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Gay Austin, September 1977 - File 012. 1977-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 1, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2306/show/2299.

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(1977-09). Gay Austin, September 1977 - File 012. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2306/show/2299

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Title Gay Austin, September 1977
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1977
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 012
Transcript FROM ARGENTINA A LESBIAN | INT: :ANA: INT: f ANA: INT: Ana is not her real name. She overstayed her visa to the United States. As such, she could be deported. In two weeks she moves to Madison, Wisconsin, where she hopes to start a new life. Or if not to remain in the United States permanently, at least to see and experience this new reality before returning. gANA: INT [AN* INT ANA Ana, ho--v did you come to the United States in the first place? I came with my friend whose brother goes to school in Houston. Where do you come from? Argentina. Why are you remaining here? I recognized the fact that I am a lesbian for several years. I attend a university in Buenos Aires, and I simply have not returned. My professors are worried that I am not coming back. I wrote a letter to one of them, and I told him that I wanted to experience the reality I see, to analyse its dimensions. That's only partially true. The truth why I want to stay is simply that I cannot live the life as a lesbian in Argentina, and here I am free to live the life. Couldn't you get citizenship here? Wouldn't that solve the problem? Hardly, I don't want to be a citizen of the United States. I simply want to live. We are like the barbarians outside the Roman Empire. To go through the process of acquiring citizenship or even being granted a permanent residency guarantees nothing. The process would last years, and you never know if, in the end, you will be granted a status or not. Most foreigners are unable to. Besides, I have already broken the law. If I were discovered I would be deported immediately and with no chances of returning. I need to find a job, a better job than the ones I have worked so far. So if I stay. . . What jobs have you had? I have sold flowers on street corners, forever worrying that the police might ask questions. For two weeks I worked as a maid for a woman who felt free to order me around. If my mother founi that out, she would die. Because at home we have a maid! What are your plans for the future? ANA: My plans? Madison, Wisconsin and after that, .... Whether I stay in the United States or not is a decision in the future, I would rather not think on it. INT: Could you describe your family? ANA: I have two brothers and one sister. My oldest brother is 25 and, though very attractive, is still unmarried. I suspect he will be unmarried for as long as he remains in Argentina. United States homosexuals could start a revolution in my country if they were allowed to stay more than a few days. My mother is properly a Spanish lady, extremely nervous and unhappy. She writes me constantly, asking me why I have not come back. She knows I intend to stay here, but not for how long or why. Until I began acquiring occasional boyfriends I believe she worried that I might not be normal. She hears horrible things about the United States. Drugs, promiscuity, homosexuality. But mainly she fears that I will be swallowed up by this strange, faraway culture and never come back to home. I write to her, but I have little to say. Because I cannot say why I am here and what I am doing. Sometimes I wonder what our maid must think on all this. A strange disappearance committed by an even stranger daughter. INT: Since you came to the United States and began going to gay bars, have you changed any? ANA: Oh yes! Before friends told me how passive I always seemed to be, how I kept quiet and never had an opinion of my own. I was very quiet, then.J I feel more like I am ray person. I feel stronger.| INT: Do you think it *s a result of being open? ANA: I can be open here! I can io what I want to do. I don't have to worry whether people know. Everything has changed. I only wish I could be this much open at home. One of the first things I did when I came here was to hold hands with another woman. I felt so free! To live this life is more important than almost anything. 11 =3=B=o=B=»=s=s«a53rtsraa=3a»M^^ HHU-iaJgpggggg
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