JANUARY 28, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE
Lesbian conference hopes to attract more diversity
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February event set to raise funds for 13th Annual
Texas Lesbian Conference
by KAY DAYUS
Organizers of the 13th Annual Texas
Lesbian Conference are shifting into high
gear in preparation for this year's event,
to be held in Llouston May 19-21.
The conference is in search of an artist
to design a logo incorporating the event's
theme, "Power in Motion," as well as
volunteers and presenters for workshops.
This year's three-day event promises
to be exciting and informative, said
Christine Burchette, a conference co-
"We are trying to do our best to reflect
our community and have the whole community represented," Burchette said.
The conference will follow the format of
previous events and include guest speakers, entertainment and workshops. But
there is at least one key difference,
Burchette said: Organizers hope to attract
more lesbians who are ethnic minorities.
To help, more speakers and entertainers
at the May event will be recruited from
diverse backgrounds, she said.
On May 19, Urvashi Vaid, former executive director of the National Gay and
lesbian Task Force, will deliver the conference's opening address. Vaid was
recently named by Time as one of the
nation's 50 most promising leaders under
the age of 40. She also wrote "Virtual
Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gays
On May 20, cartoonist and author Alison
Bechdel, the creator of the cartoon strip
"Dykes to Watch Out For," will discuss how
her drawings have evolved over the years.
African-American Poet Ntozake
Shange will deliver an address on May
21. Shange's poetry has been translated
to Broadway, winning her critical
acclaim. Her impassioned writing tells
what it is like to be of color and female in
the 20th century.
Hispanic comedian Marga Gomez is
slated to entertain the event's expected
300 participants. Billed as an exotic
comedian, Gomez has opened for the
likes of k.d. lang and Linda Ronstadt.
Her film credits include "Sphere" with
Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone, and
Workshops are also planned throughout the weekend. Organizers are search-
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Organizers of the Texas Lesbian Conference
hope an address by Urvashi Vaid during the
May event will be one way to increase minority participation.
ing for more people to lead the sessions,
Volunteers are also needed to bolster
the 15 already recruited, she said.
Financial assistance for the event has
come from Lesbians in Business and the
Lesbian Health Initiative. Organizers
also plan a fund-riser to help defrav costs
of the event.
That event—"Red and White Ball"—
will be held Feb. 12 at Club Rainbow and
Christine Burchette, co-chairwoman of the
Texas Lesbian Conference, needs more volunteers to help stage the three-day event.
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