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The Community Letter July 2010

The Community Letter July 2010

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Published by Jim Hensley
The Community Letter, celebrating 20 years of service to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and allied communities of Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding region of Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri.
The Community Letter, celebrating 20 years of service to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and allied communities of Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding region of Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri.

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Published by: Jim Hensley on Jul 02, 2010
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THE COMMUNITY LETTER’s Dave VanderPol doesn’t have goodtiming when it comes to experiencing the occasional medical emergenciesthat come his way. A pulse of 219 beats per minute necessitated the52 year-old Executive Editor seek hospital care the weekend before thenewspaper’s 20th Anniversary Dinner was to be held last month.Thankfully VanderPol did not suffer a heart attack. Rather heexperienced an episode of a condition known as Supra VentricularTachycardia, the most common and easiest to treat heart rhythmdisturbance.“The doctors who treated me ordered me to eliminate caffeine,decrease my stress level and cut out fast food meals in order to controland prevent repeat episodes. No caffeine?!? Its bad enough I have togive up sweets, being a diabetic! That’s a tall order even for a RecoveringCatholic. It’s like Lent all year round!”, VanderPol jokingly protested.With VanderPol personally handling many of the last minutedetails pertaining to the dinner, upon his discharge from the hospitalVanderPol contacted ticket holders and sponsors to offer a refund andto offer three alternative dates for the event. All but one ticket holderwas able to attend on Friday, July 30th, so that date was selected.Rev. Todd Eklof and Kentucky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian will speak atthe dinner. Both are widely respected voices for GLBT equality. You canread about the controversy created by Eklof’s recently published book,
A Gospel For Liberals,
elsewhere on this page.Musical entertainment for the dinner will be provided by popular
Louisville singer Christopher Raley. He recently was a nalist in a talent
contest hosted by Q bar.The festivities will begin at 7:30pm (again, the rescheduled date isFriday, July 30) at First Unitarian Church, 4th and York Streets, less
than one mile from the apartment building where the rst issue of the
newspaper was produced.Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Dinner of THE LETTER
must bepurchased in advance
and are now on sale for $15.00. Vegetarian andnon-vegetarian main courses will be available. Beer and wine will beavailable for an additional donation.For more information or to purchase a ticket, write editor@theletteronline.com or leave a message at (502) 419-2597. Tickets mayalso be purchased by sending a check, payable to THE LETTER, to Post
Ofce Box 7842; Louisville, KY 40257.
Tickets must be purchased no later than Monday, July 26.
Newspaper Annersar Dnner Reschedued: Frda, Ju 30
The RespecTed souRce foR GLBT News siNce JuNe 1990
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 7 • jULy 2010
Mary Lou MarzianTodd Eklof Christopher Raley
Rev. Todd Eklof was excited to nd out he could publish
his new book,
A Gospel For Liberals: Considering the Historical Jesus in Light of Today’s Most Controversial Issues
(www.agospelforliberals.com), through CreateSpace (www.createspace.com), an Amazon.com company. The ministerof the Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church in Louisville(www.cliftonuu.org) even paid the company severalhundred dollars to help promote the book through its pressrelease service.Eklof was surprised, however, when the companyexpressed concerns about the book’s suggestion thatChristians should vote Democrat, stating in an e-mailmessage to him, “We try to stay away from controversialsubjects in headlines and also did not incorporate thephrase Jesus’ followers.”After several attempts, all parties agreed upon thelanguage for the release, and Eklof was assured it would be distributed in early March. But after nothing happenedhe sent an e-mail inquiring about the matter and receiveda response saying, “You’re press release is currentlyin the distribution queue and we will be distributingwithin the next two weeks.” Two weeks passed and hereceived another e-mail message stating, “Unfortunately,
CreateSpace is unable to fulll the press release creation
and distribution service purchased. We apologize that thisnotice is arriving at a late stage in the process, as well as forany inconvenience this may cause.”
Eklof has made numerous attempts to nd out why
his book is being censored. The Amazon.com subsidiaryexplicitly refuses to give him their reasons.“I feel my book is being singled out because of myclaim that Jesus’ followers are morally obligated tovote Democrat,” Eklof says, “which is odd given thatRepublicans have been making the opposite claim for thepast thirty years and nobody seems to mind!”A review of Eklof’s book will be featured in the August2010 issue of THE COMMUNITY LETTER and will availablefor sale at the newspaper’s 20th Anniversary Dinner.
Ekof Book “Too Controersa”For Aazon.co To Proote
View pictures from the 2010 Kentuckiana Pride Paradeand Festival online: www.TheLetterOnline.com! 
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