New Law School Welcomes Gays
DENVER POLICE AGREE
TO END HARASSMENT
Denver - Top police brass and attorneys
for the Denver Gay Coalition have signed
a court agreement which, if adhered to,
may end two decades of open hostility between Denver vice squad officers and homosexuals.
Among other items, the agreement
calls for a stop to police harassment of
homosexuals, equal enforcement of public indecency laws against all persons and
appointment of a police "liason" officer
to resolve misunderstandings between
gays and police.
The agreement, filed October 3 with
the Denver District Court Judge Robert
E. McLean, was the result of a massive
lawsuit filed in June 1973 by the Gay Coalition against the city and its police officers. The lawsuit asked for a court order
prohibiting the police from continuing an
alleged "deliberate campaign of arrest,
harassment and intimidation" of gay persons.
GAY PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH
TO HOLD CHICAGO MEETING
The National Task Force on Gay People in the Church has announced plans
for a national consultation March 4-7 in
Chicago to coincide with the March 1975
session ofthe Governing Board ofthe
National Council of Churches.
Attendance at the consultation will be
limited to gay persons currently involved
in gay liberation activities within mainline
denominations and the Roman Catholic
Church. One purpose ofthe consultation
is to publicize and support the work of
the gay caucuses now functioning within
More information about the Task Force
or the consultation can be obtained from
Rev. William R. Johnson, executive director of the Council on Religion and the
Homosexual, 83 McAllister, Suite 421,
San Francisco, CA 94102.
(Los Angeles) - The People's College of
Law of the National Lawyers Guild, a
new community-oriented law school
which welcomes and actively seeks gay
and other minority group students,
opened September 3 of this year in Los
The school is specifically designed to
meet the need of an inexpensive educa
tion for people who are generally excluded from the legal education process.
Tuition is $350 a semester with some
financial assistance available. Next classes will enter in January and September
of 1975. Additional information can be
obtained by writing Step May, People's
College of Law, 2228 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90029, or calling (213) 661-5135.
LOS ANGELES CENTER
(Los Angeles) The Gay Community Services Center of Los Angeles has been
granted $1,182,000 from local, state and
federal sources to fund six center projects.
The largest, $1 million from the U.S.
Department of Health, Education and
Welfare, is for a Gay Women's Alcohol
Recovery Program. Another $130,000
has been awarded by the Los Angeles
County Health Department to extend the
Center's successful veneral disease clinic.
A $30,000 grant from the California Regional Medical Program will enable the
Center to expand its medical services to
treatment of general medical problems.
A $12,000 grant from the L.A. Regional
Family Planning Project is to be used in
dealing with the problems unique to gay
women and men who are involved in heterosexual marriages.
Two other grants of $5,000 each are to
go to the Center's drug and alcohol abuse
GAY UNITED FUND
FORMED FOR BOSTON
(Boston) A Gay United Fund is being established for the Boston area by a group
of individuals concerned about the lack
of funds available to gay organizations
and the amount of time that must presently be expended by individual organizations to raise operating revenues.
Organizers of the fund, believed to be
the first attempt at a federated gay fund
raising and disbursement project in the
nation, stressed that they would "seek
out money from places where it's not
coming from now — foundations, businesses, large scale benefits, and individuals," and would not compete for money that individual groups are already getting.
TEXAS GAY UNITARIANS
Texas members of the first major
church in the United States to support
gay rights have organized Texas Unitarian-
Universalist Gays to unite gay people
within the Unitarian-Universalist Church.
According to a statement from the
group, T.U.U.G. is an affiliated member
of the Continental Gay U-U Caucus. The
Caucus worked within the church in
Canada and the United States to help
develop a church office to deal specifically with gay concerns and also guided the
Unitarian-Universalists to publicly support gay rights, the first major church
body to do so.
Goals of the new Texas organization are
"to reach other gay U-U's to create a
sense of fellowship in Texas and to work
within the church to further gay Unitarian-Universalists' place in the church."
The group, headquartered in Austin, is
a charter member of the Texas Gay Task
Force and has worked closely with other
gay groups in Austin and in the rest of the
state. Members of the group have met
with Austin church leadership and presented a forum service on being a gay Unitarian.
T.U.U.G. urges all Texas gay Unitarian-
Universalists (or others interested in liberal religion) to contact them by writing:
T.U.U.G., c/o Den Milam, 2501 San Gabriel, No. 6, Austin TX 78705.
DEFENSE FUND FORMED
FOR LESBIAN MOTHERS
The Lesbian Mother's National Defense
Fund has been formed to provide legal
help and financial support. The address
for sending contributions or obtaining information is 1941 Division, Enumclaw,
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