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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 2, February 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date February 1981
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript ^CONNECTIONS' DANGER - LEGISLATURE OPEN Austin - The 1981 Texas Legislature convened Tuesday, January 13, and once again the future of all Texas citizens hangs in the balance. Rep. Wright (R, Houston) has prefiled four bills concerning minors and obscene materials. In past sessions of the legislature, gays have been the scapegoats during floor debates of child pornography and sexual abuse. Rep. Rains (D, San Marcos) and others have prefiled legislation relating to the advertising and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rep. Smith has prefiled a bill calling for a constitutional amendment for initiative and referendum in Texas, which would be a loaded gun in the hands of conservatives to use against the civil rights of gay men/lesbians. Dialog (Dallas Gay Political Caucus newsletter) HCfC STARTS LOBBYING A delegation of 50 members of the Houston Gay Political Caucus (HGPC) traveled to Austin for the opening of the 67th Texas Legislative Session January 13. The delegation received a briefing on prefiled legislation and has made contact with pertinent senators and representatives, many of whom received the GPC endorsement. The educational format of the trip was designed to prepare the participants for future lobbying efforts. "Our concerns very much reflect the interests of other Houston and Harris County citizens; they include education, redistricting, civil rights for all who have been disenfranchised - with special emphasis for the rights of women, and properly enabling law enforcement officials to provide for the safety and security of the citizenry they serve," stated GPC President Lee Harrington. Future lobbying trips to Austin and grassroots constituency organizing will receive major emphasis by the HGPC for the remainder of this legislative session. This Week in Texas ALGPC NEWS Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC) co- chair Scottie Scott reported that ALGPC will have City Council candidate screening early in February. Call 478-8653 for information. Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas (LGDT) gave a reception at Austin Lambda January 13, 1981, for members of the Houston Gay Political Caucus, who were in Austin for the opening of the 67th Legislature. It looks like LGDT is going to have an Austin lobbyist soon, Scottie told CONNECTIONS. The organization's name is Lesbian-Gay Rights Advocates, and it is currently firming up statewide support for the lobby project. Scottie denied rumors that Bettie Naylor would be the Lesbian-Gay Rights Advocates lobbyist, and stated that negotiations to hire a lobbyist were still in progress. Read your news in CONNECTIONS WEAKENED ANTI-GAY AMENDMENT PASSES Washington, D.C. - In a surprising and completely unpredicted development, the House-Senate Conference Committee of the Legal Services Appropriations Bill has included an anti-gay amendment in the final report of the bill. The amendment is narrower and probably weaker than the initial "McDonald Amendment" in the House of Representatives . But the Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL) indicated that they will urge members of the House and Senate to oppose the Conference Report. GRNL Executive Director Steve Endean also stated that the Lobby had telegranred President Carter to urge him to veto the bill. The amendment was believed to be dead, since the Senate had dropped it in Subcommittee and not re-inserted on the floor. And although the House had indeed passed the McDonald Amendment, the wording did not originate in committee. Informed sources predicted that the House conferees would happily let . it fall by the wayside as they had in 1977 under similar circumstances. But when the Conference Committee met, the House conferees, spurred on by ranking minority member Rep. George O'Brien (R-IL), remained adamant about retaining the McDonald amendment. As the Committee began its proceedings, the conservative sweep on November 4 was clearly on the minds of the conferees. Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-CT) and Sen. "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC) argued forcefully that the anti-gay amendment would constitute an abridgement of civil rights and a denial of justice. They stressed that the issue wasn't approval or disapproval of homosexuality, but basic fair play. However, it quickly became clear that the House conferees would not back down. With the House conferees present and many Senators who had supported deleting the amendment from the Senate version absent, it looked as if the McDonald amendment would remain in the bill. Faced with this reality. Senator Weicker suggested compromise language to narrow the scope and minimize the damage from the amendment. The initial McDonald language prohibited legal services from litigation for "promoting, protecting and defending homosexuality." The Justice Department indicated that the impact was unclear and that it could be interpreted to deny gay citizens access to the Legal Services program. The Weicker compromise would substantially narrow the prohibition to only those cases which seek the "legalization of homosexuality." The House conferees immediately responded favorably. Rep. John Hightower (R-TX) and Rep. Bill Alexander (D-AK), who had pushed the McDonald amendment, agreed to the compromise. Rep. Bill Hefner (D-NC), said that maybe even Moral Majority would agree to the Weicker proposal. Senator Weicker smiled and said he doubted it. Gay Rights National Lobby Executive Director Steve Endean said, "Let no one make any mistake about it. Senator Weicker is deeply committed to justice for lesbians and gay men. While we are, of course, unhappy that any anti-gay measure passed, Senator Weicker effectively moved, in our interests, to minimize the damage." But Endean went on to say, "While we can take some solace in the fact that it isn't as bad as it could have been, we must not lose sight of the fact that this is the first time in many years that anti- gay legislation will pass Congress. Unfortunately, we will face similar fights in the near future. To avert these defeats we must organize as we never have before. We at Gay Rights National Lobby do not want to act just as a 'damage control1 operation." - CAPITOL HILL (GRNL)
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