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Title Houston Voice, No. 903, February 13, 1998
Contributor
  • Michelak, J. C.
  • Murphy, Terry
Publisher Window Media
Date February 13, 1998
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript I'l-H-m ES331 HOUSTON VOICE One Community! One Voice!. ISSUE 903 EDITORIAL FEBRUARY 13. 1998 Established 1974 as the Montrose Star, reestablished 19S0 as the Houston Montrose Star. Changed name to The Houston Voice in 199! incorporating the New Orleans Crescent City Star. Reestablished as the Houston Voice by Thomas Nelson in 1993 311 Westheimer. Suite 105 Houston. Texas 77006 (713)529-8490 (800J 729-8490 Fax (713)529-9531 Email editor@houstonvoice com (eed back @ hou ston voice com Contents copyright 1998 Office hours 9 OOam-S 30pm weekdays Assacfate r ubllsfier J C Michelak Terry Murphy Editorial Carolyn Roberts - S*CiitI Elltir Rich Arenschieldt. Larry Lingle. Carolyn Roberts. Vickie Shaw. Ella Tyler. Patricia Nell Warren Steven David, Dalton DeHart froductitn Connie Marmole-o - FrallCtlM Hllllir Vilven Design Group Mvertlslnrj Salts J C Michelak Carolyn Roberts Umlnlsttatlvt Assistant Marshall Rainwater Classifieds and Persanals National Advertising Representative Rivendell Marketing PO Box 518. Westfield NJ 908-232-2021 To submit a letter ■e editor should be (ewer lhan 40 reserve Ihe right to edit lor content and length We mill •urithhold names upon request but you must include ytx* name and phone number lor wendcation Please send mad to Houston Voice. 811 V*stheimer Suile 105. Housion TX 77006 fax (713) 529-9531 or e-ma.l lo ■**- lor@houstonvoice com Opinions expressed therein do nol refect those ol the Houslon Voice ■ Partial or comi i>ews article or feature cop » or p holograph from Vcce is specifically prohibited by lederal statute ■ Opinions eipressed I of the Houslon Voice or its start and <ve said articles or likeness ol persons living or bead, real or lie Iwnai m the cartoons • Publics lie of lhe name or photograph of any person c organization in articles or advertising in the Houston Voice i not to be construed as any indication ol the sexual onenta ■ion ol said person or organization • The appearance ol advertisemenls or opinions expresse' guarantee by th POSTMASTER Send address ci Westheimer Suite 105 Houston TX T. Subscription rale in US (by earner or xeek (S45 50 per 6 months or S9I 00 p Display advertising deadline 12 00 no reserve space 5 00pm CST Monday le Fnday publication Classified advertising deadkne 12 00 m te financial responsibility lor Rmeomtb .*, M :■ dams by tf newspaper of any fraudulent or deceptove advertising Charier Member Greater Houslon Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce National Gay Newspaper Guild-member Gay and Lesbian Press Assooalion-inember. Associate member Associated Press-associate member Talking about community values A queer form of political correctness tries to silence discussion of moral choices. by CHRIS CRAIN For all our talk about breaking down societal taboos and giving voice to unpopular points of view, we homosexuals have a verboten topic all our own. We have an awfully difficult time talking about moral values. It's easy enough to understand why. All our lives, lesbians and gay men have been hammered into submission by "family values" rhetoric and the social and legal condemnation thai has come along with it. Understandably, we are wary of the coercive power of public morality and the relative ease with which media- hungry politicians and religious leaders use talk about "values" as a wedge to divide folks into convenient camps: American vs. un-American, the saved vs. the damned, us vs. them. Our collective take on the historical role of public "values" in this country is not an attractive one. Judeo- Christian moral values have been used, many would say warped, to subdue ethnic minorities (particularly blacks) and women inlo second-class citizenship, while reserving full participation in American society for the proverbial "straight white male." espe cially those of the WASP variety. ** One by one, each of these oppressed groups has thrown off the yoke of value laden discrimination, and has won civil rights, cultural acceptance, and greater involvement in the life of the nalion. Now that il looks to be our turn (finally) to live our lives without moral condemnation from the outside, we gays seem loath to open up Pandora's box and allow a free-flowing dialogue of our own about the "lifestyle choices" we make as gay men and lesbians. And woe to those who dan* by to broach that forbidden subject mailer. We eat Ihese heretics for lunch—pasting ihem with vicious personal attacks, impugning their motives. overstating their positions and. most discouraging of all. tarring them as "self-righteous" and accusing them of acting like the Queer Moral Majority. The ones on the cultural right take the most heal. Gabriel Rotello. Michelangelo Signorile. Andrew Sullivan. Camille Paglia, even Larry Kramer—all caricatured as hypocritical, bitchy, moralizing airbags in something of a hysterical (panicked!?) over-reaction to their very passionate arguments about the kind of world we homosexuals should be working toward. Drug use, unsafe sex, public sex, religion, sexism—each of us makes choices in these areas that affect our lives and the culture and society we share. Why shouldn't these issues be open lo vigorous, respectful and civil debate? To be sure, none of these cultural critics is beyond personal criticism. r\nd some sling mud al Iheir intellectual rivals wtth at least as much rigor as do their critics. But is that the point? Should personal attacks pass muster as social criticism? Is it all about engaging in a contest for whose private life best reflects her moral philosophy? We need to find a language with which we can (alk about values without difference of opinion being confused for condemnation. Otherwise, we have managed to take live-and-let-live moral relativism to an all new level: Not only is your morality your own business, but when someone else shares her ideas about values and life choices, she's somehow violating your "moral space." Why be offended when someone else questions your ethical choices? Because il mighl make you second- guess your own value system? Because you're sick and tired of having to defend your life to someone else, thank you very much? To bow out of that conversation is to check out of life, or at least a thoughtful, examined life. We'll never win the hearts and minds of Judeo-Christian middle Americans if they adopt the same head-in-the-sand intransigence to our view of how the world should be. Let's set an example, as a community, of how folks can thoughtfully and respectfully examine iheir individual value systems without condemnation, recrimination or invoking governmental coercion. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hi Ho Silver screen ■Just wanted to take an opportunity to thank the Houston Voice and reviewer Stephen Underwood for the excellent reception that you gave the film "American Cowboy." As a result of the review and other coverage in the Houston area, the film played lo a sold- out crowd at MFA's Brown Auditorium. The audience was a wonderful mix of people many of whom indicated that they had come because of Mr, Underwood's review. As the executive producer of the film, I just wanted to let you know that we appreciate the work of your fine publication and that I turn to it myself every week to be in the know about Houston's events, happenings and special film offerings. Keep up the good work. Calvin Preece Houston * IJart-iss'-Wiaf could bave.Wn. ——\?u*r vneflen'-f . labTech Mrotiauf WIY&A barbie fcarWe barbie Fan mail I wanted to lake Ihis time to commend you on a excellent paper. These past weeks I have noticed the layout of the paper has been superb! As always the articles are very informing and (rue to the picture, bul the lav- out has made the text to be a delight to read and very enjoyable. I know (hat il takes super leam work to publish a newspaper on a weekly basis. But the editor should be congratulated on working with a group of Individuals who can grab a readers attention wilh the layoul of the paper. I hope as the editor of the Houston Voice you will pass this Information on the the various departments. And each and everyone of you should pat your- self on the back. Sincerely, A devote reader via the internet Butfch fcarbie http://www.reuben.org/janesworld janetcxxi@mindspring.com FEBRUARY 13 1
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