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Houston Voice, June 3, 2005 - File 004. 2005-06-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1051/show/1029.

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Title Houston Voice, June 3, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 3, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 3,2005 3 local news briefs Empower gets down to business with new features for 2005 Empower, the business expo hosted annually by the Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce gets underway Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, 19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This year, Empower features two new events, an Equality Conference and the Taste of Montrose, a chance to sample the area's cuisine. The Expo showcases gay, lesbian and gay-friendly businesses as well as non-profit organizations and takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Cost to attend the expo is $5. The Taste of Montrose luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Equality 101 Conference and Futures Conference take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and feature local and national speakers on a range of topics including corporate development, aging issues, political organizing, fundraising, the art of building voting power and affirming religions communities. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information is available by phone at 713-523-7576 or by e-mail at info@ghglcc.org. place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Rouge, 812 Westheimer and is free and open to the public. Community Center events include GLBT Night at Montrose Diner The Houston GLBT Community Center inaugurates a twice-monthly GLBT Night at Montrose Diner, llll Westheimer The first event is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 7), and the event is planned on the first and third Tuesday of each month thereafter. Features include door prizes and discounts. On Friday, June 10, the center hosts a special Pride edition of the monthly performance night, Featured at the Center. The event takes place at 7 p.m. the second Friday of each month and is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. The center is located at 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207. wwwhoustonglbtcommunitycenteroi^. Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) will speak at the annual Pride Social hosted by the Houston Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson among speakers at Thursday event Texas Rep Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) is among the speakers who will address the annual Pride Social hosted by the Houston Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Thursday (June 9). Also on the program are Houston City Controller Annise Parker and Sue Lovell, a candidate for Houston City Council. Thompson, a Texas legislator for more than 30 years, recently delivered an impassioned and memorable speech in support of gay marriage as the House was considering a bill that would not only prohibit same-sex marriage but would also ban civil unions. House Joint Resolution 6 passed both legislative houses and will be on the state ballot Nov 8. The Pride Social takes CORRECTION A story on Page 1 of the May 27 Houston Voice said the proposed constitutional amendment in Texas "paves the way for someone who was legally married in another state to come to Texas, file for divorce and keep all the property that was agcuired." The story should have said, "because same-sex marriages and civil unions from other states will be unconstitutional in Texas, a divorcing samesex spouse may be able to come to Texas where the relationship is not recognized and unfairly avoid all marital obligations such as community debt or spousal support, and may even be able to keep some community property to the detriment of the other spouse." The matter will go to the voters Nov. 8. Desi Del Valle is the producer of a film that will be presented by the Houston Gay and Lesbian Rim Festival. Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents lesbian film by Desi Del Valle "Desi's Looking for a New Girl," a lesbian comedy by Desi Del Valle, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. today (June 3) at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen. The film, with dialogue in Spanish, English and Spanglish, premiered at the 2000 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and has won numerous regional film awards. The plot chronicles the highs and lows of Desi's search for the perfect woman after she gets dumped by her live- in lover. Cost is $5. For more information, call 713-222-1213. From staff and wire reports local news CPS overhaul passes Senate without Talton amendment Passage of SB 6 leaves gays and lesbians free to continue as foster parents By BINNIE FISHER The Texas Legislature last week gave final approval to a bill to overhaul the state's Children's Protective Services Division after last-minute negotiations stripped out an amendment that would have prevented gays and lesbians from serving as foster parents. The amendment, tacked onto the legislation in the House by Texas Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena), would also . have required the state agency to investigate all current foster parents and dismiss any of those who were found to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Gay rights activists hailed the last- minute passage of the bill before the legislative session ended as a victory. "The hours of talking and waiting and lobbying paid off," said Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. "The Talton amendment was cut without with any compromise." He said a number of compromises were placed on the table including one that would have allowed current gay and lesbian foster parents to remain but When Senate Bill 6 was debated in the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Tatton (R- Pasadena) tacked on an amendment that would have prevented gays and lesbians from serving as foster parents. eliminate future gay and lesbian applicants from becoming foster parents. Among those opposed to the Talton amendment was Sen. Jane Nelson (R- Lewisville), the original" author of Senate Bill 6. Nelson argued that the amendment would not only cost the state millions of dollars, but it would displace hundreds, perhaps thousands of children at a time when foster homes are at a premium. She also said the amendment would have left the legislation open to being overturned by the courts. The Senate gave final approval to the Texas Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville) authored Senate Bill 6 to overhaul the state's foster care system, and she made it clear that she opposed the Talton Amendment that would have prevented gays and lesbians from being foster parents. bill last Friday Ellis said he worries that the measure will come up again in the next legislative session. "The point I make is that I'm already worried about 2007 on this issue," he said. "We'll have to fight it even harder next time, because it will be back, and it will have momentum." Before then, Ellis said, he hopes to have a statewide effort in place to lobby not only legislators but also the public. He said he hopes gays and lesbians come forward and offer their help. "They need to help put a face on this issue," he said. "We need resources, whether it's funding or whether its spokespersons." In addition working to derail another bill that would ban gay and lesbian foster parents, Ellis said, supporters of gay rights need to be actively campaigning against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and limit civil unions. "We need marriage rights, whether it's civil unions that eventually become marriage, we need to get them." he said. The 79th Legislative Session that ended in May gave gay activists a clear view of their friends as well as those who could be cultivated. Ellis noted. He pointed out that there were legislators who took a clear stand in favor of same-sex marriage. "Some legislators have to view the landscape before making an active movement," he said. Nelson could not be reached for comment regarding passage of the bill, but her staff indicated that she is happy with the outcome. ft MORE INFO Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas www.lgrl.org
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