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Lesbian 'Soul Models'
The lesbian community in Houston
has more than its share of self-nominated Lesbian Patron Saints. These are
rich and famous, out and loud "role models" who are called upon by the fund raisers, the party givers and the hosts of
sparkling, finger-snappy spectacles
to tempt the hoi polloi to their gates.
And then there are the genuine articles.
Kathy and Dawn met in high school
("Well, we didn't really meet. We were
aware of each other without really
knowing each other," they say.) About
a year after Kathy graduated, they were
properly introduced. Dawn was living
with her boyfriend ("but he had his own
room and his own bed," she explains,
"because he was mad at me for breaking
my promises about sleeping with
women. I told him I would quit and then he
caught me with his sister.")
Kathy interrupts Dawn at this point to
declare proudly that Dawn has slept with
lots of people, men and women. Dawn
was Kalhy's first love and they have
enjoyed an interesting, and monogamous, relationship for the past eight
But our interesting times are slowing
down now," one sighed.
"Thank God!" they both rejoined.
Interesting times, to these young lovers, include being abruptly rejected by
their respective families when they
came out as teenagers, and living in a
10-year-old Toyota with a cat named
Bogart (pronounced "Boozer"),
driving around Connecticut for four
days sharing a bag of pretzels for sustenance. Kathy had $500 in her pocket,
but they say they didn't even consider
renting an apartment or buying a meal.
"We were so young and dumb, we'd never
been nut on our own before. We didn't
know how to plan. We thought we should
keep the money in-case we had an emergency!"
God, I hate remembering this," Dawn
whimpered, but they continued to
laugh and encourage each other to "get
to the good part."
With no residence, phone or possessions other than what was in the trunk,
good times seemed unlikely. They parted
with their cash swiftly and ineffectively. They were beyond the emergency
they feared when Kathy landed a retail
job. They rented a "big, terrible apartment and the car died."
Dawn fell hicky to get a position with the
phone company and was able to secure a
loan to purchase another vehicle.
"That job was a keepsake. There had
never been a layoff in the company's
history. But as soon as we got the car,
guess what? A layoff! And we were
With barely an invitation from an
acquaintance in Texas, the pair headed
here. That was five years ago. "We lived
for two years in a tiny apartment on
Welch," they recalled with horror.
"There were fourteen-year-old hustlers, druggies, holes in the walls and the
air conditioner never worked." Kathy
waitressed at Charlie's, where she met
some endearing patrons and learned one
valuable lesson: Lesbians don't tip
They moved on to a series of safer dwellings, including one with a freezer that
"froze up" and the only stove was in the
detached garage ("So you know what we
did? We just didn't use the freezer at all
and we cooked our meals in the garage and
brought the food into the dining room
and ate it there!") but were never quite
able to pay the rent and utilities within
the same month. They continued to "try
harder" and moved frequently.
Finally, they were forced out of Montrose altogether and then beyond Loop
610 by exorbitant rents.
Dawn is disabled by chronic depression and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Kathy is a kennel attendant at a Montrose animal hospital. The car has been
long ago repossessed. ("They kept
harassing us and so we called them and
said, 'Come and get it!' And they did. all
the way from Connecticut!")
Asked if they have ever despaired and
considered breaking up, they seem
aghast. "No! Never! Why would we? We
are best friends. We are soul mates. We
love each other better than anyone else
has ever loved us."
Asked if their lives are what they
expected or hoped for eight years ago,
they become uncharacteristically quiet and thoughtful. "Well, no. I
guess we expected to have a life with a
house, children. But at least we have an
apartment now. It's all bills paid. It even
has a dishwasher and disposal. And two
swimming pools. We know where we are
going to sleep tonight."
The lovers celebrated their eighth
anniversary a few weeks ago by renting
a few of the Diehard movies. They liked
Diehard With a Vengeance best.
Asked about iheir future goals, Kathy
says she would "sure like to get up to
about $6 an hour" at work. Dawn is pursuing SSI and Medicaid. And she would
realty like for Kathy to quit biting her
Fade to hugs and laughter.
Lesbian Gay Pride Week is now participating
in the Kroger Share Card Program. Here is
how it works. Everytime you go to your local
Kroger Store in the Houston Division, you hand
the cashier your special Pride Committee Share
Card, the cashier scans your card, making sure
that it is the very first item they scan, that is very
important and guess what? 1% of your total sale
is given to the Pride Committee of Houston!!
To get your share card, call the
Pride Line at 529-6979, leave your
name, address and telephone number.