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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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The ramifications of a march are usually heavier on that end than actual persuasion of a legislature looking out the window and seeing a couple of thousand people. That's true on a national level as well." So, we inquired as to what would could have been done differently to increase the energy level? "I'm never one to criticize publicly in writing or in speech about other organizations. We all do the best we can and I don't believe in it," said Lewis. "If I had been doing it, I would have said I think we should have this March for Ihis reason," explained Lewis. "I would have called the political organizations of the four major cities and asked them to meet with me. I'd go to their city and meet them one on one, get a collective opinion and if they think it should happen as well, I would have formed a steering committee made up of a representative of each of those cities. And, I would have started eight months in advance - at least. I would have advertised six months ahead of time. I would have put the charge on the different organizations in the various cities to go back and rally the troops. That's how I would have done it. I don't know how they did it, I don't know their process. Perhaps they did the best they could." Lewis contends that it is difficult to coordinate a March or major rallying event without heavy participation. He believes it is too much of a daunting task for one organization. "Again, I don't know how they did it," stressed Lewis. "When I do stuff like that, I operate in the least amount of a vacuum as I can. You can't put on an event of that scale in a vacuum because people don't typically participate in something that's happening if there not involved in the process." "The only time the politicians come and ask us for our opinion is when their asking for our vote." According to Lewis, HGLPC Treasurer Kevin Davidson and PAC Co-Chair Clarence Bagby stayed in Austin and assisted him with the groups lobbying efforts. Lewis was unable to provide our readers with an update of the groups lobbying efforts.. "I've not had a chance to talk to them." "Personally I feel strongly for myself that my focus is so focused on the Caucus right now that my thinking is that I want to be able in two years to let the politicians come and lobby us," enthused Lewis. "The only time the politicians come and ask us for our opinion is when their asking for our vote." We asked Lewis how the organization plans to lure the legislatures to lobby them. "When you've got a large membership and a strong voting block and a politician is about to make a decision that is going to affect his constituents, they call who they think are going to give them the most support and I have no doubt on the local level there are people Ihey call and say what do you think about this before they ever open there mouth." During the interim, wouldn't it be prudent to lobby? "I'm not against lobbying but I wonder how many people lhat were lobbied did not know about lhe Hate Crimes bill. I think when a politician says 'I represent my constituents and the majority of people that I heard from were against ENDA, therefore I voted against ENDA,' they know its not right. Whether they think ENDA is good or bad, they know that people should be protected against employment discrimination," said Lewis. Lewis concurred that you could possibly persuade them to change their mind provided you give them proper perspective "That's true and thai is the strongest purpose of lobbying. They know right from wrong and they want to do right, but they just don't know what points to argue." "I think in general it is a good idea to have Marches to highlight the interest and support in the community," stated LCR-T state President Dale Carpenter. Carpenter said that the March was disappointing on several fronts. First he cited that attendance was lower than it was two years ago by about a third. Secondly, he pointed out that there were no Republican identified speakers addressing the audience at Ihe end of the March. "I think it is short cited for our movement in Texas to ignore the Republican side of the isle because we must have Republican votes to pass any legislation in this state," said Carpenter. "The GOP controls the state senate as well as the Governors mansion I think it is something a non-partisan organization could and should have done. I don't know why, but the absence of a Republican identified speaker was noteworthy and disappointing and it was very short sided of us to ignore the majority political party in this state." Carpenter contends thai the it is extremely important for gays and lesbians to make inroads in the Republican party if we are going to have any successes in Texas. "It's fortunate that we have Log Cabin to work on the GOP on these issues Otherwise the other gay groups in the state would be virtually ignored by the party." He believes, as does Lewis, that there should have been more involvement from all organizations. "We were not contacted to help plan the March. We were not contacted about possible speakers. Wc could have found speakers to speak. Everyone simply went to Austin willy nilly. We had success, but I think it could have been better. This is a growing and disturbing trend in gay civil rights organizations in this state," said Carpenter. Carpenter indicated that it is in the best interest of our community to work together in harmony on both sides of the isle. He cited an incident that occurred at the beginning of the March, when a member with the National Organization of Women (NOW) verbally attacked the group, as a prime example of community detriment. "Deborah Bell shouted to me and a friend that we were Republican slime while we were waiting to begin the March," Carpenter informed. "And, all we were there to do is support the Hate Crimes bill and to work within the party that has control over whether thc Hate Crimes bill is even going to get to the floor in the house and the senate. I have not heard such epithets directed at me in a political arena since the Republican state convention when I and others with Log Cabin were called gay slime. We have got to learn to work together with understanding, patience and without name calling." Carpenter stressed that despite any opposition, the group was going to work with all of the Republican state senators and representatives and the Governor's office in an effort to convert more Republicans to the bill. And, how would Carpenter have made the event less disappointing? "I think there should be more publicity farther in advance of the March so that people can plan ahead and attend. And, there should be more cooperation so that our efforts can have the maximum affect. I'm afraid that opportunity has been missed this year." Interestingly, both Lewis and Carpenter seemed to share similar sentiments concerning their overviews of the March in March. Both Carpenter and Lewis stressed the importance of community involvement and the significance of Hate Crimes legislation. They vehemently encouraged all of our community to address the issue with their elected officials. F» A O •vi/vrc-m =** S T M -, _ _ ^
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