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Gossip: Snyde and Sneak
by TRACY BAIM
1999-03-03

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Music Box screens The Brandon Teena Story for a one- week run, starting Friday, March 5. Susan Muska´s and Greta Olafsdottir´s "passionate, angry and persuasive" docudrama is about the murdered Nebraska trans youth. Call ( 773 ) 871- 6604. Saturday & Sunday at the Music Box, there´s a matinee of Dear Jesse, a gay man´s search for the truth behind Sen. Jesse Helms -including footage of Matthew Shepard ( ABOVE ) being interviewed. Call for details.

Top of the Line

Associated Press reports that French lesbian tennis star Amelie Mauresmo "avenged her loss to Martina Hingis in the Australian Open final with a 2- 6, 6- 1, 6- 3 victory over the world´s top player in the Gaz de France Open," last week. Hingis, you´ll recall, referred to Mauresmo as "half a man" when the frenchwoman openly discussed her sexuality.

That´s Entertainment

WTTW Channel 11 shows "Andrew Lloyd Webber´s 50th B- Day Celebration" Sunday, March 7, 8 p.m.. Stars includes Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas. WTTW screens the "Roy Orbison Anthology" documentary March 8, including scenes with k.d. lang.

Lifetime Television for Women presents Oh Baby, a two- part season finale. This includes the story of an artificially inseminated baby surprise, and runs March 6 and 13. Emmy- winning The Practice star Camryn Manheim guest stars as a nurse on strike.

HBO presents Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports, Monday, March 8, 9 p.m., with Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova among those interviewed.

The Feb. 23 Felicity on the WB opens with Javier, openly gay boss of the title character, Felicity Porter ( Keri Russell ) , proposing marriage to her so he can stay in this country. Then, Noel Crane ( Scott Foley ) deals with his brother´s coming out to him-he reacts badly at first, but in that usual way problems are solved in one hour on TV, he eventually is OK with it all.

On three May episodes ( i.e. sweeps month ) of Fox´s Party of Five, Neve Campbell´s character, soon after ending an abusive relationship with a boyfriend, begins a fling with an older woman, reports Associated Press.

Among the Oscar nominees for best documentary is Dancemaker, about the Paul Taylor dance company. As Time points out "Taylor steers clear of personal revelations," but there is of course behind- the- scenes intrigue, dancers coping with AIDS, and more.

Dateline and People magazine collaborated on a special about the magazine´s 25 years of cover stories, but mysteriously absent from the March 1 show was the impact of AIDS on ´people.´ No feature on Ryan White, Rock Hudon, etc. They did start with tennis star Rene Richards and her fight to be on the women´s tennis circuit after having surgery to become a woman. De- throned Miss America Vanessa Williams talked about the same- sex photos that did her reign in-but totally denied the images were sexual ( uh- huh, two naked women just cuddling ) .

Mixed Media

The Feb. 22 Wall Street Journal featured an op- ed by Camille Paglia, "It Wasn´t ´Romeo and Julian´" and referring to a Newton, Mass., junior high´s posting of photo of lesbian and gay historical figures in celebration of diversity, reports GLAAD. According to Paglia, the Newton teacher who created the exhibit told the Boston Globe it was intended to teach "tolerance and respect." But Paglia was upset that it had people who were not, in their lifetimes, "professed gays," pointing to William Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Walt Whitman. Paglia says that in spite of their admittedly likely attraction to men, "In the absence of hard information, to call them ´gay´ is ethically wrong." She chastises the exhibit´s inclusion of Eleanor Roosevelt for "reduc [ ing ] a bold, dynamic woman É to gossip and speculation." Paglia is such a self- hating lesbian that she doesn´t see sexuality as a proud part of a person, but as "reducing" someone to "gossip." Why do the national media love her? They love it when Blacks attack their own, and gays attack their own.

In its Feb. 19 piece about an attack on 17- year- old Adam Colton, ABCNEWS.com provided extensive information which contributed to its report, says GLAAD. Based on a story which originally broke in the AP, Rebecca Leung´s piece details the case, noting that this is the second time Colton has been victimized at a school which has also allegedly had a history of racial intolerance. The report includes many resources.

Writer Mary Daly ( Gyn/Ecology ) is causing a stir at Boston College. The prof only lets women take her classes. Daly took a leave of absence from the Jesuit college this semester rather than bow to demands that she admit senior Duane Naquin into her class in feminist ethics, reports AP. It´s interesting that since it´s a Jesuit College, and these religious groups are always saying they shouldn´t be governed by laws, that now they are falling back on federal and state discrimination laws to force Daly´s hand. The Center for Individual Rights is taking the case-and again it´s ironic because these same right- wingers fight civil- rights laws as "special rights." Daly said of her previously co- ed classes: "Even if there were only one or two men with 20 women, the young women would be constantly on an overt or a subliminal level giving their attention to the men because they´ve been socialized to nurse men."

A Winky & A Prayer

Martin Moyer, president of the Christian Action Network, was on CNN TalkBack Live Feb. 23 [ cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/9902/23/tl.00.html ] about gay characters on TV-real and imagined. The discussion surrounded a new rating that right wingers want on shows with "Homosexual Content," or "HC" for short. Hollywood and the studios are rightfully outraged. Thus say Moyer: "I think a lot of parents are concerned about the volume of homosexual material that is coming on their TV set, and what they are asking is that they be warned with some type of label, so that they know to screen out these programs for the children. What I am talking about here is not every time a character that comes on TV that happens to be homosexual, but when the producers or the networks know that their intent is to change the beliefs of a child or an adult ... that parents be given a warning with an HC warning label, so that they have the ability to select appropriate programs for their children. ... In Arlington, Virginia, last month, a program was put on [ cable ] called Cowboy Jesus, which depicted Jesus as a Black lesbian homosexual Harley Davidson driver who goes and saves Mary Magdalene from a bunch of thugs, has sex with Mary Magdalene in a tunnel, and Jesus is later crucified by white neo- Nazis because he is a lesbian. Now, something like this should have some type of warning. ... [ Then on to Tinky Winky. ] But to say that homosexuals do not use child characters to promote their cause just isn´t true. I´m going to hold up something here, which I hope you can see on the screen, and you can see Bert and Ernie with the word G- A- Y right above it. This is put out on streets in Washington, D.C., to attract kids, and there is no denying it comes from a homosexual group. It is Bert and Ernie. The word ´gay´ is above it. So these things do happen, that the homosexual community uses child char

That´s all she wrote

The gay Pride group at UIC has several women´s history month events planned, including: Friday, March 5, gurrls night out, 8 p.m., "The Prescriptions" perform. Tuesday, March 9, there´s a lecture-Bisexuality, Feminism, Men, and Me; Lesbians, Gay Men & Bisexuals, 6 p.m. by bisexual writer Robyn Ochs. Saturday, March 13, gurrls night out, 8 p.m., with Big Smith drumming. Melissa Ferrick will follow with her own fiery brand of acoustic driven music. Call ( 312 ) 996- 4424.

Sunday, March 7, from 5- 8 p.m., StarGaze hosts a Ms. Cheetah Contest & Pool Tourney to benefit the Women´s Sports Association and the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association. The cost is just $5, first- come, first- served on pool tourney entry. It´s at 5419 N. Clark; ( 773 ) 871- 7610.

Cover boy

What a wonderful and ironic choice for a cover model Today´s Chicago Woman picked for their annual Bachelor´s feature. Especially given that the words "gay" or "lesbian" are about as rare in TCW as a Jerry Falwell column is in a gay newspaper. Richard Knight is the model for the feature, and he´s dressed in many different outfits, cross- dressing his way through the magazine. Knight is well- known as an openly gay performer about town, including with the Samba Bamba band.

Enter to win ´Serving in Silence´ video

The three- time Emmy- winning Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, is finally available on home video. Glenn Close ( as Cammermeyer ) and Judy Davis ( as her partner ) won awards for their portrayals-and they even got to kiss. Outlines is offering a very limited number of FREE copies of the video to web users. You must enter via the internet ( find a friend with a computer if you have to! ) . Send to outlines@suba.com . We´ll need your name, address, phone and e- mail address.

acters." Moyer says he´s asking for this to be voluntary-but he does say they want the FCC to agree with them-isn´t that the government? Jack Valenti, president and the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, thinks the rating is an " inhumane proposal. It´s something that ought to be ignored, and I think it lacks rationale, and most of all, it is a kind of a coarse statement. ... I don´t think there´s any chance of this becoming a reality-zero."

* Lambda Publications, The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,1115 W. Belmont 2D, Chicago, IL 60657; PH ( 773 ) 871-7610; FAX ( 773 ) 871-7609. See Outlines, Nightlines, Out Resource Guide, Clout! Business Report, Blacklines and En La Vida on the web at www.windycitymediagroup.com


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