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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 7, April 1979 - File 002. 1979-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 25, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2581/show/2561.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 7, April 1979
Contributor
  • Murray, John
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date April 1979
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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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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Transcript jGay Austin free! april 1979 vol. 3, no. 7 March on Washington Set for October PHILADELPHIA - Some 300 lesbian and gay men representing organizations from across the country met in Philadelphia February 24th and 25th to lay plans for the national gay march on Washington proposed last summer by slain gay leader Harvey Milk. The inarch has been set for Sunday, October 14th, three months after the July 4th date Milk originally suggested. The Philadelphia meeting began with something less than a consensus, not only on the nature of the march and its date but on whether a march should be held at all. Several large gay-rights organizations, including the National Gay Task Force, had already declined to participate in the conference. And delegate Steve Endean of Gay Rights National Lobby in Washington argued against the event on the grqunds that it wouldn't help the effort to obtain Federal gay-rights legislation. Washington, D.C. activist Frank Kameny expressed the general scepticism of several gay activists in the capital when he told there would be enough people at the march, I'd support it. But I'm not sure that would happen." But Wendy Levine of the San Francisco Ad Hoc Committee on the March on Washington disagreed. She read to the delegates the results of a nationwide survey which showed support for a march in the early fall of 1979 with political issues as the primary focus. And Brandy Moore of San Francisco argued, "Gay Freedom parades show us that we can draw people together in these numbers in support of our rights." The vote of 106 in favor and 56 against was greeted with applause. "This effort is a quantum leap forward for the gay-rights movement," Rita Goldberger of San Francisco declared. But Steve Shifiett, president of the Houston Gay Political Caucus, was not convinced. "Just because the vote happened doesn't mean the march will happen," he said. Houston representatives were critical of the dale set for the delegates, '"If I was assured that Continued on page 18. Delegates vote to march on Washington. TGTF Won't Seek Repeal of 21.06 by JOHN MURRAY There is not going to be a bill introduced in this legislative session to repeal section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code. It seems that the Board of Directors of the Txas Gay Task Force has decided, based on a January 23rd letter from their legislative consultant Karol Phelan, that it would not be in the best interest of the gay community to introduce such a bill at this time. Originally there was concern among members of the Board about the possible negative effects of pushing for repeal in that it might inspire the introduction of more repressive legislation or even a strengthening of current penalties. The Board was also aware that this was an issue of major concern to the gay community and that an introduction of a bill to repeal was expected of the lobbying effort. Facing the reality of the slim chances such a measure would have for success, the Board decided to seek the introduction of a bill but not to enthusiastically encourage its adoption. TGTF legislative lobbyist Bettie Naylor pointed out to me that she for two reasons. She indicated that it would be essentially the throwing away (and wasting) of a political favor that could possibly be of vital importance in the event of the introduction of even more repressive legislation. As ALGPC Endorses, Delays The Austin Usbian/Gay Political Caucus voted at its March 18 meeting to support the International Day of Action for Reproductive Freedom scheduled for March 31. The day of action, planned -last summer at a conference of European, Latin American, African and North American women, is for the purpose of demonstrating support for the right to safe birth control and abortion and an end to forced sterilization. In other action, ALGPC voted to table a motion by co-chair Steve Thomas to withhold endorsement of the National Gay March on Washington scheduled for October 14 of this year, until the members knew more about the event and about the organization planning it. (See article, this issue.) The motion stemmed from a steering committee decision to oppose the march as planned by a conference in Philadelphia on February 24 and 25 and to call for a second conference. In explaining the steering committee decision, Thomas said the Philadelphia conference was dominated by delegates from San Francisco and New York while other regions of the country were inadequately represented. He claimed more time was needed to prepare for a .successful march and that a march that failed to draw enough participants would be a serious setback for the gay community. Concerning the coming elections, the chair announced the steering committee's decision not to endorse city council candidates. On a motion from the floor, ALGPC voted to donate $25.00 to a lesbian custody defense fund. Individual donations from members were also collected. V felt this original decision was unwise Continued on page 2. House Bill Would Ban Poppers by DAVID MORRIS Representative Tony Polumbo of Houston has introduced a bill to make it illegal to sell or offer to sell "any substance that contains any quantity of butyl nitrite or isobutyl nitrite," known popularly as "poppers." The proposed legislation would add a section to the Controlled Substances Act making it a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $200, to sell the substance, but makes no mention of possession or manufacture Normally, sale, possession or manu facture of substances on any of sev era! lists contained in the Act is pro hibited by law except when licensed, as in the case of prescription drugs Any substance may be added to the official Controlled Substances lists at the discretion of the Director of Public Health after a public hearing, but it is not clear whether Polumbo's bill adds poppers to the list. Currently, the sale of poppers is prohibited by federal food and drug See related a;tiae, pag^ 7 regulations only if the seller specifies the substance is intended to be used as a drug. Poppers are generally sold as "room deodorizers" or "liquid incense." The state Controlled Substances Act is more effective than food and drug regulations. Butyl nitrite can be sold only by prescription in Georgia and has been banned outright in Connecticut. Polumbo's bill (HB907) is presently in a subcommittee of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. If passed by the full House and the Senate, die law would take effect September 1, 1979.V
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