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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
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript REGIONAL REGIONAL/ from page 4 the first article begins with the murder of Ernest Saldafa, a mentally disabled gay man whose killers targeted his home and repeatedly shouted anti-gay epithets during the attack. "The homophobic nature of the murder was never addressed during the trials, but his family decided to speak out in defense of their gay son and brother," Smith says. Working with the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby (LGRL) of Texas, the Saldafa's have sought out the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation. "Since the bill failed to win the needed votes two years ago, seven other gay men have been murdered across Texas," Smith noted. "All told, 22 gay men have been murdered across the state since 1988. What makes the murders of gay men difficult to generate sympathy and outrage in the heterosexual world is an age-old blame-the-vic- tim mentality. Many of lhe men were killed by strangers they met at a bar, an adult video store or while cruising parks of other areas where gay men converge," Smith wrote. The second article, by the same author, profiled Bruce Becker, a 36-year old government employee. Becker picked up his assailant in a cruising area. "Living in fear of one's sexual orientation being discovered can be a scary thing in a society that does little to accept homosexuals. While pick-up encounters exist in both straight and gay worlds, the covertness of sex with strangers can figure more prominently into a gay man's inability to fully accept his sexual orientation," explained Smith. Black Caucus Lauds Chief Bradford Houston Police Chief C O. Bradford received the "Outstanding Texan" award from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus Education and Research Committee last weekend in Austin. The group nominates outstanding citizens annually in categories ranging from the arts to public safety to community service. "I hope that young people in Houston will understand that this award means that rewards come with performance," said Chief Bradford. "If you work towards your goals, you will be recognized for your accomplishments during your career." Chief Bradford was nominated in the public safety category by Senator Rodney Ellis "It's an award that I will always cherish and appreciate. It will be displayed prominently on my desk," enthused Bradford. Author Dan Baker Slated to Address Gay Chamber Noted author/speaker Dan Baker will be thc keynote speaker at next month's meeting of The Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. His most recent bestseller, published by Harper Collins, is Cracking the Corporate Closet. Baker has a stellar record as a gay activists that began while he attended graduate school at the University of Hawaii in the early 70's. Through lhe years he organized Honolulu's first Gay Pride Parade, was elected treasurer of ACT/U P New York and serves as Deputy Director of Gay Games IV. Baker will address the current slate of domestic partners benefits and non-discrimination policies being debated in corporate circles. Currently Editor-in-Chief of Quotient, a newsletter promoting the marketability of targeting gay and lesbian consumers. The group will hold their monthly meeting at The Wyndham Warwick, 5701 Main Street There will be a social hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to Dinner. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. For more information, call (713) 523-7576. log Cabin Successfully lobbies For Hate Crimes Bil1 The Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, thc GOP group that supports equality for gays and lesbians, lobbied hard on Monday for legislation enhancing penalties f0r halc crimes According to the group, they have confirmed the support of at least three GOP state senators, enough to pass the legislation if Democratic senators vote for it as well. The legislation is pending in the state house and senate and must have Republican support to become law. The GOP has a majority of seats in the state senate. "The hate crimes bill cannot pass without Republican support and we're the only gay civil rights group in Texas positioned to lobby the majority party on this issue," said Log Cabin state president Dale Carpenter. "The Republicans who have come on board lo suppori this important anti-crime measure have shown tremendous outrage and principle in the face of pressure from the religious right," added Carpenter The group visited the offices of every Republican stale senator and representative in the slate's major urban areas earlier this week.. According to Carpenter, the group received pledges of support for the hale crimes bill from San Antonio senator Jeff Wentworth and Houston senator's Mike Galloway and Jerry Paterson. The group indicated in a statement that they will continue their lobbying efforts and they hopeful of attaining support from at least one Dallas and Austin senator to back the measure as well. Carpenter also stated that the group was impressed with the warm reception they received from the Governor's office. Gentry Hosts Easter Parade of Starz Gentry's will be hosting this years Easter Parade of Starz benefiting AVES. The event presented by The Pnde Gala 1997 will bring to the stage some of Houston's foremost nightclub entertainers for the purpose of charity. Slated to appear at the event: Black Velvett, Tom Conners, Dyan Michels, Anna Harris, Stacy Grummer, Jim Halbert, Emperor X, Lindsey Love, Lori Love, Xavier Luna, Monique Johnson, Naomi Warwick, Nevada, Nina Renee, Bryon Norton, Paivi Lee Love, Armand Posas, Gerry Quinones, Gloria Silva, Tina Alexander, Shawna St. John, Shawna Roberts, Shelby St. John and The Texas Cowgirls. The event takes place Sunday, March 30, 1997 at 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Gentry's is located at 2303 Richmond Avenue. For more information, call (713) 520-1861. Forest Park Lawndale Offers Easter Sunrise Service Forest Park Lawndale will continue their tradition of an Easter Sunrise Service. This years ceremony begins at 7 a.m. The service will be conducted on the lawn by the Lake of the Woods Chapel and will include traditional Easter music interwoven with scripture readings by pastors of Life Tabernacle. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the main chapel of the funeral home. At the conclusion of the service, an arrangement of Easter lilies will be placed al the AIDS Memorial Book Terrace. The terrace was built after several burial plots for indigent AIDS victims were donated to the cemetery. Names of AIDS victims can be inscribed in the granite books and proceeds are donated to AIDS-related charities. Seating is limited and worshipers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information, call Forest Park Lawndale at (713)921-6668 Bering Church Hosts 49th Annual Spring Festival Bering Memorial United Methodist Chureh will be holding the 49th annual Spring Festival on Saturday. April 12. The traditional church "pancake breakfast" has grown over the years to include live entertainment, door prizes, a silent auction, garage sale and a health fair. Participants at this years festival will have a chance to win a trip to Sydney, Australia, a Caribbean cruise for two and two round- trip tickets from Houston to anywhere in the continental United States. Bering Church provides its ministries and See REGIONAL page 9 Atrivmi fteseticvj Affordable Mid-Rise Living *■ Galleria Area ► Locked Building ► Access Gates *• Glass Elevators •** Fitness Facility *■ Covered Parking ► Free Cable ► Microwaves 661-7188 ££} 5655 Glenmont • Houston •**»-& ▼ r^,^J^-aH.-.«*t-rii«^if^t^^.^^«i»«»_
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