Plus some ACT-UP Coverage
page will share various clippings, photos, etc that I have found related
to the Queer Nation Houston
obviously, this is just the beginning of this effort to accumulate clippings,
photos, etc on Houston's
Yes, the pages are wide, as the clippings were wide. For some I have included a PDF link.
first Queer Nation chapter - an offshoot of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition
to Unleash Power -
visibility was minimal in the mass media and existing representations
Broussard was beaten to death on July 4. QN's Take Back the Streets
march the following week
QN membership swelled into the hundreds.
actions included distribution of condoms and safer-sex information.
QN also organized
ACT UP chapters from around the country, QN organized major demonstrations
the Convention, anti-abortion extremists from Operation Rescue descended
increasing disarray in queer and AIDS movements nationally, Queer Nation
Houston folded in 1993. (Paul
At left is a sheet of crack-and-peel stickers for Queer Nation-Houston. Stickers like these were widely distributed to activists and were a do-it-yourself, on-the-street mechanism for creating visibility for LGBT people. They frequently ended up on peoples' clothing during demonstrations; at drive-through windows; on utility poles; and elsewhere.
Masters or templates for at least some stickers were received from a Queer Helper packet ("Dykes, Faggots, and Bisexuals in a Zesty Sauce"), originally put together by the Queer Nation-San Francisco chapter and distributed to new QN groups in different cities around the country, including Houston. The packet name was a riff on Hamburger Helper.
practice, a new chapter could physical cut-and-paste (literally, using
scissors and glue) their city's name, with an identical font and sizing,
over the appropriate areas on the hardcopy master sheet. If a designer
was available and had the latest computer applications, a new master
could be created from scratch. Photocopies of the sheet were then
made in black ink on 8x11 label paper, frequently in blinding-neon
this is the first known reference, in the media, to Queer Nation-Houston
and appeared in the Friday, January 4, 1991
the Harris County online Assumed Names Database, the DBAs (doing-business-as)
for "Queer Nation-Houston"
first QN chapter - an offshoot of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash
Power - was founded in New York City
article notes "Houston's tendency towards conservatism in regard
to gay/lesbian direct action",
Above, first mention of QN-H in Houston Chronicle
Embry was a young Houston activist who was very active in Queer Nation-Houston.
He did a scrapbook on the press the group received,
of principles for Queer Nation-Houston includes some standard language
federation of autonomous groups" may not exactly describe what
the Houston chapter actually was in practice. (PM)
Assorted notes on the article above:
- Andrew Dice Clay was a widely popular, and very homophobic, comedian, who had appeared in many films and television shows.
- Alan Klein, one of the founders of the original QN chapter in New York City, is quoted:
We will react when violence is directed against us. We will react to bigotry and to any type of hatred . [Q]ueers bash back.
frequency of homophobic hate crimes had been significantly increasing
throughout the 1980s, particularly once biased,
ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in NYC addressed the particularity
of AIDS and HIV - and how exactly that should
QN in Houston did not use consensus-based decision-making processes
in the general meetings or in the
Los Angeles Times. "Violence against homosexuals at record high,
study says." Houston Chronicle. Houston Chronicle, 8 June, 1988.
Web. 9 Jan. 2014.
Paul Broussard coverage
posters and the pink flyer below are courtesy of the Botts Collection
Anderson and "James", a pseudonym, were the two companions
with Paul Broussard on the night of his murder,
further states, in a second Houston Chronicle article "5 Woodlands
teens held, 5 sought in `gay-bashing' case",
yet another article from the Chronicle, "Gays in Montrose live
in fear of attack on the streets", below, activist
gay men said they will drive for 10 or 15 minutes until a parking spot
close to their destination becomes
of this indicated the prevalence of - and, within the LGBT communities,
consciousness of - such harassment, to the
political response to the Broussard killing, by Queer Nation-Houston
and other LGBT organizations, was the first time
Marion Pantzer 1986, shot to death in her community bar.
'Take Back the Streets' demonstration was one of the largest ever organized
by Queer Nation Houston,
large events include the second-anniversary 'Take Back the Streets'
demonstration in 1992 and the
TWT-071991 PDF (click to download)
aftermath of Paul Broussard's murder, Ray Hill, per this article, was
planning a citizen's patrol for Montrose, tentatively called "Peacemakers".
wake of the bias killing of Paul Broussard, the Houston Police Department
began an undercover effort
gay-bashing has occurred in the past, [HPD Captain] Adamson said the
present undercover operation,
in both the Houston Chronicle and The New Voice article from August
Much More on Paul Broussard Murder
Coming Out Day party organized by Queer Nation Houston was held at DiverseWorks
(DW), then off of Main Street
the ongoing centrality then of the Montrose area for LGBT life, this
article, interestingly, notes:
flier for Queer Nation Houston's Coming Out Day Celebration at DiverseWorks
lists some of the event's further sponsors.
"Why We Kiss" flier refers to the "Texas state statute
(21.06) which labels us as criminals."
New Voice article below, "Juan Palomo rehired at the Houston Post
as 'op-ed' columnist", September 13-19, 1991, details the 1991
had written his regular column, one to appear on July 9, on hate crimes
and the recent gay-bashing murder of Paul Broussard.
an extended discussion with the Houston Press, Palomo went public with
the dispute between Post management and himself.
uproar ensued, with coverage in the national newsmedia. This article
"Gay activists picket editor's home, demand he rehire writer"
Nation Houston demonstrated in front of the high-rise residence of Post
editor Charles Cooper. Further, QN-Houston
himself points to the questions of race and sexuality in his termination:
Houston Chronicle article "Ex-columnist Palomo and Post still talking"
indicates that Queer Nation Houston
the article notes a planned protest, by Latino organizations, at the
was rehired at the Post after agreeing to take up the new editorial
columnist position - which he
article discusses another aspect of the response to Palomo's firing.
Post employees were
Montrose Voice article above, dated July 19-25, 1991 and titled "Unexpectedly
large crowd turns
Chronicle article below, from October 16, 1991 and titled "Gays,
right-wing police group clash,"
article notes different political groups protesting the visit of Bush
the Elder - including the local chapter of
Buchanan was a conservative commentator, for CNN and other media outlets,
Below, Phillip W Smith Murder
Police Department (HPD) Chief Elizabeth Watson met with members of the
had been prior controversy over such sensitivity programs. This is pointed
out in the above
advertisement for film director Isaac Julien's 1991 release "Young
Soul Rebels" showed
Morning News, as well, had previously refused to run that ad. The Landmark
article, the Houston Chronicle had justified its refusal to run the
original Young Soul Rebels
reveals that Landmark put pressure on the Dallas Morning News, only
after local LGBT community
Below, from article highlighting most important news stories of the year 1991