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Title Houston Voice, No. 1182, June 20, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 20, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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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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Transcript 18 JUNE 20, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE ISN'T IT TIME? 9ET TESTED FREE ANONYMOUS HIV/STD TESTING Houston Area Community Services 3730 Kirby Dr. Suite 1165 • Houston, TX 77098 713-526-0555 ext. 226 KOLBE Project Offering Peace & Reconciliation to the Alienated CALENDAR 1030 Heists BH<1 Houston, TX 77008 ph.713..S61.18<X) u-xtMtiki&fpngfrt.org Friday • June 20 Morning Prayer 10am Monday • June 23 Eucharist 7:30pm Friday • June 27 Morning Prayer 10am Movie Night 7pm "Analyze That" Monday • June 30 Eucharist 7:30pm Deadlines to sign up far July 4th BBQ Friday • July 4 Holiday - Office Closed Backyard BBQ 2-5pm mmWm\ Co**6 \)s/o* Celebrating 26 Years in the Community Catholic Mass Celebrated Saturdays at 7:30pm 1307-H Yale • 713-880-2872 TINA KING Gay Houston couple share all parts of their home with pair of affectionate dogs German Shepherds a delight JUST OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY 8 SOUTH- west of Montrose, dogs bark in the backyard of a beautiful white Spanish stucco house with a red tile roof and lush greenery One of the home's human residents, Robert Harwood, introduces his two "kids": German Shepherds Blanca and Ranger. Blanca, 2, is snow-white, while Ranger, almost 4, is black and tan. Both are friendly and affectionate, but do not jump on and knock down visitors in their enthusiasm, as is the case with many large dogs. Originally from Minneapolis, Harwood has known that he was gay from me time he took his first tap, jazz and ballet classes at age 5. His mother said he was always dancing around the house as a young boy and she approached him about the dance lessons. It was also his mother who first came to him and asked him if he was gay and Harwood knew there was no other answer but to tell her, "Yes." Though his devoutly religious Catholic parents had some problems at first in accepting their son's sexual orientation, both are now accepting of him and his partner, Richard, and his three sisters have always been "cool" with it, Harwood relates. All his siblings are married and still live in Minnesota, and he is an uncle many times over That early dance training paid off, as Harwood spent several years as a professional dancer. After five years in New York he moved to Houston in 1991, never missing the Minnesota winters, and now works as a bartender at gay piano bar Keys West. HARWOOD AND RICHARD, WHO HAVE been together for six years, got Ranger because they love big dogs, and Blanca was a birthday gift to Harwood from Richard, because Harwood always thought solid white German Shepherds are beautiful, he explains. Ranger and Blanca get along well together, wrestling and nuzzling one another, but, "Blanca is definitely the alpha dog," says Harwood. Blanca loves toys and balls, and as fast as you can put them in her toy box, she has them out on the floor .again. If Blanca is receiving a little too much attention from Harwood, Ranger runs over to nuzzle Harwood's hand for some affection. Harwood says his dogs are like his children. In fact, he and Richard purchased a king-size bed to accommodate all four of them. Harwood says Blanca and Ranger are mostly indoor dogs, but they do have a doggy door so that they can come and go into the backyard as they please. Harwood says both are good guard dogs, but turn into affection-beseeching puppies when they know you. According to Harwood, Blanca doesn't seem to take to other animals or people very well; she's protective of her territory A favorite past time of both is going out for a run on their leash while Harwood is rollerblading. If another dog comes into their Robert Harwood (pictured) and his partner Richard share their home with German Shepherds Blanca and Ranger. (Photo by Penny Weaver) vision or something catches their attention, the once leisurely rollerblading turns into an all-out chariot race with Harwood hanging on for dear life, he says with a laugh. Harwood and his partner's favorite hobby is shopping, evident by their beautifully furnished home. Harwood also enjoys his worir in fund-raising and putting on shows in Houston, all to raise money for AIDS charities. Harwood also holds the coveted title of "Mr. Prime Choice 1996," which was the impetus in getting him involved in fund-raising, he says. IT IS EVIDENT WHAT PET-LOVERS THESE two gay Houstonians are. In the backyard where Blanca and Ranger romp so joyfully, lush greenery surrounds paths, a fountain and a pond of Japanese Koi fish. As I admired the scenery and the pond, Harwood noticed something disturbing about one of the Japanese Koi. The fish seemed to be lethargic and stationary on the bottom of the pond. Harwood prodded him a little with a small stick and the fish did not swim away a sure sign of trouble. Upon closer inspection, Harwood found that the Koi had a small branch stuck in its mouth: one end protruding from its mouth and the other from one of its gills. Harwood seemed slightly distressed by this discovery and after some brief discussion about what to do he got a long-handled net and gently pulled the Koi closer to him. He reached out and slowly pulled on the end of the branch projecting from the fish's mouth and it slipped ever-so-gently out from both mouth and gill. The fish immediately swam off and continued to glide gracefully through the pond as we talked with relief about how glad Harwood was that the "surgery" was minor and the Koi seemed well. Harwood and I parted company with a hug and a handshake and Ranger, Blanca and the Japanese Koi, if I can read animal non-verbals accurately seemed to be happy to be in a loving home in which family encompasses those with paws and gills alike. _________________m
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