Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

Gay Rights Bill Council Hearings

Item

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Title

Gay Rights Bill Council Hearings

Description

This is a gay rights hearing with speakers arguing both in favor and opposed to the proposed bill. Those in favor urged the council to allow the parliamentary process to move forward so the bill could be debated and voted on. They argued for equality under the law and the importance of respecting the process. Those opposed expressed concerns about the bill extending homosexual rights beyond government employment, potentially affecting private schools and rentals, and equating homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. They maintained that homosexuality is not morally or socially equal to heterosexuality. Several speakers share personal life experiences. Eleanor Cooper is featured identifying herself as a spokesperson for Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights and a member of Lesbian Feminist Liberation.

U-Matic tapes note that the recordings include the following speakers:
Harrison Goldin
Feather Keane
David Dinkins
Eleanor Cooper
Abraham Modowitz
female doctor
Gay cop
MOS audience
Interview with Pat Bond
Rabbi Dennis M
Eugenia Lee Hancock
Robert Selden (cut-off after 1 sentence)

Date

1983 February 22

Format

video/mp4

Extent

PT40M32S

Medium

2 U-Matic tapes and 1 VHS derivative

Citation

“Gay Rights Bill Council Hearings,” Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections, accessed May 24, 2024, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/items/show/1293.