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ig-news-digest         thursday, june 4 1998         volume 01 : number 095


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] slam boot correction     ["donna m schwartz" <d6309@prodigy.net>]
  [ig-news] our girls in rolling stone!  [adia difranco <saliers_ray@hotmail]
  [ig-news] ar quote in "the advocate"  [nancy humphries <nancy@rbdc.rbdc.co]
  [ig-news] letter to editor; atlanta j-c  [melissa <mgordon@mail.lvdi.net.c]


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date: wed, 3 jun 1998 10:04:20 -0400
from: "donna m schwartz" <d6309@prodigy.net>
subject: [ig-news] slam boot correction


hey listees,
a correction to the slam boot tree.  for all those february folks, the =
following address will probably give you more luck in reaching the =
branch:
bonster@u.washington.edu =20


thanks,
donna


[sherlyn's note: there was a correction to the address for the
july branch as well.  the correct address is
saliers_ray@hotmail.com.]

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date: wed, 3 jun 1998 14:07:59 pdt
from: adia difranco <saliers_ray@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] our girls in rolling stone!


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

the new rolling stone, w/tori on the cover has a 1/3 page article about
the hs cancelations...it's mostly stuff we have already heard but here
it is:


school's out
students protest cancellation of indigo girls shows in the south.
(picture of protesters)


when 16 year old megan collier saw the indigo girls at lilith fair last
summer, she couldn't have known that 10 months later she'd be serving a
school suspension for supporting the group. collier and nine classmates
from irmo hs in columbia, sc, got caught up in the furor when school
administrators canceled an indigo girls concert after recieving
complaints from parents about the school hosting the openly gay duo.
within days two other schools revoked their invitations to the indigos
as well.
"the community raides legitimate concerns-including sexuality." says
buddy price, director of community services for irmo's school district.
"we needed to respond."
"i guess they felt we were out evangelizing to recruit young lesbians"
says indigo girl amy ray, "it's so ridiculous. why should it matter if
we're gay?"
to protest the cancellationg of the show which was part of a free high
school concert series by the indigo girls, collier and the others walked
out of class.
"everyone should be treated equally," collier says. "that's why i walked
out, to make a statement." she and several other students were hit with
8 day suspensions-the same as if they'd been caught with drugs or had
vandalized school property. (the students have filed a lawsuit against
the school.)
following the irmo cancelation, schools in knoxville and germantown,
tennessee also called off indigo girls concerts, claiming that they had
used profanity during a performance. "i think [the cancelations] were a
cop-out." says doug crosier the principal of franklin hs in franklin,
tennessee which hosted the duo on may 4th. "if we're going to judge
artists on morality, poor old elvis couldn't have played any high
schools."
- --eric boehlery


*hugs*


lamia

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date: wed, 3 jun 1998 20:24:34 -0400
from: nancy humphries <nancy@rbdc.rbdc.com>
subject: [ig-news] ar quote in "the advocate"


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

in the june 9 issue of "the advocate" (sizzling summer movies cover)
there is a quote (and photo) from amy about the sc cancellations, followed
by a remark from conan o'brien about the high school principal.....


(reprinted without permission)


"a minority composed of homophobic, narrow-minded parents and weak-kneed
principals and school boards have successfully enforced a policy of hate."


(-amy ray, speaking out after her group the indigo girls, was barred from
performing at a south carolina high school concert.)


"luckily, i was able to get melissa etheridge to fill in."


(-conan o'brien, riffing on what the principal of that south carolina
high school said to parents after canceling the indigo girls'
performance, on the may 1 'late night with conan o'brien.')


nancy humphries
nancy@rbdc.rbdc.com

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date: wed, 3 jun 1998 21:00:58 -0700
from: melissa <mgordon@mail.lvdi.net.criticalpath.net>
subject: [ig-news] letter to editor; atlanta j-c


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


thought i'd pass this along...........


it's a letter to the editor regarding the cancellation of ig shows at
the 3 high schools in the southeast.   in all thats been written about
the situation, perhaps it takes a parent to bring eloquence &
clarity....


melissa


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forum: letters, the atlanta journal and constitution, 30 may 1998, pp.
c05.


profanity not the issue


  editor: regarding the issue of "profanity" in indigo girls' lyrics.
yes, there is one profane word used in one song in a whole body of
music. actually the line from "shame on you" is a quote from someone
else. amy has always edited this word in public performances for  young
audiences.


  during the loganville high concert amy "slipped" and sang the word as
written, much to her chagrin. she apologized to the school authorities,
her management wrote a letter of apology, and she promptly offered to
drop the song from the next high school concerts.


profanity was not  the issue here.


  these incredibly gifted and compassionate young women were not welcome
in certain high schools (with) their "agenda" that stresses stay in
school, respect one another, cultivate your talents, take full advantage
of your educational opportunities, work hard at whatever your choice of
vocation becomes, and remain aware always of the needs of others.


frances walker ray, decatur ray is the mother of amy ray, one of the
indigo girls


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