Kennedy Urges Spotlighting AIDS
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Columnist Joe Baker
By Larry Bush
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Sen. Edward Kennedy (D.-
Mass.) is spearheading an effort to give AIDS more political visibility before the Senate and the Reagan
administration. Kennedy, who was part of a team effort
that added $30 million to the Senate appropriations bill
to fund the Public Health Emergency Fund—only to
have the extra money dropped in a Senate-House conference committee in early October—now has garnered the
signatures of 14 senators on a letter requesting that Sen.
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) hold AIDS hearings in the Senate
Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Among the senators cosigning Kennedy's letter are
three of the four Democratic senators seeking their party's nomination for the presidency in 1984: Alan Cranston (Calif.), John Glenn (Ohio) and Ernest "Fritz"
Hollings (S.C.). Only Gary Hart (Colo.) is missing.
Republican heavyweights on the letter include Sen.
Lowell Weicker (Conn.), who is chair of the appropriations subcommittee on health issues, and Mark Hatfield
(Ore.), chair ofthe full appropriations committee. In all,
seven of the 17 members of Hatch's committee signed
the letter, but observers noted that among the missing
Democrats was Tom Eagleton, the Missouri senator
who was McGovern's first vice presidential nominee in
1972 and later party to a lawsuit against his niece for
charging that he was involved in homosexual vacations
in Key West, Fla.
While Kennedy's staff suggests that the letter primarily will help keep political visibility on the need to monitor the Reagan administration response to .AIDS, others
such as the Federation of AIDS-Related Organizations
lobbyist Gerald Connor and National Gay Task Force
Washington representative Jeff Levi are hoping that
Hatch will decline the request for hearings.
The key concern is the make-up ofthe Hatch committee, which is controlled by Republicans who are on the
New Christian Right side. Those include Jeremiah Denton (R-Ala.), the ex-POW; John East (N.C.), a Jesse
Helms protege; Paula Hawkins (Fla.), a Mormon like
Hatch; Don Nickles (Okla.), outspokenly anti-gay; and
Charles Grassley (Iowa).
Kennedy pitches his hearing request with that makeup in mind, noting that "Senate hearings would focus
national attention on the health concerns involved in
this issue, rather than involving the Committee in a
Overall, Kennedy raises many of the issues that were
also aired in the Weiss hearings in August in the House,
and the Waxman hearings in Los Angeles in 1982.
AUSTIN * SAN ANTONIO
Nov 11, 1983 a Issue .1 o Published Every Other Friday
Can We Talk?
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Janet Cobb and Juan Ochoa,
co-chairpersons of the Austin
Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus
ALGPC Meets Monthly
Officers and members ofthe Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus met in the Commissioner's Court in the Courthouse
Annex Oct. 25 for the organization's most
recent monthly meeting. Juan Ochoa and
Janet Cobb, co-chairpersons of the group,
Paul Clover spoke to the assembly about
the Waterloo Counseling Center, a nonprofit corporation offering help to the
adaptational needs and life concerns of
gay men and women. Clover, one of the
founders of the center, spoke of the services offered, including counseling, educational seminars, professional
consultation and community services
Clover emphasized that the primary
concerns of the center at the moment are
funding and a permanent location.
A lengthy discussion concerning possible endorsement of political candidates by
ALGPC followed, ending in a move to postpone a decision until a later date.
As part of this, information about the
recent ALGPC voter registration drive in
some gay businesses was presented. The
voter registration drive will continue, and
help for this drive is solictied.
The caucus meets the last Tuesday in
each month at 7:30 p.m. with the next
meeting scheduled for Nov. 29.