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Montrose Voice, No. 277, February 14, 1986 - File 012. 1986-02-14. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 6, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4675/show/4657.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 277, February 14, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 14, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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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Transcript FEBRUARY 14, 1986 / MONTROSE VOICE 11 New Program Improves Counseling Center's Women's Outreach By Connie Woods Montrose Voice Staff Reporter "I'd like to see the lesbian community become more cohesive to support each other and form stronger bonds," said Karen Hanson, director of the Women's Program at the Montrose CounselingCen- ter. "It's important they talk to each other, support each other, and talk about what's going on in their lives," she continued. And with the efforts and direction of the counseling director, women in the community now have a better opportunity to share their thoughts, lives and even problems. Since joining the Center in August, Hanson has implemented several pro grams and plans to offer even more programs for women. She sees the women's program as providing high-quality counseling and support services for the women's community. Hanson pointed out that it is a needed service to have counseling for gays. The center offers individual counseling as well as counseling for couples, even families, and lesbian couples with children. In addition, the center offers weekly Women's Network sessions on Wednesday nights. In the weekly sessions she said, "We've discussed the coming out process, legal issues, parenting, feminism—what it is and what's going on in Houston." She sees the Women's Network as a Take a Cruise on the Love Boat Friday, Feb. 14th Lovers Hon Voyage Happy Hour to 10pm Set Sail at 10pm with Complimentary Champagne Saturday, Feb. ISth Port of Call Carribean Adventure with $1.25 Pina Cola-las Sunday, Feb. 16th Port of Call Acapulco Adventure with $1.25 Frozen Margaritas and Chips All Day, All Night Sunday Steak Night—7-IOpm Monday, Feb. 17th Return Happy Hour 'til 8pm 50« Miller Lites 8pm-2am llpm Male Strip Contest $100 Winner M.C. Victoria West "family—a support system." The structure of the Network sessions is to have a speaker but to break off into small groups to discuss the topics. "Our society has so many secrets— especially sexual secrets like sexual abuse, for example. We need to be able to talk about our lives and what's going on," she explained. "If we can't talk, we can't become healthy, whole human beings." She also pointed out that little research has been done about lesbians. She considers it important that women have a place to learn about the issues in their lives. Hanson, a native of New York, came to Houston eight years ago. Before joining the staff at the center, she worked at the Houston Area Women's Center in family violence outreach. She said she came to the counseling center when the board of directors wanted to get more women coming to the center. "There had been more male therapists than women," • she said. "Bill Scott (Clinical Director) and Ken Vance (Executive Director) wanted to get women's programs going." When she began the program, questionnaires were sent to women in the community to get an idea of what topics ranked as a priority with them and the method they would like to see the topics handled. She said some 50 women attended the first network session thus proving that women were interested in a program. In citing particular problems that lesbi ans face, she said that they often have children and "are raising those children with their lovers." She said several network sessions have dealt with lesbian parenting and co- parenting. "It's important for these S. Jloux&i/ MEXICAN RESTAURANT 4701 N. Main Houston 869-1706 2 fori DINNERS Not good with any other offer Expires 2/28/86 A TASTE OF MEXICO 24 HOURS DAILY CLOSED TUESDAY 10PM REPOEN WEDNESftAY 10AM Karen Hanson directs the Montrose Counseling Center's women's program. (Connie Woods photo) women to be able to talk with other women and other couples," she added. "Younger lesbians who want and are considering having children seek support."she explained. "It's a big. choice—a big responsibility with many questions to be answered." Hanson, a certified social worker who received her Masters of Social Work from Syracuse University, continues to expand the Women'6 Program. The Second Annual Women's Weekend will be held the first weekend in March. This program began last year and according to Hanson was successful. She would like to see more programs offered as well as expand the staff, the services and the client hours. Based on the size of the Houston gay community, she considers it important to offer more social services. Hanson plans to go outside the community to speak to other groups. She has provided information concerning gays to the Crisis Hotline and the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, She has also offered to speak to the Mental Health Association concerning homophobia. "Homophobia is bad on mental health whether you're straight or gay," she added. 524-86011901 Taft (at Webster) Gay owned and operated
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