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Title Montrose Voice, No. 330, February 20, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 20, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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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 Business Guild May Change Direction, Avoid Gay Issues By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montroae Voice The new administration of the Greater Montrose Business Guild is hoping to change the group's public image by concentrating organizational efforts on business-oriented projects and avoiding involvement in gay community issues. Frank Turner, newly-elected president of the guild, said he feels identification as a gay/ lesbian business organization has hindered GMBG's major purposes, advancing member businesses and promoting the Montrose area as a place to live, work and trade. "We certainly aren't trying to exclude anyone," Turner said, noting that many member businesses in the guild are gay- owned. "It's just that the reason most members join is to promote their businesses. There are other organizations, like the Gay Political Caucus, that members can join if they want to get involved that way." Turner claimed an informal survey of about 40 members indicated they perceived only an average 20 percent of their total business to come from the gay community. The survey, which Turner said he conducted last fall as chair of the guild's networking committee, was intended to determine what the "real" needs of the membership were, how members could most effectively network their businesses, and what type of advertising would be most beneficial. The guild also has a "traditional" problem with membership renewals, according to Turner. Of 123 current members, 69 are new members who joined in 1986, he said. "Some members have told me they joined to advance their businesses, and they didn't get any increase in business from their membership," Turner said. Others said there was too much discussion of gay/ lesbian issues and social programs "flavored" with gay opinions, even though the group usually took no position, he added. Turner said a listing of organizations and helplines in the back ofthe guild's directory also contributes to GMBG's image as a gay group. The listing includes mostly gay community resources and does not list family- oriented services or government agencies in the "Greater Montrose" area, he stated. The directory listing will be reviewed for possible changes before the next publication, Turner noted. Under past leadership, the Greater Montrose Business Guild has been aggressively involved in activities promoting non-discrimination, although the group is conceptually non- GPC Endorses Pride Committee's Effort By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voice Members of the Houston Gay Political Caucus passed a motion Wednesday, Feb. 18, to support efforts of members of the Gay Pride Week Planning Committee to petition for an amendment or waiver of a city ordinance, in order to allow planners the option of considering a nighttime gay pride parade. Ray Hill, who introduced the motion, stressed that the caucus would not be voting to endorse the concept of a night parade, only to give the committee time to pursue solutions to legal difficulties. Under current ordinance, neither a parade nor a festival, also being (lis cussed by gay pride planners, could be held at night. GPC board members pointed out that the question of an after-dark parade was brought up during a recent board retreat in Galveston, and that the hoard agreed to oppose the idea because of potential problems, including violence and vandalism. Evening rallies held at Spotts Park in recent years have been plagued with this type of problem, they noted. Current sentiment among members of both the caucus and the planning committee favors holding all Gay Pride Week activities, whether during the day or at night, in the Montrose area. The night parade idea was mentioned at the first GPW meeting last month, but so far no debate on the issue has been held in either forum. "If (the GPW committee) can't go to the Gay Political Caucus for help with a political problem, then who can we turn to?" Hill said, adding that he felt current leadership was trying to direct the caucus "like a ship alone," avoiding interaction with other community groups, Members voted 14-7, with four political and non-aligned. In January, 1985, while Mike Nelson was president, the guild supported the vote by Houston City Council on non-discrimination in city jobs based on sexual orientation. Also in 1985, under another president, Thorn Rourke, the organization adopted a non-discrimination policy and committed to actively seek membership of businesses whose policies support nondiscrimination with respect to sex, race, national origin, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation and physical disability. The most recent president, Phyllis Frye, maintained that the policy of nondiscrimination made GMBG's focus and direction different from that of other business organizations. Frye was personally active in gay/ lesbian community issues. The first guild meeting directed by the new officers will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25. M. John Curcio, a certified public accountant and guild member, is scheduled to speak on the 1987 tax law and its implications for business owners. Other planned changes for the guild this year include frequency of committee meetings, size and function of committees, and increased activity in promotional and area development projects. A 24-hour hotline number, 528- 1111, will provide personal or recorded information on committee meetings times and locations, guild projects, membership and other information for the local business community. FEBRUARY 20, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 3 $10°° off CUP THIS AD and attach it to your next order for $10.00 off any of the following items: • Letterheads • Postcards • Brochures • Multipart Forms • 2-Color Printing • Flyers • Contracts • Menus • Resumes • Envelopes • Announcements • Invitations • Business Cards • Door Hangers • Report or Booklet Copying • Invoices MONTROSE BUSINESS GUILD MEMBERS 10% DISCOUNT SPEEDY 'RINTUMCS SERVICE OP TEXAS Fast. Reliable Service. Excellent Ouality. Low Cost S4O0 BELLAIRE BLVD. Convenient Southwest Location : DW-- r«r or Chimney R<x- M Mapirndg- CALL 667-7417 PICK UP AND DELIVERY MEMBER GREATER MONTROSE BUSINESS GUILD; GREATER BELLAIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Please, one coupon per customer and/or order; cannot be combined with other discounts or special offer?. abstaining, to endorse the waiver request. Action on another motion introduced by Hill, that the caucus establish a committee to urge action by Mayor Kathy Whitmire's office on promises reportedly made by a mayor's representative, was tabled until the next GPC meeting. Hill said Clintine Cashion had twice promised that Whitmire's office would help facilitate dialogue between the gay community and the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Annise Parker, caucus president, pointed out that the GPC board has already requested a meeting with the mayor on the subject, but has not yet received a response. Delaying the discussion would give the board time to ascertain whether the mayor will meet with them, she said. In other business, members present were deputized as Harris County voter registrars. Don Hrachovy explained the registration forms and the information needed for GPC's purposes. The caucus' $42,000 1987 budget was discussed and approved. Estimated expenses totalled $16,72:?, with a 1986 balance forward of $12,000 and a pledge of $13,277 allotted for the Texas Lesbian/ Gay Right I_obby. A projected income of $14,450 leaves a fundraising obligation of $27,550 for the year. Lou Vanech was named the new chair of the documentation committee, and the possibility of changing the name of the committee to better convey its pur pose was mentioned. "Crisis response committee" was suggested as an alternative name. A new "media watch" program was announced. Jim Owens urged members to share and respond to information reflecting caucus concerns that appears in gay and general print media, technical journals, or on television or radio. BACCHUS D Friday, Feb. 20 Go Texas Night with H25 long necks and all of your favorite C&w music No Cover Sunday, Feb. 22 & March 1 Mary Ann Mahoney & Mata Hari 5-9pm, Happy Hour till 6pm Friday, Feb. 27 1st Annual Mardi Gras Ball Costumes Requested—No Cover 50c Well Drinks & Beer 7-9pm Drink Specials All Night Long Happy Hour Tues.-Fri. 5-9pm Steak Night Every Thursday 523 Lovelt 523-3396
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