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Protest Threat Prompts Symposium Move

The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon has moved the site of a symposium on sexuality from the Disneyland Hotel to another location after gay leaders threatened to demonstrate on Disneyland’s Main Street.

Sheldon’s Traditional Values Coalition had planned the symposium, entitled “The Preservation of the Heterosexual Ethic,” at the hotel on Friday and Saturday. But that site was canceled after Anaheim police told Sheldon that militant gay groups planned to protest, said Steve Sheldon, the minister’s son.

Groups including Queer Nation of San Francisco and ACT UP, a militant gay organization, had planned to picket the hotel and enter Disneyland to conduct a homosexual “kiss-in,” said Steve Sheldon, the reverend’s son.

The symposium’s new location is unannounced.

Joseph Amster, a member of ACT UP in Orange County, and gay activist Jeff LeTourneau, a spokesman for the Orange County Visibility League, confirmed that they planned to picket Sheldon’s symposium.


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