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Montrose Voice, No. 86, June 18, 1982 - File 004. 1982-06-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2203/show/2173.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 86, June 18, 1982
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date June 18, 1982
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 004
Transcript June 18,1982 / Montrose Voice 3 NGTF official due in Houston for Pride Week The National Gay Task Force and the NGTF Fund for Human Dignity have announced that members of their staffs will be participating in several regional Gay Pride Week celebrations in June. Lucia Valeska, NGTF's executive director, will keynote the Gay Pride Rally in Houston on June 27. She will also be keyn- oting the Gay Pride Rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 19, and in Dallas, June 20, where she will be the female grand marshall in the parade preceding the rally. Mel Boozer, NGTF's director of Civil Right Advocacy, and Virginia Appuzo, executive director of the Fund for Human Dignity, will be the keynote speakers at the Gay Pride Rally in New York City on June 27. In addition. Boozer will be speaking at the Gay Pride celebration in Nashville, Tennessee, June 20. Gay Switchboard celebrating first Pride Week The Gay Switchboard of Houston is there to inform. And listen. And counsel. Begun only last December, it's rapidly becoming the source for the gay community to get facts, referrals and a friendly ear. And, the switchboard takes pride in being "in the know." People are calling (713) 529-3211 to find out the symptoms of herpes, the topic ofthe next Gay Political Caucus (GPC) educational forum, what to expect if arrested, or even which bars have the cheapest happy hour drinks. The range of questions is limitless. Thirty-two trained volunteers staff the switchboard seven days a week from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Phones are answered, sure. But there's a lot of legwork involved in keeping up with Houston's gay community. Countless hours are spent contacting organizations and gay establishments to make sure information that's given out over the phone is current. "On any given night, there are at least six to eight gay events going on in Houston," said Rich Neil, director ofthe switchboard. "These are events that people might not find out about elsewhere." Anyone can just answer a telephone. But, it takes a trained switchboard volunteer to "be there'Tor a caller. Someone who knows when to speak and when it's better just to listen. It also takes someone who understands what it's like to just come out, lose a lover or get a sexually transmitted disease. People call the switchboard, Neil said, because "we don't hassle the individual like a parent or friend might. We try to be objective." To be a switchboard volunteer means investing 30 hours of time in intensive training. Volunteers learn accepted hotline practices, counseling and listening skills, which they use during their three hours each week staffing the switchboard phones. Neil said volunteers are taught noncommittal responses, mirroring, paraphrasing and other counseling techniques. Volunteers learn to avoid asking "why" questions; rather, they learn to concentrate on the caller's feelings. "We try to help the caller make his or her own decisions. We're not therapists, but we can let the callers solve their own problems by helping them to see things more clearly," he said. Most of the time, Neil said, callers already have a problem solved, they may need only a sounding board. Founder of Houston's switchboard, Neil also helped form the Gay Switchboard of Philadelphia and worked with the organization for 10 years. Because of his background, he can help Houston's volunteers deal with the legitimate, as well as the manipulative, threatening and crank calls that sometimes come in. Even though volunteers are trained to respond to a wide variety of calls, they also are trained to be aware of their own limitations. "We have to know when a counseling call is beyond us, andthecallerneedstobe referred to a professional," he said. After informational and counseling telephone calls, referrals are the third most frequent type of call handled by the switchboard. A caller might request the name of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant, or other professional. For these calls, the switchboard keeps an active list of professionals who either are gay themselves, or understand the gay lifestyle. "Often it is very important to have a doctor or lawyer who understands your lifestyle," he said. While the switchboard is in close touch with the gay community, it also keeps tabs on other social services available in this area. "We deal with gay people who have problems—and these problems don't necessarily have to be gay related,"he said. Montrose man dead after scuffle with neighbor William John Hall, 50, of 1504 California, was shot and killed during a scuffle with a neighbor, Tuesday, June 15, reports the Houston Post. Investigators said they had no motive for the killing. A neighbor was in custody. Police said the neighbor told them he emptied a .22-caliber revolver into Hall after knocking him down. Homicide division Detective D.L. Moorman said investigators did not know why Hall was in the man's apartment or why the fight started. Survival of the fastest Pacific News Service Scientist say jogging may be an evolutionary trait that's protected humans from disease for tens of thousands of years. University of Michigan researcher Joseph Cannon says jogging raises the body's temperature an average of four degrees, producing a mild fever which helps ward off infection. Cannon says the same thing happened when our prehistoric ancestors had to run away from danger or chase game. Their fever triggered an anti-infection response which protected them from injury. Montrose Mouth Cm, COW* TOSKJEKT, ONE MOKE TitAE- APPrVREWiy, THE AMENCAN PRESIDENT THINKS}**) NEEDTOFEAJ>TW5>NNUmRS.'SEE-N0lH A. AMERICANS WWTE TO WANN LANPERS," SEEU AW SHE TEUSTHEM IN THE NEWSPAPER, SEE, HON TO LWE THEIR. UVES- OKAVSOrAR? 'Slave auction' for KS research The American Leathermen, a social club, will hold its third "Slave Auction" at the Different Drum, Friday (tonight), June 18, at 10:00 p.m. A Kaposi's sarcoma research committee has been named to receive one half of the proceeds raised at the event. Bidding will be led by professional auctioneer Frank Spencer and "currency" will be raffle tickets purchased in advance or at the auction Dr. Didier Piot. member of Karposi's Sarcoma Committee, will start the event by giving an informative speech on the cancer. Allan Lipcan, the club's chairman of the slave auction committee, said advance ticket sales have been "nearly overwhelming." He added, "Every club member on one level or another is working toward an event that will benefit something we all believe in." Lewis Pace, co-chairman of the committee, said that "the slave who brings the most 'points' (each raffle ticket is valued at 1000 points) during the bidding will receive an expense paid trip to the Gay Rodeo in Reno. Nevada, and from there be flown to San Francisco." Additional prizes have been offered by local gay businesses for other participants. "Mac" of the Different Drum, a victim of Karposi's sarcoma, will be the dungeon master at the event. —•— Gay Pride Week 1982 has started, and this is the fifth year Houston has celebrated the event in a major way. Of course, the highlight of the "week" (11 days) is the June 27 parade and political rally. That's all next week. But this week there are several important events. Interact and GPC have joined forces to present this Monday night's educational forum at 1st Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin. Guest speaker will be Houston political expert Dr. Richard Murray of the U of H. Also, two films. Pink Triangles and Greetings from Washington. D.C. will be shown. The first is a film on homophobia and the second is a film about the 1979 National March on Washington by gay people. —•— This Saturday, 4pm, the Montrose Sports Association All-Stars take on a team from the Houston Fire Dept. But before you go to that. check out Cherryhust Park, noon-5pm, for the Juneteenth Festival, being jointly staged by the msa and bwmt. In case you're wondering why there's no Houston Police Dept. softball team playing the MSA, they're weren't invited. -•- The "Gay Pride Day" fundraiser last Tuesday night at Kindred Spirits raised a whopping $2000 for the Gay Pride Week Committee. Hundred attended for music, comedy and feeling proud. —•— The Montrose Sports Association held a nice appreciation party last Friday, June 11, forthe businesses (which includes the old VOICE) which sponsor MSA teams. The event was at the Travelodge on the Southwest Freeway (Everything was just peachy, except the food. Sorry, but those Travelodge restaurant "horse dervies" stunk. Next time, let's cater them in from one of our fine gay establishment,) Sponsors—without the Oam members—of bowling teams, softball teams and volleyball teams got together to socialize—and brag about their teams. For many, it was the first time they had met each other. Thanks to Jim Reagan (no relation to Ronald) and other msa officials for thinking of us. A new cartoon strip starts this week in the VOICE: "A Touch of Color" by Joy, featuring the adventures of Red Necque It will alternate with "Murphy's Manor" on the classified page
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