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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 1979-January 1980
Contributor
  • Lind, Scott
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date December 1979-January 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 004
Transcript HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES ty Kathy Deitsch The Human Rights Advocates, the legislative lobby project for the Texas Gay Task Force, are concerned about the upcoming special legislative session. House Speaker Bill Clayton has said recently, "The Governor has assured me that he plans to call a Special Session of the Texas Legislature. Although he has not told when he will make the call, he has said it will include initiative and referendum, electronic surveillance (wiretapping), and tax relief measures." The HRA Legislative Committee has determined that our lotty should be present to protect lesbian/gay interests if a Special Session is called. There is a popular saying in and around the Capitol in Austin, "No person's life, liberty or property is safe when the Texas Legislature is in session." During the 1979 session, the Human Rights Advocates were instrumental in averting legislation which would have increased harassment of gay and lesbian bars by forbidding "sexually oriented conduct", such as same-sex dancing and drag shows, removing a rider in the general appropriations bill which denied campus gay organizations, use of university facilities, foiling attempts to make gays scapegoats in floor debate on child pornography and child sexual abuse, and bringing police harassment and brutality experienced by the lesbian/gay community to the legislators' attention. The governor is not required to give advance notice of a special session call. Therefore, our community would have no time to raise money for a lobby presence after the call. It could come as early as January, 1980, although March or September—months which would put the most -pressure on the legislators—are, politically, more likely. A special session is limited to 30 days, but another can be called immediately after the first. The HRA is attempting to raise enough money to pay off the last session's debt and budget $6000 for the Special Session presence. lie Human Rights Advocates have been organizing "Lobby Hights" in Texas bars. The first one took place in Houston on October 6, 1979- It netted approximately $2200 toward the elimination of the 66th session debt. Lobby Dollars were traded for actual dollars. Those purchasing the Lobby Dollar were encouraged to mail it back so their name could be added to the HRA constituency network. More fund raisers are planned. The upcoming year is going to be very hectic politically with the candidates and their campaigns for office, the political party conventions and the actual May primary and the November general election. Decision makers Statewide look upon the lesbian/gay community as a growing force in Texas politics. Texas is considered to be one of the best organized states in the nation, being one of the two states that has been able to fund a lobby program for a full legislative session. The National March on Washington served notice to legislators that the lesbian/gay community is a force to be reckoned with in the 1980's. Some 2500 to 3000 Texans participated in the March, and approximately 100 of us visited 20 of the 26 members of the Texas Congressional delegation. Many of the Texas legislators had never spoken to an open gay or lesbian constituent before the visits October 15. It is vital that we join together in the 1980 elections and say very clearly, and very strongly, NO MORE DISCRIMINATION. We are everywhere and we intend to be an influential force politically on all levels. We urge your help in our continuing to have an effective voice in Austin. IRANIANS FA0JN8 BlP8Rfasion= 11 a wav era Iranian lesbians and gay men who face deportation may be able to use their homosexuality as a defense to remain in the United States. Because of the executions of gay men in Teheran earlier this year, openly gay students may assert they would be in danger by returning to Iran because of their sexual orientation. Anything that can establish political refugee status may be successful to delay or defeat deportation under these circumstances. Unlike the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and more recently the State Department, regulations that bar entry into the United States because of an individual's homosexuality, any alien already in the country who has passed through immigration is entitled to limited statutory procedural safeguards. Hearing examiners, furthermore, have stayed deportation of homosexual aliens in the past where political refugee status was determined. The International Gay Association will work with local American groups to assist those lesbian and gay Iranian students to secure legal counsel at their hearings. If a student is nevertheless deported from the United States, or feels it impossible to raise her/his homosexuality as an issue during a public hearing, then the International Gay Association will attempt to locate through its European member associations another host country. Interested gay students should contact the Laison Office in Washington at (202) 23U-6268. Your identity will be kept strictly confidential. If you are an attorney who could volunteer your services during this emergency, please JL call the Liaison Office. (IGHA) t Metropolitan Community Church Pastor: Rev. Candace Naisbitt Sunday Services: 12:00 noon and Wednesday Prayer and Communion: Bible study: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Rap group on all subjects: Tuesd Counseling: Monday - Thursday by 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. ay 8:30 p.m. appointment Pot luck supper: January 19, 1980, 7:30 p.m.' # REACHING OIJT TO THE GAY COMMUNITY OF AUSTIN 614 6. 6th ST.. AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701 (512) 477-7747 CONNECTIONS December 1979/January IS
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