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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978 - File 008. 1978-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 10, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/584/show/574.

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(1978-09). Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978 - File 008. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/584/show/574

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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 008
Transcript Sootember 1978 r,AY AUSTIN THE NEW GAY RADICALISM continued from page 3 the fullness of the human experience which includes the joy of the gay experience. An even greater mistake would be to assume that any model from the past can tell us exactly what gay freedom means 1n this time and place. We must be willing to explore and discover the ever new in our gay humanness and what treasures it holds both for ourselves and all humankind. No one can provide those answers for us. Neither Buddha nor Jesus nor Baba Ram Das--nor Marx, nor Lenin, nor Chairman Mao has the final word on human growth and freedom. Liberation is both an intensely personal experience and a social process. Those who treasure the personal without Involvement in the political sphere run the risk of escapism. Those who talk of politics divorced from the struggles and unfoldings of the human heart run the risk of dogmatic Irrelevance. I feel that as gay men and lesbians we have a special role to play 1n this exciting process. Not the game of "better than." Not the arrogant role of vanguard. But the special role that comes from the special experience of being gay. Change in this country is not going to be complete without us. The human spirit will not be free until the fear of us 1s overcome. And without that, human beings will never know who they truly are—will never finally be able to look at themselves in the mirror of society without fear. They will never experience that coming home to an acceptance of One night six years ago I was driving down Nob hill in San Francisco with my lover. It was our first night in town and we saw these two guys about sixteen years old walking down the sidewalk with their arms around each other and looking very much in love. Suddenly they just stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and put their arms around each other and lugged and gave each other a long kiss. And I started to cry--both for joy because it was so incredibly beautiful and for the grief of not having had that chance and courage and freedom when I was sixteen. Right now I want to make up for all I missed by witnessing something about 200 times more beautiful than what we saw that night in San Francisco. Because I want you each to turn and hug your brother or your sister and give them a big kiss. Right now; Yeah, that's right. Right now here in our hometown 1n Austin, Texas. And let everybody know we've come home to ourselves here today. And that we intend to stay, and that we intend to be very gay. (Editor's note: And at just that moment during the Gay Freedom Day Rally 1n Wooldridge Park, we all turned one to another, and galty abounded. And it was good.) GREG CALVERT lives in Austin and works here as a gay psychotherapist. He was a long-term activist in the New Left and in 1966-67 served as National Secretary of the Students for a Democratic Society. He Is co-author with Carol Nelman of A Disrupted History: The New Left and the" New Capitalism (pub- 11 shed by Random House, 1971). He is currently working on a new book, The Politics of Openness. PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD IN GAY AUSTIN ******* SEE BACK COVER FOR DETAILS drawing by David Dole
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