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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 1980 - File 009. 1980-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1915/show/1910.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date July 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 009
Transcript 8 'CONNECTIONS5 "GAY POWER-GAY POLITICS Transcript of GAY POWER, GAY POLITICS CBS (Commentator Harry Reasoner): "According to Kinsey one out of every 10 of us is homosexual. It used to be that it was something to hide. But last October the homosexuals of this country publically proclaimed themselves to be the newest legitimate minority. They did it just like all the others before them - with a march on Washington..." Lesbian Speaker at Washington March: "You know us, America. We are some your test friends. We're some of your best relatives. Your sisters. Your brothers. Your mothers. Your fathers. Your daughters. And your sons. In the eighties we are moving from gay pride to gay politics..." CBS: "For someone of my generation it sounds a bit preposterous. Political power for homosexuals? But those predictions are already coming true. In this report we'll see how the gays of San Francisco are using the political process to further their own special interests - gay power, gay politics. That's what this report is about. It's not a report about lifestyles or the average gay experience. What we'll see is the birth of a political movement..." "The assassinations of San Francisco Mayor Mos- cone and Harvey Milk, the openly gay member of the city's board of Supervisors, on November 27, 1978, are considered by many to be a political turning point in San Francisco gay politics. Diane Feinstein, then the president of the Board of Supervisors said, 'As president of the Board of Supervisors it is my duty to make this announcement: Both Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk have been shot and killed. The suspect is Supervisor Dan White.'" CBS: "And so Diane Feinstein became the new mayor and San Francisco was about to become a dangerously divided city." The documentary continued to follow the mayoral race, emphasizing that feinstein quickly learned that she was dealing with an important segment of the voting population by virtue of numbers and therefore clout, She began to attend gay functions such as the popular Beaux Arts Ball, CBS emphasized the strength of the gay community primarily through its voting power alone and not through an understanding or concern for human rights, CBS: "There's a consequence to the homosexual 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 San Francisco's gay colony was just completed. According to its findings the average gay man here has had sexual encounters with at least 500 different men. 28% with more than 1000. Most San Franciscans have come to accept the open cruising on Castro Street. It's not unlike the singles scene in the straight world. A place where boy meets .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 world. For instance, should public parks be used for sex? Today its's (Buena Vista Park) one of the pieces of territory claimed by the gay community. When we came here with our camera crew a group of gay men surrounded us and forced us to leave. A week later we came back without our crew but with a home movie camera. This is what we found: From sun up to sun down, men everywhere. Hundreds of them come into this park each day for public sex." Child interviewed by CBS: "We went up there and we saw a streaker and another man which was with him said if we told anyone he'd beat us up."
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