Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 5, 2004 Page: 1 of 72
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Chicago to host Gay Games in 2006
After nasty confrontation with original bid-winner Montreal, budget-
conscious Federation of Gay Games picks Chicago's pared-down vision
By Angela Geralds Staff Writer
Sue Connolly, co-chair of Chicago Games Inc., upon learn-
ing that her organization had won the bid to host the Gay
Games in 2006: "We're incredibly excited about this."
The governing body of the Gay Games
announced Tuesday that Chicago will host the
seventh edition of the event, set for July 2006.
"We're incredibly excited about this," said Sue
Connolly, co-chair of Chicago Games Inc., the
organization whose bid was selected over one
submitted by Los Angeles.
Connolly said Chicago is expecting at least
12,000 participants in athletic events and an
accompanying cultural festival.
She expects the Chicago event to bring gay ath-
letes around the world back to the original histo-
ry and purpose of the Gay Games.
Chicago won the bid with an initial plan to
spend slightly more than $6 million and accom-
modate about 10,000 athletes and 2,000 partici-
pants in other events, according to Kathleen
Webster, co-president of the Federation of Gay
Games, the group that governs the event.
Once minimum finances are secured, the goal
of the Chicago games is to raise even more
money and recruit more participants, Webster
Tracy Baim, co-vice chair of Chicago Games
Inc., said her organization will be finalizing the
licensing agreement with the federation over the
next couple of weeks.
She said the federation's licensing agreement
was in line with any other
agreement to use a trade-
marked name for an
Also, during the 24-
hours after Chicago was
announced as the host
city, the organization has
been inundated with vol-
unteers and potential
sponsors, Baim said.
The city's GLBT community is torn about
hosting an event as big as the Gay Games with so
little time to prepare, Baim said, but Chicago
organizers are convinced they can pull it off.
The city only has two years to get ready for the
2006 games, because the original bid-winner,
Montreal, failed to reach a licensing agreement
with the federation.
See CHICAGO on PAGE 18
Cummings' ruling at odds with
those in several other jurisdictions
By Angela Geralds Staff Writer
A U.S. district judge in Lubbock ruled
Wednesday that the Lubbock Independent School
District has the right to ban a gay student group.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Sam
Cummings said by denying the group permission
to meet on campus, school officials were not vio-
lating the freedom of speech or equal access
opportunities of students.
The Lubbock Independent School District has
an abstinence-only policy in place for dealing
with sex education. Because the gay student
group had planned to discuss safe sex, the school
district was not infringing on the freedom-of-
speech rights of the students when they refused to
allow the group to meet on campus, Cummings
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Walt Whitman to remain closed
during 2004-2005 academic year
Winfree Academy chief unexpectedly pulls out of deal to partner with
GLBT-supportive school; Gibbs claims she's 'too busy' to handle details
By Angela Geralds Staff Writer
Brian Chase, a staff attorney with Lambda Legal Defense
and Education Fund, said the GLBT community still has a
long way to go to convince mainstream America that
there's a lot more to being gay than just having sex.
said in his ruling.
' A school need not tolerate student speech that
is inconsistent with its basic educational mission,
even though the government could not censor
similar speech outside the school," he wrote.
See LUBBOCK on PAGE 16
Leaders of a local school for GLBT teens said
they were crushed by an e-mail calling off plans
for the establishment to open this fall and provide
an accredited education for its students.
Walt Whitman executive director Becky
Thompson said Melody Gibb, head of Winfree
Academy Charter School, sent the Walt Whitman
board an e-mail on Feb. 16 saying she was "too
busy" to move forward with the partnership
between the two establishments.
"We're done. And we are crushed, to tell you
the truth," Thompson said.
Karen McCrocklin, chairwoman of the Walt
Whitman Community School board of directors,
announced that the school will remain closed dur-
ing the 2004-05 school year. "We don't want to
make any promises we can't keep," McCrocklin
Since October, Walt Whitman administrators
were assured that the plan to partner with Winfree
Academy would go through, McCrocklin said.
Gene Frakes prepares to
compete in eight events,
from calf-roping to
chute-dogging, at this
Rodeo in Fort Worth.
After getting married in
Toronto last summer,
lesbian singer Janis Ian
is headed to Dallas to
perform selections from
a provocative new
album. PAGE 32.
executive director of
the six-year-old Walt
School: "We're done.
And we are crushed,
to tell you the truth."
Gibb had requested that Walt Whitman's board
not pursue an alliance with any other charter
schools until they tried all possibilities with
Winfree Academy, McCrocklin continued.
Walt Whitman was trying to secure housing for
its students and helping Winfree locate a suitable
building for a fifth campus, McCrocklin said.
McCrocklin said when they received Gibbs'
See WALT WHITMAN on PAGE 14
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