1st May, 2002 (# 5) News Clippings Digest
- 1st May, 2002 (# 5) News Clippings Digest
1. NEW ZEALAND HERALD Coming out is stressful without moral support
2. NEW ZEALAND HERALD Police will begin patrolling a popular Bay of
Plenty nudist beach after complaints about the behaviour of gay men
in the sand dunes
3. SOUTHERN VOICE (glbt) Openly gay Dr. Lee Golusinski is named one
of the top family practice doctors in the Southeast by Ladies Home
4. SOUTHERN VOICE Is the University of Georgia mission not being
met for gay students?
5. WASHINGTON BLADE (glbt) U.S. Senate committee passes Employment
New Zealand Herald, 1 May 2002
PO Box 32, Auckland, New Zealand
(Fax: +64-9-373-6421 ) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.nzherald.co.nz )
'Coming out' stressful without moral support
By REBECCA WALSH
Geoffrey Dickman was part-way through his third-form year when
realised he was different.
"I kind of thought I liked boys. It was not anything I acted
I thought it was part of growing up."
But it wasn't a phase. Four years later, he told some friends
gay. They weren't surprised, and had been wondering when he was
Soon after, he told his mother and, eventually, his father.
"I was quite scared of telling dad. I didn't think he would
receptive ... he gave me a big hug and said 'you are still my son, we
love you. Stand by your convictions, you have your family's
It is estimated about one in four families have a gay member.
For some, like Geoffrey, who is now 25, coming out is
easy, but others face rejection and isolation as families struggle to
their child's sexuality.
Merryn Statham, director of Rainbow Youth, an Auckland-based
organisation, which provides support, information, advocacy and social
groups for young homosexuals, says they face tremendous pressure
terms with their sexual orientation.
Many will realise they are not heterosexual but take years to
acknowledge that, both to themselves and to family and friends.
In the intervening years they may start misbehaving or taking
Alternatively, they may become isolated and feel they don't fit in.
"Families could cop a lot of that behaviour in terms of that
person's confusion, anger and fear," Ms Statham says.
Family rejection remains the biggest fear for young gay people
the attitude of their parents and family to homosexuality plays a big
in any decision to come out.
Often the young person will seek out someone who isn't a family
member to talk to, such as a friend, staff member at school or
Many choose to talk to their mother first to gauge what sort of
reaction they will get. Some end up telling their family in a moment
Often parents are not surprised to learn their son or daughter
gay. Others don't want to know - that may be because of religious or
beliefs, or social ignorance.
Beliefs persist that you can change a person's sexual
that being gay is a mental illness that can be healed.
When one of Geoffrey's friends told his parents he was gay, his
mother started hitting her husband, saying it would never have
he spent more time with their son as he was growing up.
In more extreme cases, young gay people are kicked out of
or forbidden from having contact with the family. Sometimes families
try to limit their child's contact with other gay people.
"It's almost that, 'it's just a phase thing' so if they are not
surrounded by that it will go away," Ms Statham says.
"Often families do that with the best of intentions, thinking
can shield young people from what they perceive as a negative thing
happening in their lives ... but they are further stigmatising them."
She says those are often the young people who are at the
of suicide, drug and alcohol problems and prostitution.
But even if families accept their child's sexuality, most go
a certain amount of grief and shock. It may be sadness that they are
to miss out on being grandparents or grappling with the fact that
child and partner are planning a family.
Parents may be worried or fearful for their child, because as
they see the costs and difficulties for people who are different.
"They possibly have a really good understanding of how queer
are treated because they may have been involved in some of that
"They may have condoned it by not challenging it in the
Many will be embarrassed and worry about what others think.
families will close ranks, refusing to seek any information or
Ms Statham says it is fine for parents to say they are
know what to say and that they need time and information to
Young people also need to give their family time to take the
"It is really important that families don't close ranks and
information to help them have some understanding about what's going
Parents will need to consider other siblings, who may be
the attention their brother or sister is receiving, and may not
or feel embarrassed.
Ms Statham says the best advice she can give families is "don't
discard your young people, love them, talk with them".
"Ideally, that young person has their family connection
and re-stated and affirmed."
People often think there is a choice about being gay but she
only choice is whether to be open about it.
Geoffrey says young people need to be true to themselves and
there is support available.
"Being gay is only a small part of who you are as a person. A
people tend to lose sight of that."
New Zealand Herald, 2 May 2002
PO Box 32, Auckland, New Zealand
(Fax: +64-9-373-6421 ) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.nzherald.co.nz )
Police watch on popular nudist beach
By JO-MARIE BROWN
Police will begin patrolling a popular Bay of Plenty nudist
after complaints about the behaviour of gay men in the sand dunes.
A 42-year-old man will appear in the Tauranga District Court
charged with committing an indecent act in a public place after police
visited Papamoa Beach on Tuesday.
About six other men were also seen "acting furtively" near a
walkway but would not face charges.
Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Wright St-Clair said the
end of the beach was a well-known nudist area which police and locals
not have a problem with.
"But it's quite obvious these guys are not just going down
sunbathe in the nude," he said. "I think what's happened now is that
bit of a cruising area for gays."
Papamoa residents had made complaints in recent weeks that
police dressed in beach clothes to check the area.
Papamoa resident and co-owner of Tauranga's Chromazones Cruise
for gay men, Grant Marx, said the area had been a popular "pick-up"
for over 30 years.
"It used to be quite secluded. No-one really worried about it
now all the houses have been built around it and families have
started to go
down there, it's become a hot topic."
Mr Marx said around 15 to 20 gay men visited the beach on an
day but pointed out that numerous heterosexual couples had sex there
Extra police patrols were a good idea as long as gay men who
minding their own business or just talking to friends were not
Southern Voice (glbt), 26 April 2002
1095 Zonolite Road, Atlanta, GA 30306
(E-Mail: editor@... )( http://www.southernvoice.com/ )
Gay doctor among nation's best
by Christopher Seely
The acclaim earned by Dr. Lee Golusinski affords him remarkable
bragging rights. Atlanta Magazine lists him as one of Atlanta's top
doctors, and this month's Ladies Home Journal lauds him as one of the
family practice doctors in the Southeast.
Despite the exceptional acclaim, Golusinski, who is openly gay,
remains accessible and self-effacing.
"He does so much, and he never wants to talk about it. He
wants to help humanity and does it in a modest way," said attorney
Philbrick, Golusinski's partner of more than two years.
A physician in private practice focusing on primary care and
medicine, Golusinski said that he does not hide his sexual
"I received an award from the Atlanta Rainbow Trout [a gay swim
team], and it is displayed on the wall in my waiting room because it
sports related," said Golusinski, who serves with Philbrick on the
Ladies Home Journal based its selection on "America's Top
consumer guidebook published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The
conducts extensive research via anonymous mail surveys, online
phone surveys to develop a database of nominees who have been
leaders in the medical profession, said Dr. William Liss-Levinson,
Connolly's vice president of business development.
The screening process doesn't include any questions about
orientation, Liss-Levinson said.
But according to Golusinski, some patients do seek medical
him specifically because they are gay and feel more comfortable
a doctor who understands their personal concerns.
Patient Sheilah Romano did not know the doctor's sexual
when she was referred to him by a friend, but "thought it was cool
thought I'd feel comfortable with family."
"I've found that a lot of doctors aren't able to spend much
patients, but he took a special interest that I had never found
before in a
doctor," she said.
Golusinski said that being gay has never hampered his
life. "I've been very fortunate in that it's been very irrelevant,"
The medical community in Atlanta embraces Golusinski, said
who has attended medical community parties with him. "They love him
Some Emory doctors use him as their doctor. It really says something
these doctors use Lee," Philbrick said.
Golusinski acknowledged location could play a role in his good
"In Atlanta, it is very easy to be gay and to be a physician,"
said. "Certainly, there is the thought that it is tougher to be gay
rural communities, although the president of the Georgia Association
Physicians for Human Rights [a group for gay doctors] practices in
with no difficulty.
"That rural bias might just be a misconception for some
A lot of communities would be thankful to have a competent physician,"
Golusinski belongs to GAPHR as well as the American Academy of
Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American
Society for Sports Medicine and the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association.
GLMA strives to ensure that gay and lesbian patients are cared
appropriately in medicine and that gay and lesbian healthcare workers
not discriminated against, said GLMA President Christopher Harris of
Vanderbilt Hospital. Harris congratulated Golusinski on his honors
hailed him as "a role model for gay and lesbian health practitioners
especially for students."
The experiences that influenced Golusinski to practice primary
and sports medicine began early in his youth. The burgeoning doctor
with disabled children in middle school, and taught swim lessons at
to both children and adults in college. The swim lessons, he said,
together an amalgam of his interests, because he enjoyed working with
and old people in an athletic environment.
To actualize his interests in the medical profession,
finished his undergraduate degree at Duke, attended the Medical
the Medical College of Virginia, and returned to Duke where he
residency in family practice and a fellowship in sports medicine.
He then moved to Atlanta to join the Emory University faculty,
worked at Emory for seven years as an assistant professor and program
director for family practice residency students.
. Editorial Assistant Christopher Seely can be reached at
Southern Voice (glbt), 19 April 2002
1095 Zonolite Road, Atlanta, GA 30306
(E-Mail: editor@... )( http://www.southernvoice.com/ )
UGA mission 'not being met' for gay students?
by Laura Douglas-Brown
Nine out of 10 gay University of Georgia students who
a survey on the Athens campus have heard anti-gay jokes. Almost 75
said they knew someone who had been verbally harassed and more than 25
percent do not feel the school is a safe place for gays, according to
research released this week.
Drawn from a survey conducted in Fall 2001, the report,
the Shadows of the Arch: Safety and Acceptance of Lesbian, Gay,
Queer Students at the University of Georgia," was released on April
17 at a
campus press conference.
The research - based on 82 surveys that were returned out of
distributed by the Campus Climate Research Group, a committee of
students and staff - "indicates that the university's educational
not being met for LGBTQ students," the report concludes.
Officials with UGA's communications office directed questions
Louis Castenell, acting associate provost for the Office for
Castenell said he was not surprised by the survey's results.
"I think it is very consistent with my quesses, and similar to
[minority] groups," he said. "Whether it's black jokes or gay jokes,
sure 80 to 90 percent of the students on campus have heard them."
The campus atmosphere makes it difficult to be open about
said John Lynch, outreach director for Lambda Alliance, a gay student
"Generally, most people here will let you be gay as long as
it to yourself, so it's not a supportive environment, but not an
hateful one," said Lynch, a junior majoring in psychology.
Lynch said he personally experienced harassment last year when
men in his dorm "consistently wrote crude messages about me being gay
message board on my door.
"They would also call me names when they walked by," Lynch
"When I asked them to stop, they told me that I was being too
Erika Litchfield, a gay sophomore who participated in the
serves with Lynch on Lambda's speakers bureau, characterized her own
experiences as "minor."
Still, the women's studies and political science major said
been called a "dyke" by men riding in a UGA maintenance truck and was
"corrected over and over again" in Italian class when she spoke about
girlfriend in the language.
University officials "could put more emphasis on gay-bashing
other minority-related hate crimes," Litchfield said. "I think it
swept under the rug by the administration."
The campus climate report includes a list of a dozen
for university officials, ranging from creating and funding a
Resource Office to engaging in dialogue "with various faith families,
especially Christian churches and communities."
The "top two priorities" for the university should be better
enforcement of the existing non-discrimination policy covering sexual
orientation, and pushing for "greater responsiveness" from the Office
Institutional Diversity, said Dr. Robert Hill, chair of the committee
conducted the survey and an assistant professor in adult education.
The non-discrimination policy "has been in place for more than
years, but I believe it is incumbent on the university not only to
the policy, but to put in place procedures for implementation and
enforcement, which are minimal if not lacking at this point," he said.
In addition, "sending out to the community that the Office of
Institutional Diversity is willing to take seriously the findings of
report would be very important," said Hill, who is gay.
The diversity office just opened this year, and Castenell said
plans to create a series of standing committees, including one on gay
issues. In addition, the office will look for gay members to serve
committees on issues such as admissions and recruiting, he said.
In the meantime, Castenell said he understands the report's
"greater responsiveness" from the diversity office, and "there is
inconsistent in what they said and how we feel."
"It probably has to do with the origin of the office, which was
really to recruit and retain people of color," he said. "The sexual
orientation question came later - the office was charged to focus on
diversity of race and ethnicity, and we managed to expand ourselves
[gay issues] too."
Among the other findings from the report:
. 46.3 percent of participants reported experiencing prejudice
. 40 percent had experienced prejudice in downtown Athens.
. 8.6 percent had been victims of property destruction.
. 8.6 percent had also suffered threats of physical violence
. "No students" reported positive experiences getting help on
issues "at the highest adminstrative level."
. News editor Laura Douglas-Brown can be reached at
Washington Blade (glbt), 26 April 2002
(E-Mail: forum@... ) ( http://www.washblade.com )
Senate panel passes gay workplace bill
by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
WASHINGTON - In an unrecorded voice vote, the Senate Committee
Health, Education, Labor & Pensions voted Wednesday to send the gay
rights bill known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the full
Senate for a vote later this year.
The approval puts the bill up for full Senate consideration
first time since 1996, when it fell short of passage by a single vote.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has said he would
vote sometime before the middle of October, when the chamber is set to
adjourn for the year.
The legislation, known as ENDA, would prohibit employment
discrimination based on sexual orientation in a manor similar to the
existing federal law bans job discrimination based on race, religion,
gender, national origin, age and disability.
"We are faced with irrefutable and compelling evidence of
discrimination based on sexual orientation," Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
one of ENDA's chief sponsors, said during a committee markup hearing
bill on Wednesday. "We are long overdue in providing this basic
to America's workforce."
A version of ENDA was first introduced in Congress in 1975,
Kennedy, chair of the committee that passed the bill, said
vote that "the momentum is there" for "a strong vote" in favor of
the Senate floor. But he stopped short of predicting whether
have enough votes to ensure Senate passage of the bill.
The bill has a total of 44 co-sponsors in the Senate and 191
co-sponsors in the House.
Opposition to the bill surfaced on Wednesday and supporters
certain that they have the 60 votes that would be needed if opponents
mounted a filibuster to keep ENDA from reaching a Senate vote.
"We're not sure if we can come up with 60 votes at this time,"
Nancy Beuermyer, an official with the Human Rights Campaign, the
gay political group that has led the congressional lobbying effort on
At least 51 senators are expected to vote for ENDA this year,
according to backers of the measure.
Supporters of the bill also acknowledge that the
Republican-controlled House is not likely to pass ENDA any time soon.
Although ENDA backers said a majority of House members would likely
the legislation, House Republican leaders - including House Speaker J.
Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) - have said they do not plan to allow the
come up for a vote.
In 1996, the Senate came within one vote of passing ENDA,
dramatic debate that took place the same week that the Senate passed
anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
On Wednesday, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the ranking Republican
of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee, was the
senator who could be heard to vote "no" during the committee's voice
Gregg told the committee he and other opponents, including
Warner (R-Va.), have strong objections to a number of the bill's
including one that calls for banning job discrimination based on a
"perceived sexual orientation."
"What does perceived sexual orientation mean?" Gregg said.
He said such a term could lead to "a whole new angle for
which, Gregg said, could create a hardship for the nation's
Gregg said he wants to offer several amendments to the
when it is debated on the Senate floor, including one that would allow
states to exempt themselves from the ENDA.
Kennedy argued that legal experts helped him and other
a "carefully crafted" bill that takes into consideration concerns
opponents. The bill was modeled, in many respects, after Title 7 of
1994 U.S. Civil Rights Act, which has been upheld by numerous court
The bill exempts from its coverage churches, religious
religious schools, the armed services, and businesses with less than
employees. It breaks from the 1964 civil rights bill by prohibiting
employment quotas for gays or preferential treatment based on a
. News reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. can be reached at
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