Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013, November 07, 2003, Page 30, Image 30

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    30 J m t MN • november 7.2003
John Kitzhaber
becomes Oregon’s
next governor.
He’s a strong supporter of diversity and gay
rights hut has to work with a Republican-
controlled Legislature (the first time since
1955 that Republicans control both
houses). Oregon’s openly queer candidates
do well in local elections. Democratic
Reps. George Eighmey, Gail Shihley, Cyn­
thia Wooten and Kate Brown are re-elect­
ed to the Legislature. Openly gay Repub­
lican Chuck Carpenter wins a seat, hut
Portland attorney Jerry Keene does not.
In Portland, openly gay and openly
HIV-positive Fred Neal fails to win a
seat on the City Council.
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The Sexual Minorities Roundtable has
been meeting with Portland police since
1990, creating
a partner­
ship to
and share
ideas. Just
Out’s Ariel
woman rec­
ognizes the
of such an
because the partnership agreement ensures
that “all members of our community will he
treated with respect.”
Waterwoman sparks a conversation in Just
Out via a commentary asking whether “sexu­
al minority community” is the new catch
phrase and, if so, who belongs in it? Cross-
dressers? Transsexuals? Lesbians? Gays? Mem­
bers of the North American Man/Boy Love
Association? “Arc we going to keep defining
our struggle by our sexuality T' she asks.
Candice Brown writes hack, saying: “Trans­
sexuals have traditionally fallen into two
camps, the ones trying to assimilate into
straight society and those trying to assimilate
into gay society. Only recently have transsexu­
als begun to come—as transsexuals—into the
gay community in large numbers. We have felt
tixi afraid to do so before.” Brown notes that
transsexuals have been trashed by lesbians, dis­
owned by straights, disowned by macho gay
men, pushed into the drag queen scene,
accepted at bars hut not at Pride parades.
Brown comments that the only reason trans­
sexuals are being accepted more now than
before is because of “our own political work
within the gay community.”
The city of Portland extends health benefits
to domestic partners of city employees.
•Oregon voters reject the Oregon Citi­
zens Alliance’s Measure 13. Lon Mabon
immediately starts making noise about an
initiative for 1996.
Because of this
continued threat,
the N o o n 13
Campaign transi­
tions into a per­
manent organiza­
tion called Basic
Rights Oregon.
“U nfortunate­
ly this threat
from the O C A is
far from over. And
we think it’s im portant there be an
organization in place th at can concen­
trate on these issues on a full-time
basis,” says N o on 13 manager Julie
Davis, who later leads BRO.
Just Out runs two cover stories on gay
men and lesbians with disabilities. Gingress
passed the Americans with Disabilities Act
in 1990, hut four years later, a lot of work
still needs to he done in making places
accessible and understanding people with
“People presume that if you’re disabled
you’re in a wheelchair, which has a tendency
to backfire on people who aren’t,” says Boh
Schwartz, who was almost removed from the
disabled section of an Amtrak train because he
didn’t kx)k disabled. “The disabilities act is
great, hut it does have problems in areas where
a person doesn’t kx>k disabled.”
Sue Redding is a computer programmer at a
Portland hank. She became blind a few years
ago and comments: “It’s easy to see what my
handicap is. Everyhxly has one or more. I meet
some people who are ‘normal,’ who I think arc
much more handicapped than I am, because of
their emotional baggage. All 1 have to deal
with is vision impairment.”
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The Tigard Times runs the wedding announcement of Felix Marcial and Jim
Liebertz. The gay couple live in Seattle, but Liebertz grew up in Portland and wanted
his friends to know about the ceremony. Unfortunately, The Oregonian declines to
run the announcement.
In 1996, a lesbian couple sue The Oregonian when the daily refuses to run their
announcement. A judge mles that the paper doesn’t have to run the announcement.
However, The Oregonian changes its mind and decides to accept same-sex announce­
ments as paid advertisements even though the announcements are free to straight
couples. In 2002, The Oregonian revamps its wedding page to include same-sex
announcements under the heading of “commitments,” not “marriages.” The paper
also decides to charge straights and gays for the service. FollowingJVitish Columbia’s
2003 recognition of same-sex marriage, The Oregonian publishes its first same-sex
wedding announcement under the appropriate heading, appearing side by side with
straight newlyweds.