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The stop smoking clinic will
be held in Love Library
auditorium at the University
Feb. 8-12, according to Carl J.
Peter, assistant professor of
public health education.
The program will be held
evenings from 7-9 p.m.
Featured speaker will be Dr.
Ed Christian, who has con
ducted a number of "stop
smoking" clinics throughout
Registration for the na
tionally famous clinic will be
held in the Nebraska Union and
at the Student Health Center
hassled at NU
by CAROL ANDERSON
Nebraskan Staff Wrltar
University and police officials discriminate against homosex
uals, a University professor charged Wednesday afternoon at
an informal gathering in Andrews Hall.
Louis Crompton, professor of English, led .the discussion
and introduced a homosexual "bill of rights which he said
has been adopted by a dozen homosexual groups.
Crompton, who is president of the two-year-old Lincoln
Omaha Council on Religion and the Homosexual, told the group
that although 70 per cent of the public considers homosexuality
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a sickness, law enforcement agents and university administrators
treat homosexuals as criminals.
MOST UNIVERSITIES expel suspected homosexual students
and indicate the reason on their transcripts which prevents
students from enrolling elsewhere and curtails job opportunities,
Crompton said he has heard that counselors in the University
of Nebraska's Counseling Service report students who confess
using marijuana to the police. He assumes this lack of con
fidentiality would probably also apply to professed homosex
uals. According to Crompton, the University Health Service takes
a strictly medical view of such problems and honors confidences
despite "heavy pressure from the administration." He said
bitterness has resulted between the two groups because of
the Student Health policy.
CROMPTON MAINTAINS that homosexuality is a natural
phenomenon. He says the same amount of homosexuality has
occurred in all societies in all stages of history.
Crompton's definition of a "homosexual" is anyone who
would pick a relationship with one of his own sex when given
the choice, and by this definition, Crompton estimates, the
country's homosexual population is 10 per cent.
Some states have 20-year sentences or even life imprisonment
as penalties for convicted homosexuals who are consenting
adults, the professor said. Although some countries such as
Britain, the two Germanys and Czechoslovakia have enacted
more lenient laws, the United States and the Soviet Union
are among the few who still enforce stiff penalties, he added.
HOMOSEXUALS can't become active citizens in society,
Crompton maintained, because they are socially isolated and
discriminated against. They are even more unfortunate than
the black minority because homosexuals can't turn to their
families for reinforcement, he continued.
Crompton particularly criticized the discrimination policy
of the military. Homosexuals can evade military service by
confessing, but they are publicly branded as such, and that
restricts educational and employment chances.
He said that the military's charge that homosexuals are
security risks is invalid because heterosexuals who have been
known to have mistresses are just as vulnerable to blackmail
as homosexuals. The blackmail risk is decreasing as more
homosexuals profess themselves publicly, he added.
POLICE who tempt homosexuals and then arrest them
also came under attack by Crompton, who said the Lincoln
police use this method. Most of those arrested, he added,
"are the last to make a fuss. For them it's a terrifying
Protests by Berkeley students against their campus police
using these methods to entrap homosexuals is an encouraging
sign of increasing public enlightenment, Crompton said. But
he said he was dismayed by a Nebraska law professor who
said that the law college excluded homosexuals via the applica
tion question concerning military status.
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