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Montrose Voice, No. 276, February 7, 1986 - File 010. 1986-02-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 19, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4701/show/4685.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 276, February 7, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 7, 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 7, 1986 / MONTROSE VOICE 9 Human Rights Campaign Fund board members, (left to right) Eric Rosenthal, Vic Basile and Vivian Shapiro during their recent visit to Houston. (Pete Diamond photo) Human Rights Campaign Fund in Excellent Health By Pete Diamond Montrose Voice Staff Reporter They came to Houston from across the country—New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver—18 people committed to pursuing basic human rights and furthering gay civil rights. They took time from their personal schedules to come here, each person paying the cost of their plane fare and hotel room, all for a cause they strongly believe in. But as board members of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, it's a committment they all make. The Washington-based political action committee met in Houston last weekend to discuss the group's budget and fundraising efforts for 1986, in light of what board co-chair Vivian Shapiro is calling a "critical year" for gay men and lesbians. According to Shapiro, the Campaign Fund is in excellent financial shape. In fact, nearly $50,000 has already been dispersed to candidates in key races, something she says the Campaign Fund has "never been in a position to do before" this early in an election year. Much of this is undoubtably the result of successful fundraising efforts by the HRCF. The amount of money raised by the HRCF has increased by nearly one third annually since 1983. Last year, more than $640,000 was raised nationwide for HRCF efforts. But this year, gay men and lesbians are facing a unique set of challenges. Federal appropriations for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services were initially set at more than $230 million. Some of this money was earmarked for federal and state AIDS research, treatment and education programs. A $50 million reduction of that amount, however, together with the Gramm-Rudman Bill, which seeks a balanced budget by 1991, poses a serious threat to the future of these programs." "This will not be an easy task," says Vic Basile, executive director of the Campaign Fund. "Competition will be more keen than ever and even our strongest supporters on the Hill will be facing enormous pressure to cut back on even the most worthwhile programs, including AIDS," Shapiro feels 1986 will also be a critical year for many states, including Texas, because it is an election year. She says that while the current Republican- dominated Administration believes they will have a landslide in the November elections, the Campaign Fund hopes to prove them wrong. Campaign donations made early in the season, such as those already given by the HRCF, can often be more val uable for a campaign than donations made closer to an election, according to Shapiro. In an effort to meet these challenges, the Campaign Fund has set a fundraising goal for 1986 of $1 million. While in Houston, HRCF board members met with various representatives of the gay community to discuss plans for establishing a Houston-based liaison with the Campaign Fund. "We're in a period of growth and success," says Eric Rosenthal, HRCF assistant for program and development. "But 1986 will be an easy year compared to the cuts that will be made with Gramm- Rudman through 1991. We don't feel it's an appropriate federal response." Rosenthal said it is important to continue lobbying efforts to guarantee AIDS funding. He warns that if federal funding for AIDS and AIDS-related projects is reduced, the impact of the cutbacks will certainly be felt in states such as Texas. While AIDS is a "timely, critical issue," Basile says the HRCF is continuing its efforts in the areas of gay civil rights and military and immigration issues. The Campaign Fund also provides support to candidates of both parties, Republican and Democratic, who pledge their support of gay civil rights legislation. Boosting support and strength for the Campaign Fund has been the organization's recent merger with the Gay Rights National Lobby. Basile says the merger will maximize available resources and be more economical. Furthermore, and moBt importantly, he believes the expanded organization wijl also be more effective and influential politically. Alpha II Show to be Held at MCCR From a Press Release Alpha II, a non-profit group which raises funds for organizations in the gay community, will hold its second annual "Fundraiser" at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection, 1919Decatur, on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature 20 of the group's members performing "musical mime." Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a new sound system for the church. A donation of $7 may be paid at the door. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. INlGHT February 9th $1.50 all Vodka Well Drinks Two Shows: 10pm and Midnight Starring: * Sadghi * Kandi Delight * Charlie Summers Congratulations to the Mine on their new patio Grand Opening Thursday, /- Feb. 13th. ^ &**<!<$ 808 PACIFIC HOUSTON • 521-2519
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