Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, October 2, 1992 Page: 3 of 36
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National voter turn-out effort underway
Gays, lesbians in cities across U.S. are asked to assist
with effort to place PSA on television, radio stations
By Cliff O’Neill
O'Neill news service
WASHINGTON — National gay and
lesbian activists have kicked off a
campaign targeting gay and lesbian
voters nationwide. The operation began
in Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 21.
The effort, called Come Out Voting,
is being sponsored by a coalition of
non-partisan gay and lesbian groups
interested in electing to office politicians
friendly to their concerns.
“Come Out Voting is our response
to the attempts by the fundamentalist
fascists and immoral minority to make us
the Willie Horton of this election,” said
an impassioned Tim McCarthy, leader of
the coalition effort, at a press briefing
held here on Sept. 20.
The campaign consists of a 30-
second television advertisement urging
gay and lesbian voters to show their
strength at the ballot box in the fall, and
a poster urging community members to
“Come Together. Pull The Lever. Come
The effort mentions no candidate,
political party or referendum issue,
although organizers made little attempt
to hide their support of Democratic
presidential nominee Gov. Bill Clinton.
They did stress, however, that the
broad-based campaign only urges gay
and lesbian voters to vote their
convictions on gay rights, a message
they said could translate to candidates of
either party in a variety of local, state
and federal races.
“What we’re here to say is that the
Republicans are thinking about this just
as much as the Democrats are,” said Tim
McFeeley, executive director of the
Human Rights Campaign Fund, who
represented the pro-gay Triangle
Institute at the press briefing. “Everyone
Sunday, Oct. 4 is the final day to
register to vote in what gay and lesbian
community leaders are calling the most
important presidential election gays
and lesbians have ever faced.
In an effort to get out the gay and
lesbian vote in November, members of
the Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas
will be on Cedar Springs on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday nights handing
out voter registration cards and helping
people complete the forms.
LGDT spokesperson Wynn Wagner
III said volunteers with his organization
will have a table set up outside
Crossroads Market, on the corner of
Cedar Springs and Throckmorton, from
7 p.m. to 1 a.m. “If we have enough
volunteers, we’ll fan out, maybe setting
up tables outside J.R.’s and Sue Ellen’s.
If possible, we’ll have people down at
is polling on the issue. We need to make
sure the gay and lesbian community
responds. The expectations for the gay
and lesbian community have been
McFeeley said 1992 marks the first
time in American history that gay and
lesbian issues have stood in the forefront
of a presidential campaign and
the Wave [on Maple] and at Pub
Pegasus [on Fitzhugh],” he said.
On Sunday, members of the
Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of
Dallas will have a booth set up in Lee
Park during the LifeWalk ‘92 activities,
to assist with last-minute voter
registration, according to LGPC vice
chair Peter Brooks.
Tim McFeeley, executive director
of the Human Rights Campaign Fund,
described the 1992 presidential vote as
“the elections we have been waiting
for all our lives.” Speaking at the Black
Tie Dinner, an HRCF fundraiser held
Sept. 19 in Dallas, McFeeley declared
that “For the first time ever, this
presidential election is about us, you
and me, and it’s about our right to
participate in the political life of this
suggested that gay voters could make up
the swing vote in several key states in
the presidential election.
The Come Out Voting program was
made possible by a grant from gay
activist Terry Watanabe, the Stonewall
Community Association of Columbus
and the Triangle Institute, a not-for-profit
foundation affiliated with the Human
Rights Campaign Fund.
The Come Out Voting coalition has
allocated $35,000 for the spot’s
production and distribution costs and for
airtime on broadcast outlets. Funds for
future media buys, the group hopes, will
be raised across the country after the
campaign gets underway.
The television spot, which debuted
on two Columbus television stations
during late-night programming, shows a
series of young gay and lesbian couples
of various races and ethnic groups in a
variety of poses, urging their viewing
counterparts to register and to vote.
Although campaign coordinators pointed
out the broad mosaic of ethnicity
portrayed in the ad, they acknowledged
that they excluded older subjects
because of a decision to target younger
gay and lesbian citizens.
“Clearly in America, sex and beauty
sells," said McCarthy. “And according to
polls, the least likely to vote are younger
Americans. This [campaign] is definitely
done with that in mind.”
The coalition will distribute the spot
to activist groups around the country in
hopes that they will pressure local
television stations to air it as a public
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Voter registration deadline Sunday
KERA programmers to
consider 'In The Life'
30-minute gay and lesbian TV program produced by
New York City affiliate is available to all PBS stations
By Tammye Nash
Even though the pilot for In The
Life, a gay and lesbian variety show
produced by a Public Broadcasting
System affiliate in New York City, did
not air on KERA Channel 13, the Dallas
PBS station, the series may become a
regular part of KERA’s programming,
according to KERA publicity director
“The only thing we have received
[regarding the series premier] so far is a
message that came in Sept. 1 saying that
In The Life is not a PBS program, and
that PBS makes no guarantee about the
suitability of the program, but that
WNYC/TV out of New York City is
offering it to other PBS affiliates,”
KERA program director Bill Young
will receive a satellite feed of the series
premier at 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. He
will then review the program and make
his decision whether or not KERA will
air the program, England said.
“[Young] did call and try to get an
earlier feed, but they told him it wasn't
complete yet,” England said, noting that
KERA schedules programs two months
in advance and that the station's
November schedule is already complete.
“He hopes to be able to consider In The
Life for our December schedule," she
KERA roused the ire of some gay
and lesbian activists earlier this year
when the station did not include the
pilot of In The Life in its programming
schedule for Gay Pride Week in June.
Young explained that the station had not
received the program in time to
schedule it for broadcast in June. He
said that he had reviewed the pilot and
had sent his comments and suggestions
to the program’s producers, as the
producers had requested.
The series premier, which will debut
Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. in New York, will
feature a guest appearance by comedian
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OCTOBER 2, 1992
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