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Title Houston Voice, No. 998, December 10, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 10, 1999
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 10, 1999 NEWS 13 Millennium March sets platform, confirms entertainment > Continued from Page 1 She will likely take a brief leave from LGRL as the march draws nearer, Hardy-Garcia .said. "The position with the march is a full-time paid position if they can pay me," she said, making reference to the financial instability of the April march. "What's really important, though, is that the board of LGRL sees this as an investment." March organizers plan to share the event's registration list with state and local groups, meaning LGRLcould potentially acquire from the march a list of gay men and lesbians in Texas that the lobby may not already have in its databa.se. Proceeds from the march will also partially benefit load and state organizations around the country, Hardy-Garcia said. 'Needed in Texas' Clarence Bagby, a board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and past president of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, said he supports Hardy- Garcia's work, but would like to see her working on issues in Texas. Bagby served on the LGRL board until his term expired last summer. "While Dianne is extremely talented and a very effective lobbyist, there's so much more to be done here in Texas in terms of organizing a grassroots structure that it's a little troubling to see that talent and energy siphoned away for Ihis event in Washington," he said. Bagby said LGRL has done an effective job of mobilizing gays and lesbians in large Texas cities, but smaller communities in outlying areas need to be organized, too, he said. The mailing list the march will gather will not likely help with that, he said. "It's not going to add names to our list of people who .ore going to organize in East Texas, West Texas and in the valley," Bagby said. Hardy-Garcia said she supports grassroots organizing and wants LGRL to reach into areas not previous reached, but she said her brief absence will not impact those efforts. "LGRL doesn't run because of me. lt runs because of members and volunteers," she said. March takes shape Hardy-Garcia is in charge of community organizing, outreach and communications for the march. She is also running a Washington, D.C. office that opened this week. Hardy-Garcia has said she would like to have been appointed co-executive director at least a year ago, but she said she plans to make sure the event runs smoothly anyway. "I'm just going to have to work mv ass off," she said. During the few weeks she has been at the helm, a number of important decisions have already been made. In addition to acquiring an office, march organizers have articulated a vision and lined up three big-name celebrities to handle the entertainment. The event, originally planned as only a rally, also now includes a march through the streets of the nation's capital. Actors Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche and singer Melissa Etheridge will be among performers who will entertain gay men and lesbians from across the nation gathered on the National Mall. "Ellen and her partner aAnne have served as inspiring role models for a rising generation of lesbian and gay youth -and have furthered understanding and acceptance in the larger society," said -Ann DeGroot, one of the march's four national co-chairs. Donna Red Wing, another march chair, said Etheridge will be making her second appearance at a national gay and lesbian march. She appeared at the 1993 march. The Millennium March will also include a march, Hardy-Garcia said this week. Onlv a rally had been planned, but some groups wanted a march and organizers had said recently they would attempt to get permission from the city to march. "I'm can say confidently that there will be a march," Hardy-Garcia said. "The permit is secure. That was a big concern. It's kind of complicated to get a march permit in Washington, D.C." In addition to performances by the entertainers, stage presentations about platform issues are planned. Organizers received more than 40,000 ballots from several hundred thousand that were distributed to gay men, lesbians and allies in venues across the nation and online to determine the platform. The group has dedded to adopt a "work ing vision" and is encouraging gays to continue submitting ballots by mail, e-mail, fax and at www.mmow.org. The eight priority issues that make up the working vision: hate crimes legislation; ending workplace discrimination; racial justice; family values, including marriage and partner rights, adoption and child custody; health care; legal protection for youth; and overturning anti-gay initiatives and laws. Troubled past Hardy-Garcia said she is aware that feelings have been hurt by management changes the march has undergone. As recently as last month, former executive director Robin Tyler, the march's founder, resigned citing creative differences with the board. From the beginning, the Human Rights Campaign and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the groups who first announced the event, have been criticized for attempting to design an event without community input. Detractors have also questioned the event's goals and timing. But Hardy-Garcia said she is confident that the event itself will wipe away the pain some have felt. "In the end, what people will remember is what it feels like to be on that mall with thousands and thousands of people like them," she said. engag Chat | Personals | News | Travel | Entertainment | People rfc PlanetOutcom www.planetout.com | AOL Keyword; PlanetOut engage ■-> enjoy F^TOTT*tt-T7TT7T7'*. 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