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Roberta Achtenberg, lesbian candidate for
mayor of San Francisco, threw her support to
Willie Brown after she finished third in the race.
Brown, former speaker of the California Assem
bly, faces incumbent Mayor Frank Jordan in a
runoff election Dec. 5.
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ranking lesbian in
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Housing and Urban
hearings for the
HUD post inspired
Sen. Jesse Helms
(R-N.C.) to label
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as he fought to block Roberta Achtenberg
her appointment. She resigned her HUD position
to enter the San Francisco mayor’s race.
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Two Atlanta apartment dwellers face eviction
because they refused to
remove a rainbow flag
from their patio. Joe
M esservy and Julie
Piwaren received a no
tice from the manager of
the Druid Walk Apart
ments telling them to
take down the flag be
cause their lease requires
“clean and organized”
porches and balconies.
Southern Voice reports.
They did not comply and
received an eviction no
tice dated Oct. 2.
Messervy and Piwaren believe they have been
singled out by the apartment manager.
“I’ve seen people hanging their underwear up
on the porch. I’ve seen over six people living in
several apartments, and I’ve seen what appears to
me as drug dealings out of some of these apart
ments, yet they want to evict us over a flag,”
Piwaren said to the Southern Voice. .
The two tenants are fighting the eviction no
tice. They have contacted a lawyer and are plan
ning a demonstration with ACT UP.
On the legal front. Lambda Legal Defense and
Education Fund filed an appeal with the federal
Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago,
seeking toovertum a ruling by a Wisconsin federal
judge dismissing a lawsuit by a gay student against
his former school.
Jamie Nabozny was subjected to brutal verbal
and physical harassment at the hands of his class
mates. The assaults began when Nabozny was in
the seventh grade and continued through the 11 th
grade in his Ashland, Wise., school district. Class
mates trapped him in hallways and bathrooms and
beat him, punched him, kicked him and urinated on
him. During one attack, while other students
watched, several boys pinned Nabozny to the floor
and acted out sexual acts on him. Nabozny was
subjected to constant and relentless verbal abuse.
As a result, he attempted suicide, dropped out of
school, and was diagnosed with post traumatic
Nabozny’s parents supported their gay son and
tried desperately, and unsuccessfully, to get school
officials to discipline the boys who tormented him.
Telling Nabozny that “boys will be boys,” school
officials refused to take any meaningful action to
end the attacks.
Lambda seeks to overturn the district court
ruling that denied Nabozny the opportunity to take
his case to court.
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Overlooked Opinions, a Chicago-based gay
market research firm, last month launched
GayCensus ’96, the single largest assessment of
the lesbian and gay population in the United States
and Canada in history. To participate in GayCensus
’96, call 1 -800-Gay-Voice. Callers will hear a brief
description and will be prompted to respond to
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phone. A mail survey will be sent to callers who
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ior and general opinions. An optional section for
persons with HIV/AIDS is available.
An Indiana bartender who was fired when his
employer learned he was HIV positive reached a
settlement in his suit against his former employer,
a restaurant called The Pub.
Larry Conway, the former bartender, and The
Pub agreed to the terms of a consent decree that
settled a suit brought against the restaurant by the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the
federal agency charged
with enforcing the
Americans with Disabili
ties Act. The Pub must
pay Conway an undis
closed monetary sum,
begin HIV transmission
and sensitivity training
for all employees and
adopt a policy that en
sures confidentiality for
all employee medical in
will be monitored by the
A Brooklyn family court awarded guardian
ship of a 3-year-old child to Sofia D„ the lesbian
partner of the child’s biological mother. The bio
logical mother died less than a month after giving
birth to the child. Several parties competed for
guardianship, including the biological mother’s
estranged husband, the putative biological father,
the estranged husband’s mother and the child’s
In the ruling, the judge found that Sofia D.’s
sexual orientation “is not determinative of her
fitness to be [the child’s] guardian.” The court also
found, in determining the child’s best interest, that
“[t]he only person here who has always been a
stable, loving presence in [the child’s] life from the
time he was bom is Sofia D.”
Compiled by Kristine Chatwood