No Endorsements—But GPC President
Says Caucus Will Continue to Fight
d No Endorsements
But GPC President Sue Lovell says
the group is registering voters—in
Although no major candidates for the
November 5 municipal elections sought
the endorsement of the Houston Gay Political Caucus, GPC President Sue Lovell
says the group will continue to fight for
gay political participation. Lovell told the
Montrose Voice that "There were no
endorsements. No one wanted it. Yet, we
will continue to register voters and urge
gays to remain involved in the political
The group met for an endorsement meeting on September 18. No major candidates
appeared at that meeting. Councilman
George Greanias, whose District C consists primarily of Montrose and southwest
Houton, suddenly cancelled his planned
appearance. Carl Denton, of the 3400
block of Yoakum, a little-known candidate
for Greanias' seat, did attend the meeting
but did not receive the caucus's endorsement.
Some activists feel the "non-
endorsement" meeting reflected the demise of the political influence of Houston's
most well-known gay organization. Gary
J. Van Ooteghem, founder and former
president of GPC, said in a statement
released following the meeting, "In making a decision to do nothing significant
this year, a majority of the former GPC
presidents felt that GPC, itself, has just
gone back into the closet."
Although some members wanted to
endorse candidates without their solicitation, Ray Hill, a GPC member and gay
activist, feels that would "punish those
who have helped us." Hill feels that in
light of the results of the January 19 referendum and an overall return to conservatism in Houston, a gay endorsement
would only work to damage the political
futures of politicians that are allies of the
In keeping with the tenor of maintaining gay political activism, the caucus will
accelerate its voter registration drive as
the October 6 registration deadline nears.
The caucus has placed voter registration
cards in many bars and deputy registrars
will visit many bars on the weekend of
Regardless of the lack of a formal endorsement, the caucus is distributing bumper
stickers and T-shirts printed with the slogan, "Don't welch on Houston."
Most Gay Men
Victims of Anti-
From "Philadelphia Gay News"
A majority of gay males surveyed in a
Phildelphia survey have experienced
some sort of anti-gay violence, it was
reported Sept. 20.
The survey by the Philadelphia Lesbian
and Gay Task Force, conducted in March
1984 but juBt recently released, showed
63% of the gay men and 39% of the lesbians
had experienced homophobic violence.
The 183 people participating in the survey said incidents included threats,
objects thrown, being chased or followed,
spit at. beaten, assaulted with a weapon,
arson and sexual assault.
"Anti-gay violence is coming out the
closet," said Task Force board member
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AIDS Vaccine 'Soon'
Dr. Donald Armstrong, a researcher in
infectious diseases, testified last week that
the virus believed to cause Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is
less hardy and more difficult to transmit
than most diseases, thus predicting the
development of a vaccine within "the next
year or so."
Armstrong, testifying in a hearing on a
lawsuit concerning an AIDS victim, said
the virus is vulnerable to chlorine bleach,
alcohol, drying, or heating to 133 degrees.
Meanwhile in Washington, several
Republican legislators are pushing for
increased government spending for AIDS
research. A House appropriations committee recently approved about $1% million
for AIDS research and education includ
ing $141 million for the National Institutes of Health. The Reagan
administration has only requested $126
million for 1986. Sen. Lowell Weicker, R.-
Cnnn. chairman of the Senate Appropriations health subcommittee, said, "It is my
firm intent that whatever resources are
needed to meet the AIDS crisis will be provided."
Rep. Henry Waxman, D.-Calif., echoes
the feelings of gay activists and science
professionals by saying the Reagan
administration held back on AIDS spend
ing because of prejudice against homosexual men.
Both houses of Congress are expected to
appropriate more spending for AIDS
research and education in 1986.
TABC Agents Arrest Four
People for 'Lewd Conduct'
Officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the state agency which
regulates alcohol sales, entered Mary's, a
bar located at 1022 Westheimer, on Sun
day, Sept. 21, at approximately 2:00 a.m..
and arrested five people on non-alcohol
According to Genie Thomas, a supervisor with TABC who was not present at the
time of the arrests, four persons were
arrested for public lewdness and one for
disorderly conduct. Thomas said the
agents observed "hugging and groping of
personal parts of each other and motions
against each others' body."
The disorderly conduct arrest came as a
result of an "individual not involved in the
incident doing very vocal cussing" at the
agents attempting to take the arrested
parties to the D.A.s office. Agent Marty
Rocha and Supervisor Boyd Batterton, the
agents who entered the bar, would not
According to Jim Kuhn, attorney for
those arrested and a witness to the event,
TABC officers are authorized to make
arrests and do carry weapons.
Another witness to the incident said
those arrested were either holding hands
or embraced. Those arrested, in an unusual move, were taken to Harris County
Jail instead of city facilities.
All of the arrested are planning to contest the charges.
A witness at the bar, who asked to
remain unidentified, said the agents
looked inexperienced and had overreacted, perhaps because of homophobia.
The witness said the "hugging," etc., was
no different than affection commonly
shown by heterosexual couples in public.
□ "Tyranny of the All-American Boy"
Brandon Smith portrays convicted assassin Dan White in "Execution
Justice," opening Oct. 5 at the Alley Theater.