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Title Montrose Voice, No. 480, January 5, 1990
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  • McClurg, Henry
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date January 5, 1990
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript MONTROSE VOICE ■ FRIDAY JANU, Montrose Singers planning busy year By SHERI COHEN DARBONNE Montroae Voice Editor The Montrose Singers, Houston's gay men's chorus, will celebrate its tenth anniversary this June, and members are hoping to make 1990 a memorable year in more ways than one. "We're planning a very busy year. We have a thousand things to do," said director Beau Cain. The group already has several performances scheduled for the coming year. They will participate in the Houston performance of Heart Strings: the National Tour on Feb. 3 at Jones Hall, and are planning a trip to Vancouver to appear at Celebration 90: Gay Games III and Cultural Festival Aug. 4-11. The singers are also planning a special concert during Lesbian/ Gay Pride Week which will also be their anniversary celebration. Cain said. Seasonal concerts are planned in December. Other performances will occur throughout the year, such as impromptu concerts at the gazebo at Wortham Center and appearances at benefits. Cain said. The group has also just wrapped up a busy year. In 1989, the Montrose Singers joined national celebrities Romanovsky and Phillips, San Francisco comic Sandy Van, the Lone Star Symphonic Band and Dallas'Oak Lawn Symphonic Band in the pride week concert "Stonewall Memories.'' The i'ul," according to Cain, as was the group's collaboration with LSSB in October for the band's 10th anniversary concert at Metropolitan Multi-Service Center. Cain, who has been directing the singers for two years and is also currently sit ting in for LSSB's band conductor, Roy Cisneros, is giddily optimistic. The singers, like the music they perform, have had their share of highs and lows. "The Montrose Singers started in 1980 with 80 voices," Cain explained. "The singers functioned as an arm ofthe (them Montrose Symphonic Band" Within a year, the chorus had separated from the ,band and formed its own organization, directed by Andy Mills. "At that time, the idea was this fantastic Hash in the pan," Cain said nf the group's early popularity and high membership. "In 1980, everyone really wanted to get involved in things that expressed gay pride." By the group's third year, the membership had dropped to 40...still an impressive number, considering the novelty had long worn off. Mike Albert, described by Cain as "a fabulous, serious director'' took the singers' helm that year, and proceeded to try to turn them into "a serious chorus that could be presented anywhere, perform in front of any group." Albert's direction may have been a little too serious, however, for some. Tbe group's membership continued to decline. Jeff Cothran, now Cain's assistant, took over in December of 1987 and led the singers through the Christmas season before turning the di- "He (Cothranl just decided he'd be more useful to the group as a singer," said Cain, "but I decided he'd be even more useful helping me." In the compromise, Cothran became Cain's "right hand man" and continued singing. Said Cain. "We really sort of co-direct." Cain blames the AIDS crisis for the real plummeting of membership, in the later 80's. People in the gay community became "indifferent" to gay pride-related activities because of AIDS, and many men turned away from being openly gay, he said. Others simply too drained of t' t ther like the chc or band. And several original members of both groups, whose talent had served to inspire mans colleagues, were lost to AIDS dur ing the last decade. The group had only seven members lull when Cain took over as director, and now fares only slightly better, with 15. But what the group lacks in number it makes up for in talent and commitment, insisted Cain. "One of the best things about having a group this small is that all ofthe members are really dedicated," he said. "When they come In rehearsal. __ie\ 're there because they really want to be." Cain said he has also received calls from people interested in joining, and two new people had participated in the recent seasonal concerts. He noted however that "I don't really consider anyone a member until they've attended at least three rehearsals. And when someone calls and says they'll show up, I take it as maybe they'll be there, and maybe not." Things are looking up, however, for interest in the group. One pro- ly moved to Houston from California, has an intensive background in music education and professional experience. It is a distinc- the chorus, which will begin rehearsals Tuesday the arrangements themselves. "If someone in the group has a song they really love, that they've just got to have the group do, we'll go ahead and work on an arrangement ourselves," Cain said. "Of course, we have to obtain permission from the composer before we "Then, we also have people in the group who can't read music, and everything in between," he said. "Everyone basically finds their own way to learn how their part should sound A fresh, less restrictive approach to selecting music for performances is also generating new interest, he said. The singers are attempting to expand selections to appeal to a larger audience. "For about five years, they were only doing what would be termed as 'classical' tunes." Cain said. Now that they have started adding contemporary songs, "vintage coun try-wes tern" and Broadway-style show tunes, people are surprised, but the changes are generally well-received. The October cimtiert with the band, consisting of Broadway show music, is an example ofthe new style, Cain The process of translating popular music into an arrangement for multiple voices isn't easy, Cain said. Often, the arrangements are already available commercially, ■nembers write Writing an arrangement is difficult, but several people in the group have done it. "I can do one in a week to two weeks,' Cain said, "and that's using every available Cain said he has three goals for the singers in 1990. "I want to have a really dynamite gay pride week concert, to raiseenough money for our trip to Vancouver...and more than anything else, to make Montrose sit up and lake notice," he said. Men interested in performing with the Montrose Singers should be able to sing ensemble-style and must attend rehearsals to learn the music to be performed. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30-10:00 p.m. and will continue on subsequent Tuesdays. For details, call Beau Cain, 526-8715, Jason Cabot, 520-8298, or Jeff Cothran, 862-5518. Former head of AIDS group dies at 47 SAN FRANCISCO (API—Hank Cook, president of the fund in support to AIDS patients who have cialist in housing for the elderly, versity and served in the Army. Cook, former president of the San 1987-88. died Dec. 27 at a hospice for run out of money. Cook was a member of the Confer- Survivors include two brothers Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, AIDS victims. He helped raise more He was a contract administrator ence on Housing for the Aged. and three sisters has died of complications from the than .SI ■"■ million for the fund, which for the US. Department ol Housing A native of Norwich. N.Y., he A Mass was to be held Dec. 30. disease. He was 47. pays bills, provides food and gives and Urban Development and a spe- graduated from San Jose State Uni- Burial was to be in New York. State lobbyist reacts to health department letter From GLEN MAXEY, executive di- You're right on the mark if you rector, Lesbian/ Day Rights Lobby guessed Austin's Rev. Mark Weaver Never In our wildest imaginations m"1 "^ **&& "^ fundamentalist did we think that bureaucrats at cohorts. the Texas Department of Health If getting a faw calls and letters would buckle under to a few from those who would deny AIDS homophobestosuchanextentthat grants to our organizations re- now funding for a majority of our suits in an official (attorney gener- communlty AIDS organizations al's) opinion request, it certainly could be in jeopardy. Dr (Robert) Bernstein, Commissioner of Health, has officially asked Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox for a ruling on the following question: "Does Subsection 2.05(h), or any provision response to AIDS be sabotaged by a few fanatics. I think it's time for lesbians and gay men, and our elected officials, to tell Dr. Bernstein that of S.B. 959 require the department Texans demand that he be a public o exclude from consideration an health officer, not a politician. By organization that has homosexu- asking this question. Dr. Bernstein ale among Its officers,board, gener- wants the attorney general to "fade al membership, paid staff i tears, merely because the Individuals are homosexuals?" He prefaced this question by saying that his own legal division has indicated that the department cannot Include such the heat" with Weaver Brad Wright. And while we wait for an answer, some AIDS service groups have been denied funds (including funding for the AIDS Resource Center in Dallas to operate Its food bank, because they are housed in the same building with a based on the "status" of a person groupwhlchpromotesgayrlghte). being homosexual. So why did he w . _ _ , , Maybe Dr. Bernstein Is overlooking the history of the epidemic In He stated to the attorney general _$_ state...a historical record that he did so because it had been points out that the State of Texas suggested in some "comments" re- and the Texas Department of ceived by the department. Can you Health were late in becoming In- gueas who made those comments? volved. The gay and lesbian com munity shouldered all the responsibility of creating these veiy agen cies that are now under attack! If not overturned, these rules could deny state funding to almost every group which le now funded Some examples of the broadness of these rules: ...Any funded AIDS group that refers a client to the AIDS legal hotline operated by the Texas Human Rights Foundation will have "promoted Illegal behav- 1 r" and lose funding because THRF is a gay/lesbian group. Any funded group that refers a ge.v male with HIV to a support group for counseling at the Montrose Counseling Center In Houston, Oak Lawn Community Center in Dallas, Waterloo Counseling Center in Austin, or Community Outreach in Fort Worth, would be In violation of the law since these centers are non-approved. Funding would be denied .. Anyone who works for, or volunteers at a funded organization who wears on their lapel an "internationally recognized symbol of gay rights" (I suspect this might be a pink triangle?) is advocating and promoting Illegal conduct. Funding would be denied .Any literature which is on the premises of a funded organization which supports gay/lesbian rights is forbidden. Funding would be de- The Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas is outraged. We have submitted our comments to the attorney general delineating our positions on why the Department's guidelines are incorrect, homophobic and patently unconstitutional. As this letter Is being mailed, LGRL is developing strategy with individual attorneys, elected officials, the media and groups such as THRF, Texas Civil Liberties Union and National Lawyers Guild. Be assured that LGRL will lead the effort to overturn these guidelines using every means available to us. We need your help desperately. Here's what you should do: 1) Join LGRL...Help keep the lobby functioning. Write a check for whatever you can afford or become a sustaining contributor today. 2) Write your senator (EO. Box 12068, Austin, 78711) and representative (PO Box £910, Austin, 78711). Ask them to Inquire of Dr, Bernstein why these rules are being proposed. Feel free to refer the elected officials to LGRL for background 3) Write Dr. Bernstein. Since its evident that he responds to citizen pressure...he needs to hear not only what our community has done and is doing, but also what a ...mess would have occurred if gay men and lesbians had not led and were not continuing to lead the state's AIDS response. He needs to be told that TDH's actions are Insulting, cowardly and fly In the face of rei son and responsibility. His address is: Dr. Robert bernstein, Commissioner of Health, 1100 W. 49th St. Austin 78758. Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas urges you to act today. This action, by the Texas Department of Health, is the most direct attack on the lesbian/gay community ever proposed by an agency of the state of Texas. We feel sure that you are as outraged as we are that it is being done at the expense of people with AIDS. —Bering's new TVs From PAULA HEBERT, director, Bering Care Center I want to thank you for running Richard Weekes' article concerning our stolen televisions and VCRe (Montrose Voice issue 476, Friday, Dec. 8). We were overwhelmed with the generous responses we received... thanks to the publicity we now have three new TVs, including the loan of a big screen TVfrom the PWA Coalition. We also received one VCR, and the loan of another one. We are very grateful for your Hospital defends halt of free meal program CHICAGO (AP)—Cook County Hospital's director says he will ask the Cook County Hoard to consider reinstating a free, outside program of meals for AIDS patients which was abruptly suspended last month for legal rea Terrence Hansen said Dec. 2$ he will submit a plan to the board, the hospital's governing body, in January, asking that it be continued. He said the program was canceled only because it had had no legal contract with the hospital. The cancellation had prompted protests from several AIDS support groups, including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Hispanic AIDS Network. Last month, the hospital put on hold the meals-on-wheels program operated by Open Hand Chicago, a non-profit program for AIDS pa- Thc program was operated by Open Hand Chicago in cooperation with the local Ann Sather Restaurants. Until its suspension last month, it served free meals to about 30 patients each Tuesday The Chicago Tribune said it obtained an internal hospital memo that said the program was terminated because of "legitimate legal as well as medical concerns over the receipt of food prepared by out- "There is no identifiable mechanism of quality control to insure that standards have been met in the food preparation and handling techniques," the memo said. Hospital spokeswoman Wanda Robertson said, "The program was put on hold, it was not termi- Illinois Masonic Medical Center, another Chicago hospital, has operated a similar program for the past four years, said Dr. David Blatt, co-director of that hospital's AIDS unit. "We have no concerns about contaminated food or other possible liability," Blatt said. Doctor absent as lawsuit proceedings begin NEW YORK (APJ-Trial proceedings began Tuesday in the lawsuit of a doctor who claims she contracted AIDS when she pricked her finger with a contaminated needle while working at a city hos- While Dr. Veronica Prego plans to testify despite her illness, she did not attend jury selection, which began Tuesday afternoon. Reporters were barred. "There was no need to put her through this stress. She will be here when the trial opens," said Prego's lawyer, Diane Wilner. Frego was a 25-year-old medical school graduate seven years ago when, she eays, she was accidentally stuck by an AIDS-infected Prego has sued the Kings County Hospital and its parent agency, the city Health and Hospital Corp. Also named in the lawsuit are the city and two doctors. According to her $175 million negligence lawsuit, Prego was working under a licensed physician and was cleaning up after an intern when she reached into a tangle of gauze and bed linens in which the intern had left a bloody Two years ago she was diagnosed as having AIDS. The HHC, which operates the city's hospitals, disputes Prego's version of the events, but refused to discuss specifics of the case. The trial judge. State Supreme Court Justice Aaron D. Bernstein said he believed potential jurors might be reluctant to answer sensitive and somewhat personal questions about AIDS if journalists were present. Advertise in the Montrose Voice!
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