DECEMBER 30. 1986 /MONTROSE VOICE 3
GPC to Tackle Debt, Mailing List, in 1987
By Sheri Cohen Darbonne
Houston Gay Political Caucus will concentrate in 1987 on expanding and
streamlining its mailing list, reducing
an $11,500 debt and keeping a watchful
eye on local politicians who will be seeking the organization's endorsement in
the November city elections. The caucus
also plans to step up its involvement in
AIDS issues during the coming year,
president Annise Parker said.
Parker, who is currently unopposed
for reelection in HGPC's officer and
board elections scheduled Jan. 21, said
projects begun or renewed in 1986 will
lie continued and developed in 1987.
Among the priorities is the organizational debt to several individuals and
companies, which Parker says was
reduced by $2000 from $13,500 this year.
The debt accumulated from services
and publicity provided the approximately 450-member organization from
1982 through 1985, Parker explained.
She said payments would be made to
further reduce the debt this year.
"We'll be trying to pay off the bills
first," Parker said.
Another ongoing effort that will be a
major focus in the new year is the updating of HGPC's mailing list to reinst it ute
the caucus' phone-banking system. Of
approximately 14,000 names currently
on the list, about 1000 are listed with
incorrect addresses, Parker s-aid.
The phone system will be used to
make sure voters are properly registered, to get out the vote, and to encourage precinct-level organizing and bloc
voting, Parker said. The mail and phone
communication systems can also he
News from Neighborhood & Community Groups
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From a Press Release
The Westheimer Colony Association has donated a portion of the proceeds from the Fall
Westheimer Colony Art Festival to the Delia Stewart Dance Company
A $1000 donation will be used for a student scholarship in dance study with the well
known dance company.
Accepting the award from Rock Owens, association secretary-treasurer, and Kerry A.
Evans, festival director. Delia Stewart stated. "This will afford one of our students to
complete a course study that could propel the student into the spotlight."
Arrangements are being made to. again, have the Delia Stewart Junior Dancers perform
during the spring festival.
"Our plans call for the dance company to provide discount ticket arrangements lor
festival goers who would like to attend the matinee or evening performances of the dance
company, which will be performing at the Tower Theater during festival time." stated
Other fall festival funds were donated to the Trolley on Montrose fund. This is a project to
provide trolley service, which runs from the Montrose/ Museum area to the South Main
Center Names Director
From a Press Release
Dr. L. Annette Jones has been appointed to direct the Center for Counseling and Spiritual
Growth at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church.
Jones, an associate pastor at Bering from June 1982 to June 1985. will administer the
center's services which include individual and group counseling for people with compulsive disorders such as alcoholism, drug addiction and eating disorders; individual and
family therapy with people who have relationship problems; supportive counseling and
grief work with those who have AIDS or ARC and.their friends and families: and spiritual
guidance to those who seek intentional spiritual formation.
Jones noted that the center is financially separate from Bering Church but fulfills one of
the goals outlined in the church's Grand Plan.
She said it will be supported by fees collected from those who use the center's services
and by donations and grants
A three member board consisting of Jones, Dr. Don Sinclair and Becky Lee will direct the
The center is located on the second floor of the church's administrative building
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used to quickly inform the community
of recent developments, to attract volunteers and new members, and to encourage participation in activities, she
Throughout the year, HGPC will
monitor the responses of various officials and candidates for office on gay
issues, and will demand statements
from those seeking endorsement indicating how they will vote on specific gay
or AIDS-related questions, Parker said.
Their responses will then be revealed to
voters via the mailing list.
"We want to make these politicians
accountable all year, not just at election
time. This way, people will know what
they can expect them to do," Parker
"Pm not at all sure that 'picking the
lesser of two evils' is the thing to do
anymore. If the choice is between a
known enemy and someone who will do
nothing at all, maybe not voting in that
race has more of an impact," she said,
adding that attending the recent
national convention of openly-gay
elected officials "enlightened" her.
"We have to have openly-gay elected
officials," Parker stated. She suggested,
however, that gays will often choose to
vote for an unpredictable "middle line"
candidate even when they know a gay
person is running.
"They reason that the gay candidate
has no chance of winning," she said.
Politically, 1987 will be an issue-
oriented, non-partisan year for the caucus, Parker declared. Because of
Two Die in
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UPI.-A Fort
Collins man has been arrested in eon
nection with a fatal fire in a crowded
gay bar, authorities said Sunday, Dec.
Two men died trying to put out a blaze
which broke out at 10:45 p.m. Saturday
in The People's Bar in Fort Collins. The
names of the victims were being withheld Sunday night.
Police arrested Terry McCoy, .15, after
several witnesses told investigators
they saw someone intentionally set the
bar's Chrisfmas tree on fire with a
McCoy was held at the Larimer
County Jail on charges of first-degree
murder and first-degree arson.
non-partisan networking begun this
year, the organization should be able to
get more involved in precinct organizing, she said.
And, the caucus will set its own
agenda for AIDS causes in 1987, a move
that may be touchy among some other
groups involved in the struggle.
For example, AIDS Foundation Houston has asked HGPC in the past to avoid
the limelight in AIDS issues because of
the caucus' political focus.
"The AIDS Foundation depends on
public funding ... they must appear
non-political and separate from political groups." Parker explained.
"However, GPC will have to start taking the lead in approaching the city on
the issues, going before City Council,
asking for AIDS funding, asking officials, 'What are you going to do to help
us?' Officials in Houston have been running scared from the issue, and no one
from our side is asking them why," she
Parker said support groups like the
now-defunct "It's OK" took on the
responsibility of organizing appearances and demonstrations in the past, hut
there is no group currently involved in
that type of AIDS activism.
"Someone has to do it. The AIDS
Foundation can't.'" she said.
Members have also discussed forming a PWA group within the caucus,
although the subject has not been
brought up in a meeting, she noted.
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