Activist Robert Cramer dies pssssss
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)-Robert
Cramer, prominent civic leader and
gay activist, is dead at 53 of complications from AIDS. He died Saturday, Dec. 8, at Kaiser Hospital.
Cramer, who owned a barbershop,
founded an annual program called
Cable Car Awards, which honored
San Francisco homosexuals for
"The Cable Car Awards have
come to symbolize all that is right
about San Francisco"
Mayor Art Agnos "It was Bob
Cramer's dream that the Cable Car
Awards bring the gay and lesbian
community together with the rest of
the city in recognition of all the good
things that were happening here."
Cramer was one of the organizers
of the city's Lesbian-Gay Freedom
Day Parade nearly 20 years ago, and
was a president of the politically potent Alice B. Toklas Lesbian-Gay
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP}—
Gay men and lesbians are not a
legitimate minority deserving of
protection against bate crimes, a
city council member said before
the council voted to exclude
them trom a new law.
After nearly two hours of
debate in packed chambers, tbe
council voted 5-2 Monday. Dec.
"sexual orientation'' in a law that
would impose stiffer penalties for
crimes committed out of hatred
for certain social groups.
The revised bill, which faces
another council vote Jan. 7.
would impose an extra minimum
penalty of $300 and 15 days in
jail for any crime committed on
the basis of a victim's race,
color, religion, age. national
origin or ethnic heritage.
Council member Penny
Bennett said other groups were
more deserving of protection
than lesbians and gay men.
"This does not take away
anything (from homosexuals!."
she said "It only gives special
rights to special groups of
However, council memb»
Clothier disagreed, saying,
not call freedom from hate
crimes a special treatment or a
The bill was prompted by a
cross-burning and other acts of
intimidation in the area this year
MIRAMAH. Fla. (AP)-A play
about an Archie Bunker-type
character who discovers his son
is gay was canceled after city
officials received complaints
about the comedy's content.
"Norman. Is That You?" was
scheduled to be performed last
Friday, Nov. 30, at the city-
owned civic center as the first in
a series of four performances by
an independent theatrical
company. Standing Room Only
Productions of Plantation.
"We're not going to produce
anything that upsets anybody,"
said Mayor Vicki Coceano. who
has not read the play. "We don't
want to produce any plays in our
theater here that were a little
The play ran briefly on
Broadway in 1970 and was made
into a movie starring Redd Foxx
and Pearl Bailey.
Cathy Rollins, president of the
theatrical company said she
didn't argue when asked to
change the play, adding "We
don't wish to force any
controversy on anyone." The
Neil Simon play "Come Blow
Your Horn" was substituted.
But some other producers
wete not as agreeable to the
"It's extremely unfortunate that
there's a growing climate of
repression, that theater people
are not being allowed to discuss
subjects that certain government
officials don't think are
appropriate." said Jerry
Campbell, an artistic director for
the Vinnette Carroll Theater in
to be quizzed
banks will have to ask a broader
range of personal questions of
would-be donors under new
regulations that recognize the
growing spread of AIDS among
The new policy, £
Wednesday. Dec. 5, also end
the ban on donations from
The Haitian government callei
for a "massive program of reeducating Americans'' about a
policy it said has ruined that
country's tourism industry, cost
thousands of jobs and caused
Haitian children to be "snubbed
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