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Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1978 - File 009. 1978-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1013/show/1007.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date May 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 009
Transcript 8 GAY AUSTIN KAY 1978 ...national ST. PAUL ACTIVISTS SEEK INJUNCTION The St. Paul Citizens for Human Rights went to court seeking an injunction immediately after the referendum repealing the city's gay rights ordinances passed in the April 26 vote. The injunction would prevent implementation of the referendum pending court litigation in order that gay citizens would not lose their jobs while the issue remains legally unresolved. According to Craig Anderson of the SPCHR, the group will challenge the referendum on procedural grounds. Eventually they plan to deal with the concept of the legality of a majority voting to abolish the rights of a minority. Jean O'Leary and Bruce Voeller, co-executive directors of the National Gay Task Force, said they were "outraged that a majority of misinformed voters have once again denied civil rights to a group of American citizens." GAY CANADIAN WINS CUSTODY OF HIS CHILDREN Telling the court that he is gay, for the first time in Canadian legal history a gay man was awarded custody of his children after divorcing his wife. The Montreal man was found to be "the parent with the most meaningful emotional ties with the children," a 13 year-old boy and an 8 year-old girl. The mother, who has a history of psychiatric disorder and depression, was given generous visitation rights. PRESBYTERIANS MAY ORDAIN GAYS A special study group of the 2.6 million member United Presbyterian Church has recommended that the church adopt a policy permitting the ordination of gays. The majority of the 19-member study group found that homosexual relationships could be "ethically sound," although five members issued a minority report concluding that homosexuality "is not God's wish for his children," and is a result of "man's fallen nature." Church officials fear the issue could lead to divisions when it is considered at the church's general assembly this May. AT LONG LAST: A SAN FRANCISCO GAY RIGHTS ORDINANCE The nation's city reputed to have the gayest population in the country now has a gay rights ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodation. The ordinance was passed on a 10-1 vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after much debate. The San Francisco ordinance gives complainants three possible avenues for action. They may file a complaint with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; sue for injunctive relief; or ask the district attorney to prosecute. QAKIE HOUSE AND SENATE PASS BIRCHER'S BILL John Birch Society member Senator Mary Helm's bill allowing the firing of a school teacher who publicly commits "the detestable and abominable crime against nature" with a person of the same sex passed the Oklahoma house 88-2 and the senate with no dissenting votes. Before the bill is presented to the governor, the house will again vote on the bill as it has been amended by a conference committee. Senator Helm reportedly introduced the bill in an effort to prevent the gay movement from migrating to middle America from the East and West coasts. The Oklahoma Education Association has voiced opposition to the bill. GAYS FEET WITH FEDERAL PRISON HEAD In one of the meetings planned by the National Gay Task Force to be held with government officials, representatives from several gay groups met with Norman A. Carlson, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Also in attendance were Midge Costanza, assistant to President Carter, and Patricia Wald, Assistant Attorney General. Memebers of the gay community present included Jean O'Leary, TGTF co-director; Rev. Troy Perry of the United Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches; David Rothenberg, executive director of the Fortune Society; Nan Hunter of the Lamda Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Robert Arthus and John Wahl, attorneys, MCC Prison Project. O'Leary described the meeting as "a most important and encouraging first step in our relationship with the Bureau of Prisons, and we count it among the most productive sessions we've had with federal agencies to date." Carlson agreed to invite representatives of the national gay community to speak at planned seminars for sensitivity training of prison staff in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver. Carlson also promised to designate a member of his staff to be officially responsible for handling complaints from gay inmates of the federal prisons. The newly formed NGTF prison project, under the direction of Carolyn Handy, co-founder of the National Organization of Black Women, will continue to work with prison authorities and handle problems of gay inmates on both the state and federal levels.
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