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Houston Voice, May 26, 2006 - File 011. 2006-05-26. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3769/show/3758.

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Title Houston Voice, May 26, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ford, Nancy
Publisher Window Media
Date May 26, 2006
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 10 MAY 26, 2006 r www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE etters In defense of the Human Rights Campaign To the Editors: Re "Howard Dean's gay lapdogs," (editorial by Chris Crain, May 19): OK, we get it. Chris Crain hates the Human Rights Campaign — and apparently anything Democratic. Whether it's his regular editorializing about his belief that the HRC is entirely beholden to the Democratic Party or some other progressive groups, or in the not-so- subtle slant of any news story about the HRC or other gay rights organizations, his bias is clear. The latest screed assumes facts not in evidence, but that doesn't stop the bile. Yes, it would be marvelous to have a civilized debate about same-sex marriage — where "our side" could lay out all the benefits and advantages to society Every time civil rights (including marriage rights) are put forward to an open-minded audience, we win. That's why the ranks companies with perfect scores on the HRC Corporate Equality Index continue to grow. It's also why, for the most part, we win in court. Unfortunately, that's not the environment in this Congress — the anti-gay forces won't agree to that kind of discussion — and Crain knows this. Will the HRC tactical plan for this particular assault be effective? We will see after the vote. MIKE CRAIG Houston, Texas HRC refuses to fight for marriage equality To the Editors: Re "Howard Dean's lapdogs" (editorial by Chris Crain, May 19): ■■HUL tm*.^_\ T-irf^f^Siy°~ f3 jcnieT liMeC w e-mail: FrfiforiafCorfoo MA is* -^PlS-*-*^ flu **«. «"TS8fe« i«o t> t, „ §r^mm_\__t__\ 41 \iiW\ ^\v\ i— 1 \!^»—fit mm "THE WAY J SEE It, OUR. CELEBRATION OF GAY PRIDE PROVIDES AN/AUMBLE NATIONAL 5ERV1CE. FOR ONE MONTH EVERY YEAR, WE LORE THESE IDIOTS AWAY FROM MILITARY FUNERALS." We couldn't agree more! In 2003 and 2004, we rode our bicycles across America to advocate for equal marriage rights. Before the rides, we contacted the Human Rights Campaign to ask if they would let their local connections know we were coming and help get the word out. They refused our request and responded that we would be hurting "the cause" by fighting for marriage equality. Now we tell everyone we meet to donate their money to their local GLBT organizations and not to HRC, which seems more interested in promoting themselves than equal marriage rights. CARRIE & EL1SIA ROSS-STONE Wallace, West Va. Boycott Caribbean over violent homophobia To the Editors: Re "Deja bashed all over again" (editorial by Chris Crain, April 28): The beatings of Dick Jefferson and Ryan Smith are not unusual dady occurrences in the Caribbean. I have urged everyone, gay or straight from vacationing or doing business in the Caribbean and to boycott all of the islands, particularly Jamaica. Domenica, Grenada as well as all the windward and leeward islands To say or be openly gay in the Caribbean is to guarantee that you might well not wake up the next day. You do not have to be gay; if someone thinks you are, then you are subject to being murdered. The violence will stop when the world pressures these islands to crack down on barbaric homophobes and the clergy who incite them to murder and violence. As a Dutch territory. Saint Maartens would be a very nice place for gay couples to marry if it were not for this ugly homophobic situation. WILLIAM ROWLAND Greenville, S.C. Oems blame victim, just like batterers To the Editors: Since 1979, when our community made five simple demands at the first national gay march on Washington, not one of those demands has been met. It has not mattered whether Democrats or Republicans have been in charge. As a Democrat and contributor to Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, I was rewarded by his decision to sign the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," two of the most anti-gay bills to ever come out of Washington. We are politically battered, by both Republicans and Democrats. And the national Democratic Party, by trying to guilt us into thinking we (and not they) are responsible for whether they win elections is the classic syndrome of a batterer. It's called "blame the victim." Why do we take it? Howard Dean was embarrassed when he signed the civil union bill in Vermont. Who elevated him to gay icon? How dare he fire Donald Hitchcock, the party's gay outreach director, because his partner Paul Yandura accused Dean of not protecting gays? We need to stop this blind and destructive alliance to the Democratic Party. ROBIN TYLER Los Angeles Edttors' note: The letter writer organized the first national gay march on Washington in 1979. When you shop or need a professional service, do you usually choose a 'gay' business? If available, I always do. However, we need more businesses owned by GLBT or GLBT-friendly people. The GLBT community has money to spend, and we just wanted to be treated fairly without prejudice. CARU HAYES, 35 Customer service Most definitely, if available. The business owners tend to treat anyone who walks in equally, unlike other owners or staff in straight businesses who sometimes automatically judge the amount of money a person will spend, according to their appearance. KEU.Y LUTHER. 34 Claims adjuster Usually, unless 1 need a services that isn't offered in the Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages. BRANDY REDING, 30 Student I try not to discriminate, whether gay or straight We have to sup port the human race. ERICEVAR0.33 Account facilitator Yes, my experience has shown me that GLBT businesses have excellent quality of service. I also think it's important for GLBT businesses to succeed and be a positive presence for our non-GLBT community. CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT, 33 Laser technician manager Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart
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