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Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975 - File 002. 1975-03/1975-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/506/show/494.

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Title Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date March 1975-April 1975
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 002
Transcript GAY PAPER OF NORTH TEXAS 350 COMMUNITY NEWS March-April 1975 Dallas / Fort Worth Number 7 Bill Introduced To Repeal State Homosexual Conduct Law (Austin) Repeal of this state's homosexual conduct law is the aim of a bill introduced into the Texas House of Representatives February 17 by Rep. Craig Washington of Houston. If enacted, H.B.759 would repeal Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code, which reads: aw Section 21.06. Homosexual Conduct P<;>) 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. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, which is chaired by Washington. House Bill 759 would simply repeal Section 21.06, which has been singled out by gay activists in Texas as the primary basic cause of most (if not all) of the discrimination gays face in employment, housing and dealings with the police. The Texas Gay Task Force has been busy talking to the legislators lo try to build support for HB759. Two co-sponsors have been added to the bill, but their names were not available at press time. The main concern of the Task Force at this time is to get HB759 out of committee, which will take six positive votes from the eleven-member committee. The Task Force is arranging for a group of psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, min- liters, educators and gay people to testify W\ Ausiin for the bill during the committees' open hearings which are scheduled for April 8. Professional and religious support is being cultivated by the Task Force, and the Homosexual Counseling Conference, held in Dallas earlier this month, was the first non-gay body to officially pass a resolution calling for the passage of HB759. TGTF is planning a major campaign throughout the state to build support for the bill when and if it gets to the floor of the House of Representatives. If Texas passes HB759, it will become the tenth state of the nation to repeal private adult homosexual laws. More information concerning the current status of the bill may be obtained by contacting the Texas Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 7318. Fort Worth, TX 76111. or (817) 338-0128. Suit Filed Against Fort Worth Police KEN CYR FIRED FROM JOB IN AFTERMATH (Fort Worth) Ken Cyr, director of AURA, filed a class action lawsuit February 26 against Fort Worth Police Chief T.S. Walls, Deputy Chief H.F. Hopkins, Capt. CE. Hogue (head of vice and intelligence) and two unnamed police officers. The day after lhe suit was made public by the local media, Cyr was fired from his job as a postal clerk at Texas Christian University. The only reason given was "inefficiency." filed in Federal Judge Eldon Mahon's court, the suit charges the police with invasion of privacy and deprivation of civil rights. The suit specifically centers around an alleged incident last June 22 during the 1974 Texas Gay Conference, sponsored by the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex Gay Council at 4301 Miller in Fori Worth. "On this occasion," the suit contends, "the two unnamed defendant police officers came to the location in question, circled the church repeatedly, and very obviously, for all to see, recorded the license numbers of approximately thirty-six automobiles (including plantiff Cyr's) located at the church. Later on the same day, two and possibly more participants leaving the Conference were stopped by the same officers or other officers employed by the Fort Worth Police Department for questioning and a driver's license check. The license numbers and names recorded were later released for publication to Fori Worth reporters." The suit goes on to say thai ". . . this course of harassment and surveillance has ■included not only the above alleged con- Continued on Page 91
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