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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 008
Transcript CONNECTIONS' JIMMY CARTER Jimmy Carter has been endorsed by Janna Zumbrun, Steve Thomas and Scotty Scott, all of the Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus and Lesbian Gay Democrats of Texas; the Dallas and Houston Gay Political Caucuses; Charles F. Brydon and Lucia Valeska, Co-Directors of the National Gay Task Force; Jim Olinger of CONNECTIONS; and many other lesbian/gay individuals and organizations. A Houston GPC report on President Carter states, "Gay and lesbian civil rights have made historical advancements through the direct assistance of the Carter administration." The Carter administration supported Democratic National Platform language affirming non-discrimination based on sexual orientation. It provided critical support to Lesbian and Gay Democrats of Texas in passing a Texas Democratic platform calling for repeal of 21.06. President Carter signed into law in 1978 the Civil Service Reform Act prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals in about 95% of all federal civil service jobs. The Carter administration has formally adopted a position favoring the repeal of the law barring homosexual aliens from visiting this country and the Justice Department will no longer initiate inquiries with foreign visitors about their sexual orientation or preference. Gay and lesbian organizations now qualify for exemptions and deductions from federal income taxes. A Federal Communications Commission rule required that broadcasters must meet the needs of significant community groups - including gay and lesbian organizations. "Human dignity is our inalienable right. Our Civil Rights are on the front line of American politics today. Powerful groups are actively advocating a return to the oppression of the past. These groups are not only opposing legislation that would protect gay rights, they are supporting legislation that would legalize discrimination," the Houston GPC report continues. "Discrimination is a perversion of our democratic heritage. Discrimination affects our self- image, our ability to secure justice and our ability to earn a living. The struggle for gay and lesbian rights is not a luxury that can be postponed - your dignity, your job and your future are at stake. The gay rights issue is tied to economic issues - what good is a tax cut when you've been fired for being gay or lesbian?" GAY VOTE 80 RONALD REAGAN A spokesman for the Austin-based Republican Alternative Committee for Texas, who declined to i- dentify himself, claims Ronald Reagan is "the candidate who would protect individual liberties most" and "A gay person should feel twice as secure with Reagan in the White House." He believes that Reagan, once in office, would resist any right- wing attack on the lesbian/gay community. Reagan's opposition, on human rights grounds, to the anti-homosexual Briggs Initiative in California in 1978, was a key factor in its defeat. Many feel he is secretly sympathetic to gays because of his long association with them in show business. However, a report released by the Houston Gay Political Caucus concludes, "Reagan's candidacy presents serious problems for those interested in lesbian and gay rights." Reagan told the Christian Association magazine, "I do not believe society should recognize or accept homosexuality as a so-called 'alternate life-style,'" in 1979. The January 24, 1980 Los Angeles Times quotes him as saying, "I don't think American society should be asked to accept that homosexuality is a standard which should be held up for acceptance. I just don't believe that, and I'm not going to push for it." As Governor of California, Mr. Reagan blocked repeal of the state sodomy law for many years by letting it be known that he would veto any repeal bill. He also referred to gays as "sick unfortunates" and dismissed two of his top aides when he learned reporters were about to "expose" them as homosexuals. Reagan has publicly aligned himself with right- wing religious groups like Moral Majority, Christian Voice and the Religious Roundtable. Former .Moral Majority Executive Director Robert Billings is a member of his campaign staff. Reagan was the only presidential candidate to attend the Religious Roundtable's recent National Affairs Briefing in Dallas. Strong statements against lesbian and gay rights were made at that convention. Reagan is quoted as saying, "I endorse you in what you are doing." Carter, Reagan shake hands after finish of televised debate By Jim Olinger
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