WEEKLY OBSERVER MAY 12, 2010 ISSUE 1346
Elena Kagan Tapped
For Supreme Court EDITORIAL. . . . . .
TON, D.C. (Observer
Update) - President
Barack Obama on On Tuesday, May 18, voters across Arizona will go to the polls to
Monday nominated determine whether to codify for the next three years, an increase of one cent
Solicitor General on the state sales tax, raising it from 5.6 cents to 6.6 cents.
Elena Kagan to the
Supreme Court, de- Two-thirds of the monies raises would be appropriated for public
primary and secondary education and one-third would be appropriated for
claring she would
health and human services and public safety purposes.
same indepen- Proposition 100 is a temporary tax hike, not permanent and will go for
dence, integrity and the services designated.
passion for the law
exhibited by retiring This is the first of three important votes Arizonans will face this year.
Justice John Paul For the editorial staff of the Observer, it is a simple choice. Yes to save
Stevens, reported the education, health and human services and for the Department of Public
AP on Huffington Safety. Nothing more and nothing less.
If confirmed by the Senate, administration. Judges must not walk Then our work doesn’t stop with this vote. On August 24, vote for solid,
into court with a preconceived idea of progressive-minded candidates in the primary election and on November 2,
Kagan would become the third woman
who should win,” he said, adding that vote out the idiots who got Arizona into the mess with their ideological extrem-
on the high court. At 50, she is relatively ism.
young for the lifetime post and could Republicans would have a vigorous
debate on that principle.
help shape the high court’s decisions
for decades. The former Harvard Law At Equality Forum: Dan Choi
Obama began with high praise
School dean “is widely regarded as
one of the nation’s foremost legal for the retiring Stevens, a leader of the
court’s liberals, calling him “a giant in
Urges All To Engage In LGBT
minds,” Obama said. He introduced her
in the White House East Room as “my
the law,” impartial and having respect
for legal precedence. Kagan “embod-
ies the same excellence, indepen-
Kagan said she was “honored dence and passion for the law,” Obama
and humbled by this nomination.” She said.
called it “the honor of a lifetime.”
“She’s an acclaimed legal
“I look forward to working with scholar with a rich understanding of
the Senate and thank you, Mr. Presi- constitutional law. She is a former White
dent, for this honor of a lifetime.” House aide, with a lifelong commitment
to public service and a firm grasp of the
Obama cited what he called nexus and boundaries between our
Kagan’s “openness to a broad array of three branches of government,” Obama
viewpoints” and her “fair mindedness.” said. Kagan served in the Clinton White
“Our constituents deserve a
civil and thoughtful debate on this Obama noted that neither
nomination, followed by an up-or-down Kagan’s mother nor father “lived to see
vote,” he said. this day, but I think her mother would
relish this moment. I think she would
The Republican leader, Sen. relish, as I do, the prospect of three
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said his women taking their seat on the nation’s
party would make sure there was a highest court for the first time in history ... PHILADELPHIA (Observer Up- discharged from the Army under
“thorough process, not a rush to a court that would be more inclusive, date) - At a special panel at Equality “Don’t Ask” last year after he an-
judgment” on the nomination. “Judges more representative, more reflective of Forum, Lt. Dan Choi urged everyone nounced he was gay on MSNBC’s
must not be a rubber-stamp for any us as a people than ever before.” to participate in the gay rights move- The Rachel Maddow Show. He is
ment, reported On Top Magazine. currently appealing the Army’s deci-
22nd Annual Tucson AIDS In answering a question about
Candlelight Memorial May 16 whether he would be interested in
running for elected office, Choi, the
Over the past month, activists
have ratcheted up their demands for
TUCSON (Observer Update) - makers, and create community dia- nation’s most visible opponent of repeal as a narrow window of opportu-
The 22nd annual Tucson AIDS Candle- logue about HIV/AIDS prevention, care, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 1993 law nity to repeal the law this year
light Memorial will be held the Sunday, and treatment. that forces gay troops to serve in continues to shrink. Congress is
May 16, with lighting of candles at secret, evaded the question, saying preparing to vote out of committee
sunset at Himmel Park (First Street/ For more information call (520) he’s “already in politics,” then added next year’s defense budget – be-
Tucson Blvd.), 5:30 - 9 p.m. 624-1779. that participation in the equality move- lieved to be the best bet for repeal –
ment came with few requirements. but the White House and the Penta-
This year’s theme is “Many gon appear united in urging lawmak-
Lights for Human Rights.” Join commu- “It doesn’t require someone ers to kick repeal down the road a bit.
nities around the world for the oldest to be called representative or senator
tradition against HIV/AIDS. or councilmember, what have you,” Choi, and at least 10 other
Choi said in response to Sirius XM gay activists, have handcuffed them-
The purpose is to honor all OutQ News’ Tim Curran. “I think every selves to the White House gate during
those affected by the AIDS pandemic, single one of us has a moral three separate demonstrations in
as well as to educate about HIV/AIDS, responsibility to step up.” protest of the military gay ban. Choi
influence local and national policy has been arrested twice.
Choi, 29, an Arab linguist, was Continued on Page Two
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Border Action Net-
Night May 15
TUCSON (Observer Update) -
Treasures For TIHAN 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday and Join Border Action Network Saturday,
cast your vote for Eon’s next Prom May 15, 6:00 p.m., at Hotel Congress for
May 22 Queen and King! a night of great entertainment and
TUCSON (Observer Update) - information regarding SB 1070.
“Treasures for TIHAN,” the signature
The EON Prom is free, open
fundraising benefit for the programs
only to ages 13-23, and is a safe and Border Action Network has
and services of TIHAN, celebrates its
13th anniversary with a spectacular sober event. While this is a free been on the front lines of the fight
event! event, but a canned food and against SB 1070 since its introduction.
additional donations at the door will We are having this event to raise funds
Join event co-chairs Tom benefit Eon’s Homeless Youth for our comprehensive effort to fight this
Murray and Deb Van Sant for a Project. For more informaiton, con- bill at a legal and community level. If
sparkling evening of cocktails, great tact Stephanie Arendt (520) 624-1779, you feel this is an unjust law, please join
music, fantastic food, and wonderful firstname.lastname@example.org. us Saturday night May 15th. At 6:00 pm
auction items. we’ll kick it off with a silent auction and
art sale in the Plaza while we enjoy the
Advance tickets for the event Bowling For Tommy mariachi border songs of Pablo, Sally
are $40 each or two for $70, and can be
purchased online from our payment
May 21 and Bubba. The wonderful Mariachi
options page. Tickets purchased on TUCSON (Observer Update) - Tesoro de Tucson follows and Poi Zen
the day of the event will be $50. The Bowling for Tommy is a memorial fire dancers will present two enlighten-
value of food and services received in event honoring the work and legacy ing performances during the evening.
return for each ticket purchase is $30. of Tommy Gin, a SAAF Board
Member and an active community In the Club, Tucson favorites,
$5 RAFFLE: Win $1,000 member. The Last Call Girls play followed by the
CASH! Raffle tickets only $5 each (or 5 amazing Kevin Pakulis Band. The
tickets for $20, or 15 tickets for $50). Register now for a fun auction ends at 9:00 pm. Please note:
Purchase your raffle tickets from our evening of cosmic bowling in some of our art and sculpture pieces
payment options page at tihan.org. Tommy’s memory on Friday, May 21, were created especially for this event.
2010 from 6-8pm at Camino Seco We are also auctioning off two JMStar
(You do not need to be
present at the auction to win the raffle.) Bowl. scooters! We promise you a wonderful
Tucson evening with information, edu-
TIHAN, Tucson Interfaith HIV/ Join this event as an Indi- cation and joyful music!
AIDS Network, is a volunteer-based, vidual Bowler or as a Corporate
nonprofit organization focused on mo- Sponsor Bowling Team. The cost is Suggested donation $10.00.
bilizing the resources of faith communi- $30 per person for all ages. The For more information, contact Jill (520)
ties to respond compassionately to evening includes: bowling shoes, 623-4944, email@example.com.
those infected and affected by HIV/ unlimited cosmic bowling, 1 large
AIDS and to promote awareness and
the prevention of HIV/AIDS. For more
pizza and a pitcher of soda per lane Lutheran Church In
(6 people per lane).
information, contact TIHAN at (520)
299-6647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.O. BOX 50733,
Register Now at Gay Pastors TUCSON, AZ 85703
EON Prom May 14 tommy/
ATLANTA (Observer Update) - A (520) 622-7176 (Voice)
Lutheran denomination is reinstating a Computer FAX ()792-8382
TUCSON (Observer Update ) - ComOffice
Com Office Hours: 9a.m.-6p.m.
gay Atlanta pastor and his partner to its
Eon’s Annual Prom is happening
Friday, May 14, from 6:00 - 11:00 pm, in HIV Testing Update clergy roster, reported 365Gay.com. Monday thru Friday
the Art Gallery on the northwest corner TUCSON (Observer Update) - Office Closed Thursdays
The Chicago-based Evangeli-
of Speedway and Stone. The theme is HIV Counseling and Testing is pro- 792-8382puter FAX (520)792-2
cal Lutheran Church in America said
Famous Couples and Celebrities, so vided in collaboration with the Pima Observer on the World Wide Web :
Tuesday the Rev. Bradley Schmeling
dress to impress as your favorite County Health Department. www.tucsonobserver.com
and the Rev. Darin Easler have been
celebrity or famous couple! E-Mail: email@example.com
approved for reinstatement. Schmeling,
Testing is available at SAAF, ——————————
who served as pastor of St. John
There will be a drag show, local bars, and at community events EDITOR/PUBLISHER:
Lutheran Church in Atlanta, was re-
raffle, food, and, of course, a DJ throughout the year. All tests are Bob Ellis
moved from the church’s clergy roster
hosted dance party! confidential. SAAF uses a Rapid HIV ARTS & GRAPHICS:
in 2007 for being in a same-gender
Test, with results available in ap- Gary Clark
relationship with Easler.
Eon’s Prom Queen and King proximately 15 minutes. MANAGING EDITOR:
and Princess and Prince will also be Mark Kerr
The church adopted revisions
revealed and crowned that night. For more information on test- Special Events Photos:
to ministry policy documents last
Haven’t voted for your Court Royalty ing or to make an appointment, Bill Morrow
month, making it possible for “eligible
candidate yet? Eon youth are wel- please call (520) 628-7223. Hunter Johnson
Lutherans in publicly accountable,
come to come into the Lounge, 3:00 - Amanda Irvin
lifelong, monogamous, same-gender
relationships” to serve as clergy.
Mark R. Kerr
Easler was removed from the clergy
roster in 2006 after having been without
a parish for three years. Publication of names or photos of any person
or organization in the OBSERVER is not to be
At Equality Forum: construed as indication of the sexual
orientation of such person, organization or
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Equality Forum is the annual
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WEEKLY OBSERVER MAY 12, 2010 PAGE THREE
“The Democratic whip’s of- inclusive bill this year, while dozens of
fice has circulated an e-mail asking Democrats who supported the 2007
members if they’d support a version bill have not signed on as cosponsors
of the non-discrimination act that this year.
includes the transgender protection
and if they’d oppose an anticipated Congressman Barney Frank
motion to recommit that would water of Massachusetts, the bill’s chief
down or strike that provision,” re- sponsor, remains confident that it will
ported The Hill. pass, although its fate in the senate
remains uncertain. The senate did not
Some Republicans who vote on ENDA after it passed the
supported the bill in 2007 said they
would not support the transgender House in 2007.
Civil Unions Unequal To Marriage AROUND THE GAY GLOBE. . . GA GLOBE.
TRENTON (Observer Update) - “A separate system of rights for A violent attack marred
The American Civil Liberties Union a particular minority group has once by Argentine judges who say the
Lithuania’s first gay pride parade on country’s constitution supports free-
submitted an amicus brief for a lawsuit in again failed to fulfill the actual promise Saturday (May 8), where about 400
New Jersey, which argues that civil of equality, as has been the case dom of choice for couples. But other
people marched for equality in a judges have overturned some of
unions are not equal to marriages, throughout history,” he said in a press sealed off area of downtown Vilnius.
reported advocate.com. release. those marriages as illegal. The Ro-
More than 1,000 protesters threw man Catholic Church strongly op-
smoke bombs and tried to break poses the legislation.
According to a statement from The state began issuing civil through the barrier before being
the ACLU of New Jersey, the courts have unions in 2006, after a court decided that stopped by police firing tear gas,
allowed legislatures to enact separate gay couples deserved equal treatment. A man who stabbed his hus-
according to the Associated Press. band to death in Manchester, En-
systems of rights for minorities, but the Unable to pass the barrier, protest-
ACLU contends that judges have al- The other signatories to the gland, was sentenced to life in prison.
ers then started throwing rocks and Michael Edwards, 32, will serve 13
ways struck down those systems when brief submitted today are the American- street signs at police. Two Lithuanian
they are shown to perpetuate dispari- Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the years before he becomes eligible for
lawmakers were detained after parole in the U.K.’s first domestic
ties. Anti-Defamation League, the Asian- trying to climb the barrier, and a
American Legal Defense and Educa- violence murder case in a same-sex
Catholic mass was held at the marriage. Edwards admitted in court
Vice dean of Rutgers-Newark tion Fund, the Garden State Bar Asso- nearby national cathedral to pray for
School of Law Ronald Chen authored ciation, the Hispanic Bar Association, to stabbing his husband, John
the gays. Eight-hundred police Edwards, 35, after a night of drinking in
the amicus brief on behalf of the ACLU- Legal Momentum, and the National officers were put on duty to secure
NJ and seven other notable minority the Manchester bar where they both
Organization for Women of New Jersey. the event. They detained 19 people.
rights and civil rights organizations. worked. An argument over a heating
bill became violent. Michael Edwards
Gay marriage is a big step grabbed a knife and chased John
Centrist Democrats Balking At closer to becoming law in Argentina. Edwards, stabbing him in the chest.
The House of Deputies approved He died from the wounds the following
ENDA Vote want to be forced to vote on a hot-button
same-sex marriage by an ample day. Manchester Crown Court Judge
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Observer margin Wednesday and sent the
Anthony Gee told the defendant, “You
Update) - As pressure for a vote on the issue popular on the left as they legislation for consideration in the
approach November congressional Senate. President Cristina went through a civil ceremony together
Employment Non-discrimination Act this
month increases, some moderate Demo- elections in which heavy Democratic Fernandez has promised not to veto and in the main you lived happily
crats are concerned that a show of losses are expected.” the measure if it reaches her desk. together thereafter. I am prepared to
support for the transgender inclusive Gay rights activist Esteban Paulon accept that you now bitterly regret your
legislation could hurt their reelection In 2007, a version of ENDA calls it historic – the first time a gay actions and the loss you have caused,”
prospects, reported advocate.com. without transgender protections won marriage initiative has been de- UPI reported.
support from some centrists, and passed bated in a national legislature in
According to The Hill, “The bill the House in a bipartisan vote of 235 to Latin America. Five gay and lesbian
scares centrist Democrats, who don’t 184. couples already have been married
PAGE FOUR MAY 12, 2010 WEEKLY OBSERVER
DADT Repeal In Jeopardy
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Ob-
server Update) - Capitol Hill insiders
continue to assess the fallout on
“don’t ask, don’t tell” following a
potentially game-changing letter in
which Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates urged for a delay, reported
Armed Services Committee
chair Ike Skelton of Missouri not to
vote on repeal before the Pentagon
completes its implementation study
“Clearly the world changed
dramatically with the Gates letter,”
said one Hill veteran who spoke on
condition of anonymity. “Everyone is
trying to figure out how to put Humpty
Dumpty back together again.”
The source said that prior to order to find common ground.
Gates’s letter, Senator Carl Levin of Rep. Barney Frank of
Michigan who chairs the Senate Both sources said it was Massachusetts has strongly advo-
Armed Services Committee was just difficult to know where the votes stood cated for full repeal but in an inter-
one to two votes shy of the 15 now in the Senate Armed Services view prior to the Gates letter said a
needed to attach a repeal measure Committee, but that things should moratorium could certainly be better
to this year’s Department of Defense become clearer in another two to three than nothing.
authorization bill in committee. weeks.
Folding repeal into the must-pass “If it was a moratorium that
Defense funding bill in committee They both agreed that Rep. was only going to be for six months
would place the onus on those who Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, chief and then [‘don’t ask, don’t tell’]
oppose repeal to find 51 votes to sponsor of the House repeal bill (H.R. would go back into effect, that would
strip out the measure on the Senate 1283), had the 216 votes to pass the be a problem,” he said. “But a
floor. measure as either a stand-alone bill moratorium that would be the first
or an attachment to the Defense step to abolition is almost as good
Multiple sources worried that authorization bill on the House floor. as abolition right away.”
moderate Democrats such as Sen.
Jim Webb of Virginia would now be “The question is, does the
nearly impossible to sway. House want to take a vote on some-
thing that might go nowhere in the Elton John Banned
“When people are asked to
vote against the recommendations
Senate?” said the second source. The From Egypt Concert
House has already passed more than
of the Defense Secretary, that 300 bills this Congressional session CAIRO (Observer Update) -
makes it a very heavy lift,” said the on which the Senate has yet to act, Elton John will not be performing a
source. and as the midterm elections loom, private concert in Egypt this month,
some members worry that every new the Jerusalem Post reported.
Another Hill insider said the vote is a potential liability that could
question now is whether it’s possible be turned against them. The House is Egypt’s Music Union, which
to usher through some alternative likely to consider the Defense funding controls what foreign stars perform in
approach, such as taking a repeal bill on the House floor the week of Egypt, banned John from the planned
vote this year but delaying imple- May 24 — the same week that the May 18 performance, reported
mentation in accordance with the Senate Armed Services Committee is 365Gay.com. The foreign news
Pentagon’s preferred timeline. scheduled to vote on the legislation. agency DPA reported Mounir al-
Repeal advocates have been Wasimi, head of the Music Union,
“But that would require the concerned that simultaneous consid- said he could not sanction an event
White House weighing in and eration in both chambers could from “a homosexual who wants to
changing the dynamic and I’m not hamper efforts to attach a repeal ban religions, claimed that the
confident they will do it,” said the measure; they generally believe the prophet Issa (Jesus) was gay and
source, who also agreed to speak best-case scenario would be for the calls for Middle Eastern countries to
on the condition of anonymity. Senate Armed Services Committee to allow gays to have sexual freedom.”
address the issue first.
White House press secre-
Al-Wasimi was referring to
tary Robert Gibbs appeared to be Another alternative to full controversial comments John made
unfamiliar with such a delayed repeal might the fallback of putting a during an interview with Parade
implementation strategy during moratorium on discharges. magazine several months ago. “I
Wednesday’s press briefing but
think Jesus was a compassionate,
said he would check into it. The second source said super-intelligent gay man who under-
suspending discharges might gain stood human problems,” he told
The source said there were traction even though advocates have Parade in February. “On the cross, he
likely two schools of thought in the been reluctant to settle for anything forgave the people who crucified
White House on the matter. less than full repeal. him. Jesus wanted us to be loving
and forgiving. I don’t know what
“Some are probably saying, “If you buy into the idea that makes people so cruel. Try being a
Your 401k might not be in ‘We made deal with Gates and we the Pentagon study is not about if but gay woman in the Middle East —
great shape buy why just need to stick with that.’ Others when, it makes perfect sense.”
you’re as good as dead.”
shouldn’t YOU might be saying, ‘The community is
kicking the crap out of us right now Though Pentagon officials
PERSONAL and we need to come up with a Plan have consistently opposed suspend-
B.’” ing discharges, some Democratic
TRAINER leaders on the Hill continue to support
Private Gym The “deal” the source it, suggesting that it may be a potential
referred to was the probable under- alternative to voting on full repeal this
$20/Hour !!! standing that the Pentagon would be
allowed to steward the implementa-
year. Sen. Levin has been floating the
concept publicly for several months,
Call ANDREW tion process according its own and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
520-909-4649 timeline. The source added that called on the administration to “imme-
finding a “Plan B” would require the diately place a moratorium on dis-
White House to reengage Secretary missals” in her response to the letter
Gates on the matter of repeal in from Secretary Gates.
WEEKLY OBSERVER MAY 12, 2010 PAGE FIVE
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ - BUZZ is BUZZ
BUZZ - BUZZ - BUZZ - BUZZa result, her battalion - recommending she repay her scholarships:
As BUZZ BUZZ
The bill now stands at $79,265.14. “I really don’t know how I’m going to make
130-Year-Old Cross- it happen. I don’t have $80,000 in my back pocket to just give to the Army,” she
Dressing Ban Repealed
OAKLAND (Observer Update) - After more than 130 years of being
banned, it is now legal to cross-dress in Oakland, California, reported
Marquette Accused Of Re-
City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan proposed a repeal of the scinding Job Offer To Lesbian
century-old law saying such laws are frequently used to oppress the LGBT
community. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the ban. A MILWAUKEE
second vote is necessary to complete the repeal process. That vote is set (Observer Update) - A
for May 18. Seattle University
professor is accusing
The law, adopted in 1879, bans people from dressing “in the attire of Marquette University
a person of the opposite sex,” the Associated Press reported. Officials said of offering her a job
and rescinding the
the law was never enforced.
offer when they
learned she is a
Calif. Asssembly Passes Bill lesbian, 365Gay.com
Eliminating Barriers To Jodi O’Brien
Dissolve Marriages, told WISN 12 News
she accepted a post
Domestic Partnerships For as Dean of
Marquette’s College of
Same-Sex Couples Arts and Sciences, but
the university’s presi-
SACRAMENTO (Observer Update) - The California State Assembly dent stepped in before
passed the Separation Equity Act (AB 2700) in a 44-21 vote. The bill, intro- it was made public.
duced by Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and co-spon- “I’m stunned and
sored by Equality California and the Conference of California Bar Associa- disappointed,” she said. “The College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette is strong
tions, would create a consolidated form and procedure to dissolve both a and vibrant, and I was looking forward to working with the students and faculty
civil marriage and domestic partnership. there.”
“Currently, couples must navigate a confusing system that is espe- Hundreds of students protested the decision, chanting and carrying signs
cially daunting for those who lack legal representation,” said Geoff Kors, outside the annual faculty dinner. Students and professors told WISN the school
Equality California executive director. “Since the State of California treats the was scared off after they discovered O’Brien’s academic writings about gay
relationships of same-sex couples differently, we need this legislation to marriage and sex. “This is not about sexual orientation,” Marquette spokesperson
prevent couples from having to jump through bureaucratic hoops until we Brigid O’Brien Miller told WISN. “This is about looking through the prism of a major
restore a system of fairness and equality.” leadership position and someone’s total academic writings and public work.”
AB 2700 would amend the state’s family code, allowing for couples
who first registered as domestic partners and who legally married thereafter,
to dissolve both contracts through a single, uniform procedure. The current
G/L Parents Win Rights In
system forces couples to go through a separate process for each. “AB 2700
brings us a step closer towards marriage equality by recognizing that ALL
marriages are treated alike, even when it comes to dissolving marriages,” ALBANY (Observer Update) - New York State’s highest court affirmed two
Assemblymember Ma said. cases on parental rights for non-biological parents, reported 365Gay.com. In the
first case, the court voted 4-3 to allow a woman to seek child support from her
former partner, even if the ex is not the biologically related.
ROTC Student Must Return
In the other case, which experts cited as the more important of the two, the
$80,000 Scholarship court ruled the non-biological parent can seek visitation rights on a child that she
After Coming Out “In many ways this is a real breakthrough in New York,” Susan Sommer,
senior counsel and director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal told the
New York Times.
CHAPEL HILL (Observer Update) - The costly military ban, Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell, is adding up to almost $80,000 in debt for one University of North
Carolina student, reported 365Gay.com. Sara Isaacson was offered an
ROTC scholarship that financed her UNC education. But the values the
ROTC instilled in her left her with a conundrum: Should she come out to her
“What it came down to for me is that I felt I needed to come out to my
commander because of integrity,” Isaacson told Campus Politics. “Integrity
is one of the seven Army values and is something that they train us to live by
every day, every second, whether someone’s watching or not. … Without
realizing it, the policy really asks people to lie, to lie about who they are, to
tell small lies about what they did or didn’t do. It’s something that I wasn’t
willing to do because if I don’t have my values to fall back on, I have noth-
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Every weekday morning as we
approach the markup of the
Defense Authorization bill in the
Senate and House Armed
Services Committees, SLDN
and a coalition of voices
supporting repeal, will share an
open letter to the President from Ex-President Harry S.Truman and Family
a person impacted by this
discriminatory law. We are urging the
President to include repeal in the While I have no idea where
Administration’s defense budget my grandfather would stand on
recommendations, but also to voice “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I do know that
his support as we work to muster the he admired service and sacrifice.
15 critical votes needed on the Senate An estimated 66,000 gay and lesbian
Armed Services Committee to include Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen
repeal. The Defense Authorization bill and Coastguardsmen are willingly
represents the best legislative vehicle risking their lives to defend our
to bring repeal to the president’s desk. nation, despite being treated as
It also was the same vehicle used to second class citizens.
pass DADT in 1993. By working
together, we can help build momentum I would hope that my grand-
to get the votes! We ask that you father would want his openly gay
forward and post these personal great-granddaughter and others like
stories.) her to have the opportunity to serve
the country they love with dignity and
May 7, 2010 integrity.
President Barack H. Obama Mr. President, as you have
said many times, including in your
The White House State of the Union Address earlier
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this year, ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Washington, DC 20500 Tell” is the right thing to do. This
year is the right time to do it.
Dear Mr. President:
I commend you for your
Tomorrow, my family and I will commitment and hope the example
mark the 126th anniversary of my of my grandfather, Harry Truman, will
grandfather President Harry Truman’s help you lead with the same courage
birthday. There are many reasons we and conviction to ensure the “equal-
celebrate his life and contributions to ity of treatment and opportunity for all
our nation, but in particular we are who serve our nation’s defense.”
proud of his decision to desegregate
the U.S. Armed Forces in July 1948, Respectfully,
which paved the way for future civil Clifton Truman Daniel
It was not easy. He faced
fierce opposition from inside and Arguments
outside the military. Many, including
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Omar Bradley,
argued that mixing black and white Law
soldiers would destroy the Army. BOSTON (Observer Update) -
An attorney for married gay couples
My grandfather, however, was has argued that the federal Defense
appalled that African-American of Marriage Act is unconstitutional
service members had been beaten because it treats same-sex married
and lynched upon their return home couples differently than heterosexual
couples, 365Gay.com reported.
from fighting in World War II. They had
risked their lives to defend our nation, Mary Bonauto, an attorney
but were denied the full rights and with Gay & Lesbian Advocates and
responsibilities of American citizen- Defenders, said in federal court in
ship. Implementation of his order to Boston that the law denies gay
desegregate wasn’t easy, but it made couples an array of federal benefits,
our military stronger and our nation a including the financial advantages of
brighter beacon of democracy. filing joint tax returns.
There are strong parallels U.S. District Court Judge Jo-
between the desegregation of the seph Tauro heard arguments on the
government’s request to dismiss the
military and the debate over “Don’t
lawsuit, and on a request from the gay
Ask, Don’t Tell,” the law that mandates couples to find the law unconstitu-
the firing of a service member based tional.
solely on his or her sexual orientation.
Opponents argue that allowing openly A Justice Department lawyer
gay and lesbian service members to says the Obama administration wants
serve alongside their heterosexual the act repealed, but that the depart-
comrades will endanger discipline ment is obliged to defend the constitu-
and morale. tionality of laws passed by Congress.
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IN A LIGHTER VEIN . . . . . . Anti-Gay Movement Leader
Spotted In Airport With Rent-Boy
Gay Adoption Play ‘The Kid’ MIAMI (Observer Update) - What Families Should Know About
George Alan Rekers, a co-founder of Homosexuality.” He’s advised U.S.
Opens Of f Broadway the Family Research Council, was government leaders and his testi-
NEW YORK (Observer Update) our own plot and music on their lives,” the caught on camera returning to a Miami mony in Florida helped cement the
- An Off Broadway production of “The author of the musical, Michael Zam, told airport after a 10-day holiday. His state’s gay adoption ban.
Kid,” based on sex columnist Dan the New York Times. “But it was also escort through the airport, according to
Savage’s gay adoption memoir of thrilling to create a show around a a Miami New Times investigation, is “While he keeps a low
the same name, opened Monday, person who is not your standard role- truly an escort. He advertises his public profile, his fingerprints are
May 10, reported 365Gay.com. model character, who is insightful about
services on male escort directory on almost every anti-gay effort to
his foibles and admits to them and who
The musical looks at what has all these powerful emotions that we rentboy.com. demean and dehumanize LGBT
happens when Savage and his knew — somehow — could be turned into people,” Wayne Besen, a gay
partner, Terry, decide to start a powerful songs.” According to the New Times rights advocate in New York City
family.“We also wanted to create a report, Rekers payed for a 10-day trip and executive director of Truth
musical that was true to the experi- Savage said watching a recent to Europe with a rentboy who was Wins Out told New Times. “His
ences of Dan Savage and his performance was “a surreal experi- referred to as a “travel assistant.” work is ubiquitously cited by lobby
partner, Terry, capture the essence of ence.” groups that work to deny equality to
who they were, without just imposing Rekers is a rabid Christian LGBT Americans. Rekers has
with vehemently antigay values. He’s caused a great deal of harm to gay
Tony Award Nominations
Award Nominations published numerous articles and and lesbian individuals.”
Announced books including “Growing Up Straight:
“Fela!” and “La Cage aux Folles.”
Among the Tony nods:
Out actor Robin De Jesus
earned a nomination for best featured
actor in “La Cage aux Folles.” He earned
a nod in 2008 for “In the Heights,” but did
Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace”
fame got nominated as best actor in a
leading role in his Broadway debut role
in “Promises, Promises.”
Levi Kreis, the out vocalist,
made his first appearance on Broadway
as Jerry lee Lewis in “Million Dollar
Quartet,” and earned a best featured
“In the Next Room,” also called
the vibrator play, won three Tony nods
NEW YORK (Observer Update) including best play.
- The Tony Award nominations
announced Tuesday include a host “Next Fall” also won a nod for
of gay stars and storylines, reported best play. It was also nominated in the
365Gay.com. Leading the pack with George Alan Rekers
best direction category.
11 nominations is a tie between
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Bisexuals, Trans, Queer, Women. Meets Mondays and related benefits at no charge. For more info call to educate legislators and citizens about sound AIDS
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SAAF (7223). World wide web: http://www.saaf.org. Check out our website at www.desertvoices.org, or
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Lesbians, Bisexuals, Trans, Queer, Women. Meets Join the LESBIAN & GAY PUBLIC AWARENESS
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YOUNG AND GAY? activities. Call 207-5336 for information and a each month at Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 5102
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support and information. You are not alone. For more or write: Lutherans Concerned/Tucson, P.O. Box
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people living with HIV/AIDS. The Tucson Interfaith
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TIMERS. We’re the local chapter of Prime Timers compassionate and committed volunteers to provide evenings 7_10pm at the Historic Y, corner of
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mature gay and bi men as well as younger (21+) men assistance with meals, shopping, errands, for more info.
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wide range of dining events, cultural enrichment appointments, and respite care for primary care LGBT SUPPORT GROUP FOR VICTIM/
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tours and much more. Visitors are always welcome. to be of service. For information call Scott at 299-6647. Hate Crimes, Bias Acts, Harassment. Call Megan at
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TUCSON INFORMATION AND REFERRAL at their website: teamarizona.org club for hiking, biking, camping, boating etc, is now
For Information on human service organizations, up and running in the Tucson area. To join, go
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TUCSON PRIDE, INC. meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Desert Dominion,
WINGSPAN - Tucson’s Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Wednesday at Braun P.C. located at 6125 E. Grant 3843 E. 37th Street, Tucson, AZ. (Map available at
Community Center, 425 E. 7th St., offers support groups Road at 6pm. Tucson Pride produces the following www.desertdominion,org) For those who are kinky or
/ info line / social events / library / meeting space. events each year: Pride Week; Pride In The Desert just curious. No fee, contributions are appreciated,
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Thursday (open to all), 6:00 p.m. Information 624-1779. call 622-3200 or visit their website at Mondays, 6:30pm at Wingspan, 425 E. 7th Street. This
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OF COMMERCE (GPGLCC) P.O. BOX 2097, Phoenix, LEARN TO BE A LISTENING FRIEND Unique
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service. Business and individual listings are free of
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BEARS OF THE OLD PUEBLO - a social club for problems meets in Tucson Monday thru Thursdays Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd Street,
bears and bigger, more robust men (and of course, at different locations. For more information about Tucson. Located one quarter mile east of Swan on
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begins at 6:30 and the monthly meeting follows at 7:15 and attends shows, movies, comedy events, etc. Now and a pillow or cushion. Takes place every Sunday
p.m. in our 23rd year, 7th in Tucson. from 10-11:30AM at 3 Jewels, 314 E. 6th St. Donations
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someone’s drinking? Meeting every Tuesday 8:45 to (SAGA). The Southwest’s largest transgender and
9:45 p.m. at Lambda Center, 2940 E. Thomas, gender-diversity advocacy organization. Speakers
Phoenix. Ellie 581-8850 or Ronn 968-2384. and panelists available. General meetings monthly
on the 1st Mondays at 7pm; Dezert Girlz (MTF Support)
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE GROUP - Outreach to Gay and meets 2nd Mondays at 7pm; Dezert Boyz (FTM
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PAGE TWELVE MAY 12, 2010 WEEKLY OBSERVER
COMMENTA RY. . . . by John Corvino
So, we have a new line to add feeling sorry for these people.
to the file labeled “Seriously?!?”—
alongside Reverend Ted Haggard’s “I As the Gay Moralist, I like
bought the meth but didn’t use it,” ex- to give all people the benefit of the
gay leader John Paulk’s “I had to use doubt. It’s not a strategy so much
the bathroom and had no idea it was a as a matter of empathy. I was once
gay bar,” Rep. Eric Massa’s “I’m just a a closeted homosexual conserva-
salty old sailor,” and Senator Larry tive myself, and I came close to
Craig’s “I have a wide stance.” entering the Catholic priesthood. I
often wonder whether, had my life
Now add Reverend George gone slightly differently—different
Rekers’ “I hired him to lift my luggage.” influences, different opportunities,
As a co-founder of the conservative different choices—I’d be missing
Family Research Council, a board truths that seem obvious to me now.
member of the National Association
for Research & Therapy of Homo- I even wonder whether I
sexuality (NARTH), and an author of might have acted out sexually in
numerous anti-gay works, Dr. Rekers inappropriate ways—hiring male
is a major right-wing figure. prostitutes privately while railing
against homosexuality publicly, or
And so he did what any hitting on college seminary stu-
straight, family-oriented Baptist dents (not children) in my priestly
minister would do when looking for care. While I’m no longer a be-
someone to carry his luggage on a liever, the phrase “There but for the
ten-day European excursion. He went grace of God” still resonates with
to rentboy.com and hired a prostitute. me.
I can’t make this stuff up. I am not denying that we’re
responsible for our choices and
The Miami New Times broke actions. I’m simply saying that there
the story this week, complete with are often mitigating factors beyond
details from 20-year-old blond Puerto observers’ ken. I don’t know
Rican rentboy “Lucien’s” profile: his Rekers personally, and I can only
“smooth, sweet, tight ass,” his “per- make an educated guess at what
fectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)” and the demons he wrestles with.
fact that he’ll “do anything you say as
long as you ask.” These are important But I know from hard
attributes for travel assistants, no experience that the best way to
doubt. tame demons is to start being
honest with yourself and others.
A blogger at Unzipped.net That, instead of using self-respect-
quickly uncovered the rentboy’s ing gays as a proxy for whatever
profile, which identifies him as internal foes you’re fighting.
Boynextdoor/Geo and was purged of
some of the earlier sexual content; the Unsurprisingly, not even
profile has since been removed from Rekers’ religious right buddies are
the site altogether to protect the young buying his “lift my luggage” line, or
man’s privacy. his more recent claim (in a mes-
sage to blogger Joe.My.God) that
(Incidentally, we SHOULD he spent time with the youth in order
protect the young man’s privacy. 20- to share the Gospel: “Like John the
year-olds don’t typically go into
prostitution because it’s the best
Baptist and Jesus, I have a loving
Christian ministry to homosexuals
among many excellent job opportuni- and prostitutes in which I share the Free Inspection
ties.) Good News of Jesus Christ with with mention of this ad
Lucien/Geo is the same age
as a son that Rekers adopted four Lift his luggage? Share the
years ago, which might not be relevant Good News? These lines make
were it not for Rekers’ vigorous great double-entendres for late-
opposition to adoption by gays. night comedians (“Is that what the
Rekers testified in favor of nasty kids are calling it these days?”) but 520-622-3500 or 520-623-0644
homosexual adoption bans in both they don’t get Rekers a whit closer Fax 520-624-6574
Arkansas and Florida. Indeed, on the to addressing his real baggage.
blog page where he repeats his lame 2208 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705
luggage excuse, there’s a link labeled (John Corvino, Ph.D. is an
“Should homosexuals be allowed to
adopt children?” This leads to a page
author, speaker, and philosophy
professor at Wayne State Univer-
COMPLETE CAR CARE
full of outright falsehoods, including: sity in Detroit. His column “The Gay
Moralist” appears 365gay.com,
“Large research studies from which this is reprinted from.)
consistently report that a majority of
homosexually-behaving adults have a
life-time incidence of one or more
psychiatric disorders, while a majority
of heterosexually-behaving adults do
not suffer a psychiatric disorder…. So
my professional conclusion that
homosexually-behaving adults should
not be allowed to adopt children is
based on research and logic.”
And perhaps personal experi-
This is not funny. It is not even
sad. It’s disgusting. And I’m tired of