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Montrose Voice, No. 95, August 20, 1982 - File 010. 1982-08-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2979/show/2959.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 95, August 20, 1982
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date August 20, 1982
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 010
Transcript Dallas City Councilmember Ricardo Medrano, who represents the heavily-gay Oak Lawn area. His button reads, "I'm not gay. I'm angry." The Turtle Creek Chorale at opening ceremonies of the National Gay Leadership Conference . Lucia Valeska, executive director of the National Gay Task Force, in Dallas for the leadership conference, suggested holding similiar conferences every two years fl Bill Nelson, director of communications of Dallas Gay Alliance National Ga\ Task Force members in their Dallas hospitality suite !!____ >i_» \ J Houston Gay Political Caucus members (left to right) Bob Fisher, Pam Jones, Gary Grant and Terry Harris at the Dallas conference Houston Gay Political Caucus president Larry Bagneris Jr. in Dallas At the Dallas conference were (left to right) Chuck Renslow, publisher of "Gay Life " newspaper in Chicago; Jack Campbell, Miami-based gay businessman; and Tom Chorlton of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democrats. Both Campbell and Renslow are board members of the Gay Press Association. August 20,1982 / Montrose voice 9 Gay activists from 37 states meet in Dallas By Johannes Stahl Nearly 400 leaders representing an estimated 175 national, state and local gay organizations met in Dallas August 13 to 15 to provide "a forum to discuss what is important and what goals to address for the gay rights movement," said Bill Nelson, director of communications of Dallas Gay Alliance (DGA). DGA had organized the gathering, called the "National Gay Leadership Conference," which was attended by representatives from 37 states and staged at the Greenelefe Hotel. Representatives of Houston's Gay Political Caucus, Citizens for Human Equality, and the Texas Human Rights Foundation were among those who attended. Lucia Valeska, executive director of the National Gay Task Force (NGTF), said the goals of the conference "were set loosely on purpose. One ofthe best things was a chance to talk face-to-face with leaders from all over the country." "We were able to cover the basic issues in the workshops which were of greatest concern to the gay movement." NGTF is the largest gay civil rights organization in th" country. A series of nearly 40 workshops were conducted at the conference which dealt with such issues as police relations, public relations, health, lobbying, networking, the Family Protection Act, Democratic party politics and Gay Pride Week. Ricardo Medrano, pro-gay Dallas city councilmember, called the effort for the national conference "monumental" on the part of the DGA. Medrano's district includes Oak Lawn, an area in Dallas where many of the city's gay people live. He rode in the lead car of the 1982 Dallas Gay Pride Week Parade. Nelson said the DGA planned the event because "we wanted to send a message to gay and non-gay people—the gay rights movement is very much alive in the Heartland." He believes that Dallas was the ideal location for the conference because "Dallas is neutral." He feels that if this conference had been held on either the East or West Coast it would have made people from the other feel slighted. He also explained thattravel costs were more equitable since Texas is centrally located. Nelson estimated the total cost to the DGA for the conference at $12,000. Valeska feels that the cost of any future conference might be shared by national organizations. She said that the event should be every two years because of expense and planning involved. "For NGTF, this has been a tremendous opportunity. We would support any effort to see it continued," she said. Concurrent with other workshops, a forum on Acquired Immune Deficiency (AID) was presented. AID's are a medical condition affecting mostly homosexually active men, involving impairment of the body's immune system. Two major manifestations of this condition are rare cancers like Kaposi's sarcoma or rare infections such aB Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, according to a report made by the forum. The report also indicated a planned effort to lobby Congress for funding into research on the disease. Morris Floyd, AID Forum spokesman, said, "The key concept is to generify the concern for the disease. It is not just the gay male who develops it." "We need to look into a risk-reduction statement ... based on facts, not speculation and without moral judgements." Nelson said that response to evaluation forms from those attending the conference will be made available at a later date. A site for the next conference was not immediately decided, nor was a date. Nelson indicated that the conference "has been gratifying but we're not going to do it next year."
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