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ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE.
JANUARY 28, 2000
The killing of James Tolbert, a 24-
year-old Mississippi gay man, led
to a massive, nationwide manhunt
for his alleged killers, and has
shaken a quiet gay community.
A magazine publisher calls it
political satire; some gays call it
offensive. See what a columnist
for Inside Houston meant when
he wrote that young gay men
and lesbians have tender relationships with small vegetables.
Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas,
who has discarded speculation
that he is gay, takes on a challenging role in Showtime's
'Common Ground' as a gay teen
in the 1970s who turns to a gay
teacher for help after he is sexually assaulted.
Radio station quiet after alleged slurs
As debate about annual street festival heats up, a producer for KKRW
allegedly describes a city councilmember using anti-gay terms
by MATTHEW A, HENNIE
The producer of a local morning radio program has come under fire for allegedly using
anti-gay slurs to describe lesbian City
Councilmember Annise Parker during a
broadcast last week.
Keven Dorsey, producer of "The Dean and
Rog Show" on KKRW 93.7, allegedly called
Parker a "dyke" and "carpet muncher" during the morning drive-time show on Jan. 21
during a discussion about Parker's involvement with the Westheimer Street Festival.
And three days later, the show infused new
lyrics to a Crosby, Stills and Nash song that
allegedly used anti-gay slurs and called
homosexuality a "strange lifestyle."
"While it is insulting to me, it is an affront
to the lesbian community," Parker said.
"There are equivalent terms one would use
for other minorities that no other radio station
in I louston would use. We don't live in a city
that tolerates those kind of remarks."
Parker said she has contacted officials at
KKRW, but they haven't met her request for a
transcript or tape of the
Jan. 21 show to verify
the alleged comments.
After Parker sent a
on Jan. 26, a station official called to say the
matter was being researched.
But Parker said she hasn't heard back from
anyone at KKRW.
Michael Hughes, KKRW's operations director, said that the station has fielded a few
phone calls about the comments, but he hasn't
listened to the Jan. 21 "Dean and Rog Show."
"I have no idea of what, if anything, was
said. All 1 know is something was said that
offended people," Hughes said in a brief
interview with the Houston Voice on
Hughes called the comments "disparaging
remarks" and said the matter would be investigated. But Hughes could not be reached for
further comment at press time Thursday.
Dorsey did not respond to a request for
Keven Dorsey, producer of The Dean and Rog Show'
on KKRW 93.7, has come under fire tor anti-gay
slurs he alegedy made about Gty Couriatnan Annise
Parker during a broadcast last week.
Parker has called on the station to issue a
public apology and an assurance that the show
will not air anti-gav comments in the future.
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As gay men and lesbians prepare to rally today against Exxon Mobil, a survey
of the nation's major oil companies shows mixed results when it comes to gay
employees and customers
by C.1P PLASTER
Organizers of a protest against Exxon Mobil
Corp. were scheduled to meet with company
officials early today, just hours before a rally in
downtown Houston to criticize the company's
dumping of policies that specifically protected
its gay and lesbian employees.
A meeting between company executives.
Equality Rally organizers and elected officials,
including openly lesbian City Councilwoman
Annise Parker, was set for 10 a.m. today,
though both sides downplayed expectations
for the gathering.
By 4 p.m., gay activists were expecting hundreds of people to join a rally against Exxon
Mobil in a city park and then a march to the
company's Houston offices.
Equality Rally organizers said late
Thursday that today's meeting will open the
door to better communication with Exxon
Mobil. The company adopted Exxon's
employment policies and benefits during its
recent merger with Mobil, which had policies that specifically protected gays from
discrimination and offered same-sex
domestic partner benefits.
Policies of the new company, like Exxon's
before it, don't specifically include gay men
and lesbians, nor does the newly-created oil
giant offer domestic partner benefits.
"Company officials said they cannot
guarantee there will be any outcome from
the meeting, but that it will at least open up
the dialogue," said Dan DiDonato, an
organizer of today's rallv.
A company spokesman said Exxon Mobil
often meets with community organizations,
and wants to clear up any misinformation
about its policies since the merger.
"Our policy is clear and straightforward.
We do not discriminate on sexual orientation and have established a comprehensive
training program to be sure this policy is
followed throughout our worldwide organization," said company spokesman Tom
But local and national gay rights groups
have criticized the company for failing to
include sexual orientation in its non-dis-
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