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as Oregon’s other out city council member at the
beach in Lincoln City. He was sworn in Jan. 10
by Mayor Lori Hollingsworth.
Brissette is no stranger to politics in Lincoln
City: He has alternately worked as president of
the chamber of commerce, he was chairman of
the Democratic central committee in his coun
ty, and most recently he worked as a mayoral
appointment to the city planning commission.
He and his partner, Dan Beck, were elected
2OO2’s “Couple of the Year” by the editorial
board of the local paper.
Brissette has lived in Lincoln City for 15
the conference will cover include making
schools safer and communities more accepting.
The focus of the conference is youth supporting
youth to make things better for everyone.
People younger than 23 who are gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and
those who care about them are invited to attend.
The conference will focus on high school stu
dents younger than 18, with some workshops rel
evant to older youth and college students.
Organizers will make every effort to accom
modate special needs for any youth who wants
to attend. Adult allies are welcome to attend
and give their support through volunteering,
leading youth-empowering workshops and
learning to work better with youth.
To register visit www.catlin.edu/ixiyc.
S tudy S eeks Q ueer W omen
A ffected by D omestic V iolence
Lincoln City Mayor Lori Hollingsworth swears °
in City Councilor Rick Brissette
years and has great faith in the people of his
community. He notes that he will keep Just Out
posted about a possible anti-discrimination mea
sure being discussed at City Hall.
P otential for O utbreak of V irulent
STD H igh in P ortland A rea
LGV (Lymphogranuloma Venereum) is an
aggressive form of a new strain of chlamydia that
hits been found in gay men in San Francisco.
These men have also reported having sex with
men from Portland, which has prompted the Mult
nomah County Health Department to issue a
warning about a potential outbreak of the disease.
There may be no initial symptoms, or the
only symptom may be a small, painless sore at
the exposed site anywhere from three to 30 days
after exposure. When symptoms do occur, they
may include blood or mucus in the stool and
intestinal cramping, or sore lymph nodes in the
groin. LGV can lead to scarring of the anus and
rectum, severe abdominal infections and death.
If not treated, LGV can become life-threat
ening or even fatal, especially in men living
with HIV. Barebacking, especially with multiple
partners, is a major risk factor. The higher your
number of partners, rhe higher your risk, partic
ularly if those partners (or their partners) were
from San Francisco, Atlanta, the Netherlands,
Belgium, France and Sweden (where the out
To protect yourself from LGV, consider tak
ing the following steps:
1. Using condoms when having sex.
2. Getting tested if you have these symp
toms: unusual diarrhea, unusual cramping or gas,
bkxxl or mucus in stool, unusual constipation.
LGV is difficult to diagnose and requires
special testing methixls.
3. Notifying your partners if you are
diagnosed with LGV or another STD.
4. Taking all recommended medi
cines if diagnosed with LGV or named
as a contact. (Treatment is a 21-day
course of antibiotics.)
5. Reducing your number of sex part
ners, especially anonymous partners.
For more information call one of the
Multnomah County Health Depart
ment’s disease intervention specialists at
One in three women will be assaulted by an
intimate partner in her lifetime. Over time,
abuse gets worse and is more likely to be lethal.
Three out of four murdered women are killed by
Domestic violence affects all women, regard
less of age, race, economic status or sexual ori
entation. About 30 percent of same-sex couples
struggle with domestic violence. A variety of
personal, scxial and institutional barriers fre
quently prevent lesbian, bi and trans women
from accessing resources, such as support groups
and shelters, that could help them leave abusive
A new study—bom out of a collaboration
among Oregon Health Sciences University, the
Bradley-Angle House, the Sexual Minority
Youth Resource Center and the Centers for Dis
ease Control and Prevention—will explore the
dynamics of domestic violence within female
same-sex relationships. The goal of the study is
to improve the sensitivity and effectiveness of
domestic violence resources for queer women
and to identify factors that put women at risk for
repeat violence. Personal information will be
kept confidential, and women will be paid $20
for participating in this focus group.
For more information call Emily Gardner,
Bradley-Angle House’s sexual and gender
minority services coordinator, at 877-897-7741.
P ortland A dvice C olumnists
G ain N ational A udience
Just Out contributors Kathy Beige and Gina
Daggett have launched a new advice column in
the national lesbian magazine Curve. The sassy
butch-femme duo call themselves “Lipstick and
Dipstick” and can be found on the Web at Lip-
Daggett, aka “Lipstick," launched her profes
sional writing career in Portland after graduat
ing cum laude from Pacific University’s Creative
Writing program and earning her second bache-
lor’s degree. She has
Nervy Girl magazine,
which received Utne
Reader's n<xl for “Best New
Title in 2001.” In addi
tion, she has a monthly
home and garden column
in The Portland Tribune
and was featured in the
inaugural issue of Portland
Beige, aka “Dipstick,” has
written as the “lesbian
expert” on About.com. As
her Web site reports, “A
C alling A ll Y outh !
Dipstick and Lipstick debate
stint in journalism school
The 2005 Oregon Queer Youth
the finer points of lesbian
helped her perfect the
Conference is scheduled for Feb. 19 at
writing craft, and 10 years
Catlin Gabel Schcxd.
as a counselor for queer youth taught her a thing
The gathering allows queers and allies from
or two about giving advice.” JM
throughout the state to get together and talk
about what they are doing, what they want to do
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