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Title Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date December 12, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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 012
Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 12, 2003 11 point ADA EDWARDS Attacks in the Montrose community illustrate that hate is a very present danger for gays, but victims' silence will only make the problem worse. Community must report attacks FIRST, I DEPLORE THE RECENT ATTACKS THAT HAVE taken place in the Montrose area. It continues to be a sad and horrible fact, that despite how far we have come as a city there is still the ever-present reality of violence against people who are perceived as different. In the days following the Thanksgiving Day weekend, our office began to receive reports by e-mail and phone informing us that there had been a rash of violent attacks against the Lesbian and Gay community in the Montrose area. Our office immediately contacted the Houston Police Department and they confirmed that one attack was reported over the Thanksgiving weekend in Montrose in which the victim was beaten with a metal pipe. At that time, the Police did not have on record other reports of assaults or beatings in the area. In contrast, several Montrose cornmunity leaders have reported to me. other incidents where individuals were assaulted during the same time period. Many of the victims stated that their assailants allegedly traveled in a white pick-up truck. But sadly, in almost all of these other cases, the victims have chosen not to file a formal report with the Police Department. Our office will continue to work with neighborhood bar owners, community activists, civic clubs and the police to coordinate efforts to strengthen security and safety for Montrose residents and visitors. As one of the elected City Council representatives for the Montrose area, I take these attacks and the city's response to them and the community very seriously FINALLY, IT IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT THAT everyone report every incident of verbal or physical abuse to the police no matter how seemingly minor. I understand that for some, there is still fear about contacting the police, particularly for those who may not be open regarding their status at work or to their families. I have worked with many community activists, as well as with HPD, to institute cultural diversity and sensitivity training programs within the Houston Police Department. For this reason, I will make our office available as a conduit for those who may be reluctant to report these crimes directly to the police. Hopefully, this will ensure that vital evidence can be collected while still respecting individual choices and decisions around privacy. Without individuals who are willing to come forward and report incidents, the Police Department cannot establish a discernible pattern of assaults in the Montrose area. Unfortunately, the world is still not free of hate; however, we cannot sit idly by and tolerate or ignore it. If you have been the victim of an attack or witnessed an incident, please step forward and speak out. With concrete information, we will be able to thoroughly investigate and seek justice in these cases. Only by speaking out can we begin to make our communities safe from those who threaten violence simply on the basis of hate. Ada Edwards holds the District D seat on the Houston City Council. She can be reached at 713-247-1247 r\ Repeal, Don't Ask Don't Tell Reinstate ■ Gay Linguists Reinstate Draft "Stop-LW Suspend Gay Discharges U.S. War casualties ETHAN ENCORE by Eric Oner dfieiiJay tSJkrWt vSon'ciTATiorfS FK°M FORMES TRicKS.. (SuPerFiCiAL-^REETiNGS FroM T,fte X lover THAT You STilL CArr^ ATorcH Foa
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