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Title Houston Voice, No. 817, June 21, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date June 21, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript t Pride knows borders. HoustonLesbian&GayPrideWeekl996 VOICE Aboux PnidE Pq. 4 Coacih FiRtd Pq. 8 OutsjcIer Pq. 15 jANis Ian Pq. 22 PRideWEEk Pq. 25 VVVVVVVVV JUNE 21. 1996 ■ ISSUE 817 V V V V V V V V V The Folks That Make it Happen The Pride Committee - They make it happen! By Deborah Bell Every year in late June thousands of queer folks gather along Westheimer to watch one of the largest parades held annually in Houston. Some have joked that even if no one put on the parade there would still be a gathering of spectators as if by instinct, like Theater LaB brings controversial play to Houston By Andrew Edmonson Houston, TX - Theater LaB continues ils tradition of bringing Houston the most challenging new plays when the company presents the Southwest premiere of Poor Super Man - A Play With Captions. The play arrives in Texas on June 26, trailing a sheaf of glowing reviews from critics and a great deal of controversy. In Cincinnati, where Poor Super Man received its world premiere in April 1994, the vice squad showed up, checking whether Ihe show's frontal nudity and simulated oral and anal sex. and blunt language violated public decency. Time Magazine's esteemed theater critic William A. Henry III also caught the production. He selected Poor Super Man as one of the ten best plays of 1994, praising the piece as a witty, moving slice of urban life -- gay and straight, gay and sad." This is familiar territory for Ihe acclaimed Transgender Conference Independence Day weekend The Sth Transgender Law Conference will be held at Ihe Ramada-Astrodome Hotel in Houston, TX from July 3-7. The conference is sponsored by the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy, Inc. (ICTLEP). Health Law Standards On Thursday PM, July 4, a single workshop will be devoted to Ihe "Health Law Standards of Care for Transsexualism" as promulgated by ICTLEP in 1993. There has been so much misunderstanding about the intent and the coverage of these Standards, that ICTLEP has invited its principal drafter, former ICTLEP Health Law Director, Marline Rothblatt, Attorney, to explain to and answer all comers. She will also compare these to those of the Benjamin Society. On Friday PM, July 5, another single workshop (no competing workshops are scheduled) will be devoted Io the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) category in the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. There has been such abuse of GID in the DSM, there has been such a clarion call by the transgender community to kill the GID category, and there has been a loud opposition that wants GID in order to obtain insurance coverage, lhat ICTLEP has invited a very involved investigator, the Staff Attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Shannon Minter, Attorney, to chair this workshop. His interest began in this area when several teenage lesbians were institutionalized by their parents using the GID as a medical weapon to bludgeon these (Continued on page 23) gay Canadian playwright. Fraser is perhaps best known for his earlier work Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, which played to critical acclaim in Canada, London, and New York. In both plays, Fraser takes an unflinching, often funny look, at the ways in which isolated young urbanites attempt to connect sexually, spiritually, and emotionally. In Poor Super Man, a gay painter, blocked in his work, tries to jolt himself by taking a job as a waiter. To help the young couple who own the restaurant, he induces his closest female friend, a beguilingly bitchy columnist, to tout it in print. The place thrives. So does passion between the painter and the young husband. "This play is for adult audiences only." a flyer produced by Theater LaB for the production sternly warns. Did Fraser set out to pen a play that was deliberately designed to push people's buttons? Or was he, like many artists, simply following his own uncompromising inner voice? An essay he wrote that accompanies the published version of Poor SuperMan sheds some light on this question. "Being a homosexual, my work quite naturally includes a great deal of overt homosexual content," he observes. "Men fall in love and have sex with other men. Women get involved with other women. Cocks are sucked. Asses are fucked. Vaginas are licked and fingered. People have sex. Al! kinds of sex. I find it impossible to write about (Continued on page 2) lemmings unite to dive into Ihe sea. And many seem to think that all the glitter and glamour of the parade and festival happens by magic. The truth of the maner is the parade and all of pride week is put together by a small committee of several dozen people. Their work "behind the scenes" is a year long labor intensive effort. June 11 several hundred people gathered at the City of Houston Multi-purpose Service Center to hear about the final arrangements for this year's Pride Parade. The rules are reviewed, questions answered and line-up numbers are announced. At podium are Robin Duncan and Ray Ramirez who are the Parade co-chairs, just part of the committee that works on the project known as Pride Week. Ray opens the meeting and announces that special tents that will be available for those with special needs, including wheelchair seating (see related story pg. 9). American Sign Language interpreters will also be available for those who need them. Before going over the rules and regulations that are part of the mandatory meeting for all parade delegations. Ray asks who among those present will be in the parade for the first lime. Included among those are; Supercuts. Secret Lives (A community soap opera in the works), the Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, The Transgender Caucus, Sparkletts Bottled Water, Club Attitude, Manline, and Alternatives (a matchmaking service for Gays & Lesbians). The rules thai have developed over the years stem mainly from insurance liability (Continued on page 18) Conductor Stephen Stein See page 3
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