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Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975 - File 004. 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/496.

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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 004
Transcript T ^Editor: ™ I found Rip Corley's column on "What About Being Gay on the Job?" both amusing and terribly sad. It was nothing but an echo ofthe old straight maxim that "if you stay in your place, we won't bother you," i.e., second-class citizen. Corley's statement that our need for protective employment laws was "probably true" indicated to me a total lack of understanding of the situation. If there were such laws, even the most closeted, paranoid Gay would not have to fear a "camp" remark being directed toward him or her. In any case, it seems that the employer should enter such a situation only when the persons involved fail to resolve any difficulties. I do not wish to under-emphasi/e discretion, but how one wishes to be treated is a personal and individual choice, and it is the individual's responsibility to communicate this to another, not the employer's. Straights also use camp, and office morale will not be upset is camp statements, gay or straight, are taken for what they are: humorous. t I also was wondering if there is anything Pibout Gay People that Mr. Corley does like. His first two columns seem to me to have been telling us how to be more like straights, and I don't think the straights have been doing such a great job of running the world. Also, has Mr. Corley forgotten his Gay Sisters? If his column is going to address itself to the entire Gay Community, it should stop condemning the Queens (for they are Gay) and ignoring the Lesbians (for they are Gay, too). Ken Cyr Dear Sir: The "Rappin' with Rip (Corley)" column in your last issue ("What about being gay on the job?") trivializes the issue of employment discrimination against gays. Gays are not seeking the right to "camp" or "tell dirty jokes" on the job, but the right to have the job, free from the fear of being fired if their employers should discover that they are gay. I have often heard the anti-gay argument: "sure you can be gay, as long as you don't flaunt it." Corley's argument comes dangerously close to this, with his distinction between "gays who are fired merely for being gay" and gays who are "provocative in their manner." Would merely revealing oneself to be gay constitute a "provocation" in Corley's eyes? It is unfortunate to see a gay commentator give so much ground to the anti-gay arguments used to justify the denial of our rights. Name Withheld GAY RAIDER Dear Brother Allen: About your paper. It's really nice:it gives information that is needed in the community. We need to become more aware of, and more in touch with our own community, since the Het media has blacked us out of view. I'm glad to see that many cities around the country are beginning to work inside the community, as well as outside. Please keep me on your mailing list since I want to know all that is happening in your area, and it seems that can be done by reading the Community News. In Gay Love. Mark Segal, Executive Director Gay Raiders NEW TEXAS PUBLICATION FOR LESBIAN/FEMINISTS (Houston) Pointblank Times, a new publication for lesbian/feminists, began publication in Houston this month. The first issue includes articles such as "Plain Brown Wrapper: The Lesbian in Modern Novels." poetry, impressions, news affecting lesbian/feminists and more. Subscriptions are $3 for 12 issues from Pointblank Times, 1241 W. Bell. No. 4. Houston, TX 77019. Public Action vs. Private Lobbying An issue confronting gays in the effort to repeal Section 21.06 and other discriminatory laws is the problem of public action vs. private lobbying. As we face a traditionally conservative public, we have to ask ourselves which of the two approaches will further serve the interests of gay people. Judging from the experience of other gay groups, the answer overwhelmingly would have to be public action. We have seen in other states and regions campaigns which succeeded in removing offensive statutes through quiet, competent lobbying. But we have also seen these private successes overturned by all-too-public reactionary campaigns. Reinstatement of anti-gay statutes in Colorado and Idaho are the best examples of this. The inadequacy of a campaign depending entirely on private lobbying lies in the fad thai il docs not teach the closet. It does not signal to anonymous and isolated gays the majority of Kinsey's 10% - that they have brothers and sisters who are Standing up for their rights. It should bo our duty to aim our efforts towards these gays, as well as to civil libertarian public hppinlon. A public campaign will have a chance to reach these 'gays as well as public opinion, and this is the important point for gays - it will have this effect oven if the campaign is defeated by a political reaction from the right wing. We have nothing to fear from such a defeat. Suppose, on the other hand, that our efforts succeed privately but are reversed by a right-wing campaign. This is the sort of defeat which does only harm to the gay movement. The media, one of the few tools we have in reaching our brothers and sisters who must remain in the closet, would carry no news ofthe reform. And the public forum would be abandoned to the repetitious and familiar arguments of the right wing, which would only be too happy to seize the publicity we had foregone. The defeat in New York City to enact anti-discrimination ordinances was really a victory of sorts: at least we now know what weapons the reactionaries are going to use against us. The gays there came very close, and the next time the\ try they will likely succeed. But the gays in Colorado are in a more difficult position. There is a place and a need for competent lobbying, which after all is simply the petitioning of government for a redress of grievances. But to assure meaningful results it should be coupled with a public campaign. Defeated openly, we could return again. And if we succeeded openly, drawing out the poisons from the right in the process, our success would more likely be permanent.' Michael Merrill COMMUNITY NEWS MARCH-APRIL 75 3
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