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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 8, May 1979 - File 002. 1979-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 18, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1343/show/1323.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 8, May 1979
Contributor
  • Murray, John
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date May 1979
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 002
Transcript =Gay Austin free! may 1979 vol. 3, no. 8 Some 150 members and supporters of the Reproductive Rights Coalition were on hand April 8 to demonstrate their disapproval of newly re-elected Mayor Carol McClellan as she cut a ribbon to mark the opening of Lifeline, Inc., an affiliate of Alternatives to Abortion International. "You're a traitor to your sex," shouted one demonstrator as the mayor arrived. McClellan has claimed in the past that she is not anti-abortion. "It's a woman's individual choice," she told demonstrators after the ceremony. Park Patrol Lifeline, Inc., offers services to pregnant women in housing, medical care, and legal problems but does not consider abortion an acceptable alternative and is generally supportive of pregnancy. Explaining the demonstrators' point of view, Marian Edwards of Women- space said, "We feel that the Austin community has the right to know who supports choice and who does not. Reproductive freedom means that the woman has the right to make decisions about her own body. There just isn't any freedom of choice when women cannot obtain the information they need." V Not Aimed at Gay Men by Lars Eighner Heterosexual flashers and rapists appear to be the target of a plain-clothes park patrol recently instituted by the Austin Police Department. The patrol, involving officers in plain clothes and jogging gear, was announced amid an increasing number of complaints from women of men who expose themselves or attempt to molest women, particularly on jogging paths and hike-and-bike trails. Unofficial sources in the Austin Police Department say that the entrapment of gay men is not the object of the new patrols, citing as evidence the fact that most of the plain-clothes officers will be women. The sources refused to say, however, whether the several arrests in downtown tearooms during the first months of the year would represent a continuing en forcement priority for the APD. In the past, complaints of public sexual acts and activities involving minors had led to a campaign of strict enforcement and harassment of gay men, particularly in Pease Park. This campaignwas halted when police became convinced that charges of activity involving minors were groundless and when gay community leaders pressed complaints of harassment. The removal of brush from certain areas largely eliminated the complaints of sexual activity in the park. Park curfews continue to be stricdy enforced against both gay and straight people, who are often subjected to body searches if they are found in the park after curfew. Increasing demand for the use of the jogging trails in the Town Lake area, however, has moved the City Council to lift the curfew there. v March Preparations Continue Pro-choice demonstrators: McClellan "a traitor to her sex" Opening of 'Pro-Life' Center Draws Protest HOUSTON - Preparations for the October 14 Gay March on Washington will move ahead when the Interim Steering Committee meets in Houston on May 18, 39 and 20 with delegates from the 42 regions into which the country has been divided. Each regional delegation will consist of two women and two men and will reflect as closely as possible the region's ethnic composition. Texas consists of four such regions. Plenary sessions on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 have been scheduled as well as caucus meetings on the 18th and 19th. The caucuses include a leftist caucus, a libertarian Republican caucus, a campus organization caucus, a business caucus, a gay youth caucus, a rural caucus, a Third World caucus, a women's caucus, and possibly, a men's caucus. The National Coordinating Committee will meet after the Sunday plenary session to plan logistics for the march. Meetings will be held on the University of Houston campus and housing will be available. Entertainment in the form of bar tours and a concert by Continued on page 8 Gay/Minority/Progressive Coalition Defeated in Daily Texan Election by Frank Proschan Gay and lesbian students at the University of Texas lost out in the April elections for Daily Texan editor and Texas Student Publication board member. An ad hoc coalition brought together gays, Chicanos and Chicanas, anit-nuke workers, socialists, liberal Democrats and even a few Republicans in support of editor candidate Charlie Rose and TSP candidate Mary Sue Galindo. Charlie Rose summed up the defeat; "The opposition used a preexisting organized conservative voting bloc, and we were an ad hoc coalition. When you put individuals up against an organization, the organization will usually win. "If a progressive coalition, including gays, is to compete on an equal basis, we'll have to be as organized as they are. That organization doesn't exist at present." Charlie Rose. Mary Sue Galindo. Rose made "gay rights, lesbian rights, women's rights and minority rights" a major part of his campaign platform, his leaflets and his campaigning. Galindo promised fewer "racist and sexist" cartoons and a greater sensitivity to the representation of minorities on the staff and in the paper. In the TSP board race, I conducted an educational campaign to raise the issue of racism, sexism, and ethnic hate, and discussed the Texan's patiern of anti-gay, anti- Continued on page 8
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