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Together Gay, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 1974 - File 003. 1974-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 17, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1299/show/1280.

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Title Together Gay, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 1974
Alternate Title Together Gay, Vol. II, No. 1, September 1974
Date September 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 847244490
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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Transcript N.O.W. HEARS LESBIANS "Lesbians are your sisters, too!" The impact of this statement was realized August 1 in a positive, progressive step to break down the barriers of misunderstanding and lack of trust between lesbians and our straight sisters. Coordinators of the Sexuality and Lesbianism Task Force of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) presented a program which included showing the filmstrip. The Invisible Minority, followed by a rap/discussion among the large mixed group of women present. Our objective was to deal with lesbianism openly, to destroy many of the myths and stereotypes falsely held, and to promote a more trusting, comfortable relationship with our straight sisters. As women are breaking out of predetermined, oppressive roles of a sexist, male-dominated society, they are becoming aware of their own feelings as women and exploring their own individual sexuality and human potential. With this self- awareness and confidence is evolving an openness to the lesbian in realizing and accepting the lesbian's sexuality, worth, potential and contribution to the feminist issue. This attitude is evidenced in two important decisions. First, in 1971, the national N.O.W. conference passed a resolution expressing a woman's right to control her own body and choose her own lifestyle and recognizing further "the double oppression of women who are lesbians." At the 1973 national conference, N.O.W. took a definite stand in resolving to actively introduce and support legislation to eliminate. discrimination based on sexual orientation. As a result at this resolution, the Task Force on Sexuality and Lesbianism was established to provide a base from which education, legislation and research could be accomplished. More specifically, the 1973 Conference workshop on Sexuality and Lesbianism passed an implementation statement which the Nat'l Task Force has translated into a set of interim guidelines for local chapter action. Included in this workshop report "is the pressing need for legal reform regarding married women who are 'required both by law and custom to acquiesce to a husband's sexual demands', as well as the necessity of working for civil rights for lesbians. The Nat'l Task Force has further been 'mandated to engage in a massive sex education program within N.O.W., including research and the latest findings on female sexuality. In the area of education, the Nat'l. Task Force will work to increase the awareness and understanding of both N.O.W. members and society-at-large of the broad range of female sexual expression aid lifestyles, as well as provide information on all levels of the educational system. Within the judicial and legislative systems, the Nat'l. Task Force will hopefully be instrumental in the repeal of all sodomy laws which define sexual behavior for both heterosexual and homosexual people. Further legal actions will be taken in the area of rights for lesbian mothers. Finally, the Nat'l. Task Porce will actively encourage women to do research on female sexuality." sea page ^.
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