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Police Seek Help in Fairmont Park Robberies Two victims come forward, police fear more are out there
Calif. Supreme Court to Revisit Gay Marriage Troops Say â€˜Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€™ Not Working
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Two dolls with signs reading: â€˜Also in Italy gay marriages like in Zapateroâ€™s Spainâ€™ placed near the traditional nativity scene at the Italian parliamentâ€™s Lower Chamber by two Radical Party deputies.
Italian Lawmakers Call Gay Nativity Scene â€˜Vulgarâ€™ By Anthony Cuesta
Rome â€” Italyâ€™s ruling coalition on Wednesday was outraged after two leftist lawmakers by placed four dolls representing homosexual couples near the baby Jesus in the official nativity scene in parliament. The Associated Press reports that the two parliamentarians from the small â€œRose in the Fistâ€? party said their gesture was to promote the legalization of gay marriage and granting legal recognition to unmarried couples. Bruno Mellano and Donatella Poretti placed the Barbie and Ken-type dolls in the parliamentary nativity scene, each couple lying down embraced among the shepherds witnessing the birth of Jesus. Each of the two doll couples, which parliamentary ushers removed after a few minutes, wore miniature placards with slogans in favor of gay rights. â€œThis is a vulgar and unacceptable double attack against both a (national) institution as well as a religious symbol,â€? a
group of women parliamentarians of the opposition conservative Forza Italia party said in a statement issued to the press. Luca Volonte, a member of the small centrist opposition Union of Christian Democrats, told the AP that the gesture a â€œpure attack against the religion practiced by the majority of Italians.â€? Reuters reports that some members of the opposition demanded the lawmakers be censured by the speaker of the lower house of parliament. But even the Italian Communist Party, which supports gay rights and is also in the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, distanced itself from the action. One communist parliamentarian called it â€œa grave political errorâ€? that would not help homosexuals. The two leftist politicians carried out their gesture just before Pope Benedict, speaking to pilgrims and tourists at the Vatican, said Christmas crĂ¨ches were part of Christian culture that had to be defended.â€‚ Q
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Sacramento, Calif. â€” The California Supreme Court unanimously voted Dec. 20 to reexamine the constitutionality of the stateâ€™s ban on same-sex marriage, projecting that the case could be heard in court as early as next summer. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled in March 2005 the statutory same-sex marriage ban serves no rational purpose and unconstitutionally denies same-sex couples equal protection under the law. But the state Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 ruling issued Oct. 5, concluded the ban doesnâ€™t violate anyoneâ€™s constitutional rights, and marriageâ€™s definition is best left to the people and lawmakers rather than courts. Arguing against same-sex marriage in these six consolidated cases are the state Attorney Generalâ€™s office, which is duty-bound to defend existing state law; the conservative nonprofit Campaign for California Families; and the Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund, named for the 2000 ballot measure passed by 61 percent of voters to reinforce an already-existing statutory ban on samesex marriage. Arguing for the right to same-sex marriage are the city and county of San Francisco, which fueled the debate by issuing marriage licenses (later voided) to same-sex couples in 2004, and samesex couples and gay-rights groups which challenged the ban. The couples and
groups are represented by a legal team including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union. NCLR executive director Kate Kendell said the courtâ€™s unanimity and speed in granting review â€œis a signal they well understand the importance and significance of the case not only to lesbian and gay folks in California, but to all Californians.â€? She further said she hopes the court â€œwill stand up for fairness and inclusion and equality for lesbian and gay couples.â€? San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera told the Associated Press that his city was â€œextremely gratified.â€? â€œItâ€™s perhaps the major civil rights issue of our time,â€? he said. Massachusetts is the only state that authorizes same-sex marriage. California offers domestic partnerships, similar to civil unions in Vermont and Connecticut. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed gay and lesbian couples to wed at City Hall in 2004, but Californiaâ€™s justices halted the ensuing wedding spree and voided 4,037 marriage licenses by ruling the mayor did not have authority to make marriage law. The Assembly and state Senate in 2005 narrowly approved a bill to permit same-sex marriage, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it. Its author, Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, reintroduced the bill this month for the new Legislatureâ€™s consideration. Q
Same-Sex Marriage Ban Supporters Push for Vote By Troy Espera
Boston â€” Advocates of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts asked the stateâ€™s highest court Dec. 20 to push lawmakers to vote on putting the measure on the ballot. John Hanify, an attorney for Gov. Mitt Romney, told the Associated Press that supporters are asking the Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney Supreme Judicial Court to clarify what the obligations of legislators are under a state constitutional provision that establishes the rights of citizens to petition for a constitutional amendment. Romney and others sued in November after lawmakers postponed action on the proposed ballot question until Jan. 2, the last day of the legislative session â€” a move both sides said likely would kill the measure. The proposed amendment would define marriage in Massachusetts as the union of a man and a woman and ban future gay marriages but leave intact those unions made since 2004, when Massachusetts became the only state to allow gay marriages. Supporters of the proposed amendment say voters should decide how marriage should be defined. Backers of gay marriage say civil rights should never be put to a popular vote. Hanify said that after receiving clarification of their duties from the high court,
the Senate president should direct the body of lawmakers to vote. â€œWeâ€™re not asking you to tell the Legislature how to do its business. Weâ€™re asking you only to declare what the constitution requires them to do,â€? said Hanify, who asked justices to rule by Jan. 2. The justices took the case under advisement. The lawyer representing the president of the state Senate told the seven justices in oral arguments that if the Legislature fails to act before the session ends Jan. 2, the peopleâ€™s only recourse is to vote for different legislators in the next election. â€œOur position is that judicial relief is not available,â€? even though architects of the state ballot initiative process intended lawmakers to bring such measures to a vote, said Assistant Attorney General Peter Sacks, who defended Senate President Robert E. Travaglini and Secretary of State William F. Galvin in the lawsuit. Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute and a supporter of the ban, said that he hoped the court will resolve what he called a â€œconstitutional crisis.â€? Lee Swislow, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, said that legislators who recessed were â€œvery brave about not allowing this discriminatory amendment to go forward.â€? According to the Globe, the Committee for Health Care for Massachusetts filed a brief siding with backers of the marriage ban, saying the convention recessed without taking action on an initiative to guarantee affordable health coverage.â€‚ Q
Troops: â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€? Not Working Survey Indicates Shift in Military Attitudes Washington, D.C. â€” Nearly one in four U.S. troops (23 percent) say they know for sure that someone in their unit is gay or lesbian, and of those, 59 percent said they learned about the personâ€™s sexual orientation directly from the individual, a Zogby International poll of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan shows. More than half (55 percent) of the troops who know a gay peer said the presence of gays or lesbians in their unit is well known by others. According to the â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€? policy, service members are not allowed to say that they are gay. These findings come amidst significant changes in the military and political landscape. This week, Robert M. Gates took over as the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and next month, Democrats will take control of Congress. Some observers expect the new climate to prompt intense examination of all aspects of military policy including potential reinstitution of the draft, which is advocated by some in the new majorityâ€™s leadership. According to Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), â€œThese new data prove that thousands of gay and lesbian service members are already deployed overseas and are integrated, important members of their units. It is long past time to strike down â€˜Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€™ and create a new policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve openly.â€? The Zogby Interactive poll of 545 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was designed in conjunction with the Michael D. Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and conducted by Zogby Oct. 24-26, 2006. It carries a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points. Of those in combat units, 21 percent said they know for certain that someone in their unit is gay or lesbian, slightly less than for those in combat support units (25 percent) and combat service support units (22 percent). One in five troops (20 percent) in other units said they know for certain someone is
gay or lesbian in their unit. Overall, nearly half (45 percent) say there are people in their unit they suspect are gay or lesbian, but they donâ€™t know for sure. Slightly more than half (52 percent) say they have received training on the prevention of anti-gay harassment in the past three years. But 40 percent say they have not received this type of training, which is mandated by Defense Department policy. The data also indicate that military attitudes about homosexuality have shifted. In the early 1990â€™s, many senior officers argued that U.S. troops could not form bonds of trust with gays and lesbians, according to Dr. Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center, who has written widely on the subject. According to the new Zogby data, however, nearly three in four troops (73 percent) say they are personally comfortable in the presence of gays and lesbians. Of the 20 percent who said they are uncomfortable around gays and lesbians, only 5 percent are â€œveryâ€? uncomfortable, while 15 percent are â€œsomewhatâ€? uncomfortable. Just two percent of troops said knowing that gays are not allowed to serve openly was an important reason in their decision to join the military. Some troops believe the integration of openly gay and lesbian service members in the military could undermine cohesion, but those who know at least one gay peer are less likely to believe it would negatively impact morale. Of those who know a gay or lesbian peer, 27 percent said it has a negative impact on the morale of their unit. By contrast, among those who do not know of a gay or lesbian person in their unit, or are unsure of their presence, 58 percent said it would have a negative impact on their unit. Prominent supporters of â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€? have expressed concerns about privacy in the shower, Dr. Belkin said, but nearly three out of four troops said in the Zogby poll that they usually or almost always take showers privately â€“ only 8 percent say they usually or almost always take showers in group stalls.
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Judge Wonâ€™t Dismiss Charges in Gay Games Protest Lawsuit
Schools Allow Students to Access Gay Web Sites Palm Beach, Fla. â€” Students in southern Florida can freely access â€œgay-supportiveâ€? websites, thanks to pressure from the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. The Palm Beach County School District previously blocked student and teacher ac-
Calif. Student Discrimination Suit to be Decided Los Angeles â€” A decision will soon be made regarding the lawsuit filed by lesbian student Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother after suspending her for being affectionate with her girlfriend on school grounds. Nguon is seeking $300,000 to $1.3 million, according to the L.A. Times. Dan Stromer, an attorney for Nguon said that â€œit is a significant impact in oneâ€™s life to be punished for who you are. That stigma never goes away.â€? Stormer made these comments in closing arguments. However, Wolf maintains that he was not discriminating against Nguon because she was a lesbian. â€œHe insists the problem was that, regardless of whether it was a girl or boy, Nguon continued the kissing despite repeated warnings to knock it off,â€? says the Times. Wolf and other administrators testified that when straight couples were admonished for showing affection, they stopped, the paper reported. According to the paper, Nguon alleges that the principalâ€™s and school districtâ€™s behavior had a significant negative impact on her life, causing her grades to fall and sending her into a depression that led her to harm herself and consider suicide. As part of the demands of her suit, Nguon wants policy changes that would allow gay students privacy about their orientation, and she wants a prohibition of the enforcing of discipline based on sexual orientation, the paper says. â€œNguon also wants all disciplinary measures expunged from her academic record,â€? says the Times. Stormer told the Times that stories like Nguonâ€™s are not all that rare, but that â€œfew cases had gone to court because itâ€™s difficult to prove.â€? Closing arguments for the case ended last Tuesday, the Times said. â€œAttorneys have a week to file any motions,â€? according to the paper, â€œand [Judge James] Selna will make his ruling sometime after that.â€?
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Chicago â€” Federal Judge Milton I. Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has denied a motion from the city of Chicago to dismiss charges that it violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protestors during the Chicago 2006 Gay Games earlier this year. The organization filed the civil suit against the city of Chicago on the allegation that their membersâ€™ free speech rights were violated. A group of protesters from the Christian organization Repent America (RA) staged several protests in response to the Gay Games, including one in Gateway Park across from Navy Pier on July 16th. Members of the organization handed out anti-gay literature condemning homosexuality. In a statement to the press, the organization said â€œRAâ€™s method is to engage people in conversations and pass out literature in public venues which is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.â€? Police officers approached the group and directed them to move from Navy Pier, where Gay Games events were taking place, to Gateway Park across the street. RA alleges in their suit that one of the officers grabbed a protestorâ€™s hand, holding a video camera, and forced it down. After moving to the park, the group then claims that they were told by police they would need to leave the park as well. When one member attempted to call 911, according to the suit, the officers began handcuffing the protestors, forcing one into a headlock. Three RA members were handcuffed at the protest and two were arrested for criminal trespassing. The group claims that officers yelled profanities at the protestors and held the arrested members for four hours at a Chicago police station before letting them go without charges. RA claims the videotape of the event was confiscated and the police have refused to return it. In response to the arrests, an attorney for the city of Chicago stated to the group on July 17th that they were required to stay within established â€œfree speech zonesâ€? while protesting the Games. In a second incident, an RA member was arrested for disorderly conduct in front of Wrigley Field, location of the Gay Games closing ceremonies. The protestor was holding a sign saying â€œMarriage is Between One Man and One Womanâ€? and repeat-edly refused to move to a designated free speech zone across the street. RA claims a video tape of a portion of this incident was altered by police to delete the relevant footage. Charges against the man were later dropped. Repent America was founded in Pennsylvania and condemns, among other things, abortion, homosexuality and the teaching of evolution. The radical group has had several run-ins with the police, especially in Chicago. The Gay Games incidents are just a few in a series of arrests that have resulted from the groupâ€™s protests against GLBT events. Neither the Federation of Gay Games nor the organizers of the Chicago 2006 Gay Games have released a press statement regarding the lawsuit. The City of Chicago has also not commented on the suit.
cess to several gay-friendly sites such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network â€” with â€œSexuality/Alternative Lifestylesâ€? popping up on screens when users attempted to visit them. At the same time, students and teachers had full access to anti-gay websites run by organizations such as the American Family Association. After months of appeals and legal pressure by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, the school district removed the pop-ups and once again allowed access to the sites. â€œItâ€™s great that [students and faculty members] can get reliable researched information,â€? Michael Woods, a teacher at Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel last week. According to Rand Hoch, president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, the school district was using an overbroad filtering system, from Blue Coat Systems Inc., which blocked millions of websites deemed inappropriate. Added Bob LaRocca, the districtâ€™s director of information technology security, â€œweâ€™re trying to protect the kidsâ€? by restricting access to any websites that link to words and pictures associated with gambling, sex and racism, among others. Popular sites featuring chat rooms and free e-mail also are not accessible on district computers, LaRocca said.
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Police Seek Help in Fairmont Park Armed Robberies At least two men got more than they were looking for while cruising Fairmont Park in November. According to police, two victims have come forward stating they were robbed after meeting men at Fairmont Park and engaging in sex. Police are seeking information on two suspects. According to police, the suspects cruised Fairmont Park in a stolen 1986 teal four-door Toyota Camry in poor condition in the early morning hours of Nov. 18 and 19. The car has since been recovered at a motel west of Redwood Road on North Temple. The first case occurred at 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 18 and the second at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 19. The victims were each
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robbed by different men, but police believe that the men were working together. Police detectives believe that there were other victims who have not reported their incidents. One assailant is described as a 30-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, 195 pounds. He went by the name Charles and used a knife to rob the victim. The second suspect is a 28-year-old white male with black or blond hair and a goatee. He is 5 foot 8 inches tall and â€œskinny.â€? Police say he used a gun in the commission of the crime. Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call Detective Brian Wahlin at 799-3749 or Detective Kevin Crane at 799-3735.
Table Captains and Silent Auction Donations Sought for WinterPride Gala Table captains and silent auction donations are being sought by the Utah Pride Center for the WinterPride Valentineâ€™s Gala, a fundraiser to support the services of the Center. This yearâ€™s gala will feature cocktails, a silent auction, a full dinner and dancing Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Salt Lake City Sheraton. â€œThe theme for this yearâ€™s Gala is Carnivale in Rio! That means feathers and masks and costumes and little bit of outrageous fun for all,â€? said John Johnson, one of the organizers of WinterPride. â€œWe have got that fabulous dance band Salsa Brava on board, so you can gyrate with your closest squeeze or fifty of your best buddies through the evening. Beano [Solomon] is putting together a great silent auction. We will have raffles and gift bags, and photo ops and wine and food and videos, and just a very few speakers.,â€? Johnson continued. Sixty table captains are needed to fill tables of ten at $60 per plate. The gala organizers are also offering deluxe tickets which include a Carnivale costume gift bag of beads, boa, mask, maraca and more, plus a souvenir 5x7 photo and ten raffle tickets. Table captains are asked to attend the gala and invite nine other people to join them at their table, making sure they have purchased their tickets by Feb. 11. Tickets are available online after Jan. 1 at slcwinterpride.org, in person at The Center, and by mail.
Those interested in being a table captain are asked to complete an application online at slcwinterpride.org, or by calling Fran Pruyn at 971-4362 or John Johnson at 262-2080 days or 282-2095 nights. Silent auction items are also being sought. To donate, go to slcwinterpride. org or call Nathan Measom at 539-8800 ext. 20.
Silent Auction Wish List Vacation home Tour of the capitol Guided hikes Insider tour of Kennecott Copper Mine Lunch with Rocky Anderson or Gov. Jon Huntsman Ski or snowboard lessons Language lessons Ski passes Trail ride in the mountains Bike tour with lunch Tour of Red Butte Gardens and lunch Snowshoeing and refreshments Gambling lessons and a night in Las Vegas Snow shoveling plus wine & cheese after a storm Walk-on part in a play Round of golf at your country club
Sporting equipment Drag bag Tickets to any sports team event Some fabulous trip Airfare Pinball machine, pool table, video game Babysitting Catered dinners (these bring in $50-$100 per person) Makeup for an event Television Cleaning service Tickets to any cultural event Fax machine Run the Center for a day Gourmet wine package Skybox for a Jazz game Behind the scenes tour of a TV station
The Queer Lounge returns for its fourth year to Park City during the Sundance, Slamdance and other-Dance film festivals. This year, the lounge has moved from its home of three years because the retail space it once occupied has been leased to year-round tenants. Ellen Huang, founder and executive director of the Lounge, said the “Queer Lounge is about spreading awareness of gay films and connecting gay artists with industry leaders. There’s still a lot of ghettoization and homophobia resulting in few gay-themed films that have the resources to crossover. Queer Lounge’s mission is to take gay film to a broad audience where it can impact the mainstream.” In 2006 Huang expanded the Lounge to include the Toronto International Film Festival in September. “We clearly rocked Toronto! Despite fierce competition among parties and events, everyone could not stop talking about Queer Lounge,” Huang said. The Shortbus premiere party was one of the most talked-about events at TIFF according to the Toronto Sun. Parker Posey, Lance Bass and Reichen Lehmkuhl, Jennifer Coolidge, Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), L Word stars Daniela Sea and Bitch and celeblogger Perez Hilton were just a few of the stars who turned out for an evening of go-go dancers and over-the-top live performances by the cast of Shortbus joined by indie bands Hidden Cameras, Gentleman Reg, Kids on TV, the acrobatic Wau Wau Sisters and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This year in Park City, the Lounge will be at the Silver King Hotel in the lower level conference room, 1485 Empire Avenue. During daytime hours, the Lounge is open to the public and two panels will be presented:
ONLINE & ORIGINAL: FILMED CONTENT ON THE WEB
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 3pm YouTube and MySpace have exploded online social networking. Users design their own profiles and upload video clips. Producing creative content and sharing it with the
—Frank Matheson at Equality Utah’s 2004 dinner, as quoted in Carol Lynn Pearson’s “No More Goodbyes” Missing — Logically we know that every man should have two balls, but surprisingly many gay men don’t seem to have any. How can this be? And where did all those balls go?
—David Samsel “I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child. And I’m happy for her. ... Mary Cheney is going to make a fine mom and
THE RELIGIOUS AGENDA: GAYS, FAITH & FILM
Monday, January 22, 2007, 3pm With the country and religious institutions divided about homosexuality, two of this year’s films at Sundance are sure to stir up controversy– Save Me, starring Chad Allen, Robert Gant & Judith Light and the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So featuring Bishop Gene Robinson, Dick Gephardt & the Archbishop Tutu. Both deal with the religious agenda for homosexuals, and each film is a fair-minded look at many sides of the issue: what are the Bible’s literal and interpreted views on homosexuality; what are the boundaries of right, wrong and humane, and how do culture and mass media, in the U.S. and around the world, affect our perceptions of religion and gays. Panelists will include members of the cast and crew of Save Me and For the Bible Tells Me So and other special guests TBA.
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she’s going to love this child a lot.”
—President George W. Bush to “People Magazine,” Dec. 15 “Perhaps [Mary] Cheney’s high-profile pregnancy will help the Republican Party come to grips with [the gay] facts of life. If not, though, she’s going to have to explain to her child what mommy was doing trying to help a party that doesn’t believe in fairness for families like theirs.”
—Columnist Ruth Marcus, “Washington Post,” Dec. 8 “I’d love to marry Portia [de Rossi]. I pray that Portia and I are together the rest of our lives, and I believe we will — but I’d love to have a legalized commitment, obviously.”
—Ellen DeGeneres to “Diva,” January 2007 issue “I try to stay away from churches who don’t accept gays. I mean, I can’t be a part of phony. It’s not God’s way. You embrace all people. I think that’s what God wants, for all of us to love all of us, no matter who we are, what we do or whatever. And it’s not a sin to be gay. So that’s all I got to say. I have my feelings and I speak my mind.”
--Singer Patti LaBelle, on a gospel tour of megachurches, to the Michigan gay newspaper “Between The Lines,” Nov. 30. “Paris Hilton ... doesn’t really have a vocation. She is basically a celebutante. She changed fame by mining high-fashion poses learned from drag queens.”
—Lesbian writer Camille Paglia to “Us Weekly,” Dec. 7.
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“They drew a circle that left me out. I drew a circle that kept them in.” Like many of you, I learned this little saying as a child in Sunday School, long before we knew how many circles would be drawn and redrawn to leave us out. But the power of that saying resides in the second part. And it forms the foundation of our campaign: a deeply held conviction of the basic goodness of the people of Utah...Republican and Democrat, Mormon and non-Mormon... As we live our lives with dignity, transparency, generosity, and forgiveness, we change the landscape...I ask this: Draw your circle. Make it as expansive and inclusive as you can. With hope and love, draw your circle to let them in.
masses is now more do-it-yourself than ever. Are there opportunities for homegrown filmmakers to find wide audiences? Will these kinds of websites revolution the distribution of LGBT content? Panelists — pioneers in entertainment and the next wave of online social spaces for LGBT users — discuss possibilities for creative expression on the web. Confirmed panelists: MATT FARBER, founder of the LOGO network and GLEE.Com, a new internet site for LGBT professional and social networking, FENTON BAILEY, Ellen Huang, Queer Lounge founder co-director The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and partner at World of Wonder, streaming original documentary and filmed content, and (TBA) members of the L Word cast and/or crew, innovators of Ourchart.com, a new social space for lesbians and their friends.
Queer Lounge to Return to Park City
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Catch Up with the Third World
‘Thanks’ to the Working Girls
Editor: I doubt many people think to do this, especially publicly, but I would like to give a heart-felt “thank you” to the Utah Cyber Sluts for all of the work they do — all for charity. [“Working Girls, Mountain Meadows Mascara,” Dec. 16, QSaltLake]. If anyone thinks that running home after work, throwing enough make-up to cover a mini-van onto your face and rushing off to as many fund raisers as the Sluts do sounds easy, I think you should put yourself into their size 13 Ronald McDonald shoes. It makes one wonder how they keep those girlish figures.
So a female couple in India have more rights there than they would here in Utah [“Indian Lesbian Couple Gets Marriage Blessing from Tribe,” Dec. 16, QSaltLake]. When did it happen that people in the good-ol’ U S of A have less freedoms than those in third world countries? Isn’t it time Utah and the U.S. catch up with India?
Rob Koster Salt Lake City
Pink Elephant Editor: As Ben Williams wrote about in his last column, Utah’s gay community is seeing another wave of HIV/AIDS [“Another Wave of AIDS, Lambda History” Dec. 16, QSaltLake]. It’s sad that we have few mechanisms for teaching our ‘next generation’ about the agony we as a community went through in the early 80s when AIDS wiped out so many of our friends. It’s also sad that it is unlikely any of the millions of dollars Gov. Huntsman will use to battle meth will make it to the gay community. As we sweep the problem under the rug, it shouldn’t surprise us that we are ignored as a community heavily affected by the drug. We need to talk about the pink elephant in the room and do something about it.
Ron Williams Midvale
Year of Friends by Michael Aaron
It’s incredible to me, after writing the “Year in Review” story, that all of the events of 2006 were only this year. While the year seems to go amazingly fast, in hindsight it also seems like a very long time. And this it the time of year we look back and wonder if we’d spent our 525,600 minutes wisely. It’s also the time of year we make promises to ourselves about how we’ll change that going forward. A promise I made about this time last year was that my newspaper was going to be profitable enough to pay me a bit and that it was going to grow. I found myself two months into the year finding an obstacle in the way and I fixed that. While it was a “two steps back” moment, we’re now three steps forward again. I also made a promise to myself to spend more time with my partner, friends and family. No more “too busy” excuses, I needed to allocate time to being with them. While I was marginally successful at doing that, I still have a long way to go. I have many wonderful friends — probably more than most people do. They have become an extended family to me and very important pieces of my life. They likely don’t know that because I’m not so good at making me an important part o their lives. But then, they do because they know me. My best friends are the ones who make sure to harangue me into a Sunday brunch or an afternoon coffee break. They kind of force themselves on me. I can see that they become weary of that, at times, and periodically I’ll recognize that it’s time to let a deadline slide in exchange for an hour or so with a good friend. I have two very close friends who have stuck with me for nearly 25 years. Neither has allowed my lack of return phone calls, my “too busy” declarations or any of my other shortcomings to sway them from being part of my life. I owe them so much I don’t think it’s possible to repay them. I got thinking this morning how I found myself surrounded with these friends. Not many people know that at one point in my life I was so agoniz-
ingly shy that the thought of having to sit with people I didn’t know could send my into a panic. I mean that more literally than you probably just read it. High school cafeteria? Forget it. I seriously had a panic attack while at a gay Democratic conference in Washington, D.C. when the two who went with me suggested we split up and eat at different tables during a break so that we could meet more people. We sat together. I’ve made a lot of personal progress with that little problem, and I know there are many QSaltLake readers who are in the same position — they have a problem meeting people. Many will spend hours of their day chatting online for some kind of personal interaction. Others will tell themselves they don’t need anyone else to make them whole, because at the end of the day, we’re all alone in this world. And, well, that may be true, but it isn’t always the end of the day. So, though I am far from perfect in so many ways, I still have some suggestions to these people that helped me. Join a group. Just do it. Buck up, get over yourself and walk in the door. There are hundreds of groups in this valley about hundreds of different topics. Go to www.theqpages.com and do a search for “group” or for some topic you are interested in. My suggestions: the Salt Lake Men’s Choir, qVinum wine club, SIN Salt Lake, the Spicy Dinner group, Utah Male Naturists, QUAC, Front Runners and the Lambda Hiking Club. Get involved with The Center. If you are young, go to the Youth Activity Center, walk in the door, sit on the couch and start to read. Look! You’re in there and you are doing something. Eventually, you might actually talk to someone. There are a ton of other groups and activities at the Center. Helping out will get you to interact with people in a way that you may develop a bond. Start a group. If there’s not a group that suits your fancy, say, like gay garden gnome collectors, start one. Get onto Yahoo Groups, click on the “start a group” link and follow the instructions. Do a search at people.yahoo.com for “gay garden gnome” and, who knows, you may find other people with that interest in their profile. Chat them up on Messenger. Well, I’m out of space, but to me and to you, I say let 2007 be the year we spend more time with friends, partners and family. In fact, I’m going to call one right now and set up coffee. I’m now done with this issue of the paper.
Doing the Job Our Leaders Won’t Do
By David Nelson Utah hate-crime champion state Rep. David Litvack, D-Salt Lake, is trying a second time in as many years to persuade the state Legislature to adopt his Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Amendments bill, H.B. 28, which would make violence between dating partners a condition whereby a state court may issue a restraining order against the violent partner. State laws already make such orders available to the domestic cohabitants of their violent partners. But, Litvack would, no doubt mistakenly, make many of the very dating partnerships he seeks to protect far more destabilized than they are already. His bill includes consensual and private sodomy between dating partners a definition of violence and a brand new reason for state judges to issue a restraining order against one of the partners. His bill also reaffirms that sodomy between domestic cohabitants can be used as evidence to restrain them as well. Indeed, the familial relationships and children of same-gender partnerships which, without the benefit of equal marriage rights, would likely be considered by state courts to be nothing more than a dating or domesticcohabitant partnership would, therefore, be at a disproportionately higher risk of abuse by law if not by violence; a kind of insult AND injury with the state government acting as an unintentional co-conspirator. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion of Lawrence, et al v. Texas ruled that laws which prohibited consensual and private sodomy were unconstitutional. Despite a promise made by Utah Rep. Jackie Biskupski on that day, the state sodomy law has never been repealed and an attempt to do so has never been made. Some might say that the law is no longer enforceable and repealing it would only amount to symbolism.
Chad Breslauer Logan
QSaltLake welcomes letters from our readers. Please submit letters of up to 400 words to letters@qsaltlake. com. We reserve the right to edit for length and libel. Please include your name and phone number for verification. Unfortunately, as Litvack shows us with his bill, the legacy of our state sodomy law isn’t so much the symbolism of its persistence, but the compounding effect it still has with what are supposed to be new and improved laws. Once issued, the restraining orders can only be revoked by a state judge. When they expire, they become future evidence against a person and affect a list of constitutional rights and liberties. Watch how fast a “prior restraining order due to violence” changes your life when a state judge, like former Judge David Young, believes your dating history is really a criminally violent history. Making exaggerated and hostile claims against partners isn’t reserved only to angry heterosexuals. As more same-gender marriages, unions and partnerships make their way here, and the children, and real and personal properties are negotiated, our infamous laws stand ready to make doing so even more detrimental and difficult. By persisting and compounding the legal effects of our sodomy law, unenforceable as it is, an entire generation of complainants, defendants and their families will need to undo the damage. Litvack should immediately amend his bill to reflect the effect of the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. More importantly, people who aren’t elected lawmakers shouldn’t need to watch for mistakes like this. As the winner of local awards citing his support of gay Utahns, it’s reasonable to impose that he do the job that our two (soon three) openly gay and lesbian legislators won’t do: Repeal the state sodomy law now. No, really. Now. It’s a no-brainer. He’d make history just by trying. After two elections since the ruling, our leaders and friends must be held to account, or resign and let someone else do their jobs. Without this much needed amendment to his bill, I see its adoption as only harmful. Until then, I oppose this bill. You should too. David Nelson is a long-time Salt Lake City gay activist.
The Case Against BYU
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by Jonathan Adams Giddy over their best football season in years, students at BYU are brimming with school pride. The Cougars handily defeated the Aggies, my school’s team, and narrowly squeaked out a win over the Utes. But though BYU’s students have earned some bragging rights, I am not yet envious of their school choice. They are missing out on the marketplace of ideas other universities enjoy. I’m not talking about the filtered porn or lacking cable selection, but the onerous censorship of vital information about the government and the church. In 1998, the American Association of University Professors voted to censure BYU for infringements on academic freedom that were “distressingly common” and a climate for academic freedom that was “distressingly poor.” Despite this condemnation, BYU has persisted in a systematic purge of any freethinking faculty. The two most recent victims: BYU professors Steven E. Jones and Jeffrey Nielson. Just a few months ago, tenured physics professor Jones was placed on paid leave because of an alternative 9/11 theory he advocated outside the classroom. The theory was too “speculative” and “accusatory” for the BYU’s liking. Jones has colleagues across the country who share his views and have not been subject to discipline. Nielson was a philosophy instructor and is a faithful Mormon. Following the church’s statement in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Nielson exercised his free agency and respectfully disagreed with the church in a Salt Lake Tribune editorial. Due solely to Nielson’s editorial, he was fired, or, as BYU put it, his contract “failed to be renewed.” These releases have the blessing of LDS doctrine. In “The Mantle Is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect,” Apostle Boyd K. Packer cautioned LDS educators to avoid any teachings which are not “faith promoting.” “Some things that are true are not very useful,” he said. I hope the climate for academic freedom improves at BYU, but what deters me most from ever attending BYU is its institutional discrimination against its gay students. “Advocacy of a homosexual lifestyle (whether implied or explicit) or any behaviors that indicate homosexual conduct, including those not sexual in nature, are inappropriate and violate the Honor Code.”—BYU policy Consider how dehumanizing this is. Consider what it means for the hundreds of gay students at BYU. They have no community in which to confide; instead, they are told to suppress their identities. Moreover, the policy’s vague language gives BYU more latitude to discriminate. The school has unforgivingly enforced a harsh interpretation of this policy. The enforcement has a long, infamous, and well-documented history. BYU’s security forces would, for decades, spy on gay students on campus and pursue them on their weekend exoduses to clubs in downtown Salt Lake City. License plates were recorded and put through the university’s database for matches. And somewhat humorously, security personnel would often go
undercover, infiltrate the clubs, and try to draw favors from students. If caught, these students faced potential expulsion. This represents just one example of BYU’s grossly unequal application of the Honor Code against its gay students. Similar enforcement continues today. Within the past few years, BYU has even gone so far as to discipline students who regularly associate with gay students. As a private university, BYU can claim the right to maintain these “high standards” in both policy and practice. It cannot, however, claim impunity from criticism. Having the right and being right are different matters entirely. In BYU’s defense, it did try to help many gay students with their “mental illness.” That help: reparative therapy. In their efforts to cure homosexuality, BYU, as directed by LDS Social Services, has routinely subjected gays, some as young as 15 and without parental consent, to aversive techniques. Affirmation, an LDS gay rights group, found a common practice was shock therapy, where the counselor would produce a mild electric shock in conjunction with slides of males in various stages of dress; no shocks were administered with the images of females. The group has also exposed the use of Ipecac, a vomit inducing drug, in place of an electric shock. In the 1980s, bowing to negative media coverage, BYU publicly distanced itself from these techniques. Privately, however, it may have continued to employ these techniques into the mid ’90s. In 1995, Jayce Cox was referred to BYU by his bishop to undergo shock therapy. Electrodes were attached to his hands, arms, torso and genitals. His emotional and physical scars serve as a testament to the horrific experience. And the fact the Jayce, along with countless others, not only consented to this therapy but paid thousands for it is an indictment of a culture which breeds such self-loathing submission. Not surprisingly, and as the Deseret News reported earlier this year, Utah leads the nation in suicides among young men—many of whom are homosexual. “You’re taught that the leaders of the church will never lie to you, never deceive you and you’re taught to believe them blindly,” Jayce lamented in a 2000 interview to the Las Vegas Bugle. “I believed that through [reparative therapy], faith, temple attendance, prayer and fasting I would be healed. I believed that through God anything’s possible.” BYU still largely contends that homosexuality can be corrected. And beyond simply being offensive, this deluded notion is vehemently rejected by all mainstream professional medical and psychological bodies. But, apparently, faith is a sufficient substitute for sound science at BYU. I honestly can’t say I expect more of a school boasting the name of the church’s most despotic leader. Nor am I stunned by its student body’s acquiescence. It is, after all, the country’s third most conservative student body within the country’s most conservative city. Nevertheless, I am optimistic. The church, being a social institution, has already had to divorce itself from its more draconian traditions: polygamy, hostility toward the federal government, and overt racism. Societal pressures will demand yet another convenient “revelation” of the First Presidency to rescind the current homophobia, because tomorrow does not belong to yesterday’s bigots.
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Well, darlings, I thought it couldnâ€™t be done, but there actually are people in Salt Lake City more inappropriate and opinionated than I am. Itâ€™s true, itâ€™s true! Iâ€™ve met them! I had the most hysterical conversation the other day with some of the most politically incorrect people to cross my path in a long time. They have read my column religiously and were quoting things I wrote two years ago in Metro â€Ś verbatim! Yikes! It gave me this weird â€œPlay Misty for Meâ€? vibe that was both flattering and slightly stalker-ish at the same time. (Just kidding guys â€Ś so please for the love of God, donâ€™t stab my picture with an ice pick or boil my pet rabbit!) But seriously, petals, anyone who calls a charitiesâ€™ holiday present of cash to People with AIDS as the â€œCrack for Christmas Fundâ€? automatically punts me into the Amateur Zone of Sarcasm. Between you and me, peaches, I have been laughing and groaning over that comment for over a week. Compared to these guys, my mild little rants in Q seem tame â€Ś Who knew? Speaking of rants and venting â€” we need to talk about the great â€œHome Depot Rosemary Plant Massacre of 2006â€? and get it out of my system. Hereâ€™s the back story, cherubs â€ŚYears ago in one of my gardening magazines I saw this gorgeous
Understanding Your Femme by Laurie Mecham email@example.com
I thought it would be nice to start 2007 by writing something that will help a small subset of our community. We, of all genders, come in so many variations and shades of butch to femme. My wife is feminine but not at all girly. For example, shoes baffle her. She doesnâ€™t notice a personâ€™s feet, let alone their shoes. She is only aware of mine when they get in the way. In calling me Imelda Marcos, she really has no idea how far off she is. Most gay men have more shoes than I do. In spite of this, Annie provides great fashion advice, particularly to people on television, who never seem to hear her telling them how bad their necktie is, or how unflattering the cut of their pants. Bearing in mind that it takes all kinds; I offer these words on Understanding Your Femme. I donâ€™t expect you to commit the following to memory, but you should probably cut it out and tape it inside your closet, because you will need to refer to it: Clothing, Introductory: A pattern can only be worn with a solid. Clothing, Basic: Any color goes with black, but all blacks donâ€™t all necessarily match. Clothing, Advanced: Not all greens go together, not all blues go together, not all browns go together, etc.
little topiary rosemary plant in a rustic galvanized tub with miniature Christmas ornaments on it. Adorable! The image stuck in my head for years so when I saw a rack of conical shaped rosemary plants at Home Depot I instantly thought ... â€œhhmmmm, what an ideal gift for the friends and family.â€? Itâ€™s a personalized gift
We need to talk about the great â€œHome Depot Rosemary Plant Massacre of 2006â€? and get it out of my system that says Iâ€™m thoughtful, caring, and letâ€™s face it, theyâ€™re a whole lot better than the Deseret Book gift cards attached to Orrin Hatch CDâ€™s that I gave out last year! So I jumped into action and bought an armful of Rosemary plants. I already had the tin pots and the grapevine (I know, I know â€Ś sometimes I canâ€™t believe how ultra-gay I am either!) and I bought a bunch of delightful little mercury glass ornaments at The Blue Cockatoo in Sugarhouse and let my inner Martha Stewart just go to town. Well, slap my ass and call me Shirley
The Shoe Mystery You know how you have a pair of shoes for winter, sandals for summer, and your hiking boots? Here is why your Femme has so many shoes. When she (or he) uses the word â€œoutfit,â€? she is not talking about an SUV or a bunch of fly-fishing gear. â€œOutfitâ€? means items of clothing that are meant to be worn together. An outfit can consist of a jacket, shirt and pants, a top and skirt, or a dress and scarf, for example. Outfits can be
When the toilet seat is mysteriously left up in an all-female household, the most likely explanation is... made of different pieces. But one thing is essential to every outfit: shoes. It is possible that one particular pair of shoes may be worn with several outfits; however each outfit must have the appropriate shoes. The Undergarment Mystery Just as special shoes are needed for certain outfits, special undergarments are often needed. Weâ€™re talking slips, stockings, camisoles, thongs, the whole lingerie section. Bras alone come in the following variations: every day, seamless, t-shirt, soft cup, strapless, halter-style, convertible, underwire, padded, push-up, low cut,
because the damn plants were all dead within three days. I couldnâ€™t believe it! I just thought they were in a coma after being manhandled in the Home Depot warehouse, or suffering from stress due to having their root balls trimmed at the nursery, but no â€Ś they were completely crispy. As in dried; bereft of life; having cocktails with Jesus; in a word â€Ś compost! Technically, the poor dried up shrubs were only a few herbs away from becoming a 10-pound â€œbouquet garniâ€? and unless I planned on making a soup stock for, oh, I donâ€™t know, about five hundred people they were a complete write-off. Needless to say, muffins, I was not a happy camper! If it wasnâ€™t for the big redheaded bear with the furry forearms that works there I would probably never shop there again. That man can really fill out an apron if you know what I mean. If Home Depot is serious about customer satisfaction they should just send him over wearing nothing but a tool belt and a smile and maybe, just maybe, I could temporarily forget my suffering and emotional pain. On second thought â€Ś make that a tool belt, a smile, and a Shop Vac to clean up all the damned rosemary needles Iâ€™ve tracked through the house. Anyway, darlings, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Iâ€™ll see you in â€™07. Ciao!
Ruby Ridge is one of the more opinionated members of the Utah Cyber Sluts, a camp drag group of performers who raise funds and support local charities. Her opinions are her own and fluctuate wildly due to irritability and dealing with stores completely understaffed for the Christmas sales rush.
demi cup, front fastening, back fastening, sports, maternity, nursing, sleep bra, and several more that I wonâ€™t remember until this column has gone to press. The Toilet Seat Mystery When the toilet seat is mysteriously left up in an all-female household, the most likely explanation is that she was applying toenail polish and was supporting her foot on the impermeable ceramic. Toenail polish is also the answer to â€œwhatâ€™s up with those things that look like topless brass knuckles made of hot pink extrasoft Nerf foam?â€? (They hold your toes apart while the nail polish dries, so you donâ€™t get the bottom of one toe glued to the top of the next one.) The Giving and Helping Mystery No, you canâ€™t select clothing for your femme lover. You can give gift certificates if they are to the right store, or you can give cash. If youâ€™re really feeling sentimental, you can offer to take your sweetie on a shopping trip, but you have to realize that it will take more than 30 minutes, so donâ€™t offer unless you can follow through. Knock back some hard liquor and take a crossword puzzle along. Suggestions for fitness and weight-loss tips are not the kinds of â€œhelpingâ€? you were going for. A final word of warning: It is incredibly sweet of you to consider doing your femmeâ€™s laundry, but you must never, NEVER do this. That would be the equivalent of having her organize your baseball card collectionâ€”for a yard sale. Trust meâ€”nothing goes in the washer. Ask if you can drop off her dry cleaning instead. Laurie Mecham needs new boots â€” tall, black, low heeled, not too dressy, not too casual. And a pair in dark brown, too.
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My mental image of someone living in the closet is a person sitting on a chair in a small, dark, rectangular eroom with clothes hanging all around. In my minds eye it appears to take little effort. In reality, living in the closet is truly an emotionally exhausting experience. Living your life in the closet means existing in a state of hypervigilance. The n reality is that you don’t just get to sit in the dark, you’ve got to keep your secret, and that takes energy. Every day that we’re dishonest with others it costs us something. But every day that we’re dishonest with ourselves it costs us much more. When I was living in the closet, intent on appearing to be everything I was taught I should be, I discovered that it was easier to keep my secret if I held everyone at arms length; and so I did. And by keeping everyone at a distance I crippled the relationships in my life, limiting their depth and sometimes whether or not they could exist at all. I didn’t realize this until I stopped keeping secrets, until I was honest with the people in my life. -I looked around myself to find empty space. Empty space where people should have been, space where honest and close relationships should have existed. When I came out to my sister she told me that for my whole life up until that point she’d felt like there was a part of me that she couldn’t reach. I asked her if she’d ever suspected that I was gay and she replied, “I always knew you were different, I just thought you were better, and you are...” I learned two things from that experience and several others like it: 1) No matter what people know or suspect, they see what they want to see, and 2) none of us are as good at pretending to be something we’re not as we’d like to think we are. I think everyone should come out. And if you’ve already come out of the closet, I think you should take a few more steps away from the darkness that you used to live in. Nothing will chase the shadows from your life as quickly as the illumination of honesty; honesty with your family, honesty at work, honesty at school, but most importantly honesty with yourself. I’m someone that believes there is always a higher plane of existence within your own mind and soul, there’s always a way to better yourself from within. My belief that everyone should come out does not necessarily mean that I’m advocating the gay lifestyle, what ever the gay lifestyle may be in your opinion. Regardless of my personal views, the only thing I’m advocating right now is honesty. I don’t believe a person can truly be happy and at peace unless they are living in congruity with the truth within them, no matter what that truth is. But coming out and being honest does not ensure happiness. If you tell a child that they’re stupid and ugly over and over again chances are that they’ll believe you. Likewise, if you tell someone that they will not be happy
unless they live a certain way, according to specific principles, there is a chance that they won’t be happy living any other way. Not because it’s not possible, but because the human mind is a powerful thing and it will control us in whatever way we teach it to. I came out because I’d crossed my t’s and dotted my i’s and the peace and happiness I’d been told would come to me never showed up. I no longer believe a person should remain in a situation where they have to fear being condemned for living, or at the very least accepting, the way they were created. I’m of the opinion that any creator that makes something a certain way only to condemn it is deserving of no deference. I don’t mean to oversimplify things. Coming out is a process that is different for everyone, it takes a different amount of time for different people, usually years to totally come out, you may be coming out for the rest of your life, but that process starts at personal integrity. The realization that you are the way you are due to no fault of your own and that you were not flawed from the time of your birth. Self-acceptance is typically the first step, but for some the simple desire to accept oneself may be the beginning of their journey. In the years since I’ve come out I’ve discovered parts of myself that I didn’t know were there, parts that had been neglected and underdeveloped because all my energy had been going to becoming the person I thought I should be rather than the person that I am and would like to be. It sounds stupid to say, but before I came out I never realized that I could be funny, or that I could act goofy, and I definitely didn’t know that I was a good kisser. I suppose I was a little anal retentive, actually. They should have given me a scouting merit badge for my anal retentiveness. Life has not gotten easier for me since coming out, in many ways it has become more challenging -think gay dating- but it has also become more worthwhile. My joy feels more real and unrestrained and my hardships seem to be of greater personal benefit. There are so many wonderful and accepting people in this world, but you won’t really get to know any of them until you give them the opportunity to see you as you are. Whether they accept you or reject you is up to them, but being honest in your existence is wholly up to you.
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Lorille will be so proud when she sees that her son, Larry H. Miller, has made the front cover of â€œQSaltLakeâ€? as Person of the Year.
Lorille is a long-time Democrat and ardent supporter of gay and lesbian rights. She once told me that Larry was the black sheep of the family â€” a lone conservative among his family of liberals. Her pride, however, wonâ€™t be in Larry,
but in us at QSaltLake, and us in the gay and lesbian community, for having the brass to stand up to her son and call him for what he is â€” a narrow-minded, judgmental, hypocritical â€™phobe. No, we havenâ€™t asked her personally what she thinks of the brouhaha that Miller caused when he decided to renege on a contract with Focus Films, distributors of Brokeback Mountain, and pull the film from his theaters. But we can see her rolling her eyes at the headlines when it happened. Where did she go wrong? It seems like many years ago when Larry H. Miller dragged Utah into the worldwide headlines as the first theater to refuse to show the award-winning Brokeback Mountain. The ensuing news coverage lasted for months. At each and every public appearance Miller made, throngs of reporters asked The Question: â€œWhy?â€? Miller even got into a fisticuff with KSL NewsRadio reporter Ben Winslow over the question. â€œMiller Refuses â€˜Brokeback Mountainâ€™ Explanation,â€? â€œLarry Miller promotes Brokeback Mountain,â€? â€œLarry H. Miller On Brokeback Ban: Talk To My Fists,â€? â€œNBA Owner Larry Miller Not Jazzed About Brokeback,â€? â€œMovie About Gay Cowboys Pulled Hours Before Openingâ€? and â€œâ€˜Brokeback Mountainâ€™ shows unknown side of Larry Millerâ€? screamed the headlines as far away as China and Australia. â€œLarry Miller can kiss my ASS!!â€? and â€œLarry Miller Proud He Made Money Off Bigotryâ€? and â€œYouâ€™re a Homo,â€? screamed the bloggers. And finally, â€œMiller Discusses â€˜Brokebackâ€™ Decisionâ€? is emblazoned across the Deseret Morning News local front page when Miller is met by a sea of cowboy hat-wearing protesters at the University of Utahâ€™s â€œDiscover U Daysâ€? speech he gave three months after heâ€™d decided to pull the film. Miller said to a group of University of Utah students an faculty before the speech that he didnâ€™t regret pulling the gay-themed movie from his theater, but he does have a deeper understanding of why there was opposition to the move. â€œIt was very clear these people live with very real fear of emotional and physical harm, even now,â€? Miller said after the meeting. â€œLearning that they live in that world, that causes me to rethink and be more sensitive to some of the actions I do may have unintended consequences.â€? â€œMiller said he pulled the movie about a gay love affair over concerns about what he sees as a growing breakdown in traditional families. And that concern hasnâ€™t changed,â€? wrote the Deseret Morning News. He didnâ€™t explain, however, why he allowed the film â€œHostel,â€? a slasher film that depicted people being tortured to death with a drill, having their eyeballs plucked out and their toes cut off with bolt cutters. So why did we decide to put him on the cover as â€œPerson of the Year?â€? We are taking the lead from Time Magazine, who describes their â€œPerson of the Yearâ€? to be the person who, â€œfor better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year.â€? To think of how many people went and saw Brokeback Mountain because of the stir Miller created; to think that Miller is the one and only person or business the now Utah Pride Center has ever called for a boycott of; to think that 13,900 web pages are devoted to Millerâ€™s decision; to think that Brokeback actor Heath Ledger called Miller and Utahns in general â€œimmature;â€? to think that Jay Leno, David Letterman, Bruce Vilanch, and others made on-air jokes over Millerâ€™s decision; and to think that Lorille Miller once again rolled her eyes and thought once more about the importance of Utahâ€™s gay and lesbian activists, how could we not say Larry H. Miller most influenced the events of gay and lesbian Utah in the preceding year?â€‚ Q
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2006 Wrap Up
Queer moments through the year. by Michael Aaron
It seems like a lifetime ago that Larry H. Miller suddenly pulled Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica from his theater, but it was January of this year. Activists called for a boycott of Miller’s empire, but it was short-lived as many boycott calls are. Salt Lake Film Society was the exclusive Salt Lake venue to show the film in its first several weeks and the awards and nominations poured in, including the Utah Film Critics Society naming it Best Picture of 2005. Park City was host to the annual Gay Ski Week, which drew about a hundred skiers, and then the Sundance Film Festival, which drew thousands. The Queer Lounge
Cast of 2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Winner ‘Quinceanera’ at the Queer Lounge in Park City
The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah held its first WinterFest, which this year will be called WinterPride. As part of its “Flurries,” a rally was held on Capitol Hill demanding no votes on several pieces of anti-gay legislation and yes votes on the hate crime bill. WinterFest had dozens of activities and brought National Gay and Lesbian Task Force President Matt Foreman and singer/songwriter Holly Near to Salt Lake. Attendance was lower than expected, but was called a “good first year” by organizers. The Salt Lake City Council thumbed their nose at Mayor Rocky NGLTF President Matt Foreman spoke at Anderson WinterFest by unanimously approving a benefits plan that allows city workers to designate any adult to receive health benefits through the Public Employees Health Plan. Anderson had penned an executive order several months before calling for benefits for domestic partners of the city’s gay and
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Larry H. Miller pulls “Brokeback Mountain” from screens at his MegaPlex 17 theaters at Jordan Commons generating a flurry of international, national and local headlines. The Kanab City Council’s endorsement of the Sutherland Institute’s resolution supporting the “natural family” came under fire by local and national gay-rights advocates. Sen. Chris Buttars, at an Eagle Forum convention, made the comment “If you read the homosexual rule book, you’ll find their greatest target is your kids.” A “USA Today” poll said that 60 percent of Utahns agreed with Larry Miller’s decision to pull the movie. • The NACCP caused controversy in the gay community by inviting Larry H. Miller as MLK speaker. Michael Aaron, editor of the “Salt Lake Metro,” called for an apology from the NAACP. Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson spoke of the status of gays and lesbians and declared they are “consistently marginalized” and treated as “second-class citizens.” The 2006 Queer Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival, the place for queer and queer friendly writers, directors, actors and individuals in the movie and television industry opened. Sen. Chris Buttars called the 60s the “apex of American experience” that has since been slowly eroded by anti-war activists, Democrats and gays. “Salt Lake Metro” arts editor Eric Tierney, 26, died of liver failure just eight hours after the final performance of “Love! Valour! Compassion!” “Salt Lake Metro” presented the first annual Salt Lake City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival • People With AIDS Coalition of Utah moved to new digs at 175 W. 200 S., Suite 2010.
Winterfest 2006 sponsored by GLBTCCU began with a comedy show at the Rose Wagner Theatre featuring gay and lesbian comedians Jason Stuart, Michelle Balan, and Vidur Kapur. Rocky Anderson officially opened Winterfest with Walter Larabee acting as emcee. Betty Friedan, feminist crusader, author of “The Feminine Mystique” and co-founder of the National Organization For Women died age 85. Holly Near appeared in concert at the Rose Wagner Black Box Theater as part of WinterFest. • The official grand opening party of the new Club Heads Up, located at 1330 S. State St, was celebrated.
The first Winterfest Conference included keynote speeches by singer, activist and teacher Holly Near, and Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Winter Fest featured a reading of “Facing East” by playwright and author Carol Lynn Pearson. Queer Utah Aquatic Club held its Presidents Ski & Swim Weekend. Sen. Chris Buttars, during a debate over SB97 to ban gay student clubs, stated, “these are places that condition our young people to accept homosexuality.” Sarah Hamblin died at the age of 52. Her relationship with Kathy Worthington made headlines in 1997, when Worthington secured family leave time from her U.S. Postal Service job to care for Hamblin, who was about to undergo chemotherapy treatments. • Michael Aaron resigned from Metro Publishing, Inc. and “Salt Lake Metro,” leaving with most of its writers and production staff. Aaron launched a new magazine called “QSaltLake.” Sen. Scott McCoy took offense at a Sen. Chris Buttars diatribe and said on the Utah Senate floor, “The most common epithets thrown about in our schools are words like ‘faggot’ and ‘dyke.’” Rep. David Litvack’s Hate Crime Bill, HB90, Criminal Penalty Amendments, passes after Eagle Forum drops opposition when inclusive language of “sexual orientation” is removed.
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Tony Kushner’s “Perestroika,” the second part of his “Angels in America,” is performed at the Babcock Theatre, Salt Lake City. Empress 30 Krystyna Shaylee along with the RCGSE presented “Cancer Awareness Week”. Utah AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Night held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. “Crash” upset “Brokeback Mountain” for best picture. The Utah Bear Alliance presented 2006 Mr. Utah Bear & Cub Contest at Club Try-Angles A petition to oppose Larry H. Miller’s invitation as keynote speaker during the U of U’s annual “Discover U Days” celebration was circulated with over 1,000 students and alumni signing. Salt Lake Men’s Choir presents “Anthems for Spring,” songs to rouse the soul for your country, your god or your people.
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Affirmation and Reconciliation held their annual Fireside and Mission Reunion with author Loren Jenner. Larry H. Miller finally explained his decision to pull ‘’Brokeback Mountain’’ from one of his movie theaters saying it was because he was worried about the breakup of the traditional American family. Israel (Izzy) R. Rutherford, 26, of Salt Lake City, active in Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah, died. He was protégé of Jon “Nova Starr” Griffin.
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returned for its third year in greatly-expanded quarters. Armistead Maupin, Rufus Wainright and John Cameron Mitchell were among the dozens of celebrities who graced the lounge and the festival gave its grand jury award to the queer film Quinceanera. Claudia Bradshaw, an advocate for improving the relationships between gays and lesbians and their families, spoke in St. George on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day about civil rights for gay and lesbian people, including the opportunity for marriage. The Utah State Legislature kicked off its 2005 session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a new tact on hate crime legislation and a call by Sen. Chris Buttars to kill Gay-Straight Alliances in public schools. Equality Utah held a standing-room-only training seminar titled “How to Talk to Your Elected Officials: Being a Citizen Lobbyist.” I caused a bit of a stir when I demanded an apology from the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP for inviting Larry Miller as
keynote speaker for their annual MLK award luncheon. We instead got an indignant rant from branch president Jeanetta Williams that began with the words “How dare you,” and ended with a my-discrimination-is-worse-than-yours paragraph and “You will not be getting an apology from the NAACP.” Coretta Scott King, who earlier in life had said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people,” died in January. My arts editor, Eric Tierney, also died that month hours after the close of Love! Valour! Compassion! — his last role. Tierney died of complications due to hepatitis, which led to a call to educate Utah’s gay comEric Tierney munity of the need to immunize themselves against the disease. We held the first Salt Lake City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at Brewvies and Regency Theatres. Hundreds attended the screenings and Eighteen won the top award.
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The Soulforce Equality Ride’s bus tour to confront colleges that ban the enrollment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students visited Brigham Young University. Equality Ride codirector Jacob Reitan, was arrested along with four others for trespassing after violating school policy. Soulforce marched from the Provo LDS Temple to BYU’s campus and for the second-straight day, members were arrested after violating school policies. Larry H. Miller met with about 30 University of Utah students, faculty and administrators to listen to gay concerns. Afterwards he said there were some issues he was going “home [to] think about.’’ Utah Stonewall Democrats hosted openly gay congressman Congressman Barney Frank at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. • Larry H. Miller spoke on “The Rewards of Investing in Higher Education” at the U. Union Ballroom to an audience of nearly 150, three-quarters of whom wore cowboy hats in silent protest of his decision to ban the movie “Brokeback Mountain.” Fourth annual “Awakening Utah” Walk for Suicide Prevention & Awareness Sugarhouse Park. The LDS Church joined a national religious coalition to push an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. Utah gay students join the Tenth national Day of Silence. The youth leadership group of The Center held Queer Prom 2006 with the theme “Masquerade! Unmask your heart. Unmask your mind. Unmask yourself. We are Queers In Action.” The dance was held at the Salt Lake Hardware Building in Salt Lake City. Golden Spike Awards held at the Trapp Door. Michael Aaron recognized for lifetime achievement.
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Salt Lake Men’s Choir concert performed in the St. George Opera House. Third District Judge Stephen L. Roth ruled Salt Lake City’s Adult Designee Benefit insurance plan is ultimately defined by the relationship between an employer and an employee and has nothing to do with marriage. Utah GLBT Business Guild presented its first Annual Commitment Expo. Former president of the Utah Gay Rodeo Association, David LeRoy Frodsham, 42, passed away. “Little” Aimee Selfridge, a main organizer of southern Utah’s gay communities, moved to Oregon. The 31st Coronation of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire was held at the Sheraton Hotel. Kim Russo and Kyra Faye Prespentte were elected 31st monarchs of the court.
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The Salt Lake Film Center and Utah Pride’s Damn These Heels Film Festival kicked off Utah Pride. The Grand Marshal Reception named Boyer Jarvis, 83-year-old human rights activist, as grand marshal 2006 and Jackie Biskupski as Kristen Ries Award recipient. Five hundred women joined the Dyke March beginning at City Creek Park. The Pride Dance followed with nearly 1500 participants Over 70 entries paraded before this year’s Utah Pride festival with the theme “Pride not Prejudice.” The event, held at Washington Square, drew over 20,000. A Constitutional ban on gay marriage could not pass either chamber of Congress. A Saturday Night Fever Disco Dance was held in St. George sponsored by Southern Utah Pride at Zion. Bruce Bastian, the Human Rights Campaign and the Federal Club of Utah sponsored Utah’s second annual HRC Gala Dinner at Bastian’s home in Orem. Jennifer Holliday sang and The Right Reverend Gene Robinson and HRC President Joe Solmonese spoke. The Utah AIDS Foundation, Rocky Anderson and KUER host Doug Fabrizio were honored. Over 840 people attended the event, which one speaker called “the biggest gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered party in America — and it was held right here in Orem, Utah.” Pride365 and “QSaltLake” held Gay Freedom Day at Harmony Park to celebrate the beginning of the gay movement–the Stonewall Riots of 1969. • Salt Lake Men’s Choir’s summer concert “Unexpected Songs” was performed at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Ctr. Utah Stonewall Hall of Fame founder David Nelson published the names of more than 600 Utahns who have been recognized for their service to the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Christine Johnson won the Democratic primary for State House. Xander Gordon was the highest vote-getter in the Murray School Board primary.
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Queer moments through the year. lesbian employees. He said the city council was dodging the issue of equal rights by passing the much-broader benefits package. Anderson then vetoed the bill, which the city council overrode, putting it into law. I walked out of the Salt Lake Metro offices for a final time in a dispute with then-business partner Steven Peterson (I’d finally had enough of watching him put 10 solid hours a week into the business) after putting the Feb. 16 issue to bed. All writers agreed to come with me to my new venture – QSaltLake. Tony Hobday gave notice at the Metro and joined as our arts editor and office manager.
union with partner Mike Kessler was incompatible with church teachings. The pair had been legally married in Canada 18 months prior. The Mormon Alliance, an organization seeking to “identify and document ecclesiastical/ spiritual abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” expressed support for Jeppson and Kessler. The group called the threatened disciplinary action “particularly hypocritical” due to Jeppson’s status as a legally-married man. “Buckley Jeppson and Mike Kessler went
The Utah AIDS Foundation held its 16th Oscar gala in one of the queerest years for the Academy Awards with Capote, Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica all receiving nominations. Utah Transit Authority dubbed its commuter rail system “FrontRunner,” and had no comment on the fact that is the title of a very popular gay-themed book and the local gay running club. The Utah Bear Alliance named Daddy Todd and Donald B. Mr. Utah Bear and Mr. Utah Cub, respectively at a fur-filled event at Club Try-Angles. Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. vetoed a bill passed in the legislative session that would have prevented a court from awarding parental rights against the wishes of the biological or adoptive parent. The bill, sponsored by Rep. LaVar Christensen, was drafted in retaliation for a Utah judge awarding visitation rights to Keri Jones, whose former partner, Cheryl Barlow, suddenly “got religion,” donned a sun dress, declared herself straight and hired a “religious right” lawyer to defend her. “The biological parent’s right to exercise ... authority unilaterally — casting aside bonds that have been created over the course of many years without so much as a hearing to determine what might be in the best interests of the child — would trump all other considerations unless the biological parent had previously “been adjudicated as an unfit parent,” Huntsman wrote in his veto. “Giving such parents an absolute right to terminate a child’s relationship with a step parent standing in loco parentis would be a mistake. I must therefore veto this bill,” he said. KRCL began airing “Now Queer This,” bringing a local gay radio program back to the airwaves after years of absence since Becky Moss left the station’s previous gay program, “Concerning Gays and Lesbians.” Businesses in the city of Kanab began putting up stickers saying “Everyone is Welcome Here” in response to the Kanab City Council’s passing of the “Natural Family Resolution” that drew the ire of gay and lesbian tourists and travel guru Arthur Frommer. Senior LDS Church officials began excommunication processes against Buckley Jeppson of Washington, D.C. because his
to considerable trouble and inconvenience to make their union a legal marriage,” wrote Mormon Alliance trustee Lavina Fielding Anderson. “For Buckley to be threatened with church discipline for his fidelity in this marriage is a shocking revelation that the LDS Church really does have a double standard.” The LDS Safe Coalition, a two-year-old initiative supporting gay and lesbian Mormons, also organized a campaign to send letters and pink carnations to the Washington, D.C. Stake high council.
Nine current and former BYU students and 15 Soulforce Equality Riders were arrested April 11 on the campus of Brigham Young University for their part in a procession carrying Easter lilies onto the campus in remembrance of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have committed suicide because of the church’s oppressive stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members. The current BYU students were later placed on Honor Code probation, except for Matthew Kulisch, who was placed on “suspension withheld,” an extreme form of probation. Kulisch not only participated, but also told the media he was gay and was the first to “die” during the peaceful protest. He walked onto campus grass and fell to the ground while holding an Easter lily. Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, joined 49 other conservative religious leaders in calling for a federal Constitutional Amendment to ban gay and lesbian marriage. The petition was organized by a group calling itself The Religious Coalition for Marriage. Five days later, Nelson married a woman 26 years his junior after his previous wife died. He was condemned by Affirmation leaders as a “celestial polygamist” and, therefore, hypocritical in his call for marriage to be between “one man and one woman.”
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank spoke at a Stonewall Democrats fund raiser dinner, encouraging optimism in these days of anti-gay marriage amendments. He also called upon Utahâ€™s gay and lesbian community to â€œwork onâ€? Rep. Jim Matheson. â€œ[Matheson] doesnâ€™t represent the district that I represent,â€? he said, â€œI vote differently than Jim, but he is a decent man,â€? Frank said.
Queer Prom at the Salt Lake Hardware Building
Hundreds of Utah high school students participated in The Centerâ€™s third â€œQueer Promâ€? at the Salt Lake Hardware Building.
Southern Utah Democrats started working under a theme that sounds more like a gay pride slogan than that of a political party in one of the most conservative areas of the country.
tion of the Stonewall Riots and kicked off Pride365, a QSaltLake, QCares Foundation and Mixed Media project. The Utah County Democratic Party ratified their biannual platform which drew criticism as being â€œRepublican Lite.â€? The platform defined marriage as between â€œone man and one woman.â€? â€œWe also acknowledge that some have deeply held and sometimes differing views on this issue. We seek to understand those differences in a spirit of civility, hope, and mutual respect,â€? the platform continued. Over 600 people joined Bruce Bastian at his home to raise funds for the Human Rights Campaign. Openly gay Episcopalian bishop Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson and legendary vocalist and Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday were on hand for what was called â€œThe biggest gay, lesbian, bi and transgender party in America â€” and it was held right here in Orem Utah.â€?
Josh Shuck, who had just celebrated his 23rd birthday was gay-bashed at the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival. Two were arrested for the assault, but neither has yet gone to trial. The University of Utah is named one of the top 100 campuses in the nation
Party officials said their â€œStrength through Diversityâ€? was more than just words. Local
Utah Pride drew a record crowd as 20,000 gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people flocked to Library and Washington Squares. Over 70 entrants marched in the Pride Parade. Utah Freedom Day was held in celebra-
for gay students. by the Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students. St. George police pledged to crack down on public sex and cruising in city parks after making the first-ever Tonaquint Park lewdness bust. A 54-year-old St. George man and a 53-year-old Springville man were arrested and charged with lewdness in a public park.
Equality Utah endorsed 37 candidates in the 2006 election. Ultimately, 17 of their endorsed candidates won election. Sen. Chris Buttars found himself up to
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Invenio, Gay Menâ€™s Health Summit was held at the Radisson Hotel. Salt Lake City Avalanche competed in its second Gay Bowl in Dallas and placed sixth among 16 teams. A study of the U.S. Census estimates that 53,832 people in Utah, 3.2 percent of the state, are openly gay or lesbian. 7.6 percent of Salt Lakers are estimated to be openly gay or lesbian. The University of Utah held its Pride Month, inviting out former NFL player Esera Tualo to speak.
Josh Shuck, in a neck brace after being gay bashed at the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival.