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Houston Voice, April 29, 2005 - File 012. 2005-04-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3005/show/2991.

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Title Houston Voice, April 29, 2005
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 29, 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 APRIL 29, 2005 11 viewpoint mickey weems Why we should refuse to serve LOOKS LIKE WE GAY FOLKS MIGHT be allowed the privilege of fighting for our country. Actually, the government has no choice. The Pentagon is running out of options. Recruitment is catastrophically down. A fifth of our soldiers aren't even American citizens. We've been reduced to importing them. Suddenly, sex panic in the barracks showers doesn't seem like that big of a deal when faced with the prospect of an American military that's increasingly non-American. But don't expect the announcement of our recruitment to be contrite, apologetic, or in any way equalizing. I would not be surprised if it were put in terms of our irresponsibility. Be ready for the politics of blame: Why should homosexuals be allowed to shirk their patriotic duty just because they are perverts? As usual, it will be our fault. This will not, of course, lead to a big jump in lesbian enlistment. As with team sports, Americans expect that most women in the military are lesbians. "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) was aimed at men; women have been affected by it, but not to the same degree. It has not been enforced with the same rigor as with men. THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE LGBT community of veterans who oppose DADT with dogged persistence. American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) and its local subsidiaries have done an admirable job representing soldiers who cannot speak for themselves. I applaud these groups. I am a Marine brat (Parris Island '83; once a Marine, always a Marine). I have good friends currently serving in the military. I support BRAVER (the BR is for "Buckeye Region"), our local gay vet organization in Ohio, where I live. But I disagree with my BRAVER brothers and sisters on one fundamental issue. 1 do not want gay folks to be in the military First of all, our soldiers, straight or otherwise, have been treated like chattel since the Invasion of Iraq. Ask them when you see them, especially those who are not officers. They are second-class citizens, unable to speak openly about some very serious problems concerning their safety their families, their pay, and the government's refusal to honor their contracts when they expire. We already know what it is like to be second-class citizens. Why would we want to have our social inferiority compounded by joining the military? Second, it is counterintuitive to serve a country that refuses to acknowledge our intrinsic worth as human beings, that consistently undervalues us because of our sexuality. As long as there is talk of a constitutional amendment banning the recognition of our conjugal love, then the only time I see it fitting for us to "defend the Constitution" would be if our country were actually under attack. The war in Iraq, like the Vietnam War before it, does not even come close to being a national wartime emergency Like disaster relief, national emergencies should be real, not imagined or hypothetical. I WOULD REQUIRE THAT ONE condition be fulfilled before accepting any mandate allowing us to serve openly: a full apology from the president and the secretary of defense for kicking us out. I would insist that, when the draft is reinstituted, gay boys and girls be automatically exempt based upon sexual orientation. While we're at it, I want every boy and girl, regardless of sexuality, the option of exemption based on temperament. The tender-hearted and sensitive (which accounts for a plethora of nelly gay boys and finely-tuned grrrls) have no business on the battlefield. Leave the fighting for the butch of either sex. Any study of the dynamics of war leads us to the conclusion that it is shaped by heterosexual macho posturing. This is the reason we were kept out to begin with. Warfare, riots, and terrorism are straight masculine pastimes, not ours, so let straight men die while playing those games. Keep us out. A little-known fact about the so-called "Stonewall Rebellion": nobody died. And those involved in beating people up were straight, not gay Mickey Weems is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University and can be reached at mkfceyweems@yahw.c-om. letters Rep. Al Edwards should know bigotry is wrong To the Editor: As reported in Tuesday's Fort Worth Star Telegram, Rep. Al Edwards called homosexuality a "social ill" on the floor of the House. He stated, "I take offense when people associate me and my race and my culture with a social ill. I don't see how the two relate." Representative Edwards ought to be ashamed of himself. His comments are bigoted, hateful and just plain wrong. No one is comparing race with sexual orientation — they are not the same thing, but discrimination is discrimination. As an African American, Edwards should know what it feels like to hear such hurtful words. The only way to stop prejudice is to practice what you preach. Bigotry says a lot more about a bigot's own insecurities than it says about those they target. TEXAS REP. GARNET COLEMAN Houston Lesbian adoption case may not be completely over yet To the Editor After 14 months and going through every court in Texas, including the Supreme Court of Texas, the adoption of my daughter's six-year-old has been upheld. Five days of a jury trial in Galveston last week awarded her full joint custody. Kathleen Van Stavern is my daughter, and Julie Hobbs was her partner for nine years. Together they owned their home and decided to have a child together, but in February 2004 Hobbs decided it was over. Kathleen began $400 monthly child support, but in June had to file for visitation - not custody - and that was when Hobbs started the legal case to overturn the adoption. Needless to say. Kathleen and our family were overjoyed with the upholding of the adoption and getting joint custody as were many gay and adoption organizations. However, Hobbs has said, and the Houston Voice has printed, that she is considering going back to court to overturn the adoption again. She has a doctorate and a professional position, and Kathleen is a police officer. Current legal fees are still due and if it starts again. Kathleen won't be able to do it. I want the Gay community to know this and why. Theirs' was an open relationship, and everyone knew the child was the daughter of both parents and we were grandparents. How can Kathleen suddenly turn off her paternal feelings? How does one suddenly NOT be a grandparent any more? The mind cannot grasp that. How does the child comprehend that? What will the effect be on other adoptions if Kathleen can't fight this any more? Your comments and prayers will be most appreciated and comforting to me and relayed to my daughter bearing this burden. Thank you for listening to me. JANET WEINBERG Efland, N.C. janetweinbergayahoo.com What pressing issuel transgendered persons in the year 2005? JOSEPHINE TnTSWORTH, 54 Baytown Retired from IBM/Student at University of Houston Clear Lake BRANDI WILLIAMS Willis Aircraft mechanic Passing the Right to Dignity Bill currently being considered. We need to have schools, businesses and people on the same page for human rights. We need to end the tear transgendered people have of being themselves. BIU HUDSON, 47 Austin Administrative clerk, Texas Department of Public Safety The most pressing issue for transgendered people in 2005,1 feel, is trying to get people to understand exactly what "transgender" is and to show people exactly who we are. MYKALP0NTBi0,23 Peariand Student JENNIFER POOL 56 Houston Consultant - business and construction designer Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart
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