FIFTH SAN FRANCISCO GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Frameline, a non-profit gay film collective, is
accepting entries for the Fifth Annual San Francisco
Gay Film Festival to be screened during Gay Freedom
Week, June, 1981.
The festival has been established as a non-competitive showcase for films by or about gay women and
men. Any 35mm, 16mm, Super 8 film, sound or silent,
will be eligible. (Cassette tape recordings will be
accepted with Super 8 films.)
Cash awards are given to all filmmakers whose
works appear in the festival. The amount of the
awards is dependent on the revenues received. The
deadline for entries is June 1, 1981.
For more information, contact Frameline,
150 Eureka, San Francisco CA 94114.
ALGPC NEEDS ELECTION HELP
Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC) has
begun its work on voter registration and election campaigns for the April 1981 Austin City Council election.
Volunteers are needed in upcoming weeks to help
with the voter registration drive and with campaign work.
To help, you can call Scottie Scott at 454-3893 (voter
registration) or Donna Johnson at 452-2876 (other campaign work).
If you would like to make campaign contributions,
you can do so through the ALGPC-PAC fund. Call Donna
Johnson for more information.
GAY LOBBYIST HIRED
Lesbian Gay Rights Advocates has engaged the services of a professional lobbyist to promote gay interests in this session of the Texas Legislature.
Lesbian Gay Rights Advocates is the lobby project
of Lesbian Gay Democrats of Texas. It is supported
through the efforts of Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus, Dallas Gay Political Caucus, the Houston chapter
of Lesbian Gay Democrats', and other activists from West
Texas and South Texas.
Lobbyist Bill Pewitt will represent LGRA. He is
associated with the lobby efforts of other progressive
organizations in the state, as well as several business
A concerted statewide effort in support of gay
rights is especially important during this legislative
session. The national and state conservative swing poses
a serious threat to gay interests. Representation in the
session is extremely important to defend existing rights
and to work against further threats to personal freedom
voiced by many newly-elected right-wing legislators.
ALGPC has committed itself to raising $800 of the
$4,000 necessary to fund LGRA. ALGPC members and others
concerned about gay rights are urged to contribute to
help ALGPC meet its commitment. Contributions may be
sent to LGRA, A Project of LGDT, P.O. Box 822, Austin,
MILITARY TIGHTENS ANTI-GAY POLICY
On January 16, 1981, the Department of Defense
issued a revision of its exclusionary policy towards
gay women and men. The new policy makes discharge for
homosexuals mandatory. This is apparently a reaction to
the small number of precedential successes established
in the cases of Matlovich, Berg, and Ben-Shalom.
National Gay Task Force Co-Director Lucia Valeska
coirmented, "The new directive signals a reactionary move
on the part of the Department of Defense to counteract
recent progress made through the courts in challenging
discrimination against gay men and lesbians in the military. Fortunately, the new policy has some positive •
aspects. All exclusions and discharges made solely on
the basis of sexual orientation will now be classified
as HONORABLE and 'homosexual identity' will no longer
be determined by so-called homosexual mannerisms or
through guilt by association."
"On the other hand," Valeska continued, "the directive draws a new battle line in its overall hardline
stance. The military has bent over backwards (to the
point of downright silliness in places) in order to
tighten restrictions. NGTF intends to expose and fight
the new directive on the basis of its irrational nature,
unenforceable provisions and fundamental attack on the
constitutional rights of all U.S. citizens."
Don Knutson, Legal Director of Gay Rights Advocates,
said, "The new regulations are, on the one hand, ludicrous, and on the other, ominous. They were carefully
drawn to make judicial protection for the civil liberties of gay service personnel as difficult as possible.
They are, however, vulnerable to constitutional attack
in several important respects. We intend to vigorously
pursue whatever remedies are available to us to challenge
in the courts this repressive and ridiculous policy."