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Title Houston Voice, No. 1018, April 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date April 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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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Transcript -t- 12 NEWS APRIL 28, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Gay educators group forming in Houston > Continued from Page 1 group in 1994. There are now 85 local chapters around the country and the organization supports students who start gay- straight alliances in their schools. The number of gay-straight alliances has "exploded" in recent years, especially since college student Matthew Shepherd was murdered in 1998, in part for being gay, Kevin Jennings, GLSEN's founder and executive director, recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Now, there are an estimated 700 GSAs around the country. Murray's effort has the support of GLSEN, which will send its southern field organizer, Brenda Barron, to Houston in early June to talk with local organizers. Based in Atlanta, Barron's territory includes Texas. Barron said she will help guide the local community in starting the chapter. "Ultimately, it takes the people in the community to get the chapter started," Barron said. "It takes a strong grassroots voice and grassroots organizing and seeking action using democracy as it should be used—voices heard for change." Without the whole community, she cautioned, it won't be effective, Once a chapter is in place, change is brought about "by spreading the word and educating the community for the need to change the language in school policy," a process that isn't quick, Barron said. "The efforts produce a much more open environment to get policies in place and training in place," she said. But efforts to start a GLSEN chapter in Houston already have the backing of some HISD officials. "We need an organization to work with the system to make the system more responsive," said Harriet Arvey, assistant superintendent for student services at HISD. "I would personally like to see a policy that does address bias regarding sexual orientation for students and teachers. By not having one, we are not sensitive to gay and lesbian administration staff, teachers and students." While HISD has worked with PFLAG to hold training sessions for counselors, the school district's record on gay and lesbian issues is spotty. HISD received an "F" from GLSEN in a 1998 report grading the nation's 42 largest school districts on how well they protect gay and lesbian students and educators. The report graded the school districts in six areas, including whether school policies protected students and staff from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, if staff training includes gay and lesbian issues, if curriculum is inclusive and whether gay-straight alliances are allowed. Houston joined San Antonio and 40 percent of the school systems in reporting a "no" in all six areas; Dallas earned a 21ST CENTURY BIOTECHNOLOGY You may be practically immune to HIV-i: Order our simple at-home test for $79.00 today. Are you Resistant to HIV-1? 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Terry Abbott, HISD's press secretary, said the school district has policies in place to protect "all students," though the policies don't specifically mention gay and lesbian students. Abbott said he disagreed with findings of the 1998 GLSEN report. But he said he was unfamiliar with efforts to organize a GLSEN chapter in Houston and refused to comment. Murray wants the metro Houston chapter to be diverse, she said. "I want everyone to feel welcome," Murray said. "They don't have to be gay or lesbian to be a part of the organization. I want it to be diverse organization building a coalition across the entire learning spectrum." Brenda Barron, GLSEN's southern field organizer, will come to Houston in early June to help bolster efforts to start a chapter of the national group here. Organizers planned their first meeting this week and are set to staff a booth at Resurrection MCC on April 30 and May 7 to recruit volunteers. 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