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Community News, No.11, August 1975 - File 002. 1975-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 25, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1939/show/1931.

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Title Community News, No.11, August 1975
Publisher AURA
Date August 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 002
Transcript S5(f GAY PAPER OF NORTH TEXAS COMMUNITY NEWS UUove Who* Vou l UionU "WHAT ARE YOU DOING to me?" Ken Cyr seems to be asking in the photo above. See page two for answer. TROUBLE ON THE CRUISE BLOCKS Page Three Directory - Page Four Review of CONSENTING ADULT Page Five Not for Lesbians Only — Page Seven SceneEast / SceneWest — Page Seven fifi POT, 53 THOSE WHO DENY freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. —Abraham Lincoln Ft. Worth Gay Fights and Wins Job Discrimination Issue (Fort Worth) Harold Wright, local gay activist, was recently reinstated to his front office job at the Fort Worth Hilton Inn after he was earlier terminated because he is gay. Wright, a Texas Christian University student, was terminated last August 15 by Neal Hospers, general manager of the Fort Worth Hilton. Hospers learned that Wright was gay when a leading Fort Worth businessman called Hospers and complained that Wright and the businessman's 18-year-old son, also an employee at the Hilton, were engaged in a homosexual relationship. Wright and the businessman's son were then terminated. Although Wright and the businessman's son were employed on the same shift, Wright stated that their relationship was never carried onto their jobs and did not affect their job perform- Dallas To Have Gay Radio Show (Dallas) A Gay radio program on community- owned KCHU is now in production and is tentatively scheduled to air August 25. KCHU at 90.9 on the FM dial should begin broadcasting Saturday, August 23. Once the station is on the air, the weekly half hour Gay broadcast will be heard every Monday evening at 7:30. The program will be a taped montage of music, entertainment, news and commentary. "The talk show format," according to the program's director, "has been overused. We will use instead a magazine format and at times will offer an abstract sound-collage of music and ideas. "Because this is a Gay endeavor, we want it to be one of the most professional local shows. But that shouldn't be difficult since there's an awful lot of talent within the Dallas Gay Community." Programs now in the planning stages include such titles as: "Women's Lib and the Lesbian," "Where the Boys Are-An In-Depth Study of the Cruise Block" and "HR-166 -The Abzug Emancipation Proclamation." "Any relationship we might have had was our own business as consenting adults. 1 tried to make a point, as everybody should, of leaving my private life out of my job and vice-versa," Wright said. Wright, a member and past vice president of AURA (Awareness, Unity & Research Association), a Fort Worth gay civil rights organization, subsequently Filed suit through AURA's attorney and also filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that his termination constituted discrimination on the basis of sex (sexual preference) in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After almost a year of litigation, an out of court setUement was reached with Metro Inns Management Company (MIMCO), which owns and operates the Fort Worth Hilton Inn. In the setdement, MIMCO agreed to reinstate Wright to his job; to pay his back wages and attorney's fees; to issue a letter to Wright apologizing for any discriminadon against him on the basis of sexual preference and to stipulate in the letter that MIMCO does not discriminate against homosexual or gay persons in any way. MIMCO further agreed that it will not in the future discriminate against Wright or any other gay person because of sexual preference; that no further retaliatory action will be taken against him as long as he performs his job in a satisfactory manner and that no mention of this incident or the fact that he is gay will be contained in his personnel record or repeated to any prospective future employer. MIMCO agreed that it will treat Wright with the courtesy and respect accorded to other employees. Wright claims that his termination is a prime example ofthe homophobia (fear of gay people) that is prevalent in Fort Worth and Texas. "I was terminated not because of any poor job performance or anything related to my job, but simply because I am gay," Wright said. Ken Cyr, director of AURA, hailed the settlement as not only a victory for Wright but for the entire Fort Worth Gay Community. "The victory won by Harold Wright over the Hilton Inn reiterates and strengthens our position that it is legally and morally wrong to discriminate against a person simply because of ■ that person's affectional or sexual preference," commented Cyr.
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