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Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996 - File 006. 1996-12-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 2, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/915/show/887.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996
Publisher Window Media
Date December 27, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript NATIONAL NEWSNOTES Gay Group Comments On TV Ratings System Could Ellen Be Rated "Objectionable"? Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation WASHINGTON, D.C—Following an announcement today by an independent entertainment industry committee of the adoption of an aged-based television ratings system, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) expressed cautious optimism that the new system would not distinguish between heterosexual and gay content. According to industry insiders, the age- based ratings system is not designed to discourage creation of lesbian and gay themed programming. Concern that a content-based ratings system would have resulted in anti-gay and-lesbian bias surfaced earlier this year amid reports lhat Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti, who heads the television ratings committee, had met privately with members of the conservative Media Research Center, an anti-gay hate group. Based on that information, GLAAD issued a press release in June indicating its deep concern that a biased ratings system would place gay television content in jeopardy. GLAAD called upon Mr. Valenti to noi allow the forces of anti-gay bigotry to sway the television ratings process. In a June letter of concern to Valenti, GLAAD asserted that "A biased rating system could be devastating in an industry lhat is just now beginning to deal in an honest and forthright manner with our community." Members of GLAAD's Board of Directors met face-to-face with Mr. Valenti in July to discuss the ratings process. GLAAD's Managing Director, William Waybourn stressed that "gay and lesbian issues are an important part of the national discourse and consciousness, so it is important that television standards, and the committee that decides them, understand and address lesbian and gay concerns fairly." Mr. Way- bourn categorized the meeting with Mr. Valenti as extremely productive. "While we remain concerned that any ratings system runs the risk of restricting our right to free speech, GLAAD is pleased that the television ratings sysiem announced today is not designed to crop lesbians and gay images from television's picture of the American landscape," said William Waybourn. "Throughout the next ten months we will monitor the ratings system to prevent it from ever being used as a broad broom that would sweep gay content under the rug and off of our television screens." GLAAD is the nation's lesbian and gay news bureau and the only national lesbian and gay media watchdog organization. GLAAD promotes fair, accurate, and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. Court Refuses To Remove Custody By CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press Writer Pekin, III. (AP)—Taking two healthy, happy children away from their bisexual mother and her female lover would violate Illinois law, a state appeals court ruled. The 3rd District Appellate Court refused Tuesday to remove custody from the mother and award it to her ex-husband, noting that stale laws treat homosexual and heterosexual parents the same in custody matters. "There was no evidence that the mother's living arrangements were unstable or that the children lacked a familial relationship where they were," Justice Peg Breslin wrote. "On the contrary, the evidence established that the mother provided a nurturing home environment lor ihe children." The father's lawyer, William Anderson IV. said his client planned to appeal. calling the ruling "more of a political decision than a legal decision." Rebecca Schroeder first won custody of her children in 1991 when her seven-year marriage ended. Two years later, she moved in with a woman. Ex-husband Stuart Schroeder remarried and then filed for custody. A Tazewell County judge granted custody to (he father last January, citing "the burden of social condemnation" he believed the children might face. But the appeals courl noted that two psychologists examined the children and found the arrangement was noi causing emotional problems. Teachers testified the boy, 9, and girl, 11, were doing well in school. Other children may tease or shun the two because their mother is bisexual, the court acknowledged, but they may do that whether they live with the mother or father. REGIONAL NEWSNOTES The Houston Symphony The Houston Symphony opens the new year wilh Shell Favorile Masters con- certs "Mozarl. Haydn & Bach" showcasing four members or ihe Houslon Symphony performing works from Ihe Baroque and early Classical period. under lhe direclion ol rained early music specialisl Nicholas McGegan. Principal flutist Aralee Dorough will perform the Quanlz Flule Concerto in G major; Robert Alherholt, principa| oboe, will play l-S. Bach's Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A major: pr,ncipa| bas. soonisi Benjamin Kamins win perform 'he Bassoon Concerto in E minor by Vivaldi; and principal hornisl William Ve, Meulen will play the Haydn Horn Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Mr. McGegan conducts Iron, ,he harpsicnord in ,he Quanlz, Bach, and Vivaldi concertos. Opening and closing the program are two works by Mozarl: The Overture to La Clemenza ,1, J'„„ , and Svmphor]y No 3L Paris . Concerts are al 8pm Saiurday. Jan. 4. and Monday. Jan. 6, and at 2 30pm on Sunday, Jan. 5. For tickets and information, call 713-227-ARTS or 800-828- ARTS. HOUSTON VOICE / DECEMBER 27, 1996 5 Gentry and Soiree Aubergine present HEW YEWS EVE ABOMD xffflf S.S. POSEWtfy We're Gonna Turn You Upside Down! Shelley Winters Look-Alike Contest at 12:30 SUNDAY MALE STRIP | CONTEST with Black Velvett\ at llpm Wednesday Male Strip Returns On January 8 BOY TOY DANCERS SEVEN ISIGHTS A WEEK NEW YEAR'S DAY Open at 2pm Black-Eyed Peas, Cabbage & Cornbread Buffet iiyJJlii 2303 RICHMOND (713)520-1861 INO COVER, EVER Visit our website at w-ww.usagaynet.com - Click "The Guide" The Alley Theatre Presents A Spectacular NEW YEAR'S EVENT Tuesday. December 31, 1996 JENNIFER HOlX»»*Y »" C°"cer» Tickets include post-concert buffet and dancing Special hotel and dinner packages available. Tickets now on sale Call 713--228-8421. jT Coirtal Telephone Company
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