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Montrose Voice, No. 329, February 13, 1987 - File 006. 1987-02-13. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3247/show/3227.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 329, February 13, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 13, 1987
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 006
Transcript Coping with Our Society's New Idols FEBRUARY 13. 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 5 The Innocent Bystander By Arthur Hoppe My daughter, Malphasia, came down to breakfast wearing high heels, a strapless, sequinned gown and a toothy smile. She looked at me, waved and clapped her hands. "Bye-bye," she said. Ah, parental decisions. I couldn't decide whether to comment first on her costume or her greeting. "I'm practicing for my career," she explained. "As a dysfunctional lady of the evening?" I inquired. "No, Daddy," she said, "as the next Vanna White." Six months ago, I might have asked who Vanna White was, but she has since appeared on the covers of both People and Newsweek. From scanning the pictures in the former and the text in the later, I now know that Miss White is a pretty, charming, talentless airhead who has become a national celebrity by turning over letters on a quiz show called, "Wheel of Fortune." So I wasn't surprised when Malphasia slunk sexily over to the calendar on the wall and turned the page—annoyed, but not surprised. "It isn't March yet," I' growled, "and why are you pointing at that gargage compactor?" "I have to practice pointing to the prizes, too," said Malphasia. "There's lota to this job." "That compactor's no prize, believe me," I said. "And don't talk with your mouth full of English muffin. You'll never be a television star if you don't learn to emote properly." "Vanna doesn't talk at all," said Malphasia, "except to say, 'Bye-bye.' That's why everyone's so excited by the title of her new autobiography, 'Vanna Speaks.'" "If that's her worst fear, she must be either very secure or very uninformed," I said. "Of course, one probably goes with the other." "And she reveals her secret recipe for Lasagna a la Vanna," continued Malphasia, who never pays any attention to my aphorisms. "It's no wonder her publisher gave her a $250,000 advance." Considering that's 50 times more than any publisher ever gave me, I thought I took the news with mature stoicism. "Are you out of your mind emulating an empty-headed bird- brain?" I shouted. "What will it get you?" "Rich," said Malphasia. And with a big smile and a little wave, she chirped "Bye-bye" and flounced up the stairs. I took my umbrage out in the backyard where my dear wife, Glynda, was trimming the pyracantha. "What kind of a society are we living in," I demanded, "that worships shallow glitz and surface glamour and doesn't care a whit that their idols have no more intelligence than a flea?" "Now, now, dear," said Glynda, "I'm sure Malphasia will turn out just fine." "But she's betrayed the entire sexual revolution and the sexual equality that her sisters marched and sued and picketed for," I said. "Even in this society, what position of importance can she ever hope to aspire to if she relies soley on mindless charm?" Glynda lopped off an errant branch with a single deft snick. "The presidency?" she said. ©1987 1987 (S.F.) Chronicle Publishing Co. Gay America Gay Community Events Nationwide ^Hearings Predicted on National Gay Civil Rights Bill From a Human Ricjhts Campaign Fund Press Release With a record 50 members of the U.S. Houseot Representatives and six members of the U.S. Senate co-sponsoring the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill this year, the climate appears to be favorable for actual committee hearings on the bills during the 100th Congress. The House bill was introduced as HR. 709 on Jan. 21 by Rep. Ted Weiss (D.-N.Y.), The Senate's version of the bill, S. 464, was introduced on Feb. 4 by Sen Alan Cranston (D.-Calif). Joining Sen. Cranston as original co-sponsors were Senators Kennedy (D- Mass.). Kerry (D.-Maine). Moynihan (D.-N.Y.), Weicker (R.-Conn.) and Inouye (D.-Hawaii). "We've worked long and hard with Rep. Weiss and Sen. Cranston to get this many co-sponsors," said Vic Basile, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign Fund. HRCF describes itself as a national political action and education committee ot the gay and lesbian community and has made passage of the civil rights bill a major focus of its political activities for the past six years. Hearings on the House version would afford supporters and opponents an opportunity to goon record with their positions on the legislation. For the gay and lesbian community, this means a very high profile forum in which to present evidence and arguments on behalf of their need for civil rights protection. For their opponents, it necessitates bringing bias and prejudice out ot the closet and putting them on record. Almost all of the co-sponsors ot both bills were recipients of contributions from the Human Rights Campaign Fund in last November's election. Contributions from the campaign fund are contingent on a candidate's promise to support the civil rights bill. Basile predicts that a record number of members of Congress will sign onto both bills as the year progresses. To help make that happen, he asks members of the gay and lesbian community, as well as others supportive of the bills, to write their representatives and senators and urge them to support the bills Members of the House may be reached by writing them (with "The Honorable" preceding their name) at the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC. 20515. Members of the Senate may be reached by writing them (with "The Honorable" preceding their name) at the U.S. Senate. Washington. 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