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Community News, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1974 - File 007. 1974-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/397/show/390.

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Title Community News, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1974
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date December 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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 007
Transcript Rappin' with Rip By Rip Corley The Desexualization of Homosexuality The first series of articles that is to appear in this column is to deal with the sexualization aspect of homosexuality. As is evident to many members ofthe homophile community and also to many of our heterosexual counterparts, there is an overabundance of sexual acting out within our community. This is due to many and varied reasons, each of which will be dealt with individually in subsequent articles. Too often a relationship is made or broken on the basis of the ability of a partner's sexual performance, when such a very small part of our life is spent between two sheets. Much of the conversation we hear about the activities of our community is directly or indirectly related to sexual activities. We even frequently hear phrases from our understanding counterparts ... "I don't care what they do in private," ... or, "it is none of my business what you people do in the privacy of your own home" .. . and the like. Also, many of our legal problems are sexually oriented, i.e., .t is not illegal to be homosexual, but rather it is the sexual acts in themselves that are illegal. It is this type of statute that gets misconstrued and causes uneasy lives for many gays. Much of this problem is our own fault, however. If we take a careful look at our community, we will see an overabundance of sexually oriented "stuff." Most of our social outlets are sexually oriented, or at least have sexual overtones. Take the bars, baths, parks, T-rooms, beaches, etc. ... all are places of frequent sexual contact or sexual pick-up places. Therefore, much of the mass media reporting and literature lean on the sexual theme. We must recognize that we are responsible for the bahavior, reputation, and growth of our community. In order to change the over-emphasis on sex, we may well have to experience a desexualization process. It is, therefore, beneficial to examine some of the areas that promote undue sexual connotation. The first deals with the sense of touch, probably the most basic form of communication. The short article immediately following is a reprint of an article I wrote several years ago dealing with touching. "I don't know how to touch him ... I used to . . . but now I've forgotten how." Touch . . . one of the most basic forms of communication, has become a lost, or at least confused affection with all too many gays. For some mysterious reason, gay plus touch equals sex, or at least a prelude thereto. Take a typical bar situation. Two gays meet, decide to trip the light fantastic on the dance floor, and there go the roaming hands and rushing fingers. What is wrong with us? Why are so many of us unable to touch one another, just for the sake of touching ... or being touched; to hold someone just because we desire to hold or to be held; to kiss someone and relate, "Hey, I like you;you're nice!" Unfortunately, this is an all too frequent trite prerequisite for bedroom play. A baby, well-nourished, kept clean and free from the more physiological needs, will die if deprived of the touch that communicates love. Most of us have (or at least had) that communicative ability and could carry it out without participating in a gang-bang in the nursery. We still have th?t need. The baby will really die: we, out of that chronological infancy, die, too, but not physically. We lose that most important part of humanism that says, "Hey! There's more to me than the attributes between my legs. Find it, find me, grow with me." Reach out and touch somebody's hand. Find what's attached to that hand, find out what's inside. It is most likely beautiful. Sex is important. So is love. The two are not necessarily analogous in toto. When was the last time you searched for a person first, who might with time and growth become a sex partner in a dynamic relationship, as opposed to a sex object that might become a person. If one's mindset regarding touch is that it must be sexual in connotation, this person is demeaning to himself, and equally as tragic, he is demeaning to another. Reach out .. . communicate .. . understand touch him .... t I trust the readers of this column will not feel that this is an article designed to scold; for indeed it is not. The thrust of this column will be to provide channels of communication that will question and examine all of our behaviorisms and hopefully generate comments and reflections from you the readers, allowing our exchange to generate new perspectives. 6 / COMMUNITY NEWS / DECEMBER 74
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