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[Lobby donations flyer]

Description: Flyer requesting donations to the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby. Provides an invitation to a community-wide reception on April 22, 1989,
Date: April 22, 1989
Creator: Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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The First Days of Spring: An Analysis of the International Treatment of Homosexuality

Description: In recent history, the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons have been in constant fluctuation. Many states criminalize homosexual behavior while other states legally recognize same-sex marriages and same-sex adoptions. There are also irregular patterns where LGBT interest groups form across the globe. With this research project, I begin to explain why these discrepancies in the treatment of homosexuality and the formation of LGBT interest groups occur. I develop a theory that the most obvious contrast across the globe occurs when analyzing the treatment of homosexuals in OECD member states versus non-OECD countries. OECD nations tend to see the gay community struggle for more advanced civil rights and government protections, while non-OECD states have to worry about fundamental human rights to life and liberty. I find that this specific dichotomization is what causes the irregular LGBT interest group formation pattern across the globe; non-OECD nations tend to have fewer LGBT interest groups than their OECD counterparts. When looking at why non-OECD nations and OECD nations suppress the rights of their gay citizens, I find that religion plays a critical role in the suppression of the gay community. In this analysis, I measure religion several different ways, including the institution of an official state religion as well as the levels of religiosity within a nation. Regardless of how this variable is manipulated and measured, statistical analysis continuously shows that religion’s influence is the single most significant factor in leading to a decrease in both human and civil rights for gays and lesbians across the globe. Further analysis indicates that Judaism plays the most significant role out the three major world religions in the suppression of civil rights for homosexuals in OECD nations.
Date: December 2013
Creator: Galvan, Michael R.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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[LGRL phone script]

Description: Template script for a phone bank for support of an end to the ban of openly gay members of the military. Organized and printed by the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas.
Date: 1991
Creator: Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[LGRL legislative alert]

Description: Flyer containing a legislative alert from the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. Requests for constituents to call their Senators supporting Senate Bill 141 and includes a list of Texas Senators
Date: [1989..1996]
Creator: Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Mary Franklin, October 18, 2013

Description: Interview with Mary Franklin, an activist in the Dallas LGBT community from Riverhead, New York. Franklin discusses her family background, the neighborhood she grew up in in, dyslexia and struggles in school, her sexuality and coming out, the LGBT scene on Long Island, "gay" as a term, her first girlfriend, Anita Bryant, applying for a marriage license on National Coming Out Day, feminism and activism, moving to Dallas, the decriminalization of homosexuality in Texas, the HIV-AIDS epidemic, threats, involvement with the Unitarian Church, working at the Food Pantry, and changes in societal attitudes towards LGBT.
Access: Restricted to UNT Community Members. Login required if off-campus.
Date: October 18, 2013
Creator: Castillo, Vogel Vladimir & Franklin, Mary
Partner: UNT Oral History Program
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[Clipping: Gay Aggies]

Description: Newspaper clipping from the Dallas Time Herald, with the article "Gay Aggies, A&M homosexuals demand rights," by Mary Barrineau. The clipping is in regards to ROTC cadets at A&M harassing gay and women cadets and their right to remain cadets.
Date: December 15, 1980
Creator: Barrineau. Mary
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Biography by John Thomas]

Description: Short biography written by John Thomas and his experiences with religion, being the son of a paster and being told that he should become a minister.
Date: 199X
Creator: Thomas, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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