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MORE TRUE CONFESSIONS: READERS SOUND OFF 




A MAG, 



IR GAY LIBERATION 



COURAGE & 
CARING IN 
NORTH 



BAY 



Val Fournier 
and Cate Lazarov came 
out proud in small-town 
Ontario — and they're 
helping others do 
the same 







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Family flicks? 

| Critic Barbara Halpern Martineau 
I says that's mostly what we got at the 
Toronto Festival of Festivals 

Teaching sexuality 

I Jim Monk reviews a book by a man who 
I will never teach again, Tom 0' Carroll's 
I Paedophilia: The Radical Case 

And... 






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» Saskatoon celebrates Metamorphosis 
i Judge says bedroom not a bawdyhouse 
)Jane Rule looks at sexual jealousy 



THE BRUNER REPORT 

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the December 1977 / January 1978 
issue of TBP. The first attack on the 
gay community by Ontario Attorney 
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in its tracks. Gay people in Canada 
were ensured a strong and 
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TrueNorth, strongandgay 27 

In North Bay, Ontario, a group of gay people led by a dynamic lesbian 
couple startle the residents of this small city just by being themselves — 
working, dancing, loving and caring. 

The Bruner Report 10 

The City-Council-commissioned study on police/gay relations confirms a 
lot of what gay people have been saying for years. That's gratifying, but 
will the politicians really pay any attention? 

Court victories and celebrations 9 

On September 24, a Toronto judge ruled that a man 's home wasn 't a 
bawdyhouse, displeasing the Crown — they appealed — but giving the 
city's gay people cause for celebration. Also celebrating: Gays of Ottawa 
on their tenth anniversary; Prairie dykes and faggots at Metamorphosis 
in Saskatoon; and 165 revellers at "the largest gathering of homosex- 
uals under one roof in the history of New Brunswick. " All in The News. 

A case for child love 31 

Someday there 'II be a school named for Tom 'Carroll, author of 
Paedophilia: The Radical Case, says reviewer Jim Monk. Meanwhile, the 
author languishes in prison for "conspiracy to corrupt public morals. " 

Film fest and the family 34 

Critic Barbara Martineau says most of the Toronto festival offerings were 
a celebration of the patriarchal family; Sue Golding and Phil Shaw look at 
two films that definitely weren 't. Also in the reviews: gay lit, a singing 
Pope and some hot gossip from our man on the art scene, Andy Fabo. 

Getting to know you, part two 46 

The second of three reports on "True Confessions, " last February's 
readership survey — where you got to tell us a thing or two. . . . 



Other attractions 

So' s Your Grandmother 30 

Jane Rule on the one bit of childishness 
we're still allowed: sexual jealousy. 

The Ivory Tunnel 38 

Ian Young remembering the bad old days 
with London's GLF. 

News Analysis 21 

Leo Casey on the US Family Protection 
Act — which would protect lathers only, 
at the expense of everybody else. 

Regular departments 

Letters 4 

Editorials 8 

World News 18 

OutintheCity 22 

Classifieds 39 

Network 44 

Quote of the Month 

Opponents of the Ontario Tories proposed 
new police complaints procedure are 
' 'people who have been constantly com- 
plaining over the years. ... You don 7 see 
the Kinsmen and the Rotary Club down 
here to protest. ' ' 

— Philip Givins. chairman of the Metro 
Toronto Board of Police Commissioners at the 
Queen's Park Justice Committee hearings. 
October 5. 

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Arnold Bruner by Gerald Hannon. Design by 
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In the wake of bath raids and gay 
rebellion, I visited Toronto and was tre- 
mendously impressed with the work 
which groups like Gays and Lesbians 
Against the Right Everywhere (GLARE) 
and The Right to Privacy Committee 
(RTPC) were doing. Mobilizing gays 
behind "the right to privacy" does raise 
certain questions, however. I wrote in 
an article on the Canadian situation for 
New York Native that "the raids were 
not only an invasion of privacy, they 
were also an invasion of the semi-com- 
mercial, semi-communal public life of 
the gay ghetto... The only thing which is 
truly private about most baths and bars 
is the property, and it is primarily our 
public existence, not our right to pri- 
vacy, which is under assault by the 
right." 

Shortly before Charles Brydon re- 
signed as co-chair of the US National 
Gay Task Force, he gave a speech to a 
group of gay professionals stressing that 
our strategy for the 80s should be pur- 
suit of the right to privacy. Brydon 
stressed that even conservatives respect 
this right. But the right is free to inter- 
pret our right to privacy as being our 
right to the closet, and the closets of gay 
professionals tend to be a bit more com- 
modious than the closets of non-profes- 
sional gays. The Canadian raids and 
rebellion also teach us to look at the 
right to privacy with greater care, and I 
hope Canadian gays have a lively debate 
about the right and our right to privacy. 

In the July /August issue of TBP, 
Gerald Hannon described a visit to The 
Mineshaft, a fuck bar in New York 
City. After capturing the raunchy 
poetry of the place and much of the 
social subtext, Hannon shifts gears to 
the Toronto bath raids: "...there is a 
sense," writes Hannon, "among some 
members of The Right to Privacy Com- 
mittee that they really wish they weren't 
fighting their first bawdy house battle 
around The Barracks." Whereas one 
RTPC fundraiser "talked about how he 
might not approve of what went on 
there, but it was happening in private 
and was none of his business," Hannon 
argues (correctly, in my view) that what 
goes on in places like The Mineshaft 
and The Barracks is very much the busi- 
ness of the gay community. 

George Smith, Chairperson of the 
RTPC, responded to Hannon with a let- 
ter in the September issue of TBP. 
Smith and the RTPC are without doubt 
doing some damnably difficult work 
and want to succeed. Smith feels that 
the right to privacy is the fundamental 
basis of unity among gays seeking to de- 
fend their community. He warns that 
"sensationalistic treatment of serious 
issues taken up in the pages of our com- 
munity's major newspaper" — plainly 
pointing at Hannon and TBP — erodes 
this basis of unity. He grants that 
Hannon and TBP raise "good topics 
for philosophical discussion," but that 
speculation must not subvert pragmatic 
politics. 

Suppose, however, that the RTPC's 
pragmatism subverts gay liberation? 
The right to privacy is a defensive right 
and gays at this time must take up an 
offensive fight for community. A prag- 
matism based on privacy is a dangerous 
basis for gay unity, because it means 



our politics are shaped primarily by our 
enemies. Only a counter-revolution was 
able to erode the gay liberation move- 
ment's original basis of unity — a unity 
based on our right to the world. When 
that right has been won, our right to 
privacy will at long last be secure. 
Scott Tucker 
Philadelphia 




Allow me to take this opportunity to ex- 
press my admiration for Jim Bartley's 
insightful and eloquent indictment of 
the "tyranny of the romantic mode" 
(Letters, September TBP). As a fellow 
member of the Anti-Romance Squad, I 
too find it appalling that Hannon 
should seek to place the sexual act with- 
in a poetic construct. God knows there's 
too much poetry in our world already. 

What Bartley's letter neglected to in- 
form the readers of TBP is that the 
Anti-Romance Squad has recently com- 
pleted a six-month investigation of the 
Toronto baths. During this intensive 
undercover operation our agents discov- 
ered (much to their horror, 1 might add) 
five valentines, several gift-wrapped 
boxes of chocolate, an LP of South 
Pacific, and a small bouquet of flowers 
pressed between the pages of Gaywyck. 

Furthermore, on numerous occasions 
found-ins were caught cuddling tenderly 
in common areas and with smiles upon 
their faces. Shocking though it may be, 
we also have documentation to prove 
beyond a shadow of a doubt that some 
patrons even went so far as to whisper, 
"I love you." 

If such goings-on continue, Jim 
Bartley, myself and the entire Anti- 
Romance Squad shall have no other re- 
course but to raid the baths and bring 
charges before the courts. 

Let us hope it need not come to that. 
Jeff Richardson 
Toronto 

GWM 

When I read Peter Bowen's article, "So 
what's wrong with discrimination?" 
(October TBP) I felt angry, hurt and 
sad. 

While I receive recognition for my 
contribution to gay liberation as a gay 
Asian and do relatively well in cruising 
and social relations, my lonely struggle 
as a gay Asian goes on. 

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"I'm not asking GWMs 

to force themselves to go to bed 

with an Asian, black or Latino. I'm asking you 

to identify discrimination. " 



Lacoste and wear Levis, but the eyes 
will always be Asian, the skin will 
always be black, and the cowboy hat 
will never fit quite right. 

The white heterosexuals discriminate 
against me because I am Asian and gay. 
The Asian communities discriminate 
against me because I am a faggot. Many 
rice queens discriminate against me 
because I challenge their stereotypes of 
what a gay Asian should be. And all- 
American boys discriminate against me 
because I am a chink. 

I am not asking GWMs to force them- 
selves to go to bed with an Asian, black 
or Latino. I am, however, asking you to 
identify discrimination which produces 
the kind of oppression that heterosex- 
uals create when they discriminate 
against gay and lesbian people. When 
you are white, whether you are hairy or 
hairless, muscular or slim, well- 
endowed or not, you are still white. 
However the ethnic division of sexual 
preferences places Asians, blacks and 
latinos in a subordinate position. 

Capital flows to meet the needs of 
GWMs. Bar and bath owners, magazine 
producers, fashion designers operate 
with the unconscious idea that "gay" 
implies white gay. When what is hot is 
defined by GWMs, no matter how hard 
we try, we will never measure up. Gay 
people didn't invent racism. However 
the existence of racism in our communi- 
ties makes it hard for us to unite to fight 
our common enemy. 

Once, in Vancouver, I passed by a 
playground and saw an Asian boy sit- 
ting by himself in the corner, watching a 
group of white boys playing football. I 
sat down beside him and asked why he 
wasn't playing with them. He looked at 
me with teary eyes and said, "They 
don't let me." 

"Why?" 

"Because they said football is for 
white boys and maybe black boys." 

"So what do you do?" 

"I come here, play with my yoyo, 
alone, and watch them play football," 
he answered quietly and looked away. I 
felt tears in my eyes and hugged him. 
He hugged me back. He knew I knew. 
Lim, Public Relations 
Gay Asians of Toronto 

Glaring omissions 

Gays and Lesbians Against the Right 
Everywhere at its last meeting noted cer- 
tain absences in TBP's Toronto news 
coverage. 

•In the brief coverage of the successful 
festival sponsored by the Riverdale 
Action Committee Against Racism 
(July/August), GLARE'S participation 
in organizing the gay contingent was not 
mentioned. The estimate of the number 
of people at the festival is less than half 
the actual number. 

•GLARE initiated the event and provid- 
ed much inspiration and energy to the 
Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee. 
The number of participants in the day's 
festivities was seriously underestimated. 
According to the organizing committee, 
2,000 attended, while more than a thou- 
sand marched in the parade. The impor 
tant unity expressed between lesbian 
and gay men was not highlighted. 
•A recent rally and march against the 



Ku Klux Klan in Parkdale, in which 
gays and lesbians participated and a 
GLARE spokesperson addressed the 
crowd, failed to reach your pages. 
•The final point concerns the Gay Com- 
munity Council's forum to present 
grievances to Arnold Bruner. The brief 
and presentation by GLARE was not 
mentioned in your coverage. The 
reporter suggested that the brief by the 
Lesbians Against the Right merely 
"attempted to dispel the myth that only 
men are gay and only gay men are har- 
rassed by the police." Any suggestion 
that LAR only "attempted" to dispel 
the myth invalidated lesbian experience. 

Better luck next time! 
Kyle Rae & Gary Kinsman 
for GLARE 
Toronto 



Man/boy love 



Whereas I am in substantial agreement 
with the feminist analysis of the sexual 
abuse of girls mentioned in Lynn 
Murphy's review of The Best Kept 
Secret by Florence Rush (July /August 
TBP), there is one portion I must take 
exception to. 

"One of the obstacles to gay men ac- 
cepting a feminist analysis is an attach- 
ment to the romantic myth that in 
ancient Greece men loved each other 
without disgrace..." Here I suggest that 
she doesn't know what she's writing 
about. 

The reason for our rejection of and 
unease around the absolutism of the 
feminist analysis of child abuse is the 
knowledge from our own experience 
that child /adult sexuality is not always 
abusive. "Lesbians and feminists who 
are struggling for equality have mostly 
spent years looking at the underside of 
power, and don't like to see it combined 
with sex for children." Gay men too 
have been struggling for equality and 
some of us remember as one aspect of 
that lack of equality the prohibition 
against seeking physical and emotional 
contact with other males, including 
older ones. I resent a simple analysis, 
such as Lynn presents, that leaves our 
experiences on the wrong side of what is 
politically correct and fails to see that 
what is liberating for girls ("the right to 
say no and make it stick") is not 
necessarily liberating for boys. 

Turning to what I see as shoddy treat- 
ment oTvvhat I'd have to agree is our 
"attachment to the romantic myth that 
in ancient Greece men loved each 
other," I'd like to locate this attach- 
ment in a young gay man's life. I re- 
member entertaining that myth, unen- 
cumbered with facts about boy castra- 
tion, rape and curtailment of bonds 
because of advancing age. I remember 
the reassurance of male /male love in 
other times and places while I was sur- 
rounded by notions of male /male love 
as nonexistent and sick. 

Now I know that Greek "glory" is 
tarnished, and 1 know that I am sur- 
rounded by the possibilities of contact 
and support from other gay men. One 
of the lifelines that helped me to get to 
the relative happiness I now enjoy was 
that myth about the Greeks. In the real 
world, in which many suffer, myths can 
still be constructive. 




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To propose that an illusion of cultural 
idealization and gay desire is the basis 
of gay men's partial rejection of the 
feminist analysis of child abuse is to do 
a disservice both to an analysis of the 
complex real world and to our chances 
of changing it through cooperation to 
better suit our sometimes different 
needs. 
K Stuart 
Vancouver 

• 
Florence Rush's sensational book, The 
Best Kept Secret: Sexual Abuse of 
Children, is far from the "major crit- 
ique of our civilization" Adrienne Rich 
proclaims it on the book's dust jacket, 
and it does not deserve the positive 
review given it by Lynn Murphy. One of 
the more unfortunate effects of the 
book will likely be a further rejection of 
boy-lovers by part of the gay communi- 
ty, for, as Rush speculates: "If the gay 
male community could place a priority 
upon protecting children rather than 
defensively protecting their right to sex- 
ual preference, they might not go along 
with defending the 'civil rights' of boy- 
lovers" (p 173). Rush simply assumes, 
of course, that every man /boy sexual 
act is child molestation. 

Newcomers to the subject and readers 
who share Rush's prejudices will likely 
be impressed by the generous number of 
citations (22 pages of notes at the end of 
the book) and not bother to check them 
up, as Lynn Murphy apparently did 
not. If one does, however, it quickly 
becomes apparent just how unscholarly 
Rush is. Consider two simple examples: 

1) To illustrate a point about homo- 



Humour needed 

I have been doing stand-up comedy 
for about five years now. I would 
very much like to start adding a 
number of gay humour bits to my 
routine. I am gay and I feel that we 
have some very interesting humour 
in our daily lives. 

Would you please ask readers who 
have had funny experiences that are 
a direct result of their being gay to 
write to me? I will either contact 
them for more information or use 
their stories in my work. I will pay 
for material I use. 

Donald James 
Box 2041, StnB 
Kitchener, Ontario 



sexuality in ancient Greece, Rush quotes 
(p 54) one side of a conversation be- 
tween two men, and she cites Sexuality 
and Homosexuality by Arno Karlen. A 
quick check there shows that Rush has 
misquoted two of three sentences of an 
epigram of the Roman poet Martial, 
referring to Romans. So much for 
ancient Greece. 

2) To illustrate her point that "love 
between equals, however, has either 
been despised, ridiculed or not regarded 
seriously" (p 171), Rush writes that 
"when Walt Whitman envisioned a 
brotherhood of lovers who remained 
devoted through middle age, John 
Addington Symonds could not help but 
suppress a smile when he pictured 
'clashing beards and tinkling watch- 
chains' as adult men embraced" 



(p 171). The reference this time is to 
Sexual Heretics: Male Homosexuality in 
English Literature from 1850 to 1900, 
edited by Brian Reade. The phrase Rush 
quotes is found there on page 6 (not 
page 8) and expresses Reade's reaction 
to a poem of Symonds containing the 
phrase "man to bearded man," a situa- 
tion obviously approved of there by 
Symonds. 

I have no doubt that many references 
are exact, but what credence can be 
given the exact quotation of a news- 
paper that "twelve men were arrested as 
child molesters in a Boston area ring" 
(p 174) when the "ring" never existed? 
Rush attended a conference of the 
North American Man / Boy Love Asso- 
ciation in New York in 1979 and should 
have known this — but then, she 
couldn't even get the name correct (see 
p 189). 

Lynn Murphy is quite correct in her 
conclusion that "We are still lacking a 
major historical and /or theoretical 
work that will integrate knowledge of 
related abuses like the fagging system, 
genital mutilation, and the sex-and- 
power dynamic of physical abuse," but 
she is wide of the mark when she ima- 
gines Rush's book to be "a readable 
and eye-opening beginning." 
Hubert Kennedy 
Providence, Rhode Island 

Spurious scorn 

I thought you might be interested in an 
item I picked out of "Between Us," 
Johanne Leach's column in The Van- 
couver Sun. Canada's favourite self- 
made woman, Barbara Amiel, revealed 
in an interview with Leach published 
June 6 that her upcoming plans include 
"another book with George Jonas (her 
estranged husband), this time on the 
homosexual murder of Emanuel Jaques 
(sic)." 

What this tome will be like we can 
only guess from attitudes expressed by 
Amiel in her column in Maclean 's 
magazine and in the perhaps revealing 
phrase "homosexual murder" (do 
crimes have sexual orientations?). Amiel 
has previously mentioned gays in her 
writings, and my impression has been 
that she treats gay issues with the 
spurious scorn that is indicative of 
stigmatizing, rather than analvsis or 
criticism. Amiel is of the Ayn Rand 
school: she does not believe that oppres- 
sion can be an intrinsic part of liberal 
democracy. She is resolutely anti-femin- 
ist because she believes that if she her- 
self could make it in "a man's world," 
any woman can. Actually, there is 
reason to suspect that her success is due 
not so much to her merits as a writer as 
it is to the fact that she is willing to join 
in the process of stigmatizing socially 
disadvantaged groups. She has become 
the token woman who tells other 
women that their relative poverty with 
respect to men is their own fault. 

I suspect that Amiel sees the gay 
movement as she sees the women's 
movement — a superfluous group of 
complainers who refuse to recognize 
that people are only liberated by their 
individual merits. At the same time, 
however, her perceptions of social 
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"14% is it political to wish 

to use the word gay, but not political 

to deliberately avoid the word? Surely one position 

is as political as the other. " 



gays are a relatively powerless group 
and one that can be dumped on without 
risk to her own position. Anyone who 
has read Amiel's column will know that 
she delights in flattering herself with the 
impotence of her many "enemies." I 
fear she will use the Jacques murder as a 
device for expounding a calculatedly 
homophobic point of view, reaping both 
income and a pleasing harvest of irate 
gays. 

Richard C Summerbell 
Vancouver 

Bars & Softball 

I should like to correct Ken Popert on a 
point made in his article (September 
TBP) on the CGSL and Series V. While it 
is true that bars do sponsor teams in 
American gay soft ball leagues, I can 
assure you that that is all they do in 
New York. While most of the teams in 




the Big Apple Softball League are "bar- 
sponsored," bar owners can in no way 
tell the League how it is to be run nor a 
team manager who he wants on his 
team. The Big Apple Softball League is 
an autonomous body open to all com- 
ers. And, while some players may switch 
teams from year to year, they are in the 
minority, with most NY teams staying 
together. Of course, the older teams 
have an advantage, but each year the 
competition is keener, with teams that 
have stayed together learning to play to- 
gether and giving the old timers a run 
for their money. 

Jerry Fitzpatrick, Commissioner 
Big Apple Softball League 
New York 

Much in a name 

In choosing a name for itself, the Van- 
couver Men's Chorus on two different 
occasions voted to avoid using the word 
"gay." The first vote was 9-23, the sec- 
ond 11-67. 

These gay men chose their name on 
the basis of how it would be received by 
the bigots and demagogues who oppress 
gay people. "The Vancouver Sun won't 
let us advertise in its paper if we call 
ourselves gay," they moaned. "We will 
have trouble finding a place to prac- 
tise." "What qualified director would 
lead us if we were known to be gay?" 
"The general public won't come to hear 
a gay chorus." "The gay label will 
greatly curtail public fund-raising ef- 



forts." On and on they wailed. And, 
like Max who refused to wear the pink 
triangle in the play Bent, they wanted 
no part of the despised label. 

Again and again, at both meetings, 
members unwilling to publicly acknow- 
ledge their sexual orientation by using 
the word "gay" in the chorus name ac- 
cused the small pro-gay element of be- 
ing political. "Stop trying to make a 
political statement out of a purely social 
and artistic endeavour," they demand- 
ed. Why is it political to wish to use the 
word, but not political to deliberately 
avoid the word? Surely one position is 
as "political" as the other. I would sug- 
gest that their charge of political fanati- 
cism comes from men who have lived a 
lie so long that they are no longer aware 
of where reality lies. Their charge is a 
smokescreen to hide from themselves 
their own cowardice and deceit. 

It is a major goal of such groups as 
the Moral Majority and Renaissance 
International to create a climate in 
which a public affirmation of one's 
homosexual orientation and public dec- 
larations of homosexuality as a legiti- 
mate way of life will be completely un- 
acceptable. They obviously have an ally 
in the Vancouver Men's Chorus. The 
chorus is doing their work for them. 
While seeking a place of leadership in 
the gay community, it is at the same 
time saying, "Come and hide with us 
behind our neutral name. We will not 
reveal your secret shame." To hell with 
them! 

Such people remind me of Jewish 
industrialists and financiers in Germany 
who, in a desperate attempt to hang on 
to personal privilege and influence, con- 
tributed to the Nazi buildup and thus 
became active participants in the de- 
struction of their own people. There is a 
message there for us. If we chose to sup- 
port in any way those who advocate 
submission now, in these times of com- 
paratively erratic harassment, what 
chance will there be for any kind of 
effective resistance when oppression is 
intensified? 

Just how completely the chorus has 
rejected its responsibility to publicly 
acknowledge its links to the gay com- 
munity is evident from the fact that it 
overwhelmingly voted to instruct the 
committee writing a constitution to en- 
shrine the name Vancouver Men's 
Chorus permanently in the constitution, 
thus making it impossible ever to add 
the revealing word "gay" to their name. 
Their repudiation of the gay label was 
total and permanent. 

When these quislings come hat in 
hand seeking further support from the 
gay community, I trust we will find 
more deserving recipients for our 
money, our time and our attention. 
Floyd Williams 
Vancouver, BC 



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CITY OF TORONTO 

Public Notice 

At 2:30 p.m. on November 3, 1981, in Committee Room No. 4, City 
Hall , Toronto , the Neighbourhoods Committee will consider the report 
from Mr. Arnold Bruner, entitled, "Study of Relations Between The 
Homosexual Community and the Police". 

Interested persons, groups and organizations are invited to attend this 
meeting and present their views on the Report, and should notify the 
City Clerk's Department (367-7039) by 12:00 noon on Monday, Nov- 
ember 2, 1981 , if they wish to make representations on this matter. 

ROY V. HENDERSON, CITY CLERK 



SELF 




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Demonstration 

MONDAY, OCT 26, 8 pm 
519 Church Street 
Community 
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Classes begin Tues, Nov 3, 

and Wed, Nov 4 

Cost: $40 

Come out and team what self-defence is all 
about. Learn basic responses to physical and 
verbal attacks and new skills in awareness, assertive- 
ness and just plain street fighting. Talk with other gay men 
and lesbians and explore your feelings and fears about violence. It's easy to 

defend yourself when you know what to da 

For further information contact the Gay Self-Defence Group, 
Box 793, Station Q, Toronto, ON M4T 2N7. Ph: 960-5579 






War or peace? 



All right, we admit it. 

The Body Politic has been sceptical of Arnold Bruner's ability to deliver on his 
City Council mandate to investigate relations between Toronto's gay people and its 
police force. Our eyes rolled heavenward when we heard that Bruner, on his first 
excursion into gay and lesbian social spots, had expressed amazement at the sheer 
size of the clientele and had remarked that gays mostly looked just like anybody 
else. The boonies loose on Yonge Street, we feared. 

But we decided to wait and see. 

Well, Arnold Bruner surprised us. His report, published September 24, contains a 
sophisticated appraisal of the sources of the gay /police conflict. An example of that 
sophistication is his conclusion that the legal division of social space into just two 
mutually exclusive categories — public and private — underlies tensions surround- 
ing the baths. And his recommendations, if slightly optimistic in the present climate 
of relations, are for the most part just common-sense proposals. 

In the two months allowed to him for the study, Bruner made a substantial 
voyage, moving from knowing just what everybody knows about gay people — a 
raw and lumpy soup of cliches and stereotypes — to some appreciation of reality as 
gay men and lesbians live it. Can Bruner induce the police force — and politicians 
— to cover even a tiny portion of the same distance? 

Public hearings on the report have been scheduled before a City Council commit- 
tee. But, at the moment, it looks as if that public discussion is in danger of being 
derailed by the mistreatment which Bruner's report has received at the hands of the 
news media. 

Coverage and comment so far has largely centred on the interpretation of two 
recommendations — that the police actively seek out gay recruits and that a 
moratorium be placed on arrests for washroom sex — which are explained in detail 
in the body of the report. Unhappily, many of the stories and editorials we have 
seen point not to a healthy journalistic scepticism, but to carelessness or malice. 
Their writers are either unwilling to read the report or unable to understand it, 
although it is written in plain English. The public hearings will require a firm hand 
if they are not to wind up as a discussion of The Toronto Sun's or the CBC's fan- 
ciful version of gay /police relations. 

Bruner places most of the onus for resolving the current conflict both on the 
police force and their political masters. Gay activists are ready, as they always have 
been, to take part in discussions with police officials. What is required now is a sign 
that police will put an end to their war on the gay community. 

Toronto's annual homophobic ritual will soon be upon us. In the absence of any 
other signal, police actions on Yonge Street this Hallowe'en will reveal whether 
there is to be war or peace. 

Arnold Bruner surprised us. Maybe the police will surprise us too. 



Shaming evidence 



Journalists and authors from around the world met in Toronto in early October for 
a four-day symposium called The Writer and Human Rights. The plight of writers 
imprisoned, tortured or murdered for their work was dramatically brought to 
public attention. 

One writer whose name wasn't raised in the long list to whom the conference lent 
support was Tom O'Carroll. He was no doubt overlooked because he was accused 
of "moral," rather than political, subversion. 

On March 13, 1981, O'Carroll was sentenced to two years imprisonment for 
"conspiring to corrupt public morals." His crime? He helped publish a newsletter 
for the Paedophile Information Exchange which allowed British pedophiles to 
make contact with one another. The judge made clear that O'Carroll's book, 
Paedophilia: The Radical Case, was the reason for the unexpectedly severe 
sentence. (See review on page 31.) 

It is not illegal in Great Britain to corrupt public morals, only to conspire to do 
so. Ironically, none of O'Carroll's co-defendants was found guilty. The vague, 
300-year-old law has proven useful in silencing O'Carroll — at least for the time be- 
ing. And it could just as effectively be used against anyone in Britain who falls into 
official disfavour. 

Amnesty International supported and helped organize the Toronto writers' con- 
ference. That organization has marred its otherwise admirable defence of human 
rights by refusing to defend homosexual prisoners of conscience. It is long past the 
time for Amnesty International and its supporters to realize that sexual politics are 
politics indeed, and that sexual oppression is political oppression. While they point 
the finger of shame at totalitarian regimes, they fail to see that, in Western Europe 
and North America, the most ominous threat to civil liberties comes from those 
who masquerade as the defenders of public morality. 

Tom O'Carroll has a right to express his views on pedophilia, and for that matter, 
to be a pedophile. The law under which he was tried is a degrading violation of nat- 
ural justice, and the sentence is shaming evidence of squalid savagery. 

Tom O'Carroll should be free.D 



8fTHE BODY POLITIC 



NOVEMBER 1981 






TORONTO — Yonge Street turned 
into a street party the night of 
September 25 — complete with 
disco music, balloons, whistles, 
impromptu dancing and a contin- 
gent of perpetually indulgent sisters. 

The day before, a provincial court 
judge had acquitted retired teacher Don 
Franco of being the keeper of a common 
bawdyhouse in his own home. Though 
Judge Maurice Charles's judgment was 
very much a mixed bag (see box this 
page), and questioned whether homosex- 
uality was a "right" at all, the simple 
fact of acquittal seemed good news 
enough to draw crowds to the corner of 
Yonge and Wellesley for the victory 
celebration organized by the Right to 
Privacy Committee (RTPC). 

Sadly absent from the festivities was 
Franco himself. Though elated by his ac- 
quittal and eager to speak to the com- 
munity that had supported him through 
the two-year battle, he felt he had to 
leave the city shortly after the verdict. 
"He was afraid to stay in Toronto," 
marshal Bob Gallagher told the crowd, 
noting that the Crown had immediately 
served notice of its intention to appeal 
the acquittal. Crown Attorney Paul 
Culver has since confirmed that his rec- 
ommendation to appeal has been accept- 
ed. The two most important grounds, he 
says, concern the definition of "public 
place," and whether or not the "consen- 
ting adults in private" exemptions of the 
Code apply to common bawdyhouses. 

Franco's case represented the first time 
that bawdyhouse charges had been 
brought against a man for having sex 
with other men on a repeated basis in his 
own home. The case was seen as a test of 
the right of consenting adults to have any 
kind of sex they wish in private — Fran- 
co is an S&M enthusiast who had outfit- 
ted a room in his home with leather gear 
and other paraphernalia. Part of the 
Crown's case turned on the submission 
that Franco's home became public by 
virtue of his having advertised in news- 
papers for sex partners. Judge Charles, 
however, noted quite flatly that "If this 
were the case, anyone who invited a per- 
son to his home would convert it to a 
public place " 

Outside the courtroom after the ac- 
quittal, Franco minced no words in tell- 
ing the media what he thought the real 
motives behind the charges were. 

"It was an act of revenge," he told 
them. "They were out to get me." 

Franco pointed out that the June, 1979 
raid on his house occurred less than a 
week after public pressure had forced the 
police commission to reprimand Sgt 
Gary Donovan for calling Franco's 
school board to tell them he was gay. 
(Franco had been a found-in at the Bar- 
racks during the first raid in 1978. 
Donovan had called the school boards of 
all the teachers charged that night, but 
Franco was the only teacher courageous 
enough to publicize the fact.) 

After more than two years, endless 
court appearances, thoughts of suicide 
and a long, expensive trial, Don Franco 
is a free man. The courtroom had been 
packed with supporters each day of his 
trial, and dozens turned up the night of 
his acquittal for a victory party at the 
popular leather bar, 18 East, where 



A judge says a home is not a public place; the Crown plans an appeal 

Bedroom, not bawdyhouse 




Acquittal celebrations: Supporters with Don Franco at courthouse (above) and at night rally 



Franco, in full leather regalia, was the 
happy centre of attention. 

For the 800 and more people who 
turned up at Yonge and Wellesley the 
following night, celebration was also the 
prevailing mood — though there was a 
strong message to the authorities about 
the outrage of laying the charge in the 
first place. There were hundreds of 
helium-filled balloons, noise makers of 
all kinds, a sound truck that kept pump- 
ing out dance music — and nine excitable 
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, on leave 
for the evening from their cloister. 

Defence lawyer Clayton Ruby spoke 
movingly about Franco's courage over 
the two-year ordeal. MCC founder Troy 
Perry, in town for the local congrega- 
tion's Festival of Love, made a surprise 
appearance and whipped the crowd up 



with a burst of classic pulpit oratory. 

Even a persistent drizzle didn't entirely 
dampen spirits as the crowd moved north 
on Yonge Street. Accompanying police 
officers seemed much more attuned than 
they did the turbulent night of June 20 to 
the possiblity of violence, as gangs of 
straight street punks began taunting the 
marchers. As well, according to parade 
marshal Bob Gallagher, "It was techni- 
cally our best effort. There were four 
walkie-talkies, and someone outside the 
demonstration was monitoring police 
transmissions and relaying the informa- 
tion by radio to the sound truck. Also, 
for the first time we had a dispersal plan 
that allowed people to leave safely under 
the guidance of marshals." 

The celebration ground to a halt — in 
more ways than one — outside police 



headquarters on Jarvis Street. Although 
the proceedings included a wickedly fun- 
ny skit by writer Marcia Cannon on the 
perils of a cop ordered to infiltrate the 
gay community, an unbearable amount 
of time was devoted to speakers endlessly 
hammering home the same theme. 

There can be no doubt that commun- 
ity demonstrations are more fun than 
they ever used to be. Music, whistles, 
banners, balloons, singers: all have been 
welcome innovations. The only holdover 
to the bad old days seems to be the 
packed speakers' list. After four or five 
have droned on, you can watch people 
drift away, bored and irritated. 

Gallagher agrees. "There's a sense that 
we ought to get more into things like 
theatre and effigy-burning," he said. 
"From now on, you'll find far fewer 
speeches." 

Gerald HannnonD 



The judgment: a mixed bag 



It was confused, rambling, frequently in- 
coherent and lasted, with interruptions, 
the better part of four hours. But the Sep- 
tember 24 judgment of Judge Maurice 
Charles, in acquitting Don Franco, also 
took aim at overly compliant justices of 
the peace, a section of the Criminal Code, 
deceitful police officers — and the "right" 
to be gay. 

Most observers were disappointed that 
Charles had clearly spent little time fram- 
ing his judgment, though the packed 
courtroom had the opportunity to savour 
much that was satisfying as he pondered 
what for him seemed the crux of the case: 
the powers of the police and the funda- 
mental right to privacy of the individual. 

Charles began, in fact, by taking a sur- 
prised look at a section of the Criminal 
Code he said "certainly makes breathta- 
king inroads into a person's privacy. 

"Parliament," he said, "should take a 
look at it." 

He was referring to Section 183, which 
says anyone found in a common bawdy- 
house may be taken before a justice, who 
"may require that person to be examined 
on oath and give evidence" on any mailer 
relating to the reason for his arrest. 



This section of the Code was not used in 
the Franco case, and Charles seemed una- 
ware that it had ever been used — though 
it was Section 183 which authorized the 
now-notorious 5 am court session the mor- 
ning of the Edmonton bath raid. Found- 
ins at the Pisces Spa were required to 
testify without benefit of counsel. 

Charles went on to slam justices of the 
peace who act as a "rubber stamp when an 
application is made to (them) to issue a 
(search) warrant." He also reserved some 
harsh criticism for police officers who act 
as agents provocateurs to entice 
individuals into illegal acts. Although such 
behaviour is sometimes justified, he said, 
"a case like this does not warrant the use 
of such powers," and then commented on 
the "deceit" and "trickery" used to get 
Franco to talk about homosexuality and 
S&M. 

Defence lawyer Clayton Ruby told THP 
Charles was "courageous to take on the 
right to privacy, defend it and criticize the 
police for infringing it. This is the first 
criminal case to make the right to privacy 
a keystone of the judgment — it's impor- 
tant in American law but almost neva 
encountered in Canada." 



Had Charles stopped there, the gay 
community would have been left with 
some powerful legal arguments on its side. 
However, Charles noted the "the acts 
committed by the accused are not only 
indecent, but grossly indecent. The Cana- 
dian community will not tolerate them." 

Nonetheless, he said, the "consenting 
adults in private" provisions of the 
Criminal Code do not limit the types of 
gross indecency which would be permitted, 
and Franco must be acquitted. 

In a surprising departure from the tone 
of much of his earlier comments, Charles 
went on to say, "We cannot help but take 
judicial notice... of members of the 
homosexual community who very militant- 
ly seem to be demanding rights. . .. I say as 
the law stands now, it only provides a 
defence. The law only decriminalizes 
homosexuality — it doesn't make it a 
right." 

Ruby said Charles's commenis "reflect- 
ed an unfortunate tendency to comment 
on material gleaned from sensational 
newspaper accounts rather than evidence 
— though he may simply have been 
lesponding to the way I opened the case. I 
talked about being proud of our right to 
pri\acv in sexual mailers, and he may have 
been resentful Of mv pohtici/alion of the 

caae."D 



NOVEMBER 1981 



THE BODY POLITIC/9 



POLICE 



Police and gays: study calls for dialogue 



TORONTO — A strongly worded report 
commissioned by City Council has called 
for the establishment of a permanent 
gay /police dialogue committee, an end to 
police entrapment and undercover sur- 
veillance of gays, and the recognition of 
gays as a legitimate minority entitled to 
legal protection against discrimination. 

Law student and former journalist 
Arnold Bruner, who researched and 
wrote the 1 88-page report in a record 60 
days, was directed by Council to look in- 
to the "disagreement and difficulties sur- 
rounding the Police and the Homosexual 
Community." The study was the city's 
compromise response to five months of 
pressure and agitation for a public in- 
quiry into police raids and mass arrests 
in four Toronto bathhouses in February. 

Bruner's report, entitled Out of the 
Closet, makes 16 recommendations. 
Among them: 

• The establishment of a police /gay 
dialogue committee to meet on a regular 
basis and to be composed of at least two 
police officers, at least two gay people 
selected by the community, and an im- 
partial chairperson appointed by the city. 

• That the chief of police clarify to the 
force and to the public that the gay com- 
munity a) constitutes a legitimate minor- 
ity, entitled to the same rights and the 
same respect, service and protection as 
all other law-abiding citizens, and b) is 
not to be singled out for special attention 
by police, uniformed or plainclothes. 

• That the chief of police issue a new 
directive on the use of abusive language, 
ordering supervisors to discourage its use 
by police personnel in the station as well 
as in public, and making it clear that in- 
fractions will result in disciplinary action. 

• That undercover surveillance of pub- 
lic washrooms be discontinued and that 
arrest of persons suspected of engaging 
in sex in public parks also be discontin- 
ued while the dialogue committee finds a 
solution to these "problem areas." 

• That the police guidelines on law en- 
forcement give lower priority to cases of 
sexual practices among adults where 
there are no observers, minors or unwill- 
ing participants. 



• That lower priority also be given to 
entrapment in cases involving partici- 
pants in sex acts in private. 

• That leaders of gay community organ- 
izations, in a spirit of dialogue, urge on 
the gay community the value of a moder- 
ate stance toward police, law officials 
and government. 

• That a gay awareness programme be 
established as a regular part of trainee 
curriculum for recruits of the Metro pol- 
ice force. The programme should consult 
qualified members of the gay commun- 
ity, gay police officers and include a 
guided tour of gay establishments. 

• That the Toronto police force estab- 
lish a long-range programme to raise the 
educational levels of the force, especially 
in the middle and senior ranks. 

• That the chief and senior officers, as 
well as other relevant official bodies, co- 
operate with a gay community outreach 
programme to recruit gay men and wom- 
en into the police force. 

• That the Working Subcommittee on 
Policing (of the Mayor's Committee on 
Community and Race Relations) include 
the gay community in its terms of refer- 
ence and membership. 

• That the provincial government 
change the makeup of the Police Com- 
mission to make it more representative of 
the community by allowing for a woman 
member and for representation of ethnic 
and cultural groups, including the gay 
community from time to time. 

• That Metro Council prohibit 
discrimination in hiring of its employees 
on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

• That the provincial government 
amend its human rights legislation to 
prohibit discrimination on the grounds 
of sexual orientation. 

• That gay community leaders take the 
initiative in arranging social services for 
homeless gay youth. 

Following the release of the report 
September 24, the recently formed Tor- 
onto Gay Community Council, at a press 
conference representing about twelve 
groups, gave cautious approval to most 
of the recommendations. 

Chris Bearchell, speaking for the 



Council, disputed Bruner's perception 
that lack of communication between 
gays and the police was the basic prob- 
lem, to be solved merely by sitting down 
and talking. "It's like expecting a rape 
victim to sit down and have a dialogue 
with a rapist," she said. "We've already 
taken a moderate stance toward the 
police. We haven't taken the law into our 
own hands like some of them have." 

Right to Privacy Committee Chairper- 
son George Smith said, "The report's 
major deficiency is that it doesn't look 
adequately at the management of the 
police. The real question is how the 
police force is run now and how it's 
going to be run." MCC pastor Brent 
Hawkes, whose hunger strike last spring 
helped launch the study, said he was 
"ecstatic" about the positive content of 
Bruner's findings. 

The report ran into heavier fire from 
politicians and distorted coverage from 
the media. Much of the criticism seemed 
to result from a failure to read the entire 
report carefully, and from misinterpreta- 
tion of ambiguous wording in two of the 
recommendations — the call for a "mor- 
atorium" on park and washroom arrests, 
and the proposal for "recruitment" of 
gays and lesbians into the police force. 

Mayor Art Eggleton worried that the 
recommendations would "give special 
status or suggest special status to the gay 
community." He said, "It's wrong for 
the police department to be asking any- 
one what their sexual orientation is." All 
three dailies editorialized on the report. 
The Sun called it "Arnold's folly" and 
"A sop to homosexuals," while the 
Globe and Mail declared it "Not very 
helpful." 

In an attempt to counter the effects of 
this initial media distortion, Bruner clari- 
fied the wording of some of his recom- 
mendations in a letter to City Council. 

"Nowhere in the report is there any 
recommendation, proposal or suggestion 
concerning a quota system, nor the 
slightest allusion to preferential treat- 
ment for the gay community or any other 
community," he said. He repeated the 
report's wording: "I propose a joint 



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community programme which would 
basically be an 'outreach' programme 
operated by the gay community." 

Bruner also clarified his remarks about 
police control of sexual activity in wash- 
rooms and parks. "The report does not 
call for an end to surveillance — but for 
an end to hidden surveillance, which in 
a public washroom is a general invasion 
of privacy, and for an end to entrapment 
techniques," he said. "The report calls 
for well-publicized patrolling by police 
as a way of crime prevention. There was 
no intention to suggest that the police 
should ignore public complaints in these 
areas, or that they should refrain from 
arresting offenders in response to public 
complaints." 

Bruner claimed he was not calling for 
special status for the gay community, 
merely asking that all members of the 
public be treated equally. "This recom- 
mendation goes to the heart of the prob- 
lem between the police and the homosex- 
ual community," he said. "The high 
priority given to (law enforcement in the 
area of) consensual sexual activity led to 
the bathhouse raids and mass arrests, 



The Report: stereotypes, privacy, loss of respect 



The following are edited selections from 
Arnold Bruner's "Out of the Closet: 
Study of Relations Between the Homosex- 
ual Community and the Police. " Copies 
of the full report are available from the 
City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Toronto. 

Gay community 

Toronto's gay community is a community 
in fact. A profile of Toronto's gay popula- 
tion will reveal a highly diverse group — 
but a group bound together as a commun- 
ity by a common identity, common goals, 
a common interest to defend; a well-or- 
ganized group with an increasingly sophis- 
ticated system of interaction and commun- 
ication, growing in economic and political 
strength. 

Police attitudes towards gays 

PC Jones (not his real name) summed up 
his perception of police and gays: "the pic- 
ture of a policeman's (self-image) is a virile 
type of individual — masculine and 
strong. I don't think gays are presented in 
that light. Gays are intelligent, meticulous, 
neat, very artistic. Most that I have known 
are arty, trendy — they dress very well." 
I 



Staff Inspector Don Banks of Intelli- 
gence stated that when illegal activities are 
raided by the police in other ethnic com- 
munities, such as gaming houses in China- 
town, "they don't go out and demon- 
strate." The officer also expressed doubt 
that gay activist leaders are truly represen- 
tatives of the gay community. He stated 
that he had received many calls from 
homosexuals who have stated that the gay 
spokespeople are not talking on their 
behalf. The majority of gays... "are not 
activists. They are beautiful people, hard- 
working people. They say they wouldn't 
be seen in one of those places (gay 
establishments including bathhouses)." 

Members of the Intelligence unit were 
concerned that homosexuals carried 
disease that could be transmitted through 
the handling of eating utensils. 

An interview with Staff Inspector 
Forbes Ewing of Morality indicated a 
point of view that any gathering of 
homosexuals should be scrutinized by the 
police. "They attract crime. Often they are 
visitors and they end up the victims of 
murder, robbery or extortion. So wherever 
they go, crime does occur." 



Staff Inspector Ewing stated that it is 
the job of police "to protect them" just as 
the police would protect any group of 
citizens. For that reason, police are usually 
"on hand" when there is a gathering of 
gay people. 

He gave the following example of how 
crime could be attracted. "They'll come 
down and they'll hook up in these spots 
that are frequented by homosexuals and 
there might first of all be a dinner. Then 
it's taken home to an apartment. It's 
(criminals) living off these homosexuals 
and some of them pretty tender years too 
— 13, 14, 15 years of age." 

These conversations indicate rather 
stereotyped perceptions of gay people, the 
gay community and the nature of homo- 
sexuality. While it is impossible to speak to 
every policeman, these conversations give 
strong indications that there are police at 
all levels who see the gay community as a 
policing problem rather than a community 
of citizens 

When attitudes are translated into 
policy, formally or informally — such as a 
policing policy based on a prejudgment 
that homosexuals are a kind of social 



black hole that draws crime into its maw 
— then those attitudes are being acted 
upon. Official policy based on prejudg- 
ment is action based on prejudices, and 
this runs contrary to the standards of 
social justice demanded by our society. 

Ontario Human Rights Code 

The (Ontario) Government has been 
steadfast in its resolve not to prohibit 
discrimination on the grounds of sexual 
orientation. 

The implications of this omission for 
the individual are enormous: he or she 
may be identical in ten different ways to a 
fellow employee, apartment-hunter or 
restaurant-goer, but may be dismissed, 
barred or refused service because he or 
she is homosexual or, for that matter, 
heterosexual. 

The implications for the Government 
of Ontario are enormous: it condones dis- 
crimination, turns a blind eye to bigotry 
and refuses the hand of protection to one 
class of citizens. The implications are all 
the more enormous because of its record 
as a pioneer and champion of human 
rights. 

The effect of this is that Metro Police, 
through the Police Association, state 
openly that they wish their employer to 
have the right to discriminate against a 



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and to the trial of a man charged with 
keeping a common bawdyhouse in his 
private apartment." 

One section of the report documents 
attitudes of both senior police officials 
and members of the Metro Police Asso- 
ciation, which represents officers below 
the rank of staff sergeant. Bruner para- 
phrases the reasons which Association 
President Paul Walter gave for his mem- 
bership being opposed to the hiring of 
gay policemen: they would be "prone to 
engage in overt sex acts with each other 
in inappropriate places," they "might 
slip away to have sex" if placed on duty 
together, and they "would attempt to 
seduce heterosexual policemen — par- 
ticularly young ones." 

Following the release of the report, 
Walter took the unusual step of writing a 
letter to the mayor and City Council 
challenging Bruner's reporting of their 
conversation. He said that the statements 
were a "severe distortion of my point of 
view," but did not deny that he had 



made them. He claimed that the remarks 
were "clearly jocular and made in a 
light-hearted vein." 

Bruner said that he had taken Walter's 
remarks seriously, and as representative 
of the homophobic view of many mem- 
bers of the police association. 

Although not an inquiry into the bath- 
house raids, Bruner's report states that 
"it would be sticking one's head in the 
sand to ignore that (it) is a direct result of 
events precipitated by those raids." In 
order to get beyond the official excuse 
that nothing could be said because the 
matter was "before the courts," Bruner 
attempted to obtain direct authorization 



to comment from Attorney General Roy 
McMurtry. He submitted a list of ques- 
tions to McMurtry — including one 
which asked "What officials knew of the 
raids before they were carried out?". 
A reply was sent back with only one 
answer, according to Bruner: "Neither 
McMurtry nor any official in his ministry 
knew of the raids before they were car- 
ried out." All other questions, writes 
Bruner, either "touched on evidence, 
were a 'post-mortem of the raid' or were 
outside the scope of the study and 
therefore were not answered." 

One of the key conclusions of the 
Bruner report is that "Toronto's gay 
community is a community in fact." 
Bruner felt a large section describing the 
customs and culture of the gay commun- 
ity was essential for its educational value. 
He called it "a major part of the report 
— second only to the recommendations." 

"The gay community is the community 
that is misunderstood," he said. "Know- 
ledge of it is obscured by myth, stereo- 
typing, prejudices and fear. That's where 
the exposition was needed. The same 
thing was not possible with the police 



without doing a deep sociological 
probe." 

One of the strongest sections of the 
report focusses on the repercussions of 
the refusal of the Tory provincial govern- 
ment to amend the human rights code to 
include sexual orientation. Bruner illus- 
trates the chain reaction whereby the 
failure to make legal recognition of 
homosexual rights public policy allows 
homophobic attitudes to flourish in the 
police force. 

The Bruner report goes to City Coun- 
cil's Neighbourhoods Committee for dis- 
cussion November 3 at 2:30 pm. Public 
presentations are invited at that time. The 
report will then go to full City Council for 
debate, but its fate there is uncertain. 
Ward 9 Alderman Pat Sheppard, chair- 
man of the Neighbourhoods Committee, 
said, "I will be supporting the vast ma- 
jority of the recommendations and I hope 
other aldermen will be as well." Richard 
Gilbert (Ward 3) also said he supported 
Bruner's proposals, but predicted 
"nothing much will change as a result of 
the report." Gordon Chong, senior alder- 
man in Ward 6, called the report 
"useful," and said he would be support- 
ing some but not all of the proposals. "I 
will recommend that it go to Metro 
Council," he said. 

Although the last-minute rush of fin- 
ishing the report prevented Bruner from 
ranking his proposals in order of impor- 
tance, he said that three of the recom- 
mendations have top priority. "The key 
recommendation," he said, "is the 
establishment of a liaison committee." 
Also crucial are the expansion of the 
police recruit training in ethnic and com- 
munity relations — beginning immediate- 
ly with a gay /lesbian awareness section — 
and the amendment of provincial legisla- 
tion to prohibit discrimination in employ- 
ment, housing and services on the 
grounds of sexual orientation. 

"This report says things people don't 
want to hear," Bruner commented weeks 
after its release, "and that may be used to 
discredit it. But we can't go backwards 
now." 

"In my view," he writes, "the issue of 
dealing with the gay fact in our communi- 
ty emerges fully 'out of the closet' with 
this study and this report." 

Ed Jackson D 



class of people for no other reason than it 
is that particular class. The employer, the 
Board of Police Commissioners, states 
that it will do nothing to oppose this dis- 
crimination because it would be contrary 
to the wishes of the Government of 
Premier William Davis. Seen in this light, 
the Government is not merely carrying 
out a negative policy of omission, it is im- 
plicated positively in a policy of 
discrimination. 

Police/ gay relations 

Where there are two antagonists and one 
wields the power of the state, the other 
does indeed have a problem. In a demo- 
cratic state, if that power is used unduly, 
the problem becomes the problem of all 
citizens. 

No one can now doubt that the (recent 
bath) raids, whether justified or not, were 
very costly to the community because of 
their repercussions. One of the costs to the 
police that the force may not be aware of 
is the loss of respect and confidence of gay 
citizens who, until the raids, had never 
been activists or militants. 

In my view, the (police's) explanations 
of the raids, although understandably con- 
strained by the need to avoid prejudicing 
the court proceedings, leave doubts that 
contribute to the poor relations. Among 



these is a concept of the role of police In- 
telligence that appears to stray afield from 
the very clear purposes, outlined in police 
literature, to combat organized crime. 

At the same time, the assurances by the 
police and Crown officers that organized 
crime, and not morality, was the target of 
the raids, raised the question of the need 
to lay bawdyhouse charges and of the lay- 
ing of charges related to organized crime 
only after subsequent investigation. 

Watching washrooms 

I find that in some areas of police work 
there is far too little emphasis on crime 
prevention as opposed to the emphasis on 
making arrests. The policing of public 
washrooms is an example of this. 

It cannot be contended that arrest is 
the only effective deterrent until simple, 
commonsense preventative measures have 
been tried. ...Lying in wait for an of- 
fender appears to be as inefficient as it is 
tedious. Publicizing the regular patrolling 
by uniformed and plainclothes police 
would probably be as effective. The aim 
should be to keep away people seeking 
sex, and not to subject them to the full 
force of the law. At present, the effort to 
apprehend people seeking washroom sex 
can result in the invasion of the privacy 
of any person who uses the toilet that 



comes under the watchful eye of a police- 
man, or anyone else who has access to a 
secret surveillance post. 

Conclusion 

The issue of relations between the police 
and the gay community of Toronto is a 
human problem. Moreover, it is a problem 
of the whole community. The city of 
Toronto, the Municipality of Metropolitan 
Toronto and the Province of Ontario — all 
contribute to the problem and, therefore, 
all are needed to take part in the solution. 

For the whole community, the first step 
in the process is to begin looking at 
homosexual men and women — the gay 
community — in a different way. The first 
step is to reject the misconception of the 
gay community as a criminal group, to 
stop seeing a homosexual as a potential 
outlaw or an inevitable victim of crime, to 
tear the mind away from the private and 
intimate moments of gay men and women 
and focus on the human beings who work, 
play and live in the community — who arc 
entitled to the same rights and subject to 
the same obligations as all citizens. 

The elected heads oi two other great 
cities have expressed tl.is human concept 
with eloquent simplicity. 

Mayor Mike Harcourt of Vancouver 
said the main issue is not sex, but human 



rights. Mayor Diane Feinstein of San 
Francisco said get the sex out of it — let's 
deal with the person as a person. 

The two cities have also had a police/ 
gay relationship crisis. For them, applying 
the concept of the homosexual as a human 
being, the crisis has passed. Good relations 
and good will — a better community — 
are, for them, a reality. 

The inevitable conclusion is that our 
community would be wise to take into 
account the courses followed by those 
cities towards better relations when we 
consider solutions for our own. 

The problem we arc committed to solve 
today is no less a problem than that of 
racism. This is not the first time we have 
seen a minority become suddenly vocal. 
complain of its treatment by the police, 
and demonstrate for its rights. 

The gay minority has been isolated in 
society and then denied legitimacy to claim 
the rights of a minority. It has reacted. It 
lias been angry. The anger can be under- 
stood, but anger has no place in the build- 
ing of good relations. 

The gay community, as well as the pol- 
ice, has a responsibility in the process. 
both toward the community at large and 
itself. 

Toronto is unique and we arc bound to 
solve our problems uniquely. I 



NOVEMBER 1981 



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Police in hot seat at trial 
of arrested demonstrator 

The trial of a woman arrested in the 
aftermath of the June 20 demonstration 
outside Metro Toronto Police Head- 
quarters may once again focus attention 
on the role and conduct of some mem- 
bers of the Toronto police force during 
demonstrations. 

Suzanne O'Callaghan appeared in an 
Old City Hall courtroom October 1 to 
begin trial on a charge of assaulting a 
police officer. 

Police Constable John Schertzer, of 
53 Division, told the Court that he was 
one of 50-60 officers assigned to "se- 
cure" the vehicles and buildings at 
police headquarters during the demon- 
stration. 

He testified that, as the demonstra- 
tors were dispersing, he went to assist 
fellow officers involved in a fight at the 
corner of Church and Hayden Streets. 
He said that the accused came at him, 
punched him in the face, and then 
kicked him 3 or 4 times in the knees. He 
admitted the blows caused no injury, 
not even a bruise. 

In describing the arrest, Schertzer 
said, "I grabbed her around the neck 
and pulled her toward me." At that 
point, he said, a second demonstrator 
jumped on his back, and "we both fell 
on top of her." He said he required the 
assistance of several other officers "to 
put the cuffs on her" and take her to a 
paddy wagon. "There were four of us," 
he said, "one for each leg." 

Under cross-examination by defence 
lawyer Suzie Scott, Schertzer said he did 
not recall the accused earlier saying to 
him and a fellow officer, "Gee, you 
must be faggots." He denied calling her 
a "slut" and said he did not see an offi- 
cer forcing a truncheon up between her 
legs. 

When Scott asked the officer whether 
he had been involved in an altercation 
with Rev Brent Hawkes the same even- 
ing, Crown Attorney Peter Griffiths ob- 
jected, "What's that got to do with it?" 

Scott told Judge Sydney Harris that 
she was alleging Schertzer was biased 
against the demonstrators, and wished 
to lead independent evidence to that 
effect. 

Harris decided to reserve judgment 
on the question until he had received 
written submissions from both counsel. 

The trial will continue November 30, 
at 9:30 am in 505 Court at College 
Park. 

Bill LoosD 

Killer's sex-story not believed 

A 19-year-old Toronto man was found 
guilty of second-degree murder 
September 16, after a jury rejected his 
claim that he'd committed the murder 
after the victim made sexual advances to 
him. The trial was held in the Supreme 
Court of Ontario. 

Alvin Hayes had been drinking with 
William Goldfinch, 71, in the latter's 
apartment in November 1980 when he 
alleges Goldfinch reached under the 
table and touched his leg. Hayes tes- 
tified he immediately jumped up, 
stabbed Goldfinch twice in the neck, 
gagged him, then "went nuts and 
destroyed the place." 

Psychologists Jerry Cooper and Al 
Long both testified that Hayes was 
"culturally deprived and unsophis- 
ticated" and was "less able to control 
himself under stressful situations" than 
the average person. Crown prosecutor 



Paul Culver alleged that Hayes's motive 
was robbery and that he'd made up the 
sexual assault story so the jury would 
believe he'd been provoked into com- 
mitting the murder. 

Hayes has not yet been sentenced, but 
the jury recommended a life term in 
prison with no parole for at least 15 
years. RTD 

Assault unproven, acquittal 

A 43-year-old man was acquitted on 
charges of indecent assault against two 
male teenagers September 22, after the 
Crown was unable to produce evidence 
showing the assaults had taken place. 
However, the accused was ordered not 
to have minors in his home unless 
accompaned by an adult relative, and to 
post a $1,000 peace bond to ensure he 
would honour the terms of his acquittal. 
The youths, both wards of the Child- 
ren's Aid Society, had apparently visited 
the man's apartment over a five-month 
period before the charges were laid. 

Prisoner appeals DS0 status 

VANCOUVER — George Milne, a 
41 -year-old man serving an indeter- 
minate sentence in Matsqui Federal 
Penitentiary for sex-related crimes, is 
appealing his status as a "dangerous 
sexual offender." Milne's lawyer, 
Richard Brail, began the appeal Septem- 
ber 24, and will introduce new evidence 
to demonstrate that Milne is not 
"dangerous" and is "able to curb his 
sexual desires," i e restrict himself to 
sex partners over 21 years of age. 

Brail is optimistic about the case, and 
felt the presiding judge was quite open 
and receptive. Letters of support and 
financial contributions can be sent to 
George Milne c/o Sun, Paterson and 
Brail in trust, Barristers and Solicitors, 
1400-207 West Hastings, Vancouver BC 

RTD 



Bylaw curbs protest 

CALGARY — City Council has passed 
a bylaw giving the police chief wide 
powers to restrict the issuing of parade 
permits, despite heavy opposition from 
civil libertarians, including Mayor 
Ralph Klein and two alderpersons. 

Although the bylaw states the chief 
must consider such factors as traffic, 
location and the ability of the force to 
provide adequate policing, it also allows 
him to take into account "other factors 
as he may in his discretion deem neces- 
sary." 

The guidelines were prepared after 
the chief refused to issue a parade per- 
mit to the July 1980 Lesbian and Gay 
Rights Conference held in Calgary. 

Alderperson Elaine Husband said the 
bylaw would allow the chief to deny a 
permit partly on the basis of political or 
religious belief, and that the bylaw does 
not specify whether the chief would 
have to explain any refusal. When asked 
whether he might deny a group a parade 
permit on the basis of its political affili- 
ation or beliefs, Chief Brian Sawyer said 
he could think of "hypothetical situa- 
tions." RTD 

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special event your group is holding — we 

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CELEBRATIONS 



Saskatoon celebrates Metamorphosis in fourth Prairie festival 

"A taking-on of form and colour 



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SASKATOON — Thanksgiving Mon- 
day afternoon and we're washing dishes 
after the Metamorphosis feast, saying 
good-bye to new friends and old friends 
as they leave Saskatoon to drive back to 
other towns and farms across the 
prairies. We describe it as a "nurtur- 
ing," "celebratory," "coming out" 
event, symbolized by the metamor- 
phosis of a butterfly from a cocoon. It 
is "a taking-on of form and colours." 

The celebration, an annual project of 
Lesbian and Gay Saskatchewan, was a 
great success this year, with nearly 300 
people (equal numbers of men and 
women) attending over the four days 
from October 9 to 12. 

Seventy people marched with banners 
through the streets to City Hall Satur- 
day morning to rally under the brilliant 
autumn elms in Bessborough Park. In a 
small city where your professor or the 
superintendent of the school where you 
teach is likely to be at the farmer's 
streetmarket watching you pass, 70 gay 
marchers is a high number. 

After the march, Dianne Fisher and 
Walter Davis led a workshop, Fighting 
the New Conservatism, that dealt with 
all issues from political parties to com- 
munity institutions. The afternoon saw 
the development of a grassroots Right- 
Watch network for sharing information 
and strategies across the West. 

Other well-attended workshops in- 
cluded Body Politics, Butch-Fern Roles, 
Support Systems, or Where the Hell are 
My Sisters When I Need Them?, and 
demonstrations of self-defence tech- 
niques. The weekend featured displays 
of local gay people's art, ceramics and 
jewelry and offered pot-luck suppers, a 
large dance, a huge dance (the Knights 
of Columbus love us because we left 
their hall so clean), children, a Dalma- 
tian dog, and groups of gay men and 
women marching along the streets arm- 
in-arm in the first snow of the season. 

Music bound it all together. April 
Kassirer wowed the crowd at the Sun- 
day evening concert with her excep- 
tionally fine guitar pieces and sensitive 
lyrics. Tom Wilson played piano and 



sang of gay love, Saskatoon's own 
Quinlan Sisters got a standing ovation 
for a polished performance and Noel 
Hardy and Sue Brydges warmed the 
Women's Coffeehouse. Lindsay Butt 
from Winnipeg had songs of brother- 
hood, and David Sereda brought his 
dulcimer and previewed his new album, 
Chivalry Lives. Peter Millard as the 
Queen in conversation with the 
Reverend Ken Campbell (she's sur- 
rounded by marvelous camp-aides, you 
know, and is probably quite sound on 
the gay question by now) was the 
culmination of a perfect (and political) 
Noel Coward act. 

After the closing feast we held hands 
and sang "We are a Gay and Lesbian 
People," our old marching song. That's 
Metamorphosis — in the midst of cele- 
bration we reaffirm our solidarity. 

Amid all the hugging and kissing 
good-byes, Jim, a gay man who has just 
come out, is smiling and smiling. Bill 



Atlantic region meet 
lifts community pride 

FREDERICTON — "This is the largest 
gathering of homosexuals under one 
roof in the history of New Brunswick," 
an exultant dancer declared. The dance, 
celebrating the third Atlantic regional 
conference and sponsored by the Atlan- 
tic Lesbian and Gay Association 
(ALGA), drew 165 revellers. 

The conference itself, held October 
17-18, attracted 80 women and men 
from all four provinces and northern 
Maine. 

American psychologist and author 
Don Clark's keynote address made 
observations about living in what he 
called "the best and worst time," when 
ordinary people pose a danger to gays 
because "they are unsettled by this 
storm of social change." 

Clark stressed the need for "courage 
to stop fighting over which political 
philosophy is correct, and deal seriously 
with the needs that we, as a community, 



Fields, one of our left-of-left organ- 
.'z.ers, is clearing tables with two 17-year- 
old attitude queens. Between lions and 
lambs, with butterflies everywhere, and 
even some tears now, the prairies have 
had their fourth Celebration of Les- 
bians and Gay Men. 

Andrew Mitchell □ 



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are beginning to identify." 

The conference took this advice to 
heart. Participants heard about issues 
grappled with and truces declared, 
especially between women and men. 
Feminism for faggots, Atlantic out- 
reach, aging, men and women, parent- 
ing, elitis n, the bath raids, married gays 
— all came under scrutiny. "I came into 
this workshop (Feminism for faggots) in 
no cooperative mood," asserted Lynn 
Murphy of Halifax. "I was watching 
for slips, but it didn't happen. Sure, 
some of my political disagreements re- 
main. It was still a tremendous 
experience." 

Anne Fulton of Making Waves talked 
about her experience of growing up and 
coming out in the Maritimes a decade 
ago when there was only the Mattachine 
Society in New York to turn to. Many 
conference participants shared her pride 
at seeing "the growth of gay community 
here in the heart of Loyalist New 
Brunswick." 

Making Waves will host next year's 
ALGA conference in Halifax. 

Chris Bearc he II 



Dykes against the right: Three hundred and fifty women marched 
October 7 in the Lesbians Against the Right's demonstration of les- 
bian power, pride and visibility. The march, led by Dykes on Bikes 
and coloured by balloons and banners, traced a route that passed 
several lesbian landmarks and wound through crowds of Saturday 
afternoon Yonge Street shoppers. 

The marchers first hit The Quest, a straight-owned gay men 's bar 
operated by Phil Stein, who closed the Fly-By-Night, a lesbian bar, 
earlier this year. The march also passed the Lesbian Organization of 
Toronto 's former centre, the YWCA Macphail Residence for women, 
which may be closed later this year, pornographic movie theatres on 
Yonge Street, the Continental Tavern, which was the first lesbian 
bar, and Old City Hall. 

Mariruth Morton, spokesperson for the organizers, explained that 
Old City Hall was chosen as the end point for the demonstration to 



emphasize lesbian protest against police harassment, lesbian 
solidarity with gay men on the bath raids protest, child custody 
cases of lesbian mothers and the exclusion of lesbians from the On- 
tario Human Rights Code. The trial of Suzanne 0'Callaghan, arrested 
after a demonstration June 20 for allegedly assaulting a police of- 
ficer, was cited as an example. (The trial continues November 30.) 

Speakers at the march also stressed lesbian solidarity against 
right-wing groups like Positive Parents, the Moral Majority and the 
Ku Klux Klan. 

Gay men from Gays and Lesbians Against the Right Everywhere 
formed several cheering squads along the route. The Gay Community 
Appeal helped finance the event with a grant and a $1,000 loan. 

A dance was held at the Metropolitan Community Church that 
night. It was followed by a midnight ritual, ' 'Hexing the Patriarchy, ' ' 
that was organized by a circle of Toronto wicca. Anna MarushkaC) 




Jubilant: Seventy spirited marchers (above) 
wound through downtown Saskatoon. David 
Sereda (top) sang and entertained as 
westerners celebrated and reaffirmed 
solidarity at Metamorphosis. 

Gays of Ottawa holds 
10th anniversary fete 

OTTAWA — "Happy Birthday Gays of 
Ottawa" a local revue cinema's 
newspaper ads proclaimed in honour of 
GO's tenth anniversary, celebrated 
September 14 with a potluck buffet of 
gourmet delights. But the party didn't 
begin or end there. 

It began September 10 with the of- 
ficial opening of the gay community 
centre at 175 Lisgar Street. The recep- 
tion was attended by Gordon 
Fairweather, chairman of the Canadian 
Human Rights Commission, Borden 
Purcell of the Ontario Human Rights 
Commission, Ottawa mayor Marion 
Dewar, MPP Michael Cassidy and 
members of the city's gay community. 

The celebrations continued until 
September 20 and included a portrait 
photography display, a social-service in- 
formation project attended by 20 local 
agencies, a special exhibition by Ottawa 
artist Evergon, film showings and the 
opening of a production of Martin 
Sherman's popular play Bent. 

The French CBC filmed a meeting 
featuring the Quebec writer Pierre 
Vallieres speaking on the state of gay 
liberation. The festivities wound up 
with the biggest-ever GO anniversary 
dance. 

Ottawa lesbians and gay men are 
probably happiest with the success of 
the GO centre and Friday night bar. 
Two and a half years ago a fire gutted 
the old premises, and no one had reason 
to be optimistic about the fate of the 
organization. It's been a remarkable 
recovery. The Centre is more than 
meeting its break-even goals, and GO 
can accumulate funds for its vital social 
service programmes. 

The health of the organization can be 
attributed to "a lot o( sacrifice from 
countless volunteers," says OO activist 
Denis LeBlanc. "It feels really good to 
be a member of GO right now. We're 
looking For new directions, ways to 
achieve our longer-term goals 

( hris Bean hell 



THE BODY POLITIC/13 



HUMAN RIGHTS 



Queen's Park to debate Code, 
gay rights protection unlikely 



TORONTO — Ontario legislators have 
wrapped up a full month of public hear- 
ings on proposed revisions to provincial 
human rights legislation. Many of the 
deputants chastised the government for 
failing to include protection for gay 
people in Bill 7, but Queen's Park 
sources say chances are slim for the pas- 
sage of a sexual orientation amendment. 
Susan Fish, the Tory MPP whose sup- 
port depends partly on gay voters in her 
downtown Toronto riding of St George, 
is the only government member to call 
publicly for the sexual orientation 
amendment. Fish, however, has been 
conspicuously absent from most of the 
public presentations to the Resources 
Development Committee. She explained 
that other commitments made it diffi- 
cult for her to become a voting member 




Susan Fish: absent and "not optimistic" 

of the committee in time for Liberal 
MPP Sheila Copps's promised introduc- 
tion of a sexual orientation amendment. 

"The vote that's important is the vote 
in the House," Fish said. "If I'm not 
able to substitute at committee, then I 
will be in attendance in the full House." 

Bernard Roy, legal counsel for the 
Quebec Human Rights Commission, 
was one of the people who made pre- 
sentations to the committee. He told 
committee members that the Quebec 
National Assembly passed a 1978 gay 
rights amendment to its human rights 
charter with almost no debate. "Even if 
there had been a lot of (media) atten- 
tion," he said, "the debate would still 
-have been short because it's a question 
of justice, not a question of morality or 
anything else." 

Roy also reassured MPPs that the 
Church in Quebec opposes homosexual- 
ity, not homosexuals, "and if the 
Church doesn't cast out its supposed 
sinners, why should landlords and 
employers?" The committee learned 
that the Quebec commission had re- 
ceived no complaints about the conduct 
of gay or lesbian teachers. 

Roy believes that the cases of discrim- 
ination that come to the attention of the 
Quebec commission represent "only the 
tip of the iceberg." Approximately 30 
complaints of discrimination on the 
basis of sexual orientation are received 
by the Quebec commission each year. 
This represents about 2 percent of the 
total number of cases handled. 

The Resources Development Commit- 
tee also heard a presentation the same 
day from the Ontario Human Rights 
Commission's counsel, John Laskin. 
Quizzed about the heavily criticized 
"warrantless" search-and-seizure provi- 
sions of Bill 7, Laskin said, "I don't 
believe there are any such provisions. 
The bill says investigators will have the 



power to enter business premises and to 
request documents. If such a request is 
denied, there is nothing they can do but 
have it brought before a board of in- 
quiry." Such administrative powers 
have always been in the act, he said. 

Laskin called Bill 7 "the best piece of 
human rights legislation I've ever seen," 
despite the absence of protection for 
gay people. "Best doesn't mean 
perfect," he added. 

Cate Lazarov and Val Fournier of 
Caring Homosexual Association of 
North Bay spoke at the final public 
hearing October 1. Their presentation 
met with less hostility than that of other 
gay activists who have been questioned 
by the committee. MPP Copps mused 
later that the members just didn't know 
how to deal with face-to-face encoun- 
ters with lesbians. 

Only the NDP Caucus has committed 
itself to voting for a sexual orientation 
amendment when it finally comes up. 
Both Liberal and Conservative 
Caucuses are continuing to discuss the 
controversial parts of the bill. Rural 
members of both parties have expressed 
strong reservations about extending 
legal protection to homosexuals. "I'm 
not optimistic about its passage," 
admitted Fish. 

Rumours that discontent in govern- 
ment party ranks might cause the 
legislation to be shelved entirely were 
scotched by Premier Bill Davis October 
17. Speaking at a meeting of the On- 
tario PC Youth Association in Niagara 
Falls, Davis called for public support 
for "legislating the rights of ind- 
ividuals." He said that several "admin- 
istrative" amendments would be intro- 
duced to make the bjll more acceptable 
to critics. 

According to Fish, clause-by-clause 
committee discussion of Bill 7 is slated 
to begin in mid-November. 

Chris BearchellD 

School cancels job 
after artist comes out 

TORONTO — The principal of a North 
York public school has rescinded an 
offer of temporary employment to a 
local artist — after he discovered the 
artist was gay. The position would have 
been part of the Ontario Art Council's 
Artists in the Schools programme. 

Richard Geggie, principal of Fay- 
wood Public School, first supported, 
and later rejected, a proposal by fibre 
artist Lenny Stekiewicz. His explana- 
tion: "It's frankly because of your sex- 
uality." 

The two men first met September 17 
to discuss the proposal. They had a pro- 
ductive discussion and reached an agree- 
ment. Their conversation became more 
philosophical as they talked about social 
problems, including the harassment of 
gay men on downtown Toronto streets. 
It's something Lenny Stekiewicz knows 
about first hand. 

"I've been spit at on the street and 
beaten up once recently," he explained. 
Since Geggie seemed very sympathetic, 
the artist came out to him. They agreed 
to aim for next February as the target 
date for the project. 

Geggie then contacted Stekiewicz 
September 22, after what he called "a 
torturous weekend," to say he was 




_ 




Festival of Love: United Church minister Bruce McLeod (left), Toronto MCC minister Brent 
Hawkes and MCC Rev Elder Troy Perry tune in for laughs as MCC music director Colleen 
Darraugh proves she is a very talented comic as well. 

The September 26 dinner/cabaret filled the hall on the second day of the Toronto church's 
third annual ' 'Festival of Love" weekend. After the dinner, Hawkes presented Bruce 
McLeod with a certificate of appreciation for his continuing work for human rights in On- 
tario. TBP's Chris Bearchell also received a certificate of appreciation for her work in fur- 
thering the rights of all people. 

McLeod, a former moderator of the United Church of Canada, chaired the committee of 
the Ontario Human Rights Commission which authored the 1977 report recommending inclu- 
sion of sexual orientation in the Ontario Human Rights Code. D 



cancelling. 

"There are certain issues I'm willing 
to go to battle on," he told TBP, "but 
this just isn't a battle I want to fight. 
The central issue is that Lenny's not 
suitable for that programme here, 
though I'm sure he would be for other 
schools, other communities. These are 
very conservative parents I'm dealing 
with. I know this community." Geggie 
characterized his own decision as 
"chickenshit," but said that even 
though he wasn't pleased with it, he 
wouldn't reverse it. "If there's one 
lesson I've learned from this, it's not to 
be so honest." 

John Mergler, who works with the 
programme for the North York Board 
of Education, was also shocked at the 
fate of Stekiewicz's proposal. "We've 
had up to 50 artists a year work with us 
in this programme, and this has never 
happened before," he said. "Lenny's 
done a lot of work for me. I've known 
him three or four years and he's wel- 
come to come back. I hope he does." 

Ron Evans, who oversees the pro- 
gramme for the Ontario Arts Council, 
told TBP he was appalled that the pro- 
ject was denied on the basis of the art- 
ist's sexuality. "That's an attitude that's 
alien to the world of art where individu- 
als are judged on the basis of their 
talent and commitment," he said. 

Stekiewicz plans to take no further 
action. 

Chris BearchellD 



Close rights charter 
loopholes, brief says 

QUEBEC CITY — The Quebec govern- 
ment must remove two exemption 
clauses from its Charter of Human 
Rights and Freedoms because they per- 
mit discrimination, albeit in a limited 
way. 

That is the principal recommendation 
of a brief presented October 7 to a 
Quebec parliamentary commission re- 
viewing the Charter. Passed in 1975, it 
was amended in 1977 to provide protec- 
tion for gay people. This is the first ma- 
jor review since that time. 

Presented by the Association pour les 
droits de la communaut£ gaie du 
Quebec (ADGQ), the brief makes eight 
recommendations for reform. Diane 
Poliquin, who appeared before the 
commission on behalf of ADGQ, said 
that the present exemptions can allow 
separate school boards to discriminate 
against gay and lesbian teachers, and 



could also deny gay couples equality in 
access to certain social insurance 
programmes. 

Section 20 of the Charter allows a 
non-profit institution to discriminate if 
it is "justified by the religious or educa- 
tional nature" of the organization. Sec- 
tion 97 allows discrimination on the 
basis of sex, marital status, handicap or 
sexual orientation in pension plans, in- 
surance plans and other social benefit 
programmes. 

"The loopholes in a law as funda- 
mental as a charter of human rights 
must be closed as much as possible," 
Poliquin told the commission, urging 
the repeal of Section 97. 

The brief also proposed: 

• that the investigative powers of the 
Quebec Human Rights Commission be 
broadened, 

• that the Commission have the power 
to establish affirmative action pro- 
grammes, and 

• that age be included as a prohibited 
ground of discrimination. 

The Quebec Human Rights Commis- 
sion itself made 27 recommendations 
for reform — many identical to those 
put forward by ADGQ, including a call 
for the repeal of Section 97. Although 
the government claimed that the provi- 
sion was a temporary one when it 
enacted the Charter in 1975, the section 
remains in force to this day. Calls for its 
repeal have attracted the support of 
many organizations, and prompted the 
formation of the Coalition for the 
Repeal of Section 97. 

There is speculation that repeal will 
top a list of priorities for amendments 
to the Charter to be proposed later this 
year by Quebec Justice Minister Marc- 
Andr£ Bedard. 

ADGQ also recommended that the 
Commission institute an educational 
programme to inform the public about 
discrimination against gay people, and 
to inform members of the gay minority 
of their rights. The association also 
called for at least one openly gay or les- 
bian commissioner on the Human 
Rights Commission. 

Ron Dayman, who was part of 
ADGQ's delegation, said the parliament- 
ary commission gave little serious atten- 
tion to the group's proposals. He said 
the group appeared last on the list that 
day, and was allotted only 20 minutes 
while most other groups received an 
hour or more. 

Some 70 briefs were presented to the 
commission during hearings in Quebec 
City last month. 

Stuart Russell □ 



14rTHE BODY POLITIC 



NOVEMBER 1981 



COPWATCH 



Some better news this month — in 
stories that are a credit to the Metro 
Toronto Police Force. 

You'll read below that this year it was 
the police, not the gay community, that 
took the initiative in solving the prob- 
lem of Hallowe'en on Yonge Street, 
And just when we thought those eight 
unsolved murders of gay men would 
stay that way — unsolved — police ar- 
rested two suspects within weeks of each 
other. 

Police management and the provin- 
cial government remain unmoveable, 
however — read the story on Citizens' 
Independent Review of Police 
Activities. 

Because of a change in the dates of 
police commission meetings, we are un- 
able to bring you September's statistics 
from the police complaints bureau. 
Look for them next month. 

Police take the lead 
in plans for H allow e 'en 

Toronto police say the department is 
making plans similar to last year's to 
prevent crowds gathering outside the St 
Charles Tavern on Hallowe'en. 

For years, the street outside the St 
Charles has been the site of an orgy of 
homophobia on Hallowe'en, a$ 
thousands of hostile straights gather 
hoping to see drag queens from the 
show inside. Few, if any, appear, and 
the crowd ends up pelting the St Charles 
with thousands of eggs. As well, gay 
people have been attacked and beaten in 
nearby back lanes. Last year, police 
finally bowed to community pressure 
and prevented crowds from forming. 

Last year's success has encouraged 
the police to take the same approach 
this year. It is worth noting that the 
police department itself took the in- 
itiative and suggested a meeting with 
representatives of the gay community to 
talk about the Hallowe'en situation. 

Superintendent David Sproule and 
Sgt Bowman of 52 Division met with 
Chris Bearchell of the Gay Community 
Council October 14 to discuss methods 
of crowd control, and to work out pos- 
sible improvements on last year's pro- 
cedures. 

Sproule said police plan to limit ped- 
estrian traffic on the east side of Yonge 
Street to prevent crowds from forming, 
and to put heavy patrols in the laneway 
running behind the Yonge Street bars. 
Bearchell expressed concern over side 
streets off Yonge, which represented a 
particular danger zone for gays on Hal- 
lowe'en. Sgt Bowman suggested that 
revellers travelling between the dance at 
the 519 Church St centre and the Yonge 
Street bars take the precaution of tra- 
velling in groups and using the 
Maitland-Breadalbane route to reach 
the laneway behind Yonge Street. He 
promised there would be extra patrols 
along that route. □ 

More subway washroom arrests 

Two men were arrested September 30 in 
the washroom of the Islington subway 
station in circumstances the Bruner 
report advises should come to an end. 

One of the arrested men told TBP that 
two plainclothes officers burst so sud- 
denly on the scene that they must have 
had the washroom cubicles under hid- 
den surveillance. 

The caller said the man arrested with 
him was only 20 years old, and burst in- 
to tears at the arrest. 

The Bruner repori (sec story page 10) 



calls for an end "to hidden surveillance, 
which in a public washroom is a general 
invasion of privacy. "□ 

Two murder suspects arrested 

Metro homicide investigators report 
having made two arrests in connection 
with the murders of two gay men earlier 
this year. There have been eight un- 
solved murders of gay men in the last 
five years — the recent arrests rep- 
resent the first breakthrough in solving 
them. 

Police arrested Andrew Guy Ritchie, 
22, of Scarborough September 18 and 
charged him with first-degree murder 
for the slaying of Marlon McRae. 
McRae had been stabbed to death in the 
parking garage of his apartment build- 
ing last March. 

Dale Clarence Thompson, 31, was 
charged October 2 with the murder last 
June of artist David Murphy. Police 
revealed that Thompson had escaped 
from a prison in the Kingston area some 
time prior to the Murphy murder. By 
the time homicide investigators linked 
him to the murder, Thompson had been 
apprehended by the Ottawa police and 
returned to prison. 

In investigating the murders, police 
operated on the theory that both men 
had met their killers in downtown bars. 
Police visited the bars with photos of 
the victims in the hope of finding possi- 
ble witnesses. 

The recent successes indicate that 
police may be giving greater priority to 
solving these admittedly difficult 
cases. □ 

Conference considers gay liaison 

A conference here on police-community 
relations heard how North America's 
only gay liaison officer helps improve 
relations between San Francisco's gay 
community and its police force. 

Patrolman Paul Seidler, a 14-year 
veteran of the San Francisco Police 
Department, appeared on a "Hiring of 
Minorities" workshop October 5 as part 
of a four-day conference sponsored by 
the Foundation for Police Community 
Relations and the Canadian Council of 
Christians and Jews. The conference 
began October 3. 

Seidler was quoted in the Globe and 
Mail as saying, "I am a facilitator of 
information from the community to the 
police department and back. If I can get 
leaders of the two groups together to 
discuss a situation and then move into 
the background and let them come to a 
solution, I am serving a purpose." 

Seidler also talked of San Francisco's 
programme of taking police recruits to 
gay bars and restaurants so that they 
can become familiar with gay lifestyles. 
He also described Project Outreach, a 
civilian group which channels gay ap- 
plicants to the police department. He 
said 3 1 gay people had been hired from 
the 1,000-or-so applicants through Pro- 
ject Outreach. The programme started 
two years ago. 

About 400 police officers from across 
North America attended the 
conference. □ 

Agenda too full for CIRPA 

The Metro Toronto Police Commission 
has refused to receive a deputation from 
the Citizens' Independent Reviewjof 
Police Activities (CIRPA). The group 
had asked to appear at the Commis- 
sion's October 22 meeting, but chair- 
man Phil Givens turned down the re- 
quest on the grounds that the agenda 
for that date was "overloaded with 




Hallowe'en, 1980: a drag queen meets an evangelist at the back door of the St Charles 



items of importance." 

However, CIRPA member Alderman 
David White said the Commission had 
been given "ample notice." In a letter 
to Givens, White said, "we will be at- 
tending and asking to be heard. If you 
want to refuse to hear complaints about 
the conduct of some individuals and 
units within your department, you will 
have to do so publicly on October 22." 

CIRPA grew out of widespread dis- 
satisfaction among community and eth- 
nic groups with the ineffective com- 
plaints procedure now in effect. 

CIRPA established a 24-hour emer- 
gency hotline in mid-September, and in 
its first month of operation was deluged 



with more than 200 calls complaining 
about police misconduct. The Citizens' 
Complaint Bureau operated by the Met- 
ro Toronto Police, by contrast, logs an 
average of 60 complaints per month. 

Since its inception, CIRPA has re- 
ceived growing community support. 
Eight members of Toronto City Council 
have pledged their cooperation. 

CIRPA's appearance on the scene has 
ruffled feathers in the political estab- 
lishment. Metro Chairman Paul God- 
frey denounced the group as "vigi- 
lantes," and police commission chair- 
man Phil Givens charged that its list of 
supporters read like a "who's who in 
cop bashing. "D 



Critics say police complaints bill 
has no support from community 



TORONTO — An Ontario government 
bill designed to institute new procedures 
for investigating complaints against 
Metro police "does not have the sup- 
port of any minority group except the 
police," acccording to former Toronto 
alderman Allan Sparrow. 

Sparrow made his comments Septem- 
ber 24 before the justice committee of 
the Ontario Legislature. The committee 
is considering Bill 68, a piece of Tory 
legislation widely seen as an attempt to 
defuse opposition to the current prac- 
tice of police self-investigation. The new 
bill allows for an investigation by a civil- 
ian commissioner — but only after the 
police have had 30 days to investigate 
the matter themselves. 

Several community groups dissatis- 
fied with both the old system and the 
new proposals joined together to form 
Citizens' Independent Review of Police 
Activites (CIRPA), and Sparrow was 
speaking on their behalf. 

Among those lining up at the justice 
committee to speak in favour of Bill 68 
were Metro Police Association president 
Paul Walters and Chief of Police Jack 
Ackroyd. 

Metro Chairman Paul Godfrey and 
Phil Givens, chairman of the Metro 
Board of Police Commissioners also 
supported the proposed bill, but took 
the opportunity to attack its opponents. 
Godfrey called ( IRPA "vigilantes." 
( livens told the Committee that the 
bill's opponents were "people who have 



been constantly complaining over the 
years" and added, "you don't see the 
Kinsmen and the Rotary Club down 
here to protest." 

However, a group representing 200 
clergy of the Jewish, Moslem and Chris- 
tian faiths turned up to oppose the bill. 
The group is one of 40 members of the 
Coalition Against Bill 68, which is de- 
manding a completely independent 
complaints process. The religious lead- 
ers also want McMurtry's two jobs, 
Solicitor General and Attorney General, 
performed by different individuals so 
that the Attorney General doesn't find 
himself having to prosecute his own 
police officers. 

Dr Philip Berger, a staff member of 
the South Riverdale Community Health 
Centre, described the injuries of 20 
patients claiming to be victims of police 
brutality. The one case that was re- 
ported to the existing complaints bureau 
was declared unsubstantiated. Dr Berger 
said he was never called to give evi- 
dence. 

A Canada-wide Gallup poll based on 
l ,060 interviews conducted last August, 
showed that 40% of those surveyed did 
not think there was a need for indepen- 
dent review of police. Fifty percent 
thought there was such a need and the 
remaining 10 percent didn't know. 

Although there is every indication 
Allan Sparrow is accurate in saying only 
the police support the bill, it is expected 
to pass into law later this fall. 

Chit! Bearchell 



NOVEMBER 1981 



THE BODY POLITIC/15 



AROUND TORONTO 



Lively rally set at 
protests Positive 

More than 100 gay men, lesbians and 
supporters demonstrated against the 
anti-gay group Positive Parents 
September 26. The demonstration, part 
of a "Stop the Hate" campaign, 
occurred outside the Yonge-Eglinton ■ 
Centre where Stew Newton, chairman 
of Positive Parents, operates a jewelery 
store. 

Gays and Lesbians Against the Right 
Everywhere (GLARE) initiated the ac- 
tion outside the store, thought to be the 
headquarters of Positive Parents. The 
picket was also supported by the Inter- 
national Women's Day Committee, Les- 
bians Against the Right, the Right to 
Privacy Committee and the NDP Gay 
Caucus. 

Positive Parents, a small group, claim- 
ing the support of "over 20,000 con- 
cerned citizens," distributed massive 
amounts of anti-gay hate literature dur- 
ing recent municipal and provincial elec- 
tions. Their targets have included form- 
er mayor John Sewell, gay activist 
George Hislop and city alderman David 
White. 

The demonstration was highlighted 
by the spirited singing of the Red 
Berets, a feminist singing group, and by 
the antics of the Sisters of Perpetual 
Indulgence. 

Gary Kinsman, speaking on behalf of 
GLARE, reviewed the history of Positive 
Parents' opposition to gay rights. He 
said that hate literature helped create a 
climate which justifies queerbashing. 
"The right wing will not go away on its 
own," he said. "We must organize to 
smash it." 

Other speakers included Red Beret 
singer and mother Nomi Wall, Amy 
Gottlieb of Lesbians Against the Right, 
Ward 1 Alderman David White, and 
Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta of the 
Riverdale Action Committee Against 
Racism. 



jewelry store 
Parents' hate lit 

Newton, unperturbed, continued to 
mind his store alone. "Business as 
usual," he said when asked to com- 
ment. "I've heard it all before." 

Tony FarebrotherD 

Sewell back in city politics 

John Sewell is back at City Hall. 
Defeated when he sought a second term 
in the mayor's office last November, 
Sewell was elected October 19 as junior 
alderman for downtown Ward 6. 

To no one's surprise, Sewell won by a 
landslide the by-election called to fill the 
council seat vacated by Dan Heap. 
NDPer Heap went to Ottawa as MP for 
Spadina riding after a by-election there 
in August. 

Sewell polled 4,500 votes more than 
his three closest opponents combined. 
Five other candidates in the lacklustre 
campaign garnered a handful of votes 
each. Voter turnout was a low 20 per- 
cent of the total possible. 

The "gay issue," widely thought to 
have contributed to Sewell's defeat in 
1980, was virtually a non-issue this time. 
Only one candidate, John Curtin, who 
billed himself as a businessman and 
mugging victim, and who finished a dis- 
tant third at the polls, alluded to 
Sewell's identification with gay issues. 
Under the heading "Homosexuals," a 
Curtin pamphlet promised opposition 
to "special privileges ... granted to 
pressure groups under the name of 
human rights." The pamphlet gave no 
indication of where his voters could 
reach Curtin for further comment. 

Literature produced by the Sewell 
campaign made overtures to the ward's 
ethnic groups but was silent about con- 
cerns the gay community has with muni- 
cipal matters like policing. Questioned 
by TBP about this omission, Sewell ex- 
plained, "We didn't know what we 



Cop's reinstatement overturned; 
Court of Appeal chops Head 



TORONTO — An openly gay Ontario 
Provincial Police Officer, who was pres- 
sured into quitting after being charged 
with a sexual offence, can't have his job 
back, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled 
October 14. 

Paul Head has been fighting to remain 
on the force since March 1978, when he 
claims he was forced to submit his 
resignation during a four-hour, late-night 
police interrogation after being charged 
with gross indecency. He tried unsuccess- 
fully to withdraw the resignation two 
days later. 

Head won a reinstatement order in the 
Divisional Court in 1980, but was im- 
mediately suspended while the provincial 
government appealed the ruling. 

In his decision, Mr Justice Thomas 
Zuber said Head failed to prove "he was 
subjected to such duress and coercion 
that his resignation was not truly 
voluntary." 

At the time of the resignation, Head 
admitted to having a 14-year-old lover. 
The gross indecency charge was later 
dropped when he agreed to plead guilty 
to a lesser charge of contributing to the 
delinquency of a minor. 

The appeal court judgment dismisses 




Head's claim for back pay estimated at 
more than $100,000. He is now seeking 
work, having lost his job in his family's 
St Catharines clothing store when it 
closed recently. 

Head's lawyer, Paul Osier, said his 
client is considering appealing to the 
Supreme Court of Canada. 

Chris Bearchell 




"Stop the Hate:" Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta links homophobia and racism at GLARE rally 



should be saying that hadn't already 
been said on the gay issue." He said he 
had not finished reading the Bruner 
report on relations between police and 
the gay community. 

Ward 6 includes Toronto's gay "ghet- 
to" and is the ward where gay activist 
George Hislop ran unsuccessfully for 
alderman, with Sewell's support, last 
November. The progressive Ward 6 
Community Organization, which en- 
dorsed both Hislop and Sewell in 1980, 
was pointedly not asked to endorse 
Sewell in this election. Although Sewell 
has explained that he decided not to 
seek endorsements from any organiza- 
tions, he admitted to TBP that he also 
didn't want the media to tar him with 
the pro-gay brush again. His participa- 
tion in the Hislop campaign, he feels, 
was turned into a "media event" which 
spotlighted one issue, "a really difficult 
one." "It allowed the media to say it 
was the only issue," Sewell added. 

Sewell caused a minor media reaction 
in this campaign when he told an aud- 
ience of University of Toronto law 
students, in response to a question from 
the floor, that the massive police raids 
on gay bathhouses last February might 
not have happened had he been mayor. 

Now that Sewell is once again an 
elected municipal politician, he will be 
scrutinized carefully by voters and the 
media as a potential mayoral candidate 
in 1982. But he's not committing him- 
self on that point yet. 

Roger SpaldingD 

Homophobe takes the cure 

In the tradition of Banting and Best, 
Canada has scored another medical 
first. A Toronto psychiatrist recently an- 
nounced to a conference of the Phobia 
Society of America that he had dis- - 
covered a cure for homophobia. 

Psychiatrist John Jameson told the 
conference of his work with a 32-year- 
old male patient whose homophobia 
was so extreme that he once refused to 
let a waitress serve him after she had 
served an "effeminate-looking man." 
He feared that he might be contamin- 
ated. The man would scrub and shower 
for hours after sitting in the same room 
with a homosexual. 

Jameson treated his patient by first 



persuading him to listen to music by gay 
composers, watch television shows with 
gay actors and view the works of homo- 
sexual artists. 

After the patient had successfully 
passed these hurdles, Jameson persuad- 
ed him to buy magazines at a gay book- 
store and to go into a gay bar and use 
the washroom there. Finally, he had the 
patient fantasize having a homosexual 
relationship. 

We have since made appointments 
with Jameson for Claire Hoy, Attorney 
General Roy McMurtry and the entire 
Ontario Cabinet. BL □ 

Owners settle in bar strike 

Waiters and bartenders at two of Toron- 
to's oldest gay bars have returned to 
work after a lock-out of more than two 
weeks. 

Employees of the Parkside and St 
Charles taverns were locked out after 
management, faced with the possibility 
of rotating strikes, hired scab waiters to 
replace the union members. 

The settlement, which calls for a wage 
increase of 18% over a two-year period, 
was ratified by the membership Septem- 
ber 18. Frank Cortese, Business Agent 
for Local 280 of The International 
Beverage Services and Bartenders 
Union, reported that 96% of the mem- 
bership voted for the agreement. 

The workers themselves, however, 
have expressed disappointment with the 
contract in the area of fringe benefits. 
Tommy, shop steward at the Parkside, 
said that he was "not happy" with the 
new agreement. "Our wages are still 
very low," he explained. "We would 
rather be paid decent wages that have to 
muscle customers for tips." 

Public support for the pickets was 
encouraging, with many bar regulars 
refusing to cross the picket-lines. 

Beer shipments were interrupted dur- 
ing the dispute when Brewer's Retail 
truckers refused to cross the line. 

While owner Norm Bolter told TBP 
that the dispute was having little or no 
effect on business, Tommy reported 
that, since the strike, the number of cus- 
tomers had dropped slightly. "Either 
people have found some other place to 
drink or the rise in the price of beer is 
keeping them away," he said. 

Craig Patterson □ 



16rTHE BODY POLITIC 



NOVEMBER 1981 



BAWDY POLITICS 



Judge queries behaviour of police officers at demonstration 

Demonstrator not guilty of assault 



TORONTO — Provincial Court Judge 
June Bernhard, in acquitting a Toronto 
man September 30 of assaulting a 
policeman, has called for an investiga- 
tion into police conduct during the Feb- 
ruary 20 demonstration protesting the 
bath raids. 

James Chemerika was arrested out- 
side 52 Division during the rally for 
allegedly kicking plainclothes officer 
Barry Doyle in the groin. 

During the trial, Chemerika denied 
kicking the officer and stunned the 
Court with allegations that his arresting 
officers, Peter Maher and John Flynn 
kicked him, punched and repeatedly 
smashed his head against the wall inside 
52 Division. (Flynn died before the end 
of the trial. He was killed in September 
when his golf cart overturned on him.) 

Defence lawyer Suzie Scott based 
much of her case on the argument that 
the police are biased against gay people, 




Chemerika (right) and friend: jubilant, bitter 

and Judge Bernhard allowed her to 
bring in supporting evidence. That deci- 
sion effectively made police behaviour 
the central issue of the trial. 

During the trial, the Crown tried to 
exploit the fact that Chemerika had 
never filed a complaint with the police. 
Chemerika, however, testified that he 
had complained to Staff Sgt John 
Bremner at 52 Division immediatedly 
upon his release, only to be dismissed 
with the remark that "my boys would 
never do anything like that." Bremner 
denied during testimony that Chemerika 
had complained to him, but was so eva- 
sive in answering questions that the 
judge noted that "he finds it difficult to 
answer questions directly." Scott was 
less delicate, calling Bremner's evidence 
"a lie from start to finish." 

In her judgment, Judge Bernhard said 
she was "not satisfied beyond a reason- 
able doubt" that Chemerika had as- 
saulted Doyle. "A great deal of evi- 
dence of other matters not at issue in 
this trial has been presented," she con- 
tinued. "I can only say — that these 
matters should be investigated by bodies 
that have jurisdiction over them." 

Staff Sgt Ronald Prior of the com- 
plaint bureau monitored the trial. Prior 
later intimated he would pursue his in- 
vestigation only if Chemerika lodged a 
formal complaint. Scott argued that the 
bureau had a responsibility to follow up 
evidence of police misconduct whether 
or not it had a complaint, and said she 
was advising her client "to have nothing 
to do with the complaint bureau." 

Chemerika was understandably jubi- 
lant over his acquittal, but also some- 



what bitter. Even though he had com- 
mitted no offence, he said, he had been 
put through the wringer in a lengthy 
trial at considerable expense. 

Bill LoosD 

Convictions, fines 
in the Pisces case 

EDMONTON — Only about eight 
found-ins of the original 56 remain to 
be tried from the May 30 police raid on 
the Pisces Spa, according to Crown 
Prosecutor Irv Yaverbaum, and he says 
most of those will go to court the week 
of October 19. 

According to spokespersons in the 
gay community, all but one of those are 
expected to follow the pattern set by 
previous cases: guilty verdicts and a fine 
of either $150 or $250. 

In the one case, the man is claiming 
he had checked into the Pisces for the 
first time in his life the night of the raid, 
and had been there only about 20 min- 
utes when the police entered. The 
Crown withdrew charges in a similar 
case earlier on, and it is hoped the same 
procedure may be followed. Yaverbaum 
refused comment on the matter, 
however. 

The continuing cases are no longer 
drawing media coverage in Edmonton, 
though the Privacy Defence Committee 
hopes that the October 26 trial of 
found-in Garnet Plum will reawaken 
interest. Plum has retained activist 



counsel Barrie Chivers to fight the case 
from a civil liberties angle, and Chivers 
is negotiating to have Vancouver crimin- 
ologist Dr Ehor Boyanowsky testify as 
an expert witness. Chivers says Boyan- 
owsky is doing a cross-Canada survey 
on public attitudes to gay establish- 
ments. 

Although most of the earlier cases 
have been carbon copies, with a routine 
$250 fine, lawyer Shelley Miller was suc- 
cessful in having Judge Lionel Jones im- 
pose fines of only $150 on four of her 
clients. "He hadn't heard any of the 
earlier cases," she said, "and I told him 
he didn't have to be bound by previous 
judgments. I noted as well that the 
Court of Appeal had lowered the fines 
of the keepers." 

One man who defended himself over 
a 3-day trial told TBP "the whole thing 
was a mockery of the law. The police 
were lying left and right. They were 
describing things I've never seen and 
I've been going to the baths for years." 
Gerald Harmon 

Found-ins plead guilty 
in last Barracks 1 trial 

TORONTO — A story that began with 
a bang December 9, 1978 ended October 
15 — with a whimper. 

Three years ago in December, 20 
police officers raided The Barracks and 
charged 23 men as found-ins in a com- 
mon bawdyhouse. The last of those men 
appeared in provincial court October 
15, and the matter was tidily disposed 
of. Of the last three who appeared, two 
pleaded guilty. One chose to plead not 



guilty, and his lawyer was successful in 
having the charge dismissed on a techni- 
cality. 

Both men pleading guilty received 
absolute discharges. 

In fact, according to Crown Attorney 
Paul Culver, all of the convicted found- 
ins received absolute discharges. He said 
he would not recommend that the sen- 
tences be appealed. "An absolute dis- 
charge is fair for the first time around," 
he told TBP. "But now people have 
been put on notice as to what these 
places are. It will be different next 
time." 

Culver said that, of the 22 men who 
finally came to court, about three quar- 
ters pleaded guilty. Though the others 
pleaded not guilty, all but the man 
noted above were convicted after short 
trials. 

One of the found-ins, an American 
citizen from Detroit, failed to appear on 
his court date and a warrant has been 
issued for his arrest. It is not expected, 
however, that it will ever be served. 

Along with the June 12 conviction of 
two men as "keepers," what has 
become known as Barracks I has finally 
come to an end, three years and many 
thousands of dollars later. 

The found-in cases slipped through 
the courts without the organized com- 
munity being aware it was happening. 
Even the Right to Privacy Committee, 
created in response to that original raid, 
appeared unaware that the cases had 
come to trial and that most found-ins 
were pleading guilty. 

The RTPC's John Burt said "It's a 
lesson on how vigilant we have to be." 
Gerald HannonG 



High court sends TBP back for retrial 



TORONTO — Almost three years after 
being acquitted of criminal charges, The 
Body Politic will have to go to trial 
again, possibly as early as January. The 
magazine exhausted its last avenue of ap- 
peal October 6 when three justices of the 
Supreme Court of Canada, Rt Hon Bora 
Laskin, Hon RGB Dickson and Hon WR 
Mclntyre, ruled that the full court would 
not hear the case. 

Pink Triangle Press, TBP's publisher, 
had asked the Supreme Court to uphold 
Provincial Court Judge Sydney Harris's 
1979 acquittal of the magazine on 
charges of "using the mails to transmit 
indecent, immoral or scurrilous matter." 



The charges were laid in January 1978 
because of an article entitled "Men Lov- 
ing Boys Loving Men" which appeared 
in the December 1977/ January 1978 
issue. Harris dismissed the charges after 
a widely-publicized trial, ruling that the 
Crown had failed to establish a com- 
munity standard of indecency. 

The Crown immediately appealed that 
verdict and, in a surprise decision in 
February 1980, County Court Judge 
George Ferguson ordered a completely 
new trial. Ferguson held that Harris had 
made significant errors in law. Chief 
among these was his failure to determine 
himself, in an "objective" manner, what 



Defendants Jackson, Popert and Hannon with counsel Ruby: ' 'hunker down and do it" — again 



NOVEMBER 1981 




'the contemporary Canadian community 
standards of decency and morality 
were." 

TBP appealed Ferguson's judgment to 
the Ontario Court of Appeal, but failed 
to get the retrial order set aside. Mr 
Justice Thomas Zuber, in a decision 
released March 18, 1981, wrote that he 
and the four other judges who heard the 
appeal agreed with Ferguson's assess- 
ment of Harris's errors in law. Zuber 
criticized Harris for expecting the Crown 
to establish community standards and 
for dealing with the publication as a 
whole, rather than with the offending ar- 
ticle. Harris had ruled that the entire 
issue of TBP in question 
had to be proven indecent. 

The new trial will no doubt be much 
different from the six-day hearing in 
January 1979. The new judge will be 
bound by the directives in the Ferguson 
and Zuber decisions, and the Crown, 
widely thought to have argued its case 
rather lamely the first time, will probably 
introduce new evidence gleaned from the 
remaining cartons of material taken from 
TBP's offices in the police raid 
December 30, 1977. The material has 
never been returned. 

"It takes us right back to square one, 
and it's going to cost us a lot more time, 
energy — and money," commented 
Gerald Hannon, TBP collective member 
and one of the three co-defendants in the 
case. The first trial and subsequent ap- 
peals have cost nearly $60,000, all of 
which was raised by TBP's Free the Press 
Fund through donation campaigns. The 
Fund must once again appeal to the 
magazine's readers and supporters (see 
ad on page 2 of this issue) to cover the 
costs of a new trial. 

As Clayton Ruby, counsel tor Pink 
Triangle Press, remarked: "It the courts 
insist that we have to win again, then 
we've go to hunker down and do it." 

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Solidarity Day: gays out in force 



Contingents of several hundreds of les- 
bians and gay trade unionists and their 
supporters joined the massive Wash- 
ington DC, San Francisco and Los 
Angeles Solidarity Day rallies called 
September 19 by the US labour federa- 
tion, the AFL-CIO. The gatherings pro- 
tested the Reagan administration's at- 
tack on "jobs, justice, and equality," 
singling out issues such as its opposition 
to the ERA and voting rights, its cuts in 
social security benefits, and its disman- 
tling of minimum wage and occupation- 
al health and safety protections. 

The Washington rally drew an esti- 
mated half million people, and an 
official lesbian and gay contingent 
marched under the joint banner of the 
National Organization of Lesbians and 
Gays (NOLAG) and the National Coali- 
tion of Black Gays (NCBG). The contin- 
gent also included the National Gay 
Task Force and members of gay Demo- 
cratic Party clubs. Two smaller gay 
groups marched with contingents from 
the United Autoworkers and the 
People's Anti-War Mobilization. 

Both gay coalitions were recognized 
by the AFL-CIO as official participants, 
and spokespersons for both groups 
hailed the demonstration as a "major 
breakthrough" in an ongoing effort to 
forge an alliance between the gay move- 
ment and organized labour. 

Two days later, William dwell, a 
vice-president of the United Food and 
Commercial Workers International 
Union, spoke as an openly gay trade 
unionist to a Washington DC audience. 
Olwell traced the progess of gay rights 
within the AFL-CIO, claiming that virtu- 
ally all of its union would defend mem- 
bers fired for their sexual orientation. 

The Los Angeles rally drew 8,000 and 
a substantial gay contingent, while the 
San Francisco gathering attracted 
10,000 and the largest gay presence of 
all. Gay city Supervisor Harry Britt, 
who spoke at the rally, was quoted in a 
later interview as saying, "I hope that 
Solidarity Day represented a shift to- 
ward a new politics based on the recog- 
nition of the divergent interests of busi- 
ness and labour. In that divergence, it's 
very clear to me where the interests of 
gay people lie."D 

Twenty-city protest 
says 'Let Gays In' 

An international day of protest against 
anti-gay sections of the US immigration 
law was held September 26 under the 
theme "Let Gays In." 

Organized under the auspices of the 
International Gay Association, the 
coordinated effort produced rallies and 
pickets in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, 
Dublin, London, Oslo, Stockholm, 
Vienna, Sydney, and Wellington. In 
North America, demonstrations were 
held in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York 
City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San 
Diego, Tampa, Ottawa and Toronto. 

In Toronto, 65 people picketed the 
US Consulate for an hour. Philip 
Fotheringham, a dual Canadian-British 
citizen who was denied entrance to the 
US last May when Immigration and 




' ' Major breakthrough: ' ' gay men and women join organized labour in Washington march 



Naturalization Service officials discov- 
ered he was gay, spoke on the need to 
exert public pressure on the American 
government to reform immigration 
laws. He repeated his message at the 
final demonstration, a candle-lit proces- 
sion in front of the White House in 
Washington DC on September 28. 
Fotheringham's case was the focus of 
the international day of protest. □ 

Australian sex laws 
face liberalization 

MELBOURNE — Pressure from Aus- 
tralia's gay movement is continuing to 
liberalize the country's sexual offences 
laws. 

The State of Victoria has decriminal- 
ized homosexual acts between consent- 
ing males and lowered the age of con- 
sent to ten years, as long as there is no 
more than two years' difference in the 

Closing the Golden Gates: "Let Gays In" 



18fTHE BODY POLITIC 




partners' ages. Bestiality is the only 
"unnatural offence" now remaining in 
the State criminal code. 

In the Northern Territory, the govern- 
ment has introduced legislation which 
would repeal all homosexual offences 
laws, and which would establish 13 as 
the age of consent. The proposed 
changes are supported by both the gov- 
ernment and opposition and are expect- 
ed to pass without incident. 

A similar move towards reform was 
blocked in New South Wales. Eight 
hundred gays and lesbians demonstrated 
angrily outside the Parliament buildings 
when the government refused a free 
vote on a private member's bill which 
sought to amend new sexual assault 
legislation. In New South Wales there is 
a seven-year maximum sentence for 
"forced buggery," while consensual 
buggery can incur a maximum sentence 
of 14 years. □ 

Murder of tourist 
sparks demonstration 

SAN FRANCISCO — The brutal, un- 
provoked murder of a gay tourist from 
Seattle, combined with a police crack- 
down against loiterers and street people 
a few blocks north of the attack site, 
sparked an angry and tense demonstra- 
tion here September 14 by 1,000 les- 
bians and gays. 

Nicholas Ritus, the 31 -year-old vic- 
tim, and Barry Mabus, his 34-year-old 
lover, were returning to their hotel early 
in the morning of Sunday, September 
13 when a white Pontiac drove up 
beside them. "Are you dudes gay?" one 
of the car's four occupants yelled. A 
man with a knife then jumped out of 
the car and stabbed Ritus seven times in 
the chest, stomach and shoulder. Ritus 
was dead upon arrival at Mission Emer- 
gency Hospital. Mabus was also stabbed 



when he came to his lover's aid, and he 
told a San Francisco Chronicle reporter 
from his hospital bed, "There was no 
place to escape what was happening. 
There was no place to run — just the 
terror." 

Within an hour of the incident, police 
arrested three men — Carlos Zungia, 
26, Samuel Picazo, 24, and Alfred 
Razo, 32. Police are still looking for the 
car's fourth occupant. 

A campaign of police harassment on 
Polk Street near the site of the stabbing 
had produced 479 arrests in the three 
weeks before the incident. Although 
90% involved minor charges dropped 
shortly thereafter, they had provoked a 
great deal of community resentment. 

Carl McMillan of Community United 
Against Violence described the Septem- 
ber 14 demonstration as "the angriest 
crowd I've stood in front of in my life." 
A short confrontation with police broke 
out at the end of the demonstration, but 
the crowd soon dispersed peacefully. 

McMillan's comments in his speech 
still remain unanswered. "I want to 
know why they're spending thousands 
of dollars to arrest innocent homosex- 
uals on Polk Street for obstructing a 
sidewalk when they can't stop a murder 
less than a block from the front of 
Northern Station," he told the 
crowd. □ 

Gay neo-nazi slain by 
own party members 

HAMBURG — Members of the neo- 
nazi ANS (national socialist action 
group) have brutally murdered a 
26-year-old gay party member. 

Johannes Bugner, who aspired to lead 
the ANS while leader Michael K-uhner 
was serving a prison sentence, was 
stabbed seven times in the stomach and 
14 times in the back before having his 
throat slit on a lonely country road. His 
death was part of a purge against 
"homosexuals, perverts, and traitors" 
ordered by Kuhner. 

Bugner apparently felt he had been 
accepted by the group in spite of its call 
to send gays to concentration camps. 
Gay organizations in Berlin and Ham- 
burg responded to the news of Bugner's 
death with a call for homosexuals to be 
on guard and to join the country's anti- 
fascist movement. □ 

Spanish groups unite 
against repression 

MADRID — Three gay organizations in 
southern Spain have united as the 
homosexual liberation front of 
Andalusia to fight mounting repression 
from authorities. 

The hardening official attitude to- 
wards gay people began last year with 
raids on a number of gay clubs in Torre- 
molinos. Police stepped up their surveil- 
lance of parks and bars in Seville over 
the summer, and a violent raid against a 
gay bar in Granada led to more than 20 
arrests. In the same city, two young men 
were recently jailed for kissing in public. 

The situation for gay people is also 
deteriorating in other parts of the coun- 
try. In Barcelona, an official morality 
campaign has led to raids on a number 
of bars, officially to check for drug 
abuse and prostitution. More recently, 
police have threatened to close bars that 
allow their patrons to dance. The Cata- 
lonian commission for human rights has 
officially protested this police action to 
the central government. 

In the Basque country, EHGAM, nor- 
thern Spain's largest gay organization, 



NOVEMBER 1981 



is still being denied legal recognition by 
the government. The only legal gay 
organization in Spain is the Catalan gay 
liberation front. The International Gay 
Association has asked its member 
organizations to write to Spanish em- 
bassies or consulates to protest the 
renewed harassment of lesbians and 
gays in Spain. D 

Brazil gay magazine 
forced to close down 

RIO DE JANIERO — Lampido, 
Brazil's major gay newspaper, has been 
forced to close because of financial 
problems. 

In a July 27 letter to subscribers, 
editor Aguinaldo Silva explained that 
the paper "was not able to resist the bite 
of recession, and the majority of its 
editors had succumbed to fatigue." 

Since its first issue in April 1978, 
Lampido had distinguished itself as a 
professional and serious gay liberation 
magazine. It was distributed in 18 
Brazilian cities. 

The paper gained international atten- 
tion in 1979 when the country's military 
dictatorship charged it with "outrages 
against public morality and good 
mores." 

The paper received support from the 
International Gay Association and dem- 
ocratic forces inside Brazil, and the 
charges were dismissed early in 1981. 

Silva announced plans to launch a 
new magazine, Pleigai, which will be 
"more comprehensive, offering space to 
all aspects of modern life." □ 

State plans to appeal 
acquittal in Zeh case 

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Charges 
against gay broadcaster John Zeh of 
distributing obscene material to juven- 
iles were dismissed August 26 by Judge 
Peter Outcalt. However, Hamilton 
County Prosecutor Simon Lies an- 
nounced September 22 that he would 
appeal the decision. 

Zeh, a 35-year-old programme host 
of "Gaydreams" on public radio sta- 
tion WAIF-FM, read a humorous des- 
cription of various sexual lubricants 
over the air last January (TBP, May). 
Four children allegedly heard and tape- 



recorded his show and brought it to 
their parents, who complained to the 
authorities. Prosecutor Leis, well 
known from his right-wing, anti-gay 
sentiments, charged Zeh with four 
counts of "disseminating material 
harmful to juveniles," an indictment 
which carries a maximum sentence of a 
$10,000 find and 20 years imprison- 
ment. Zeh also lost his job and his 
apartment as a result of publicity 
around the case. 

In his decision, Outcalt determined 
that the law under which Zeh was 
charged could apply only if the material 
in question was presented only to the 
juveniles concerned, and not the general 
public. □ 

Suspected murderer 
of 5 still not indicted 

LOS ANGELES — Police have twice 
arrested a suspect in the bludgeon mur- 
ders of at least five gay men here, but 
the District Attorney has refused to 
prosecute despite an admission in an 
internal memo that there is "little 
doubt" that the suspect committed the 
crimes. 

Los Angeles Police Department Cap- 
tain William Cobb also admits that ever 
since the man posted bail in another 
violent crime case, the police have had 
no idea of his whereabouts. 

All five gay victims frequented bars in 
the West Hollywood section of the city, 
and all were killed in an eight-month 
period between June 1980 and February 
1981. In all but one case, the bodies 
were dumped on parkways near the 
bars. 

Police detectives report that the un- 
identified suspect was arrested twice in 
the months following the murder of the 
last victim — once immediately after 
that fatal attack, and once when he was 
found beating another gay man about 
the head with a pipe. Both times the Los 
Angeles District Attorney's office re- 
fused to press charges because of what it 
termed "insufficient evidence." 

However, an internal report written 
by Deputy District Attorney Gerard 
Poirer states that there is "little doubt 
that the suspect is guilty of the five mur- 
ders." Moreover, it continues, because 
of the suspect's history of violent as- 

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Hong Kong inquiry concludes 
MacLennan's death a 



HONG KONG — A 12-month, three- 
million dollar inquiry into the death of 
Hong Kong Police Inspector John Mac- 
Lennan has concluded that MacLennan 
committed suicide. 

MacLennan was found dead January 
15, 1980, just before he was to be arrest- 
ed for homosexual offences. He had 
five bullet wounds in his body. It had 
been suggested that MacLennan was be- 
ing set up by the Special Investigation 
Unit of the Hong Kong police, or that 
he was murdered to prevent him from 
revealing the names of high government 
officials also suspected of homosexual- 
ity. Gay sex is still illegal in Hong Kong. 

The 41 1-page inquiry report by Jus- 
tice Yang criticizes certain actions and 
decisions by police officers, Police 
Commissioner Roy Henry, and Attor- 
ney General John Griffiths. Hong Kong 
Governor Sir Murray MacLehose imme- 
diately told the press that he continued 
to have the "fullest confidence" in the 
two men, and no shakeup is expected. 



Urban Councillor Elsie Elliott, who 
was instrumental in forcing the public 
inquiry, said that Yang had "taken an 
easy line in his report. I still believe 
John MacLennan was framed and 
hounded to death." 

Elliot announced she was having her 
own report printed and distributed to 
the press. Elliott has become an advo- 
cate of sexual law reform since the 
MacLennan affair. She points out that 
the colony's anti-gay laws encourage 
blackmail of homosexuals and the pro- 
curing of boys for prostitution. 

The effect of the inquiry on the col- 
ony's laws is still unclear. Mr Justice 
Yang is also chairman of the Law Re- 
form Committee's subcommittee on the 
homosexuality laws.D 

International News Credits 

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Bulletin, The Advocate, The Blade (Washington, 
DC). Gay Community New\ (Boston). Guv life 

I. Caj Stws (London), Gai Pled (Paris) 

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saults against both gay men and wom- 
en, "he may well be expected to commit 
further offenses." 

Poirer declined further comment on 
the case, saying "it would be unfair" to 
the suspect, who had not been charged. 
However, he told the Advocate that the 
suspect had been freed because of some 
"differences of opinion" between the 
Los Angeles Police Department and his 
office. Poirer did not elaborate on these 
differences. □ 

French socialists 
declare gay amnesty 

PARIS — The socialist government of 
Francois Mitterand granted an amnesty 
August 6 to 156 gay men imprisoned 
under laws which single out homosex- 
uals for special punishment under 
public decency and age-of-consent laws. 

The new government will probably 
repeal the last of these discriminatory 
sections of the criminal code in the cur- 
rent sitting of the legislature. 

The government also moved June 1 1 
to dissolve the "homo-squad" of the 
national police. A subsequent directive 
from the minister of state to the director 
general of the national police described 
as unacceptable any discrimination on 
the basis of sexual orientation in the 
course of investigations. 

The reforms instituted by the social- 
ists have provoked a new kind of crisis 
for the French gay movement. A five- 
day conference in Marseille at the end 
of July was unable to define a new di- 
rection for the movement now that the 
government has met the main demands 
for law reform and an end to police 
harassment. Much of the conference 
focussed on the role of lesbians in a 
movement dominated by gay men, and 
the need for mixed organizations. □ 

Cop rapes gay man 
after Liverpool riot 

LIVERPOOL — A 19-year-old gay man 
claims he was tortured and raped by a 
policeman after being arrested in the 
rioting that shook Britain last July. 

Kevin Griffin was arrested July 6. He 
had been helping evacuate elderly 
patients from a hospital adjacent to a 
building set ablaze by rioters when 
police charged the crowd. He was beat- 
en and called "nigger-lover" until pol- 
ice saw he was wearing a pink triangle 
and began calling him "queer." In the 
station he was forced to strip and 
;locked in a small cell where a police 
officer pushed a truncheon up his anus. 
The officer then raped him. 

Griffin was then sent to a remand 
centre where he was held incommuni- 
cado for a month. He revealed the story 
to the British newsmagazine New States- 
man after being released. Griffin is 
presently refusing to plead guilty to a 
charge of threatening behaviour. □ 

Ban on gay groups 
challenged in court 

TALLAHASSEE, FL— A Florida law 
denying state aid to any university 
which gives funds, meeting space or of- 
ficial recognition to gay organizations 
has survived its first judicial review in a 
state circuit court. 

The law, passed as an amendment to 
the state budget, was drafted by Repub- 
lican state legislators Tom Bush and 
Allan Trask, both born-again Chris- 
tians. Rather than attacking gay organi- 
zations by name, the Bush-Trask 



amendment prohibits university recog- 
nition of all groups "advocating sexual 
relations between persons not married 
to each other." This language was 
designed, the two authors concede, to 
protect the law against legal challenges 
which would charge that it unconstitu- 
tionally singled out gay groups for 
discrimination. 

The case had been brought before the 
court by State Education Commissioner 
Ralph Turlington, who has also an- 
nounced that he will appeal the circuit 
court decision. Turlington charges that 
the amendment violates a state constitu- 
tional ban on the inclusion of substan- 
tive legislation in the budget. The law is 
also strongly opposed by student and 
faculty groups in Florida, who charge 
that it is a serious threat to academic 
freedom and free speech. □ 

Jury acquits cop 
in death of activist 

HOUSTON — The Houston police 
officer indicted for negligent homicide 
in the June 1980 shooting death of Fred 
Paez, a prominent Texas gay activist, 
was acquitted of the charges September 
5 in a jury trial. At the time of his 
death, Paez, the 27-year-old secretary 
of Houston's Gay Political Caucus, was 
involved in an effort to obtain a federal 
investigation into claims of persistent 
police brutality against the city's minor- 
ities (TBP, September 1980). 

Officer Kevin McCoy, 26, was in- 
dicted by a Harris County Grand Jury 
in October 1980 after evidence came to 
light that McCoy and fellow officer 
Stephen Cain had been drinking prior 
to the shooting. 

According to McCoy's testimony, 
Paez was resisting arrest after sexually 
propositioning the two off-duty offi- 
cers. In the ensuing struggle, McCoy 
claimed, his gun accidently slipped off 
safety and discharged, killing Paez with 
one shot to the head. 

While prosecuting attorney Brian 
Rains attempted to prove negligence by 
pointing to McCoy's unnecessary use of 
a firearm while under the effects of 
alcohol, defence counsel Mike Hinton 
argued that the drinking had no bearing 
on the case and that McCoy should 
never have been indicted. 

Houston's lesbians and gays were 
unanimously critical of the verdict. 
Ray Hill, who had worked with Paez on 
the police brutality issue, declared that 
the judgment was a message that "it is 
still legal to kill queers in Harris 
County. "D 



Britain's CHE starts 
cooperative services 

DURHAM — The annual conference of 
Britain's largest gay organization, the 
Campaign for Homosexual Equality 
(CHE), voted August 28 to split its soc- 
ial services from its political organizing 
functions and to set up a network of 
commercial cooperatives. 

It is hoped that profits from the co- 
operatively run social clubs, discos, bars 
and coffee bars will help finance gay 
rights campaigns and social services. 
The new arrangement will leave CHE 
free to concentrate on political 
activities. 

The conference also set up a Lesbian 
Exchange Grapevine (LEG). A news 
sheet will provide information about 
women's groups and lesbian social 
amenities, especially those outside 
London. □ 



20fTHE BODY POLITIC 



NOVEMBER 1981 



by Leo Casey 



Family Protection Act: rooting out evil 



Barely six months after Ronald Reagan 
took his oath as President of the United 
States, his New Right colleagues intro- 
duced into Congress their first major 
attempt to codify their social vision of a 
new America. 

Inaugurated under the euphemism 
Family Protection Act (FPA), this wide- 
ranging series of legislative proposals 
declares as its primary goal "the res- 
toration of family unity, parental auth- 
ority and a climate of traditional mor- 
ality." An omnibus bill designed to 
counteract what it describes as "disrup- 
tive federal intervention into family 
life," the FPA would alter current law 
governing matters as diverse as separa- 
tion of church and state, child and 
spouse abuse, educational materials, 
divorce and abortion, and federal gov- 
ernment entitlement programmes. 

If enacted as it currently stands, the 
FPA would be nothing less than many 
of our worst nightmares come true. It 
seeks to reverse a great deal of the last 
thirty years of social progress by the 
civil rights, trade union, women's and 
gay movements — for it is this progress 
which, in the eyes of the framers of this 
bill, has undermined the American 
family. 

The most draconian measures are 
reserved for those condemned as the 
family's worst foes, lesbians and gay 
men. Section 108 of the FPA reads: No 
federal funds may be made available un- 
der any provision of Federal law to any 
public or private individual, group or 
other entity for the purpose of advoca- 
ting, promoting or suggesting homosex- 
uality, male and female, as a life style. 
According to the Congressional agency 
which reviews the impact of proposed 
legislation, this provision would exclude 
from all federal government entitlement 
programmes both openly gay people 
and individuals simply speaking out on 
behalf of gay rights. Neither class of 
citizens would continue to be eUgible for 
social security benefits, welfare, legal 
aid, veterans' benefits or student aid — 
whatever their need. Similarly, all 
organizations supporting gay rights 
would also be denied any possible fed- 
eral government aid. 

If the FPA is passed as is, every gay 
person considering "coming out," and 
every individual group with an oppor- 
tunity to take a public stance on some 
aspect of lesbian and gay life would 
have to balance what they would like to 
say against the prospects of punitive 
state action. Not since the height of 
McCarthyism has the US Congress seen 
legislation which would provide such a 
powerful weapon for thought control 
and the suppression of free speech. 

While the most drastic denial of civil 
liberties in the FPA is directed at gay 
people, the bill also provides for: 

• the denial of federal funds for legal 
assistance to achieve school desegrega- 
tion (Section 305)' 

• the denial of federal funds to school 
systems where teachers are organized in 
union shops (Section 301) 

• the prohibition of federal government 
action to improve local statutes relating 
to spouse and child abuse (Sections 104 
and 105) 

• the denial of federal legal assistance 
funds to all cases involving divorce, 



abortion or gay rights (Section 106) 

• the requirement that a parent be 
informed if an unmarried minor re- 
ceives a contraceptive device, an abor- 
tion or related services, or treatment for 
venereal disease (Section 102) 

• the mandatory inclusion of voluntary 
prayer periods in all public buildings 
supported by federal funds (Sections 
401 to 406) 

• the denial of federal funds for the 
development and purchase of educa- 
tional materials which do not reflect the 
historical sex-role stereotypes of men 
and women (Section 301) 

The FPA has no provisions addressing 
the impact of inflation, unemployment, 
low wages and poor working conditions 
on the ability to parent, and it never 
considers the role of these problems in 
spouse and child abuse. It takes no in- 
terest in the effects of poor shelter, 
inferior clothing and inadequate diet on 
the quality of family life. Government 
programmes designed to alleviate these 
conditions have been severely cut in the 
new Reagan budget. 

Roger Jepson (Republican, Iowa) for- 
mally introduced the FPA into Con- 
gress June 17 as Senate Bill 1378. 
Among the bill's co-sponsors is Paul 
Laxalt (Republican, Nevada), 1980 cam- 
paign manager of Ronald Reagan 
and a close confidant of the President. 
There is a real chance that the bill could 
pass Congress if a strong opposition is 
not generated. If there remain any 
doubts about the effects of FPA 
passage, consider the prognosis offered 
by Gary Potter, president of Catholics 
for Christian Political Action and one 
of the framers of the bill. "There will be 
no satanic churches, no more free distri- 
bution of pornography, no more abor- 
tion on demand, no more talk of rights 
for homosexuals. When the Christian 
majority takes control, pluralism will be 
seen as evil and the state will not allow 
anybody the right to practise evil." 

Potter's remarks point to the one 
political strategy which can defeat the 
FPA: a massive public campaign expos- 
ing it for what it is — not a proposal to 
preserve family life, but an attempt to 
impose an extremely narrow and auth- 
oritarian social vision upon American 
society. Nowhere is this clearer than in 
the measures which restrict, rather than 
strengthen, laws penalizing domestic 
violence against women and children: 
fathers must rule completely, no matter 
what the cost. 

Our message must be that democratic 
rights and freedoms are indivisible, and 
that no section of the FPA — whether 
its intended victims are lesbians or gay 
men, women, children and youth, unions 
or racial minorities — is acceptable. 

Body Politic readers in the United 
States should inform their Congression- 
al representatives and senators of their 
strong opposition to the FPA. Further 
information on anti-FPA campaign 
work can be obtained from the National 
Gay Task Force, Suite 1601, 80 Fifth 
Avenue, New York, New York, 1001 1. 

Material tor this analysia mi drawn from .in article 
in Larry Bush and Richard Goldstein, "A (lull 

Wind foi Cay Kleins" 1 1 he AdvtM Me Number 

121), I he Bulletin ol the Northern ( aiifomia < lay 
the American i 'ivil I ibertiet 
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THE BODY POLITIC/21 



GAY AND LESBIAN 
TORONTO THIS 
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Art 



Deborah Samuel: Recent Photographic 
Work. Two series of black-and-white photo- 
graphs by this fashion and entertainment 
photographer. One depicts images of faceless 
nudes entrapped before decaying buildings; 
the other subtly scrutinizes transvestites: 
"ten faces of ambiguous sexuality." Gallery 
Quan, 112 Scollard St. 968-7822. Opening 
Wed, Nov 1 1 at 7:30 pm. Through Nov 30. 
□ Edifice/Orifice. Gay artist Alex Liros is 
joined by four others (including Judith Hun- 
tress-Allsopp and Richard Banks) in an intri- 
guing show. More people pictures about 
buildings and food. ChromaZone Gallery, 
320 Spadina Ave. Opening Tues, Nov 3 at 
8:30 pm. Wed-Sat, 12-6 pm. Through Sat, 
Nov 21. 

ZThe Other Face. Group exhibition of 
masks. Gallery Punchinello, 940 Queen St E. 
Fri 6-10 pm; Sat-Sun, 1 1 am-5 pm. Through 
Oct 30. 463-3146. 

Prints at Graphics International. New 
works, not shown in Toronto before, by 
seven Quebec printmakers. Open house Oct 
31 /Nov 1, 2-7 pm, thereafter by appoint- 
ment. Also, open house on art for Christ- 
mas, Nov 28/29. 97 Winchester St, Cabbage- 
town. 923-5513. 

Janice Lindsay. Exhibition of costumes 
and costume design by Stratford designer. 
At Major Robert's Restaurant, 124 Harbord 
St. Mon-Fri, 12-3 pm, and every day from 
5:30 pm. 968-7000. Through Nov 15. 
^Computer Culture 81. Computer-gen- 
erated art in conjunction with OCA and 
Photo-electric Arts Foundation. Internation- 
al show from Dallas, Texas. Flavio Belli 
Gallery, 52 McCaul St. 598-1368. Tues, Nov 
17 to Sun, Nov 29. 

□The Collection. Fashions of nine Toronto 
designers, including Tim Jocelyn, Valerie 
Knapp and the native Indian designs of 
Debbie Pitawanakwat. Brigantine Room, 
Harbourfront. Fri, Nov 20 at 7:30 pm. 

Cinema 

Current 

"Pixote. Dir: Hector Babenco. With Fer- 
nando Ramos da Silva, Marilia Pera. A gang 
of adolescents — ten-year-old Pixote, a drag 
queen, his lover and a young tough — must 
turn to murder and trafficking for survival. 
A brutal examination of the Brazilian reform 



Devilish dykes 
and phantom faggots 

Traditionally, Hallowe'en on Toronto's Yonge Street 
has meant the gathering of not only spooks and 
goblins, but also curious heterosexuals opposite 
the St Charles Tavern hoping to witness a parade of 
drag queens (see story p 15). If you plan to be in 
the area, be on the lookout for unpleasantness. 

There 's plenty else going on, including 
Hallowe 'en theme dances being put on by RTPC 
and MCC and a horror movie extravaganza at 
Buddies (see Calendar, October 31). The Albany 
plans a ' 'Night Howl ' ' with only costumed 
carousers allowed in, while the Cameo and 
Katrina 's will give prizes for best costumes. 
Charly s will have an amateur drag show at mid- 
night (prizes of up to $150) with women allowed in 
for a change; get there early if you want to be sure 
of getting in. The Manatee will also hold its regular 
drag show, and it's business as usual at other 
nightspots. 

22/THE BODY POLITIC 



schools' failure to deal with the 3 million 
abandoned children. International Cinema, 
Yonge south of Eglinton. 489-3800. 
OPolyester. Dir: John Waters. With Divine, 
Tab Hunter. A screaming scratch 'n* sniff 
extravaganza set in Baltimore — "Charm 
City USA" — with Tab Hunter looking like 
he's spent the last ten years in a jar of for- 
maldehyde. Shameless. Eaton Cineplex, One 
Dundas W. 246-3456. 

Mommie Dearest. Dir: Frank Perry. 
Spineless and unfortunate, that nasty book 
about how rotten Christina's mother really 
was is now a film with a pace as thick as 
Crawford's lipstick. Alas, trash isn't what it 
used to be. Imperial Six. Victoria at Dundas. 
364-6339. 

DP4W: Prison For Women. Dir: Holly Dale 
and Janis Cole. Five women doing time at 
Kingston Pen, the only prison for women in 
the country, allowed a film crew to record 
the stories of their crimes, their dead-end 
existence in prison, and the need for reform 
there. The inmates' very real wit and tenacity 
transform this stingingly personal shot in the 
head into a compassionate plea. Carlton 
Cineplex. 20 Carlton St. 269-3456. (Re- 
viewed this issue.) 

□ Virility. Dir: Paolo Cavara. With Turi 
Ferro, Agostina Belli. The title is ironic. Don 
Vito, town hero for having married a woman 
half his age, discovers the village's latest 
gossip: his son is gay. But the truth, that the 
son has really been sleeping with Vito's 
prized wife, is worse. Which side of his viril- 
ity can Vito forfeit and still save face: his 
son's "masculinity" or his wife's "fidelity"? 
Carlton Cineplex, 20 Carlton St. 296-3456. 

Repertory 

□ Kenneth Anger Retrospective. Since his 
early teens, Kenneth Anger has been a film- 
maker of such technical and visual sophisti- 
cation that he has earned respect as one of 
the most important of the early American 
avante-garde artists. These dreams and 
"Magick" allegories depict homoerotic fan- 
tasies, pop culture and fetishes — from glit- 
ter to leather — as mythopoeic rites. Anger 

will be present at two 
screenings of his most in- 
novative works. Among 
these: Inauguration of the 
Pleasure Dome (1954), 
Scorpio Rising (1963), 
K us torn Kar Kom- 




Walter Bruno was part of the graveyard shift 
during Christmas rush at Vancouver's post 
office, and has translated his experiences in- 
to Shouting for Joy. It's filmwrifer, journalist 
and former TBP collective member Bruno's 
first professional production. The play, set at 
the end of the 60s, is about four postal work- 
ers who live with lost ideals and unspoken 
fears. The central character, a gay man, 
deals with his closeted sexuality by dwelling 
in the imagination and involving the others in 
his dreams and nightmares. As the author 
notes, ' ' The play is a great big gay joke on 
work. " Through November 8 at Toronto 
Workshop Productions, 12 Alexander St. 
925-8640. 




mandos (1964), and his latest, never before 
shown in Toronto, Lucifer Rising. The Fun- 
nel, 507 King St E. 364-7003. $3. Fri, Oct 30 
and Sat, Oct 31 at 8 pm. 
DDog Day Afternoon. Dir: Sidney Lumet. 
With Al Pacino. Those madcap homos on 
the loose again; off to rob a bank to pay for 
a sex change! This well-acted black comedy 
about a snafued heist unhaltingly assumes 
desperation to be as funny as pie fights, and 
hopes a tragic ending will resolve all. It 
doesn't. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor W. 7 pm. 
$2. 532-6677. October 30. 
DCeline and Julie Go Boating. Dir: Jacques 
Rivette. With Juliet Berto, Dominique 
Labouier. Rumour has it that the title char- 
acters are lesbians. However covert these ref- 
erences may be, this whimsical fantasy about 
two women who find an abandoned house 
with odd Henry Jamesian goings-on in the 
drawing rooms is a colourful and complex 
invention. Compulsive Cinema, Ontario Col- 
lege of Art, 100 McCaul St. 7:30 pm. Nov 5. 
DThe Last Metro. Dir: Francois Truffaut. 
With Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu. 
WWII is irritatingly diluted down to a 
parable: political and person are united 
through art; art is an illusion ruined by 
opportunists like critics... and Nazis. The 
few gay characters are mere misfits who use 
art as escape. Bloor Cinema. 506 Bloor W. 
7 and 9:30 pm. $2. 532-6677. Nov 8. 



Music 



DMama Quilla II. This Toronto women's 
band is having a busy month. Catch them at 
the benefit dance sponsored by the anti-nuke 
group Cruise Missile Conversion Project at 
St Lawrence Market North, Fri, Oct 30 at 9 
pm. Tickets $5. Or enjoy their benefit con- 
cert for the Gay Community Counselling 
Centre of Toronto at the Music Hall on the 
Danforth, Thurs, Nov 19. Tickets $7. Info: 



534-8207. Or check them out at the Cabana 
Room, Spadina Hotel, 460 King St W on 
Fri, Nov 20 and Sat, Nov 21. 368-0729. 

Rita McNeill in Concert. One of Canada's 
foremost feminist singers and songwriters. 
Two albums: Born a Woman and Part of the 
Mystery. With Toronto musicians Sherri 
Shute, Katherine MacKay, Susan G Cole, 
Linda Jain and Shelley Cooper-Smith. Pro- 
file Productions. Brigantine Rm, Harbour- 
front. Tickets $6 available from Toronto 
Women's Bookstore, Harbourfront Box Of- 
fice and BASS. Thurs, Oct 29 at 8 pm. 
DPeggy Lee. The original. Oct 27-Nov 7. 
Imperial Rm, Royal York Hotel. $20. Tick- 
ets/reservations: 368-2511. 
□ Betsy Rose and Cathy Winter in Concert. 
Folk duo with strong women's themes in 
their music. Guitar and piano accompani- 
ment. Their latest album is called Sweet 
Sorcery. Sponsored by Mariposa Mainland. 
Wed, Nov 11 at 8:30 pm. Brigantine Rm, 
Harbourfront. Tickets available at Harbour- 
front Box Office or BASS. 
DNash the Slash. A one-man electronic 
showcase from Toronto, presently very pop- 
ular in Britain. Oct 31 at The Concert Hall, 
888 Yonge St. Tickets $8.80 from BASS, 
Record Peddler, or at the door. 
DSiouxee & the Banshees. Female singer 
Siouxee Sioux leads the veteran British art- 
punk group. The Banshees have dropped the 
less desirable aspects of punk and acquired a 
stylized, danceable sound and polished ap- 
pearance. El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave. 
Nov 2. Tickets available at BASS. 
DTom Verlaine. The founder of NYC Group 
Television now pursues a solo career. He has 
earned a good reputation for his intelligent 
material and original guitar style, and is 
worth checking out. Nov 6 at Voodoo, 9 St 
Joseph St. Tickets $10, available at Record 
Peddler and the door. 
DLost in the ChromaZone. A benefit for 
ChromaZone Gallery. Headlining the Boys 
Brigade. Also featuring Maya Bannerman 
Band and Rappers Galore. Fri, Nov 13 at 9 
pm. Rendezvous Rm, Drake Hotel, Queen St 
W near Dufferin St. 
DNew Order. Original members of Joy 
Division (prior to singer Ian Curtis' suicide). 
They are one of the more important groups 
in the new dance/beat scene in Britain and 
potentially the best show this month. Nov 15 
at The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge St. $10 at 
BASS, Record Peddler or the door. 



Stage 



□ Picnic in the Drift. A performance piece 
by Rina Fraticelli and Tanya Rosenberg deal- 
ing with the potential dangers of nuclear 
holocaust. The story itself is fantasy, but 
based on scientific fact. The composition of 
eight "modules" of fans, light, colour and 
sound will feature the work of video artist 
Colin Campbell, opera singer Roxalana 
Roslak, visual artist Lynne Fernie, and 
others. Nov 3-22. Tues-Fri, 9 pm; Sat, 6 and 
9 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Harbourfront, 235 
Queen's Quay W. 869-8412. 

□ David Roche Talks to You About Love. 
A new one-man show by the author of Dirt 
is My Profession. Directed by Bob White; 
part of the Rhubarb! festival of new works. 
Nov 5-8, 8:30 pm. The Theatre Centre, 666 
King St W. 862-0659. 

DHow Could They Marry Her. Marcia Can- 
non is Gertrude Stein, One-woman show fea- 
turing full characterizations of Gertrude and 
Alice B Toklas. Community Centre, 1001 
Queen St W. Admission by donation. Wed, 
Nov 18 and Thurs, Nov 19. Info: 654-7448. 

□ Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton's ver- 
sion of a drawing-room comedy is both man- 
nered and maniacal. It is about sex, violence, 
and survival of the fittest, and has the re- 
quisite Orton gay content. Nov 6-Dec 13, 
Tues-Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5 and 9 pm; Sun, 



NOVEMBER 1981 




Cavafy or the Veils of Desire: photographer's model (Neil Cadger) in Sky Gilbert's latest. 



2:30 pm. Toronto Free Theatre, 26 Berkeley 
St. 368-7601. 

□ Noel/Cole in My Soul. A musical debate. 
An original revue featuring the music and 
lyrics of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. 
Written by Carl Ritchie and starring Ritchie 
and Elise Dewsberry. Part of dinner theatre 
package at Pimblett's Restaurant in Cab- 
bagetown, 249 Gerrard St E. Gala opening 
Sat, Oct 24, continuing for limited run Tues- 
Sat (6:30 pm dinner and 8:30 pm show). 
$14.50 inclusive. Info: 929-9525. 
□Theatre of the Film Noir. A return of one 
of the best works from last May's Toronto 
Theatre Festival with most of the original 
cast. George Walker's witty script deals with 
political and sexual intrigue, both types 
often of a homosexual nature. If it's as well- 
staged as it was last May, this is a show not 
to miss. Nov 18-Dec 20. Tues-Fri, 8:30 pm; 
Sat, 8 and 10 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. Adelaide 
Court, 57 Adelaide St E. 363-6401. 

□ A Woman of No Importance. Oscar 
Wilde's social comedy about the injustice of 
women's treatment by society. Nov 26-Dec 
12. Tues-Sat, 8:30 pm. Alumnae Theatre, 70 
Berkeley St. 364-4170. 

H Blood Relations. A play by Sharon Pol- 
lock about the Lizzie Borden murders, with 
hints of a lesbian relationship between Lizzie 
and actress Nance O'Neill, the central char- 
acters of the play. Through Oct 31 . Tues-Fri, 
8 pm; Sat, 4 and 9 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. Tarra- 
gon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. 531-1827. 
nPemmican and Cold Duck. A new play by 
Ray Singer that deals with the sex roles and 
mores of the middle-aged. Presented by the 
New Drama Centre. Through October 31, 
Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm. Palmerston Library 
Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave. 463-4279. 

Piaf — Her Songs, Her Loves. A music- 
and-drama show starring the wonderful 
Kathy Michael McGlynn as Edith Piaf, 
whose songs and emotionalism won the 
hearts of many. Mon-Sat, 6 pm. The Ports 
Dinner Theatre, 1 145 Yonge St. 961-7678. 
Indefinite run. 



□ Cavafy or the Veils of Desire. The new 
work by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a 
fantasy based on the life and works of gay 
poet C P Cavafy, who lived in Alexandria 
during the early part of this century. Devised 
and directed by Sky Gilbert. Through Nov 1, 
Thurs-Sun, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. Nov 5-8, 
10:30 pm. The Theatre Centre, 666 King St 
W. 862-0659. 

□ Let My People Come. A musical about 
sex, including some lesbian and gay material. 
Basin St Cabaret, 180 Queen St W. Mon- 
Thur 9 pm; Fri-Sat 8 and 11 pm. 598-3013. 
Unlimited run. 

Tamara. A fascinating exercise in theatre, 
in which the audience follows whichever of 
the ten characters it wants to through histor- 
ic Strachan House. Lesbianism is one of the 
underlying themes of the play. Through 
November. Strachan House, Trinity-Bell- 
woods Park, 790 Queen St W. Tues-Sat 8 
pm; Wed, Sat and Sun matinees 2 pm. 
363-6401. X 



Dance 



□ Wallflower Order and Grupo Raiz. Perfor- 
mance of widely-acclaimed women's dance 
collective and Latin American musical 
group. Wallflower Order blends ballet, 

Wallflower Order: dance of art and politics 




modern and jazz dance forms as well as gym- 
nastics, martial arts, sign language and sing- 
ing in powerful creative expression — "art 
and politics combined gracefully." Grupo 
Raiz is an offshoot of New Song Movement, 
using great diversity of Latin American in- 
struments and superb vocal harmonies to 
sing of the "joys and struggles of working 
people." A Womynly Way Production in 
conjunction with Committee of Solidarity 
with the People of El Salvador. West Toron- 
to Secondary School Auditorium (College 
and Landsdowne). Fri, Nov 27 at 8 pm. 
Tickets available at Toronto Women's Book- 
store, SCM Bookroom, Trojan Horse Coffee 
House. 

□Toronto Dance Theatre. The fall season 
offers 3 different programmes including 
revivals, major works from the repertory, 
premieres by each of three artistic directors 
David Earle, Patricia Beatty and Peter 
Randazzo, and the latest collaboration be- 
tween gay playwright Graham Jackson and 
choreographer David Earle. Programme 1 
(Nov 4-7) is A Festival of Firsts, including 
Earle's "Exit Nightfall" and Beatty's "Mas 
Ha Rai," a hymn and dance to the majesty 
of lions. Programme 2 (Nov 1 1-14) is An 
Evening of Revivals, and Programme 3 (Nov 
18-21) features New Works, including "Por- 
celain Letters," the Jackson/Earle collabor- 
ation concerning a lady and a warrior prince 
in 9th century Japan. All evenings 8 pm. 
Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St. 
967-1365. 

□ Concert of Dance. Presented by Depart- 
ment of Dance at York University. Burton 
Auditorium, York University (Keele and 
Steeles). Nov 26-28. Admission: $2.50. 

□ Jose Lim6n Dance Company. A return 
Toronto engagement for one of the land- 
mark dance companies. Among the six 
pieces to be offered are "Scherzo," created 
for four male dancers with no musical ac- 
companiment except an insistent drum beat, 
and "Carlota," the last work choreographed 
by Lim6n before his death, about the crazed 
Empress of Mexico. The Lim6n company is 
the first group performing in the popular 
Dance! series. Oct 27-31, 8 pm. Ryerson 
Theatre, 43 Gerrard St E. Tickets at 
Ticketron outlets or call 595-5088. 



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Restaurants/cafes 

Gay management/gay-positive ambience 

□Crispins. 64 Gerrard St E. 977-1919. Medium- 
priced restaurant. 

□Empire Diner. 678 Yonge St. 967-331 1 . 
Restaurant and after-hours cafe. 
□Fare Exchange. 4 Irwin Ave. 923-5924. Small 
neighbourhood cafe. 

□Hugo's. 9 Imperial St (one block north of 
Davlsville subway stop). 487-9233. Medium-priced 
French restaurant. 

□Lipstick. 580 Parliament St. 922-6655. Cafe-bar 
with informal dining. 

Neighbours. 562 Church St 924-1972. Medium- 
priced restaurant. 

[ iPimblett's. 249 Gerrard St E. 929-9525 English 
bistro with dinner menu. 

Bars 

I The Albany Tavern. 158 King St W 861-1155. 
Large lounge, beverage room and patio. 

The Barn 83 Granby St. 977-4702 Leather 
and western, casual stand-up bar and disco. 

Boots at the Selby. 592 Sherbourne St 
9P1-3142. Beverage room, large lounge, restaurant 
and hotel with 72 rooms. 

Buddy's Backroom Bar. 370 Church St 
977-9955. Casual stand-up bar 

Cameo Club. 95 Trinity SI 368-2824 Licensed 
private dance club for women Fri and Sal only 



□ Dudes. 10 Breadalbane St (laneway behind 
Parkside Tavern). 923-6136. Small stand-up and 
after-hours bar and restaurant. 

□18 East. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040. Leather and 

denim tavern, restaurant and hotel. 

□Eve's 336 Pape Ave, 463-1 101. Licensed dance 

club for women. Fri and Sat only. 

□Katrina's. 5 St Joseph St. 922-41 18. Mixed 

restaurant and bar with live entertainment. 

□ Les Cavaliers. 418 Church St. 977-4702. Piano 
bar popular with older men. 

□Parkside Tavern. 530 Yonge St. 922-3844. Bar, 

dining room and men's beverage room. 

□The Quest. 665 Yonge St. 964-8641 . Bar, dining 

room and upstairs disco. 

□St Charles Tavern. 488 Yonge St. 925-5517. 

City's landmark straight-owned gay bar. 

□Together. 457 Church St. 923-3469. Bar, dining 

room for men and women. 



Baths 



□The Backdoor Gym and Sauna. 12 1/2 Elm St 
(laneway west of Yonge St, 2 blocks south of Ger- 
rard St). 977-5997. Open 24 hours. 
□The Barracks. 56WidmerSt. 366-1292. Leather 
and denim. Open 6 pm to 10 am during week and 
24 hours on weekend. 

□The Club. 231 Mutual St. 977-4629. Open 24 
hours. 

□Roman's Health and Recreation Spa. 742 Bay St. 
598-2110. Open 24 hours. 



Discos 



□Charly's. 488 Yonge St, 925-5517. Men only. Fri 
and Sat 10 pm to 3:30 am. 
□Manatee. 11A St Joseph St. 922-1898. Men on- 
ly. Fri, Sat and Sun. 

□Stages. 530 Yonge St. 928-0492. Mixed. Sat 
12-5 am, Sun 10:30 pm-4 am. 



£' ■ ' IliitVi 



Social/political action 

□Association of Gay Electors (AGE). 730 Bathurst 

St, M5S 2R4. 

□Black and White Men Together. Drawer C446. 

c/o The Body Politic, Box 7289, StnA, M5W 1X9. 

An interracial support group for men. 

□Came Out Decades Ago (CODA). Box 6248. Stn 

A, M5W 1 P6. For lesbians and gay men over 40. 

□Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario. Box 822. 

Stn A, M5W 1G3. 533-6824. Toronto office: 730 

Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 

□Committee to Defend John Damien. Box 608, 

Stn K.M4P2H1. 925-6729 

□Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 

(FFLAG). 730 Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 533-6824. 

□Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian 

Transsexuals (FACT) - Toronto. Box 281 , Stn A. 

Rexdale, ON M9W 5L3. 741-7223 

□Gay Academic Union. 275 Broadview Ave. No 47 

M4M 3H5. 469-4244. 

□Gay Asians of Toronto. Drawer R999. c/o The 

Body Politic. Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9 

[ Gay Community Appeal of Toronto. Box 2212. 

Stn P, M5S 2T2 869-3036. Fund-raising 

organization for gay and lesbian community 

projects. 

I JGay Community Choir, c/o Peter Schaffter, 346 

Jarvis St. Apt 1 . M4Y 2G6 929-9251 Practice 

Mon 7:30 pm at Trinity United Church, 427 Bloor 

StW. 

Gay Community Dance Committee. 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4 Organizes community fund-raising 
dances 

Gay Fathers ol Toronto. Box 187. Stn F. 
M4Y 2L5 532-2333 or 967-0430 

Gay SIG. c/o Lisa Simkins. 32 Howard St, 
M4X 1J7 925-5356 Group ol gay members of 
MENSA 

Gay Sell-Defence Group. Box 793. Sin 0. 
M4T 2N7 960-5579 Organizes courses in self- 
defence in and outside ol Toronto 

Gays and Lesbians Against the Right Everywhere 
(GLARE). Box 793, SlnO.M4T 2N7 

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NOVEMBER 1981 



THE BODY POLITIC/23 



I TBP's select guide to goings-on from Tuesday, October 27 to 



Tues/0ct27 



□ Noel/Cole in My Soul. Dinner theatre 
revue. See Stage. 

□ Peggy Lee. At the Royal York. See Music. 

□ Lesbians Against the Right. Meeting at 
7:30 pm. Info on location: 537-9432. 

□ Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. Parents' 
Night — all parents and children welcome. 
519 Church St, 7:30 pm. 

□ Jose Lim6n Dance Company. See Dance. 

□ Integrity. Evensong and pro- 
gramme at Holy Trinity Church, 
•Eaton Centre, 8 pm. Speaker from Families 
and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG). 



Wed/0ct28 



□ Toronto Gay Community Council. 519 

Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
Community forum for sharing information 
and debating important issues. Info: 
923-GAYS. 

□ Lutherans Concerned. Meeting at 8 pm. 
Call James or David at 463-7354 for info on 
location. Discussion: "Coming Out of 
Lutheranism." 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst St, 8 pm. 




Jose Limdn: landmark dance group Nov 27 



« i Thurs/Oct 29 



□ Women, War and the Nuclear Nightmare. 

A potluck supper, panel and discussion spon- 
sored by Women for Survival and Voice of 
Women. Videos, music. Part of the obser- 
vance of Disarmament Week, Oct 23-31. 
Friends' Meeting House, 60 Lowther Ave, 
5:30 pm. Info: 922-2997 or 486-8750. 

□ Canadian Gay Archives. Open for 
research and tours, 7-10 pm. 24 Duncan St, 
fifth floor. Info: 977-6320. 

□TAG Coming Out Group. Weekly meeting 
in private home. Supportive atmosphere for 
people coming to terms with their sexuality. 
8 pm. Info: 964-6600. 

□ Rita McNeill in Concert. See Music. 

□ Gays in Health Care. Business meeting, 
8:30 pm. 519 Church St Community Centre. 
Info: Stephen (920-1882) or Lorna 
(929-5901). 



Fri/0ct30 




□ Women, Power and Consciousness. A 

conference. Keynote speech by theorist and 
women's historian Sheila Rowbotham, 8 pm. 
Through Nov 1. Info and registration: 
Women's Studies Conference, New College, 
University of Toronto, 20 Willcocks St, 
Toronto M5S 1A1. 

□ Gays at U of T. Speaker on Hallowe'en 
and queerbashing. 7:30 pm, International 
Student Centre, 33 St George St. 

□ Control of the Police in a Democratic 
Society. Speakers: Svend Robinson, federal 
NDP justice critic, and Serge Menard, 
Quebec lawyer. Chair: Paul Copeland. 
Presented by the Law Union of Ontario. 
Debates Room, Hart House, University of 
Toronto, 7:30 pm. $3.50 at the door. Info: 
368-6974. Beginning of two-day conference. 

□ Mama Quilla and the Anti-Nukes. Benefit 
dance. See Music. 

□ Kenneth Anger film retrospective. 8 pm. 
See Cinema. 



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□ Scalawag Cafe. Phil Taylor is more 
famous in England than he is here, but he'll 
lower his standards to play at the Scalawag. 
Come and make his feel famous. 8 pm, 519 
Church St Community Centre, $1.50. 



Picnic in the Drift: theatrical explosion 

□ TAG Friday Night Group. Evening of 
discussion for lesbians and gay men. 519 
Church St Community Centre, 8 pm. Com- 
ing out group, open discussion group, 
women's only group and special topic group 
meet simultaneously. Info: 964-6600. Discus- 
sion topic: the role of TBP in Toronto. 

Sat/0ct31 

□ Law Union Conference. Second day. 
Workshops on "The Law and Theory of the 
Bathhouse," "Censorship and Control of 
the Arts" plus others on refugees, alternative 
practice and more. Registration fee. Info: 
368-6974. 

□ Quebec Print makers. Open house at 
Graphics International. Through Nov 1. See 
Art. 

□ Protest Against US Militarism. Rally/ 
march against US intervention in Central 
America and the Caribbean and the US arms 
buildup. Rally and music at 1 1 am at Allan 
Gardens (Carlton and Sherbourne). March 
to arrive at City Hall Square by 1:30 pm for 
keynote speakers and music. More info: 
Barb at 921-7369. 

□ RTPC Hallowe'en Dance. Licensed. 519 
Church St Community Centre, 9 pm. 

□ Nash the Slash. At The Concert Hall. See 
Music. 

□ MCC Dance. 730 Bathurst St, 9 pm. $3.50 
at the door; cash bar. Info: 532-2333. 

□ "Lesbianism and the Writer's Experience 
in Canada." Quebecoise writer Nicole Bros- 
sard participates in a panel on Aesthetics and 
Feminism. Part of Conference on Women, 
Power and Consciousness. Rm 1016, New 
College, U of T, 3:30 pm. Registration fee. 
Info: M Wilson at 978-5404. 

□ Kenneth Anger film retrospective. 8 pm. 
See Cinema. 

□ Hallowe'en at Buddies. Movies on video 
screens all day. The party starts at 8:30 pm. 
Door prizes and costume prizes; $2 cover. 
Come see Frankenstein, Dracula, The Texas 
Chainsaw Massacre, and the ketchup-curdl- 
ing Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Also a 
special dinner menu at Crispin's. 

□ Hallowe'en outside St Charles Tavern. 
Annual queerbashing event in Toronto at 
which bawling yahoos and curiosity seekers 
gather on Yonge St outside the St Charles to 
watch for drag queens, who rarely venture 
near the area anymore. Crowds were kept 
moving by police for the first time in 1980. 
What will happen this year? 



Sun/Nov 1 

□ York Rainbow Society of the Deaf. 

Regular meeting, 1 pm. 730 Bathurst St. 

□ Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund. Potluck 
brunch, 1-4 pm. Share food, friendship and 
thoughts on raising children. Info on loca- 
tion: 465-6822. 

□ Dignity/Toronto. Worship followed by dis- 
cussion meeting. Our Lady of Lourdes 
Church, Sherbourne St, 4 pm. Info: 
960-3997. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Regu- 
lar Sunday services. Singspiration at 7:10, 
worship at 7:30 and fellowship following. 
730 Bathurst St. 

Mon/Nov2 

□ Ryerson Lesbians and Gay Men's Group. 

Meeting 6-7:30 pm. Time Out Centre in Jor- 
gensen Hall, second floor. Info: 593-4030. 

□ The Women's Group. Regular meeting of 
support and consciousness-raising group for 
lesbians. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
8 pm. Info: Rosemary Doughty at 923-2778. 

□ Siouxee & the Banshees. At the El 
Mocambo. See Music. 

Tues/Nov3 

□ Obscenity Trial. Trial of Roy Montgomery 
on obscenity charges relating to the mail- 
order catalogue of a leather business. Scar- 
borough Court, 191 1 Eglinton Ave E, 10 am. 

□ Bruner Report at City Hall. City Council's 
Neighbourhoods Committee hears public 
deputations on the latest report on gay/ pol- 
ice relations. If you want to speak, notify 
City Clerk's Department (367-7039) by noon 
of Nov 2. 2:30 pm in Committee Rm 4. 

□ Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. Weekly 
meeting. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
7:30 pm. 

□ Gay Self-Defence Group. Eight-week 
course begins. Info on location: 960-5579. 

□ Edifice/Orifice. New Show at Chroma- 
Zone. See Art. 

□ GEM Gay Community Outreach. Monthly 
meeting, 8 pm. Unitarian Hall, 84 South Ser- 
vice Rd, Port Credit. Info: Gayline West 
274-^5068. 

□ Picnic in the Drift. See Stage. 

□ Spearhead Bar Night. Social event at 18 
East. 



Wed/Nov4 



□ Gay Self-Defence Group. Second eight- 
week self-defence course begins. Info on 
location: 960-5579. 

□ International Women's Day Committee. 
Educational meeting. "Our Allies: Anti- 
Racist Groups and /or the Immigrant Com- 
munity." University Settlement House, 23 
Grange Rd, 7:30-10 pm. 

□Toronto Dance Theatre. See Dance. 

□ Prison Development in the 80s. Forum at 
the St Lawrence Centre. Explores modern 
trends and developments in Canada's prison 
systems. Co-sponsored by Toronto Justice 
Council. Town Hall, Front St E at 8 pm. 
Info: 366-1656. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst St, 8 pm. 



Thurs/Nov5 



□ Canadian Gay Archives. Open 7-10 pm. 
See Oct 29. 



David Roche Talks to You About Love: a highly personal look. Opens Nov 5. 





wday, November 30 



T 



D David Roche Talks to You About Love. 

See Stage. 

□ TAG Coming Out Group. Weekly meet- 
ing, 8 pm. See Oct 29. 

Fri/Nov6 

□ Gay Fathers of Toronto. Potluck supper 
and discussion, 6:30 pm. Info on location: 
532-2333. 

□ Gays at U of T. Regular meeting. Interna- 
tional Student Centre, 33 St George St, 
7:30 pm. 

□ Entertaining Mr Sloane. See Stage. 




Deborah Samuel photos: Gallery Quan 

□ Scalawag Cafe. Lloyd and Dave Paul are 
searching for a last name. The winning sug- 
gestion will receive a weekend for three at 
the Princess Hotel in Kirkland Lake. 8 pm, 
519 Church St Community Centre, $1.50. 
More info: 466-6049. 

□ Tom Verlaine. At Voodoo. See Music. 

Sat/Nov 7 

□ Out and Out Backpacking Trip. Through 
Elora Gorge. Sat morning to Sun afternoon. 
Bring your own food and camping equip- 
ment. Make reservations with Stuart 
(921-6033) by Nov 1. 

□ Male Sexuality. One-day conference, 

9 am-4 pm at Glendon College, Rm 204. 
Slide-audio presentation: "Cowboys can 
become Cowmen" (Masculinity and vio- 
lence). Panel discussion following. Work- 
shops at 12:15 on a variety of topics inclu- 
ding "Sexuality as threat: reaction of some 
to gays." Registration: $12 ($5 students). 
Info: Gottfried Paasche at 667-3457. 

□ MCC Conference. Planning program for 
1982. Call 532-2333 for further info. 

□ Gay Equality Mississauga. Bowling at 
Dixie Bowlerama. 7 pm. 

□ Night of the Living Dead. A post- 
Hallowe'en costume party with dinner, dance 
and silent horror films. Fund-raising event 
sponsored by the Ward 6 Community Organ- 
ization to pay off the George Hislop election 
debt. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
7:30 pm. Tickets $10, available from Marc 
Brien at 363-1170. 

□ Yet Another Homo Hop. Bring your buns 
to the Buttery, Gerald Larkin Building, 
Trinity College, 14 Devonshire Place. License 
ed, 9 pm-1 am. Admission: $3. Sponsored by 
Gays at U of T. 

Sun/Nov 8 

□ El Salvador Film. First English-Canadian 
showing of El Salvador: El Pueblo Vencera 
(The People Will Win). The Bloor Cinema, 
506 Bloor St W, 2:30 pm. $4. Co-sponsored 
by the Development Education Centre (DEC) 
and the Committee of Solidarity with the 
People of El Salvador. 

□ Dignity/Toronto. Worship and discussion 
meeting, 4 pm. See Nov 1 . 

□ Lesbian Potluck Supper. 6 pm. Info: 
368-0355. 

Metropolitan Community Church. Regu- 
lar Sunday services. See Nov 1. 

Mon/Nov 9 

□ Ryerson Lesbians and Gay Men's Group. 

Meeting 6-7:30 pm. Time Out Centre in Jor- 
gensen Hall, second floor. Info: 593-4030. 
! IThe Women's Group. Regular meeting. 
Sec Nov 2. 

Right to Privacy Committee general 
meeting. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
8 pm. Info: 368-4392. 



Tues/Nov 10 



Wed/Nov 1 1 




7:30 pm. A showing of The Naked Civil Ser- 
vant. 

□ Gay SIG. Formerly Gay Mensans. Meet- 
ing for members and newcomers, 7:30 pm. 
Info on location: Lisa at 925-5356. 

□ Integrity. Contemporary Eucharist, 8 pm. 
Guest celebrant and preacher: Rev Betty 
Kilbourn. Sixth anniversary of Integrity/ 
Toronto: special reception and presentation. 
All welcome. Info: 961-1707, 487-7406 or 
923-GAYS. 

□ Bar Night at the Barn. Proceeds to the 
RTPC Defence Fund. 83 Granby St. 



□ Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst, 8 pm. 

□ Betsy Rose and Cathy Winter in Concert. 
See Music. 

(□Deborah Samuel: Recent Photographic 
Work. Opening at Gallery Quan. See Art. 

□ Lutherans Concerned. 8 pm. Join us for 
the evening if you're Lutheran, gay, both or 
neither but interested. Info on location: 
James of David at 463-7354. 



Thurs/Nov 12 

□ Canadian Gay Archives. Open 7-10 pm. 
See Oct 29. 

□ Toronto Organization of United Church 
Homosexuals. Regular meeting, 7:30 pm. 
Gay Community Appeal night. Info on loca- 
tion: 532-0911. 

□ TAG Coming Out Group. Weekly meet- 
ing, 8 pm. See Oct 29. 

□ Gay Equality Mississauga. Coffee with 
newcomers. 8 pm, Unitarian Hall, 84 South 
Service Rd, Mississauga. For youth, women 
and married men. 

□ Trident Bar Night. Monthly social event at 
18 East. 

Fri/Nov 13 

□ Lost in the ChromaZone. Musical benefit 
at the Drake Hotel. See Music. 

□ Gays at U of T. Regular meeting. Interna- 
tional Student Centre, 33 St George St, 
7:30 pm. 




□ New Order. At The 

Concert Hall. See Music. 



Mon/Nov 16 



□ Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. Weekly 
meeting. 519 Church St Community Centre, 



Mary Meigs: Toronto reading Nov 75 

□ GEM Dance. Licensed. 9 pm-1 am. Uni- 
tarian Hall, 84 South Service Rd, Missis- 
sauga. 

□ Foundation for the Advancement of 
Canadian Transsexuals. Regular meeting at 
519 Church Street Community Centre, 8 pm. 

Sat/Nov 14 

□ Gay Asians of Toronto. 519 Church St 
Community Centre, 2 pm. 

□Carnival in Rio. Licensed dance. From 
GCDC, the people who brought you "Fever- 
pitch!". 9 pm to 5 am at The Concert Hall 
(see ad p21). $6/$7. Proceeds to 14 groups. 

Sun/Nov 15 

□ Families and Friends of Lesbians and 
Gays. Regular meeting, 519 Church St Com- 
munity Centre, 2 pm. 

□ Dignity/Toronto. Worship and discussion 
meeting, 4 pm. See Nov 1. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Regu- 
lar Sunday services. See Nov 1 . 

□ Mary Meigs in Toronto. The author 
launches her autobiography, Lily Briscoe: A 
Self -Port rait, with a reading and reception at 
Innis College Town Hall, Sussex and St 
George Sis, 8 pm. The new Talonbooks 
release is a memoir of the life of this 
American-born artist now living in Quebec. 
Includes an account of her life with novelist 
Maric-Clairc Blais. Postponed from Oct 29. 
Limited accommodation. Those interested in 
attending, phone 531-6444. 



□ Ryerson Lesbians and Gay Men's Group. 

Meeting 6-7:30 pm. Time Out Centre in Jor- 
gensen Hall, second floor. Info: 593-4030. 

□ The Women's Group. Regular meeting. 
See Nov 2. 

Tues/Nov 17 

□ Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. Weekly 
meeting. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
7:30 pm. 

□ Computer Culture 81. Opening at Flavio 
Belli Gallery. See Art. 

Wed/Nov 18 

□ International Women's Day Committee. 

Educational meeting. "Our Allies: The 
Trade Union Movement." University Settle- 
ment House, 23 Grange Rd, 7:30-10 pm. 

□ Theatre of the Film Noir. See Stage. 




Pixote: Brazil street gang film 

□ How Could They Marry Her. Marcia Can- 
non is Gertrude Stein. See Stage. 

□ Toronto Dance Theatre. Programme 
includes Graham Jackson /David Earle col- 
laboration "Porcelain Letters." See Dance. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst St, 8 pm. 

Thurs/Nov 19 

□ Canadian Gay Archives. Open 7-10 pm. 
See Oct 29. 

□ Gay Academic Union. "Social Policy for 
Gay Youth." Speakers: Judge George 
Thompson, associate deputy minister and 
Celia Denov, manager of Children's Services 
Division, Ministry of Community and Social 
Services. 8 pm, Sylvester Room, Graduate 
Students' Union, 16 Bancroft Ave, U of T. 

□ TAG Coming Out Group. Weekly meet- 
ing, 8 pm. See Oct 29. 

□ Mama Quilla on the Danforth. Benefit 
concert. See Music. 

□ Lanyard Bar Night. Another fun evening 
at 18 East. 

Fri/Nov 20 

□ Farmhouse Weekend. With the Out and 
Out Club at Haliburton. Fresh air, hiking, 
good food, and friends around the fireplace. 
$35 for members, $40 for non-members, 
food and transportation included. Deposit 
by Nov 15. Info: Ian at 921-6947. Through 
Nov 22. 

□ Gay Fathers of Toronto. Evening meeting. 
Info: 532-2333. 

□ Gays at U of T. Regular meeting. Interna- 
tional Student Centre, 33 St George St, 
7:30 pm. 

□ Mama Quilla II at the Cabana Room. See 
Music. 

□ Scalawag Caf£. Marg Davey sings like 
Shirley Temple on steroids. Watch the coffee 
tonight. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
8 pm. $1.50. 

□ The Collection. Toronto fashion design 
show. See Art. 

Sun/Nov 22 

{ 1 Dignity/Toronto. Worship and discussion 
meeting, 4 pm. See Nov 1. 

□ Lesbian Potluck Supper. 6 pm. Info: 
368-0355. 

□ Woodwind Concert. Classical concert at 
MCC, 730 Bathurst. $3 at the door. 

[ Metropolitan Community Church. Regu- 
lar Sunday services. See Nov 1 . 



Tues/Nov 24 



Mon/Nov 23 



Ryerson Lesbian and (Jay Men's (.roup. 
Meeting 6-7:30 pm. Time Out Centre in Jor- 
gensen Hall, second floor. Info: 593-4030. 

I IThc Women's Croup. Rcgul.it netting. 
See Nov 2, 



□ Lesbian and Gay Youth 
Toronto. Rollerskating at the 
Terrace. Meet 7:30 pm, 519 Church St. 

□ Integrity. Holy Communion, 8 pm. Gu 
celebrant and preacher: Rev David Neelands, 
registrar of Trinity College, honorary assis- 
tant at St Thomas's, Toronto. Programme: 
discussion of parish involvement. Info: 
961-1707, 487-7406 or 923-GAYS. 

Wed/Nov 25 

□ Toronto Gay Community Council. 519 

Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
Community forum for sharing info and de- 
bating issues. Info: 923-GAYS. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst St, 8 pm. 

Thurs/Nov 26 

□ TAG Coming Out Group. Weekly 
meeting, 8 pm. See Oct 29. 

□ A Woman of No Importance. See Stage. 

□ Canadian Gay Archives. Open 7-10 pm. 
See Oct 29. 



Fri/Nov 27 



□ Gays at U of T. International Student 
Centre, 33 St George St, 7:30 pm. Gay Com- 
munity Appeal Night. Beer and wine; the 
Appeal will provide the 1981 presentation. 
All bar proceeds will go to the Appeal. 

□ Gays in Health Care. Social gathering, 

8 pm. Info on location: 920-1882 (Stephen) 
or 929-5901 (Lorna). 

□ Scalawag Cafe. Pat Evans performs an 
internal examination on the piano while cir- 
culating amyl nitrates through the air- 
conditioning system. Bring your Dick Tracy, 
wrist decoder. 519 Church St Community 
Centre, 8 pm. $1.50. 

□ Wallflower Order and Grupo Raiz. See 
Dance. 

□ TAG Friday Night Discussion Group. 
Info: 964-6600. See Oct 30. Discussion topic: 
S&M. 

Sat/Nov 28 

□ Gay Asians of Toronto. 519 Church St 
Community Centre, 2 pm. 

□ Art for Christmas. Open house at Graph- 
ics International. Through Nov 29. See Art. 




P4W: film on women's prisons 

Sun/Nov 29 

Dignity/Toronto. Worship and discussion 
meeting, 4 pm. See Nov 1. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Regu- 
lar Sunday services. See Nov 1. 

Mon/Nov 30 

□ Demonstrator's Trial. Trial of Suzanne 

( >'i illaghan, charged during June 20 demo 
with assaulting a police officer. 1 a»\cr Su/ic 
Scott. Judge Sydney Harris. 9:30 am. Ctrm 
505, College Park. The trial of Michael 
Korican, similarly charged. ma\ rbUow. 

Ryerson 1 rsbian and (.ay Men's (iroup. 
Meeting 6-7:30 pm. Time Out Centre in Jot 

gensen Hall, second fteoi Info: 593-4030. 

ihe Women's (iroup. Regubtu meeting. 

Sec No\ 2 



NOVEMBER 1981 



THE BODY POLITIC/25 



Then The Body Politic 

is right where you are. Check 

the list below for the location 

of the outlet nearest you, 

and get your copy of TBP 

hot off the press. 



Downtown 

Glad Day Bookshop, 648A Yonge 

David Beard's Bookshop, 730 Yonge 

International News, 663 Yonge 

Longhouse Books, 630 Yonge 

Queen of Hearts, 599C Yonge 

Galaxy Books 329 Yonge 

Phantasy Books, 329 1/2 Yonge 

Topper Books, 289 Yonge 

Times Square Books, 369 Yonge 

A&S Smoke and Gift, 273 College 

Romans II Health Spa, 742 Bay 

Min-A-Mart, 557 Church 

Atalanta Variety, 368 Church 

Parliament Smoke and Gift, 

609 Parliament 

Fairway Variety, 520 Parliament 

Vegas Books, 439 Parliament 

The Manatee, 11 St Joseph 

Boots at the Selby, 592 Sherbourne 

The Back Door Gym, 12 1/2 Elm 

XOX Postcard Store, 140 Baldwin 

Edwards Books and Art, 356 Queen W 

Pages Book Store, 256 Queen W 

This Ain 't the Rosedale Library, 

1 10 Queen E 

Lichtman 's News, 34 Adelaide W 

Olympia Gift Shop, Toronto Star 

Building, Yonge & Queen's Quay 

W H Smith, TD Centre, King and Bay 

W H Smith, Hudson 's Bay Centre, 

Bloor & Yonge 

Book Cellar, 142 Yorkville 

Lovecraft, 63 Yorkville 

McPherson Discount, 214 Macpherson 

Avenue Road Cigar Store, 

136 Avenue Rd 

University Bookroom, UofT Campus 

Toronto Women 's Book Store, 

85 Harbord 

Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor W 

Reader's Den, 208 Bloor W 

SCM Book Room, 333 Bloor W 

Other Books, 483 Bloor W 

Book City, 501 Bloor W 

Bloor Discount Variety, 610 Bloor W 

East 

Cambridge Tuck Shop 

50 Cambridge 
18 East, 18 Eastern Ave 

North 

Rosedale Smoke & Gift Shop, 

1118 Yonge 
Lichtman 's News, 1430 Yonge 

Book Cellar, 1560 Yonge 
The Book Nook, 2481 Yonge 

Suburban 

Nu-Claire's Cigar Store, 1636 Bayview 

Thorncliffe News Stand, 45 Overlea 

York University Bookroom, 

Keele & Steeles campus 

Insight Books, Sheridan Mall, 

Mississauga 




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□Gays at University of Toronto (GAUT). c/o SAC 
Office, 12 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, 
M5S 1A1. 978-4911. 

□GEM Gay Community Outreach. Box 62, Bramp- 
ton, ON L6V 2K7. Peel Region (Brampton- 
Mississauga) group for gays and lesbians. Gayline 
West: 274-5068. 

□ Lesbian and Gay History Group of Toronto. 
Box 639, Stn A, M5W 1G2. 961-7338. 

□ Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee. Box 793, 
Stn Q, M4T 2N7. Organizes annual end-of-June 
celebration. 

□Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 730 Bathurst St, 
M5S 2R4. 533-2867. Phone counselling: Mon, 
Fri, Sat 7 pm-10:30 pm. 

□Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund. Box 38, Stn E, 
M6H 4E1. 465-6822. 

□New Democratic Party Gay Caucus. Box 792, 
Stn F, M4Y 2N7. 964-1049. 
□Our True Colours, c/o Drawer C515, The Body 
Politic, Box 7289, Stn A, M5W1X9. Collective of 
gay and lesbian artists. 

□Parents and Friends of Gays International. 100 
Maitland St, No 506, M4Y 1E2. Toronto chapter. 
Info: June Tattle at 961-3415. 
□Potluck Suppers. Box 6771, Stn A, M5W 1X5. 
Lesbian social group. 368-0355. 
□Right to Privacy Committee (RTPC). 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. Defence committee for gays arrested 
under bawdyhouse laws. Cheques or charges 
payable to: Harriet Sachs in trust for RTPC. Info: 
368-4392. 

□RTPC Gay Street Patrol. 730 Bathurst St, 
M5S 2R4. Volunteers welcome. Info: leave 
message for Dennis at 977-6320. 
□Ryerson Lesbians and Gay Men. c/o SURPI. 
Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Rm A374, 
Jorgensen Hall, 380 Victoria St, M5B 1W7. 
593-4030. 

□Spouses of Gays, c/o Caryn Miller, 260 Carlton 
St, M5A 2L3. Phone-line: 967-0597 Wed and 
Thurs 6:30-8:30 pm. 

□The Women's Group. 519 Church St Community 
Centre. Info: Rosemary Doughty at 923-2778. Sup- 
port and discussion group for lesbians. 
□York Rainbow Society ol the Deaf. Box 671 , 
Stn F, M4Y 2N6. 

New this issue: 

□Lesbians Against the Right. Box 6579, Stn A, 
M5W 1X4. Lesbian-feminist political action 
group. Regular meetings. 
□Toronto Gay Community Council. 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. Umbrella organization of Toronto 
lesbian and gay groups. Forum for sharing infor- 
mation and discussing political controversies. 

Health/social services 

□Gay Alcoholics Anonymous. Answering service, 
964-3962. 

□Gay Counselling Centre of Toronto. 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. 534-8207. Open Tues and Thurs 
6:30-9:30 pm. Professional counselling clinic for 
lesbians and gay men. Call for appt or drop in. 
Volunteers needed. 

□Hassle-Free Clinic - Men. 556 Church St, 
second floor. 922-0603. VD info, testing and treat- 
ment. Hours: Mon, Wed, 4-9 pm; Tues, Thurs, 10 
am-3 pm; Fri, 4-7 pm; Sat, 11 am-4 pm. Call 
ahead. VD testing at baths: Roman's, Fri from 9 
pm; The Backdoor, every second Tues from 9 pm; 
The Club, every second Wed from 9 pm. 

□ Lesbian Phone-line. Box 70, Stn F, M4Y 2L4. 
960-3249. Tues 7:30-10:30 pm. Recorded 
message other times. 

□RTPC Support Group. Free counselling and sup- 
port to those charged in gay-related matters. Info: 
John at 961 -6033. 

□Sex Education Centre. 44 St George St, Rm 25. 
978-3977. Sex counselling for U of Tcampus. Gay 
and lesbian volunteers on staff. Discussion and 
coming-out groups. 

□Toronto Area Gays (TAG). Box 6706. Stn A, 
M5W 1X5. 964-6600. Free peer counselling and 
info for lesbians and gay men. Discussion groups, 
women's groups and coming out groups. Call Mon- 
Sat:7pm-10:30pm. 

□Tri-Aid Charitable Foundation. 8 Irwin Ave, 
M4Y 1K9. Gay youth counselling and street work. 



Professional 



[ Association of Gay Social Service Workers. Box 

182, Stn 0, M4A 2N3. 

• iGays in Health Care. Box 5712, Stn A, 

M5W 1 N8. 920-1882 (Stephen) or 929-5901 

(Lorna). Includes nurses, physicians, medical 

students and psychologists. 

□Ontario Gay Teachers' Caucus. 730 Bathurst St, 

M5S 2R4. Info: Terry Phillips at 486-5742. 

□Toronto Lambda Business Council. Box 513, 

Adelaide St Stn, M5C 2J6. 



Religious 



□ Dignity/Toronto. Box 249, Stn E, M6H 4E2. 
960-3997. Group for gay and lesbian Catholics and 
friends. 

□Integrity/Toronto. Box 873, Stn F, M4Y 2N9. 
961 -1 707 or 487-7406. Pastoral ministry for gay 
and lesbian Anglicans and friends. 
□Lutherans Concerned, c/o David Townsend, 321 
Bloor StW, Box 176, M5S 1S5. Support and fel- 
lowship for gay and lesbian Lutherans and their 
friends. 

□Metropolitan Community Church. 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. 532-2333. Christian church with 
special ministry to gay community. 
□Toronto Organization of United Church Homo- 
sexuals (TOUCH). Box 626, StnQ, M4T 1L0. 



Sports 



□Cabbagetown Group Softball League (CGSL). Box 

42, StnL, M6E4Y4. 

□Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League. Info: 

bulletin boards in Buddy's, 18 East, Dudes, The 

Barn or Boots. 

□Out and Out Club, c/o Drawer C322, The Body 

Politic, Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 921-6947. 

Outdoor activities for gay people. Include phone 

number with enquiry. 

□Riverdale Softball League, c/o John Williamson, 

40 Isabella St, No 305, M4Y 1 N1 . 924-4738. 

Publications/information 

□Action! Irregular publication of Right to Privacy 
Committee, 730 Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 924-4523. 
□The Body Politic. Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 
977-6320. Monthly. 

□Canadian Gay Archives. Box 639, Stn A, 
M5W 1G2. 977-6320. 
□Gav Community Calendar. Call 923-GAYS. 
Twenty-four hour recorded message of weekly 
events in Toronto's gay community. To get informa- 
tion listed call 656-0372 between 7-10 pm Monday 
evenings. 

□Glad Day Bookstore. 648A Yonge St, 2nd floor, 
M5Y 2A6. 961-4161. Hours: Mon-Wed, 10 am- 
6 pm; Thur-Fri, 10 am-10 pm; Sat, 10 am-6 pm. 
□Rag Magazine. Box 15, Adelaide St Stn, 
M5C 2H8. Monthly. 

Women's resources 

The following is a select list of women's services in 
Toronto of particular interest to lesbians. A complete 
listing is available from Women's Resource Centre, 
YWCA (see below). 

□Broadside. Box 494, Stn P, M5S 2T1. 
598-3513. Monthly feminist newspaper. Substan- 
tial lesbian contributions. 
□Fireweed. Box 279, Stn B, M5T 2W2. Feminist 
quarterly of politics and the arts. 
□Hassle-Free Clinic — Women. 556 Church St, 
second floor, M4Y 2E3. 922-0566. Free medical 
clinic. Birth control and gynecological info. VD and 
pregnancy testing, abortion counselling and refer- 
rals. Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10 am-3 pm; Tues, 
Thur, 4 pm-9 pm. Call ahead. 
□International Women's Day Committee. Box 70, 
Stn F, M4Y2L4. 789-4541. Independent socialist 
feminist organization with many lesbian members. 
□ Macphail House. 389 Church St, M5B 2A1. 
977-1037. Long-term YWCA residence for women 
16-25. Shared co-op apartments. Lesbian-positive. 
□Nellie's Hostel for Women. 275A Broadview Ave, 
M4M 2G8. 461-1084. Temporary hostel for women 
16 and over, including mothers with children. 
□Rape Crisis Centre. Box 6597, Stn A, M5W 1X4. 
Crisis line: 964-8080. Business line: 964-7477. 
Counselling and info. Self-defence courses. 
□Times Change Women's Employment Centre. 
932 Bathurst St, M5R 3G5. 534-1161. Employ- 
ment counselling, job search and career planning 
workshops. 

□Toronto Women's Bookstore. 85 Harbord St, 
M5S 1G4. 922-8744. Hours: Mon-Sat, 10:30 am- 
6 pm. 

□Women for Survival. 427 Bloor StW, M5S 1X7. 
Group concerned about nuclear proliferation and 
ecology. 

□Women in Trades, c/o Times Change, 932 
Bathurst St, M5R 3G5. 534-1161. 
□Women's Counselling, Referral and Education 
Centre (WCREC). 348 College St, M5T 1S4. 
924-0766. Therapy, counselling, referrals and info. 
Lesbian counsellors on staff. 
□Women's Resource Centre, OISE. 252 Bloor St 
W, M5S 1V6. 923-6641, Ext 244. Books, 
periodicals, audio and visual tapes for feminist 
research. 

□Women's Resource Centre, YWCA. 15 Birch Ave, 
M4V 1E1. 925-3137. Info on groups and services, 
including booklet Women's Groups in Toronto and 
Vicinity. Info and referral line: 925-1154. Legal 
clinic. 

□Womynly Way Productions. 849 College St. 
M6H 1A1. 532-7963. Company bringing concerts, 
dance and theatrical performances to city. 



26/THE BODY POLITIC 



NOVEMBER 1981 



In the kind of town 

where it's still not safe to dance 

together, gay people are discovering 

the special strength that comes from sticking together 

to battle our own fear 

Courage 
and Caring 
in North Bay 



by Val Fournier 



i 



t was one in the morning. The 
phone rang. The man on the other 
end of the line was crying. "I'm so 
happy," he sobbed. "I just told my wife that I'm gay and she loves me! I know it's 
late, but I just had to tell you." Tears of happiness — tears of relief. 

A few weeks later the same man told a meeting of The Caring Homosexual Associ- 
ation of North Bay, CHANB, about the hours leading up to his disclosure to his wife. 

"We talked at the last CHANB meeting about coming out. I listened to Cate and 
Val and a few others argue the pros and cons. I went home swearing that no matter 
what anyone said I would never, never tell my family. 

"My wife and I had an argument later on that same night. She thought I was a 
secret alcoholic. I told her the truth. I said, 'I'm gay.' She jumped up and put her 
arms around my neck and said, 'I love you.' We talked and talked. Now," he said, "I 
have a chance." After years of secrecy, hiding and fear, sharing his secret was for one 
CHANB member a high point in his life, both a beginning and an end for him. It was 
an end to the terrible self-torture he'd put himself through, imagining again and again 
some horrible scene of his wife "finding out." It was the beginning of a new honesty 
and intimacy between them. 



CHANB, the first gay organization in this city of 55,000 people, 300 km north of 
Toronto, was founded by Cate Lazarov and myself, Val Fournier. It was molded out 
of our self-respect and the pride we take in our relationship and its links were forged 
out of the love we have for our fellow human beings, especially gay people. 

It's hard to say where it all began. Cate had started a scrapbook of gay news clip- 
pings early in our relationship. Those clippings alerted us to the need for more work 
in the area of gay rights. Then I was on the radio talking about coming out. Someone 
who heard me invited us to the local university to speak to a psychology class. 

Possibly it started when we complained to some of our fellow gays about kids being 
at parties. Some men were bringing dates who weren't even of drinking age. Yes, we 
found others — both men and women — felt as we did: if kids were there and police 
raided our parties the headlines would scream, "Kids, drugs, booze found 
at homosexual party." And some of these kids weren't gay — they were there to 
exploit the willingness of some older gays to give them booze and pot. We agreed not 
to go to parties where there were likely to be underaged people. If someone brought a 
minor to our own parties, we would ask them to leave. Our first issue, our first 
stand! 

Maybe that was the beginning. Or possibly it started one mild winter 



NOVEMBER 1981 




THE BODY POLITIC/27 



day when Cate and I looked out at the 
beautiful white world around us and 
decided it was time to share with others. 
Bundled up, we trudged over to our les- 
bian friends' house. 

"How about giving money to the San- 
ta Fund (a local Christmas charity)?" we 
asked. "We'll give it in the name of 
North Bay's gay people." 

Cheerily, they dug into their pockets. 
On we trudged to the next friend's 
house. The snow was now falling thickly. 
All day we battled the storm and col- 
lected money for the poor. That night we 
hit the phone. Sure, some would give. 
They were delighted by the idea. 

Others, well.... Let's put it this way: 
they must have thought their dollars had 
homing-pigeon instincts — somehow 
people would find out that they had 
given and that they were gay. Try to find 
the logic in it. Others promised to give 
and never came through. 

What distinguished those who gave 
from those who didn't? Enthusiasm, 
pride, hope, a belief in humanity and 
most of all caring. Two days later our 
donation went into the local newspaper 
under the name of The Caring Homosex- 
uals on North Bay. CHANB had a bap- 
tism not of fire or water, but of snow. 

We had a name, but we didn't yet have 
an association. There was only Cate and 
I, doing things, growing in our openness. 
We kept joining different associations in 
our community. Among all kinds of 
people we proclaimed our lesbianism and 
our love for one another. 

No one tried to beat us up. No one 
threw rocks through our windows. We 
received no obscene phone calls, no 
threats. I was not fired. 

The worst thing we had to contend 
with was phony liberalism. Some people 
couldn't deal honestly with their feelings 
about homosexuality. At first they pre- 
tended to accept us, but they soon ran 
into trouble trying to maintain their pre- 
tense and had to let their true feelings 
show. 

Cate likes to talk not only about 
homosexuality in general, but about our 
relationship. When people talk about 



North Bay 

themselves and their heterosexual mates, 
Cate has no qualms about comparing 
relationships on an equal basis. 

"My husband has been having a sore 
back lately," said a woman at Telecare 
Ministries, a counselling and distress line 
where Cate was working. 

"Yes, so has Val," Cate joined in. 
"She woke up this morning so stiff she 
could hardly get out of bed." 

The woman was taken aback by the 
realization that Cate regarded her rela- 
tionship with me on an equal footing 
with her relationship with her husband. 

There were similar incidents, and 
people found it harder and harder to 
keep their defences up in our presence. 
Battles ensued. Through it all, we kept 
going back to our friends and telling 
them about our struggles, our work, our 
losses and victories. They said they 
wanted to be more like us. They wanted 
to stand behind us. They kept urging us 
to form an association, something that 
would relieve their loneliness, that would 
help them talk to other gay people. They 
wanted a group that would open its arms' 
to the many terrified closet cases who 
had no one to turn to. They wanted to 
let young people know they were not 
alone. 

So Cate got rolling. She got a meeting 
place and called all the gay people we 
knew. CHANB had its first meeting on 
November 13, 1980. 

We met only twice more before we lost 
our meeting place. 

We had been getting together in the 
Women's Centre, which shared facilities 
with Telecare. The minister's wife who 
worked on the phone line had been 
eavesdropping on us and didn't like what 
she heard. She went to the Telecare direc- 
tor, who put pressure on the president of 
the Women's Centre. She demanded we 
leave. 

Cate began telephoning all the church- 



es and meeeting halls in town, trying to 
find a place for CHANB gatherings. 
Some ministers simrjly refused. Others 
said they would meet with us and then 
decide. 

We met with ministers and committees 
and were put through weeks of agonized 
waiting, all for naught. Bishop Carter, 
brother of Toronto's Emmet Cardinal 
Carter, told me flatly that we could not 
use his church because we were sinners. 
When I replied that other sinners at least 
had their human rights, he told me he 
would do anything within his power to 
help us gain our human rights. I took 
him up on his offer — I asked him to 
write a letter saying that while he did not 
condone our homosexuality, he neverthe- 
less believed we should be equally pro- 
tected under the law from discrimination 
in housing and employment. You can 
imagine the excuses he gave. 

In the midst of all these meetings and 
our work on a raffle to raise money for 
the Santa Fund again, we were struggling 
to inspire the members of CHANB. The 
very people who had encouraged us to 
form the association now supported us 
the least. Cate, now our president, and 
as open in her opinions and feelings with 
gays as she was with straight people, was 
under constant fire. Many attacked her 
style of conducting meetings. They 
attacked her personality. They called us 
both selfish and militant. They said we 
were on an ego trip and scorned what we 
were trying to do. 

But we kept on doing it. 

Finally a woman came forward with a 
place for us to meet. She and her daugh- 
ter had both known a gay man who had 
committed suicide. He had been honest 
with them about his sexuality, and 
through him they'd learned that gay 
people are just like everyone else. When 
the woman heard of our plight, she con- 
tacted us. At last, we had a place. 

Being thrown out was only the first of 
our battles with the Women's Centre and 
Telecare. After the eviction, Cate com- 
plained to the Women's Centre execu- 
tive, of which we were a part, about the 
shoddy way we'd been treated. They res- 



ponded by trying to change the rules to 
get us out of a voting position. They suc- 
ceeded in getting rid of Cate as the phon- 
ing committee chairperson. I hung on as 
the newsletter editor, and we decided to 
use what little power we had left. We put 
together a special issue of the newsletter 
announcing our resignations and letting 
the membership (about a hundred wom- 
en in the community) know about the 
sorts of things their small, cliquish and 
homophobic executive was doing. It cre- 
ated a furor and we were out of the 
Women's Centre. But we'd left with a 
bang. 

We were still members of Telecare. My 
job afforded me little time for the phone 
line — and there weren't very many calls 
coming in anyway — so I quit. Cate 
stayed on. 

One day a gay person called Telecare 
and asked to speak to a gay worker. The 
woman who took the call knew Cate was 
gay, but she refused to pass the caller on. 
He then asked for the number of a gay 
group. The woman said, "that's not my 
bag," and refused. 

Telecare calls are logged in a book that 
all members are free to read. Cate found 
the call faithfully and unashamedly 
logged, complete with the "not my bag" 
comment. Beside the entry the Telecare 
director had written: "Glad you were 
here to take the call." 

Incensed by the callousness of the 
remark, Cate wrote in another comment: 
"I wonder if the caller was glad?" 

Shortly afterward, another Telecare 
worker got a call from a 12-year old boy 
who said he thought he was gay. He was 
breathing hard and his voice shook. The 
worker thought the boy was masturba- 
ting and said so in the log book. 

This time, though, the call was re- 
ferred to Cate. She told the boy he might 
not be gay, but that if he was, it was OK. 
He hadn't been masturbating; the shaky 
voice and hard breathing were signs of 
an understandable case of the nerves. 
Cate wanted to get all the Telecare 
workers together to talk about how to 
handle gay callers. They refused. In- 
stead, she was taken to task by the direc- 




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tor and the padre, who berated her for 
being so open about her homosexuality 
and demanded that she turn in her keys 
to the office. Later they sent her a letter 
of dismissal, telling her she was personal- 
ly and emotionally immature and that 
she had destroyed the "harmonious at- 
mosphere of the Telecare family." 

We decided we'd have to start our own 
phone line. 

With the new meeting place, the spirits 
of CHANB members was beginning to 
rise. New people were showing up in a 
slow but steady trickle; Cate and I no 
longer had to do everything by ourselves. 
Five of us — Dick, Maurice, Andre, 
Cate and I — held a garage sale and 
earned enough money to get a phone line 
of our own. It was installed in August 
and has been busy ever since — we get 
more calls than Telecare! 

Perhaps the best thing is that people 
are believing and following our motto: 

I am a caring homosexual 

because I believe 

that homosexuality is equal 

to heterosexuality 

and I am active in helping 

others feel the same. 

One night in August, a few of us 
decided to live out what we believed. 
Maurice, Mallett, Andre, Dick, another 
Andre, Cate and I were sitting together 
over drinks at the local Ramada Inn. A 
few straight couples were dancing; Cate 
and I decided we would, too. Nothing 
happened — the music was fast and two 
women dancing together didn't seem to 
strike anybody as odd. 

Then Maurice and Andre got up and 
danced together. The music was still fast. 
Still nothing happened. 

Then the music slowed down and we 
began waltzing together, man with man, 
woman with woman. Nothing happened 
until we sat down. The bouncer sent 
Gilles, another gay man, over to our 
table to tell us to stop. 

Disgruntled. I left to go to the wash- 
room. The bouncer stopped me on the 
way back. 

"Stop that carrying on," he growled. 



I played dumb. "What carrying on?" 

"On the dance floor." 

"What about the dance floor?" 

Try as I might, I couldn't get him to 
say flat out that he didn't want gay 
people dancing together. Homosexual, 
gay, queer — the words never came out. 

When I got back to the table, everyone 
wanted to know what the bouncer had 
said. I told them. 

"What do we do?" Andre asked. 

"We dance." 

And we did. At the end of the next 



walked out with us. "Small town, small 
minds," one of them exclaimed. 

We went to Dick's to celebrate our 
courage. 

"I didn't know what to do at first," 
recalled Gilles. "I had built up a good 
reputation with the staff at the Ramada; 
they said I was an 'OK gay.' But when I 
saw you up there, I knew I belonged with 
you." 

"Two women dancing with each other 
usually aren't seen as significant enough 
to bother anybody," Cate said. "At least 



We danced. At the end of the 
number, the bouncer came up to our table. If we 
didn't stop, he said, we'd be barred for life. 
We got up and went back to the dance floor. " 



number the bouncer himself came up to 
our table. If we didn't stop, he said, 
we'd be barred for life. We got up and 
went back to the dance floor. 

A straight man came up to Maurice, a 
beer bottle clutched threateningly in his 
hand. Seeing the danger, Gilles — the 
same man the bouncer had first sent to 
our table — got up with another friend 
named Doug and stood behind the man 
with the bottle. "We had to stick 
together," Doug said later. "It was our 
only hope." 

Bright lights went on and the music 
stopped. Over the loudspeaker came an 
order telling everybody to sit down. The 
bouncer and his cronies surrounded us 
on the dance floor and started to move 
us out. 

"Closet cases — support us!" Cate 
shouted as we were being led out. Some 
presumably straight people got up and 



tonight men and women got treated 
equally for a change!" 

Cate and I sent letters off to the 
Ramada Inn and Maurice filed an infor- 
mal complaint with the Ontario Human 
Rights Commission. The Ramada replied 
that we were thrown out for creating a 
disturbance, not for being gay. The 
Human Rights Commission ignored us. 

But it was still a triumph — a triumph 
of our belief that we're "equal to 
heterosexuals" over our fear of acting as 
though we are. A triumph because gay 
people stuck together and some straight 
people supported us. A triumph because 
we were free. 

CHANB is now becoming a stronger, 
more cohesive group. It's still not easy. 
"I'm not naive enough — and I hope 
other people in CHANB aren't naive 
enough, either — to expect everything to 
flow smoothly all the time," says Fred, 



one of our members. "But even our neg- 
ative encounters have turned out to be a 
good experience." 

"Everybody has to feel they belong to 
something," says Ruby, another mem- 
ber. "Gay people often feel that they 
don't belong to anything. In CHANB, 
our hearts are lifted and we have other 
people to talk to and confide in. You 
don't feel so lonely. CHANB is our new 
gay family. It replaces the family we have 
but that is never really close to us." 

"A lot of us need to talk out our prob- 
lems," says Norma. "CHANB is like a 
big shoulder to cry on." 

"When I go to meetings," says Remy, 
"they're all people like myself. I'm not 
looking for a lover, I just want to be with 
other people of my own inclination. It's 
quite satisfying. I couldn't get that 
experience any other way." 

At first only Cate and I were com- 
pletely out of the closet. CHANB mem- 
bers don't have to be out, but we defin- 
itely encourage people to be open and 
proud. "If it weren't for CHANB," says 
Maurice, one of our most active mem- 
bers, "I don't know where I would be 
right now, but I don't think I'd be out of 
the closet yet. No one here forced me 
out, but they sure made me feel good 
when I did come out, and helped me in 
any way they could. Because of CHANB, 
I can now look people in the eye and say, 
'I'm gay, and that's OK.'" 

Maurice says that gay people in small 
places like North Bay should be looking 
for a group like CHANB — and if there 
isn't one, they should start one. 

If they do, they'll find a lot of rocks in 
the path, as Cate and I did. But we think 
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The myth of genital jealousy 



Sexual fidelity is the most misunder- 
stood, overburdened and abused of our 
so-called principles. It is based not on a 
concept of love but on a concept of 
property. Though the church has re- 
quired men as well as women to mouth 
such phrases as "forsaking all others," 
sexual fidelity for men has only recently 
become anything but a joke. That is, a 
woman can now make property claims 
as a result of a man's infidelity. But 
basically sexual fidelity has been the 
method by which a man ensured that he 
was not getting used goods and that his 
wife's children would be his own, enti- 
tled to inherit his property. 

In relationships which are formed 
without motives of protecting property 
or progeny, based on attraction and 
companionability, why is sexual fidelity 
an issue at all? Why can't it be settled 
easily, without argument, as irrelevant? 
For surely, if relationships are based on 
love, the possessiveness and deprivation 
inherent in sexual fidelity are alien to it. 

Two lines of argument stand against 
that simplicity. One is that sexual fidel- 
ity has become an important metaphor 
for loyalty and trust in a relationship. 
The other is that sexual jealousy is fun- 
damental to human passion, and any 
behaviour that encourages it will even- 
tually destroy love. 

There is no reason why two people 
shouldn't between themselves choose 
sexual fidelity as an expression of loyal- 
ty and trust, but sexual fidelity of itself 
has nothing to do with loyalty or trust. 
How often does the faithful wife mock 
her husband's taste and judgment as 
party entertainment, and fiddle the bills 
to spend money without his approval? 
How often do faithful lovers of any sort 
belittle each other and lie to each other 
as negative ways to express their free- 
dom from each other? For most human 
beings grow restless in sexual prisons, 
increasingly bewildered by the negativity 
of what is called love. 

Jealousy is common if not fundamen- 
tal in human feeling. Because it is con- 
sidered inappropriate to be jealous of 
another person's beauty, intelligence, 
luck or wealth, sexual jealousy becomes 
the only acceptable outlet for our insec- 
urities. It is not all right to envy your 
lover's good job, talent for falling 
asleep, naturally curly hair or sympa- 
thetic mother, but you can let go of all 
that hard, grown-up discipline and have 
an insane fit over the slightest erotic 
pleasure he or she takes outside your 
company. You can act out all your fears 
of being betrayed and prove just what a 
passionately loving person you are at 
the same time. And in the early stages 
of a relationship, the "erring" lover can 
take some sheepish pride at inspiring 
such outbursts. My landlady once 
poked another woman in the eye and 
then announced, "I just saved my mar- 
riage," while her husband stood admir- 
ingly by. 

At issue really is not sex at all, which 
can be as casual as a game of tennis, as 
friendly as a long correspondence, as 
important as one of the languages of a 
lifelong living-with. There isn't any real 
reason why we should be forced to 
choose only one among those experi- 
ences. If we could get free of the narrow 



moral judgment that makes sexual be- 
haviour the dumping ground for child- 
ish insecurities, we would be able to 
design a marvelous variety of relation- 
ships to suit the variety of people we 
are. We have to begin not only by lying 
less but by telling the truth more. 

I suspect that fidelity, like celibacy, is 
the free choice of only a few as a life- 
long commitment. We are, most of us, 
various in our sexual interest. We are in- 




"If we could get free 
of the narrow moral judgment 
that makes sexual behaviour 
the dumping ground for 
childish insecurities, we would 
be able to design a marvellous 
variety of relationships 
to suit the variety of 
people we are." 



fluenced by health, work, other 
people's needs as well as our own in 
what we choose to do or not to do. 

I read just the other day that among 
lesbians monogamy is at the moment 
politically correct. I not only want the 
church and state out of the bedrooms of 
the nation; I want the lesbian, gay and 
women's movements out of mine and 
yours. 

I care very much about loyalty and 
trust, about involvement that lasts and 
grows, about harmony and about joy. 
Sex is only one of the various languages 
in which to express those values and is 
not the basis of any of them. Love is. It 
can be celibate, monogamous, multifar- 
ious. But it cannot be bought, insured, 
taxed or sold. We are not each other's 
property, in bed or out of it. 

The children gay people cherish are 
mostly not our own. What we could 
leave them is the knowledge that they 
are not sexual "things," owned and 
bartered, but people, free to love as 
they can find out how.D 



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NOVEMBER 1981 



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The subject that refuses to go away 



Some day there will be a school named 
after Tom O' Carroll. It won't be the first 
such honour paid to a pedophile, but it 
will most likely be the first time such 
public appreciation is extended to anyone 
for openly defending the erotic love of 
children. 

Unfortunately that day is a long way 
off. Tom O'Carroll is a very gifted 
teacher who will never work in the Brit- 
ish school system again. Today he is serv- 
ing a two-year prison sentence for "con- 
spiring to corrupt public morals." As 
chairperson of the Paedophile Informa- 
tion Exchange, O'Carroll helped publish 
the group's newsletter, Magpie; the 
charge against him arose from Magpie's 
contact page, through which adult pedo- 
philes advertised to meet each other. No 
one else besides O'Carroll was convicted 
of conspiracy — a crime you'd think it 
must take more than one person to 
commit. 

While awaiting trial, O'Carroll wrote 
Paedophilia: The Radical Case, an act 
that so angered the judge it was listed as 
a factor in determining the length of his 
sentence. It's a costly book all right, and 
not only in terms of the price O'Carroll 
paid to write it: the publisher, Peter 
Owen, lists the book at £14.95 (more 
than $50 by the time it reaches a Canadi- 
an purchaser) because, as he said in an 
interview in the Dutch magazine, Pan, 
"it is an academic book and we don't 
want it read by the wrong people." 

In fact, it is not an academic book. 
Although O'Carroll takes great care in 
researching and documenting his argu- 
ments, this isn't the work of a disinter- 
ested professor. Tom O'Carroll likes to 
have sex with kids, and he is a passionate 
defender of sexual freedom for children. 

Gay people are particularly aware of 
our culture's abhorrence of adults who 
seek out sexual contact with children. 
Indeed, so sensitive are we to the charge 
of "child molester" that it sometimes 
seems pedophiles are more despised by 
those who are homosexual than by the 
general population. 

As a gay rights activist, I know that 
the greatest barrier to winning equality 
for lesbians and gay men is the public's 
association of homosexuality with pedo- 
philia. The opposition knows this, too. 
The Moral-Majority types have no 
qualms about ignoring the heterosexual 
nature of almost all sexual assault — 
they zero right in on boy-lovers. Those 
of us busily lobbying scared, uptight 
legislators keep desperately hammering 
away at the myth, reporting over and 
over that the great majority of adult gay 
people are not sexually attracted to 
children. 

Rarely do we ask ourselves: why not? 

Paedophilia: The Radical Case is a 
challenge to just about every assumption 
popularly held on child sexuality and 
pedophilia. Many of O'Carroll's argu- 
ments have been made before, but he is 
the first to bring them together in a com- 
prehensive, logical exposition of the need 
to decriminalize children's sexual activity 
with partners of their own choosing. 

I had to read this book several times. I 
came to it in general agreement with 
O'Carroll's position, but my first impres- 
sion of the book left me with doubts and 
reservations. O'Carroll's case is much 
too compelling to dismiss, though, and I 
found myself going back to look again. I 
suspect many readers will experience the 
same struggle. Most of us don't want to 




Convicted of conspiracy to corrupt public morals, 

Tom O'Carroll is now in solitary confinement at Wormwood 

Scrubs prison. The ideas that got him there, however, are not 

locked away, and they are "too compelling to ignore. " 

Jim Monk reviews Paedophilia: The Radical Case 



deal with this subject. We want it to go 
away. 

O'Carroll begins with a description of 
his own slow, hesitant coming out as a 
pedophile. It sounds oh so familiar: 
change the ages of those whom he found 
attractive and the story becomes that of 
any number of gay men coming out in 
the early '70s. Forced to resign his teach- 
ing position after telling an 1 1 -year-old 
boy that he loved him, O'Carroll's des- 
peration turned to depression and a close 
brush with suicide. He survived to make 
an honest self-appraisal and to discover 
the pedophile liberation movement. 

The second section of the book argues 
that children should have the right to 
have sex with adults if they so desire. 
O'Carroll reasserts what we all know: 
children are sexual beings. Like adults, 
they vary enormously in their urges and 
behaviour. Many develop a high fre- 
quency of sexual activity years before 
reaching puberty. Some, often described 
in research as "the seductive child" or, 
paradoxically, "the participant victim," 
are unquestionably oriented toward sex 
with adults. 

Even Detective Lloyd Martin, a 
leading crusader against boy-lovers in the 
United States, will admit that many 
children want sex with adults. He told 
the congressional hearings on the sexual 
exploitation of children that "the most 
difficult concept to understand and 
accept is that, very often, these children 
are consenting partners in the sexual ac- 
tivity." 

If the children are questionable vic- 
tims, the adults make poor monsters. 
"Far from being unrestrained sex mani- 
acs," DJ West says of pedophiles in 
Homosexuality Re-Examined, "their ap- 
proaches to children are almost always 
affectionate and gentle, and the sex acts 
which occur, mostly mutual display and 
fondling, resemble the sexual behaviour 
that goes on between children." 

Using the work of Dr Frits Bernard, a 
Dutch psychologist, O'Carroll recounts 



stories told by adults who, as children, 
had been the younger partners in adult- 
child relationships. Freed from the 
framework of criminal offense, these 
stories make for lively, often erotic, read- 
ing. Almost unanimously, the younger 
partners looked back on their experiences 
as positive and harmless. They did not 
feel abused or exploited. Two women 
spoke of their relationships with older 
men — the first time I have ever heard 
of man-girl sex described by women as 
non-exploitative. 

This is where I started having reserva- 
tions. I don't believe there is anything in- 
trinsically wrong with homosexual child- 
adult relations, or even those between 
older women and young boys. But I 
don't trust straight adult men. Hetero- 
sexual men can be abusive relating to 
adult women, and can certainly be 
even more so with children. For every 
positive case of mutually satisfactory sex 
between men and little girls Bernard and 
O'Carroll can produce, there are feminist 
sexual assault researchers with hundreds 
of horror stories and nightmares. O'Car- 
roll himself refers to a study by Paul 
Gebhard of the Kinsey Institute which 
found that, for girls under 12 involved in 
sex offences, only 16 percent encouraged 
the male offender. O'Carroll is the first 
to agree that child molestation is a ser- 
ious problem, but he insists we recognize 
that not all sexual acts between men and 
girls can be categorized as molestation. 

But isn't sex between children and 
adults damaging to the development of 
the child's personality, whether or not 
she or he views the experience as pleasant 
at the time? 

Two investigations into this question, 
both by women, are described by O'Car- 
roll. Lauretta Bender and Lindy Burton 
found that sexually experienced children, 
even those who had been truly molested, 
suffered little lasting fear or anxiety as a 
result of their experiences. Neither 
researcher found any excessively unset- 
tling effects on the children's personality 
or personal development. O'Carroll goes 



on to show that harm frequently does 
occur when parents or authorities inter- 
vene in relationships and force a confes- 
sion from a child to implicate the older 
partner. 

I hope these studies come under some 
close scrutiny by feminist critics. While I 
find it hard to believe that anyone who is 
sexually assaulted has no problem recov- 
ering from what must be a traumatic 
experience, O'Carroll does seem to be on 
solid ground when he says that consensu- 
al sex doesn't interfere with a child's 
emotional or sexual maturation. Indeed, 
there is evidence to show that it probably 
helps. 

In a chapter called, "Do Children 
Need Sex?" O'Carroll pulls no punches 
in talking about sexual repression in 
childhood. Once again marshalling a 
number of expert witnesses, he blames 
the negative attitude of parents to their 
children's sexuality for neurotic beha- 
viour and sexual dysfunction. He cites 
Dr Alayne Yates, herself the mother of 
no less than thirteen children (seven of 
her own and six stepchildren), who says 
that "children need to be given sexual 
confidence by their parents; sexual dys- 
function is nearly always attributable to 
the failure of parents to take a positive 
attitude to their children's capacity for 
sexual pleasure." 

O'Carroll describes one of Dr Yates's 
case studies, about a seven-year-old boy 
overwhelmed with guilt because he was 
unable to reconcile his need to mastur- 
bate with his liberal parents' stony silence 
on sexual matters. It took months of psy- 
chiatric treatment before the boy's with- 
drawal was understood and finally re- 
solved when the father talked with him 
and said it was all right to play with him- 
self. Up to that time, the father admit- 
ted, he hadn't thought there was any 
need to discuss sex with a seven-year-old. 

Encouraging a child to masturbate 
may be becoming an accepted medical 
therapy. At least it's legal for children to 
masturbate. Every other form of sexual 
activity they might desire is prohibited by 
laws that say they're not old enough to 
give consent. 

Age-of-consent laws have proven to be 
ineffective in preventing child abuse, and 
all too useful in the persecution of pedo- 
philes and their young lovers. Abolishing 
the age of consent would end the sui- 
cides, the blackmail in the courtroom, 
the imprisonment, the medical and psy- 
chiatric torture of people who are guilty 
only of love, affection and tenderness. 

But if we throw out the law, aren't we 
also increasing the possibilities for the 
exploitiation and harassment of the 
young? During the age-of-consent 
debates at our national gay conferences 
here in Canada, that question was often 
asked. The usual answer — that other 
laws already dealt with matters of assault 
— somehow rang hollow. Justice for 
rape victims doesn't score a very high 
rating from knowledgeable critics of our 
court system. While every resolution call- 
ing for the abolition of the age of con- 
sent was adopted, sometimes almost 
unanimously, there was never any pres- 
sure for the National Gay Rights Coali- 
tion to lobby parliament on the issue. 
That reluctance grew partly from simple 
political expediency, but some of us also 
felt that scrapping the age of consent 
would remove whatever slim protection 
the law provided young people in a soci- 
ety where their rights and power — 
especially within the family — are 
minimal. 

The unique contribution of the Paedo- 
phile Information Exchange to the age- 
of-conscnt debate is their programme for 
legal reform, a detailed set of proposals 
that takes into account the need t'oi eon 



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tinuing legal protection while at the same 
time upholding the right of individuals to 
engage in sexual activities they freely 
choose. 

The PIE proposals would allow society 
to intervene in situations where a child's 
genuine consent is in doubt. When con- 
sent clearly has not been given to a sexual 
act, O' Carroll says criminal law should 
be applied. Where there is doubt, he pro- 
poses a civil proceeding under the juris- 
diction of child welfare authorities. The 
adult would not be on trial — the rela- 
tionship would be. There would be no 
need for clever prosecutors ripping apart 
a child's testimony in search of an adult 
monster, as often as not destroying the 
child in the process. 

"She or he," says O'Carroll of the 
child in this proceeding, "would be able 
to tell the court quite clearly — regard- 
less of whether sex had actually taken 
place in the history of the relationship — 
her or his attitude to having a sexual rela- 
tionship, or even just a social relation- 
ship, with the older partner in future. If 
the younger partner appeared in the least 
bit afraid or doubtful about the contin- 
uance of a relationship, whether sexual 
or not, or did not appear able to com- 
municate her or his feelings to adults, the 
court would be empowered to prohibit 
the relationship from continuing." 
Violating the court injunction would be 
grounds for criminal charge. 

At first I didn't like the idea of the 
state mediating the love affairs of the 
young, given the biases commonly held 
by judges and social workers. Neverthe- 
less, upon reflection I agree that the PIE 
proposals are an immense improvement 
over the current across-the-board 
prohibition. 

I also didn't think politicians would 
touch such proposals with a ten-foot 
pole. But so what? The same was said 
about gay rights ten years ago. Now I 
want to see the PIE reform ideas made as 
public as possible; I think they are an 
educational tool that can help people 
look at the issue of children's sexuality in 
a more rational fashion. 

This fall, in a news story from Vancou- 
ver, I found a situation in which the PIE 
proposals seem to have been applied — 
unwittingly, no doubt. A 15-year-old boy 
who'd left his parents was living with one 
of his teachers, a woman in her mid- 
twenties. They had been friends for three 
years; the teacher described the relation- 
ship as "romantic." The parents laid a 
charge against the woman and asked for 
a court injunction to prevent her seeing 
their son. 

The judge refused to grant their re- 
quest. Instead, he said, he will wait for 
the results of psychological tests the 
woman and boy are undergoing volun- 
tarily. If they show that they boy is 
mature enough to handle the relation- 
ship, the court won't intervene. 

The situation isn't quite what PIE 
would propose: criminal charges have 
been laid, the media have sensationalized 
the case and the woman is no longer a 
teacher. But the similarities are still there. 
Perhaps, as O'Carroll might say, an 
attempt to lobby such reforms into law 
wouldn't be pie in the sky after all. 

rhe powerlessness of children is the 
basis for much of what passes as 
the feminist critique of pedophilia. 
The unavoidable inequality within child- 
adult relationships, given the adult's 
superior strength, economic power and 
social experience, creates the potential 
for exploitation. Many woman, having 
experienced just such exploitation in 
their own youth, question the validity of 
all such relatioships. 

Unlike many boy-lovers, O'Carroll 



takes these arguments seriously. Far 
from ignoring the critique of power im- 
balance, he applies it more widely: in- 
equalities of power are inescapable in our 
society — especially in adult, heterosex- 
ual relationships. How that power is 
exercised, and how the rights of the 
weaker member of a relationship are pro- 
tected, are the real issues to be consid- 
ered. Parents, teachers and coaches all 
have relationships with children in which 
power is distributed unequally. That such 
power is at times used abusively does not 
mean that children should be sheltered 
from parenting, learning or participating 
in sports. Or sex. 



and respected umbrella of the Nether- 
lands Association for Sexual Reform. It 
is possible to be an open pedophile in 
Holland and even to adopt one's lover. 
The age-of-consent laws are widely dis- 
cussed and a number of unions, political 
parties and even religious groups have 
called for their abolition. 

In Great Britain, the extremely visible 
campaign conducted by O'Carroll and 
Keith Hose, author of the PIE proposals, 
has made the Paedophile Information 
Exchange a notoriously well-known 
organization. The sole public meeting of 
the group was mobbed by hundreds of 
angry people, including members of the 




Tom O'Carroll: 

"The paradox is that if there 
is a danger of being emotionally 
bruised, there is also the hope of 
something much more positive: the 
hope of being loved, of being valued 
with a warmth that may never have 
played a part in that young person 's 
life before." 



There is a risk in every sexual relation- 
ship that someone will get hurt. Children 
are not exempt. O'Carroll thinks the risk 
is worth taking. "What," he asks, "of 
the boys who are gay? Who themselves 
seek a lasting relationship with one man? 
Or what about the children who have 
been so starved for affection before 
meeting 'their' paedophile that the 
thought of leaving him is intolerable? 
What about the 1 3-year-old girl who falls 
desperately in love with an older man? 
Aren't they all vulnerable to the adult's 
sexual politics? 

"The question only has to be asked 
for one to sense a paradox in the answer: 
if a youngster, for whatever reason, feels 
a desperate need for a particular adult, 
yes that leaves them open to emotional 
exploitation. It will lead them to desire or 
expect that they will obtain possession of 
the older loved one, that they will have a 
proprietorial claim over him. In this, 
they are open to disappointment if the 
adult's attitude turns out to be more 
casual than theirs. But the very fact that 
they feel the need — and it may be a very 
deep need — for such a relationship, 
prompts one to ask whose business it is 
to deprive them of any chance of it? The 
paradox is that if there is a danger of 
being emotionally bruised, there is also 
the hope of something much more posi- 
tive: the hope of being loved, of being 
valued with a warmth that may never 
have played a part in that young person's 
life before." 

The only criticism I can make of 
O'Carroll is that he decided not to deal 
with incest, a topic he feels more proper- 
ly belongs in a book on the family. He 
says that at the beginning of his book, 
but later implies that he supports sex play 
between parents and their children, at 
least in the earliest years. Again, my gay 
chauvinism comes to the fore: father- 
daughter affairs don't strike me as 
healthy. But this time my reservations 
went unanswered. 

The final section of the book briefly 
looks at the pedophile movements in 
Europe and North America. Holland is 
certainly the most advanced, where ped- 
ophile activists operate under the large 



fascist National Front. 

In the United States, the North Ameri- 
can Man /Boy Love Association has 
undertaken a public campaign to free 
people who are in prison for having 
mutually consenting sex with minors. 
Despite investigations and arrests by the 
FBI and only partial support from the 
gay movement, NAMBLA continues to 
grow, with chapters in several US cities 
and individual members here in Canada. 

O'Carroll is optimistic about Canada, 
largely because of the acquittal of The 
Body Politic after the magazine was raid- 
ed and charged for publishing Gerald 
Hannon's "Men Loving Boys Loving 
Men." I don't think O'Carroll realized 
how diligently the Crown would pursue 
the appeal of that acquittal (they've won; 
TBP will be retried on the same charge in 
the next few months) or how little the 
magazine would say on the issue while it 
was being dragged through the courts. In 
the United States, the debate has been 
going on in a number of gay periodicals, 
including Gay Community News, Chris- 
topher Street and The Advocate. Aside 
from Alex Wilson's report on the 
NAMBLA conference in Boston and a 
couple of brief reviews, the discussion of 
pedophilia in the pages of The Body 
Politic has not advanced since "Men 
Loving Boys Loving Men" was reprinted 
early in 1979. Published with it at that 
time was a reassessment of child-adult 
sexuality that tried to incorporate 
feminist criticisms. Whether that was 
successful isn't clear: there was almost no 
response to the piece from the feminist 
community. 

There is no organized pedophile move- 
ment in Canada, so Canadian gay libera- 
tionists haven't really been forced to take 
a stand on the issue. At the last national 
conference in Calgary, the demand to 
abolish the age of consent was quietly 
dropped from the programme of the 
dying Canadian Lesbian and Gay Rights 
Coalition by its successor organization, 
the Canadian Association of Lesbians 
and Gay Men (which, itself, seems to 
have been stillborn). There was little 
protest. 

For some time now, many gay activists 



in Canada have been expressing a nag- 
ging feeling that our strategy as a libera- 
tion movement seems to be lacking 
something. The question is, where do we 
go from here? 

The answer, I think, is in Tom 
O'Carroll's book. 

No, I'm not advocating that everyone 
go out and find a child lover. Not too 
many of us have that ability. All indica- 
tions are that homosexuals tend to be less 
attracted to children than heterosexuals. 
Most of us have repressed any such feel- 
ings beyond the point of recall. But we 
can face up to the fact that our move- 
ment has turned its back on those who 
represent its future. 

Pat Califia, in a provocative, two-part 
essay for The Advocate, has some sting- 
ing words for gay rights activists who 
refuse to take up the issue of child 
sexuality: 

"...nobody is fooled when we pro- 
claim that the gay movement has nothing 
to do with kids and their sexuality. Les- 
bians and gay men don't spring magical- 
ly into existence at some arbitrary age of 
consent. Many of us know from the time 
that we are small children that we are 
attracted to members of our own sex. 
Many of us — both men and women — 
had our first homosexual experience with 
partners who were older than ourselves. 
Sexual repression isn't 100% effective, 
but it does keep some young women and 
men from forming a gay identity. To 
leave that repression unchallenged is to 
leave a major bastion of gay oppression 
untouched." 

We have gone to great lengths to estab- 
lish that gay people are a legitimate and 
oppressed minority. And that is what we 
will remain — an oppressed minority — 
if we refuse to deal with the roots of our 
oppression. We are stalled part way 
down the road to liberation. 



Pedophiles make up a much smaller 
part of the population than do 
homosexuals. They are further out 
on the fringe of society, and for that 
reason they see the nature of the problem 
more clearly. Tom O'Carroll knows the 
real task that is before us: 

" My guess is that paedophilia will 
never be accepted, in Holland or else- 
where, by any society in which paedo- 
philes are singled out as a minority — 
a minority which, like the homosexual 
minority, cannot help but seem bizarre 
and alien to even the most understanding 
onlookers when the focus of attention is 
on the peculiar sexual orientation of the 
'problem' group involved. 

"Ultimately, it is no use fighting for 
paedophile liberation, though this is a 
stage that has to be worked through. 
Sexual liberation can only mean some- 
thing valuable to most people in the con- 
text of their own lives, and the lives of 
their children, not the lives of some 
minority group with whom they are 
asked to sympathize." 

It is up to pedophiles and boy-lovers to 
organize themselves. That is the begin- 
ning of liberation. The responsibility 
which the gay movement has shirked up 
to now is the organization of gay youth, 
the support of gay children growing up 
in hostile or indifferent heterosexual 
families. Our community and our move- 
ment discriminate against our young. We 
provide services for gay adults; we fight 
legal battles, lobby, and demonstrate for 
the right to enjoy consenting homosexual 
sex between adults. At best, we ignore 
the young. 

I believe the time has come for us to 
engage gay youth and their parents in a 
dialogue. This book, and the proposals 
for reform that it contains, should be the 
first subject for discussion. □ 



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NOVEMBER 1981 



BOOKS 



The fiction of sexual truth 



Tricks: 25 Encounters. Renaud Camus. St 
Martin's Press, 1981. $14.95 
Platonic Love: Three Tales of Language and 
Desire. Scott Watson. New Star Books, 
1981. $6.25 

How are gay men to tell the true stories 
of their lives? Late nineteenth-century 
attempts skirted narration in favour of 
arguing problems of Greek ethics. More 
recently, playing the game of deceiving 
the reader — or at least the publisher — 
got a story into print. Until the 1960s, 
even so autobiographical a writer as 
Isherwood avoided pronouns, allowing 
his readers the option of never facing 
cocksucking directly. Making stories up 
kept the ugly truth from frightening 
most straight and many gay readers. All 
these attempts were conducted in lan- 
guage that evaded the sexual; direct 
language was for pornography. Today 
erotic confessions are allowed, even re- 
quired to convince us that any story of a 
gay man is true. What, then, is the state 
of the art of telling the sexual truth? 

Renaud Camus and Scott Watson at- 
tempt to tell us about the sexual por- 
tions of their lives without constructing 
falsehoods. Both their books are works 
of fiction in the clear sense that any at- 
tempt at a true narrative is always fic- 
tion in the guise of something else — 
Camus's book assumes an already easy 
world, and in Watson's, art transcends 
the author's incompetence. 

Tricks is presented as twenty-five ran- 
domly selected pieces of a journal, a 
record of the author /narrator's cruising 
and tricking. Each account purports to 
begin at the first contact — a glance in a 
club or on the street — and to end when 
the storyteller last sees his pickup walk- 
ing away. The narrator is at home in 
many countries and can fuck in the lan- 
guage of the place: in San Francisco 
without a word, in New York garrulous- 
ly revealing his personal history. 

In a preface (one of three pieces of 
critical apparatus attached to this 
book), Roland Barthes says that Tricks 
is "without ulterior motives," but any 
reader should know better. The book 
establishes the public sexuality of the 
author, who is, we learn, a novelist, 
sometime university teacher and rela- 
tively poor man of leisure. He is temper- 
amentally a "fucker," not a "fuckee," 
though he gets fucked and enjoys it and 
finds exclusive fuckers amusing. This is 
the new homosexual man of the world, 
with balanced sensibility and taste, and 
with no record of being anxious ever, or 
at a loss, or feeling one. 

Watson's book is comprised of three 
stories, connected by the author/nar- 
rator's apparent belief in sacred desire 
and the inevitability, even necessity, of 
sexual frustration and pain in the crea- 
tion of art. The narrator falls in love 
with three men, none of them gay in 
their own minds, all of them young and 
beautiful, two of them saying they want 
to be included in the stories he tells 
them he is writing about his relation- 
ships. These men disturb Watson, and 
the book disturbs us; it has no libera- 
tionist goal (except possibly getting the 
author through the day while writing it). 
The characters do not get out alive. 
They have nearly empty apartments and 
fridges and, unlike the narrator, read 
unfashionable books of prophecy. No 
one seems to know what's hit him. 

But Watson's book is no Harlequin 
romance with the lover observing every 
change of expression in the beloved. 



Indeed, every contact between the nar- 
rator and Larry, Adam or Dennis is sex- 
ualized; the overcast skies, small apart- 
ments or otherwise deserted beaches of 
their meetings offer no distraction to 
the narrator's focus on his need for con- 
summation. In-sex he is sometimes suc- 
cessful. He sleeps with his lovers, kisses 
them, sucks and fucks. Of satisfaction 
there seems no possibility. 

Both authors have pre-empted so 
much of our response to their characters 
that we must remain content with the 
intensities of the narrators' sexual 
desires or leave off reading. There is lit- 
tle loving in either book; there is only 
desperation in Watson's, increasing sex- 
ual satisfaction in Camus's. Love silen- 
ces a diarist — with love, there is 
nothing to confess. 

Camus is explicit about where hands 
and mouths, cocks and assholes con- 
nect. Chest hair and hair on the wrists 
excite him. He describes the apartments 
of his tricks with an eye for architec- 
tural detailing, antique or modern fur- 
niture and prints, drawings and other 







Scott Watson: sex but no satisfaction 

objets d'art. We are inside a closed 
system, bypassing the difficult realities 
of social and economic life. The ulti- 
mate trick and the ultimate fuck are 
pursued across two continents and are 
achieved at the end of the book in Los 
Angeles, in the company of his lover 
and with his help. So much for random 
selections — and so much for Camus's 
stated intention to rob homosexual acts 
of their secret, to make them banal. 
There is still a love story stuck inside 
here. 
If we believe Watson's narrator, his 



three men must be baffled still, out 
there beyond the story. After all, Wat- 
son understands himself, knows what he 
is feeling and thinking all the time. He 
knows that Roland Barthes has been 
here before, writing about infatuation. 
A solitude like Watson's never needs to 
see the other as a whole person. But if 
the burden of this story, told three 
times, is that these are not whole men 
and that for a while they were domin- 
ated, the reader is faced with the men- 
acing suspense of waiting for another 
rejection as the narrator's hardness 
strikes hardness: his mind on his own 
flesh. 

The language of Platonic Love is 
often gorgeous; Watson paints quick 
pictures of urban and seaside land- 
scapes. And tough talk and language 
borrowed, to good purpose, from pulp 
pornographic description keep the emo- 
tional currents churning. About lan- 
guage itself and the possibilities of 
story-telling (where there have always 
been difficulties, as Watson puts it, get- 
ting two men into the same sentence), 
he is as insistent as Camus, and more 
compelled to show the artist at work. 
For both writers the story wins all. 

Don LarventzD 



MUSIC 



Singing Pope converts thousands: shock! 



Rough Trade in concert. Toronto. 
September 25, 1981. 

The crowd outside Massey Hall, eagerly 
awaiting the return of Rough Trade to 
the concert stage, seemed a curious mix- 
ture: outrageous punkers, extravagantly 
made-up and attired women (can those 
shoulders possibly be real?), several 
men looking slightly out of place in 
business suits, and a smattering of nor- 
mal people like us. 

Once inside, the different groupings 
became apparent: men with men, wom- 
en with women, straight couples and 
androgynous-seeming groups of indeter- 
minate size and nature. That any one 
rock group could attract such a mixture 
is unusual; that one member of one 
band could unite them seems 
impossible. 

But for two and a half hours, every- 
one at Massey Hall was united in one 
ambition: to see as much of Carole 
Pope as Carole Pope would expose. 
From the moment the lights dimmed 



(and Rough Trade garners more ap- 
plause for dimming the lights than many 
bands do for an entire concert), the 
attraction was apparent: Carole Pope's 
fan club was out in force. 

The concert began with a song from 
Rough Trade's new album, For Those 
Who Think Young, a fast-paced rocker 
called "Attitude." Then Carole Pope 

— fashionably attired in leather and 
boots, with all the appropriate acces- 
sories — sang "Fashion Victim." The 
victims of fashion in the audience — all 
of us, so universal is the woman's satire 

— were united in their appreciation. 
Throughout the concert, songs from the 
new album (we heard all of them, as 
promised) were interspersed with Rough 
Trade's solid hits: "Grade B Movie," 
"It's a Jungle Out There," "What's the 
Furor About the Fuhrer?" and the 
once-banned and now infamous "High 
School Confidential." As always, the 
band (did we mention the band?) played 
brilliantly; the maniacal grin of drum- 
mer Bucky Berger (whose energy seems 
unending) was much in evidence, as 



were the deadpan subtleties of Kevan 
Staples, who writes the music. Terry 
Wilkins, the bass player, strutted the 
stage in leather pants, tails, and 
sneakers, and David McMorrow's elas- 
tic acrobatics added to the polished 
performance. 

But everyone was there to see Carole 
Pope. Infatuated fans (how many con- 
certs are there during which all the men 
watch the lead female vocalist — and all 
the women watch the lead female vocal- 
ist?) gathered at the foot of the stage, 
arms outstretched; they were dispersed, 
but continually regrouped. (One un- 
lucky ticket holder was marched out the 
door before the band indicated its 
acceptance of the adoring mob at the 
footlights.) And, as at the end of every 
Rough Trade concert, the audience 
begged for more: even after the house- 
lights came up, we could feel the bal- 
cony sway with foot-stomping energy. 
Rough Trade responded: two encores to 
a sell-out crowd at Massey Hall. Adula- 
tion — and they deserved it. 

Maggie Midd^] 



Carole and Kevin: on the lookout for Rough Trade, they're just a couple of crazy kids with a song in their heart and a sneer on their face. 




NOVEMBER 1981 



THE BODY POLITIC/33 



FILM 



The Family lingers on at Toronto festival 



"Among the splendid activities of our 
age the nuclear family lingers on, inert 
and blind, like a clam in a horse race. " 
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 

"He and She and Baby make three, 
I say they 're making crazy people out 
of me." 

— Holly Near. 

It was the night before the opening of 
Toronto's largest annual film festival, 
and I was sitting onstage in the Festival 
theatre, watching the enthusiastic 
response of a packed house, largely gay, 
to Vito Russo's witty presentation of a 
sad thesis, that mainstream movies have 
little to offer gays and lesbians other 
than a resounding echo of absence, in- 
visibility, silence. 

The evening with Russo might have 
prefaced a festival programme with 
would have been well attended and 
thoughtfully received, of alternative 
films designed to redress the Hollywood 
imbalance, films such as Greetings from 
Washington, the recent US documentary 
of a huge gay and lesbian march, The 
Power of Men is the Patience of 
Women, a German feature about four 
survivors of wife-beating who have 
formed a lesbian commune, Celine and 
Julie Go Boating, a French film which 
validates erotic playfulness and affec- 
tion between women. 

Instead, Russo's description of what 
has been proved prophetic. If there was 
one common element in the garbage can 
variety of festival offerings, it was an 
across-the-board blissful disregard of 
the increasingly articulate presence of 
militant gays and lesbians — socialist 
and Third World films not excepted. 

For instance, Man of Iron, the much- 
heralded film from Poland's Andrzej 
Wajda, in taking its moving and coura- 
geous stance of solidarity with Solidar- 
ity, presents as the central female char- 
acter a young woman filmmaker who is 
fired for her insistence on making a film 
about the dissenting labour hero, falls 
in love with him, marries him in a rever- 
ently-presented church wedding, bears 
his son (images of ecstatic pregnancy 
and beatific motherhood!), and pro- 
claims that now her life is meaningful. 
Whether or not she'll ever make a film 
again is apparently a non-issue. There is 
no indication within the film of any 
awareness that the Catholic Church has 
a long and bloody history of oppression 
of workers and women and gays. 

Chuquiago, from Bolivia, is a radical 
film in four parts, using a representative 
character for each of the classes of 
Bolivia's rigid hierarchy. The peasants, 
workers, and petite bourgeoisie are each 
personified by a male, the ruling class 
is, you guessed it, presented in the 
attractive figure of a young woman. A 
complex, well-designed film, with one 
major flaw. 

Marta Meszaros came to The Heir- 
esses with an impressive record of 
twenty-five documentaries and eight 
previous feature films, all focussed on 
women in contemporary Hungary. She 
has been notable for her fluid, complex 
portraits of strong, independent, 
thoughtful women of all ages in their 
relationships with other women as 
friends, daughters and mothers, with 
men, with children, in their work. She 
has never depicted a lesbian or gay rela- 
tionship, nor has she felt compelled, a la 
Claudia Weill (Girlfriends), to explain 
physical intimacy and affection between 



women with an obligatory rejection of 
erotic overtures (see, we're just friends, 
nothing more!). All the more pity that 
in The Heiresses she fell into the well- 
worn path of depicting ambivalent 
images of sex-role reversal in conjunc- 
tion with the rise of fascism — it seems 
that the temptation to use her first 
period film as an excuse to revel in every 
available image of decadence was over- 
whelming. So Lili Monori, a skilled and 
subtle actress, is cast as a woman 
doomed by her wealth and barren pride 
to become a personification of evil. As 
her husband and her former friend are 
taken away by the Nazis, due to her 
jealous treachery, she waits like a spider 
behind her window, watching the Other 
Woman's young son hastily brought 
into the house for shelter, and the lace 
curtain casts a cobweb shadow on her 
face. 

The potential in the subject matter to 
reveal another undocumented aspect of 
women's lives was considerable — the 
film concerns the situation of Sylvia, a 
wealthy heiress, but barren, her poor 
artist friend Irene, (Isabelle Huppert), 
who first resists then accedes to Sylvia's 
request that she bear a child fathered by 
Sylvia's husband. Meszaros did not 
manage to overcome the deep-rooted 
tendency of Huppert to become an im- 
age of female inarticulateness — pre- 
sumably the language barrier didn't 
help, but I was appalled to see Huppert 
playing essentially the same role she 
played in The Lacemaker — empty 
vessel, Madonna, Mona Lisa, silently 
loyal to her man to the point of entire 
self-destruction. Lili Monori, on the 
other hand, gives a magnificent perfor- 
mance as the jealous wife whose agony, 
as she re-enacts by herself the passion of 
pregnancy and childbirth she can't ex- 
perience, is the substance of another 
Meszaros revelation. 

But I was sad to see yet another film 
where the bond of friendship between 

The Heiresses (below): Isabelle Huppert (left) 
is handed over to the Nazis by Lili Monori. 
Man of Iron (right): long on praise for in- 
dependent trade unionism, but short on 
positive thoughts for lesbians and gays. 



two women is shattered by their rivalry 
over a man, where the wicked woman is 
shown approaching her innocent friend 
on a dark street, dressed in men's 
clothing, then seen later in a backless 
black gown, smoking a cigar and enter- 
taining her guests with a troupe of 
transvestite ballet dancers. The signi- 
ficance of the images is clear. Sylvia is 
decadent, a female manque, refusing to 
accept nature's dictum that she remain 
childless, tempting Fate and destroying 
those she loves. By associating images 
of androgyny and role reversal with this 
modern day Lady Macbeth, Meszaros 
cooperates in the common consensus of 
heterosexism — any deviation from the 
heterosexual "norm" is suspect, at best 
sick, at worst the person fication of evil. 

The National Film Board of Canada 
is not noted for its courageous stand on 
issues of concern to gays and lesbians, 
but there was a great chance to do just 
that in Not a Love Story. They blew it, 
bravely showing how images of women 
loving women are presented for male 
titillation, but omitting any explanation 
of how this is connected with the 
oppression of lesbians (women are per- 
ceived as a threat when we declare, im- 
plicitly or overtly, our independence of 
men). 

So, as usual, it remained the option 
of the independently produced low- 
budget documentary made by women 



III! 



J* 



If 



about women to present an alternative 
image of women loving women, and, 
fortunately, P4W: Prison for Women, a 
Toronto film by Janice Cole and Holly 
Dale, does that. It is the first time in 
Canada, to my knowledge, that the love 
of two women for each other is present- 
ed as entirely positive, a needed sup- 
port, growthful, with no compulsion to 
discover why this came about or wheth- 
er they couldn't find greater satisfaction 
with men or any of the qualifiers nor- 
mally attached to a lesbian relationship 
if it ever manages to find its way 
onscreen. It is undoubtedly not coinci- 
dental that this "first" is in the context 




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NOVEMBER 1981 




P4W: Women prisoners argue, laugh, listen 
and love in this smashing Canadian 
documentary. 

of a women's prison, so that in fact 
there is an implicit qualifier — there are 
no men available to these women. If this 
makes it easier for the audience to ac- 
cept the relationship as valid, well, it's a 
first foot in the door — straight audi- 
ences have responded very warmly to 
the two women, and Holly Dale des- 
cribed how several times she has been 
asked after a screening whether the 
women are lovers (neither "lover" nor 
"lesbian" is spoken in the film). When 
she answers yes, the response doesn't 
falter — once given, the emotional ap- 
proval is not withdrawn. And perhaps a 
change in attitude has begun. 

Barbara Halpern Martineau O 



Exposed for debate 

Not a Love Story: A Film about Porno- 
graphy. Directed by Bonnie Sherr Klein. 
Produced by Dorothy Todd Henaut, Studio 
D, National Film Board ol Canada. 1981 . 

Ladies and genitals: right this 
way! Live Girls on stage, 25c!! a 
sign beckons. Wildly blinking lights 
attempt to fire the fantasies — and 
empty the pockets — of potential cus- 
tomers. A top-coated man scurries from 
the theatre, collar and hat stretched 
over his face. We enter one of the peep 
shows. A quarter is dropped into the 
slot of a chosen booth. A metal shade 
slides up the glass-enclosed arena. Three 
women are touching and licking each 
others' bodies, gently massaging their 
pubic hair. It could have been different 
— perhaps two women and a man. Or 
perhaps a man and a woman, one 
white, the other black. Each might wear 
a costume — a well-placed feather or 
maybe some thick eye make-up and lip- 
stick. After two minutes the shade 
descends. If you are tantalized, you 
drop in another quarter; money is your 
only limit. Otherwise you peer through 
the diminishing window space until the 
shade seals the bodies from view. And 
then you leave. 

Not a Love Story does what no other 
film has yet been able to do: it calmly 
documents the sordidly erotic world of 
the pornographic. It does so in exacting 
detail. And it does so from the vantage 
point of those directly involved in the 
trade — the strippers, the porn stars of 
film and video fame and, yes, the edi- 



tors and publishers of those dirty little 
magazines one notices (or buys) on the 
way to pick up some potato chips at the 
corner store. 

The film raises several questions and 
offers varying opinions, judgments and 
statistics about the porn trade. It leaves 
us with an uneasy statement not only 
regarding pornography itself, but with 
regard to women's sexual liberation, 
eroticism, and censorship. 

Beginning with a sequence of Linda 
Lee Tracey, who as stripper "Fonda 
Peters" tosses off her clothes to the 
tune "Hey There, Little Red Riding 
Hood," the dimensions of what is por- 
nographic, what is erotic comedy and 
what is sexual liberation are all put into 
question. When asked by Bonnie Klein 
why she would continue to strip know- 
ing that her body was objectified by the 
act, Linda Lee's answer seemed totally 
logical: "There's many things that are 
wrong about it. There's one thing that's 
right: it's an honest arena." And for 
any woman who has ever worked in the 
sex business — be it as cocktail waitress, 
bunny, prostitute or stripper — there is 
a strange level of honesty and control 
existing in a totally fraudulent and 
chaotically patriarchal setting. 

At the same time there is scene after 
scene whereby every inch of Woman's 
Genitalia is photographed, filmed, 
painted, sprayed, lacquered, positioned, 
pinned back. She, Woman, may be 
posed as treacherous (particularly in les- 
bian S&M leather scenes), scared, or 
docile with come-hither look. In short, 
Woman is packaged and sold as an 
object to be shackled or whipped into 
place in a way that teases the sexual fan- 
tasies of the heterosexist man for whom 
the package is made. At any rate, it def- 
initely teases someone's fantasies. Did 
you know that Playboy alone has a 
greater circulation than Time and 
Newsweek put together? Did you know 
that porn video outgrosses straight 
video ten to one? That the 20,000 peep 
show theatres in the US are four times 
the number of existing McDonald's 
(now there's an interesting statistic), 
and that they each average a take of 
$10,000 per day at 25C a shot? 

The domination theme, or woman-as- 
meat to be ground to a pulp — recently 
featured literally on the front cover of 



Hustler, with the bottom half of a white 
woman's body, naked (save the black- 
patent spiked heels), sticking out of one 
end of the grinder, the other half having 
already been mutilated into juicy red 
hamburger meat — is explained by 
David Wells, editor of Rustler and Elite, 
as a reaction against the women's libera- 
tion movement. "Men have started to 
feel emasculated and they fantasize 
about women. They would prefer to 
dominate these women." It is this kind 
of thinking and acting that leads Robin 
Morgan and Susan Griffin to comment 
throughout the film that pornography is 
violently anti-woman and is a major 
factor in our subsequent victimization. 

On the other hand, Kate Millett so- 
berly points to another facet of porno- 
graphy, at least the porn of the late Six- 
ties and early Seventies: it has an educa- 
tional role. Before Playboy exposed the 
air-brushed labia and clit, very few 
people, particularly women, had ever 
seen another woman's genitals, let alone 
thought of them as resembling flowers 
and the like. And even today, for some 
women a glance through their fathers' 
porno mags is their first look at a naked 
female body other than their own. 

That, however, is the beginning and 
end of pornography's educational role. 
"What upsets me about porn," Millett 
later clarifies, "is that it's so unsexy. It's 
all mixed up with old dreadful patri- 
archal ideas that sex is essentially evil 
and that the evil in it is female. We 
needed eroticism. What we got was por- 
nography. Eroticism is for sex. Porn is 
against it." 

This film leaves us with an open- 
ended question: what is the role of cen- 
sorship with regard to porn? It is a 
touchy question, particularly in light of 
the recent actions of Mary Brown and 
her cohorts on the Ontario Board of 
Censors, who are doing their best to 
keep the province "clean." The film at- 
tempts by its very nature (that is, by 
showing "sexually explicit" scenes) to 
answer that question. Censorship is seen 
as the death knell to intelligent debate, 
to understanding of the positive aspects 
of sexuality — eroticism, fantasy, sen- 
suousness. To deny the right to discuss 
pornography in explicit terms is to deny 
the right of women to understand how 
society has eroticized and victimized 



women's bodies. It is also to deny the 
right to reclaim or establish what is "for 
sex" and what is "against it." 

Not a Love Story is an attempt to 
begin — not close — that debate. The 
fact that it will in all likelihood be cen- 
sored or seriously cut is damning evi- 
dence against all those holier-than-thou 
types who proclaim from land to shore 
their support for honest and open dis- 
cussion about sexual oppression, vio- 
lence and indecency — and then turn 
around and smite any attempt to begin 
exactly that. 

Sue GoldingD 



Not the gay film 



Squeeze. Directed by Richard Turner. 
Trilogic Film Productions, New Zealand. 
1980. 

As Squeeze ended, with its closing 
credits superimposed over a long shot of 
two young men hugging in a play- 
ground, the audience at Toronto's Festi- 
val Theatre — largely gay men — regis- 
tered a spontaneous reaction. Scattered 
hisses came first, mounting to a veri- 
table chorus of boos. There were only 
odd pockets of applause. 

This couldn't have been an honest, 
thoughtful response to the film just 
witnessed, could it? Throughout Squeeze, 
reaction had been good-humoured, as 
location after location, line after line, 
situation after situation was recognized. 
It felt good to see these things finally up 
on the screen, no doubt about it. Boys 
in bed, boys in baths, boys in bars, boys 
embracing. Squeeze was taking a 
Cook's tour of the sites of our lives: the 
groans, titters and guffaws from the 
audience translated again and again as a 
collective "oh no, he's not going to 
say /do that..." 

No, the booers were expressing a gut 
reaction, their guts saying Squeeze was 
a cheat, and their guts were right. First, 
it isn't a well-made movie. Dramatic- 
ally, Squeeze is a mess. Its charac- 
terization is lousy, its male lead a shit 
with a dilemma almost impossible to 
sympathize with. 

Grant, a 30-ish New Zealander, wants 
to get married for career reasons. He 
cruises the gay bars, occasionally pick- 
ing up things as sweet as blond young 
Paul. Grant's mixed allegiance finally 
brings him to a crisis with his fiancee, 
Joy. 

New Zealand may be such a repres- 
sive society that few gays and lesbians 
can feel proud or happy with what they 
are, but Squeeze is freighted with 
more torment and self-oppression than 
even that fact might justify. That the 
film was produced at all is an undeni- 
able achievement, a rung up the ladder 
of liberation, but one which many at the 
Festival Theatre apparently felt them- 
selves beyond — and they didn't want 
to look back. 

The final cheat the audience felt, may 
have been disappointment that Squeeze 
wasn't "the gay film." The search con- 
tinues — every time, whether it's Sun- 
day, Bloody Sunday, A Very Natural 
Thing, or even (God forbid!) Cruising, 
we realize that we still haven't had the 
gay film. Shouldn't this tell us some- 
thing? It's already told Vito Russo, who 
maintains that Hollywood or the Holly- 
wood style (of which Squeeze is an ex- 
ample) will never produce "the gay 
film." We are producing our screen 
images, slowly but surely, in such items 
as Word is Out and Taxi zum Klo. Now 
we need more and better. 

Phil ShawD 



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Dateline Toronto, Midnight. Sept 4, 
1981. A sheer black limo pulls up to the 
curb in front of the Flavio Belli Gallery, 
owned by that notorious aesthetic guer- 
illa of the same name. Issued forth from 
the luxurious pod is a trench-coated, 
bespectacled creature. Smart and suave, 
Burke Campbell, the man and the myth, 
has arrived to take part in a marathon 
of the mind: to write a novel, hopefully 
a masterwork, in three days. Not 
without certain creature comforts 
(champagne, a word processor and an 
entourage to pamper him and whisk 
him to the local diner, the Truck Stop, 
for meal and respite), he accomplishes 
his mission. The party becomes delir- 
ious at midnight. 

Sept 7, 1981. I sneak a quick preview of 
the elegantly written work and discover 




it is a chronicle of the erotic adventures 
of the denizens of a hotel tucked away 
in downtown TO. The style seems rem- 
iniscent of such great gay men of letters 
as James Purdy (whom Burke has never 
read) and Tennessee Williams — florid 
and fluid with Southern Gothic 
over /undertones. 

Finally 1 yank Burke from an adoring 
party crowd, kiss him congratulations 
and enquire if he felt akin to these two 
authors. He answers with a haughty 
flourish, concealing the vulnerability 
and melancholy of a mod, male Blanche 
Dubois. "I'm afraid I don't feel much 
affinity with anyone... life is very lonely 
in the back of the limousine." 

The most famous winner of this con- 
test, which is sponsored by Pulp Press 
of Vancouver, is Tom Walmsley, who 
wrote Dr Tin, an intriguing psycho- 
(ambi-)sexual fable of obsession, death, 
resurrection and revenge. Charlie 
Huisken, proprietor of This Ain't the 
Rosedale Library, the bookstore that 
sponsored Burke's bid, warned me that 
Dr Tin is on the loose again, reprinted 
with even scarier cover art. Grab it! 

• 
Nothing could be more odd than sitting 
in an audience watching not-so-perfect 
strangers acting out your life on stage. 
That's what occured to me while watch- 
ing Nephesh Theatre Company's 
earnest but flawed adaption of Allen 
Ginsberg's early poem to his mother, 
Kaddish, featured at Theatre Passe 
Muraille in late August. Looking more 
professorial than Bohemian these days, 
the greying Beat poet happened to be 
seated directly behind me, and I eaves- 
dropped (rudeness for the sake of my 
readers) while he chatted about recent 
troubles at the Naropa Institute in Den- 
ver. I detected a certain restlessness in 
Ginsberg during the production. At one 
point when an unreasonable facsimile of 
the coffee-house poet happened to be 
delivering a passage of the poem in 
tones of melodramatic hysteria, I heard 
a pained but politely suppressed "Oh 
Gawd!" coming from behind me. 

After the play, the delightful real-life 
Mr Ginsberg showed us how it should 
be done, with a brief reading. My fav- 
ourite poem was one about coming out 
to his father, who then asks the young 
Ginsberg (early twenties, I believe) in- 
credulously if that meant he liked to put 
men's penises in his mouth. Quoth 
Ginsberg: " 'No, no, no, that isn't what 




Burke Campbell: lonely Hie al the back of the limo 



it means at all'. 



I lied. 

* 



Back in August, Globe & Mail critic 
John B Mays wrote an article of truly 
brilliant vitriol lambasting a certain 
Martin Klug. Hurling insults such as 
"limp-wristed rudeness' and "Cad!", 
he compared Klug's art to drag queens 
who love to shock, but also love to be 
loved. I jumped into my sneakers and 
ran down to the gallery, Mercer Union, 
expecting to be assaulted by the marvel- 
ously vulgar work of a thoroughly pre- 
tentious Queen. Unfortunately, the 
Nouveau Naive pencil drawings were a 
fairly tepid collection, hardly warrant- 
ing such inspired scorn. 

Martin Klug did not seem devastated 
by the atack — shortly afterwards I 
saw the bearded young artist scorching 
his soles on the dance floors of the new 
electro-pop disco, Voodoo, not a care in 
the world. 

• 
Speaking of Voodoo, aren't some of the 
Neo-Romantics getting a mite bit uppi- 
ty? Just because they dress like 18th 
century royalty, do they have to lord it 
over us? A crowd of them were clus- 
tered around the doors when some 
friends and I were entering Stages. One 



Neo-Romanticism: too much powder? 



of the fops in a Louis XVI outfit belli- 
gerently mouthed: "This is a private 
membership club. Are you gay?" 

Please, honey. Just because I wear 
less powder on my nose doesn't mean I 
don't like to suck dick. Did the axing of 
the guillotine spark this resurgence of 




PAW crew caught candid (clockwise from 
left): Janis Cole, Holly Dale, Aerlyn 
Weissman and Nesya Shapiro. 

bad manners among these new mon- 
archs? If you haven't heard, Neo-Ro- 
mantics are the latest British cultural 
import. The package includes fantasy 
clothes and a cool, cerebral, electronic 
hybrid of rock and disco. It's the aes- 
thetic the Village People are trying so 
desperately to affect, while failing so 
monumentally. Check it out before it's 
yesterday's news... Already in London 
pirates and synthesizers are being 
replaced by zoot suits and Neo-bop. 



them managed the feat. The film, by 
Janice Cole and Holly Dale was a run- 
away hits. One evening talented fashion 
designer Tim Jocelyn and I waited in 
line for an hour; we were turned away 
along with 250 others. In line, we 
bumped into Bruce Glawson, who made 
the award- winning Michael: A Gay Son. 
He was in good spirits, since funding 
for his new film project, a documentary 
examining his relationship with his 
lover, had just come through. 

Tim told us that the premiere of P4W 
was a festive affair that (to a sensitive 
eye) could be mistaken for the annual 
run of Dykes on Bikes. Some of the 
women featured in the film were given 
special leave from the Kingston pen to 
come to Toronto for the occasion. It's a 
scandal that the ballots for the Labatt's 
prize weren't printed up yet, so none of 
the overflow crowd could vote for the 
obvious choice for best of Fest. P4W 
has been picked up by a commercial 
distributor; keep an eye out for it at 
Cineplexes across the country. □ 





AESTHETERA 



•Sharing the Secret, CBC's much- 
criticized effort at a film on gays (TBP, 
Dec/ Jan) is being shown at film 
festivals in Chicago and San Francisco. 

•Fans of Cris Williamson will be happy 
to know that Olivia Records (PO Box 
12064, Oakland CA 94604) has re-issued 
her first studio album (Cris 
Williamson), long a collector's item 
since its original distribution by Ampex. 

Death Trick by Richard Stevenson. St Mar- 
tin's Press. $14.95. 
Don Strachey, the private eye with a 
difference, doesn't bat an eyelash at the 
bloody kitchen-knife slaying of pretty 
and popular New York gay activist 
Steven Kleckner. The terse and tough- 
talking private dick gets wrenched into a 
steaming pit of homophobia and trendy 
Manhattan chit-chat. Murder is nasty, 



but Strachey is nastier. 

Yet another feeble attempt to out- 
Chandler Chandler, this is is a political- 
ly correct mystery which is only 190 
pages long, so it's not such a bad deal. 
Stephen StuckeyD 

George Piatt Lynes: 85 plates with text. 
Twelvetrees Press, Box 188, Pasadena, CA 



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The Lesbian Primer by Liz Diamond. 
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Labiaflowers: A Coloring Book . Draw- 
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Prism by Valerie Taylor. $6.95. Two 
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Anna's Country by Elizabeth Long. 
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Basic Faggot, New York model 



Late in the Season by Felice Picano. 
Delacorte Press, 1981. $16.95. 

Jonathan Lash is the composer of a 
Broadway musical. Not your regular 
Broadway musical, mind you, but a 
"medieval" musical called Lady and the 
Falcon in which the heroine, Fiammetta 
(literally, little flame or flicker — got 
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Picano and his fastidiously detailed novel 

tunes. Jonathan Lash is "besides... so 
handsome, so desirable... sincere and 
comic at the same time, blase but in- 
tensely opinionated, yet never critical of 
anyone." Further (if you need further), 
"He would never — even unconsciously 
— do the wrong thing." His eight-year 
relationship with Dan, celebrated TV 
director, brings out the reluctant 
admiration of Dan's ex-wife Janet: "He 
never used to call me regularly when he 
was away... I suppose that's why you 
two are still together after eight years. 
We didn't last half that long." 

In short, Jonathan Lash is the latest 
Gay Superman, of the New York Faggot 
model. To show you just how much of a 
superman he is, he undertakes an affair 
(a flicker?) with the 18-year-old daugh- 
ter of his neighbours on Long Island, 
where, of course, he owns the perfect 
summer retreat. (Winter finds him 
overlooking Central Park West.) This 
girl, who goes under the tomboyish 
name of Stevie, "creams her jeans," as 
Carole Pope would have it, the first 
time she lays eyes on Jonathan's perfect 
body ("his dark Fine hair encircled each 
tiny cinnamon colored nipple of his 
well-defined chest," etc). In the hands 
of a prose artist of the stature of James 
Baldwin this affair might have been led 



to reveal something interesting about 
the unpredictability of human sexual 
relationships. In this opus, there are 
only one or two brief, clumsy stumbl- 
ings into what their encounter means to 
the two protagonists, and nothing of 
any broader significance. 

One suspects that any more serious 
treatment of the subject would seem 
incongruous with the decor, which is 
described with unfaltering relish. This 
decor is Basic New York Faggot: small 
details are everything. A shirt is 
Lacoste, a coffeemaker is Chemex Drip, 
coffees are Mocha Java or African 
Koola, soap is almond cold cream and 
cheese is Brie. ("Last night Dan had 
smelled of almond cold cream soap, 
chocolate, Brie and lust." In that 
order.) Closets are rosewood, tubs are 
hot tubs and even sunsets are the colour 
of salmon mousse. 

When about half way through the de- 
tails start to diminish, we miss them; 
they have become the only distinguish- 
ing signposts in an otherwise unremark- 
able landscape. They have become com- 
forting, almost, in the face of self- 
conscious symbolism (the "butterfly, its 
beautifully colored wings held tight in 
the grip of a dead sandcrab" motif) 
stretches of effortful description (eg 
sunset, pp 80-81), contrived (not to say 
inept) characterization (Dan is conveni- 
ently Teddy-Bearish or vile-tempered as 
the "plot" demands), and pernicious 
standard-setting (Stevie decides that 
what separates her from the Neander- 
thal ferry-hauler, Matt, is "her commit- 
ment to quality," as exemplified by 
Jonathan). 

Near the end, after a long, revelling 
description of the interior of a chic New 
York restaurant called Balzac's (earlier 
on Stevie borrows a copy of Balzac's 
Fatal Skin from Jonathan's library — a 
connection? Is Late in the Season 
perhaps intended as a treatise on New 
Realism?), the hero lashes out at the 
superficial gay lifestyle it represents. He 
vows to reform — or something — but 
Despair, ie Love in New York Faggot 
terms, wins out. In a scene shamelessly 
derivative (in every aspect but craft) of 
the final scene of Mary Renault's The 
Charioteer, he allows his shit-of-a-lover 
to comfort him. At this moment all we 
can think of is Jonathan's disturbing 
revelation about his possible future with 
Stevie two chapters ago: "There would 
be no longer a shared income — or at 
least if there were, it was unlikely that it 
would be as large as his and Dan's." 
Does Jonathan's closing capitulation 
stem then from his inability to live sans 
the New York Faggot symbols of suc- 
cess — the Long Island retreat, the 
Lacoste shirts, the almond cold cream 
soap? 

I hope Felice Picano is laughing on 
his way to the bank. 

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and drawing assholes with all the virtuosity of a 
Picasso... Sue Golding is active in Toronto's 
Lesbians Against the Right.. Graham 
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with David Earle will be seen this month at Toron- 
to Dance Theatre Don Larventz is the Presi- 
dent of Gayblevision in Vancouver. Barbara 
Halpern Martineau is a Toronto filmmaker, 
writer and teacher Maggie Midd is a new 
member of TBP's reviews/features group Jim 
Monk is chairman of the Coalition for Gay Rights 
m Ontario Phil Shaw is a Toronto arts admin- 
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Frocks but no hots 

I remember attending meetings in 
England of the Gay Liberation Front in 
a church hall in 1971 when the organ- 
ization was at its peak. There was a 
great deal of enthusiasm and meetings 
were packed. There was also a great 
deal of disillusionment, especially on 
the part of those who had summoned 
up the courage to come to their first 
meeting, only to be hit with an indoc- 
trination session consisting of a grating, 
ponderous lecture, full of spleen and 
half-digested Marxism, delivered by a 
hard-faced dogmatist in an army jacket. 
This was not a happy welcome. 

I wondered for a moment if this chill- 
ing greeting was perhaps calculated to 
drive away all but the most determined 
(or the most insensible). No wonder 
GLF collapsed. Its fervid ideological 
gropings and manic outbursts offered a 
less than ideal alternative to the only 
other game in town, the timid, shuf- 
fling, old-line "law reform" outfit 
called the Albany Trust (which sounded 
like something to do with merchant 
banking). 

Aubrey Walter, one of the founders 
of the GLF and now one of the publish- 
ers of England's Gay Men's Press, has 
compiled an anthology of the move- 
ment's newspaper, which was published 
from 1970 to 1973. His introduction to 
Come Together: The Years of Gay 
Liberation 1970-73 ($8.95, Gay Men's 
Press, 27 Priory Ave, London N8 7RN, 
England) provides a valuable overview 
of the early movement from the point 
of view of an intelligent partisan who 
was at the centre of the action (and is 
obviously nostalgic for those bad old 
days). 

There was radical drag ("the frock 
brigade"): "I can very well remember 
one person," Aubrey writes, "who had 
been straight, married and had a kid. 
He was a lecturer at a polytechnic. He 
got into the radical drag thing from hav- 
ing a guilt feeling about being male and 
having been straight, oppressing his 
wife and acting like a real 'man.' He 
would travel around wearing rather 
bizarre clothes, like a short sort of 
crimplene shift frock, rather run-down 
sling-backs, wild long thin hair, fairly 
conventional make-up and a handbag. 
Whenever he went on public transport 
he would be mocked and laughed at by 
people, and threatened and thrown off 
buses. So he developed this really 
aggressive manner of getting on tubes 
and buses, glaring around and threat- 
ening the other passengers first — 
he would also deliver his lectures in 
drag. Everyone thought he was really 
brave." 

This vignette, and not a few of the 
articles collected here, reflect a 
splenetic, frenzied, paranoiac quality 
that seems, after ten years of advances 
and reverses, extremely... well, off- 
putting. Everyone seems to have gone 
around with a chip — or a block — on 
their shoulder, just waiting for someone 
to knock it off. 

"One Saturday evening a group of 
sisters from Gay Lib invaded a 
Women's Liberation social at a pub in 
Cambridge Circus. Our purpose was to 
rap with sisters from London 'Socialist 



Woman' group in the International 
Marxist Group about sexism... we had 
reason to believe they aren't into sexism 
at all, but think of women's struggle as 
nothing more than class struggle. 

"(T)his IMG meeting... suggested to 
us that there is something more (than 
lack of co-ordination) standing in the 
way of unity — pricks. 

"At first we stood in a protective 
clump waiting for some of the women 
to come and talk to us, or at least be 
approachable. But none of them, condi- 
tioned as they are, and conditioned as 
we are, did or were. The whole atmos- 




Compartments 3 by Graham Dean (postcard: 
Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, 36 Chiltern 
Street, London, England W1M1PH 

phere and arrangement of the meeting 
reflected and reinforced this gender 
role-playing. For a start, men outnum- 
bered the women. The women allowed 
themselves to be surrounded — isolated 
and separated from each other — by 
men as if they were objects needing pro- 
tection... The same thing happened to 
us: we were approached by three men 
and it seemed 'anti-social' not to talk. It 
was our first step to paradise — to what 
we now see as the Mind Fuck. They had 
'advanced' from the nitty-gritty physical 
to the sublime plateau of the intellectual 
rape, and we, being so flattered that 
they wanted to talk instead of screw, 
gracefully pulled down our mental 
knickers. We were mind-fucked." 

The impotence the men and women 
of GLF felt is understandable. Less so 
the tone of unreasoning hatred, the 
heavy dose of malicious idealism: "If 
people are going to clear all the sexist 
shit out of their heads once and for all, 
they have to go to the root of the prob- 
lem and destroy the idea of sexual 
attraction," one article declares, going 
on off-handedly to condemn both 
casual sex and romantic love. We are 
left to wonder just how human nature 
was to be eradicated "once and for 
all." How, for example, was the desire 
for privacy to be snuffed out and 
replaced with "nonsexist communal 
love"? 

Come Together is an intriguing book, 
largely because its vision of gay lib- 
eration, which seems so distant now, is 
both idealistic and narrow, exploratory 
and dogmatic. By no means all the arti- 
cles are as repellent as the excerpts 
quoted here, but the collection as a 
whole leaves a bad taste in the 
mouth. 

The book is attractively designed, and 
illustrated with photos and drawings 
from the paper. This reviewer even 
makes an appearance — too small, alas, 
to catch even the most eagle eye.D 



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NOVEMBER 1981 



Friends 



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TRANSVESTITE, Male, 30, S'8", 135 lb, feminine 
features, would like to meet new friends who are in- 
terested in some or all of the following: fashionable 
clothing, good music, fine restaurants, art, 
glamorous makeup, opera, ballet, Broadway, 
theatre, travel, films, costume parties, photography 
and Sunday afternoons exploring the Caledon Hills. 
Would especially enjoy hearing from women. 
Drawer CS93. 

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WE ARE TWO gay women (one artist, one musician) 
who would like to meet other gay women with whom 
we can share mutual interests. Our professional 
demands and unpredictable schedules make it dif- 
ficult to meet women with whom we have something 
in common. We are gregarious, intelligent, offbeat, 
politically left. We enjoy both the sane and the ab- 
surd, but the absurd is more fun. Our interests include 
photography, art, concerts (Jane Olivor to Rough 
Trade), music (The Roaches to The Ramones), danc- 
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tionship — just friendship and /or correspondence 
with gay women. Drawer C585. 

Friends/ male 

International 

DESEO CORRESPONDER con un gayo de America 
Latina, especialmente de Mexico y America Central, 
con objeto de encontrarle, perfectionar y practicar mi 
espafiol y, eventualmente, hucerme albergar y guiar 
par el, durante mi viaje y mi permanencia alia este in- 
vierno. Hablo frances, ingles. Escribir: Yvon 
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GAROTO TROPICAL, 20 anos, com 1 ,75 de altura, 
62 kg, olhos e cabelos castanhos. Gosta de natacab, 
remo, desenho e arte folcl6rica popular. Quer manter 
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serem amigos. Cartas em portugues ou espanhol. 
Martin, Caixa postal 584, Porto Alegre, 90.000, RS 

Brasil. 

HELP! It's not an easy search. I'm looking for a 
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bar scene, hard-working, seeking others to join to 
create small-scale community of individuals stressing 
cooperation. We do not espouse dogmatic collectivist 
philosophy. Not a Walden II. We do believe mutual 
support creates strength. Box 65, McDonald's Cor- 
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get-togethers. Very discreet and straight-appearing. 
Dominant, yet versatile and easygoing. New to city 
and would like to meet other gays in Yukon or NWT 
for friendship, good times, etc. Please write with 
phone number and address. Drawer C528. 



British Columbia 



25, ATHLETIC, HORNY; seeks rough and ready 
couple 25-40 for team sports; amateur willing to be 
coached. Drawer ( 535. 

MAKE ME POSE, strip. Play with me. Am good- 
looking, trim, smooth , defined body. Into exhibi- 
tionism, tits, ass, spanking, light S/M, B/D. Van- 
couver. Drawer C388. 

GOODLOOKING, ATHLETIC businessman. 40. 

hi, seeks young male to 22 years for special relation- 
ship. Must be goodlooking, clean-shaven, slim. 



honest, affectionate, straight-appearing. Prefer if 
working or student. I have a lot to offer as a person. 
Can assist you with an apartment. Reply L.R., Box 
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ARE YOU IN YOUR 30s? Independent but insecure 
because of a sexual problem? Let me be your friend . I 
am 29, mature, understanding and sincere. If you're 
curious and lonely then don't be afraid to write. 
Privacy and confidentiality assured. Sex shouldn't be 

everything. Drawer C573. 

SEXUALLY GAY, socially 50% straight, people 
person; sensuous, intelligent, fun (attractive). Want 
meaningful relation-friendship with me (28-yr-old, 
6'3", 200 lb, Calgary unique male). Sex optional, 
sharing a must, gossip is out, value you & I. Pic ap- 
preciated. Easterners welcome to visit — no bias! 

Drawer C580. 

W / M , 2 1 , 1 25 , 5'9" , mature, lively, outgoing, loving, 
caring, many interests. Looking for W/M 25-35 for 
c riendship and /or possible relationship. Sincere 

replies only. Bob, Drawer C600. 

YOUNG SKI BUM, fair, slim, blue, Banff area, 
wants to meet guys from Rockies, BC, USA, Quebec 
here or there possibly. Prefer good skier/athletic. 
Any race. Photo please. Interested in ski-area job 
anywhere. Drawer C603. 



Saskatchewan 



MASCULINE MALE, trim shape, youthful forties, 
not bad looks, seeks lasting relationship with 
masculine, honest, sensitive man, 30-50. Picture 

please. Drawer C587. 

GWM, 39, DESIRES sincere penfriends 18-40. Pic- 
ture appreciated. Interests: oil-painting, plants. 
Seeking fun, friendship. Ron Oakland, Box 606, 
Eston, SK SOL 1A0. 



Manitoba 



ATTRACTIVE, young-looking Oriental, 24, seeks 
dominant masc / slim guy for friend or ? 2 1 -35 . Photos 
appreciated, must answered. Drawer C574. 

28, SINCERE MALE wants to meet other males for 
permanent relationship. I'm heavy-set but a great 
lover. Anyone who needs help and a home to live in, 

apply. Send photo if possible. Drawer C527. 

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approx two weeks in December. Downtown area near 
Post Office. Reply: T Taylor, Lockport, MB 

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GUY, 42, 5'9", 145 lb, seeks same for love, friend- 
ship. Passionate, sensual. Discreet lifestyle a must. 
Photo appreciated and telephone. Between Tillson- 
burg and London. Drawer C571 . 

HANDSOME, HORNY MALE, 35, 6'2", 185 lb, 
brown hair, blue eyes. Into fitness, swimming, photo- 
graphy, and travel. Looking for goodlooking mascu- 
line versatile males between 21 and 40. Reply with 
frank letter, photo and phone. Toronto to Windsor. 

Drawer CSS1. 

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nese, Blacks, Europeans, Vietnamese also welcome! 
Drawer CS26 

SITTING AROUND weekends alone because you 
hate bars or cruising parks? Same here. If you're 
under 35, easygoing, steadily employed, let's get 
together. I'm 34, no Robert Redford, but honest, 
sincere. Ottawa. Drawer C 531. 

OTTAWA TO PEMBROKE area. Middle-aged male, 
professional, seeks regular, meaningful relationship 
with male 40 to 65. Sexually diverse, open, intelligent. 
Discretion assured . All detailed letters with photo and 
phone answered. Drawer C554. 

ATTRACTIVE, COMMITTED, caring gay W/M 
couple, 36&37, would like to meet other such couples 
in Ottawa area for socializing and fun times. Box 

5682, Postal Station F, Ottawa, K2C 3M1. 

NEW TO OTTAWA, professional, slim, masculine, 
6', 160 lb, early forties, attractive, not into the typical 
gay scenes, interests: music, sports, movies, theatre, 
antiques, quiet times, good friends, entertaining. 
Seeks companion, 30-45, for friendship and possible 
serious relationship. Prefer sincere, honest person 
who is affectionate and stable. Discretion assured. 

Drawer C579. 

PETERBOROUGH: GAY MALE, artist, early 
twenties, 5'9", 150 lb, looking for someone to share 
life with. Must be serious about a one-on-one rela- 
tionship. Interests should include theatre, music, art, 
films, photography, skiing, travelling. Photo would 
help. Discretion assured and expected. All serious 

replies answered. Drawer CS99. 

EAST OF OSHAWA: single, 33-year-old gay male 
wishes to meet single gays in the area. I'm discreet, but 
not timid, masculine, well-adjusted and enjoy life. I'd 
like to meet people who feel good about themselves, 
are independent, open-minded, and like sex. Drawer 
C594. 

MALE, 45, tall, lean. Interested in meeting same or 
younger. Honest and sincere. Discreet lifestyle is a 
must. Drawer C608. 



Ottawa/Montreal 



YOUNG, GOOD LOOKING masculine gay in Mtl- 
Ottawa area looking for young (under 25) man for 
friendship and possible relationship. Will pay ex- 
penses for travelling. Please include photo. 
Drawer C586. 



Montreal 



INTELLIGENT, SENSITIVE, healthy, energetic, 
slightly screwed-up, but resurfacing romantic male 
artist looking for friends. Interests: live perfor- 
mances, movies, photography, good food, 
stimulating conversation, outdoors, the odd boogie 
now and then, new experiences leading to broadened 
horizons. Drawer C609. 

PROFESSIONAL, 52, 5'6", 140 lb, slim, sincere, 
trim body, looking for friends who like older guys 
with young spirit . Many interests. Try me, you 30 and 
up same write HG, Box 244, Succ D, Montreal 
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QUEBEC CITY: Are you the affectionate, warm, 
masculine lover between 30 and 40 who wants a long- 
lasting relationship with that special man you have 
always been looking for? I am a lonely successful pro- 
fessional of 36, 6' 1 " , 1 65 lb, straight-looking, mascu- 
line, athletic, healthy, enthusiastic about lots of 
things, except bars and baths. Write about yourself, I 
will answer immediately (English or French). Confi- 
dentiality requested. Drawer C541. 



Maritimes 



WHITE MALE, 29, seeks kind, sensitive, intelligent 
male for companionship and love. Drawer C567. 



Toronto 



GAY WHITE MALE, 30, 6', 160 lb. Handsome, 
dominant master seeks submissive slave, into erotic 
fantasy, watersports, horny sex. Drawer C522. 
HORNY, SLIM BLOND. 35-year-old male, 6', 135 
lb, seeks large hot dogs to take care of my nice buns. 

Drawer C543. 

GAY MALE MID-40s seeks same for friendship and 
companionship. 1 enjoy music, books, etc and the 
home life above all. I enjoy quiet times sharing with a 

friend. Drawer CS66. 

MALE, 40s, MASCULINE, attractive, sensitive, 
assertive, non-smoker. Seeks like male into sharing 
feelings, one strong, gentle and in need of love, tired 
of random meetings and unafraid of commitment — 
fun to be with in and out of bed. Drawer CS69. 
LEATHER GUY, masculine, looking for lover, com- 
panion, friend. All scenes or straight sex. Versatile, 
no hangups. 41 yrs, 5' II", 1501b. Good head-space. 
Top, but open to suggestions. Preferences are 35-45, 
6' and up, chunky OK. Financially secure and expect 
same. Write: Roy, c/o Montgomery Leathers, Box 

161, Agincourt, ON MIS 3B6. 

YOUNG 40s MALE, intelligent, open-minded, likes 
sharing, receiving, touching, growth. Not afraid to 
take a chance and reach out for new friends. Would 
like to meet masculine males interested in meaningful 

friendship. Drawer C570. 

TIRED OF THE BATHS and bar scene, two 
educated young males seek young youth (any age) to 



include him in the building of our lives together. This 
individual should possess the following attributes: 
neatness, easygoing, intelligent, athletic, energetic, 
loyalty, masculine, a youth of impeccable integrity. 
This could be the perfect situation for the right in- 
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share fun and friendship with a gay white male, 29; 
then please write to me with phone number so we can 
meet. Please write to, RM, PO Box 261 , Stn S, Toron- 
to, M5M 4L7. 

SLAVE AVAILABLE for anything. I am young and 
well-built and love leather, denim, S/M, B/D, W/S 
and anything else. Please send photo and phone. 

Drawer C 576. 

WARM, HUMOROUS Caucasian male, 38, 6', 170 
lb. A handsome, straight-appearing passive Greek 
would like to meet a masculine macho-type man for a 
loving relationship. Like a social drink, smoke etc, 
but most like exciting evenings with lusty friend. 
Phone and photo if possible. Drawer CS77. 

MY PREVIOUS ADS have not been rewarding in my 
search for a butch-type, dominant, husky, hirsute 
male who desires a one-to-one relationship and who 
would like to share a nicely furnished apt. I am a 
45-yr-old gay male who is honest and sincere and fed 
up with the bar scene. Out-of-town replies requested. 
Discretion assured and expected. Photo and phone 

appreciated. Drawer C523. 

GWM, 40, 5'9", 155 lb, attractive, masculine, well- 
educated, non-smoker, tired of bars, etc. Would like 
to meet younger man for possible relationship. 

Photo, phone appreciated. Drawer C564. 

MALE, EARLY 40s, goodlooking and very 
generous, would like to meet younger, well-hung 
black for occasional meeting. Drawer C578. 




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ORIENTAL, LIGHTWEIGHT athletic build, 
young, attractive, seeks young, masculine well-hung 
male, any race. Photo, phone. Box 113,StnB,Toron- 

to, MST 2T3. 

YOUNG MAN, 26 yrs, 125 lb, very muscular build, 
would like to meet same. Please write, will answer all. 

Drawer C581. 

ATTRACTIVE WHITE LATINO, 25, masculine, 
beard, not sophisticated, straight-acting, seeks bud- 
dies. Looking for same (20-35). Beards and 
moustaches an asset. Prefer guys into hiking or some 
cross-country skiing. Not into baths. No drugs. 
Discreet. Phone number please. Drawer C582. 
90 MINUTES out of town (and closet). Visit Toronto 
twice monthly minimum — sometimes weekends, 
sometimes Thursday and Friday. I'm 22, and I still 
like bars, dancing, etc because they're quite new to 
me. I need you to show me the city and, possibly, your 
love. That's more than sex, I also want and will give 
back uninhibited affection, even a simple holding of 
hands, kiss, etc. I'm tall, slim, enjoy fashions to a 
degree, (Levi Strauss stays home while Daniel 
Hechter goes to Toronto), not sure if right person is 
butch, jock, or fern. Mostly interested in meeting, 

loving you. Drawer C583. 

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WELL-HUNG? MASCULINE? Let's get together 
and discover what else we have in common. Am 34, 
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under 35. Photo guarantees answer. Box 7303, Stn A 

Toronto, M5W 1X9. 

FRIENDLY ASIAN, 21-year-old, seeks Oriental 
male under 30 for sincere relationship. Please reply 
with details and phone number. Discretion assured. 

Drawer C589. 

ARE YOU UNDER 30, better than average looking, 
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Explicit letter guarantees fast reply. Photo a must. 

Drawer C562. 

TRANSVESTITE, 32, convinces most people, seeks 
interesting people for going to restaurants, cinemas, 
etc. Sex optional. Phone number appreciated. 

Drawer C563. 

BUSINESSMAN, 33, 6', 180 lb, sincere, affec- 
tionate, responsible, masculine, well-adjusted, seeks 
similar mature male for possible relationship. In- 
terests include theatre, film, travel, music, quiet even- 
ings with friends. Photo appreciated. Discretion 

assured. Drawer C596. 

WHITE MALE, 39, 5'1 1", 1701b, masculine, domi- 



nant, beard and moustache, into denim and leather, 
looking for lifetime, one-to-one commitment of dude 
27 and over. Must enjoy outdoors, home life, friends, 
family ties, theatre and occasional bar scene. Hones- 
ty, act together, no bullshit. Relationship is a chance 
for two people to be very happy and successful. 
Who's man enough, or strong enough to accept such 
a commitment? Drawer C597. 

GUY, 37, 5'8", 145 lb, European background, pro- 
fessional, masculine, goodlooking, like outdoors, 
water, sand, rocks, summer, winter, cars, boats, 
bikes, seek together male with similar interests foi 
one-to-one relationship. Will answer all. Drawer 
C601. 

YOUNG MAN, 6'1", 160 lb, 26 years, looking for 
one man, attractive, masculine, mature, well- 
educated, physically active like myself. Pleasures: 
Berg, Beckmann, Kandinsky, Schoenberg, 
Stockhausen, swing, moustaches, Mallarme, swim- 
ming, weights, a touch of leather. One-nighters: look 
elsewhere. Toronto to London. Drawer C605. 

JEWISH BUSINESS EXECUTIVE. Popular in 
straight community. Would like to share my first in- 
timate relationship with a male who is young, 
goodlooking, affectionate, stable and outwardly 
straight. I'm young 30 yrs, 5'7", 135 lb and enjoy my 
friends, ski chalet, rock music, TSO and quiet nights. 
Confidentiality is important. Box 5866, Stn A, 
Toronto M5W 1P3. 



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SHARE MY CENTRALLY located town house. 
Free for young male in exchange for housekeeping 
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interested in classical music, films. Sense of humour a 
must. Drawer C606. 

LUXURY APT TO SHARE. Mississauga attractive 
male professional in 30s to share apt. Rent includes 
own washroom, cable TV, stereo, dishwasher, free 
use of laundry facilities, air conditioning, spacious. 
30 minutes from downtown. Professional business- 
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CABBAGETOWN APT, 1-bedroom, new reno, 
completely self-contained, parking. $625. 960-1291 
days. 

GRANGE AREA. Three gay men looking for fourth 
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LONDON EAST, professional male, 26, seeking 
younger roommate to share comfortable home near 
Dundas Bus Route. To suit student or working per- 

son. 453-5634 evenings. 

ROOM HOUSE, pleasant accommodation. Write 
Fern Garry, 32 Richmond St, Chatham, ON 
N7M 1N6. 



CARLAW AND QUEEN area offers private 
bachelor apt in house. Also share house, own 
bedroom, with gay male and two dogs. 463-3766. 

Montreal 

MALE, 34, wants to share clean apartment with 
same. Short term, NDG CSL, Montreal West. 
Drawer C592. 



Toronto 



RIVERDALE HOUSE to share with 3rd person. 
Good TTC, laundry facilities, fireplace. $215 in- 

cluding utilities. 463-1569. Keep trying. 

AVENUE ROAD-BLOOR area. Businessman, 38, 
large dog and cat want to share their three-storey, 
four -bedroom house with a discreet, responsible, 
non-smoker. Possible reduced rent in exchange for 
some housekeeping duties. Please write with details of 
yourself and your lifestyle. Drawer C591. 



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to hear from you. 1 hope that our talk of August 10 
didn't take away your respect for me. I would like to 
see you again. Love, Jon. 

THE BLESSINGS OF THE SISTERS 
of Perpetual Indulgence are gratefully 
bestowed upon the Albany Tavern, Together, and 
Bemelperson's for the gracious hospitality shown the 
Sisters of the Toronto Convent recently during the 
consummation of their sacred mission to the com- 
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LOOKING FOR LENNY from BC. Black hair, 
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Montreal in the summer while I was visiting a friend. 
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RANDOLINE: I see you across the hall and my palms 
moisten. Come to me, my melancholy baby. 

Genevieve. 

APOLOGIES TO WORTHY correspondents Bea B, 
Gale C, Ann F, Amy G, Ruth H, and Jannette H for 
unforgiveable delinquency. If I promise to write will 
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OPENLY GAY PSYCHOTHERAPIST. Individu- 
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selling. Confidence guaranteed. Eugene Allen 

Schoentag, 524 Bathurst St. 967-0272. 

"DANCE FOR THE ONE" teaches patience and 
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is an alternative to jazz, modern or ballet. Open all 
doors. Starts Oct 10. Classes Saturdays 1 1 :30 am to 1 
pm, Sundays 11:30 am to 1 pm. Men only Saturday 
please. Contact MacBeck Studios, 337 King St West, 
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Prisoners 



A NOTE TO PRISONERS who wish to have pen-pals 
— Metropolitan Community Church is offering a 
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the church's prison ministry. The address is Prison 
Ministry, 730 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5S 2R4. 



WM, 28, 5'7", possible release date 4/1/84, would 
ike to correspond. Please write to Robert Scott, No 
524655, PO Box 900, Cedar Hall B-l 1, Shelton, WA 
)8584. 

FEDERAL PRISONER seeks correspondence. 
White male, black hair, blue eyes, 6'8", 2201b. Enjoy 
music & books. Will answer all letters honestly. Please 
write Mark D Behring, No03486-073, Box 1000, FCI, 
Oxford, Wl 53952. 

LONELY MALE, AGE 25, in need of friends. Will 
answer everyone. Please write Jim Small, PO Box 

69-161-854, London, OH 43140-0069. 

YOUNG MALE in prison seeks correspondence with 
no-nonsense female. Am blond, blue-eyed, trim & 
muscular. Seven years in, four to go. Write: Les Beke, 

PO Box 22, Kingston, ON K7L 4V7. 

EXTREMELY LONELY male, 5'8", 139 lb, black 
hair, brown eyes, 24 yrs of age, seeking anyone. 
Sincere, honest and desire to share a permanent rela- 
tionship. Wish to plan a future, will answer all letters. 
Clarence Edward Champein, No 151-707, PO Box 

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1 HAVE A WHOLE LOT of love and kindness in my 
heart to share with someone if only given a chance. 
I'm 6' tall, 195 lb, black hair and brown eyes. Please 
write and help alleviate some loneliness. Leon 
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45699. 

I'M A BLACK MALE, 5'8", 150 lb, dark brown 
eyes, black hair, medium build, 26. Hairdresser and 
stylist. Interests include modeling, travelling, singing, 
finding Ms Right, football, boxing, basketball. I 
would like a woman who will stick by me no matter 
what! Frederick Luckett, No 156-525, PO Box 45699, 
Lucasville, OH 45699. 



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NATIONAL/ BINATIONAL 



Mlantic Gay Alliance/Association des Gai(e)s de I'Atlan- 
tique contact GAE (Halifax). FLAG (Fredericton) or North- 
ern Lambda Nord (Western NB). 

Canadian Gay Archives. Box 639. Stn A. Toronto. ON 
M5W 1G2. Ph. (416) 977-6320. 
O Committee to Defend John Damien. Box 608. Stn K. 
Toronto. 0NM4P2H1. 

IDignity/ Canada/ Dignite, Box 1912. Winnipeg. MB 
R3C 3R2 Ph (204) 772-4322 

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG). 730 
Bathurst St. Toronto. ON M5S 2R4. 

Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsex- 
uals (FACT). Box 281. Stn A. Rexdale. ON M9W 5L3. Ph: 
(416)741-7223. 

Integrity (Gay Anglicans and their Friends). Canadian 
regional representative. Box 873. Stn F. Toronto. ON 
M4Y 2N9 Ph: (416) 925-4047. 
interest Group on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology, 
c/o Canadian Psychological Association. 558 King Edward 
Ave. Ottawa. 0NK1N 7N6. 

International Gay Association, secretariat. c/oCHLR. Box 
931. Dublin 4. Republic of Ireland (Eire) 
7 Libertarian Committee on Gay Rights, an arm of the Liber- 
tarian Party of Canada. Box 190. Adelaide St Stn. Toronto. 
0NM5C2J1. 

Ligo de Samseksamaj Geesperantistoj (LSG), gay Esper- 
anto organization. tOOCrerarAve. Ottawa. 0NK1Z 7P2. 
[ New Democratic Party Gay Caucus. Box 792. Stn F. 
Toronto. ON M4Y 2N7. 

Right to Privacy Committee (defence committee for The 
Barracks and other bath raid accused). 730 Bathurst St, 
Toronto. ON M5S 2R4 Donations should be made payable 
to Harriet Sachs in Trust for the RTPC and mailed to the 
above address 

Women's Archives, Box 928. Stn 0. Toronto. ON 
M4T 2P1. 



NOVA SCOTIA: 



Halifax 

The Alternate Bookshop, 1588 Barrington St. 2nd fir. 
Mailing address Box 276. Stn M. B3J 2N7 Ph: 
(902) 423-3830 

Gay Alliance lor Equality Inc (GAE). Box 3611. Halifax 
South Postal Stn. B3J 3K6 Ph: (902) 429-4294. Gay 
helpline (information, referrals and peer counselling): 
(902) 429-6969. Thurs. Fri and Sat. 7-10 pm 

Gay Artists Musicians Entertainers Society (GAMES) of 
Atlantic Canada. Box 3611. South Station. B3J 3K6. 

Gay Youth Society of Halifax (in formation). For informa- 
tion, call GAE helpline or write c/o The Alternate Bookshop 

Gays and Lesbians at Dalhousie (GLAD), c/o SUB (Stu- 
dent Union Building). Dalhousie University 

Lesbian Drop-In 2nd and 4th Fn of every month. 1225 
Barrington St. Info 429-4063. Music and conversation. 

Live and Let Live Group (AA). Box 1234N. B3K 5H4. 
Gays welcome Meets Thurs. 8:30 pm in Rm 21 . 5211 
Blowers St 

Sparrow of Atlantic Canada. Gay Christians, meet every 
Sunday at 8 pm. at the Universalis! Unitarian Church. 5500 
Inglis St Mailing address: Box 3611. Halifax South Postal 
Stn. B3J 3K6 Sparrow coffeehouse every Sunday at The 
Turret Call Gaylme (429-6969) or GAE (429-4294) or The 
Turret (423-6814) for dates and times. 

The Turret Gay Community Centre. 1588 Barrington Si 
Ph (902)423-6814 Mailing address Box 361 1 . Halifax 
South Postal Sin. 83J 3K6 



NEW BRUNSWICK i 

Fredericton 

Fredericton Lesbians and Gays (FLAG). Box 1556. Stn A. 
Ph (506)457-2156 

Moncton 

Metropolitan Community Church. Box 2362. Stn A. 
E1C 8J3 Ph (506) 372-4717 

Western NB 

Northern Lambda Nord. Box 990. Caribou. Maine 04736 
USA Serving Western NB and Northern Maine (Mada- 
waska/Victona/Carlton. NB. Timiscouata. Quebec, and 
Aroostook. Maine) (207) 496-0188 



QUEBEC: 



Charlevoix 

Association pour les droits des gais de Charlevoix 
(ADGC) CP724. Clermont. Comtide Charlevoix. GOT 1C0 
Ph (418)439-2080 

Hull 

Association Gate del Quest Ouebecois (AGOO). CP 1215. 
Succ B. J8X 3X7 Ph (819) 778-1737 

Lennoxville 

Gay Students Alliance (GSA). Box631. Bishops Umver- 
sity/Champlam Regional College. JIM 1Z7 

Montreal 

Aide aux travesties et transsexuelles du Quebec CP363. 
SuccC. H2L 4K3 Ph (514)521-9302 
Alpha Kira Fraternity CP 153, Succ Victoria. H3Z 2V5 



Association communautaire homosexuelle de I'Universite 
de Montreal. 3200. Jean-Bnllant. Local 1267. Pav Lionel 
Groulx des sciences sociales, Universite de Montreal. 
H3T 1N8. Ph:(514) 737-0553. Office hours: Mon 12-3 pm, 
Wed 7-11 pm in room 1279 of the same building. 

Association des bonnes gens sourds. CP 764. Succ R. 
H2S 3M4. 

Association pour les droits de la communaute gaie du 
Quebec (ADGQ). CP36. SuccC. H2L 4J7. Bureau: 263 est 
rue Samte-Cathenne. 2eetage. Ph: (514)843-8671. 

Comite de soutien aux accuses de Truxx, a/s 1217 rue 
Crescent, H3G 2B1. Ph: (514)866-2131. 
[ Contact-t-nous. gay VD service, information and referral. 
Ph: (514) 861-6753. 

Coop-Femmes. CP223, Succ Delorimier, H2H 2N6. Ph: 
(514)843-8998. 

r Dignity/Montreal, Newman Centre, 3484 rue Peel, 
H3A 1W8. Ph: (514) 392-6741. 
OEglise Communautaire de Montreal, Montreal Community 
Church, CP610. Succ NDG, H4A 3R1. Ph: (514) 
845-4471. 

Fe" deration canadienne des transsexuels, 16rueViau, 
VaudreuilJ7V 1A7. 

I Femmesgaiesalecoute, (514) 933-5789 
OGaiicoute, ligne telephonique pour francophones. 
1900h-2300h tous les soirs. Ph: (514) 937-1447 
(hommes), 933-5789 (femmes). 
OGay Health Clinic, Montreal Youth Clinic/Clinique des 
Jeunes de Montreal. 3465 Peel Street. H3A 1X1. Ph: (514) 
842-8576 General practice. Mon-Fn. 9-5pm; open until 
8pm Mon & Fn only. Closed daily 12:30- 1 :30pm. 
OGay Into, CP610, Succ NDG, H4A 3R1. Ph: (514) 
486-4404, Thurs and Fri, 7-11 pm. 24-hr recorded 
message at other times. 

OGayline, (514) 931-8668 or 931-5330. 7 days a week, 
7-11 pm. 

OGay Men and Women of McGill, University Centre, Rm 
408, 3480 rue McTavish, H3A 1X9. Meets Thurs, 7:30pm, 
Rm 425. 

OGay Social Services Project, 5 rue Weredale Park, West- 
mount H3Z 1Y5. Ph: (514) 937-9581. 
OGay Women's Into Line, (514) 931-5330. 
OLambda Youth League/ 'Ligue Jeunesse Lambda, c/o Gay 
Social Services Project. 5 Weredale Park, Westmount 
H3Z 1Y5. Friday and Saturday meetings. Call Gaylme for 
into. 

Olntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends, c/o 305 
avenue Willibrord. Verdun H4G 2T7. Ph: (514) 766-9623. 
OLesbian and Gay Friends ol Concordia, 1455 ouest boul 
de Maisonneuve. H3G 1M7. Ph: (514) 879-4500 from 9 am 
to 5 pm. 

OLibrairie lAndrogyne/ Androgyny Bookstore, 1217 rue 
Crescent, H3G 2B1. Ph: (514) 866-2131. 

Ligue Lambda Inc. CP701, SuccN, H2X 2N5. Into: 
(514) 843-5889. Alain ou Jacques. 
ONaches: Montreal's Gay Jewish Group, CP298, Succ H, 
H3G2K8.Ph: (514) 488-0849. 
[ Older Gays Group, meets 1st and 3rd Wed each month, at 
5 rue Weredale Park, Westmount H3Z 1 Y5. Ph: (514) 
937-9581. ext238. for info. Ask for Barry. 
OParents of Gays, a/s CP610. Succ NDG, H4A 3R1. Ph: 
(514)486-4404. 

Pro-cathtdrale du disciple bien-aimi, 4376 de la Roche, 
H2J 3J1. Ph: (514) 279-5381 ou 525-5245. 

Productions 88, CP 188, SuccC, H2L 4K1. Television 
program Cote a cote, Mon 10 pm and Thurs 1 1 pm, Chan- 
nel Radio program on CIBL-FM, 104.5 MHz, Wed 7:30 
pmandonCINO-FM. 102.3 MHz. Thurs 10 am. 

Travesties a Montreal, social support tor Iransvestites, 
CP 153. Succ Victoria. H3Z 2V5 Ph. (514) 486-4404 
(Thurs and Fri only). 

Triangle du collective rose. CP 434, Succ La Salle, 
H8X 3X4 

United Church Gays ol Quebec, CP471. Succ La Cite. 
H2W 2N9. 

Women s Information and Referral Centre, 3585 rue 
Saint-Urbam. H2X 2N6. Open Mon-Fn, 9am-5pm, Tues 5 
pm-9pm Ph: (514)842-4781. 

Quebec 

Centre Homophile d Aide et de Liberation (CHAL), CP 

596, Succ Haute-Ville. G1R4R8. Bureau: 175 rue Pnnce- 
Edouard Ph: (418)525-4997. 

Groupe gai de I'Universite' Laval (GGUL). CP 2500, 
Pavilion Lemieux, Cite universitaire, Sle-Foy, G1K7P4 

Le Groupe Unigailnc, CP 152, Succ Haute-Ville 
G1R 4P3 Social and cultural activities. 

1 Heure Gaie. Pavilion De Komnck. Cite' Universitaire, 
SamteFoy Radio program CKRL-FM, 89. 1 MHz. Thurs 
7 pm. 

Ligue Mardi-Gai. Ph: (418) 524-2219, Richard Huot. 

Paroisse Saint-Robert (Eglise calholique euchanslique), 
685. Cote Franklin. G1M 2L9 Ph: (418)688-5564 

Telegai. (418)522-2555 Gay into. Tues-Sal. 7-11 pm 
Recorded message rest of time 

Sherbrooke 

L Association pour I ipanouissement de la communauti 
gaie de I'Estrie (L ACGE) a/s Michel Rondeau. 43 rue Hall 
J1G 1V2. 



ONTARIOi 



Provincial 

Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO). Box 822. Stn 
A. Toronto M5W 1G3 Ph. (416)533-6824 

Ontario Gay Teachers ' Caucus. 730 Bathurst Si. Toronto 
M5S 2R4 Info Terry Philips at (416) 486-5742 



Georgetown 

Georgetown Gay Friends. Box 223, L7G 4T1. 
Ph: (416) 877-0228. 

[ Homophiles of Halton Hills (HHH), 35 Lynden Circle, 
L7G 4Y7. (416) 877-5524. Drop-ins every Wed. 

Guelph 

OGuelph Gay Equality, Box 773, N1H 6L8. Gaylme: (519) 
836-4550. 24 hrs. 

OGuelph Gay Youth Group, Into: (519) 836-4550. Mon, 
Wed and Thurs, 8-10 pm. 

Hamilton 

OGay Fathers of Hamilton, offers support, advice, and pot- 
luck suppers twice a month. Call Gaylme for meeting places 
and times. 

OGayline Hamilton, information on all groups and activities, 
and peer counselling. Ph: (416)523-7055 Wedthrough 
Sun, 7- 1 1 pm. 

OGay Women of Hamilton, support group. Call Gayline for 
meeting places and times. 

OHamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS), a meeting of men 
and women, young and old, with discussions and speakers 
on topics of community interest. Meetings on alternate 
Wednesdays, Rm 607, Chester New Hall, McMaster Univ- 
ersity, 7:30 pm. Call Gayline for further information. 
ULambda Gay Youth of Hamilton, support group. Call 
Gayline for meeting places and times. 
OAddress tor all Hamilton groups listed above: Box 44, 
Stn B, L8L 7T5. 

Kingston 

OQueen's Women's Centre, 51 Queen's Crescent, 
Queen's University, K7L 2S7. Ph: (613) 542-5226. 
OQueen's Homophile Association, Student Affairs Centre, 
51 Queen's Crescent, Queen's University, K7L 2S7. Ph: 
(613) 547-2836. 

Kitchener/Waterloo 

OFoundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsex- 
uals (FACT), Box 1497, Stn C, Kitchener N2G 4P2. 
OGayAA, Ph: (519) 742-6183. 
OGay Liberation of Waterloo (GLOW), c/o Federation of 
Students, University of Waterloo, Waterloo N2L 3G1. Ph: 
(519)884-GL0W. 

OGay News and Views, radio programme, Tues and Wed, 
6:15 pm, CKMS-FM, 94.5 MHz, 105.7 MHz cable. 
OGay Rights Organization ol Waterloo, Box 2632. Stn B, 
Kitchener N2H6N2. 

Kitchener/Waterloo Gay Media Collective. Box 2741, Stn 
B. Kitchener N2H 6N3. 

OKitchener-Waterloo Gay Youth, c/o Federation of 
Students, University of Waterloo. Waterloo N2L 3G1. 
OLeaping Lesbians, radio programme, Thurs, 6 to 8 pm, 
CKMS-FM. 94.5 MHz. 105.7 MHz cable. 
OLesbian Organization of Kitchener (LOOK), Box 2422, 
Stn B, Kitchener N2H 6M3. 

London 

OFoundation for the Advancement ol Canadian Transsex- 
uals (FACT), Box 4724. Stn D, N5W 5L7. Ph: (519) 
644-1061. 

OGay Youth London, c/o HALO. Meets every Thurs at 
7:00 pm. 2nd floor, 649 Colbourne St. 
OGayline, Ph: (519) 679-6423. Info 24 hrs/day. Peer 
counselling Mon and Thurs, 7-10 pm. 

Homophile Association ol London. Ontario (HALO), 649 
Colborne St, N6A 3Z2. Ph: (519) 433-3762. Coffee House: 
Sun, Mon, 7-10 pm. Disco/Bar: Fri, Sat, 9 pm -1:30 am. 
I Metropolitan Community Church, Box 4724, Stn D, 
N5W 5L7. Services Sundays at 7pm at Unitarian Church, 
29 Victoria St. Singspiration 7:15 pm, services 7:30 pm. 

Western Gay Association, c/o University Community 
Centre, University ol Western Ontario. Ph: (519) 679-6423. 

Mississauga/ Brampton 

( MEM: Gay Community Outreach, Box 62, Brampton 
L6V 2K7. 

I iGayline West, Ph: (416)274-5068. Peer counselling 
telephone service. 

Niagara Region 

Gayline Ph: (416) 354-3173. 
I IGay Unity Niagara. Box 692, Niagara Falls L2E 6V5. 
I \Gay Trails, tor lesbians and gay men who enjoy hiking. 
Day and overnight trips planned. Visitors welcome. Write 
Gay Trails, Box 1053, Mam PO, St Catharines, L2R 7 A3, or 
call (4 16) 685-6431 before 9 am. 

North Bay 

I Caring Homosexuals Association ol North Bay (CHANB). 

Box 649. Callander POH 1H0. Ph: (705)476-3080. 

Ottawa 

I Signify /Ottawa/ 'Digniti, Box 2102. StnD, K1P5W3. 

Gay People at Carleton. c/o CUSA, Carlelon University. 
For more information call (613) 237-1717 

Gays of Ottawa/ Gais de I'Outaouais, Box 2919. Sin D. 
KIP 5W9. GO Centre: 175 LisgarSt. Gayline: (613) 
238-1717. Office: (613) 233-0152 

Gay Youth Ottawa/ Hull/ Jeunesse Gai(e)d 'Ottawa/ 'Hull 
may be contacted al the same address and phone number 
as Gays of Ottawa. Meetings/drop-ins, Wed. 8 pm, 175 
Usgar St. 

Integrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends, SI George 's 
Anglican Church, 152 Metcalfe St. K2P 1N9 Ph:(613) 
235- 1636 Meeting and Eucharist every second Wed (2nd 
and 4th Weds of month), 7:30 pm, at St George s Church. 

Lesbiennes et gais du campus/ Lesbians and Gays on 
Campus, c/o SFUO, 85 rue Hasley Street. K1N 6N5. 



OMetropolitan Community Church, Box 868. Stn B 
K1P 5T1. Ph: (613) 235-3438. 
OParents of Gays, Box 9094, K1G 3T8. 

Sarnia 

OGay Alliance of Sarnia-Port Huron (GASP), Box 642. 
Sarnia N7T 7J7. 

Sudbury 

OSudbury Lesbians and Gays (SLAG). Box 395. Stn B, 
P3E 4P6. (705)675-5711. 

Thunder Bay 

ONorthern Women's Centre, 316BaySt, P7B 1S1. Ph: 

(807) 345-7802. 

OGays of Thunder Bay (GTB), Box 2155, StnP, P7B 1S4. 

Ph: (807) 345-8011 Wed and Fn, 7:30-9:30 pm. Recording 

other times. 

OGay Youth Thunder Bay. c/o GTB. Meetings 1st and 3rd 

Mondays of each month, 7:30 pm. 

Toronto 

For information on groups in Toronto, check the Community 
section in Out in The City, which begins on page 22. 

Windsor 

OGayAA. Ph: (519)258-7967. 
Olntegrity/Gay Anglicans and their friends, c/o Box 7002, 
Sandwich Postal Sta, N9C 3Y6. Ph: (519) 252-0979. 
OLesbian and Gay Students on Campus (LGSC), c/o 

Students ' Activities Council. Univ of Windsor. 
Ph: (519) 252-0979. Rap sessions weekly. 
OWindsor Gay Unity, Box 7002, Sandwich Postal Stn. 
N9C 3Y6. Gayline: (519) 252-0979. 



MANITOBA 



Provincial 

Manitoba Gay Coalition. Box 27. UMSU. Univ of Manitoba, 
Winnipeg R3T 2N2. 

Brandon 

OGay Friends of Brandon, Box 492, R7A 5Z4. Ph: (204) 
727-4046. 

Winnipeg 

OFamiliesolGays. Box 27. UMSU. Univ of Manitoba, 

R3T 2N2. Ph: (204) 783-4549. 

OCouncil on Homosexuality and Religion, Box 1912, 

R3C 3R2. 

ODignity/Winnipeg, Box 1912, R3C3R2. 

OGayAA New Freedom Group, contact can be made via 

' Manitoba Central Office. ' ' 521 St Mary's Rd, R2M 3L3, 

or ph: (204) 233-3508. 

OGayAIAnon Group. Info: (204) 269-8678. 

OGays tor Equality, Box 27, UMSU, Univ of Manitoba. 

R3T 2N2. Ph: (204) 269-8678. 

OManitoba Physicians for Homosexual Understanding, Box 

3911. Sin B.R2W5H9. 

OOscar Wilde Memorial Society. Box 2221. R3C 3R5. 

Variety of social, cultural and educational activities. 

OProject Lambda, Inc, gay community services, Box 3911, 

SWB.R2W5H9. 

Winnipeg Gay Media Collective. Box 27, UMSU, UofM, 
R3T2N2. Ph:(204) 269-8678. Produces "Coming Out," 
weekly half-hour cablecasl (Sat, 6 pm, Channel 13W). 
OWinnipeg Gay Youth, Box 27, UMSU, Univ of Manitoba, 
R3T2N2.Ph: (204) 269-8678. 
OWinnipeg Lesbian Society, 730 Alexander SI. Ph: (204) 
786-4581. 

I lUniversity ol Winnipeg Gay Students Association. Info: 
(204) 269-8678. 



SASKATCHEWAN^ 



Provincial 

\Gay Rights Subcommittee, Saskatchewan Association for 
Human Rights, 305- 116 3rd Ave S, Saskatoon. 
(306) 244-1933. 

OOne Loaf, lesbians and gays in the United Church in 
Saskatchewan, 2-1805 Rae St, S4T2E3. 
I Saskatchewan Gay Coalition, Box 7508, Saskatoon 
S7K 4L4. 

Battleford 

f Battklord Gay Community, c/o Box 401. Saskatoon. 
S7K 3L3. 

Carrot River 

OCarrot River Gays, c/o Box 401, Saskatoon, S7K 3L3. 

FortQu'Appelle 

\ IDignity for Gay Catholics and Friends, Box 1375, Fort 
Qu'Appelle, SOG 1S0. 

Prince Albert 

OPrince Albert Gay Community Centre, Box 1893, 
S6V 6J9. 1-24 10th St, E. (306) 922-4650. Phone line 
Mon-Thurs, social evenings Fri-Sat. 

Regina 

OGay Regina, a political action group, c/o 2069 Broad St, 
S4P 1Y4. Ph: (306) 522-7343. For info concerning social 
functions, contact Rumours. 
ORegina Women 's Community and Rape Crisis Centre. 
219-1810 Smith SI, S4P 2N3. (306) 522-2777. 352-7688. 
l]Rumours (gay community centre), 2069 Broad SI (back 
door), S4P 1Y4. Ph: (306) 522-7343. Counselling and in- 
formation Tues and Sal. 7:30-9:00 pm. Socials Thurs, Fri 
and Sal evenings. 

Saskatoon 

C IGay Academic Union, c/o Box 7508, S7K 414. 

\ IGay Community Centre, Box 1662, S7K 3R8. 245-3rd 

Ave South Ph: (306) 652-0972 

\Gay History Project, c/o Our History. Box 7508, 
S7K 414. 



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NOVEMBER 1981 



Grapevine, a group ol Christian and Jewish gays. Ph: 
(306) 343-5963. 

OLesbian Caucus, Saskatoon Women s Liberation, Box 
4021. S7K 3T1. 

OLutherans Concerned, Box 8187, S7K 6C5. 
OSaskatoon Lesbians, c/o Box 7508, S7K 4L4. 

Saskatoon Women's Liberation, Box 4021, S7K 3T1. 
OStubble Jumper Press, 21-303 Queen St. S7K 0M1. 

West Central Region 

OWest Central Gays, c/o Box 401, Saskatoon S7K 3L3. 



ALBERTA^ 



Provincial 

OAlberta Lesbian and Day Rights Association (ALGRA). 

Box 1852, Edmonton T5J 2P2. 

Calgary 

Dignity/Calgary. Box 1492, Stn T, T2H 2H7. Ph: (403) 
269-7542 or 282-0574 (evenings only). 

Foundation tor the Advancement of Canadian Trans- 
sexuals. 8-330 23 Avenue SW. Ph: (403)233-7360. 

Gay Academic Union, Student Clubs, MacEwan Hall, 
Univ of Calgary. T2NIN4. 

OGay Information and Resources Calgary (GIRC), Old Y 
Bldg. Suites 317-323. 223 12 Ave SW. T2P 0G9 Ph: (403) 
264-3911. Information and counselling Mon-Fri, 7-10 pm. 
Socials, discussion groups, newspaper, gay rights action. 
Mailing address: Box 2715. Stn M, T2P 3C1. 
Olntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends, c/o Box 1492, 
Stn I T2H 2H7. 

OLesbian Friendship, Box 6093. Stn A. Ph: (403) 
238-0140. evenings. 

^Metropolitan Community Church, Box 6945, Stn D, 
T2P 2G2. Ph: (403) 277-4004. Services Sundays at 11:30 
am at Backlot Theatre. 

Parents ol Gays and Lesbians, c/o GIRC, Box 2715, Stn 
M, T2P 3C1. Ph: (403) 252-8727. 
ORight to Privacy Committee, PO Box 2943, Stn M, 
T2P 3C3. Into on gays and the law. legal referrals. 
OWomyn's Collective, c/o GIRC, Box 271 5, Stn M, 
T2P3C1.Ph: (403) 267-3098 

Edmonton 

Dignity/ Edmonton, Box 53. T5J 2G9. 

Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE), Box 1852. 
T5J 2P2 Office: 10173-104 St. Ph: (403) 424-8361. 

Metropolitan Community Church, Box 1312, T5J 2M8 
Ph: (403)482-4213. 
OPrivacy Defence Committee, c/o Box 1852, T5J 2P2 

Lethbridge 

OLethbridge Gay Community Centre, c/o GIRC, Box 2715, 
Stn M, Calgary. AB T2P 3C1 

Medicine Hat 

OMedicine Hat Gay Community Centre, c/o GIRC, Box 
2715, Stn M. Calgary, AB T2P 3C1. 

Red Deer 

Gay Association of Red Deer (CARD), Box356, T4N 5E9. 



BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Provincial 

Z2Gays and Lesbians in the United Church in BC, PO Box 
46586. Stn G. Vancouver V6R 4G8. (604) 734-5355. Sup- 
port group and educational resources. 

Rural Lesbian Association. RR I. Box6. Ruskin. BC 
VOM 1R0. 

Kamloops 

OThe gay group in this city can be contacted by writing to 
Box 3343. V2C 6B9 Into, peer counselling, meet friends. 

Kelowna 

Okanagan Gay Organization. Box 1165. Stn A, Kelowna 
V1Y 7P8 Mutual support The group can be contacted 
directly by phone through the Kelowna Crisis Centre 

Nelson 

The gay group here can be contacted by writing: 
Woodland. Box 326. Nelson. V1L 5R2. 

Prince Rupert 

The gay group in this city can be reached by writing to 
Box 881. V8J3YI 

Revelstoke 

Lothlorien Box 2054, VOE 2S0 Info, counselling 

Vancouver 

Archives Collective, Box 3130, MPO, V6B 3X6 
Coming Out (Gay Radio), c/o Vancouver Cooperative 
Radio. 337 Carratl St. V6B 2J4 Thurs at 6:30 pm, 102 7 
MHz FM. 

Dignity/Vancouver. Box 3016. V6B3X5 Ph: (604) 
684-78 10. 

GayAA. (604) 733-4590 (men). (604)929-2585 
(women) 
Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the BC NOP. (604) 669-5434 
Gayblevision. TV show produced by gay people about gay 
life, culture and art Regular monthly and special pro- 
grammes 837BidwellSl. V6G2J7 Ph (604)689-5661 
Gay Bridge Club, c/o Bert Curry. (604) 684-3564 
Gay Festival Society. Box 34397, Stn D. V6J 4P3 
Gay/Lesbian Law Association. Faculty of Law. University 
ol British Columbia, Vancouver 

Gay People ol Simon Eraser, c/o Student Society. Simon 
Eraser University. Burnaby V5A 1S6 Ph (604)291-3181 
or 291 3111 

Gay People ol UBC Box 9. Student Union Bldg. Univer- 
sity ol British Columbia. V6T 1W5 Ph (604) 228-6781 or 
228-4638 Meetings every Thurs at 12 30 pm in SUB 
207/209 



OHachug. Jewish gay group. Box 69406, V5K 4W6. 

Olntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends. Box 34161. 

Stn D. V6J4N1. Ph: (604)732-0412. 

OLesbian and Feminist Mothers Political Action Group, c/o 

2766 W 4th Ave. Ph: (604) 734-1016. 

OLesbian and Gay Health Sciences Association, c/o Gay 

People of UBC. Box 9. Student Union Bldg. UBC. V6T 1W5. 

OLesbian Information Line. 1501 W Broadway. (604) 

734-1016. Sunday and Thurs. 7-10 pm. 

OLesbian Resistance, c/o Vancouver Status ol Women, 

400A West 5th Ave. V5Y 1J8. 

OThe Lesbian Show, Co-op Radio. 337 Carrall St. 

V6B2J4. 102.7 MHz FM. Thurs at 7:30 pm. 

Metropolitan Community Church. Box 5178. V6B 4B2. 
Ph: (604)681-8525. Services 7:30 pm Sundays, at 181 1 
West 16th Ave. 

OParentsA Friends ol Gays. (604) 987-6027 or 988-7786 
ORights ol Lesbians. Box 24687. Stn C. (Subcommittee ol 
BC Federation ol Women.) 

OSEARCH Community Services. 24-448 Seymour St. 
V6B3H1.Ph: (604)689-1039. 
OSEARCH Youth Group, c/o SEARCH. 24-448 Seymour 
St, V6B 3H1. 

OSociety lor Education, Action, Research and Counselling 
in Homosexuality (SEARCH), Box 48903, Bentall Centre, 
V7X 1A8. 

OSociety for Political Action for Gay People (SPAG), Box 
2631, Main PO, V6B 3W8. Ph: James Trenholmeat 
(604) 224-7738 or Vince Manis at 435-7376 Meets 1st 
and 3rd Thurs ol every month at the Shaggy Horse. 818 
Richards St. 

OStage DoorJohnies (Theater Group). Ph: (604) 
738-2710. 

OVancouver VD Clinic. Prov Health Lab. 828 W 10th Ave 
(near Vancouver Gen Hosp). Ph: (604) 874-2331 (220). 
OVancouver Gay Community Centre (VGCC), Box 2259, 
MPO, V6B 3W2. Ph: (604) 253-1258. 
OWest-End Community Volleyball, c/o 201-1263 Nicola, 
V6G 2E8. Ph: (604) 687-6174. 
OWomen in Focus. 204-456 WBroadway. V5Y 1R3. Ph: 
(604) 872-2250. 

OYoung Gay People, c/o 28-448 Seymour St. Ph: (604) 
689-1039. 

OYounger Lesbian Drop-In. 4-45 Kingsway. Ph: (604) 
874-0994. 7:30 Tues. 

Zodiac Fraternal Society. Box 33872, Stn D, V6J 4L6. 

Victoria 

OFeminist Lesbian Action Group (FLAG), Box 237, Stn E, 

V8W 2M6. 

OGay Men 's Discussion Group, meets twice a month. Call 

Need lor time and place. 

ONeed (Victoria Crisis Une). Ph: (604) 383-6323, 24 hrs a 

day. Some gay into available. 

OSociety lor Homosexual Awareness, Research and 

Education (SHARE), c/o A Corry, 404-1220 Pandora Ave, 

V8V3R4. 

OUniversity of Victoria Gay Focus. Student Union Bldg. U 

of Victoria. Box 1700. V8W 2Y2. 

OWAVES, Rights ot Lesbians Subcommittee. Box 237. Stn 

E. V8W 2M6. 



PUBLICATIONS^ 



After Stonewall, Box 7763, Saskatoon, SK. 

LeBerdache, CP36. SuccC. Montreal. PQH2L 4J7. Ph: 
(514)843-8671. 

OThe Body Politic. Box 7289, Stn A, Toronto, ON 
M5W 1X9. Ph: (416) 977-6320. 
OFLAGMAG, POBox 1566, Stn A, Fredericton, NB 
E3B 5G2 

OGay Niagara News, Box 692. Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V5. 
OGay Saskatchewan, Box 7508, Saskatoon, SK. 
ODO Info, Gays of Ottawa/Gais de IVutaouais, Box 2919, 
Stn D.Ottawa. ON KIP 5W9. 
OHave You Heard?, Box 3611, Halifax South Postal Stn, 
Halifax. NS B3J 3K6. 

International Justice Monthly. c/oRR4, Harrow, ON 
NOR 1G0. 

Lesbians/ Lesbiennes. Box 2531. StnB. Kitchener. ON. 

Making Waves: An Atlantic Quarterly lor Lesbians and 
Gay Men. Box 8953, Station A. Halifax, NS 83K 5M6. 
OOut and About, Box 3911, Stn B, Winnipeg R2W 5H9. 
I .Sparrow ol Atlantic Canada, Atlantic Christian Newslet- 
ter. Box 3611. Halitax South Postal Stn, Halifax, NS B3J 
3K6. 

OThunderGay, write: GTB, c/o Box 2155, Thunder Bay, 
ON. 

VGCC News, Vancouver Gay Community Centre Society, 
Box 2259, Mam Post Office. Vancouver. BC V6B 3W2. 
(604)253-1258. 

Wilde Times. Oscar Wilde Memorial Society. Box 2221. 
Winnipeg MB. R3C 3R5. 



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and Quebec which primarily direct themselves 
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sion. It 's also a way to let people in your part ol the 
country know what's happening. It's a way to help 
get others involved. 

But the information provided here is pretty 
sketchy. We 'd like to be able to say more about 
who you are and the kind ol work you 're doing — 
but we can t unless you tell us Send us more infor- 
mation about your group — and please, please. 
send pictures. Help us show the laces that go with 
all these names. 

Write with your ideas — or simply to inform us 
about new listings or changes in old ones — to TBP 
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Here's how you can contribute: 

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PDC) and send it to us at Box 1852, Edmonton, 
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NOVEMBER 1981 



THE BODY POLITIC/45 



J J n February, we asked readers of 
The Body Politic to make a few con- 
fessions about themselves and their 
opinions of this magazine. More than 500 
people answered, many in great detail, 
and we've been reading, counting and 
calculating ever since. 

Two months ago in our September is- 
sue, we published the first report on the 
results, concentrating on questions read- 
ers answered about themselves — sex, 
age, education, work, opinions on reli- 
gion and politics — and detailing where 
responses had come from. This report, 
second in a series of three, focusses on the 
ways readers have come in contact with 
TBP, on who else they think the magazine 
is — and isn't — reaching, on what other 
publications they read and what they 
think of The Body Politics handling of 
news, reviews, feature articles and adver- 
tising. 

In a future report, we'll take a look at 
what readers say about the effects TBP 
has had on how they deal with being gay, 
and at suggestions for improving the 
magazine. 

REACHING -AND MISSING 
- POTENTIAL READERS 

The first thing we asked readers back in Feb- 
ruary was how they first became aware of The 
Body Politic. More than one fifth could not re- 
member; quite a few noted that their first con- 
tact had been years ago. One man neatly turned 
the question back on us: " How did you first be- 
come aware of homosexuals?" 

From those who could remember, wediscov- 
ered that 29% of the men and 41 % of the wom- 
en first found out about the magazine from 
friends. The next largest group, 24% on aver- 
age, discovered TBP for themselves at a book- 
store or on a newsstand; some of those answer- 
ing from the US and overseas remembered first 
seeing it on a trip to Canada. Ten percent found 
out about it through their local gay group; an- 
other tenth through TV or radio reports or arti- 
cles in other media — especially those about the 
raid and trial following our publication of 
"Men Loving Boys Loving Men" in 1977. 

Fewer than 2% had discovered The Body 
Politic through an ad in another magazine or 
newspaper. Clearly, the best promotion we 
have is the word of people who already read 
TBP and who let their friends know about it. 

Fear of subscribing? 

Most readers of The Body Politic buy the 
magazine at a newsstand or bookstore; only a 
quarter of our circulation is sold through sub- 
scriptions. We asked people who buy all or 
most issues at stores why they don't subscribe. 

In Toronto, the reasons most commonly giv- 
en were speed and convenience. Dozens of 
stores in the city stock TBP, so it 's easy to go get 
a copy as soon as it hits the stands. Elsewhere 
people cited the cost of subscriptions (especial- 
ly in the US), the unreliability of the post office 
(the Canadian post office, one American read- 



er was careful to specify), the fact that they 
move too often, like supporting their local 
bookstore or felt good asserting their gayness 
by buying the magazine in public. 

But for a fifth of those who don't subscribe, 
the biggest factor was fear. Nearly 50 of those 
who answered said they didn't want to receive a 
gay magazine in the mail, or that they were wor- 
ried about everyone from the nosey local post- 
master to their roommates or parents seeing it. 
Twenty-eight said specifically that they were 
afraid to have their name on TBP's mailing list 
— a fear increasingly reported since the 1977 
raid on our office, during which subscription 
lists were seized. 

One man , in answer to a later question asking 
what he'd like to see less of in TBP, said, "Ads 
that frighten people in the closet — seep. 35." 
Our subscription ad on that page blared: 
"WE'D LOVE TO SEND THE BODY POLITIC 
RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR. Butwedon'tknow 
your address." The copy of TBP stuck in the 
mailslot in the accompanying photo was in a 
plain envelope, but that didn't seem to provide 
enough assurance. 

Who does it look like 
we're trying to reach? 

Question B2 read: "Judging from your 
reading of The Body Politic, what would be 
your best guess of the composition of the 
readership we seem to be trying to reach?" 
Spaces followed where people were asked to fill 




WED10VE 
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Scary sub ad: a plain envelope wasn 't enough 

in the percentages they guessed were male and 
female, lived in Toronto, lived outsideCanada, 
belonged to gay groups and had university 
degrees. 

The question generated lots of confusion 
and some hostility ("What is this, some kind of 
psychological quiz?"). A few people objected 
that it was elitist and irrelevant to ask about de- 
grees — "someof the biggest jerks I know have 
doctorates," one woman said. The scepticism 
was heartening, but it missed what thequestion 
was trying to do. "If you want ustomakejudg- 



WHAT ELSE DO YOU READ? 

We asked which ol the following people had: 1) nevet heard of: 2) only heard of; 3) read; 4) read regularly; or 
5) subscribed to. Percentages are given for those familiar with each magazine (ie, who checked category 3, 4 or 5). 



Magazine 



% of men familiar 

Other parts USA and 



% of women familiar 



iZ 



Other parts 

Toronto of Canada overseas Toronto of Canada USA 

The Advocate 81 89 95 29 72 82 

Blueboy 83 91 80 29 29 9 

Canadian Dimension 20 21 10 36 19 

Canadian Forum 30 26 8 36 34 o 

Christopher Street 69 65 90 43 72 91 

Fireweed W 3 4 65 29 27 

Gay Community News, Boston 27 22 84 14 10 100 

Gay Left 19 18 55 14 54 

Gay News, London 33 32 57 7 u 27 

Lesbian Tide 13 9 31 57 58 100 

Mandate 76 80 67 28 14 

Ms Magazine 34 32 64 mo 90 100 

off our backs 7 4 33 42 48 91 

Tab 18 16 4 14 

The Village Voice 64 52 79 71 53 100 

What else did people read~> Everything from Fag Rag to Road and Track. Frequently noted: Macleans, Time, Saturday Night, In 
Touch, Newsweek. Mother Jones. Omni, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the New Yorker. RFD and Atlantic Insight. 



ments from the appearance of your content," 
one man wrote, "say so." We thought we had 
said so, but it's clear the question was badly 
worded and confusing. 

Still, most people plunged on, filling in per- 
centages. It's impossible to compare their as- 
sessments with the actual readership — we 
don't have any way to measure the exact com- 
position of TBP's audience — but we can use 
the demographic results from this survey to 
make some educated guesses: 

Sex: Women guessed the readership was 74% 
male; men said 77 % . In September we reported 
that 10.6% of those who responded to the sur- 
vey were women, as were 8% of the people 
whose sex we could identify on our subscrip- 
tion list. 

Toronto audience: Respondents in Toronto 
thought they made up 67% of the Canadian au- 
dience; answers from outside the city averaged 
63%. Toronto readers accounted for 42% of 
the survey responses, and as best we can tell 
from sales figures, make up about half of the 
total Canadian readership. 

Readers outside Canada: Non-Canadians 
guessed they made up 1 7% of the total; Canadi- 
ans said 10%. Nearly a third of TBPs circula- 
tion is sold outside Canada. 

Gay group membership: Answers given here 
averaged 35%. Of those who responded to the 
survey, 55% were members of gay or lesbian 
organizations. 

University degrees: Overall , people assumed 
46% of the magazine's readers had degrees. 
Americans guessed higher, Canadians outside 
Toronto and Montreal, lower. We didn't ask 
specifically about undergraduate degrees in the 
survey, but we did discover that 82% of those 
who answered had some university education, 
and more than 30% had postgraduate degrees. 

The point of all this? If we want TBP to reach 
a broad readership, but it seems to be written 
primarily for only a part of that readership — 
male, activist graduate students who live in 
downtown Toronto, for example — then some- 
thing is wrong. Measured against the make-up 
of the audience it does reach (if the demograph- 
ic results of the survey are a fair representation), 
The Body Politic appears to most readers to be 
too Canadian and too Torontocentric, but not 
necessarily too male, too movement-oriented 
or too academic. This judgment, however, says 
nothing about people we may want to reach — 
and don't. 

Why don 't your friends read TBP? 

We tried to find out more about non-readers 
in Question A10: "If you are acquainted with 
people who know about The Body Politic but 
don't read it, what do you think their reasons 
are?" 

The answers we got can be divided between 
those reporting criticisms of TBP and those 
that blamed non-readers themselves for the 
fact that they didn't pay attention to the maga- 
zine. Among the latter were people who said 
others were too busy (10% in the US, fewer 
elsewhere), not interested in social or political 
issues (19%) or too closeted (18% on average, 
though lower in the US and highest among sub- 
urban readers). More than a quarter of those 
who answered made severe judgments on oth- 
ers who didn't share their taste in magazines: 

"They don't read — period. They'rethetele- 
vision generation." 

' 'To be honest? They're far too spaced out to 
really be able to come down to earth. Every- 
thing is a laugh." 



"Probably because they're fools." 

"They're bigoted, reactionary Reagan-lov- 
ing closet queens with whom I associate only 
because they will, and activists won't, have sex 
with me." 

"Too stupid." 

"Their closets lack electricity." 

More useful to us were criticisms of The 
Body Politic itself. Some of these related to the 
magazine's lack of appeal to specific audi- 
ences: 26% of US readers said others didn't buy 
it because it was too Canadian; 22% of those re- 
sponding from Montreal and Vancouver said it 
was too Toronto-oriented for others in their 
city; 30% of the women (and 2% of the men) 
said others found TBP too male-oriented. A 
few Francophones pointed out that not every- 
body reads English, and in many partsof Cana- 
da outside its three largest cities, people said 
TBP was simply too hard to get. 

Many people reported criticisms of TBP's 
tone or contents: non-readers were said to find 
the magazine too depressing, too full of bad 
news, too middle-class, intellectual, elitist and 
boring. By far the most common judgment 
(made by 26% of those who answered) was that 
The Body Politic is seen as ' 'too radical" in its 
politics, or simply "too political": 

"Most feel it is too radical and biased." 

"A friend said it's too political — not 
enough general interest articles, entertain- 
ment." 

"Too dogmatic, not very titillating." 

"They say the paper as a whole is too depres- 
sing." 

"Most find it boring and irrelevant to the 
lives they lead." 

"I asked a friend and he said TBP is too 
somber and lacks the ability to laugh at itself. ' ' 

"Its leftist bias; too egg-headed." 

"One friend thinks it's too biased, negative 
and politically 'pushy' rather than seeking to 
simply inform and allow us to make our own 
choices." 

"The reason most often cited? Not enough 
humour." 

"It's not very gay but very political." 

Even for those who do read TBP, some of 
these criticisms must ring true: they were 
echoed in comments readers made in other 
partsof the survey. 

READING THE BODY POLITIC 

The second major section of "True Confes- 
sions" asked general questions about reading 
TBP: what people turned to first and what they 
wanted to see more and less of . (Suggestions for 
things readers would like to see more of — or 
things they wanted that weren't there at all — 
will be covered in the next report, which deals 
with ideas for improving the magazine.) 

Question B5 asked: "Do you find that some 
parts of The Body Politic are harder to follow 
and understand than other parts? If so, what 
makes them harder to understand?" 

Two-thirds of the people who responded to 
the survey either didn't answer this question or 
said they had no such problem. "No, "one man 
answered, "it's well written, nice format, 
shows pride and understanding rather than 
thrills and exploitation." Another said one 
wouldn't find TBP difficult "unless one were a 
three-year-old — silly question." 

But another 1 65 peopledidn't think theques- 
tion was so silly. Of these, a third noted mater- 
ial they found poorly or inaccessibly written, 
ponderous or politically narrow: 

"In general, too much emphasis on every- 
thing being politically correct and non- 



IS THERE ANYTHING IN TBP 
YOU WISH WEREN'T THERE? 

Most people didn 'I answer this question (B4); 
those who did had a wide variety oi opinions, 
though some patterns emerged. The most fre- 
quent kinds of responses and the number who 
made them: 

Political bias and narrowness: 29 

The dislikes noted ranged from "left-wing 
politics, ' ' "personal opinions in the news ' ' and 
"mistrust of diversity" to "pedantic diatribes, " 
"genteel Leninism" and "knee-jerk leftist cant. " 

Sex-oriented classifieds: 18 

Some characterized the personal classified ads as 
"sexist" and "exploitative. " Others seemed 
bothered that the ads were about sex at all. Sim- 
ilar comments about the classifieds turned up in 
answers to other questions as well. 

Certain commercial advertising: 14 

Some display ads were criticized for being sexual- 
ly expicit or demeaning. The Montgomery Leather 
ad which we had earlier asked readers to com- 
ment on was specifically mentioned by some. One 
man was upset by "ads for tacky, bourgeois, 
male-oriented shops in Toronto. " 

Esoteric or pretentious articles: 11 

Everything from "heavy 'required' reading. " 
"posturing" and "ponderous lecturing" to 
"snotty, pseudo-intellectual/cultural reviews. " 

Toroniocentricity: 7 

Comments on TBP being too focussed on Toronto 
also appeared in answers to questions about news 
coverage and to Question B2, asking what percen- 
tage of readers people thought lived there: "It 
seems like 95% live in TO, " said one man from 
Montreal, ' 'judging from all the references and 
'in ' stories and the TO perspective on the rest of 
us." 

CHquishness: 7 

A variation on Toroniocentricity, perhaps, though 
more severe: ' ' TBP frequently projects the im- 
pression that there is a total of seven homos and 
lesbians in Canada"; "You must resist the ten- 
dency to write about yourselves"; "Who cares 
about Michael Riordon's asshole? I'm sure it's a 
very nice asshole, but a whole page on it is a mite 
much. " 

Other items selected for oblivion by a few read- 
ers: excessive doom-and-gtoom in the news, arti- 
cles about pedophilia and public sex, overly long 
letters to the editor, "screamingly witty head- 
lines, " "1940s design, " the term "politically 
correct "and columns by Ken Popert and Ian 
Young (though each had his fans, too). 

What do people like? More on that in the next 
report. 



offensive to women (women are offended by 
quite a lot). Let writers take responsibility for 
their own opinions." 

"Often the political analyses are arcane. The 
writers don't elucidate situations as often as 
they merely use your columns as a soapbox 
from which to harangue us." 

"Yes, the political theory and rhetoric leave 
me blind-eyed. I want simple, practical solu- 
tions I can get involved in." 

"Not harder to follow, but harder to swal- 
low — smugness of the writer or lack of analysis 
or self-indulgence." 



WHAT DO YOU TURN TO FIRST? 

Many people said that when ihey got a new issue 
ot The Body Politic they started reading at the 
front and went straight through to the back. 
Others showed more definite preferences. Here 
are the parts of the magazine most frequently 
mentioned, with the number ol respondents who 
noted them: 

TheNews 73 

(Twelve specified World News) 

Letters 67 

Classified ads 58 

Reviews 36 

This Issue (contents page) . 33 

Editorials 29 

Feature articles .27 

(Sixteen specified cover story) 
Jane Rule s ' 'So 's Your Grandmother" 26 
Articles by or about women 16 

The Back Page 14 



"Gee — sometimes I don't understand all 
the big words. Sometimes I don't think you 
want me to." 

Others noticed the same things, but didn't 
seem to mind: 

"Sometimes I find articles above my com- 
prehension, but then again, this is only to be ex- 
pected when a paper is appealing to such a di- 
verse group." 

"Heavy intellectual contact, man — but I 
love flexing the brain." 

People also used the space under this ques- 
tion to comment on things we didn't ask about 
specifically in other parts of the survey: 

"The letters: it's impossible to follow the 
feuds because the delays are too long — and by 
then I've given away my old issues anyway." 

"Sometimes the Ivory Tunnel cannot be de- 
ciphered." 

"The way the articles are disposed on a page 
— sometimes not attention getting." 

"The mise en page is awful." 

"Cover and contents could be more straight- 
forward. It's not Toronto Life; we don't have 
to be seduced into reading TBP." 

"While I think I'm reasonably au courant, 
some of the terms in the classifieds puzzle me! " 

Eight percent, mostly in the US, but also in 
parts of Canada, said they often didn't have 
sufficient background to decipher the finer 
points in news stories about Toronto. Fifteen 
percent mentioned specific problems with the 
review section and others had difficulties with 
features. Three other sections of the survey 
asked for more detailed commentary on news, 
features and reviews. We got it. 

The News 

In Question C 1 , we asked readers to tell us if 
The Body Politic was their only regular source 
of gay or lesbian news from outside their own 
city or town. In Canada, just over half said no; 
American and overseas readers said no over- 
whelmingly. We asked what other magazines 
people read, as well. The result appear in the 
chart on the opposite page. 

The next three questions all asked about the 
geographical balance of TBP's news coverage. 
In responses to C2, more than two-thirds of 
those who answered said the balance between 
news from Canada and that from other places 
was adequate; half of these said it was good or 
excellent. Thirty percent of US readers and 
57% of those who responded from overseas 
wanted to see more international news, while 
only 18% of Canadian readers said the same. 

Do people simply want more news from 
where they live? Not necessarily: in answer to 
Question C4, asking about the balance in our 
World news section between stories from the 
US and those from other countries, only 9% of 
American readers wanted to see more US stor- 
ies, while 28% wanted more from other parts of 
the world . Twenty-four percent of the Canadi- 
ans who answered (and 21% of those from 
overseas) also wanted to see more non-US stor- 
ies. More than half of the respondents said the 
balance was fine as it was. 

Much more striking were the results of final 
tabulation of Question C3: "In the Canadian 
news, how do you feel about the balance be- 
tween news f rom Toronto and news from the 
rest of Canada?" 



Good 



More 



Less 



Readers from: 


as is 


Toronto 


Toronto 


Toronto 


63% 


7% 


30% 


Other parts 
of Canada 
Outside Canada 


36% 
52% 


0% 
0% 


64% 
48% 



Even in Toronto, a substantial number of 
people wanted to see more news from outside 
that city. Elsewhere in Canada, the desire for 
more coverage of others parts of the country 
ranged from mild to virulent: 

"TBP seems Toronto-centred — but so does 
gay culture." 

"Too much Toronto. But as a Westerner, I'm 
used to it." 

"It's rather like the national edition of the 
Globe and Mail— Toronto plus bits tacked on." 

"The rest of Canada? Oh, you mean like us 
in Vancouver. Thought you forgot we existed." 

"How do I feel? Furious. This 'magazine for 
gay liberation' supported by people all aCTOM 
the country gives the impression thai Toronto 
has ihe corner on progressive gay politics." 

"1 lick Ontario and its regionalism!" 

And from one American reader: "1 don'l 
even know where Toronto is." 



ADVERTISING 

As we noted in Section G of the survey, The 
Body Politic depends on commercial and display 
advertising lor about 30% of its total revenue. On 
average, about a quarter of the magazine's space 
is devoted to ads. 

We asked people if they'd be willing to see more 
advertising in TBP. More than a third said yes, 
somewhat fewer said no, and just over a quarter 
said maybe: 

"If they were nice ads." 

' 'If more gay places and services were adver- 
tised." 

' 'Provided it doesn 't become like the Sun — 
90% ads, 100% trash. " 

' 'If necessary for survival. ' ' 

"If prices were lowered. " 

Would people be willing to pay more for TBP if it 
had less advertising? Women said yes by more 
than two to one; 52% of the men said yes. 

Are there things that The Body Politic shouldn't 
advertise ? Forty percen t of the men and 31% of 
the women said no. Some said that a refusal to 



take whatever advertising comes along smacked 
of censorship. But most people said they would 
reject particular kinds of ads: material that was 
false or misleading, racist, sexist or anti-woman 
was noted by some. A few seemed willing to turn 
away anything overtly sexual: sex toys, S&M 
paraphernalia, pornography — even simple nudity 
or things felt to be ' 'in bad taste ' ' — were all 
mentioned. 

What sorts of things would people like to see 
advertised more often in the magazine? Many 
people either didn 't answer or said they didn 't 
care. Those who did showed a preference for 
travel, clothing, books, records, restaurants, and 
community and professional services — doctors, 
lawyers, plumbers, insurance and real estate 
agencies, health and fitness centres — "a reflec- 
tion of the larger gay-identified community in 
general, ' ' one man said. Responses differed only 
slightly by geography. Readers outside Toronto 
wanted more ads for services they would have 
access to, and suggested copy for bars and clubs 
in other cities, other gay publications and books, 
especially those available by mail order. 



Feature articles 

More than 70% of those who answered said 
they begin reading all or most of the features in 
an average issue of TBP. Half of these said all, 
and many were emphatic about it. 

We asked how often people stopped reading 
a feature they had started, and why. One third 



FEATURES: LIKES & DISLIKES 

Question 03 asked readers to tell us about a few 
features they especially liked. Many noted pieces 
that had been published only an issue or two 
before "True Confessions" asked for their com- 
ments; a few others had longer memories. To 
compensate tor the fact that more recent articles 
would be easiest to recall, we've ranked the titles 
below by multiplying the number of people who 
mentioned each one by the number of issues by 
which it preceded publication of the survey. 

Men Loving Boys Loving Men, by Gerald 

Hannon, December 1977, reprinted March 1979 

The Gay Movement in Germany, 

1860-1934, by James Steakley, in three parts, 
late 1973 to early 1974. 

Forgotten Fathers , Michael Lynch on gay 
fathers, April 1978 

Dreams Delerred, three-part series on 
the early Mattachine Society by John D'Emilio, 
November 1978 to February 1979 

The Mirror of Violence, Michael Riordon on 
gay self-defence, May 1980 

No Sorrow, No Pity, Gerald Hannon on 
handicapped gays, February 1980 

Ward Healer and The Time, the Place, the 
Person, coverage of George Hislop 's bid for 
Toronto city council, by Ed Jackson, June/July 
1980, and Val Edwards, November 1980 

Window On Sewell, interview with Toronto's 
mayor, February 1980 

Calgary: Growing Pains in Boomtown, 

interviews with Calgary gays. September 1980 

Coming Out to the World, Tim McCaskeiion 
the IGA conference in Barcelona, June/ July 1980 

Epitaph for the Parkside, by Gerald Hannon. 
April 1980 

Out in the Basque Country. Tim McCaskeii in 
Euskadi, August 1980 

Hiding, Hustling and Coming Together. 

being gay in Colombia, by Tim McCaskeii 

Dislikes? Question 04 asked readers to name 
articles they had disliked or decided not to read. 
Most people either didn 't answer or said they 
couidn 7 remember. Most of those who did answer 
noted particular kinds ot material rather than 
specific articles 

Many people said they disliked "heavy ' ' or 
' 'preachy ' ' political articles. Readers outside 
Toronto (especially in the US) said they couidn 7 
get into TBP's detailed coverage of Toronto's 
1980 civic election campaigns Twenty-six men 
said they usually skipped specifically lesbian 
material (some were rather apologetic about it), 
two women said the same of male-oriented pieces. 
Our articles on video and performance art. sex 
toys, S&M. and pedophilia were singled out by a 
number ol readers — and two Americans asked 
where the hell Calgary was 



said they rarely or never stopped. Those who 
did stop gave some interesting reasons: 

"If I find it doesn't relate to a personal inter- 
est, I turn to a more interesting feature." 

"You write intellectually , not emotionally." 

' ' I stop i f the article gets into political slogans 
and loses sight of the people involved . ' ' 

The most common answers included lack of 
interest in the subject , boredom or the predicta- 
bility of the article. Many people said features 
were sometimes wordy, ponderous and too 
long. Many said they stopped reading simply 
because they didn't have time to Finish — or 
were interrupted: 

"I read it on the bus — I get to my stop." 

"Have to go to the bathroom." 

"Imminent sex." 

Reviews 

As many people begin reading TBP reviews as 
do feature articles, and again, more than a third 
read through from beginning to end. 

Of those who said they often didn't Finish re- 
views, almost half attributed it to simple lack of- 
interest in the material being covered. More 
than a tenth, all from outside Toronto, com- 
plained that much of what was reviewed (espe- 
cially dance and theatre) would never be seen 
where they lived. Nearly a third said they stop- 
ped when the piece was too "artsy" or esoteric, 
or when the reviewer seemed too "bitchy," 
biased or negative: 

"The writing style is often esoteric, leaving 
the impression of not informing but talking 
down to the readers. Many of the reviews are 
written in a doctrinaire fashion. Cultural af- 
fairs are interpretive; TBP tends to allow only 
one biased form of review. The first thing to 
avoid, no matter what one's ideology is, is a 
tendency to become 'holier than thou.' It's a 
turn off!" 

"The reviews and articles on the arts are the 
only ones I find hard to understand, because 
the authors seem to care very little about being 
clear and care greatly about showing off their 
language." 

Others weren't as critical: 

"Some parts of Our Image are often a bit 
esoteric, but by and large, good." 

"Low brows? High brows? It's all OK with 
me!" 

ON TO PART 3... 

If all this gives an impression of The Body 
Poliiic's readers as a crabby lot who pick the 
magazine up to put it down, it's for a good rea- 
son: we've reported hereonqucstionsthat were 
meant to elicit criticism. We, too, have prob- 
lems with some of what what we publish, but 
we'renever surehow widely there--er\. moiis we 
had were shared by our readers. Most of the 
Statements quoted here — even some of the 
sharpest ones — have ■ familiar ring. 

But many copies of "True Confessions" 
came back with more positive Statements, with 

warm letters, testimonials and even long, hand- 
written coming out stories attached - and lots 
ol Ideas and suggestions, 

Mote on all that in the next report 

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