xt776h4crd13 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt776h4crd13/data/mets.xml Lexington, KY Pride Community Services Organization 200609 This collection contains newsletters produced by the Lexington, Kentucky based Pride Community Services Organization. Included are publications from the organization through multiple name changes, such as LinQ magazine (July 2013-2016); the GLSO (Gay and Lesbian Services Organization) News (August 1986-June 2013); the GSO (Gay Services Organization) newsletter (1979-July 1986). Accession number 2016ms055. newsletters  English Pride Community Services Organization Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Pride Community Services Organization publications LGBTQ community--Kentucky LGBTQ culture LGBTQ newspapers Gay men Lesbians Bisexual people Transgender people Sexual minorities Gender identity Drag culture GLSO News, September 2006 text GLSO News, September 2006 2006 2019 true xt776h4crd13 section xt776h4crd13 ' GAY AND
ORGANIZATION September 2006
Lexington, Kentucky
A Publication of the Lexington fin! and L'esliizm Services Urganizatiim
Volume 21 Number9
Kings Island Pnde nght CLOSET BALL
Fnday, Sept 29 WEDNESDAY. nus 30
The GLSO Pride Center is selling , _
tickets to the tenth annual King's Island . Jom the Imperial-Court'of Kentucky
Pride Night to be held Friday evening, Sept. 'n_ the search for Lexmgton s_ next Drag
29,from6pmto midnight. Diva as they host The Julie Vaughn
If you buy your ticket at the Pride Memorial Closet Ball on Wednesday,
Center, the cost is $41 .99. GLSO will make August 30th et the Bar Complex. Boors
a few dollars on each ticket. Tickets will W_'” open at8.30, mm the show starting at
cost more at the door. Drop by the center 9'30' Cover '5 $5’ ,thh the proceeds
between 10 am and 3 pm — call Bill at 253- Penefittm the Chat't'es Of the oourt"
3233 to be sure someone is here. For more including Moveable Feast Lexington,
information about this year's event visit Siting; Sizgtti’egfaesrstggitrteSZalmess
www. ki r'd ' ht. m. ' '
p p I enig CO Anyonewho has never performed for
. tips is eligible to enter, and applications
Bluegrass Fairness & KCCJ are available by contacting Emperor 25
. . _ . . John Ridener at UrsalocoZ@aol.com. .
Joint Proiecf Domestic Partner Benefits Contestants must first p re sent
Community and Justice and the Bluegrass have one hour to transtor m to the
Chapter of the Kentucky FairnessAlliance opposrte gender, after Which they WI"
have joined forces to advocate for the perform one number. Entry fee t3$t°~
immediate implementation of domestic Closet Ball '3 one of the Court 5 most
partner benefits in Kentucky's colleges popular annual events, so get there early
and universities. to insure that you get a (good) seat.
In light of the community's response
to the University of Louisville's approval of
domestic partner benefits, KCCJ and sums” t" “to Month
Bluegrass KFA have decided to release A
this statement to insist on and to support €3§
providing domestic partner benefits to ;
employees ofhigher Educational institutes KENTUCKV FAMNISS ALLIANCE
in Kentucky.
' If Kentucky wishes to become a - -
leader and to ensure that more of its Kentucky meess Mllflnce
citizens receive quality health care, it will
create, implement, and manage a Bluegrass Chum”
domestic partner benefits policy for those
who work in its system of higher academia.
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 "‘ ' . ‘ ' affection and attraction she called “totally
_ , ”2“ng out ltht‘ttZ-S unexpected and the first she had ever had
This is another In our series of coming out for a woman.” She encouraged me to
Stenes' It '8 also written. "_1 response to the contact Mr. Hickey upon my relocation to the
article about ex-gay ministries published Detroitareawherelwas moving inahorribly
last month.More on ex-gays next month. misguided attempt to “go straight" and to
Coming out reunite with my husband from whom I was

, .. .. , , separated atthe time.
W'th help fr 0m an EX'Gay M'n'Stry I made this relocation in the sub-zero

I was provided approximately six temperatures that are typical 0f the upper
months of counseling in an ex-gay ministry Midwest 'n .lanuary 0f any year. I hauled my
in the Detroit-metro area just over 18 years Bible belt-Induced neuroses about. my
ago. This ministry was started by a homosexual self along With me and decrded
gentleman who i believe was named Jim almost immediately after arrival to contact
Hickey_ ApparentlyI Mr_ Hickey had Mr. Hleey for help. lWOUldn't know untll SlX
advertised his ministry located just outside months later that my husband, Rocky, ”had
Detroit, far and wide in various Christian been SUSP|C'0US about my orientation for
publications across the United States. A several years, bUt I assumed that he
friend and former professor, an believed me when i made arrangements
“Appalachian evangelical preacherwoman” With Mr. Hickey for what I euphemistically
in Southwest Virginia, purchased one of called”marnage counseling With one of his
those publications “former lesbian" therapists.

She was aware of my then 6 year I made a decently diligent effort to
struggle with my lesbian identity. This 50 transform myself back into my own "GOth"
year old woman eventualiy revealed her heterosexual self first in lnleldual
own affection and attraction for me an counseling and, apparently, With ex-gay

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 therapy “graduates” who had gone on to activities. I was tired of being alone in the
marry the opposite sex. midst of millions.

Mr. Hickey had made the mistake of lmoved into downtown Detroit, took a
locating his ministry just south of the red temporary job in the city's consumer
light district on the south side Detroit. l affairs office, and started to attend Wayne
attended weekly meetings in the evenings State University. I did not as much as
with Mr. Hickey and his converts. Then telephone Mr. Hickey or anyone at his
after the meetings I would search for a office to explain my choice. lwastoo busy
local gay bar, the flames of my being bothterrified and exhilarated.
unquenched desire fueled by the real life I attended services at the Detroit
presence of triple-X movie houses, live sex MCC and within a few months I managed
shows, and the presence of the dozens of to overcome my fear or other women like
prostitutes who lined or cruised the same me. I was welcomed by the MCC
strip. members and made “out" gay and lesbian

For a short time, I had the guilty friends. lmoved intoa house with other
“pleasure" of living a dual lifestyle, lesbians and had my first incredible taste
heterosexual housewife and mother by of “woman sex." I was no longer
day, and struggling, closeted-to-my- conforming to other people's demands on
counselor-and-husband lesbian by night. me. Mr. Hickey and his converts were
This “virgin dyke” cruised Jefferson soon forgotten.

Avenue each week for 3 months before I That is, until I read the article in the
finally broke. GLSO News last month. Seeing that these

In the pages of that same Christian ministries still exist was something of a
magazine in which i had found the shock for me. I had assumed that such
reference to Mr. Hickey's ex-gay ministry,l obviously inhumane “therapies" WOUId
also recalled reading an article written to have been dismissed by reasonable
highlight and criticize the existence of the people long ago. lfeltlike l was caught in a
Metropolitan Community Church. Having timewarp.
lived for 25 years in rural Virginia I had I am horribly saddened to know that
never heard of the MCC_ Five months into not only do such ministries exist but that
ex-gay therapy, I was on the telephone they are deliberately targeting our GLBT
calling directory assistance knowing I youth. What I recall most vividly in my
would find an MCC somewhere in Detroit. experience with Mr. Hickey’s ministry was
vwninthe week l was sitting inthe office of a pervasive feeling of fear: fear of
the minister of the Detroit congregation. l knowing, loving and being my whole
relayed the long and less-than-sordid lesbian self, fear of others knowing and
details of my own “coming out,” rejecting me, and, Perhaps most
especially my most recent schizophrenic significantly, fear ofan ill-defined GOd Wh0
attempt to again close the closet door with I believed wouldjudge me harshly.
the intention ofthrowing away the key. Eighteen years ago these ministries

l was lucky that the young minister ran on platforms of fear, shame and guilt
had a similar history and provided counsel with a hefty dose of isolation and
for people subjected to ex-gay ministries. ostracism. They apparently 3“" d0- In my
By the time we had finished talking i had mid-twenties l was too young to know that
decided to end my depression and denial I was and am the spirit and fulfillment of
over who I was, to tell my husband the my own law. My wish for young people
truth, and to return to college in Detroit. | today is that they learn to measure
also made it a point to depart with a themselves full, whole and complete and
schedule of MCC meeting times and to have a concept of God that nourishes

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. . . , textbooks present scrence as dogmatic r4
Unltanan Unlvesallst Answers facts, science is fundamentally open to T
by mary crane new ideas and challenges. Nothing is b
_ beyond question because new ways of '3
Last month Rev. Waibel answered testing and exploring the universe keep C
some questions concerning his beingdevised. -

understanding of Catholic religious beliefs. There are areas or questions in our p
I wanted to answer some similar questions lives for which the scientific method is not Y
concerning Unitarian Universalist beliefs applicable, such as what our lives mean, is
butthereisasignificantdifference. what we should value, or what came V!
I can write about what I believe, or before or caused the Big Bang V

even what “some” UUs believe, but since (sometimes now referred to as the
we are a non creedal religion, we do not all “Creative Emergence”) c
believe the same thing. I am sure there is One of the most interesting areas for p
some diversity of beliefs within most theological discussion for me is the tl
religious congregations, but at our church perceived conflict between science and ti
we expect and celebrate diversity 0f religion as ways of making sense of reality. "
religious thought. We do have seven i know they conflict in some people's F
principals that form a basis for our minds, but personally, I see science and t'
community whichlwill write about at some religion as complimentary. For me, the c
othertime. epic of evolution is a sacred narrative, a t
Are Unitarians Christians? creation story of great wonder and beauty. C
Some of us consider ourselves One approach to religious belief that .
Christians but many of us do not. Unitarian includes both scientific and religious "
Universalism does have Judao-Christian conceptsis ProcessTheology. 1
roots and the Bible is one of the sacred What is process theology? E
texts we study. We are also Buddhists, There is one brief phrase I like that :
Humanists,Pagans,and more. attempts to capture this belief system: c
Do UUs believe in evolution? And how “God is a Verb." That concept is not new, 2

does God fit into the picture? Jewish mystical tradition includes this idea
Unitarian Universalist congregations ofGod asa“becoming"realityratherthata f
are made up of people who generally staticbeing. c
accept the scientific method as a way to Proses Theologyis in parta response (
discover how the universe “works.” to scientific discoveries of the 20th F
Science is a method more than it is a Century. Sir Isaac Newton lived in the t
second half of the eighteenth century. His E
A & j; beliefs about how the Universe worked i'
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 universe as composed of happenings and The lneffable Eternal Divine is immanent -
relationships; the universe is process. within the ongoing process that is
There are no 31336 "thingS;" to be real is to universe - and transcendent greater than
be in process. e are not human “beings" the sum of its parts.
but human.“becomings;” we. are always And humans are not insignificant. We
changing, biologically, and spiritually. are that part of the Universe that is self
' We tend to think of the Universe as a aware, that experiences awe as we
place, but it is not. Your relationship with contemplate the universe, and that is able
your partner or your friends is not a place. it to contemplate and love God.
is an every changing interaction. So it is . .
with the universe and every level of reality Doththgieéiieiiefsl gave anything to do
withinthe universe. So it is with us. w' T 2:”: o t d
We exist in close relationship to the . . 0 me ey 0' ur en ency to
other humans the animals and the diVide reality up into neat little boxes does
physical world around us We are part of not reflect the real nature of ourworld. For
the interconnected Web of Life. Four example, there are orga'nisims that Seem
thousand years ago Hindu's named this :cgrbceebothfplantdand anilmaII‘. The binary '
"Indra's Net." Chief Joseph of the Nez p ongenf er ([11]: e, ema e)”: an
Pierce isfamousforsaying:"Whatwedoto overisimpiica ion. ere are c I ren
the web we do to ourselves."These born in between gender every day. There
concepts, are part of many indigenous seems to be a continuum of gender and of
belief systems Perhaps science is sexual orientations, or perhaps even a
catching up to religion confusing plethora of possibilities -no neat
Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity boxeg'ro 33 th I | d t h I.
influenced the development of Process . . ce eo ogy ea sus O eieve
Theology. My favorite quotation from in diverSIty as both the natural way of
Einstein: “A human being is a part of the evolution- and. as necessary to the
whole, called by us 'universe.‘ We continuation oflite on earth. GLBT people
experience ourselves as something are a part of this diverSIty, as sacred as
separate from the rest, an optical delusion any other part. Celebrate L'fe'
of consciousness. . . _ .
We are not separate from our world or 0th Lesbian FeSTlVO'
from the Universe. A simple example, the September 16
oxygen we breath and the food we eat There is a Lesbian Music Festival
32?”: :er Vaeflegfregg-Jgriieggggafi within a three hours drive of Lexington.
. Located east of Columbus, Ohio at
become extinct. But it is more than that. Frontier Ranch, it is a one day event
EVE“ oElilreSrly‘IltrlIiiSQnti;tfiaZZtlnudpawaaiehmnsk running from 11 am tof11 pm. Buy your
'_ _ . - tickets in advance or lower prices.
Ctejm'e pvt/Ides move '2 and out if our Geenral Admission is $35, students and
o ies. e are exc anging a omic adultsover55is$30.
particles with the chairs we sit on, with the You can order tickets on line at
pencils we hold and with each other. We www.ohioiba.org or send money to LBA
are. always in relationship with our p0 Box 82086, Columbus, OH 43202
enV'ronment _ 0086. You can also checkthisweb site for
"f Pgocefss Theology, God '5' also :3 additional entertainers and directions.
conceive 0 as a process. n ac, Musicb Shelie Graff, Katie Reider.
evolution is seen as part Of who G°d is. Jamie Anderéon, Zrayzy, Barbara Higbie&
God can be considered that Reality which Teresa Trull.
transcends and includes all other realities.
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 Religious and Spiritual Resources
Jubilee Fellowship @ Unitarian Universalist Church
Jubilee Fellowship of Lexington lhe Unitarian Universalist Church of
welcomes members of the GLBT Lexington is a welcoming Congregation.
community and their friends to join us in We do not simply accept GLBT folks
growing as a community of believers in within our church community, we
Christ. We are located at 713 E- Loudon celebrate theirlives. Join us forworship or
Ave. where we hold Sunday SChOOl at 9130 for our Wednesday night classes and
am, Sunday Worship at 11 am and Fresh discussion groups.
Encounter Fridays at 7 Pm- In September We will continue with our summer
we are beginning Midweek Bible StUdY on schedule for the first three Sundays in
Wednesdays at 7 pm. Sept, Worship Service at 10 am. The first
We Will have a retreat over the two Sundays will focus on Process
weekend of September 15/ 16 at Grace Theology (see page 13.) On September
Retreat Center in Liberty. Call Pastor Sandy 24 we will return to having two services at
or Pastor Cori for information or with any 9 and 11 am. and religious education for
question about our Christian fellowship. children will begin.
Pastor Cori WOOd at jfellowship@aol.com There is a Buddhist discussion group
0i359 514-5518 We have a big vision and tha