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Houston Voice, No. 920, June 12, 1998 - File 020. 1998-06-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3055/show/3025.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 920, June 12, 1998
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date June 12, 1998
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript E a Stonewall riots remembered in Pride events across nation Evangelists Protest Disney Gav Day LAKE BUENA VISTA. Fla. — A group of Operation Rescue evangelists wearing red, white and blue "Pro-Life" shirts cut a path through a sea of red- shirted gays and lesbians on June 6 inside Disney World's Magic Kingdom for Gay Day. They found a gay couple from Austin. Texas. Evangelists David Lackey of Birmingham. Ala., and Bill Shanks of New Orleans opened the conversation with David Smith and Robert Pitman by asking where they were from. The gay couple was more than a match for the evangelists. Smith, a 33-year-old Methodist seminary graduate, and Pitman, who comes from a fundamentalist Christian family, knew the Bible backward and forward. There are definitely different interpretations of the verses that supposedly condemn homosexuality," Smith told Lackey. As Disney security workers and a handful of reporters looked on, the evangelists and the gay couple had a half-hour conversation that was cordial, polite and diplomatic. "The statistics show that your lifestyle is much shorter than other people's." Lackey said. "It's not a lifestyle. It's a death-style." "My lifestyle is exactly like yours," Smith countered. "1 wake up. I pick up my paper, I say "hi" lo my neighbor, I feed the dogs, I go to work ... The only thing different is that 1 share a bed with a man, and I love a man." But Disney officials, who neither Gay Day: Operation Rescue activists, from left, Aron Noil, arms outstretched, and Melissa Cantley, at right, pray at the entrance to Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on June 6, which was "Gay Day" at the park. Operation Rescue was on hand to show it's disapproval of the gay lifestyle. —Photo by Stuart Tannehill sponsor nor endorse Gay Day, need not have worried. There were no arrests, and no one was kicked out. Gay Pride across the country is celebrated in commemoration of the June 27, 1969. Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village when New York City police raided the Stonewall Tavern on Christopher Street, setting off days of rioting by lesbians and gays. The riots, said historians, marked the start of modern lesbian and gay activism that since has spread nationwide. Since Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom started eight years ago. gays and lesbians have worn red shirts to identify themselves at the theme park. ■An estimated 100,000 people were in Orlando for the weekend festivities. Disney officials wouldn't say how many people were in Magic Kingdom, although unlike past Gay Days it didn't fill to capacity, said spokesman Bill Warren. Many families were nonplussed at what they saw. Jerry Leeker of St. Louis watched with his sons, Brendan, 9, and Zack, 6, as a group of men in red shirts with multicolored lettering lined up to spell "We're Here," and after switching a couple of letters. "We're Queer." "Different strokes for different folks," Leeker said. Pride Arrives in Iowa City IOWA CITY — The first public observance of Gay Pride Month in Cedar Rapids. Iowa started Thursday as more than 20 community organizations planned to take part in the celebration, which runs through Saturday. "Pride Fest is based on the belief that a broad commitment to tolerance strengthens our community." co-chairman F. John Herbert told the Cedar Rapids Gazette. "Diversity is not only the right thing to do — it also means a safer city, a better business climate, a more vibrant cultural scene and a place where all visitors feel welcome." The highlight of Gay Pride Month in Cedar Rapids will be Pride Fest on Saturday. Booths lining Greene Square Park will offer food, drinks, information, books, music and art. A stage will feature music and entertainment, as well as community leaders, who will speak in support of diversity and tolerance. Gay Pride Month's Cedar Rapids debut comes at a time when attenlion is already focused on gay and lesbian issues. In May, lhe Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission decided to study whether to modify the city's civil rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. More recently, the Parks and Police departments have been dealing with public concern over homosexual activity in Shaver Park. Despite the controversies, organizers are convinced the time is right for a more visible gay presence in Cedar Rapids. See PRIDE page 25 GasLight Video Emporium 3519 Beliaire • Houston Between Buffalo Speedway and Stella Link Monday - Saturday Open 24 hours, Sunday Open 3pm Till Midnight After Dark Video Emporium 1431 West 18th st. • Houston North on Shepherd to West 18th across from Kmart Big City Video Emporium 10105 Gulf Freeway • Houston 45-South Exit Edgebrook, ! -Turn Open 24 hours v„r*\\0^° tfOf3 ^V *»^ We have doubled our movie selections and preview rooms. Come see our new look. We accept personal checks plus miimm. Cg EJO^I iMmni=M.aji vm-mm-m F- A G E
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