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Houston Voice, No. 1172, April 11, 2003 - File 016. 2003-04-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/811/show/797.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1172, April 11, 2003
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  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date April 11, 2003
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • 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 ■f- APPOINTMENTS: Montrose Softball League hosts its first golf tournament as a charity fund-raiser this weekend. Page 19. THEATER: 'Big Voice' shows that a delightful theater experience can include a little bit of religion. Page 18. Otrt on the Bayou HOUSTON VOICE APRIL 11, 2003 PAGE 15 Reclaiming the great outdoors Spiritual, psychological renewal leads nature lovers to hit the trail this season By MIKE FLEMING and PENNY WEAVER THERE ARE NEARLY AS MANY "TYPES" OF gays as there are gay people. Social and support organizations abound for gays of every ilk based on a wide variety of interests and demographic factors. And that includes gays who love getting together for "back to basics" outdoor activities that not only engender camaraderie, but for many an overt or indirect renewal of their personal spirituality The gay men's spiritual group for outdoor enthusiasts that springs to mind for many is the Pagan-based Radical Faeries, founded in 1979 by gay rights pioneer and Matachine Society founder Harry Hay, who died last year. "The Radical Faerie Fellowship is a diverse and unorganized group of gay men who center their spiritual lives around various and sundry pagan doctrines," according to the group's Web site. "While no particular doctrine predominates, the movement is deeply rooted in the precepts of Native American spirituality There are also Druids, Wiccans, Taoists, Shamans, Hindus and any number of other recognized and unrecognized beliefs present among Radical Faeries." "Basically, it's a bunch of guys who get together in the 70s spirit of free love," says Ian Schmitz, a longtime participant in outdoor Radical Faerie "gatherings" like the one scheduled this month in Tennessee. "We aren't afraid of, and in fact celebrate, our sexuality through guileless acts of appreciation for each other," Schmitz says. "Woodsy retreats are perfect settings to be back in touch with Mother Earth and with our feelings for our fellow faggots." Some Faeries have reclaimed the word "faggot" as a rebuttal to negative use of the term in the same way some gays embrace the word "queer," he says. The only aspect of the group that every Radical Faerie seems to agree on is that there is no one philosophy that governs their activities. "We are self-defining," says the group's Web site. "We choose to be who we are, and there is no authority but our hearts. We gather together, get naked and beautiful in oh-so-many different ways, drop the world and open to each other — unless we don't feel like iL in which case we do something else." GROWING TO INCLUDE MEMBERSHIP NATIONWIDE, GAY Spirit Visions is "committed to creating safe, sacred space for loving gay men to explore and strengthen our spiritual identity that is open to all spiritual paths," according to the group's Web site. The Atlanta-based group accomplishes its goal to create a healing, spiritual community and help its members live with integrity by supporting each other and by sharing experiences and insights. Gay Spirit Visions considers itself tribal in nature to provide escape, community and solace to its members. "We at CSV use this tradition to provide a safe place for men who love men to speak from their hearts," the Web site states. Members of the Radical Faeries get in touch with nature with a variety of activities at their 'gatherings,' including a retreat to Tennessee this month. (Photo courtesy Ian Schimtz) Gay outdoor groups from the specifically spiritual to the more activity- focused concentrate on escaping the city and enjoying the region's rich natural wonders. Members of groups such as Gay Spirit Visions offer new activities tor spring. (Photo courtesy gayspiritvislons.com) f| MORE INFO Houston Outdoor Group • 713-KAMP-OUT Bird watching on High Island ■ April 19 Endianted Rock Weekend * April 25-27 Rainbow Fishing Club • 713-523-6381 e-mail: rainbowfishingclub^hotmaiLcom Radical Faeries • www.radfae.org Gay Spatit Visions • wwwgaysprrtvisionsorg Spring Retreat • April 18-20 Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers Highland, NC-828-526-5838 gayspiritvamindspringrom Summer Camp • June 18-22 Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers Fall Conference • Sepl. 17-21 Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers THE LOCALLY FOCUSED HOUSTON OUTDOOR GROUP brings together gay Bayou City residents for a number of activities based on enjoying nature. HOG is defined in its monthly newsletter as "a social group for gay men, lesbian women and gay-friendly persons who enjoy the outdoors." The group sponsors events ranging from sports activities to social activities. This month, HOG members plan an outing for bird watching on High Island. Known as one of the best bird- watching spots in the world, the island is home to Boy Scout Woods and Smith Woods. According to HOG's newsletter, April is the best month to see North America's most colorful songbirds here, including Scarlet Tanagers, Blue Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles and more as they migrate from South America across the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas coast. During the April 19 HOG trip, mem bers also will visit a nearby rookery to see Roseate Spoonbills, Great Blue Herons and other birds raising their hatchlings. Cost for the trip is $5, which benefits the Houston Audubon Society and the group will leave from the House of Pies on Kirby at 10 am. For more information, contact Jeff at 713-7295072. During the weekend of April 25-27, HOG members will hold an Enchanted Rock campout at the state natural area about 70 miles west of Austin. Reservations must be made. Pets are welcome; vaccination papers must be shown at the park gate and pets must be on a six-foot leash. The group plans a pre-camp meeting at 7 p.m. Monday April 21, at Cafe Express on Kirby between Alabama and Richmond. For more information, contact Howard K at 713528*174. Future events for the Houston Outdoor Group include Guadalupe River rafting from June 6-8. ALSO FOCUSED ON GAY HOUSTONIANS IS THE Rainbow Fishing Club, which frequently sponsors deep- sea fishing in addition to other fishing trips. Upcoming deep-sea fishing trips include an eight-hour tour on Saturday, April 26; a 12-hour trip on Sunday, May 11; a 12-hour trip on Saturday, May 31; a 12-hour trip on Sunday, June 15; an eight-hour trip on Sunday, June 15; and a 12-hour trip on Saturday, June 28. For eight-hour trips, cost is $60 with a deposit of $20 required. Cost includes the use of rod, reeL bait and tackle. The eight- hour trips depart at 7 arn. and return at 3 pm. For 12-hour trips, cost is $75. The group also invites experienced and novice anglers alike for fishing at the Galveston Pier. This event will be held Saturday, May 17, at the pier at 89th and Seawall Boulevard. Cost of admission to the pier is $8 per person, or $4 for children age 12 and under, or $6 for senior citizens over age 60. Womyn' festivals celebrate great outdoors with music, camaraderie By MIKE FUMING A love of the outdoors inspires live music festivals that begin as soon as outside temperatures rise and continue through the fall. The Gulf Coast Womyn's Festival and the huge Southern Womyn's Festival kick off the season with popular performers and camping under the"stars with a distinct lesbian bent. First upi the 15th Annual Gulf Coast Womyn's Festival takes place at lesbian-owned Camp Sister Spirit in Ovett, Miss., over Easter Weekend. April 17-30. "This festival creates a community of sisters of many ages, many races and many walks of life for empowerment, encouragement and entertainment." says Brenda Henson, who founded the Camp Sister Spirit site with her partner. Wanda Henson. The couple faced adversity from neighboring residents when they decided to found the site. After years of harassment, deliberately set fires and failed legal attempts to shut down the site based on moral objections, the Hensons haven't experienced any such actions in more than four years and now co-exist peacefully with neighbors, they say. This year's lineup at the festival includes vegetarian and meat dishes, a craft show, 12-step meetings for those who desire them, i^ani^ tooths arid workshops. Musiciaans scheduled to perform include such lesbian favorites as Lucie Blue, Dorothy Hirsch. Trish Williams, Shelley Graff and Flash SilverMoon. Pre-registration is required, and men and accompanied children are welcome. Henson says. As the homier Gulf Coast Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from around the region, Southern Womyn's Festival books big name lesbian acts that draw national crowds of thousands to its women-only festivities. The May &12 event this vear features godrw Cris Wilhamsoa Other bigname period Halcyon, comedians Vidkx Shaw and Marga G(irnez find spoken-*^ artists Robin G. White and C.C. Carter are set to appear'There's son^ ter what your musical ETrfeenca'' says L^ Guff Coast Womyn's Festival • April 17-20 • Camp Sister Spirit • Ovett MS 1 wwwcampsisterspirrt.com • Southern Womyn's Festival • May 8-12 • wwwqavwomynorg • Dragon Hills • Bowdon, Georgia 30108 «:
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