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Title Houston Voice, No. 749, March 3, 1995
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  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date March 3, 1995
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 2 HOUSTON VOICE/ MARCH 3, 1995 >ICE MAIL Letters to the Editor Spectrum '95 Update From ALAN BOURGEOIS Event coordinator, Spectrum '95. Houston Early lasl spring, we began the monumental task of creating an event that was created for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community of Houston. The event was then known as Town Meeting II and has since evolved into Spectrum '95. a five star event that has already set history. Spectrum '95 comprises of a Business Expo, an Art Expo, a political Town Meeting, a Speakers Program and a Concert We would now like to bring you up to date on the progress of this historic event by explaining what Spectrum '95 is about. Spectrum "95 currently has 20 sponsors, comprised of national and local businesses. This is historic in itself, as no event other than Stonewall and the Gay Games has had so many diverse sponsors. I feel confident that even more sponsors will be added on before the event takes place. The Business Expo is designed to show the financial strength in our community by showcasing lesbian and gay owned businesses, while allowing gay friendly businesses to also compete for our dollars. It is estimated lhat the Houston area gay and lesbian economy is valued at $2 billion strong. With thai in mind. Town Meeting II. is designed to unite the community hehind goals that benefit the entire community as well as individual groups. New projects and programs will he entered during this discussion as well. Just imagine what $2 billion would buy. Now just imagine what 350.000 votes will accomplish. With the Speakers Program, our community will be able to learn how to invest that money on an individual basis, what to do if we are discriminated against, or what the procedures are to adopt a child. A course entitled. Rainbow Zebra' will be held to give our community a positive outreach on a personal basis. Noi lo be forgotten, the arts and entertainment community will he recognized through two events. The Art Expo will highlight the many talents in our community, such as national recording slar Sarah McLachlan, whose art work will be available at auction. Her work will be alongside ihe many local artists thai will be exhibiting. The concert. '"Concert of the Stars." has over 20 individuals and groups scheduled to perform for your entertainment. This concert will capture the diversity of our community and will give many local and national entertainers the exposure they deserve. Concert tickets are now on sale. You may call (713) 526-2853 to order yours. The concert has received a great deal of attention from across the country because of us first CD to be released on April 15. 1995. The CD entitled. "'Hand in Hand"* has the title song by the same name, which was written by local artist. Phil Smith, especially for this event The song has local and national entertainers like Roman- ovsky & Phillips. The Doghouse and many others adding their voices lo the new battle hymn of the gay and lesbian community. You may pre order the CD for $10.00 by calling (713) 526-2853. All of the above activities and entertainment will cost a very low price, concert tickets start at $15.00 and goes as high as $100. you will get a free ticket to other activities with the purchase of a concert ticket. If you only want to attend everything but the concert, the price is $5.00. To order your ticket, please call (713) 526-2853. This promises to be an exciting and historic event. We look forward to seeing you there. Focus On Real Fight From GARY J. VAN OOTEGHEM Houston, Texas It is eerie to watch some among us attempt lo denigrate and undermine others who are at work within our gay movement. You have to ask yourself. will we ever learn? We all have a role to play. There is no one way of doing this. We musi be in both political parties. That is the real world, like it or not. Pat Gandy's negative article (Houston Voice Issue 747) aboul Log Cabin Republicans-Houston was off the mark by 180 degrees. She is a fool if she believes what her mind contrives. None of it is true. What her letter represents is a continued resentment by some gay members of another political group locally. They think we are crazy to get involved in the Republican Party. But we say that if you want to fight the war. go to where ihe front line is. We believe ihe battle lies over in ihe Republican Party. The enemy there is the Religious Right, We are going to do battle with them. There. In the other political parly. In any way we can. We are not afraid of losing. We are only afraid of not trying. We will not lei that happen to the Republican Party. Not without a fight, anyway. The fight should noi be between us gays. It is okay to be different. Pat Gandy and her like should stop focusing on ihose of us who are doing something positive in a very troubled world Stop the infighting. We're your friends, Pat. not your enemies. They're behind you. Log Cabin Republicans-Houston is comprised of fiscally conservative, socially liberal men and women who are mostly gay; certainly gay in belief, we have doubled in size just in the last few months. The new gay political force in town is us. The monopoly is over! AFH Thanks Colt 45 's From SARA SPEER SELBER Executive Director. AIDS Foundation Houston We at AIDS Foundation Houston wish 10 express our sincere thanks to the Colt 45's Inc. for their ongoing support of the AFH food pantry, Stone Soup. Lasl year alone, the Colt 45's contribuied $15,000 toward the purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. In the absence of the Colt 45's generosity, hundreds of HIV-positive persons living on fixed incomes would be unable to enjoy ihe important nuirilional benefiis provided by high quality produce and meat products. All! looks forward to the continued support of ihe Colt 45's as a vital link in oui mutual commitment to enhancing the quality of lite for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Thanks. Colis! Lasl week, the topic of AIDS once again bubbled to the surface for a spot in ihe fickle frame at ihe forefront of mainstream media attention. And what story triggered ihe newest round of concerned/educational sidebars on local and national newscasts and talk shows? Well, il wasn't the hearings lhat kicked off last Wednesday in the Senate on reauthorization of ihe Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990. And it wasn't the proposals passed in two Congressional subcommittees that together would slash upwards of $200 million in funding for AIDS programs, including $13 million from Ryan White funds budgeted for the CURRENT fiscal year. Those two items goi precious little play, at least in the local press. No, the story that gol America's attention was that of Olympic diving great Greg Louganis. who "admitted" in a television interview broadcast last Friday that he had AIDS, and thai he was aware of his HIV status prior to participating in the Seoul Olympics in 1988. The disclosure—as many gay people were already aware before the media went into a frenzy over promotional transcript excerpts released two days before the "ABC's 20/20" episode aired—was actually made in the context of a much longer, deeper story of private pain hidden by a person in the puhtic light, in Louganis' newly released book. "Breaking the Surface." But the transcripts provided the first seed of a story thai the "straight" media found far more interesting, and reporters seized on the opportunity to translate public hysteria into public interest. Louganis, during the Seoul games, had hit his head on a diving board and bled into the pool; his wound was treated by a U.S. Olympic learn doctor who was not wearing gloves. In the Feb. 13 issue of The New Republic,-writer John Weir reflected on the recent death (and final window on life) of his close friend, author, activist and "raging AIDS clone" David Fein- berg. In the somewhat self-appo*nled memorial essay — subsequently lauded for courage and insight by Ihe right-leaning culture watchers newly prevalent in the gay press— Weir describes Feinberg as '"relentlessly and destructively" angry, and goes on to offer his own analysis of the rage that provided the driving force for his friend and others like him. "What David wanted rescuing from wasn't AIDS. He hated AIDS, but more than that, he hated being human," wrote Weir. In other words, the anger and urgency that fuels AIDS activism is really an exaggerated metamorphosis of human frustration at the human condition. In Weir's view (and apparently, thai of other gay writers), the true, hidden object of all that anger is the fact of human mortality; the idea that one day, no matter what we do, we are all going to die. What these quite unrelated media perspectives have to do with each other is thai they both represent currently prevalent viewpoints on the current and continuing crisis that is AIDS. It is disturbing to note, in Ihe 14th year of the AIDS epidemic, how completely the gay and lesbian community (and the rest of the HIV-concerned community) has removed its belief system from ihe reality of a woefully misinformed majority that still—perhaps now more than ever—has control The most devastating effects of this detachment are evident in the recent, ready acceptance of much of Ihe AIDS advocacy community of the notion that because more people with HIV are living longer, because the medical and research establishment has moved increasingly toward the view of HIV as a "manageable" condition, the original taciics and GOALS (i.e.. an AIDS cure) of ihe movement are no longer valid or important. Al a time when ihe CDC is reporting thai AIDS has become the leading cause of death among American men and women ages 25-45, "management" has become [he banner word of ihe foundations that fund AIDS research. And g»y white men. including some who *•"" "|V positive are hy poth-=sizin6 ,hat those who rail ag*-"*' lhis killer do so because they believe that they, personally, are too important to share in an inherent weakness of humanity. ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN THE HOUSTON Brady's Corner s tk-acl IK edit r Ryan White CARjr
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