5th October, 2001 (# 4) News Clippings Digest.
- 5th October, 2001 (# 4) News Clippings Digest.
1. CHARLESTON (SC) POST & COURIER Theater Review: Heart-rending
drama views gay prejudice ("The Laramie Project")
2. ASSOCIATED PRESS Nebraska Supreme Court heard arguments this
morning in lesbian adoption case
3. THE MISSOULIAN (Montana) Phelps Family Circus is coming to
Missoula to hold a "God Hates America" rally
4. MICHIGAN DAILY Coming Out Week begins tomorrow
5. MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE University of Minnesota man finds reign
as homecoming queen exciting, scary
6. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Actress Naomi Watts talks about her
lesbian bed scene in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"
Charleston Post & Courier, October 5, 2001
134 Columbus St., Charleston, SC, 29402
(Fax: 803-937-5579 ) (E-Mail: editor@... )
( http://www.postandcourier.com )
REVIEW: Heart-rending drama views gay prejudice
By Dottie Ashley of The Post and Courier Staff
Technically innovative, demanding and risk-taking all apply to
drama "The Laramie Project," which opened Thursday at the Footlight
Theatre to an 85 percent filled house.
But the main message in this tragic story is that, try as we
there is no way society can categorize homosexuals.
As Mark Wallace, who plays a Laramie limo driver, says of the
gay guys he knows, "If you mess with a Wyoming queer, he will kick
The play about the death of the gay college student Matthew
who was beaten in Laramie, Wyo., and left to die tied to a fence post
1998, probably makes even the most anti-gay zealot cringe. However,
playwright Moises Kaufman succeeds best is in depicting the gray areas
showing what the vast majority believe about gays, but don't want to
The script also depicted the horde of invading reporters who
already made up their minds that: "It's tough being gay in cowboy
Steve Lepre did a terrific job directing the 14 diverse actors
playing 50 citizens of Laramie who vent their feelings. In the
conversations, the phrase "live and let live," crops up often. But
only one mention of "acceptance," in regard to homosexuals.
Only a few of the citizens were one-dimensional, notably a
Bible-thumping, anti-gay minister. An absolute standout in the cast
Jeff Jordan as the bartender who served Shepard before he left with
murderers, who had led him to believe they were gay. Gene Glave was
excellent as the emergency room nurse and Tim Corey superb as the
cautious president of the University of Wyoming. Extremely plausible
matter-of-fact policewoman was Paulette Todd.
It's a shame the dozen people who left during the two
(and the show could be shortened by a few minutes) missed the touching
soliloquy by Shepard's father, who asked that the life of one of the
murderers be spared.
Perhaps those who truly should be taken to see this heart-
drama are children who begin torturing their classmates who seem
when they are only in the fifth or sixth grade. Only when the young
seeing the world in a more accepting way will the torture ever really
. REVIEW: "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufman and The
Theatre Project of New York; directed by Steve Lepre; sets and
direction by Richard Heffner at the Footlight Players, 20 Queen St.,
p.m. today and Saturday, continuing Oct. 12, 13, and Oct. 18-20; at 3
Oct. 14; Tickets $20 general admission, $17 senior citizens and
purchase, call 722-4487 or at the door.
. THE CAST Ensemble Cast: Samantha Andrews, Tim Corey,
Pool, Gene Galve, Trey Howell, Dennis Jaffee, Jeff Jordan, Joanna
Bradley Keith, Dick Latham, Penny Polychron, Donna Statler, Paulette
and Mark Wallace.
Associated Press, October 5, 2001
Court to decide if gay couples can adopt
By Kevin O'Hanlon, The Associated Press
LINCOLN - The state Supreme Court heard a politically charged
Friday that could decide if gay couples have the right to adopt
Nebraska. The case involves a Lincoln lesbian who wants her lover to
able to adopt her 3-year-old son.
The two women were joined in a commitment ceremony in 1995,
to court records. Such ceremonies are not recognized as marriages in
Nebraska. Voters last year approved a measure to keep same-sex
being legally recognized.
Florida is the only state with a law banning any homosexual
adopting. Utah and Mississippi do not allow same-sex couples to
have no prohibition against adoptions by gay individuals.
The boy, named Luke in court papers, was born in 1997. His
became pregnant through artificial insemination. The boy has lived
mother and her lover since birth.
The boy's mother also has custody of another son, a 9-year-
a previous marriage.
While Nebraska law contains no specific provision prohibiting
adoptions by gay couples, Deputy Attorney General Steve Grasz said
not mean it is legal.
Grasz said in oral arguments and briefs filed in the case that
mother's lover has no legal rights to adopt the child, even though
helped raise him.
"Such caregivers, unlike parents, possess no substantive
interest in the child," he said. "No fundamental constitutional
been accorded in the law to individuals such as foster parents,
grandparents, caregivers or 'partners' of parents even though they
deep emotional attachment to the child."
He cites a ruling by a Wisconsin court that said it must first
decided if someone is eligible to adopt a child before a court can
what is in the best interests of a child.
Amy Miller, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union,
the state's bias is based on its discomfort with the lesbian
and should be irrelevant when it comes to the child's best interests.
"The decision as to whether or not to permit adoption is made
court on the basis of the best interests of the child," she said.
She said state law provides that "any minor child may be
an adult or adult persons."
The case has generated so-called "friend of the court" briefs
scores of state and national organizations, including: The National
Organization for Women; the American Psychological Association; the
Research Institute; the Nebraska Catholic Conference; the Alliance for
Children's Rights; and the National Adoption Center.
Florida's law is considered the nation's toughest, prohibiting
adoptions by any gay or lesbian individual or couple. It was passed
1977, the same year, former beauty queen Anita Bryant led a crusade to
overturn a Dade County ordinance banning discrimination against gays.
A federal judge in Florida acknowledged in August that two gay
have a family-like bond with two boys in their care, but that the
the right to stop them from adopting the children.
The Missoulian, October 5, 2001
Box 8029, Missoula, MT, 59801
(Fax: 406-523-5221 ) (E-Mail: newsdesk@... )
Church brings anti-gay message to Missoula
By Betsy Cohen of the Missoulian
A Kansas-based church is heading to Missoula to preach its
The Westboro Baptist Church will hold a "God Hates America"
from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the corner of Sixth Street
Church members said they will be "celebrating" the third
of the day in which Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student,
beaten and killed for being a homosexual.
Church members decided to picket the University of Montana
its preaching because the public university supports the Lambda
campus group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students.
In a press release to the university, the church pointed to
11 terrorist attacks as proof that God is punishing Americans because
a nation of homosexuals and homosexual-enablers.
"This country has gone so far afield from God's commandments,"
Shirley Phelps-Roper, attorney for the 10-year-old church, daughter
church's founder and a church member. "This country goes after evil
both hands and winks at God - it's just all mockery."
Phelps-Roper said she will be among the 10 Westboro church
who will be in Missoula for the one-hour street-preaching event.
Their mission, she said, is not to solicit members, but only to
preach the word of God.
"Our job is to preach it right," she said. "Our job is not to
someone over - preaching keeps the righteous righteous, and the wicked
Members of UM's Lambda Alliance said they support everyone's
free speech and view the church's arrival as one of opportunity.
"It will be a chance to really open up the dialogue on campus
Missoula community," said Ty Watkins, UM student and public relations
officer for the alliance. "We look forward to the opportunity to make
ourselves known in the community."
The UM group, along with other groups will likely hold a silent
counter-protest to the church's small gathering, and a vigil on
honor Matthew Shepard. Lambda will hold a planning meeting at 8 p.m.
For more information, contact the alliance at 243-5922.
. Reporter Betsy Cohen can be reached at 523-5253 or at
Michigan Daily, October 5, 2001
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
(E-Mail: daily.letters@... )
( http://www.michigandaily.com )
Coming Out Week begins tomorrow
Margaret Engoren for the Daily
Expect a rainbow-colored campus this week.
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs
sponsors campus events to celebrate National Coming Out Week.
Coming Out Week originated as National Coming Out Day, an event begun
a march on Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 1987. For the last six
week surrounding Oct. 11 has been one of national recognition for gay
This year, the University's National Coming Out Week is
begin tomorrow with the GenderBenderRevue: the FOURth Dimension at the
Pierpont Commons on North Campus. The show includes a number of new
and will take place in a new cabaret-style venue.
"We hope to introduce people to the Office of LGBTA. We want
sure they know we are here," said Kelly Garrett, a coordinator of
and student development in the Office of LGBTA. "The events offer an
opportunity to raise awareness and acceptance."
This year's NCOW events include an open house at the Office of
on Tuesday, a National Coming Out Day Rally Thursday on the Diag, and
Social at 3200 Michigan Union next Friday.
"About 400 people typically participate in NCOW activities and
expecting a good turn-out this year," said Garrett.
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs is
celebrating its 30th birthday this year - making it the oldest
LGBTA office in the country.
This year's GenderBenderRevue is dedicated to the University's
of LGBTA, to commemorate the office's anniversary. Gender Mosaic, the
student organization that cosponsors the event, will honor the office
the show for its advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
Other than sponsoring campus-wide National Coming Out Week
activities, the Office of LGBTA provides support groups, offers
and conducts research to benefit gay, bisexual, and transgendered
. Coming Out Week
Tomorrow: GenderBenderRevue: the FOURth Dimension, 7-9 p.m.,
Tuesday: Open House, Office of LGBTA
Wednesday: Dinner, Sex and a Movie, 3200 Michigan Union
Thursday: National Coming Out Day Rally, noon, Diag; Color
8-10 p.m., Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw Ave.
Friday: National Coming Out Week Social, 3-5 p.m., 3200
Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 5, 2001
425 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55408
(Fax: 612-673-4359 ) (E-Mail: opinion@... )
( http://www.startribune.com/ )
Man finds reign as homecoming queen exciting, scary
MORRIS, Minn. (AP) - A 21-year-old man said his short reign as
homecoming queen at the University of Minnesota-Morris was both
"I had to have that tiara, " joked Patrick Woods, who reigned
days last weekend, adding that it was "the best and worst experience
He said he wasn't trying to make a political statement about
roles, although he said he thought homecoming was a somewhat outdated
"And since the student body elected me, lots of them must
said. Morris students choose him to preside over homecoming
with king Ryan Brux.
Woods received thunderous applause at the three big homecoming
events - coronation, the parade and the football game - but his
also had a darker side.
The men's wrestling team boycotted some homecoming activities,
this week Woods has found himself the target of threats that have
"feel more afraid than I ever have in my life."
"I can't believe how seriously people take this," he said. "I
homecoming is just a two-day event. It's not like I'm going to be out
cutting ribbons at Wal-Marts or something."
Woods was nominated by E-Quality (Morris' gay, lesbian,
transgender student organization), the Women's Resource Center and his
"I'm a pretty social guy, but now I don't feel like I can go
alone and be safe," he said. "I wish life could just go back to
But it's not."
San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2001
901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94103
(Fax: 415-896-1107 ) (E-Mail: chronletters@... )
( http://www.sfgate.com )
Not all mum on new Lynch film
Actress Watts divulges details of lesbian bed scene
At a sneak preview of "Mulholland Drive" at the Embarcadero
star Naomi Watts offered to take questions from the audience, but
"As you know, it is a David Lynch film, so I probably won't be able to
answer all of them."
There's one question Lynch has requested the cast to stay mum
How much of the movie was lifted from his TV pilot? "Mulholland
started life as a potential ABC series - until the network got a load
and deemed it too weird for the small screen.
With an impish smile, Watts allowed that her erotic love scene
Laura Elena Harring "obviously was not part of the pilot." The
of getting naked in bed with her co-star was "a little bit nerve-
but once we got down to it, it was OK," Watts confided to me.
"The lighting was very dark, and almost nobody was allowed on
set, so you didn't feel exploited. We'd be kissing and doing
were doing, and then David would yell, 'Cut,' and we would fall back
in a state of giggles. When I see the scene now, it seems so
sensual, as if
these two women really do love each other. But it didn't feel as
when we shot it. That's just as well. Otherwise, I would have had
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