NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 19, 1992
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington, DC: Bob Kur) Rise in hate crimes perpetrated against homosexuals featured; home video excerpt of man being assaulted by his neighbor shown. Statistics collected by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on anti-homosexual incidents across the country cited. [Crime victim Hugh CALLAWAY - describes assault in which his lover was murdered.] [Representative Nancy PELOSI - talks about climate of hate.] [Gay and Lesbian Task Force Kevin BERRILL - comments on being slandered by Patrick Buchanan, Vice President Dan Quayle's press secretary David Beckwith, and Senator Robert Kerrey.] [BUCHANAN - comments on homosexuality.] Objections to portrayals of homosexuals in the films "JFK", "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Basic Instinct" noted; scenes shown of "Basic Instinct" stars Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, excerpt of the film shown. [DOUGLAS - acknowledges homosexuals' concerns for more positive images.] Gay activists' statement that they will disrupt the Academy Awards noted; scenes shown of them protesting "Basic Instinct" screening.