lower court, leaving Florida without any law covering forcible sodomy.
In its decision the court
declared, "It is no longer consonant with constitutional principles of equal protection to continue
a criminal sanction against sexual assaults on females and not
provide the same criminal sanction where such assaults are made
on males." (GAY LIBERATOR)
The Cuban governments's anti-
gay policy continues its course.
According to a gay brother in
Cuba, since the Declaration of the
Congress on Education and Culture in 1971, "hundreds of actors
and people in general connected
with the National Council of Culture have been expelled from their
jobs and made to work in restaurants, in the fields, construction,
The Congress took as one goal
the elimination of homosexuality
from Cuban society and called for
the removal of gays from all positions of influence in culture and
education This policy isnowbeing
put into effect.
In addition, four new oppressive
laws have recently been approved
by the Cuban government and are
now "being discussed at the pup-
ular level." Such "popular discussion" is simply a means for
the Cuban government to educate
people about new laws and no
substantial changes are expected.
This is especially so since the
dissident groups toward which the
new laws are aimed do not dare
identify themselvesby speaking out
in their own defense.
One law makes it a crime,
punishable by months of imprisonment, for anyone to "make a public ostentatious display of their
pederasty." According to Cuban
gays, this can mean anything from
wearing one's hair long to walking
with an effeminate flair to wearing
a flashy shirt.
Another law provides one month
in jail or a fine to "women who,
in the public street, do not maintain the proper modesty." Still
another law prohibits unauthorized
"congas, comparsas, or other dances of an African character in
the public streets."
Another law virtually prohibits
the practice of Afro-Cuban religions because "they are alien to
civilization and decent customs."
North Americans may note a
familiar pattern here. Theperse-
cution and control of gays, women
and blacks is as characteristic of
this country as of Cuba. Neither
is free. And despite claims to
the contrary, Cuba is not building socialism. Socialists stand
for the fullest possible degree of
personal freedom and oppose repressive laws such as these .
In Cuba, as here, no one is free
until we all are free.
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In Michigan, at least, psychosurgery is now an illegal treatment for involuntarily confined
persons. The unanimous decision, handed down by a three-
judge panel of Wayne County Circuit Court July 10, is the nation's
first legal ruling on brain surgery
designed to alter behaviour. As
such, it is expected to set a national pe
tional precedent for questions of
psychosurgery and similar types of
human experimentation on prisoners.
In its ruling, the court declared that legally adequate consent
to psychosurgery is impossible on
the part of prisoners. "Involuntarily confined patients cannot reason as equals with the doctors
and administrators," the ruling
said. Their position is "inherently unequal."
The ruling makes frequent references to the Nuremberg Code,
which was written in response to
similar experiments in Nazi Germany, and to US Constitutional
rights of privacy and free speech.
"If the First Amendment protects the freedom to express ideas,
it necessarily follows that it must
protect the freedom to generate
ideas." But psychosurgery, which
is irreversible, often limits the
ability to generate new ideas. "It
is more important to protect one's
mental processes," the court explained, " "than to protect ev3n
plained,"than to protect even the
privacy of the marital bed."
In response to psychosurgeons
who claim their experiments are
aimed at curbing social violence,
the judges said, "Neurosurgery
rightfully should concern itself
with medical problems and not
the behavior problems of a social
According to Dr. E. Yudash-
kin, director of the State Dept.
of Mental Health which originally
endorsed the proposed psychosur-
gical experiments. The state has
no plans to appeal the courts
decision and is not now conduction
any form of "high-risk" experiments. (GAY LIBERATOR)
Gayly Speaking, Detroit's first
gay radio program will begin broadcasting Thrusday, Sept. 6. It
will be carried weekly on WDET
-FM at 12:30 at night. The program will feature a short news
and announcement period with the
balance of time devoted to a major
discussion topic. The topic for
the first four programs are the
following: Coming Out, Sexism in
Straight Society, Sexism Within the
Gay Community, and Gay Faci -
lities in the Area.
The program is being produced
by an eight person collective formed earlier this summer. Persons wishing to contribute can contact the collective by calling 823-
3783 or by writing Box 7937 Detroit 48215. (GAY LIBERATOR)
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