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Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996
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Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996 - File 007. 1996-03-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/841/show/818.

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(1996-03-29). Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996 - File 007. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/841/show/818

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Title Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date March 29, 1996
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 6 HOUSTON VOICE/ MARCH 29. 1996 S17 FAIRVIEW JO .» (713) (at Converse) (^OU4<A/^ & 528-9204 Svfe* 7&ee4e*(d S6*& Schedule %£3$&?& Ska-time* ff.-OOfim ^&$k$ friday, March 29th Mist lack frankie Lane Sitfi Ross Victoria Nicote Friday, April 5th Miss Zach Kara tit en Leah Halston Nikki Collins Saturday, March 30th Miss lack Charlie Kara bion Erica Lane Saturday, April 6th Miss Zach Crystal Rae Lee Lot/e Si Hi Ross Frankie Lane Sunday, March 31st Miss Zack Kara Dion Leah Halston Victoria Nicole Sunday, April 7th Miss Zack Kara Hi on Leah Halston Si Hi Ross (?ome cm <Uum cwuf uxt&eind tUffo <W 4ee tome py Wotatotit mAit utfamttu <W fiofidevt fiexfamex&f( C3 I I '^>floiessiona^ Office Space </\vallabte in /Plontrose We estheimer Bob RYAN Leasing and Management 713/523-1600 Ever thought o! calling a Voice Personal ad to find that somebunny special or maybe even placing an ad yourself? Now's the perfect time. Houston Voice has a new sponsor & to celebrate we are giving away 050 to the best male & best female ad in our upcoming contest. We want to see just how creative you can get. Pick up the phone and call... 1-800-461-5930 and place your FREE ad. Who knows, maybe yon will get an extra 050 treat in your Easter basket, so call! Please note: If you have placed an ad prior to March 5th, you'll need to reregister your ad to be in the contest. Be as ou must be 18+ or have parental consent to use this system. Touchtone phone required. For customer service call: Bureau Com Corporation™ 1-360-636-9267. creative as you can in 45 words or less! .mllu^VaIue6 fy £tp€MUv$& £aoe*id*yi fay} pay Lesbian 'Soul Models' The lesbian community in Houston has more than its share of self-nominated Lesbian Patron Saints. These are rich and famous, out and loud "role models" who are called upon by the fund raisers, the party givers and the hosts of sparkling, finger-snappy spectacles to tempt the hoi polloi to their gates. And then there are the genuine articles. Kathy and Dawn met in high school ("Well, we didn't really meet. We were aware of each other without really knowing each other," they say.) About a year after Kathy graduated, they were properly introduced. Dawn was living with her boyfriend ("but he had his own room and his own bed," she explains, "because he was mad at me for breaking my promises about sleeping with women. I told him I would quit and then he caught me with his sister.") Kathy interrupts Dawn at this point to declare proudly that Dawn has slept with lots of people, men and women. Dawn was Kalhy's first love and they have enjoyed an interesting, and monogamous, relationship for the past eight years. But our interesting times are slowing down now," one sighed. "Thank God!" they both rejoined. Interesting times, to these young lovers, include being abruptly rejected by their respective families when they came out as teenagers, and living in a 10-year-old Toyota with a cat named Bogart (pronounced "Boozer"), driving around Connecticut for four days sharing a bag of pretzels for sustenance. Kathy had $500 in her pocket, but they say they didn't even consider renting an apartment or buying a meal. "We were so young and dumb, we'd never been nut on our own before. We didn't know how to plan. We thought we should keep the money in-case we had an emergency!" God, I hate remembering this," Dawn whimpered, but they continued to laugh and encourage each other to "get to the good part." With no residence, phone or possessions other than what was in the trunk, good times seemed unlikely. They parted with their cash swiftly and ineffectively. They were beyond the emergency they feared when Kathy landed a retail job. They rented a "big, terrible apartment and the car died." Dawn fell hicky to get a position with the phone company and was able to secure a loan to purchase another vehicle. "That job was a keepsake. There had never been a layoff in the company's history. But as soon as we got the car, guess what? A layoff! And we were stuck." With barely an invitation from an acquaintance in Texas, the pair headed here. That was five years ago. "We lived for two years in a tiny apartment on Welch," they recalled with horror. "There were fourteen-year-old hustlers, druggies, holes in the walls and the air conditioner never worked." Kathy waitressed at Charlie's, where she met some endearing patrons and learned one valuable lesson: Lesbians don't tip very well. They moved on to a series of safer dwellings, including one with a freezer that "froze up" and the only stove was in the detached garage ("So you know what we did? We just didn't use the freezer at all and we cooked our meals in the garage and brought the food into the dining room and ate it there!") but were never quite able to pay the rent and utilities within the same month. They continued to "try harder" and moved frequently. Finally, they were forced out of Montrose altogether and then beyond Loop 610 by exorbitant rents. Dawn is disabled by chronic depression and Attention Deficit Disorder. Kathy is a kennel attendant at a Montrose animal hospital. The car has been long ago repossessed. ("They kept harassing us and so we called them and said, 'Come and get it!' And they did. all the way from Connecticut!") Asked if they have ever despaired and considered breaking up, they seem aghast. "No! Never! Why would we? We are best friends. We are soul mates. We love each other better than anyone else has ever loved us." Asked if their lives are what they expected or hoped for eight years ago, they become uncharacteristically quiet and thoughtful. "Well, no. I guess we expected to have a life with a house, children. But at least we have an apartment now. It's all bills paid. It even has a dishwasher and disposal. And two swimming pools. We know where we are going to sleep tonight." The lovers celebrated their eighth anniversary a few weeks ago by renting a few of the Diehard movies. They liked Diehard With a Vengeance best. Asked about iheir future goals, Kathy says she would "sure like to get up to about $6 an hour" at work. Dawn is pursuing SSI and Medicaid. And she would realty like for Kathy to quit biting her nails. Fade to hugs and laughter. V Pride Committee Fundraising V Lesbian Gay Pride Week is now participating in the Kroger Share Card Program. Here is how it works. Everytime you go to your local Kroger Store in the Houston Division, you hand the cashier your special Pride Committee Share Card, the cashier scans your card, making sure that it is the very first item they scan, that is very important and guess what? 1% of your total sale is given to the Pride Committee of Houston!! To get your share card, call the Pride Line at 529-6979, leave your name, address and telephone number.
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