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Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975 - File 007. 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/499.

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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 007
Transcript Gay People & the Law Tbis Legislation Affects You! By Randy Beitel IN ADDITION to H.B.759. which would repeal the state's sodom) law. ihere are two other bills before the legislature that would enhance our freedom. Anyone who has ever cruised (and who hasn't) should be interested in H.B.832. Introduced by Rep. Jim Mattox of Dallas. H.B.832 is a bill which would make all "Class C" misdemeanors "ticket" offenses. What does any of this have to do with gay cruising? Plenty. Most of the offenses which a gay person is likely to be busted on while cruising are "Class C" misdemeanors, such as the Dallas City Ordinance against loitering(f-31-6i>). committing lewd acts in public parks (^32-4) and soliciting for gay sex ((£31-7 5 & 31-78). SINCE "CLASS C" misdemeanors carry only a maximum S200 fine and no jail term upon conviction, often the real pun ishment inflicted upon a gay person is the overnight stint spent in the city jail where, while waiting for his lawyer or trying to post bail bond, he has to expose himself to the abuse of homophobic police and jailers. H.B.832. however, provides thai after being busted for a "Class C" misdemeanor the procedure would be substantially the same as a traffic ticket. The arresting officer would be required to issue a citation (ticket), ordering you to appear in court on a given date. After you signed the citation, the officer would then have to release you. Thus, under H.B.832. there would be no abusive rides down to the City Jail, no sleepless nights in the jail awaiting the arrival of your attorney, no need for expensive attorney's fees to get out of jail, no need to post bail bond, and no need to bother friends or family to come get you out of jail. Additionally, under H.B.832. when your trial date at- rived, you could be represented by your attorney rather than having to take off work to appear personally in court. H.B.832 would significantly reduce the amount of harassment inflicted upon us by the police, but harassment is not limited to the arrest and trial procedures: arrest and charging records are often released to prospective employers. Thus it behooves us to be concerned with another bill currently pending in the Texas Legislature, H.B.47. INTRODUCED by Reps. Watson and Nichols, H.B.47 provides that a person not convicted of a crime have his arrest and charging records expunged. Under H.B.47, after appearing in an anonymous court hearing, such a person has the right for any and all records relating to the arrest and the charge to be destroyed, and the person would be entitled to deny that the arrest ever occurred or that he was ever charged with the offense. Thus one could legally respond to an employment application question which asked whether you had ever been arrested or charged with a crime, with an unabashed "no." H.B.47 is important to gay people because for years it has been a customary police practice to harass gays by arresting us and then cither failing to file charges or dismissing the charges before trial. Thus there are many of us who have ar- resi and charging records, but no convictions. If police find they can't punish us with an arrest record, their motivation for hassling us will diminish. 1 111 SL TWO bills, along with H.B.759 (see article on page one), are bills which it passed will directly benefit us. If we as gay people are at all serious about wanting a better life for ourselves in regard to the law and police activities, then we have a duty to support this legislation. The least we should all do is to write our State Representatives and let them know that iheir constituents are in favor of these bills. While it is hoped that such organizations as the Texas Civil Liberties Union and the Texas Criminal Trial Lawyers Association will join us in supporting these hills, the primary responsibility is upon us. those to be directly affected, to lobby for legislative approval ol these bills. V\ I Vi: SAT BACK and lei others decide the laws which govern us for too long: il we want some concrete change, we are going to have to make our own voices heard in Austin. OLIVE | BRANCH | SALOON al [ Happy Hour 5-7 OLIVE BRANCH SALOON Monday Wednesday 5-12 p.m. Thursday - Sunday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. 2822 McKinney Dallas i 823-0921 8242770 * 6 / COMMUNITY NEWS / MARCH-APRIL 75
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