MONTROSE VOICE I FRIDAY. AUGUST 18. 1989
Human Rights Foundation gets grant share Free zsa zsa
The Texas Human Rights Foundation will receive $52,500 ofthe
$2 million federal grant being administered by the Houston
Standard Metropolitan Statistical
Area (SMSA) HIV Advisory
Council. The Harris County Hospital District has acted as lead
agency for the council in working
to obtain the Health Resources
Services Administration grant.
The funds are part of a total
$80,000 in new grant funding the
THRF will get to continue its
statewide AIDS legal Resource
THRF, a non profit foundation
involved in civil rights litigation
and education since 1976, has provided legal services to Texans affected by AIDS since 1986. THRF
operates a toll-free telephone line
through which callers can receive
free legal counselling and attorney referrals for AIDS-related legal problems (1-800-828-6417).
The 52,500 will fund the position of an AIDS legal coordinator
for the next two years to insure
the Houston SMSA who have
been exposed to AIDS. Since 1986,
AIDS has been the leading cause
of death for men between the ages
of 25 and 44 in the Houston area.
Gene Harrington, vice president
of THRF's board of trustees and
one of 19 members of the Texas
Legislative Task Force on AIDS,
underscored the need to protect
the civil rights of people with
AIDS. Asked to explain how the
epidemic has affected the state
and individuals economically, he
referred to the Task Force's find
ings on legal issues.
Harrington stressed, however,
that the more critical question
presented by the AIDS crisis is
one of basic human dignity.
"How our state and we as individuals respond to the Al DS crisis
will e a measure of how just and
compassionate our society is
judged to be," he said,
David Bryan, THRF's legal director and grant wnter, will meet
in Houston on Aug. 29 with R.
King Hailer, director of govern
ment relations for the Harris
County Hospital District and
chairman of the advisory council.
The terms of the funded program
will be finalized at that meeting.
In addition to the federal funding, THRF was awarded grants
from two private foundations. The
Texas Equal Access to Justice
Foundation awarded $17,500 to
the legal group from its Interest on
Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOTA)
program, and the Chicago Resource Center gave THRF $10,000.
New Orleans 'Southern Decadence' is Labor Day weekend
The New Orleans Gay/Lesbian
Business and Professional Association has announced that this
year's celebration of the city's
"well kept secret holiday;' Southern Decadence Day, is scheduled
for Sunday, Sept. 2.
In 1972. several friends sharing
a house they had nicknamed
"Belle Reve" decided te host a
theme party on Labor Day weekend. Because ofthe name they had
given their large home in New Orleans' Faubourg St. John, they decided the theme should be "Southern Decadence," and everyone
should costume accordingly. The
party was such a success that the
original group decided to repeat it
the next year, but with a change.
They thought it would be fun te
meet at a bar friendly to both gays
and non-gays in the French Quarter and march back to the house.
As things go, the marchers kept
going into other bars to escape the
heat as the parade tried t
to Belle Reve. Suddenly _
realized that the entire group was
going the wrong way. They then
decided it was time to return to the
party that was already in progress at Belle Reve,
In 1974 it was decided that a
Grand Marshal should be selected
to lead the parade on its way back
i.i Belle Reve. Il was also decided
that 1974 would be the last year
the party would return to the
house, and the subsequent
partying would be held on the
streets ofthe French Quarter and
the Faubourg Marigny. That tradition has not been broken.
Grand Marshals have been chosen each year, each trying to surpass their predecessors in making
the parade routes as bizarre and
urn xyi-:i led as possible. When the
crowd of costumed revelers begins
to gather around noon for the parade, traffic on Royal Street becomes stalled ;is drivers and passengers alike rubberneck al the
strangely attired (or unattired)
parade participants. Costumes,
irom the simple to the very elaborate, typically mock famous historical and fictional characters,
as well as local celebrities.
At 3:00 p.m. on Southern Decadence Day, the Grand Marshal
and personal entourage arrive.
With the shrill of a police whistle,
the procession begins. There are
always surprises in the parade
route and few, if any, downtown
gay bars are excluded along the
way. The parade has also been
known to visit prestigious downtown shopping complexes. The
Riverwalk, Canal Place and the
Jax Brewery have been visited in
the past, along with major hotel
lobbies. Jackson Square, the
Moon Walk andnhe French Market are never spared. Kickoff parties, concerts and special events
are featured in all ofthe city's gay
and lesbian bars throughout the
This year, the New Orleans
AIDS Task Force is participating
for the first time. The organization will sponsor "Summer Sizzle"
on Saturday, Sept. 1. The event,
which will be held in the French
Market, will feature live NewOrle-
ans-style entertainment and unlimited food and drink.
You would think that Paul
Spreadbury, the man who started
the Society for Ihe Prevention of
Anything Ajj.iinsl Zsa Zsa, is a
longtime fan of Zsa ZsaGaborand
became outraged when he learned
she had been arrested lor harass-
ren paid her any
"Nah, I i
Spreadbury says. He started the organization— SPAZZ for short-
just for fun. "The poinl of this isn't
lo make money. We're losing money," said Spreadbury says.
"The point is, my God, America,
you don'l have to take everything
s.j seriously." He also has noticed a
great inequity in the Zsa Zsa case.
"We've got people who murder and
rape and walk away from the courtroom and here we are making a
case like this against Zsa Zsa?"
Spreadbury says. "Something's
It costs $19.96 to join SPAZZ and
members get a T-shirt with puffy
pink letters, custom placard and a
bumper sticker—all proclaiming
"Free Zsa Zsa."
As of" about two weeks ago,
Spreadbury only had 47 orders.
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SAY WE PARP0N OLLIE NORTH AND CALL IT A PECAPE ?! "
"I DON'T WANNA BE THE HOSTAGE ....I WANNA BE THE TERRORIST.'... JOHNNY
ALWAY5 GETS TO BETHE TERRORIST.'"
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