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.
1991 (This Page, January to July)
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,
discussion on QN, 25 years later. From 7/26/14, 55 min.
is a sheet of crack-and-peel stickers for Queer Nation-Houston.
or templates for at least some stickers were received from
practice, a new chapter could physical cut-and-paste (literally,
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
From Pride 1991, These three QN photos courtesy of Angy Lou