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Dear Texas Human Rights Foundation,
I'm sorry I haven't sent any money earlier.
The significance of Baker vs. Wade, your
court challenge to Texas Penal Code Section 21.06 (the homosexual conduct statute), which is starting THIS MONTH, on
June 15, finally hit me.
I knew that 21.06 legalizes police harassment and invasion of privacy, as well as
justifying discrimination against gay women and men. But I didn't realize that
Baker vs. Wade is the first time a state
criminal statute aimed solely at gays is
being directly attacked as being unconstitutional. All the other "sodomy law'' cases,
like the recent Mew York one, have been
based on technicalities. The decision in this
case will have a profound effect on all gay
people for decades.
The expense of bringing expert witnesses in psychology, sexology, the family,
religion and criminology to Dallas for the
trial will be considerable. But this is the
moment when we must fling all our
resources into the battle. Every contribution will help and is needed immediately.
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Letters to the Editor
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The Methodist Church and Bent
While watching the performance of Sent
by the Genesius Players. I became fixated
on a poignant moment which few others
have mentioned. Max. a prisoner in a
concentration camp, muses about how
nice it would be to fit in. He remarks there
must be gay Nazis and that the Nazis seem
to enjoy singing the "old favorites.'' Of
course, Max does not stay in this reverie
very long, as he remembers where he is and
why he is there.
I can relate perfectly to this scene, because
I often have similar feelings regarding my
being a Christian and a member of the
United Methodist Church.
Wenn wir marschteren and the Horst
Wessel song are stirring and inspiring. So
are Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
and A Charge to Keep I Have. But just as
Max knows he does not belong to the group
which sings his songs. I know I don't belong
to the group which sings mine.
How nice it would be to be a regular, non-
activist church member, to attend those
covered-dish dinners and sing those old
favorites. But I can't To do so would be
forgetting the church is my oppressor. It
would be forgetting that the church created
the climate of opinion in which Jews and
homosexuals perished in the Holocaust. It
would be forgetting that the United Methodist Church, as late as 1981, withdrew
funding from the Austin production of
Bent and, in so doing, threw a smug and
knowing wink at Hitler. I will not forget