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The Community Newspaper For GayCjILLesbian Dallas
Gays fight Dr. Laura's TV show
Gay media group objects to proposed TV show by radio commentator who called gays 'biological errors'
By Tammye Nash
A planned new television program featur-
ing talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has
drawn the ire of gay leaders who are attempt-
ing to convince the Paramount Television
Group to require Schlessinger to tone down
her rhetoric on gays and lesbians.
The program, scheduled to debut in
September, will be broadcast locally on CBS-
TV affiliate KTVT, Channel 11, according to
Schlessinger has drawn fire from gay rights
activists around the country with her stances
on issues from same-sex marriage to gay par-
enting. She has referred to gays and lesbians as
"biological errors" and deviants. In addition,
gay critics say, Schlessinger has linked homo-
sexuality to pedophilia and advocates "repar-
ative therapy," or religion-based programs
intended to help gays and lesbians "attain a
Schlessinger. . .
her new television
show will debut
Schlessinger accuses gay leaders of twist-
ing her words and taking her statements out of
context, and insists that she bears no ill will
toward gays and lesbians.
Schlessinger has also accused gay rights
advocates of trying to deny her right to free
speech, and has said her stance on gay issues
have prompted numerous death threats
Paramouont officials met last week with
representatives of the Gay and Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation. After the three-
hour meeting, both sides issued a joint press
release saying a dialog had been created
between the two groups. The statement indi-
cated that the "positive exchange of different
perspectives" occurred at the meeting.
In the press statement, Paramount officials
said Schlessinger's program will include
"many points of view, derived from a variety
of sources, guests and a studio audience."
Officials of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation this week said they were
pleased with Paramount's response to their
"I would say it was encouraging, overall/'
said Stephen Spurgeon, a staff member in the
Alliance's Los Angeles offices.
"It was encouraging because ... the meet-
ing happened at all. Paramount is not in the
habit of meeting with groups who have differ-
ing opinions [from those espoused on
See DR. LAURA on Page 18
Fa<e to face with death penalty
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Convicted killer Calvin Burdine said last Wednesday he was ecstatic but a bit appre-
hensive over prospects he soon could be free after 16 years on death row. State
attorneys missed a court-ordered deadline, and a federal judge is considering
whether to free Burdine, convicted of killing his lover following an argument.
2 gay men recently executed in
Texas and a 3rd sits on death row,
bringing issue into focus for gays
By Gip Plaster
When Curtis Lee Johnson was executed in
1992 for killing Dale Sweat, Houston resident
Ray Hill was just outside the walls of Texas
death row, protesting against capital punish-
Sweat was Hill's former lover.
For Hill, who has spent much of his life
working for gay rights and trying to bring
about reforms in the Texas criminal justice sys-
tem, his two causes converged on Texas death
row. His opposition to the death penalty
moved from being a human rights stance to a
very personal issue.
It took more than six years after that execu-
tion for the death penalty to collide with gay
men and lesbians in the national spotlight, this
See EXECUTIONS on Page 14
February 25, 2000
Vol 16 No 43
sin The Next Best Thing,
Madonna stars as a
lovelorn single who
| decides to have a baby
with a gay man — but
hen she meets the man
of her dreams.
|The spring softball seo-
ons get underway next
[ month for the Pegasus
Association and the
North Texas Women's
Dallas Theater Center
presents the American
Inexpressible Island, a
harrowing tale of six
men struggling to stay
alive in the Antarctic.
Michael Chabon finds
success with a screen
| adaptation of his novel,
Wonder Boys, about a
frustrated writer, his
flaming editor and a
cute literature student.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, February 25, 2000, newspaper, February 25, 2000; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth615515/m1/1/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.