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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 7, April 1979 - File 005. 1979-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2581/show/2564.

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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
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
Collection
  • 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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Title File 005
Transcript 4april 1979 Gay Austin vol. 3, no. 7 Gay Legal Conference Held by KELLY KAY- NEW YORK - Three hundred gay lawyers, law students and others interested in the legal profession participated in a national conference entitled "Law and the Fight for Gay Rights" held March 10 - 11 on the campus of New York University. Sponsored by Lesbian and Gay Law Students of the New York University School of Law and the Rutgers Gay Caucus, in conjunction with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., the conference focussed on the gay lawyer's role in the struggle for recognition of gay people's civil rights. Most of the conference's activity took place in a series of workshops, which covered topics as varied as child custody, immigration, and criminal proceedings. A proposal to form a gay bar association was considered by the conference, which voted to postpone the action until an assessment of the need for such an organization could be made. Participants did vote to hold similar conferences on an annual basis, and several persons suggested that the next one be held in the South. Newly elected New York Attorney General Robert Abrams delivered the conference keynote address, in which he reaffirmed his "commitment to advance the causes of gay people in the courts." The New York attorney general expressed an understanding of gays' problems vis-a-vis the law far above that of his Texan counterparts. Discussion during the workshops centered on strategies for increasing the legal protection currently afforded gays by the law. Wayne Dynes, President of the New York Gay Academic Union, pointed out that although gays have made definite legal advances, judges often ignore prior pro-gay-rights court judgments and most policemen are still prejudiced against homosexuals. Dynes was joined by many, including Tess Siegel, a straight New York lawyer who boasted that she has never lost a gay client's case, in voicing the need to educate the public in order to dispel the many myths about homosexuality. John Ward, a Boston attorney and Executive Director of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, warned lawyers representing gay clients to avoid defenses which are just as homophobic as the laws gays are fighting. He gave the example of the lawyer who defended his client - a divorced gay psychiatrist with five children - by saying, "This man's not a degenerate, he's a daddy." Jane Trichter, a current city council- member of New York City who began her political career as a pro-abortion INDIVIDUAL & RELATIONAL COUNSELING Andrew Fono 2004V2 GUADALUPE 472-7690 French Cuisine, Courtyard, & Bar. Open 11 a.m. until midnight Bakery open Fridays & Saturdays until 2 a.m. 314 East 6th St. lobbyist, discussed lobbying as a strategy for securing gay rights. Referring to her involvement in the unsuccessful attempt to pass a New York City gay rights package, Trichter said that it is important that there be a close working relationship between the sponsors of any gay rights bill and as broad a spectrum as possible of the gay community. Steve Endean, Executive Director of Gay Rights National Lobby in Washington, D.C., agreed with Trichter that the weakest part of the gay movement is its community organization. Endean explained that no lobbyist can be effective without "a constituency network" organized to support his efforts. For example, he said, an organization called Christian Voice - which fights against gay rights, abortion, affirmative action, etc. - can mobilize 100,000 members to contact their legislators when an important issue or vote comes before Congress. Endean said that gays must be organized to the point that they can apply just as much or more pressure on their legislators. Trichter encouraged gays to run their own candidates for elected offices when possible, even if success seems unlikely. She said that even lost campaigns are productive, because they build the candidate's name recognition and credibility, as well as mobilize support and raise issues.V University Bans Gay Group WASHINGTON, D.C. - Invoking the "moral teachings of the Catholic Church," the Georgetown University administration has overturned a student government decision to grant official campus recognition to Gay People of Georgetown, a student organization. The administration said that "while the University supports and cherishes the individual lives and rights of its students it will not subsidize this cause. Such an endorsement would be inappropriate for a Catholic university." With little opposition, the Georgetown Student Senate had upheld a decision by the Student Activities Nat'l Gay Law in the Future WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, and pubUc accomodations has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives but probably will not receive a hearing in the Education and Labor Committee or the Judiciary Committee to which it has been referred. The measure, co-sponsored by representatives Henry Waxman (D.Calif.) and Theodore Weiss (D.-NY) is not matched by a corresponding bill in the Senate. Lobbyist Steve Endean. Similar attempts in past years have met similar fates. No gay-rights bill has ever been introduced in the Senate and none of the bills introduced in the House has ever received a hearing. Steve Endean of the Gay Rights National Lobby says Federal laws protecting lesbians and gay men should not be expected soon. "Anyone who believes in a quick effort - even five years - is fooling themselves," he says. "It could be as much as 10 to 15 years before we get a bill." Endean believes hearings on gay-rights bills shouldn't be held until grass-roots support has been developed, probably within another three years.V Commission to recognize the group. "The students are behind us," a local gay activist said. "The students are willing to listen to people who are different from them; the students are willing to radically confirm our basic human rights ... If there is any part of the university that needs to be educated ... it is the administration ."V CdPITdL coin COMPLY 3004 Guadalupe 472-1676 An extensive collection of COINS and SUPPLIES GOLD JEWELRY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD also buying antiques and all gold 20% discount on gold jewelry and coin with this ad. supplies
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