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This May, the Liberace Museum will celebrate Liberace's 78th birthday with a series
of special events including the first-ever official Liberace Impersonator Competition and
the presentation of,a giant piano-shaped
birthday cake to museum guests.
Contestants vying for the title of The
World's Greatest Liberace Impersonator
1997 are invited to use the piano their presentations and/or sing one of Mr,
Showmanship's well-known songs. Those
who would aspire to the title, but lack the
requisite musical training, may offer their
best rendition of one of Liberace's trademark lies, such as the classic "Remember
that bank I cried all the way to? I bought it!"
For entry forms, please contact Renee
Harshmann at 702.798.5595 Ext. 20, or
write to Liberace Contest, c/o The Liberace
Museum, 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., Las
Vegas, NV 89119-6529. Applications must
be received (mailed or faxed) no later than
May 9th. Good luck brother George!
Ellen House Parties!
The Human Rights Campaign has created
"Ellen" house party kits to make it easy and
fun for people to share the historic coming
out episode on April 30. "The 'Ellen' coming out episode provides a rare opportunity
to raise the visibility and awareness of lesbian and gay people and the important work
of the Human Rights Campaign," HRC
Executive Director Elizabeth Birch said,
asking members to throw the parties.
"Special" advertisements were to run
throughout the coming out episode, but
according to Ms. Birch "29 markets across
the country were to run our ads" in a conversation wilh The Houston Voice, bul local
affiliate Channel 13's Dave Ward announced
on the news recently that they will not run
To host an "Ellen" house party and receive
a kit, call HRC at 202.628.4160 or visit HCs
online action center at
Watching the Right Wing
People For The American Way recently
distributed the second issue of Right Wing
Watch Online, an electronic newsletter that
will be published periodically to better
inform the public about how, and what,
Religious Right groups communicate to
their members. Since the first issue was distributed earlier this month, more than 1,300
subscribers have signed up to receive the
Online will be distributed every few
weeks, and will detail the messages of such
groups as the Christian Coalition, Family
Research Council, Concerned Women for
America, Focus on the Family, the
American Family Associalion and others.
To subscribe, visit
http://www.pfaw.org/rww or send email to
MAISERlojPFAW.ORG with no subject and
the following text in the body: SUB RWW.
AIDS Action Lauds Clinton
AIDS Action, the nation's foremost AIDS
advocacy organization, recently applauo'-"'-'
President Clinton's creation of a much-needed, bipartisan Advisory Commission on
Consumer Protection and Quality in the
Health Care Industry.
AIDS Action Executive Director Daniel
Zingale said he is hopeful that the advisory
commission, which counts among its members longtime AIDS advocate Nan D.
Hunter, will address the effects of a rapidly
changing health care system on consumers,
including people living with HIV/AIDS.
In coalition with consumer and provider
organizations nationwide, AIDS Action is
calling on the advisory commission to recommend uniform nalional standards lo protect all consumers, whether they be covered
under Medicare, medicaid, or employer benefit plans.
Falwell Says "Stop!"
Dr. Jerry Falwell speaking to 1,100 delegates of the New Yorkers for Constitutional
Freedom recently urged members to implore
advertisers to immediately halt advertising
on the Walt Disney-owned ABC television
series "Ellen," due to the series' scheduled
broadcast on April 30 where Ellen
announces her lesbianism.
"Walt Disney must be turning over in his
grave," said Falwell. "Enough is enough.
We, as parents and grandparents, must
insure that series advertisers understand that
the majority of Americans do not want their
children and grandchildren being told that
'gay is OK' from television executives and
producers with an anti-family agenda."
The American Foundation for AIDS
Research (AmFAR) announced the release
of the tenth-anniversary edition of its well-
respected and widely distributed
"AIDS/HIV Treatment Directory" (Volume
VIII, No. 3). This directory was the first
comprehensive source of information on
treatment options for people living with
HIV/AIDS and their physicians. Look to
your AIDS service organization for a
copy....The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) is pleased to
announce that international Spanish talk
show host and journalist Cristina Saralegui
will receive the Vanguard Award, one of the
organization's highest honors, at the 8th
Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New
York on May 31st...The 18th Annual Gay
& Lesbian Parents Coalition International
(GLPCI) conference will be held on July 24-
27 at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia.
There will be workshops and guest speakers,
activities for children, family activities - all
this for only $350. For info write to GLPCI,
PO Box 50360 in Washington DC 20091 or
Act Up Marks
by Miictiael Blood
NEW YORK (AP) _ The activist group
ACT UP, which once attracted thousands
of people lo its New York City rallies to
publicize the plight of AIDS victims, held a
much smaller protest on its 10th anniversary.
About 250 people marched on Monday,
accusing drug manufacturers of charging
too much for AIDS-fighting treatments.
While some banged drums or blew whistles,
others chanted, "We die _ they make
The noisy protest was held in the heart of
the city's financial district. Police said there
See PROTEST page 12