Caucus overwhelmingly rejects openly gay' amendment
By SHKK1 COHEN DAKHONNK
f Voice Edit,;
Members ofthe Houston Gay and
Lesbian Political Caucus voted
down a proposed amendment to
the organization's bylaws requiring elected officers and board
members to be "openly" gay or les-
At the caucus' regular meeting
Wednesday, Mark Franceschini,
who drafted the amendment, told
members before the vote that the
resolution represented "truth in
advertising." But HGLPC Secretary Michael Hollier urged mem
bers not to support what he called
"I think we need to stand up
and be who we say we are"
Franceschini argued. He said he
saw the amendment as a form of
"affirmative action" rather than
"A lot of people in our community are forced to compete, unfairly,
in society at large every day,"
Franceschini said. "I think it's
important that this organization Denn,
stand up for gay and lesbian peo- HGLI
pie every chance we get, and I
think this is another opportunity to do
But Hollier said the caucus
needed "a diffusion of energies"
and insisted that the group
should "continue to be inclusive
Pat Gandy also spoke in opposition, saying the arguments being
given to support the change "are
exactly the reason why we
shouldn't support it"
"If we are protesting against
(other groupsl who discriminate
against gay and lesbian people, I
certainly don't think we ought
to...do the same thing. I think we
should affirm our policy of open
ness," Gandy said.
Ed Barnes quipped that he
"wouldn't want to be the one to
have to test the officers" if the
amendment should pass.
Five members voted for the
amendment and 33 against, with
two abstentions. A later attempt,
by one of the members who voted
for the rule, to revive the proposal
for a vote at the caucus' election
meeting on Jan. 16, was also rejected, as caucus members voted to
uphold the ruling of the chair on
the first vote.
Continued page 3.
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January 5, 1990 o issue 480
MONTROSE WEATHER THROUGH MONDAY: Mostly cloudy anO
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'Christmas in Montrose' winners Frank to disclose ethics papers
BOSTON (AP)-U.S. Rep. Barney
Frank will make public documents reviewed by the House ethics committee after the panel completes its investigation into his relationship with male prostitute
Stephen Gobie, he said.
"There are documents and
things I am, in fact, eager to share
with you," Frank said Dec, 26.
'"But I have promised the ethics
committee I would follow their
procedure. They call the shots."
Frank would not reveal the extent of the ethics probe, but said it
d believe recent
reports that the committee was delaying its decision until it can review an article scheduled to be
published in Penthouse magazine
detailing his relationship with
"My guess is the only problem
(Penthouse) is going to have is
whether to classify it as fiction or
non-fiction," Frank said.
"The most important thing is to
address the things (Gobie) has
said, and that's what I have been
trying to do with the ethics proc
ess" he said, according to the Boston Herald. "A number of eharges
were made that were not true and I
look forward to having a chance to
show them they were untrue."
Frank made the comments during a press conference called to
discuss his recent fact-finding tour
to Israel, where he met with several Israeli officials.
F'rank said the meetings were
held to discuss the upcoming Israeli elections and the potential
immigration into Israel of 300,000
Baylor & VA to conduct HIV-TB drug studies
The "Christmas in Montrose"
association capped its holiday
activities with the announcement Jan. 2 of the "Lite the
Montrose" contest winners,
First place in the residential
category went to Gary Van
Ooteghem, for an innovative
"Snow Family" on his roof at
3416 Garrott, Business first
place honors went to TNT
Shirts, which dominates the
Fairview at Taft intersection.
This fourth annual event
drew entrants up to Dec. 20,
with judging by Chris
Seversen between Dec. 26 and
"Christmas in Montrose"
logo rubber stamps designed
by P.O, Box Rubber Stamps, as
well as certificates, will he
awarded to the winners and to
close competitors International Flag at 604 Westheimer, Creative Source at 702 Avondale
and John Kleckinger's residence at 404 Stratford.
A study to determine the effectiveness of antibiotic therapy among
HIV-positive people who test positive for exposure to tuberculosis
will be conducted by Baylor College uf Medicine and Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center researchers.
The three year, $210,000 study,
funded by the Centers for Disease
Control, will assist physicians in
determining if INH (Isoniazide), a
drug used to treat TB patients who
are not HIV-positive, will be effective in treating HIV-positive individuals with previous exposure to
Study participants will receive a
free medical examination and TB
medication. Study activities will
take place at the Houston VAMC,
Baylor College of Medicine, the
Thomas Street Clinic and the
Montrose Clinic. Participation is
not limited to veterans.
Another study to be conducted
by Baylor and VA researchers will
determine the effectiveness of
three drugs in treating HIV-positive people with active tuberculosis. Funded also by the CDC, this
four year, $90,000 study will assist
doctors in determining the proper
drug treatment for HIV-positive
patients with TB. For ninemonths
By JOHN HORN
PASADENA, Calif. (AP)—
Harmony was the theme, bui
the Tournament of Roses parade entered its second century confront ing the issues ol
the day as AIDS activists
staged a sit-down protest at
tbe start of the event.
The majestic procession of
60 flower-studded floats, 22
bands and 275 equestrians
had just started Monday
when 14 protesters ran in
front of a Hoot and unfurled a
banner reading: "Emergen
cy. Stop the parade. 70.000
Dead of AIDS." Thegroupsat
in the roadway, halting the
101 at edition of the annual
parade for 20 seconds.
Crowds booed the brief
demonstration and network
television cameras broadcasting the parade for an estimated audience of 350 million
quickly cut away.
The protesters said they
nbers of "Stop AIDS
spokesperson Bruce Mirken.
"It'g a way of reminding
people that for 70,000 people
the parade is over," Mirken
'Friends' benefit reset for Jan. 29 at Tower
By SHERI COHEN DARBONNHit. "Montrose Community Chi
Montrose Voice Editor mas,' and had already public:
A community wide benefit titled the event before learning
That's What Friends are For: A Celebration of Life in a New Decade" is
scheduled for Jan. 29 at the Tower
Theater, where its organizers originally planned to hold acharity show
in December. The first benefit had to
be canceled in the last stages o! plan
ning when Clubland, which then
held a lease at the Tower, closed un-
Proceeds from "That's What
Friends are For" will benefit the
Montrose Clinic. Omega House
Building Fund, Bering Community
Clubland's closing shortly after
Thanksgiving. Theshow was set for
Garrett said thai after Clubland
removed its technical equipment,
the theater was no longer appropriate for the show that had been
planned. The organizers are now
working around the Tower's capabilities, but are still seeking assistance with sound and lighting, he
The Tower's new management
has been "very cooperative and
Services Foundalion and Monlrose helpful''^_ in making the arrange
Activity Center. The show will fea-
local talent including stand- .
comedy acts and live music, as well
as other types of performers, in a variety show format. An auction will
be held halfway through the prodi
: said. David Ander
son of tower Theater Operating Co
which owns the building, is now
overseeing operations at the central
• been looking around for
Melanie Ashcroft. Brucella De'Vall and Larry Garr
TGRA) are putting on a variety show ta benefit con
29 at the Tower
Larry Garrett, one ofthe P°«a°]e Bound system and lighting
organizers. equipment." Garrett said. "We think
Garrett's co-chairs for the event v.^ might have found someone with
are also his co-tithsts in Texas Gay the aound system, but (the offer)
Rodeo Association 1989 royalty, isn't set in stone yet"
Melanie Ashcraft and Bruce Herlig The benefit planners are also look-
(aka Brucella De'Vall). The trio had ing for assistance in providing an
originally planned a holiday bene- hors d'oeuvres service before the
show, Garrett said. A cash bar will
Several items have already been
donated by local businesses for the
auction, Garrett said. Items to be
auctioned include a 14K gold neck- sheila Lennon of the Little Bi
lace, donated by Pete Martinez, a Texas band, Wayne Grabein i
large silk flower arrangement from Miss Gay Texas, Dyan Michael!
Calla Lily Floral designs and handmade raku, from Steve Terry ol Mi>
souri Street Pottery.
Local performers who have committed to appearing include Kathy
Riser of the Brazos River Band,
Former mayoral hopeful James Galvan arrested
James Galvan, who intended to run
for mayor of Houston in the Nov. 7
city elections, was arrested Tuesday
at Wortham Center for disrupting
the swearing in ceremony of officials who were elected then. Galvan.
a member of ACT UP and longtime
neighborhood activist in council
Dist, D, told members of Houston
Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
after the meeting Wednesday, Jan.
3, thai "something just came over
me" before he began shouting from
a second story balcony during Mayor Kathy Whitmire's inauguration
James Gahan "Somethingjust
tor" and olher comments during the
ceremony. He had also yelled for
help from Mark Clark, president of
the Houston Police Officers Associ
alion and a known Whitmire critic,
but Clark instead told Galvan he
was under arrest Galvan was
charged with disrupting a public assembly.
Galvan said Wednesday it was
Whitmire's appointment of Alfred
cil that incensed him Whitmire had
originally appointed Calloway to re
place Rodney Ellis for the term that
ended Tuesday, Jan. 2, but reappointed him then for Ellis' full term.
Although the city charter allows the
mayor to make such an appoint
ment, Galvan said Whitmire should
have given Dist. D voters the chance
to select their representative.
"She makes appointments for political reasons ... she really is a little
dictator," Galvan said.
Galvan dropped his mayoral candidacy because he did not have the
filing fee, and was unable to collect
the required petition signatures in
time to file. After his candidacy fell
through, he became active in Elizabeth Spates' campaign to unseat Ellis on city council. Spates was also
mentioned as a possible contender
for Ellis' seat after the council member resigned to run for the state sen-
to one year, the study participants
will be given INH, Rifampin and
PZA (Pyrazinamide) simultaneously. For three years following
the initial treatment, study participants will be examined periodically to determine treatment effec-
Eligible study participants will
receive a free medical examination and TB medication. This stud-
y will take place at the Houston
VAMC and the Thomas Street
Interested HIV-positive persons
who are eligible for either study
may call 795-7426 for more infor-
PHILADELPHIA (AP)-A federal court jury dismissed claims of
two gay men who said their coworkers at a Caldor Inc. retail
store in Willingboro, N.J.. had harassed and beat one ofthe men because of their sexual preference.
The company was also named
in the suit, which charged the firm
did not protect them.
After three hours of deliberation
over two days, the jury of four men
and four women ruled Dec, 14 for
Caldor and the four employees on
all the counts brought by the two
men in a civil lawsuit.
that Caldor treats its employees
well;' Thomas R. Wagner, Caldor's
attorney said in reaction to the
Michael Green berg, attorney for
the plaintiffs, Jeff Slavin, a former warehouse manager, and
John DiDonato, a former shipping
clerk, told the jury the harassment
included anti-gay signs posted on
doors, messages printed on pricing tickets, verbal epithets, and a
broom handle hurled by defendant Darren Hester at DiDonato,
which allegedly led to six eye operations for a detached retina.
"We don't know what the jury
was thinking, but people like John
and Jeff are going to encounter re
sistance because of who they are,"
Greenbergsaid. "I'm certain those
types of feelings, meaning hatred
of gay people, were present in the
Greenberg said hedid not specifically seek gay jurors.