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Title Houston Voice, No. 856, March 21, 1997
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  • Michelak, J. C.
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Date March 21, 1997
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Vickie Sha Paee 14 IVIARCH 21ST 1997 •ISSUE 856 Milam House President Resigns Amidst Controversv by Curt Momson Milam House President George Jonte resigned from his post last week c1ttng other commitments. Jrorucally. a resident of the housing facility brought forth allegattoris of sexual harassment to the organizations Exccul1ve Director V1ktona Goning last Friday. The res1den1, Richard Hudson, also contacted lhe Houston V01cr and indicated that he had documents lo venfy his claim Hudson ts a 31 year old man infected wtth Al OS. lie contends he lost his iob, his home and his ve~1cle and that his family aban· doned him a e ;ilt of his health status. Consequen , at c e behest of the PWA Coahuon, >-e was refmed to Mtlam House. According to Hudson, Jonte 1mmed1ately took a hkmg to him and the pursw1 fol· owed Hudson provtded the Houston V01ce w,th several letters of correspondence that Jonie purportedly senl or gave l11m In addtt10n, Hudson procured a copy of a message Jonie ldl on his answcnng machine last weekend when the maner arose In an effort to ensure accuracy, the events will be conveyed vta a quest10n and answer session among tht· pr.:ic1plcs involved. Following 1s an 1nterv1ew with the alleged v1cum Mr Hudson. Interviews wnh V1ktoria Gottmg and George Jonte will fol­low HY Why did you go to Milam House? RH 1 was a resident of Milam House after finding out I was HIV+ Circumstances forced me to a pomt where I was almost homeless. Through the PWA Coahnon, I found Milam House and moved mat the end of November HY What happencd7 RH I met the president of the board George Jonte and 1mmcd1ately I sensed a speaal liking to me I took hun as to be a very good friend t:f mme at the beginnmg He always did speaal things for me that be did not do for any other res1dnts 'Jke come over and take me on errands because I did not have a car. 1 felt that wc were develop­ing a spcaal bond, a very spcoal fnendsh1p. Soon thereafter, 1 learned that n wasn't a speaal fnendsh1p on his part Hc was want· mg to have sexual rdattons wnh me HY· How did you come to that conclu· s1on7 RH In the month's following he started leavtng me notes m my mailbox and cal on Soo MILAM page 7 Milam House Brown and Jackson-lee Slated 10 Appear at UlGA Honors Banquet by John Toups The Altican-Amencan Lcsb1 n and Gay Alliance (AAWA) ,., 1 hold the the r sec ond annual AA LGA awards ceremony next wcekcnd 1 ~e banquct thcme this vear 1s mkd "Our M ·ion Our Place , Our Furpose The g:oup will recognize an out· •• Jndmg bla1 k lesbian and gay ma!' 1n the 1..ategoncs of lomm1,;: .ty advocacy and 1,.;evelopmcn• health awareness. "'ie .irts, and poh: ca: lcadersh1 L.>si year's cvnt drt'W more than I 20 people The keynote address will be de1 >ered by Dr Lee P Brown, professor of Soetology at Rice University. Brown, a respected nauon· al leader and former Pohcc Chief of Houston and New York, is widely expected 10 be a candidate m the upcoming November mayoral decuoris Oth<r prom1· nent Afncan-Amencan leaders slated to be m atlendancr ure US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson·Lee Houston City Council member Michael Yarborough, and Rudy and Ju mta Rasmus. co-pastors of St John•s lJ"!lted M. >iod1st Ch~ • h AALC.A was formed more than three years ago b t\\" black gay rien who decid ed to fc ri o~,1zat ~ 'or Icsbl3J1S and gay m~ v uaJs of Afncan descent 111 the Bayou LUY \\< nh1n four month's after the groups first meeting at a southwest Houston apa:'lment, thcv had acquired near'y onc­~ uedred members "Our goals wt·~ SJmplc," mform<J ken HiJTl.S. a co. founder "We wanted tG raise the v1s1b1hty of Black lesb1aris and gay "'en. \Ve arc often over ookcd m the commuru11rs we have ev•ry nght to c. 1m, the gay com· mumty and the black wmmunny. AAL(,A stnvcs to erase a couple of myths, fr·st that thcre are nc black lesbian and gay people, and secondly. that heterosexual Afncan­Amencans are not wclcommg of lesbians and gays. ln our expenencc, wc have seen quue the contrary" The honorees at this years gala arc See AALGA page 16 Orbit Gets User Friendly The Houstor Astros Orbit and V10/et .JOllnson, Libranan for Hot.ston PtJblic Library promoting the Houston Pt,b;,c Ubrarys free Internet training classes. See regional news page 4 for deta~s. Selena -A Light Not Yet Extinguished Mother Teresa Eves AIDS Work Calcutta, India (AP) • Barely three days alter handing over the leadership of the global m1ss1on she founded, Mother Teresa said Sunday she would hke to work with AIDS paltents m the Unned States. "I'm warned about the impact of AIDS in the present-day society," the 86-year-old nun said after receiving an award from the Bombay-based lndo-Amencan Soetcty "I'm eager to go to the Umtrd States and set up a center for AIDS pa!lents there." she said 1n her acceptance speech She did not daborate on her plans. The pnvate 1'1do-Amencan Society, which prot:lotes trade and cultural ues bctwccn the two countnes, said u gave Mother Teresa the awud because she has encouraged "the spmt of sen ice and sarn· ficc throughout the world " On Thursday, Mother Teresa turned over leadership of the M1SS1onanes of Chanty, the Roman Cathohc order she founded almost 50 years ago, to Sister Nirmala, an Indian-born convert to Chnst1an1ty. Smee then, she has also told reporters she would bke to start a m1ss1on m Cluna So far, the Chinese government has not let her enter. Moth<r T=sa won the 1979 Nobel Puce Pnzc for her "ork with the poor Her J\.tissic"narcs of Chanty, wlucb was staned 1n Calcuna, now has 568 houses and mJS s1oris m 120 countnes, ind ding the Uncted States. H Donl Procrastinatel Clean Out Those Closets. by Matt Locklin AIDS Housing Coalition Houston • The AIDS Housmg Coaliuon Houston (AHCH) is requesung Houston Voice read­ers donate unwanred household items for the 1997 Spnng Rummage-A-Rama chanty sale to be held Sarurday, Apnl 5, 1997 from Sam to 3pm. AU proceeds benefit the "TLC House" emergency shelter, which serves the HlV homeless populatton of Montrose. Anything that still works IS needed' Items such as fumiNrc, antiques, collectibles. dish­es, lawn and garden equipment, and exercise equipment, cloctromcs, adult uems, toys, Videos and those unwanted Chnstmas gifts. Tax deductible rece1ptS are avallable. You can drop off uems seven days a week from now until Apnl4th at 117Tuam Ave. (end of FallVlew)@ comer of Helena St. We will pick up, 1f necessary. Just call 713-521-1613. ComunitV Invite to Anniversarv Commemoration by Jo Ward TrU$1et/ Annzwnary OJmmtttee Mmrh<r &ring Ccmmunity Sn-vie• Founliatwn 1997 marks Bering Community Service Foundation's tenth year of service to the • community. Founded in 1987, our Support Network, Care Cenrer, and Dental Clime oruy served a handful of people. The brave md1v1duals who founded Benng Commuruty Service Founctauon thought a cure for A IDS would be qu1clcly found No one dreamed that ten years later these same programs would be helping the community survlVe the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS It has been a long ;ourney and we are grateful to have found the resources to care for the many tndiv1duals and their families who sought our assistance. We will valiant­ly continue this ;ourney until the cure JS found Your commitment 10 Benng has helped to make every srep of the ;ourney possible Today, we serve over 4.000 md1- v1duals though our five programs: Benng Dental Clrruc, Benng Care Center, Benng Support Network. Benng Financial Assistance, and our newly launched Sentry Program. We are srill commmed to quality and compass10natc care To commemorate our anruversary, we arc planning a candle hght procession on Thursday, April IO, 1997. The enure com­munity lS mv1tcd, mcludmg our clients, vol­unteers, grantors, and supporters. Partic1pan1S will garher along Harold Street berwetn Dunlavy and Mulberry at 7pm and wrll process wnh candles to the Bering Memonal United Me1hod1s1 Church parkmg lot where fesnval rents will be set up for peo­ple to garher. Special presentations wrll be made to recognize those who played a spe­ctal role 1n Benng"s history. We would be honored if you couldiom us for the evening. fl MONTROSE AREA UPDATE n by Lee Davis Leather'97 The Mr San Francisco Lcarher '97 Contest comrruttee rs proud to announce the 19th Annual Mr. San Franctsco Leather con­test to be held on Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 6:30pm with a full service bar with the compc:t111on and show begmnmg at IOpm. The contest and show returns to the newly renovated Russian Center (Sutter St. (UJ D1VtSadero). lntemauonal Mr. Drummer Kyle Brandon will ~mcee rhe event with former Ms. San Franrnco Leather, Quetn Cougar Tickets are S25 m advance or $30 at the door For mfo call Marcus Hernandez al 415.923.9811 Thanks To TGRA The staff and managtment of the Brazos RlVC? Bottom wish to extend their thanks to the Taas Gay Rodeo Assocta!Jon (TGRA), Houston for their cfforu m the Walter Carter Benefit Show held last Sunday after­noon. It's good people like you who make the community a better place! Pageant Results Inergy was rhe proud host of the Miss Sourheast Texas Am<nca Pageant and announced the followmg results: Shawna St. John won the Celeste Martmez Spmt Award, Best Interview and finally the new Miss Southta$t Texas Amenca. Congrarulauons Shawna• Other winners included Ashlee Houston for Best Talent and Best Evening Gown. Knsun Taylor was First Alternale. Congrarulations 10 all of the performers on a great evenmgl Monev1 Monevl The Colt 45s gave their lasl mstallment of S 10.000 pledge 10 the Montrose Counseling Center m memory of former Coll 45 and MCC Board member Darryl Butler. (Ir) Norm and Spook with MCC's Ron Jenson. Donned "Bnngmg m the Green", the Colt 45s worked their fingen to the bone at van­ous fund raisen Ihroughout the year to pro­duce the money badly needed by the Cenrer Way 10 go Colts! Sisters In Action Garden Party mv1tes you to a spectal show at EJ's on Sunday, March 23. Beginnmg promptly at 7pm, "Sisters m Action" bnngs you hilarity, Garden Party style Please make plans 10 be there as rev­enues benefit Garden Party 22. Garden Pany recently announced their benefictanes for this year. The lucky wm­ners were Lady V1ctona Lust PWA rece1V1ng 50% of the mowes, Colt 45s Stone Soup and the Assistance Fund each recelVlng 25%. T T T T T T T T T In This Issue Regional News pages 4 & 5 National News pages 6 & 7 Ans & Entenainment pages 18 & 19 Columnists Plain Speaking - page 8 Righteous Indignation - page 9 Life with AIDS · page 20 It's My Fault· page 14 Religion page 21 Service Directorv pages 26 & 27 Horoscope page 24 Health/Spons page 21 Scene and Heard page 28 Out In Houston page 29 CommunitV Calendar page 30 Communitv Directorv page 32 Classifieds pages 31 & 32 Personals page 35 M A RC H HOUSTON VOl~E One Community! One Voice!. ISSUE ass IVIAACH 21 ST. 1 997 Established 1974 1S li1e Montrose Sw. 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Veteran community acnvists Deborah Bell and Jim Carper were elected to the coveted posts. The Krewe of Olympus was selected as the organizational Grand Marshall. The 1997 Pride parade will take place at night, a first for any Pride parade m North America. As a result, sig· nificant changes have been implemented with respect to the parade's route and rul<s. The parade will be held Saturday <vening, June 29, at 9 p.m. promptly. The orgaruza· lion is hosting a workshop April 8 to assist community businesses and organizations with their entry. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Multo·Serv1ce Center, 1475 W<st Gray and will presented by the Krewe of Olympus In related news, the organization announced that the official party of Houston's 1997 Pnd< Week will in coniunc· hon with Outrage, Inc., a non-profit group Outrage 1s the creative force behind Houston's annual Halloween Party, a fundraising <vent that has raised more than $79,000 for local chanues. For more infor­mation concerning Houston's I 997 Pride Week, call 529-6979 Houston Area Women's Center: "Enough Is Enough" Apnl has been designated •sexual Assault Awareness Month" by Governor George W Bush, the Texas Assoc1at1on Agamst Sexual Assault, the Texas Department of Health, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Houston Area Women's Center Accordmg to the Houston Aiea Women's Center (HAWC), the organization saw a 99% increase in the number of adult rape survivors served in the Rape Cnsis Program last year from 938 adults in 1995 to 1,867 in 1996. Additionally, the number of individu· als counseled m support groups for family and friends of rape survivors increased 24% and children served by the program increased 37%. The center proVldes services and a safe haven for women m cnsts. The organization has created a campaign, Enough is Enough, m an effort to combat these alarming statis­tics. Last year there were approximately 2039 rapes reported to the Houston Police Department Only one in ten rapes are reported howC'VC'r and statistics show that only one to two percent of rapists arc con· v1cted For more information concemmg the Houston Area Women's Center or to volun· teer your semces, call 52~798 Mitchell Apologizes For Gav Slur Auston City Council Member Enc M11chell apologized last week for inappro­priate remarks against gays and lesbians. Muchell issued th< apology through an aide and indicated tha1 he was not enttreiy sure that he uttered the dtfamatory word for which h< was accused of using; faggot Mitchell contends he may have used the word m angtt amidsl a pnvate conversation with Daryl Slusher, one of his aides Mitchell IS up for re~lection 1n May Gay groups, m prot<sl, indicated that the word 11faggot" promotes violence aimed at gays and lesbians and condtmn<d 11> usage. They requested that Mitchell demonstrat< his support of 1he communuy and part1C1· pal< in the upcoming March supporting hate-cnmes kgislat1on HPD hosts March on Crime, Implements Delinquem Ticket Initiative The Houston Police Departm<nt's "March on Crime" Campaign began at the beginning of the month and conunu<s IVI A R C H throughout March This year's campaign marks the departments 13th year of hosung the event which 1s des1gn<d to mform and involve ciuzens of the Bayou City 1n cnm< prevention. Upcoming <vents include a "Gun Saftty" presentation March 25 al the Westside Police Station and a presenta11on on "Violence In The Workplae<" will be offered at the same locauon March 27 In related n.ws, the HPD 1s sllll amidst a program launched earlier this year enforcing stricter traffic con1rol enforcement Included 1s rigorous enforcement of seat belt laws. Targe1ed violations include running red lights and stop signs, illegal lane changes and illegal turns The int<rs<etion s1t<s that will be most monitored include: Bellaire & Fondren; Elgm & Mam and W<sthe1mer & W. Sam Houston Pkwy. Begmrung Apnl I, the cost of overdue unpaid City of Houston traffic tickets 1s gomg to dramatically increase. Starting then, drivers who have not appeared m court m response to a traffic ticket will not be able to renew or replace 1he1r driver's licenses until the tickets are properly taken care of Add111onally, a $30 administrative fee wlli be ass<ssed to each ucket for which the vio­lator whom failed to appear The program, Failure to Appear, 1s a cooperauve effort between the City of Houston and the Department of Pubic Safety. The DPS will send notifications to affected md1v1duals m the coming weeks. Montrose Police Sub Station to get New Home According to Jeff Bray, a correspondent of the Houston Chronicle, HPD's Montrose Sub-station will be moving to a new site JUSt blocks away after the new budding 1s con· struct<d. The idea was the brainchild of Sia Ravan, owner of The Plant House. The article contends that the new bu1ld1ng "will be built on the north side of the lot between Grant and Crocker streets." The building will house The Plant House and the police storefront and simultaneously provide the facd1t1cs w ith morr parking ~pace. AHCH Hosts Spring Rummage-A-Rama Charttv The AIDS Housing Coalition Houston will be hosting the 1997 Spnng Rummage· A-Rama chanty sale benefiting the TLC House emergency shelter. The tn·annual <vent IS one of the largest yard sal< <vents held m Houston. Proc<eds from the event will benefit AIDS housmg efforts in the Montros~ area The organization has raised more than $42,000 as a result of th<s< community g<t togethers according to AHCH Execuuve Director Mau Locklin. The sale will be held Saturday Apnl 5, 1997 at 115 Tuam To donate or acquire more mformahon, call (713) 521-1613. Briets A first lime communuy <vent bringing women cantors and soloists together to sing Jewish music wnuen by and for women will take place at the Kaplan Theater of th< Jewish Community C<nt<r of Houston March 27. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Shalom Bayll Houston Jewish Network Against Domestic Abuse. For more informabon, call (713) 729-3200 <XI 3231 . By popular demand, The Houston Public Library's fr.e Int<rn<l training pro­grams have been exttnded through June The classes are open to the general public For information, call (713) 236-1313 .... Lee Brown will be the Honorary Chau at an <vent sponsored by Career and Recovery Resources, Inc., a United Way agency The rvent 1s dedicated to helping people 1dent1fy and overcome bamers lo employment. For information, call (713) 754·7000 The Landmark River Oaks Theatre will be show· ing the cult-classic film, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," unencumbered by trailers, or previews, at its start Pa1rons will be ptt· scnted wuh the trailers and promotions fol· lowing the films 1f they desire to remam seated The film 1s shown every Saturday mght at about Midnight .. The Soc1<1y for 2 1 S T ., a a 7 REGIONAL the Performing ArtS has debuted its Web sue. For the latrst information about upcoming performances, artists or company news, you can connect to the site at wwwspahouston.org ... . Florescence: The Arts 10 Bloom, an upcoming biennial flower and horticulture show sponsored by The Garden Club of Houston, River Oaks Garden Club and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is scheduled to take place April 15 and 16, 1997 For more information, call (713) 639-7300. Meredith Wilson has been appointed to the pos1t1on of Curator of Education of the Contemporary Arts Museum located at 5216 Montrose Blvd. Wilson will over<ee all of the Museum's public education programs For more mfor· matlon concemmg the museum, call (713) 524-8250.. Prudential Texas Properties will host a free homebuyers Seminar Tuesday, March 25, 1997. The seminar will cover everything involved m buying a house from start to finish. A workbook ts included and loan quahficat1on will be provided at no charge by Savings of Amenca. For more information, call (713) 977-9449 and ask for Joyce Rascoe. T T T T T T T T T Grammv Winner Dionne Warwick Slated to Appear with HSO Recording superstar Dionne WaIWJck 1s scheduled to appear with the Houston Symphony Orchestra (HSO) April 19 m a concert benefiting the The College Fund/UNCI-'. Accompanied by a full orchestra, Warwick will smg a selection of her biggest bus as well as Jazz and Broadway standards. Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Stem will lead a short first half of hght classical and popular orchestra music. Warwick's career spans decades. Dunng th~ 60's, she amassed an 1mpress1vc reper· to1re of smash hit singles. In fact, from 1963 to 1966, Warwick sold more than 12 million records. She has recorded with some of the industry's biggest acts mcludmg Johnny Matthis, Barry Manilow and Isaac Hayes. Her biggest selling single was a collaboration wuh Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder on "That's What Fnends Are For," of which proceeds benefited AIDS related chantics The HSO will celebrate their return from Europe this weekend with an all· Tchaikovsky concert March 15 at 8 p.m conducted by Music Director, Maestro Chnstoph Eschenbach. The program fea· tures young v1ohnist Tamak1 Kawakubo. Next weekend, the HSO wlll present Lights .. Camera .. Music! Maestro Stem will lead the orchestra m music from ong1nal movie soundtracks of The Wizard of Oz, Rohm Hood, and The Yearhng, as scenes of the movies arc projected on a huge screen hung over the slagc. The concert takes place at 10:30 a.m., March 29 at Jones Hall. Additionally, the Houston Symphony· Exxon Pops presents Great Loves of the Silver Screen March 28-31, also at Jones Hall The evening concertS will mclude selections from Star Wars, Bngadoon. Aladin, Doctor Zhivago and others For information call (713) 227-ARTS Thousands Expected To March in Austin Orgamm• or the Man:h m MaRh this weelend 1n Austm, TX indicate that thousand> of gay; and le>b1an;, thcu fam1h<> and rncnd, will hit 1he ~lrccts thi< Sunday, Man:h 23, 1997. The March, 1n <uppon or the upcoming Texil.\ Hate Cnrncs Lcg1,Jauon, aka Senate 8111 80, will be held from Noon to 4 p.m. The leg1slat1on is spon­< orcd by state Sen. Rodney Ell" 11 pa.<'>Cd, the bill woo Id 1oughen the punishment for 1hO>C convicted of en mes \lemming from prejudice or bias due to an individuals race, rchg1on, d1sahillty or \CXUal oncntation Evenlli arc planned prior and following the Man.:h. Following is a schedule of e,·cnt\ from information for­warded to the Houston Vou.:e: PFLAG Souih1'<Sl Regional Meeting - PFLAG is ho>tmg a s1Jtew1de meeting for all regional ch .. pti·rs_ The gathenng 1~ dcMgned to implement a ~rategy for advocacy IS.\0C5_ All chapten arc plan­ning to march m unison on Sunday 'The meeting tak~ pla..:e a1 the Gr.k.-c unncd Methodist Oiun:h, 205 Ea>t Mooroe a1 Noon, Saturday, Man:h 22 .. For more mfonnauon, call PFLAG at (71l)867-9020. • Gay Youth Rally. Spon,orcd by LGRL. this rally "dc>igned to me,.... awareness 1o the plight or being a gay and leM>i3.11 youth who often umes endure d1~nmm.a11on at alamung levels m the public edu­cation sy•tcm The event IJl;es pla..-e al the State Capitol Bu1Jdmg al I pm , Sa1urd.ay, Man:h 22 on the South <tcP». Log Cabin Rtpublicans orTtus - The gay Re)ltlbhcan group Wiii hold a special fundr.usmg event a1 the home of Mr Joe Cloud, a Jcadcr m the Austm gay community for gay nghl\ The even1 is Uf>C<1· ed to draw mcmbc" anJ suppone" from around the sute, who will be m to"'n for the Man:h. Ature 15 casual The even1 bcgms at 5 pm , Saturday Marth 22. For more mfonnauon. call (512) 37 I .3535 and a.'k for Ronnie Bound., The March • The march begins at Palmer Aud1tonum, Sunday, Marth 23 at Noon Panic1pants arc encooragcd to bnng bannen and 51gns The march will proceed up to the S1a1e Capitol Palmer Aud1tonum I\ located at 400 South F1nt Street The Rally • ~ollowmg the March, a rally will take place on the <outh step' or the State Capitol Bu1Jd1ng. Sevtral key pohtic1an, and speaken from the state an: expected to addrc.\! the crowd Th• Party • A street party " planned shonly after the March to celebrate oor effons and <uccesses The party con,ene; at 4th and Cungress LGRI. Lobby Day - Monday, Marth 24 15 Lobby Day. This is p!Yotal Anyone "'ho can manage to take the day off 'hould con,ult w1th their ele<:ted leader.. about the 1mponance or th1> bill. This will ollow the leg1>latures to see a f3'.'< behind the concern It can male a d1ffen:n.;e Call LGRL for more 1nformat1on concerning Lol>by Day. The number IS (512) 474-5475. For more mfomuuon about the woc:kcnd> act1vit10> and events. call the l,e.b1.U1 Gay Right' Lobby 11(512) 474. 5415. MMOM. MIK---WM.M§ tw.+•+ P A G E ~ pend a day at home with a happy. committed couple who have provided more than thirty years of quality health care to Houston's gay and lesbian community. Psychotherapist Tony Carroll and his panner Dr. Bruce W. 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In an attempt to hold a peaceful protest march on Fifth Avenue pnor to the St. Patnck's Day parade, 35 members and sup­poncrs of the Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization (ILGO). ILGO was once again excluded from the parade by its orga­nizers the Ancient Order of Hibernians who claim the parade is a "pnvatc Catholic pro· cession". In a statement issued Man:h 16, ILGO said, "The Ancient Order of Hibernians has used the FtrSt Amendment to exclude ILGO from the parade. It 1s ironic then that ILGO is arrested each year while attempting to exercise our First Amendment right to protest that exclusion. lgnonng d1scnmma­tion in any form is dangerous. It is our responsibility, and u should be our nght, to oppose d1scnminatton when and where It rears its ugly head " Andrew Bears h All The former New Republic editor, Andrew Sullivan, discusses the day he discovered he had HTV, his life 1ns1dc the Washington belt· way, and his views on gay relat1onsh1ps in Apnl"s POZ magazine. In a frank and deeply personal interview with fellow-author and sometimes adversary Larry Kramer, Sullivan also discusses his rchg1ous philosophy, how he came to terms with having HIV, and why he decided to make his d1agnos1s pubhc. AHF Benefits From liz Fresh on the heels of her star-studded 65th birthday spectal and while she was stlll rccovcnng from the removal of a benign bram tumor, Elizabeth Taylor, through her Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, has done 11 again' M1chad Weinstein. President of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundauon (AHF), proudly accepted a check for SI 00,000. "I am humbled by the enormous generosity and compassion of Elizabeth Taylor," said AHF's Weinstein. "'Until trad1t1onal AIDS fundmg catches up with the spectacular treatment advances, gifts hkc Ms. Taylor"s arc a cnt1cal means to pull as many people into the lifeboat as pos· s1ble. On behalf of all our patients and peo­ple the world over living with II IV, I thank her not only for her gift, but also for the unparalleled d1gn1ty she bnngs to all of her work on behalf of people with AIDS." PRO/CON Coburn Bill? Conflicting vtews arc pouring in from all over the nation with the mtroduct1on of the HIV Prcvenuon Act of 1997 (Coburn Bill) on March 13. Representative Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, IS seeking suppon for the establishment of a confiden· tlal, nat10nal HIV reporting effon, rcqumng panner no11ficat1on, mandaung testing for sexual offenders, protecting healthcare pauents & professionals from inadvertent exposure to HIV, and giving patients ac°"ss to 1nsurancc-requ1rcd HIV test results. The Coburn Btll also allows adopuve parents to learn the AIDS statuS of a child, cnminal· izcs intentional transm1ss1on of HfV, and ensures the confidenuahty of infected per· sons Senior Policy Analyst Robert Maginnis of the Family Resean:h Council said "any effective HIV prevenuon pohcy must refocus pubhc health clfons on implementing long· standing health techniques designed to cur­tail communicable dtseascs The HIV Prevenuon Act of 1997 is a good strategy because u docs iust that - u begins to treat the spread of HIV hke the ep1dem1c u ts."" The Independent Women's Forum (lWF) heralded Coburn's Act as a turning point in the fight to stop HIV I AIDS, calling the bill the first attempt to treat the disease as a pub­lic health matter rather than as a poliucal issue. Barbara Ledccn, IWF Executive Director for Pohcy, called passage of the leg· tSlat1on a crucial issue for women . .. Women arc exposed to HIV every day without their knowledge. In some states, rape v1ct1ms don't have the nght to know 1f their attacker ts HIV-pos111vc,'' continued Lcdcrn "'Women have a nght to protc{·t tbtmsclvcs." On the opposu1on, the National Minonty AIDS Council's Director of Government a IVIAA C H Rclauons & Pohcy denounced the bill, say· mg "contrary to the m1slcadmg charactcnza. tion by us author Rep. Coburn, as a com· prchens1ve proposal to cuna1I the spread of the vrrus that causes AIDS, u will under· mine the best approach to HIV prevenuon and control developed by cxpens in public health and health care over the last 15 years" Winnie Stachclberg, the Human R1ght's Campaign Leg1sla11vc Director and a mem­ber of the Execullvc Commlltcc of National Orgamzat1o ns Responding to AIDS responded "this 1s nothing more than a pack­age of warmed-over proposals that have been reiected by the pubhc health establish· mcnt and lawmakers. These proposals intrude on local health care providers and do nothing to give md1v1duals who arc at nsk of HIV the informauon they need to change their behavior." "In reality, none of the provision m the btll have anything to do wtth preventing the spread of HIV," said Aimee Berenson, AIDS Action Council's Director of Government Affairs. "The only way to prevent people from becoming infected with HIV 1s to pro­vide them wuh straight-forward informauon about how HTV 1s transmuted and how they can modify behaviors that may put them at n sk. This bill does nothing to address pre· vent1on at all. Instead, Rep. Coburn 1s pro­moting a hodge-podge of coercive testing. related policies. under the pretense that 1den· ufymg people who are HIV-pos1t1vc, in and of ttself, will somehow prevent other from being infected" Gambling With The Christian Coalition Shonly after Ralph Reed spoke to the Conservative Poliucal Action Conferen°" last wuk, there was a panel dt:SCUSS1on among conservatives who consider them· selves among President Clinton's greatest poht1cal enemies. But Recd, a fierce Clinton cnllc, couldn't hang around to listen lie had to hurry to keep an appointment at a most unhkely venue th<" Clanton While House. Recd was invited to meet with White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles after the Chnst1an Coaliuon wrote Clinton a let· ter raising conttrns about a comm1ss10n that is 5lated to study the gambling industry "Reed instigated a commumcahon wnh the While Housr and we followed up on 11." said an adm1ntStrat1on oflic1al, who spoke only on cond1t1on of anonymuy. " II wasn"t a big deal" Reed prcsrnted Bowles wtth a hst of Democrats who the Chnsuan Coahuon recommended for the panel Bowles accepted the hst but made no com­mitments. Briefs Responding to the growing needs of the black gay & lesbian community, the Nauonal Black Lesbian & Gay Leadership Forum announced its first major reorganiza. tion m ten years. The changes include the add111on of two new programs, three new national staff members, a new name, and cnurcly new National Board of Directors, a new regional structure and a lower member· ship fee. The new name merely reversed from "Gay & Lesbian" to "Lesbian & Gay" ... Dr John D'Em1ho will step down from his pos111on as Director of the Pohcy lnslltutc of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Fon:c on March 28. Urvash1 Vaid will assume the directorship. Sheila Kuehl, speaker pro-tern of the Cahforn1a State Assembly, will deliver the first keynote address of the Tenth Annual Creating Change Conference on Thur<day evening, November 13, 1997 in San Diego. For more info call 202.332.6483, ext 3329 Amcncan Family Associauon and Kerusso Ministries a rc coordinating cffons to bnng a message of hope to Amenca. Tu led HOPE '97, the tour will counter the growing prolif· erat1on of pro-homosexual philosophy m every area of our culture including business, education, entertainment, media, politics and the church .... Mother Teresa's order elected an Indian-born sister today to suc­ceed the Nobe-I laureate who 1s too 111 to con ~ tmuc as head of the chanty m1ssmn she founded 50 years ago. Sister Nirmala, 63, LS 2 1 S T 1 e e 7 r • a Hindu convert to Roman Catholicism. A new anti-gay campaign by radical religious hate groups threatens to ground American Airlines for their support of lesbian and gay consumers. Please wnte Amcncan Airhnes and let them know you support their work wnh the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen­der community at PO Box 619612, MD 2400 DFW Airport, TX 75261- 9612 . •. Entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha on UPN TV) is slated to MC the Academy Awards Benefit Spotlights AIDS on Monday, March 24 at 5:30pm .Two lucky Internet fans will spend five nights and four days in L.A as winners of the TJ Martell Foundauon for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research's "Contest for a Cure" music tnv1a contest. Check if out at www.timartellfoundauon.org. Performanc es by the Broadway cast of "Rent" and the cast of "When Pigs Fly" arc scheduled at the MILAM/1rompage 1 my phone and dropping httle innuendoes in conversation that he was the president of the board and I needc-d to do certain things to ensure my residency. There was one inct· dent where he had taken me to the Assistance Fund to drop off some paper­work and he told me that he was going to give me an old pager of ht> that I could trade in on a new pager. So, we went to his house to pick this pager up and some paperwork he needed for Milam House. I was going to wait m the car but he invited me m to see his house We went m and I asked him 1f I could make a telephone call and he said to go into the bedroom to use the phone. I did. He had pornographic magazine's spread all over the bed and poppers. He proceeded 10 try and take my clothes off and tncd 10 suck his tongue m my mouth I got extremely upset and I stormed out the door and walked home HV: Then what happened? RH When I got home, there was a mes­sage on my recorder saymg "I'm sorry it happened, please don't tell anybody, please forgive me." I avoided him for a few days and the phone calls JUSI kept coming and coming. Then, he started hanging around the house for a while and grabbed me in the genitalia and orher areas. He mvucd me to go out w11h him one mght and we went out one mght to the bars ThJS was strictly a fnmdsh1p thing on my part As the night went on, the more dnnks we got m us, we finally ended up at Pacific Street And there, he tned 10 start kJSsing and making out with me. I left there also and went home. HV; Did you ever tell Mr. Jonte directly that you were not interested in anything other than platonic friendship? RH: George was made very aware of my preference in men. I prefer black men. He knew very well that there was never a chance that l was going to be sexually involved wt1h him and he continued to pursue me non­stop. HV· Again, did you ever tell him drrcctly? RH I made 11 very clear to George that I valued him as a friend. He did a lot of things for me. HV; Didn't ti seem odd that an individual you JUSI met would do all of these things for you? RH. No, it didn't seem odd. I was aware after the first month that the s11ua11on was going 10 get out of hand. Bui when my res­idency was threatened there, that 1s what made me not come forward because I had no other place to go HV· You mentioned innuendoes. Did Mr. Jonte ever state dircctly that your residency would be threatened tf you did not comply with his requests RH· Yes. You have a letter there where he apologizes for insen<t11vc remarks that he made. HV: What exactly were those insensllive remarks RH. He said he was going "[cxple11ve)my brains out or I was gomg 10 be out on the street " When he said that he was laughing. I took that as a threat on my residency at Milam House !IV· Why did you go into lus house when you wrrc certainly aware that ht' was inter· rste<l m more than a platonic fnendsh1p? 8th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Monday, March 31 at 7·JOpm at the Sheraton Also expected arc Carol Channing, Joel Grey, Nell Carter, Terrence McNally, Wendy Wasserstein, James Naughton, Jessica Hect, Bnan Batt, Isaiah Washington, Michael Boatman, Lisa Edelstein, David Marshall Grant and Gregory Harrison ... Proicct Inform and WISE (Women's information Services & Exchange) recently announced that their Executive Director, Dawn Averitt, will be Joining the Information and Advocacy Department at Proicct Inform on Apnl 15 ... Winter Party 1997, "A Salute 10 Miami Beach" was the largest and most successful lesbian and gay fund raiser in the US. This year's celebration raised an estimated $325,000 with all proceeds bencfiung the Dade Human Rights Foundation. T T T T T T T T T RH I look back on it now and say 'That was really a dumb thing to do." At the time, I honestly did not think that George would have the gall to pursue me hkc that, knowing that I could have gone directly to the Executive Director. At the same time, my residency was being threatened. He JS the president of the board and he makes every­body m the house very aware that ht' is the president of the board. He uses the term frc. qucntly. Where I understand it, the prcs1- dcot has pull and can do things I was scared George Jonte HV· In the lener dated February 12, 1997, refernng to your outmg at the bars Jt states • 11 was not the fact that we went out and got wild, ti was the way ti ended." How did ti end? RH I was dating a man at the tome and this man's best fnend ts a bartender at Pacific Street. Well. George was totally embarrass­ing. He was all over me and try1n;; to tongue me and I iust knew that that was going 10 get back to my boyfriend and I could not stand the situation. George reminds me of a man that molested me as a chtld, so he totally repulses me [sexually]. l let\, I walked out the door and I walked home at one in the morn mg. HV· The letter continues: "You're obvi­ously sull deahng with some thinJ!S that make you very unsure of being wt1h me. If you want to sec me, you'll need 10 call me. I care for you a lot and I'll always be there 1f you need me for anything?" Did you call him after the incident and did he stop calling you as he indicated he would? RH: I don't belt eve I did, I didn't sec him for two days. HV: Four days later you receive another letter, dated February 16, inv1ung you to din­ner with a menu m numencal order that con .. SIStS of "sex, salad, sex, beef or pork roast, sex, dessert, sex, sex, sex." Did you go to 1h1s dinner? RH Absolutely not. I never went to htS house again after the incident. HV: Did you ever bnng any of these alle­gations forth to Vikki's attention? RH Not until the last couple of weeks did I start acknowledging things because I thought ti was gcttJn;; to a pomt where I felt that he was obsessed with me and was stalk­ing me and making me feel that my residen­cy was threarcnrd HV· Again, I have to ask why didn't you come forward sooner., RH. I felt that because he was the prcs1- See MILAM page 10 --=···---·•§ •••••• P A G E 7 SUNDAY~ MARCH 23 f AL RODEIA is Celebrating Tbe JOtb AnniYersary oi llis 21st Birthday BARBECUE BUFFET SeITed 5pm to Spm • $5 Per Plate IATIN MUSIC & IATIN DANCERS ~ "* From 5pm to 9pm * ~ ALL-STAR REVUE * Featuring Houston's Hottest Entertainers * at9pm ~ ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT A. V.E.S. MALESfRIP CONTESTS SUNDAYS witb Black l'eh'ett WEDNESDAYS with Dyan Michaels Sbowtimes at 11 pm $150 in Cash Prizes Spice Up Your Mondav at ... 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Why I am not sure. as m all the childhood photos we SttT11ed unalike. Certamly we grew up as d1SS1m1lar as poss1Me given the same genes. David was the athlete • quarterback of the high school football team, no small feat cons1dcnng he was • and is • live foot seven mches and so nearsighted his nickname was "Radar" My brother went from htgh school to the Anny from which he parted under unfavor­able circumstances nme years later. David shared our father s abusive behavior, even as a teenager Except (o, our mother'S funeral six years ago we have nc1 t>ad a conversauon of any lengt°' m several .:'.ecades. I, on the '>ther hanJ, mtellectually, real­ized quite early that I was homosexual and endeavored for far too long to suppress my nature. to the pomt of entenng a heterosex· ual mamag<e I still recall the cold ch1U I felt when, an our only conversatton on the sub­ject, my m !her remarked that she had always known I was homosexual and could never understand why I mamed End of subject When and how she knew I shall never ascertam. Hmd!tght has provided few clu"" She was my wtllmg ally when, m high school, I wanted 10 avoid gym and our famtly doctor (with whom my divorced mother was skcp­mg) provided the necessary excuse And, when I was drafted into the Army after ~'01· lege graduauon she and my stepfather (not the doctor) assumed I would not survive basic tmnmg. I completed my servtcc oblig· ation but not without dose encounters • but that's another story 1brough the prum of stxty years I can honestly say, urilike the author of the afore­menuoned an1de. that I cannot ftnd any link or bond to the brother wuh whom I spent the first seventeen years of my hfe. However, the one other pc:rson w11h whom I shared the same length of time, my late bet· tcr half. Ball, ttmams with me as 1f he were in the same room I have always envied those with close fam­ilies. Bill was dose to his parmts and his sis· tcr. So much so that when his mother was dy1Dg with cancer m the wmter of 1986-87 hts parents came to hve with us. Indeed, at the very same lime. rwo of our closest friends, who were also lovers, died • one at the begmnmg of her last illness and the other shortly after she died Unul Bill's death m November of 1995, I h was treated as another member of the fami­ly. But 10 the seem1Dg cycle of death, Bill's father died· also of cancer· rwo weeks after his pass1Dg. Despite assurances from Bill's sister that I was very much a part of the fam­ily, wtthm months · the last contact was my lettmg them know that Ph1hp, a fnend who had hved with us for several years, had died · I heard nothmg more. Usually these days I simply say that I do not have any family left. although some­where out there, besides that brother, I have a father, a half-brother and a half-Sister (the latter of whom I have never met). I grew up in a small town where 1t sometimes seemtd that half the population was related some­how There were always cous1DS (I had thir­ty- one first cousms) and aunts and uncles. Some of whom even hve ID East Texas. I recognize that many gay mtn and women successfully maintain t1es 10 1he1r farmlies. I thmk I realized early on that I must create a new family from the commu· ruty to which I was born rather than from the tnbe which gave me birth . Just a few short years ago, Bill and I estab­lished such a family. We shared L~e home of a dear fnend, Denms, and Phthp settled mto the "quarters" We had a small cude of close fnends wtth whom we s~ared su, h thmgs as "game rught", an occaston.'.!' gath· enng to exc-cisc our m:.' ectual ~k Us And, we mvolved ourselves m numerous poh· C.O: and sOCtal endeavors wluch br..iught us mto contact with a wide range of members of our gay commumty. One of our closest fnends, and a mentur, was Jay Hollyfield. It was Jay's death 1n February of 1994 which seemed to herald the passmg of an era tn our hves Dennis died Just three months later Denise, one of the game rughters as well as one of the most umque characters I have had the pnv1 egc of knawtng, also died, of cancer. It was at this rune that Bill and I began to withdraw from sOCtal ob1·gations and con­centrate on bis health Bill's death, on November 8, 1995 was preceded by three days w11h the dc;ith of Bnan Bradley, anor~. er of that small band of fncnds. Fmally, with Ph1hp"s death last year that self crcared ''family" was nearly decimated Families arc not easily created, particular· ly gay fam1hes. And, when yours truly 1s begmmng his Sixth decade 11 1s more than simply difficult. Yet hfe 1s rarely uncomph· cated. Recently, on the same day. I reccived a call from an old friend m Arkansas want1· ng to come for a VlSlt. Jimmy !Jon • I s;ud he was from Arkansas • was the first man with whom I fell deeply ID love He 1s straight and I was then mamed But that, too, is another story. In any case, hC' appar~ ently has a heart problem which will shortly prove fatal and, of course, I n:adlly agreed to hlS VJSlt The other call that day was from a young fnend with a problem with which I attempt· ed to help, and contmue to do what I can for htm now Maybe, there 1s sull hope that this old queer can find family anew I would hate to think, however much I love my bas· set hounds, that I have no one else to whom I can pass the torch of my gay legacy a 1\11 A R C H 2 1 S T 1 e o 7 RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION by Leshe Ramsay Seperatism Abounds Recently, I was haVlng a conversatlOn wnh a fncnd of mine m Dallas about why more gay women are not involved in parti­san politics I do not subscnbe to being an expert on the issue. I happened to be the only woman on the phone with him at the ume so I told him the following story of my enlightenment on the sub;rct. I ;omcd a pohucal !'-mail hst about two years ago This hst was touted as an all­femalc worldwide poht1cal dlSCUSSion list working towards the equal c1V1! nghts of our community After my first post I received a mailbox full of hate mail. I was called everything from a male "plant" to a misogy­nist. The separatists that lived on the list soundly shouted me down. (I thought the separatists and man·haters had gone by the wayside yea" ago. Ah, contrarre!) My post was a response to the question, "Should we have a separate movement?" I made the mistake of responding to this ques­tion honestly. I wrote that I believed that as a united front we would get a lot further than srparately The "list" was throwing this question out as a filter quesnon. It was used to find out how the new members lined up politically. From the responses I received, I realized that I stumbled onto the secret location of some of the true "Fem1n1sts" m the world. I have never been a part of a feminist group. The expenence has been interesting to say the kast. I have discovered that they are still stomping around angry They are still work­mg towards the chmmat1on and/or total dominann· of men. (Cloning 1s of course a step in their direction.) The group threw the topic of gay marriage around for several days before the name-call­mg and rate mall t'X>k OVtt The singles V('r sus the mamC"d were hmng up against each other. The ch max of this discussion was the expelling -forever- from the hst of one woman for telhng another woman that her problem was that she ;ust nerded to get laid. The free and open dialogue was squelched for this woman because she vo1'-·cd an opm~ ion that was unpopular with the ma;onty of the separatists who pnvately e-mailed com­plaints to the list owner. When they had succeeded in banning this woman from the group I took 11 as a cue to keep my mouth shut. I decided to just sit back and "lurk" on this list. A lesson in sociology was what my membership to this list had become. The women on the hst were not look.mg for new ideas or different ways to approach the common goal of equal CIVIi nghts I sat back and ttad the mountains of mad discussing the JOYS of "poly-relat1onsh1ps". They discu<sc:d the ;oys of "lesbian only space" and how sacred 1t was .• all the while complammg about the gay male dominated fundra1sing groups They vilified transsexu­als who now "claim to be lesbians". They vilified bisexual women as being •• _ . tranors to their true lesbian selves ... " A woman who was very instrumental m the early civil nghts movement in Dallas raised the sub;ect of woman on woman physical and emotional abuse. She told of her own expcnenccs with abusive partners over the years. Her story was very emotion­al. She was ttachmg out to the hst for affir­mation that this did indeed happen to other women and not just her. What she got was silence. I sent her a pnvate post to show some support and some possible solutions. I affinned that th1S did indeed happen to other women. I have witnessed It more times than I would care to remember Look m the park­ing lot of any bar and you will see it happen publicly. The pnvate abuse is something that you will never know about unless the v1ct1m tells or asks for help. The hst eventually used this very touching and emotional post to berate the SIM com­munity. They spent several days descnbmg how males had taught women this "abusive'" type of sex play. The posts wett fast and funous calling the entire SIM community a group of victims. The list members ttfused to admit that any woman was responsible for the violen~ against another woman whether m a 11play .. slluauon or in an abu­sive one. The woman horn Dallas was very d1stllu­sioned by the non-responsiveness of her "sis­ters". After reading the posts horn these women, I had expected nothing mott than what she got. The roll of v1ct1m 1s the easy way to explain why something doesn't go your way. Hypocrisy was the most resounding theme throughout the posts over the last two years. While claiming to be open and willing to hear all sides of a situation, they would shout down or ignore any mention of work­ing with any group other than there own - woman·only cliques. The hst members seemed to have adopttd the VJCtlm status years ago and werr r('vehng m it. I called them on scvc:r.il of then tirades into the "poor me" dialogue only to be ignored. The victim status had gamed many of them places of prominence wnhin their perspec­tive communities. Why deal wnh ttallty 1f the fantasy was satisfying enough? The goal of equal CIVIi nghts for our com­munity was lost to the women on this hst They spent the ma;onty of their time blam­ing the patnarchy for all of their tlls. They wasted their energy and resources spinning around the same gender issues for the last twenty or thirty years. The netWOrk1ng that I had imagmcd this hst would create was not to be the ttal1ty I do not know If my friend m Dallas will run into some of thr-sc women in his attempt to motivate gay women to ;om their gay po!Jucal caucus. I hope he has better luck with them than I did I doubt that they will even let him mto their women only organi­zational meetings The equal nghts struggle wtll have to be fought by people who do not think of them­selves as v1ct1ms The separate but equal days are done. We, as a community, must get past this notion that u's someone else's job to do 11 for us. We must jom together to achieve this goal T T T T T T T T T HOU S TON V O IC E P A G E a ience more Innovation. Challenge. Growth. f.xpenence it all with AmcTiaVI Express. We'll help your trav.:l carttr take off by providing the recognition, support, rewards and benefits that lwi the industry and always grve you the advantage. And more. 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That is suppose to be a stress free <nV!rOnm<nt of living and for someone that IS a board member to harass and stalk a resident of the house. to me, is somcthmg that nobody should ha"" to go through and I don't want anybody else to have to go through this. HV In another note he wntes: "I'm real­ly so sorry about my inserisiuve remark this afternoon • This incident relates to what you said earlier. The note goes on to read · "I called back@ 7:00 p.m. like you asked me to. " Why would you ask him to call you back' RH: What I had done was - 11 really upset me at that point and I started crying and I asked him to please leave the house and I said "When I am calmed down, I will call you " That's what that sterns from. And. he did leave the house at that time. HY· In the note, he states •Just let me know how you feel. I think the world of you and I will cxmt1nue to regardless of whether we ever get together romantically . . " That is the second time m separate correspondence that he asks you to whether or not you are interested It's as though he had not been provided a dear distmcnon of your mtent? RH: I believe that George actually was living m a fantasy I made 11 dear to George that there would never be anythmg sexual betwcmus. HY· What was his response? RH: I don't remember. HV What was Vikki Gorung's response after you informed her of the matter in 1ts enurety? RH: Vikla said she was gomg to ask for his 1mmed1atc resignation There was another 10cident where George had takm my social secunty check to cash for me bec-ause I had lost my ID Instead of g1vmg me the money, he started allotting me an allowance of my money. He would give $30, a week later $20. Fmally, I went to Vikki W?th that. She gave me the rest of my money that was owed to me. He came to the house on Saturday mommg and tried to give me the rest of the money. I said: " It's already been taken care of and I'm not allowed to speak with to you. I've been instructed not to speak to you ... • HY· You indicated that Milam House has had to hire an armed sccunty guard Why IS that' RH. Resident's not getting along. Matter of fact, I believe somebody - I don't know 1f they tned to poison me or what - put bleach in my water drinking glass ... Two of the res­idents got mto a fight and busted through the basement door and busted it W?de open There is a lot of uneasmess at the house. HY: As a resident. were you a citadel of propnety? RH Not always. I broke certam rules at cenam ttmes HY Wh1eh rules did you break? RH We're not allowed to have guests after I a .m. on the weekends and I had guests in the house after I :30 a.m. We're not suppose to come intoxicated and I came home intoxicated twice. I had quarrels W?th other residents over stupid httle thmgs HY; Were the quarrels verbal or physical? RH. There was never nothmg physical. For the most pan, we all got along. Now, a few new residents have mo""d m and thmgs ha"" changed. I guess due to different per­sonalities But, there was a ume when there was JUSt four of us in the house and there was really a camaradene We really looked out and cared for each other, but that's all changed. Followmg the conversation w11h Mr Hudson, the Houston Voice contacted Milam House Execunve Director Vtlctona Gonmg She was extremely cooperauve and genuinely concerned about the eaurc mo­dent. HY Richard Hudson has brought some letters to the voice purportedly wnnen by the President of Milam House concemmg alleged sexual harassment at Milam House' VG: That is the former President of the Board HY So, he's resigned' VG: That's correct . w11hm hours of this commg to light Yes, Milam House has addressed this 15sue HY: Mr. Hudson indicated that he had brought the mailer to your altention and that. m his view, you were responsive to the s1tuauon? VG. Absolutely' The only thing that one can do m these s11uat1ons is be absolutely profcss10nal and that's what we'"" done. HY: Do you thmk Muam House took the action that was needed? VG: That is correct HY· Was the resignauon subm11ted on Mr Jonie's behalf or did Milam House request it? VG: It was on hlS behalf There are some ttming issues m terms of how he received the message and from whom and how he then resigned to us. However, it was all sur­rounding this incident and It was within hours. To be more specific, I would like you to speak to one of our cxtcutive commtttcc members HY: Sure. If you could recommend one. VG· Yes I would I would recommend Judy Harns. I could have her call you smce she works m the field. HY: Okay Is it customary for adminis­trators of Milam House to go out with resi­dents? VG: No, that is not customary. HY· Or send them letters ... VG· That is not customary. I m sorry, these issues are certainly not only standard but are also part of the poltcy of Milam House So, no that does not take place as a rule. HY· Is there mechanism m place at Milam House for residents that have any concerns • whether It ht' an administrator, another resident or member of the board · to lodge those complaints without fear of reprisal' VG Absolutely. At any time, Mr Hudson could have brought th!S forward and to my attention At any time. The mecha· nism for reportmg at Milam House from slight inadental thmgs to huge mc1dents lS this: That the Milam House reS1dent go directly to the execullve director and that the executive director take II to the board level and should the resident not receive 1mmed1 .. ate and swift attenuon, then the reS1dent may bnng 11 to the attention of the board of directors directly. And, that IS the wrinen policy HY; In a conversallon that Mr Jonte lei\ on Mr. Hudson's call notes, Mr Jonte con­tends that he 15 not gomg to admit any wrongdoing and that his official statement will indicate that he 1s res1gnmg due to other commitments ... which ts not entirely untrue." Is that the official statement con­cerning his res1gnatton7 VG: That IS the statement that he made on hlS letter of rcs1gnat1on That lS true. HY: Would you please have Judy call me? VG: I'd be happy too .... you have to real­ize how absolutely pamful this lS for those of us worked very hard and diligently to make sure that Milam House conunues as viable and respectable agency and are as surpnsed as the rest of you, I have not spoken W?th Mr Jonte directly since the day that ! became aware of this from Mr Hudson directly. After our conversation with Ms Gotung, we contacted George Jonte to allow him to respond to the allegallons. 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"OK .we're going to put you in a room full of people chat are pissed off, and we want you to teach them things they alttady know - for six hours. And, we want you to make them laugh!" Ooohh .•. Lcc me do chat'" The state says you have to attend class for six hours. no smolung and no dnnlung (for some reason you can't dnnk and take defensrve dn­ving .. go figure• or course if you could I'd make more money and we would all have more fun•). Let's iust call chis what II 1s. Defensive Driving Detention. Actually, I like leaching Defensive Dnving. Not the driving part, but tallung co the people 1n the class. They always have the best stones. One thing I always ask is, "How many of you have talked your way out of a ticket?" Thrs is noc only very important but something we all need co know! Oac girl, the very defin1uon of Blonde, (Yes I'm blonde, but it's fake!) was pulled over tn a small town and the officer walked to her car and asked her "Do you know what the speed limit IS'" In complete Bloadc sinccnty she said, "No Officer, I'm not from here. buc rf you pull someone else over, maybe they'll know.• He started laughing and let her go"' They don't do that for me" I had a great big ll•rky ndcr m my dlW one day. Leather vest, tattoos down hlS arm, long scraggly hair and beard, even he knew he was scary looking. He had hts Harley out one beauuful day. He told me: "It was a beautiful day. The brkc was running good I was doing 160 MPH I didn't sec the motor­cycle patrolman because he was a blur It took him awhile co catch up, but when I noticed him, I was nervous because I'm not the safest looking person m the world When the patrolman walked over to my bike he said, 'THAT WAS FUN!, .. I haven't had my bike that fast in ycarsl' We talked for about 40 minutes. I was going to talk to him as long as he wanted_" The officer ended up giving thtS guy a 11cket for enough speed so he could cake defenStve dnving! Well it's time for my nap. Just talking about Defensive Dnving makes me sleepy. If you want, or should I say need, to take Defensive Dnving, I ccach at Spellbinder's Comedy Club. For informauon c•ll 789· 8588. There are two speetal events coming up that you will want to mark down in your cal­codars. Not because I'm in them, but because they are benefit5 for Breast Cancer The Crystal Woman Comedy Brunch is Apnl 6. Fash10n, Food, Comedy and TV Anchorwomen at the Four Seasons Hott and on Apnl 9, IS the Crystal Woman Comedy Night at the LafT Scop. Wet your pants for a good causell For inforrnauon call 281-326-1023 See you there• BOOK REVIEW The year ts 1952. The place is M1SS1SS1pp1. Armstrong is fifteen years old, black, and on his way north to attend school. He IS showing off in alocal pool hall. speaking French and having a fine old time Just then the whlle owner of the pool hall walks in to collect htS rent Hts wife IS behind hrm, pecking in the door Armstrong turns, st11l speaking French, and catches the woman's eye He smiles, she smiles, and that nrght her huJband, hts brocher and hrs father brutally beat Armstrong to death for speaking French to and sm1lrng at a whrce woman ThlS however, rs only che beginnrng of Bebe Moore Campbell's stanlrng first novel, Your Blues Ain't Like Mme. For she takes each of che characters who (intenllonally or not) played a part in Armstrong's brutal death, and proceeds to follow them through 40 years of racial struggle and change in Amcnca. First there ts Armstrong's mother Dclotha, who must smuggle her son's body out of M1SS1SS1pp1 ac nsk co her own lrfe, in order to seek iusuce for htS kdlrng, which the town's founding fathers Wish to bury w11h the young man·s body. Then there IS Ltly, the wife of the man who lulls Armstrong, who 1s JUSt as much a vtCUm of her husband's brutahty as was the young man The guilt she feels for Armstrong's lulling as well as chc add1uonal abuse she must endure ac the hands of her husband for her "pan" in the 10c1dcnt that made him have to •cake care of" the young man end up clouding her entire lrfc. Lasty there arc the lullers of Armstrong, Lily's husband Floyd, as well as hrs brother and fache• all weak ineffectual men whose power over the town's African American at· izcns IS the only power they have All of chesc people, as well as their chil­dren and dose fncnds, have thctr hves uttv­ocably changed by the lulling of young Armstrong. 1 4 IVIAACH For instance, Lily, a former Magnoha Queen and a woman who 1s convinced that no matter how bad he is, a husband is nec­ «Sary for a woman to survive in th LS world, eventually, through her daughter, becomes independent and learns co .iand up to Floyd, but not after years of cnpplmg abuse and the loss of her son to her01n addiction Floyd, meanwhile, because of the nega­tive publrcity the lullrng of Armstrong bnngs to the communrty, ends up losing even the small measure of respect he was accorded by the townspeople. Eventually he turns to cnme but he 1s as inept at that as he IS at everything else, and ends up spending more time in Jail than out Delotha meanwhile, hunts down Annstrong's father, an alcoholic. She helps him to become sober and together, pnman· ly because of her obsession co avenge ArmstTong, they start a beauty business. Their mamage as well as their business becomes strong and successful, until Delotha 1s finally able to bear the son che will "take the place of" the one she lost, and makes him the center of her hfc, Jnvtng her husband back into drink.mg and the street But Dclotha 's son \VT 1s not Armstrong. and the 1980s world he contends wrth involves gangs and guns and a danger to him chat comes not iust from the whrte com­munrty, but his own communuy as well The only ent11y changed very little by the lulling 1s the cown 11self Fony years lat<T they arc stlll dtScnminatmg against their few remaining African American c1t1zcni, though in far more subtle ways Yee chough they do their best to ignore rt, the krlhng of Armstrong hangs over chem, even as they would seek to pretend It had never hop­pcned Brutal, dtSCOmfoning, buc always com­pclhng, Your Blues Am c Like Mine, chough fiction, will give you chc land of American H rstory lesson you never got 1n school T T T T T T T T T 2 1 S T 1 e e 7 MI LAM/1rom page 10 Houston Yo1ce some letters that you had sent him GJ: Yes, I'm aware HY; And, he is basically alleging that you sexually harassed him to the point that he felt his residency was threatened ... GJ: How mtcrestmg HY: And, one of the letters IS a secret admirers card. GJ: Oh yes, l gave it to him for Yalcnllncs. I remember. HY: In one of the letters that you wrote, you had said that you were sorry about some insensitive remarks that you made earlier that afternoon. Mr. Hudson contends that the mscru1uve remarks were that 1f he did not engage in sex with you, then he would not be able to stay at Milam House. GY: That's not the case at all. Let me inform you about Mr Hudson. Just a moment .... I made a gross error in judgment about Richard Hudson when he came to the house. I didn't really fully understand. His family hvcs up in Spring. Milam House IS a place for people that arc homeless. And, I couldn't understand why he wasn't at home but for some reason, he didn't seem to have family. So, I tried to be the family that he didn't have. I made no bones about the fact that I was anractcd to him, but I also told him that we could not have any kind of rela­tionship while he was a resident. HY; There IS a letter here where your inviting him to dinner and the dinner menu consists of more sex than food. How do you explain that? GJ: (laughmg) That was a thing we use to jOkc about because we could not be together and we never were together. We never did sleep together. HY; He never claimed that you did have sex with him. He claims that at one pomt you invited him into your house and groped him and that you have groped him at other limes and made 11 clear that you wanted to have sex with him In fact, in several of these letters, you do make 1l perfectly clear that your intent is more than fncndship7 GJ: But we also had the understanding that 11 could not take place until after he left Milam House. HY: That IS not mentioned in any of these letters GJ: He told me one time: "you really want me, don't you" and I said "yes I do, but we cannot do anything about it while you arc a resident of Milam House. HY; You made a statement in one of the letters that said: "Going out with you is !iv· mg on the edge because of the orcumstances and I don't normally hve hfe on the edge anymore. I quit domg that a long tlmc ago. And, when I do venture to the edge, l don't do 11 without a lot of thought of the ruks and possible consequences. But l decided that 1l was worth the risk m thlS case. Believe me, 1f anything became an issue, it would be my ass - not yours " What did you mean by that? GJ: I said that 1f anything became an issue with us that I would have to .. . I would be the one that was forced to .. l would be the one who would have to reSlgn. HY: All right, but that's not what the let­ter says. You stated that you would not ask him out anymore and that if he wanted to see you, he would have to call you That was on 2/12. On 2/16, after you stated you would not ask him out again, you invite him to dinner. Why the contrad1ct1on7 GJ: He approached me when l was at the house and said that I did not have the facts nght , (Pause) Also, what he does not tell you in there, I'm sure or he may not have told you, IS that a couple of weeks later, he was fechng depressed and feeling su1odal and that he wanted to check himself mto Twdve Oaks. This was about 10:30 at night He said: "I'm going to take a bus to twelve oaks" I said "No, you're not. Michael Smith, the rcS1dcnt manager there, have him got your stuff together and the three of us or the two of us will take you to the hospital" So, I took him to the hospual. On Saturday, he got out and on both Saturday and Sunday mght, he went out both mght< and got 1ncred1bly mtox1catcd and cause dis· rupuon around the house to the pomt that Y1kk1 and ! sat down and courucled with him. At that point, he said he would put lumsclf mto some sort of program. He never did It continued to get worse. At that po mt, I even backed down on being fnends. All of this came to a head last Fnday. I think the deal IS that he feels that I betrayed him. You know, George has a crush on me and all of that stuff HY; Did you not have a crush on him? GJ: I made no bones about that. In fact, Vikki knows that I had a crush on him. HY: ls it the customary at Milam House for administrators to go out with residents? Was thlS really good judgment on your part? GJ: It was not good judgment on my part as far as he is concerned. If a romance ensues, then either the rrs1dcnt moves out or the admimstrator changes hlS or her pos1· t1on. HY: According to Vildc.i, 1t is clearly stat· cd in the bylaws I.hat such bchaVJor IS forbid­den? GJ It may be stated that way. But the mght that he and I actually went to JR's together and had a dnnk, the very next day, I sat down with Vikki and I told her what happened. And, that was the mght that resulted in the note when I wd living life on the edge. HY; Mr. Hudson contends that you checked the daily logs to sec what hlS daily comings and goings were. Matter of fact, in one of the notes you stated that you checked and saw that he left on a particular night. GJ: I did that, but I did that with every resident. That was something ! regularly did because we had a situation of residents checking out regularly and sometimes not shOW1ng up for two days. So, he was not the only one that was the brunt of that HY: You md1cated m the notes that you were uruurc of the situation and that you got the impression that he was not mtcrcsted. You ask him to be honest and not be afraid because you want him in you hfe. Call me please, etc. GJ l remember that note d1Stmctly. He never did call me. After that note, the next night l took him to the hospital HY: If you knew he was go mg through some personal cmouonal turmoil, certainly 1l would be apparent that pursuing a rela­tionship with Mr Hudson would probably m most cases be mappropnate. GJ: Well, perhaps I went mto some sort of denial. But it was nght after the hospital stay that I realized that he was truly unsta­ble. HY· Mr. Hudson says he told spcofically you his preference was African Amcncaru and that he was not mterested in a sexual rclanoruh1p with you. Is that true? GJ: He never said that .... ! told him myself, I know I'm not yoUJ" type. I said that to him and l said 1l to him more than once. But he never said to me "my preference ts African Americans." HY: It says here: " It's not the fact that we went out and got wild, it was the way n ended " How did 1l end? GJ: He got totally intoxicated and got totally out of control while we were at Pacific Street. HY: Why did you ask him out agam after you implied that you wouldn't? GJ: That was the only nme I asked hun out. HY· No. You asked him out and then 1l the first lener you said you would not ask bun out agam Not four days later, you asked hun to dmner 7 GJ: Oh He .. came m to the office when I was there and he apologized and he said· "George, this is awful.. I shouldn't have acted that way" And I said "I really should be mad at you, but I'm not." I did ask him to come over to dinner and I did wnte that note and 11 was wntten tongue m check and I told him that at the ume I gave 1t to him But, I said no we're not going to do this See MILAM page 16 Sunday, March 23, 1997 Sara Jane Johnson and The Brazos River Bottom 2400 Brazos • 713-528-9192 proudly present 1Jw© (i)©Q:!J @[i)(!)~[i) 0 (] (j[b@ "Between Heaven & Earth " with special guests from Austin "The Baptist Women" benefiting the Colt 45's • Service Time 7:30 pm • Co-hosted by Mr. & Miss BRB Jody Travis & Devon De Vasquez HOU S TON VOI C E P A G E 1 !5 IVt AACH 2 1 S T ., a a 7 AALGAltrom page 1 Jackson Lee, wmner of the Barbara Jordan Spirit Award, "for her commttmcnts to the lcsb1gayuans community, in Houston and throughout the nation " Linda V1llarosa, cxccu11vc editor of Essence magazine, wmncr of the James Baldwin Ans Award, m rccogmtion of her "outstanding literary and an!Sric achieve­ments by a black (PFLAG) will rective the AALGA Advocacy Award Incognito the Oub will be =ogmzed for its community devrlopmcnt work with the AALGA Community Empowerment Award. The Audre Lonie Award (for an out­standing black lesbian) and the Bayard Rusun Award (for an outstand111g blade gay man) w1U be presented 10 Dr Janis F lesb1gaytrans ..---==~-------------, Hutchinson and Barry Barnes, person" respectively Mamn Prevost, an attoncy, wdl rtCCIVC the Essex Hcmphdl HIV/AIDS Advocacy Award Prevost IS a member of the Houston HIV prevention Community Planning Group and Chair of the HOPE Project (HIV Outreach, Prevention and Education). Dr Joseph Gathe, will be presented the groups Health Awareness I Rev. Carolyn Mobley, a long­timc community activist and cler­gy at MCCR, wlll be presented The Kenneth A B Hams Founders Award, recogniz­ing "outstanding overall effons 10 organize, increase the v1si­b1lily, cmpower­mC'nt and educa­tion of Houston's black b1Scxual, lesbian, gay and transgender com­munity_" Award. Gathe ~===::::=~~~===~~.:...:==_J •·our m1ss1on and most 1mpor- 1antly our place transcends the is a world- boundanes peo-renowncd spc- Sheila Jackson Lee aahst m the area of HIV treatment al Park Plaza Hospital St John's Umted Methodist church will be given The UJIMA Award, trad1uonally bestowed upon an Afncan-Amrncan organi­zation that ·openly collaborates with, wel­comes and affirms btSCXuals, gay men, les­bians and Uartsgcnder people of Afncan descent." The Houston Chapter of Parents, Fam1hes and Fnends of Lesbians and Gays ple set for 'the gay community,'" said Steve Walker AALGA Co-Chair. "It is great to be able to honor so many people for thetr cornm1tmmts to our community, and to have so many of our heterosexual alhes celebrating with us." The banquet wdl lllkc place at the Holiday Inn Medical Center Hotel, Saturday, March 29 from 6 30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. For more information about the group or concerning thlS event, call (713) 526-9062. T T T T T T T T T Star Studded Saturday Show Hostess Roxanne lee love Saturday, March 15th 11 pm Nikki Collins Burgundy Woods Victoria Nicole ~~14.tA ~' tAc 8~'"'' N•sAt Thursday, March 27th • 11 pm Stephanie Fox, Lana Blake, Black Velvett, & Paivi Lee Love Also, MILAM/trom page 15 And, he never came to my house for din­ner." HV: In your note you stated that. It reads. "Obviously you got a better offer because when I dropped thlS off, you had signed out for the mght." GJ: He told me to call him back HV: If you were ;us! being "tongue in check", why were you so upset that he got a bencr offer GJ I wasn't upset over the bcncr offer I shouldn't have said belier off in the lcuer, I guess. When [ went by the house, I saw that he had checked out for the night and I took offense. That was when I said I'm feeling that you don't want this HV· From an outsider's perspective, 1f someone is being that consistent upon fol­loWlng someone's every step and move1 1t docs gives an air of obsession. Yet, your md1caung that u's all in JCSt Even m your letters you acknowledge several times that you arc gcmng the 1mprcsS1on that he 1s not interested, yet you continue the pattern of pursuit. GJ: Well, then he would come to me and say that is not the case. HV: Do you not sec a conflict with you, as a president of the board of a home that 1s suppose to be a safe have for md1v1duals who arc HIV+ and homekss, involving yourself wllh a resident on a personal baSIS? GJ: Absolutely, II was gross error m Judg­ment on my pan. When he first came to the house, I was not president yet. Ah, when we first talked and 5tancd becoming fnend­ly and started becoming close. It was a gross error in iudgmcnl on my pan. HY Mr. Hudson has in his possession a taped message you left on hlS call notes. The most recent one was last Saturday [n the message you slllte that you arc not going to admit to any wrongdoing and that your official response was going 10 be that you were resigning due to other commitments which you said, and r quote, "was not enurcly untrue" And, you were encourag­ing him to call back because you needed to talk to him and know what was going on before you submitted your res1gnauon lcncr. You didn't state that you didn't do anything wrong, rather that you would "'not admit"' to any wrongdoing Were you fabncatmg your res1gnatton letter'? GJ: I wanted to know. he had told me that mommg - I stopped by the house that Saturday mommg and he told me that "the shit h11 the fan yesterday and they told me that I have to leave thlS house and go into a d1Sc1phned treatment program and they told me that you knew about 11." I said. "Richard, I knew absolutely nothing about what was going to be discussed m that mcc:t· mg. I was not pnvy to anything that was going to be d1Scussed in that meeting" And he said "Well. I will c-•11 you later and tell you what was said m the meeung." So, I was JU St asking him to please call me and he never did HY Did you resign' GJ: The rral reason that I reS1gned was that this IS a very cnucal lime for funding and I did not want this 10 do anything to the funding, so [ thought 11 was best And. I resigned not knowing what Richard had told them. I resigned not asking to defend myself HV· Basically, if I'm understanding this correcily. Your official statement would be that you did not in any way harass Mr Hudson. GJ I don't see that r harassed him and 11 was certainly not intended to be harass­ment. If he perceived what I was saying to him was that he must sleep wuh me in order to retain his poS111on at Milam House, that was not true at all. And, I never gave any mdicauon of such. HV: Did he come 1n10 your house? GJ: The week between Chnstmas and New Years, I took htm over to the Ass1Stance Fund and he said something about wanting a pager I told him I had one and all he had to do was activate the air ume. I said 1f you want 10 come up and check your messages, ra get the pager for you And, I will tell you that we did share a klSS. HV· You did not touch him in the gcm­See MILAM page 20 $3.50 Plates of Food and $1.50 Drinks? Hostess Granny's Tacos! Roshelle Stevens MAU STRIP CONTEST at 11 pm with Palvl SATURDAY SHOW at 11 pm with Roxanne $1 BudWelser & Bud light All Dav and All Night MAU STRIP CONTEST at 11 pm with Palvl Amateur/Talent Night at 11 pm with nvan Michaels Grannrs Burgers! --=··----·•§ ...... P A G C 1 B 2517 Ralph St. at Westhelmer (713} 527-9071 •Happy Hour 7am - 9pm Weekdays •$1 .50 Well 4-7 Saturday • $1 .50 Vodka 7am - 6pm •Mug Club 7am - 1 Opm • $3.75 Pitchers & $1 .75 Mugs 1\11 A R C:: H 2 1 S T 1 e e 7 ' April 18-19, 1997 at the George R. Brown Convention Center Conference Director: Adan Rios, M.D. Org•n11ing Committee: Ninth Annual This Conference is open to both healthcare professionals Gary Brewton, M.D. and the general public Gordon Crofoot, M.D. John Nemecek, M.D. Jorge Quesada, M.D. James Reuben, Ph.D. Patricia Salvato, M.D. HOUSTON ACCREDITATION XX. X cont111 t llours for nurses havo been approved from Texas Nurses Association Accreditation regulations require complete Confcr~nce Coordinators: program attendance (both davs). Lynne K. Tiras, CMP Karen Schmitt Nicole Herrin Conference On XX.X contact hours or I I CEl' bouts for social workers have been requested from The Graduate School or Soetal Worl. In lteu of 1 re911tra11on fee we request that you make a donation to the Names Pro1ect Houston Al DS IN AMERICA The Ninth Annual Houston Conference on AIDS in America is devoted to highlighting community strategies that have been developed to provide effective, comprehensive and compassronate care for the AIDS patient It is our expectation that such an examination should en­hance, strengthen and nurtrne our co111m1mity's will, not only to survive, but to actually conquer this terrible disease. NINTH ANNUAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD DINNER The Ninth Annual Humanitarian Award: Names Project Houston Place Four Seasons Hotel (Ballroom) Time 7·00 p.111 Date: Friday, April 18 Call to 111a/1e reservations at (713) 965-0566 SPEAKERS KEYNOTE SPEAKER MARK WAtNBl.RG, M.D. Jewuh General llosp1t.1I Monlrf!.11. C:.anad:t Current Prosidont lnlernalion.tl·USA AIU:-i Soclch' Gary Brewton, M.D. OnCol Medical Assoc1e1tes, r A llimston, Texas Gordon Crofoot, M.D. OnC.01 Med.cal Assoc..ates, PA. t"omton, Texas Martin Delaney Founder 01rector, ProJe<"l lnforn ~10 hanclsco, Cahfomla Ms. Rebecca Denison \\'ORW, San ose, California Joseph Gathe, M.D. Th1Prapeuli1.; Concepts Houston, .. exas Prakash Gill, M.D. /\ ssoclato ProC1..-ssor UeJHUlment (1[ Mudidne·lh•malology/Oncolosy. Univt•rsitv of Crn1tt>•m Cc&lifornia Los An" •if Califor1ia Hunter Hammill, M.D. Assud.11u Profossor, Ottp.arlmenl of OUIGYN Chief Ser.lion of Jnfoclious DiHases, U.tylor Colltge of Medifine llomton. Tex.u Donna Mildvan, M.D. ProfHsor 1( Mtuhclm1, H1•th hrcal Medical Center San nlmas, Oitliforma Alan Perelson, Ph.D. Los Al•mos NaUonal Laboratory 1.os Alamos, "'iew M('Xlco Jorge Quesada, M.D. OnCol Mt1d1t,;al l\ssoc ates PA. Houston Texas Terry Robins, Ph.D. Due4 lor of Molecular Virology, 5pec-lahy Llllboratorlos Santti Monica, C..lifomla Patricia Salvato, M.D. OnC:oi Medic.ti t\ssoeb1tcs, P A llouSlon. Texas Paul Schmidt, Ph.D. N1·x~l.lr Ph.umaePutiCdls Nt>w Yorl... Nt1w Yorl William T. Shearer, M.D., Ph.D. Chief. Allergy •nd Immunology Services Texe1s Ch11drtns Hospilal llc>uston, Texas WELCOME FROM THE REVEREND GEORGE FOREMAN I would like to take this opportunity to extend to all of the partici­pants of the Ninth Annual Houston Conference on AIDS in America a most warm welcome ~nd mr encouragement and support to all of tho"e who are involved in the fight against this epidemic. Our most impor­tant asset is hope, and together we will conquer AIDS. One of the most important activities we can engage m the fight against AIDS is educa­tion, and this conference can be a good start!!! Godh/css, The Reverend George l·orcman The NAMES Pro1ect AIDS Memorial Quilt was founded m 1987 Today, 9 years later, tho Quilt IS B powerful visual reminder or the AIDS pandenuc Almost 40,000 indhr1dual 3 x 6 foot memorial panels, each panel commemorating the tfc of someon~ who has died from the complications relared to AIDS, have been sewn together by friends, lovers and familv members The NAMES Project. Foundation coordinates displays or portions or the Quilt worldwide. There are 41 NAMES Project Chapters worldwide and 32 independent Quilt initiatives from around the world. Since 1987. over 7 million people have visited the Quilt m thousands or displays worldwide. Through such displays, the NAMES Project Foundation has raised !:!ignificant amounts of money. which has been donated to AIDS service organizations throughout North America. Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. the Quilt has become a critical symbol of the hope for a hf!ttcr futurn without AIDS and the committment not to forg~t those who hav~ died of the disf!ase. In How;ton. the NAMES Pro)ec.t Houston was founded in S~ptcmber 1988 and ls a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization who is responsible for the di•plays of the Quilt, as well as fadhtating the creation of new quilts to al1 of those whom want to leave an enduring mumory of o loved one that has died of AIDS. Tho NAMES Project of Houston is well deserving of the honor of the Ninth ('.ommunity Annual Humamtar· ian Award On behalf of the orgilnizmg committee of the !'inth Annua) Houston l.onfercncc on AIDS lD America, we exrend our oongratulatlons anrt our love to all tho members of this Orgamzahon for having been tbere for the AIDS commun1tv of Houston thoughout all these years. Congratulations for the well deserved honor PROGRAM FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 1997 1~00 a.m Regutrallon and Continental DrnaUast 8:00-8:30 l nderst;indmg lhe UynamicsoflllV lnf04flon Alan Perelson. Ph l> 8 .31).U 15 The I so of Anll·UIV Therapies Uonna M1ldv;m, M D. 0: 1 S·9 JO Break 9·31).10,00 The ProphylaxL< of Opporlun 11c Infections in Pal cnts with HIV lnfoctton. Joseph Gathe, M D 10OCJ.1010 HI\! Disease m Children \Val' am Shearer, M D 10:30-11 00 MJ.nagemenr and Trealmenr or AIDS Related Kaposi's Sarcoma Prakash (;111, M D. 11:00·11•15 Drnnk 11 .15-1145 Tn•nlmf'nl of Sexually Tran.smitled Uisor1ll'fs· An Upd<lto Gordon Crofoot. M.D. 11:45·12:30 p.m Queshon.s & Answers 12:30·2:00: Lunch 2·00 • 2:30 C.omplemenlary Thera pif'S and rhc Manage· menl of P1tiont1 with HIV Infection 1-.tricaa Salvalo, M D. 2o30 300 lllV Daseuo and Prcgnanty llunler Hammill, M.O 3,00 • 3,15 Bre•l 7:00 p.m. Ninth Annual Humanitarian A ward Dinner Honoring: Names Project Houston 3 15. 3 45 HIV and Pregnancv A Real Lifo Story Ms Rebecca DennlSOn • 45 • UlO Break 4 00 • 5 00 Keynote Leclure Over· r.omrng drug ft"S1st•nce ·1 lhe treatment of Hl\ disease Mark Wambcrg M U 5:00 • 5.30 Questions & Answe..., SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1997 7 1D..a.OO a !II Contmental Breakfast 8 ()0.8 30 ~ew Potent Approaches lo Urug D1scuvcn and tho .... reat;nenl of Kaposi s Sarcoma Paul 5chm1dt, Ph D 8 30·9: 15 Understamhng ;.!le Use of Genotypang Assays .1.::1. the Management of HIV Dlsease Terry Robins, Ph.D. g, I 5·9o30 BREAI' 9.30-10:00 M;in11.gement and Treatment of Non· Hodglins Lymphoma Hl\'·Relatcd forgo Quesada M U 10:00-10 30 The Patient Phvs1c1an Relationship Gary Brewton ~ D 10030·10 45 Bre.1l 10:45·1 l 30 Pro1oct Inform Updateo 1996 11 lO 1:·00 Quml!ons S: .'.nswors 12 00 noon aosure of Conference The organizing comm1ttee gives apec1al thanks to Sandy Hendrtcks,R.N. for her past services to tho conference. 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In a new film by Gregory Nava (El Norte, M1 Fam1ha), we arc taken on a ioumey through the short hfe of Selena At the Houston premieres it became apparent that her legions of fans were sull there for her as she had been for them dunng her lime on earth. Local radio Stallons and multitudes of people were on hand, and by the end of the film there was not a dry eye in the theatre. The ftlm begins on February 26th. 1995 at the Houston Astrodome with a fresh faced and sm1hng Selena prepanng to go on-stage wuh her sopport1ve family close at hand. She strides out to the stage with the confi· dence of one who 1s greatly loved before launching mto a medley that tncluded the songs I Will Survive. Last Dance and On The Radio. The concert footage throughout the film IS extremely rcahsuc and one gets the feeling they are watching an actual per­formance. This in itself 1s a credit to the film makers From this scene the film goes back m ume and sh1fis location to Corpus Chrisu, 1961 when Selena's father 1s ma struggling music group called The Dinos', who encounter problems of both racial d1scnminat1on by not being allowed to play their music in while nightclubs, and also d1shke from the Teiano communuy due to the fact that their music is not particularly danceable We move on from here to Lake Jackson. TX , 1981 where we encounter or first glunpse of Selena as a child as played by Becky Lee Meza Herc we see her playing wuh neighborhood children m the yard, yet at the same time fascinated by the music her father 1s making as he sus ms1de the house. She ioms him and sings with him, causing him to realize his dreams of musical success did not die with the demise of his former group. Her voice, even at a young age is powerful and wuh this rcahzauon the father puts together a new group called Selena and the Dmos. compnsed of family members Selena's mother, (Constance Mane) 1s mo· hally skeptical, pulling this idea off as another harebrained scheme of her husbands', but 1s eventually won over, The family opens a Mexican restaurant as a gam· ble and has the children play there as enter· tamment Unfortunately this gamble 1s at a tome when under the era of Reagan many small businesses go under and theirs does. They lose both their restaurant and their home and must go hve with an uncle Luckily for the music world, the dream did not die at this pomt and Selena still sings, at this ttme learning to do songs m Spamsh which was pretty remarkable for a child raised m an English speaking house­hold. Here, the film IS not afraid to show that while the father 1s well meaning, at tomes he pushes hos children JUSI a little too hard and becomes not only a parent but a Svengali figure as well. The mother teaches Selena the movement and style of Cumb1as music and the child quickly adopts 11 into her act, giving her a sexual allure as well as a tremendous talent. In a ume when the two elements are often mistaken for each other, this becomes a strong point for her, leading her on to greater thmgs El Paso, TX. 1s the sett mg for the next stage of her hfe, and here we see her as a young woman m the year of 1989 as played by Jennifer Lopez Miss Lopez looks haunt· mgly hke the music star, and give! a perfor· mance that 1s almost eene in Its' rc-.ahsm Selena begins to discover the setbacks of being a woman m an industry thusly dom1· nated by males. She also begins to discover The Maestro OHstage HSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach signing copies of his new CD with the Houston Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Schubert. The event took place at Blockbuster Music. See related news on page 5. 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She iourneys to Monterey, Mexico and IS apprehenStve about the fact that many Mexican-American recording artist were unwelcome there, yet 1s confident of her tal­ent. Her appearance m Mexico is a sensation and she IS welcomed wl!h open arms by the media, who she wms over with her charm A concert scene here, where she 1s nearly mobbed by thousands of screammg fans yet manages to control the crowd by sheer stage presence and a feehng for the people IS extremely moving. He tnumph m Mexico however 1s somewhat dtmmtshed by her father, who realmng the level of her rela· 11onsh1p wuh Chns, goes on a small ram­page, forbiddmg the two to see each other agam. They are ~ecretly mamed afterwards, but news leaks out via the radio and the father finally relents on his former poStllon. Movmg on to San Antomo, we get our first glimpse of Selena as a busmess woman, who opens her first bouuque of Selena mspired fashions. We also get our first look at Yolanda Saldivar, the president of Selena's fan club and future murderess Selena receives her first Grammy while Yolanda meanwhile IS skimming funds from fans and also from Selena's boutiques. Record compames finally realize that Selena is ready for a nossovcr into mamstrcam pop music sung m Enghsh and she releases her first album sung m English with the song I Could Fall In Love With You At thts point m her ltfe she has achieved success by domt· naung Tt:Jano music, wmmng over the peo­ple of Mexico and making a crossover album while very much m love wllh her hus­band. It IS a time that should have been marked by great JOY for the young woman, yet mstead II turns to tragedy when the fam· 1ly confronts Yolanda regardmg some evt· dence of shady buStness dealings The movte people showed great taste m not reenactmg the actual meeting m which Yolanda took the life of Selena, instead giving the audi· ence the aftermath from actual news footage taken after the shootmg. I for one found thtS to be m the best possible way to deal with the subject matter. The endmg of the movie, after showmg the gnevmg family and fans of the superstar, finahzes with her muStc play­ing on an empty stage. ThlS movie ts not made, I belteve, for ghouls who would gloat over a tragedy, but instead 1s a tnbutc to a woman had over­come many obstacles to rt"ach success. and might have gone sull further had not her hfe been brought to such a vtolent end. In an age where gams are hard to come by, espeetally for mmonttes of any kmd her story is msp1- ra11onal and yet saddening that II had to end, much hke the movie uself. The cast is all exceptional with strong performances from Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Maire, Jacob Vargas and Jackie Guerra. It is certamly a showcase for Jennifer Lopez whom I can only hope will be seen m many more films to come. At one pomt m the film, the character of Selena d1Scusses dreams and that bemg on stage m front of thousands of people was exh1laratmg as they put their hopes and dreams mto her It IS my hope and dream that her memory 1s a candle lhat will stay ht for a long lime to come. Selena has us' the­atncal release nauonwide this Friday. T T T T T T T T T "Dot by dot bui ding up the image ... 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It is a therapy designed to stimulate a specific response to HIV and to slow down the patient's disease progress10n The Uruted States Army tested a similar therapy many years ago but 1ts overall suc­cess was never publicly determmed. Remune is manufactured with pu~ces of deactivated HIV virus protems It is hoped that Rcmune will enhance and maintain a persons immune system's ability to fight mfect1on. It IS also hoped that Remune will help the immune system to recognize and loll cells that are infected with HIV. This treatment IS Still very expenmental and is currently m clinical trials in Houston OnCol Medical Associates JS currently mon­uonng Tnal #90 I and Tnal #902. If you are interested 10 addmonal information about the eligibility cntena contact Kathy Johnson, Research Coordmator at (713)961 - 7100 extension 229 There are only a limit­ed number of "slots" open for patients to fill so interested parties should call quickly 1f they wish to participate m this study. Women and mmonucs are encouraged to paruopate m 1h15 study program which will last for up to three years and requires cllrucal vu1ts every 12 weeks. All study treatment, lab tests, and medical exams will be proVld­ed to eligible patients !Tee of charge I had hoped to paruopatc m this study, bur smce 11 is an expenmcntal treatment there are some very stnct eligibility guide· Imes. Smee I have Kaposi's Sarcoma and have been undergoing rout me chemotherapy treatments I will not be allowed access to this drug at this ume. This was very d1sap­pomtmg to me I understand the need for certain controls, but I do not understand why drug companies deny people like me access to these potentially life saving drug therapies. I have called the drug manufac­turer and pleaded my personal case \'1th a very nice woman nam•d Carolyn Hearne (619431·7080). She seemed to understand my personal posiuon and I am very hopeful that they will allow me access to Remune MILAM/trom page 16 talla o r buttock area? GJ: No. HV: Why did you give him a lass 1f you were JUSt fnends? GJ: It's iust one of those things. I did. He knew that I was attracted to him. After our conversation, V1kk1 Gotung and Ken Whne, a Milam House board member vtSlted the Houston Voice offices to answer questions concrmmg the matter. They con­tend that Mr Hudson did not relay his story to Milam House authonues unul March 14 Nevertheless, they took n senously and moved swiftly to ensure that preventative measures a~ 1n place to av01d future inci­dents Ms Gottmg acknowledged that Milam House had hlf"ed a secunty guard The board convened over the weekend to address the matter and set new require- But we all know how difficult and time con­suming wading through red tape can be at times. [ don't know 1f Rcmune is a viable treatment for HIV, a vaccine for HIV, or 1f It will do any good for me. What I do know is this • I have failed almost every available treatment option available to date - Rcmune may not cure me, Remune may not help me, but it cannot hurt me. Why not let me try? Maybe the results of my case will help the drug manufacturer to improve Its product and so that 1t can help others m a similar situation I've been involved in HIV I AIDS act1V1sm in various forms and in vanous capacittes since 1989. I've seen how personal acuvism CAN and DOES change the system. If It were not for the efforts of groups hke ACT UP there would be no such thmg as "Expanded Access" or "CompasSJonate Use" drug therapy programs. HIV has opened doors m many ways m the methods of research and drug acccss1bil· 1ty ThC' rea50ns for this new access 1s because we (gay & stratght) refused to acc<pt a death sentence. We refused to JUSI allow ourselves to wither away and die. The f g.~t agamst HIV I AIOS 1s a war· tt 1s not a strug· glc as It is often referred to. In a war there are many casualties and the War Agamst AIDS has had significant losses. I do not mtend to be one of those lossrs. I intend to survive this war by any mrans possible I urge each and every person to JOin in the bat· tie against HIV Get tested, always practice safer sex method<, and do not be afraid to discuss HIV with your boyfncnds, co-work· ers, and anybody you thmk you may become sexually involved with. HIV IS not somtthing any ptrson should play games about HIV does not d1scnm1· nate. HIV does not care 1f you're whne, black, H1span1c, Asian, gay, str.ught, b1·SCX· ual, transgtndcred, or whattvcr If you give HIV the opportunity, n will take over your life. ments for election to a board pos1. It should be noted that the letters in ques· uon were turned over to Ms. G01tmg on March 14 and returned 10 Mr. Hudson March 17. In fact, Milam House assisted Mr Hudson with his move to a new resi­dence. There was absolutely no attempt on Milam House's behalf to cover up the mat­ter. In fact, the organ1zauon has been extremely forthcommg and cooperative. Milam House has operated m Houston since 1992 and many m our community have benefited from their services. Stafting 1s Jimued and de~ndent upon voluntrcn So, It would stand to reason that the afore­mentioned allegations could take place without raising the awareness of the board At press ume, It 1s not known whethrr any cnminal or legal action will be taken with respect to the allegauons. T T T T T T T T T CJfilJ]) ~ @Mr! ffifil~ IT;J ©!m cs~ Q Patrol needs volunteers. Anyone can join there are no physical fitness requirements. Spend one night a month with us and see what you're missing! Call 528-SAFE. 2 0 IV'I ARC H 2 1 S T 1 a a 7 r HEALTH EM by Lee Davis Homeopathv Learn about the many classical homeo-­path1c med1cmcs which save lives m natural ways. without the use of harsh chemical remedies Where? CenterPomt Proiect offers this exc11mg semmar on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30pm. Located al 7621 Westv1ew, call 713.688.7224 for mfo. The fee IS $10. Eve Drops or Not? Over-the-counter eye-drop medications designed to reduce redness can actually cause more senous problems, according to a new study. Researchers at the Cullen Eye Institute al Baylor College of Med1cme m Houston found that these nonprescnpnon eye drops can produce redness. swelling and itching symptoms of conJuncttv1tis .. "It's best 10 hm1t the use of the drops to no more than a few days," said Dr. Douglas Koch. co-author of the study and a Baylor Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. "Almost every condn1on that these are used to treat can probably be better treated with another medication." Art1fic1al tears, with­out medications to reduce redness, are safe alternatives, accordmg to Koch. Drug Failure Risks Search For A Cure recently released news that tnple combmat1ons of antlVlrals which mclude a protease mh1b1tor are workmg The Centers for D1Sease Control and Prevenuon announced that for the first time m 15 years the number of people who died from AIDS declined A national srudy of two-drug combinauons compared to triple combinations using a protease mh1b1tor was stopped because the tnple combinauons were muth more efTccuvr. Unfortunately, these combmauons have not worked for everyone There 1s no accu~ rate count, but reports suggest that between one-fifth and one-third of the people who use the new combinations either cannot tol· crate them, or the virus in their blood becomes resistant to the combmat1on lead· mg to drug fai lure. There are strategies to increase the changes that the new drug therapies will fi Presbvterians Mull Gav Issue by David Briggs Seeking to make a definitive stand m the sex wars convulsmg mamhne Protestantism, the Presbytenan Church (US.A ) made 11s ban on the ordmauon of homosexuals part of church law. Less 1han a year after an Episcopal church court ruled II had no legal ground to censure a bishop for ordammg a gay man, regional bodies of the 2. 7 million-member l'resbytenan Church have voted to proh1b1t the ordination of ind1v1duals who are sexu­ally active outside of mamage. The ban got the majority 11 needed Tuesday wllh approvals from presbytenes m M1am1 and Charlotte, N. C. The Book of Order • the church's const1tut1on - will be amended to requ1~ chasttty of single minis­ters "As far as estabhshmg this IS m fact the pos111on of the church, that has been es1ab­llshed," said the Rev. Robert Bullock Jr., edi­tor of The Presbytenan Outlook An official announcement of the vote IS not expected for another week or rwo as votes arc sent to church headquaners in Louisville. But advocacy groups said the 172 d1s1ncts so far have voted 88 m favor and 60 agamsl The United Church of Christ is the only major Protestant denomination to perrmt the ordmat1on of homosexuals. Opmion polls show a maJonty of people m the pews oppose haVlng gay and lesbian mm1sters. But the issue continues 10 dommate the agendas of mamhne churches. In a decision last May that averted the first heresy tnal of an EplSCOpal bishop smce the 1920s, a thurch court rukd that Episcopal doctnne dOC$ not exphcnly b r the ordma· work I) One should begm a strong antiviral combmatlon (such as one mcluding a pro­tease mh1b11or) when one 1s ready to keep takmg the medicine on time. 2) Choose a combination that w1ll get one's viral load to undetectable 3) Use viral load tests to decide 1f the therapy works and whether to change 11 and 4) Keep takmg antivirals on time and as requued. If you have questions or would hke to receive the Reasons For Hope senes m us entirety you can wnte to 58 Burbank St., Boston, MA 02115. Search For A Cure may also be reached by phone at 617.536.2472, by fax at 617 266.0051 or by e-mail at clsp(!!search-cure.org Managed care Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. John Omgell (O-M1ch.) wtll sponsor legislauon to set quality standards for man­aged care organizauons and other health msurance plans. The Kennedy-Dmgell Bill proh1b1ts insurance compames from denymg access to ca~ that is deemed medically appropnate, mcludmg specialty care, emer­gency care, and clinical tnals of expenmen­tal treatments and drugs Jn response to complamts about "gag rules" imposed by managed care and health mamtenance orga­nizations, the leg1Slatton would also proh1b- 1t doctors from w11hholdmg mformauon regarding treatment options to patients, even 1f those treatments are more costly for the msurer. Depressed? Men often hide depression because they feel It shows weakness of character "Many men believe depression IS unmanly,'' said Dr Betsy Comstock, a psychiatrist at Baylor College of medicine m Houston When vic­tims of depression ignore the problem, the symptoms can become severe Depression can cause sleep dlSturbanccs, appetite Joss. loss of sexual mterest and an mabil1ty 10 concentrate More than I 0 m1lhon Amencans suffer from depression. On the average, twice as many women as men seek treatment Comstock said most depressive illnesses are biological m nature and can be successfully treated wllh medicme and psychotherapy. • hon of pract1cmg gays. It also declared a 1979 resolution agamst the ordination of non-celibate gays IS nonbmd1ng. The Presbytenan General Assembly, the church's chief legislallve body, m 1993 affirmed past chureh pohc1es forbidding the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals. The church's Book of Order, however, bas not spectfically addressed the tSSUe of gay ord1nat10ns. Last year, after a three-year churchw1de study of sexuality, the General Assembly sent out a proposed constltutaonal amend­ment forb1ddmg the ordmauon of md1v1du­als who fail to hve '"either m fidelity w1thm the covenant of marnagc of a man and a woman, or chastity m singleness ... In practice, what the amendment does is give church policy bannmg gay ordmauons the "status of church law," said spokesman Jerry Van Marter "It says to the country that Presbytenans are commuted to reaffinmng their biblical center for fauh and practice,• said the Rev. Jack Haberer, moderator of The Presbytenan Coahuon, a group favonng the amendment. Scott Anderson, co-moderator of Presbyterians for Gay and Lesbian Concerns, said the change will force more gay and lesbian Presbytenans out of the church "It's one more club that has been used to beat up gay and lesbian people in the Presbytenan church," he said Sttll, Anderson said, activists have no plans to give up. In addition to the 60 votes agamst the amendment, he said there was significant opposition m many church bod­ies that voted for n "The Presbytenan church ts a house d1v1ded, a church d1Vlded, nght now," he said T T T T T T T T T HOUSTON VOICE P A G E Choosing to sell your Lile insuranc< Policy due tv a iLle thn:atcmng illness! Allow us to heir you m obtammg the fin>n­c1al resources ,.ou are seeking~ highest cash rayment m the qmd.e~t poss1h1c umc Our scrv11..:es are free anJ "'onfiJcnual with no 0"11i;-J11on ~.-'110\'a>mt"' 214/6
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