Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006 Page: 35 of 100
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Leslie Robinson General Gayety
Today's global media garbage
would make even Hearst blush
From conservative Africa to I beral Sweden, GLBT people are being
increasingly targeted by media seeking to boost circulation
Cameroon who is a former tennis
star and now a singer.
I remember during his sport-
ing heyday Noah was considered
quite the playboy. Now, we gays
know that one way to bide being
gay is to flaunt a faux heterosex-
uality. If that's what Noah was
doing all those years, he went
above and beyond the call.
As the Times quoted journalist
Tansa Musa as saying, "There
are going to be a lot of very sur-
prised women, both in France
Undoubtedly there were many folks in
Sweden surprised at the existence of a website
called "The Sodomites." According to
365Gay.com, the site lists 129 well-known gays,
including actors, politicians and priests.
The site also offers up their home addresses,
and calls for them to die.
Just the sort of use the inventor of the Internet
had in mind, I'm sure.
The death threat comes in the form of Bible
verses, notably Leviticus 20:13, which goes, "If a
man lies with a man as one lies with a woman,
both of them have done what is detestable. They
must be put to death; their blood will be on their
So much more poetic than a simple "Kill the
queers!" And much, much more pragmatic.
Sweden has a strong law against promoting
hate, but as long as the ugly sentiments are
expressed via Biblical quotations, the country's
top prosecutor said he can't do a thing.
When I studied journalism, the school didn't
offer a course on using the media for vile purpos-
In Cameroon, newspapers
outed 50 public figures. In
Sweden, a website lists 129 gays
and calls for their deaths.
In those countries, the old
media — newspapers — and the
new media — the Internet—are
going after gays with a zeal that
would make William Randolph
Three Cameroon tabloids
named more than 50 prominent
politicians, musicians and ath-
letes as being homosexual.
These papers are mounting a genuine anti-gay
"Men making love to other men ... is filthy. It
may be normal in the West, but in Africa, and
Cameroon in particular, it is unthinkable," the
publisher of L'Anecdote, Jean Pierre Amougou
Belinga, told Reuters.
"We could not remain silent. We had to ring
the alarm bell. We don't regret it and we have to
do it again ... in spite of numerous death threats
that me and my journalists have had."
Oh, you brave man, Jean Pierre! A veritable
Ernie Pyle, risking your life in the trenches of the
It seems to me that the people most at risk of
harm are those you saw fit to name — whether
they're actually gay or not.
The public service these tabloids performed
just happened to do their circulations a powerful
lot of good. News sellers ran out of the papers
and took to selling photocopies.
"It has been a long time since our circulation
exceeded 5,000," L'Anecdote editor Francois
Bikoro told the Times of London. "Since we
began dealing with homosexuality, it has gone up
to more than 20,000."
On behalf of homosexuals everywhere, we're
not the slightest bit happy to have helped.
Many of those named in this witchhunt have
denied being gay. Some have threatened legal
action. Small wonder: Flomosexuality is illegal
in Cameroon, punishable by up to five years in
One of the figures named during the frenzy is
Yannick Noah, a Frenchman with roots in
I'm starting to think I should ask for my
money back. Or I could fill in my educational
gaps by studying the work of that late media
giant named Joseph.
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Glad to hear Malin's qualified
So Tom Malin was a prostitute in a prior life. Is
that not the perfect prerequisite for politics?
I nominate him for governor.
Glad dispute is solved
I am very pleased that the recent misunderstand-
ing between the Dallas Tavern Guild and Stonewall
Democrats has been resolved amicably.
Having participated in the Pride parade for sev-
eral years now, I can assure everyone that Stonewall
Democrats takes its participation in the Alan Ross
Texas Freedom Parade very seriously, and we work
very hard to follow the rules as outlined by the
Guild and the city.
The allegations of drinking raised by Steve Davis
were simply preposterous.
I can assure Mr. Davis that the only tiling our
members were drinking that day was ice cold
We simply take our participation in the parade far
too seriously to do otherwise.
Jay Narey, director
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
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Does Dallas deserve HIV fund increase?
President Bush's cut in HIV research is certainly
sad to hear. But I have to say, over the previous year,
Dallas' HIV behavioral research has set a poor
example of deserving an increase in funds.
UT Southwestern's Behavioral Health Survey
was found to have falsified data which impacts
thousands of gay men living in Dallas County.
This type of coirupt large-scale study affects the
HIV infected (including myself) and the progres-
sion of HIV and AIDS services in Dallas County.
I support increased funding for HIV prevention,
especially in the Hispanic and African Anerican
But it must adhere to the standards of scientific
protocol and honesty.
"This is our chamber's way of
addressing the tragedy in New
Orleans and in Ocean Springs. The New
Orleans AIDS Task Froce has
experienced a tremendous loss, and
Ocean Springs is devastated."
LgQ^usimano, president of the North Texas
€LflT Sham bar of Commerce
"That's kind of a controversial topic
with a lot of people, especially in the
Cedar Springs entertainment area
where people don't necessarily want to
Laura Martin, Dallas police 1
Department's SLBT liaison officer,
on the possibility of cameras being. I
installed in entertainment districts *
"Our team is committed to pursue an
even greater agenda because we feel
that the time is ripe and that coming
out is our community's greatest
Jonathan Bsarman, co-chair of the .Dallas-Fort
Worth Coming Out Project;
"It is crucial in terms of money we
need to run the Resource Center."
Catherine Mouton, special events
coordinator for the Resource Center
of Dallas, on the importance of the
Toast to Life: fundraiser this week-
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006, newspaper, February 24, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238897/m1/35/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.