NEWS AT A GLANCE
Only minor battles remain
Sunday. April 16.1978
Gays find European climate more liberal
BY ROBERT MUSEL
United Press International
LONDON—Queen Victoria was definitely not amused.
In fact she refused absolutely to believe the extraordinary claims her advisers were making — that there were
women in the world who loved other women rather than
As her diaries attest, the Queen's healthy interest in
sex ran* in only one direction, and Prince Albert must
have been the hardest-working consort in Europe. Her
Imperial Majesty consequently did not choose to accept
that there was any possible alternative.
So it was in Britain — according to the Campaign for
Homosexual Equality — that relations between males
were until recent years a matter for prosecution (and
persecution) while lesbians were free to conduct themselves with each other as they wished, subject only to the
laws of public decency.
After all, had not the great Queen-Empress herself
denied their existence?
It was in Victoria's reign that one of her wittiest subjects, Oscar Wilde, went to jail for dalliance with a young
man. He called it poetically "the love that dares not
speak its name."
That was long ago. These days homosexual love not
only speaks its name, it often shouts it. Gay clubs, magazines, welfare organizations and pressure groups make
certain all over western Europe that everyone knows
gays demand the same rights and privileges accorded
And in most places they either have them or are approaching the desired standard, though many minor bat-
ties remain to be won.
In Amsterdam, once the European capital of the gay
movement, a spokesman for the Culture and Relaxation
Center, which has 5,000 gay members, estimated that 20
percent of landlords still reject known gays and 30 per
PALESTINE, Texas (AP) —
East Texas Dist. Atty. Billy Ray
Green has been ordered suspended from office.
State Dist. Court Judge Donald Canon-osaereil •*«*' shs-
, pension Monday pending a
trial on the merits of a petition to. remove Green Tfcat_
County attorney Alex Namer.
Green is appealing both his
public- lewdness conviction
and an ensuing disbarment,
but said he would begin
removing personal belongings
frem ,his office within .the
next few days, fie said-he
■iiil¥riigm Carroll's order ultimately, would be overturned*.
., j j Green's district includes';
Anderson, Henderson and
To Turn 'Wet'
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)
— The Kansas Legislature took sn historic
step toward giving
state citizens a measure of liquor by the
drink Thursday night
when the Senate concurred in a House
j- amendrrieiU to a bill al-
■ lowing restaurants to
serve mixed drinks.
Thai sent the bill to
Gov. Robert F. Bennett.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — George
C. Cory, 55, who wrote the the music
for "1 Left My Heart in San Francisco," has been found dead of a drug
overdose in his luxurious apartment.
Mamie dedicates hospital
Mamie Eisenhower helped dedicate an
JU million addition in Phoenix, Ariz., to
the Eisenhower Memorial Hospital
named for her late husband, former
President Dwlgnt D. Eisenhower. Built
in 1971, the hospital sits on land donated
by Bab H*pe and his wife, Delores, who
live here. Hope was master of ceremonies at the dedication. Accompanying
the 81-year-old Mrs. Eisenhower was her
grandson, D-nrld Eisenhower, and his
wife, Julie, daughter of former President
Riehanf Nixon. Guests included Gov. Ed-
mud G. Brewa Jr. and Walter Anuen-
berg, former United States ambassador
to Great Britain.
Col. Margaret A.
Brewer has been
named by President
Carter to become the
first woman genera! in
the. Marine Corps. She
will be the Marines' director of information.
for pain killer
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The government plans to
order manufacturers of the most widely used prescription pain killer to warn physicians the drug should not
bef, taken with alcohol, tranquilizers or other depressants. A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administra-
tioh said Monday the warnings will be required on
package inserts accompanying Darvon and similar
products containing the generic drug propoxyphene.
The brand name product is maniuactured by Eli Lilly Aj^,
Co., which recently added the warning to its labels, but
the FDA's order also will apply to Worms that produce
generic versions of the drug.
in North Dakota?
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -
Governors of Minnesota ancWJorth;
Dakota are meeting to discuss complaints that dikes built by Minnesota farmers in the Red River Valley
are increasing flood problems in the
"- North Dakota part of the valley.
3rd indictment for Peron
A Buenos Aires, Argentina, federal
judge Thursday handed down the third
indictment to be brought against former
president Isabel Peron, this time on
charges of abusing her presidential
powers. The latest order for preventive
arrest was handed down by Judge Gnill-
ermo Rivarola based on a decree signed
by Peron turning over a downtown building used by the Interior Ministry to her
own Justicialista Party. Peron, who is
being held a prisoner in a bouse at the
Azopardo Naval Base 180 miles south of
Buenos Aires, has already been indioted
on charges of fraudulent use of state
Commander Whitehead dies
Commander Edward Whitehead, retired chairman of Schweppes U.S.A. Ltd.
whose familiar beard and Ay English
demeanor helped sell his company's
tonic water to Americans, has died in
England, the company announced in
New York Monday. He was 69. Whitehead, who died Sunday in Pelersfield,
England, became known in the United
States through television commercials
and other advertisements which made
him a personifaction of the mixer.
Stunt JUer killed
Frank Taihnan, about 59, a veteran
Hollywood stunt flier who flew every
type of aircraft from World War I biplanes to supersonic jets, was killed in
the crash of his twin-engine plane in the
Santa Ana Mountains near Irvine, Calif.,
it was reported Sunday. Tallman was
seriously injured in 1974 in the crash of a
World War I biplane he was flying in a
scene for the movie, "the Great Waldo
Pepper." He had been a flier since the
age 16. He was a lieutenant commander
in the U.S. Navy in World Warn
Syphilis among gays decreases
AUSTIN (AP) — Thirty-seven percent of Texas men
who were treated for syphilis last year reported
homosexual contacts as the source of the disease, the
-Estate Health Department said. This was 3 percent below
the 1976 figure. The department attributed the $7 percent
rate to its venreal disease information campaign among
homosexuals and said the rate should not be taken as an
indication of the number of homosexuals in the state
cent of employers do the same.
The situation is different in Soviet Russia where (for-'
getting the much-honored Tchaikovsky and others of his
inclination) the Sexologies! Center of the Leningrad
Health Department as recently as 1974 listed homosexuality as "a serious disease." There's a five-year jail
sentence for relations even between consenting males,
though in the Soviet Union as in the west, lesbians can
love "free of charge," as a Soviet lawyer put it.
Since the general emancipation of gays in the 1960s,
Amsterdam, despite its pioneering, has not maintained
its lead. The new gay capital is Zurich, a fact that does
not seem in accord with the staid stereotype of the Swiss.
And other cities are quickly catching up.
A study of the gay situation in Europe produced the
Any country that, like France, has so many homosexual greats (Andre Gideetal) is bound to treat the subject
casually, and that is the case. Gay candidates campaigned in the recent election for the right to marry, lesbian
candidates argued for what they called lesbian rights.
Homosexuality as such is not punishable under French
In the Netherlands, homosexuality was legal only for
consenting adults of 21 until 1971, when the law was
changed to bring it into line with the heterosexual law
permitting relations with consenting minors of 16 and up.
The Swiss penal code also makes no mention of
homosexuality, though corruption of persons under 16 is a
crime. Zurich, Basel and other Swiss German towns have
many gay clubs for both sexes and Geneva has a number
of gay bars and at least one leading lesbian hangout.
Although many Italians still consider them a joke,
homosexuals In Italy have attained a degree of social
acceptance that would have seemed inconceivable 20
years ago. There are no specific laws against homosexuals in Italy, but police can charge them with obscene
acts in-a public place or corrupting minors.
Austria has 41 declared meeting places for gays —
bars, restaurants, coffee houses, and sauna baths. Vienna leads the nation with 12 of the spots. Since a revision
of the law in 1971, homosexual relations between men
over 18 are not a crime, nor are relations between consenting juveniles. Corruption of a minor by an adult
carries a one- to five-year, jail term. There is no law
relating to women.
Scandinavian homosexuals concede the climate is as.
liberal for them as anything outside of Amsterdam or
Zurich, but they still feel they are subject to restrictions.
In Sweden, gays cannot get home loans or marry. The
Swedish Parliament had a committee that investigated
the gay situation with a view to eliminating discrimination, and, as a result of its report, the homosexual age of
consent was reduced to 15 — the same as for heterosexuals.
The homosexual age of consent in Denmark is also 15.
A lengthy study of the situation by the newspaper Exlra-
bladet concluded the Danish public has become accustomed to homosexuals and accepts them apathetically.
Norway's homosexuals are also more or less accepted
by the public and have had their own associations since
1948 to defend and extend their rights. One of the few
restrictions on them is that they cannot marry.
Britain has handled homosexuality as it has treated
almost every other social change in its history. First
there is the shock! horror! sensation! phase featured in
the more spectacular newspapers. Once that wears off,
common sense takes over.
Homosexual relations were once a crime but now are
acceptable between consenting adults over 21. The gays
are demanding that the age of consent be dropped to 16,
the age for heterosexual relations.
Lesbians in Britain want the right to marry, and to
emphasize the point some of them have borne children by
artificial insemination. Their chances are not rated highly, but that's because of the social climate — not because
the great-gre3t-granddaughter of the disbelieving Victoria sits on the throne.
EXPRESS-NEWS—Saturday, April 15, 1978
Gay Acts Sinful
NEW YORK (AP) —
The Standing Conference of . Orthodox
Bishops says "persons
who embrace homosexual lifestyles are not
qualified to teachchil-
dren Or act as spiritual
In a. resolution adopted at their spring meeting, bishops heading
churches totalling 5
million American members said secular pressures seek to establish
■ as being of equal worth
assistance to those
with homosexual conditions beyond their control, the bishops said
Scripture and church
acts as: sinful."