explanatory descriptions (like the one below) were provided by members
of the original
Queen Nation-Houston collective. I thank them for providing this insight.
The author of the first piece was Paul Mullan.
Nation-Houston (QN) was formally organized at the beginning of 1991
and dissolved in 1993. A number of
its initiatives and actions during that period - including zaps inside
of stores - focused on the Randall's grocery chain.
QN targeted Randall's over the company's refusal
to carry the Houston Press in its stores,
a refusal based on the fact that the free, local publication allowed
same-sex personal ads in its back pages.
was also targeted by QN, because the chain continued to carry in its
stores another free,
local publication, the Greensheet, which prohibited any same-sex oriented
advertising. QN had
called for a boycott of the Greensheet, which many businesses in the
local communities - LGBT
or otherwise - ultimately joined.
articles on Randall's, on this 1988-1990 page, detail events which occurred
before the founding of QN:
primarily, the 1985 firing of meat cutter Steven Little, when store
management discovered that he had
offered to assist a friend believed to have AIDS / HIV. They indicate
that - well prior to the QN period -
there had a been homophobic and AIDS-phobic incidents at Randall's and,
as a consequence,
a number of long-term disputes with the LGBT communities. (PM)
Steven Little Case
this case preceeds Queer Nation Houston, though there was the involvement
of at least ACT-UP towards the end. As I had the clippings I included
UP splinters, GUTS forms
Gay Urban Truth Squad
to QN Start
not QN or ACT-UP related, but Randall's related