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Connections, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1981 - File 004. 1981-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1840/show/1827.

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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Olinger, James K.
Date April 1981
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • 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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Title File 004
Transcript CONNECTIONS FCC Upholds Robison Cancellation 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 broadcast. 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 Robison complaint "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 April 26 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 Casablanca." 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." This Week jn Texas Metropolitan Community Church of Austin SENIOR PROM SUNDAY APRIL 26th 8tol2p.m. LLYWPOD BAR 4tT\ ICKETS 6.00 per person AT THE HOLLY 304 WEST CAN BE PURCHASED AT: HOT LIPS RAINBOW WORKS BOOKWOMEN DAN'S OFFICE EQUIPMENT FORMAL WEAR ENCOURAGED Oral Majority Reaches Austin 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 lifestyles. 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 us." 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 private lives." The privacy act passed by 600,000 votes, Kunst said. 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. Austin Gay League Forming 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 837-5928. Dobie Tearoom Dangerous 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- Austin campus. 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.
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