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Montrose Voice, No. 162, December 2, 1983 - File 008. 1983-12-02. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5357/show/5339.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 162, December 2, 1983
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 2, 1983
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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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Transcript Dec. 2,1983 / Montrose Voice 7 Van Hightower Carries Montrose but Hall Wins City Hall By Hollis Hood Anthony Hall defeated Nikki Van Hightower in the Nov. 29 runoff for Houston City Council At-Large Position 4, and Gay Political Caucus president Larry Bagneris claimed it was a setback for gay rights— but not an unworkable situation. Although Montrose went about 68 percent behind Van Hightower, Hall supporters say there was evidence of a splintering of the GPC bloc vote. GPC had endorsed Van Hightower. Van Hightower's support was reflected in the affulent and mid-income white vote and in Mexican-American balloting where she outpolled Hall 59.54 percent to 40.46 percent citywide. But she was no match for the low and mid-income black vote where where she got only about 3 percent citywide. Overall election results showed Hall with 67 percent of the total vote to Van Hightower's 33 percent. "This is not a defeat for the cause of gay rights," said Bagneris, "it just means it will take longer." He noted that activist Van Hightower would have pushed for a non-discriminatory employment ordinance, while Hall's position on the issue is that gays are protected, with other minorities, in an employment-related mayor's executive order. "We have to make sure, then, that each new mayor approves that executive order, instead of having our rights guaranteed through an ordinance," BagneriB said. Fair employment is only one of many items that GPC addresses through its concerted political activities. Documentation must begin, he said, showing proof that discriminatory hiring and employment practices do exist, as well as investigation of other areas of alledged discrimination. 'That way, when the time comes, we can prove there is a need for an ordinance," he ■aid. Hall solicited the gay vote and had been supportive of the gay community's rights in the past. He campaigned vigorously in Montrose, visiting gay clubs and touring with Mayor Kathy Whitmire in the waning days before the early November election. However, the GPC endorsed Van Hightower by a two to one margin, which hurt his chances of gaining major support from the gay community. Jerry Mayes of GPC said that Hall/Van Hightower backing in the runoff compared to the Nov. 2 balloting changed considerably, indicating a definite split in the GPC bloc vote, as well as fewer voters. Not only was the overall voter turnout greatly reduced, the percent of that turnout returning to cast ballots for Van Hightower citywide was lessened. For example, if Van Hightower had 233 votes in a precinct on Nov. 2, only 115 returned to vote for her on Nov. 29. Hall, however, may have gained only 100 votes on Nov. 2, but all 100 returned to vote for him on Nov. 29; thus, the radical changes in percentages from the Nov. 29 balloting which reflected each candidate receiving about one-third of the votes. Hall becomes the second black to be elected to an at-large city council position and brings black representation to one- fourth of the members on city council. He gave up his seat for District D (now filled by Rodney Ellis) to run for the citywide office. He told an extremely packed headquarters Tuesday night that the election results prove "that even a young fellow from Sunnyside can achieve citywide office," thus attaining his goal of being given an opportunity to exercise more leadership on issues of citywide importance, such as crime and transporation. "I'm glad that Hall was elected," said one gay Hall supporter, "because I believe he is better qualified because of his experience on City Council and in the legislature. I feel he will be in a better position to work harmoniously with the mayor and City Council and work more productively with them than Van Hightower would have. He will be just as accessible as she would be; he haB always been." This representative noted that Van Hightower had no particular interest in the gay community before running for office, and became responsive to them as a result of gaining the GPC endorsement. "Hall over the years has shown sup- Anthony Hall at his election central headquarters Tuesday night with supporters Nikki I in Nov. j defeat Van kXigiytower confer* with a supporter prior to acknowledging c , 29 aUarv election " '.-. -'.', '. ' ' '■ , . ;• ■ ; ■/:■ ■■'.:. port," he said. Van Hightower's headquarters were a much quieter scene, as the candidate made a thank you speech and promised continued support of the causes to which she has been dedicated for several years. The most gratifying aspect of her work as director of the Houston Area Women's Center is watching people come from oftentimes very depressing situations to blossom and grow, and the campaign was an extension of that process, she said. "Win or lose, my commitment to work to make Houston a better place to live, a safer, freer place to be all we can be, won't change," Hightower said. After the election results indicated her defeat, she telephoned Anthony Hall voicing her support of the councilman. In Hall's speech, he said they would be meeting soon to discuss ways to address needs that Van Hightower saw as unmet in Houston. A Van Hightower representative quoted her as saying (at the Copa, a gay club, later that evening), "This sure doesn't feel like losing," and that many issues that needed to be in forefront had been brought out through the campaign. "She will be allies with the gay community—politics or not," the Van Hightower supporter said, "and she will continue to be a prominent community activist in a prominent activist community." However, she could not comment on whether or not Van Hightower would run again. Lee Harrington, gay community leader, said "I agreed with Lance Lalor on the GPC tour when he introduced Nikki at each stop saying, 'We have the chance to elect to Houston's City Council the best You're Reading the MONTROSE VOICE One of America's Major Gay Community Newspapers person we ever had for gay rights.' If it had been left to the gays, we would have. I was proud of the bloc vote again—it always sends the clearest messages, even to friendly politicians, that lots of voters expect attention." "I congratulated Anthony and only asked that he be as sensitive as he possibly can be to our issues during the next two years. I am sure he will be," Harrington said.
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