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Community News, No. 8, June 1975 - File 004. 1975-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 14, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1462/show/1450.

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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 004
Transcript FT. WORTH CITY ELECTION (Fort Worth) Ofthe 19 candidates who ran for the nine places on the Fort Worth City Council earlier this year, only four responded to a question posed to them by AURA concerning their opinion of a Gay civil rights ordinance. Five of the City Council candidates were endorsed by the new "Gay Committee for Fair Representation." A spokesperson for GCFR stated that the sole purpose of the Committee was to endorse political candidates and campaign in Fort Worth for those that they endorse. The spokesperson said that the GCFR is comprised of Gay people who are interested in protecting the rights of Gays and is al- ligned with no organization but does have support of individual members of AURA and the Agape Metropolitan Community Church. "Our methods for selecting a candidate that we feel will be beneficial for Gay People will improve with time and rigid standards will be applied in the future," the spokesperson said. The GCFR passed out leaflets at area Gay bars prior to the election urging Gays to vote for the Committee's slate. In doing preliminary ground word for the eventual introduction of a civil rights ordinance for Fort Worth, AURA sent the following question to each of the candidates: "More than 20 American cities have now passed civil rights ordinances banning discrimination in employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. What are your feelings concerning such an ordinance for Fort Worth?" Here are the results of the election, answers to AURA's question, and the GCFR endorsements: Place One (Mayor). Cliff Overcash defeated J.C. Pace, Jr., Robert Haas and Gordon J. McKenna. AURA: None of the four responded to the question. GCFR: Endorsed Gordon McKenna. The Committee reached its decision after evaluating the "overall philosophy" of the candidates. Place Two. Joe Bruce Cunningham defeated Robert J. Carpenter. AURA: Cunningham did not respond; (Continued on Page 12) Motion To Dismiss Denied In Cyr's Police Harassment Suit (Fort Worth) A Motion to Dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed by Ken Cyr against Fort Worth Police Chief T.S. Walls, Deputy Chief H.F. Hopkins, Capt. CE. Hogue and two unnamed officers has been denied by Federal Judge Eldon Mahon. The motion for dismissal was filed by City Attorney S.G. Johndroe, Jr. The suit, filed February 26 by Cyr, director of AURA (Awareness, Unity and Research Association), centers around a controversy that arose after the recording of license numbers by police at the Texas Gay Conference last June. In his motion to dismiss, Johndroe argued that Cyr had no "right to bring this suit pursuant to . . . the Federal Rules of Civil procedure." Johndroe noted that he does not believe gay people or homosexuals are a "class" of people and therefore could not bring a class-action suit. He said that the police "deny that they have ever subjected plaintiff or any so- called 'gay groups' to any illegal surveillance and harassment." The brief went on to say that Cyr "seeks to insulate himself, his friends and associates, from the enforcement of valid criminal laws . ..." Johndroe indicated that police admit recording license numbers at the June 22 conference, but said the reason behind the action was that there was fear among police that the conference "might be invaded by outsiders." In a formal answer to the Johndroe motion, Cyr's attorney, James Barber of Dallas, called the explanation for taking the numbers "a flimsy, merely plausible excuse." Judge Mahon, in his ruling against the motion, said that "the Court is of the opinion that plaintiffs complaint does allege a cause of action and that dismissal or summary judgement would not be a proper disposition." DALLAS CITY ELECTION (Dallas) Recent city elections in Dallas saw Gays confronting the mayoral candidates for the first time. Representatives Scott Stebelman and Michael Merrill of the Gay Organization of Dallas appeared on WFAA's public affairs program, "At Issue," which hosted the candidates for mayor. In a question period in which the candidates took questions from the audience, G.O.O.D. representatives asked the candidates if they would support city legislation banning discrimination against Gay People in city employment. Mayor Wes Wise, claiming that he had never heard of anti-Gay discrimination, said that he would support an ordinance protecting Gays if G.O.O.D. could produce evidence that discrimination against Gays esists. CCA candidate John Schoellkopf said that he had no position on the question. Candidates Emory and Steakley took the position that all people should have equal opportunity in employment, although Steakley erroneously believed that Gays were protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Austin for hearings on H.B. 759 were co-chairpersons of the legal committee of the Texas Gay Task Force, Neal Parker of Austin and Randy Beitel of Dallas. COMMUNITY NEWS / JUNE 75 / 3
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