JUNE 13, 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 3
Cable to Show
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The story of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community
Churches, "God, Gays and the Gospel," has been scheduled to be
shown on Storer Cable Channel 22
on Monday, June 16, and again
Monday, June 23, with both showings at 9:00 p.m.
The film is presented by the Rev.
Troy Perry, founder and moderator
of the Universal Fellowship, who
parallels the growth of the gay
rights movement with that of the
UFMCC, and also presents a simple
message: that it is possible to be
both gay and Christian, an MCCR
Storer Cable, which serves Houston east of 1-45, is airing the one-
hour documentary on its public
access channel. Negotiations are
also underway with the Warner
Amex system, which serves primarily West Houston (including Montrose), said MCCR's Len Shelton,
who coordinatd the airing of the
film with Storer.
"I encourage those people in the
community who live in an area services by Storer Cable to share the
film with their friends who don't, by
either taping the flim or inviting
them over for one of the two showings," Shelton said.
"I'm especially happy about the
dates we have arranged, which fall
during the celebration of Gay Pride
Week," he said.
LIBERTY IS IX OIR GRASP
What They're Saying Is Not True
By Ray Hill
Hoard member, Houston Cay Pride Week
Houston has received a lot of
national attention since Gay Pride
Week 1985. We are the city where
Louie, Baptist ministers and the
Klu Klux Klan run the politics;
where upper-middle class matrons
make daily trips to the bread lines
because oil can be had for only $17 a
barrel; and where the police stalk
people with AIDS like hunting
Nor have gay men and lesbians
been hitchhiking out of town with
cardboard suitcases. But you would
get that impression from the media
Truth is: Louie deserved and got
his ass kicked; Baptist minsters and
the Klan are considered the clowns
they deserve to be; and Houston was
built on $5 a barrel oil, so a price
three times that can't be too bad.
Further, only Houston police had
enough sense to call the gay community for help in coping with problems they could not handle.
As for the cardboard suitcases,
they are more likely to be good
leather and they are coming in to
help us celebrate Gay Pride Week
I'm getting a little tired of being
the forgotten minority, theinvisible
people, and among those fearful. We
are a remarkable people. For centuries we survived by hiding, being
secretive about our orientation. We
have been crucified, burned at the
stake, beaten, murdered, and
thrown in prison.
I once met with five men sentenced to life under the pre-1974
Texas Sodomy Statute and the Habitual Criminal Act, two of them lovers, for the multiple convictions of
sex with each other.
In spite of all that, our contributions to art, science, government,
education, business, liberty and
peace have been well-documented.
From Michelangelo lying on his
back painting his friends into the
ceiling ofthe Sistine Chapel, to Dag
Hammarskjold's mailing his companion a letter as he boarded a
plane in Africa that crashed an
hour later. From Socrates the first
teacher, to the father of modern education, to Sgt. Leonard Matlovitch
teaching Air Force personnel how to
cure racism. We are a courageous,
selfless people who have given gen
erously of ourselves to improve the
world that seemed to hate us.
It is no surprise to me that the
only woman remembered in her
own right from ancient Greece, Sappho, is our sister, nor is the commanding character of Gertrude
Stein or that of her beloved Alice
any surprise. We are not the scum
those clowns have been calling us.
We do not have to lie for money like
the Baptist preachers who attack us
or hide behind sheets like the Klan.
We are a good and responsible
people who have risen to the challenges of our community in our
We have much to celebrate. We
deserve the attention and the mutual support we plan to express this
Gay Pride Week.
"Liberty is in our grasp."
We need only stand with each
other as we reach out and take it. Set
yourself free, and bring your freedom for others to celebrate at the
events of this Gay Pride Week.
Seventeen years ago a handful of
punks and drag queens decided they
had been pushed around too long
and took a stand on Christopher
Street in New York. Four days later
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they had won because they were
right. As we celebrate in Houston
1986, know that we will win,
because we are right. There have
been setbacks and there will be
more, but our cause is just, our goals
are reasonable, and togather liberty
is in our grasp.
It's Not Too
Joe Wilson, Houston Gay Pride
Week Committee treasurer, says it
is is not too late for entries in this
year's parade. There are presently
33 entries, he said, with a heavier
percentage of non-professional
entries, due in part to Houston's
"However, original nonprofessional entries are always
encouraged and show much creativity and enthusiasm," Wilson said.
The last parade committee meeting,
and the last chance to register an
entry, will be Thursday, June 26.
Meanwhile, another resignation
has been tendered to the Gay Pride
Week Committee, an organization
already beleaguered by eight resignations last month.
Tony Vega, member ofthe parade
coordination committee of HGPW,
claimed "irreconcilable differences" with Wilson. He added that
while he did not consider himself a
quitter, conditions were unacceptable for the two to continue to work
Vega also claimed that the bulk of
the parade work has been done and
that his successor should have few
"I hated to seem him resign. I
enjoyd working with him and I
thank Tony for all the work he has
done in years past," said Wilson.
Wilson also cited a difference of
opinion between the two over handling of HGPW funds.
Ray Hill, HGPW board member,
acknowledged Vega's past work as
a volunteer and wished him well in