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Houston Voice, July 7, 2006 - File 005. 2006-07-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2641/show/2624.

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Title Houston Voice, July 7, 2006
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
Publisher Window Media
Date July 7, 2006
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 4 JULY 7. 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE news Houston athletes join thousands for Gay Games GAY GAMES, continued from Page 1 likely goalkeeper for the combined Houston/DaUas soccer teams. For preparation, Lopez is mainly trying to get accustomed to the heat. "For me, personaUy, the hard part is that we're playing in the afternoon," he said. A full soccer match should be 45 minute halves, at two or three o'clock. Chicago weather this time is very close to Houston weather. Some of the teams coming from the colder parts aren't going to be used to it." These three athletes will be joining more than 100 other Team Houston members in Chicago. Although they sometimes play with competitors from other states or even countries (de Bram's '96 mixed doubles partner is from France), they are Team Houston for the opening ceremonies. As an added bonus, they get to use the Team Houston pin. "Most countries and most of the people in the United States will design a pin based on the logo for either your country or your state for your uniform.' de Bram said. "When you meet someone, or even when you play against an opponent, I would ft MORE INFO Gay Games VII July 15-22 Chicago, III. www.gaygames.com Team Houston sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/GayGamesTeam Houston/ trade pins. By the end of the Games, I probably had 25 or 30 pins, and they're all colorful and say the date and the countries." Team Houston exists as a non-profit organization with two missions: to promote the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sport experiences, and to organize Team Houston for the Gay Games. Each city team varies, but typicahy the role is helping to facilitate registration, team uniforms, and team events both at home and away. Its corporate structure has been in place since the 1992 Gay Games in Vancouver, although Houston athletes have been competing in the Gay Games since its inception. Recruitment drives like this one were held all over town to get gay athletes to compete in the Gay Games. "Some of my competitors from '86 are going to be there," Marzke said. "It's nice that every four years y'all get together. I'm excited to see everyone again." The next Gay Games is set for 2010 in Cologne, Germany. Black churches preach acceptance for gays 102 congregations join inaugural 'Faithful Call' event for LGBT equality By JOSHUA IYNSEN More than 100 churches, most with predominantly black congregations, stood up last month for gays and gay rights as part of a nationwide event to bring gay worshippers into the fold. Faithful Call to Justice, held in churches and synagogues across the nation June 24 and 25, was supported by a wide variety of denominations, including Baptist. Catholic and the United Church of Christ. The event was organized by the National Black Justice Coalition. Organizers said the event's theme — that gays have "God-given rights to life, love, liberty and equal justice under the law" — reached more than 100,000 people. Rev. Michael Eric Dyson, chair of the coalition's religious advisory board, said sermons given at the 102 participating churches reflected God's love for all. "Too often, our pulpits and places of worship can transform into soapboxes for bigotry," he said. "I try to speak out against venomous characterizations of LGBT folk, especially those of color, and help them speak truth to power." Dyson said churches, especially those located in black communities, must continue to welcome and affirm gay members and visitors. "We aU need affirmation, and as black people of aU backgrounds, if we can't find Rev Rice Rollins, pastor of the Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church in Tampa, Fla., encourages his mainly gay congregation to invite heterosexuals to join them during worship services. that through religion and faith, where else should we turn?" he said. "It's time to heal, and love, and truly seek justice for all." Supporting gay rights Churches that participated in Faithful Call signed a statement supporting gays and gay rights. "As faith leaders, we acknowledge the spiritual worth of our gay lesbian, bisexual, transgender and same-gender loving brothers and sisters," the statement says. "We welcome their fellowship in worship, and we affirm their God-given rights to life, love, liberty and equal justice under the law." Churches from New York to Los Angeles were asked to demonstrate their support by delivering a sermon, or offering other messages, that affirmed gay rights. Faithful Call organizers said many of the sermons were extemporaneous, and were unable to provide any transcripts. But Rev. Rice Rollins, pastor of Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church in Tampa, Fla., said he challenged his predominantly gay congregation to be true to themselves and their neighbors. "The mainstream church community is so quick to talk about the homosexual lifestyle," he said. "It is so important that we let people know that this is not a preference, nor a lifestyle. It is who we are." RoUins also asked his congregation to seek and welcome straight worshippers, just ft MORE INFO National Black Justice Coalition 17251 St NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 202-349-3755 www.nbjcoalition.org as predominantly straight congregations should seek and welcome gay worshippers. "It's die l/ird's house," he said. "No one shr mid feel uncomfortable in the Lord's house." Mandy Carter, a coalition board member who attended a Faithful Call worship service in Charlotte, N.C, said she had "an absolutely amazing time." "On my drive back home to Durham," she said, "I remember feeling that my heart and spirit were full." Some churches opposed event But while many black churches joined in Faithful Call, others declined to participate. Rue said the NBJC invited hundreds of churches to participate. Many pastors didn't respond. Others expressed outright opposition. She said one coalition aUy advocated a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gay parishioners and was against them openly identifying themselves. Among the churches that participated. Rue said Faithful Call was well received. She said there were no indications that attendance or offerings were down at participating churches during Faithful Call weekend. II really excited a lot of people," Rue said. "It got a lot of interest. There really was a buzz out there about it."
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