SERVING THE GAY
October 1974 Vol. I, No. 3
Coalition of State's Organizations
TEXAS GAY TASK FORCE FORMS
Delegates from 23 organizations from
throughout Texas met August 2 at the
Gay Community Center in San Antonio
and gave birth to bright new hopes for
Gay People in Texas - the Texas Gay
The organizational meeting had been
called by a resolution adopted June 22
during the Texas Gay Conference in Fort
Worth by a caucus of representatives of 18
Texas Gay Organizations.
The resolution, introduced by AURA
and seconded by Integrity/Houston,
"Because there is no statewide Gay
organization in Texas, and there is a
serious lack of communication between
the existing organizations, AURA proposes that a coalition of the state Gay
organizations be established as soon as
possible at a statewide meeting of delegates to be held at a time and place to be
determined by this Caucus."
Statement of Purposes
After two days of constant and sometimes gruelling talks, a seven-point Statement of Purposes emerged from the San
1. To Bring together the various organizations in the State of Texas interested in
working for the betterment of the Gay
Community and to promote and assist
the individual organizations and unify
them for the advancement of their common goals.
2. To establish a network of communication for member organizations.
3. To encourage and promote a topical
action committee for the development of
a positive self image through specific self-
4. To socialize, thereby creating a unified
collective spirit among all Gay People.
5. To abolish laws which discriminate
against Gay People and to implement
beneficial legislation with adequate judicial enforcement.
6. To insure human and civi! rights of all
7. To develop a program of public education concerning the structure and realities
of Gay Life.
The structure of the Texas Gay Task
Force was also established at the San Antonio Caucus. The first item of business
was to make the 23 organizations present
charter members. The state was then divided into four regional areas: the North
ern Region, consisting of Dallas and Fort
Worth; the Eastern Region, consisting of
Houston; the Southern Region, consisting
of San Antonio;and the Western Region,
consisting of Austin and Lubbock.
A Coordinating Council was established
to be responsible for the implementation
of the Purposes. The Coordinating Council will act as the "executive" body ofthe
TGTF and will be comprised of one woman and one man from each region. The
House of Delegates will consist of one delegate from each organization and will act
as the "legislative" body of the TGTF.
The next meeting of the TGTF Council
has been scheduled for October 5 in Austin.
1975 Texas Gay Conference
The TGTF plans an active campaign to
educate the public concerning homosexuality in addition to trying to encourage
the repeal of oppressive laws. The Task
Force will also sponsor the 1975 Texas
Gay Conference which will be held in San
Antonio June 20-22.
GAYS PROTEST ABC
SHOW OF BOY-RAPE
PSYCHIATRISTS AND TEACHERS JOIN IN PROTEST
Fort Worth - AURA has joined in the
growing national protest of a Marcus Wei-
by, M.D. television segment entitled "The
Outrage" and has called upon the member
organizations of the Texas Gay Task
Force to "immediately expend as much
time and energy as possible" to try and
convince local ABC affiliates to black out
showing of "The Outrage" in their areas.
"The Outrage" deals with the rape of a
14-year-old boy by his male science teacher and has been unanimously condemned by gay organizations and individuals
across the country.
ABC Negoitations Break Down
The gay community first learned about
the program in early July when ABC sent
the script to Ronald Gold in compliance
with an agreement by all TV networks to
submit scripts dealing with homosexuality
for comment by the Gay Media Task
Force of which Gold is a member. Gold
ruled that the script was entirely unacceptable and should not be produced.
ABC refused to listen and the protest was
on. Negotiations with ABC were held in
Los Angeles and New York, and major
changes were allegedly made in the script
until negotiations broke down in August.
AURA joined in the protest on September 13 when AURA's director, Ken Cyr,
learned from the Gay Media Action in
Boston that ABC had approved an air
date of October 8 for the program over
the objections of its West Coast executives. Members of the ABC Broadcast
Standards and Practices Division in Los
Angeles voted to "scrap" the program as
unfit to be broadcast. However, executives Richard Gitter and Alfred Schneider
of the New York Broadcast S&P overruled the West Coast division and set the
Damaging to Gay Rights
Cyr immediately sent a letter to Mike
Shapiro, general manager of ABC's affiliate station in Dallas, WFAA-TV, protesting the airing of the show and point
ing out the division the program has
caused within ABC. Cyr also pointed out
that "Gay people are trying only to protect themselves from prejudices which
will be reinforced after the program is
seen. We are doing the same as the Black
Movement did in the sixties. We do not
want censorship, but some things must
not be aired publicly until our rights are
protected by law."
Cyr also pointed out that although he
personally had not read the entire script,
he had been assured by reliable sources
■ that the program is very detrimental to
the gay civil rights movement, that it
plays upon the sensationalism of the Houston mass murders and may leave an impression of "go out and kill a fag" with
the less intelligent members of the public. It also creates a great deal of distrust
of all single teachers no matter what sexual orientation they may have. WFAA-
TV contacted Cyr on September 16 and
said they would contact New York to
learn more information and would then
meet with, him to listen to gay complaints.
A national boycott of all products advertised on "The Outrage" will be
launched should the program reach the
Non-Gay Protests Spread
Outside of the gay organizations, sever-
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You have encountered a homosexual.
If 1 have been kind to you, please be
kind to my Gay brothers and sisters.
may soon receive
one of these cards
from one of the
Area Gays Launch Unique Public Relations Project
have encountered a homosexual. If I have
been kind to you, please be kind to my
Gay brothers and sisters. "
Operating on the theory that even one
changed attitude is an improvement, individual Gay People in Texas will soon
start announcing their gayness to unsuspecting strangers in a unique way.
Many Gay People, not unlike their non-
gay counterparts, often befriend strangers
... give a hitchhiker a lift, help a stranded
motorist, give directions, or help with a
heavy load. Now some of these people
will be made aware that they have been
helped by a homosexual. At the point of
departure, the stranger will be handed a
small card on which is printed: "You
Hopefully, this revelation coming in so
unique a situation may cause some heterosexuals to reevaluate their stereotyped
attitudes toward homosexuals. Only one
changed attitude would be an accomplishment.
(Editor's Note: Up to ten of these cmth
may be obtained free by writing to Community News, P.O. Box 7367. Fort Worth.