Official goals of 1991 March on Austin announced
The official goals of the 1991 March on
Austin for Lesbian/Gay Rights were recently announced by the march organizing committee. The goals, worded as
adopted by the committee, are as follows:
(1) Adoption of laws to provide for protection of equal civil rights of lesbian and
gay people and specific laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
(2) Legal recognition of lesbian and
gay relationships, including parental
rights and adoption, domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages.
(3) Support for the right of lesbian and
gay people to serve without discrimina-
tion in the aimed forces, national and
state guard, including law enforcement
agencies throughout the state.
(4) Passage and enforcement of hate
crimes legislation to end violence and harassment based on prejudice and hatred,
especially as it applies to lesbian and gay
(5) Legislative repeal of Section 21.06
of the Texas Penal Code, which
criminalizes lesbian and gay people for
adult consensual homosexual conduct.
(6) Reproductive freedom and the right
to control our own bodies.
(7) An end to discrimination against
persons living with HIV, ARC and AIDS.
(8) Substantial increases in funding
for and easier access to effective AIDS
prevention education, funding and expansion for research and a major revision of the Texas health care delivery
system, especially for the indigent.
(9) Access and funding for new therapies, treatments and drugs for HIV disease.
(10) An end to all social, economic, judicial and legal oppression of lesbian and
gay people of every race, gender, ability,
class, ethnicity, ideology, transgenderal
orientation and sexual orientation.
(11) An understanding that the struggles of gay and lesbian people are affected by racism and sexism which oppresses
people of color and women. The liberation of lesbian and gay people is linked to
the struggle against racism, Bexism and
discrimination on the basis of ethnicity.
We call for an end to these problems on all
levels within the gay and lesbian community and in the larger society, and support the right of self-determination for all
The march will be held at noon on
Second 'Friends' community-wide benefit set for May 10
"That's What Friends Are For II: Celebrating a New Decade of Hope" an evening of entertainment to raise money for
several community chanties, has been
set for May 10 at Rich's, 2401 San
Last year's "That What Friends Are
For" benefit raised over $3,000 for Houston AIDS and gay/lesbian groups, and
this year the organizers are hoping to
double that amount, thanks to reduced
expenses and donations from community organizations and businesses, said
founder Larry Garrett.
The 1990 event was held at the Tower
Theater. Garrett said organizers chose to
hold the benefit, which they hope will become an annual event, at Rich's this year
because of the club's high quality sound
and lighting system.
The May 10 date was chosen because it
did not conflict with other scheduled
community events, he said.
Beneficiaries of the event this year are
the Colt 45's AIDS Trouble Fund, Body
Positive, Montrose Activity Center, and
Texas Gay Rodeo Association, which will
split the proceeds. Non-perishable goods
will also be collected for AIDS Foundation Houston's Stone Soup Food Pantry
during the event. Garrett said most of the
costs of putting on the event will be donated: there will be no paid entertainers—and this year, no paid caterer.
Garrett said coordinators are counting
on donations (many already pledged) of
party trays from individuals and businesses in the community.
However, the group has also committed
to "putting on a first class show this
year?' with "top-notch" entertainers
scheduled to perform, including popular
singer Marsha Carlton.
"We want everybody to walk away
from this event feeling that they got their
money's worth," he said.
The show will consist of three segments, a comedy showcase, live performers and illusionists, and will include nationally known entertainers, said
A silent auction is also scheduled, with
auction items donated by area businesses. While some businesses have offered
items and services for the benefit and
auction, additional contributions could
make the event even more successful,
said Garrett, noting there would be no deductions from ticket sales pay for expenses.
All donations will be recognized in the
event's program, he said.
Coordinators of "That's What Friends
Are For II" include Garrett, Ronnie Diaz,
Lady Victoria Lust, Annise Parker (benefit treasurer) and Raymond Gonzales
(Parker's assistant), Dave Hemmer and
Wayne Grabein. The benefit is also open
to "anyone who wants to participate" in
putting it on, noted Garrett.
Garrett said one of the main purposes
of the fundraiser is to bring together people involved in the community's many
diverse organizations. The event is not
sponsored by any one group, and the tradition of multiple beneficiaries will probably continue, he said.
"Some people ask why we don't just
choose one beneficiary (each year), and
be able to donate more money, instead of
having to split the proceeds," he said.
"But one of the things we're trying to do
is bring together the many different elements of the community."
Doors open for the event at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10, with show time at 9:00
p.m. Tickets will be $15 in advance, $20
at the door, with a limited number of VIP
tables available for reservation $100 per
table (seats four). The tickets will be
available beginning April 1 at Printex
Plus, Appearances, and the Brazos Back
Pocket (in the BRB).
For more information, contact Larry
Garrett at (713) 880-1400.
Houston's Lone Star Volleyball Association Recreation Division had a great
turnout last Sunday, league members reported. There were 24 players making
four challenging teams. Players drilled
and practiced basic skills for about one
hour and then played for the remaining
"It was exciting to see the players improve their skills so quickly," reported
league president Ken Newberry. "Everyone was having a great time.
The Recreation Division will continue
open play and welcomes new players,
said Newberry. The division plays at the
University of St. Thomas on Sundays at
4:30 p.m. in the Jerebeck Center on the
corner of Mt. Vernon and W. Main. Open
play is $3.
For more information on the LSVA,
contact Jeff at (713) 869-1707.
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard/Houston
will hold its next volunteer training class
March 8-10 and 16-17. The Switchboard
is an all-volunteer organization, providing business and organization referrals,
HIV/AIDS information, phone counselling and crisis intervention. GLSH also
operates a TDD/TTY line for the hearing
Interested lesbian and gay people are
invited to sign up for volunteer training.
The sessions involve 34 hours of exercises and activities to prepare volunteers for
phone service. All applicants must be at
least 18 years of age and must complete
both weekends of training to be eligible.
While all are welcome to apply, GLSH
is in particular need of women and people
of color to volunteer, so the staff may represent the range of experience and the diversity of the entire community, said co-
Interested persons who are unable to
attend training in March may apply for
the next training, to be held in May. To
sign up for either class, or for more information, call GLSH at (713) 529-3211, afternoons and evenings every day.
—H.A.A.R.T. pill boxes
H.A.A.R.T., a committee of HIV service
providers, will distribute 1,000 compartmentalized pill dispensers to ambulatory
HIV patients in Houston. The dispensers
are being purchased with a $1,000 grant
Patients needing these dispensers can
receive them through the Thomas Street
Maxey to face David Rodriguez in Dist. 51 runoff
Gay lobbyist Glen Maxey will face David
Rodriguez in a special runoff election
called for Saturday, March 2, for state
representative in Travis County Dist. 51.
Gov. Ann Richards called the election
at a press conference on Wednesday
morning, Feb. 20, after a recount showed
Rodriguez leading Maria Luisa "Lulu"
Flores by eight votes.
However, questions previously raised
by Flores' campaign about Rodriguez' eligibility were still being investigated this
week, and a spokesperson for Maxey's
campaign said it is unknown whether or
how the allegations will affect the election.
While Austin political insiders say it
might be easier for Maxey to defeat Rodriguez, campaign representatives say
the race iB "by no means a shoe-in...it will
be a tough one" for Maxey.
If Maxey wins the election, he will become the first openly gay person to hold a
statewide office in Texas. Maxey is executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights
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ELECTIONS: PART I By BOBBY
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Maria Berriozabal, one of five so far who
have announced their candidacy for
Mayor of San Antonio this year, welcomes the gay vote, but stops short of
seeking it openly.
In a telephone interview this week, The
New Voice asked Berriozabal about her
stand on gay issues. Though generous
with her time, and while supportive of
gay rights, she spoke in generalities
steeped in the language of the Democratic National Convention, with direct reference to gays or sexual orientation excluded.
On the positive side, Berriozabal said
she supported the founding of the San
Antonio AIDS Foundation and has continued lending it her support; she has
marched in candlelight vigils for
AIDES; she is not afraid to use the word
"gay" at least occasionally. Berriozabal
campaigned vigorously for Gov. Ann
Richards, and said she is an "admirer" of
Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, who
won office with large support from the
gay community there.
However, Berriozabal prefers to speak
only in general terms, such as "human
rights," rather than "gay rights," and
seems intent to avoid alienating the vote
of the city's anti-gay establishment. She
believes it is sufficient to work on gay
complaints about police violence, while
putting off for the time being the issue of
the city's policy on discrimination
against gays on the police force. Though
she has served on the San Antonio City
Council for 10 years, she was not aware
of the experience of the Houston City
Council in 1985.
In the Houston experience, which some
say politically divided the gay and lesbian community there, city council enacted
an ordinance against discrimination on
the basis of sexual preference, only to
have it repealed by popular referendum.
It remains to be seen whether any of
the candidates for mayor of this city will
openly address gay issues, or even dare,
however guarded and carefully worded,
to respond to inquiries on their positions
on gay rights. Meanwhile, most gay leaders say it is still too soon to make predictions or endorsements in the April city