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Title Montrose Voice, No. 338, April 17, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 17, 1987
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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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 4 MONTROSE VOICE/APRIL 17, 1987 200 Attend Opening of Straight 'AIDS-Free' Dating Service By Peg Byron NEW YORK (UPI)—About 200 people packed an opening night party Wednesday at a dating service for people who have tested "AIDS-negative," although legal and medical experts charged that the club is dangerous and possibly illegal. The dating service, the first in an area where more people have AIDS than anywhere in the nation, invited singles to sign up for membership cards if they take the blood test for the AIDS antibody and are negative, meaning they show no signs of AIDS virus infection. An equal number of men and women made up the crowd of 200 people who jammed into the opening night party at the Ampersand Singles Club's headquarters on New York's fashionable Upper East Side. Founder Gail Sheffler hired security guards to keep the affair orderly. "I came because I think it's the beginning ofthe future," said Elissa Sandler of Brooklyn. "It's difficult to go into a singles club to try to meet someone and not know if they are AIDS free. "It's a life and death issue," she said. "It's not like herpes. I was thinking of making all my dates take a blood test, but it takes six weeks to get the results." She was among several party-goers who said the club is an idea whose time had come. "Hey, I just want to play it safe," said a well-dressed man in his 30s. Some people were skeptical. One man wanted to know what happened if a club member had sex shortly after being tested and contracted AIDS. Gail Sheffler, 27, quit her job as an advertising copywriter to start the AIDS-free dating service which is Bakker-Hahn Room a Hot Item CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (UPI)— There's a new tourist attraction in town—room No. 538 of the Sheraton Sand Key Hotel where evengelist Jim Bakker and Jessica Hahn had their fateful tryst. The room goes for $138 a night and hotel manager Russ Kimball says he has been swamped with requests from people who want to stay in it or buy furnishings from it. Souvenir hunters are out of luck, Kimball said, because the bedspread, curtains, beds and even the carpeting were replaced during remodeling. Kimball said the room, with two double beds, is booked for the next three weekends. "It sells so good I'm thinking about putting 538 on every room on the fifth floor," he said. Kimball said one radio station wanted to do a broadcast from the room. "I had to tell them I was sorry but the room was booked," he said. He said the hotel continues to receive two or three telephone calls daily from radio disc jockeys around the country. He said some want hotel workers to talk about the room, while others wants to talk to guests currently in the room. Kimball said the hotel hosted a convention earlier this month and the_conventioneer who got the room happened to be named Baker, "so the radio stations called and they got Mr. Baker." Bakker's sexual encounter with Hahn in the room led to his recent downfall as head of the PTL Club. aimed at addressing awkwardness and uncertainty she says have invaded the New York singles scene. "I'm single. I'm living in New York and I'm concerned," said the energetic, dark-haired entrepreneur as the telephones in her new brownstone office jangled incessently. "I haven't sat down at a dinner party in the last two months where the talk hasn't been abut AIDS. And there is nothing oriented to heterosexuals," she said. But while Sheffler juggled scores of inquiries and prepared for her first party for prospective members, some legal and medical experts ridiculed her approach as dangerous and possibly illegal. Members will pay up to $600 to meet people ofthe opposite sex who also carry "AIDS-negative" cards. Members also have to pay for their own blood tests, costing between $55 and $250 from private physicians if not taken at one ofthe city's free clinics, Sheffler said. "It is not paranoia" for heterosexuals to be concerned about AIDS, said nurse clinician Ann Stuart of the New York Blood Center where she counsels people who take the AIDS antibody test. The Blood Center estimates between 4 percent to 10 percent of New York heterosexuals carry the AIDS virus, she said. But Stuart warned it can take several months for a virus infection to create antibodies that show up on the test and post-test sexual relations could also cause infection. But Sheffler said that her club does not guarantee its member are AIDS free. "We work with the best the medical community has to offer," she said. "There are no guarantees. But members are meeting other people who have been tested AIDS negative and chances are more than likely that these people are AIDS negative. What are your other choices?" Sheffler said that besides the usual dating questionnaires and photos, her club will offer AIDS information and even a "safe-sex video" that recommends using condoms. An opening night party of 300 was expected to draw an even larger crowd of prospective members and Sheffler hired security guards to help keep things orderly. But the Human Rights Commission said it would investigate the group for possible violations of city antidiscrimination law. "It's OK to ask if you like blondes," said commission attorney Mitchell Karp. "But it's not OK if (a negative AIDS test) becomes a precondition for participating" if the club is covered by the city's public accommodation protections. Karp added, "This sounds like just a way for men to say, 'It's OK, baby. I don't need a condom.'" Scientists believe the AIDS virus is transmitted through infected semen, vaginal fluids and blood and the U.S. Surgeon General has recommended sexually active people use condoms to prevent exposure. Community News from Neighborhood & Community Groups ^Activity Center Meeting Postponed The April 10 public meeting of the Montrose Activity Center has been temporarily postponed. A draft lease has been received for the building at 1110 Lovett Blvd., but the guarantor's issue is still a small problem. The date of the next meeting will be announced as soon as possible. HTeen Group Forming Four meetings have been tentatively scheduled for a new group for gay and lesbians ages 15-18. The group hopes to address the issues facing gay teenagers. For more information, call the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard at 529-3211. Neighborhood Sports Sports News from Montrose & Community Groups HMSA Volleyball Returns Montrose Sports Association volleyball will return for the summer season on Sunday, May 3, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Once again, play will be held at Wilson Elementary, Fairview and Yupon. Anyone, male or female, is invited to play and free refreshments will be served. Prior experience is not necessary. ^Bacchus I Wins Winter Pool League Second-place Mary's II defeated Bacchus I 8-7 Wednesday but the margin of victory was not enough to knock Bacchus out of the first place spot in the standings. Going into Wednesday's final night of play for the winter season of the M.S.A. Billiards League, Lipstick was number three. (Results of the other games and the effect on the final standings were not immediately available.) The league awards party will be held May 17 at Bacchus. For more information on the upcoming summer season, call Roger Pruett at 869-6108. The Viet Nam Restaurant and Andy presents the Finest Food in town at the Best Prices Open: 11am-10pm Sun., Ham- midnight M-F, 11am-2am Sat. 3215 Main at Elgin 526-0917 FOR HIM ) IN ( FOR HEI INTERNATIONAL MILITARY FASHIONS FRENCH * GERMAN * ITALIAN -* WWII VINTAGE * COME 3J@C__ THE FASHION ARMY AT <VlLROY'S INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SURPLUS HDQRS. MON-SAT ISS?,™, 11.6 528-2B1 HOUSION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SERGIU C0MISSI0NA MUSIC DIRECTOR Houston Symphony — Exxon Pops EH ■'.'MiWWiH'ltiffl-a The Music of Richard Rogers Newton UCayland, Conducting Janice Grrsson, Soprano Jason Smith, Tenor Richard Fink, Baritone Houston Symphony Chorus. Charles Hausmann, Director music from South Pacific. The King and I, State Fair, Carousel, Oklahoma!, and More! Fri., Apr. 17,8 p.m. Sat., Apr. 18, 8 p.m. Music Hall CALL 227-ARTS # CONTINENTAL
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