Pro-family: An abused word
At a rally at Jones Hall on Friday,
Martha Griffiths, retired U.S. representative from Michigan, criticized the anti-
abortion and Stop-ERA forces use of the
"Where are these voices in the case
of divorced women, sometimes denied real
access to the accumulations of a lifetime?"
she said. "Where are they as we struggle to
pass the amendment so that at long last,
a woman in her home in this country will
have some value."
GOP leader blasts IWY
Labeling IWY conferees a "gaggle of
outcasts, misfits and rejects," Harris County Republicans' new leader Jerry Smith
said, delegates should "get out of town."
In his acceptance speech Friday, the Hous-
tonian said, "They shouldn't get tax dollars
to express their perverted views."
GOP woman blasts leader
Sharon Macha, interim chairperson
of the Harris County Republican Women's
Task Force said Smith's remarks (see
above) were "totally inappropriate in the
context of an acceptance speech. To attack
the convention as a whole is one thing, but
to personally attack the delegates is unbelievable." Macha is also secretary of the
Boycott taking $ Toll
The ERA backers boycott on holding
conventions in the 15 states which have yet
to ratify the constitutional change is having
great economic impact, The New York
Times reported on its front page.
An estimated loss of $15 million to
the economy of Chicago from meeting cancellations prompted the city's convention
bureau to urge the Illinois Legislature to
pass the ERA. Pro-ERA visitor spending is
also being missed in Miami Beach, Atlanta,
New Orleans, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis
and Kansas City.
At the Lesbian Caucus Thursday
night, the presence of the media was hotly
debated. The issue was not caucus secrecy
but personal privacy.
The Lesberadas, the local organizers
of the Caucus, were sensitive to the need
for some women to retain their privacy.
One organizer stated, "The veTy need to
have such a discussion was indicative of the
problems lesbians face daily. What other
group has to go on like this, before even
The media were asked to identify
themselves. The original proposal to allow
only feminist press was amended to include
the "straight press" when their representatives identified themselves as lesbians
and feminists. The press included an official IWY video team, a radio broadcaster
and a number of mainstream and feminist
The issue was finally decided by a
vote of trust allowing the press to do what
they needed to do to cover the issue, without editorial limitation by the caucus itself.
A number of logistical plans were proposed
to insure that no one unwilling to be photographed would be. But participants were
told to take responsibility for themselves
in dealing with the photographers.
Early arrivals Thursday were treated
to a preview of the feature film, The Word
Is Out, stories of some of our lives, a documentary by a group of three lesbians and
three gay men. The film is "a two hour
portrait of 26 gay women and men from a
wide variety of social and geographic backgrounds who tell their stories with an integrity that testifies to the vastness of, as
well as the individuality within, the nation's gay population," a press release by
the Mariposa film group said.
The film includes conversations on
"The Early Years," "Growing Up," and
"From Now On." Speakers in the film
include Pat Bond, Sally Gearhart, Elsa
Gidlow (77-year-old poet), Harry Hay, one
of the founders of the Mattachine Society,
and Rick Stores, a current candidate for
supervisor of San Francisco. The film's
aim is to "provide positive support for gay
people to counter the effects of anti-homo-
sexual myths, and to provide a greater un- The public is invited to another
derstanding and acceptance by the popu- screening of the film at 2 p.m. Sunday at
lation as a whole." Rice University Media Center.
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servant and master,
but comrades in pilgrimage"
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