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Title Montrose Voice, No. 258, October 4, 1985
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date October 4, 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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Transcript MontroseVoice "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 Athletic Alliance. 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 that organization. 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 ted casually. • 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. Donald Abrams. • 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 continued page 8 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 quarantinable disease. 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 virus. 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- continued page 6 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 position. 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 addressed. "I am baffled by a few things—the budget, flood Control, and city services falling apart all around us," he said in a recent interview. 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- continued page 3
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