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Houston Voice, August 27, 2004 - File 022. 2004-08-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1919/show/1911.

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Title Houston Voice, August 27, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date August 27, 2004
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 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com AUGUST 27, 2004 21 I local cover story Gonzales: cross dressing 'didn't bother me' GONZALES, continued from Page 1 that I figured I could live with that." By the time the couple married on Oct. 31, 1998 in Las Vegas, James H. Murphy had officially changed his name to Linda Gail Carter, and that is the name recorded on the marriage license. Gonzales said Murphy told her at the time that he wanted a woman's name even though he didn't plan to live as a woman. It isn't often that divorce proceedings receive citywide media coverage, but the divorce of Constance Gonzales and Linda Gail Carter proved to be a story that garnered Houston's full court press. Carter sought to have the marriage dissolved on the basis that two women could not legally marry in Nevada, where the marriage took place, or in the state of Texas, where the two lived. Dissolution of the marriage would have returned the property the two held to Carter. Carter claimed to have undergone hormone therapy in preparation for a sex change operation that was put on hold because of heart trouble. In the end, 310th District Judge Lisa Millard ruled in July that Linda Gail Carter was biologically and legally a man, and she granted the couple a divorce. The judge awarded 65 percent of the property to Gonzales and 35 percent to Carter. Gonzales refers to Carter as "Jim," someone whom she said, aside from having an affinity for women's clothes, was a man in their marriage and a generous and loving stepfather and grandfather. In 1995, Gonzales went to work for James H. Murphy at his wedding chapel business in Galveston. He was in Houston on business part of the week, and he needed someone to run the chapel and to look in on his parents from time to time, she said. "Jim was so laid back, so even tempered," she said "It was like fresh air to go down there. I decided I liked this environment." In July 1996, Gonzales said, she leaned on a second-story railing while watering plants at Murphy's house in Galveston, and the railing gave way. Her injuries were severe enough to put her in the hospital for four months. When she was allowed to go home, doctors said she would need to be in traction for months and to have 24-hour nursing care. Murphy arranged for the equipment and nursing care and took her to his house. "I was totally dependent on him," she said. "He cooked my meals. He was there for me. I cannot deny that. It's very hard not have a love for someone like that." When she was up and around after several months, Gonzales said, "We were a couple. That was it." The couple bought property together, including a funeral home in Houston. Gonzales said Murphy encouraged her children, Trey Gonazles and Carly Bernhardt, to become licensed funeral directors. When Murphy became ill with heart trouble, Gonzales said, operation of the business fell more and more to her children. He moved to Nacogdoches to convalesce and go into the gaming business with a female friend. On Aug. 19, 2003, Gonzales was served with divorce papers that read: "A suit to declare void the purported marriage of Linda Gail Carter and Constance D. Gonzales Carter." Carter dressed as a woman in court On the first day in court, Gonzales said, "He [Carter] was dressed as a woman." Gonzales said Carter's appearance surprised her, since he rarely wore women's clothes when the two were together and never wore them around her children. After a few months, she said, Carter began coming to court dressed as a man. In court documents, Carter accused Gonzales and her children of conspiring to take away the business by changing the name of the funeral home and siphoning money into a bank account set up under the new name. But, Gonzales said, the name of the business was changed to protect its assets. Among files of well-organized documents related to the divorce, she pulls out copies of checks totaling more than $260,000 from her own account that wrote to the businesses she and Carter owned or were buying. "My whole retirement money is here," Gonzales said. The business holdings are now in receivership, and Gonzales said, the assets will be sold to divide the property Carter is to pay all attorney's fees, court costs and receivership fees. Gonzales and her children will continue to operate the funeral home until property is sold. Although the divorce was often contentious, with police summoned to the funeral home, phone lines at the business diverted and accusations hurled, Gonzales doesn't to speak ill of Carter. "He was the man 1 thought I was going to live with through my dying days," she said. KOLBE Project CALENDAR A FratKtSCan Thursday, September 2 Spiritual Outreach PoHuck 7pm , PWA Coalition, speaker Friday, Aug 27 Moyie Nigh. 7pm Monday S.p..n-b«-6 As Good As !.G«-. l°bor,Day, Offering Peace & [•^conciliation to the Alienated 1030 Heights Bhd Houston, DC 77008 ph. 713.861.1800 Monday, Aug 30 Eucharist 7:30pm Fnda* **T*?* 10 Movie Night 7pm Mystic River Grammy and Dove Award Winning Singer rynthuz Ckwso/z "The most awesome voice in gospel music!" — BILLBOARD MAGAZINE "Let me stand beside the oppressed, broken, disenfranchised and the outcast, because that's where i think jesus lives." — cynthia clawson Sunday, Sept. l 2TH, 2004 — 6:30 PM Bering Memorial United Methodist Church 1440 harold at mulberry • www.beringumc.org tickets $30, $25 and $15 at boxofficetickets.com AND 1-800-494-TIXS (8797) BENEFITING THE BERING SUPPORT NETWORK AND OTHER MINISTRIES OF BERING MEMORIAL UMC ACCOMMODATIONS PROVIDED BY HOTEL ICON PIANO BY THE PIANO STORE
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