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Montrose Voice, No. 159, November 11, 1983 - File 002. 1983-11-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 1, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/25/show/1.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 159, November 11, 1983
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date November 11, 1983
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 002
Transcript Kennedy Urges Spotlighting AIDS ow, Free 'Personals' in the Voice See Classified Form inside back cover By Larry Bush WASHINGTON, D.C.-Sen. Edward Kennedy (D.- Mass.) is spearheading an effort to give AIDS more political visibility before the Senate and the Reagan administration. Kennedy, who was part of a team effort that added $30 million to the Senate appropriations bill to fund the Public Health Emergency Fund—only to have the extra money dropped in a Senate-House conference committee in early October—now has garnered the signatures of 14 senators on a letter requesting that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) hold AIDS hearings in the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. Among the senators cosigning Kennedy's letter are three of the four Democratic senators seeking their party's nomination for the presidency in 1984: Alan Cranston (Calif.), John Glenn (Ohio) and Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (S.C.). Only Gary Hart (Colo.) is missing. Republican heavyweights on the letter include Sen. IjOweW Weicker (Conn.), who is chair of the appropriations subcommittee on health issues, and Mark Hatfield (Ore.), chair of the full appropriations committee. In all, seven of the 17 members of Hatch's committee signed the letter, but observers noted that among the missing Democrats was Tom Eagleton, the Missouri senator who was McGovern's first vice presidential nominee in 1972 and later party to a lawsuit against his niece for charging that he was involved in homosexual vacations in Key West, Fla. While Kennedy's staff suggests that the letter primarily will help keep political visibility on the need to monitor the Reagan administration response to AIDS, others such as the Federation of AIDS-Related Organizations lobbyist Gerald Connor and National Gay Task Force Washington representative Jeff Levi are hoping that Hatch will decline the request for hearings. The key concern is the make-up of the Hatch committee, which is controlled by Republicans who are on the New Christian Right side. Those include Jeremiah Denton (R-Ala.), the ex-POW; John East (N.C.), a Jesse Helms protege; Paula Hawkins (Fla.), a Mormon like Hatch; Don Nickles (Okla.), outspokenly anti-gay; and Charles Grassley (Iowa). Kennedy pitches his hearing request with that makeup in mind, noting that "Senate hearings would focus national attention on the health concerns involved in this issue, rather than involving the Committee in a moral dispute." Overall, Kennedy raises many of the issues that were also aired in the Weiss hearings in August in the House, and the Waxman hearings in Los Angeles in 1982. MONTROSE o The Newspaper of Montrose Nov. 11, 1983 Issue »«159 Published Every Friday Whitmire Wins Community; GPC Not Totally Pleased By Robert Hyde Houston's municipal election is over, but in its wake remains several scars and many questions brought on by the sensitive and somewhat strained relationship between the city's mayor and Houston's Gay Political Caucus which has left a bad taste with many members of the gay community. The past week has seen what some have called a "radical confrontation" between the GPC and Kathy Whitmire, a popular mayor dodging gay issues for television cameramen, a vocal GPC president trying to whip a crowd into political abandonment and a mayor pausing in the secrecy of her election night hotel suite to address and dodge the sensitive questions that have arisen over the last few days prior to election eve. Reports of events begun last Friday evening, when Mayor Kathy Whitmire toured the community's gay bars with At- Large Position 4 candidate Anthony Hall in tow, have been conflicting and will, ultimately, call to account the good faith of some of the more vocal members of the community, as well as the GPC's relationship to the community as a whole. Questions will also be raised as to just how far will Houston's mayor go to support the gay community which has so overwhelm ingly endorsed her. For the last several years, the mayors of America's largest cities have courted the gay vote, and San Francisco's Diane Fein- stem, New York's Edward Koch and Los Angeles' Tom Bradley set precedents to be mirrored two years ago by Kathy Whitmire in her first bid for the city's top management position—that of visiting gay bars near election day. Last year, Mayor Whitmire made the tour of the bars under the umbrella of the community's Gay Political Caucus. This year, ghe did not, even though GPC members contend that she promised to do Montroge-area councilman George Greanias (center), an easy, non-controversial winner in Tuesday's election, addresses GPC Election Central crowd. Mayor Whitmire, foreground, listens. GPC President Bagneris, far right, had earlier worked crowd up with statements unfavorable of Whitmire. pmotobybillieduncan bo up until the last minute. "We contacted over five people in the mayor's office," said a GPC member and a reported aide to state representative Debra Danburg, "who told us that she would go on the tour. Then at the last minute, we were told that we had not been properly scheduled." Whether or not this scheduling difficulty regarding GPC's bar tour coincided with GPC's failure to endorse Mayor Whitmire's favorite in the council race, Anthony Hall, over Nikki Van Hightower is a matter of conjecture, but it did set up a confrontation between the GPC and Mayor Whitmire in Mary's Lounge, at 1022 Westheimer, that brought the community face to face with problems the GPC and Mayor Whitmire have regarding their mutual political interests. It was near midnight last Friday when the mayor and Hall entered the popular Montrose bar—after visits to the Brazos River Bottom, Miss Charlotte's and Rich's—preceded minutes before by their touring scouts who are well known to the politically active in the gay community. The mayor's visit had also been preceded by several members of the GPC who plas- continued page 6
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