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Title Houston Voice, No. 857, March 28, 1997
Contributor
  • Michelak, J. C.
Publisher Window Media
Date March 28, 1997
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 003
Transcript TO THE EDITOR Milam House Responds by Viktoria Gotting Executive Director AIDS Housing Houston, Inc. Milam House Eventually in the life of most non-profit agencies, some unforeseen circumstance presents a challenge to the administration and strains even the strongest ties it has to its supporters. Such was the case recently at Milam House. Although this challenge was met head on, and the associated problems resolved in short order, it was evident from the outset that such news would receive public attention. Given the unavoidable exposure, we were satisfied that the Houston Voice covered the event from an unbiased perspective. It is absolutely contrary to the goals and purposes of Milam House for a person in a position of responsibility to make inappropriate advances toward any resident. Moreover, it is the administrative policy that if such a situation should occur, Milam House will not require the resident to explain his reaction to such behavior. The reported and verified behavior will simply be regarded as unacceptable, and the person initiating such contacts will be required to sever all ties with the agency. Such was the immediate outcome in this instance. We would like to express our gratitude to the Houston Voice for its support of Milam House over the years, and for the continuing contributions you have made to AIDS service providers large and small. Finally, Milam House would like to express its thanks to our collaborators and numerous friends whose kind expressions and words of encouragement leave this agency with the impression that our community is truly one that believes we are all in this together. Despite the disappointments involved, we are inspired to a renewed sense of pnde and continued commitment to serving those who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS Voice Reader Expresses Dismay by Rick McMahan Alvin, TX I am writing to express my disdain over the cover story in last week's issue of the Houston Voice. One of the more recent things that was evident about the Voice was that it was, seemingly at least, trying to attain higher goals of professionalism and responsible journalism. The article regarding the recent u-oubles at Milam House is nothing more than old fashioned "yellow journalism" - something used purely to sell the newspaper, which is interesting considering the fact that the newspaper is a "freebie". It was anything but responsible journalism. As a matter of fact, I am wondering why The Voice chose to print it in the first place. The whole scenario is based on allegations brought by one individual against another. I don't know who to feel the saddest toward - the accuser or the person accused. The accuser obviously has some real need to have attention showered upon him at all times - a carefully edited if not scripted response to all questions. And the one accused was obviously in a state of disbelief that this was even happening - as every vocal pause and repeat of words was included. As I read it, I was reminded of the poor man in Atlanta that was accused of setting the bomb near Olympic Park - an innocent person tried and convicted in the press. If even the casual observer cannot read between the lines in this article, then there is something very wrong. Never mind that the story was tembly biased, it simply did not belong in The Voice and I, for one, am very disappointed in the editorial staff and management of the newspaper for allowing it to go to press. You might as well have your newspaper displayed along with The Globe and The National Enquirer because this type of journalism ranks that low. (The Houston Voice did not edit any of the conversation between the principles in an effort to ensure that the article remain unbiased and maintain a modicum of accuracy. - Ed.) In Defense oi Mr. Jonte by Robert Fisher Regarding your recent cover story on the alleged controversy at Milam House; I have known George Jonte for over two years and have never known him to behave in this manner. George is a kind and considerate man who is far too intelligent to allow himself to get involved in something like this. It is obvious to me that the young man's story is so full of inconsistencies and his responses to this so called "harassment" so bizarre, that it seems irresponsible for the Voice to have published it. This kind of journalism seems more in character with a weekly tabloid than with an otherwise respectable paper. George was a volunteer who cared deeply for Milam House and he deserves better than this. Local Media Remiss in Covering Hate Crimes March by Roy McCarthy Please allow me a moment to express my anger with the local mainstream media as well as with the Houston Chronicle. This past weekend there were rallies, marches and yesterday (3-24-97) a "lobbying day" in Austin to pressure our legislators to pass a hate crimes bill. Thousands were in attendance as well as ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN TV news teams; yet neither our local TV news stations nor "The Chronicle" had any coverage whatsoever of this important event. It is my firm conviction that there is no more honorable, just, righteous or patriotic cause that to actively work to stop the hate and not only get an "anti-hate" crime bill passed but to put an end to discrimination against Gays and Lesbians in the work place. I contacted KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV and KNWS and they all told me they didn't know about the rally nor about the scheduled lobbying. I had contacted all these news rooms by 8 am Monday morning. I expected some sort of a "catch up" news story about the "lobbying day" at the 5pm and 6pm news broadcasts - nothing at all - not even the 10pm news. They knew because I told them and yet the total news black out. I am angry - very angry - about this blackout of such and honorable cause. I've canceled my subscription to the Houston Chronicle. I want to call upon our leaders to call the local media into account and not allow the media to say that we didn't have a large enough turn out. This issue is not about numbers; its about right and wrong. Gay Bashing is just as wrong as racial or religious bashing. An Acknowledgement of Don Gill's Efforts byJames P. Vokoun Vice President, Public Affairs Colt 45 s, Inc. On behalf of the officers, members and clients of the Colt 45's, Inc., I would like to publicly and gratefully acknowledge Mr. Don Gill for his outstanding efforts in producing "Night in Black Leather." This was a wonderfully entertaining evening of hot leather, humor, camp and fun held at the Venture-N on March 1st. Under Mr. Gill's direction and supervision, a number of different performers, emcees and sponsors helped to make this event entertaining and memorable. This year "Night in Black Leather" raised nearly $6,000.00 for the Colt 45's. Past recipients of Night in Black Leather have been Soiree Aubergine and the Lady Victoria Lust PWA Holiday Fund (soon to be known as the PWA Holiday Charities.) Over ihe past three years, Mr. Gill and his production team have consistently devoted themselves to raising money to help people with AIDS and HIV. The Colt 45's offer a See LETTERS page 4 This Issue letters to the Editor pages 2 & 4 Regional News pages 4, 5 & 9 National News pages 11, 12 & 15 Arts & Entertainment pages 15, 17, 18 & 19 Columnists Plain Speaking • page 8 Righteous Indignation ■ page 9 Life with AIDS - page 16 Health page 21 Sports page 23 Horoscope page 24 Church Calendar page 25 Service Directory pages 26 & 27 Scene and Heard page 29 Community Calendar page 28 Classifieds pages 30 & 31 Out in Houston page 33 Personals page 35 HOUSTON VOICE One Community! One Voice!* ISSUE 85CS MARCH aiST, 1997 -.' ■ : ■.:.:■ osmi Dvav ■:.:;:;;,:-,*:■>: : *i d ninfpuvwoiiii i h o n n a d A **-> 3 3 M suiei|*iAA --iueH *J3A00H IJaqiaH 'Sj|aAA *0*H 'uosuqor sauieg uopuAn 'ueujn.ii Ajjbh 'ueui|!i*M ije/v\ :saweu pa-euiui KIX1 ■»!"■_ S3aniV3d dino 9661 = uounios znd'LUV JO Established 1974 as the Montrose Star, reestablished 1980 as the Houston Montrose Star Changed name to The Houston Voice in 1991 incorporating lhe New Orleans Crescent City Star, Reestablished as the Houslon Voice by Thomas Nelson in 1993 811 Westheimer, Suite 105 Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 529 8490 (800) 729 8490 Fax: (713) 529*9531 Email: HouVoice@aol.com Contents copyright 1997 Office hours: 9:00am 5:30pm weekdays Publisher Crad Duran I.C. Editorial Department Chris Rundquist * Entertainment Editor lee Dirts Sports Editor Carolyn Roberts Society Editor Administration Matthew Pennington Executive Asst. John Toups - Administrative Asst. Rich Arenschieldt. David Blanco, lee Davis, tarry tingle Curt Morrison, lesiie Ramsay. David Richardson, Carolyn Roberts. Christopher Rundquist Stephen Schmidt, Patricia Nell Warren Cartoonist Earl Storm Production victor Perea dba CreADtlve Unlimited* Format Metamorphosis Vilven Design Group Advertising Sales Department lee Davis, lohn Toups Independent Advertising Sales Representatives Beniamin Andre-Diaz, Stephen Schmidt. Classifieds and Personals JohnToups National Advertising Representative Rivendell Marketing. P.O. BOX 518. Wes (field. HI 908-232-2021 ■ Partal or complete reproduction of any advertisement, news article or feature, copy or photograph from the Houston Voice is speciiically prohibited by federal statute • Opinions eipressed by columnists or cartoonists are not nee essarty those of the Houston Voice or its start and we assume no iaMrty for the content eipressed or implied of said articles or Ifceness of persons living or dead, real or fictional m Die car • Publication ot the name or photograph ol any person or orga nidation in articles or adverfis-ng rn the Houston Voice is not to Pe construed as any indication 0f the seiual orientation ol said person or organization. • The appearance ot advetlisements or options expressed theren do not constitute an endorsement or guarantee by the Houston voice or its staff. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to 811 Suite 105. Houston, TX 77006. Subscription rate tnUSlby carrier or US malt 11.75 per week ($45.50 per 6 months or 191.00 per year.) Display advertising deadline: 12:00 noon CST. Monday to reserve space. 5:00pm CST Monday to furnish ad copy for Fnday public aton. Clasufied advertising deadline: 12:00 noon CST Tuesday for FrMb) pubi .iiimi Responsibikty: We do not assume financial respons**ty lor claims by the advertisers but readers are asked lo adwse the newspaper of any fraudulent or deceptive advertising. Charter Member Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber ol Commerce, National Gay Newspaper Guild member, Gay and Lesbian Press Association member. Associate member Associated Press associate member. Charter Member Greater Housion Gay & lesbian Chamber ol Commons -l 9 _ ~7
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