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May 24, 1981:
Tom Cohen, returning from a trade fair to his
office carrying two briefcases filled with gold
jewelry and diamonds, was robbed and then
shot to death.
Cohen was known to the gay community
as one of the operators of ETC., a jewelry
boutique at Numbers in 1978 and 1979. He
had also once operated the boutiques at Cuddle's and the Old Plantation discos, both gay.
May 25, 1981:
Roger Staubach was
said to be fighting to
"save children" from
In the old Anita Bryant style, former Dallas
pro footballer Roger Staubach was leading
the fight against what he called "cableporn,"
reported Houston Chronicle columnist Ann
Staubach was said to have grouped homosexuality and "women being brutally molested" into the same category.
May 26, 1981:
City changed law so
gay parade could follow
Houston City Council amended its parade
ordinance after pressure from gay community leaders who said that under the old version the Houston Gay Pride Week Parade
would not be able to wind its way down its
May 28, 1981:
TV aired series on gay
KPRC, the NBC affiliate on channel 2, concluded a five-part series called, "Gay Houston, How It Started and How It Is Now."
The series aired within the 10:00 p.m. newscasts each night and started May 24.
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By Gavin Young
International Gay News Agency
STRASBOURG, FRANCE-The recent
meeting of the International Association
of Lesbians/Gay Women and Men, known
as IGA, attracted major national media
attention in France over Easter because of
a conflict over the Catholic hostel originally hired to hold the delegates.
Only a few days before Easter, the
Bishop of Strasbourg, Mgr. Leon-Arthur
Elchinger, cancelled the agreement made
to rent a Catholic hostel to the organizers,
a move the organizers saw as the bishop's
attempt to force a cancellation of the
The organizers turned to France's new
Socialist government for help and
received the cooperation of top ministers.
The Minister of the Interior, Gaston Def-
ferre, called upon the Civil Defense, which
sent a convoy from Paris, 300 miles away,
to provide emergency tents and bedding
for the delegates, while the Minister of
Defense ordered supplies of Army
Delegates joined local gay people in a
candle-light protest outside the bishop's
Easter service, handing out leaflets to the
congregation. The IGA and the French
organizers are now investigating other
avenues of redress as well.
The meeting itself covered some major
issues to be considered in July at the international meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. These included:
• Lesbian and Gay Year. A proposal is
being considered to make 1983 the "International Year of Lesbians and Gay Men."
Some of the suggestions include marches
on the United Nations headquarters in
Europe and New York.
• Artificial Insemination. Members
have been asked to find out the attitudes of
their governments towards artificial
insemination for unmarried women and
lesbians and the use of gay men as donors.
• Amnesty International. A major
effort is to be made to persuade national
Amnesty groups to support a motion at
their international conference later this
year to include lesbians and gay men as
prisoners of conscience in cases where
they are imprisoned because of their
• Scotland. The Scottish Homosexual
Rights group is prepared to challenge the
age-of-consent laws for homosexuals in
Scotland, through the European Court of
Human Rights, when they get an approp
riate case to use.
• World Health Organization. IGA
plans to step up its campaign to persuade
WHO to delete homosexuality as an illness
from the International Classification of
Diseases, before 1985, the last time in a
decade when changes can be made.
could turn bad
Law students in the Canadian province of
Ontario may soon be able to turn their bad
grades into cash.
Under the terms of a bequest left to the
Law Society of Canada, $500 a year is to
go to the student who graduates from the
bar admissions course with the poorest
marks, reports the Toronto Globe & Mail.
In his will, lawyer Samuel Weir recommended that the prize winner use the
money to "take his wife, husband, fiancee
or serious female friend out for a gay
The late Mr. Weir explained the odd
bequest by saying, "Many with very low
standards at examinations have become
illustrious members of the bar by keeping
dark their lack of legal knowledge."
The Law Society admits it's a bit perplexed. "Why should we be rewarding
someone at the bottom of the class?"
Asked the financial secretary. "You might
get a lot of competition."
By Gavin Young
International Gay News Agency
BELFAST, N. Ireland—Northern Ireland
Secretary James Prior announced
recently that the laws prohibiting male
homosexual acts are to be changed.
The decision was brought about because
the European Court of Human Rights
ruled that Northern Ireland laws were
contravention of human rights.
The proposed alteration will create an
age of consent of 21, bringing the laws into
line with those in England, Scotland and
Wales. However, Prior said that he did not
expect the legislation to b_ introduced in
this year's session of Parliament.
Opposition has already been expressed
by Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist
Ban on gay
by Gavin Young
International Gay news Agency
LONDON—The Inner London Education
Authority has lifted a ban it had placed on
a gay teacher, John Warburton, first
imposed in 1974 following Warburton's
refusal to abide by a direction that he not
discuss homosexuality in the classroom.
The situation arose when one of the
teacher's pupils saw him at a gay rights
demonstration and asked, "Sir, are you
Warburton answered by explaining
what it meant to be gay. He insisted that
he should be able to reply when called a
"queer" and hence refused to comply with
the directive to keep silent on the subject.
With the election of the pro-gay leftwing
Greater London Council last year and a
subsequent policy change, the ban was
Warburton has agreed not to discuss
homosexuality unless it is raised by a