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Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000
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Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000 - File 022. 2000-01-21. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1081/show/1073.

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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
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript JANUARY 21, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE community PFLAG to launch metro-wide awareness campaign COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCCASIONS • CLASSIFIEDS • CARMART BUSINESS DIRECTORY • MY STARS by ROBERT B. HENDERSON I [ate hurts. Safe schools. Unconditional bve. Those catch-phrases will be captured in large letters on billboards across metro I louston as part of a year-long, $100,000 publicity campaign by PFLAG's Houston chapter, officials announced this week. The three signs will rotate in high-visibility areas starting in mid-March with the short phrases so motorists can read the signs as they pass. "It all depends on location, because we're looking for locations where people can see them. We're looking for major freeway locations, anything where there is a lot of commuter traffic. The signs will be on vinyl so they may be moved to other areas/' said Cindi Murphy, FLAG-I louston's vice president. The new campaign mirrors a similar effort in 1996, which garnered the local group national recognition. Several PFLAG chapters across the country borrowed those signs to use in their own campaigns, Murphy said. That campaign also inspired the Bergen County, N.J. chapter of PFLAG to undertake its $40,000, month-long effort with two billboards, The group started raising money a year ago; the billboards went up earlier this month, according to the (I lackensack) Record, "Our goal is to plant a seed, to raise some consciousness, to start a discussion," said Lillian Epstein, who founded the Bergen County chapter after realizing how much support families of lesbians and gays need if they're going to get past questioning and blaming themselves, and move on to accepting their children. "Even if we get some angry letters, af least we'll have started a public dialogue," said Epstein, whose daughter is lesbian. "People need to realize that gay people aren't some little fringe group. They're al! around us, they're normal, and it's no big deal." The 12-by-48-foot billboards will cost nearly $20,000 per month to rent, Epstein told the newspaper. Although local PFLAG members have spoken in schools and participated in marches, (he billboard campaign is the chapter's first large-scale advocacy project. I'll.AG-Houston recently signed a contract with an outdoor advertising firm to begin the campaign, though the group is still raising funds, Murphy said. "Our plan is to have these billboards up for a year to get visibility for PFLAG, so people know about us," Murphy said. "The [gay and lesbian] community was overwhelmingly supportive and generous in 1996." The group has solicited donations from contributors to the 1996 effort, and are making presentations to local organizations PFLAG-Houston will unveil a year-long, $100,000 billboard campaign in March to raise awareness of the group. SAFE SCHOOLS Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays <&J 713-807-7878 www.pflaghouston.org Unconditional Love Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 713-807-7878 tvww.pfUghouston.org HATE HURTS PFLAG HOUSTON Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 713-807-7878 www.pflaghouston.org about the billboard campaign to raise funds, Murphy said. Organizers hope the campaign raises the group's profile and lets others know that it's a primarily heterosexual group serving the gay community, Murphv said. "It is also a place where parents can come for help. If they don't need help, PFLAG needs them to help us with advocacy. It's a place for sexual minorities to get help to be able to come out' to their Family and friends. We can help them with that," she said. PFLAG 2700 Albany, Suite 304 Houston, Texas 77006 713-807-7878 www.pf laghouston .org
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