Did You Ever Wish the Party Never Had to
Co-Publisher, On the Gay
Well, it looks like your wish has been
granted. Olivia has gone into the real estate
business. Their first gay community launches this
month in Tucson, Arizona, and we're thrilled to help
announce the good news.
"Coming home and living out" is how they
describe it. They've converted a condominium
property into "resort style living at its best".
The condos are 1, 2, and 3 bedroom with an opportunity to
customize the finishes.
And the grounds are everything you expect
from Olivia and more. A full-time events
coordinator, a gym and resort pool with spa, outdoor
picnic and BBQ areas and Jacuzzis, plus a fabulous
clubhouse for those indoor concerts and comedy events
Olivia is famous for. The only thing missing is the
But they're working on it. In the
next year, food service facilities will be added to the
clubhouse --- and more Jacuzzis will be installed, an
outdoor performance area will be built, a jogging trail
and a doggie park. Did they miss anything?
No. They never do.
Weren't We Talking About
Those Jacuzzis will come in handy after a
hard day of play. Tucson offers hiking, biking,
camping, tennis, sporting events --- and if you'd like to
venture away from town, you can ski in nearby Flagstaff,
spend a pampered day in Sedona, the resort-town
of the West, or hit the night-life in Phoenix.
But you could stay home. Olivia Community is in Central Tucson,
near restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and movie theaters.
Several cafes and parks are within walking distance. A public
golf course is nearby. A University of Arizona extension school
sits right across the street, and within 15 minutes you can be
strolling the Fourth Street district, home of the GLBT
community Center, "Wingspan" or be
dining downtown near the Civic Center.
Tucson's large and politically active
LGBT community welcomes us with open arms. The city has
domestic partnership rights and several
See For Yourself at Olivia's Open
OTGH has waited several months to hear this
news. So we're very excited to tell you that the first
open house is scheduled for Sunday, October 19th, the day
Pride in the Desert.
For more information, visit Olivia's website and dont'
forget to tell them On the Gay
Horizon sent you.
....And keep your eye on OTGH for the
latest news about our developing communities.
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Some Questions Deserve Answers
By: Karen J.
Co-Publisher, On the
I just finished watching the Vice Presidential debate and
I'm trying to remember if I ever watched one before. If I did,
it certainly wasn't memorable. Tonight's, however, was
everything an important debate of its kind should be. The
differences between the two camps were laid out, clearly,
passionately and with supporting facts and figures.
The only problem is that all of that came from Joe
Did Sarah Palin ever answer a question? I know she made the
statement that her maverick status meant that she didn't have
to, but I can't remember if she maybe slipped up and actually
responded to the question put to her.
You have to give her credit, though. Considering how far out
of her league she is, she showed a lot of courage just showing
up. She appeared confident and had obviously been doing her
homework. Showing her skills as a politician, she managed to
sidestep answering the tough questions --- like how
unsupportive this Republican platform is to gay rights. But, if
I didn't already know that, I wouldn't have learned it by
listening to her tonight. In fact, she came across as
And therein lies my main issue with not just Palin, but all
Republican politicians (and a fair amount of Democrats).
Pandering to their base. None of them --- McCain, Palin, Bush,
Cheney --- are really all that opposed to our having equal
rights. Palin claims that one of her best friends is a lesbian.
Dick Cheney is very supportive of his gay daughter. Its just a
tactic for them. Something to stir up the conservative base. An
issue that mobilizes the religious right and gets them to the
polls in droves.
It's a tactic. All's fair in love, war and politics,
Well, no, it's not right. Because, for us, it doesn't end
when the election is over. It lives on through the energizing
of movements to pass legislation to deny our basic civil
rights. It lives on through the empowering of lunatics like
Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist followers as they picket
military funerals, chanting that God has taken these lives
because the United States condones homosexuality. It
lives on in the implied license to follow God's will and
society's bidding by killing innocents like Matthew
Shephard and 15-year-old Lawrence King. By removing
threats like Harvey Milk. To vilifying and threatening until
even those like Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson are forced
to wear a bulletproof vest at public events.
No, all is not fair. And I, for one, am pretty tired of it.
Sarah Palin is totally unqualified to be in this election. She
was chosen simply to ignite the conservative base.
I started this by talking about questions. Let me sign off
with one for you. How do we put an end to being used as pawns