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Title Montrose Voice, No. 331, February 27, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 27, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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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Title File 003
Transcript 2 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 27, 1987 Committee Rejects Night Gay Pride Parade By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voice Participants at the second planning meeting for what is now to be called Gay/ Lesbian Pride Week 1987 decided against considering the option of holding a nighttime parade, over the enthusiastic promotion of supporters of the concept and meeting chair Ray Hill, who urged delaying the vote. Larry Bagneris, who has been pushing the evening events idea as a way to avoid the summertime heat and revitalize the parade, said the idea was intended as "something different to stir up some excitement." Channelling the parade route into the site of another Montrose event would also keep post- parade spending in community businesses, he suggested. Lights on parade floats would give the celebration "a whole new look" and would attract more television coverage, Bagneris stated. He said the problem of obtaining a waiver or amendment to a city ordinance prohibiting the activity could probably be resolved "quietly" in City Hall. "There was an ordinance six years ago that said we couldn't have a parade (on Westheimer) at all. We managed to change the charter under a redneck, uncooperative, unbelievable city administration and police department we had at the time," Bagneris commented. Hill noted there is a "slip clause" in the ordinance that allows an exception or amendment if approved by a majority vote in City Council. Exceptions are regularly granted for activities such as the Greek Festival, which extend into the night hours, he pointed out. Responding to questions about security during the parade, Bagneris said, "We pay taxes ... we should demand (police) protection." But Debbie Holmes, a member of the Montrose Symphonic Band, com- Scott Clark asked what kind of protection would be available for people having to walk several blocks to their cars after the parade and street festival. Bagneris quipped that the committee would provide the same type of service that Come out and v«s|P* *<>, Houston Gay/Lesbian Pride Week '87 mented that while the band was the parade unit most likely to suffer the worst effects of the heat, performers would have difficulty seeing their music at night. Mary Walters of the Lesbian Mothers group, said security after dark posed a special problem for people with children. LVER PLATTER i... ••-.— S i ! er -' \ H Hi i ._ March Special First Full Month Free on Selected 2 bed/ 2 bath units. Two weeks Free for First Month on All Units! Remember, you don't Just get a neighbor, you get a friend at QREENWAY PLACE Exclusive Adult Apartments 3333 Cummins 623-2034 (3l JOHNSTOWN PROPERTIES v was available in previous years following rallies at Spotts Park: "Namely nothing. We can't afford it!" Bagneris noted that Westheimer was well-lit and that there would be many people on the streets after the events. A proposal to allow those interested to investigate the possibility of a night parade was defeated by a show of hands at the well-attended meeting. "Thank you very much," Bagneris remarked after the vote. "You've saved me a lot of work." Regarding a festival on Pacific Street, suggested as an alternative to the Spotts Park rally, Sue Lovell noted that not all gay businesses were located there and suggested the committee arrange some sort of shuttle transportation to carry revelers to various businesses in the area. The festival discussion will be resumed at a subsequent meeting. "Come Out and Celebrate Pride" was selected as the theme for this year's celebration after the committee viewed artist's interpretations of three different themes. The other themes incorporated in the five designs shown were "Celebrate" and "Proud and Free." David Lozano submitted the winning logo design, incorporating two dancing figures against a lambda character and rainbow. The rainbow flag and lambda are symbols suggested by the National Conference of Gay Pride Planners to be used in pride week logos. A motion to include the word "lesbia- n"in all future official references to the celebration week also passed by a show of hands vote. The proposal, introduced by Deborah Bell, includes a provision to alternate positioning of the words "gay" and "lesbian" each year, with this year's event to be called "Houston Gay/ Lesbian Pride Week", while next year's will be denoted "Lesbian/ Gay." Bell, who is vice president of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women and is active in the Texas Lesbian/ Gay Leadership Conference and Womynspace, and Hill were elected co-chairs of this year's pride week planning organization. Jack Valinski was chosen as media coordinator and Lloyd Powell as outreach coordinator, both by unanimous acclamation. Selection of a parade chair was tabled as there were no volunteers or suggestions. Bagneris declined nomination for the position, saying he had to be out of town too often to coordinate the parade plans this year. The body voted to authorize Hill to spend reserve funds from last year to arrange printing logo t-shirts early, in hopes of having them available to distribute during the Houston Festival and Westheimer Colony Art Festival. Montrose Homes Sought for Housing Program Sheltering Arms, an organization which provides support services for the elderly, is seeking Montrose-area participants for its shared housing program, according to Annette Allen, case manager for the program. The service, which operates in much the same way as a commercial roommate matching service, attempts to place individuals in need of an affordable living situation in private homes. The only requirement is that one of the parties in the arrangement be elderly or handicapped, Allen said. The program has existed about 18 months, with 15 matches having been made, Allen said. Currently, only five people are going through the placement process although about 50 homes across the city are available. People offer space in their homes for a variety of reasons, Allen explained. Elderly persons living alone, for example, sometimes offer space free of charge for the benefit of companionship and assistance with household chores, she said. At the other end of the spectrum are those who are looking for a renter, who tend to ask average rates for a room or larger area in their hqme. Allen said she tries to talk these people into lowering in the prices. In Montrose, both living space and people to move in are needed, Allen said. Many people who have entered the program have expressed an interest in living here, she said. Participants in the program are required to provide three character references and a medical statement from a doctor ascertaining their ability to care for themselves, Allen said. A screening interview is also conducted to determine financial situation, why the person is interested and what type of person they would feel compatible with. After the screening, arrangements are made for participants to contact each other, Allen said. If two agree on a living arrangement, the case manager meets with the people and draws up a contract between them. If problems later arise with compatibility, participants are urged to contact Allen. Sheltering Arms charges a $25 matching fee for the service, which can be waived under special circumstances, Allen said. Sheltering Arms is a non-profit organization working primarily with the elderly and adult children of aging parents.
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