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Houston Voice, March 18, 2005 - File 004. 2005-03-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5687/show/5665.

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Title Houston Voice, March 18, 2005
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date March 18, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com MARCH 18, 2005 3 I Houston news Federal AIDS funding increased for Houston in 2005 After a decrease in 2004, Ryan White funding for AIDS services increased for some cities, including Houston By BINNIE FISHER Agencies that provide services to people with HIV/AIDS submitted their requests for federal grants through the Ryan White Care Act and held their breath. Last year, the news was not good. Funding was cut by 6.8 percent over what it had been the previous year. When funding awards were announced last week for 2005, those same providers breathed a sigh of relief. This year, Houston's allocation rose by 4.1 percent. To Ken Malone, executive director of the Assistance Fund, doing the math and looking at what was lost last year and gained in 2005, it feels a lot like flat funding. Still, he isn't complaining, especially when he looks at other major metropolitan areas. "New York had a 3.4 percent decrease, and L.A. was flat-funded at a half a percent," he said. San Francisco, a city that usually is awarded funding increases, this year saw it's Ryan White funding drop by five percent, Malone said. Houston's increase is "good and bad" at the same time, he said, because it means more people with AIDS need treatment. At the Montrose Clinic, Executive Director Katy Caldwell said, the increased funding translates to about an eight-percent gain. "We had good news for a change," she said. At the clinic, she said, Ryan White Funds are dedicated to treatment of people with AIDS. "For clients with no health insurance, it pays for their outpatient medical care," she said. For those individuals, Caldwell said, the Montrose Clinic becomes their primary physician and takes care of all their outpatient medical needs. Testing for at-risk populations, she said, is paid for through funding from the City of Houston and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and it is done at the clinic in bars, bathhouses and bookstores. When a client tests positive for the HIV virus and they do not have insurance, Calwell said, they become a patient of the clinic if they choose to do so. "We literally walk them down the hall" to meet with a physician, she said. "We have a personal commitment to providing whatever care system they need." At Bering Omega Community Services, President Dan Snare said, he won't start counting the dollars until they are in the bank, but he has been informed that an increase is on the way. The funds at Bering also go to caring for AIDS patients but in a different way from those at the Montrose Clinic. "The Ryan White Title I funds support three of our core programs," he said. The dental clinic that provides services to people with HIV and AIDS will see an increase in funding as will the adult day care program and Bering's hospice program, Omega House. "The adult day care program provides two hot meals a day, breakfast and lunch, and nursing care to make sure people are taking their medications properly," he said. Snare added that for some clients, physical therapy is also provided with the Ryan White funds. "The program is designed really for people who have needs that are not being met by their primary care givers," he said. Care Act is up for review in D.C. Malone spent part of last week and the first part of this week in Washington, D.C, where the Ryan White Care Act is up for reauthorization. "One thing that could directly affect us is the formula for how the funds are allocated," he said. Katy Caldwell remembers being a volunteer trying to help deal with the AIDS epidemic prior to federal funding being allocated. "Everybody begged, borrowed and stole," she said. "There were boxes in all the bars, and people would put money in them. I remember just trying to help people pay their rent." The day the Ryan White Act became law in 1990 was cause for great celebra- Ken Malone, executive director of the Assistance Fund, said AIOS service providers are breathing a sigh of relief over news that federal funding has been increased this year. tion. she said. "Finally, after Ronald Reagan ignored everyone for so long," she said. "The original sponsors were Sen. Ted Kennedy (D- Mass.) and Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah). Hatch was very proud of it. It's always been bi-partisan legislation." Activists walked down Congress for a rally at the Capitol More than 1,000 gay activists answered the call to rally at the Texas state capitol on Sunday By BINNIE FISHER In every corner of Texas, Sunday was warm, sunny and the perfect day for an AIDS Walk, a fundraising brunch and a rally on the steps of the Texas State Capitol. Although numerous events competed for volunteers, Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, said more than 1,000 activists answered his call to activism. Ellis had called on gays and lesbians throughout the state to converge on Austin last Sunday for a march down Congress •f) MORE INFO Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) 512*474-5475 www.lgrl.org Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, said more than 1,000 activists turned out for an Austin rally on Sunday. Avenue and a rally at the State Capitol. The rally was staged to denounce two bills that have been introduced to ban marriage between persons of the same sex. "Anytime you get a thousand-plus folks marching down Congress, I'm excited," Ellis said. Although the rally made for good TV footage and newspaper photos, Ellis said, he asked those who participated to stick around for even more important work on Monday. "What was even better was Lobby Day on Monday," he said. "The ability to put a face to our issues is what really counts." Lobbyists were sent out in teams Monday morning to various legislative offices. In the afternoon, those same lobbyists visited with legislators from their own districts. "I tagged along with a few of the teams, and I was very impressed," Ellis said. "We hit all of the 181 legislative offices, and a good number got to speak to the legislators themselves." Ellis said, activists wanted to offer then- views on the two pieces of legislation. House Joint Resolution 6, introduced by State Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) would define marriage as being between one man and one woman. House Joint Resolution 19. introduced by State Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) would define marriage in the same way but also states, "Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized." Ellis said those who lobbied on Monday were able to make their views known to Chisum but not Talton. "We were received warmly as always with Warren Chisum. even though he is against us," Ellis said. Legislative session gearing up "The (legislative) session is starting to gear up," he said. "We know that within the coming weeks, they're going to hear those amendments in the House Committee on State Affairs." Ellis said he knows of three votes on that committee that will not approve the amendments. As it stands now, he said, there will be a swing vote that will decide whether the legislation dies in committee, an it will come from a Republican. "We would love to see that bill killed in committee," he said. If approved by the committee, he said, one of the bills would go to the House floor for debate. Ellis said he believes lobbyists, who hailed from as far away as Amarillo and from big towns and small towns, made a distinct difference on Monday. At least two additional lobby events will be scheduled in 2005, he said. "The legislature has managed to use a stick against our community," he said. "Our challenge is to tie a carrot to that stick."
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