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Pointblank Times 1978-01 - 1978-02 - Pages 14 and 15. January - February 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4005/show/3986.

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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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Language English
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Title Pages 14 and 15
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767189~S11
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Transcript tocflt tesztm photography by sherry Lesberadas is a recently formed lesbian/feminist organization. Our initial activities centered around the National Women's Conference, held in Houston, November 18-21. What follows are some of our thoughts about the conference and what took place. The positive effect of the National Women's Conference in the City of Houston and within Houston women is inestimable. Lesbians from all across the nation joined together to be visible and to make our voices heard. Together we made herstory! We guarantee that never before has a photograph of lesbians carrying a banner "LESBIAN RIGHTS" (and with so many balloons!) appeared on the front page of a Houston daily newspaper. On November 22nd, the day after the Conference, law and order, pro-family, anti-gay candidate Frank Briscoe was defeated in the mayor's race by a landslide 2-1 vote. Houston elected its first woman official, feminist Kathy Whitmire, to the office of City Controller (the most powerful position after mayor) by a vote of 60%-40%. We feel certain that the National Women's Conference played a part in bringing out feminist and liberal voters. Hurray! We applaud and accept Betty Friedan's public admission on live television and before some 8,000 women, at least 500 of them out front lesbians, that "We've all made mistakes" and that she made a mistake in her past stance on the lesbian issue. She urged women to support lesbians in the struggle for our rights. "Straight" Texas women have approached us to say that they were against lesbians in the past because they did not know any lesbians and were not educated on the issue of lesbianism. Now they say that they are willing to try! Some have apologized for past bigotry. It seems that many women have come out! Many lesbians who have never been activists are calling Lesberadas to find out how to become more involved in feminism and in the lesbian struggle. There were some problems, though. Lesberadas feels a responsibility to let the national lesbian community know that a group of women—some straight--from a left-wing organization took advantage of \ our housing service and were ever-present in all lesbian caucuses, rallies, and other activities, sometimes acting, apparently, as agitators While the politics of some Lesberadas may be in agreement with these women, we feel it necessary to let all lesbians know what we have learned, many members of non-lesbian groups may find it convenient to covertly enter the lesbian ranks at other conferences and may, for reasons of their own, attempt to influence lesbian groups to their own personal goals. Although we do not encourage paranoia, we do think it advisable to exercise caution in this regard. Within Lesberadas, we are discussing many ideas which we received from women who came here from all over the country. The contributions of these beautiful dykes to our process, ideas, questions, and group identity will always be deeply appreciated by Lesberadas. Their presence here in Houston has strengthened our commitment to lesbian rights, to our own mental growth, and to the growth of a national lesbian community. Lesberadas agrees that the National Women's Conference has shown us all that there is a great need for a national lesbian federation which is truly representative of a wide range of lesbians, and is truly accountable to the grassroots lesbians across the nation. We encourage a national dialogue through all lesbian publications on the possible creation of such a federation and we are ready to contribute to its creation in any way we can. To all of you who participated in the Conference activities, we give a fond thanks. Presently, Lesberadas is involved in the process of defining itself, establishing goals, and creating its organizational structure. We welcome your participation. Meetings are generally held on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church (subject to occassional changes in plans). In the works: a women's radio show, support groups, camping trips, political action... etc. For more up to the minute information, call Nancy at 524-3642. 14 Pointblank Times January/February 1978 15