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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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Title File 031
Transcript HOUSTON VOICE One Community! One Voice ISSUE 920 JUINtE 12. 1996 Established 1974 as the Montrose Slar. reestablished 1960 as the Housion Montrose Slar, Changed name to The Houston Voice in 1991 incorporating the New Orleans Crescent Cily Slar, Reestablished as the Housion Voice by Thomas Nelson in 1993 811 Westheimer, Suite 105 Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 529-8490 (800) 729-8490 Fax:(713)529-9531 Email: editor@houstonvoice.com leedbackQhoustonvoice.com Contents copyright 1998 Office hours: 9:00 a.m. lo 5:30 p.m. weekdays Party Deviants Eiiumi Stephen R Underwood IIIM Hlltr Carolyn Roberts SicHf* EJItir Predicant John R Sweeney - Sr Crinkle Bisiimr Connie Marmolejo - "Smile liilmr feedback -S houstonvoiceicom Vilven Design Group Whiirs Dalton DeHart Advertising Sales Carolyn Roberts, A.Blaine Wh Classifieds and Personals Marshall Rainwater Natlanal Advertising Representative Rivendell Marketing. P.O. Box 518. Westhefd. NJ 908-232-2021 Chris Crain Rick Ellsasser am mm w A WindowMedia Publication To submit a letter Letters to the editor should be lewer than 400 words. We reserve lhe right io edil for content and length. We will withhold names upon request, but you must include your name and phone number for verification. Please send mail to Houston Voice. 811 Westheimer. Suite 105. Houston TX 77006; fax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail k) editor@houstonvoice.com. Opinions expressed therein do not relied those of the Houston Voice Notice to Advertisers Advertising rate schedule lilteeri was effective Sep! 1997 ■ Partial or complete (eo'eduction ol any advertisement. news article or lealure. copy or photograph Irom Itie Houslon Voice a specifically prohibited by federal statute • Opinions a*pressad by columnists or cartoonists aie nol necessanly those ol the Houston Voice or ils slat! and we assume no liability tor me content eipressed or implied ol said articles or likeness ol persons Irving or dead, real or lie Donal in lhe cartoons. • PutDcanon oi lhe name or photograph oi any person or organization m articles or advertising in the Houston Voce is lion ol said person or organization ■ The appearance ol advertisements or opinions axpresse [herein do not constitute an endorserrwnt or guarantee by th Houston Voice or its stall POSTMASTER: Send addn Westheimer. Suile 105. Houston. Texas 77006. Sutecnptton m» in U.S. toy earner or US mail}. SI 75 per week [S4S 50 par 6 months or $91 per year] Display arhetising Deadlmm Reserve space no later than Noon Thursday, etcfit days pnor to lhe lollowino, Fnday publication Copy and malenals for ads produced by the Houslon I'oice must arrive no later than Friday 5 p m.seven days pnor lo the Eolowing Fnday publication Camera Ready ads must amve no later than 5 p.m Monday, lour days pnor to lhe lollowing Fnday puOkcabon Class-lied advertising Oeaol-ne Noon CST Monday I assume financial responsibility lor •ml readers are asked to advise Ihe lewspaper ol any Iraudulenl or deceptive advertising. Charter Member Greater Houslon Gay & Lesbian Chamber >i Commerce. National Gay Newspaper Guild-member. Gay md Lesbian Press Association member. Associated Press Some Republicans just don't get it. They say they have a "big tent organization." But when it comes to gays who share some of their political views, the GOP calls them deviants and hate-mongers, comparing them to pedophiles and members of the KKK. Log Cabin Republicans, the state's off-shoot of a national group with 50 chapters across the country, wants a booth al lhe GOP state convention. The organizalion followed party rules, submitted an application last month and a $500 let*, but was flatly rejected without reason. That's the second time since 1996. The state GOP's spokesman, in defending that exclusion after Log Cabins protested through a press conference in ALisfin on June 5. said the Republican leadership was barring a "deviant" group. Republicans also won't let the Texas Freedom Network, a non-partisan group thai counters reli- gioLis conservatives, to staff a booth. Spokesman Robert Black said both organizations altack family values and people of faith. "We don't allow pedophiles, transvestites or cross-dressers, either." he said. Funny, though, that the father of modern-day conservatism, former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, understood gays deserve an equal voice. He even argued that gays should be allowed to serve in the nation's armed forces. Log Cabin's executive director. Rich Tafel. earned a degree 'at Harvard Divinity School. Even the state's highest-ranking Republican. Gov. George W. Bush, criticized the name-calling by state GOP officials. A weak rebuke by the popular governor, bul a call for dig- nily and respect in dealing wilh gays nonetheless. [kit some Republicans in Texas just don't get it. The slate's Log Cabins don't want special rights, they are simply asking for the same chance to be heard granted to other Republicans. Any fair-minded person Linderstands this simple request for equality, and open dialogue. The Republican version of a big tent is limited — nol surprising for a political party controlled by social and religious conservatives. In denying booth space for Log Cabin, stale GOP leaders are spewing the same hostility they accuse gay Republicans of displaying toward people of faith. Log Cabin, which has more than 50 members serving as delegates or alternates lo ihe state convention, plan to protest the party's decision with a rally in Ft. Worth. II won'l do much — the slate Supreme Court sided wilh Ihe GOP in 1996 in a similar dispute — but a strong showing may demonstrate that fair-minded Republicans understand what a big tent approach should mean during the GOP convention. This controversy and immature name-calling comes as Log Cabin prepares two fund-raisers to pay for a gay Republican to lobby state legislators when they return lo Austin in January. It would supplement lhe efforts of the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, which already sends a lobbyist to the slate capital. Both groiips have exchanged barbs over lhe Log Cabin effort. Gay Republicans wanl a better effort in targeting gay friendly conservative legislators: officials of lhe gay righls lobby said they focus on non-partisan lobbying- Bul both groups left the door open for working together. With Ihe hate the slalc's Republican leadership has demonstrated recently, ils Importanl lhat Lug Cabin and the gay rights lobby overcome differences and band togeth er. Gays need all the help they can muster when the legislature returns. The fight for equality hangs in ihe balance, Unfortunate Tragedy' Nearly (hree months after (he disturbing slaying ol a 28 old gay wailer. lhe facts are still in doubt. Did the Housion Police Department miss Marc Daniel Kajs' cal! for help? Dili police overlook signs of the impending tragedy. which unfolded on March 29? And why was the deparl- ment's domestic violence unil closed on the weekend? Some 11 hours before Kajs' former boyfriend gunned him down near a trendy Monlrose restaurant, he walked into the police storefront station on Weslheimer and filed a com plaint. 1 lis parents say their son's conrerns were overlooked by officers. Authorities say the officer filed a detailed report and warned Kajs to stay home and avoid frequenting places in which he might run into Ilhan Yilmaz, (he pizza deliverer who shot Kajs and then turned (he gun on himself and committed suicide. The complaint was lo be turned over to the police depart ment's domestic violence unit early Monday, which would have taken immediate action. Police Chief CO. Bradford said. Those are comforting words, bul Yilma/ caught Lip wilh Kajs about 2 p.m. Sunday. Kajs' lamily accuses officers on more than one occasion of Ignoring Iheir son's cry for help. Bradford said officers on the slreels made judgement calls in how to besl deal wilh lhe ongoing dispute between the two men. This much is clear: there are lessons the police departmeni need-, lo learn from this tragedy. Bradford Bradford mentioned some ol them during a meeting earlier Ihis month with the I luu si I in Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus when he announced the results of an internal review of how the departmeni handled the dispute between Kajs and Yilmaz. The domes- tie and family violence unit will be decentralized into three offices around Houslon and have investigators avail able around the clock. Officers on the streets will receive more training to know when lo Hag a dispute as domestic violence or stalk ing. Heller inlormation on where to send battered lesbians and gays for shelter will also be distributed. Bradford, who fielded an emotional confrontation from Kajs' parents, came lo the caucus meeting with something to offer. He repeatedly called the murder Buiclde "a most unfortunate tragedy." That wasn't enough and the city's top cop knew it. He also arrived with plans to alter how police respond to complaints ol domestic violence and stalking. City Councilwoman Annise Parker, who has taught sens! tivilv classes to ! louslon police, said tlie new Initiatives will make a difference and could prevent similar events from again unfolding, Unfortunately for Marc Daniel Kajs. the changes can't come soon enough. GAY SIGNS OF THE MILLENIUM nFErxi .'M-mu-m=
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