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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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Transcript Sponsors Found for Sodomy Law Repeal FEBRUARY 13, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 9 By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voice Texas Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby now has sponsors for a bill to repeal the state sodomy statute, but lobbyist Glen Maxey admits filing the legislation during the ongoing session of the Texas Legislature will accomplish little more than "setting the tone" for future steps toward decriminalization. Maxey reported Wednesday, Feb. 11, that Sen. Craig Washington and Rep. Debra Danburg of Houston, Rep. David Cain of Dallas, and Rep. Lena Guer- rerro of Austin, had agreed to sponsor the bill, which calls for outright repeal of 21.06. All four legislators are Democrats. Three additional sponsors from Business Alliance Endorses Neartown Assoc. Plan By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voice Members of the Neartown Business Alliance voted to endorse Neartown Association's comprehensive planning project, noting that the endorsement did not constitute acceptance ofthe group's neighborhood plan, which is not yet complete. "We aren't at the stage of making any recommendations yet," Jill Hefner, a member ofthe homeowner group's planning committee, said."What we're asking for is an endorsement of the process we've undertaken." Hefner and two other committee members, Tom Minor and Chuck Dal- ley, who is also a planner with the City of Houston Office of Planning and Development, displayed a map prepared by Neartown Association volunteers who have been conducting a land use survey of the Montrose area. The map color codes area land use patterns in classifications. The ultimate goal of the survey is to develop a "master plan" to enable the association to work with property owners and developers in promoting a type of development "that is good for the neighborhood," Hefner stated. Hefner said her group was interested in preserving certain unqiue characteristics of Montrose, such as its mixed-use environment, dense population and pedestrian orientation. Characteristics of an individual neighborhood can be overlooked in the large-scale, general neighborhood plans proposed by the city, she noted. Another reason for the research was to establish a basis for determining future projects ofthe assocation, Hefner said. The group will be able to use the information when presenting capital improvement projects to the city, she added. The business alliance's endorsement was sought because Neartown Association wanted to list the group's name on a brochure designed to explain the planning project to the public. Participation by the business group would also demonstrate a more united community support, Hefner said. The committee members agreed to include a representative of the Near town Business Alliance on the planning committee. the House of Representatives are expected, but have yet to confirm, and the lobby is seeking another sponsor in the Senate, Maxey said. "We know we don't have the votes to pass this bill, and quite frankly, we really don't even want a vote on it this session," Maxey commented. The purpose of introducing the legislation, he said, was to "desensitize the issue" before members of the legislature, and to make the legislators aware that gays are going to push for decriminalization in future sessions. Maxey called educating the legislators, even those sensitive to gay issues, "a long, arduous process." "A number of members (of the legislature) are saying, 'are you sure this is what you want to do?'" Maxey said. Legislators have warned the lobbyists that pushing an outright repeal bill could result in a backlash against the gay community, he noted. However, after speaking with attorneys about possible alternative ways to approach the issue, such as couching the repeal within a more general privacy bill, Maxey said the lobby most likely will file specifically for decriminalization. "Everyone is going to see right through that {general legislation)," he said. The legislature will never "get to the point" regarding 21.06 unless community leadership takes a pro-active stance and boldly pursues its ultimate goal, he added. Regarding negative legislation, Maxey said that no negative bills dealing with gay issues have been filed. He noted, however, that the filing deadline is not until mid-March and that the major filing crunch is yet to come. "Only about 700 bills have been filed so far. We're expecting about four times that many," Maxey said. Also, last-minute amendments could pose a "tremendously dangerous situation," as bills considered "good" could be made negative by amendment, Maxey pointed out. One piece of legislation posing a potential amendment threat is the Communicable Disease Act supported by the Texas Department of Health. "The key is to make the sponsors understand the importance of not accepting an amendment." Maxey said, noting that the TDH is so strong on the package proposal that it might be inclined to accept an amendment. Maxey said he is convinced that the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Ray Farabee and Rep. Nancy McDonald, understand the issues well enough to kill the legislation if an unacceptable amendment is attached. TLGRL also hopes to file several bills dealing with AIDS issues next week, Maxey said. The lobby is presently working with public health lobbying groups in attempts to garner positive support for the legislation. The proposals include a general anti discrimination bill; a bill dealing with informed consent for HIV testing; confidentiality of medical records; prohibition of using the HIV antibody test as a required determinant for obtaining insurance; and prohibition of the test being required by a third party for other purposes (such as housing or employment). The bills are being filed separately in case individual areas draw opposition, Maxey said. Neighborhood Sports Sports News from Community Groups HHou-Tex Tennis Club Results The Hou-Tex Tennis Club met Sunday, Feb. 8, at Memorial Park for challenge matches. Results are: David Heiland def. David Garza 6-3, 6-2; Steve Bearden def. Eddie Chavez 6-2, 4-6,6-4; Eugene Brown def. Randy Miller 6-4,6-4. Randall Dickerson def. Bobby R. 1-6,6-7. 6-1; and David Heiland def. Steve Bearden 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 The Hou-Tex Tennis Club meets in front of the bleachers at Memorial Park Tennis Center Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For further information call Ron Moss or Bill A. at 861-2056 or Randy Miller at 796-1846. ^Mary's II Leads MSA Pool Standings As of Feb. 4, Mary's II remains in the top position in the MSA Billiards League standings. Bacchus II and Adventurers follow in second and third places, respectively. A new league vice president was elected at a meeting held Sunday, Feb. 8. UsaMustachia was elected to fill the position vacated by Jim Dorr. Dorr remains a player in the league, but increased work responsibilities forced him to vacate the officer's seat. ^Softball Team Slates Fundraiser The Marion & Lynn's softball team will host a fundraiser show on Thursday Feb. 19 at the Ranch, 9150 S, Main. The show is to begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. A $3 donation will be used to offset expenses for the team to travel to the Gay Softball World Series. The team hopes to represent Houston Women's Softball at the event to be held in San Francisco at the end of August. J A MEN'S CUT $15 528-9600 ' LADIES $17.50 1212 WESTHEIMER ASK FOR COUPON AT COUNTER Dignified Service for Less Direct Burial or Cremation CREmATlOTl SERUICE IRTERnATlOTlAL® Operated by James H. Murphy Funeral Homes ^)0^/0 (§5-5, 692-5555 363-9999 Dignified Service for Less The Montrose Voice If s The Place to Advertise
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