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Title Montrose Voice, No. 323, December 30, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 30, 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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Transcript 10 MONTROSE VOICE/DECEMBER 30, 1986 Take it Easy? The Thought Connection By Christine Burton You've seen it on beautified bumper stickers: Easy does it. Also we hear take it easy, and we parrot it until it benumbs the brain. However, those words can have subliminal impact, something like the image of a hammock, a symbol of inaction. It may be argued that they refer to every human's requirement for rest, relaxation, renewal and fun. I posit take it easy expresses an idle longing for no work and all play, ignoring challenges and threats—a bassinet situation. Peo- which emerged many divorcees and lesbians. How do you think that hit the heterosexual male ego? You guessed it. Force women back under the domination of men. Keep them barefoot (pay them less). Keep them pregnant (abortion is murder). Why are homosexuals on the hit-list? They are heretics: Gay males don't dominate women, and lesbians don't submit to men. When Falwell promised he'd '"turn this country around for God," homophobic and antiwoman heterosexuals knew what he meant: corral women and kill the queers. Politic.>s observed the influx of The fact that the Supreme Court would eventually heed the bleatings of a Bible Belt small-town preacher, amplified by repetition, proves that government does listen. Our lavender 10 percent opinion must extend itself into a powerful majority. pie do stay alive by taking it easy. Justice does not exist except by intense concentration and constant effort by those who want the liberty to exercise their human rights. Simplistically the human species can be divided into two categories: 1. Those peaceful persons who want to live and let live; 2. Those persons who want to control others. When dominating persons threaten peaceful persons, those who want peace hope the threat will go away. They take it easy, like your pet cat; she doesn't move until she becomes uncomfortable. When attacked, she'll flee rather than fight. Only when cornered, will she turn to face her enemy. Domineering persons are predatory. Because their appetite for power is insatiable, they never go away. They never take it easy; they know that's not the way to achieve and maintain control. The lesbian and gay community wants to live and let live. We are peaceable. In the beginning of 1986, the Funda- mentalist Right attacked the homosexual community as though it were the world's worst enemy. Print media, electronic media, sermons, all full of hatred and scorn for lesbians and gay men—on and on, until the workplace is nasty with homophobia. The language of children reflects it. We've never been the most popular citizens, but the 1986 onslaught evinced the malevolent enthusiasm of born again bigotry. Our first tendency was to crawl back into the closet. The attack intensified. We became more visible and more political. But we've never really turned on them. In spite of Jerry Falwell's recurrent, junk mail whine that Satan has almost destroyed his "ministry," he and his followers will continue to act true to his nature, which apparently is to extirpate everything he doesn't like. The recent sodomy ruling hy the Supreme Court is Falwellism in action. That should fire us. We dare not take it easy. Our resolve will be strengthened if we comprehend the why and wherefore of the most highly organized assault on homosexual women and men the world has ever seen. In 1966, Masters and Johnson, announced: The vagina has almost no nerve endings, the clitoris has far more nerve endings than the penis or any other part of the male sex ual aparatus, and the most intense orgasms in women are produced by masturbation. The women's movement added: If you want a man, go ahead; hut now you know you have options. Consciousness-raising workshops millions of dollars to the cause, and followed the scent. Rut institutionalized hatred against a large and peace-loving segment of society, and the anti-woman blitz constitute a cruel force that can hardly be called godly. This current wave of caustic homophobia is more than tribal fear of something different. It is the [nquisi- tor's malice toward the heretic. And itis the battle cry of the most primeval heterosexual male dynamic: I want my woman under my total control. For hundreds of years, sodomy referred only to anal copulation. Now the Fundamentalist Right has extended its meaning to include all sexual activity that is not penile-vaginal inter course. It is clear that heterosexual male is territorial and the vagina is his imperative. Not all heterosexual males are misogynist and/ or homophobic, but enough of them are to have driven the Supreme Court into the bedrooms and between the sheets of all Americans. It's time we stand up and be counted. Public opinion is the prime source of political power. The fact that the Supreme Court would eventually heed the bleatings of a Bible Belt small-town preacher, amplified by repetition, proves that government does listen. Our lavender 10 percent opinion must extend itself into a powerful majority. This country is full of people who ignore Falwell as a religious fanatic. And they don't realize we are everywhere—they've never known one of us. Such people are the "undecided" in every poll. Because humans evolved from a primate species that survived by not destroying its own members, most people are good. If they saw us as humans working to survive, eager to love and be loved, unhappy when we're not, even as they; if they knew us outside the closet, most ofthe undecided would follow their human instincts and would support us in our efforts to obtain justice. In October 1987, lesbian women and gay men from all across America will March on Wasington. Let us show our government and the whole country, how numerous we are, that we come from everywhere, and that lesbian women and gay men are oul ofthe closet for good. Visibility is our most effective weapon. Respect for the rights of tin- individual is at slake, the constitutional core upon which this nation was built. When we win. all Americans will be freer The Pot Pie (formerly Westheimer Cafe) Happy New Year from Our Staff Early Bird Special llpm-7am 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 sausage, 2 bacon *2.49 .1525 Westheimer 528-4350 , WE DELIVER VIDEOS 1420 Westheimer Houslon, Texas 77006 522-4485 Heads and Tails Above the Rest -Lcrge Selection of All-Male VHS Tapes —Tues., Thut-. and Sun. Rentals $_ for Our Members —Now Open Sunday 2 to 8 OPEN 7 DAYS ■ Amex, Visa. MC popped up all over the country, from m»ss BLACK & GAY Through stories and poetry, essays and artwork, twenty-nine black gay men explore what it means to be doubly different, in this first-of-its-kind anthology. Their voices range from poignant to erotic to angry — but they always reflect the affirming power of their visions. IN THE LIFE A BLACK OAY ANTHOLOOY edited by Joseph Beam $7.95 in bookstores, or clip this ad to order. D Enclosed is S8.50 (postpaid) for IN THE LIK. city state . zip Alyson Publications, Dept. P-5 40 Plympton St. Boston, MA 02118 Fortunes Taurus Should Make Long-Range 1987 Plans By Mark Orion For Tuesday evening. Dec 30. 1986. through Tuesday morning. Jan. 6, 1987 ARIES—Excitement, fun and fantasy join to create a hassle-free first of the new year with no disappointments. You could make a new friend. You could make old friendships stronger. You could make just about anything, come to think of it. You're flying. TAURUS—Think of the new year. Quietly make long-range plans, keeping them to yourself for now. New faces and new chances for group involvement provide stimulation and winter fun. This time of the year ends with two pots at a boil. GEMINI You and another can come to a valuable meeting of the minds these holidays. Some compromise will be necessary, but not as much as you might think. Days hold a confidential story, an unwanted piece of mail and end with grins. CANCER—Hard as it is to remember, silence can be golden. As much as you think you have to say, even a simple discussion could lead to a real argument and a nasty fight. Be more playful. Try a softer touch. That's your New Year's resolution LEO—Your potential is enormous, especially for any development along creative lines in 1987, Focus your energies on one or two strong possibilities and stick to 'em. It's better to be master of one trade than Jack of all! VIRGO—Your resolution; "I will make the most of romatic and creative possibilities." Someone in a position of authority can be of great help to you. Think positively. You're not taking a chance when you bet on yourself in 1987, as you're a sure thing! LIBRA—It would be a crime to let yourself become someone's victim. "Don't take nothin' from nobody" are words to live by in 1987. Be the subject, not the object. Don't get up on a pedestal or under a thumb. Happy New Year. SCORPIO—A number of pressures may make you feel as if your time is not your own. While it is true that certain responsibilities do take much of your efforts, you do have opportunity to do your own thing in 1987. Do it with vigor. SAGITTARIUS—Normally, you're not one for making waves. You prefer to stick with the status quo or the traditional, especially during New Year's Week Someone may be counting on your staying true to form. Wouldn't it be interesting to surprise?! CAPRICORN—If you promise not to promise more than you can deliver and if you don't interfere in someone else's love life, you can take the craziest idea you had in all of 1986 and turn it into something very real in 1987. AQUARIUS—You could be involved with others every minute of the new year, but you may do better to tend to some items by yourself, to foster your own resources, and in general, todo your own thing. (Except for several duets with Cupid.) PISCES—Although you like to run the whole show, this New Year's week you'd do well to take only one major role. This will give others a chance and keep you from being overloaded. The holidays cast romantic glows and days will end quietly.
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