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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980 - File 002. 1980-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 21, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1175/show/1159.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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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Transcript ctmHEcmms GAYRUN '80 DRAWS 500 RUNNERS FROM TEN STATES-ENGLAND-CANADA by John Knoebel San Francisco - Gayrun '80, the first gay-organized, AAU-sanctioned footrace was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on July 27, 1980. Five hundred runners from 10 states, England and Canada competed for honors in five- and ten-kilometer events. The event was blessed with perfect San Francisco weather and was, by all runners' accounts, a huge success. Gayrun '80 was sponsored by THE ADVOCATE, the Bay Area-based national gay newsmagazine, and Frontrunners, San Francisco's gay running club. The race was the first gay-organized running event sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). It was open to everyone and attracted runners from age 15 to 63. About one-quarter of the runners were women. First place honors in the Men's Open Division (age 20-39) were taken by Russell Knudsen in the 10-kilometer race and John Morrissey in the 5-kilareter race. Firsts in the Women's Open were won by Janice Wambaugh in the 10-kilometer and Marylyn Galastis in the 5-kilometer. Malcolm Robinson, president of the New York City chapter of Frontrunners, took top honors in the Men's 40 and Over Division in the 10-kilometer race. Proceeds from Gayrun '80 were donated to the Golden Gate Park Maintenance Fund, a non-profit group. Staffing for the race was provided by a group of 70 volunteers from THE ADVOCATE and Frontrunners. First aid stations were provided by the Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights, San Francisco's two-year old organization of gay doctors. Calistoga Mineral Water Company donated bottled water. Gayrun '80 was conceived by ADVOCATE publisher Peter Frisch and associate editor Scott Anderson, both active runners and members of Frontrunners. Scott Anderson was the Race Director. Said Frisch, "Seeing 500 mostly gay ™2h and women set off on a footrace was a new kind of high for me. It shattered yet another myth about who gay people are. I'm proud to have been a part of Gayrun '80 and look forward to many races in other cities where gay people will have the opportunity to compete and have fun." Scott Anderson had the following comment: "Our . attempt in Gayrun '80 was to provide another way for gay people to express and feel good about themselves. The real excitement for me was not only the number of gay people who told me that this was their first race PICKLE VOTES FOR 'CHRISTIAN VOICE" J.J. (Jake) Pickle, United States Representative from Austin, District 10, voted to include an amendment inspired by the right-wing fundamentalist lobby "Christian Voice" in an important appropriation bill. IHE DALLAS TIMES HERALD of Sunday, July 27, 1980, reported that Jake Pickle was one of the U.S. Representatives from Texas who voted for an amendment to HR 7584 "to prevent the Legal Services Corporation from promoting, defending or protecting homosexuality." The Legal Services Corporation is a quasi-governmental agency, like the United States Postal Service. Its purpose is to "provide legal defense and counsel to those to whom it would not be otherwise available." Christian Voice and other anti-human rights lobbies in Washington have been planning anti-gay amendments for a long time, according to Steve Endean of the Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL). In a GRNL Legislative Alert mailed late in May, Endean warned, "These bills will be dealt with on the floor of Congress in a week or two. It is likely they will pass, due to the current conservative political climate." Endean speculated that the Legal Services Corporation Act would be a likely vehicle. A similar bill had been amended by Congressman Larry McDonald in 1977. That amendment passed by a vote of 230-133, but failed to come up in the Senate and was subsequently dropped in conference committee. Endean cautioned, "That was before the creation of Christian Voice, Moral Majority, Americans Against HR 2074 (the gay civil rights bill), and the American Family Institute. We can't expect such luck this year." The GRNL Legislative Alert requested that readers send a mailgram to their Congressional Representative urging opposition to any such amendment. One mail- gram and Representative Pickle's response is on page 4. and they loved it, but also the wide representation of women and niinorities, young and old, gay men and lesbians as well as straight runners. I was really pleased with how well the race was managed and by all the support we got from the non-gay running community. I am sure that next year's Gayrun '81 will be even better."
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