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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 1, 1985)
Th e Cascade AIDS Project has been
awarded a grant from U.S. Conference o f
Mayors, to assist in educating the gay com
munity regarding AIDS and what measures
can be taken to decrease the risk o f transmis
sion o f the AIDS virus. O f the sixty applicants
that petitioned, CAP was one o f eight selected
to receive $19,860 o f the available $145,000.
The purpose o f the grant is to help CAP’S
implementation o f a program specifically
developed for the Portland metropolitan area.
The plan addresses several misconceptions
about AIDS, such as the com m on belief that
AIDS is not a current health problem for gay
men in Portland and that O regon is a safer
environment than other well-known areas.
This leads to a lack o f knowledge am ong gay
m en and thus increases the risk o f transmis
sion o f the AIDS virus.
it is the goal o f CAP through the use o f this
grant to dispel beliefs and attitudes that con
tribute to the spread o f this disease. There is
the need to increase knowledge about AIDS
and its transmission and at the sam e time
introduce prevention techniques aimed at re
ducing the risk. CAP recognizes that com
munity support is also needed to achieve the
values necessary in prom oting safer sex
The biggest undertaking to date for CAP
be in conducting a volunteer training
program for over 500 gay community m em
bers who will deliver information about AIDS
and safer sex on a formal and informal basis
to their peers. This endeavor will not be possi
ble without the continued support o f the gay
Throughout the past year, CAP has shown
why it was chosen to receive the grant CAP
continues to believe that safer sex in the gay
com m unity is the responsibility o f everyone
and the success o f the four Safe Sex Work
sh op « have been invaluable in displaying that
CAP has the force behind it to do the job.
nights in an effort to m eet the deadline o f fall
Lowery, who also serves on the Metropoli
tan Human Relations Commission, said. T h is
is a rare opportunity to help create a long
lasting shift in attitudes am ong individual
police officers and the general public. It ap
pears that the appointment o f Chief Harring
ton by Mayor Clark has opened many doors
in the police bureau that were previously
closed to gays and lesbians. It’s my hope that
the training sessions will help institutionalize
the open doors."
Spectrum sets deadline
Portland Police Chief Penny Harrington
has nam ed Right to Privacy PAC Chair
Keeston Lowery to the recently established
Cross Cultural Communication Committee.
Lowery joins thirteen other Portland citizen
appointees to the com m ittee, charged with
developing an eight hour training program
for police officers.
Tire Cross Cultural com m ittee was form ed
in response to public outcry around the
sleeper-hold death o f Lloyd Stevenson in
April, and was an outgrowth o f m eetings with
the North-Northeast Neighborhood Coalition.
Th e group has met weekly on Wednesday
Deputy Chief Tom Potter o f the Portland
Police Bureau recently volunteered to be
police liaison to the gay community. At open
• m eetings held on August 12 and 13, m em
bers o f th gay and lesbian community cam e
together and discussed their concerns re
garding the police and how a liaison from the
police could be o f most benefit to the com
munity. The input from these meetings,
which were facilitated by Ed Reeves and Gail
Schm idt o f Spectrum (aka the Library Group),
will be consolidated into a statement o f
purpose and published in the gay press and
distributed to groups and individuals in the
community. Several people volunteered at
the second meeting to serve on an open
com m ittee to organize relations between the
lesbian/gay communty and Potter. The com
m ittee set itself a 30-day deadline to organize
a public press conference announcing the
Last year the County Com m ission voted to
adopt an ordinance to extend em ploym ent
nondiscrimination to county em ployees re
gardless o f sexual orientation. However, at
the sam e tim e that sufficient signatures were
being gathered to force a referendum on the
ordinance, the County Com m ission itself re
pealed the ordinance and replaced it with a
resolution which would not be subject to a
Last month, however, Judge Donald L
Kalberer o f the Circuit Court found that since
the signatures had been gathered and filed
before the ordinance had been repealed, the
electorate had been denied its rightful access
to the referendum process. This finding would
allow a referendum to take place, but it would
be a referendum on an ordinance that no
In a further hearing on July 30, Judge
Kalberer granted the county a stay, which
post-poned the referendum indefinitely. The
case is automatically referred to the Appellate
Court in Salem.
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FO O D S
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4:30 - 7:00 DAILY
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Try our Iced Coffee Specials!!
(Non-alcoholic ones too!)
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Just Out. September 1985
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