Gay celebrities raise money for
By KELLY KAY
FORMER PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER Dave Kopay, former USAF
Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, feminist author Del Martin
and Metropolitan Corrtrunity Church founder the Rev.
Troy Perry made a whirlwind fundraising tour for
the Texas Gay Task Force (TGTF) and the No On Six
Cormdttee Oct. 11-13.
Dinners and receptions in San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock and Dallas made approximately $12,000, half of •
which will go to No On Six, the California effort \
fighting the Briggs Initiative, proposed legislation ;
which would force the firing of all public school /
teachers in California who are gay or who advocate :
the gay lifestyle.
the other half of the proceeds will be used to fund j
TGTF's lobbying effort during the upcoming session
of the Texas Legislature.
According to Kathy Deitsch, TGTF moderator, $8,000
in pledges of $500 and $1,000 was also raised, with
many of the donors stipulating that their total gift
benefit the task force's legislative lobby.
DESCRIBING SAN ANTONIO as the "emotional high" of
the tour, Deitsch said that it was in Austin, however, that the most money was raised — just under
$5,000. About $4,000 was raised in Dallas, and
about $3,000 in San Antonio.
In Austin, nearly 150 people attended the Thursday,
Oct. 12 $25-a-plate dinner at the Quality Inn on
South ffl-35. During the dinner, several posters designed by artist Steve Akin — and all autographed
by Matlovich, Martin, Kopay and Perry — were sold
by auction for amounts varying from $15 to $50.
Perry served as auctioneer. Before the dinner Bunch
Brittain of the Austin Country hosted an open-bar
cocktail reception for the four guests of honor.
ALTHOUGH NO DATES HAVE been set, Deitsch says that
TGTF will invite to Texas another personality, possibly non-gay, to continue the fundraising effort.
Deitsch says the only real fault with the October
The Rev. Troy Perry at the Austin fundraiser for No On Six and the Texas Gay
tour was that no straight gay rights advocate was
included among the celebrities. She feels that a
non-gay would draw support for the task force's
effort from the straight comniinity.
TGTF has set a goal of $25,000 to fund its legisla-
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