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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1980 - File 008. 1980-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2324/show/2314.

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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
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • 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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Title File 008
Transcript 'CONNECTIONS5 ■* LESBIAN/GAY DEMOCRATS OF TEXAS NEED HELP The Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas desperately need your support if an effective gay voice is to be heard at the Texas State Democratic Convention in San Antonio June 21-22. More than one hundred lesbian and gay delegates were elected at their county and senatorial district conventions in May. They will represent the gay and lesbian constituency of Texas. LGDT is trying to coordinate a concerted statewide effort so that the convention as a whole will have to seriously address the issues of gay rights. Specifically, this means getting a gay rights resolution on the floor of the convention to be voted on by all the delegates present; placing gay and lesbian delegates in important positions on convention committees, such as Nominations and Resolutions; educating non-gay delegates on gay-related issues; and being visible, showing straight, uptight Texas that we will not fade away, but intend to take an active role in the power brokerage of this state. The gay rights resolution, as passed in county and senatorial district conventions across the state, calls for repeal of Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code (the so-called "Sodomy Law"), an end to discrimination in employment, housing and public accomodations, and an end to considering a person's sexual orientation as the sole criterion in civil and criininal courts, such as in child custody cases. LGDT intends to see this resolution incorporated in the Democratic Party's national platform. Because of skillful grassroots organization, we are three times stronger than we were at the last state Democratic Convention two years ago. But, our delegates at San Antonio won't be able to flex any gay political muscle if they don't have the funds to publicize our concerns and political goals. That means MONEY! Projected total costs for the statewide effort approach $2,000. This amount will cover the costs of advertising, publicity flyers and leaflets, some travel expenses, phone charges and renting a "hospitality suite" (where much of present- day politicking goes on). Austin's share is $300. Area gay and lesbian organizations have already offered their support, but we can't make it happen without you. Contributions and requests for more information about the Lesbian/ Gay Democrats of Texas effort should be addressed to LGDT, P.O. Box 822, Austin, Texas 78767, or call 512/ 472-1221. It's not much to ask for the people who are standing up for your rights. SCOTT, STRONG ELECTED ALGPC CO-CHAIRS Scotty Scott and Carr Strong were elected as Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus Co-Chairs at the regular- monthly meeting on May 20. Scotty has served as Political Action Chair for the Caucus during the past year, and has led Austin's participation in the March on Washington, the showing of the film "Word is Out" as an alternative to the movie "Cruising," the voter registration drive, and the recent Guy Herman campaign. Strong has served as General Coordinator of Gay Community Services. He recently produced "A Different Drummer," a gay radio series on KUT-FM. Other officers elected are Donna Johnson, finance chair; Ginny Cleaver, program chair; Gary Fitzsimmons, publicity chair; Sage White, political action chair; Steve Thomas, legislation chair; Janna Zumbrun, recorder; and Becky Badgett, at-large steering committee member. The next ALGPC meeting will be June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Lambda Cultural Center, 603 W. 12. For more information about ALGPC, call Scotty Scott at 454-3893 or Carr Strong at 441-4231. LESBIAN/GAY CAUCUS SCORES VICTORIES AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION The Lesbian/Gay Caucus of the Travis County Democratic Convention scored a number of significant victories on Saturday, May 10. At least seven delegates and six alternates to the State Democratic Convention were elected from the more than 75 lesbian and gay delegates and alternates to the County Convention.' In 1978, five delegates and three alternates were selected. Members of the Lesbian/Gay Caucus also served on convention committees: Two LG Caucus members on the Credentials Committee, two on Nominations (including Sage White) and one (Scotty Scott) on the Resolutions Committee. A comprehensive gay rights - repeal of Section 21.06 resolution was reported out of committee unanimously. It passed the convention with only modest opposition. Many non-gay supporters expressed a willingness to speak for the resolution, and three of them - Janice Robinson, Stuart Hersch, and Paul Finkleman - did so. Janna Zumbrun also spoke in favor of the resolution. One opponent spoke at length about the recent CBS special report, "Gay Power, Gay Politics." The delegates and alternates elected on May 10 will go to the State Conventions in# San Antonio June 21-22 and in Houston in September. 'Reports from around the state indicate that there will be over 100 lesbian and gay delegates to the State Conventions. (See story on funds needed for Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas hospitality suite, page The participation and successes of lesbians and gay men in the Democratic conventions, both in Travis County and statewide, will have an effect on non-partisan politics, too. Combined with the electoral success of candidates endorsed by gay organizations, they serve to demonstrate the increasing political clout wielded by the lesbian and gay communities.
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