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Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978 - File 009. 1978-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 6, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/566/show/549.

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(1978-07). Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978 - File 009. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/566/show/549

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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
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 009
Transcript 8 GAY AUSTIN JULY 1978 national... DEPUTY SHERIFFS FOUND GUILTY OF VIOLATING GAY'S CIVIL RIGHTS After deliberating seven hours, a federal jury found all four defendants guilty in the trial of present and former county law enforcement officials of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of an admitted gay man and transvestite. Special Justice Department prosecutor Ralph Martin, in his closing arguments, accused the deputy sheriffs of causing "an orgy of terror" for Lee Roy Watson, 24, who prefers to be known as Linda Sue Jackson. Watson is seeking more than $2 million in damages from the three men and one waman on trial. A fifth defendant will be tried separately, Watson was arrested twice in February and May 1977 on several misdemeanor charges, including criminal impersonation while working as an Avon salesperson. At the Ilaw of the second arrest, he testified that he was forced to appear naked before several women in Malvern City Jail as he was being teased by one of the defendants. Later ha was beaten with a nightstick, according to testimony by eyewitnesses. On June 25, Watson t took him to a remote nightsticks and a fl anus, and cut his ha cess. They then set him, resulting in bi one of the defendant the wounds. Watson a asked to be fellated quest. estified that one of the defendants part of Hot Springs, beat him with ash light, pouring turpentine in his lr, injuring his ear in the pro- two Doberman pinschers to attack tes to his wrists and inner thighs; subsequently poured alcohol on lso said that one of the defendants by him, but later dropped the re- Watson was hospitalised for ten days for treatment of wounds following the incident, causing his attending physician to call the injuries the most severely beaten patient he had treated in 25 years. U.S. District Court Judge Oren Harris commented "It would have been very difficult to arrive at any other verdict. It must be made clear that the Constitution of the United States is for all citizens." Harris released all four defendants on bond pending sentencing later thla month. 'QUEER AND LESBIAN' TEACHERS TARGETED IN OKLAHOMA Members of Oklahoma's lower house voted 88-2 to permit school hoards to fire or refuse to hire persons who have engaged in "public homosexual conduct." Rep. John Monks (D-Muskogee) who authored the bill maintained that with his bill, districts could dismiss "people afflicted with this degenerate problem,..people who are mentally deranged in this way," When asked whether his bill would apply to both sexes. Monks replied: "It will cover both queers and lesbians." The bill now goes before the Oklahoma Senate for action. The Senate version Is sponsored by Sen, Mary Halm, a member of the John Birch Society. The measure defines "public homosexual conduct" as "advocating, citing, imposing, encouraging) or prompt ing public or private homosexual activity in a manner that creates a substantial risk that such conduct will come to the attention of school children or school employees*" By such definition, even heterosexual teachers who speak out in behalf of gay rights could be liable for their jobs. NATIONAL LESBIAN FEMINIST ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN LOS ANGELES Los Angeles, March 17-19: the Founding Convention of the National Lesbian Feminist Organization. Lesbians from all reaches of the country gathered that weekend to form an organization committed to dealing, from a feminist platform, with the oppression of lesbians in ail of its manifestations. These manifestations were seen as including, but not being limited to, discrimination based on sexual preference, sex, race, class, age and physical disability. The organization also committed itself to education and the development of lesbian culture. On of the more significant affirmative votes, from the south's viewpoint, was a motion amending the convention rules to allot an equal number of votes to each of the five regions present. Another important resolution opened membership to all lesbians and women identified women, reflecting consideration for lesbians who remain closeted. Race and class were strongly addressed in a resolution which calls for 50 percent representation by women of color and a balance of class backgrounds on state and national level planning and decision-making committees. Delegates to the meeting voted to hold a national ratifying aonvention of the organization in Spring, 1979 in St. Paul-Minneapolis. State conventions of all NLFO member? are to be held in the interim to encourage stronger grassroots participation and to provide a forum for discussion of issues. Delegates to the national conference will be elected at the state conferences on the basis of one delegate for each ten qualified participants. Delegates to the founding conference and all other interested women who meet the membership requirements may also form local groups. Membership dues are determined on a sliding scale basis of $1,00 per $1,000 of gross COMB FREE Handmade Haircuts at People's Prices 477-8280 472-4978 1512 West 5th
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