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  • Edition: Volume 6, Issue 5
  • Publication Date: Tuesday, 01 January 2002
  • Format: Four sheets, half fold, printed on both sides, black on white, 17 x 11 inches; insert, one sheet, half fold, printed on one side, black on white, 11 x 8 1/2 inches; insert, one sheet, printed on one side, black on white, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
  • Digitally Archived: 2017-01-01
  • Text: THE RAINBOW READER SERVING THE GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY OF FORT WAYNE, INDIANA REE! NOVEMBER 2002 VOLUME 6, ISSUE 5 INSIDE THIS MONTH: 2 - EDITORS DESK CHRISTOPHER HAGGENJOS - TRANSGENDERED ACTIVIST -TALES FROM THE PINK SIDE THOMAS BOYER - BEING OUT ROCKS - GLBT CONSUMERS - CIRCUIT: THE MOVIE TARGETING GAY YOUTH - ROBERT J GIARD EMORIAL FUND 0 - UTSCC HOUSE NOTES 1- PRIDE PAGE 3- LETTER TO THE (OLD) DITOR AND MUCH MORE!! IF YOU WANT TO LOOK LIKE THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR, YOU'RE PROBABLY SMOTHERING YOURSELF AND YOUR DREAMS. -CLIVE BARKER Five U.S. Metro Areas Contain 1/4 of All Same-Sex Households NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE ANALYSIS OF 2000 CENSUS DATA More than one quarter of the same-sex households identified on the 2000 Census are concentrated in five major metropolitan areas, while several smaller cities have the highest densities of same-sex households, according to a report released by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGL TF) Pol­icy Institute. The report, "The 2000 Census and Same-Sex Households: A User's Guide," explains how activists and policy makers can access data on 600,000 same-sex households to better understand the demographics and policy issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) families. According to the report, New York City has the largest share, or 8.9 percent, of all same-sex house­holds, followed by Los Angeles with 6.6 percent, San Francisco with 4.9 percent, Washington, DC with 3.3 percent and Chicago with 3.1 percent. With regard to concentration of same-sex households as a proportion of all households in a metropoli­tan area, San Francisco has the highest concentration, followed by Santa Fe, NM, Portland, ME, and Burlington, VT. Seattle, WA, Miami, FL, and Austin, TX ranked fifth among all households reporting same-sex cohabiting couples. The report, authored by Judith Bradford, Ph.D., Kirsten Barrett, Ph.D. and Julie A. Honnold, Ph.D., was co-published by The Survey Evaluation and Research Laboratory (SERL) at Virginia Commonwealth University, and The Fenway Institute in Boston. The report is available for download in PDF format at www.ngltf.org/pi/census.htm "This report provides a critical snapshot of same-sex couples --who we are, and where we live," said Lorri L. Jean, NGL TF Executive Director. "Proof that GLBT families live in every single Congressional district in the nation marks a new day in working with elected officials. Never again will any elected offi­cial be able to claim that he or she needn't be concerned with the rights of GLBT people because 'I don't have any of them in my district.' With same-sex couples reporting in more than 99 percent of all counties in the United States, the 2000 Census forever disproves this claim ." Only 22 counties across the country were without at least one same-sex household reported. In 2000, for the second time ever, the U.S. Census gave unmarried cohabiting couples-- straight, gay or bisexual --the opportunity to be counted. In preparation for the 2000 Census, the Task Force joined forces with the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies to mount a campaign that urged gay and lesbian couples to "Make Your Family Count!" That campaign helped dramatically increase the number of self-identifying same-sex households in the U. S. Census, from under 150,000 in 1990 to approxi­mately 600,000 in 2000. Although the data set only counts a small minority of the GLBT population in the U.S., it nevertheless represents the largest single data set of GLBT people in the country, account­ing for roughly 1.2 million people. In addition to the dramatic increase in the number of those self- identifying since 1990, "The 2000 Cen­sus and Same-Sex Households" highlights regional concentrations of same-sex couples through state and city maps comparing the number of households reporting in 1990 and 2000. The report also found that many rural states experienced remarkable increases in the numbers of same-sex couples self-reporting. Wyoming recorded the largest proportional increase of same-sex cou- (Continued on page 3) THE RAINBOW READER- NOVEMBER 2002 THE EDITOR'S DESK What can I say, I really like comic ------------~ books. Actually, I really like the X­" HERE I COME {OUT) TO SAVE THE DAY" men, a group of mutant superheroes sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. I mean, what's not to BY CHRISTOPHER HAGGENJOS, love, especially for someone in the EDITOR, THE RAINBOW READER GLBT community. Several parallels can be drawn between the mutant population portrayed in Marvel Com­ics and the GLBT community. With the onset of puberty, mutants discover that they are not like most other people, that there is something unique about them. Most mutants, out of fear, chose to hide their differences from the rest of the world, knowing that the world does not accept them. And then there are mutants who chose to embrace theirs gifts, hoping that their openness about who they are and what they do will help non-mutants realize that they can all live in harmony together. That is the dream of Charles Xavier, founder of the X-men. But we all have dreams, and now one of mine has just come true. Northstar has joined the X-men! Northstar, a mutant from Canada, was once a member of Alpha Flight, --~---·- ~ a Canadian group of heroes run by the government. His sexuality was often hinted at by the writers of the series during its first fifty issues, but then he was written out of the comic. Two and a half years later, he returned to that se­ries in issue #81 and his "closeted homosexuality" is no longer mentioned. Then another two years pass and it finally happened. In march of 1992, Northstar officially came out of the closet. I was personally overjoyed. Finally, a gay superhero that I could read about. Something about it just gave me hope that the times were getting better. .__ __ ~......_...:;;;__ ______ __. Surely an openly gay superhero was bound to open peo-ple's eyes and make them rethink their positions on homosexuality. After the coming-out episode in issue #1 06, the words "gay" or "homosexual" weren't even mentioned once. His coming out was vaguely mentioned a couple of times. I think that was the beginning of the end for Alpha Flight. For the last two years of its life, the series was plagued by pointless storylines. Alpha Flight ended after 130 issues. But that was not the end for Northstar. Shortly after the end of the Alpha Flight comic book, Marvel Comics gave Northstar is own 4-issue mini­series. Again, I was overjoyed. But to my disappointment, the miniseries was full of mindless plot and only vaguely mentioned his coming out. Afterwards, Norhstar continued to make the occasional guest appearance in other comic book titles in which, surprisingly, his homosexuality was mentioned more than it had every been before. But you know what they say, "Hope springs eternal." Northstar is back again. Last month in the pages of the Uncanny X-men, one of Marvel Comics most popular comic books, Northstar was asked to join the team of X-men. In that issue it is even determined that his being homosexual was one of the rea­sons he was asked to join their "School for the Gifted." Norhtstar talks about being gay in this issue and mentions coming out to his father. Things look promising for Northstar. I doubt that they will give him a boyfriend any time soon, but I defi­nitely like the direction that things are heading so far. Where television shows like Ellen and Will & Grace have been helpful in portraying a positive light on the gay community for generation X, I hope that this new emergence of gay characters in comic books with also have a positive influence on gen­eration Y. Harsh criticisms and comments can be emailed to Christopher at Rainbowchris1001@cs.com or Mailed to: The Rainbow Reader, Attn: Christopher Haggenjos, 514 E. Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne IN 46802 The Rainbow Reader is a nthly newspaper, run by a volunteer. staff and published by Up The Stairs Cotfununi(y Center; 514 E. Washington Blvd; Fort Wayne, IN 46802. The Rainbow ' Re'ader welcomes letters and articles and artwork of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Fort Wayne area. Submitted materials must conform ' to our Mission Statement. Written work should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to: rainbow@gayfortwayne.com or submitted on diskette (ASCII, MS Word, or Microsoft Publisher) or typed, single­spaced, with the author's name and phone number (The author's name is not published without permission). Editorial and advertising deadline is the 10th of each month. All correspondence with The Rainbow Reader should be sent to the address noted previously. OUR MISSION STATEMENT: The Rainbow Reader is a monthly newspaper for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and their allies, offering a positive educational resource to help improve the quality of our lives in Ft. Wayne and the surrounding area. ©2002 The Rainbow Reader STATEMENT OF POLICY: Advertisers in this publication are either gay-owned or gay-friendly. It is the policy of The Rainbow Reader not to disclose the sexual orientation{identity of any individual in this publication without her or his expressed permission. A person's name appearing in this publication is not an indication of that person's sexual orientationfldentity. Opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent those of The Rainbow Reader or Up The Stairs Community Center, but still must conform to our Mission Statement. Up The Stairs Community Center is a tax-deductible, charitable organization and does not endorse any political party or candidate. The Rainbow Reader Staff: Christopher Haggenjos, Editor AI Ladd, Webmaster ·, Patrick Harris, Mailing List Thomas Boyer, Writer Fred t;tefter, Advertising Sales Mgr. Call 7 49-8509 for ad information Plus the great gang that shows up monthly to help us stuff it into envelopes. THE RAINBOW READER - NOVEMBER 2002 Same-Sex Households (Continued from page 1) pies reporting, from just 30 in 1990 to more than 800 in 2000, representing a 2,590 percent increase. South Dakota was next with a 1,657 percent increase in couples reporting, followed by Idaho with a 952 percent increase, West Virginia with an 850 percent increase, and Delaware with a 781 percent increase. Most states reported that the number of same-sex households doubled or tripled from 1990 to 2000. "This report can serve as an invaluable tool to those advocating for greater protections and full equality for GLBT people and our families," accord­ing to Judith Bradford, Ph.D., director of SERL, co-director of The Fenway Institute, and one of the authors of the report. "The Census data will ultimately provide hard figures that we can use not only to document the existence of our families, but also to demonstrate the great diversity of the GLBT community. Advocacy around a variety of issues will be bolstered with this data that demonstrate the need for policies that recognizes GLBT families." For example: *Because there were large numbers of same-sex couples with a member over age 65, the census data illustrates Social Security's lack of recogni­tion of same-sex partners for spousal and survivor benefits. *The large proportion of individuals in same-sex relationships who have been in a previously heterosexual marriage speaks to the potential reper­cussions of conservatives' push to create barriers to divorce. *The significant numbers of same-sex couples with children can be used to quantify the potential impact of anti-gay parenting laws, as well as laws prohibiting recognition of the marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships of same-sex couples. As more data from the 2000 Census are released later this year and in 2003, NGL TF, SERL and The Fenway Institute will conduct further analysis of this subset of GLBT households, exploring issues of race/ethnicity, disability, caregiving practices, education, occupation, income, languages spoken, citizenship, and military service. I!>EATH OF A PROMINENT TRANSGENDER A ALEXANDER JOHN "BEAR" GOODRUM REMEMBERED AS A RESPECTED LEADER The Human Rights Campaign mourns the death of transgender advocate Alexander John "Bear" Goodrum, 41, who took his own life on September 28. Goodrum was a widely admired activist who played a pivotal role in advocating for transgender equality. "We are greatly saddened by the death of Alexander John "Bear" Goodrum, who was a true leader and an inspiration to those fighting for the equality of transgender Americans," said HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch. "While Goodrum is no longer with us, his many contributions and enduring legacy survive. "The Human Rights Campaign is also proud that Goodrum participated in and offered his insights for HRC's transgender public opinion research polling ." Goodrum participated in HRC-sponsored polling focus groups that took place in St. Louis this year. Goodrum founded and was the director of TGNet Arizona, a trans­gender grassroots advocacy organization. TGNet Arizona's most recent notable accom­plishment was a Transgender Workplace Pro­ject (ATWORK) to help employers better under­stand the issues of transgender employees. Goodrum was a bisexual, disabled, African­American, transgender (Female-to-Male) per­son, who worked with the various communities in an effort to educate and win equality. He is recognized for his widely published paper, Gen­der Identity 101: A Transgender Primer. He was also the opening night keynote speaker at the 2002 True Spirit Conference in Washington, DC. THE RAINBOW READER - NOVEMBER 2002 LES FROM THE PINK The Human Rights Campaign recently held its annual dinner in Wash­ington DC to honor those who have helped in the fight for equality and understanding. A main honoree was the famed film producer and director Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood and possibly the nation. He is one third of the DreamWorks production company, his films win award after award, and he has piles of money, which he uses to promote charitable causes. He is even on several boards of directors, but there is one board for which he no longer serves. The Human Rights Campaign THE OTHERS BY THOMAS BOYER honored him for resigning from the board of the Boy Scouts of America, which he did in protest of the group's intolerant and antigay policies. In his ad­dress to the HRC, Spielberg said that he believes America is "just around the corner from one of the biggest breakthroughs in tolerance education and human understanding ... " It is astounding when our heterosexual friends stand boldly against hate and prejudice that we face every day. Yet we still frequently have to face anger and prejudice within our own community. Our community includes everyone, but not everyone is welcome to participate. Those of our community that we feel detract from our nebulous and variable political goals are looked down upon and often ignored. Occasionally I go to gay bars, which in tragic irony are segregated among various sectors of the LGBTQ community. There is a lesbian bar, where several gay male friends of mine are too scared to go. There is a gay dance club, where several other gay male friends nix as well. We use words about each other and buy into bigotry just as easily as some narrow-minded conservatives. A particular friend of mine will not go to "After Death [After Dark]" because he does not want to be there "when the Dragzillas come out." There are a lot of people I have spoken with that don't even believe in the truth of bisexuality. It's been said that bisexuals are what is holding back the gay equality movement. To me, however, that seems ludicrous. If anything, bisexuals can be an easy method of bridging the gap between the seemingly polar opposites of straight and gay. Sexuality is fluid. Even some of the most totally queer (including yours truly) have experienced attraction to or fantasies about the opposite sex. One of the quagmires of the LGBTQ community is its own pride. Pride is something that is definitely a necessity for the gay movement. If people are not proud to be themselves and stand out as unique individuals, then people will not accept, tolerate, or understand us. Straight people can even join in be­cause, yes, they should be happy to be solely interested in the opposite sex. The dark side of Pride is the same reason that it's also one of the seven "deadly" sins in the Judea-Christian tradition. Pride is the opposite of humility. If we are too proud to be ourselves, then we will not tolerate those who are different. Steven Spielberg also mentioned in his speech that diversity is not "a politically correct code word. Diversity is who we are." As a community, we should be open and tolerant to all views. We don't have to understand why a person is the way that he or she is, but we need to rec­ognize that the person has a right to be himself or herself. There is a place at the table for every one of us, including bisexuals and drag queens. But if we keep excluding those who we deem unworthy, we will then fail to meet our desire for acceptance. Steven Spielberg's address to the HRC dinner can be found online at www.hrc.org. AIDS @ TASK @ FORCE @ INC. Phone: (260) 744-1144 800-417-3085 Volunteer Opportunities The Buddy Program, Minority AIDS Committee, AIDS Walk, Care Teams, Teen AIDS Council, Board of Directors, office support ... & more! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Care Coordination & Advocacy for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS HIV Prevention Education & Counseling Free HIV Testing Anonymous/Confidential ~ On-site & to rural sites Free Condoms, Lubes & Dental Dams 11J~'tput s~ ';it~&~ 7,-30 & 10 am 7ete4dag ';it~S~ 11,-45 THE RAINBOW READER - NOVEMBER 20 NS CELEBRATE OPENNESS AND "COMING OUT" CD COMES OUT The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Centaur Entertainment has released a groundbreaking album Oct. 11 to celebrate National Coming Out Day and to benefit the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The album is entitled "Being Out Rocks" and features a cross-section of GLBT and straight artists committed to openness and honesty. "Being Out Rocks" was also the theme of this year's National Coming Out Day. National Coming Out Day is cele­brated every Oct. 11 to mark the anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay equality. "We are celebrating these musicians for their courage and determination to be who they are," said Candace Gingrich, HRC Foundation's National Coming Out Project manager. "Through music and the examples of these performers, we encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people everywhere to stand up and be open about who they are." A total of 21 artists donated songs to the album, which was produced by Centaur Entertainment, a record label based in New York that specializes in producing benefit albums. "I am proud to be a part of this important effort to show that you can live an out, open and successful life," said singer k.d. lang, who contributed a song to the album. "Coming out is an immensely enabling process and peo­ple should not be afraid to be open about who they are." Other artists featured on the album are: Sarah Mclach­lan, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Ani DiFranco, Janis lan, Sam Harris, SONiA, Suede, Catie Curtis, the B-52's, Bob Mould, Queen, Cris Williamson, Dar Williams, Matt Zarley, The Butchies, Jade Esteban Estrada, Taylor Dayne, Kevin Aviance and Harvey Fierstein. The album was released Oct. 11 with signing events at the Times Square Virgin Megastore in New York and at the HRC Action Center and Store in Washington, D.C. People can purchase the album at record stores nation­wide, including independently owned GLBT retail outlets, Virgin Megastores, Borders, Barnes & Noble, HMV, and the HRC Action Center and Store at 1629 Connecticut Ave., N.W., and online through HRC's Corner Store at www.hrc.org/cornerstore or www.centaurmusic.com. "We are honored that so many gifted artists agreed to be part of this album and to promote the message that being out does indeed rock," said Elizabeth Birch, HRC executive director. "By donating their talents to this album, these role models are sending an important message to people to be honest and brave. Coming out is one of the most important steps anyone in our community can take toward changing peoples' hearts and minds." Cleaning Done Right!! Absolutely Clean 426-1161 Owner: Tammy J. Smith (Continued on page 14) James A. Cates Ph.D., ABPP Diplomate in Clinical Psychology THE RAINBOW READER- NOVEMBER 2002 ,,>CD ','OUT" IS "IN" WITH GLBT CONSUMERS GAY CONSUMERS STRONGLY FAVOR COMPANIES KNOWN FOR BEING "OUT" ABOUT DIVERSITY INITIATIVES Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) consumers, more often than their non-gay counterparts, say that they choose to do business with compa­nies they know exhibit a commitment toward diversity. GLBT consumers also said they respond positively to companies when they are served by repre­sentatives or salespersons who are openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. This national research survey of 2,023 adults was conducted online between September 24 and October 2, 2002, by Harris Interactive®, a worldwide mar­ket research and consulting firm, in conjunction with Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc., a strategic public relations and marketing communications firm with special expertise in the GLBT market. Of those adults surveyed, almost six percent (6%) self-identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. GLBT and non-gay respondents contrasted sharply on the connection they made between their purchasing decisions and a company's diversity policies. GLBT consumers were far more likely than heterosexual consumers to make a purchasing decision based on their awareness of the company's diversity policies (47% GLBT versus 18% heterosexual). GLBT respondents were also asked about the influence an openly GLBT salesperson or representative has in their purchasing decisions, and five different kinds of purchases were measured: everyday products such as grocery and drug store goods; legal and financial services; health care services; com­puters and information technology; and major purchases like homes or automobiles. With all other factors being equal, such as price, quality, value and function, all GLBT respondents were asked whether their decisions to buy would be 613 W Brackenridge St ort Wayne, IN 46802 260-744-1303 1-800-421-545 9 positively or negatively affected if they knew the sales representative was gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Fifty-six percent (56%) of the total GLBT sample reported a positive influence in legal and financial services; 51% agreed about health care; 49% agreed about large scale purchases such as homes and autos; 42% agreed on everyday purchases such as groceries and drug store goods; and finally, 42% felt it has a positive influence on their purchases of computers and information technology services. The data suggests there are some GLBT consumers who feel greater comfort and confidence when speaking with GLBT sales staff particularly for more sensitive choices and purchases that are likely to reveal their own sexual orientation - such as legal advice and health care. These findings also highlight why companies like American Airlines, Coors Brew­ing Company and IBM designate GLBT employees to spearhead their strategies to expand market share among GLBT consumers. SUBSCRIPTION SERIES Remembrance: A Tribute to American Heroes October 12 & 13, 2002 A patriotic program honoring .o-ur lbca-f military, ·veterans,. . .as well as police, fir€,- & emergency rTiedical personnel. "Perceptions of fairness and openness consis­tently matter to GLBT consumers," said Wesley Combs, president of Witeck-Combs Communica­tions. "Clearly, any company that chooses to moti­vate and make its GLBT employees visible will stand to gain a great deal in terms of support from GLBT consumers. It's a logical matter to match a company's employee diversity policies with the ,. needs and expectations of its diverse customers." The Warmth of Winter December 14 & 15, 2002 A program of holiday,music to warm- your heatts! R~BERT NANCE, ,A1;USJC DIRECTOR I > e' Heavenly Harmonies March I & 2, 2003 Featuting·Guest COnductor Craig Jessop, ft.-1usic Director of the Mormon-- Tabernacle Choir "These data validate why IBM decided to form a team dedicated to the GLBT market two years ago," said Joseph Bertolotti, program director of GLBT Sales and Talent. "Our company under­stands that to fully engage the GLBT market, we must serve our customers with their business needs in mind. This is core to our diversity philoso­phy for every constituency group at IBM." 2002-(£)3 Can · rt't:;'''Seaso n 5.7013 Song& Dance May 3 & 4, 2003 A unique collaborarion with the Fort Wayne Ballet. Music of BrittenT Gershwin, Bernstein and more. HELEN KOCH RECITAL SERIES November 3, 2002 January 19,2003 The survey data also may be found, in tabulated Experience members of tile chorvc, 'Prlvfltf RDCVttS • Lnr~e seLechovc • SATISFACTION GAURANTEED (260) 423-2130 z: WALK- INS WELCOME Rep. Jeffrey Espich, R, 82nd & Mr. Mike Wallin, D, 82nd Dist., did not respond. Gay/Lesbian Helpline Crisis intervention, information & referral. Your single source for GLBT information il1 Allen County. Call also toreport harassment or same~sex domestic violence. Monday -Thursday 7pm to ropm; Friday and Saturday ?pm toupm; Sunday 8pm to 9pm. ..... 8 I am the door: -g by me if any ~ man enter in, ,e he shall be E saved, and 8 shall go in -P»~IDE r:»A&E-------- WAHTBD!!- The Pride Fest 2003 Committee is looking for new members. Join us the 2nd Monday of each -=- month at 7:30p.m. at UTSCC. Email: fwpride@gayfortwayne.com Come Celebrate With Us! Sat., Nov. 30th • 3:00 p.m. at UTSCC 514 E. Washington Blvd. Turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy will be provided by the Pride Fest 2003 Committee. Bring a dish to share and a beverage for yourself. A sign-up sheet will he posted at UTSCC on the refrigerator in the kitchen. • 50/50 Raffle • • Silent Auction • In the upcoming months, the Pride Fest 2003 Committee will be sponsoring a wide array of events to promote pride in the community as well as raise funds for next year's Pride Fest. A couple of the upcoming events we have planned include a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Christmas party with Santa for area children. Some other ideas we are working on include shopping excursions and a chartered bus trip. Do you have any ideas? We would love to hear from you. Email us at: fwpride@gayfortwayne.com or come to our meetings, the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Up The Stairs Community Center. Visit our web page at http://www.gayfortwayne.com/utscc/pride.htm for more information on Pride Fest 2003 and other Pride events. fHIInAM WITH ~~ '~ Bring your kids, nieces and nephews and friends and join us Sun., Dec. 22 1 :00 p.m. • at UTSCC for a Christmas Party with Santa! Children 12 and under will receive a gift from Santa. (Limited to the first 40 kids to reply.) ~----------------------------------· Child's Name: _____ _ Age: ________ _ Gender: Phone: ________________ (For more than one child, please fill out this information on a separate sheet of paper.) Mail form to: Santa, c/o Pride Fest 2003 7309 River Ranch Ct. Ft. Wayne, IN 46835 Form must be received by Dec. 15, 2002. Pride Fest 2003 Comm. -----------All proceeds from events benefit Pride Fest 2003.----------- STAIRS COMMUNITY CENTER EDI~E~tDAYS: 6:30PM- 8:30PM) Plymouth Congregational Church United Church of Christ 501V\t': Berry Street (at Fai.rfield Ave.) The.Reve~nd Dr. John P. Gardner, pastor The R~y~re'l! Ruth E. 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But the gist of the article about greed in corporations seemed to me to hit the mark. I also liked the way you linked this with Rep. Souder's viewpoints on morality. I also was pleased with your viewpoint that our nation's morality has not been declining and that more of our Americans should be willing to uphold "a more loving/accepting and tolerant nation, towards ending hated and injus­tice." Sincerely, Fred Hefter place to be! at: e.com Calll-800-HAIR-530 (424-753&) For!nfomrazitm or 219-4_8 9·5.2.6 8 For Free COIISIIltation nwa~~eru.n Alpha & Omega Mortgage Company Fort Wayne Toll Free 1-888-467-7785 Mike Brookshire FREE PRE-APPROVALS Oo/o DOWN PROGRAMS AVAILABLE Locally owned & operated With over 30 years experience! ALL CREDIT CONSIDERED "The First & Last Mortgage Company You Will Ever Need" THE RAINBOW READER- NOVEMBER 2002 Being Out Rocks(Continued from page 5) HRC chose the theme "Being Out Rocks" for this year's National Coming Out Day as a way to recog- Calendar of Local Groups and Meetings nize the many openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender popular musicians performing today, as Event Dates Time well as those who are not gay but are publicly supportive. "For me, if this album saves one life, it was worth more than any album selling 10 times platinum," said Nick De Biase, president of Centaur Entertainment and the album's producer. "Showcasing these artists was a perfect way to demonstrate that it's possible to be successful today in American popular music and be openly GLBT or publicly supportive of our community," said Kim I. Mills, HRC's education director, who oversees the National Coming Out Project. "Public opinion polling shows that people who know someone gay or lesbian are much more likely to support equal rights for GLBT people." MIDWEST GIRTH Be MIRTH FT. WAYNE A Social Club for Chubby Gay/Bi Men & Their Admirers PO Box 5423 Ft. Wayne, IN 46895 260-422-8000 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.girthmirth.org LEARN TO LOVE r,ust you, desi,es. PEACE LOVE EQUALITY Visit us online at: I www.hoUdoirnoir.ne~ Sunday Interweave Weekly 7:30pm Service New World 4th Sunday 11am Church Open Door Chapel Weekly 7pm Transgender 1st Sunday 7:30pm Discussion Group Monday PFLAG 2nd Monday 7pm UTSCC Board 1st Monday 7:30pm Meeting Fort Wayne Pride 2nd Monday 7:30pm 2003 Committee Prisms (IPFW- Weekly 7pm Walb Student Union, Rm. 11 0) Open Door Chapel Weekly 7pm Bible Study Bar Education 1stWednesday 7pm Night (BEN) Thursday Horizons Youth Weekly 7-9pm Comfort Zone 1st Thursday 7:30pm Rainbow Reader 1st&3rd 7:30pm Planning Meeting Thursdays UTSCC's Social 2nd Thursday 7:30pm Action Committee Friday -Saturday Bisexual 3rd Saturday Discussion Group Gay Lesbian AA Weekly 7:30- 9pm ?:3D- 8:30pm LOCAL AND STATE ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST TO THE GLBT COMMUNITY Up The Stairs Community Center (UTSCC) Providing GLBT individuals with a safe social environment and also educational efforts for the community at large. 514 E. Washington Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46802 422-2450 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 10pm; Friday. and Saturday to 12AM; Up The Stairs Library Wed'-Thur1to10pm; Fri8 to 12pm; Sun] to 9pm, or by appointment. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.gayfortwayne.com/utscc/library.htm The Rainbow Reader A GLBT community newspaper published monthly by Up The Stairs Community Center. RR e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. web: www.gayfortwayne.com/rainbowreader Christopher Haggenjos - Editor Email Christopher: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fred Hefter- Advertising Phone: 749-8509 Email Fred at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AIDS Task Force, Inc. A full range AIDS Service organization offering direct and supportive service to persons with HIV/AIDS as well as a broad spectrum of HIV prevention and AIDS awareness education programs. For more information please contact our offices at: 2124 Fairfield Avenue; Fort Wayne, IN 46802; 744-1144 Bar Education Night (B.E.N.) A free program to educate; · for Hepatitis t~.orovlo•so Meets Justice, Inc. Statewide gay, lesbian and HIV civil rights and anti-violence organization. PO Box 2387, Indianapolis, IN 46206; 317-634-9212; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web www.justiceinc.org Lesbians of African Heritage Gatherings Call 7 44-7511 for dates and time. Midwest Girth & Mirth - Ft. Wayne Social & support group for chubby gay men and their admirers. Meeting Info: 422-8000 http://www.geocities.com/girthmirth e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. New World Church, Inc. 4720 Speedway Drive; 471-1911 Open Door Chapel church services. W~t!nl;!S~day, 7pm UTSCC that IPFW Student open to all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender allied students and non­students. Providing two programs to serve the needs of the GLBT community: Prism- GLBT issues discussion, Wed. evenings. Encounters -Social Events. IPFW Walb 110; 2101 Coliseum Blvd. East; 481-4179 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.gayfortwayne.com/us Look Y/ere// Coming Soon!! Up The Stairs Community Center will soon be accepting Credit Cards. Making it even easier to donate to the Center or pay your Advertising costs to The Rainbow Reader. .. UBSCRIBE OR DONATE HERE! Donations to UTSCC ~~Reach for the Rainbow" Building Fund . I would like to donate to Up The Stairs Community Center's new building. 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Enclosed find my tax-deductible contribution in the amount of $ for the following program: ® The Rainbow Reader ® Community AIDS Action Team ® Horizons ® The Pride Fest Committee ® UTSCC Resource Library and Archives ® UTSCC General Operating Fund Subscription and UTSCC Membership Levels: (Subscriptions and Memberships are for a one-year period) The Rainbow Reader and all other UTSCC mailings are sent in plain envelopes. ®Add Me to the Mailing List (FREE): Receive The Rainbow Reader and other UTSCC mailings. ®Subscription Membership ($15): Subscription to The Rainbow Reader plus have the knowledge that you are financially benefiting the newspaper. ®Regular Membership ($30): Subscription to The Rainbow Reader plus have the knowledge that you are financially benefiting the newspaper and other Community Center efforts. UBSCRIBE OR ONATE To receive The Rainbow Reader in your mailbox or contribute to UTSCC, send your check or money order with this form to: Up The Stairs Community Center; C/0 Greg Kroemer, Treasurer, 2125 Curdes Ave; Fort Wayne, IN 46805 Name _________________________________________________________ ___ Address ____________________________________________________________________________________ _ City ______________________________ State __ _;Zip ____________________ ph 0 n e (Optional) ------------------- Em a i I (Optional) __________________________ ____ Please make checks for tax­deductible donations to: UTSCC And Thank you for your continued support of Up The Stairs Community Center PICK UP THE RAINBOW READER AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: WE THANK THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ACTING AS DISTRIBUTION POINTS FOR THE RAINBOW READER! AFTER DARK AIDS TASK FORCE BORDERS THE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE THE CRYSTAL COVE DADDIEO DAVINCI COFFEE HOUSE FT. WAYNE I ALLEN Co. HEALTH DEPT. 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