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Title Houston Voice, No. 1018, April 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date April 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 1IHMII voice www.housfonvoice.com There's nothing better than Sunday's Millennium March on Washington to celebrate the victory won in Vermont, says MMOW executive director Dianne Hardy- Garcia. The Texas activist expects 300.000 people. PageS What do you call a woman who is an actress, stand- up comedienne, novelist, recording artist, feminist, gay and a single mom? We call her Sandra Bernhard and she's coming to Houston. Page 15 ISSUE 1018 ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. APRIL 28, 2000 The Boy Scouts of America says it has the right to pick the 'moral leaders' for its troops, even if that means banning gay Scouts like James Dale, whose case reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Page 5 More than two-dozen gay Grammys were doled out to gay artists Monday—including lesbian singer Meshell Ndgeocello— during ceremonies that called attention to the growing influence of queer-tinged music. Page 15 In what could possibly be his last opera, composer Carlisle Floyd and his 'Cold Sassy Tree' continue at the Houston Grand Opera in what our reviewer says is a melody that's lost its way. Page 16 'C.U. me!' Vermont legislature approves historic 'civil unions' bill and state's governor quickly signs it into law by LAURA BROWN A bill to recognize same-sex "civil unions" won final passage in the Vermont legislature Tuesday and received Gov. Howard Dean's signature a day later, bringing with it the creation of a new verb: "to C.U." "We're going to get C.U.'ed," said a beaming Stacy Jolles moments after the House gave its final approval to the measure. "I've already asked Nina to C.U. me." Jolles was referring to her partner of nearly a decade, Nina Beck, who cradled the couple's 5-month-old son Seth as the two women hugged friends and posed for pictures following the vote. The partners were one of the three same- sex couples who filed suit in July 1997 seeking the right to marry. That suit led to the Vermont Supreme Court's December ruling that called on the Legislature to find a way to extend all the rights and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples. While the term "C.U." doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as the word "marriage," Jolles' comments left little doubt as to what she meant. They and other gay and lesbian couples are already planning their visit to their respective town clerk's office after the bill goes into effect July 1. "I think we were actually quite disappointed in December that the Supreme Court didn't go for full marriage, but I think since then we have come to really respect the civil union thing and what it represents - what a huge step forward it is for all of us," said Stan Baker. Dean's signature on the bill Wednesday—making Vermont the first state to offer gay couples almost all of the same benefits as married heterosexuals under state law—came less than two hours after it reached his desk. By the time of a 2 p.m. news conference, he already had signed it far out of view of television cameras, photographers and reporters. Dean signed the bill privately because he did not want the ceremony to be a triumphal party by supporters of the law. Instead, he said, it was time for the state to begin healing. "This is history. This is thrilling. This is the dawn of a new era of support and protection for the families of lesbian and gay couples and their children," said Gary Buseck, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. During the Vermont House debate this week, a Republican representative made one last attempt to kill the bill by proposing to delay the vote until after the Bobbi Whitacre (left) is hogged by partner Sondi Cote alter the Vermont House gave final passage to the civil unions bill on Tuesday. Gov. Howard Dean signed the measure into law a day later. November elections. But the effort failed, and on Tuesday, the Vermont House passed the Senate version of the bill by a margin of 79-68, three votes more than it earned on first passage. *- Continued on Page 10 Organizing gay educators A veteran Houston teacher wants other gay and gay-friendly educators to help start a local chapter of a national gay educators group to better conditions for gay employees, students by KAY DAYUS A Houston chapter of a national group is in the process of organizing to help stem harassment and violence against gay and lesbian students and educators in metro Houston schools. The new chapter of the New York-based Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will help to bring together educators, parents and students to assure that "that each member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation," organizers said. Kathleen Murray, a veteran teacher in the Houston Independent School District, is spearheading the effort to bring a GLSEN chapter to Houston. While researching a book last year in the Internet, Murray was surprised by what she found about hate crimes, something that propelled her to take action. "It was a wakeup call for me," said Murray, a teacher for 11 years. "The exclusion of protection is an injustice against the LGBT community." Murray also discovered information about GLSEN. "I checked it out and found there was no chapter in Houston and the closest one was in Dallas. I thought, "There's something wrong with this picture.' There is a critical need for GLSEN. So many of our children are falling into the cracks," she said. Murray hopes the new chapter will be the impetus for change in metro school systems, including HISD, which has a spotty history when it comes to gay and lesbian issues. "We need counseling and intervention and the focus needs to be on the student. How much learning can go on if you don't feel safe where you are?" Murray said. A 10-year-old group, GLSEN began fighting anti-gay discrimination in Boston schools in 1990 and evolved into a national >* Continued on Page 12
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