Job Rights Sought for Homosexuals 5 February 1968

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Job Rights Sought for Homosexuals Telegraph's Medili Service WASHINGTON - Two years ago, a young man with top security security clearance was working for a private Industry In New Jersey. He was called in for questioning by special investigators investigators of the Air Force, and was told that he Would lose his clearance and therefore, his job—because he was a homo< sexual. Last year, an employe of the Internal Revenue Service was labeled a homosexual. After questioning the employe and several several of his associates, investigators investigators discovered that his roommate, roommate, an Agriculture Department Department employe, also was a homosexual. homosexual. The government says both will be fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation. orientation. Many homosexuals who have job troubles like these turn to the Mattachine Society for help. The name Mattachine originated in (he Middle Ages, when court Jesters, called mattachlne, were permitted — because they wore masks — to make pointed social and personal comments forbidden to others. others. The first Mattachine society in the U.S., formed in the early 1950's when public discussion of homosexuality was restricted, took the name because its members members felt the truth about homosexuals homosexuals was hidden, Dr. Franklin Franklin Kameny, founder and president president of the Washington chapter said. There are some 40 societies across the country today, but only one, the Mattachine Socie- cy of Washington (MSW), is de- voted exclusively to improving the status of the homosexual and to defining and furthering his civil liberties. When Dr. Kameny founded the MSW about seven years ago, he wanted to promote his campaign campaign against the government's position on hiring homosexuals. The government's position, position, as stated by the Civil Service Commission is:, KEEPING WARM — Women pickets huddle near a fire in a trash container off E. Broadway at the Owens-Illinois plant entrance. Both union and com- pany officials said today that there were no changes in the status of the strike, which entered its firth day at midnight. Removal of Aged From State Mental Hospitals Urged Hewlett Endorses Simon for Senator SPRINGFIELD — The Board if Directors of the Illinois Association Association for Mental Health today today advocated the transfer of geriatric patients without psy- ciatric problems from state mental health facilities to other agencies for care. The directors said that the aged should be admitted to mental hospitals and mental icalth services only when such reatment is needed and deem ed beneficial to the patient. The board said they plan to implement their proposal with professional assistance, legislation legislation and alternate care plan for the aged. They will seek the legislation at the 1969 Genera" Assembly. ' • The Mental Health Assn. said that the needs of the elderly should be met in a more com fortable and pleasant environ ment than in the mental health facilities of the state. "The formulation and imple mentation of a plan to provid an alternate system of care fo geriatric patients would reliev overcrowding in the State' mental health facilities," th ssociatidn said. Transfer of the patients to ther agencies for care will re- uce the patient load and permit permit the mental health personnel o devote their full time to treatment treatment of patients. One of the alternatives sug- guested was boarding • out of atients in private nursing lomes which, the association aid, was more economical than ;aring for them in the State Mental Hospitals. Another alternative could be he care for the aged under the Department of Public aid with :0 per cent federal reimbursement, reimbursement, the association said. A third suggestion is to place ;he elderly in foster homes. In the transfer of aged out of :he mental hospitals "both the aged and mentally ill would gain," John Chapin, president of the Illinois Association for Mental Mental Health said. "The aged would get a more appropriate setting and the mentally ill could receive the treatment they need." Chapin is a Springfield attorney. attorney. Persons about whom there is evidence that they have engaged In or solicited others others to engage in homosexual or sexually perverted acts with them, without evidence of rehabilitation, are not suitable for Federal employment." employment." But Dr. Kameny says that "Homesexuality is irrelevant to the government's business." The MSW publicizes most cases cases dealing with employment problems, and corresponds with the employes involved to get at the root of the accusations and their relevance. , Right now, Dr. Kameny said, the MSW is considering bringing charges against the Interal Revenue Revenue Service about the freedom of association. Dr. Kameny and other members members of the group appear on radio radio and television shows, and before before various public and private organizations to present information information about homosexuality. The MSW also holds a series series of meetings with clergymen clergymen in the Washington area to try to eliminate what Dr. Kameny called "the alienation" alienation" between homosexuals , and the religious community- community- And the MSW works with lo- cal employment agencies in an attempt to find jobs for homo- sexuals. Members of Kameny said, the are MSW, Dr. constantly injured Alby n ay- By TOM LOFTUS Telegraph Correspomlcnt SPRINGFIELD, 111. - Mi- •hael J. Howlett, state auditor >f public accounts, Sunday gave j thumping endorsement to the :andidacy of Illinois Senator Paul Simon of Troy as the par- y's nominee to run against Sen. Everett Dirksen for the U.S. Senate. Howlett, in a speech to the Springfield Press Club, said of the three Democrats being considered considered by the State Central Democratic Committee for the candidacy, he believed Simon was the most qualified because of his long legislative background, background, during which he served as a member of each House of the General Assembly. Dogs Pose Problem For Bethalto Chief The closing of the privately owned dog pound that served Madison County has caused a great problem for the village of Bethalto, said police Chief Everett Davis, because there arc a great number of the animals animals running loose, Chief Davis said it has become complaints against the owners when dogs are found running loose. If the owners cannot be determined, determined, Chief Davis said, then the dogs will be turned over to the county dog warden, who has to dispose of the animals The two others under consid ration are State Treasurer Ad ai Stevenson III and E. Sargen hriver, head of the anti-poverty rogram and brother-in-law o he late President John F. Ken cdy. "He (Simon) is well acquaint with the problems of Illinoi a state," Howlett said. "Because "Because of that he would represent represent Illinois very well in the U.S. Senate." The stale auditor said that al- hough Simon was elected from i district in Madison County, he Troy legislator knew the problems from Cairo to Rock- 'ord, from Chicago to East St. Louis and from Quincy to Danville. Danville. Ruyle Will Head Cancer Crusade "His reputation in the Illinois House and now in the Illinois Senate speaks for itself," How lett said. Howlett added that he did not believe Dirksen was unbeatable, was not a shoo-in, and that a good man could beat the veteran Alton businessman Harold E. Ruyle will head the 1968 Madison Madison County cancer crusade to raise $37,500 in funds, Mrs. Harley Harley Yolton, County Unit Board chairman announced today. Ruyle, who lives at 600 Douglas Douglas Place, Alton, is assistant sec retary and controller of the Alton Alton Savings, and Loan Assn. He is a board member and treasurer treasurer of the Credit Bureau and hai been active in many civic and fund raising events in the Alton area. In 1967, Ruyle served as vice chairman of the successful can cer crusade. He is a member o the board -of the Madison Coun Ruyle said that the crusade eeks funds to support the Am- irican Cancer Society's re- earch, education, and service programs and alerting the pubic pubic to the warning signs of cancer. cancer. Burglars Loot Beverage Firm Unit and heads the crusade ommittee of the county. seeking to confer with public officials officials about the problems of the lomosexual. He said he also neets with Selective Service of- icials regarding the problems of the homosexual and the draft. Dr. Kameny said there are more than 15 million homosexuals homosexuals in the country today. "It is ;he second largest minority in the country, after the Negro,' he said, "and the one for whom the least is bieng done at the moment." (Others call this esti mate high.) The Washington chapter chapter of the Mattachine Society Society bas about 50 members. Dr. Kameny said membership membership fluctuates, depending on the group's activities. For example, he said, membership membership picked up considerably considerably in 1965, when the group started picketing as a regular regular practice. he lie and ties Special dress regulations for picketing have been set up by the society, and the police department department is always notified about a demonstration ahead of time, Dr. Kameny said. Besides picketing buildings such as the Pentagon, East Coast Mattachine Society members members get together on July 4 every every year to picket Philadelphia's Independence Hall. Dr. Kameny said this is to remind the public that there is still one group that does not have what he calls complete civil liberty. Dr. Kameny said there is a trend toward a concentration on civil liberties in homosexual groups, instead of on social ac- ivities. He named the societies n San Francisco and New York as specific examples of groups hat have changed their focus. of

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  2. 05 Feb 1968, Mon,
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