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Houston Voice, No. 754, April 7, 1995 - File 002. 1995-04-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 19, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4999/show/4967.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 754, April 7, 1995
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date April 7, 1995
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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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Title File 002
Transcript HOUSTON __ VOICE April 7,1995 ISSUE 754 A Weekly Community News Publication Gay Texans march to "Stop the Hate" An estimated 5,000 people from all over the state marched in Austin Sunday to urge passage of a hate crime bill pending in the legislature. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS (AUSTIN)—They came io bring a serious, even somber message—to call on [he state's lawmakers to enact legis- laiion revising Texas' hate crimes law to provide specific protections for gay men and lesbians. But the prevailing mood among the 5000 or so marchers who gathered under unseasonably clear skies and a scorching sun last Sunday, April 2. seemed almost celebratory, as the Texas March to Stop the Violence. Stop the Hate wound its way to the Capitol in a kaleidoscope of rainbow flags and multicolored contingency banners with a pulsating unity and pride. ["he message was recaptured, how in remarks from ihe podium at the pirited rally that followed the march the Capitol lawn. "We are here Fighting a hateful tide in the main Homophobia Put In Perspective By SHERI COHEN DARBONNE Hougton Voice Editor (HOUSTON)—The conference opened with an inspirational message from a fiery evangelist, thundering disapproval for a certain societal ill and praise lor the hope of its eradication in the dutiful hands of the faithful in a single breath. In the audience, a sea of rapt faces—ministers in collar, suit — and-tied businesslike men scribbling on legal pads, keenly groomed, sitcom — wholesome ladies IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE Education, 'Boy to Boy' - Pg 2 Gay Week proclaimed at UH - Pg 5 Yes, we are in for a fight - Pg 9 Bering Foundation: support group grows up - Pg 14 [ Review "Milennium Approaches" at the Alley-Pg 16 haired seniors —signaled its agreement. America is in the throes of a mad. moral crisis that must be stopped, but with love and faith, it is possible for decern to overcome. No, this meeting was not another event churned out by the propaganda machine of the Radical Right. Rather. it was the second "Healing the Hurt: Conference of Homophobia" sponsored by the Houston chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)—a hopefully annual event that puts the very real problem of homophobia in perspective, and directs the fight against il to the proper battlefield—the American mainstream. The conference, geared primarily lo mainstream professionals affiliated with "support communities." institutions and services—such as education, law enforcement, social work, health care and mental health and, with a particularly intense emphasis this year, religion, is unique in its focus. Homophobia—not homosexuality—is the topic to be dealt with in this forum, the societal problem that needs attention and discussion Over 600 people attended this year's event at the Sheraton Astrodome Hotel last Friday and Saturday—doubling the roll from last year's first confer ence The conference featured a long list ol nationally prominent speakers and presenters; workshops and panels examined ways to reduce homophobia in schools, churches, and the work place, among other issues. (Continued on Page 6) because we are angrj. we are sad, we are hurt that some of our fellow Texans. and a growing number of them, are choosing to act on iheir'hatred and fear of us." declared Letitia Gomez of the National Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGO). "We petition the Legislature to strengthen the hate crimes law and recognize that no citizen should become a target of violence because of his or her sexual orientation." said State Rep. Glen Maxey. Texas' only openly gay legislator. Two years ago, Texas lawmakers passed a hate crime law that enhances penalties for crimes committed due to 'bias or prejudice." Prosecutors and police, however, have said the statute is too vague and may be unconstitutional. Activists from all over the stale came to Austin lasl weekend to support a i bill currently pending in ihe Legislature lhat enhances penalties for 1 crimes motivated by prejudice or hatred on the basis of "race, color, disability, religion, national origin or | sexual orientation." The legislation has been a central priority of the state's gay lobby in ihe wake of a highly publicized string of hate-moti vaied murders here in 1994. Eight gay men were lost their lives in Texas last year, in horrific crimes thai altracted national media attention. (Continued on page 3) Play BalL. The Montrose Softball League opened ifs 16th year of play Sunday, April 2. Pictured, The Houston Voice Team; Story on Page 13 Offices: 811 Westheimer Suite 105, Houston. TX 77006 Phones: Houston (713) 529-8490 Nationwide (800) 729-8490 Fax (713) 529-9531 Hours: Monday through Fridav 9 00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Deadline: Mondav noon PROUDLY TELL 'EM YOU SAW IT IN THE HOUSTON ^DlCE!"
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