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A Masterpiece of
Reader wants no part of Queer Nation
From R.D. WARREN, Houston
It seems like everywhere you look
nowadays, you see the words Queer
Nation. They've got their stupid stickers up all over the place, the gay and
(mainstream) newspapers have articles about them, and they're even on
the (television) news. Enough is
What they are doing is taking away
everything most gay people have
worked for ao years. Their "proud"
use of a nauseating word is making us
the laughing stock of 1991.1 want no
part of the "Queer Nation"—it's a silly,
degrading, self-defeating nation that
will do more harm than good to most
of us. I am not "queer!' though I am
gay and proud to be.
I wonder if those people think
about the possible indirect consequences of their "direct action!' or if
they even care about anything but
calling attention to themselves and
their antics ... like ACT UP, they seem
to be more concerned with making
noise than making change.
No wonder no body (sic) takes the
gay community seriously.
The New Voice wants to know your
views. Write us at 408 Avondale,
Houston, TX 77006. Thank you.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tok-
las step out of the literary haul
monde and into the Parisian underworld to track down a murderer and art thief. While
Gertrude and Alice dig for clues
in literary salons and art exhibitions, Johnny MeAndrcws, a ga>
American writer, takes us on s
wild and wicked romp through
the decadent side of Parisian life.
"Replete with plenty of punning
banter, Steinian parody, titillating
trysts between the male characters
and a few what the hell anachronisms, this is a campy delight of e
comic mystery." — Booklist
THE CARAVAGGIQ SHAWL
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Study finds white men most likely to get AIDS treatment drug
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)-Access to the
AIDS drug AZT may be based more often
on race, sex, and a patient's insurance
than on need, a study reports.
After interviewing 880 AIDS patients
in nine U.S. cities and counties, including New Orleans, researchers at Brown
University and Rhode Island Hospital
found white men appeared to have a better chance of AZT treatment than women
and members of racial minorities.
The conclusions of the study were pub
lished recently in the Journal of General
AZT is the only approved drug for
treating and preventing deadly infections that occur when AIDS breaks down
the body's immune system. Patients
must be tested periodically to prevent
damage to their blood-producing bone
A white patient's chances of getting
AZT were 73 percent higher than for
nonwhites. Intravenous drug users were
a little less than half as likely to get AZT
as were those who did not use drugs.
The researchers also found that patients with insurance were twice as likely
to be offered the drug, even in states
where people without insurance can get
the drug free.
"I don't think it's a conscious bias"
said Dr. Tom J. Wachtel, a coauthor and
director of Rhode Island Hospital's medical primary care unit.
"Doctors are making assumptions
inappropriately" based on stereotypes,
That might include beliefs that drug
users are less likely to take the drug properly and that women might become pregnant, Wachtel said. AZT is not supposed
to be taken during pregnancy.
"I think doctors would need to have a
very strong reason why they shouldn't
offer AZT to slow progression of the disease" coauthor Dr. Michael D. Stein, director of the hospital's AIDS clinic, told
The Providence Journal-Bulletin in an
interview published Feb. 15.
Anne Marie Silvia of Rhode Island
Project AIDS said that for years AIDS
activists had complained about bias in
distribution of the drug-
"There's an inherent bias in most of us
since we've been raised in a world that is
primarily sexist and homophobic," she
said. Drug users also are looked down upon by society, Silvia said.
"It shouldn't be happening" she said.
AZT is very expensive and must be taken for a long time. The results show that
"physicians will not prescribe a drug the
patient can't pay for;' but they also may
not have known about the free programs,
The researchers conducted interviews
in Newark and Jersey City, N.J.; Dallas;
Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Fla.; New
Orleans; Seattle; Nassau County, N.Y.;
and the small Texas community of Atlan-
Shaman's Circle to host pride week gay men's gathering
Historically, gay men have filled the role of
thetribal shaman, facilitating explorations
of the soul, say members of the Shaman's
Circle, As healers, mediators, magicians,
and spirit-medicine people, they balanced
masculine with feminine and brought a
deep sense of spirit idealism to the community, the organization believes. The spirit
lives today, but often without awareness
Shaman's Circle honors this gay spirit in
dividually. The group is planning a weekend of self empowerment by gay men in a
tribal environment on June 28-30, during
Austin's gay pride celebration. Partici
pants will "celebrate a very powerful Gay
Pride weekend claiming and honoring Gay
masculinity...gay empowerment through a
combination of tribal heritage, group experiences, gay culture, drumming and ritual,"
say organizers. Meals and lodging will be
provided. Men of color, non-gay or bisexual
men, and fathers and sons are welcome.
The event will be held at Guadalupe River Ranch, in the Texas Hill Country. Registration (limited to 40 men, $225) deadline is
April 15. For more information, call
Shaman's Circle, c/o Liberty Books, Austin, Tx., at (512) 495-9737 or (800) 828-1279.
—"Texas Sing Out" March 16
Five Texas gay and lesbian choirs will perform a "Texas Sing Out!" concert at the
Basa Concert Hall in the University ofTex-
as at Austin Performing Arts Center Saturday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m.
The concert is part of a packed weekend
of activities organized around the 1991
March on Austin for Gay/Lesbian Equal
Rights, which will occur at noon Sunday,
More than 10,000 gay men and lesbians
are expected to participate in the march,
which will be followed by a rally and dem
onstration for gay/lesbian rights at the
State Capitol. Following the rally will be a
festival at nearby Waterloo Park.
The Saturday night concert features performances by the Capital City Men's Chorus, an Austin men's choir; the Alamo City
Men's Chorus, a San Antonio men's Choir;
the Montrose Singers, a Houston men's
choir; Tapestry, an Austin women's choir
and Heartsong, a Houston women's choir.
Tickets for the performance, which event
spokesperson Sean Somoskey said will feature a wide variety of music, are $10, $8 and
$5. Additional information is available by
calling (512) 477-8ING.