Houston LGBTQ+ Political Caucus
aka: Gay Political Caucus (1975)
Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus (1987)
GLBT Political Caucus (2005)

The Caucus was founded in the summer of 1975, long before gay rights
became a major national issue. From its earliest moments, the organization emphasized electing candidates who were gay-friendly and had made specific commitments to support issues important to Houston's GLBT community. Its first president was Gary Van Ooteghem,
who served from 1975 through the middle of 1977.
First Chairman of the Board was Mort Schwab.

early logo, circa 1979

1975   1976
1977   1978
1979   1980
1981   1982
1983   1984
1985   1986
1987   1988
1989   1990
1991   1992
1993   1994
1995   1996

The Mailing List Story

Early Candidate Screening Procedures

GLPC-Screening Manual-1992

logo used on correspondence in late 1977 and 1978


The official change to GLBTPC was in 2005, although the
"mission" was modified in July 1999 to include the B&T.

The issue of adding the T was heavily discussed in mid-1990 but defeated


These pages will share various clippings, photos, newsletters, etc that I have found related to the Caucus
and its history. They come from various Houston LGBT publications, including This Week in Texas, the
Houston Voice, Upfront, and many others, including files graciously shared with me by TS Williams
at the Caucus, Brad Pritchett, and Johnny Peden. I very much welcome additions, so contact me.

 Additions are added regularly, so please check back