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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 7, April 1979 - File 006. 1979-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 7, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2581/show/2565.

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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
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript vol. 3, no. 7 GAY AUSTIN april 1979 5 Letters Editors' Note: We are providing this space for letters from our readers for feedback, comments, and announcements of interest to the lesbian and gay community in the hope that an effective forum is established. Coors boycott still fl^ To the Editors: A few weeks ago William Coors was in town for a seminar sponsored by the LBJ School, the Graduate School of Business, and the Institute of Constructive Capitalism. The University of Texas Employees Union in cooperation with other groups picketed and leafleted that meeting. Now1 Coors has a full page ad in 77ii? Advocafatygking us to "check it out" for qurseb7gs\ If you do check it out you will find- that the owners of Coors are iiot.'As good and pure as they claim theiF^wer is. The workers did notvoT?2 - 1 against the union. Coors broke the strike; it broke the union. It fired all of those on strike; it replaced the strikers with scabs. Coors stalled and finally the election was held with the scabs voting out the union. The strike is over. We lost. The boycott is not over. The AFL-CIO is continuing the boycott. Coors continues its usual ways. In their Advocate ad, they admit that they require polygraph tests. They humiliate their workers. They attempt to control the private lives of their employees. Check it out — read the ad yourself. Coors continues to be a major cornerstone of those rightwing groups who continue to attack unions, the ERA, gay-rights - anything that might help bring a decent life to the vast majority of Americans. The purpose of the conference at the LBJ School was to bring Coors into the dominant business coalition that now rules America. If the "Coors" of America continue to be successful in their attacks on unions, gays, women, minorities, the poor, then these forces will become the new "center" of American politics. We cannot allow this. No one — lesbian, gay, worker - no one should ever willingly participate in his/her own oppression. Please do not be bought out by ads. Do continue to boycott Coors. SheUy Caldwell President James Kieke Executive Vice-President University of Texas Employees Union TFT, AFT, AFL-CIO Box 8182 UT Station Austin, Texas 78712 Laments closing of theater Editor: Austin's first and only all-male movie theater closed its doors on Wednesday, March 7, 1979. Financial difficulties were believed to be the reason the three partners closed the Cinema Follies Club. I, for one, really enjoyed those Jack Wrangler films. Austin finally had a gay porn theater of its very own! Here's hoping the owners can get some other investors to buy up their lease and reopen the theater. We in Austin deserve our own gay movie house. It's a disappointment to all of us involved in the venture right now. May the situation improve for the better real soon, so all of us can see our favorite gay porn stars on the big screen once again. Wayde Frey Austin, 3-14-79 Lesbians Charge Police Harassment SAN FRANCISCO - Support is growing for two lesbians who have charged the San. Francisco police with harassment in an incident outside a women's bar in late January. The women say police handcuffed and beat them outside the bar and later abused them physically and verbally at two different police stations. They were eventually charged with resisting arrest, public drunkenness and failure to identify themselves. Wages Due Lesbians, a San Francisco organization, has asked Mayor Diane Feinstein to take action against the officers involved in the incident and to issue a public statement reprimanding them, and has demanded that charges against the women be dropped V Buy Gay Austin Classifieds Exile in Holland Gay Man Flees U.S.'Justice' BOSTON - Gay Community News of Boston reports that Richard Bearse, who fled from the courtroom during his trial on charges of "intent to rape" a 14-year-old youth, is now in Holland. The Fitchburg, Massachusetts barber was accused of sitting naked in a darkened sauna with the youth for 20 minutes and of massaging his neck, shoulders and stomach. No genital contact, solicitation or sexual conversation was alleged arid the youth made no objection to Bearse's actions. The youth had inquired about using the barber shop's sauna while Bearse cut his hair and had accepted Bearse's invitation to join him in it. After a trial in which the judge showed what observers described as bizarre behavior and blatant prejudice against the defendant, Bearse disappeared from the courtroom while the jury was considering its verdict. The offense he was charged with could result in a life sentence and the prosecutor assured Bearse he would be sentenced to 10 to 15 years without probation. The Sexual Reform Institute of Holland and the Werkgrupp Pedophilie have provided Bearse with lodging. financial support and two lawyers. Dutch police and immigration officials have assured him he will not be extradited and have given him permission to remain in the country for at least three months. The case has been widely publicized in Holland and supporters have protested at the U.S. Embassy. Frank Torey of the Dutch Spartacus Organization commented, "Living in Holland, where sexual education is light-years ahead of where it is in the English- speaking world, it is easy to overlook the significance of what is happening in Boston. But we won't." Bearse is now working with a coalition of Dutch gay and youth groups who are trying to help 14-year-old Bubba Mayes of Mississippi, recently sentenced to 48 years in an adult prison, without the possibility of probation, for his first conviction of participation in a robbery. "I've learned how important political action is," Bearse said. "The boy in my case was abused by the trial as much as I was, and Bubba is abused. All U.S. 'justice' knows how to do is abuse minors and those adults who relate to them."V Brydon to Head NGTF NtW YORK - Charles F. Brydon, a 40-year-old insurance executive who is currently co-chair of the National Gay Task Force Board of Directors, has been named to replace Dr. Bruce Voeller as co-executive director of NGTF. Voeller resigned in October. As an army captain, Brydon served in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam in the '60s and became a gay civil rights activist in the '70s. He joined the NGTF Board of Directors in 1976. The new director hopes to build greater grass-roots support for NGTF. "The task force has only 10,000 members out of an estimated 20 million gay people in the U.S.," he said. He also urged NGTF to build alliances beyond those already established with feminist organizations. "Gay groups need to make connections with black civil rights groups, such as the NAACP, and with the labor movement." he said. Brydon says past gay civil rights efforts have shown that "we can gain allies in the civic and political leadership." Hebelieves that "the gay rights movement cannot afford to alienate the conservative who believes in privacy and who understands that it is wrong to discriminate." Brydon will assume office on April 9. v Charles Brydon.
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