Here's Hart's Response to Gay Questionnaire
NEW YORK-Senator Gary Hart (D-Co.),
responding to the "84 and Counting" questionnaire issued by a coalition of national
lesbian and gay organizations expressed
support for "prohibition of discrimination
on the grounds of sexual orientation;"said
he would extend the mandate of government civil rights agencies to include questions of anti-gay/lesbian bias; and
announced that he would issue a general
executive order banning discrimination
against lesbians and gay men in the federal government.
Virginia M. Apuzzo, executive director
of the National Gay Task Force, saw par
ticular promise in the Colorado Senator's
statement that "military employment
should not be restricted because of sexual
orientation per se."
Apuzzo commented, "While I am disappointed that Hart, like former Vice President Mondale, chose to raise the issue of
blackmail in the context of gays and lesbians in the military. Hart's conclusion is a
strong one, and we hope it represents a
solid commitment to eliminate this
However, Apuzzo expressed disappointment that Hart has not become cosponsor
of the lesbian/gay civil rights bill in the
U.S. Senate (S.430).
"One measure of the commitment of
candidates," she observed, "is to see what
they have done in arenas where they
already have the power to influence
events. Yet Hart has never cosponsored
S.430, which would prohibit employment
discrimination, even though he responded
that he would support legislation 'along
the lines' of S.430," she said.
But, despite many answers that
appeared to be positive, Apuzzo expressed
disappointment that "there were several
areas that were so vaguely worded as to be
the political equivalent of 'the check is in
the mail.' The Senator's responses indicated a need for continuing dialogue with
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the lesbian/gay community that will
make him more responsive to our concerns."
The questionnaire was part of "84 and
Counting," a voter registration and education campaign by NGTF in conjunction
with the National Association of Gay and
Lesbian Democratic Clubs, the National
Coalition of Black Gays,- the Human
Rights Campaign Fund, and the Gay
Rights National Lobby.
Questionnaires and briefing papers covering a broad range of issues important to
the gay/lesbian community—from antidiscrimination policies to health care, and
access to administrations and
campaigns—were sent to 11 presidential
By Amanda B. Recondwith
Awards? Or Just
Torts for the Tarts
Amanda is just a wreck this week, Dear Fans.
after flying all the way back to California to see
what she hoped would be a fabulous Academy
Awards program, and then finding that it was
the most droll event so far this year. That is tbe
first time Amanda has ever applauded a stage
set over the performers on it. We thought we
were just going to die when Herb Albert got up
there and played Maniac from Flash Dance on
his little trumpet1 And those dancers! All that
hooting and whooping nearly made Amanda's
hair curl While they girated and spastically
jumped around like epileptics, Amanda
couldn't help but be thankful for the wonders
of modern maxl pads!
Of course, the worst thing of all was Frank
Sinatra, literally fumbling his way through the
whole program. We have never thought Ol'
Blue Eyes was actually blind, but with the
incredible difficulty he had in reading the cue
cards, he's either blind or illiterate.
The Academy is so reminiscent of the Soviet
Politburo because they are all powerful, and
very old' We know that people eventually grow
older, but the geriatric entertainment was startling The best thing was seeing the dresses on
the actresses And why is it that with all the
money in the world, people like Irene Cara still
look like they've been starving on a street
corner for the last eight years? Hollywood
fashion anticipates the geography by creating
dresses that look like they've already been
soiled and shredded by the falling wreckage of
a major earthquake! There were many questions Amanda had to ask
Did Cher not smile during the whole evening
because she was angry over not getting Best
Supporting Actress, or was she just hiding her
Did Sissy Spacek really kick Gene Kelly
back stage because he had said that she
looked like a'country girl wrapped in pta&itcf,
Was Johnny Carson really miserable
because of painful jock Itch?
And Who was that incredibly articulate and
intelligent tiny woman who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Year of Living
Oh well, another year, another strange
Academy Awards. Amanda talked to Shlriey
MacLalne and found that she was truely happy
about her Oscar. She felt it was really due her,
especially since she didn't win anything for
Woman Times Seven.
Robert Duvall was totally smug about his
winning the Best Actor award. He has this big
thing about Country Western singers We
think there may be something going on
between him and Willie Nelson. Amanda's
friend, Dyan Cannon, said once that poor Willie spent just hours in front of a mirror, greasing his hair with buffalo fat and tying it into
braids. She said it made the love scenes so
earthy She also says that DdVall has been
seen on the beach, putting a strange substance on his skin for a tan, and rumor has it
that it is also buffalo fat! HMMMM.
— D —
Actually, Dear Fans, this whole week has been
a real low for television Have any of you
bothered watching the story of George
Washington? Amanda nearly sank a panty
when she saw that Patty Duke Astin was playing Martha Washington!! What is this country
coming to? I mean, Patty is a fine actress, but
the wife of one of the Adams Family playing
the wife of George Washington is almost too
frightening Then, of course, we have a Charlie's Angel playing George's life-long lover We
could almost see her in her horizontal hoop
skirt, straddling and whipping a gun out of her
corset and yelling. "Freeze, or I'll powder your
wig with lead!" The whole movie moved with all
the excitement of snail sex, except for one part
where they showed the Hussars tracking down
the Patriots and bayoneting them to death with
lots of screams and grunts and gurgles. It was
totally disgusting, and the change from comatose banality to livid violence was most
— D —
Amanda talked to her friend Joan Collins, who
said that she really enjoyed her visit with Barbara Walters. It turns out that Barbara is really
, quite a nice, person after all, and wqujd.you
believe that her'speech impediment is a ruse!
It's true! She told Joan that the reason shetalks
with a lisp is so she could be hired way back
when women couldn't get work easily as
anchorpeople She heard that her network had
already hired a Black woman, so she threw all
that shoe polish away; then she heard that they
had already hired a woman in a wheel chair.
and she was terribly disappointed to find that
she couldn't return the one she had bought.
Well, the only minority the network hadn't
hired was someone with a lisp, and that's how
she got where she is today! Of course, once
she got in, the rest was easy.
Amanda would like to know if Jane Fonda is
really that together. Barbara told Joan, who
told us. that before the interview, Jane had
been dressed in leather breeches, with some
strange gas-mask device on her head, protesting the chemical warfare between Iran and
Iraq. Then, she went up to change for the interview and came down looking like a liberal California politician's wife. You know. Shiny
bouncy hair, big white eyes, glossy lips, peasant dress, into aerobics and gardening and
raising kids, etc etc.
— o —
Well, it was nice getting ouf of California anyway. Things there are just far too weird for
Amanda Everywhere we turn out there, there
is some camera pointing at us. Life there is
nothing but acting, and the whole state is a
stage Kind of a universal three dimensional
fantasy, complete with avocado dip. Granota
bars, roller skates, and occasional earth tremors to remind everyone of their mortality
— D —
So we returned to Texas to drink m another
form of more tangible reality
People are just as interested in saving a
penny as in saving a dollar, says Psychology Today That's what a New York tire
company bund out when it made an error
on its monthly coupon mailing
Instead of a buck discount, the coupon
offered only a rent The sumo number of
new customers still came in.
April 13, 1984 / The Star 3
By Tututu Divine
Sippin' Mint Juleps
with the Help
Ho, hum! Such a boring week. Just got back
from L.A. The Academy Awards were simply
droll. I've never been so bored in my life. Did
you notice that even the musical director
Quincy Jones left in the middle of the show?
That's the first time I've ever applaued a stage.
and were not talking about the people on it.
And, my dears, I thought Divine was vain, but
Frank Sinatra wouldn't even use his glasses to
read the cue cards. Then maybe he's just getting senile! So much for "doing it my way."
No sooner I had just thrown the hat box
down after returning from my visit, but Agatha
came shrieking into the room, with tons of gossip. I had to give her a hit of poppers to get her
to control herself
Frankly. I think she had just had too much to .
drink at the Backstreet Basic's happy hour
Jim, bartender at Uncle Charlie's grand
opening last month
Either that, or she had maxed out on cruising
at The Crossing, where David is celebrating
his first year. Or was that the Green Parrot?
She was slobbering so—in that little way she
has—that I really couldn't understand her.
Knowing Agatha, she probably hit all three in
the same night.
By the next morning. Agatha was her old self
again. She told me Myra and Davey are still
doing it right at Austin's Alternative with many
shows and events being planned for this
spring. It has to top the Oscars. My god!
As a matter of act, the hottest actress was not
in LA., but right here. Jimmy James was doing
Marilyn Monroe at Oz while the stars on the
west coast were doing Jimmy James
Time out! Wait at minute!
Agatha just slipped me a note She was sucking on a mint julep and didn't want to break the
Yes. Here it is. "To Jim at Dirty Sally's
Thanks again! All my love." Signed—G.M
Hmmmm?Q.M.?Ouintin Martin. Wasn't he a
hot television producer'
— Q —
I'm suddenly very high—and sleepy. Can you
get a contact high off mint juleps? Bye
to Change Image
Senator Paul Laxalt has warned bis fellow Republicans they'd better shake their
country club image, but he's having some
problems getting his point across, reports
the Washington Post.
Writing in a magazine called Republicans Abroad. Laxalt said. "We've got this
unfortunate image that most Republicans
ride around in Mercedes-Benzes and eat
Unfortunately, pf the 24 photographs in
the magazine, 11 were of Republicans