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Houston Voice, No. 1001, December 31, 1999
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Houston Voice, No. 1001, December 31, 1999 - File 004. 1999-12-31. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4333/show/4307.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1001, December 31, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 31, 1999
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 HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 31, 1999 NEWS INSIDE NEWS Around the South 6 Two Texas gay men convicted of fraud 6 Texas Instruments to offer DP benefits 6 Center issues guides on avoiding arrest 6 Baton Rouge gay student group on hold 6 Around the Notion 8 Ohio city rejects goy rights bill 8 Schools sued over anli-goy harassment 8 Judge delays ruling in bid to dismiss suit 8 Judge denies eval for 12-year-old 8 Wyoming school allows anti-gay program .. .8 VOICES & ECHOES The Year in Cartoons 10 Vanasco: Baby steps for lesbians in 1999 ...11 OUT ON THE BAYOU Out in the arts 15 Out in Print: The Best of'99 16 Bestsellers 16 Occasions 22 Community Calendar 23 My Stars! R..25 CARMAI8 22 BUSINESS DIRECTORY .. 24 CLASSIFIEDS 26 Issue 1001 ah material in Houston Voice is protects ■tKteral copyright law and may not be repro 'Jucod without the written consent ot Houston Voice. The sexual orientation ot advertisers, photographers, writers and cartoonists pub lished herein is neither interred or implied. t he appearance of names or pictorial repre -.entation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons Houston Voice accepts unsolicited editorial material but cannot take responsibility for its return. The editor reserves the right to accept. reject or edit any submission. All rights revert to authors upon publication. Guidelines for freelance contributors are available upon request. Houston Voice 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200 Houston, TX 77006 713-529-8490 AROUND HOUSTON 1999 January 'Good chance' of winning sodomy appeal A two-pronged legal argument may be enough to convince a Texas appellate court to strike down the state's 119-year- old sodomy law, according to an attorney representing two men recently charged under the statute. Tyrone Garner, 31, and John Geddes Lawrence, 55, stand a "good chance of winning" their appeal to one of two state appellate courts, but if they don't, their legal team will take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, said Mitchell Katine, a Houston attorney representing the two men. Sheriff's deputies arrested Garner and Lawrence Sept. 17 as the two men were allegedly engaged in consensual sex in Lawrence's second-floor apartment in northeast Harris County. Authorities entered the apartment after a report of an armed intruder inside. Texas is one of five states with a sodomy law that bans sex only between same-sex partners; 12 other states ban oral and anal sex for same- or different-sex couples, The state's sodomy law makes gay anal or oral sex a class C misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $500. Gay men and lesbians have tried for years to invalidate the law, which was a felony until 1974. But with no defendant in a criminal case, efforts to strike the law have met with mixed success. Bush supports adoption ban for gays Popular Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2000, would sign into law legislation banning gays from adopting children or serving as foster parents, a top aide said. Two conservative state lawmakers filed bills last month seeking to keep gays from adopting or becoming foster parents. If either of the bills were passed during the Legislature, which opened Jan. 12, Bush would sign the measures, said Terral Smith, the governor's legislative liaison, according to a report in the Jan. 21 Houston Press. February Two gay men slain in Texas City Two gay men in Texas City were brutally shot to death and burned Jan. 17 in the city's first double homicide in more than 25 years. Investigators have combed gay bars, collected mounds of forensic evidence and interviewed more than two dozen people since friends Laaron "Larry" Morris, 28, and Kevin Tryals, 30, were discovered by police early on Jan. 17 as they responded to reports of smoke near Loop 197 South. Police have yet to say what motivated the killings, or if they were hate related. And the shocking crime has received a muted reaction from gay rights activists in Houston and across Texas. An estimated 7,000 people crowded the south steps of the Texas Capitol in March to rally against anti-gay adoption proposals before the state Legislature. March Thousands of gay men and les bians from across Texas rally Some 7,000 gay and gay-friendly marchers came together in Austin in what was one of the largest events of Equality Begins at Home, a week-long series of 250 actions in all 50 states this week. The two- hour rally and march came as part of a three-day series of events in Texas spurred by a handful of anti-gay legislative proposals and a measure that would expand and toughen the state's hate crime law, in part by including sexual orientation. First openly-gay municipal court judge in Houston confirmed John Paul Bamich, 53, longtime community activist and lawyer was unanimously confirmed by city council, March 24, becoming the city's first openly-gay municipal court judge. He will serve a two-year term and will judge class C misdemeanors, such as traffic tickets. He was nominated to the post by Mayor Lee Brown. April TV Montrose signs off after months on 'life support' TV Montrose is going off the air. After months of being on life-support, show producers are reluctantly pulling the plug citing financial and community concerns. Producers Steve Baker and Russell Byrd had been hoping to give the 16-month-old program a new lease on life by hooking up with a Dallas producer. It was hoped the collaboration would work to create a statewide news program called Out TV. But the marriage didn't stick. May Hate crime legislation dies in Texas The Texas House gave initial approval on April 27 to a hate crimes bill that would toughen penalties for crimes that target Texans because of their race, "sexual preference," and religion. Passage was secured by expanding the bill's coverage to discrimination based on "sexual preference," "age," and "pregnant women." One supporter, GOP state Re. Pat Haggerty, told colleagues that the dispute wasn't a partisan or racial fight. "This bill even covers white male Republicans," he said. Even then, the 83-61 vote was neither overwhelming nor final. But the bill died May 14 in the state senate, where supporters said Texas Gov. George W. Bush privately urged Republicans to kill it. June Man awarded $7.3 million in same-sex harassment case An El Paso jury awarded $7.3 million to a Dillard's employee who claimed his male supervisor sexually harassed him. In a unanimous decision, the six men and six women of the jury voted, May 20, to award $5 million in punitive damages and $2.3 million in actual damages. In addition to a sexual harassment claim, the case also included a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Spurgin said settlement negotiations are "ongoing," but if they fail, an appeal by Dillard's is likely. If a settlement is reached, the amount awarded to Gonzales will likely be lowered. Tens of thousands pack Montrose for annual Pride parade Pride, power and pizzazz was the theme of the 21st annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade held in the heart of Montrose. And there was plenty of all three P's. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and families and friends came out in force to show their pride and growing power. This year's parade, the only nighttime parade in Houston, was the largest yet with over 120 floats and an estimated 85,000 spectators. July Caucus votes to include transgen- dered in mission statement In an effort toward inclusion, members of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus unanimously voted July 7 to include bisexuals and transgendered in their >■ Continued on Page 7
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