28th Febuary 2003 (# 3) News Clippings Digest
- 28th Febuary 2003 (# 3) News Clippings Digest
1. NEW YORK TIMES Some Gays Criticize Mayor's Decision to March in
St. Patrick's Parade
2. SALT LAKE TRIBUNE Column excerpt: Eagle Forum Wings Clipped
Twice in Week
3. SALT LAKE TRIBUNE Hate Crimes Bill Survives Debate, Clears the
4. BBC NEWS London's Hyde Park to host gay festival this summer
5. DETROIT FREE PRESS Family says M2F transgender's slaying could
be a hate crime
6. STAFFORDSHIRE SENTINEL (England) Stoke-On-Trent Gay Parade
Could Boost Pride In City
7. NEWS.COM.AU (Australia) It wouldn't be Sydney Gay & Lesbian
Mardi Gras without milk crates
8. NY1 (New York City) Grovelling: Some of the city's gay and
lesbian politicians ask Mayor Michael Bloomberg to invite them to
march in the "real" St. Patrick's Day Parade
9. THE OREGONIAN Letter: Support groups can help gay teens
New York Times, February 28, 2003
229 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036
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Gays Criticize Mayor's Decision to March in St. Patrick's Parade
By Jennifer Steinhauer
A group of gay elected officials and community organizers
criticized Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's decision to march in the St.
Patrick's Day Parade this year. They said that because gays are
to march under their own banner, the mayor should shun the parade,
he did the Columbus Day Parade when its organizers refused to let
television stars from "The Sopranos."
The St. Patrick's Day Parade has been a political prickly
pitting gays and lesbians against the Ancient Order of Hibernians,
organizes the parade and has forbidden openly gay marchers. In the
are the politicians, who must decide each year whether to march.
The Hibernians say the parade is protected by the First
guarantees of freedom of religion, speech and assembly. A federal
upheld their opinion in 1993. Anyone can march, but marchers are
from carrying banners that would identify them as gay.
Mr. Bloomberg plans to do what he did last year, said his
secretary, Edward Skyler. He will attend a parade in the Rockaways,
tomorrow; another, which includes gay marchers, in Woodside, Queens,
Sunday; another in Throgs Neck, the Bronx, on March 16; and the main
on Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. A breakfast at
Mansion before that march will include gay groups.
Yesterday, City Councilwoman Christine C. Quinn asked the
invite Irish gays to march with him, or to boycott the parade as he
Columbus Day Parade, when Lorraine Bracco and Dominic Chianese
Sopranos" were barred because organizers said the show had negative
stereotypes. "Why is discrimination against two actors for who they
television somehow worse than discrimination against an entire class
Yorkers and Americans?" Ms. Quinn asked at a news conference.
Mr. Skyler said the mayor supports gays in their bid to join
Fifth Avenue march. As for Ms. Quinn's request, he said in an e-mail
message, "The mayor's marching plans have already been arranged, but
looks forward to seeing her at Gracie Mansion."
Salt Lake Tribune, February 28, 2003
P. O. Box 867, Salt Lake City, UT, 84110
(Fax: 801-257-8950) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.sltrib.com )
Rolly & Wells: Eagle Forum Wings Clipped Twice in Week
By Paul Rolly and JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells, Tribune Columnists
This has not been Eagle Forum leader Gayle Ruzicka's best
Not only did her statement about the LDS Church's stand on
hate-crimes legislation generate a church response that she
was "wrong," but
she has been ordered by the publisher of Heather Has Two Mommies
and desist" distributing photocopies of the copyrighted pro-gay and
Ruzicka said Monday the church's statement that it did not
bill was actually made to quash rumors that it endorsed the bill. A
statement Wednesday denied her claim.
Meanwhile, Greg Constante, publisher of Alyson Publications
Angeles, sent an e-mail to the Eagle Forum Web site stating those who
distributed photocopies of the book at the rally were violating
Constante noted, however, that attempts in the past to
book in a negative light have generated additional sales.
Salt Lake Tribune, February 28, 2003
P. O. Box 867, Salt Lake City, UT, 84110
(Fax: 801-257-8950) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.sltrib.com )
Hate Crimes Bill Survives Debate, Clears the House
By Kirsten Stewart, The Salt Lake Tribune, kstewart@...
After two hours of emotional debate, a hate crimes bill six
the making was approved Thursday by the Utah House of
The historic and unexpected 38-35 vote ended in tears of joy
sponsoring Rep. David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, who was greeted
and handshakes from Republican and Democratic colleagues.
"I knew it would be touch and go, but believed we could get
House Bill 85 will now go to the Senate for consideration.
The bill would create stiffer penalties for crimes motivated
or prejudice against a victim's race, color, gender, disability, age,
nationality, ancestry, religion or sexual orientation. House members
amended the bill to include prejudicial crimes against individuals
affiliated with a business.
It amends a 1992 law that Utah courts have ruled is too broad
"We have had a statute on our books for 10 years that has
used," said Litvack.
As a result, racially motivated and other hate crimes
continue at a
steady rate, he said. "There is no neighborhood or area we
has not been touched by a hate crime, from Logan to St. George.
groups view Utah as ripe for the picking."
Thursday was the first time in six years that the legislation
the House floor due, in part, to groups opposed to what they say is
to grant special rights for gays and lesbians.
Those negative views were alluded to in a comment made by one
lawmaker opposed to the bill.
"BOHICA," said Rep. Glenn Donnelson, R-North Ogden, citing an
he later said stood for "bend over, here it comes again."
"There has been a lot of nonsense floating around about this
said co-sponsor Rep. Jim Ferrin, a Republican who once opposed hate
legislation. He said he changed his mind after becoming convinced
crimes are, by their very nature, more severe. I reject that this
of an effort to teach homosexuality in schools as a legitimate
effort to legitimize homosexual marriages."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which treats
homosexuality as a sin, publicly stated it does not oppose the bill.
But that did not stop some Republicans from opposing the
"The great debate in our nation has always been about equality,"
Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George. "What you're telling me with this
is that a crime against a homosexual is not a crime against me."
Said Rep. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem: "Any crime is a crime
humanity. I'm dismayed and disheartened that this legislation is
Much was made of the courage displayed by Republicans who
Litvack's bill. But there was little mention of Democrats who
abandoned Litvack - Reps. Eli Anderson, Jim Gowans and Neal
The three Democrats, respectively from Tremonton, Tooele and
Valley, abstained from voting on a substitute measure, but returned
help pass the legislation after a Republican called the original
Thanking Litvack for "bringing us one of the most meaningful
we've had this session," Rep. Morgan Philpot, R-Murray - who then
against the bill - said, "Could a tax increase be any more offensive
conservative Republican than a hate crime?"
. Tribune reporter Greg Burton contributed to this report.
BBC News, February 28, 2003
Hyde Park to host gay festival
One of London's royal parks will host the country's biggest
festival for the first time this summer.
Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend Pride in the Park,
festival formerly known as Mardi Gras, in Hyde Park on 26 July.
It will mean a central London location for the carnival,
been blighted by financial problems.
Last year's venue switch from Finsbury Park to Hackney
unpopular and left organisers with debts of nearly £500,000.
This summer will be the first time the festival has been held
of the royal parks and organisers hope to keep the venue and build
annual event to rival Sydney's Mardi Gras.
The colourful parade by gay rights campaigners will start at
Embankment and go past the Houses of Parliament before ending up at
Entrance to the party will cost £20 in an attempt to recoup
the £1.5m spent putting on the event.
Mardi Gras Organisation chairman John Miskelly said: "No one
make a profit from this. This is not for personal profit.
"The parade is free and the party is as cheap as we can make
is still cheaper than similar parties in the world. In Sydney it
London Mayor Ken Livingstone supported the move to a central
He said: "I believe that this is now here in the park for
"We can begin building it up into a major tourist attraction
day we will hopefully be able to excel what they have in Sydney."
Detroit Free Press, February 28, 2003
321 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI, 48231
(Fax: 313-222-6774 ) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.freep.com/ )
Family: Man's slaying could be a hate crime
Victim found shot was a transgenderist
By Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Free Press Staff Writer
Livingston County police continue to investigate the slaying
Anthony (Nikki) Nicholas last Friday, but family members and gay
said this week they fear it was a hate crime.
The body of the 19-year-old Detroit native was found shortly
p.m. Friday in an abandoned farmhouse near U.S. 23 and M-36 in Green
Township in Livingston County.
Police said Nicholas, who was shot in the head, was dressed in
"We think he was killed because he was gay," Willie Parker of
Detroit, Nicholas' stepfather, said Thursday.
Known to friends and family as Nikki, Nicholas was born a
had lived as a woman for about two years.
"We have no motive and we aren't willing to say it is a hate
this time," Green Oak Police Chief Robert Brookins said Thursday.
Nicholas, who made a living as a female impersonator at area
lived as a transgenderist since he was 17, family members said. A
transgenderist is a person who lives all or most of the time in a
role different than the one associated with his or her biological or
chromosomal sex, according to the Gender Equity Resource Center at
University of California at Berkeley.
Nicholas' family members said the last time they saw or heard
him was around Jan. 8. Nicholas had been living in Southfield with
they said. "We don't know why this happened, but we believe in our
that it would have taken at least two people to do what they did to
Anthony," Parker said. "He was a scrapper, and there is no way just
person could take him down, even with a gun."
Triangle Foundation, a Detroit-based gay, lesbian, bisexual
transgender civil rights group, acknowledged Thursday that it is too
in the investigation to determine a motive for the killing. But
of the group said the slaying appears to be hate-related.
Reports of crimes based on sexual orientation and gender
identification have been increasing over the last three or four
Jeffrey Montgomery, executive director of Triangle Foundation.
"This is speculation, but in this case, based on the severity
brutality that was used on the victim and the fact that this was a
women's clothes and one who apparently lived very openly in that
lead us to be treating this as a bias-related killing," Montgomery
Brookins said Nicholas' killing has not been classified as a
Investigators have conducted interviews in Detroit and
County, Brookins said. The county's Major Case Task Force, which
detectives from the Brighton Police Department, Michigan State
Livingston County Sheriff's Department, plans to meet later today to
Nicholas' funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Swanson
Home, 806 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit. Friends and family may call from
6 to 9
p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
has information about the crime may call police at 810-231-9626 or
. Contact Alejandro Bodipo-Memba at 313-222-5008 or
Staffordshire Sentinel, February 28, 2003
Sentinel House, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 5SS
(Fax: 01782 262617) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk )
Gay Parade Could Boost Pride In City
Thousands of lesbians and gays are expected to take to the
Stoke-on-Trent when the city hosts its first ever gay pride parade.
Staffordshire gay rights group The Rainbow Forum are organising the
Hanley on May 10.
The move has been welcomed by city mayor Mike Wolfe who
parade will help put the city on the world map and aid regeneration.
Gay pride parades began in New York in 1970 and the idea
caught on in
Britain a few years later. Parades now take place annually in large
such as London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Sandie Hope-Forest, forum chairman, said: "Stoke's been
in terms of gay rights and we've even had a branch of the Gay
Movement here but we've never had a parade.
"The gay pride parade in London isn't until June and the
Manchester is in August. We're going to be the first place in
put on a parade this year and we want to set the standard for
"There may be odd individuals who still have a problem with
community but by and large Stoke is very welcoming to its diverse
The parade will start from Hanley Town Hall at 12.30pm and
its way through the city's streets. Musicians will perform in
Square and a main stage - with DJs and live entertainment - will be
Sandie added: "We're asking all lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender groups and individuals to come along and celebrate their
minority status. They'll be dancing, market stalls and street
"This is going to be a fun day for everyone and we want
people to come along and join in the fun as well. The parade will
build bridges between the straight and the gay communities."
Mayor Mike Wolfe said: "I welcome this parade and I think
important for the city to celebrate its diversity.
"It is likely to lead to an increased involvement of the
the regeneration of the city. It will also make clear to the rest
world that Stoke-on-Trent is neither old fashioned or prejudiced and
an important message to get across if we want to attract inward
Some people will be coming into Stoke for the very first time and we
show them just what we have to offer."
Mr Wolfe pointed out that the economy of many communities have
thrived through closer ties with the gay and lesbian community, such
gay village in Manchester.
The Rainbow Forum has been planning the event for three
the next 10 weeks will be spent finalising bookings and putting
arrangements in place. The group - which is part-funded by the
Williams Give It Sum fund - is also asking local venues to come
join in with the event and they're also searching for extra
Anyone wishing to get involved in the parade can call the
Forum on 01782 865672.
News.com.au (Australia), 1 March 2003
Outfit milks Mardi Gras
Tonight's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is renowned for its
clad homosexuals, but it takes on another meaning for the owners of
multi-purpose milk crate.
The parade is big business for Sydney company Brooksight
Investigations, which will spend tonight collecting the 15,000
will be strewn along the roadways.
The company's 40-strong crew will scour the city streets
after the last Nicole Kidman nose float goes through.
While most people at the parade see the crates as little more
disposable chair or stool, dairy companies consider them a valuable
$4.50 a piece.
"The Mardi Gras is synonymous with milk crates," Brooksight's
manager Martyn Downs said. "If you go to the Mardi Gras, you take a
"There's nowhere else in Australia or in the world where you
this massive retrieval of milk crates."
This year's 25th anniversary parade will be led by three
featuring young people under 25 marching alongside participants in
Mardi Gras parade in 1978.
An enlarged version of Kidman's prosthetic nose - used in her
the emotionally troubled author Virginia Woolf in The Hours - is
be a favourite.
It will be closely followed by a float in honour of disgraced
Australian cricketer Shane Warne.
More than 140 floats will take part in tonight's extravaganza.
The city's chief "crate-catcher" Brian Woods said the milk
were popular at Mardi Gras because they helped people get a better
the popular parade amid the hundreds of thousands of spectators.
But he warned his colleagues were always on the look-out for
entrepreneurs hoping to sell the crates for $10 a pop.
"You don't know who we are but we're out there," he said.
Last year a man was charged with selling milk crates - which
property of dairy companies - to those desperate for a seat or better
This year, Mardi Gras spectators can expect to be denied
buses and trains if they attempt to drag a milk crate along with
A Transport NSW spokesman said "vast quantities" of the
collected after the parade each year.
"To assist Mardi Gras organisers and Dairy Farmers, and for
comfort and safety of every passenger, the transport agencies will
milk crates on public transport," he said.
But Mr Downs is still expecting his company - which
"industrial recovery" - to have its work cut out returning the
their rightful owners.
NY1 News (New York City), February 28, 2003
Gay And Lesbian Politicians Ask For Inclusion In Parade
Some of the city's gay and lesbian politicians are asking
Michael Bloomberg to invite them to march in the annual St.
Parade up Fifth Avenue.
Openly gay legislators City Councilwoman Christine Quinn,
Senator Tom Duane and other gay leaders made the request Thursday.
According to Newsday, Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell blasted the mayor
for "sending a dangerous message" that discrimination against
They say an invitation to march with the mayor would be a
against parade organizers, who bar gay groups from walking under
If the gay politicians aren't invited, they argue Bloomberg
boycott the parade.
The mayor is reportedly marching in at least four separate St.
Patrick's Day events this year, including an "Inclusive" parade in
Sunday, an event organized as a protest of the traditional parade on
Last fall, the mayor sparked controversy by refusing to
in the Columbus Day Parade because organizers objected to his two
guests, Dominic Chianese and Lorraine Bracco, both actors from the
show "The Sopranos." Parade organizers had objected to the way
Italian-Americans are portrayed in the mob drama.
The Oregonian, February 28, 2003
1320 SW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97201
(Fax: 503-294-4193 ) (E-Mail: Letters@... )
( http://www.oregonlive.com/ )
Letter: Support groups can help gay teens
Shame on the Beaverton School District for ordering teacher
Smith to remove a sign advertising county-run support services for
teen-agers ("Poster aimed at gay teens stirs storm," Feb. 14).
instead be applauded for his bravery.
On a very cold December night my freshman year in high
school, I came
home to find my lifeless friend and neighbor being taken away by
after he shot himself in the head in the back yard.
As our families said goodbye to him at the hospital I stayed
and took care of the horrible mess so that no one would have to come
and see it - and I cried. Not only for my loss, not only for his
loss, but because I knew that I was really just like him.
I was gay and felt utterly isolated. I felt that I had
go. I was so afraid that I might come to the same end. His name
and I will never forget what a beautiful human being he was.
Just maybe if Kenny had seen a poster like the one Smith
his classroom, he wouldn't have felt so alone. I know that it could
helped me through subsequent years of torment.
- Darin Brunstad, North Portland
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