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 participate 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. The turnout for the event would provide
enough money for costs and probably leave a profit for
I would be glad to discuss this further. Please
write me at Rt. k 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, starting 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.
WILL TEXAS SENATORS CO-SPONSOR GAY EMPLOYMENT BILL?
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 YOU'.' 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 discrlm- •
ination, there exists a demonstrated need for the legislation.
If more information is desired, write or call
TGTF, P.O.Box 2036, Universal City, Texas 78l148, phone
512/655-372*4. Also, please mail a copy of your letter,
along with the senators' responses.
The senators' addresses are:
The Honorable John Tower
lU2 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Lloyd Betsen
2I4O Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
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 LGDT is 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 Convention.
Naylor is a long time activist in the Democratic Party,
the women's movement and gay rights movement. She was
the Human Rights Advocates lobbyist to the 1979 Texas
Later this spring, the LGDT will be disseminating
information on attending precinct conventions and on
the process of electing delegates to the county or senatorial district conventions and to the state and national conventions.
Steve Thomas and Janna Zumbrun, both of Austin,
are the LGDT Co-Chairpersons. Thomas was elected at
the Jan-. 12 meeting. A male Steering Committee member
from Central Texas will be elected at the Jan. 27
(reprinted from ALGPC NEWSLETTER)
Human Rights Advocates
P.O. Box 39406
San Antonio, Texas 78239
YES! I believe In a professional approach to legislative
advocacy for gay civil rights in Texas.
PLEASE INCLUDE MY NAME ON THE LEGISLATIVE ALERT LIST.