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Gay Election Issues
Rev. Elder Harvey
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The Soft Spot
To Your Health
Nov. 1 FirstTuesday
Nov. 2 Miss Gay Charlotte-
Nov. 4 Safety Shorts - Scorpio
Nov. 5 Mature Gay Men -
Nov. 7 Bowling - Coliseum Lanes
Nov. 8 Election Day - VOTE!
Nov. 9 Queen City Friends
Nov. 13 Bingo - Stevens
Nov. 18 Boom Boom Latoure-
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving
Nov. 26 MCC Pot Luck &
by: M. Kent Drum
The presidential elections are just around
the comer. Yet, many people are undecided
concerning this important election. Ques
tions arise as to whether to vote for the party
or vote for a candidate.
At issue is more than the economy or
taxes. Gays are facing some of the most
difficult times in recent years due to the
AIDS epidemic. Homophobia and attacks
against gays, both on the streets and in the
courts are on the increase. How the President
shapes the Supreme Court through nomina
tions over the next four years will influence
decisions for dozens of years to come.
Who we put into the \^ite House and into
Congress will directly affect our lives for
many years beyond this election. We cannot
afford to be ignorant about the issues. We
cannot afford to waste our votes through
The following comparison was prepared
by the Human Rights Campaign Fund and
offers you a chance to look at the two presi
dential candidates and their parties side by
Know the issues. Decide who will protect
your interests. Most importantly, get out and
vote! We can be a powerful political block -
if we stand united.
WRFX GETS UGLY
by: Rod Thornton
Have you ever felt insulted for being gay
while listening to a morning radio show in
Charlotte? If you were listening to WRFX
(“The Fox”), 99.7 fin, on the morning of
September 26th, you may have heard some
very ugly comments directed both to the gay
community and to the American Civil Liber
ties Union (ACLU).
During the morning call-in show (hosted
by D.J.S John-Boy and Billy) the subject
changed from that of the presidential debate
on September 25 th to the ACLU. One of the
D.J.S made the comment that the ACLU is a
“fag organization” that is fighting for “fag
After a complaint was filed with the Fed
eral Communications Commission and with
WRFX, a request for equal time was given to
the ACLU and the Charlotte gay community.
On November 4th we will have the opportu
nity to call-in to WRFX between 9:35 and
9:50 a.m. Representatives for the gay com
munity and the ACLU will be on the air
responding to questions and comments. Call
in with your thoughts to show your support.
The number to call is (704) 570-9739. Be
sure to listen to WRFX (99.7 fm) on Novem
ber 4th and you’ll hear your friends on the
radio! SEE WRFX Gets Ugly, Page 6
GEORGE BUSH " MICHAEL DUKAKIS
GAY AND LESBUN CIVIL RIGHTS
Position: Opposes gay and lesbian civil rights
as awarding "special privileges" to one group.
Record: Reagan-Bush administration sup
ported Supreme Court Hardwick decision
denying Constitutional protections to gays.
The administration has not opposed the immi
gration reform bill.
Position: Supprats civil rights bill and immigra-
tionrefonnbilL SiqjpOTtsnrai-discrimination with
regard to security clearances. Opposes executive
order protecting govanment employees.
Record: As Massachusetts legisl^w, introduced
state gay rights bill in 1974. As governor, he has
lobbied for the bilL
Position: No known position. Position: Suppcxts legislation providing specific
Record: The administration has indicated it penalties for violoice against gays and lesbians,
may support collecting statistics on crimes Record; SuppratedMassadiusettslawthathelped
against gays and lesbians define an assault due to sexual orientation as a
\ ■ civil rights crime..
Position: Supports increased voluntary, confi-
daitial counseling and testing; advocates manda
tory testing ofmilitarypersonneland immigrants.
Record: Dukakis issued regulations banning
testing for health arxi group life or disability
insurarKe. Allows life insurers to require test for
individual policies over $ 100,000.
Position: Advocates confidentiality of HTV
test results; supports mandatory or routine
testing for military, immigrants, marriage li
censes, those seeing assistance for sexually
transmitted diseases and drug dependence and
Record: The Reagan-Bush administration has
left issues of confidentiality and availability to
the states. It requires testing for military
personnel, immigrants. Peace Corps and Job
Corps workers, foreign service employees and
Position: Believes people should be educated
about AIDS, but prevention efforts should
stress traditional moral values and strengthen
the concept of "family." Content decision
should be made at local level.
Record: Under the Reagan-Bush administra
tion, a nationwide mailing, originally con
ceived in the mid-1980's, was not sent until
June 1988 due to political in-fighting over
contents. The administration reftrses to pro
vide information on sex and drug use.
Position. Sirpports federal legislation outlaw- Position: Supprxts federal legislation outlawing
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Position: Beheves that AIDS education, includ
ing explicit information on sex and drag use,
should begin in primary school with information
based on age and ability to absorb material.
Record: Massachusetts was the first state to do a
hoirse-to-house AIDS prevention mailing
ing discrimination based on HIV infection
Record: The Reagan-Bush administration
opposes efforts to enact legislation to prohibit
discrimination based on HIV status.
discrimination based at HIV infection status.
Record: Endosed Massachusetts bill to protect
pecple with AIDS, HIV or perceived to have
AIDS against discrimination.
No mention of lesbian and gay civil rights.
Rejected endorsement of Presidential AIDS
Commission. Calls for research, compassion
and expedited FDA drug review. Also calls
for ”protect[ing] those who do not have the
disease," AIDS education that emphasizes
"abstinence from drug abuse and sexual activ
ity outside marriage" and confidential testing
and contact tracing. Advocates that preople
"remain on the job or in school as they are
Calls for lesbian and gay crvrl rights and the
"rebuilding" of the civil rights enforcement mac
hmay. AIDS planks call for "irxneased support
for expedited research on treatments and vac
cines, comprehensive education and prevention,
compassionate patient care, adoption of public
health community caisensus on voluntaty and
confidential testing and counseling, arxi protec
tion of the civil rights of those srrffering fiom
AIDS, AIDS Related Complex or testing positive
for the HTV antibody."
Washington One Year Later
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and gay civil rights and AIDS issues. AIot included is a comarison of the Democratic and
Republi^PartyPlatfprms. Preparedhy: Human Rights Campaign Fund, 1012 l4thStrect,
NW, Washington, DC (202) 628-4160. From EtCi wagazine. Off. 27, J95S.
by: Robert Sheets
On Saturday October 8th, the Names
Project Quilt was unveiled for the second
time in Washington, D.C. near the Washing
ton monument. This time it was almost five
times larger that it was when it was first
unveiled in 1987. The Quilt that returned
was made up of 8288 three foot by six foot
panels, each panel memorializes someone
who has died of AIDS.
Since the inaugural display last October,
the Quilt has traveled to more than 20 cities
throughout the United States, helping hun
dreds of thousands of people to learn about
AIDS. At the same time, the Quilt has pro
vided a positive and creative means of ex
pression for those whose lives have been
touched by the epidemic. Quilt displays have
also help^ to raise vital funds in local com
munities - over $400,000 - for direct AIDS
services, and encouraged support tor people
with AIDS and their loved ones.
“The Names Project is not a political
organization. We take no position on any of
the issues surrounding the epidemic,” stated
Cleve Jones, Executive Director andFounder.
“From the beginning our goals have been
simply to offer the Quilt as an example of an
appropriate, compassionate response. But
we are not naive, and it is our hope that we’ll
have an impact on the political process, that
as we touch people’s hearts they will see the
desperate need for leadership and direction
to bring us out of this dark crisis.
SEE Washington, Page 7
The Names Project Quilt, Washington, DC