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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
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript NewsLme:ITexasl 4 TOV/THtNEWVO(Cr;/FEBRUARV22-28.l99l 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- NewslineHouston 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 people. (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 people. The march will be held at noon on March 17. 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 Jacinto. 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 Newsline Austinl 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 Garrett. 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. —Volleyball Association 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 hour. "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. —Switchboard training 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 impaired. 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 from Burroughs-Wellcome. Patients needing these dispensers can receive them through the Thomas Street Clinic. 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 Lobby of Tex as. ijhwuiiiiji ssn QSQSSOS linn San Antonio mayoral candidate supportive of gays, well maybe THE SAN ANTONin r.rrv «t**™H in the language of the Democrat. r/«v community there. t„ tt«, un„Ktnn pxoerience. whir THE SAN ANTONIO CITY ELECTIONS: PART I By BOBBY MAYES TNV San Antonio 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 elections.
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