Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, April 12, 1985 Page: 1 of 28
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Gaybaiting An Issue in Dallas
City Council District 2 Race
by Don Ritz
Gaybaiting is not new to the political
scene. It’s been an issue in elections for
federal, state and local offices since the
time the gay community first began to
exercise any form of political clout.
Last November, Lloyd Doggett’s sup-
port of the rights of gay men and lesbians
to be free of discrimination led to one of
“the ridiculing, attacking, denouncing,
or discrediting of a person or group as
being gay, or homosexual, or supportive
of gay rights or the gay lifestyle.”
Until last week, the week before the
Dallas City Council election, gay rights
had been only a minor issue in the race.
Dallas Gay Alliance President Bill
Nelson, seeking the District 2 council
office, advocated a city ordinance against
“She’s a liar and I’m tired of hearing her
whine. If it rains outside, she accuses me
of doing it. Gays are for Palmer, why is
she trying to deny it?’ said Paul Fielding.
the most vicious, mudslinging campaigns
in the state’s history.
Doggett’s Republican challenger, Phil
Gramm, used Doggett’s support of gay
rights as a means to appeal to conserva-
tive, religiously fundamental voters.
Gaybaiting was a subject of much dis-
cussion at the Monday night general
membership meeting of the Dallas Gay
The term is not defined in Webster’s
Unabridged Dictionary, but a definition
can be derived from “redbaiting”, a sim-
ilar term applied to a different group.
Gaybaiting would be best described as
The Dallas Voice has announced a
change in its ownership. The company,
established in May of 1984, was owned
jointly and equally by Robert Moore
and Don Ritz of Dallas and William
Marberry of Houston. The partnership
was changed on April 1.
Ritz and Moore purchased Marber-
ry 's one-third share of the company, thus
liquidating any Houston ownership in
Ritz, currently the editor of the news-
paper, will assume Marberry’s former
role as publisher in the early summer.
Moore will continue as advertising
Ritz and Moore are both very positive
about the change in ownership and said
that the paper which is the leading gay
publication in Dallas for news, activities,
and happenings, will continue to grow
and improve in its coverage of events of
interest to its readership.
discrimination towards gay people.
Candidates Paul Fielding, Lori Palmer,
and Joe May had all said they opposed
such an ordinance.
Several days before the Saturday elec-
tion a postcard entitled “Gays for
Palmer’ was sent to select precincts in
The postcard said that the writers were
“a group of responsible gay people who
because of our business interests and
professions cannot be public.”
The card went on to explain why they
could not endorse Bill Nelson in the
It said: “Bill Nelson tries to redirect
our political energies away from A.I.D.S.
funding and research to his own political
campaign. (How many more have to die
“Bill Nelson’s agenda represents fringe
elements of our community. We con-
deem The North American Man Boy
“Because of Bill Nelson’s embarassing
actions with city officials he has effec-
tively put our movement back 10 years in
“Bill Nelson is a gay radical."
The card then said that Lori Palmer
“endorses gay rights, not her own agen-
da.... A vote for Palmer is a vote for gay
In the Monday night meeting, Lori
Palmer, seeking the endorsement of the
Dallas Gay Political Caucus (DGPC)
said that she did nQt know of any group
called “Gays for Palmer.”
Palmer went on to^ay that this was the
second of three such mailouts, each of
which were targetted to the most conser-
vative people within already conserva-
tive precincts. (A copy of the third mail-
out was unavailable at press time).
DGA Board of Directors member
Mike Richards said that the card was
sent to two precincts in the Walnut Hill
area, and to precincts of Black voters in
the Love Field area of District 2.
Palmer told Che .group, “This did not
go to gay precincts. I have to ask who
benefitted and who lost (from the post-
card)? There is no return address; there is
no disclosure as to who sent it. Who lost?
“Both Bill (Nelsofij and 1 lost,” said
Palmer. “It was a well designed mailing.
It was done with careful thought and
intent. 1 do not know who put it out, but
there were some who benefitted from it.”
Palmer, in a Dallas Times Herald
story, said that Paul Fielding supporters
were behind the mailout.
Palmer told the DGPC that gaybait-
ing was a concern to her. “It is a concern
(to me) because of the potential hypoc-
risy in that (gaybaiting) and the funda-
mental issue of integrity.
“The issue is not if someone is gay of if
they are open. The issue is the deliberate
devisive tactic and tragedy of that, given
Continued on Page 17
The Real Man
by Ron Craig
About 50 moderate to conservative gays
from a dozen states gathered in Dallas
last weekend and launched an organiza-
tion to stamp out homophobia in
The educational non-profit Concerned
Americans for Individual Rights (CAIR)
was formed last year by a group' of gay
leaders, including former Dallas Gay
Alliance President Mike Stewart. At
CAIR’s first annual meeting at the Mel-
rose Hotel, however, the grass-roots
organization was born.
Members, ranging from wealthy busi-
nessmen to politicians, approved by-
laws that provide for local chapters,
something Stewart says is a first for a
national gay rights group.
“It is unique in the gay community.
There has been no other group that has
been able to extend its constituent base.
Hopefully this will lead to tremendous
success,” Stewart said.
He said a Dallas chapter of CAIR is
A CAIR statement says moderate or
conservative homosexuals have needed
an organization philosophically in line
with their thinking.
Continued on Page 25
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