In Film, Victims Find Voice At Last

June 23, 2009

A documentary at the Walker tells a story all too familiar to lesbian athletes who have been harassed.

Helen Carroll first met Cindy Davies in 2005, when Carroll drove across the dusty plains of Texas to hear a tale of discrimination and heartache.

Davies had played basketball at Penn State under coach Rene Portland in the early 1980s, until Portland’s harassment regarding her sexual orientation drove her from the team. She was one of several targets of a coach openly biased against gay athletes. When Carroll met Davies years later, she saw a woman still devastated by the theft of her sports dreams.

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Paterson Vows Vote on Gay Marriage Before Break

June 23, 2009

by Danny Hakim and Jeremy W. Peters | The New York Times

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson said in an interview Sunday night that he would make sure that the State Senate votes on same sex-marriage legislation before it breaks for the summer, hours after he and his administration had refused to commit to forcing a vote on the issue.

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