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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 043. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/714.

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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
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 10 JUNE 27,2003 PRIDE EDITION www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE Pride 2003 Pride leaders prepare year 'round Pride Committee of Houston made up entirely of volunteers, some new to the Bayou City and some longtime residents By TINA KING Houstonians of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persuasion have been enjoying the "25 days of Pride" this month in celebration of the silver anniversary of Houston GLBT Pride. An event of this magnitude is the culmination of a year of preparation by the dedicated members of the Pride Committee of Houston. The Houston Voice spoke with several of the officers and board members, and their excitement and enthusiasm for this year's event is tangible. Joel Deason, PCOH director of marketing and promotions, moved to Houston from Beaumont in 1997 and first volunteered for the Pride Committee in 2000. Deason is no stranger to volunteer work and is an advocate of community service, having volunteered for St. Elizabeth Hospital and Triangle AIDS Network in Beaumont, and for Methodist Hospital's VNA Hospice. This is his first year as a member of the PCOH Board of Directors and he says he is excited about what he anticipates as a large turnout at this year's Pride Parade. One of Deason's responsibilities on the committee is to monitor Internet traffic on the Pride Web site (www.pridehous- ton.org), and he says that it is receiving hits from all over the world — some from countries of which he's never heard. Deason notes that last year's parade crowd was estimated at approximately 130,000, and he anticipates about 200,000 spectators at this year's parade. Joel Deason As treasurer of the Radous is responsible committee's funds and overseeing the bank accounts, with the majority of his efforts focused largely on budgeting. Radous first got involved with the Pride Committee four years ago and says he has been impressed with what a well-run and pro- PCOH board, Paul for managing the Carl Bass Paul Radous fessional organization this is. For those who want to volunteer, Radous says it's a great opportunity to see from the inside how professionally this organization operates and to work with a great bunch of people. After 22 years in Houston, Radous says he appreciates the depth, breadth and strength of the GLBT community Carl Bass is on the PCOH board as director of fund-raising and corporate relations. He moved to Houston at the end of last year with his partner. Bass recalls that he thought that going to a couple of Pride Committee meetings would be a great way to get to know people and get involved with the GLBT community in Houston. He says he went to a meeting, volunteered to help and was hooked. Bass comes from a small town in the Midwest and therefore really appreciates the tremendous GLBT community here with its wealth of resources. He works with the Pride Days' sponsors to raise funds to cover the expenses involved in putting on this annual event. He says he would like to reach out to a greater variety of agencies to bring them into the Pride fold because Houston's gay community has the diversity and breadth to reach out in this way Bass says the Pride Committee is a great team that puts a tremendous amount of time and energy into this event and he's just a piece of the puzzle; it takes every member to make it happen, he emphasizes. Jim Halloran who first volunteered for the Pride Committee four years ago, is now the director of Pride Days and he says he loves it! According to Halloran, there have been 42 Pride events this month — the most ever — and he specifically mentioned the upcoming second annual cabaret event as one that he's most excited about Halloran is a transplant from *"m "^^'*~a, Dallas and has been a part of the Houston GLBT community for 11 years. He says he finds the Houston community accepting and diverse, as is illustrated in the diversity of the Pride events, which have encompassed every organization from bars and Nearly 200,000 people are expected to turn out for t: spectators bring along their canine buddies. (Photo by Dalto i Pride Parade, and many of those clubs to churches. According to Halloran, the Pride Committee encourages the input of the community and believes this year to be a banner year for Houston Gay Pride. Jack Valinski, parade director, moved to Houston from Pennsylvania in 1981 following a job and says there was an air of promise and excitement about the GLBT community at that time. In the early 1990s he became one of the founders of the Pride Committee of Houston, which works year round for this event and is an all-volunteer staff. In 1997, the parade was changed into an evening event and the attendance tripled or quadrupled, Valinski recalls. He says the parade has become the largest in the Southwest and has gone from an amateur event to a professionally polished production, while still trying to push the edge. This year's parade will honor the grand marshals of the past and will feature pyrotechnics and a 20-foot chandelier (which originally hung in the Capitol for the state's sesquicentennial) hanging over the corner of Montrose and Westheimer, Valinski notes. Valinski says he has thoroughly enjoyed his work with the Pride Committee through the years. He shares that each member makes a valuable I contribution to the ■ events and that the I officers really solicit input and don't micromanage. According to Valinski, the board and committee offi cers, as well as the other staff, really have a heart to serve the community. He notes that gay Houstonians won't find these volunteers in convertibles riding along waving to the crowd; they will be out working in and serving the crowd, making sure that they do what they can to see that the event runs smoothly. Valinski says he hopes everyone comes out Saturday night to have a good time and enjoy themselves. Pride Committee President Nick Brines talked to the Houston Voice from Austin; he was there on business. Nine years ago, Brines answered an ad in the Houston Voice seeking Pride Committee volunteers, and next year will mark his loVar anniversary with the committee. According to Brines, Nick Brines Jack Valinski anniversary of Pride has been a much larger undertaking, because gay leaders really wanted this to be a landmark year. Last summer was spent recruiting additional volunteers, as all those involved knew that having 25 days of events commemorating the 25"1 anniversary would be quite a task. Though all positions are volunteer, it has been a long-term goal to have paid staff positions, and Brines anticipates that this might become a reality in the not too distant future. According to Brines, fund-raising efforts were doubled this year and Pride workers aggressively pursued corporate sponsorship. Brines says some things to make note of in the parade this year are Please see liADERS, on Page 11
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