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Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000
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Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000 - File 017. 2000-01-21. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1081/show/1068.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 21, 2000
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 16 OUT ON THE BAYOU JANUARY 21, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Out In Print BOOK NEWS Unremarkable people making remarkable change by D.L. GROOVER The inspiration and hopefulness which comes from the true stories in Dan Woog's FRIENDS & FAMILY make this book an ideal read, or gift, any rime of the year. From the author of "Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes" and "School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America's Schools," this book is a compilation of 35 essays and profiles of unremarkable people who have accomplished some pretty remarkable changes in their lives, schools, churches, synagogues, legislatures and communities with their constant battles for us. Woog won't win any literary prizes for the quality of his writing which teeters between unremarkable and overblown. You certainly won't curl up with this book's language as you might with a fine wordsmith like Vidal or Buckley, but at least the prose won't put you to sleep because the people and their stories are so inspiring. Woog has chosen his subjects well, with a good editor's inclusiveness and insight, just like us, heterosexuals are everywhere and cover a wide territory of age, race, social status, profession and smarts. There is a farming couple in Waterville, Iowa, jean and George Huffey, whose loving acceptance of their two gay children and their church's intolerance has spurred them into an activism unheard of in such a rural commu- The prose won't put you to sleep because the people and their stories are so inspiring. nity. They've resigned from the family church that George's great-great-grandfather founded, they speak out forcefully for acceptance to numerous Iowa groups inside and outside church affiliations, and they lend their open- hearted down-home sensibility to gay youths who just need to talk. "Nothing is more important than your kids," says Jean Or Karen and Bob Gross, who* had to deal with their daughter's transition from Jennifer to Jeff and thereby started Cleveland's first transgender support group. They also pressured PFLAG into becoming more inclusive. Even those leading the vanguard still learn day by day. "It gets very confusing," says Bob. "That's why we're trying to educate everyone, gay and straight." "No child is doing this to hurt you," explains Karen. "You have to understand that it's not a choice, unless the choice is between A«^€ ifc- u "Fun"-The Advocate Cool Siter-Yahoo "Best online matchmaker - HX Magazine Service The Internets Funnest y £*•». •ndEd.inacfl wina www.edwina.com being happy or dying." There's also a story of a North Carolina grandmother, a friend of Jesse Helms, no less, who, with other mothers and grandmothers who had lost family members to AIDS, decided she "just wasn't going to accept" the prejudice against gays, or Helms' bigotry. She formed Mothers Against Jesse In Congress. As we know, their group, struggling uphill every day, didn't succeed in his ouster, but they're gearing up for future battles and continue to speak up for us all. One of my favorite stories is that of Steven Cozza from Petaluma, Calif. In two years since he began his public campaign, he has become one of the most prominent advocates for overturning the anti-gay policy of the Boy Scouts. He's also 14 years old. Staunch, righteous, a firm believer in moral rectitude like the Eagle Scout he is, Cozza nevertheless believes that a Boy Scout should not discriminate. "How can the Boy Scouts of America say that gay people don't have family values?" he asks. "I'm just doing what I can to change them." So he speaks out for inclusiveness as he tries to gather one million signatures on his petition. He has started a web-site, garnered awards from diverse institutions like the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Police Department and has had to endure "mean words" hurled at him. But he keeps on speaking out. And he's not gay. "I'm not, but it doesn't really matter," he says. With all these sterling examples of profiles in straight courage compiled by Woog, it's a tease for a new year that could indeed be full of good tidings to all. They can only help. Friends & Family by Dan Woog Consortium, 256 pages, 113.95 What your neighbors are reading . . . 1 Men on Men 2000 ed. by David Bergman, $12.95 2 Whole Lesbian Sex Book by Felice Newman, $21.95 3 Cybersocket 2000 by Gaynet Directories, $9.95 4 The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, $13 5 Don't Get Me Started by Kate Clinton, $14 6 Way to Go, Smith by Bob Smith, $24 7 Welcome to World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg, $7.50 8 Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up by Andrew Tobias, $12 9 Outfoxed by Rita Mae Brown, $24 10 The Hours by Michael Cunningham, $13 Crossroads Market B O O KSTORE & CAM 1111 Westheimer 713-942-0147 1 Legends—Men of Falcon Bruno Gmunder, $42.95 2 Best of the Superstars 2000 edited by John Patrick, $11.95 3 Steven Underhill—Jeff by Bruno Gmunder, $17.95 4 The Book of Lies by Felice Picano, $24.95 5 Sensual Men by Bruno Gmunder, $29.95 6 Cybersocket 2000 by Gaynet Directories, $9.95 7 Tea by Starry irLrjsmo, $21.45 8 Out of the Shadows by Sue Mini's, $6.99 9 Outfoxed by Rita Mae Brown, $24 10 No Place Like Home by Christopher Carrington, $27.50 LOBO . 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