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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 1, 1989)
Helen Lottridge leaves Phoenix Rising
A particular coup was the acceptance o f Phoenix Rising as a
United Way member agency
A N N D E E
H O C H M A N
hen Helen Lottridge became executive
director of Phoenix Rising in July 1984,
the agency’s eight counselors saw about 30
clients a month; the budget was about $35,000.
When she left the job a little more than a month
ago, there were 20 counselors on staff seeing
200 clients a month; the budget had grown to
The agency’s path through those four years,
from a small, low-visibility organization to a
large one with a high public profile, was not
always smooth. The most powerful lesson she
learned as executive director, Lottridge says
now, was how to take the risks that kept Phoenix
Rising moving forward.
“ I just had to take risks in order to keep it
going,” she said. “ It was having the cheek to
stay in business when it didn’t look like we’d be
able to. It was maintaining confidence in myself
and the staff when I wasn’t sure if we were
going to make the next month’s rent.”
Phoenix Rising Board of Directors president
Steve Dotterer, a board member for three years,
said Lottridge’s devotion to the agency was a
“ I think she’s a very good adminstrator. I
think she’s very able, very competent at what
she does,” he said. “ She put in a lot of extra
time and did a lot of extra things for the agency.’ ’
he formation of a true coalition of
minorities will be one of the goals Cathy
Siemens will work toward as a member of the
Metropolitan Human Relations Commission.
Siemens says she is is “ really excited by the
opportunity to connect issues of discrimination”
among all minorities as she takes a seat on the 15
member board. "All groups are vulnerable,”
Another important goal of her term on the
commission will be working to establish con-
Behind the changes in budget and staffing
that occurred under Lottridge’s leadership were
more basic shifts in direction, she said.
“ We started running the agency more like a
business. We instituted more formal office
policies and practices. We became much more
visible. And that was all by design.” Phoenix
Rising’s advertising increased; the agency
began to sponsor more workshops and events.
A particular coup was the acceptance of
Phoenix Rising as a United Way member
agency. This year marks the first time United
Way has funded a gay and lesbian organization
That heightened profile had its price. “ The
more visible we became, the more hate calls we
began to get,” Lottridge said.
After 20 years in management, Lottridge
said, it was time for a career shift. She now
attends Portland Community College full-time,
studying computer systems analysis. She said
she will miss the staff at Phoenix Rising more
than anything else and remains most proud of
leaving the agency on solid financial ground.
“ I'm proud of insuring the continued
existence of the agency. It required some care
ful management to keep it from going under.
We now have a secure financial base,’ ’ she said.
Dotterer said the board is currently searching
for a new executive director and hopes to
interview candidates this month.
Crete policies of a mandate for hate crimes
statistics. “ Victims of discrimination are
frightened. I will act as a liaison” ’ in the
documentation of crimes motivated by bigotry.
“ The right wing is not interested in scientific,
rational information, but with hate-crimes
statistics we can wave the proof in their faces
that discrimination does exist,” Siemens said.
A longtime resident of Portland, Siemens is a
veteran in the struggle for equal rights for
lesbians and gays. She was the first executive
director of the Lesbian Community Project and
was the assistant campaign director of
Oregonians for Fairness.
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ju a m rb a c t Cfow C raw ford share a (pecM t m ontant a lta r PSU'a 35-27 arm.
Hypocrisy in action
The photograph (by Ross Hamilton)
appeared in the sports section
o f The Oregonian on December 5. ¡988,
with this caption ' ‘Tight end Barry
Naone (left) and quarterback Chris
Crawford share a special moment after
PSU’s 35-27 win “
Maybe the models fo r the Cascade
AIDS Project should have worn football
Among the workshops included at the con
ference will be Lesbian Families and the Law;
Thinking of Having Children?; Issues of Com
ing Out to Biological Families; and a film and
discussion group for teens of lesbians.
The conference, sponsored by the Lesbian
esbian Families: Affirming Our
Community Project, will also feature a concert
Choices,” a conference for and by
by Bay Area jazz pianist, Mary Watkins, and a
lesbians and their families will occur February slide presentation of the 1987 March on
17-19, 1989. The conference will examine the
Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. For
many different kinds of families of which les
conference registration and information
bians choose to be a part, as well as factors that
contact, LCP, 233-9079, or write PO Box 5931,
relate to lesbian families, legal issues,
Portland, OR 97228.
parenting, alcoholism, careers, and others.
— K.C. de Gutes
Let your body speak its mind.
• Massage Therapy
• Body Awareness
• Body-centered Counseling
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— Jay Brown
MCC fire accidental
evidence of arson from within or without.’ ’ The
fire was caused by a candle which reignited
itself, he said.
he Christmas Eve fire at the Metropolitan
The church has received offers of money and
Community Church. Portland was caused
by a “ real freak accident,” according to the offers of help with a replacement for the
uninsured window. “ We think the community
Rev. Gary Wilson, church pastor. The acciden
will be pleased,” Wilson said two days after the
tal fire caused major damage to a large stained
glass window on the west side of the building.
Wilson said that he was “ happy to report no
— Jay Brown
approximately $3000, which single-mother
Hyde doesn’t have right on hand. Hyde is
asking for help from Oregon’s gay and lesbian
ndrew Wiley is six and lives in Dallas,
community so that she can fulfill her promise to
Texas. In November, Andrew’s father
died from complications due to AIDS. Before her friend.
All contributions in excess of costs will be
Bill Wiley succumbed, he asked Judith Hyde of
donated to organizations combatting AIDS in
Portland to take care of his son.
Portland and Dallas. Contributions may be
Judith Hyde must travel to Dallas for a
mailed to Operation Andrew, PO Box 82153,
custody hearing in early February. Court costs,
Portland. OR 97282.
attorney fees and transportation add up to
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