Queer Voices

November 30th, 2022 Queer Voices

November 30, 2022 Queer Voices
Queer Voices
November 30th, 2022 Queer Voices
Show Notes

Club Q Shooting -- Arden Eversmeyer Passing -- Texas Pride Impact Funds 5 year anniversary -- Juan Palomo Part 2 

We discuss the life and times of Arden Eversmeyer, Houston activist. Jean Arden Eversmeyer, known as Arden (1931-2022) founded both Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF) and the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP) and was a mayoral appointee to the Houston, Texas Agency on Aging.  After retirement, she dedicated her efforts to ensure that older lesbians have access to community resources and that their unique life stories are recorded and celebrated. Arden Eversmeyer died in Houston TX on 14 November 2022.

Then we speak with Ron Guillard, executive director of Texas Pride Impact Funds.  Texas Pride Impact Funds exists to propel the LGBTQ+ movement in Texas by supporting nonprofits that help thousands of our citizens across the state every day. Our work strengthens community organizations and their leaders, mobilizes donors and funders, inspires giving, and actively secures our LGBTQ+ community's future for generations to come.

Guest: Ron Guillard

Finally, we have the second part of an interview of activist Juan Palomo.  Juan R. Palomo was born in Grafton, North Dakota to Mexican immigrant parents and grew up in Crystal City, TX, spending much of his first 20 years with his family on the migrant farm worker trail to midwestern states.

He moved to Houston In 1990 as a columnist for The Houston Post, to write three columns per week, with free reign to develop content. Palomo had been with the Post nine months when Paul Broussard was murdered during a gay bashing incident (July 4, 1991). Palomo was horrified, even more so, when Broussard's mother said she was unable to understand why someone would murder her son. Palomo concluded it was because people like him remained silent. He wrote, "I feel a special responsibility to speak out because I have this forum and, more important, because like Paul Broussard, I am gay." The column ended: "I didn't know Paul Broussard, but silence does equal death and I have a responsibility to ensure that Houston does not forget him, or how he died, or why." 

Guest: Juan Palomo