The Gayly Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 1, 1999 Page: 17 of 28
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— Dan Trautmann
Because the puritan bigots have abused
public services, and elected officials were
unable to see through the theocratic fog, the
taxpayers are going to pay the bill for the
totally groundless "Tin Drum" lawsuit,
brought by Maey and 11 is thought police
lieutenant. Bob Anderson |OCAF).
Consider the following: "Judge" Free-
man was busy planning his own scheme of
success: "Cowboy" Maey lias gone begging for
$200.00 from the state and was turned down:
the brilliant OKC city council is being advised
to pay a portion of the cost because of arro-
gant cops: and "Moses" Anderson, who was
|usl following Ins inner voices, probably only
has las pension checks.
The ill conceived actions of our local
censors have resulted m an expensive, waste
In! lawsuit Our library was providing award
winning. ( onstitulionaliy protected material
that the public wanted. For his leadership.
Mr. Browner, libiarv executive director, lias
received two national awards eommemorat
mg freedom ol speech.
The costs of this fiasco should be rceov
cred from the losing parti* s who should have
known lull well what they were getting into:
Macv for his negligence, and OCAF for the
effrontery to suppress our First Amendment
The censors arc dead set on promoting
their narrow, conformist, bible pure view of
the world on all of us. ‘Tin Drum” is not the
end yet. Should House Bill 1420 become
state law, there will be another costly, time
consuming lawsuit, because there will again
be a fundamental conflict with our priceless
First Amendment rights of free speech and of
Politicians: Get the head out and see the
light — the fresh air will do you good. Surely
you can find a legitimate boondoggle for our
— James Nimmo/OKC
Open Letter to Mr. Drew Edmondson, State
As the chief law enforcer of Oklahoma,
thank you for your continuing support to-
ward 11B 12 1 1 It is rather apparent that you
and your office staff have reviewed this most
important piece of proposed Oklahoma legis-
lation based on facts and not emotion.
I am a gav white 44-year old male and a
Tulsa native. I only "came out" in the last
three years, due to constraints from family
members and a former fundamentalist reli
gion. Fortunately, I have not been a physical
target nor has my property been targeted due
to the simple fact that i am a gay American.
Once exception is personal verbal attacks
(and I do mean hateful and vengeful "Chris-
tian" verbal attacks) from family members
and former "church friends." These verbal
hate attacks are fairly easy to override when
l consider the lowly state of their origin and
choose to ignore their elected ignorance.
Professionally. I was fortunate to be
employed 2d years for a major IJ.S. oil firm
where one's sexual orientation by birth is
considered to be a non event and a non
issue. I. like most gav men that I know ol
within my company and the ma|onty ot gay
mci i t hat 1 know in any i lumber of jirolessioi i
(legit polls support (las statement) eonsis
tenlly rank among the top h"o of their peers
during annual [HM'formance ranking.
Personally, i have been active in the
following organizations: Boy Scouts of
America. VolunteerC'enterofTulsa, Adopt A
School jirogram. Salvation Army Angel Tree
and other activities benefiting AIDS organiza-
tions, the homeless and various are food
Unfounded public fear and ill-willed at-
titudes are indeed changing for the better as
thinking people choose to educate them-
selves regarding gays. Much to their pleasant
surprise, they discover that gays are not the
“demons” which some opponents have so
erringly claimed. The typical gay man is
certainly not anything like the trumpeted
stereotype image splashed about by certain
detractors. Gay men are not the child molest-
ers as Rep. Bill Graves. R Oklahoma City
would have all the world believe. (This is not
to say that "some" gays are not child molest-
ers. Research has proven that small percen-
tiles of gay men do sexually molest children.
However, the same research factually dem-
onstrates that the vast majority of child mo-
lesters are heterosexual married men. There-
fore, n is rather amazing that Rep. Bill Graves
who claims to be a “Christian” and suppos-
edly jiromotes "Christian and Family Values"
would continue to ignore facts by choosing to
be so openly misrepresent truth and evi-
dence.) On average, gays are some of the
most kind and generous people a person
could ever hope to have as a neighbor, friend
or professional associate.
Even though I have not been the victim
of an overt hate crime, I am aware of a growing
host of gays and lesbians in northeastern
()klahoma who have been criminally attacked.
In these cases, law enforcement (most of
them claim to be Christians and swore to
uphold the law) usually elects to conveniently
"look the other way" bv pretending that gay
hate crimes do not exist. The majority of
people straight or gay with which I have
conversed siroiigly endorse 1 IB 12 1 1. I trust
that it will not take yet another Matthew
Shepard or James Byrd case occurring on
Oklahoma soil to move our legislature into
The proposal is not a more or lifestyle
issue as opponents chums. It should be
noted that gays and lesbians ,ire not seeking
"special rights” nor do they want to become a
"special class" of citizen. We simply want and
demand an equality of rights and protection
under what should be an equal law adminis-
tered based on the United States Constitu-
tion of liberty and justice for all Americans.
As an active lifelong Republican, I can
only wish and hope that Gov. Keating who
appears to support this bill would take a firm
stand and make a public statement pro or
con in regards to HB-121 1. Historically.Gov.
Keating has upheld most issues in a just and
fair manner. Therefore. I am dismayed that
he is allowing the obvious to occur by letting
the unjustness of the far right wing influence
within the Republican Party to control his
public comment regarding this matter. This
proposed legislation is long overdue. Consti-
tutional fairness rightfully dictates that HIV-
1211 should become Oklahoma law. By
conservative estimate, I strongly suspect that
20 to 25% of the population in the Tulsa area
and Northeastern Oklahoma are gay or les-
bian. At some point in the foreseeable future,
this sleeping giant of a voter bloc will arise out
of its slumber. It will become a political force
within District 2 that Democrats and Repub-
licans alike either willingly or unwillingly will
accejDt politically as actual real life constitu-
Again, thank you foryour public sujjport
toward HB-121 1.
— Milton Nunley/Tulsa
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