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Title Montrose Voice, No. 485, February 9, 1990
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 9, 1990
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 9, 1990 I MONTROSE VOICE 5 -jin Memory; of Openly gay candidates: Refugees from the 'crab bucket' —JOHN J. MACHUGA John J. Machuga (above) ended his struggle with AIDS in the early hours ot Jan. 30, 1990, when he departed this life at 34 years ol age. The memory of his warm friendship, excellent deeds and lovable in our hearts for ever. We love you John—Miguel (your lifemate). your brothers, sister, relatives and many A memorial will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Dignity Center, 3217 Fannin. Memorials may be made in John's name to any AIDS support organi- Guest Commentary by RAY HILL (Editor's note: Ray Hill served as president of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus in 1989. Dennis Spencer was elected 1990 presidentof the caucus on Jan. 17. Hill is a candidate for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1). One can put more crabs in a bucket than you think. Anyone who has spent much time crabbing on the Gulf Coast will tell you that as the bucket get nearly full, any crab that gels its legs on the outside will be pulled back into the bucket by those inside. And so it is with minority politicians, including lesbian and gay ones. Anyone who tries to get out of the political environment of intra-community organizations is held back by the lack of support from their peers. Gary Van Ooteghem attempted to be Harris County Treasurer, and would have been had enough of us chosen to vote for him in the Republican primary. But most of us were too interested in the non-gay politicians running in the Democratic primary for Gary to gain enough votes to become the Republican candidate in the November general election, which he could In my race for city council two years ago against the since-fallen Jim Westmoreland, I enjoyed considerable support from people living in Montrose. But on closer examination (my campaign) learned that non-gay residents of Montrose were more likely to vote for me than many gay and lesbian voters! The reasons were questions about my qualifications. It seemed strange that our non-gay neighbors were more confident of my qualifications than members of our own community. Many of you did vote for me, and I appreciate each vote I got. We would have won, had (Westmoreland) been as outspoken then as he was last year. I came in second in a race of three, and carried every Montrose pre- In 1989, Bruce Reeves ran against Christin Hartung for city council Dist. G. I watched that race closely, and was surprised the community did not take Bruce seriously. He was clearly as qualified as the incumbent, who is more of a socialite than a public official. And (Hartung) has been hostile to our community on many issues. She has sponsored all the proposals forwarded by the Vice Squad, most of which are aimed at harassing our community businesses. She voted against the equal employment rights ordinance. She has friends in the community, but even they admit they can't rely on her vote in council. Bruce, on the other hand, is technically skilled, obviously courageous and able. I suspect he did not gain support within the community because of arguments he has had about the direction the community should take, in internal debates within gay and lesbian organizations. He has always argued for openness. Bruce wound up with about 14 percent of the vote in that district. In my last race, I knew I was going to lose when I announced. But 1 ran to see what kind of response an openly gay candidate would have in a city wide race against a conservative (on our issues) opponent. What I found was that a gay or lesbian candidate with a political identification could run credibly in any district overlapping Montrose. Steve Shimer ran in the Dist, C race against Cathy Mincberg, Vince Ryan and Barbara Goldfield. Steve's results weren't as successful in the same precincts, but Steve had not been politically active previously in the community, and his opponents were all courting the lesbian and with the perception of the qualifications of gay versus non-gay candidates seeking the same office. I find it alarming that some self- styled leaders of our community will deny support for one of our own to the advantage of a do-nothing politician hostile to our community, There was a time when these self-hating, self deprecating types stewed miserably in their closets, occasionally writing unsigned letters to the editor in community publications. But, reinforced by the carnage of AIDS, the hatefulness of the 1985 referen- homophobia in Washington, they seem to have emerged to organise and destroy 20 years of hard work and achievement by the rest of us. Their object is to drag all of us down into thecrab bucket of closet that now bears his name, supported his candidacy until after he won. Your Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus has a better record. We endorsed Gary Van Ooteghem, several well-qua I if ied judicial candidates (closeted and non), Bruce Reeves and even Ray Hill. Sooner or later we will win if we keep trying. The key is to encourage qualified candidates and to support them with all the strength the . Our ; the gay vote There ) be a probler What we as a community must do to preserve the gains we have accomplished is elevate some of our leadership into public office. We must recognize that gay and lesbian candidates are as qualified for the office they seek as those who are not gay or lesbian. Remember the Harvey Milk experience. No community group in San Fr True, there are some incumbent politicians who should not be challenged because ofthe loyalty they have shown to our community. But if they cannot produce a clear record of support for several yef.rs^ they have earned opposition from our community. Loyalty to political parties and other entities doesn't count. Loyal support of gay and lesbian issues does, but johnny-come-lately friendship is pure political expediency. Politicians have a habit of telling you want to hear al election time. ! Electing closeted politicians over those who areout ofthe closet also will gain us nothing. If you can't see it, it doesn't count. Hat- vey Milk said, "We will gain more support by being openly gay (or lesbian) public officials with compassion tor others than by fighting for our own cause." Pa. official supports limiting disclosure of AIDS test results By TERKY MUTCHLER HARR1SBURG, Pa. (AP)- 'I he stale health secretary supports a bill designed to encourage AIDS testing by limiting disclosure of the results. Health Secretary N, Mark Richards was one of about 70 people who rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to support the measure, which is in the House Appropriations Committee. The bill would ban health or social service workers from disclosing test results to anyone other than an AIDS patient or authorized medical personnel. Reagan claims he's learned about AIDS ■iiiiiii Play Safe With Your Valentine LOS ANGELES (AP)-Ronald Reagan, criticized during his administration for his response to the AIDS epidemic, says he's now learned that AIDS is a frightening disease and that people with AIDS deserve understanding. "We al) grow and learn in our lives," Reagan says in a public service announcement for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. "And I've learned that all kinds of people can get AIDS. Even children." The 30-second television spot was directed by former "Starsky and Hutch" star Paul Michael Glaser, whose wife and son have tested positive for the AIDS virus and whose 7-year-old daughter died of the disease. Elizabeth Glaser, one of the foundation's founders, was ex posed to the virus through a blood transfusion. In June 1988, she met with then-President Reagan and his wife Nancy to discuss the AIDS epidemic. When an article on the Glaser family's battle with AIDS appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Reagans offered their assistance. The public service announcement, filmed last December, is to be aired in February. In the announcement. Reagan says the disease of AIDS is frightening and "not the people who have it'' He notes, "You can't catch AIDS from hugging some- "I'm not asking you to send money," he says. "I'm asking for something more important. Your understanding. Maybe it's time we all learned something new." Lip tricks for Valentine's Day NEW YORK (AP)-If your lips are too thin, too full or uneven, follow these easy steps with lip color for a perfect pucker for Valentine's Day. A lighter color in the center of the lip will give the illusion of fullness. So for thin lips, says Clairon, maker of cosmetics, dot lips with concealer, then gently rub with loose or pressed powder to blend. Fill in entire lip area with a lip pencil in a shade slightly lighter than your natural lip color. With a lip brush, accent the corners with a darker color, then smudge the edges to Boflen. Remember, a lighter color in the center ofthe lip will give the il lusion of fullness. For uneven lips gently sponge foundation around the lip line, then correct your lip's imperfection with a lip pencil outline. Fill in with lipstick the same shade as the pencil. Dot full lips with concealer and outline with a pencil that matches your lipstick. Fill in with a matte color since glossy lipsticks make full lips look larger. You can make glossy lip color look matte by peeling back one layer of tissue and gently pressing it against your lips after applying color. Brush loose powder over the tissue and remove the tissue. 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