Houston ARCH seeks public submissions for new logo

Houston ARCH proposed logos

History relies on historians, whether the formal history of the academic or the informal history of grandpa’s stories, someone must tell the tale for the story to live on. The straight world has many formal institutions designed to maintain its story, from museums to archives to oral history projects the stories of straight people are well documented and preserved.

Queer history, on the other hand, is far more fragile. As a community we have a habit of separating ourselves by generations and the documents of our recent past, the fliers, t-shirts and pamphlets, are often seen as ephemeral trash, rather than important historical documents.

Several institutions have been created to try to preserve that history, including the Botts Archive, the Gulf Coast Archive, and archives at the University of Houston, Rice University and the Transgender Foundation of America. These desperate efforts have joined together to form the Houston Area Rainbow Collective History (Houston ARCH), a coordinated effort to preserve and document LGBT History in Houston.

Of course, any great organization needs a great logo, and that’s where Houston ARCH is reaching out to the public for help. Through January 5 you can submit your design via e-mail to billyhoya@billyhoya.info. Designs must contain the name “Houston ARCH,” and may spell out the acronym, also designs should be be scalable, work both in color and black and white, and be suitable for print and online reproduction. Designers should take care that their submissions are not confusable with logo’s of similarly named organizations.

So far only two proposals have been submitted and loaded to the Houston ARCH website for comment. Final voting for the design will take place January 25 at the regular Houston ARCH meeting.

—  admin

Two LGBT workplace conferences coming to Dallas this month

In two weeks, the Out & Equal Workplace Equality Summit will be held at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. This is expected to be the largest LGBT convention the city ever hosted.

But this weekend another large LGBT conference will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Dallas and until today, we knew nothing about it.

Reaching Out is a student-run conference for LGBT MBA candidates and professionals that runs Oct. 13-16.

Theresa Bates-McLemore, president of LEAGUE@AT&T, said her company will be at the conference recruiting new employees. So will more than 50 other major corporations.

About 500 students and 500 professionals are expected at the Fairmont for the convention this weekend. Among the speakers are HRC President Joe Solmonese, CA Technologies executive and LGBT activist Meghan Stabler and Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns.

Organizer Anthony Esposito called the conference, “A forum to empower LGBT MBAs to go out into the workforce and change the workplace.”

A committee of four made up the sponsorship team that put together 77 corporate sponsors including top-level underwriter Target. That company, which got into trouble with the LGBT community last summer for a political donation to an LGBT equality adversary, will sponsor a charity event for the Point Foundation, Esposito said. That organization provides scholarships to LGBT students.

For more about the Out & Equal Workplace Summit at the Anatole Oct. 25-28, watch the Oct. 21 issue of Dallas Voice.

—  David Taffet