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Houston Voice, June 25, 2004 - File 039. 2004-06-25. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/7279/show/7268.

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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 JUNE 25, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE P&fflUB!. 2004 Pride Parade Grand Marshals are ready to roll Grand Marshals for the 2004 Houston Pride Parade have contributed beyond measure By JOSEF MOLNAR The Grand Marshals for Houston's Pride Parade gathered recently to be officially introduced and to receive the medals they will wear on Parade night. This year's marshals, nominated during the fall and selected in open elections during two weekends at the beginning of the year, include attorney Jerry Simoneaux, Montrose Clinic spokesperson Sonna Alton. PFLAG activists Sue and Jim Null and the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL). Last year when we honored the past marshals, I got a chance to talk to some of them.'' said Jack Valinski, coordinator for the Pride Committee Houston. "It's interesting how many of them considered it such an incredible honor, even years later." Jerry Simoneaux, this year's male Grand Marshal, is not waiting until his moment passes to appreciate the honor. "I never even considered the possibility of winning," he said. "What a humbling experience it is that people took time from their days to think that much of me." Simoneaux's increasing presence as an openly gay lawyer and advocate for marriage equality for same-sex and transgender couples has not gone unnoticed. "I do what I love, and people know I'm an advocate for these causes," he said. As the president of the Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston, Simoneaux has pressed for the further integration of gay and transgender people in the law profession. He and his law partner, John Nechman, recently broke ground by making their firm the first in the nation to name a transgender partner, Phyllis Randolph Frye. Now, the law firm is poised to handle not only alternate family issues and immigration matters involving gay and lesbian clients but also transgender cases. Simoneaux and his life partner, PRIDE The 2004 Grand Marshals include (from left) Jerry Simoneaux, Sonna Alton, Randall Ellis representing the Lesbian and Cay Rights Lobby of Texas and Sue and Jim Null (Photo by Dalton DeHart) ASBIGASTEXAS Christopher Bown, have worked tirelessly to stage events such as the annual Alternative Family Law Seminar and this year's marriage equality demonstration. Recently, Simoneaux was selected by the Texas Bar Association to head its section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues, which includes legal issues related to the community. This year's female Grand Marshal, Sonna Alton, said that for an individual to be singled-out by their peers is a tremendous honor and, "To be honored as Grand Marshal for the Parade makes me speechless. I'm very touched." Alton, Director of Communications and Events for the Montrose Clinic, arrived in Houston in 1988 to attend graduate school, not thinking she would end up making the city her home. She began volunteering for various causes in the gay community, including the Krewe of Olympus. The Montrose Clinic chose her to be its spokesperson a little over three years ago. "This is the best job I've ever had," she said. "This job can be emotionally draining because of the clientele we serve, but it can also be rewarding because we save lives. I'm very proud that the work we do is meaningful." As this year's honorary Grand Marshals, Sue and Jim Null are being honored for their advocacy and organization on behalf of gay and lesbian issues. At the marriage equality demonstration earlier this year, the Nulls were there. When there is an occasion to march, they are there. In retrospect. Sue Null said it's interesting, considering she once told her lesbian daughter, "We can deal with you as you are, but we don't want to march in the street." When the Nulls came to suspect that their daughter was a lesbian, Sue said, they turned to their church family at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston for support. With a minister who is gay and a number of gay and lesbian parishioners, she said, it was the place to be. When a young man from another country came to live with the couple and they learned he was having trouble coping with being gay, Null said, she and her husband contacted Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. "Four months after we joined PFLAG, both of us marched in the streets," Null said. In their PFLAG affiliation, Sue has taken on advocacy, and Jim has organized educational conferences for the Houston Independent School District to educate fac- ulty and administrators on gay and lesbian issues. "We just teach them to do things right in the first place, and then help them understand the legal costs of doing the wrong thing," Jim Null said, As for being named Grand Marshals, Sue Null said, "We're pleased and delighted." Living in the heart of the state gives Randall Ellis and the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby the perfect venue for advocating on behalf of all gay and lesbian Texans. Ellis, the executive director of LGRL, said he was happy that the-»organization was selected to be the organizational Grand Marshal. "This is a statewide organization, and I think it speaks to the involvement we have in every community in Texas," he said. "It really is about bettering communities, and that's why we do it." Ellis said LGRL hopes to include John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, the plaintiffs in last year's groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court case, on its float. The group will pass out tlyers about ww.saveourcon- stitution.org, a Web site that educates the public regarding proposed marriage amendments at the federal and state levels.
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