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Houston Voice, No. 1001, December 31, 1999
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Houston Voice, No. 1001, December 31, 1999 - File 007. 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/4310.

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(1999-12-31). Houston Voice, No. 1001, December 31, 1999 - File 007. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4333/show/4310

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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 NEWS DECEMBER 31, 1999 • HOUSTON VOICE eeK-^H Wf4 H f^^^ XAdi Morlan Knowltigi fr»« the (rrmtut Up ■ids t\W\ ba He«9 W 1 V* SOLD! (713)459-1705 1 COLDUieU. BANKGRG SWILLEY-HUDSON mfmfjBjB - Alan Morlan • Realtor®/Associate Around the South Two gay men convicted of fraud through Texas AIDS agency LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)-A federal jury found a man and his seven-year life partner guilty of more than 70 fraud charges Dec. 22, including charging AIDS patients rent while receiving money for them to reside at an AIDS center and redistributing dead clients' medications. David Crader, former South Plains AIDS Resource Center executive director, and Gerald Eckert, a former care coordinator at the facility, each face up to 1,000 years in prison and a $32 million fine. A third man was also charged in the same crimes, Jeff Echols died prior to the trial. Crader founded the center in 1988 from his living room, originally providing AIDS information and food to those in need. Among the allegations against the pair is that they defrauded the Social Security Administration by paying salaries to "phantom employees" instead of actual ones in an effort to prevent them from losing disability benefits. Maxine Schoenrock, once a friend of Crader's, said he told her in 1990 that he had tested positive for HIV, and that over the next four years she gave him more than $15,000 for AIDS-related medication, doctor visits and tests. Last week, Crader told the court he was not HIV-positive. U.S. Attorney William Mateja warned the jury, "This is not a Robin Hood situation... what the defendants were doing was stealing from the poor and taking this money and doing whatever they wanted to do." Texas Instruments to offer DP benefits to employees in 2000 DALLAS-Texas Instruments is the latest Fortune 500 company to authorize domestic partner benefits, officials said, in an attempt to keep its edge in the competition for qualified employees, the Dallas Voice reported Dec. 24. "We made this change for the same reason that we make any other changes in our benefits, to stay competitive with other companies in the industry," said Teguin Pulley, vice president for staffing and diversity issues. The benefits have been offered to heterosexual employees in common-law marriages for some time, Pulley said. The change will not be implemented until sometime in 2000, she added. She said T! would not require employees signing up for domestic partner benefits to submit any kind of legal documents or affidavits as proof of the status of their relationships. "If an employee wants to add a child to their insurance, we don't ask them to show us a birth certificate," said Pulley. "It's all part of trusting our employ- Texas Instruments is the latest Fortune 500 company to add same-sex DP benefits, ana a spokesman said Tl won't require employees to submit documents to prove the relationship. Gay center issues guides on avoiding public sex arrests SAN ANTONIO-Gay activists have followed up a travel advisory they issued earlier this month with a wallet card intended to help protect gay men from alleged abuses by local law enforcement, according to the Dallas Voice. A pocket-sized "Survival Guide" is a continuing effort by the San Antonio Gay and Lesbian Community Center to warn about undercover operations in the city's parks, which some gay activist say unfairly targets gays. Since 1997, more than 500 people have been arrested on misdemeanor sex charges by San Antonio park rangers. "You'll see that [the Survival Guide] advises the kind of behavior to keep you from being arrested in many cases, in addition to suggestions that will preserve your constitutional rights," said Michael McGowan, the community center's executive director. Ron Smudy, assistant director of operations for the Parks and Recreation Department said that law-abiding citizens have nothing to worry about. "We told [McGowan] that we welcome anyone in our parks. We say that if they break the law, then we will have to react to it. That's the bottom line." The controversy over the undercover program, which sometimes includes notifying employers of those arrested, prompted Mayor Howard Peak to call for a meeting between city officials and gay leaders during a recent radio talk show. Baton Rouge gay student group on hold as district drafts policy BATON ROUGE-A student's request to start a gay-straight alliance chapter has been denied, and the school district says it will not approve any more clubs until it can draft a written policy, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported Dec. 23. Martin Pfeiffer, a McKinley High School senior, said he has endured name-calling and social harassment ever since middle school. He is openly gay, but classmates ridiculed him before Pfeiffer even realized he was gay. When McKinley Principal Almenia Warren denied him permission to start the club, Pfeiffer asked to see the policy they were enforcing. Schools Superintendent ('.ary Mathews acknowledged in a letter to Pfeiffer that school system administrators have fallen short in guiding schools on such matters, and suspended all requests to start clubs until a policy is drafted, "it prompted us to say, 'Good point. We don't have a policy,'" said Assistant Superintendent Don Mercer. "I don't think we can have a policy that everyone can meet except this club." -I rom staff and wire reports
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