"The Newspaper of Montrose" October 4, 1985 Issue 258 Published Every Friday (713) 529-8490
Death of Actor Rock Hudson Generates
New Attention to the AIDS Crisis
d Cathy Lenahan:
New Softball Official
Cathy Lenahan, a player in the Houston Women's Softball League, has
been elected to serve as the first commissioner of the newly-formed
Women's Softball Division of the
North American Gay Amateur
The election was held in Milwaukee, Wis., at the alliance's fall meeting which took place prior to the Gay
Softball World Series.
By Scott Cutsinger
Montrose Voice Film Critic
Actor Rock Hudson died in his sleep on
Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in his home in
Beverly Hills. The 59-year-old Hudson had
received a tremendous amount of press
since it was revealed in July that he was
suffering from AIDS.
While many were shocked when he
revealed his disease two months ago, his
name soon became closely linked with the
plight of AIDS victims and the lack of
funds for research. At a recent Hollywood
benefit that raised $1,000,000 towards
research, a letter from Hudson stated that
he hoped that his "misfortune has had
some positive worth." The actor later
donated $250,000 to the American Foundation for AIDS research and requested
that any material donations be made to
The once stalwart, 6'4" actor had shown
signs of the ravaging disease over the last
year when he appeared on "Dynasty" and
later at a press conference with Doris Day.
After receiving treatment in a Paris hospital using experimental drugs, he returned
to a Los Angeles hospital until five weeks
ago when he decided to go back to his
home. His long-time companion Tom
Gaping Hole in Line of
Defense Against AIDS
By Barry Vinocur
Pacific News Seruice
Special to the Montrose Voice
Behind the fear gripping the nation over
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
(Al DS) is a gaping hole in our only real line
of defense against the deadly disease: public education.
What is needed, say experts like California's AIDS Task Force chairman Dr. Marcus Conant, is a full-scale Madison
Avenue-type effort to tell the public the
facts as we now know them.
These facts include:
• A massive effort to track the transmission of AIDS has failed to turn up any
evidence that the disease can be transmit
• AIDS is not only not an easy virus to
catch, like the cold or flu, we know how it is
transmitted. "This is primarily a sexually
transmitted disease. It can also be transmitted by contaminated blood products or
by sharing needles," says San Francisco
General Hospital AIDS researcher Dr.
• The virus has been found in tears and
saliva, but "there is thus far no evidence suggesting that in nearly 13,000 cases of the
disease, the route of transmission has been
via these fluids," Abrams asserts.
• That the disease is not easily transmitted
is borne out by numerous case reports. For
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Haughton Wants State to
Give Him Quarantine Rights
After a nearly 24-hour search for a male
prostitute who said he would continue to
have sex although he has been diagnosed
with AIDS, Houston Health Director Dr.
James Haughton says AIDS ought to be a
Fabian Bridges, 30, was admitted to the
psychiatric unit of Ben Taub Hospital on
Wednesday after police threatened to
arrest him on a Class C misdemeanor
charge for urinating in a public park. The
self-admitted male prostitute had been
under 24-hour surveillance by Houston
police after it was learned that he could
not be trusted to keep his promise not to
practice his trade.
Bridges came to Houston from Cleveland, Ohio. Haughton said he was
informed of the presence of Bridges by a
reporter from Cleveland who had been
keeping tabs on the AIDS victim as he
traveled from city to city. Officials in Minneapolis had given Bridges a one-way bus
ticket to Cleveland after he ran afoul of the
law there. A television film crew has been
following Bridges while he's been in Houston.
Haughton hopes at the next meeting of
the State Board of Health that AIDS will
be added to the list of quarantinable dis
eases. Currently AIDS is only on the list of
reportable diseases. Listing AIDS as quarantinable would give Haughton the
power to quarantine victims if he thought
they were spreading the virus.
According to Haughton, the need to quarantine AIDS victims became a reality
when Bridges told a doctor at Ben Taub
Hospital that he would continue to practice as a prostitute. Haughton sought help
from the State Health Department in seeking a method to stop Bridges. Haughton
was told by the department that he could
not quarantine the man because the condition was not well known when the liBt of
quarantinable diseases was made.
Haughton believes health directors
should be given the power to quarantine
AIDS victims who recklessly spread the
Haughton says part of the problem is in
identifying the other men who came in
contact with Bridges, "because by his own
admission most of this contact has been in
arcades that city council took some action
about recently, where part of the gestalt is
anonymous sex. So I'm not even sure if he
knows all the people he has been with."
Bridges may remain at Ben Taub as
long as he wishes since he is considered to
have "voluntarily admitted" himself.
Clark was at his side when he died, and
the body was cremated the same day.
Death was attributed to AIDS-related complications, with no specific cause mentioned.
Hudson was a private celebrity who
kept to himself, never revealing his homo-
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Political Novice Enters
Race for District C Seat
By Linda Wyche
Montrose Voice Managing Editor
Carl Denton feels that his "deep love for
the city of Houston" outweighs the importance of political experience and has filed
to challenge City Councilman George
Greanias for the District C City Council
Denton, 27, is a video news technician
who lives in Montrose and is openly gay.
His only political experience comes from
when he lived in San Francisco and
worked as a volunteer on the John Anderson presidential campaign staff there. He
says he is motivated to enter political life
because of "a concern for the rights of all
citizens." He also feels that Greanias'
recent position in the city budget debate
poses many questions that need to be
"I am baffled by a few things—the
budget, flood Control, and city services falling apart all around us," he said in a
Denton is also critical of some of Greanias' actions including proposing "last
minute amendments to the budget." Denton feels that these amendments came
forth solely for political reasons. "Greanias proposes to freeze all city salaries.
That's going to do a lot for the morale of
city workers," he said sarcastically.
The 27-year-old Denton emphasizes that
the city needs to find more creative means
of finding revenue sources. "You can't
keep raising property taxes and sales
taxes. Other sources must be found."
As a Montrosian, Denton hopes to bring
to the attention of council certain problems like police harrassment. He said,
"When policemen and state agents can
enter a bar and just pick out people to take
outside, that is harassment of the citizens
of Houston. That should be addressed by
council." He adds, "Cops should be made
to understand that this is our neighborhood, not their's."
An improvement in city services in District C is also a part of Denton's platform.
He would like to see more streets repaved
and better street lighting.
Denton does not feel that he will win the
election this time around. He said, "I don't
expect to win. I would consider it a miracle
this time around."
Although he was the only candidate in
the November elections to seek the endorsement of the Houston Gay Political Cau-
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