Penthouse to publish Gobie article in March
' 5. 1989 I MONTROSE VOICE S .
By JOHN DIAMOND
magazine has broken weeks of silence by announcing publication
of an "intimate" interview with
Stephen Gobie, the prostitute who
had a relationship with Rep. Barney Frank.
The March 1990 issue will hit
the newsstands the first week of
February, according to magazine
spokeswoman Leslie Jay.
Frank, D-Mass., under investigation by the House ethics committee for his involvement with
Gobie, promptly dubbed the Pent
house announcement Dec. 28 "a
"My guess is the only problem
iPenthouse) is going to have is
whether to classify it as fiction or
non-fiction," Frank said.
Penthouse publisher Bob
Guccione, in a one-paragraph announcement, said the interview
would detail "the subterranean
n the n
"This is the most intimate interview ever published concerning a
sitting member of Congress,"
Gobie was paid a reported
$50,000 to tell his story to Penthouse.
In a news conference F'rank dismissed the potential explosive-
ness of the Penthouse article. He
said it was "nonsense" to believe
recent reports that the ethics committee was delaying its investigation until it can review the Penthouse article.
Ethics committee Chairperson
Julian Dixon, D-Calif.. also rejected such claims, noting that any in
formation Penthouse could obtain
the committee also could get sim
ply by issuing a subpoena.
Gobie already has testified he-
fore the ethics committee. Frank
has not yet appeared before the
committee—which holds all its
hearings behind closed doors—
and has not said whether he has
been invited to testify,
Frank said he is anxious for the
opportunity to show the committee that Gobies charges are un-
Gobie has an unlisted phone
number in the Washington area
and could not be reached Dec. 28
tion began with Frank puliin 1\ ;e
kiimvledging late last summ<
that he had paid Gobie $80 for se
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Gay writer identifies with Rock Hudson
LOS ANGELES (AP)—
Screenwriter Dennis Turner at
first turned down an offer to write
the screen biography of Rock Hudson because he had also led a dou
"I said no a few times, but they
kept coming back," Turner said.
'I'm glad they did. I said no because I didn't know how seriously
they wanted to treat his homosexuality. I didn't want to do a travelogue of his life, nor did I want to
do an exploitation story because it
was too close to my own life.
"I didn't want it to be like the
'Liberace' movies where they
didn't adequately acknowledge
his homosexuality. If you're going
to do a Rock Hudson movie, it
into all the corners.
"I was persuaded when ABC
and the producers agreed it would
be a serious study. I knew it was
going to be done and felt as a gay
man who had shared a lot of experiences that it should be done by
Actor Rock Hudson was one of
Hollywood's most handsome and
virile sereeo lovers whose secret
life as a gay man became public
knowledge when he became stricken with AIDS. His death in Oct.
I<-ltS.r) helped create an awareness
of the disease.
The two-hour "Rock Hudson"
will he telecast on ABC Monday. It
stars Thomas Ian Griffith as Hudson; Daphne Ashbrook as Phyllis
Gates, his former wife; William R.
Moses as Marc Christian, his companion, who later successfully
sued the estate; and DianeLadd as
Andrew Robinson, who played
Liberace in one film version, is
Henry Willson, the agent who
changed Roy Fitzgerald's name to
NBC also has a Rock Hudson
project in the works, based on
"Rock Hudson: His Story," which
Sara Davidson wrote in cooperation with Hudson and his estate.
The movie is currently in develop
ment with no announced plans for
Turner said he felt his own background would help him bring an
understanding to the story. "I had
been married and had children."
he said. "I'm a recovering alcoholic and he was an alcoholic who did
not recover. We're both gay. We're
both products of the 1950s, although he was older, and we both
-nt'ti-n-d in lhat.
"You felt you were the only person on the planet who was gay.
The thought of being ex eluded was
frightening. Rock's secrets were
eating away at him and they ultimately killed him. He would not reveal his personal life, even to his
closest friends. I think the fact
that he couldn't be truthful contributed to his drinking. The alcohol in turn contributed to his
promiscuity. He was incapable of
having a long-term relationship
with anybody. I don't think he was
Turner said he interviewed
Phyllis Gates, Marc Christian and
others who knew Hudson. The
screenplay is -also partially based
on Gates' book. "My Husband
"The story takes him from 21 to
58," he said. "It begins in 1948
when he got his first job in a movie. He had one line in 'Fighter
Squadron,' which starred Kdmond
O'Brien and Robert Stack.
"His homosexuality had alread-
y manifested itself by then," said
Turner. "I think he and Phyllis
loved each other. They had a romantic relationship before they
married. Rock wanted to be
straight, he wanted to have a family. He gave it his best shot.
complexities of a man who happened to be gay and a human being. I'm tired of the media, and I
guess the everyday population,
treating gays or any minority as a
stereotype, a joke or a walkingdis-
I wanted to show that keeping secrets, not being able to be
honest or choosing not to be honest, is destructive to everyone."
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Patients to live longer in 1990s, experts say
By THi: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Experts predict an increased number of cases of AIDS in the 1990s, but
federal medical aid for patients and
increased social support will also be
on the rise.
In the 1990s, AIDS patients may
live longer because doctors are
learning how to hlork different cycles of the disease, said Charles Van
der Hurst, assistant professor in the
Department of Medicine at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.
Blocking one stage for a while won't
keep the virus from developing, he
said, but it will slow its growth.
will stay i
1 be treated mi an mil patient
With their numbers and life
expectancies increasing. AIDS patients' economic impact will increase dramatically in the next decade, prompting the federal govern-
with an outpatient funding program. Van der Horst told the Wilmington Morning Star.
The sheer numbers of people ex
peeted to become AIDS cases in the
1090s also will cause changes in case
management, said 1.en Teaehout. executive director of the GROW AIDS
Resource Project. The group helps
All IS patients in a seven-county are-
Local health departments will Ire
overwhelmed and regional case
management systems will develop,
he said. The regional centers will
help coordinate services such as
housing and medical treatment,
tasks that private groups are doing
The increasing HIV-infected population also will dictate thai general
internists become the primary doctors for AIDS patients, rather than
clinics and hospitals only.
Teachout said he expects more
members ot (lie general i-ommimity
to become compassionate toward
"I see altitudes getting better. ...
They will be less ol the social
pariahs that they hi
past," he said.
Teachout also expects dit
lineal actidii groups to emerge fri
the gay community
Agency ok's 'singles^ nixes gays as parents
An agency that arranges adoptions of foreign children by U.S.
citizens is openly seeking single
and divorced people as prospective adoptive parents, but the
same agency categorically rejects
gays. A spokesperson for Ixis
Ninos International Adoption
Center said gays and lesbians,
along with "felons and persons
wilh a history of drug and alcohol
abuse or mental illness," are disqualified from consideration as
adoptive parents. Also excluded
are welfare recipients, citizens of
foreign countries (unless married
to an American citizen) and people
who are HIV-positive.
l.os Ninos, based in The Woodlands, north of Houston, is said to
have a less restrictive qualification process than other state-li-
censed agencies The center's literature emphasizes its openness.
The agency places Latin American. Asian and locally born babies
and children with adoptive families in Texas, with a usual wait of
between six and IIS months. Adoptive parents are required to travel
abroad to immigrate a child.
A press release sent by the agency lo the Montrose Voice invited
"singles or couples married ai
least one year, with or without
children, of all races, religions and
physical limitations...prior divorce is acceptable" to attend a
seminar for prospective parents
on Jan. 20. When asked if the introductory seminar was open to
gay and lesbian people who met
the center's other requirements, a
l.os Ninos employee stated. "We
do not place children with homosexuals." The center employee
read a section of the agency's
handbook that listed "persons of
those who could not be considered
for participation, according to the
Alternative News, LEAP & sexuality classes
Alternatives.agroup of professional Access Project (LEAP), a new fund
gay men and lesbians in the Bryan- for Houston area lesbian mothers in-
toUegeStationarea.hasbegunpubli- volved In custody battles. The first,
cation of a weekly newspaper, "The benefit will be from 4;O0-7:00 p.m.
Alternative News;' to transmit lnfor- Sunday. Jan 7 at Bacchus. Admls-
matlon to the Texas AfifM area lesbi- slon is S3.
an/gay community It Is now distrlh LEAP was created to provide lesbl-
uted In many outlets in Bryan-Col- an mothers with equal access to fair
lege Station and is also available at custody trials, explained LEAP board
two Houston book stores.
Lobo and Inklings
In the spring, the publishers plan to expand circulation to Include Prairie View
and Brenham as well as other
Houston outlets, according to
the editor, dim Mazzullo. Response the the paper in the
Bryan area has been "enthusiastic!' Mazzullo said. 'Alternative fee
News" Is targeted specifically at gay edby
member Cicely Wynne.
The Houston effort was
prompted by the case
er of two whose husband Is seeking sole
custody based on Jordan's sexual orientation. Sunday's benefit
will go toward a »7,500
ay an attorney appoint-
ourt to represent Jordan's
The first installment ot
e majority of $2,500 is due by Jan. 15.
LEAP funds will only b
the community In the district. It Includes regular columns that deal ^ppaythet .
^'t^.T^^^^^^ W J01^'8 Pe™°™__. attorneys,
Connie Moore and Debra Hunt,
"**H__ —.. „. LEAP will sponsor events through-
— LEAP benefit out the year to raise funds to help les-
Cherry Wolf will be guest DJ for a blans Involved in legal battles,
dance benefiting the Lesbian Equal \^rnne said.
AIM Foundation Houston has scheduled two presentations of Its sensuality/sexuality classed directed to gay
and bisexual men during January.
The classes, held monthly at the AFH
office, 3937 Essex, off Weslayan. will
be offered at 7:00 pm. on Thursday,
Jan. 11 and on Monday. Jan. 22 The
classes are somewhat limited in size,
so participants are asked'
spot, AFH education director Bart
Loeser said. There is no charge for
the event although a donation of (10
Is encouraged. Participants
make a donation will receive
"safer sex variety pact' For
formation regarding the das
tact Loeser at 623-6796.
The Montrose Counseling Center
Women's Network will present "Recreating Your World!' an experimental
evening facilitated by Satya Khalsa, a
therapist who works with meditation, NLP and yoga, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 Participants will
learn simple and Immediate techniques, said to help in relaxation and
direction over one's own life. Persons
wanting more information may call