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Together Gay, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 1974 - File 020. 1974-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 5, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1299/show/1297.

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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 REFLECTIONS ON THE YE.AR PAST (by a Lesbian, for Lesbians) 19. For the past year I have been involved with the Gay Community Center. It has been a positive turning point in ■y life resulting in change and self-growth as a lesbian woman. It has caused me to become a stronger, more confident person. My awareness and commitment to the gay community has increased and deepened, particularly for my sisters. My involvement encompasses a wide range of thought, feeling and emotion. The newness in the beginning was refreshing and stimulating, full of wonder, hope and expectation. Here was a chance to truly be myself without tSie hassle of whether or not I would be accepted. Here at last was an opportunity to be and communicate with other gay women outside of the bar scene. Possibilities for developing a center for all gays, no matter what their needs, desires, hangups, and capabilities might be, abounded. A natural outgrowth was the women's rap group. The desire that existed then, as it does now, was to get to know and experience where other gay women are at. Our real selves have been hidden from each other too long; it is time to unite and work for our self-respect and the right to be. The goals identified and defined then are still vital now. Through individual and group sharing, there exists real potential for self-growth, increased understanding of others, and alternatives to the bar for the lesbian. We're hopeful that the common bond of lesbianism that we share will create a more secure, comfortable, open situation. Hardly any response we've received has been negative, yet few women have actually come. And many of our meetings and rap sessions have proven to be productive, worthwhile self-growth experiences. Yet I have also felt much frustration and helplessness because more women do not support our efforts. Is the lesbian in San Antonio that insecure in her identity that she ■Hist remain uncommited and threatened? Although I realize not all lesbians are insecure and uncaring, I also feel strongly that in order for anything ever to be done to promote our cause •nd find solutions for our concerns, the lesbian must raise her consciousness concerning the oppression not only against women but against lesbian women. If we work together, what can we hope to gain? The possibilities are unlimited, if we would only allow ourselves to be open and grow. As I see it, we must begin with self-acceptance •a lesbians. Faith and confidence in what we are can only be positive. Next, we must accept other lesbians wherever they're at. We all have a right to be who and what we are, but at the same time to be open to new ideas and lifestyles that can enrich our lives. Change is good. By raising our own consciousness we can help raise the consciousness of other lesbians. Together Our strength cannot be ignored. The numbers of us who choose to live as openly as possible are then capable of raising the consciousness of straight society. Many of us have done so •nd have been accepted, not just tolerated, for what we are. The more open and sharing we become, the more possibilities exist for mutual acceptance. This can only mean a more positive future, freer from hassle and discrimination and alienation. In liberating our individual selves, we then make it possible to be liberated as a minority. Our future is built on what **e do now. Let's not wait! R.
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