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Simon's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: Sue Lovell and Disco Grandma (1985)
Laurel Powers
Sound |
1985 |
| English
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    A representative of the pro-ordinance campaign Citizens for a United Houston introduces Sue Lovell, president of what was then the Houston Gay Political Caucus. Founded in 1975, the Caucus is the oldest civil rights organization dedicated to the LGBTQ community in the South and the largest LGBTQ political organization in Harris County. It is now known as the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. Lovell joined the Caucus's board of directors in 1981, becoming the organization's first female president in 1984. She served through 1985, when she narrowly lost a runoff election to future Mayor of Houston Annise Parker. In addition to her work with the Caucus, Lovell also helped found AIDS Foundation of Houston in 1982 to provide food and housing for people with HIV/AIDS. She went on to serve on the Houston City Council from 2006 to 2012. 
    Barbara Goldfield, finance chair for Citizens for a United Houston, appeals for donations from the audience
    One of the performers gives a special shout out to Mary Thelma Hansel, affectionately known as "Disco Grandma" for her love of drag shows. Hansel supported organizations such as the Texas Gay Rodeo Association and the AIDS Foundation of Houston. She also served as Grand Marshal of the city's first gay pride parade in 1979. 
    Hansel fires up the crowd
    Miss Mona closes the production with the film version of "A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place"