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Gay Austin, September 1977 - File 016. 1977-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 14, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2306/show/2303.

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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 016
Transcript r P3Kaa5=S3Sg^«Cg=5«E3ggg^^ [|INT: NA: |INT: SANA: JlNT: NA: !INT: ANA: INT: ANA: [INT: I ANA: Did she know you loved her? Oh yes! She knew everything. How did she react? She always accepted my love for her. She never denied me that. She never approved of homosexuality or myself being a lesbian. But we were very close. We were together so often. I had no other person but she to love. I needed her. And we spent very close hours with each other. At times, though, she maintained a distance from me. And certainly, my love for her was pure. But when I saw her dancing with another man or spending time with her boyfriend. . .1 thought men could never sympathize with her as I could. Certainly only I could give her everything she needed. I wish she had agreed. But I do think she was jealous when she saw me at the gay bar in Houston dancing with another woman. After all that, all that frustration, I felt a triumph over that. But why. . .. She thinkss I should return to complete my degree. Should you? I should, but. . .life is so free here and I can meet the people I want! If I return, I will complete ray degree and go somewhere else, the United States or France. Marriage to some gay men is impossible. The FBI investigates marriages now. Do you think immigration laws should be changed? Oh yes! Definitely. But can you imagine the gay people of the world coming here? What were your impressions of this country before you arrived? My impressions were formed of what people said who had visited this country, books I read and glimpses of the life on television. This country seemed incredibly wealthy, but also, it was a vulgar world. But what about homosexuality? In this country? In our country's foremost newspaper, a conservative one, was an article about homosexuality in the United States. Also a picture of men dancing together in a gay bar. Naturally the article decried the scene: degradation, this immorality sweeping, this worst form of immorality destoying the country. Oh it condemned and with such detail! I read the article in secret and hid the page where not even the maid could find it. Later on I "discovered" it again and showed it to my family at dinner. I asked them in neutral tones what they thought of this. Of course they thought it was horrible—except my brother who, though he thought it unfortunate, nevertheless could be understood intellectually. I did not say anything. I imagined what this country must be like I wanted to go, to experience this reality. Now I think that this country is not very much different from minr, but it certainly is more open. People try to understand a minority, oor they eventually do. You do not find this in Argentina. There are classes, but there are no minorities with their separate societies. There is more or less one society within your class, and you are eithe inside it or outside it. INT: Are there any homosexuals who are open? ANA: If you are rich you can live your own life. One lawyer I know of lives with another man. But people invent rumors about him. They say he picks up little boys and girls. He does not, but I have heard even stranger rumors about him that could not be true, even in the imagination. And then a few people at the University are known to be homosexuals. Eventually they do not care what others say, but they suffer I know of one person who, outside the door of the Faculty of Sciences, was beaten up by another man. The man walked up to him, callei him a queer, and began hitting his face. He accepted the treatment because it is the expected thing, INT: Do you see any change in Argentina? Will gay people ever be accepted? ANA: Will gay people be accepted? Friends, real friends, the variety you do not find in tkhe United States, will accent the person who is homosexual. But that does not mean that they accept homosexuality. What I mean by a friend is this: the gay man who was beaten up outside the Faculty^ of Sciences had been standing next to his male friend. This friend does not accept homosexuality. The attacker shouted Queer, and began beating him up. He did not defend himself. But his friend pulled the attacker away and told him to leave. And the woman I loved, who was not a lesbian, she was my friend and never told anyone but her family about me and stood with me on other matters. At the same time she felt free to criticize me, to debate me when she disagreed, I have not found a friend like that in the United States, not a real friend. All I find are people who agree and agree and are not inter ested enough to disagree. It is difficult to make friends in the United States. This aloneness is what I constantly feel. END 15
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