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Title The Star, No. 11, April 13, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date April 13, 1984
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
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  • 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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Transcript 2 The Star/ April 13,1984 LGDT Endorses Doggett Over Krueger By Don Ritz Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas (LGDT) held a strategy and endorsement meeting in Austin at the Travis County Court House on Saturday, March 24. Discussion of strategy and plans for the Democratic State Convention, to be held in Houston in June, and endorsement of U.S. Senate and presidential candidates were the main topics of discussion. LGDT voted not to endorse any one of the three remaining Democratic presidential candidates (Hart, Mondale, Jackson). Al Calkin from Dallas stated, "All three of the remaining candidates have responded verbally and in writing. They are all three pro-gay. Perhaps in certain counties there may be a difference in who needs to be supported. We won't have a candidate who is not pro-gay rights. We can create a problem for those trying to become delgates (if we endorse one candidate)." Another LGDT member said that he didn't believe that any one ofthe presidential candidates had to be supported in that the gay vote probably could not put any one candiate "over the top" on its own. A concern of being able to gain cooperation of the state party officials at the state convention was raised, should a candidate be endorsed who was contrary to the desires ofthe party officials. Peter Brooks of Dallas said, "The power brokers themselves are probably too divided. They may not be unified themselves." An LGDT screening committee recommended the endorsement of Lloyd Doggett in the U.S. Senate race. Doris Taylor, co-chair of LGDT, said that all five of the senatorial candidates were mailed questionnaires by LGDT. However, only Doggett and Bob Krueger returned the questionnaires and expressed interest in LGDT's endorsement. Both candidates, or their representatives, were invited to attend the LGDT meeting. Libby Doggett, the candidate's wife, was present. Krueger's campaign did not send a representative. Libby Doggett said, "I want to speak to you about what I think is the most important thing—Lloyd as a person. When he jees injustice or discrimination, it really gnaws at him. That's the whole basis of his career. He's been in the state senate for 11 years. He's been on the side of the consumer, women, minorities, the handicapped. He's a fighter. "Some people may accuse him of grandstanding or playing to the media. Well, he does. When he sees something wrong, he wants people to know about it, and the best way to let people know is to play to the media. "Lloyd has said, Civil rights can have no qualifiers.' That's exactly what he means. "Some people have tried to say that we can't win, but we have the grass roots organization. We have the momentum. We've raised more money than any ofthe other candidates. Lloyd has received all of the endorsements that have been made— farmworkes, women's groups, nurses. Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, Young Democrats, Black Democrats, UAW, NOW, Texas Women's Political Caucus, Dallas, Houston and Austin Gay Political Caucuses and others." Although the LGDT screening committee recommended Doggett, he did not receive its unanimous endorsement. Making a majority recommendation, Jana Zumbrun of Austin said, "LLoyd Doggett has a 99.6 percent attendance record for floor votes. We need someone who will be there and will be effective. "Some will say that we shouldn't consider someone who is not a front runner, but we know what can happen to front runners. "No one ever thought that Ann Richards would win as state treasurer. No one thought that Bob Bullock, Jim Hight- ower or Gary Mauro would win. Progressives have won in this state in the past. "Some will question why Doggett did not offer us his support when the Moral Majority proposed its referendum in Austin to make it legal to discriminate against gays. We requested his endorsement and he did not give it. Now he believes that he was wrong. However, that does not reflect on his support of gay and lesbian rights. "As for Krueger, I'm not at all satisfied with his explanation for why he voted for the McDonald Amendment. Had he have admitted ignorance or had he have said he was voting the way his constitutents wanted, these would be different issues and each could be viewed differently. Rather he was so scared that he was afraid that his constituents might think that he way gay. When speaking to Texas Women's Political Caucus, he had to say five different times that he was not gay. even though the question had never been raised. When he spoke to the Austin Gay Political Caucus, he held up his wedding band to say that he was not gay. He's afraid. Doggett has never been." The McDonald Amendment, which Krueger uoted for, was proposed by the late Larry McDonald (D-Gaj. The amendment would haue amended the Legal Services Corporation appropriations bill to cut off all funds for law suits that gay men and women filed aduocating homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle. Edra Bogle of Denton gave a minority report suggesting that LGDT make a co- endorsement of both Bob Krueger and Lloyd Doggett. Bogle said, "Perhaps Krueger's greatest strength and weakness is that he's an academic. Krueger is not a lawyer, so he must spend a lot of time researching each issue and what its implications are before making a commitment. Krueger has refused to make commitments on issues that he has not researched... "Regarding his vote on the McDonald Amendment, he has said he was sorry. But he has not said he would do it differently. However, he has shown his support by hiring gay men and women on his staff. "He does support us. He answered his questionnaire as positively as his opponent. Krueger is economically conservative, as are many gays. Therefore, we should co-endorse both Bob Krueger and Lloyd Doggett." A motion was made to endorse Lloyd Doggett alone, and passed overwhelmingly. Macfoa Rterg^rfta Bust Sund&ys pjlL JOIN THE HOT MEN OF SAN ANTONIO OUT ON THE PATIO Congratulations to one of our great winning Mr. Gay San .Antonio
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