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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 8, May 1979 - File 003. 1979-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1343/show/1324.

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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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Transcript 2 may 1979 Gay Austin vol. 3, no. 8 Anti-Gay Lobby Formed WASHINGTON, D.C. - Claiming to have 100,000 members and a budget of $1 million, an organization called Christian Voice has been formed to lobby against gay rights, pronography, child abuse and busing and in favor of the death penalty. The group, which has four lobbyists, is an offshoot of the right-wing fundamentalist American Christian Cause, whose tax-exempt status bars them from lobbying directly. Christian Voice promotional literature links homosexuality, abortion, the ERA and pornography and states, "We believe that America's rapid decline as a world power is a direct result of these things." It claims that "homosexuals are rampant in our schools, our government and even in many churches." The organization's congressional advisory committee includes Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah), Senator Roger Jepsen (R-Iowa) and Senator Gordon Humphrey (R-New Hampshire). It has been endorsed by eight House members including Representative Larry McDonald of Georgia, well known for his opposi tion to gay rights. Pat Boone, Lawrence Welk and Art Linkletter are also listed as supporters. The organization's office is headed by Gary Jarmin, legislative director of the American Conservative Union, who lobbied against the Panama Canal Treaty and SALT negotiations, and in favor of pro-South Africa and Rhodesia policies. Steve Enden of the Gay Rights National Lobby says the new group should be taken seriously. "This is a very serious threat to our movement," he warned. "There is a strong possibility that Christian Voice may not only scare Congress from legislation designed to guarantee civil rights for lesbians and gay men, but that the Christian Voice campaign could also result in the enactment of specifically anti-gay legislation as well. While the immediate impact would be felt at the national level, Christian Voice's organizing and development of constituent support around the country could well eventually have a profound impact on local gay civil rights efforts as well." V Puerto Rican Socialists Back Gay Rights NEW YORK - An overwhelming majority of delegates to the Puerto Rican Socialist Party congress held last December in New York City approved a resolution condemning persecution and discrimination based on sexual preference. The resolution states that homosexuals suffer oppression in living conditions, housing, and jobs and in public, cultural and political life. It calls for recognition of the rights of lesbians and gay men as citizens and individuals. PSP member Victor Lopez-Tosado said, "The anti-gay movement has been using gays as scapegoats to divide the working class. It is very important for the struggle of homosexuals in Puerto Rico and abroad that a major socialist party has come out on their side. This is a historical resolution also because the party is mainly organized in a Latin American country where oppression, as a result of machismo etc., to homosexuals is very common." The PSP is an important force in elections in Puerto Rico and is organized in major Puerto Rican communities in the United States.V ? ? 9 ? 9 9tj 9 * o ? Questions? ^ GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES ? 7 HOTLINE ' p 477-6699 IWY in Toronto: feminists demand lesbian rights. Canadian IWY Demands Lesbian Rights TORONTO - The coalition which organized Toronto's International Women's Day demonstration in March included lesbian rights for the first time among their four demands. Until this year, lesbian rights had been only a subsidiary concern for the annual event. Canadian women and male supporters demanded an end to harassment of lesbians, full employment rights for women, full funding of social services, and free access to abortion and contraception as well as an end to forced sterilization. The coalition stated, "Women are fighting back. This past year we have fought and are fighting for our rights in the work place. We have organized to oppose changes in Unemployment Insurance legislation. We've fought against die attempt to shut down women's services. We've organized to oppose the attacks on lesbians and gay men. Individually and collectively, we've organized to resist the attempt to take away the gains we've struggled long and hard to win."V GAY AUSTIN is published monthly by Gay Community Services of the University YMCA/YWCA, 2330 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705. The Coordinators of Gay Community Services include: Carr Strong .General Coordinator John Murray- Bob Prewitt— Gary Reese— Publications Coordinator _Office and Peer Counseling Coordinator . Media Coordinator Finance Coordinator -Speakers Bureau Coordinator Opinions expressed in GAY AUSTIN are those of the writer or editor and not necessarily those of Gay Community Ser'ices, the University YMCA/YWCA, or the advertisers. The publication herein of any person's name, portrait or photograph is not an indication of that person's sexual orientation. All contents copyright 1979 by GAY AUSTIN. Material may be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to GAY AUSTIN. GAY AUSTIN staff: John Murray- David Morris- Phil Conard _Managing Editor _News Editor _Advertlsing Manager CONTRIBUTORS AND COLUMNISTS: Frank Answers, Stan Bear, Rush Cheshire, Phil Conard, David Drake, Lars Eighner, Dennis Haney, Amme Hogan, Scott Lind, David Morris, John Murray, Bob Prewitt, Frank Proschan, Gary Reese, Georg Stojcevic, Scott Van Osdol, Dan Transmission. The following publications were used in compliling national and international news for this issue of GAY AUSTIN: THE ADVOCATE (Los Angeles); THE AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN (Austin); THE BODY POLITIC (Toronto); GAY COMMUNITY NEWS (Boston); GAYSWEEK (New York); OFF OUR BACKS (New York); SEVENDAYS (New York).
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