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Montrose Voice, No. 331, February 27, 1987 - File 005. 1987-02-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2313/show/2284.

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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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Transcript 4 MONTROSE VOICE / FEBRUARY 27, 1987 IT TAKES COURAGE TO ADMIT TO YOUR DRUG OR ALCOHOL PROBLEM. AND PRIDE TO OVERCOME IT. 1-800-54-PRIDE 24 HOURS-A-DAY Dealing with a drug or alcohol problem is hard enough without also having to deal with homophobia. Once you've decided to deal with a chemical dependency problem, the last thing you need is someone passing judgment on your lifestyle. That's where we can help. We're Pride Institute, America's first in-patient drug and alcohol treatment facility run by and for lesbians and gay men. We offer a safe, confidential environment where you'll find the support, understanding and respect to effectively treat your chemical dependency. Our professional staff will do more than help you overcome your problem, they'll help you live your life with Pride. If you, or someone you care about has a problem with drugs or alcohol, give us a call. 1-800-54-PRIDE. Help is available 24 hours-a-day Gay Bars in El Paso Sought for Testing VPRIDE INSTITUTE Recover with pride. By Ken Flynn EL PASO, Texas (UPI)—An after-hours testing program for AIDS antibodies, to be conducted at gay bars, will begin "hopefully in the next few months," a public health official said Feb. 19. Dr. Laurance Nickey, director of the City-County Health Unit, said health officials are negotiating with owners of gay bars to permit the voluntary tests to prevent spread of the disease. He said the high-risk group, gay men, are reluctant to use public health facili- Free Condoms Urged for Spring Break Students FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI)-An AIDS counseling service wants hotels to hand out free condoms to vacationing college students when they check in for spring break this year. The Rev. Fred Tondalo, director of AIDS Center One, said that if he cannot persuade the hotels to distribute the contraceptive devices along with AIDS information pamphlets, he is considering having staff members walk along the beach to give them out. "People have to have access to unbiased information," Tondalo said. "Then they can add or subtract bias as they see fit. Anybody who is engaging in sex without barrier contraceptives ... is dealing with a Russian roulette game." He said he already has met some resistance from hotels about the condoms, but they may agree to distributing the pamphlets. He said he would apply fora permit to distribute the material on the street if necessary. Meanwhile, some hotel operators were complaining that advance registrations from college students planning to spend their vacations in Fort Lauderdale are way down this year. "Business is terrible," said Roger Handevidt, owner ofthe Ortgon Terrace Motel, a 16-unit layout three blocks from the beach. "Our bookings are down by 50 percent. I'm going to have one heck of a setback this year. By May 1, I'm going to be down $30,000." Handevidt said the motel takes in half its yearly revenues during the spring break period from late February to early April. Some hoteliers said bookings are down because Easter comes later this year, April 19, and they expect business to pick up later. Others blame lower room rates at competing sites like Day- tona Beach and the raising of the drinking age to 21. They said that makes the Bahamas or Mexico, where the drinking age is 18, more attractive to those who can afford to pay more. Boston University travel agent David Teolis said in some cases, the expense is not a great deal higher. Week-long package trips to Nassau have been advertised on the Boston University campus for $379-$499, while Fort Lauderdale packages cost $369- $429. Spring break business peaked in 1985 with an estimated 330,000 students visiting. The resulting bad publicity also may have an impact on bookings this year. The city reacted last year by putting up a safety barrier between the street and the beach and by tightly enforcing open-bottle laws. ties during regular hours for fear of being labeled as homosexual carriers of AIDS. He said off-site, after-hours testing is already being conducted to protect the anonymity of persons suspected of carrying the disease. Tony Bengert, AIDS counselor for the health unit, said the tests are being held "in an informal atmosphere, where homosexuals feel more at home." Nickey said the testing is part of "our tracking the disease and educating the public." He said health officials are "actively pursuing" agreements with gay bar owners "and are getting their cooperation." "We will begin the testing program at the bars just as soon as we both understand what our responsibilities are," Nickey said. "We are trying to get the word out to everyone so they understand the health significance of this dreaded disease." Bengert said the tests are voluntary, anonymous, and cost about $10 for those who can pay, adding that no one will be turned away if they can not afford the fee. Dr. Earl W. Gorby said there are 13 confirmed cases of AIDS in the El Paso metropolitan area, and an estimated 800 to 1000 carriers of the disease. Bengert said the Old Plantation, a gay disco liar in its 10th year of operation, has offered its performers' dressing rooms for the testing. Bengert said the testing in gay bars will be effective because the high-risk group will feel more comfortable in its own environment. Health officials in El Paso have conducted counseling and testing nights at a predominantly gay and lesbian non- denominational church and at a city- county health center, Bengert said- Bob Bonaventure, owner of the Old Plantation, said the disco attracts 500 customers on a busy night. As of Feb. 2, a total of 30,396 cases of the fatal disease have been diagnosed, according to national statistics. More than half those victims—17,338—have died. About 70 percent of the disease's victims have been homosexual and bisexual men. Health officials estimated 2 percent of the area's total population was infected with AIDS last April, and in 10 months, that rate has doubled to 4 percent, Gorby said. Trinidad Lists AIDS Cases PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (UPI)- Deaths from acquired immune deficiency syndrome rose from eight in 1983 to 149 at the end of January this year, medical officials said. Dr. Bisram Mahabir, director of the Caribbean Medical Center, said about 75 percent ofthe cases were gay men. He said 12 percent were women. Mahabir, in a speech to the Lions Club on Sunday, also warned that the incidence of venereal disease normally rises following carnival celebrations. The pre-Lenten festivities will take place in coming weeks. February is Gay and Lesbian Media Awareness Month—Sponsored by the Media Fund for Human Rights and the Gay and Lesbian Press Association.
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