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The Wand 1995-10 - Page 5. October 1995. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5937/show/5933.

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(October 1995). The Wand 1995-10 - Page 5. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5937/show/5933

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Title The Wand 1995-10
Publisher Womynspace
Date October 1995
Description Vol. 12 [No. 10]. On some pages, comic strips have been digitally obscured to protect owner's copyright.
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Transcript Followup: Pride Committee Community Forum Howard Kale, Co-chair for Lesbian/Gay Pride Week 1996, opened the meeting. He defined the forum as a vehicle to compile ideas from the community. The Houston Lesbian/Gay Pride Week Committee "96 will investigate the suggestions and make a final determination and decision. He described levels of participation. Going to the parade is one level. Attending this forum was another level of participation. Then there is Julie Siska, CFO/Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Co-Chair on the Executive Committe for Pride Week 1995. The Pride Committee worked until midnight after the Pride Fest and the next morning went back to clean up the Pride Fest site. Howard said that morning he saw Julie Siska picking up a turkey drumstick someone had thrown on the ground, "just like this". Howard, in his suit and tie, turned around, bent over and picked up an imaginary drumstick. He concluded saying 1995 saw many doors open for the gay and lesbian community with three radio stations and three beer companies coming foward to participate and sponsor the parade. The 1996 committe must move forward on this. Jack Valinski, member of Board of Directors and long time Pride Week activist, discussed the history of Pride Week, which started under the Political Caucus. The Pride Week organization then worked under the 50l(c3) umbrella of the Montrose Activity Center and finally became an independant 50l(c3) organization in 1992. The committee operates with open books, a monthly newsletter and any member of the community who attends two + meetings is eligible to vote. Julie Siska continued with the current status and results of the '95 committee, its volunteer and the last Community Forum held in January of 1995. The Pride Fest '95 met the desired goal of a location at the end of the parade route. A video of the parade was being produce at a very reasonable cost and was being sold at a reasonable price. More funds are being received from commercial interests such as the beer companies, bringing new money into the community. Terry Vega, the female Co-Chair for Pride Week 1996 spoke briefly, stating the ground rules and introducing the facilitator. Annise Parker outstandingly moderated the meeting. Annise said she did not want to hear anything about heat or rain or personal responses to what someone just said. All comments would be addressed to the floor. Lastly, the parade date would be a permanent decision that we would have to live with for years to come. The restrictions on parades by city ordinance are a Sunday parade has to occur between 1:00pm and 7:00pm. No night parades are permitted in Houston. A Saturday parade can be scheduled in the morning. The parade has to be over in two hours. Since the Pride Committee has a reputation for an orderly and well organized parade, the city now provides the permit at no cost. In the early history of the pride parade, the city was not so cooperative. The Pride Committee buys two hours of commercial liability insurance for the parade. This year, 1995, was the first year that the parade paid for itself in entry fees totaling slightly over $6,000. A vote was taken at the beginning of the forum simply on the question of" Do we move the parade date? Yes or No". There was a majority in favor of moving the parade date. At the end of the forum, there was a smaller majority in favor, close to a tie. When all the issues were aired, it was difficult for each individual to be 100% in favor [I want to move the parade, BUT...] much less pin point a weekend that a solid majority could agree on, when it came down to the nitty gritty. Dean Walradt, secretary for Pride Week '96, expressed his opinion in a letter to the Voice stating that a petition to change the parade date had been circulated about a month ago. "I think it is important that the community, and particularly those who signed this petition, know that whoever was responsible for starting this project (it was not the Pride Committee) and circulating the petitions for signatures failed to follow through and present them to the Pride Committee, or bring them to the community forum. The forum was well publized over a three week period in at least... two major publications." The Pride Week newsletter was mailed just prior to the forum. "I, as secretary called or faxed nearly every organization listed in the Pride Guide's Resource Guide three weeks and one week before the forum took place...ln a city with probably the fourth or fifth largest gay/lesbian population in the country, 40-45 people participated." Jack Valinski stated that the Pride Week was the premier event in the Southwest that last weekend in June. People plan their vacations around it. Dallas moved their parade so as not to compete with Houston's parade, not because of the weather. To slightly digress, we think Houston is a hick town, but it is the 4th largest city. If memory serves, "The Harvey Milk Opera" was produced in four cities: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston. The Triangle had an announcement for a bus trip from Austin or Dallas to see the opera in Houston. Ray Hill said that Stonewall began as an indoor event and should be celebrated indoors, with a parade in October (around the I Ith) for National Coming Out Day. Also, Halloween was already a parade for closeted people. Some conflicting events are Columbus Day parade and the Heights Festival. Also, the International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride committees holds an InterPride Conference on Columbus Day weekend for activists from over 125 cities in North America who organize pride events in their home towns. The Houston Pride Committee staff attends this conference. There are major fundraisers in the community around Halloween such as Halloween Magic which benefits the Bering foundation. Another consideration is that June is off season for professional float builders and organizations get a discount that time of year. If floats were more expensive in the fall or spring, there might be fewer floats in the parade. Rainbow De Klown wrote a letter to the Voice suggesting moving the parade to 10:30 in the morning on Stonewall Saturday. "The problem with the heat is the buildup our bodies receive during the two or more hours preparation before the afternoon parade. If the time was changed to the morning, preparation for the parade would be during the cooler part of the day." "Before you shut me off and say what queen' is going to get up early Saturday morning? Well, I have been a part of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Houston for a dozen years, and the partying Irish have no problem getting up early in the morning for their parade" The drawback of a Saturday parade on Westheimer with the street blocked off, is that it would cut into the business traffic for the plumbing store and other shops. Annise Parker is active with the Neartown Civic Association and said they already get complaints about the Westheimer Street Fair closing off the street. Many of the Saturday parades in Houston are downtown which is mostly closed down on Saturday. Also, many people work on Saturday. It was suggested the committee explore the possibilty of getting the city ordinance changed to allow a night parade. The cons are crowd control and the possibility or more people being inebriated by that time of the day. Someone mentioned shootings in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras parade. Each year the Pride Week Executive Committe is reborn for that year's parade. Volunteers sign up to chair various committees. The Board of Directors provides a continuity and makes decisions that will affect more than one year's parade. For example, choosing a logo. The decision to move the parade date will be voted on in a general meeting, on Tuesday, October 17. To be eligible to vote you must attend two consecutive general meetings. On October 17 only people who also attended the September 19 meeting will be eligible to vote. This point was stressed at the forum. S \a €L Cox. 713-293-8653 Vwxmk&i tiA&iptiw Consultants on Diversity HITAJI AZIZ P.O. Box 53556 Houston, Texas 77052-3556 STRESS MANAGEMENT CLINIC •STOP SMOKING#LOSE WEIGHT •REDUCE STRESS LHI SURVEY REPORTS: 24% Lesbians Smoke 19% Smoking 2Pks. Per Day - 28% were Overweight 33% Experienced Stress in their everyday lives ♦Finally an Option: *No Surgery *No Patch *No Drugs Madelyn McNeil, C.Ht. 685-1366 WAND Advertising Call 728-3637 or E-Mail 76215,3544@Compuserve.com or BuddyDCat@aol.com What's A Banner District? A Banner District is defined under city ordinance and requires a petition to city council, a public hearing, and an affirmative vote by council. The area to be so designated must be clearly defined. There must be an organization responsible for the costs and upkeep. The organization must get permission from Houston Lighting & Power (HL&P), which owns the light poles on which the banners are placed. Once a district is designated, the group must pay for the making of the banners and for the brackets that hold the banners. The organization must pay HL&P for installing the banners and is responsible for making sure the banners stay in good repair, or for any damages caused by the banners falling off. There are several banner districts in Houston, the largest being downtown. Most people are familiar with its seasonal displays, and the banners proclaiming the "Theater District." Pride Week formally petitioned council for the creation of a banner district on lower Westheimer. Two other organizations with legitimate claims to an interest in such a district are the Neartown Association and the Museum District Business Alliance (MDBA). The three groups consulted (under my auspices) and signed a joint letter to council. The intent is that this will eventually be part of a larger banner district, coordinated by MDBA, which will usually have some kind of identifiable "Montrose" designation, but that Pride Week's distinctive pink triangles will always be up on Westheimer during the month of the event. (Pride Week is the lead group for this particular section of Westheimer.) Contributed by Annise Parker 5 Minute Activist Please send your cards and letters to the Houston Chronicle in support of Pam Yip's wonderful article on "How to cope when a partner earns more" in the Sunday, September 24 edition. The mainstream press interviewed our community's favorite celebrity couple, Kathy Hubbard and Annise Parker as examples of the partners. SAILING Are you a womyn 55 to 62? Retired or almost? Non-smoker? I'm looking for a sailing friend to help me sail my Cape Dory 28'. Call me at 723-6699 and let's talk. HouTexXV annual Houston Tennis Club Tournament November 10-12. Sign up by October 23 It's that time of the year agaln-the fall tennis season In Texas, and that means Houston Tennis Club's annual tournament: HouTex XV. This year's tournament, offering competition in men's and women's singles and doubles along with mixed doubles, will be held the weekend of November 10-12 at Memorial Park and Southwest Tennis Center in Houston. The deadline for entries is October 23rd, although entrants can get a $10 discount if they enter by October 9th. This year we are again expecting entrants from all over the country as well as Canada, Australia, and Europe. Last year, we had nearly 40 women enter, and we hope to more than double that this year. In order to get more women to enter, for the first time we will be offering five draws for women, ranging from advanced to beginner. There are lots of perks like free T-shirts, free on- site breakfast, and parties for those who are interested in the social as well as the athletic attractions of gay and lesbian tennis. For additional information, call tournament co-director Kristin Anderson at (713) 526- 7271 or sent E-mail to HOUTEX95@aol.com. ' wmmmm—amm