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WEEKLY OBSERVER JUNE 9, 2010 ISSUE 1350 IRS Change Recognizes G/L: Change Recogniz ecognizes Obama Extends Benef its For Benefits For California Couples artner Partners ederal ork Feder Wor ers Partners Of G/L Federal Workers WASHINGTON, D.C. (Observer by Senators Joe Lieberman and Update) - The White House has Susan Collins and Congresswoman announced that President Barack Tammy Baldwin, would extend to the Obama had signed an executive same-sex domestic partners of Fed- order extending benefits for partners eral employees the full range of of gay federal workers, reported On benefits currently being enjoyed by Top Magazine. Federal employees’ opposite-sex spouses. I look forward to signing it “I am proud to announce that into law.” earlier today, I signed a Memoran- dum that requires Executive agencies Solmonese cheered the to take immediate action to extend to president’s renewed call for passage the same-sex domestic partners of of the bill, adding that the federal Federal employees a number of government needed to catch up to a meaningful benefits, from family as- majority of Fortune 500 companies sistance services to hardship trans- which already offer such benefits. fers to relocation expenses,” Obama said in a statement. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Observer age 62.” arade Par Pride Parade The Human Rights Cam- Update) - For the first time, the IRS will recognize same-couples in California Same-sex couples cannot file paign, the nation’s largest gay rights In SLC Draws SLC Dra joint federal tax returns under the advocate, said the move was a as a unit for tax purposes under a new ruling by the agency, reported Defense of Marriage Act, but in Califor- “positive step,” but added that it also hrong Throng nia, community-property rules compli- serves as a reminder of the inequality SALT LAKE CITY (Observer advocate.com. cate the issue and call for interpreta- that exits. “All employees should be Update) - The Pride Parade boister- tions. treated equally and without discrimi- ously filled the heart of Salt Lake City The Wall Street Journal re- nation, whether they are straight or for what organizers believe will be ports on the change, which reverses a According to the Journal, ”An LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or another record year in the event 2006 IRS ruling and may also affect IRS spokesman said the shift is due to Transgender] and this is certainly a celebrating Utah’s diversity, reported Nevada and Washington state couples. a 2007 change in state law. That positive step in that direction,” Joe the Salt Lake Tribune. “Specifically, the agency said change dealt with the way the state Solmonese, president of the group, calculates income for California taxes. said. Though focused on the les- nearly 58,000 couples who are regis- Nevada and Washington state are also bian, gay, bisexual and transgender tered as domestic partners in California community-property states that recog- The new order goes beyond community, Utah’s second-largest must combine their income and each nize domestic partnerships, and so what the president ordered last June, parade drew thousands of friends and report half of it on their separate tax couples there may also be affected.” but isn’t likely to mollify gay activists family who came out for the weekend- returns. Same-sex couples account for because the partners of gay and long Utah Pride Festival to enjoy the an estimated 95% of the state’s Some critics charge the new lesbian federal employees remain entertainment and camaraderie. domestic partnerships; partnership sta- tus is also available to heterosexual ruling contradicts the Defense of Mar- blocked from access to primary riage Act. health insurance and pension ben- “Everybody’s being them- couples in which one partner is over efits. selves, and that doesn’t’ happen all the time,” said Rebecca Robert, who Offers UofA Offers Domestic-Partnerartner Full benefits cannot be ex- drove from Logan to watch the parade tended to gay federal employees and support her friend Kristin, a Benefits For Employees Benefits For Employ because of the Defense of Marriage lesbian. “It’s a great thing to do. Everybody deserves the right to be TUCSON (Observer Update) - offering,” said Allison Vaillancourt, UA Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that defines When the state cut health benefits for vice president for human resources. marriage as a heterosexual union for who they are.” domestic partners last year, University the federal government. A bill intro- of Arizona president Robert Shelton The city of Tucson, Pima duced by New York Congressman Parade watchers clapped, said school officials should come up County and other major employers offer Jerrold Nadler that would repeal the danced and hooted on the sidelines with a way to help them buy separate benefits for domestic partners. at the usual floats — with political law has gained little traction. coverage, the Arizona Daily Star re- candidates, banner-carrying spirit ported. Liz Sawyer, a UA staff member “The limitations of these new teams, rousing musical acts and in the English department, called the benefits however serve as a glaring horse-drawn carriages — as well as Now, the university is offering new plans wonderful. Sawyer is a special medical, dental and vision reminder that the Defense of Marriage lots of people dressed in the LGBT spokeswoman for OUTReach, a cam- community’s emblematic rainbow col- insurance plans for employees with pus group that has lobbied for domes- Act [DOMA] ultimately stands in the domestic partners. The plans don’t use way of providing true equality to LGBT ors and more than a few marchers tic-partner benefits at the UA for many any state money but have similar years. “It’s really nice to know that even Americans,” Solmonese said. dressed in drag. premiums. though the state is not committed to equality, our university is. This adminis- Both houses of Congress, Warm, sunny skies infused The new state law, which tration has been so supportive of the however, are preparing to vote on a the crowd with happy energy. The changes partner benefits by redefining LGTB (lesbian, gay, transgender and celebration’s headliners included co- bill that would bridge the gap. the word “dependent,” was signed in bisexual) community. We’re just all median Sandra Bernhard, singer September 2009 and will take effect on breathing a huge sigh of relief,” she Oct. 1. The new plans will kick in on that Openly lesbian Wisconsin Martha Wash and the gay dance said. Representative Tammy Baldwin’s company, the D.C. Cowboys. A man day, too. A dependent will then be a “spouse under the laws of this state,” Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obli- dressed as the fictional Mormon About 20 people left the univer- housewife character, Sister Dottie S. which excludes unmarried domestic sity over frustration with the new law and gations Act (DPBO) would carve out partners. an exception to the law. The legisla- Dixon, stepped up to be grand in some cases, job offers were rejected or reconsidered, according to tion cleared key committees in both marshal for the parade. The theme of The university wanted to cover houses of congress late last year. the Pride Festival was “Our History; Vaillancourt. At the time the law change both gay and heterosexual relation- Our Future,” partly in recognition of the ships because “in order for us to be was announced, the state coverage applied to 40 same-sex partners and In announcing the new ben- 40th anniversary of the first gay-pride competitive, to be able to attract parade in New York. 130 opposite-sex partners of university efits, Obama reiterated his support for talented people, we need to be able to offer benefits that other employers are employees. DPBO: “This legislation, championed PAGE TWO JUNE 9, 2010 WEEKLY OBSERVER An Evening With Sonia Sanchez June 16 card and other incentives! You are H2O - Kicking Off invited to attend a two-day seminar Pride 2010 providing education on sexuality and TUCSON (Observer Update) - intimacy between men. All men who Come kick off Pride Week 2010 in have sex with men or are attracted to Tucson on June 19 and get WET at men, and are 18 or older are invited. H2O located at the Radisson Suites at 6555 E. Speedway. Entertainers in- Seminar Goals and Topics: clude singer/songwriter Eric Himan Learning about healthy sexuality; along with Tucson’s own Namoli Sexuality across the life span; Under- Brennet! standing effects of fear, violence and abuse; Sexual identity formation; Food & beverages will be Developing assertiveness and em- provided, cash bar with drink dis- powerment; Male intimacy and rela- TUCSON (Observer Update) - counts all day. Swim and enjoy tionships; Breaking isolation and Spend an evening, Wednesday, June episodes of Absolutely Fabulous with developing networks; Bisexuality and 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Dunbar School Patsy & Edina on the big screen. sexual diversity; Being sexual in the Auditorium, 325 W. Second St. (ASL Room rates start at only $69 for a 2 age of HIV/AIDS and, sexual func- interpreter will be provided) with re- bedroom suite! tioning. nowned poet Sonia Sanchez as she reads from her works and discusses Tickets are $15.00 in advance Continental Breakfast and her poetry at the 12th Annual Author or $20.00 at the Door and will be Lunch Provided both days! All partici- Presentation of the Pima County Public available at tucsonpride.org. For more pants will receive a $75 gift card and Library’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and information, contact David at Tucson other incentives! For more informa- Transgender (GLBT) Services Com- tion visit azman2man.org, or contact mittee. Pride, 520-622-3200. Cesar at 520-628-7223, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Sanchez will read from her Senior Pride Senior book, Does Your House Have Lions?, Prom June 12 Paula Aboud House a book-length poem memorializing the TUCSON (Observer Update) - life and death of her brother, who died Late Bloomers and friends of any age Party June 19 from an AIDS-related illness. Arizona are invited to Senior Pride’s Senior Public Media’s Laura Markowitz will Prom, Saturday, June 12, 4 to 9:30 p.m., interview Ms. Sanchez, who will take Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 questions from the audience after the N. Mountain Ave. just north of Fort interview. Ms. Sanchez will remain to Lowell. sign her books following the presenta- tion. Her books will be available for Couples and singles are wel- sale before and after the event. come. Unlike the proms you may remember from your high school days, Sonia Sanchez is a poet, P.O. 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For more information, contact Senator, Paula Aboud, Saturday, Utah City Passes —————————— Linda Thomas, 520-624-1779. June 19. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., at 5153 E. Anti-Discrimination EDITOR/PUBLISHER: Bob Ellis Man2Man Seminars Circulo Las Cabanas, Paula will be Ordinance ARTS & GRAPHICS: discussing the issues of concern, a Up coming review of this last Legislative Session WEST VALLEY CITY (Observer Gary Clark TUCSON (Observer Update) - and answering your questions. Update) - The West Valley City Council MANAGING EDITOR: Attend a Free Weekend retreat, June has approved an anti-discrimination Mark Kerr 26-27, 8:30 to 5 p.m. at SAAF, 365 S. Please RSVP, by June 12, ordinance to protect gay and Special Events Photos: Euclid, for Gay, Bisexual, and Ques- by calling Elaine Clark (520) 514- transgender residents from discrimina- Bill Morrow tioning Men, and receive a $75 gift 7129. tion in housing and employment mat- Hunter Johnson ters, reported the AP on ABC 4 in Salt Amanda Irvin Lake City. The council voted 5-1 in Contributing Columnists favor of the ordinance on Tuesday. No Mark R. Kerr one spoke publicly against it. Jack Melichar Publication of names or photos of any person The measure is similar to or organization in the OBSERVER is not to be ordinances passed in several other construed as indication of the sexual places, including Salt Lake City, Salt orientation of such person, organization or advertisers or any employees thereof. Lake County, Park City and Logan. Others also are considering ordi- Opinions that are expressed in Letters to the nances. West Valley City Mayor Mike Editor or columns by contributors are not Winder will sign the ordinance on necessarily those of the OBSERVER, its staff or advertisers. OBSERVER assumes Tuesday at City Hall. Winder called responsibility for its own editorial policy only. passage of the measure a historic event for Utah’s second-largest city. Although OBSERVER has many fine advertisers, we do not accept responsibility for any claims made pertaining to their products Councilman Russ Brooks voted and/or services. against the ordinance, saying the city is * just following Salt Lake City. Fines for Permission to reprint (except for separately landlords or employers found to violate copyrighted material) is granted when credit is given to the OBSERVER. the ordinance will be up to $1,000. * WEEKLY OBSERVER JUNE 9, 2010 PAGE THREE HUD Grantees Must Be LGBT Grantees LGBT Pride Parade In Salt Lake City Par arade Lake Continued from Page One Compliant WASHINGTON, D.C. (Observer Update) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will now require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local antidiscrimination laws that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. “We’re using every avenue to shut the door against discrimination,” HUD secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement. “Today, we take an important step to insist that those who seek federal funding must demonstrate that they are meeting local and state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” An estimated 20 states and the District of Columbia currently prohibit discriminating against people in housing on the basis of their sexual orientation, and 12 states plus the District of Columbia have the same prohibition on gender identity discrimination, according to a release from HUD. HUD spokesperson Brian Sullivan said the department had “limited authority” as it specifically relates to LGBT people since cities and states do not have uniformed policies and no federal law protects LGBT people against dis- Pride Center spokesman as a key factor in the annual event’s criminatory housing practices. Michael Westley declined to esti- growing popularity. mate the crowd’s size, but noted “We can’t be making law, but we went as far as we could,” he said. revenues and attendance seemed to The parade had nearly 90 be up from last year’s record 20,000 floats. Afterward, about 120 vendors Sullivan added that the adjustment was not a regulatory change but attendees. “Yesterday was tremen- tended booths on the festival instead an administrative requirement. Traditionally, HUD has required all appli- dous,” he said at the festival grounds grounds to tout businesses, political cants for competitive grant funding to comply with all applicable federal fair on Washington Square. “It exceeded candidates and causes, such as the housing and civil rights requirements including those expressed in Fair Housing our expectations by 100 percent.” gay-rights advocacy group Equality Act; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of Westley credited a greater public Utah. 1973; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. acceptance of the LGBT community The department has been taking a series of steps to make several of borrowers and not on unrelated factors or characteristics such as sexual aspects of housing fairer across the board for LGBT people. In addition to the orientation or gender identity. notice published today, HUD intends to propose new regulations that will clarify that the term “family,” as used to describe eligible beneficiaries of HUD’s pro- Finally, HUD will commission the first national study of discrimina- grams, includes otherwise eligible LGBT individuals and couples. Sullivan said tion against LGBT people in the rental and sale of housing. The department HUD was “in the process of developing” this new rule but he declined to estimate is currently seeking online public comment from interested parties in how it when the change might be completed. The department’s proposed regulations will might design this new study. Sullivan said the study itself would be clarify family status to ensure that its core housing programs are available to all “groundbreaking” but that they did not yet know how the information would families, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. be utilized once it’s collected. Authorities at the Federal Housing Administration also intend to instruct “We are very intent on building a body of evidence and seeing lenders that FHA-insured mortgage loans must be based on the creditworthiness where that leads us,” he said. PAGE FOUR JUNE 9, 2010 WEEKLY OBSERVER COMMENTA RY. . . . by Deb Price A Very Gay Time Very Gay Time “So tell me, America, how do game, too. One of my favorites was I introduce Joyce?” I posed that Harry Guest, who at 80 started What hasn’t changed is the question back in May 1992 in the first sparring with me. “Remember the importance of being out. Poll after column I ever wrote. That debut was agenda; the purpose is to poll shows that people who know an earthshaking breakthrough — a straighten out us straights. ... I don’t gay people are far more likely to nationally syndicated, weekly know why I am hetero except it support equality. That’s the commu- column in mainstream newspapers seems perfectly natural, and I nity service reward of coming out. about life from a gay perspective. wouldn’t have it any other way. You have to teach me that you feel the Other rewards are personal. Over the next 18 years — and same way.” I once wrote about our kitchen’s about 900 columns — I introduced my “travel wall,” which is covered with readers, mostly heterosexuals, to a Others were angry to find a vacation photos of Joyce and me. A gay couple — Joyce and me — and lesbian columnist in their hometown reader responded with a heart- countless other wonderful people we paper: “How dare you make your breaking confession: She and her met along our journalistic adventure. life seem interesting and worth- partner of two decades were so while.” closeted they had no pictures of One was 87-year-old themselves together. None. Christine Burton, creator of Golden Since my column began 18 Threads, a pen pal group for older years ago, so much has changed Mixing shame and fear lesbians. When I asked her about legally, politically and socially for inside a closet poisons individuals dating a mere 58-year-old, she those of us who’re gay: Then, and couples. If you’re stuck there, laughed: “If you’re going to blame presidential candidate Bill Clinton seek coaching from joyfully, openly me for robbing the cradle, I’m going was quietly saying gays should be gay couples. Beyond that, as Betty to say, ‘What do you want me to do? allowed in the military; last week, Berzon, author of “Permanent Rob the grave? Everyone my age is the full House and the Senate Partners,” so wisely urged, pool dead.’” Armed Services Committee voted your money, work as a team and to repeal the ban on gays serving assume permanence. Another was a mom who’d openly. embraced her gay adult child with Now, as I write my last the help of P-FLAG and sported a Then, state legislators and column, Joyce and I are preparing button that read, “I’d rather have a judges routinely pointed to sodomy for our newest adventure: Thanks to bigot think I’m a lesbian than a laws in denying basic rights; now, the Neiman journalism fellowship lesbian think I’m a bigot.” thanks to the Supreme Court, no I’ve won, we’re moving to Massa- such taint of criminality shadows chusetts for a year. Imagine living Gay readers told me about gay Americans. where your marriage is recognized. coming out — and its rewards. And of course, then, the We’re definitely game. This happily Hampton H. Stennis, who took question of how to introduce Joyce married gay couple leaves you with President George W. Bush’s war on had no easy answer. Readers a few words we’ve tried to live by gay marriage very personally, offered plenty of ideas, from ever since 1992: Don’t let fear shared his “Big Gay Letter,” which he “partner in perversity” to “lovemate.” choose your path. sent as a coming-out email full of In 2001, the Netherlands started the fury, wit and pain to more than 120 gay-marriage snowball rolling. We (Deb Price of The Detroit relatives and friends. wed in Canada two years later. So, News wrote the first nationally now the answer is “spouse.” syndicated column on gay issues, Heterosexual readers were and which this is reprinted from.) GLAAD Group Goes After Bill O’Reilly GLAAD Group O’Reilly err Ter Sugg For Terrorist Suggestion NEW YORK (Observer Up- before hanging up. for allowing O’Reilly a platform for date) - Calling a The O’Reilly Factor this insulting and irresponsible segment on a gay McDonald’s ad The son is joined by his commentary.” “insulting and irresponsible,” the Gay father, who comments on the class & Lesbian Alliance Against Defama- photo: “Too bad your class is all boys, A McDonald’s spokesper- tion (GLAAD) issued a call to action you could get all the girls.” The son son said the purpose of the cam- Thursday against Bill O’Reilly and smiles thoughtfully at his father, then, paign was to “show society the way Fox News, reported On Top Maga- as the camera pulls away, the pair it is today without judging.” zine. begin to converse. “There’s obviously no In the segment, O’Reilly O’Reilly hounded Skinner problem with homosexuality in linked being gay to terrorism while about whether the ad made her hungry France today,” the spokesperson discussing with Fox News anchor for McDonald’s. She eventually added. France, however, recog- Jane Skinner a gay-inclusive answered that she was always hungry nizes gay and lesbian couples with McDonald’s ad campaign running in for McDonald’s. a union similar to a domestic France. “Instead of evaluating the partnership, not marriage, and does commercial in a fair manner, O’Reilly The campaign is “part of an not permit gay adoption. used the occasion to defame the overreaching campaign called Come LGBT community, suggesting that As You Are,” Skinner explained. “So McDonald’s might begin marketing they show people in different walks of to terrorists simply because the life. This happens to be their gay- Your 401k might not be in company produced a gay-friendly friendly ad.” great shape buy why television commercial,” GLAAD said. shouldn’t YOU “OK,” O’Reilly responded. “Do The campaign titled Come they have an al-Qaeda ad, you know, PERSONAL As You Are (Venez Commee Vous come as you are? You know?” Etes) includes a gay television ad TRAINER which suggests a teenager is about In calling for the action alert, Private Gym to come out gay to his father over a GLAAD said programs such as The meal at McDonald’s. O’Reilly Factor “have a responsibility $20/Hour !!! In the ad, the son sits in a to cover issues with a level of respect and civility.” Call ANDREW booth while looking at his class 520-909-4649 photo when his cellphone rings. “I “Bill O’Reilly failed to live up to was just thinking about you,” he says. that standard in making these defama- “I was just looking at our class tory remarks,” the group added. “Fox picture.” “I miss you too,” he adds News Channel is equally accountable WEEKLY OBSERVER JUNE 9, 2010 PAGE FIVE OK City Pol Likens Gays To Pedophiles OKALHOMA CITY (Observer Update) - One of Oklahoma City’s council members voted against issuing a special event permit for the upcoming gay pride celebration because it runs counter to his Christian beliefs, advocate.com reported. “I don’t want my vote to be construed as support, because I really don’t support that, the same way that I wouldn’t support a group of, say, pedophiles who wanted to assemble,” council member Brian Walters said, according to Oklahoma City’s Journal Record. “I would not vote yes on that either, [or] men who beat up their wives. Anything like that.” Walters was the only council member to vote against the permit. Oklahoma City Pride is scheduled for June 25-27. PAGE SIX JUNE 9, 2010 WEEKLY OBSERVER ‘Golden Girl’ Douglas J. Newman, P.C. Rue McClanahan Diesand in film, ing in television, on stage NEW YORK (Observer Update) - appearing in the Jack Lemmon- A T T O R N E Y A T L A W Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liber- Walter Matthau vehicle “Out to Sea” and as the biology teacher in “Starship Corporations . Limited Liability Companies . General Business ated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series “The Golden Troopers.” Wills . Trusts . Estate & Estate Tax Planning . Probate Girls,” has died. She was 76, reported the Associated Press on 365Gay.com. She stepped in to portray Madame Morrible, the crafty head- 2650 North Country Club Road . Tucson, Arizona 85716 Her manager Barbara mistress, for a time in “Wicked,” Phone 520-325-2053 . Fax 520-325-2274 . dougnewmanlaw.com Lawrence said McClanahan died Thurs- Broadway’s long-running “Wizard of day (June 3) at 1 a.m. of a stroke. Oz” prequel. She had undergone treatment In 2008, McClanahan ap- for breast cancer in 1997 and later peared in the Logo comedy “Sordid lectured to cancer support groups on Lives: The Series,” playing the slightly “aging gracefully.” In 2009, she had addled, elderly mother of an institu- heart bypass surgery. tionalized drag queen. McClanahan had an active During production, career in off-Broadway and regional McClanahan was recovering from stages in the 1960s before she was 2007 surgery on her knee. It didn’t tapped for TV in the 1970s for the key stop her from filming a sex scene in best-friend character on the hit series which the bed broke, forcing her to “Maude,” starring Beatrice Arthur. After hang on to a windowsill to avoid that series ended in 1978, McClanahan tumbling off. landed the role as Aunt Fran on “Mama’s Family” in 1983. McClanahan was born Eddi- Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Okla., But her most loved role came in to building contractor William 1985 when she co-starred with Arthur, McClanahan and his wife, Dreda Betty White and Estelle Getty in “The Rheua-Nell, a beautician. She gradu- Golden Girls,” a runaway hit that broke ated with honors from the University of the sitcom mold by focusing on the Tulsa with a degree in German and foibles of four aging – and frequently theater arts. eccentric – women living together in Miami. McClanahan’s acting career began on the stage. According to a “Golden Girls” aimed to show 1985 Los Angeles Times profile, she “that when people mature, they add appeared at the Pasadena (Calif.) layers,” she told The New York Times Playhouse, studied in New York with in 1985. “They don’t turn into other Uta Hagen and Harold Clurman, and creatures. The truth is we all still have worked in soaps and on the stage. our child, our adolescent, and your young woman living in us.” She won an Obie – the off- Broadway version of the Tony – in Blanche, who called her father 1970 for “Who’s Happy Now,” playing “Big Daddy,” was a frequent target of the “other woman” in a family drama roommates Dorothy, Rose and the written by Oliver Hailey. She reprised outspoken Sophia (Getty), who would the role in a 1975 television version; in fire off zingers at Blanche such as, “Your a review, The New York Times life’s an open blouse.” described her character as “an irre- pressible belle given to frequent McClanahan snagged an bouts of ‘wooziness’ and occasional Emmy for her work on the show in 1987. bursts of shrewdness.” In an Associated Press interview that year, McClanahan said Blanche was She had appeared only spo- unlike any other role she had ever radically on television until producer played. Norman Lear tapped her for a guest role on “All in the Family” in 1971. “Probably the closest I’ve ever done was Blanche DuBois in ‘A She went from there to a Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Pasa- regular role in the “All in the Family” dena Playhouse,” she said. “I think, too, spinoff “Maude,” playing Vivian, the that’s where the name came from, neighbor and best friend to Arthur in although my character is not a drinker the starring role. and not crazy.” When Arthur died in April Her Blanche Devereaux, she 2009, McClanahan recalled that she said, “is in love with life and she loves had felt constrained by “Golden Girls” men. I think she has an attitude toward during the later years of its run. “Bea women that’s competitive. She is friends liked to be the star of the show. She with Dorothy and Rose, but if she has didn’t really like to do that ensemble enough provocation she becomes playing,” McClanahan said. competitive with them. I think basically she’s insecure. It’s the other side of the McClanahan was married six Don Juan syndrome.” times: Tom Bish, with whom she had a son, Mark Bish; actor Norman After “The Golden Girls” was Hartweg; Peter D’Maio; Gus Fisher; canceled in 1992, McClanahan, White and Tom Keel. She married husband and Getty reprised their roles in a short- Morrow Wilson on Christmas Day in lived spinoff, “Golden Palace.” 1997. She called her 2007 memoir “My First Five Husbands … And the Ones McClanahan continued work- Who Got Away.” WEEKLY OBSERVER JUNE 9, 2010 PAGE SEVEN Hatch: Gays Worship Family Research Council Poltics Not Religion Supports Death NEW YORK (Observer Update) - The Family Research Council is a sponsor of murder, wrote James Withers, the contributing editor to the 365Gay.com blog. That is not Friday morning hyperbole. Joe, at Joe.My.God, found out FRC walked the halls of Congress fighting a resolution that denounced Uganda’s proposal to legally lynch gays. Two lobbyists were paid $25,000 to lobby the Senate and the House. Apparently their work wasn’t successful in the Senate because that body passed its resolution on April 13. How- ever, it “remains languishing in the House almost four months after being referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Did the FRC’s lobbying kill it?” This support for state sanctioned murder should not surprise. Remember when Ugandan MP David Bahati said he had private support from American evangelicals? More than likely he meant these kooks. And who can forget FRC’s Peter Sprigg? He wants gay sex to be a criminal offense and ‘mos deported. Sprigg is the same “scholar” who said gay rape would increase if DADT was removed. It wasn’t like the organization had much credibility to begin with, but it will be fun to see how they dance around this. Oh, they will probably speak in reverent tones about their rights as citizens to participate in the process. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Fair. However, any news organization that invites an FRC opinion and does not ask why it supports the death of Ugandan gays, is doing a disservice. ST. GEORGE (Observer Update) - At a public event Tuesday, Utah senator Orrin Hatch said gays and lesbians have replaced religion with politics, If the folk over at FRC had the courage of their convictions, like their reported advocate.com. kissing cousins at Westboro Baptist Church, they would embrace this revelation. “Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing; their religion is politics,” the Republican senator said to a crowd of 300 at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. He added that his those in his party should also organize more like gay rights activists, union members, environmentalists, and personal injury lawyers do for the Democrats. Harry Knox, the religion and faith program director at the Human Rights Campaign, condemned Hatch’s words. “Senator Hatch is certainly right that many of his fellow Republicans could learn a lot from LGBT people’s dedica- tion to equality,” he said in a statement Thursday. “But there is no denying that there are millions of LGBT Americans who every day give their time, talent, and money to local churches, synagogues, and temples all over the country. LGBT religious leaders are often the very ones revitalizing moribund churches and institutions. These committed religious leaders are working to provide a loving alternative to the hopeless hatred people like Senator Hatch call sound doc- trine.” Community Bars 1. THE BIZ 2900 E. Broadway 318- 4838 2. IBT’S 616 N. 4th Ave. 882-3053 3. VENTURE-N 1239 N. 6th Ave. 882- 8224 5. WOODY’S 3710 N. Oracle Rd, 292-6702 6. COYOTE MOON PUB 915 W. Prince Rd. 293- 7339 8. COLORS FOOD & SPIRITS 5305 E. Speedway 323- 1840 Organizations A. 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Merle Hudson, (520)888-7264 in Tuc- 1350 Lady Gaga, Cybil Shepherd son. 1356 Highlight Gay Media Awards SAN FRANCISCO (Observer Australian gay glossy Attitude in 2008. Update) - Cybill Shepherd and Lee Daniels were honored for their gay Ask Not, a documentary on advocacy Saturday night at the final the military’s ban on open service, won installment of the 21st annual GLAAD in the Outstanding Documentary cat- Media Awards in San Francisco, egory, while The Stonewall Riots: 40 reported On Top Magazine. Years Later, a film that chronicles the gay rights movement, took home the Shepherd, who played les- Outstanding Digital Journalism prize. bian for three season on Showtime’s groundbreaking drama The L Word, Robert Hanson, president of FedEx’s rank as a top employer by of Memphis. “One of the things we’ve was given the Golden Gate Award, Levi Strauss Americas, was given the gay rights groups. In 2007, the com- learned about cities is that the more while openly gay Precious director San Francisco Local Hero Award for pany was dropped from Diversity Inc.’s diverse they are the more they attract Daniels took home the Davidson/ championing marriage equality in the annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity creative people, the more they attract Valentini Award. Wilson Cruz and Jai business community. list. people that are innovative and moti- Rodriguez joined the show’s host vated to improve their communities,” writer-comedian Bruce Vilanch on the The GLAAD Media Awards Batts says the change will help he said. The change comes at the stage. recognize excellence in 41 categories the company attract and retain a more request of employees. including newspaper content, syndi- diverse workforce, a boost for the city Lady Gaga won in the Out- cated columnists and comic books. standing Music Artist category for her Awards were rolled out in a series of most recent album The Fame Mon- ceremonies. ABC took home the most Missing Lesbian Mom ster. Chely Wright – the 39-year-old awards in television during a New York country music star who recently came ceremony in March. During the award’s In El Salvador? out lesbian – performed for the crowd. second installment in Los Angeles, Also performing was Australian re- Director Tom Ford’s film about a gay cording artist Sam Sparro, who an- man’s journey after the loss of his nounced he is gay on the cover of lover, A Single Man, won for outstand- ing film. First Major Playwriting Award Named For Gay Couple NEW YORK (Observer Update) miere at a nonprofit theater. The - An annual $150,000 prize has been foundation said it’s the first major established by the foundation of Tony- award for playwrighting to be named in winning playwright-director Arthur honor of a gay couple. Laurents and partner Tom Hatcher. The 92-year-old Laurents The Laurents/Hatcher Foun- wrote the books for “Gypsy” and “West dation Award will be given for an Side Story.” Hatcher was Laurents’ unproduced, full-length play of social partner of 52 years. The actor and real relevance by an emerging American estate developer died in 2006. Sub- playwright. The prize includes a missions from invited applicants will $50,000 cash award for the selected be accepted June 15 to Sept. 15. The playwright and a $100,000 grant for first award recipient will be notified SAN SALVADOR (Observer Update) - A woman who has gone missing production costs of the play’s pre- March 15, 2011. with her 8-year-old daughter has reportedly fled the United States,just as the custody battle between her and her former lesbian partner advances, reported FedEx To Extend Partner Benefits advocate.com. To G/L Employees Lisa Miller and her biological daughter, Isabella Miller-Jenkins, are believed to be in El Salvador, according to the Associated Press. In January, MEMPHIS (Observer Update) - huge deal,” Will Batts, executive Miller failed to appear in court for a mandated custody swap. She and her Shipping giant FedEx will begin offer- director of Memphis Gay and Lesbian daughter are believed to have been in El Salvador since September. ing health benefits to the partners of Community Center, told the network. gay and lesbian workers, local Fox Janet Jenkins, Miller’s former partner, was granted custody by a judge affiliate My Fox Memphis reported. Gay employees in California after Miller and her daughter disappeared. Her attorney, Sarah Star, says Miller have received similar benefits from the and Isabella hopped the border into Juarez, Mexico, and then flew to San FedEx, which is headquar- company since lawmakers approved Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. tered in Memphis, announced the an expansion of a domestic partner- change last week but the policy won’t ship law in 2003. The lopsided policy take effect until January 1, 2012. “It’s a was responsible for downgrades in WEEKLY OBSERVER JUNE 9, 2010 PAGE ELEVEN THURSDAY Non-Bar Specials DAILY BAR THE BIZ - Open 5pm-2am. Happy Hour 5- 8pm. Y-NOT Karaoke 9pm-2am with Meco pouring the CALENDAR best drinks in town. Come out and play. COYOTE MOON PUB – Open 3pm. Happy Hour JUNE 10 6-9 p.m. Men’s Relationship & Couples Support Group. Meets every two weeks in central 3 - 8 pm, $2.50 well, domestic longnecks & pints, $3.50 SUNDAY sm. Pitcher/$5.50 lg. Pitcher. Latin Thursday: Latin Tucson. For couples, or those who are looking for a relationship. Have fun with like-minded men! THE BIZ - Open 5pm - 2am It’s Latin Sunday like music 8pm to close. $2,50 well margaritas. $3 Mexican Call Marc at 881-4582 to sign up. Call or e-mail- the good ol’ days. Catch DJ Dmenace spinning the best beers, $3.50 Jose Cuervo. email@example.com at least 3 days in advance. Cumbias. Get your Bucket of Beer ... 5 Bud Bottles for $5! IBT’s -Open Noon. Happy Hour Noon-8pm, $2 COYOTE MOON PUB – Open 11am. Beer Bust Well or Domestics. 10pm-close “Boyz Nite Out” w/ Sunday - $1 draft beers (12 oz), domestic only; $2.25 domestic long necks. Hair of dog special $1.50 well Bartenders in their underwear. DJ Hurricane spinning Top 40 & DJ Mike Lopez on the patio. $1.75 Long CHILL WITH A bloody mary, screwdriver,,Cape Cod, salty dog or Island, $1.50 Tequila Shots, $3 Skyy Cape Cods and $4 Skyy Cosmos. SUMMER margarita. IBT’s - Open Noon. Happy Hour Noon-8pm $2 WOODY’S - Open 11am-2am; Happy Hour 11am-8pm (excl Spec Events); Full Menu Kitchen MASSAGE Well or Domestic Beer. Karaoke on the Patio 4-8:30pm. Burger BBQ 5-8pm + $1 pint draft. 9pm-close Karaoke open 11am-10pm. Back Pocket Patio Bar open 8pm- inside with Troy & $1.50 Well or Domestic Beer, $2.50 close. Cheap Party Day **FREE POOL**, $1.00 PBR Call or Premium Beer. DJ Hurricane on the Patio. Longnecks, $2.00 Tecate Longnecks. Techno and Top WOODY’S - Open 11am-2am. Peter’s 40 Dance with DJ Jeff 9pm - close.. Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar 11am-2pm. Happy Hour 11am-8pm (excluding special events). Full Menu Kitchen open 11am-8pm. Back Pocket Patio Bar 2pm- 2am. Beer Bust 2pm-7pm. Karaoke with Michael D FRIDAY 9pm-Close. Drag Bingo every other Sunday 8-9pm. THE BIZ - Open 5pm-2am. Happy Hour 5-8 pm. Check our Ad for Special Events or Parties GoGo Fridays with 2-4-1 drinks for the ladies til midnight. Catch Shorty spinning the hottest Hip Hop, R&B and Top 40 remix dance of today. COYOTE MOON PUB – Open 3pm. Happy Hour 3 MONDAY - 8 pm, $2.50 well, domestic longnecks & pints. $3.50 Sm. Pitcher/$5.50 lg. Pitcher. Shots shot specials 8-close.. THE BIZ - Closed for employee training. Dance lessons with Lawrence at 7pm $5 per person, COYOTE MOON PUB – Open 3pm. Happy Hour 3 - 8 p.m. $2.50 well, domestic longnecks & pints. $3.50 Country Dancing 8:30 p.m. to close with DJ Pat. Starting @ $49.00 IBT’s - Open Noon. Happy Hour Noon-8pm, $2 sm. 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TUESDAY SATURDAY THE BIZ - Open 5pm - 2am. Latin night with THE BIZ - Open 5pm-2am. Happy Hour 5-8 and Latin Drag Show the 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturdays of the Game Night all night long. Play Wii, beer pong and pool month. DJ Dmenace spinnin’ the best Cumbias, with the staff. Salsa & Merengue. $3 pitchers and $2 Tequila shotz COYOTE MOON PUB – Open 3pm. Happy Hour all night long! 3-8. $2.50 well, domestic longnecks & pints. Girlz Nite COYOTE MOON PUB – Open at 2pm. .75 for your favorite well drink or domestic drafts 6-8pm. Happy Hour 2-8pm, $2.50 well, domestic longnecks Ladies only Texas Hold ‘Em Poker 6 p.m. Y-Not Karaoke & pints. $3.50 sm. Pitcher/$5.50 lg. Plus check out the with Anna at 8pm. - Drink specials during karaoke $1 bartenders choice of shot specials. $5.00 cheese- Michelob Ultra or Bud Light. burger & fries. $3.00 Cuervo and $4.75 Jager Bombs. IBT’s - Open Noon. 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Wild Wednesday 18+ Party with DJ White Shadow spinning the hottest Hip Hop, R&B and top 40 remix dance of today. 21+ NO COVER. 18+ $8 Cover. COLORS - Open 4-10pm. Happy Hour 4-7pm, WEDNESDAY THE BIZ - Open 5pm-2am. Happy Hour 5- $3.75 Skyy cocktails, $3.00 Domestics and Well. ½ price 8pm. Wild Wednesday 18+ Party with DJ White appetizers 4-6. Full menu served until 10pm. Nightly Shadow spinning the hottest Hip Hop, R&B and top dinner specials. 40 remix dance of today. 21+ NO COVER. 18+ $8 COYOTE MOON PUB –Open 3pm. Happy Hour Cover. All Day $2.50 well, domestic longnecks & pints, $3.50 COYOTE MOON PUB –Open 3pm. Happy sm. Pitcher/$5.50 lg. Pitchers. Boyz Night - .75 for your Hour All Day $2.50 well, domestic longnecks & pints, favorite well drink or domestic draft beer for men 6-8pm. $3.50 sm. Pitcher/$5.50 lg. Pitchers. Karaoke with Karaoke with Anna at 8pm drink specials during karaoke Ynot Entertainment at 9pm. $1 Michelob Ultra or Bud Light.. IBT’s - Open Noon. Happy Hour Noon-8pm, IBT’s - Open Noon. Happy Hour Noon-8pm, $2 $2 Well or Domestics. “Diva-Licious” show w/Bunny Well or Domestics. “Diva-Licious” show w/Bunny FuFu. FuFu. 11pm - -close “Reverse Happy Hour”. DJ Q 11pm - -close “Reverse Happy Hour”. DJ Q Inside & DJ Inside & DJ Mike Lopez playing 80s music on the Mike Lopez playing 80s music on the Patio. Patio. WOODY’S - Open 11am-2am;. Happy WOODY’S - Open 11am-2am;. Happy Hour Hour 11am-8pm excl. special events). Ful Kitchen open 11am-8pm excl. special events). Ful Kitchen open 11am-10pm. Back Pocket Bar open 8pm-close. Service 11am-10pm. Back Pocket Bar open 8pm-close. Industry Employee Special All Day Long - $1 off all drinks Service Industry Employee Special All Day Long - $1 except schnapps and draft. Different Themed Underwear off all drinks except schnapps and draft. Different Party 9pm-close with $1.00 off for those who participate Themed Underwear Party 9pm-close with $1.00 off (excl. Schnapps and Draft). Retro 80s & 90s Dance with for those who participate (excl. Schnapps and Draft). Retro 80s & 90s Dance with DJ Clint 9 til close.. DJ Clint 9 til close.. PAGE TWELVE JUNE 9, 2010 WEEKLY OBSERVER port: Lack Report: Most Hospitals Lack Non-Discrimination LGBT Non-Discrimination Policies WASHINGTON, D.C. (Observer tives, including powers of attorney, Update) - President Barack Obama’s for patients with same-sex partners. April memorandum ordering hospitals to ensure visitation rights for same-sex The Joint Commission, an partners will radically change how the independent health care accredita- vast majority of U.S. healthcare tion group, also recently an- institutions currently treat gay and nounced that it would accredit lesbian patients, a new study finds, health care facilities based on reported advocate.com. nondiscrimination policies that include LGBT patients and their According to a report released families. The updated policy is Monday by the Human Rights Cam- scheduled to go into effect before paign Foundation, 93% of health care January 1, 2011. facilities surveyed currently lack comprehensive nondiscrimination “They are the gold stan- policies for LGBT patients. Forty-two dard when it comes to accredita- percent of hospitals do not include tion,” said HRC vice president of sexual orientation in patient’s bill of communications and marketing rights language. Fred Sainz. “Without accreditation, insurance companies won’t work Such disparity can lead to with you. You can’t get government disastrous consequences, as was the money. Various finance agencies high-profile case of Lisa Pond, who won’t work with you. It’s necessary, died in 2007 of a brain aneurysm at a for hospitals to function, to become Miami hospital while vacationing with Joint Commission–accredited.” her partner of 21 years, Janice Langbehn, and their adopted children. Together, the Joint Com- mission standards and the White “I was promised I’d be able to House directive “mean that even in see her, but in the ensuing five to six states like Mississippi that don’t hours, no one came to get me, no one have nondiscrimination laws, offered to bring me back to see her,” hospitals will be the safe havens,” Langbehn said at a Monday press Sainz said. conference in San Francisco. “It’s not a gay right to hold your partner’s hand The HRC’s Healthcare when they’re dying. It’s a human right.” Equality Index analyzed 178 health care facilities nationwide on criteria Langbehn sued Jackson including visitation rights for same- Memorial Hospital after officials barred sex partners, staff diversity training, her and the couple’s children from and employment nondiscrimination visiting Pond as she lay dying in a rules for LGBT staff. trauma unit. Eleven health care facili- A federal judge dismissed the ties, including Rush University suit in September, ruling, “Decisions as Medical Center in Chicago and to visitation must be left to the medical Beth Israel Medical Center in New personnel in charge of the patient, York, received perfect scores without second-guessing by juries and based on index criteria. Kaiser courts.” Permanente, which operates 36 hospitals nationwide, was the only Obama’s April memo directed health care network to receive a Secretary of Health and Human perfect score. Services Kathleen Sebelius to issue new rules within 180 days for LGBT patients and their families at any facility Because many states prohibit marriage equality, civil COMMUNITY FRIENDLY Free Inspection receiving government funding through unions, or domestic partnership Medicare and Medicaid — the vast rights for same-sex couples, Ellen with mention of this ad majority of health care facilities in the Leonard, vice president for health United States. plans and hospital operations at Kaiser, said that the organization’s The new rules should “respect explicit nondiscrimination policy the rights of patients to designate means that a person who purports visitors,” according to the memo, and to be the partner of a patient and 520-622-3500 or 520-623-0644 bar discrimination on the basis of requests visitation will be admitted Fax 520-624-6574 gender identity as well as sexual to do so. “We don’t ask for [docu- orientation. Appropriate guidelines mented] proof, it’s not necessary would also respect advance direc- for visitation rights,” Leonard said. 2208 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705 Glee, Maddow Nominated COMPLETE CAR CARE For Television Critics Awards NEW YORK (Observer Update) - Comedic actress Jane Rachel Maddow’s eponymous news Lynch is also up for recognition in show on MSNBC has been nominated the Individual Achievement in for a Television Critics Association Comedy category for her role as award for the second year in a row, Sue Sylvester on Glee. The hit Fox advocate.com reported. show is nominated in three other categories, including Program of The show is up against 30 for the Year. 30 on ESPN, America: The Story of Us on the History Channel, Life on the Discovery Channel, and The Daily Show on Comedy Central in the Outstanding Achievement in News and Information category.