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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
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • 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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Title File 012
Transcript Letters Making Sense of the GPC Bloc Vote From Neal Tannahill I would like to offer some observations on GPC endorsements and the bloc vote. As I see it, there are two basic reasons for screening and endorsing candidates. First, we want to identify which candidates are best qualified and most supportive of the goals of the gay community. Second, we want to gather political IOU's from candidates we endorse and help elect. If we cold trust public officials always to act on the basis of high principle and lofty motives, then a dual endorsement would be appropriate in races between two acceptable candidates, such as Nikki Van Hightower and Anthony Hall. I am afraid, however, that the world is not like that. Poetical-marriages are always marriages of tonvenience. Public officials support our rightis only insofar as it is in their political interest to do so. You might say that the bloc vote gives them the courage of their convictions. Am I being overly cynical? I don't think so. Kathy Whitmire is a long time supporter of our cause, but she didn't want to appear with us on election night while an NBC TV crew was there. Perhaps she didn't want to soil her national image. Similarly, in 1979 when George Greanias first ran for city council against Lance Lalor, he didn't want our endorsement. He thought it would do more harm than good. When Lalor trounced him, he changed his mind and won with us in 1981 and 1983. I admire both Whitmire and Greanias. They have been good for Houston and good for the gay community. They are politicians, however, and generally act on the basis of what they perceive to be the best for them politically. And so do we. We endorse candidates and work for their election, not because we love them (although we may like some a great deal), but because we wish to further our own political cause. Consequently, the concept of an enforcement and a bloc vote makes good political sense, even when there are two acceptable candidates in a race. Will Nikki Be Able to Recoup Her Losses'? From Neil Isbin I write this letter with mixed feeling. Although I have never met Nikki Van Hightower, from listening to her I felt that she was a decent, sincere and capable person who would make an excellent addition to the City Council. As such, I was deeply distressed by the desperate negativity of her run-off campaign. I had felt all along that she was in the wrong race at the wrong time, but that she could succeed in another campaign. Now I am not so optimistic. She made too many foolish mistakes. Given the overwhelming victory of Mayor Kathy Whitmire, it was foolish of Nikki to attack the mayor and allow herself to be used by her strange coalition of supporters as an anti-Whitmire tool. In addition, her ad that warned that a Hall victory would strengthen the Leland machine wreaked of camouflaged racism, whether intentional or not. The Houston electorate has matured beyond most people's expectations. Smear campaigns no longer succeed—they disgust voters and backfire. I am proud that the candidate I supported, Anthony Hall, ran such a clean and honest campaign. Personally, I find it difficult to blame Nikki for her campaign mistakes, and I prefer to blame her campaign manager Shari Valentine and others who surrounded her. However, ultimately, it is the candidate that must bear responsibility for the quality and tenor of her campaign. Will Nikki be able to recoup her losses, learn from her mistakes and be a viable candidate again? I would like to hope so— but it will be an uphill fight for her to regain the credibility her campaign destroyed. Reader Not Satisfied with VOICE Coverage From Steven Cuniberti The impossible syntax of your cover story about the mayor at Mary's (Nov. 11) left me with no clear idea as to who did what to whom. Considering the apparently confusing circumstances, it would have seemed to me to be of the utmost importance that the reporting be clear. Doesn't anyone read copy before it goes to press? Perhaps—and I do not suggest this as a joke—we are just reading the results of someone's idea of creative writing. My thesis cannot be as outlandish as the B-grade detective pulp style of the following issue's cover story about a homicide on lower Westheimer. I pick up a newspaper to be informed of the news; if I wanted to read nonsense, I would have picked up a bar guide or a National Enquirer. Also in issue No. 160 (Nov. 18) was a pathetically defensive article about yet another confrontation between the GPC and the VOICE. ".. .the VOICE addressed the caucus.. .and.. .the VOICE established itself as an unbiased newspaper...." we read in Robert Hyde's article. Oh, really? And in what way did the VOICE address the crowd—by rustling its pages? If someone spoke for the VOICE, I would have liked to have read that attribution in the story. And to whom did the newspaper establish itself? Having attended more than one GPC meeting in my life, I suspect that it was to none of them, Ray Hill's sense of political expediency notwithstanding. What a sad thing it has been for me to discover that the old childish taunts that the GPC'ers have hurled at the MONTROSE VOICE for using the HearBt publication's tactics were more premature than inaccurate. (The story dealing with the mayor at Mary's, as well as with the following events of election night, was presented chronologically and was meant to show the division and confusion within the community. We would be happy if you would like to explain everything to the community and tie events up into a nice little package with a bright bow—no one else has been able to do so. And let's hope your attitude regarding the murder on Westheimer as "nonsense" is not a pervasive one and indicative of why murders in the area are so frequent— who really gives a damn? As for the GPC meeting address, we're sorry to disappoint you by not making the article an editorial.) GPC Member Attempts to Clarify Mary's Incident From Annise D. Parker Open letter to the Houston gay community I am sure most of you are aware that GPC is once again involved in controversy. Our local gay newspaper has given front page coverage to certain baseless rumors and unsubstantiated allegations. I refer, of course, to last week's (Nov. 11) lead story in the MONTROSE VOICE. When I first read the article, I was furious. I ranted that it reeked of yellow journalism, editorializing and sloppy reporting. GPC has had disagreements with the VOICE in the past. I was told to ignore the story. Well, I agreed not to stand here and vent my initial reaction. But I don't think this type of reporting can remain unchallenged. I think VOICE coverage of GPC improved tremendously under Hollis Hood. I believe she is fair, and I know she tries to be accurate. Unfortunately, not all reporters are. Sakowitz Offering Ghost Writer You've bought the his and hers blimps from Neiman-Marcus and the iguana coat from Bergdorf s. Now you can order the ultimate Christmas gift from Sakowitz: your own autobiography, reports the Pacific News Service. You won't have to actually write it. The store will send a ghost writer to your door to do it for you. You'll get 100 hardback copies of your life story, complete with pictures and gold lettering on the cover. The price: a mere $63,000. DEC. 2, 1983/MONTROSE VOICE 11 For the record. In reference to alleged "Mary's would like to apologize to the incidents at Mary's bar on Friday the 4th: mayor for the rudeness and actions ofcer- Fact: There were four GPC board tain members of the GPC which occurred members at Mary's that night. They were at my bar last Friday night.") myself, two of the other women hoard ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ members and Bob Fisher. There were a* ^B several members present. Fact: Bob passed out GPC bloc vot stickers to people in the bar. (I remind you that's why they were printed.) We did not put them on cars. I am not sure what form of coercion he is supposed to have used in forcing stickers on people who didn't want them. If anyone was too drunk or stupid to be able to refuse it, I hope they don't vote. Fact: None of the board members present spoke to the mayor or impeded her progress in any way. There was no "blockade" by anyone and, consequently, no forceful removal of it. We weren't even standing together in the bar. Granted, we failed to greet or respond to the mayor as she made *"r rounds, hardly a radical confrontatbn. I went outside before she reached me ind did not return until she had left. Fact: This supposed incident provided the lightest moment in our subsequent meeting with the mayor. We shared a laugh about the efficiency of the rumor mill. She pointed out that media coverage like this has influenced her current attitude. The mayor told the VOICE that nothing happened at Mary's. State Rep. Debra Danburg told the VOICE nothing happened. GPC board members told the VOICE it didn't happen. I think GPC has a right to know the source of this attack. If the VOICE doesn't believe the words of the mayor, our state Rep. or the board of GPC, then I don't think that its (sic) GPC which has a problem. The VOICE responds: It is not a question of what the VOICE believes, as long as we report events as accurately as possible. Also, no one coerced Mary's owner, Jim Farmer, into making the following statement (Nov. 11) to the VOICE: AM/PM SHIFT EARN OVER $300 WEEKLY Join the hottest radio promotion to ever run in the Houston area. We need 50 people in our promotional office with pleasant personalities and voice. No experience necessary. We will train. Our office has a cheerful, comfortable atmosphere. Plus cash bonus daily. Guys, girls, homemakers welcome. HIRING NOW. 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