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The Wand, July 1996 - Page 1. July 1996. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/392/show/384.

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Title The Wand, July 1996
Publisher Womynspace
Date July 1996
Description Vol. 13 No. 7. On some pages, comic strips have been digitally obscured to protect owner's copyright.
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  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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Transcript r July 1996 THE WAND Vol. 13, No. 7 Womynspace Activities / Networking Directory Inside: Pokey's Summer Reading List Updated Resource Guide Alternative Visions Excerpts from satisfied clients of Alternative Visions: / think what has impressed me the most is the unique way they've managed to combine being professional with such a sincere, personal approach ... I highly recommend the service to anyone interested in a safe, novel approach to meeting new people. All of the women I've met through Alternative Visions have been really interesting, and we have shared common interests. Your ability to "match" personalities and interests is what makes your service so important and successful. We did my [video] taping last Thursday evening, and I want to thank you for making it a comfortable and pleasant experience. I was real nervous at first but felt that it went really well. You and Trudi are doing a great thing for our community. My thanks to you both. ... / will take this opportunity for allowing me to meet . Without your service, the odds are that neither one of us would even have met each other.... is absolutely the most beautiful woman that I have ever met I knew what I was waiting for, and it was without question worth the wait Trudi Phoenix-Stinson and Wendi Stinson-Phoenix met at a lesbian resource center in Dallas. They felt a strong connection at their first meeting, and they talked about their dreams together. Trudi felt the lesbian and gay community deserved a quality system for helping to establish and maintain relationships. Thus, the idea for Alternative Visions (AV) was born. Wendy had been working a year and a half at a Dallas abortion clinic, having just graduated from college with a degree in counseling. Trudi had had a career in sales, with awards from Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar. Trudi asked Wendi to be her marketing director for the company she wanted to start up, and she agreed. The couple has been together about five years, and AV will be four years old in September. Their competitors in Dallas and Houston have since closed their doors. Here in Houston, AV took on the clients of the former service at no extra charge. They felt that this action was well worth their time, for it would help preserve the reputation of dating services for the gay and lesbian community. What makes AV different from other dating services is the spectrum of services offered. They want to be known as the love service for the gay and lesbian community. Not only is AV a commercial service, but it also qualifies as a personal service, with its owners seeking to empower their clients. At this point, they see themselves as humanitarian philanthropists—though without the money they'd like to back this up. They want to be able to make an impact. When a client comes in, they sit down and talk to her. She is asked to complete an eleven-page personality profile that shows the value system, the goals, and the interests of the individual. This method differs from computer matching. Trudi and Wendi prefer to match their clients by getting to know them very well. The owners of AV want to be sure their clients are ready for a relationship before introductions begin. They make sure clients are ready emotionally and otherwise (a background check is also run on each applicant). Sometimes, clients are referred to counseling. In her practice, Wendi teaches "Power Tools" which she describes as tools for living. Some of the tools for relationships include creativity, commitment, and trust. She plans to write a book about what makes relationships work. The next step of the service requires that a video be made of the client. When Wendi and Trudi determine a potential match, the two selected women view each others' videos, and if mutually acceptable, then phone numbers are exchanged. First names only are exchanged at this point. This process works especially well for clients who are patient. The service is regarded as a one-year process. Every two to three weeks, a client views three to five videos. After each viewing, a client lists what she liked and what she didn't like about each one. If the likes outweigh the dislikes, this is helpful in determining a potential match. If clients are happy with the woman they date, they can let AV know that they want to date exclusively. Their membership is then placed on hold status, and no time is lost from their contract with AV. Ninety percent of AV's clients are degreed professionals. Some are new to the area, and others are somewhat shy. Many of them have everything they want in life, having devoted a lot of time to their careers, except for a relationship. Now, having achieved their goals, they wish to share their lives. Clients mostly meet according to their own arrangements, but other meetings occur as well. Two women, selected by Wendi and Trudi as a potential match, viewed each other's videos and said "no" on the basis of what they saw. Then, they met each other at a picnic and hit it off right away. They have been together ever since. There are three to four social activities per month. One workshop a month deals with an aspect of relationships. About 30-35 regular members go to the workshops on relationship- building offered by AV each month. The next workshop, to be held in the Montrose Library on June 20, will be "What's Their Secret?" and features couples who've stayed together for ten or more years. The cost is $3.00 for non- members. July's workshop will be "Blessing Your Ex and Moving On," a program by Odelia Mendez. Last month, the first issue of the organization's newsletter came out. This issue lists the mission of the organization: The purpose of Alternative Visions is to provide quality services to gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgender professional singles in our community with the opportunity to participate in the selective introductory services, social programs and workshops available to them as members.. .; to encourage the creation and maintenance of solid, healthy relationships; to unify and strengthen ourselves... with our passion, knowledge, communication and pro-activism; to educate ourselves and each other about the nature of and potential for strong, healthy relationships and to offer a safe place for these to occur. continued on page 5 Houston Women's Festival to Offer Full-Scale Entertainment Musicians, comediennes, artists, vendors and artisans will share their talents at the second annual Houston Women's Festival Saturday, September 21st, at Garden in the Heights, 3926 Feagan, one block north of Memorial Drive. Continuous live entertainment will highlight the rich musical tradition of the Gulf Coast region. Jazz, blues, rock, and folk are just some of the musical styles that will be heard throughout the day. Austin singer/guitarist Nancy Scott will perform her humorous, toe-tapping tunes. Also from Austin, Diana Jones will share her heartfelt and insightful songs. Local favorite Girls with Guitars will harmonize on original music from their recent CD. Comedienne Nancy Ford will entertain the audience with her diverse and flourishing repertoire. Liviya, fresh from her performance at the Houston Music Awards, will share her gutsy, powerful tunes. Also, singer/guitarist Rawslyn Ruffin will please local fans with her solo appearance. These are just some of the talented performers who will share the stage at the Houston Women's Festival. Indoors in the Main Hall, festival goers will be treated to a multi-media art exhibit curated by local artist Laura Kellner. The art show is yet another way to experience and celebrate the rich cultural assets of the country's fourth largest city. Some of the displayed pieces will be available for purchase by patrons of the arts. Throughout the festival, a marketplace of vendors will display handmade crafts, including hand-carved wooden objects, candles and clothing, native American Indian jewelry and dream catchers, and items imported from other continents. Businesses and organizations will highlight their services to the community. Information about non-profit organizations will be available at a free community booth. Games, activities and prizes will also be offered throughout the day. Festival hours are from 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, September 21st. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and are available at Inklings Bookshop and Crossroads Market. The Garden in the Heights is an indoor/outdoor facility located between the Heights and Montrose. The event will be held rain or shine. The Houston Women's Festival produced by The Athena Art Project, a non-profit organization. For more information, contact: HWF P.O. Box 66604, Houston, Texas 77266- 6604; (713) 868-1910; e-mail address AthenaArt@aol.com.