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FAB FIVE / TAKE FIVE
Gary Van Ooteghem, Rob Bridges, Gene Harrington, Brian Bradley and Ray
Hill, AKA the Fab Five, ran for seats on Houston City Council. The sheer
number of gay candidates running for office that year represented a
wave of gay activism in Houston Politics never before seen. It signaled
that it was "Our Turn" to speak for ourselves. Campaigning
for office at dozens of campaign forums, meeting with multitudes of
groups and being interviewed
Rob Bridges, one of the candidates said, "This race is about speaking for ourselves, and shattering the stereotypes that hold us back as individuals and as a community. Instead of complaining about what we can't do, we are expanding the definition of what we can do. We can run, we can win and we can serve our city as well as or better than any sitting elected official."
Though few caucus-endorsed hopefuls won or made the runoffs, disappointment that the five openly gay candidates for Houston City Council failed to make the runoffs was tempered with an awareness that the gay and lesbian community had gained political strength from having several of its own on the ballot. Gene Harrington told the crowd, "The election tonight is not the issue. We have made our voices heard, and never again will we be silent."
the TWIT October 15 - October 21, 1993 issue