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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 021. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/692.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 27, 2003
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 20 JUNE 27 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE You can still sell your life insurance policy for cash. The opportunity for selling your life insurance policy has reopened. All stages of HIV/AIDS may qualify and any type of policy (individual, group, FEGLI, VGLI) is considered. Please call us today for a free consultation. LOCAL FACE-TO-FACE GAY OWNED & OPERATED LINKED VIATICAL BENEFITS 1.800.275.3090 Board Certified Psychiatrist Jon-Paul Hamilton, M.D. ..■• Treatment for Depression, Anxie"t% Relationship Issues, ADHD. • New Office in Montrose with Immediate^ Appointments Available. \ Sliding Scale Fees to those who Qualify. 713.522.7014 out on the town johnny hooks Houstonians can show their pride anytime by helping fellow gay Texans in need Pride lasts all year "WE'RE HERE, WE'RE QUEER, GET USED TOITr Your first Pride parade is always a memorable experience. I have been fabulously fortunate in my life with opportunities to march in fhe New York City Pride Parade in 1989, at the height of the ACT-UP protests; in San Francisco the year Bill Clinton swept into office on a dream called HOPE (we sang "Ding, dong the witch is dead" from "The Wizard of Oz!"); in Houston's pre-nighttime, Sunday afternoon, drag queen melting parades of yore (oh those nelly ribbons!); and its much cooler sister, the Saturday, only nighttime parade in the country disco ball over the intersection of Montrose and Westheimer extravaganza. Whew! As I look around today, in our local community and our national and global ones, it seems that the years of hard work, loss and pride are paying off. You can't turn on the TV now without running into gay and lesbian characters such as Will and Jack from "Will & Grace." Lena and Bianca on "All My Children," or real-life couples like Riechen and Chip from the "Amazing Race," or recently voted off Ebony and her girlfriend Renee on "America's Next Top Model." By the time you read this, the US. Supreme Court probably will have ruled on the constitutionality of the Texas anti-sodomy law, hopefully decriminalizing the actions of tens of thousands of Texans. There are clearly lots of reasons to celebrate PRIDE this year. HOWEVER, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY TAKE Monday after Pride weekend off to recover, there are people in this city who can't take time off before heading back to work, because they can't work. They are too sick, too ill to even attend the parade, to enjoy the celebration that all the hard work over the years was for. My column usually highlights people, places and events that are, for one reason or another, of interest to the GLBT community of Houston. The Houston Vbice has put together its annual Pride guide for Houston already I decided to remind you. dear readers, that after the party stops, you can make a REAL difference in the lives of people infected and affected by HTV and AIDS. It takes as little as one hour a week, but the help you provide — and the good it does for our still-young community — insures its survival, and maybe even your own. D.I.EF.A Houston. The Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS is the largest source of private dollars for HIV/AIDS care in the greater Houston area, according to DIFFA leaders. The group has granted more than $2.6 million to local service providers since its inception in 1987. DIFFA Houston gives funds to HIV/AIDS services organizations that provide preventive education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection and to providers of treatment and direct- care services for people living with AIDS. Throughout the year, DIFFA raises money with amazing annual events like Dine Out & Chip In, the Holiday Collection Auction (featur ing wreaths designed by local artists, designers and loving citizens like myself!) The heart of fhe local chapter is Rodney Honerkamp, but the organization depends on volunteers for its lifeline. The 2003 Holiday Collection Auction steering committee meets for the first time this week and could use YOU. www.diffa.org/hous- ton has further info on all volunteer needs. AIDS Foundation Houston. Volunteers are the backbone of AFH. Officials at AFH note that it is the oldest HIV/AIDS organization in Houston, and it has a four-step process for becoming a volunteer: Application, Interview, Orientation and Placement. A short walk around then well-organized Web site shows a need for help in the following areas; Big Brothers and Sisters, Newsletter, Habitat for Humanity (helping budd homes for HIV+ families), Camp Hope/Camp H.U.G, special events, hospital visitation and lots more; unfortunately, fhe list is long and continues to grow. Take a minute and see how you can HELP www.aidshelp.org Bering Omega Community Services. Founded in 1986, Bering Omega provides a continuum of compassionate, quality care to People Living with HIV/AIDS in Southeast Texas, according to Bering leaders. Bering Omega relies heavily on volunteers to deliver care to more than 2.800 people each year. Utilized in all aspects of Bering's operations, volunteers contribute more than 23,000 hours of assistance each year Bering Omega provides assistance including a free dental clinic for people living with HfV/AIDS. Even simple gestures like recycling your old magazines for their lobby can help Patients sometimes have to wait for hours and a new-ish magazine can help pass the time and the jitters a dental visit can bring. Adult Day Care, including nursing, art programs, transportation assistance and field trips, Financial Assist Support Network for families and care-givers and Residential Hospice Care (The Omega House) for those living out their final days also are offered, wwwberingomega.org The Assistance Fund provides much needed support to individuals living with AIDS by paying their health insurance premiums until they qualify for Medicare, according to the group. Assistance Fund also offers financial assistance for the purchase of medication. Those helped through this group have reached a point in their disease process where work is no longer possible and available financial resources are inadequate to maintain quality of life, dignity and peace of mind, wwwtheassistancefund.org. After the chandelier comes down, and the rainbow balloons are stowed for another yeai; continue celebrating your PRIDE by showing the city the nation and the world why we're queer we're STILL here, and they'd better get used to it.
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