Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, February 25, 2000 Page: 4 of 77
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Basks to remember on Internet doting
It was 3 a.m. I was
wearing a T-shirt,
shorts, a wig and
what once could
have been described
as full makeup. I'd
together to quickly
drive a New
my Oak Lawn apart-
ment back to his
Downtown Hotel. As I drove, I chattered. He
looked out the window. He grunted once in a
I dropped him off. A few minutes later,
diverted south from downtown into Oak Cliff
on the Houston Street Viaduct, I found myself
re-learning a few basic truths.
First, it's easy to exit 1-35 onto Commerce
Street, but impossible to get onto 1-35 from
Commerce. Why, I wondered — as I peered at
unfamiliar street signs, fumbled with the
Mapsco, and reapplied my lipstick just in case
— did I always forget about that?
And why, I further wondered, did I keep
forgetting that men you meet on the Internet
usually turn out pretty dam different in per-
son? There's some odd force at work in the
world of email that broadens the definition of
words like "attractive," "tall," and "clean"
way beyond what I learned they meant as a lit-
tle girl all those many years ago.
And if you do like a man, you never hear
from him again — no matter how insistently
he proclaims his Undying Lust and desire to
see you again. As my lesbian foster drag
daughter Thea (thank goodness for alternative
families!) wisely pointed out after I whined to
her about all this: "People aren't supposed to
come back after one night stands." While this
makes dating sound a little too much like a sui-
cide mission, she's certainly got a good point.
Well, I think I learned my lessons — about
getting onto 1-35 from downtown, and about
meeting men on the Internet. In fact, I'm taking
a break from dating generally. Well, not so
much from "dating" as from sex. Well, sex
with other people, anyway.
Oh my — that's Too Much Information,
But, gosh dam it, this is an area where our
language fails us. There are tons of different
words to describe the subtle nuances of having
sex, but not many about not having sex.
"Not getting any" has a desperate and
unladylike feel to it. "Abstinence" is some-
thing we urge teenagers to do. "Celibacy" is
"Saving myself for marriage" has a nice
dramatic sound to it, but in my case would be
a little like closing the barn door after the hay's
already been rolled in — or however that
quaint country saying goes.
At any rate, I'm taking a break from what-
ever it is I'm taking a break from. It's a relief
not to have to shave my legs or clean my apart-
ment so often, not to mention the peace of
mind that comes with not worrying about the
latest STD of the Month.
I've often thought that I actually might like
to become a nun. The problem is I'm not ready
to get married, even if only symbolically, to
You Know Who, or anyone else. I'm having too
much fun with myself. By myself, I mean. You
know, being single .... Oh, never mind! ▼
janelle DuBois (a.k.a. Tom Kinney) is a Dallas
drag performer and writer. Visit her web site
(www.geocities.com/~janelled) or email her at
Loose in Dallas
Garcia denies making slur
It has been alleged in an article in Dallas
Voice ("Local gay Democrats endorse 16 in
March primary," Jan. 28) that I was not given
the Stonewall Democrats' endorsement due to
my calling someone a faggot.
I was never asked about this in committee.
If someone would have questioned me about
this allegation, I would have informed them
that I have never used that term. Anyone who
knows me knows that this allegation is a
My votes have always been 100 percent
favorable to the gay and lesbian community.
Furthermore, I received two awards from
Stonewall Democrats for my voting record on
human rights and gay issues.
In a political campaign, one expects to
encounter some mud-slinging, false rumors
and record distortions, but this is gutter poli-
tics. I would like to inform readers of Dallas
Voice and members of the Dallas Stonewall
Democrats that I was offended by the allega-
However, I was even more insulted that no
one from Stonewall Democrats questioned
whether or not the rumor was true. Anyone
who attributes the gay slur to me should know
that they are committing slander or libel.
I hope that members of the Stonewall
Democrats who have a sense of fairness and a
desire for social justice will realize that
endorsements based on character assassina-
tion should not be tolerated. I expect to win
this election and to continue to serve all of my
constituents, including the Stonewall
State Rep. Domingo Garcia
District 104, Dallas
Column on youth absolutely right
Mubarak Dahir hit the nail on the head in
his column "Time has come to reach out to gay
youth" (Dallas Voice, Feb. 18). His sentiment
could not be more accurate. His summary of
the battle in Orange County, California over
the establishment of gay student unions in sec-
ondary schools was both lucid and precise.
As adults, we who are gay, lesbian, bisexu-
al or transgender remember what it was like to
battle both the chaos of puberty and forces of
bigotry at the same time. Mr. Dahir's article
reminds us of the feelings of exclusion, harass-
ment and even torment that we experienced.
Being a teenager is never easy. Let us always
remember that it takes an inordinate amount
of courage for young people to take a stand
and demand a safe space for themselves and
their friends in which to learn and grow in
their own schools.
The children of our communities are the
lifeblood of our future. Providing an environ-
ment in which all children, regardless of sexu-
al orientation, gender, ethnicity or physical
limitation may strive to better themselves as
healthy individuals is crucial to the develop-
ment of our society.
The next time you meet one of these coura-
geous young people, take a moment to offer
him or her your support and encouragement.
It may be your words that provide a solace in
the midst of the biggest storm of that young
person's life. „
Dallas middle school teacher
FEBRUARY 25, 2000
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