DECEMBER 29, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE
Han-Net users aim to politically
acti\ate community in 2001
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"Roust the politically apathetic into
action" was the third-runner-up, with 9
votes, followed by "Begin a community dialogue about filling the needs of elder GLBTs,"
with 6 votes.
Thirteen choices, nominated by Han-Net
members in November and December, were
presented to the membership last week. Each
voter was asked to chose the three highest
priorities for the upcoming year. Unlike ordinary elections, "something other than the
above" was offered as a choice, but did not
get any votes.
Other topics receiving votes were "Create
and publicize a community volunteer clearinghouse," "Support HIV education and prevention," and "Create an Internet presence
(Web site) for the Houston Gay & Lesbian
Political Caucus" each with 4 votes.
After establishing a volunteer clearinghouse was suggested in November, Sally
Huffer established one in the Han-Net database at http://www.egroups.com/data-
Community projects that need volunteers
are listed there.
Other issues that received some votes
were "Assist the Emergency Aid Coalition in
their food/clothing/sundries pantry efforts,"
"Establish a community shelter, with a counselor, job coach, and outreach program (such
as Project TAIL for transgenders)" and "Bring
Brandon Wolf established Han-Net, an e-group
for political activists in Houston's GLBT
community, two years ago. The unmoderated
forum now has nearly 250 members.
RMCC and Bering Memorial UMC into the
GLBT Rights dialogue within the religious
Han-Net was established two years ago
by Brandon Wolf for political activists.
Members of at least three political parties are
active in the group, and often engage in lively discussion about current events. The list is
not moderated and has nearly 250 members.
First-century gays often punished
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in Jerusalem trying to create an outpost in
the Middle East, which was Muslim. The
legislation, dearly referring to male homosexuality, called for burning at the stake for
the sin of sodomy.
• From 1250-1300, same-sex sexual
Renaissance genius Michelangelo wrote
love sonnets and created sculptures to
honor Roman nobleman Tommaso de'
activity went from being legal in almost all
of Europe to being punishable by death
under most legal codes.
• Lesbian sexuality is included in a list
of nine classifications of lustful sins formulated by Saint Antonius (1363-1451), who
differentiated lust between women from
"lusts against nature," which involved acts
between men and women "outside of the
natural place where children are made."
• Edward II, ruler of England from 1307-
1327, was the father of four children with
Isabella of Spain. His true love, however, was
Piers Gaveston, who was exiled by
Parliament in an attempt to end the relationship and was later murdered by barons.
• In China, after 1429 when the Xuande
emperor called for an end to sexual activities with female courtesans, male government officials began turning to boys and
young men, according to Ming writer Shen
• In the Middle East, surgical removal of the
clitoris was used as punishment for women having sexual relations with other women.
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