Gay Group Comments On TV
Could Ellen Be Rated
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
WASHINGTON, D.C—Following an
announcement today by an independent
entertainment industry committee of
the adoption of an aged-based television ratings system, the Gay & Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation
(GLAAD) expressed cautious optimism
that the new system would not distinguish between heterosexual and gay
According to industry insiders, the age-
based ratings system is not designed to
discourage creation of lesbian and gay
Concern that a content-based ratings
system would have resulted in anti-gay
and-lesbian bias surfaced earlier this
year amid reports lhat Motion Picture
Association of America President
Jack Valenti, who heads the television
ratings committee, had met privately
with members of the conservative
Media Research Center, an anti-gay hate
Based on that information, GLAAD
issued a press release in June indicating
its deep concern that a biased ratings
system would place gay television content in jeopardy. GLAAD called upon Mr.
Valenti to noi allow the forces of anti-gay
bigotry to sway the television ratings
process. In a June letter of concern to
Valenti, GLAAD asserted that "A biased
rating system could be devastating in
an industry lhat is just now beginning to
deal in an honest and forthright manner
with our community."
Members of GLAAD's Board of Directors
met face-to-face with Mr. Valenti in July
to discuss the ratings process.
GLAAD's Managing Director, William
Waybourn stressed that "gay and lesbian issues are an important part of the
national discourse and consciousness,
so it is important that television standards, and the committee that decides
them, understand and address lesbian
and gay concerns fairly." Mr. Way-
bourn categorized the meeting with
Mr. Valenti as extremely productive.
"While we remain concerned that any ratings system runs the risk of restricting
our right to free speech, GLAAD is pleased
that the television ratings sysiem
announced today is not designed to crop
lesbians and gay images from television's picture of the American landscape," said William Waybourn.
"Throughout the next ten months we will
monitor the ratings system to prevent
it from ever being used as a broad broom that
would sweep gay content under the rug and
off of our television screens."
GLAAD is the nation's lesbian and gay
news bureau and the only national lesbian
and gay media watchdog organization.
GLAAD promotes fair, accurate, and
inclusive representation as a means of
challenging discrimination based on
sexual orientation or identity.
Court Refuses To Remove Custody
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS
Associated Press Writer
Pekin, III. (AP)—Taking two healthy,
happy children away from their bisexual
mother and her female lover would violate Illinois law, a state appeals court
The 3rd District Appellate Court
refused Tuesday to remove custody from
the mother and award it to her ex-husband, noting that stale laws treat homosexual and heterosexual parents the
same in custody matters.
"There was no evidence that the mother's
living arrangements were unstable or
that the children lacked a familial relationship where they were," Justice Peg
Breslin wrote. "On the contrary, the
evidence established that the mother
provided a nurturing home environment lor ihe children."
The father's lawyer, William Anderson
IV. said his client planned to appeal.
calling the ruling "more of a political
decision than a legal decision."
Rebecca Schroeder first won custody of
her children in 1991 when her seven-year
marriage ended. Two years later, she
moved in with a woman. Ex-husband Stuart Schroeder remarried and then filed
A Tazewell County judge granted custody to (he father last January, citing
"the burden of social condemnation"
he believed the children might face.
But the appeals courl noted that two psychologists examined the children and
found the arrangement was noi causing
emotional problems. Teachers testified the boy, 9, and girl, 11, were doing
well in school.
Other children may tease or shun the two
because their mother is bisexual, the
court acknowledged, but they may do that
whether they live with the mother or
The Houston Symphony
The Houston Symphony opens the new
year wilh Shell Favorile Masters con-
certs "Mozarl. Haydn & Bach" showcasing four members or ihe Houslon
Symphony performing works from Ihe
Baroque and early Classical period.
under lhe direclion ol rained early music
specialisl Nicholas McGegan. Principal flutist Aralee Dorough will perform the Quanlz Flule Concerto in G
major; Robert Alherholt, principa|
oboe, will play l-S. Bach's Oboe d'Amore
Concerto in A major: pr,ncipa| bas.
soonisi Benjamin Kamins win perform
'he Bassoon Concerto in E minor by
Vivaldi; and principal hornisl William Ve, Meulen will play the Haydn Horn
Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Mr. McGegan
conducts Iron, ,he harpsicnord in ,he
Quanlz, Bach, and Vivaldi concertos.
Opening and closing the program are
two works by Mozarl: The Overture to La
Clemenza ,1, J'„„ , and Svmphor]y No 3L
Paris . Concerts are al 8pm Saiurday.
Jan. 4. and Monday. Jan. 6, and at 2 30pm
on Sunday, Jan. 5. For tickets and information, call 713-227-ARTS or 800-828-
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