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Houston Voice, June 25, 2004 - File 006. 2004-06-25. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/7279/show/7235.

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Title Houston Voice, June 25, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 25, 2004
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 www.lioustonvoice.com JUNE 25, 2004 I Houston's John Nechman will ride in SF Pride Parade Nechman is honored in SF parade as a Grand Marshal Houston news By JOSEF MOLNAR Gay Houston attorney John Nechman will ride on a Pride Parade float this weekend, but that float won't be traveling down Westheimer. Nechman, chair of Immigration Equality, an organization that has been named a Grand Marshal in the San Francisco Pride Parade, will ride on that group's float. Nechman, of Nechman, Simoneaux and Frye, specializes in immigration issues as they affect gay, lesbian and transgender individuals and couples. He said he is excited that his organization is being honored in a parade that has hosted gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender leaders from around the world. "When you think of the San Francisco Pride Parade, you think of Harvey Milk and the great leaders from our community," he said. "And one of the first floats out will be ours'. What an incredible honor." San Francisco's parade will also be celebrating the city's recent same-sex marriage successes. Marriages sanctioned by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom have horrified conservatives and galvanized the gay and lesbian community Nechman said the community is riding a wave of successes that began with last year's landmark Lawrence v. Texas case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws across the United States. "There is such a euphoria there," Nechman said. "People are so uplifted that they accomplished this and they've shown America that gay people could get married and the sky would not fall. Last year Houston was in the spotlight, and this year it's San Francisco, so I think this will be their biggest parade ever." About 20 Houston members of the organization will join Nechman and more than 200 supporters and members from around the nation as the Immigration Equality float winds its way through San Francisco's Market district. Belinda Ryan, the organization's San Francisco chapter coordinator, said the group relied on symbolism for its float. "The float will be a gray boat with a fluorescent pink State of Liberty in it bound with chains," she said. "The chains are meant to show that liberty is bound for GLBT bi-national couples." In addition to supporters, many long- term couples affected by U.S. immigration policies will march carrying signs which read "United By Love, Divided By Law." Ryan said the slogan points to federal Please Join Us For Praise and Worship at our Sunday Morning Service And Experience the Love of God! ^ > / Church Service begin* at Warn and nursery is available for small children. Shepherd Groups meet during the week for prayer and bible study, contact church office for information. Visit Our New Improved & Larger Nursery/ Children's area Maranatha **j Fellowship Metropolitan Community Church "Building Community Through Compassion" I Look for our Float in the Gay Pride Parade!... We welcome you to work with us in creating our float for the parade. Just call for time and location. 3333 Fannin, Suite 106, at 10AM Church office 713-528-6756 • E-mail maranatha@evl.net www.maranathamcc.com mm. Houston attorney John Nechman is president of an organization that has been selected as a grand marshal in the San Francisco Pride Parade. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) laws which allow straight people to enter marriages with citizens of other countries for reasons other than love but leave out gay and lesbian couples. "A straight American can go online and get a mail order bride and get her a green card," she said, "and yet we can't even sponsor our partners of 25 years." This year represents the organization's first year as Immigration Equality, after changing its name from the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force. Nechman said the fight for immigration equality goes hand in hand with the fight for U.S. citizens to be legally married. He added that the immigration equality issue, especially in highly diverse cities such as Houston and San Francisco, is one of the biggest challenges facing gay and lesbian people. "This is one of the most incredible times to be able to speak on issues relating to the gay and lesbian community," he said. "And we are happy to have this opportunity to point to the immigration issues of bi- national couples." Immigration Equality has pushed Congress to consider the Permanent Partners Immigration Act, a bill that would allow gay and lesbian people with partners from other countries to sponsor them as residents. The bill currently has 110 sponsors in the House of Representatives and 13 in the Senate. By putting the spotlight on Immigration Equality, Ryan said, the group has gained an additional forum for its issues. Some of the marchers will engage in outreach and carry green cards containing information about the group and resources for bi- national couples. Unfortunately, she said, many bi-national couples with one undocumented or illegal partner are unable to represent themselves in the equality struggle because it may expose them to scrutiny "This is a brilliant thing for us to have, because so many of us couples live under the radar screen, and don't want our presence to be known," Ryan said. "For us to be acknowledged has given us a sense of hope that our community will rally around us. Raising awareness like this during the Pride Parade can only do us good." Pride Join Us As We>6elebrate Pride As Big As Texas! Noche Espiritual (Spanish) Service Saturday, June 26th, 7 p.m. Sunday Pride Services Sunday, June 27th, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W. 11th. St. - Houston, TX - 713-861-9149 www.resurrectionmcc.ora
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