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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 2, February 1980
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  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date February 1980
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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Transcript FREEi FEBI\UARY 1980 AU8TIN \IOl. 2 NO .. "2 I N S BANS GAYS Anita for President co:e:Ec:: :; .... Publisi.e..i ty Gay Co~uni ty 3ervices, a progra~. of ~he :Jni verai t.y ·r,::.t~f!.:.:CA, ~33C VuadaJ..".....pe, A~s~in, ~exas 7~•v~. Te~ephone : /5!~) ,~4-l b. . + r • r .. ,.,/, rry + --1. r er + r r - • + " + rr y 'l'J'i.., P,it i ·<J.t ·,,r,..;/, 'S'l "' r - . C IT' "el' e· k r B,rc>ai:. ••••• • ml. y + tes r.+r· tt tvr,: 'a':-1::y ,(itscr, r·2mP ~on t'OSE' Ji~ L. Tl ·er' ,t,to ' tributors: rape l", ·,;, ydP Frey , Marc, e ~tarr, Bob Warburton r . F. Brye.on, .!E ~, t.. .im ')l in re-r •riL1tinp F 1bliea+ i '1,: A I ,0cate, AL ;i: ' r,~;, e + r, Ai..st in American ~•ta+(sm,m, It'" Time !,'.TF), The 'ii.,;ht, ':'GTF, 'Jpfrc,nt, Au.s+ir, 12.mbia i:ew. ttpi·, rhis Week ~r Texas CONNECTIONS is dedicated t_o providing a forum for the lesbian/gay community of Austin and Texas. CONNECTIONS welcomes unsolicited news an~/or feature articles, photographs , drawings, and poetry. If return or acknowledgement is requested , please enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope . CONNECTIONS will not assume responsibility for unsolicited material. CONNECTIONS is a member of the International Gay News Agency. '? ? q q ? ' /'-.,~9· " . 'l ? ') .- '\ . · Questions? q_ '\ ~ '1. '? ' • .:J ') '? ? _,) 1·? '1 '? ? 'l ;> • GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES ? 1 HOTLINE , ;> • 477-6699 DIS CR IM I NATION from WITHIN '1' "'r' r ,;_1-+;. IF' f' rf' ~r '"i +-n • .._' E' l'P 1 ,1·ror s· r ✓ '-~Pl'.F1 r...> ;.t.ith"r te r•J,;r t W~-J..:: 1•n 1 . c• l. •· n, I' p •. 'Y' + r1·e·. + r. t ·n r l +· '+ + • y • r + r "'.1.· +, r .. JfJ.3. ff'q,r r w l" -r 4t- fi v+- E • te8.r-t r "'f.. .. "' · 1t: • l· iai t ",!·rr':.t,erjt;"•rsw •i" •to,tve·yq,··k: - ar. i VE' ·y 'Cll'J: e';P _,, I!! I('( •. 1· ·my ft..+ l"P , L tead iri • vrir ess te2cJ:-i r. Jri<' ;.;·•.st d te'..L 0 t'P,; ,'er­t: 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. Olyof'AwMln Conn~CTION S 3 LETTERS GAY RODEO Dear Editor: 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. Ross Hancock REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE Editor; 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 512/472-2020 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 Legislature , 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 conventions, 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 , ALGPC meeting, (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 512/655-3724 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. Name----------------- Address ________________ _ City/State ----------- Z,p __ _ 4 . . . . . .. - . : . rJ grew from" to 14 •woof them women , tche "Phone Counse.ors llllEC'T!ON". Two . after reaJinb ';he . . ~ . . . . ; d " n".>tice in the .Jrin. ounse~ors are :ynn , BraJ , Dick, Gary , Fra~k , are hicano , and phone counuelors ht to make the 2828 RIO GRANDE/AUSTIN 478 O??t.l f ~-J: R/\r·.JC~ iN 1-~;. .'l r~ Gay Nurses' Alliance 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 annour.ced. 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 . ) 'IMMORTAL PERFORMANCEs=-=====-=- C lASS RECORD 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) 0 t"u ,..,8-.zares . ( ir •sr) ;er Ot ~' .. ENOVATED BRIEFLY we. 'late r ·. "Lesbian/Gay mmunity Servi' -womE"ns gr up -wil prota~ y meet ·n adjar•ent t the Univer ity Y fi e , haVE" A pt ab 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 5 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 . ) ~s phor, to in 01.ns r ~ for I th -worl I primo.rily refer H acPs ur l roup t of Grs , Hou.ton! n eallers e ntact . 1 . WhPn y 1 FR M H pr ~it • . F r i: 1 ica i -w .:. ~ 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 ••• The AUSTIN'S ENTERTAINMENT CENTER Private Cellar 7CJ0 east 6th Austin 6 WHY MARCH? 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 men present. 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 gays recOOllllended: - 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 . " PERSONAL REFLECTION 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 this accomplishing?" 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 time . 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 same . 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 Church 1ev. Candace Naisbitt SU f,.V VICE : 1::> oon And 7 : JO M I WEDNESDAY PRAYER AND COMMUNiuN SERVICE: 7: 30 PM BIBIB STUDY : .uesday 7 :30 PM RAP GROUP : Tuesday 8: 30 FM - On all subjects . CO'J11SELL:::NG : ~ionday-Thursday by appointment , lpm- 6pm. ~AM.BDA AuCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS : Friday 8 :00 PM. VALENTINE ' S DAY Unhers.:.ty Y. Bui din F-md . ~". , FebrJary 6 , 7 : '30 P:l, at the , . cover . A~l proceeds go to the Hill .11v P TuU K, February ~q , In honor of Sadie Hawkin ' s ·J • 'ost.ll!'.le . PM , at the church. Tize for the Best COME JCtN US FOR WURSHIF AND FELlOWEBIP 614 E. 6th ST . AUSTIN. TEXAS (512) 477- 7747 DISCRIMINATION N ['IF hl!A NEW FREEDOM A w RSHIP EXPERIE'ICE l' 'r .F by Pon '•le Tn Septembe-r of lJ 6, three start an evange isti.c ministry to • Co~Jnunity Churche~ . ~everend Ron . An Bea an earre [ ge-tt o J a t bought a 95g,.. sch and set of als at oca The fir City. A+ rent y I • • shasta t maje outreaches into m n. ble~ainp;s of n 1 ·a M.C • . • 7 The team is fror+ L an'.l 'ove offering ·o ected ~- s rvice~ . ttc-eq1ipm~ nt +he team use is donate! . receive a week y a ary of $,O. , whi•n 1st c ver all their person'3. needs . "'he rest of t e back i!lto the mini~try. When "Shasta rods , there was eno 1gh money in the Bus fu".l "Shasta ~0011 , a 1() 1 ~hevy. In the sprin of 197 8 , Annettc- ,r.J Jeanne eft the­team and God sert 'Ian ·y and Scooter TO take tr eir place. Butch joined the team as Ron ' s "mate" and took over preparations for revivals . Dee Tamb Exhorter ·n Houston) is .in charbe of their mail. Anrette ' s mother had done this for hte first 19 months . Bil y Jtoffe:l of Houston is the bookkeeper. M.C.C . .Astin me-mbers Joe M' er 1.md Mark Bruzzese have joinea. the team f.:>r one yeAr , £hey have a so helped the team produce "I AM A f'HT D OF GOD". This record shou ... d be availab:e by March .... The team books churches six months to a ye-ar in advance by notifying all ch1rct sin an area +rat They are coming. Those churches which express an interest are sent pre- renewa packets , schedJ es , dates , anj other essential information. "Evange ·te", tJ-:e tea.'!l ' s month y pe-ople in +ouch with he +ean' s a~+iv ties an Te s them what is ~appenin~ in pope' and ch re e~ as we To receive the free puc i•ation , ~en yolr name , , ar.j zip code to: 11 w i;,reed ar ge istic Team , P •• Box '37 , Ga~en~ Fark , exas .ht IE.• . ._ dom Ev r • i~tic earn s a reat assett to " .F .M. • ' 1 ur community. :::f you haven ' t atter:- ued one , · 0 e-rvi~es , you r +r,Je y •ssin a b ess.ing. ea€ upp rT your tr thers and sisters , who ar work.in fry u ".l t c- t rs , enc 1rap;emer,+ ar d et+,.r • 8 conn£C.T10Ns Mr. ..:.ffar.y , ne_ 705 RED RIVER AUSTIN 478-6806 THURSDAY 10PM TRAGEDY ANN, Road Show MISS RIKI, SADRINA, PLUS GUEST STAR conntt.T IONS 9 NEW YEAR'S EVE Al.clv'd r. tos y Ji- ing r if ary B vil return n xt ~ nth - •• ,J"I ~ ... I • ~ I .., ~ ~• ~. co n11Ecti•ONS IO BAKER vs 21.06 DonalJ Baker The "rerl«t" pla,nt,ff ty t rr J t ' s aK ,. is bac-k in .·.:t.oo. in t 1tt ern Methodist • '.l! - i t ' .; not 1-i .exua ity te ' 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 spi,. it ,. un. ty tha+ exa. has not '"e- + 1:e-f vre . " .!k r .rJJ._. ba ·kE d r1: by a.rye'"s from thP Texas .rl +rere + reiteratP n ay ·ivi ri·'.lts, " Ir. + h · • ase , th ak r .a.d. HF ta•t e by c-oor­reel d t getc l(eith Mr,;ee f' ml:!l'lF exp ains that la.ryE'rs, public re at!onv, and the nece.., ity of obtainin~ expert wit­nes- from anywhere in tt ·ountry might create legal t' .,. $; , 0 . Baker ' s e.t+nrney , ,Jame-• tt~ c-ase ha.; a "reas •nable crance" of S. .:upreme 0 11rt be caJse of a lack of of the i·.t.E' , a rre_s conference in walla5 on Nuv. 1 · + JJ.nd soon after, his face and The fo .owirg "rr JJJ.y, the Ne.r story 'Jr der " .1rb en 'Pomo. ex­er ged i~ "uit 'by T acher." ~ou he wa pr pare for it . t ight," he _ai ";y re at ·onship to +he l".1rch ;; oin ' wt at · r to c-orrect a ·r, the- ~i eopa ixtt - ra e stul nt. JJ.t an'e n+ary rinc-e l97 J , r -year-~ d vO'ia tea·her ·son abb'.lti ·a a. c-r, 1·..,tri•t+ pur~ueh's as r:<i.tive ..,pent f,ur years travE' in the .r r 1 a- a commurications techni ·'an ·r the N'>VY 'll,d 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 aia . 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," Baker added. 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," Harmon said. 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 legislature. 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 effort." 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 IMMIGRATION UPDATE 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 policy. :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. 12 the strangest things happen when you wear polka dots NG F n e'Pmber 1e,' Ar w pr~ t,__nent'lry. t:P la•· onll. Gay eu t protest tne rim ror tne r he 1ocurnentary c ll.im. t portrait uf esb .. an ard gay a 0€'S not. Lesbians fi , on~e a·ain pr are in~ignificant ir nm..i.ni+y. 3 . The , rs by a mai...Jlin I . he f'i m an nteri " Homv3ex~a ........ ," ask Force has dPcil- 0,.~r;( reason.;: represPri+ a • c1,nmary ife lr America, but rit l tt rc•1gt 1t t tJe en ~ •u men ir. tn~ ay wr irter ~if' i: I us· ~a • · re . r' r, •f'~ f pr' i: yo· ay •·itr Broderick. I'm Eve Seltzer u11d I'd like /0 tulk to vou ubolll becoming your Jug hug. " Nr;W ,AY NEWSF-APER ..,OR SAN ANTONIC cir·ul~tinf through­," explairs Michael :.:..:c.:..::..c......c..;:...::.,'-:.:::.~u~r~n~a:.:.., t 1t nov ther roncPp+ in both edit ria th people iri our :,g 'mmunity c> f r +t Th first places vil,v i"IV u,p rt a to t~c genera p.i.r-is bein i.., ribi..ted in THE NEW COUPLE: Women and Gay Men 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) from PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY · Wednesday-Sunday January 30- February 23 13 '1') * ~o () o~ * ~ WELCOME AUSTIN TO THE-TEX/ 0 COLOQADO 0T. 5AQ --"'~~-- BRINGING TO AUSTIN THE MOOD OF THE 80,s / SUN.& MON. 75¢ WELL DRINKS .. ·· ALL NIGHT TUES. WELL 2 for1 DRINKS ALL NIGHT WEDS. 35¢ WELL DRINKS ALL NIGHT THURS. 9-11 F 'E);~E ~~~~~ DRAFT FRI. & SAT. AFTER HOURS TILL 4 00 @ @ @ @ @ @ NEW -COIOR Ilfl~Ilnfr~ ~~ EVERY WEEKEND ~~ -N-O--W--H- -R--E- -E-IS--E- 13-U-T- -- ~ COMING IN FEB. 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I ::-tarted shit+in· all over everything. T hit my mom with n par. , vver r.1 cver. I wasn ' t afraid of my father ar.ymc;re . T to d hlm [ didn ' t care - he coJ l beqt me up or kll me or whatever. My parents t k A+- the S+ate Hu pita . MAk~ ' S ANALYS S t ~ee~~ t-hat you are v ry frustrated with your pir nt. •wcepting yo1r life::-ty e . Possibly , your own se r - ~on · let~ m!l.kc- y u try t convince them your 1 ife­sty :s ·ood. The · ,. refu~al to accept you as you are •rea+ p;reat ho~ti ity , which 1 · m~nife3ted in the ti tin• i..1d shittin•. You are 1'+-imately tlefylne your parent::; and attemptir.~ to manifest yoi.rse::.f as an in-Ii-irl1 aistir. ·t fr m them. The shittiny all over every­t in· •._, 11 I syml-olize rejection of "ac-eepted" behavior r the tlme you ' ve was+ d trying to prove youruc-lf to y r parents. ,310 East 6rt WANTED : THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN AMERICA 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 park' ing." "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 . 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