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ISSUE 1073 www.houstonvoice.com ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. MAY 18, 2001
Lesbian nctivist, HLGCC
board member, Houston
Voice contributing writer,
Maria Minicucci dies.
Love, Janis companion CD
offers music and insight
through the letters sent
home by the '60s rock
When it comes to
watering indoor plants,
less is more and if you're
careful, your poinsettia
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Legislation protects, prohibits gays
Hate crimes bill becomes
law, Senate passes
Defense of Marriage Act
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Gay Texans are getting mixed signals
from the state legislature this session.
While Go\'. Rick Perry has long que; -
honed whether Texas needs a tougher law
cracking down on hate crimes committed
against minorities, homosexuals and oth·
ers, he signed into law the James Byrd Jr.
Hate Cnmes Act last fnday.
This came hot on the heels of Thursday's
vote by the House to .ipprove a b1J,
designed to protect schoo.::hildren or their
parents from discrimination because of
race, religion, sexual preference or other
Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, center, speaks after Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, signed into law the
James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act during a ceremony on Friday, May 11 in Austin. Byrd, a black man,
was killed when he was dragged behind a pickup truck by three white men in Jasper, Texas, in
1998. Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, is on left.
Then on Tuesday, the Texas Senate
passed the se><alled Defense of Marriage
Act, which \\Ould prohitnt Texas from recogmzmg
marriages or uruons bet\\ een people
of the same gender.
~ Continued on Page 13
Can gays go straight?
Debate over reparative therapy heats up
by MIKE FLEMING
Two rnnfl.ctmg studies. Three saenttsts. Some 403 people.
It didn't take much to mgn1te the national debate over reparative
therapy and whether gays can go straight last wrck dunng the
annual meetmg of the American Psychiatnc Association here.
Two contradicting studies on the possibility of changing sexual
oril•nt.1hon-one :.uggested 11 can be done, and one said it is
h.irmful to try-were unveiled during a symposium May 9
sponsored the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists, a
sub-group of the APA.
Dr. Robert Spitzer of Columbia University concluded that some
"highly motivnted" individuals can change from gay to straight.
Gay doctors Ariel Shidlo and Michael Schroeder, in the same
symposium, presented a study that said the vast majority of gay
men and lesbians who attempted to change orientation were
harmed by those efforts.
Both studies have to yet to undergo a tough peer-review process
before they are published . Critics on both sides of the debate have
pointed out that the research did not use random samples and that
~ Continued on Page 13
A study released last week by Dr. Robert Spitzer said gays can go
straight, but the research was quickly uiticized, as was a second study
that said reparative therapy is harmful to gay men and lesbians who try
to change their sexual orientation.
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Community activist, Voice contributor, Maria Minicucci dies
Houston Lesbian and
Gay Community Center
to establish memorial
fund in honor of past
president, board member
by ELLA TYLFR
Maria Minicucci, PhD, past president of
the Houston Lesbian and Gay Community
Center, died suddenly on Tuesday morning
at her mother's home in Buffalo, :\cw York,
where she had gone for a visit. She was 50.
She is surviwd by her spouse, Deb Murphy,
by her mother and numerous friends.
Minicucci w.is a regular contributor to
the I lo11sto11 Voice. She operated the Center
for Creativity, Knowledge and Change, and
t.1ught psychology at the Houston
Community College campus m Stafford
Minicucci was .1 member of the board of the
l louston Lesbian and Gay Community
Center and was serving a second term as
the program d rector She co-led a monthly
workshop, "What Lesbians Do," at the cen·
ter and was a co-cha-ir of the 2001 Houston
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
"Maria's death IS a great loss to me personally
and to the community We will miss
her more then we ever realize nght now,"
'Iim Brookover, current community center
president, said. "When Maria became presi·
dent of the center, it was in serious trouble,
but she put it on a solid footing. Maria was
a genius at coming up with programs that
would bring people in and get them work·
Jessica Wicks, who hosted the center's
Lesbi.in Film Night for several years,
fondly remembers one of her first
Maria Minicucci (left}, pictured with longtime spouse Deb Murphy, died Tuesday while visiting her
mother in Buffalo, N.Y. Minicucci was past president and a current board member of the Houston
Lesbian and Gay Community Center and a contributing writer for the Houston Voice.
encounters with Minicucci found her refreshing m the classroom."
"When I dtscussed my plan of having a Minicuca came to Houston m 19% after
Lesbian Film ~ight at the center, Mana, who spending many ) ears in Toronto, Canada,
1 had just met, immediately responded '\\'hat where she was active in the feminist movement.
a great idea,' and it became a done deal." She had been.the administrative and program
When Jessica mamed Robin Wicks, in d.rector of the Women's Center in Toronto
Texas's first legal lesbian mamage cercmo- She was born and raised in Buffalo, New
ny, Minicuco was her matron of honor. York. She obtained a doctorate in psycholo-
"I will never forget gomg With Maria to gy from Royokan UniveTS1ty m Los Angeles
get my wedding dress, and how we and a Masters in Psychology and Women's
laughed and giggled as she shared this pre- Studies from Goddard College in Vennont.
cious moment with me," Wicks says. As a regular writer for the Houston
Minicucci was a popular teacher, accord· Voice, Minicucci often wrote thought·proing
to Dr. Donald Green, chair of the voking columns encouraging readers to
Psychology Department at Houston become more active m the gay community.
Community College, Southwest. "Maria made an immeasurable contrtbu·
"She did an excellent 1ob. I was impressed tion to the paper, not only through her wnt·
by the quality of her work and students > Continued on Page 11
Home Depot chan~~-
After storm of controversy, store popular with
gays adds sexual orientation to itsemployment
by !:RIC ERICKSON
ATl.At\JTA-Many gay men and lesbians offered praise this week for
Home Depot's surprise announcement that 1t has added sexual orientation to
its non-discrimination policy
But at least one gay activist downplayed the company's move.
"l thmk Home Depot stepped in it [Now) they've stepped out of it.
They'\ e wiped their shoes off," said Harry Knox, executive director of
Georgia Equality, the statewide gay political group.
"1 hat's all they really desen·e credit for is having cleaned up their shoes,"
The amendment to Home Depot's poliaes, announced late Fnday and put
into effect immediately, was one that a shareholder group origmally proposed,
but the company strongly rqected.
In its 2001 proxy detailing busmess to be condu,ted .it its annual meeting May
30 m Atlanta, Homl' Depot included a stockholder proposal to amend the firm's
equal employment opportunity policy That amendment would ha\·e explicitly
prohibited discnminabon based on sexual onentahon.
Company of!Jcials flatly reiected the proposal and recommended that
)>- Continued on Page 17
Often referred to as 'Homo Depot' for its popularity among
gays, Atlanta-based home improvement giant Home Depot
announced last week that It wnl add sexual orientation to its
employment non-discrimination poDcies.
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Michael Stipe, the Athens, Ga.,
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NEW YORK-After years of lingering ambiguity
about his sexual orientation, R.E.M. frontman Michael
Stipe has come out as a "queer artist" in this Wl'ek's
issue of Time. The 41-year-old singer, part of the 20-yl'arold
band that is pushing its new album "Reveal." told
the magazine that he's been "in a relationship with an
amazing man" for about three years. He won't identify
his partner, but said the man is not a celebrity. Stipe, who
sphts his time between homes in Athens, Ga., Los
Angeles and New York, has avoided questions about his
sexual orientation m the past. "I was being made to be a
coward about 1t, rather than someone who felt like it
really was a very pnvate thmg," he told the magazine
Stipe now readily describes himself as a "queer artist."
In the early '90s, Stipe had to contend with false rumors
that he had contracted AIDS, according to the New York
Post. I le denied thl' gossip and reluctantly revealed that
he did not think of himself as straight, gay or bisexual
And he added at the time that he had engaged in rl'lationships
with both men and women. Stdl. various g.iyadvocacy
groups routinely slammed the rock great for
waffling on the issue.
Private elementary school in NY drops Mother's Day over gay objections
NFW YORK- A Manhattan private school informed parents that Mother's Oay .ind
Father's Day would not be celebrated this year m an effort to protect the feelings of children
raised by same-sex couples, according to the New York Post. "I am writing this letter
to inform you ... we will not be celebrating Mother's Day and Father's DJy. We are a school
with many different family makeups, and we need to recognize the emotional well-bemg
of all the children in our school," Cindi Samson, director of Rodeph Sholom Day School's
lower elementary division, said in a letter to parents. Tuition to Rodeph Sholom, affiliated
with a Reform Jewish synagogue, ranges from $15,000 to $20,000 a year. The newspaper
reported that an unidentified gay man, who had adopted a child with his male partner, had
boasted that he had persuaded administrators to remove Mother's Day from the school's
KS court ruling on trans marriage could carry broad legal ramificat ions
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-A Kansas Court of Appeals ruled May 11 that a marriage between
a man and another man, who later became a woman through gender reassignment surgery,
may be valid under Kansas law. A 1996 Kansas statute banned same-sex marriages, but
doesn't address transgendered people. District Judge Gunnar Sundby had ruled that ]'Noel
Gardiner remained a man, despite the surgery, and is not entitled to half of Marshall
Gardiner's $2.5 million estate. The Court of Appeals overturned Sundby's opinion that
chromosomes "are all that matter," and said that such a stance would force it to confront
situations in conflict with "such a rigid framework of thought." The decision sent the case
back to district court. The Kansas result differs from a Texas court decision that the U.S.
Supreme Court let stand last year, which said that it was up to the legislature to legalize
transgendered marriages. "This case will be hugely influential all over the country. This
case is going to be pointed to as a turning point in state courts," said Shannon Minter, with
the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco.
CA judge grants custody of boy to gay couple after visitation settled
LARSON JUSTICE CENTER, Cahf.-A gay couple whose son was taken by the father
of one of the men have been named the legal guardians of the boy they've raised since
infancy, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. Judge Randall White signed the order after
hearing that a family mediator had helped arrange an agreement between the couple and
the boy's grandparents that allows 10-year-old Miguel to remain with his uncle, Paul
Washington Jr .. and Washington's partner, Tim Forrester. The boy's grandparents and
mother will have supervised visitation rights. Miguel, the son abandoned by Washington's
brother and raised by the gay couple, became the center of a court battle in October when
Paul Washington Sr., left the area with the boy and filed for custody.
Former city official in CA admits to harassment of lesbian publishers
HOLLISTER, Calif.-A former city council member has admitted to bemg the Jnonymous
author of a series of Web site attacks on the lesbiJn couple that runs Hollister's weekly newspaper,
the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Joe Felice's Web site attacked Pinnacle Publisher
Tracie Cone and Editor Anna Marie dos Remedios, who bought the weekly in 1999. The Web
pages were anti-gay, linked Cone's name to pornography sites and accused her of molesting
children. In a five-paragraph apology, Felice said the site "contained false and hurtful statements"
that were "crude and offensive." I le also paid damages of $48,000. Cone and dos
Remedios, who sued Yahoo and Pacific Bell to find
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-From staff and wire rrports
HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 NEWS
VA man pleads guilty to killing one, injuring six in gay bar shooting
ROANOKE, Va. (AP)-A Virginia man who told police he was angry over being teased
about his last name pleaded guilty to murder for shooting up a Roanoke gay bar, killing
one gay man and wounding six other patrons in
the September attack. Ronald Edward Gay, 55,
agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder and
six counts of malicious wounding. He faces a
maximum of four life terms plus 60 years in
priwn for the shooting at Backstreet Cafe. Gay
told police he was up~et that his last name made
him the victim of jokes, and was humiliated that
three of his sons had legally changed their names.
"l was driven insane to do what I had to do," Gay
said in court May 10. If sentenced to prison, he
will be eligible for geriatric parole once he turns
65. "What would have been enough would be to
allow us to shoot him the way he shot us," said
Kathy Caldwell, who was shot in the left hand
during his rampage.
Ronald Gay pleaded guilty to murder for killing one
and injuring six when he shot up a gay bar in Virginia
D.C. police probe possible link between drag ring, slain youth worker
WASHINGTON-A fraud ring that used stolen credit cards to finance a life of drag is
being investigated in connection with the killing of a O.C. youth home counselor, the
Washington Post reported. Police sources said that Zebedee Hawkins, 33, who was killed April
25, had been a member of the ring, which calls itself the House of Khan. He left the group and
became a federal informant last year. Law enforcement wurces said the House of Khan was
formed in the 1980s, in the mold of drag houses fea tured in the movie "Paris Is Burning."
Postal inspectors began looking into the group two years ago and are focusing on a four-year
period in which House members are suspected of netting $300,000. Hawkins, who had discussed
the scam on a local TV station, was shot April 25 as he arrived at work.
WI man gets 25-year sentence in stabbing death of AIDS activist
GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP}-The 1997 stabbing death of an AIDS activist has resulted in a life
prison term for one of two men accused of taking part in the murder. Daniel R Chipman, 31, was
sentenced May 8 on a charge of being party to the murder of Jeff Wahlen, 45, a gay youth outreach
worker. Chipman received a sentence of 25 years before becoming eligible for parole because
Chipman and Paul Foss "picked a certain type of people and Pl\.'Yt.'d oo them," the judge said. Fos.s,
27, also pleaded no contest and will be sentenced June 18. Wahlen was found stabbed more than
SO times at a Gn.>en Bay Motel 6inJW1e1997. Police said Wahlen met the two men outside an adult
bookstore and went with them to drink beer at the motel, where Foss stabbed Wahlen and
Chipman tut him with a beer bottle. Chipman was arrested last June after Foss, who was in prison
for an unrelated armed robbery, told authorities about the killing.
FL jailer pleads to a misdemeanor charge in rape of trans inmate
MIAMI (AP)-An immigration jail guard accused of twice raping a transgendered
inmate pleaded guilty May 9 to misdemeanor counts of sexual contact with a detainee in
his custody. Lemar Smith, 33, who faced felony rape charges before pleading, could face a
maximum of two years in custody and $200,000 in fines. Smith was charged with raping
the inmate, a detainee from the Mexican state of Veracruz who was taking female hormones
but had not undergone gender reassignml!nt surgery. After the second incident, the
victim said Immigration & Naturalization Service officials gave her the choice of going to
a mental institution or a Miami-Dade County jail, so she signed an order agreeing to
return to Mexico. The reports of this case and others prompted the INS to transfer all
women out of the Krome detention center. "I think the message is pretty clear. These officers
just aren't gomg to be seriously taken to task for the terrible crimes that they've committed,"
said Cheryl Little, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center.
Man pleads guilty in slaying of pastor at CA gay church as trial opens
SACRAMENTO (AP)-One of the three men accused in the October 1999 death of a
Sacramento minister pleaded guilty minutes before his trial started last week. Adam
Leroy Wilson, 21, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the burglary, robbery
and murder of Edward R. Sherriff, a 68-year-old associate pastor at a Metropolitan
Community Church here. The trial of Wilson's co-defendant, Tio Dinero Sessoms, 20,
began May 9. A third suspect, Frederick Oneal Clark, faces trial in September. Clark is
accused of stabbing Sherriff and recruiting the other two suspects to help rob the pastor's
house. Known as "Reverend Ed," Sherriff com-
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U.S. high court rejects medical uses for marijuana in unanimous ruling
WASHINGTON' (AP)-The Supreme Court handed medical marijuana users a defeat on
Monday, ruling that a U.S. law classifying the drug as illegal has no exception for ill patients. The
unanimous deci:;ion disappointed many people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other
illnesses, who have said that the drug helped in combating the effects of their diseases and drug
treatments. ''In the case of the Controlled Substances Act, the statute reflects a determination that
marijuana has no medical benefits worthy of an exception [outside the confines of a govemmentapproved
research project]," Justice Oarence Thomas wrote. The federal government triggered
the case in 1998, seeking an injunctipn against the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative and
five other marijuana distributors. All but the Oakland group eventually clo:;ed. Voters in eight
states have approved ballot initiative<: 11ow invalid, allowing the use of medical marijuana.
AIDS activists decry Bush commitment of $200 million as 'paltry'
WASHii\GTON-President George W Bush, flanked by Nigerian President Olusegun
Obasanjo and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, announced last week that the U.S. would
contribute $200 million to a global fund to
combat AIDS, Reuters reported. "We must
all show leadership and all share responsibility,"
Bush said. Annan hopes to create a
war chest of up to $10 billion to fight AIDS
worldwide, with the money coming both
from wealthier countries and from private
contributions. "To defeat this epidemic that
haunts humanity, and to give hope to the
millions infected with the virus, we need a
response that matches the challenge,"
Annan said. Last month, former President
Bill Clinton told a U.N. health conference in
Nigeria that he thought the U.S. could easily
afford to contribute as much as $1.75 billion.
AIDS activists criticized Bush's $200
million contribution, the first into the fund,
as paltry, with Oxfam suggesting the figure
"leaves off a zero."
President Bush outlined the U.S. contribution of
$200 million to a new global fund to fight HIV
and other chronic d'JSeases. Beside Bush Seaetary
Generm of the United Nations Kofi Anne11.
Gays abused as kids more likely to do risky sex as adults, survey says
SAN FRANCISCO-Researchers have found that gay and bisexual men who were abused
as children are more likely to engage in unsafe sex as adults, according to a study by researchers
at the University of California, San Francisco's Center for AIDS Prevention. The telephone study
surveyed men who have sex with men in San Francisco, New York. Chicago and Los Angeles.
Of that number, nearly 21 percent admitted that they experienced childhood sexual abuse, and
of that number, one quarter were I-UV-positive. Some 14 percent of thC\5e who were not abused
were infected with I-UV. Men who were sexually abused ~reported higher rates of sex under
the influence of alcohol and drugs, more one-night stands, and more intimate partner violence.
"These findings clearly indicate that there is a need to consider childhood sexual abuse in developing
and delivering I-UV prevention interventions," said study author Dr. Jay Paul.
Syphilis rate up among gay men in NYC, may indicate similar HIV jump
NEW YORK-Syphilis infections in Manhattan are running twice as high for the first
three months of 2001 as they ran for the last three months of 2000, the New York Post reported.
Susan Blank, assistant health commissioner, said there have been 57 cases reported during
the first three months of 2001, compared to 26 during the same period last year. "The
2001 increases are mainly among men who have sex with men, especially those living in the
borough of Manhattan," Blank said. Syphilis cases had been on a downward trend from
1988 to 1998, when cases dropped from 5,000 to just 82. The presence of syphilis enhances
the transmissibility of HIV, and the new figures could be a harbinger of an increase in HIV
transmissions, officials said
IL continues trial of HIV tracking system; OR to start in October
SPRINGF!Eill, ill. (AP)-The Illinois Department of Public Health announced it will extend
through 2003 its trial of using identifier code:;, rather than names, to track I-UV c~ in the state. In
1999, the department decided to try for two years a code system in place of a plan that required the
names of people infocted with HIV to be reported to local officials. "Initial results have indicated
there IS a need for improvement, but a longer study will make clear whether or not this system will
provide the quality of data neces.sary to ~'Ct community prevention and treatment programs,"
said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, public health director. Meanwhile, Orl'gon will become the 37th state to
track I !IV infections by name, starting in O.:tobcr. Under the policy, the Oregon Heath Division
would be given the name of someone who tests positive for HIV and would have 90 days to follow
up with the patient's doctor to ensure proper mre and support. Then, the patient's name
would be converted into a numerical code.
Anonymous testing would continue as an option at
public health chnia;.
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HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001
Richard]. Sarno Jr.
On Sunday, May 13, 2001,
Richard J. Sarno Jr. went home
to be with the Lord.
Richard was born in Virginia
and had liven in Houston for 20
years. During that time, Richard
worked as church secretary for 10
years with Resurrection M.C.C.
Richard's love for music was
reflected by his singing with the
Resurrection M.C.C. choir, Gay
Men's Chorus, Gloryland
Singers and as choir director for
Community Gospel Choir.
Richard also enjoyed bowling
and was on the Inner Loop
Alternative Team #23, Creamy
Richard is survived by his
partner of 17 1/2 years, Clint j.
Young; mother, Ruth Sarno;
father, Richard J. Sarno Sr.; sister, Rudi Jenkins and Rickye Heffner; three
nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Re~;urrection M.C.C. Saturday, May
26 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Resurrection
M.C.C. Building Fund.
Michael Roy Boudreaux
Michael Roy Boudreaux,
age 38, passed away Sunday,
May 13, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
Born in Port Neches,
Texas. He graduated from Port
Neches·Groves High School,
attended Southwest Texas
State University and served in
the United States Navy.
Michael was a favorite bar- ·
tender at the Montrose Mining
Company for 8 years.
Michael is survived by his
parents, William and Jean
Boudreaux of Port Neches, his
sister Gina Dodson of Austin,
brothers, William Jr. of
Chesapeake, Va., and Tony of
A ~riv ate ceremony was ~eld in Port Neches May 15, 2001.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations in Michael's name be
made to T.A.N. Hospice, 2544 Broadway, Beaumont, Texas 77702. i.A.N.
Hospice's phone number is 40CJ·832-8338.
There will be a Celebration of Life for the late Luther Jenkins at Mary's,
1022 Westheimer, on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. Luther was a member of the
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VOICES & ECHOES MAY 18, 2001 e HOUSTON VOICE
House of cards results in minority
PWA's getting dealt a losing hand
by J.T. LYNCH
Providing services for people living
"'ith AIDS is tough. Funding is becoming
more difficult to obtain, the needs of
clients m ·care are more extensive and
providers struggle with how to manage,
train and retain employees who face an
increasingly challenging client population.
Current ep1demiolog1cal information
show~ rapidly increasing rates of HIV
infection within communities of color.
This proves that current prevention messages
aren't being comprehended by
many and are virtually nonexistent'
among monolingual Hispanic clients.
What 1s Houston's response to this?
Recent pivotal events regarding two
minority HIV service providers provide
proof that Houston's HIV positive men
and women of color seekmg medical care
are in trouble.
First m this pair of crippling events.
i few months ago Donald R. Watkins
Foundation, one of l.irgest local AfncanAmerican
HIV I AIDS service providers
failed to submit their Ryan White funding
application on time. Their stupidity
causes them to loose the chance at
$1,000,000 in funding for primary medical
care for African-Americans. As a
result, their Conroe Medical Clime closes
and the many of their other services arc
Secondly, the city's longtime and
largest Hispanic agency, Amigos
Volunteers in Education and Services, virtually
closes amidst finger pointing and
accusations regarding mismanagement,
funding deficib and self dealing among
its board of directors and agency management.
Recent press reports articulate disgruntled
squabbling between past and present
executive directors and 500 medically
indigent clients who now have now where
to turn for their care.
Withm a matter of months, two of the
largest minority medical care providers in
this city are essentially off the ,nfap.
Events such as these reinforce the unattracll\'
e stereotypic myth that minority
service pro\'iders cannot manage the tasks
assigned to them and that funders are
biased against minority agencies for the
This view 1s further perpetuated by the
fact that some local community-based
organizations refuse to apply for Ryan
White funds because they perceive the
review process by which agencies are chosen
to be fundamentally racist.
In the Donald R. Watkins situation, the
Harris County Purchasing Department
clearly denotes due dates for funding
applications. The most junior non·profit
employee knows that death, taxes and
deadlines for proposals are carved in
stone. With weeks to prepare the necessary
documents, why was everything left
until the eleventh hour?
Just as embarrassing was the subsequent
publicity and political posturing that fol·
lowed as Donald R Watkins tried to lamely
1ustify their actions and apply pressure
to bend the rules to accommodate their
AVES was victim to a much more
ins1d1ous death. Nonprofit agencies typically
have a board of directors responsible
for general oversight and strategy, an
executive director who reports to the
board and implements that strategy and
employees that provide service5 consistent
with the agency's vision and sated
Board involvement in day-to-day operation
is usually minimal, except in cases
where changes occur in agency leadership
When longtime director of AVES,
Angela Mora, resigned the board should
ha\'e immediately assumed management
responsib1lilles while conducting a search
for new leadership.
Within a matter of months,
two of the largest minority
medical care providers in
this city are essentially off
What apparently happened is that
Francisco Sanchez, president of the board
assumed the executive directorship and
the $75,000 annual salary. Did it occur to
anyone that individuals who agree to
serve on a non-profit board do so without
remuneration? Even if Sanchez resigned
from the board to accept the top job, how
appropriate was that action, especially in
light of the fact that he continued to operate
his political consulting business?
These decisions made by the board of
directors enabled Sanchez to be a parttime
employee collecting a full-time
salary. One can only assume that there
was no one else in the country willing to
take such a low-paying position.
Where was board of director oversight
during this tenuous period? Reportedly
there was a $400,000 deficit at the time of
Mora's departure. Where was the guy
with the abacus? Where were the famous
checks and balances we learned about in
junior high civics classes? Why were the
written concerns of employees [some with
excellent professional reputations]
ignored by Sanchez and others?
Rumors and innuendo about financial
issues at AVES had been circulating for
months. Many well-connected board
members must have known or at least
suspected the gravity of the situation.
What was their response? According to
published reports, the majority of them
abandoned ship at time when they were
Community leaders seemed happy to
have their name on an agency letterhead
until they actually had to work to keep it
there With the available talent on the
board, they could have managed AVES
and kept it afloat until a real executive
director was found.
Additionally funders should have suspected
that there were problems. Incorrect
filmgs regarding the use of federal funds
are serious. If, as reported, financial information
was incomplete, shouldn't funding
administrators have had a clue?
As a result of their bureaucratic inepti·
tude, monies previously given to AVES
will now have to be redistributed via the
time consuming and cumbersome disbursement
system mandated by the Ryan
White Planning Council and Harris
County Health Department.
When and if funds are reallocated to a
new provider, who will that be? Will it be
an agency with eight years of expenence
in the Hispanic community?
HIV-related medical care in the Latino
community is one of the most complicated
in the industry. In addition to the ob\'i·
ous linguistic and literacy issues, climes
and physicians must deal with religious
prejudices towards birth control, sexual
subjugation of women, distrust of western
medicine in favor of traditional remedies,
a general unwillingness to ask for
services and care outside of the nuclear
family and the whole conundrum surrounding
immigration issues. Will the
new agency have the necessary cultural
sensitivity to deal with pregnant Hispanic
women, arguably the most disempowered
group of infected individuals?
This situation can be salvaged; AVES
can be resuscitated. A team approach is
best in this instance. Major funders
should provide an external audit group
to assess the current financial situation.
Contracts with employees, vendors and
medical providers must be renegotiated
in good faith. Programs should be rein·
stated by someone with proven skills in
ASO/CBO management and implemen·
Most importantly, clients should be
contacted by whatever means possible. If
this does not happen, in all likelihood
many of those who received medical care
from AVES will opt not to receive treatment
from any provider. They will enter
medical at some point in the future when
they are too ill to do otherwise and when
their treatment options will be much more
/. T. Lynch is a freelance Houston writer
who may be reached through t/11s publication
HOUSTON VOICE• MAY 18, 2001 VOICES & ECHOES
Letter to the editor
Q-Patrol is still around
and still needs your help
Volunteerism has always been the
backbone of our community, and now as
we end National Volunteer Week I once
again plead for help from the community.
I know that there 1s not a single organization
in our community that doesn't need
help, but I am putting forward this
urgent call to arms.
Q-Patrol, Inc. has been a factor in the
neighborhood for almost 10 years, but it
is entirely feasible that we will not be
here to see our anniversary in July. Last
year, we made an urgent plea for volunteers
in the Houston Voice and the Houston
Chronicle that call was barely answered.
Now, Q-Patrol needs three things
from the community.
First, PEOPLE. We need to increase
the number of members on the streets on
Saturday nights; we need to restart our
Friday night patrols; and we would like
to be able to put a group on the street
during special events in the community.
One shift a month is all we ask, about
We are not looking for ex-Green Berets
or martial art's grand masters, only people
over the age of 18 who have a desire
to help others. We will train you to recognize
the trouble areas of the neighborhood
and suspicious vehicles and people.
We accept everyone who is willing to
help out your fellow citizen.
DEeP, DEEP, PEEP
IN -me H~ of T£:)(A$
Second, MONEY. Our group has three
expenses: rent at the Community Center,
voice mail, and the radio system The
first two are manageable, but the third is
a tremendous bill that doesn't change
with lack of radio use.
Right now, we have enough funds to
get us through June 2001. Any amount is
appreciated and is tax deductible (we are
a 501c3 organization). Look for our
fundraising tables along Pacific Street in
the upcoming weeks or contact us by
phone or mail. In the past when we have
mentioned that we were in trouble, somehow
something has come through. We
need that miracle from you now.
Third, ACKNOWLEDGMENT. We
would like to know from the community
if we are still needed. Two years ago
when Q-Patrol marched in the Pride
Parade• as its own group, I heard
bystanders yelling that they were glad to
see us. Some, though, had thought we
had disbanded. Let us know if you think
we still need to be around, and give us
some suggestions how to survi\'e.
We can use a good portion of all three of
these things, but we need them q"!ickly.
I know some people are saying, "Gee
we've heard all this before." Yes, you
have, but If we don't increase membership
and funding, Q-Patrol will not survive.
We don't want that to happen, but
it's a reality lurking on the horizon
Please, Houston, step up to the plate and
help us help you.
Q-Patrol Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit
corporation dedicated to the protection
from and education of hate crimes based
on actual or perceived sexual orientation
or gender identity. Q-Patrol, Inc. operates
a Citizen's on Patrol program in the
Montrose area on Friday and Saturday
No special skills or abilities are necessary,
only a desire to help other people
Q-Patrol, Inc. is affiliated with the
Houston Police Department's Citizens on
If you want to join us or just get more
information, please call 713-528-SAFE
(7233) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman, Q-Patrol, Inc.
Let us know
what you think!
Send the editor your letters
(400 words maximum) or op-ed
submissions (800 words maximum).
Include a name and phone
number for verification.
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comp.led from staff report~
"Got the annual smooch with a guy. It's not the
most fun thing in the world, but I agreed to play
this role, and [Producer] Greg Berlanti does want to
take it that far .... [Once a year is] as far as I'm·
going to take it. I don't think teenagers need to see
two guys kissing on a weekly basis."
Actor Kerr Smith (right). whose recurring gay character
on "Dawson's Creek" kissed another guy on the May 2
episode, to Entertainment Weekly
"Sometimes [a gay sex scene is] real comfortable and sometimes it's not.
It depends on the day. With Randy [Harrison, who plays frequent sex partner
Justin], it's really easy because we work well together and we're good
friends. But sometimes, when it's with a stranger, like a day player, you get
guys who aren't very comfortable with the subject matter, regardless of
whether we have our clothes on or not. And then it becomes tough."
-Actor Gale Harold, Brian on Showtime's "Queer As Folk,#
to the New York Blade News, April 27
"When I came out to my stepmother, she said, 'Ooh, do be careful if
you're going to tell your aunt.' When I told my aunt, she said, 'Ooh, are you
going to tell your sister? Do be careful.' When I told my sister; she said, 'Ooh,
I don't know what your nephew is going to think about it.' When I told my
nephew, he said, 'Ooh, I'm glad you didn't tell me years ago because I don't
know what my school friends would have thought about it."'
-British actor Sir Ian McKellen to the Philadelphia Daily News, April 30
"People will always gossip and they can think
what they like. Surely what matt~rs is that the children
-Former tennis pro Hana Mandlikova (left), winner of
four Grand Slam tournament titles, to Tennis Week, about
her plans to soon give birth to twins she conceived naturally
with a male friend. Mandlikova, 39, a native of
Czechoslovakia, lives with Liz Resseguie, an American fitness
trainer and her partner of more than two years
"I think I've done my bit for heterosexuality. If other actresses can
play lesbians, then so can I. Women are so much more considerate
than men. They're a lot more sensual and better lovers all round."
-Joan Collins to Britain's Daily Record, May 2
· "It may seem that gay characters are extremely mainstream, but
they're not as fully developed as their straight counterparts.
Overwhelmingly, gay characters are present in sitcoms. Generally, networks
think the American public can take homosexuality when it's
tempered with humor. They don't show them experiencing a large
-GLAAD's Scott Seomin to the Philadelphia Daily News, April 30
"While [Tom] Cruise thoroughly respects others' rights to follow
their own sexual preference, he is not a homosexual and had no relationship
of any kind with Kyle Bradford and does not even know him."
-From a S 100 million lawsuit f, ed May 2 by Tom Cruise agamst porn actor
Chad Slater (Kyle Bradford) who, the suit alleqes, told the French publication
Acustar he's havmq a sexual affair with Cruise
S ater/Bradford dernes speaking to the magazme
"I kind of like [Eminem's song] 'Stan.' I liked it that
Elton [John] did it with him at that Grammys thing,
because he was suspected to be homophobic. So I
guess that put that down. Which is good because it
is only showbiz. It's good to remember that, otherwise
you start thinking, 'What the fuck's happening
in the world, man?"'
-Paul McCartney (right) to the music magazine Mojo
Collections, as reported by Gay.com UK May 2
HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 LOCAL NEWS 11
around the world
Egyptian police arrest dozens in busts of sex party, gay wedding
CAIRO (AP}-Some 55 people-mostly teenagers-were detained last week in connection
with sex parties on a boat in the Nile, Egyptian prosecutors said. Investigators arrested the teens
during one of the twice-weekly parties, where they painted their faces and had gay and group sex,
the officials said on condition of anonymity. The revelers have been detained since their
May 11 arrest at a party on a restaurant boat anchored in the Nile off Cairo's upscale island of
l.amalek. Undercover security officers and the driver of a horse-drawn tourist carriage said they
witnessed a mass arrest at the boat, but the boat's public relations director denied that any arrests
took place. Two days earlier, also on the Nile, police rounded up 60 men who were attending a gay
wedding. charging them with "deviant sexual acts," Egyptian court sources told Reuters. They
said five foreigners detained during the party had been freed, while prosecutors continued toquestion
other revelers on possible charges of "violating the teachings of religion and propagating
depraved ideas and moral depravity." The charges carry a maximum jail sentence of five years.
Brazilian lawmakers pressured to reject same-sex unions law
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP}- The Brazilian Congress was expected to vote Wednesday on legislation
that would make that country the first in Latin America to legally recognize same-sex
unions. The bill, originally drafted in 1995 by Marta Suplicy-a member of Congress who is now
mayor of Sao Pilolo-would extend benefib such ilS sociill security and health plans to same-sex
pilrtners and allow them to transfer property righb. If passed by the lower house, it would then
need approval of the Senate and President Fernilndo Henrique Drdoso. The bill is opposed by
both the Roman Catholic clergy and an increasingly powerful lobby of evangelical Christians.
"Sexuality is ordained for conjugal love between a man and a woman that is between spouses,"
Catholic Bishop Filippo Santoro said in a letter urging lawmakers to reject the bill. Luiz Mott,
president of Gay Group Bahia, who calls Brazil "the undisputed world champion in gay murders,"
is not optimistic about the bill's chanet.>s, though "this time there seems to be more mobilization
on our part than previously and less mobilization by our enemies."
Gay case in Puerto Rico test for progressive domestic violence law
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-A Puerto Rican judge has ordered that the commonwealth's
domestic violence law be applied to a man who violated an order to stay away from his
boyfriend, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The case of Leandro Antonio Ruiz, 18, who
allegedly hit Juan J. de! Valle, 29, on the arm and chest, is the island's first case of same-sex
domestic violence to go to courts since 1999. Ruiz's attorney tried to use the Puerto Rican
sodomy law to keep testimony about the couple's relationship out of court, and pointed out
that de! Valle would implicate himself in a crime if he admitted to a relationship with Ruiz.
But Superior Court Judge Elisa Figueroa Baez agreed with prosecutors that the domesticviolence
law is a special statute that supersC'des the criminal code, and gavc> de! Valle
immunity from sodomy prosecution so he could testify about the abuse.
Dutch prime minister.warns Muslim leaders against anti-gay slurs
AMSl ERDAM-Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok called recent anti-gay comments made by
Muslim clencs "very senous and extraordinanly hurtful," Reuters reported. Kok said members
of the Dutch cabinet would meet with Muslim imam:;, or prayer leaders, to inform them that
anti-gay comments were not proper m his country. Kok's commenl~ were m response to statements
from Rotkrdam imam Khalil el-Moumni, who
said homosexuality was a sickness that could destroy
society. El-Moumni's comments sparked an outcry
among gay groups, which urged the prime minister to
lake action against the "absurd and intolerant
remarks." One imam told a Dutch newspaper that
homosexuality was "shameless, improper, scandalous
and intolerable," while another was reported as saying
medical treatment was the only solution. The public
prosecutor in Rotterdam is investigating to see
whC'ther the prayer leaders could be prosecuted for
dis\rimination or defamation.
Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok has asked members of
his government to meet with Muslim prayer leaders,
who recently called homosexuafity 'a sickness.'
Australian state to con-sider adding gays to domestic violence law
BRISBANE-Under proposed reforms to domestic violence laws in the Australian state
of Queensland, same-sex couples and children would be able to rc>quest domestic \'iolcnce
protection orders in the courts, the Age rcpo:ted. 9uct."nsland Fai:nilies ~inis_tcr Judy
Spence ~;iid the reforms would en~ureyeople .m family a~d domestic ~lationsh1p: we:e
protL'Cted from violence. "Domestic violence ts not confined to marne~ couples, . said
Spence, who proposed to extend protection_ to people abused by their relatives and m informal
care ;ind intimate personal relat10nsh1ps. She s.ud youths also needed education on
identifying the danger signs of potentially abusive rel,1tionships " It ts not only important
to have mutual respect Ill a relationship but
respect for ourselves," she said. It will likely be
scwral months before the changes are \"otcd on.
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Celebration of Minicucci' s life planned for May 27 at HlCCC
::.-- Continued from Page 2
mg, but by offering great story ideas and helping
other writers flesh out story topics," Voice editor,
Wendy Mohon, said. "Though 111 certainly miss
Maria from a professional standpoint, I'll also
greatly miss the wonderful friendship she offered
to me and everyone at the paper.
"And while Maria was always very seriousminded
about activism and her role m the community,
what I'll always remember is her surprisingly dry
wit and the way she foved to dance," Mohon added.
There will be celebration of life on Sunday, May
27, at 4 p.m. at the Houston Lesbian & Gay
Community Center, 803 Hawthorne.
"It will be informal, just an opportunity for people
to share their memories of Maria," said
Brookover. "We will have food, and since Maria
loved to dance and loved disco music, we will have
d1SC0. Dancing will be encouraged."
Brookover said that Murphy has requested that
people who wish to send flowers or make contributions
in Minicucci's memory make contributions
to the Community Center.
Brookover said that the Community Center
Board of Directors intends to establish the Maria
M;rucuca Memorial Fund.
"Deb and the board will decide on the most
worthwhile and appropriate use for the fund in
continuing the invaluable work Maria did at the
center," he said.
Flowers may be delivered between 6 and 9 p.m.
on weekdays, or noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, when a
volunteer is on duty.
Maria Minicucci Memorial Fund
Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center,
P.O. Box 2304
Houston, Texas 77252-2304
Home Depot can do more for
gay employees, activist says
' Continued from Page 1
shareholders vote against it.
When the move was made public in media
reports late last month, it ignited a firestorm of
controversy among gay customers and employees
of the nation's largest home improvement chain.
"We really heard from a number of our associates,
particularly our long-time associates, who said,
'We know the company doesn't discriminate,'" said
Suzanne Apple, vice president of community affairs
and S0C1al responsibility for Home Depot. "We have
a respect-for-all-people policy and we have a culture
of inclusion. (They said) it's Important to us as assoaates
of the company that we be explicit
"And so we said, 'Well, you know, you're nght.
We should be explicit because we don't discriminate,'"
Knox also credited company employees with
he1pmg to spur the new policy.
"l thmk Home Depot employees deserve a
tremendous amount of credit because they have
advocated very effectively for themselves and have
also max1mued their relabonstups v.1th gay customers,"
But Knox was less than impressed with the
move by Home Depot Georgia Equality has been
involved m ongomg discussions with the home
improvement giant to encourage the company to
offer domestic partner benefits
Last June, Georgia Equality targeted Home
Depot as one of 10 companies m the state that they
want to see offer the benefits to employees. CocaCola,
Delta A1.rhnes, Bell South and the parent company
of Atlanta Gas Light were the first four to
respond by adcL"lg DP benefits to company policy
Knox said he thought Home Depot would be
No. 5. That hasn't happened. The other companies
include UPS, WachoV1a Bank, Shaw Industries
(now acquired by Berksh1.re-Hathaway), Georgia
Pacific and Gulfstream Aerospace.
''Where they are now is exactly where they were
with us three weeks before this controversy started
over their stockholders' questions," Knox said. "They
claim to not discriminate against their LGBT employees
and yet they don't offer equal pay for equal work
in the form of domestic partner benefits."
Apple said the company sees the two issues,
employment discrimination and domestic partner benefits,
as two separate topics.
''We're looking at our own benefits and the
imphcahon of [providing DP benefits)," Apple said.
"It affects all categories of eligible dependents, not
JUSt domestic partners."
Still, Knox said he hopes people do not celebrate
the latest gay-friendly news from Home Depot so
long that they forget what the company has not done.
He wants employees and customers to keep pressure
on Home Depot to offer domestic partner benefits.
M All they ha\'e done is what ought to be a basic
muumum in any company," Knox said. "All they
ha\'e done IS to say something that they said
already, which was, 'We don't discriminate.'
"There's no growth in this from the company
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In her own words ...
While Maria Minicucci wrote news and features stories for the Houston
Voice, she 1s most remembered for her opinion columns. The following are
excerpts from some of the opinion pieces Minicucci has written for the Voice
about her favorite topic, activism.
Take time out to say tlumks to those w1w give back
I am amazed at how many of us, regardless of our differences or
how quickly we may want to climb that professional ladder, find the
time and inclination to volunteer.
Those efforts produce amazing results. We fix things that arc broken,
in the broadest sense of the meaning. We create new things. We carry
out the meaning of caring for others and our environment. We accomplish
all that in the name of volunteerism; a name that generally underestimates
the depth and value of its purpose.
Our society places such value on status, privilege, wealth and winning
as rewards for hard work. Volunteerism, without a doubt, falls into the
category of hard work, but without those rewards sanctioned by society.
There are certainly rewards that come with volunteering-strength
of character, satisfaction of spirit and a much more savory sense of the
world. So, all of you "volunteers" out there, who at times, become skeptical
or doubtful or feel under appreciated, take the rewards you
deserve. They are Priceless.
Ladies need not apply
i':ot all too many years ago, in living rooms, church basements and
parks, women were gathering and talking and talking and talking. From
those conver..ations across the country, something magnificent occurredthe
It moved many of us, and it seemed, could move the rest of society.
Yes, our purpose was power; our goal, revolution. We carried out this
work for change with fervor and with passion, as if our lives depended
on it. Our rage against too many injustices and too many atrocitie:;
against too many people propelled us to mobilize and create places to
heal, to create, to work and to play.
I remember the exhilaration felt in working alongside thousands of
other women to tum the world upside down and inside out.
But our enthusiasm began to wane, our confidence began to erode,
replaced by fear and doubt ... A once radical and raucous momentum
has turned into a mere "ladylike" lull. We have taken up "niceness" as
a mass movement and in domg so have betrayed feminist politics.
Our work remains formidable, our devotion remains fierce. But it is
quite foolhardy to expect ladies to do women's work.
Nothing is wrong wit11 being 'on the outside'
I freely and with pride admit that I am a woman in love. I have, for
25 years, been completely captivated, enthralled and ecstatic with my
heart's desire. There never has been nor ever will be a worthy rival to
influ.ence my life choice.
This Great Love in my life i~-My Lesbianism.
As we celebrate Gay Pride 2000, many "queer revelers" will fill the
streets hoping that anyone who is dubious, will be convinced that bl'ing
gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered is okay, acceptable even.
Alas, my jubilation over Gay Pride and all that it represents has, over
the years, diminished. My enthusiasm for my lesbianism has remained
solidly intact But, I have become increasingly disconcerted over our strident
efforts to asstrnilate so thoroughly with the status quo.'
As sexual outlaws, we are relegated to the fringes of society; we are
on the outside looking in. At first glance, a logical strategy may be to
maneuver to the more prominent position of front and center.
Let us take another look from the fringes: let us consider the possibility
that there may be advantages to being on the outside. What possible
advantages could there be?
We have much more 'space' to recrl'ale thoughts, \•alues, mind sets,
ways of bemg that refll'Ct a gentler, kinder civilization. IJvmg around
the edge leaves us more unencumbered by psychic debris, the stuff that
IS detnmental to persons and the planet
Some queers, consoously or not, have taken up their place on the
fringes with relish. Those audacious queers may, in fact, pro\'C to be a
boost to our soaring spints and 'soulful' sensibilities rather than an
embarrassment to the 'Family.'
This year, consider taking Pride a strp further; embrace the privilege of
being among society's sexual outlaws. We live extraordinary hves. We love
in extraordinary ways. Aren't we worth staying on the outside of ordinary?
MAY 18, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE NEWS 13
Hate crimes bill becomes law, Senate passes DOMA
> Continued from Page 1
Hate crimes bill becomes law
Designating "new classes of citizens" in
a hate cnme bill could be unwise and poss1·
bly d1V1s1ve, the governor has said
Perry raised those concerns again Friday
even as he signed mto law the James Byrd Jr
Hate Crimes Act, named for a black man
who was dragged to death m 1998 in Fast
"I 1ust don't know how it's gomg to
affect us in the future," Perry said. But he
said he made the decision to sign the bill "in
the quietness of my own heart."
The bill was the subject of emotional legislative
debate for years. It won final
approval from lawmakers May 10.
The governor said he wanted to unite the
state. Four Democratic legislators and the
parents of James Byrd Jr. joined Perry as he
signed the bill
Perry said he knew some Texans would
disagree with his decision.
"I would ask them to try to do what I
have done, tried to walk in another person's
shoes," said Perry, a Republican who was
noncommittal on the legislation until
Texas already had a hate-crimes law that
increases penalties if a crime is proven to be
"motivated by bias or prejudice," but it does
not list specific categories of people who
would be protected. Some prosecutors have
said it is too vague to enforce.
Two years ago, a bill that would
strengthen the hate crimes law passed the
I louse but died in the Senate when critics
complained 1t created unnecessary distmc-
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, prepcns to sign
into law the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Art
during a ceremony on Friday, May 11 in Austin.
Byrd, a black man, was killed when he was
dragged behind a pickup truck by three white
men In Jasper in 1998. In background at left are
Byrd's parents, Stella and James Byrd. Rep.
Senfronia Thompson, D·Houston, is at top right.
lions for homosexuals.
Then-Gov. George W. Bush refused to
support the measure, saying all crimes are
hate crimes. When Bush ran for president,
Democrats criticized him for that stance.
The James B}Td Jr Hate Crimes Act
strengthens penalties for crimes motivated
by the victim's race, religion, color, sex, disability,
sexual preference, age or national
Sen. Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat
who fought for the legislal!on, said he has
visited the site of Byrd's death in Jasper. He
praised the small town for the way it has
responded to the crime.
"To be honest with you, I've never been
a big fan of small Southern towns, but this
tragedy, James Byrd Jr.'s death, brought out
the best in that little town in terms of people
corning together after a tragedy," Ellis said.
Stella Byrd called the signing of the bill
the best Mother's Day gift she has received.
"If it can stop someone, or stop some
mother, from having the same pain I've had,
1t was well worth the work," she said, tears
m her eyes.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Houston
Democrat and bill sponsor, praised Perry
for having the courage to sign the leg1Sla·
lion. She said several lawmakers had "battle
scars" from yt>ars of fighting for the law.
Dianne Hardy-Garcu, executive director
of the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas,
also praised Perry. She said he may endure
political heat from opponents of the law
"Today 1s a historic day for gay and lesbian
Texans," she said on Friday. "This IS the
first time we've been protected by Texas
The school non-discrimination measure
by Rep. Harryette Ehrhardt, D-Dallas,
passed 78-62 on :\fay 10 after a heated
debate over language in the bill. In order to
become law, 11 must pass a final House vote
and make it through the Senate.
The measure also would cover ethrucity,
gender, gender identity, disability and
Rep. Rick Green, R-Dnpping Springs,
offered an amendment that would have
removed the categories.
"Do you believe it's okay for a teacher in
a public school in this state to discriminate
against a child if he perceives that child to
be homosexual?" Rep. Glen Maxey asked
Green. Maxey, D-Austin, is openly gay.
Studies not meant as weapons in political battles, APA says
> Continued from Page 1
participants were recruited through groups
that had a stake in the outcome of the
"It is just poor science," said Dr. Ron
Winchell, a member of the APA and a facul·
ty member at Columbia, where he once
served under Spitzer.
"You need to know people's motives for
telling you their results in a self-selected
study group," Winchell s.1id.
Understanding tire met1wds
Spitzer's study was based on 45-mmute
telephone surveys of 200 former gay men
and lesbians who said they switched to lastmg
Some 55 percent achieved "good heterosexual
functioning," which for this study
meant physically satisfying sex at least
monthly with their heterosexual partners,
and never or rarely fantasizing about the
s.1rne sex during intercourse or masturbation.
Many of the subjects for Spitzer's study
were referred by "ex·gay" group~.
Sh1dlo and Schroeder interviewed :!02
subiects several times over a five-year span
from 1995 to 2000 for a study sponsored by
the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, a
national grassroots gay civil rights group.
Some 178 of the Shidlo-Schroeder participants
reported no change, and an overwhelming
majority felt harmed by conversion
attempts, reporting in-creased feelings
of depression, anxiety, failure and shame.
Some of those even reported feeling suicidal,
and 16 more participants became celibate
as a result of trying to change, according
to the study.
Shidlo and Schroeder acknowledged that
six participants, or 3 percent, reported a sucn>
ssful and satisfying change.
Spitzer under fire
Word of Spitzer's presentation drew
immediate fire from fellow psychiatrists,
analysts, gay rights groups and the APA,
which distanced itself from the methodology
and findings of the study in a press
release before the symposium.
Winchell said he doubted the science
behind the study.
''[Spitzer] was the first to teach me hardnosed
methodology, which he is blatantly ignor·
ing in this study." Winchell said.
Spitzer relied on a non-random survey
and many participants were recommended
from groups like Exodus International and
the National Association of Reparative
Therapy for Homosexuals, groups that try
to "cure" gays of their homosexuality.
Most of the remaining participants in
both studies answered newspaper ads to
become subjects. Scientists criticized those
samples as "seli-selected," and therefore
tainted, Winchell said.
At the symposium last week, psychiatrists
also criticized the studies, and said
they lacked testable saentific method, had
no control group and no physiological testing
of sexual attraction.
Critics also charged that Sp1tzer's study
assumed from the begmrung
that heterosexuality IS the only acceptable
"In th1S group, there is likely an internal·
1zed homophobia, and in many cases, the
'ex-gay' movement 1s these people's whole
social structure and value system,"
Winchell said. "The threat of removing that
support is a huge pressure to report success."
Forcing oneself to change homosexual
behavior is not surprising, but to permanently
change orientation is a different matter,
"I do not believe it's okay to discriminate
against anyone for any reason, but I do not
believe it's right to put special classes and
special rights to particular groups that don't
apply to everyone," said Green.
Green withdrew his amendment.
There is no state law that protects from
such speafic discnmination, said Ehrhardt.
The bill does not set up speafic punish·
ments for vtolations.
Similar leg1slallon filed by Ehrhardt last
session died in committee.
DOMA apprm:ed by Senate
The Texas Senate passed the so-called
Defense of Marriage Act Tuesday-a bill
which would prohibit Texas from recogniz·
ing marriages or unions between people of
the same gender.
The Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
denounced the measure as unnecessary and
Currcntl}j Texas law already prohibits
same-gender marriage. Vermont is the only
state in the union to allow same-gender civil
uruons, and no other state has recognized
"We will fight this bill all the way," said
Hardy-Garcia. "This measure 1s, quite simply,
redundant. It JS nothmg more than a
mahoous attempt to single out a group of
Texans-a group already denied equal
recogrutton of their relationships. We will
continue our efforts to make sure the legislators
hear our voices on this issue."
The bill, SB 4SS, must pass the House of
Repre.-cntatives before becoming law.
Monday, May 28, 1s the last day of this
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Dame EdPa Everage 1s awash m contradictions.
She is unquestionably the most famous entertainer
in the world Qust ask her); she ts also a humble, car·
ing housewife from Melbourne, Australia
She sports the latest couturier gowns from the
House of Kenneth (her wayward gay son), yet has
the fashion 5ense of Helen Keller A devoted, grief·
stricken, well-worn wife; she 1s the epitome of the
merriest of widows. Pohhcally incorrect, always
saymg the unsayable, one of her favorite hobbies 1s
posing for photographs with war orphans.
She has narrated and recorded Prokofiev's
"Peter and the Wolf" and Madonna's "Like a
Virgm." She is a generous splash of Liberace
with a pint of aged·in·the-cask Sophie Tucker.
She is, in no particular order, a humamtanan, a
chanteuse, a week's worth of laundry, an ace
performer, a dominatrix with hands dipped in
N1ve.1, a master of improv and retorts, a comedic
virtuoso, her own parade.
She is also a he.
Under the rhinestone-encrusted frocks, the
sequined cat-eye glasses that Elton john would kill
for, tho e glamorous gams only rivaled by Juhcl
Prows 's, the bouffant crown of hair the fablrd
color of w1ster.a, and the 5harp tongue used only
bcl.IUSC "I tare, I really do," 1s an honora!i)' doctor·
ate degree from Gnfhth lmvers1ty m Australia, the
prestigious Ackerlt:v Pnze for b1obr.iphy lor "My
Gorgwus l.Jfe,' the Order ot Australia a !st pnze
rrom the San Fram.tsco lnterruhonal f,Jm Festival
for "The Dame Edna Expen nee;" Tony, Orama
Desk, Theatre World, and, newly announ,ed,
Theatre GmlJ awards for "fhc Royal Tour," .is wdl
as the Sir Peter Ustmov Endowment in 1 q71 for Lile
Work as an Entertamer.
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by ELLA TYLER
Last December, I wrote that a poinsettia
that is well cared for might have blooms
until Saint Patrick's Day. I was wrong, At the
rate it is going, the one that sits on the table
in the Voice's conference room will have
flowers until the Fourth of July. The bracts
will be a bit faded and the foliage will be a little
pale, but it is basically a happy plant.
And why shouldn't it be? The room has
windows that face South and West, so the
room gets plenty of natural light; Carolyn
waters it when it needs it; and it spends
much of it's life at 70 degrees.
The only plant that hasn't lived happily
in that room is one that was right next to
the South-facing window and got sunburned
It got big brown marks on it.
So, what can you grow if you don't have
the perfect environment or you aren't
green-thumbed like Carolyn? Take a cue
from the plants that are used in public
installations, like shopping centers and
Plants that are often used in these settings
include Chinese evergreens, also
called agnomen, grape ivy, different v~rieties
of dieffenbachia and Dracaena, philodendron
and sansevieria, also called mother-
in-law tongue. They are very adaptable
to a variety of light conditions and are not
sensitive about much.
In the store where I work, the plant care
service was discontinued in February, so I've
been tending the plants until my manager
decides what to do next. She told me that the
plant-care technician visited only once a
month, which seemed incredible to me.
However, I've been watering at 30-day intervals,
and most of the plants are surviving.
Most of them are in 10-inch or larger
pots. The smaller pots are clustered together
in plastic-lined baskets, thereby red ucmg
l know that more plants are killed by
over watering than by under watering, but
until I tried watering on this schedule, I had
no idea that plants could go this long without
Of course, they live in "plant heaven"
too. Not much natural light, but the fluorescent
lights are on 15 hours a day and the
temperature is fairly constant. Many of the
plants live on top of the bookcases, away
When I was studying horticulture, for a
class project I tended plants for the livestock
show-"plant hell," Many of the
same plants were used, but someone visited
every day to water and replace plants
that cows had nibbled. However, most of
the plants were the same as in any other
Though most poinsettias only last a few
months past Christmas, the well-cared for plant
in the sunny Houston Voice conference room
(left) is still blooming. If your office or home
doesn't offer ideal sunlight or if your thumb is
less-than green, consider a hardy plant like the
a nephthytis (right).
It is not a good idea to water your plants
by rote, at least until you are very familiar
with them. Look at the plant and the soil
before you water. Nearly all house plants
prefer not to be watered until the soil is dry,
but not so dry that the soil pulls away from
the pot or the plant is wilting.
Water until the water runs through the
pot and be sure the entire root ball is wet.
After 15 minutes, remove any water standing
in the saucer. A turkey baster works
fine. Plants with wet feet get root rot. At
home, I try to let the water sit overnight to
let it get to room temperature and let the
chlorine evaporate, but when I'm trying to
water lots of plants I don't have time.
A few yellow leaves are normal, but yellow
leaf tips often indicate over watering. Brown
tips are often a problem with lack of humidity.
One of my plants had brown tips on one side,
and I finally figured out that it was too close to
the bread machine, and the hot draft.
Heat can kill an indoor plant. Don't
leave them in the car, and, if on vacation,
don't let the house get too hot. The Texas
Association of Nurserymen convention is
held in August at the George R. Brown, and
the temperature gets pretty high at night
when the AC is shut off.
The convention floor is lined with bins
of bagged ice, and before people leave for
the day, they pack ice around their plants. I
assume this reduces the temperature
enough for plant health. This is also a much
tidier way to water.
Many of your indoor plants can spend
the summer outside, and the ones that have
high light needs might be the healthier for
1t. However, I've sunburned more than a
few plants by putting them in places that
were shaded when I put the plant here, but
not later in the day. Plants that are outside
will need to be watered more often.
I fertilize indoor plants very lightly, with
an 8-8-8 water soluble fertilizer about once a
month. I use it at half strength, since my goal
is to keep plants healthy, but not make them
grow. Sometimes I wash them off.
I read a lot of books about plants and am
still surprised by how much the care
instructions for the same plant vary from
book to book.
If your plant is healthy, don't worry about
what the book says. If it's not, try a little more
light, less water and a bit of fertilizer.
HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 OUT ON THE BAYOU 17
Dame Edna makes proud Houston appearance June 5-10
- Continued from Page 15
"I didn't know he was terribly wellendowed,"
said Dame Edna with cheeky
charm. "Peter had this award named after
him, I think, and I was given it by some
'Canadians.' That's all I know about it.
I'm very hands on, I'm in your face, and I'm in Houston!
chapter of FOP, because I feel the home of
the space program could also be the home
of the prostate.
"I've gotten so many honors. The latest
one is rather exciting. Apparently, the
Theater Guild, whoever they are, started a
new award for the best show touring
America, and I've won it and it's just been
Edna's alter ego, Mr. Humphries
announced. It's hot news. Mr. Humphries
gets best actor for some reason, and he's not
even in the show. He makes far too much
money for what he does."
The reserved (and never to be seen
back stage at the same time as Dame
Edna) Mr. Humphries is her alter ego,
bete noire, creator, lead writer and harried
manage.r, who's been on the stage
since his university days in Melbourne. A
character actor from the music hall school
of buskers and pearly kings, he's a consummate
performer who's played in
Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," Lionel
Bart's "Oliver," to satiric revues like
Spike Mulligan's "The Bed Sitting Room,"
and numerous films such as "The
Howling," "Immortal Beloved," and
Prior to giving birth to numerous idiosyncratic
charact~'TS, though, while a member of
the Melbourne Theatre Company m 1955, he
mtroduced the character of Mrs. Everage, a
doughty hausfrau from Moonee Ponds. The
rest is history. She grew like kudzu.
After her appearance in "Just a Show"
in London and subsequent BBC variety
show, "Barry Humphries Scandals," it's no
surprise that Monty Python was born. The
irreverence, the cross-dressing, the screwloose
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that zany troupe were first to be found in
this miraculous dame.
"It was a very slow evolution," she
explained. "I began as a housewife, and
consider myself still a housewife. It's just
that a beautiful transformation has come
over me .. .'' There's a pause. " ... particularly
since the death of my husband. Oh, I miss
him, I miss him every day, but the relief that
he's not around is incredible."
Norm, of the faulty internal plumbing,
was Dame Edna's constant companion for
years, and the father of Kenny (former
Quantas steward and president of the
Yvonne de Carlo fanclub, as well as the
Dame's dress designer du jour), Valmai
(estranged lesbian daughter living with a
retired Czech tennis pro and raising pit
bulls in Flushing, NY; and Brucie, who lives
quietly in Melbourne, as far away from
mummy as possible.
"Did you know my husband invented
chip technology for the prostate?," she
asks rhetorically, and then tears off on a
high-speed monologue about her favorite
subject. "When the prostate problem
occurred, our family doctor didn't even
know where the prostate was located.
That's why I have formed this organization,
Friends of the Prostate, to educate
people. And I want to launch a Houston
"However, Australian scientists developed
the equivalent of the iron lung, the
iron prostate. This was a machine that did
the prostate's work, and Norm was hooked
up to it. The trouble is, the machine was the
size of a suburban house, and I had to buy
the property next to it. The noise kept the
whole street awake, and was not practical.
Only due to my efforts-and my success
enabled me to pay for these things--was
this machine miniaturized. So by the time
Norm passed away, we had the prostate
"So I'd love to talk to people in Houston
about my new ideas, and I welcome the
people of Houston to Australia next year for
my own event, the World Prostate
Olympics. It's mostly water sports."
When asked what accounts for her ageless
glamour, the gracious mega-star quickly
but humbly replied, *Sven."
Sven, her "big Swedish masseuse" is
part of her small but very select entourage.
"Sven is working on my neck as I'm talking
to you," she purred. "I think I am the
acceptable face of glamour. I'm not a classi·
Certainly not a classical, or even baroque
beauty, is another of Dame Edna's coterie,
Madge Allsop, the great one's gal Friday,
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assistant, and luggage carrier, who appears And then she whispe!;d, "I haven't told Houston, we have a problem. Edna says, her infamous "Gladioli Chorus" ("Stick
in the filmed introduction to her employer's that to anyone but YO~. Houston, w~ have NO problem." up your gladiolas and thrust, thrust,
show giving a sign language translation.
Another ~.x~lus1ve IS ~a~ Dame Edna's . When this absolutely fabulous woman thrust"), accompanied by her wicked
Dame Edna has a love/hate relationship Royal Tour IS ~n a m1Ss1on to capture is on stage at J?n~s ,;1all, throwing her bar~s at the meek and unsuspecting
with her former bridesmaid, whom she Amenca, a~d she II succeed wildly 1f NY, trademark glad1oh ( Snap frozen from (telling a theater latecomer, "I came here
once described as older than the original S~ Francisco, St:attl~, Los ~ngeles, my own garden") from Australia and I got here on time"),
cast of Star Trek. Chicago, and Detr~1t ~~ all their or ending the calling everybody "possum," ("It's a term
"You won't be seeing Madge in per- full
houses are any md1cation. show with of endearment my mother used to use,
son," Dame Edna said with obvious relief. One of the things that but when I got to America, I found pos-
•she stays in the hotel cleaning. I've sup- has ?een giving ~e h~ge sums here are more or less RATS"), and
parted this woman, this New Zealand JOY _is t~e receplion I m making us all sing her gay-friendly
mmx, for many, many years, and I have to gelling in your ~ome- "Friends of Kenny" theme song ("Any
make her work for it, otherwise, she just land. I~ took America a friend of Kenny's is a friend of mine"),
takes, takes, takes. lo~g lime to get the there truly ARE no other problems in life.
"Did you know that Madge invented point of .me, and now Dame Edna brews theater magic with
bungee jumpmg? Well, we were visiting they cant get enough the effortless ease of a master alchemist. We
New Zealand because she always said she They're lappmg me up. become children, laughing so hard for so
wanting to be buried there. So I was try- The fact that I am proba- long we ache. It's the best time in the theater
ing to buy a little plot for her. We were bly one of the . most we've ever spent.
actually grave shopping. With any luck, I adored . people. m the "I'm very hands on, I'm in your face, and
thought, I'd be able to leave her there. Of world IS a sign of I'm in Houston'"
course like a lot of people, she's mdc- America'.s . coming of Calling all Friends of Kenny, or anyone
structible. age: a. v1s1on of your with or without a prostate: Count down,
"We were in a part that's very unsta- ma~unty and sophi~li- possums, it's going to be blast off in Space
ble-volcanically-and we were standing ca hon. And I thmk City and Dame Edna is at the controls!
on a httle bndge and for some reason or Houston is ready for me •'
another she fell off, but her surgical hose at last
caught on a nail, and she could have "Will Houston like me, do
dropped into some molten matter, but she you think? Just between you
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the famous line:
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NO-W THRU MAY 26
Friday & Saturday only
Music by Alfredo Alvarez
Book & Lyrics by Jeff Dobbins
Directed by Joe Watu
Music Direct.ion by Michael Harren
Jeff Dawson, Basil Anderson, David Barron,
Ronnie Boyd, & Laurence Edwards
1415 California St. Houston, TX 77006
(Located on the ground floor of the Sonoma Restaurant building)
HOUSTON VOICE• MAY 18, 2001
Transgender Festival 2.0
Gender variant talert gets their t1;'1e to shine
over the weekend. First up is • 12 Minutes
MAX'" on Friday. This Is a hugely popular event.
always worthwhile and thought·provoking.
Everybody gets 12 minutes allotted to strut tre1r
stuff. With the gals as guys, or guys as dolls,
look for TG stand-up corredian Jama Ward, poet
Troy Han, performance artist Kimberly
Burnham, and Dallas' Janell DuBois to take you
out of your comfy little space and into theirs.
Saturday, author Judith Halberstam of "Female
Masculinity" and "The Drag King Book" narrates
a slide show on identity. And you thought she'd
show travel pictures? Following the noted professor,
will be Mo B. Dick, the man, the myth,
the motion. He is NYC's drag king of the hill, and
he's just as likely to pull It out and prove it to
you. Should be quite a show.
May 18, 8 p.m. ("12 Minutes MAXI") May 19,
8 p.m. (Halberstam and Mo B. Dick}
D1verseWorks, 1117 East Freeway (N. Main@
"This is yucky," says Cassidy, the little girl in
Jane Martin's drama, and you well might
believe her. Mr. Bundy, her very nice next door
neighbor and baby sitter, has been exposed by
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a busybody religious couple as a for'!ler child
rrolester What to do, especially now that
Robert and Catherine are attempting to shore
up their shaky marriage after Robert's adulterous
affair? Who gets to cast the first stone?
Quite a few get bonked on the head m this passionately
dramatic look tnto pnvacy, forgiveness,
gui.t, hate, and sex, of course.
May 18 - June 23
Actors Theatre of Houston, 2506 South Blvd.
Ira Levin has written some of the chilliest thrillers:
"A Kiss Before Dying," "The Stepford Wives,"
"The Boys From Brazil: and his classic
"Rosemary's Baby.· Here, he gives the chills a
few laughs, as he sends up the genre while reve~
Ing in 1t. Burned-Out playwright Sydney likes his
student's play so moch, he's willing to do just
about anythifll to get his mrne on It. There are
more twists and turns than a grande prix, dead
people turn up alive, straight people go gay. A
hugely popular stage and screen success ( remember
Superman, Christopher Reeve, kissing
Michael Caine in the movie?). Let's see how
they handle that here.
May 18 ·June 23
The Company Onstage, 536 Westbury Square
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
directed and stars
in 'Hedwig and the
Angry Inch,' one of
the films featured
at this year's gay
As an adVance screening,
our own Houston Gay and
Lesbian F 1.m Fest va
kicks off to an 1mpresS1Ve,
rousing start (and in
high heels, too) with this
alreacty cult item. John
Cameron Mitchell's sizzling
musical 1s a tasty
combo platter of sexy
sleazy Almodovar, glossy
Douglas Sirk soap, and
bizarro Kiki and Herb,
wherein a botched sexchar(
e operation leaves
poor Hedwig pming for
closure, if not a zipper.
"What I Did for Love·
May 19, 7;30 p.m. May 24, 9 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 B1ssonnet
Oscar-wiming documentanans Jeffrey Freidman
and Rob Epstein ("The Celluloid Closet." "The
Life and Times of Harvey Milk," ·common
Threads") illuminate the fatal consequences
implied in paragraph 175 of the German Penal
Code· ·An Jnnata..ral sex act committed between
persons of the r.-ale sex or by humans w th an~
mals as punishable by 1:nprsonment, the loss of
c1v-I nghts may a•so be mposed. • Narrated by
gay aeon Rupert Everett, the pe•secut1on yet
u t1mate survival of 10 gay r"en from the Nazi
horrors as laid out, as well as 1s their mcredible
determination, hope, and struggle to tell their
amazing stones foi the younge1 generation.
Absolutely, a must see.
May 19, 7 30 p.n. May 20, 7 p.m.
The Devil's Disciple
For George Bernard Shaw's only work set in
America. he gave his 1897 social comedy a
rough-hewn masculine charm, much hke what
people on the Continent t~ht of us. We're m
New Hampshire dunng the American Revolution.
Prodigal son Dick Dudgeon, the tQWll's rogursh
reprobate, v1S1t1ng the Parson's wife, Is rn1stak·
en for the m1mster by the Bnt1sh who want to
make an example of the man of the cloth.
Sentenced to be hanged, the young man finds
morality, the minister courage, and the stuffy
British get made fun of. Delightful Shaw bad~
nage, as only the Great Curmudgeon could do.
May 23 ·June 17
Alley Theatre, 615 Texas
"Most deli owners go home at 8 p.m.
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in its all-you-can-eat
by KATHREEN LEE
Gluttony, excess, intemperance-these
are the words I associate with all-you-caneat
buffets. These are places where the
patrons do not dine for the mere necessity
of nutrition or survival or for the simple
pleasure of savoring a flavor, but rather
where they go to gorge themselves for the
sake of getting the biggest bang for the
buck or for the sake of distending the
smooth muscles of their stomach just that
much further to make room for the
Most buffet restaurants in Houston,
whether it be the Golden Corral or China
Buffet, offer the same small and hackneyed
rotation of deep-fried fare topped with the
all-consuming sauce. If it's not fried chicken
with barbecue sauce then it's fried chicken
with sweet and sour sauce.
Houston diners now no longer have to
settle for the same greasy stock and have a
new option with the opening of TODAI, a
Japanese seafood buffet which presents its
signature 160-foot buffet counter offering a
vast array of foods.
With 40 different kinds of
sushi, 48 diverse varieties of
salads and starters, 56 distinctive
hot entrees, and 48
assorted desserts, Todai offers
even the pickiest of eaters a
panoply of choices.
With 40 different kinds of sushi, 48
diverse varieties of salads and starters, 56
distinctive hot entrees, and 48 assorted
desserts, Todai offers even the pickiest of
eaters a panoply of choices.
The expansive seafood selection
includes fried blue crab, jumbo shrimp
with lobster sauce, crab omelet, whole
snow crabs and lobsters, raw oysters,
green mussels, and a school of diverse
fish including halibut, mahi mahi,
Chilean sea bass, snapper, swordfish,
The preparation varies from fried,
boiled, grilled, raw, steamed, or sauteed,
and many dishes are served with a range
of conglomerate ingredients such as the
shrimp ball with vegetables (dim-sum
style), seafood quiche, or one of my
favorites, the dynamite, which is a spicy
steamed scallop wrapped in bacon and
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rib-eyes, spare ribs, potato pizza, egg
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and an array of salads including
asparagus salad, artichoke and cucumber
salad, Caesar salad, potato salad, mushroom
salad, and spinach salad.
While all the items above might not be
available at every meal. you should be able
to find your niche within the sprawling
buffet counter. There is no ordering a la
carte and so every meal is a buffet.
Lunch is $12.95 Monday through
Thursday and $14.95 Friday through
Sunday and on holidays. Dinner is $22.95
Monday through Thursday, and $24.95
Friday through Sunday and on holidays.
The buffet rates for children are based
on their projected consumption amount, 1.e.
their height. Children under 5 feet are 50
percent the usual price for adults. Children
under 4 feet pay $5.95 for lunch and $6.95
for dinner. Children under 3 feet pay $4 95
for lunch and dinner. Children under 2-
and·a-half feet eat for free.
For those vertically challenged adults,
such as myself, who hover around the 5 feet
range, these rates, unfortunately only apply
Located within the large Marq•E
Entertainment complex where children and
their families can enjoy a number of activities,
Todai's is the next stop after you've
worked up a gastronomical appetite.
With large colorful models of tropical
fish hanging from the rafters, live crawfish,
lobsters, and fish swimming in large tanks,
and a yellow plush mascot evoking images
of familiar Sanrio characters like Hello
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gluttons ready to meet their match.
HOUSTON VOICE • MAY 18, 2001 OUT ON THE BAYOU 21
out in music
by ERIN O'BRIANT
A piece of her heart
A CD combo of Janis
Joplin's letters home
and best music is
fascinating, but harbors
a few mosquitoes
Whether or not you're a fan of dramatic
re-enactments, if you're a fan of JANIS
JOPLIN, you want to hear LOVE, JANIS.
The CD is a companion to the offBroadway
musical by the same title that
opened last month
The compilation inlt.'rsperses some of the
'60s rock star's best music with tracks of an
actor reading letters the star wrote to her family
from 1965 until her death five years later.
Listming to the CD is comparable to
lymg on a sunny Mexican beach being bitten
repeatedly by mosquitoes. You Jove being at
the beach and you're excited to b~ there. But
some parts of the experience are so irritating
you almost have to pack up your floral print
tote bag and head back to the hotel.
Or, in my case, stop the CD and take a
few deep breaths before listening to th'? rest
of the overly dramatic readings, delivered
by Catherine Curtin.
If you summon your patience, though,
and get past Curtin's tendency to squeeze
oceans of innuendo out of a phrase like,
"Oh, guess what," there's a lot to enjoy in
Joplin's letters home to her family.
We never doubted Joplin was smart and
funny, did we? Actually, I had never
thought about it. Of course there had to be
more to her than the hippie life and hard livmg,
but I had no idea what it might be. Her
articulate, loving, witty and sometimes
puppy-enthusiastic.letters home to "Mother
and Dad" reveal a side to Joplin that casual
fans like me might easily have missed.
The first letter on the CD, written at the
beginning of Joplin's career in 1965, begins,
"With a great deal of trepidation, I bring the
news: I'm in San Francisco." The letters
chart Joplin's rise to stardom, often in a
"don't worry about me" tone that many listeners
will remember using in letters home
to the1r own parents.
Like most other daughters, Joplin doesn't
tell the folks back home about her numerous
affairs with men and women, her drug use
'Love, Janis: The Songs,
the Letters, the Soul
of Janis Joplin'
The compilation CD 'love, Janis' provides
irrefutable proof that Janis Joplin could use
'stoic' in a sentence, but listeners will hope
she didn't sound that melodramatic in real life.
or her tough persona in the letters. But she
does show a sense of humor and perspective
that plenty of stars lack.
"Right n~w, my position is ambivalent,"
she wrote m 1965, the day she began
rehearsal with the band Big Brother & the
Holding Company. "I'm not at all sold on
the idea of becoming a poor man's Cher."
A couple of years later, after gushing to
her family about the reviews she and her
band received for the album "Cheap Thrills,"
she promised, "I'll try and write again when
I'm not so enamored with myself."
The last letter on the CD, written just a
month before her death of a heroin overdose
in October 1970, reveals Joplin's usually
unspoken fears. Telling her parents
about a boyfriend, she wrote, "He really
did love me and he was so good to me,
Mommy, and he wants to come back and
marry me. I thought I would die without
someone besides fans asking me, but he
meant it. And who knows, I may get tired
of the music biz someday."
Janis Joplin's sister, Laura Joplin, conceived
the idea for the stage show and companion
CD. After she and brother Michael
Joplin re-read their sister's letters home,
they got interested in using them to create a
biography about her. "The letters may have
yellowed with age," Laura Joplin writes,
"but the words written on them were
sharp, expressive and honest."
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Dignity ...... 130 p.m. fO< gay catholics. 7 IJ.881).2872.
St Sttphen's Epi1<opal Church. Rosal)' 8 •.m. 180S W. Al•b>m•
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llou>ton Chaon G•ng Bicycle Cub. can f0< rode loc•tion~ 713·
G•y & Leslun Bre•kf•st Cub. 930 • m. 281~37-0636
Hou>ton W<e<tl"'9 Cub. Pr>Cbce. 1.30 p.m. 71:MSH>IQ6.
Ra"'bow FGl\on9 Cub. Mee~ng. 71).526-7070.713-U0.9235.
Houston G•y & Lesbian Community Centtf Droi>tn ho\Jrs noon
to 4 p.m. • Po1itiw Art Workshop Pllotography u!Ubotoon • 803
Houston Area B•m Social. M•ry'• 9 pm. 713-867-9123.
Asians & Friends Pot Luc~ party.
sunday may 20
Rainbow Riden. A b>cyde dub for women. 71 H6!P686.
St. Sttphen's [plS<Op>I Church. Holy Me Eu<Nrkt I NS Im.
Holy Rite Eucharist II &.SS• m.; Educ•tion hour 10 • m.; Choral
E uch>rill 11 • m. 71.J..528-666S.
M•ranath• F•l1ow"1•P Mettopoht>n Church. s.,.,;ce. 6.30 p "'-
RtsurrtctJOn MCC. ~rv1ces.. 9 i m and 1 t un. Adutt Sunday
School 10 • m. Youth Sunday School I I •s • .m H>ndb•ll Choir
reheanal l:JO p.m. 713-86' 9149.
Grace 1.utheran Cht.irch.. Sunday school for an ige1 9 a.m. Strvice
10 30 •.m. 713-S28-3269.
Community Gospd. S.Nice •t 11 a.m. & 7 pm S..nd•y S<hool for
children 101.m. 7'3-U0.9235 or wwwcommunityq0$pel.org
Houston M®on Church. Service 10-JO • m. 713-52!»22S
Covenont Churth, Ecumen>a~ L•ber•I S.ptut. Serv>e• 930 a.m. &
eduuliOn ~ t I • .m. 71U68-UJO.
Btnng Memon•I \/noted Methodist Church. S.rv•ce< •t 1:30 1.m
& 10 50 o.m. Sunday S<hool 945> m. 713-526-1017.
The Women•s Group. Mttt•ng & D...:usslon 10 45 a.m. 713-~
VM>ri•n F•l1°""1•P of Galveston County. 502 Church S~ S.rvic•
10'30 •.m 409-765-8330.
F1m Congregat>anol Church (Memon•Q. SeMC• •t 10 1.m.
Chrl1t1an Education. 11:30 p.m. 713-468-9543 or fcc·houston.019.
Unltirian F.ilow<hip of HO<Jston. Adllt f0<um 10 •.m. Service II
l .m. 71UIO-Sl76
Goy cathofics of St An"''s·Hourton. 5 p.m wor\h•p sefVl<e
Dinner 1nd soc .. 1. al•"•m41wtnrt 713-62l0930
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Auto Repair & Service
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Thoreau Unitarian Unlversal1st Congregation: Adult discuss.ion
9:4S • m. Servic• 11 1.m, 281-277-8882. www.tuuc.org.
first Urutuian Un1versalist Church. Services at 9:30 & 11 :30 a.m.
Brunch available 10:30 a.m. Panel Oiscuuion: Bisexuafity. 1:30
p.m. 713-S26-5200. churchOf•rstuu.org.
ANrcrun Black Cross Federation/Anarchist Re1ding Group. 1
p.m. www.haU1tonabc.org. 713-S95-2103
Houston Tel'\nis Oub. 9 a.m. Memorial Park at the TeM1s Center.
Houston Gay I lesbian Community Center Drop-in ho\irs 2 to 4
p.m. • Positive An Workshop Photography e .. hibition. • Dinner
It the C•nl.,. 6 PM. 803 H•wthome. 713-524-3111.
G•rden Party. "The Honeybee Show.• &:30 p.m Fundraise< 11 th•
Br~r Patch. 713~3-6705.
PflAG-Woodl•ndt Support gr®p. 71J.867·9020.
monday, may 21
G•y F1thenlhthers Forst. Support group. I p.m.
www G•yf•theft.Houston.org or 211·50S.1711.
Host Eie Conic. Froe eye ... ms for people wllh tw. 71J.i».3000
HIV tes1'ng. STD Exams & trUllMnL F1ee. AVES I p.m. to 6 IS
p m. 713-626-2837.
Kolbe ProJect. Euch•rist 7.30 p.m. 713-161-1800. ,
Northwoods AIDS Coalotion Food P•ntry Open. 10 • .m. 10 6 p.m.
Houston Tennis Oub. 9 a.m. Memorial Park at the Tennis Center.
Lesb••n & Gay Vok01 Radio Show I to 10 p.m. KPFT 90.1. 71].
AIDS M•st•I)'. 1 p.m. Montrose Counseling Center. 71l 52'-«131
Grief & Oov0<ce Support Groups. 7 p.m. Bering. 713-526-1017,
gayOAR W•Ull<Sl Community. Suppon Group. 7 pm. 71.J..52f>-
1017, ht 211.
Houston i.esbian and Gay Community Center drop-In hourJ from
6 to 9 p.m. •Unity Committee. 7:30 P.M Posiu~ Art Workshop
Pllotographye•hibiuon • 803 H•wthame. 71.J..524-3111.
tuesday, may 22
F0< M•ture Aud.enc°' Only Suppart group. 1 p.m. BOtlng
Memorial UMC. 713-526-1017.
HTGA Suppoot Group. 1 p.m. 71lS2().04J9.
Free HIV T01bng by the Montrose Oin1c. I p.m. to .rudnlght. Cub
Helping CrDls Dressers Anonymous. Support Group 1p.m713·
8"1ng Support Networlt. Lunch Bunch Gang II •.in. 713-526-1017.
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G•y Men's Proceu Group. 7 pm. 3316 Mt Vernon. 713-526·8390.
Men's Network. Oiscuu1on group for social, educational develop·
ment cf gay and bisexual men. 7 p.m_ Montrose Counsehng
Northwoods AIDS c .. l1t1on Food Pantry Open. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
OR Cmes. 3 p.m. 713-607-7700.
Hous.ton Ltsbian and Gay Community Center drcp·ln hours 6 to
9 pm • lesbian Coming Out Group • Pos1trve An Workshop
Photogr•phy exhibition.• I03 Hawthorne. 713-524-38t8.
G•y Men's Hullh. Montrose Counsehng Center 713-52~)7.
81-Net Houston Men's mix•• 713-467-4180
wednesday, may 23
FrH HIV Testlng Thomu StrHI Cinlc. 9 •.m. to I p.m 2015
Thomos Strffl 713-793-4026.
STD h•rns & tre•tmont HIV Tosung. Frtt AV!S Frtt. AVES 713·
frtt HIV Testing by the Montroie Cinlc. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mary's,
Venturo-N & Els. 713-130-3000.
B•Net Houston. 730 p.m. Women's SoClal. 713-~7-4380
Women's Network Montrose- Counseling Center Discussion
group f0< <Oda!, fducat1onal dtvelopment of gay and b1mual
women. 7 p.m. MontrOSt" Counseling Center. 713-529-0037
Northwoods AIDS Coalition Food Pantry open. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Projt<t Caesar. Workshop< AFH. 3203 Weslayan. 713-623-6796
Out Skate RoDor>k•"'19 Club. 8 to 10 p.m. 8075 Cook R .. d 28'-
RJ1nbow R.lnglen frtt C&W dance leuons. Brazot River Bottom
7 p.m. 711-880-0670 ..
Bible Stucty Noon & 630 p.m. St Stephon's !ptscopal. 713-526-
Spirltuol Uplift ierwc. 7 p.m. 81blo Study 7 30 p.m. RosurrKtJon
Frttlance Art Ouws by Kermit E1senhut for HIV+ 1ncfrviduals. 1
to 4 p.m. lunch prov•d<d. 713-523·9530.
Houston Temis Cub. 9 • m. Memorial P•rk •t the Tennu CentOf.
lesbi•n l tomure OiscusSIOn Group. 7 pm. 71J.523-3037
Houston Pride Bind. Open rohearsa~ 1107 Y•le. 713-527-0911.
www ho<istonpridebond org.
Benng Mernor11I UMfd Methodist Church. Dinnor at 6 30 p.m
V.oOIH Support Groups 7 p.m. 71l526-1017
HoustOn LHb'i,n and Gay Community Center drop-in hours 6 to
9 pm. • Positive An Workshop Pnotogr1phy edlibit1on • Free
HIV tut,ng by the Montrose Clinic 6 to 9 p.m. • 713-524-3818
Houston Area Beari. Ntwsletter ma1lout. Pot Pie. 713·52M3SO.
Center for AIDS. Women's m"er. 713-527-8210.
thursday, may 24
Gay Men's Chorus of Houston. Open rehearsal 7 p.m. 4307 San
Rainbow Raingltrs free C&W dance lessons. Brazos R1-vtr Bottom
7 p.m. 71J.880-0670.
Hop C Recovery. Support Group. 6:30 p.m. Benng 713-526-t017,
E>t. 211 .
STD Exams & trutment Frtt. AVES. 713-626-2837.
frtt HIV Testing by the M~tr= c&nlc. 8 p.m. to mid01ght. Toyz
Northwoods AIDS Co1ht1on food Pantry open. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lambda Skating Oub i.litate-s 8 pm. T~dew1nds. Skating Rink..
frontRunnet>. Rum1n9 Club. 6:30 pm. 713-522-&021.
HIV Art Therapy Program. 1 to 4 p.m. Kemut E11enhut. 713-523-
Women's C~nic. Montrose Clinic. 7•3-U0.3000.
Communny Gospel.Service 7 30 p.rlt 71].880-9235 or
HIV Tostong. Foeo. AVES 711-626-2837
HO\nton .osb11n and G•y C0<nmunity Center dro~ln hour> 6 to
9 p.m. • Po11t've Art Wor<shop Photography exhibition 6:30 pm.
• 7 pm. • 801 Howthome. 71l524-3818
friday, may 25
Hou~ton Atea Teen Coal1t1on of Homosexuals (HA.T C.H.)
Fret HIV T,Umg by the Montrose 01mc. 1Q pm to 1 •-m. RICh'i.
STD h•ms & treatment. F•ee AV!S 713-626-28!7.
frost Eye C1nlc Frtt eye ... ms for peoplo w th HIV 713-830-
O-Potrol wolks the ""''u. 9 pm. 713 528-SAFE.
Kolbe Proi«t. Morn ng PrayeL 10 • m. 713-861-1800.
H01Hton Tonnis Oub. 9 1.m. Memon•I Parl II the Tenrus Center.
Positive Art W0<kshop. t pm. to 4 p.m. P•trkk P•lmor. 713-526-
Lesb1•n Ind G•y Voice~ KPfT 90 I FM. 7 p.m. 713-526-5738
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Maranatha Fellowship MCC
(across from HCC-Downtown Campus)
meets In the home of Central Congregatlonal Church
6:30pm Sunday Evenings
JOIN US AS WE BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH COMPASSION
• Experience the presence of God
• Celebrate your faith
• Sing and make music in your heart to God
• Grow in the knowledge of God's word
"Moving from Individualism to Community" Rev. Janet Parker
"Blest be the tie that binds" Rev. Janet Parker
Please Join Us For Evening Services And Experience
The Love That Maranatha Fellowship MCC Has To Offer! ...................................................................................
Church Service begins at 6:30pm and
nursery is available for smafl children.
Mid-week "Home Group" services on
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
For more Info ...
713-528-6756 or email
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Quick Books 2001 • AIDS
Housing Coalition of Houston •
Saturday mornings • http//members.
x.htm • 281-437-0636.
Celebrating the Body Erotic
welcomes pioneenng men of all
ages and types who want to
relearn human sexuality as a
sacred transcendent & healthy •
June 9 & 10 • 713-426-5196 or
BAY AREA GAYS
There 1s a social group in the
Clear Lake area for gay men
(20s to 40s) looking for friendship
Volunteer Administrator needed
for one or two lessons to learn
Quick Books • AIDS Houston
Coalition Houston • 713-521-
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April 15th episode of Queer as
Folk. • VHS • David after 2:30
Theatre New West
2 males 20-25 for upcoming
production "Key West." Brief
nu~1ty •Call 713.522.2204
Interesting project • 713-409-
National HIV/AIDS Pharmacy
Hinng Community Ambassadors
• Flexible hours • PWAs return to
work • Priority Pharmacy • 800-
• 788-2232 X2276.
Mon-Fri • S7 25/hr • PT &
Seasonal •Answer inbound calls
• Process season ticket orders •
Background & credit investigation
required • EOE • 713-693-
Flexible hours • Graphics designer
with Pagemakero.0/6.5 for IBM
•Layout weekly service leaflets &
news bulletin • Art1st1c with other
projects Fax resume to
Christopher Thomas @ 713-222-
2412 or cthomas@christchurch
NEW CLUB ON FANNIN
Looking for Floor, Door,
Bartenders, and barbacks. Call
Housing assistance needed for
transitional living program •
Knowledge in the areas of
HIV/AIDS, substance abuse
(recovery) preferred • Fax
resume to 713.522.2674
BERING MEMORIAL UMC
Church-based AIDS Spiritual
Support Network serving a
diverse community including
GLBT and minorities seeks
Program Director Qualifications:
Creative, dynamic professional
with experience in community
outreach, GROUP and individual
counseling program development
and management • LPC or MSWACP
preferred Interested individuals
should forward resume and
qualifications to: Bering
Memorial UMC, c/o COSM,
1440 Harold, Houston. Texas
77006. • No £hone cal~
Now hiring part time floor help
•Please cal 713.521.1613
Now accepting applications for
Bartenders, Barbacks. Clean-Up
and Door Security
Applications accepted Monday
through Friday, 2:00-4.00 pm
onoly • Recent photo helpful •
Absolutely no phone calls.
please • Apply in person at 2517
~flDTOWN SPA HOUST0:-1
Apply in person •Start at $6.50
Nightingak ADC offers Tree
employment assistance to HIV+
individuals • Including job preparedness
development, job search assistance
• For more informations
The Club Houston 1s now
accepting apphcatins for
Certified Personal Trainers •
Apply in person at 2205 Fannin
or at www.the-clubs.com
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Relax to an hour of Swedish
massage • RMT #013700.•
Dewayne • 713.521.0654
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when you can't be there."
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3 adorable 1 week old kittens
are interviewing for responsible
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Rent to Own 50" Big Screen
TVs• Stanng at $29.99 a week •
Huge variety of men's sexy
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• Any accident • Any injury
Computer Not Performing?
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College Guy • Driveways •
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Spnng Beds • Shrubs • Color •
Reasonable • 7 I 3.861.9949
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uses Reiki,Tarot, Role Playmg
and Guided Meditation (and
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Location in Montrose • Call for
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Stunning corner lot • gorgeous
pool • Updated Kitchen & baths
• Large porches • Decorator
accents • S 199,900. • Gilda
Sprung • Coldwell Banker
EASTWOOD/U of H
I/I • $550/mo. plus gas & electric
• $300 deposit • 3/2 •
SI 150/mo. plus gas & electric•
$600 deposit • Has fresh paint •
New floors • Appliances •
Ceiling fans • Porch • Leave
Ceremonies • Fundrnising •
Montrose location • Big laser
lit/fog dance floor • Mahogany
bar • Walk-in cooler • game
room • Parking, security, DJ
included • Rental proceeds
donated to local AIDS charity •
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Heights • 6 IO E. 19th @ Oxford
• 211& shop/studio • Large lot
with alley • Sell for lot value
$134K •Owner• 713-520-6455.
Between Galleria & Greenway
Plaza • Shady cottage 211 •
study • Custom finishes •
Hardwoods • Large fenced yard
• Central AC • WD Connections
• Great location on cul de sac •
$1600 •Leave message @ 713-
212 duplex • 1918 Forest Hill •
Central AC • Deck • Lush landscaping
• Garage • Approx.
1200 SF• 713-923-3959 • 713-
Newly remodeled. 2 & 3 bedroom
homes & apartments. Near
Enron Field. Starting at
$450/month + deposit. and electric.
1/1 apartment in quiet complex •
$450/mo • $250 deposit • 7 I 3-
Dramitic 1/1 • San Felipe &
Kirby • Floor to ceiling windows
• Small Complex •
S750/mo • 2415 Mimosa• 281-
Office for rent
Second-floor office av:ulable immediately
at Houston Lesbian & Gay
Community Center, 803 Hawthorne
at Stanford. Dimensions are 14' x
12'6". Nonprofit glbt organization
preferred as tenant partners but all
inquiries are welcomed. Contact
Tim Brookover for rate and details.
713.524.3818, brookover@ev I .net
For Lease • 1700 sq ft. • Great
Heights lorotion Call
One bedroom • one bath • hardwood
floors • carport • central
ac/heat • water paid • S650/mo
plus deposit• 713.864.0039
Montrose • Own room • Near
Waugh @Clay• $237.50/mo. •
Volunteer and/or activist oriented
a plus • John @ 713-523-
Looking for a GM • 3.5-60 to
share 2b/2 1/2 ba privately
owned condo home • 3 miles W
of the Galleria • Included W fD •
Kitchen privileges • Ceiling fans
• Marble fireplace • Enclosed 2
car garage • large walk-in closet
• Outside patio • Pool in complex
• Cable & local phone • No
deposit required • Bills paid •
$540/mo •Available for move in
6/3 • Call Randy @ 713-780-
Garden • Pool • A ;apartment
furnished • Own bedroom •
Near Fitness Exchange • Must
, be employed & into working out
at the gym • $425/mu •713-529-
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30ish WM. Non-smoker•
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