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4 gay men file
attack at restau-
rant. PAGE 6.
Georgia's top court
hears challenge to
on gay marriage.
VOLUME 23 I ISSUE 07
Coordinators praise Davis
for work on gender issues
From Staff Reports
Academy Award-winning actress
and women's champion Geena Davis
will be the keynote speaker at the
2006 Black Tie Dinner, officials
"It's truly an honor to have Geena
Davis as our featured speaker," said
Tom Phipps, co-chair of the Black Tie
Dinner. "She is extremely devoted to
JUNE I 30 I 2006
Geena Davis advocates gender equality
through her projects, "Geena Takes Aim"
and SeeJane.org. She coordinates some of
her activism with the Women's Sports
diversity, an activist for equality and a
very empowering speaker. We are so
See BUCK TIE on PAGE 12
Appeals court reinstates
Foreign Service HIV suit
Rejected job candidate continues his challenge
of agency's policy banning HIV-positive recruits
By Ann Rostow Contributing Writer
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia has reinstated an
HIV discrimination lawsuit against
the Foreign Service, challenging the
Service's effective ban on HlV-posi-
tive recruits. Although the Service
allows officers who sero-convert to
remain on duty, it does not accept new
candidates with the virus, not even
those in excellent health.
Lorenzo Taylor was such a candi-
date. HIV-positive since 1985, Taylor
had never had a symptom. His condi-
tion was treated with medication, and
he was monitored by a doctor two or
three times a year.
Taylor also came to the Foreign
Service with impressive credentials.
Fluent in French and Spanish, Taylor
had earned a degree in from
Georgetown University's School of
Foreign Service and a masters in pub-
lic health. The 45-year-old candidate
had also spent a decade overseas as a
contracting interpreter for the State
Department, and in 2001 when he
applied, Taylor was administering
government HTV and AIDS grants.
After passing the oral and written
entrance exams with ease, Taylor was
offered a job. Once doctors learned he
was HIV-positive, however, the job
offer was revoked.
Foreign Service rules require that
all entering staff be immediately avail-
See FOREIGN SERVICE on PAGE 31
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TCC artistic director to step down
After 2 decades at helm of gay men's chorus, Seelig
plans to take new role in '07 as goodwill ambassador
By David Webb Staff Writer
Tim Seelig, renowned artistic direc-
tor of the Turtle Creek Chorale,
announced this week he would step
down from the position he has held for
19 years at the end of the 2007 season.
Seelig said the timing seemed right
for a change for him and for the organ-
ization. The 2006 season saw record-
breaking attendance at concerts, and
income from ticket sales was the high-
est in the 26-year-old chorale's history,
he said. The chorale is expected to
post a profit this year while maintain-
ing its $400,000 endowment, he
"Why now?" Seelig said. "Because
it's in great shape. I would never leave
an organization in turmoil. That's not
part of my nature."
Seelig said the highly publicized
resignations last fall by several key
members of the board of directors
who objected to his leadership style
had hindered the organization. But the
volunteers, staff and singers met the
challenge and carried out the chorale's
mission, he said.
"The organization really knuckled
down and said we're going to work
really hard and turn this thing around,"
Seelig said. "It's been just extraordi-
narily gratifying to see everyone pull
together on behalf of the Turtle Creek
See SEELIG on PAGE 11
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Turtle Creek Chorale artistic director Tim
Seelig plans to step down from the position
he has held for 19 years at the end of the
DV SPECIAL REPORT
aids@25: Somber remembrance
It's been a quarter-century since the CDC
first published word of a mysterious new
disease that would come to be called
AIDS. Forty-thousand Americans continue
to be infected each year.
14 An epidemic unending: 25 years of
14 Patient Zero: How much responsi-
bility to heap on one man?
15 Long-term survivors — hope amid
16 First reports reach Texas gay com-
munity via TWT Magazine.
17 The AIDS Memorial Quilt — named
an American Treasure.
18 It took GUTS to battle AIDS in
19 Disease was a wellspring of com-
AT LEFT: The AIDS Memorial Quilt is seen
during a display in Washington.
Coordinators with the NAMES Project say
another complete display of the Quilt is
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Local News 6
National News 24
Artist Dale Moses
reflects on 25 years of
AIDS; drag entertainer
Amazing Grace remem-
bered as Dallas star
who disappeared too
soon. PAGE 32.
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qg^SUN Mostly Cloudy 69/93
Sunny skies on Friday turn to cloudy during the night and remain
that way throughout the weekend. Winds to come from the south
between 5 mph to 10 mph.
After 25 years on the
road, Jaston Williams
says the residents of
Tuna, Texas are looking
for a permanent home
— and a fourth and
final play. PAGE 50.
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