Lesbian Wins Seat in
LAWYERS DECLARE SUPPORT
FOR GAY LIBERATION
Minneapolis - The 4400-member National Lawyer's Guild at their annual
convention August 11 in Minneapolis
unanimously declared support for "the
struggle of gay liberation and lesbian
liberation" and promised to take "an
active part in opposing gay oppression."
The resolution adopted on the closing day of the three-day convention
was drafted and introduced by the organization's Gay Caucus and represented a significant reversal in the Guild's
attitude since the Caucus formed four
Methodists Challenge Church
On Homosexuality Issue
Denver - Legislation concerning homosexuality is being formulated by the National United Methodist Council on
Youth Ministry for the 1976 General
Conference of the UMC.
The proposed legislation would remove
language condemning homosexuality
from the church's laws and would add a
statement saying "sex, race, marital status
or sexual orientation shall not be a bar to
the ordained ministry of the United Methodist Church."
The 32-member Council last year created a stir throughout the denomination
when it passed resolutions asking that
homosexuality not be a bar to the ministry and declaring that "homosexuality in
itself not be in any way synonymous with
Rev. William R. Johnson, only known
homosexual ever ordained into the Christian ministry by a main-line denomination,
spoke to the Council at its semi-annual
session in Denver August 16-22.
"Gay people are in the church," he said
"because we have faith in Jesus Christ.
No one has the right to tell us we can't
stay in the church. The Good News of
Jesus Christ was given to every person."
Johnson was ordained by the United
Church of Christ in 1972 and is nowa
staff member of the Council on Religion
and the Homosexual based in San Francisco.
L.A. GAYS ZAP POLICE CHIEF
Los Angeles - About 50 California Gays,
led by Reverends Troy Perry and Bob
Sirico of the Metropolitan Community
Church and Morris Kight ofthe Gay Community Service Center, picketed August
17 in front of the home of L.A. Police
Chief Ed Davis. The demonstration was
designed to pressure Davis, who has publicly referred to homosexuals as "lepers,"
to initiate a liason with the Gay Community. Davis was "on vacation" during the
demonstration; and participants charged
that officers assigned to the area appeared
to be encouraging and assisting numerous
ENCYCLOPEDIC BIAS FALLS
New York - The Gay Activists Alliance
of New York has been assured by representatives of Enclyclopedia Britannica
that future editions of the reference work
will contain affirmative information on
the Gay Movement and the struggle for
civil rights for homosexuals.
According to Morty Manford, president
of GAA, eight encyclopedia publishers
have been contacted by the group. Although Britannica has been the only one
so far to reply, it is considered a leader in
the industry and other publishers hopefully will follow its example. Manford
emphasized the importance of this action
when he pointed out that standard reference books are often the only (or at least
the most easily accessible) source of information available to a youth searching
for answers about his sexual identity.
JOB CORPS DISCRIMINATION
San Marcos, Texas - Eleven Gay Job
Corps members at Camp Gary have filed
suit in federal district court charging
camp officials with trying to expel them
because of their homosexual orientation.
Judge Tom Gee has delayed a decision
pending the results of new open hearings
in the presence of consul between camp
officials and the corps members.
IN NATION'S SCHOOLS?
Washington - The United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare
has proposed new rules aimed at prohibiting sex discrimination in the nation's
schools from kindergarten through college.
The proposed regulations are designed
to assure equal treatment for females in
admissions, athletics, housing, financial
assistance, extracurricular activities and
The new rules would require coeducational physical education classes and outlaw different dormitory curfews for men
and women and most single-sex scholarships. However, no attempt was made to
deal with revenue producing sports, such
as college football, or with the problem
of sexism in the textbooks.
The public has until October 15 to
comment to HEW on the proposals.
GAY LUTHERANS UNITE
Lutherans Concerned for Gay People, a
newly-formed group, will challenge the
oppression of Gay People by the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran
Church in America and the Missouri Synod, which together have about 8'/i million members.
The group may be contacted at P.O.
Box 11592, Salt Lake City, Utah 8411 5.
Boston — Elaine Noble, upfront lesbian/
feminist, has been elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, defeating four opponents in the September
10 Democratic Primary. (She faces no
Republican opposition in the November
Noble will represent the new Suffolk 6
District which included the Back Bay,
Kenmore Square and Fenway areas of
Boston. Sixty percent of the district's
residents are women, and 73 percent of
the households include only one person.
There are heavy concentrations of elderly
persons and Gay People and members of
other minority groups.
Literature for the campaign stressed the
need for a representative for all "minorities," and one "people's rights" pamphlet
read: "Suffolk Six needs a representative
who will defend these minorities; who
will help shape and change attitudes negative to these groups; and one who will
work hard, very hard, to see that no per*
son is abused because of race, color, age,
sex, or sexual preference."
Noble is a second-term member of the
Governor's Commission on the Status of
Women, a member of the Massachusetts
Women's Political Caucus, and was formerly a moderator for the "Gay View"
radio program on station WBUR in Boston. She also is a member of the American Association of University Professors,
American Civil Liberties Union, Daughters of Bilitis, National Organization for
Women and the Homophile Union of Boston. A 1966 graduate of Boston University, she also holds masters degrees from
Emerson College and Harvard University.
NATIONAL HOTLINE BRIDGES
GAP BETWEEN RUNAWAY
YOUTH AND THEIR PARENTS
Runaway youth anywhere in the nation
can relay a message home to their families
by dlaUng a toll-free number being provided by the federal government 24 hours
a day as a channel of communication between runaway youths and their parents.
The National Hotline for Runaway
Youth will also try to lessen the problems
of the young people by offering referrals
to other sources of help, such as social
services or temporary shelter.
The number is 1-800-621-4000.
You Don't Have To Go Home. ..
But Let Them Know You're Okay
SEX BARRIER FALLS: 'PLAY
BALL, LITTLE WOMEN!"
A victory for the rights of women, at
least the younger ones, was achieved this
summer as officials of Little League Baseball, Inc., announced in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, that girls as well as boys between the ages of eight and 1-2 are not eligible to play on Little League teams.
According to Peter J. McGovem, board
chairman of the League, the change was
because of the "changing social climate in
The League had fought steadfastly
against any attempt to allow girls and
boys to play on the same teams, although
a girl's program was organized a few years
ago. The League policy had come under
increasingly vehement attack from women's and civil rights groups in recent
months and several individuals and groups
including NOW (National Organization for
Women) and the American Civil Liberties
Union had challenged the policy in the
courts. The turn-about in the League's
stance apparently came only after the
New Jersey Supreme Court had ruled that
girls must be allowed to play in that state.
The new policy is effective immediately
throughout all the 9,100 leagues in 31
countries. Supposedly any girl who is
qualified by age and who demonstrates
equal ability and skill must be allowed to
play. Whenever possible, disagreements
are to be settled locally by impartial civil
rights or human relations commissions.
DALLAS VICE GET CAUGHT
IN THE ACT
A shakeup in the Dallas vice control section has been completed by Police Chief
Don Byrd following an investigation of
irregularities in handling arrested prostitutes.
Five women accused vice officers of
forcing them to pose for pictures while
nude from the waist up during interrogation on prostitution charges.
Following the investigation, Chief Byrd
fired four officers involved in the activity
and also suspended, demoted and transferred the head of the vice control division. Three other supervisors were also
given five to 10 day suspensions. All remaining vice officers were subsequently
transferred to other departments to enable the unit to "start again with a clean
house," according to one police spokesperson.
Acting commander of the vice control
division, Lt. Mel Southall, told the press
that in spite of the officer shortage, "we
intend to enforce the law .... we are
going to enforce liquor violations, pornography laws, homosexual violations,
gambling and prostitution laws."
Asst. Chief Donald Steele said that
while the vice squad was not "in business
as usual," they definitely were back in
And back in business they were . . .
almost as he spoke, officers descended on
Lee Park arresting numerous young men
on various "homosexual violations."