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Better to die on your feet
than Live on your knees
I feel real bad for Dale Carpenter and
the Log Cabin Republicans. I've been
where they are and I would not return for
anything. It's going to be hard for them
to get away, too. It may be the hardest
thing they will ever do.
I was not a wanted person when I was
born. My parents were not disappointed in me per se, they just failed to see
how I could be comfortably accommodated into their plans. Occasionally I was tucked under an adult's arm and
toted about to meet their appointments.
More often I was just ignored.
Day-to-day I was tolerated by my folks
as the family mascot. They discussed
my disabilities and immaturity,
bad coordination and their embarrassment of me as if I were a dumb pet. The
most frequently mentioned word
regarding me was "stupid." If I had
been a pet I would have been left behind at
a rest stop.
To the neighbors, and everyone else
whose admiration they coveted, my
parents were a little defensive of me,
as if to suggest that I was not representative of their "other" children. I
used to fantasize that they loved me,
but that for some political reason I did
not grasp, they were not really free to say
so. Consequently I never felt like I was
one of them. I never felt like an integrated part of that family.
I imagine the Log Cabin Republicans
feel the same way. After soliciting a
donation from them, and getting a
check for one thousand dollars. Bob
Dole returned their contribution
when he realized that they were gay.
That must have hurt, but probably not as
much as seeing Dole publicly waffle on
his position. That made them goofy with
hope that perhaps it was all a misunderstanding, and they were not an
embarrassment after all.
Hope inspired swift action and the
aspiring Republicans applied—and
were teasingly accepted—as a full participating member of the Texas
Republican Convention, complete
with their own booth and full-page
advertisement in the program. Surely
ihis meant acceptance! They were members of the family, now!
But The Family realized their error (or
tired of their joke) and dispatched a
severe rejection and refund of payments offered for said privileges.
Membership in this organization is
not for sale, they sniffed. Dale Carpenter says that the Republicans should
"live up to their word." I think that they
have. I think what Carpenter wants is
for them to change their word—and their
heart. He said so himself when he said he
hoped the party officials would
"reverse their blatantly discriminatory decision."
I don't think that is going to happen.
"But no matter what they say or do," he
said, "We are not going away."
Andrew Hodges and David Hutter had it
right in 1977 (With Downcast Gays):
"We have been taught to hate ourselves. How thoroughly we have
learned the lesson!"
Dale Carpenter needs to find himself
a new family.
Wave at Jazz in the Pride Parade. She
wilt be marching with her family. The
Houston Pride Band .
AVES presents Latino Pride Gala
Houston—On Saturday, June 22, 1996,
Amigos Volunteers in Education &
Services (AVES), Inc. will present
"Latino Pride Gala", an official event
of Houston's Lesbian &. Gay Pride Week.
Major sponsors are National Intervention, Merck & Co., Mendez Counseling
and Xavier Luna. Mr. TGRA 1997 Candidate. The Gala is a semi-formal dance
which continues the tradition begun
18 years ago to celebrate pride in being
gay/lesbian and Latino/a and is open to
everyone. The event will be held at the
Edwin Hornberger Conference Center, former site of the Shamrock Hotel,
in the Texas Medical Center (2151 W.
Holcombe @ Shamrock), from 8:00 p.m.
until 2:00 a.m. Admission to the Gala is a
$30 tax-deductible donation ($40/
door), which includes open bar all evening. Latino music (Tejano, salsa, cum-
bia, etc.) as well as country/western and
olher dance music will be provided by the
AVES is a non-profit community based
AIDS services organization- The mission of the agency is to promote a healthy
community through education, disease prevention, advocacy and direct
care to Latinos and other historically
under-served populations. AVES
works to empower these communities
by respecting differences in language, culture and sexual identity.
Those receiving services from AVES
include men, women and children, 70%
are Hispanic, 20% White and 10% African American. Approximately 70% of
the population served is gay. All proceeds from the Gala will enable AVES to
continue its mission.
Angela Mora, Executive Director of
AVES, is pleased to present this event to
show her gratitude to the lesbian and
gay community. "I found out recently
that the Latino community would not
have the dance they usually have during
Pride Week and, with the support of my
staff, our Board of Directors and some
individuals from the lesbian and gay
community decided that we would take
the responsibility 0f organizing a
similar event. Considering the
immeasurable amount of support that
AVES has received from the Latino lesbian and gay community and the gay
community in general, this is the least
we could do." Mora stated. She added.
"Through this celebration, everyone will have an enjoyable evening and
at the same time allow us to raise funds to
enhance our programs for the benefit of
•he entire AIDS community." AVES
will also participate in the Pride Parade
Advance tickets can be obtained
through 8:00 p.m.. Friday, June 21, at
the AVES office. 4126 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 1717 (Twelve Oaks Tower).
Tickets will be available at the door on
the night of the event. For more information, call 626-2837.