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Report calls for action against gay youth suicide
December 7, 1958—August 15, 1989
Ray Tackelson died al home in
Montrose 8/15/89 from complica-
A report just released hy the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS) Ta.sk Force on
Youth Suicide acknowledges that
lesbian and gay youth are at increased risk for suicide and calls for
"an end to discrimination against
youths on the basis of such characteristics as disability, sexual orientation and financial status."
The report, prepared under former
DHHS Secretary Otis R. Bowen,
was completed in January 1989 but
did not receive publication until this
past week. The four volume document identifies risk factors for
youth suicide, reviews prevention
activities, and defines strategies for the future.
"According to research discussed
in the DHHS report, suicide is the
lead inn cause of death among lesbian, gay and other sexual minority
youth," said Kevin Berrill, director
of the National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force's anti-violence project.
The increased risk of suicide facing
these youth is linked to growing up
in a society that teaches them to
hide and hate themselves. We welcome this report and hope it will
lead to action that will save lives."
The DHHS report reflects the
findings and recommendations of
three HM.H conferences sponsored hy
the Secretary's Tiisk Force on Youth
Suicide. Al the urging of NGLTF
and other organisations, representatives of gay and gay affirmative
groups, including Parents and
Friends of lesbians and Gays and
San Francisco's Community
Against Violence, were invited to
"All of us who participated at
these events spoke forcefully of the
need to deal with the gay youth suicide issue head on," said Berrill.
The final report also features approximately 50 papers commissioned by the DHHS Task Force on
Youth Suicide, including papers on
lesbian and gay youth suicide by
Paul Gibson, I.CSW and Joseph
Harry, Ph.D. Gibson's paper described suicide as the "leading
cause ofdeath among gay male, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual
youth," and concluded that lesbian
and gay youth "may comprise up to
30 percent of completed suicides annually. "Dr. Harry's paper concluded that "homosexuals of both sexes
are two to six times more likely tout-
tempt suicide than are heterosexu-
In a section focusing on prevention and interventions, the report
stated that "mental health and
youth service agencies can provide
acceptance and support for young
homosexuals, train their personnel
on gay issues, and provide appropriate gay adult role models Schools
can protect gay youth from abuse
from their peers and provide accurate information about homosexuality in health curricula. Families
should accept their child and work
toward educating themselves about
the development and nature of homosexuality."
Copies ofthe four volume report of
the DHHS Secretary's Task Force
on Youth Suicidecost $45 andean be
obtained from the Superintendent of
Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
He leaves his parents. Irvin and
Kalhy Tackelson. of Brook Park. Mr,
his sisters Brenda Tackelson, Karen
Carlson and brother David Carlson.
He will be missed by his many friends
in Houston, by his roommate Carmen Pollock, his longtime friend
Skip Andressen and his buddy, Charlie Pitre.
A memorial will be held in celebration of his hie. at the Rothko Chapel
reflecting pool, August 19, 1989 at
So You Plant Your Own Gardens
And Decorate Your Own Soul
Instead Of Waiting For Someone
To Bring You Flowers.
And You Learn
That You Really Can Endure
That You Really Are Strong
And You Really Do Have Worth.
From EC. BRYANT
My name Is B.C. Bryant, and I
have Cerebral Palsy I am interested in getting a social organization
started for physi-
people like myself.
Because I don't
drink or smoke or
go out to bars. I
have very few social contacts. If anyone else with a handicap Is Interested in starting a group like this,
I am Interested In hearing from
you. Please write to me at 939
Cheny Springs Dr, Houston
Rothko Chapel's Universal Youth Declaration Aug. 26
A new human rights declaration,
the 1989 Universal Youth Declaration, will be presented at a special
program at 6:00 pm Saturday,
Aug. 26 at the Rothko Chapel. The
program is free an open to the public.
The declaration was voted on by
the International Youth Convention, which met in the European
Parliament in Strasbourg, France
July 16-23. The convention was organized by AD'89 (the Association
for the Declaration of Aug 26,
1989) as a special event to celebrate the Bicentennial of the
In October, 1988, the Rothko
Chapel held a one day workshop on
"Ilie Perceptions of Human Rights
Issues by Young Americans!' The
outcome was two—fold. Four
young Americans participated in
the December, 1988, conference on
"Human Rights and the Disadvantaged" in Paris, and the Houston
commission of AD'89 was created.
AD'89, formed In France in 1986,
stated as its objective to right a
new, updated declaration of the
rights of man for 1989 The new
declaration would be adapted to
modern scientific progress and international and social changes.
The process involved groups of
young people discussing contem-
poraiy human rights issues to
draft articles for the declaration.
The members of AD'89 Houston
met regularly to prepare a draft of
the issues that concern them today. Out of this group, University of
Houston students M.K. Aaref,
Blanca Neve, Amalia Pallares and
Barry Reese, and Leo White of the
University of St. Thomas, were U.S
representatives at the youth convention in Strasbourg.
The program at the chapel will
be followed by a reception at the
AIDS Foundation-Houston and
the Houston Bar Association will
conduct a free legal clinic for
PWAs and PWARCs from 10:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the
Montrose branch, Houston Public
Library at 4100 Montrose.
The clinic will provide
ance in the preparation of wills,
living wills, powers of attorney
and designation of guardians.
There will be a brief discussion of
legal Issues specific to PWA/
PWARCs, followed by individual
consultation with an attorney.
The attorney will gather the information to prepare the neceesajy
"It Is Important to note!' said attorney John Paul Barnich, AFH opening
board chair, "that even If a person group's new home, Napoli said,
has previously executed a power of The coalition is seeking volun-
attorney, changes in the probate teers to operate Its community
-.go Quilt panel to sign i
ofthe legislature drop-in
make those powers of attorney invalid, and clients will
which conform to those
For more Information on
the legal clinic, contact the
foundation at 623-6796.
invited to the grand the Coalition at 522-5428 or come
thefaciUtiesandthe by the office at 1475 West Gray.
The Choice Coalition, an alliance of
seven Houston organizations, will
sponsor a pro-choice i-nlly in Sam
Houston Park from 9:00 a.m. to
11:00 ajn. on Saturday. Aug. 26.
The date Is the 69th anniversary of
the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to
during the day from
8:00 am. to 5:30 p.m.
Volunteers are also
needed for the evenings, as services
are hoped to be expanded to 10:00 pm.
Monday through Friday, Napoli said. The
The coalition was formed in re-
household goods sponse to the Supreme Court rul-
program. office/ ing July 3 in the "Webster vs. Re-
The People With AIDS Coalition- computer/Information line, productive Health Services" case.
Houston will hold an open house fundraising activities and Nauti- The "Webster" ruling overturned
at their new offices from 7:00 to lus*xercise programs also need the right to choice by giving states
9:00 pm. on Monday, Aug. 81. The volunteers, and volunteer drivers legislative authority over abortion
PWA Coalition is now located In are needed for the transportation issues.
the Metropolitan Multi-Service program with American red Cross Representatives of steering
Center at 1475 West Gray. and Bering Care Center - — committee organizations are urg-
"When the Coalition was forced The PWA Coalition's volunteer ing other groups and individuals
to move from 800 Rosine, Vince training does not require extended involved with human rights to at-
Ryan's office assisted us In renting weekend sessions, Napoli noted, tend and support the event.
space at the Multi Service CenteiV Training consists of one evening,
said Bill Napoli, president of the with in service updates as needed
coalition. "Since that time, we have A six month commitment Is asked
signed a one year lease which in- of volunteers.
eludes three offices and the com- For more Information on volun-
munlty drop-In room]' teering, or for an application, call
The steering organizations are
the National Organization for
Woman (HOW), Planned Parenthood of Houston, National Council
of Jewish Women, Harris County
Women's Political Caucus, Ameri
can Association of University
Women, Texas Abortion Rights Action league and the American Civil Liberties Union. Represent*
of the groups report
collectively receiving thousands
of phone calls from individuals
who are outraged by the Webster
"It was like an explosion of out-
ciy from people who took for
granted their basic human rights
to privacy and reproductive freedom;' said Lewie Tyler of the
HCWTC of the post-Webster phone
calls to women's groups. Tyler Is
steering committee chair for the
"(The rally) will give these people who feel frustrated and isolated an opportunity to see that they
are not alone, that southeast Ttexas
Is indeed for choice, and to channel
pro-choice energy into votes ...' Tyler said.
Persons interested in participating in or contributing to the event
may ceil 628-6673 or write The
Choice Coalition, PO Box 272304,
Names Project Houston has announced that a panel, to be displayed along with the AIDS Memorial Quilt In Washington, D.C, will
be available for Individuals to sign
in names of departed loved ones In
Houston over the next six weeks.
Created try Pete Martinez, the
panel will be displayed in Washington the weekend of Oct. 5-8.
This week, the panel can be
Signed at the Galleon at 9:00 pm.
on Aug. 21; Past Time at 8:00 p.m
on Aug. 22; Ri'Marks at 6:00 p.m.
on Aug. 23; Mother's at 8:00 p.m
on Aug. 26 and the Ripcord at 8:00
p.m. on Aug. 26.
In Assyro-Babylonian mythology
ISHTAR was a very unique lady, goddess
of both the morning and the evening.
Enigmatic was an appropriate description: a
On August 26th The ISHTAR Gallery will
open its doors to the public. It promises,
like the mysterious goddess that it takes its
name from, to be something very different
and very special.
ISHTAR Gallery is a Montrose
Community Business, supporting local
talented artists and shall donate a portion of
each sale made back to the community.
The gallery will be open:
Ttlcs-Thurs nam to 7pm
Friday nam to 9pm
Saturday nam to 6pm
(Closed Sunday 6 Monday)