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Title Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date May 31, 1996
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 May 31,1996 ISSUE 814 A Weekly Community News Publication I *&t Mission: Impossible Review Page 21 State GOP Rejects Log Cabin Ad, Says No to Booth In an unprecedented move to stifle dissent within the party, Texas GOP leaders have rejected a Gay Republican group's request to have an exhibit booth at the state Republican convention, according to a letter from the state GOP organization released by the group, the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas. The state GOP has also refused a full-page advertisement for the convention program submitted by the Log Cabin Republicans. The party's decision comes just days after a landmark ruling by the United States Supreme Court that Gays and Lesbians could not be excluded from the political process simply because of their sexual orientation. "The party's decision to deny a Republican group a display booth at the state convention is an unprecedented act of exclusion." said Dale Carpenter, noting that even pro-choice groups who disagree with the party's stand on abortion are permitted booths at the state convention. Carpenter is the President of Log Cabin Texas. "We're not asking for 'special rights.' We're Republicans asking for the same opportunity to be heard that other Republicans have. The party must make room for those who disagree. That's what the democratic process is all about." Carpenter noted that exhibit booth applications have been routinely accepted from oilier political groups and commercial vendors with no relationship whatsoever to the party. "If this is the first shot in a renewed 'culture war' against ga) s and lesbians, it has badly misfired. It comes at the worst possible time for the party, in the middle of a presidential campaign in which our party is already seen as intolerant. This action indicates that some part officials have no patience for those who disagree \\ ith them regarding the ci\il rights of gays and lesbians." said Carpenter. On April 1. Log Cabin applied for an exhibit booth at the state GOP convention. The group sent in their application along with a check for $400 to cover the booth fee. Carpenter confirmed acceptance of the booth application in a telephone call to Jonathan Gurwitz several days later. Gurwitz is exhibits chairperson for the party. Subsequently, the state party cashed the check submitted along with the booth application. "As far as Log Cabin is concerned, we had a deal." said Carpenter, an attorney in Houston. "Now the part is backing out on its word." Log Cabin also submitted a full-page advertisement for inclusion in the state convention program. Again. Carpenter confirmed receipt and acceptance of the ad the next da\ with a party official. In spite of the agreement and inclusion of other groups, stare GOP executive director Barbara Jackson sent a letter to the Log Cabin {Continued on Page 17) 'Voice Welcomes New Editor Deborah Moncrief Bell, aclivisl and writer has been named as editor of the Houston i'oice. Bell succeeds Sheri Cohen Darbonne who has left thc Voice after over 6 years as its editor. A welcoming reception in honor of Bell's appointment will be held on Friday. May 31 at the Houston I'oice offices, 811 Westhemier, Suite 105 from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by to meet Deborah and enjoy refreshments with the staff. A history of activism in both paid and volunteer positions in community and nonprofit organizations has provided Bell with well-proven abilities in writing, editing and media relations. She has worked as an fe^t Deborah Rett assistant to an editor for a technical journal for an international professional organization, edited a bi-annual report of contributors to elected officials, and has worked on countless newsletters for the National Organization lor Women (NOW). One of the founders of WOMYNSPACE in 1984, a feminist collective working to provide space and aclivities for women in a chemically-free, safe and supportive environment, she helped develop and name their newsletter. The WAND (WOMYNSPACE Activities and Networking Directory). She served on it's editorial board for a number of years. Bell also has been a popular radio co-host and commentator for the community affairs programs, "Wilde 'n' Stein" and "Lesbian and Gay Voices," on KPFT radio, 90.1 fm. Community involvement has included serving as co-chair of Houston's Lesbian and Gay Pride Week in 1987 and 1988. serving on the boards of the Montrose Counseling Center, the Montrose Activity Center and the Women's Lobby Alliance. She has been an officer of Houston Area NOW, a State officer of Texas NOW and a member of the Women's Group at the Unitarian Church since the late seventies. Aside from the volunteer activities. Bell's impressive talents have benefited Mother's Against Drunk Driving and the Bering Community Services Foundation in employed positions. Not the least of her accomplishments has been the upbringing of two sons, Jason and John, both grown and "Out of the house, lhank goodness!" exclaims Bell. The 1993 March on Washington tor Lesbian. i( 'ontinued on Page 20) Bering Care Center is presented with a $41,000 check raised by this year's Soiree Aubergine. Shown here are (hr) are John Gonzales, Bill Kersten. Lee Davis, Robert Meyer and Barry Petree. Soiree total exceeds $40,000 again! B o o s: e d hy ;i significani contribution from TGRA—Houston Chapter for the second year in a row. Soiree Aubergine's 1996 fundraising efforts on behalf o! Bering Community Service Foundation have exceeded $40,000 once again. This total of $41,000 is the' second highest in the groups five year history, and brings the community's total contribution to Foundation programs through Soiree io over $159,000. In addition to underwriting all food costs associated with the Bering Aduli re Center nutrition program for the year, funds raised through Soiree V will also purchase the remaining equipment needed to complete the recently renovated Care Center Kitchen and assist in a renovation Offices; KM Westlicimcr Suite 105. Houstoa TX 77006 Phones' Houston (713) 529-8490 Nationwide (800) 729-W90 Fax (713) 52**9S31 Hours Mon-da" llii\»idi l-'nttts 9:00am. to5 30p.m Daidhiie: Monday noon PROUDLY TELL *EM VOU SAW IT IN THE HOUSTON f DICE!" and expansion project being planned for ihe Bering Dental Clinic. Soiree V, which officially kicked off with a Super Bowl Barbecue on Jan. 28 and culminated wilh La Soiree Grande on March 10. d .i number of other fundraising efforts including a silent auction, raffle. personal and corporate contributions campaigns and benefit performances by a host of local titleholders and entertainers. In addition to the support of TGRA— Houston. Soiree V received significant support from community organizations including RSICSS and Montrose Softball League, and from corporate sponsors Bistro Cuisine. City Streets. Continental Airlines. Gentry. House of Coleman, and Leather by Boats. As in previous years, fundraising costs were underwritten by Soiree Aubergine Host Committee fees and sponsors' in-kind contributions, allowing 100 percent of monies raised to be contributed djifectly to Bering Community Service Foundation.
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