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
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/
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
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.