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Transcript IWY Declares Lesbianism "not a women's issue" A National Women's Conference will be held in Houston in November, and already efforts have been made to exclude lesbianism. The national conference will be the culmination of state conferences to be held this spring, as an extension of International Women's Year activities. Our Texas state conference is already being planned by our state steering committee, which will try to scrape by with a budget of about $100,000. The various IWY committees have been appointed and have started operating around the country with very little publicity. Indeed, the "outreach" mandated in the federal legislation might more accurately be called "secrecy" when it comes to IWY1s official efforts to get the word out to lesbians. The Women in Public Life Conference (Austin, November 1975) gave Texas a dose of the polished, establishment "feminist" mentality that tries to equate a lesbian with a unicorn. And the IWY Commision has so far scored high in the screaming homophobia department: their 382-page report to the President, subtitled Justice for American Women, includes no mention of the 10% lesbian minority. The following is an incident related by Janna Zumbrun (excerpted from Goodbye To All That). Janna is a very active member of the Austin lesbian community, and serves on the Human Rights Commission there as an open lesbian. My name was nominated for the state steering committee by Rep. Sarah Weddington (who will serve as Temporary Convenor of the Texas conference) and Jane Hickie (who sat in on the national IWY proceedings in place of Texas1 IWY Commissioner Liz Carpenter who couldn't attend). An Executive Committee of the IWY Commission reviewed the steering committee lists and balked at leaving me on the list. The committee informed Hickie that Lesbianism is not a women's issue; it is a civil rights issue. Hickie defended the nomination of a Lesbian feminist, but was told my name could remain on the list only if two conditions were met: (1) The state steering committee could not plan any workshops dealing only with Lesbianism, and (2) In the IWY press releases and publicity about the steering committee, no mention could be made of my Lesbian feminist organizational affiliations or activities. Jane called me from Washington on Jan. 13 to ask whether I would agree to the conditions set by the Commission. I felt that the first issue at stake was whether the steering committee would have autonomy or be dictated to by the Commission. Also, I declined to meet the second condition which would be a misrepresentation of myself and would defeat the purpose of appointing a Lesbian feminist. I made it clear that I very much wished to serve on the steering committee, leaving the culpability for dropping my name from the list with the Commission. And, they did indeed drop my name. However, when the Texas steering committee convenes, the members can decide that they are not representative enough or need more members. The Texas IWY Commissioners can make more appointments at that point. Hickie has pledged her support in attempting to have me or another Lesbian feminist appointed to the committee. Some non-gay feminists on the Texas committee have indicated their support for inclusion of lesbians, but so far they are outnumbered by the homophobes. We are exploring possibilities for action, locally and nationally, but in any case, there will be lesbians at the Houston National Conference, whether it's inside or outside the doors. - Pokey