6 The Star/ March 2, 1984
Planned for Spring
The Ninth Annual Southeastern Conference of Lesbian and Gay Men, "Pulling
Together and Reaching Out," will be held
at the Holiday Inn-Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., from Apr. 12-15.
Conference co-chairpersons are Ms.
Bootsie Abelson and Rick Adams.
"We see a need in this region for gay
men and lesbians to begin a closer community relationship with each other and
to build alliances and coalitions with supportive people in the greater community.
In doing so, we will achieve a better understanding of each other and our common
needs," Adams said.
The conference keynote speaker will be
Virginia Apuzzo, director of the National
Gay Task Force (NGTF), chief lobbyist
and spokesperson for the 10,000-member
NGTF headquartered in New York City.
Among other speakers are Tom Chorlton of the National Association of Gay
and Lesbian Democrat Clubs; Abby
Rubenfeld, the managing attorney for the
Lambda Legal Defense and Education
Fund; and Mike Rutherford, who is executive director of the Gay Press Association.
"We are fortunate to have a number of
very active and nationally known figures
committed to this conference," commented Abelson.
Workshop leaders and speakers represent politics, law, lobbying, mass communications, musicians and athletics.
On Apr. 13, a banquet and fundraiser
will be held by PRO-PAC. The Magic City
Athletic Association wil] sponsor a soft-
ball game, dinner and marathon, and an
all-woman band will play for a Friday
night dance. Magnolia, the Birmingham
Women's Art Collective, will hold an
Artist-in-Concert on Sat., Apr. 14.
Conference registration and fees are
being accepted. They should be mailed to
Rick Adams; Lambda, Inc.; Box 73062;
Birmingham, Ala. 36253.
New York Not
Government VIPs junket all over the
world, hut there's apparently one place not
on their itinerary: Harlem, reports the
New York Post.
New York City officials have been trying to convince Assistant Secretary of
Labor Joyce Kaiser that things really are
tough in the Big Apple, but they can't get
her to come to Harlem or the South Bronx
to see for herself.
Says Kaiser: "I make a point not to go to
those areas. In fact, I make it a point not to
go to New York, period."
If you're ever arrested, hope for a jury
made up of Black Italian social workers,
advises the Seattle Times.
A survey of prominent lawyers says
they're most likely to acquit you. One the
other hand, watch out for Mormon German military officers. They tend to see
things the prosecutor's way. The lawyers
say waiters like to stick it to businessmen,
who remind them of stingy tippers: while
accountants, schoolteachers and postal
workers dole out miserly awards to plaintiffs.
Some stereotypes can be deceptive. Liberals may feel sorry for the underdog, but
they come down hard on violent crime.
And many prosecuters are leery of loading
a jury in a rape case with women, forfear
they won't believe the victim.
But all agree that having lawyers on the
panel guarantees the hung jury. Says one
trial veteran, "Put two lawyers in the
same room, and they'll disagree on the
color of the walls."
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Up on Gays
By Richard Labonte
Vfa GPA Wire Service
Italians are tolerant in the abstract
towards the fact of gay men and lesbians,
according to a recent nationwide survey-
but don't want their best friends or their
daughters or sons to be one.
A joint survey conducted by the city of
Turin and by the Sandro Penna Foundation (a gay studies group) found that while
70 percent of the adult population believed
Italian society was too harsh in its attitudes towards homosexuals, and 50 percent believed "the plight of homosexuals"
should be eased, three of every four Italians said they would do anything necessary to change the sexual orientation of
their offspring from gay to straight.
In other responses, only half of those
surveyed could define the word homosexual properly, but 80 percent knew what
"gay" meant. And in a country whose
Pope-in-residence continues to condemn
homosexuality, only 4 percent of Italians
opposed the Pontiffs attitude.
The survey, first of its kind in Italy, also
found that while an overall majority
equated gay life with drug abuse, sexual
disease, child molestation, pornography
and prostitution, a majority of respondents under 30 years of age thought homosexuality an acceptable and a normal
Owners of independent gay health clubs
and bathhouses addressed the current
AIDS crisis at their recent first annual
Meeting in New Orleans last month,
they vowed to educate their clientele about
the hazards of the mysterious syndrome,
reports The Works magazine.
Beyond that, members of the Association of Independent Gay Health Clubs, of
which the Midtowne Spas in Texas are a
part, felt that they were being unduly
harassed by persons who subjected them
to "self-righteous finger pointing and
In a resolution passed unanimously at
the convention, members stated that gay
health clubs form an important partof the
social life of gay men guaranteed by the
U.S. Constitution, and that their members
will "resist any attempts by self-serving
alarmists to use the public concern about
AIDS to accomplish their homophobic political agenda."
Members also resolved to "disseminate
objective information about AIDS to our
In a later development, the International Gay News Agency reported that the
head of the federal AIDS research effort,
responding to reports of increases in venereal disease among gay men San Fran
cisco, said that gay bathhouses "should
all go out of business."
Dr. James Curran, coordinator of the
AIDS Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, stopped short of
saying health authorites should shut
down the bathhouses.
Objections were immediately raised by
Dr. Mervyn Silverman, director of the
Public Health Department of San Francisco, who said, "Closing the baths is not
the answer, even though it might make me
look good to a lot of people in the straight
He went on to say, "History shows that
government generally has not been very
influential in changing people's sexual
habits. Any action on this is going to have
to come from the gay community, not my