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Title Houston Voice, No. 1217, February 20, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date February 20, 2004
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: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com FEBRUARY 20, 2004 nevus The Garden of Even' is theme of HRC Gala The March 20 gala features address by Cheryl Jacques and appearances by sitcom stars Cheryl Jacques, national president and executive director of the Human Rights Campaign will be the keynote speaker at HRC's Houston Gala Saturday, March 20 at the Inter Continental Houston Hotel. Jacques, who assumed leadership of the HRC in January 2004, after serving nearly a dozen years in the Massachusetts State Senate, will update gala attendees on the latest strides by the HRC in working toward equality for gays and lesbians. Specifically, she will talk about marriage equality and discuss how gays and lesbians can work to prevent the passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment. "She'll also talk about protecting our families. The big issue for HRC is protect ing our families," Houston HRC spokesman Alton LaDay said. "It's the HRC battle cry" In a year when gay marriage is being debated at national, state and local levels, the theme of the gala is "The Garden of Even." The gala moved to the Intercontinental Houston Hotel because the event has steadily increased in size from year to year. Organizers said in spite of more space this year, the event is certain to sell OUt. In addition to Jacques, other speakers will include Mitchell Katine, a Houston attorney who helped bring the Lawrence versus Texas case to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. Rep. Chris Bell and Houston City Controller Annise Parker. Frank Billingsley. chief meteorologist at KPRC, Channel 2, will serve as emcee for the evening's program that will also include appearances by Christopher Seiber and John Benjamin Hickey. stars of Cheryl Jacques, national president and executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, will speak at HRC Houston's annual gala. John Benjamin Hickey and Christopher Sieber, stars of ABC's "Its All Relative," will make an appearance at HRC Houston's annual gala. the ABC gay-friendly sitcom, "It's All Relative." The sitcom features Sieber and Hickey as a gay couple whose daughter has married into a conservative. Irish Catholic family. Katine, the lead local attorney who, with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, took the landmark Lawrence versus Texas case to the U.S. Supreme court and struck down the Texas sodomy law, will behonored at the event with the John Walzel Political Equality Award. Maria Dukler, who led the fight in the Kline Independent School District to get a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school, is being honored with the Community Equality Award. The Corporate Equality Award is being presented to Prudential Financial. Jacques, who has recently appeared on national news programs as a proponent of gay marriage, was first elected to her Massachusetts Senate seat at the age of 29 in a traditionally conservative district, proving her ability to speak to constituents across a spectrum of ideologies. As a state senator, Jacques was a leader on civil rights and equality issues. In 1996, she successfully pushed for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Commonwealth's Hate Crimes Statute. Jacques also passed legislation establishing standby guardianship provisions to protect the children of AIDS patients and other chronically ill individuals. She has been an outspoken advocate regarding the needs of gay and lesbian youth in Massachusetts. Three years ago she lead a bi-partisan coalition to protect funding for the Safe Schools Program, which helps finance Gay-Straight Alliances in Massachusetts's high schools, as well as other gay and lesbian youth suicide prevention measures. In 2002, Jacques was instrumental in forming a coalition of legislators to defeat the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts. Before her six terms in the state senate, Jacques served as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County and went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. Jacques and her partner. Jennifer, live in Silver Spring, Md., where they are raising their twin boys, Timmy and Tommy. LaDay said the visit to Houston by Jacques is her first official one as the national leader of HRC. Tickets to the event start at $175 and can be purchased at www.boxofficetick- ets.com or by calling 800-494-8497 Local HRC Sustaining Corporate Sponsors include Continental Airlines. Shell Oil Company. Prudential Financial. Hotel Derek, Tiffany & Co. and Gremillion & Co Fine Art. The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian and gay advocacy organization with over 500.000 members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. More information can be found at www.hrc.org. f) MORE INFO The Garten of Even HRC Houston Gala 6 p.m. March 20 Intercontinental Hotel Houston 2222 West Loop South www.hrchouston.org Tickets: www.boxofficetickets.com 800-494-8497 HRC National Offices www.hrc.org inside ISSUE 1217 LOCAL NEWS NATIONAL NEWS FORUM ECLIPSE COMMUNITY CALENDAR APPOINTMENTS CLASSIFIEDS HOROSCOPES 5 8 10 15 21 21 22 25 MARRIAGE EQUALITY DAY: A day to remember is chronicled in photos Page 6 MARRIAGE EQUALITY: In Houston and around the nation, there were protests against gay and lesbian couples demonstrating for marriage equality Page 8 GBADE A PASTEURIZED HAVE YOU SEEN ME? ary Cheney WHO Mary Cheney 34 openly-gay Daughter of VP WHAT Silent s:nce her ' '•' • - -■ ■ ... MARY, MARY: Activists are going to extremes to entice Mary Cheney into speaking out against Dad on marriage issue. Page 12 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Houston Voice, 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77006. Houston Voice is published weekly, on Friday, by Window Media LLC. Subscriptions are $92/year for 52 issues (only $1.77 per issue).
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