FEBI\UARY 1980 AU8TIN \IOl. 2 NO .. "2
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C ·atP . 1ne frantic SEan-ri fur u,o,he1· Job - any
: ob. Tet chers have cne he 1 o ... ·, 1 ime '' ndine other
emp ,)yment without a Masters of I l: :·ome kind of
practical training or experience, ike secretarial
work, or sales, is needed to get a job. I know. After
T qu.it teaching (T wasn ' t throWP out) it took me
seven months to find a j-:ib-::: wasn ' t ",,;er-qualified"
er "unJer- experienced" f"r , :t paid r11Lf of what I
wou.1 have made as a teacher .
_,is is only one "horror" story of gay against
~~ - here have been many murders and physica
•s~aJ._+s due to broken relationships, jea.ousy, an~er,
or even a lust for thrills . Persona.I property has
been maliciously vandalized or sto en . Pets have been
mutilated, killed or stolen . The ist goes on and on ,
Each time: hear o~ somethin7 ike this , I get
sick to my stomach, A long time ago, I thought I was
living in a "gay community'! - a place where we would
all ·•1ook out for each other because we ~ different ,
because we have the same goals , because we claim to
have a better definition of love than the straight
community. Being gay, I always thought "Gay is good, "
Now , I keep seeing ourselves , not Anita or her rapidly
growing following , as our worst enemies . Until we
truly begin to care for each other and work together
toward self- acceptance , we cannot hope for social acceptance,
We are a minority and community that often
works very hard to live up (or down) to the charges
leveled at us by "straight" society.
We must begin to care for each other. We must
learn to love , We must all work together , every group ,
every individual , if we are to survive 1980 or any
other year , Love is the key . Let ' s wipe out our record
of horror stories and be truly gay •
(Dianne Draper is Exhorter at the Metropolitan Community
Church of Austin , )
Austin City Council AGENDA JANUARY 31 , 1980
E. ORDINANCES (continued) PAGE 12
4. Consider an ordinance changing the street name
GAYWOOD COVE to GRAYWOOD COVE.
Conn~CTION S 3
LETTERS GAY RODEO
Every year , the Gay Organization in Reno , Nevada
puts on a Gay Rodeo , with a percentage going to the
Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Fund. The rodeo occurs
the same week as Mr . Lewis ' s national telethon. People
from all over the United States come to watch or parti-cipate
in this event. .
I suggest that Austin organizations sponsor a similar
rodeo. Austin is liberal enough for such an event .
(Unfortunately , my area is still too conservative to
work with this project here , ) If it was run at the same
time as the Jerry Lewis Telethon and donated a percentage
to this charity , it would make for good public relations
. :he turnout for the event would provide
enough money for costs and probably leave a profit for
the sponsurs .
I would be glad to discuss this further . Please
write me at Rt . 4 Box 276-H, Bryan, Texas 77801.
The Republican Party in Texas will be dealing with
all the major issues throughout its 1980 caucus and
convention process , star ting in February , That
Republican leadership which will be emphasizing human
rights can use all the help it can get . Readers who
want to participate in the Republican Party and have a
positive effect on Republican policy and platform may
contact the Republican Alternative Committee for details ,
We will see that you are put in touch with those in your
area who are working toward the same ends ,
The Republican Alternative Committee for Texas
P.O. Box 225
Austin, Texas 78767
LESBIAN/GAY DEMOCRATS MEET
The Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas , an organization
intended to provide communication between , and to
coordinate the activities of , lesbians and gay men
working within the state and national Democratic parties,
held their first statewide Steering Committee
meeting in Austin January 12 , 1980.
The immediate goal of the LG~~ 's to obtain the
appointment of Steering Committee member Bettie Naylor
to the committee which will draft the platform which
will be presented to the Texas Democratic ~Qnvention.
Naylor is a long time activist in the Democratic Party,
the women ' s movement and gay rights movement . She was
the Ruman Rights Advocates lobbyi t to the 1979 Texas
Later this spring , the LGIYI' will be li~seminating
information on attending precinct conventions and on
the process of electing delegates to th ,-ounty or senatorial
distrin._ c, ,nventions and to the state and national
Steve Thoe,aia ar :l Janna Zumbrun , both of Austin,
are the LGDT Cu- Chairpersons. Thomas was elected at
the Jan . 12 meeting. A male SteE'r ing Comm· · tf'E. ember
from Oentra' Texas will be elected at the ~qr ,
(reprinted from ALGPC NEWSLE'ITER)
WILL TEXAS SENATORS CO- SPONSOR GAY EMPLOYMENT tILL?
An employment protected bill barring discrimination
against persons on the basis of sexual orientation
has been introduced in the U. S. Senate. Senator Paul
Tsongas (D- MA) believes such discrimination "is arbitrary
and unjust" against gay people in employment ,
The bill makes "no moral judgements about homosexuality
and does not establish special privileges , such as gay
job quotas ," other U.S. Senators agreeing to co- sponsor
are Lowell P, Weicker (R- CT) and Daniel Patrick
Moynihan (D- NY) . The American Civil Liberties Union
has sent letters to all U. S. senators urging support
of this legislation, Many major corporations have
already stated that they will not discriminate against
gays , e , g,, AT&T , Dupont , Ford Motor Company , and IBM.
U. S. Senator John Tower and Lloyd Bentsen must
hear from YUU~ Write and ask them to co- sponsor the
Tsongas bill , S- 2081 . Regardless of whether it is one
or 100 ,000 persons who are victimized by such discrimination
, there exists a demonstrated need for the legislation.
If more information is desired , write or call
TGTF , P.O,Box 2036 , Universal City , Texas 78148 , phone
512/655- 3724 . Also , please mail a copy of your letter ,
along with the senators ' responses ,
The senators ' addresses are:
The Honorable John Tower
142 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington , D.C. 20510
The Honorable Lloyd Betsen
240 Russel~ Senate Office Bldg,
Washington , D, C. 20510
Human Rights Advocates
P.O. Box 39406
Son Antonio, Texas 78239
y ES! I believe In • profess,onal approach to le\llslatlve
advocacy for gay civil righu in Texas.
PLEASE INCLUDE MY NAME ON THE LEGISLATIVE ALERT LIST.
Address ________________ _
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ounse~ors are :ynn ,
BraJ , Dick, Gary , Fra~k ,
are hicano , and
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f ~-J: R/\r·.JC~ iN 1-~;. .'l r~
two onth~ since it begar, the _yphi iis
-•reen · n , :i:-r j •t cona:ucted by the Aust r - ravis "ounty
part ent and •he Gay .I rses A ian E of Auu• in
r ' ive an "amazir,p:" re..,ponsE> .
Ha th Departmert has be n amaz d at tche
re~p ns we ' ve got-ter so far," says GNA memt r '.;erry
rr . Th program has stimu at a so mu·n pubic interest
that the !tea.th e:i:,artment wi be in reasing
tteir clinic hours . Exa·t figur s aren ' t available
y + , but over two hundreJ b ood samples have been take~
and there have been severa. positive test results .
"The sy Nurses A~liance is very hap:i;y with the
rea.•tivn our program is get-ting from the community,"
Tarr continued. "we 're p::.eased tha'; Austin people are
ta.Ki,n enough interest in their health, and community
hea.th too , to help try to stop this epidemic of sexual
y- transmitted diseases . After al , it only takes
one ca~e and a wh le group of' people get infected .
We 're trying to make it as convenient as possible to
get tested. We want to lick this problem."
The GNA and A-TCHD wiGh to thank thes busir.esses
for sponsoring the program: Au tin Coun\.'ry, Club Auetin
Baths, Mr. Peepers , the New Apartment loun e , the
Privat l"e.lar, and the Ctalllon Bookstore . The free
Jcreenings wt, cortinue weekly at locations to be
The ~ay Nurses Allianc and Gay Commurity Services
will be con1ucting the sexual.y- transmitted di~case
l. W re ay ni ht· at ~h ic n-lCal.
Jl"er . or more lnformation .
JUST RECEIVED - OVER 1000 GOOD USED
LP, - HUNDREDS OF COMPLETE OPERAS
AND VOCAL RECITALS -
$1.S0 to $3.S0 per record
Kt ky Nlt.dlo,u el 1o,od u-4 e,..•icel ncor4a
3007 FRUTH 'W.:.::-;,.o.;:;:;r 478-99S4
nu,v,,+ ivn ; arry Pa ..mer ( t p)
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"Lesbian/Gay mmunity Servi'
-womE"ns gr up -wil prota~ y meet ·n
adjar•ent t the Univer ity Y fi e ,
A Chicaro •ay gr 1,p h&~ ~or el
n t y ta reed on the name for
'.IE' r...unber for conta 'til" • t e
t pe ple wt
Six p op •u· part cf
GC'.3 ~H'T"'D IN h!'lU~'T N PHONE D RECTORY
Homosexuo.l -women and
l:.e n ·o. ling and writiri
yin,, appear din the
re•t r .v.
'Ilen from the Roust n area. have
to GCS v r sine the Au..,tin
ecember ' 9 H It n te ephone
Tr y 'tokC'.., ar.l Ron Sawey had G S 1 ted in the
Houston .i:,hor book because Ho;ston stil d f's not huve
a guy teleph n hotline . rouston doe.., huvP uy politi'
O.' , re ic:iot s , und socio. a,rgani zution , inc ud.i.r,g ,>
•ommuni~y ·cnt rs , t1;t the l,nyou c.:. ty lu~·ks tre ni ·ht y
peer coun~e in und rC"ferral sPrvict tllat i offered ·n
Au +in 1y GC'u, (HvJ t0n Guy fo it~·u 'uu·us does !!cake
rrof s..,i na referra _referrals to profe..,..,i '.'la§../
ho-w ver . )
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primo.rily refer H
acPs ur l roup t
of Grs , Hou.ton!
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an an event ~a fnlar .
The • an . - ,;l 18 TWT so.ys " arci Fletcher \lL
opE"r the tali· 18 Club a+ that aldress on 6tt
it.re · b . ;i -with C aude "acha booke:.I for opening
nigh· " • • Fumor Hazzit hasn ' t unswereJ tr~ir phone
when w( 1v 'a'lea them Juring Zanuary •••
7CJ0 east 6th
by Bob Warburton
"If Wyoming is here , he ·~hole world is here",
yelled a voice from the crow. She was right . The
whoie world , including Wyoming, was represented at the
Gay March on Washington on October 14 , 1979.
Literally every "type" of gay was reTJresented.
Groups ranged from Gay Mormons to Gay Atheists , from
Wyoming and Texas to France and England , from Socialists
to the anti- nuclear lobby . ~here were more women than
Estimates of the crowd size ranged from the
Washington Post ' s 25 , 000 to the March organizer ' s
250 , 000. The police estimate was 7 5 ,000.
The March was conceived to focus attention on all
aspects of the gay rights struggle. It was also a
celebration of the progress made by gays in the ten years
since the Stonewall riot. Washington D.C. Mayor Marion
Barry had rroclaimed the week as "Gay Rights Week" .
Speakers at the rally on the Washington Monument grounds
represented Parents of Gays , Latino Gays , Gay Youth , and
the National Organization of Women .
The demonstration met with little resistance and no
violence . One lar ge poster called on the demonstrators
to "repent". Anita Bryant prayed for the marchers from
her Florida home while minister Jerry Fallwell equated
homosexuality with drug addiction.
Despite these negative aspects , the March progressed
without a hitch and pleased most of the participants.
"See you next October on the steps of the Capitol ,"
implored one festive marcher from San Francisco.
DENVER COPS ATTACK GAYS
DENVER (IGNA) - Their heads were shaved with battery
powered clippers and the police told them to "go
back and tell the rest of the faggots that this is
just a warning".
Dennis Gross , 21 , claims this happened after he
anj two other men were ordered into a squad car and
the policemen decided they were gay. Gross had filed
charges and taken a lie detector test to substantiate
his c aims . No verjict has been reached .
The incident occured less than two months after a
Task Force in Denver had made its recommendations on
ways to reduce tension between police and Tienver ' s gay
community. The Task Force, which had been set up to
assess allegations that the Denver police were harassing
- that the police force actively recruit homosexuals
- that city ::aws that are used to harass gays be
studied and che.nged.
- that gays be appointed to all city boards and
commissions that dea" with civil rights and
p·lblic safety issues.
Captain Jerry Kennedy , head of the Denver Vice
Squad claimed many of the charges of harassment have
come from homosexuals arrested for i:legal acts, such
as prostitution and public indecency. "They're naturally
going to have a rub ..,ith the police department . "
I sat down on the sidewalk near the Tidal Basin
behind the s·~~e hugging myself for warmth and listning
to the speak~rs . All I could see to the east was a huge
mass of peop.e and the Washington Monument looming out
of the crow. i was enjoying myself and the camaraderie
I felt with the 100 , 000 other participants , but I still
had a nagging question in the back of my mind. "What is
In the late sixties and early seventies, I had ask
asked myself the same question concerning my involvement
with the anti- war ~ovement . Did the demonstrations end
the war earlier. Looking back , I would have to say they
did , over a long period of time .
I believe the same can probably be said about the
Washington March . There will be no automatic change .
Congress will not pass an anti- discrimination bill this
session. However , the pressure is finally being felt in
Washington that might bring about change in the not too
distant future .
The Washington March proved that there were at
least 100,000 people willing to pay the cost and brave
the cold in order to support gay rights . The participants
felt a unity never before experienced. The whole
lesbian/gay nation was represented enmasse for the first
The Washington March cannot be seen as a culmin-ation
of efforts . It is the beginning of a struggle .
The speakers on the stage told us we must take the fight
back home with us . At dinner that night , our Wyoming
contingent spoke of what we had to do when we returned
home . We all knew that by the simple act of going to
Was!:ingt m, we had come out to our families and to the
wor:d. -~here is no going back.
We decided we had to redouble our energies in our
~ocaJ. communities . ";_he spirit of W~shington has to be
spread through- ,.it the world .
(Bob Warburton is the third president of DIGNI~Y/Wyoming.
He has been politically active since the late l960 ' s . )
KENNEDY AND BROWN ANNOUNCE GAY SUPPORT
Two major Democratic candidates for president
have recently announced their support for the inclusion
of a gay rights plank in the Democratic Party
platform. Both have said that, if elected to the
presidency, they would sign an Executive Order banning
discrimination against gays/lesbians in the
federal government . Governor Brown had pledged his
support for an end to discrimination against gays/
lesbians at a Washington , D.C. fundraiser in November .
Both candidates ' commitment are substantially the
The recent Kennedy and Brown pledges all but en-sure
that the 1980 August National Democratic Convention
in New York City will hear and debate a resolution
on gay rights. If passed, the gay rights issue
would become a part of the national Democratic Party
platform. Democratic candidates would then pledge
their support to the platform for the November elect-ions
AFFIRl!AT[ N PREPARES FOB METHODIS':' C NFERFNCF
AFF11™AT.ON , United Methodists for Lesbian and
Gay Concerns , is preparing for the United Methodist
nhurch ' s General Conference , which wil' set church
law ar,d po icy for the next four years .
mbe issues that AFFIRMATION will adJress include
deletion of anti- gay sections of church law , at emp~s
to prohibiT penly gay people from b ir.g m"ni ters ,
ar '.l sexi..ali ty study .
J a~ ark and Richard Cash , ctairp r~ons of th~
on•·erence F ann.:.rg 'ommit<·ee , tave started coor:Hnth
w rk assignments for the Confer nee. Event
AFr~F<MA IN has plannf>d in" t.J a worship sera
cia evePt featlring known entertainer~ ,
,.t+ r +,:, be distribi..ted t the de egates , ~
center , ar.d ar. inforn:at i n booth.
are a so re<' nl to s·t in n c mmittees,
t caucJ~es , anj to ~peak to
as semin ry rd ir iver~ity
"enera Conference will be he din InJi.anaro~is
Apr_;_ l '5 - 5, 1080 . f you are r annir g to attend ,
ever, for a day , p~ease let Fic-tard and .:'"oen know as
. on asps ib e . They may be ·ontacted by writing
them i'l care- of reg(!,y Harmon , ·,n1., '.ii lmar Drivf' ,
a as , .exa 52 8.
• Metropolitan Community
1ev. Candace Naisbitt
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BIBIB STUDY : .uesday 7 :30 PM
RAP GROUP : Tuesday 8: 30 FM - On all subjects .
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~AM.BDA AuCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS : Friday 8 :00 PM.
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clJJ.·m_ he exa e Sodomy aw,
my right to privacy" and .rho
District Court cha''enging
a.r, .ra.; in Hou~ton r ~t y . • r. an arreal for
..,1pport , kE'" to l ~e t:n~ of the ,ay
wet..; , " T think tt is ( ~a.;e) .ri ' ~reate a
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The fo .owirg "rr JJJ.y, the Ne.r
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r • i ved an honorab.e discharge . After n •·r ightening
sexua iq:,nriE'n'e they ar before at th D~ivPr..,i+y of
.ex , Baker say , "I jvin l th Navy to E:'scap • " le
ay he suppress d hi w xm ity beca..ise he "hadn't
come out." Baker claims to ha 1: had n arfa',.s during
his mi itary erv~ce . A so, he Jidn ' t os his a+traction
for men .
After iving in Massachus tts , he attendE'd a meeting
of a gay grot.p at ~o:rnel vniver ity in New York ,
Bake,. .ras final~Y able to resolver.is conflicts and
.ife began to chance . "::: .ras litcra.uy born again . • •
but many ay people live .rith the- sence of self- h<ite '
once fe t ," he said .
The admirab•e record Donald Baker has earned a8 a
human being is part of the reason THRF la.ryers are so
enthusiastic about the case . "We want to sho.r, slmp:y,
that :)on is area. person - all -:>ver the state ," says
Keith McGee . His attornPy is hoping to get a ~avorable
.'udge in Dallas, but the Fifth Circ-uit C'ourt of Appeals
in J:n.r r eans is one of the mo. t .1.i bera::. in the nation .
ix to ten months is the projecte:i aelay for the hearing
in Da as .
' ntil tr n , Baker wi 11 bE' taking his case a • over
Texas to rlrum up s1pport from h•unan rights organiza+iors
as wel as the rass root yF . • a.ry rs ar & . .i;e, predicting
some support from rhe ~e,n,erva•ive • .rho .ri'
object t the i~ea of po i~emen 'nvestigatinr P'"ivate
beJrooms . BakPr also exp.ained that the aw itrelf is
the c- rn '"stone of legal dis•rimlnation a ainst gay
peep c ir immigr~ti n, c~• J c1...tody cusE's, vice laws,
hous'rg , an! e'llr oy,nent . "rhe rM'fic·tlon 01 tt.E'
aw .rl: i ·t. ·arrie a maxim= $ 00 fine) are ov r-wt
h ,;e ,.
cot1ne~T_I_ O__N__S_ ___________I_I _ .,
Although lying in the path of the "bible belt,"
Dallas is no stranger to gay civil rights cases . A
nationally publicized lesbian child custody case was
tried there in 1977 . In 1976 the Supreme Court upheld
a lower court ruling that a state may prohibit homosexual
acts between consenting adults in private . Without
hearing arguments or issuing an opinion, the justices
decided six to three to uphold a Virginia law aimed at
"crimes against nature ."
Baker ' s attorney is using a somewhat different
argument in this suit . Patty O' Kane says , "We are in
a better position ~o win than in 1975 or in the 1950' s .
The movement is stronger , we have more communication. "
To Baker, the March on Washington was "one of the
greatest experiences of my life. " The Vi:::.lage Station ,
a Dallas disco which sponsored several March on Washington
benefits , has already honored their newest celebrity
with his very own benefit. After their regular
·show, the Bottoms Up Revue came to the Village Station
to perform for the Don Baker benefit . "This is not my
case , this is not Dallas ' case • •• this case comes
from all of our hearts ," Baker stated. "I knew when
people spoke of homosexuals , they thought of degenerates
, perverts - all the negative things . But that ' s
not true. It would be completely wrong , morally , for
me to allow this kind of lie to continue in this society,"
Don Baker had time for a quick cocktail and a conver
sation at Baja Sam' s with several of the people he
had spoken to that evening , before flying back to Dallas.
He ' d planned to spend the night , but changed his schedule
late that afternoon . For at least part of the
weekend , Baker would be in Bryan, Texas , with his friend
Bill Nelson , to show a new gay group at A & M University
their slides of the March on Washingt,m . And , of
course , to discuss that new civil rights case just
launched in Federal Di str ict Court in Dallas.
(reprinted from UPFRONT)
American Statesman Opposes Ban
The Austin American- Statesman came out strongly
against the current federal law barring the admission
of homosexual foreigners to the United States .
In a January 7 editorial, the Statesman said ,
"By insisting on strict compliance with an outdated
law , Justice Department attorneys have made a good
case for congressional modernization . "
The editorial was a response to Justice Department
attorneys informing the Immigration and Naturalization
Service that it must enforce the law. The
INS had temporarily lifted the ban last summer , in
response to a Public Health Service decision that the
government would no longer consider homosexuality a
"mental disease or defect."
But John M. Harmon , assistant attorney general
for the office ~ egal counsel , says the Immigration
and Nationali~y Act of 1952 must be enforced. "Congress
considered homosexuality a disease" when it
passed the act , and "not a word in the statute or its
history suggests a congressional intent that the surgeon
general be empowered in the future to eliminate
homosexuality as a ground for exclusion by declaring
his disagreement with Congress ' determination,"
The American- Statesman concluded , "The solution
is to bring that determination up to date by explicitly
striking the sexual preference criterion. Medical
and social perceptions of homosexuality , as well
as legal regard for gay rights , have changed radically
in the last 27 years , and Congress should make sure
the law keeps pace."
TEXAN APPOINTED TO NATIONAL BOARD
Kathy Deitsch, Moderator of the ~exas Gay Task
Force, has been appointed to serve on the Gay Rights
National Lubbj ..,card of Directors . GRNL is based i~
Washington , .c. ; its Executive Director and lobbyist
is Steve Evde'l.n.
Deitsch organized , coordinated, and served as
fundraiser for the Texas gay/lesbian lobby (the Human
Rights Advocates) during the last meeting of the state
Dei+sc, said, "GRNL is our~ voice an-:l defense
in the U. S. Congress. With the recent for.nation of
several an·~- 7ay lobbies who purport morality , religion,
and the family, the New Right and the ultra conservative
fringe need to be monitored carefully. Thei
constituency can produce thousands of letters to Congress
, and they have millions of dollars to spend on
insuring that gays and lesbians are singled out for
discrimination . Gay Texans have supported and understood
the need to have a voice in the lawmaking pro- ·
cess . Now it is time that Gay Texans do their part
in extending support to this vital national lobby
Deitsch points out , "If federal laws are enacted
to either protect or single us out for discrimination ,
everyone in the country is affected. Likewise , if
state laws are passed , they affect all Texans. The
point is we must take responsibility for our lifestyle
at all levels of government . I believe the time has
come for us to either prove up or shut up. The 801s
is the decade when our community will be under heavy
attack. We need strong local , state , and national
action to ensure our fair share. 11
by Daniel Curzon
San Francisco, Ca. (IGNA) A 1 million dollar
damage suit has been filed on behalf of Jaime Chavez ,
the Mexican dress designer who was arrested , interrogated,
and held incommunicado under armed guard at
San Francisco International Airport because he was
thought to be gay .
The suit is against the United States Government ,
Braniff Airlines , Mexicana Airlines , Bu!-ns International
Security Service and their employees involved in
the detention of Chavez . The claim seeks damages for
unlawful arrest , search and imprisonment , as well as
intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress
Speaking for Mr . Chavez , his lawyer , Donald Knutson
of Gay Rights Advocates , said that he hoped that the
damage suit would have "a dampening effect on overzealous
Immigration officials." Knutson added that the
"gay community is up in arms over this harassment and
won ' t let it rest ," He expressed his pleasure--and
surprise--that many newspapers in recent days have
written editorials against the Immigration ' s anit- gay
:GNA spoke with Mr. Chavez through his interpre-ter
, Edward Morales , and asked what might be the repercussions
for Chavez in Mexico , his home country.
He replied that he did not know yet if the Mexican
press has picked up the story. He is worried if it
has , because his income might be hurt by business lost
from the adverse publicity.
Knutson and associate attorneys William O. Dillingham
and Jeff T. Appleman have been invited to Washington
, D,C. to meet with representatives of the White
House , the Justice Department , the State Department ,
the Immigra~ion and Naturalization Service , the Public
Health Service , and the Select Committee on Immigration
on January 17 and 18 , to attempt to settle , once
and for all , whether the Immigration Act of 1952 permit~
the exclusion of aliens on the basis of homosexuality.
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THE NEW COUPLE: Women and Gay
Rebecca Nahas and Myra Turley. Seaview
Books, $9.95 IS'BN 0-87223-562-9
After four years of interviewing 110
straight women and their gay male
friends , the authors conclude that compassion
and understanding along with
pain typify these relationships. This objective
and revealing study records that
an increasing number of close. generally
nonromantic friendships are developing
between gays and women in the
wake of feminism and gay liberation.
Meeting at work, at bars, in churches,
women and gay men are often drawn to
each other by common interests and by
the preference of many women for the
stimulation, fun and lack of sexual
pressure that gay company affords. The
"new couple" of the title involves mutual
acceptance of the man's homosexuality,
and an intimate and open love
commitment, sometimes including cohabitation
and occasional sex. Successful
couples-even though transitory
ones-display unusJal tolerance
and flexibility. [February /4)
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Robert Patrick , author of KENNEDY ' S CHILDREN , is
looking for the most beautiful boy in America to audition
for the role of "Tom" in the forthcoming New
York production of his nation- wide hit T- SHIRTS.
Called by the SoHo Weekly News "one of the funniest
plays you ' ll ever see ," T- SHIRTS was an unqua::.ified
smash when presented last rummer in New York as
a showcase production. It has also been a hit in Los
Angeles , San Francisco , Minneapolis and Phoenix , the
• 3 Angeles Time,s describing it as "witty , taut and
"Tom should appear 19," says playwright Patrick ,
"and b0 both radiantly beautiful and e,xceptionally
int lligent . He must be well- built--there is some
nulity--and t.ave a wry sense of humor that cloaks a
very rea~ vu.nerabili+y . "
'The rew prodletion will be direc-ted by Mr. Pat-
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New Yvrk ' s non- profit organiz.ation for gay ar• ., . ?icture..,
and resumes should be sent to Lawrence :,P.n•· ,
8 Wi., low Stn·et , Brooklyn , NY 11201.
The text of - SHIRTJ is publlthed in GAY P'...AYS:
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AUSTIN ORGANI ZATIONS
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Gay Community Services . , 2330 Guadalupe
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(IGNA) A recent book called Why Freud Fainted by
Samuel Rosenberg suggests that Sigmund Freud , the
famous founder of psychoanalysis , may have had homosexual
The evidence , however , is slim:
Rosenberg bases his idea on the fact that Freud
and a 'ongtime colleague used to go to secluded spas
reachable only by long and uncomfortable train rides .
The two men usually spent several days together .
The writing in the book is almost apologetic and
somewhat rou1.d'½b1 Jt , with the reader left to draw their
own <"onclusi n . •
Perhaps · · ."r researchers will investigate this
theme in more de~ail .
"Your being gay doesn "t shock me, but I can't see how I can
break the news to your Aunt Doris and her roommate."
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