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Straight 'Pride Idol' ruffles some gays' feathers
SF Chronicle ^ | 6/29/03 | Matier & Ross

Posted on 06/29/2003 9:24:12 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband

Watch out, "American Idol." San Francisco's first "Gay Pride Idol" makes her debut at today's big parade and rally -- only guess what? She's not gay.

Or lesbian, bisexual or transgender, for that matter.

She's straight. And boy, are some people ticked.

"It is a huge slap in the face," fumed one losing "Pride Idol" contestant.

"Completely outraged," another Pride-proud woman from Corte Madera wrote in an e-mail to parade organizers. "This should have been an opportunity for someone . . . who lives their life as a Queer and feels the joys and the pain of being Queer."

Those are just some of the comments that newly crowned Pride Idol Marianne Kooken has faced this past week as she readied herself for the stage at today's big post-parade rally in Civic Center, where she'll be belting out three tunes.

Kooken, 31, who will study performance in graduate school at San Francisco State this fall, had high hopes that winning the title would propel her career as a professional singer. But so far, she's been treated like anything but the American Idol that the gay San Francisco contest was modeled after.

Kooken says she won the competition fair and square and never made any secret of being straight. Her detractors, she said, are "shameful and hypocritical."

Her trip into the gay fantastic began a few years back when she worked as a faux drag queen at North Beach's famous Finocchio's.

More recently, after she sang at the party of a couple of gay friends, someone connected to the Pride Idol contest urged her to try out.

"I said, 'I'm not gay,' but he said it doesn't matter -- they don't discriminate," Kooken said.

She entered, and every step of the way disclosed that she was straight. She wrote on her contest application that she wanted the Pride Idol crown because many of her friends are gay, and as a large woman she understood what it felt like to be treated differently.

That got her an invite to the June 3 tryout at Harvey's in the Castro, where she joined about 70 other people hoping to walk away with the $1,000 prize and the chance to perform at today's rally.

She made the cut, and the judges invited her back two weeks later to compete against about a dozen other finalists at the Club Mezzanine.

She sang "Sister" from "The Color Purple" and told the crowd about the time a City College instructor scolded her after a performance during which she had sat straddling a chair. "Big people shouldn't sit with their legs open," the instructor had told her.

The emcee noted that Kooken was straight -- and while it landed her a few hisses and boos, it didn't stop the nine Pride celebration judges from crowning her as San Francisco's very first Pride Idol.

She said she was dedicating her title to "anyone who has been called fat or had their heart ripped open." Today, she'll be on the main stage in Civic Center, singing "Sister," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and the Etta James number "A Sunday Kind of Love."

Kooken confesses to being nervous. She's heard about threats to boo her off the stage.

"She's been victimized just as much as us, and I find it disgusting that people in the community react (negatively)," said Charles Davy, a contest judge and a representative of Pride weekend co-sponsor Budweiser.

"We don't need more segregation in the community, and we shouldn't segregate people on the outside," Davy said.

Teddy Witherington, who heads up the Pride parade and celebration, acknowledged that a number of people were upset about Kooken's selection at first, but he said it was mostly just "sour grapes" from losing contestants.

He said Kooken has already thrown herself into her new role, volunteering at the AIDS Memorial Grove and agreeing to take part in breast cancer charity events.

"I think most people get the message that Pride is about inclusion," Witherington said. "We are asking the rest of the world for respect, and if we can't do it on our doorstep, what chance to do we have of persuading the rest of the world?"

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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1 posted on 06/29/2003 9:24:12 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Perversion of Peace(tm) Alert
2 posted on 06/29/2003 9:27:21 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Road Map = Road Kill)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband

3 posted on 06/29/2003 9:29:29 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband

M&R: Jerry Brown, Al Davis not exactly 'buddies' / Straight 'Pride Idol' ruffles some gays' feathers / But winner of San Francisco competition understands how it feels to be ostracized
Marianne Kooken wants to keep the focus on her singing at today's post-parade rally at Civic Center. Photo courtesy of Tim Wong
5 posted on 06/29/2003 9:31:56 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!!)
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I think she may just be confused after this job:

"…she worked as a faux drag queen…"

Playing a female acting like a male acting like a female.

6 posted on 06/29/2003 9:35:48 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
"I said, 'I'm not gay,' but he said it doesn't matter -- they don't discriminate," Kooken said.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

7 posted on 06/29/2003 9:38:44 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Californians are as dumm as a sack of rocks)
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To: AgThorn
It's Pat!
8 posted on 06/29/2003 9:39:45 AM PDT by Kevin Curry
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Sounds to me like some gays don't want talent contests based on merit, but the degree of perversion of the contestant.

At least those running and judging this contest chose merit.

9 posted on 06/29/2003 9:42:17 AM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
She said she was dedicating her title to "anyone who has been called fat or had their heart ripped open."

These intolerent hetrophobes are such hypocrits. The fat-bashing homosexuals would have cheered her wildly if she'd dedicated her song to anyone who has been called fag or had their backside ripped open.

10 posted on 06/29/2003 9:42:38 AM PDT by DaBroasta (GRID will eventually cure homosexuality)
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To: D-fendr
<< Playing a female acting like a male acting like a female. >>

Didn't Julie Andrews already do that? :>)
11 posted on 06/29/2003 9:48:42 AM PDT by GOP_Proud
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To: AgThorn
Re: Your Post #3

She looks like an attractive Rosie O'Donnell!

12 posted on 06/29/2003 9:59:47 AM PDT by albee
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
This is great. Sour grapes and intolerance sums it up.
13 posted on 06/29/2003 10:04:11 AM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Obviously, she is a gay man trapped in a woman's body...
14 posted on 06/29/2003 10:09:11 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Gays excel at whining about being slighted in some way or another.

Parade Treatment Irks Gay Groups (Gays whine about exclusion from Christian family parade)

15 posted on 06/29/2003 10:24:31 AM PDT by Mr. Mulliner (Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." --James Madison)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
So much for diversity. Do the gays involved have any idea how intolerant they are in this situation? Amazing.
16 posted on 06/29/2003 10:34:07 AM PDT by exit82 (Constitution?--I got your Constitution right here!--T. Daschle)
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To: Mr. Mulliner
I wished these poor souls would seek help
and stop trying to get publicity all out of
proportion to their numbers.
17 posted on 06/29/2003 11:46:13 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman
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To: sheik yerbouty
Obviously, she is a gay man trapped in a woman's body...

Serves him right. He shouldn't have gotten so close to her at the buffet table.
18 posted on 06/29/2003 1:00:14 PM PDT by Dimensio (Sometimes I doubt your committment to Sparkle Motion!)
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To: D-fendr
Isn't that Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria?
19 posted on 06/29/2003 1:18:53 PM PDT by weegee
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Isn't PRIDE one of the seven deadly sins?
20 posted on 06/29/2003 1:21:45 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Dimensio
ROFL!
21 posted on 06/29/2003 4:13:44 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Publius6961
Those were exactly my thoughts after reading that line.
22 posted on 06/29/2003 4:18:08 PM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: albee
.... attractive Rosie O'Donnell!

Now that's an oximoron if I've ever heard one ....

23 posted on 07/03/2003 9:35:10 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
"This should have been an opportunity for someone . . . who lives their life as a Queer and feels the joys and the pain of being Queer."

And what "joys" would that be? On second thought, never mind.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

24 posted on 07/03/2003 9:37:33 AM PDT by mikeb704
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as a large woman she understood what it felt like to be treated differently.

How many airline seats does she take?

25 posted on 07/03/2003 9:39:53 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: Mr. Mulliner
The Congress of the United States of America
has declared that the seven universal laws
commanded to Noah (the Noahide laws) are
"the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization.”

U.S. Congress, H.J. Resolution 104, Public Law 102-14, 1991
This proclamation was signed by President George Bush on March 20th, 1991.

One of these priciples condems, Homosexuality!
Ops4 God BLess America!

26 posted on 07/03/2003 9:40:10 AM PDT by OPS4
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