Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, October 30, 1998 Page: 1 of 92
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October 30. 1 998
By Tammye Nash
Charges of gay-baiting surfaced this
week in an Austin legislative race fea-
turing two openly-gay contenders.
Democrat Glen Maxey, the state's
only openly gay legislator, is running
for a third term representing the pro-
gressive District 51 in South Austin. He
has sparked the ire of his gay
Republican opponent, Fred Ebner, with
a campaign flyer mailed to the district's
The mailing notes that Ebner sup-
ports abortion rights, gay rights and
legalized marijuana for medicinal use.
The flyer also points out that Ebner is a
member in "the gay group Log Cabin
The flyer states Maxey's contention
that Ebner has attempted to hide his
sexual orientation and progressive
stands from Republican voters.
"Who will you support on Nov. 3?"
the flyer asks. "Fred Ebner, who isn't
telling you the whole story and tells
you what you want to hear, or Glen
Maxey who supports these issues too?
The difference: Glen will tell you where
he stands. Fred Ebner won't come clean
with the voters of District 51."
Gay incumbent State Rep. Glen
Maxey says his gay Republican chal-
lenger, Fred Ebner, calls Maxey a
“full-time gay activist, using that in a
Steve Labinski, president of Log
Cabin Republicans of Texas and a sup-
porter of Ebner, criticized Maxey's mail-
Clinton announces minority AIDS initiative
By Dennis Vercher
On the eve of the U.S. Conference on
AIDS, President Clinton announced
Wednesday that federal health officials
are launching a major effort to battle
AIDS in black and Latino communities.
The conference, which opened
Thursday in Dallas, is sponsored by the
National Minority AIDS Council, one of
several voices which have called on the
government to declare AIDS among
minorities a national emergency requir-
ing targeted spending and programs.
The $156 million initiative,
announced at a White House ceremony,
includes prevention campaigns, drug
treatment programs, an effort to help
local health workers assess needs and a
campaign to make AIDS drugs more
"AIDS is now hit-
ting hardest in
areas where know-
ledge about the
disease is scarce
and poverty is
said. "We must use
all our power to
end the growing
disparities in HIV and AIDS."
Clinton announced that Surgeon
General David Satcher will lead the
The effort marks the government's
recognition that patterns of the epidem-
ic have changed markedly since it
began in the early 1980s. Although it
The Community Newspaper For Gay C^SA-Lesbian Dallas
Charges fly between gay contenders
Candidates in Austin legislative race accuse each other of employing gay-baiting tactics
GOP challenger Fred Ebner, a retired
college textbook salesman . . .
denied he was trying to hide his sex-
ual orientation from conservative
"This flyer is identical to the flyers
distributed by the Christian Coalition in
other races .... We do not have to put
See ACCUSATIONS on Page 19
once primarily affected gay men, the
most recent data shows that African
Americans comprise about 45 percent
of new AIDS diagnoses. Blacks also
represent 3 out of 7 new HIV infections,
according to the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
Although new drug therapies have
reduced the AIDS death rate among the
population as a whole, AIDS continues
to be the leading killer of black men age
25 to 44.
The Congressional Black Caucus ear-
lier this year declared that an AIDS
emergency existed in the black commu-
"President Clinton has listened to
their voice and responded with strong
See INITIATIVE on Page 14
and her return
to the stage
with her one-
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, October 30, 1998, newspaper, October 30, 1998; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616386/m1/1/: accessed June 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.