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Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 10, August 1978 - File 004. 1978-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2704/show/2694.

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(1978-08). Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 10, August 1978 - File 004. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2704/show/2694

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 10, August 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date August 1978
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 004
Transcript viewpoint August, 1978 Gav Austin 10Q000 wimmin march for ERA By AMME HOGAH From across the nation we descended upon Washington, D.C.; Sunday, July 9, the day before Congress vas to meet. Many vimmin would be staying on for lobbying efforts. But on Sunday few of us were thinking of lobbying. We were too busy being amazed at the power of 100,000 wimmin, gathered together for the ERA. I say wimmin generically, of course. Men attended. On the bus I rode, the breakdown of who-was-what went: three men -- one of whom was straight, two non-lesbian wimmin, ko dykes. On* womon was not yet out, but neither was I at age 16. Certainly, she got an education in wimmin caring for and about each other; which is not to say anything particularly graphic occurred. Or maybe I wasn't looking. We rolled into Washington at an absurd hour on Sunday morning, after about 36 hours in transit. Staying at the Church of the Pilgrims, we renamed it."The Waylaid Pilgrims," and marched in to face our rickety bunk beds. Some of us ran for the showers, where we thought, "42 wimmin per one shower, three men per one shower." And was that nice gay man surprised to find several wimmin in the men's room? Only a little; he stripped down and showered just like a real dyke. Whe mor ass lin mis Dyk e-r who up tha not car ning embl sion es D we 1 e. f c to ema in sai and t si get ry i d ask gn pe t. re awa t was Texas ourse. carry nd Dem democr he wa ed us Of c rmi ssi kened time t was to Some a slg ocracy acy a gay if we ourse , on for too o go ward Dall n th ," w mpha; fron were we a slg on the s o the Ma he back wimmin said "D h the le zed. A w Californ oing to aid. One n and th ame 11 and of the had per- allas tters omon ia came carry does en not "Everyone from California is upset about it. We're gay and we don't want to march behind a sign that says 'dykes.'" "Oh," we said. "You don't want us to carry it?" "Dykes shouldn't be before the ERA. Why, you didn't even write out ERA. This is an ERA march, not a dyke march." You will immediately note the number of politically incorrect things in thi3 dialogue. Besides the obvious exaggeration of "everyone from California" being upset, notice the womon is gay, not lesbian, identified. Need I say more about the need for wimmin to have a separate identity from men? Perhaps the end of this episode vill explain. "You're gonna carry it anyway?" We nodded. The gay womon jumped the womon who was holding the sign. In the following flurry, our sign was torn. The "gay" looked pleased as tried to hurry away. Always slow, yours truly was Just about ready to get involved and somehow managed to trip on the womon. No matter the slowness; our "gay" was squarely whopped with a pocket instamatic across the brow. She got angry again and tried to jump me (and I'm not even a Dallas dyke), but was led away by a huge Dallas dyke doubling as a parade marshall. Instincts tell me I was right. Suspecting as I do that she was sent to see who-would- respond-how, certainly I responded correctly. But a lingering doubt that she may have meant what she said , makes my mental picture of how funny we must have looked go away. A few minutes passed as we stared in dismay at our sign, now in two parts. A womon from Georgia came up and offered a couple of < Band-Aids. Immediately, the little stickiee appeared from everywhere, and our sign went in the parade with us. The line of wimmin stretched from the Capitol down Constitution Avenue, back to the Washington Monument and halfway up the Mall. The wimmin at the front of the march could be seen arriving at the Capitol before we started moving. That's almost two miles of wall-to-wall wimmin. We marched inrows of 2k across (or is that abreast?); chanted up Constitution Avenue; cheered the wimmin speaking at the Capitol. Media reports on numbers varied, but with 2k across no estimate should have been as low as 50,000 (reported in the Statesman). They had only to count rows. Most of the (male) reporters did not want to believe that 100,000 wimmin would leave jobs, homes and travel long distances to march for the ERA. You better believe it. And when the speakers, to a womon, told of our disenchantment with this system, with this society which will not allow vimmin to be human — the wimmin spoke of revolution, and the wimmin who were listening agreed. Congress better listen. LIVE LOVE LEARN &GROW Learn about our unique collection of lotions, oils, vibrators, incense, sponges, loofahs, and creams. Grow through an assortment of books on sexual enrichment, body awareness, and massage. ~ Customer Parkins at — 22nd & San Antonio GROWTH STUDIO Op»n Twi-S.1 16pm A tVun.n-0.nrd Bu.mr.t lAbov, th. Haircut Stor.) 2004', Guadalupe Austin. Texas 78705 (512)472*828
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