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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
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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Transcript 8' JUNE JULY DRISKILL CHRONOLOGY Continued from page 6 Cabaret officials that they were violating a city ordinance and that complaints would be filed. The Cabaret management again asked Dennis Milam to cease dancing with Bruce and asked Norma Funderburg to cease dancing with Amme. They both complied, but later charged Driskill Bar and Grill Inc. with violating Austin's Public Accommodations Ordinance. Dennis Milam and Bruce Aleksander subsequently moved to Houston. Amme Hogan moved to Dallas. Woody Egger moved to New York City. Norma Funderburg 's whereabouts are unknown to CONNECTIONS. Milam, Aleksander, and Hogan returned to Austin to testify when the case came up for trial in 1979. 1 979 After challenging the validity of the Public Accommodations Ordinance, Driskill Bar and Grill dropped its injunction against the city, opening the way for a trial. A municipal court jury composed of three women and three men took less than half an hour to decide the Cabaret's house rule against same-sex dancing violated the Austin Public Accommodations Ordinance. Driskill Bar and Grill was fined $200. Matthew Coles, who is now in private practice in San Francisco, was "trie attorney from Gay Rights Advocates who helped direct the Driskill case. He called the case the first of its kind in the country where the issue of discrimination concerned a person's sexual preference. Driskill attorney Mark Levbarg said he would seek an appeal on the grounds that the ordinance was "too vague to enforce." ^CONNECTIONS' APRIL JULY 1980 Municipal Court Judge Steve Russell overruled the Driskill's motion for a new trial. Driskill Bar and Grill then appealed to a county court. Braniff International sold the Driskill Hotel to Laral Hotel Corporation. SEPTEMBER 23 In County Court No. 1, Driskill Bar and Grill plead no contest to the charges. Because the hotel had been sold, there was no reason to litigate any further. Judge Brock Jones fined the corporation $200 plus $85 in court costs. OCTOBER 1 Driskill Bar and Grill paid the fines in the county clerk's office. NOVEMBER The Cabaret closed for remodeling. 198 1 r-WRCH The Cabaret, now renamed "The Driskill Bar and Grille," was scheduled to reopen as an "elegant turn-of-the-century semi-rustic restaurant-bar, like a 1900's saloon-restaurant." It .will NC/T-. i .have dancing. LANDMARK DECISION Continued from page 7 -HOUSE RULE NOT DISCRIMINATION Finally, Defendant argues that its policy is merely a rule of conduct and does not in fact discriminate against persons on account of their sexual orientation. This is the same (rejected) argument as the one that claimed an anti-miscegenation statute was not racially discriminatory because it applied to blacks and whites equally. Defendant's rule may be one of conduct, but it is not applied equally to persons of differing sexual orientation. Almost twenty years ago, when black and white students were going to jail in astonishing numbers for the right of black Americans to eat at department store lunch counters, the issue was not the quality of the cuisine at Woolworth's. The issue was and is one of human dignity, of the right to go about one's daily life without being publicly marked as inferior, less than human. The Austin City Council faced this issue, as did the jury in this case. This Court can do no less. Defendant's motion for new trial is overruled, and its notice of appeal is entered this 16th day of April, 1980. Steve Russell Presiding Judge 2512-A Rio Grande Austin 477-7202 10 LOUSY BUCKS GETS YOU : * Best Headjob in Town * Years of Experience * Blown Until Dry on Request * Free Fifth Cut with Same Stylist * Opinion on Any Subject * A New Friend BIRTHDAY SALE 11 I I February 9-10 $2 Off With This Ad (New Customers Only) REDrHIVEK CROSSING- 25 j draft evory Tuesday 477-Q39I 611 RED RIVER
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