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Houston Voice, No. 857, March 28, 1997 - File 009. 1997-03-28. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 3, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4453/show/4424.

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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 009
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Display Tanks and Cages! Sidewalk Sale Garage Sale Storewide Sale We've sot to be out by Easter Sunday! All Hardgoods (Pet Supplies & Food) will be sold: 65% Discount + 5% Discount for Cash 10 am - 6 pm Monday thru Saturday • 1 - 4 pm Sunday by Larry Lingle The Significance of Responsible Mentoring Without judging the veracity of the charges, last week's Houston Voice story on an official with one of the resident homes canng for those with AIDS is symptomatic of society in general and gay society in particular. What the particular official is alleged to have done - aggressively sought sex from a client of the agency to which he was responsible - is simply sexual harassment. Neither unique in a gay context nor uncommon in the general work place, sexual harassment can be far more subtle but no less insidious. Just as straight males for so long assumed that female colleagues were open targets for their attentions and amusement, there has often been a similar assumption that in an openly gay work environment male employees were in open season. As an owner of gay business I have always maintained a policy that management should not mix sex with business. This is not to say that I believe employees cannot be treated with respect as well as affection. My age and my attitude toward "community" and "family" on occasion places me in a position as a mentor. One of those ubiquitous public service commercials on television urges viewers to volunteer as mentor 10 children as a means to save the next generation from the mistakes of the previous ones. In effect, this is what certain gay organizations attempt to achieve. HATCH, locally, has been working toward this goal for years. This receni incident of alleged misconduct underlies the ongoing problem with any such program involving either the young or the defenseless. In the case of gay teen-agers, a closet pedaphile sees an opportunity and exploits the innocent. Those with authority over others immediately enjoy an unfair and unequal opportunity for harm. While such problems are not unique to the gay expenence, they are heightened by our community's overemphasis on "sex" and the perception of sexual activity. My business, a gay bookstore, carries gay video tapes containing a variety of activities. All this means is that I feel an obligation to offer my customers material in which they are interested. It should not, and does not, reflect my interests other than as a business. While 1 am not acquainted with many bar owners, one, whom I have known for a number of years, has three of the more successful establishments in Houston. And I have always observed that he is the consummate businessman and runs his bars with the same professional attitude as any other successful person - straight or gay. Frankly, as in any competitive field, the gay busi- nessperson who neglects the essentials will likely not last very long. Unfortunately, another characteristic of our community is that success breeds envy. If a gay person appears to be successful, those with less good fortune often attempt to bridge the gap with rumors. I was recently informed that my late partner, Bill White, and I actually sustained our business by being "the biggest dealers in crystal in Houston". Putting aside the simple truth that anyone who knows me, or knew Bill, would put such a lie to rest. The reality that, like other business owners, I constantly sweat meeting payroll, paying suppliers and gauging the market. In more that twenty-three years of the business, we nearly went under more than once and survived Chapter 11 bankruptcy just a few short years ago. When we attack or spread rumors about a gay business, or a gay person, or a gay organization we unravel the fabric of our community. This is not to say that we should not expose error where it exists. Hopefully, last week's Voice article will alert anyone who would abuse their authority that public censure awaits. At the same time, we must not destroy or discourage those who would work to advance our community. We should, with certainty, encourage those organizations such as HATCH who particularly mentor to young gays and lesbians. In fact, I would urge some broader based program within our communily similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters in which older members of our community, properly screened, are placed on a one-on-one basis as mentors. Without planning as such, I recently found myself acting in such a way with someone I had known previously and I found myself in a position to be of some help I can recall fairly recently when a prominent lesbian couple took intu their home a young man who had a troubled past and he is now not only a contributing member of our community but has taken a leadership role in mure than one organization. Given the different genders in that case it was accepted for what it was. In my current situation in which I have taken into my home someone to whom 1 am attempting to be of some help, I recognize the all to prevalent tendency to assume my motives are sexual. That is a risk I can assume and a canard which deserves no response Our community has the resources both in wealth and talent to mentor to all those troubled by coming out or AIDS or just general misfortune. It is certainly within our ability to institute such a mentoring program, and the rewards are boundless. 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