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Title Houston Voice, No. 1136, August 2, 2002
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date August 2, 2002
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript IrrrTTETTTTTi voice Celebrate with Melissa Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge brings her celebratory summer tour to Houston next week. Page 13 ISSUE 1136 WWW.H0UST0NV0ICE.COM ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. AUGUST 2, 2002 Judge David Patronella will speak this week as a guest of the Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus. Page 3 Lorri L. Jean, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, leads the group in lobbying for an international women's rights treaty. Page 4 Comedic actor Rob Nash offers his own 'Romeo and Juliet' tale at Theatre New West with mostly hilarious results. Page 15 After-hours club struggles to stay open Club Nsomnia, AIDS Housing Coalition Houston leaders look for other sources of funds as club's donations dry up By PENNY WEAVER Leaders of AIDS Housing Coalition Houston — and at least one politician — are searching for alternative funding sources after a police raid on the after- hours club that funds AHCH eliminated most donations used for the group. In the meantime, Club Nsomnia remains open without its tradition of Bring Your Own Beer (BYOB). "The doors are open. A lot of people are under the misinformation that we're closed," said Nsomnia CEO Matt Locklin, who also is executive director and co- founder of AHCH, a nonprofit group that assists persons with HTV/AIDS. But few people have come to the club — which has a number of gay patrons — and few have made donations since a July 19 operation led by agents for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, with assistance from officers with the Houston Police Department. The TABC alleges that club operators were selling alcohol without a license to do so. In addition, it is illegal in Texas to consume alcohol in a public establishment after 2:15 a.m. With the club practically empty, and donations at almost nothing, the coalition will be unable to operate without alternative funding, according to Locklin. The organization provides emergency and temporary housing assistants for persons with AIDS, in addition to assisting those clients with food and household goods. Already, most of the residents in AHCH-assisted housing have moved. Locklin said. "We're down to one client." he said. "The other clients were all relocated to other situations." Please see CLUB STRUGGLES, on Page 6 Gay-popular Club Nsomna. headed by CEO Matt Lockfin, is still open as organizers look for other ways to fund the nonprofit AIDS Housing Coalition Houston The majority of funding to support the group last year came from donations made via the club, known for its BYOB tradition, which is now under fire by law enforcement officials. (Photo by Dalton Dehart) RAVE Act moves to slower beat Sen. Joe Biden. (D-DE) meets with opponents of the RAVE bill, which he introduced, to consider amendments that may provide more safeguards for legitimate rave and gay circuit party promoters. Sponsor predicts eventual passage but meets with critics By KEITH TAYLOR The pace of the once fast-moving RAVE Act has slowed as opponents of the bill lobby lawmakers to amend the proposal. Opponents of the Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act would prefer to see the bill scuttled, but at the very least they are seeking changes that would afford more protections to rave party organizers and owners of establishments where gay rave and circuit parties take place. "There is no impending movement that we know of on the bill," said Chip Unruh, a spokesman for Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), the bill's primary sponsor. Republicans placed a hold on all legislation coming out of the Judiciary Committee, but that hold has since been lifted, Unruh said. But he still predicted passage for the legislation. "It has bipartisan support and doesn't have any real strong opposition that I can think of here in Congress." Unruh said. Unruh did not rule out action on the bill before adjournment, but he said. "I don't have any strong indication telling me that that is definitely going to be the case." He referred questions about scheduling of the bill to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). whose press office did not return phone calls by press time. Representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance and the American Civil Liberties Union planned to meet Thursday on Capitol Hill with Biden and bill co-sponsors Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). The groups want to talk with lawmakers "about ways [the RAVE bill] can be fixed," said Bill Piper, associate director of the DPA. "We've managed to slow the bill down," Piper said. He said action on the bill is not likely before the Senate recesses this week. Piper said co-sponsors seem receptive to possible amendments. Please see RAVE ACT, on Page 7
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