xt71jw86m11m https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt71jw86m11m/data/mets.xml Lexington, KY Pride Community Services Organization 199401 This collection contains newsletters produced by the Lexington, Kentucky based Pride Community Services Organization. Included are publications from the organization through multiple name changes, such as LinQ magazine (July 2013-2016); the GLSO (Gay and Lesbian Services Organization) News (August 1986-June 2013); the GSO (Gay Services Organization) newsletter (1979-July 1986). Accession number 2016ms055. newsletters  English Pride Community Services Organization Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Pride Community Services Organization publications LGBTQ community--Kentucky LGBTQ culture LGBTQ newspapers Gay men Lesbians Bisexual people Transgender people Sexual minorities Gender identity Drag culture GLSO News, January 1994 text GLSO News, January 1994 1994 2019 true xt71jw86m11m section xt71jw86m11m A Publication bv the Lexington Gav and WNQJADNUKRV
ATTENTION GLSO Fairness Campaign of
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Community Mailing list after March 1, 1994. If for any Januarv EVCHTS
reason you do not want your name on the community Martin. Luther King, J 1' - Parade.
list, please call Mary Crone and request that your name The Fairness Campaign Will be participating in the
not be turned over. If you or your group would like parade on Monday, January 17th in Lexington. Exact
to be part of the decision making for how the Community times are not known at the time of this writing, but in
List is to be managed, contactAnn Olliges for the time the P253 the parade has begun . 3F 11:00 am, and
and place of the Service Network meeting. organization for those groups parLiCipating Will begin
at 10:00 am. As soon as more information is available,
itwill be announced on the Information Line: 275-7812.
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calendar for March 11th and 12th. Look for details in Of the year. After the successful ca mp aigning for
the February issue of the GLSO News or call Barb at George Brown, J r. .m the Qty COUpCll race ag?1“.5‘.a
277-5119 Right Wing Extremist candidate, Fairness is optimistic
' about the upcoming year, and how to help integrate
gays, lesbians and bisexuals into local areas. At the
RID! HOTlInE meeting, we will be discussing how to proceed with
0 this task, and with similar events in the coming
elections and political decisions. At this time, we will
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PO. Box 11471, Lexington, KY 40575 years ago atthe Southern Womyn’s Music and Comedy
Festival. They worked in and later managed the crafts
area, selling a variety of jewelry, stones, and other
GLSO Annual Dues - $1 5 .00 items to support their work in Mississippi. They started
Dues for Couples _ $2000 the first feministbookstore in their state and found it
to be a community focal pornt for a variety of causes.
NCWSIeuer Only ‘ $10-00 They started women’s discussion groups, coming out
support groups and an HIV support network. Four
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and don't necessarily represent those of the 61.50 Board or organization and bought 120 acres of land near Ovett,
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author. The staff reserves the right to edit submission and ads to cultural rem-ear Where volunteers have set emergency
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denote a person's sexual orientation nor a business' customer provided hospice forPWAs, offeredsupport OI; battered
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I’ve been involved in on gay CiVfl rights issues since opposition and harassment from the surrounding
I was a teenager. For over twenty years now I have tried commuity. Recently, several religious leaders have
to stay aware of our current enemies. Their faces keep organized community memberts to protest agains
changing, there was Senator Joe MCCfiFthY, J.Edgar Camp Sister spirit and have urged the county Board of
Hoover, all the way through Anita Bryant and Senator Supervisors to intervene and limit the women’s use of
Sam Nunn. I have relished every confrontation With the land. At recent town meeting, Clint Knight,(as
the homophobes, andI applaud every inch of progress quoted in the Hattifiburg American) said “These
that we’ve made. In fact, I think the PIOgICSS we have people can pick up our little girls and take them to this
made and are making is unbelievable sometimes, I place and do Whatever they want to.” Another
could not have imagined how far our dialog would go community meeting is planned in oven on January 4.
in 20 years. The National Gay Task Force and the ACLU are
I sometimes read the e—mail correspondence of the working with Wanda and Brenda. They need both
UK Lambda members and the GAYLIBN IiSt and I can financial and moral support. Letters of support can be
sometimes recapture that same enthusiasm thatI once written to the jones County Board of Supervisors,
had. bers. Let me tell YOU, as a group, I think we have Courthouse, Laurel, Mississippi, 59440. Financial
made some remarkable progress, and I am proud that contributions and letters can be sent to Brenda and
I have been a small part of what is happening Wanda Hanson at Camp Sister Spirit, PO Box 12, Ovett
Yet, when a member of the community takes his or Mississippi, 39464, I have known these women for
her own life I realize we Still have a way to go yet. I amny years and I’ve seen them return any profits from
have lost many friends and acquaintances to suicide their work to community organizing. I think they are
OVCI the years, more than I’ve IOSt to AIDS- And Of very deserving of any contributions of time or money
course, besides explicitly suicidal behavior there is all you can make.
the ways that we can kill ourselves indirectly, drinking -Mary Crone
or drugging, consorting with abusive companions or
practicing unsafe sex. I’ve come to realize that despite
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 by Linda West

I once had a terribly bitter argument with a straight friend. Our argument
was over whether Willa Cather’s family was justified in destroying (as they did)
on Cather’s life as a Lesbian. I said the family’s action denied Lesbians our
history as a people and that similar acts of destruction, multiplied thousands
and even hundreds of thousands of times throughout history, have excluded Lesbians
and Gays fronlthe human record and preserved the myth that we are isolated aberrant
individuals. I said the family’s action was an act of oppression by one group
against another. My friend disagreed, saying that Lesbians as a group had no claim
on Cather's “private” life, and that because Lesbianism was a “private matter,”
the family's decision to conceal Cather’s Lesbianism was also a purely “private”
matter. My friend went on to describe the notion of “Lesbian history and culture”
as “bogus."

Maybe it’s memories of that argument which explain why, when I hear people
such as Cincinnati's mayor refer to their sexual orientation as a private matter,
I feel so thoroughly depressed.

Is Lesbianism a private matter analogous to whether one has had
psychotherapy, or is it a matter of membership in a social and cultural group that
has existed through time, passing a heritage of mores and values from one generation
to the next? The question is significant because, if, as my friend asserted,
Lesbianisnlis nothingxnore than a sexual taste, then to conceal it is not to distort
human history. Moreover, Gay and Lesbian studies programs become no more
justifiable that people—who-have—had—psychotherapy studies programs, or for that
matter, people—who~have—had—liposuction studies programs.

One way of looking at this question, it seems to me, is to ask whether Lesbians
and Gays have a group cultural life. We might, for example, compare ourselves
to “people—who~have—had—psychotherapy.” Do such people form their own churches,
choruses, AA chapters, drama clubs, rodeos, bar associations, softball teams, and
youth groups? Do they have their own flag, their own cultural and religious symbols
such as the lambda and labrys? Do they celebrate their own holidays? Do they
have directories of businesses owned by them—ranging from restaurants and moving
companies to doctors and funeral homes? In the world’s larger cities do they live
in ghettos? Do they have an international association given consultative status
by the UN?

The answer of course, is that they do none of the above, but Lesbians and
Gays do them all, and on a grand scale. Here, in the backwater of mid—continent
America, I attend a Gay and Lesbian church; go to Gay and Lesbian plays and concerts;
shop at Gay and Lesbian businesses; can bowl, run, or play bridge with Gay and
Lesbian bowling leagues, running groups, and bridge clubs; read Gay and Lesbian
newspapers; have a Gay and Lesbian long distance phone company; and owe money on
my Gay and Lesbian MasterCard.

How is all of this private?

Beside my computer is a pile of fascinating materials. On top is a Fall,
1993, class schedule for the Institute of Gay and Lesbian Education in Los Angeles.
The classes encompass Gay and Lesbian art, literature, history, and anthropology.
are Ph.D.’s specializing in Gay and Lesbian studies. The class schedule explains

 that the Institute is currently seeking accreditation by the state. Twenty years
froulnow, do not be surprised if there are Gay and Lesbian colleges and universities
in this country much as there are now Black and Catholic schools.

Under the above class schedule is New York City’s equivalent of the Eink
gages. Its listing of service organizations includes a Lesbian and Gay Clinic,
which has “provided health care to lesbians and gays for almost twenty years.”
Further down in the pile is an interview of Gay Congressman Gerry Studds, in which
he expresses hope that someday there will be enough homosexual members of Congress
to form a Gay and Lesbian Congressional Caucus. Still further down in the pile
is an announcement of the formation of a Gay and Lesbian committee within PEN,
the association of writers. The announcement states that the writers involved—
among them Edward Albee, Allan Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, and Adrienne Rich—wish to
have their “cultural identification” publicly acknowledged. Explains Rich: “My
Lesbian identity is an informing part of my poetry.”

Finally, at the bottom of the pile, is an anthology of essays on Lesbian and
Gay history. It includes such titles as “Homosexuality in the Renaissance:
Behavior, Identity, and Artistic Expression”, “Lesbians in American Indian
Cultures”, and “The Birth of the Queen” a scholarly article describing the early
eighteenth century “molly houses” in which British Gay males gathered and engaged
in such cultural rituals as mock childbirth ceremonies and Gay weddings, one of
which in 1726 took place complete with a local celebrity bridesmaid by the name
of “Princess Seraphina”.

How is any of this private?

Is homosexuality really a private matter, like being in therapy, or is it
a public identity, like being Jewish? It seems to me that once the closet is gone,
we are revealed as members of a richly evolved human culture which fosters an
identity that is social, cultural, and political. And matters that are social,
cultural, and political are net private.

My mind returns to my straight friend who wished to minimize the significance
of my Lesbianism, and who eventually distanced herself fronlme when I did.not share
her View that Lesbianism had nothing to do with my life outside the bedroom. In
the final analysis, her claim that homosexuality was “private” probably bothered
me most because it suggested that one's homosexuality is unimportant to who one
is. That I and my lover had sex did not upset my friend; what sent her running
was our participation in a unique culture, different from her own. I don’t know
about Cincinnati’s mayor, but the three most important identities I possess are
that I am female, that I am American, and that I am Lesbian. My Lesbian identity
has profoundly shaped.my View of the world. To call it “private” is to trivialize
it. It’s to say that homosexuality is solely a matter of whom we have sex with,
not a matter of loving, long—term relationships that should, in the manner of
marriages everywhere, be publicly acknowledged. It is also to deny that
homosexuality is about the freedonlto participate openly in a culture that differs
from mainstream America’s; about having our history of persecution, resistance,
and achievement included in the human record; about worshiping as we want, clothing
ourselves in the dress and speech and body language of our culture, and challenging
Western Christian cultural supremacy.

All of this is why, when I hear Cincinnati’ 3 mayor say “It’ s a private matter, ”
what I hear is not a call for freedom, but a frightened defense of one person’s
closet” Not only is fighting to be allowed to keep our sexual orientation “private”
net what the Lesbian and Gay Hmvement is about, but for anyone who Views
homosexuality as more than a recreational sexual “lifestyle” the claim that it’s
private is just plain false.


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