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Title Montrose Voice, No. 529, December 14, 1990
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 14, 1990
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • 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 FRIDAV. DECEMBER 1. /MONTROSEVOICE 5 Give too much? Here are stress tips for 'people pleasers' By SHERI COHEN DARBONNE Monlrose Voice Editor Because gay and lesbian people tend to be more in touch with their feelings, as well as more i of and involved in their ( ty, some gays may also be overwhelmed by the "spirit of giving" and suffer their own brand of seasonal stress, according a Montrose counselor who specializes in addictions. Along with the increased stress of overcommitting—to which commercial promotions during the holidays contribute greatly— comes an increased tendency to abuse alcohol or substances. And although "holiday depression" is a universally recognized hazard of this time of year that can happen to anyone, the experiences of being gay or lesbian—often including alienation from family along with an increased sense of commitment to a much wider "family" of friends and acquaintances—lead many in the community to overentend themselves, said Uarrell Wood, staff member at the newly-opened New Focus, 600 West Gray in the Boardwalk. New Focus, a non-profit outpatient counselling center, opened its doors Monday. For the center's official grand opening Wednesday, Dec, 19, the staff will host an open house from ll:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. "During the holidays, there is so much emphasis on giving, that we forget to be good to ourselves," said Wood. And, while in some groups, depression can result from a materialistic view of the season, gays give more of themselves; the result, Wood said, is "we get caught up in the joy of giving to others, the need to reach out and touch other people...we're kind of programmed to do that." There is more of this pressure for people in alternative lifestyles, who are also grappling with a different type of relationship with their own relatives; some have been completely alienated by their traditional "families," he noted. As a result, the importance of giving everything we can—or even more—to those who returned love and acceptance, as well the general spirit of charity and community-consciousness—can become exaggerated. The tendency to over- commit can, in fact, reduce one's ability to give, and the emotional conflict can lead to depression. "We try to be the people pleasers, without realizing that we actually can't give as much if we are overspent, and overtired. "I think this community can offer (insight) to the outside community, because most people have forgotten how to touch each other...not just physically, but psychi cally, spiritually and emotionally as well. But I think that same openness makes (gays and lesbians) more prone to take on too much," Wood said. The answer, said Wood, is simple: slow down, take stock of how much you're putting out in relation to how much you're getting back, get organized, and do exactly what you can. New Focus outlines ten specific steps that can get "people-pleasers" through the holidays. To reduce holiday stress, according to New Focus: "Allow yourself time at the beginning of each day. Avoid anxiety be planning your holiday shopping on days when you don't have social functions to attend. Avoid close . the Bi eday. The staff of New Focus counselling renter. HOO West Gray, urge "people pleasers " in the community to slow down to avoid holiday stress. The new center will host an open house at its office, 600 West Gray, this Wednesday "Plan all holiday travel well in advance; make sure that you get plenty of rest and proper nutrition. Know your boundaries and limits for alcohol consumption. "Budget wisely so that overspending does not become a stressor. Make a wish list of gift items and stick to that list." Most important, said Wood and counselor Nancy Hopwood, "Don't forget that the most important gift of the season is taking time out to be good to yourself. Remember to slow down and enjoy the poinsettias!" New Focus counselling center operates on a philosophy of "treating the whole person," Baid Hopwood. Their approach is a combination of traditional and holistic methods: programs include workshops, biofeedback and employment assistance as well as group and one-on-one counselling for chemical dependency, stress management, referrals and HIV testing and counselling. Though the center has a special interest in the alternative lifestyle and HIV community and the Montrose area, staff members include "a broad range of people and talents" and full family are available, said Woud. Several ofthe New Focus previously worked at I'ri-Cor, a private re-entry counselling program for ex-offenders, which recently closed its doors after loBing a contract with the stale Board of Pardons and Paroles, Hopwood said. The center has a special emphasis on the treatment of addictions and relapse prevention. Other staff members are Ellen Abidin (program director), Paul Jones, Robert Dotson, Brad Smith and Jimmy Richards. Kids replace gay men as fastest- growing AIDS group LITTLE ROCK (AP)—It's children, not gay men, who represent the fastest-growing segment ot the population with AIDS, the state Health Department said. The reason for the increase of the disease in children is related to intravenous drug use by women of child-bearing age, said Dr. James Buehler, epidemiologist tor the national Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Bueler and Dr. Henry Masters, medical director for the AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases program at the Arkansas Health Department, addressed about 70 people Friday. Dec. 7, at a health-care workshop at the St. Vincent Center for Health Education. Children are intected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus—which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome- while still in the womb, at the time of delivery or during breast feeding, according to a report Masters wrote for the department's December HIV- AIDS bulletin. Masters s ethat Univ. of Texas grapples with multicultural curriculum issue By DARKYLEWING AUSTIN (AP)—Multicultural studies will be integral to education in the '90s, say administrators whoback such a curriculum at the University of Texas. multicultural curriculum haven't been without opponents, who say some courses are a subterfuge for professors wishing to push narrow political agendas. Multicultural ism as applied to the college curriculum means ensuring that courses in each college and school reflect an appreciation of the contributions that all cultures have made to civilization, said Texas Vice Provost George C. Wright. "I see multiculturalism as the belief that there are a wide range of perspectives in history and in any discipline that must be acknowledged," Wright said. He says he's been incorporating multicultural themes into his history classes for years. "It surprises me when people Pastor steamed over sex sounds on cable TV NEWPORT NEWS, Va. {API- Cable television subscribers should not have to make sure ihilt Bobby K. Collins, pastor of Denbigh Church of God. is threatening to organize a boycott ot the cable television franchise. Collins discovered recently that while the picture for the movies was scrambled tor those who don't buy the service, the steamy sound was perfectly clear "You didn't ask for it. you didn't buy it, you don't want it," he said. "I don't see why the burden should be on the public to get rid of it. I think the burden should be on the provider to provide it if someone does want "It's as bad or worse than Playboy,' Collins said. "I feel it is pom. period I mean anything and everything goes on. Kids could get up at midnight and The adult-oriented programs "Bimbo Bowlers" and "Ladies in Heat." They are available after 10:00 p.m. on Newport News CableVision. The programs were put on the air about nine months ago The company's general manager. Steven Santamaria, said they began airing after a marketing survey found 70 percent of city residents contacted said they had no objection to adult- oriented programs. They cost S3.95 per movie. Collins said he is not satisfied with the company's solution providing subscribers with a parental control" feature enabling them to lock out ob|ectionable channels. talk about this as if it were something new," he said. "Some of us have been telling our kids all along that the history they've been taught has, to a large extent, excluded contributions of several groups—minorities, women. "(Multiculturalism) makes us sensitive to other groups and their history, and shows a commonality in humankind." The call for racial sensitivity at Texas was sounded in April when several hundred students gathered on the West Mall and marched to the Capitol to protest racial slurs found painted on a car at the Delta Tau Delta house and a "Sambo" caricature on Phi Gamma Delta T-shirts. "In a ] this s: have so many people of all types and persuasions" Wright said. "When we have incidents like the ones last spring, that calls for us to make a strong statement against that type of behavior; to find a way to challenge those things bo that they do not con- One way has been a multicultural educational program for the entire Greek system introduced in February, said program coordinator Susan Mitchell. All of the sororities and about a third ofthe fraternities participate in the meetings on issues such as understanding the concerns ofthe disabled, American Indians or gay men and lesbians. "A lot of students come up to me after the meetings and say, 'Some of the things that the black students said—that really hurt me. I didn't mean to treat other people that way|" Ms. Mitchell said. "I say that's what this is all about—helping them understand how others feel." A univereity committee was formed to establish guidelines for a multicultural curriculum following months of controversy in the English department over an undergraduate writing course. The course, "Writing About Dif. ferencer was designed to heighten of race and gender is- proponents said. But Standish Meacham, dean of the liberal arts college, in July postponed implementation ofthe class amid disputes over the course's Its staunches! opponent, English professor Alan Gribben, accused the department faculty of politicizing the class and attempting to indoctrinate students with radical views. Gribben said he feared some professors would subordinate grammar, clarity and writing style to the discussion of racism "The readings in the course were tremendously slanted," Gribben said. "The.su 18-year-old students in a compulsory course would have to look at nothing but literature that said America was a racist, sexist, homophobic society. "I think special responsibilities of balance are attached tocompul- Gribben said that after he examined the course's syllabus, "1 could not honestly say that it was much of an English course" An English department committee finally approved a "standardized syllabus" for the course in September, though it won't be implemented until fall 1991 instead ofthe scheduled fall 1990 start. "Multiculturalism will be the key word for education," said Glenn Maloney, assistant dean of students. "I believe that will be the of the university in the >out 21 percent of the children iorn to HIV-infected mothers will lie in their first year, compared o 3.8 percent of children born to minfected mothers. "(Students will) need to leave tuniversities) knowing how to deal with other cultures. They'll have to work with diverse groups." According to predictions by the U.S. Department of Labor, blacks, Hispanics and other minorities will comprise 29 percent ofthe net additions to the labor force between 1985 and the year 2000. "We're asking for a diverse curriculum." said junior Jason Bugg. "We're asking that the university take a position and that they actually support a change that will include all cultures in the curricu- Gay/Lesbian Pride "Week logo to be chosen Tuesday The official logo for Houston Gay/ is planned for dan. 19. LssbianPride Week: 1991 willbede- _phTrfHrTTiaa nT Ttardntf elded at the pride week committee Umstinas at Jttring meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Spending Christmas Day at Metropolitan Multi-Service Center. Bering Methodist Church has be- Nominatlons for grand marshals come auction for many. Forthe of the 1991 Gay/Lesbian Pride Pa- i*51 th*"6*1 years, the Bering Care rade will also be taken at, the Dec. Center has hosted, a family style meeting, according to Felix Garcia, Christmas dinner for anyone who pride week male co-chair. The meet- Is HTV positive or has ARC ■ ing begins at TOO pjn. Twelve logo designs were previewed at pride week's annual holiday fundraiser. "Night Under the Mistletoe" last Friday, Dec. 7, Garcia said. Finalists selected by a panel of community Judges at that event will be shown Tues- Montroie Neighborhood Iventi AIDS. Eveiyone Is encouraged to bring family and friends. This year, the celebration will begin at 10:00 am. at Bering Care Center, located at 1440 Harold, with a continental breaWast. The festivities will con.- 12:00 noon In the Fellow- day, but artiste had until 6:00 pro. t"™6 yesterday (Dec. 13) to submit, en- ship HB-a of ^rhig Church, tries, he noted. The Bering Care Center will pro- Garcla noted that four of the de- ""^ *" the ^key, ham. dressing, signs shown at the fundraiser Fn- rollfl' condiments and beverages day were submitted by out-of-town for Uie dinner. Those attending are i. unprecedented in the bis- invited to bring a vegetable side plans; assessing efficacy of distribution of funds, and assessing health providers shortages in Inpatient care. Comments should be limited to these issues. The Ryan White Health Care Planning Council is responsible for assessing needs in Harris County and the surrounding counties relative to AIDS and for requesting funds under the Ryan White Comprehensive ADDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act passed by Congress this year. The meeting,which is open to the public, is an informal meeting for community Input. —Harrington gets honor Eugene Harrington has been named the first Thurgood Marshall Fellow under a new program for faculty research at Te-xas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The program, to be instituted in January, will select one faculty member each year, who will be given the opportunity to spend from six to twelve months on a study project. Harrington said he will use his released tuna for AIDS planning advocacy. Harrington is the founder and president of the AIDS Equity League. Photographers Wanted Community Publishing Company seeks professional photographers who have photos for sale of male models for varied use In advertisements and promotions. • Advertising for assorted display accounts in the Crescent City Star, Montrose Voice and Texas Gay Press. • Display advertising in other gay publications that subscribe to our photo and art feature service. We currently need photos with Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras themes [i.e., a Mardi Gras photo might show two men in costume, holding hands). Come up with your own ideas Photos should be black and white but color prints will be considered Unable to use Submit somple photos to Jerry Mulhollond, 363 Co- nal, suite 2300, New Orleans, LA 70130. (304) 524- 1408. Or to Henry McClurg, 408 Avondale, Houston, TX 77006. (713) 529-8490. If we choose to use your work, we will make you an offer te buy Your work will be used in the Cres- toiy of the local pride celebration. dish. ra dessert The executive committee had pre- Persons who wish to attend are viously decided not to exclude any- asked to RSVP by Friday, Dec. 21 by one from the design competition, calling the Bering Care Center at Garcia said. 520-7070. If transportation needed, the staff should be told then so arrangements can be -Ryan White council Two designs were received from Dallas, and another two from Austin artists. The fundraiser's "dream date auotion"raisedatotaiof»2,630f0r community meeting Gay/Lesbian pnde week, Garcia _. _. _„ _ . ,_ said. "Night Under the Mistletoe's" t^Tt,^ sponsored by top bid was el jooo for ^hoer f*^*™?™ ^ m day, Dec. 17. at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center at 6:00 pm. Frank Mlrandola of Miss Kitty's. The second place bid of S350 was received by the pride committee'i own marketing chair, Bobby Miller The purpose of the meeting ii low specific communities affected by HTV/AIDS to have input Into the Anyone who attended either the healthcare planning process 1-- OctoberorMovembermeetinglsel- Harris County Wbto to vote on the logo design. Member or ^ ^^ wno Garcia reminded. ^^ ^locua to represent tbe in- The official dates for Houston terests of the affected oommuiu- Gay lesbian Pride Week 1991, ties specifically will be present to adopted last month, are June 14- hear community concerns 23.1991.TheparadewillDeheldon t^bucs to be addreBsed by the June 23. health council are limited to the An Intensive etrategy meeting following: establishing funding for executive committee members priorities; developing county-wide Frank Mirandola got the high bid at the HGLPW '91 benefit -Night Under the Mistletoe" last Frtday, raising SI.000 for pride week Free-Lance Graphic Artists Wanted Community Publishing Company seeks free-lance artists to prepare gay-themed "clipper-style" ad layouts. We are now working on Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day events. Layouts should reflect these events from a gay perspective (i.e.. a Valentine's layout might show gay men holding hands surrounded by hearts). Come up with your own ideas. Work can be in any Submit rough-sketch ideas or completed art work to Jerry Mutholland. 365 Canal, suite 2300, New Orleans, LA 70130. (504) 524-1408. Or to Henry McClurg. 408 Avondale, Houston. TX 77006. (713) 529- 8490. We will pay per piece, S25 and up. Possibly way up. Your work will be used in the Crescent City Star, the Montrose Voice. Texas Gay Press and as part ot our photo and art clipper service to other gay publications.
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