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It is a bit difficult to sum up the activism of Pokey Anderson, mainly because starting in the mid-1970s it went in so many directions and touched so many areas.
Anderson's involvement began with feminism while in college and evolved after moving to Houston in1972. She attended the 1973 National Women's Political Caucus at the Rice Hotel and learned about the Montrose Gaze Community Center at a workshop devoted to sexual orientation. The Houston Gay and Lesbian community was small and the Gaze and the Roaring Sixties, a lesbian club, gave her the opportunity to meet others and become involved in the community.
Hearing news that a San Francisco
group was trying to use block voting to elect gay-friendly candidates,
motivated her to invite Keith McGee, Bill Buie and Hugh Crell to form
the Gay Political Caucus in June of 1975. Its purpose was to endorse
political candidates and help channel activism efforts.
Anderson was a member of the first delegation of LGBT Americans to be invited to the White House on March 26, 1977. The delegation met with one of President Carter's top aides, Midge Costanza.
She was a staff member of the lesbian/feminist publication Pointblank Times, begun in 1975. In 1979 KPFT's Breakthrough radio show was focusing on lesbian/feminist listeners. She and co-host Cherry Wolf took over the show around 1981 and remained on the air for eleven years.
Anderson was a part of Hazelwitch Productions, which was formed in the mid-1980s to produce cultural events entertaining and empowering the lesbian/feminist community. And, in 1984 she was honored as Female Grand Marshal at the Houston Pride Parade.
She opened Inklings Bookshop, on
Richmond Avenue,with Annise Parker. It was more than a gay and lesbian
literature and music resource for lesbians; it provided a visible mecca
and networking opportunities at a time that Houston lacked a community
center and was open just over nine years.
and here's a link to another project involving Pokey, in 1983