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Title Houston Voice, No. 825, August 16, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date August 16, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 002
Transcript VOICE lie 1/oiee e^ ^faiutotri fyaif, ^eiiiau, SiMlauU, & "JtatiA^ttutened, (ZommUitUt? CHARTER MEMBER I Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 'VVVVVVV AUGUST 16, 1996 ■ ISSUE 825 V W V' How Big is That GOP Tent? Log Cabin Republicans Meet in San Diego By Curt Morrison I The "Big Tent" philosophy ofthe Republican party that claims to be both inclusive and diverse is being questioned, The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), citing polls, indicates that only 14% of self-identified gay and lesbian voters cast their ballot for George Bush in 1992. No surprise there, considering the tumultuous GOP convention that occurred in Houston that same year. What is surprising 1 however is the exit polling data from 1994. i According to a Mitofski Organization report released by the NGLTF, 32% of our community voted Republican in 1994. Whether or not the 1996 Republican ticket of Bob Dole and Jack Kemp can maintain that Scott Kennedy and Kevin Maye bring the Gay Comedy Jam to Houston's Laff Stop |j| show will be a live taping for a new CD, ■% their first. They've been Domestic Partners in real life since 1993, but they perform separately. They have closed many of their shows by I sharing the stage and conducting an "audience participation" gay version ofthe dating game. Starting The Gay Comedy Jam Freedom Tour 1995 was somewhat as a defense mechanism so that the two could „.... have more time together. "Being able to do I what you love and do ii with the person you love is the best thing in the whole world," says Kennedy. "You always have somebody next to you to do something with and talk to." Maye agrees that it was really a smart choice for them both personally and professionally. "It was a really smart move that enhanced our careers and made us level ofthe gay and lesbian vote remains to be seen and is certainly incumbent upon what happens in the months to come during this election cycle. Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), a nationwide gay and lesbian group, convened in San Diego last weekend prior to the GOP convention to work with the Republican establishment in an attempt to dissuade the intolerance that has become synonymous with the Republican Party. Not an easy feat for any organization who goes against the grain ofthe GOP's grass root ideologues, however, the gay group is currently in a better position to confront the bigotry than it has been in previous conventions. With 10,000 members nationwide, Log Cabin is three times the size it was in 1992 providing the organization with much more influence. The group's influence was prevalent during their National Convention held in San Diego prior to the Republican National Convention. Texas Log Cabin members from Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio were present at the LCR convention providing our state with an impressive presence. The Houston chapter had the iargest delegation led by LCR Houston President Gary Van Ooteghem. Upon arrival, the organization was invited to a welcoming reception with the Mayor of San Diego, Susan Goiding, a "moderate" Republican. And, for the first time three openly gay delegates, all of whom are members of the organization, will be participating in this year's Republican National Convention. The three delegates who comprise this historic first are: New York delegate Mike Flynn who works for Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Abner Mason, a Massachusetts delegate who works for Senate Candidate and state Governor William Weld; and Mark Patrosso, a delegate from California who works for an electronics firm. During the LCR convention, the group participated in several committee meetings, luncheons with dignitaries and lobbying media and delegates about the organization's goals to incorporate the GOP into that Big Tent party they purport to maintain. The weekend began with a compelling keynote address by famed author Chandler Burr who (Continued on page S) Gay Comedy at Laff Stop Local guys prove being Gay is a laughing matter By Deborah Bell The first impression of Scott Kennedy and Kevin Maye is that they are really nice guys. And that they have a caring, committed relationship that many in our community might envy. The fact that these two found each other and love in the wacky world of stand-up comedy, developed a relationship while both were traveling all over the country for gigs, and that they have developed a very successful "Gay Comedy Tour" is rather amazing. They were named by the Hollywood Reporter as "The Most Successful Gay Comics." That honor apparently was well earned as the two can't even play all the dates they have been asked to play, and have sell-out audiences all around the country and Canada. They have appeared on the Comedy Channel, Evening at the Improv, and HBO. They've opened for many top name performers. They will be featured in an October episode of "In the Life" which airs on PBS stations around the country (call Ch.8 and ask them when it will be on here). Tuesday you can catch the guys on the radiowaves at Buzz 107fm. They will appearing at The Laff Stop at 1952 W. Gray on Monday August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th, starting at 8pm each night. Opening performer is Frank Lockwood. Tickets are pre-paid only and if you haven't gotten a ticket yet, hurry, their shows are sell outs, with good reason. Group discount rates are available prior to Monday. The guys are especially excited about playing in their hometown and that the Laff Stop enjoy it a lot more", he asserts. "We definitely consider our relationship a marriage, " Kennedy explains, agreeing with me that there are no good words for us to use as same-sex partners. "We say Domestic Partners, but that sounds like one of them is a pet." He,adds, "I know, it's not a good word. We haven't come up with anything we like." Scott Kennedy defies many stereotypes and jokes about being someone that the Lesbians are attracted to because of his "jock" personae. "Yeah we can go play pool after the show, they win, everyone has a nice time and Kevin can do their hair." He explains that prior to touring together, the two spent a lot of time apart as their out of town gigs took them in various directions. Kennedy says that they both always wanted to be performers. Getting started is the hardest part. "There is no school for it," Kennedy explains. Growing up in the Southwest, including New Mexico and Lubbock.Texas, playing football and attending a military school, few people suspected his sexual orientation. Kennedy was such a "regular guy" it didn't occur to his crowd of friends that he was a "faggot", a (Continued on page II) 'Brian Keever, Board Member and Darren Armstrong, treasuer ofthe Pride Committee of Houston present checks to Dallas Crawford ofthe AIDS Housing Houston/Milam House, Christi Burchetle, Co-facilitator ofthe Texas Lesbian Conference, and Jim Carper, treasurer ofthe Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Houston. Walgreens that AIDS Built target of Protest This Walgreens soon be a p Removal of Publications at Issue A Walgreens Drugstore in the Montrose Area has become a target of protest after removing a locally published magazine directed to a gay and lesbian readership. The magazine OutSmart and other such publications are no longer being distributed from the Walgreens store located ai 3317 Montrose Boulevard.This Walgreens has been called "the drugstore that AIDS built" due ■*Bi«V>« in the large volume of business the store does because of the HIV and AIDS treatment drugs it otest spot. sells. It has been said to be the second largest revenue producer in the Walgreens chain in the country. The Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (HGLPC) at its meeting on August 7 discussed this matter and directed its President Pat Gandy to notify the press. Gandy had contacted the corporate office via phone and letter after ascertaining that it was true that the magazine had been pulled from the store. In addition to sending letters, Gandy has talked to the manager of the Montrose Walgreens Store in person. He assured her that the decision is a corporate one and that he has no control over the issue now. Specifically, HLGPC would like for those who are upset by this action from Walgreens to do the following: 1. To protest this decision, write to: Mr. Daniel Jorndt. President, (Continued on page 19)
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