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Montrose Voice, No. 318, November 27, 1986 - File 004. 1986-11-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 6, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/189/show/167.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 318, November 27, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date November 27, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • 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 Counseling Center Tackles 'Triple Whammy' of Stress NOVEMBER 27, 1986 / MONTROSE VOICE 3 By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voire The AIDS crisis, a sagging city economy and an increasingly conservative political environment are hitting Houston's gay community with a "triple whammy" of stress, according to the directors of the Montrose Counseling Center. At an administrative meeting Monday. Nov. 24, the directors said stress and anxiety affected both client load and program focus in 1986, but some positive results were noted. The center currently sees a total of about 600 people in an average month, executive director Kenneth K. Vance said. "Houston has been hit by a triple whammy, compared to some other areas," Bill Scott, the center's clinical director, said. Here, in addition to a bad economy, gays have faced political defeats at the state (21.06) and local (gay rights referendum) levels, he explained. And, in spite of an overwhelming public health problem, AIDS programs here have received little support from government agencies and grant programs. AIDS-related issues have comprised the community's mosl urgent needs this year, and have changed the way gay people look at themselves, the counselors reported. "There has been a total, overall bereavement overload in every depart ment of the Montrose Counseling ('en ter," Scott said. "This overload sometimes tears down roping mechanisms." For this reason, the center has support groups for staff as well as clients to deal with AIDS and the grid and tensions associated with it. The staff support group meets weekly. For the community, the center offers a total of 10 separate AIDS support groups, according to Miles Glaspy, AIDS program coordinator. Six new groups were added this year, including support groups for survivors, parents, lovers and the worried well. The center also offers a risk reudction workshop and two support groups for AIDS patients. But anxieties associated with AIDS and death have resulted in some trends that can have positive effects in (he long run, the counselors said. "I've noticed more emphasis on internal gratification, as opposed to external," Glaspy said. Bob Hodge, director of MORE, the center's alcohol and drug abuse program, agreed. "There's a new emphasis on the quality of life," Hodge said. "People are saying, 'why should I delay my happiness? Why not start now?'" Publicity about the effects of alcohol and drugs on the immune system have increased community concern about substance abuse, Hodge said. While the holiday season is traditionally a bad time for participation in such programs, Hodge reported his group has a "full house." MORK is also getting more inquiries from IV drug abusers. Hodge said. He said he planned to attend a national networking conference on AIDS and IV drug abuse in December. Diana Sturm, the center's women's director, said newer problems being discussed in women's therapy groups and individual counseling are largely related to the economy. "One of the main things that's different now is that many of these people don't have jobs. They are facing career changes, financial losses ... some are having to move back home with their parents even though they're in their twenties and thirties," Storm said. The career and domicile problems in turn create stress on relationships, Storm said. Women are also impacted by the AIDS crisis, since many are reacting to the loss or illness of friends and relatives, she said. Among her male clients. Storm said she is seeing an increased interest in the meaning of life and establishing meaningful relationships. She called the turn away from compulsive behavior toward inward contemplation "a healthy growth ... that has come out of the pain." Montrose Library Over a Year Away By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voire Although retail businesses are already opening in the Monlrose Branch Library complex, the library itself probably will not open until some time in 1988. The delays are due to a change in the planned location ofthe library and extensive renovat ions needed to convert the present building, according to Joyce Claypool, public information director lor the Houston Public Library system. Claypool said the building is being converted from a church to a library setting. "It's a time consuming process , , . We'll be doing it in about half the expected time as it is." she said. "I venture to say, off the top of my head, it will be 1988 before the library opens." Claypool said. Carol Brown, assistant chief of library branch services, said terms of an agreement with developer John Hansen, who donated the building, specify completion of the project by March of 19H8. Construction is to begin no later than March. 1987. according to the agreement. Hansen's donation stipulated that ihe properly be used for t he library. This complicated plans, because the city had previously purchased land :it Richmond and Mandell for the library. The city decided this summer to accept (he donation and is "just now" finishing the design phase ofthe library project, Brown said. A preliminary design submitted by architect Ray Bailey lias yet to lie reviewed by (he city, she said. The city Real Estate Department will decide the f'ale of the properly originally purchased as ■the library site. We're still hoping to have the branch open before the (March 19H8) deadline." Brown said. However, construction involved will he extensive. "Some demolition work needs to be dune." Brown said. Some of the building's foundation will need to be changed because the church has a sloped floor. Other planned renovations include transformation of the shell-type building to a two-story structure. On the first floor will be children's services and an adult "browsing section" with best- selling books and audiovisual materials, Brown said. More extensive- adult services will be located on (he second floor. The materials collection at the library will take (he character of the Montrose community into consideration, as do all community branch collections. Brown said. "For example, there's a high level of education in Montrose, so we'll he sealing our collection to that," she said STEVE D. MARTINEZ, M.D. INTERNAL MEDICINE INFECTIOUS DISEASES SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AIDS/KS DIAGNOSIS OPEN MON.. TUES . THURS. FRI 8:30AM 5PM OPEN SATURDAY 8:30AM-4PM CLOSED SUN. & WED. Twelve Oaks Tower 4126 Southwest Frwy #1000 Houston, TX 77027 621-7771 Friday and Saturday 901 N. SHEPHERD HOUSTON NRG INFORMATION 863-0010 Coming to Venture-N "Celebration of Life" Thanksgiving Buffet and Really Big All-Star Variety Show (Benefitting Omega House) It Will Make You W23 Main /~^-Yea! More! Party! All Day Long (Open at Noon)i
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