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Community News, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1974 - File 005. 1974-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/397/show/388.

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Title Community News, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1974
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date December 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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 005
Transcript GAY LAW Section 21.06 Has To Go! By Randy Beitel On January 1 of this year a new Penal Code went into effect for Texas, and as most of you are probably aware (some painfully aware), several of its sections are aimed at those of us who engage in homosexual acts. By far the most pernicious of these is Section 21.06, which reads: 121.06 HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT (a) A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C Misdemeanor. Since Section 21.06 of the Penal Code defines deviate sexual intercourse as "any contact between any part of the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person," any act of oral or anal intercourse between two consenting adults of the same sex is illegal, even when it is in the utmost privacy. While most gay people have violated Section 21.06 innumerable times, few if any of us have ever been busted for a violation of Sec. 2! .06. Because of the constitutional guarantees against unlawful searches and seizures, the police are prevented from effectively enforcing Section 21.06. Rather, those gay people who are busted are usually busted under Section 21.07 for engaging in homosexual acts in "public places." Consequently, one might conclude that Section 21.06 is a dead letter in the law, having little if any effect on anyone, but nothing could be farther from the truth. As gay people, we are daily affected by Section 21.06 in myriad ways. Section 21.06 serves as the cornerstone of an all pervasive system of oppression against gay people, both legally and logically. Legally, Section 21.06 is the foundation upon which rest the laws against public solicitation, public lewdness and cross- dressing. Additionally the criminalization by Section 21.06 of any and all homosexual acts, no matter how private, rather effectively precludes recovery in a lawsuit seeking relief from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing or employment. It also makes the entry and naturalization of gay aliens difficult, if not impossible, as well as making marriage, adoption and child custody proceddings unduly complicated for gay citizens. As a matter of logic, homophobes use the fact that all homosexual acts are criminalized to bolster their otherwise sagging and fallacious arguments in favor of oppressing gay people. They argue that since the Legislature is the representative of all the people, and since the Legislature has said in Section 21.06 that all homosexual acts are illegal, and since the Legis lature only criminalizes those acts which are bad, therefore all homosexual acts are bad. This reasoning is then used to premise an argument that since gay people engage in homosexual acts, which are bad acts, therefore gay people must be bad people, and we certainly don't want bad people teaching our children, working beside us, or heaven forbid, living next to us. It is this type of thinking in society which makes it difficult to get a jury to convict in an assault case where the victim is gay. It is this type of thinking which makes a gay person hide that fact from friends, family and employers. There have been a few gay people who have expressed an opinion that since the police aren't busting them in private, and since they are getting along nicely by passing as straight at work and living the gay life in the bars, that things aren't all that bad, and that by working to repeal Section 21.06 we will rock their boat. But I find this argument most unpersuasive, for I am going to be a free, whole, proud and open person, and nothing short of this will ever satisfy me. Thus I am not willing to bow down to an oppressive society which wants to ignore the fact that 1 am gay by ostracizing me to the bars for my social life and by forcing me to play like I am straight whenever I am in their presence. Oppressive society has used Section 21.06 and similar laws for years precisely for this purpose, to keep gay people out of its sight, and in so doing, Section 21.06 has injured us all, no matter how well we have been "getting by." These are but a few of the effects Section 21.06 has on the lives of gay people; I hope to deal with these and others in depth in future columns. The Texas Gay Task Force is planning a major effort toward repeal of Section 21.06 in the Legislative session which convenes in January. It will not be an easy task, and we won't get it accomplished by sitting on our asses. It will take some real work by some real gay people who are tired of things as they are, and who are ready to make some changes. (Editor's Note: Randy Beitel is a law student who is interested in gay law. If there are areas of the law which you would like to have him discuss, drop a note to the editor.) GAY SLANG "DOIT! "Puzzle by Arlo F W D DUD rr B Q S A L T K G R U I C R N P H X 0 APT T N E H I N S G AYS N E C J Q 0 H I L Z K u K V K L N M 0 W Y Q A C C N R M E J J S H H I U J A N D P M A C R H I G G F A G G 0 T G C R B F Y R A M J U E 0 E L B U T C G I B P S V F A M F I V 0 E E F 0 Z S E R D X H Y F T L L D L W U E X E S I U R C The hidden words listed below appear forward, backward, up, down or diagonally in the puzzle. Find each of the hidden words and box it in as shown in the example. AUNTIE BOX BUTCH CAMP CHICKEN CLOSET CRUISE DRAG DUDE JOHN FAGGOT LOVER FLUFF MARY GAY QUEEN GREEK TRADE GIRL TRICK QUEEN STUD HUNG SWISH Next Month: GAY LEADERS 4 / COMMUNITY NEWS / DECEMBER 74
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