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Houston Voice, No. 1002, January 7, 2000 - File 012. 2000-07-01. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5155/show/5137.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1002, January 7, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date July 1, 2000
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 • JANUARY 7, 2000 NEWS 11 Exxon Mobil 'took something' away from gays > Continued from Page 1 domestic partner benefits will be allowed to keep them, but former Exxon employees and former Mobil employees who had not already signed up for the benefits will not be eligible. Exxon's nondiscrimination policy, which does not mention protection based on sexual orientation, applies to all employees of the newly merged company. DiDonato said the idea for the Equality Rally came from a discussion of Exxon Mobil's policies and benefits on the Houston Activist Network, an email discussion list for gay men and lesbians. He said that he and two other activists worked to secure the city park at the intersection of Brazos and Pease for the rally. The park is in downtown, near Exxon Mobil's Houston offices. The rally is a way for gay men and lesbians to show their opposition to the policy and benefits changes without having to travel to the company's headquarters in Irving, a suburb of Dallas, DiDonato said. "We think there is plenty of upper management down here," he said. Organizers hope for hundreds to attend the rally, which is intended to show nonviolent opposition to the company's changes, DiDonato said. "We want to make a statement, and we want to make it a very peaceful statement," he said. "We can get equal rights if we ask for them in a peaceful manner." DiDonato said he encourages gay men and lesbians to send receipts for purchases from gay-friendly oil companies to rally organizers to be passed on to Exxon Mobil. People attending the rally are also encouraged to bring their Exxon and Mobil credit cards to destroy them at the event in a public display of dissatisfaction with the new company, DiDonato said. The event seems to be gaining some momentum, as the Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus weighed in Wednesday, approving a resolution encouraging gay men and lesbians to buy products from companies other than Exxon Mobil. Exxon Mobil spokesman Tom Cirigliano said he had not heard about the Houston event, but when he was informed by a reporter, said he is displeased to leam of the effort. The event may be the result of misinformation in the media, he said. "We think it is unfortunate [that a rally is planned]," Cirigliano said. "We think there has been a lot of misinformation out there." He said the company does not oppose same-sex marriage, but that it has chosen to adopt a broad policy rather than one that mentions specific categories of people outside of categories required by federal law. "A lot of organizations, a lot of gay organizations, believe that once you've covered sexual orientation, you've covered the world," he said. "It isn't true. It isn't going to happen here." Cirigliano said Mobil Corp. no longer exists, so any policies it had are no longer an issue. Cirigliano said the company bases its benefits on legally recognized marriages and partnership because benefits based on other criteria would force the company to invade the privacy of employees to verify the information. "We don't think any company has the right or the knowledge to get into personal relationships," he said. Exxon Mobil, which does 80 percent of its business outside the U.S., recognizes same- sex relationship in Holland, for example, because they are legally recognized there, Cirigliano said. "This isn't a political issue. This isn't a gay issue. It's a matter of personal rights. We believe that there is only one criterion we can apply throughout the world: Is it a legally recognized partnership?" he said. Chris Martin, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at the former Mobil Corp., said he hopes upcoming meetings with company officials will push Exxon Mobil to clarify its position on nondiscrimination. When told by the Houston Voice about Cirigliano's statement that the company has a broad nondiscrimination policy that includes everyone instead of mentioning specific groups, Martin said Cirigliano is "not incorrect, technically." Martin also said he is not sure if company officials are committed to doing the right thing for its gay and lesbian employees. Exxon Mobil has bucked the national trend Dan DiDonato is helping to organize a Houston rally against Exxon Mobil. of companies offering domestic partner benefits and including sexual orientation in nondiscrimination policies, Martin said. "The company is going to have to go back at some point to adopt what Mobil had in the first place," he said. The Equality Rally City park at Brazos and Pease Jan. 28, 4 p.m. P.O. Box 667221 Houston, Texas 77266 713-862-3312 equality@wt.net Controversies in HIV Care This educational program will focus on two of the most pressing issues facing people with HIV—drug resistance and lipodystrophy (fat redistribution). Come hear the latest treatment information available, and use the opportunity to ask questions of local physicians and HIV/AIDS advocates. DATE: Monday, January 10 LOCATION: The Power Center 12401 South Post Oak Road Houston, TX Grand Ballroom TIME: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Buffet Dinner 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Topics of Discussion - Understanding HIV-associated Lipodystrophy - HIV Drug Resistance: Planning for Long-term Treatment Success American Foundation for AIDS Research amfAR" aids research To RSVP: Call (800) 203-8440 or e-mail HIVCare@medisolutions.com Cosponsored locally by AIDS Foundation Houston
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