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    2nd April 2003 (# 4) News Clippings Digest 1. LOS ANGELES TIMES Obituary: Award-winning actor Michael Jeter, 50; Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street 2. NASHVILLE
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 8, 2003
      2nd April 2003 (# 4) News Clippings Digest

      1. LOS ANGELES TIMES Obituary: Award-winning actor Michael Jeter,
      50; 'Mr. Noodle' on Sesame Street
      2. NASHVILLE CITY PAPER Anti-discrimination bill is defeated; Vice
      mayor breaks Council deadlock
      3. EDMONTON SUN Alberta's proposed Adult Interdependent
      Relationships Act may be sent back to the drawing board to include a
      same-sex registry
      4. THE BATTALION (Texas A&M University) Letter: Homosexuality is
      not promoted by Gay Awareness Week
      5. CENTRAL MICHIGAN LIFE (Central Michigan University) Coming-out
      stories are gay man's "therapy"
      6. CENTRAL MICHIGAN LIFE Allies bring support, friendship,
      listening to GLBT community
      7. CANADIAN PRESS Advocates of gay marriage tell Parliament they
      want the same right to marry as heterosexual couples and a parallel
      definition of same-sex unions is not good enough

      Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2003
      Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA, 90053
      (Fax: 213-237-7679 or 213-237-5319 ) (E-Mail: letters@... )
      ( http://www.latimes.com )
      http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-
      jeter1apr01,1,6062766.story
      Michael Jeter, 50; 'Mr. Noodle' on Sesame Street
      By Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
      Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor who delighted children
      as "Sesame
      Street's" Mr. Noodle and earned a Tony for the Broadway
      musical "Grand
      Hotel" and an Emmy for his role as assistant coach in Burt Reynolds'
      television series "Evening Shade," has died. He was 50.
      Jeter was found dead Sunday in his Hollywood home by his life
      partner, Sean Blue. Publicist Dick Guttman said Jeter had been ill,
      but the
      cause of death has not been determined.
      In a 1997 interview for "Entertainment Tonight," Jeter
      disclosed that
      he was HIV-positive. He had been a dedicated fund-raiser for AIDS
      Project
      Los Angeles for the last decade.
      Guttman said that the actor recently completed his work on
      Robert
      Zemeckis' yet-to-be-released film "The Polar Express," starring Tom
      Hanks,
      and that filming was suspended Monday because of Jeter's death.
      Jeter
      earlier worked with Hanks on the film "The Green Mile," in which he
      played a
      hapless, mouse-loving condemned murderer.
      Lauded for his ability to evoke laughter as well as tears,
      Jeter has
      been called "an actor's actor" by Los Angeles magazine.
      Versatile as he was, Jeter never considered himself a
      dancer. Yet
      when he danced for director-choreographer Tommy Tune in the 1990
      musical
      "Grand Hotel," he earned not only a Tony but an Outer Critics Circle
      Award,
      a Drama Desk Award and the Clarence Derwent Prize for his role as
      the dying
      bookkeeper off for one final fling in Berlin.
      Two years later, Jeter earned an Emmy for his work as Herman
      Stiles,
      the wimpy assistant to Reynolds, who played a pro football player
      turned
      coach. Jeter was nominated twice more for Emmys for that series and
      two
      more times for guest roles on the series "Picket Fences"
      and "Chicago Hope."
      Audiences loved Herman, Jeter told The Times in 1993,
      because "he is
      not perfect. He doesn't have a model's face. He is not perfect in
      any
      sense of the word. Everyone is a Herman on some level."
      Jeter didn't mind imperfection any more than Herman, and he
      was well
      aware that middle age brought him his greatest success.
      "I know that I am not what one normally would think of as,
      let's say,
      fit for fantasy," he said 10 years ago. "I am not a romantic lead
      and
      that's fine. I am actually quite glad. There was a time in my life
      when I
      hated myself for being so sort of squirrelly looking and odd. I
      never quite
      fit my age. Now I'm starting to grow into my body."
      Born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Jeter began
      medical
      studies at Memphis State University, but also discovered a love for
      acting.
      After graduation, he moved to New York and worked as a law
      firm
      secretary until he won his debut role in Milos Forman's film
      adaptation of
      the musical "Hair."
      Among Jeter's stage plays were "Alice," "G.R. Point," "Cloud
      9,"
      "Greater Tuna," "Once in a Lifetime," "Zoo Story," "Waiting for
      Godot" and "
      The Boys Next Door."
      Although better known for his stage and small screen work,
      Jeter also
      had memorable roles in several films. Among them were his homeless
      cabaret
      singer with AIDS in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King," starring Robin
      Williams and Jeff Bridges in 1991, Whoopi Goldberg's comic sidekick
      Father
      Ignatius in "Sister Act 2" in 1993 and the nerdy computer whiz in
      the Wesley
      Snipes action film "Drop Zone" in 1994. Other films
      included "Waterworld,"
      "Air Bud," "Mouse Hunt" and "True Crime."
      In 1998, Jeter found a ready audience among children when he
      joined
      lovable Elmo on "Sesame Street" as Mr. Noodle, who couldn't seem to
      do
      anything right.
      In 2000, Jeter declared the bumbling Mr. Noodle his favorite
      role in
      20 years, telling the New York Post: "It's simply pretend. Anything
      going
      on in my life, and therefore stressful, goes away."
      In addition to Blue, Jeter is survived by his parents, Dr.
      William
      and Virginia Jeter; a brother, William; and four sisters, Virginia
      Anne
      Barham, Emily Jeter, Amanda Parsons and Laurie Wicker.
      Services are pending. Memorial donations can be made to AIDS
      Project
      Los Angeles.


      Nashville City Paper, April 2, 2003
      P. O. Box 158434, Nashville, Tennessee 37215-8434
      (Fax: 615-298-2780) (E-Mail: letters@... )
      ( http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com )
      http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?
      section=9&screen=news&news_id=21
      598
      Anti-discrimination bill defeated
      Vice mayor breaks Council deadlock
      By Craig Boerner, cboerner@...
      The anti-discrimination bill that has torn Metro Council and
      Nashville residents in every direction was defeated 19-18 on second
      reading
      Tuesday night with a tie-breaking vote from Vice Mayor Howard Gentry
      Jr.
      Although Gentry's vote was the deciding factor, the bill
      would have
      required 21 votes to pass on third reading, which it likely did not
      have.
      It would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual
      orientation
      toward Metro employees, which is already covered under existing laws.
      Bill co-sponsor Chris Ferrell condemned Council for voting
      down his
      legislation.
      "I truly believe that a majority of people in this city oppose
      discrimination in all of its forms," Ferrell said. "And I think
      sooner or
      later we will elect a Council that shares that view."
      At least one member of the gay community said Gentry did the
      right
      thing in putting the bill to rest.
      "I commend Howard for his leadership tonight in being willing
      to
      allow a bill to be defeated which has actually been a setback for
      the gay
      community," said East Nashville's Carlton Cornett.
      "Howard has always said he would support the right bill that
      had
      enforceability and that covered a broad range of the gay and lesbian
      community, not just Metro employees," he said.
      Council member-at-large Ludye Wallace said before the vote
      that the
      bill "had no teeth" and was "watered-down."
      "I would be advocating for far more than what is in this bill.
      Whether it passes or fails, the issue is not behind us in my
      opinion,"
      Wallace said. "If it fails then the people who have the interest
      should go
      back, organize and continue to fight for what they believe."
      Metro Legal Director Karl Dean answered Council questions
      about the
      bill, saying in his opinion, it wouldn't even produce a $50 fine for
      discriminators.
      Bill co-sponsor Eileen Beehan said, very often, it takes all
      levels
      of government a while to respond to prejudices and it does start
      with a
      minority group of people bringing the issue to the surface.
      Council member-at-large Carolyn Baldwin Tucker, an outspoken
      opponent
      of the legislation, said no laws have been enacted to prevent
      homosexuals
      from doing things, so passing a law increasing their rights is not
      the
      remedy.
      Madison Councilman Ron Nollner said the bill was not about
      discrimination; it was about setting aside a certain class of people.
      "I think we should set aside bald left-handed people," he
      said.


      Edmonton Sun, April 2, 2003
      #250, 4990-92 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6B 3A1 Canada
      (E-Mail: sun.letters@... )
      ( http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonSun/home.html )
      http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonNews/es.es-04-02-0044.html
      Registry not part of relationships legislation
      By Jerry Ward, Legislature Bureau
      The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act is about to be
      proclaimed
      by the province as law, but it may be sent back to the drawing board
      to
      include a same-sex registry.
      The law - to be formally adopted later in the spring sitting -
      will
      set up a series of rules on how same-sex couples can split up their
      assets
      if the relationship goes sour.
      "There is no registry as part of that act," said Alberta
      Justice
      Department spokesman Jason Chance.
      "They will have to develop an agreement on their own, but it
      will
      have to be witnessed by two other people ... and it will be valid in
      a court
      of law, but we will not be registering them under that act."
      However, a resolution passed at last weekend's Progressive
      Conservative Association of Alberta policy convention in Red Deer
      calls on
      the government to implement a same-sex registry within the act.
      It was not clear yesterday if the Tories will take action on
      the
      Edmonton McClung-endorsed resolution before the legislation is
      proclaimed.
      At least one local lawyer doesn't think it is necessary.
      "Currently, the act makes provision for a contractual
      agreement so I
      don't know that a registry would make that much difference," said
      Julie
      Lloyd.
      The government has previously said gay and lesbian couples
      are only a
      small part of the act so a registry would not be appropriate. A
      list of
      other interdependent relationships is also included in the
      legislation -
      like brothers, sisters, mothers, daughters and platonic friends.
      The government has a policy on its books, saying it will use
      the
      Constitution's notwithstanding clause if Ottawa ever changes the
      rules to
      allow same-sex marriages.
      Obtaining a marriage licence in Alberta is restricted to
      opposite-sex
      couples.


      The Battalion, April 2, 2003
      Texas A&M University, 014 Reed McDonald - MS 1111, College Station,
      TX 77843
      (Fax: 979-845-2647 ) (E-Mail: opinion@... )
      ( http://www.thebatt.com )
      Letter: Homosexuality not promoted
      In response to Matthew Maddox's March 31 column:
      It's that time again: Gay Awareness Week (or as we seasoned
      Battalion readers refer to it, Matthew Maddox's Flaming Conservative
      Extravaganza)! I'm not sure how Mr. Maddox continually arrives at
      the
      conclusion that homosexuals are all part of a massive conspiracy to
      rob him
      and the Christian majority of their privileged status. Nor can I
      comprehend
      how Mr. Maddox understands gay awareness and tolerance initiatives
      to be
      "promoting homosexual behavior." I certainly don't see any
      correlation.
      Finally, in response to Mr. Maddox's claim that "University
      officials
      should ... keep individuals who would belittle the religious beliefs
      of a
      majority of students and instructors out of critical University
      positions,"
      I certainly disagree, but I'm sure the American Nazi Party would be
      more
      sympathetic.
      - Daniel Lewis, Class of 2005


      Central Michigan Life, April 2, 2003
      Central Michigan University, 100 W. Preston Road, Mount Pleasant, MI
      48859-0001
      (Fax: 989-774-7805) ( http://www.cm-life.com )
      http://www.cm-life.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/02/3e8a8f32107fd
      Coming-out stories are Home's 'therapy'
      By Sarah Chuby, Life Senior Reporter
      Gerry Home says he once had been a married man, though his
      divorce
      was finalized about six years ago.
      This was not surprising to the audience until the 41-year-old
      Chicago
      native said that he is gay.
      "My wife knew that I was gay prior to our marriage. I let
      her know
      two weeks into dating," he said. "Views of gays and lesbians were
      more
      negative then. After my divorce was final, I moved to Mount
      Pleasant."
      Home, Mount Pleasant senior, said he told his story at Monday
      night's
      program because he felt it would benefit both himself and others.
      "By doing so, I see it as therapy in a way. I also feel as
      if I am
      working in the area of human rights," he said. "I am tired of
      seeing this
      crap happening. I am sick of seeing negative impact on the gay and
      lesbian,
      bisexual, transgendered community due to legislation and absence of
      legislation in terms of hate crimes."
      Home, PRIDE member, said PRIDE Week's purpose is to let
      people know
      there is a gay and lesbian community at CMU, and telling coming out
      stories
      informs people of the GLBT plights.
      "We want to get rid of that 'Will and Grace' Hollywood image
      and to
      show that we are regular people," he said. "When we tell our story,
      people
      feel we are rubbing our sexuality into their faces, but it is not
      about our
      sexuality. There are many more facets to it."
      Although coming out is something he shares with the CMU
      community,
      Home said he understand the difficulty of telling everyone about
      sexual
      orientation.
      "Some people were accepting and some weren't," he said. "I
      didn't
      come out to all of my family."
      Home said he came out only to who he thought to be the most
      open
      minded of his siblings, including his brother, who didn't support
      him.
      "And what he has proved is that he is actually very closed
      minded,"
      Home said.
      But Home and Clare senior Ana Guerriero, who also told her
      story, saw
      a connection between the heterosexual and homosexual people in their
      audience.
      "There were some people in the audience that were straight
      and some
      were in the gay and lesbian bisexual transgendered community," he
      said. "I
      saw a closeness to it. I saw it as an opportunity to share our
      stories and
      as a quasi workshop to help with issues, namely spirituality."


      Central Michigan Life, April 2, 2003
      Central Michigan University, 100 W. Preston Road, Mount Pleasant, MI
      48859-0001
      (Fax: 989-774-7805) ( http://www.cm-life.com )
      http://www.cm-life.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/02/3e8a8fb347395
      Allies bring support, friendship, listening to GLBT community
      By Robert Boden II, Central Michigan Life
      Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered
      community
      rely on their allies for support, friendship, and listening.
      "Without my ally's support, I wouldn't be here today," said
      Clare
      senior Ana Guerriero Tuesday during "Red Rover, Red Rover, Send My
      Ally
      Right Over" in the Bovee University Center.
      Guerriero and members of the audience shared their views
      about what
      an ally is, why they are important and what qualities they should
      have.
      "It's unofficial, not a title. Once somebody attends
      activities with
      you, and has quality conversations, and you feel connected to them,
      that
      makes them an ally," she said.
      Harrison junior Nicholas Linindoll said an ally is a person
      who is
      not a member of a group but supports someone else who is.
      Linindoll's ally was surprised to find out he was gay and did
      not
      take it well at first.
      "I'm grateful she's part of my life," he said.
      Guerriero and the audience agreed allies must be supportive,
      knowledgeable, open-minded, good listeners and able to stand up
      against
      discrimination.
      CMU alumna Jackie Weller and her ally, Portland senior Susan
      Theuerkauf, attended the discussion.
      Weller had problems with her family after coming out, and
      Theuerkauf
      helped everyone come together.
      "She always made me see both sides of the situation," Weller
      said.
      Anyone can become an ally, but first they need to know
      themselves,
      their goals, and their weaknesses, Guerriero said.
      One of the most important roles an ally plays is to confront
      jokes
      and educate others about GLBT issues, she said.
      "It's always difficult as a member (of a community) that's
      looked
      down upon," Guerriero said. "(Allies) have opened their minds so
      much -
      they have put aside what they were brought up with."
      Listening is also a key part of being an ally.
      "Everyone has their own story," Guerriero said.
      Allies not only exist between GLBTs and heterosexuals, but
      between
      people with disabilities, different races and different genders,
      Guerriero
      said.
      All civil rights movements have been successful with support
      from
      allies, Linindoll said.
      "Don't be afraid to step out on a limb. People will always
      make
      judgments based on what you wear, what you look like, who your
      friends are,"
      Guerriero said. "If you let other people hold you back, you'll never
      accomplish your goals in life."


      Canadian Press, April 2, 2003
      http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2003/04/01/55804-cp.html
      Gays tell Parliament committee they don't want marriage definition
      changed
      By Camille Bains
      VANCOUVER (CP) - Advocates of gay marriage said Tuesday they
      want the
      same right to marry as heterosexual couples and a parallel
      definition of
      same-sex unions is not good enough.
      Any name that excludes same-sex couples from marriage as an
      institution would be "second rate and not equivalent," Donald Meen,
      of
      Dignity Canada Dignite, told the Commons justice committee on
      justice and
      human rights. Liberal MP Paul Macklin had asked a delegation of
      people who
      want gay marriages legalized about their views on a name other than
      marriage
      for such unions, but one that would include all the rights of a
      heterosexual
      marriage.
      Macklin, one of 18 members of the committee that began cross-
      Canada
      hearings Monday, said the definition of marriage has been built up
      over time
      and that any changes could be ultimately damaging.
      "To me there's a sense of destruction here, potentially," he
      said.
      The inclusion of same-sex couples in the current definition of
      marriage would enhance it, Meen said.
      "This is a social institution with tremendous value and there
      is no
      equivalent to it, and I say it doesn't destroy marriage in any way,"
      he
      said.
      "It's not something that we're going to fall into and out of
      easily
      because we will have had to fight for access to this institution."
      But Darrel Reid, president of Focus on the Family Canada,
      said the
      universal definition of marriage should remain unchanged.
      "Marriage from the beginning of recorded history has been a
      union of
      a man and woman," Reid said outside the hearing. "It transcends
      time; it
      transcends religion. It's about biology; it's not about ideology."
      Reid said it's critical for society to continue to support
      heterosexual marriage and encourage it to last.
      The legalization of same-sex marriage is not an issue of
      equality
      because gay and lesbian couples already have the same rights as
      married
      couples, including access to benefits, Reid said.
      However, he disagrees with the extension of all benefits,
      such as
      adoption, to same-sex couples.
      Ultimately, Reid said, gay marriage is a public policy issue,
      not a
      human rights issue subject to rulings by unelected judges.
      A three-judge panel in Ontario unanimously ruled in July 2002
      that
      prohibiting gay couples from marrying is unconstitutional and
      violates the
      Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
      Ontario Superior Court Justice Heather Smith suspended that
      ruling in
      favour of same-sex marriages for two years, giving Parliament time to
      redefine the term marriage.
      Victor Wong, spokesman for the Vancouver Association of
      Chinese
      Canadians, told the hearing excluding gay couples from the
      traditional
      definition of marriage amounts to discrimination.
      "The idea around some kind of parallel system just doesn't
      work,"
      Wong said. "Marriage is marriage."
      Liberal MP John McKay said earlier in Monday's hearing that
      changes
      to marriage must be made with caution considering the outcome of
      amendments
      to divorce law 30 years ago.
      "The consequences of that have been huge and those were
      largely
      rights-based arguments that we should just simply open up divorce
      law and
      therefore everything would be all right with the world," McKay said.
      "We didn't anticipate that divorces would take off like a
      rocket."
      People on both sides of the thorny debate should give serious
      thought
      to a registration system for those who want to have their
      relationship
      recognized, McKay said outside the hearing.
      The Netherlands is the only country where same-sex marriages
      are
      legally recognized.
      After the one-day hearing in Vancouver, the committee will
      travel to
      other cities including Edmonton, Moose Jaw, Sask., Steinbach, Man.,
      Halifax,
      Sudbury, Ont., Toronto and Montreal before submitting a report on
      the issue,
      likely in May.
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