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NGLTF releases results of
anti-gay violence survey
ACTIVISTS CALL FOR GAY-INCLUSIVE HATE CRIMES LAWS BY STATES
NGLTF violence survey; Senate adopts
controversial food-handlers resolu-
tion; Richards, others speak to Demo-
cratic gay caucus; More.
A special feature on this weekend’s
Razzle Dazzle Dallas XII, which gets
underway Saturday evening at Fair
Three young people are challenging
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military, education and employment.
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exceeding all expectations.
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By CLIFF O’NEILL
Washington Contributing Correspondent
ASHINGTON — Gayandles-
J bian Americans in 1990 con-
mm/ tinue to be the objects of
widespread prejudice, defa-
mation and hate-motivated violence, accord-
ing to a survey of anti-gay violence and
victimization, released June 7 by the National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
“Last year the lesbian and gay community
celebrated the 20th anniversary of the mod-
ern gay rights movement,” stated Kevin Ber
rill, Anti-Violence Project director for the Task
Force, releasing the report. "And although we
have made some remarkable strides toward
equality and freedom in that time, this report
shows that we remain a community under
seige, battling an epidemic of bigotry and
The Task Force reported a total of 7,031
incidents of anti-gay violence and harassment
in 1989 in its fifth annual Anti Violence,
Victimization and Defamation report. Of
those, 2,332 were episodes of vandalism,
initimidations, physical violence and even
murder. The remaining 4,709 incidents doc-
umented in the report were cases of verbal
Although the 1989 numbers were “slightly
lower" than those in the group’s 1988 report,
Berrill stated that the “relatively small dif-
ference” between the two years’ figures and
other factors suggest that “it is not possible to
accurately gauge how the national scope of
the problem has changed.”
Berrill cited a recent survey in the San
Francisco Examiner, which found that 7
Kevin Berril, director of NGLTF’s
percent of all gay men and lesbians had been
victimized in the previous year, as an indi-
cator that the Task Force survey counts only a
small portion of the possibly hundreds of
thousands of anti gay incidents which occur
As in past years, many of the incidents — 15
percent of this year’s figures — were clas
sifted as "AIDS-related,” an indication, Berrill
stated, that AIDS “continues to be a focus for
anti-gay prejudice and violence."
The 1989 report marks the first such survey
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House Approves AIDS Relief Bill
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES this week overwhelmingly approved a bill that give*
$4 billion over a period of five years fo care for people with AIDS, primarily In clinic*, home* and
hospitals in all 52 states and in the 16 cities with the largest number of AIDS cases, including
The House vote was 408 to 14 in favor of Ihe bill. In May the Senate passed a similar bill,
however the Senate version would provide only $2.9 billion. The task of reconciling the two bills
will be left up to a conference committee.
The Bush Administration has opposed the bills on the grounds that they are too costly and
they are limited to a single disease, and on Wednesday, the same day the House approved its bill,
Ihe White House issued a statement asserting that the AIDS care bills would “set a dangerous
precedent, inviting treatment of other diseases through similar ad hoc treatment." Nevertheless,
White House aides say they expect President Bush to sign the legislation when it gets to his desk.
Both the Senate and House versions of the bill follow a model that emphasizes home care and
outpatient care in which a single program manages a patient's dealings with difterent agencies,
instead of supplying money chielty for hospital treatment.
The bills have been compared with the federal disaster relief available for cities and states
struck by disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calit), said,
“Having missed the chance to pay for an ounce of prevention, we must now begin to pay for the
pounds and pounds of cure. This is a long over-due step."
since this spring’s signing of the federal Hate
Crimes Statistics Act, a law which orders the
Justice Department to collect statistics on
hate-related crimes, including those moti-
vated by prejudice based on sexual orienta-
Also on hand at the cramped press con-
ference called to release the survey results
was Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), the spon-
sor of the first Senate version of the Hate
Crimes bill to include provisions relating to
"The enactment of the Hate Crimes Sta-
tistics Act is not simply an accounting meas-
ure by which to assess the level of anti-gay,
anti-religious, anti-minority or anti-Semitic
violence,” Cranston stated. “The act is a
recognition that some crimes are attacks on
our freedom of religion; attacks on our
freedom of association; attacks on our free-
dom of speech; and attacks on all that our
constitutional government does and should
The Hate Crimes Statistics Act is the first bill
ever to include provisions based on sexual
orientation, a development some speaking at
the press conference suggested was a first
gesture toward addressing discrimination
against gay men and lesbians nationwide.
Under the new law, the collection of these
statistics by local law enforcement agencies
‘States that exclude sexual
orientation from hate
crimes legislation create
an unacceptable standard.
We must have zero
tolerance for such
— JOHN H. BUCHANAN
will be voluntary, and the coalition of political
activists gathered at the press conference
called on state legislatures to pass their own
measures addressing the so-called hate
At present, nine states and the District of
Columbia have on either collecting statistics
on or enhancing penalties for hate crimes,
inclduing anti-gay offenses. Another 13 states
have hate crimes laws on the books which
exclude anti gay crimes, according to the
report. In Texas, a hate crimes measure
sponsored by state Rep. Steve Wolens (D-
Dallas) —which excluded hate crimes based
on sexual orientation — was defeated in
1989. It was the first attempt to secure a hate
crimes law in the state.
"States that exclude sexual orientation
from hate crimes legislation create an unac-
ceptable standard: that anti gay violence is
somehow less reprehensible than violence
against African Americans or Jews or Hispan-
ics or any other racial, religious or ethnic
group,” stated John H. Buchanan, chairman of
the People for the American Way Action Fund.
"To steal a phrase, we must have zero tol-
erance for such prejudice motivated viol-
ence. It’s time to stop the hate."
laws addressing anti gay crimes are cur-
rently under consideration in eight states.
Berrill also called on state and local offi
dais to speak out against anti gay violence
and denounced anti-gay politicians and enter
tainers for exacerbating anti-gay bias, which
he charged contributes to hate violence.
During one tense moment in the press
conference, local activist Michael Petrelis I
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