Texas GLBT Power Summit; JD Doyle; and Conference on Houston’s LGBT Future.
Maria Gonzalez and Tammi Wallace will participate in the January 15-17 Texas LGBT Power Summit in Austin presented by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. The Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas hosts the intensive activist training program. The registration fee is $100, and some scholarships are available. Gonzalez is Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus president, and Wallace serves on the caucus board and volunteers with Equality Knocks, the initiative to identify voting allies of the GLBT community. “I attended the Power Summit in Boston in March, and it is a powerful event,” Wallace says. Info: Colin Cunliff, 512/474-5475, [email protected] or www.thetaskforce.org/ourprojects.
Houston Music Man Enters Hall of Fame
The Baton Rouge-based StoneWall Society Network has inducted Queer Music Heritage creator/host JD Doyle into its GLBT/Queer Hall of Fame. The Louisiana group presented the honor to Doyle in a December 22 ceremony, broadcast live over its Rainbow World Radio (hosted at www.live365.com). The ceremony will be re-broadcast January 5, 7 p.m.
Doyle joined an esteemed inaugural Hall of Fame group, which includes Rita Mae Brown, Harvey Fierstein, Billie Jean King, Harvey Milk, Bayard Rustin, and other notables. This month, Doyle marks the fifth anniversary of Queer Music Heritage, which airs once a month during Queer Voices on KPFT-FM. He also co-produces Audiofile, a monthly review of CDs that airs on This Way Out, the internationally broadcast radio program. A recognized expert on music created by GLBT performers, Doyle received an Outmusic award in 2002 for his support of queer music.
Activists Huddle on Jan. 8 to Plan Future
The organizers of the Conference on Houston’s LGBT Future will hold a third planning meeting on January 8, 3 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. The conference, says Ray Hill, one of the organizers, is “a step to look at what is currently beyond our grasp, just beyond our vision, just beyond our hopes. The event, set for late spring or summer 2005, is a next-generation successor, Hill has pointed out, to the landmark 1978 Town Hall Meeting, which led to the creation of a number of local organizations.