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Connections, Vol. 3, No. 3, March 1981 - File 003. 1981-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 12, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/51/show/36.

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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 3, March 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date March 1981
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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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Transcript CONNECTIONS snim m AUSTIN TEXAS 2401 Manor Road H118, Austin, Texas 78722 Phone: 512/474-1660 Hours: .6-10 pm Editor/Publisher Jim Olinger Graphics ' Don Typing Wayde Frey Distribution Wayde Frey Photography Carr Strong National Advertising .... Joe Disabato Rivendell Marketing Co., 666 6th Ave. New York, NY 10010 212/242-6863 CONNECTIONS is the monthly magazine for Gay and men in Austin and Texas. We welcome your contributions of news, feature articles, fiction, poetry, letters, line drawings and photographs. If return or acknowledgement is desired, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Articles - Brannon Duane, William French, Wayde Frey, Charles Gillis, Keith Mastalio, Jim Olinger Photographs - Carr Strong Publications - Austin Lambda Newsletter, ALGPC Newsletter, Dialog (DGPC), This Week in Texas CONNECTIONS is published by Gay Community Services of Austin, a program of the University YWCA/YMCA. Gay Community Services Coordinating Council Treasurer Lynn Aday Office Jae Self Secretary David Kotara Publications ....... Jim Olinger Speakers Bureau Troy Stokes GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES INFORMATION REFERRALS PEER COUNSELING 477-6699 2330. Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705 Hours: 6-10 pm What is the most serious threat facing gay women and men today? The Moral Majority? The New Right and its growing influence in Congress? The increase of anti-gay violence in our cities? The divisiveness that exists in our own groups? If you picked any or all of these evils, you are partially correct. Each of these is a single aspect of a much larger threat, a war against sexuality. It's easy to see the anti-sexual basis of the campaigns against abortion, pornography, contraception, sex education and gay rights. I would rather focus on two cases which are much closer to home. In October of 1980, the National Organization of Women passed a resolution clarifying the official NOW position on "lesbian and gay rights." Pornography, pederasty, sadomasochism, and public sex were condemned as being issues of "violence" and/or "exploitation" which would "violate the feminist principles upon which this organization is founded." NOW will work only with groups which "advocate lesbian rights as defined above." CONNECTIONS recently received the "compliment" that it is "less sexist than it used to be." The only specific instance of "sexism" cited was an advertisement using the picture reproduced above. That ad appeared in GAY AUSTIN (our predecessor), not in CONNECTIONS. However, we have no objections to publishing it. The reasoning in both of these cases seems to be that any open expression or depiction of sexuality is some combination of exploitation, violence and sexism. I disagree. While much heterosexual pornography does appear to exploit women, and could conceivably encourage violence against them, I don't see how this objection applies to gay male pornography. When two consenting men are depicted having sex, who is being exploited? "It turns people into sex objects," is a frequent argument. Personally, I ENJOY being a sex object. That's why I wear those tight pants and work to keep the belly from creeping over the belt. In some sixteen years of sexual consciousness, I have never felt exploited. You cannot convince me that sexual desire, or pornography which is intended to arouse it, must inevitably induce violence. The most frightening word that can be uttered in gay activist circles is "chicken." Considering the fearful laws against sex with minors, much of this panic is understandable. 3ut, does the existence of criminal sanctions prove that pederasty is "exploitation or violence?" We have known since Freud that sexuality doesn't neatly begin at age eighteen (twenty-one in some states). Continued on page 3
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