4th March 2003 (# 1) News Clippings Digest
- 4th March 2003 (# 1) News Clippings Digest
1. OMAHA WORLD-HERALD Newsmaker: 2nd career brings AIDS director
2. CHICAGO TRIBUNE Annie's Mailbox (syndicated): Person suffering
from Catholic-induced guilt wonders about gay friend who committed
3. NEW YORK TIMES Letter about Florida's gay adoption ban
4. SALT LAKE TRIBUNE Utah's hate crimes legislation is dead for
5. WALL STREET JOURNAL Theater: Broadway Hits One Out of the Park
("Take Me Out")
6. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS (Scotland) Police patrols are being
stepped up in the wake of a spate of "gay-bashing" incidents in the
Omaha World-Herald, March 3, 2003
World Herald Square, Omaha, NE, 68102
(Fax: 402-345-4547 ) (E-Mail: pulse@... )
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Newsmaker: 2nd career brings AIDS director to Omaha
By Stacie Hamel, World-Herald Staff Writer
As a Southern Baptist minister, Tim Sullivan said, he tried
feelings he had battled since he was a child.
He could overcome them, he told himself, if only he prayed
enough, believed strongly enough.
And if he failed?
"I knew I was going to split hell wide open," he
said. "Everything I
was taught said it was wrong."
At age 32, after eight years of marriage, he couldn't pretend
He is gay.
"I couldn't keep up this facade," he said. "I couldn't keep
myself and the people I loved."
Sullivan left his ministry and his wife. He enrolled in
school and pursued a new career.
His second career has brought him to Omaha as executive
the Nebraska AIDS Project, a regional nonprofit agency with a $1.3
budget that serves more than 700 people with HIV or AIDS. He moved
with his partner, Anton Weber.
Sullivan, 44, said he sees his work as a form of
ministry. "I see as
much goodness in the people I serve as I do in most houses of
Born in Jackson, Miss., Sullivan dreamed of becoming a social
He earned a bachelor's degree in social work, but his family urged
toward ministry. He was ordained in 1980.
It was "what other people in my life wanted me to do," he
In 1982, he received a master's degree from Southwestern
Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
And he married Lorie.
"I got married for the same reason I went into ministry. I
taught it was what I was supposed to do," Sullivan said.
For the next eight years, they worked in ministry together,
with young people at churches in Mississippi, then at the University
Miami and at Washington University in St. Louis.
In youth and campus ministry, Sullivan rarely preached from a
He formed a ministry that was light on the hellfire and brimstone
on the counseling.
But he believed his church's teachings and even expressed the
had grown up with. Anti-gay jokes. Cruel comments.
All were part of his effort "to pass as a straight man."
When students struggling with sexuality sought advice,
didn't tell them homosexuality was wrong.
God loves no matter what, he said. "I don't believe
In 1989, he attended the Southern Baptist Convention in Las
where wording condemning homosexuality was discussed as part of a
resolution. Sullivan walked out.
"I was so disgusted."
He came out a year later.
Although he worried about "the shock of it all" for Lorie,
emerged from divorce as friends. They had no children, and she now
Louisiana with her new husband and two stepchildren.
The former minister stopped going to church, though he said
regularly and his beliefs are strong.
"What was more important to me was the teachings of Jesus of
His work with people suffering from AIDS, he said, is true to
While in the social work graduate program at Washington
Sullivan worked on a project in which he taught youths about
HIV/AIDS. Everything came together: social work, young people and a
passion - the fight against AIDS.
Later, he worked at a housing agency for AIDS patients, then
Louis Effort for AIDS, where he was executive director for three
2002 he was named to the National Institute for HIV Prevention
The Nebraska AIDS Project chose Sullivan as executive
fall. He has been on the job since October.
Several AIDS patients and board members for the agency
Sullivan as focused, determined and compassionate.
The board "could not have chosen a better person," said Eric,
patient and NAP volunteer, who asked that his last name not be used.
John Weston, an NAP board member who served as interim
Sullivan arrived, said, "He is turning out to be a great leader.
good negotiator, but also someone who will fight for the agency,
Sullivan said the move offered him the chance to run a
agency and to work in rural areas and with a diverse population.
Although AIDS patients are living longer with the advent of
treatment, Sullivan said, his work is even more important now, as he
to maintain awareness of the disease.
"It's easy to pretend the treatment is enough or that wearing
ribbon once a year makes it OK," he said. "AIDS is still with us.
still killing people, and there's still no cure."
Sullivan and Weber said they didn't hesitate to move to
despite a constitutional amendment passed in 2000 that recognizes
only between a man and a woman and outlaws civil unions and domestic
There's a live-and-let-live attitude in Omaha, Sullivan
his ministry is needed.
"The people living with HIV in Omaha and Nebraska need
someone to do
this work," Sullivan said. "I'd rather it be me."
Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2003
435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
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( http://www.chicagotribune.com )
Annie's Mailbox (syndicated)
Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar
Trying to find peace after friend's suicide
Dear Annie: Two years ago, I lost a close friend to
was Roman Catholic, as am I. Also, he was gay. From what I
Church frowns upon both suicide and homosexuality. I have the
in my head that Alan has gone to hell because of this.
Currently, I am not a member of a particular parish.
would like to speak to a priest and ask what the Church believes
and suicides. How can I do this? Should I contact the church
Dear Chicago: We contacted the Catholic Extension in
here is what we were told: Imagine that Alan continues to share in
that God breathed into him at birth and sustained him throughout his
God loves Alan in a special way that only allows Him to be the
judge of Alan's life. In seeking a priest, you may want to first
what outcome you desire from your conversation and what you need to
peace with Alan's death. When you find a priest who will understand
you will experience, like Alan, God's healing presence.
. Annie's Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy
longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your
anniesmailbox@..., or write to: Annie's Mailbox, P.O. Box
Chicago, IL 60611.
New York Times, March 4, 2003
229 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036
(Fax: 212-556-3622 ) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.nytimes.com )
Letter: Gay Adoptions
Re "Gay Couple Challenges Florida Ban on Homosexual
article, March 2):
The cruelty that underlies Florida's law banning adoptions by
people but not foster care or permanent guardianship has
the country, a reaction to the increasing visibility of gay and
families, many formed by adoption.
The "evidence" that opponents of gay and lesbian adoption
based on images of two-parent families as durable reservoirs of
wisdom. Yet a substantial body of work has shown that gay mothers
fathers are no different in their parenting abilities from
parents and that their children are indistinguishable in later life
Like the couple in Florida, many lesbians and gay men have
take on the very children the system considers "hard to place."
parents should be honored as the exemplary citizens they are, rather
having their families devalued.
- Ellen Lewin, Iowa City
The writer is a professor of women's studies and anthropology,
Salt Lake Tribune, March 4, 2003
P. O. Box 867, Salt Lake City, UT, 84110
(Fax: 801-257-8950) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.sltrib.com )
Hate Bill Expires Quietly
By Dan Harrie, The Salt Lake Tribune
Hate crimes legislation is dead for the year.
Rep. David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, the sponsor of the bill,
allowed it to fade away quietly Monday night rather than risk an
free-for-all on the House floor.
"There was potential for it to get divisive and ugly," said
House Bill 85 passed the Utah House last Thursday night for
time in its six years before the Legislature. A landmark vote for
supporters of the bill, the 38-35 approval followed a two-hour debate
punctuated with the most impassioned speeches of the session.
But the measure was recalled the following day and appeared
had it been put to a re-vote.
Litvack said his decision to allow the bill a quiet,
was in some ways a tribute to the "memorable" debate of last week.
He vowed he would be back with the bill next year.
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a Republican, expressed
disappointment at the legislation's demise.
"I was prepared to fight [for] it all the way to the end," he
"I've always said if we're going to pass hate-crimes legislation
this is the
year. Next year it's going to be tough because it's an election
Opponents allowed the bill to go down silently.
It was a change from the rallies and remonstrations of recent
that have targeted hate-crimes for defeat.
The Utah Republican Party's governing Central Committee
bill as creating a new category of "thought crime" because it would
more severe penalty based on a criminal's motivation.
Under the bill, crimes committed because of the demonstrable
the perpetrator against a victim's religion, race, color,
ancestry, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation could be
as a hate crime.
Moral crusader Gayle Ruzicka, head of the Utah Eagle Forum,
lead the opposition, warning that it could be used to quash free
Largely unspoken in public debate was the conviction by some
opponents that the bill would grant legal recognition and protected
to gays and lesbians.
The predominant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
has actively opposed legalization of same-sex marriage, issued an
statement of nonopposition to the hate crimes bill.
Simultaneously, church-owned KSL TV and Radio and the Deseret
editorialized in its favor.
All 19 House Democrats voted for the measure last week,
joined by 19
of the 56 Republicans.
While most opponents were conservative Republicans, Rep. Jim
R-Orem, co-sponsored the legislation.
"I've taken a lot of grief from a lot of people on this
Ferrin. But he also found new allies.
"There I was standing shoulder to shoulder with the
liberals and the homosexuals. And you know what? I like those
Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2003
200 Liberty Street, New York, NY, 10281
(Fax: 212-416-2658 ) (E-Mail: letter.editor@... )
( http://www.wsj.com )
THEATER: Broadway Hits One Out of the Park
By Barbara D. Phillips
New York - The Broadway season started strongly this summer
"Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" and "Hairspray" raised
one for the record books - a string of theatrical productions at the
their game and worth their hefty ticket prices. It didn't quite
way. But now, thanks to a baseball play sent up from the minors - if
London's estimable Donmar Warehouse and New York's Public Theater
that bush-league moniker - audiences have real reason to cheer and
the big bucks.
"Take Me Out" by Richard Greenberg has opened at the Walter
Theatre in a home-run of a production directed by "Frankie and
Mantello, restoring the slumping faith of this theater fan turned
And no one is more amazed than I.
While I've edited more than a few baseball stories in my
number of games I have seen is probably exceeded by the number of
men on a
team. Nor could you call me a longtime fan of "Take Me Out's"
Mr. Greenberg's Collyer brothers play, "The Dazzle," despite its
dexterity, left me decidedly unimpressed by all but the playwright's
dazzling arrogance. And its predecessor, "Everett Beekin," which
across a half-century and an entire continent in telling the story
Jewish-American family, had a brilliant first half and a conclusion
aimed for profundity but struck out. Mr. Greenberg seemed a talent
more ability to pitch a story than to follow through - or at least an
erratic talent in need of coaching.
But the funny, smart and - most surprisingly - touching "Take
won me over from the start, and answered my prayer as a theater fan
Greenberg not run out of steam - and ideas - before the final
The thumbnail description - a straight play about a gay
comes out to his teammates, friends and the public, thus setting off
of funny and tragic events - does not do the work justice. Though
physiques of the players seen in the full-frontal buff during
room and shower scenes probably owe more to theatrical license and
niche-audience appeal than to beer-bellied baseball verisimilitude,
far more than a "gay play."
Take Darren Lemming (Daniel Sunjata), the superstar in
half black, half white and unwilling to choose a racial label. A
the championship New York Empires who is so far above the fray that
say in utter seriousness of his contract: "We're only talking a
mil here. I mean it's not like some vast sum. Amortized or
six years." And who, despite the big announcement, which makes him
of homosexuals across America, is mainly in love with himself. As
team mate Kippy Sunderstrom (Neal Huff): "If I'm gonna have sex -
and I am
because I'm young and rich and famous and talented and handsome so
law - I'd rather do it with a guy, but when all is said and done,
I'd rather just play ball." He's so aloof, so detached from the
others, so sure of his godlike immunity from travail, so lacking in
introspection and team spirit, that he thinks his announcement will
effect on his team mates, his closest friends and the public - and
all on himself.
Darren's friend of longest standing is Davey Battle (Kevin
a showily religious superstar on a losing team, a decidedly straight
man with a wife and three kids. Kippy, another family man, is
friend on the Empires and the team intellectual. And he tells
he had to work at it. "I look like an intelligent man. That's
true. Because my father and my brothers were these giant,
hulking . . .
Swedes. Next to them I looked . . . cerebral. Finally, I couldn't
distance between my face and my essence, so I applied myself."
But even without his allusions to "Billy Budd," Kippy
much competition for the intellectual laurels. Not in a team where
Chenier (Kohl Sudduth), the new catcher, in trying to bond with the
openly gay Lemming, haltingly tells him about this guy he
knows "that read a
book once." It was about the "Grecians," who "built the pyramids."
Yawk-accented Toddy Koovitz (David Eigenberg from "Sex and the
Darren, "Why do I have to go around this room, which is, has been,
this sancchewy, rackled with self-consciousness about my body?"
And what of mullet-haired and pea-brained Shane Mungitt
Weller), the angry "hillbilly" closer brought in from Double-A
suffice it to say that Sen. Zell Miller will not be pleased by this
portrait of poor, white Southern manhood. As for team mates Martinez
(Robert M. Jimenez), Rodriguez (Gene Gabriel) and Takeshi Kawabata
Yaegashi), they communicate in their native tongues. And Skipper
Lisi), the team's sparkplug of a coach, is a man of few words.
All are well drawn and vividly and vibrantly acted and
baseball-like longueurs here; no toleration for PC cant. But as
Denis O'Hare, Mason Marzac is Mr. Greenberg's most endearing
character who makes the joys of baseball come alive.
Mason is Darren's new business manager and unlikely ally, a
exuberant man who is a whiz at investments but a washout in the
precincts of the "gay community." In baseball, he finds a "perfect
for hope in a democratic society," a world in which "everyone is
exactly the same chance. And the opportunity to exercise that
chance at his
own pace." Where numbers have a quirky power. Where he finally can
converse with cab drivers and his five brothers and wear a big, foam
finger. And where time is taken for the "home run trot," when "play
suspended for a celebration."
In "Take Me Out," Richard Greenberg has batted one out of the
And this is cause for celebration.
Ms. Phillips is the Journal's deputy Leisure & Arts features
. TAKE ME OUT; Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St.; For
Telecharge: (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.
Edinburgh Evening News, March 4, 2003
108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS Scotland
(Fax: 0131-620 8696) ( http://www.edinburghnews.com )
Extra patrols bid to cut city 'gay-bashing'
By Brian Ferguson, City Council Reporter
Police patrols are being stepped up in the wake of a spate of
"gay-bashing" incidents in the Capital.
Extra patrols are being staged around Royal Terrace Gardens
Calton Hill area following reports of several violent incidents.
Gay community leaders say gangs of drunken young men are
gays and today encouraged anyone set upon in recent weeks to come
Police chiefs believe thugs may be targeting the area in the
their victims are unlikely to contact police due to the stigma.
The problem came to light after two police officers on a
patrol of the area came across a young man who had been badly beaten
early hours of the morning. The victim was reluctant to talk to the
about his ordeal.
Subsequent inquiries have revealed a number of other
attacks in the area, which has been the site of several serious
the years, in recent weeks.
Chief inspector Gavin Buist, of Gayfield Police Station,
was quite a violent assault a few weeks ago involving a man in his
who had been in the gardens when he was attacked.
"He was being helped by a stranger , but [the victim] was very
reluctant to speak to the two officers who came across them.
"He was adamant he did not want to make a formal complaint
went off with this other man to get medical treatment.
"The two officers went into the gardens and spoke to several
who said there was quite a bit of concern about the number of people
been attacked in the area recently."
Chief Inspector Buist said two officers have now been put on
patrol in the area in a bid to prevent further problems.
He added: "It's very difficult to be sure without first-hand
information, but it appears the attacks may have ceased since the
"There may be people who see men who use this area as easy
It's a particularly unpleasant and predatory crime. There may be a
perception that because this is an extremely well-known cruising
the victims will be less likely to come forward.
"These patrols will continue as long as they're required and
resources are available at the time, however it's important to
not trying to hound members of the gay community away from this
primary reason is to make sure people are safe."
Chief Inspector Buist urged any attack victims to use the
Reporting service available through groups like Gay Men's Health and
Stonewall Youth Project, which allow people to report crimes even if
not want to speak to the police.
Bruce Fraser, of Gay Men's Health, said: " We're trying to
message across that this is a crime that you don't have to ignore.
Terrace and the gardens have been known as a cruising area for
think there's a real possibility these have been pre-meditated gay-
incidents. It's the kind of thing you can imagine a group of lads
finish off their night in the town.
"We're doing as much as we can to advise people on personal
and urge them to come forward to report hate crimes."
Keith Cowan, chairman of the Edinburgh Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Transgender Community Safety Forum, added: "These patrols are
very positive thing in terms of scaring off potential attackers and
reassuring members of the community that they're safe."
The first survey of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
across Scotland, published last month, revealed that almost 80 per
suffered verbal or physical abuse because of their sexuality.
Only 17 per cent of respondents had reported it to the
they considered doing so would be "a waste of time".
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