HOUSTON VOICE/ JUNE 21. 1996 9
Message from the Parade Co-Chairs
By ROBIN DUNCAN & RAY RAMIREZ
O.K. gang, the big day is fast approaching
and we want to send a few special messages
throughout the community.
First of all, in consideration of those
with special needs, there will be two "Safe
Tenls" set up along the parade route. One
will be "air conditioned" and is in the
parking lot of Hollywood Video (The old
Tower Theater in case anyone has forgotten). There will be seating provided
and it is wheelchair accessible. The
other location is the parking lot of 811
Westheimer. There will also be water
stations in both of these areas. Please
spread the word if you know of any folks who
could benefit from these special areas.
And please, be respectful of those who
need the special seating.
The parade line-up (between W. Alabama
and Westheimer on Hazard and Wood-
head near Lanier Jr. High) will begin at 2:00
p.m., with all units in place by 4:00 p.m.
Floats will be lining up on Harold, east of
Woodhead, all other units should be in
consecutive number order. Since Hazard and Woodhead will be closed to traffic during this time, please avoid the area
unless you have official business there.
The parade will step off promptly at 5:00
p.m., go East along Westheimer to Taft,
where it will then mm in to Lovett Blvd. The
Festival is at thai site, so you can just follow ihe end of the parade to the party! Be
sure to protect yourselves from the sun
and heat. Wear sun block, a big hat. shades,
and drink plenty of water (carbonated
beverages are not good thirst quenchers). Pets are better off left at home.
Lastly, but by no means least, trash containers will be set up along the route and at
the Festival site on Lovett. PUT THE
TRASH WHERE IT BELONGS. The Pride
Committee is responsible for the clean
up of the area on Monday, and you can make
our jobs a lot easier by helping us out. If
you have kept up with the on going debate in
the Houston Voice, you are aware that
there is much hostility from area residents and businesses regarding the mess
the Westheimer Festivals make. Be
sure not to block residential driveways
and respect private property, do not
destroy lawns or use Ihem as toilets. Let*s
prove we are an example to follow, by not
littering and by properly disposing of
Have a fabulous Pride Week, we'll see
you on Sunday! Happy Trails!
What You Need to Know
Lack of information is a big problem in
the HIV community. Many people living with HIV/AIDS lose valuable rights
and benefits because ihey just don"t know
the proper procedure of steps to take to
Attorney Mitchell Katine and Social
Worker Roseann Houseman have teamed-
up to help [he community by offering a
series of free workshops on various topics. The workshops will cover everything from how to use health insurance and
go on long-term disability, to employment issues and the preparation of estate
planning documents. Various topics
will be covered and each is designed specially to teach you what you need to know.
The Friday workshops will be held at
Oncol Medical Associates, 4140
Southwest Freeway. 4th floor from 6 to
8:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend and will
be held each month, except November.
Everyone is invited to attend, but due to
limited seating reservations must be
made by calling 961-7100.
How To .
June 28—How to go on Long term disability.
July 26—How to use your health insurance
for HIV medical care.
Aug. 30—How to protect your employment if you are HIV positive.
Sept. 27—How to sell your life insurance.
Oct.25—How to get your estate documents in order.
Dec.6—How to understand your insurance benefits.
Free HIV Testing at Clinic
The Montrose Clinic will expand its HIV
testing hours in recognition of
National HIV Testing Day, June 27.
Regular hours will be expanded to start
two hours earlier at 11:00 a.m. and continuing to 5:00 p.m. The testing is
offered free of charge but a donation is
requested ($0-$20), however no one is
ever turned away for inability to pay.
Appointments are encouraged though
nol required by calling (713) 520-2000.
This will be the second annual National
HIV Testing Day campaign which
began last year through the efforts of the
National Association of People with
AIDS. HIV while not as yet curable, is
becoming a more manageable condition as a result of new medicines and
better health programs. However,
knowing one's own HIV status, regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual orientation, is the only way to begin
potentially life-prolonging early
The Montrose Clinic offers one-on-
one peer pre-test and post-test counseling. The clinic provides a comforta
ble and professional environment
where client anonymity and privacy
is highly protected. Currently, Houston ranks seventh in the nation for the
number of AIDS cases and Texas ranks
fourth among the states in the nation. The
Clinic urges all persons who have never
been tested or not tested recently to
schedule an appointment.
The Montrose Clinic plays a pivotal
role in Houston's HIV care, providing
the most HIV tests for a city site and
offering specialized HIV medical
and research services. The Montrose
Clinic is a not-for-profit, community-
based United Way agency established to
serve people in the Houston area by
providing low or no cost health, social
educational and research services. I
specializes in identifying unme
needs and developing client-cen
tered programs to address those needs
The professional staff and volun
teers of the Clinic are dedicated lo pre
venting the spread of disease, provid
ing early diagnosis and promo
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