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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 1980
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  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date July 1980
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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  • newspapers
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Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript NATURALLY MARY' BU TED FOR GAY PRIDE ...=W=-=E=E;;;.;;;;K;...;;;.__ _ ________ The Houston police force ohserved the beginning ~ VICE SQUAD RAIDS of Gay Pride Week by raiding Mary 's. Fifteen unifonred and plain-clothes officers entered the bar shortly after midnight on Friday, June 20 and arrested si.xty-TuO patrons for "public intoxication." Several custarers were arrested before they had finished their first drink. Friday afternoon, Houston 's acting Chief of Police held a press conference. He stated that si.xty- TuO arrests wasn't an unusually large number and that it was only coincidence that the raid took place at the beginning of Gay Pride Week. He said the police action was based on a citizen 's corrplaint, rut declined to i­dentify the individual making the corrplaint, citing police department policy. Houston activist Ray Hill responded that this was the third year in a r<:M of Houston Police harrassrrent during Gay Pride Week. A police spokesman denied any kn<:Mledge of previous attempts to intimidate the gay carm..mity and said he v.0uld look into it. Charles Gillis , <:Mner of the Wilde 'n' Stein Book­store, told caJNECTIOOS that the ccmrunity's reaction was mainly "what else is new?" He characterized the police attitude as "making sure the queens don 't get too pissy." The police action which drew the rrost crit­icism was crOv.tiing 30 people into one small van, slight­ly injuring several. Despite the raid, the gay vs. police baseball garre went ahead as planned. The gays lost, 22 to 7. Gillis said the Houston television and newspaper coverage was "pretty positive." It "left the :inpression that the raid could have been police harrassrrent. It wasn't normal activity." ... AUSTIN BOOKSTORE O,mer Sexually Harrassed by Jim Olinger Members of the Austin Vice Squad joined narcotics officers in a raid on long- ti.Ire COONECTIOOS advertiser Anarchodillo Sl<:M Burning Books and Papers at 2401 Manor Road on Monday, June 2. They arrested owner Gene Berk­man in the apparent belief that they were smashing a major drug distribJ.tor. It is unusual for Vice Squad rrembers to participate in drug raids. Although no hard drugs were found, $6927 in cash, assets of Anarchodillo, the retail outlet of Berkman's Pacific Sunrise Trading Carpany, was seized as "evi­dence." Although Berkman cooperated fully with the police during the raid and has a history of camunity involverrent fighting Austin's hard drug traffic, the police spent TuO and one half hours ransacking the store. Berkman was also subjected to sexual harrassrrent in the course of his arrest. "I believe the Vice Squad !1EIT\bers were brought fran their assignrrents in gay bars to see if they re­cognized me as a patron," Berkman says. "Since I'm not gay and I don't drink alcohol, this proved just another waste of the taxpayers' rroney." "The TuO Vice cops just stood arOund while the four narcotics officers searched," Berkman continued. "Finally, one offered to help because the search was taking so lonq. He found thirty-six boxes of Chinese Continued on page 4 . '-2 ~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CONN EC TI O N S C o·N NEC TIO NS AUSTIN GAY PRIDE RALLY 2401 :-ianor Road #118, Austin, TX 78722 512/474-1660 HOURS: 6-10 p.m. Editor/Publisher .Jim Olinger Graphics. • • • • • .Don Typing • • • • • . . • • • Wayde Frey Distrib..ltion . • • • ••• Wayde Frey National Advertising •••• Joe DiSabato, 666 6th Ave., New York NY 10010, 212/242-6863 Articles - Alan Crawford, Dianne Draper, Wayde Frey, Jim Olinger Pictures - ScOtt Bieser, Kit Brooking, Jim Olinger Publications - Austin Arrerican-Statesman, Free Texas , Upfront Arrer ica O::X...NECTIONS is dedicated to providing a forum for the lesbian/gay carmunity of Austin and Texas. Pub­lication of the name or photograph of any person or organization is not to J::e taken as any indication_ of the sexual orientation of that person or organi­zation. co~~:ECTIONS welcares unsolicited news and/or feature articles, photographs, drawings, and poetry. If return or acknowledgement is requested, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. CQ;:-!ECTICJ.-:S will not assurre responsibility for u.~solicited material. PubHshed by Gay Cornrunity Services, a program_of the University Yl-x:.A/YYCA, 2330 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705. Telephone: 512/477-6699 Gay Carmunity Services Coordinating Council :-:e.rnl::ership . • . . . · · • · Office ...... • • • · · Spea~ers Bureau ......• Publications .......• Lynn Aday Rob Gips Troy Stokes Jim Olinger ;J ·", 1 ? l)l 9 ? ? _;, ~ 9 . • ? ;) • '") _,:) • '\ '1. ? '1 1 · Questi6ns? q • ? ? ? " .? ~ . l,J ~ • '1. '1. "1 • ? • • ? • ? ? • • GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES '? ? HOTLINE ? • 477-6699 .. . .'!.'.'.'. The gay pride parade and the town rreeting, victims of Austin's low sumrer energy level and lesbian/gay organizations' conflicting carmitrrents, were cancelled. However, several people rret June 16 at Metropolitan_ Carm.mity Church of Austin to try to salvage sorre kind of Gay Pride Week celebration for Austin. Those present were Dianne Draper, Scotty Scott, Michael Fernandes, Becky Badgett, Jim Olinger and Wayde Frey. The result was that a Gay Prid7 Rally was sched­uled for Thursday, June 26, at Wooldridge Park, spon­sored by Austin Lamb:la, Austin Lesbian-Gay ~litical Caucus, Gay carmunity Services and Metropolitan Carmu­nity Church of Austin. Michael Fernandes arranged for Jubilation to play at the event, vtiich was to run fran 6 to 10 p.m. Also lined up to entertain were Hektor Munoz and Teatro Alegre (Gay Theatre) , Richard Howard, and Deanna Ste­venson. Rev. Candace Naisbitt of M:CA also agreed to speak. Fernandes printed up and distrib..lted a leaflet advertising the rally. Jim Olinger arranged for the changed date for the park permit. Lynn Aday handled J::eer arrangements, so that GCS could recoup the costs of the park permit and other expenses for the event. GCS had originally fronted the rroney for the rally to the Gay Pride Week Organizing Carmittee, v-tlich at­terrpted to organize Gay Pride Week festivities for Austin, wt then gave up and wanted to call everything off. However, M:CA pastor Candace Naisbitt, Dianne Draper, other M:CA rrembers, Fernandes, Olinger, and many others wanted to have sare sort of gay pride cel­ebration in Austin for 1980, and the June 26 rally was an outcare of their joint efforts. Austin Lamb:la had scheduled a performance by Jubilation, rut needed a place to hold a dance. GCS had reserved Wooldridge Park for a rally, but needed people to entertain. Fernandes and Olinger agreed to combine their efforts and to have Austin Lamb:la and GCS jointly sponsor one event for all of Austin, along with AI.GPC and M:CA. GCS COMPLETES OFFICE RENOVATION Through the efforts of several people, the Gay Carm.mity Services office at 2330 Guadalupe has J::een renovated and airconditoned. I Larry Palrrer, George, Leo Cazares, Michael, Gerry Tarr and Francisco stripped paint fran window frames and the door , sheetrocked, taped, patched and painted walls, and scraped up asphalt tile, ruffed the pine'M)()d floor and varnished it to a lovely shine. cork l:ulletin boards and a stuffed sofa and matching chairs carpleted the canfortable, harey decor. All this was done in January, 1980. In "1arch, Dick Ehlert organized a fund-raising J::enefit for GCS at the Austin Country. Part of the proceeds fran this J::enefit was used to re.i.ml:A.irse people v-mo had bought materials for use in the office renova­tion and had rented a floor ruffing machine. In .-iay, part of the proceeds fran the benefit were spent on a window airconditioner for the GCS office. The v.ork was carpleted just in tirre for sumrer and hot weather. GCS has also taken over an ur.used hall for additional storage. Lynn Aday located and installed a used aircondi­tioner. He and Gary Fitzsimrons planed, painted and installed a v.ooden door to keep the cool air inside the office area. c:<N~CTilliS readers are invited to care by GCS and to enJoy the cool, attractive surrOW1dings . CONNE.CTIONS HELP GAY CUBAN REFUGEES by Dj_anne Draper Horrosexuals are everywhere! Today there are thousands of~ - lesbians and gay men - in the Cuban refugee carrps. They have J:een separated from the other refugees and placed in their own barracks. They have already known tont'ent, torture, and abuse - not because they are refugees - wt because they are homosexuals. Reports of the abuse they received J:efore leav­ing Cuba have reached us. The 'WOrst was walking a "gauntlet" of bayonets and J:eing stabbed in the face , arms , body, legs . They ....ere tortured because they were considered criminals. Their crim:! was J:eing horrosexual . These men and ...aren are presently incarcerated J:ehind barbed wire in Indiantown Gap, Pa., Eglinton Air Force Bas, Fla. , and Fort Chaffee, Ark. While many social agencies are willing to help the heterosexual Cuban refugees, no one has stepped forward to help our people. The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Corrmun­ity Churches J:elieves that if one person is oppressed, all people are oppressed. This Fellowship, of which Metropolitan Corrmunity Church of Austin is a part, has determined to do scrrething about helping the horro­sexual Cuban refugees. We cannot do it alone. We ask the help of the Austin gay ccmnunity. The Fellowship aims to negotiate with our govern­ment to facilitate the release and relocation of our brothers and sisters . Arrangements are J:eing made to visit these people .imrediately and reassure them that the lesbian/gay comnunity in this country cares about them. -- Please help us with the negotiating, planning, and facilitating that will result in freeing our people, by contributing financially. Send your checks and money orders to Metropolitan Corrmunity Church of Austin, 614 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. These funds will J:e forwarded to the U.F.M.C.C. Cuban Refugee Relief Fund in Los Angeles. 65% of the funds will go for relocation expenses and 35% will go for administrative costs. 'l'tousands of years ago £-loses cried to Pharaoh, "Let my people go!" Today v-.e are crying out also, to the administration of this country, "Let our people go." But they must have somewhere to go.~on 't you help us find therr. a place? Lynn Aday (1) and Wayde Frey unload "new" G.C.S. air conditioner. Lynn Aday and Gary Fitzsinrrons installing new outer door for G.c.s. office. 3 4 CONNECT.IONS Continued frart page 1 hairbrushes and a letter addressed to 'Ms. Jean Berk­man' and asked me, 'Are you a transvestite?' I ex­plained atout carputer mailing lists." Berkma.'1 was eventually charged with possession, not sale, of marijuana by narcotics officer Sargent Slayton. R. L. Chaμrian of the Vice Squad filed a warrant for seizure of the rroney. Berkman spent the night in jail before he was released on personal recog­nizance l:x:>nd. In the rrorning, Berkman was given a styrofoarn cup of "Florida orange juice," which tasted like a soft drink. "The jailer cane down the line of cells repeating 'Florida orange juice. Here's your Florida orange juice,"' Berkman relates. "He was obviously trying to get sare kind of reaction out of me. I finally did what any native Californian v,0uld do. I said 'I'm frcm California. I want California orange juice. ' The jail­er replied, 'I hear when you suck a California orange, it sucks back.'" Along with the harrassment, a clear- cut legal issue is involved, Berkman says. "The police are attacking the right of legitimate rusinesses to do ros­iness in cash and to maintain cash assets on the rusi­ness premises. How many tines have you taken marijuana to your place of ¼Ork? ~:ext tine you go srroke a joint, you better wry the rroney in your cash register. And forget atout the rroney in your safe." The police rumnaged through $13 ,000 v.orth (,vhole­sale value) of rrercha'1dise before seizing the $7 , 000 . "They acted like Bulls in a China shop, " Berl<rnan can­mented. Boxes of soap, l:x:>oks, hairbrushes , shoes, and dozens of other prOducts were scattered and searched, including many prOducts still in manufacturer's seals. The police eventually left, taking Berkman's per­sonal stash, The Queens, a l::XJok atout transvestites , and a stack of i.'1voices. "The cop said, 'LOok at sare of these titles,' when they shav.e:l. :ny attorney the evide.~e they are intrOducing," Berkma.'1 states . These include :-orals a--id Liberty, Why :·lages Rise , Rule of Law, and Viole.'1ce as a PrOduct of Imposed Order. A.'1 invoice for bath to\·.els, paper fans, and v.aren 's brocade slip­pers, is also being in traduced. "I suppose that's evide.'1ce I'm a transvestite," Berkman remarked. Berkrrian sees the charges he now faces , especially the civil suit to allow the police to keep the rroney, as "legalistic blackmail." "They seem to be acting on the principle that they have it in their possession and I v,0n't contest their keeping it because I have so-re­thing else to hide. I suspect they brought the Vice Squad in with the hope that I'd be afraid of being publicly identified as harosexual. But they can't black­mail me. I'm too proud of all my deviations." Gene Berkma.'1 rroved to Austin fran California in 1977. He owns the Pacific Su."!rise Trading Canpany, vm.ich .w. holesales irr'ported prOducts, and operates .. . . . . . . . ................ AnarchOdillo, which is a retail outlet and l::XJokstore. The $7,000 had been eannarked as the down payrrent on a wilding to house his expanding rosiness. He had l:een in contact with several realtors concerning the acqui­sition of a South Austin property in the week preceeding his arrest. The new location, at 1712 South Congress Avenue , is scheduled to open in September, 1980. The preliminary hearing was set for Monday, June 23. However, the District Attorney has requested a continuance, which is a tactic usually err-ployed by defense counsel. The hearing will be delayed until early July. Berkman has retained the Austin law firm of Presse and Grizzard, specialists in drug laws and rroney seizure cases, for his defense. Libertarian publications are giving the case nationwide publicity. Friends have formed the Pacific Sunrise Defense Camuttee to finance his legal fees in the separate criminal and civil cases . Contriwtions should be sent to Pacific Sunrise Defense and Reconstruction Fund, Box 6023, Austin, Texas 78722. I Metropolitan Community Church I 614 E 6th ST, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701 I I (512) 477-7747 SUNDAY SERVICES WEDNESDAY 1200 NOON AND 7 30 PM 7 30 PM REV CANDACE A NAISBITT Pastor Tuesday Bible Study: 7: 30 r:rn POTLUCK SUPPER SATURDAY JULY 19, 7:30 P ,M, CHURCH PROGRAMS Sunday lvorship: 1 2 : 00 noon and 7: 30 r:rn \·lednesday counseling: 7: 30 - 9: 30 r:rn CONNECTIONS 5 VICE SQUAD ACCUSED OF BEING POLITICAL 'IOOL Dt'NVER- (IG,JA) - Both a gay oothhouse and a gay theater have filed suits here to try to stop police harassment of their patrons. 'I'he Ballpark Health Club and the Spartan 'lheater claim they have been singled out for persecution by the vice squad. Gay activists claim the rusinesses have been harassed because some gay activists refused to support the re-election of Mayor William H. McNichols, Jr. Denver District Judge Clifton Flo..:ers ordered police to curtail checks of the health club until arguments can be heard. Attorney Arthur M. Schwartz, representing the Spartan 'Iheater, claims a local ordinance governing amusement roe.ms is both unconstitutional and in­applicable to the Spartan . A J::asement roan there, is allegedly used for homosexual activity. Schwartz said the roan is not open to the public . The Spartan 'lheater got into the news last sumner when former Englewood City Councilman Donald Weber was arrested there for allegedly violating a city ordinance against "fondling." tie was later acquitted of the charge. 'Ihe Spartan is asking for a restraining order , plus $300 , 000 in damages. Austin party in honor of Donald Baker, who is challenging Section 21 . 06 , the "Anti- Sodany" law, in court. Fran left: Dan Boyle, Don Baker, Jarma Zumbrun, Steve Thanas , Donna Johnson, and Rev. Candace Naisbi tt. JANNA ZUMBRUN NAMED TO DEMOCRAT IC NATIONAL PLATFORM COMM ITTEE Janna Zurnbrun was el ected to the National Plat­form Comnittee of the Derrocratic Party Saturday at the State Dem:x::ratic Party Convention held in San Antonio June 20- 21. Zumbrun, a delegate from Travis County, .imredi ate­ly flew to Washington, D.C. for the convening of the cornnittee , which began meeting Sunday rrorning, June 22 . The 150 comnittee members from all parts of the country will continue meeting at least through Wednesday to write the party platform that will be presented to the National Convention in August. Recently reappointed to the Austin Human Relations Cornnission, Zumbrun is also out- going co-chairperson of the Lesbian/Gay Dem:x::rats of Texas and a former •.•. OO"'¥ll.iiU-~30!1 .OD •tile, ~t.in• "I;esbian;/Gay Political Caucus . - ~ I Rep. Wilhelmina Delco shares Jimmy Snell's victory jubilation. J IMMY SNELL WINS RUNOFF On June 7, Jirrrny Snell v.x:>n the runoff for the Derrocratic nanination for Travis County camti.ssioner, precinct 1. Endorsed by the Austin Lesbia.'1-Gay Politi­cal Caucus , Snell campaigned in the Austin Country and in other gay bars in town. Snell also advertised in the June issue of ca.~"ECI'IOXS. AI.GPC v.x:>rkers staffed phone banks in the Snell campaign headquarters to help get out the vote. Snell's 532- vote margin over his opponent, Irene Snyder, can be attriruted to the efforts of the ALGPC campaign volunteers as 'Well as to Snell' s vigor­ous campaigning arrong black voters in East Austin. - For a strong voice against south Texas Nuclear Project .. Elect : JIMMY SNELL TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PAID FOR BY TRAVI~ Cot TY lrnTRTARIAN,~ IANCE .... t401 MANOR RD, #11 ~STIN, EXA; 7 111 ENE BERKMAN, FINANTE !RECTOR, 4 4-5 8 ... LOCATED AT MARCHOD LLO ANARCHODl~tO AUSTIN'S UN\OUE HEADSH SOAPS & SHAMPOOS NATURAL & tMPORTt~INESE GIN~ENG ExTRACT FINE HERB EAS * Sc I ENCE I CTI ON S c:: LIBERTARIAN ~ SSELECTION OF CHINESE HO~S Afu sn N' s LARGES UP, S OF RACE OR SEXUAL * L \·JELCCX"1E, REG~~1:i~~JK I ES, SPEEDFREAKS' PREFEREtlCE, EXCE AND THIEVES ., I I f'qalJYl Gay Camunity Services May 10, 1980 You were created EQUAL. And you ' re so diseased • • 2330 Guadalupe a you STILL try to el:iecrieeze on another man! That's Austin, Texas ~ why you 've got to go. • . Punky Dears : a . Ycu know sarething you filthy perverts, every 'Z\ tJ.ne we turn around we get repo.rts on perverts covertly interfering l:etween tv.O might-be lovers, • If you have to spread your "open" minded a to see if you perverts could do your filthy num- • type propagandas, please be aware of sane things. 'Z\ bers on one of them instead of a love affair We are far better than you are, because we a happening! (And by the way, since you just fal face the highest enotions of living, and YOU 'Z\ haven't got it, why don ' t you just claim that 'qlJY • are faggots. ~ there's really no such thing as love, openly, so And-iJ-iat YOU FAGS do is so nasty. You take , 'N you look better?) a a clean, sensitive, personal weiner and mate it We know your tactics of covert fear and 'qlJY • with another man's shit hole! You filthy rotten a degradation and deceit. You scare us , but we get • al:users of sexuality!! 'Z\ stronger because of it. We are just ab:lut throucrh And besides, our bips FIT. And YOURS ro-J'T! ~ turning the other cheek to you hateful , clandestine • We can find the super- ultimate sexual' ex=- 'Z\ aliens to happiness and joy. • perience and you can't, because you don't even ~ You 're "different," all right, arid so is your have any right to exist and nature hasn't made '-~~ brother Satan, whan God hates as we hate you. any plans for you, haro. We ~ow it is YOU who Jrurder our girls , and • And even if they did fit, your bips are like ~ we know in our hearts that you can ' t possibly rcx::ks - you can ' t even feel what you I re doing -z., have anything like the souls we do, or, any soul • very well. And you don ' t get hard enough to ~- ,•. at all. • really do the thing, either. , And you' re not going to be in our environ- And vie're not going to have any of you llEI1t , so you can just get THAT crazy idea out of fa1 "bisexual" or "jcx::ker" punks on our girls, either . ~ your heads . • 'qlJY lvhen you enter a wanan, you 're supposed to be -z., Andone thing cannot be shunned: YOU are • cfaarrggy?ied. away with passion. \vhat happened to that, ~-z., the 1 o s er s . • We have to tel 1 you that you cannot continue We'll tell you what: You're half numb, ~- ,•., to JJUt out :(Our poisonous propaganda and expect it half hard, and half head! ~ to go unnoticed by people who just ....on' t let you J"1 A darm freak that wants under another man's slip by· • 'qlJY pants. You think we ' re going to let ~ on ~ W~ ~ow that you secretly long for the peace STRAIGlT GIRIS? ~ of oblivion, and no one wants to sit down sare- fal We're way over you, and we're not going to ~ where and hear you haros spit out the dribble that • 'qIJY have YOU on anything we're on. Period. You just ' ,• you spread, so until we care for you , you will do • haven't got it. Take your rrother, so you can ,:iell to help us out by refraining fran your idiot-claim to be "bigger" yet. a ic propaganda. • We've also heard that you like to call whole- X\ And keep your hands off straight girls , • sate people like us , "sick." ~ because you could get your heads bla,;ed off, if But even YOU know that the only real "sick- 'Z\ you don't. • ness" is your filthy, harosexually diseased self. ~ -• • You have no right to get another male's Yours for freedan fran harosexuals , pants down - you are a crine against life, de- EUIWINASIA FOR PERVERTS CAMPAIGN OFFICE Fa1 generate. ~ (signed) Michael V • LPage 2 - Bent Bip Services7 'Z\ Michael Johnson, executive secretary Anyway, your sex organs don't ....ork as good ~ fil/dml fa1 as ours do - at all. We ' re so rroJCh higher than no enclosures 'qlJY f'qalJ1Y ypoisus, - athnatst . your lives are ....orth no rrore than • 1 • ~ Headquarters , Yes on Euthan':15ia for Sexual LI t1.gf@ t give us your pseudo-equality crap. 'Z\ Perverts , P.O. Box 185 , Manitou Springs , ~,&:::.I ,&:::.I~ H }S,H'E++ H SHH am:,eJl§ H H H H H Ha~ CONNECTION'S .7 James Farrrer, the longtilre civil rights activist, said at a news conference on the afternoon of the "Washington for Jesus" rally of right-wing fundamental­ists in Washington April 28-29, 1980, that "if God looked down on /the Mall/ today, He probably v.01.1ld say, Thank God, I'm not a Christian. II The organizers of "Washington for Jesus" did drum up a sizeable crow:i. An estimated 200,000 showed up, according to U.S. Park Police. That was sare 25,000 rrore than turned out last Octol:er to see the Pope give THE LEADERS ISSUED A HCHRISTIAN DECLARATIONH DENOUNCING HOMOSEXUALITY, Mass wt all the same well below the one million pran­ised' by "One Nation Under God," the collection of video preachers, tent-show revivalists and squeaky-clean en­tertainll'ent figures who put the show together. They sang and they prayed, care rain or care shine - rrostly care rain. The red, white and blue wnting that festooned the bandstand from which the preachers held forth was streaked and stained from tw days' drizzle, wt the crow:i remained in high spirits none­theless. In fact, a picnic atrrosphere prevailed, as the Faithful fran all over sat in folding chairs and knelt in prayer on nuddy blankets. They heard one preacher after another all day long, and the notion of American Paradise Lost got big play. According to the Reverend Bill Bright who heads Canpus Crusade International, Anerica "is disintegrating be­cause we have turned from the faith of our fathers." But others insisted that there's still hope. "In tilre of crisis in our land, to care and say, God of our fathers, ycu will save us - that is why we are here," said the Reverend Pat Robertson who, as host of the Christian Broadcasting Netv.Ork 's "700 Club," doubles as the Johnny Carson of the Hookv.Orm Belt. There was at least a trickle of politics on tap. Most of the preachers railed against atortion, haro­sexuality and "permissiveness" in general, and the Rev. Bright even took on Carrnunism and the sad state of America's defenses. Specialists in the field say Robertson and his ilk reach sore 100 m.i.llion Anericans each ~k on 36 wholly religious television channels, 1,300 radio stations and dozens of gospel television shows that buy tilre on can­_ rercial 'IV. Their entire constiuency nationwide may consist of rrore than 50 rrullion "rorn again" Christians , rrostly Protestants, plus 30 million "rrorally conserva­tive" Ronan Catholics and a few million ~lOrrrons and Jews. That's "enough votes to run the country," Robertson cently issued a congressional report card rating elected officials on "rroral issues" - consulting in the preparations. Senators Jesse Helms of North Carolina and John lvarner of Virginia were active, too. The rally wuld feature syrrpathetic politicians who v.01.1ld be asked to address the throng. Original preparations also called for the platform from which the serrrons were broadcast to have seats for every Member of Congress, with their names emblazoned on them. That way, one Washington­based Christian activist told Ire, the preachers could acknowledge the politicoes who shc,,,..,ed up and "zero in on the empty chairs." In January, the leaders '-"=I1t so far as to issue a "Christian Declaration" that denounced atortion, haro­sexuality and excessive governirent spending. Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield, a 111:x:>rn again" Christian wt a liberal, was especially outraged. He Iret with the leaders to express his misgivings. A source close to the planning says it was made clear at the ireeting that if the right-wingers did not back off, the tax-exempt stc:':·:.s of "One Nation Under God" wuld receive very ~lose attention indeed. At that point, the leaders "did a 180-degree turn," announcing that there v.01.1ld be no political speeches and no politicians v.01.1ld be allowed to address the cr()y.rj_. Even so, the rally was attended by Senators told U.S. News and World Report. "And when the people say, 'We've had enough,, we are going to take over." Helms and Orrin Hatch (a Utah Morrron) and several lvashington lesbian and gay groups and assorted congressiren.Pat Boone, who had care to croon at the literals had been bracing for the arrival of the '.rwice stadium songfest, put in an appearance at a . 'ew Right Born since planning began rronths ago. Back then the fundraiser · rally was to have been explicitly political, with Chris- At the rally itself, h~ver, nuch care was tal(en tian Voice - a Pasadena based 1 · t · 1 1 bb th t to wake sure the speakers didn't get too political - - ~ 1 B~~ wi~ a fakra s=ess:nm ~ ==~. ristian.:Soldie,~ ......... . 8 CONNECTIONS ''GAY POWER•GAY POLITICS'' TRANSCRIPT OF GAY POWER, GAY POLITICS CBS (Carmentator Harry Reasoner) : "According to Kinsey one out of every 10 of us is hctiosexual. It used to be that it was sorrething to hide. But last ~tober the harosexuals of this country publically proclairred themselves to be the newest legitimate minority. They did it just like all the others before them - with a march on Washington ••• " Lesb~an Speaker at Washington :-larch: "You know us, Arrerica. 1-le are sorre your !:est friends. 1-le 're sorre of your best relatives. Your sisters. Your brothers. Your rrothers •. Your fathers. Your daughters. And your sons. In the eighties we are rroving from gay pride to gay politics ..• " CBS: "For sareone of my generation it sounds a bit pre­posterous. Political p:,<.~r for horrosexuals? But those predictions are already caning true. In this report we'll see how the gays of San Francisco are usina the political process to further their own special inter­ests - gay~, gay politics. That's what this report is alxlut. It.'s not a report al:out lifestyles or the average gay experience. What we' 11 see is the birth of a political rroverrent .•. " "The assassinations of San Francisco Mayor libs­cone a.'1d Harvey Milk, the openly gay rreml::er of the city's 1:oard of Supervisors, on :Jovember 27, 1978, are considered by many to be a political turning point in San Francisco gay politics. Diane Fejnstein, then the president of the Board of Supervisors said 'As presiden~ of the Board of Supervisors it is my 1 duty to .· make this announcerrent: Both Mayor Moscone and Sui::er­visor Harvey Milk have been shot and killed. The suspect is Supervisor Dan White. 111 CBS: "And so Diane Feinstein becarre the 11ew mayor and San Francisco was aJ:out to becorre a dangerously divided city." THE DOCUMENTARY CO~TINUED TO FOL.Lo.'l THE M/\YORAL RACE, EMPHASIZING THAT rEINSTEIN QUICKLY LEARNED THAT SHE WAS DEALING WITH AN IMPORTANT SEGMENT OF THE VOTING POPULATION BY VIRTUE OF NUMBERS AND THEREFORE CLOUT, SHE BEGAN TO ATTENCLGAY FUNCTIONS SUCH AS THE POPULAR BEAUX ARTS BALL. CBS EMPHASIZED THE STRENGTH OF THE GAY COVMUNITY PRIM/\RILY THROUGH ITS VOTING Po.'lER ALONE AND NOT THROUGH AN UNDERSTANDING OR CONCERN FOR HUM/\N RIGHTS, CBS : "There's a consequence to the horrosexual lifestyle here. Traditional values are under attack. The esti­mates of gays in San Francisco range from 75,000 to 175,000. From 12% of the city to 25%. A Kinsey report on S':111 Francisco 's gay colony was just carpleted. 'Ac­cording to its findings the average gay man here has had sexual encounters with at least 500 different rren 28% with rrore than 1000. Most San Franciscans have · care to accept the ope11 cruising on Castro Street. It's not unlike the singles scene in the straight v.arld. A place where boy rreets boy in the light of day. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. When you take the next step you find yourself in places with no counterpart in the straight v.arld. For instance, should public parks be used for sex? Today it.s 's (~uena Vista Park) one of the pieces of territory clairred by the gay conmunity. When we carre here with our carrera crew a group of gay rren surrounded us and forced us to leave. A week later we carre back without our crew wt with a horre rrovie carrera. This is what we found: From sun up to sun down, rren everywhere. Hundreds of them corre into this park each day for pub­lic sex." Child interviewed by CBS: "l·le went up there and we saw a strea'<er a:1d anotJ1.er man which was with him said if we told anyone he'd beat us up." CONNECTIONS 9 CBS: "For the go.y rren of San Francisco, cruising in Buena Vista Park is done without shame •.. The rren don't exchange narres. They barely even talk as they follow each other into the l:::ushes for sex. " ANOTHER INVESTIGATION WAS OF S8Jv1 ACTIVITIES: CBS: "We we.re told at.out an institution in this city where people are involved in S&M activity in which they are so dangerous that they have a gynecological table there with a doctor and nurse on hand to sew people up." City Coroner: "Yes, I've heard of those places. Why are they allowed to flourish? Currently there is no law against it." CBS: "And, you as the coroner, when you go to the city's politicians or the police force and tell then that you are seeing sanething which is growing and way l:e very dangerous, what sort of response do you get?" Coroner: "From the police departrrent we. get great re­sponse. The police departrrent and my office -work to­gether very closely. From the city we. get no response." CBS CO~TINUED WITH EXPLANATIONS OF THE PROCESS BY WHICH U!ANNE FEINSTEIN GAINED THE MAJORITY OF THE GAY VOTE, BASICALLY THE DOCUMENTARY INDICATED THAT IN­CREASINGLY SHE BECAME AWARE OF THE NEED TO COURT THE GAY VOTERS OF SAN rRANCl3CO AND THAT TO WIN THEIR SUP­PORT SHE WOULD HAVE TO SUPPORT THEIR LIFESTYLES, CBS: "What if Mayor Feinstein had gone through the cam­paign making the sarre kinds of corments she did to the Ladies Home Journal (i.e. that gays should observe corrm..mity standards and not irrp:)se their lifestyle on others) . What v.ould have happened to her in terms of the gay vote?" Gay SP?kesperson: "She -would not have had it." Mayor Feinstein (to the gay conmunity): "I don't come to you as a perfect person that knows all of the an­swe. rs, and that doesn ' t make mistakes, l:::ut I do come to you as a scxreone who has a heart and a concern and a very deep interest and desire to represent this com­munity. And mayl:e at times I have teen insensitive. It wasn't tecause of any calculated reason. If I've said things that the comnunity has found offensive, or doesn't understand, I apologize for that." Question from audience: "What I want to know is what changed your mind from June when you didn ' t think you needed us to three weeks before the election when you thought you needed us." CBS: "She didn ' t answe.r this question to anyone 's sat­isfaction. But it didn ' t matter. Everyone here knew 0 ,0" ,g !1 ~ C1 ~ 2 ~ ::ayer Dian:.e Feinstein r .. that the mayor had just apologized. And it wasn't just an apology. She offered them a gay police carrnissioner. • And political appointments in proportion to their pol­itical numl:ers in the city. In short, she had given them all they had asked for." CBS: "It may l:e that San Francisco is unique. That it couldn ' t happen anywhere else. But if Kinsey is right, u ards of 20 million Arrericans are harosexual. And, as we. saw at that march in Washington last Octol:er, gay political organizations are acting all across the country. The right of horrosexuals to organize like any other minority seeking to further its own interests is no longer in question. The question is what will those interests l:e? lvHl they include a demand for absolute sexual freedom as they did in San Francisco? And if so, will this challenge to traditional values provoke far more hostility and controversy when it is put to the test elsewhere? It is no longer a matter of whether horrosexuals will achieve political~, l:::ut what will they atterrpt to do with it. I'm Harry Reasoner. Goodnight. " SAN FRANCISCO PREPARES COMPLAINT :-:ew York City (NGTF) The National Gay Task Force,. with the cooperation of the leadership of the San Fran­cisco gay corrm..mity, Supervisor Harry Britt and :-layor Dianne Feinstein, is preparing a National . ·ews council complaint regarding the recent CBS ~.ews Special "Gay Power, Gay Politics . " .GTF Co-Directors Charles F. Brydon a.~d Lucia L. Valeska said: "\·le l:elieve that CBS ~:ews i.."'l its program 'Gay Po·.,er, Gay Politics,' failed to rreet reaso:.able standards of accuracy or fairness for broadcast journal­ism. CBS v1ent l:eyond the bounds of legiti..--:iate rol:::ust Jour:1alisrr into the reaL'TI of misrepresentatio:1, distor­tion and sensationalism. The progra'TI reflects bade­quate and shoddy research and was edited in such a fashion as to negatively manipulate the viewing public's attitude toward the gay rights movement. This manipu­lation occurred through the omission of vital facts fundarrental to an understanding of the events portrayed. 11\ve condemn t.1-J.is style of journalism and its con­sequences - damage to the cause of civil rights and human dignity for the nation's lesbian and gay citizens ,md a further erosion of public confidence in th~ media's ability to accurately a.'1d fairly report the truth. ''. 10 CONNECTIONS TEATRO ALEGRE 'ID APPEAR AT GASLIGI-IT THEATRE Teatro Alegre (Gay Theatre) has teen delighting Austin audiences with "Jotos" ("Queers" , revie~ in May, 1980 COONF.CTICT-JS) for the past t'M) rronths. Now this talented Latino lesbian/gay theatre group is re­hearsing for "El Osito Bailarin" ("The Dancing Bear.") It will be presented for six afternoons in July at the Gaslight Theatre, 214 West 4th. Author Hektor Munoz describes "El Osito Bailarin" as "a children's play which is also for adults. It's sorrething like 'the three bears go disco,' only diff­erent." It's al:::out Teddy Bear, who wants to be a disco dancer J:::ut who must struggle with society's prejudices and a big, bad wolf. Teddy Bear will be played by Hektor Munoz. Pancha, the Disco Queen (Pam:la Leighton) accanpanies him in his adventure. Cliff Manuel plays Mr . M., the v.Olf, and Diana Soliz is the Fairy ("no p..m intended") . "El OSito Bailarin" is Teatro Alegre's second production and it premises to be every bit as entertaining as "~otos." Toe bilingual production ' will play at 3:15 μnon Friday, July 11 , 18,25 and at at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 12,19,26. Part of the proceeds will be donated to G.C.S. Don't miss it. TEXAS MONTHLY FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGES GAYS EXIST After eight years of publishing, TEXA.S .-V.tIHLY has printed its first feature article on lesbiaI'-s and 3"ays in its June 1980 iss;.:e. Written by :,1ichael Ennis and titled 11\vhat Do I'hese Rugged Texas He-: Jen Have in Ccmron?", the article describes gay life in Dallas and Houston, J:::ut skips Austir1, Sa11 A.11to?1io, a11d other Texas cities. En.11is concludes his article by sayi.11g that the rrerger of the gay sul:x::ulture and the straight mainstrea;n is already a'1 accarplished fact. The real challenge for society, T"'....XA.S :-0:,"IHLY says, is not the restriction or isolation of gay culture J:::ut the assi.'ll.i.lation of it. Hear, hear! 2828 RIO GRANDE/AUSTIN 478 0224 ENTRANCE IN REAR The GASLIGI-IT THEATER presents ..... TEATRO ALEGRE .·.·•..: ' I • • -- -••• I • • : . • • , •• • . , • • ; .., BY HEKTOR ~oz JULY ]J-~t, l~SO MATINEES FRIDAYS at 3:15 pm SATIJRDAYS at 11 am - CONNECTIONS w 11 ,,,------------------... CONNECTIONS CALENDAR JULY,1980 Wed July 2 8pm, Gay Corrmunity Services coordinators meeting, University Y office Thu July 3 7: 30pm, first meeting of Austin Parents and Friends of Gays at Metropolitan Corrmunity Church of Austin Fri July 4 8pm, Austin Larnl::da Cultural independence celebration 1 0pm, Showtime at Austin Country with Donna Day 12 noon, Annual 4th of July gay picnic, City Park, Lake Austin Sun July 6 3pm, Austin Larnl::da Cultural hike for ....aren 9pm, Miss USA-Texas contest at the Austin Country Tue July 8 8pm, Austin Larnl::da Cultural support group for bisexual vv0rren Thu July 10 1 0pm, Showtime at Austin Country with Monique and Candy LOve Fri July 11 3:15pm, Teatro Alegre (Gay Theatre) pre­sents "El Osito Bailarin" (The Dancing Bear) at the Gaslight Theatre, 214 \vest 4th. Bilingual, for children, the 3 tears go disco. Sat July 12 1 0am-1 pm, Austin Larnl::da Cultural speakers bJreau training 11 am, Teatro Alegre presents "El Osito Bailarin" at the Gaslight Theatre 6pm, Austin Larnl::da AA covered dish supper 8pm, Austin Lawl:x:1a Cultural lesbian dance f·!On July 14 1 0pm-2am, free sexually transmitted dis­ease (STD) screening by Gay Nurses' Alliance of Austin (G:\AA) and Austin­Travis County Health Departrrent (A-'TCHD) at the New Apartrrent LOunge Wed July 16 7:i;:m, Austin Larnl::da Cultural lesbian potluck supper 8pm, Gay Comnunity Services general rosiness meeting, University Y office Thu July 17 10pm, Showtime at Austin Country with -Angela Aaron Fri July 18 3:15 pm, Teatro Alegre presents "El Osito Bailarin" (See Fri July 11) 12 midnight, Gay Nurses' Alliance of Austin rreeting. Call 453-0816 for location. Sat July 19 11am, Teatro Alegre presents "El Osito Bailarin" (See Fri July 11) 7:30pm, .M2CA potluck supper 8: 30pm, .l~.ustin Lamb::la Cultural reshowing of slides of Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" Sun July 20 8pm, 'Ruth and Gail tenefit concert for Austin Larnl::da Cultural at Literty Lunch. $2.50 Tue July 22 7:30pm, ALGPC meeting, Austin Larnl::da Cultural Thu July 24 10pm, Showtime at Austin Country with Vonda Delaine and Dione :-iartell Fri July 25 3:15pm, Teatro Alegre presents "El Osito Bailarin" (See Fri July 11) Sat July 26 11am, Teatro Alegre presents "El Osito Bailarin" (See Fri July 11) 10pm-3am, free STD screening by G:--JAA and A-'TCHD at the Club Baths Sun July 27 3pm, Austin Larnl::da Cultural rren 's potluck supper, Woads Park, 9th Street east of Lamar Thu July 31 Conference on sexual assault tegins at UT 10pm, Showtime at Austin Country wifo Lee Shannon • t I I I • Sunday t-bnday \vEFr'LY EVJ::l;'TS IN JULY ' 80 12 noon and 7:30pm, wrship services at Metropolitan Corrmunity Church of Austin 1pm, liturgical services, Holy Trinity Church of Austin 3pm, Austin Laml:xla AA 'J.\,,elve Traditions Study 4pm, Volleyball, Waterloo Park (Red River te~ 11th and 15th streets) 8pm, Dignity liturgy. 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