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Title Houston Voice, No. 1225, April 23, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 23, 2004
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 HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com APRIL 23, 2004 3 I local Activists hope to prevent a police nightclub raid on Montrose news After-hours Montrose clubs operate legally, gay activist contends By CHRISTOPHER CURTIS Gay activist Ray Hill and Houston City Controller Annise Parker are hoping to prevent an after-hours bar raid like the one that took place last week in the East End from happening in Montrose. "It was horrible," Hill said. "It looked like a relic out of the '50s or '60s to me." For that reason. Hill said, he is working with city staff to schedule a meeting with Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt. "A time will be found when we will be able to sit down and talk about this," he said. "We're doing everything possible to prevent an assault on Montrose." Parker, a six-term council member who last year was elected city controller, said she concurs. "I completely disagree with this and I think the mayor is wrong on this." Parker said. "And I think people need to talk to him. Right now they're focusing on Hispanic clubs, but if we give them any leeway, they'll be at our bars. Gay Pride week is not that far away." Hispanic activists are also calling for an end to the raids. Early Saturday morning, the newly created Hot Spot Task Force converged on La Gaviota Nite Club, 8011 Harrisburg, and arrested about 30 people. "The police rushed in, I know they said they didn't make any hard entries, but why would they? The doors were already open," Hill said. "They poured in, and said, 'Up The popular gay nightclub South Beach is among a handful of after-hours clubs in Montrose that activist Ray Hill said operates meticulously within the law. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Gay activist Ray Hill will meet with Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt to discourage a police raid on Montrose. against the wall and everybody take out their identification' and basically terrorized people for an hour and a half." Hill added, "According to the news reports, the club was not serving alcohol after hours. Police only arrested customers, most of them for public intoxication." 30 arrested for drunkeness An arrest for public intoxication, Hill explained, legally means the suspect appears to be intoxicated to the extent that the individual constitutes a danger to himself, herself or others. "It's inherently a subjective judgment for the cops," Hill said. "It means the officers need no burden of proof." Police said only one of the bar patrons was found to be in possession of drugs. Many of the people jailed in the raid were released Sunday morning. For Hill, what he witnessed last weekend conjures up a frightening picture of what might happen if a raid were staged on the clubs that operate in Montrose. He isn't sure club patrons are psychologically prepared to deal with what happens when a multi- agency task force descends on an establishment at 2:30 a.m. For that reason, Hill said, he plans to monitor the movements of the task force on Friday and Saturday evenings. There has been no confirmation that a raid on Montrose is imminent. But if police do move on Montrose, Hill said, he will be available to help club staff and patrons through the ordeal. The task force, made up of police officers, firefighters, health inspectors, neighborhood protection investigators and representatives of the Texas Alcoholic Be Commission, was created by Mayor White and Chief Hurtt after rookie Houston firefighter Kevin Kulow died in a fire at an after-hours club April 4th. Police said James Alonso Guevara set the North Houston fire because he was involved in a child custody dispute with his estranged wife, who worked at the club. He has been charged with capital murder. Mayor White said that incident came after an avalanche of complaints city officials were receiving regarding after-hours clubs. He staunchly contends that very little that is good takes place on Houston streets after 2 a.m. White said he wants to keep clubs from operating past 2 a.m. He wants to change a city ordinance amendment passed in 1999 that made it easier for clubs to remain open after they stopped selling alcohol. Council members originally passed the bill in part to keep drunken customers off the road. But now city leaders consider after-hours clubs not a solution but a new problem, especially since two incidents occurred after Kulow's death. Police said on Sunday professional football player Marcus Spriggs and his cousin got into a fight with another customer at the Shame Nightclub after 4 a.m. Police said as Spriggs drove away, someone fired at his car, grazing the player and hitting his cousin in the shoulder. His cousin had to be treated at a hospital. On Tuesday at 6 a.m., a fire broke out at an after-hours club in the 4300 block of Wilmington. No one was hurt. But Ray Hill said these problems will not happen at after-hours clubs in the Montrose area. "I am confident that the management of the gay after-hours establishments are on par or superior to the management else- . where. And 1 don't think gay people need to be herded around like animals. We welcome inspections It's the up-against-the-wall raid avoid." inside ISSUE 1226 LOCAL NEWS 3 NATIONAL NEWS 6 FORUM 10 ECLIPSE 15 APPOINTMENTS 21 CLASSIFIEDS 22 DISH 26 BILLBOARD FOR ROSS: Friends and family of Ross Allyn hope 15 billboards will help find his killer Page 4 DOMA NIXED: An openly gay councilman in Chapel Hill. N.C. led efforts to ask the state to repeal DOMA Page 7 •IRRATIONALITY MADE HIM DO FT: Canada's first openly gay member of Parliament said "litter irrationality" made him steal a piece of jewelry. Page 9 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Houston Voice, 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200, Houston, TX 77006. Houston Voice is published weekly, on Friday, by Window Media LLC. Subscriptions are $92/year for 52 issues (only $1.77 per issue)
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