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Title Austin Lambda Newsletter, No. 16, December 1980
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  • Fernandes, Michael
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Date December 1980
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  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
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Transcript 603 West 12th P.O. Box 5455 Austin, Texas 78763 478-8653 Issue Sixteen December I 980 - TO NEW READERS Austin Lambda i a Le bian Jnd Gay Men•s F.ducational project located at 603 West 12th Street in Austin. Austin Lambda began in Sept. 1979. The project offers a Speak­ers' Bureau in which women and men meet with civic groups, clas es, and other community groups to talk about Lesbian and Gay Jives. Lambda also maintains d library of books, research paper and periodicals on homosexuality which is available to the commun­ity for re earch, browsing and consciou nc s rai ing. There are "awareness" groups - a Gay Men's group that meets every Monday night, a Lesbian group that meets every Tirnrsday night, a Lesbian mothers' group, and THE WORKINGS WITHIN Austin Lambda is an all-volunteer pro­JCct run by \\omen and men who attend meetings and offer to take on committed responsibilities. There is no hierarchy as such, although decisions to be made arc roughly sorted out between two groups. fhe Coordinating Collective takes res­ponsibility for basically administrative decisions. The Coordinating Collective is a group of specifk women and men who have agreed to take specific responsibilitie and to attend every Coordinators meeting. fhe Planning Collective, on the other .. and, has no specific members. The Planning Collective is responsible for all decisions concerrung program planning, program use of the building, etc. Planning meetings are open to all women and men interested in deciding what Lambda docs and how it happens. The Coordinators meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 6 30-8 p.m. fhe Planning Collective meets every first and third Mondays of the montl 6 30-8 p.m. AINBOW WORK 413 E. 6th St. Austin, Texas 512/474-4511 pt:nodic smaller groups that vary "ly interest or topic which are announced in the newsletter. There are workshops-'awareness' workshops designed to help people understand the many aspects of being Lesbian or Gay, and informational workshops designed to expand knowledge of Lesbian/Gay history and culture. There are periodic fund· raising social events, concerts, etc. The Austin Lambda news­letter is published monthly and has a circulation of approxima­tely l 000. It is available at Austin Lambda, through the w 11 as the name, of the project in recognition of its historic ref­erence to Lesbos, the Greek island where the poet Sappho lived (from whence the name Lesbian derives) - and to Lacadaemon, the Greek Provin­ce whose capitol was Sparta, famed for its male lover-warriors. The Lambda is used by Lesbian and Gay Men:s organizations throughout the country (includ­ing the Austin Gay chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, called Lambda A.A.). mail for spon ors, at various stores and agencic around Austin, and at most Lesbian/ Gay bars and clubs. The Lambda (Greek letter L) was chosen as the symbol. as Austin Lambda is supported by the community through monthly sponsorship. If you can become a Lambda sponsor (receiving news­letters by mail) see the sponsor's form at the end of the newsletter. In Pride ..... LESBIAN AWARENESS SESSIONS The Lesbian Awareness meetings are held every Thursday evening from 8-10 p.m. at Lambda. The sessions are open to all Lesbians who would like to attend. At the meetings women get together to talk about their lives - with topics planned and listed in the Calendar - personal issues, social issues, political ones, or whatever interests those present. fhe group is led by a facilitator. ewcomers are very welcome. GAY MEN'S AWARENESS SESSIONS A Gay Men's Awareness session is held at Austin Lambda each Monday night from 8·1 O p.m. The gathering is open to all gay men who want to attend. Generally between 1 S and 30 men meet each week to talk about a subject of concern (meeting men, sexuality, relation­ships, family, age, etc) sometimes serious, often fun. We ask a $1 donation from all who can afford it. The sessions are over a year old now; everyone seems to recommend them hi?hly. SPEAKERS' BUREAU SPEA KS ON The joint Austin Lambda-A LGPC Speak­ers' Bureau has already spoken to more than 400 persons in many classes and groups since its formation in March 1980. From hot-line trainings to East Austin Civic groups to huge UT classes the Bu reau ' s panels of women and m' en have been talking with people of Austin about the pleasures and problems of Lesbians and Gay Men. The Bureau is ready to make brief pre­sentations and answer any que..--tions for groups, clubs, classes in the Austin area . Specific topics can be arranged on request. For any further infonnation, or to arrange a presentation, call Austin Lambda at 478-8653 and leave a message for the Speakers' Bureau. LAMBDA PLANNING MEETINGS Co111fry & ..... ,. ~ .. If Ill BESJ The first and third Mon days of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. are general planning meetings for Austin Lambda. These are the times that most programs are planned and scheduled - usually at least a month in advance. TI1e planning meetings are open to all Lesbians and Gay Men who want to help determine what is planned at Austin Lambda. 2 • • • TRIMMING LAMBDA'S PURPOSES With the passing of Lambda's first anniversary in September, the autumn has been a time of review and re­consideration. We've looked at the things Lambda has tried to be over its first year and we've prepared formal incorporation papers and application papers for tax exemption with IRS. We've taken stock of which events or services women and men in the community seem to want from Lambda -- and we've talked with lawyer friends about the best way to shape Lambda's organization, now that we know some things about what it is and what it isn't. Some of Austin Lambda's original aspirations have worked well; others have faded with disuse. Probably the most useful services provided by Lambda have been (a) the groups and workshops that are held here. includ­ing discussion sessions for Gay Men, for Lesbians, for Lesbian/Gay parents with children, workshops on depression, jobs, alcohol, etc. (b) the Speakers' Bureau which sends women and men to speak with classes, organizations. etc, about homosex­uality and the lives of Lesbians and Gay Men, (c) the telephone line. which has been available for infor­mation and referral to many hundreds of people over the past year who want to know where to go for this or that. what meets when, where to find counselors. lawyers. physicians. etc., (d) our small but very-well-used Library which has been used for everything from pleasure reading to research papers and ( e) to a smaller extent, social gatherings and fund­raisers. It has seemed to many of us that certain of Austin Lambda's purpo­ses arc far more used by local women and men than others. usinf. the simple statistics we keep, it has become clear that Lambda is used primarily for (a) the groups th.at meet here, (b) the telephone lme, (c) drop-in for information and for the Library and (d) services such as the Speaker's Bureau. People do not seem to be using Lambda for casual socializing; the only social events that draw large numbers are the large benefit fund-raisers, like the Robin Tyler performance, dance-concerts with local musicians, etc. In October, for example, more than 250 people called Lambda for information or telephone counseling. There were more than 325 visits to the center by women, 355 visits by men. Of those nearly 700 visits, approximately 500 were for groups and workshops, for in­formation and for the Library: approximately 200 were for social events. (Of the 200 for social events, more than half were here for the Halloween make-up fund­raiser and for an ALGPC meet-the­candidates night). The Coordinators began to con­sider how best to focus Lambda's activities in the places that women and men seem to want them. At the same time our work on the application for tax exemption was challern!ino- us to be more specific- - b is Lambda a multi-purpose social agency? is Lambda a community c~nter? is Lambda an educational project? It was decided (pending feed-back from more people) that Lambda is. in its strongest sense, an education­al project. The awareness groups and workshops, the Speakers Bureau, the telephone information line and the growing Library, seem to be what most people want from Austin Lambda. So the le!-!al and actual purpo.se s of Austin Lambda from now on will focus on these areas. Social events will be held mostly for fund-raising. In clarifying Austin Lambda as an educational project, it raises hopes that over the next year we will develop an even stronger Speaker's Bureau. reaching out to more and different sorts of groups: that we will develop the Library into a legitimate archive of books and periodicals about Lesbians and Gays including fiction by and about homo exuals non-fiction including research studies about homosexuality, essays and the poetry of Lesbians and Gay Men: historical and genera] information papers; Lesbian/Gay newspapers and newsletters from around the country; support literature such as legal documents for homosex­ual rights and law suits, etc: a bette; information line for the telephone: more and varied workshops, not just as support groups but as educational sessions (on homosexuality in history, for example): andcontinuation of the newsletter as an extending of Lambda's purpose out into the community. We would like, in the future, to actually contribute to information about Lesbians and Gays (in Austin, expccially) by doing our own studies. We would like to know how vou feel about this focus. Austin Lambda will be essentially the same project. at the same place, but our work efforts will go into 'llbmenspace fl] PAT CROWE & ASSOCIATES L.13 REALTORS · Counseling and Information Center 2330 Guadalupe .\ustin. Tc\a-. 78705 (512) 472-3053 "'6men talking to "'6men Marylin Orton 3 443-209] 477-7a:x:J Rosalyn Clifton ce rtain priorities more th:rn others. If) ou arl' a sponsor and get the new letter by mail. you'll have t1 card you can send back to us with your feelings about L1111bdJ .h Jn t•ducational center. If you gt't thl• nl'w.letter around town. pk.1se c.111 or write if you have a11) rt-.1ction or suggestions you'd ltke to give. Following is the state­ment of purpose. in legal tongue. cha c '' .1' lkcitkd for our incorpora­t10n .111J I RS p.ipers. LAMBDA'S STATEMENT OF PURPOSE \u,tm L.1mbd.1 i" org.111ized exclus I'd) for thl' purpo'll' of t'ducating thl' publtt· .1bout homosexuality in ortkr to fostt'r :in undl'rstanding of l10mosexuab. nus purpo e is carried tiuc through (.d A. public information 'l'f\11 .• l' Spe.1kl'r"' Bureau): (b) A It 1)r.1r) of books. periodical . resl'arch p.tpt•r, .111d .1n) other documents -.'l)ll\.'l'rnlllg homo~exu:iht}. from all p ..· r-.pl'ctiH'"> ,I\ .tilablc. opt'n to the rubhc. ((') \n mformation Jnd rcf .. ·rr.il ..,en ice \.·oncl'rning homo­' e>..u,duy: (d) Thl' conducting of d1..,l·u ion .• twJrem·ss and support grnup, concl'rning Homosexuality: and I l') PublicJtion of a monthly Ill'\\ ... letter to further educate and mform the public about our purpose. G i::-r5 A "JT QUES ART DES GN FOR XMAS··· GIVE A BOOK ! We're having .a Christmas Library­Raising Drive ! We would like to enlarge the Library as soon as poss­ible by several hundred volumes and many more periodical subscriptions Christmas is a tight-budget time, but can you save one gift for Austin L1mbda? Give the Library a book any work by Lesbian or Gay writers. works abollt homosexuality, research studies. etc. Or send $5 or more to Lambda, Box 5455. Austin 78763. for our periodical subscrip­tion fund. Sec the following article about BOOKWOMEN and out Library Drive. BOOKWOMEN AID LAMBDA DRIVE If you aren't sure what sort of book to give Lambda. and you would rather give a book than $5. our friends at UOOKWOMEN Bookstore will be keeping a checklist of books we already have and books that others have pur­chased for us. They will also have "Ii t of suggested books that you can buy or order for the Libra ry­that haven'r yet been bought . or which require severa I copies. BOOKWOM EN, of cour:-.l'. will be happy to order any book for you - for Lambda or for yourself. YARD SALE NOTES PHOTO EXHIBITS AT LAMBDA This summer a ritual was quktly begun at Lambda by photographer Rod Florence. For several months Rod's photographs hung in the Library room at Lambda - the newsletter apologizes for not shouting the news. Rod's contribution has since gener­ated continued interest in small exhibits. For November and Dec­ember photographs by Marie Jackson Parker are on display. Please stop by; and if you have art work you would like to di play at L1mbda. ju t kt us know. LESBIAN MOTHERS There will be a monthly pot-luck UPI><::" for Le hian ~1ot hL'rs and Co­Parents. their children and friends, the first Sund.1y of each month. Call 445-0463 or 479-0654 for further informatwn. NEW WOMEN'S BOOKSTORE IN SAN ANTONIO Dear Au.tin Lambda. \\'e of I a ~1ttjl'rt·s - Woman':-. Cul­tural Ccnkr would lih· to be placed on your m.iiling list. Las Mujl.'res is a newl} 111corporated non-profit woman' Book tore collective in San Antonio prm iding a community outreach to area frmini t and gays. Books, record . poster:-., cu tom 111sti11 Lambda wislres to tlrank all je\\dr} .• 111d local art isl ' works on spo11mn am/ ji'ie11ds wlro made the con 1gnme11t arc offered to finance 1\ore111ber tan/ mle a success. It's al- our , .11 t ·r \\' 1 · 1 1. . \.t t • e a so prov1t c a real 111g \\'at 5 e11courag111g tn see suclr response 11 1 · I . . . 1 room .inc ent mg library and arc open to aI.. tw1, . -r,11s1.1 1.f! pro1ect. Ii e /ro. pe to to "" II to clrop by t 0 11· ste11 t 0 lllllSI·C 11hl ' t/11~ actzrl!t a regular pro1ect, \\,Itch fV and just visit and meet 5'2/478·5598 AJS .. ~ .. EXAS 78701 s J 11t Yt w""c tau Hart to clean out rite 11e,, 1~ ·e d (' ti d I ( 1 ) n 11 s. urren y we prov1 c garage. c nset . or attic please re- J re f erra 1 servi· ce, non-sexi·s t c l1 1'I d - I member Lmzhda. ll'e receil'ed 5330 • I t d' 1 , re 11 programs, a Ill poc ry rea mg :1...------------------- Jroin a5t 111011 rlr 5 Ollt-dar mle. Jnd .ire planning to offer Spani h ' * TEX'S COLORADO STREET BAR JO..i (oloraJo Street •\usrin 4 le" on ,111d elf-help health session . \II avi~c are conducted by volun­ker ,., ith all mo111es used to expand our outreach. \\ h,1\e plJnnt d social gathering e\ ..r 'iccond .rnd fourth Sunda} 5 from 3.i:; '.m. Pka c drop by b v1 it if you .m.. IO\\ n tl11 \vay. Thank . L1 ~lujere 802 E. M1..,tlt:toe San \nton10 (512) 7 36-6478 's • QUESTIONS YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK/ BUT SOMEONE ELSE ALWAYS ASKED THEM FIRST ("Questions you always wanted to ask ... " is a regular feature of the Austin Lambda newsletter. Answers come from literature found in our Library. Send the question you always wanted to ask- to us!) Q: IS HOMOSEXUALITY HEALTHY? Most professionals agree that the critical test of mental health and emotion­al stability is whether an individual is able to maintain a more or less smoothly functioning life. An overwhelming body of evidence indicates that by this cri­terion, sexual orientation does not determine the quality of mental health. A numbeF of researchers, pioneered by Dr. Evelyn Hooker in a study conducted for the National Institute of Men ~al Health, have administered psychological tests to groups of heterosexuals and homosexuals and have been unable to dis­tinguish between the groups in terms of functionality, stability and creativity. As long ago as 1935 Sigmund Freud wrote that "Homosexuality ... is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness." Subsequently, some of his disciples disagreed with that view, basing their opin­ion entirely on studies of individuals in psychiatric treatment. But, in 1973, the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association acknowledged the research on non-patient samples and removed homosexuality from its official listing of psychiatric disorders. This decision was later ratified by the APA membership. The APA also passed the following resolution: "Whereas homosexuality per so implies no impairment in judgement, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities, there­fore be it resolved that the American Psychiatric Association deplores all public and private discrimination against homosexuals in such areas as employment, housing, public accomodation, and liscencing,and de­clares that no burden of proof of such judgement, capacity or reliability shall be placed upon homosexuals greater than that imposed on any other persons. Further, the AP A supports and urges the enactment of civil rights legislation at local, state and federal levels that would offer homosexual citizens the same protections now guaranteed to others on the basis of race, creed, color, etc. Further, the APA supports and urges the repeal of all discriminatory legislation singling out homosexual acts by consenting adults in private." In 1975, the American Psychological Association adopted a similar resolution with this added language: "The American Psychological Association urges all mental health pro­fessionals to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness associated with homosexual orientation." Many mental health professionals point out that the individual who actually needs treatment is the one who suffers from homophobia, which is a reaction of fear or rage (ed. note: such as the recent killings in New York) toward homosexuality or hom­osexuals. Verbal abuse or physical attacks on gay people are often engaged in by per­sons suffering from homophobia . Eb RIVER women's PRESS 908 C Wf.St 1:2 th St .\LIStln, tC) .\S 78-03 =1AAA1-- VYV 5 Face the Music Sunday's, 8 pm KUT- F'.'d 90.7 Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m.-:2 a.m. 6 Intoning strams of melodies Submerged in times not recalled. Qualities of ones before me Carried like a color dominant f·merging over aqd over. Daughter, I show you elves I fail to even recognize I have. Mother you showed me yours Cloistered in privacy shared with those birthed. Body within body within body ...... . Unaware of mirrored me sage~. Random traits printed again and again As genes floating thru the maze of years. Like growing ea turtles panmng Lifetimes of creacures l.icking longevity. Our collective womanself grow . Changing little by little by little. * * * Do not caJI me J wilJ not come sometimes Sometimes I must hear only my~elf, my own heartbeat Touch only my own body, my own I mu t move slowly No rush rush here here I shall run water spla hing thru the e pools forgetting sounds ... que tions, voice., door slamms, tears. ( " u d 0 Soft '>kin, live smell'>, I know those comforts. a But myself, I do not love myself e Without the tender. tinkling softsounds. The soft internal tolling rhythm , w My own rhythm., only mine. ti· Quiet soft pace, I want you. I · Longing for you I walk slowly away. tr. poems bv Lynn Licl1tenfels J AnnaLisa, at age 11: (to her mother) "Why do (some of the women in the family) keep using the word 'different' to talk to me about my dad? He'sgay- not 'different.' 'Special' is the only word I'll listen to from now on." Nandy, at age 13: (to her father) "Dad, how long have you had to put up with people who arc prejudiced against gays the same way they are against Blacks? " Annalisa, at age 6: (to her father) "Eddie sure does love you, doesn't he? Know how I can tell? Every time I come in to wake you up, he's snuggled up to you just the way I do.'' Nandy, at age 14: (to her father) "Just want you to know I've changed my mind about wanting you to marry again. You're both my mom and dad.'' Nandy, at age 17: (in a letter) "My father has always had a very open relationship with us. If my sister or I ever asked a question, or if my dad felt that he had something to say, the truth was always told in a straightforward manner. Because of this, our trust or love for one another was never strongly tested. We always knew that the other two were looking out for our best interests, but that they were also being honest. We were in the car driving home from the laundro­mat when my father turned down the radio and told us that he was gay. I doubt that we shall ever forget that night. It was an evening filled with uncertainty and love. Dad asked us if we knew what 'gay' meant, and when we said no, he took a deep breath and start­ed to tell us. Everything seemed strange to me. Usually my father was light-hearted and easy-going in the evenings. But that night his tone was serious and his body was tense. I remember how heavy my heart felt, and seeing as if through a fog. Internally, I begged him not to explain, Old can 5t. Cafe A Place of Charm. Continental Steaks. French Cuisine. Cocktails & Exquisite Pastries. 310 East 6th St 7 to ay lrnt he wa~ not a homo exuJI, ven though I did not know what gay meJnt. \JI I knew at thJt pomt wa that be111g 'gay' wJ-.n't normal and was. therefore, unacceptable. My father couldn't be gay; he was perfect. Daddy either couldn't hear or refused to listen to my internal pleading. He told us that being homo exual meant that you loved someone of the same ex as yourself. As he explained, my anxiety began to melt. He explained that he was gay, and that just meant that he loved men in the same way that he loved our mother. I don't remember exactly what was said, or what happ­en~ d afterward, except that we all hugged and that omehow we loved each other more than ever. Looking into our past and futures. I don't sec how my . i ter and I could ha' e been rai ed more positively. Keeping communication line open. howing us case in hi tory dealing with homosexuality, and being un­ashamed wa my father's way of explaining. ·nrnt is also what kept my sister and I from being biased. Our father i our father: his hair 1s dark. he is a great cook, and he elates men. It is that uncomplicated and nat­ural for u . We don't care what other people think. We love him, and he love. us. What else is there? Devin. at age 41 (to the L1mbda newsletter) "My bemg gay has added a special clo enc s between my df and my daughter that i not very common MARl I KRA~ZBERC POLARITY E''IERGY BAL AN( INC hea'ing bod-,. work fooa dwareness polar1tv exerc.1ses clear thinking <.lasses & ind1v1dual sessions reasonable fees 472 4520 I A.l.R. gallery worh by Matthew fhomp!'on 414 Ea t 6th Hl:~RY'S ~IE~IRY'S ~ Vlnta~e fj.~ Clothln~ and Costumes PRODUCED BY: TllE PHAHHS :.!3I: bTllSl AU~flN I fXA5 8 between male parents and their d,rnghters. By my being o open and hone t with them about my being gay, they have felt comfortable in corning to me with their serious questions, individuaJly, from time to time - about sex roles, women nudes being exploited in men's magaz;nes, menopause, masterbation, incest, matcrnal-paternaJ jealou ies and competitions, and women's liberation. l doubt that many heterosexual fathers have had such opportunities. And in return, l have learned not to be prejudiced against various types of women from them. How could l continue i!1 those old attitude patterns when the t\vo persons I love the most in this world, my daughters, arc such delightful people of the oppo ite sex. My parents anJ brothers and sisters may have failed me di mally in separating my gayness from my being their brother and son - but not my daughters, ever. They have been the very best loving family support that any gay could have. FOR TIIE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE ... ·Woman Identified Gifts· Jewelry · T-Shirts · Greeting Cards · NEW LESBIAN TITLES · CHOICES: A Novel of Lesbian Love LESBIAN CROSSROADS SONGS TO A HANDSOME If/OMAN · Gift Certificates · BOO KW OMEN every woman's bookshop 324 E. 6th · 472-2785 ?()~~~ GIVE A SPECIAL GIFT NEW RELEASES: TERESA TRULL, WOODY SIMMONS, ALIX DOBKIN, KRISTIN LEMS & OTHERS AVAILABLE IN: AUSTIN - Bookwomen, Discount, Zebra, Discovery, Inner Sanctum, Record Town, Grok Books D11trlbut•d br LITTLE FEATHER MUSIC DISTRIBUTION 1704 KERR AVE AUSTIN TX 71704 SPARE LOG? If you have firewood to spare, help keep Lambda warm this winter. There is a working fireplace A and donations of wood can be left on the front porch. Thanks! I BEING A SPONSOR Austin Lambda is supported by the community it serves, regardless of sexual orientation. We now have more than I 50 sponsors and have applied for recognition of tax-exempt status. Our aim is to have a financially sound educational project run on low-costs sponsorships coming from individuals. Large contributions arc welcome also. Please offer what you can as a sponsor. Each contribution is vital to the project's existence. Your reg­ular support helps create a strong Les­bian/ Gay education project for the community. THE NEWSLETTER Editing/Layout: Michael Fernandes Printing: Red River Women's Press Tlze Austin Lambda newsletter is published once a month by Austin Lambda, a Lesbian/Gay Education-al fJroject. It is mailed free to sponsors or may be pic.. ked up at various loc­ations around Austin. Deadlines for the Austin Lambda ne~vsletter (photos, articles, calendar items) is generally the 20th of each month. The newsletter has a circu­lation of 1000. White Mout1f ain NO MORAL MAJORITY from Presbyterian Outlook There :s no such thing as a moral majority, regardless of what may have happened recently at Dallas' Reunion Arena . .Majorities mav include people who value many of the same things, but morality ha~ to ~u with right and wrong, not the feeling of either a majority or a minority. Major­ities are notoriously untrustworthy when it comes to morality. for major­ities like to have a lot of talk about morality and then do Yery little about supporting what is right. For one thing. individuals get lost when the will of a majority is equated with what is moral (right). The guy or gal who is out of step is considered wrong and may be asked to leave the country. the club, the church. It was a majority-supported government in Germany who said that being Jewish was wrong and that it was right to kill people just because they we;e Semitic. It was with majority support that a Black man was lynched by a mob in Sherman, Texas in the 30's: the majority frlt he was subhuman because he was Black and it wasn't wrong to mutilate and then kill him. It is rarely a majority that begins to reform when local governments arc corr­upt: the majority will approve almost anything so long as it doesn't cost anything or people can get something for noth: 1g. Morality is not decided by mass meetings of people who profor.<: the name of Jesus by sticking his name on the outside of their special interest packages. The Messiah was not one who put much stock in majorities because he knew too well the lust for power and control that seeks to use God for vote-!.!ettino ~ .::>• Jesus rowed against the stream and declared that the poor were special to God. because they were helpless. He said that children were to be loved, not either ... ouscd physically or by 'smother' love. lfr noticed women, who still haven't been declared equal to men in the terms of rights. Be very scared when someone tries to persuade you of right or wrong because the majority approves or rejects. Robert H. Leslie Jr. Pastor, Westminster Church Dallas 9 ~~~HEAQEAA~~~ WOMEN'S SPORTING GOODS 3202A GUADALUPE AUSTIN. TEXAS 78705 5121451-8094 CHRISTY GAY LINDA SIMPSON FIREPLACE & WOODSTOVE CLEANING & .CARE APRIL DAWN JACKSON 476-3645 HAVE' BROOM-WILL. TRAVEL Rt>rnntr~I from t~.1~ C'm1mm1ty l'\\' fn :: Cl> z .~., ·- c :J E E 0 'A Disaster For The Movement' By Ji/ Clarie "A disaster to lesbian and aay riahts and the women's move­ment." That's how Lucia Valeska of the National Gay Task Force (NGTF) desaibcd the grim out­come of the national dcction. In the aftermath, GCN interviewed numerous lesbian, gay and femin­ist political organizers. Most were not surprised by right-wing Re­publican Ronald Rcapn's victory and all but the Reagan supporters were disturbed by the large margin by which his machine vaulted him into the Oval Office. The landslide conservative Republican victory in the Senate, on the other hand, shocked conservative and liberal alike. Foremost on the minds of pro­gressive lesbians and gays is the blow that will probably be dealt to us in the U.S. Supreme Court, where as many as four judges may be stepping down during Reagan's term - unless they move to resign immcdiatdy so that lame-duck President Jimmy Carter can make the appointments. Viewed from this angle, the cause of human rights may incur more severe damage from Reagan's election than from the conservative coup in the Senate; a Supreme Court ap­pointment is good for the life ·of the judge, whereas a Senate scat is up for grabs every six years. "As far as Reagan's promise to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court . .. well, Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer," commented Ann Ma­gwre of the Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus. Many lesbians and gay men fear that the movement's loss of acces­sibility to the White House will result in the loss of some hard-won influence in Congress and loss of the dialogue which had been initi­ated wnh the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Within hours of Caner's concession speech, a defeated-sounding Valcska commented only that "the White House project has been going on for several years We (NGTF) will try to maintain it. The outlook IS not good." Steve Endean of the Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL) assured GCN the fate of the lesbian and gay rights bills now in the Senate and in a House committee is unaf­fec1ed by the election, since they arc not expected to be made into la.,., for years, in any case. All but t\IJO of the sponsors of the bills "'ho .,., ere up for reelCC"tion were returned to Washington - sev- 10 cral, such as Jim Weaver of Ore­gon, having survived vigorous challenges by bom-agains. However, Endcan and other lobbyists will have their def ensc work cut out for them for the next four years or more. "We'll see more anti-gay, McDonald-type amendments in Congress. Unless we can mobilize more effectively, their chances of passing will increase, not decrease," he said. Understandably, many lesbian and gay progressive leaders as­sume the conservative victories reflect a general trend toward the • right in the U.S. However, Tom Reeves, anti-draft organizer and political science teacher, disagrees. He points out that about 52 per­cent of eligible voters did not enter the polls, "and, according to voter analysis, people who don't vote, young people, students, blacks, Hispanics and poor whites, are moving to the left, not the right." Endean was not alone when he assened that right wing success was largely a result of the dis­organization and complacency of a majority of liberals and radicals. "I'm tired of seeing these horrible results at election time. What do "e expect? Right-wingers are working their fannies off. "Also, liberals don't care about feminists and gay men.don't care much about feminist issues. and feminists don't care much about labor issues, and environmentalists don't care about gay rights . . . we don't have the coalition we need to get people elected. So we can't just say, 'It's the conservative times,' or 'It's Iran.' It's us we have to organize." Jill Raymond, lesbian-feminist activist, doesn't believe that the country is caught in a dramatic rightward current. She contends that the election results merely reflect the American people's cyclical shifting back and fonh between the only two options now available to them - both unsatis­factory. Although the influence of Moral Majority in the Senate election is undeniable, many lesbians and gays don't believe that the average Reagan supporter was thinking misogynist, homo­phobic thoughts as s/he pulled the lever for Reagan. They believe that Americans voted their pocket­books; they saw Caner as an un­imaginative and inept president who had done nothing to solve the country's fiscal ills, so they ousted him. Now they'll give the Republi-cans a whack at the economy and sec what they can accomplish - or demolish - with their "less gov­ernment" approach. It may or may not be true that Reagan oy;es his victory to Caner's allegiance to John Kenneth Galbraith's economic model. It may or may not be true that Reagan didn't win as a result of vehement anti-abortion and anti-gay and anti-women convictions among a majority of Americans. Nonetheless, many say, Reagan's election is surely seen as a victory by born-again organizers and will embolden them. Bom-agains, they say, will interpret Reagan's victory as a signal that queer-bashing - as well as misogynist, racist, anti­semitic attacks-will be tolerated. "Hooligans and intolerance" will rule the day, says Mel Boozer, a black man from the Gay Acti· vists Alliance in D.C. "I worry about the gay community getting dispirited and so cautious that we don't stay on the defensive. We must hold our ground. This will mean casualties - being abused, deprived of our livelihood.'' Reagan will most likely aim his fiscal magic wand at federally funded social services. As socraJ service agencies bite the dust, so will the gays and lesbians who work in them. We may be seeing many lesbians and gays in the unemployment line - assuming unemployment compen­sation doesn't go the way of social security insurance under the Rea­gan administration. Armando Gaitan, Latino gay activist and teacher in Boston, predicts federal cutbacks will have a gruesome domino effect. "The job situation is bad already. If welfare is cut, it will hun working class people. The crime rate will go up. Then there will be a call for more law and order. This will in­crease the polarity between middle class and poor, between whites and blacks and Hispanics." Given a conservative Senate - " 11h a Republican majority for the first time in decades, and given Reagan and the ideological atmos­phere his victory creates, how must our approach be different in the future? Lesbian and gay lead­er~ are making a strong plea for coalition building with racial minonties and the poor and envi­ronmentali sts. Many lesbians are angry at the lack of gay male support for femmist causes when even moderate feminist organiza­rions like the National Organiza- ' as ti­ied. D­ial a-ay n, ve he If g w in d­or ial Vl­trC lie en ·a­: a-tion for Women (NOW) are staunchly defending lesbian and gay rights. Jill Raymond, pointing out how anti-abortionists and the anti-gays were clearly one and the same in this election, said that a coalition of feminist and gay movements is imperative. Others propose a third party - ''a democratic-feminist-socialist party," said Raymond. How soon? She has no idea, since she hasn't been able to fully imagine what it would be like to have a viable third Party, inured as she is - as all Americans are - to the two-party system. "But I think a third party could evolve fairly quickly if a lot of devastating things came about at once .... But don't get me wrong, I don't subscribe to the fascism­breeds- revolution theory of change. It isn't healthy for people to live under fascism." However, progressives know from experience that it is risky to support a third party candidate. Unless a third party gains popular support almost overnight, and pre­election polls can convince the voters of this, people who would have supported a third party candidate will defect in order to vote, once again, for the lesser of two evils. With the moderate-to­liberal vote split, progressive candidates, exchanging death­blows, fall before a conservative contender. Elizabeth Holtzmann APPEAL FROM BOSTON'S GAY COMMUNITY NEWS of New York was just such a victim this week in the three-way battle between her, liberal Jacob Javits, and arch-conservative Alfonse D' Amato, who emerged victori­ous. "To get anyplace with national legislation now, we'll have to work with Republicans," says Bill Kel­sey of the Walt Whitman Repub­lican Club in D.C. "Less govern­ment intervention in the lives of individuals is a cornerstone of the Republican Party; that's one of the selling points we have with Republicans." So the tack taken by lesbian and gay rights lobbyists will need to be changed? "Yes, but admittedly it will be harder - because so many of the Republians just elected are conservatives, not the Connecticut and Massachu­setts moderate type. "But we can get support from conservative Republicans. Barry Goldwater, Jr., and James Ed­wards of Alabama voted against the McDonald Amendment. Ed­wards isn't going to sponsor a gay rights bill, but if it comes to the floor, he may vote for it." "Fairy love" is something that gay men should explore in the '80s, says John Ward of Gay and Les­bian Advocates and Defenders. "It's more powerful than he-men. ... [T]he most creative, powerful idea to happen in the past decade didn't come from working within the system. It was Stonewall - even though it was quickly aborted and turned into discos. That kind of catalytic idea makes govern­ment respond - sometimes. The fairy movement among gay men is a good idea. These ideas reverber­ate. It's time for another radical idea.' ' Are any lesbians and gay men Dear Friends · !111ar(111t~ that JO ll art Harking for $81 . 77 per ll'<:ek, hai·e 110 lztaftlr inrura11(e, and 01u da; you walk out of your houst and are hit hi a car, This acwall) happened to one of our stafJ. The accident resulucl 111 seriouJ 1n111ries and many months out of 11-.,• ~k. She is now in serious Jinan­cial trouble. We are writing to you because \\<C fie! that you sl1ou!J be aware o} the actual s1tllat iom of tlzc people who put out a 11ewspc1p1:r likt GC\'. facll of tlrt 8 / 11//.ti111e ~ tujf 111ukcs $/f)O ver week. he/ore taxes. \ one llavt l1ealtll ii1surance. It 1s ch arlv a labor o/ oi <.:. Our mmt vrcmnr: pr.ant) is tu ob­tain medical 111.mrance for 1>1ir ita/f. To ajlnrd thi.1, wi.. must ram $)()00. happy about the election? Well, Tom Reeves feels it's JUSt as well that so many liberal Demo­crats lost their seats. " I worked for [Sen. George] McGovern for a while and I liked some of his ideas but his office was run like th~ Mafia. We need some houseclean­ing in government, some real liber­als with new ideas." "If we ever have fascism in this country, it will be under old lib­erals. We have a healthy fear of the man on horseback - a right-w:ing dictatorship by a great public figure. I don't see Reagan as a danger for that reason. No, I see a popular liberal like [Sen. Edward] Kennedy co-opting our sJoy, move to the left. Reagan may slow infla­tion, but unemployment will rise. He'll be voted out and I'm afraid we'll get Kennedy." Steve Schoonmaker of the Ex­pansionist Party is "delighted." He believes that Reagan will make the U S the supreme world po.,., er again, thereby safeguarding "the fey, popular governments remain­ing." He's atisfied that abortion will be outJay,ed at long la~t . and glad to pronounce the feminist movement "wiped out." However, most lesbians and gay men see a different silver lining to the approaching thunderhead. The) are saying, mavbe the cur­rent situation will abr~ptly awaken the many somnambulent radicals of the seventies, who .,., ere lulled by the seemmg mnocuousness of Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter. 'If you have no one to fight against, it's hard to organize. You need an ogre," 'a}s Elaine , oble, ex-state representative from Bo5- ton. "Richard Nixon did a lot for the left, just as Anita Bryant ~elped solidif> and organize gays m this countrv." IBM !'hast think ahout 11 !rat t//1... paper 111w11s 111 JO!lr It]<:. / 11 gay s1.1 ter-hrotllcr liuo,/, /'Ir( (,av Co111 11111111fl \e11 s B11arcl and Staff any NEW or USED TYPEWRITER, CALCULATOR, or DICTATION EOUIPMENTwith this (ed. note from \ u::.t in Lambda nL' \\skt ter: <,(' 1s one of the strongholds ot good Lesbian /Gay Journalism m the l S - which will be 111creas111gl; more important in the yeJrs ahead. \\'e print occassional reprints of their art id ~ s fo r you. 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