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Title The Star, No. 4, December 23, 1983
Contributor
  • Martinez, Ed
Date December 23, 1983
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
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 006
Transcript Airing SMU's Dirty Linen on National TV By Joe Baker I must hand it to students and administrators at Southern Methodist University. The majority of them might be bigots, homophobic, naive or somewhat ignorant. But they are true southern ladies and gentlemen. They don't like to air their dirty linen in public. Airing it in Dallas is all right. It's even all right sometimes to air it throughout Texas. But, please, not on national television. The folks at SMU have been in a tizzy all week over an invitation extended to a flamboyant anti-gay activist to appear on Phil Donahue's talk show. Ted Brabham's invitation to appear on the popular daytime program, along with a member ofthe Gay and Lesbian Student Support Organization, has brought public expressions of dismay from SMU administrators and student leaders for fear millions of viewers will see him as a poor representative of the university. Kind of ironic, isn't it? They didn't mind cheering Brabham on when he was the leading critic against recognition of the campus gay group. But that was when the story was relatively confined to SMU's own backyard. Once it hit the big time and started to draw national publicity and attention, the SMU folkB got embarrassed about their self- appointed guardian of campus morality. It seems that Brabham is a little too "flamboyant"—that's their word, not mine—for SMU- Funny, hey, isn't "flamboyant" the word used usually to describe us? Nobody has tagged Leslie ( i .) . ■ ith the word, either. She's co-chair of the gay support group and also has been invited to appear on the Donahue program, along with Brabham. Indeed, Leslie is anything but flamboyant—and I'd bet that SMU administrators and student leaders were wishing she could be viewed as the official representative of the university. But, of course, she can't because she's on You're Reading THE STAR America's Newest Gay Community Newspaper dent senate has voted twice—the last time 16-15—not to sanction the group. Brabham, who admits harboring aspirations of a political career after graduation, calls himself colorful and articulate. And he likes controversy—and publicity. Some SMU administrators and student leders started questioning Brabham's motives after a move he took before the second senate vote in October. He infuriated them by sending 1,000 SMU alumni a letter asking them to notify university President Donald Shields that they oppose the gay organization. The letter—written on SMU stationary—also asked for contributions to educate the public about the "dangers of homosexuality." Shields responded by maxing a public statement to disclaim Brabham's letter, saying Brabham was not acting on behalf of the university. Shields said he resented the implication that he could be swayed by pressure tactics. SMU students leaders also then began disavowing Brabham's style and actions. The result: He's not just as controversial among those who agree with him as he is among the university's gay men and women. Student body president Homer Reynolds says it is not only administrators and student leaders who are dismayed over Brabham appearing on the Donahue show. He says the majority ofthe students feel that way. "I think the concerns that were articulated to me were not just frustration, but sheer disgust that a persons such as Ted would, in essence, berepresentingSMUon national TV," said Reynolds. DEC. 23, 1983 / The STAR 5 Commentary "He s an opportunist, a media hound. He'll do anything to get his name in the press, and that turns a lot of people off." Personally, I think Brabham's television is a god-Bend. He's just the kind of spokesman against homosexuality that the SMU gay groups needs to gain public support and achieve official campus recognition. Keep on talking, Ted. Keep on doing your dirty tricks. This country may have a few problems. And people may not always agree with each other. But there is one thing for sure: big-mouthed bigots always come across as big-mouthed bigots. Isn't television wonderful? For • those who are interested, the, Donahue show in question will be aired on Jan. 10. the "wrong" side in this battle! Reportedly, when SMU officials learned that "Donahue" producer Susan Sprecker had invited Brabham to appear on the show, they pleaded with her to reconsider his appearance, or at least to allow a less controversial student leader. Sprecker refused, sticking to her judgement that Brabham speaks for a large number of SMU students who oppose recognition ofthe fledgling gay organization. The "Donahue" controversy has added new fuel to the campus uproar over gay rights that has raged since the gay support group first sought recognition as a campus organization last spring. The stu- Another Gay Mayor ; By Dion B. Sanders Via GPA Wire Serivce SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—In a unanimous vote, the city council Nov. 15 elected John Laird mayor of this seaside resort town— the first openly gay mayor in its history. The 33-year-old Laird, an administrator for the Santa Cruz County affirmative action program, had been vice mayor for a year. In Santa Cruz each year, the city council elects one of its members as mayor on a rotating basis. Following tradition, it was Laird's turn to be chosen. The 7-0 vote marked the first time in six years that the council had elected a mayor unanimously. Council member Mardi Wormhoudtwas elected by a 4-3 vote to succeed Laird as vice mayor. Laird was ecstatic over his election. JJ-J99>UJJ>JXfJ<>»»?r{9*lJ9»->»9>JJ. 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