Gay Activist Attorney Schwab Dies of AIDS Infections
By Robert Hyde
Texas gay activist attorney Robert
Schwab, 36, of Houston, died of AIDS-
related infections Dec. 15.
It had been announced about a year ago
that Schwab, the chief strategist in the
Baker us. Wade lawsuit that struck down
the state's sodomy statute, had been diagnosed with AIDS.
Born in Chicago, Schwab obtained a
Ph.D. and went on to become a noted civil
Don Baker, plaintiff in the case and
close friend of Schwab, said, "I personally
join hundreds of thousands of gay men
and women in Texas to mourn the loss of
one of our state's foremost gay rights leaders.
"Robert and I were comrades-in-arms
over the years, something that solidified a
deep sense of respect and camaraderie
when we were caught in the trenches
Baker said that Schwab became a close
friend of his in 1976.
"We worked together for so long," he
said near tears,
"His loss extends to the entirety ofthe
Robert Schwab in 1982
state, because he's worked with so many of
us," he continued. "I'm saddened by the
fact that we've lost one ofthe pillars of our
movement, as well as a deep personal
Schwab, founder of the Texas Human
Rights Foundation and co-founder of
Houston's Gay Political Caucus, was also
known nationally as a co-founder of the
National Education Foundation for Individual Rights, the Gay Rights National
Lobby and the American Bar Association
Committee of Gay Rights.
Current HGPC president Larry Bagne-
ris said, "The gay rights movement... has
definitely lost a true friend.... Before his
death, he was able to make a large contribution to the gay community with his
fight against 21.06 (the section of the
Texas Penal Code that made 'homosexual
conduct' a misdeameanor crime)."
Former HGPC President Lee Harrington stated: "Almost all social change and
progress begins with the court system.
Robert chose this avenue in his endeavor
to remove the so-called sodomy statute
from the Texas Penal Code Oppressive
and unjust, it affected heterosexual as well
as homosexual citizens.
"His efforts were tireless and successful;
the gays, in particular, will miss him very
His body flown to Miami, Fla., for burial.
Schwab is survived by his mother, Mrs.
Esther Schwab of Ft. Lauderdale, and by
his sister, Mrs. Charlene Touby of Miami.
A memorial service has been scheduled
for Sunday, Jan. 8, at Rothko Chapel at
3900 Yupon in Houston.
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Hated by Many,
Loved by a Few,
Speaks Out on Gays
Ed Martinez, p.6
AUSTIN * SAN ANTONIO
Dec. 23, 1983 □ Issue .4 D Published Every Other Friday
Take a Peek at My Christmas Wish List
By Joe Baker
Remember when you were a kid and would
write your Christmas wish list to Santa?
What am I talking about—we all still have
a wish list!
My wish list this year is a mixed bag.
There's things on it for myself, for friends,
the gay community, people I don't know,
people I would like to know. Some things
are serious, some are light. Take a peek:
I wish a gay—or even a straight—
medical researcher would discover both
the cause and the cure for AIDS.
I wish the Michigan Lottery Bureau
would send me that registered letter I've
been waiting for all year.
I wish Broadway playwright Harvey
Fierstein (of Torch Song Trilogy and La
Cage aux Folles fame) would ask me to
collaborate with him on his next big project.
I wish John Thomas of the Human
Rights Campaign Fund would sponsor a
weenie roast besides $150 per nlate
I wish the federal appeals court in New
Orleans would uphold the unconstitutionality of Texas anti-gay law 21.06.
I wish a certain restaurant critic would
start inviting me out to dinner again.
I wish I had my car paid for.
I wish I would be invited to at least one
New Year's Eve party this year.
I wish Joan Rivers would stop picking
I wish somebody would send me fresh
I wish that a certain bartender would
ask me out.
I wish that I had enough courage to ask
I wish he would give me an indication if
he would like me to ask him out.
I wish sombody would give me a pair of
leather chaps. Preferably with a hot man
I wish the bars had 25C drinks every
I wish a certain blond would realize
what a great couple we make.
I wish breaking up didn't hurt so much.
I wish rejection didn't Hurt so much.
I wish Congress would pass a gay rights
I wish Richard Longstaff would win
approval from the U.S. Supreme Court to
become an American citizen.
I wish my mother would quit asking me
if I am dating any nice girls yet?
I wish I would tell my mother that I am
dating some nice men, though.
I wish the Rev. Jerry Falwell would be
arrested for "flashing" little girls and old
ladies at at a shopping center.
I wish somebody would ask to be my
I wish I was a teenager again—just for
I wish I had the buns of death.
I wish my novel was written. I wish
somebody would give me a male model/escort for Christmas.
I wish I really enjoyed working out.
I wish everybody who is gay could come
out of their closets.
I wish the Dallas Gay Alliance would
sponsor a reception for Ronald Reagan
during the Republican National Convention in Dallas this summer—and he would
I wish a very good friend wasn't hurting
so much, and that I could help him.
I wish he realized how much he has
going for him—and that he can make it on
his own and have a great new life. I
wish New York was only an hour's drive
I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and terrific New Year. ______
Who Put the
Ed Martinez, p. 3
on National TV
Joe Baker, p.5