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Montrose Voice, No. 28, May 8, 1981 - File 004. 1981-05-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 3, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1535/show/1521.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 28, May 8, 1981
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date May 8, 1981
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 004
Transcript May 8,1981 / Montrose Voice / Page 3 Montrose News Man charged with arson in 9 Montrose fires Robert Howard Higgins, 21, of 1400 Richmond, was jailed without bond about 1:30 a.m.April 30 after he allegedly set fire to a garage at 1833 Harold, the Houston Chronicle reported. A total of nine garages in Montrose had been set on fire in a 90-minute spree, it was reported. Police were reported to have said that Higgins is suspected of going from one location to another on his 10- speed bike. Arson investigaor H.M. Atchison said he arrested Higgins after he had made a statement about all of the fires, the newspaper reported. Atchison was quoted: "He said he had no reasons. He said he was coming back home on Kipling and he just felt like setting a fire." "He said he went over and set a garage fire, and then he woke a woman up and took a garden hose and was extinguishing the fire when the firefighters arrived." Atchison said he spotted Higgins setting the last fire when he drove around the corner of Harold and Kipling, the newspaper reported. Two of the fires were at occupied gararge apartments which had to be evacuated. Two were on Harold and the others on Kipling from the 1400 to 1800 blocks. Four more fires were reported earlier in the area, but the supsect denied setting them, Atchison said, according to the newspaper. Show nets $5000 toward Montrose Clinic "Mother Ruth's Zap Clap Revue" May 5 at Babylon, 300 Westheimer, netted about $5000 from the 500 to 600 people present, said Ruth Ravas, a screening cor- rdinatoor of the City of Houston Health Department. A goal of $84,000 had been set to establish the Montrose Clinic and the total raised following the show exceeded $20,000, she said. Although no location had been selected, Ravas said it would be "as near to Montrose and Westheimer as possible." The planned purpose of the clinic is to diagnose and treat sexually-transmitted diseases. The City of Houston Health Dept.'s mobile van had been setting up frequently in Montrose and the May schedule included the Different Drum, 1732 Westheimer, on May 17. Additionally, venereal disease tests without the van were being conducted in gay clubs several times a month, and the May scheduled included May 8 at the Galleon, 2303 Richmond; May 13 at Midtowne Spa, 3100 Fannin; May 16 at Club Baths, 2205 Fannin; May 23 at Mary's, 1022 Westheimer; and May 27 at the Copa, 2631 Richmond. The Zap Calp Revue was staged, directed and choreographed by Danny Villa of the Different Drum and featuring "the hot, healthy bartenders of Montrose." Most gay clubs were represented. "The reason we are here, of course is to raise money for the Montrose Clinic. ... The old 'My-uncle's-got-a- barn-and-why-don't-we-put- on-a-show' syndrome applies," Villa said. Ravas said plans were in the works to repeat the show. "Some of those bartenders were stage fright at first, but once they heard the applause, some were ready for a stage career," Ravas said. "They can't wait to do it again." Harrington says he'll sue the city over lost job Lee Harrington,' president the Gay Political Caucus, said May 6 that he would be announcing through a news conference a few days later that he is suing the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Council and the council's general manager over his firing from the council last year. Harrington said he was fired when he was elected president of GPC June 18, 1980. The Convention and Visitors Council is a tax- supported institution. Harrington said he was fired because of his political activity on his own time. He said the Houston City Coun cil twice froze the Convention and Visitors Council's half-million dollar quarterly appropriation because of his political activity. Since then, the Texas Employment Commission ruled in his favor, he said. Harrington said he would be announcing the filing of the suit on the steps of City Hall at 7:00 p.m. May 12, and he expected it to be a major story on the 10:00 p.m. news on Houston television stations later that evening. Harrington said he would take the opportunity of the media attention to also announce two programs the Gay Political Caucus, the city largest gay political organziation, would be starting to undertake. One would be a task force to verify greivances from persons who feel they were fired or forced out of jobs because they were homosexual. If verification shows an employer was guilty of firing someone because of sexual orientation, protests would be staged at the business' location, he said. The other program, he added, would be taking it a step further by using economic boycotts by gay people of products and services at businesses who would not sign a non-discrimination policy document. The MONTROSE VOICE is published every Friday. Offices: 3520 Montrose, suite 227, Houston, TX 77006. Phone (713) 529-8490. Contents copyright -c198l. Office hours: l-8pm. ADMINISTRATIVE/EDITORIAL: Henry McClurg, publisher/editor. Member Gay Press Association and Texas Gay News Association. Items appearing in the Voice accredited to Copley News Service, San Francisco Chronicle Features Syndicate, Surburban Features, or United Feature Syndicate are copyrighted by those concerns and are purchased by the Voice for use in this newspaper. All other items in the Voice are copyright by the Montrose Voice. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to 3520 Montrose, suite 227, Houston, TX 77006. Subscription rate in US: $39 per year, 52 issues, or $24 for six months, 26 issues. ADVERTISING: Randy Brown, director. Advertising deadline: Every Tuesday, 7:00pm, for issue to be released three days later. National advertising representative: Joe DiSabato, Rivendell Marketing, 666 6th Avenue, New York 10011, (212) 242-6863. Texas advertising representatives: Jim Olinger and Wade Frey, Connections, 2401 Manor Road, #118, Austin 78722, (512) 474-1660; Roy Hall, Metro Times, POB 225915, Dallas 75265, (214) 528-9944. Ben Sargent WELL, ONCE MORE WE KADTOBEATBACK THE MENACE OF INITUTiVEAH' REFERENDUM"'^ ^. - YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN laws? HKt, < YOU THINK }0U COUlD'VE 0UUAWED OGABETTt PAPERS? OR LET UNDERTAKERS CURSE IN FRONT OF THE DEAD? HUH? MADE THE ARMAPILLDTH' STATE BEAST? LET IHaSLATORSTNX pistols? HoP000- it takes US TDOSTUFFUKETHAT.'- V KNOW- YDO PEOPLE ARE A THREAT to REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AS WE KNOW Iff OnrWWltl^Swfcite
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