for disparaging
remarks he made about gays and minorities in a Sports
Illustrated interview before the 2000 season, when he
was a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves.
Former Atlanta Brave John Rocker,
now a pitcher for the Texas Rangers,
reportedly called a male couple 'fruitcakes'
while eating at a Dallas restaurant.
(Photo by Duane Burlson/AP)
Ohio high court allows
lesbians' name change
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The two mothers
of baby Sarah Rylen now can share her last
name, the one the lesbian couple created-using
letters from their separate surnames
and the one lower courts wouldn’t allow
them to adopt. The Ohio Supreme Court
said in a 6-1 ruling July 31 that the
Hamilton couple must be allowed to change
their names because they followed all
required procedures and their intent was
not fraudulent. “The court’s really saying
you can’t apply a different set of laws to
people just because they’re gay,” said Scott
Knox, a lawyer for the couple, Belinda Lou
Priddy and Jennifer Lane Bicknell. Justice
Alice Robie Resnick wrote in the Supreme
Court’s majority opinion that the only
issue before the court was whether the couple’s
request to change their last names was
reasonable and proper under state law.
“Any discussion, then, on the sanctity of
marriage, the well-being of society or the
state’s endorsement of nonmarital cohabitation
is wholly inappropriate and without
any basis in law or fact,” Resnick wrote.
Mass, gay marriage advocate
fights to deny partner's rights
MILTON, Mass. — A gay marriage activist
is fighting in court to deny rights to his
former partner on the basis that
Massachusetts law does not recognize
their relationship, the Boston Globe
reported. Joseph Barri, an attorney who
is currently fighting to get newspapers to
print gay union announcements, is arguing
that his former partner, Jack Venzer,
should not be able to live in the home the
couple renovated together and shouldn’t
be treated as a stay-home spouse although
Venzer says he quit his job to care for the
couples’ children from previous marriages.
Barri said he tried to give Venzer
“a very generous settlement, better than a
spouse would receive.” But Venzer said
Barri “left me penniless” and he has sued
to get a judge to divide their property.
Barri’s lawyer, Elaine Epstein, argued in
court that the state doesn’t view same-sex
unions as marriage so Venzer should only
get assets covered by specific contracts.
Chicago school won't let
gay teen wear high heels
CHICAGO — The assistant principal at
Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences, part of the Chicago Public
Schools System, has forbidden a gay male
student from wearing high heeled shoes to
school, the Chicago Free Press reported. “I
had on some high heels for about 10 minutes,”
said the student, 15, whose name
was not made public. “She told me as long
as I was at the school, I would dress as a
boy, that I would not wear anything feminine.”
CHSAS Assistant Principal Martha
Hamilton also said the boy’s long hair was
“offensive” in the July 24 conversation, the
student said. Hamilton confirmed her
position against the high heels. The school
system has a policy banning discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation.
United Ways struggle with funding
groups that ban gays
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A local United Way
committee in Fargo wants to withhold
funding from area agencies that discriminate
based on sexual orientation. If the recommendation
is approved by the full
board, which could vote as early as Aug. 13,
it could halt $70,000 in annual funding to
the Northern Lights Council of the Boy
Scouts of America. The U.S. Supreme
Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts may
ban gays from serving as scouts and scoutmasters,
and Scouts Executive Mark Holtz
said his group would not be able to sign the
United Way discrimination clause if the
sexual orientation language is included.
United Way board members said the issue
could polarize donors during the upcoming
fund-raising campaign, which seeks to net
$3.2 million. Meanwhile, one California
United Way is already experiencing fallout
from its decision not to fund groups that
discriminate against gays. Dennis Mark
Weinberg gave $100,000 to the United Way
of Ventura County, one of the largest individual
donations, but said he may stop giving
because he wasn’t told about the decision,
the Los Angeles Times reported. “It
seems like they were trying to make this
change in the shadows,” Weinberg said.
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Death sentence for trans killer in NJ. overturned a second time
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s
Supreme Court last week overturned the
death sentence of the only woman on the
state’s death row, a male-to-female transgendered
go-go dancer who admitted killing two
police officers. The court ruled that jurors
deciding the sentence of Leslie Ann Nelson,
44, could have been confused by the judge’s
instructions. It is the second time the high
court has overturned Nelson’s death sentence.
The court did so previously in 1998,
finding that prosecutors withheld information.
She was sentenced to death a second
time in 2001. The ruling means a third jury
could be called to decide Nelson’s fate.
Attorney General David Samson said his
office is considering a federal appeal.
Nelson pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing two
police officers on April 20,1995, opening fire
after the officers went to her house to
search for illegal weapons.
Leslie Ann Nelson, a transgendered go-go dancer
convicted of killing two police officers, was
spared the death sentence a second time when a
New Jersey court overturned her sentence.
(Photo by Al Schell/AP)
Death penalty sought in
killing of gay Va. prisoner
ROANOKE, Va. — An inmate at Red Onion
State Prison who threatened violence
against gays has been charged with killing
his gay cellmate, according to the Roanoke
Times. Wise County Commonwealth
Attorney Joe Carico said he will seek a
death sentence for Joseph L. Armstrong,
who was charged with capital murder in
an indictment unsealed July 22.
Authorities said Armstrong’s dislike for
gays, disclosed in a search warrant filed
after cellmate Kenneth Wayne Boothe was
found strangled to death in May, is the
“main motive” for the killing. According
to the search warrant, Armstrong indicated
in writing and in telephone conversations
that he would cause “bodily harm” to
gays. “The DOC does not inquire as to the
sexual preference of inmates nor would we
knowingly place an inmate in harm’s
way,” said Larry Traylor, spokesperson for
the DOC. The department’s policy on double-
occupancy cells does not specifically
state that gay inmates should be separated
from the general population.
Gay murder victims in New Zealand
were friends, landlord says
TAURANGA, New Zealand — A gay
Tauranga man fatally stabbed at a gay
haunt July 28 was friends with another
gay man who was murdered last year,
reported the New Zealand Herald. John
Hudson Rogers, a 52 year-old factory worker,
died after being stabbed in the back
while visiting a gay cruising spot at a public
restroom. The following day, Rogers’
landlord, who asked not to be named, said
he met Jason Johnson at Rogers’ home
just days before Johnson was killed.
“[Rogers] used to look after wayward
kids,” the landlord said. “When I first met
him, I went around to the last house he
owned and John introduced me to this guy
*J.J.,’ a gay Maori in his late 20s to early
30s.” The man said a couple of weeks later,
Rogers asked him if he had seen newspaper
accounts of Johnson’s death. Johnson,
31, was bludgeoned to death and run over
by a car in July 2001.
Fiji police coercive, witness
in gay murder trial charges
SUVA, Fiji — A houseboy described in
court finding the bodies of Fiji Red Cross
chief John Scott and his New Zealand
partner Gregory Scrivener butchered in
their Suva home, the New Zealand Herald
reported last week. Atunaisa Tuburuarua,
30, also accused five police officers of
threatening to hurt him unless he made a
false statement concerning an accused
assailant in the July 1, 2001 incident.
Tuburuarua was speaking in a preliminary
hearing into murder charges against
Apete Bauleka Kaisau, 24. In a statement
to police the day after he found the bodies,
Tuburuarua said that he recognized the
man he saw running from the scene, and
that that man was not Kaisau. But
Tuburuarua recanted his story last month,
saying he made the original statement
because police threatened to hurl him into
an empty swimming pool if he didn’t.
After the killings, police said the accused
had a relationship with the dead men and
killed them in a rage over sexual exploitation.
But members of the Scrivener family
believe the killings were political because
Scott could have been called to give evidence
in a treason trial.
Australian man claims Bible
prompted attacks on gays
MELBOURNE, Australia — The Bible’s
denunciation of gays prompted a man to
arm himself with a machete to go “poofter
bashing” with four friends Feb. 28, the Age
newspaper reported. Clint Allan Teariki,
19, pleaded guilty to nine charges, including
armed robbery and intentionally causing
serious injury for his part in premeditated
attacks on gay men. Nathan Lee Hill,
18, also pleaded guilty to the same charges.
Hill, Teariki and three other men attacked
gay men and male prostitutes because they
were seen to be soft targets who would not
report their attacks to police, prosecutors
said. The first victim was punched and
kicked repeatedly. Teariki also hit him in
the head with the machete. Sentencing is
expected Aug. 12.
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The gay club scene in Houston has changed dramatically in the last two decades with an influx of more
straight party-goers into traditionally gay establishments, according to some longtime bar owners. Many
gay businesses attempt to adapt with methods such as the new Diamond Jimm's club (pictured), which bills
itself as 'gay owned and operated/straight-friendly.' (Photo by Dalton Dehart)
GAY BARS, continued from Page 1
former back entrance as its main entrance
due to downtown construction that has
Main Street largely closed.
Another embattled local club, the after-hours
Nsomnia, will be open Friday and
Saturday this weekend, but its future still
remains in doubt after a late-July raid by
law enforcement officials.
“Everything’s pretty much still up in
the air,” said Nsomnia CEO Matt Locklin
on Thursday. “I can’t really tell you from
this point. We’re talking to some investors;
we’re waiting for some answers.”
Agents with the Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission conducted an operation
at Club Nsomnia on July 19 and forced
operators to discontinue their BYOB
(Bring Your Own Beer) procedures. The
TABC alleges that the club was selling
alcohol without a license.
Although Nsomnia remains open, donations
to the after-hours club have been
drastically reduced, almost cutting off
funding for the AIDS Housing Coalition
Houston, which is powered by funds from
Nsomnia. Locklin is executive director and
a co-founder of AHCH.
Challenges faced by these and other
bars in the heavily gay Montrose area
may illustrate an overall mainstreaming
of once gay-specific businesses,
“You have to diversify if you want to
survive,” Rood said.
Exclusivity a challenge
Rood owned his first gay bar in 1972.
Since then, he has operated a number of
businesses, many of them gay-oriented.
“I have owned 23 restaurants, 11 bars
and five hotels in 35 years, not all in this
area,” he said.
Venture-N has been operating for 27
years, he said, and once was exclusively a
gay bar. Now, the crowd is more mixed.
The changes seem to reflect shifts in the
neighborhood surrounding the establishment.
Rood pointed out that expensive
townhouses now line the streets near
Venture-N, bringing in people who would
not have frequented the area in years past.
“We have a yuppie neighborhood now,”
Rood said. “I have to make business decisions
based on our environment.”
According to Rood, he is considering
a business name change and plans to
open a restaurant adjacent to Venture-N,
where he said he has purchased property.
When downtown construction on the
new light rail system is finished, a train
station will be near the bar’s location,
Rood said, and he wants to expand and
serve the people who will pass through
“We’re going to open a 24-hour restaurant,”
he said. “There is a need in the community
for a 24-hour gay-owned, gay-oriented
Even so, such an establishment likely
would have to cater to a mixed crowd and
not only gay Houstonians.
“I don’t think anybody can be so exclusive
anymore, unfortunately,” Rood said.
“Main Street is a mess, but you have to
change with your neighborhood.”
Other clubs that cater to gays also have
more mixed crowds than in years past,
according to Rood. He said he would not
even call some of them “gay clubs” anymore
due to the diverse clientele.
A spokesperson for South Beach, one of
the most popular gay nightclubs in
Montrose, referred questions on this topic
to owner Charles Armstrong, who was out
of town this week.
Mary’s...Naturally is the oldest gay
bar in the city. Cliff Owen, a co-owner at
Mary’s, said the establishment will continue
to serve gay Houstonians, despite
some rumors that the business might
close. Although property developers
have approached the owners, Owen said
no changes are on tap for the bar in the
He agreed with other club operators
that the gay bar scene is getting tougher
for thqse who make a living through it.
“We’ve noticed a definite drop in business,”
Long-time employee John Benavides
noted that although Mary’s welcomes all
people, most of its clients are gay, as has
always been the case.
“This bar has never been limited to just
gay people. We’ve always considered ourselves
a community bar,” he said. “[But]
our clientele is still majority gay.”
Although some long-term gay clubs
may seem “less gay” as the years pass, at
least one of the newer gay bars in
Montrose has managed to stay specific to
its intended clientele so far.
Andy Pantos and Frank Luccia are
co-owners of Meteor, 2306 Genesee,
which opened about a year ago. Pantos
said the lounge’s target audience has
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“Our clientele is primarily gay, and
that’s the market that we targeted for all of
our advertising,” he said. “We get a little
bit of a mixed crowd on some days.”
But other than certain events, which
draw different types of people, Meteor
remains almost exclusively gay, Pantos said.
One of the newest gay bars in the city is
Diamond Jimm’s, located near Bush
Intercontinental Airport on the north side
of Houston. The club bills itself as “gay
owned and operated/straight-friendly,”
and attracts mostly lesbians at this point,
according to Scott Plummer, general manager
for Diamond Jimm’s.
Plummer said the bar’s policy is a play
on many mainstream bars’ attitudes
“Businesses for years have advertised
that they are gay-friendly, [like] ‘we will
tolerate you,”’ Plummer said. “We target
gay — we are gay — we just allow the
straight people to come play with us.”
The business opened in June and is
owned by Jim Hale.
Welcoming both gay and straight clients
just makes good business sense to longtime
community residents like Benavides.
“Right now, with the way all gay businesses
are struggling to get business
in...I don’t think anything to increase
your business is a bad move,” he said.
“Any bar that is a gay bar...should still
welcome straight people in.”
AHCH waits for good news
In Montrose, the once-bustling Club
Nsomnia’s after-hours crowd — largely
made up of gay Houstonians — has dwindled
severely. Although the business is
open, and some donations likely will come
in, Locklin said the housing coalition that
the club helps fund remains in jeopardy.
“We’re in the process of reorganizing,”
AHCH leaders are still doing referrals
and specialized housing for AIDS clients,
according to Locklin. Without the proceeds
from Nsomnia — which has been the
largest fund-raiser for the group — organizers
are in search of private donations
and looking at a future budget of less than
half the $290,000 it utilized last year.
“The AHCH is not closed,” Locklin
noted. “We’re just looking for some private
Mainly, the coalition is assisting one
person at a time on a case-by-case basis,
and Locklin said he is glad that most of its
clients at the time of the TABC raid found
“Nobody ended up just walking the
streets,” he said.
Although TABC agents have said they
filed charges against at least one person in
relation to the raid on Nsomnia, officials at
the Harris County District Attorney’s
Intake Division could not confirm that by
press time this week.
A spokesperson in that office said such
charges simply may not be entered into the
agency’s computer system yet.
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LOG CABIN, continued from Page 1
press spokesperson, the group was transformed
from a relatively unknown organization
to a widely quoted, often sought-after
voice on Republican-related issues by
the national press.
“I’m heading in a new direction, but I
will be a Log Cabin Republican for the rest
of my life,” Ivers said in the LCR statement.
“I’m very proud and honored to have served
a cause I so deeply believe in for the last 10
years. While I’m excited about moving into
the private sector and starting my own company,
nothing can compare to the experience
of being at Log Cabin all these years.”
Ivers and Tafel were on vacation this
week and could not be reached for comment.
Ex-RNC staffer replaces Ivers
Mead, Ivers’ replacement at LCR, worked
on the staff of the Republican Nation
Committee in Washington from 1986 to 1992
and served as deputy director of the
Kentucky Republican Party in 1991. He
served on the board of the state gay group
Georgia Equality from 1996 to 2000 and served
on LCR’s national board from 1995 to 2002.
Mead met his partner, gay GOP activist
Michael Brown, in an elevator at the RNC
office in Washington, and the couple moved
to Georgia in late 1992—staying in the South
“for the Clinton years, plus one,” Mead said.
Former Georgian Mark Mead is to replace Kevin Ivers
as public affairs director for the Log Cabin Republicans.
While in Georgia, both Mead and
Brown held leadership roles in gay political
groups. Brown served as president of
the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans from
1998-1999. Mead served on Log Cabin’s
national board of directors from 1995 until
he resigned this year to take the staff post,
and served as political action committee
co-chair for Georgia Equality, a nonpartisan
statewide gay group.
Correspondent Laura Douglas-Brown contributed
to this report.
Former Georgian to head
Log Cabin's public affairs
By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN and
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay Republican activist Mark Mead, a
former Georgia resident, has been named
to replace Kevin Ivers as director of public
affairs for the national gay group Log
“I’ve got really big shoes to fill,” Mead
said this week. “Kevin [Ivers] was a real
press hound, and his hardwork and dedication
are very much appreciated.”
Mead holds a journalism degree from
the University of Mississippi and has a
long resume of GOP positions.
“Mary Matalin gave me my first job in
1985, when I went to work for the
Republican National Committee,” Mead
said. “My first political job was working in
the office of the co-chairman of the RNC,
and Mary Matalin was the chief of staff.”
Pursuing gay political work in
Georgia helped Mead see that gay rights
can find support even in seemingly
unfriendly areas, he said. He pointed to
an incident in 1997, the first year Log
Cabin had a booth at the Georgia
Republican Party convention.
“Our banner had a bust of Lincoln on
it, and a little old lady tottered up and was
fussing about us being there,” Mead
recalled. “I asked her what offended her,
and she said the picture of Lincoln,
‘because he burned this place down.’
“She didn’t care a whit that we were
gay,” Mead said. “She just didn’t like
Lincoln because of the Civil War.”
Mead and Brown moved from Atlanta
to Seattle in December 2000 because of a
job transfer for Brown', and the couple
moved to Washington in January.
Bob Steers, chair of the LCR board, did
not return a call by press time.
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AUGUST 9, 2002
Who would have thought that Congress would take aim
at ravers, forcing us to fight for our right to party?
That's what the RAVE Act will do in the wrong hands.
By CHRIS CRAIN
□ VER SINCE THE Pilgrims
first turned up their noses
at the way Native
Americans danced, we
have struggled in this
country with the temptation
to lash out whenever
others seemed like they were having
just a little too much fun.
Remember the movement to burn early
rock ‘n’ roll records? Or the prosecutors
who pursued Larry Flynt or the rap group
2 Live Crew? Remember “Footloose”?
That sort of puritanical jealousy
may not be the specific legislative
intent behind the RAVE Act now working
its way through the United States
Senate, but there’s a significant risk
that at least some prosecutors will read
it that way. And just as disturbing, far
too-many gays who ought to know better
have reacted to news of the RAVE
Act in similar knee-jerk fashion.
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden.(D-Del.) has said
that he introduced the bill, which in long
form is called the Reducing Americans’
Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act, as a way of
applying an existing federal law, the
Crack House Act, to prosecute those rave
party organizers who Biden claims use
the events as a means of selling ecstasy
and other illegal “club drugs,” often to
teenagers. In those specific cases, Biden
claims, the rave parties themselves exist
for the primary purpose of selling drugs,
much like a crack house is occupied primarily
as a drug marketplace.
The problem with the RAVE Act, however,
isn’t its laudable goal of tracking
down those few rave party promoters
who run their parties like crack houses,
but with better lights and music. The
devil of the RAVE Act is in the details,
specifically the legislation’s very broad
language, which would ensnare anyone
who “knowingly” profits from an event
where illegal drugs are distributed or
used. That would include plenty of legitimate
club owners, managers and promoters,
who may be aware of — or even turn
a blind eye — to illegal drug use, but
whose primary goal is to throw a party,
and make money from that enterprise.
The penalties for violating the RAVE
Act are pretty severe: a fine up to $250,000
plus two times the gross receipts of any
event found in violation of the law.
That’s the sort of sanction that could
scare away legitimate club owners and
promoters, not to mention the small volunteer
committees that are behind
many of the most popular events that
make up the gay party circuit. Circuit
parties have raised millions of dollars
over the years for gay rights and AIDS
causes, creating along the way a sizable
gay subculture enjoyed by thousands.
Chip Unruh, a spokesperson for
Biden, has done his best to be reassuring
that his boss isn’t a puritanical
party pooper. He says that despite the
legislation’s name, it is not aimed at
rave or. circuit culture.
“This will not go after legitimate
dance parties where drugs may be used,”
Unruh told Houston Voice. “It will go
after events and clubs that blatantly promote
themselves as places where drugs
are welcome and widely used.”
IF JOE BIDEN were chief prosecutor
in every jurisdiction in this country,
then Unruh’s reassurance would provide
a little more comfort. But federal
prosecutors are appointed by the president,
and the current occupant of the
White House relies fairly heavily on an
uber-conservative by the name of John
Ashcroft, his attorney general, to handpick
With all that prosecutorial discretion
in the hands of men (and a few
women) selected by an attorney general
who clearly is puritanical, the RAVE
Act is much more likely to be stretched
to its legal limits. This is, after all, the
same John Ashcroft who has trampled
over civil liberties while pushing the
envelope on anti-terrorism legislation.
And Ashcroft appointees are much
more likely to use the broad language
of the RAVE Act in a backdoor effort to
shut down raves and gay circuit parties,
and to enforce existing federal
laws against the sale or use of ecstasy
and other club drugs.
SHAME ON THE gay men and lesbians
out there who can’t see through
the RAVE Act, since they would be the
first to scream their own cherished freedoms
were similarly targeted by conservatives.
Shame on our organizations,
especially the Human Rights Campaign,
for sitting this dance out.
Unfortunately, many lesbians and
gay men harbor a great deal of resentment
for the “circuit party” set. These
“muscle Marys” circuit boys are dismissed
as self-absorbed, drug-addled,
non-contributing members of the gay
community. That’s undoubtedly true for
some of them, but it’s undoubtedly false
for others — many others.
The movement for gay civil rights is
at least in part about not allowing a
majoritarian culture to impose its will on
gay culture, in all its varied forms. It is a
movement about preserving individual
freedoms, and for our community, how
and where and with whom we party and
dance is a significant part of who we are.
The RAVE Act won’t outlaw gay
male subculture, or even circuit parties,
but as written it represents a troubling
step toward government acting in
loco parentis, telling us what’s best for
us. Raves and gay circuit parties are
especially vulnerable because they are
strange and threatening to the likes of
Biden and other baby boomer legislators,
and certainly to Ashcrofites.
That’s why you won’t see a ROCK Act
targeting concert promoters where
marijuana is the drug of choice. ’
Have we finally seen the day, as the
Beastie Boys predicted we would, when
we must fight for our right to
Chris Crain is
executive editor of
Houston Voice and
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Study, then vote
A little homework now can help all
voters be informed and ready to
cast ballots on Election Day
IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO START A
column about becoming an informed voter,
a piece that has to potential to be overwhelmingly
dull, no matter what you say.
Fortunately, just as my deadline
approached, the answer appeared in my e-mail
“In” box. See www.evilGOPbas-tards.
com, recommended community
activist Dalia Stokes. Dalia, president of
River Oaks Area Democratic Women (ROAD
Women), is a highly partisan Democrat with
a sense of humor about her prejudices. So,
this site is not the place for objective political
information, but it’s a lot more fun than
the League of Women Voters.
The first step in becoming an informed
voter is to decide just who you need to
know about. Although there are more
than 150 candidates on the November ballot,
you will not be voting for all of them.
In Harris County, sample ballots and candidate
lists are swollen by candidates in
seven congressional races and 25 state
representative races, but each voter may
vote in only one (each) of these races.
To find out which district you five in,
look at your 2002/2003 voter registration
card. These are a bright gold color. The districts
you live in are listed at the top right.
It is important to use the current voter registration
card, because boundaries of many
districts were redrawn following the Census
and you might not be in the same districts
you have been in for the past 10 years.
I am in a new State Senate district and
new State Representative district, and
though I live in the same congressional
district, my Congressman, Ken Bentsen,
is not running for re-election.
If you do not have your voter registration
card, you can check to see if, and at
what address, you are registered by calling
the Tax Assessor Collector’s office at
713-368-2000, or using the Web site,
www.tax.co.harris.tx.us.gov. On the Web
site, you see your voter registration certificate
and also get a list of your current
elected officials. It’s very handy; I’m not
sure that I ever knew who my State Board
of Education member was. Straighten out
any issues about where you are registered
and how your name is spelled now. It is
easy to fix now, hard to fix on Election Day.
NOW, FIGURE OUT WHO THE
candidates are. This is not as easy as one
would expect. The County Clerk still doesn’t
have a sample ballot for the November
election on the Web site, and, as a matter
of fact, the ballot is still being finalized.
There are judicial races that have opened
up since the primaries and the party executive
committees will be choosing party nominees
for those slots. However, the Web site
www.cclerkhctx.net does have results of previous
elections if you want to know how
your precinct votes in the canvass results. It
also has or will have information about
early voting and mail ballots and how to use
the new electronic voting machines.
The party Web sites do list the party’s
nominees for each office and often include
links to their Web sites. The Harris County
Republican site is www.harriscountygop.com,
and the Democrats’ site is www.hcdp.org. The
candidate lists are found in the Election 2002
key on both these sites.
Greens are at www.harriscountygreen-party.
org. They do not have a full slate of
candidates, but offer someone else to vote
for in several races. Several Green Party
candidates were endorsed by the Houston
Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus.
Libertarian candidates are listed on the
state party’s Web site, www.lptexas.org.
Three other useful sites for gay voters
www.votepva.org, and www.hglpc.org.
These are for the League of Women
Voters, Progressive Voters in Action and
Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus.
WITH THESE SITES AS A BEGINNING,
you find out almost anything you want to
know about politics here. You can use the
local sites to connect to state and national
sites. You can read the Texas Republican
Party platform for yourself, and see if the
Democrats are exaggerating how anti-gay it is.
You can see if candidates are even talking
about issues that you care about. If you want
to decide for yourself whether Tom Delay can
be beaten by the right Democrat, look at past
election results on the County Clerk’s page.
There are links to the ethics commission, so
you can see who is funding the candidates.
If you vote regularly, you will be getting
mail from some candidates, although
some candidates only mail to voters who
are identified as voters of their party, generally
because of part primary voting. If
you call a campaign, they will generally
send you the information you request.
I keep all that stuff in a pile on my
desk until close to election time, then
compare the candidates. I also go out and
get the League of Women Voters guide
from the library and save newspaper clippings.
Even still, I’m sometimes surprised
when I look at a sample ballot before I go
vote. I try to do this before Election Day,
so I can call someone I trust for advice.
Being an informed voter — no matter
what political party you support — simply
takes a little preparation and research.
Everyone can be part of democracy in
action — but be sure you do your homework
so you can cast a ballot for the candidates
who support issues important to you.
Ella Tyler is a freelance writer for
Houston Voice and a longtime political
activist in Houston. She may be reached
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“Overnight, [New York Mets catcher] Mike
Piazza wouldn’t be able to play at a certain level,
if he was gay. If people put pressure on one
superstar athlete whose coming out experience
is negative — let’s say his career ends — then it
will have a negative effect on hundreds or thousands
Billy Bean, a former San Diego Padre who
came out after retiring from baseball, on criticism
he has taken for suggesting in interviews, and
while playing himself on a recent episode of the HBO drama “Arli$$, ”
that gay players should remain in the closet until the climate improves.
Piazza has denied rumors that he is gay. (Miami Herald, Aug. 5)
“I hope you die of AIDS, I hope you cease to exist.”
A remark attributed this week to Major League
Baseball pitcher John Rocker, formerly with the
Atlanta Braves and now with the Texas Rangers, in a
confrontation with a male couple in a restaurant in a
popular gay neighborhood of Dallas, Tex. Rocker
denies making the comments and says he was provoked
by sexually suggestive comments from the couple. (Gay
& Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Aug. 6)
“I am coming over and fuck Eminem to sort him out. He probably
has a small dick. I’d like to fuck him anyway. Tie him up. Fuck him
and hear him moan: ‘Fag, do it again/Fag, do it again/Yo, Eminem.’”
Boy George on rapper Eminem (Washington Blade, Aug. 9)
“Tammy came home a couple days ago and went, ‘You told everyone
we slept together on the second date!’ I went, T did? [Gasp] Oh I did.
Oops.’ [She chuckles.] She’s holding
it over my head for a long time. She’s,
gonna get a lot out of that one.”
Lesbian rocker Melissa
Etheridge, who earlier said in an
interview in the August issue of Out
magazine that she and girlfriend
Tammy Lynn Michaels had sex on the
second date (Houston Voice, Aug. 2)
“To me, keeping an eye on people working on HIV prevention at the
CDC is like keeping an eye on Enron and the firms that do accounting
for Enron. Why are we funding them if they do the same bad things
over and over again?”
An unnamed staffer for a Republican member of Congress, responding
to ongoing audits of the HIV prevention and safe-sex programs funded
by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Fox News, July 29)
“We don’t do liposuction on anorexics. Why amputate the genitals of
these poor men? Surely the fault is in the mind, not the member.”
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, recently appointed by the Roman Catholic Church
to the lay panel reviewing allegations of sexual abuse by priests, in an
earlier published essay (New York Times, Aug. 5)
“It’s just as well. You know how hard it is to get a
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found out he was the only member of the show’s
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mOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT BOY
GEORGE STARTED his musical career at the
turntables in 1979, long before he became the
extravagant epicenter of early ’80s glam-pop as the
lead singer of Culture Club. Not long after the
band broke up, Boy George decided to return to his
love for dance music and launched a highly successful DJ career.
Now the Boy is back with a new dance compilation CD, “A Night Out
with Boy George: A DJ Mix” (Moonshine 2002). The album features
eclectic, freestyling tracks that range from drum ‘n base and techno, to
house and disco. Boy George decided to trust his own musical taste,
going with small label, indie dance tunes that are often overlooked by
big-shot producers and their diva-whaling compilation CDs.
Boy George is known as much for his outspoken candor as his music,
including a recent tiff with fellow ’80s survivor Madonna. He was at it
again in a candid interview with the Voice. He shared his disgust for
corporate record labels and his disappointment with the gay dance
scene. He mocks fellow queer Elton John and wound things up with a
playful rage about Eminem.
Houston Voice: How did your new album come about?
Boy George: I recorded this album for ... Moonshine Records. They
really allowed me to pick my own favorite dance tunes for the album. I
made a number of albums for other labels before and was often dictated
to put certain tracks on the record. I think there are so many compilations
out there with the same songs on it. Overall, I wanted this
album to be a reflection of what I play in the clubs.
Voice: Where do see yourself on the dance spectrum as a DJ?
Boy George: In general I play across the board, from old classic
tunes to tougher, edgier sounds. I don’t really have one style. It very
much depends on the size of the audience. In America, my audiences
are generally smaller than in the U.K. When the audience gets bigger,
they will also dictate you what to play and if you are a D J with any
kind of integrity, you fight against that.
Voice: How important is your gay fan base?
Boy George: Ha. I don’t have a gay fan base, really.
Voice: You don’t?
Boy George: No, I play everywhere. Most of the DJ gigs in America
were in gay clubs and on big parties, but I am pretty mainstream in the
U.K. The gay scene in the U.K. is very clique-y. It’s more about who you
sleep with than how good you are.
Voice: Is there a difference between DJ-ing in America and England?
Boy George: I think the U.K. scene is more vibrant because kids
have been clubbing since a very early age. American kids can’t do that
until they are 21. So my audience in the U.K. is much younger. I found
when I play in America, some people in the audience are Culture Club
fans just staring at me. From a DJ point of view, that is kind of boring.
It is not a Boy George concert. It is to dance, you know. I think I have
success in cities where there is already an established dance culture.
People there realize I am not there to sing “Karma Chameleon.”
Voice: How do you find it to be labeled as a gay artist ?
Boy George: I don’t see myself as a gay artist. Now that I am getting
older, the word gay doesn’t make any sense to me anymore. Plus,
all the guys I sleep with tell me they’re straight anyway. Sexuality is
such a modern thing. If you go back to the Roman times, guys were
sucking everything, you know.
I think there is no difference between being gay and being a fireman.
You are what you are, and that’s the end of it. Some people have
called me the world’s most famous gay man. That can work in your
favor or it can work against you. Actually, it cuts all the crap out. If you
meet a guy, you can skip all the small talk and get right to it.
Voice: Do you think there is a difference between being gay in
America and in England?
A 'rebellious' Boy George on Eminem: 'I am coming over and fuck Eminem to sort him
out He probably has a small dick. I'd like to fuck him anyway. Tie him up. Fuck him and
hear him moan: "Fag, do it again/Fag, do it again/Yo, Eminem.'" (Photo by Tim Roney)
the boy is back
Still outrageous after all these years, Boy George dishes on
circuit parties, his latest remix CD, and why Eminem really
needs some TLC (and more) from the Boy himself
Boy George: Well, I think in America the
gay thing is so much more political. It is in the
nature of Americans to be more active and
explicit. In England, kids come out much
younger and that makes a big difference. It is a
cultural difference, actually.
Voice: What are some of the things that
inspire you musically?
Boy George: Boys and baselines! Things like
that are sexy. That is what it is all about for me.
Hard house turns me off. That is totally horrible,
anemic gay disco for straight people. To me
it is like war music, music for angry people who
can’t dance, and who have not found their G-spot
yet. It is like if you don’t know how to
swing your hip, get off the dance floor! Gays at
least know how to use their hips.
Voice: What do you think of the circuit
dance scene in America?
Boy George: I find it interesting.
Dance music comes from the gay
scene, but there is an assimilation
in the gay dance community which
is resulting in a loss of identity
Similarly, in the U.K., a lot of people
think that the gay culture began with
Kylie Minogue’s ass. They have no
sense of their history, you know.
Voice: Why do you think that has
Boy George: A lot of it is political.
The great thing of the ’80s was that
you had Thatcherism and
Reaganism, and gays had something
to rally against. Today’s
pop has no substance. It worries
me that these dreary, polished, pop bands are ruling
and are not embracing the emotional base of
their culture. I think in America people like Busta
Rhymes and Missy Elliott are most interesting.
Voice: How about Eminem?
Boy George: I think he is really clever, but
he is just a wanker. He is angry about
some shit, man. He needs to have some-thing
up the ass, if you know what I
mean ... I think the duet Elton John
did with Eminem was like dancing
with the devil. Elton John lives in
this rather sad cultural bubble. I
don’t think he did it out of malice, ■
but he probably thought “Eminem is 9
cool, so I want a bit of that.” I would
rather work with somebody really inter-esting.
I would not work with Britney
Spears. Why? I don’t want her fucking audience.
Voice: Do you think then that today’s pop music
is lacking musical originality as opposed to the ’80s?
Boy George: Yeah. Obviously Eminem is very
intelligent, but he is a brat. He probably needs
like three years of therapy and big, hot cock up
his ass. Maybe Dr. Dre can do it, who knows. My
point is that there are enough of things to say
without attacking gay people, like Eminem does.
Voice: Are you surprised however that his
records are selling so well?
Boy George: Selling millions of records doesn’t
mean anything. People are buying shit paintings.
Arms dealers are selling weapon heads to Iraq.
Some of the worst things in the world are successful;
it doesn’t mean they are respectable.
Voice: Eminem is really bothering
you, isn’t he?
Boy George: You know what?
I am coming over and fuck
Eminem to sort
him out. He
probably has a
small dick. I’d
like to fuck him
anyway Tie him
up. Fuck him and
hear him moan:
“Fag, do it
again/Fag, do it
Eminem.” I am
going to use that •
line. You will
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'Eros: A Circus' among new and
ongoing plays now before
Houston theater audiences
Circus takes the stage
‘Eros: A Circus’
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company
presents erotic pyrotechnics in “Eros: A
Circus” by John Harvey The play features
Jennifer Decker, David Anderson and John
Wind and opens this weekend at Helios.
The production is a surreal leap through
love as a ringmaster, an acrobat and a tumbler
eat duck, play chess, assault each
other and argue about love and death as
they rehearse scenes from “Eros: A
Circus.” A play within a play, this piece
juggles Greek myths and concentration
camps, suicide and sex, as characters
begin to reveal how desire unravels their
lives as they try to prepare for an evening’s
performance. The troupe will perform the
play on Aug. 15 at Helios as a benefit for
the Houston Lesbian & Gay Community
Center. Cost is a donation of $10.
on stage 'Eros: A Circus'
8 p.m. Aug. 9-31 • Tickets: $10
Helios • 411 Westheimer
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company
832-418-0973 or 713-869-9717
‘The Face on the Barroom Floor’
Theatre Suburbia presents “The Face
on the Barroom Floor” or “Glimpsed
Through the Sawdust” by Tim Kelly, a
comic “mellerdrammer” in three acts with
OLIO entertainment. The audience is invited
to cheer the manly hero, console the
downtrodden heroine, boo and hiss the dastardly
villain and pelt him with popcorn.
on stage 'The Face on the
8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 24
3 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 11 & 18 • Tickets:
$10 adults, $9 seniors and students, $8 matinees
Theatre Suburbia • 1410 W. 43rd St.
713-682-3525 • www.theatresuburbia.com
‘Tamalalia 7: The Love Show’
A one-woman show, with a cast of 30,
“Tamalalia” is an original musical extravaganza.
This installment is all about love
and features Tamarie Cooper in her very
own Harlequin romance — with a twist.
The Love Show'
8 p.m. Aug. 9 & 10,15-17 • Tickets: $10-15
The Axiom • 2524 McKinney
Infernal Bridegroom Productions
713-522-8443 • www.infrnalbridegroom.com
‘Romeo & Juliet: Sex & Love at Holy
Theatre New West presents “Romeo &
Juliet: Sex & Love at Holy Cross High,”
John Wind (front), Jennifer Decker and David
Anderson star in ’Eros: A Circus,' presented by
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company and now playing
at Helios. An Aug. 15 performance of the play
benefits the Houston Lesbian & Gay Community
Center. (Photo by Cheyenne Bsaies)
starring Rob Nash, a former Houstonian
now living in New York. Johnny and Maria
have broken up (again) and must portray
two star-crossed lovers onstage while making
each other jealous backstage.
’Romeo & Juliet: Sex
& Love at Holy Cross High'
8 p.m. Through Aug. 17, Thurs., Fri. & Saturday
Tickets: $18-20 • Theatre New West
1415 California St. • 713-394-0464
Christopher Ayres is director/choreog-rapher
and Claudia Dyle is musical director
for “Cabaret,” now playing at Country
Playhouse in Houston. This is the first
local theater to perform the musical while
it is still on the Broadway stage.
8 p.m. weekends • Through Aug. 10
2 p.m. Sunday matinees, July 28 and Aug. 4
Tickets: $19 • Country Playhouse
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Main Street Theater this month offers
“The Three-Cornered Hat,” a lyrical love
story based on Pedro Antonio de Alarcon’s
novella about a miller and his beautiful
wife who fmd their love constantly tested.
Through Aug. 17 • Tickets: $20 and up
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for those who enjoy the hunt
Collections take strategy
HARRY LIVESAY AND MICHAEL
Venator are dedicated collectors —
addicted, they laughingly admit — of
McCoy Pottery, Arts and Craft and Art
Deco furniture and accessories, and
Harry also collects vintage aquarium
decor such as castles and mermaids. “I
like kitsch, too,” Harry says. He has seen
prices rise on women’s hats and is considering
adding to the collection he got from
“Everyone is complaining about their
stock portfolio going down in value, but
prices on collectibles look like they are
staying the same,” he said. “Maybe when
we retire, we can supplement our income.”
However, right now, theycollecbfor the
joy of owning things they love. They like
to “live with the collections,” Harry says,
“which means my mother is always complaining
that my house is too cluttered.”
There is also a considerable thrill in
the hunt. They shop at garage and estate
sales, tiny antique shops, organized
antique shows, and trade days.
“We buy things for 5 and 10 dollars that
we see offered on E-bay for 30 to 40 dollars,”
Harry says. He recently bought a beaded
evening bag for $3 that looked very much
like one he saw in a store for $300, he‘reports.
Good prices are not the only lure of
shopping off the beaten track. They found
a “Go Gay With Garbo” poster amid the
wares of someone who had recently
bought all the contents of an old movie
house in West Texas, including the PR kits
the movie studios sent. Old movie posters
have become expensive, Harry says, but
sheet music, which often has a cover that
is a miniature poster, remains affordable.
Some of the best shopping is found in
East Texas towns like Jefferson,
Nacogdoches and Marshall, Michael says.
“Once you get north of Humble on 59,
you begin to see all kinds of places selling
stuff. Generally when the sign says antiques
and junk, everything is junk,” he advises.
They do not ignore shops close to
home. “The Heights is good because there
are so many places so close together,”
Harry says. “These places always have
new stuff, especially when there is a new
owner, so we keep going back.”
They also go to weekend shows at fairgrounds
in places like Roundtop, Wharton
and Richmond/Rosenberg. “Wear shorts,
take a water bottle and leave the dogs at
home,” Michael suggests. Prices at these
events reflect the added costs of the show,
he says, but there is a big selection.
“For big shows like Roundtop, we like
to go the weekend before the show when
people are setting up,” he says. “If you
ask to be put on the mailing list at the
shops you go to, you will get fliers about
The hunt for collectibles — such as this selection of
McCoy Pottery owned by Harry Livesay and
Michael Venator — can make for an entertaining
and addictive hobby.
these shows. We get notices of shows all
over Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.”
The prices are likely to be best on the
last day of a show, Michael says. He
explains, “People don’t want to pack
everything up and take it home again, so
they’re ready to bargain. Harry has even
bought some display stands.”
He adds, “It is important when you’re
collecting something like McCoy to have
your books in the car. It is difficult to tell
if a piece is real or fake.”
Michael says, “Some of the best deals
are found in out-of-the-way towns where
there is nothing there. There is neat stuff
and you can talk down the price. We make
an adventurous day of it, and I take my
camera and always get some good shots.”
Harry advises becoming an expert on
things that you love and researching
prices in books and on E-bay and Yahoo
auctions. “You can tell if an item is hot by
how fast the bidding is.”
He continues, “Don’t be afraid to get
your hands dirty. Some of the best stuff
is found by digging through boxes at
estate sales.” His final bit of advice: “Be
warned, this is addictive.”
For more information, check out
www.shopacrosstexas.com or www.texas-antiquemall.
com for lists of shows.
The next ‘First Monday’ trade days in
Canton, a small town east of Dallas, is
Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. This massive market
covers 350 acres, has 7,000 dealers and
draws 250,000 visitors. It has a Web site,
www.firstmondaycanton.com. The classy
Roundtop show is in October and also has
a Web site, www.roundtop.com.
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Laurier offers romantic ambiance with delicious
dishes inspired by Italian, Latin and Creole cuisines
Elegant cafe serves succulence
THE NAME, THE CHATTY BARTENDER
told us as we waited for a table on a
crowded Friday night, means “bay leaf”
in French. Somehow the name of this
simple but flavorful and rustic herb fits a
cafe that has mostly remained undetectable
from many Houston diners since
its opening almost a year ago.
Yet as soon as one enters this
Greenway Plaza cafe and tastes the cuisine,
its charm and distinct flair are
unmistakable. The pale yellow walls and
golden candle lighting softens the bold
splash of a red and a royal blue wall, as
do the neatly framed photographs evenly
spaced above the booths. In fact, the
lighting is so subtle and luminous that it
creates intimacy, even privacy, in a pretty
What feels like a romantic French
bistro, however, is much more, with a
good portion of the menu featuring
Italian, Latin and even Creole seasonings
and ingredients. Take, for instance, an
appetizer like the Hearty Gumbo soup ($5
cup/$7 bowl), which changes its contents
daily. It’s worth holding out for the duck
version, where rich, gamey meat soaks
up the dark roux of the broth.
Desserts pack a tremendous
amount of richness into simple,
elegantly prepared cakes and
pastries. Our made-to-order
Chocolate Cake oozed
out of its brownie crust.
THE GAZPACHO ($6) WITH CRABMEAT
makes a lighter but no less robust
alternative, with spicy peppers and both
tart and sweet onions in a chilled tomato
base. The thick, hearty chunks of crab
float abundantly on the surface as the soup
coats each better than any cocktah sauce.
The Sauteed Crab Cake appetizer ($10)
was a welcome change from the proliferation
of innovative crab cakes mixed and
seasoned and fused with so many ingredients
that its nearly impossible to find the
crab in the cake. Here, large slabs of
meat remain distinct and uncluttered,
broiled to a golden brown and placed on a
shallow puddle of Beurre blanc sauce
with a garnish of watercress. The sauce
itself could have been more piquant and
less watery, since it was difficult to scoop
up any onto the succulent meat.
The Pork Ribs with Creole Rice ($8)
use a spicy Thai chile paste and a tomato
braise to roast the meat, and the result is
hearty enough for entree status.
Although many entrees, such as the
Ancho-Roasted Salmon ($19), Steak and
Frites Laurier ($23) with a spicy chipotle
rub, or the creamy Risotto ($15) topped
with mushrooms, grilled asparagus, and
white truffle oil, are worthy choices, the
Herb Marinated Tuna ($21) was exquisite.
Ruby-red cubes of sushi-grade meat are
seared with the slightest hint of olive oil
and pepper, and the side of fennel and
leek melange adds a mild, licorice flavor
that doesn’t overpower the fresh tuna.
The grilled asparagus and sugar snap
peas add texture and crunch, and the
peas lend a natural sweetness.
The Duck Special ($22) was prepared
medium rare, which apparently prevents
the already gamey duck from
becoming tougher and more difficult to
chew. While juicy, the medium rare dark
meat was still rather tough. The fattiness
was further exacerbated by the
duck skin, which is significantly fattier
than chicken skin. The garlic potato
mash was unpleasantly grainy and
loose, and too heavy on the butter.
DESSERTS, ON THE OTHER HAND,
pack a tremendous amount of richness
into simple, elegantly prepared cakes and
pastries. Our made-to-order Chocolate
Cake oozed out of its brownie crust and
was garnished with plump, jewel-like
blackberries and a sprig of mint.
Laurier serves an equally impressive
lunch menu, where one can sample
lighter versions of many dinner items,
such as the Ancho-roasted Salmon sandwich
on Ciabbatta bread. But no matter
what time of day, Laurier is the perfect
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"Autoimmune Diseases Explained" will be presented by Patricia Salvato, MD, sponsored by AssistHers. 11 am. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold. AssistHers: 713-521-4628. www.assisthers.org. ART CONTEST
The Houston Council of Clubs is soliciting entries for pin and poster designs for "LUEY 30." Let Us Entertain You (LUEY) weekend will be celebrating its 30th year in 2003. Those interested in submitting artwork for consideration should know this information: The pin must contain masks of comedy and tragedy and the phrase "Let Us Entertain You" or "LUEY," with "2003" and "Houston, Texas" The design for the pin should be such that it can be made to reflect the three colors of Mardi Gras purple, green and gold. The poster must contain the phrase "Let Us Entertain You Weekend," "Houston Council of Clubs" "Houston, Texas" and "March 6-9,2003.” A mention of the 30th anniversary of LUEY weekend would be appropriate also. The pin should be simple in design, as it is usually less than two square inches in size. The poster does not have to match the pin, but should have space available for the design of the pin to be added. Submissions for the pin and poster contest should be delivered to a board member of the Houston Council of Clubs no later than 8 p.m. Aug. 21 All artwork submitted will be displayed and the winning designs will be announced at a special party in September. For more information, contact Loyd Powell at email@example.com or 281-397-6297, or Daddy Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org. UPCOMING-SUNDAY, AUG. 18 "LIVE 2002,' the yearly fond-raiser hosted by Don Gill Productions, this summer will benefit the Gulf Coast Archives & Museum to support the nonprofit group's effort to preserve history for gay Houstonians. A number of local entertainers will offer their talents to contribute to the show. At the event Miss Camp America Bouton, Soiree Aubergine and the late Carolyn Roberts will be inducted into the archives. All donations of any size are welcome to benefit GCAM, and may also be sent to Gill at 911 Welch St, Houston, TX 77006.630 pm. Sunday, Aug. 18. Keys West 817 W. Dallas St Don Gill Productions: 713-521-0911
"Mademoiselle," directed by Tony Richardson, stars Jeanne Moreau as a sexually repressed schoolteacher in a small French village. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10. Tickets: $6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, comer of Main Street and Bissonnet/Binz. 713-639-7515. www.mfah.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14
Law Professionals Mixer will be hosted by the Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston. For lawyers, law professionals and those interested in legal issues affecting gays. 6-9 p.m. Meteor Lounge, 2306 Genesee. For more information, call Jerry Simoneauz, 713-227-1717 SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Rainbow Fishing Club plans a day trip to Bethy Creek Resort on Lake Livingston. Bait and supplies will be available at the camp store. Participants should bring their own fishing pole and Texas fishing license. Cost $3.25 per person for those fishing. For anyone not fishing, swimming is available, as are canoes and pedal boats for $10 per hour rental. For more information and reservations, call Scott at 832-971-4900.
Gulf Coast Archives & Museum of GLBT History Satellite Exhibition. The first exhibition from the GCAM collection presented at the Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center honors the NAMES Project Houston. Community Center, 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. Positive Art Workshop Photography Exhibition. Artists living with HIV/AIDS created these pictures with accompanying text Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. Athena Art Project invites women artists to submit works of art, film and video to its annual juried art show. Selected work will be displayed at the eighth annual Houston Women's Festival on Sept 28. The deadline for entry has been extended to Aug. 17 For more information, call 713-995-5251 or e-mail email@example.com. Web site: www.hwfestival.org.
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AssistHers. Meeting. 713-521-4628.
Cookout Queer Generation X benefit cookout and concert featuring the band Cold Steel. $5 donation requested. 5 p.m. Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
Houston Outdoor Group. Monthly breakfast at TECATE, 2615 Ella Blvd. 713-868-5232. For more information, call David at 713-868-7991.
Kolbe Project Monthly breakfast, held every second Saturday of the month. 9:30 a.m. 1030 Heights Blvd. 713-861-1800. www.kolbeproject.org.
All-Spanish Worship Service/Noche Espirtual. 6 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2026 W. 11th. 713-303-3409 or 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. 713-830-3000.
Gay & Lesbian Breakfast Club. 9:30 a.m. 281-437-0636. Houston Wrestling Club. Practice. 1:30 p.m. 713-453-7406. 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. Alabama. 713-528-6665.
Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop-in, noon- 5 p.m. • First Unitarian Universalist volunteer Saturday, 10 a.m.-l p.m. • Texas Association for Transsexual Support, 3 p.m. • 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Services at 8:30 & 10:50 a.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. 713-526-1017. 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: email@example.com
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 930 & 11:30 am. Brunch at 1030 am. 713-526-5200. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 9 p.m.-midnight at Club Inergy. 713-830-3000.
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, 803 Hawthorne. 713-524- 3818. www.uh.edu/-global. E-mail: email@example.com.
Grace Lutheran Church. Sunday school for all ages 9 am Service 10:30 am 713-528-3269.
Houston Tennis Club. 9 am-noon. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan Church. 10 am service. 3333 Fannin, Suite 106.713-528-6756.
Resurrection MCC. Services, 9 and 11 am. Children and Youth Sunday School, 10 am. Children's service, 11 am. 713-861-9149. 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 am. 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 Group. Meeting and discussion. 10:45 am. 713-529-8571.
Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Adult discussion, 9:45 am. Service, 11 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 Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop-in, 2-6 p.m. • S.I.S.T.E.R.S. meeting, 3 p.m. • MASH (Men of All Shades-Houston) meeting, 5 p.m. • STAG (Some Transgenders Art Guys) meeting, 7 p.m. • 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
Classic Chassis Car Club. Houston group's board meeting. 713-797-8615. www.classicchassiscarclub.org.
Colt 45s. Regular meeting. 8 p.m. upstairs at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos. 713-528-9192.
Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 9 am.-noon 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. Keys West. 713-830-3000.
Frost Eye Oinia Free eye exams for people with HIV. 713-830-3000. Gay Fathers/Fathers First Support group. 8-9:30 p.m. |Grace Lutheran Church. Tom, 713-726-8736. www.geocities.com/gaydadshouston/
Grief & Divorce Support Groups. 7 p.m. Bering. 713-526- 1017, ext 208.
Kolbe Project Eucharist 7:30 p.m. 713-861-1800.
Queer Voices Radio Show. 8-10 p.m. KPFT 90.1.
Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • HEAT (Houston Employees Affinity Team) meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Human Rights Campaign PAC meeting, 7 p.m. • 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
Center for AIDS. Men's mixer, 7 p.m. 1407 Hawthorne. 713-527-8210.
Bering Support Network. Lunch Bunch Gang, 11 am. 713-526-1017 Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. Club Houston. 713-830-3000.
Gay youth. New program for young gay males, ages 18-29. 7 p.m. 614 Avondale. 713-533-9786.
Helping Cross Dressers Anonymous. Support group. 7 p.m Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary. Practice, 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529. 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 Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • Lesbian Coming Out Group, 7 p.m. • 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
Houston Area Bears. Dineout and meeting. Bibas Ones a Meal, 6:30 p.m. 713-867-9123. www.houstonareabears.com. KOlbe Project St. Maximilian Kolbe Feast Day. Special Mass, followed by a reception. 7 p.m. 1030 Heights Blvd. 713-861-1800. www.kolbeproject.org.
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Support Network Pot Luck Dinner, 630 p.m. Various support groups, 7 p.m. 713-526-1017
Bible Study. Noon & 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen's Episcopal. 713-526-6665.
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 4-8 p.m. at Mary's;
9 p.m.-midnight at Ripcord; 10 p.m.-l a.m. at EJ's; 10 p;m.-
1 a.m. 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, 713-873-4157.
Houston Pride Band. Open rehearsal. 1307 Yale. 713-528-4379. Houston Tennis Club. 7:00-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center, email@example.com
I eshian Literature Discussion Group. 7 p.m. Meets every other Wednesday. 713-383-6738.
Spiritual Uplift service. 7 p.m. Resurrection MCC. 713-861-9149. Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p m • Houston Black Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Coalition office hours 10 a.m.-noon • Free HIV testing, counseling, 6-9 p.m. • 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
Gulf Coast Archives & Museum. Meeting. 713-227-5973.
BiNet Houston. Group for bisexuals; everyone welcome. 730 p.m. Hobbit Cafe, 2240 Portsmouth, www.flash.net/~bihouse. 713-467-4380.
Community Gospel. Service. 7:30 p.m. 713-880-9235. www.communitygospel.org.
Free Art Classes. By Kermit Eisenhut for HIV+ individuals. 1-4 p.m. Lunch provided. 713-523-9530.
Free HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services. 10 am.-2 p.m at Joseph-Hines Clinic, 1710 West 25th 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. 4-8 p.m. at The Outpost; 8 p.m.- midnight at Brazos River Bottom and Cousins; 10 p.m.-l a.m. at Toyz Disco. 713-830-3000. FrontRunners. Running club. 6:30 p.m. 713-522-8021. Web site: http://home.swbell.net/larathon/houfr.htm. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLOBAL Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Alliance at the University of Houston-Central Campus. Weekly meeting, 6 p.m. e-mail: email@example.com.
Hep C Recovery. Support group. 6:30 p.m. Bering. 713- 526-1017, Ext. 211.
Houston Women's Rugby Team. No experience necessary. Practice, 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529.
Lambda Skating Club. 8 p.m. Tradewinds. Skating Rink. www.lambdaroll.org. 713-410-7215.
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.geoc- ities.com/rfa77235/. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish Charla Conversation Group. Cafe Agora, 7 p.m. E-mail email@example.com. 713-416-7203.
Women's Clinic. Montrose Clinic. 713-830-3000.
Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop in 2-9 p.m.
Houston Black Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Coalition office hours 10 a.m.-noon • Community Center board meeting,
7 p.m. • 803 Hawthorne. 713-524-3818. www.hlgcc.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
Eye Candy. Women's social and charity event, hosted by Eye Candy Promotions. Women who arrive before 9:30 receive a free drink ticket and $3 Cosmopolitans until midnight. $10 cover charge. 8 p.m. Grasshopper, 506 Main St 713-977-3777. E-mail: iam@PDQ.net
Free HIV Testing. Montrose Clinic. 10 p.m.-2 am at The Meatrack; 10 p.m.-l am. 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, 713-873-4157.
Freelance Art Classes. By Kermit Eisenhut for HIV+ individuals. 930 am.-1230 p.m. Light breakfast provided. 713-523-9530. Frost Eye Clinic. Free eye exams for people with HIV. 713-830-3000.
Govinda Yoga Club. Free yoga classes at 3115 West Loop South, No. 21.713-439-0455.
Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals (HAT.C.H.) Meeting. 713-942-7002.
Houston Tennis Club. 7:00-9 p.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center. Houstontennisclub.org
Kolbe Project Morning prayer, 10 am. 713-861-1800. Mishpachat Alizim. GLBT Jewish congregation. Sabbath services at 8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Baby Barnabys, 602 Fairview. Monthly study groups with Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood. Mishpachat Alizim, P.O. Box 980136, Houston, TX 77098. 866-841-9139, ext. 1834.
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 Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Drop-in 2-9 p.m. • The Art Group: A GLBT Group for All Houston Artists, 7 p.m.
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Gay & Lesbian Help Line. For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Staffed by volunteers of all ages. 6-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 888-340-GLBT.
Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston. Volunteers offer a friendly ear to callers in need of information, nonjudgmental support, crisis intervention and referral services, emergency shelter and advocacy services to crime survivors who may need someone to accompany them to a hospital for medical attention or assistance in filing a police report. 713-529-3211. Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Volunteers perform a variety of critical tasks which include staffing the information desk during drop-in hours; helping with Center programming and events; working on community outreach efforts, fund-raising and publicity. Card players, writers and artists in particular are needed. 713-524-3818.
Peer Listening Line. Youth only. Staffed by GLBT youth for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
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astrology jill dearman
August 9 -15
ARIES (March 21 to April 20)
Saturn continues to wreak havoc in your social sector. Don’t rely on
friends to call you. You need to be the orchestrator and organizer, dear. A
Gemini can help you to have more fun.
TAURUS (April 21 to May 20)
You’re sure to find a way to improve a tricky domestic situation this week.
A gentle tone of voice takes you far. Remember, you can be intimidating, so
play it chill. Another Taurus finds you magnetic.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 21)
You may have to push a friend to tell you what’s going on. Loved ones
need extra coddling and attention right now. Give it up, you cold slut! A
Virgo is torn between wanting you as a pal and wanting you as a lover.
CANCER (June 22 to July 22)
Venus will be moving through your family sector in mid-August, which
means that you can make peace not war with difficult relatives. A family
member who pushes your buttons may be more similar to you in nature than
you’d care to admit. An Aries means well.
LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22)
Small miracles could occur this week as the Sun, Mars, and Jupiter all
transit your sign. You know how to get what you want, but ask yourself,
“What do I really need?” Your spirit needs nurturing, darling, not just your
ego. A Pisces will fill you up on all levels.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
This is a good time for you to explore a form of spirituality that has
always intrigued you. You can discover a new way of life, and you may find a
new way to make love, you sex pot. A Pisces is psychically drawn to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Mars is passing through your house of friendship and stirring up
anger, passion, and jealousy in this area of your chart. A Taurus will be
sure to stir up the most emotion. Examine your feelings before acting, you
impulsive thing you!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
This is an ideal time for you to let go of a past disappointment in your
career. Grieve, then move on, because something better is about to come your
way. A Gemini plays a key role. Accept help and advice, you stubborn thing!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Mercury is transiting the top of your chart, so be very conscious of the
way you express yourself verbally and on paper. You are being judged! A
Leo is apt to help you more than hurt you, but err on the side of caution in
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
The moon will be conjunct Venus in your career house on Aug. 12. Be
sure to set the tone for the week by being extra sensitive to colleagues and
bosses. Sharp humor or a distant attitude may put you in the doghouse. A
Cancer wants to be your puppy dog — or your bitch. You decide.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
A romantic friendship could come to a head this week, so be ready. It’s
time to let all the feelings out into the open — then throw yourself on the
mercy of the court. A Scorpio will protect you if you ask for help.
PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20)
A cycle is ending for you. Relationships need revamping and can’t just go
forward on auto-pilot anymore. A Libra could be a real catalyst in your life.
Take all the help you can get.
Jill Dearman is the author of the best-selling "Queer Astrology for Men" and "Queer
Astrology for Women" (both from St. Martin's Griffin). For information on charts and consultations,
call 212-841-0177 or e-mail QScopes@aol.com.
IN THE CHURCH
Recent discoveries of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the
years of cover-up involved, have left many parishioners
wondering who they can trust. While most of the clergy are
honorable and trustworthy, some are not and they continue to
violate the trust of the innocent and vulnerable. Churches have
failed in their duty to protect some of its children from abuse,
and have instead been protecting themselves.
Even if the sexual abuse may have occurred while a child,
those who are now adults may still pursue cases even if
the abuse happened years ago.