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Title Houston Voice, No. 1053, December 29, 2000
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  • Mohon, Wendy K.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 29, 2000
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript DECEMBER 29, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Landmark gay cases heard during 2000 >■ Continued from Page 1 panel of the court ruled 2-1 in October that the defendant's rights were not violated. The panel said Calvin Burdine, 47, was unable to prove that his lawyer, Joe Cannon, slept during critical parts of the trial. Cannon is now dead. The court has scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 22 in New Orleans. AIDS Ride cuts fail to make financial difference: Despite dramatic changes in the Tanqueray's Texas AIDS Ride last year, final accounting results are expected to show that expenses for the 1999 event consumed about 85 percent of the money raised, matching disappointing returns a year earlier that prompted several beneficiaries to drop out. A severe shortfall in the amount of money returned to beneficiaries of the 1998 AIDS Ride led at least 10 agencies to pull out of the 1999 event. Only $380,000 was distributed among the 40 AIDS groups that took part in 1998, less than 15 percent of the $2.8 million raised. Organizers said in February that if more riders will participate in the 2000 event in October, the ride will be able to return more money to benefiting agencies. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Low rider turnout and poor financial returns caused promoters of Tanqueray's Texas AIDS Ride to disband the event Directors of the Resource Center of Dallas say they plan to continue an AIDS ride of some sort in 2001, but it is still uncertain if the ride will be state wide and whether Houston AIDS agency would benefit from such an event. APRIL Bobbi Whitocre (left) is hugged by partner Sandi Cote after the Vermont House gave final passage to me civil unions bill in ApriL Vermont legislature approves historic 'civil unions' bill: A bill to recognize same-sex "civil unions" won final passage in the Vermont legislature and received Gov. Howard Dean's signature a day later, bringing with it the creation of a new verb: "to C.U." The Vermont House passed the Senate ver- sion of the bill by a margin of 79-68, three votes more than it earned on first passage. An estimated 20 to 30 couples took advantage of the law on July 1, the day it took effect, including out-of-state couples from Massachusetts, Louisiana and Ohio. Houston gay activist Richard Wiederholt dies: Gay activist and businessman Richard Wiederholt, an inspiring force to many members of Houston's gay community, died April 28 from complications related to AIDS. He was 57. Wiederholt was best known for Basic Brothers, a gay clothing store he founded in 1982, and a laundry list of community groups he volunteered with or helped establish, including the Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Body Positive Wellness Center and HIV/AIDS Resource Group. As a testament to Wiederholt's community involvement, he was selected in March as one of four grand marshals for the Pride parade June 24. Hundreds of thousands march for equality: Despite protests from anti-gay religious groups and some gay rights activists, hundreds of thousands of participants joined the Millennium March on Washington for Equality April 29-30, the fourth gay rights march on the national capital. Though the numbers are widely debated, organizers estimated a crowd of 700,000 to 800,000 participated in the April 30 march and rally on the National Mall. Media reports estimated the crowd at 200,000 people. The march capped a weekend of gay rights events that also included a gala dinner, a mass same-sex wedding ceremony, a display of panels from the AIDS memorial quilt, a rock concert and a street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue. "Moments like Sunday are life-transforming, and we need those moments because we need more people to be involved in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement," said an exhausted but elated Dianne Hardy-Garcia, MMOW executive director. But just a week later, MMOW organizers asked the FBI to investigate as much as a million dollars in money missing from the Millennium Festival, a street fair produced by Millennium Productions that was scheduled to donate the bulk of its proceeds to the march. In mid-December, two gay media companies, Gay.com and Liberation Publications, publishers of the Advocate and Out magazines, and the nation's largest gay political group forgave hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to MMOW, Inc. MAY Local station gives green light to 'Dr. Laura': KPRC Channel 2 won't stop Dr. Laura, but the television station's management says it will monitor the upcoming show for negative comments about gay men and lesbians. Steve Wasserman, KPRC general manager, told a group of Houston activists during a private meeting May 8 that he won't pull the plug on controversial talk show host Dr, Laura With the Capitol in the background, Bethany Toups (left) and Bunnie Kramer of Rochester, N.Y. hold a flag while taking part in the Millenium March on Washington for Equality. Schlessinger's program set to air this fall, but will personally review the show for inappropriate content. The meeting came just days before some companies—including Procter & Gamble Co., United Airlines, Xerox Corp. and the online branch of toy retail chain Toys "R" Us Inc.— announced that they are pulling back on advertising support of the television or 'Dr. Laura's' daily radio talk show. On Dec. 4, KPRC downgraded the show to a 3:05 a.m. time slot. JUNE Elizabeth Toledo, a newly out mom, takes NGLTF helm: A lesbian mom who has been out less than a year started on June 1 as the new executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the 27-year-old group focused on state and local organizing. Elizabeth Toledo, the newly out and newly appointed executive director ol the National Gay & lesbian Task Force, and her children posed for a Human Rights Campaign catalogue, a group often pitted against NGLTF. Toledo has pledged to work withHRC But Elizabeth Toledo, 38, stressed that while she may be new to lesbian issues personally, "I'm not new to organizing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered political issues." State sodomy law overturned: In a landmark decision on June 8, the 14th Texas Court of Appeals declared the state's homosexual conduct law unconstitutional under the Texas Equal Rights Amendment and acquitted two Houston men convicted of violating the 120-year-old Texas sodomy law. Shortly thereafter, Harris County assistant district attorney Bill Denmore asked all nine justices of the Hth Court of Appeals to reconsider the decision of a three-judge panel. In September 2000, a two-sentence letter sent announced that the full panel of judges of the Hth Court of Appeals would review the ruling. The letter read: "The Court has granted the State's Motion for Rehearing En Banc without hearing oral argument. The Court's opinion on rehearing will follow." There is no time frame set on the full court review and the court has not yet issued a decision. Mitchell Kotine Brown rides in Pride parade: For the first time the 22-year history of Houston's Gay Pride celebration, the city's current mayor rode in the annual parade. Houston Mayor Lee P Brown participated in the June 24, 9 p.m. parade down Westheimer from Woodhead to Whitney. An estimated 100,000 people lined the parade route for the annual gay pride celebration. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Rep. Debra Danburg and Houston city council members Annise Parker, Gordon Quan and Carol Mims Galloway joined the mayor in the festivities. Protesters were there too, about 16 or so, but they departed after Brown's cortege went by. Supreme Court rules Scouts can exclude gays: In a move that sparked immediate reaction from the gay community, the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Boy Scouts can bar homosexuals from serving as troop leaders. The 5-4 decision said forcing the Scouts to accept gay troop leaders would violate the organization's rights of free expression and free association under the Constitution's First Amendment. Former Eagle Scout James Dale (center) talis to the press at the Supreme Court in Washington h April Wednesday, the court ruled that the Boy Scouts can bar gays from serving as troop leaders. Also pktured are Dale's attorney Evan Wolfson and Dale's mother Doris Didc. "The Boy Scouts asserts that homosexual .conduct is inconsistent with the values it seeks to instill," Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote for the court. Requiring them to accept a gay scoutmaster "would significantly burden the organization's right to oppose or disfavor homosexual conduct." The ruling reversed a New Jersey Supreme Court holding that the Scouts wrongly ousted assistant scoutmaster James Dale when the organization learned he is gay. The. state court had said the scouts' action violated a New Jersey law banning discrimination in public accommodation. Dale, who was an Eagle Scout, had sued the Scouts under the New Jersey law. But the Supreme Court said Wednesday that law must yield to the Scout organization's right of "expressive association" under the Constitution's First Amendment. JULY 'GVO' leaves legacy of action: Longtime gay activist Gary Van Ooteghem, 58, died July 6, at Twelve Oaks hospital. He had been in the hospital with pneumonia and had a heart **- Continued on Page 7
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