his Banner Project bio
Valinski moved to Houston in 1981 he was a Republican and in the closet,
but that did not last long.
He came to work for ABC affiliate, 97 Rock, now Mix 96.5. He began listening
to the KPFT show Wilde-N-Stein
and its host Ray Hill and was soon volunteering to run the audio board.
In 1982 Valinski moved into one of the
roles as host and producer. This has been his longest continuing thread
of activism in Houston.
show lasted until being cancelled by the station on 11/30/92, along
with the women's show
Breakthrough. After much protesting from the community KPFT allowed
another show debuting March 5, 1993,
named Lesbian & Gay Voices, which changed its name to Queer Voices
in January 2002, and this show remains
to this day, with Valinski as Executive Producer. On the show Valinski
has been a quiet leader and is an expert
interviewer, definitely gravitating to the politics of the gay community.
And he could
not help but being involved in Houston's political groups. He's been
a long-time member of the
GLBT Political Caucus, has been a past Vice-President and an Executive
Board member, and has been honored
with several awards by the Caucus over the years. He's also been honored
by the Texas Human Rights Foundation
and the Houston Equal Rights Alliance. He was deeply involved for many
years with the Montrose Activity Center
(MAC) and was its newsletter editor.
It was with
MAC that the Houston Pride Parade got its beginning, as a sub-project.
Valinski had many roles in Pride
over his roughly 23 years of involvement, ranging from overseeing the
media to being Executive Director, and he
helped shepherd the group to become its own organization. A proud accomplishment
was when the Parade became
a nighttime event in 1997. He was named Male Grand Marshal for the 2007
Pride Parade. Never far from politics,
his current job is as Community Liaison with the Mayor's Office for
the City of Houston.
a few, he's had a long career...
& JD, Nov 2010
four Queer Voices Grand Marshals
Jack Valinski (2007), JD Doyle (2014), Jenifer Rene Pool (2012(, Bryan
other, Deborah Moncrief Bell, 1997, was out of town for this pic)