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Montrose Voice, No. 257, September 27, 1985 - File 011. 1985-09-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 14, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/461/show/446.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 257, September 27, 1985
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date September 27, 1985
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 / SEPTEMBER 27, 1985 Commentary How Did the Press Handle 21.06 Decision? By Mark Blazek Montrose Voice Austin Correspondent Most gay men and women who have lived in Texas longer than a year or so know certain major daily newspapers in this state sustain homophobic influences, though this editorial bias is often interwoven as to pass as reportage. The January referendum in Houston showed many—some for the first time— how homophobia is clearly entrenched where it should not be. In a similiar way, the August 26 decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals gave us another example of how the established press handles, or mishandles, as the case may be, a gay issue. Most editors recognized the court's decision as representing a crossroads which the gay community last met on the death of Harvey Milk, and, before then, at the Stonewall riots. Suddenly, our society's relative quiet tolerance of the gay lifestyle has turned to declared hostility in the guise of "implementing morality," and good editors understood the potential miscalculation behind the court's decision. As a result, this news story was run on the front page of most dailies. Some observations: • The press could not agree on the numbers. The Associated Press incorrectly reported the decision was eight to seven. Most other sources properly Looking for MEDICAL CARE? Look in the Greater Montrose Service and Shopping Directory SERVICE LUS HOSPITAL INSURANCE MAJOR MEDICAL Ages 19-34-s45.30 35-49- 50.84 50-64- 70.01 Monthly Bank Draff Insurance Office 523-9822 Group Rates Individual Issue reported nine to seven. The AP also incorrectly reported the crime carries a $500 fine, in addition to a possible jail term. The crime actually carries a possible $200 fine and a jail term. • The mainstream press continues to call us "homosexuals" despite years of protests by gay activists and the fact that few of our gay publications or organizations include the word homosexual in their title. Establishment still has a rough time using the preferred term "gay." • Most publications ran headlines similar to the Austin American-Statesman ("Banning of Sodomy Upheld"). The Corpus Christi Caller, the Fort Worth Star- Telegram, the San Antonio Express News, and the Waco Tribune-Herald, among many others, all included the rather ambiguous and antiseptic phrase "Texas sodomy law" in their headlines. • Praise to the Houston Post for stating the issue much more clearly with the headline "Federal Court Rules Against Homosexuals. The Post reporter, Eduardo Paz Martinez, wrote the finest lead, explaining the result of the court's ruling as "outlawing homosexual activity and making the private sexual lives of gay Texans illegal." • The Dallas Times-Herald deserves special mention for amplifying the issue with an additional story titled "Foes agree on one thing: Legal battle is not over." • Most editors highlighted the fact that the court used "the past seven centuries" of "objection to homosexual conduct" as the prime reason for its decision. Such an explanation as the court's is ludicrous on its face, and no further editorial comment was needed. (And most obervers agree that the U.S. Supreme Court will be required to concoct a far better reason than tradition for continued oppression of gays.) • Most editors at least intimated AIDS figured prominently in the judges' decision but also pointed out the court made no mention of AIDS in its ruling, and • Unfortunately, only gay publications suggested that the court's decision smacks of politics by citing the political affiliations of the judges along with the way in which they voted. But, perhaps most importantly, the reporting of this news illustrates, once again, the real inability of the masses to understand gay love. The issue is not a NATRAJ Now in Montrose! Finest Indian Restaurant Shepherd & W. 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More gay writers need to be assigned to write the news on gay issues in order that a naive public can understand, through the subtleties of language, that at the core of decisions such as the Fifth Cir- cuirt Court's sits, pure, simple, unadulterated love. And tampering with such a rare commodity is a very dangerous game. IT'S PARTy TIME! -P0>A > SUNDAY _ MONDAY - TWO BIG DAYS OF NFL FOOTBALL AT CHI-CHI'S S3.00 OH AFT PITCHERS - ?S< TACO BAR • TUESDAY IS MARGARITA FILLE til. MARGARITAS HALF PRICE, ORIGINAL OR STRA WBERRY. WEDNESDAYS— Happy Hour Well Drinks Si Shots of Schnapps "Dynasty" on Wide Screen T.V. i rilURSDAY IS SENORITAVILLE SIM ORINKS FOR THE LADIES ( A N EISA & DINING ROOM FEA TVRI \ G THE SERENADES JFCEASAR MESDOZA 1)11 STROLLING GUITARIST, ^.Jr LAN YOUR NEXT BUSINESS MEETING, OR PRIVATE PARTY WITH US. YOU'LL LIKE IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT. FREE USE OF OUR GARDEN ROOM yill I.M.M((M. 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