DALLAS — In a landmark decision, the
Federal Communications Commission, by
unanimous vote, found an appeal by the
James Robison Evangelical Association to
be without merit, on February 2,5, 1981,
The FCC upheld the right of Dallas station
WFAA-TV to cancel the James Robison
Evangelical Hour following an anti-gay
On February 25, 1979, James Robison, a
television minister based in Dallas, preached
a sermon on 'morality' which was largely a
one-sided view of homosexuality. The following day, WFAA-TV terminated the series
(since reinstated), stating that it believed
religious programs should not deal with
controversial issues of public importance.
WFAA's action was based on the Fairness
Doctrine and Personal Attack Rule and was
taken following a Personal Attack complaint by the Dallas Gay Political Caucus.
James Robison filed a complaint against
WFAA with the FCC's Complaints and
Compliance Division which ruled in February, 1980, that no action was warranted.
WFAA-TV declined to defend its action
before the full Commission. Consequently,
the National Gay Task Force and the Dallas
Gay Political Caucus joined to oppose the
"This action by the FCC is an affirmation
ofthe principle of fairness and equity for all
embodied in the Personal Attack Rule and
Fairness Doctrine." commented NGTF Co-
Directors Charles F. Brydon and Lucia
Valeska. "To the extent that electronic
preachers hold anti-gay views, they are on
notice that use ot the public airwaves to
spread their biased point of view will not go
unchallenged. We call on station managements to be specially vigilant for one-
MCCA Senior Prom
The first activity by the Metropolitan
Community Church of Austin (MCCA) in its
building fund campaign will be a formal
senior prom at 8:00 p.m., Sunday April 26.
Theme for the prom, which will be held at
The Hollywood, 304 West 4th, is "A Night in
Remember the date you took to the
prom? This time you can take the date you
really wanted ! Tuxedos or formal gowns,
whichever you prefer, are urged to be worn.
There will be a booth for photos with your
date and corsages will be sold.
To apply for prom king and/or queen,
you must be in a tuxedo or a formal. The
prom king and/or queen will be chosen by
a lottery, at SI a chance.
Only 300 tickets for the prom are available, at $6 each. Tickets may be purchased
at Dan's Office Equipment Hot Lips, Rainbow Works, Bookwoman, and at MCCA.
Tickets will be available at the door the
night of the prom, if there are any left
Q's Tuxedos, 2426 Guadalupe, is offering special discounts for the MCCA Prom.
Their basic black tuxedo will rent for $20.
and other colors or styles will be $5 off.
Henry's Memrys, 423 East 6th, has a
good selection of inexpensive evening
gowns for sale.
MCCA Senior Prom Goers: (clockwise from left) Cheri Miller, Wally
Hargrave. Robin Camp, and Allan Shane model tuxedos from Q's
Tuxedos and evening gowns from Henry's Memrys.
sided presentations of the gay issue in
religious programming. Gay rights and
related subjects are controversial issues of
public importance. Station managers have
a duty to apply the Fairness Doctrine by
offering local gay organizations an op
portunity to respond. NGTF will assist local
gay organizations that experience difficulty
with a broadcast licensee."
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Bob Kunst of Gainesville, Florida, visited
Austin on March 11 to announce the
formation of the Oral Majority, an organization which opposes the Moral Majority by
educating Americans about alternative
Kunst said, "It's our patriotic responsibility to organize the enormous backlash to
Jerry Falwell, who is neither moral nor
representative of a majority. It's time for us
to initiate the process of letting them resist
The Oral Majority favors sexual freedom,
freedom of information, and free enterprise, and opposes all victimless crime
laws. Kunst's group was successful in
getting the Privacy Rights Act passed in
Florida in November, 1980. Florida is now
one of only four states with such a constitutional amendment which says: "All natural
persons have the right to be left alone and
free from government intrusion into their
The privacy act passed by 600,000 votes,
The gay rights activist pointed out that
people opposed to the Privacy Rights Act
had said "This is going to legalize gay
rights, prostitution, pornography and marijuana." Kunst replied, "Of course. And it will
also keep the bedroom snoopers out of our
bedrooms, and everybody's bedrooms."
Kunst said the recent burning of rock n'
roll records by religious fundamentalists in
Waco convinced him that Texas was a
good place to start his national movement
He said such actions are "trying to tell
people how to live and love, and that
smacks of communism."
"I'm Part of the Oral Majority" bumper
stickers and buttons are available from
CONNECTIONS. Send $ 1.25 for each item
and a large, self-addressed, stamped
envelope to CONNECTIONS, 2401 Manor
Rd. Apt 118, Austin TX 78722.
The first meeting to organize a city-wide
league of Austin gay businesses and
organizations was held at Tex's Colorado
Street Bar on Sunday, March 22,1981. Ten
individuals, representing Austin Lambda,
the Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus,
CONNECTIONS, Gay Community Services, the Gay Students Organization of the
University of Texas at Austin, and St
Charles Gift Shop, were present
Suggested activities for the league,
which wilt be similar to Houston's Tavern
Guild, included organizing Gay Pride Week,
fund-raising for charitable organizations for
good community publicity, and publishing
a list of gay businesses.
The next meeting has been set for April
12 at the UT Texas Union. Suggested
agenda items for the April 12 meeting
include choosing a name for the group and
organizing a Gay Pride Week committee.
For more information, call Lynn Aday at
Austin attorney Douglas D. Behrendt
warns there is a great danger of being
arrested for sexual activity in the public
restroom at Dobie Center, near the UT-
Security guards at the center recently
arrested certain persons in the restroom.
The guard claims he observed the illegal
activity through a oneway mirror, but
refuses to allow an examination of the
mirror. A court order will be requested to
permit an examination of the mirror by
defense counsel. Meanwhile, all persons
should base their behavior in the restrooms
on the assumptions that the one-way mirror
does exist and that their activities may be
observed by security guards.
Sexual activity in a public restroom is a
serious misdemeanor of public lewdness.
The maximum punishment for the offense
is one year and/or a fine of up to $2,000.