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Saturday, January 12, 2002

 
Gay TV Listings 01/12 - 01/17

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Gay comic offers his own brand of family counseling on ABC

by Brian Moylan
Modern Americans seem to believe that going to a psychologist can solve any problem. With therapists of all sizes, shapes, colors and ideologies, television has finally given us our first gay therapist. (Rosie O'Donnell as a marriage counselor on "Ally McBeal" doesn't count until Rosie fully comes out).
Gay comic Jason Stuart breaks new ground as a gay marriage counselor on ABC's 'My Wife and Kids,' Jan. 16.
Out comic and actor Jason Stuart plays Dr. Steven Michael Thomas - all the gay men's names rolled into one - a gay therapist. Dr. Thomas helps Michael (Damon Wayans) and Janet (Tisha Cambell-Martin) with their most recent marital problem on an episode of "My Wife and Kids," which airs on ABC Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m.
"On the show, [Michael and Janet] go to a lot of therapists," Stuart told the Blade. "Usually the therapists side with the wife, but this time, I side with both of them."
Stuart says that though he is only in one scene of the show, he has already been asked to reprise his role in the future and that he had the cast and audience in stitches. "We were riffing and improv-ing around the dialogue," Stuart says. "It was an incredible experience. Probably the best experience I've had on television."
The character, and Stuart's characterization of him, both defeat and uphold the stereotypes of gays on television. "It's unusual for a gay guy to play a gay guy on TV. It's just not the norm these days," Stuart said. Though there are more and more out actors playing gay roles on television, all the gay characters in starring roles are still played by straight people.
Also, it's rare that Dr. Thomas is in a relationship. "I'm the nicest therapist, they go to," Stuart says, "but I can't stop talking about my own relationship." Though the partner is mentioned and is given a name (His name is Joseph, and he is, surprisingly, in musical theater), we never get a chance to see the two men together.
"[On television] they usually don't let gay people talk to their boyfriends in public," Stuart says. "Like Jack [from 'Will & Grace'], he's supposed to sleep with everybody, but you never see him with a boyfriend."
However, in the end, it is the knowledge of having a healthy homosexual relationship that lets Dr. Thomas give sound advice to Michael and Janet. Since gay couples are so rarely seen on television, it's groundbreaking that a gay therapist is guiding the love life of a straight couple.
Stuart thinks that in life and on television, married couples could learn a lot from gay partnerships. "Number one, [gay couples] don't have any rules like [straight couples] do. We don't have to be a certain way, and they do," says Stuart. "In that way, they have a lot to learn from us."
Aside from his stint on this sitcom, Stuart is working on his acting and stand-up careers. Stuart produced and starred in a mostly improvised movie called "Ten Attitudes" that posits the question, "Can a regular gay guy find love in Los Angeles?" The movie should be out next year.
Also, through his Web site (www.jasonstuart.com), Stuart has sold about 10,000 copies of his one-man show "Comedy Without a Dress."
"When I went to Provincetown, I noticed that all the gay guys loved to see drag. It was either drag or straight girls. That's who we love," Stuart says about how he came up with the name of his act. "So I figured it was time for gay guys to get into guys who aren't in dresses."
Stuart is currently living the single live in L.A. "I just want a guy who has a car and doesn't live in it," he jokes.
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GIANT: An Oscar winner in 1953, this tale of a Texas oil family who deals with racial injustice stars Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor. (3 hrs. 30 mins.) Turner Movie Classics at 2:30 p.m.
HAIRSPRAY: Divine stars as Ricki Lake's mother in this satire of life in the 1950s. Directed by John Waters. (2 hrs.) Comedy Central at 4 p.m.
SENIOR YEAR: A documentary series about 13 high school seniors in California, including Jet, a gay Filipino. (1 hr.) Maryland Public Television at 6 p.m. CC
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE LAST SHOUT: Edina (Jennifer Saunders) has an encounter with God (Marianne Faithfull), inspiring her to forcefully intervene in daughter Saffy's wedding. (2 hrs.) Comedy Central at 6 p.m
GRAND HOTEL: This story about guests who come through a plush hotel in Berlin won best picture in 1932 and stars gay icons Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo. (1 hr. 55 mins.) Turner Classic Movies at 6 p.m. CC
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER: In this road movie comedy, Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin play a gay couple who set their heterosexual acquaintances straight on anal sex and matters of the heart. (2 hrs.) USA at 7 p.m. CC
SEINFELD: A syndicated episode where Kramer refuses to wear a red ribbon in the AIDS walk. (30 mins.) Fox 5 at 7:30 p.m. CC
PERRY MASON: Gay actor Raymond Burr plays the title character who solves the "Case of the Poisoned Pen". (2 hrs.) Court TV at 9 p.m.
IN THE LIFE: A repeat episode of the gay newsmagazine. (1 hr.) WHUT at 10 p.m. CC
BEYOND CHANCE: A show about supernatural and miraculous experiences hosted by Melissa Etheridge. (1 hr.) Lifetime at 11 p.m. and weekdays at 10 a.m. CC
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DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN: This tale of mistaken identity and amnesia in the 1980s New Wave scene must make star Madonna feel old. It makes me feel old knowing it's on the "classic movie" channel. (2 hrs.) American Movie Classics at 1 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. CC
EASTENDERS: Two back-to-back episodes of the British soap opera, which features a gay couple among its convoluted cast. (30 min.) WETA at 1 and 1:30 p.m.
BOYS ON THE SIDE: Whoopi Goldberg plays a lesbian in this female-bonding road movie. (2 hrs.) Encore at 4:20 p.m. CC
LOS BELTRAN: Spanish-language sitcom featuring a Gay couple as the next-door neighbors. (30 min.) Telemundo at 8 p.m.
SEX & THE CITY: Carrie goes to a gay club and meets a hot, Austrian shoe distributor. The new man makes Stanford jealous and he brings back Anthony, the queen from Queens. (30 mins.) HBO at 9 p.m. CC
QUEER AS FOLK: Michael tries to readjust to Pittsburgh, while Justin throws a tantrum because mommy says he can't hang with Brian anymore. (1 hr.) Showtime at 10 p.m. CC
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mon. 14



ALL MY CHILDREN: This long-running serial now features Bianca, the lesbian daughter of legendary Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). (1 hr.) ABC Weekdays at 1 p.m.
BEDAZZLED: When a computer geek (Brendan Fraser) makes a deal with the devil (Elizabeth Hurley) to be hip, stylish, and witty, she makes him gay. (1 hr. 35 mins.) HBO at 4:45 p.m. CC
DARIA: IS IT FALL YET?: A bisexual older woman (voice of rocker Bif Naked) comes on to Jane while she attends an artists' retreat. (1 hr., 30 min.) MTV at 6:30 p.m.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Watch the series from the beginning; the reruns are just as fun. (1 hr.) Weekdays on FX at 7 p.m. CC
BRAVO PROFILES: A documentary looks at the life and music of lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge. (1 hr.) Bravo at 7 p.m. CC
BOSTON PUBLIC: Guber, his one-handed lady friend, and her bisexual son enter family counseling. (1 hr.) Fox at 8 p.m. CC
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: Something old, something new, but nothing borrowed. Three episodes of Pat's and Eddy's hedonistic best. (3 hrs.) Comedy Central at 9 p.m. CC
FORCES OF NATURE: To earn money to get home to his wedding on time, Ben Affleck strips at a gay bar. (2 hrs.) ABC at 9 p.m. CC
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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH: Twisted omnisexual film featuring Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener as lovers. (2 hrs.) The Movie Channel at 1 p.m. CC
THREE TO TANGO: A straight architect (Matthew Perry) pretends to be gay in order to get closer to the woman of his dreams. (1 hr., 40 min.) HBO at 7:15 p.m. CC
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: A two-for-one special which reruns the last two episodes of last season, including Buffy's kinda, sorta, but not really "death."(2 hrs.) UPN at 8 p.m. CC
REAL WORLD: The newest season features Aneesa, a lesbian, and Chris, a gay alcoholic, living in trendy digs in Chicago. This hour highlights the casting process. (1 hr.) MTV at 10 p.m. CC
QUEER AS FOLK: See Sunday at 10 p.m. listing. (1 hr.) Showtime at 11 p.m.
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wed. 16



X-MEN: Sir Ian McKellan plays nefarious mutant menace Magneto in this adaptation of the Marvel comic series that many critics felt had a gay subtext. (1 hr. 45 mins.) HBO at 7:15 p.m. CC
MY WIFE AND KIDS: Gay actor Jason Stuart plays a gay marriage counselor. (30 mins.) ABC at 8 p.m. CC
REAL WORLD: The official debut of the new season with a double helping of token gay roommates. (1 hr.) MTV at 8 p.m. CC
GLORY DAYS: A new series from gay writer Kevin Williamson (the man behind "Scream" and "Dawson's Creek") about a novelist who investigates creepiness in his small hometown. (1 hr.) WB at 9 p.m. CC
SEX & THE CITY: See Sunday at 9 p.m. listing. (30 mins.) HBO at 9 p.m.CC
SIX FEET UNDER: Repeats of the first season of gay creator Alan Ball's hit series. (1 hr.) HBO at 10 p.m. CC
GAY NEWS NETWORK: The DC gay newsmagazine's latest episode. (30 min.) DCTV Channel 25 at 9 p.m.
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TWO MOTHERS FOR ZACHARY: Vanessa Redgrave plays a mother who sues for custody of her grandchild after her daughter becomes involved in a lesbian relationship. (2 hrs.) USA at 11a.m. CC
SURVIVOR: See what gay Survivor Brandon and the other castaways have been doing since the show ended. (1 hr.) CBS at 8 p.m. CC
WILL & GRACE: Something old, something new, repeats make me blue. A rerun followed by a new episode where Grace falls in love with an inmate (1 hr.) NBC at 8:30 p.m. CC
ER: Lopez shoves Dr. Kerry Weaver out of the closet. Nurse Abby stands by and looks sexy. Two reasons to watch! (1 hr.) NBC at 10 p.m. CC
JEFFREY: Witty comedy with Steven Weber as a gay man who decides to give up sex, and then meets the man of this dreams. Patrick Stewart plays devil's advocate, as an interior designer who tries to push him towards love. Nathan Lane and Sigourney Weaver make cameo appearances. (1 hr., 35 min.) Starz! at 2:20 p.m
CLUELESS: An inept high-school matchmaker falls for a boy that everyone else realizes is gay. (2 hrs.) UPN 8 p.m. CC
THE LATE SHOW: Cynthia Nixon, who plays pregnant Miranda on "Sex & the City" gets maternal with Dave. (1 hr.) NBC at 11:35 p.m. CC
-- listings by Brian Moylan

 
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REM to Perform for Gay Men's Health Crisis Campaign

American supergroup REM are to play at a GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS benefit show in New York.
The AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE band will make a short live appearance at the event, titled YOU GOTTA HAVE FRIENDS, which takes place at the BIG APPLE's CARNEGIE HALL on 31 January (02).
Actress WHOOPI GOLDBERG will host the bash.
According to the official REM website, WWW.REMHQ.COM, the aim of the show, which also features an appearance from JEWEL, is to honour AOL TIME WARNER and its CEO JERRY LEVIN for their AIDS awareness campaigns. (KW/WNWCNM) (c) 2002 World Entertainment News Network
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UK: Bill Seeks Rights for Cohabitees

by Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A private member's bill to allow unmarried couples to claim most of the legal rights that go with marriage was launched yesterday by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Lester QC and the gay rights group Stonewall.
The government is refusing to back the bill but a cabinet office spokesman said ministers were "actively consulting" on the issues of greater rights for unmarried partners.
Several European and Commonwealth countries have passed laws giving cohabitees many of the rights of married partners, and lawyers believe court challenges under the Human Rights Act are inevitable unless the law is changed.
The civil partnerships bill would not give unmarried couples automatic rights but would set up a framework for gay and heterosexual couples to have their relationships legally recognised if they wished to opt into it.
Registering their relationship as a civil partnership would give them the right to be recognised as the partner's next-of-kin, to claim financial provision and a share of the home on break-up, and to be paid a survivor's pension and be exempt from inheritance tax on the partner's estate. The bill is scheduled for second reading in the Lords on January 25. It has no chance of reaching the statute book without government support.
The case of Anna Homsi, who was denied a war widow's pension after her partner of eight years and the father of her child, Trooper Brad Tinnion, was killed in action with the SAS in Sierra Leone, has highlighted the lack of rights for unmarried partners under current law.
Lord Lester said: "The bill does not attempt to tackle every anomaly in the law, but it tackles many of them. We hope that it will be a catalyst for much-needed reform to secure the equal protection of the law for unmarried couples."
Angela Mason, executive director of Stonewall, said: "This bill is not about gay marriage. It is about allowing couples in mutually caring relationships to provide for and protect each other." Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2002
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Study compares HIV treatment strategies

Dan Kerman, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Friday, January 11, 2002 / 04:00 PM
SUMMARY: A large-scale study by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is underway to determine the best way to treat HIV over the long term.
A large-scale study by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is underway to determine the best way to treat HIV over the long term.
Up to now, the medical community has taken two different main approaches: hit the virus hard at the outset with strong antiviral drugs, or hold off on drug therapy until the immune system is compromised.
While doctors say there's no question people with HIV have benefited from the early introduction of antiviral drugs, they say it's not been without serious side effects.
"To strike a balance between adequately aggressive treatment and minimal adverse side effects, we need hard data," said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of NIAID. "(This study) promises to provide just that kind of information to physicians and their patients," Dr. Fauci said.
The study -- called SMART, or Strategies for Management of Anti-Retroviral Therapies -- is being conducted by the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA), a network of community-based researchers funded by NIAID. The study will monitor 6,000 people infected with HIV for an average of seven years, in hopes of getting answers to several key questions.
"We simply do not know when the best time is to begin therapy after infection, when to switch from one treatment to another, or which of several key factors best predicts how the disease will progress," said Karin Klingman, M.D., a medical officer in NIAID's Division of AIDS and member of the SMART protocol team.
AIDS organizations say the answers to those questions make this one of the most important AIDS research projects to date.
"We've never had good quality data about treatment over long periods of time; this is going to give us that," said Bob Huff, editor of the New York-based Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) Treatment Issues newsletter. "If it turns out people can get the same viral suppression benefits with less drugs and have less toxicity, that's going to be very important to know," Huff told the Gay.com/PlanetOut.com Network.
While many physicians support the hit-hard approach, others shy away from it, not simply because of the side effects, but because after long-term use, HIV can become resistant to one or more of the drugs, making them ineffective.
"Frankly not all doctors do the same thing," said Tim Teeter, associate director for treatment support at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF). "With 6,000 patients, this study should give us concrete information, not just information based on one physician's experience," Teeter told the Gay.com/PlanetOut.com Network. One thousand people with HIV will be enrolled during the study's first year and randomly assigned either a "go-slow" or a "hit-hard-early" treatment strategy. The study will be evaluated after the first year, and, if the outcome is favorable, an additional 5,000 people will be enrolled over the next three years.
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Charges may be dismissed against family accused of beating lesbian daughter

A Jordanian family in Sandy, Utah, accused of kidnapping and beating their lesbian daughter have entered a diversion agreement allowing charges to be dismissed in two years.
The Hawatmeh family--including father Jami, mother Wedad, and sons Iehab and Shaher--allegedly kidnapped and beat 23-year-old Muna in October 1999 when they discovered she is a lesbian. Muna said she agreed to return to Jordan as a way to stop the beatings. As the family was driving Muna to the airport from their home in Sandy, Muna's partner spotted them and called police. The family agreed to take Muna to the police station, and a doctor later found bruises on her arms and legs. Prosecutor Paul Parker said Muna is now ambivalent about prosecuting her parents and brothers and has struggled with the prospect of her family's going to prison. "She does love her family and doesn't want to inflict pain," he said. "But she is afraid of them." Attorney Earl Xaiz, who represents Iehab Hawatmeh, believes resolution of the case was prompted in part by the December death of Muna's father from cancer.
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Toyota appoints advisory board on diversity

Toyota Motor Co. became the latest car manufacturer to reach out to gay employees when it announced Friday that it is forming a North American Diversity Advisory Board to improve the company's diversity and job training programs. The seven-member board will be chaired by former U.S. Labor secretary Alexis Herman and will include former U.S. representative and Housing and Urban Development secretary Jack Kemp and former Transportation and Energy secretary Federico Pena. Ford Motor Co. in 1994 formed the first of 10 employee organizations representing people from different ethnic, racial, and religious groups and sexual orientations to raise employee awareness of ethnic and minority issues. General Motors Corp. has nine such groups, and the the Chrysler arm of DaimlerChrysler AG has six.
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Antigay ballot question in Maine bounces back

A measure that would revoke Portland, Maine's domestic-partnership ordinance and strip benefits from government employees will most likely make its way to the November ballot despite an organizer's contention earlier this week that it probably would not.
The Christian Civic League of Maine has spearheaded a campaign to get the question on the ballot, and earlier in the week league executive director Michael Heath claimed that the organization had gathered only about 5,000 signatures and would probably not be able to get enough to meet the required 42,000 by the January 28 deadline.
Portland mayor Karen Geraghty expressed doubts about the league's claim. "In the past [the league has] proven to be not entirely truthful on the number of signatures they have collected," Geraghty said Tuesday.
Now it appears Geraghty's doubts may have been well-founded. "I made an error this week," said Heath in a mass E-mail Wednesday. "I was wrong to say we had only 5,000 signatures. The fact of the matter is, we don't know how many are out there. And we won't ever know if citizens don't turn in their petitions." "It's disappointing to see a leader--particularly a leader of a religious community--so blatantly lie to the public," Geraghty said Thursday. "This is not a person who makes mistakes about these sorts of things. It doesn't pass the straight-face test for him to continually misrepresent his count a month before the deadline. It's clearly a strategy that he employs in order to energize his followers."
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Andrew Fleming to remake The In-Laws

The Hollywood Reporter says that out filmmaker Andrew Fleming (Dick, Threesome) is in final negotiations to direct Till Death Do Us Part for Warner Bros. The project, which will star Michael Douglas, is a remake of the 1979 comedy The In-Laws, which starred Alan Arkin as a mild-mannered dentist who becomes involved with his daughter's father-in-law-to-be (Peter Falk), who claims to be a CIA agent.

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Bravo Profiles: Melissa Etheridge airs January 14

Bravo Profiles takes an in-depth look at the musical career and personal life of Melissa Etheridge on Monday, January 14, at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific (check local listings). Taped during the tour for her latest album, Skin, the show features Etheridge discussing how she learned as a child to express herself through music, her relationship and eventual breakup with Julie Cypher, and why David Crosby became the sperm donor for the couple's two children. Bravo Profiles: Melissa Etheridge also features interviews with Crosby, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Najimy, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. For more information visit www.BravoTV.com.

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Paris Protest Over Saudi Executions

by Jon ben Asher
365Gay.com Newscenter in London
(January 12, Paris) A dozen protestors have sprinkled a red liquid, signifying blood, on the steps of the Saudi Embassy.
Police forced the demonstrators from the front of the building before they could get inside.
The demonstrators, from Act Up-Paris were protesting the beheading of three gay Saudis, found guilty in a religious court of committing homosexual acts.
Protestors equated the executions with the repressive rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and condemned Egypt for the imprisonment of more than 20 men for gay sex.
The demonstrators said the extremism in the sentences shows that intolerance is not limited to the Taliban.
They criticized western countries for not condemning the harsh sentences and called on the US to force its major allies in the Arab world to observe basic human rights. In a statement released following the protest, Act Up said: "The Silence and indifference of Western countries is equivalent to a death sentence for all the oppressed minorities."
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Miami Rights Fight Expected To Be Loud & Nasty

by Fidel Ortega
365Gay.com Newscenter in Miami
(January 11, Miami) The fight to keep Miami-Dade's gay rights protections is shaping up to be mean and nasty.
Take Back Miami-Dade, a conservative Christian coalition has succeeded in getting a referendum to void ordinance which bans discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The first in a series of public debates was held Thursday night.
Anthony Verdugo, chairman of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Christian Coalition led off the debate.
Verdugo said gays are already protected by the Constitution.
Since the amendment was added to the ordinance three years ago, he said there has not been a single case of sexual-orientation discrimination that has not been adjudicated.
Jorge Mursuli, former director of Save Dade and now state director of People for the American Way, disputed Verdugo's statement: "Fifty-four cases have been filed since the law passed. They've mostly been resolved with mediators.''
For nearly two hours the participants exchanged barbs and accusations. At the end one member of the audience said the referendum will only serve to divide the citizens of Miami-Dade.
Miami attempted to include gays and lesbians in city protections In the mid '70s, but, singer and anti-gay activist Anita Bryant led a successful Save Our Children campaign to block the move.
Finally in 1998, the Miami-Dade commission approved an amendment to the human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation. Since then, conservative groups have fought to have the amendment removed.
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Australian Gay Club Ordered To Install Police Cams

by Peter Hacker
365Gay.com Newscenter in Sydney
(January 12, Perth) A police crackdown on drugs and violent crime in Perth's Northbridge area is forcing clubs to install cameras.
But, the owner of a gay club in the area says the new security laws are an invasion of privacy and could compromise gay patrons
Connections nightclub owner Tim Brown said people would would be afraid to go to the club knowing they could be identified as gay by police.
"We didn't even let people take photos until about five years ago," Brown says.
Not all clubs in the area have been forced to install the cams. Brown says Connections, which has had few problems with violence in 26 years.
He believes the club should be exempted.
Racing and Gaming Minister Nick Griffiths said that the laws will help police tackle violence in hot spots such as Northbridge. Businesses must keep security tapes for 14 days so police investigating nightclub violence can view the them.
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Cook Says Hospital Firing Was Homophobia

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(January 12, Boston) Linda McGarry said she enjoyed her job as a cook at the Taunton, Mass. State Hospital, until the day a fellow employee asked is she is gay.
McGarry says that from that day on she was the victim of harassment until she was finally fired. She has filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Her suit alleges rumours began circulating that she engaged in a sexual activity with a female worker while at the hospital. Eventually, McGarry alleges she was confronted by her supervisor about the accusation.
During the meeting McGarry alleges she was given a number of rules to follow, including demands that she should not be alone with females, should stay in groups, should abstain from talking to females privately and should not enter a locker room if another female were present.
McGarry was fired on Aug. 25, 2000. According to court documents, she was fired for "job performance issues," including a failure to keep her work space clean.
McGarry is seeking to regain her job, as well as back pay. She has not ruled out seeking emotional distress damages, her attorney, Daniel F. Clifford Jr., of Bridgewater, said.
"Only two gay women have ever worked in the kitchen and both have been fired," Clifford said. "My client's work was not only good, it was excellent." Two employees in the kitchen have filed affidavits saying McGarry's work performance was sufficient.
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Africa: Equal Rights for Gay Soldiers

January 10, 2002, Africa News Service
Same-sex partners of members of the South African National Defence Force will in future have the same benefits as the spouses of the country's soldiers, sailors and air force members.
Regulations amending the definition of "marital status" and "spouse" to include partners in permanent life partnerships have been published in the Government Gazette.
The amendments bring the defence regulations in line with the Constitution, which outlaws unfair discri-mination on the basis of sexual orientation. It follows a ruling by Judge Frans Kgomo in the Pretoria High Court last year that the partner of Judge Kathy Satchwell was entitled to the same benefits as those afforded to married judges' spouses.
After Satchwell launched her action, the government introduced legislation, the Judicial Officers Amendment Bill, to provide for the same-sex partners of judges to receive benefits identical to those available to the spouses of judges, if the relationship exists at the time of the judge's death.
The new regulations on marital status in the defence force bring it into line with this approach.
The regulations state that "marital status" now includes "the status or condition of being single, divorced, widowed or in a relationship, whether with a person of the same or the opposite sex, involving a reciprocal support in a relationship".
In terms of the regulations, "spouse" means being married to a member of the defence force or being a beneficiary in a marriage that is recognised as valid in terms of the 1998 Recognition of Customary Marriages Act or the 1961 Marriage Act.
"Spouse" now also means "a partner (the partnership being either heterosexual or homosexual) in a permanent life partnership, if such partnership was attested before a Notary Public".
In the Pretoria High Court case, Judge Kgomo rejected claims by counsel acting for the Minister of Justice, Penuell Maduna, that the discrimination against Judge Satchwell was not unfair and was based on marital status and not sexual orientation.
"I have great difficulty in upholding the respondent's [minister's] argument that the discrimination against Satchwell and other same-sex partners serves a legitimate government purpose.
"That purpose, in terms of the submission, is the provision of a financial inducement to top counsel to abandon their lucrative private legal practices in favour of financial sacrifices that judicial appointment entails.
"The fallacy of this argument lies therein that by implication there are no top gay men or lesbian counsel but if there are, because of their marital status and sexual orientation, they are not worthy of being accorded the benefits provided by the Judges' Remuneration Act and the attendant regulations to married couples.
"This discrimination is unwarranted, dehumanising, stereotypical, unjustified and consequently unfair," Kgomo said then.
In the same case, he ruled that the sections of the Child Care Act and the Guardianship Act that prevented Judge Anna-Marie de Vos and her partner, Suzanne du Toit, from adopting their two children were invalid and unconstitutional. Copyright Mail & Guardian. Distributed by All Africa Global Media(AllAfrica.com)
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Celebrate! sold to Orlando attorney

BY MANDY BOLEN
www.keysnews.com
The faces of Celebrate! -- Key West's gay and lesbian newspaper -- will change with the announcement that the publication has been sold to new owners who will take over on Feb. 7.
In a deal finalized Thursday, outgoing publisher Rudy G. Marn agreed to sell the majority of the paper to Tom Dyer, an Orlando attorney and publisher of Watermark, a chain of gay newspapers throughout central Florida.
Marn said he will continue to be part owner of Celebrate! and will serve on the soon-to-be-formed Community Advisory Board, but Dyer and incoming managing editor Michael Kilgore will have control of publication, production and content.
Dyer said the paper, which had been a weekly, will come out every two weeks, and there will be occasional special theme issues, including one planned on elegant homes of gay Key West residents.
"We will use Celebrate! to help people have a voice in the community," Dyer said. "We wants to use it to work on diversity, education and health in the community and promote gay tourism and businesses in Key West."
Marn bought the weekly newspaper in September 2000 when it was the sister newspaper of the now-defunct Island News.
"When he bought it, it was floundering," said editor Ginny Haller, who will not continue with the new owners. "Rudy really wanted to save it, and it was really important to him for Celebrate! to be around for the Key West gay and lesbian community."
Marn said he was stepping down as publisher because "at this point in my life, I knew I would not want to commit my time for an indefinite period." Dyer said he expects to downsize the staff and distribute the paper in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando.
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Friday, January 11, 2002

 
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Being gay has nothing to do with pedophilia

The Miami Herald, January 10, 2002
By: Steve Rothaus
Just before the new year, Miami-Dade police officer Dieter
Gurbatow killed himself in Cooper City after being arrested on
pornography and solicitation charges. Caught in an Internet
police sting, Gurbatow -- 49 and engaged to a woman -- was
accused of trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The same day Gurbatow died, former Boca Raton Rabbi Jerrold Levy,
59, got 6 1/2 years in federal prison for having sex with a
14-year-old boy he met online.
At his sentencing on Dec. 28, Levy, -- married with grown
children -- tearfully told the judge:
``For the first time in 45 years, I am free from being a gay man
in the closet. I no longer have to live a double life and
although I am incarcerated, I am a free man.''
But although Levy self-identified in court as a gay man, many see
great harm in linking his homosexuality to pedophilia.
``It's important for people to know that being gay has nothing to
do with pedophilia,'' said Dr. Larry Harmon, a Miami-Dade
psychologist whose practice specializes in sexual orientation
issues. ``Being gay is a sexual orientation. Pedophilia is a
psychological disorder.''
Dr. Michael Rappaport, a Miami psychologist who is treating Levy
in prison, said there is a major difference between homosexuality
and pedophilia:
``Pedophiles want to have sex with little children. Homosexuals
want to have sex with other men,'' he said.
``Pedophiles get insulted if you suggest they are gay.''
Rappaport, a heterosexual doctor with many gay clients, says,
``There is a prejudice that gay males are out there seducing
straight boys. That pedophiles are gay men. That's so unfair to
the gay community.''
Gregory M. Herek, a psychology professor at University of
California/Davis, said many pedophiles are neither homosexual nor
heterosexual.
``They have no adult sexual attraction. It's clearer to refer to
it as male-male or female-female sex,'' said Herek, who has
extensively studied and written about sexual orientation issues,
including child molestation.
The ratio of gay-straight child molesters reflects the population
in general and sexual orientation is irrelevant, Herek said.
``There are gay child molesters, just as there are heterosexual
child molesters,'' he said. ``Just as there are gay redheads and
heterosexual redheads.''
Still, many people think that gay people are child molesters.
Herek conducted a 1999 national telephone survey in which
respondents were asked what proportion of gay people would molest
children. ``Almost 20 percent of [heterosexual] male respondents
. . . thought [gay men] were likely to molest children,'' Herek
said. Ten percent of heterosexual women believed the same thing,
he said.
Conservative anti-gay groups often feed this fear, said Herek,
who has written about Anita Bryant's 1977 campaign to repeal
Miami-Dade County's original gay-rights ordinance.
>From Herek's website,
http://www.psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/index.html : ``Gay people
are often portrayed as a threat to children. When Anita Bryant
campaigned successfully in 1977 . . . she named her organization
`Save Our Children,' and warned that `a particularly
deviant-minded [gay] teacher could sexually molest children.' ''
Herek expects the same propaganda will be used this year by Take
Back Miami-Dade, the group seeking to rescind Dade's current
gay-rights law. A vote is set for Sept. 10.
For a much-publicized debate last month with Miami-Dade Mayor
Alex Penelas, Take Back communications director Eladio José
Armesto brought his young son, Alejandro.
``What we saw back in Dade County in the '70s, and what we may
see again in the fall, this confusion gets exploited,'' Herek
said. E-Mail Steve Rothhaus at: srothaus@herald.com
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Details emerge for gay TV network plan

Ann Rostow, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Thursday, January 10, 2002 / 03:33 PM
SUMMARY: Showtime and MTV confirmed plans for a gay-oriented television channel, which will be offered to subscribers for a fee.
Three days after word of the project was reported on TV Guide's web site, executives at Showtime and MTV confirmed plans for a gay-oriented television channel, which will be offered to subscribers for a nominal fee, the New York Times reported Thursday.
In a joint statement later the same day, the two Viacom subsidiaries said they were "currently examining the potential and exploring distribution models [for] . a new network dedicated to programming for the gay and lesbian audience."
According to the Times, the two companies were working independently on the idea for some time but decided to merge their efforts. As a paid subscription service, the gay channel will follow the Showtime model, but the channel will also make money off niche market advertisers in the style of MTV.
Executives told the Times that roughly 6.5 percent of the television audience is gay, and that 40 million homes have the ability to receive digital programs, the technology that accounts for increased channel capacity.
Matt Farber, a veteran MTV executive who joined the Internet exodus in the late '90s, brought the idea of a gay channel to MTV last May. MTV was enthusiastic, and when Showtime's similar efforts were discovered, the two groups joined forces. Farber, 39, has been working as a consultant on developing the gay channel since the spring, and will continue in that role for the foreseeable future.
In a statement, Joan Garry, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and a former Showtime executive, called gays and lesbians "a loyal consumer group" and an "underserved" television audience. Garry, who also helped launch MTV during her stint in the industry, said she could not think of two companies "that are better positioned for success in this venture than MTV and Showtime."
Speaking to the Times, however, Garry warned that the shows still have to be good. "At the end of the day, if the content is smart, the channel will have a real shot."
According to the Times' report, the programming will run the gamut, from films to comedy, from talk shows to original series. Although the venture does not have an official launch date, MTV senior vice president Gene Falk told the Times, "if things go right, we could be on within a year." Farber refused to speculate on timing, saying only that the project was still in the development phase.
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Federal disability ruling could hurt people with HIV

A Supreme Court ruling late Tuesday making it more difficult for workers to ask for special treatment when they suffer partial physical disabilities could hurt employees who have HIV, gay rights advocates said Wednesday.
The unanimous decision in the case of a former assembly line worker who had a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome narrows the scope of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The court ruled that disabilities cannot be measured solely by workers' ability to perform certain tasks at work. Determination of disability also must depend on the ease with which workers perform "activities that are of central importance to most people's daily lives," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote. Into that category the court put walking, seeing, and hearing, among other things. "It is insufficient for individuals attempting to prove disability status under this test to merely submit evidence of a medical disability," O'Connor added.
The ruling has been criticized by gay rights advocates who fear that it may put people with HIV at a disadvantage. By refusing to recognize workplace-related limitations, the decision further erodes the definition of disability and the strength of employee protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said in a statement released Wednesday.
"The High Court's reading of the ADA, in which the inability to do tasks associated with lifting one's arms is rendered too unimportant to be a covered 'major life activity' has produced a result in which an employee who is afflicted with severe carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of her assembly line job is considered too disabled to keep her job but not disabled enough to be covered by the ADA," observed Lambda legal director Ruth Harlow. That could be bad news for people with HIV. "Application of the Court's reasoning to a person with HIV could leave many without a viable legal remedy for a wide range of discriminatory exclusions from work and social activities," said Lambda in a statement.
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Second gay Republican seeks office in Massachusetts

A week after Massachusetts acting governor Jane Swift chose openly gay Patrick Guerriero to be her running mate on the Republican ticket, another out gay Republican has announced he will run for a state office.
Registrar of Motor Vehicles Dan Grabauskas said Wednesday he is resigning to run for state treasurer. Grabauskas has won praise at the registry since 1999 for cutting waiting times and improving customer service. "Massachusetts needs a treasurer who will be a watchdog, a reformer, and a tough manager--three things that I am very familiar with," Grabauskas said in a statement. Arline Isaacson, cochair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian political caucus, said the two candidacies--particularly from the Republican Party, which has been less supportive of gay rights than the Democrats--show that gay and lesbian candidates are becoming more widely accepted. "It would have been unthinkable 20 years ago for this to happen," she said.
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Pataki calls for passage of SONDA

In his eighth annual State of the State address Wednesday, New York governor George Pataki called on state legislators to pass the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act during the 2002 legislative session. "There is no place in our society for bigotry, intolerance, or hatred," said Pataki. "Let's extend the hate-crimes law by passing the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act." His remarks received a standing ovation.
"These remarks in support of SONDA by the governor during a State of the State speech and the impressive show of bipartisan support for them are historic," said Joe Grabarz, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York-based gay rights advocacy group. "We now need a commitment from both chambers to schedule a vote as soon as possible. We believed we had such a commitment last year--a year in which the session never really ended and much business was left unfinished." The Democrat-controlled assembly has passed SONDA during almost every legislative session of the past 10 years, but the measure has always died because the Republican-controlled senate never took any action on it. Given the assembly's long-standing support for SONDA and Pataki's call for passage, the senate's taking up the measure this year and passing it would be tantamount to the act's becoming law. In an indication of where the senate might currently stand on SONDA, senate majority leader Joe Bruno said, "We believe in equal rights and equal protections for all people. We're open [to SONDA]. It's on our agenda."
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Riordan "open to discussion" of California civil unions

In an appearance Wednesday morning before a gay and lesbian group in West Hollywood, Calif., Republican candidate for California governor Richard Riordan said he is "open to discussion" of a pending bill that would institute civil unions for same-sex couples in the state. "The question was, Would you support civil unions?... And his answer was that he would be open to a discussion but that he wasn't familiar with all of the legal aspects," said deputy press secretary Matt Szabo. Riordan's statement, made to the group Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality, is further indication that the moderate former mayor of Los Angeles is not focused on courting his party's right wing.
"The one comment I would have to say is, it's strange to take these kinds of actions in a Republican primary," said Sean Walsh, strategist for one of Riordan's opponents, secretary of state Bill Jones.
The bill, AB 1338, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood), would give same-sex couples "the same state law protections and responsibilities as are available to spouses in a marriage," according to a fact sheet prepared by Koretz's office. California voters showed their disapproval of same-sex marriage last March with the passage of Proposition 22--by a 61-39 margin--which bans such marriages in the state. Riordan opposed Proposition 22, while Jones and Los Angeles businessman Bill Simon, the third major Republican gubernatorial candidate, supported it. Jones has taken no position on AB 1338, while Simon has said that "on its face it looks like an end run around Proposition 22," according to Simon strategist Jeff Flint. Gov. Gray Davis, who opposed Proposition 22, has not taken a position on AB 1338, said Davis strategist Garry South, who added that the Democratic governor has a strong record of support for gay issues. In October, Davis signed a domestic-partnership bill into law that went into effect January 1.
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Accused gay-basher brothers to represent themselves

Two Pennsylvania brothers trying to rescind their guilty pleas in the near-fatal beating of a neighbor they believed was gay will be allowed to represent themselves in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The brothers--Troy Clinger, 19, and Todd Clinger, 21--told a Snyder County, Pa., judge Wednesday that their attorneys had misrepresented them and coerced them into making guilty pleas, district attorney Mike Sholley said. The judge advised them of their rights and allowed them to represent themselves but did not rule on whether the pair can withdraw their guilty pleas, Sholley said.
"The defendants have eighth-grade educations, expressed a lack of knowledge of the system, and in spite of all that wanted to represent themselves," Sholley said.
On December 18, the second day of their trial, Todd Clinger pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit third-degree murder, and Troy Clinger pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter. No hearing on whether the pair can withdraw their pleas has been scheduled. Todd Clinger could get up to 40 years in prison, and Troy Clinger up to 20 years.
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Gay police group gets first female president

The Gay Officers Action League announced Wednesday that it has elected New York City police officer Ann Cregan as its president. Cregan, a 17-year veteran of the NYPD, is the first woman to hold the post in GOAL, a New York-based organization. Cregan's two-year term began on January 1.
"We've come a long way fighting discrimination in the workplace," Cregan said, noting that the group would continue to pursue "full equality of treatment and benefits" with fellow officers.
GOAL describes itself as the first official fraternal society to represent lesbians and gays within the criminal justice system. Founded in 1982, it comprises current and retired employees of the NYPD, the city's department of corrections, and other criminal justice agencies in the metropolitan New York City area. Ann Cregan is featured in "We Were There," a story that details the whereabouts of New York gay and lesbian police and firefighters on September 11, in the January 22 issue of The Advocate.
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Erie, Pa., councilwoman reverses stance on sexual orientation vote

A councilwoman in Erie, Pa., having reversed her stance on a proposed law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, said she would cast a crucial vote of support.
Councilwoman Joy Greco's announcement leaves four council members in favor of the antidiscrimination law, and three either undecided or opposed. But Greco late Wednesday also asked for a delay on the contentious vote to give the legal staff of new county executive Rick Schenker a chance to review the matter.
Schenker has vowed to veto the measure if the clause concerning sexual orientation remains, saying the law would create an increased likelihood of lawsuits and would deter businesses from locating in Erie County. It would take five votes by the council to override a veto. Greco said she believes the antidiscrimination law would not hurt the area economically, something she originally feared, and that gay people deserve added protection. "Having a particular sexual orientation is not breaking the law," she said.
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Sainthood for gay chaplain?

A movement to have openly gay Fire Department of New York chaplain Mychal Judge canonized may be afoot, according to the New York Post. The popular priest was both hero and victim at the World Trade Center on September 11, and pictures of his funeral appeared all over the world. Post columnist Neal Travis reports that media Web site Tabloidbaby.com suggests that the circumstances of Judge's death and the avalanche of media attention surrounding it may make the late gay chaplain a candidate for canonization. "Through our analysis of the coverage, we hear the drumbeat for sainthood," said Tabloidbaby.com founder and editor Burt Kearns. "The Vatican doesn't ignore such mass adulation in the press."
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"Give Us A Gay Saint"

by Peter Moore
365Gay.com Newscenter in London
(January 11, Rome) The Vatican is refusing to comment on a demand for a gay patron saint by an Italian GLBT rights group.
Dionysios Arcigay said it is time the church recognized the role of gays and lesbians in the church.
It is proposing the name of Alfredo Ormando, a gay man who set himself on fire in 1998 to draw attention to church's treatment gay people.
Ormando, an Italian intellectual set himself ablaze in St. Peter's square. Vatican police put out the flames and rushed him to hospital. He died 11 days later.
The Holy See has never publicly commented on Ormando's death. Dionysios Arcigay is calling for a GLBT rally Sunday in Piazza San Pietro at the Vatican to appeal for Ormando's beatification, the first step toward sainthood.
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Alan Ball renews cable contract

Out Oscar-winning writer Alan Ball (American Beauty) has signed for another two years with HBO, home of his acclaimed series Six Feet Under, Variety reports. The network has signed Ball to an exclusive seven-figure TV deal to continue as Six Feet's executive producer while also allowing him to create, write, and executive-produce other projects for HBO. "I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in town to be able to do this show the way I want to do this show," says Ball. "I love working at HBO, and I hope to keep doing so for a long time. I feel like it's the best place to work in television."

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Jour de Fete Films picks up Circuit

Circuit, a drama set against the world of circuit parties from director Dirk Shafer (Man of the Year), has been acquired by Jour de Fete Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, whose cast includes Nancy Allen, William Katt, Jim J. Bullock, and Advocate columnist Bruce Vilanch in supporting roles, will open in April in Los Angeles with a wider release to follow.

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Oz's first season coming to video

DVDFile.com reports that the first season of the HBO series Oz will be released on video March 19. The acclaimed series unflinchingly depicts life in prison, including gay relationships and rape. The DVD set will feature audio commentaries with series creator Tom Fontana and actor Lee Tergesen, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, previews, an episode index, and more.

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Alberta To Grant Partner Benefits

by Rich Peters
365Gay.com Newscenter, Vancouver
(January 11, Edmonton) The Alberta government will bring in legislation this spring to recognize same-sex relationships.
The province is the latest to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that found by not recognizing gay relationships Canada's Constitution was being violated. Since the High Court case, brought by an Ontario woman, provinces have been scrambling to rewrite their laws.
A report on gay and lesbian relationships and the law was ordered last year and made public Thursday.
Justice Minister Dave Hancock said: "Alberta Justice proposes that Alberta's legislation concerning personal relationships be amended to comply with the charter."
Hancock said: "This would include persons in common-law or same-sex relationships."
Alberta's gay and lesbian community reacted to the government proposal with both hope and scepticism.
"For years gay and lesbian Albertans have been fighting for inclusion under the law," said Kristy Harcourt of the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton.
Alberta, the most conservative of Canada's provinces, has had a long history of fighting gay rights.
Last November the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench ordered the province to rewrite its laws to allow people in same-sex relationships to inherit property when a partner dies.
The province has also fought legal rulings that ordered it to protect gays from discrimination all the way to the Supreme Court and lost.
A conservative religious coalition has vowed to fight the province.
Hermina Dykxhoorn, spokeswoman for the Alberta Federation of Women United for Families told a news conference: "Marriage needs to be protected for the benefit of children and the stability of the community, something that no other relationship does."
Dykxhoorn said the province can avoid complying with the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on same-sex relationships by invoking the Constitution's notwithstanding clause.
The clause allows provinces which have a fundamental difference with any section of the Constitution to opt out. Hancock dismissed the suggestion.
The legislation would provide most of the legal benefits of marriage, including the division of assets after a break-up and the right to inherit property when a partner dies. Hancock said no decision had been made on adoption.
It also would not provide a Partnership Union register. Nova Scotia remains the only province which allows gays and lesbians to register their unions. A similar plan is underway in Quebec.
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Anti-Gay Aide Quits

by Ben Thompson
365Gay.com National Editor in Ottawa
(January 11, Ottawa) It may be the shortest career in political history. Just three days after being appointed Stephen Harper's director of communications, John Collison has quit.
Harper is running for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance Party.
Collison, a former Winnipeg talk show host stepped down after labelling former party leader Stockwell Day a policy lightweight incapable of uniting the party.
Collison, called the "mouth of the west" was dismissed from his talk show in 1999 following complaints about anti-gay comments on the air.
On one occasion he ridiculed a caller for having a lisp. In another he went on a tirade about "dancing dykes" at a victory rally for gay Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray. Collison urged a caller to get shots to avoid catching anything if he intended to go to the rally.
Prior to announcing their candidacies, Harper and Day agreed to keep the debate focused on policy matters. In accepting Collison's resignation, Harper said, comments about Day's campaign crossed the line. A Day earlier though, Harper refused to comment on Collison's history of anti-gay attacks.
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Anti-Gay Rights Campaigner Accused Of Dirty Tricks


by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(January 11, Portland, ME) A week after saying a bid to revoke Portland's domestic partnership ordinance and take domestic partnership benefits away from government employees was dead, an anti-gay coalition says it is very much alive.
Michael Heath, of the Christian Civic League of Maine, had told a Portland newspaper that his group would not get the 42,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot.
Now, Heath says, he made a mistake and claims he will get the signatures required.
Some opponents of the ballot question contend Heath intentionally said he did not have enough numbers as a tactic to energize his supporters.
It is not the first time he has said he was losing support half way through an anti-gay campaign.
In 1997, he told the Press Herald he doubted he'd be able to collect enough signatures to force a ballot question overturning a statewide gay rights law. Ultimately, he collected 70,000 signatures and successfully repealed the law.
Portland Mayor Karen Geraghty, who co-sponsored the city's domestic partnership registry, said this is no different. "It's disappointing to see a leader - particularly a leader of a religious community - so blatantly lie to the public," she said. "This is not a person who makes mistakes about these sorts of things. It doesn't pass the straight-face test for him to continually misrepresent his count a month before the deadline. It's clearly a strategy that he employs in order to energize his followers."
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Rockin' For AIDS

by Beth Shapiro
365Gay.com Newscenter, in New York
(January 11, New York) Alternative rock pioneers R.E.M. and Jewel will perform at the third ' You Gotta Have Friends' benefit for the Gay Men's Health Crisis on January 31 at New York's Carnegie Hall.
R.E.M will play a 30 to 45-minute electric set. Front man Michael Stipe came out last year.
Jewel will play an approximately 20-minute-long acoustic set.
The event will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and will honour AOL Time Warner for their commitment to the fight against AIDS.
You Gotta Have Friends will also feature a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy-winning female a cappella gospel/jazz/blues ensemble, and appearances by Rosie Perez and Academy Awards joke-writer Bruce Vilanch.
Last year's show featured the B-52's, Cyndi Lauper and Sandra Bernhard.
Regular tickets for the gala are $250, $100 and $75. For $1,000, attendees receive "benefit level" tickets and an invitation to a post-concert reception with the event talent. All proceeds will benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis, a non-profit organization that promotes AIDS awareness and provides assistance to those battling the disease.
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BBC To Make Documentary Of Boy George Musical

The BBC is to make a documentary of the making of Boy George's '80s musical, Taboo.
The documentary, dubbed 'Gimme A Freak, will follow George from the time he had the idea for the musical in 2000 to the opening night later this month.
Taboo is due to open at The Venue in New Cross, on January 29, with previews starting on Monday. It will be broadcast on BBC Choice on February 3.
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Famed Mexican transvestite kills self in dramatic fashion

January 9, 2002, Efe
Mexican transvestite Mauricio Aguilera, who became famous as a Veronica Castro look-alike, died from a lethal combination of alcohol and sleeping pills, family members said Wednesday.
According to the entertainment media, the famed flamboyant transvestite committed suicide in dramatic fashion, writing, "I hate myself, may God forgive me," with lipstick on a mirror in his boudoir before drinking the lethal cocktail.
Aguilera's body was found in his apartment on Jan. 1. Police believe he died sometime between New Year's Eve night and early New Year's day.
The 40-year-old drag queen achieved superstar status as a Castro look-alike and made numerous appearances at special events and on television.
Aguilera spent the night before his death celebrating with his family, one of his eight brothers said, adding that he insisted on taking pictures.
The brother noted that the suicide was not due to a lovers' quarrel, since the transvestite was not dating anyone at the time and got along well with his former lover.
However, Aguilera had been suffering from depression and other problems, the brother added.
Eight months ago, Aguilera was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.
As per his final wishes, the transvestite was buried dressed as Castro with a mariachi band playing his final farewell. Copyright 2002 Efe. All Rights Reserved.
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GayCrawler Travel Launches an International Virtual

January 9, 2002, International Teledata Group
GayCrawler's gay and lesbian search engine launches its Virtual Travel Agency. More than 500 gay and "gayfriendly" destinations are available across the world; Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, the Caribbean, Europe... in French, English and Spanish. All of the available destinations offer interesting touristic information and numerous photos.
According to Mr. Gerard Spatafora, President of GayCrawler.com, this is an important step toward the creation of a complete portal offering Internet services to the gay and lesbian community across the world. "We are proud to offer travel destinations dedicated to the members of a community which represents 10 to 15% of the world's population."
Created and operated by a team of gays and lesbians with years of experience in the tourism industry, this specialized Internet travel service is adapted to the needs of the members of this community who wish to travel with peace of mind. In fact, the packages offered are destinations where gays and lesbians are welcomed and where they will not fear to suffer from any discrimination.
In order to insure the commercial success of this new service, GayCrawler.com has developed a powerful affiliation program enabling other sites to offer and sell the travel destinations and services. Internet users will have the opportunity to participate in a full scale contest upon the launch of the web site. The participants will be eligible to win a trip every trimester.
About GayCrawler.com
GayCrawler.com's head office is located in Montreal, Canada. It offers a search engine dedicated to the gay and lesbian community troughout the world. GayCrawler.com offers more than 15,000 selected Internet sites classified in more than 200 categories. Founded in March 2000, GayCrawler.com has already launched local versions of its site thanks to these strategic partnerships; Citegay.fr (France), GayWired.com (USA), ChelseaConnection.com (New York), MetroG.com (Los Angeles), 365Gay.com (Toronto) and DirectionGayQuebec.com (Quebec). It is to be noted that an Asian version as well as a Spanish version for the Hispanic markets will soon be availaible.
GayCrawler.com presently has offices in Bordeaux (France) and in Singapore (Asia). 2002 International Teledata Group. All Rights Reserved.
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Moscow Denies Gay Murder Link

Officials in Moscow have denied that there is any link between the murders of four gay men despite warnings issued by the US Embassy.
The men died between September 1999 and June 2001, apparently after picking up someone from Kazarma, a Moscow gay club housed inside another called Chameleon. The victims have been named as British television producer Christopher Rees, Steve Malcom, an American teacher, Australian bank worker Thomas Nagy-Bachman, and Heinrich-Helmut Kurth, a chef from Germany.
A leaked memo to the U.S. State Department in December said that at least one of the victims had been at the Chameleon club the night he was killed, and another was known to frequent the club. The memo added that three of the four foreigners were found stabbed multiple times in their apartments and robbed.
The investigation into the deaths of Malcom and Kurth have been suspended.
The deaths, which bear similarities to recent murders of Russian gay men during the same period, led the US Embassy to issue a safety warning and urge the General Prosecutor`s Office to reconsider the evidence.
Svetlana Baskakova, a prosecutor from the General Prosecutor`s Office, said that the murders of four Westerners were "not related to one another". She said that fears of a serial killer were "unfounded".
Baskakova would not confirm the arrest of a suspect in Nagy-Bachman`s death, a soldier from Kursk who worked as a prostitute. © 1999, 2001 Rainbow Network. All Rights Reserved. Partnered with New Media Spark.
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Livingstone Welcomes Partnerships Bill

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has welcomed the Private Members Bill on Civil Partnerships that is being introduced into the House of Lords by Lord Lester.
The Bill was launched yesterday. If passed it will give legal status to registered relationships in respect of inheritance tax, intestacy, housing succession, occupational pensions, next of kin, registration of death and compensation in fatal accidents. It would also equalise the treatment of same-sex couples in social security regulations.
The Mayor said: "The success of the London Partnerships Register shows there is a demand for civil partnerships. The interest that councils from Northampton to North Tyneside have shown is a clear indication that partnership registration is not only of interest to the major metropolitan centres."
He added: "I am delighted that Lord Lester is pushing for legislation to finally offer equality to same sex as well as heterosexual couples and shall be calling on London MPs and peers to back the measure."
In September Mayor Livingstone launched the London Partnerships Register, making the Greater London Authority the first public body in the country to offer official recognition to same sex as well as heterosexual couples.
A spokesperson for the GLA commented that the register had already influenced a number of agencies. He said: "A number of companies are planning to change their own policies on recognition of unmarried partners and Camden Council is exploring ways of using the Register to improve services in the borough." © 1999, 2001 Rainbow Network. All Rights Reserved. Partnered with New Media Spark.
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Jack Cole: Liberal radio talk show host.

friends recall his 'wisdom and wit'
By Thom Smith, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 11, 2002
When word got out in early December that pneumonia had put Jack Cole in intensive care at Good Sam, the hospital was swamped with friends and well-wishers who hadn't forgotten their old, irascible radio friend.
Doctors, especially those who deal with critically ill patients, usually aren't thrilled with crowds, especially since Jack would try to remove the respirator tubes so he could speak. The doctors kept him comatose most of the time, hoping he would fight off the pneumonia and they could resume the treatment for his brain tumor.
Sadly, it never happened. Without the chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer, initially a 2-inch cluster, erupted and spread to six areas of his brain.
His last three days were spent at Hospice of Palm Beach, morphine numbing the pain, the remarkable intellect long since silenced. But until those final, virtually lifeless days, Jack was still Jack.
"Our last conversations were about two things, Osama bin Laden, which is typical Jack, and oh yeah, his health," said Bill Newgent, his former producer at WJNO. "The last thing I said where I know he could hear me -- he couldn't talk because he was on the respirator -- was what a pain in the ass he was and how much I loved him and how much he forever changed my life."
"I got a squeeze back," Newgent said Wednesday evening.
In his last conscious hours, with the reality of his situation accepted, Jack insisted he was OK. His wife Linda Marx, Newgent said, "was subtly trying to be sure she was doing things the way he would want them to be done. She was trying to be reassuring."
Nevertheless, his death has hit her hard. It hits all those who remember his wit, his stubbornness, his artistic nature, but most of all his intellect. He really did read six newspapers before he climbed out of bed.
"He certainly was one of the brightest persons I ever met," said John Picano, program director at WJNO when Cole arrived in December 1983. "He had such persuasive powers. He could take any position and convince you to switch sides. He had all the attributes of a great talk show host -- a deep thinker, a great storyteller and he was entertaining."
"Like General Patton," Cole said on one occasion, "when I want to make a point, I go for the words that are effective. . . . But it must be substantive. I don't believe anything done for shock value has any lasting value, and ultimately, it undermines the credibility of the person uttering it."
The same Jack Cole organized a multistation telethon for Hurricane Andrew relief and then lined up entertainment for the National Guard troops and volunteers who worked at relief headquarters at the South Florida Fairgrounds. When Bernie Kopell pulled out of a production at the Jupiter Theatre, the same Jack Cole jumped at the chance to appear as Oscar Madison. In over his head?
"I haven't totally gotten past the stage of resolving the abject terror which you face while standing in the wings," he said during the run in 1994. "It is the most humiliating experience -- which is at the same time delightful -- that I've ever had."
Despite his genius, Cole's success could be attributed to hard work. "Jack was constantly working on his show, constantly thinking of ideas, asking what we thought of this and that," Picano said. "It was his life."
Said Anthony Lewis, New York Times columnist and occasional guest on Cole's show: "Jack was a twin rarity: a broadcaster with genuine, deep knowledge of the news, and a liberal with a pungent sense of humor. Maybe irony is a better word. It was always a pleasure to talk with Jack because he punctured political pretensions so tellingly. I always learned from Jack, and I am sorry that all of us are going to be deprived of his wisdom and his wit."
"Jack had one of the liveliest, laser-like political minds I have ever encountered," Newsweek Senior Political Columnist Howard Fineman said. "But it wasn't just politics; he was a true renaissance man and he was always for the truth." So long, friend.
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Gay rights protection debate is spirited

BY CHARLES RABIN
crabin@herald.com
In the first of what is likely to be many debates, gay rights advocates squared-off Thursday with two conservative organizations leading a charge to remove sexual orientation from Miami-Dade County's human rights ordinance in a September referendum.
With about 40 people watching in the audience -- mostly Save Dade advocates -- and WPLG Channel 10 news anchor Genna Milberg emceeing, the sides faced off.
Representatives of Take Back Miami-Dade and the Christian Coalition stood by their position that there is no reason for the county ordinance to protect gay men and lesbians.
The Constitution already protects them, said Anthony Verdugo, chairman of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Christian Coalition. Besides, he said, since the amendment was added to the ordinance three years ago there has not been a single case of sexual-orientation discrimination that has not been adjudicated.
Jorge Mursuli, former director of Save Dade and now state director of People for the American Way, disputed Verdugo's statement: ``Fifty-four cases have been filed since the law passed. They've mostly been resolved with mediators.''
Participants in the debate, hosted by the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, were surrounded by photos and artifacts in the current exhibit, a display on ethnic intolerance.
In 1998, the Miami-Dade commission approved an amendment to the human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation, which had been missing since Anita Bryant's successful Save Our Children campaign to exclude gay men and lesbians from protection in the mid-1970s.
Since then, conservative groups have fought to have the amendment removed. Last year, Take Back Miami-Dade, a coalition of religious and civic groups which has been leading the call for the September referendum, collected enough signatures to force a vote.
Seeking to block the referendum, Save Dade filed a complaint in state circuit court just before the new year, which depicts the petition drive as a fraud. The court has not yet ruled.
``The debate centers around the people's right to vote,'' said Verdugo. ``Sexual orientation is a very private matter. It should not be taken to a public forum.''
Countered Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, president of the Greater Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union: ``If it's true, that there have been no instances of discrimination, then why try and remove it from the ordinance?''
Take Back Miami's communication director Eladio José Armesto called leaving sexual orientation in the ordinance a ``special protection.''
``Yes, it is a special protection,'' he said. ``Smokers are discriminated against. People with big noses are discriminated. Bald people are discriminated. The sexual orientation amendment is simply bad public policy because sexual orientation is not a civil right.''
Audience participant Victor Diaz said he attended the debate to get a peek at what the next nine months are likely to be like.
``I do see this debate is going to be nasty,'' said Diaz. ``It's going to be personal and divisive to this community.''
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Being gay has nothing to do with pedophilia

The Miami Herald, January 10, 2002
By: Steve Rothaus
Just before the new year, Miami-Dade police officer Dieter
Gurbatow killed himself in Cooper City after being arrested on
pornography and solicitation charges. Caught in an Internet
police sting, Gurbatow -- 49 and engaged to a woman -- was
accused of trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The same day Gurbatow died, former Boca Raton Rabbi Jerrold Levy,
59, got 6 1/2 years in federal prison for having sex with a
14-year-old boy he met online.
At his sentencing on Dec. 28, Levy, -- married with grown
children -- tearfully told the judge:
``For the first time in 45 years, I am free from being a gay man
in the closet. I no longer have to live a double life and
although I am incarcerated, I am a free man.''
But although Levy self-identified in court as a gay man, many see
great harm in linking his homosexuality to pedophilia.
``It's important for people to know that being gay has nothing to
do with pedophilia,'' said Dr. Larry Harmon, a Miami-Dade
psychologist whose practice specializes in sexual orientation
issues. ``Being gay is a sexual orientation. Pedophilia is a
psychological disorder.''
Dr. Michael Rappaport, a Miami psychologist who is treating Levy
in prison, said there is a major difference between homosexuality
and pedophilia:
``Pedophiles want to have sex with little children. Homosexuals
want to have sex with other men,'' he said.
``Pedophiles get insulted if you suggest they are gay.''
Rappaport, a heterosexual doctor with many gay clients, says,
``There is a prejudice that gay males are out there seducing
straight boys. That pedophiles are gay men. That's so unfair to
the gay community.''
Gregory M. Herek, a psychology professor at University of
California/Davis, said many pedophiles are neither homosexual nor
heterosexual.
``They have no adult sexual attraction. It's clearer to refer to
it as male-male or female-female sex,'' said Herek, who has
extensively studied and written about sexual orientation issues,
including child molestation.
The ratio of gay-straight child molesters reflects the population
in general and sexual orientation is irrelevant, Herek said.
``There are gay child molesters, just as there are heterosexual
child molesters,'' he said. ``Just as there are gay redheads and
heterosexual redheads.''
Still, many people think that gay people are child molesters.
Herek conducted a 1999 national telephone survey in which
respondents were asked what proportion of gay people would molest
children. ``Almost 20 percent of [heterosexual] male respondents
. . . thought [gay men] were likely to molest children,'' Herek
said. Ten percent of heterosexual women believed the same thing,
he said.
Conservative anti-gay groups often feed this fear, said Herek,
who has written about Anita Bryant's 1977 campaign to repeal
Miami-Dade County's original gay-rights ordinance.
>From Herek's website,
http://www.psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/index.html : ``Gay people
are often portrayed as a threat to children. When Anita Bryant
campaigned successfully in 1977 . . . she named her organization
`Save Our Children,' and warned that `a particularly
deviant-minded [gay] teacher could sexually molest children.' ''
Herek expects the same propaganda will be used this year by Take
Back Miami-Dade, the group seeking to rescind Dade's current
gay-rights law. A vote is set for Sept. 10.
For a much-publicized debate last month with Miami-Dade Mayor
Alex Penelas, Take Back communications director Eladio José
Armesto brought his young son, Alejandro.
``What we saw back in Dade County in the '70s, and what we may
see again in the fall, this confusion gets exploited,'' Herek
said. E-Mail Steve Rothhaus at: srothaus@herald.com
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Details emerge for gay TV network plan

Ann Rostow, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Thursday, January 10, 2002 / 03:33 PM
SUMMARY: Showtime and MTV confirmed plans for a gay-oriented television channel, which will be offered to subscribers for a fee.
Three days after word of the project was reported on TV Guide's web site, executives at Showtime and MTV confirmed plans for a gay-oriented television channel, which will be offered to subscribers for a nominal fee, the New York Times reported Thursday.
In a joint statement later the same day, the two Viacom subsidiaries said they were "currently examining the potential and exploring distribution models [for] . a new network dedicated to programming for the gay and lesbian audience."
According to the Times, the two companies were working independently on the idea for some time but decided to merge their efforts. As a paid subscription service, the gay channel will follow the Showtime model, but the channel will also make money off niche market advertisers in the style of MTV.
Executives told the Times that roughly 6.5 percent of the television audience is gay, and that 40 million homes have the ability to receive digital programs, the technology that accounts for increased channel capacity.
Matt Farber, a veteran MTV executive who joined the Internet exodus in the late '90s, brought the idea of a gay channel to MTV last May. MTV was enthusiastic, and when Showtime's similar efforts were discovered, the two groups joined forces. Farber, 39, has been working as a consultant on developing the gay channel since the spring, and will continue in that role for the foreseeable future.
In a statement, Joan Garry, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and a former Showtime executive, called gays and lesbians "a loyal consumer group" and an "underserved" television audience. Garry, who also helped launch MTV during her stint in the industry, said she could not think of two companies "that are better positioned for success in this venture than MTV and Showtime."
Speaking to the Times, however, Garry warned that the shows still have to be good. "At the end of the day, if the content is smart, the channel will have a real shot."
According to the Times' report, the programming will run the gamut, from films to comedy, from talk shows to original series. Although the venture does not have an official launch date, MTV senior vice president Gene Falk told the Times, "if things go right, we could be on within a year." Farber refused to speculate on timing, saying only that the project was still in the development phase.
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Federal disability ruling could hurt people with HIV

A Supreme Court ruling late Tuesday making it more difficult for workers to ask for special treatment when they suffer partial physical disabilities could hurt employees who have HIV, gay rights advocates said Wednesday.
The unanimous decision in the case of a former assembly line worker who had a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome narrows the scope of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The court ruled that disabilities cannot be measured solely by workers' ability to perform certain tasks at work. Determination of disability also must depend on the ease with which workers perform "activities that are of central importance to most people's daily lives," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote. Into that category the court put walking, seeing, and hearing, among other things. "It is insufficient for individuals attempting to prove disability status under this test to merely submit evidence of a medical disability," O'Connor added.
The ruling has been criticized by gay rights advocates who fear that it may put people with HIV at a disadvantage. By refusing to recognize workplace-related limitations, the decision further erodes the definition of disability and the strength of employee protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said in a statement released Wednesday.
"The High Court's reading of the ADA, in which the inability to do tasks associated with lifting one's arms is rendered too unimportant to be a covered 'major life activity' has produced a result in which an employee who is afflicted with severe carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of her assembly line job is considered too disabled to keep her job but not disabled enough to be covered by the ADA," observed Lambda legal director Ruth Harlow. That could be bad news for people with HIV. "Application of the Court's reasoning to a person with HIV could leave many without a viable legal remedy for a wide range of discriminatory exclusions from work and social activities," said Lambda in a statement.
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Second gay Republican seeks office in Massachusetts

A week after Massachusetts acting governor Jane Swift chose openly gay Patrick Guerriero to be her running mate on the Republican ticket, another out gay Republican has announced he will run for a state office.
Registrar of Motor Vehicles Dan Grabauskas said Wednesday he is resigning to run for state treasurer. Grabauskas has won praise at the registry since 1999 for cutting waiting times and improving customer service. "Massachusetts needs a treasurer who will be a watchdog, a reformer, and a tough manager--three things that I am very familiar with," Grabauskas said in a statement. Arline Isaacson, cochair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian political caucus, said the two candidacies--particularly from the Republican Party, which has been less supportive of gay rights than the Democrats--show that gay and lesbian candidates are becoming more widely accepted. "It would have been unthinkable 20 years ago for this to happen," she said.
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Pataki calls for passage of SONDA

In his eighth annual State of the State address Wednesday, New York governor George Pataki called on state legislators to pass the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act during the 2002 legislative session. "There is no place in our society for bigotry, intolerance, or hatred," said Pataki. "Let's extend the hate-crimes law by passing the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act." His remarks received a standing ovation.
"These remarks in support of SONDA by the governor during a State of the State speech and the impressive show of bipartisan support for them are historic," said Joe Grabarz, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York-based gay rights advocacy group. "We now need a commitment from both chambers to schedule a vote as soon as possible. We believed we had such a commitment last year--a year in which the session never really ended and much business was left unfinished." The Democrat-controlled assembly has passed SONDA during almost every legislative session of the past 10 years, but the measure has always died because the Republican-controlled senate never took any action on it. Given the assembly's long-standing support for SONDA and Pataki's call for passage, the senate's taking up the measure this year and passing it would be tantamount to the act's becoming law. In an indication of where the senate might currently stand on SONDA, senate majority leader Joe Bruno said, "We believe in equal rights and equal protections for all people. We're open [to SONDA]. It's on our agenda."
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Riordan "open to discussion" of California civil unions

In an appearance Wednesday morning before a gay and lesbian group in West Hollywood, Calif., Republican candidate for California governor Richard Riordan said he is "open to discussion" of a pending bill that would institute civil unions for same-sex couples in the state. "The question was, Would you support civil unions?... And his answer was that he would be open to a discussion but that he wasn't familiar with all of the legal aspects," said deputy press secretary Matt Szabo. Riordan's statement, made to the group Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality, is further indication that the moderate former mayor of Los Angeles is not focused on courting his party's right wing.
"The one comment I would have to say is, it's strange to take these kinds of actions in a Republican primary," said Sean Walsh, strategist for one of Riordan's opponents, secretary of state Bill Jones.
The bill, AB 1338, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood), would give same-sex couples "the same state law protections and responsibilities as are available to spouses in a marriage," according to a fact sheet prepared by Koretz's office. California voters showed their disapproval of same-sex marriage last March with the passage of Proposition 22--by a 61-39 margin--which bans such marriages in the state. Riordan opposed Proposition 22, while Jones and Los Angeles businessman Bill Simon, the third major Republican gubernatorial candidate, supported it. Jones has taken no position on AB 1338, while Simon has said that "on its face it looks like an end run around Proposition 22," according to Simon strategist Jeff Flint. Gov. Gray Davis, who opposed Proposition 22, has not taken a position on AB 1338, said Davis strategist Garry South, who added that the Democratic governor has a strong record of support for gay issues. In October, Davis signed a domestic-partnership bill into law that went into effect January 1.
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Accused gay-basher brothers to represent themselves

Two Pennsylvania brothers trying to rescind their guilty pleas in the near-fatal beating of a neighbor they believed was gay will be allowed to represent themselves in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The brothers--Troy Clinger, 19, and Todd Clinger, 21--told a Snyder County, Pa., judge Wednesday that their attorneys had misrepresented them and coerced them into making guilty pleas, district attorney Mike Sholley said. The judge advised them of their rights and allowed them to represent themselves but did not rule on whether the pair can withdraw their guilty pleas, Sholley said.
"The defendants have eighth-grade educations, expressed a lack of knowledge of the system, and in spite of all that wanted to represent themselves," Sholley said.
On December 18, the second day of their trial, Todd Clinger pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit third-degree murder, and Troy Clinger pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter. No hearing on whether the pair can withdraw their pleas has been scheduled. Todd Clinger could get up to 40 years in prison, and Troy Clinger up to 20 years.
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Gay police group gets first female president

The Gay Officers Action League announced Wednesday that it has elected New York City police officer Ann Cregan as its president. Cregan, a 17-year veteran of the NYPD, is the first woman to hold the post in GOAL, a New York-based organization. Cregan's two-year term began on January 1.
"We've come a long way fighting discrimination in the workplace," Cregan said, noting that the group would continue to pursue "full equality of treatment and benefits" with fellow officers.
GOAL describes itself as the first official fraternal society to represent lesbians and gays within the criminal justice system. Founded in 1982, it comprises current and retired employees of the NYPD, the city's department of corrections, and other criminal justice agencies in the metropolitan New York City area. Ann Cregan is featured in "We Were There," a story that details the whereabouts of New York gay and lesbian police and firefighters on September 11, in the January 22 issue of The Advocate.
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Erie, Pa., councilwoman reverses stance on sexual orientation vote

A councilwoman in Erie, Pa., having reversed her stance on a proposed law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, said she would cast a crucial vote of support.
Councilwoman Joy Greco's announcement leaves four council members in favor of the antidiscrimination law, and three either undecided or opposed. But Greco late Wednesday also asked for a delay on the contentious vote to give the legal staff of new county executive Rick Schenker a chance to review the matter.
Schenker has vowed to veto the measure if the clause concerning sexual orientation remains, saying the law would create an increased likelihood of lawsuits and would deter businesses from locating in Erie County. It would take five votes by the council to override a veto. Greco said she believes the antidiscrimination law would not hurt the area economically, something she originally feared, and that gay people deserve added protection. "Having a particular sexual orientation is not breaking the law," she said.
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Sainthood for gay chaplain?

A movement to have openly gay Fire Department of New York chaplain Mychal Judge canonized may be afoot, according to the New York Post. The popular priest was both hero and victim at the World Trade Center on September 11, and pictures of his funeral appeared all over the world. Post columnist Neal Travis reports that media Web site Tabloidbaby.com suggests that the circumstances of Judge's death and the avalanche of media attention surrounding it may make the late gay chaplain a candidate for canonization. "Through our analysis of the coverage, we hear the drumbeat for sainthood," said Tabloidbaby.com founder and editor Burt Kearns. "The Vatican doesn't ignore such mass adulation in the press."
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"Give Us A Gay Saint"

by Peter Moore
365Gay.com Newscenter in London
(January 11, Rome) The Vatican is refusing to comment on a demand for a gay patron saint by an Italian GLBT rights group.
Dionysios Arcigay said it is time the church recognized the role of gays and lesbians in the church.
It is proposing the name of Alfredo Ormando, a gay man who set himself on fire in 1998 to draw attention to church's treatment gay people.
Ormando, an Italian intellectual set himself ablaze in St. Peter's square. Vatican police put out the flames and rushed him to hospital. He died 11 days later.
The Holy See has never publicly commented on Ormando's death. Dionysios Arcigay is calling for a GLBT rally Sunday in Piazza San Pietro at the Vatican to appeal for Ormando's beatification, the first step toward sainthood.
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Alan Ball renews cable contract

Out Oscar-winning writer Alan Ball (American Beauty) has signed for another two years with HBO, home of his acclaimed series Six Feet Under, Variety reports. The network has signed Ball to an exclusive seven-figure TV deal to continue as Six Feet's executive producer while also allowing him to create, write, and executive-produce other projects for HBO. "I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in town to be able to do this show the way I want to do this show," says Ball. "I love working at HBO, and I hope to keep doing so for a long time. I feel like it's the best place to work in television."

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Jour de Fete Films picks up Circuit

Circuit, a drama set against the world of circuit parties from director Dirk Shafer (Man of the Year), has been acquired by Jour de Fete Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, whose cast includes Nancy Allen, William Katt, Jim J. Bullock, and Advocate columnist Bruce Vilanch in supporting roles, will open in April in Los Angeles with a wider release to follow.

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Oz's first season coming to video

DVDFile.com reports that the first season of the HBO series Oz will be released on video March 19. The acclaimed series unflinchingly depicts life in prison, including gay relationships and rape. The DVD set will feature audio commentaries with series creator Tom Fontana and actor Lee Tergesen, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, previews, an episode index, and more.

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Alberta To Grant Partner Benefits

by Rich Peters
365Gay.com Newscenter, Vancouver
(January 11, Edmonton) The Alberta government will bring in legislation this spring to recognize same-sex relationships.
The province is the latest to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that found by not recognizing gay relationships Canada's Constitution was being violated. Since the High Court case, brought by an Ontario woman, provinces have been scrambling to rewrite their laws.
A report on gay and lesbian relationships and the law was ordered last year and made public Thursday.
Justice Minister Dave Hancock said: "Alberta Justice proposes that Alberta's legislation concerning personal relationships be amended to comply with the charter."
Hancock said: "This would include persons in common-law or same-sex relationships."
Alberta's gay and lesbian community reacted to the government proposal with both hope and scepticism.
"For years gay and lesbian Albertans have been fighting for inclusion under the law," said Kristy Harcourt of the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton.
Alberta, the most conservative of Canada's provinces, has had a long history of fighting gay rights.
Last November the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench ordered the province to rewrite its laws to allow people in same-sex relationships to inherit property when a partner dies.
The province has also fought legal rulings that ordered it to protect gays from discrimination all the way to the Supreme Court and lost.
A conservative religious coalition has vowed to fight the province.
Hermina Dykxhoorn, spokeswoman for the Alberta Federation of Women United for Families told a news conference: "Marriage needs to be protected for the benefit of children and the stability of the community, something that no other relationship does."
Dykxhoorn said the province can avoid complying with the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on same-sex relationships by invoking the Constitution's notwithstanding clause.
The clause allows provinces which have a fundamental difference with any section of the Constitution to opt out. Hancock dismissed the suggestion.
The legislation would provide most of the legal benefits of marriage, including the division of assets after a break-up and the right to inherit property when a partner dies. Hancock said no decision had been made on adoption.
It also would not provide a Partnership Union register. Nova Scotia remains the only province which allows gays and lesbians to register their unions. A similar plan is underway in Quebec.
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Anti-Gay Aide Quits

by Ben Thompson
365Gay.com National Editor in Ottawa
(January 11, Ottawa) It may be the shortest career in political history. Just three days after being appointed Stephen Harper's director of communications, John Collison has quit.
Harper is running for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance Party.
Collison, a former Winnipeg talk show host stepped down after labelling former party leader Stockwell Day a policy lightweight incapable of uniting the party.
Collison, called the "mouth of the west" was dismissed from his talk show in 1999 following complaints about anti-gay comments on the air.
On one occasion he ridiculed a caller for having a lisp. In another he went on a tirade about "dancing dykes" at a victory rally for gay Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray. Collison urged a caller to get shots to avoid catching anything if he intended to go to the rally.
Prior to announcing their candidacies, Harper and Day agreed to keep the debate focused on policy matters. In accepting Collison's resignation, Harper said, comments about Day's campaign crossed the line. A Day earlier though, Harper refused to comment on Collison's history of anti-gay attacks.
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Anti-Gay Rights Campaigner Accused Of Dirty Tricks


by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(January 11, Portland, ME) A week after saying a bid to revoke Portland's domestic partnership ordinance and take domestic partnership benefits away from government employees was dead, an anti-gay coalition says it is very much alive.
Michael Heath, of the Christian Civic League of Maine, had told a Portland newspaper that his group would not get the 42,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot.
Now, Heath says, he made a mistake and claims he will get the signatures required.
Some opponents of the ballot question contend Heath intentionally said he did not have enough numbers as a tactic to energize his supporters.
It is not the first time he has said he was losing support half way through an anti-gay campaign.
In 1997, he told the Press Herald he doubted he'd be able to collect enough signatures to force a ballot question overturning a statewide gay rights law. Ultimately, he collected 70,000 signatures and successfully repealed the law.
Portland Mayor Karen Geraghty, who co-sponsored the city's domestic partnership registry, said this is no different. "It's disappointing to see a leader - particularly a leader of a religious community - so blatantly lie to the public," she said. "This is not a person who makes mistakes about these sorts of things. It doesn't pass the straight-face test for him to continually misrepresent his count a month before the deadline. It's clearly a strategy that he employs in order to energize his followers."
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Rockin' For AIDS

by Beth Shapiro
365Gay.com Newscenter, in New York
(January 11, New York) Alternative rock pioneers R.E.M. and Jewel will perform at the third ' You Gotta Have Friends' benefit for the Gay Men's Health Crisis on January 31 at New York's Carnegie Hall.
R.E.M will play a 30 to 45-minute electric set. Front man Michael Stipe came out last year.
Jewel will play an approximately 20-minute-long acoustic set.
The event will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and will honour AOL Time Warner for their commitment to the fight against AIDS.
You Gotta Have Friends will also feature a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy-winning female a cappella gospel/jazz/blues ensemble, and appearances by Rosie Perez and Academy Awards joke-writer Bruce Vilanch.
Last year's show featured the B-52's, Cyndi Lauper and Sandra Bernhard.
Regular tickets for the gala are $250, $100 and $75. For $1,000, attendees receive "benefit level" tickets and an invitation to a post-concert reception with the event talent. All proceeds will benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis, a non-profit organization that promotes AIDS awareness and provides assistance to those battling the disease.
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BBC To Make Documentary Of Boy George Musical

The BBC is to make a documentary of the making of Boy George's '80s musical, Taboo.
The documentary, dubbed 'Gimme A Freak, will follow George from the time he had the idea for the musical in 2000 to the opening night later this month.
Taboo is due to open at The Venue in New Cross, on January 29, with previews starting on Monday. It will be broadcast on BBC Choice on February 3.
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Famed Mexican transvestite kills self in dramatic fashion

January 9, 2002, Efe
Mexican transvestite Mauricio Aguilera, who became famous as a Veronica Castro look-alike, died from a lethal combination of alcohol and sleeping pills, family members said Wednesday.
According to the entertainment media, the famed flamboyant transvestite committed suicide in dramatic fashion, writing, "I hate myself, may God forgive me," with lipstick on a mirror in his boudoir before drinking the lethal cocktail.
Aguilera's body was found in his apartment on Jan. 1. Police believe he died sometime between New Year's Eve night and early New Year's day.
The 40-year-old drag queen achieved superstar status as a Castro look-alike and made numerous appearances at special events and on television.
Aguilera spent the night before his death celebrating with his family, one of his eight brothers said, adding that he insisted on taking pictures.
The brother noted that the suicide was not due to a lovers' quarrel, since the transvestite was not dating anyone at the time and got along well with his former lover.
However, Aguilera had been suffering from depression and other problems, the brother added.
Eight months ago, Aguilera was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.
As per his final wishes, the transvestite was buried dressed as Castro with a mariachi band playing his final farewell. Copyright 2002 Efe. All Rights Reserved.
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GayCrawler Travel Launches an International Virtual

January 9, 2002, International Teledata Group
GayCrawler's gay and lesbian search engine launches its Virtual Travel Agency. More than 500 gay and "gayfriendly" destinations are available across the world; Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, the Caribbean, Europe... in French, English and Spanish. All of the available destinations offer interesting touristic information and numerous photos.
According to Mr. Gerard Spatafora, President of GayCrawler.com, this is an important step toward the creation of a complete portal offering Internet services to the gay and lesbian community across the world. "We are proud to offer travel destinations dedicated to the members of a community which represents 10 to 15% of the world's population."
Created and operated by a team of gays and lesbians with years of experience in the tourism industry, this specialized Internet travel service is adapted to the needs of the members of this community who wish to travel with peace of mind. In fact, the packages offered are destinations where gays and lesbians are welcomed and where they will not fear to suffer from any discrimination.
In order to insure the commercial success of this new service, GayCrawler.com has developed a powerful affiliation program enabling other sites to offer and sell the travel destinations and services. Internet users will have the opportunity to participate in a full scale contest upon the launch of the web site. The participants will be eligible to win a trip every trimester.
About GayCrawler.com
GayCrawler.com's head office is located in Montreal, Canada. It offers a search engine dedicated to the gay and lesbian community troughout the world. GayCrawler.com offers more than 15,000 selected Internet sites classified in more than 200 categories. Founded in March 2000, GayCrawler.com has already launched local versions of its site thanks to these strategic partnerships; Citegay.fr (France), GayWired.com (USA), ChelseaConnection.com (New York), MetroG.com (Los Angeles), 365Gay.com (Toronto) and DirectionGayQuebec.com (Quebec). It is to be noted that an Asian version as well as a Spanish version for the Hispanic markets will soon be availaible.
GayCrawler.com presently has offices in Bordeaux (France) and in Singapore (Asia). 2002 International Teledata Group. All Rights Reserved.
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Moscow Denies Gay Murder Link

Officials in Moscow have denied that there is any link between the murders of four gay men despite warnings issued by the US Embassy.
The men died between September 1999 and June 2001, apparently after picking up someone from Kazarma, a Moscow gay club housed inside another called Chameleon. The victims have been named as British television producer Christopher Rees, Steve Malcom, an American teacher, Australian bank worker Thomas Nagy-Bachman, and Heinrich-Helmut Kurth, a chef from Germany.
A leaked memo to the U.S. State Department in December said that at least one of the victims had been at the Chameleon club the night he was killed, and another was known to frequent the club. The memo added that three of the four foreigners were found stabbed multiple times in their apartments and robbed.
The investigation into the deaths of Malcom and Kurth have been suspended.
The deaths, which bear similarities to recent murders of Russian gay men during the same period, led the US Embassy to issue a safety warning and urge the General Prosecutor`s Office to reconsider the evidence.
Svetlana Baskakova, a prosecutor from the General Prosecutor`s Office, said that the murders of four Westerners were "not related to one another". She said that fears of a serial killer were "unfounded".
Baskakova would not confirm the arrest of a suspect in Nagy-Bachman`s death, a soldier from Kursk who worked as a prostitute. © 1999, 2001 Rainbow Network. All Rights Reserved. Partnered with New Media Spark.
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Livingstone Welcomes Partnerships Bill

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has welcomed the Private Members Bill on Civil Partnerships that is being introduced into the House of Lords by Lord Lester.
The Bill was launched yesterday. If passed it will give legal status to registered relationships in respect of inheritance tax, intestacy, housing succession, occupational pensions, next of kin, registration of death and compensation in fatal accidents. It would also equalise the treatment of same-sex couples in social security regulations.
The Mayor said: "The success of the London Partnerships Register shows there is a demand for civil partnerships. The interest that councils from Northampton to North Tyneside have shown is a clear indication that partnership registration is not only of interest to the major metropolitan centres."
He added: "I am delighted that Lord Lester is pushing for legislation to finally offer equality to same sex as well as heterosexual couples and shall be calling on London MPs and peers to back the measure."
In September Mayor Livingstone launched the London Partnerships Register, making the Greater London Authority the first public body in the country to offer official recognition to same sex as well as heterosexual couples.
A spokesperson for the GLA commented that the register had already influenced a number of agencies. He said: "A number of companies are planning to change their own policies on recognition of unmarried partners and Camden Council is exploring ways of using the Register to improve services in the borough." © 1999, 2001 Rainbow Network. All Rights Reserved. Partnered with New Media Spark.
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Jack Cole: Liberal radio talk show host.

friends recall his 'wisdom and wit'
By Thom Smith, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 11, 2002
When word got out in early December that pneumonia had put Jack Cole in intensive care at Good Sam, the hospital was swamped with friends and well-wishers who hadn't forgotten their old, irascible radio friend.
Doctors, especially those who deal with critically ill patients, usually aren't thrilled with crowds, especially since Jack would try to remove the respirator tubes so he could speak. The doctors kept him comatose most of the time, hoping he would fight off the pneumonia and they could resume the treatment for his brain tumor.
Sadly, it never happened. Without the chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer, initially a 2-inch cluster, erupted and spread to six areas of his brain.
His last three days were spent at Hospice of Palm Beach, morphine numbing the pain, the remarkable intellect long since silenced. But until those final, virtually lifeless days, Jack was still Jack.
"Our last conversations were about two things, Osama bin Laden, which is typical Jack, and oh yeah, his health," said Bill Newgent, his former producer at WJNO. "The last thing I said where I know he could hear me -- he couldn't talk because he was on the respirator -- was what a pain in the ass he was and how much I loved him and how much he forever changed my life."
"I got a squeeze back," Newgent said Wednesday evening.
In his last conscious hours, with the reality of his situation accepted, Jack insisted he was OK. His wife Linda Marx, Newgent said, "was subtly trying to be sure she was doing things the way he would want them to be done. She was trying to be reassuring."
Nevertheless, his death has hit her hard. It hits all those who remember his wit, his stubbornness, his artistic nature, but most of all his intellect. He really did read six newspapers before he climbed out of bed.
"He certainly was one of the brightest persons I ever met," said John Picano, program director at WJNO when Cole arrived in December 1983. "He had such persuasive powers. He could take any position and convince you to switch sides. He had all the attributes of a great talk show host -- a deep thinker, a great storyteller and he was entertaining."
"Like General Patton," Cole said on one occasion, "when I want to make a point, I go for the words that are effective. . . . But it must be substantive. I don't believe anything done for shock value has any lasting value, and ultimately, it undermines the credibility of the person uttering it."
The same Jack Cole organized a multistation telethon for Hurricane Andrew relief and then lined up entertainment for the National Guard troops and volunteers who worked at relief headquarters at the South Florida Fairgrounds. When Bernie Kopell pulled out of a production at the Jupiter Theatre, the same Jack Cole jumped at the chance to appear as Oscar Madison. In over his head?
"I haven't totally gotten past the stage of resolving the abject terror which you face while standing in the wings," he said during the run in 1994. "It is the most humiliating experience -- which is at the same time delightful -- that I've ever had."
Despite his genius, Cole's success could be attributed to hard work. "Jack was constantly working on his show, constantly thinking of ideas, asking what we thought of this and that," Picano said. "It was his life."
Said Anthony Lewis, New York Times columnist and occasional guest on Cole's show: "Jack was a twin rarity: a broadcaster with genuine, deep knowledge of the news, and a liberal with a pungent sense of humor. Maybe irony is a better word. It was always a pleasure to talk with Jack because he punctured political pretensions so tellingly. I always learned from Jack, and I am sorry that all of us are going to be deprived of his wisdom and his wit."
"Jack had one of the liveliest, laser-like political minds I have ever encountered," Newsweek Senior Political Columnist Howard Fineman said. "But it wasn't just politics; he was a true renaissance man and he was always for the truth." So long, friend.
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Gay rights protection debate is spirited

BY CHARLES RABIN
crabin@herald.com
In the first of what is likely to be many debates, gay rights advocates squared-off Thursday with two conservative organizations leading a charge to remove sexual orientation from Miami-Dade County's human rights ordinance in a September referendum.
With about 40 people watching in the audience -- mostly Save Dade advocates -- and WPLG Channel 10 news anchor Genna Milberg emceeing, the sides faced off.
Representatives of Take Back Miami-Dade and the Christian Coalition stood by their position that there is no reason for the county ordinance to protect gay men and lesbians.
The Constitution already protects them, said Anthony Verdugo, chairman of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Christian Coalition. Besides, he said, since the amendment was added to the ordinance three years ago there has not been a single case of sexual-orientation discrimination that has not been adjudicated.
Jorge Mursuli, former director of Save Dade and now state director of People for the American Way, disputed Verdugo's statement: ``Fifty-four cases have been filed since the law passed. They've mostly been resolved with mediators.''
Participants in the debate, hosted by the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, were surrounded by photos and artifacts in the current exhibit, a display on ethnic intolerance.
In 1998, the Miami-Dade commission approved an amendment to the human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation, which had been missing since Anita Bryant's successful Save Our Children campaign to exclude gay men and lesbians from protection in the mid-1970s.
Since then, conservative groups have fought to have the amendment removed. Last year, Take Back Miami-Dade, a coalition of religious and civic groups which has been leading the call for the September referendum, collected enough signatures to force a vote.
Seeking to block the referendum, Save Dade filed a complaint in state circuit court just before the new year, which depicts the petition drive as a fraud. The court has not yet ruled.
``The debate centers around the people's right to vote,'' said Verdugo. ``Sexual orientation is a very private matter. It should not be taken to a public forum.''
Countered Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, president of the Greater Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union: ``If it's true, that there have been no instances of discrimination, then why try and remove it from the ordinance?''
Take Back Miami's communication director Eladio José Armesto called leaving sexual orientation in the ordinance a ``special protection.''
``Yes, it is a special protection,'' he said. ``Smokers are discriminated against. People with big noses are discriminated. Bald people are discriminated. The sexual orientation amendment is simply bad public policy because sexual orientation is not a civil right.''
Audience participant Victor Diaz said he attended the debate to get a peek at what the next nine months are likely to be like.
``I do see this debate is going to be nasty,'' said Diaz. ``It's going to be personal and divisive to this community.''
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