Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal
Fellowship of Metropolitan Community
Churches, was reported by the Chicago
Tribune as being pleased with the recent
vote by the National Council of Churches
to postpone indefinitely the membership
application of the MCC. •
"I consider that vote to be a miracle,"
Perry said. "We haven't come out of this as
victims or losers. The dialogue will continue."
Perry, who started the MCC 15 years
ago, stated: "The rest of Christianity has
been terrified of sexuality. ... we have to
remember that the (Council) is not the
enemy. They have struggled and sweated
blood over us. If we applied to join the
Moral Majority, we'd get an answer in less
than five minutes.
"We have made an impact on the (Council). We don't want to destroy them. We
just want the fellowship of other Christians. We need it, because sometimes it's
harder to come out as a Christian in the
gay community than to come out as a gay
or lesbian in the straight world."
ideas for Gay
The National Gay Health Education
Foundation is currently planning the first
Southeastern Lesbian/Gay Health Conference to be held in Atlanta on Apr. 21
and is asking the gay community for proposals for workshops and presentations.
Previous national conferences have
been presented in major metropolitan
areas for the past six years and have
brought together gay health care providers to share information and ideas, to coordinate networking and caucusing within
their respective professional organizations, and to provide a forum for professional support and development.
For additional information or to submit
a proposal, contact Caitlin Ryan, 550
Cresthill Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306; (404)
892-2459. The deadline for submission is
The rationale that Texas' sodomy statute
bereenacted because of AIDS is creating a
controversy prior to an appellate court ruling on the statute which was struck down
as being unconstitutional last year.
Amarillo's District Attorney is arguing
that the sodomy statute is necessary to
control AIDS in an attempt to influence
the U.S. Court of Appeals' decision,
although he did not bring up the argument
at the trial level.
"It is simply improper to bring up a new
issue for the first time at the appellate
Gay Community Newspaper
level," said Leonard Graff, National Gay
Rights Advocate legal director. "And even
if they could, it is a weak argument,
because nobody had even heard of AIDS
at the time the Texas legislature enacted
the sodomy statute."
Jean O'Leary, executive director of
NGRA, said "The D.A. is trying to exploit
the public hysteria and to use irrational
fear in an emotional attempt to persuade
the court. We expect the court to disregard
this shallow tactic."
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Doctors Should Still
According to a recently released policy of
the American Academy of Pediatrics, doctors should continue trying to "convert"
adolescents who are troubled by their
The new policy rekindled the debate as
to whether homosexuals can become heterosexuals through treatment, although
the group deemed to no longer consider
homosexuality a "mental disorder,"
according to an Associated Press news
Dr. David Kessler, a gay psychiatrist
and professor at the University of California at San Francisco, questioned why doctors think they can change a person's
sexual orientation. He questioned if converting a gay person into a nongay person
would be any easier than transforming a
nongay person into a gay person. "That's
exactly how easy it would be to do it the
other way around," he said.
He quoted that there is no known case in
medical history of any gay successfully
converting to heterosexual!ty. He further
questioned why young people who are
troubled with guilt about being gay should
be "lead on a wild goose chase to convert,
when that's not possible."
Director of the Adolescent Medical Center in Levittown, Pa.. Dr. Kenneth Slad-
kin, predicted that some 29 million
youngsters between 13 and 19 are gay and
have yet to be heard from.
He said their goal is to help the practitioner to understand gay persons as "normal"
Charged with being
"I would not do anything as President
that could be interpreted as advocacy or
promotion of homosexuality," said Democratic Presidential contender John Glenn,
according to Virginia M. Apuzzo. execu
tive director of the National Gay Task
The NGTF is urging Glenn supporters
across the nation to make their dissatisfactions known to the Ohio senator and
In their latest news release, NGTF said
that Glenn, in a candidate forum in New
York Nov. 3 and in reiterated remarks
Nov. 9, said he did not favor extension of
federal civil rights protections to gay men
and lesbians, and described homosexuality as "personal behavior."
NGTF also said that Glenn stated, "I
will not sponsor or support legislation to
extend Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act to
include sexual preference."
Apuzzo wired Glenn: "It is impossible to
reconcile the fact that you take pride in
your record on civil rights issues with your
apparent disregard for the rights of 24 mil
lion Americans. Discrimination based on
sexual orientation is an everyday reality
in America that must be addressed."
The average life expectancy for Soviet
males has dropped five years since 1964,
and U.S. census officials say the reason is
alcohol, reports USA Today.
Per capita consumption in the Soviet
Union is twice that ofthe United States,
and deaths from alcohol poisoning are 88
The result: Soviet males born today can
expect to live to only 62, less than any
other European country, and far below the
70 years American men can look forward