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Community News, Vol. 1, No. 3, October 1974 - File 009. 1974-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 7, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1978/show/1977.

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Title Community News, Vol. 1, No. 3, October 1974
Alternate Title Community News, Vol. I, No. 3, October 1974
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA
Date October 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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  • 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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Transcript [news1^ Lesbian Wins Seat in Massachusetts House 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 years ago. 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 immorality." 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 teenaged hecklers. 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. SEXISM ABOLISHED 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 employment. 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 election.) 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 this country." 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 business. And back in business they were . . . almost as he spoke, officers descended on Lee Park arresting numerous young men on various "homosexual violations."
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