xt79gh9b8c8w https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt79gh9b8c8w/data/mets.xml Lexington, KY Pride Community Services Organization 200705 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, May 2007 text GLSO News, May 2007 2007 2019 true xt79gh9b8c8w section xt79gh9b8c8w ~ .- - ‘ Gay and Th
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The Pride ldol Contest preliminaries _ _ _ ,
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- who will perform at the State Theater on mean that SisterSound '3 gearing up for
Tuesday May 22 Admission is $5 and the second half of the concert season.
the doors open at 8 pm. Come show your "Music Colors Our World, Part 2" will be
support. held at Singletary Center ForTheArts on
The finals will be held at the Pride May 19th, at 8 pm. Tickets are $11 ($1
Picnic on June 10 at Windy Knoll Farm. At Singletary 'Sewice Fee) for adults and
that time, the audience will vote for their $6_ ($1 Singletary Sewice Fee) for
favoritesinger. children 12 years and under. Tickets
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Green and studio time at Grooves S'“9'et?ry Center box office. _
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Over the years, the needs of our community have changed some but GLBT people
and their families still benefit from the work of many organizations in our community. The
two major projects of the GLSO are the GLSO News and The Pride Center where many
organizations and support groups meet, where people check out books almost every day,
and where people receive help with coming out or other issues.

To celebrate our anniversary, we are planning an Art Show and Open House on
Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 8. There will be photography and other work on display
and for sale. Call Mary if you have art you would like to display. (266-5904)

Would you like to get involved? If we had more Volunteers and Board Members we
could do more. Call Mary if you are interested or come to one of these meetings:

volunteer meeting on Saturday, May 12 at noon and
board meetings are on the 4th Monday of any month.

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cover, and in the center of the newsletter. There is an additional $25 charge for a full
page except for the June Pride Issue when the additional cost is $50.
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Wednesday, May 2nd as we kick off the 9:30. Thereisa$5 covercharge. Robbie
Kentucky Derby party season with our and her warm, smokey alto voice are
annual Miss Derby Pride Pageant. Drag heard regularly at popular clubs. Her
the Easter hats back out, set the DVR to talent and strong sense of musical
9 record the American Idol results show, and direction is electric and engaging.
come on out and enjoy what has proven to Robbie and her band play a variety of
be one of our most popular events. Doors music, including R&B. Blues. Jazz and a
open at 8:30, with the show starting at 9:30. tOUCh 0f ROCk- Come see what YOU have
1 Cover is $5, with proceeds benefiting the been missing.
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entertainment.
Bill Howard will be traveling to
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Bluegrass Women's Network is a representative at the International Mr.
social group for women of all ages. We Leather Contest over Memorial Day
have gone camping, shared dinner at local . _
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Debby and Lynn are building a list of pm. The Lyons area group offriends who
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Everybody has Derby plans_ What There isanew e-group started by Patrick
are you doing forthe Belmont? Moveable Buck for gay, lesbian, bisexual and
Feast is having a BBQ on June 9 , from 3 transgender individuals, their friends and
tonm, and you'reinvited. ltwill be onthe families who are already involved in or
grounds of Conoid Farm, a beautiful farm interested in exploring and experiencing
at 2492 N. Cleveland Rd. There will be working class, blue collar, and rural lifestyles
music by Club Dub, performances by and communities including but not limited to
ladies of the Imperial Court, food, fun and those commonly referred to as "Redneck."
a cash bar. Bring a chair or blanket and The list is Open to folks from any place but
join us to watch the race on large screen there will be local activities as interest grows.
TV. Please help publicize the list locally and
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June1 Pride Prom for GSA with proceeds benefiting the Court's
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h'gh SChOO' youm Feast GLSO AVOL and KFA.
June 1 - 3 The Imperial Court of Kentucky During May, be on the lookout for our
Coronation Weekend Monarch Candidates’ fundraiser shows,
June 9 Moveable Feast Belmont Stakes which will lead into Coronation Weekend, the
Party and Fundraiser firstweekend in June.
J 9 M' K t k' P 'd F t' l Friday, June 1st, will be the In—Town
une stgezhttuchtiigvilie e es Na Show, location to be announced at a later
' date, cost $5
June 10 Pride Picnic Saturday, June 2nd, will be the State
June 14 GLSO Open House, Art Show& Dinner_at Spirits Lounge at the Radisson
30 Year Anniversary Celebration Hotel, time TBA, cost $25. Laterthat evening,
J 15 K t k' P 'd P d & we will host The Out ofTown show featuring
une P913 ucFiartiaLrl .e Indra e entertainers from across the country and
n 8 es ' OUISV' e immediately following, we will have our very
June 16 Kentuckiana Pride Festival, popular Male Review featuring entertainers
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work that KFA was dorng for me for all
Welcomes New Members members of the GLBTQ community. I had i
_ . the privilege of working with the current
Three new members have Jorned the chair of the Bluegrass chapter, Pablo
steering committee of the Bluegrass Brown. He was very energetic and
Chapter 01‘ KFA- We asked each Of them to persuasive in encouraging me to return to
say a few words about themselves. volunteer again.
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p . . ' . . lanticipate that throughthe Bluegrass
occupations including horse breeder, retail . .

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Information Service and now the ' . .'
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colle e l have not been involvcgd with create change. I hope that I have a long

. g ' . . . futurewith KFA,andlwanttosaythankyou
fairness issues prior to servrng on the

. . . to the members of the Bluegrass chapter
steering committee of Bluegrass Fairness for making me feel included and important
Alliance. i look fonivard to the day when all

. . . from the very start.

people enjoy equal rights and protections, . _

not only under the laws of Kentucky, but KelliO’Brren .

every other state aswell.lhope by serving I moved to Lexrngton from northern

onthe steering committeeofthe Bluegrass Kentucky when lIgraduated from. lllgh

Fairness Alliance that I can contribute to SChOOl In 1988- Whlle l was at UK, liorned

thatend UKLambda and began lobbying for
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' lam ve excite d with the ossibilities accounting, lwent to work for the state and

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skills I have been a volunteer with man marriage even though we were atwar. After

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on the Amendment. campaign, and Chapter of KFA. The other members ofthe
learnedalotabouttheimportanceofthese KFA Bluegrass steering committee are'
organizations. . Paul Brown, Jennifer Crossen, Beth

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 ' ' German Parliament to repeal the anti- gay
Transgender Activism Paragraph 175 ofthe Penal Code.
by mary crone Hirschfeld founded the Institute of
If you don’t read this entire article, Sexology in Bgrlin in 1919' One Of his
do read the part about the Compton's goals we? to- .lmptove the treatment 0f
_ . H _ sexual minorities including transgender
Cafeteria Riot and the Screemlng people He employed transgender
QueenS"0n pages 16- 17- individuals on the staff of his institute and
There are a variety of terms to refer to worked with Berlin's police department to
gender orientation including male, female, curtail the arrest 0f cross-dressed
trans, transgende r, genderqueer, individuals on suspicion ofprostitution.
intersexual, andtranssexual./ am usingthe He promoted enocrinological
term transgender to include everyone that (hormone treatments) and surgical
transgresses gender norms including all services for transgender people who
the labels above and more. The term wished to Change the gendered
transsexual indicates those of us who live appearance 0f their bodies. The first
(or want to live) a good part of their/ives as modern "sex-change" surgeries were
the gender other than the one assigned at carried out in collaboration with Hirschfeld
birth. and his medical staff in the early 19305.
Historically, trans people have beena There is a docudrama film about
part of world cultures in many ways not Hirschfeld, The Einstein ofSex, thatwill be
covered in this article. This article focuses shown during Pride Month.

0“ European‘and American transgender Louise Lawrence: MTFTransActivist
activisminthelast150years. Little information is available
l have had the mistaken impression . .. . . .
that transgender activism has been a concerning trans political aCt'V'ty m the
relatively new endeavor, following in the United States m the first half .Of the

. . . twentieth century. A central yet Virtually
footsteps of gay-lesbian actiwsm. I knew unknown figure in the history of
that the 1969 Stonewall riots were . .

. . . transgender community formation was
instigated largely by drag queens, butldid Louise Lawrence, a male-to-female
not understand this event as a part of a t . .
. . . ransgender person who began livmg
longer history of trans actIVIsm. l have f . . . .
. . ulltime as a woman in San Francrsco in
learned that transgender actIVIsm has a the 19403
long history. L ' .
awrence developed a Widespread
MagnusHirschfeld: correspondence network with
FirstGLBT Political Organization and transgender people throughout Europe
FirstSex ReassignmentSurgeries and the United States by the 1950s, and
Individuals have worked to decrease worked closely with Alfred Kinsey to bring
the oppression and discrimination against the needs Of transgender people to the
people who do not fit into the gender norms attention of somal solentists and sex
of western culture since the late nineteenth reformers.
century. In 1897, physician Magnus Virginia Prince: First PeerSupport and
Hirschfeldjoined with others in founding the Advocacy Groups
Scientific—Humanitarian Committee, the Lawrence was also a mentor to
gresdicgfelgictglwhgawniezfigld irritovt/hcfonmsllertl: Virginia Prince, who founded the first peer
su ort and advocac rou s for male
GLBT rights. They worked unsuccessfully USES-dressers in m); gUnited States.
for several decades to persuade the continued on next page
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 Prince believed that the binary gender Hose and Heels Club, one of the first
system harmed both men and women by support groups for cross dressers and
alienating them from their full human transsexual individuals. Support
potential, and she considered cross- organizations for male cross-dressers
dressing to be one means of redressing proliferated in the 1970s and 19803, most
this perceived socialill. traced their roots Prince's pioneering
In 1952, Prince and a handful of other organizations.
transgender people in Southern California Compton's Cafeteria: “Screaming
published Transvestia: The Journal of the Queens” The pre- Stonewall Riot
Amencan Socrety for Equality ”7 Dr”?- Militanttranssexualresistancefirstoccurred
Th°99h_ 't lasted only “”9 Issues, ”“5 in San Francisco in 1966, on a hot August
. publication marks the beginning _0f the night at a popular all—night restaurant,
transgender rights movement In the Compton's Cafeteria, in the seedy
UnrtedStates. _ . ' Tenderloin district. Compton's Cafeteria
Also _'n 1952' 9hr'8tmf Jorgensen was one of the few places where trans
had a wrdely publrcrzed sex-change people could congregate publicly in the city.
operation that made her an International They were not always welcome in gay bars
celebrity and brought transgender [$593 at that time because cross-dressing was
to.publrc attention. In 1960' Virginia illegal. Police could use the presence of
Prince again tried DUbI'Sh'ng a journal, cross dressed people in a bar as a pretext
also called Transvestia. This time it for making a raid and closing it down.
became a success and provrded Hustlers, street people, cross dressers, ‘
information about transgender Issues for drag queens, gays, lesbians and other 1
many years. In 1962, she founded the commued on next page
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 ,1 gender queer folks frequented this newly installed plate-glass windows being
1 restaurant until early morning hours. smashed again.
t On this particular night, a belligerent This act of resistance was a dramatic
s cop accustomed to manhandling turning point for the transgender
_'t Compton's clientele, attempted to arrest community. A network of transgender
9 one of the queens. Instead of going quietly, social, psychological, and medical support

she threw her coffee in his face. The crowd services was established. Activists worked

erupted, cups, saucers, and trays began with Harry Benjamin who set the "standards

flying through the air. The police retreated for care” for medical treatment including

outside and called in reinforcements. The “sex change” or, what is now called sexual
d Compton's management ordered the reassignment surgery for transsexuals.
‘t place closed, and those still inside began They also received support and money from 7
t, breaking windows. Police reinforcements the Erickson Educational Foundation and in
y arrived, and the fighting became serious. 1968 created the National Transsexual
a For the first time, drag queens and trans Counseling Unit, the first peer-run support
5 people fought back. A number of and advocacy organization intheworld.
" policemen were injured, stomped by size Not only did trans people receive
3 1O high-heeled shoes or hit in the face with recognition, services, and hope from the
S aheavy purse. Compton resistance, gay, lesbian, and
’f The next night, more transgender bisexual people also were encouraged to
{t people, hustlers, Tenderloin street people, work for an end to oppression. Stonewall
" as well as middle class gays and lesbians occurred three years after Compton and
;’ joined in a picket line outside the cafeteria, was another event led by trans people.
’r which would not allow transgender people An examination of our history tells me

backin.The demonstration ended with the that Stonewall was not the start of our

resistance or our civil rights movement.
GLBT people have been working steadily
NEED YARD ”ftp and will continue to do so untill all
' oppression ends. Seere/atedarticlep921.
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