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Sexual Prejudice / Lesbianism / Golf / Degeneres-Heche #172856

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 30, 1997
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The story of actress Ellen DeGeneres and related gay and lesbian matters introduced.

(New York: Antonio Mora) The annual lesbian spring party in Palm Springs, California, that takes place around the Nabisco Dinah Shore women's golf tournament featured; details given of the "Sports Illustrated" story about "lesbian spring break" that caused Titleist golf company to cancel advertising in the magazine. [Event organizer Mariah HANSON - comments.] [Women's Sports Foundation Marjorie SNYDER - cites the fear of lesbians in sports.] [LPGA commissioner Jim RITTS - denies a negative impact on golf.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Beth Nissen) Hollywood's concern about the financial implications brought about by actress Anne Heche, who is new the companion of DeGeneres and a hot actress, examined; details given of the worry about how the audience will accept her in her "straight" film roles. [Hollywood producers David PERMUT, Ivan REITMAN - cite the financial stakes.]

Jennings, Peter;
Mora, Antonio;
Nissen, Beth

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