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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 16, 1994)
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Representatives from the Greater Seattle Busi
ness Association and the Pride Foundation say
applications are currently available for their 1995
scholarship programs. With awards of up to $3,000,
the scholarships are intended to support leadership
development, enhance self-esteem, and promote
diversity in the sexual minority community.
Scholarships are available for college, creative
or vocational training, and other post-secondary
education. In addition to general scholarships—
which are open to all gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender youth and adults— there are specific
scholarships that target gay men of color and
students raised in lesbian and gay families.
GSBA, sometimes referred to as Seattle’s "gay
and lesbian Chamber of
more than 600 members
who have joined to
gether to support the
lesbian and gay profes
sional com m unity.
GSBA scholarships are
targeted at undergradu
ate students who are
Washington state resi
dents and “demonstrate [a] need and potential
leadership for the gay and lesbian community.”
The Pride Foundation is a community-based
foundation “dedicated to strengthening our lesbian
and gay community.” Since 1987, Pride has pro
vided $600,000 to 100 nonprofit organizations
involved in youth services, AIDS education, and a
wide range of health and human service programs.
Since 1992, Pride has awarded five scholarships to
Seattle-area men of color, as well as two unre
stricted scholarships. In 1995, Pride will award its
first Cole/Stewart scholarship for students raised
in lesbian and gay families.
Applications, which are due March 1, can be
obtained by calling GSBA at (206) 443-4722, or
the Pride Foundation at (206) 323-3318.
Hopewell Apartments may
offer hope to underserved
Backers of Hopewell Apartments, a planned
residence catering to those with a combination of
HIV and mental illness, are calling it a “one of a
“To the best of my knowledge there isn’t a
facility out there that is designed specifically for
people who have mental illnesses and HIV,” ex
plains Neil Beroz, the director of housing develop
ment for Network Behavioral Healthcare Inc., a
nonprofit social services organization in Portland.
Network Behavioral Healthcare recently joined
with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, which rep-
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resents 17 denominations and 2,000congregations
statewide, for a ground-breaking ceremony to ini
tiate construction of the $ 1 million apartment com
The 12-unit complex will feature fully equipped
one- and two-bedroom apartments. The residence,
which is slated to open in September 1995, will be
located adjacent to the EMO’s Hopewell House, a
residential hospice at 6171 SW Capitol Highway
in Portland. Apartment residents, says Beroz, must
be able to live independently, though an on-site
services manager will be on hand to ensure resi
dents receive the proper care and services.
“Our needs assessment suggests that this is a
population that is incredibly underserved,” he says.
“We’re talking about people who may have had a
pre-existing mental illness and contracted HIV, or
folks with HIV who become increasingly mentally
incapacitated as their disease progresses. There are
facilities that cater to one population or the other,
but not to a population affected by both mental
illness and HIV.”
According to Beroz, Network Behavioral
Healthcare and EMO have service agreements
with Multnomah County and Legacy Healthcare,
which will provide early intervention services to
Hopewell Apartments residents.
Barbara George, EMO’s deputy director, says,
"This new facility will ease the situation that
terminally ill patients often find themselves fac
ing, that is, premature or inappropriate institution
alization and living without access to needed ser
The project is being funded through grants of
$722,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development; $100,000 from the Or
egon State Housing Development Program; and
$70,000 from the Portland Development Commis
sion, Beroz says. The balance will come from other
grant sources and private donations.
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A Shop and Gallery in Portland, Oregon
Ben N. Merrill, a former Oregon attorney who
was active in AIDS and gay and lesbian rights
issues throughout the years, has been sentenced to
one year and two months in prison after pleading
guilty todefrauding a client of more than $ 120,000.
U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones handed
down that sentence last month to the 47-year-old
Merrill, who admitted to taking the money after he
was hired to handle cash belonging to a client’s
elderly uncle. Merrill also acknowledged falsify
ing Internal Revenue Service documents to cover
Earlier this year, Merrill went to Washington,
D.C., to help coordinate the federal government’s
response to the AIDS pandemic. When allegations
of his improprieties surfaced, Merrill resigned
from the Oregon State Bar. Merrill’s attorney
reportedly says his client hopes to establish an
AIDS education program in prison.
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Robert “Bobby” Reed passed away, in the
early morning hours o f Dec. 2 at the home of his
loving friends Dan and George, from complica
tions of AIDS.
Bobby was well known in the gay commu
nity in Portland, having worked at the Embers,
JO Q ’s and the Three Sisters, as well as several
Bobby will be remembered for his fun-loving,
outgoing personality and his generous ways.
Whether as "Roxanne,” the trashy drag queen, or
as himself, he will be deeply missed by those who
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w ill be missed
Bobby is survived by his companion of five
years, Steve Bouller, his parents, brothers, sisters
and other relatives.
Graveside services were held Dec. 5 ,1 9 9 4 , in
Playful sp irit lost
Richard Braden, a Portland resident through
out the 1980s, died in San Francisco, Calif., after
a short, fierce battle with cancer. He was an
inspired composer of electronic music.
Ric is survived by his longtime partner, Wayne.
His loving, playful creativity, his music and his
spirit will be missed.
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