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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
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 12= ANITA BRYANT FILES FOR DIVORCE 'CONNECTIONS5 Selma, Alabama (AP) - The breakup of her marriage may be the most painful experience in her life, but controversial singer Anita Bryant said trouble had been brewing in the 20-year union from the very start. In an interview arranged by Hurst, Texas, evangelist James Robison, Bryant talked about her fight to save the marriage and the circumstances leading to the breakup with husband Bob Green, a former disc jockey. "We sought counseling, different kinds of counseling from different approaches," she said. "I wanted to save my marriage, but because of a (recent) set of circumstances, I decided that was not quite the route to go." Since filing for divorce in Miami, Bryant has been in seclusion in Selma, Alabama with her four children. In her divorce petition, Bryant charged that Green, her manager, had cooperated "with certain hired staff members who conspired to control me and to use my name and reputation to build their personal careers instead of my ministry." She said she believes divorce is a sin and "I have to accept 50 percent of the blame. I am seeking the will of God, living one day at a time. There are hurts and scars that need time to heal. "I came from a broken home and have been so concerned about my own family that, divorce has not even been in my vocabulary. It's against everything that I believe in." Bryant has resigned from Anita Bryant Ministries and asked that its name be changed. After gaining national attention for her anti-homosexuality stand, she established the organization to help homosexuals change their lifestyles. All her Christian 'concerts were canceled when news of the divorce was made''public and she has two secular concerts scheduled. "The only income we've had has been with the ministries and now that's gone," she said. Robison, a fundamental evangelist who also gained attention when his Dallas television program was canceled following an anti-homosexuality sermon, has counseled Bryant since the breakup, she said. "When I asked if he would stand with me, he said he would and all I could do was cry. I never suspected anyone in the fundamentalist community could embrace me in that way, and I have praised the Lord ever since," she said. "My immediate goals are licking my wounds, concentrating on my children and clinging to the Lord. "God loves me where I am." CITRUS COMMISSION PRUNES BRYANT KPFT—Singer Anita Bryant may have made her final commercial on behalf of the Florida Citrus Commission. The agency which handles the commission's advertising says that no more commercials with the contro-' versial singer are planned. According to the agency's Douglas Hoffer, Bryant is through as a Florida orange juice spokesperson, "if the commission goes along with it." It is believed that gay-sponsored boycotts of Florida citrus products have cut into orange juice sales nationwide. Recently, two major Florida orange juice companies applied for permission to remove the word "Florida" from their labels, indicating that the designation on the label was having an adverse effect on sales. -Reprinted from the METRO STAR ANITA'S FINANCES by Larry Bush In filings recently released by the Internal Revenue Service, Anita Bryant has indicated that her anti- gay organizations had provided virtually no funding for her promised program while collecting over two million dollars from the public. The IRS, while refusing carr ment on Bryant's continued tax-exempt and tax-deductible status, indicated that a tax audit may be in the offing. Both Anita Bryant Ministries, Inc., allegedly a religious counseling program, and Protect America's Children, a "morality" lobby that engages in political activity, entered tax statements showing the lion's share of expenses had gone to fundraising and that neither group had "launched" its ostensible program. Protect America's Children had as its aim an explicitly political function, and it incorporated in 1977 for a tax-exempt, though not tax-deductible status. Under IRS guidelines it could be used as a vehicle for campaign activity. Anita Bryant Ministries, Inc., was also launched in 1977 in an effort to counter criticism that Bryant was engaged only in negative activity. Bryant announced with the formation of Anita Bryant Ministries that she would establish counseling centers for homosexuals as well as for others who had drifted away from her brand of fundamentalist Christianity. In the filings, however, Bryant is only able to report success at raising funds. Anita Bryant Ministries reports netting almost one million dollars in contributions. Under "Program Activity" it reports that only $150 of that amount went to "counseling." That was less than the funds spent on press and photos, consulting fees or Christmas gifts. The bulk of the expenses was for "direct mail fundraising letters for raising contributions, gifts, grants, etc. totaling nearly $400,000.00 The remaining half million dollars was bankrolled at the end of the year. Protect America's Children by its political lobby raised almost 1.3 million dollars that same year. Reprinted from UPFRONT
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