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The Wand 1995-06 - Page 6. June 1995. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4545/show/4537.

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(June 1995). The Wand 1995-06 - Page 6. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4545/show/4537

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Title The Wand 1995-06
Publisher Womynspace
Date June 1995
Description Vol. 12 No. 6. On some pages, comic strips have been digitally obscured to protect owner's copyright.
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Transcript IT WAS NOT THAT LONG AGO by Alma J. Aguirre With the coming of June, innumerable Gay and Lesbian organizations across the nation reach one of their busiest times of the year: preparations for Pride Week. Logos need to be chosen, T-Shirts, buttons and flyers need to be ordered, floats are assembled, banners are put together, all the essential elements of a grand celebration. We dedicate an entire week to celebrating our victories and pondering upon our losses. Seven days we show to the world and to ourselves how strong and how outspoken we have become. During this time it is easy to get so immersed in the spirit of Pride. It is easier still to forget those who came before us. I'm not talking about the veterans from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Not that they do not deserve any credit, today I wouldn't be writing this article for a Gay and Lesbian paper if it weren't for them. But there was life before the second half of the XX century. Although there are a few references to Lesbianism in ancient mythologies, concrete proof of the existence of relationships between women is found is diaries and personal letters dating in this country from approximately the XVIII century. It wasn't until the latter half of the 1800's that relationships between women were common enough to deserve their own term: Boston Marriages. In most of these one of the women was a widow (the only way a woman could come to own property in those days) and they would share a home to "keep each other company." Although it seems hard to imagine, these women did not spend their days sitting out on the porch, knitting and sipping lemonade. Some of them were very much revolutionaries for the times. There was Mary Fields, a black woman born into slavery in 1832 who would wear men's clothes and drive a stagecoach for a living. Or the likes of Ralph Kerwinieo, an American Indian woman born as Cora Anderson. For them defying the dress code was not a simple matter of comfort but an incredibly brave act. Sporting items defined as "men's clothing" was illegal. It would remain so until the coming of World War I. As part of their army uniforms, women were for the first time allowed to wear dress slacks. Partners found ways of staying together, but these women only had each other's company. The first hint of a community was born in the nightlife of Harlem. Men and women alike flocked to the safehaven the slums of New York city provided. Amidst the sexual revolution of the 1920's, Gays and Lesbians saw their chance. This was a community only in the sense that there were a lot of people in one same place sharing the same life experiences, it was not organized. The first "official" Lesbian support group would not come until 1953 with the formation of the Daughters of Bilitis in Life Gets Real Ann Reed's 10th Release When Ann Reed sings it. life gets real good If vou have been out of touch with women's music. Ann Reed gives plentv of reasons to get current Other than her deep mellow voice to die for. Ann's songwnting delights us once again beginning with the title cut. J.cam to breathe When to vie lit hind what can he cv cannot he healed On the crest of the wheel Life gets real copyright 1995 Ann Reed all songs "Pieces of Dreams" is a poignant love song with haunting piano accompaniment All instrumentation is right on target and does not get in the way of her voice Pieces of dreams floating into the night Lingering long enough to Pick up the wishes that may wish they might . 1 piece of my dream is you Ann memorializes her high school reunion in "RollOn By" I have my reservations Why I'd come here jus! to see . in all too human demonstration Of who I used to he cv if all rolls on hv It alt rolls on hv He flow like rivers through each other . I he ring out lives Then we all roll on by Ann Reed gets down in the up tempo "Love Online" w ith lots o\ foot tapping, bluesy harmonica, a song about being sleazy on the computer keyboard. E mail me baby what you thinkin' of If you ever need me it's keyword love Download my heart give a little byte I'm waiting for you on a dedicated line The icing of the cake or the chocolate shavings, is "God is Sleeping/ You've Got to be Carefully Taught". copyright 1949 Rodgers&I Iammerstein/additional lyric by Ann Reed copyright 1995 / think that (rod is sleeping Or the angels have resigned I'm sure tlie re's no one keeping . i peaceful, watchful eye... You have got to be taught to hate & to fear Day after day year after year It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear You have got to be taught to hate cv to fear... You have got to be taught before it's too late Before vou are six or seven or eight To hate all the people your relatives hate You have got to be carefully taught All the songs are memorable and vou will find yourself humming the melodies at unexpected moments. Ann's music is available at vour local feminist bookstore. Inklings Bookshop Sue ('ox. San Francisco. Their male counterpart, The Mattachine Society, had also been founded a year earlier. Both organizations were so closeted, however, they did not know of each other's existence until 1954. I will march in this year's parade just as I have the last two years and I will enjoy both the company and the love I have come to know amongst our community. I will also march for all those who came before the thought of a parade was ever possible. I know there is a lot left to be done, our struggles have barely begun, and I am not sure I will live long enough to see this community win all its battles. But I also know that today life for me and for my brothers and sisters is better than it ever has been and that is only because we were lucky and got to live in this part of the world. There are places in the world today where progress has yet to arrive, they are experiencing today what we might think only used to be. BOOK REVIEW Printed from "HI,LAS DICLN". a newsletter from LIJ.AS. P.O. Box 681061. San Antonio. TX 78268. Once More With Feeling. Peggy J. Herring, Naiad Press Inc., 1995. If you ever felt or wondered "what if..." about that special woman you lost a long time ago, then rush over to Textures bookstore and buy San Antonio's Peggy J. Herring's first novel, Once More With Feeling. Once you start reading, you will not want to put it down. All of her characters- Laura, Mavis, Jolly, and Wanda, to name a few- will seem like old friends, people you have known and partied with at the old Our Place. Even Laura's mother, Mrs. Davenport, reminded me of my mom with her comments about "that woman" and "You're such a beautiful girl. You could get a man," and the clincher, "It's your responsibility to provide me with grandchildren!" The story takes place in San Antonio so Peggy's settings will seem familiar. The main characters are Laura and Mavis. They have just broken up after 8 years of being together. In a conversation with her friend Jolly, Laura says, "It's been easier to stay together. We're comfortable with each other." "And that doesn't count for anything?' "It's not enough. There's gotta be something else out there for both of us." I don't know about anyone else, but that little exchange sure rang a bell in my mind! The story deals with how Laura and Mavis change after their breakup. After 4 years, anger and rejection finally change into acceptance and true friendship. As I read, I found myself thinking about friends from long ago and relationships that didn't grow into what the people involved needed from each other. I wanted to be able to talk to Laura and Mavis and share all of the "wisdom" I have acquired over time. The story is simple, believable, and well-written. If you want a good book for your next trip to the coast or for summer vacation, and you don't mind shedding a tear now and then as old memories conjure up, then read Once More With Feeling. Lydia Peggy Herring appeared at Inklings Bookshop in April. She said her lead character was an Olympic team swimmer, but Naiad Press revised most of that storyline out of Once More with Feeling. Peggy lives in San Antonio and she references some local color: Textures bookstore in San Antonio and the Desert Heart Cowgirl Club. Peggy and her lover have been together a really long time (14 years9) and the dedication reads "If it got any better, who would believe us." tffie Sound of ENCODINGS Ji (Reading Sy 'Women 'Writers to support ENCODINGS: A Feminist Literary Journal Friday, June 9, 1995, 8:00p.m. attfu CentralCongregational'Church, UllOfoCman (BetweenJustin oZ Caroline, near HCC) Suggested ^Donation $3-$5 ♦ For information call' 529-7329 ♦