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September 3, 1989
Re: "Gay Fete's Organizer a Target for Foes" (Aug. 28): I read the article which reintroduced Janet Avery and briefly details her efforts to realize the goal of a pride festival. I've been reading about the planned festival and as I've read on I have felt a certain brand of hopelessness; that in Orange County no matter how much gay men and women push, plead, protest, picket and demand to exercise our rights as a body politic our civil rights continue to be disregarded and manipulated by these fundamental conservatives (bordering on old-time fascism)
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September 17, 1989
The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon and Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) must be licking their wounds after the gay and lesbian community and its supporters emerged victorious on two fronts last weekend. Orange County's first gay pride festival went on as scheduled in Santa Ana and was more successful than its organizers had expected. At the same time, delegates to the state Republican convention in Anaheim were rejecting resolutions that would have banned gay Republicans from party affairs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1989
The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon and Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) must be licking their wounds after the gay and lesbian community and its supporters emerged victorious on two fronts last weekend. Orange County's first gay pride festival went on as scheduled in Santa Ana and was more successful than its organizers had expected. At the same time, delegates to the state Republican convention in Anaheim were rejecting resolutions that would have banned gay Republicans from party affairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1989
Re: "Gay Fete's Organizer a Target for Foes" (Aug. 28): I read the article which reintroduced Janet Avery and briefly details her efforts to realize the goal of a pride festival. I've been reading about the planned festival and as I've read on I have felt a certain brand of hopelessness; that in Orange County no matter how much gay men and women push, plead, protest, picket and demand to exercise our rights as a body politic our civil rights continue to be disregarded and manipulated by these fundamental conservatives (bordering on old-time fascism)
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August 28, 1989 | LILY ENG, Times Staff Writer
Janet Avery felt her heart pounding as she stood outside Santa Ana's city hall waiting for a council meeting to begin. Even though she was with more than a dozen friends, she felt threatened on that May night when protesters and supporters of the county's first gay pride festival gathered to voice their opinions to a bewildered City Council. Before her were the festival's opponents, waving signs that declared, "Homosexuality Is a Sin."
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June 22, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Plans to move a gay-pride festival and parade out of a Santa Ana residential neighborhood and into the city's Civic Center Plaza fell apart Wednesday, and the event may now be held at its original site, Centennial Park. Janet Avery, president of Orange County Cultural Pride, charged that the leader of a fundamentalist Christian group never wanted the proposed compromise and instead pressured City Manager David N. Ream to reverse his decision to allow the group to use the plaza.
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June 24, 1989 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
About 130 Santa Ana city employees have signed petitions opposing a Gay Pride Festival scheduled for September, but both the city manager and the festival committee president said the protest should have no effect on the event. Ed Bentley, president of the 450-member City Service Workers' Assn., said Friday that 51 of the city's 52 parks maintenance workers had signed the petitions, along with about 70 maintenance workers from other city departments. "A lot of us live in Santa Ana . . . and we just feel that the festival is morally wrong," Bentley said.
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June 20, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Organizers of Orange County's first gay-pride festival, once planned for a regional park in Santa Ana, said Monday that the event instead will be held in the city's Civic Center Plaza, averting a possible clash between fundamentalist Christians and gays. However, a parade planned as part of the two-day event on Sept. 9 and 10 raised new concerns for conservative Christians, who threatened to protest if the route was outside the confines of the downtown Civic Center. The exact route for the parade was not immediately known.
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July 22, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS and MIMI KO CRUZ
Organizers of Orange County's biggest gay and lesbian pride event have announced honorees for this year's celebration, set for Aug. 15-16 at UC Irvine. This is the 10th anniversary of the Gay & Lesbian Pride Celebration. The top honor, parade grand marshal, will go to Janet Avery. Avery worked with rap groups for women at the Orange County Gay & Lesbian Community Service Center in the early 1980s and later became the organization's director.
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May 26, 1989 | KEVIN O'LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana's city attorney has ruled that the city faces potential First Amendment violations if it tries to block a gay pride festival at Centennial Park while it permits other community groups to use public parks. "The group in the present case has a constitutional right of free speech and assembly. . . . There are no facts to indicate that this group poses any 'clear and present danger,' " said Edward J. Cooper in a memo to the City Council. The event, which is scheduled to be held Sept.
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August 28, 1989 | LILY ENG, Times Staff Writer
Janet Avery felt her heart pounding as she stood outside Santa Ana's city hall waiting for a council meeting to begin. Even though she was with more than a dozen friends, she felt threatened on that May night when protesters and supporters of the county's first gay pride festival gathered to voice their opinions to a bewildered City Council. Before her were the festival's opponents, waving signs that declared, "Homosexuality Is a Sin."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
About 130 Santa Ana city employees have signed petitions opposing a Gay Pride Festival scheduled for September, but both the city manager and the festival committee president said the protest should have no effect on the event. Ed Bentley, president of the 450-member City Service Workers' Assn., said Friday that 51 of the city's 52 parks maintenance workers had signed the petitions, along with about 70 maintenance workers from other city departments. "A lot of us live in Santa Ana . . . and we just feel that the festival is morally wrong," Bentley said.
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June 22, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Plans to move a gay-pride festival and parade out of a Santa Ana residential neighborhood and into the city's Civic Center Plaza fell apart Wednesday, and the event may now be held at its original site, Centennial Park. Janet Avery, president of Orange County Cultural Pride, charged that the leader of a fundamentalist Christian group never wanted the proposed compromise and instead pressured City Manager David N. Ream to reverse his decision to allow the group to use the plaza.
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June 20, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Organizers of Orange County's first gay-pride festival, once planned for a regional park in Santa Ana, said Monday that the event instead will be held in the city's Civic Center Plaza, averting a possible clash between fundamentalist Christians and gays. However, a parade planned as part of the two-day event on Sept. 9 and 10 raised new concerns for conservative Christians, who threatened to protest if the route was outside the confines of the downtown Civic Center. The exact route for the parade was not immediately known.
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October 6, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of the largest gay rallies in Orange County history, 17 people were arrested after an estimated 1,000 demonstrators marched down Garden Grove Boulevard, chanting and cheering to protest Gov. Pete Wilson's recent veto of a homosexual rights bill. Drowned in shouts of "Gay rights now!" 16 demonstrators were led away one by one to be arrested by police after they linked themselves arm-in-arm and refused to leave the center of a major intersection.
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August 10, 1989 | LILY ENG, Times Staff Writer
A proposed size limit on all festivals in Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana would not prevent the Gay Pride Festival in September but would ban any future event that attracting large crowds, including the Mother's Day Festival and the Cinco De Mayo celebration, city officials said Wednesday. Mayor Daniel H. Young has asked the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance that would prohibit events that attract more than 5,000 people to the 87-acre park at Fairview Street and Edinger Avenue.
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