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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date June 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • 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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Transcript 'CONNECTIONS5 ALGPC ALGPC ENDORSES JIMMY SNELL "Jimmy Snell has been the kind of friend we need to keep in public office," says Co-Chair Scotty Scott, as the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus announced endorsement of Jimmy Snell in his run-off election for Travis County Commissioner of Precinct 1 on June 7. In the May 3 Primary, Snell and his opponent, Irene Snyder, ran neck and neck, with each garnering 44% of the vote. A third candidate, Hylon Adams, forced the run-off by receiving 12% of the vote. The endorsement was issued after ALGPC officers interviewed both candidates. It was based on Shell's proven record of support of gay rights. Snell is currently serving his third term on the Austin City Council. Shortly after his first election in 1975, Snell supported the enactment of Austin's Equal Employment Opportunities Ordinance, a progressive measure which extended civil rights to lesbians and gay men. In early 1976, Snell worked for the Public Accomodations Ordinance which also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. In mid-1977, the Council considered a powerful, comprehensive Fair Housing Ordinance. In the wake of Anita Bryant and Dade County, the sexual orientation provision of the ordinance became the central issue of debate. Subsequently, the McClellan majority deleted the protection of gays and enacted a weakened, impotent version of the ordinance. Throughout the several-months-long battle, Snell consistently worked for the inclusion of gays. He, along with Councilmembers Goodman and Trevino, voted against the McClellan housing ordinance, declaring it a civil rights farce. Recently, Snell (again with Goodman and Trevino) fought a behind-the-scenes battle to reappoint former' ALGPC Co-Chair Janna Zumbrun to a third term on the Human Relations Commission. The McClellan majority was well on its way to retiring Zumbrun from the Commission when Councilmember Ron Mullen defected to the liberal camp, ensuring a majority vote in favor of the reappointment. Finally, as much as is possible within the constraints of-a Council-Manager form of government, Snell has advocated on behalf of gay city employees who have been harrassed or discriminated against on the job. The Snell endorsement follows on the heels of the ALGPC endorsement of and successful campaign work for Guy Herman, who was elected Justice of the Peace. ALGPC Co-Chair Scotty Scott commented, "We proved to ourselves and to local politicians that we are an asset to a candidate, that we can turn out the lesbian and gay voters for a friend. Jimmy Snell has been the kind of friend we need to keep in public office. We can count on Jimmy as a County Commissioner to work for equal opportunity in County personnel policies, to look out for our interests in County funding of social services, and to help ensure that gays are treated fairly by the County criminal justice system." ALGPC is organizing volunteers to assist in Jimmy Snell's campaign. Workers are needed each evening to staff phone banks and identify Snell supporters. Volunteers are also needed to help with raailouts, putting up yard signs, placing doorhangers on Precinct 1 houses, and handing out campaign literature at the gay bars. The Snell phone bank is located in Suite 802 of the Vaughn Building, 807 Brazos. The Snell campaign headquarters is at 3124 Manor Road (1 block east of Airport Blvd.), phone number 472-4898. ALGPC-BACKED GUY HERMAN WINS JP5 RACE Guy Herman handily won his May 3 Primary race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5. Herman tallied 4,685 votes to opponent David Brooks's 3,030. Herman had been endorsed by the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus after the Steering Committee conducted extensive candidate interviews. Herman acknowledged the ALGPC endorsement in a display ad in the DAILY TEXAN. He also became the first political candidate to campaign in gay bars in Austin. ALGPC members accompanied Herman to the Private Cellar, the Austin Country, and Tex's Colorado Street bars. ALGPC leafleted bars, mailed out endorsement information, and staffed a phone bank to identified gays in Precinct 5 on election day. ALGPC also formed a Political Action Committee, which contributed $125 to Herman's campaign. Caucus officers estimate we reached some 4,000 gays and probably produced hundreds of votes for Herman. ALGPC Political Action Chair Scotty Scott remarked, "We feel we made a real difference in this campaign. We were so enthusiastic about Guy in general, as well as his strong support for our issues, that we organized the lesbian and gay communities behind a campaign as has never been done before in Austin. This effort will make it difficult in the future for candidates to claim that our endorsement and our assistance is a political liability." vote for / JIMMY SNELL H Travis County Commissioner precinct one Endorsed by the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus Pol Ad. Pd lor by Ihe Jimmy Snell Election Comm 472-*898 3124 Mano. Road, Austin, Texas 78/23. Charles Urdy. Traas
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