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Title The Star, No. 3, December 9, 1983
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  • Martinez, Ed
Date December 9, 1983
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
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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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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 2 The Star/Dec. 9,1983 ACLU Filed Freedom of Information Suit for Siminowski By Hollis Hood The American Civic Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed suit in Federal District Court, Los Angeles, on October 11 for the release of documents under a Freedom of Information Act request concerning unlawful FBI surveillance of gay activists during the last 33 years. The suit, filed on behalf of Dan Siminowski, political columnist, lecturer and consultant, is the culmination of two years of effort to obtain FBI gay documentation. "The Freedom of Information Act case that was filed for me by ACLU of Southern California grows out of my initial inquiry more than a year ago," said Siminoski. "I requested the full record of FBI surveillance ofthe gay rights movement, and several facts became apparent. Many individuals and groups had been FBI targets. Documents in an unrelated court case (AFSC vs. Webster) had demonstrated a pattern of wanton destruction of documents by the FBI (including some 99 cubic feet of gay-related documents collected under a little-known federal law called the Hoey Act) and detailed Civil Rights Bills Gain Support in Congress Arizona congressional representative Mo Udall recently became the 73rd co-sponsor of HR-2624, the national lesbian and gay civil rights bill in the U.S. House, and Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.) registered his support of S430, making him the eighth co-sponsor of the Senate bill for employment discrimination protection. Both endorsements added momentum to the national gay civil rights movement. Udall, first elected in 1961, is a respected elder statesman well known for his liberal views and strong stand on environmental issues. Because he had held off sponsorship for several years, Steve Endean, Gay Rights National Lobby executive director until his recent resignation, said Udall's co-sponsorship should be considered a major breakthrough for the bill. The two recent sponsorships, the other by California representative Douglas Bosco signed in early September, renewed GRNL's commitment for "84 by '-S4"—to have 84 bill sponsors by the end of Jan. 1984. Hollings, an announced candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president, restated his support for the anti-gay employment discrimination bill' at the National Organization of Women's convention recently. "This is an excellent example of several organizations working together for gay civil rights," said GRNL Field Director Tanyan Corman. Endean further commented, "Sen. Hollings played a key role in the past by standing firm against former anti-gay 'McDonald amendments' to Legal Services Corporation bills that passed the House and were sent to the Senate subcommittee he chaired. With his help, we were able to stop these amendments from becoming law." Just Put Your Head in the Dentist's Lap Japanese methods are in fashion from the boardroom to the assembly line, reports the Washington Post, and now they may become standard in the dentist's office. Researchers at the University of Maryland are experimenting with Zen dentistry. Surrounded by hushed voices, muted colors and potted plants, patients lie with their heads practically in the dentists' laps while they operate in graceful, efficient motions. Dr. Michael Belenky things patients will feel more secure, and the added control gives the dentist a lighter touch. responses from the FBI and Justice Department to the so-called "capitalgate" investigations which belied their assertions that contemporary gay groups were not under ongoing surveillance." The FBI acknowledged tnat it had some 5600 pages of surveillance records of gay groups, which Siminowski discovered while working on his current book. Spies in the Closets: The Record of Thirty Years of Federal Surveillance of the Gay Rights Movement, scheduled for publication in 1984. "We have been struggling with the FBI since last January," he said, "to get these documents released and to qualify for the waiver of fees that the law provides to researchers like myself whose work is in the public interest. But there is a far larger record at stake in this litigation. Gay acti vists, FOIA scholars and students of the FBI believe the Bureau has probably gathered tens or h undreds of thousands of pages of documents on the gay movement since 1950. We believe that the size ofthe record when fully released will demonstrate a record of federal activity against millions of gay Americans that constitutes a scandal of national proportions." He charges that the record will demonstrate FBI surveillance of normal activities of gay persons, but believes that evolution of the case will help "policy makers, educators, the media and general public to understand that lesbians and gay men are like all other Americans and deserve all the legal protections that are accorded to other minority groups. "The documents we seek are essential to the reconstruction of a full history of gay Plan Now to Attend the Gay Press Association Southern Regional Conference January 27-29 Hotel Savoy Houston GAY PRESS ASSOCIATION Workshops, Speeches, Entertainment If you are working in the gay media or are a gay person working in the non-gay media (either journalism, advertising or administrative), plan to join your colleagues in Houston. Also, for officials of gay organizations who are NOT in the gay media but who would like to learn how to better influence the gay media local and national, we'll have a special workshop. To Henry McClurg, vice president Gay Press Association 3317 Montrose #306 Houston, TX 77006 Enclosed is my $25 registration fee (for GPA members) or $30 registration fee (non-GPA members) for the Southern Regional Conference. (Include $10 additional if postmarked after Jan. 13) n I am in the gay media. □ I work for the non-gay media. □ I do not work in the media but would like to attend the workshop on influencing the gay media and other events of the conference. Name . - __ Address - - Phone(s) DI am a member of the Gay Press Association DI am NOT a member of the Gay Press Association (If arriving in Houston by plone. train or bus, let us know vour timeof arrival and we will pic* you up at th© airport or depot) When we receive your form, we'll send you a conference schedule and a brochure on the Savoy Hotel so you can make reservations. (You do not have to stay at The Savoy to attend the conference.) The Savoy is within walking distance of several gay clubs. Additionally, busses will be available for tours of Montrose nightspots. Your registration fee will include tickets for free and discounted admissions to several clubs. people in this country," Siminowski said. He further stated that infringement on personal rights was not anything unique to the experience of gay persons and "that a full record of the crimes committed against us in the last 30 years will only serve to emphasize the experience of blacks, Hispanics, women and many other ethnic and racial minorities." Gay people are the last minority, he said, to be understood as deserving of protection of civil rights laws. "We come in all colors, faiths, ideologies and forms of works. We are young and old, live in every part of the nation, yet we have no legal protections at any level of authority. We demand the same protections accorded other Americans and an end to instru- sions by any governmental agents into our lives or our communities." Violence Against Gays Epidemic The National Gay Task Force reports that in the first eight months of this year, 1682 incidents of harassment, threats and attacks against gay men and women were reported in its Violence Project. During this same period, the gay community was hit by the first wave of violence attributed to "AIDS backlash." According to San Francisco's Community United Against Violence (CUAV), fear and hatred associated with AIDS was a motivating factor in nearly 20 percent of all incidents reported this year. The Dorian Group in Seattle also reports that gangs of youths seeking to beat up "plague-carrying faggots" were responsible for 22 brutal attacks thiB summer. In Northampton, Mass., over the past year gay women were singled out for sexual assault and other physical attack*, reports the NGTF newsletter. Establishments for gay women were vandalized, and hundreds of phone threats and other verbal harassment against these women were reported. According to Kevin Berrill, Violence Project director, "These (incidents) represent only a small fraction of the total number of incidents that actually occurred during this period. The great majority of gay victims do not report attacks against them, and far too many still suffer the aftermath in silence and isolation." THE STAR Circulated in Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi Published every other Friday 3008-A Burleson Road Austin, TX 78741 Phone Austin (512) 448-1380 Montrose Voice Publishing Co. CIRCULATION The Star, 4.000 copies bi-weekly Montrose Vorce (Houston), 11.000 copies weekly Dallas Gay News, 6,000 copies weekly total Texas area, 19.000 copies weekly, avg Company Headquarters 3317 Montrose Blvd. S30B, Houston. TX 77006, (713) 529-0822 Contents copyright •1963 Office hours: 10am-5:30pm Henry McClurg publisher Ed Martinez managing editor Lyt Harris executive advertising director Mark Orago star advertising director Acel Clark art director Jell Bray graphics Sonny Davis accounting Member Gay Press Association News Services: International Gay News Agency. Pacific News Service, Larry Bush (Washington, D.C.) Syndicated Feature Services & Writers Jeffrey Wilson. Rendy Alfred, Stonewall Features Syndicate, Brian McNaughi, jo* Baker POSTMASTER send address corrections to 3317 Montcose #306, Houston, TX 77006 Subscription rate in US in seeled envelop* $*9 Per year (52 issues), $29 per six months [26 issues), or $1 25 per week (less than 26 issues) Back issues $200 each National advertising representative Joe D-Sabato. Rivenden Marketing, 666 6th Avenue, Ne* York 1001'. <2>2) 242-6863 Advertising deadline every other Tuesday. 5 30pm, tor issue released following Friday evening
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