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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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Title File 006
Transcript NewslmelHoustonl III FEBRUARY 22-28,1091/TNV/THE NEWVOICE 5 City extends adult restrictions to include bookstores, theaters By SHERI COHEN DARBONNE TNV Editor A measure passed by Houston City Council Wednesday, Feb. 13 extends the city's sexually oriented business ordinance to include adult bookstores and movie theaters. Council voted without opposition to include these businesses in an amendment to the ordinance, subjecting them to the same restrictions that apply to other sexually oriented businesses, such as topless bars and modeling studios. The amendment, said a Houston attorney who represents one gay men's adult theater, could close all such businesses in the Montrose area whose primary sales are "overtly adult-oriented." Activist Ray Hill, who recently has been focusing on First Amendment disputes, took the interpretation a step further, saying the extended application is unconstitutional and unenforceable. Hill also suggested the restrictions could be applied to "borderline" businesses, in cluding video rental outlets and book stores which offer a mixed merchandise line, under the amendment. Although the amendment had been tabled for two weeks at a previous council meeting Feb. 6, Hill said he was not surprised it was brought up for a vote last week. With the amendment, these businesses have a distance requirement from schools, churches, day care centers and residential areas as well as restrictions on locating near other sexually oriented businesses. Sexually oriented businesses in violation of the ordinance must move, or they will be out of business after they have recovered their initial investment. Councilmember Christin Hartung, who chairs the city's SOB committee, called the measure "another giant step forward for preserving neighborhoods and ensuring an improved quality of life for all Houstonians. The committee, which also includes Dale Gorcynski and Vince Ryan, entered the motion for the amendment, which was seconded by Councilmember Sheila Jackson Lee. Attorney John Nix said the measure "definitely" could apply to French Quarter Theater, 3201 Louisiana, and that a provision that the businesses cannot be located in predominantly residential areas probably covers all Montrose bookstores which have arcades. However, Nix said he did not believe the restrictions would affect bookstores which did not have arcades and whose business was not "overtly" sexually oriented. He said that the amendment might include sales outlets for adult videos. Criminal penalties for violations, while conceivably enforceable, would be difficult for the city to enforce, said Nix, adding that the city would "have a hard time getting any (Harris County) criminal court" to handle the cases. But Hill Baid restrictions were broad enough to include all adult businesses and that the city was setting a censor ship precedent. He declared, "They'll go after the Mapplethorpe photographs next" a reference to the recent arrest and trial of a Cincinnati museum director who exhibited the late gay photographer's work, for violating that city's obscenity ordinance. In asking council members not to approve the amendment, Hill insisted its provisions could not be enforced and that this fact had been proven and "would be proven again." Nix said Hill's concerns involved freedom of speech, but pointed out that the ordinance regulates location, not content of materials sold by the businesses. "It's a land use ordinance...{and) purely within the police powers of the state and city," he said. In a letter distributed to council members at the meeting, Hill called the ordinance unenforceable and boasted that he would "be back to say 'I told you so'" if the law is found unconstitutional in court. Star Nite '91 to be held at Westheimer Art Fest location The Star Nite '91 Pride Festival will have a central Montrose location this year, the lot and grounds of Kwik Kopy at Montrose and Lovett, according to Ronnie Diaz, festival executive director. Diaz announced plans for the festival at the Houston/Gay Lesbian Pride Week '91 general meeting Tuesday night. Star Nite, held on the last weekend of pride week, is sponsored by the Montrose Activity Center. The Kwik Kopy location is best known as the present site of the Westheimer Art Festival juried art show, and was used in previous years as a site for post-gay pride parade events. This year's festival will include athletic events and an art show as well as well as food, merchandise and information booths and has a working budget of $25,000, which Diaz called "conservative" compared to last year Star Nite '90, held on the grounds of the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, coBt over $40,000 to produce and ended $4,000 in the red, said Diaz. "Last year, we were very optimis tic..this year, we're still being optimistic, but more realistic," she said. The event will still be produced on a grand scale, said Diaz, with a big-name entertainer, high-quality staging and lights and professional concessions. Planners hope the festival, a fundraiser for MAC's building fund, will make money this year to go toward establishing a gay/lesbian community center. The Star Nite steering committee has asked Larry Lingle, president of the Houston Gay/Lesbian Political Caucus, and Houston City Councilmember Sheila Jackson Lee to serve as the event's "honorary co-chairs.'' Liiaz reported. Lingle has already accepted the invitation, but the event's steering committee has not yet received Lee's reply, she said. The festival will still be a two-day event, but this year will open in the afternoon. The festival is scheduled to be held from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Thousands attended Star Nite '90. held at the Metropolitan Multi Service Center on the last weekend of Houston Lesbian/Gay Pride Week 1990. This year, the Star Nite '91 Pride Festival will be held June 22-23 at Montrose and Lovett aSEOSlSQIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII AUDETTE CENTER A Montrose Clinic Affiliate in cooperation with The PWA Coalition-Houston and Body Positive presents •NEXT STEP" Workshops for people who have tested HIV positive and wonder "What do I do now?" • Fret CD4 blood test • Free RPR (syphilis) test • Free TB skin test Workshops arc held the first and second Tuesday of each month in English and the third Tuesday of each month in Spanish 6:00 PM-8:30 PM 4211 Graustark (behind the Audette Clinic at 1200 Richmond) For more information, call: 713-528-5531 (fur.rJr.rJ by the Texas Department ofllealtr.) DAVID FUNERAL DIRECTORS 1814 Columbia Street 861-2861 |IHIHt|tTUltf i tm FIRISIff "Did you know that.." You'll find yourself repeating this phrase again and again as you uncover bits of little-known history in The Gay Fireside Companion. 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