Montrose News /The Nation
June 4,1982/Montrose Voice 3
National gay health gathering
is this weekend in Houston
by Ed Martinez
Between 300 and 500 registrants from
across the country were being expected in
Houston for the Fourth National Lesbian-
/Gay Health Conference, June 4-6, at the
University of Houston Continuing Education Center.
More than 30 workshops addressing
various mental and physical health issues
were planned, all related to the conference
theme, "Survival Issues in Health Care:
Lesbian/Gay People as Providers, as Consumers." A panel of experts were planning
on discussing the recent, and as yet unexplained, emergence of Kaposi's sarcoma
and other opportunistic infections. This
discussion was to be chaired by Dr. Peter
W.A. Mansell ofthe the University of Texas's M.D. Anderson Hospital.
Set to highlight the conference was keynote speakers Virginia "Ginny" M.
Apuzzo (former Assistant Commissioner
for Operations, New York City Department of Health) and Travis L. Peterson,
MSW, SP (psychotherapist and instructor
of social work at the University of
The conference is being sponsored by
the Task Force on Lesbian and Gay
Issues, Texas Chapter, NASW; the Graduate School of Social Work, University of
Houston; the National Gay Health Education Foundation; and the Montrose Counseling Center.
A full range of activities, social and professional, was planned for those attending
the conference. The agenda featured workshops on topics such as alcohol abuse,
problems on aging in the gay community,
holistic gay health care, problems of gay
parents, lesbians and sexual child abuse,
and alas, handling the family crisis of
dying in the gay community.
Saturday afternoon was to feature a
lengthy session on the subject of Kaposi's
sarcoma, which has recently gained widespread attention from all public health
officials. This session will last from 1:30
p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The social side ofthe conference has not
been neglected, and there was a hospital
ity suite Thursday evening at the Continuing Education Center that was open to the
public. For Friday night, Numbers 2
Disco, 300 Westheimer, scheduled a "Welcome to Houston" party
Entertainment at this party was to be
provided by Mary Hooper, singer and
comedienne, and local personality Danny
Villa. This party was planned to benefit
the Montrose Counseling Center.
Saturday at lunch, the Montrose Singers wee scheduled to perform in a concert
billed as "Dessert for Lunch."
Saturday night, both the Montrose
Counseling Center and the Montrose
Clinic were to sponsor open houses, with
Alice Schroeder, comedienne, to be present
at the Montrose Clinic.
Ed Henderson, hospitality coordinator
for this national event and himself a
social worker in Houston, said his job was
to make Houston aware ofthe importance
of the conference, not only to this city, but
to the nation as well.
The Houston Police Department, HPD officer Kevin McCoy and Best Delivery Systems, Inc. are being sued by the family of
Fred Paez for unspecified damages resulting from the shooting death of the gay
activist on June 28, 1980.
Though a jury acquitted McCoy of
charges of criminally negligent homicide
last September, the lawsuit charges that
HPD, McCoy and Best Delivery Systems
were grossly negligent.
The suit alleges that McCoy's consumption of five beers prior to the shooting had
affected his judgement, that Best Delivery
failed to properly supervise McCoy as its
employee, and that HPD had not given
McCoy proper training in the use of his
non-standard issue gun or consumption of
alcohol while working an extra job.
The death of Paez occurred at the beginning of Gay Pride Week 1980 when McCoy
was arresting Paez for allegedly making a
sexual proposition to the officer and his
friend, off-duty officer Steven Cain.
McCoy testified last September that his
gun had accidently discharged while he
was holding it to Paez's head and Paez
had attempted to grab for the pistol.
The amount ofthe suit was unspecified.
International Gay News Agency
A methodist minister who stirred up controversy when he said he was gay now
says he is leaving his Colorado home and
probably the ministry itself.
Julian Rush, 45, said he has applied to
the Rocky Mountain Conference of the
United Methodist Church for an "appointment to education" so that he can take a
graduate position at Emporia State University in Kansas.
Rush said he doubts that he will return
to Colorado and "I doubt I will go back to
church work." He said he would like to go
Melvin Wheatley, Jr., bishop of the
Rocky Mountain Conference, said he
would recommend that Rush's request be
approved. Just days earlier, Wheatley was
absolved by regional Methodist church
officials of doctrinal wrongdoing in
appointing Rush to St. Paul's United
Methodist Church in Denver.
Some church members had accused
Wheatley of defying Methodist dogma by
appointing a homosexual as a minister.
But the church's investigative committee determined that the United Methodist
Church had no rules against the ordination of gay people to the ministry.
Necks are next
If there was any doubt that the age of
designer jeans is passing, this should put
an end to it.
The latest fashion trend is neckties.
But not just any necktie. It was reported
that trendy neckware for the 15 to 30 set
includes ties made of leather, corduroy
And they're even beginning to sport
designer names like Sergio Valente.
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got its name
Last week we promised to tell you how Mary's
got its name. So here it is.
The club was originally named Tommy's
Lounge and was owned by the wife of the
deceased Tommy Musselwhlte. who also
called herself Tommy.
Joe Anthony had the vending machines in
the place and one night while Joe was in there,
he expressed an interest in Tommy's antique
"How much do you want for that thing," he
"$6000," said lommy.
"What! $6000 for a cash register," said Joe.
"Yea. but I'll throw in the bar along with it."
Joe was feeling no pain at the moment (he
was drunk), so he peeled off 60 $100-bills, and
he bought the cash register—and the bar
Next day, in the attorney's office finalizing
everything, Joes son Mike said, "Well Mary,
now that you own the place, what are you
gonna call it."
"That's it. Mary's. That's what we'll call it,"
This was in November, 1969. In January,
1974, Joe sold the bar to its present owner, Jim
The montrose voice staffers had a grand
time at the Gay Press Association convention
last weekend in Denver.
Especially enjoying himself was ad
salesman Lyt Harris at a bar-b-que hosted by
Charlie's. Charlie's is the Miss Charlotte's of
After about six beers. Lyt was swooping the
dance floor with some number that resembled
David's is Denver's best disco—with a crowd
similar to Numbers, but with a leather bar in
The Cherry Creek Mining Company is much
larger than its Houston counterpart, since it
has a dance floor and a J.R.'s-type restaurant.
And the gay press was given royal treatment
by the Ballpark Baths, Denver's super tubs.
The Mr., Ms. and Mist National Gay
Reno-Texas '82 Contest is this Sunday, June 6,
6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 4640
Montrose attorney Robert Schwab informs us
that the second edition of the National Lesbian
& Gay Referral Directory is about to go to
Attorneys who wish to be listed should write
the Texas Human Rights Foundation at 3128
Lemmon Ave. East, #304, Dallas. TX 75204.
Schwab also tells us that he's still waiting on
a ruling from Dallas in the constitutional
challenge of section 21.06 of the Texas Penal
Code, the so-called sodomy statute.
Its been a year now since the trial, and
Schwab says the ruling is likely to be a
Houston Data Professionals, a gay group, is to
hold a reception for some of the
conventioneers at the National Computer
Conference, in progress this coming week in
The reception is to be Tuesday evening at
the Brasserie Too.
This national convention is expected to
draw 100,000 computer people from around
the world to Houston. It's natural that a big
chunk of these people are going to be gay.
This year's Fred Paez Memorial Concert for
Gay Pride Week will be at Cullen Auditorium
on the U of H campus June 26.
The Montrose Symphonic Band, the
Montrose Singers, the MCCR Choir and the
Oaklawn Symphonic Band from Dallas will all
combine for a spectacular show.
There will be a free shuttle bus from Mary's,
The snazzy Gay Pride Week T-shirts are on
sale around town for $6.00. Profits from the
T-shirts go to the Gay Pride Week committee.
So, buy a T-shirt and help finance Gay Pride