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Community News, No. 8, June 1975 - File 002. 1975-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1462/show/1448.

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(1975-06). Community News, No. 8, June 1975 - File 002. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1462/show/1448

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Title Community News, No. 8, June 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date June 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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 PAPER OF NORTH TEXAS COMMUNITY NEWS Number 8 - June 1975 GAU MEETS IN AUSTIN TEXAS GAY CONFERENCE II Page Five Page Ten DRAG IS ALIVE & WELL IN FORT WORTH SUPPORT FOR GAY MINISTER Page Nine Page Three CYR SUIT SAILS ON! Effort To Repeal Homosexual Conduct Law Fails this Session END OF ROUND ONE OF LEGISLATIVE BATTLE: Ft. Worth's Rep. Joe Spurlock, 1 — Gay People, 0 . . . But Gays Vow, "We will be back!" (Austin) Rep. Joe Spurlock of Fort Worth has succeeded in keeping Gay People de facto criminals in Texas for at least the next two years. House Bill 759, the original bill which would have repealed Section 21.06 ofthe Texas Penal Code, never got out of committee as a new Senate-backed bill was introduced which had wide penal code reform including the repeal of Section 21.06. Section 21.06 is the law which makes it illegal for two consenting adults of the same sex to have sex in private. In a surprise move to the Texas Gay Task Force, which lead the repeal effort of 21.06, the new bill was debated on the floor of the House. Rep. Spurlock moved to delete the section of the bill which would have repealed 21.06. Rep. Craig Washington (Houston), who sponsored H. B. 759, lead the opposition to Spurlock's motion but was unsuccessful. The Texas Gay Task Force and the Gay People of Texas lost. One of the TGTF's leaders expressed confidence, however, in the fact that the Legislature was forced to address itself to the Gay issue and is now aware that TGTF will be at the Capitol during every session. At the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearings on H.B. 759, the Texas Gay Task Force presented a group of people who supported the bill. Testifying on behalf of the bill were Darrell Blakeway, executive director ofthe Texas County and District Attorneys Association, who testified that 21.06 was not needed by law enforcement agencies; Rev. Sanford Coon of the Austin University United Methodist Church, who emphasized the support of various church groups; Randy Beitel, co-chairperson of the TGTF legal committee, who testified about various legal ramifications of 21.06 and presented a petition signed by 16 faculty members ofthe UT Health Science Center in Dallas and a statement by Dr. Robert Dain, president of the Dallas Association of Psychologists, urging passage of H.B. 759; Dr. Janie Eleoseff, a psychologist with the University of Texas, who emphasized the American Psychological Association's support of the bill: Aola Alexander, who submitted a written statement emphasizing the Lesbian/Feminist support of the bill; and Neal Parker, co- chairperson of the TGTF legal committee, who summarized the testimony. There were no speakers who spposed H.B. 759. Rep. Spurlock was not present at these hearings, although he is a member of the committee.
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