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    4th March 2003 (# 1) News Clippings Digest 1. OMAHA WORLD-HERALD Newsmaker: 2nd career brings AIDS director to Omaha 2. CHICAGO TRIBUNE Annie s Mailbox
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      4th March 2003 (# 1) News Clippings Digest

      1. OMAHA WORLD-HERALD Newsmaker: 2nd career brings AIDS director
      to Omaha
      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
      the year
      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@... )
      ( http://www.omaha.com )
      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
      to deny
      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
      lying to
      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
      director of
      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
      worship," he
      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
      and heavy
      on the counseling.
      But he believed his church's teachings and even expressed the
      bias he
      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,
      however, he
      didn't tell them homosexuality was wrong.
      God loves no matter what, he said. "I don't believe
      anybody's God
      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,
      the two
      emerged from divorce as friends. They had no children, and she now
      lives in
      Louisiana with her new husband and two stepchildren.
      The former minister stopped going to church, though he said
      he prays
      regularly and his beliefs are strong.
      "What was more important to me was the teachings of Jesus of
      love and
      helping others."
      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
      the St.
      Louis Effort for AIDS, where he was executive director for three
      years. In
      2002 he was named to the National Institute for HIV Prevention
      The Nebraska AIDS Project chose Sullivan as executive
      director last
      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,
      an AIDS
      patient and NAP volunteer, who asked that his last name not be used.
      John Weston, an NAP board member who served as interim
      director until
      Sullivan arrived, said, "He is turning out to be a great leader.
      He's a
      good negotiator, but also someone who will fight for the agency,
      fight for
      the cause."
      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
      a red
      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
      said. And
      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
      (Fax: 312-222-2598 ) (E-Mail: ctc-tribletter@... )
      ( 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
      suicide. "Alan"
      was Roman Catholic, as am I. Also, he was gay. From what I
      remember, the
      Church frowns upon both suicide and homosexuality. I have the
      terrible idea
      in my head that Alan has gone to hell because of this.
      Currently, I am not a member of a particular parish.
      However, I
      would like to speak to a priest and ask what the Church believes
      about gays
      and suicides. How can I do this? Should I contact the church
      nearest to
      - Chicago

      Dear Chicago: We contacted the Catholic Extension in
      Chicago, and
      here is what we were told: Imagine that Alan continues to share in
      the life
      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
      jot down
      what outcome you desire from your conversation and what you need to
      be at
      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
      questions to
      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
      Adoptions" (news
      article, March 2):
      The cruelty that underlies Florida's law banning adoptions by
      people but not foster care or permanent guardianship has
      proliferated around
      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
      cite is
      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
      other children.
      Like the couple in Florida, many lesbians and gay men have
      tended to
      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,
      University of

      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
      the first
      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,
      dignified death
      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
      panned the
      bill as creating a new category of "thought crime" because it would
      impose a
      more severe penalty based on a criminal's motivation.
      Under the bill, crimes committed because of the demonstrable
      bias of
      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
      speech and
      religion rights.
      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
      issue," said
      Ferrin. But he also found new allies.
      "There I was standing shoulder to shoulder with the
      Democrats, the
      liberals and the homosexuals. And you know what? I like those
      said Ferrin.

      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
      hopes of
      one for the record books - a string of theatrical productions at the
      top of
      their game and worth their hefty ticket prices. It didn't quite
      happen that
      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
      can bear
      that bush-league moniker - audiences have real reason to cheer and
      part with
      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
      Johnny's" Joe
      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
      time, the
      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
      of a
      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
      Me Out"
      won me over from the start, and answered my prayer as a theater fan
      that Mr.
      Greenberg not run out of steam - and ideas - before the final
      The thumbnail description - a straight play about a gay
      player who
      comes out to his teammates, friends and the public, thus setting off
      a chain
      of funny and tragic events - does not do the work justice. Though
      the buff
      physiques of the players seen in the full-frontal buff during
      various locker
      room and shower scenes probably owe more to theatrical license and
      niche-audience appeal than to beer-bellied baseball verisimilitude,
      this is
      far more than a "gay play."
      Take Darren Lemming (Daniel Sunjata), the superstar in
      question -
      half black, half white and unwilling to choose a racial label. A
      player for
      the championship New York Empires who is so far above the fray that
      he can
      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
      whatever over
      six years." And who, despite the big announcement, which makes him
      a hero
      of homosexuals across America, is mainly in love with himself. As
      he tells
      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
      it's a
      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
      lives of
      others, so sure of his godlike immunity from travail, so lacking in
      introspection and team spirit, that he thinks his announcement will
      have no
      effect on his team mates, his closest friends and the public - and
      least of
      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
      Darren that
      he had to work at it. "I look like an intelligent man. That's
      always been
      true. Because my father and my brothers were these giant,
      hulking . . .
      Swedes. Next to them I looked . . . cerebral. Finally, I couldn't
      take the
      distance between my face and my essence, so I applied myself."
      But even without his allusions to "Billy Budd," Kippy
      wouldn't have
      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
      City") asks
      Darren, "Why do I have to go around this room, which is, has been,
      which is
      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
      Utica? Well,
      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
      directed. No
      baseball-like longueurs here; no toleration for PC cant. But as
      played by
      Denis O'Hare, Mason Marzac is Mr. Greenberg's most endearing
      creation, the
      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
      tickets call
      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
      in the
      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
      in the
      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
      attacks over
      the years, in recent weeks.
      Chief inspector Gavin Buist, of Gayfield Police Station,
      said: "This
      was quite a violent assault a few weeks ago involving a man in his
      early 20s
      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
      and he
      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
      who had
      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
      patrols started.
      "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
      area then
      the victims will be less likely to come forward.
      "These patrols will continue as long as they're required and
      if the
      resources are available at the time, however it's important to
      stress we're
      not trying to hound members of the gay community away from this
      area. The
      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
      they do
      not want to speak to the police.
      Bruce Fraser, of Gay Men's Health, said: " We're trying to
      get the
      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
      years. I
      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
      doing to
      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
      certainly a
      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
      cent had
      suffered verbal or physical abuse because of their sexuality.
      Only 17 per cent of respondents had reported it to the
      police, as
      they considered doing so would be "a waste of time".
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