Women's Kiss Leads to
The Texas Triangle, September 22 edition,
reports the controversy over a public display of affection
by two lesbians at a Montrose restaurant has resulted in
Houston's first-signed Pledge of Non Discrimination,
according to Terri Richardson, president of the Houston
Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.
Pledges of non-discrimination, Richardson
explained are part of HGLPC's Discrimination Free Zone
Project, which held a press conference on Sunday,
September 24, at La Mexicana Food Market
and Restaurant, located at the corner of Montrose
The pledge, signed by restaurant owner
Eduardo Trevino, states that La Mexicana
Restauranthmby pledges that it will not practice
or tolerate discrimination, including discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation, in its employment
decisions or in any relations with its customers or
"We chose La Mexicana as the site for
the press conference after the very positive meeting that
HGLPC board member Dale Carpenter and I had with Mr.
Trevino Monday night," Richardson said. "Mr. Trevino
was very cooperative and understanding and anxious to
resolve the issue. He was eager to sign the pledge,
making the end result of this a very positive victory for
"This is just the beginning; we are starting
with businesses in Montrose and moving out from there,"
Carpenter said of the Discrimination Free Zone Project.
Carpenter said HGLPC Vice President Keith Stewart is
coordinating the project.
Linda Morales, former lead plaintiff of the
Texas Human Rights Foundation's Section 21.06 sodomy
statute legal challenge, met with Trevino and several
Montrose area Hispanic business owners about the
incident, which involved two Hispanic women. "He was
very cordial and explained that he was not opposed to
people kissing in public," Morales said, "but that this
particular behavior was just too much. I think this end
result is a very positive."
Morales also said she had secured a
commitment from Trevino to be more financially
supportive of gay and lesbian community events.
Suzanne Anderson attended the press
conference and reported on Lesbian & Gay Voices on
KPFT 90.1 FM. She said the owner of La Mexicana
Food Market and Restaurant, Eduardo
Trevino, is an extraordinarily nice man. Suzanne heard
on a local talk show an insulting and derogatory claim
that Trevino was held hostage by the "Gay and Lesbian
Political Gestapo Caucus" and that Trevino did not have
command of the English language.
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