First International Gay Rights Conference
To Be Held in Scotland
Fort Worth MCC
Hits Program for Deaf
Agape Metropolitan Community Church
of Fort Worth now has its services interpreted for the deaf by Robert Gibson
who once was deaf himself. Additionally,
Gibson teaches sign language classes on
Tuesday evenings for those who wisli to
train themselves to better communicate
with iheir deaf sisters and brothers. If
you are interested, call (81 7) 534-9406.
DALLAS/FT. WORTH LEADERS
MEET WITH WBAP MANAGER
Representatives of Agape MCC, AURA,
Dallas DOB, Circle of Friends and MCC-
Dallas met with Jett Jamison, manager of
WBAP-TV, prior to the boradcast on NBC
of "Flowers of Evil." a Police Woman episode depicting three lesbians who run a
rest home and rob and murder their elderly patients.
In spite of national and local protests,
the offensive program was broadcast by
NBC and shown locally by WBAP, Channel 5. A few changes were made by network officials prior to the broadcast and
the word Lesbian was never used; however, one of the women was described as
looking like a truck driver and depiction
of the women as Lesbians was obvious
throughout the show.
Representatives at the meeting were
Rob Shivers, Ken Cyr, Marlon Pate, Rev.
Ron Anderson and Rev. Jim Harris. The
meeting was described as cordial but not
Edinburgh University (Scotland) will be
the scene December 18-22 of the first International Gay Rights Congress.
At least 500 representatives are expected from western Europe, Yugoslavia,
Hungary, third world nations, Australia,
the United States and Canada.
The president of Senegal, the only head
of state who has openly declared his homosexuality, has also been invited to attend, according to Congress organizer
Derek Ogg, and representatives from the
Soviet Union may also attend.
Ogg expects an international organization to grow out of the Congress. Such
an organization would be useful in applying international pressure on such groups
as the United Nations and the World
Health Organization and against discriminatory practices of individual nations.
The Congress will include sessions on
younger gays, older gays, women's rights,
the media and the relation of the gay
struggle io the international labor movement.
Ogg began pushing the Congress after
being elected president ofthe Edinburgh
University Students Association on a gay
rights platform. The Student Association
is the official sponsor of the Congress.
Meets in Austin
Representatives of the four regions of
the Texas Gay Task Force met October 5
Among the business transacted was the
setting of the following dates for 1975
January 25-26 - Dallas meeting
of both the Coordinating Council
and the House of Delegates;
April 5-6 Houston meeting of
the Coordinating Council;
June 20-22 - 2nd Annual Texas
Gay Conference in San Antonio
and meeting of the Council and
the House of Delegates.
Additionally, more specific boundaries
for the Task Force's four regions were
accepted by the Council, subject to approval by the House of Delegates in January.
Bill Buie of Integrity/Houston was
named new coordinator of the communications committee. As a result, the new
mailing address for the Task Force is Integrity/Houston, P.O. Box 16041, Houston, TX 77022. All organizations' monthly reports should now be sent to this address.
Organizational meetings were also held
for the legal, self-growth and communications committees. Four committees are
yet to be formed.
very productive; however, it is hoped by
area leaders that a continuing channel of
dialogue may have been opened.
from the staff of
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