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Houston Voice, June 17, 2005 - File 004. 2005-06-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1111/show/1085.

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Title Houston Voice, June 17, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 17, 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 I local briefs Resurrection MCC honors Rev. Carolyn Mobley Rev. Carolyn Mobley, associate pastor of Resurrection Metropolitan Church, will be honored June 24 at the church's Casino Night Fundraiser. Mobley served as youth director at Shiloah Baptist Church in Orlanda, Fla. and as interim chaplan for the Women's Pre-Release Center and deacon at the MCC in Atlanta, Ga. before moving to Houston. Casino night runs from 7 p.m. to Midnight at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel. 3000 N. Loop West, and features a silent auction as well as casino games. For more information, contact the church at 713-861-9149. New state-wide coalition forms to fight marriage amendment Steering committee members from Human Rights Campaign chapters around the state met recently in Austin to strategize about ways to fight the upcoming ballot referendum on marriage. Matt Burrus, a steering committee member from Houston, said the idea is to pull together individuals and organizations from around the state in an organized effort to fight the amendment. "We mainly discussed strategy for what we can do to fight this marriage amendment." he said. Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), also attended the meeting. "LGRL presented the initial outline of a strategy," Burrus said. The meeting was attended by about 30 leaders from around the state, and Burrus said that was more than expected. The next step, he said, is for HRC and LGRL to lead the effort to create a third party organization that will organize groups around the state in a united effort. He said a paid director will be hired in the next week or two to coordinate the effort. Much of the discussion at the meeting centered on the fact that since Texas already has a Defense of Marriage Law. marriage can't be expected to become a reality for gays and lesbians in Texas anytime soon. "We're just arguing that you shouldn't write discrimination into the constitution," he said. He added that gays and lesbians in Texas will be hearing more about the group as the Nov. 8 election nears. When that day does roll around, Burrus said, "We're going to be much stronger and have a coordinated effort." Center for AIDS will conduct a training for AIDS service providers The Center for AIDs Information and Advocacy project presents a training for service providers entitled, "A New Definition of AIDS Trends in Survival and Mortajify Service Provider Training. The training takes place from 10 a.m. to Noon June 28 at the center, 1407 Hawthorne. More information is available by calling Bernie Vazquez at 713-527 8219 From staff and wire reports JUNE 17,2005 3 local news New organization will fight for gay and lesbian civil rights The Houston Equal Rights Alliance grew out of the Equality Knocks project By DAWN R0RIE Members of the voter identification project t previously known as Equality Knocks-Houston are announcing the launchlaunching of the Houston Equal Rights Alliance (HERA), a new civil rights organization dedicated to achieving full equality for all people. Catapulting off of the hard work and success of Equality Knocks-Houston, HERA's mission is to create an alliance of individuals and organizations that are committed to promoting equality and respect for all people. In addition to alliance building, HERA will focus on educating the public on GLBT civil rights issues, community mobilization, and advocacy. By reaching out to gay civil rights groups as well as their straight allies, the organizers say HERA will leverage the strengths of many organizations in order to build a sustainable strategy to fight discrimination and anti-equality legislation. Alliance partners include Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, the Houston GLBT Community Center, and the Foundation for Marriage Equality "HERA is not an organization that is simply focused on serving its own purpose. HERA is, in and of itself, an alliance organization," says HERA president Tammi Wallace. She says she believes that tremendous strength lies in the unification of like- minded organizations. Collectively, we are stronger than our individual efforts." she says. In the coming months, HERA is gearing up to fight the anti gay marriage amendment that will face voters at the polls this November. Volunteers with the group will conduct a variety of actions including block walks. HERA will be talking with voters face- to-face in order to educate them about the effect that thisthe amendment couldwill ft MORE INFO HERA Launch Party 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Meteor 2306 Genessee 713-522-HERA wwwhoustonhera.org Activist Tammi Wallace is one of the organizers of a the Houston Equal Rights Alliance (HERA), a new civil rights organization. Photo by Dalton DeHart. have, not only on gay couples and their families, but on heterosexuals, as well. If passed, the proposed amendment would go beyond banning same-sex marriage, and could also jeopardizieng a variety of legal contracts between unmarried parties, gay and straight. HERA is also working with alliance partners to plan a town hall meeting for the month of July. "The purpose of the town hall will be to educate Houstonians about the impact the amendment will have on Texas families and how individuals can get involved with the effort to defeat this measure." says HERA vice president April Ayers. Voter identification, the central objective of Equality Knocks, will continue to be a key focus for HERA. Members of the group are currently distributing pledge cards that will enable voters to identify themselves to their legislators as being supportive of equal rights for all Texans. According to Wallace, identifying voters who will support equality will allow thegays GLBT community and their allies to "mobilize and organize, because we do have political strength, and we need to be recognized. This is a long term goal that extends long beyond th" amendment vote in November." Through voter identification efforts. HERA and its alliance partners have gathered a database of over more than 45,000 voters who are supportive of their mission for equality. By Through mobilizingation of these supporters and various organizations throughout the community, HERA intends to hold legislators accountable for their actions while in office. Martha Wong, whose District 134 covers half of the heavily gay Montrose, is cited as a legislator who has repeatedly supported anti-equality legislation. To say the least, Martha Wong's actions have been inconsistent with the views and values of the majority of her constituents, both straight and gay. We believe that this, in and of itself, jeopardizes her potential for reelection," says Wallace. Wong, however, did vote against a measure that would have prevented gays and lesbians from being foster parents, and she abstained from voting for the proposed constitutional amendment because it also bans civil unions, which she has said she favors. Volunteers for HERA will be out in force at Houston's 2005 Pride celebra- tionn They will be manningThere will be a a booth at the Pride Festival, and organizers will walk as well as walking the parade route, meeting and talking with individuals one-on-one and distributing pledge cards. We are looking for volunteers to come and be part of the HERA team for th? Pride celebration " m .o -y-. t This is a great chance to get out and meet other people in the community while supporting the fight for equal rights." HERA's official launch party willis at 6:30 p.m. be held on Tuesday. June 21 at Meteor, 2306 Genessee. at 6:30 p.m. The event will include hors (Toeuvres, a cash bar. music, and a chance to meet the people behind the organization. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.houstonera org or call 713-522- HERA (4372).
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