4 may 1979
vol. 3. no. 8
Man/Boy Love Association Meets
NEW YORK - The second meeting of
the North American Man/Boy Love
Association (NAMBLA), founded last
December in Boston, was held Saturday,
March 24, at the Church of the Beloved
Disciple in New York. The conference,
reflecting what orgainizers called "a new
sense of solidarity and mutual support"
among youth and adults, was designed
"to spur the further organization of
men and boys to lend each other support and to fight for our freedom, and
to exchange views with the lesbian and
gay community and to raise consciousness on the subject of man/boy love."
The controversial nature of pedophilia resulted in limiting the conference to
those specifically invited to attend. "We
are not afraid of a frank exchange of
views; indeed we welcome it," the letter
of invitation read. "However, we are not
interested in exposing our participants
to hostility and bigotry from others in
SEATTLE WASHINGTON-A Seatde
gay organization has published an open
letter denouncing Charles Brydon, recently appointed to replace National
Gay Task Force co-executive director
Bruce Voeller. The Seattle Committee
After Thirteen (SCAT), formed to
oppose local anti-gay Initiative Thirteen,
accuses Brydon, founder of the
business-oriented Dorian Group, of
activities "aimed at preventing participation of those whose views differ
from his. He constantly sabotaged any
efforts to create coalitions of the
various segments ofthe gay community.
He monopolized access to the media,
often slandering other factions to prove
his 'legitimacy' as a gay leader and
The letter claims specifically that
Brydon red-baited other gay activists;
opposed the Gay Pride March of 1977
and the Lesbian Gay Rights March of
1978; refused to cooperate with SCAT
or Women Against Thirteen (WAT) in
fund-raising efforts against Initiative
Thirteen; convinced bar owners to institute a bi-monthly cover charge for
all under on
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the sole benefit of Brydon's own organization, Citizens to Retain Fair Employment (CRFE), without informing bar
patrons; and prevented lesbians from
serving on the Seattle Women's Commission after lobbying for and winning
a position as the Commission's only
SCAT expressed hope that "this
letter will serve to strengthen NGTF
and enable it to play a more progressive
role in tha national gay movement,"
and, referring to Jean O'Leary, NGTF
co-executive director whose resignation
takes effect this June, called for an
effort to find a replacement for Ms.
O'Leary who wdl balance "some of
Mr. Brydon's tendencies."
Brydon declined to answer specific
allegations but said, " I am proud of
the record of achievement I leave in
Seattle. None of it would have been
possible without the substantial support
from die gay and non-gay components
of our city. At base I had no power
other than what other people gave me.
SCAT'S quarrel, it would seem, is with
success. That success was possible
because substantial numbers of people
gave me the kind of quiet support
that made it happen."
Kay Whitlock of the NGTF board
of directors responded to the letter by
saying, "We are confident that Mr.
Brydon's leadership wdl help NGTF
to continue to serve its broad range
of interests." V
the lesbian and gay community."
David Thorstad, member of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights and
well-known writer (he co-authored The
Early Homosexual Rights Movement),
said many of the arguments used against
transgenerational relationships were the
same "as were used against the early
gay movement." Countering feminist
criticism, he said "There's an anti-sexual
strain running through much of the
women's movement. Women must listen
to men's experiences before rushing
Cliff Bossert of Gay Youth said that
in his own experience he knew of "no
gay youdi who were ever forced to have
sex," with older men. "All the seduction was done by me."
A 14-year-old speaker said, "I wish it
wasn't always the boy's decision to
make all the first moves, but I guess it
can't be helped until the age of consent
laws are abolished."
Tom Reeves, a representative of the
Boston/Boise Committee, placed the
blame for "treating youtii as property"
on the "evil values of capitalist and male
hierarchical society." He declared that
"humans belong to themselves, including their bodies, from ages zero to
David Thorstad argued that "it is
morally wrong and politically foolish
for the gay movement not to support
the rights of gay youth."
And Gay Youth of New York representative Aner Canderario described
his own organization as "one of the
most vocal and visible of the militant
An organizational caucus agreed to
send a statement to the National March
on Washington committee stating that
NAMBLA will endorse the October
March if the committee reinstates the
demand for repeal of age of consent
laws presented by the Gay Youth
Caucus of the Philadelphia conference
on the march V
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