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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 11, November 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date November 1980
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
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 005
Transcript ALGPC ENDORSES LOCAL CANDIDATES The Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus has endorsed five local candidates in the November 4 elections. Endorsed candidates are Mary Jane Bode for State Representative 37-B, Jimmy Snell for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 1, Bill Aleshire for County Tax Assessor Collector, Ann Richards for Travis County Cocrmissioner Precinct 3, and Guy Herman for Justice of the Peace. Mary Jane Bode is being opposed by well-financed Republican Terrell Smith. Bode voted for the repeal of Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code in 1978 and spoke at Texas Gay Conference VI. Snell is running against Republican Willie Tucker. Snell voted to include a sexual orientation clause in the Austin Fair Housing Ordinance. Aleshire, Richards and Herman have responded favorably to the ALGPC candidate questionaire and are wholeheartedly endorsed. They face token or no opposition in their races. ALGPC held a "Meet the Candidates" party Tuesday, October 28. Proceeds went to the endorsed candidates and to getting-out-the-vote efforts. ALGPC CHARGES COPY SERVICE WITH DISCRIMINATION The Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus has charged Jim and Ginger's Kwik-Kipy with violating Austin's anti-discrimination ordinance after the company refused to print the ALGPC newsletter. ALGPC co-chair Scotty Scott told CONNECTIONS she took the ALGPC newsletter to Jim and Ginger's late in September, 1980, after obtaining a bid and a promise of next-day delivery over the telephone. Scott says, "I asked the woman at the counter if there was any problem with the lesbian/gay content and she said, 'I don't know. The owner is a Christian. I'd better check.'" Scott says after an extended telephone conversation, the clerk told her "The owner says he can't legally refuse service unless the machine is broken. But if you try to have us print it, he'll come down here and break the machine himself." Scott says the clerk also said the newsletter couldn't possibly be ready until the middle of the next week, which directly contradicted what she had been told over the telephone. "She asked me, 'Are you going to be very upset?"' Scott reports. "I told her, 'I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving it here.'" Scott then filed a complaint with the Human Rer lations Commission. "This is a direct violation of Austin's Public Accomodations ordinance," she says. "It expressly forbids discriatiination on the basis of sexual orientation and this is clearly discrimination. The ALGPC complaint has been investigated, and the Human Relations Commission is currently negotiating for an out-of-court settlement. TEXAS DEMOCRATS OPPOSE ANTI-SODOMY LAW The Texas Democratic Party officially adopted a gay rights plank calling for the repeal of Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code (the "anti-sodomy" law) at the second session of the Texas State Democratic Convention, which was held in Houston September 26-27, 1980. The Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas (LGDT) and their supporters worked very hard to include the plank, which was rejected at the first Texas Democratic Convention, earlier this year. The victory is a culmination of eight years of work within the party. LGDT leaders credit the Carter Campaign with essential behind-the-scenes assistance in bringing the plank to the floor for a vote. The LGDT-endorsed candidate for Party Chair, Bob Slagle, won with 60 percent of the vote. CONNECTIONS "DIRTY TRICK" HITS HOUSTON CAMPAIGN by Jim Olinger Houston - A "dirty trick" reminiscent of Donald Segretti and the 1972 Nixon campaign has surfaced in the Harris County Attorney race. Several lesbian/gay publications, including CONNECTIONS, received a "news release," purportedly from "The First Universal Life Church of Houston," which implied Michael H. Driscoll, Democratic candidate for the office of County Attorney of Harris County, was a rabid homophobe who would devote all his energy and the resources of his office to the persecution of homosexuals. This is a flat-out lie. A Houston Gay Political Caucus representative describes Driscoll as a "big gay supporter." Jim Evins, a Houston attorney associated with Driscoll's campaign, characterized the incident as a "crank letter." Evins told CONNECTIONS, "Mike is not given to doing crazy stuff. He and the Gay Political Caucus support each other." "The Universal Life Church is the original mail order diploma mill," Evins continued. "For ?5, you can become a minister. A Doctor of Divinity and the ability to become a bishop goes for $20. You can become a Saint for $50. If you want your cat to be Saint Cat, send them $50. They don't care." Evins isn't sure the ULC is even associated with the letter. "We called the church's phone number and got no answer. Their only address is a post office box. We suspect the letter came out of Mike's opponent's campaign. Ron Deere was a member of Young Americans for Freedom fifteen years ago and he's still very conservative. Mike's a pretty devout guy. He goes to church a couple of times a month and this has him upset and annoyed." It was feared that the letters had been widely mailed, but according to Evins, "It's only surfaced a couple of times so far." ANTI-GAY CAMPAIGNER DEFEATED A candidate who mounted a campaign opposing lesbian/gay rights was defeated at the Texas State Democratic Convention in Houston on September 27, 1980. David Samuelson, a conservative candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair, sent letters to delegates from all over the state which criticized the time spent debating lesbian/gay rights at the San Antonio convention in June of 1980. At that time, a resolution calling for repeal of Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code (the "anti-sodomy" law) was narrowly defeated. Samuelson is a member of the Travis County Commissioners Court who is not running for reelection. Jimmy Snell, endorsed by the Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus, is running for the seat vacated by Samuelson. Described by ALGPC co-chair Scotty Scott as a reactionary with "some following among agricultural people, that's all," Samuelson received one percent of the vote for state Party Chair. The party plank calling for the repeal of 21.06 passed in Houston, putting the Texas Democratic Party on record as opposing the state's intrusion into private sexual matters. AUSTINITES ELECTED TO TOP LGDT POSTS Three Austinites have been elected to top offices in the Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas. Scotty Scott, current ALGPC co-chair, and Steve Thomas, a former ALGPC co-chair, are the new LGDT co-chairs. Janna Zumbrun, also a former ALGPC co-chair, was elected Treasurer. The elections were held in Houston during the second session of the Texas State Democratic Convention, September 26-27, 1980.
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