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Title Houston Voice, No. 826, August 23, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date August 23, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript o ■5 VOICE 7*^ tfoiu of &otuto»4 (fa, am{e4&iA#. WOekuol & 7***4fe*de*€d gomMUtUfy CHARTER MEMBER Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce AUGUST 23, 1996 • ISSUE 826 Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer is the highest ranking officer ever to challenge the ban on days in the military Major Meeks Acquitted ('harged with having Affair by Kellcy Shannon \ lONIO(AP)- An Air Force majoi was acquitted of having a lesbian affair in a verdici her lawyer said will prevent others ,ing to iiiin military careers with ifhomosexual behavior. M.ti Debra L. Meeks, 41, cried and hugged her lawyers after a five-man. two-woman military panel acquitted her on August 15th of sodomy and conduct unbecoming an officer. Ms. Meeks put her head in her hands, slumped in a chair and hugged her lawyer when the military jury's verdicts were read late Thursday night after seven hours of deliberation. "I'm just glad this nightmare is over," Meeks expressed. Pamela Oi Hard, a civilian, had claimed that she and Ms. Meeks engaged in oral sex and had a two-year live-in lesbian affair. The charges was brought against the major after Ms. Dillard claimed that Meeks threatened her at gunpoint if she told anyone about their relationship. A military judge. Ll. Col, Man, M. Boone, allowed the court-martial to go forward when she ruled that the investigators' questions were pertinent and the bringing of a sodomy charge did not violate the "don't ask. don't tell" policy. The policy permits homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they don't have sex with service members and keep their sexual orientation and conduct private. Sodomy, defined under military law, is "unnatural carnalcopulation with another person of the same or opposite sex." Defense lawyers argued that Ms. Dillard made up the claims of a lesbian romance and that she was bent on destroying Ms. Meeks' ■ni a messigc." defense attorney Michael 1 igai is lhat if charges of this kind are to be brought against a distinguished member (Contimn i Convention Too Smooth Debate is Silenced By Curt Morrison The 1996 Republican National Convention held in San Diego last week was designed to make the GOP look more inclusive as a party. On the surface that may have been how it was conveyed; however, closer introspection proves that was not the case. Thc convention was elaborately staged and presented as an MTV style awards show. There was not enough debate about differences within the party. With the exception of Colin Powell, no one was allowed to address the subject of abortion from the podium lest il create tension among the delegates. Those who did not want to conform to the dictum were not allowed to speak. In their attempt to gainsupp" female vott party paraded inmc of their b women stars to the podium to demonstrate their prowess and the party's inclusiveness. Political conventions were intended to bring participants from all regions of the United States together to hammer out policy via platforms. They have turned into slick marketing productions. As a result, the electorate misses an opportunity to truly understand the differences between the political parties. Although, the Republicans received a post convention bounce in the (Continued on page 14) * k'legation of Log Cabin Republicans Walgreens Controversy by Deborah Bell Conflicting reports have surfaced concerning Ihe article in last week's Houston Voice regarding the pulling of gay publications from the Walgreens store on Montrose Blvd. Several people have pointed out errors or disagreements with what the article said. We will be reporting developments regarding this matter as the) happen. Some people questioned as to why there was no byline on the story. This was because it was gleaned from a press release and letter that had been issued by the Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. It was published only after the HGLPC attempted resolution with Walgreens and had encountered unsatisfactory response. In a conversation with store manager Mr. Abdowaise (not Anwarl. he says that the policy has been changed. He says Outsmart will be allowed back in the store He said he had been unable to reach Pat Gandy lo inform her of Ihis change of policy. Mr. Abdowaise explained Walgreens had advertised in the magazine when the store moved from ils prior Montrose Blvd. address to the current new building and therefore Ihey had allowed it '<> be distributed as a "freebie" publication He also said thai it would be the oul) «*»l publication allowed. His reasoning as to wh) it would be there and other material Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Previewed by K. David Cochran In Austin. labor l);i> weekend has synonymous with the event lhal has come to be known as last Splash, riiuiisiinds of men and women descend upon the eit) to celebrate the end of the summer season Ihis yearly ritual has grown so much lhat this year's event has become one of the man> national circuit parties. R1PTJ 96, as it has been named, should be the parts to end all parlies. But while you're in Austin that weekend y mi ma) wanl to check out another even that is beginning to gain national attention. Friday, August 30. marks the opening of the 9ih annual Austin Gay & I esbian International Film Festival, A.GLIFF for short. Festival director Scott Dinger promises that this year's festival will he the biggest and a most exciting to date This installment of AGLIFF will include man) of the premieres that tlie festival has become known for. as well as the American premiere ol" a highly anticipated British film and a visit by Lypsinka. AGLIFF starts off it's two week run with a bang, the -\merican premiere of the bril-hil Beautiful Itmil! The filmed version of Jonathan Harvey's long running West End play. Beautiful Thing tells the sto0 of two teenage boys who fall in hoe amidst the a***-,**, lha( |s !h,lr hvcs Sony Classics (thc r.lm's distributor) was so sure that this was going to be an i,1Mam erosMner hit that the) refused the man) requests to include it in film festivals ll is a coup for Austin to have gotten Ihis premiere, seeing thm N.Y San Francisco and LA were all passed over If Beautiful Thing is the hang thai announees the slan of ihe fest. Nigel Finch's Stonewall is ihe fireworks thai Illuminates it's elo.se. Already touted as the most important ga) feature of the year. Stonewall tells the slory. in it's own way, ol lhe lues of lhe brave lew who stood up lor gay rights on lhat fateful night at the Stonewall liar in 1969 fhroughou! the resi of the two weeks, audiences w ill he ire,iled lo more features than ei lhe Midwife's Tale is a refreshing fairy tale told lo a young girl by her mother's new girlfriend. Thin Ice is a lesbian hoe story told against the backdrop of professional skating Men Men Men is a politically schizophrenic comedy that gives a not so flattering look ai the Italian male psyche. Parade, directed by Brad (Poor Super Man) - a semi-documentary look ai Toronto's Gay Pride Parade. Raising Heroes tells the story couple on the verge of adopting a baby who witness a mob hit. Violent and bloody, this promises lo be lhe first gay action film. Rescuing Desire is a comedy about a women coming out late in life Everything Relative is being hailed as a lesbian Big Chill Hustler White is direcior Bruce (Super 8 1/2. No Skin Off My \ss> 1 a Bruce's Litest adventure which Stars former Madonna plaything Tony Ward in the title role. Academy award winning director Debra Chasnoffs newest documentary It's Elementary explores what children think being gay is all aboul. Two films ol particular interest ji this >. are I,ate Bloomers, brought to you by sister- Gretchen and Julia Dyer of Dallas, and Red Ribbon Blues, starring drag performers I ) psinka and RuPaul oul of drag. Both films have had much success at the festivals around the country. (Bloomers was even screened at Sundance) and both are well on their way to theatres near you. Late Bloomers lells the story of two middle aged teachers who tall in love o\er a friendly game •■■,' basketball Red Ribbons Blues deals with AIDS • who take mailers into iheir own hands when they linally have to steal needed drugs for their friends I ypsmka will be in Austin for this screening. The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival runs from August 30 through September 13 Films are screened at the Dobie and Paramount Theatres Ticket prices are $6 per screening, bul $30 Festival Pass will get you into 6 films. For more information call (512) 472- 3240. Matty Dean (Frede denim jacket) »
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