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ig-news-digest           friday, may 8 1998           volume 01 : number 069


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  [ig-news] ig plays columbia, sc             [mel <melsouth@mindspring.com>]
  [ig-news] re: indigo gals... (fwd)  [indigo head <s00.krosenblum@wittenber]
  [ig-news] cnn article                         [dan perkins <dan@tcdrs.org>]
  [ig-news] cnn article                     [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]
  [ig-news] irmo concert article    [elizabeth <elizabeth.nitz@evolving.com>]
  [ig-news] irmo concert article    [elizabeth <elizabeth.nitz@evolving.com>]
  [ig-news] girls on headline news  ["julie kahn/helen e. brown" <jkheb@medi]
  [ig-news] article from "the state", may 8  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au]


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date: fri, 8 may 1998 08:44:14 -0400
from: mel <melsouth@mindspring.com>
subject: [ig-news] ig plays columbia, sc


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

>from columbia, south carolina's <http://www.thestate.com>:

audience warms up to indigo girls' music


   the state  -  friday, may 8, 1998
   by kaaren wells
   special to the state


   they were passed on by spring valley high school and
canceled by irmo high. but when the indigo girls walked on the
township stage, they were accepted for their musical talent.


after weeks of speculation and anticipation, amy ray and emily
saliers were greeted with a standing ovation from hundreds of
screaming teen-agers and many supporting parents. even those
who knew little about the duo cheered as they awaited the
sounds of the group's guitars.


as strobe lights danced across the auditorium, few knew what
to expect. but when the indigo girls thanked irmo high school
for giving them the chance to perform for such a wonderful and
accepting crowd, the cheers became a loud and thunderous roar.


the students were there for one reason: not to voice their
political opinion, but to enjoy the soulful sounds of two
women with a mission -- a mission of love, peace and acceptance
for all.


"shame on you," a release from the group's shaming of the sun
album, was played with full-throttle emotion from the group by
special request from ray's mother. students held lighters and
sang portions of the lyrics.


even for those who weren't die-hard fans of the group, it was
easy to get caught up in the excitement and the music. the mesh
of sound from the guitars, keyboards and voices was satisfying
to students who ended up with what they wanted: a performance
from the indigo girls. the goods had been delivered.


the indigo girls didn't agree to perform to spread their
personal beliefs. they originally agreed to entertain 1,800
students but in the end performed for hundreds more. standing
on the stage, they said they weren't afraid because they were
not alone. and they were right.


their sound came as a shock to some and as no surprise to
others. they performed the best concert for those who fought
for it the most.


(kaaren wells is a senior at irmo high school and
managing editorof the stinger, the student newspaper.)


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date: fri, 8 may 1998 08:38:57 -0400
from: indigo head <s00.krosenblum@wittenberg.edu>
subject: [ig-news] re: indigo gals... (fwd)


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

the refrence libarian at my school forwarded this to me.  it is about the
recent cancellations.  it seems that just about everyone is discussing
this!


:-) karen
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karen,
        i thought you might be interested in this given your worship of
the indigo girls.  it was posted on a g/l/b librarian listserv i belong
to. jn


judy nablo, reference librarian
wittenberg university

*****************************************************************************
[the cancellation of the ig concert has made quite an impact in knoxville, tn.
tv news programs covered the story all day on tuesday may 5 and some local
radio stations have been taking call-ins for comments. this is the the third
appearance by the duo in knoxville.]


concert cancellation causing stir


by david keim, news-sentinel staff writer


student protests were brewing at farragut high school after the
principal canceled today's free concert by the popular group the indigo
girls. it's the third high school concert to be called off in the past week
for the grammy-winning duo.


"it's understood by everyone that the show was canceled because the
indigo girls are gay," said student kanishka biddanda, co-editor of the
student newspaper, which sponsored the concert with the school's
literary magazine.


principal ed hedgepeth denied lesbianism was a factor.


students signed a petition and printed fliers protesting the action,
planned to wear pro-gay clothing today and to rally at the flag pole
after school and discussed staging a sit-in in the auditorium at concert
time, kanishka said.


meanwhile, the concert by the atlanta-based group, amy ray and emily
saliers, has been re|sched|uled for the b&h club, 1912 cumberland ave.,
at 5:30 p.m. high schoolers get in free. adults pay $10.


hedgepeth said he nixed the show because he learned from news reports
this weekend that the musicians used profanity at a previous concert,
and he had no contract that would guarantee certain performance
criteria.


"i'm not sure exactly (in) what context (profanity) was used, whether it
was used in an actual song or whether it was used on stage at some point
in a comment," hedgepeth said. "i'd rather err on the side of caution
when it comes to the people that we have presenting in the schools."


the indigo girls were scheduled to perform two 30-minute shows during
lunch today, with each set followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer
session. students would have missed 30 minutes of class time but were
not required to attend the show.


lisa markowitz of epic records in new york said the artists want to
encourage youth involvement in the world and creativity.


"they feel very strongly about playing for the younger set, to kids that
may not be able to go out to clubs, who may not be able to go to big
coliseum shows," she said of the high school tour.


"it's a way of reaching out and letting younger people know they are
important to society and they can participate in social and political
activities and help society." as for the profanity, markowitz said,
"there's a song on their new record called 'shame on you' which has the
f-word mentioned once." they sang it in an april 13 concert in
loganville, ga. school officials weren't happy. "when amy ray, who wrote
the song, found out they were upset by it, she called the principal and
apologized profusely," markowitz said.


a school in columbia, s.c., canceled the show last week after parents
complained about their group's lesbianism. a school in germantown, near
memphis, also canceled, citing the profanity.


reaction here was mixed. denise sanabria was upset her freshman daughter
would not hear the concert. "i was so thrilled that they got an art form
like this that was so inspiring and such a treat."


she blamed "a small handful of students and parents who are of an
intolerant religious persuasion that intimidated the school personnel
into canceling on us." several parents said first baptist church of
concord was rumored to have been involved.


hedgepeth flatly denied those rumors, saying he didn't know if his staff
received calls from parents and that he hadn't had any himself because
he's been out of town since sunday. an assistant principal declined
comment.


denny brinkman, the youth minister at first baptist, said, "the only
reason i had called the school was because some parents had called my
office to see what was going on."


parent connie fritts didn't call the school but said, "i don't think
children should go to school to see concerts." she added, "i saw
something on the news that they're a lesbian group. that's against our
morals," but she said even if it were a christian group, "i don't feel
like it's appropriate during school time."


her son, 15-year-old freshman eric fritts, said, "i don't think it's
right for (the indigo girls) to come and, like, promote themselves and
what they believe, but i don't think it's right for us to cancel their
concert just because they're lesbians. gays and lesbians are allowed to
go to school. ... i don't think they should be outcast just because of
what they believe."
~~more~~~


farragut high school
attention: ed hedgepath
11237  kingston pike
knoxville, tn  37922


the knoxville newspaper:


the knoxville news-sentinel
208 w. church st.
knoxville, tn  37902
423-523-3131
www.knoxnews.com
kns@knoxnews.com
~~~more~~~


irmo high school:


web site : http://www.lex5.k12.sc.us/schools/ihs/


address: 6671 st. andrews road
             columbia, sc 29212
phone:   803-732-8100


i find it interesting that their web page has a background that says "i
respect myself and others."


germantown high school:


address: 7653 poplar pike
             germantown, tn
             38138-5940
phone: 901-756-2350


~~~~~


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date: fri, 8 may 1998 09:46:26 -0500
from: dan perkins <dan@tcdrs.org>
subject: [ig-news] cnn article


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.  i'll grab the cnn article
and forward it on in a minute.]

there is a short article on the cnn web site about the girls free
concert


http://www.cnn.com/showbiz/9805/07/indigo.girls/


peace,


dan


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date: sat, 09 may 1998 12:37:23 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] cnn article


hey folks,


here is the article dan mentioned, from the cnn site at
http://www.cnn.com/showbiz/9805/07/indigo.girls/.


- -sherlyn


===
indigo girls give free concert in south carolina
appearance follows canceled high school gig


columbia, south carolina (cnn) -- the indigo girls, a folk-rock
duo, sang for free before 2,000 screaming students thursday after
an appearance at an area high school was canceled.


irmo high school principal gerald witt canceled the school show
after parents complained because the women are lesbians and
reportedly used a profane lyric in another appearance.


"this decision was based on some concerns that had been expressed
to us by some parents, by some people in the community," said witt.


the indigo girls rented an auditorium for thursday's concert and
invited students from all area high schools to pick up the free
tickets.


a small group of protesters stood outside the concert hall, calling
the band members sinners. but those attending the concert felt
differently.


"they are not there to say that homosexuality is great, come and do
it, they are saying, 'can't everyone get along,'" said cynthia
potts, one indigo girls fan.


the indigo girls had originally planned combined concerts and
question-and-answer sessions at five high schools this spring.


but the appearance in columbia was the third one canceled by school
officials; two schools in tennessee also refused to let them
perform.


band member amy ray told a news conference thursday, "we wanted to
go into schools and be completely apolitical. we wanted to go in
and talk about music, talk about careers you could have as
musicians."


her singing partner, emily saliers, said the cancellations were due
to fear and ignorance.


ray and saliers, who are not a couple, have been openly gay for
about five years. they say they would like to try another high
school tour, but this time without all the cancellations.


correspondent brian cabell and the associated press contributed to
this report.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= sherlyn koo - sherlyn@fl.net.au =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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    so you can be who you want to be..."        - carrie newcomer


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date: fri, 08 may 1998 13:31:21 -0600
from: elizabeth <elizabeth.nitz@evolving.com>
subject: [ig-news] irmo concert article


great article about the irmo school walkout and the concert.
anyone without web access can email me for a copy.


http://www.thestate.com/front1.htm


- -e


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date: fri, 08 may 1998 13:31:21 -0600
from: elizabeth <elizabeth.nitz@evolving.com>
subject: [ig-news] irmo concert article


great article about the irmo school walkout and the concert.
anyone without web access can email me for a copy.


http://www.thestate.com/front1.htm


- -e


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date: fri, 08 may 1998 15:19:27 -0400
from: "julie kahn/helen e. brown" <jkheb@mediaone.net>
subject: [ig-news] girls on headline news


it's 3:12 pm and i just saw a news story on the indigo girls
and the sc controversy on headline news.  basically the same
story and quotes as was at cnn.com, but there also was an
interview with the principal of irmo high and some pictures
of protesters.


the girls had a press conference and they said that they
would like to do the high school tour again -- 'with a few
less cancellations.'  (sounds like an emily line to me ;-)
).


have a good day.


julie
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____________________________________________
julie kah
jkheb@mediaone.net

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date: sat, 09 may 1998 13:47:10 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] article from "the state", may 8


hey folks,


this is the article elizabeth mentioned, from the front page
of yesterday's "the state".  i think the url elizabeth mentioned
has just been updated with today's headline story though...


- -sherlyn


===
published friday, may 8, 1998, in the state


students walk out; show goes on


by alan richard and yon lambert
staff writers


the controversy surrounding an indigo girls' columbia performance
reached a crescendo thursday with a morning protest at irmo high
school and an afternoon concert attended by 1,600.


ten irmo students were suspended for eight days for their part in
a morning walkout that began with 50 people. the entire student
body eventually emptied the school after someone pulled a fire
alarm.


the concert itself, which lasted more than an hour, produced few
sparks, although some concertgoers argued briefly with a protestor
in front of the township.


"we want to thank irmo's teachers, students and faculty for
supporting us," singer amy ray said during a concert encore. "i
understand irmo has a really strong music program, and we encourage
you take part in it."


the indigo girls had been scheduled to perform a free, 30-minute
concert at irmo high school thursday morning. but the performance
was cancelled last week by principal gerald witt in part because
the singers are lesbians.


the decision upset many students, who threatened a walkout the day
of the concert. at school thursday morning, 50 students remained
outside when a bell rang about 8:45. moments later, more students
poured outside, and the crowd grew to 200.


one girl held up a poster that said: "irmo, i represent massive
oppression." at one point, she ran into the middle of st. andrews
road showing off the poster. several people drove by honking their
horns and holding their thumbs up.


then someone pulled a fire alarm, and all 1,800 or so students
walked outside.


witt and others ushered most students back inside, but about 50
remained a few more minutes. most of them then returned to class,
leaving about 12 sitting in a circle and debating the concert issue
with witt and athletics director bob hanna.


an hour later, witt escorted the small group of students inside.
most were later given their punishment, including the suspensions.


buddy price, spokesman for school district 5 of lexington and
richland counties, said two other students still were being
evaluated late thursday afternoon. he said students who simply were
tardy or faced minor punishment would be dealt with today.


the suspensions disappointed some. "they were just standing up for
what they believe in. you don't punish that," said freshman anna
jones, who protested for a short while.


she said witt's decision goes against a motto that hangs in the
cafeteria, "picture a world without prejudice, bias or hate."


karen flowers, whose journalism class first organized the concert,
said the punishment for some students "just doesn't seem fair--not
all of them deserved eight days."


price said the school suspended students who participated in
"significant disruption" by refusing to return to class.


lexington county sheriff's officers responded to the school after
the fire alarm rang. sheriff's spokesman gary morgan said one girl
was struck by a soda can.


morgan said students who prolonged their protest could have been
arrested and charged with disturbing the school, but school
officials did not press charges.


others found different ways to protest witt's decision.


"i'm doing this legally," said jordan jennings, an irmo high senior
who signed herself out of school to protest. she has gay relatives
and friends, and said, "i just think that it's wrong to hate
people."


student body president stephanie gallman said she and many other
seniors didn't participate in the walkout for two reasons: the fear
of not graduating, and because the issue has faded.


"i did not support the administration's decision to cancel the
concert," gallman said. "but there were a lot of things more
important to me than this issue, like exempting exams."


gallman said witt has made time to listen to students who disliked
his decision. "my feelings have died down since last week."


some who didn't walk out of class wore rainbow-colored ribbons to
show their support for tolerance of gays.


"a lot of people are wearing the ribbons," said senior julia isaac,
who wore one herself.


carl jackson, the father of two irmo high students, stood on the
sidewalk and watched the walkout. he backs witt's decision, but also
respects his son's right to walk out.


"when i was in college i did some crazy things, too," he said.


irmo graduate chris thompson, a freshman at winthrop university,
also stood and watched. "i'm not gay myself but i have a lot of gay
friends," he said. "a lot of them are afraid to come out in high
school because of things like this."


later in the morning, district 5 superintendent dennis mcmahon and
witt met with the media to talk about witt's decision to cancel the
concert.


mcmahon said the women's sexual orientation alone doesn't bother
him. "if it was just because of the lifestyle, i would not have
supported his decision."


but the superintendent added he knew witt had made the right decision
after learning the indigo girls reportedly used a four-letter word
during a school show in georgia.


thursday afternoon's concert began at the township just after 4 p.m.
about half the seats in the 3,200-seat auditorium were filled by
students with free tickets and adults who paid $15.


students and some demonstrators - particularly one man standing near
a large sign that read "sodomy is sin" - argued loudly, but briefly
outside before the show. a few students carried signs inside and many
wore rainbow-colored ribbons.


the duo, ray and emily saliers, sang and played guitars without a
band. they opened with their only song on eight albums that directly
addresses homosexuality, "it's alright."


late in the show, hidden in a wash of electric guitar and feedback,
ray sang, "i'm tired of you trying to teach when you should be
learning. i'm sorry to see we're surrounded by hate, hate, hate.


"when i go to sleep at night, i can still pray," she said. "does it
make you hate me? because when you hate me, i can still love you."


staff writer michael miller contributed to this report. alan richard
may be reached at (803) 771-8315. yon lambert may be reached at (803)
771-8507.

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