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Title Montrose Voice, No. 317, November 11, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date November 11, 1986
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 005
Transcript 4 HOUSTON DAILY VOICE/NOVEMBER 11.1986 The Pen Should Be the Weapon in Fundamentalists/Gays Battle Commentary by Christine Burton Special to the Houston Daily Voice Not all of us were born rich. When we speak of riches, usually we mean money. But, if you came into this world with energy, intelligence and health you were born rich. You have everything to get what you need. In addition to intelligence, energy and health, lesbians and gays have another component of native wealth: We were born androgynous. If we'd accept our own homosexuality as normal, we'd realize it liberates us to evolve, not burdened by convention. Unconcerned with the sexual-polarity busyness of heterosexuals, the homosexual is more able to get in.touch with self, which is the first step in understanding one's social environment. Furthermore, like all oppressed peoples, struggling to survive has sharpened our intelligence and increased our strength. Because ofthe problems that are specific to the lesbian and gay community, we tend to think of ourselves as unique— no trouble on earth like ours. We enter a danger zone when we think of ourselves as victims. Victims we are not. In spite of AIDS, queer-bashings, harrassment on the job, ostracism and legislation designed to rub us out, we are not victims. The word victim has a connotation of helplessness. As long as we have energy, strength, intelligence, vision, and are in touch with our inner selves, we are powerful. We grew up with American rhetoric ringing personal freedom, constitutional rights, etc. in our ears. Therefore the religious bigotry ofthe New Right seems very insane But there is nothing new about the New Right. Had our history courses taught us about the methods of oppression that have been used by every religious or political entity that wanted to control, we'd be able to recognize in Fundamentalism all the machinations of totalitarianism; insistence on a totalist ideaol- ogy (the Fundamentalist inter- TONIGHT ON: WE ASK: WHICH OF THESE1 TWO POPULAR POLITICAL FIGURES H01D5 All .OF THE FOLLOWING >IEW5 ? A FUNOWrt-NTHUW | REU&ICMSLJADERWIO Y4MITS TO BE WEM> OF _T«E. □ "WdNTS TO RETURN \W_. I 1 COUHTKT TO "TBMJmoHUL* D OPFOSE_, GAI MTO NNO»E_.'S R\(_HTS D gfc REiwcus \_ixx.Kma W4AHTS TO «C *E>» O* STUTl «WS TO NCIUM. M\S COUMTTT TO *T«M«tV»»4.* erf THE INFORMED VIEWER WOULD HAVE CHOSEN BOuUHE QUESTION IS.WVTT SHOULD TWO SUCH DIFFERENT MEN HAVE AlIllUDC. 50 SIMILAR? pretation of the Bible); profound interference with human sexuality, (sodomy laws); a shadow government (infiltration into all branches of our government); an imperialist ethos ("we are right, everybody else is wrong"), and an impulse toward purificaton (eliminate homosexuals). Fundamentalism insists on conformity and passivity, and because those ideals are against the nature of life itself, their system of thought is frag menting communities and families; also individuals are broken into parts. Every lesbian woman and gay man who must live in the closet, from that unique perspective is able to understand the fragmentation of the individaual caused by the Fundamentalist position that all persons must be alike and have the same lifestyle. There is much Fundamentalist rejoicing in Greeneville, Tenn., these days because they've achieved what they call a major victory in federal court. That lovely musical, The Wizard of Oz, that has charmed thousands of Judy Garland fans, has been banned from public school textbooks because it "tells children that traits such as courage, intelligence and compassion can be personally developed,'' not God-given. The Diary of Anne Frank is banned from school textbooks because Anne Frank "called for toleration of all religions." Shades of Hitler and Musso lini! Soon our streets will be filled with crazies goose- stepping to "Onward Christian Soldiers" while you and I are declared unconstitutional. Homosexuals are always the first, then Jews and blacks. We may escape Hitleriangas, but it will be the end of the United States as a democracy. When we lesbians and gays are attacked, we defend ourselves well. But we need to remember that our strongest defense would be to attack them. Because we've internalized their homophobia, we think we dare not attack. The Fundamentalist political machine was not always strong. It got its start with public opinion: parents thought Jerry Falwell could stop their young people from having sex and using drugs. They gave him their money., Eventually politicians sensed a political wind and jumped aboard. By changing public opinion, we could undermine their influence and drain their power. Do your parents and all your nongay friends approve of the Fundamentalist values that are destroying our country? If not, stir them up to articulate their objections. They and us should flood the newspapers with letters to the editor—the number published will be influenced by the number received. Make them strong, insistent and as angry as you feel. Each week we read some item of Fundamentalist attack on the basic rights of every citizen. Every public official, federal, state and town, all over the country, should be bombarded with letters, not once, but over and over again each time a Fundamentalist or an official cooperating with Fundamentalism attacks basic rights. Little by little public opinion would be swayed to be less su p portive of this totalitarian form of religion, this fanaticism that will destroy us all if we permit it. Before you dismiss such a simple idea, remember it was public opinion that gave the Fundamentalists their start. Turn public opinion and it can give us ours. The power of the pen has never been doubted but not used much of late. We seem to think unless you have millions for TV exposure there's nothing you can do. If the ten percent, that lavender ten percent all across our country, plus our families and straight friends, including all those who don't know our sexual preference, were to write one letter each week, a strong angry letter, the New Right would have to slide off our backs. Only a revolution can dethrone the Fundamentalist totalitarianism that has grown up within our nation. Revolutions are always active at the individual level. And if the weapon used is the pen, it will not be bloody. We have energy, intelligence, strength, endurance and the androgynous vision. Each of us is rich within ourselves, we have all the power we need. M986Chris(ine Burton, a New lesbian activist SELL ...the Daily Voice at Vout Shop, Stote ot Club We II supply you with posters, racks and other promotional material. THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING AN OFFICIAL DAILY VOICE RETAIL OUTLET: • We'll bring traffic to your store Willi a new edition 5 rimes a weak {not /ust once a weak), thai tratlic will be daily • You'll make 40% profit on each Daily Voice sale And even though weie talking tusi lot profit on each 25t sale, a tew copies a day WILL add up last Uusl W copies a day will yield S360 PROFIT in a year) • Call 529-8490. 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