2 april 1979
Gay Austin staff:
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Stan Bear, Phil Conard, Lars Eighner, Wayde Frey, Dennis
Haney, John Harrison, Joseph Kelly, Ron Moss, Marian
Phillips, Bob Prewitt, Gary Reese, Georg Stoj
cevic, Steve Thomas, Michelle Williams
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Human Rights Festival, 1978
Upcoming GCS Events
HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL
Gay Community Services and the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus
will sponsor an Arts and Crafts Show combined with the Second Annual Breakfast for Human Rights. Both events will be held on Auditorium Shores on May
26. Live entertainment will augment the many artists displaying and selling
their work. The Breakfast wilt follow the pattern of last year's Festival. Complete details will be in next month's Gay Austin. Artists interested in setting
up a booth should contact the GCS office at 477-6699.
COSTUME DANCE AND DRAG SHOW
Gay Community Services will sponsor an all-out drag show to determine
the King/Queen of Austin drag. Following the show will be the first GCS Costume Dance. These events are planned for early May at a downtown location.
All people, male and female, interested in participating in the Drag Show are
encouraged to enter. Applicants should have one number prepared, roughly
ten minutes in length. GCS will provide both lighting and sound. Exact date
and location will be announced in next month's Gay Austin.
Continued from page 1.
examples of the types of legislation
that the lobbying effort is currently
up against, she mentioned a bill to
bar gay teachers from public classrooms (which has since died in committee), Senator Mengdcn's bill to bar
same sex dancing, drag, entertaining
in drag, and a wide range of other
activities defined as obscene from
on-premise alcoholic beverage establishments, and a bill introduced by
Representative Polumbo that would
add butyl nitrite (poppers) to the
Texas Controlled Substances Act.
She was also very concerned with
the possibility of irreparably damaging
the career of one of our few supporters
in the Legislature. It seems that it is
much easier for our legislators to oppose
repressive legislation aimed at the gay
community, which is usually interpreted
as a civil rights issue, than it is to actively seek the repeal of existing discriminatory legislation such as 21.06, which
is currently seen as advocating and/or
approving the homosexual lifestyle.
She added, however, that Representative Sam Hudson had indicated that he
would be willing to introduce a bill to
repeal 21.06 but had been discouraged
from doing so.
Karol Phelan, In her response to the
original decision lo seek a repeal measure, has written in part thai the "TGF1
must face the reality thai the legislature has, in the past, wen lit to pass
discriminatory legislation and to pub-
, licly mock efforts to repeal Section
21.06 of the Texas Penal Code. With
this prevailing mood, asking a member
to make a token gesture to the gay
community by merely introducing a
repeal measure is ludicrous." She also
urged the education of the Legislature
as to the needs of the gay community
and also the education of the gay
community on the "existing political
environment and the importance of
timing" in the legislative effort.V
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