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Title The New Voice, No. 539, February 22 - 28, 1991
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 22, 1991-February 28, 1991
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 24648896
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 2 TNV/THE NEW VOICE/ FEBRUARY 22-28,1991 In a time of war and recession, it's not easy to focus on other matters, particularly a special election in Austin. But something historical is taking place there—for Texas and for the lesbian and gay community. Glenn Maxey led a pack of thirteen candidates for a state representative seat and in another week he faces a runoff. If elected, Glenn would become the first openly gay or lesbian elected official in Texas. This is the kind of first which marks the growth and maturity of the gay movement for equal rights. Past experience tends to establish that once the ice is broken such events become less a rarity. It might just mean that Houston, more liberal and open than Dallas, could be the likely locale for the second step to our political legitimacy. A hot topic around Houston Cit- y Hall is the number and size of city council districts and the increasing demands of other minorities for greater representation. It is time for the Houston lesbian and gay community to establish its foot-hold in the debates and prospects centering on council redistricting. Our community lacks the obvious visibility of other minorities and, despite the reputation of Montrose, we are not as clearly ghetto- ized as others. But the flip side of this argument is that our community tends to vote in far higher proportions than Blacks, Hispanics or Asians. Also our community has a residual reputation for political activism, if somewhat dimmed by the 1985 referendum. Recent elections, particularly the votes for Ann Richards, demonstrate a continuing core of voting strength. This strength must be translated into clear voting patterns coin ciding with feasible district lines. Our community must also recognize the realities of the political game. Nothing is ever achieved politically by declaring oneself deserving. But as other minorities jockey for position and talk coalitions, it behooves our community to get into this game of politics with the purpose of creating a district weighted to our interests. Another lesson we can learn from Maxey's race and from those of other gays elected elsewhere, is that no gay or lesbian candidate gets elected solely by laying claim to the gay vote. Every gay or lesbian elected official with whom we have knowledge all emphasize their achieving office through coalition building with other minorities and by grassroots work within the party system. Maxey, while an effective lobbyist for our community in recent years, also established his credentials with the Travis County Democratic Party. Most telling was his leading a Travis County effort for Richards—and delivering the fargesr plurality for her in the state. This is the kind of work all politicians understand, that and cold hard cash. So for starters, we can all do our part to help Maxey—there will be a fundraiser this Sunday afternoon at Santa Fe, and all volunteers would be welcome in Austin on election day to help turn out the vote. Nothing we can do right now would send a clearer message to friend and foe alike than the election of this openly gay man to the Texas House of Representatives. Then on to the Houston City Council. Nothing better assures us an open ear in City Hall than one attached to an openly gay woman or man. This should be our goal—now. WESTHEIMER LOBO 1424-C Westheimer (at Windsor) 522-5156 Video Sales & Rentals . Swimwear . T-Shirts . Magazines . Cards • Books . Leather . Accessories . Necessities XI sbiart Bookstore in Texm
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