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Houston Voice, June 24, 2005 - File 034. 2005-06-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3815/show/3803.

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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 5 pride Grand Marshals are doers of good deeds By DAWN R0RIE Each year, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Houstonians come together to choose Grand Marshals for the city's annual Pride Parade. Among the nominees are individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions. From dressing up and going all out for charity fundraising, to healing the emotional wounds of sexual minority teenagers and the spiritual wounds of those turned away from their churches, the 2005 Pride Parade Grand Marshals have devoted their lives to assisting those in need. FEMALE GRAND MARSHAL Deb Murphy of H.A.T.C.H. For thirteen years, Deb Murphy has been actively working with various gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups. Her reason for getting involved is direct and no nonsense. "You can bitch or you can change it—you pick," she says. Opting to be part of the change. Murphy has volunteered with Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Houston and the Houston GLBT Community Center, where she also served on the Board of Directors. Murphy is currently the Youth Service Worker with H.A.T.C.H., a project of the Montrose Counseling Center. Through H.A.T.C.H., Murphy works to "end the isolation" of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths, as well as those who are questioning their sexuality and "help them find their authentic selves." Taking her message of acceptance where it is most needed, Murphy has started a "H.A.T.C.H. in the Schools" program. Murphy is also supervising the Methamphetamine Addiction Prevention Project (MAPP), a street outreach program seeking to educate young adults about the dangers of methamphetamines. Murphy says she is honored to be chosen as this year's Female Grand Marshal. "I really didn't think 1 was going to be elected, considering some of the other people on the ballot," she says. "I was just thrilled to be nominated." MALE GRAND MARSHAL Weldon Hickey of Miss Camp and Krewe of Olympus Weldon Hickey claims that he works behind the scenes of most of the organizations with which he is involved, but anyone who saw him strutting his stuff as Sally Jesse Helms Leiberman Gore (Miss Hawaii) in the 2004 Miss Camp America Show would argue otherwise. He became involved with Miss Camp America after he and his partner of twenty-eight years moved to Houston in 1991. The foundation, which started out as a spoof of the Miss America Pageant, is now a major production which raises Members of the Bayou City Boys Club posed for a photo after the group was named organizational Grand Marshal for the 2005 Pride Parade. money for a variety of non-profit organizations serving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. Hickey is a volunteer and former president of the Krewe of Olympus, a group that presents Mardi Gras-themed theatrical events to raise money for community organizations. To Hickey, the Krewe feels more like a family than an organization. "A lot of the younger ones there call me 'Mom,' because I am the mother hen," he says. Because of his partner's love of cars, the two are involved with the Classic Chassis Car Club, a predominantly gay and lesbian group of classic car enthusiasts. "It was a very big honor to be nominated (as Grand Marshal) to start with. To actually win the title—I was floored. I was up against some very stiff competition." Hickey says. HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL Dennis and Evelyn Schave For fifteen years, Dennis and Evelyn Schave have been providing spiritual support to gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. The Shaves' support of sexual minorities has been steadfast even when they faced rejection from their own friends and family members. "We feel that our heart is really with (gays and lesbians)," says Evelyn. As licensed counselors at Community Gospel Life Counseling Center, the Schaves have spent the past two years providing Christian counseling to individuals and same-sex couples who may have been turned away from other churches. "Many gays are asked to leave churches that they have been involved with for years," explains Evelyn. "We just feel the need to bring healing to them and let them know that God loves them for who they are and what they are." The Shaves are pleased at having been chosen as Honorary Grand Marshal for this year's Pride Parade. "We just really feel honored that they would choose us," Evelyn says. ORGANIZATION GRAND MARSHAL The Bayou City Boys Club According to spokesperson Michael Collins, the Bayou City Boys Club, which puts on a variety of events to raise money Twenty seven years of Houston Pride Past Grand Marshals of the Houston Pride Parade have included bar owners, drag queens, political activists and heterosexuals who supported the gay and lesbian community. Grand Marshals from years past reigned over the 2003 Pride Parade. In 2004, Pride Houston began a new tradition of naming not only a male and female Grand Marshal, but also honorary and organizational Grand Marshals. 2004 Jerry W. Simoneaux and Sonna Alton, male and female Grand Marshals; Jim and Sue Null, honorary Grand Marshals: and the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, organizational Grand Marshal. 2003 All past Grand Marshals 2002 Rusty Mueller & Mela Conteras 2001 Dalia Stokes & Mitchell Katine 2000 Richard Weiderfiolt & Tori Williams 1999 Nancy Ford & Sean Carter 1998 Bob Bouton & Jackie Doval 1997 Deborah Bell & Jimmy Carper 1996 Bill Havard & Jeanette Vaughn 1995 Suzanne Anderson & Don Gill 1994 Jay Allen & Cicely Wynne 1993 Carolyn Mobley & Brian Bradley 1992 Brian Keever & Sheri Cohen Darbonne 1991 Linda Morales & Jack Jackson & Gene Harrington 1990 Walter Carter & Annise Parker 1989 Bettie Naylor & Charles Armstrong 1988 Bruce Cook & Eleanor Munger 1987 Persons Living With AIDS 1986 Tony Bicocchi & Dee Lamb 1985 Freda Jerrell & Terry Clark 1984 Rick Grossman & Pokey Anderson 1983 Marion Pantzer & Walter Stricklar 1982 Andy Mills & Marion Coleman 1981 Rita Wanstrom & Ray Hill 1980 Jim Farmer & Ruth Ravas 1979 Thelma Hansel 1978 No Parade that year. for HIV/AIDS charities, is "a small part of the effort to make the lives of HTV/AIDS- afflicted people easier." From a jungle-themed dance party to its annual Gospel Brunch, BCBC appeals to a broad cross-section of gay Houston in order to raise funds for providers of HIV/AIDS public education, patient care, and research. The group has raised more than $605,000 for local HIV/AIDS charities in the past dozen years, including Bering Omega Community Services and AIDS Foundation Houston. According to Collins, BCBC is thrilled to be selected as Organization Grand Marshal. "We consider it a great honor to be chosen by the community" he says. "We felt like we were being chosen for all the hard work that the volunteers have done for the past twelve years."
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