2nd April 2003 (# 4) News Clippings Digest
- 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
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 )
Michael Jeter, 50; 'Mr. Noodle' on Sesame Street
By Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor who delighted children
Street's" Mr. Noodle and earned a Tony for the Broadway
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,
cause of death has not been determined.
In a 1997 interview for "Entertainment Tonight," Jeter
he was HIV-positive. He had been a dedicated fund-raiser for AIDS
Los Angeles for the last decade.
Guttman said that the actor recently completed his work on
Zemeckis' yet-to-be-released film "The Polar Express," starring Tom
and that filming was suspended Monday because of Jeter's death.
earlier worked with Hanks on the film "The Green Mile," in which he
hapless, mouse-loving condemned murderer.
Lauded for his ability to evoke laughter as well as tears,
been called "an actor's actor" by Los Angeles magazine.
Versatile as he was, Jeter never considered himself a
when he danced for director-choreographer Tommy Tune in the 1990
"Grand Hotel," he earned not only a Tony but an Outer Critics Circle
a Drama Desk Award and the Clarence Derwent Prize for his role as
bookkeeper off for one final fling in Berlin.
Two years later, Jeter earned an Emmy for his work as Herman
the wimpy assistant to Reynolds, who played a pro football player
coach. Jeter was nominated twice more for Emmys for that series and
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
sense of the word. Everyone is a Herman on some level."
Jeter didn't mind imperfection any more than Herman, and he
aware that middle age brought him his greatest success.
"I know that I am not what one normally would think of as,
fit for fantasy," he said 10 years ago. "I am not a romantic lead
that's fine. I am actually quite glad. There was a time in my life
hated myself for being so sort of squirrelly looking and odd. I
fit my age. Now I'm starting to grow into my body."
Born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Jeter began
studies at Memphis State University, but also discovered a love for
After graduation, he moved to New York and worked as a law
secretary until he won his debut role in Milos Forman's film
the musical "Hair."
Among Jeter's stage plays were "Alice," "G.R. Point," "Cloud
"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,
had memorable roles in several films. Among them were his homeless
singer with AIDS in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King," starring Robin
Williams and Jeff Bridges in 1991, Whoopi Goldberg's comic sidekick
Ignatius in "Sister Act 2" in 1993 and the nerdy computer whiz in
Snipes action film "Drop Zone" in 1994. Other films
"Air Bud," "Mouse Hunt" and "True Crime."
In 1998, Jeter found a ready audience among children when he
lovable Elmo on "Sesame Street" as Mr. Noodle, who couldn't seem to
In 2000, Jeter declared the bumbling Mr. Noodle his favorite
20 years, telling the New York Post: "It's simply pretend. Anything
on in my life, and therefore stressful, goes away."
In addition to Blue, Jeter is survived by his parents, Dr.
and Virginia Jeter; a brother, William; and four sisters, Virginia
Barham, Emily Jeter, Amanda Parsons and Laurie Wicker.
Services are pending. Memorial donations can be made to AIDS
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 )
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
Tuesday night with a tie-breaking vote from Vice Mayor Howard Gentry
Although Gentry's vote was the deciding factor, the bill
required 21 votes to pass on third reading, which it likely did not
It would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual
toward Metro employees, which is already covered under existing laws.
Bill co-sponsor Chris Ferrell condemned Council for voting
"I truly believe that a majority of people in this city oppose
discrimination in all of its forms," Ferrell said. "And I think
later we will elect a Council that shares that view."
At least one member of the gay community said Gentry did the
thing in putting the bill to rest.
"I commend Howard for his leadership tonight in being willing
allow a bill to be defeated which has actually been a setback for
community," said East Nashville's Carlton Cornett.
"Howard has always said he would support the right bill that
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
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
Wallace said. "If it fails then the people who have the interest
back, organize and continue to fight for what they believe."
Metro Legal Director Karl Dean answered Council questions
bill, saying in his opinion, it wouldn't even produce a $50 fine for
Bill co-sponsor Eileen Beehan said, very often, it takes all
of government a while to respond to prejudices and it does start
minority group of people bringing the issue to the surface.
Council member-at-large Carolyn Baldwin Tucker, an outspoken
of the legislation, said no laws have been enacted to prevent
from doing things, so passing a law increasing their rights is not
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
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 )
Registry not part of relationships legislation
By Jerry Ward, Legislature Bureau
The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act is about to be
by the province as law, but it may be sent back to the drawing board
include a same-sex registry.
The law - to be formally adopted later in the spring sitting -
set up a series of rules on how same-sex couples can split up their
if the relationship goes sour.
"There is no registry as part of that act," said Alberta
Department spokesman Jason Chance.
"They will have to develop an agreement on their own, but it
have to be witnessed by two other people ... and it will be valid in
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
the government to implement a same-sex registry within the act.
It was not clear yesterday if the Tories will take action on
Edmonton McClung-endorsed resolution before the legislation is
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
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
other interdependent relationships is also included in the
like brothers, sisters, mothers, daughters and platonic friends.
The government has a policy on its books, saying it will use
Constitution's notwithstanding clause if Ottawa ever changes the
allow same-sex marriages.
Obtaining a marriage licence in Alberta is restricted to
The Battalion, April 2, 2003
Texas A&M University, 014 Reed McDonald - MS 1111, College Station,
(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
conclusion that homosexuals are all part of a massive conspiracy to
and the Christian majority of their privileged status. Nor can I
how Mr. Maddox understands gay awareness and tolerance initiatives
"promoting homosexual behavior." I certainly don't see any
Finally, in response to Mr. Maddox's claim that "University
should ... keep individuals who would belittle the religious beliefs
majority of students and instructors out of critical University
I certainly disagree, but I'm sure the American Nazi Party would be
- Daniel Lewis, Class of 2005
Central Michigan Life, April 2, 2003
Central Michigan University, 100 W. Preston Road, Mount Pleasant, MI
(Fax: 989-774-7805) ( http://www.cm-life.com )
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
was finalized about six years ago.
This was not surprising to the audience until the 41-year-old
native said that he is gay.
"My wife knew that I was gay prior to our marriage. I let
two weeks into dating," he said. "Views of gays and lesbians were
negative then. After my divorce was final, I moved to Mount
Home, Mount Pleasant senior, said he told his story at Monday
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
crap happening. I am sick of seeing negative impact on the gay and
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
there is a gay and lesbian community at CMU, and telling coming out
informs people of the GLBT plights.
"We want to get rid of that 'Will and Grace' Hollywood image
show that we are regular people," he said. "When we tell our story,
feel we are rubbing our sexuality into their faces, but it is not
sexuality. There are many more facets to it."
Although coming out is something he shares with the CMU
Home said he understand the difficulty of telling everyone about
"Some people were accepting and some weren't," he said. "I
come out to all of my family."
Home said he came out only to who he thought to be the most
minded of his siblings, including his brother, who didn't support
"And what he has proved is that he is actually very closed
But Home and Clare senior Ana Guerriero, who also told her
a connection between the heterosexual and homosexual people in their
"There were some people in the audience that were straight
were in the gay and lesbian bisexual transgendered community," he
saw a closeness to it. I saw it as an opportunity to share our
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
(Fax: 989-774-7805) ( http://www.cm-life.com )
Allies bring support, friendship, listening to GLBT community
By Robert Boden II, Central Michigan Life
Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered
rely on their allies for support, friendship, and listening.
"Without my ally's support, I wouldn't be here today," said
senior Ana Guerriero Tuesday during "Red Rover, Red Rover, Send My
Right Over" in the Bovee University Center.
Guerriero and members of the audience shared their views
an ally is, why they are important and what qualities they should
"It's unofficial, not a title. Once somebody attends
you, and has quality conversations, and you feel connected to them,
makes them an ally," she said.
Harrison junior Nicholas Linindoll said an ally is a person
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
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
CMU alumna Jackie Weller and her ally, Portland senior Susan
Theuerkauf, attended the discussion.
Weller had problems with her family after coming out, and
helped everyone come together.
"She always made me see both sides of the situation," Weller
Anyone can become an ally, but first they need to know
their goals, and their weaknesses, Guerriero said.
One of the most important roles an ally plays is to confront
and educate others about GLBT issues, she said.
"It's always difficult as a member (of a community) that's
down upon," Guerriero said. "(Allies) have opened their minds so
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
people with disabilities, different races and different genders,
All civil rights movements have been successful with support
allies, Linindoll said.
"Don't be afraid to step out on a limb. People will always
judgments based on what you wear, what you look like, who your
Guerriero said. "If you let other people hold you back, you'll never
accomplish your goals in life."
Canadian Press, April 2, 2003
Gays tell Parliament committee they don't want marriage definition
By Camille Bains
VANCOUVER (CP) - Advocates of gay marriage said Tuesday they
same right to marry as heterosexual couples and a parallel
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,
Dignity Canada Dignite, told the Commons justice committee on
human rights. Liberal MP Paul Macklin had asked a delegation of
want gay marriages legalized about their views on a name other than
for such unions, but one that would include all the rights of a
Macklin, one of 18 members of the committee that began cross-
hearings Monday, said the definition of marriage has been built up
and that any changes could be ultimately damaging.
"To me there's a sense of destruction here, potentially," he
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
equivalent to it, and I say it doesn't destroy marriage in any way,"
"It's not something that we're going to fall into and out of
because we will have had to fight for access to this institution."
But Darrel Reid, president of Focus on the Family Canada,
universal definition of marriage should remain unchanged.
"Marriage from the beginning of recorded history has been a
a man and woman," Reid said outside the hearing. "It transcends
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
because gay and lesbian couples already have the same rights as
couples, including access to benefits, Reid said.
However, he disagrees with the extension of all benefits,
adoption, to same-sex couples.
Ultimately, Reid said, gay marriage is a public policy issue,
human rights issue subject to rulings by unelected judges.
A three-judge panel in Ontario unanimously ruled in July 2002
prohibiting gay couples from marrying is unconstitutional and
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Heather Smith suspended that
favour of same-sex marriages for two years, giving Parliament time to
redefine the term marriage.
Victor Wong, spokesman for the Vancouver Association of
Canadians, told the hearing excluding gay couples from the
definition of marriage amounts to discrimination.
"The idea around some kind of parallel system just doesn't
Wong said. "Marriage is marriage."
Liberal MP John McKay said earlier in Monday's hearing that
to marriage must be made with caution considering the outcome of
to divorce law 30 years ago.
"The consequences of that have been huge and those were
rights-based arguments that we should just simply open up divorce
therefore everything would be all right with the world," McKay said.
"We didn't anticipate that divorces would take off like a
People on both sides of the thorny debate should give serious
to a registration system for those who want to have their
recognized, McKay said outside the hearing.
The Netherlands is the only country where same-sex marriages
After the one-day hearing in Vancouver, the committee will
other cities including Edmonton, Moose Jaw, Sask., Steinbach, Man.,
Sudbury, Ont., Toronto and Montreal before submitting a report on
likely in May.
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