Sept. 23,1983 / Montrose Voice 5
Film on Gays
International Gay News Agency
SAN FRANCISCO—The city's Police Commission here has approved a 23-minute
video tape that will be used to inform
police recruits about the gay community.
The tape, meant to heighten the department's sensitivity to San Francisco's gay
community, was also shown to Mayor
Dianne Feinstein in her office, accompanied by about 30 members of the mayor's
Gay Task Force.
"I think it's really very good," said Feinstein. "It got across its points subtly."
The nonprofit media company that produced the video for $10,000 said the tape
was intended to present recruits with a
nonstereotypical view of gays. Among
those interviewed are a gay male police
officer and a lesbian police officer, who are
shown walking their beat in the Castro
district of the city.
The tape's original title of The Promised
Land drew criticism from Police Chief
Cornelius Murphy, who said the title's biblical connotation might offend some local
residents, but he added that he had "no
problem" with the content and the use of
the video in his department.
The new title is A Look at San Francisco's Lesbian and Gay Community.
The video was produced after longstanding complaints from the gay community about police harassment and lack
of police concern about attacks against
Police recruits will view the video during
orientation classes, as well as visit gay
and lesbian bars and restaurants. "We
have a week during recruit school when
they have an opportunity to learn about
minorities, including gays," said Deputy
Chief James Shannon of the Police
Department's administrative office.
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Art Student Wins Westheimer
Festival Poster Contest
By Robert Hyde
Lisbeth Scott, a student at the Houston
Art Institute, won first place in the Westheimer Colony Art Festival's best poster
design contest this week and was presented with a check for $500.
The 23-year-old student was delighted
with her prize and was eager to share it
with her classmates at the institute. "I
think this will buy us all a beer," she said.
Scott has been studying art for several
years. She spent four years at Texas Tech
and will wrap up her studies at the institute in March.
"I love every aspect of art," she said.
"The institute has really opened my eyes
to what's going on in the art world."
Scott is unsure of the direction her
career will take after graduating. Her
primary concern will be to become even
more informed about commercial art.
"I'd like to be an illustrator for a very
large advertising firm just to get my feet
wet," she said.
Her design, an abstract of purple, turquoise and black, was chosen over 31 other
entries submitted by young artists from
this area, Michael Groves, president of the
Westheimer Colony Association, said.
"The contest gives an unknown the
chance to make a name for himself," he
The poster will herald the upcoming art
festival, and its design will be extensively
reproduced for sale to the public on posters
and festival T-shirts. There will also be a
limited edition of signed and numbered
posters available to the public.
The Westheimer Colony Art Festival
will be held Oct. 15 and 16 in the 100 to
1100 blocks of Westheimer.
Project Launched to Determine
International Gay News Agency
A group called Lesbian and Gay Associated Engineers and Scientists (LGAES)
is launching a project to find out which
major corporations discriminate against
gays and which do not.
The goal is to determine the status of all
occupations in such workplaces, not only
engineering and scientific ones.
The three major objectives of the project
are to provide information to gay people so
that they can increase their job security
"and avoid disaster," to lobby corporations and other employers to adopt sexual
orientation nondiscrimination policies
and to modify the economic structure for
the benefit of gay people.
LGAES's plan of action is to conduct a
survey via a questionnaire, since no
known survey of gays in the workplace so
Despite limited past success in determining corporate attitudes toward gay
employees, it is hoped that the new questionnaire will elicit more response, because
failure to reply in a substantive manner
will be seen as verification of "negative
and below average ratingB," they said. A
summary report will be sent to companies
detailing negative and below average ratings of that company.
Eventually, LGAES will publish a list of
the 10 worst corporations in an effort to
get corporations to reply to the survey and
improve their practices.
With the information about which companies are good and which are bad for gay
employment, an effort will be made to
eliminate those companies that pratice
discrimination, the group said. When good
companies thrive, LGAES feels, "nondiscriminatory job opportunities for gays
expand. When bad companies are reduced,
economic room is provided for good companies."
LGAES believes that corporations
"have no vested interest in discrimination. The cost of fair play is virtually
nothing." The long-range goal is for more
and more companies to see the wisdom of
nondiscrimination against gay people.
By S. Christopher Hagin
ATLANTA—The director of the AIDS
Task Force for the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), Dr. James Curran, says he
understands attacks on the government in
relation to AIDS from gays, and he also
says the killing disease will "be with us for
quite a while."
Curran said the "frustration" of gay
leaders who complain the government is
not doing enough to solve AIDS and stop
the deaths is understandable.
"I have two reactions" to complaints
Curran said. "The first is that it's understandable for all of us who are concerned
about this to be frustrated. I, too, am frustrated. I've been working on this problem
for two years and two months, and it
doesn't seem to be getting any better.
"The second part of that is that I get
tired of people complaining. I've been
working on this problem a lot harder than
most of the people who are complaining.
"I don't find the numbers terrifying, but
I think the problem is a problem that's
likely to be with us for quite a while and
one that we will have to deal with. I think
finding the cause of AIDS is going to
greatly increase our capabilities to deal
with it, but it's not a problem that's going
to go away in the next year or two," said
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Runners who want to boost their endurance may want to reach for a bottle of
Alka Seltzer. Canadian Researchers claim
the alkaline content of Alka Seltzer and
baking soda counteracts the buildup of
acid in muscles being pushed to their limit.
With less muscle acid, the theory goes,
joggers should be able to run longer,
reports American Health.
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