Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 53, Ed. 1 Friday, April 30, 1993 Page: 1 of 44
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The Community Newspaper for Gay and Lesbian Dallas
Gays throng to D.C. for March
Although March on Washington organizers pegged the crowd size at 1.1 million, the
U.S. Park Service estimated attendance at 300,000.
March leaders, U.S. Park
Service disagree over
estimates of crowd size
By Dennis Vercher
WASHINGTON — For months,
organizers had predicted that the 1993
March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay
and Bisexual Equal Rights and Liberation
would draw 1 million citizens to the
nation's capital. And at the Sunday
afternoon rally accompanying the march,
organizers issued their estimate that 1.1
million had attended.
The U.S. Park Service, officially
charged with conducting crowd counts
on its properties, pegged the crowd at
It was apparent to most observers
that the March organizers' estimate was
inflated. Although at ground level the
marchers formed a sea of people, from
the 500-foot Washington Monument,
large gaps and open spaces were
apparent in the crowd.
But Park Service officials have been
ordered to review their estimate along
with the methodology used to count
crowds, according to a statement
released Wednesday by Interior
Secretary Bruce Babbitt. And ‘regardless
of the actual count, the March was
clearly one of the largest demonstrations
ever held in the nation's capital. ▼
Gay and lesbian citizens
visibility at April 25 event
By Dennis Vercher
WASHINGTON — The 1993 March
on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi
Equal Rights and Liberation was similar
to the last gay and lesbian March held in
1987. But in some important respects,
leaders say, the March held last
weekend in the nation's capital
represented a world of difference
credited to the heightened political
awareness and organizing.
Organizers estimated that 1.1 million
gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their
supporters participated in the March.
The U.S. Park Service, however, pegged
the crowd at 300,000.
The March itself held center stage
on Sunday, but was surrounded by a
wealth of events throughout the
weekend, including a mass wedding
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Todd Terry and H. Francis Fuselier star in
The Sum of Us.
Production succeeds despite
script laden with devices
The Sum of Us' onstage at Moonstruck Theatre Co.
Reviewed by Peter Whipkey
THEATER CRITIC OF DALLAS VOICE
Where shall I cast my pebble to
produce the greatest ripples? When
David Stevens, author of The Sum of Us,
determines the answer to that question,
he will be a fine and finely-focused
playwright. He is not quite there yet,
and shortly I will explain why.
The Moonstruck Theatre Company’s
production of the play is outstanding,
especially considering that the script is
uneven, laden with themes and verges
on the implausible. Through the skill of
the actors and the steady hand of
director Jack Presley, we are drawn
CONTINUED ON PAGE 25
METRO: DGPO'issues endorse-
ments; Boyd assails campaign
mailing; Update on Senate
hearings on military ban; More
MARCH: A special section of
stories and photos devoted to
last weekend's March on
LIFESTYLE: Theatre Gemini,
Dallas' gay and lesbian theatre
company, stages a comeback
with '93-'94 season________________
CALENDAR: Events scheduled
over the next ten days; Notices;
Entertainment and broadcast
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 53, Ed. 1 Friday, April 30, 1993, newspaper, April 30, 1993; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616092/m1/1/: accessed November 27, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.