Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 14, Ed. 1 Friday, August 1, 1997 Page: 1 of 60
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Gay Republicans hold national convention in D.C.
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — A year ago, Rep.
Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., said he didn't want
to be a poster child for the gay move-
ment after he reluctantly admitted he
was gay in response to The Advocate's
intention to expose him.
But Saturday he told the Log Cabin
Republicans, the nation's largest gay
and lesbian Republican organization,
that as a gay member of Congress he
has often questioned whether focusing
solely on mainstream issues compro-
mises his desire to protect the civil lib-
erties of gays in society.
Nevertheless, he said members of
the gay community can advance their
cause hy focusing on issues that appeal
to all members of society, such as edu-
cation and crime.
"We gain acceptance and build our
Dallas named site of next
year’s event; 3 Texans
receive awards from group
bridges, not by stressing that we are
gay people who are Republicans, but
that we are Republicans who happen to
be gay or lesbian," he told the dinner
Kolbe was a keynote speaker at last
weekend's convention for the national
organization which has become a voice
for gays and lesbians in the Republican
Party. Some 300 delegates attended the
three-day event, making it the best-
attended in the organization's history.
Conventioneers elected to hold next
year's convention in Dallas, and three
Texans were given awards by the
But appearances by Kolbe and by
U.S. Sen. Alphonse D'Amato generated
the greatest attention — Kolbe because
of his struggle to reconcile his sexual
orientation with his stated commitment
to mainstream issues, and D'Amato
because of controversy over an award
the group handed the senior
Republican senator from New York.
Kolbe drew controversy when he
told the gay Republican group, "The
cause for gay Republicans and gay
Democrats will be advanced when
gays and lesbians act like straight peo-
ple — not when we go back into the
closet, for we will never do that — but
when we demonstrate our concern and
our commitment... on issues that mat-
ter to main street America." The 13-year
See LOG CABIN on Page 19
Voice announces Gay Day at Six Flags
Range of gay and lesbian organizations
join in co-sponsoring Sept. 20 event
By Dennis Vercher
Dallas Voice, joined by a number of social, religious and
affinity organizations, will sponsor Gay and Lesbian
Community Day at Six Flags on Sept. 20, the day before the
annual pride parade, the newspaper's publishers
announced this week.
"There's been a lot of discussion over a number of years
about how to create events on gay pride weekend here that
would be fun for the community and would build the
weekend into a series of events," remarked co-publisher
Robert Moore. "So the Voice has taken on the responsibility
of organizing this Gay and Lesbian Community Day."
Some two dozen community organizations — including
churches and religious organizations, sports teams, and
musical groups — are co-sponsoring the event, Moore said.
A list of co-sponsoring organizations is printed on Page 8.
"From every organization I've talked to, the response has
been very enthusiastic," he added. "There have been gay
days at Six Flags in the past that were sponsored by indi-
vidual organizations, or particularly by the royalty candi-
dates for the Texas Gay Rodeo Association. But they didn't
have the resources to make it a large-scale event. By com-
bining all of these organizations into one effort, we expect a
Participants are encouraged to wear gay pride t-shirts,
See GAY DAY on Page 8
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 14, Ed. 1 Friday, August 1, 1997, newspaper, August 1, 1997; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616111/m1/1/: accessed February 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.