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Title Houston Voice, No. 1225, April 23, 2004
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 23, 2004
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 6 APRIL 23, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE national news Gay organizations join abortion rights march Organizers expect more than 750,000 to rally on Sunday By ADRIAN BRUNE WASHINGTON - Beyond the manuscript-length march permit, the lengthy volunteer lists and the little piles of buttons on her desk, feminist organizer Alice Cohan keeps a very telling photograph. It's not a picture of her partner, or a close family member, but that of another Alice — Alice Paul, the chief strategist of the suffrage movement and author of the Equal Rights Amendment. Paul has been a heroine of Cohan's since her early days at the Feminist Majority, and she said she looks at the black-and-white photo whenever she needs a reason to continue her work advocating for reproductive rights. It was taken long before Cohan. 53. actually met and got to know the legendary feminist, but Cohan said Paul was no less feisty on matters of emancipation for women. "I remember visiting her in the nursing home, wanting to talk about her days fighting for women's right to vote," Cohan said. "She would always interrupt me to talk about strategy for amending the Equal Rights Amendment and more ways to further women's causes." Lesbian Alice Cohan reached out to gay organizations to help out with this weekend's March for Women's Life event. She said the right to privacy arguments help activists in both the gay civil rights and reproductive rights battles. (Photo by Adrian Brune) As she heads into the final days before Sunday's March for Women's Lives, Cohan, the executive director of the event, has been looking at Paul's picture a bit more frequently, especially as those days stretch into long nights. But with more than 1,300 co-sponsors, including several large gay organizations, and busloads of women coming from all over the country, Cohan hopes her grassroots, shoestring-budget demonstration impacts women's rights as significantly as her mentor's labors once did. While she won't anticipate the outcome, Cohan said she expects attendance at the ft MORE INFO March for Women's Lives 17251 St., NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 202-349-3838 www.marchforwomen.org Pro-Life Alliance of Gays & Lesbians P.O. Box 33292 Washington, DC 20033 202-223-6697 www.plagal.org march to surpass that of the movement's 1992 rally, which organizers estimated at 750,000. "Our goal is to assemble a crowd that is too big to ignore," she said. Previously led by the National Organization for Women, this year's march directors reached out to several other civil rights contingencies, especially minority and gay advocacy groups. While the lesbian feminist movement has consistently made the connection between gay rights and reproductive freedom, it is now imperative for gay men to realize its importance, said Cohan, a lesbian and longtime activist within the gay community. "The issues are so related when we think about control over our own bodies," Cohan said. "Sexual activity without reproduction gives gays and lesbians a fun damental tenet on which they base their legitimacy." Seven gay civil rights groups are listed as co-sponsors of this weekend's march. They are the Human Rights Campaign; the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund; Equal Partners in Faith; Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center; New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center; and the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization. March organizers say several decisions by President Bush have threatened reproductive rights, especially his November signing of a law banning partial birth abortions. But gay activists and reproductive rights advocates fear the Bush administration's influence over the Supreme Court, which many observers say is one vote away from overturning Roe vs. Wade, and with it eroding the foundation beneath Lawrence vs. Texas. However, not all gay organizations see eye-to-eye with reproductive rights activists. Carrying signs that read, "1 in 10 aborted children are gay," members of PLAGAL, the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays & Lesbians will hold a counter-demonstration at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to voice their views. "How can we support legislation that attacks helpless individuals, some who no doubt may be part of the future of the GLBT community?" said Cecilia Brown, PLAGAL's president NHL player arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot Intended target may have been player's boyfriend By CYD ZEICLER JR. The FBI arrested Michael Danton, a forward for the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues, on April 16 in California on suspicion of a murder plot. The criminal complaint mentions that Danton feared the intended target of the hit would "leave him," fueling speculation that the man may have been the hockey star's boyfriend. Danton was attempting to board a plane in San Jose after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks when he was arrested. On April 15, the FBI reviewed a three- way recorded conversation made the day before among Danton. 23, Damon's friend Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, and Justin "Levi" Jones, also 19, the FBI's cooperating witness. Danton allegedly instructed Jones to enter his home and kill the acquaintance, whose name has not been revealed. "Danton said law enforcement could be led to believe that two burglars came to Danton's residence and therein argued regarding some aspect of the burglary," the criminal complaint reads. "Danton told the cooperating witness it would appear that, during the struggle, one of the burglars was killed, while one fled the scene with $3,000 in cash and other valuable items." That $3,000 was to serve as a down payment for the $10,000 Jones was allegedly promised for his services. When Jones, a part-time police dispatcher, realized that Danton was serious, he and Columbia, 111., Police Chief Joe Edwards took the recorded conversation to the FBI. On the night of April 15. Katie Wolfmeyer drove Jones to Danton's apartment. When a security guard called the acquaintance in Danton's apartment before letting them through, Jones fled the scene. Jones called Danton about an hour later and told him that the job was "botched." "We'll fix this, and we'll do it soon," Danton told Jones, according to the complaint. Afraid of losing lover? When the FBI interviewed the acquaintance, who may have been living with Danton at the time, he told agents that he and Danton had a severe argument that Tuesday concerning Danton's "sexual promiscuity and drinking." "Danton begged the acquaintance not to go to the general manager of the St. Louis Blues hockey organization and ruin his Professional hockey player Michael Danton was attested for allegedly plotting to kill a man who was living with him The complaint alleges Danton was afraid the acquaintance was going to leave him.'(Photo by AP) career," the complaint reads. "The acquaintance threatened to leave Danton." On April 16. the acquaintance agreed to record a phone conversation with Danton, according to the complaint. When the acquaintance asked Danton why he was going to have him killed. Danton broke down and sobbed. "Danton explained that he felt backed into a corner and also felt that the acquaintance was going to leave him," according to the complaint. "Danton did not want to allow the acquaintance to leave him, therefore decided to have him murdered." While the complaint dirl not detail the nature of the relationship between Danton and the acquaintance, within 4B hours after the story broke, sports reporters were concluding that they were romantically involved. Danton's agent, David Frost, told the New York Daily News that Danton is not gay "Once the whole thing shakes down, everyone will understand exactly the circumstances of what happened," Frost told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But in the last week, glimpses of Frost's own past — and his personal relationship with Danton — have spilled out from various sources. Frost had been active in the youth hockey world of Canada for many years before taking on the role of agent for Danton and another player now in the NHL. Frost had a reputation for developing close relation ships with some of the boys he coached, including Danton. Rob Ciccarelli. owner- of a hockey team fin- whom Danton once played, told the Sun. What worried me is he had a cult like attraction for the player." In 2(X)1. Danton changed lus name from Michael Jefferson, allegedly due to the rift Frost caused in Danton's family. "That man has ruined my son's life," Danton's father, Steve Jefferson, told the Brampton [Ontario] Guardian. At press time, Danton was still awaiting extradition to Illinois, where Jom first contacted,
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