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polls, the end result was less than
There are many different viewpoints in both
parties. That was not apparent at the
Republican convention, nor is it likely to be
so at the Democratic convention that starts up
August 26. The selection of Jack Kemp as
Bob Dole's Vice President was the only
surprising revelation during the whole
convention period. The highlight of the entire
convention was the unconventional address
administered by Elizabeth Dole. She
demonstrated with verve her political acumen
and is by far Mr. Dole's best political asset.
He would be wise to use her during the
campaign quite frequently. Dole delivered
her speech on the convention floor rather than
from the podium and did so without the
benefit of a teleprompter. Her performance
was astounding and refreshing.
As for the gay and lesbian community, we
were non existent. Not one single speech
addressed gay and lesbian issues with the
exception of Mary Fisher, who gave a stirring
speech concerning AIDS research and
funding. Of course, considering the ill-fated
1992 GOP convention in Houston where gay
bashing was the norm, our community fared
quite well. There was not one utterance of
gay bashing during the entire four days the
convention was convening. ACT UP
protesters clashed twice with supporters of
Pat Buchanan, forcing officers to form a
human barricade separating the protesters.
but there were no reported injuries or arrests.
Bob Dole has indicated he "welcomed" the
support and endorsement of Log Cabin, the
gay Republican group. While, that in itself is
surprising, it demonstrates that our
community has its work cut out for us, if we
intend to make inroads into the Republican
The major theme of the Republican
convention was taxes. The Dole/Kemp ticket
will campaign on an economic package that
reduces taxes 15% over 3 years and drops the
capital gains tax from 28% to 14%. The ticket
promises to make it the primary campaign
issue and for good reason. Taxes are one of
the most important issues to the electorate.
Whether or not the party can ride to victory
on that issue alone remains to be seen.
All in all, the convention provided the
electorate with an elaborate production
similar to an infomercial. The public is left to
decipher political salesmanship from reality.
The most disappointing element was the lack
of proper debate. Debate is good for morale
and imperative for proper political growth. It
also encourages compromise and politics
without compromise is non-productive.
When the Democrats convene next week it is
unlikely that they will publicly display their
points of contention with one another as well.
Unfortunately, the public loses a chance to
grasp the significance of the political process.
They do have the final say however and they
II deliver their verdict on November 5.
Rough Night at the Remo Room
Air Force continued.
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of the military, those who bring them had
better be prepared to back them up."
Ms. Dillard testified that she and Ms. Meeks
began having asexual relationship in Virginia
in 1992 and continued after Ms. Meeks
transferred to Lackland Air Force Base in
Texas. Ms. Dillard claims she eventually
moved to San Antonio at the request of Ms.
Meeks and was "her wife, essentially".
Tigar, however, said just because Ms. Meeks
let Ms. Dillard live in her home while Ms.
Dillard did free-lance work and studied for an
exam to enter medical school did not mean
the two had an affair.
Ms. Dillard testified the relationship began
crumbling in 1994 and that a female air force
officer became involved with Ms. Meeks.
Jonie Isner, a prosecution witness and
longtime friend of Ms.Dillard, said she
attended an "engagement party" for the two
women in April 1992 and that she once saw
Ms. Meeks kissing Ms. Dillard's chest.
Ms. Dillard testified their "intense"
relationship included oral sex and that Ms.
Meeks wrote about it in letters and cards she
sent her. "Those are not the letters that a
friend would send to a friend. Those were
passionate letters that one lover would send to
another," prosecutor Maj. James L. Flannery
Tigar, however, questioned the authenticity
of the letters and argued that written words
are not evidence of gay sex. Tigar also argued
that even if jurors believed Ms. Meeks is gay
but didn't think she committed sodomy, they
would have to acquit her. Jurors, all officers
of higher rank than Ms. Meeks, issued a
"courageous judgment" that should
encourage "all members of the military to
seek only to serve their country honorably
and to do so without undue and unwarranted
prying into their private lives, Tigar stated.
Ms. Meeks could have faced dismissal from
the military, loss of her retirement benefits
and up to eight years in a military jail if she
had been convicted. She had refused a plea
bargain offer by prosecutors that she plead
guilty to an assault charge (the gun threat).
An officer with 19 years of active-duty
service, Ms. Meeks declined to discuss her
military future or her sexual orientation.
The government's policy against Gays in the
military was highlighted in the case of
Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer. She was
dismissed from military duty in 1992 due to
the ban. In her challenge to be reinstated,
federal district court judge Thomas S. Zilly
ruled that the Government had discriminated
against her solely because of her status as a
homosexual and failed to demonstrate a
rationale basis for doing so.
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allowed was "because it was here before." He
argued that they could not let lhe Voice be
there because then they would have to let all
the publications, such as The Houston Press
and Public News, etc. be distributed. He had
no response to my statement that I knew for a
fact that The Voice had been distributed at the
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We at The Houston Voice feel that it is
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Radio Music Theatre is proud to
announce the premiere of its brand new
comedy Rough Night
at the Remo Room by
Steve Farrell. The
show stars RMT regulars Rich Mills,
Vicki Farrell. and
Steve Farrell as
•"The Fertle Family. . ."a large clan of
from the tiny town of
In this new adventure
"big city" problems "" wack>' Fertu
have come to town in
the form of crime, drugs, and even a
homeless man! To make matters worse,
the unintelligible Doc Moore is trying to deliver some urgent news, but no
one can understand him. The end result
is a fun night of laughs, music, and more
strange characters than you could fit in
Rough Night at the Remo Room premieres August 29th, then follows the
usual RMT performance schedule
Family is at it again at Radio Music Theatre
with shows every Thursday and Friday
at 8:30pm and Saturday at 8:30 and
10:50pm. Champagnes, wines, beers,
cappuccino, and munchies are available throughout the show. Admission
is $14.00 and reservations are
required. Tickets may be purchased in
advance at Radio Music Theatre (2623
Colquitt, near Richmond and Kirby).
or by calling the theatre box office at
The Justice Depart meni reached
agreements with an 111 i n o is -based
moving company and one of its local
agents that allegedly refused to help two
Philadelphia residents move
because a neighbor with AIDS was pres-
eni at the moving site.
The agreements, which were reached
June 27, resolve a complaint filed by the
Justice Department last October in the
US District Court in Philadelphia.
The complaint alleged that in July 1994.
the Bekins Van Lines Company of Hillside, Illinois, and Schlloer Enterprises, Inc., its local agent in Philadelphia, violated the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing
service to two individuals who were
moving from Philadelphia to Scot-
According to the complaint, a Bekins-
crew arrived at the home of David Homan
and began to assess the property to be
moved. Allegedly, when the company
employees encountered a neighbor
whom ihey believed had AIDS, they
refused to load any of the belongings.
There is no evidence that AIDS can be
transmitted through casual contact.
"This agreement will help send a message to businesses that it is unlawful to
discriminate against a person
because they or their associates are
infected with AIDS or the HIV virus."
said Deval L. Patrick, Assistant Attorney for Civil Rights.
Bekins Van Lines of Illinois has agreed
to include a policy statement in its procedural manual that addresses the
transmissions of infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS in relation
to the packing, loading and transportation of household goods. This man
ual is distributed to each of Bekins'
more than 400 agents around the country.
In addition, the company has agreed to
pay David Churchill, the individual
with AIDS SI 2.000 and Robert Rosen-
baum and David Homan. the individuals whose belongings were to be transported, $10,500 and $7,500, respectively.
Under a separate agreement, the local
Philadelphia affiliate, Schlloer
Enterprises Inc., will adopt the parent
policy and will ensure that its Operations Manager and current dispatchers attend educational seminars
about the ADA. The local company will
also pay $14,500 to the US Government.
Title III of the ADA prohibits businesses from discriminating against
persons who have an association with
individuals with disabilities.
Testing positive for HIV or having
AIDS is considered a disability
under the ADA.
In 1994, the Justice Department
reached an ADA settlement with the
Philadelphia Emergency Medical
Services after they refused services to
an injured individual with AIDS. The
Department also reached settlements
with dentists in Houston, New Orleans
and Connecticut who refused to treat
patients who were HIV positive or had
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS
can only be transmitted by sexual contact with an infected individual, exposure to infected blood or blood products, and from an infected pregnant
woman to the embryo.
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