PastOut: 9 Years ago in ‘OutSmart’


9 Years ago in ‘OutSmart’

by Donalevan Maines

In our cover story, Alan Davidson reported on his fascinating meeting with Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now, the 1971 bestseller on spirituality and meditation. Dass told OutSmart, “All my life has been teaching the truth. My homosexuality is the one thing I have not been truthful about. Now it is important to be honest.”

Following some “behind-the-scenes pot-stirring” by editor Ann Walton Sieber and “citizen provocateur” Gene Harrington, the Rothko Chapel began allowing same-sex commitment ceremonies under the same guidelines for heterosexual marriages.

Irish Sen. David Norris, gay activist and first openly gay person elected to public office in Ireland following repeal of its laws against “buggery,” performed his one-man James Joyce show as part of the Houston International Festival.

Martin Delaney, founding director of San Francisco’s Project Inform, who predicted a cure for AIDS by 2010 “at the latest,” participated in a community workshop hosted by the Center for AIDS.

Mayor Lee Brown’s liaison to the LGBT community, Janine Brunjes, launched a monthly roundtable at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center.

Basil Anderson, David Barron, Ronnie Boyd, Jeff Dawson, and Laurence Edwards starred in Theatre New West’s production of Bed, Boys and Beyond, a musical revue.

Recording artist and circuit DJ Warren Gluck spun for Bayou City Boys Club’s Jungle Lust IX dance party.

Bunnies on the Bayou was Easter Sunday at Wortham Plaza.

Andy Pathos and Frank Luccia prepared for the May opening of Meteor as an upscale, vibrant venue for sipping expertly made cocktails, enjoying the latest music videos, visiting with friends and making new ones.

“OutSmart Community Portraits” featured Judge Susan Yarbrough, Women’s Group founder Iris Greer Sizemore, church usher (and former nun) Charlotte Doclar, transgender activist Brenda Thomas, and a male schoolteacher in a small South Texas town who requested anonymity.

And on April 24, fans celebrated Barbra Streisand’s birthday with screenings of The Main Event and The Way We Were on TV’s Encore channel, which featured Streisand in its month-long documentary series The Directors.

Donalevan Maines wrote about the Academy Awards in the March issue of OutSmart.

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Don Maines

Donalevan Maines is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.

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