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Montrose Voice, No. 484, February 2, 1990 - File 011. 1990-02-02. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 18, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1557/show/1546.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 484, February 2, 1990
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 2, 1990
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 011
Transcript Our better half repeatedly admonishes us to write an occasional "positive" ad. We're "positive" there is a growing right-wing conspiracy to shove us back into the closet and slam the door. And the conspirators are festering in the proliferation of so-called think tanks across the country. These conspirators emerge periodically to pronounce the "truth" such as ex- Reagan aide Gary Bauer whose career is based on homophobia. Or, more often, public figures such as Congressman Dannemeyer do the bidding for these reservoirs of hate as when he appeared on CBS'morning show this week to push his new book (ghost-written, no doubt, in one of those think tanks) on the "great homosexual conspiracy." Dannemeyer left hapless Kathleen Sullivan reeling from his "facts" on this fag plot to undermine "traditional American values" a plot waged by "2% of the male population," so powerful it has "stood the medical profession on its head over AIDS'' When Sullivan squeezed in a question about "facts" Dannemeyer threw her off balance by citing an obscure Madison, Wisconsin, case where a lesbian prevented her two straight roommates from evicting her. Now there's a stunner. Just when you pin the conspiracy on that 2% male fags, you get blind-sided by a militant dyke. What is a congressman to do? And then Dannemeyer, Southern California's answer for an old-fashioned Southern demagogue, pretends offense because gays dare compare their situation to blacks and Jews. "The march on Selma was not a march on Sodomy (sic)" Boy, such profundity makes us proud to be Americans. But getting back to our conspiracy theory, watch for certain catch phrases. Dannemeyer, when speaking of gay demands, refers to "special privileges" being sought by gays. Gary Bauer, when speaking this week on AIDS, referred to activists' demands for special privileges which would undermine our national health structure. And in Michael Fumento's new book, "The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS" he repeatedly attacks this "era of special privileges" for gays. Fumento, a writer for the Moonie "Washington Times" and the now pseudo- lobols ' buying gay ' material from After Dark to Dnjmmer, videos paperbacks and hardbacks by or about gay and lesblar.. Wanted, collections large or small. WESTHEIMER Hberal "New Republic" rexieals the deeper import of this new line of attack. He not only attempts to characterize a gay plot against American values, he seeks to drive a wedge between the sick and the well, and then dives into the breach between the gay community and our natural allies among women, labor and race. We, being the national gay community, just lost another battle. New York's new black and progressive mayor, David Dinkins, just appointed as health commissioner Indiana's top doc, Woodrow August Myers, Jr.—and this with three gay activists on the screening committee. Myers' record includes backing mandatory name reporting and contact tracing of HIV positive people, quarantining of certain persons with AIDS, and calling for the closing of gay bars and gay bookstores since they offer a means for gays to meet. This right-wing conspiracy, fostered by a growing need to replace the great "Red Scare" of the past sixty years, aims to achieve the triumph of the "traditional American family" on the ashes of the homo plot. This goal is aided and abetted by the old divide-and- conquer strategy: gay men from lesbians, the well from the sick, the activists from the great gay body politic. Sadly, the are experiencing great success. Our ability to pass for "straight" affords an easy out for some. The old "I don't want to get involved"syndrome or "Idon't like pushy activists" cop out always offers another easy out. The real tragedy is that our dead and dying are even being used as a justification for our ultimate suppression. For, in fact, the conspirators now isolate AIDS with fags and druggers. And, logically, it must be divine will. So we have not only all the heterosexuals against us but God as well, in this scenario. So if you are unwilling to get involved, cower in that closet and just hope the AIDS virus doesn't flush you out. So much for a positive note. It is important, however, to point out that this right-wing conspiracy represents a very small, if militant, segment of Americans. Given a chance, the vast general public is basically fair-minded. We have but to reach them, and with a unified message. There is our hope. LOBO 1424-C Westheimer (at Windsor) 522-5156 Video Sales & Rentals • Swimwear • T-Shirts • Magazines • Cards • Books • Leather • Accessories • Necessities Honored Ga sbian Booksi
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