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Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1978 - File 005. 1978-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 26, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1013/show/1003.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date May 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 005
Transcript 4 GAY AUSTIN WY 1978 etters Respect vs unintentional oppression DEAR EDITOR: Your article "Gay women: not 'Lesbians'" in the April issue of GAY AUSTIN disturbed me for several reasons and I would like to comment on it. The most disturbing aspect of the article for me was its tone. It seems to me that when people respect one another they call each other by names of their respective choosing--to tell people that the name they have chosen for themselves will not be honored and they must use some other name shows a genuine lack of respect for the people's integrity and value. If my friends ask me to call them'"lesbians" rather than "gay women," I am glad to do so and I would consider them to be completely justified in being angry if I refused. Likewise, if I ask a friend to call me "gay" rather than "homosexual" or "queer" I have a right to expect my request to be honored. A person who refused to honor such a simple yet important request would hardly be a friend. Another point which I consider important is this: you don't have to intend to be oppressive to be oppressive. The most destructive and most common forms of oppression are utterly unintentional. For example, the ostensible purpose of Anita Bryant's crusade is not to oppress gay people, but rather to help society. The effect, of course, can be oppression of the first order. COMB FREE Handmade Haircuts at People's Prices 477-8280 472-4978 So, when a group informs us that we arc being oppressive, we ought tu examine ourselves carefully and, above all, listen carefully to what they have to tell us about ourselves. (This is one of our big opportunities to grow!) It is entirely possible that we are, indeed, unintentional oppressors. Another aspect of your article which I found disturbing is your simple-minded criticism of separatism. It seems to me that one of the things that separatists really accomplish is to involve numerous people, who would be otherwise uninvolved, in the struggle for sexual liberation. Thus in working for their own feminist goals, the general goals of gay liberation I if indeed the gay liberation movement is coherant enough to have gaols) are advanced. Thus the alliance, such as it is, between the "gay movement" and the "women's movement" is a natural and highly desirable one, but it absolutely must be based on mutual respect. 1 think that if I were a lesbian 1 would put more of my energies into the women's movement than in the gay movement becouse the women's movement stands a much greater chance of more immediate success and its success advances the goals of both movements. Stan Bear LEGAL SERVICES at reasonable fees The Legal Clinic charges S15 for your initial consultation session with an attorney. There is no time limit. If you want or need additional services we will supply you with a written fee quota tion. If you don't wish to go on with a case after consultation you are under no further obligation. • UNCONTESTED DIVORCE (NO PROPERTY OR CHILDREN) S 90 • UNCONTESTED DIVORCE (WITH PROPERTY OR CHILDREN* 150 • UNCONTESTED ADOPTION 10O • NAME CHANGE 35 • BANKRUPTCY, INDIVIDUAL 225 • BANKRUPTCY, HUSBAND AND WIFE 275 • SIMPLE WILL. INDIVIDUAL 40 • SIMPLE WILLS. HUSBAND AND WIFE 60 The legal fees quoted above do not include court costs These fees are for cases filed in Travis County between December 1,1977 and June 1, 1978 Fees for legal work outside of Travis County will be higher. The Legal Clinic also accepts criminal cases and civil cases not listed above. Please call for an appointment No legal advice will be given over the telephone. Hours: 9:00 5:00 weekdays. Weekends and evenings by ap pointment. Vivian Mahlab Legal Clinic at 501W. 12th St. Austin, Texas 78701 512-478-9332
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