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communities with ads in Just Out, the response has far
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Author of M urder in the Collective
and Sisters o f the Road will be reading
from her two new works. Miss Venezuela
and Cows & Horses.
Join us in April
for two acclaimed
Between the lines
B .C . Nightingales; AIDS quackery; PBS counterclockwise?
J A C K
R I L E Y
E. Ann Hinds
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B .C .’s modern-day Florence
ancouver, British Columbia, is
undoubtedly one of the most beautiful
cities in the world. But like other cities of its
size, it has a seedy street life.
As Canada’s third-largest city, one known
for its tolerance of fringe lifestyles, Vancouver
has a large number of drug users, prostitutes
and gays— all high-risk groups for AIDS. With
341 AIDS cases and an estimated 6,000 to
8,000 residents carrying the AIDS virus, the
British Columbia provincial government has
literally taken to the streets to spread the word
and combat the disease.
An AIDS Awareness Team — one male and
three female nurses — carries shoulder bags full
of condoms, bleach (to sterilize intravenous
needles) and blood-sample vials to reach
hookers, drug users and runaways in the down
So far the team is gaining acceptance on the
streets, where fear of AIDS and concern for
health are major topics among those who deal in
sex and drugs.
managers or to the employee’s immediate
Public broadcasting: the joke’s
really on you
regon Public Broadcasting has launched a
multimedia campaign aimed at attracting
new viewers to its new mainstream program
ming. One print ad shows a grinning Lawrence
Welk and the copy: “ If you view public TV as
being too downbeat. . . the joke’s on you!”
In an effort to attract commercial television
viewers, public TV is turning on the bubble
machine and turning back the clock. Too bad
AIDS “ quackery” on rise,
it’s at the expense of viewers who once looked
health officials warn
to public broadcasting to step beyond commer
s long as the AIDS virus takes its toll in
cialism and give us something thought-
human suffering, exploiters will attempt
provoking to watch.
to make a few bucks from those willing to grasp Public broadcasting has failed miserably in
at anything to prolong life or alleviate suffering.
recent years to give private, independent pro
According to the New York Times News
ducers — including gay and lesbian filmmakers
Service, Dr. Robert E. Windham, assistant
— a stage for their works.
secretary for health in the U.S. Department of
So while the bubble machine gets cranked
Health and Human Services, has acknowledged
up, controversial new films on the govern
a growing sense of urgency.
ment’s little war in Central America, corrupt
“ I’m not talking about minor-league scams
politicians in Washington, D.C., frail attempts
like copper bracelets to prevent arthritis,” he
to help the homeless and hungry, and the
said. “ I’m talking major-league evil, like
Reagan administration’s half-hearted effort to
selling processed blue-green algae, ordinary
combat AIDS get tossed in the trash can.
pond scum, to gullible people who are suffering
The next time you are asked to pledge to
from AIDS and who clutch desperately at the
public television, give them an earful before
hope that this might save them.”
you give them a dime. Then the joke will be
Health officials estimate that quacks defraud
Americans of $25 to $40 billion a year, which
includes sales of nutritional supplements and
Porn star’s death reports
vitamin preparations “ to support and boost”
the immune system.
Officials say such “ remedies” often prevent
om film leading man John Holmes died of
sick people from seeking legitimate treatment
complications of AIDS recently, and the
andean lead to further suffering and disability,
establishment press had a field day trying to
and eventual death.
come up with the exact number of his on-film
female sexual partners (14,000 is the latest
figure I’ve seen).
Keeping mum on workers
But nothing was said about the fact that
Holmes made a number of all-male films in his
ndustry Week magazine recently posed this
long career. One of them, The Sultan, featured
question to its readers: “ If a colleague of
him as a desert sheik-like character who
yours contracted AIDS, would you be told
delighted in cavorting with male slaves.
about it?” The magazine answered, “ Probably
So-called “ underground” Super 8 motion
not, if your firm is typical.”
pictures of Holmes in homosexual situations
Quoting a recent survey of 250 large firms in
have been around for at least 10 years.
America, the magazine said that in companies
Holmes’s wife, Laurie, said the 43-year-old
without formal policies on AIDS, information
actor tested negative for the AIDS virus in 1985,
about affected employees is often restricted to
but that he probably became infected later while
the medical department. It added: “ In
making heterosexual pom flicks.
companies with AIDS policies the human
In recent years. Holmes was the subject of
resources departments may also be told, but
police investigation regarding drug use and a
rarely is such information given to operating
multiple murder in California.
April 16 7-9 pm
Slide show and autographing party,
author of Cabin Journal (1983) and Three
Sum m ers (1986)
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Portland, OR 97232
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