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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 1980 - File 010. 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/1911.

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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 010
Transcript CBS: "For the gay men of San Francisco, cruising in Buena Vista Park is done without shame...The men don't exchange names. They barely even talk as they follow each other into the bushes for sex." Another investigation was of S&M activities: CBS: "We were told about 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 something which is growing and may be very dangerous, what sort of response do you get?" Coroner: "From the police department we get great response. The police department and my office work together very closely. From the city we get no response." cbs continued with explanations of the process by which dianne 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 FRANCISCO 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 same kinds of comments she did to the Ladies Home Journal (i.e. that gays should observe community standards and not impose their lifestyle on others). What would have happened to her in terms of the gay vote?" Gay spokesperson: "She would not have had it." Mayor Feinstein (to the gay community): "I don't come to you as a perfect person that knows all of the answers, and that doesn't make mistakes, but I do come to you as a someone who has a heart and a concern and a very deep interest and desire to represent this community. And maybe at times I have been insensitive. It wasn't because of any calculated reason. If I've said things that the community 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 answer this question to anyone's satisfaction. But it didn't matter. Everyone here knew 'CONNECTIONS5 = 9 ■fn 44fsV that the mayor had just apologized. And it wasn't just an apology. She offered them a gay police commissioner. And political appointments in proportion to their political numbers in the city. In short, she had given them all they had asked for." CBS: "It may be that San Francisco is unique. That it couldn't happen anywhere else. But if Kinsey is right, upwards of 20 million Americans are homosexual. And, as we saw at that march in Washington last October, gay political organizations are acting all across the country. The right of homosexuals to organize like any other minority seeking to further its own interests is no longer in question. The question is what will those interests be? Will 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 homosexuals will achieve political power, but what will they attempt to do with it. I'm Harry Reasoner. Goodnight." Mayer Dianne Feinstein SAN FRANCISCO PREPARES COMPLAINT New York City (NGTF) The National Gay Task Force,. with the cooperation of the leadership of the San Francisco gay community, Supervisor Harry Britt and Mayor Dianne Feinstein, is preparing a National News Council complaint regarding the recent CBS News Special "Gay Power, Gay Politics." NGTF Co-Directors Charles F. Brydon and Lucia L. Valeska said: "We believe that CBS News in its program 'Gay Power, Gay Politics,' failed to meet reasonable standards of accuracy or fairness for broadcast journalism. CBS went beyond the bounds of legitimate robust journalism into the realm of misrepresentation, distortion and sensationalism. The program reflects inadequate 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 fundamental to an understanding of the events portrayed. "We condemn this style of journalism and its consequences - damage to the cause of civil rights and human dignity for the nation's lesbian and gay citizens and a further erosion of public confidence in the media's ability to accurately and fairly report the truth.".
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