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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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Title File 007
Transcript 6 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 7, 1995 P-FLAG Conference on Homophobia: education, inspiration and family values (Continued from Page I) The evangelist who delivered the opening keynote speech ai the conference was Jane Adams ("Janie") Spahr. the openly lesbian minister who was at the center of a prominent controversy in the Presbyterian Church from 1991-93. In her address, Spahr sought to expose the pervasive and destructive effects of heterosex- ism in the American culture. Those effects are particularly devastating when they come from religious institutions and faith communities, she noted. Heterosexism, or ihe promotion of heterosexuality as the only acceptable sexual orientation, "Has systemized fear, abuse and violence against us, our family and friends...it keeps us and our families in secret and perpetuates a system of denial," Spahr told the crowd. Homophobic churches and society have kept many gay and lesbian people tucked in guilt-ridden closets of their own making, by smothering them in negative messages and misinterpretations of Biblical Scripture, Spahr suggested. "Many churches perpetuate a 'bad person' or 'abomination' mentality But while gays and lesbians often accept the definition of their identities as unnatural, the very words used against them are the same labels long used to malign the forces of nature, Spahr pointed out. "We are called mysterious, dark, sensual, perverted and uncontrollable," she said. The good news, according to Spahr, is that when gay men and lesbians come out, they have the chance to prove the systemized misinformation wrong—and believe it or not. this can be accomplished. She inspired the audience with her stories of "conver- lluman Rights Beard sion" from the trappings prejudice through the persisi- ence of honest, open and out gay men and lesbians who refuse to accept the lies. Family and friends of gay men and lesbians share the responsibility of re-educating, Spahr and other speakers opined at the PFLAG conference. And while the organization's members know they are still swimming againsi the tide in the mainstream, they are also aware of an important factor: sometimes, peers can provide a more effective voice in reaching those who are confused. Other guests at the conference included former Portland, Oregon Police Chief Tom Potter (and proud father) and his lesbian daughter. - Wesley Kaiie, also a police officer; and former presidential adviser David Mixner, and Cheryl Weill, a scientist whose field of research expertise is sexual orientation biology. A highlight of the conference was the presentation of the organization's first National Human Rights Award for Bravery (o Jacksonville auctioneer Wesley Beard. Beard, honored for the great personal risks he took as organizer of the 'Stop the Hate' rallies in Tyler and East Texas' first lesbian and gay alliance, received a cash prize of $2,500 as well as specially designed, commemorative trophy. Overall, the conference accomplished many of its goals merely by bringing gays and lesbians, their parents, family and friends, and hundreds of community professionals together to interact in a mutually supportive environment. Unlike the conventions scripted by the Radical Right, "Healing the Hurt '95" was an uplifting demonstration of true and basic Family Values. CHarlie% Jl BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER • 24 HOURS A DAY 1100 Westheimer Houston (713) 522-3332 DESSERTS Breakfast Special $2.95 6am-9am • Mon-Fri 2 Pancakes - 2 Bacon 2 eggs (any style) OR 2 eggs - 2 bacon Hash Browns or Grits and Toast Lunch Special $4.95 Everyday • Mon thru Fri Tlamti? Choice of 3 Entrees See Us For BRUNCH Every Saturday and Sunday Congratulations NLA:H on 4th Anniversary •X) See you at The ^\. April 8, 1:30 Pool Tournament April 9, Closing Awards 3:00 715 FAIRVIEW • HOUSTON (713) 521-2792 Coming Soon ^^ Monday Night Pool^^*-^ Tournament ^^ ^^ April 23 ^^ The Complete ^^ "Minister Mike" Series
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