GAYS WHO VOTED FOR REAGAN
Washington, DC - In spite of a Carter blitz in
most gay publications across the country, many gays
still voted for Reagan.
Why? "They put their pocketbooks ahead of human
rights," an observer noted. "Gays are no different
from anyone else. They were as tired of the mess
Carter had made in Washington and as tired of inflation as their straight brothers and sisters."
There were a few gay groups for Reagan, but most
were poorly organized. Most gays who voted for Reagan
were not open. "We did it secretly," a Republican
voter told TWT News. "We were afraid to tell other
gays we weren't voting for Carter because they would
want to argue with us and tell us we were anti-gay.
"So, like many other voters in America, we simply said we hadn't made up our mind. But, when we got
into the privacy of the voting booth, we pulled the
lever for Reagan."
All of these last-minute votes for Reagan are
not all that surprising. Pollsters had said all
along that Reagan's supporters were not extroverts.
Reagan has always had a lot of "quiet supporters,"
even when he ran for Governor of California.
At the moment of decision, election day, Reagan's
magnetism, again, quietly drew another victory.
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IMMIGRATION LAW RULED UNENFORCEABLE
San Francisco - Immigration Judge Bernard Horn-
back has ruled that even an unsolicited, unambiguous,'
self-acknowledgement of homosexuality is insufficient
evidence for exlusion of a gay alien.
Ruling on the admission of Carl Hill, a British
subject visiting the U.S. for a two-month vacation,
Judge Hornback held that a Class A Medical Certificate
is required for exlusion of homosexuals under the
1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.
This ruling, if upheld on appeal, eliminates
the remaining area of contention in the long fight
waged by the National Gay Task Force and Gay Rights
Advocates to change anti-gay federal immigration policy.
In August, 1979, U.S. Surgeon General Julius
Richmond held that there was no medical or scientific basis for a diagnosis of homosexuality, and ordered Public Health Service physicians to decline
referrals made by the Immigration and Naturalization
Service for such determination.
"We are pleased and gratified by this decision
which we fully expected," commented Gay Rights Advocates Legal Director Donald C. Knutson. "Especially
encouraging was the sensitive and compassionate language used by the court in its description of this
dehumanizing law." In his opinion read from the
bench, Judge Hornback severely criticized the Congress for attempting to hide violations of human
rights behind the cloak of medical science.
NGTF Co-Directors Charles Brydon and Lucia Valeska, who were present for this precedent-setting
hearing, expressed their appreciation for the judge's
position as well. "This victory is crucial, particularly at this time when many lesbians and gay men
are concerned about the future of our movement during
the next four years," they stated.
"With Gay Rights Advocates, we will pursue the
immigration issue through the appeals process and
continue to press forward on other fronts as well,"
said Larry Bagneris of the NGTF Executive Committee.
"The fundamental questions of civil rights and the
right to privacy for gay people are unchanged, and
we expect to build on this and other victories in
the months and years ahead."
MATLOVICH SETTLEMENT REACHED
Washington, DC - Ex-Sergeant Leonard Matlovich,
37, a decorated Vietnam veteran discharged from the
U.S. Air Force in 1975 for admitting his homosexuality, has finally settled his court battle with the
The government agreed to end the five-year battle by paying $160,000 to Matlovich, who in return
agreed not to seek further damages or to re-enlist
in the service.
In pressing his test case for gay rights, Matlovich had previously said he would try to rejoin the
/Air Force to serve as an example to other homosexuals
serving in the military.
Justice Department lawyers planned to file the
negotiated settlement in U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia. Patricia Douglass, Matlovich's
Washington lawyer, said "I think it's a satisfactory
settlement for Mr. Matlovich's part."
The settlement was prompted after U.S. District
Judge Gerhard Gesell ruled in Matlovich's favor in
his civil rights suit in September, 1980. Gesell
ordered Matlovich reinstated, declaring that "without clear, reasonable regulations" the Air Force
could not discharge Matlovich. The standards say
homosexuals will be discharged except in "unusual
circumstances," but the appeals court said the standard "never defines those circumstances."
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FORMER OFFICER CHARGED IN GREENWICH VILLAGE MURDERS
New York - On November 19, 1980, a man started
shooting at the doorways on a Greenwich Village street
lined with gay bars. Many pedestrians and patrons
were seriously injured. Two were killed.
Charged is Ronald Crumpley, age 38. When arrested, he told officers he did it because "Homosexuals
ruin everything." Crumpley, a minister's son, is a
former Transit policeman. He faces a minimum of 15
years to life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, second-degree murder.
A hearing was set for December 19. He was to
undergo psychiatric testing.
In a report from the Cable News Network monitored by TWT News, it was revealed that Crumpley had
paid a male prostitute for his services several years
ago. The hustler appeared in a private interview on
cnn and told of his clandestine sexual encounter with
the now-accused murderer of two gay men.
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