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Saturday, May 11, 2002

 
GLBT NEWZ 05/11/02 Information is power!

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Thousands honor Fortuyn in procession

Anthony Deutsch, Associated Press
Friday, May 10, 2002 / 03:48 PM
SUMMARY: Tens of thousands bid farewell Friday to slain Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn in a display that reminded many of Princess Diana's funeral.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Tens of thousands of people bid farewell Friday to slain Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, an astonishing wave of emotion that some commentators believe could propel his leaderless party to victory in next week's national elections.
Five days before the country goes to the polls, mourners lined streets and freeway bridges to throw flowers onto his passing white hearse. His coffin was to remain above ground for public viewing after a small funeral for relatives in the town of Driehuis-Westerveld, 12 miles west of Amsterdam.
The huge turnout lent support to those who predict a sympathy vote will boost his party's strength in elections on May 15.
Although he gained popularity on a platform to bar further immigration, Fortuyn appealed to a wide spectrum of voters, including immigrants. With a raw attack on the established leadership, he single-handedly turned Dutch politics upside-down, bringing politics to the people.
With his brash statements, the impeccably dressed gay politician stole votes from what is widely perceived as the stuffy political elite. His unconventional approach broke taboos and opened heated discussion on issues such as immigration.
In March, Fortuyn swept 35 percent of the vote in local elections in his hometown of Rotterdam -- leaving him short of enough candidates to fill his seats on the city council.
After he was expelled from one party for anti-Muslim remarks, he formed his own national party in days, piecing together a list of previously unknown candidates. His No. 2 and designated immigration affairs policy leader, Joao Varela, is a 27-year-old economist from Cape Verde. Varela, a manager at a small cosmetics company, has no previous political experience.
Fortuyn's party, Pim Fortuyn's List, was predicted to win 17 percent of the vote in a national poll done a week before he was shot to death in a parking lot on Monday.
Police have charged a 32-year-old Dutchman with the killing but have not found a motive. Though his name has not been officially released, he has been identified by former colleagues as Volkert van der Graaf, an environmental and animal rights activist.
The first political assassination in modern Dutch history touched off rioting outside parliament, apparently unleashing pent-up frustration with a government that was often criticized as cold and distant from the people.
Leading parties agreed to halt campaigning. Analysts said the outcome was too uncertain to predict. Some argued that if Fortuyn's party wins, the country will be left in incompetent hands.
The slaying drastically changed the political climate in the usually placid Netherlands. On Friday, a regional television station received a threatening letter containing three bullets and a ballot with three names circled -- the leaders of the three largest established parties.
In a rare public outpouring of emotion, people wept and chanted Fortuyn's name as his remains were carried out of the 16th-century Laurentius and Elisabeth Cathedral following a Roman Catholic Mass broadcast on national television. In a country of 16 million inhabitants, hundreds of thousands have signed condolence books.
The atmosphere of the procession was at times more like a sporting event or a mass protest than a solemn funeral, with thousands of people pumping fists in the air, chanting "Pim Fortuyn, Pim Fortuyn," and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone," a support song for the Rotterdam soccer team.
The Mass was attended by hundreds of friends, family members and political leaders, led by Prime Minister Wim Kok.
"This man has unleashed so much, emotional and otherwise, that there seems to be no going back," Kok said in a television interview Friday.
Fortuyn was shot at least five times by a lone gunman who was arrested minutes later with an illegal pistol in his hand. Ammunition found at his home matched the caliber of bullet shells at the murder scene.
Disclosing further information on the case Friday, prosecutors indicated Fortuyn's alleged assassin was stalking him the day he was killed and may have been plotting against three other members of his anti-immigration party.
The names of the party members and maps of their neighborhoods were found in the suspect's car, said a spokeswoman for the pubic prosecutor. The identities of the targeted members of the party were not released, but police said they were given extra protection.
Investigators said they also were viewing a video made Monday reportedly showing the suspect with two other people in the city of Breda where Fortuyn had campaigned earlier Monday.
Van der Graaf has refused to cooperate with investigators and has hired three defense lawyers.
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Ruling lets teen take boyfriend to prom

Jack Siu, 365Gay.com
Friday, May 10, 2002 / 03:30 PM
SUMMARY: A judge ruled on Friday that a 17-year-old Toronto teen, Marc Hall, could take his boyfriend to the prom that evening.
A judge ruled on Friday that a 17-year-old Toronto teen, Marc Hall, could take his boyfriend to the prom that evening.
Superior Court Justice Robert MacKinnon ruled just after 2 p.m. that a section of the Canadian Constitution that gives certain protections to the Roman Catholic school system does not mean the schools can do whatever they want in name of religion.
Hall was at home preparing to go to court this afternoon to hear the ruling when his lawyer, David Corbett, called him with the news.
"He jumped up and down screaming for joy," Corbett said.
"He's going to the prom, and J.P. will be with him," Corbett said. J.P. is Jean-Paul Dumond, Marc's 20-year-old boyfriend.
Hall already had his blue tuxedo laid out on the bed. His hair had been dyed a matching blue earlier in the week, and a limousine to take them to the prom was ordered days ago, just in case.
When he was buying his prom tickets earlier this year, Hall was told by the principal of Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School, in the Toronto suburb of Oshawa, that the Catholic Church could not permit a same-sex date at the prom.
The Durham Region Catholic School Board backed the principal, and Hall decided to go to court.
John Fisher, the executive director of national GLBT rights group EGALE, said the decision "has signaled that when institutions accept public funds they accept to follow public regulation. One of the most important of these regulations is the requirement of nondiscrimination (Ontario Human Rights Code & the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)."
During two days of hearings, Corbett compared Hall to American civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
"Rosa Parks chose to get on a bus in Alabama, knowing she might be discriminated against. She could have left her community and moved to the North where she would not have faced that problem.
"But she was part of her community in the South, and when she was told that as a person of color she had to sit at the back of the bus, she refused, because she knew that what she was being asked to do was morally and legally wrong."
But, Catholic school board lawyer Peter Lauwers attempted to paint a far different picture. "He's a bad example from a Catholic perspective, and what he wants to do is not consistent with teachings of the church."
Saturday afternoon a victory celebration will be held in Cawthra Park in Toronto's gay village.
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Connecticut approves partner rights bill

Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Friday, May 10, 2002 / 03:37 PM
SUMMARY: A bill granting limited rights to same-sex couples in the state of Connecticut passed both legislative chambers and is awaiting the governor's signature to become law.
A bill granting limited rights to same-sex couples in the state of Connecticut passed both legislative chambers and is awaiting the governor's signature to become law.
By Thursday afternoon both the House and Senate approved the measure, which lets domestic partners make medical decisions, determine death arrangements and visit each other in hospitals or nursing homes.
Members of the activist group Love Makes a Family (LMF) drafted the measure, which is a compromise from earlier civil union and domestic partner bills and doesn't specifically mention same-sex couples. The bill covers any two people over the age of 18, but its provisions apply to gay and lesbian couples.
"This legislation represents an important first step in our effort to gain the freedom to marry here in Connecticut," said Anne Stanback, president of LMF. "In the short term the bill addresses a handful of very real issues faced by same-sex couples."
The bill also calls for a legislative committee to further examine same-sex marriage issues and report back.
The nation's largest gay and lesbian political organization, The Human Rights Campaign, hailed the bill as "progress."
Gov. John G. Rowland has reportedly said he will sign the measure.
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University of Pittsburgh says no to DP benefits

A University of Pittsburgh panel recommended against offering health benefits for same-sex partners of employees and was immediately criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued for the benefits. The 12-member panel, after studying the issue for nearly a year, unanimously concluded that offering the benefits would not be prudent now. The findings were released Thursday by Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, who said he would take the report seriously. The panel recommended revisiting the issue when the university renegotiates its insurance plan and after the current legislative session ends and a new governor is elected.
"The prospect of a harmful confrontation with the legislature coupled with a substantial financial penalty if the university reopens the negotiation of its health insurance contract before it expires in 2003 are two compelling factors," the panel wrote.
The university had been sued by the Pittsburgh ACLU chapter after seven current and former employees wanted the university to extend health benefits to the partners of gay employees. The ACLU agreed to suspend litigation last year while the panel studied the issue. ACLU Pittsburgh director Witold Walczak said Thursday night that no decision on whether to reinstate the lawsuit will be made until Nordenberg makes a formal decision on the panel's recommendations. But Walczak criticized the recommendations in a statement released Thursday evening, saying the panel didn't do what it was supposed to: answer the question of whether offering domestic-partner benefits is morally right or wrong.
"This document is morally bankrupt," Walczak said. "Asked what's right and what's wrong, this committee didn't answer. It reported on what it thinks others believe is right and wrong and decided it's too risky to provide equal benefits now."
While many in the university community favor such benefits, the panel said many members of the state legislature, which funds the university, either oppose domestic-partner benefits or represent districts with constituents who oppose the idea.
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Massachusetts activists try to block antimarriage ballot measure

Advocates opposed to an initiative that would make same-sex marriages unconstitutional in Massachusetts are asking the state's highest court to prevent the question from being placed on the ballot.
The initiative, which would change the state constitution to define marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional because it infringes on the powers of the courts, according to Jennifer Levi, an attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. "This measure specifically targets the power of the courts," Levi said Thursday during a hearing before the supreme judicial court. A provision in the state constitution prohibits ballot questions from relating to the power of the courts. The marriage initiative potentially infringes on those powers because the courts have the unique ability to validate and recognize marriages, Levi said.
The question could also infringe on the court's power to decide important questions in nonmarried family relationships, Levi said.
Lawyers for the attorney general's office, which decides whether ballot questions are constitutional, said the marriage question does not specifically infringe on the powers of the courts. "The [ballot question] makes a rule that would apply to all branches of government equally," said Assistant Attorney General Peter Sacks.
Justice Margaret Marshall said the question could strip children born to unmarried couples of benefits that would apply to children of married couples. The question not only establishes a new legal definition of marriage, Marshall said, but also mandates that "any other relationship shall not be recognized as a marriage or its legal equivalent, nor shall it receive the benefits or incidents exclusive to marriage from the Commonwealth."
Justice Martha Sosman said the powers of the courts are changed whenever an amendment is added to the constitution. Because it seeks to change the constitution, the question must win the backing of 25% of lawmakers in two consecutive legislative sessions. The earliest it could get on the ballot is 2004. The court did not immediately issue a decision.
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k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright to duet on new Propellerheads album

The British electronic duo Propellerheads, who had a hit collaboration with Shirley Bassey in 1998 with "History Repeating," are cultivating more eclectic guests for their long-awaited sophomore effort, reports RollingStone.com. Out Canadian performers k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright will duet on a song called "Welcome Home," and New York drag queen Joey Arias will sing Billie Holiday-style on "Lately." The Propellerheads' follow-up to their popular Decksandrumsandrockandroll album is not yet titled but is due out in early 2003.
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Site of Gianni Versace's murder to be turned into private club

USA Today reports that gay designer Gianni Versace's Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, is being turned into an exclusive membership club. Versace was slain at the front gates of the house, which was purchased in September 2000 to be turned into a luxury hotel. Kathryn Slye, a lawyer representing the estate's owner, said, "We were afraid it would lose its wonder if anyone with a couple of thousand bucks could come in. We wanted to keep its exclusivity...maintain its mystique." The current plan is to make the house an exclusive club along the lines of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.
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Scottish Parliament Considering Gay Registry

Thursday, 9 May 2002
EDINBURGH -- The Scottish government may soon allow registrars in larger cities to officiate so-called Partnership Unions for gay and lesbian couples, The Scotsman newspaper reports.
Civil partnership and commitment registers have already been introduced in the English cities of London, Manchester and Liverpool, but this is the first time gay partnership registries have appeared elsewhere in the U.K.
"We tend to look sympathetically on any requests made by the gay community on the grounds that they are a group which is discriminated against, said Councillor Archie Graham, equality spokesman for the Glasgow City Counci. "Therefore, we would be likely to look at least at the possibility of meeting their needs now that the issue is coming to the fore in England."
Scottish Parliamentarian Robin Harper, a member of the Green Party, said he has almost 20 MSPs behind his call for the Scottish Executive to set up a national register of civic partnership which would grant gay, lesbian and unmarried heterosexual couples a degree of recognition under the law.
"There are many thousands of people who live in mutually dependent relationships, who are unable to pass on things such as pension, property and inheritance rights," said Harper. It would be "extremely helpful," he added, for cities to set up their own registers.
Ironically, the first couple to sign London's partnership register were natives of Scotland. Alexander Cannell and Ian Burford signed the register in September,a celebration, they said, of 39 years together. Since then some 400 other couples have registered and the waiting list has stretched to six months.
A spokesman for the City of Edinburgh, which has forged close links with the gay community, said: "We'll continue to monitor developments, such as the possibility of new legislation and as with all new legislation, we'd carefully consider our response."
The Catholic Church reacted swiftly, issuing a statement which called the government's move damaging" to the institution of marriage. "These ceremonies would appear to be an attempt to mimic marriage without legal responsibilities," it read. "We would regard them as pointless and damaging to the institution of marriage."
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Suspect in Club Owner's Murder Arrested

Thursday, 9 May 2002
GUERNEVILLE, Ca. -- A 26-year-old man was arrested in Sonoma County, Calif., Wednesday morning in connection with the assault rifle slaying of a gay club owner and one of his employees in 1998, the Bay City News reports.
Grahlmann, Blore
Lt. Bruce Rochester of the Sonomy County Sheriff's Office said Zachariah Ruthledge was arrested without resistance shortly before 11:00 in the morning at a coffee shop in Guerneville.
Ruthledge is suspected of murdering Horst Grahlmann, 57, and his employee Jason Blore, 26, at Grahlmann's home in October 1998. Grahlmann owned gay clubs in Guerneville and San Francisco. Ruthledge supposedly did odd jobs for Grahlmann and the two may have shared a sexual relationship.
According to Lt. Rochester, Ruthledge had a fist fight with Blore a week or two before the murder. This has given rise to community speculation that Blore had more or less "replaced" Ruthledge in Grahlmann's affections, giving the suspect probable motive for murder.
Police would not confirm or deny these suppositions, only that they were working on their own theories about the crime.
During the three-and-a-half year investigation, authorities served nine search warrants and conducted five polygraph tests, including one on Ruthledge. Investigators also tested three rifles to which Ruthledge had access, none of which were determined to be the murder weapon.
Police say they have forensic evidence linking Ruthledge to the murders but would offer no further details.
The crime was featured on "America's Most Wanted" in July 1999 and a $100,000 reward was offered for the arrest of the suspect.
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UN Rejects US Bid To Define Marriage As Hetero

by Beth Shapiro
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 11, New York) The United Nations has rejected American pressure to press a conservative agenda on the General Assembly's special session on children.
Friday agreement was reached on the final language on a formal document titled "A World Fit For Children".
The paper focuses on four areas: promoting healthy lives, access to and completion of quality education, protection of children against abuse violence and exploitation and fighting HIV and AIDS.
To promote family values, the United States had pressed for the family to be defined as marriage between a husband and wife, in an effort to prevent the UN from sanctioning gay marriage.
But diplomats said the final document will preserve past language which takes into account "that in different cultural, social and political systems various forms of the family exist."
The Bush administration had also pushed to have its "abstinence" stand on AIDS and abortion inserted in the document. The move had the backing of the Vatican and several Muslim states. That too was rejected.
Nevertheless, the Child Rights Caucus, which represents over 100 international nonprofit organizations, called the document "weak," saying it did not spell out "the rights of adolescents to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education, information and services."
The US was the last state to sign off on the paper. The convention has been ratified by 191 countries - all nations except Somalia and the United States.
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Australian Gay Martyr Honoured

by Peter Hacker
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 11, Sydney) The murder of George Duncan was never solved, but the brutal slaying of the former university professor, 30 years ago, was the catalyst for gay law reform in South Australia.
Now Duncan is being honoured with plaque not far from where he died.
Representatives of Adelaide's gay community and state politicians gathered along Adelaide's River Torrens this week to unveil the tribute to Duncan, calling him "Australia's Gay Martyr.".
Duncan was walking through a gay cruising area along the river bank when he was attacked then thrown into the river, where he drowned.
Two police officers were eventually charged but later acquitted.
Duncan's killing sparked outrage in the community putting pressure on the government to enact gay civil rights legislation. Today South Australia is considered the most socially progressive state in the country.
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Gay Activist To Give Commencement Address

Doreen Brandt
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 11, Washington) The University of Hawaii will present an honorary degree to Elizabeth Birch, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign.
Birch, a 1980 graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the university's graduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19.
The university's Board of Regents said the honour recognizes Birch for the excellence she has displayed in her professional and personal life. She will also give the keynote speech at the ceremony addressing more than 650 graduate students who will be receiving their master's and doctorate degrees.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest GLBT civil rights organization.
Prior to her HRC appointment in 1995, Birch was worldwide director of litigation and human resources counsel for Apple Computer, Inc. She has served as general counsel to Claris Corporation, Apple's wholly owned software subsidiary.
Birch has a long history of activism in the gay and lesbian community. She has assisted a variety of Fortune 500 companies develop and implement nondiscrimination and domestic partner policies, and has authored a number of AIDS anti-discrimination policies that have become law in California. She is the founder of AIDS Legal Services, a model program for people with AIDS/HIV in northern California, and for her work, she has received numerous legal awards including Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in California.
The University of Hawaii is the state's only public postsecondary education system and is comprised of 10 campuses throughout the state.
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Jermaine Dupri: DRE Is Gay

May 10, 2002, World Entertainment News Network
Hip hop honcho JERMAINE DUPRI has labelled rival producer DR DRE gay and accused the former NWA man of taking credit for tracks he didn't create.
The music man has used a new unnamed track to hit back at EMINEM's guru, who recently used a SLIM SHADY b-side to tease him about his height and habit of working with youngsters like KRISS KROSS and LIL' BOW WOW.
Dupri says, "I'm 29 years old, man. Don't be mad at me if I'm younger than you and I sold just as many records. Don't be mad."
The 5 foot 4 inches (1.62 metres) producer adds, "He called me 'Mini-Me'. I'm short, but my doe (CORR) is way long."
On the new track Dupri uses backing beats from a variety of recent well-known tracks, including songs by MISSY ELLIOTT, ICE CUBE and MARY J BLIGE, to question Dre's sexuality and accuse Eminem of being obsessed with pop figures like BRITNEY SPEARS rather than more important subject matter.
But the studio genius, who originally sparked Dre's anger after claiming to be a better producer than his rival in a magazine interview, insists he's not really up for a fight.
He says, "I told them at the end of my record that we're too big to be battling. I'm sick and tired of these guys' babbling, so it's there."
(c) 2002 World Entertainment News Network
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Pensacola gay bank founder charged with wiretap violations

The Associated Press
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The ousted founder of a failing Internet bank created to cater to homosexuals is charged with illegally recording telephone conversations with board members he is suing.
Steven Dunlap on Thursday suggested the charges were timed to put him at a disadvantage in his suit against G&L Bank, whose initials stand for gay and lesbian. He was arrested Wednesday.
"I'm just shocked," said Dunlap, 45. "I'm not sure I've ever had a speeding ticket."
He declined to comment on whether he made any recordings. They allegedly had been made two years ago, but not discovered until last week through depositions related to the lawsuit, according to a police report.
Florida law makes it illegal to record a conversation unless all parties are aware it is being done. Dunlap is accused of recording conversations with bank directors Gary Little and Henry Coe of Pensacola, John Stein of Cincinnati and Harry Rhulen of Rock Hill, N.Y.
Majority shareholders fired Dunlap, an investor and businessman, from a job at the bank two years ago. He has sued the bank and its officers, claiming its concept, name and trade mark were stolen from him.
It was the nation's first Internet bank created specifically to seek business from gays and lesbians. It lost money because it was unable to attract enough business, particularly loans, on the Internet, bank officials said.
Information from: Pensacola News Journal
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Friday, May 10, 2002

 
GLBT NEWZ 05/10/02 Information is power!

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NEWS from the Human Rights Campaign

919 18th Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
email: hrc@hrc.org
www.hrc.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 9, 2002
Contact: David M. Smith
Phone: (202) 216-1547
Pager: (800) 386-5996
Contact: Wayne R. Besen
Phone: (202) 216-1580
Pager: (800) 386-5997
HRC PRAISES CONNECTICUT LEGISLATURE FOR PASSING
DOMESTIC PARTNER BILL
State Group, Love Makes a Family, Key to Passage of Bill, Says HRC
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today praised the Connecticut
legislature for passing a bill that extends a variety of legal options to
same-sex couples. The measure, a compromise from earlier civil unions and
same-sex marriage bills, was approved in both House and Senate chambers with
bipartisan support.
"This represents progress and thanks to the Connecticut legislature,
same-sex couples in the state have a set of rights that will improve their
lives," said HRC National Field Director Seth Kilbourn. "We especially want
to congratulate Love Makes a Family, the statewide group that was the
driving force behind the successful passage of this legislation."
While the bill does not specifically mention same-sex couples, it
allows a person to legally name another person to make medical decisions and
choices on life termination - such as organ donation and life support. The
bill also allows for private visits in nursing homes and requires employers
to allow emergency phone calls from a legally designated person.
Additionally, the bill mandates that a committee in the state legislature
further studies the issue and issues a report later this year. The bill now
is in the hands of Gov. John G. Rowland who has indicated that he will sign
it into law.
"This legislation represents an important first step in our effort
to gain the freedom to marry here in Connecticut," said Anne Stanback,
president of Love Makes A Family, a statewide coalition working to expand
Connecticut's marriage laws to include same-sex couples. "In the short term
the bill addresses a handful of very real issues faced by same-sex couples,
but it also requires that the general assembly continue to wrestle with the
broader issues of marriage and civil unions over the next year."
In April, a poll was conducted by the Center for Survey Research and
Analysis (CSRA) at the University of Connecticut for Love Makes A Family.
According to the poll, 88 percent of respondents supported allowing a
partner to make medical decisions if the other partner is incapacitated; 82
percent supported allowing private visits in a nursing home; and 81 percent
thought that a same-sex partner should have a say in their partner's burial.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian and gay political
organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies
Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and
safe at home, at work and in the community.
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New Guidelines for Sexual Risk Assessment from GLMA

An effort to slow down the rates of HIV and other STD transmission
5/10/2002
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) this week released two sets of medical guidelines regarding health care for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM).
"While there is some disagreement on the rates of HIV and STD transmission," said Christopher E. Harris, MD, GLMA President, "there is no debate about the importance of reducing the number of people exposed to debilitating or life threatening diseases. One important contribution to that reduction is to make sure that health care providers know how to communicate with their MSM patients and how to properly assess health risk.
To this end GLMA board member Jason Schneider, MD, developed two sets of guidelines for health care providers. One is "Creating a Safe Clinical Environment for Men Who have Sex With Men." The recommendations address the patient-clinician relationship, starting with the office and waiting room environment, continuing through the patient intake forms, and ending with the patient interview.
The second is the "MSM: Clinician*s Guide to Incorporating Sexual Risk Assessment in Routine Visits."
"It is not enough," said Schneider, "to know that this patient is an MSM, but that there are cultural differences as well within that population."
The guidelines discuss the effects of stigma that many gay-identified MSM face every day of their lives and also discusses other barriers to appropriate treatment that might stem from race, ethnicity, and economic status.
"Failing to understand differences in cultures and how complex the interaction is between ethnicity, sexual orientation, and sexual identity could mean failure to recognize health needs or failure to effectively communicate important prevention messages," Schneider said.
"One of the things we learned during our hepatitis immunization campaign," Harris said, "is that those people who are able to talk openly and honestly with their doctors are more likely to get the appropriate treatment. The questions are, do the doctors and other health care providers know how to create an open and honest environment and do they understand the health issues that MSM patients face? Many don*t."
GLMA has made the guidelines available on its web site at:
www.glma.org/medical/clinical/msm_guidelines.html .
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The largest organization of its kind and the recognized authority and leader in LGBT health, GLMA exists to make the health care environment a place of empathy, justice, and equity. The organization, founded in 1981, represents the concerns of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health professionals as well as millions of LGBT patients throughout North America.
Copyright © 2002 Gay Wired. All Rights Reserved.
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Couples Will Appeal Massachusetts Ruling

PlanetOut
5/9/2002
by Ann Rostow
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly issued a quick ruling Wednesday in the freedom-to-marry case brought by seven same-sex couples against the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Less than two months after Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) argued their motion for summary judgment, Connolly ruled that the state was justified in regulating marriage "based on the traditional concept that marriage's primary purpose is procreation."
GLAD attorney Jennifer Levi said the plaintiffs would appeal simultaneously to the Supreme Judicial Court (the state's high court), and to a mid-level appellate court. In a case of this magnitude, she said, the high court will often accept an appeal without the mid-level review. If not, the case will eventually wind up at the highest level anyway.
"We have always known," Levi said in a statement, "that there will be no final resolution in this case until it is heard by the Supreme Judicial Court."
Connolly was unconvinced by the plaintiff's constitutional arguments, and determined that the Massachusetts law did not trespass on a fundamental right. As such, the law was only subjected to the lowest judicial test, whether the law was "rationally related to the furtherance of a legitimate state interest."
In Connolly's judgment, the link between procreation and heterosexual marriage satisfied that test, notwithstanding the fact that heterosexual couples often do not, or cannot, have children, while same-sex couples, including four of the plaintiff couples, often do have children. Connolly referred to this discrepancy in a footnote, calling it an issue that should be raised before the Legislature.
Connolly also remarked on the "inherent contradiction" in Massachusetts' gay-inclusive adoption laws, which "allow same-sex couples to establish legal relationships with their children but not with each other." But again he wrote, "The commonwealth's elected representatives, not the courts, should resolve this paradox."
The lawsuit, filed a year ago April, will continue along the route that led GLAD's previous marriage plaintiffs to victory before the Supreme Court of Vermont in December of 1999.
"This is just the beginning," pledged Levi. "Our objective in this round was primarily to begin the process of making our case for equal treatment of all families in the commonwealth."
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Dutch mourners pay tribute to Fortuyn

Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Thursday, May 9, 2002 / 04:30 PM
SUMMARY: Thousands of people crowded a cathedral in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to pay their last respects to slain gay politician Pim Fortuyn.
Thousands of mourners lined up on Thursday at a cathedral in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to pay their last respects to slain gay politician Pim Fortuyn.
Fortuyn, 54, was shot dead on Monday outside a radio station near Amsterdam, where he had just given an interview. The politician, whose anti-immigration views generated much controversy, was expected to win roughly 17 percent of the general election next Wednesday and secure a place for his newly formed party, List Pim Fortuyn, in the government.
Fortuyn had said that his ultimate goal was to become the first gay prime minister of the Netherlands.
Thursday's public "lying in state" tribute was rare for the Netherlands; the last such display was in 1962, after Queen Wilhelmina died, Reuters reports. Fortuyn's murder was the first political assassination in modern Dutch history.
Outside the 16th-century cathedral, Denise Jensen, 17, of The Hague, told the BBC: "He was the first person to stand up and tell the truth about what is happening in this country, saying things that others were too afraid to say."
On Wednesday, authorities charged 32-year-old Volkert van der Graaf with murder. The suspect, who is reportedly an environmental activist, has not cooperated with investigators searching for a motive, according to the Associated Press.
Fortuyn gained national prominence in March when his party won the largest share of votes in Rotterdam's municipal elections.
During his campaign he spoke against immigration, partly on the grounds that many immigrants did not share his liberal views, particularly regarding gay rights and equality for women. His views won many supporters who wanted to shake up the status quo but galvanized many opponents.
Fortuyn's name will remain on Wednesday's ballot, and campaigning has been suspended out of respect for the assassinated leader.
A solemn procession will take place on Friday in Rotterdam, Fortuyn's home city, followed by a funeral Mass at the cathedral. His body will be buried in Italy, where he had a vacation home.
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Philadelphia considers gender rights bill

A Philadelphia city council committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The bill would protect people who have undergone a sex-change operation as well as those who have not but see themselves as belonging to the opposite gender. The council's law and government committee passed the bill after hearing from several transgendered people who testified that they and their acquaintances have been harassed, fired, and denied housing because of their transgendered status.
"One bus driver told me I could not use my TransPass because God did not make me a woman," testified Charlene Moore, who was born male but lives, dresses, and self-identifies as a woman. Moore, who has several masculine characteristics, including a deep voice, said she later contacted the regional transit authority and received an apology from the driver.
Councilman Frank DiCicco, the bill's sponsor, said he expects the measure to pass when it comes up for final approval May 16. No one testified against the measure Wednesday.
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PFLAG names new director

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays announced the appointment of David Tseng as its new executive director Wednesday. Tseng, a former senior policy adviser at the White House and staff director for the National Economic Council, will take his position with PFLAG on June 1.
"I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen by PFLAG," Tseng said after the announcement, "and I hope to continue the historic, trailblazing civil rights leadership that PFLAG families and Kirsten Kingdon have provided." Tseng succeeds Kingdon, who is retiring May 15 after four years as the group's chief executive.
Founded in 1973, PFLAG is one of the nation's oldest GLBT civil rights organizations; its mission is to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, their families, and friends through support, education, and advocacy. Serving more than 80,000 members and supporters, PFLAG has 486 chapters and affiliates located in communities across the United States.
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Gay paper's editor arrested on fraud charges

An ex-convict who spent eight years as the editor of a Sacramento, Calif., gay publication was arrested on charges of stealing the magazine owner's identity. Eric Mathias, 39, was editor of Outward, a bimonthly publication covering gay and lesbian issues. He is accused of taking owner Fred Palmer's identity and has been charged with mail and credit card fraud as well, according to assistant U.S. attorney Laura Schwartz. Palmer said he fired Mathias, who once served time in federal prison for fraud, in December when he discovered the magazine had lost about $150,000. Mathias had previously worked for Mom Guess What, another Sacramento publication. Magazine owner Linda Birner said she gave Mathias that job after he was released from the federal prison in Lompoc, Calif., then fired him several months later. Mathias was arrested in his Sacramento home Monday by members of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.
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NGLTF to honor Mathew St. Patrick, Margaret Cho, D.C. Black Pride

On May 14, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will honor Mathew St. Patrick, who plays gay police officer Keith on HBO's Six Feet Under, with the 2002 NGLTF Leadership Award for his role as an outstanding ally to the nation's LGBT communities. Actress-comic Margaret Cho as well as D.C. Black Pride, the organizers of the nation's first and largest Black Lesbian and Gay Pride Day, will also attend to accept awards for their contributions to the community. For more information, visit www.NGLTF.org .
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Prom Decision Expected Today

by Jack Siu
365Gay.com Newscenter in Toronto
(May 10, Toronto) A judge is expected to issue a ruling late this afternoon in the case of a Toronto area high school student suing the board of education to bring his boyfriend to the prom.
The decision is expected less than an hour before the prom is set to begin.
17 year old Marc Hall was told by the principal of Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School, in the Toronto suburb of Oshawa, that the Catholic Church could not permit a same-sex date at the prom.
The Durham Region Catholic School Board backed the teacher and Hall decided to go to court.
Ontario Superior Court Justice listened to two days of arguments earlier this week.
Hall's lawyer, David Corbett is seeking an injunction preventing the board from barring Hall and his date, Jean-Paul Dumond from going to the prom. Corbett is also seeking $100,000 in damages on behalf of the teen.
The legal battle pits Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Human Rights Code against Constitutional guarantees made to the Roman Catholic Church when the country was founded.
"The protection of the code is useless if it only applies to some innate feeling or thought. There has to be protection for acting it out and expressing your identity,'' Corbett, considered Canada's leading civil rights attorney said.
Peter Lauwers, representing the Catholic school board called Hall a bad example.
"He's a bad example from a Catholic perspective and what he wants to do is not consistent with teachings of the church," Lauwers told the court.
Lauwers said that if gay or lesbian students kiss, hold hands or dance on school property, they could be disciplined, or suspended. They could even be expelled.
Hall has received support from three federal cabinet ministers, three opposition MPs, the leader of the Ontario Liberal party, and George Smitherman, the gay member of the legislature from downtown Toronto.
The giant Auto Workers union, the public school teachers union, and gay rights groups are also supporting him.
Hall said Thursday night that he would go to court today in his blue tuxedo (to match his blue dyed hair) and with his boyfriend JP. A limo to take them to the prom if he is successful will be waiting outside the court.
Hall would not say how he would spend the evening if he he lost.
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South Africa Court Reserves Judgement On Lesbian Adoption Case

by Jon ben Asher
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 10, Johannesburg) The full South African Constitutional Court has reserved judgement in an adoption case involving a lesbian couple.
The case began in 1995 when Anne-Marie de Vos and her life-partner Suzanne du Toit went to court to get De Vos's two children co-adopted by du Toit.
Because South Africa's Child Care Act does not recognize co-parenting a judge ruled that it was not possible for the adoption order to be made jointly and that only De Vos is the children's legal parent.
The couple, who have been together since 1989, appealed to the High Court in Pretoria challenging the constitutionality of the law.
Vos, is also a judge of the High Court.
The court declared the challenged provisions of the Child Care Act and the Guardianship Act unconstitutional and invalid.
Seeking confirmation of the ruling they took the case to the Constitutional court. A decision by the court would be binding on all other cases involving co-parenting, and could force changes in the law.
All 11 judges heard arguments this week.
Three of the judges, Justice Sachs, Ackerman and Skweyiya specifically expressed the view that the case would not have been necessary if the Marriages Act did not discriminate unfairly against same-gender couples.
The three said that they are growing reluctant to resolve the issue of inequality that exists in the law for lesbian and gay couples through a "patchwork" approach.
Rather, they indicated, the time is ripe for the explicit recognition of same sex relationships in the law. They further indicated that both parliament and the SA Law Commission should be giving urgent attention to this matter.
There is no time provision for the court handing down its ruling.
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New Zealand Sport Ad Attacks Transgendered

by Peter Hacker
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 10, Wellington) Bookmaking firm TAB has issued an apology for an ad that transsexuals found insulting.
The ad, encouraging people to bet on the National Rugby League (NRL) featured a huddle of men wolf-whistling at a passing woman.
But they voiced their disgust when they realised she was a transsexual.
Joanne Proctor, a transgendered woman, complained to Racing Minister Annette King that the ad was "offensive and objectionable".
Proctor said: "It attempts to sell a product on the basis of prejudice and ridicule and in the process it perpetuates negative stereotypes and misinformation."
She asked the minister to use her influence to have the ad pulled or rewritten.
King ordered her officials to speak to TAB chiefs and the TAB assured them the advert was no longer on air.
TAB acting chief executive officer Jim Leach said the offending advertisement was run over a short period to promote a specific event. It was withdrawn when it had run its course.
Leach said a written apology would be sent to Proctor.
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Murder Trial Hears Of Lesbian 'Betrayal'

for Gay.com UK
10 May 2002
A policeman told a murder trial how he was made a "laughing stock" because his wife had a lesbian affair.
Sergeant Stephen Lewis said he felt betrayed because his wife Alison had had an affair with murdered mother Mandy Power.
He said when his wife told him of the affair after Power's murder his life "collapsed".
Lewis told the court that his wife played international rugby. He said he knew seveal players were gay, but never suspected his wife of being a lesbian.
Swansea Crown Court heard how Mr Lewis hated lesbians and called them "a cancer". He had told his wife he wasn't happy with her associating with lesbians in the team.
A month after Power's murder near Swansea, Mr Lewis started divorce proceedings, citing his wife's lesbian relationship.
The trial, which is expected to last more than three months, continues.
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Surgical Technique Straightens Curved Penis

for Gay.com UK
9 May 2002
Preliminary research shows that a less invasive surgical technique may be a better way of correcting curvature of the penis, according to a report.
Aside from the negative emotional consequences of having a curved penis, the condition can often cause painful erections and severely inhibit a man's ability to engage in sexual intercourse.
There are basically two conditions that may cause severe curvature of the penis, lead investigator Dr. Tom F. Lue of the University of California in San Francisco to Reuters Health. One is congenital curvature of the penis, which means that a man is born with the condition, and the other is due to scarring or fibrous thickening of the wall of the penis and is called Peyronie's disease.
Achieving an erection requires increased blood flow into two spongy chambers in the penis--scar tissue on one side can alter the natural architecture of the penis, cause it to curve either up, down or sideways when erect.
In the current investigation, Lue and his co-author Dr. Shahram S. Gholami reviewed the cases of men who underwent surgery called "the 16-dot plication technique."
This involves 'tucking' the longer side with sutures just under the skin, much like an accordian, Lue explained to Reuters Health.
Lue said that the main advantage is that "it is not necessary to separate the nerve, blood vessel or urethra from the wall the penis, as is often done in other types of surgeries done to straighten a curved penis." These types of surgeries are quite invasive and run a higher risk of more severe side effects such as numbness, incomplete straightness and impotence.
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Generous George Clooney

May 9, 2002, World Entertainment News Network
GEORGE CLOONEY thrilled a gay member of his film crew after he spotted him out on a date at his favourite restaurant - by quietly paying for his meal.
The OCEAN'S ELEVEN star was on location in Montreal, Canada, filming his directorial debut CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND when he took a break to dine out at his favourite eaterie.
Upon stumbling upon a crew member on a date, Clooney politely said hello and then left, but when the gay couple went to pay their bill, they learned it had already been paid by the generous actor.
(c) 2002 World Entertainment News Network
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Lesbian Ejaculation Sparks Row

A row has broken out over the screening of a lesbian porn film that features a women's ejaculation scene.
The organisers of a film festival in New Zealand proposed that a female ejaculation scene in 'Sugar High Glitter City,' a sexually explicit lesbian film, be cut because of a law which prevents onscreen depictions of urination.
Jackie Strano, one of the producers and actors at SIR Video, told RainbowNetwork that the proposed censorship was "ridiculous because the scene they are speaking of is an authentic G-spot multiple orgasm." She denied that the scene depicted a woman urinating.
Strano said: "If it was for broadcast licensing I could maybe understand, especially since kids can easily get their hands on sex channels." She added: "But come on, this is a movie theater with adults!"
She continued: "I am sure the edit would be fantastic and would not compromise the quality of the video, but it would compromise our standards as pornographers, as dykes, and as women trying to put something out to the world that is real, raw, and sexy."
Strano commented: "If I allow it to be cut then I align myself with the prevalent anti-sex, anti-woman, anti-dyke discriminatory thought that inspired the initial impetus for us to start our company and make these videos to begin with."
She concluded: "We think it is a great disservice to New Zealand lesbians especially who would love to see some smutty sexy fun on the big screen for once in their lives."
'Sugar High Glitter City' was recently screened at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, provoking a mass walk-out by some of the lesbians in attendance.
© 1999, 2002 Rainbow Network. All Rights Reserved. Partnered with New Media Spark.
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Thursday, May 09, 2002

 
GLBT NEWZ 05/09/02 Information is power!

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NEWS from the Human Rights Campaign

919 18th Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
email: hrc@hrc.org
www.hrc.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
Contact: David M. Smith
Phone: (202) 216-1547
Pager: (800) 386-5996
Contact: Wayne R. Besen
Phone: (202) 216-1580
Pager: (800) 386-5997
HRC APPLAUDS DALLAS CITY COUNCIL FOR PASSING
BILL PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION
Dallas Sets Standard for the Entire Region, Says HRC
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today praised the Dallas City Council
for passing an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual
orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations. The vote
strikes a blow to intolerance and discrimination and is a large step forward
for one of the south's largest cities, says HRC.
"This vote sends a message of tolerance and fairness to the entire
south because Dallas is recognized as regional leader," said Seth Kilbourn,
HRC's National Field Director. "This ordinance is also good for business and
that is why it received strong corporate support. We also want to thank the
mayor for her outstanding leadership and efforts to end discrimination."
The strong backing of Mayor Laura Miller, who pledged her support during her
campaign, helped in the 13-2 passage. The ordinance exempts employers with
less than 15 workers and fines of up to $500 will be given for violating it.
"We are elated with this vote that ensures basic civil rights for people in
Dallas," said Steve Atkinson who has worked with the Dallas Gay and Lesbian
Alliance, the Human Rights Campaign, and Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
to pass the ordinance. "It is long overdue in Dallas, and important for
cities around the country to have these type of protections."
American Airlines executive Donald J. Carty spoke in favor of the
ordinance, saying that contrary to what opponents claimed, this ordinance
would benefit businesses. According to HRC's, WorkNet, a project that
monitors gay issues in corporate America, there are 2,142 employers with
non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, including 294
Fortune 500 companies.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian and gay
political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively
lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to
ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open,
honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
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ACLU files suit over closeted man's firing

Ann Rostow, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Wednesday, May 8, 2002 / 03:51 PM
SUMMARY: In an unusual case, the ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a closeted Alabama man who claims to have lost his job as a teacher when officials suspected he was gay.
In an unusual case, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of a closeted man who claims to have lost his job as a teacher when authorities at a school in Alabama suspected he was gay.
Neither the plaintiff's name, nor the specific school board, is identified in the complaint, which was brought Wednesday morning before a federal court in Alabama's northern district.
According to a statement released today on behalf of "John Doe," the man was born and raised in Alabama, but left the state to marry and attempt to live as a heterosexual. Eventually, "Doe" decided he was gay; he divorced and returned to Alabama, where he studied to be a teacher. Although "Doe" became involved with a life partner, he remained completely in the closet, going out of his way to speak of his ex-wife, and to feign interest in women and dating.
After two years of work at a public school, "Doe" had created an award-winning program and earned praise as an excellent teacher. According to the complaint, school officials may have became convinced of his sexual orientation after his partner volunteered for a school event. Although the two men treated each other as roommates, "Doe" was fired shortly thereafter, the day after receiving a glowing evaluation from the school principal. Doe was notified of his dismissal by the school board superintendent, a defendant in the suit along with the other board members. He was given no reason.
Some time after his termination, "Doe" heard from members of the school community that he had been fired on account of his sexual orientation. His replacement was not even certified for the subject he had taught, and participation in the program he developed dropped by half. "Doe" was forced to take a job as a deliveryman, but eventually found another (closeted) teaching job.
The complaint asks for back pay, legal fees, and compensation for emotional distress, charging the school officials with violating "Doe's" 14th Amendment right to equal protection under color of state law (i.e., in their positions as state officials).
ACLU attorney Leslie Cooper said this "atypical" case is probably a first for Alabama, and reflects the particular hardship of being gay in the state where Billy Jack Gaither was murdered, and where two months ago, the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court called homosexuality "inherently evil."
The defendants have 30 days to answer the complaint, or to file a motion to the court.
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Suspect charged in Fortuyn shooting

Anthony Deutsch, Associated Press
Wednesday, May 8, 2002 / 03:59 PM
SUMMARY: Dutch prosecutors charged an environmental activist with murder and illegal weapons possession Wednesday in the killing of gay populist leader Pim Fortuyn.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Dutch prosecutors charged an environmental activist with murder and illegal weapons possession Wednesday in the killing of gay populist leader Pim Fortuyn.
The suspect was identified by colleagues as 32-year-old Volkert van der Graaf, an activist with the group Environmental Offensive. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Dutch media, constrained by rules against naming criminal suspects, had identified him only as Volkert van der G. The Dutch legal system does not publicly name defendants.
Van der Graaf was chased down and caught with a pistol moments after the fatal shooting of Fortuyn, who was campaigning for a seat in Parliament on an anti-immigration platform. Police said the alleged gunman apparently acted alone.
Police said Van der Graaf, who has refused to make a statement, did not have a gun license.
At a closed initial hearing before an Amsterdam judge, van der Graaf was represented by a lawyer, prosecution spokesman Robert Meulenbroek said.
A court statement said the magistrate ordered Van der Graff held for 10 days while three other judges review the case and decide whether to keep him in jail.
Van der Graaf is an animal rights and environmental activist who had peacefully fought industrial animal farming for years in the courts before he was arrested Monday.
Police said they had no motive for the crime, and said they could not immediately draw a link between the suspect's activism and the shooting of Fortuyn, who was praised by environmental groups for his policies.
Fortuyn, 54, was shot Monday as he walked to his car after a campaign radio interview. He was to be temporarily interred Friday in a family tomb after a public memorial service in Rotterdam on Thursday. Fortuyn's remains will eventually be buried in Italy, where he had a vacation house.
Police said they found ammunition at the suspect's home in Harderwijk, about 30 miles east of Amsterdam, that matched shell casings at the crime scene.
People familiar with the suspect said they were baffled by the shooting.
"I don't know him as someone who would use violence," Roger Vleugels, who had helped van der Graaf with legal cases, said on Dutch television. Van der Graaf worked on more than 2,000 lawsuits fighting the expansion of industrial animal farming.
Environmental groups in the Netherlands condemned the killing, fearing they would be associated with the murder. Telephone threats from Fortuyn supporters were received by Greenpeace and other groups.
"Pim Fortuyn had reasonable views on the bio-industry," Pigs in Need, an animal rights group, said in a statement. "Fortuyn believed that new agricultural policy needed to be animal-friendly."
In a recent book, Fortuyn wrote: "Animal welfare must be a priority and we need to switch to less industrial production methods," according to the group. It renounced Fortuyn's murder as "stupid extremism."
In a 2-year-old letter published on the Internet, van der Graaf described how he became a vegan, the strictest form of vegetarian, and had worked for various environmental and animal rights groups since he was a teen-ager.
At Environmental Offensive, he wrote, "my actions don't come much from love for animals. I just have a basic standard: what happens in factory farming is not right," he says.
On Tuesday, the government decided to go ahead with next week's general elections, though all campaigning was suspended after Fortuyn's death. His party, Pim Fortuyn's List, said the slain candidate's name would remain on its ballot list.
In Rotterdam, where Fortuyn's upstart party swept more than 35 percent of the vote in local elections less than two months ago, thousands of people laid flowers and lighted candles outside his home.
Hundreds of supporters of the outspoken politician stood in line for hours to sign a City Hall condolence log. On Tuesday evening, about 30,000 people marched silently through the center of town.
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Couples will appeal Massachusetts ruling

Ann Rostow, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Wednesday, May 8, 2002 / 03:54 PM
SUMMARY: A judge issued a quick ruling Wednesday in the freedom-to-marry case brought by seven same-sex couples against the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly issued a quick ruling Wednesday in the freedom-to-marry case brought by seven same-sex couples against the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Less than two months after Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) argued their motion for summary judgment, Connolly ruled that the state was justified in regulating marriage "based on the traditional concept that marriage's primary purpose is procreation."
GLAD attorney Jennifer Levi said the plaintiffs would appeal simultaneously to the Supreme Judicial Court (the state's high court), and to a mid-level appellate court. In a case of this magnitude, she said, the high court will often accept an appeal without the mid-level review. If not, the case will eventually wind up at the highest level anyway.
"We have always known," Levi said in a statement, "that there will be no final resolution in this case until it is heard by the Supreme Judicial Court."
Connolly was unconvinced by the plaintiff's constitutional arguments, and determined that the Massachusetts law did not trespass on a fundamental right. As such, the law was only subjected to the lowest judicial test, whether the law was "rationally related to the furtherance of a legitimate state interest."
In Connolly's judgment, the link between procreation and heterosexual marriage satisfied that test, notwithstanding the fact that heterosexual couples often do not, or cannot, have children, while same-sex couples, including four of the plaintiff couples, often do have children. Connolly referred to this discrepancy in a footnote, calling it an issue that should be raised before the Legislature.
Connolly also remarked on the "inherent contradiction" in Massachusetts' gay-inclusive adoption laws, which "allow same-sex couples to establish legal relationships with their children but not with each other." But again he wrote, "The commonwealth's elected representatives, not the courts, should resolve this paradox."
The lawsuit, filed a year ago April, will continue along the route that led GLAD's previous marriage plaintiffs to victory before the Supreme Court of Vermont in December of 1999.
"This is just the beginning," pledged Levi. "Our objective in this round was primarily to begin the process of making our case for equal treatment of all families in the commonwealth."
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New Edward Albee played honored by NYC drama critics

Variety reports that out author Edward Albee's new play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? was named best play of the season by the New York Drama Critics Circle. At its Tuesday meeting the group also voted to give a special award to Elaine Stritch for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. The critics opted not to present an award this season for best musical or best foreign play. Albee was previously honored by the New York Drama Critics Circle for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Three Tall Women.
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Slaying In Montreal Gay Village

by Jean-Pierre O'Brien
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 9, Montreal) A man has been stabbed to death on a street corner in Montreal's gay village.
The body of Mario Joanette was discovered in a pool of blood about 2:10 Wednesday morning on Sainte-Catherine Street near Papineau Road.
Police said it appeared the man, in his 40s had been stabbed to death but were awaiting an autopsy. "It is possible he was shot," a homicide investigator said.
A bicycle was found beside the body, but police said they believed the man was attacked as he walked along the street.
Joanette was well known in the gay village. He was also well known to police, but investigators would not say if he had a criminal record.
Officers said there were no witnesses and are appealing for help from the gay community.
The village, which adjoins one of Montreal's most dangerous neighbourhoods has been the scene of a number of muggings and assaults.
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Scotland Said Preparing To Approve Partnership Unions

by Jon ben Asher
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 9, Edinburgh) The Scottish government is reportedly ready to create a Partnership Union registry, similar to ones already in operation in three cities in England; London, Manchester and Liverpool.
The newspaper The Scotsman reports that Robin Harper, a member of the Scottish Parliament for the Green Party, has won the backing of almost 20 MSPs in calling for the creation a national register which would allow gays, lesbians and unmarried couples publicly affirm their relationships.
Harper told the paper: "There are many thousands of people who live in mutually dependent relationships, who are unable to pass on things such as pension, property and inheritance rights."
The registry would have no legal weight, but it would serve to symbolically recognize same-sex relationships.
Many local government are said to approve of the plan. Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council's equality spokesman, said: "We tend to look sympathetically on any requests made by the gay community on the grounds that they are a group which is discriminated against."
A similar registry is already being considered by the Blair government that would grant limited partnership rights in England and Wales.
The Catholic church is opposed to partnership union ceremonies. A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Scotland said: "These ceremonies would appear to be an attempt to mimic marriage without legal responsibilities. We would regard them as pointless and damaging to the institution of marriage."
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Gay High-Wire Artist To Cross In Front Of Niagara Falls

by Jan Prout
365Gay.com Newscenter in Toronto
(May 9, Toronto) Jay Cochrane, one of the world's foremost high-wire artists is taking on Niagara Falls.
Cochrane said Wednesday that he plans to walk a steel cable 67 metres above the ground between two hotels in front of the world famous falls.
Niagara Park police refused to grant a permit for a walk over the Falls itself. Cochrane has been trying to get permission since 1996.
Instead the wire will be strung between the Sheraton On The Falls Hotel and the Casino Niagara Tower.
Cochrane will perform the stunt May 21st and repeat it throughout the summer.
Tightrope walkers were big draws for sightseers in Niagara Falls in the 1800s. Several daredevils have crossed the Gorge, downriver from the falls, but none has crossed over the Horseshoe or American waterfalls.
In 1995, Cochrane walked a tightrope above the Yangtze River in China's Qutang Gorge. Several years before that he walked between two towers at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in Toronto.
In the 1970s Cochrane owned Club David a popular after hours club near Yonge and St Joseph Street and later opened a club on Carlton Street where club Zipperz is located today.
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Conservative Christian Groups & Tories Declare War On Gay Adoption

by Peter Moore
365Gay.com Newscenter in London
(May 9, London) The coalition of conservative Christian groups, Tory peers and pro-marriage campaigners that killed legislation to repeal Britain's Section 28 have joined forces again, this time to fight the Blair government's proposed new adoption law.
The law is expected to pass with amendments that would allow gay and lesbian couples to jointly adopt.
Baroness Young, the Tory peer who led the successful campaign to stop the abolition of Section 28, which prevents local authorities "promoting homosexuality" is reportedly putting the coalition together.
She is meeting with other peers whom she claims represent all parties, and members of conservative Christian groups.
The Christian Institute has already begun lobbying peers to vote against amendments. Colin Hart, of the institute, said: "Research shows that there is no doubt that children do much better if they have a mother and father, better still if they are married, but worst of all if they are in a same-sex household."
Tuesday, the government announced it would give MPs a free vote on amendments to the Adoption and Children Bill. The move is seen as helping the bill get through the House of Commons.
Currently there are 60,000 children in orphanages and foster care in Britain.
Angela Mason, the director of GLBT rights group Stonewall lashed out at Baroness Young.
"There are certain people who will oppose any move that recognises that lesbian and gay men can make a contribution to society."
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New York Gay News War Heats Up

by Beth Shapiro
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 9, New York) New York gets a new gay newspaper this week. Bright yellow news boxes will begin appearing throughout lower Manhattan offering Gay City News.
The new paper is the phoenix of Lesbian and Gay New York and the new owners say they expect to take the publication weekly, next month, directly taking on the New York Blade, the city's largest gay paper.
LGNY had been a much small paper than the New York Blade, but that publication also has new owners, Windows Media, and has been pared down.
Gay City News believes it has the momentum to overtake the Blade.
The Blade lost many of its local reporters as Windows consolidated its operation in Atlanta. Windows also owns the Washington Blade and gay papers in Atlanta and throughout the south.
A week ago the Blade said that it would cease publishing weekly in favour of a twice monthly publication, a move Gay City News sees as a sign of weakness..
Gay City News, in a media release said the new paper will be available at more than 300 locations around the city.
The newspaper has set a target circulation of 30,000.
"It will be focused on issues of paramount concern to the communities it serves," said John Sutter, head of Community Media and publisher of the new paper.
"It will be news-driven and it will be aggressive," said Sutter, who publishes two other Manhattan-based community newspapers; The Villager and Downtown Express.
The new paper will expand LGNY's full-time staff of four, giving Gay City News a full-time staff of 23, including nine editorial employees.
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Boxing Authorities Urged To Act Against Homophobia

for Gay.com UK
9 May 2002
British boxing authorities are being urged to act following a homophobic campaign against the world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.
The call to fight homophobia in the sport has come from human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who wrote to the British Boxing Board of Control's general secretary, Simon Block.
Tatchell urged the board to "condemn the homophobic campaign against world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis" and to push for "disciplinary action against the boxers, managers and promoters who have subjected Lewis to a stream of anti-gay insults".
"If a white opponent taunted Lewis about his race, he would face disciplinary action", said Tatchell. "The BBBC would never tolerate racism. Why is it tolerating homophobia?"
Tatchell has called for homophobic offenders in the sport to be penalised with "a substantial fine and the suspension of their licence to box".
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Man With Small Manhood Loses Enlargement Battle

for Gay.com UK
9 May 2002
A Berlin man with a small penis has lost his battle to get his health insurance company to pay for an enlargement operation.
A German court has ruled his condition isn't an illness requiring medical treatment. The insurance company said, however, the insurance company will have to pay for therapy for the man, who hasn't been named.
Court reports show the man's penis is a third smaller than average, but don't give details of the exact size.
The judge told the man: "Your penis is still fully functional and just because it's smaller than average, it doesn't count as an abnormality requiring an operation."
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Kylie's Tribute To BBC Presenter

for Gay.com UK
8 May 2002
A poignant message from singer Kylie Minogue was among the tributes paid at the funeral of Christopher Price.
The singer sent flowers to the service for the 34-year-old host of entertainment show Liquid News, who was found dead at his home just over two weeks ago.
A note attached to the arrangement of red and pink blooms read: "Dear Chris, I am an absolute fan and am so happy to have met you.
"I was very much looking forward to seeing you again, in fact I still am. With much love and a big hug, Kylie."
Kylie is currently on tour and was unable to attend the Catholic mass held in London yesterday.
Among the mourners was Claire Sweeney, who was due to co-host BBC Choice's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest with Price later this month. Chris Moyles, Ralf Little, Jenny Eclair and Claudia Winkleman were also there.
Price was found dead at his London home after failing to turn up for work.
Forensic tests are still being carried out to determine the exact cause of death but police have ruled out suspicious circumstances
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Cosmetics Companies Think Men May Belly Up to Makeup Bar

May 8, 2002, Chicago Tribune, by Kelly Yamanouchi
It has become a daily routine for Glenn Cooper. He rubs on an exfoliating facial scrub, then eye gel to take away the dark circles. The final touch--a fluff of powder to keep away the shine.
"I'm addicted," said the 43-year-old Arlington Heights business owner and husband. "It's definitely a confidence-builder, and that certainly can't hurt."
Cooper thinks more men who are concerned about their appearance for personal and professional reasons will be adopting a similar morning ritual. Some companies are betting on that, too.
The men's market is particularly tempting to large cosmetics companies, which have seen their sales at department stores plateau in recent years. Although still a niche market, retailers say men's cosmetics can only grow, given an aging population with the money and motivation to keep their youthful looks.
"There's a lot of people who believe this category is on the verge of expanding," said Lisa Hawkins, executive director of global marketing for Aramis, a men's fragrance and skin-care line owned by Estee Lauder Cos.
Euromonitor International forecasts that the market for men's grooming products in the United States will grow nearly 8 percent between 2001 and 2006, to $3.55 billion, with premium shaving products and more male-specific toiletries fueling growth.
"It's a dirty little secret that a lot of men grab their girlfriend's products," says MAC Cosmetics President John Demsey. "We've seen increasingly more and more men--regular guys--coming to MAC locations."
As with other trends, media exposure will only broaden the market, observers say. Demsey, for one, says he is looking forward to fall, when fashion magazines are planning to feature men's makeup.
"People actually talk about this now, so it's sort of an evolution," Demsey said. In Chicago, MAC's two stores, featuring sleek black counters, attract as many as 10 men a day. They buy everything from shaving cream to foundation, powder, concealer and blot powder.
Still, manufacturers acknowledge they've got big hurdles to overcome, particularly in a culture that spawned the Marlboro man. They say the first step is education--showing that men can improve their looks, too.
Doing that requires some sensitivity to men's ideas about makeup. Unlike women, most men don't want to talk about makeup, don't want to go out in public to shop for makeup and don't know how to use makeup.
Aramis less than two years ago launched a line of cosmetics for men called Surface, with products to "even skin tone and create the appearance of an `air-brushed' complexion." Products include Optimizing Skin Cream, Healthy Look Gel and Instant Correcting Stick.
Such products, the manufacturers say, can give older men a competitive edge when they're competing with women and younger men. After all, Richard Nixon's defeat in the 1960 presidential election has been attributed in part to his five o-clock shadow, which made him look sinister compared with the youthful John Kennedy.
"There is a tremendous vanity issue in the Boomers particularly," said Barbara Breindel, author of a report on drugs and cosmetics for Baby Boomers published by Business Communications Co., a Norwalk, Conn., market research firm. As is the case with many fashion trends, gay men are some of the early adopters, she adds.
The cosmetics are often made and used differently for men's thicker, oilier skin, and bigger pores.
"You have to really understand what makes men handsome," said Ben Coler, owner of Boulder, Colo.-based Studio5ive Skin System, whose products include concealers, shading powders, and brow and eyelash gel for men. His Web site explains how to get rid of dark circles, fine lines and razor nicks. Coler is planning to launch a night-time kit with eyeshadows, eyeliners and lip gloss for a "club scene" look.
Marketing cosmetics to men also calls for a different approach. The first barrier is getting men to department stores or specialty shops to buy products.
When men come into MAC's Oak Street store in Chicago, "sometimes they're more nervous, but that's understandable," said Jason Wagner, a makeup artist at the store.
Showing men how to apply makeup like a pro can help to put them at ease, and the more they are exposed to it, the more comfortable they become, Wagner said.
Some have found it easier to sell cosmetics to men in places like hairdressers or dermatologists' offices, or on the Internet. Michele Probst, founder of Menaji, a Nashville men's cosmetics company that sells everything from a facial mask to concealer, said 70 percent of her orders online are made after midnight, when men are likely to have some privacy.
Many retailers have found it easier to simply sell to women--Clinique, for example, gives women "pass-along samples" of men's products for their sons, boyfriends or husbands.
Men often send women to buy their cosmetics for them, and are most willing to use products packaged simply. And don't dare call it makeup--"cosmetics" is pushing it, while "skin care" and "grooming products" are preferred.
Even the directions for the products are tailored for men.
"On the eye gel, we have to put `Close your eyes' on the directions," Probst said. "They truly do not know what to do."
But men also like to research their purchases, and many retailers have Web sites with information on products and how to apply them.
Roger Forrester, who lives in Nashville and owns a medical billing business, said his girlfriend bought him eye gel and moisturizer. At 32, he wants to keep wrinkles from forming and has tried facial moisturizers made for men and women. Still, he said he isn't ready to start using concealer or makeup.
"I'm a little bit more concerned about my skin that some of my friends," Forrester said. "I think that maybe some men are not aware of how simple it is to put something on like that--you know, like brushing your teeth at night--to keep your wrinkles down."
He said he tells men he works with and that he meets at the gym about cosmetics that he likes. "I think it's a good businessmen's market."
Cosmetics-makers also hope to figure out how men's cosmetics have done better overseas. In Europe and Asia, many have found that men are more willing to spend on primping products.
"The U.S. male is probably going to be my toughest client," Probst said.
(c) 2002, Chicago Tribune. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.
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Woman Did Not Kill Lover

The lover of a woman who was beaten to death alongside her elderly mother and young daughters has said that she did not commit the murder.
Mandy Power, her mother and daughters were killed at their home in Clydach, south Wales in 1999.
Power had been having a secret affair with Alison Lewis, who was initially charged with the murders, but later released.
David Morris now denies the murder charge, and alleges that Lewis is the killer. He is accused of bludgeoning the four to death with an iron bar after Power rejected his sexual advances.
Lewis gave evidence at Morris' trial in Swansea. She said that before detectives charged Morris they regarded her and her husband, Steven Lewis, a senior officer with South Wales Police, as the prime suspects.
Lewis told the court that she had been through "four days of hell" as detectives questioned her about the killings.
She told Patrick Harrington, QC, for the prosecution, that she had nothing to do with the killings, adding: "South Wales Police branded me a murderer of four people I loved."
Peter Rouch, QC, for the defence, suggested that as a past British karate champion Lewis was skilled at using a wooden pole known as a "bo", a weapon similar to the iron bar used in the killings.
Mr Justice Butterfield asked Rouch whether the defence was putting forward the same allegations as the police had. Mr Rouch said that it was not.
The trial continues.
© 1999, 2002 Rainbow Network. All Rights Reserved. Partnered with New Media Spark.
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Police Fund Gay Self-Defence Class

The Metropolitan police are funding a self-defence course for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in east London.
The six-week course, which began last week, aims to teach personal safety and raise awareness of potentially dangerous situations. It is being taught at The Coronet, a gay pub in Stratford and is Supervised by a qualified trainer with the British Jiu-Jitsu Association. Officers from Newham police's community safety unit also attend.
The course was organised by the London East AIDS Network as a response to homophobic crime in the area over the past year. Newham deals with an average of two or three reported homophobic incidents per month against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
Victims of homophobic crime have been offered places on the course in order to rebuild their confidence.
Fazal Mahmood, gay men's development worker at LEAN, told the Newham Recorder: "We have a very successful working partnership with the police. This course is an example of their commitment to working with diverse communities."
Two more courses will be held later in the year.
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Geffen gives $200M to medical school

Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
Tuesday, May 7, 2002 / 03:54 PM
SUMMARY: Openly gay Hollywood mogul and philanthropist David Geffen donated $200 million to the medical school at UCLA.
Openly gay Hollywood mogul and philanthropist David Geffen donated $200 million to the medical school at the University of California at Los Angeles, according to an announcement Tuesday.
The gift is the largest single donation ever given to a U.S. medical school.
The school will be renamed the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The donation will be used to help train medical students, provide financial aid and assist in research, said Gerald S. Levey, dean of the 50-year-old school. It will also enhance the school's endowment, which the Associated Press reported was more than $587 million last June.
"I believe each of us has a responsibility to give back in some way," Geffen said in a written statement. "Los Angeles is my home, and I want to do my part in contributing to its future."
This is the second time UCLA has benefited from Geffen's philanthropy. He donated $5 million to the school's theater, which was renamed to the Geffen Playhouse.
Geffen, 59, has also given $2.5 million to AIDS Project Los Angeles and $2.5 million to the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York.
A co-founder of entertainment company DreamWorks SKG, Geffen established the successful music labels Asylum and Geffen Records. He has produced several films, including "Personal Best," "Interview with the Vampire" and "Risky Business."
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Renowned makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin dies

Kevyn Aucoin, the openly gay master makeup artist whose clients included famous faces from Cindy Crawford to Britney Spears, died Tuesday. He was 40.
Aucoin died at Westchester Medical Center in New York of complications from a metabolic disorder, his friend Marcy Engelman said. He had been diagnosed with and treated for a pituitary brain tumor during the past year. Aucoin, who appeared on the cover of The Advocate in 1994, was born on Valentine's Day, 1962, in Shreveport, La. He had a lifelong love of makeup. During his youth in Lafayette, La., Aucoin would rip out photos from magazines and try to replicate the models' makeup on his sisters. He moved to New York in January 1983 with then-boyfriend Jed Root, spending his time on making up models for free, looking for his break. That break came eight months later, when Vogue magazine booked him to work on a shoot of Meg Tilly being photographed by Stephen Meisel. He did his first cover in 1986, working with Richard Avedon.
"He had such a rapid rise because he was so extraordinarily talented," said Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure magazine, where Aucoin had a column until February of this year. "He could do anything with makeup."
"I think he was an incredible talent and a makeup genius," said makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Along with the work he did on numerous magazine covers, Aucoin was very much in demand as makeup artist to the stars. The faces he worked on were the A-list: Janet Jackson, Sharon Stone, Madonna, Julia Roberts. He did Gwyneth Paltrow's makeup when she won her Academy Award and when she posed recently for the cover of the March issue of Vogue.
"I think he was truly original and passionate about makeup, and he never ran out of ideas," said Phyllis Posner, executive fashion director for Vogue.
Aucoin was the author of three books, Face Forward, Making Faces, and The Art of Makeup, and had recently started his own product line. In Face Forward, Aucoin showed how just about any face can be turned into silver screen icons like Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, or Elizabeth Taylor. He turned his 66-year-old mother into Marlene Dietrich and Martha Stewart into Veronica Lake.
Aucoin was also an activist, remembered as an opinionated person with strong political views and very outspoken about gay rights, Wells said.
Aucoin was adopted a month after his birth by Thelma and Isidore Aucoin, the first of four children the couple would adopt. He found his birth parents, Nelda Mae Williams and Jerry Burch, in 1992.
Along with Thelma and Isidore Aucoin, Kevyn Aucoin is survived by his partner Jeremy Antunes; his brother, Keith, and sisters Carla and Kim.
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Dutch election to proceed despite assassination

Dutch political leaders, stunned by the assassination of an outspoken and openly gay right-wing leader, decided Tuesday to go ahead with elections in eight days. The prime minister appealed for calm after the slain candidate's supporters fought with riot police near parliament. Pim Fortuyn was shot and killed by a gunman in the parking lot of a radio station near Amsterdam after a campaign interview Monday. His upstart anti-immigration party was expected to win up to 28 of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament.
"It would be sensible not to change the original date," Prime Minister Wim Kok said in a nationally televised address after talking with officials from all parties, including Fortuyn's. The Dutch government had considered postponing the vote after Fortuyn was gunned down shortly after giving a radio interview at a station in Hilversum, 12 miles southeast of Amsterdam. Minutes after making the announcement, Kok led a minute of silence in the upper house of parliament in memory of the slain politician. "A dark shadow has fallen over the Netherlands that has given way to deep emotions," he said.
Police arrested a 32-year-old white man, a Dutch citizen, but they did not release his name or a suspected motive and said he has refused to give a statement. They said he would be arraigned Wednesday in Amsterdam. Prosecutor Theo Hofstee said the suspect apparently acted alone. Members of Fortuyn's party--named Pim Fortuyn's List after its 54-year-old leader--had earlier met Kok and told him they want the elections to proceed May 15 as scheduled. "Pim loved democracy and elections," party spokesman Mat Herben said. "It's in the best interests of everyone that the election should be held."
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Another student charged in Idaho flag theft

Another former student senator at the University of Idaho has been charged in the alleged attempt to steal and burn the flag of a campus gay rights group. Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson on Monday filed charges of petty theft against Kevin Smith, 21, the last of three former student senators to be charged with the misdemeanor. Matt Henman, 18, and Joel Sturgill, 21, pleaded innocent Monday. Smith's attorney sent a letter to Thompson, asking for a May 17 sentencing hearing at which Smith will enter a plea.
On March 31, Henman, Smith, and Sturgill allegedly stole the Gay Straight Alliance's flag from its office in the student union building and took it to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. There, the trio met with then-student body president Kasey Swisher, 21, and allegedly tried to burn the flame-retardant flag. Thompson filed charges of malicious injury to property against Swisher on Friday. That charge carries the same maximum penalty as petty theft. Sturgill and Henman will meet with Thompson in pretrial conferences to try and reach a resolution. Henman, Smith, Sturgill, and Swisher have resigned their student posts. Another senator also resigned, saying she had knowledge of the incident and did not report it. No charges have been filed against her.
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17 Year Old Honour Student Called Bad Influence

by Jack Siu
365Gay.com Newscenter
(May 8, Toronto) Two days of hearings in a suit brought by a high school student fighting to bring his boyfriend to the prom wrapped up Tuesday in a suburban Toronto courtroom.
17 year old Marc Hall took the Durham District Catholic School Board to court after his principal told him the church would not allow him to bring his boyfriend to the annual prom.
Superior Court Justice Robert MacKinnon said he would issue a ruling on Friday, just hours before the prom is scheduled to begin.
Tuesday a lawyer for the board called the 'A' student a "bad example" and letting him bring boyfriend Jean-Paul Dumond to the dance would "condone homosexual relationships".
"He's an example we cannot approve," said lawyer Peter Lauwers. "He's a bad example from a Catholic perspective and what he wants to do is not consistent with teachings of the church."
The board is arguing that under Canada's Constitution, Catholic schools have the ability to take matters of faith into account when they make decisions about the conduct of students.
"We're about indoctrination, plain and simple," Lauwers said
He told the court Hall and other gay students can attend school dances if they follow the rules of the board and go "stag."
"But if they manifest romance they would be stopped," Lowers said.
"So they can't dance?" Superior Court Justice Robert MacKinnon asked.
"Correct."
"I'm having a good time, but I can't dance." MacKinnon said to laughter from the audience.
Lauwers said that if gay or lesbian students kiss, hold hands or dance on school property, they could be disciplined, or suspended. They could even be expelled.
Lauwers then suggested Hall could go to a public school if he could not abide by the Catholic school board rules.
Monday, Hall's lawyer, David Corbett, said that because the Catholic school board accepts public money it is required to abide by Ontario's Human Rights Code which protests gays and lesbians.
Corbett also said the board was violating Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
He compared Hall to American civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
"Rosa Parks chose to get on a bus in Alabama, knowing she might be discriminated against. She could have left her community and moved to the North where she would not have faced that problem.
"But she was part of her community in the South, and when she was told that as a person of colour she had to sit at the back of the bus, she refused, because she knew that what she was being asked to do was morally and legally wrong."
Hall may be a "bad influence" for the Catholic school system, but to gays and lesbians he is a hero. On May 19 he will be given the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario's highest honour.
Hall has been named winner of the John Damien Award. The honour has been given out only 11 times since 1979.
As for the prom, Hall says he is hopeful the judge will rule in his favour. The teen had his characteristic blue dyed hair "touched up" on Monday, and has his tux picked out.
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Alberta Unveils Partnership Bills

by Rich Peters
365Gay.com Newscenter, Western Bureau Chief
(May 8, Edmonton) After months of delays the Alberta government has finally unveiled a cautious approach to partnership union legislation.
The province is one of the last in Canada to amend its laws to grant gay and lesbian couples common law status.
Fearing a voter backlash the Tory government of premier Ralph Klein wrapped the gay provisions in with similar reforms for adults in platonic relationships, such as cohabitating brothers or a mother and her adult child, who agree to share emotional and economic responsibilities.
"The law has to be available for all Albertans," said Justice Minister Dave Hancock.
Klein, who was wary of the legislation said: "There's going to be controversy. It all depends on how you spin it out and obviously you're going to spin it out to allude to gay relationships as opposed to all the other relationships."
The legislation includes changes to a wide variety of laws.
It will allow people to seek support from an estranged partner, receive funds from the estate of their dead partner, apply for damages for their partner's wrongful death, have a role in the administration of a dead partner's estate and change their surname to that of their partner.
The legislation will not go to the legislature until fall, so that the government can "gauge public opinion."
But, most gay rights advocates in the prairie province said it glosses over gays and lesbians.
"They're afraid to say the word 'gay' because they're afraid they're not going to get re-elected if they even presume to be supportive of the gay and lesbian community," Edmonton gay rights activist Murrya Billet said.
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Gibraltar Gay Activists Attack Government

for Gay.com UK
8 May 2002
Gay activists in Gibraltar have attacked its government's stance on gay rights.
The move comes after a confrontation between human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Gibraltar's Chief Minister Peter Caruana in London last week.
A spokesperson for Gibraltar Gay Rights said Caruna's reportedly aggressive behaviour at a London meeting at which Peter Tatchell questioned him was "shameful".
"Whilst Mr Caruana promised to clean up Gibraltar`s previous bad image abroad, he is himself now contributing to the tarnishing of Gibraltar`s reputation overseas. This is particularly irresponsible at such a delicate time for Gibraltar as we now face," said a statement from the GGR.
The statement continued: "Tatchell and human rights organisations - who categorically stand by the people of Gibraltar in their just call for self-determination - are morally correct in calling on the Chief Minister to stop merely speechifying about human rights, and, instead, actually do something to address the appalling lack of rights for the disabled, gays and lesbians and immigrants in our country."
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Gay Performance Artist To Cut Own Stomach

for Gay.com UK
8 May 2002
A naked artist is planning to cut his stomach and let an audience look at the wound.
Openly gay Italian-born Londoner Franko B will make a cut of up to 10cm and blood will trickle from it. A doctor will make sure it doesn't heal until the six-hour performance has finished.
He will appear at the Fierce! performance art festival in the West Midlands which runs from May 10 to June 9.
Previous performances have included a "bleeding" session at the ICA on to large canvases. The artist also paints with his own blood.
The Arts Council and West Midlands Arts are funding the festival.
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Grace Jones To Play Purple In The Park

for Gay.com UK
8 May 2002
Gay diva Grace Jones is to play Purple in the Park this summer at London's Brockwell Park.
Purple In The Park will be the star's first public performance in the UK for over five years.
Grace will headline a fantastic line-up of dance floor divas including; Kathy Brown, Kym Mazelle, Jacki Graham, Rosalla, Angie Brown, Alison Limerick and Barbara Tucker.
Joining this formidable enduring line up are some of the new kids on the block including trashy club favourites Alcazar, new girl on the block Baz, and up and comers Bak 2 Bak and The Moon.
Tickets are available online at www.purpleinthepark.com , via our 24 hour call centre 0115 912 9170, from any Clone Zone shop in the UK or from the Purple In The Park office, 6 Hanover Street, London W1 (above Hanover Grand night club).
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School Board affirms rights policy on sexual orientation

By Laura Diamond
Times-Union staff writer
The Duval County School Board voted last night to keep sexual orientation as a protected group in the school system's civil rights policies.
The item passed 5-2. Board members Martha Barrett and Linda Sparks voted against it.
This action followed an annual review of the policies and the need to be consistent in all school system policies. Sexual orientation has been included as a protected group in the board's civil rights policy since 1997.
Sparks, who originally voted in favor of the policy, said the inclusion of sexual orientation was never pointed out to board members at that time.
She led the discussion to remove it from the policy.
Superintendent John Fryer proposed a new policy that eliminated sexual orientation. The proposed changes met the requirements mandated by state and federal law.
But board member Susan Wilkinson made a motion to keep sexual orientation in the policy. Board member Gwen Gibson seconded the motion, saying she was uncomfortable changing the policy since it was filed with the federal courts as part of how the school system should operate once lifted from its order to desegregate.
Thirty-two people spoke regarding the policy, with 17 people asking the board to keep sexual orientation in the civil rights policy and in the student code of conduct.
Among those 17 were students who spoke about the harassment they have experienced because of their sexual orientation.
Chad White, 16, a student at Englewood High, said he walks home from school every day concerned that someone will beat him up.
"It would be nice to go to school and not be afraid," White said. "I have enough to worry about ... it would be nice to just be a student."
White and other students asked the board to add sexual orientation to the categories protected from harassment and discrimination in schools.
The students told about reporting problems to teachers and administrators, but said nothing was done to help them.
"How would you feel if your child was going to school every day and being harassed and nothing was being done about it?" said Roxanne Gallo, 16, a student at Douglas Anderson School for the Arts. "
After listening to some of the students speak, board member Cindy Rounds said the struggle will be enforcing the policy.
Some parents and other speakers last night said a general policy prohibiting discrimination and harassment against all students would suffice.
"There is no need to create a special category," parent Ann Dugger said. "Where will it end?"
Staff writer Laura Diamond can be reached at (904) 359-4351 or at ldiamond@jacksonville.com .


The new policy

School Board affirms rights policy on sexual orientation
The following policy regarding Discrimination Against Students was approved last night by the Duval County School Board. The policy will be included in the board's civil rights policy.
The Duval County School Board is committed to encouraging the existence of a diverse student population at each school. Accordingly, the board will not tolerate harassing, bullying, intimidation or discriminatory activity against students by any of its students, employees, volunteers or contractors who work on school related activities, subject to the control of school officials for any reason. The board forbids discrimination against any student on the basis of race, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability or religion. To that end, the School Board is committed to ensuring that:
1) Education is provided in an atmosphere where differences are understood and appreciated, and where all persons are treated fairly and with respect in an environment free of discrimination and threats of violence or abuse. This policy shall extend to extra-curricular as well. Students shall not be subject to discrimination in any extracurricular activity, as to participation or holding positions of leadership.
2) Acts of hate/violence, including but not limited to verbal abuse, slurs, threats, physical violence or conduct, vandalism or destruction of property, directed against any person because of their race, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religion are prohibited and will not be tolerated.
3) All employees are accountable for implementing this policy.
4) All employees shall work together and with students, parents, and community members to ensure that each school and each work site is free from discrimination and harassment.
5) Any employee who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline.
6) Any student who violates this policy shall be subject to discipline according to the Code of Student Conduct.
7) Parents are encouraged to ensure that their children behave in a way that is consistent with the intentions of this policy.
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