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Pointblank Times 1975-09 - Page 1. September 1975. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3104/show/3092.

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Title Pointblank Times 1975-09
Date September 1975
Description Vol. 1 No. 6
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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Language English
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Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767189~S11
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Transcript pointblank times a lesbian/feminist publication Vol. 1 No. 6 September 1975 Houstony Texas 05* Gary Van Ooteghem My Right to De What I Am' "That guy must be crazy to give up a $26,000 job," was one reaction to Gary Van Ooteghem's public announcement that he was homosexual, and his dismissal from his job as Harris County's Comptroller of the Treasury. "The only thing that really bothers me about it is having to give up my dogs," frowned Van Ooteghem. "Don't get me wrong. I love living comfortably," he said, surveying the $72,000 house he is putting up for sale. "But there are certain things I believe in more than money - my right to be what I am and be honest. You have to make a stand somewhere. To do anything less than that because of money would be like I was bought off." The catalyst for Gary's decision to come out publicly was Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich. Matlovich, with a sparkling 12-year career military record, drew nationwide attention in March when he told his superiors that he was gay. Gary went to Washington, D.C. to meet him in July. "I wanted to pass on my respect to him. That's courageous what he did - especially in the military." They spent five "really great" days together, and that was when Gary made up his mind to make his own public disclosure. He also got a taste of lobbying, as he, Matlovich, and Bruce Voeller of the National Gay Task Force visited Senators on Matlovich's behalf. They also enlisted Senate co-sponsors for the Abzug gay civil rights bill. "A lot of Senators were worried about it being a very controversial bill. But they'd say, 'Get six other Senators on it and then we'll co- sponsor it.' So we got more than six who all said the same thing." Gary related how a former aide of Sen. Mark Hatfield played a key role. The aide wrote Hatfield, asked to meet with him, and told him he was gay. Hatfield was impressed - they had worked together a long time before. "It changed his way of thinking - so much so that Hatfield was the first definite co-sponsor we had." In addition, Sen. Cranston had an aide who came out. He is going to personally take charge of Cranston's 11a- son with the gay community, and may even start a gay caucus of aides to Congress- members. Not all the reactions were supportive though. "We asked Barbara Jordan (U.S. Rep. from Houston) for her support for Matlovich and also for the gay civil rights bill. Her reaction was that she comes from a marginal area and doesn't want to get involved in anything controversial right now." (Jordan won her last election with 85% of the vote.) When he got back to Houston, Gary told his boss, Hartsell Gray, of his intention to address Commissioners Court continued on page 6