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Gay Republicans prepare for rally
State GOP calls gays 'deviants, hateful extremists'
From staff and wire reports
Gay Republicans are hoping for a
large turnout on Saturday in Foil
Worth as a show of political might for
state GOP leaders, who last month
denied a booth for Log Cabin
Republicans of Texas inside the state
The bitter political infighting has
earned a rebuke from Gov. George W.
Bush and drawn national media
After denying Log Cabin's request
for a booth inside the convention this
weekend, state GOP spokesman
Robert Black referred to gays as
"deviants, pedophiles and hateful
Gay Republicans called the language inflammatory and insulting.
"The decision by these bigoted party
officials to deny us a booth is a threat
to the rights of every gay Texan," said
Steve Labinski, Log Cabin state president. "We will not tolerate this kind of
prejudice. All Americans should be
ashamed and angry that the leaders of
a major political party practice it publicly."
State party leaders also rejected the
request of the Texas Freedom
Network, a nonpartisan group which
works to counteract the political clout
of the religious right.
Gay Republicans hope the hour-
long Rally for Liberty attracts more
than 1,000 people outside the Fort
Worth/Tarrant County Convention
"If party officials
will not permit us ,
to be heard inside j
the convention hall,
we assure them j
they will hear us J
outside the convention hall. We invite |
the entire community to attend."
Gay Republicans arrived in Fort
See RALLY/ page 4
Pride in Our Culture
Texas parade: Several of the approximately WO
participants in the first ever Gay Pride Parade in
Corpus Christi march down Shoreline Boulevard
recently, showing their pride and their colors to
passerbys along the beach. Gay Pride across the
country is celebrated in commemoration of the
Village when New York City police raided the
Stonewall Tavern on Christopher Street, setting off
days of rioting by lesbians and gays. For a
roundup from across the country, see page 19.
—Photo by Delcia Lopez
AIDS agencies to merge
by MATTHEW A. HENNIE
Two of the city's leading HIV/AIDS service organizations are merging in an effort to combine resources and
The result of the joining of Bering Community Service
Foundation, which provides a variety of services from
dental care lo temporary in-home visits, and residential
.ii agency with aboul 50
employees and an annual budget near $3 million.
"With the constantly changing (ace of AIDS and the
epidemic, it is important for organizations to be able to
adapt quickly." Bill Kersten. Bering's executive director,
said Thursday. This gives us the opportunity to be
more adaptable to this environment."
The idea of accomplishing more with one agency
helped spur negotiations between directors of both
boards, ongoing since February, said Margot Morris.
Omega House executive director.
"One of the things that we ■
talked about through this whole
process is that the whole
more than the sum of its ,
parts." she said.
See MERGE/ page 4
Perfection makes misery
Comic tells Houston Voice of his 'larger than life' characters
by STEPHEN R. UNDERWOOD characters.- he said, in which "every-
Now what's the last thing a high thing's just really dramatic."
school grad wants to remember after Translation: he has no shame.
But Nash will do anything lor a
laugh, because he "can't slant! a room
full of grinners." he said.
Oddly enough, Nash could probably
double as a pop psychologist if acting
doesn't work out. For instance, lake
pomp and circumstance? Freshman
year, of course.
Gay comic Rob Nash remembers
freshman year so well, in fact, he's
made a living out of il. And he's
Houston bound to remind everybody
thai "Freshman Year Sucks!"
This reluctant 80s trip down memory
lane written by Nash requires 26 differ
ent characterizations — all performed
by him alone, crammed In an hour-long
performance. That's pretty good odds for
a mistake or two. but Nash said "Eveiy
time I do something. I learn to do it better the nod time." Sure. OK. But that's
a fairly tall order for somebody who con-
fesses "my life is very neurotic." righl?
Probably not. Yet Nash is one
inclined to think that size does mailer.
"I like working wilh larger than life
his theory on depression:
"When a straight woman is
depressed, she'll say. God. I'm so fat.'
When a straight guy is depressed, he'll
say. 'God, my girlfriend is so Jat.
When a lesbian is depressed, she'll
say. 'God. I'm so depressed.' When a
gay man is depressed, he'll say. 'God.
me and my lover are so fat.'"
Nash's lake on his own legacy?
"Worthy of emulation." he said — unlike
President Clinton. Nash counts himself
a Friend of Bill, but he's also a little disillusioned that lhe First Bubba is just a
"regular guy." But don'l count him in
thai heard of WASPs looking for clones
"The notion of perfectionism keeps
me procrastinating and afraid and
anxious." Nash, 31. said. "It works for
the people who call themselves perfectionists, but it's perfectionism that
makes my life miserable."
Oh. Yeah. Maybe that's why freshman year sucks.
Who: Gay playwright Rob Nash
What: "Freshman Year Sucks!"
When: June 18 to July 12 -
Where: Stages Repertory Theatre,
3201 Allen Parkway
Tickets: S12-S15. 713-527-0220