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Houston Voice, June 24, 2005 - File 004. 2005-06-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3815/show/3773.

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Title Houston Voice, June 24, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 24, 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 JUNE 24.2005 3 local news briefs Another appeal is expected in lesbian adoption case The attorney for Kathleen Van Stavern, who was awarded joint custody of her former partner's biological daughter in April, said she has been notified that there will be yet another appeal in the case. Van Stavern and Julie Ann Hobbs were partners in 1998 when Hobbs gave birth to a daughter through artificial insemination. In 2001, Van Stavern adopted the child. The couple split up in March of 2004, and Van Stavern sought joint custody. Hobbs fought the petition on the grounds that the adoption was not legal at the time because only spouses of biological parents were eligible to adopt. Those restrictions have since been eased. Hobbs has appealed the rulings of several different judges. The case finally went to trial in April, and after five days of testimony, a jury awarded joint custody to Van Stavern. Shannon T Kathleen Van Stavern, who won Warren, attorney for Van Stavern, said she has only joint custody of her former partner's been notified of an appeal and has not yet been daughter in April, will be back in informed of specific points of the case. court again for another appeal. A million Web site hits for Houston Pride As of late Wednesday, the Pride Houston Web site had received 1.2 million hits for the month of June. "It just blows me away," said Pride Houston President Nick Brines. "We're averaging about 110,000 hits a day." He predicts a successful Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday. Free HIV tests offered for National HIV Testing Day The African-American State of Emergency Task Force, Houston Department of Health and Human Services and OraSure Technologies, Inc. will offer free HTV tests at several locations in Houston Friday, June 24, to observe National HIV Testing Day For a list of testing sites, call 713-794-9169. From staff and wire reports obituaries A memorial service is planned Sunday for former Houstonian Michael Springer. Service for Michael Springer set for this Sunday in Houston A memorial service for Michael Springer, who at one time headed up the Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group, is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday at Covenant Church/4949 Caroline. Springer, 55, died May 6 in Dallas. A reception will follow the service. Helen Lois Alexander Cassidy advocated equality for all Helen Lois Alexander Cassidy, 65, an attorney and activist, died June 11. Cassidy received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and became board certified in appellate law. She served as chair of both the Appellate Practice Section and the Criminal Law Section of the Houston Bar Association as well as chair of the Appellate Section of the Start Bar of Texas. She worked as staff counsel for inmates at the Texas Department of Corrections, as a hearing examiner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was named Chief Staff Attorney for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. After 15 years at the Court of Appeals, she entered private practice. Cassidy was a Democratic precinct chair, the first chair of the Texas Women's Political Caucus and a national board member for the National Organization for Women. She marched for civil rights in the 1960s, for women's rights in the '70s and gay rights in the '80s. A memorial service is planned at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Ballroom, 7X5 Franklin St. A balloon release will mark The passing of Margie Armstrong Margery Stewart Armstrong, 54, who managed several successful flower shops and worked for Randall's in Houston and Galveston, died June 16. A native of Lancaster, England, Armstrong was also a poet and a dancer. A balloon release is planned in her memory at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mary's, 1022 Westheimer. In lieu of flowers, her survivors ask that those who knew her undertake an act of kindness toward a stranger. regional news Ellis resigns as head of state's gay lobby group Political figures and gay activists say Ellis made a significant contribution By BINNIE FISHER Randall Ellis has resigned as executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), just as a special legislative session begins in Austin. Ellis announced his resignation on June 17, two and a half years into what turned out to be a productive period for L-GRL. In a press release, LGRL said, "The organization has seen substantial growth and maturation under Ellis' leadership." Ellis told the Voice this week that he needs a break and is planning to take time off before accepting another position. "I am going to take a few weeks break," he said. "The first thing I plan to do is plant and keep my lawn alive this summer. Next, I am going to finish working on my thesis for my master's in public health as I contemplate my next move." Ellis said there are a couple of possibilities on the horizon that may be of interest. "I already have a few projects lined up to make sure we continue to elect progressive candidates at the local, state, and federal levels," he said. "My time at LGRL has been an incredible experience." LGRL Board Co-Chair Jill Ireland acknowledged that Ellis' contributions have been many. "Over the last two and a half years Randall has accomplished many things for LGRL, both legislatively and operationally," Ireland said. "He and his staff have taken our organization to a new level, and we are extremely grateful for his hard work and dedication. We wish Randall the best and we look forward to watching his continued success." Ellis came to his job at LGRL after having served as an aide to Rep. Garnett Coleman (D-Houston). Coleman was among a contingent of legislators who say they will miss Ellis. "Randall has an incredible work ethic," Coleman said. "Whether working on issues of public health, social justice, or LGBT equality, he has risen to all the challenges put before him. I look forward to continuing to work with Randall in his future endeavors." Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) praised the work Ellis did on the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. "Randall demonstrated outstanding leadership on the marriage amendment," she said. "The strategy that he developed helped us change the hearts and minds of lawmakers." Randall Ellis has stepped down as executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. The amendment garnered the required two-thirds majority it needed in the House and Senate and will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 8. "Although the amendment passed, we were able to educate many of my colleagues in the Texas Legislature, and we took a giant leap forward on marriage equality for LGBT Texans." Farrar said. "His work has laid the foundation for a strong campaign." Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) said although Ellis never seemed to give up when lobbying for equal rights, he spread a calming influence over the legislators with whom he worked. "The past two sessions have been extremely difficult for LGBT Texans," Villarreal said. "I could always turn to Randall to develop a calm and thoughtful response to the relentless attacks from the far-right. He will be missed." Activists in Houston expressed similar sentiments. Sue Lovell. who is a candidate for Houston City Council, agrees that Ellis' leaving creates a void in leadership at the state level. "Every GLBT person in the state of Texas owes a debt of gratitude to Randall Ellis," she said. "It's a big loss in leadership. I personally want to thank him and wish him the best in the future." Tammi Wallace, president of the newly formed Houston Equal Rights Alliance (HERA), worked closely with Ellis qn Houston's Equality Knocks voter identification drive. "It's amazing what LGRL and Randall were able to do in this last legislative session," she said. "We wish him the best of luck on his next step."
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