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hiii?LlFES'l‘YLE journey to Thailand, Vietnam Islanders Tanya Sylvester, Dr. Ernest Burgess and Dale Sewall, pastor at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, left March 4 for Thailand and Viet- nam. Burgess has set up non— profit prosthetics clinics in Ha- noi and Bangkok. The clinics, which produce inexpensive, high quality artifi— cial legs, are under the auspices of his Prosthetics Research Foundation, whose goal is “Helping the Developing World Walk Again.” In addition to five days in the Gay couples pledge love, commitment at weddings By Linda Morgan Mercer Island Reporter he melodic strains of “Wind Beneath My Wings” echoed through the beautifully embel— lished Unity Church in Bellevue, resplendent with seasonal shrubs and cascading blossoms. The couple at the altar, radi- ant with anticipation, gazed at each other adorineg while the minister prepared to cement their bond with nuptial pledges. The fact that two males were standing before the minister rather than the more conven- tional male and female unit, \lenesd March 9, 199-} my dearest” and asks him for advice. Troy and Larry get along well. But not all Sean’s friends are so openminded, said Brockman. “If th 1y make com— ments, Sean says, ‘If you don’t understand, find out more about it. But quit being ignorant.”’ And it’s ignorance, they re- port, that presents the principal challenge for the couple. who live in Seattle. ‘ . '. 'eed to put others in 10 " Miller. “They’d ask, ‘Whos the man and who’s the woman?‘ Dr, ‘Are you going to wear a wedding dress?m Miller has always openly dis- cussed his sexual orientation with h' beauty salon custom— ers. “It s not a tremendo : amount of effort, it’s who I am,” he said. “It doesn’t take a rock- et scientist to see I’m gay. “All the lad- want to see my ring; it the: s homophobia, it’s kept to a minimum. We dis— cuss the lifest~ e, the issues. It’s the only way geople can he edu’ cated."