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Title Montrose Voice, No. 327-B, January 30, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date January 30, 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 018
Transcript JANUARY 30, 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 17 Everyone's Speaking, So Who's Listening? Editorial by Linda Wyche Montrose Voice Once again gay residents of Houston, Texas, have been victimized by the results of action taken by self- proclaimed "leaders" and irresponsible media. Without dwelling on the painful details of the Committee for Democratic Awareness brouhaha, it would be wise for all citizens to take a broader view of the problems created when, especially in a liberation movement, a few individ uals take advantage of media's hunger for more readers, viewers and listeners. The news media is a very competitive industry. Externally, there is a never- ending drive to increase circulation and rise in the ratings. Internally, there are more and more people struggling to get and keep the fewer jobs available with today's automated newspapers and broadcast facilities. As a result of this competition, facts can be distorted and events taken totally out of proportion. This type of back-stabbing can work to the advantage of advocacy groups. But, intelligent media manipulation requires experience — experience obviously lacking among those placed in the so-called leadership positions in the gay "community" of Houston. One possible reason that Houston gays cannot get more positive results from the general population media is because those called upon to speak really don't know those they claim to speak for. The organization most often called upon to voice gay views is the Gay Political Caucus. How can they purport to be representative of an estimated 200,000- plus gays when the total votes cast in the final round of their recent presiden tial election was 47? Also, it was nothing less than tragic when it was revealed only in later reports the Committee for Democratic Awareness had fewer than 10 members and one of its chief organizers no longer resided in the state. This is not intended to be an attack on those who choose to work for the cause of gay liberation. However, it is intended to be a challenge to those placing themselves in positions seen as representative. The challenge is to place honesty and truth above the desire for ego fulfillment Community leaders have a moral responsibility to attempt to educate the media as to the diversity of this community. We are individuals, many with only one thing in common—sexual orientation. Although we share an inherent need for human rights and equality, we come from varied backgrounds resulting in different political beliefs and ideologies. When the names we hear quoted all too many times begin to preface their statements with "I can only speak for myself. ... I can only tell you what /know," will news reports on gay issues begin to be accurate and fair. Until that time, however, gay individuals have a responsibility to hold our "leaders" accountable just as they attempt to hold other public figures, forcing existing coalitions to provide a forum for the needs of all members of the community. Minorities must be willing to speak out against the racism that exists right in our own backyard. The elderly must see that their needs are placed on the agenda when the needs of gays are addressed. And. who cannot admit that the sexism existing in our community, among both genders, is a disgrace. In the last two years gays in Texas, especially in Houston, have suffered painful political setbacks with the greatest loss being faith in ourselves. If we are to survive, it is time to regain that faith. Some simple role reversing is in order. Those who have sat back silently should speak up. And, the speakers should take some time to listen. EASY COME—EASY GO! When going on vacation, alert your neighbors. Ask them to retrieve your newspapers and mail. Secure locks and windows. And leave a light on, inside and out. Don't give burglars an easy break. Six Years of Community Service Houston Chapter 523-8352 A non-profit volunteer organization Newest Surprise!! Wednesday Night Delight 250 Well and Draft 75$ Bottle Beer 8-10pm Ciys 911 W. Drew 522-7524 l_______\\_\ tal's / __T'*J**_WM | 'J_J^ Wwt^~____ __%/■ Ji__J^r_. '>tstl, HfeowS^' 10pm-2am 750 Bottle Beer $1.25 Well 25<f Draft We're Not Through Yet! plus 10pm Nexus Naughties The Only Place to be on Wednesdays aft^i^atr "We are the Ultimate" www^k-^a^H&r^ rV" Month of January Special No Cover
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