FEBRUARY 27, 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 27
News from Neighborhood & Community Groups
HAsh Wednesday Service
The Church ofthe Rock will begin Lenten Season with an Ash Wednesday service on March
4, 7:30 p.m. The church has a new location. 7018 Long Point (between Antoine and Sifber).
For more information call 580-8456
HGay Train Buffs Organize
An organization has been found for gays interested in trains. Hotbox, headquartered in
Florence. Orgeno. was organized at Horseshoe Curve on the old Pennsy several years ago
and has spread throughout the U.S. and Canada and has some members in England. New
Zealand and Australia.
Two Houston men are now interested in developing a local chapter. There are existing
members in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. For more information, the Houston constact
numbers are (713) 439-1879 and (713) 952-6387. More information is available by writing
Hotbox. P.O. Box 67, Florence, OR 97439.
Sports News from Montrose & Community Groups
IlLone Star Classic
Will Open MSL Season
The Montrose Softball League announces the upcoming summer league. This year six or
seven teams will compete to represent Houston in the Gay World Series in San Francisco.
Teams are forming and there is plenty of room for new participants Those interested in
playing may contact the league office at 523-6754 and leave a message.
The season will begin with the Lone Star Classic, April 17-18. This year the Houston hosts
are expecting a 20-team field from across the nation. Teams are expected from San
Francisco. New York, Boston, LA and Dallas. Games will be played at the newly-
remodeled Memorial Park complex.
Letters to the Voice
From the Readers of the Montrose Voice
^What's Happened to Us?
From George Barnhart
Here I return (to Houston) ... and find that in my absence Houston's gay community has
continued in a course of self-defeatism pretty much as before.
Sadly, GPC still dawdles along, emersed in dilly-dally politics and petty in-fighting that
tells me that group is still in the grips of small minds.
How can they "table" an issue as important as trying to facilitate education, understanding, and tolerance between our constituency and the general business community is
beyond my comprehension.
These delaying tactics can only suggest one thing. GPC leadership has turned completely and totally "chicken" and will avoid confrontational advocacy or controversial
action at all costs (mainly ours). Nowonderfasl hear it) the mayor has now spread the word
that GPC is no longer a viable force to contend with. I suspect some of the rabidly bigoted
on City Council are now chortling with mirth as they scratch through Gay Political Caucus
and write "Got Plain Chicken" underneath.
Then I am stunned to hear that our own gay business group, the Greater Montrose
Business Guild, now has it in their collective minds to strip themselves of any resemblance
to a gay business organization. Is this the same group that was formed, fostered, and
nurtured under the roof of Houston Human Right's League's Fred Paez Center? Is this the
same group that at its inception vowed to help promote and build gay economic clout by
advancing the interests of Montrose businesses that did not discriminate?
How silly. How sad Especially when we note this group went so far as to politically
assassinate one of the most dedicated, devoted, self-sacrificing and brilliant activists we
have around (Phyllis Frye) in order to clear the path for their dastardly new agenda. I didn't
know we needed an organization to help us build closets!
Seems the major complaint among members is GMBG isn't doing enough. I agree. The
way gay businesses and gay supported businesses can best promote and advance their
businesses in a gay (greater) Montrose is to stand vocally and aggressively four-square in a
united defense of their customers' and clients' lifestyles. That would certainly be a major
motivator to get me to shop ir their store. Come to think about it, why isn't GMBG doing
something to help bridge the gap that exists between the Houston Chamber and our own
"gay chamber of commerce?"
Sorrowfully, I must admit not only has our leadership continued in its convoluted, bland,
do-nothing, know-nothing approach, but it also seems that for the most part our populace
seems content to let them persist. What's happened to us? Maybe the mayor is right.
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Friday, Feb. 27
1st Annual Mardi Gras Ball
Costumes Requested—No Cover
50c Well Drinks & Beer 7-9pm
Drink Specials All Night Long
Sunday, March 1
Mary Ann Mahoney & Mata Hari
5-9pm, Happy Hour till 6pm
Friday, March 6
$125 Long Necks until 9pm
All Your Favorite C&W Music
Happy Hour Tues.-Fri. 5-9pm
Steak Night Every Thursday
Bring Your Own Steak, we Have All the Fixings
523 Lovett 523-3396
After Hours Stop
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