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Title Montrose Voice, No. 257, September 27, 1985
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date September 27, 1985
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • 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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Transcript ■ No Endorsements—But GPC President Says Caucus Will Continue to Fight d No Endorsements But GPC President Sue Lovell says the group is registering voters—in mass quantities Although no major candidates for the November 5 municipal elections sought the endorsement of the Houston Gay Political Caucus, GPC President Sue Lovell says the group will continue to fight for gay political participation. Lovell told the Montrose Voice that "There were no endorsements. No one wanted it. Yet, we will continue to register voters and urge gays to remain involved in the political system." The group met for an endorsement meeting on September 18. No major candidates appeared at that meeting. Councilman George Greanias, whose District C consists primarily of Montrose and southwest Houton, suddenly cancelled his planned appearance. Carl Denton, of the 3400 block of Yoakum, a little-known candidate for Greanias' seat, did attend the meeting but did not receive the caucus's endorsement. Some activists feel the "non- endorsement" meeting reflected the demise of the political influence of Houston's most well-known gay organization. Gary J. Van Ooteghem, founder and former president of GPC, said in a statement released following the meeting, "In making a decision to do nothing significant this year, a majority of the former GPC presidents felt that GPC, itself, has just gone back into the closet." Although some members wanted to endorse candidates without their solicitation, Ray Hill, a GPC member and gay activist, feels that would "punish those who have helped us." Hill feels that in light of the results of the January 19 referendum and an overall return to conservatism in Houston, a gay endorsement would only work to damage the political futures of politicians that are allies of the gay community. In keeping with the tenor of maintaining gay political activism, the caucus will accelerate its voter registration drive as the October 6 registration deadline nears. The caucus has placed voter registration cards in many bars and deputy registrars will visit many bars on the weekend of October 4-6. Regardless of the lack of a formal endorsement, the caucus is distributing bumper stickers and T-shirts printed with the slogan, "Don't welch on Houston." Most Gay Men Victims of Anti- Gay Violence From "Philadelphia Gay News" A majority of gay males surveyed in a Phildelphia survey have experienced some sort of anti-gay violence, it was reported Sept. 20. The survey by the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force, conducted in March 1984 but juBt recently released, showed 63% of the gay men and 39% of the lesbians had experienced homophobic violence. The 183 people participating in the survey said incidents included threats, objects thrown, being chased or followed, spit at. beaten, assaulted with a weapon, arson and sexual assault. "Anti-gay violence is coming out the closet," said Task Force board member Steve Aurand. MontroseVoiee "The Newspaper of Monlrose" September 27, 1985 Issue 257 Published Every Friday (713) 529-8490 AIDS Vaccine 'Soon' Dr. Donald Armstrong, a researcher in infectious diseases, testified last week that the virus believed to cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is less hardy and more difficult to transmit than most diseases, thus predicting the development of a vaccine within "the next year or so." Armstrong, testifying in a hearing on a lawsuit concerning an AIDS victim, said the virus is vulnerable to chlorine bleach, alcohol, drying, or heating to 133 degrees. Meanwhile in Washington, several Republican legislators are pushing for increased government spending for AIDS research. A House appropriations committee recently approved about $1% million for AIDS research and education includ ing $141 million for the National Institutes of Health. The Reagan administration has only requested $126 million for 1986. Sen. Lowell Weicker, R.- Cnnn. chairman of the Senate Appropriations health subcommittee, said, "It is my firm intent that whatever resources are needed to meet the AIDS crisis will be provided." Rep. Henry Waxman, D.-Calif., echoes the feelings of gay activists and science professionals by saying the Reagan administration held back on AIDS spend ing because of prejudice against homosexual men. Both houses of Congress are expected to appropriate more spending for AIDS research and education in 1986. TABC Agents Arrest Four People for 'Lewd Conduct' Officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the state agency which regulates alcohol sales, entered Mary's, a bar located at 1022 Westheimer, on Sun day, Sept. 21, at approximately 2:00 a.m.. and arrested five people on non-alcohol related charges. According to Genie Thomas, a supervisor with TABC who was not present at the time of the arrests, four persons were arrested for public lewdness and one for disorderly conduct. Thomas said the agents observed "hugging and groping of personal parts of each other and motions against each others' body." The disorderly conduct arrest came as a result of an "individual not involved in the incident doing very vocal cussing" at the agents attempting to take the arrested parties to the D.A.s office. Agent Marty Rocha and Supervisor Boyd Batterton, the agents who entered the bar, would not comment. According to Jim Kuhn, attorney for those arrested and a witness to the event, TABC officers are authorized to make arrests and do carry weapons. Another witness to the incident said those arrested were either holding hands or embraced. Those arrested, in an unusual move, were taken to Harris County Jail instead of city facilities. All of the arrested are planning to contest the charges. A witness at the bar, who asked to remain unidentified, said the agents looked inexperienced and had overreacted, perhaps because of homophobia. The witness said the "hugging," etc., was no different than affection commonly shown by heterosexual couples in public. □ "Tyranny of the All-American Boy" Brandon Smith portrays convicted assassin Dan White in "Execution Justice," opening Oct. 5 at the Alley Theater. of
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