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Pointblank Times 1978-01 - 1978-02 - Page 8. January - February 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4005/show/3980.

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Title Pointblank Times 1978-01 - 1978-02
Date January - February 1978
Description Vol. 4 No. 1
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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Transcript AN ADDRESS: to the gay men of Houston The issue is power. Ray Hill continues to have a lot of power in the gay community because the gay community allows and supports it. I have several unresolved issues of contention with Ray Hill about his use of that power, but the gay community itself is responsible for its leadership and representation. The problem is not Ray Hill; the issue is power. Ray maintains that he is trying to get rid of his power by training others to take his place. This does not change the basic power relationships. While I remain skeptical about his ability and desire to transfer political power, such an overhaul (if, in fact, it does take place) would be a step in the right direction. What would not necessarily be changed by this is that thing inside people's heads that makes us think we require leaders and need to be spoken for. In this sense, Ray Hill is a perfectly reasonable expression of the system that has trained us all to accept authority and respond protectively towards the imagined necessity its roles impose. Challenging the status quo in the gay male community has brought a storm of political and personal name-calling along with it that only emphasize how threatened the men are. The effect of one evening's dialog alone yielded the following labels (in reference to me); "commie", "man-hater", "slob", "ox", "socialist", and "outsider". Some claim I wear "men's clothes" because I want to be "like a man" and want furthermore to be a leader myself in the Houston gay community. The fact is that I'll be gone from Houston by the time this is published. The rest of the labels are erroneous, up-tight excuses to discredit me personally so as not to have to hear me politically. Although some men have told me individually that they have grown from our political dialog, only a very few have expressed a determination to continue. Yet even among these few I have had to "promise" not to bring up the revered name of Ray Hill or to "push my commie politics". (By the way, I am not a communist or a socialist or a capitalist) . Dialog has been painfully slow. In my frustration I find myself remembering all the reasons why I chose long ago to direct my efforts for social awareness and political growth within women's communities. I don't "hate" men. My experience has been to find the gay men of Houston much more stubborn and hard headed and closed to personal growth and change than the women. The women have been more inclined to listen and dialog while the men have been more ready to argue and take sides. No political concept should be too sacred to be discussed. I don't see where any social situation is too pure to be challenged, nor do I feel that any individual-particularly those we call "leaders"- continued on page 9 8 Pointblank Times