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Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978 - File 008. 1978-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 7, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/566/show/548.

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(1978-07). Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978 - File 008. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/566/show/548

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date July 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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  • 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 008
Transcript new5 JULY 1978 GAY AUSTIN tGXcLS... FARENTHCLJ DECRIES 'TYRANNY C? -.'•c T0WN keeTING ONE TOD TTV r.uu&TUii The Houston Gay Political Caucus sponsored Town Meeting I in Houston on Sunday, June 25. The Gay chicano Organisation, the Lesberadas, a lesbian alliance, as well as a society for gay civil engineers and The Executive and Professional Association of Houston participated. Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Frances "Sissy" Farenthold was treated to a two-minute-long standing ovation by more than 3,000 gays who attended Town Meeting I after she condemned religious fanaticism against homosexuals and urged gays to demand their "full human rights." Farenthold. formerly of Corpus Christi and no* the president of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. was the keynote speaker. "Racism is not a state issue, just like parenthood and childbeatring are not state issues." she said. "Human rights is a human issue." Recalling a speech last week by Carter, Farenthold said the president had vowed to continue calling for human rights in such countries as South Africa. Yet. she said, "inequality and basic human injustice" runs rampant in this country." Farenthold said human rights in America are subjected to the "tyranny of the majority" and the"tyranny of the state." Speaking to the gay community meeting in Houston, Farenthold said "The righta of this large minority can no longer be trampled u»on," She stopped several times on her way out a rear door of the arena to wave to the crowd which cheered for more than two minutes. Once the speech was over, Town Meeting I turned into what one leader described as a "strictly business " meeting of the gay community. All manner of issues were debated, from the rights of transsexuals to alleged police brutality leveled against gays. Several leaders of Houston's lesbian community stood to declare that the Houston community of gay men had largely Ignored women in the planning of the meeting, which GPC leaders hope will be an annual event, and in gay issues in general. TGTF PLANS TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATORY LEGISLATION DURING 66TH SESSION The plan calls for: 1) continual identification of human rights supporters in all regions of Texas, 2) building coalitions with groups of traditionally underrepresented persons and with persons who support our push for equality. 3) a comprehensive communications network aimed at grass roots involvement with local lawmakers, A) establishment of an Austin office and a lobbying team 5) $25,000 price tag to implement the plan. According to Kathy Deilsch. moderator of the Texas Gay Task Force, which sponsored Texas Gay Conference Five and diafted the plan for the upcoming legislative session . gays will be visible and active in Austin during the session. TGTF issued a statement at the conference which further explains their position: He will be visible and active in Austin during the next legislative session. The 1977, 65th session was a forewarning to us. Be reminded that that session saw the first discriminatory legislation aimed at Texas gays, a measure to prohibit gay groups from being recognized and from using state college and university campus facilities. Certainly such legislation was unconstitutional and improper; however, there are legislators who feel that "the perverts must be kept in the closet." The Task Force is preparing to prevent additional legislation of this type. An example this next session, commencing January, 1979, may very well be aimed at prohibiting gay teachers and their supporters from teaching and to allow local school districts to engage in "witchhunts" to determine who is and isn't gay. Similar legislation has been introduced and/or passed in several other states. In April, about 30 Task Force members met in New Braunfels Texas to lay the groundwork for this legislative push. At present, we are gathering data related to the legislature, that is, learning more about the process of legislation, talking with key supporters and more importantly, testing the waters with legislators to learn how they view our concern for the enactment of new legislation which will single out Texas gays for harassment and discrimination. The active fundraising campaign to raise $25,000 will begin later this summer. A five-point pl»n was Introduced at the Texaa Gay Conference Five, June 10, In Dallas. The plan outlines how the present Texas law, which criminalizes homosexual conduct, will be repealed and how Texas Gays will prevent discriminatory legislation from passing in the upcoming 66th legislative session. We believe we must begin our work early, so as to deter and/or prevent action aimed at pushing us back into the closets We will not sit back and wait to see what certain interest groups and their lawmakers have planned for us. Texas lesbians and gay men are on the move.
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