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Transcript Commentary... have to offer us more than the crumbs he was throwing out. An organized and informed gay vote has not been visibly demonstrated in Houston. "Practical Fred" has no way of knowing whether the Gay Political Caucus is capable of turning out 50 or 50,000 voters. Indeed, this will represent a very special problem for the GPC. When Blacks, Chicanos and women turn out to vote this is clearly evident. But because gay people live in every part of Houston, not just the Montrose community, it is incumbent upon the GPC to find some accurate way of demonstrating the effectiveness of their work. With city elections often being decided by such close margins, no practical politician is going to sneer at or ignore tens of thousands of organized voters. This presents the Gay Political Caucus and other gay organizations with a tremendous task. In this effort, they deserve the support of every gay citizen of Houston. In my mind, this carries with it the responsibility to represent the gay community in a forceful and aggressive manner. We cannot wait until a politician comes along who says what we want to hear. We must wrangle commitments out of them just like every other organized political group has had to do in the past. Politicians will promise as little as they are allowed to get away with. There are those who will read this commentary and say that my position is impractical and that as little as Hofheinz offered, he is offering more than any other serious mayoral candidate, a willingness to work with the gay community to resolve our grievances. The purpose of this commentary is not to dissuade any gay voter from supporting or voting for Mayor Hofheinz. So? My complaint is that Hofheinz was led to believe by his meeting with the gay community that his position was adequate and acceptable. We felt privileged to meet with him. He should have been told in no uncertain terms that his position was insulting. In response to his statement that he would speak generally in support of gay rights, but would not support any specific issue, it should have been impressed upon his mind that all of our complaints are of a specific nature. Generally I feel just fine. Specifically I want the police off my back, specifically I want the right to live anywhere in Houston without the threat of being evicted because I am gay. Specifically I want the right to hold a job with an employer like the city of Houston without fear of being fired because of my sexuality. Hofheinz should have been taken to task for his failure to commit himself on specific issues. I will not be satisfied with what he can do "under the table" like some slave coming to his master's back door in the dark of night. After being served notice that his position left much to be desired, there would be no inconsistency in reviewing the choices for the office of mayor and endorsing the best of the lot. In short, Hofheinz could have been endorsed without leading him to believe that the gay community is easy. It is my hope that the Gay Political Caucus and other representatives of the gay community impress upon all political candidates that we are organizing and have no intentions of settling for such palp as Hofheinz dished out. The gay community is capable of deciding elections and should reserve the option of nonendorse- ment in races where no candidate has adequately expressed a position in support of our rights. I think that if we take this approach, in the future we will see the most practical of politicians dealing with the fact that homosexuals in Houston are demanding their rights and are not interested in back door favors. That is a base of power. Nothing else, in my opinion, will get results. Results and not rhetoric are what the gay community needs. It is not necessary to humble one's self to be practical. Barbara Cigainero