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Created Date: 04-01-1980
Edition: April 1980, Issue 4
Publisher: Gay/Lesbian Organization at Fort Wayne
Coverage: 1980-1987
Frequency: Published Monthly
Digitally Archived: 2016
Transcript: Three Rivers' One In Six • TROIS • April 1980 • Fort Wayne, Indiana • Issue 4 • GLO Elects First Board • by Barry Davis The Gay/Lesbian Organization's first Board of Directors was elected at the March 5th general meeting at the Mental Health Center. Other discussion among the twenty-four people in attendance in¬cluded the possibility of hosting the next state conference on May 17th here in Ft. Wayne. GLO's first Board of Directors includes John Scott, chairperson of the original task force on homosexuality at the First Presbyterian Church; Susan Roads, active in TROIS and the Special Interest Activi¬ties Committee of GLO; Jan Vodinh, elec¬ted to the first steering committee that came out of the original task force on homosexuality; Kent Neuhauser, editor-in chief of TROIS; and Ricke Gibeau, chair¬person of the Educational Committee of GLO. Now that a Board of Directors has been elected, they will be meeting to final¬ize the incorporation papers. When asked how she felt about the newly elected board and the future of GLO, Susan Roads replied, "I am very pleased to see women represented so well on the board. GLO can go anywhere from here, and I would like to see imput from peo¬ple as to where they want to see GLO go." She also feels that "there should be room for everyone, within the gay/ lesbian community, of all diverse opin¬ions." Jan Vodinh responded that she is "pleased with the board in that all viewpoints are represented from the gay/lesbian community and non-gay com¬munity, and that the activist to ultra-conservative is also represented. I have high hopes for the organization and like very much what the organization is doing right now." Kent Neuhouser stated, "So far GLO has been a very exciting experience for me. I can see a lot of good things happening within the local gay/lesbian community, from learning more about ourselves and each other to overcoming the misunder¬standings and oppression-of the non-gay community. We still have quite a strug¬gle ahead of us; some of that looks scary, but I feel confident with GLO's unity." Ricke Gibeau felt "excited about the make-up of the board" and sees "a lot of growth and progress". John Scott was "pleased with such a cre¬ative and optomistic people" and sensed a "trust and mutual respect for each others concerns and experiences". Discussion at the March 5th meeting also concluded that the next Indiana State Gay/Lesbian conference will be held May 17th at Ft. Wayne. UGA (University Gay Activists) has offered to co-sponsor the conference with GLO, with possibility of having it held on IU/PU campus. The idea of educating ourselves and others has been discussed as a theme for the conference. • A Publication of the Gay/ Lesbian Organization (GLO) At Fort Wayne • EDITORSPACE Them & Us Next month "they" march against "us". They with their labels, their ammuni¬tion, and their scriptures; us with our struggle to be free to love. They are a group of so-called Christians marching on Washington for "righteousness and morality". We are gay men and lesbians; we struggle beneath their oppression to break labels and appreciate our true selves. Them and Us. Their oppression is harsh; their oppression is sharp and painful, but we are a people who have survived the pain thus far and who are determined to begin to end unacceptance, injustice, and hatred. Us and Them. Once again the teams choose up sides. As if we didn’t learn from the black people's stories and the black ghettos. As if we shut our eyes to wo-men's pain of being a second-rate citi¬zen. I don't think we even keep in mind what happened over forty years ago in Germany. The deaths of the thousands of Jews and homosexuals were not a William Friedkin movie to be protested or a di¬saster bestseller. These mass graves are a reality that still whisper of murder, a memory, a warning, but we do not lis¬ten even here. Them and Us. Them looking at us, not in us, and spitting at our faces and foot-steps. They have no idea where our paths have come from or where they are going. If they did know, they would understand. Us and Them. I often ask what it is they hate about us. They may hate your style of clothes or my make of car, but what is it about us as a whole that they so despise and call immoral? We are book¬readers, opera lovers, sports fans, stamp collectors, socialists, democrats, republicans, teachers, students, clergy, atheists, farmers, lawyers, doctors, ac¬tors, singers, promiscuous, monogomus, single, . coupled, triangled, men, women, children, senior citizens, handicapped, black, yellow, red, white, waiters, maids, presidents of corporations, and yes, hair stylists; and yet, we are so often put in one group because of our sexual preference. They make us believe that our sexuality is our nucleus. How dare they presume that homosexual love means simply homosexual sex. Love is caring. Love is sharing. Love is under¬standing- or at least trying to. Love is supporting one another and nursing wounds from falling down. Love is touch¬ing with minds and fingers and knowing how good it feels. And yes, love is sex¬ual expression, too. Them and Us. They call us child moles¬ters yet over 90% of child molesters are not gay. They call us queer as they fear their own differences and uniqueness. They dare to say they speak for God and call us immoral but their attacks and lies prove no signs of what I learned Christianity is. They call us sick and I wonder what symptoms they see in us; are they afraid of the way we walk, talk, or hold a cigarette? Us and Them. Our growing up and growing within can often be rough. We as "child molesters", "Queers", "psycopaths", "sexual deviants", and, in Anita Bryant's words, "human garbage", often find it hard-and many times impossible ¬to totally repair our self image. For many, our slogans of "Gay is Good", "Happy to be Gay", and "Our God, too", bounce over our own brains and never really soak through our childhood fears of being "queer" or "faggot". That is why we are often seen in groups-holding hands at least mentally. That is why we strive for gentleness and understanding for not only ourselves, but for others who experience the same kind of pain. Them and Us. I sit and think sometimes¬ as we all have done-about what is really happening between them ad us. When I love another man and I feel the surge of love inside me screaming, I am able to see the magnificence of it and its priceless beauty; it is obvious to me that that love is valid. I love another man-what's wrong with that? The absur¬dity of the conflict baffles me. Yet still their voices call me perverse. It is obvious that they have never seen me in love-they refuse to. Suddenly it dawns on me how they can stifle me al¬most to suffocation. I see how at times I am truly only half of my person. When I decide against holding my lover's hand in public, I am only half of myself. When I walk by a school yard and hear the teasing slams of "fag" or "queer" between schoolmates, half of me shrivels up inside and once again I am only half o:r myself. When talking with old friends or old relatives and I change pronouns about my date or go along with their in¬quiries about when I will marry and "settle down", I am even less than half of myself. Us and Them. We live with them side by side so uncomfortably and the space be-tween us reeks of hatred-or more truth¬fully, fear. Them and Us. Us and Them. Yes, I guess it does make me angry but I remember the importance of patience and my own under¬standing for their fear of change. Yes, deep down the anger is probably what keeps me struggling and striving-and gaining. I am not pessimistic for I talk to gay people who went through their struggles ten, twenty, thirty years ago and I see the progress. Our goal is not to change others' lifestyles but to con¬tinue developing the understanding be¬tween them and us, us and them. It is inevitable that we will continue to grow in our individual strength to face those who hate us-and always probably will-but we must watch that we do not sink to their level and hate back. Brothers and sisters, we must continue our "ministry" to the world, trying to put out the fires of homophobia and trying to smooth the road out a bit for our very young sisters and brothers. In doing this we cannot be labeled as a single issue group for we are surely capable of feel¬ing empathy for and helping the other oppressed minorities (together we make up quite a majority): blacks, Jews, wo¬men, the elderly, the handicapped. To¬gether we must strive for the day when it is not us and them or them and us, but me and you and you and you and you and you and you and you … different yet compatible cells making up one body. •"TROIS" (Three Rivers One In Six) is a monthly publication of the "Gay/Lesbian Organization at Fort Wayne." All correspondence (suggestions, donations, manuscripts, et.) may be sent to P.O. Box 9157, Fort Wayne., lN., 46809. Material in this newsletter is original unless otherwise credited. Any opinion included is ex¬pression of the writers only. Please credit "TROlS-Fort Wayne." when reprinting from us. "TROIS is funded through donations and fund-raisers so that the issues may be free and therefore reach as many persons as possible. Our purpose as an information source is to receive and relay news, opinion, and activities that would contribute to the building of the gay and lesbian movement and the growth of gay and lesbian consciousness. Persons’ names, organizations, and advertisers included in "TROIS" are no indication of their sexual preference • RESPONSE • Dear Friends, Hats off to Kent Neuhouser's editorial in issue #3 of TROIS: You have recognized the need for all persons who believe in human rights to join together in such efforts. How de¬prived is any cause that becomes exclu¬sive. Your acknowledgment of the major role of non-gays in the organization of GLO at Fort Wayne speaks well to your intention to continue such mutual support as the organization continues to grow and deve¬lop. We especially appreciate your recogni¬tion of the need to drop such labels as "straight." Labels can become rigid, limiting, and oppressive and we appreci¬ate your sensitivity to that fact. Finally, we look forward to each issue of TROIS. In addition to the wealth of information it contains, it reminds us of our continuing rich relationships with close friends whose dedication is to a society where life is increasingly more human for all human beings. Sincerely, Herb & Laurie Weier P.S. Please accept the enclosed contri¬bution. Dear GLO, I have experienced a most unusual phe¬nomenon for Fort Wayne-something progressive ¬and successful-GLO. This I attribute ¬primarily to the attitudes and insight of the leadership. GLO is an open, honest and well-managed RE)PON)E CONT. effort to bring together and air out the many care-worn or stalemated factions, moods and dogmas of the gay population of Fort Wayne. GLO is exciting, but rmore importantly, I think, comfortable. And this, in the end, will allow positive interaction and influence upon the larger community. I have found that most often it is not how different one is from others, but how comfortable one is with ones' dif¬ference that affects people. GLO is supportive, yet puts sexual preference in perspective with the other many de¬mands of life and promotes general human good will and understanding. Diane Swain • Trois welcomes letters of criticism, praise, comment, and information from its readers on any subject. Since the letters printed are the opinion of the writer and not necessarily of TROIS, they must b. signed and the full name will be printed with the letter unless accompanied with a statement giving permission to use only a part of the name. TROIS reserves the right to edit or reject any letter sub¬mitted. Address letters to "RESPONSE" c/o TROIS, Box 9157, Ft. Wayne, IN 46809. In so managing this "RESPONSE" column, we hope to fulfill our purpose as a forum for public comment, opinion, and dialogue •The Gay/Lesbian Organization meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room of the Day Therapy Building at the Mental Health Center, 909 East State Blvd. • STAFF • EDITOR- IN-CHIEF, Kent J. Neuhouser; FEATURE EDITOR, Barry Davis; COPY EDITOR, Susan Roads; CALENDAR EDITOR & CIRCULATION, Ed Lower; CON¬TRIBUTORS: Steve Lewis, Bill Silverman, Willie Harney, and David Muehlenbruch. If you are interested in working with TROIS or another area of GLO at Fort Wayne, contact Kent Neuhouser at 745-4460 or write to TROIS. • Capitol Brief: Have You Heard? • A national march on Washington for "righteousness and morality" has been set for Tuesday, April 29th. Fundamen¬talist organizers of the event, known both as "Washington for Jesus" and "One Nation Under God", expect to draw one million persons. Implications of this march could be very serious for the lesbian/ gay movement. Inside literature with a limited cir¬culation states, "We call upon this nation to repent of conduct contrary to the purposes for which it was founded and clear the commandment of the word of God." Examples of the "contrary conduct" listed are, homo¬sexuality, divorce, pornography, for¬nication, and "humanism". The march has received the support but not the sponsorship of Christian Voice, the first openly anti-gay lobby on capital hill. For more information regarding this march or to express your views on it, call the toll free information number 1-800-446-8306. • In Germany, they had concentration camps for homosexuals, insane, de- generates, Jews and Communists and they should have them here (United States)." -George Dietz, Nazi "Activist" • Letters…Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Professional Services Commit¬tee of GLO invites written inquir¬ies to be responded to and shared in the newsletter, TROIS. Person¬al, financial, legal, and sexual questions/concerns can be sent to Gay/Lesbian Concerns, c/o TROIS at P.O. Box 9157, Ft. Wayne, IN, 46809. All letters will be an¬swered that enclose a self-ad¬dressed, stamped envelope. If you do not want your letter/reply printed (names will not be used), please indicate this in your let¬ter. • Gay Awareness Week at IUPU: What is homosexuality? by Steve Lewis What does it mean to be a gay/lesbian living in a heterosexual dominated world? How would our straight brothers and sisters react if the 'shoe was on the other foot' … that is, if they were the oppressed? How can gays/lesbians create a more open, hon¬est, and positive image of their lifestyles? These are the three tough questions which motivated the re-emergence of the University Gay Activists and their Gay Aware¬ness Week (March 17th to the 22nd). In an effort to declare their own self-affirma¬tion and to raise the consciousness of some of their fellow students, the UGA members (10 people strong!) designed a week of events to celebrate the hope, the joy, and the pain of being gay/lesbian. The first activity of the week was a poster contest in which one poster was selected to replace a defaced and mutilated one that has been hanging for several years in the Student Union. The winning poster was designed by Conrad Satala. It was a simple poignant poster of a lavendar triangle and the words "Gay Pride Now" written at the bottom. The lavendar triangle was the badge that homosexual men and women were re-quired to wear in Nazi Germany. This new UGA poster will help call attention to the on-going struggle of gays. In a simple ceremony outside the Dean of Students' office, Dr. William Gay (UGA faculty sponsor) presented the poster to the Dean. However, the new poster is homeless at the present. Former members had hung the old poster without permission and in an illegal spot in the Student Union. UGA and the college are work¬ing to find an appropriate place for it. Also on Monday an Information Booth was set up in Neff Hall. Pamphlets and news¬letters of the various local and national gay/lesbian organizations were available to interested persons. Also, a selection of books and articles were displayed for people to browse through. A number of people did stop to ask questions about general con¬cerns and to express interest and support for the group. While there were earlier fears that some hostility might be expressed against the booth, there were no at¬tempts to harass the UGA members. Tuesday activities consisted of a bake sale and the announcement of the essay winner. Held in Kettler Hall, the bake sale drew hungry crowds who had no qualms about buying food from gays/lesbians. With tongue in cheek, members displayed a large bowl of fresh fruit for sale. Perhaps this humor helped in erasing people's inhibitions about the booth. The group made a profit of $30 which will go to help pay the expenses of the week. The essay contest was won by Kent Neuhouser. The winning essay was con¬cerned with the development of positive image of gays and the need for social and po¬litical reforms. This essay is also the editorial in this month's TROIS. On Wednesday a panel discussion was presented on the Myths and Realities of Homosex¬uality. The panelists were Dr. William Gay, Conrad Satala, and Terri Worman (co-ordi¬nator of the week). While attendance was smaller then expected, twenty-two concerned people shared a number of questions with the panel. The discussion was loosely struc¬tured around a questionnaire given to each person upon arrival at the meeting. The questionnaire listed 12 typical fill-in statements based on stereotype images of gays/lesbians. After the audience responded on paper to these images, the panel col¬lected them and discussed each statement on an individual basis. After each statement, discussion was encouraged concerning the realities of that particular myth. All in all, the sharing of ideas and feelings was open, honest, and caring. The audience was basically very sympathetic and supportive towards the needs of gays/lesbians. All three panelists felt the discussion went extremely well towards meeting the concerns and needs of the audience. Thursday was the most controversial day of the week in the eyes of the straight stu¬dents. The idea behind Gay Jean Day was simple. How would the straight student feel (s)he were given a label based merely on what (s)he wore; and, then, were treated • Gay Awareness … cont. • solely upon the implications of that label and not as a human being. As Terri stated, "We wanted to put the shoe on the other foot…. to make them realize the total impli¬cations of being treated as a label and never as a human being." Thus, UGA proclaimed that all who wore jeans on Thursday, March 20th, would be assumed to be gay. Before the proclamation was issued, members not only realized the possibility of negative reaction but realized the reaction might be a positive step in opening people's a¬wareness. However, reaction was more hostile and unsympathetic then most believed it would be. Letters to the IUPU Communicator ran 3 to 1 against the idea of Gay Jean Day. Some critics made use of the proverbial trite moral/religious argument. Others simply used their own deep sexual insecurity to voice their homophobia. Moreover, most responses missed the entire idea behind Gay Jean Day and went off in search of the needle in the haystack. However, these particular critics were probably not rep¬resentative of the campus. Indeed, most students were upset but not hostile. They were upset more with having to change their dressing patterns than at the idea of Gay Jean Day. However, the most frequent question asked during the week concerned the Thursday event. Thus many students were sensitive enough to break through their inhi¬bitions and defenses to ask questions. It is these students who hopefully have been made more aware of the oppression of gays. The highlight of the week was the spring dance on Saturday night. Taking place at the Fort (cafeteria) in the Student Union, the dance cost a cheap $2 at the door and in¬cluded free refreshments throughout the evening. Simply decorated in pink and laven¬der, the Fort gave off a cozy atmosphere in which to talk with friends, relax, and spend a pleasant evening. A variety of recorded music was provided by different peo¬ple. While attendance was small, those who attended cut loose on the dance floor and made the evening into a festive time. One unexpected positive happening has arisen out of Gay Awareness Week. Due to a high interest among IUPU faculty and support by the administration, members of UGA have been invited into about 10 classes to speak and answer questions concerning gays/les¬bians. According to Dr. Gay, these invitations are meaningful in that 200 to 300 stu¬dents are being reached on a more personal level which allows for a better interac¬tion and understanding between the students. UGA members are teaming up in groups of two … one male and one female … so as to achieve an equal and honest discussion. The format which has evolved emphasizes the positive similarities and concerns between gays and straights. "So far", according to Terri Worman, "these have been really good discussions and dialogues between the classes and the speakers". These invitations are excellent ways to achieve new levels of awareness for everybody." For a fairly young group of concerned gays/lesbians, UGA has made a great step for¬ward in establishing an on-going dialogue with their fellow students. After several weeks of hard work, long hours, and soul searching, UGA definitely made Gay Awareness a week of celebration. (ADVERTISEMENT) RAINBOWS OF LIFE… ALTERNATIVE LIFE STYLE COUNSELING Individual - Couples - Family - Children - Coming out groups by and for the Gay/Lesbian commu¬nity. CONRAD L. SATALA, M.S. … (219) 422-7913 • Local Shows Gay Discussion • by Barry Davis "Homosexuality" was the topic of discus¬sion on WXKE's "Point Blank" program, February 29th with Kent Neuhauser, ed¬itor-in-chief of TROIS and administrator of GLO being interviewed by Art Templer. Kent's closing comments summed up the topic in a nut shell by saying, "We want people to finally realize that gay peo¬ple are capable of love, not only vio¬lence and rest-room trade and cruising". On March 7th Rev. Chuck Steele, minister (Cont. on page 7) • GLO Officers Named • GLO's first board of directors met im¬mediately following the general meeting March 5th to choose officers for the six month term. The board met again March 17th to begin drawing up the articles of incorporation and by-laws. After much discussion the five board members, Ricke Gibeau, Kent Neuhauser, Susan Roads, John Scott, and Jan Vodinh, filled the four offices. Kent Neuhauser was named Administrator of GLO (the Ad-ministrator had to be a board member), John Scott was chosen as Administrative Assistant, Ed Lower is the new trea¬surer, and David Muehlenbruch was named Secretary. The board of directors as a whole will make policy, see that gay/lesbian related needs are met through GLO, and see that the officers follow through with their responsibilities. Kent Neuhouser, as Administrator, will lead GLO general meetings and board meetings; John Scott will work closely with the Administrator in arranging meetings and acting as Ad¬ministrator in Neuhouser's absence. Ed Lower will keep the Treasury books and give monthly financial reports and David Muehlenbruch will be in charge of each meeting's minutes and some correspon¬dance. At the March 17th meeting, GLO's board drew up the articles of Incorporation. After meeting with GLO's attorney, Robert Swain, the board plans on pre-senting the articles to the membership at the April 2nd meeting for discussion and voting. everrone in-valved. • WORKSBOP .... by Ed Lower • March 11th saw the first of a continuing series of workshops to be present¬ed by the Educational Committee of GLO. "Gee, I Didn’t Know That About You" was the theme of the first meet¬ing at First Presbyterian Church in room 303. Twenty-five people attended to discuss the scheduled topics of dating, roles, co-existence, how peo¬ple develop relationships, sexual be¬havior, cross dressing, and expecta-tions in relationships as they relate to lesbians and gays and our similari¬ties/ differences. Two lively discussion sessions with a coffee break provided the participants with ample opportunity to express their views and gain meaningful in¬sights- into how others think and be¬have. The following quotes sum up the this timely workshop: "I loved it, I was pleasently sur¬prised." "Very, very good. The meeting was very stimulating!" "I think this is an excellent series as we need to know about each other before we can educate the non-gay com¬munity." "was very happy to see everyone involved. The second workshop of this series has been scheduled for Tuesday, the 22nd of April, at eight o'clock in room 300 of the First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne Street. COME AND SEE AND JUST BE YOURSELF • Continued from page 6 • of Metropolitan Community Church in Ft. Wayne appeared on the local television show "Morning Break". The topic of dis¬cussion that morning was transexuals. Since I was unable to view the show my-self, I spoke with Rev. Steele on the phone, and he made it clear that the show was "very positive" and that even the people that called in were very positive. Theological implications were discussed as to whether it would be moral or immoral. "The New Couple", gay men and straight women was the controversial topic on "Morning Break", Wednesday, March 19th with guest Carol Durham, one of our local counselors. The "New Couple" was very interesting and to some, very confusing, but I believe ¬Carol, in her closing statement, (Cont. on page 9) • OUR GOD TOO • A. gay Catholics are members of Christ's mystical body, numbered. among the people of God. We have an inherent right to dignity because God created us, His Son died for us, and the Holy Spirit sanctified us in Baptism, making us a Temple through which the love of God becomes visible. Because of this, it's our right, privilege, and duty to live the sacramental life of the Church, so that we can become powerful Instruments of God's love working among all people. - DIGNITY • •YOU ARE INVITED TO: fort wayne DIGNITY'S 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration • by Steve Lewis On April 19th, Dignity/Fort Wayne will celebrate the third anniversary of its formation and chartering. The community is cordially invited to attend and par¬ticipate in the following activities: 6 p.m. - Mass at McDougal Chapel - corner of Lewis and Calhoun. (To be co¬celebrated) 7 p.m. - Cocktail Hour - Centlivre Party Room - Centlivre Apts. 8 p.m.- Dinner - Centlivre Party Room 9 p.m.- Dance - Centlivre Party Room The fee for dinner is $5.50 per person and reservations may be made in advance. Checks should be made out to Dignity/ Fort Wayne and sent to Dignity, P.O. Box 5081, Fort Wayne, IN., 46895. Admission to the dance only is $1.00. A well stocked cash bar will be open during cocktail hour and the dance. Please note this event on your calendar and be sure to invite friends. For more information, call 422-7913 or 484-5634. • Workshops Offered • The following workshops are offered by the Mental Health Center for the month of April. For more information call 482-9111, extension 280. ** WOMEN & MENTAL HEALTH ** This workshop will focus on issues in mental health and their relevance to wo¬men in contemporary society. The series will examine the historical and prevail¬ing attitudes toward women held by pro-fessionals in the mental health field. The workshop will focus on female sex ¬role socialization and its impact on psychological adjustment. The course will also examine feminist and non-sex¬ist therapies. Date: Tuesdays, April 8-29 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Place: F112, Day Therapy Building **MEN IN TRANSITION** This workshop will examine the develop¬ment of male-female roles in this coun¬try and its influence on men's beliefs. For men only. Date & Time: Friday, April 11, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 12, 10-5 p.m. Place: Day Therapy Lounge Fee: $15.00 per person • SEX ROLE SOCIALIZATION • This workshop will center on the way ri¬gid sex role stereotypes can stunt per¬sonal growth. Androgyny-a blending of blending of what our society labels as masculine and feminine traits - will be discussed. For any woman or man who wants to explore societal attitudes and labels about growing up male or female and how she/he is affected by them. Date: Wednesdays, April 9-30; May 7-28 Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Place: Personnel Building Fee: $24.00 person; $32.00 couple • DEPRESSION • Depression is a condition known to ma¬n-kind since ancient times. What is de¬pression? What are the symptoms and what can be done to combat them? Date: Friday, April 18 Time: 1-5 p.m. Place: Administration Bldg., Board Room. • Legal Rights & Gays • * by Ray Mesler* Janet Mitchell and Robert Swain, Attor¬neys- at-Law, presented a workshop on "Legal Rights for Gays". It was at a regular meeting of Dignity, Sunday, March 16th, 1980, at the Cathedral's MacDougal Chapel. The session was infor¬mative, practical and often intertain¬ing. Swain and Mitchell showed that they cared, admitted what difficulties are, amused the audience from time to time, and continuously demonstrated dogged research. Swain first discussed matters of per¬sonal life: relationships, contracts, and property ownership, then Mitchell dealt with employment discrimination, criminal law, and civil liberty. Each interrupted the other once in a while to supplement the other's remarks or to prod the other into more details. Often they referred to specific examples, or to landmark cases, thus keeping the topic earthbound. Their style was help¬ful to lay persons; their content ap¬peared authoritative enough to please peers. The underlying theme was: All rights for all persons derive from the Constitu¬tion. Their interpretation of that te¬net, however, was generally conserva¬tive. In particular, Swain seemed to keep the individual rights of property¬ owners, as they choose to publicly use their property, heavily balanced against gays'/lesbians' individual rights to personal freedom and personal choice. This writer was left with the impression that desegregation would not have pro¬nationally as far as it has had Lawyer Swain been the sole arbiter of relevant Constitutional law. Swain referred to marriage, relation¬ships similar to marriage, benefits and disadvantages of marital relationships, the fundamental right to marriage, same¬sex marriages, contracts that can achieve some marriage benefits, sever-ability provisions, economics in such contracts rights and duties of each contracted party, property-ownership problems, prescribed inheritance pos¬sibilities, and medical treatment con¬sents. Mitchell frequently stopped the flow of her discourse to bring up the American Civil Liberties Union. In fact, one had the feeling she agreed to appear at the forum in order to hawk ACLU membership sales. That was unfortunate. The union is too prestigious, too useful to Amer¬ica to merit hard-sell PR. Her presenta¬tion was too valuable, too appropriate to her listeners to be marred by what appeared a commission-based hucksterism. She referred to public employment guar¬antees, private employment rights, indi¬vidual capability judgments as compared to class characteristic judgments, pri¬vate consensual sex acts, public inde¬cency laws, whether or not to plead guilty, rationally convincing law agen¬cies of appropriate enforcement practi¬ces, local application of liberal ordi¬nances, the right to public demonstra-tion/ gathering without reprise, and pre¬vailing enforcement attitudes toward homosexual behavior. The lawyers were generous with their time and knowledge, answering at least 17 questions from the group. Some topics questioned: rights of the military, beneficiaries, name-changes, borrowing money, same-sex divorce, advertisement discrimination, and gay couples showing affection in public. A few highlights from this very educa¬tional dialigue, for which Dignity and Ken Westhoven deserve compliments also, were: (1) there are several possible facsimiles of marriage law benefits available; (2) Supreme Court has yet to consider the legality of same-sex mar¬riages; (3) there's more than one way to protect oneself against discrim1natory firings; (4) attorneys can't help the gay/lesbian cause if victims won't leg¬ally pursue retribution after encounter¬ing illegal discrimination; (5) entrap¬ment is a valid defense; and (6) there's no law against open, decent display of affection. If a reader learns of another Janet Mitchell/Robert Swain Gay Rights presen¬tation scheduled some place, this repor¬ter's recommendation is pure and simple: GO! (Continued from page 7) summed it up well when she said, "Loving and caring about people comes in lots of different guises ••• and it can happen in lots of different ways". Carol said "acceptance" was the key word; a good word for many people to get to know. • 1980 APRIL 1980 • 6) EASTER 6: 00 AM MCC CHURCH EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE 8:00 AM BREAKFAST FOLLOWING MORNING SERVICE $3 DONATION * * METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE 6:45 PM 2802 SOUTH LAFAYETTE ST. 13) METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE 6:45 PM 2802 SOUTH LAFAYETTE ST. 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