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Montrose Voice, No. 152, September 23, 1983 - File 011. 1983-09-23. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1601/show/1582.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 152, September 23, 1983
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date September 23, 1983
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 011
Transcript 10 Montrose Voice / Sept. 23,1983 Big Brother Balks By Patrick Franklin This year marked the 30th anniversary of President Eisenhower's executive order banning homosexuals from all government positions. In a more freewheeling age, it's easy to forget the hysteria of the 50s when a slip of the lip could sink a career, and gays, lesbians and people who were merely "suspicious" lost their jobs and reputations. Dr. Dan Simoniski, a former political scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, hasn't forgotten, though. What he also remembers is the surveillance that was undertaken by the FBI on domestic groups that were regarded as "subversive" (a common denunciation of gay activists) and which may continue now. Siminoski filed a request on October 20, 1982, for all records held by the FBI on 13 specific gay movement groups and any others affecting the gay and lesbian movement as well. Using the Freedom of Information Act as a lever, the search for records included not only the main FBI files, but those at seven field offices of the agency. Generally, the cost of such request is borne by the applicant. However, a "fee waiver" is available for applications that result in disclosures which are "in the public interest." On January 3 of this year, Siminoski's request was denied by the FBI, claiming that the size of the public to be benefitted was too small and his ability to get the information to the public too limited. Obviously, the FBI is waffling. Millions of gay people are affected by the existence of government prying, and early indications show clearly that most gay activist groups have generated government records. Siminoski has published extensively, writing both for the gay press and for major academic conferences. Dr. Siminoski filed an immediate appeal with the Justice Department and plans to carry the case further should that be denied. His case is considered a strong one by attorneys and experts in Freedom of Informatin Act issues. Whatever the result, the case promises tangible benefits to the gay community; if successful, at least 2000 pages of documents (the number the FBI admits having) will be turned over for public scrutiny. The case is valuable as a test of gay civil rights and an opportunity for media coverage and public education. It opens many doors between gay and nongay supporters of personal freedom and open government. Siminsoki's attorneys estimate that his Kick the Habit: Suck on a Tube A tobacco-flavored pacifier for adults is the latest aid for smokers hoping to kick the habit. It's called "Smokebreak"—a white plastic tube the size of a cigarette, with a tobacco or menthol-flavored cotton wick inside. The manufacturer says "Smokebreak" tastes like the real thing, satisfies your oral fixation and gives you something to do with your hands. A kit of two "Smokebreaks" costs $8 and is supposed to last three to six months. For another two bucks, reports the San Francisco Examiner, you can get a booklet on the dangers of smoking. Majoring in Disaster You can now prepare yourself for disaster and earn a college degree at the same time. Starting this fall, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education, North Texas State University is offering a bachelor's degree in Emergency Management and Administration. The first of its kind in the country, the program will train students to deal with everything from mudslides to nuclear war. legal fees will run from $10,000 to $20,000, with associated travel, telephone and public relations costs. The gay and lesbian community has a great deal at stake in his work, and we strongly urge contributions to Siminoski so that he can continue to prepare and pursue a case that affects us all. Any contributions are not tax- deductible, since the government does not regard this as in the public interest. You can mark the anniversary of the Presidential Decree of Shame by sending financial support to Freedom of Information Defense Fund, Dr. Dan Siminoski, 1221 Redondo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90019. Dan can be called for more information or to arrange speaking engagements at (213) 931-7826. ®1983 Stonewall Features Syndicate Local Run bv volunteers Funding a large number of different agety'ies Thai s a quick look at your United Way A ckwerlook will show you how your United Way suppon helped 1.6 million people last year and a still "rbu re helping people who've hit hard limes by making funding possible for lot id. 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