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    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
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      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
      Journal
      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
      Non-Discrimination Act

      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 )
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?
      storyID=1842789&thesection=news&t
      hesubsection=general
      'Coming out' stressful without moral support
      By REBECCA WALSH
      Geoffrey Dickman was part-way through his third-form year when
      he
      realised he was different.
      "I kind of thought I liked boys. It was not anything I acted
      upon.
      I thought it was part of growing up."
      But it wasn't a phase. Four years later, he told some friends
      he was
      gay. They weren't surprised, and had been wondering when he was
      going to
      come out.
      Soon after, he told his mother and, eventually, his father.
      "I was quite scared of telling dad. I didn't think he would
      be that
      receptive ... he gave me a big hug and said 'you are still my son, we
      still
      love you. Stand by your convictions, you have your family's
      support'."
      It is estimated about one in four families have a gay member.
      For some, like Geoffrey, who is now 25, coming out is
      relatively
      easy, but others face rejection and isolation as families struggle to
      accept
      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
      coming to
      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
      risks.
      Alternatively, they may become isolated and feel they don't fit in.
      "Families could cop a lot of that behaviour in terms of that
      young
      person's confusion, anger and fear," Ms Statham says.
      Family rejection remains the biggest fear for young gay people
      and
      the attitude of their parents and family to homosexuality plays a big
      part
      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
      counsellor.
      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
      of
      conflict.
      Often parents are not surprised to learn their son or daughter
      is
      gay. Others don't want to know - that may be because of religious or
      moral
      beliefs, or social ignorance.
      Beliefs persist that you can change a person's sexual
      orientation or
      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
      happened had
      he spent more time with their son as he was growing up.
      In more extreme cases, young gay people are kicked out of
      their homes
      or forbidden from having contact with the family. Sometimes families
      will
      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
      they
      can shield young people from what they perceive as a negative thing
      that's
      happening in their lives ... but they are further stigmatising them."
      She says those are often the young people who are at the
      highest risk
      of suicide, drug and alcohol problems and prostitution.
      But even if families accept their child's sexuality, most go
      through
      a certain amount of grief and shock. It may be sadness that they are
      going
      to miss out on being grandparents or grappling with the fact that
      their gay
      child and partner are planning a family.
      Parents may be worried or fearful for their child, because as
      adults
      they see the costs and difficulties for people who are different.
      "They possibly have a really good understanding of how queer
      people
      are treated because they may have been involved in some of that
      treatment.
      "They may have condoned it by not challenging it in the
      workplace or
      the sportsfield."
      Many will be embarrassed and worry about what others think.
      Some
      families will close ranks, refusing to seek any information or
      outside help.
      Ms Statham says it is fine for parents to say they are
      shocked, don't
      know what to say and that they need time and information to
      understand.
      Young people also need to give their family time to take the
      news in.
      "It is really important that families don't close ranks and
      seek
      information to help them have some understanding about what's going
      on."
      Parents will need to consider other siblings, who may be
      jealous of
      the attention their brother or sister is receiving, and may not
      understand
      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
      strengthened
      and re-stated and affirmed."
      People often think there is a choice about being gay but she
      says the
      only choice is whether to be open about it.
      Geoffrey says young people need to be true to themselves and
      remember
      there is support available.
      "Being gay is only a small part of who you are as a person. A
      lot of
      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 )
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?
      storyID=1843042&thesection=news&t
      hesubsection=general
      Police watch on popular nudist beach
      By JO-MARIE BROWN
      Police will begin patrolling a popular Bay of Plenty nudist
      beach
      after complaints about the behaviour of gay men in the sand dunes.
      A 42-year-old man will appear in the Tauranga District Court
      today
      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
      public
      walkway but would not face charges.
      Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Wright St-Clair said the
      northwestern
      end of the beach was a well-known nudist area which police and locals
      did
      not have a problem with.
      "But it's quite obvious these guys are not just going down
      there to
      sunbathe in the nude," he said. "I think what's happened now is that
      it's a
      bit of a cruising area for gays."
      Papamoa residents had made complaints in recent weeks that
      prompted
      police dressed in beach clothes to check the area.
      Papamoa resident and co-owner of Tauranga's Chromazones Cruise
      Club
      for gay men, Grant Marx, said the area had been a popular "pick-up"
      beach
      for over 30 years.
      "It used to be quite secluded. No-one really worried about it
      but
      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
      average
      day but pointed out that numerous heterosexual couples had sex there
      also.
      Extra police patrols were a good idea as long as gay men who
      were
      minding their own business or just talking to friends were not
      targeted, Mr
      Marx said.


      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
      top
      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
      basically
      wants to help humanity and does it in a modest way," said attorney
      Bill
      Philbrick, Golusinski's partner of more than two years.
      A physician in private practice focusing on primary care and
      sports
      medicine, Golusinski said that he does not hide his sexual
      orientation from
      patients.
      "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
      is
      sports related," said Golusinski, who serves with Philbrick on the
      group's
      board.
      Ladies Home Journal based its selection on "America's Top
      Doctors," a
      consumer guidebook published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The
      company
      conducts extensive research via anonymous mail surveys, online
      surveys, and
      phone surveys to develop a database of nominees who have been
      recommended by
      leaders in the medical profession, said Dr. William Liss-Levinson,
      Castle
      Connolly's vice president of business development.
      The screening process doesn't include any questions about
      sexual
      orientation, Liss-Levinson said.
      But according to Golusinski, some patients do seek medical
      care from
      him specifically because they are gay and feel more comfortable
      confiding in
      a doctor who understands their personal concerns.
      Patient Sheilah Romano did not know the doctor's sexual
      orientation
      when she was referred to him by a friend, but "thought it was cool
      because I
      thought I'd feel comfortable with family."
      "I've found that a lot of doctors aren't able to spend much
      time with
      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
      professional
      life. "I've been very fortunate in that it's been very irrelevant,"
      he
      said.
      The medical community in Atlanta embraces Golusinski, said
      Philbrick,
      who has attended medical community parties with him. "They love him
      here.
      Some Emory doctors use him as their doctor. It really says something
      when
      these doctors use Lee," Philbrick said.
      Golusinski acknowledged location could play a role in his good
      fortune.
      "In Atlanta, it is very easy to be gay and to be a physician,"
      he
      said. "Certainly, there is the thought that it is tougher to be gay
      in
      rural communities, although the president of the Georgia Association
      of
      Physicians for Human Rights [a group for gay doctors] practices in
      Cumming
      with no difficulty.
      "That rural bias might just be a misconception for some
      communities.
      A lot of communities would be thankful to have a competent physician,"
      Golusinski said.
      Golusinski belongs to GAPHR as well as the American Academy of
      Family
      Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American
      Medical
      Society for Sports Medicine and the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association.
      GLMA strives to ensure that gay and lesbian patients are cared
      for
      appropriately in medicine and that gay and lesbian healthcare workers
      are
      not discriminated against, said GLMA President Christopher Harris of
      Vanderbilt Hospital. Harris congratulated Golusinski on his honors
      and
      hailed him as "a role model for gay and lesbian health practitioners
      and
      especially for students."
      The experiences that influenced Golusinski to practice primary
      care
      and sports medicine began early in his youth. The burgeoning doctor
      worked
      with disabled children in middle school, and taught swim lessons at
      the YMCA
      to both children and adults in college. The swim lessons, he said,
      fused
      together an amalgam of his interests, because he enjoyed working with
      young
      and old people in an athletic environment.
      To actualize his interests in the medical profession,
      Golusinski
      finished his undergraduate degree at Duke, attended the Medical
      School of
      the Medical College of Virginia, and returned to Duke where he
      completed a
      residency in family practice and a fellowship in sports medicine.
      He then moved to Atlanta to join the Emory University faculty,
      and
      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
      cseely@...


      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
      participated in
      a survey on the Athens campus have heard anti-gay jokes. Almost 75
      percent
      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,
      dubbed "In
      the Shadows of the Arch: Safety and Acceptance of Lesbian, Gay,
      Bisexual and
      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
      223
      distributed by the Campus Climate Research Group, a committee of
      faculty,
      students and staff - "indicates that the university's educational
      mission is
      not being met for LGBTQ students," the report concludes.
      Officials with UGA's communications office directed questions
      to Dr.
      Louis Castenell, acting associate provost for the Office for
      Institutional
      Diversity.
      Castenell said he was not surprised by the survey's results.
      "I think it is very consistent with my quesses, and similar to
      other
      [minority] groups," he said. "Whether it's black jokes or gay jokes,
      I'm
      sure 80 to 90 percent of the students on campus have heard them."
      The campus atmosphere makes it difficult to be open about
      being gay,
      said John Lynch, outreach director for Lambda Alliance, a gay student
      group.
      "Generally, most people here will let you be gay as long as
      you keep
      it to yourself, so it's not a supportive environment, but not an
      outright
      hateful one," said Lynch, a junior majoring in psychology.
      Lynch said he personally experienced harassment last year when
      young
      men in his dorm "consistently wrote crude messages about me being gay
      on my
      message board on my door.
      "They would also call me names when they walked by," Lynch
      said.
      "When I asked them to stop, they told me that I was being too
      sensitive."
      Erika Litchfield, a gay sophomore who participated in the
      survey and
      serves with Lynch on Lambda's speakers bureau, characterized her own
      experiences as "minor."
      Still, the women's studies and political science major said
      she has
      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
      her
      girlfriend in the language.
      University officials "could put more emphasis on gay-bashing
      and
      other minority-related hate crimes," Litchfield said. "I think it
      gets
      swept under the rug by the administration."
      The campus climate report includes a list of a dozen
      recommendations
      for university officials, ranging from creating and funding a
      permanent gay
      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
      of
      Institutional Diversity, said Dr. Robert Hill, chair of the committee
      that
      conducted the survey and an assistant professor in adult education.
      The non-discrimination policy "has been in place for more than
      10
      years, but I believe it is incumbent on the university not only to
      publicize
      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
      the
      report would be very important," said Hill, who is gay.
      The diversity office just opened this year, and Castenell said
      it has
      plans to create a series of standing committees, including one on gay
      issues. In addition, the office will look for gay members to serve
      on other
      committees on issues such as admissions and recruiting, he said.
      In the meantime, Castenell said he understands the report's
      call for
      "greater responsiveness" from the diversity office, and "there is
      nothing
      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
      to cover
      [gay issues] too."
      Among the other findings from the report:
      . 46.3 percent of participants reported experiencing prejudice
      on
      campus.
      . 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
      gay
      issues "at the highest adminstrative level."
      . News editor Laura Douglas-Brown can be reached at
      lbrown@...


      Washington Blade (glbt), 26 April 2002
      Washington, DC
      (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
      on
      Health, Education, Labor & Pensions voted Wednesday to send the gay
      civil
      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
      for the
      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
      schedule a
      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
      way
      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
      employment
      discrimination based on sexual orientation," Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
      Mass.),
      one of ENDA's chief sponsors, said during a committee markup hearing
      on the
      bill on Wednesday. "We are long overdue in providing this basic
      protection
      to America's workforce."
      A version of ENDA was first introduced in Congress in 1975,
      Kennedy
      said.
      Kennedy, chair of the committee that passed the bill, said
      after the
      vote that "the momentum is there" for "a strong vote" in favor of
      ENDA on
      the Senate floor. But he stopped short of predicting whether
      supporters
      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
      aren't
      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,"
      said
      Nancy Beuermyer, an official with the Human Rights Campaign, the
      national
      gay political group that has led the congressional lobbying effort on
      behalf
      of ENDA.
      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
      vote for
      the legislation, House Republican leaders - including House Speaker J.
      Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) - have said they do not plan to allow the
      bill to
      come up for a vote.
      In 1996, the Senate came within one vote of passing ENDA,
      following a
      dramatic debate that took place the same week that the Senate passed
      the
      anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
      On Wednesday, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the ranking Republican
      member
      of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee, was the
      only
      senator who could be heard to vote "no" during the committee's voice
      vote.
      Gregg told the committee he and other opponents, including
      Sen. John
      Warner (R-Va.), have strong objections to a number of the bill's
      provision,
      including one that calls for banning job discrimination based on a
      person's
      "perceived sexual orientation."
      "What does perceived sexual orientation mean?" Gregg said.
      He said such a term could lead to "a whole new angle for
      litigation,"
      which, Gregg said, could create a hardship for the nation's
      businesses.
      Gregg said he wants to offer several amendments to the
      legislation
      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
      senators draft
      a "carefully crafted" bill that takes into consideration concerns
      raised by
      opponents. The bill was modeled, in many respects, after Title 7 of
      the
      1994 U.S. Civil Rights Act, which has been upheld by numerous court
      rulings,
      he added.
      The bill exempts from its coverage churches, religious
      organizations,
      religious schools, the armed services, and businesses with less than
      15
      employees. It breaks from the 1964 civil rights bill by prohibiting
      employment quotas for gays or preferential treatment based on a
      person's
      sexual orientation.
      . News reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. can be reached at
      lchibbaro@...
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