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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 2, Nobember 1978 - File 004. 1978-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 15, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1875/show/1861.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 2, Nobember 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date November 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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 004
Transcript viewpoint Gay strategy at the polls gay austin 3 By TROY STOKES SINCE GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES is part of the University Y, a tax-exempt charitable institution, it cannot endorse candidates for political office. But we can and do assert that it is in our interest to inform ourselves and make the best choice -- even though we might not be enthusiastic about any of the choices. I maintain that a gay Democrat should not "go fishing" or "sit this one out" -- but should cast his or her vote for the party's gubernatorial candidate, John Hill. It is true and unfortunate that Hill has not made the kind of pro gay rights statements which we would like. It is also true that Texas Democrats at the 1978 convention in Fort Worth failed to pass -- after debate -- a resolution calling for the repeal of State Penal Code Section 21.06, which makes homosexual intercourse between consenting adults in private a misdemeanor offense. I was unhappy about this. After all, I started fighting 21.06 while it was still in the drafting stages, before it became law. But consider the alternative to Hill and the Democrats. The Republicans considered no gay rights resolution, and, in fact, passed a resolution calling for the firing of gays teaching in the public schools. So far, this argument is beginning to resemble an appeal to go with the candidate who throws you a crumb, rather than the one who kicks you in the teeth. My lover often says of such situations, "dry shit is better than wet shit." Once you get past all this creative writing, there remains the dull but no less obvious fact that we take what we can get -- even if we don't like it. There is another fact as well. Precinct delegation size at the county and state conventions is based on the turnout for the Democratic nominee for governor. For every 25 votes, 1 delegate goes to the county convention; for every 300 votes, one delegate goes to the state convention. For this reason it is probably in your interest to vote for Hill. Take my precinct as an example. Precinct 334 is in a liberal west campus neighborhood. It has passed gay rights resolutions several times. It will continue to do so. If my friends and I can turn out the vote for Hill, we can increase the size of our delegation which clearly strengthens the gay rights cause. You may live in a conservative neighborhood. Or you might be a Republican. If so, your strategy would be different from mine. The important thing is to investigate the situation and devise some strategy for promoting your own civil rights -- or, as Mr. Clements is fond of saying, you have to have a 'pla- yun' . The governor's race is not the only issue on November 7. There is the Senate race as well as Proposition Six out in California. The Senate race doesn't offer much of a choice on the gay rights issue, but it is interesting that both candidates, Republican Tower and Democrat Krueger, are stopping just short of calling each other faggots. Krueger dwells at length on Tower's size, his taste in European suits and his womanizing. Tower, in turn, mentions the fact that Krueger doesn't talk like he's from Texas and says that Krueger knows nothing about the institution of marriage since Krueger is a bachelor. CONTINUED PAGE 7 New sign for GCS GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES experienced a long- awaited day Sept. 30 when the organization mounted its new green and white sign alongside the University Y sign at the GCS headquarters above Sommers Drugs at 2330 Guadalupe. Designed and constructed by Tommy Connell, the 10 foot long sign gives GCS unprecedented visibility and presence. It was worth the wait.
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