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Pride organizers to host media workshop for local groups
Though the Pride parade is still five
months away, the Houston Pride
Committee is in full swing.
Officials recently unveiled the logo for Pride
2000 and arc in the midst of collecting ballots
from throughout the community that will elect
grand marshals for the June 24 event.
The all-volunteer committee is also hosting
a regional conference and putting the final
touches on a media workshop this month.
The logo for Pride 2000 interprets the
theme, "Take Pride, Take Joy, Take Action."
Designed by local graphic artist Diane Jolley,
the colorful design depicts two heads that are
close enough to portray intimacy. Jolley said
that the image can be interpreted as either a
gay or lesbian couple and as a symbol of unity
The logo's violet, yellow and magenta colors were chosen for strength and warmth,
The pink triangle, a symbol for gays since it
was used as part of the Nazi persecution of gays,
is also incorporated into the logo as a point of
intimacy between the two faces, Jolley said.
Local Pride organizers adopted the them
from an international pride conference held in
Scotland last October, said Jack Valinski, executive director of the Pride committee.
For the second consecutive year, voting for
parade grand marshals is community-wide,
meaning residents of Harris and surrounding
counties can take part, he said.
Organizers are hoping to surpass last year's
vote tally of about 200, Valinski said. To help,
more than 3,000 copies of "Inside Pride"—the
committee's newsletter—will be distributed
throughout Houston and will include a ballot
for people to fill out.
Pride organizers also reversed a year-old
decision and allowed local gay publications,
like the / louston Voice, to include the ballot for
residents to clip, fill out and mail to the pride
committee, (Ballot, page 14)
Ballots must be returned by Feb. 24 and
should include a signature and proof of residency, like a copy of a driver's license. Voting
will also be held Feb. 26 at the Houston
Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 803
1 lawthorne, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Results of the vote will be announced
Grand MarshaLs for the parade are divided
among four categories;—female, male, honorary and honorary organization.
Nominees for female Grand Marshal
include Pat Gandy, a longtime community
activist who is now retired; Anita Renteria,
past president of the Greater Houston Gay
and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Barbara
Walker, a lesbian health advocate; and Tori
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Male Grand Marshal nominees include
Tony Brigandi, who has helped raise money
for AIDS organizations; Kevin Davidson,
founding board trustee and president of
Houston Area Teen Coalition of
Homosexuals; Ray Hill, a longtime gay
activist; Grant Martin, a community fundraiser and political activist; Pete Martinez,
longtime volunteer for NAMES Project; Bill
O'Rourke, a community volunteer; and
Richard Wiederholt, a member of several
Honorary Grand Marshal nominees are:
Jack Adams, who has been active in many
fundraising activities in the community since
1982; Sarah Gish, founder of the Houston Gay
and Lesbian Film Festival; Ann J. Robinson,
executive director of the Montrose Counseling
Center; Don Sinclair, retired pastor of Bering
Memorial United Methodist Church; and
Blake and Gordon Weisser, longtime members of PFLAG.
On Feb. 19, Houston organizers host a
regional Pride conference, with volunteers
from five states expected to take part, to share
ideas and to help improve Pride celebrations.
Jack Valinski, executive director of the Houston
Pride Committee, wants to increase participation in community-wide voting for the parade's
In conjunction with the conference, a daylong media workshop will be held Feb. 20 for
community organizations to learn how to better get the word out to local media outlets
about their activities and events.
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