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Community News, No. 6, February 1975 - File 003. 1975-02. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 3, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1929/show/1918.

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Title Community News, No. 6, February 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date February 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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 003
Transcript Gay Movement Loses Leader (New York) Dr. Howard J. Brown, founder of the National Gay Task Force, died February I of a heart ailment at his home in Greenwich Village. In October 1973, Dr. Brown made the front page of the New York Times when he announced that he was a homosexual. The former Health Service Administrator in Mayor John Lindsey's administration made the announcement in an attempt to end the prejudices that homosexuals face in obtaining jobs. In the same month he helped found and became board chairman of the National Gay Task Force, a civil rights clearing house for gay groups and individuals. When Dr. Brown announced that he was a homosexual, he expressed the hope that others in high positions would follow his example. Dr. Brown's background and reputation lent a legitimacy to the new National Gay Task Force that it otherwise would have had to develop on its own. The Task Force has since gone on to attract most of the well-known names in the movement to its support. Born in Peoria, Illinois, on April 15, 1924, Dr. Brown served as an enlisted man during World War II and received his M.D. from Western Reserve Medical School in 1954. He came to New York that year to serve as director of professional services for the Health Insurance Plan. Seven years later he took over the ambulatory care unit at Grouverneur. In 1966 he was chosen by Mayor John Lindsay to serve as New York's first REPEAL EFFORT IS LAUNCHED (Dallas) At its winter meeting in Dallas, the Texas Gay Task Force launched its drive to have Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code repealed by the Legislature. Acting in the belief that the repeal of 21.06 is the most important concern for gay people in Texas, the Coordinating Council of TGTF established its Legal Committee whose current sole purpose is to organize a statewide campaign against 21.06. Section 21.06 ofthe Penal Code reads: §21.06. Homosexual Conduct (a) A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual ofthe same sex. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. This law makes private consensual sex between gays illegal. It is the basis of Health Services Administrator. He envisioned a complete reordering of public health care, putting the patients' interests first. Ill health was a factor in Brown's resignation from the City Health Service. In 1968 he became director of community medicine at Fordham Hospital and later taught full-time at New York University's School of Public Administration and School of Medicine. He held professorships at both schools at the time of his death. Mrs. John Sibley, his sister and only surviving relative, has requested that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the newly created Fund for Human Dignity/Howard Brown Memorial Fund. Robert L. Livingston, chairman ofthe fund, asks that donations be mailed to Room 506, 80 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10011. The fund will be used to carry on the work which Dr. Brown in his lifetime began. much of the harassment and legal discrimination against gay people. Private consensual sex acts between adults of the opposite sex is legal. Randy Beitel of Dallas and Neil Parker of Austin were appointed co-chairpersons ofthe Legal Committee. More information may be obtained by writing the Texas Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111, or by calling (817) 838-2095. COMMUNITY NEW* Richard van Cleve Communications Director Managing Editor Dallas Editor Art Director Allen Reid Scott Stebelman John Chapman Staff: Arlo, Jay Alexander, Ken Cyr, Sue Harris, Kay Wilson, Randy Beitel, Rip Corley, Mark Elgin, Alexander Langham, Wayne Ribble and others. Community News is published by the Northern Region of the Texas Gay Task Force (Communications Committee) and by AURA (Awareness, Unity and Research Association), not for profit but as a service to the Gay Community. Opinions expressed in Community News are those of the individual writers and do X not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, AURA, the Northern Region of the TGTF, or of their members. Mailing Addresses: P.O. Box 7367 Fort Worth, TX 76111 P.O. Box 9928 Dallas, TX 75214 Telephone: FortWorth (817)838 2095 Dallas (214) 827-2798 SUBSCRIPTION RATE is $4 (1st Class) and $3 (3rd Class) for 1 2 issues mailed in plain envelope. LETTERS to the editor of Community News should be signed. However, name will be withheld upon request. All letters are subject to editing to meet space requirements and to remove potentially libelous statements. Publication ofthe name of any person, business or group in Community News should not be constured as any indication i if ihe sexual preference of lhat person, business or group, or of their employees or members. AD RATES available upon request. WANTADS: See Wantads section of this paper. 2 / COMMUNITY NEWS / FEBRUAR Y 75
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