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In late July, every United States Representative
from Texas except Houston's Mickey Leland voted to deny
Federal legal aid to homosexual Americans (see pages 1
and 4). This vote was a result of pressure from right-
wing fundamentalist groups.
It's ironic that these "Christians" are a minority
group themselves. This is a chilling demonstration of
the power of unity of purpose and organization. Now
that the right-wing lobby groups "Christian Voice" -and
"Moral Majority" have demonstrated their power, they
will not rest in their hysterical attempts to create
their fantasy world by law.
In Houston last spring. City Councilman Frank Mann
launched a vicious attack on the gay community as part
of his campaign. Mann angered the "odd-wads" so much
they united against him. He was defeated decisively.
The moral is obvious. There is strength in unity
and organization. In the struggle for lesbian/gay rights,
most of the unity and organization belongs to the religious extremists. This isn't surprising. We don't
have a single, well-defined rallying point, such as
skin color or religious faith. All we have in common
is society's intolerance for our sexuality.
The multitude of gay and lesbian organizations in
Austin is a case in point. We have religious, cultural,
political, and service groups, each meeting some of the
needs of its members and the community.
Austin's Gay Pride Rally in Wooldridge Park on
June 26 was the first time a majority of Austin groups
(Austin Lambda Cultural, ALGPC, GCS and MCCA) pooled
our talents and resources for a single project. It
was a resounding success.
United, there is nothing we cannot do. As Ben
Franklin said, "We must all hang together, or we shall
surely hang separately."
letter to the editor
I am writing this letter in regard to discrimination in the gay bars. We hear of discrimination whenever the police are involved in anything dealing with
the gay world, but I've hardly ever heard of it in the
bars except from women, blacks or Spanish-Americans.
Bar owners and managers, when confronted, say "there's
no discrimination in this bar." I know better. I have
observed first-hand the discrimination of our gay
brothers and sisters. How in the world can we yell "we
want our rights," when we don't even give our own
brothers and sisters their own rights?
We tell the straight world to look at the first
ten amendments to the Constitution, but do we really
look at them ourselves? Apparently not.
When I started observing in the bars, I was told
to keep the "niggers and broads" out. I was to ask for
two photo id's from anybody I thought should not come
in, especially blacks, Mexicans and women. I don't like
to do this but I'm told to do this or lose my job. I
am very ashamed about this, but everyone must do something they don't like once in a while. I hope the
brothers and sisters who I have discriminated against
will forgive me.
(Name withheld by request)
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