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Transcript ORGANIZING IN HOUSTON: Lesbian Moms Houston feminists are organizing support systems for lesbian mothers. There is no demand made to be a feminist, a lesbian, or a mother in order to participate, because any threat to the legal rights of women and children is relevant to all women. The most pressing need expressed by the group that first met at the end of January was for small, closed gatherings to share together--openly and deeply—the feelings, experiences, and questions arising from gay motherhood. Aside from the weekly discussion session, women are offering support through volunteering their professional expertise, their time for programs, events, and child care, and their skills in informing others of the issues. Some of the problems that were suggested for exploration during the meetings include: • What degree of physical affection with our lover(s) are we comfortable showing in front of our children? • What do we tell them about gay love and sex? When and how is it best to tell them? And what about the fact that their own mother is a lesbian? • How do we counsel our kids when they're taunted with, "Your Mom's queer!" • What guidelines can we offer them so that they are proud their mother is gay, yet not reveal it in places or to people that would jeopardize their custody? • Should we be concerned at all with providing opportunities for our children to be with men as they grow up? • What are the best ways for an openly gay woman to adopt a child in Houston? A woman whose love flows as strongly for women as for children often feels the conflict this society needlessly imposes: the necessity to choose between responsibility to herself and responsibility to her children. She may choose not to admit her lesbianism at all, which exacts a price psychologically for her, and, therefore, indirectly for her children in their relationship with her, although they remain "protected" from society's judgments. She may acknowledge to others her love for women, this essential part of herself, which then usually requires that she expend energy warding off justifiable fears of the discovery that could cause loss of her children or loss of her means to support them. Because homosexuality in general has been such a taboo topic, assumptions and false information are rampant. The attacks on gay mothers usually arise from the following popular misconceptions: the mother is sick, sinful, or criminal; gays abuse children; the child will turn out to be gay; because of society's views of lesbians, the child will suffer trauma. Society, and most courts, still assume a gay mother guilty (unfit) until proven innocent (fit). Usually, she needs thousands of dollars to do this. Individuals in the group of Houston women supporting the rights of lesbian mothers are trying to find facts, devise strategies, and determine the realities and probabilities for an allegedly or openly gay woman to win custody of her child. Local experts' opinions differ. B®