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Title Houston Voice, No. 899, January 16, 1998
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Date January 16, 1998
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  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript One Community! One Voice!© ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~...., .JANUARV1 GTH 1 SSS \NVVV\l .houst onvoice . com ISSUE ass VOICE I :+;@.:1~1 i'4 ?I Mavor confirms he'll issue iob protection for gav citv workers by J.C. MJCHELAK and TERR'r' MURPHY After JUSI eight days in office, Houston Mayor Let" Hrown took t1mC' to give Houston Voitr an exclusive interVlcw m his City Hall of!icr. dunng which he confirmed that he will issut an executive ordC'r adding sexual orientation to the anti-d1scnmrnat1on pohcy in the hiring or city employees "!will be doing that," M•yor Brown told the Voiet. "That 1s a commttmcnt that I will carry forth " W1th an outer office foll or TV crews and other people wanung a piece of the mayor's umc, Brown sat 'A'ith Voice reporters to dis· cuss campaign promises and issues of par­ticular intcre~t to the gay community in Houston Among them his commttmc..·nt to ...... ,c the employment non-d1scnmmauon cxrcuuve order and a promised !.ai.son between his office and Houston's gay com~ mumty. Seemmg relaxed and m control or a busy staff iugghng the mynad tasks mvolved m the transfer or mayoral power, Brown chuck· led as he was asked when that execunve order would be drafted and Signed 'Well, I've been m office one.- week and two days," he said. sm1lmg "Let me get things gomg and then I can get to some or the issues. It will be done "Just today, l gave someone the assign· ment 10 start the process of 1mplemenung that," Brown said "It's going 10 be done .. ll 's being worked on, but 1t 's not com­pleted yet" The process involves havmg the City legal dtpartment draw up an executive order and having the mayor sign .t :-lo appro,·al from cny council 1s needed. Brown assured the Vo1ct· that his office would give notice when the order signing was imminent Brown, 59, has named 200 people to a speoal trans1t1on team that has been given 90 days to completely evaluate all areas of ruy government and come back to the mayor with a detailed report_ That report will shape his admm1strauvc and legislauvc agenda for the next two year.;, he said A number of gays and lesbians are mcluded among that 200 ("I know," said the Mayor, sm1hng. l appointed them."), and the fol­low- through on the haLSOn appointment 1s part or their charge. Whether that ltaison would be an See BROWN/ page 15 Houston Mayor Lee Brown '98 Ryan White funding tops $12.7 m"ll'on Fired lesbian lawver loses in U.S. Supreme Court Increase of more than $2 million from current funding by TERR'r' MURPHY The Hams County Ryan White Council will have S 12. 7 milhon m federal money for A IDS service programs in 1998, a $2 m1llton mcrease over 1997 fonding levels. The newly reconstituted 30·member Counnl begins the process or distnbuung those' funds with a first-ever retreat Jan_ 27 Composed of 14 lllV·pos111ve mrmber.; and 16 others, the Council is dratting a new process for asses.sing needs and distnbutmg funds to the vanous orgamzauons that pro~ v1de services and treatments to the county's AIDS/HIV populauon "The demographics !of the infected popu­lat1on) have changed." said Counc-il member Gary Van Ooteghem .. People are hving, not dying, and the federal governmrnt has encouraged us to change the way we do See WHITE/ page 14 Justices let stand Ga. attorney general's anti-gay move m widely watched case by LAURA BROWN Special to the Houston Voice Almost seven years after being fired for pl.mnmg a Jewish commnmcnt ceremony with her partner, attorney Robin Shahar has reacht"d the end of the" line m her case agamst former Georgia Anorney General Michael Bowers, now a Repubhc:an cand1· date m the 1998 governor's race The United States Supreme Court announced Jan 12 that 11 would not hear her case, leaving Shahar no further legal resort By Its refusal. the Court let stand an I Ith Circuit Court of Appeals decision that Shahar's ·'nghts had not been violated" bt.·cause "given the culture and trad1uons of the N;111on, considerable doubt exists that [Shah.ir) has a cons111uuonally protected federal nght to be 'marned' to another woman.' "I'm very dtsappointed in the Supreme Court," Shahar said on the day or the announcement ''Anyone who has read the I I th Circuit's dcc1s10n knows that u was Fnends of Bill President Clinton Olew into Houston Jan. 9 for an education themed photo opp with newly elected Mayor Lee BrQwn and U .:>. Rep. Sheila JacAson Lee. C'nlon mingled wrth a crowd of more than 2,000 students and teachers before going to a prrvate fund ra1s er for Ccngresswom3n Lee, a supporter of 1 g/bJ/ issues. The e•enl 11as e•pected •o ra se $200,000 for Lee, w'1o is 11noPfJOsed L0 the MJrch election. based on preiud1ce and I thmk II ..s the kmd of deru1on that ur society "~ look back at n<J feel \Cry emt rrassed 71lett 1s rJC' -t r f-o;-i ~ and 1hat ha n t sunken In yet," she said "It fe-c.Is a ltttle hkc steppmg off a moving Sidewalk ti's a btt of a JOit and l haven't qu11e caught m) balance" B1'I Crane, commumcauons director for Bower's gubernatorial campaign, said htS cand1Jate would not comment personally on the Supreme Court's action '~Mr Bowers' comment on the dec1s1on 1s that he 1s pJeascd that this maner 1s over from a legal perspecuv..-," Crane said 'He stands behmd his carl1t"r actJons and 1s pJeased tbat the Supreme Coun saw no reason to set aside or review the I Ith Circuit Court of Appeals' dCCISIOn" Shahar's attorneys had ar1.'Ued that the 11th Circuit Court "dtd not suf!'ciemly value Robm·s cons111u11onal fl8ht to freedom of [mnmate and CJ<prcss1~) associauon" and the case c01; d p ' de • S premc Court's first opportunnv to import lrecdom of assoc1auon nghts to protect • gay or les· b1an relauonsh1p • But whtle Ruth Harlow, lead counsel for Shahar, called the deru1on "frustrating and d1sappomtmg." she said II would not set a negattve precedent for future challenges to anu-gay employment d1scrtmmauon "Basically they dccided not 10 hear the case. which IS not the same thing as affirm­ing what the I Ith Circuit Court dtd, tt's iust lerung theu dectSton stand as the final one m the case," she said "'Unfortunately for Robin, 1r has a Jot morC' unpact, but an the btg scheme of things, tt's JUSI the roun say­ing the) 're not going to look at thtS case It's See SHAHAR page 15 Remembering Bayard Rustin MLK s right-hand-mand was publicly black and publicly gay, but histon·ans have trouble integrating his legacy by SHAWN STEWART RUFF Cml nghts leader and King confidant Bavard Rustin chief architect of the 1963 March on \Vashmgton v.-as never pubhcly conflicted about hJS gay and black 1dontllles But h1stonans, when rcnccung upon his legacy. seem to choose sides. As Amenc:ans celebrate ~Urtm l uther King, Jr Day on Jan 19, hlSlonans still struggle with the dual tdenht) or thlS key player m the Cnl Rights Movement The Kmg family and holiday organizer.; have ernbraCt-J Rustin's unique role and uruque background, and will aga1r. SUge an annual rally m htS ~onor as part of the larger Kmg Dav act1vttJcs 1n Atlanta 1~ hfe, R JStm was botr. black and gay, always and at the same lime, whether the pubhc hked 1t or not But htStoncal recogm· uon or ~.IT' rus rocuscd c-n one aspea to the exctusion of the other, depending. t \\ould seem, on "hose mterest "as best scned k; 1ear, 1n a surpnsmgly mept Rustin biography, Nnv Yorl:tr wnter Jervis Anderson made '-n) clear that Ammc:a s black civil nghts leadership sull hasn t suffi· ciently matured enough to accept. and be proud of, the 1ru1h about one of its great leader.; At the same ume, Charles KatS<r'S "The Gay Metropohs," a brilliant htStory or gay New Yorl, never On('(' cvt'n mentions Rustm, \\ho h\cd most of his hfe m the cin. Kai.scr's omlSS1on IS no more or less appalling than Anderson's calcu· lated e\'llSIOOS Both ra1Se the issues of \\ho owns history, and whose interest as served bi history And QCUht-r of coc.rse. is accep1able Bavard Rust n IS the See RUSTIN page 14 Now You Can Choose Where To Have Body Hair Throw Away the Ra~or This is Better than Laser! EpiLigh..:' Epilight IS a ;tat«.>f-the,.rt semi-permanent hair removal system that ts light years beyond Laser. Thts FDA approved, non-invasive, pain.free procedure removes facial, bikini line, unda-erm, leg, back and all other unwanted hair in seconds. Call coda, {C1t- a very pri...au consultation 713-77-IMAGE .-\leo Fat\U"inc Photodcnn Vl. Ucht Traa:mm1 fcw Removal o6 •Tatoos •ApSpo1:1 •Sun 5- •Fad.I. Noel., C1- &. Ann VriN Center for lmai;e Enhancement Dr. t..laylc Rothenbcr2. M 0 Sl7l W. Abhama. Suatc 120 Houaton. Tx (71'1 n-IMAGE 1111 \\ORI!' 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YOu will be J.anc.:i11.t in tlu: ,1islcs v.·hcn thc"C !iaint- ~o mard1in.t in 1" FRIDAY, JA.t~UARY 16, 7:30 P.M. )O'.'\ES If \I.I. ~~~. 713-227-ARfS K UHF 88.~f\I A~rgJ~~~ FULBRIGHT & JAWORSKI L.L.P. 1~;.. Con~"rt1~t:! ~.1: ..•. .-;i •••• ~····'* !1!7: •••• :?.#.'.!'9'.~ ..... , -M.~T.RQ.P.LLX ~,,~ .... WEDNESDAYS $2.00 Well Cocktails and Domestic Longnecks All Night Long Minutes from Montrose DJ Alex C. Grand Opening Coming Soon No Co\ler Dress Casua1 In Shepherd Square 2165 Portsmouth • 520-5000 J A N LI A R V 1 0 T t--t 1 e 9 e In This Issue Communitv News pages 3 Regional News pages 4 Counwatch pages 5 National News pages 6-7 Voices & Echos pages 8 9 Health News pages 10 11 Global News pages 12 Church Calendar pages 13 Ans & Entertainment pages 16 17 Book Review page 19 GlAADAlert page 21 Communitv Calendar/ Horoscope page 22 Scene & Heard page 23 out in Houston page 24 Charter Member I Gr11ter HDUSllR Gav & 1.asbllD Chamber 01 C1mmerce =•·••W¥••-•§ COMMUNITY NEWS laissez le boo temps ... The Krewc of Olympus kicked o!T the 1998 Mardi Gras srason in Houston wt1h tis 12th Night fund-ra1smg event Jan 7 The city's only Mardi Gras krc.-v.c b prcp.umg for its fabulous Kr<we Ball, to be held Feb 7 at the Edwm Hornbcrg<'C Conference Center Que,·n Olympus XX\'11 (also known as John Weinland, far nghr) presided over the 12th Night frs11vt11<·s "1th (from tor} Ball Capt Ben Jonrs, Kre"c President S;inds S11clt:r, Weldon llKkey and Gary McCoy Gav Chamber of Commerce plans casino panv bus mixer The Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chambt•r of Commerce :ivttt·s the commu· mry to JOtn ti for a Happy Hour Parry Bus Busmt.-ss and Pleasure Ad\'~nture to Grand Casino m Coushatta. La on Sat • Jan. 17 The bus will !rave Jr's at 801 Pacific St at 9 30 am I 1ckets are SIS Call (713) 777. 8773 for rcseniJtions Gav lobbv to honor supportive legislators Th<· Lesb1.111/Gay Rights obby of Texas will honor 16 mc'llbcrs of the H.1ms Country stat< lcg1sl.1tl\c Jelegauon at a rc(.'cpt1on J,1n 22 Legislators who supportrd rquahry for esb1.tn and gay Texans during the 15th l.cg1slatavc Session last year w1.I b(- recog­n1zl0d by the:- group "ita1c Rcprcsentauve Debra DJnburg "'111 Tt"Cc1ve the Naylor Lifetime Ach1ncmtnt A"'ard fer hc.-r "out standing )Ob represenung us m Austin an here at home,' said event co-chair Shelley Porter Openly gay Travrs County Shen!T Margo Frasier will r<-crive a sprctal CoMing Our Award Jht• rt·ma1mng I 5 kg1sl.uors Mt' State S<'nators Mano Gallegos, Rodney Eilts and John \Vh1t1111rc, .rnd state n.:prcM:ntallvcs h ed Bosse, Scott llochbcrg, Ken Yarbrough, Ron Wilson, Sylvester Turner, Kevin Ba1ky, St·nfmma Thompson1 Harold Dutton, Gerard Torrn, D1an.1 Davila. Garnet Coleman and Jc.:ss1ca Farrar The cost ot tht• rt·ccpuon, to tle held at 630 pm. J.tn 22 ·ll t~c Lovett Inn, 501 Lovett HlvJ , is S25 For more mfornauon call (713) 861 82J8 crossroads meeting to screen Rev. Mel White video . Rev Md Whi1<•'s JUSHeleased video- a pointed response to anu-gay televange· hsts will bt· shown at the Jan 17 CrossrtMds meeting at I l a.m Rev. Whue workCil as a ghost wnter for P,u Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Billy Graham ·lnd other prominent evangelical Chnsuans before he rame out as a gay man He cur· rcntly serves .is the m1nrs1cr of JUSl!CC for the United Fellowship of Mrtropohtan Communuy Churchc~. the nauon's largest prcdom1namly gay dcnommauon ------ P A G E T ne video, ttow Can • Be Sure tha• God Loves Me, Too., .. , was filmed ~fore a ;:'!'tn· gre~auon of the mainstream church m M1ch1gan and 1s Rev \\hue's response to those wQo misuse the Bible to '!lake outcasts of lesbian, gay, bISexual and transgrnd<r people, according to Johnny Prden, CO· founder of Crossroads, and a former Southern Baptist m1mster Crossroads 1s a confidcnua! spmtua. educational and social organization for gay and lesbian church workers of .111 fauhs and denommauons, and their fncnds Call (713) 681-9082 for more mformallon Montrose Clinic to hold HIV testing marathon Jan. 16 people \\1th •mport.lnt rnfc.rm4t on concern· mg their heal·~ We are very gratefi.I to Watgrcenr a~d Or.Sure for undrrwnt ng th s C\T"I Ir IS only througi, rhr1r genr•os1ty that \\e- are able to offer Test for :..,.c" Tes ng " 1h OraSurc rs safe ~d padess for both •'lose be ng tested and rhosr "ho adm1rus1er the t<St A spcctally treated pad attached to a handlr 1s placed bcr"een the client's lower check and gum for two min­utes The pad is then placed m a vial and sent to a lab for analysis Montrose Chm(' 1s a non-prof-t, ccmmu­nuy based agency founded m 1981 to serve people m the Houston area by providmg low- or no-cost hca!th, social, cduca11onal and rc:.earch services ~1ontrosc am1c wall hold Its f:rst annual Test for Life, an 111\i t<Stmg marathon, on Fndav. Jan. 16 Th~ first 300 people who show up \\tll be offered free HI\' lt'StS. Thr r>cnt. sponsored by \\'algreens and Or.1Surc '"" be held from 7 a.m. to 10 pm .u the chmc, 215 Westhe1mer Call (713) 830-3000 for more information Ringlaben named Volunteer of the Year Paul Ringlal:>en \\as nancd Volunteer of t':ic Year at the annual holiday parry at Ste\ ens House on l)c(' 11 1997 He works at 1he AIDS service org3n:zauon cvrry \1unday cvemn~ and the busanC'SS contacts he has brought to the organzz.atior have Tht· prove, mnst ·,endic a climt~ lt'stc:J 25~ people on June 27, 1997, dunng N.umnal IJIV ksting Day '\Ve \\'Cre so 1mprc.-sscd b) 1he number of people who took the respons1b1ht) to gc• tested. that we decided to ha'e an evnt that offered frct.· oral testing li.)r a cof'tmuous 15 hours,' said Kay Caldwell, executive dire•· 1or of the chmc '\Ve want to reach more .Srncn·s H~)use 1s al'"avs m need of dona­• 1c.ns of monq and household goods, sue l as p1lluws and comrortc!'S, knchrn cqu.;:'" ment, furniture and telcv1s1ons, as wl"ll as office equipment such as a photocopier or d<'Sks Call (71 l) '22-S757 for more mfor mation 3 OBITUARY Barry L Nye a :-esrdrnt of Houston for 14 years, dird Dec 2J Born m Maldcn, \lass , he "as a chef at 'llany Houston lTStauran:s, and l1vc.'"d and '"vrkcd 'c r several years m FlonJa He ts sumved by a brother, Bob '{ye of Broe kt on Mass srster and brother-r~·law, Domr Ann and Kt>1: .. Jz,...,es o Port: ~d. Texas and 1hrt"C' ncphe\\s and mo mcces lntC'!'nmcnt was at Veterans \1emonal Cemetery "he·;. hC' N"C'e1ved full m1ht.uy honors, bavong served m the Manne Corps He "will be sorely m1s,cd by all hts loved ones. SUSTIVA N(efavirenz) EXPANDED ACCESS PROGRAM FOR THE TREATMENT OF HIV DuPont Pharma is pleased 10 announce tts Expanded Access Pwgram for Sl STI\ A •, a ne\\ m\·c~ ·:;;i1iona1 n0~-n· cle0sidc r~'crse 1ranscnptase .nl11b1tor used m comi'inatton therap) for HI\ disease The program 1s open 10 HI\ P<JSitiw patients I 3 years of age Jr older who arc unable to toler,uc, or arc !ailing to re5j)Ond [(), thctr current trcatmen: and who meet the entl) critc_n_·a __~ r EXPANDED INCLUSION CRITERIA' now allow enrollment of patients \11th CD4 <400 cells/mm:1 at an} point m their htston If y;:iu ''ould hke more mforrnation 0:- paruopaung m this progr,1m, please rontact )Our phys1etan. .~ltcmaU\ ely CO:' tact ) our ocal -\IDS rommumt) based e>rganizauon, distnct public health office. Jr caU the toll free number belo". SUSTIVA efav irenz Call the SCSTI\/\ Expanded Access Program at 1-800-998-6854 http://www.hiv.dupontmerck.com J A N U A R V 1 6 T H 1 s s a t Communily Gospel Pa4t<n~~ Tile Pentecostal Fami/J ot Montrose sun 11am Praise& Worship 7pm Evenint Service Tllur 7:30pm lltneek 5ervicl5 See Church Calendar for Weekly Events ~-#.:.. ""--- ...... ...:...u~_.)t,,,, ... ~ ...__.,o t=- 4305 WllaO. IDDst88. 11 TIOOJ 113-880-9235 www.communltygo•pel.org F.xdting Fami/y Ent:ertaimnent They're stopping Here on their 1998 Sixty-City erican Tour. with boist.erous energy that will make the heart pound and the blood boil =• ·•••¥M•·•k ....... P A G r REGIONAL Austin Area Update by Steve Labmsk1 Out In Austin Austin's newest gay bar, the 1920's Club is now open al 918 Congress Ave, exactly one block south of 1he Cap110J The comfort· able, Jow-kry bar prOm1scs .. martinis, Jai:z, and a kuchen open all night long " The I 920's Club IS in 1he same locauon as the now-gone Chicago 20's Cafe, bul stlll serves many 11ems from its food menu Coming soon a 100-meh Video screen for dance videos ART Ausun·s !\-fcxic·Artc :\1llsrum featur~s two an openings this werkend Conceptual arust Mano Sagrad1m s "'ork wdl appear m the main gallery from Jan 16 10 Feb. 28, 1998 w11h an exh1b111on entnled The Purple Land (La Tierra Purpurea) The exh1b111on opens Jan 16 from 7 10 9 p. m F rce adm1s­s1on to o~nmg, S2 dunng regular hours. The exh1b11 is inspired by a book by Uruguayan/English wn1er W H Hudson called "The Purple Land" Sagradin1 1s one of the few arum from Uruguay who lived in a foreign country, and after residing for some ume in Italy, returned to Uruguay His work as a reflection on Uruguaydn society and culture. which partakes of memory, refkcuon, irony, sarcasm, and bnternC'Ss. Sagrad1m has exh1bned m Europe and South A menca, dnd has also studied South Amenl<ln an at the University of Texa. al Austin Mexic-Ane is also presenung a solo exh1· b111on of works by Cuban-Amencan artist Elizabtth !\trsa-Gaido, vnc of sever. :ttsts selerted for the 1997 IJ1vers11y & ~ mcrgence Series The exh1b11 runs concurrently wnh MaPO Sagradmi: The Purple Land m 1he muSt"um's bad~ gallery space For mere 1 formation ul 512-482 9373 Women & Their Work p=cnts .in exh1· b1tion by Sherry Owens called 'This Serd of Space", anJ runs from Jan 10 to Feb. 14, I 998 Women & Their Work is locatl'd a1 1710 I avaca S1 m downtown Ausr, fhe Austin !\t u"irum of Art-Lagu na Gloria presents a retrospcC! vc of thC' pa mt· :igs, photographs, and videos of W lham Wegman start ng Jan I t>th weeklv "Montrose TV" show to feature gav, lesbian life Auditions for on-air talent slated an. 26 TnAnglc V1dl'o Productions,,, proft.-ss1on­ai. gay-owned tclcv1s1on producuon compJ.· ny, will begm showing a wl'rkly, .ill-minute program on cable channel 54 in Houston beginning M.rch 3 Sieve Baker. Trv\ngle's owner, will hold aud111ons for on..iir 1alent, including hosts "d reponer., rn .~ 26 (-1ere led persors should , 11' (7, 1) 523 6 l02 l<>r m appoml show ts ~mg produced by a professional, pnva1<ly owned product on company wnh top-quality cameras and ed,ting equipment. as opposed 10 some gay TV show etToru around 1he country 1ha1 rcheJ on ded1ca1ed volunteers workmg wuh the sometimes shop-worn resources of cable TV public access s1a11ons Secondly, TnAngle has pur· chased weekly, regularly 5"heduled, pnme· ume, half-hour blocks on Warner Cable Channel 54 Each weekly episode of "Montrose TV" will air from 8 10 8 30 p.m on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 2, he said Fach we<k thereafter, for the duration of fnAngk's one.year contrJ.Ct with Warner, a new episode will t11r three umes a week The content of 1he sho" "111 focus on 1he people, ac11v•11cs anJ events that take place m the Mom rose area of Houston, according to Baker Sin,·e Montrose ts home 10 lhe gay and lesbian community, the show will fra· ture segments of in1ercs1 to gay and lesbian ]><.'Opie as well as .rnyone of any sexualny, rehg1on, race or nauonahty who lives in the area, he said "To our knowledge, this 1s the first ume that a broadcaster ha.i agreed to sell air umc for a program that will lt:a1ure 1he gay and lesbian community on a nms1stcnt b.1s1s on the same time day," said Baker Local ,1dvcr· users will be fraturcd in 30·sccond spou on 1he shows, Baker said lack of contested races means suggests low turnout in Texas primaries in March HOUSTON CAP) Hew c.rn you expect to havt~ much of a •urnout "";en so f"'.lany maJor races arc ... ncontestcd, Texas p ~y olTic-aJS and elccuor watchers ask The answer they say, IS you prob.1bly can't e11:Pf""'1 ma~y V"ltm 10 shciw ur at t°"h~e~••~•-••~-­upcommg lkmocrauc and Republican P"· manes. The races for gowrnor, 1cutcmant gover nor or comptroller w11l only r.lt1fv tht• rom nattons of candidates who facc no oppos1 lion or only token c ppos1t1on Tex~s Democra!Jc l'a ty Chairman B1 1 While sa1J the trend <Sn't surprising 'Hoth pohucal parties h.1ve more of a struggle recrumng h1g~-quah1y candidates because •>f the ncgauvc. poisonous t&::ios· pherc of "1any campaigns.' White 1old the llous1on Ch'.'Onicle "So cand1J.1tcs want to run once ma gen· cral election rather than haV1ng to endure the poss1b1hty of l\"o negat1V(' t..:dmp.ugns'" The Jack of hotly COnlcstl'd pnmanes probably means fewer people will bother to vote, Un1vcrs11y of Houston poltt1cal scu. ·. n· list Richard Murray s.ud Tlw Democratic primary likely will have a Jl'Cl'nl 1urnou1 only bc(.·ausc of contested r.1n:s across the s1a1e for local offices In the governor's r.lc.:t•. only Rt•pubhcan Gov. George W Jlu,h gol l'Vl'n lokcn 11ppo­s111on in his pnm.lry Round R<Kk h1gh\-\iay contractor R C Crawford 1~ running .1g,uns1 Bush on a platform of .1boh,hing the doc­tnnc of sovereign 1mmunny, wh1ch prevents cmzcns from sumg 1.-.r state v.1:':iout th(' states pcrm1ss1on Only one Democrat chose to challenge !lush this yea· Land Comm1ss1oner Garry \Liuro, who first wo~ his office in 1982 l'l the ,;i~te•t 10 replace re1mng "'lr.-ocre· c l t Ge v Bob Bullock the mai~r par• cs .ire fit'h .... :igJt.: t >nC' 'm~ date rach l orptroJ er .oh. Sharr a Democrat and Agnt ... ul ... re C .. 1 m1ss1orc l(Kk Pc ry Republican Bo1~ Sharp and l'erry wnr the• cur•ent statewide cffii..CS 11 1990 Pt~rry previous.\; haJ been m 1he Tex•• House, Snarp served as a state rtlt Jad lOmr.1'1ss1one statr scna tor an a state t.fousc rnrmt'er The r •cc for l)C Slat<• •.lmpl >Iler S )Ob vacate1 ~y Shar 1lso "· l•Sl cnr c -du! ·c frcm each IO'..lJO· pa ty l<:a r aJ C mm ss oner C irole Kce•on Ryland th I cpubl " and I' 1ul H bbv son of r me LI Gov IJ1ll Hot-by f>fl e L>e-nO( al .JANUAnv 10!ltJ COURT Navv defends dismissal of man outed bv America Online BY JOHN DIAMOND ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER WASHINGTON (AP)-The e-mail from the senior sailor covered routine matters. But there was something that bothered the rec1p- 1cnt The "screen name" was "Boysrch," presumably meaning, "boy search " That small clue set in motion a chain of events that led to the d1sm1ssal of a 17-year veteran sailor on charges of homosexuality, and to counter charges by gay rights and pn­vacy advocates that the Navy and America Onhne v10lated the sailor's pnvacy and pos­sibly broke the law Now supporter.; of Senior Chief Petty Onicer Timothy R. McVe1gh (no relation to the Oklahoma City bomber) said at prcsst1me that they haJ until Jan 16 to get the Navy to recons1dcr<1ts dec1sion to honor­ably discharge McVe1gh (S« rJ11onal car. 10011. page 8.) The Navy says the case 1s a clear-cut v10- lat1on of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" pohcy on gays in the m1htary By stating his sexual preference on an onlme service's computer network, and by using his screen name in an e-mail to someone he knew, McVe1gh had publicly acknowledged his homOSl'XUallty McVe1gh says the Navy vJOlated us own rules and plans to appeal his discharge to Navy Secr<tary John Dalton "I find 11 mcrcd1ble that such blatant d1s­regarJ for regulations occurred and then were endorsed by the Navy at higher levels." M, Ve1gh told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin McVe1gh·s supporters say II w,1s the Navy that violated the don't-ask, don't-tell pohcy by asking AO!. for ,nformat1on about !\.!, Ve1gh According 10 recerds of McVC"1gh's discharge proceeding dating from last November,• Navy officer said he called AOl and asked for the full name of a "Tim" hsted m the b1ograph1cal pror'e page under 1he !icn•en n.1me "Jkvsrch " 1 ... ~lied AOl and talked to a gcnt1cman named Owl·n at Te<.:h Sc:rv.ccs1" 1hc \\-1tncss, v.ho "as umJrn11lied n the records, said .n the heanng 'I said that I am the third party m receipt of a fax nnd \\anted to confirm the profi e sheet, who II belonged IC' They s21d ll came from flawan anJ tha1 n was from T1mo1hy R McVe1gh on l~e b1.hng ' Attorney David Sobel, legal counsel for the El~mc Pnvaey lnformalton Center, a Washington based group that ts assisting McVe1gh's lawyers, said this conversation may go beyond a possible v10lat1of' of the don't-ask don't 1dl pohcy The Naw, Sobel said, m.t.y have obtained l'v1dcnce about McVc1gh 1llcg.1lly when the o!"icer that phoned AOL failed to say he was calling from the Navy. The 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act bars service providers such as AOL from providing government agencies wtth information wtthout a search warrant, court ordrr or subpoena Even though the Navy officer failed to properly 1dent1fy him­self. Sobel said, AOL appear.; to have violat­ed us own a~reemcnt wnh Its customers to give no information to anyone w11hout a search warrant, court order or subpoena ''What I see as the broader 1mphcation of this case is that on-hne scrvtcC"s handle a lot of personal mformauon and this case shows what happens when it's handled carelessly," Sobel said McVei~h. Jb, was a senior enhstcd man on the USS Chicago, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, when the inquiry began las1 year Attorneys and oOic1ab fam1har with the case said 11 began when McVeigh sent a rou­tine c·ma1l to J Navy spouse serving as an onshore ombudsman for s.u lors aboard the Chicago and 1hr1r spouses The woman knew McVe1gh to be the author of the e· matl which covered such things as buying pre~nts for Navy children for an urcoming party Bui the woman noticed the ·• Boysrch" screen name .Shl• then "enl 10 the profill." page m 1hc AOL system that pro•1ded more =···--·•§ background information There, she saw that the author of the page 1dent1fied himself as "Tim" from Honolulu and, under manta) status, wro1e "'gay" Under hobbies the profile page hsted "dn­ving, boy watching, collecting pictures of other young studs •• The woman turned this mformauon over to 1he Navy, which m1uat· ed an mvest1ga11on Kirk Childress of the Serv1cemember.; Legal Defense Network, a Washington­based advocacy group assisting McVe1gh, said McVe1gh acknowledged the profile page was his dunng his discharge proceeding, but only after the Navy had presented evidence 11 had gathered from AOL. Sobel and other advocates for McVe1gh said the only evi­dence presented by Navy prosecutors stemmed from the confirmation AOL pro­vided that McVe1gh had authored the profile page. Parents of Cunanan victim start memorial scholarship fund S1. Paul, Minn Carol and Howard Madson don't want the public to remember their son David only as the second of Andrew Cunanan's five vsc:llms The Barron, Wis, couple wants people to know that the youngest of their four children loved learning That's why the Madsons are eslablishing two scholar.;h1ps m their son's honor They c.arOI and ffoward Madson also want to try to create some good from tragedy "I Jon't think "e'll ever be the Sdme again We think about htm every day," lhc cider Madson said David Madson, 33-ycar-old Mmncapohs architect, was .. a young man whose character was formed here and who went on to college ,ind who did well in hfe And these kids can do the ••me thing," said his father, a retired hJrdware store owner. Over the next decade, $20,000 will be divided among 30 students from two of their sun's alma marers The money comes from the Madson family and donations from their son's friends With the scholarships in place, the Madsons will turn thc'lr attention to one of the most troubling facets of 1ht1r son's death That is the spef.."Ulauon, which authontics discredit, that Madson might have played a role in the murder of his friend Jeffrey Trail, Cunanan's first v1ct1m Trail was bludgeoned to death Apnl 27 in Madson's downtown Minneapolis apart­ment Madson's body was d1scmered May 3 m Chicago County, but mvcst1gator< think Cunanan shot him to death days earlier to eliminate him as a possible witness to Tra11's murder Cunanan also 1s blamed for the murder.; of m1lhonaire Lee M1ghn 1n Chicago on May 3 and cemetery caretaker Wilham Reese in Pennsville, NJ, on May 9 The rampage peaked when Cunanan apparently gunned down fashion dt'S1gner Gianni Versace on July 15 in M 1am1 Beach Cunanan comm1ttt•d su1c1de on a M1am1 Beach houseboat whore he had been hiding His body was lound July 23 £+·••+ p A G E t I . 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J A N U A R V 1 6 T H 1 o n a I I Neb. bishop extends suspension of pro-gav Methodist pastor Omaha, Neb. Nebraska United Methodist Bishop Joel Marttnez on Jan. 9 indefimtely extended the suspension of an Omaha pastor who presided over a marnage betwern two women last September Martinez wasn't specific about how long Rev. Jimmy Creech would be removed from duty A se<:rctary at the bishop's quarte~ tn Lincoln said Martmez wasn't available for further comment "II JS my best Judgment that add1uonal time will serve the best tnterests of all, con­s1denng rhe volauhty of the chmate," Martinez said ma news release Creech said the extended suspension wouldn't serve the church "I thtnlc II will htnder the progress that was being made there, he said •I hope that people who were supporting the church will conunue to give support." Cn-ech's suspension has spin the congre­gation at F1~1 United Methodtst Church Meanwhdc, Mamncz has been alternately supported and cr1uc1zed by Methodist clergy members and Jany across Nebraska Creech ~rformed a union ceremony for two women 1:1 September defying \1cthodist Jaw and an order from Maritnez In November, Maritnez suspended Creech for 60 days Martinez said t..,at a rCVJew of the s1tua· tmn was moving ahead "1n an orilerly and deliberate fashion " He expressed confi· dcnce that the matter "ould be r:-solvcd is soon as possible .. I will contmuc to be m dose and conrm­" ng ':invcrsauor woth the past'-lral leader ship at Ftm Unued Method!St Ch" .h the Sta'. Pansh Relauons Committee and with Rev Creech,' Martmcz said Church council president 6111 Rathbun said attendance and financa! cortnbut ons have ~:-oppcd since the con:mve.-.y ?ega" =··--.... ··•;'! !5* •• NATIONAL I 1 He said pled~es for the 1998 budget are S250,000 to S300,000 behtnd the usual pace Utah scholar's book on uav relationship wins award Seattle A Utah scholar's con1rove~1al book on same-sex relat1onsh1ps in Mormontsm was honored Jan 9 night by the Amencan H1stoncal Assoc1auon D Michael Qutnn, a Yale-tratned histori­an and former Brigham Young Universuy professor, received the Herbert Fe1s Award for his book, "S•me-Sex Dynamics among Nmetecnth-Ccntury Americans: A Mormon Pe~pccuve " The award, given annually 10 the best work by a pubhc histonan or tndependent scholar, was annoum:ed by the AHA's pres1- den1-clect, Joseph Miller of the Un1ve~uy of Virginia, at the assooauon's I 12th annual meeting, held here A central thesis of Quinn's book was that attitudes of 19th century Mormons toward the whole range of same-sex relat1onsh1ps were far more relaxed than m the latter half of the 20th century Quinn, who was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Chnsl of L attcr-day Saints n 199.3 for research on wnmcn and the fauh's male pnesthood, IS •lso the author of a two-volurre h storv of the Mormon hierarchy and other books on Mormon top­ics In "Same Sex Dynamics," he wrote that pioneer Utah was no different thon the r: • on at brgc on I at resp<C' Adult fr ends of the same gender held hands and k.:sed tn pubhc often slept together tn the same beds and wrote each other t'mot1onaJlv intense, evrri passionate kttcrs In .-,ost cases, these relauonsh1ps were ~ot crouc But when they were Mormons at times were even nore tolerant than other Americans. accon! ng to Quinn ------ P A G E The book, pubhshed by the Unove~1ty of llhno1s Press. created a storm of controversy rn Utah, part1cularly over Quinn's account of the hfc of Evan Stephens, who directed the Mormon Tabernacle ChOlr for 26 yea~ and composed some of Mormonism's beloved hymns Stephens, a lifelong bachelor, shared his life wtth a succession of young male singers. All the ''boy chums," as Stephens called them, eventually married and Qutnn said 11 was possible Stephens never acted on what the author characterized as his homosexual yearntngs ABC-TV pulls AIDS episode of "Nothing Sacred" Los Angeles An episode of the ABC senes "Nothtng Sacred" about a gay Cathohc pnest affi1c1ed w11h AIDS IS betng w11hheld by the network out of "cowardice," the drama's consulting producer said. Richard Kramer co-wrote the episode in which Father Ray (series star Kevin Ander.;on) discovers that a fnend, a fellow pnest he knows to be secretly gay, is 111 wnh AIDS Father Ray Ines 10 persuade htS despondent frtend 10 stay in the priesthood "ABC s Jecis1on to bury 11 was based en COV1oard1cc, uelh" and co-opuon of the rch· g1ou, nght s agenda," Kramer told the Los Angeles Times Formerly the senes co-execuuvc produc er, Kram'1 \\TOtc the scr pt" th Father Bill Cap, a Jesuit priest The ep1Sode was filmed tn July and had been tntended to air as .. Nothing Sacrcd's" !\econd hour, after thC' pilot David Manson, producer of the freshman sencs that has drawn cnucal acclaim as well as attacks from some Catholic groups, said the una1red episode is about rehg1on rather than homosexuality. "It's not about this man's sexual prefer· ences but about the nature of tolerance and compassion and about trying to get a man who doesn't feel worthy to come back to the table," Manson said An ABC spokesman said Jan 9 that the episode has not been scheduled and dechned further comment "Nothtng Sacred," which has struggled 10 draw an audience, has been condemned by the Catholic League for Rehg1ous and Covil Rights as "a pohucal statement agamst the Cathohc Church " Some pncsi., however, have endo~ed the drama Starttng Jan 17, the show has been moved from Fnday mghts, to Saturday nights at 8 pm Calif. fails to pass bill requiring govt. contractors to grant domestic benefits SACRAMENTO (AP) Gay nghts leg1s­lat1on that would rl·qu1n· govl'rnmcnt con tractors to proVlde equal bcnl·fits to employ­ees " 11 h spouses and those w11 h domesuc partners was k11leJ Jan I 3 by a Cal1fom1a State Senate commlltc-c The measure by Sen. !Um llavdcn, ll-Los Angeles, went down to defeat on a 2-4 vote after four DC'mocrats lhrt-e facing poten­tially tough election campaigns cnhcr opposed the bill, al>stamcd or didn't attend the heanng. The b11" n~dcd at k.tst livl' vote'i to mow out of thr. nme-membt.•r Jud1c1.sry Comm1uec Hayden's proposal, modeled aft« d San Franc1St·o or<lin.rn<...'c, would bar st.lit.' and local agcncu.'S from contracting with compa­nies that do not offer cqu.tl benefits to employees with spouses and those wuh domcsuc partners So 1f a company offered us m.uned employees health tnsurance th.u also cov­ered spouses. II would have to provide the same coverage to domestic. partncs 1f t wanted government contracts "Th!S law is truly •bout equal pay for GF'antastic 8ams· 6 do"e~\ ·•' '"e "' ------::i.__ "'e River Oaks 19 I I West Gray •ll Dunlavy 7I3-521-0550 Former/ at 3939 Montrose Medical Center 2276 West Holcombe .it Grrentm,1r 7 I 3-66 1-0668 Open 7 Days A Week 'Pantastic e>a.11c:; $5.00 Off Regular Price Color & Hlghllghts Expires 1/30/98 Good at Rt.er o.i.. .. Medlclll Cer*r l.oc:llllo<llOnly 'Pantastic Sams Shampoo, Haircut and Blowdry $8.95 Expires 1/30/98 Good ill River o.i.. .. Medk:al c..ar Locations Only Quality Stylrsts Needed • 7 J 3.266 3758 .JA N UARY 1 G T H 1 9 D B equal work," said kffrey Kors. a CIVIi nghls auorney and a coauthor of the San Francisco ordinance But Art Croney of the Committee on Moral Concerns said domcsuc partners are d1flCrent than spoU$l"S .. Domrs11c ['Mrtncrs are adult fncnds," he said "They arc nothing more than that Domestic partners are not dependent on one anothtr They are free to find a better JOb" if a company doesn'I offer benefits "Isn't that the same where you have a working family where 1he husband and wife works'" Sen John Burton, D·San Francisco, asked Croney San Francisco onic1als said their ordi­nance has worked well, Is generally well· accop1ed by companies seeking cuy con­tracts and h.isn·t cost companies a lot of money Cynthia Gol~ein of the San Francisco Human Rights Comm1ss1on said onlv a small number of employees apply ·for domt"SllC partner benefits and doJ11esuc part~ ncrs cost the same or less to cover than spouse~ Bui Sen Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, said 1hc bill would d1scriminatr against employ­ers who had .i moral ObJCCllon to homosex· ualuy And Sen Cathie Wright, R-S1m1 Valley, said c111cs and counues should be able 10 decide for themselves whether to impose 1he requirement ' If you wanted 10 slow progress of 1his issue 10 about 100 years," Hayden replied More Detroit-area gav emplovees lobbving for partner benefits DETROIT (AP) Detrou-arca gays and lesbians arc putting more pressure on their employers to offer tx·nefils for 1heir panners Groups pushing (or health care .rnd other benefits h.1ve formed at Amentech, Derron Edison and all of the Big Three automakers. An•,t unions h,1ve also m.tdt· such benefits a pnonty Larry Spt'Ol'cr, 44, an cxccu11vc at Amernech, said he rccc1Vl'S generous health bcnefiis 1ha1 he would like 10 share wuh his pannn of 16 years, Wayne State Umvcrsuy philosophy professor Bob Yan.11. 49 Although Wayne State al,.ady offers equal bc:nclit$ for p.utntrs. Spencer's bcne· fits are far better That's why Spencer and a group of Ameritech employees have been trying for two )'ears to pt·rsuadc the tdecommum1..-a· t1ons c1ant to extend the same- bencfus to thrm that It offers married couplt.~. Ameritech ollici.lls S3)' they arc still con­s1denng offering •he benefits. "(Par1nersh1p bt·nefils) send a strong mt·s­sagc 1ha1 the comp.mies moan wha1 they say .tbout valuing J1vc1stty."' Spcnn•r told the Iktrott hcc PrL"$S in a story Tucsd<1y Gay and lesb1,1n employees from EDS, Ford Molor Co Chrysler Corp and Grntr.11 Motors Corp get tog('thL·r each month to discus workplace issues, mrlud· mg dome.i c partnership benefits NATIONAL EDS already offers domestic partner ben· efits. The automakers do not, although the Canadian Auto Workers su=ssfully "on them from Genera: Motors last year The number of ma;or corporations offer· mg domestic partnership benefits 1s growing by about one per month, according to 1he Washington.based Human Rights Campaign Wall Disney Co, IBM and Microsoft all offer such benefits In realuy, few homosexual employees take advantage of the benefils, said Ph1ladelph1a· based management consultant Jay Lucas The percentage of employees who sign up vanes from 0 75 perccnl 10 I 5 perconl, Lucas said They lend 10 be youn~cr. health· 1er and have few or no children, keeping companies' costs minimal Lisa M11ehell. preS1dent of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Employees of DTE Energy Co., 1he parent company of Dctroll Edison, said the symbohsm 1s JUSt as important as the actual benefits "It IS a signal on the part of the company 1hat they will treat us nghl," she said Delroll Edison officials said they plan to review a benefit plan sometime this year Gav teens in Rhode Island sav schools ignore harassment PROVIDENCE, R.I (AP) Teachers and admm1stra1ors do 100 httle to prevenl harass· ment of gay and lesbian high school stu· dents, some tel·ns say Adults in school olicn "turn their backs" when students art.• m1Stre.ltrd because of their sexual 1den1lly, 17•\.'ear-old Violet Smuh said A male studenl behl'\"ed 10 be gay had his head held in a unnal so 01hers could unnate on him, Smith said Another male studl·nt tormL'nled by classmates '"as dnvcn to trans· fcrnng out of lht• class, she said The commenls came a1 a forum held Jan 12 on a stair Hoard of Regents policy that bans d1s<.·nmmc1t1on agamst g.ty students. St.tic ollk1.tls, .n gt\Y st.He lawmaker and high school stutknts a1tL·nded the llrown Untversuy meet mg on the 8-month-old regu­lal! On. "We all know dJScnmina11on 1s against the law," Sm11h told a panel of stale officials and gay studenls. "Yet we learn every day 1hat 11's OK from our schools." Rua McCartney, 16, said the pnvate «·hool she anonds compiles a IJSt of lesbian stu1.knts to "protect" other students, accord­ing 10 1he l'rov1den~ Journal·Bulktin The 1mphcauon, she said. was that straight peo­ple had something 10 fear from gays 'I am nol a sexual predator by any means, nor do I wish harm to anvone, ·• shr said But other students r~ported progress. Amelia Orteg.t, a Junior from South Kings1own, said .1 Gay/Straight Al11an'e at hL·r high s(hnol has hdprd raise .iwarcncss of tht• JSSUl' .and th.ll some tL'.l(her~ have helped h.rng tl1ers 'or the group '' 1\·opk an· .1~1Mll) t.1lk ng," OrtL·ga said Ken Fish, chrccror of t'ic state llcpartmenr of I duc.111on >ffice for school ·----- P A G E improvement, pledged to protect gay SIU· dents from harassment and encouraged the teen> 10 contact him directlv The forum was the soc~nd m two years sponsored bv the Rhode Island Task Force on Gay, Le_,i,,an, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Utah anornev claims God suppons firing lesbian teacher OREM. U1ah (AP} High school iracher \Vendy \\.'eaver may ha\e the American Civil Liberties Union to back her up, but the lawsuu opposing her has God on 1ts side, accordin~ to the attorney for \\'c.-a\l.'r's angry accusers "Miss \VeavL·r may \\In her frdcral law­sun," said Matt Hilton, a Utah County laW)·er "'But a different result will ensue under those la\\S that \\L'rc dl\mdy mspircd. and 1hat I believe will be dl\"Jnely enforced " Hilton made the remarks Jan 10 to the Ulah Eagle Forum, an ultra-conscrvauve political organiza11on which had us annual convenllon at U1ah Valley Slalt' College Hilton represents a coali11on or Utah County parents who oppose the enOns of Weaver, a lesbian, to continue coaching \.'OI· leyball al Spanish Fork High School After hearing aboul Hilton's comments, Wea\.'er's attorney likened the sentiment to the assaults on civil nghts dunng the 1960s "If God's on their side, then God's a bigot," said Rick Van Wagoner. a lawyer practicing 10 Salt LalC' Caty "Thr h) stena and small-mmdednrss that this citizens group 1s exhibiting will g1vr v-ay to reason only through the asSJstance of the courts. • Weaver, a Span1Sh f·ork High School gym and psychology teacher, is suing the !\cbo School DtStnct in fr·deral coun for \10laung her av I nghts The dmr C'I last sprmg forced her to sign an ordl·r 1hat bans her from dis· cussing her sexuality and rt'l10\CS her as coach of the school's award·w1nnrng girl's vollovball tcam H hon's grou;- "h1c>i roprtSCnts 5pamsh Fork High School parents a~d ot'ler Utah Countv residents, has filed a )3'11 suit n state court that accuses \\ca,cr of violations ranging from child abuse •o sodomy 10 unprofessional conduct .. There was d1vmc msp1ratton m the adop- 11on of this legisla11on," said Hilton, who told listeners n 1s umc the slate proves its w1lhngness 10 uphold the those laws. The state must also guarantee that par· ents have the nght to ensure their children have role models. Hilton said Neb. pastor suspended atter officiating at lesbian union OMAHA. :\'eb (AP)- An Omaha pastor suspended after performing a lesbian unity ceremony was supposed to be back behmd tho pulpll Sunda), Jan 11 HIS name \\as even hsted on a church program a..s preacher for the day's worship services. Instead, about 75 supporters of the Rev Jimmy Creech gathered that morning out­Side Omaha's First United Me1hod1st Church to protest the pastor's absence Creech was not at church because Nebraska Un11ed Methodist Bishop Joel Martinez late Fnday, Jan 9, indefinitely extended Creech's susprns1on at least until a statewide church committee finishes us 1n\"es11gat1on, "f \\1sh I could stand here this morning and 1ell you that I understand "hy (the bish­op) felt II was nc.,,ssary to do thts, l:out I can't," said \\ !hams Jr<Jks, \<ho led tho pro­Creech rally Jenks, chair,.,,an of the Omaha church's staff pansh relatJOns commllttt, said many felt "abanJonod, d1sm1ssod and oven hctra)ed" ~use 1he committee mr-1 v. th Mar: :lez on Jan 8 and had "advo..:ated strongly" aganst extending the sus~nsmn Mary, did you hear the news? LOBO has opened their new cafe! And they've ex anded their hours! 7 ...J A N UAR Y 1 G T H 1 o s a VOICES & ECHOS I HOUSTON I EDITORIAL VOICE Some queer ideas about marriage One Community! One Voice!.1 by CHRIS CRAIN ISSUE ass JANUARY 1 6, 1 998 Estabhlle<I 1974 as the Moolrose Sta<, rttstabhshe<I 1980 as the Houston Moo!nJse St¥. Cl>aleed name to Tiie Houston Vooc e " 1991 one~ 111< ~ .... Oneans C<escent City Star, Rttst.1blislle<l as the - Voice by Thomas N<lson " 1993 811 Westheme< S<:i!e 105 Houston. Texas 77006 C713lm~90 (800) 729 8490 r .. C713lm9!>31 Emal: edJtorOhoust~~ com fffdbackCll>ou>t.,,_. ccm Cont.nts eOIJY'lehl 1998 Off><• ..... s 900am 5·30om -day\ ISstclatt l'llllUSller J "' Interim flllltr ..... ry,.,. rpny flllttrlal C3'0lyo Roberts SlclolJ I.Mir Sttphen R. lhltrwood -­Si... Ubon>\ -- Wrlttrs Rx:h Arenschtldt. I.any ~. Sleghanoe M<Ghff. ~ Ro!>trts. 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Gay nghts lawyers are understandably dis­appointed by this week's refusal by the U.S Supreme Coun to even hear Robin Shahar's lawsuu against former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, who fired Shahar when he learned of her upcoming Jew1Sh wedding ceremony to her partner Fran But in the outcome of the Shahar case, and 1n other ~cent 1's1gns" on the marnage front. conservauves appear to be so defen­sive, so queer (in the bad sense), so hypocnt­ical and even bizarre, that It 1s only matter of ume before Judgment Day 1s upon us and wedding ~lls will nng for us all Call them the "Six Signs" of impending doom for those who would deny gay men and lesbians the nght to marry Sign #1: The victory of Mike Bowers over Robin Shahar. In sworn court proceed­ings, former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers testified that he fired promis­ing attorney Robin Shahar solely ~cause of her planned Jewish commitment ceremony with her partner Fran. For Bowers, the planned Shahar wedding was problematic because their ~lauonsh1p presumably v1olat· ed the state's sodomy law. which Bowers successfully defended in famous cases ~fore the US Supreme Court and Georgia's high court five d.lys after Ilic I Ith Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a deets1on 1n his fa••or, Bowers admitted to a decade-long extramar­ital affair w1~J..i a v.-oman who v.as formerly employed m his office Eve" Bowers has admitted the •.,oral hypocnsy" of finng Shahar ~cause hrr relauonsh1p presumably v101au:d t'le sodomy law, while he was simultaneously carrying on a relationship that in fact violated state adultery laws Who IS the role model for marriage here? Robin ShahJr never even claimed that her marnage ~ad egal stgmficance, only person­al and religious importance And yet. Judge J L Edmondson of the I Ith Ctrru11 Court of Appeals, a long-standing cnuc of "1ud1cial activism," reached out ro the issue of same· sex mJrnage and held that, "given Jhe cul­ture and trad1uons of the Nauon, c:insider­abk doubt exists 1hat 'ShaharJ has a consu­tuuon~ lly protected federal nght to t>e mar­ned · 10 another woman" For good 11ieasurc. the l\)'ICC·dtvorcrd Edmondson noted that no fc~eral court, m 1he 200-plus years of American independence, has re\·ognized same sex marnage r Our day of victory must surely be approach mg when a federal Judge can do no ~tte1 than rely on "1he culture apd tradi­tions of 1he Nauon" to deny gays a nght that L !M•MM+@f** P A G C the U.S Supreme Court has declared to ~ among "the basic rights of man," vested in Declaration of Independence, ~fore even the Constitution and the Bill of Rights If Judge Edmonson's "cultural" analys1S were apphed to this century's famous cavil rights cases, our schools would remain racially segregated. Jim Crow would be the law of the South, and interracial mamage would ~ prohibited m half the states fortunately, that sort of JUd1c1al act1V1sm never survives the test of time, and his opm- 1on m the Shahar case will ~ remem~red as an embarrassment of modern JUnspru­dence Sign #2: Bob Barr's sponsorship of (and Bill Cl inion's signature on) the 'Defense of Marriage Act.' The arch-conservative con­gressman introduced the Defense of Mamage Act in 1996 to preserve the msutu­tton of mamage and us sacred wedding vows But the good Congressman has him­self been married four umes. allowing Elizabeth Birch her finest moment as execu­tive director of the Human Rights Campaign In a debate with Rep Barr on CNN's "Crossfire," Birch asked Barr exactly which of hlS four mamages he was defend· mg DOMA, which unconst1tutmnally denies federal ~nefits to gay marned couples, was signed into law by admuted adulterer Bill Clinton, who has smce ta~en the moral high ho~ on gay nghts lSSUCS, claiming d&nm· inaaon against gays 1s morally wrong Sign #3: A Georgia judge orders a man to marry his victim/girlfriend or go to jail Darrell Meadows was copping a plea to amid prosecuuon for threatening to kill his hve-rn girlfr1tnd and their two-year-old daughter, apparently provoked by her plans IO leave him What sentence did conserva· uve Cherokee County Judge CJ Gober hand down? Probation, so long as Meadows 'did nght by" hlS girlfriend and daughter by getting marned w1th10 60 days No one askrd hts girlfriend 1f she wantC'd to get mar· ncd to the man who had threatened her hfe and her daughter. In fact, she didn't An mterestmg concept of marnagc 1s at work here Happy, loyal, loving gay relation· ships are den1td any legal recognillon, while a man accu"'d of threa1ening h1S girlfnend's life \ ordered to marry her within 60 days, whether she likes It or not, or face Jail time Sign #4: The "domestic partnership" benefits offered by the state of Hawaii. Recognizing that there 1s no compelling rea­son to deny gay couples many of the same legal benefits and protections afforded straight married couples. the state of Hawaii has enac1ed a sort of second-class marnage status for gay men and lesbians ThlS half-a .J A N U A A V step 1s reminiscent of the "separate but unequal" world of Jim Crow, and only demonstrates m sharper relief the mequuy of 1he law's treatment of gay rela11onsh1ps Sign #5: The hypocrisy and bigotry of Bill 'Mr. Morals' Bennett on the subject of gay relationships. In bnlhant fashion, gay conservative Andrew Sullivan dcconstructrd and obliterated the recent h1gh·profile attacks on gays by former Education Secretary Bill Bennett. Long the darling of social conservatives, Bennett has apprared on ABC's "This Week" ai?d has wntten m The Wttkly Srandard that the average life span of gay men 1s 43 years, this based upon a long-<l1scred11ed study that reached conclu· S1ons based upon a sampling of ob1tuanes in gay newspapers In a rebuttal published in the Jan. 5 1Ssue of New Rtpublrc, Sulhvan not only attacked Bennett's "sc1enttfic" claims, he also pomted out the moral hypocrisy underlying Bennett's pos111on. If, as Bennett claims, gay men lave short hves because of prom1scu11y and AIDS, then why doesn't he advocate gay mamage as a means of addressing the prob­lem? Is he afraid of encouraging homosexu· ahty? No, even Bennett admits that most gays are "hard-wired" to be "that way" If the idea is to hm1t gay prom1scu11y, then why ISn't marriage the answcr1 1'Would he think," asks Sullivan. "that mere kctunng would ~ enough for heterosexual men 1f they too had no right to marry their loved ones' .. Sign #6: The "mushy-middle" fin•lly "gets it.'' Only one add1uonal "'sign ·t stands between gay America and the rt.-cognizcd nght to marry for same sex rnuples The firsl five signs, outlined abovt.\ demonstrate the ab$olutc: mqr,ll and logJ.cal b.lokrupll..:y or those who oppose gay marriage. Middle Amenca needs only 10 understand the mer· Its of arguments on bolh Sides. To get there, we mus1 tir:it address 1he "yuck factor .. 1hat prevents most l.i1r-mmdcd folks from even seriously con.s1denng the issue Already, "Ulrn" and other .1ccurate portrayals 10 the entertainment media have opened the door Our own wtllingness to live openly and to tell our stones to fnends and family will prove to be thl' d1flcrcnce Already, fully half of all rnllege freshman surveyed th1S year support full legal rccognt· uon of gay marnage Wuhin our hfeume, maybe even in this century, the nght to marry will ~ realized, and the gay civil rights movement will end victoriously. Some on 1he rrligious right will undoubledly see that victory as a sign of the Apocalypse. In 1hat case, let loose 1hc plagues of locusts. Judgment Day can't come too soon. lITTER TO THE EDITOR OissatlsOed with lull disclosure I look forward to reading 1hc /lowton Voui• each week and I am anx10U!; to see the changes that will happen to the pubh· cauon as a result of 1cs ownership by Window Media The first ch•ngc I would hke to see IS lcss of the sexually t>xphc1t photos in the bat.-k p.iges The nalure of these ads 1s not obJeC· t1onable1 but they arc too exphnt for my taste Would H ~ possible 10 use a liule ed1tonal control and require that the pco· pie in them be fully clothed? These ads makr the paper look more hke a :;c.·x rag that caters to men rather than a news source for the: whole comrnun11y I want l!ouslon's loc.11 g.1y & lesbian newspa(><'r to be a h1gh-cl.iss public.1uon, one tha1 we can all be proud of It can't do that wtth 1hc back of the paper n us present state Sincerely. Chcryl Merri:' 1 G T H 1 o 9 e OPINION It's boring here, outside the closet by MICHAEL ALVEAR OPINION Hvpe drives holidav film season by LARRY LINGLE =· -··-=·•-•§ VOICES & ECHOS Somrbody askrd mr oner what I thought was the most ironic thmg m gay culture How about guys looking hk• g1rls, the g1rls looking hkr guys, and nellh<r fnendly w1th th• other7 Was It our penchant to aid those who would hurt us - likr my attorney fnend, acuve m gay nghts, who represents Newt Gmgnch? Was 11 AIDS organizations lending the1r names to circuit parties that ull the AIDS soil? No, those rxamplrs may br twiStrd, but at leaSt they havr plausiblr, 1f not shghtly nau­seating, explanations My votr for thr most ironic thing about gay culture is .. wrll, gay culturr Thrrr's nothing that can even masquerade as a rea­son for th• inanity and banahty of gay hfr for gay peopl• Here's the irony· As a community, we entertain th• largrr culturr with bnlhant, creative music, htcrature, film, theater and television. But how do we entertain 011rsLl11tS1 With drag With soul-lrss music With mmd-numbmg repetition We give The Lion King 10 middle America, but we keep The Lying Queens to ourselves We give Armani to the larger world, but we keep the light, Lycra shorts We give the world Disnry, but we keep dim and dank nighclubs for oursrlves We move the earth with Shakespeare's pen, but Tht AdW>Catt can't wnte past ch• I don't know which has become more vnal to the holiday season and the Nrw Year, shopping until all your money 1s gone or tramping to the mulll·scrccn cinemas for the floodude of new movie releases h 's nm JUSI the number and cosc of chc holiday cinema blockbuscers, It's Che enure movie-going cxpcncnc.:c Only small towns have the luxury of single·S<:rccn theaters Now your choires arc <11her a rcbu1h old !he­aler chopped up inco cwos and chrees or encenng a wonderland of I 0, 20 or 30 screen monohchs ceeming wuh hordes of people, mosc under Che dnnk1ng age. There are nearly twice as many movie screens today as there were 20 years ago. and nc.irly the same ratio compared to 40 years ago. And while the movie industry (does Jack Valen11 have nine hvcs7) cotrs rrcord mov1<-1icke1 sales, in real dollars chcrr is an enttrely d11Tcrrn1 picture. In 1996 Amencans spenc approximacrly $6 b1lhon dollars ac chc box officr. Yee 40 years ago, w11h half as many scrrcns, Amencans spenl $8 b1lhon dollars (m 1996 dollars) Far few films arc made, JUSt much more expensive ones So the movie makers are playing Russian rouleue, bcmng bigger bucks for fewer hats, trying to lure customers mto more mini-theaters with less and less product Much hke a besc-sclhng book, a new movie must make 1t as a hit 1mmed1ate­ly or 1t 's off to video S1brna faster chan Random House can remainder that wannabe brsl seller. It 1s not unusual for a movie studio ro spend SI 00 m1lhon 10 make a movie and anocher $30 million 10 hype 1t The only Ching new chis holiday srason has bern thac the studios conspired to stagger wannabe hus over several weekends and sla~ered some films across the country-in an attempt to avoid shooting each other m the fooc Because the lime brtween 1he expensive hype and che release is hm1trd, and Che cou­ple of weeks a new film is allowed co make It or noc at che box oflice, the hype is the chmg Word of mouch has killed more Chan one expensive bomb So using Thl· New York T1mL'S, I perused the intiustry's in1t1al hy~ for some measure of th1> hohday lare And I found one stm•· lanty an all the ads Rave quotes by " rrv1~ · ·----- P A G E fifth grade level. We intoxicace the world with Tchaikovsky's "Pas De Dcu.," buc we overdose ourselves with tcchno music I don't get 1t We gave everyont outside of ourselves bold, v1s1onary culture But we reserve the cheap crap for ourselves We bring out che good china for gucscs. Wt cal on flimsy paper plates and plastic forks What is It with us? Why do we reserve the besc of ourselves for ochers' You would think that our night hfe, our entertainment scene would be a hocbed of creativity, always changing, always look mg for che nexc big "11" Inscead, all we have, nigh! after mghc, IS drag Bad drag Which is rcdundanc Ltkc saying "rural Alabama " h's noc thac I don'! hkc drag Bue hke my grandmother used to say when she was a novelty act on Ed Sulhvan that was weanng a hnle Ihm "Enough a/rrady'' Another Hem in our wildly 1magmat1ve culture IS male scnp clubs Men m brcf armor. As calenced as ch• drag qurens Only not as real And don'! forget Che ever-changing, chameleon-hke b~r scene. h's as wild and diverse as the music tha1 blasts out of their tired walls_ It's not the drugs that are making people pass ouc on chc dance floor, 1t's tht music. If you ever get hungry for food as lcchno dors for melody, chc people around you would have 10 hold you up, 100 On and on, lhc drum of Gay Genrnca ers·· attesting to the fact that any parucular film was lhe best one C\1c.·r made, bar none Begmmng with a film so far seen only by lucky audiences m "select cu1es", "'The Aposcle" with Robcn Duvall already has word of mouth gomg for It In ch• ad Che raves are from Roger Ebert as well as review­ers for 1hc New York Tunes. th<.· l OS Angeles Times, the New York Post, and Newsweek Preuy respectable. Then we have ·scream 2" with a cwo-page ad mcludmg six review quoces mainly attest­ing 10 che movie being "fun" (cwo) and hip (two). Noc a mascer of cinema making but apparcncly fun for chose who arc into bcmg scared A late entry into the holiday season was .. The Postman", a pnme example of the b1g­budget, big hype campaign Kevin Costner did everything in this movie except sell t1d· els Apparencly 11's not rasy 10 hype a fu1ur­ist1c scory about a poscman dchvenng old ki­ters. Someone should have reminded Coscncr againsc going poscal Warner Brochers advertised this with chc rcqu1s1te "rave" quotes, five from local trlev1sion sta­t10ns and one from a radio network That should have been a clue nghc thcrr Then Chere is Sceven Sp1elbrrg's epic "Amiscad" which also had a big hype budge! as well as publicity from Che concroversy sur­rounding whose book chis was basrd on. And noc 10 be outdone, Drcamworks Pictures cook our a double page m chc Times as well, and with sixteen rave quotes These ravers included boch newspapers and 1rkv1- sion s1a11ons w11h the nocablc absence of chc Times 11sclf Bui for good mcasurr It includ­ed two reviewers from the same newspaper, chc Boscon Glob<, and both applied Che same adjective to the film, "powerhouse" t•Tomorrow Never Dies", the latot Jamrs Bond, goc noc only cwo pages in chc Times but color as well, a recent mno1,·at1on for that venerable newspaper le also had ch• requ1- sue six review quotes, all from local telcv1· sion statJOn!l, no onC' you have e\rer heard of unless you personally know ll1ll Zwecker, Patty Spiller, Jason Milkr, David Sheehan, Jim Ferguson or Tim Shc.·rmo The less said abouc "Mousr llunc" che brt­cer It's IUll-page ad served up four local ft\ 1ewers, two ra' ing about thc- mouse and the ocher cwo 1out1ng chis as a fun kids' film 9 .J A N U A R V beats on !\:o dev1auon. no t\\'lSts, no cun.·es. Unless 11's for che straighc world Then we give them the full panorama of our creat11,1 cy It doesn't make sense Look at everything we give t0 Amem.:an culture from fashion to language If Darwin ever considered us a species, he'd chink we werr so high up 1n che creauve food chain that we'd never go exunct As far as entenammg Amenca, 1f we were any more cuning edgr, wr'd blcrd Bue as far as encertaining oursrlves, we' ll blerd brforr we do anything culling edge My s1ra1gh1 fnrnds gee so disappointed when I cake them 10 the gay hot spocs One of chem told me It was hkr going 10 AT&T World Headquartrrs and finding ouc they use rotary-dial phones. Whcrr arc the nighcclubs 1ha1 display our creauve talents1 Whe~ are the hve music clubs feacunng up-and-coming gay arcists brforr we losr chem to the larger world1 Wherr arr chc arcs} coif er houses with port­ry readings and other hve performances? Where are the gay theater or comedy troupes, the fashion shows. the whatever­but- make-1t-creat1ve-and·outland1sh gather­ing places? It's bonng here, oucsidc the closr1. Michael Alvtar direct> pu~ht rrlat101U for a htolth care chain I couldn'c wall I must br honrsc hrrc, I only mad• 11 10 cwo of the big holiday films. "As Good As le Gets"' was one_ And by the time this film made che rounds 11 had already garnerrd six Golden Glob< nominations so cherr was no need for scounng che tabloids for choice quotes. I found 1t quite entcrtamrng, ~rth Jack Nicholson playing a stellar mtt'rpreta lion of Jack Nicholson Unmlenuonally, l also wacchcd on video chis past week an car. her film, "Reds", probably Warrrn Beauy's brsc performance playinR chc Amcncan rad­ical, John Rrrd Intrrrst1ngly, Nicholson plays Eugene O':\edl m chat film. and he actually portrayed O':\.ill, m one of his brt­ter and mo~ understated roles The ochrr film I saw was not considered one of the hohday blodbustcrs, w11ncss chc limited number of screens carrying It. But "Good Wdl Huncmg" IS my choice for !hr best movie of not only this holiday season buc the year Robin W11!1ams, who like Jack Nicholson, can ofcen play h1msrlf, nonethe­less manages 10 rrm in hlS usual bravado and dehvers one of his brtter performancrs And Mau Damon desrr.rs an Oscar nommat1on, 10 say noching of an adminng gay following There were ocher films hkc (Disney's "Flubbrr" and Un1ve..,.al's "For Richer or Poorer") which earned Times ads wuhout any ravr quotes "M1dmght an the Garden of Good and Evil" was, I supposr, a hohday movie, 1f somewhat rarhtr And I did see chis one also, buc chis lrss said about this film version of a good book cbc better I purposely left ouc "Tuanic". for no ochrr reason chan I havr not yet gotten around 10 >eeing 11 Bue thlS unsinkablr ship will prob­ably br Che winner of chr hohday swrrp­scakrs, encenng ch• biggest film budget and large.s1 hype budget and now th• greatrst box officr cake. Frankly any director who can tell a storv. cold many t1mrs brforr on film. abouc ·an unsinkable ship that sinks - and rveryone already kne" thtS ending, and build a model of this great ocean 1·ner on nme-crnchs of lull scale, descnes kudos for 1ha1 alone And think of the sequels. Th• Lusitania. the Andrea Dona, the Bntann1c (a >!Sier ship) He could fill Long Beach har­bor, alongside che permanently dockrd Queen Mary Well, that should take car< of the nnt SC\eral hohda) olTmngs 1 G T H 1 a 9 B Va. AIDS cases decline for second vear running RICH\10ND, Va (AP} For the second str.ught year, •he number of new AIDS cases V1'.'glma has declined, according to the Virginia Department of Heahh However, the 2 9 percent drop reported Monday for 1997 was much less dramauc than the 22 percent dee' ne 10 I 996 Also, 1he numbe:s mcreased slightly among teen· agers, blacks and people aged 40 to 49 Su Casey W Riley, direc1or of the departmen: s AIDS u.v1s1on, said 1he back· to-back decrease was h1 •:.me The Staie reported l l n cases of A.OS ·n 1~7 <Omparcd wuh l 211 in 1996 Cases of Hl'v the virus thaJ causes A OS, held bas•· c ly steady with 11 more cases rep<.rtcd m I 997 t'>an m 1996 Ala. coon upholds mandatorv HIV reporting MONTGOMcRY Ala (AP} The .iate Supreme C urt 1.n Jan 9 upheld a lower court rulmg that JrJered a Btrm1-gham doc· tor to reveal names of HIV pos1uve pat cnts to the state Health Depz:-tmcrt The health department lcar~ed in 1994 that Dr Mark M ddlebrooks of \lcd1cal Cemer East m B1rm1~gham was no1 report sng the ~mes of his pauerts w~o are mfcd ed by t~e v rus that causes AIDS L der Alabama's nc 11fiable disease l<I\'. s a rsdrmcanor for ar:y docto to violate ,..,c ~port ng rul('S Docto;-s ccinv1~trd art• su c • fines r ~gmg from SI 00 to SSUO 1~ 1 March 99 ruhng. Carcua Judge \\al ~ I WvM ordered M1ddleb,ooks , divulge the names He agreed, however wi· thr dOC1 rs argumrnt 1hat there y,as a ... er t tn :iequ11y 1~ the law because tnose who used home tesrs for the virus weren't subject to havmg their results reported Bui e high court rc'Uscd to rule rt...at the HEALTH law created unequal treatment under terms of the 14th Amendment "The purpose of the Equal Protection Clause IS to prevent states fror:i enaC' ng leg· 1Slat1on that treats persons 's1n1larly s1tuat· ed' d1ffercntly," the court W'"Ote '"We tonclude t~at the state has made a reasonable class.ficauon in thts ·nstance It appears to us lhat t~e out-of·state testing labs 1hat analyze the results of the testing kus are nol as to 1hose required to report HIV and AIDS cases under (1he Jaw), similarly s1tuat· ed' W'ien the health department learned that M d~ ebrooks was not reportmg the names, ti tried I negot.•te with ham, but depart mci:i1 ofiaals said they were forced co sue Ass tant state health cfficer Dr Charles Woernle said the Health Department does· n't want to finr doctors, 1t JUSt wants the names znd I cations of people w:·>, reportable illnesses Once a Jl<'rson's name 1s reported, the next step usually as an 1ntcrv1ew by a s1ate work· er at'. -ip:ang IC' d1sco,i:r and noufy form<r sex pa:'tncrs ·~at !!lay 'iave been exposed to the virus When he ordered M1ddlcbrocks to reveal !he names, Wynn agreed Wit~ the doctor on 1he point that people who use home-1es1mg lats don't face 1he same acnoras as those who are n.'JXlrtcd after a pos1t1ve lest m a physictan 's office llec.lusc the hone~estl!'g marled IS urucgc C!ted, the names of people who •est posm"' are rot reported "As the dc'endant ?OmlS "ut, 1has IS dearly •Jnequal ittatmcnt onder the law and olmously Dr Middlebrooks ;s a verv courageous person o detend has pauents af'd beliefs to lhcse ends Wynn wrole Studv rates effectiveness of various AIDS drugs CHl(AvO (AP} Presenbmg expensive drugs I<> prevent every Al OS-related mfcct1<'n ts not a cost<'Tccuvc v.a¥,to fiS}1t the disease. researchers say G1V1ng treatments to prevent HIV-rcla1ed pneumonia nakes the most fiscal sense, but prescnbmg drugs to fend off eye and fungal mfccuons is not a financially sound approach, acrording to an arude m the Jan. 7 Journal of the Amcncan Medical Assoc1aaon ·•rf resources arc unhmned, then orei may wan1 to use z.l of these medicauons," •ad Kenneth Freedberg, the study's lead researcher and co-director of the HIV dtag· nost1c evaluauon unu al Hoston Medical Center. "But this s1udy should help put mto Jl<'•· SJ'<'ct1ve what to do f resources are hmued You can't put everyone on every plausible rncd1cauon " Researchers say t~e study could l>elp offi· ctals who control the federal AIDS Drug Ass.stance Program, whtc'i 'Jnds drugs for pauents who don't quahfy for Med1ca1d, decide how to best spend the money The researchers compiled data from sever­al chnical 1nals and A IDS studies 10 deter­mine the cost-elfect1veness of drugs that pre· vent A IDS-related infections, not those that trea1 the virus uself Cost-elfec11veness t~kes into ~ccount the efl'ccuvencss and ..:ost of med1ca11on and the ltkel1hood and potenual seventy of 1he mfccunn, frcedberg said Patients who received no prcvcnlattvc med1ca11ons had a pro1ected hfe expectancy of 39 OS months, after adius11ng for quahty of hfe wtth average total hfeume costs of S40,288, the researchers found Giving them t~e chmcally recommended tnmcthopnm-sulfamcthoxaz IC' to prevent AIDS-related preumoma •nd toxuplasmo­SIS, a brain :-afcct1on, increased ltfc expectan· •V to 4.1 56 months""">• cos1 ill Sl6,000 !'<" <jUahtv ad1usted year uf hfc '°'ed, they found n t using ganl 1clov1r to prr:vc,t cvtomeg_ ovuu progressive eye mtcct on, was the least cos. effective at $114,000 Jl<'r quah:y-ad;usted year of hfe saved. according to the study ne findings supnort current clinical gu1dehncs f work.mg t prevent pncumo Home ear of the Roua1. souereign and Imperial court of the Single star "' Celebrating Coronation x1y dances/; 0 sat Jan.17 9pm J Susan Masar ; Fri. Jan. tfi De Blues Broad ~1111re e1renall1n 11r1u1" Buses will bring the I\ out- of-town visitors and hotel guests. ,j. ( Join us after Coronation to break bread at our sandwich buffet and party till we pop. For your C&W listening and dancing pleasure Jan. 17 • 9pm PeQQy & The Dreamers Jan. 16 .. BridQett (the best damn chick DJ In town) 1100 Westheimer •Houston• 523-7217 ma, toxoplasmoso and a tuberculos1S·hke infection Doctors curttntly do not routtnely prcscnbe preventative drugs for eye and fun· ga1 infections ''Everybody \\'ants to know 1f what we rr domg really makes sense in 1he long run,' said Dr Catherine Crct1cos, mit·nm medical director for Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center, who was not involved in 1hc study ·•Not that we're going to make all of our dec1s1ons ba5cd on finanC-l"S, but It's nice to have the data that prove.) It " In reversal, maior AIDS organizations endorse HIV reponing NEW YORK (AP} The naLon's leading AIDS sen.cc agency wants doctors 10 begm reporung HI V-pos111vc people to the s1ate Health Department, The New York T mes reported Jan. 13 The Gay Men's Health C•1Sls and other AIDS and civtl ngh1s groups have 'ong en •. c1zrd H JV reporting as .1 viol.1t1on of pn\.a· cy and a deterrent to testing .rnd cdrly treat­ment The turnaround by the New York C11y based GMHC, 1he m<>sl prominent nnnprol It A IDS service, was revc.tled in a policy s1a1ement obtained by lh<' Tames The statement said HIV rcporling 1s nec­essary to secure up·t~·datc mforrnauon oo AIDS and thai mere t.'ackmg of people who develop the cond1110~ nu longer c"ee! vely ricasures the rate cf l fccuo~ "Th.s .s nor a .s111o:1c ep1drm1c and ur pos111on onoot be a siauc po .uon,' Rcnald 5 Johnso~. C·MHC 's managmg d1recto. tcld the fames r1>entv eight states have HIV repcr' ng systrm for adu:·s ,1nd .id<'ltscnts. but •.hose states d4:Count for only 24 percent of .: reported AIDS ca.,es New York, w~ach does not require HIV reporung, has the h1grest rate of repcrted AIDS C'BK 6~ per 100 ()()(). Wllh IS0,000 Allstate You'n· in .eonJ hand•. Your house. Your car. Your business. You. for your insurance needs­Being in good hands is the only place to be!"' Edward Oiiircia Ntr,ef.bmhood E:u:lwo•• A Auto, Pr°"""', uf, Bium..11 AIG1Atc lmur.Hl< l' Con1p.1ny H<-7 lo.:1rl-\· Or1v~ H'l\1,hijl, TX 770Q n .. , <1 1 i i 526-555 i ~" (7 l J) 526-5 I 55 ....... ~ ... ~·r-..,..1n-. ........ l ..... '.WT»wllll ...... ~ .. ~ .......... _I_'"....._".,__.~ ---·~, . ..._.,......,. ~--- "The problem is most people wait too long.' -Danna K. Archu =··----·•§ ...... P A G E 1 0 ..J A N U A A V 1 B T H 1 a a e infected with HIV statewide, according to health officials. While GMHC does not outright oppose rcponmg names, It 1s urging the state to con­sider usmg coded iden111ica11on systems, s1m1lar to those used in Maryland and Texas, for tracking HIV-posu1ve people. However, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week reported that those systems were found to be unreh­able in accurately tracking cases of HIV mfect1on Calif. AIDS deaths drop 60 percent SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The number of AIDS deaths in the most populous state dropped 60 percent dunng the first half of last year, yet expcrls caulloned against read­ing too much into the decrease "It's astonishingly good news,'' said Derck Gordon. a spokesman for the San Francisco A IDS Foundation "The big question for us now becomes, 'How long will this last>"' In the latest national figures, AIDS deaths in the United States dropped 26 percent from 1995 to 1996. There were 1, 112 AIDS-related deaths in California from January to June 1997, com­pared with 2,788 in the same period in 1996 Experts credited the widespread use of pro­tease inh1b1tors and other drugs for the drop in a state wuh 31.5 m1lhon people. But Gordon and othcn said the lower number may represent a " honeymoon" period as HI V-positive patients develop resista nce to protease inhibitors. Calil. lirm seeks HIV vaccine test approval SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Cahf (AP) Officials at VaxGcn Inc, a small bt0tech nology company, are seeking approval from the FDA to begin human tri­als of an AIDS vaccine later this year, the company said Jan 12 J'he so-called Pha ... r II I portion of the VaxGen study would involve 7,500 healthy volunteers and would take about three years to complete, company spokeswoman Donna Walters said ff sucn'SSful, the vaccine could be ava1labk 1n the: pubhc early m the next crntury There had bcrn ncwt.p.•per reports that the FDA already h.ld approved clm1cal stud. 1es for the company's val·cmc. known ,1s AIDSVAX But Walters s;ud the company 1s Still seeking approval 'These reports arc premature," the com· pany said m a statement, adding that It 1s m the process of reporting chc rc.)uhs 1f Its lirst two lest mg phases to the f· DA VaxGcn 1s a spin·off of Geneniech Inc The vaccine, whKh contains the protein gpl20, reintroduces .t Mratcgy that several years ago was widely thought to have failed The mixed rl·suhs of stud1l'S of an carlll•r version of the protL'IO v.tccmc: were not con· s1dcrcd encoura~mg VaxGcn researchers ha\·e however comL' back with a s1m1lar \·ac­e. me: 'that ap~a~ to be' much more L"llCct1vc because 1t deal!i with two strains of the virus rather than one, W.1ht•rs said Dr Donald Francis, VaxGen president and a veteran virologist, said prchmmary Mud1es arc hopeful All but a handful of the thousand people mJectc..·d with an early form of the vaccine havl· shown a strong 1mmunc­systcm response .. There's nothing m.1g1c about this vac~ cmc, but it's our ~t hope so far and 1t s t1ml' to take the next step," he told the San J"'c Mercury News .. I am opt1m1stic" Some AIDS act1v1>1S said they hope news of thr VaxGt·n vaccint• wilt spur mcrcasl·d mvl"Stmcnt m and attention to vaccine dcvcl· opmcnt, which 1s fr,w~ht with sc1cn11fic. cconom1c and cth1c.1I problems. "Yes, u's cxciuni;. Yes, n's a btg step,'' s.ud Sam Avrett, a.$SOt.·1a1c ~1en11fic d1rech.lr for the International AIDS Vaccine lnmat1Vl' 11Bu1 we're not gomg to get ansYrcrs OVl'rmght We're gomg to need to do a l~t more largL· 1csts 11 we're gomg 10 succeed VaxGen has raised at least SIR m1lhon for #M.MIM§MM.+tf' HEALTH us new study, which mostly IS being funded by private mvesto~. Some 5,000 of the volunteers most of whom would be considered at high nsk of contracting HIV-are expected to be in 1he Unued States An additional 2,500 would be in Thailand Half of the volunteers would get the vaccine; the other half would get placebos CDC studv faults Texas method of HIV reponing Tracking HIV by using names rather than codes JS a more reliable way to count the number of cases, according to a study by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health officials in Maryland and Texas came up wuh a system m 1994 that uses a code to identify patients, mstead of lisung them by name The code JS a 12-digit num­ber that uses the person's Social Scruncy number, date of birth and other digits to rep­resent gender and race According to the study, the 12-digu codes used m the system were incomplete as much as 40 percent of the ume, making It 1mposs1~ ble to gather critical data In the Maryland portion of the study, only 25 percent to 50 percent of cases were reported to state health authonucs, and CDC officials said no rouune follow-up was done to gather basic information, mcludmg how people contracted the virus "Clearly, the system was not able to gen­erate information on the maionty of people who are HIV-infected,'' said Dr Stan Lehman, a CDC ep1dem1ologist and project officer for evaluation of the system to moni­tor those who test posmve for the human 1mmunodefic1ency virus The codes arc a combmauon of a pauent's Social Secunty number, date of birth, race and gender Only Maryland and Texas usr the "unique 1den1ifier" system, rather than names Wasserman said some providers were unable to find SOCTal Secunty numl><:" and used incomplete codes One large public lab­oratory, which he v.ould not 1dcnt1fy, accounted for much of the prot'tlem because ll did not report any cases dunng the study period, he said. Wasserman said 1997 figures show much better rates than the CDC study He also noted that his depanment has been able to detect trends, mcludmg the mcrcascd num~ ber of women and young people who are contracting HIV AIDS advocates and a recent study from the Amencan Cml L1bert1es Union JOmed Wasserman in calhng Maryland a model for other states "You don't have to have a count of every ind1v1dual in order to do planning This IS a very good model," said Michele Douglas. ,obbyist for the AIDS Leg1slat1ve Committee The CDC report comes dunng a nat1on­w1de debate over how HIV-positive people should be tracked Names are reporred routmely m Maryland and around the country for those who suffer from full·blown AIDS and other mfecuous diseases such as tuberculosis Thirty-one states report the names of HIV patients to confidenual reg1stnes, three of those states count onl) ~J1atric cases In other states, lawmakers are arguing over which system as better Project CAESAR preJentJ it'J firJt ne(/Jf • • THIHK HEGfiTIVE Think Negative is a 5 week series forum designed to tackle the issues specific to being an HIV negative gay /bisexual man living in Houston today. from dating and intimacy to sex and the emotional price negative men pay for their status - Think Negative lets you meet and talk with other guys like you. Because staying negative is a challenge. And Project CAESAR can help. The next Think Negative forum series begins on Tuesday night. the 20th of January from 1 to 9 p.m. for more information. call Philip or Randall at Project CAESAR. By phone. it's 713.623.6796. Or you can email us at vducation@aidshelp.org. ....... Project CflESflR is the Gay Men's HV<Jlth Initiative at flfH. 3202 Wcrslayan flnncrx. Houston TX 77027 p A G e 1 1 ..J A N U A R V 1 G T H 1 a s e MONTROSE MINING COMPANY -Non-Stop Party $3. 50 Texas Sized Doubles $2.00 Domestic Longnecks Pool Tournament 8:30pm Cash & Prizes - Anything Goes! $1 . 75 Domestic Longnecks $2.50 Well Drinks $3.00 Any Drink in the !louse - Get Over the Hump! $2.00 Domesttc Longnecks $2.00 Well Drinks - Party to the Music of Houston DJ Legend John Sims $2.25 Domestic Longnecks $2.25 Well Onnks All day I All night Weekend Happy Hour In & Sat Unlll 10 pm $1 .50 Domesuc l.ongnccks $2.50 Well Drinks GET A NIGHTLIFE! 80!5 PACIFIC• HOUSTON• 713.529 . 7488 JOIN T~E FUN Reservations now being taken .$2.5.00 per person First come first served basis GLOBAL Australian coon OKs tiring HIV-positive Gls CANBERRA, Austraha (AP) -A federal court on Jan 13 upheld the Austrahan armed forces' nght to expel HIV-post11ve sol· d1ers. saying u was JUSUfied because of the inherent nsk of bloodshed and infection during mthtary duty Three three-Judge panel, sining in Brisbane, ordered Austraha's Equal Opponumues Comm1ss1on to recons1dt'r its finding that the army acted d1scnmmatonly when u dtScharged an HIV-posiuve soldier The soldier was expelled a month after he enlisted in November 1993 when a routine test showed he was carrying HIV Slaving ot Italian raises specter ot serial killer ROME (AP) Italy's gay community demanded a parliamentary mvcsttgation last week after the slaying of a nobleman who be1ongcd to the Vaucan protocol corps ratSCd spcculauon about a serial killer prey­mg on gay ml'n Ennco Sim Luzi. 67 was found dead in his Rome apartment Jan 5 with his skull bashed in and a silk white scarf around hts reek. the Ital tan news agency ANSA report· ed ANSA quoted investigators as saymg they had no suspeclS but th= was nothing m how the sla;1ng was ..:arncd Jut to con,.. rm fears by some • .::ihan gay orgar. ::::iuons that one ktLcr mtght be to blame Ho111cvrr II Messaggero, a Rome daily. said pohce beheved •~ere were clements '"which lead mvesugators on 10 the •ca1l of homosexual k1lltng " Sm1 Luzt s death was the latt:St in a stnng of slaymgs over the last scvc~ years m Rome of 18 men authortttt:S believe were gay, pohce said Pnllrc .also have studied the s1ay ing of a nobleman m his Florence apartment last year to see tf there were links to the Rome cases Only eight of the slaymgs have been solved Homosexual groups cautioned gay men in Rome to be on guard "The cnme involving Enrico Sini Luzi is only the latest in an mcrcd1ble senes of ktlltngs that seem to have no end," said Franco Gnlltnt, president of Arctgay. an Italian gay advocacy group. Grillmt asked for a parltamentary inquest into violence against gays According to the autopsy, Smt Luzi was killed Sunday night or early Monday. He was struck on the head wuh a brass candle· suck, poltce were quoted as saying. His elegant apartment had been ran· sacked and hts Vatican medals were missing. but there was no stgn of forced entry lead· mg police to believe that he knew hts killer Sini Luzi belonged to "Hts llohness" Gentlemen," a protocol group whose duties include ushering p<'rsonahues dunng Vaucan cercmontes Gav man sets himsell on lire at Vatican VATICAN CITY (Al') Protest ng wh.11 he called socttty's tnJUSUCe tuwarJ homo· se,uals, a 40-ycar-olJ man set hu'lself on fire m Sr Peters Square Jan 13 Alfredo 0r"1ando of I'alrr"1o. S1c1ly, his body m flames. was trymg to reach the entrance of the basth<-3 when he cC'llapsed Pohce officers outstde the V · can put out the fire 0r"1ando was hosp1tahzed n sen· ous condition with burns ·wrr <>Q percent of his body The ANSA news agency satd pohce con limed thev fount! two letters :i r~c ma~·s coat complatntng that his family and SOCl<'Y dtd not understand homoscxua.s" probkms. ANSA said ----A--N--D-- -·- -?:D:.--=-;,.::.l--~ -==---o--o--~---~--=-= CALL 528-9192 OR 528-8102 FOR MORE INFORMATION =•-••w.-:w•-•§ !M•MM+M§llll P A G C 1 2 .. 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A IDS AIDS WA'CH New Tuskegee Studv: AIDS patients put at risk by Br'\JC e M1rken Last August I wrote about a governmcnl· sponsored AIDS s1u.dy known as ACTG 343 lhat appeared on us face 10 I><.· unc1h1cal Follow mg m 1he p.11h of A IDS acuvtSts whose pk.ts h.1d alrc.1dy fallen on deaf cars. I .trgucd that 1hc trial should be shut down 1mmcd1.ltdy bt:fore HS volunteers suffered 1rrcpMabk harm Nol surprisingly, nothing happened Now. live mon1hs too late, 1he federal AlllS Clm1cal ·rnals Group has finally Mopped thl· mo!\t d.tn~c.:rous parts of the s1udy \\lh.ll we Jon'I know for sure yet s ho\\ much d.1mage was done to how many proplc .ind whal 1hc govcrnmC'nt intends to do 10 compensate ahem, but the early ndica t1ons .nen't l"ncouragmg ACTG 341 a1tcmp1cd to lest the nolton tha1 those "hose lllV viral load had become undc1ec1ablc on tnple-drug therapy could krrp u unJell•cubk wnh u v.cakcr .. mamtc­nanCl"• regimen Volunteers wrn: given AZT/lTC/mchnam for the first 24 weeks, then two thirds of 1hose who stayed unde­lrctablc for 8 wL·eks or longer wtrl." random· ly switched to ellht•r AZT I JTC alone or mdmav1r alonL", in llagrltnl vwlataon of both the g,ovnnml·nt's own HIV trratmcnl guide Imes ilnd ll s1m11Jr srl of gu1dclmes pub­h, hed by 1he ln1ern,111onal AIDS Society USA There was httk rl",)Son to think u would work, .ind guess what It d1Jndn't According, to tht· interim analysis d1stnbUlcd 10 rt'S<"arl·hc:rs on J.1n 8, of 109 vulunteers who made 11 u110 the maintcndnce phase and "host· rt'SU!ts could be:' analyzed, 45 saw then virus rebound after u median of JUSl scvrr> "crks Ot 1hosc 4). 42 wne the unlucky ones on lh< wrakenrd rrg1men' =····w..--•·•k while JUSI three who staved on all lhrce drugs expnenccd a return of dt1ectable v•rus Faced" 11h those rc'Sulls the folks runnmg the anal J1d the only ethical thmg they could do They offered everyone takmg AZT/JTC or indinav1r mono1h~rapy the chance to get back onto the ongtnal three-drug combina­uon. Hopefully bv 1he ume you read thts all will have been contacted and wdl h.-e resumed treatment wuh a regimen that actu~ ally has a shot al keeping 1hem ahvc Bui 1hm troubles m•y not be over There 1s much we don't know about HIV, but one thmK Wl" Jo undtrst.1nd 1s that whC'n the virus 1s .1ble 10 rl·phcall· •n the prcsencl~ of a drug or drugs, 11 1s cx1rc:ml'ly likely to dl"\d­op resistanrc Thal me.ms 23 unlucky PWAs h.tvc very hkely developed rcmtance 10 AZT/JTC. a combma110n 1ha1 has proven 10 be a corncrs1one of the highly active anll· rctrov1rJI combmauons, whale: 19 havl• prob­,1bly dL'Vclopcd res1stmce 10 tndmam The mtmm anolys1s document blatantlv fudges 1he rrsistancr rssuc It stat;:s 1ru1hful­ly thal "1t ts not known \\hcther" resuming lnpk·drug therap\ m those "hose ' r.il loads haw staved unde1cc1ablc "111 keep 1he1r HIV suecrssfully suppressed or encour­age the cml·rgcncc of n-ststant virus, but 11 simply ignores rhose whose \'lrus has boun,cd bJlk Tune 1s l'vcry reason to 1hmk 1hat many and perhaps most ahem \\ 11! now haw HIV 1hat as rrs1stant to some of thl" most porcnt drugs in our arsenal In other words, thanks to th1' study 1hey've pl.1yl·d c.irds tht·y can never get bal'.k Nothing in the instruo1ons 1hJ1 \\ere sent to the 1n al sites .1long with the.• mtc:nm analy· sis SUAAl'sts that these Men~cle wannabes have any ~rasp of lhl' gravuy of what they h.tvc donc.• to thc.·ir unfortunate pal1ents The ACTG's handhng of this tS cnmmal· ly negligent The \1Chms of thlS toohsh and dangerous tnal may have lost forever their bcs1 chana: to keep thctr mus under con­trol, and no com~nsation oneo could con­ce• ve will ever be:' adcqua1e But free medical <.Ue for hfe might help !MeMM?M P A G E <;;oa Loves YO'll, so come share tlie LOYl:Mj 'EX'P'ERI'ENCE Srn·mtl llu." 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Sund av Steak Nile 5·9 The Brazos River Bottom Club 2400 Brazos • Houston, TX 713-528-9192 COl.< ... EllCIAL MEMBER TG~ l>{d~n Po,. (. 0 t,. g-=-= ~~-~ ~ I ,, .... ....,. sdtR ,, tJ ~ .\ii~) 0rgo01~,. umd2!:.-~a:. ~ ~ !<'\ /.'~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~~ ,;11 ~ y}!~ ~ ~ ~ ·~ ~ ~ f;, ~ :+.wwg...ow+.+§ ....... P A G E COVER STORY R USTIN/trom page 1 hkel1 bt gr< I) amu ·d by the quandary ere· ated by hts kgacy. By all aerounts, he had a wicked ~nse of humor, and was the son who liked to play pranks and exaggerate for dra· mat1c effect Had he not devoted h1m~lf to social caus­es, he might have been a great opera singer, an actor, or a wnter (he was also a remarkable raconteur) He dressed as 1f on ml!· mate terms w11h a fine haberdasher, and spoke w11h 1hc pre· case cadrnccs and accents of a Bntrsh anstocrat. tinuously to help me and mine. unless I give indicatton that I am wdhng 10 help 01her peo­ple m trouble .. lmpemous 10 pain though he DpJX'ared. such cnttctsm hun him deeply 51111, Rustin held fast to his conv1C110ns. no matter what the consequences, no m.utcr what cnucism, however tnv1al In an oft-quoted argumcr:lt with NAACP hecuuve Secretary Roy W1lkms, Rus11n losl his 1empcr .1her Wilkins CrlllCIZl'd him for bcmg pcrsnJCkcty over, among other things, tht~ number of portable 101kts needed 'or the I '163 MM ch Rus1in memorably shout rd, 11You can't have these JX'Ople pissing all over W .ishrngton ' Given o rare opponumty 10 dlS· cuss lhc plighl of Haitians on the N HC's ··1 oday Show" m 1982 Rusttn instead discussed Afghan refugl'cs, to the v101l'nt ch<tgr n of bl.irk civil nghts al'11v1sts. Rustin countcrt.'d cn11c1sm by saymg that he was COlll1ng a11cntmn to Haitians through other conti. .. n·nn·s and com· mmces, and he adtkd, 'I bd1l'Vl' you cannot stparatc what happel'lS to blacks m Amcnl'a from w~at happens 10 people seeking JUSttcc all ovt"r the world " To b( sure, Rusun was self-made a product of A mencan mgenu1ty, because the truth was far from grand He was raised Bayard Rustin (Left) with Martin Luther Kmg by a Quaker grand­molhcr. m a small town in Weslcrn Pennsylvania tn 1912, not knowing 1ha1 one of his siblings wa.< actually his molher If thlS truth was a source of great pain to him all hl.S hf<, then 11 wa$ perhaps the foundauon for an immense compctss1on As poet Robert Penn Warren said of Rustin, he was .. a strange mixture ol strength and scns1t1v1ty" Thougt- Rustin's c.uecr culmm.ltcd m his masterful admm1s1ra11on of the I %3 March or. Washington, he had been an act" IS! for 40 years, ~01dmg leadership post11ons in tne Ccngress of Raaal F.quali1y, the Felic wsh1p of Reconcilta• o<'. and the War Registers League fie was l!Cli. afrrud of controversy, and ~e nt"\'tr comr:utted to any:.~mg. he said, "I do not fully believe m " R....: n's many ntcrests ofttt ove<lapped, putting htm d1realy in the : ne f fitt of the black intelhgen1S1a Hrs long-standing interest wtth the Jbor movrmenl and Jewish groups, not 10 menuon a long list of peace issues around the wor1d, was constantly under attack Cnucs bch~ such 1ntert"Sts were mvanably \....>Untcrprodul11vc to the Jc:s1rcd d1aJogue between white.· ronserv.u1vcs and black liberals According to Jame:s F.mncr, thrn n.tllonal d1reaor of 1he Congress of Raa.11 rquahty, Rustin's 1nreres1 "on any issue lS transitory. He bas the lremrndous ,1bdny, bec.ause of hLS real talent, to SJX'ak on .iny side of the issue But one wonders what he believes." heryone but Rustin loyalists- and 1hrre "ere many and Rusttn himself, quest1onrd his beuefs. True 10 form, Rustin no doubt nounshed all 1he auenuon and never fatled to nse to the OCC'aSlon In the aftermath of UN Ambassador Andrew Young's rcstgnauon O>'tr US poli<")' in the Middle East, Rusun ""s auackcd for defending hlS pro Ammcan­Jcv. 1sh posumn 'I gol !booedJ," Rusun said in an Augusl 1983 in1erv1ew wuh the Wash111gton Post, "very definucly for black Americans 10 $Up· porl Israel What people IOrgcl 1s th.II when I was rarsmg money for Dr King, a gre<U deal of 1hat money came from Jewish people They also forget 1h.1t h•O Jewish boys, along wtth a black boy, were murdered in M1ss1ss1pp1 I can't call on 01her people con- WHITE/,, page 1 thmgs. They·re moving more money mto drug programs anJ prC\'tnuon Last year "e voted 10 reorgan:ze the Council, so e\'eryt•ung [about the way funds are distnb­uled] IS new this year, and ""''re gomg on ,:i1s retreat to beg1ri that new procrss " The Cou:"tc1I, whose meet ngs are open to t~e public 1s a long way from finahzmg wbrch orgamzattons "11: get he." much money for 1998, accordmg to Oo1eghem Meanwhtle, the S2 m1Ihon increase comes about via two dLSt1ncJ processes, hr: sa1J The bulk of the funding S7 million ts based on a simple formula that determines what pcrcn1age of all HIV posmve Amencans h\e m Harns County The for­mula -noncy is up 13 JX'rCent from 1997, rep­resenung the mcrease m Harr•s C"unty AIDS cases (as a percen1age of the nattonal total) from 1995 10 I 996 Fer Rusu~. 1hat pnnnple n< •ded gay mr rnd lesbians L 1kc Mack gay govelis1 Jame; Batd" n, who ~ his w- ngs ~ everly grafted g•y issues on top <'f race issues, Rusrm found a way to mah·• point by ex.m· pie Rusur. loved "len, and m fac"t was devot· ed to one man n pan1cular the last 12 years 'lf his life, and he d1dr." cue who k,ew about II ThtS openness. too, put Rustin in the hne of Fre. and mdeed cos1 him a high profile n:le m 1he 1963 March Ten years earlirr, Rustin had been arrested m Pa!i.adcna, California, for "'sexual pcrvcrsmn," aflcr ,11lcgedly bcmg c.tught in the ilCt m a public restroom At the ume, the media aw 11 up. When asked 11 h<· was homosexual. Rusun simply ~.11<! yes Not surpnsmgly, during thl· pl.mning of the Mari:h on Washington, opponents from inside and outs1dC' the movemrnr sc.·1zed upon his arrest as a rcasoq to re.move.· him from a highly public leaders~1p role The even1's suc­cess stands as proof of Rusttn's unportance to the movement Al 1he ttme, though, Rustin w.1s hvmg by hrs own creed hon<'sty, compassion, and hard wC>rk In rctrospc:ct, he v.,1$ also makmg .i point Years later, m a Vil/11gt Voice inter· vie.,,.., he would reflect on being out and g.ty "I lhink 1ha1 the gay communuy ha$ a moral obhgauon 10 contmu<· the ligh1 .ind 10 do whatever 1s poss1bk to encour.1ge more and more gays 10 come ou1of1he ciose1. God knows, people stay in 1he doSl"I because n's very painful 10 come out [01herwis<·.J we cannot play 1he poliuc.11 role we mulJ play, bcc.1usc we don't have the: numbns." Commg as he did Ii-om .in ag<' when thm~ Wl'rc more dogmaucaUy blac-k and whnc, RustlP. was one of a kind How strange 1h.i1 hrs memo. ry would be so cardessly ptt'S<'rvl'd by history Another S5 7 mllhon tomes 10 Harns Counly in the form of supplemental funds, Ooteghem said "Those funds MC granted bv the federal governmrnt based on progrdms put in place here in Harns Coun1y 1ha1 lhe go>"trnment likes and believes "111 be sue· cessfu1,·• he said "\\.'c try to be very advanced m what wc."n• doing hen· m 11.trns County"' U.S Rep Ken Bentsen, 1-l Hous1on, announcl'd the mcre.tsed Rvan \\.'hue.· funJ mg for Harns Coun1y I.isl week 'We h.1d II> work to get thl' mcre.1se bec.tusc.• wt· arc 1n .1 pcmld of a retract mg budgt·t,' lkntsl'n said lie worked with the membns of tht• 1 lousr Appropnauons Comm1tll'l", other merntx>rs of 1he Texas congress1on.1I delegation and 1he Whue House s1atT to msure lhe fundmg "On one hand. \\C lhmk the number of AIDS dea1hs may have crested. hut the rate of mfl"cuon has increased parttcularly among women,' he told the I louston Ch1omcle 1 4 ..J A N U A R V 1 B T H 1 9 0 0 COVER STORY BROWN/tram page 1 appointee to the mayor's staff, a promment pnvate c1t1zen with access to the mayor him­self, or a commutee of community represen­tatives, has not been finalized, according to the mayor "My commitment was for an md1v1dual who would serve" as a h.a1son to the gay community, Brown said "We're try­ing to determine how best to serve the com­mnment that I made. I won't rule out any­thmg .. my goal IS to make sure that there be a direct lmk between me and the gay and les­bian communny" Another issue of concern to the gay com­munny IS the possib1hty of gctung employee benefits for the domesttc panners of cny employees The issue has been dead m the water m local pohucs since cuy voters over­whclmmg rejected the issue m a 1984 refer- · endum Mayor Brown made no promises regarding tht' issue dunng his campaign, and did not seem eager to tackle 1l early in his adm1mstrat1on "What I've commuted to do IS to work with the gay and lesbian communny and see 1f we c.rn develop consensus on how to address Jdomesttc partner benefits!.' he said "Obviously nothing as been done on th,11 JI this pomt m ume JDunng the cam­paign] I chose not to give a definitive answer as to what could be done. I thmk you could iump mto somethmg prematurely hke we did w11h the JI 984 referendum J, which was a resounding defeat." Brown, who was elected w11h 53 percen1 of the popular vote, is Houston's first black mayor Precinct rclUrns dearly show Brown r.'Cetved the bulk of g.ty \'Oles (60·plus per­cent) an thl· Dc.·c 6 run-off Precinct results showed run·off turnout \\as low m area's with large gay populauons. and polnical obstrvcrs notc:d th.u the gay vote was not a dec1dmg factor m the electton That w.1o; not the: case in the." gc.·neral elec· lion. howcH·r. in whKh gay voter turnout "'" much higher, perhaps prompted by the candidacy of George Greamas, who gar· nered the endorsement of the Houston Gay and l.e•bi,m Poh1ic.1l Caucus (HGLPC) and Log C.1bm Repubhc,ms Houston (l.CR·H) He rc<..·c1ved nc.\rly 80 percent of the gay vote m the general election Grc.rn1as1 a fiscal conservative and social moderate, thn-w his support 10 Brown m the run·oll llrown's opponent, Republican Rob Mosbacher, had ltttlc support m 1he gay communuy because of his ma1hng cn11az- 10g Greamas for his alltance wnh the gay community In add11ton, llrown garnered the endorse· ment of the !!GI.PC m the run-off el0<-t1on. log Cabtn did no! endorse m the run-off Brown eamp,11gned as the "mayor for all the peopk" and rnn on the strength of his record as police ch1l'f m Atl.1nt,1, Houston and New York and a stint .1s Prcsuknt Chnron·s Nattonal Drug Czar Will Greamas be a player m the mayor's admm1strat1on' Probably not, accordmg to Brown. Grean1as indicated to Brown that he 1s not mte~sted in a posn1on wnh 1he city, the mayor told the Voter As the Mayor began 1s second week m office, he was pre-occupied wtth finahzmg his City Hall staff "What I'm domg now IS lookmg at the poStttons that are available," Brown said "We don't have a lot of senior­level poStttons, but Ja candidate I bemg open­ly gay or lesbian would no! preclude a per­son from consideration " Brown and his staff will have tbetr hands full as the mayor faces a self-1denuficd cabal of Republican City Council members the R-7 group who seem 1nten1 on making Brown's first term a d1llicult one The former pohce chief and federal drug czar seemed unfazcd, howner "There's a history behmd this." he said "It's not new When Kathy Whitmire was Jmayor], they had somethmg called the 'Breakfast Club' In 1994, we had new coun· c1l members come an, they were domg the same thmg What history tells all of us IS that counol members can dchvcr more for their cons111uen1s If they work wnh the admm1stra110n and not against II I don't intend to d1mm1sh the power of the office of the mayor." And he has considerable background to draw upon. given his tenure m law enforce· ment and Washmgton "The day after my election, the Vtce President called me !from Atr Force 2), he was two hours outside of Japan The President also called, and said he wanted to do evcrythmg he could to ass1S1 me I had c.tlls form other mc'.tlbers of the adm1rustra uon and c-abmet mcmbeN, ' Bro-.·n said I S<'C that as a benefit to the cny, haVJng the President and the Vice President as fnl•nds 10 1he contC'xt of havmg workc.·d w11h 1hem for two and a half years They want to see Houston prosper and I will take advantage of those rcla11onsh1ps to the bene­lit of Houston " Dunnt; thl· c.unp.ugn, Brown promised to bnng m·1ghborhood-m1c.·ntcd government 10 Houston According to Hrown, the idea 1s that ''the issues priorities and concerns of one neighborhood would differ from the issues, pnor111es and concerns of nc1ghbor· hoods m other parts of the ~ny It's a matter of empowenng the pcopll' to help 1den1tfy whal are the pnonty uems m 1he1r neighbor­hood" In the case of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and lran.c;g,·ndcr community, wlnch ..s cen· trred m a few geographic neighborhoods but wetchcs throughout the city, Brown said he would respond to wh.u amount.f to an "1ssue-0nented neighborhood" that could .1pproach his office wnh concerns about hate crnnt: and g.ty )OUth, for ·nstancc 1st Amateur Strip Contest Wed an 21 • Spm Cash P.rizes Surf the Cyber Bar $5.00 per Hour Every WEDNESDAY Fajita Dinner and Margarita Special 2 Fajitas with a Margarita or your choice of beverage - $5.00 =•·••w...-w•-•§ 2312 Crocke r • Housto n 7 13-522·7366 ••••• P A G E SHAHAR/rrom page 1 no1 a precedent scttmg dec1s1on " Now man­agmg attorney for the Lambda Legal Defense and Educatton Fund, Harlow firs1 developed and filed the Shahar c05e as an attorney for the Amencan C1v1l L1berues Um on Teresa Nelson, executtve director of 1he ACLU of Georgia, JOtned Shahar in calling the court's dec1s1on "an embarrassment to the state of Georgia" "It's essenttally saymg tt's OK 1f you commn sodomy and don't admtt 11, but you admit to havmg an adulter· ous affair, bul 1f you're ma lovmg commu­ted relationship with someone of rhr same sex, then you're unfi1 to perform your JOb It's saymg we have one standard for hetero­sexuals and another for homosexuals, and that ts just wrong .. As Georgia Attorney General, Bov.ers "11hdrew a1ob offer from Shahar after learn· mg that she planned to par11cipate m a pn· vate Jewish comm11mcnt ccrt:'mony \.\llh ht:r lesbian panncr, tellmg the roun the public would assume Shahar and her partner engaged m sodomy, which 1s against the law for both heterosexuals and homosexuals m Georgia Shahar would be unable to suc­cessfully perform her 1ob as an attorney upholding Georgia laws if perceived as breakmg one of them, Bowers said "As the chief legal officer to this state, inaction on my part would const11utr tacit approval of this purponed mamage and ieopardizc the proper func-i1omng of this office," he wroie in her July 9, 1991 d1S­m1ssal letter A 1nal court di:smisscd Shahar's in111al sutt againSI Bower.; m 1991 S1'e appealed, and IO 1995, a threC-JUdge panel Of the II th Circun Coun of Appeals ruled m her favor Bowers appealed that ruhng to the ful, eoun which stded wnh flowers by an 8-4 vote on May ~O. 1997 Jus1 five days later, ~e admit­ted he paruCJpatcd ma long-term extraman· tal affair SOC I ETY FOR Shahar peuuoned the 11th Circuit Coun of Appeals to rehear her ca.<e 1n hght of the adm1ss1on, since adultery hke sodomy-- is illegal m Georgia, and Bowers stated he broke the law, while her conduc1 was only presumed But 1he 11 lh Circuil Coun voled 9-3 Augusl I 10 deny Shahar's requt"SI, mak­mg !he Unned S1a1es Supreme Coun her la5! avenue of appeal. 'I lost bu1 Bowers also losl, because of his own behavior," Shahar said. 0 He had to come forward and admit that his finng me was hypocnucal, and I thmk tha1 he has mfunaied a lot of the Georgia public. It doesn't make sense to, on the one hand, call your.;elf Mr. Morals, and on the other hand fire someone for being honest about her IO\· mg relauonsh1p while simultaneously lying abou1 an adulterous affair for I 0 years. A lot of "hat thtS case ha5 been about has been pubhc educat on, and m that regard , I feel confident that we' ,·e won." she explained "'Thts JS a casr that has received nauonal attention , and It has come at a umc­when our opponents \\ere scrc:ammg that gay men and lesbians wanted 'special nghts' and 11 was such a dean example that we weren't askmg for spcaJ.1 nghts. v-:e Wt'rt.' askmg for equal nghts I thmk that tSSUes of d1scnmma11on are much easier for people to unders1and when they have a hve example, and my case was an example that pcoplt' were able to grasp very easily" Despne her final d1sappomtment and the stress of lmng in the public eye throughout the case, Shahar also said she is glad she chose to fi~ht her finng "for the pubhc educa­tion reason and also because I thmk that peo­ple need to fight m;usttce "hen they see ti "Just because this case didn't ""' ti docs· n't mean that ti \\Of1J help the next person, ' she sa1d " The pubhc education moves no1 JUSt Joe and Jane Member-0f-1hc Pubhc but •t also educat<"S Judges and legislatc>N I So all of us fightmg these battles are really pavmg the road for some future plamuff who is going lO win '" AR T S flus sbowstopper IS the grtatest male vo1et on B~"-iy. :-\,iw 1 s J ANU AR Y 1 G T H 1 a e a Rethinking the "Titanic" The story of the Ship of Dreams delivers a message for gays and lesbians by STEPHEN R. UNDE.RWOOD Amencans arc faSC1cated ':>y rhe mov c 'Tuamc" rhe ~hip Of Drcz;,s " Mov .e be 3 ,rammed rhearers and wrestled for the best scats to Y.<lh .. h Jamn Cameron s replu.a of t~e ship >. p 1n10 the sea And rhe movie ts a marketer's bon.Jnza: box offices report sales of over S 197 mtlhon in lhe firs! four "'eeks of release. Fc.rtunately for Cameri>n, rhe movie IS abour 10 break even. ;-.;ow he can look for t~e real money 10 come in. But to d1sm1ss Amenca's obsession with rhe "T1ran1c" story as merely an incredibly successful markeung ploy 1s to miss rhe point of 1he "T11amc" mylh en11rely Cameron, I think, hit rhe mark by scnpung the psycholog1cal voyage of Ja~k Dawson (Leonardo D1Capno) and Rose DeWm Bukarcr (Kate W1nslc1) mto 1hc plo1 Admtncdly, rhe love story drags m some pans and gets fa.r!y cheesy m 01hers. Bui II is rhc a"'akcrmg of the .ost self m Rose "~1ch makes the ~·m a c...>mpelhng part c.f r"-e hLman s1tuat1cn 'or gays and lesbians. Rose's psycho1ogu.al condmon when she boarded •~e Tuamc" was • Ju~gian feasr Her un~onSC1ous self plunged her sanuy m10 a suicidal fir when 1hc conscious demands of her cgocenrnc pe'SOnahry burst under 1he rcgula1mg equ1hbnum of her unconSC1ous mind Rose knew !Kr manral cngagemenl was a sham and her attcmpl 10 keep up 1he social fron1 to please her mo1hcr collapsed when her unconscious sc'f surfaced Jung, perhaps, would have commcn1ed 1ha1 her androgynous wholc the male and female t:"' unison within one mmd suffered from a cavrrnous d1v1S1on Jf Rose were to survive, 1he deadly sphl mus1 be healed Rose prOJectcd her lost self on10 J.ick 's image Jack, of course, finds Rose attr.1ct1ve, and he hkes 1hc chase and 1he compe1111on Bur Jack, low-class and penniless. exh1b11s a zesl for livmg wh1Ch 1hc h1gh-socie1y Rose has hardly known When Jack lakes Rose down lO a party m the steera~e section below decks, she sreps m10 a world of wh1Ch she was hardly conscious The third class quar· tcrs were alive with song and dance, and Rose expencnct-s a chrld-hkc JOY she had long forgotten when she JOms m 1hc revelry The stet-rage passengers, an a way, are an archrrype of 1hc collecuve unconscious. Pushed '"'" 1hc shadows by a soeie1y obscsscd w11h social class, 1he1r hves nonerhe­lcss were bursllng w11h hfc-forcc Denied and rqccted by the pompous nch, 1he m1croeos­m1c world aboard lhc "T1ramc" was divided and 1ncompletc "1thout them Rut the)· were 1here anyway, full of JOY and love How dtf!'crcnl IS 1bc mtCrOCOSmte world of the "Titanic" from the world we live in 1oday? Nol much ,..,,11ly l'xrepl m the case of gays and lesbians, we arc denied and rcJCct· ed based on our srxual or cntauori as well as SO<.,aJ class. Bui hke 1hc awakening of 1hc Jost self of Rose, Amcnc.t 1s awakemng to an undeniable part of us losl self g.iys and lesbians We have hopes and dreams and we're ahvc with hfC-forcc, too Fortunately, 1he voyage 1oward accep1ance by lhc mam· stream is picking up speed, but we must not allow ourselves to be seduced into an unsinkable sense of security The movie abou1 1hc Ships of Dreams ends with a dream· Rose and Jark meet once again with all the passengers assembled on a staircase m first class Gone arc the art1tiCTal barriers of roc1al class whte'i scp.1ra1cd r~e haves (consciousness) (-om 1hc havc·no1s (unconsciousness) Cameron's mt"ssage ar 1h1s closing scene 1s 1h1s The world really IS an mdms1hle whole Th IS world. for •IS own surv1vaf, must unuc and tr.msccnd HS smk· ing weaknesses And for the world to be whole, 1h.11 includes everybody especially gays and lesbians. When 1he people of lhlS world nse above their rultural, rehg10us, and personal hm1tat1ons, tht·n the promise of the Ship of Dreams will make 11 s,1fCly mlo port Sun sets on the 2mpitze ln "Oscatz and /2uclnda" Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett bet all odds against the Victorian world in visually stunning film. by STEPHE.N R. UNDERWOOD Oscar and Lucinda a pcnod drama S<I m rhc V1ctonan era, IS a visually srunning r-1m which explores lhc pccksntffcry of Bnush mpcn­al: sm and Angl!C.ln passrvlly V ctonan England allcmprcd •o build lhc Kingdom of Cod on lhc earth- and t JUSI abou1 succeeded but rhc tmpcral gamble proved a sy; rual disaste' or 11s sa1n1S Soocry moncuzed mo!'a: !)' 1f you had lors of cash, Cod o:ked you more L.11s~z-fa1rc and u11l11anan ideology ga'-c 1hc wcl~ro-do rhc J ficauon needed to cxplo11 1hc wol'l<ing class, and B:nain s bou-gcolS rnriched !heir b.rk accounrs while "<lcgaung 1hc prolC'. .at 10 povcnv and squalor V.omC!! suf· fcrcd lhc double JCOpardy ot working m danger· ous 'acton<S 'o' la... pav n rhc one hand o: wcanSC"mc lruure on 1hc 01hcr The propc• role for a V .. onan " man was 10 acccp1 ~·· 01 and fo:g<t hc-r dreams. for the Empire ~ad a n!Jcc for he" -and V. anted ne-r •n II The Anglican Church and 11s soc1al-club tlms11an1ry cloaked rhesc V1ctonan hypocns1es. absoh1ng lhc ch m general and men m pan1cu· lar of rcsponsl)iury o: 1hc Empire's SOC1olog1cal mess The .~urch sanctified rhc srarus quo and seduced 1hc " rlung class 1010 submission by preaching fa lh hope and 10'.'0 Bur 1hc churc~ had anolher reason 10 walk l·ghdy and carry a l11- 1Jc stack Bnrish mpcnal:sm allo,.cd rhc church an opportun11y 10 ov-hzc and "Chrisuamzc" lhc world as 1he f mptre opanded And m the Jndustnal Af,e- as m any agc more com'Ons '"cant mo"' mhc "'oney for church ;;offers Set in •Jus milieu, Oscar Hopkins (R•lph Ficnnes) plays lhe son of Theophilus (C'1vc Russell). a stern preacher. who rules his house· lwld w11h an iron fist One Chnstmas Day, maids sneak young Osc" some Chnstmas pudding. Theophilus d1SCOvcrs 1hc rrespass and punishes Oscar for hlS d1SObcd1encc lhe sweel pudding, ponufica1es Theophilus, s 'Saran's food Oscar rcscnrs has fathers' stnctncss and one day he asks God 10 sm11e Theophilus \\hllst his fa1hcr fished m 1hc sea Theophilus or1S<S from 1hc wa1<• wuh a deep, blC'..idy gash on hlS leg and 1hc por1cn1 MIJ'O"ers y; ung Osc;!I' 10 COVISIOn a 1fe away from his ra1hers' dominauon Oscar escapes hlS ulrn·Punran pnson and .1vcs w11h a '1Val Anglican m1n1s1..- named Hugh S1ranon (Tom Wilkinson). "ho rakes Oscar n and •alks ham mro a11rnding drvmtty school at Oxford Oscar, na.. a iwng aduh, 1"-es • ~c mmc coll<gl'le ltfc unul a new dorm narc, \Yardley Fish (Barnaby Kay,, introduces htm 10 hom be:: ni Oscu " ns big. but he keeps JUSI enough money •o gc1 tiv n and donarcs lhe res1 1 1hc c'lurch He IS 8C'JUincly meek, unfash10~ a~lc, and a ralher dull chaJ>- uni I ~c h1rs lhc rrack Srrangcly rnough Oscars' 1ransforma11on IS hkc Jekyll and Hyde holy and samrly on rhc ~nc hand, bur dcvtl1Sh and schc-nmgon 1hc orhcr ~uc nda Lcplas1ncr (Cale Bldnchc11) hves qu11c 1hc oppos11e kmd ot hfc "hich evrnrually n1ersccts wnh Oscar's dark Side Luctndas' "'olh· er 1s a rcmm151 who •11SCS her 10 be ndcpcndcnt and self· '1an1 H. ndepcndcnec blossoms w hrn she nhc-tlS her mothe<'s fortllnc and pur· chases 1hc Proco Rupen Glass Works m Sydney 111 panncrshtp ,.,,ha fdlow glass en1husiast Rev Dcruus Ha= (Ct•ran Hinds) Bur Luctndas ~lf-rchancc makes her hfc a lonely one <mill P A G E Luc111da 'Cate Blanchett) and Oscar(Ralph Fiennes) bet on a little peace and qwet. she rurns 10 gambhng m the scettt card rooms ;f Sydney s speakeasies LJondas approach 10 1fc IS u11ht :-an a1 besl she ll\-cs for lhc pleasure prnciplc She IS a p1onCC"' m a p1onccnng ,. or!d ordc• for female mdusrnal1S1S hardly ex ;red m 1he E mpirc Bur L aondas' nduSf"IJ' vcnrures, ~er lrendy bloomers, and her gambling g cral< so 111uch conuovcrsy 1ha1 she mus1 leavr AUSl'3Ua for E igJand <1ndcr lhc prc1ensc of purchasing new cqu1pmcn1 for rhc glass wor!ts II s on 1hc return 10 Ausrraha lhal Luonda meelS Oscar "Oscor and Luctnda' s: kc JP a fncndsh1p on 1hc srcamcr LC'i a1han ,. hen !hey J1scover lhetr mu1ual m1crcst m gambltng The duo cnrert •• ns a fierce game of <Uds, pla)1Ilg mro 1hc wee hours of lhc mormng Bui lhe ~asry f:-cndsh1p quickly dcgcneralcs "hen Oscar relapses in10 hlS Angltcan scns1b11111es How can Oscar be a 'l!an of God and lead Lucmda m10 an 1mmor.l gardrn of forbidden fruus? Bur "Osc.r and Lucinda" cannot rcslSt rhc bond 1har cxisrs between 1hrm rhctr gamblmg add1c11ons arc 1ke sp1. IUJI glur Afler amvmg back m Sydnry. lhc 1wo gam· biers 'one bscssrvr one compulme <on­sp1re m the nsk1cs( wager of their lives Osc r prom1stS tL de11vC'r a stcel·lramC'd ~l.1ss ,,:hurch :o RC'V Hasse' wh s cx1kd to abt..ngmal r\ew Sou1h Wales when Sducy •Jmors Clr•ularc d his nC'ndsh1p IA th Luetnda • ucmd.t goes so rar as 10 'let h..- cnttrc mhcrrance 1ha1 Oscat can I do 1hc deed Osc.r Wilgcrs 10 win Lucmdas' 1rusr •nd lcve The s1ccMramcd glass church 1s cvcn1u •lly det1vcrcd 10 Rev Hassel aflc· a rrcachcrous and dangerous cxpcd111on m10 1he ourbaek Bur 1hc srccl 'ramed glas stnsc, rs a double C! carurc or B111 1Sm and Se1 MOVIE page 18 1 a .JANUA,RV 1 G T H 1 D 0 D NEW MUSIC Victvria ltilliams: Lvulslana sma bird scars ab()Ve the £1vuds by STEPHEN R. UNDERWOOD V1ctona W1lhams sctms frail and innocent enough to be of little threat to the glol>e However. petite packages, as the saymg goes, sometimes come w11h a big bang. V·ctona, qu11e a petite package indeed, nonetheless dehvm her own trademark snap, crackle, and pop ·an earthy brand of pop music 1nsp11ed bi the misty swamps and crawfish boils of Cajun Acad1ana It's hard to figu"' out tf her new CD, "MusJ11!1' Of A Creekd1pper," IS a wnauon on childhood memortes or poliucal hype for Greenpeace But the g11I dcscm-s credll for conslSlcncy, at least - well, at leo1St this ume The bucolic mouf ts upl>eat m a Kns Knsto!Tmon sort of "ay- the kmd of way you get told you're screwing up the ozone as a lone voice accompanies angry fingers strum· mmg a cheap gunar. V1ctona has some positive thmgs to say about the planet and about life without the angry finger,; or the cheap gu11ar The 1dyll1c songfest 1s all wet from the start "Rammaket," no doubt, can't help but make you thmk about getung caught m the ram and hkmg 11 Just crawl up to the near1"it thmg that will keep a little of 11 off you If you're soaked, don't worry Watch the clouds go by and ponder what's going on m town Urbanrzauon, to Victona. IS t"nough reason to stay m the backwoods. 'Tree Song (Eucalyptus Lullabye)" msulls a tranee, an agranan tranquil· QUICK CUTS DANCE Twist This Pussy Vanous Arusts Twzsttd Rrcords Twisted Records 1s the 1nnovauve New York dance labt'I responsible for two of last year's biggest hits, House Hero's Mag1t Orgwm and funky Green Dog's fJY,J Up. The label spec1ahzcs in pounding tnbal dan1.:c records with cenc.\ elcrtromc, and diva vocals Tw1stcd's new release. Twzst Thu Pussy, is a continuous tn~al Journey expertly programmed by Pet<r Rauhofer. the master· mind behind Club 69 Peter, tn a fit of self· promo11on, kicks the party tnto gear w11h Club 69's nrama Peter remixed M11gt( OflclJm for tht.• comp1l.it1on, but the only thing recognizable about this version 1s thl· elcctroni(' vtx·altzat1on However, the tnbal rhythms add dO 101<.'rcstm~ fl.Ur .ind flavor to the track Another special Club 69 remix on thl· CD JS rrr/"'1 IAOW by House Of Prince Prrjer:t IAwr hit the top ~pot on la~t week's ll1llboard dance chart and J find Peter's remix quite a bit hvthcr than the domestic double pack Peter ends the Journey w11h Get Funky by The Water Chamber, another trancey, tnbal e-scapade I think the CD is an overall wmner and 11 should be a must have for the muscle boys who spice up their hves on the party cm:u1t Si ph.,, Undem1 "41 =····-------~ MUS IC 1zer, to resist the cny's muck Nope, no reason to play hooky at the movie house that's filthy. too Oh yeah, don't mmd how muddy country roads are when 11 rams l>emg dirty ts JUSt pan of geor­g1c hfe A return to the Garden can't l>e bad for anyone, could ui Rest, reflection, and fresh air are a great pre· scnpuon for frazzled nerves_ But someumes the fares demand accommodalion "Let It Be So" prescnbes res1gnat1on and rel
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