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Montrose Voice, No. 164, December 16, 1983 - File 002. 1983-12-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 5, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/143/show/119.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 164, December 16, 1983
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Hyde, Robert
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 16, 1983
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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Title File 002
Transcript Gay Activist Attorney Schwab Dies of AIDS Infections By Robert Hyde The illusive killer AIDS struck the gay community close to its heart Thursday (Dec. 15) and robbed it of one of its more respected and influential leaders, Morton Robert Schwab. It had been announced about a year ago that Schwab had been diagnosed with AIDS. Born in Chicago 36 years ago, Schwab obtained a Ph.D. and went on to become a noted civil rights attorney who was the chief strategist behind the landmark case of Baker vs. Wade, which resulted in section 21.06—the "sodomy statute"—of the Texas Penal Code being ruled unconstitutional in August, last year. Don Baker, plaintiff in the case and close friend of Schwab, said, "I personally join hundreds of thousands of gay men and women in Texas to mourn the loss of one of our state's foremost gay rights leaders. "Robert and I were comrades-in-arms over the years, something that solidified a deep sense of respect and camaraderie when we were caught in the trenches together." Robert Schwab in 1982 Baker said that Schwab became a close friend of his in 1976. "We worked together for so long," he said near tears. "His loss extends to the entirety of the state, because he's worked with so many of us," he continued. "I'm saddened by the fact that we've lost one of the pillars of our movement, as well as a deep personal friend." Schwab, founder of the Texas Human Rights Foundation and co-founder of Houston's Gay Political Caucus, was also known nationally as a co-founder of the National Education Foundation for Individual Rights, the Gay Rights National Lobby and the American Bar Association Committee of Gay Rights. GPC current president Larry Bagneris said, "The gay rights movement here in Houston has definitely lost a true friend and we at GPC will truely mourn one of the founders of GPC. Before his death, he was able to make a large contribution to the gay community with his fight against 21.06." Former GPC President Lee Harrington stated: "Almost all social change and pro gress begins with the court system. Robert chose this avenue in his endeavor to remove the so-called sodomy statute from the Texas Penal Code. Oppressive and unjust, it affected heterosexual as well as homosexual citizens. "His efforts were tireless and successful; the gays, in particular, will miss him very much." His body was scheduled to be flown to Miami, Fla., at 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Schwab is survived by his mother, Mrs. Esther Schwab of Ft. Lauderdale, and by his sister, Mrs. Charlene Touby of Miami. Levit-Weinstein Memorial Chapel, 1921 Pembroke Road, Hollywood, Fla., handled the final arrangements. Levy Funeral Directors at 1402 Cleburne handled the arrangements locally. A local memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8, at Rothko Chapel at 3900 Yupon in Montrose. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Texas Human Rights Foundation; 3128 Lemmon Avenue, East; No. 304; Dallas, TX 75204. For additional information, call (713) 522-0100. MONTROSE o Do Your Christmas Shopping in Montrose Hollis Hood, p.3 The Newspaper of Montrose Dec. 16. 1983 Issue *..164 Published Every Friday ■■■■■■■■■■■■■i Spirit Soars at the Lighting of the Montrose Christmas Tree By Billie Duncan Hundreds of people lined the street across from Mary's last Sunday evening for the annual lighting of the Montrose Community Christmas tree, sponsored by Mary's and the Gay Political Caucus. They were in faded jeans, leather, cotton, dresses, cut-offs. They were holding hands and holding babies. They were neighborhood people of all kinds, both gay and non-gay. And for that brief amount of time, while the traffic rolled down the street and the carols floated up the sky, it really seemed that there was peace on earth and good will towards man. The Montrose Symphonic Band, under the dynamic leadership of Andy Mills, provided the musical backbone of the evening's Christmas caroling. Voices were provided by the MCCR choir (under the direction of John Kirk- land) and the crowd. Also singing was Sharon Steenbergen in full clown costume. Her strong operatic presentation added immeasurably to the entire sound. This was the fifth year of the lighting of the tree and the fourth time the ceremony has been at Mary's. The first year, the tree was put up at the little park at the beginning of Westheimer. The Montrose Singers were there that year to sing songs of peace and love. Someone called the police. Activists Ray Hill and Phil S'usser were arrested because they had no sound permit. Later that tree was set on fire. Five years later, the mayor of Houston was at Mary's to throw the switch that lit the tree. Also on hand were city councilman George Greanias and GPC president Larry Bagneris. After mercifully short speeches by all concerned, Kathy Whitmire flipped the switch that lit the tree. About the same time, searchlights came on from the Union Jack and Numbers. After one last song, Andy Mills invited interested members of the crowd to join with him and the MSB to go on a caroling expedition of the Montrose. "Over a hundred singers and the band went around," said Mills. "We were invited into the Godfather, and we all went in and sat around the tables and entertained." They made a big circle that included a good portion of lower Westheimer, Taft, Avondale, Pacific and California. Then they returned for more Christmas cheer at Mary's. Contributions to the event were made by the Westheimer Colony, the Avondale Association, Union Jack, Numbers and Mary's. MB
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