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Houston Voice, April 8, 2005 - File 004. 2005-04-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4133/show/4111.

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Title Houston Voice, April 8, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 8, 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 8,2005 3 local news briefs Auctioneer Renee Jones Introligator, Master of Ceremonies and Channel 2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley, actress Sharon Gless and Maria Todd from KRBE all posed for a photo when the program concluded at the HRC Gala. HRC Gala goes down as group's most successful The annual gala staged Saturday night by the Human Rights Campaign's Houston chapter will go down as the most successful yet, according to the three chair-persons for the event. In addition to drawing more than 1,000 guests, the event grossed more than $220,000. with $93,000 of that coming from the silent and live auctions. The theme for the 2005 gala, held at the downtown Hilton Americas Hotel, was "Masquerade." The featured guest was actress Sharon Gless, who plays Debbie Novotny on Showtime's 'Queer as Folk.' Gless, who was presented with the Humanitarian Award, chatted with guests and posed for photographs prior to the start of the dinner. The After Party' is seeking audience members each week "The After Party," the new Houston PBS arts and entertainment talk show is looking for people to make up the audience each week. Hosted by Ernie Manouse, the show airs at 11 p.m. Wednesdays. Each week, the audience is made up of 20 people who come in a group. Drama clubs, arts groups and other community groups are encouraged to participate. Groups must consist of 20 persons. Audience members are expected to show up at Houston PBS on the University of Houston campus no later than 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays (1 p.m. if they wish to tour the studios before taping begins.) Taping is completed by 2:45 p.m. To book a group, e-mail Manouse at Ernie(<iHoustonPBS.org and include the name of the person making the request, name of the group, contact information and available dates. Montrose Counseling Center assists victims of crimes The week of April 10 has been designated Crime Victims' Rights Week, and the Montrose Counseling Center wants to make Houstonians aware that it has programs to assist victims of violent crime. The center's Anti-Violence Program helps victims of violent crimes including sexual assault, domestic violence and hate crimes file for Crime Victims Compensation through the Texas Attorney General's Office. The State of Texas provides up to $50,000 for individuals who qualify, but the crime must be reported to police as quickly as possible, preferably within 72 hours. In addition to its other services, Montrose Counseling Center provides counseling and case management services to victims of violent crime. Information regarding crime victim's assistance is available at www.oag.state.tx.us/victims. Further information on services offered through the center's Anti-Violence Program is available at 713-529-0037. Banned in Singapore but not in Houston The gay singing duo of Jason and deMarco, recently banned from performing in Singapore, will perform at 7 p.m. April 17 during Bering Memorial United Methodist Church's annual AprilFest. AprilFest at the church, 1440 Harold St.. kicks off with the annual 2nd Blessings Rummage Sale from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. this Friday and Saturday Church members have brought household goods, furniture, clothes and more to help raise funds for the church. AprilFest closes with a Carnival and Pancake Breakfast from 7:30- Noon April 30. Cost for the event is $6 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Admission to the Jason and deMarco concert is $10. The government of Singapore denied a request for the pair to sing at a concert to raise money for AIDS charities because they celebrate a "gay lifestyle." www.jasonanddemarco.com. Sir Elton helps HGO celebrate its 50th Elton John, Renee Fleming and lesbian soprano Patricia Racette will be among the celebrities to help Houston Grand Opera celebrate it's 50th birthday April 30. The party gets underway at 8 p.m. at Wortham Center. Individual tickets are $250 and $500. www.houstongrandopera.org. From staff and wire reports local news Committee is still considering proposed marriage amendment HJR-6 now contains language that would also ban civil unions By JIM NULL The Texas House Committee on State Affairs is expected to vote as early as Monday on House Joint Resolution 6, a bill that would not only ban same-sex marriage in Texas but would also outlaw "contractual agreements" designed to afford legal protections to unmarried couples. The committee last Monday conducted a public hearing on the resolution introduced by State Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa). Although Chisum initially proposed a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman, he later amended it to include the "contractual agreements" wording. The hearing began at 2 p.m. Monday and ran well into the evening as mainly opponents of the amendment showed up to testify. The 100-seat capacity chamber was filled to overflowing as Chisum read his proposed amendment. To a comment by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) that the amendment would write discrimination into the constitution, Chisum said, "This doesn't discriminate against anyone. It discriminates against a practice, not a people" Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, argued that the additional wording would have many "unfortunate unintended consequences." Kelly Shackelford, president of the Free Market Foundation and a supporter of the proposed amendment, argued gay couples would still be able achieve certain rights by having attorneys draw up agreements for various issues, but it would be wrong for the state to give them marriage rights as a package. "This is clearly something that we can't put our heads in the sand about," he said. "Marriage between one man and one woman does things that no other relationship can do." Virtually all who testified were either PFLAG parents, representatives of organizations or gays speaking against the proposed amendment. Their testimony was often emotional and included personal stories about themselves and their children. Dick and Jimmie Sue Francis, Austin parents of two gay children, pleaded with the legislators, saying, "This will harm you, particularly when you learn you have a gay child or grandchild. Someday you may have the opportunity to explain to them why you voted in 2005 to support discrimination against them." Dick and Jimmie Sue Francis of Austin were among those who testified in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. {Photo by Jim Null) Marriage has changed over the years April Ayers of Houston noted that marriage has changed significantly over the years and that some states once prohibited interracial marriage. She asked committee members, "Twenty years from now, will we - society as a whole - be ashamed of our decision to discriminate against the GLBT population as we are now ashamed of discriminating against interracial marriage?" Contacted late Thursday, Farrar said, she hopes the language limiting civil agreements will be removed from the proposed amendment before the committee votes next week. "One Republican member of the committee approached me and said he was really moved by the stories," she said. The Committee on State Affairs will decide whether to send the proposed amendment to the full House. Farrar said, some legislators who don't favor amending the constitution are still likely to vote in favor of the resolution. "That's the political climate we're in," she said. "If the situation is that it's OK to hate gays, then that's the political climate." Once the bill goes to the house, it will need to be approved by a two-thirds majority before being sent to the Senate, where it will need another two-thirds majority before being placed on the statewide November ballot. Ellis said LGRL is bracing for an ugly fight. Another Houston legislator sits on the Committee on State Affairs, Rep. Martha Wong, a Republican. She could not be reached for comment regarding the proposed amendment. ft MORE INFO Lesbian/Gay Rights Looby of Texas www.lgrl.org
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