THE WAR ON SEX - continued from page 2
Because of our heinous laws, it is almost always the
young person who must make the first sexual overtures
in a romance between generations. The notion that a
youth who desires sex with an older person is being
exploited, is a dangerous, ageist myth. Consensual sex
is not violence. Non-consensual sex is rape, and an
entirely different case.
It's bad enough that the straight community swallowed the Cruising mythology without us doing it ourselves.
The tales of countless S and M practitioners turning up
in emergency rooms and morgues are pure fiction. Sadomasochism is actually based on fantasy, not violence, and
it's been the "whipping boy" of gay activism for too long.
It is poor tactics to put part of our population down in
an attempt to make points with hostile straights.
Perhaps public sex is "a violation of privacy rights
of non-participants," as the NOW resolution contends.
Is it only the non-participants that have any "privacy
rights?" Don't the participants have the right to be
left alone, as long as they aren't hurting anyone?
The definition of public sex has had an insidious
way of reaching into such essentially private locations
as closed booths in bookstores or bushes that were dark
until the police flashlight arrived. Society restricted
many of us to these outlets in the first place, and now
persecutes us for using them. Why endorse oppression,
just because it's not overt?
I am not singling out NOW or an unnamed individual
for criticism. Some lesbian feminists have charged that
gay men co-opted NOW into issuing the "clarification."
They may well be right. Anti-sexual attitudes are as
comron in men as in women. Many gay women and men hope
to increase their personal social status (i.e., power
and money) by being perceived as being exactly like the
mythical mid-American, except for their sexual preference. These people are on their own side, not ours.
When Jerry Falwell tells me I am evil for being a
sexual creature, I expect it. It disturbs .me much more
to get the same message from individuals and organizations,
that claim to be my friends.
This is a war on sex, and it's time to decide which
side you're really on.
GAY PEOPLE HEALTH CARE
by Keith Mastalio
The second meeting of Gay People Health Care (formerly the Gay Nurses Alliance of Austin) was held Thursday, Feb. 19. Nine members were present to enjoy a
covered dish supper.
The next GPHC meeting will be held on Thursday, March
19 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a covered dish supper and
slides from the 1979 March on Washington will be shown.
Call 453-0816 for further-information.
The first Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinic
ever held at the Red River Crossing, on Saturday,
21, was a huge success. Forty people were screened.
That is the largest number to date for a single screening.
The total number of STD tests run for 1981 are:
syphillis - 94, hepatitis B - 94, throat cultures - 89,
urethral cultures - 54, and rectal cultures - 55. Total
Gay People Health Care continues to hold Sexually
Transmitted Disease (STD) clinics every two weeks at
various gay bars, baths, and organizations. GPHC offers
screening for syphilis, gonorrhea, and Hepatitis B. Testing is free and confidential. Women as well as men are
encouraged to be tested.
The STD clinic schedule is as follows:
Saturday Feb. 21 Red River Crossing 10pm-2am
Saturday Mar. 7 Stallion Bookstore 10pm-2am
Saturday Mar. 21 Club Baths 10pm-2am
Friday Apr. 3 Austin Lambda 7-10pm
Saturday Apr. 18 New Apt. Lounge 10pm-2am
DIVINE COMES MARCH 5
Austin is bracing itself for the arrival of the
notorious Divine, outrageous star of stage and screen.
The Austin Country and Hot Lips are making feverish
preparations for the star's only Austin appearances,
on Thursday, March 5, 1981.
Divine's first target will be Hot Lips, where he
will autograph his popular line of greeting cards and
other things from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Hundreds of cards,
posters, and pink flamingos have been ordered for the
At 10:00 p.m., Divine will be at the Austin Country
to answer questions and socialize with his public. He
is not planning to be in drag, so this may be your one
chance to see the star as he really is!
Divine came to fame in PINK FLAMINGOS, the extremely
popular cult film (a Varsity regular) by "King of Sleeze"
John Waters. He has also appeared in Waters' FEMALE
TROUBLE. His stage performances include WOMEN BEHIND
BARS and THE NEON WOMAN (which was written specially
His latest film, POLYESTER, co-starring Tab Hunter
and directed by John Waters, will be released soon.
Divine has also commissioned a new stage vehicle, THE
THORN, a small-scale rock musical in which Divine plays
Vida Paine, known as The Thorn, a superstar of the
highest magnitude and the lowest morals. It was sched- •
uled to open in San Francisco in February, 1981.
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