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IK?*, l-sSL With my long rap sheet, they'd be
^BC^-If say'ni3' Put ^e diamond ring down
and step away from the U-Haul.'
Call the lesbian
women in front of
you. You have the
right to a lover who
does not announce to everyone that you need to work out
more when you are in a bikini
at a pool party."
But there is no lesbian
police force, and the West
Hollywood sheriff's department doesn't count.
MAYBE IT WOULD SAVE US ALL SOME
frustration and heartache if there was
such thing as lesbian love police. I imagine members of the force looking like
Angelina Jolie in "Tomb Raider," strapping and taut, commanding our attention
and our obedience.
They'd carry handcuffs dangling from
their belts to use in particularly dicey
cases. Officers would step in when a
wrongful courtship begins and order,
"Stop! Back away from each other before
somebody gets hurt."
An intervention from the lesbian police
would have halted me years ago from my
pursuit of "Jane," a lesbian DJ with a cache
of come-on lines, a closet full of steel-toed
cowboy boots and a babe-ready Yamaha.
After a spin around the city with me
riding bitch and a few fuzzy navels — the
drink we found ourselves arm
wrestling in a dark bar. When she wooed
me with, "Go on with your bad self, girlfriend," I realized not only were our styles
worlds apart, but 1 needed an interpreter.
Nevertheless, next thing I knew, I was
in a two-year tumultuous affair that
should have never happened.
Same thing with "Barbara." She was a
burly TV camerawoman who could hoist a
55-pound camera over her shoulder with
no sweat. Like the Harley Davidson she
rode in on, she was loud and imposing, but
she could make me laugh like no one else.
My first impression and my first rebuff
was, "You're too butch for me." But a few
jokes and Jell-0 shots later, her wisecracking ways were irresistible. Before I knew
it, it was two years later, and we were separating because, after all, she was too
butch for me.
Did I mention I left her for "Jane"?
PRECEDING THE DYKES ON bikes was
"Marty," a decade my senior, who even
without a motorcycle had a penchant for
leather and roughing it up. After eight
months. I finaUy threw in my whip, deciding I preferred a kindler, gentler love.
Had a love cop stood between me and
these and other doomed dalliances, perhaps I might have sooner met my match.
If only someone had read me my rights a
Long time ago: "You have the right to a
relationship that does not require therapy
after three months.
"You have the right to a partner who
does not flirt shamelessly with other
SO WHAT DO I DO, NOW
that I am in love? The kind
of love that makes me
want to jump on a sofa.
She's beautiful, smart,
sexy and sweet, and I want
to be with her forever.
I have to wonder what a lesbian love cop would be advising me now: "Slow down. Put
the diamond ring down. Step
away from the U-Haul."
The reality is that lesbian
love is a lawless place. The
best we can do is to write our
own rules and govern ourselves accordingly.
So as I plan to move in
next month with my soul
mate after a three-month
romance, I realize the author
ities would probably say we
But by now, I'm a repeat
offender, a felon with a long
rap sheet. I've done hard time and
learned my lessons. I deserve to be put
away for life, with the woman I love.
(. K. Pearson Brown is a Los-Angeles based
*' writer and public relations director. She
can be reached at LezTaHcWeHo@aol.com
its 230th birthday.
Do you think gay
Americans are better off than those
in other countries?
Yes. We are able to live ours lives
free to be who we are, which is
not true in many other countries.
T0RRGY MASON, 24
We are blessed to be in America.
Many of our brethren live in conditions far worse than we do, yet
we still have a long way to go to
enjoy the same rights and privileges as other Americans do.
Yes. This country has more resources
for GLBT people. We're lucky because
we are a young country with many
people who have progressive ideas,
and we are not persecuted and pun-
ished for our ideas nearly as much as
people in many other countries. We
could be better off, but we are slowly
winning more and more rights
We are better off because 1 think
most Americans believe in equality for all We do have a lot of
room for improvement. We need
to elect politicians that believe in
equality for all, also.
NORMAN SALVATO, 56
Yes. In this country, we have a lot
more freedom and can generally
be who we really are. In some
other countries, people are subject
to very harsh punishment for
STEVEN GOMEZ 34
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